"Snow Days" What do you do with the children on snow days?

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how the kis look when you tell them to go play in the snow
Today the children are out of school because of the freezing cold and the crazy snow fall over night.  They are happy and I'm like oh come on.. Because I now have to be the party planner for the day!

So we are doing fun things indoors today.  You know movies, video games,cooking yummy treats, and board games.  My children do not like to play out in the cold snow.  I guess it's because they are from Brazil where it was always worm.  When their friends come to the door to ask if they are going to come out to play they be like are you crazy...lol I think it's so funny.  I am from New York and I loved going out to play in the snow as a child. 
the are not going out unless it's in the car. lol
 We always spend around 1 hour on school work as well..Math and Reading so that they can stay on the learning path!

How it looks outside..Beautiful!
So what do you do with your children on snow days?

My Life Doll's

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My Life Doll's at Walmart
Seanna with all of her new friends
Our girls all got these really cute My Life dolls for Christmas this year.

Seanna loves her My Life doll
They are awesome and I love the way my girls can play with beautiful dolls that look like them.  You can find all kinds of cool accessories for these dolls so the girls will never get board with them!
S'zion with her My Life doll



S'nai is so creative she has made lot's of things for her my life doll's.  You can always check her out on our you tube page. 
S'nai With her My Life doll



How we maintain and style our hair

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Seanna is angry after I washed and blow dried her hair lol
We all have our bad hair days but hair is such a big deal in my house because I have 3 daughters.  All three of them absolutely hate getting their hair combed.  And yes they get it honestly, because I don't like combing out my hair either.  I have noticed that the less we do to our hair the more it grows.  Hear are my 3 girls and I.  We all have really long and thick hair.  I usually wash our hair about 4 to 6 times a month.  That's once a week or every other week depending on how dirty our hair gets.

S'zion is being a big girl but she is the most tender headed of all
 I keep our hair moisturized with hair creams or butters and oils.  My favorite oils are Moroccan Aragon oli, Shea oil, black Haitian castor oil, and Almond oil.  What I do is mix all the oils in the palm of my hand and use my finger tips to rub them through the scalp. 

S'nai is the oldest so she pretty much goes with the flow but she has the most hair of all
Then I either braid or flat iron our hair. 
Mami

Below is our youngest son.  His hair was really long when we came to Columbus from Brazil 3 years ago.  And we love trying new styles with him.  He has such beautiful hair. 


Shakari is getting his hair twisted with the sponge.  It's pretty cool.


I'll have to make a whole new post about that!




My Daughter's First Speech

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My daughter participated in the MLK Oratorical Contest yesterday and did a great job!
We are so proud of her.  Her speech was powerful and she spoke the truth about racism in America.  Here's a copy of her speech below.

The topic of my speech is would Dr. Martin Luther King think that we live in chaos or community today.

As a African American girl I have to say that Black people have come a long way in our country’s history.  African Americans have overcome and accomplished a lot through struggles of open hatred and racism only based on the color of their skin.  African Americans have lived through and survived a horrible past in America through slavery, oppression, and Jim Crow.

I was born in the USA, but I spent five years of my life growing up in Brazil.  Living in Brazil does help me appreciate how far my people have come because we did not see any Black lawmakers while living there.  Also there were not many Black people 

Potty Training With Papi...

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Here are a few videos that papi was using while potty training his little princess.





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 Salvador Bahia Brazil! Even though we have been back in the States for about 2 years now we still love looking back at these videos of when we were living in Brazil.  Good Times*



My 2 oldest children are now 12 and 9 years old and they always are so amazed at our adventures of living abroad.  They can't wait to go back to visit.                                                  www.fezcaps.com

Taking the Girls to Ballet Class

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Some footage of the girls at ballet class.  I just want to share some of the things we do to show a positive way to stay active and raise our families.

 It's really important to have your children involved in extra curricular activities.  It helps them find positive outlets to express themselves, get exercise, and also socialize with kids their age that are active as well.  The last part is really important because kids that don't have anything to do will find bulls#@! to get into like sex, drugs, and all other forms of delinquent activity.


We have 5 children (3 girls, 2 boys).  One of our rules is to make sure everyone stays active.  Everyone plays soccer, except for our baby.  The boys play basketball and the girls take dance class and will probably start cheerleading this year.

They usually have something else going on in addition to that stuff as well.

We live right next to the girl's dance school.

They go twice a week.

All of the girls head to dance class together.  Our baby just sits and watches.

She can't wait to get started though.  I can tell.

Nani's class is longer than her younger sister so she patiently waits for her turn.

The Face You Make When Your Kids Don't Listen In Public

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You know the face.  LOL

Captain Puerto Rico | He's Reppin the Flag

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Captain Puerto Rico. Did anyone else catch that?

Flying With Kids Pt 2 | International Flight With Children

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flying with kids

We flew over 7 hours straight with four children and everything went smoothly.  Here are some tips on how you can replicate complete with some pictures and video from our trip.

This is basically an update to a post I made years ago about an international flight with my children.

It doesn't have to be torturous or horrible if you plan ahead.

Have plenty of activities, snacks, and it doesn't hurt for them to take a little sedative (like Benadryl) beforehand.  I'm definitely not ashamed about that part because I've witnessed how horrible it can be if you go without.

Pre-Flight Check

Make sure you have games, toys (preferably new), medicine, movies if possible, and a parachute just in case they kick you guys off the plane.  We stopped at the Subway in the airport and fed everyone right before we checked in at the gate.  After that everyone except for me and daddy had a dose of the pink stuff.  That is so crazy that there are Subway restaurants all over Brazil.

Games, Games, Games


You definitely want to give your children plenty to do.  We had a laptop and an iPad on our long flight.  We've since upgraded.  All the children now have child-safe tablets called Funtabs.  These

LaLaVazquez | You Can Be Puerto Rican And Black Too!

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Interesting article, I can relate, being Puerto Rican and Haitian.  My skin is light complexioned but not all the Puerto Ricans in my family look the same.  Some look mixed and some do not look mixed at all.  That's just in my family so you can image what the entire island would be like.

Psst... this post is for everyone, including Latinas.  For some reason a lot of us don't seem to realize that Latino is not a race, it is more like a cultural category.  I remember when I was at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC and I overheard this misguided Latina telling another dark skinned Latina that she had no business being at the parade because she was black and not Puerto Rican.  That was a sad day for Puerto Ricans everywhere.  I was disgusted. Doesn't she know her own history?

Ever heard of Roberto Clemente?  My daughter did a report on him in school, yay.  How about Feliz Trinidad?  There are many more examples.  And just because someone isn't dark skinned doesn't mean they aren't an Afro-Latino.  Seriously, looks wise African Americans and Latinos have a lot in common.  Look at LaLa and me for example.  Who's to say that we aren't African Americans?


It's funny because here in America lots of people do not realize that there are black Latinos.  With all the Afro-Latino baseball players you would think people would have some kind of clue.  So people shouldn't act like it's weird to meet an Afro-Latino.  I just got through living in a country (Brazil) where the majority of the people were black.  Matter of fact, if you are black they are more likely to assume that you are a native of the country.  Puerto Rican, Cuba, and the Domincan Republic/Haiti have lots of people who look just like African Americans here in the USA.

I think this is important.  Especially for Afro-Latino families.  Don't dance around the race issue.  School your children and raise them to be proud of who they are.  Let them know there are millions of people who look like them all the way from the Caribbean to the tip of Argentina.  The secret is out.


LaLa Vazquez wrote a personal note addressing all the drama that tends to ensue when people discuss her (and other Boricuas' for that matter) racial background.  She says that while both of her parents are Puerto Rican, that makes her Puerto Rican.  But she also says that doesn't mean she's not "black" as well.  LaLa explains that black and Puerto Rican are not always mutually exclusive...and she schools people on her Latina heritage and what she teaches her son Kiyan.

Carmelo Anthony is half Puerto Rican as well.
 
Her words when you read the rest...

    A lot of people don't realize that I'm Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn't one look that comes with the territory. I don't expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I'm not.

It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I'm Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish. That person then expresses their shock over these realizations for any number of reasons--common responses are, "You don't look Latina" and "I thought you were black!"

I never said I wasn't black. And since when does being black and being Latina have to be mutually exclusive? In my experience, people tend to have an uninformed and rather narrow view of what it means to be Puerto Rican. For me, not looking like some people's idea of a typical Latina has been challenging and often painful.

I constantly find myself trying to justify who I am, and why should I? I'm proud of my heritage and my family. Both of my parents are from Puerto Rico. They raised two kids in Brooklyn and later in New Jersey, where we ate arroz con gandules and pasteles and listened to salsa music. I feel just as at home in Puerto Rico, where I still have tons of family, including aunts, uncles and cousins.

Puerto Rico is in my blood. And that has nothing to do with the color of my skin. I'm not angry with anyone who doesn't understand the complexities of race and culture. And I'm also not interested in having long, drawn out conversations about how it's possible for me to look like this and speak Spanish. In fact, sometimes I make it a point not to mention my parents' birthplace because I don't always feel like having the inevitable discussion that follows. Instead, I let people look at me and come to their own conclusions.

As I start to get my feet wet in Hollywood, I already know that there are certain parts I won't even be considered for. The character can be Puerto Rican and speak Spanish just like me, but Hollywood defines Latina as Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. As beautiful as they are, we're not all one race in Latin America. But I don't go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives. I'd rather skip the entire process.
I'm raising my son to understand who he is, and it's my hope that he'll never let others define him. It reflects poorly on us when we don't educate ourselves about the rest of the world and what it looks like. I encourage people who are interested to learn more, do research and ask informed questions. If you're lucky enough to visit various countries in Latin America, you'll be baffled to see the blackest of the black and the lightest of the light living together. And I dare you to ask one of them to prove their latinidad.

Very interesting.  Your thoughts?

Joell Ortiz Connects Healthy Living, Overweight Emcees & Hip Hop's Marketing

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Exclusive: Joell Ortiz details his lifestyle changes, how it affects his music and why you should opt for fruits and veggies instead of Newports during your next bodega visit.

 During a casual listen, it sounds like Joell Ortiz is having a great time on his 2007 single, “Brooklyn Bullshit.” “So what I ask for an ace on your cigarette / On the first and third I’m happy ‘cause all the fiends get a check,” he rhymed. But by his own admission, Joell says that behind the jovial talk of chipping in for a bag of weed and buying beers on credit was an excellently crafted rhyme about essentially poisoning himself with an unhealthy lifestyle.

“I was living what you call the rock star life—nightlife heavy, and diners at 5:00 or 6:00 am,” Joell explained. “I was eating cheeseburger deluxes and things of that nature and just not taking care of myself.”

Despite the preventable deaths of emcees such as DJ Screw and Big Pun, living a healthy lifestyle has long been one of Hip Hop’s taboo topics for some. Conventional thinking holds that we would rather have our favorite emcees healthy so they are around longer. Granted this isn’t new territory, as artists such as 50 Cent, dead prez and others have released products to help incorporate their own healthy lifestyles with their musical careers and business interests. But in the wake of New Year’s resolutions of shedding weight and living better—resolutions that often don’t make it to March—Joell Ortiz lays out a non-preachy blueprint for a balanced way of living. The Brooklyn emcee is considered dope by many regardless of his weight. But here, he explains how he woke up one fall morning in 2012 and decided to change his way of living.
Joell Ortiz Speaks On Changing His Lifestyle & How It Affects His Music







HipHopDX: What does September 3, 2012 mean to you?

Joell Ortiz: Oh, I woke up that day, and a long time before that day I tried doing the same