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 »

Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil More »

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, More »



Career/Money: 8 Alpha Female Salary Negotiation Tips

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The rise of the Alpha female! Our nation’s women are bringing home more of the bacon! Recent Census data confirms what many of us at kitchen tables across the country know about working women and their growing, and in some cases full, contribution to their  Read More...

¡Ven Acá Chuck Todd! OR When I Was on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to Talk Obama National Security Team Shake Up

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Before I was a guest on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, I sort of “met” the host–not at the journalist watering hole Off the Record… …not in the White House briefing room… …not at a charity fundraiser. I met  Read More...

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meatless Monday: 4 Tips to Eat More Fruits and Veggies Every Day

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¿Did you know June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month? Celebrate by piling more of these delicious foods onto your plate! Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, yet most people do  Read More...

Fitness: 4 Reasons to Try Canoeing this Summer

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An Oklahoma native, I am no stranger to hot summer days. When temperatures rise, I stay motivated to move by choosing fun new activities that don’t feel like a workout. Last week when the thermostat hit 90, I moved my  Read More...

Film Friday: A Place Beyond the Pines, Starring Actress Eva Mendes

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At a time when we are still asking ourselves, if and when Latinas will ever be offered better acting roles, Eva Mendes has us believing Sí, Se Puede! in the film A Place Beyond the Pines (rated R). Mendes captivates as a woman conflicted by  Read More...

“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if  Read More...

Education: ¡L4LL Launches Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program!

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It’s not often that an opinionated Latina is sshhhh–insert the sound of crickets on The Wise Latina Club–like I was last week. With my partner Monica Olivera in our education and literacy venture Latinas for Latino Literature, we launched our biggest project in our six months of  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Sauteed Broccoli and Asparagus Recipe

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What green veggie is always in my kitchen? Broccoli. ¿Por qué? This power food is not only tasty and packed with nutrients, its cancer-fighting properties made broccoli número uno on my Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods list.  ¿But did you know that  Read More...