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Vanessa Bell is a Cuban American, bicultural Latina, building a legacy for her biracial children through an exploration of personal identity, documentation of their food culture, mixed family travels, and positive parenting values. De Su Mama is Spanish and means “from your mother,” evoking the foundation of the many love letters that exist on her blog. Vanessa believes in creating a purposed family legacy, through whatever means available, and is driven to help other parents document their own. Vanessa, a California native, currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her gorgeous husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 1-year-old son. Visit her website, De Su Mama.
Using Thanksgiving crafts to practice gratitude with my kids has been super fun this year. My 3-year-old is beginning to understand that the world is bigger than her, and that giving thanks for our blessings is a big part of being a good person. And while my 18-month-old is far from understanding gratitude—his world is the only world we should be concerned with, after all!—I am grateful that he is at least old enough to go through the motions.
A few weeks ago, Alina and I made this cute Thanksgiving craft—she named him Mr. Grateful Chicken Duck, a daily gratitude turkey that even your smallest toddlers can help you make. What I love most is that I can keep and store the gratitude leaves, each year watching as her gratitude matures and blossoms.
Check out the fun we had making Mr. Grateful Chicken Duck!
So much of who we are and who our children are destined to become is based on the foundation of our ancestors. Whether looking to generations from long ago or relatives that we’ve recently lost, there is so much to learn and appreciate from their lives. Here are 5 ways to celebrate your ancestors with small children this Thanksgiving season.
We all love social media, but we love our baby’s privacy more. As new moms get ready to embark on one of life’s most complicated journeys, take a moment to talk with your loved ones on what, when and how your new baby should be shared online. These 7 DO’s and DON’Ts of social media for pregnant and new moms will help save frustration and hurt feelings. So go ahead, share away! And start talking about what’s okay—and not okay—to share.
When my husband and I married five years ago, things were much different than they are now. I was thin. Pretty. Had decent fashion sense. My husband was easy going, without a stress in the world. He used to be a professional model and, while he is still as gorgeous as ever, loved his job back then. We were two people, relishing in our relationship as a small family unit. We were sexy, in love and … not parents.
There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with our little ones! It’s also a great time to begin setting the foundation of fun traditions that will echo into your parenting values all year long—like these 17 Thanksgiving gratitude crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Work on small motor skills and creativity while exploring the words gratitude, gracious and grateful.
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My youngest is now 18 months old and I’m getting the baby itch. As I watch friends welcome new little ones or see families with three and more kids, I wonder if making my husband get “clipped” so soon after our son was born was a smart move. Be it hormones, the lack of sleep or the sheer anxiety of going through another pregnancy, I was happy my husband was so willing when I asked him to get a vasectomy.
This summer was a busy one for me and my family. As I’ve transitioned from SAHM to WAHM and built my blog on multiracial parenting and legacy building from hobby to bigger platforms, I’ve taken opportunities that include travel away from my little ones. I’m grateful to have a supportive spouse who also pushes me to go, but doing so comes with its home-life challenges and the constant pursuit of balance as a WAHM.
I take Alina to the same pumpkin and apple picking farm every year. Actually, it’s the only picking farm I know of in Las Vegas. It’s a holiday tradition of ours and we love to celebrate the change of season with a fun day of produce picking. And this year was Sebastian’s turn! I was really excited, had the stroller packed with for an all day adventure, but these two kids had another story.
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