Ways To Take Abuela’s Clutter And Turn It Into Something You’ll Actually Use

We all remember it well: Walking into abuela’s house after church on Sunday, greeted by a frighteningly realistic statue of Jesús, the plastic covers on the couches, and the rosaries hanging on the staircase. Abuela’s house hits us with nostalgia, but could you ever guess that some of those traditional Latino relics are actually super useful in other ways?! Who knew!

Here are nine things you can find in abuela’s house that, with a little thought, will make you do a double take.

1. Plastic Couch Covers As A Trendy Raincoat

Tbt 80s ilsi #tbt#jerseycity #poloroid #80s #plastic #couch #covers #plasticcouchcovers #sticky#velcro

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Who could ever forget about those sticky couch covers that abuela just loved, despite any semblance of comfort or style?! If you yearn for that skin-nearly-peeling-off feeling when get off the couch (because abuela never saw the benefit of air conditioning… it’s healthy to sweat out our sins), never fear! These tiresome things can double as a pretty dope, trendy raincoat:

#transparentraincoat #clearraincoat #plasticraincoat #mannittoni #rainwear #clearcoat #clearcape #harajuku #streetstyle A photo posted by Mannittoni Rainwear (@mannittonirainwear) on

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Er mer gerd, so cute.

2. Catholic Candles As Picture Frames

. . . . #paris #catholiccandles #catholiccathedral

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Remember these bad boys, that always seemed to be watching you at every turn? They can totally double as a thrifty picture frame! Observe:

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PERFECT. Save that trip to IKEA. God would approve.

3. That Outdated Singing Bass As A Gift For Your Brother, Whose Birthday You Forgot

This just made my day…?? #IWillSurvive #SingingBass #BigMouthBillyBass #fish #california A video posted by Udeesha Kannangara (@udeewashere) on

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Abuela doesn’t realize that the singing bass is outdated and no one has them anymore – she keeps it on her wall proudly! Which is why it’s perfect for Alejandro’s birthday, which you forgot about…AGAIN. Get it together; he’s your little brother!

4. Toilet Paper Cover Doll As A Baby Shower Gift For The Girl You Didn’t Really Like In High School

  Remember this??? Neither did I until Rhianna walked the Grammy red carpet. #notaninsult #ilovebadgirlrhirhi #stillastunner #toiletpapercoverdoll   A photo posted by Natalie Reimer Anderson (@blondesovereign) on

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Not sure what to get that girl who made your life a living hell in high school for her baby shower? Feeling awkward that she invited you in the first place? Never fear! Abuela’s strange-yet-charming toilet paper cover dolls make the perfect gift to celebrate a pregnancy!

5. The Greca As A Vase

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Ahhh, the most sacred of all things in abuela’s house! While known for making a badass cup of cafecito, it can also double as a cute vase. Just make sure abuela doesn’t see how you’re defacing such holy property:

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6. The Cookie Tin Abuela Uses As A Sewing Kit… As A Sewing Kit

  Who else eats these #Cookies at #Christmas time? ? #RoyalDansk   A photo posted by JULIE CHEN (@juliechencbs) on

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Honestly, abuela’s got the right idea! Why throw out this tin of cookies the minute you’re done eating them? This baby can double as a sewing kit for days. Also included is bitter disappointment every time you expect a cookie.

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7. Vaporu For Pet Makeovers

There’s nothing #vivaporu can’t cure. Hoping to wake up feeling a lot better in the morning A photo posted by Michelle Tineo-Collazo (@iammichyc) on

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Vaporu can be found at many an abuelita’s home, and she’s probably doused you in it any type you had the slightest ache or chill. But did you know it’s also great for making things ~extra cute?~ It’s true! Or true-ish.  Use it to cute-ify your prize show dogs by giving their coats that menthol-scented sheen they so covet. Now there’s a winner:

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8. The Domino Table As Changing Table For Your Niece or Nephew

  Surprise my grandfather for his bday with his own custom dominos table ???? #Valentinebday #DominoTable #CustomDominoTable #WhatHeAlwaysWanted #AllHis   A photo posted by ‼️‼️THE ORIGINAL DJ 3MEN2 ‼️‼️ (@dj3men2) on


Why go out and buy an entire changing table for a kid that’s not even yours?! Abuela and abuelo won’t even notice that you’ve snagged their domino table and use it to change nasty diapers on!

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There’s so many uses for abuela’s household items and so little time.

READ: 7 Home Remedies From My Colombian Abuela (That Actually Work)

What are some of your favorite things you remember from your Abuela’s house? Let us know in the comments!

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Chingona 105-Year-Old Abuela Says She Survived Spanish Flu, 3 Husbands, And COVID-19 By Eating Gin-Soaked Raisins


Chingona 105-Year-Old Abuela Says She Survived Spanish Flu, 3 Husbands, And COVID-19 By Eating Gin-Soaked Raisins

For Lucia DeClerck, nine gin-soaked raisins have kept doctors and pandemics away. The grandmother of 11 great-great-grandchildren celebrated her 105th birthday on January 25 in Mystic Meadows Rehab and Nursing Center in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

That same day she was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Staff members at her nursing center say DeClerck was pretty much asymptomatic and was in the facility’s COVID-19 unit for 14 days.

Now a COVID-19 survivor, DeClerck is the oldest person at her nursing home, according to The New York Times, and has survived two pandemics. DeClerck was born in 1916 in Hawaii to parents who came from Guatemala and Spain. She was two years old and living in Hawaii when the Spanish flu broke out. Since that time, she has survived two world wars, survived three husbands, and one out of her three sons. 

“She’s just been open with everything in life and I think that has really helped her because she hasn’t hesitated to do whatever she’s wanted to do,” DeClerck’s son, Henry Laws III, told CBS Philly in an interview.

Speaking about her secret to longevity, DeClerck says it takes equal parts belief and diet.

“Pray, pray, pray. And don’t eat junk food,” she told the New York Times before going on to explain that the nine gin-soaked golden raisins she eats every morning might have helped in her survival.

According to DeClerck she has eaten the special recipe every morning for most of her life.

“Fill a jar,” she explained giving NYT her recipe. “Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days.” The New York Times describes her diet as being a part of a ritual that her children and grandchildren chalk up to being just one in the entirety of “endearing lifelong habits, like drinking aloe juice straight from the container and brushing her teeth with baking soda. (That worked, too: She did not have a cavity until she was 99, relatives said.)”

“She is just the epitome of perseverance,” DeClerck’s 53-year-old granddaughter, Shawn Laws O’Neil explained. “Her mind is so sharp. She will remember things when I was a kid that I don’t even remember.”

Ms. DeClerck, tested positive for the virus on her 105th birthday, just one day after she had gotten her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“At first, she said she was scared. She did not like being isolated, and she missed the daily chatter from the parade of caregivers at Mystic Meadows Rehabilitation and Nursing, a 120-bed facility in Little Egg Harbor,” reports the New York Times. “Within two weeks she was back in her room, holding her rosary beads and wearing her trademark sunglasses and knit hat.”

According to O’Neil, DeClerck has a new nickname amongst her two surviving sons, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren: “The 105-year-old badass who kicked Covid.”

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Brooklyn Abuela Murdered By Serial Killer Who Targeted Elderly People Who Lived in His Housing Project

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Brooklyn Abuela Murdered By Serial Killer Who Targeted Elderly People Who Lived in His Housing Project

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The families of three Brooklyn elderly women who were slain by their neighbor are struggling to come to grips with what happened.

In early January, 78-year old Juanita Caballero was found dead in her public housing unit, strangled to death with the cord of a telephone.

To the residents of the Carter G. Woodson senior housing project, Caballero’s death didn’t seem like a coincidence. It was the third suspicious death that had occured in the complex since 2015.

In 2015, an 82-year-old woman named Myrtle McKinney was found dead in her apartment. At first, authorities assumed that she died of natural causes. It was only when her autopsy report turned up a stab wound in her neck that they suspected foul play.

83-year-old Jacolia James body was found in her apartment in 2019 by her grandson. It was immediately evident that James did not die of natural causes. Authorities revealed that she had “injuries to her face and neck which were highly suspicious”. It was later determined that the elderly woman was strangled and stomped to death.

Through a combination of forensic evidence and witness accounts, police identified 66-year-old Kevin Gavin as the person responsible for the three murders.

Gavin was a fellow resident of the Carter G. Woodson housing project. He was known around the complex as someone who you could depend on to do you a favor.

“I am confident the defendant took advantage of his relationship with these women, was allowed into their homes, and did unspeakable acts of violence against them,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez during a press conference.

In other words, Kevin Gavin e gained the trust of these elderly women by acting the part of the friendly neighbor–helping them out around their homes and running errands for them. But in the end, he murdered them in cold blood.

At the moment, police believe that disputes over money was the motive for his killings.

Whatever the motive, the families of these three women are distraught.

“All who knew my mother would know she didn’t deserve to have her life ended in such a horrific way,” said Juanita Caballero’s son, Peter, on a GoFundMe page he created to help with the funeral costs.

Peter Caballero also expressed frustration at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for not taking action to prevent further deaths sooner.

After the death of Jacolia James in 2019, the NYCHA installed four security cameras in the building’s lobby last year. But plans for an extra 65 security cameras throughout the building were nixed due to budget constraints.

According to the Cabellero’s family attorney, Gavin’s criminal record should have also prevented him from being a resident of the community in the first place.

“You’re not allowed to live in an NYCHA building with a criminal record,” said the Caballero’s lawyer to the New York Post. “He should never have been in the building, irrespective of the clear lack of security.”

“NYCHA failed our families. They failed the McKinney family. They failed the James family. They failed my mother. They had time to do something,” said Juanita’s other son, Steven Caballero to NY1. “I don’t know what it’s going to take for them to put these cameras in the building.”

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