Last Minute Gifts
By Carla Molina Martins | 12/21/2009 - 11:25

I'm a terrible gift giver! It's not that I don't care, I actually care a lot—maybe too much—and give tons of thought to what each special person in my life should receive. Trouble is, I'm just not very organized and, honestly, I'm a bit of a scatter brain. This time of year, even the best of intentions can get side tracked and I find myself running around at the last minute.

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Chilean Weightlifter Gives Birth While Training for Competition
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 17:00

Chilean Olympic weightlifter Elizabeth Poblete gave birth to a premature baby boy without ever knowing she was pregnant. Poblete, 22, lives in Brazil and was training when she went into labor. She says she was not feeling well, but had no idea she was expecting a child.

The baby was born on on Dec. 8, three months early, and is currently in intensive care. Poblete was preparing for a competition when her son was born, weighing just 2 and half pounds and measuring 14 inches.

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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids
By Latina Staff | 12/10/2009 - 17:37

It's really all about the kids this time of year. And we couldn't be more excited about our roundup of trendy, creative and fun gift ideas for the young people we love. Your gift will be watching their little faces light up when they see their cool presents. Happy Holidays!

Reporting by Mariela Rosario, Chris Hermosilla and Shani Saxon-Parrish

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All The Single Mamis
By Carla Molina Martins | 12/07/2009 - 10:47

As you all know I am happily married with two kids. But on certain days during the week, I play solo parent. Jeremy works longer hours several days a week so he can have more time off to spend with us. I am grateful because these early years are precious and it's nice to be present. However, those single parent days? They're hard as hell!

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A Mi Manera
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/30/2009 - 10:00

I've known my husband for 10 years and have been married to him for three. Yet after all this time, figuring out the holidays is always a struggle. We live in his home state, while my family is three hours away. Like many families we have to come up with a holiday split that makes everyone happy, which, as I'm sure you know, is much easier said than done. Hubby's schedule gives him every other holiday off, add two kids and traffic and traveling during the holiday rush is always a pain in the you-know-what.

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Art for Babies
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/25/2009 - 13:00

When I came across the poster above from El Jefe Designs, I thought it would be a cool touch for a little boy's room. I love to find unique presents for the holidays! I love the efficiency of big box stores as much as the next person, but recently I've been all about supporting small business. One of my favorite addictions is Etsy ( It's a community of crafty people who love to make stuff.

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By Carla Molina Martins | 11/23/2009 - 09:56

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. You get to be around family, eat great food and not worry about presents. It's just about having a good time and being grateful. With two little girls, it can be hard to find a quiet moment to slow down and appreciate life. Alright, it's near impossible! So, I figured I'd take the time for today's post to share a few things I am grateful for:

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Habla, Habla, Habla
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/16/2009 - 11:02

One day when I was a kid, I kept calling my mom over and over again, "Mami! Mami! Mami!"  I'm not sure what I wanted but I remember I just kept calling her.  I was in my room and she was in the kitchen.  I'm not sure how many times I called her but I got tired of waiting for her and went to the kitchen to get her.  "Mami."  She turned to me in a bit of a fury and yelled at me to stop calling her mami!  I was crushed and totally didn't get it.  I didn't know what else to call her.

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Latina Mothers in America
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/10/2009 - 13:03

What a great response I got from the Latina Mothers in America concept. Today I'm excited to bring you the first installment in this series, where I speak to inspiring Latina mothers. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who have reached out to me. For those of you thinking about it, please know that a successful Latina mother is any mother who is a strong and confident woman raising the next generation of Latinos, handing down our beautiful culture and staying true to herself.

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Baby Einstein
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/04/2009 - 12:47

The first time I saw a Baby Einstein video I was babysitting for a friend of mine. They were going out to dinner and said I could go ahead and pop in the DVD for their son. When I did, I was so thoroughly bored and annoyed by the obnoxious images and sounds I almost stopped it right away. The only reason I didn't was because the little boy was hypnotized and seemed really happy. Then once I had kids of my own—despite my great distaste for the videos—we ended up getting a handful of them as gifts.

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