DIY: Mexican Serape Pillows

DIY: Mexican Serape Pillows

Make a Splash: Great Wolf Lodge So Cal

Make a Splash: Great Wolf Lodge So Cal

My kids must be part fish. They love to swim and frolic in the water. Ocean, lake, river, swimming pool — they don’t discriminate. Throw in some tall water slides and a lazy river and they are happy as can be. When I told my daughters we were going to be guests at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove to celebrate Dia de Los Niños, they were so pumped.

Make Art with Sherwin-Williams

Make Art with Sherwin-Williams

For years I’ve gone the usual route and used nothing but fine artist paints — you know, the stuff that comes in a tube or a pint. Sometimes it’s hard to break out of that fine art mindset — I guess you can call me bougie that way. Hah. Recently, I noticed some really cool murals in Southern California that were being painted with interior acrylic latex paint, the kind traditionally used to paint walls. That’s when I decided to collaborate with Sherwin-Williams and create some art for National Painting Week.

To All the Mothers: This Body Has

To All the Mothers: This Body Has

To all the women whose life has been transformed by motherhood, please watch this video. Happy Mother’s Day!

Tweens + Clear Skin with Clean & Clear

Tweens + Clear Skin with Clean & Clear

My daughter is in raging tween mode and she’s suddenly very aware of her skin. “I don’t want zits, mama!” She has lamented on more than one occasion. She has four teenage brothers, so she is well versed in zits. I remind her not to stress about it (stress equals more zits!) and I encourage her to take care of her skin by keeping it clean every day.

National Painting Week is coming May 19th

National Painting Week is coming May 19th

For the past five years, Sherwin-Williams has dedicated an entire week to the power of color to transform rooms, homes and communities. National Painting Week kicks off May 19th and I’m happy to announce I’m one of the DIY bloggers…

Basking in summer with Target

Basking in summer with Target

To me, summer means family. Backyard hangs with the people I love. Bonfires at the beach. Chips and salsa by the pool. Road trips. Staying cool. Soaking up all that glorious melanin. Bronze-y skin. Loose curls. Maxi dresses and sandals….

Art Hustling in the Mazda3

Art Hustling in the Mazda3

I recently ventured out and did something I’ve been wanting to do for years: I made prints of my original artwork to sell. It may sound like a small thing but trust me, being a mother with a large family…

Trigger warning: Mama, please defend your daughters

Trigger warning: Mama, please defend your daughters

I was eleven years old. I know it was summer because I was wearing a black one-piece bathing suit and my hair was wet. We’d spent the day at the lake with my cousins, my aunts and uncles. It was…

Why 13 Reasons Why Gave Me Heart Palpitations

Why 13 Reasons Why Gave Me Heart Palpitations

I just finished watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix last week and it was a lot. I am the mama to five teenagers. That’s right, five — count ’em. I have a 13-year-old daughter and four sons age 15, 16, 18 and 19. Pray for me. It’s a miracle I’m still alive to tell this tale.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Own Your Vision

Creative Entrepreneurs: Own Your Vision

I’ve spent the last eleven years of my life being a writer. It’s what pays the bills, it’s what keeps this site happening on the innanets. Some days, though, I feel like I’ve written all the words I have inside…