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If You’ve Ever Been With Your Mom On Black Friday You Know She Becomes A Totally Different Person

Nothing gets a Latina mom more excited than a great deal at the store. This is probably why Black Friday has become a national holiday among our mothers. It is the one time of year they are allowed to let it all out in the store to get the greatest deals of the year. There are tears, laughs, and screams every year as she hunts through the stores for the regalito that your primo has been begging for all year. Here are just some of the things that go down on Black Friday that you just can’t forget.

You pray to a few santos on Thanksgiving night because you know what is about to go down the next day.

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You’re scared, but ready. You’re not sure why this has to happen every year, but every year you are more and more prepared. This is the 20th year you’ve had to do this with mom. You got this.

Mom wakes you up at 3:30 a.m. so you can start getting ready.

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You have less than 30 minutes to get ready. Because you’re an expert, you slept in your shopping clothes and maybe even makeup, so you’re good to go.

And if you don’t get up the first time, the second time looks a little like this.

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Just get up the first time and everything will be okay, okay? It is like your mom is not the same, sweet person she was last night at dinner being all thankful for her wonderful children. Today, it is about stuff.

There will be at least 2 hours of waiting in line in the cold.

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But that’s what you need to make sure you are there on time. Plus, mami wants to continue to run down the list of things and who is doing what before the stores open. You have to get all the gifts for your prima. Your brother is after the gifts for primo Julio. Your mother is just going to grab sh*t and will figure out later who is getting what. At this point, your heart is pounding. You can’t fail.

While you are freezing, mom is all calm double and triple checking the sales flyers to her list.

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You know. Just to be sure that all the months of planning and saving are worth it. If she can’t get that Blue-Ray player for 70 percent off like she expected, all hell is going to break loose.

The gates open and before you know it, your mom is pushing you into the store screaming at the top of her lungs.

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it sounds like a war cry and that makes sense. You are literally going into war for some marked down stuff that mom has been eyeing for months on the Internet.

She forms an alliance with a stranger out of nowhere and you see them start to work in tandem.

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Honestly, it is mesmerizing and fascinating how moms make comadres out of complete strangers. Here she was 20 minutes ago promising that nothing was going to get in her way of getting her treasures. Now she is helping some lady get a rocking chair because that same lady is going to fend off the monsters going after your mom’s prized sweaters.

Next thing you know, you’re under attack as you reached for that one toy everyone has been talking about for months.

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You’re having to fight off mothers, fathers, abeulitas all in the name of getting this doll. Do you do it? Yes, because if you don’t you have to deal with your mother and telling her you didn’t get the toy. Could you imagine such a fate? No gracias.

Meanwhile, mom is fighting her own Black Friday battle across the store over some marked down kitchenwares.

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She didn’t come here for a new set of cloth napkins but at 95 percent off, how can she say no? She can’t. Congratulations. You have new napkins and mom got another Black Friday K.O. under her belt. Who is she?!

She even convinced you to take things out of people’s carts that you weren’t able to get while they were still on the shelves.

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Thankfully you have had time to master this skill. You don’t go to this many Black Fridays with mom and not learn how to quietly take things from people’s carts. This is every man, woman, and child for themselves. Tough luck.

And don’t you dare let anyone get in front of you at checkout while you wait for mom.

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You cannot be wasting time like that. It is only 7 a.m. and there are still 3 more stores to hit before noon. Get. It. Together.

Yet, all the madness and bruises pay off when your little primo opens the one gift he has been begging for all year.

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It really is moments like this that warm that heart and bring families closer together. Happy Thanksgiving and have a safe Black Friday.


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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Last week, California Polytechnic State University student, April Olvera posted a video sent to her by her mamá, and the video went viral, already wracking up nearly ten million views, and nearly one million likes in less than seven days.

Olvera, away at college, texted her mom, Silvia Dominguez, to say that she didn’t know how to fold a burrito, and her mom sent her a video that contained a soothing video-folding lesson.

While some couldn’t help but wonder why Olvera didn’t know how to fold a burro, her mamí’s special brand of cariño shown in the forty-second burrito-folding lesson was the focus of the comments that followed.

Other Latinas needed the lesson too!

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Another Latina Twitter user, couldn’t get over the way Olvera’s mother, Silvia, repeated the lesson.

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Two guys commented on Olvera’s mom’s soothing voice, but we think @carys_arsenic nailed it.

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And this guy too who points out Ms. Dominguez’s calm in the face of a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.

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When Olvera told her mother that her video went viral and inspired so many positive comments, Dominguez said, “Maybe it’s not the burrito. Maybe it’s about family and love.”

Burrito-folding-lesson mom, Silvia Dominguez, speaks Spanish in the video, smiling the whole time, clearly happy to be able to help her daughter away at college with anything, using her own phone propped up on the counter to capture the lesson.

“Okay,” she says in Spanish, holding up a corn tortilla, “Imagine that this is my flour tortilla. Add what you’re going to use, fold it from this side, fold it from that side, and roll it. Did you see that?

And then she unrolls the burro and repeats the steps: It’s a circle. Fold it here, fold it here, and roll it. Nice! Okay, bye. I love you.”

We also like how Burrito-Folding-Lesson Mom is even helping grown-ass men.

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And because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, here’s a video made by the author for her son on his way to college in the fall.

Watch the video below.

READ: Yalitza Aparicio Brought Her Mother To The Oscars And Other Incredible Things Latinas Did Last Night

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These 13 Latina-Inspired Gifts Will Make Your Mom Feel So Seen This Holiday Season

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These 13 Latina-Inspired Gifts Will Make Your Mom Feel So Seen This Holiday Season

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Finding the perfect gift for mom is always a challenge, isn’t it? You may already have ideas for gifts to give your siblings, or friends, or even your abuelos, but moms are tough to shop for. That’s why we’re thinking, why not gift her something fun and clever? It’s the experiences that we remember the most, so maybe a bland gift won’t be as memorable as that hilarious mug you got her that Christmas of 2019. So have a read below to find some comical and clever presents for your mamita. Because Latinos don’t give basic gifts, we won’t let you down. 

‘Mami’ necklace

Nothing sweeter, prettier or more classic, than gifting mom a piece of jewelry —or wait— we can think of something sweeter; a piece of jewelry with the word mami on it. “Mom” just doesn’t quite describe the head of a Latino family, the only term that can do her justice is mami or mamita or ‘her majesty… just saying. 

‘La Jefa’ apron

Sorry, this apron is for boss Latinas only*. If you are not one, please hit the back button on your browser immediately. Mom is the ultimate jefa. She runs the house, she runs the family, she raised you, for God’s sake —is there anything the woman can’t do? Get her the apron, she deserves it. 

‘Andale Por Pendeja’ t-shirt

If your mom is anything like mine, or any other mom on the planet, saying “I told you so” doesn’t quite cut it, and sometimes she might want to get her point across with just a smidge of judgment. Thankfully, mitú made this Ándale Por Pendeja Tee for such occasions! 

Mom’s Favorite Candle Set

You know who would love this Latino-inspired Candle Collection? Your mom. No, really. She’d love this refreshingly minty Sana Sana candle, or perhaps the soapy fragrance of this Te Boté one? And who could ever resist the iconic (yet triggering) Saturday morning scent of Fabulosa? No one, that’s who!

‘Poderosa’ hoop earrings

Nothing but the best for your queen. These hoops are 14 karat gold plated brass, and you know she deserves them. Because we’ve never met a more poderosa woman than a madre de familia. 

‘Comadres’ tee

Your mom was your very first comadre before you even made friends. Remind her about your special bond with this ‘Comadres’ tee, she’ll be moved to tears, guaranteed.

‘World’s best suegra’

Surprise your suegra with this mug, she hugs like a mother and loves like a friend so she deserves the best!! Ideal for the perfect mom-in-law. 

‘Te Calmas o Te Calmo’ chanclas

Who knew the most triggering of phrases would make a badass pair of chanclas? This Te Calmas O Te Calmo chanclas are not only fashionable, but subtly threatening to anyone who grew up in a Latino household, and it makes the perfect phrase for that mom who’s always keeping you in check. Help make her life easier by gifting her some chanclas with her signature phrase printed on it. You’re welcome. 

‘La Jefa’ iPhone case

Mom has some important phone calls to make, so let her make them in style. Help her flaunt her endless poder every time she takes out her phone. 

Concha Fleece Blanket

Carbs are the devil, yes, but mom’s precious conchas and cafecito definitely don’t count! Help mami stay warm in the winter with this Concha Fleece Blanket and enjoy whatever sweet dreams may come. And maybe make her a damn coffee once in a while. 

‘House Favorite’ dog bandana

Let’s be real here. The true golden child of your house is the dog. You know it, your siblings know it, and your mom knows it, too. Getting your mom’s beloved doggo a present equals to getting a present for the woman herself! So we made this House Favorite Dog Bandana for all of mom’s good boys and good girls out there.

‘Hermosa’ hoops

There will never be a more hermosa woman in your life. Mom deserves these hoops because she’s a hardworking queen and a role model, and she’s nothing but ‘hermosa’ every day, even on Sundays, when she’s doing la limpieza in her flashiest outfits.

‘Pa qué highlighter’ Makeup bag

This little cosmetics bag would be a lifesaver for the makeup obsessed mom. Remind that makeup queen that she doesn’t need any highlighter with that brown shine of hers. This vegan leather bag is perfect for holding all of mami’s day-to-day essentials. Take this with you and shine.

READ: These Latino Holiday Gifts Are Anything But Basic

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