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

Have the best pregnancy ever with these 12 tips

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I'm more than halfway through my second pregnancy, and I can unequivocally say that this one has been far more difficult than the last. But I'm healthy and the baby is doing great, and on a much more positive note, I can say that between the two experiences I've learned several things that can improve even a hard pregnancy. Just keep in mind that every woman's body handles pregnancy differently, so your best pregnancy may look completely different than any of your amigas'. Either way, these tips will help keep you as strong, healthy and positive as possible.

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12 Simple beauty & fashion tips for brand-new moms

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When you have a new baby, the first few weeks everything in your life comes second to meeting that baby's needs. That's fine. Really, that's how it should be--at least until you establish a new rhythm for your family. But those weeks are also a time when we as moms tend to dip a little low in the self-esteem department. Boobs and bellies just look strange, clothes don't fit, some days we can't even manage to brush our teeth, and eventually it all takes a toll. At some point--ideally sooner rather than later--you'll have to start taking care of yourself again. 

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12 Ways a second pregnancy is different from the first

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I'm about halfway through my second pregnancy, and I've gotta tell you, this is HARD. Props to all the mamás who have survived pregnancy with little ones in tow. The morning sickness and lack of energy are just on another level compared to the first time around, which of course at the time I thought was pretty hard to handle. 

The difference is, this time I have a completely different attitude--I'm not nearly as paranoid and I laugh a whole lot more. Well, that and a few other things. Check them out...

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Gina Rodriguez + 12 other Latino celebs who have written their own inspirational books

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Golden Globe winning actress Gina Rodriguez has written an inspirational book with a title and topic that gives us all the feels. In I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me, the ever-bubbly, yet somehow genuine, celeb shares the best bits of advice her papi has given her throughout her life, in the hopes of lifting up and encouraging others. Honestly, could she be any sweeter? But Rodriguez isn't the only one of our celebs who has taken a break from their usual art to pen their own books. Check out more details on her book, plus 12 more Latino celebs turned authors.

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11 Unusual things that land you in the ER & how to avoid them

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A broken bone, fever, head injury, are all among the top reasons I can think of for a visit to the emergency room. And while all of these are super-common ER cases, there are many ways to land in the emergency room that you might not expect. In fact, even if you go in with suspicions of one thing, the true cause of your malady could wind up being something you never would have expected. I mean, would you ever guess that a grill brush could be deadly? Keep reading to find out some of the most unusual things that could land you in the ER and how to avoid them.

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