Friday, January 29, 2016

Movement Mondays

Gina Rodriguez is a fantastic award winning actress. She is beautiful and more importantly insightful and socially conscious. So when all this talk about the Oscars lacking diversity started, she did not sit back quietly. She took to the powerful tool of social media and made a statement and a movement.

More specifically she started what she calls "Movement Mondays". The concept is to support Latinos culture in all medias. Every Monday, Rodriguez has vowed to highlight a Latino in the industry. Her hope is that by highlighting these people the Latino community will help support them. Without the support Latinos cannot move from the background. We need to show the industry that we want to see Latinos as pop stars, writers, and leading actors.


For her first #MovementMonday she choose to highlight Oscar Isaac.





Gina encourages us all the post on #MovementMonday. I love this idea of showcasing Latinos in the media. It is a great way to show support and find me Latinos to love! 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#TheDollEvolves

I admit as a grown-up I have had an issue with Barbie. When I was growing up I loved Barbie, she was the standard of beauty and I can remember being sad because I knew that I would never ever look like her. I was not tall, blue eyed or blond. Of course as an adult my standard of beauty has changed. Now the most beautiful woman I know is my Mom.

When I had my girls I did my best to keep Barbie dolls away from them. I never wanted them to feel that in order to be beautiful you had to look like Barbie. And now all these years later it seems that Barbie is finally understanding the diversity of our world and this spring are releasing a campaign called #TheDollEvolves and new set of dolls.


There is a "curvy" doll, a "tall" doll, a "petite" doll and an original doll. The idea is that girls will be able to find a doll that looks like them or the people around them. The Barbie company states..

"This is just the beginning. From offering products that feature more empowering and imaginative roles to partnering with best in class role models, we believe in girls and their limitless potential. #YouCanBeAnything"

We think this is a step in the right direction! 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amazon Dash

The future is here people. Have you even been doing laundry and notice that your are low on detergent? You make a mental note to order a new supply from Amazon when you get a chance. Then something happens, you totally forget and the next time you go to do laundry you are out of detergent. Or that dreaded moment when you forgot to buy more toilet paper. Well those days are gone. Amazon has just released their latest product called the "Dash Button" and it looks like this..

Yes they looks like a bluetooth for your cell phone. But how do they work? Well it's simple. You keep this little button near your product. So if you have a diaper dash button keep it where you store your diapers and when you get low you simply press the button and Amazon will be reorder and ship it to you. Yes reordered and shipped to you at the push of a button. This is some Jetson's stuff right here.


Each button costs $4.99 and there is a pretty extensive list of items that have as dash button. You can get trash bags, ziploc bags, water, gatorade, dog treats, Larabars, Mac and Cheese, baby formula and much more. This is so convenient. Too convenient maybe? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Why Can't They Be Both?

Humans of New York is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. It shows photos and stories of real people living in New York. Over the weekend they posted this gorgeous snow photo of a father and a son. Friends on Facebook were sharing this photo and agreeing with the father's statement. 


My first reaction to this was..

"Why can't kids be both?" 

Of course I commend this father for encouraging his child to be a good person with a good heart. That is a wonderful trait that I think many people are lacking these days. But why can't he encourage his son to be smart and attentive in school. His statement made it sound that his son's intelligence was not as important as his compassion for others. I feel that both should be just as important. I encourage my children to be kind hearted and I also encourage them to do the best they can in school. If there is a subject that they are struggling with I will find them some extra tutoring or sit down with them myself to give them some extra lessons. People like Mark Zuckerberg come to mind when I think of brains and heart. I hope that my girls grow up to be smart AND caring so that they can make a positive impact in the world. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Birthday!


Sending birthday love to our very own HerMama, Irene!
Happy Birthday Comadre.
Enjoy your day! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Easy Dinner Idea

By the time Thursday comes around I am so over making dinner. Even after making a weekly menu and having all the items to make a big dinner, sometimes I really just can't get myself to want to cook a big elaborate meal. On those days I have a few really quick go-to dinners that let me have a break from so much cooking but still give my family a well balanced meal.

Meatball Sandwiches- I always try to keep a bag of ready made meatballs in the freezer. They are great to add to a quick pasta dish for some protein. Meatball sandwiches are a great dinner. Grab some hoagie rolls, sliced provolone cheese, a jar of marinara sauce and frozen meatballs. Dump the meatball and sauce into a pot and cook until hot. Slice open the rolls, and put in those provolone slices, add some meatballs and sauce. You can even sprinkle with some grated parmesan and DONE. Serve this was a ready made salad and BOOM... dinner.





Chicken Tacos- Tacos are always a big hit in our house. Most times we make up our own meat and even cook the shells ourselves. As you can imagine it's a lot of work! Sometimes when a day calls for tacos but I just can't do the whole sha-bang, I go for quick soft chicken tacos. Grab a pack of corn tortillas, a pack of shredded cheese, and a ready-made rotisserie chicken from the store. Just shred up the chicken, heat up the tortillas, grab some condiments and the cheese and put it all out on the table. Serve with some ready made salad and DONE!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A New Latina on the Street. Sesame Street


There are some big changes coming to the streets, Sesame Street to be exact. The show will begin its 46th season and instead of tuning into PBS for new episodes you will need to turn the dial to HBO. Yes the same network that brings you hits like 'Game of Thrones', 'True Blood' and 'Girls' is the new home of our beloved muppets.

Along with a new channel, Sesame Street has added a new character to the mix. Yes the fuzzy and huggable Elmo is getting a new babysitter. Her name is Nina and she is played by the musical theatre actress Suki Lopez. Yup she is a Latina!

Growing up I loved Sesame Street. It was my favorite show as a kid because Maria reminded me so much of my mom. She was smart, caring, funny and could fix anything. But most importantly she looked like my Mom.


Same big black puffy 80's hair, same dark eyes, and same brown skin color. We can't argue that kids needs to see people who resemble them on television. It helps kids with self worth so a new Latina character on Sesame Street is awesome right?

Maybe just putting a bilingual Latina character is not enough anymore. The character Nina is Elmo's babysitter, works at the bike shop and the laundromat. And even though these are great jobs in the community some feel that Sesame Street is missing an opportunity. The organization 'Latinas Think Big' feel that if Nina was also pursuing a college degree or running her own business she could be a great role model and a better representation of Latinos today. I have to say that I agree.


'Latinas Think Big' has gone as far as to start a petition. You can sign the petition at Change.org 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mas Mejor: a new video project by Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz

Loren Michaels is a big name in comedy. SNL anyone? He has partnered with 2 SNL alum to create a great  new YouTube channel geared toward the Latino crowd.

Mas Mejor is from the minds of Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz. Two very funny Latino men.

Check out one of their videos...




So I am going to admit that I think Fred Armisen is dreamy! Weird I know but hearing him speak Spanish takes this crush to a new level!

Will you be subscribing? 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blue Monday

Feeling a little more down than usual today?

The reason may be because it is "Blue Monday" which is reported to be the most depressing day of the year.

Who knew, it was not just a song by New Order?

The idea of Blue Monday was first published in 2005 by Cliff Arnall. By using weather conditions, debt levels, days since Christmas, motivational levels and the feeling to take action he deteremined the bluest day of the year.

Basically this means that it's cold and rainy, the holiday cheer has worn off, you have broken your resolution and the bills for Christmas have come in. He has determined that usually the 3rd Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. Well I guess it's good to get it out of the way early in the year.

If Blue Monday has got you down, here are a few things that can brighten your day...


  • Book your summer vacation. There is nothing like having some sun and fun to look forward to. 
  • Make it a Monday movie night. Why wait for Friday. You already broke your resolution so order that yummy pizza and watch your favorite flick cuddled in a warm blanket. 
  • Do a good deed. Nothing makes you feel better than doing for someone else. 
  • If you can get some sun, get some sun. When your body is low on Vitamin D you can feel depressed. A dose of some Vitamin D could really help boost your happiness.
  • And speaking of the D, get yourself some! Yes I am talking about sex. That's right a roll in the hay will definitely leave you happy. 




Friday, January 15, 2016

Mozart in the Jungle


It seems like everyone is talking about this show. After winning at the Golden Globes, this Amazon original show is on everyone's radar. The show is in its 2nd season and because I care about y'all I binge watched both seasons for you! 

Now the first thing about this show that caught my attention was Gael Garcia Bernal. I have loved this man since his Y Tu Mama Tambien days. I mean that face and that accent. He plays Rodrigo, the infamous orchestra conductor who takes over the New York Symphony. As the Symphony struggles to stay relevant, Rodrigo struggles with the orchestra, his feelings for his crazy estranged wife and his talented oboe playing assistant. 


A few episodes in, one of my favorite actors, Jason Schwartzman made an appearance as a wacky orchestra obsessed podcaster. I learned that he was not only on the show, but he was a creator and executive producer. Along with Schwartzman, this show was created and produced by Roman Coppola from Moonsoon Kingdom fame and from just Coppola fame in general. (His father is Francis Ford and his sister is Sofia) This explained why I was digging this show so much.

So now that I have done the research for you I can totally recommend binge watching this show on Amazon Prime on your next rainy, stay at home in your pjs day! 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sexually Frustrated

This blog title has nothing to do with me. I have great sex! My husband on the other hand, he's a frustrated  mess. When he reads this I am going through the 'ringer' but I had to put it out there. Am I the only one with a husband who is literally irritable if it's gone too long between "bumping uglies?" as in having sex. Maybe it's that we're coming into 10 years of marriage, but we really can read each other's moods, and I swear when my husband hasn't had his way with me he's a little primadonna. Now, don't get me wrong, if you know my husband you know he's as chill as chill gets. But boy is he clearly frustrated during the natural dry spells of life.


I must admit, this week I have worked crazy hours, on top of that, I'll be gone a couple of days for an overnight staff retreat. Coupled with the fact that he's recently been promoted into a more demanding career role, both he and I are swamped outside of our home. We are high energy professionals leading teams, and in my case, an entire agency depends on my success as the boss. It's a lot to handle, plus being present and balanced parents has to come into play. Needless to say, there's a lot going on for us and with me sex always somehow stumbles down the list of priorities. I know he'll hate reading that very line and I hate it too. I am not the sex crazed youngin' he fell in love with, and yet, I still have the hots for him. We have great sex when we have it, except that my husband wants it all week long. 

To me, intimacy changes to match the current of life, going up and down with the ebb and flow of daily to-do lists. But I am trying to break away from being the source of my hubby's occasional frustration.

At this time next week, we will be on a second honeymoon celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, and boy, will I wow him and devour every bit of just us. Yet for today, he'll remain frustrated with the lack of sex in our present struggle to balance it all. Truthfully, I am not proud of that, but what I am, is honest that this is the case. Perhaps with just knowing the effects of frustration my priority list will change. After all I should make an effort to get to "'it" at the 1st sight of his clear frustration! He deserves it, and hell, so do I!

Besides, my hubby is a gym-rat so making time for his sexy bod has to make doing him high priority on my list, it just has to.

How do you prioritize frequent sex in your relationship?

Update: at 1:30am after writing this post (and working 15 straight hours), I ended the frustration spell and it was well worth it ;) 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Latinos and the Golden Globes

I loved TV as a kid. Heck I still do. Growing up there were not a lot of Latinos on TV. Just thinking off the top of my head I can think of Erik Estrada on CHIPs, Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy and later Mario Lopez on Saved by the Bell. Oh and my favorite, Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.

The 2016 Golden Globe awards showed how how far we have come. America Ferrera and Eva Longoria had people talking with their award presentation skit. The movie Revenant directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won for best direction and best picture. Gael Garcia Bernal (yummy!) won for best lead in a comedy series for Mozart in the Jungle.

This years awards were a great night for Latino actors and directors.

Here is a highlight by PopSugar.....





Oscar Isaac from Star Wars was a big winner and didn't shy away from the fact that just because it was better, does not mean that we are not quite there.


Congrats to all the big winner! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teaching Children Humility

My husband is a big football fan, so I've embraced the TV takeover. Brute force and impressive plays invade our TV screen and it takes over entire weekends.  As I watch I see it all, from 'miraculous plays' to issues of poor sportsmanship, lack of humility, and full-out drama on the field. 

Over the past weekend, a couple of key playoff games were lost because of mistakes made by the team who was winning. In some cases, these mistakes came down to one person losing their cool. Temperament, poor sportsmanship, and similar egoic behaviors cost entire teams and seasons to go right down the drain. Postgame interviews caught pretty angry players bitter about the outcome, and in some cases, these apparently angry players remained angry and faultless. 

This attitude got me thinking about my son's own ego within sports. He's heavily engaged in organized sports. His love for basketball and soccer are clear. He works hard and commits fully to practice and games. I enjoy watching him play, but I don't enjoy those moments when his head suddenly becomes too big to balance on his tiny shoulders. After good games I know his ego is only inflated. I'd think no biggie but then I see these brut football players with egos the size of monster trucks and I wonder: "how do I teach humility without crushing self-confidence?" 

Things to consider:

Be humble: modeling any and every behavior is the sure way to teach children how to behalf. My latest motto is "I am not the cause and I am not the cure." This completely takes me out of the equation most times and is a completely humbling statement. Shying away from the credit good or bad is a GREAT habit to develop.

Be selfless: kids should constantly do for others. Community Service is a great way to teach humility. Cleaning a park, volunteering in a church, giving away old toys or simply helping another student with a challenge. Put your child in situations where they exercise a giving spirit of service. 

Put your pride aside: this is different than simply modeling humility. In this case it takes apologizing to your child for moments when you were wrong as a parent. To put your ego aside surely demonstrates how they should do the same.

Set challenging goals: create situations where your children can work towards a goal. Sometimes things just come easy for children boosting their egos. This is great, but it can't be WIN-WIN all the time. Let children experience difficulty and work through it. Be supportive, but also don't come to the rescue. This can be something simple like having your child raise money for a school fundraiser all on their own. How many times do we step in and do the talking for them? Or worse just pony up the money? Make them sweat for what they want -- have them solicit for that school fundraiser. They get to not only enhance their self-confidence, but they appreciate the many times mom and dad come to the rescue, and get to go through moments that might not feel easy and comfortable, but build character.

How do you incorporate humility into your child rearing methods?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rain Rain Go Away....

There is no doubt that El NiƱo is here. For the first time in years I am carrying an umbrella in my car. The nearby mountains are snow capped and gorgeous. Here is to another wet week. 









Thursday, January 7, 2016

Annual Book Challenge

I love the website GoodReads. It's like Facebook for bookworms. Here I can keep track of books I have read, what I want to read and what my friends are reading. I love this app because when I am at the library and have no idea what book to get I can pull up my "Want-To-Read" list and come home with a stack of books I want to read. Or if someone mentions a book I can quickly add it to my list. I also love the annual reading challenge!


Some years I give myself a really big goal. Other years I have tried to make it more interesting and read authors from A-Z. Last year my challenge was to read the entire Harry Potter series. This year I went with a manageable 50 books. So far 2 down and 48 to go! So what am I looking forward to reading this year? Here are a few...


Rainbow Rowell quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading her book "Park and Eleanor". Everything I have read from her has been close to perfection. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this novel and cannot wait to see what sweet tale she weaves this time. 


One of my favorite podcasts is "For Crying Outloud". For a few weeks the hosts could not stop talking about the book "You" by Caroline Kepnes. They even had the author on the show. Of course I read the book and loved the suspenseful story of a crazy stalker. If "Hidden Bodies" is as good as her other book I know this one will be a really quick read. 

 

Sometimes the thought of getting through an entire novel is too much. That is when a short story anthology is a perfect fit. This new anthology filled with 12 twelve love stories and I have a feeling this one will be in my beach bag this summer. 


I am a sucker for celebrity memoirs. I love them. Over the holiday break my younger cousin Ashley turned me on to the Disney show "Girl Meets World". This is the spin off from one of my favorite shows as a kid "Boy Meets World".  In this new series Corey and Topanga are now the parents. Danielle Fishel is the actress that plays Topanga and she has just released her memoir. I am looking forward to reading all about her life as a child actor and what she did in between her television shows. 

What are you looking forward to reading this year? 





Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Combating Mommy Burn Out

I am feeling 100% burned out today. Could be the rainy weather, or the fact that I haven't eaten much, and I could really use a nap. It's been that kind of week actually. What mommy doesn't have these days? I guess I should mention I also gave up caffeine this week. Yeah, there's a lot going on and so much attributing to this feeling of "blah!"

What do you do when you're dragging?

Here are a couple of quick tips I am about to partake in to diffuse the burn out:

1. Rest! Everyone needs to unwind from the go, go, go. For me, that will come in the form of a cat nap. Making sure 8 hours of sleep happen nightly is another sure way to keep your energy up during the day. Don't ever underestimate the power of rest! 

2. This goes without saying, but, eat well and stay active. Eating well has been critical to my energy boosts as of late and getting out to be active simply lifts my spirits, 100% of the time. I am headed out now to energize my mind, body and soul with good food and a pleasant walk! 

3. Meditate. This is an essential practice that takes just that, practice. Spend time everyday in a quiet space focused on your breathing. Don't let your thoughts take over. Do everything to only focus on your breath and find yourself feeling less burned out in no time. For some meditation can be substituted with prayer or journaling. Whatever the activity, engage in it to keep burn out at bay.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Breastfeeding Pain Remedies

Over the weekend my youngest sister had her first baby. My new niece is just 3 days old and is a tiny little ball of perfection. Things have been going really well and Mommy and baby are home adjusting. Everything except breastfeeding.

Many pregnant couples take breastfeeding classes and read up all about it. We are told that it's natural and with some time it becomes second nature. What they don't always explain is the pain you are going to have to go through before it gets easier.

Your nipples hurt and your milk let-down may be painful or even non existent. So what can a new Mom do to get through those first painful weeks. Here are a few remedies...

  • Perfect your latch. There is going to be pain but with a incorrect latch you can be causing more pain than necessary. If you are having issues ask your doctor. They usually work with a lactation consultant that can help you. Some even come to you. 
  • Breastfeeding pillows are your friend. Chances are you got a Boppy or 2 at your baby shower. Or maybe you have a "My Breast Friend" pillow. Use them! A breastfeeding pillow can help you get the baby in a better position and help your body relax more. 
  • Learn different feeding positions. There are lots of different feeding positions you can try. There is the classic cradle, the on the side lying down position, and even the football hold 
  • Try the burp and switch. When things are really painful and you don't think you can stand one more minute of you little one on the breast try this. Start feeding on the most painful side and only feed for 5 minutes, burp baby and switch sides. Do this every 5 minutes. 
  • Nipple cream, smother that stuff on. This thick ointment will help sooth cracker nipples. You can find these kinds of cream at your local drug store and even our beloved Target. Look over what is in these creams because your baby will ingest some! 
What are some of your breastfeeding horror stories?? 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Music recommendation Monday!

I work with a guy who recommends the best music acts, shows, and movies 100% of the time. That's an impressive track record. His latest recommendation was a musician I can't stop listening to. Alina Baraz is as smooth and sensual as it gets. I am hooked.

Do yourself a favor and stream her EP Urban Flora free on Spotify. In no time she'll take over the radio waves, but for now there's music streaming services. Thank you Apple Music, Spotify and everyone else who makes getting to new a new artist - easy!


Alina is a favorite of DJs looking to reimagine her voice with their tunes, so there's no need to stop at her EP. Explore her remixes and get to know why she'll be the next big thing soon. Check her out here.

Who are you listening to these days? 

Friday, January 1, 2016