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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Happily Ever After (Season 2 Diary No. 19)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Happily Ever After

Season Two Diary No. 19

Series Finale Part 2 of 2

My voice slightly trembling, from the guilt of the pain I was about to cause him, I replied:

“I can’t accept your offer. I’ve worked too hard for the life I have—My career, my house, my freedom—I’m sorry, but I can’t go back to depending on a man.”

I searched his eyes desperately hoping to …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Ride or Die Chick (Season Two Diary No. 18)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Ride or Die Chick

Season Two Diary No 18

The first words out of Cristiano’s mouth were, “Is it mine?”

His ex-girlfriend shook her head yes and shared she was 7 months pregnant so it had to be his. I quickly did the math in my head, and I was relieved to realize that at seven months, the baby would have been conceived before Cristiano and I, even met.

Cristiano then …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Mi Novio… (Diary No. 17 Season Two)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Season Two Diary No. 17

Mi Novio…

Earrings! He bought me earrings! Not a ring! Thank God…

As Cristiano held the earrings up to me, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

Still recuperating from the scare, my emotions got the best of me, and instead of responding to his question, I placed one hand on my heart and shouted, “Don’t scare me like that! I thought it was a ring!” …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Single Girls Have More Fun (Season Two Diary No. 16)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Season Two Diary No. 16

Single Girls Have More Fun

Finally clear of the dance floor—and my admirers—I was free to relax. I found a seat at the very edge the bar and slid off my heels. The bartender neared me and asked what I would like.  I ordered a soda and as I waited for it to arrive, my thoughts turned to Cristiano.

After all the attention I received tonight from men, …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Madrina (Season Two Diary No. 15)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Madrina

Season Two Diary No. 15

As I pulled up to Carina’s house, I spotted Natalia peeking out the front window. Within seconds, the front door swung open and she came racing out, Carina following behind her.  Excited to greet my new goddaughter, I jumped out of my car and neared her with my arms wide open.

We met each other with a hug. As I lifted Natalia and twirled her, she shrieked …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Special Delivery

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Special Delivery

Season Two Diary No. 15

On the dot, right as I landed, Cristiano text me he was waiting at baggage claim. Three weeks had passed since we last saw each other. Truth be told, I could barely remember what he even looked like…

Tired from an overnight flight and drained from the emotions of having to say goodbye to my mother, I began to second guess this whole morning date. My …

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Carnitas & Cascarones: An Ortiz Easter

An Ortiz Easter

Easter Traditions from a Mexican-American Home

Easter with my family is nothing like the movies.  Instead of your traditional Easter ham, we have carnitas.  And there’s no gathering around a nicely set table with grandma’s fine china. I don’t think my grandmother even owned china… No, at our house, it’s paper plates and Norteños blasting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s been a while since I last attended an Ortiz Easter.  This year …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: True Love (Season Two Diary No. 14)

 

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Season Two Diary No. 14

True Love

I used to think the greatest love stories were those upon which fairy tales are based: Falling in love with a man who loves you so much he’d give his life for you; Someone to sweep you off your feet and save you. Romance.

But I now know better: there is a greater love …

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As the plane …

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Se Habla Spanglish Podcast: Mexican-American Genealogy Research Tips (Episode 3)

Welcome!

In this month’s Se Habla Spanglish with Spanglish Girl, I am joined by my sister, Monica, a self-taught Latino genealogist.  Having traced our own family ancestry to the 1500s in Mexico, I’ve asked her to share her tips to help you do the same! Follow along and check out the reference materials below.  

Thank you for joining us!

Push play (above)! 

Materials referenced in podcast (Click on …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Trump Piñata (Season Two Diary No. 13)

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Season Two Diary No. 13:

Trump Piñata

Hair flowing in the wind, 90s Chicano hip hop booming and a beautiful convertible lowrider, we were the poster children for a lowrider magazine photo shoot.  Cristiano at the wheel, me in the passenger seat and Lupe and Adolfo in the back, we sang along to an NB Ridaz song and reminisced about our teenage years.

Turns out Cristiano and Adolfo were at one time, possible …

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Lowrider Kind of Girl

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Season Two Diary No. 12:

Lowrider Kind of Girl

Having kissed love goodbye, I decided to spend my weekend, post Mario, with my prima in Chicago.

Lupe listened patiently, as I filled her in on my weekend with Mario. We sat in her apartment kitchen, with a morning view of the city, before us.  On occasion, she would move her eyes from the view, to me, and …

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Latina, Catholic, Feminist & Proud

An open letter to those who say I cannot be Pro-Choice and Catholic:

I grew up Catholic, Mexican-American and poor.  All three of these identities shaped me into the woman I am today—a proud feminist.  That is until I marched in the Women’s March and my identities collided, forcing me to come face to face with my identity as a Catholic woman.

After the women’s March, I came across a Facebook post from a fellow Catholic woman, slamming those of us …

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