Max’s Birthday Cake And Balloons

It was Max’s birthday last week. He turned 2! I love this age, but, before I start bragging about how cute and adorable Max is, I would like to talk about his birthday party.

This year, I did not feel like inviting a lot of people. I do host a lot of dinner parties throughout the year but, this time, my Chilean family happened to be here, including my 2 nephews, so I decided to invite only three other children and their families, nobody else. Also, I was feeling lazy. I wanted to enjoy the party and not having to work all the time; because Max is not what you call an independent thinker yet, I am still allowed to make this kind of decision.

Even though the guest list was small, I wanted to do a couple of cute things for Max’s birthday. I decided to put more effort into the cake and some of the decorations. Before writing any longer, I will come clean as very non-talented DIY person. I wish I were good. I wish I had talent in this department, but I don’t. My DIY projects always involve George (husband) doing the work, and me sipping a Margarita next to him with approving and loving eyes.

So, from the POV of an inept crafter and a Martha Stewart wanna be, I would like to share with you Max’s cake and the confetti balloons DIY project.

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Here was my inspiration for Max’s cake, from Bleubird Blog.'s-bday-inspiration

I liked this cake a lot, but, for Max’s, I wanted more color, so I used some wooden animals that Víctor has from a memory game set he got last year for Christmas. I have always loved the colors of these animals, and I also love turquoise, so I decided to make them turquoise birthday hats. Now, if you think making these little hats was easy peachy, think again. As I told you, I am horrible at doing DIY tasks, so I started folding the hats from the bottom up which produced no-results. I had to discard 5 hats before George came to my rescue, once again, and showed me that I should be folding the hats from the top down. Simple and obvious in hindsight… sometimes I think my brains are out of my skull.

I used a glue gun to glue the hat to the animals, which I then left on for 2 hours at maximum heat and end up burning the glue inside the gun. FAIL!

For the hats’ shapes, I found a template here. You need to cut this shape to be able to get the cone right.

Overall, I am happy with the results of the cake. I think it looks cute. What do you think?'s-birthday-cake5's-birthday-cake4

  • Confetti Balloons

Balloons with confetti inside are expensive (here are the ones I wanted to get), that is why I decided to do them myself. If you want to do this project, just know that you will need another person (in this case, my sister) helping you to fill up the balloons. Placing the confetti inside the balloons is NOT a small task; it takes forever. You need two hands opening the balloon, while another hand places the confetti inside, while another one cleans all the confetti that falls on the floor and in various cracks around your house. You will have confetti lingering in your life for weeks after the birthday party, and you should be OK with that.

I bought long wooden sticks and turquoise ribbon at Michael’s. The ribbon helped harmonizing the arrangement.

Once my dad started blowing up the balloons (yes, I like to put an 84 years old to good use), I realized that the confetti was not spreading around the balloon when inflated; on the contrary, the confetti stayed at the bottom of the balloon and did not look good. That is when my sister had the brilliant idea of filling up the balloons with helium. This saved my dad’s life, and made the confetti spread out around the balloon, which looked beautiful.

My overall assessment of this DIY task is not good. True, the result was cute, but, who has 3 hours to spare doing this (I told you I had no talent!)? The amount of work you need to do to get this done is not worth the money you are saving. Next time, I will buy all these balloons already done.

I bought the confetti here and the balloons here.

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Women – The Strong, Nurturing And Beautiful Kind.

Lately I have been feeling very proud of being a woman. I have been reading some books on feminism (aka. the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men) and I have come to understand better our role in society and the cultural baggage that defines us.

Just to be clear, I do not think that women are better than men in any way. On the contrary, female and male energy are one. It is stupid to compete, but it is important to bring out those qualities that make us women and share them with the world. We need more nurturing, love, empathy, strength, caring, communication and understanding, and it is up to us, females, to provide these (mainly).

Anyway, I don’t want to get too serious but I feel inspired today. I will be posting more on the books I have been reading soon. In the mid-time, here are some pictures that celebrate women, and remember, let’s be good to one another. There is no need to compete.

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Why is the World More Beautiful Today – Interracial Love


I don’t get emotional about many things. In fact, my husband believes I am a heartless, stubborn, unsympathetic Latina. He bases this judgment solely on the fact that I don’t watch the end of stupid romantic movies. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good romantic comedy, but when the end comes and a wedding is happening and the guy runs to get back the one he loves, it can get pretty corny, plus, we all know they will be divorced in 3 years anyway.

So, I was running errands a couple of weeks ago and saw a couple. A beautiful, very dark woman, maybe from India, around 8 months pregnant, laughing and holding hands with her partner, a really, extremely, white dude. They were shopping for baby stuff and looked so happy and at ease. It was a beautiful scene. It moved me. It moves me when people can express their feelings freely. When you are allowed to love whomever you choose with no judgment of others. When people live their lives outside of old conventions, with communities that are supportive and nurturing.

I know nothing about this couple and their personal history and struggles, but I know that this particular day they looked very happy and in love.

Of course, I see this all the time in LA now. Latinos with African Americans, Whites with Asians, etc, etc. I know it is common and normal (at least in LA) to see this. Interracial couples are everywhere but it wasn’t a long time ago when this was not normal, when people were judged by society and forbidden to love.

There is a long way to go but let’s not forget today that we have walked a long way already and we should be proud of that. #lovewins

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Why Is The World More Beautiful Today – Gay Marriage


My friends, Chris and Miguel, have been fostering a 5 year-old girl for almost a year. Víctor loves D and always wants to play with her so we get together a lot. This weekend we were driving to their house and Víctor started rumbling about cute stuff, which he does a lot lately, and in the middle of this he mentioned D and asked me if her ‘dads’ were going out with us too.

We have never talked about gay parenting, nor family composition, gender, or anything like that. This has not been a conscious decision. He has never asked and I really don’t care. It is a non-issue for me. So, I was happily surprised when he said ‘dads’ like he says any word, without weight, and never wondering why a mommy is not in the picture

One of the arguments I have heard against gay marriage is the difficulty of explaining it to kids. Well, it seems to me that kids do not need much of an explanation and I am proud to see my children growing as free of this social construct as you can nowadays.

I understand gay rights have had tremendous legal success lately but true progress will only come when this success is also reflected in the small routines of life.



After this dramatic speech, I have to ask, am I the only one that thinks the Facebook filter everybody placed in their profile pictures to celebrate gay marriage was plain ugly?

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