My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

If you grew up with a Latino family, it is very likely that you are familiar with "El Chavo del Ocho," a Mexican television sitcon that reached enormous popularity in Latin America for more than 30 years. "El Chavo del Ocho" centers on the adventures of a poor orphan child and his friends living in a low income housing complex and explores with humor many of the challenges that children...Read More
7+ Important Things To Know Before Traveling To Ecuador

7+ Important Things To Know Before Traveling To Ecuador

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Although Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, there' s a lot of diversity, beauty, history and fun packed into one small area. You can see volcanoes, the Amazon rainforest and beaches in a single day. Isn't that amazing?  You can also visit the Galapagos Islands, the amazing historic sites or have the time of your life in the wildlife....Read More
Visiting Jamestown Settlement

Visiting Jamestown Settlement

Visiting Jamestown Settlement, the first English settlement in the Americas was a great experience. That is the place where the United States was born and where the Powhatan lived when the English colonist arrived in the spring of 1607. The old church bricks and the breathtaking James river are witnesses of the unexpected encounter of these two civilizations. Before the English arrived, the land was occupied by the Powhatan, a group...Read More
6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

The spookiness of the Halloween season always brings memories of the folktales that I grew up with. Hispanic legends like "La dama tapada," "La Llorona" or "El Cucuy" are typically told by our abuelas... or a clever friend who wants to scare you! I have to confess that I have never been a fan of terror stories, but these bilingual books tell these traditional legends in a candid way and are great resources...Read More
The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

RELATED POST: Flavors of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador In Ecuador, the day where families remember their loves ones that are death is called "Día de los Difuntos" (Day of the Deceased) and it is commemorated every November 2. Although The Day of the Deceased traditions vary inside the country, their origins can be traced back from the Inca (the largest empire in Pre-Columbian era that occupied large portions of Western...Read More
14+ Things To Do And See In Guayaquil In 3 Days

14+ Things To Do And See In Guayaquil In 3 Days

I may sound biased saying this, but Ecuador is one of the best places for travel. From the Galapagos Island to the Amazon rainforest, there are so many gorgeous spots for you to explore. One of these spots is Guayaquil, the largest city in the country and Ecuador's most important commercial port.   As a guayaquileña, I can assure you that you can't get bored in my hometown!  Guayaquil is known...Read More
6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

I learned about Montessori in an elective class in college. Maria Montessori's principles on education felt good and spoke to my heart. Then, I had kids and fall more and more in love with this educational approach. The beauty of the Montessori method is based on the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, etc) providing many opportunities for growth as they learned to be responsible, engaged, respectful and active seekers of knowledge....Read More
4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

      I have noticed how life gets busier and busier as my children grow up. Sometimes we are running from one place to another so they can attend the different activities and appointments that they have. Although these things are important, it saddens me when they interfere with opportunities to be around nature and just be. Being surrounded with nature has many great benefits for a child's health. It...Read More
Learning about Celia Cruz

Learning about Celia Cruz

Last night we start reading a bilingual biography series of significant man and women of Latin America. The books of this series are great to introduce important components and people of the Latino culture to our children. Our favorite book of the series was My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael Lopez. This book talks about...Read More
How To Make Humita

How To Make Humita

  Summer is coming to an end in this part of the world, and one of the things that I will miss terribly is the season prices of fresh corn. It is easy to love corn when you come from a place where it plays a major role in the economy. My favorite dish made of fresh ground corn is Humita, a popular dish in Latin America with pre-hispanic origins....Read More
What Ecuador’s Independence Day Teaches Me About Success

What Ecuador’s Independence Day Teaches Me About Success

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Today is a national holiday in Ecuador, "El Grito de Independencia" ("The First Cry of Independence.")  It was the first attempt at independence against the Spain reigned by Joseph Bonaparte. For many years I regretted the lack of importance given to this day by the kids of my generation. Deep inside of me, I wish we would show the same patriotism like the...Read More
Walking Around Town With Babies In Tow

Walking Around Town With Babies In Tow

I have been a mama for seven years. For the past seven years, I have been walking around town with blond babies in tow. Strangers and fellow observers around town have asked me the most clever and interesting questions about the blond babies in tow. "Are you the nanny?"  "Did you adopt them?"  "Are you their step mom?" I always smile and happily let them know the shocking news that...Read More