Josie Ortega

Josie works at home and from home---wrangling two daughters and a baby son, and writing on parenthood, faith, and culture. She appreciates the hard work it takes to raise a multicultural family, and has a passable knowledge of spanglish. Originally from Memphis, Josie remained on the east coast after studying English and religious studies at the University of Virginia. She met her husband Israel on Capitol Hill in DC, and their dream is to open a Southern-Mexican fusion restaurant one day (but only if her suegra is available to cook).

Turkey and Tamales: Appreciating a Multicultural Thanksgiving through Stories and Food

The Ortega family shares their multicultural Thanksgiving.   We over-packed the car and drove to New York City to visit my husband's family for Thanksgiving this year. As with my packing, I've...

An Ortega Family Easter

Latino family holiday traditions...Easter in Casa Ortega   Easter in Casa Ortega is coming into its own as the Spring counterpart to Christmas: a lot of waiting and preparing, followed by...

Creating Traditions, but Keeping It Simple

¡Feliz año nuevo! and ¡Feliz Navidad!   In our family, Christmas is not over. The twelve day season extends through New Year’s Day until Dia De Reyes, or Epiphany, when the...

My Five Favorite Netflix in Spanish [Video]

Learning Spanish as an adult then, has been a practice in humility.   Interaction with real people is the best way to learn a language. My high school French was sufficient...

Thank-You Notes: In or Out?

The debate rages in contemporary America: Are thank-you notes still relevant? Necessary? Required?   Israel and Josie Ortega on home town, career and work life and family balance I suspect the discussion isn’t...

Lighter Fare: Netflix Date Night: Jane the Virgin

After a busy work day curl up for a good movie night.   Jane and her fiancé Michael have waited a long time for the big event wrapping up season two of...