The Weekly Wrap #8

Things that happened this week:

  • We went into town. And yes, I mean that in the literal sense.
  • We saw our neighbor. This is not a statement you take at face value in northern Maine, seeing as how we live on five acres and he's got more like 70.
  • The neighbor told us about the bait for the black bear who'd decided he likes the area as much as we do.
  • The neighbor suggested we maybe not go picking apple tree picking until maybe he invites us over for bear burgers.
  • We went back into town to buy apples at the grocery store.

And now for the wrap. This week’s Weekly Wrap is sponsored by my newest addiction, WeMontage. All I can say is Smartphone pics, Your Wall, and Brilliant (and Easily Removable) Wallpaper. Thank you! Make sure to click on over and check it all out for yourself. Like what you see? Use discount code ASPIRING for $50 off your first order.

 

 

 

 

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

This week’s #Dimelo column: Miley Cyrus' VMA Perfomance Shocked You? Really?

Yes, of course I have an opinion.

Dying to ask me a question of your own? I give really good solicited advice! Email me! 

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On Girl Body Pride

The Fat Rash by Shell Feijo
Oh Miley, What Are We Going to Do With You? by Margaret Elysia Garcia
Frida's Wardrobe: A Reminder by Margaret Elysia Garcia

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This week’s theme: A favorite quote from one of my favorite authors.
Pinned to Girl Body Pride

And finally: Things I Created That Don't Suck (Maybe)

Pretty snazzy, eh? I thought so, too. That's why I created a canvas print over in the Girl Body Pride Zazzle shop. Also pretty snazzy? WeMontage is now offering gift cards. And did I mention the discount code? That's right...

Aspiring.

I love that word.

You’re welcome, Internet.

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The Weekly Wrap: #7

The inlaws are power-washing the deck. The Husband just left for work at 3:30 p.m. And The Child is currently running around in a too-big dress layered with pajama pants and knee high socks poking out from the tops of her rain boots. Me? I'm doing my damnedest to get my Must Do list and work responsibilities taken care of so I can have some time free tomorrow to do some sight-seeing. That's always pretty spectacular up here in northern Maine. We've already driven out to see The Million Dollar View (which, by the way, is justified in sounding a bit stuck on itself) and when we arrived at the second lookout area on the route, Eliana dubbed it the Two Million Dollar View because that's just how things work. We've also seen a lot of rain. I like to refer to it as Summer Snow.

Makes it suck less.

This week's Weekly Wrap is sponsored by my newest addiction, WeMontage. All I can say is Smartphone pics, Your Wall, and Brilliant (and Easily Removable) Wallpaper. Thank you!

 

 

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

This week’s #Dimelo column:On Being Patriotic...With a Tan. A 12-year-old Mexican-American boy sang the national anthem and pissed off twitter before Marc Anthony had his patriotic credentials questioned. Yes, of course I have an opinion.

Dying to ask me a question of your own? I give really good solicited advice! Email me! 

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On Girl Body Pride

Have you checked out the GBP Showcase yet? Cuz you should.

Leanne Brieholz talks about The Skin She's In and Yesterday’s Scars.

I tell you why it's easier for my to Hide in Plain Sight

Lissa Rankin gives it to you straight in Body After Baby? Bullshit!

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This week’s theme: I may have a Zulily addiction.
While at BlogHer, I got to talk with some of the magical people from Zulily who seemed to like me, at the very least, for the money I keep throwing at them. So when they said I could start a Pinterest board dedicated to my child and her rockstar style for a chance at a Zulily shopping spree, you know I'm not turning that down. Plus? Mermaid with a pet shark?
Exactly.

And finally, some Awesome by Other People

I've got the Biggest... on Only Mama
A Mother's Back to School Prayer by Robin O'Bryant
I Do Not Want My Daughter to be Nice by Catherine Newman

Thank you to the good people over at WeMontage for sponsoring this week’s Weekly Wrap.

You’re welcome, Internet.

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The Weekly Wrap: #6

Honey! We're Home! I'm now realizing how much of a shock to the system it is after returning from Chicago to LIFE IN GENERAL in Northern Maine. Don't get me wrong. I love where I live. I just didn't realize that it was so boring until I got back from BlogHer. Or that I forgot to buy anything for The Husband for his 40th birthday yesterday because my brain was too busy wrapping itself around traveling to a major conference with my kid.

He picked us up from the airport hotel two hours from where we live the day before yesterday, which was right around the time I realized that I suck at wife-dom and Making Big Deals out of Major Freaking Birthdays because the day before yesterday was the day before his birthday.

I.

Know.

Eliana saved the day with elaborate plans for a family surprise party, complete with homemade pizza, cupcakes, and an Angry Birds Darth Vadar toy "For Daddy" (heavy emphasis on the air quotes because we all know where this is going). But while we wait for Darth to end up in her toy box, let me say thank you to 30SecondMom for sponsoring this week's wrap up!

 

 

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

This week's #Dimelo column: My Six-Year-Old has a blog. Think I'm crazy? That's cool. Just do me a favor and call me insane on the post on Latina.com. That kind of thing makes me look good to my editors.

Dying to ask me a question of your own? Email me! 

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On Girl Body Pride

Have you checked out the GBP Showcase yet? Cuz you should.

H.C. Palmquist takes back the power in Yesterday's Scars.

Michaella O'Connor on guilt in A Weigh in on Shame.

Jessi Sanfillippo and The Tilt Shifts Reality

 

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This week’s theme is Wonder Woman.
This is probably my most popular pin right now, and well-deserved, too. I found this PDF file on Etsy when I was frantically trying to come up with a last minute Wonder Woman party for Eliana in June and it's the best money I ever spent. Why? Because we're doing Wonder Woman next year, too. At least until she changes her mind three days before the party.

And finally, some Awesome by Other People

Should We Teach Our Girls to Fight Back by Galit Breen
Kelly Wickham made Queen Latifah Cry in That Time I Met Queen Latifah
Jenny Chiu in BlogHer13- I Can't Quit You

Thank you to the wonderful team at 30Secondmom for sponsoring this week’s Weekly Wrap.

 

You’re welcome, Internet.

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Interested in sponsoring the next Wrap-Up or nominating a Post Written By Someone Other Than Yourself for a mention and a link? Shoot me an email for details. I promise to come up for air while pinning and zulily-ing like a mad woman to take a look.

 

The Weekly Wrap: #5

  I've got a carry-on suitcase packed with what I need for me AND my kid ready and waiting for BlogHer sitting alongside an empty full-sized suitcase because it only took two conferences to figure out that if I show up with too much crap, I've seriously over-thought my wardrobe.

We leave for the airport (a two-hour drive!) on Wednesday because out flight is early enough to make me think sleep is probably a stupid idea. A quick layover in Detroit and then we're off to Chicago for all the crazy fun to be had.We've even got our business cards ready to go and I'm not sure who is more excited- me or Eliana. Me because my Moo cards kick major ass. Her because she's  six and hello- BUSINESS CARDS WITH HER NAME ON THEM!

It's adorable how many times she's asked me today to see if she got any more comments on her latest post. And how she totally enunciates the H when she tells people she's going to BlogHer. Seriously. You have no idea.

Thank you to Latina Creative for sponsoring this week's wrap up! Check out their website for information for Latina Creative Agency's full-service marketing & PR expertise to connect with the coveted, diverse and powerful Latino community.

 

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

Dying to ask me a question of your own? Email me! 

This week’s #Dimelo online column: Celebrating Cultural Diversity a la #multiculti style!

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On Girl Body Pride

An Excerpt from my Latina Pro-Choice commentary.

C.J. Redwine shares a guest post describing why she chose to regress women's rights in Defiance.

Liz Faber and The Sandwich that Saved her Life.

 

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This week's theme is coconuts. Which is ironic if you get the I speak fluent Spanish When I'm Drunk reference.

And finally, some Awesome by Other People

Beauty Redefined on Weight, Size, and Media Lies. 

My friend, the brilliant Mercedes M. Yardley, in a new interview on Lee Thompson's blog

A Recipe for Gluten-free Maple Covered Bacon Doughnuts on BlogHer.

And my new official favorite song and music video of all time by Dustin Tavella. You're Boyfriend is a Douchebag. Thank you to Latina Creative for sharing and sponsoring this week's Weekly Wrap.

You're welcome, Internet.

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Totally.

The Weekly Wrap #4

You're not doing it right until you've pissed someone off. That has always been my litmus test for breaking the sound barrier between where I was and where I wanted to be. Turns out I'm there, at least if the tweet calling me a dumbass today is any indication. It's okay. I played nice but I did respond something like "Think what you like. Your perception does not affect my reality."

And then The Husband high-fived me, I hit send on the tweet, and we went about our day.

That's why I'm posting so late on the weekly wrap this time around. Many thanks to this week's sponsor, Berkey Designs , creators of the Girl Body Pride "Just The Way We Are" cuff bracelet and many other wearable inspirations. I love these guys, and really do encourage you to check out their store on Etsy. Share what you like on Pinterest, which is actually how I found Berkey Designs over a year ago. I don't remember who originally pinned the image that led me to a new connection, but thank you.

And OMG my byline is in the glossy pages of the August issue of Latina with my first print advice column!

 

Now for the wrap:

 

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

My #Dimelo column gets it's own page on Latina!

This week’s #Dimelo online column: An Open Letter to the Maker of the Jenni Rivera Pinata

Commentary: Why I'm Pro-Choice

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On Girl Body Pride

Regular contributor Leslie Marinelli on When Good Dye Jobs Go Bad (Or as she titled it: It' Just Hair.)

Why I've become Kim Kardashian's unlikely champion.

The Awesome and Always Snarky Margaret Elysia Garcia on her love of hooker makeovers with drag queens.

 

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I'm on a hippie/gardening/crafty pinning binge this week. Hence, the following made me Happy with a Capital H:

* Pallet composting bin

* Brick recycled bird feeder

* Mason Jar Solar Lights tutorial 

 

And finally, some Awesome by Other People

Ann Imig and her 2013 Listen to Your Mother video

Elan Morgan of Schmutzie.com and my favorite reminder to look for Grace in Small Things

A Recipe for Gluten-free Maple Covered Bacon Doughnuts on BlogHer.

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Totally.

 

The Weekly Wrap #3

 

Week 3.
New name.
Actually, it's the name I meant to use last week, and the name I thought I used until about three minutes ago when I logged in. The proof is the hashtag I've been using since last week when I started tweeting the link for the post. So technically speaking, this is only a partial do-over (and the last time I have to explain to potential sponsors that I'm only half-crazy and mostly medicated.
Anyway, I'm obviously a bit late on the wrap up and I have no qualms about blaming the squeaky-voiced 6 & 7-year-old sleeping in my basement guest room, the miserable humidity that is preventing me from freezing homemade ice-cream in the state of Maine, and the related bad hair month I'll be having until fall hits and cools this em-effer off. There's a reason we moved to this state, you guys, and it wasn't so I could sit here in my central-air-less home thanking God this shit only lasts for a short period of time. Trust me when I say four years in hell (otherwise known as The Desert) has given me perspective on how much I am allowed to bitch right now. Four weeks of 80 degree weather and a pixie-fro ain't got nuthin' on the 112 degrees in the shade my Tucson friends are telling me about on Facebook.
Funny though, because when it's -30 and 6' of snow outside and the rest of the world thinks I'm supposed to be miserable, I'll actually be in heaven (or in my snow-shoeing gear because that's basically the same thing). More proof for my theory that the Universe got my DNA order mixed up because this Mexican chick will take my parka and being able to see my breath over flip flops and sun dresses any day of the week.
That brings me to the sponsorship portion of the weekly wrap-up because this week there isn't one. The fourth of July kicked my ass this year (because we actually joined the living and celebrated) and I forgot to pay attention and check my inbox. Each week The Weekly Wrap is published will be (usually) thanks to sponsors. The profit leftover after I self-medicate with caffeine by drinking my weight in Canadian coffee will be pooled to lobby Target and Starbucks to make my life Suck Less by opening stores up here & not making me drink Canadian coffee all the time.I’m actually only half-kidding.

So, no sponsor this week BUT that just gives me a chance to pimp the Multi-Culti party at BlogHer in Chicago and remind you to stop by, mingle with me and my amazing co-hostesses, Ananda Leeke and Dwana Delacerna, and celebrate the cultures we come from (and take pride in). Me? I'm the Mexican in Maine married to the Mexican-American-Native-American-Italian-Irish-Canadian who likes it here who once thought in Spanish but now relies on Dora the Explorer to teach my kid simple words I've forgotten. I take pride in and celebrate my hyphen, think Spanglish rocks, and am totally at peace with my #multi-culti identity.

Your turn....

Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

This week's #Dimelo column: The Real Me (If I was Interviewed by a Tabloid)

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On Girl Body Pride

Regular contributor Margaret Elysia Garcia remembers James Gandolfini.

Me and my progesterone deficiency story.

Best-selling Mind Over Medicine author & GBP contributor Lissa Rankin on How to Wildly Succeed in Your Life's Work.

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And finally, some Awesome by Other People

Stacy Jill with the unoffial BlogHer 13 Lip dub! (and no, I haven't seen the one I'm in from last year. Let's keep it that way.)

Alisa Valdez of the Dirty Girls Social Club on The Stories We Tell Ourselves (& Why They Matter).
An incredible & thought provoking post on race, parenting, & raising our kids by A'Driane Dudley on BlogHer.

Interested in sponsoring the next Wrap-Up or nominating a Post Written By Someone Other Than Yourself for a mention and a link? Shoot me an email for details. I promise to come up for air while pinning and zulily-ing like a mad woman to take a look.

Totally.