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This Mom Made A Selena Costume With Only 50 Cents

When it comes to Halloween, no one slays harder than Selena Quintanilla fans.

People LOVE to dress up as la Reina del Tex-Mex because the costume options are fabulous and endless! Even Chris Brown’s daughter got the memo this year.

As dozens of people channel their inner Selena last Halloween, the Internet was obsessed over a particular costume a Latina mom handmade for her daughter for less than a dollar. Goes to show our parents see no limits when it comes to making us happy ❤️.

Putting together this iconic costume was a piece of cake for Noel’s mother, Maria Luisa Garcia. “My mom has made clothes for us since we were little,” said Noel Garcia to mitú. “Making my sister’s costume took her like five days I think,” he added.

“With just 50 cents my mom spent days & nights working hard to make my sisters Halloween costume,” posted Noel Escobar on Twitter. “She’s Selena Quintanilla.”

***My heart is going “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” right about now***

As Mexicans who reside in Sylmar, Calif., the Garcia’s are huge Selena fans. “I was the one who actually told my sister to dress as her and she did!” said Noel, 21, emphasizing that he and his twin sister, Dalia, grew up listening to Selena’s music.

The end result was FLAWLESS and people didn’t hesitate to praise this woman’s dedication and creative skills because anything for… moms who do everything for their children.


I mean, emotions were real.



So real it even made them appreciate their own mom.


Some are even encouraging this mom to start her own business, because with those skills YAS.


Dalia, Noel’s sister and whom the costume was made for, totally agreed with everyone.

The tweet has been retweeted more than 74K times since it was posted on Sunday night.

“I did not think it would blow up this big honestly!,” said Garcia to mitú. “My mom is so happy especially since they are saying really nice things about her. She’s such a hard worker, she deserves it,” he added.

As for mamá García… You da real MVP!

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Moms have a way of being your biggest fans, harshest critics, best friends and worst nightmare at the same time. They will make you so happy and feel so validated when they yell at other people for coming for you but that same anger can backfire at you if you act up. While there might be some moments where you wish that you didn’t have to deal with your mother, there are just so many things that only our mothers do that keep us around.

1. They rage for you.

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Someone bullied you at school? She’ll go old school and corner that 12-year old until he gets his mom on the phone. The intimidation tactics are everything.

2. They push you…and push you…and push you.

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They claim to just want what’s best for us, but sometimes it is questionable. Raise your hand if your mom has ever asked you what happened to the plus at the end of your A+?

3. When food is love, it’s platos llenos all around.

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My non-Latinx friends would fast before coming over for dinner because turning down seconds just falls on deaf ears. “Tan flaca, mija, eat.”

4. Even when they’re enojada af, you know you’re in the clear when food arrives.

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There really is such a thing as comfort food and it’s virtually anything your mom brings you. We all have an emotional relationship with food.

5. No, seriously, food is the tie that keeps the bond alive.

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It would be more painful to not be invited down for la cena than it would be to be chewed out. Food=self-worth, and it’s a problematic concept to grow up with.

6. They will hunt you down if you go dark for five minutes.

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It’s like in all those movies where a girl gets kidnapped and she’s like, “My ~boyfriend~ will find me!” All hundreds of millions of us would say the same about our moms. They’re probably tracking us right now.

7. They keep you rooted.

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There is no end of the “When I was your age…” and the rest of those sentences are usually pretty unbelievable. I actually didn’t believe them growing up and would roll my eyes like, “yeah, right.” Now, I’m just all respect.

8. They always know what’s best for you.

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And they’ll tell you it over and over again, even if the timing is less than sensitive. Other things they know: Don’t go outside in the rain; Put hydrogen peroxide on all your pimples; Make him meet me before he takes you out.

9. They’ll also save your soul from el diablo.

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Not going to church is not even an option in my house. The day I broke my ankle, I was forced to hobble in there. Gimme a mom that reads me Bible pages. ????

10. They will respond to a post like this with…

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“In no world am I una nana, so no. There is no resemblance.”

11. They will teach that para limpiar es vida.

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No matter what the house is “dirty” with. And that “one day we’ll thank them.”

12. They’ll give you body image issues, but it’s out of love.

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You’re always too fat or too thin, and she’s always at the ready to tell you.

13. They’ll teach you candid honesty until you want to scream.

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All her hopes and dreams are on you, so you might as well just expect to be in the spotlight. Behave yourself, siempre.

14. They worry over nothing because of how much they love you.

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They will worry themselves sick and then expect you to “know what you did.” We can only assume motherhood makes your mind go to crazy places.

15. They will also shit talk you, but with love.

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One of my first words as a kid was puta and I had no idea why I got smacked for saying it. I thought it was a term of endearment! HA

16. They inspire us to get loud for what we believe in.

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And I mean LOUD. Every step of the way, our moms are speaking up and out, and as kids, it embarrassed us. Now, their fire burns in us.

17. They teach us tough love.

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They’re never going to comfort you after you take a fall because you should have known better. And now you do. #parenting

18. They will fuss over you until you want to cry.

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Stop plucking my eyebrows. Stop fiddling with my hair. JK-you’ll never actually tell them to stop unless you want to be smacked or make them cry.

19. There’s a reason they deserve two Mother’s Days.

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Latina moms lecture us, scold us and love us twice as much. So heap praise twice as often as you think you need to, because she needs to hear it, every day of the year.


READ: Selena’s Hometown Crowd Couldn’t Get Enough Of Jojo’s ‘Dreaming Of You’ Cover

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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