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By in Familia, Giveaway 20 Comments Tags: amazinghood, crafty thrifter, craftythrifter, detergent, dreft, dreft detergent, Juan Alanis, Juan of Words, Juanofwords, la_anjel, lifestyle, Los Metiches, losmetiches, Lowe family, metiches, mexican, mexican lifestyle
Few things are more memorable than actual tangible items. Every time I see the blanket my mom made for my son I get emotional. Or the fuzzy baby overalls that I bought at a resale store, it takes me back 13 years. I want to forever hold on to that feeling and the memories that come to mind when I’m looking at or holding these items. It’s important that I preserve these for years to come.
I actually used Dreft for my son’s clothes when he was an infant. It wasn’t an expensive investment at all. He was allergic to other household detergents and when I found out that Dreft is pediatrician-recommended, I hoped it would be soft enough for my son’s skin. It was, and it did just what we needed it to do, just enough to get his clothes clean without any harsh treatment to the garments.
Now that I sit here looking at his clothes from back then, years later, I am so happy I made this choice. It also made me want to share a few quick tips on how I preserve his clothing for years to come.
Tip number 1. Use mesh laundry bags for clothes not made with 100% cotton. Mesh bags prevent clothes from stretching and ultimately tearing, or from coming undone.
Tip number 2. Separate lights from darks and do not wash baby clothes with anything else other than more baby clothes. You don’t want to ruin your baby’s clothes because someone forgot a pen in a pocket.
Tip number 3. Use detergent made for babies clothing. The mixture in baby detergent is made to protect clothes from regular wear and tear, which ultimately means it lasts longer because it can endure more machine washing. I recommend Dreft. We all know how much babies clothes is constantly being washed. Three or more outfit changes in one day is a lot of clothes.
Ultimately I want to hand over these baby items to my son when he is ready for his family (if he makes that his choice) so he and his family can make the same tangible memories.
Along with tangible memories I hope to teach him the importance of the nuclear and extended family. Wether they are family by choice or related.
We are excited for Sean and Catherine Lowe and their expanding family. They recently celebrated the soon-to-come addition to their own family with a baby shower in partnership with Dreft.
You can also share in the Lowe’s parenting journey via the #Amazinghood hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter over the next year, or by following Dreft.
From the Juan of Words family to yours, congratulations Lowe Family! It’s going to be a wild ride, in a great way! 😜
We are also hosting a giveaway of the following items. For your chance to enter, please leave us a comment with your best tip for the Lowe’s on being new parents. Please enter before Friday, May 20, 2016. Good luck!
- Dreft Product: Newborn, Active Baby and Blissfulls
- Welcome To The World 3-Piece Bib & Burp Set
- Gender Neutral Lovey
- Little Me Giraffe Gown
By in Mexican Culture No Comments Tags: 5 Classic Blog Posts for Cinco de Mayo, 5 de mayo, blog post, cinco de mayo, classic, crafty thrifter, craftychica, craftythrifter, Hispanic Kitchen, Juan Alanis, Juan of Words, Juanofwords, la cocina de leslie, la_anjel, leslie limon, lifestyle, Los Metiches, losmetiches, metiches, mexican, mexican lifestyle, remezcla, Sweet Life
This Cinco de Mayo we have decided to celebrate the occasion with a little bit of a list. This list, as you might imagine, is all about the sometimes devise U.S. holiday known as Cinco de Mayo, which takes place every year on the 5th of May.
Now wether you celebrate the date or not, the following list will certainly make you a little thirsty… and maybe even leave you with a little extra food for thought.
In any case, all of these creative Cinco de Mayo posts are quite fun.
Who doesn’t love an agua fresca? It it’s a cucumber (pepino) aqua fresca, even better. You’ll really enjoy this quick and easy recipe from our friend Sweet Life!
This post is precisely what makes CraftyChica.com such a pleasure to read. Kathy Cano-Murillo, the founder of the award-winning blog, explores why she is so proud about being Mexican-American.
The title says it all. Fresh fruit AND margaritas! That’s a winning combination in our book, and also on the Hispanic Kitchen website. Spend a couple of hours exploring their delectable recipes now or anytime really. Your tastebuds will thank you.
Always willing to go beyond the norm, this post from Remezcla in 2012 is still a pretty darn good read today!
And finally, if you have not yet discovered these paletas de tamarindo over at La Cocina de Leslie’s website, do yourself a favor and rush over there now. Leslie is based in Mexico and every single one of her recipes is full of flavor and character. Check it out.
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I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how obsessed I am with NPR’s podcast Latino USA. It’s produced by The Futuro Media Group, which counts on the leadership of executive producer and award-wining news anchor, Maria Hinojosa. Seriously, I am super obsessed! On the way home from Miami I must have listened to at least half of all of their shows on iTunes.
Everyone in the car was pretty hooked by the time we made it to Houston, jajaja! You’re welcome Latino USA! No, pero en serio, if you haven’t heard the show yet, give them a listen.
This week, as I was listening to one of the show’s latest episodes, Texas’ Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla uttered the following quote during her interview and stopped me dead in my tracks. It was such a great question, mainly because it’s something we don’t generally discuss out in the open, let alone on a national podcast on NPR! What Tafolla asked was quite simple actually:
How come a French accent is considered cool, and a British accent is considered cool, and a Mexican accent is considered dumb?
The rest of the interview is just as powerful and provocative. If I did this correctly, you should be able to listen to the entire interview below:
But I definitely think it’s a question we should think about individually and really internalize. Why is it that Mexicans as a community continue to be perceived as less than other communities? And how can we change these misconceptions and stereotypes?
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This last week was a little random. We started out the week making pizzas for Earth Day, and we ended it with a gala for a great cause. Check out the video below for a play by play on all the action.
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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of General Mills. All opinions are our own.
Family traditions are all about celebrating time together. In my family, we always look forward to special occasions like birthdays and holidays because we know those are the days everyone will gather. Usually the planning starts weeks or even months out. We decide where we will celebrate, and then we move on to the very important task of deciding what we will eat.
That’s probably the best part of the holidays for us, to be honest. Each one of my sisters and I have a special dish that we only make on special dates like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and all of my nieces have their favorite dish from each of us.
One of those dishes is my sister’s famous layered dessert, which always finishes as soon as it hits the counter.
Seriously, food is a big deal around here!
It also came to mind immediately as a quick and easy treat I could make with boy for quericavida.com‘s “Tasty Inspired” dessert ideas for Día de los Niños. This would be his first time baking so I wanted the experience to be simple and fun. We found a really great variety of General Mills kids’ cereals to choose from at Walmart, and boy had his heart set on Trix. It was really the right choice for this delicious treat!
The great thing about this dessert is that you can use any layers you choose. We used whipped cream, pudding, a vanilla cake mix, fresh strawberries, and of course, our family size Trix cereal from General Mills. And oh my, did we have a good time making this layered dessert.
He was so excited to make it himself. Even more excited to enjoy this family favorite. And yes, we did talk all about the other memory making dishes and desserts we both enjoy most on special occasions while we were in the kitchen. I think we’ll do some more baking together again soon!
If you’re feeling inspired, stop by quericavida.com and search other fun and easy to make desserts like this one. Just search for Día de los Niños recipe ideas. You can also visit the Día de los Niños Pinterest Board. And most importantly, have a great time making great memories with your familia!