Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.
One of the things I love most about living in California is the diversity we see in almost every city inside of it. Everyone has a different story to tell about where they came from, how they raise their children, what values are cherished and preserved throughout each generation, etc. In the game of living and raising a family in the U.S. however, preserving those traditions and family values as a Latino family becomes a challenge with today's busy lifestyle. Familia is number one in our culture. No matter what happens or how far we live from each other, we always find a way to stay connected. But times are changing, and the definition of a Modern day family is changing with that time.
This month Johnson & Johnson and Univision have launched a campaign in search of a spokesfamily to represent "La familia de hoy" in 2014. The finalists are the Olivera Family, López Family, and Jiménez Family. While all three finalists demonstrate an authentic representation of what it means to be "La familia de hoy" to the Latino population, one family in particular caught my attention instantly. Without reading their bio's, my instincts told me I can relate to this family.
Today I'd like to introduce you to a family that represents what I feel is a modern day Latino family of my generation. The Lopez Family. Both Leslie (la mamá) and Giovanni López (el Papá) were born in California but have parents who were born in Mexico and Guatemala. They have two children and are actively involved parents. Julio is a five-year-old soccer fanatic. Amber is a typical doll loving two-year-old little lady. On weekend mornings they enjoy a traditional Latin breakfast with Grandparents as a family.
Iv'e gotta say,...sounds a lot like my own family! All of us (cousins) were born here in the U.S. but all of our parents were born in Mexico. We all LOVE family gatherings and especially look forward to an occasional Sunday morning Pozole or Menudo brunch at my Moms house. To me, they ARE the definition of "La familia de hoy" because they truly possess the best of both worlds. My vote is with the López family, but yours doesn't have to be. I invite you to see for yourself which of the three families you feel best represents "La familia de hoy" by clicking and voting here. The winner will be announced on December 21st at 8:00pm during Univision's Sabado Gigante show.
By the way....if you're on twitter, there is a twitter party going on tonight! Check it out!!
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Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and MedImmune.
Nearly six years ago I was blessed with the best Christmas gift a woman can ask for. My baby girl. She's beautiful, loving, smart, silly, full of energy, and has a heart of gold. My life would not be complete without her. Throughout my pregnancy with her I took care of myself. I went to all my prenatal appointments, took it easy on the cleaning and cooking, rested as much as I could. I milked every bit of my pregnancy rights possible. The nature of my body and hereditary genetics however, did not allow me to complete my third trimester.
35 weeks into my first pregnancy, my water bag broke! 7 o'clock in the morning (the day after my baby shower and my second day off for maternity leave), my body said no more. As you can probably imagine, we were worried; my husband more than I. Thank goodness both baby and I were fine. She was in place, my contractions grew quick, and by 6pm she was born weighing 5 pounds even. She stayed with me in the hospital room the first day, but by the next day the pediatrician did not feel she was ready to go home. Her new home for the next nine days were in an incubator in the hospital. Those were the hardest nine days of my life as a new Mama. I cried every night, but as the doctor explained to me, it's necessary to take these extra precautions because of her still underdeveloped lungs and high levels of bilirubin.
Long story short, (months later) I went back to work, she started daycare at the preschool center I was working at, and from then on she was always sick. As a preschool Teacher myself I understood and knew very well she would get sick. All kids do. Especially in the infant room! But never did I imagine how hard it would be to have and see her sick for so long. Out of the two months she was in daycare, she was well for less than two weeks during that time. Finally after having developed bronchiolitis the doctor informed me about RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), and that was my cue to get her out of daycare. My job was already on the line for having missed so much work to stay home with her, we were tired all the time, she was miserable, I was miserable, and I felt guilty everyday that she was in daycare sick. It was horrible.
Each week thereafter, her health improved. And each week that passed was one less albuterol nebulizer treatment. The antibiotics stopped, she started eating better, and she's never had more than a cold since then. Those first few months in daycare were a wake-up call to how fragile my premature baby was. I underestimated how bad her health would get by not giving her that extra time to develop her lungs and immune system. Three years later, my second baby was born (also premature; born at 34 weeks). I'm still a stay-at-home-mom, and he has only had three colds in 2+ years; and unlike my daughter, he was given a steroid drug while in the NICU to help his lungs develop faster.
The risks of RSV are real and can be devastating to the health of a premature baby. Trust me, you don't want to take ANY chances that you can control. Learn the facts about RSV and the precautions you need to take, especially for babies born before 37 weeks. I beg you, take care of those babies. Educate others who are unaware if you have to. November 17th is World Prematurity Day and marks the first month of RSV season. If you know anyone having a baby or has recently had a baby, please study the facts below provided by MedImmune and share them.
What is RSV?
RSV is a contagious respiratory virus that may infect a persons lungs and breathing passages. It spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks. For premature babies, RSV can lead to serious lung infections such as pneumonia and/or bronchiolitis (swelling of the lower airways).
Key RSV facts:
How can I help protect my baby from RSV?
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing, and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it's contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
Speak to your child's pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visit www.RSVprotection.com.
This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and WGBH. All opinions are my own.
Today is an important day for me and Spanglish Spoon. Today is the day I confess what it is about blogging that I love. Not many people know why. Recently, Latina Bloggers Connect members were presented with an opportunity to participate in a contest where one winner and a guest will have a chance to attend BlogaliciousFIVE, (known to be one of the best Blogger Conferences to attend for career focused bloggers). Today I'm thrilled to take this opportunity to share with my readers what blogging means to me and how it has impacted my life.
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Celebration that took place in Berkeley, CA. The time flew like no other. It was an inspiring day for us Mom Bloggers and Mompreneurs. We mingled, shared stories, exchanged business cards, and heard some truly inspiring stories from women who have been down the Entrepreneurial road. They were women who have been faced with some of life's most challenging hurdles; some that would break the strongest of us all.
Here we are almost two weeks after Mother's Day, and I'm barely sharing something about it. Is that bad? I don't think so personally, but something tells me there might be a code or rule out there somewhere that says why bother after the moment has passed. If that's the case then, in my opinionated defense, Mothers deserve to be celebrated everyday, any day, all day if they chose to. And I had such a great day that I am still living in the moment. Besides, we ARE still in May! That has to account for another good reason, right?
Mother's Day weekend began with a special delivery from Domino's Pizza Friday evening. You might be asking yourself "hmmm, I wonder if she was paid to say something about Domino's?" Well my friends, I wasn't. The truth is they contacted me, offered to make and deliver me a pizza with wings and a drink for Mother's Day, and that was it. Obviously I wasn't going to say no. Who ever said no to a freshly made pizza at no cost?
We did it! We made our own handmade paper. Not the ideal kind for letters or doing your homework on, but it turned out to be a pretty cool experiment. The end result resembled that same soft cardboard paper that eggs come in at the grocery stores. It was almost identical to that. In fact we probably could have pressed it into a shape at some point in the drying stage and it would have stayed in that shape. Hmmmm.....that actually sounds like a good idea! I wish I would have thought of that sooner. Well, nonetheless this was a great lesson for young children in how paper is recycled, which is what this whole project was about. As for our tree of choice to plant in honor of Earth Day.....
Earth Day is around the corner and I am thrilled to be introducing this Global celebration with my 5-year-old. Earlier this week we watched a few short videos about recycling and where the non-recycleables go when we throw them away (via the Waste Management Solutions website). I introduced the recycle symbol above and explained to her that anything with that symbol can be recycled into something else. One of them happened to be a recycled cardboard packaging used for mushrooms. I even showed her a few examples of items in our home with that symbol and had a quick sorting lesson.