National Painting Week: DIY Stained Pallet Wall

National Painting Week: DIY Stained Pallet Wall

This post is brought to you by Sherwin-Williams. When you live in a home with eight people, sometimes you just need some extra room to breathe. Spots on the sofa are always filled up, there is never a quiet place…

National Painting Week with Sherwin-Williams May 20-30

National Painting Week with Sherwin-Williams May 20-30

National Painting Week with Sherwin-Williams is coming your way and I’m here for it. I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of refreshing spaces, changing perspectives and getting inspired? Here is a sneak peak of the pallet wall my husband built…

10 things for sisters to watch on Netflix Kids

10 things for sisters to watch on Netflix Kids

My two girls are like two peas in a pod salt and pepper chips and salsa cookies and milk cucumbers and Tajin, just like beans and rice. They are exactly 18 months apart and my two youngest children. The fact…

Yum: Layered yogurt cereal bowls

Yum: Layered yogurt cereal bowls

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with General Mills and Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own. Ever since my babies were babies, they’ve been obsessed with cereal. The stuff just does not survive for long in my house….

All of my purple life

All of my purple life

Prince is gone from this Earth and I’m having a hard time accepting it. Gone at the age of 57. Gone way too soon. I was in Memphis when I heard the bad news. My Pops sent me a message…

Upgrading my beauty essentials with Dove

Upgrading my beauty essentials with Dove

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dove and DiMe Media. All thoughts are my own. If I close my eyes, I can remember my great-grandmother Amalia’s bedroom and her vanity so distinctly, it’s like I can reach out and touch it….

Resistance: Pushing past fear to tell your story

Resistance: Pushing past fear to tell your story

Whenever I have to do something that is nerve-wracking or downright scary, this self-imposed countdown begins in my mind. I begin to prepare my heart and mind for the task at hand and I watch the sand pour down the…

Deliciously sweet: California strawberries

Deliciously sweet: California strawberries

Do you ever wonder where your food comes from? It’s so easy to consume without giving it a second thought. I’m guilty of this. I love that people are starting to wonder more and more about their food and who…

Pour generously into your children

Pour generously into your children

This is a story about how my parenting came full circle. When I became a mother, I was all in. I threw myself into the role of mama. I took the job of taking care of this tiny person that…

10 Must-see music documentaries on Netflix

10 Must-see music documentaries on Netflix

I’m that person who scours Netflix for something new and different to watch. This month, I’m all about music documentaries. It all started when I watched The Punk Singer, which explores the life of Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill and…

When your daughter is a tween feminist

When your daughter is a tween feminist

The older my daughter gets, the more she reminds me of myself. Every time I think on it, it catches me by surprise. You see, she doesn’t really look like me, with those impossibly thin, long limbs and the straight…

Know your mammogram guidelines

Know your mammogram guidelines

Everyone I know in this life has been touched by cancer. So many lives touched, so many lives changed forever. Some people come out battered and bruised but they make it through. Others don’t and it’s devastating. No one wants…

Styling with Rocksbox

Styling with Rocksbox

I love jewelry. In my next life, I want to be just like Erykah Badu and go on tour with a huge black travel bag filled with jewelry — necklaces, bracelets, arm cuffs, earrings, RANGS…all that good good. I’m not…

We All Grow Storytellers

We All Grow Storytellers

Over the years, I’ve embraced the title: storyteller. From a young age, I’ve always felt the need to document my experiences in life. From a little girl with a diary to a college student with a journal to the woman…

Chicano Art at the Museum of Latin American Art

Chicano Art at the Museum of Latin American Art

If there is one thing I want to celebrate in the New Year, it’s art. I love art. The power an artist has to make you feel something is amazing. That’s what Chicano art does for me — it makes…

6 Reasons why you should Netflix and chill

6 Reasons why you should Netflix and chill

So it’s safe to say that everyone and their mama loves Netflix. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know what “Netflix and chill” means. Now, when I titled this “6 reasons why you should Netflix and…

When words fail, send a Christmas card this holiday season

When words fail, send a Christmas card this holiday season

A lovely greeting card can speak kindness and peace where awkward words cannot this Christmas season. To me, the holidays are about family. It doesn’t really matter how many presents are under the tree (with 13 grandchildren in the family,…

Northgate Market’s Mercado Project

Northgate Market’s Mercado Project

Imagine shopping at a Mexican mercado where you can find everything you need under one roof — that’s what I discovered at Northgate Market. Spending time at the grocery store is not my idea of fun, but juggling a large…

Doing good as a parent during the holiday season

Doing good as a parent during the holiday season

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Minute Maid and DiMe Media. All opinions are my own. As the mother of a large family, the holidays are always a struggle. The amount of money it takes to buy Christmas gifts…

Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm

Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm

‘Tis the season for holiday fun with Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang at Knott’s Merry Farm, November 21 to January 3. There are so many fun things going on in Southern California to celebrate the holiday season. We may not get…