Mami’s Favorite Things: Music


I grew up in a house full of music.  There were impromptu get togethers, holiday parties, birthdays, etc. There were also, “Friday night is cleaning night” parties. The common thread was always music.

I sometimes look around and find the house incredibly still. Knowing what an impact music has on me, I’m always shocked that there isn’t music playing 24/7 at home.  There are times when I feel a void in my life that can only be filled with sweet rhythms that my body reacts to like an involuntary reflex.

With everything that’s been going on, I have promised myself more music.  The Sirius XM Portable Dock and radio are set up at my desk and I can feel an immediate effect of the music feeding my creative spirit.

There are times when I am in a mood and the only thing that helps me is throwing on some Maxwell or perhaps a little Jay-Z. One never knows what the subconscious might respond to. Will it be Carlos Vives or will it be Journey? Ah, the possibilities are endless.

Whatever your pleasure or however you come about this, I can say with certainty that music has the ability to influence how we feel.  And right now, I feel good.

It helps that my holiday shopping is done and the gifts are wrapped. If you are not on the same boat as I am, I suggest you head on over to Radio Shack and get this problem resolved ASAP. Not only do they have great deals on your favorite products but you get $10 back for every $50 you spend. Hello? Great excuse to spend more (or, at least that’s my reasoning).

In any case, I wanted to share another favorite thing and because there’s a slight chance that you are not going to be thrilled with whatever is under the tree tomorrow, I’m giving you a chance to win your very own Portable Dock and radio.


If you head over to Have Wine, Will Drink, I’m sharing my very special Christmas cocktail. I call it the Santa Baby.

Sending you tons of love and light during this most special time!

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Disclosure: I was provided with this product for a giveaway months ago and kept it hidden away in my closet for the right time. I think it’s the right time. All opinions, thoughts and two-steps are entirely my own.


Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Organizada Planner  and My Mamihood. She was selected as one of Latina Magazine's top Blogger to Know and Latina Magazine's top 10 Mommy bloggers. Mothering a 6-year old little girl and figuring out why the clean laundry won't automatigically insert itself where it belongs round out her current passions. Sili is deeply committed to changing the world and coaching you right along toward your purpose. She is viciously awesome. Sili raises armies and builds empires. She also bakes cookies and thangs.


  1. Going with my family every year to pick out a christmas tree and Dad would cut it down.

  2. I remember when I was little I woke up at 3am to sneak down to the tree and my dad was sleeping on the couch and wouldn’t let me look at the toys and bike I saw Santa had left….I was so excited
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  3. laughing with my family and realizing i get my goofiness from them 🙂
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  4. My favorite memory is being on a cruise ship and transiting the Panama Canal at Christmas time.

  5. going with my family to find a tree and cut it down. it was funny because my mom is so picky!

  6. Adrienne gordon Says: December 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I like caroling with my kids.

  7. michelle jonassen Says: December 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I loved to drive around and look at Christmas lights with my parents. Now my husband and I do that with our children.

  8. When I was a little girl I asked Santa for special Barbie that I received.

  9. christina moore Says: December 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    All the family at home on Christmas Eve

  10. Caitlin McClure Says: December 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Waking up early to see what santa left

  11. robyn paris Says: December 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    i remember enjoying decorating the tree

  12. presents from grandma and grandpa:)

  13. I love to see to pretty Christmas lights!!!

  14. Shannon Baas Says: December 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Watching my brother and nephew have a blast.

  15. Kyl Neusch Says: December 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

    decorating the tree

  16. Ann Fantom Says: December 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

    My favorite memory is when I was about 8 years old and unwrapped the gigantic (to me) doll house that I had been asking Santa for.

  17. I remember baking cookies with my kids when they were small.

  18. Sled riding with dad and brothers

  19. snowball fights. I always got one right in the ear lol. I loved it!

  20. christina moore Says: December 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    decorating the tree

  21. baking cookies together to give to neighbors

  22. molli vandehey Says: December 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    going out to fancy dinners.

  23. Spending Christmas with my family in DR.

  24. Traumajunky Says: December 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Snow and sledding!

  25. Lorena Keech Says: December 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Going to church Christmas Eve and then coming home to eat great food, and to open one present (usually new pjs)

  26. My parents used to host christmas eve parties for the family. They would set out lots of appetizers and cookies and everyone would come over and exchange gifts!
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  27. Gina Brickell Says: December 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Decorating the tree when I was little…

  28. Split Pea Soup on Christmas Eve

  29. Lindsay Durflinger Says: December 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    waking up at 5am

  30. Jennifer B. Says: December 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love my memories of Christmas morning with my sister and mom. My sister would wake me up extra early and then show me the tree and that Santa had visited.

  31. Going to my grandmother’s for Christmas eve, and when we came home, we’d track Santa on TV.

  32. danielle lima Says: December 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    opening presents with my sisters

  33. Dwayne Berry Says: December 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

    My greatest moment is every time my little girl opens a present and her face lights up.

  34. April Brenay Says: December 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

    my sons first time to call Norad, he was so cute!

  35. steve weber Says: December 26, 2012 at 1:45 am

    going to look at Christmas lights with the family.

  36. my favorite holiday memories are back when it used to be so much easier for everyone to get together for Christmas. Now it’s like pulling teeth…

  37. Claudia Davis Says: December 26, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I love shopping every year for my family.

  38. Michael Capp Says: December 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Spending time with my family.

  39. Mary Calabrese Says: December 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    getting a check from my mom!!

  40. racing down the stairs with my sister to open presents

  41. GILDA CAMPOS Says: December 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Mi mejor recuerdo de Navidad es el esperar con ansias a que amaneciera para correr a abrir los regalos que nos había traido Santa Claus. Era maravilloso creer en su existencia!

  42. Monique Rizzo Says: December 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I loved our big Christmas Dinner.
    Thanks for the chance.

  43. Marty Harris Says: December 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Spending Christmas with my Dad

  44. Ashley Hatten Says: December 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    making cookies w/ my grandma

  45. My favorite holiday memories are the big family dinners we’ve always had on Christmas Eve, this year included – it’s a time when most of our relatives and family friends get together, reminisce about the past year and look forward to the year ahead, and catch up on our eventful lives with great food, drink, music, and games!

  46. Gathering at my Grandmother’s house and celebrating w/all my aunts, uncles and cousins!

  47. PAIGE CHANDLER Says: December 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Seeing my new niece in a Christmas Tree dress

  48. Tabathia B Says: December 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    spending the holidays’ at my grandmothers and playing with my cousins

  49. Denise Clark Says: December 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Waking up way too early and getting everyone else up on Christmas Day.

  50. My son being born 2 years ago a week before Christmas

  51. watching a christmas story

  52. When I was a little girl, I loved going through the Sears Catalog making out my Christmas list and giving it to my mom to fulfill.

  53. serrao joselina Says: December 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Cuando eramos mas chicos siempre la familia venia a casa para la cena y eramos muchos primos de la misma edad, como extrano esa epoca!!! Adoro muchisimo la navidad!!

  54. jose benavides Says: December 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

    spending it with my grampa that passed away … seeing him open his gifts

  55. Yenny Sweeps Says: December 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

    The first Christmas I spent with my fiance.

  56. Trying to stay up all night with my brothers and sister, watching for Santa 🙂

  57. Ronnie Schwartz Says: December 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    lighting the candles on the menorah

  58. putting up my first stocking

  59. Our Christmas Eve Wii family tournament

  60. Favorite memory is playing games all night and having drinks as adults with my sisters
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  61. Danielle D Says: December 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Just spending time with my family!

  62. Marcia Goss Says: December 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Decorating the tree with my granddaughter.

  63. Cooking with my Grandma

  64. Just the peace and quiet of NOT having to rush around to buy “stuff” due to a lack of money, and spending a nice day with my husband and sister.
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  65. (I can’t get a RAfflecopter form to save my soul) Every year, my mom would try to thwart us kids (4) from figuring out whose present was whose. So she’d make up some crazy code. One year, she lost her sheet, so had to have us just start opening presents until she could figure out which ones belonged where.

  66. nicole hirschfeld Says: December 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Watching my children opening presents and spending time with family

  67. Gloria Schulte Says: December 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    My favorite memory is driving home for Christmas and seeing the Christmas tree lights in my parent’s window

  68. Going to bed and sneaking out to see who was walking around the Christmas tree at night. Caught my dad in action since he’s not very sneaky, but still acted delighted when I open my gifts. I just loved that someone would care enough to be someone else!

  69. Watching It’s a wonderful life with family and eating popcorn

  70. watching christmas movies and baking with my mom

  71. Having some alone time with my husband 🙂

  72. Making Zeppolis with my Grandmother.


  74. amy deeter Says: December 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    decorating the tree

  75. Baking treats with my mom!

  76. My favorite memories are.times I spent with my grandparents! I miss them sooo much!
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  77. Spending time with my entire family and showing my appreciation for them!

  78. caitlin tate Says: December 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    getting a dollhouse

  79. Erika Smith Says: December 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

    To spend time with friends and family

  80. when i got an easy bake oven

  81. when i was 8 yrs old and i got everything i asked for from everybodt, it was the last time i ever had a real genuine xmas.

  82. Jessica Rose Says: December 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Christmas Dinner with the WHOLE family!

  83. Steve Stone Says: December 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    making cookies with my grandma

  84. Spending time with family.

  85. christie kammerer Says: December 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    baking with my mom

  86. I love gathering the younger folks and making a “Christmas musical” for the rest 😀

  87. Valerie Taylor Mabrey Says: December 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    getting a doll baby bed dad made me
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  88. the big holiday dinner with the whole family

  89. I remember the year I got my first dog! That was my favorite.

  90. watching my daughters face as she opened her presents

  91. sheryl cullum Says: December 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    My most memorable Christmas morning was when my first child was like 3 years old she woke up and woke us up we went into the living room and I said look santa came.She looked scared screamed and ran back to her bedroom it really was funny at the time LOL

  92. hmmm favorite memory? probably the sleepovers we are doing each year as a tradition! the littles get to sleep in mommy and daddys room on christmas eve 🙂 i just love the cuddles.

  93. Getting what I asked for when I was a kid.

  94. Getting together with family and my grandma’s house

  95. My favorite memory is being at my cousin’s house on Christmas morning.

  96. I live out of state from my family-going home to see them for the holidays
    thanks for the giveaway

  97. My most favorite ones are when my children were small, and all 3 waking up to find
    out Santa had come! Ahh– the suspense and excitement for them!

  98. Desiree Dunbar Says: December 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This year it was watching my 5 month old niece celebrate her first Christmas.

  99. watching my daughters open their presents

  100. My favorite memory is of all of the years my cousins, brother, and I spent Christmas Eve talking in a bedroom at my grandparents’ place, and walking to the bathroom with our backs to the landing so we couldn’t accidentally see our stockings or presents early and get in trouble for it.

  101. My favorite memory of the holidays is having dinner at my grandparents’ house on Christmas Day every year. They were such extraordinary people and I miss them. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy holidays.

  102. Amber Porter Says: December 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Getting to pick one present out to open on Christmas Eve.

  103. Mike toohey Says: December 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    decorating wiyth my kids

  104. Misses Giveaways Says: December 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    when my son opened up his large ball. He thought it was so cool!

  105. Paula Tavernie Says: December 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My fave was going to my grandparents house!
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  106. My favorite holiday memory of all time is the year that I saw a Cabbage Patch doll in the store named “Janeva LeeAnn”. I begged my dad to get it for me and he said no. What he did, though, was hide it behind a few others and raced back to the store to get it for me for Christmas. I was so excited when I opened that doll on Christmas morning!
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  107. Tricia Andrews Says: December 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is helping my mom decorate the Christmas tree. Very special for me.

  108. Sara Grivas Says: December 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    When my son came back home to live with us 2 days before Christmas! Best ever!

  109. Tracy Allen Says: December 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Everybody in the kitchen cooking drinking and laughing!

  110. Christmas Eve dinner tradition – beef fondue. Always wound up eating way too much.

  111. amy delong Says: December 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    the excitement of waking up and seeing santa drank the milk and ate the cookies

  112. Michelle S Says: December 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    the delicious foods!

  113. family and food

  114. opining gifts with the family as a kid

  115. It would have to be when my daughter was 2 and the cat got into her presents. She was so mad she kept saying how mean the keekee was.
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  116. Justin Comeau Says: December 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Spending time with my mom and her letting me open one present early

  117. Terry Cross Says: December 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    My favorite memory is of the whole family getting together for Christmas. I miss those days

  118. Samii Meyer Says: December 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I remember being young and trying to scavenger the house for my presents haha

  119. I loved spending time with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on christmas eve

  120. Michelle Tucker Says: December 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    The last Christmas I spent with my mother. I’ll never forget it. I miss her so much.

  121. Getting together with the whole family.

  122. My favorite memories are when my kids were little and would be so excited for Santa to come.

  123. Eating delicious desserts. Thank you.

  124. all the food mishaps first one to spill a drink burn the cookies dry out the turkey lol

  125. Christmas Eve at my grandma’s house. I remember our giant family assembled around a pool table converted into a regular table for the holiday. We would then go up and open presents and Santa would ring the doorbell to drop them off.

  126. trudee carreiro Says: December 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Making cookies with mother

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