I’ve decided to start this blog as a tribute to my grandmothers. Having lost one recently (this past May) and with the holiday season approaching, I have caught myself thinking about them almost daily. It is because of my grandmother on my father’s side our family had certain traditions during the holidays. I lost my grandmother on my mother’s side when I was 7 years old. Now as a new mom and being that my grandmothers never met my daughter, I want to ensure that I continue on and create wonderful memories for my daughter.

To tell you a little about myself, I am of Mexican/Italian descent. My father is Mexican American and my mother is Italian American. Even though my parents were born in the U.S., people assume that they are straight from Mexico just because of my last name. I am as Americanized as you can get. I grew up in a border town, so I was exposed to the rich Mexican culture. My grandparents on my father’s side only spoke Spanish but understood English. I grew up dancing Folklorico, had a Quincenera, dated a Mariachi, yet my Spanish is horrible.  My siblings tease that I have a Valley Girl accent. That being said, I regret not being able to speak the language more fluently in order to communicate with my grandmother more. I moved out of state at a very young age and when I did a part of me stayed behind. Now as a 30-something year old, first time mother I want to expose my daughter to all the traditions I grew up with.

I know I’ll make mistakes along the way so I do welcome any suggestions and advice from other Modern Latina Mommy’s out there. I also hope to show that even though there are those of us who are 2nd or 3rd generation American, our culture and our heritage is something we want to hold on to, sometimes offering a modern twist.

Here is to the new version of the Latina Mommy!

6 thoughts on “About

  1. I just found your blog and I’m grateful i did! Young latina/mommy/student/wifey to be. Are you from El Paso? Born and raised ❤ I’m now engaged to a spanish german lol. Positive vibes your way. Ill be following with blessings from Texas!

    • Hi Amber! Sorry for the delayed response! Thanks for following my blog!! Yes, I’m from El Paso. I moved here to Orlando years ago with a few friends – I was attending UTEP at the time. El Paso will always be home. My parents, sisters, and a ton of family live there so I go visit a few times a year. Thank you for the support and feel free to reach out any time you want!!

  2. Hello Modern Latina Mommy,
    I recently came upon your blog. I think that it is great. I, too, have had a mix of both Americanized and traditional Latin cultures. I am a mommy-to-be and am very determined to teach my children about our culture. My husband and I are both of Latin descent, he didn’t learn Spanish until he was forced to speak to my Grandmother who only speaks Spanish. He lost a lot of his cultural traditions growing up and I don’t want that to be our kids. Thanks for doing this. Appreciation coming your way from California.

    • Hi Carla – Congratulations to you!! I hope you are enjoying every minute of your journey in preparing for your arrival. Thank you for sharing your comments. My grandparents on my father’s side only spoke Spanish too and that’s how I learned. I have to admit when I moved away from home and came to Orlando, I really missed the cultural traditions I grew up with. As I grew older, I realized it was up to me to carry them on. Not to say that there isn’t a wonderful Mexican- American community here in Orlando. My Spanish has become very rusty, but by teaching my daughter, I feel like we are both learning. It is definitely important for me to make sure my daughter is exposed to our family traditions. It helps that her dad is a Mariachi:) Please reach out any time!

      • Modern Latina Mommy,
        Thank you! We are enjoying every minute of it. It’s been amazing so far.
        I completely understand what you mean. I used to speak Italian with my other grandma, but since she passed I have no one else to talk to, my Italian has gotten pretty bad. Not having constant exposure is definitely a challenge. I think you hit it right on the head, there is a saying in my line of work: Teaching someone else, is the best way to learn. I think it’s amazing that you are dedicated to continuing traditions. I love that her dad is a Mariachi and she is exposed to so much culture. It’s absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for your response. Hasta pronto 🙂

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