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Endearing Tales of Unlikely Romance

Seeking ‘Perfection’ Often times, we find ourselves imagining the perfect kiss, the perfect date or the perfect relationship.  We make all the plans in our minds, prep ourselves to receive them, but often these dream scenarios never come to…

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On Being Bicultural

This post was originally published in March 2011. It has been updated slightly to include both of our kids and republished for our current blog readers. Who am I? Sometimes I’ve found myself wondering, who am I exactly?  What…

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My Husband’s Story of Life on ‘La frontera’

My Husband’s Story of Life on ‘La frontera’ I struggled a lot in writing this post. Not because it was difficult really, but because this is my husband’s story and it’s one that I don’t take lightly. I really…

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This is what it takes to avoid catcalling

Have you seen this video yet?  It’s only funny because it’s true. Men respect other men. We’re not even a consideration. Post by CollegeHumor. Chantilly PatiñoHola!  I’m Chantilly Patiño, mom to a multiracial Latino family, living in South Texas and…

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Parenting Bilingual Niños When You’re Not Fluent

Parenting Bilingual Niños Being the parent of a bilingual child isn’t always easy…especially when you’re not fluent. I’ve been teaching my daughter Spanish since birth…a few words here and there, never speaking in full conversations because I have absolutely no…

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Racial Identity: When ‘White’ Doesn’t Quite Fit

Racial Identity: When ‘White’ Doesn’t Quite Fit Can white people call themselves ‘mixed’?  Can they see themselves as something other than white, if they appear visually white?  Sometimes, I don’t know.  All my childhood, I struggled with that label…the…

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Blogger Tag: Seven (up?) {Most Noted Posts}

Unas blogueras have invited me to join in a game called “Seven” where you tag your bloggy buds and ask them to name one post from their blog in each of the following seven categories.  Super fun, right!?  And…

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Ricardo & I Test Out Our Podcasting Chops

[image source] So, my husband, Ricardo, has always wanted to do a radio show and we figured that we would feel things out, see how it goes and test our chops to see if we have what it takes…

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Trials of the Interracial Couple

Common Challenges for Interracial Couples One of the disadvantages of being an interracial couple is the fact that you have to bite your tongue so often in order to get by unscathed.  There is so much more that can be said…

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The Flip-Side: Can Newbie Insiders Be Trusted?

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how becoming an insider among another race can make you an outsider with your own.  Today, I wanted to talk about the flip-side of being an insider…the second edge of the…

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Racism: Outsider, Turned Insider

It’s hard to speak about everyone’s experience, but as a white woman, married to dark-skinned man…I’ve had some experiences that most wouldn’t be comfortable listening to or acknowledging.  I am part of a group of whites who have married…

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Our Wedding – Part 2 (The Beauties)

Read Part 1 >> The Better Parts of Our Intercultural Wedding Although our wedding had been very stressful and caused me to have a near breakdown just weeks before the “I DOs”, we were happy to finally be married…

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Our Wedding – Part 1 (The Beasts)

Wedding Horrors My husband and I were very much in love and excited to finally be getting married.  We had been together for almost four years by the time we’d gotten hitched, a fact that drove my hubby crazy…

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How I Lost My Spanish

How I Lost My Spanish I usually don’t write too many personal posts because I have trouble believing that anyone would be interested, but after the last one, I just felt like there was so much more to say.…

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The Wrath of La Cuñada

What could be worse than taking on your mother-in-law?  The dreaded sister-in-law. It may have been obvious to some, but I was completely unaware that a sister-in-law could bring so much grief and make me feel like such an…

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Conflicts & Blessings Between Borders

Conflicts & Blessings Between Borders Being the parent of a bilingual child isn’t always easy…especially when you’re not fluent. I’ve been teaching my daughter Spanish since birth…a few words here and there, never speaking in full conversations because I…