Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meet Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez will be traveling to Rio to represent the Red, White and Blue on the USA Women's Gymnastic team. She has become America's Sweetheart. Here are 10 facts about Laurie...


  1. She was born in 2000. Yup she is only 16 years old which makes her one of the youngest Olympian athletes on Team USA. 
  2. She started gymnastics at the age of 5! 
  3. Her real name is Lauren Hernandez.
  4. She is from New Jersey. 
  5. In 2014 she had to have knee surgery. 
  6. Her pre-performance ritual is to place her hand on her belly and feel herself breathe. 
  7. She is Puerto Rican and is the first US-born Latina to make the women's Olympic team since 1994. 
  8. She has been homeschooled since 3rd grade and has aspirations to attend University of Florida
  9. Her nickname is "Human Emoji" because she is so expressive. She is known for her "sass"
  10. When her gymnastic career is over she wants to be an actress. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Pokemon Go Salvaged Our No Good Very Bad Day


First Blink-182 releases a new album (and a very good one in my opinion!) and now Pokemon is super relevant again. It's like 1991 all over again.

Have you noticed a lot more people wandering your neighborhood with a phone in their hands? Chances are they are playing the new phone app game "Pokemon Go". Just like in the 90's you can now "catch 'em all" but this time with GPS. The game is simple, you wander around looking for Pokemon and for places to earn Pokemon balls to catch them. Most places are churches or community centers and landmarks. Pokemon appear randomly as you travel around.

Now I wasn't a big Pokemon kid. Frankly I was a bit too old for the first go around, but my kids know about it from the card games. Sunday was a rough day for the family. It started with a tantrum by the youngest, then the oldest got sick and we had to cut our weekend vacation short and head home. We were all grumpy and spent the day in separate rooms. By the end of the day I knew we needed something to salvage the day. I had been seeing all these Pokemon Go apps posts on social media, so I downloaded the app and gathered the troops and we got into the car and the hunt was on. Since it was night we opted to drive around, and while Poppa drove the girls and I gave directions and gathered about 7 Pokemon. We had fun and ended what was a rough day on a good note.

So are you playing?


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Black Lives Matter, Period!

The debate is thick. One side thinks all lives matter. But do they really? Whites and Blacks are treated completely different in this country. That's my belief and it isn't anything new, I know. Plus, it's a belief I don't see our country proving wrong any time soon.

It's not about "ALL lives matter" at this point. It's about advocating for Black lives and doing all we can to stand up for their human and god-given right to equality. We've all been impacted by this epidemic, while Black Americans bare the brunt in bloodshed with tragedy after tragedy. Black lives are being ripped from this country as if this was some kind of civil war.



Black citizens lose their freedom, or worse, their lives over minutiae... a speeding ticket, a candy bar, a suspicion. It's utterly outrageous and equally outlandish. Not one person can say this is the case for White America. As a Latina born and raised in Inglewood CA., I can identify with the struggle, but I also CAN'T. 

I can't even begin to image the terror of having my brothers and sisters senselessly murdered at the hands' of police officers sworn to protect. I can't imagine raising a Black teenager and literally fearing for his or her life at the hands' of law enforcement. I can't imagine being subjected to chronic racism by a broken system that has resulted in over 500 innocent lives lost this year alone.

To me, the only time ALL LIVES MATTER is when we are one voice speaking out against the hate crimes inflicted upon our Black brothers and sisters. All lives need to protest, boycott, and demand justice next to our African American citizens, for them, and only them. This is about their lives and their humanity for all of humanity's sake. 

It is not enough to be shocked by the viral videos, speak around the watercooler because of the latest TV actor who stirs us with a passion for change, or secretly share our distaste for the hatred and DO NOTHING ELSE. 

Latinos, Asians, Blacks, Whites... on and on must unite to fight for the Black Lives Matter movement. Enough with being bystanders in the struggle. Speak up and speak loudly to demand the change required in this country. This is a deeply broken and systemic issue that only ends if all citizens stand together to declare ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


Act  Now. Act Today.

Ways to join and strengthen the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement! 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trips Not Gifts


In my house we have birthday season. My husband and oldest daughter have the same birthday and my youngest is 10 days later. At this time every year I would to contemplate what we are going to get them for their birthday. I was always pricing the latest gadget or toy that I just knew will be left in a pile in the playroom in just a few months. I know that I am going to spend a lot of money on things. Frankly things they just don't need. So I made up my mind that for my birthday crew we are going to do trips and not gifts. Take the money that we would have spent on a party and presents and go somewhere we have never gone before.

This year we headed to the Central Coast of California. More specifically, Morro Bay and Monterey Bay. My youngest is obsessed with sea otters and so I researched the best places to see them in the wild and Morro Bay was at the top of the list. We spent 4 days seeing just how beautiful the California coast is. We not only saw sea otters, but we got to see elephant seals. We stayed in hotels and took a dip in the pool. We had some great meals and our last stop was to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we took a behind the scenes tour of the sea otter rescue center.

These 4 days were amazing and weeks later my kids are still talking about it. I know that this will be a trip and birthday they will never forget. Now...where to next year?




Friday, June 10, 2016

Consent

Last week I read the 12 page statement that the victim of the Stanford rapist read to the judge. It was a rough read and I can't believe that this young woman had the strength to stand up and read this.

Like most of the world I am outraged with the judge's sentence and disgusted with the rapists father statements. As I read more about this rapist and his background it was clear to see that he belongs to the generation of kids who are being treated like royalty and given anything and everything they want without questions. So the idea of consent may have been hard for this spoiled brat to understand.

Thankfully a police department made a video that helps anyone understand what consent means...


Friday, June 3, 2016

You know you're getting old when....

... You throw your back out doing Zumba (true story, not proud)! 

... Know one quite gets your slang. I just yelled MODED in a staff meeting and the early 20- somethings looked puzzled.

... Babies just don't do it for you anymore. Instead of 'oohing and awwing' you're ready to hand the little alien back at the first squirm.

.... You can't make it through a night on the town without swollen feet and a hunkering for street dogs, tacos, or both.

.... You spend more time organizing closets and shelves than applying makeup or shopping.



... You ask anyone and everyone to help you manage a simple remote. 

... The hottest celebrity and A-list movie stars could have been your child or every hot guy you ever crushed on has grandkids and gray hairs -Ugh!

... You have to use the zoom feature on your PC to type and read!

... You only have the strength to type a list of 9 "you know you're getting old" lines and nothing more!

Share your personal "you know you're too old" lines 
in the comment section below!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jet Blue Rewards Crying Babies

Flying with a baby anytime soon? 

SCARY! Well, at least for parents, oh who am I kidding, passengers get scared too. Who hasn't spotted the big eyes on flyers watching a baby enter the plane, likely thinking, "I hope that baby doesn't cry the whole flight!"

For parents, flying with child is one of those moments you pray all the Gods are in your favor. I know firsthand the angst of hoping everything goes well so you didn't find yourself with a stuffy infant, crying due to cabin pressure, and yelling into strange earlobes while you're buried in the middle seat. Boy, I've seen and experienced the process. It's a process that includes navigating a small plane aisle with the largest diaper bag known to man, carting a bigger than average baby, and enduring a combination of sad eyes and annoyed stares from sympathizers and judgy-types alike. The latter really having NO CLUE. Because don't you just appreciate non-parents judging parents?

... NOT!

They don't have a clue how hard this all really is. Parenthood isn't easy and carting a baby on an airplane will teach you that in less than a millisecond. Now, I don't know if the following scenario was real, but the level of baby acceptance and incentivized understanding meant everything to me.

Thank you Jetblue, thank you!

VIDEO CLIP: LET THEM CRY!