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 That Outdated Singing Bass As A Gift For Your Brother, Whose Birthday You Forgot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Abuela doesn’t realize that the singing bass is outdated and no one has them anymore – she keeps it on her wall proudly!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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American Girl Is Re-Releasing Josefina Montoya and Their Other Historical Dolls For Their 35th Anniversary


American Girl Is Re-Releasing Josefina Montoya and Their Other Historical Dolls For Their 35th Anniversary

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If you’re a ’90s girl, chances are you begged your parents for an American Girl doll at some point (especially Josefina!). After all, American Girl dolls were the epitome of sophistication–trendy, cute, and above all, expensive. Well, if you’re nostalgic for the American Girls dolls of yore, you’re in luck.

On Tuesday, American Girl announced that they’re bringing the six original historical dolls out of retirement for the company’s 35th anniversary.

If you need a refresher on the six original dolls were Kirsten, Samantha, Molly, Felicity, Addy, and, of course, Josefina. American Girl created these characters to educate their young audience on little-known American history in an accessible way.

Josefina Montoya was the sole Latina doll out of the entire historical doll collection.

American Girl described her character as a “Hispanic girl whose heart and hopes are as big as the New Mexico sky.” Like every other doll, her character was also featured in a series of books that described the early days of the American Southwest (1824-1826, to be exact).

The book series’ author, Valerie Tripp, also did extensive research on 19th century life in Santa Fe de Nuevo México. Tripp visited la Hacienda de los Martínez in Taos and interviewed elderly New Mexican women who grew up in rural New Mexico.

American Girl went to great pains to ensure that Josefina Montoya’s features, accessories, and accompanying stories were historically accurate.

Per American Girl, Josefina was “developed with the guidance of an advisory board made up of historians, educators, curators, and other professionals deeply knowledgeable about the history and cultures of the American Southwest.”

The doll company also claims that the advisory board decided “what Josefina’s features, skin tone, and hair would look like.”

The 35th Anniversary edition of Josefina Montoya looks like it might give the original version a run for its money.

The 35th edition Josefina doll will include a bevy of accessories. She’ll come with a rebozo, a “white camisa with short puffed sleeves edged with lace” and a faux jola coin in an envelope.

Based on the Twitter reaction, ’90s babies can’t wait to get their hands on these dolls again. Many Latinas loved the Josefina doll. Josefina was the first time many had ever owned or played with a doll that was made specifically in their image.

But this time, we won’t have to rely on our parents to shell out their hard-earned cash for them.

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Watch This Video Called ‘Project Abuelita’ About COVID-19 and Try Not To Cry

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Watch This Video Called ‘Project Abuelita’ About COVID-19 and Try Not To Cry

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Slowly but surely, the COVID-19 pandemic is winding to a close. If you’ve been following the news closely, you know that the CDC has given the go-ahead for fully-vaccinated people to gather indoors without social-distancing or having to wear a mask.

This is especially good news to those of us who haven’t had close-contact with our family members in over a year.

Unfortunately, many Latinos are suspicious of the COVID-19 vaccine–especially the older, less-informed generation.

Luckily, the Ad Council has partnered with ad agency Pereira O’Dell to create a marketing campaign called “Project Abuelita”.

“Project Abuelita” is a campaign aimed at encouraging older Latinos to get vaccinated. The campaign is part of the Ad Council’s Vaccine Education Initiative. And as a side note, we dare you to watch the minute-long video and try not to cry.

The video shows an abuela cleaning her home and getting dressed. She has knick-knacks and sentimental mementos around her house, like kids’ drawings and family photos. The doorbell rings and the abuela greets her daughter and two grandchildren.

The children, visibly excited to see their abuelita, hesitate to touch her. But after their mother gives them the go-ahead, they rush into her arms. The abuela looks overcome with emotion as she is finally able to hug her grandchildren for the first time in ages.

Despite COVID-19 hitting the Latino community particularly hard this past year, Latinos remain skeptical about the safety of the new vaccine.

According to a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 26% Latinos said they would get the vaccine as soon as possible, compared to 40% of white people. 43% of Latinos said they would “wait and see”.

Latinos aren’t skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine for no reason. There are multiple historical incidents where the U.S. government has exploited people of color and Latinos in the name of “health”. Like when U.S. Public Health service purposefully exposed unknowing Guatemalan prisoners to syphilis in order to record its symptoms. And unfortunately, there are many other examples.

But the COVID-19 vaccines are nothing to be afraid of. Scientific consensus is that the vaccines are safe. Not only that, but getting vaccinated will help us get back to our normal lives.

The “Project Abuelita” video is for a free service of the same name that the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force launched.

According to a press release, the service will utilize bilingual volunteers to reach out to the elderly, monolingual Latino population to help with vaccination efforts. The volunteers will schedule testing, vaccination appointments and follow-up appointments.

As Jay Tamsi, co-founder of the Kern County Latino COVID 19 Task Force says: “Our abuelitos need us more so now than ever in setting up their vaccination appointments solving transportation issues, and helping them make sense of our changing ways.”

Find out more about Project Abuelita here.

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