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Young Shakira Should Give Us Hope September 08 2010

I adore Shakira. She's talented, my baby loooooves her songs, she's hot (see Loba video) and she seems like she'd be a nice person, right? So when I saw this on Guanabee -- a video of an 11-year-old Shakira performing on Colombian television I nearly choked on my coffee. OMG, this is soooo stank -- the dress, hair, the eyeliner and those moves -- that it makes me like Shakira...

'Los Doyers' Trademark Means Spanglish May Soon Become Official U.S. Language September 07 2010

The Los Angeles Dodgers owners have officially trademarked 'Los Doyers' -- which I say is a total nod to the huge Spanish-speaking population in LA, and a score for the Spanglish language. VinScullyIsMyHomeboy was the first to take note last week of the corporatization of the name, and turns out he was right on: I saw something at Dodger Stadium last Wednesday that I had never seen before. Heck, maybe I'm...

Introducing, the New Gustavo Dudamel! Let's Figure Out the Marimba First September 06 2010

We bought this little marimba in Nicaragua last year. But okay, this picture of baby K "playing" the marimba was super hard to take because at this point, she doesn't really know how to handle the mallets. She gets that when you touch a piano key, it resonates with sound. But a marimba is just silent wood unless you bang on it with something hard. We'll keep at it. In...

Muy Delicioso! Dora and Diego Get Their EVOO On September 02 2010

Right now, there's a baby gate that bars baby K from the kitchen. It's so sad when I'm cooking and there she is, hanging on to the bars crying and trying to get to me. Or to the dog's water and food bowls. Probably the latter. Once baby K gets a little older I'm going to get her a little apron and put her to work. Like my sister-in-law tells...

Latin-American Folk Songs Book--Not What You Expect to Find at Airport Gum Shop September 01 2010

I was really, really tired and bleary-eyed when I trudged into DFW yesterday night on my way back to DC, but amazingly there was zero line at the American counter and just one person ahead of me at security. I felt like I was going through Tallahassee, or Laredo, or Baton Rouge's airports -- which have short lines, but not a single Starbucks, gasp! Thank the coffee gods, there are...

Yep, Whataburger Wins August 31 2010

I am traveling for work yet again -- this time in Dallas -- and it seems burgers are now officially my food of choice to quell my mama-missing-baby feelings. When I was in LA a few weeks ago I had an In-N-Out burger but wasn't really feeling it. It was aight, but didn't live up to the hype. Now THIS was an excellent meal. And now I'm ready to head...

'Babies' Documentary Makes Me Worry Less About What Baby K Puts In Her Mouth August 31 2010

We saw the documentary 'Babies' this weekend, and if you haven't seen it or heard about it the trailer should be enough to suck you in. Prepare to be intoxicated by the overwhelming cuteness. The film follows four babies -- Ponjia from Namibia, Hattie from San Francisco, Mari from Tokyo and Bayarjargal from Mongolia -- from the time when they are helpless little blobs fresh from the oven until they...

She's Starting to Talk--in Spanglish August 29 2010

So it's finally happening -- the moment when baby K transitions from gibberish every now and again to having what seem like full-on gibberish conversations with inflection, with a few real words interspersed between. She points to her cup and says agua when she's thirsty. And says apple for apple, banana, nectarine or any fruit, really. I've been listening closely to the gibberish and inflections, and wondering what its going...

Huaraches for Baby August 26 2010

We all wore them--I had white huarachitos for Easter one year. Pink ones at some point in elementary. And I have some fabulous red huarache-inspired wedge shoes now. My husband is totally obsessed with minimalist running shoes now and if I tell him about these huaraches he'd probably make his own and start wearing the Jesus sandals. I didn't call them that--they did. I'm so inner circle on huaraches that...

UPDATE: Chavo and Chilindrina Shirts in the Hooooouuuuse! August 25 2010

Latin Lingo just let me know that they've just put up their blue Chavo and Chilindrina shirt for sale on their website. Coolness. I did a post a few weeks ago of baby K wearing it. I bought it in the company's store in San Jose, but couldn't find it online. Until Now! In the meantime, last week when I was in Los Angeles I hit up--at the suggestion of...

Lucha Libre Makes the Forgotten Off / On Switch Cool August 24 2010

We have boring switchplate covers in our house. White ones. Some super old ones with layers of paint encrusting the edges to the wall. And our dining room light switch is naked and showing all its stuff. Super classy! Now these switchplate covers are the kind that only super cool people put in their house. I saw these in a shop at the Placita Olvera in Los Angeles. I especially...

Pan Dulce Cushions and "Fuzzies" Make Life Sweeter August 23 2010

This is my older brother's DREAM come true. He can literally eat pan dulce like Cookie Monster gets down with cookies. I literally raided Xochico's online store when I saw this collection. I couldn't wait for my order to come in--and it finally did on Saturday. First, I gotta say, the packaging these products come in is amazing. It's better than wrapped presents. It's authentic. Everything comes in pink boxes--just...

A Little Bit Rancherona August 22 2010

I relented late, late Thursday night and let my husband take baby K to Miami over the weekend since he had to go there for work. I've been in touch with the monkey via phone and Skype. Really, it's not so bad having her so far away thanks to all this connectivity. Plus, I really like for her to be with the abuelos and tias and primos. She's getting in...

¡BINGLéS! -- The Two-Way Bilingual Loteria Game August 21 2010

I know if I were to give this game to baby K she'd just end up chewing on it and spitting it out. I thought she was over the stage where she has to lick everything she comes in contact with, but no, no, not yet. ¡BINGLéS! is billed as a game based on Loteria for Spanish-speakers to learn English. It teaches the pronunciation--the myu-zi-shan. The gua-ter-me-lon. There's different activities...

In-N-Out Burgers vs. Whataburger (Code for Cali vs. Texas) August 19 2010

I've been in LA for past two days for work, and I miss baby K so much. I'm at LAX right now and gonna get on a red eye. Every time I hear a baby cry or child babble my heart beats faster. I mean, even Shrek 3 and the sight of little green Shrek babies with big eyes on the flight over made my eyes well up. I totally...

Pink Latina Tank Top--Proper Attire for El Parque August 19 2010

When you're gonna hang in the public park, gotta dress up for the occasion. Got this pink Latina tank top at the same place in San Jose where I bought the Chavo and Chilindrina t-shirt. But again, can't find this particular one in their online store. BUT, it's similar to this one sold online at Arte y Loqueras. Some of the other children's shirts this store carries are the ones...

Gilson Martins Passport Holder--Because Baby's Gotta Travel Too August 18 2010

I bought this Cristo Redentor passport holder pre-K in a Gilson Martins shop in Rio--near Ipanema. Baby K got her passport when she was  six months old, and she's traveled abroad just once so far. So far. I really, really want to go somewhere soon, although last time I flew with baby K on my lap was last month and it was NOT FUN. I basically wrestled with a one-year-old...

Gimme La Leche! She's Serious. August 17 2010

One of my good friends got baby K this bib that says "Gimme la leche!" as a gift. I don't know who's more serious here though--baby K or her abuelo. This is when she was about five months old, when drinking her lechita every two hours was serious business. Like clockwork. I like that this bib is simple, kinda gave non-verbal baby K some attitude, and importantly, that it is absorbent....

Julieta Venegas has a baby girl! August 16 2010

I've had Julieta Venegas on my mind a lot this summer--especially because her latest album is fantastic, like, EVERY SINGLE SONG, especially Despedida. I didn't even know she was expecting, probably because I work and can't get my daily overdose of Charytin on Escandalo TV or other chisme anymore. Ah, maternity leave was good. But anyway, Julieta had a baby girl this weekend, Latina mag has the story here. There's...

She Finally Wears the Guayabera Jumper! August 15 2010

We met up with a friend visiting from out-of-town today for brunch at Founding Farmers, a terrific farm-to-table restaurant in DC. Everything from the coffee to the waffle to eggs benedict were delicious. We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table beforehand though, which really sucks when you have a hungry child who is bored with the Cheerios holdover trick. But, baby K got to wear her lilac guayabera...

The Classic Mexican Dress August 14 2010

Wearing a classic Mexican dresses is effortless, and baby K is pretty comfortable playing in them, too. The bright colors they come in make me happy, and the embroidered flowers make me feel hippy. I see them a lot in fuchsia, bright blue or turquoise and golden yellow. You can find some really nice ones--for yourself of the little one--in Aida Coronado's Etsy shop. I gotta say, when I started...

Cri-cri el Grillito Cantor August 12 2010

I can only take about ten minutes of Pandora's Toddler Music Radio before I want to light my hair on fire and throw myself out the second floor window. The high-pitched voices and folk music combination is just too much for me. Cri Cri, on the other hand, is a perfect compromise between my music and baby K's. It has that nice pre-50's orchestra feel, really Disneyish actually. Cri Cri...

The Hunt for Spanish-language Bookstores August 11 2010

On an outing one day without me, my husband E and baby K ran across what he describes as an amazing Spanish-language bookstore. And to my amazement, he found it here in DC, on New York Ave. in downtown and not online. I searched online for it--because of course he did not remember the name of the store. It's called Portico, and it's actually a partnership between the Inter-American Development...

El Chavo del Ocho y la Chilindrina T-Shirt August 11 2010

So the U.S. had The Little Rascals, and everyone else in Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. had El Chavo del Ocho. Even if you didn't grow up watching the show, it was at least wallpaper on the television during visits to guela's house.  And that, at least for me, is what makes it nostalgic and made me want this shirt when I saw it at a Latin Lingo...
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