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Worldess Wednesday: Mickey Ears

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My son, Santiago — who didn’t get to go with us on our Hanes Comfort Crew trip to Disney World last week — was digging all the awesome Mickey Mouse goodies we brought him back. From his very own Mickey Mouse T-shirt (his sister and I made it especially for him at Downtown Disney’s Hanes Design-A-Tee shop) to the Mickey ears with my name embroidered on the back, all courtesy of Hanes. His daddy is a photographer and every timeRead More ...

Wordless Wednesday: Our SpanglishBabies at Disney World

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Our SpanglishBabies, Vanessa and Camila, at the Grand Floridian in Disney World, completely oblivious to our pleas not to get their pants wet… We’re spending this week at Disney World as part of Hanes #ComfortCrew. ...

Spanish Friday | Viernes Santo

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Llevo semanas queriendo hacer lo que nuestra amiga Latinaish hace todos lo viernes: Spanish Friday. ¡Por fin lo puedo hacer! Hoy es Viernes Santo y yo estoy trabajando. ¡Qué horror! De todas las cosas que se me hicieron difíciles de asimilar cuando me mudé a éste país hace casi 24 años, trabajar — o ir al colegio — en Semana Santa es una a las que jamás me acostumbraré. Mientras que toda mi familia y amigos en el Perú yRead More ...

Wordless Wednesday: Language Lover

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My dad LOVED languages and he was so aware of the benefits of knowing more than one language that he made sure we grew up bilingual. This week marks seven years since he passed away, and I miss him so… He was always such a huge supporter of everything I did. I think he would’ve been proud of SpanglishBaby, ¿no?   ...

Wordless Wednesday: Love at First Gulp

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This took me completely by surprise, but as soon as Vanessa tried chicha morada for the first time, she was hooked. Wherever we’d go during our recent trip to Perú, she’d ask for a glass (or two) of this deliciously refreshing Peruvian drink made from maíz morado. It was surprising because, as a child, whenever someone who knew me well planned on serving chicha, they knew they might as well prepare a separate batch sólo para mi. Such was myRead More ...

Latinos and Asthma: A Bad Combo

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I recently found out that Latino children are 60 percent more at risk than white children to have asthma attacks. I also found out that Latinos are three times as likely as whites to die from asthma. (If you’d like to know why, please check out this article). And, I freaked out because my own daughter, Vanessa, was diagnosed with asthma almost two years ago! Were you aware of these numbers? I wasn’t and I felt guilty. But I’ve decided to turnRead More ...

Gifts for my Son’s Baptism

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We’re baptizing our son, Santiago, on Saturday. I feel terrible that we’ve waited this long (most Catholics do this right after a baby is born). His sister was baptized when she was barely 2 months old. Santiago is 19 months today. I can come up with a handful of reasons why we’ve waited this long, but the truth is that I’m really happy we’re finally doing it. I’m also really happy because Ana — who is Santiago’s godmother — andRead More ...

Are You a Cachivachera?

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I’ve never had a problem admitting it: Soy una cachivachera. I’m a pack rat…of the worst kind, at that. I collect all kinds of cachivaches and I always find some kind of sentimental reason why I shouldn’t get rid of even a piece of paper con un garabato. I have boxes, drawers, bags, envelopes and trunks filled with years worth of all kinds of greeting cards I’ve received; ID cards from school, gyms, libraries and all the jobs I’ve everRead More ...

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