Author Archive | Cristina

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Reclaiming Our Identity Through Dual Language Education

When thinking about what type of education I wanted for my two daughters, I had only one nonnegotiable requirement: they would go to a dual language school. With such a stipulation in place, my choices were few, offering me a much-appreciated respite from the near-constant school analysis that seems to consume our generation of parents.  […]

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Our first pop-up, a vintage 1973 Jayco Jaycardinal. In her prime, she was la creme de la creme.

Outside Our Comfort Zone: How Our Family Fell in Love with Camping

Real campers have gear. They own tents and sleeping bags and sleeping pads and propane stoves. Real campers have skills. They create fire by rubbing two sticks together, gather wild berries and cook their fresh-caught fish over their newly created roaring fire, and dig holes behind trees when mother nature calls. Real campers are resourceful […]

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Noriega's backyard pool area has been assembled on a dime

In Cheap I Trust

I’ll admit it: I’m a cheapskate. And I have the track record to prove it. As a perpetually-seeking bargain hunter, I live for the thrill of the chase, the pursuit of the ultimate freebie, the exhilaration that comes with turning something old and forgotten into something new and useful. While my penchant for bargains, thrifting, […]

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