Mami Talks™

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This is Adrian!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spending One-on-One Time with Each Child

Having two kids is great, I love how they keep each other company most of the time, how they play together and how we all make a family of four. But sometimes is really nice and necessary to give them each one-on-one quality time.

We don't really plan this time too much, sometimes it just happens when during the weekend we run errands separate and I take just one kid and the other one stays with Derek for example, or vice-versa. It depends on what we're up to.

The other day Adrian was invited to a friend's house for a sleepover birthday party and we didn't have much planned for the afternoon, so we both took Maya out and decided to go strawberry picking since the season had just started, after that we stopped by a park and then we went to the mall to run an errand.

After we did all that, we realized that the whole afternoon felt so different and magical. Mayita was enjoying so much having us both to herself, she would say every so often: -Oh Adrian is not here, but this is fun! Like she realized it was a little different to be the only child for those moments and that she was kind of lucky to be enjoying all the adventures by herself too.

We all had the best time! It was like time stood still that day and I remember exactly how I felt, I won't forget the day for quite some time and neither will Derek or Maya, I'm sure.

Ever since that day I do try to find opportunities for us to have more one-on-one time with each of the kids, it is so healthy for the whole family. I've been reading on it, it boosts their self-esteem, makes them feel trusted and important, and they will likely open up and share more of their feelings with you. 

The light for the photos that day was amazing too, I am so happy with how these pictures turned out! 

What about you? Do you spend one-on-one time with your kids? What activities do you do?

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Pasando calidad de tiempo con  cada hijo

Tener dos niños es muy chévere, a mi me encanta como se hacen compañía, cómo juegan juntos y cómo todos formamos una familia de cuatro, pero a veces es muy bueno y necesario dedicarles calidad de tiempo por separado.

En realidad, nosotros no planificamos mucho ese tiempo especial, a veces sólo pasa inesprevisto durante el fin de semana por ejemplo si tenemos que hacer diligencias por separado Derek y yo, me llevo sólo a uno de los niños y el otro se queda con Derek o vicevers, depende mucho de lo que estemos haciendo.

El otro día a Adrian lo invitaron a una fiesta de cumpleaños para quedarse a dormit hasta el día siguiente y nosotros (Derek, Maya y yo) no teníamos planeado mucho para el resto de la tarde, así que decidimos salir con Mayita a recojer fresas que la temporada acababa de comenzar, después de ahí fuimos a un parque nuevo (para nosotros) y por último pasamos por el centro comercial de aquí cerca a hacer una diligencia.

Después de que hicimos todo eso, nos dimos cuenta de que toda la tarde se sintió tan diferente y mágica. Mayita estaba disfrutando tanto de tenernos a Derek y a mi para ella solita, ella decía de vez en cuando: Adrian no está aquí, pero esto es divertido! Como que se saba cuenta que era un poco diferente de ser la única hija en ese día y que chévere de que estaba disfrutando de todas las aventuras ella solita también.

¡La verdad para todos fue un día muy lindo! Fue como que el tiempo se detuvo ese día y recuerdo exactamente cómo me sentí, no voy a olvidar ese día por bastante tiempo y tampoco creo que a Derek o a Mayita se les olvide!

Desde ese día yo trato de encontrar oportunidades para tener más momentos así dedicados sólo a uno de de los niños, es tan saludable para toda la familia. He estado leyendo sobre esto, se dice que aumenta su autoestima, les hace sentir importantes y en confianza, y que es probable que se abran y compartan más de sus sentimientos con uno.

¿Y a ustedes que les parece? ¿Ustedes comparten tiempo especial con cada niño por separado? ¿Qué actividades hacen?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Perfect Company

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Style Outfits at Kohl's

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kohl's. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own.

Over here in California the weather doesn't change thaaat much during the year, but for me, somebody that comes from the Caribbean sun, it does change a lot. 

So when Spring arrives and it starts getting warmer I get excited, changing wardrobes according to the seasons is still kind of new and fun for me. I already have taken care of kid's Spring outfits so it's time for Mami's! ;)

I got excited to partner with Kohl's, choosing Spring style outfits for me that hopefully, will inspire you too. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mexican Talavera

Another beautiful sight from our Ensenada trip, this time a Talavera pot.


Otra fotico de nuestro viaje a Ensenada, esta vez un matero de talavera.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

An Adventure!

Can you guess what were we doing? 
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¿Pueden adivinar qué estábamos haciendo?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Table Manners: It Takes Time!

Disclosure: I’m excited to partner with Campbell's Soup as a blog ambassador. As always, all opinions, ideas and stories are 100% my own.

This is the typical question I end up always asking the kids at the table. I wish I didn't have to, but I probably ask them every night. :(

There are many manners that I think kids should learn. I used to dislike all the emphasis my mom and dad would create about our table manners like just putting an elbow on the table for example, why is that bad I thought? Well, now I know and I want to make sure my kids learn good manners at the table too so I do teach them manners, I think it’s essential! 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fun Cooking Classes at Northgate Market + Spring Fresh Fish Recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. As always, all opinions, ideas and stories are 100% my own.

One of the goals I have as a mom is that my kids grow up really knowing and feeling the latin culture, and one of the easiest ways to adquire it is with the food.

Not only they will know the flavors but that they will learn to cook them and with that have a huge tool for the rest of their lives, the gift of cooking is priceless. As you know, Adri is on that path already, he loves to cook!

So we went to these wonderful classes at Northgate Market. The pne we went the chef taught us how to cook Stuffed Chiles and Capirotada which are two very typical Mexican recipes for this time of Lent, the truth is I have never cooked something like these and I really liked making them with the kids and get to know the process.


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