Parenting

Knowing Important Milestones Can Save a Child’s Life

Knowing Important Milestones Can Save a Child’s Life

This post is sponsored and made possible with support from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. All opinions are my own. Knowing Important Milestones Can Save a Child’s Life: Our Story If you’re a new reader, allow […]

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New Baby Sibling: 10 Tips to Include Siblings in Your Pregnancy

New Baby Sibling: 10 Tips to Include Siblings in Your Pregnancy

A new baby sibling is a big deal for the whole family. Whether the new baby sibling will be the first sibling of your other children or one more of many, it’s a big adjustment. Making your children feel like an important part of your pregnancy can make the arrival of your new baby a […]

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Boobs, Boners, & Sex

How To Talk To Your Kids About Boobs, Boners, & Sex

This post is sponsored by AMAZE. All opinions are my own. How To Talk To Your Kids About Boobs, Boners, & Sex #MoreInfoLessWeird You can’t believe I wrote that, can you? Yeah, it’s not exactly my style. But, it is. It really is. You know why? Because I am a mom. I am a parent. When it […]

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Dana Vollmer: Olympic Medal Winner Talks About Being A Mom

Dana Vollmer: Olympic Medal Winner Talks About Being A Mom

This post was sponsored by P&G in partnership with Pampers® and Babies“R”Us®. It has some of my favorite SF Bay Area Bloggers, and me, Alicia Gonzalez! All opinions are my own. Dana Vollmer: Olympic Medal Winner Talks About Being A Mom #BRUMomsWin Recently, I had the chance to meet Olympic Gold & Silver medal winner, Dana Vollmer. […]

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5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer

5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer #SesameStreetonHBO #HBOLatino Like a lot of parents, at the end of the school year, I find myself wondering where the time went. For me, it’s always […]

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5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. 5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences As some of you already know, thanks to XFINITY Latino, I’m taking my older kids to the Copa America, Argentina vs. Chile game today, in Santa Clara, CA. […]

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Lifestyle

Is Solar Water Heating Right for You?

Is Solar Water Heating Right for You?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PG&E. The opinions and text are all mine. Is Solar Water Heating Right for You? In California, water conservation is a household term. With summer just beginning, my lawn is already looking parched. If I do water it, I try to use recycled water and […]

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58 Groupon Coupons for Target: Plus, Special Finds

58 Groupon Coupons for Target: Plus, Special Finds

58 Groupon Coupons for Target: Plus, my special finds. I love coupons and deals. They’re pretty much a no-brainer. I’ve even taught my husband to love coupons. A few years ago, I was actually kind of coupon crazy. It wasn’t easy though. I spent hours and hours scouring through ads, cutting paper coupons, tracking inventory, […]

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Carpal Tunnel Surgery: What to Expect During the Procedure

Carpal Tunnel Surgery: What to Expect During the Procedure

Carpal Tunnel Surgery: What to Expect During the Procedure Are you ready for carpal tunnel surgery? If you’ve already made your decision, or are still thinking about it, here is a little info on what to expect. Carpal Tunnel Surgery Prep Your hand, wrist, and arm will be sterilized before the numbing injection. Your doctor […]

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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery: 3 Months Later

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery: 3 Months Later

It’s been about 3 months since my first carpal tunnel surgery.  I had my second one about 6 weeks after the first. If you want to know about what to expect during the surgery, you can check out that post, HERE! Not sure if surgery is right for you? Check out 7 Signs It’s Time to […]

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Planned Parenthood is Under Attack

Planned Parenthood is Under Attack

Planned Parenthood is under attack, but you can help. Check out my personal story about how Planned Parenthood has affected my life. The American Health Care Act is the worst bill for women’s health in a generation. Blocks low-income patients from receiving health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Every year, 2.5 million women, men, and […]

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What if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been there for me?

What if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been there for me?

This post is sponsored and made possible with support from the Mission List. All opinions are my own. Sometimes I look back and wonder, what if… My life hasn’t always gone as expected, despite being responsible, organized, and a meticulous planner. I was thirteen years old the first time I was raped. I mean, just thirteen, because […]

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Food & Drink

Stay Active & Refreshed This Spring: Mango Smoothie with Chamoy

Stay Active & Refreshed This Spring: Mango Smoothie with Chamoy

I have received information and materials from ©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017.The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #ForWhatMattersMost #CollectiveBias Stay Active & Refreshed This Spring: Mango Smoothie with Chamoy I’ve spent years on the sidelines of the soccer field watching my older children play. It’s been one of my biggest […]

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Chorizo & Frijoles Torta w/ Spanish Rice & Contest

Chorizo & Frijoles Torta w/ Spanish Rice & Contest

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars, Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BensBeginners #UncleBensPromo #CollectiveBias Chorizo & Frijoles Torta + Spanish Rice: Win Big in the Ben’s Beginners Contest! Chorizo and pinto beans (frijoles) are staple items in my household. We usually buy the 20lb bags, and they […]

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Bionicos Recipe: Traditional Guadalajara Style

Bionicos Recipe: Traditional Guadalajara Style

Traditional Bionicos Recipe: Guadalajara Style UPDATED 5/3/2017. Created 01/05/2015. When I created this Bionicos recipe, it was Pedro’s birthday eleventh birthday!   That was over two years ago! My entire family, including my Guadalajara-born husband’s side were skeptical about whether I’d pull off the authentic taste, using my own bionicos recipe. I nailed it! Now, […]

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Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackBrighter #CollectiveBias  Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe It’s officially summer! Pretty soon, not only will my favorite fruits and veggies be readily available, they’ll be on sale after sale after sale. It’s just one of the blessings of […]

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Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks I’m a bit suspicious about whether or not it’s actually April fools, because – where did April and May go? Aren’t we still in […]

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Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial & $500 Giveaway

Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial & $500 Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SplendaHoliday #CollectiveBias Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial Did you know that the average person consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day? That’s more than TRIPLE the recommended amount for women and more than DOUBLE the recommended amount […]

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Crafts & DIY

Free DIY Classes: My First The Home Depot DIH Workshop w/ Delilah

Free DIY Classes: My First The Home Depot DIH Workshop w/ Delilah

This post has been sponsored by Niche Network and Home Depot. Free DIY Classes: My First The Home Depot DIH Workshop I’ve always had a special kind of love for The Home Depot. Seriously. I frequently go into my local store just to walk around. There’s something about being there that makes me feel so capable and […]

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How To Make A Dia De Los Muertos Altar

How To Make A Dia De Los Muertos Altar

This post has been sponsored by General Mills. All opinions are my own! How To Make A Dia De Los Muertos Altar One of the hardest things about being an adult is having to deal with the loss of people we love. We all deal with this, too often, whether directly or vicariously. Death is the […]

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Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own. Upcycled Water Bottle Craft: DIY Hanging Flower Vase As an active family of seven, we drink a lot of water. In my home, FORO (Fear of Running Out) is real. It’s been an issue for a while. My older […]

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Sensory Table DIY Tutorial

Sensory Table DIY Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias DIY Sensory Table + Tutorial I have simple dreams for my children. Being the parent of triplets with Autism changed me in so many unexpected ways. I do not think less of them or their abilities, but I […]

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DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp

DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp

This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp Did I ever tell you that the triplets are obsessed with garbage? My house is like a STEM Camp, every day. They are all about recycling things to […]

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This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned Into a Social Hypothesis

This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned Into a Social Hypothesis

This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned a Social Hypothesis. I’m really trying to expose my children to more science lessons in our day-to-day lives. This simple DIY science experiment seemed perfect since all the kids like to […]

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Special Needs

Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear

Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Network Niche Influencer Agency and Fun and Function. Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear #empoweringdifferent  Special needs parenting is an ongoing, often up-hill learning curve. The craziest thing about special needs parenting is that no matter how good  you get at it, your confidence doesn’t increase accordingly. Actually, […]

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IEP Meetings Still Make Me Cry: The Two Today Were No Exception

IEP Meetings Still Make Me Cry: The Two Today Were No Exception

IEP meetings still make me cry. The two today were no exception. On any average day, I do things that not just anyone could do. I pull it all together, everyday, somehow. It’s not easy, and I do it anyway. But, I won’t pretend that I have it all figured out. That’s just not the way life […]

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Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel

Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel One of my five-year-old triplets, Andres, is obsessed with tape, garbage, and innovation.  I get nervous about Andres going through the garbage all the time. Sometimes, I […]

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A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?”

A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?”

A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?” Yesterday I shared my old fear of “Raising the Kindergarten Bully,” and some of the struggles my Special Education children are experiencing in their new School environment. We had an “emergency” IEP meeting last week, per my request. In my email and at the meeting, […]

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Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims

Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims

Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims Enrique has always been aggressive. Still, he’s one of the sweetest and most affectionate boys you’ll ever meet. He cares deeply about others and is learning, one day at a time, to express his emotions in a more gentle way.   Although, even […]

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Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Remember when your children used to come up to you, give you an energetic poke in the thigh to get your attention, and point? We identified the object they were pointing at, named it for them, and sometimes even let them have it! It wasn’t really that complicated. In fact, teaching children to label things is […]

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