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 »



UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo: Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: "Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear"

I had no reason to be anxious on April 15th. My taxes were taken care of by my papis‘ longtime accountant Mr. Patel. The Twitter party I was organizing for Latinas for Latino Literature with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz was  Read More...

POSTPONED! Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Present: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz’s First Twitter Party

Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Presents: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz's First Twitter Party

Update: in light of the Boston Marathon explosions, Latinas for Latino Literature and Junot Díaz have postponed tonight’s Twitter Party, until further notice. In the meantime, the victims, survivors, and their loved ones remain in our hearts and prayers. PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR, MACARTHUR “GENIUS,”  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Spring Garden Pasta Recipe

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One of the first things I learned to cook, pasta is still the foundation of my favorite meals and the inspiration behind today’s Meatless Monday recipe: a Spring Garden Pasta that is so flavorful, you’ll forget that it’s chock full of nutrition. Pasta is packed  Read More...

#L4LL “Día” Blog Hop: Guest Author and Award-Winning Writer Margarita Engle, “Why I Write”

L4LL 1st blog hop features 20 Latino authors for 20 days on 20 different Latina blogs.

“Why I Write” By: Margarita Engle I write because I love to read. While I was still a small child, I listened to my Cuban mother as she read to me in English—a language that was still new to her—or  Read More...

VIDEO: March on Washington: “What Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means to Me”

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado March on Washington: "What CIR Means to Me" in Latina Magazine

In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast  Read More...

Fitness: Strength Train with a Barre Workout

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My ballet teacher would instruct the class to “take it back to the barre” when we needed to refocus on the fundamentals. This spring, reset the focus on your health goals by taking it back to the barre–a barre workout that  Read More...

The Wise Latina Club Money: 3 Cheap Ways to File Your Taxes

The Wise Latina Club Money: 3 Cheap Ways to File Your Taxes

I don’t know what happened this year, but I’m behind on my taxes and will likely file on or very close to Tax Day. ¿Will your mañana ways cost you big come April 15th? Not if you follow these tax  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Massaged Kale Salad Recipe

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When I tell people that I’m a vegetarian, they often ask if I eat only salads. Actually, I don’t eat enough ensaladas which is why I am always on the lookout for filling, delicious, and nutritious salad recipes. This week, I  Read More...