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
The holidays are the perfect time to get your craft on. Sure you might have a million things on your to-do list and grabbing a box of pre-fab cards is just SO easy, but there are benefits to making your own Christmas cards. For starters, it's way cheaper than buying a nice box at Hallmark. You can customize them any way you want. And best of all, they will keep your kiddos busy for awhile. (Of course you can also still buy a box to send out to the masses and reserve the DIY cards for a select few to save some time.)Continue Reading >
Kim Kardashian has been an eBay seller for over 10 years, but of late, she is receiving a ton of flack for only giving 10 percent of her "charity auction" proceeds to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed the Philippines just last month. The thing is, she--along with the rest of her famously rich family--has been running these auctions through the eBay Giving Works program for years, and has always made it very clear that only a portion of the proceeds are donated. And while I may be slightly annoyed that she's using this disaster to drum up more publicity for auctions that pad her bank account, the bottom line is that it's her stuff, and she is not obligated to donate ANY of what she makes selling it.Continue Reading >
Whether you're the type to jump on any opportunity to craft, or you're just on a tight budget this holiday season and need to find gift ideas that'll save you a buck, there are lots of fun, fabulous and thoughtful gifts that you can fashion for each member of your family. With a combination of thrifting and DIYing, you can save hundreds of dollars, and even create some family heirlooms in the process.Continue Reading >
When your kids are climbing up the walls and about to drive you nuts, corraling them for a walk or a trip to the park is a great way to decompress--and tire them out! But what's a mom to do when the temperatures are near freezing and the great outdoors is no longer so appealing? Well, you can hide in a corner until bedtime, or you can come up with a few fun ways to kill all that time spent indoors. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
As the days get colder and the air chillier, it can be quite the task to figure out how to stimulate your child's adventurous spirit. Long walks around town, half-day playground sessions, and picnics in the park aren't so practical during the colder months, especially when you have small children, but that doesn't mean you're destined to spend every day behind the four walls of your home. There are actually quite a few outings you can embark on that will keep you at least mostly sheltered from the elements. And with the gift-giving season approaching, an added bonus is that most of them won't cost you anything at all. Here are six great free or dirt-cheap family-friendly outings:Continue Reading >