Self Care

December Self-Care for your Sanity

  Of all the months, December is the least likely for us to relax. There are a hundred things to buy, make, bake, send, or attend but remember, we don't have to make room for everything. Instead, make enough space for yourself, your loved ones, and those who could use a little lift. There are… Continue reading December Self-Care for your Sanity

Family, Inspiration

A Year of the Best Christmas Gifts

  Reflecting on the past year, I realized that I've already received the best Christmas gifts: The gift of life. It's my 10 year anniversary being cancer free. The gift of having my mother on this earth for another year. The gift of family. We talk, laugh¬†and enjoy each others company. The gift of friends… Continue reading A Year of the Best Christmas Gifts

Christmas Traditions, Family, Latino culture, Parenting

A 1932 Christmas

As we get older, we tend to appreciate things we took for granted, like stories from grandparents about their life and the childhood of our parents. Family stories may be boring when we're kids or when they're repeated often, as can be the case when our parents enter their 80's, but grandparents and parents who… Continue reading A 1932 Christmas

Family, Travel

My Town at Christmas

My hometown is at sea level. We don't get snow. Ever. Okay, I heard we had some back in 1962, but someone might have mistaken it for bits of hail. For us, Oxnardians, the winter season arrives when Christmas Tree Lane in the Historic District opens, where palm trees lit in sparking white lights tower… Continue reading My Town at Christmas