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

Get ready for baby #2 with these 11 brilliant consejos

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I was a picture of preparedness. The crib was purchased and put together, all of the baby clothes were organized and the nursery was decorated before I hit the 22-week mark. Now, pregnant with my second and glaringly aware of the unpredictability of labor, the fallability of due dates, and just how all-consuming those first few weeks with a newborn are, I'm determined to not waste any time. Of course, this a lot tougher when I have a three-year-old.

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Esenciales para la Escuela

8 Tech gadgets your kids should have for back to school

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From new backpacks and trendy clothes to that lengthy required supplies list, you're probably knee deep in back-to-school purchases that at times may seem rather excessive, but try not to be too quick to brush off what may seem like outlandish requests from your kiddos. There are actually quite a few tech gadgets out there that can help your kids be safer, more prepared and more efficient in the new school year. 

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10 Fun #SummerBirthday party ideas your kids will love

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Summer birthdays are the best! Okay, birthdays are fun any time of year, but during the summer months there just seem to be many more possibilities for party themes and venues. My son's birthday is just after Memorial Day, so while it's not technically summer, it is unofficially summer, and we've been able to host some fantastic parties both at parks and at home thanks to the extra space the great outdoors affords. Here are 10 unique ideas for your next summer birthday party!

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Niños en marcha

5 Ideas para mantener a tu bebé entretenido todo el día

¿Sabes lo que nadie jamás te dice cuando estás embarazada? ¡Cómo se supone que hay que hacer para mantener a un niño pequeño entretenido durante horas y horas cada día! Claro, duermen la siesta y comen pero cuando comienzan a estar más activos, la cosa se pone más difícil. Por suerte, aquí tienes algunas ideas para llenar el tiempo libre con tu bebé.

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10 Beautiful bilingual baby names we love

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Picking a baby name is tough to begin with. But for Latinas, we must factor in our parents' and grandparents' ability to pronounce our child's name. I mean, my grandmother is fluent in English and Spanish and I still can't imagine names like Asher and Avery rolling off her tongue so easily (sorry, Nana!). Check out my top picks for boys and girls, perfect for our bilingual world.

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