Why I Attended a Community Meeting About #Immigration

Many of you know that I am a cucaracha de iglesia and attend Mass every Sunday. My busy summer schedule shifts going to church to St. Matt’s–the majestic cathedral in Washington, D.C. where John More »

From Stress to Success in the City: Part 2: Renting vs Buying

If you feel established financially, buying a home, loft, condo, or apartment may be the right option for you. Establishing a mortgage payment rather than a rent check may be more attainable than you think. More »

Please Knock Before You Walk in on My #FoodPorn: National Tequila Month at El Centro D.F.

Refreshing. Fresh. Creative. Delicate. If my taste buds had thoughts and could articulate them, this is what they would be screaming after savoring the menu at El Centro D.F. in the Georgetown More »

From Stress to Success in the City Part I: Renting vs Buying

When moving to a new city, finding a place to live can leave you wondering, “should I rent or should I buy?” Weighing the pros and cons of renting before you commit More »

Mass Mothers and Children Deportations Discussed with former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. On MSNBC

‘merica isn’t having a good day when almost three dozen mothers and kids are flown back to a worn-torn country and it doesn’t make as much a blip as, for example, José Antonio Vargas–immigrant More »

Summer Break: Smart Packing for Beach Trips

A recent getaway to Jamaica taught me a great deal about items that should be staples when traveling to the beach. Factors such as safety around water, hair damage, and boredom are all issues that could More »

From Stress to Success in the City: 4 Reasons to Utilize Your Alumni Network

When moving to a new city, it is important to quickly establish a contact base. Joining alumni groups are a great way to network for potential professional contacts and opportunities and easier because of the common ground More »

VIDEO: Unaccompanied Kids, Humanitarian “Crisis” or “Situation”? On MSNBC

Overheard: for President Obama, the unaccompanied children flooding the border has forced immigration from policy to politics. This assertion reflects a Beltway echo chamber, resulting in a disconnect that fails to capture 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...

Fitness: Defend yourself with Krav Maga

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One in three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime, according to the United Nations. Do you have the skills to protect yourself? Krav Maga will give you a workout and prepare you to fight back. Krav Maga is  Read More...

UPDATE: Published in the Huffington Post! Citizenship: Blessing or Birthright?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Proposal

In Washington it’s hard to see the comprehensive immigration reform forest when critics and supporters alike are laser-focused on the proverbial tree. But then you speak with, let’s call him “Real Person,” like I did when I was at the  Read More...

Nutrition: 5 Easy Ways to Add More Water to Your Diet

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Did you know sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet? What’s a good substitute for soda? ¡Water! Switching to H2O couldn’t come soon enough–a third of U.S. children and teens, and more than two-thirds of adults  Read More...