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A weekend of fall fun

Fall awakens a part of me that enjoys all things cozy, warm, and festive. In September and October, I enjoy going on walks and drives to admire the fall foliage and—of course—baking. For me, there’s no cozier fall feeling than when my home is filled with the aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon as I bake a pumpkin pie, or when I go for a walk with my husband on a colorful, cool fall day.

On Saturday, I planned an entire day around baking …

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Creating Summer Memories with your Wedding Registry + $25 Target eGift Card Giveaway!

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Nothing says summer like heading out into nature for a weekend camping trip. It’s a great way to disconnect from the day to day grind, and it can be a rewarding experience for the body, mind, and soul. Let’s not also forget what it can do for a relationship: sitting under the stars, next to a flickering campfire, and cuddling with the one you …

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The Ortiz’s Go To Yellowstone.

Deep in the wilds of Wyoming bear country, my family gathers around the warmth and shelter of our campfire. A canopy of stars peek through the haze of smoke emanating from dozens of fires around us.  At the height of my Tio’s story, about a human size owl he once saw, a high pitched howl sounds from the woods behind us, startling everyone to their feet. “It’s La Llorona,” someone whispers.  “No, it’s a coyote,” someone else chimes in. “I think it’s a wolf,” I …

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A Starter’s Guide to Discovering Your Mexican Ancestry


Could you be Pancho Villa’s great granddaughter or a descendant of Spanish royalty? After all, where do you get your taste for the finer things in life or your passion for activism?

Well, it’s time to find out, so you can finally put those far-fetched family legends to the test. You might feel overwhelmed and a little lost, but that’s why I’m here to help you get started. When I finally decided to start working on my family tree, I …

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Why I Celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos…

Growing up in the United States, October meant it was time for Halloween: candy, costumes, class parades, ghost movies, and haunted houses—I loved it all.

As a teenager, I learned that Mexicans celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Being Mexican-American myself, this oddly came as a big surprise: I remember thinking, “We do!”

I first learned about the traditions of El Dia de Los Muertos through movies and TV. I thought the face makeup and altars …

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