Articles written by: Sandra Telep

Sandra is a West Philly Mama (not born and raised, but she does spend most of her days on the playground). She is happily married to her best friend and together they parent a precocious toddler and a vivacious baby. A former professional activist turned stay-at-home-mom, she blogs about parenting as a queer, Latina, feminist reclaiming family values at West Philly Mama.

The Fosters: Metropolis (Episode 20)
Culture / Entertainment

The Fosters: Metropolis (Episode 20)

All those loose ends? Here they come back around. Next week is the season finale, so it only makes sense that things are wrapping up. I couldn’t be happier because my nerves are frayed from wondering when that witness tampering thing was going to resurface.

PHOTO CREDIT: SKIES-OF-BLUE
News & Politics

Disney shows it’s a gay world after all

I’m so grateful when high-profile companies make it clear that it’s not mutually exclusive to be family-friendly and LGBT-friendly. Disney is a leader in family oriented companies that demonstrate it’s possible to be pro-equality and pro-kids and here are ten reasons why.

The Fosters: Escapes and Reversals (Episode 18)
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The Fosters: Escapes and Reversals (Episode 18)

My partner has been working long hours the past few weeks, so I’ve been staying at my parents’ home with the kids. There’s something about being away from my partner and surrounded by parents and siblings that made this show extra poignant this week. Family is a crazy, complicated wonderful thing, and I love shows that reflect that.

The Fosters: Kids In The Hall (Episode 17)
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The Fosters: Kids In The Hall (Episode 17)

Episode synopsis: Callie’s good deed creates trouble for a friend; Brandon makes a deal with an unsavory classmate.  First aired: Feb 24, 2014 Watching The Fosters has been a standing date for my partner and I lately but this week our date was crashed by an adorable toddler who couldn’t […]

The Fosters: Us Against The World (Episode 16)
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The Fosters: Us Against The World (Episode 16)

Episode synopsis: Callie hopes to earn back the trust of her loved ones; Stef is called to testify in Mike’s case.  First aired: Feb 17, 2014 I loved this episode from beginning to end, particularly the beginning and the end.  Callie seems to be in such a good place. Brandon is […]

PHOTO CREDIT: THE NEWS TRIBE
News & Politics

5 Reasons I Am Watching The Olympics

I am not one to separate politics from…well…anything. From attending protests, to considering where and how I spend my money, to voting in every single election, to writing to my representatives about issues that matter to me – I am vocal and active about my beliefs and how I incorporate […]

The Fosters: Padre (Episode 15)
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The Fosters: Padre (Episode 15)

Episode synopsis: A family gathering brings Callie back into the Fosters’ home for the first time since she ran away.  First aired: Feb 10, 2014 Whoa.  This episode was a cry fest. I’m going to depart from my usual “Love it” and “Leave it” format and just list the top ten scenes […]

Maia Mitchell, Hayden Byerly [PHOTO CREDIT: ABC FAMILY/TONY RIVETTI]
Culture / Family / Media

The Fosters: Family Day (Episode 14)

Spoiler alert-o-rama!  These weekly rundowns are your place for queer family banter about the new ABC Family show The Fosters, and they’re chock-a-block with SPOILERY content.  You’ve been warned! Episode synopsis: Stef and Lena visit Callie; Jude must decide if he wants to be a part of the Foster family. First aired: Feb 3, […]

The Fosters: Things Unsaid (Episode 13)
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The Fosters: Things Unsaid (Episode 13)

Spoiler alert-o-rama!  These weekly rundowns are your place for queer family banter about the new ABC Family show The Fosters, and they’re chock-a-block with SPOILERY content.  You’ve been warned! Episode synopsis: Lena worries when Stef returns to work; Kelsey exposes secrets from Mariana’s past.  First aired: Jan 27, 2014 I didn’t catch The […]

The Fosters: House and Home (Episode 12)
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The Fosters: House and Home (Episode 12)

Spoiler alert-o-rama!  These weekly Roundtables are your place for queer family banter about the new ABC Family show The Fosters, and they’re chock-a-block with SPOILERY content.  You’ve been warned! Episode synopsis: Callie meets a woman who works in the foster care system; Brandon reveals why Callie ran away.  First aired: Jan 20, 2014 […]