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15 Things You Should Take From Mom’s House Before Moving To College

Now that it’s back-to-school season and you’re moving away from home, here are the essentials every Latino needs to survive college without mamá y papá…

1. A veladora or two.

Omg I desperately need BOTH of these ? #veladora

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When you get that first stack of assignments, lighting a velita is the only way to get through it all. Get a Morrissey one to be extra #blessed.

2. Vaporú

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It will cure every ailment, so there will be no excuse that you need to skip that sociology lecture.

3. A stash of napkins…and other junk.


You know that junk drawer you’ve got at home full of old soy sauce packets, napkins and straws from every restaurant you’ve ever been in? Start a new collection of those. These weird habits will all finally make sense and come in handy at the right times.

4. Fabuloso✨

When you and your ma are about to deep clean the hell out of a spot… #fabuloso #lol ?☺️???????

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Your mom will probably be right in telling you that your roommate will never keep your new place as clean as the house you grew up in.

5. That towel abuelita embroidered with your name.


Your roommate won’t be able to use the excuse that she accidentally grabbed your towel… unless she can’t read.

6. Containers in every size.


We don’t necessarily mean the Tupperware brand. You probably never understood why your mom had so many bizarre containers for everything, but you’ll soon realize they’re perfect for taking lunch to class, storage and hiding your good food from your roomies in the unassuming butter tub. ?

7. A plentiful stash of aluminum foil.


Our parents used foil in every way possible, and you’ll need something to wrap up those old pizza slices, curl your hair, wash your dishes… you get the point.

8. An emergency sewing kit inconspicuously hidden in a Danish cookie tin.


You’ll need a quick fix when you pop that button after your Freshman 15. ? Plus, it could make for the perfect way to prank your roommates.

9.  Chocolate Abuelita and conchas.


You’re in college now. Who has time to actually cook breakfast??

10. A cobija San Marcos.


When that roommate keeps your room at 53 degrees, you’ll need your massive tiger blanket to keep you nice and warm, just like home.

11. Hot sauce and adobo in every flavor.


You might not be getting mom’s home cooked meals anymore, but you can make sure your meals are flavored just as they are at home, with Valentina, Cholula and a little Goya adobo. You’ll thank me when you’re sitting in your dorm eating cup of noodles with Tapatío.

12. Chancletas and a bata.


When you’re busy studying, comfort is of utmost importance. Las chanclas also double as a good shower shoe if you have a communal dorm shower. Your mami didn’t make you obsess about cleanliness your whole life for nothing now, did she?

13. A mal de ojo bracelet.


When you’re trying to succeed in college, you do not need anything trying to kill your vibe. Evil can kindly GTFO.

14. A photo with your immediate family.

Lmao totally my Family. ? #LoveMyBigFamily #LatinoFamily #HugeFamily #MomSide #BottomPhoto #ThatsNotAll #JustSomeCousins #lol

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You know, to make sure you don’t forget all of them.

15. Most importantly, an unlimited data/text plan.


Being away from Latino parents for the first time means a lot of phone calls and texting, so make sure you have a good plan to assure them that you’re still alive and well fed. You know how mom assumes the worst when you don’t answer the phone.


READ: You’d Think Latino Parents Would Be Happy We’re Moving Away To College, But Noooo…

What else do you think you need to survive when you’re away at college for the first time? Let us know below!

From Bad Bunny Notebooks To A Concha Mochila, Here Are Our Top Picks For Back To School

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From Bad Bunny Notebooks To A Concha Mochila, Here Are Our Top Picks For Back To School

No matter if it’s your first day of third grade or the first day of senior year, we can all agree that going back to school is rough.

After a long, restful summer with fun in the sun, all of a sudden you have mami waking you up and shaking you to get dressed and ready at an ungodly hour. You’re worried about what you’re going to wear, the classes you’re going to take and everything that comes with the dark, unknown territory of a new year.

But don’t sweat, we’ve put in the legwork to help make sure you’re prepared for the year ahead. Check out some of our top finds for back to school:

First things first, you need the perfect mochila.

And we got you! This mitú backpack is perfect for going back to school, is water resistant and all the pockets give plenty of room for all your supplies, including a hidden pocket with zipper for your laptop (or stash of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.) Get it here.

Or, if you’re a little more sweet – no prob – this is the backpack for you.

Since sweet is how you like to live your life, represent with this medium-sized backpack. Perfect for school or for just stowing your stuff, this backpack even has a pocket specially designed for your laptop. The material is water-resistant and it’s designed to be ergonomic so don’t be afraid to load it up and get on with your day. Buy here.

And with all that learning you’ll be doing, you’re gonna need a spot to write things down and take notes.

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As a student you’ve got loads to do. So keep it all organized while flying your Latinx Pride. Take notes, create to-do lists, organize your schedule in these fierce af notebooks from Very That. Buy here.

Wanna show how real your thirst for Bad Bunny is? Walmart’s got you!

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The Bad Bunny line of libretas comes in three different designs based on BB album art and featuring the Puerto Rican rapper. Available at Walmart.

Or you wanna embrace your Latinidad?

Then you need these notebooks! You always hustling, on the go, and these let everyone know just how real the Latino Hustle really is. Shop here.

You’re also gonna need a pencil pouch/makeup kit and this is legit the perfect one.

Sometimes you need a delicious sweet treat. Sometimes you need a pencil. This concha pencil case can at least help you with one of those things. Designed to keep all your pencils and pens together, this pouch is perfect to use as a catch-all for anything you’re looking to store. Available here.

Then there’s our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box survival kit.

In our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box there are many treasures to discover but some are especially suited for your back to school prep. The Drawstring Survival Pack, Adventure Fuel Reusable Water Bottle and Educated Latina Pencil Pack are perfect for your return to the jungle that is higher education. Be warned — only 100 of these boxes exist so get yours soon before they sell out.

And I don’t think you’ll find any notepads out there that make more of a statement than these do.

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You can find them here.

And we know you want/need the perfect reusable water bottle.

If you’re thirsty AF and need to be quenched, then look no further than our splashing new Mermaid Guacardo Water Bottle. No other reusable water bottle features this majestic underwater avocado! Get yours today and savor that wetness!

Little Boy On His Way to Kindergarten Tells His Mom ‘Don’t Be Scared’

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Little Boy On His Way to Kindergarten Tells His Mom ‘Don’t Be Scared’

Prepare yourself to desperately want kids if you don’t already. Possibly the cutest kid alive went to Kindergarten for the first time on Monday, and was feeling very ready. That said, his mom was far less ready to see her baby boy go off to school for the first time. So she did what any other mom would do–she asked him to “tell [her] something to help [her] feel better.” Oh, and she recorded everything and his response went viral on Twitter because it’s 2019.

Now, Twitter is begging the Universe to impregnate them so they can have a perfect muñeco lindo like this one.

“You’re going to your first day of Kindergarten.” his mom says. “How do you feel?”

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“Good,” he says matter of factly. “Good? You feel good?” she asks. “No,” he says. Incredulous, she double checks with her son and he answers her again, “No!” He’s not nervous, auntie.

“You’re not nervous? I’m nervous. Can you tell me something to make me feel better?”

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Just two weeks prior, a white supremacist drove 10 hours to El Paso, Texas to specifically target Latinos. He killed 22 people with an assault-type rifle. Everyone is scared. Except for this pequeño.

“Umm… Just please don’t be scared ’cause there’s nothing to be afraid of,” he comforts his mom. At this point, all the comments look like this: “THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I’VE SEEN.”

What the hell how is this kid 40 already?” asks one fan.

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Another commented, “I feel like 1 conversation with him, he can help me file my taxes, figure out why I’m depressed, tell me what foods to eat that can burn fat while I sleep and tell me the meaning of life. He GENIUS smart, I can tell. Lol”

Other parents could relate to Liz’s fears and are hoping their kid feels as confident as this little one.

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Another dad was commiserating with the mom’s fear, knowing he had to drop his daughter off at school soon, too. “This is awesome!” he tweeted. “Next week my baby starts kindergarten and I swear daddy is gonna be in tears to see my princess go somewhere without me being there! So I feel you on this”

His official “First Day of School” pic is even more precious. 

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Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Liz is clearly cultivating a bright kid. She captioned this photo, “So masterfully created and crafted. Wildfire-setting all things in his path ablaze.” she  An uncontrolled, genuine, grateful, innocuous, exuberant, kind, and messy version of two humans. A concoction of inquiries with very little answers, yet the burning question still rises within me…how am I so fortunate to know you? How giving Mother Earth has been for gifting us you.”

Folks have asked, “how is he so emotionally intelligent at such a young age?” Liz is raising him so, so right.

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She captioned this photo from March: “Boys will be boys, with respectful demeanors who hold the aptitude to take no for an answer.” I’m sobbing.

“Trust your offspring and they will deliver honesty,” she continues. “Remind them that it’s okay to cry, then laugh with them when the tears subside. Teach boys to water their gardens so that they can watch their flowers bloom until they are old enough to pick the right one.”

Everyone is wishing him a happy first day of school, and even offering to send him care packages.

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This new fan is just enamored with him. She tracked down Liz’s Instagram and commented, “Twitter brought me here, amazing kid with a big future ahead. Keep him protected at all cost. I don’t know of your life, but if you are a single parent. You are doing an amazing job 💙 reminds me of the bond I have with my mom. If you can send me anything he likes, books, snacks, toys. I’d love to send him a care package!

Seems like his first day might have been more boring than anticipated.

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Just 17 more years to go, pequeño! Chin up! Well, not *that* up. This kid has gotten more bendiciones in one day than most of us have had in our whole lives, so we know he’s going places. He’s been dubbed a “hero” and folks are looking to him “to do soo much in the future.”

Shoutout to this kid for giving Texas something to smile about.

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Also, Liz, can you write up a brief parenting course for everyone else out here? Brava.

READ: Bad Bunny Just Dropped a Line of Notebooks With Walmart And We are Officially Ready To Head Back To School

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