How Mamis Can Make a Difference


Here I am at the end of the year pondering the importance of the work that MomsRising does. And pondering how this organization has changed me in so many ways. I am inspired daily by my colleagues and the work that we do. I never realized how fulfilling this work could be. Never understood the importance of my voice in advocacy ...

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Will You Get Out the Give?


It’s the beginning of the holiday season! Not because it’s December but because today is Giving Tuesday! After you stuff yourself happy with yummy food in the company of loved ones, you battle the crowds to get the best deals before the holidays then you sit at your computer and nab all those great discounts online. What then? What’s left? ...

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Hunger, Helping & Hope: The ‘Hood Helps the Nation!


I’ve never been hungry. My parents were working folks that sometimes scraped by. But we were never hungry. It’s because of Papi. He’d experience hunger as a child and so our house sometimes had an abundance of food. The man pisses me off regularly with his cooking portions. But, there was always enough food to feed one or two extra ...

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Around Town: Unity In the Community


Are you working on your Fall calendar? I am! Because I really hate missing out on things and as the fall season kicks off, there’s a pretty good amount of awesome happening in Central Florida. Clermont? Yes! Clermont, folks. It’s where it’s at. At least when it comes to free family events. I didn’t stutter folks. F.R.E.E. The event offers ...

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Purple Is the Color Of Change


Disclosure: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have a hard time writing about this topic. I can’t find the thread of words that would allow me to write clearly and specifically. I have perused the commentary on the hashtag #WhyIStayed. They tell a heartbreaking story ...

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Blogust 2014 Is Here!


Remember The Year of Three? Well, forget that! We have moved on to bigger and better ages. And with a new year comes a new Blogust! During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014 — a month-long blog relay — some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and ...

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You Can Leave Your Hat On!


I love hats, y’all. But, ask me when was the last time I wore one. I think my cruise to the Bahamas in 2008 might’ve been the last time I wore a couple and felt comfortable doing it. I think hats lend themselves to a certain hot-damn-ness as an accessory. Amirite? I always feel extra classy and my Mami Swagger ...

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Baskets of Love and Space to Grow


I am not entirely convinced of the commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love love. And I love sharing the love. Which is why I have been a part of Baskets of Love for years now. The idea is simple: make baskets to show the women and children at the Women’s Residential Counseling Center (WRCC) that ...

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Prayers for Jahi


Friday into Saturday morning, I could not sleep. One of my line sisters posted this and after I read it, I knew I had to share it here. The frog princess underwent a tonsillectomy last month and my 2 Goddaughters just went through it this past week. To say I cannot imagine is an understatement. I simply ask that if ...

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Blending the Old And the New


The day my son was born was one of the proudest, most amazing days of our lives. As I watched my husband studying his namesake I thought of what the future holds for us all. Although my husband is not of Latin descent, we are both so excited to show our son where he comes from, and the wonderful things ...

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