Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more More »

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy More »

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math

For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite More »

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica More »

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de More »

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core More »



Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP: The VIDEO Interview with International Rockstar Juanes

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One week ago today, Teshima Walker Izrael lost her two year battle to colon cancer. The executive producer of Tell Me More on National Public Radio, she was also a champion, opening opportunities for me that didn’t exist because she  Read More...

50th Anniversary March on Washington Fitness: 3 Ways to Walk with a Purpose

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Walking is not only a great for your health, it is also a way to stand up for what you believe in. ¿Cómo? This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963,  Read More...

Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those  Read More...

Crisis of Confidence: 2016 Wannabes and NSA Leak Latest or What I Said on MSNBC

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When Chuck Todd‘s gente asked me to speak about the latest National Security Agency revelation plus how the 2016 presidential Democratic and Republican candidate field is shaping up, I immediately thought, both these stories must stoke the crisis in confidence Americans  Read More...

Back-to-School Meatless Monday: 5 Guidelines to Pack a Healthy Lunch

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Since many schools don’t have healthy lunch options for kids, make back-to-school the time to kick off a good habit: pack a healthy lunch for work or school. Unlike foods high in sugar which may curb hunger in the short-term but later, leave you sluggish, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are packed  Read More...

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP

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The big, grand gestures and larger-than-life types always get the credit. But it is often times those people who work quietly, discretely, yet with singular focus who can open pathways that will alter your life. For me that person was  Read More...

Fitness: 3 Reasons to Try Pilates

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As back-to-school season approaches and my teacher‘s schedule begins to feel overwhelming, I turn to Pilates for an efficient workout that reduces stress. ¿Qué es Pilates? This mat-based fitness program uses small, isolated movements that engage only the muscles needed for  Read More...

Immigration Losers: GOP and “The Deportation Prez” or What I Said on MSNBC

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Washington’s groupthink has the immigration heat solely turned up on the GOP. They certainly are in the news–with some House Republican holdouts threatening to derail an overhaul to the immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner unable to tame his unruly conference,  Read More...