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This Latino Family Went Viral For Throwing a Costco-Themed Party For Their Son

Is there anything Latina moms love more than Costco? The cult-favorite market supplies its customers with amazing wholesale items at can’t-beat-it prices (let’s be honest–our madres have enough frijoles and arroz stockpiled from Costco to survive the apocalypse at this point). We all have memories of visiting Costco as a kid and stocking up on delicious samples that always tasted better in-store than they did at home.

The love for Costco seems to be an inter-generational, bipartisan experience. Recently a story about a young family throwing their one-year-old son a Costco-themed birthday party went viral after it had everyone saying to themselves: “Why didn’t I think of that?”. The party, which 34-year-old mother of two, Josie Gonzalez, originally shared on Reddit.

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Sebastian and Josie Gonzalez of Canton, Massachusetts recently made headlines when they decided to celebrate their son Mason’s first birthday with a Costco-themed party.

Considering the (non-verbal)age of Mason, it’s safe to assume that the decision to go with a Costco theme was the brainchild of Sebastian and Josie. And according to Josie Gonzalez, the idea was exactly that. “We were honestly just making fun of my husband because that is what my friends and I usually do is make fun of his love for Costco,” Josie told TODAY. “He has always loved Costco.” According to Ms. Gonzalez, Costco is a group activity that the family partakes in multiple times a week. While Josie’s husband takes the children with him to Costco on Sundays, Josie goes on Mondays to load-up on household items.

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One look at the birthday photos, and it’s evident that the family left out nothing when it came to throwing the most authentic Costco party they could imagine.

As for the guests, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the commitment the Gonzalez family exhibited. “There was plenty of laughter every time someone walked in the house,” Gonzalez told Insider. Guests of the Gonzalez family were supplied with Costco name tags that they could personalize themselves. Some party goers even arrived in their own costumes, wearing Costco shirts, red aprons, and accessorizing with Costco’s signature hairnets. It seemed as if the guests were just as enthusiastic about the theme as the Gonzalez family was. “[Some guests] arrived with bottles of Kirkland wine and liquor, someone even brought one of Costco’s famous rotisserie chickens,” Gonzalez told Insider.

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As for the food, the family supplied their guests with Kirkland cheese, crackers, meatballs, and stuffed mushroom “samples”. The hors d’oeuvres were served on red trays and labeled with signs that mimicked Costco’s recognizable placards. The family even added semi-accurate pricing to the signs. The Gonzalezs also decked their house with a red balloon arch and red and white flowers held in Costco’s Kirkland-brand liquor bottles. The family literally thought of everything.

The Gonzalez family even went one step further, naming Mason Costco “Employee of the Year” with a commemorative collage that displayed photos of him from every month of his life.

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As for Josie Gonzalez, the Costco theme wasn’t just a lighthearted way for her to elaborately make fun of her husband. According to her, Costco holds sentimental weight for entire family.”My husband is obsessed with Costco…he goes to Costco for it all”, she said in a Reddit comment. “He was even in the Costco parking lot in Puerto Rico when he called my dad to tell him he was going to propose to me. Costco is a huge part of our lives, and our son is kind of a huge part of our lives, too, so it just seemed perfect”. As a postscript, she added, “and ridiculous, and we like ridiculous”. So do we!

A brief scroll through Twitter will show you that the Gonzalez family are not the only ones who have an undying devotion to Costco.

The culture of Costco-stanning is alive and well in the Twitterverse.

This person is so addicted to Costco that she thinks of her next visit before even finishing her current one.

There should be a Costco Addicts Anonymous group at this point. The addiction is real.

This person made a very astute observation about Costco crowds around the holidays.

Costco employees should hand out helmets and protective padding to customers at the store’s entrance during the holiday season. It might prevent unnecessary injuries.

Of course, this person made an on-point tweet about how aggravating Costco’s long lines can be.

If there’s one thing the store can work on, it’s line-control.

This person wrote a very relatable tweet about how hard it is to be frugal when you have a Costco membership.

Yes, the point of the store is for customers to save money, but it can be so hard to save money with all those samples convincing you to buy them in bulk.

Dominican Fashion Designer Jenny Polanco Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Dominican Fashion Designer Jenny Polanco Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Dominicans and the fashion world are mourning the death of Dominican fashion designer Jenny Polanco. The world-renowned designer had just traveled to Spain when she fell ill. People are showing their love and appreciation of Polanco on social media in a time when physical activities have been limited.

Dominican fashion designer Jenny Polanco has died from COVID-19.

The Dominican Republic’s public health minister Rafael Sánchez announced Polanco’s death. Polanco is the first Latino celebrity who has died from the virus. Polanco is among the first six people to die from the novel coronavirus on the Caribbean island.

Miami Fashion Week dedicated a tribute post to the Caribbean fashion designer.

The designer showed a collection at the last Miami Fashion Week and her sudden loss has saddened those associated with the event. Polanco was able to celebrate her Caribbean roots with the classic avant-garde style. Her take on fashion was breathtaking in its simplicity coupled with their energetic shapes.

Fashion fans are offering loving tributes to Polanco.

“May Dominican designer jenny Polanco rest in peace,” the Twitter user wrote. “The coronavirus took a creative, colorful, beach mind.”

Polanco, like many people who have taken ill, had recently traveled.

A lot of people who have tested positive in the first wave of infections in different countries had recently traveled to a country where the virus was spreading. Since the start of the outbreak, some countries have closed their borders and set travel restrictions as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you are feeling sick, call your doctor and tell them your symptoms. You can also visit the CDC for more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to prevent catching the virus and what to do if you get sick.

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Mattel Just Launched A Line Of Barbies With Skin Tones and Hair Styles Of All Types

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Mattel Just Launched A Line Of Barbies With Skin Tones and Hair Styles Of All Types

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Mattel’s efforts to shake up the perception of their Barbie dolls continues! In the latest collection, which was released for Black History Month, the brand tapped a Black designer queen to create a collection that was truly inclusive, brilliantly Black and beautiful. The new line features a rainbow of Black skin tones and hairstyles that include afros, braids, and women in wheelchairs.

For their latest collection, the brand behind Barbie collaborated with creative consultant Shiona Turini.

The Bermudan stylist and costumer designer for the 2019 film “Queen & Slim” came up with over 20 looks for the new collection.

“I’ll never forget being in New York as a young black girl and finding a Black Barbie, and especially a Black Barbie birthday set,” Turini told People magazine in a recent interview. “Barbie is a historic brand that was inclusive before it was trendy.”

As part of her inspiration, Turini used the original Black Barbie (1980).

Turini paired up the original look with a Barbie in an afro.

“That was the basis for this image,” Turini explained in the interview. “We decided to have her on her throne with the other dolls dressed in her likeness, also in the red to support her.”

According to Turni, every aspect of the collection drew inspiration from Black activists.

Turini says she also found inspiration in the film Queen & Slim for the outfits in this most recent collection.

“When I worked on the movie ‘Queen & Slim’ the stand-out, ‘hero’ look for me was mixing snakeskin and tiger prints in the same look,” Barbie Style explained. “The contrast of the two patterns completely subverts expectations, and I was excited to use the same formula on pieces such as Barbie’s thigh-high boots to break the traditional mold of dolls I had grown up playing with.”

As we’ve seen with the Frida, La Catrina, and the recent release of vitiligo and hairless Barbie, it’s important that ALL people feel seen. “Representation matters and I’m so grateful to be a part of this moment,” she told CR Fashion Book.