Jessica Alba's Spanish 101
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/01/2010 - 12:26

Jessica Alba has gotten lots of flack in the past for some of her supposed comments on her heritage.  I feel for her because she gets criticized for speaking her mind. In a recent interview, Jessica revealed that she's hired a professional Spanish tutor to ensure that both she and her daughter learn the language.

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Why Oh Why?
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/28/2010 - 16:00

The other day we went to Barnes and Noble.  Dessa played with a little girl in the children's book section and then the little girl had to leave with her mom.  Dessa and I waved good-bye and my toddler asked me, "¿Donde va ella?"  I told her in Spanish that the little girl was headed home. 

Dessa asked, "¿Porque?

I told her because she was hungry and wanted to eat. 

Dessa asked, "¿Porque?

I told her because she had worked up an appetite playing.

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The (Gold) Tooth Fairy
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/25/2010 - 12:10

I recently came across "Le Knockout" collection from Kim Kovel while surfing the glorious world wide web.  It's a keepsake line which takes the tooth fairy to a whole other level. When your baby loses their first tooth, Ms. Kovel (a mommy herself) will cast it in gold or silver and engrave their initials on it so you can turn a major milestone into as a cute charm.  If you're feeling extra blingy, you can even add a diamond! Check it out:

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The Other Child
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/20/2010 - 15:30

My little baby isn't so little any more! Just last week Farrah turned 8 months and ever since, she's been crossing off milestones left and right.  In case you were wondering:

1. She has mastered the art of the crawl. She used to scoot around the house but it quickly morphed into a full on crawl—she now moves at alaming speeds.

2. I can barely believe it but she cruises around the house already! She pushes a little wagon back and forth, it's not a quick stroll, but rather confident and joyous.

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The Taming of the Tantrums
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/18/2010 - 11:00

Tantrums, oh, tantrums. They are in full effect in my house these days. Dessa is one headstrong, independent and strong-willed toddler. She's a feisty Cubanita if ever I've seen one. 

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Get In On the Games
By Chris Hermosilla | 01/15/2010 - 10:41

Few areas of digital entertainment have grown up faster than video games. If you haven’t taken a look at today’s home game consoles—the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3—they’re way more than kids’ play. Besides the expanded library of games that cater to all age ranges of both men and women (and not just your boyfriend and his buddies), the actual devices do a whole lot more than just play games. So even if you’re not much of a player, here are three things you can do with the latest game systems:

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Bargain Baby
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/13/2010 - 14:37

Growing up, "frugal" wasn't a term my family used a lot. We took trips to Disney every year, were extravagant gift givers and kept up with the Jones's to a certain extent—all on a middle class income. But nowadays, with all this talk of, "Recession this, frugal that," it's really become all about the bargain. And I've got to be honest, it is tough for me. I used to like to shop for myself (who doesn't?), but I really love shopping for my girls. I could do nothing else all day long and I would if money grew on trees.

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BabyCenter en Español Announces Most Popular Baby Names of 2009
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2010 - 14:13

BabyCenter en Español just released it's list of the most popular Hispanic baby names of 2009, and the trends seem to reflect the tough times many have faced over the last year. Names with religious significance have made drastic gains, as have names that conjure up hope—perhaps as a response to the financial and social hardships so many families have recently experienced.

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Potty Time!
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/11/2010 - 12:42

Drum roll, please...

We now officially have a potty-trained toddler!

Dessa basically figured out how to use the potty all on her own and spent several months using the toilet at home. Then the holidays rolled around and we decided it was too much of a bother to complete the task of potty training so we continued letting her use diapers when we went out. But three weeks ago, I saw a little girl Dessa's age using the potty while we were out and about and it hit me then that we were being lazy. I immediately pulled the trigger and said bye-bye to diapers that very same day.

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Oh, Christmas Tree!
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/05/2010 - 16:02

While most folks have taken down their Christmas tree and eliminated any sign of the holiday from their home, we've still got all of our holiday decor up. As much as both my husband and I would love to take it all down and get back to our normal, clutter free status, we're willing to deal with it until we celebrate El Dia de Los Reyes Mago. As a kid, the holidays were never over until January 6th and I'm happy to continue the tradition with my girls. To celebrate, I'd choose one of the three kings and leave him a letter on our Christmas tree.

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