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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

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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The Treasured Memory
April 30, 2012 – 7:08 am | 21 Comments
The Treasured Memory

A Favorite Bedtime Story
I often wonder about what my children will remember from their childhood.
Any sweet memories I have of being little all involve my abuela. My grandmother is the one who raised me and …

El Lonch-eh Latino + New Lunch Ideas
August 26, 2011 – 8:10 am | 16 Comments
El Lonch-eh Latino + New Lunch Ideas

What was in your Lonch-eh Box?
It was 5:45 a.m. Tuesday and I had taken at least a couple sips of my strong Bustelo as I dug in to make Maria the second of what will …

I blinked.
September 13, 2010 – 12:28 am | 21 Comments
I blinked.

Ed. Note: This is the first in a three-column Parenting series on the Tiki Tiki this week. Click here to learn more about upcoming posts.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I …

Baby Steps
June 28, 2010 – 12:12 pm | One Comment
Baby Steps

As I walk up to my bedroom each evening, I am greeted by these:

And I always stop and look at each one. Always. Every night.
Because I don’t want to forget.
It’s probably as a result …

Born to be Reina
January 7, 2010 – 6:08 am | 4 Comments
Born to be Reina

“This is not a baby shower, it’s a coronation!”
That was spoken by my best friend, a Nebraska native and non-Latina, as she walked into the hall on Calle Ocho in Miami where my Cuban-style baby …

The Luxury of Imaginación
July 6, 2009 – 5:00 am | No Comment
The Luxury of Imaginación

Back when I used to do a meditation class, we’d end sessions with the instructor leading us through a guided visualization.  Esos últimos diez minutos of class, where I’d get to lay on my mat and …

Beautiful-but-Spiny Latin Names
June 29, 2009 – 5:00 am | 8 Comments
Beautiful-but-Spiny Latin Names

When I lived in Madrid, my name was even longer than it is now- my mother’s last name tacked on the back. Every child’s name a miniature family tree. Roll call took much …

Bruja in Brief
June 9, 2009 – 5:00 am | 4 Comments
Bruja in Brief

In our house, we do “Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana,” every time someone gets hurt.
So we were visiting friends in another state when my son bumped his head and …

June 1, 2009 – 5:00 am | No Comment

You know you can relate to the long-held dream of something “impossible”.
In the past two weeks, I have totally potty trained two kids and begun running for bursts of 3:40- two things that, though I …

Ni Mentirosa, Ni Loca
May 18, 2009 – 9:43 pm | One Comment
Ni Mentirosa, Ni Loca

My kids have a multicolored plush spider that, if you press one of its dangly dance-shoed legs, plays the Lambada. A Spanish-speaking friend of my mother’s got it for our older daughter. I remember how, …