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Frida Kahlo Magnetic Dress-Ups for Your Frig January 18 2012

If you are a Frida freak like I am, you'll looooove this Frida Kahlo mix n' match magnetic dress-up doll. Stick Frida to your frig, white board, filing cabinet -- whatever -- and dress her up in her dresses and shawls, pants or denim shorts and a t-shirt. I put my set on the door of my dishwasher and my daughter totally loves playing with it. Good thing, especially when...

Diego Rivera's Industry Murals: Cards for Kids to Color January 16 2012

Diego Rivera, love him or loathe him (Team Frida Kahlo), but the man painted some damned good murals. This set of 10 assorted cards and envelopes feature the ready-to-color works of the Mexican artist. The cards are taken from Rivera's Detroit Industry, murals which he painted between 1932 and 1933, and which he considered the most successful of his career. The cards depict workers in Detroit's auto industry, along with several...

Pedro Infante Paper Dolls January 15 2012

  My mother always tells me stories of her and her sisters as girls, playing for hours on end with their paper dolls. She says they used to scrimp and save their allowance, and when they'd make the trek with their parents to the Woolworth or Kress in downtown Laredo, they'd rush to the paper dolls to buy a new booklet. I also had a few sets of paper dolls...

No Barbie Car, No Problem! January 13 2012

My Barbie dolls never had a Barbie car, and they got around just fine, too.  

The Search for Pre-School: Two-Way Bilingual or Not? January 13 2012

I knew this moment would come sooner rather than later. My daughter is not yet three and I'm already drowning in information about which schools to apply to for next year. Public school is the only real option for us, so it's a regular public school or a public charter school. So why apply at 3? Well, many of the good programs start out at three, so if I don't...

The Beauty of Holding Hands January 10 2012

Holding hands and running with your favorite amiga. Isn't being a kid just wonderful?

Learning Español with Loteria January 04 2012

  The game of Loteria, which is essentially Spanish bingo based on pictures of everyday things, has always been a great way to learn Spanish. It's always a staple in Spanish classes as a fun way to grow vocabulary. And it's fun to play at home with friends and family. A few weeks ago I left a few tablas lying around the house and my toddler picked them up and...

The In-Between Week December 27 2011

A lot of folks are off of work for the holidays. Or as I always like to say, work is what you do in between vacations. I have to say, hands down, this has been our most active Christmas holiday season in a loooong time. I am really tired, but it's not over yet. And my child is officially a parrandera of the highest caliber. With all the Christmas songs...

Juanes on Sesame Street - Not Just for the Kids December 22 2011

Watching Sesame Street this morning with the toddler, and I think I was more excited than she was when this segment with my boyfriend, Juanes, came up. But since she knows exactly what "manos, cabeza y pies" are, she got into it, too. This behind-the-scenes clip of Juanes and a 'no hablo español' Elmo is pretty funny to watch, too.

My Family's Official Feliz Navidad Card December 21 2011

I didn't get around to ordering or mailing any of the toddler's "picture with Santa" Christmas cards this year, except for the three little overpriced ones I got when we took the pic, but that's what Facebook and blogs are for, right? I wrote a post earlier this month about her first encounter with Santa, and this is the final product. She was all giggles, and is so happy.  It's...

The Bookshelf: Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia December 19 2011

The themes in the stories we read are children are often universal, so even if it's about a little bunny wanting to run away from his doting mother, we can still see a little bit of ourselves in the characters. But once in a while you'll come across a book that is more than just something we can connect with. It's a direct reflection of your life, or your family's...

Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls December 16 2011

I bought these beautiful Frida Kahlo paper dolls in a little boutique in New York City earlier this week. Stocking stuffer for the kiddo. I don't think she's old enough to appreciate paper dolls, especially if given the chose between these and an iPad, but in a few years I think she'll get their appeal.  These paper dolls -- which you actually have to cut out yourself -- make you...

Christmas Cards en Español December 15 2011

Every year, the number of Christmas cards that actually make it through our mail slot are fewer and fewer. Admittedly, I also tend to send snarky someecards.com often, and this is usually my excuse, too. But we got this one from my in-laws who live in Miami. Me encanta! Have you gotten any awesome Christmas cards this year?

'Tis the Season for Pan de Polvo December 13 2011

There are several foods I always equate with the holidays. Tamales are one. And pan de polvo, or Mexican wedding cookies coated in a cinammon sugar mix, are another. Yes, they're eaten at weddings, but also during Christmas-time. I decided to make a few dozen this year, and I used Eva Longoria's recipe because I couldn't find my grandmother's. In my head, I can see it clearly written on a paper...

'La Morenita del Tepeyac' Appears Before Juan Diego December 11 2011

The San Antonio Express-News has a piece today on the faith and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is celebrated tonight and going into "las mañanitas" tomorrow. I think it's a devotion that women especially have because they have that connection with her as a mother. Such devotion stems from the fact that she's so accessible, said Teresita E. Aguilar of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research at Our Lady of the...

Five Ways to Latinofy the Holidays December 11 2011

If you have little ones and want to expose them to a little bit of Latino culture, here's a few ways to Latinofy the holidays. 5. Abuelita Hot Chocolate:  These cinnamon-infused chocolate tablets make the best hot chocolate during Christmas time. I just break up the big piece of chocolate -- which is not easy to do -- and then I put the smaller pieces in the blender to really...

Chopsticks, Please December 06 2011

     We usually eat at home for lunch, but my stomach was rumbling when we were out and the child had it on repeat asking for chocolate cake, chocolate cake, chocolate cake -- an obsession since I bought one for my husband's birthday two weeks ago. She really just means frosting. Or frosting-like substances like Nutella. So we went to Whole Foods and I got her a chocolate cupcake,...

The Bookshelf: Libraries with Good Spanish Children's Books December 06 2011

Although they should be, not all libraries are created equally. We headed out in the rain today to return some of K's library books. Instead of walking to the one that's a block away, we drove a few miles to the one with the good Spanish-language children's books collection. The still-newish Watha T. Daniel/Shaw public library in DC is really a thing of beauty, and just a nice public space....

Giveaway at CultureMami.com December 06 2011

  There are so many great blogs out there about parenting, babies, children, culture and just life, and one of my favorites -- because it has a little bit of all of these categories -- is Culture Mami. Marcela, a Latina who was born in El Salvador, is a working mom who is doing a fabulous job of sharing all the richness of Latino culture with her children. I love...

Baby Names Latinos are Digging in 2011 December 05 2011

When I was about two months pregnant with my daughter, I headed to the bookstore and bought two baby name books which I thumbed through entirely in about five minutes, then set aside. I then opened my laptop, did a google search for cool baby name sites, and never looked back and never open those books again. Nowadays, there are so many great baby sites with baby name lists that...

Take the Bean Poll: Pinto, Rojo o Negro? December 03 2011

    For years I've undulated between being vegetarian and, er, regular? I do care about the animals, but the truth of the matter about me and meat is that I just don't like cooking it. I don't like taking it out of packages, handling it, marinating, none of that. But beans, beans ARE like a main dish. And in our house, we are serious about our frijoles, and these three above...

Red, White and Green All Year Long December 02 2011

Move over Christmas with your holiday colors. La bandera mexicana is also red, white and green, and so are the staples of our cooking. I'd say about half of what I cook has these three in it: tomato, onion and cilantro. I use it in a ton of different ways, including to make pico de gallo, to add to avocado to make guacamole, or just add to a can of...

B de Burro, V de Vaca November 30 2011

  So a little more about our Spanish T-shirt and onesie B de Burro, V de Vaca. Some people get it, immediately. But for those who may not have heard the saying, here's a little background on this Spanish saying. In a former incarnation right out of college, I was a high school Spanish teacher, and one of the common mistakes that I saw amongst my native Spanish speaker kiddos...

First Visit to Santa November 30 2011

Yesterday was a rite of passage for the toddler: her first visit to a mall Santa. My mom and I took her, and I turned to my mom at one point and asked if we, meaning me and my three brothers, ever went to see Santa, because if I had I don't remember and she answered in four words: "I had four kids." Okay, fair enough. Plus, the nearest mall...
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