Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

I'm a wife, mom to a new baby boy and journalist, trying to balance it all, while still taking time to enjoy life with my boys. I interned with Latina magazine before getting my journalism degree in 2008, then freelanced as a food and theater critic. Currently I'm a freelance journalist, but I'm also a pop culture junkie that can be found in front of the television catching up on my shows, paging through my favorite magazines or engrossed in a novel. Otherwise, you'll find me trolling local markets for fresh foods or experimenting in the kitchen--I make a mean cupcake!

I know I'm Latina when...

...I have no problem rocking sky-high heels at the grocery store.

Shayne's Latest Posts

5 Toddler feeding challenges & how to overcome them

My 2-year-old is a fantastic eater, and he's been one since we started solid foods when he was 4 months old. I'm not saying this to brag, I'm saying it because even though he loves food and isn't the least bit picky, toddlerhood has brought with it a few eating challenges. Once babies become mobile, I think mealtime frustrations are a fact of life. Here are some feeding challenges you're likely to encounter with your toddler, along with my real mom tips on how to get through them.

Continue Reading >

5 Budget-friendly bedroom updates

Bedrooms are really pretty straightforward--four walls, a floor, a ceiling, and maybe a doorway or two--but that doesn't mean that updating one isn't an overwhelming task. For most people, the biggest problems are knowing where to start and setting and sticking to a budget. Thankfully, there are tons of easy ways to upgrade your bedroom without loosening your purse strings too much. Keep reading to find out more.

Continue Reading >

See how your favorite Latina moms spent Mother's Day


Mother's Day is a day for mamis, their families, their friends and society at large to spend honoring and celebrating all of the love and sacrifice mothers give each and every day. I firmly believe that every mom should spend this special day doing whatever it is that her heart desires, whether that's hanging with her kiddos all day, going out on a date with her husband, having a girls' day or anything else that makes her happy.  

Continue Reading >

WATCH: The pregnancy time lapse video you'll watch over & over

Being in the midst of my second pregnancy and chasing around a pre-schooler while dealing with lingering morning sickness, I find myself forgetting to stop and marvel about the changes that are going on within my body. Sometimes, I forget to enjoy the little things--like watching my belly slowly grow, the changes in my face and hair and nails and the exciting countdowns to each milestone. Thankfully, there are other moms around to remind me (and all of you) to stop and take it all in. 

Continue Reading >

This year's most popular baby names & 10 Latino names we'd like to see make the list

The Social Security Administration has just released it's top baby names list, and I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed. The top 10 for each boys and girls remains mostly unchanged from recent years, with Noah and Emma taking the top spots. Great names no doubt, but honestly I'm a bit tired of seeing them on this annual list. There were however, a few more exciting names that didn't make the top 10, but did make some significant rises.

Continue Reading >