It’s here! It’s officially back to school season, there are so many things about this time of year that I love. I love that the kids will get back to using their brains, I love that it means the hot months are finally coming to an end. I love that it means that Fall is coming. And I think I have just always loved the first day of school. Ever since I was a little girl, the first day of school was so exciting. It meant a new beginning, new year, new things to learn, new clothes, new friends and new experiencesRead More
The LA County #FairGoesPOP runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 22 at Fairplex.Read More
And now here we are, 2019. I took a date to see the new Lion King at the El Capitan theater and he was unfamiliar with the story. (WTF? I know!) Anyway, you should have heard him when Mufasa died. There was a loud gasp and an “Aww man.” And then he continued to ask if anyone else was going to die, throughout the entire movie.Read More
“Alright, Forky. You have to understand how lucky you are right now. You’re Bonnie’s toy. You are going to help create happy memories that will last for the rest of her life.”
~Woody, “Toy Story 4”Read More
I told myself that the “new me” would be more transparent and more honest and more real. But I find myself lost and hiding my feelings once again. Afraid to be one way or another. Faking the smiles, giving the façade of being okay. I’m not. I’m lost and unsure of everything in my life and it’s kinda scary.
Wait. Don’t get me wrong. I am strong for one reason, and one reason only. Well, two reasons. My girls.
I know what matters most. My girls. I know this and I am here for them. My girls are good, they’re happy and they’re thriving. They’re growing and changing every single day and I am here for it. Even when I’m not with them and I’m at work, I know that they check in with me, like no one else. Even though I must miss the every day moments while I’m at work providing for them, I know that when I get home and they sit with me, I get to breathe in their day and they save all the important stuff for me, the minute I walk through the door, and usually at the same time.
Nobody warned me about how heavy everything would feel and how lonely it would be as I pull my way through life. Please don’t confuse my venting for weakness, because weak, I am not. Maybe momentarily, but I always pull myself up and together. I just wonder…
When does it get to be about me? When do my feelings and my wants and needs come first? Will they ever? Every time I start to voice my wants and needs, I immediately feel selfish and unworthy. Will that ever change?
I’m using this platform as source of therapy, I’m venting and ranting and letting my emotions get the better of me, through my words for just a few minutes. Because, I’ll be very honest. I have no one to talk to about this, so you all get to be my ear, my shoulder, my snot rag. And now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, back to work, back to the uncertainty, back to the creating a Summer schedule for my girls, back to planning a Summer of fun, back to looking at my budget, back to thinking about birthday gifts, back to fighting for what I deserve, back to life, back to reality.
Hey West Covina People! Plaza West Covina invites you to FREE “Summer Movies Under the Stars” each Tuesday evening from July 9th through July 30th. Each program will include movie trivia and bingo as well as the show. The movies will be shown outdoors on the third level of the shopping center’s parking structure. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and snacks will be available for purchase. To learn more, visit the center’s website at https://www.shoppingplazawestcovina.com/Read More
The one podcast that I listen to on a semi-regular basis is SuperMamas. The first time I listened to them, I was like: Oh my gosh. These are my people. They sound like me, they talk like me, we are the same age, we’re all Mamas, and they make me feel normal. Their most recent episode, Episode 193 felt more real than any other before. The story that Bricia shares on this episode compelled me to not only share the episode with all of you, but to once again share my own story.Read More
Last weekend me and my girls were lucky enough to screen #MissingLink, a new film from LAIKA studios starring the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis. We are HUGE LAIKA fans, with Coraline being a favorite of ours, so we were really excited to see what LAIKA had in store for us. #MissingLink did not disappoint, we laughed our way through most of the film, which also had a ton of heart and of course a little bit of a life lesson thrown in for good measure. I’ll be very honest, a particular theme that stands out to me now is when there is a strong female character being represented and #MissingLink has that with Adelina, voiced by the phenomenal Zoe Saldana.Read More
What better way to celebrate the first weekend of Spring, than at the LA Zoo’s opening weekend for their Spring Fling festivities. It was so nice to be outside for a change, since for the first time in a really long time, we had a cold and rainy winter. As I looked around at all of the faces in the crowd at the LA Zoo, you can tell that everyone there was just so excited to be out of the house.Read More
Whenever I hear stories of single moms raising incredible people and doing amazing jobs, I don’t feel like I’m part of that club. I guess as a Mom, you never feel like you’re doing enough or doing things right. But I sure as hell am trying my best and my girls are doing just fine. They’re not perfect, but they’re fine and I guess I am too. #NationalSingleParentsDayRead More
Today I got emotional and I talked about it on my InstaStories. I talk pretty openly over there, on the daily, and the reason I feel so comfortable with that is because most of my viewers are women, around my age, mothers, people who I relate to. Yesterday I received messages asking if I was okay, because I wasn’t my usual perky self. I also received a nice video message from a friend telling me she has days like that too and we’re all gonna be okay. Just those words of encouragement and support, and knowing that someone was listening and not just tapping through my videos, was helpful.Read More
Last year, as I was going through major life changes, I started losing weight. I wasn’t trying. I wasn’t depressed and not eating, in fact, usually I’m an emotional eater and turn to food for comfort. I started losing, just because I was feeling better about myself. So then, the Summer came around and the person I was spending most of my time with started to talk about the Keto diet. I had done Atkins when I was younger, I knew I could go along with Keto, and it was so much easier to do with a partner.Read More
I need them to know that the possibilities are endless for them and I am so grateful for the resources that are now available. Check out this brand new bilingual children’s book, Be Bold! Be Brave! by Naibe Reynoso, that will inspire the next generation of Latina leaders in science, medicine, politics, sports, journalism and art.Read More
So, it’s been a while since I’ve typed more than just a few words at a time. You may have noticed that this little blog of mine has been pretty absent for the last year. You see, I was going through a literal life 360 as I separated from my husband, moved out of the only house my girls have ever known and started searching for a more “normal” job as a single mother. It doesn’t sound fun, but to be perfectly honest, the last year of my life has been the most fun I’ve ever had- and me and my girls are just fine.Read More
If you're a mom, then you know how much grocery shopping is a part of your life. Sometimes it seems like I'm at the grocery store every single day of the week, sometimes I find myself even visiting more than one grocery store to find everything I need. Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can be a welcomed break from the kids and sometimes a trip with the kids can seem like you can now add animal wrangler to your resume. Whatever the situation is, grocery shopping is necessary and I am so thankful that we have a brand new ALDI in our neighborhood to make my life easier. #SponsoredRead More
I don’t know about you, but we’ve been having a pretty Incredible month-long Halloween. Disney-Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 is now available for digital download and will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray on November 6th. One of my favorite things about Halloween is seeing all of the kids dressed up and I have a feeling this year there will be quite a few Incredible costumes. In fact, if you keep scrolling, you’ll get to see me as Edna! #Incredibles2Read More
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RibsAndABigYellowCup #CollectiveBias. There’s something about Fall and the start of Football season that makes me crave ribs. During the Summer I might be in the mood to make them myself, but once the weather starts cooling down and the sun sets a little earlier, I kinda want someone else to make them for me. It just so happens to be perfect timing because starting October 1st through October 28, you can get all you can eat ribs for $19.99 at Dickey's Barbecue Pit.Read More
Just in time for Halloween, the perfect family friendly scary movie is here, in theaters now, and it’s so good. Last weekend I got to not only screen The House With A Clock In It’s Walls, but we also had a wonderful picnic lunch, met with director Eli Roth and checked out an escape room experience at the Americana on Brand. Yeah, it was as cool as it sounds.Read More
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is one of our favorite places to visit throughout the year. If you grew up in LA then you most likely visited either on your own or on a school field trip. One of the reasons why I love NHMLA so much is the constant exchanging of exhibits. You can always count on seeing some of the classics and witnessing something new. We recently attended a media preview for the newest exhibit, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.Read More
Ah you guys! The day is finally here! Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War is now officially on Digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray! I remember the excitement back in March when I got to see the movie at the El Capitan Theater and thinking I could not wait to watch this at home, with some pizza, in my bed! Because there is literally no better way to watch a movie, than with pizza in your bed. Am I right?Read More