Fun Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Your Children

Fun Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Your Children

During my first few months living in the United States, the terms "Hispanic" or "Latina" felt so foreign to me.  ¡Yo era ecuatoriana y punto!  But the more I discovered my local Spanish speaking community and its dreams and struggles, I knew that was where I belonged. I was a Latina. A post shared by MamásConPoder.org (@mamasconpoder) on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:10am PDT As a mom raising bilingual and bicultural...Read More
Meeting Disney’s Elena of Avalor Head Writer

Meeting Disney’s Elena of Avalor Head Writer

I shared here about growing up without a Latina animated character and why Elena of Avalor is important. Well, last month, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Silvia Olivas, the co-producer and head writer of the very first Disney Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Meeting Silvia Olivas was one of the highlights of my experience at We All Grow Summit in California. I enjoyed listening to Silvia and learning more...Read More
The Beauty of the Andean Music

The Beauty of the Andean Music

I learned about Daria's work when I wrote this post about music around the world. Her cd album named Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes caught my attention the most. Not only because it features the traditional music of the area where I am from, but also it reminds me of my mother.   RELATED POST: Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English As most of the Ecuadorian people, my...Read More
12 Best Hispanic Novels Of All Time

12 Best Hispanic Novels Of All Time

I never forget my Spanish Literature teachers from middle school, Miss María Piedad and Miss Carolina. They were AH-MA-ZING teachers and mentors. I remember how they would inspire us to read, read and read Hispanic novels. Although the task was not always an easy one, I am thankful they introduced us to many jewels of the Hispanic Literature. Whether you're majoring in Spanish or taking advanced classes, these 12 novels are great options to...Read More
Everything You Need to Know About Easter in Latin America

Everything You Need to Know About Easter in Latin America

Easter in Latin America is a major holiday since it's the region with the most Catholics in the world. Although I am not a Catholic, I learned to appreciate the beauty and solemnity for the Holy Week festivities (Semana Santa) in Ecuador. It seemed to me like the whole country would shut down to renew their connection with their Catholic faith. The festivities of Easter or Holy Week (Semana Santa)...Read More
Celebrate Reading All Month Long

Celebrate Reading All Month Long

Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Reading to our children promotes strong family relationships, teaches empathy, benefits brain development, helps with literacy skills and gives your child a sense of intimacy and well-being. By making reading a part of your children's daily routine, you are setting a beautiful legacy. Every March we kick off this month by celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. The goal is to promote the joy of reading every...Read More
5 Latino Dishes That Feature Our African Heritage

5 Latino Dishes That Feature Our African Heritage

  February is Black History Month when we celebrate African American heritage. In the 16th century, between 9 and 12 million African people were brought to the Americas as slaves.  Afro-Latinos, people with African descent whose origins are in Latin America and the Caribbean are also part of this month celebration. To honor Afro-Latinos, I have compiled a list of my favorite Latino dishes that highlight the many ways that...Read More
Best Book Deals With Groupon Coupons

Best Book Deals With Groupon Coupons

  The other day Bella, my eight-year-old daughter asked me about my most favorite trip that I've ever had. Although I have been in gorgeous places, I still think that the first time that I visited Argentina with my high school girlfriends was my most unforgettable trip. Argentina was indeed dreamy and breathtaking. But it was the opportunity to know me better what made that trip hard to forget. Those...Read More
5 Ways To Enjoy Life When You Have A Busy Lifestyle

5 Ways To Enjoy Life When You Have A Busy Lifestyle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SigueConAdvil #CollectiveBias   Exactly five years ago, my husband and I moved to North Carolina leaving all our family and friends behind. The move across country was carefully planned and well needed. However, this doesn't mean that it wasn't tough. After the "honeymoon" phase when the streets of our southern town started to feel...Read More
Christmas in Latin America

Christmas in Latin America

This morning when I visited the Latino supermarket, I noticed how the candy aisle was packed with shoppers coming from many Latino countries. (I could hear that they all were speaking Spanish but with different accents.) That is when I wondered if they were also there to look for THAT candy that brings memories of Christmas in their homeland. RELATED POST: 18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs RELATED POST: How to Preserve Latino Christmas...Read More
How to Preserve Latino Christmas Traditions

How to Preserve Latino Christmas Traditions

This year my family is spending Christmas at my husband's hometown, a beautiful place that is surrounded by majestic mountains. We are looking forward to make speculaas (a traditional dutch cookie,) building gingerbread houses and participating in other traditions that are typical in this part of the United States. As excited I am for my children to enjoy the european traditions that were part of their dad's Christmas, I also crave...Read More
Inspiring Latinas Who Helped Change Society

Inspiring Latinas Who Helped Change Society

In today’s society, the gender playing field is slowly but surely being evened out. The US even went close to having their first female president last election. An infographic about statistics from PRB showed that in 2014, people from Latin America and the Caribbean accounted for almost 620 million. By 2050, it’s projected to increase to around 775 million. Latinas make up a big portion of those stated numbers, and...Read More
Flavors of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

Flavors of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

It is fascinating to learn how cultures around the globe remember their loved ones that are dead. For example, in Mexico, they build altars as a way to celebrate the deceased person. In Ecuador, the traditions are also different from other countries in the world! First, this day is called "The Day of the Deceased" (El Día de los Difuntos.) I want to think that the chosen name for the ocassion is...Read More