How To Make Cleaning Chores A Family Tradition

How To Make Cleaning Chores A Family Tradition

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LimpiaTotal #CollectiveBias My husband grew up in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. I grew up a few hours away from where the Equator line divides the world. During the winter months, when he was bundled up building a snowman, I am pretty sure I was making sand castles at the beach. Little did...Read More
What Capoeira Taught Me About Afro-Latinos History

What Capoeira Taught Me About Afro-Latinos History

  I was the typical college freshman student who loved to dance and enjoyed finding excuses to go dancing. So, when I heard about the opening of a new dance class, I signed up without hesitation. It was November 2014, and little did I know that the UNESCO had just recognized Capoeira as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Brazil." At the time of registration, I found out that Capoeira (which was actually...Read More
Zika Virus: How To Protect Yourself From The Aedes Species Mosquito

Zika Virus: How To Protect Yourself From The Aedes Species Mosquito

The Aedes species mosquito is a familiar name to me. They increased every rainy season in Ecuador when temperatures and humidity are high. This mosquito is an efficient epidemic vector of several virus that causes dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and is currently causing a world outbreak of the Zika virus. Although, I lived in an area where we had strict mosquito control, we still knew that we needed to take...Read More
The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Playlist in Spanish

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Playlist in Spanish

  If there's something that I miss about Valentine's Day in Latin America is the music that is playing  in every store we go. This day known as "Día del Amor y La Amistad", "El Día del Amor" or "El Día del Cariño" celebrates love with flowers, chocolates and romantic music. If you are a Spanish learner, you can also boost your Spanish with music. In fact, the romantic Valentine's Day playlist is...Read More
5 Reasons We Need Multicultural Children’s Books

5 Reasons We Need Multicultural Children’s Books

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day where we celebrate and encourage the publication of multicultural children's books. In a period where our country is divided with hate speech, it is essential for our kids to have access to books that promote diversity. 5 Reasons We Need Multicultural Children's Books   i am saying 5 reasons, but there are actually millions of great reasons why we need more available multicultural children's books!...Read More
How I Am Raising World Citizens

How I Am Raising World Citizens

The diverse world in which our children live is challenged by racism, inequality, environmental crisis and terror. We can help our children to cope with and combat against these major problems through knowledge and values. Raising a generation of children who embrace their world citizenship is the way to empower them to be a voice and make a difference. [caption id="attachment_1946" align="aligncenter" width="722"] My three-year-old learning about Hindu ceremonies[/caption] Raising...Read More
Bilingual Goals For My Bilingual Kids

Bilingual Goals For My Bilingual Kids

A new year is a great excuse for new beginnings. I take it as an opportunity to think deeply on the past while looking forward to the future.  As another year has gone, I have been thinking about my goals of raising bilingual children. Raising bilingual children is not as easy as I thought it would be. It requires more hard work, creativity, perseverance and patience than I ever imagined. However, I...Read More
My Favorite App To Teach Children How To Read In English

My Favorite App To Teach Children How To Read In English

Disclosure: I received this app for review purposes. All thoughts and ideas are strictly my own. When my oldest child was learning how to read, her milestone helped me to realize that I needed to learn how to support her better. Several teacher friends offered great tips and suggestions and they all agreed that BOB books were what I needed.  Soon we discovered their app series and loved that they...Read More
New Year’s Eve Traditions In Ecuador

New Year’s Eve Traditions In Ecuador

New Year's Eve in Ecuador is one of the most popular celebrations in the country. It is a joyful time where families and friends gather together to spend the last hours of the year celebrating life. To make sure that the new year will be a good one with love, health and prosperity, there are several rituals that you need to do before the clock strikes midnight.   Most Popular New...Read More
15 Traditional Nursery Rhymes in Spanish

15 Traditional Nursery Rhymes in Spanish

  I grew up listening to these nursery rhymes; they are fun, catchy and very popular in Spanish-speaking countries. It is interesting to me how nursery rhymes preserve a culture that spans generations while contributing the foundational skills children need in their oral development. If you are teaching Spanish to your children, these beautiful melodies are great resources for language acquisition. Let me know which one is your favorite one!...Read More
15 Nativity Sets From Around The World

15 Nativity Sets From Around The World

  Nativity sets are part of the Christmas celebration for many families in the world. It originated with a Catholic saint, St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 when he felt inspired to recreate the Nativity scene after visiting the Holy Land. St. Francis's recreation of Christ's birth became very popular and spread fast throughout the Christian world. The main characters of the Nativity set are the figurines representing Mary, Joseph...Read More
9 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Latino Traditions

9 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Latino Traditions

Before moving to the U.S, I never ate a pupusa or heard about the Day of the Dead celebrations with calaveras and papel picado. I also didn't know what "no manches" or "chapina" meant. I have enjoyed learning about other Latino traditions different than mine and get excited when I see the similarities of our culture between Latino people from different nationalities. There are many traditions that we all Latino share...Read More
5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

The internet is packed with memes about Latino parents that use la chancleta o chancla to beat their children. Although chancla memes can be funny, corporal punishment in children is a serious problem and needs to be abolished from our culture. Hitting, beating, pinching, striking or slapping a child is abuse and is damaging. Here I share 5 reasons why parents need to stop using "la chancla" as a disciplinary resource.   1....Read More
10 Christmas Children’s Books Latinos Will Enjoy

10 Christmas Children’s Books Latinos Will Enjoy

  Wondering what to give your children for Christmas? These 10 children's books are the perfect gifts! They are great resources to teach our kids about Latino holiday traditions. Plus, there is nothing cozier than reading books by the Christmas tree lights. From Noche Buena to Posadas, the beautiful stories of these books will warm your heart while also teaching you a few Spanish words! ¡Qué lo disfruten! RELATED POST: 18...Read More
7+ Recommended Places To Visit In Quito

7+ Recommended Places To Visit In Quito

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations   You are missing out if you haven't visited Quito! It is not only a beautiful city, but it also has one of the best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. The history, the traditions, the scenery and the people makes Quito a unique place. One of the best weeks  to visit Quito is in early December when the city commemorates its foundation and the...Read More