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 »



Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe

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The go-to food in mi casa? ¡Tacos! How about replacing the meat with sweet potato for a great veggie taco on Meatless Monday? Not used to vegetable-based meals? Don’t let that stop you! Any change to a routine can feel intimidating at first. In 3 Ways  Read More...

Fitness: 4 Ways to Spin Your (Bike) Wheels

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I want to get outside and stay active now that the days are longer and warmer. Biking is a great way to do both. This weekend I skipped the bus and used a bicycle to run errands around town. 45 minutes later,  Read More...

Yoani Sánchez Says Latinas Can Protect Cuban Dissident Bloggers

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Yoani Sánchez’s visit to the nation’s capital started off with a tweet. While reading my Twitter, I found out that the Cuban dissident blogger who writes Generación Y blog is touring the U.S., visiting New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami,  Read More...

Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo: Cuban Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez

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On a three month world wide tour, dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez who writes Generación Y spoke at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. For this Wordless Wednesday or Miércoles Mudo post, I show photographs snapped  Read More...

The Wise Latina Club Money: 4 Ways to File Your Taxes for Free

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I have filed my taxes every which way: paper forms mailed when I was in college; a fancy tax attorney (hmmm…curious that my tax return almost matched his fee), a reasonable local accountant before he keeled over (he did and  Read More...

3 Ways to Make Meatless Monday Part of Your Diet

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If meat is missing from the menu at restaurants, schools, homes, even hospitals that’s because it’s Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is an international movement that encourages not eating meat one day a week. First promoted by the U.S. government during World War I to conserve  Read More...

UPDATE: Published in Latina Magazine! Meet New Congressman Joaquín Castro

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado interviews U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro for Latina Magazine

Capital Hill, Washington, DC I put in the interview request for Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquín Castro soon after he was elected in November–before he had office space and when his bare bones staff was still communicating on Gmail. I keep checking.  Read More...

Bebé Plus Me: Article of Faith

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“We would be honored if you would be Baby L‘s godmother,” Lil’ Sis’ asked, the two of us choking up. My baby sister’s prayers were answered when she was blessed with this perfect little girl. Immediately, I accepted, as I  Read More...