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Welcome to Bicultural Familia!

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Hey ya’ll! Welcome to the blog! I’m Chantilly, the mama and creator behind this South Texas blog. I’ve been blogging since 2010. I started after relocating away from family with my husband (Ricardo) and then 2-year old daughter (Lilyana).

During those times, the blog became an important outlet for me. It was a place where I could share my stories and talk about the issues that mattered to me. ❤

I stopped blogging for a while after going through health issues with Hashimoto’s and while growing my web design business. In 2014, after a two-year break and having my second baby (Antonio), I came back to the blog. That’s when I decided to do a complete overhaul of my blog’s design.

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Bicultural Familia still focuses on personal stories and the issues that matter me. But it’s also grown to include our family photos, recipes, travel adventures and more.

The blog covers everything from being a mom to multiracial Latinx kids to our Texas travels. I also share my experience of being married to a proud Tejano, a cat mom, a photographer, and foodie.

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What is a ‘bicultural’ familia?

Well, here’s the definition I’ve come to over the years. Feel free to add to it and make it your own.

A bicultural familia (bicultural family) is one that is immersed simultaneously within two cultures, celebrating two sets of languages, faiths, traditions, food cultures and more.

You might be surprised to discover that most families are bicultural or multicultural.  And if you’re reading this blog, I’m betting yours is too.

Why does it matter?

I’m proud to raise our kids with multiple cultures. Every day I encourage them to grow into their own identities…whatever they may choose.

As parents, I think that’s our responsibility. Not to mold our children, but to encourage them to pursue their own path.

That’s one biggest reasons why my husband and I decided to relocate. And why we now live in his home state and settle here in South Texas.

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We wanted our kids to be close to their culture. We also wanted them to be immersed in the culture my husband grew up with in Laredo, Texas.

As a child, he never realized what an amazing place he lived in. Everyone looked like him, talked like him and took pride in the beauty of Texas and their unique Tejano culture.

In his teen years, his family relocated to Michigan. Together, as a family, we later relocated again to South Dakota for economic reasons.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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But after six long years in the northern tundra, we decided it was time to return to South Texas. We needed to be in a place where our kids would be accepted for who they are and not viewed as the “other.”

And to a place where my husband could feel safe and accepted too.

We wanted our children to experience that same confidence and pride in their heritage that my husband had growing up.

And now we know for sure…coming here was the best choice we’ve ever made for our family. It’s given our children the opportunity to see themselves everywhere. Every day they see so many successful Latinos from all walks of life; techies, vloggers, CEOs, and artists.

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Why We Created Bicultural Familia.

And that’s why we strive to share that same sense of pride and cultura with you here on the blog. Through our stories, our photos, and even videos, we try to capture the spirit of South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, and our little familia of five.

We can’t forget our cat, Dusty! You’ll hear more about him here on the blog too.

We hope that through our blog, you’ll be able to discover (or rediscover) the beauty of the nature, food, and culture of South Texas the way that we have.

Stop by every week for new Texas travel posts, Tex-Mex inspired recipes, pet advice, personal stories and more.

Follow the #FamiliaEats hashtag on Instagram to see new recipes and our favorite foodie posts!


Connect with us

We want to invite you to share with us.  Don’t forget to share your thoughts and insights in the comments and to connect with us on social media to continue the conversation.  We hope you’ll join us on this journey and share your stories with us too.

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You can also email us at hola@biculturalfamilia.com​​​​​​​.


More about us.

We invite you to dig deeper into the blog and learn more about us. Here are a few posts we think you’ll enjoy.


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8 Comments

  • Hmongstoryteller
    March 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for your blog…i have been searching for more bi-cultural Mom bloggers…you are the first I have found that strikes that voice for me. Your voice is definately refined, though you mention here that you are still striving for it. I think you have it. Just keep going with it!

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    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      March 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Aww…thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it and I couldn't be happier that other bicultural moms out there are enjoying my posts. I hope we can connect and get to know each other better. Thanks so much for reading! =)

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  • Zvezdana
    May 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hi,
    so glad I came across this blog. I am passionate about multiculturism as well, have known no other way to live since childhood! Look forward to reading more of your posts:)

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  • Nicole
    August 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Hi Chantilly,

    While I'm not a bi-culture Mom, I have to say that your blog still speaks to me. I lived in Mexico until I was 13 and I'm now a college student living in Boston- the lifestyle is so different and I'm trying my hardest to keep my Mexican heritage and culture from slipping away. This is a really good source of inspiration for myself and my own blog!

    Keep writing!
    Nicole Troelstrup

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    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      August 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Thank you so much Nicole!  You definitely don't have to be a mom to read this blog, but it sounds like you've already got the bicultural part down.  ;)  I talk here a lot about balancing life between Mexican and American heritage and also the bicultural differences between our in-laws.  Thanks so much for stopping in!  I'd love to hear more about your experiences between Mexico and Boston…sounds really interesting!  :)  Feel free to leave your blog link!

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  • AdamaKone
    March 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, your article that was posted on Foxnews is so riddled with disgusting assumptions it is nor wonder there is racial confusion and backlash rampant in America. There seems to be some misguided attempt to define racism by some childish  standard of vengeance. You seem to be implying that the accepted definition of racism is "white people doing bad things to black people". My word, are you serious. Your institutionalized victim attitude is what is keeping us down…not helping us….let's hope someone cuts your media relationships before more of us have to deal with your infantile drivel. 

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  • Jennifer Bumpus
    February 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Hello Chantilly! My husband stumbled upon your site and immediately emailed it to me, knowing I’d be interested. I, too, am a bicultural mom, raising a beautiful and brilliant (in my “unbiased” opinion!) biracial daughter with my African American husband (I am White). I look forward to exploring your blog and your other websites. By the way, I am currently writing a doctoral dissertation on transracial adoption (specifically, AA children being adopted by Caucasian parents), looking at the effects of TRA on racial identity, self-esteem, and resilience. I will begin data collection very soon. Would it be ok if I send you the link to my online survey, to be posted on your sites, as a way to recruit more participants for my study? I’m looking for adult participants, age 18 and over, who are AA and were adopted as children by EITHER AA parents or White parents. Please let me know if you are interested in helping me out by allowing me to post the link to my survey. Much appreciated and, again, I look forward to becoming a part of your blog! Take care. (:

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