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

6 Reasons you should go for baby #2

Somehow, deciding whether to have a second baby seems harder than deciding to do it the first time around. For the past two years, my husband and I have been waffling back and forth over the subject. We never planned on having two, but now that our son is smack in the middle of toddlerhood, we're thinking having two might have its benefits. Here's why:

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Limpio, Bonito ¡y Fácil!

Ahorra dinero haciendo estas 4 reparaciones en el baño tú misma


Ya seas inquilina o propietaria, a menudo puede parecer que llamar a una persona  externa para hacer reparaciones menores causa más problemas que los que resuelve, con el gasto y el potencial de tiempo de espera. Si eres habilidosa o conoces a alguien que lo sea, hay un montón de reparaciones de la casa que puedes hacer con un mínimo de dinero y en menos de un día, muchas de las cuales pueden parecer más complicadas de lo que realmente son.

A continuación encontrarás cuatro simples arreglos del baño que mejorarán en gran medida la calidad de tu experiencia en el baño, todas las cuales las puedes hacer sin tener que llamar a los profesionales.

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8 EASY recipes every lazy mom needs to know​


My husband works second and third shift, which means he's only home for dinner two nights a week. The other five nights, it's just me and my toddler, and as I'm sure many of you know handling the dinner/bedtime portion of the day solo isn't for the faint of heart, especially when your kids are really little. That said, I've tried really hard not to compromise my value by relying on take-out too often. What I've done instead is mastered a pocketful of incredibly easy recipes that even the laziest--or most exhausted mami--can throw together. Here are some super-easy recipes to try, most of which are in my own personal rotation.

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Chicos De Buen Comer

3 Yummy and no-salt snacks for your toddler

A number of recent studies have further proven the pervasiveness--and subsequent danger--of sodium levels in the American diet, even for toddlers. It's not news that many busy Americans rely on pre-packaged convenience foods to feed their hunger on a regular basis, and it's definitely not a surprise that most of these foods are far from nutritional superstars, but it probably is a bit of shocker for most parents that foods manufactured just for babies and toddlers may actually be doing them more harm than good. Find out why and discover how to make three easy, nutritious snacks for the littlest members of your family.

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5 Ways to make you bedroom an oasis


The following post is brought to you by IKEA.

My husband and I just purchased our very first house and moved in this past weekend, and though our over 100-year-old fixer upper requires lots of updates, I'm currently attempting to figure out how to make it feel like "home" white they're completed. For me, that means transforming it into a place I want to relax in--particularly our most-used rooms, one of which is the bedroom. 

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