There is nothing like the smell of a freshly bathed baby. Hold that baby close and take a deep, luxurious inhale of their sweetness. I do believe this is why I had six children — I couldn’t get enough of that baby smell! Of course, I had the usual mom concern about the safety of the products I was using on my baby’s tender skin. I spent a lot of time in the shopping aisle, doing my best not to freak out as I trying to decipher the labels. It was so confusing.
As the weather heats up and my kids are home from school, one of my go-to meals to feed my family is ceviche. Ceviche is God’s gift to our taste buds. Fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, abalone, octopus — it’s what seafood heaven tastes like. If you haven’t tried ceviche before, I don’t know if we can be friends. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is tossed in citrus juices that “cook” the fish.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
I flew out to Miami to experience Hispanicize and the 2017 TECLA Awards. What was waiting for me? A glamorous afternoon of being styled for the Tecla’s, complete with hair and makeup did at JCPenney. For this mama who spends most of her days in front of a computer wearing joggers, slides and a bun, this was way out of my comfort zone.
I’m so happy that my favorite pair of senior citizen ladies are back on Netflix with 13 hilarious episodes. Grace and Frankie is about two women who find out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been having a romantic affair for the last 20 years.
Sometimes leading by example is not enough. It’s never too early to talk to your children about money: saving, being financially savvy with your purchases and planning for the future. The “Money Talk” can boost their financial confidence and preparedness for the future.