Over five years ago, I became a mother. It's been a challenging, rewarding and mind-blowing experience. The only thing that makes me an expert on motherhood is that I am living it. I don't have any degrees in it, I had no training for it and I certainly make my share of mistakes along the way, but I know so much more now than I did on that very first morning when I held my first born.
I was clueless even though I had read books and talked to people. Ahhh, if I could go back and give myself a bit of advice it would be wonderful. I may not have taken all of my own advice, but at least it would have been there somewhere in my psyche. So what advice would I give myself right before becoming a mother?
I don't know about you, but there never seems to be enough space in my kitchen. I live on one floor of a two-family house, and since it's a rental, nothing is to my specifications. Of course, I understand that it's a part of being a renter, but at times it is so frustrating! Even more so now that I'm home with my son full-time and I have to prepare three meals a day.Continue Reading >
Great news ladies! I found the solution we have all been looking for! It's all thanks to 67-year-old abuela Stella Ralfini who says she discovered the best anti-aging component ever. The best part is that it is essentially free. This sounds like a great deal doesn't it? You can stay young and not pay a penny for it!
All you will need is your hubby and a cup. I know it sounds bizarre (trust me it is), but you will understand once you find out Ralfini's secret.Continue Reading >
I always thought I would make a great mom to a little girl. As a fairly girly girl, I always just assumed mothering a girl would come naturally. But, I'm not a mom to a girl, I'm a mom to a boy. A very young, very impressionable little boy, who I know learns something from each and every one of our interactions. I often find myself questioning what I want him to know about traditional gender roles, wondering if it's okay for him to play with that pink starfish or if I'm encouraging him to be girly by baking with him and reading to him so often. It's absolutely ridiculous, but it really is a result of the societal constructions I grew up with--American ideals paired with Latino machismo. I find myself correcting my own thinking and consulting with my husband A LOT about what is and isn't okay for a little boy--about what we want to teach him about being a man.
In 2011, when Mariah Carey was pregnant with twins Monroe and Moroccan, she tweeted a picture of her belly with a giant butterfly painted on it and the words "Dem babies" written above it. Since then, many other celebs have followed suit: from Hillary Duff, who adorned her bump with a wrapped gift picture as part of a Christmas photo, to Chris Hemsworth's pregnant wife Elsa Pataky, who chose a lifesaver motif and even adorned it with a rope! Those certainly are some fearless pregnant ladies! But there's a lot of other things that brave pregnant Latinas try to do. Tacones? Bikini? We got it covered. Here are seven other things only the most adventurous pregnant ladies will try! See if there's anything on the list you'd try.Continue Reading >
This week there were two stories in the news on how technology has impacted people's lives. One story highlighted how technology can improve life while the other demonstrated how it can be used to amplify people's negative traits. The Hardy family used social media to pressure a pharmaceutical company to use their new drug to save their son who is battling a deadly virus. The second story was about eight students from Mahopac, New York who were suspended for making racist tweets after losing a basketball game against Mount Vernon. In the case of many Latinas like me, I think technology can change our lives for the better!
I hope all of you and your familias are doing well! I posted my concerns about my baby boy developing flat head syndrome a couple of weeks back and I got an overwhelming amount of questions and concerns from all of you new mamás out there. So I decided to do a follow up and ask an expert to help me answer some of your more common questions and concerns on this topic. Dr. Jane Scott is a board certified pediatrician and neonatologist and she's the founder of Tortle, a product that helps with exactly this problem!Continue Reading >
Seeing as each and every one of us is an individual with a unique genetic makeup, varying hormone levels and different lifestyles, the length of time it takes to get pregnant can vary greatly from one woman to the next. In fact, most doctors will not even see you for a consult on potential infertility until you've been intentionally trying to get pregnant for at least a year. But whether you've just started trying or you've been at it for months, there are a few simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant right now. As you read our tips, keep in mind that overall health and wellness is the common thread, and is a huge factor for most women.Continue Reading >
As women, we dread the superficial expectations society places on us. You look at magazines, movies, TV shows, and they are all telling us we should dress a certain way, do our makeup like this, be thin, and never age. It's depressing if you analyze it because we don't think twice about it.
Dr. Kelly Flannagan, took a walk down the beauty aisle at a Target, and empathized with women. This inspired him to write an inspiring open letter to his 4-year-old daughter.Continue Reading >
You know how much I read up on baby sleep when I was pregnant? Absolutely nothing. A friend asked my husband if we had a sleep philosophy we planned to use, and I honestly thought she was nuts. Why would I be thinking about how my kid would sleep when he wasn't even born yet? Wouldn't he just sleep when he was tired? Yeah, I learned the hard way that that's not how it works.Continue Reading >