Screen-free fun with The Adventures of Cairo

Motherhood has me always thinking of ways of keeping my children entertained; specially my oldest son, Robbie, who is 5 years old. When my son is not in school or it’s the weekend, I always try to keep him entertained with screen-free activities. I like activities where we can all be together and participate in them, and that actually make us interact more as a family. Listening to podcasts has been the answer! Ever since Robbie started getting interested in them, we started looking for family friendly options. Today, I have a recommendation for you and for your little ones: The Adventures of Cairo, Wondery’s newest children’s podcast.

The Adventures of Cairo podcast

The Adventures of Cairo focuses on the life of Cairo Carter, a 7 year-old boy who lives in a big city. Each episode is filled with a life lesson, and day to day issues that little ones may face. There’s always a morale at the end, and you can find something to talk about with your little ones after listening to the episodes. The life of Cairo revolves around his family, friends, school, and exploring and learning.

The podcast episodes are well done. They do a great job with sound effects, the music, and each of the characters has a different voice. Children can start identifying the voices of characters, which I think it’s great!

What do we like about the Adventures of Cairo?

My favorite part about this podcast is that the situations are very common. Cairo has an older brother, Omari, and they live with their parents. Their dad works at the airport, and he has night shifts. It’s really cool that they give the dad a night shift, isn’t it? On another note, representation matters, and for me having my sons see and hear different people from different races and backgrounds is really important. There’s a little Latino boy named Enrique! The music is so fun! Every time we play the episodes, baby Antonio, who is 18 months old, starts dancing to the beat.

My son Robbie said when I asked him what he thought about it that the episodes have very normal situations, haha, that’s how he described it. However, after listening to them, he likes to go deeper in the topic. For example, we talked about bullies, what to do, and what not to do when being bullied, and so on. I think he really likes it!

New episodes are released every Tuesday, and you can listen to this family friendly podcast on Apple Podcasts, the Wondery app, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Listen to the Adventures of Cairo

I hope you and your little ones give The Adventures of Cairo a go, and let me know what you think about it!

 Michelle | con limón, please.

DIY biodegradable St. Valentine’s garland

Valentine’s Day is such a lovely holiday. In Mexico we call it Day of Love and Friendship. I love hearts and all the décor that comes with it. However, many of the décor is disposable, and even most things you can basically only use them once. I wanted to create something either made of paper, or even something sustainable and biodegradable! I saw this cute idea from Valerie Garcia back in December. She used orange peel to make gift tags! So I thought I could follow her lead and make a dry orange peel heart garland for Valentine’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • 4-5 navel oranges (big oranges work better)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Jute cord or cotton string
  • Cooling rack and baking sheet

Preheat oven at 200°F (90°C). Cut the ends of your oranges, and slice the peel lengthwise. Peel it off carefully so that the peel stays as whole as possible. This way you’ll have more area to work with.

Place the orange peel with its inside up on a cutting board. Use a sharp cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Press hard with your palm to get an even cut. Place the hearts on a cooling rack on a baking sheet, or on your baking sheet using some parchment paper.

Place the tray in the oven, and bake for about 2h.

Remove from the oven, and use a needle and jute cord or cotton cord to string your hearts and form a garland as long as you need it. Et voilà! Your garland is ready to make your place look more charming!

* I recommend using bigger oranges so that you get more material to work with. Even bring your cookie cutter to the store, and buy some that are good for its size
* Don’t be tempted to add more temperature to the oven
* If you don’t have a cooling rack, don’t forget to use parchment paper on your baking sheet so that the shapes don’t get stuck on it
* Play around with this sustainable idea! You can buy grapefruit, red oranges, or even limes!

The best part about this DIY is that it is completely sustainable, biodegradable, and you get to eat your oranges! Click here to see what I did with mine. Also, you can totally adapt your garland to any other holiday. And even make ornaments and gift tags for Christmas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michelle | con limón, please

Some other garlands I’ve made before:

St. Valentine’s Day date idea at home

St. Valentine’s Day snack idea: St. Valentine’s popcorn






For some more St. Valentine’s Day craft ideas go see what my friends shared!

Valentine’s Day Craft: Thumbprint Tree by Ally

DIY Valentine’s Day banner by Cammie

Simple Valentine’s Day Toddler Craft: Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies by Kirsten

Colorful Heart Garland for DIY Valentine’s Photos by Amy

Valentine DIY decor by Kimberly

Valentine’s Day Craft by Christa

Valentine Love Wands by mamallamallama

Yarn Crafts Valentines Edition by Stephanie

DIY Valentine’s Day Tree Decor by Alex

Valentines Day Craft for Kids by Alexa

Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers by Surabhi

5 easy ideas to start the New Year off right!

The New Year is upon us. Whether you’re gathering up with family or friends, or staying at home with your family or alone, I have these ideas ready for you to start the New Year off right. Sometimes thinking about writing down resolutions gets boring and stressing even, right? Well, these 5 ideas are different, and I’m excited to get to them!

1. 52 week envelope challenge
I’m really eager to try this idea along with my husband this year. You need 52 envelopes, 1 for each week of the year, and you need to label them starting with $1, and all the way to $52. Each week you’ll grab the envelope that you feel comfortable adding that amount of money in it. You can start with the $1 envelope, or whichever you can afford to save that week. Once the year is over you would have saved $1378!

If you’d like to save twice as much, grab two envelopes each week. Reuse them after you’re done with the 52 envelopes and you’d have saved $2756.
Adapt this challenge to your currency of use. You could also skip the envelopes and download a free printable to the 52 week savings challenge.

printable of a 52 week challenge
Download this free printable for keeping track of it on a piece of paper.

2. Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game
Living a minimalist life is honestly hard. Doing this 30-day minimalism game helps you achieve a ton! The Minimalists came up with this challenge. We’ve done it twice at home. Joshua and Ryan, the minimalists, laid out this idea which helps you get rid of 465 items! On the first day you get rid of one thing, on the second day two things, and so on. As The Minimalists say: anything goes!
You can donate, trash or sell the items. The first couple days are easy, but as the month goes, it gets harder. Stay in track! I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram stories.

How to play the 30-day minimalism challenge by The Minimalists

3. Set reasonable goals
Shor term goals are much more manageable. If you’re thinking about a long term goal you’d like to achieve, break it down into smaller goals that would ultimately help you achieve that bigger goal of yours. Setting goals that we know that we’re most likely to achieve them gives us a different mindset. For instance, I’d like to stay more organized this year, so I’ll start with our house, and aspects of my life that I can actually control. I’m getting a planner this year!

4. Create routines
It doesn’t matter if it’s something small that you do for yourself, or for someone else. Setting up a routine helps us achieve goals, as well. For daily routines they can be as simple as trying to achieve a movement goal, a certain amount of steps (if you have a tracker), clean your kitchen every night, and so on. These routines can be divided into health, mind, family, friendship, personal development, and anything else you can come up with. Focus first on routines you actually need, and then routines you want.

5. Drink more water
Self care is so important. Here I am telling you about it and ignoring a lot of the times my needs. Well, drinking water is the most basic form of self care. Water delivers oxygen throughout our bodies, and it boosts skin health. Our digestive system depends on it, and water helps our bodies flush waste! Here you’ll find a great article where you can read 15 benefits of staying well hydrated.
I have an app on my phone that sends me reminders to drink water every hour, and you can also track how much water you’ve drunk during a day. Click HERE to check out the app I use. It’s really easy to set up, and you can even access it on your smart watch.

Starting a new year sometimes can be overwhelming. Seeing everyone else with their list of goals and resolutions laid out can be intimidating. Following one or all of my ideas this year can give you a great start to new beginnings. Most importantly, keep in mind that you don’t need to start on January 1st! Take as many days as you need so that you start off right.

What else would you add to these 5 ideas? Share in comments!

Happy New Year!

Michelle | con limón, please

5 ideas para empezar el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera

El Año Nuevo aquí está. No importa si estás festejando con familia o amigos, o quedándote en casa con tu familia, o si estás solx, tengo estas ideas listas para que comiences el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera. A veces pensar en escribir propósitos se torna aburrido y estresante, ¿cierto? Bueno, estas 5 ideas son diferentes, ¡y me emociona compartirlas contigo!

1. Haz el reto de los 52 sobres
Estoy muy entusiasmada por esta idea que mi esposo y yo vamos a poner en marcha. Necesitas 52 sobres, 1 por cada semana del año. Luego escribes en ellos comenzando con $1, y hasta $52. Cada semana tomarás uno de los sobres y pondrás esa cantidad de dinero dentro de él. Puedes comenzar con el sobre $1, y así sucesivamente, o puedes tomar algún otro sobre con mayor cantidad si puedes solventarlo. ¡Una vez que el año haya terminado tendrías $1378!
Si quieres ahorrar el doble, toma dos sobres cada semana. Después reutiliza los sobres y cuando hayan pasado las 52 semanas habrías ahorrado $2756.
Adapta este reto al tipo de monera que utilices. Si me estás leyendo en México puedes hacer sobres desde $10 pesos hasta $520. ¡Al final del año ahorrarías $13780!
Si quieres saltarte el uso de los sobres, puedes imprimir esta tabla para que ahorres organizadamente.

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2. Juega el Juego de 30 días de Minimalismo

Vivir una vida minimalista es honestamente difícil. Hace este reto minimalista de 30 días te ayudará a que consigas muchísimo. Los Minimalistas tuvieron la idea de este reto. Ya lo hemos hecho dos veces. Joshua y Ryan, los minimalistas, tuvieron esta idea en la que en un mes ¡te deshaces de 464 objetos! En el primer día te deshaces de una cosa, en el segundo de dos, y así la llevas. Como dices Los Minimalistas: “lo que sea cuenta”.
Puedes donar, vender, o tirar a la basura los objetos. Los primeros días son fáciles, pero a como avanza el mes, se torna más y más difícil. Voy a estar compartiendo mi experiencia en mis historias por Instagram.

Cómo jugar el juego de los 30 días del reto minimalista de Los Minimalistas

3. Ponte objetivos razonables
Los objetivos a corto plazo son mucho más manejables. Si estás pensando en un objetivo o propósito a largo plazo que quisieras conseguir, divídelo en pasos o en propósitos a corto plazo que al final te ayudarán a conseguir el gran objetivo. El ponernos propósitos que sabemos que es más probable que logremos nos da una pauta diferente. Quisiera tener mejor organización este año, así que comenzaré con nuestra casa, y aspectos de mi vida que de hecho pueda controlar. ¡Quiero una agenda este año!

4. Crea rutinas
No importa si es algo pequeño que hagas para ti mismo, o para alguien más. Crear una rutina nos ayuda a alcanzar nuestros objetivos. Para rutinas diarias puede ser algo tan simple como querer movernos más, o alcanzar cierto número de pasos (si tienes cómo contarlos), limpiar tu cocina cada noche, etc. Estas rutinas pueden ser divididas en salud, mente, familia, amistades, desarrollo personal, y cualquier otro tema o clasificación que se te ocurra. Enfócate primero en rutinas que necesites, y después en rutinas que quieras.

5. Toma más agua
El cuidado personal es tan importante. Heme aquí diciéndote esto e ignorando muchísimas veces mis necesidades. Pero en fin, el beber agua es una de las formas más básicas de auto cuidado. El agua lleva oxígeno por dentro de nuestro cuerpo, y mejora la salud de nuestra piel. Nuestro sistema digestivo depende de una buena hidratación, y ayuda a que nuestros cuerpos se deshagan de lo que no necesita. Tengo una aplicación en mi teléfono que me recuerda cada hora durante el día que debo de tomar agua. Además puedes llevar rastro de cuánta agua has tomado. Da click aquí para darle un vistazo. Es muy fácil de personalizar, e incluso puedes accesarla desde tu reloj inteligente.

Comenzar un nuevo año a veces puede ser súper abrumador. Ver a los demás con sus listas de propósitos y objetivos llega a ser intimidante. Seguir una o todas mis ideas te ayudará a tener un buen comienzo. Recuerda que no necesitas comenzar el primero de enero. Tómate los días que necesitas, ¡y a darle! ¿Qué más agregarías a estas ideas? ¡Dime en comentarios!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Que el 2022 traiga lo que necesitas.

 Michelle | con limón, please

Our Top 10 Christmas Traditions

It’s the holiday season! I love how the holidays make us feel joy and warmth even when it’s cold outside. In our home we celebrate Christmas, and I’m so happy that our little family has some traditions already! I hope some of these inspire you to add one or more to your list!

1. Get a Christmas tree
We buy our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, and we like to decorate it as a family. We always buy real trees, since we believe it’s more sustainable, and better for our environment.

2. Send Christmas cards to our loved ones
This year we got a little better at it. We took the photos earlier, and we were prepared to have our cards printed out and sent. We worked with Nations Photo Lab. We got the cards printed on bamboo paper. I’m really happy with them! I always like to leave them blank and personalize each of them! By the way, it’s not too late! You can still get some printed and send them as New Year’s good wishes (just as we did last year!).

3. Make ornaments
I enjoy making sustainable ornaments for our Christmas tree. We usually make dried orange ones, like we did this year. Click HERE to see my blog post with instructions to my method. Salt dough ornaments are also so fun for the little ones! It’s like making cookies, and they can later paint them when dry.

4. Write letters to Santa
Even if Robbie doesn’t know how to write or read yet, we always write a letter to Santa where we either draw or paste cutouts of a toy my son would like. I don’t know about you, but our sons just get one present from Santa. We put the cards in envelopes and set them on the Christmas tree for some days before “mailing” them to the North Pole!

5. Decorate a gingerbread house
We’ve decorated a little house two years in a row, and I love the idea of making it one of our traditions. They’re so much fun! Robbie did a lot this time, and I can’t wait for next year when Antonio can join in the fun without trying to stuff his mouth with all the candy. Take a look at how we built our most recent one HERE!

6. Set up our Nativity
We got a little Nativity set that has been my husband’s for years. We teach Robbie and Antonio about it while we set it up, and along the way.

7. Advent calendar
This year having an advent calendar is really a game changer. Robbie gets a clearer idea about how far Christmas is! Last year we used one with Mexican candy. This year I didn’t have time to go over that, so I put together one using one of our letter boards.

8. Do volunteer work
We try to volunteer each year towards something that would be helpful for our community. This year my husband is helping out with a coat drive for a local organization.

9. Make Holiday cookies or dessert
Every year we make some Christmas cookies, but this year I got a little bit more creative with my favorite dessert. I made sourdough cinnamon rolls, and turned them into cute little Rudolphs!

10. Drive-in cinema
Thanks to COVID-19 we’ve been able to add this activity as a tradition. In Chicago you can go to ChiTown Movies. We’ve loved the experience, and you can get a gift card for someone as a present, and even find great discounts through Groupon!

There are other little tings that we try to squeeze in during this season. We go on walks around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights and décor. We also check out Christmas books from the library in addition to the ones we own. When it’s too cold out there we get in the car and we drive to see the lights. We also play Christmas songs in Spanish or English. And of course, we watch some Christmas classics on weekends, too.

I hope my list inspires you to add some to your list of traditions. I also hope that if you were thinking about one already, that you feel motivated to add it!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

 Michelle | con limón, please

Some of my blogger friends also posted some really neat Holiday ideas and traditions. Check them out!

Memorable Christmas Traditions to start with Toddlers by Surabhi

Christmas Joy: My Favorite Memories, Celebrating Jesus, and Santa by Amy

Christmas Traditions Old and New by Nicole

5 Easy Holiday Traditions You Can Add To Your List by Alexa

Celebrating Nochebuena by Kimberly

Christmas Traditions by Stephanie

Host a Gingerbread House Contest by Alex

Nuestro Top 10 de tradiciones Navideñas

¡Es la temporada de fiestas decembrinas! Me encanta que las fiestas nos hacen sentir alegría y calor incluso cuando hace mucho frío afuera. En nuestro hogar celebramos la Navidad, ¡y estoy feliz de que mi pequeña familia ya tenga algunas tradiciones! Espero que estas te inspiren, ¡y que agregues una o más a tu lista!

1. Comprar un árbol de Navidad
Compramos nuestro árbol después de Día de Gracias, y nos gusta decorarlo en familia. Siempre compramos árboles naturales o reales, ya que creemos que es más sostenible, y mejor para el medio ambiente.

2. Enviar tarjetas de Navidad a nuestros seres queridos
Este año nos volvimos un poco mejor en esto. Tomamos las fotos con más anticipación, y estábamos preparados con tiempo para imprimir nuestras tarjetas y enviarlas. Trabajamos con Nations Photo Lab. Las mandamos imprimir en papel de bambú. ¡Estoy súper feliz con ellas! Siempre las dejo en blanco por detrás para así poder personalizar cada una de ellas. Por cierto, ¡aún no es tarde! Puedes mandar imprimir agunas y enviarlas como buenos deseos de Año Nuevo (¡como lo hicimos nosotros el ano pasado!).

3. Hacer adornos para el árbol de Navidad
Me encanta hacer adornos sostenibles para nuestro árbol de Navidad. Usualmente hacemos de naranjas deshidratadas, como lo hicimos este año. Ve AQUÍ para leer mi publicación en el blog con instrucciones de mi método. También los adornos de masa de sal son súper divertidos para los pequeños. Es como hacer galletas, y ellos pueden pintarlos ya que estén secos.

4. Escribir cartas para Santa
Aunque Robbie aún no sepa leer ni escribir, siempre hacemos una carta para Santa. Dibujamos o pegamos algún recorte de un juguete que mi hijo quisiera tener. No sé sobre tú y tu familia, pero nuestros hijos sólo reciben un regalo de Santa. Ponemos las cartas en sobres y los acomodamos en el árbol por unos días antes de “enviarlos” al Polo Norte.

5. Decorar una casita de galleta de jengibre
Hemos decorado casitas de jengibre dos años seguidos, y me encanta la idea de que sea parte de nuestras tradiciones. ¡Son tan divertidas! Robbie ayudó mucho este año, y no puedo esperar para que el siguiente año Antonio se una a la diversion sin intentar llenarse la boca de todos los dulces. Da un vistazo AQUÍ para que veas cómo decoramos nuestra más reciente casita.

6. Poner el Nacimiento
Tenemos un pequeño Nacimiento que ha sido de mi esposo por años. Les enseñamos a Robbie y a Antonio sobre él cuando lo ponemos, y durante el tiempo que lo tenemos.

7. Calendario de Adviento
Este año el Calendario de Adviento ha sido buenísimo. ¡Robbie tiene una idea más clara de cuánto tiempo falta para Navidad! El año pasado usamos uno con dulces mexicanos. Este año no tuve tiempo para prepararlo, así que hice uno utilizando uno de nuestros pizarrones de letras.

8. Hacer trabajo como voluntarios
Tratamos de encontrar alguna actividad para hacer voluntariado cada año en algo que sea beneficioso para nuestra comunidad. Este año mi esposo está ayudando en un evento de donaciones de abrigos para una organización local.

9. Hacer galletas o postre Navideño
Cada año hacemos galletas de Navidad, pero este año me puse un poco más creativa con mi postre favorito. Hice roles de canela de masa madre, ¡y los convertí en pequeños Rodolfos!

10. Auto cinema
Gracias al COVID-19 hemos sido capaces de agregar esta actividad como una de nuestras tradiciones. En Chicago puedes ir a ChiTown Movies. La experiencia nos ha fascinado, y puedes comprar tarjetas de regalo para regalar a alguien, e incluso puedes encontrar súper descuentos en Groupon!

Hay otras pequeñas cosas que nos gusta agregar y hacer durante esta temporada. Vamos a caminatas en nuestro vecindario para ver las decoraciones y luces de Navidad. También sacamos libros de Navidad y de Fiestas de la biblioteca, además de los que ya tenemos. Cuando está haciendo mucho frío nos vamos en el carro y manejamos por otros vecindarios para ver las luces. También ponemos canciones navideñas en español o inglés. Por supuesto que no falta que veamos algún clásico navideño los fines de semana, también.

Espero que mi lista te inspire a agregar algo a tu lista de tradiciones. También espero que si estabas pensando en agregar alguna de ellas, que el leer sobre ello te haya motivado.

¡Te deseo una muy Feliz Navidad, y un Feliz y Próspero Año Nuevo!

 Michelle | con limón, please

Cómo deshidratar naranjas para decorar tu hogar

El invierno ya casi llega, ¡y con él viene la temporada de naranjas! Amo el aroma de las naranjas recién rebanadas, pero ¿las has olido mientras se hornean? ¿O has puesto a hervir cáscaras de naranja con romero o canela? Bueno, creo que esa publicación será para otra ocasión. ¡Hoy las vamos a hornear! ¡Así es! Las vamos a deshidratarlas en el horno. Las rebanadas secas de naranja pueden ser usadas para cualquier tipo de decoración en tu hogar. Quisiera compartirte mi método para secar naranjas.

Esto es lo que vas a necesitar:

  • 5-7 naranjas en diferentes tamaños
  • Bandejas para hornear
  • Rejillas para enfriar

Primero, precalienta el horno a 200F (95C). Pon las bandejas o rejillas para enfriar encima de las bandejas para hornear. Esto ayudará a que las naranjas se sequen de manera uniforme y no se peguen en las bandejas. Yo compré las mías hace años en la tienda del dólar, Dollar Tree. Quería tomar ventaja del tiempo que el horno iba a estar encendido, así que también usé una parrilla que viene en nuestra freidora de aire.

Corta las naranjas en rebanadas de unos 4mm, que no estén muy delgadas. Ve poniendo las rebanadas encima de las rejillas para enfriar. Asegúrate de no empalmarías. Ponlas en el horno por 4 horas.
Sí, por cuatro horas. No, no es demasiado tiempo. Es el tiempo perfecto que necesitan para deshidratarse. ¡Siéntate y disfruta el aroma!

Una vez que tus naranjas estén listas ya puedes comenzar a decorar tu hogar. Cada año me gusta reemplazar la guirnalda que tengo en la ventana de mi cocina. También las uso para hacer adornos para el árbol de navidad. ¡Lo biodegradable es el nuevo negro! Este año tuve que hacer nuevos adornos para el árbol, ya que los que tenía los habíamos usado por dos años. Ya se veían poco tristes, para ser honesta.

Aqui te dejo estas fotos en donde puedes ver las instrucciones para la guirnalda de naranjas:

* No intentes ahorrar tiempo aumentando la temperatura del horno. ¡Ten paciencia!
* Utiliza una aguja grande para hilar la guirnalda o adorno
* Puedes agregar un pop de aroma o de color agregando romero, canela, o anís estrella
* Usa hilo grueso de algodón (yo utilicé hilo de panadero que compro en la tienda del dólar) o puedes usar cualquier otro tipo de cuerdita natural, como cáñamo, o yute

¡Espero que tengas festivx con esta idea!

 Michelle | con limón, please

Pavos de Óreos para el Día de Gracias

Si fuiste a pedir dulces en la noche de brujas, estoy segura que tienes la mayoría de estos ingredientes para preparar estos adorables pavos de Óreos para celebrar el Día de Gracias. Mi hijo Robbie recibió estas galletas Óreos en una canasta de Halloween que le regalaron nuestros vecinos. Déjame ahora decirte cómo prepararlos.

Esto es lo que vas a necesitar:

  • Galletas Óreos
  • Dulces de dientes de elote, o colmillitos
  • Ojos de dulce
  • Dulce confitado de Reese’s
  • Chispas de chocolate

Junta tus ingredientes y derrite las chispas de chocolate. Yo usé el microondas en intervalos de 30seg. Pon los colmillitos de elote entre las galletas, y usa chocolate si batallas para que se queden en su lugar. Usé galletas Óreos de relleno doble, así que de seguro eso ayudó a que mis dulces se quedaran en su lugar. Corta los dulces confitados por la mitad. Después, usa un palillo para agregar un poco de chocolate en la parte de abajo de los ojos de dulce, así como también en los lados de los dulces confitados que serán los picos de nuestros pavos.

Pon los pavos en el refrigerador para que se endurezca el chocolate.

* Puedes usar cualquier marca de galletas de sandwich de chocolate que prefieras
* Tenía dulces confitados Reese’s, pero ponte creativx con lo que tengas a la mano
* No intentes utilizar betún para pegar las piezas para evitar desastres. Usualmente el betún no endurece, y no queremos ninos tristes porque su pavo esta perdiendo sus partes

Aún tenemos muchos dulces de Halloween, y pensaré en ideas para usarlos. Ve a Pinterest para inspirarte, ¡y crea algo divertido!

¡Buen provecho!

 Michelle | con limón, please

Oreo Thanksgiving turkeys

If you went trick or treating on Halloween, I’m sure you’ve got most of these ingredients ready for these adorable Oreo Thanksgiving Turkeys. My son Robbie got these Oreos as a gift in a Halloween basket he got from the neighbors. Let me tell you how to put them together.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Candy corn
  • Candy eyes
  • Reese’s bites
  • Chocolate chips

Gather your ingredients and melt the chocolate chips. I use the microwave in 30sec intervals. Stick the candy corn in between the cookies and use chocolate if you need them to stay in place. I used doubled stuff Oreos, so I’m sure that helped my candy corn stay in place. Cut the Reese’s bites in half. Then, you can use a chopstick to add some chocolate to the bottom of the eyes, and to the side of the bites that will be our turkey’s beak.

Stick them in the fridge for at least 10min to let the chocolate harden.

* You can use any preferred brand of chocolate sandwich cookies
* I had Reese’s bites at hand, but you can get creative!
* Stick to using melted chocolate to put your turkey together to avoid messiness, or sad children because their turkey is losing all its parts

I still have a lot of Halloween candy left from our haul. Go to Pinterest to get inspired, and create something fun!

¡Buen provecho!

 Michelle | con limón, please

My experience with Croup

A little over a week ago Robbie, my 4 year old son, started coughing and had a runny nose. He didn’t have any other symptoms, but since his cough was persistent, we decided to take a COVID-19 test. It was negative, so he went back to school one he was feeling better. A few days passed, and my baby boy Antonio, who is 12 months old, started having a runny nose as the only symptom (this was 4 days after my firstborn started coughing). Antonio had a bit of a cough the next day, and I don’t recall noticing any coughing on Day 3. On Day 3 at night he went to sleep, and at midnight his situation was completely different. He had croup.

According to the Mayo Clinic, croup causes swelling of the larynx, trachea, and bronchial tubes, creating breathing difficulties, and a barking cough. Likewise, taking a breath often produces a high-pitched whistling sound (stridor). Symptoms usually worsen at night, exactly what happened to Antonio. Croup cough is medically known as laryngotracheobronchitis.

Fourth day with symptoms
At midnight, Antonio woke up crying, and each time he breathed he would have stridor, which is a wheezing sound when baby breaths in. We got him from his crib, used saline spray in his nose, he nursed, and then he fell asleep. We also placed the cold vapor humidifier on our bedside table. I placed Antonio on our bed, using my arm as his pillow so that he was a bit elevated, and so that he could breath well. At 2am he woke up crying, but this time was more alarming. He was visibly having trouble breathing, so we did some home remedies that are recommended in this case:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Use a nasal spray with saline solution and suck the boogers if you notice baby’s got a stuffy nose
  3. Take baby to the bathroom and run the shower or bath with hot water so that the steam clears their airways
  4. If it’s cold outside, bundle baby and take them outside
  5. If baby has a fever, use the proper dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen and keep monitoring temperature

We followed the first 3 steps. Outside wasn’t cold, and we noticed that the remedies weren’t really working, so we decided to take him to the ER. We arrived at 3am, and after my baby was admitted, Robbie and papá waited in the car. Robbie had croup once when he was around Antonio’s age. We’d taken him to the clinic, and his pediatrician gave him steroids in his throat to avoid it from swelling more. Robbie, unlike Antonio, had a fever, so we had to control it at home, and we just had to wait for his body to fight the virus. We thought this would be Antonio’s case.

Emergency Room
After having waited for a while for a room for my baby, we were given one, and they started evaluating his state quickly. He neededd a dose of epinephrine and oxygen. This treatment was given to him using a nebulizer attached to the oxygen mask. It’s really hard when a baby goes through this. They don’t understand what’s going on, and they want to take off the oxygen mask. We had to hold him down and wrap him like a burrito with the help of three medical assistants and myself. Also, Antonio got a steroid shot to help his throat from swelling. The advantage of having had all this situation happen in the middle of the night is that Antonio would fall asleep at times, and I was there on the floor by his bedside comforting him any time he’d wake up.

After 3h of having gotten the treatment, the pediatrician in charge said Antonio needed one more dose of epinephrine, and that he’ll be monitored expecting improvement, but if he didn’t, they mentioned he’d have to be transferred to a children’s hospital for observation. After this dose he didn’t need more oxygen, so I had to nurse him and let him rest. This time I was able to lay down with him on the stretcher. Thanks heavens that after 3h more he was so much better. The pediatrician in charge then decided to discharge him with commitment to take him back to the ER if he worsened, and we also had to take him to the pediatrician for a follow up on Monday, since this happened on Saturday.

At home
We were lucky my brother in-law gave us a hand taking care of Robbie because my husband had to go to work, so he picked us up from the hospital. My mother in-law was on her way from Michigan to be with us in case there was an emergency. That night Antonio was really well, and he slept soundly. During the day we had given Antonio 3 steam baths, and I motivated him to drink more water, and nurse more. He also ate super well. The next day, on Day 6, my mother in-law took my sons out so that I’d shower. Antonio started having symptoms again. We think it was because of the heat. She brought them back, and I immediately took him to the bath and started running hot water. He had stridor when he was breathing, but he seemed well, and he was playing. After that he had some popsicles, nursed a lot, and he drank lots of water. It is really important to offer babies more breastmilk or formula, and to increase water intake (or breast milk) in older children.

The early hours of Day 6 we had another session of coughing with wheezing sounds and stridor. My husband spent a good chunk of time with Antonio sleeping on his shoulder on the bathroom floor. We monitored him all night and kept him vertical. In the morning we took him to the clinic to his follow up. Antonio seemed to have left that night behind, and he was looking well. His pediatrician talked to her medical team, and they said they couldn’t prescribe him more steroids. Instructions were the same, to keep giving him steam baths if needed, to offer him popsicles, and to make sure his liquid intake was good.

Antonio kept getting better, even though sometimes he has a barking cough, so typical of croup. Children between 6 months to 3 years old are more at risk when getting croup since their throats are so small. In rare cases children need to go to the ER, and it is really important to follow your instinct. Doctors told me we had done the right thing by taking him in.

If your little one starts making a weird sound when they breath (stridor) or when coughing it sounds like a barking cough, call their pediatrician. The sound of their cough and/or stridor are a sign that their larynx and trachea are swollen. If you followed the home remedies for 20-30min and you don’t see and improvement, take them to the ER, specially if your baby seems lethargic. Stridor while at rest is not normal.

 Michelle | con limón, please





Here you’ll find some links to read more about it, and you can also hear the characteristic sound of the barking cough and stridor.

Croup (for parents) – Kid’s Health

Croup: Causes, Symptoms, Management, and Prevention – Cleveland Clinic

What is Croup? What Causes It? – WebMD LLC

Sounds of Croup – YouTube Medzcool