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You Know You're Puerto Rican...

(Para mis Amigos Boricuas)

You've ever used your lips to point something out.

You've ever been hit with "chancletas", "la correa", or the cord
of "la plancha".

You get really scared whenever someone mentions "El Cuuuuuco!!!"

You've gone to Titi's house and passed through the "bead
curtain" in the living room.

You step into a house that has all those little figurines taking
up every inch of space on the TV and under the TV.

Your mother has a porcelain cat, dog, Buddha or elephant in her
living room.

Almost everyone you know is nicknamed "mira".

You've eaten "esporsoda" with butter.

You have a perpetually drunk neighbor.

You know your mom is sneaking up on you because you can hear the
'clack-clack' of her "chancletas".

Someone in you family is name "Maria".

You have actually met several people named "Jesus".

You treat fevers with "alcoholado".

You know "Don Francisco" from "Sabado Gigante".

You need a cup of coffee after every meal.

Your uncle owns more gold than the jewelry shop down the street.

You've sat in a two-passenger car with over seven people in it,
and there's a person shouting "Subete que caben mas!".

You put a big Puerto Rican flag on your car come June.

You've sung "Japi Beldei Two Yuuuu" more than you care to

You scrunch up your nose to ask a silent "que ?".

You've ever left grass out for the camels on the night of Jan.
6th., instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa Claus on

You remember Ricky Martin as the little one from Menudo.

You were raised on Goya products (Si es Goya, tiene que ser

You ever wished El Chapulin Colorado would come and save you.

You've dropped food on the floor, picked it up, and eaten it
after saying "lo que no mata engorda".

Your sofa or rug growing up was covered in plastic.

You start clapping when your plane hits the runway.

Your cousins have "original" names, like a blend of their
parent's names (ViMari = Victor + Maria)

Your mother, tia, or hermana's hair is black cherry, "sun in"
red, or a burgundy that would make Celia Cruz jealous.

You go to a wedding or Quinceanera party, gossip about how bad
the food is, but take a plate to go.

You can dance to merengue, cumbia, or salsa without music.

You think Christina can beat Oprah any day.

You can get to your house blindfolded because the smell of
chuletas is SO strong.

Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to call you to dinner
when you live in a one bedroom apartment.

Telenovenas have the status of holy ceremonies.

You think platanos are a whole separate food group.

You have a picture of "Cristo" in your house.

You think your name begins like this: "Ave Maria Purisima,

You walk around saying "Chacho", or "Chacha" or "Ay Bendito".

Others tell you to stop screaming when you're really talking.

You know someone who drives a "Cheby".

You call all sneakers "tenis".

All breakfast cereals are called "Con Fley".

All tissue papers are called "Klinex".

All brands of diapers are called "Pampel".

A balanced meal consists of rice and beans and some kind of meat.

You know the difference between "Carolina Rice" and everything

You appreciate the difference between "Agua de Florida" and
"Superior 70".

You've put a penny on your forehead to stop a nosebleed.

Your mother has put a balled up piece of thread on your baby
cousin's forehead to stop her hiccups.

You have at least 30 cousins. At least! (Dan, in our case - at least 100)

You know how to drive an "estandar" or "estic chift" car.

You can tell the difference between "Cafe Crema" and "Bustelo".

And last, but not least:

Your grandmother thinks Vick's Vapor Rub is the miracle cure for

Your Daily LOL

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccine

I've been hearing buzz of this "mandatory" swine flu vaccination that's coming in the fall. It's made me severely nervous and thus, I've started to research it for myself. True enough, our government has spent over 77 million dollars on mapping every household and who is in it for possible FEMA and Homeland Security vaccination enforcement. This is SCARY and I urge everyone to conduct their own research.

I am actually contemplating creating a blog entirely on the dirty truth behind vaccines.

Stay tune for updates. Let me know what you think. And if you come across any good sources feel free to drop me a line.

300 Died from Swine Flu Vaccine

In 1976, the government brainwashed the public into believing that the swine flu was a pandemic. They scared the public into taking a swine flu vaccine in order to prevent death. What they didn't tell the public was that this vaccine was NEVER field tested. They also failed to tell the public of the risks involved when taking this shot. Many people became ill and many died due to the recommendations of the CDC. The government sunk as low as using the names of celebrities in their advertisement to try and lure the public into believing that the immunization was safe to take. These celebrities did not agree to the use of their names in this propaganda and most did NOT even take the shot!

Today we are being scared into believing that the swine flu is rapidly spreading and some governments, including our own are creating swine flu vaccinations that should be ready to be distributed this fall. Inform yourselves and your loved ones before injecting yourself with these lethal shots.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, see this CBS video on this vaccination, it will change your mind on how you feel about trusting what doctors, the government, and the media tell you about vaccinations...

Yaya's Top Ten Funniest Sayings

The other day I was talking with someone about some of the funny things that my mother says, and later in the day it got me thinking of my mom. I was walking through the supermarket and I actually randomly laughed out loud. People must have thought I was nuts. I got such a kick out of thinking of my mom that I had to post this...

10. He's no Paul Newman.
(This is said to any man who thinks he is good looking).
9. Come here Missy Foo / Mr. Foo
(??? she calls everyone this. I still don't know who Foo is).
8. Carambolas
(This is yelled out when she gets hurt, surprised, etc. It may be a form of caramba?)
7. Whatcha talking bout Willis?
(My mom looked at me one day & said this! I almost peed my pants.)
6. I am still waiting for my marriage license to expire.
5. Don't go into the fridge after a hot shower. Your face will freeze in place.
4. El diablo empuja
(The Devil Pushes. In order words, be careful with temptation)
3. Turn off the lights! I don't sleep with Con Edison.
(Con Edison is the electric company in NYC. Since she's not Con Edison's mistress she still has to pay the electric
2. You think I am married to Rockerfeller? Go get a job.

Drum roll please. The number one funny thing my mom says...

1. I may be short but I can still reach your face

Book Review

This book is beautifully written! Inés of my Soul is not just a story about how the nation of Chile was build. It is a captivating story about Inés Suárez, a strong and daring woman whose bravery and passion helped conquer love and with it, a beautiful land. Along with Inés, Allende introduces many characters that help mold this story. In reading this book we gain a better understanding of the bravery that the conquistadores had and we feel compassion for Native Indians, in the suffering they went through in trying to defend their land. Allende does a wonderful job in making each character rich and full of depth. Her descriptions are thorough and poetic. This book will play in your mind days after having read it.

Allende is a wonderful author who makes me proud of being a Latina. Her work is not only entertaining, but also full of history. You will really connect with her writing and with each character. If you love a good story, this is a MUST read.

*Side Note: Inés Suárez, wasn't just a made up character. She was a real women who helped conquer the nation of Chile.

July 22: St. Mary Magdelene

Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord. It seems that she was very beautiful and very proud. But after she met Jesus, she felt great sorrow for her evil life. When Jesus went to supper at the home of a rich man named Simon, Mary came to weep at his feet. Then, with her long, beautiful hair, she wiped his feet dry and anointed them with expensive perfume. Some people were surprised that Jesus let such a sinner touch him. Our Lord knew why. He could see into Mary's heart. He said, "Many sins are forgiven her, because she has loved much." Then to Mary he said kindly, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

From then on, with the other holy women, Mary humbly served Jesus and his apostles. When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of his cross. She stayed with the Blessed Mother and St. John, unafraid for herself. All she could think about was that her Lord was suffering. No wonder Jesus said of her: "She has loved much." After Jesus' body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. She was shocked when she saw that the tomb was empty. Not finding the sacred body, she began to weep. Suddenly she saw someone she thought was the gardener. She asked him if he knew where the body of her beloved Master had been taken. Then the man spoke in a voice she knew so well: "Mary!" It was Jesus, standing right there in front of her. He was risen from the dead. And he had chosen to reveal himself first to her. The Gospels show Mary as being sent by the Lord himself to announce the Good News of the resurrection to Peter and the apostles. In the early centuries of the Church, Mary Magdalene's feast was celebrated with the Mass of an apostle.

Reflection: St. Mary Magdalene was a sinner, yet Jesus forgave her. He could see that she loved much.

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Kids are so funny...

My Catholic friends will appreciate this one...

So, my youngest son and daughter are in the middle of a heated argument, as a mom my ears quickly puckered up. I overhear my daughter say "Well, GIRLS are better than boys b/c Mother Teresa was a girl and she was the best!" and my son quickly responds "Oh yeah! Well let me see her turn the Eucharist into the body of Christ!"

LOL! After quietly laughing to myself, I had to do my motherly duty and explain to them that both boys and girls (men and women) are special. We were created in God's image, He loves us all and blessed each of us with unique qualities.

I tell you though, that was a great comeback on my son's part. I am really starting to believe him when he says he will become a priest one day.

Former Pharma Scientist Speaks out about Vaccines

This interview makes me cringe! If you want to know the truth about vaccines this is a MUST read!

Here is an excerpt from this interview:

Q: Are some vaccines more dangerous than others?

A: Yes. The DPT shot, for example. The MMR. But some lots of a vaccine are more dangerous than other lots of the same vaccine. As far as I'm concerned, all vaccines are dangerous.

Q: Why?

A: Several reasons. They involve the human immune system in a process that tends to compromise immunity. They can actually cause the disease they are supposed to prevent. They can cause other diseases than the ones they are supposed to prevent.

Q: Why are we quoted statistics which seem to prove that vaccines have been tremendously successful at wiping out diseases?

A: Why? To give the illusion that these vaccines are useful. If a vaccine suppresses visible symptoms of a disease like measles, everyone assumes that the vaccine is a success. But, under the surface, the vaccine can harm the immune system itself. And if it causes other diseases -- say, meningitis -- that fact is masked, because no one believes that the vaccine can do that. The connection is overlooked.

Q: It is said that the smallpox vaccine wiped out smallpox in England.

A: Yes. But when you study the available statistics, you get another picture.

Q: Which is?

A: There were cities in England where people who were not vaccinated did not get smallpox. There were places where people who were vaccinated experienced smallpox epidemics. And smallpox was already on the decline before the vaccine was introduced.

Q: So you're saying that we have been treated to a false history.

A: Yes. That's exactly what I'm saying. This is a history that has been cooked up to convince people that vaccines are invariably safe and effective.

Buttercream Recipe

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 butter (not margarine!)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use clear if you want a white cream)
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Cream shortening and butter until fluffy. Add confectioner's sugar and continue creaming until well blended.
  2. Add salt, vanilla, and whipping cream blend on low speed until moistened. Add additional whipping cream if necessary (up to 2 ounces). Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.
  3. You can add food coloring if you wish.

Cake Compromise

Okay, so I chickened out. I didn't make the beautifully decorated fondant cake that I had planned to make. Instead I made a cute buttercream cake. At least I ventured out and once again decorated a cake. The important thing is that my daughter loved it and it tasted great. I will definitely post this buttercream recipe. It's bakery worthy, very delish. Here are some pics...

Let me know what you think!

My Baby Girl is Growing Up :(

Breastfeeding Just as Good as Formula? Whatever...

Being a Breastfeeding Counselor makes me pro-breastfeeding. However, I am an opened minded person and try my best not to come off as a Breastfeeding Nazi. I understand that everyone's situation is unique. However, there are times that I just want to jump out of my skin, but I bite my tongue and respect my client's wishes.

One thing that drives me ABSOLUTELY insane is ignorance. I had a client today tell me that formula "Is just as good as breastfeeding, ever since they added DHA and ARA to it." Are YOU KIDDING ME! Hello people, we are not COWS. We are not meant to digest cow protein! How can cow's milk be just as good as the milk GOD made specifically for our human babies? I had to take a deep breath and kindly explain the difference between the two, when all I wanted to do was rage about how dangerous formula actually is. I will most definitely be posting the dangers of formula later, right now I need to vent!

Actually, screw it (is that a bad word? I need to ask my priest about that one). Go to this link to read about some of the harmful ingredients found in baby formula. After reading them, you decide whether formula is JUST AS GOOD as BREAST MILK!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg...

Eating my words...

So, I took a cake decorating class a few years ago and was obsessed with my new talent. I made a cake for every occasion.

However, I had never ventured into using cake fondant until last year. I volunteered to make my best friend's son's birthday cake. The theme was basketball and I thought "I could totally do this!"

My idea was to make a basketball jersey and a basket ball. I found an awesome recipe for a marshmallow cake fondant (taste way better than the regular kind). Anyway, I prepared it the night before and the morning of the party was ready to go. My cakes were cooled, my butter cream made and I was ready to get rolling...

So I did my crumb icing / dirty icing and I waited for it to dry. I then rolled out my fondant and cover my basketball. BOOYAH! Perfecto! I was so happy. I mixed my colors and brushed them on. Not bad! I am impressed! Looks so good!

Okay, so I am ready to do the same for the sheet cake (the basketball jersey), I roll out my fondant AND dun dun dun dun DUUUUUUUUUUUUN! It's too sho
rt, not enough, poquito, little... Ugh! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Did I mention that it was 100 degrees that day and super humid? My AC was going full force and I was still sweating and hot! So I am a nervous wreck. I only have 3 hours to shower, get dressed, and drive for a half hour!

So I make new fondant. The process was a pain in the (ahem) neck. It was so greasy and would not roll out well because of th
e humidity. I was getting so frustrated, so I decided to take a break. I started cleaning my supplies and sweeping all the powdered sugar from the floor. I then go back to the fondant and finally get it rolled out. I put it on the cake, but cannot add the numbers or the edging of the jersey because the dough is still sticky. I decide to chill it in the fridge while I shower and get the kids ready.

Okay, so I am dolled up and ready to go. The only thing needed is to put the edging and the numbers on the jersey. I go into the fridge to get the cake out and realize that it didn't clear! All of my fondant was stuck to the shelf above the cake! Flood gates open and I start to bawl. I call my BFF and
tell her that I will be late and explain my debacle. She tries to calm me down. She tells me to bring it as it is, all that is important is my presence. Are you kidding me?! Bring that mess to the party?! Oh, heck no. So I wipe my tears and try to salvage the cake. I ended up doing this half butter cream - half fondant mess! Everyone at the party was polite - they told me what a great job I did..blah, blah, blah. I smiled and tried my best to believe them.

After that day I have NOT been able to bring myself to decorate a cake. I've made plenty of yummy cakes since then, but my excuse for not decorating them is that as long as they taste good, they don't have to look good. That day, while wiping my tears, I had promised to NEVER ever decorate another cake.

So, anyway, did I mention that hubby and I love the show Cake Boss? Anyway, (with a sheepish look) I was thinking,
that-maybe-I-may-try-and-decorate-a-cake. My daughter's birthday is coming up and it would mean a lot to her if mommy went back to decorating her cakes.

Anyways, I'll keep you posted...

Nutter Pet Peave

Okay, I cannot STAND IT when people, especially kids say "Shut Up!"

I find it sooooooo rude. Why can't people say "Be quiet" or even better "Be quiet, PLEASE."

Even "Sshhhh," is better than "Shut Up."

Even if you say "shut up," as sweet as can be, it still sounds rude.

The only time "shut up," is acceptable is when Stacy London says it or when used in that context.

For example, "Honey, my boss just gave me a raise!"

Response: "Shut up!" (As you give 'em a nudge)

To My Husband


Just wanted to let you know that as you walked into the store yesterday I looked at you impartially and thought to myself "That is a handsome man." You looked youthful and handsome. My heart skipped a beat and I felt like the luckiest woman alive to have you as my companion.

Thank you for a wonderful day. I can't express to you how bless I feel. Yesterday was blissful, yet we did nothing out of the ordinary. Just chilling at home in the morning; you playing Xbox and me napping on your lap while the kids buzzed around the house, was peaceful. Playing tennis was so much fun. Thank you for making me feel proud of my slight (teeny tiny) improvement. You're such a superior athlete, but yesterday you allowed me a small victory. Yes, I noticed :) And as crazy as it seems, I really enjoyed going to Costco with you. It was nice to just go food shopping without the kids, enjoying your company, and your help. And hey, we got free appetizers, a variety of meals, and dessert! LOL! Who said you couldn't date for free in this economy?!

Best of all was having dinner on our patio. The weather was beautiful and the back yard, so green and lush due to all the rain we've had. After dinner I enjoyed watching you in your glory - playing football with our boys, while Delilah and I acted as cheerleaders. They are so lucky to have you as their papa. You are molding them into agile athletes.

I loved that you slipped out the surprise! It's so cute and funny how you can't contain yourself when you have a great secret. The kids were so elated with their fireworks. I know that we really didn't have the extra money for that, yet, you made it happen. Thank you. It was priceless to see the looks on those little faces. Sigh.

Just when I thought the night was over and we were just bumming, watching Cake Boss, you sacrificed your sleep, so that we may have a couples' night out. I know how tough it is for you to stay out when you have to wake up at four in the morning. And yet you sacrificed yourself so that we can go out. Nonetheless, on the night before what is sure to be a busy day/night for a Fire Fighter! I am pretty positive that the 4th of July will bring you guys plenty of fires and accidents. Thank you for a wonderful night around the bonfire with our friends - I had a really nice time. Next time we will have time to do the hookah ;)

Anyway, I feel very happy today and I wanted to share with you where it stems from. Yesterday was great. You made my day and night (the icing on the cake... hehehehe) and I wanted to say "Thank you, Papi. I love you"

De Tu Mami
*There are those days that I think, you are not the person I can live with, but
I ALWAYS know you are the person that I CAN'T live WITHOUT


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