How to Personalize Glasses from the Dollar Tree

I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving.  I’ve been reviewing the Black Friday circulars and thinking about my shopping list.  This year, I want to make some of my holiday gifts and show you how you can make great gifts on a budget.  Here’s my […]

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How to Make a Flower Lollipop Stand

For her 4th birthday, Sofia requested a Maya the Bee party.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been in full crafting mode preparing for her bee-themed birthday party.  In today’s post, I wanted to share one of my favorite decorations for Sofia’s party.  I […]

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10 Tips for Organizing Your Craft Space

When Enrique and I were pregnant with Sofia, we knew we had to convert the room we used for our craft and office space into her nursery.  After considering our options, we decided to set up our new craft and office space in the basement. […]

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Ten Reasons We Like Pumpkin Picking at Demarest Farms

It is officially Fall which means pumpkin spice season has begun.  For the kids, it means planning our Halloween costumes and decorating the house.  Every year, we go pumpkin picking at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ with a group of friends.  Over the years, our […]

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Slow Cooker Applesauce Recipe

During Labor Day weekend, our family went apple picking at Demarest Farms.  We picked at least 10 pounds of apples.  I took some apples into the office and gave some away to family and friends, but I still have quite a few left.  As luck […]

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Ten Reasons We Like Apple Picking at Demarest Farms

Labor Day weekend kicks off the apple picking season in New Jersey.  Labor Day was a beautiful sunny day so we decided to go apple picking at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ.  It was a perfect day for spending the afternoon outdoors.  I like to […]

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How to Personalize a Pencil Case

The first day of school is almost here – only 4 days left.  Last night, I finished my last back to school project.  I added Lucas’ name to his pencil case.  It’s easy to personalize a pencil case with iron-on letters. For this project, you […]

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Back to School Offer: 70% off Dinkleboo Name Labels

I have Lucas’ Back to School supplies ready for the first day of school.  Everything is labelled with personalized Dinkleboo name labels.  I’ve been using them since Lucas started pre-school about 2+ years ago.  The Dinkleboo name labels adhere to different surfaces including books, backpacks, […]

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How to Make a First Day of School Chalkboard Sign

School starts in 2 weeks and I’m almost ready for the first day of school.  Last year, I waited until the night before the first day of kindergarten to make my chalkboard sign.  I think I was procrastinating because I was in denial that my […]

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Turn Leftover Potato Salad into Roasted Potatoes

This weekend, I made a tray of potato salad for Lucas’ birthday.  I had about half a tray of potato salad leftover and felt guilty about throwing it away.  I knew there had to be a way of transforming it into a new dish that […]

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7 Ninjago Party Ideas with Free Printables

For his 6th birthday, Lucas requested a Lego Ninjago birthday party.  He’s lucky to have a crafty Mom because you can’t buy Ninjago-themed decorations and favors at your local craft or party stores.  Below are 7 Ninjago party ideas with free printables I made for […]

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Puerto Rican Rice and Beans Recipe

Rice and beans or arroz con habichuelas is a Puerto Rican staple. In my house, rice is served as a side dish most nights. Lucas’ favorites are white rice and “special rice” (i.e. Chicken Flavored Rice A Roni). On weeknights, I make the white rice […]

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Easy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Caesar salad is my favorite.  I love making it as a side for weeknight dinner and for parties.  This recipe for caesar dressing is easy to make and requires basic pantry ingredients.  It is creamy without being thick. Ingredients: 1/3 cup mayonnaise 3 tablespoons lemon […]

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How to Make Paper Pennant Flags

I created these paper pennant flags for Lucas’ kindergarten graduation.  For his pre-K ceremony,  I made a large sign from poster board which was a pain to carry.  These were easy to make, less bulky and visible from afar.  Sofia, my 3 year old, was […]

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How to Make a Custom Stenciled Wedding Album

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Yvette and Miguel’s wedding.  In addition to wedding favors, I made them a custom stenciled wedding album with their names and wedding date.  While we live in the digital age, I still like to print out my […]

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How to Make Chocolate Wedding Favors

Our friends, Yvette and Miguel, are getting married this weekend.  As their gift, I  made chocolate wedding favors.  I like candy favors because they are a treat your guests can enjoy when they get home and can be coordinated with your wedding colors and theme. […]

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Traditional Potato Salad Recipe

Potato salad is one of my favorite sides.  It’s quick and easy so you can make it for weekday dinner or the night before a party.  This potato salad recipe makes a tray so it’s party-sized. Ingredients: 3 lb bag baby gold potatoes 1 cup […]

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My Grandmother’s Eulogy

I’ve been asked by family members to share the eulogy I delivered at my Grandmother’s funeral service. I had index cards with my notes because I wasn’t sure I would be able to get through it. But, I was surprisingly calm when the time came […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

Sofia and Lucas love banana chocolate chip bread.  They were introduced to it by Mr Dave – the chef at their daycare.  It’s a healthy, filling snack I don’t mind them eating. I looked up several recipes before I tried my hand at this one. […]

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My Mother’s Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe

When I was single and only cooked for special occasions, I relied on my Mom to make the sofrito.  She would make it in big batches and freeze in recycled plastic containers.  Before you cooked, you had to remember to defrost the huge block of sofrito. […]

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How to Make a Family Tree

Welcome to Latina Mom in NYC.  For my first post, I wanted to share a special project I made for my grandmother’s wake – a family tree.  My 94 year old grandmother, Genoveva Soto, passed away on May 3, 2017.  She was the matriarch of […]

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