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Here’s What Happens When A Gringo Marries Into A Latino Family

At various moments in your childhood, certain things pop up that make you realize your family is a liiiiittle different from those of your non-Latino and non-immigrant friends. Which leads you to wonder if you could ever manage to have a non-latino S.O.

Until one day, it happens: You fall for a Jordan instead of a Joaquín, a Jessica instead of a Yessica.

First, you wonder how your boo will react to you family.

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Does your abuela’s picadillo have the power to transcend ideology, language and culture? (Of course it does.)

But even more so, you wonder worry about how your family will react to your boo.

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Is your S.O.’s appetite big enough to warm their hearts? Are they strong enough to withstand your mom’s judgment and abuela’s chisme?

So you make bae go through a rigorous training process…

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There’ll be name flashcards for all 152 cousins, as well as appetite-enhancement practices. #NoGrainLeftBehind

…complete with cheek-kissing drills.

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And remember: practice makes perfect.

You open them up to a new world of food possibilities.

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The heart wants what the heart wants. And now your boo wants you… to bring them more tostones rellenos.

And your heart melts the first time they order food in Spanish.

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There’s just something sexy about a man or woman who knows what they want: carne asada.

At first, bae seems offended when they’re called “El Gring@.”

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Until you have this conversation:

“Why don’t you just call me White?”

“Because Hispanics can be White.”

“Why don’t you just call me American?

“Because Hispanics can be American.”

“Why not just call me by my name?”

“Because that’s not how we show LOVE.”

#MicDrop

But eventually they use it more than you do when chismiando.

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And you don’t have the heart to say “…Um, that’s you too, babe.”

Whether your boo speaks Spanish or not, there’s still translating involved.

“Nom babe, my mom’s not ‘bringing a stick inside,’ she’s going to whoop someone’s a**.”

Finally, they’re ready for the first big milestone: THE WEDDING.

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It’s the first time they really lets loose around your family, and they kinda love ’em more for it.

You’re proud when they start calling your family by their nicknames.

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“Tia Lea” is now no longer “teeya leeya.”

…and even more proud when your family comes up with a brand new nickname for your S.O.

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Sure, it might be “flac@”, or “fe@”, or worse, “flac@ fe@”, but you know it only means one thing: real love.

READ: 11 Signs You’re Dating a Badass Latina

Kobe Bryant Left Vanessa A Love Letter And She Just Found It Yesterday, The Day Before Her Birthday

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Kobe Bryant Left Vanessa A Love Letter And She Just Found It Yesterday, The Day Before Her Birthday

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It’s been nearly five months since the tragic death of NBA great Kobe Bryant and his similarly talented daughter Gianna. Grief still lingers for their loved ones left behind however and recently, Vanessa Bryant was reminded of her tragic loss once more as she was forced to celebrate her own birthday without her late husband and daughter.

Still, despite their noted absence on her big day, Bryant was given an emotional surprise that, while bitter, seemed very sweet.

On May 5th, Bryant celebrated her birthday and shared a special surprise from her day on Instagram.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant revealed that before her birthday, she found an envelope addressed to her and from her late husband.

“Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today. The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together,” she wrote in the caption.

Bryant kept the message left behind for her private, but we can only imagine how emotional her experience in reading it was.

Bryant’s surprising post comes just a few days after she celebrated her deceased daughter Gigi’s birthday. In a caption about her birthday, Bryant encouraged Instagramers to “consider wearing red, caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all and led with kindness.” She also asked fans to use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay to join in celebrating her daughter while also sharing an image of a special bracelet with her daughter’s nickname on it. “We are in the process of making this bracelet available for proceeds to benefit our Mamba and Mambacita foundation. I will update you with a post when we have them available for purchase),” she wrote.

Stuck At Home: Mamas Are Showing What They Do To Keep Their Kids Entertained While In Quarantine

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Stuck At Home: Mamas Are Showing What They Do To Keep Their Kids Entertained While In Quarantine

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The quarantine struggle, while entirely essential, is getting real. As the summer months grow nearer and the expectations of a lively summer outdoors with friends grow dimmer, we’re all having a hard time being forced to stay at home. No doubt, parents have it particularly hard.

This is especially true considering the fact that many of them are having to not only act as teachers but also has their kids’ sole entertainers.

Recently, we asked FIERCE readers how they are keeping it together while entertaining their kids, and the answers were not only hilarious but helpful!

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We need ideas! Help! 😅

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Mostly because so many of the mamas on our page have admitted that as tough as times are, they are managing to handle their kids in stride.

Check out some of their advice tips below.

Find a movie that’s their jam and put it on loop.

“Keeping Steven universe the movie on loop….I know every line now.” – heytymari

Netflix and play

“Legos, cars, coloring, play doh, Disney plus, Netflix, blow up pool, sprinkler, long baths, mud kitchen, and cooking with our three year old. The teens can take care of themselves.” –steeringthestrugglebus

Get into the back yard

“Lots backyard projects, water activities, vinegar/baking soda potions, kinetic sand… you name it we’ve done it! Gotta keep my 4 year old busy.” –  heymijita

Make slime

“Making bath bombs and slime!!!!! Basically arts and crafts!”- this_is_my_ig_yo

Getting them to contribute to the house can be helpful.

“Teaching how to do dishes, sweeping, mopping, baking, cooking with grandparents virtually, childrens podcasts, bike riding, playing games, watching movies as a family, science experiments, making slime.”- 2boldlatinas

Getting entertainment ideas from Pinterest

“Reading, Roblox, Tie-dying, painting, playing b ball, zoom with friends, laser tag, baking, and the rest of the ideas I get from Pinterest.” – natalianaomibrand

And if all else fails Quarantine is also the perfect time to teach your kid some Salsa moves.

“Mom of a almost 3 year old boy. It’s so hard to keep him entertained but we we try with some: dancing, signing, having him “shower” his toys, draw, play dough, bike and scooter outside, have him help me cook and clean, wrestle with his dad, (lmao) etc.” – niraarin