Dos Borreguitas Blog

Spanglish Holiday Mix-Tape November 28 2011

Our holidays have always been a mix of culture and traditions, but they're blended so well that it's sometimes hard to separate where one ends and the other begins. We eat tamales (de venado), with ketchup. Yep, ketchup (it's a habit leftover from childhood). We drink Abuelita hot chocolate. We make lots of fudge. We wait and wait and wait until we hear Last Christmas by Wham! play in some...

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree is Up November 27 2011

We decided to go "green" again this year and spare the life of a Christmas tree by putting up our little artificial one. Well, it's not so little. It's medium-sized, I'd say. But it fits perfectly into our smaller (than in Texas, for sure) Northeast-style house. The toddler reveled in all the decorations and re-arranged about half of the ones I hung up. I knew this would happen, which is...

May These Batteries Die Out Soon November 27 2011

We are just three days post-Thanksgiving and a whole month away from Christmas and this Jingle Bells-singing snowman and his dog are already driving me crazy. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. I may just have to sell it on Amazon (who knew they could go for nearly $90!).

Christmas is Not an Extension of Halloween November 26 2011

How do I explain to my toddler what Christmas is really about? Last year, she was 17 months, so it didn't matter much. She liked the sparkles and the lights and playing with wrapping paper. But this year she is just bursting with curiosity and she loves a good pachanga, especially birthdays. And that's where all this confusion started, with her 2nd birthday party back in July, when I think we created...

Shopping Small this Saturday November 25 2011

Last year I was so excited about supporting small businesses (go Etsy-ers) on Small Business Saturday, and this year I'm ready to do it all over again. This year I'm looking at it from the other side, as a small business owner. We hope you come on over (and send your friends, too) to shop Dos Borreguitas. We're offering 20 percent off with coupon code JINGLE2011 plus we'll have free shipping...

Stay Calm, and Shop Dos Borreguitas! November 24 2011

This is an epic moment for Dos Borreguitas -- we've officially launched our online store! We're starting out small, but check back soon for more t-shirt designs with our signature Spanglish style. Our launch is coinciding with the start of the holiday shopping season, which can be frenzied and headache-inducing. But it doesn't have to be either. Get your cafecito, open the laptop and do some online shopping with your...

A New Frontier for Dos Borreguitas November 16 2011

I started this blog over a year ago just after my baby girl turned one, and with the intention of sharing my hunt for cool, nostalgic, kitschy, iconic and hip Latino children’s products. Along the way I've found some really awesome T-shirts and dolls, great music and kids shows, sweet vestiditos, excellent Spanish or bilingual books and more. But the truth is, these products are few and far between or...

The Bookshelf: El Dia de los Muertos October 25 2011

Earlier this month I picked up a few children's books about Dia de los Muertos from the library. This one, El Dia de los Muertos by Ivar da Col, is in Spanish, and I love the illustrations. It breathes life into everything about Day of the Dead: papel picados, calaveras, pan dulce, cempasuchil, fruta, altares, cemeterios and more than anything else, celebration.

Dia de los Muertos T-Shirt October 21 2011

A few days ago I ran across these calavera iron-on appliques as I was cruising down the sewing/crafts section at Wal-mart. I was shocked, **shocked**, when I saw them just hanging there, completely out of place at this random Wal-mart in Maryland. I probably wouldn't have been surprised if I had been in South Texas or California, but in the DC beltway? I think visitors to my house think my...

Goodbye Beaches, Hello Cafecito October 12 2011

The toddler K took swimming lessons this summer, and all she could talk about for three months (besides her birthday, which is apparently every day) was swimming, swimming, and more swimming. But in a pool. When we got to Miami Beach last week I'm not sure that she remembered it from last year, because as soon as we tried to put her down to walk her feet would shoot up...

Guayabera Dress for a Hot Day October 07 2011

Fall has officially arrived at home in DC, but not here in Miami. Guayabera halter dress weather all the way. I wish I could encapsulate this heat and take it home with me, and enjoy it ounce by ounce over the course of the long cold weather season that awaits. **sigh**    

When Primas Just Don't Get Along September 29 2011

For weeks we had been looking forward to my brother and his family visiting from San Jose, California. He has a 2-year-old that's four months older (and four inches taller) than K, and a first-grader. So we were certain that the two girls would get along just famously, besos y abrazos all over the place. Wrong. I have no idea why we thought that. No idea. It wasn't fighting, per...

Many, Many Borreguitas September 29 2011

Muchas Borreguitas!!!! I snapped this urban pasture pic last month in New York at the Uniqlo store, a favorite in Japan and a purveyor of nice and simple casual wear. These lambs, like hundreds of them, were in the middle display in the store. Nice! And so are these clothes ...

When the Kid and Adult Worlds Collide September 23 2011

I'm a huge fan of nearly all the HBO series, and a few on Showtime (Dexter premiere Oct. 2!!!!), but the shows are a Sunday night thing for me and the husband, usually. So earlier this week while we were having breakfast mid-week we caught what sounded like the honky tonk True Blood theme song  on tv and when I turned I was like whaaaa? Sesame Street parody -- True Mud....

Completely Smitten by Juanes September 17 2011

So I'm kind of going to back into this story by starting with this picture my husband took of me and my new BF Juanes earlier this week. It was after a performance, and when I went up to him I said something like that it was such a pleasure to hear him or something very I-carried-a-watermelon-ish. As I'm saying it he's giving me this look. Juanes, Colombian roquero superstar,...

Chido in New York City August 23 2011

It always amazes me how much life and energy New York City packs into that tiny island. It's a city that moves, that's always ON, where people of all stripes get their hustle on every single day. It's easy to see how people get sucked into the city and just never leave, even when kids come into the picture. It's home to more than half a million children under 5...

She's Discovered Make-up August 18 2011

And she loves it. And she can reach into my make-up box and know which cosmetic is for what. It's insane how much they pay attention even when we're doing the mundane things. Note to myself, once again, to watch my mouth!

Latinas Carrying on Without the Rebozo August 17 2011

When we traveled down to Nicaragua and Honduras last year when the toddler was 9 months we left our regular stroller at home and instead took the Bjorn baby carrier and another baby sling I got from Target. It was an easy decision to make -- all I had to do was imagine the route from my husband's grandmother's house to his aunts' and uncles' houses about two blocks away....

Plaza Sesamo and Abelardo the Big Green Bird August 09 2011

  I'll admit it, I let the television babysit my child at times, especially in the morning before I've drowned myself in coffee. If I can help it, I put it on cartoons or children's programming in Spanish, because I figure that balances out my lax (lazy) parenting, right? I never really paid attention to Plaza Sesamo -- which airs on V-Me  -- until around a year ago. I grew up with...

Bunch of Animals August 06 2011

I grew up with three brothers -- so that makes us four siblings, and we were all born with a 5 year 3 month window. Like nesting dolls. So growing up, that meant natural selection was in full effect at our house. Or better explained, if you weren't the first one to get to the box of Fruity Pebbles you were going to miss out because whoever got to it...

Google Autocomplete Fail: Why Do Mexicans ... August 05 2011

So I was about to do a search for "Why do Mexicans like burros?" as in pinatas and burrito sabanero, etc. etc. to research the post I was about to write -- and I know, that's probably not the best way I should've asked the question anyway, but I was thrown off track by the Google's suggestions for finishing my query of "Why do Mexicans ..." The responses are based...

Haciendo Arte o Mugreros? August 02 2011

 

A Very Vaquera 2nd Birthday July 11 2011

The toddler K loves horsies, can't get enough of them on the carousel at the National Mall, or the bouncing one she has in the living room, or seeing them in her picture books or pulling a princess' carriage. They're her favorite--except when they're real. Then they totally freak her stuff out. Literally, like she's clawing away at you to get her the hell away from them. But no matter,...

Thanks for Being a Terrific Papa June 19 2011

The toddler isn't even two yet and she absolutely adores her papa. They're so close, she even feels it's okay to call him by his first name about 90 percent of the time. To E, for all that you do every single day, for loving our little K con todo corazon y alma, for teaching her things I know nothing about, instilling in her a sense of wonder and curiosity...
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