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
Easter

Try this easy & fun Easter craft for your toddler

One day I absentmindedly grabbed a pack of a dozen plastic Easter eggs off the shelf at the grocery store even though I had no clue what I was going to do with them. We are actually going to be out of town during the holiday, so no Easter egg hunt happening here. I ultimately decided to pack three of those eggs each with a little treat in it to give to my son on Easter morning, but then I was still left with nine eggs. I know I can save them for next year, but honestly I'm more of a real dyed egg type of girl--I still don't know exactly why I bought them in the first place, but I'm glad I did. After going to storytime at the library and attending my son's weekly Spanish class, it dawned on me that I could make him his own little maracas, modeled after the egg shakers you always see in toddler classes. 

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College preparedness

6 easy steps to get your lazy teen interested in college!

Tackling the topic of college is undoubtedly a huge task for parents of this generation. So many teenagers have watched older siblings and relatives and even friends, spend lots of time and money earning a degree only to remain un- or under-employed for months and sometimes even years, that getting into, attending and graduating college may seem like a fruitless endeavor. The thing is, no matter where you end up career-wise, college is a hugely beneficial experience for young adults. Not only does it help ease teenagers into adulthood, but the continued education expands their knowledge and helps them to become more worldly and well-rounded individuals and it's the perfect time for discovering your true self. So how do you get all of this across to kids that just want to take the easy way out? Read on for our best advice.

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Mother's Day

5 Amazing DIY Mother's Day gifts you might not want to give away

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DIY crafty gifts are a Mother's Day staple--preschoolers have been whipping up macaroni necklaces in honor of the holiday, probably since the noodle was first invented. But despite how precious your little baby looks when he presents it to you, that sweet token of his love and appreciation isn't likely to see the year out. I mean you can only hold onto so many never-to-be-worn-out-of-the-house necklaces and rings before it's time to purge your popsicle stick jewelry box. While obviously it's the sentiment that counts, this year, you can help your kids create some gorgeous and meaningful gifts for all of the moms in your life. Just be warned, you may have a hard time parting with some of these gems!

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Easter

5 Unconventional Easter egg ideas

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Easter is just around the corner and store shelves are brimming with brightly colored dye kits and plastic eggs of all sizes--a constant reminder that you have yet another holiday to prep for. But you don't have to spend the eve before Easter with Rit-dye-stained fingers, reeking of vinegar. There are tons of unique, super-fun ways to help your kids decorate Easter eggs. Check out the slideshow below for ideas that will quite literally get your kids thinking outside the box.

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DIY Projects

7 Tools every woman should know how to use

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You may be a proficient handywoman, or maybe you're ready to start dabbling in DIY, or perhaps you just want to be able to hang some pictures on the wall without someone else's help. Any way you slice it, if you're reading this, chances are your toolbox is a little lacking. But stepping into any hardware store can be overwhelming with all the metal bits, and wooden thingies and plastic junk. Thankfully, for most any work you'll be taking on yourself, a small simple collection of tools and a bit of basic know-how will be more than adequate.

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