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Have you ever wondered how you could be {more} amazing at this thing called motherhood? Most times we feel we want to do and be more yet don’t have the time to research or are not sure where to start.


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Summer Lovin’

It’s been a week! Since school let out that is. I know it’s been a bit longer since my last blog post. My apologies. Life happened. But if you continue reading I’ll fill you in! 🙂

Last Friday, June 7th was the children’s last day of school. With only half a school day scheduled I sensed mixed emotions: excited that summer was starting yet a bit sad to leave their teachers and classmates behind. They each toted along with gifts for their teachers, handmade…literally. I’ll explain.

Upcycling a few tin cans, the children used decorated craft paper to wrap around and make pretty. Using construction paper folded in half, they traced their hands and cut both hands out. On the hands they wrote: “you deserve a hand” on one and on the other: “a teacher holds a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart”. After gluing their hands onto opposite sides of the can, they filled the cans with a little shred (saved from a few packages I received in the past – I knew it would come in handy), then placed a tube of Mary Kay Satin Hands cream. My oldest son made a batch of homemade cookies for his class party and decided to allow his siblings to each share one with their teachers. They were proud of their gifts, and I was proud of their thoughtfulness. Teachers really deserve recognition and appreciation for all their hard work and dedication.

While the children enjoyed a fun filled last week of school, I committed myself to creating a plan that would work for summer. I know how spending all day every day together can be. I love them to pieces and enjoy every moment I spend with my children. However, after experiencing my round of homeschooling for a year and a half and spending two summers together in a row, I admit we need our moments apart to appreciate on another’s time and presence more.

Being a work at home mom I could only recall how much my time to work would be affected with the children home. So I started searching the Internet for summer schedules and came across several printables, planners and more. After reading trough a few others’ ideas, I focused on my family and our needs. I know my schedule and what my children need better than anyone else. I asked the children what kinds of things they would like to do over the summer. Their feedback proved helpful: arts and crafts, snacks, play dates, music, treasure hunts…the list went on…I clearly got the idea: Have FUN!

I created another list of regular household management tasks such as laundry, dusting, decluttering, menu planning, grocery shopping, yard work, etc. I categorized by what gets done daily, weekly and monthly as well as how much time is necessary for each.

Lastly, I made my business list of goals, availability, tasks, monthly deadlines and trainings, again determining how much time I would need for each item. I included checking and replying to email and social media as well because if not managing time properly that alone can take all day.

Thinking of my husband’s varying work schedule and my ideal work day starting when the children normally leave for school, I figured I would stick with routine and start our day with breakfast around 8:00am. I like starting our day with devotion/Bible study so I scheduled 30 minutes right after breakfast. After being nourished physically and spiritually I feel we are well fueled for a great day. I included time in our schedule for chores, outside time twice a day, special activities with themes each day, for example crafty Monday, game playing Tuesday, library Thursday, etc. and through it all I’m able to accomplish my work assignments in a timely manner.

Although Monday rained and that eliminated outside time, we still got our bodies moving with Kinect Adventures on Xbox 360.


It was fun to hear the children cheering each other on instead of squabbling over what belongs to whom and not taking turns with whatever the coveted item of the day is. The day passed smoothly and I was glad I had a plan in place. Tuesday kind of made me think Monday was too good to be true. :-/ But that was only because of grumpy children not getting their way. That feeling passed quickly. I maintained my position and continued with our routines.

The week has passed and while it took me a little adjusting because of changing the timing of some of my regular schedule, I have really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the summer has in store. Summer was always my favorite season as a child. Carefree. As if being a child wasn’t carefree enough, right? Sun. Ice cream. Family. Friends. Fun. I want my children to enjoy their summers as much as I did growing up, if not more.

Some may think it strange that I have created a summer schedule, I mean where’s the fun in that? No spontaneity? Actually quite the opposite. It is a schedule that isn’t set in stone but serves more as a guide so the children aren’t glued to iPods and computer games all day, so I’m not glued to my computer screen/iPad/iPhone all day, so our home remains clean and welcoming, so I’m managing my business and work productively and so I’m enjoying a memorable summer of loving my family.

I have been productive with work assignments, probably more than before, and I have enjoyed quality time with my children and husband, creating fun summer memories that I’m sure we’ll look back on with a smile. 🙂

What are you looking forward to this summer?
If you are a stay/work at home parent, how do you manage when the children are out of school for summer?

Dino Lingo: Language Learning for Children

As a member of Influenster, I received an invitation to view a complimentary Dino Lingo video in the language of my choice. When I first visited the Dino Lingo website, I was a bit surprised to see such a wide variety of languages available. I thought I would only see the basic French and Spanish, but there were so many others including Japanese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and more.

My children and I wanted to go through all of them right away, but we selected the Spanish video just to see what it was like. The topic covered in the video was Animals. My children are 9, 8 and 6 years old and they all enjoyed and were able to follow along with the video with no problem. We liked the sounds and graphics since they were attention grabbing but not distracting from the learning content in any way. I also liked the repetition which helped the children easily follow along and begin reciting the words themselves. The emphasis on translation from English to Spanish and vice versa helped the children understand the meanings of the words, which enhanced the learning of the vocabulary.

I feel this is a great language learning program for kids. I have been seeking ways to be consistent with teaching my children to speak and understand Spanish. It seems the Dino Lingo videos simplify that teaching and learning process because in about five minutes they were already saying names of animals on their own.

I believe it is important for children to learn another language while they are still young and developing their vocabulary. They young minds can master the difference of language more easily than an adult. Being bilingual will also offer many advantages as the child continues to grow, especially in such a diverse world. I am looking forward to seeing more of what Dino Lingo offers.



Cultural Cultivation: Hispanic Heritage Awareness

Having been born and raised in the United States, Philadelphia to be exact, to Puerto Rican parents, I consider myself just as much American as I am Puerto Rican. I jokingly would call myself PhillyRican. Hey, if the term fits, right?

As a mother I am finding that it is important to keep my culture alive for and through my children. If not, they may lose who we are as a people in the assimilated melting pot this country is. I have always enjoyed the diversity of America. Learning new cultures and ways of life has always been intriguing.

I remember sitting with my mother as a child asking her to tell me stories of when she was a girl. After all, having moved to the states at a young age herself, I’m sure holding on to the memories was special for her. She would tell me of the country side where she lived, her grandfather and his farm, the horses, fruit freshly picked from the trees, fun by the river and so much more. Everything seemed so carefree and I stood in awe at what this “other world” must be like in real life.

Now I find myself sharing my childhood stories with my little ones as they eagerly ask questions in amazement. They too feel I am describing another world since they are being raised in a suburban almost rural community. Though my environment was inner city compared to my mother’s island of enchantment, as Puerto Rico is lovingly known, I still felt the influence of her homeland throughout our everyday life. From the deliciously unique Puerto Rican cuisine to the language that speaks volumes to the music that will automatically have one move to the rhythm, our home was filled with a culture that was alive and flowing through our veins.

I remember the cold winters and the blizzards of endless snow we endured in Pennsylvania and I would say “my blood is supposed to be where warm weather is all year round”. Funny as it may seem, I had never even been on an airplane, much less made a visit to Puerto Rico. But I still felt a love for the island and a pride in knowing where my people were from. I would pick up any book or magazine that made mention of Puerto Rico and learn all I could about our people, foods, music, customs, events, holiday traditions, any and everything.

I try to pass our deeply rooted culture on to my children by maintaing the traditions and values my parents instilled. Whether holidays or everyday, I have filled my home with the aromas, flavors and sounds of my Puerto Rican culture. I am working on getting my children fluent in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. My grandmother has always encouraged me to keep a strong hold on our language. As with any other skill, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Thankfully I have had several opportunities, employment and otherwise to continue using Spanish on a regular basis, and helping others by doing so.

Our growing Hispanic population in the US will certainly have a continuous need for bilingual skills. I want my children to be able to embrace those opportunities and not be ashamed of who they are. Most importantly I am teaching my children the importance of family and togetherness, which is something that our Hispanic heritage takes pride in.

How has your culture influenced your life? If you have children, how do you manage raising them as cultural, and/or bilingual in today’s society?