Empowering Mothers to Financial Stewardship at the #MotivatedMom Tour

Empowering Mothers to Financial Stewardship at the #MotivatedMom Tour

This sponsored post is a recap of my participation in The #MotivatedMom Tour in Atlanta. All opinions are mine alone. #MotivatedMom #PruEmpowersMoms #HiltonCelebrates #CokeGivesBackNA From as young as I can remember I wanted to be a mom. I daydreamed about caring for my children and watching them grow by my side. Motherhood was a gift that I hoped I could be blessed with. At the same time, since as young as I...Read More
7 Cultural Activities for Global Learning at Home

7 Cultural Activities for Global Learning at Home

Last week people in Spain were celebrating La Tomatina, a yearly festival in which participants throw tomatoes at each other. My seven-year old was very intrigued about this peculiar event and asked me several questions that I didn't know the answers to. So we surfed the internet together to learn about this Spanish tradition and wished we were there, throwing tomatoes at each other! [caption id="attachment_3422" align="alignleft" width="642"] Photo Source: Creative...Read More
9 Phrases That Latina Moms Say

9 Phrases That Latina Moms Say

Latina moms come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. But if there is one thing that we all have in common is the love that we have for our children. It's a strong, deep and intense feeling that changes us forever. We will never be the same. Every child brings us an opportunity for new beginnings. We are reinventing ourselves over and over again. And then one day, we become...Read More
How A Salsa Song Gives You A Glimpse Of A Mother’s Heart

How A Salsa Song Gives You A Glimpse Of A Mother’s Heart

There's a popular salsa song that beautifully describes the love that is found in a mother's heart.      Growing up I used to have neighbors that were fans of listening to salsa music at a high volume in their living room. My bedroom's window was next to their home so I was..ahem the lucky one of my family to listen to the mid-afternoon serenades. My hardcore-salsa-music neighbors would often...Read More
Latino Parenting Book: Arroz Con Pollo And Apple Pie

Latino Parenting Book: Arroz Con Pollo And Apple Pie

A few years ago, multicultural parenting books became a hot topic of discussion in the media. At the time we had the Tiger Mother book about Chinese parenting and Bringing Up Bébé about French parenting keeping the conversation alive. I remember reading both books and enjoying what these two mothers had to say. They offered an excellent insight into different perspectives on parenting. Although both books were an enjoyable and interesting read, they didn't represent...Read More
5 Essential Items Every Parent Should Keep in The Car + Free Printable Checklist

5 Essential Items Every Parent Should Keep in The Car + Free Printable Checklist

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PureLife40pk #CollectiveBias   As soon as the school bell rings at my children's school, I change my shoes into more comfy ones and get ready to spend a few hours driving from one place to another. From piano classes to tumbling, from book clubs to playdates in the park, these kids of mine...Read More
Raising Girls That Embrace Who They Are

Raising Girls That Embrace Who They Are

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation.   During my first pregnancy I thought I was having a boy. I don't know where that idea came from but I strongly believed it. In fact, I was so sure that all the clothing and accessories that I started buying from Kohl’s were for a little guy. Well, that baby who...Read More
Heritage Trips: A Great Resource For Raising Bilingual Children

Heritage Trips: A Great Resource For Raising Bilingual Children

There are many excellent ways to raise bilingual kids, but cultural trips or heritage trips are by far my most favorite way to do it. In fact, the first time that I learned about the concept of cultural trips was in the boarding area at the airport after being amazed at a five-year-old answering his parents' questions in two different languages. S I was eighteen-years-old and didn't quite understand how...Read More
How Sandy Hook Changed My Parenting

How Sandy Hook Changed My Parenting

I didn't lose a loved one that morning in Sandy Hook Elementary. But as many other parents that were watching the horrific news through a television screen, life never felt the same. Sandy Hook changed my parenting forever. When the first news broke about the shooting, I couldn't stop thinking about the agony of the parents who had their children in the school. My four year old was in preschool at...Read More
Raising Latino Kids Who Read

Raising Latino Kids Who Read

One of the highlights of 2016 was to meet Matt de la Peña, the first Latino author to be awarded the prestigious John Newbery Medal for children’s literature. (You can read more about my experience here). This New York Times bestseller author started his speech telling us that no one in his house read to him as a child so for many years he struggled to read at grade level. Sadly, this shattered his confidence and...Read More
7 Ways to Teach Children About Ecuadorian Heritage

7 Ways to Teach Children About Ecuadorian Heritage

There is a Youtube song video where Ecuadorian immigrants sing to our home country, and every time, every single time that I listen to it, I cry. After the beautiful sounds of the instruments, my favorite part of the song is when they sing: "y mañana recordarás todo ese inmenso cielo azul que un día te cobijó. Ese amor que tienes aquí que te hará regresar...a tu lindo Ecuador."   I think often about that inmense blue sky that once covered me...Read More
Why I Send My Children to a Dual Language Program

Why I Send My Children to a Dual Language Program

Things were not promising in the late 90's in Ecuador. The political and financial instability were affecting greatly every household. Although my dad was lucky to keep a stable job, we still had to be very careful with our spending. One night when my parents were revising their finances and discussing unnecessary expenses, I was invited to participate in their conversation. I was surprised to learn that the largest family...Read More
4 Tips to Enjoy a Broadway Musical with Children

4 Tips to Enjoy a Broadway Musical with Children

Taking my seven-year old daughter to experience a Broadway musical has been on my bucket list for a few months. She is in the perfect age to appreciate the magic of those beautiful shows. Thanks to the invitation of the NC Theatre to see their production of the Broadway Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, we checked off this wish from our list. Photo Credit: Curtis Brown Mary Poppins was not only...Read More
Elena of Avalor: The Importance of Disney’s First Latina Princess

Elena of Avalor: The Importance of Disney’s First Latina Princess

Elena of Avalor is Disney's first Latina princess and the series is inspired by Latin American culture.     I was a 90s kid who liked playing with dolls.  I grew up with Ariel (Little Mermaid) and Belle (Beauty and the Beast). I remember how the most sparkly and glittery stuff in the dolls store aisle were about these two Disney princesses. A few years later, when Pocahontas came out,...Read More
Olympic Games: 4 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Teach Our Children

Olympic Games: 4 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Teach Our Children

I come from a home where playing sports was as important as taking piano lessons or foreign language classes. My dad was a sports journalist who always emphasized how sports helped shaping a person's character. One of the things my family enjoyed doing together was watching the Olympic Games. It was a great opportunity to remember some important truths about hard work, motivation, and teamwork. By observing the athletes and circumstances...Read More