Street Smarts
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/29/2009 - 15:21

I'm obsessed with pop culture and reading about the lives of celebrities, I freely admit it. I especially love to read their thoughts on parenting. Imagine my surprise when I came across this interview with John Leguizamo and I found that we have a lot in common in the parenting department.

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Where's Princess Maria?
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/27/2009 - 14:20

this year, Disney will be releasing The Princess and the Frog. It will
be the first Disney movie with an African American princess! Before her, there were two other brown princesses: Mulan and Pocahontas. I'm as excited as the next person for young
African American girls to have a Disney character all their own that looks like them and that they can relate to.

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Habia Una Vez...
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/22/2009 - 13:52

I'm Cuban American but there are some aspects of motherhood that make me feel more American than Cuban. I started feeling this way when I realized I didn't know many Spanish fairy tales or children's stories. I also don't know a whole lot of nursery rhymes en español. I have a small handful of things I remember from my own childhood but those are a bit of a blur. I've tried to Google some information like lyrics to nursery rhymes I've heard or background on stories but when I do that I get a dozen different versions and don't know which one to believe.

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The Difference Between Boys and Girls
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/20/2009 - 13:30

Shia LaBeouf sat down recently with Playboy magazine and made some, um, interesting comments with regards to his mom. "Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother," LaBeouf said, "She's an ethereal angel. Nobody looks like that woman. If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would. I would be with my mother now, if she weren't my mother, as sick as that sounds."

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The Terrible Twos
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/15/2009 - 09:34

Dessa just turned two. Sure, I've heard about the "terrible twos" but I always thought everyone was exaggerating. How bad can it really be?

Um, the answer is insane! Simultaneously handling a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old can get pretty interesting. Back in the good old days, if Dessa was having a tantrum, it was easy to distract her with a toy or ice cream. Now, for some reason, absolutely nothing works until she gets her way. It doesn't happen every day, but it can be a challenge when trying to divide our attention between two kiddos.

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Suck It Up
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/13/2009 - 15:00

I'm eight weeks postpartum and just two weeks away from a very important wedding. I'm holding off on buying a dress until the last minute—because, you know, I totally expect those last few pounds to drop off the day before. I'm not exactly in the same circle as Heidi Klum who strutted her stuff weeks after giving birth at the Victoria's Secret fashion show, but my body is slowly getting back to pre-baby form. Nursing has certainly helped but it's been the Belly Bandit that has really made a difference for me.

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The Curse of the Fawcett
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/08/2009 - 15:45

When I was pregnant the first time around, we made a list of names we loved. We had a list of about 5 or 6 names we could both sort of agree on and one of those was Farrah. But then in the home stretch of my pregnancy, my hubby came up with Dessa. And when she was born, Dessa just fit and our list of agreed upon names got shelved...until we got pregnant again.

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The Godfather
By Carla Molina Martins | 07/01/2009 - 11:46

When we had Dessa it was pretty clear cut who would be the godparents: my husband’s one brother and a cousin of his that we adore. With number two, it's been a little trickier.

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Ride-or-Die Sis
By Carla Molina Martins | 06/29/2009 - 10:40

The roller-coaster ride that started on May 13 when we expanded our little family of three to four has had its share of tough moments. Like at 3 a.m., when I'm in a dead sleep and Farrah decides it's time to feast. Or when I've been home alone with both girls for eight hours, no one has napped and Dessa can't understand why I have to tend to Farrah instead of play with her. Or when Farrah has been crying for an hour straight, Mami's heart is breaking and no amount of burping, swaddling, swaying, breast-feeding or singing will put her to sleep.

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Bringing the Latina Out in Your Daughter
By Carla Molina Martins | 06/24/2009 - 15:45

If Latina-ness were measurable, I don't think I'd rank very high.  Growing up I always felt a little too Americanized for my hard-core Cuban friends, and a little too Latina for my non-Latina friends.  I never questioned my culture, but I had very distinct interests that seemed to contradict each other.  Maduros and sushi. Marc Anthony and Duncan Sheik. Salsa dancing and meditation.

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