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Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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Giving, Ricky Martin and Chilaquiles.

Submitted by on December 2, 2010 – 8:30 pmNo Comment

Ricky Martin tweeted that his new album, which he recorded in Miami this summer, is due Feb. 1 and titled “MUSIC+SOUL+SEX.” Martin’s album was produced by Desmond Child, who wrote Livin’ La Vida Loca and top charting songs for Kiss, Bon Jovi, Cher and too many others to list. Child, who is half-Cuban, has said in interviews that coming out as a gay man as further unleashed Martin’s creativity. From from buzz I hear, it is worth the pre-order at Amazon.

Speaking of music, check out Tracy’s round-up of Spanglish songs and videos. Prepare to spend some time over at Latina-ish

It is my  hope no one asks me to get publicly naked, but if you’re into naked — or semi-naked — bloggers disrobing for a good cause, check out the Blogger Body Calendar. Proceeds benefit the worthy cause, the National Eating Disorders Association.

To give is to receive, right? We’re remembering that this season? Well, check out The Giving Effect, which connects you with organizations in your area that need items — items you have at home and don’t need, or can purchase. It’s stuff like gently-used clothing and toys, plus canned goods, cleaning supplies, gift cards,  you name it.

We are loving these inexpensive kid’s stocking stuffer ideas from Parenting magazine.

Do you like reading gift guides? Well, here’s one round-up at Skimbaco Lifestyle.

Do you need to, or want to, make gifts? My personal favorite craft blog, Just Something I Made, has a great gallery of easy DIY gifts. Now, get to it.

I found this link to Empower Your Shower on Just Something I Made — clings for your shower that say things like “I am Enough” and “Today I will Forgive Someone.” Awesome.

Hey, did you hear about the free downloadable Christmas songs from Target.com? Get them here. It’s a diverse collection Y listen, my Music City, Nashville-flavored musica from Natalie Hemby. Sweet. Also look for Súper Mamá (Supermom) by the Barcelona-based Pinker Tones and Un Regálo Para Mí (A Present For Me) by Ceci Bastida. (Thumbs up for diversity, Target.com!)

And because every el buzz should have a food link, Check out Mmm, Me Gusta — a Little Cooking Show. It’s made for the Internet and featured on Hungry Nation. It is done by Claudia, a Southern California native who grew up eating “menudo and pan dulce.” There is great variety on the site and lots of ways to connect with her. Yesterday’s episode was on making chilaquiles.

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