The Mixed Up Blog

LA Zoo Lights

My family enjoys the Los Angeles Zoo. We go 2-3 times per year as a family or with out of town visitors. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.     We were excited to be invited to media night of L.A. ZOO LIGHTS where we were able to enjoy the 113 acres of new lights and displays. It was a brisk evening. An ideal night for a family outing.  The chilly weather really got us in the holiday mood where...
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Growing Up Multiracial: Then and Now

As a multiracial kid growing up in the 80's, I felt different. I was born in Puerto Rico to a Black father and Mexican mom. After Puerto Rico, we moved to Hawaii. Being a military brat stationed in Puerto Rico then Hawaii meant I was also labeled a Third Culture Kid raised in a culture outside of my parents' cultures due to their military status. California finally became home and I felt like I didn't quite belong. I wasn't Black enough, or Mexican enough. I wasn't Puerto Rican or Hawaiian. It was hard for me to find my place in...
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Knott's Scary Farm 2015

My family and I love Halloween. We love dressing up in some sort of family theme. One year we were characters from Toy Story. Another year we were Super Heroes. We are still unsure about what to be this year but being at the Media Event at Knott's Scary Farm got me excited that it's Halloween time again and anything is possible.  On this night we gathered to all that was new for 2015. This year's Scary Farm will run September 24-October 31 so be sure to grab your tickets and find out what all the excitement is all about....
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How My Backflip Landed Me at ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call

What does this image have to do with ABC's Shark Tank? Well, let me start from the beginning. And when I say the beginning, I mean when I stepped foot in the swimming pool with 3 of my 4 kids. And when I say swimming, I mean floating on an inflatable raft catching some rays. They swim all around me like little sharks and try to flip me over. I splash them and tell them mama just wants to relax and to swim away. "You're no fun," the youngest one says. I lower my shades to my nose and peer...
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Samosas in the Summertime

We are so fortunate here in Los Angeles to be in a culturally diverse city. We are surrounded by beautiful people from different countries. We have opportunities to try a variety of ethnic restaurants and listen to music from across the world. The best part about it? No passport required! Got some free time? Listen to International music from Uganda or the Ukraine at Walt Disney Music Hall. Want to try some new foods? In one day you can travel to Little Ethiopia and sample gomen and kik alicha or head northeast to Thai town and try some tom yum soup or...
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Strawberry Letter to Steve Harvey

“A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey” Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person? Well this isn’t the start of a joke, and I’m definitely not laughing. In fact, I have been trying to figure out what to do since the moment I heard Steve Harvey, as Sister Odell, on his radio show making jokes about a special needs individual. I heard him say things like: -Her half-witted little niece who is slow as molasses -Everyone wants...
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Knott's Berry Farm for the Cure "Pink Tickets"

I am not afraid to be sick. I am not afraid of the process. I only want to LIVE. And this is my fight. Jamie Jenkins, stage 4 cancer fighter I have been around cancer longer than I care to remember. My grandfather passed away after a long battle with cancer. My father-in-law passed away a few years after big papa. My grandmother is currently battling it. It’s not just older people that it has touched. My cousin and a friend’s son are, thankfully, in remission and showing No Evidence of Disease (NED). Because of my experience with cancer, throughout...
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5 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Race & Cultural Diversity

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.~Maya Angelou Last week I was asked to be on a local NPR station to talk about what it's like to be mixed-race in today's changing demographic. I love that question but even more, I love talking to parents about what they can do. Tangible things about how can we raise children who love who they are as well as raise socially-conscious children who embrace other races? I hear you saying, yes but aren't we all part of the human...
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Talking to your kids about the police following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Jr

Heavy on my mind and heart is Eric Garner and Michael Brown Jr. Wherever you happen to be on the spectrum of agreeing or disagreeing with the verdict, we can all agree that it is a heated topic when it comes to discussing the relationship, if we can call it that, between the black community and law enforcement. Whether there were proven racial motivations in this case or not, this is one of many instances where the black community felt targeted, attacked and stereotyped. Concepts like, DWB- Driving While Black, is a very real occurrence that happens often to many...
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Celebrating Chuseok (추석)

Today we celebrated the Korean harvest festival of Chuseok (Korean: 추석) in my kid's Korean Immersion elementary class. Traditions are very important in our home. I am mixed Latina and Black and my husband is Korean so being a multicultural family and raising our children as mini global citizens to appreciate and celebrate their respective cultures is an invaluable gift we are passing on to them. In all honesty, it is also a chance for me to learn more about my children's Korean culture. We learn from each other, right? So Chuseok  추석, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is...
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Latina Magazine

"I love you more than my own skin." Frida Kahlo I look at this picture and it makes me smile. I can't believe this actually happened. We were chosen to be featured in April's Latina Magazine. It all happened when an editor emailed to ask me if I'd be interested in being interviewed as an entrepreneur and a mom. She wanted to know what every budding "mompreneur" wants to know: how the heck do you balance kids with following your dreams and passion of running a business? She also wanted to know my process for coming up with Mixed Up...
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Attending the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014

Earlier this summer, I attended the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards with my husband and children. It was a kind gift from my publicist, Delia, of DDHPR. As we walked the "orange" carpet my kids loved seeing all of their faves from the popular Nickelodeon shows: The Haunted Hathaways and Sam & Cat. The stage was brightly decorated and my children couldn't wait to see who would get slimed. Part of the appeal in attending these fun children's events is the opportunity to dress up. Here's my daughter wearing our India-inspired paisley tunic while Luke wore his Hawaiian-inspired aloha button-down shirt. Being...
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