Gratitude
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/23/2009 - 09:56

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. You get to be around family, eat great food and not worry about presents. It's just about having a good time and being grateful. With two little girls, it can be hard to find a quiet moment to slow down and appreciate life. Alright, it's near impossible! So, I figured I'd take the time for today's post to share a few things I am grateful for:


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Habla, Habla, Habla
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/16/2009 - 11:02

One day when I was a kid, I kept calling my mom over and over again, "Mami! Mami! Mami!"  I'm not sure what I wanted but I remember I just kept calling her.  I was in my room and she was in the kitchen.  I'm not sure how many times I called her but I got tired of waiting for her and went to the kitchen to get her.  "Mami."  She turned to me in a bit of a fury and yelled at me to stop calling her mami!  I was crushed and totally didn't get it.  I didn't know what else to call her.


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Latina Mothers in America
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/10/2009 - 13:03

What a great response I got from the Latina Mothers in America concept. Today I'm excited to bring you the first installment in this series, where I speak to inspiring Latina mothers. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who have reached out to me. For those of you thinking about it, please know that a successful Latina mother is any mother who is a strong and confident woman raising the next generation of Latinos, handing down our beautiful culture and staying true to herself.


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Baby Einstein
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/04/2009 - 12:47

The first time I saw a Baby Einstein video I was babysitting for a friend of mine. They were going out to dinner and said I could go ahead and pop in the DVD for their son. When I did, I was so thoroughly bored and annoyed by the obnoxious images and sounds I almost stopped it right away. The only reason I didn't was because the little boy was hypnotized and seemed really happy. Then once I had kids of my own—despite my great distaste for the videos—we ended up getting a handful of them as gifts.


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Little Blanca Nieve
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/02/2009 - 12:00

As you can see, Dessa was Snow White for Halloween.  You won't find a picture of Farrah in costume because there isn't one.  A costume, I mean. Our poor second child had to settle for a creative ensemble of leopard print sweater and beret—a chic French baby or  a whiskerless leopard, perhaps? Call it what you want but the bottom line is we didn't get her a costume. I couldn't find Dessa's piggy costume from her first Halloween and didn't have enough time to shop for a coordinating costume, so I gave in and said to heck with it.


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Latina Mothers In America
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/26/2009 - 18:00

Like many Latinos, I gave up some of my favorite prime time television to check out Soledad O'Brien's CNN special Latino in America. I've been excited for this special since word first got out about it and it didn't disappoint. I think it gave a solid picture of what a diverse people we are and how diverse our experience is. Do I think any new ground was covered? No.


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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/21/2009 - 17:00

This past weekend, my best friend and her husband left with their daughter for a week-long vacation to Disney World—the place where dreams come true. Their daughter is the same age as Dessa so I'm sure she is in heaven. Since I first became pregnant with Dessa almost three years ago, I've thought about the first time I'd take our kids to Disney. I went almost every year as a child and it holds a really special place in my heart.


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Baby's Bottom Line
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/19/2009 - 13:43

If there is one thing I cannot wait to be rid of, it is diapers. Potty training is moving along well with Dessa (more on that soon) but we've got a five-month-old which means there's a long road ahead before we are diaper free. Sure, I could try elimination communication (aka EC) but I really just don't think I'm cut out for it.


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Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/14/2009 - 16:30

If you're a mami, and you're smart, then you're likely starting your holiday shopping right around now. I'm trying to save myself from having to spend any time at the mall on Christmas Eve this year (for once) and with two little ones underfoot, heading out to shop for any extended period of time is an adventure I'm just not ready to endure. So instead, I'm taking to the internet to source gifts for my favorite people. Since this is a blog about all things mami, over the next several weeks I'll be sharing some great finds for the special little ones in your life.


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Spanish Lullaby
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/12/2009 - 13:18

Cue Madonna. Just kidding! I'm actually talking about canciones de cuna, or lullabies.  A wonderful part of raising my daughters bilingual has been remembering and discovering beautiful Spanish lullabies.  I believe music, stories and rhymes play a key role in helping children learn a language and, more importantly, in creating strong bonds with their heritage.  It's an easy way to keep our culture alive.


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