"Hi! I'm Mariana. I am a petite size Mexican from a city called Guadalajara. Almost eight years ago I arrived to San Antonio pregnant with my little girl. This city has seen my family grow to the party of six we are now. I love being involved in my community and my children's schools have been a great platform for me to contribute. I love all things eco-friendly almost as much as I love tacos al pastor. As a communication studies major, I am drawn to literature, film, and social studies. I love dancing. Before having kids, dancing was a big part of my life. Now my husband and I get to host dancing parties in my kitchen with our four little ones. Of all the places we could have ended up living in, San Antonio, with all the Mexican influence and the friendliness of Texans, seems like the perfect fit for our family. "

A Mother’s Day Gift That Speaks Her Love Language

A few years ago my mother gave me a book that was truly an eye-opener for my marriage. You probably have heard of it: The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. He explains that the...

The Table That Taught Me a Lesson About Motherhood

I took out a sander and just went for it. I just wanted to get the thing done. How hard could it be? “It’s just a table and I am more than capable,” I said to...

Where to Eat During Lent Season in and Around San Antonio

It’s Friday and you're looking for a meat-free restaurant option for your family. Many seafood or vegetarian restaurants may come to your mind, but there are a number of restaurants that offer special Lenten...

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on TV?

One time I was doing laundry while my girls were watching TV. I was busy separating colors when something suddenly caught my attention. I stepped out of the laundry room to see what they where...

I Don’t Need a Bath, I Need a Break

There is a truth that I learned a while ago, sometime in my motherhood journey. The truth is it’s impossible for me to take a bath. More specifically I cannot mimic the luxurious scene...

Keeping Posadas Alive

Holiday Parties in Mexico are called Posadas (Poh-Sa-das). This is a tradition that started in colonial Mexico and has carried on since then. They were originally held in the nine days or “novena” before...

Dancing My Way Back to “Me”

In 2010 I graduated from college, I got married, and…I stopped dancing. It wasn’t my intention. I didn’t have a proper farewell because I honestly thought I was never going to leave it. But today,...
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MercuryGo App – Helping Me Become a Better-ish Driver

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mercury Insurance. Experiences, opinions, and driving habits are of the author.  Sixteen years ago, somewhere in Mexico, a teenage girl was getting her first car....

Three Languages, Two Nationalities, One Amazing Father.

“Eso fue SO exciting!” “Mamá, dónde está mi casqueta?” and “Quiero una pomme de terre!” are typical phrases you’ll hear on a daily basis in my casa. Frenglish, Spanglish, Esfrañol is what happens when...

Take Me Back to My Favorite Place in Town!

I arrived in San Antonio one summer day before my birthday in July 2012. I still remember looking down from the plane and my husband telling me, "See that? That's downtown." I saw tall...

The Craziest Things We Did For Our Kids During Quarantine, A Poem

As we come out of isolation, there are hero interim-teachers, aka parents, the world over, who have done everything in their hands to keep their children entertained in the confinements of their home. During the...

An Unorganized Mom’s Journey to Find Structure During Stressful Times

Being organized is not a strong quality of mine. I may seem organized in my regular life but that’s just because I compensate for my lack of organization with a busy schedule and a...