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 »



National Soup Month Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pozole Recipe

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When a snow storm shut me in last week, I warmed up with hot vegetarian pozole, a Mexican hominy stew. The timing couldn’t have been more on cue since January is National Soup Month, making it the perfect time to  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Empowering First-Generation College Students

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My experience as a first-generation college student taught me that support at home, at school, and in the community is vital to reaching higher education. For students who will be the first in their family to navigate the road to college, just knowing where to start can be a challenge.  Read More...

Healthy Weight Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Tips to Make Healthy Eating a Habit

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69% of Americans are overweight and 35% are considered obese. This obesity crisis impacts the Hispanic community as well, with 39% of Latinos in the United States considered obese. Fortunately, we can control our weight with healthy eating and regular physical activity. This January, which is Healthy  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Funding College with Grants and Scholarships

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Applying for grants and scholarships is a worthwhile effort for every student as they prepare for college. Looking back on my own journey to higher education, one of my only regrets is that I didn’t tap as many resources as  Read More...

VIDEO: 3 Things Chris Christie Must Do To Survive “Bridgegate” on MSNBC

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What does America like more than a fall from grace? Redemption. If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn’t break the law, then he can be on the road to recovery from Bridgegate, a scandal that threatens his ability to govern  Read More...

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Grapefruit Spinach Salad Recipe

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11,818 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2010. Fortunately, cervical cancer is the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent through regular screening and maintaining healthy habits, including eating nutritious foods. This Meatless Monday in January which is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, I’m sharing a delicious  Read More...

Education: FAFSA to Cover the Cost of College

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With the start of the New Year and new semester, many high school students are one step closer to graduation. While making final preparations for college, it is particularly important to plan for covering the cost of attendance. For any student  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Día de Reyes Rosca Recipe

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The holiday season isn’t over yet–at least not for many in Spain, Latin America, and here in the U.S. celebrating Dia de los Reyes Magos or Three Kings’ Day. Also known as Three Wise Men Day or Epiphany, Día de Reyes in  Read More...