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 »



TWLC’s New B-F-F is Arianna Huffington!

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This headline grabbed your attention, didn’t it? Actually, better than being Arianna’s B-F-F, the Huffington Post asked me to contribute to their newly launched HuffPost Latino Voices.  I’ll be joining other thought “act” leaders such as the National Council of La  Read More...

6 Minute Career Climb: Just Say No to No

6 Minute Career Climb: Viviana Hurtado & Deborah Rosado Shaw

The number of Latino-owned businesses is expected to grow nearly 42% within six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues of $539 billion, according to a recent HispanTelligence report, “Hispanic-owned Businesses: Growth Projections to 2012.” Although the recession has disproportionately hurt  Read More...

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

President Barack Obama at the NCLR 2011 Annual Conference

Latinos are often described as a “friendly” audience for Democrats and Barack Obama. Therefore it was surprising when the President threw out some “red meat” to rev up the simpaticos at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza  Read More...

Blogging to Stop Brutality: My More Magazine Interview with a Juárez Blogger

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I can’t remember when I started reading Judith Torrea’s blog, Ciudad Juárez: en la sombra del narcotráfico/Juárez: in the shadow of Drug Trafficking.  But once I started, I read and Torrea’s raw prose left my heart riddled with anger at failed  Read More...

Nominated for Blogs By Latina’s 2011 Best News / Politics Blog!

2011 Blogs by Latinas Awards

Have you ever wanted to strangle the next person who says, “Think positive, because positive energy will beget more positive energy” with the quartz that’s daintily dangling on a necklace around their neck? I would dig my hands deep into  Read More...

JLO & Marc Anthony: The Curse of the Successful Woman

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I’m a fan of Jennifer Lopez, as evidenced by the posts “J-LO: Gillette Gams of Gold” and “Globe Is Golden, Lovely Ladies are Latinas” because she is one of the few women who looks like me (to be clear, I am  Read More...

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Q & A with “Top” Chef Richard Sandoval

The High Heeled Kitchen-Chef Richard Sandoval Q & A

I am a chica with a serious appetite.  I love to eat as much as I adore the rituals around food: family gatherings, learning how to make arepas or arroz con coco while chatting with PAPI, celebrations of milestones and holidays as  Read More...

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Brown Faces at the White House

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“E pluribus unum” –Motto found on the seal of the United States The dictum “Out of many, one” is as ubiquitous–officially–as it is defining of  U.S. mythology. It is imprinted on money which underscores how critical it is to the  Read More...