Photo Essay: The Eclipse of the Century and the First Day of Kindergarten Thumbnail

If you asked the world, August 21, 2017, will forever be remembered as the day we had the Eclipse of the Century.  For me, it was much more famous in another way and that’s because […] Read more

A Guide to Traveling and Shooting Video with a Drone Thumbnail

This story originally appeared in Best Western’s blog, YouMustBeTrippin.com.  BY MANNY RUIZ Gradually, drones are becoming so common that just stepping outside your home’s door, it’s not unusual to find one flying overhead.  In sharp contrast […] Read more

The F-Word

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I hate the F-Word so much that whenever it slips out of one of my children’s mouths, one of them will immediately run to me to report that one of their siblings, ages 17, 13, 8 […] Read more

Five Must-Have Tech Gifts for the 2016 Holiday Season

This has been an incredibly tech-rich holiday season for gift ideas – perhaps the best I’ve ever seen – so I thought I’d share five of my own must-have gadgets that I either purchased or […] Read more

Forgive me for celebrating Fidel Castro’s death, but I must Thumbnail

How does one respond to the death of a man who for more than 57 years symbolized the very embodiment of evil?  A man who’s iron fist rule of a country over the course of […] Read more

Want to Improve Your Relationship with Your Teen? Take Them on a Parent-Teen Vacation Thumbnail

My 16-year-old son Jonathan and I are in that delicate stage of our relationship where nothing I do for him matters much and everything I say easily tunes me out of his life. It’s not […] Read more

PapiBlogger is teaming up with State Farm for #NoTrunkJunk $250 Gift Card Giveaway Thumbnail

In the midst of this historically wacky – and sometimes vicious – winter I’m partnering with State Farm® to launch a cash giveaway aimed at equipping you for trunk safety this winter and beyond. In that […] Read more

Readying Your Car for Any Roadside Emergency (Sponsored Post) #NoTrunkJunk Thumbnail

DISCLAIMER: State Farm® compensated me for this post but the opinions expressed in this story are solely mine. During my family’s recent holiday road trip through Texas, El Niño reminded us that when it comes […] Read more

Ruiz Family Christmas Menu

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This post originally appeared on Best Western’s YouMustBeTrippin.com’s blog, where I regularly contribute stories. I was compensated for this post but the opinions are mine. For us Cubans, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND the New Year are […] Read more

Explore Cuba in Miami

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This post originally appeared on Best Western’s YouMustBeTrippin.com’s blog, where I regularly contribute stories. I was compensated for this post but the opinions are mine. My Cuban-Miami roots are unique. My Cuban family moved to […] Read more