Dolores dice...Quinceañera from Hell
By Dolores | 04/23/2010 - 11:00

Dear Dolores:

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What About Your Friends?
By Carla Molina Martins | 04/21/2010 - 18:00

With 29 years of life under my belt and a love for any kind of social event plus a chatty habit of talking up just about anyone, you'd imagine I'd have quite the circle of friends. This, however, is not the case. I walk the line between being an introvert and an extrovert. I love everyone, but don't necessarily like everyone. I have a big network of friends, but mostly folks from my past, dating as far back as preschool.

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El Dia De Las Madres
By Carla Molina Martins | 04/19/2010 - 20:00

Every year on Mother's Day I gush to anyone who will listen about mi abuelito and how he always gave me a card or a small gift to celebrate.  It warms my heart now, as a mother, to think he respects, reveres and holds so high the role of mami. To him it is something near sacred. With the holiday drawing near, I'm on the hunt for the perfect way to honor this very special day for a few important women in my life.

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Wisdom on the Block
By Carla Molina Martins | 04/14/2010 - 18:00

A lot changes from your first child to your second. For me, I kind of lost myself to motherhood with my first.  I was so in love and head over heels, I didn't take time to take care of myself.  Working out was a foreign concept. Make-up grew dusty in drawers. My blow-dryer didn't see the light of day. My wardrobe stayed status quo, including a few maternity pieces.  But I was ok with it because I knew this first time motherhood business was a once in a lifetime thing. 

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Nintendo’s DSi XL is Super-Sized Fun
By Chris Hermosilla | 04/14/2010 - 16:00

Too much of a good thing … is awesome! Meet the Nintendo DSi XL, the newest version of the Nintendo DS portable gaming system. Nintendo’s made it a personal company mission to expand our concept of “video games” by including men, women and kids of all ages, and besides having fun, the touchscreen DS can help you train your brain, stay organized and even learn how to cook better! And with the DSi XL, Nintendo has taken “bigger is better” to a whole new level.

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By Carla Molina Martins | 04/12/2010 - 13:07

Being Latina, my family and I have always been very affectionate.  Every family and friendly gathering begins and ends with hugs and kisses no matter if there are 4 people or 20 people in the room.  While naturally inclined to hugs and kisses there is one kind of kiss I'm not a fan of - kissing kids on the lips. Don't get me wrong, I know some folks grew up with it and it's totally natural, blah, blah, blah. Good for you but it's not for me. 

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He Said, She Said
By Carla Molina Martins | 04/07/2010 - 18:00

In my Mami Diaries post last week I told you about my husband who thinks himself my personal Spanish dictionary. He fancies himself quite the authority on the language. Funny thing is he doesn't just reserve his corrections for words he thinks I'm faux translating but also for words he thinks I'm flat out making up. Think of him as the Latino friend who tells you you're using the wrong words for everything.

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My Bilingual Better Half
By Carla Molina Martins | 03/29/2010 - 10:35

My husband is not Latino, but knows quite a bit of Spanish. Growing up he spent many summers at a New Hampshire camp with lots of kids from Mexico and Venezuela. He learned most of his Spanish from the friends he made there (an equal amount of appropriate Spanish and plenty inappropriate Spanish as well). He is, by no means, fluent; but knows enough that I can't get much past him. He also knows enough to think he sometimes knows more than me, the girl who spoke Spanish way before she spoke English.

A few examples:

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Census Time
By Carla Molina Martins | 03/24/2010 - 18:00

If you don't watch television or listen to the radio or go online or drive on the road (or live under a rock), you may have avoided all the hoopla for the 2010 census. I can't do a damn thing these days without being reminded I have to return my questionnaire. I understand how important it is to be counted; however, it is a tricky thing--that census form--with all it's pretty little boxes.

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Fly Girl
By Carla Molina Martins | 03/17/2010 - 19:00

On Sunday, March 7, superstar Latinas took to the red carpet to celebrate the 82nd Academy Awards.  While Zoe Saldana wore my favorite dress of the evening, it was Jennifer Lopez that had my jaw dropping.  I know, this lady always looks fabulous.  Even when her outfit may not be so great she still looks gorgeous.  What makes me marvel, though, is that she is the mami of twins!  When I had only one child it was a project to get out of the house looking half way decent.

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