I recently attended a preview of Frida Kahlo personal photos. You can view the Frida Kahlo exhibit with over 200 of Frida’s personal photo collection through June 8, 2014 at the Museum of Latin American Art.
Disclosure: I partnered with Stilleto Media and Univision to host the #MyNovela Twitter Party featuring their novela, “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” (Translation: What Life Took From Me). All opinions are my own.
Do you like a good telenovela? Univision recently announced their new telenovela, “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo”. The Mexican telenovela will capture your attention by telling the story of love, laughter, betrayal and wealth in the small town of aguazul. The Mexican telenovela is also full of interesting characters that will keep you entertained.
Univision also has the UVideos app to help you stay connected with the telenovela and host of characters.
On January 8, 2013 at 6pm PST, I will be cohosting a Twitter party. We’ll kick off the New Year with a discussion about the telenovela characters and share more information about the UVideos app. You’ll also have the opportunity share your favorite #MyNovela character and an opportunity to win $150 Univision Boutique Gift Cards! You definitely don’t want to miss out. Hope to see you there.
Tweet Chat Details:
What: #MyNovela Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, January 8th from 9-10pmEST/ 6pm-7pmPST
PRIZES: Five (5) winners will receive a $150 American Express Gift Card
Who to Follow:
Moderators: @StilettoChat and @MsLatina
Co-Hosts: @ToughCookieMom, @Eva_Smith, @JaiMami @PattieCordova
RSVP HERE to participate:
Also, add #MyNovela to your Tweets during the scheduled time. Follow the Sponsor, Moderators and Hosts noted below. Also, use original tweets to respond to questions during the Twitter Party to be entered to win. Answers may be tweeted in English or Spanish. Looking forward to tweeting with you!
Here are 2 great resources for students and parents to prepare for the college application process. Whether you are planning on attending a local college or out of state college the application process can sometimes be a time consuming process and stressful when you try to do everything on your own. The first event is primarily in Spanish and is scheduled for October 10. The second event is in English and scheduled for October 24. Join the online conversation and obtain great resources to prepare your child to submit college applications, write essays, apply for financial aid and scholarships.
Virtual College Fair #1 – October 10 – 12pm-10pmEST
On Thursday October 10 from 12pm-10pm EST, over 100 colleges will gather together to participate in College Week Live to address the higher education needs of Hispanic students and their families. Participants will be able to get access to expert advice on financial aid, tips on college study skills and participate in video chats with college admission representatives and students.
This is a great resource for parents who have children who is planning on attending college.
Hispanic/Latino Teens and their families
Free Virtual College Fair as part of Univision’s Education Week
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 (All Times Eastern)
12 p.m., How to Prepare for College: A Financial Aid Overview
Leslie Acosta-Martin, management and program analyst with Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education.
1 p.m., Choosing a Major (in Spanish)
Elizabeth Romero, vice president of learning, New Futuro.
2 p.m., Admission Process
Adriana Flores, senior director, Diversity Initiatives at The College Board.
3 p.m., Excelencia in Education: Tracking Individual to National Latino College Success
Jose Cabrales, program manager at Excelencia in Education.
4 p.m., I’m First – First Generation College Students
Chelsea Jones, student support associate at I’m First – Center for Student Opportunity.
5 p.m., The Gates Foundation – Academic Skills to Help You Succeed in College
Teresa Rivero, lead senior program officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
6 p.m., Financial Aid
Eyra Perez, executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership.
8 p.m., UC Davis Video Chat
9 p.m., ACT
Juan Garcia, assistant vice president – Strategic Partnership ACT.
Virtual College Fair #2 – October 24 – 10 am – 10pm EST
All Access October is one event that is highly recommended by CollegeWeekLive. There will be over 280 schools participating to discuss topics for seniors like writing and essay and finalizing your application process. They will also provide tips to prepare for college entrance exams, narrowing your school list and more.
High School Juniors and Seniors and their families
Free Virtual College Fair as part of College Week Live
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at 10a.m. – 10 p.m. ET
10am, Why Letters of Recommendations are Important
11:30am, NCAA presents: Path to the Student-Athlete Experience
12:00pm, Three Skills to Minimize College Debt
1:00pm, The Who, What, When and Why of the Campus Visit
2:00pm, Choosing A College Based On Your Return on Investment
3:00pm, Indiana Tech Video Chat
I was raised by the hardest working Latina entrepreneur on the planet. She baked and sold the most beautiful wedding, birthday and quinceañera cakes. My mom also launched several home-based businesses selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, Tupperware, Shaklee, Avon, Mary Kay, Home Interior, Princess House and managed to find the time to raise a family and help people in need in our community. During the holidays she would make tamales to share and for school fundraising. Her drive and passion for entrepreneurship and social good lifestyle was passed on to my siblings and I. As a child I use to watch her carry a notebook with lots of lists and wondered how to automate a lot of her administrative tasks of setting up appointments, billing and collecting money. I believe that is why I chose a career in Software Development & Engineering and I still code to automate a lot of my day to day technical tasks as a Telecommunications Engineer.
Today’s entrepreneurial Latina is a lot like yesterday’s savvy business woman, except we have a lot of tools at out disposal to automate and facilitate day to day tasks and enable us to focus on our goals. Today’s Latina is entrepreneurial and Tech Savvy. However, before many of us take the leap of faith to launch on our own or to further our career path, we need resources to help us build our networks and connect with like minded goal seekers. We also need to sharpen our skills and find communities with a solid foundation and support system.
ELLA Leadership Institute was born out of similar drive and passion that is instilled in all hardworking and goal seeking Latinas. ELLA Leadership Institute recently launched the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour to inspire and showcase Latinas who are making a difference. The second stop of a national and international TED-style tour showcasing innovative professional Latinas will be held on October 11. I’m really excited to attend the event and support the ELLA Institute initiatives as a Twitter Ambassador. I will be joining over 150 attendees to connect and celebrate Latinas who are breaking new ground. I’m looking forward to the featured speakers and discussions about careers, business, entrepreneurship and innovation. Whether you are planning on launching a business or need a word of encouragement from Latinas in Leadership, LATINAS THINK BIG event is for YOU.
The onsite event has SOLD-OUT. However, you can join the conversation online via Google hangouts and Twitter and be a part of the life-changing virtual event. I had the opportunity to join the historic LATINAS THINK BIG launch online and felt like I had the best seats in the house. I walked away with a lot of resources and inspiration to develop a business idea. I also felt the presence of a sense of community among the attendees.
The Los Angeles tour was a historical event and attended by over 100 empowered Latinas, including ten TWITTER AMBASSADORS.
LATINAS THINK BIG VIRTUAL TOUR – LOS ANGELES
4:00PM – 5:00PM New York Life Career Consulting Hour
5:00PM – 5:50PM Registration, Hors d’Oeuvres, Mingle & Live Band Music
6:00PM – 6:20PM Welcome Remarks
6:20PM – 7:40PM LATINAS THINK BIG™ Presentations
7:40PM – 8:00PM Monica Gil Interview
8:00PM – 8:25PM Awards Ceremony
8:25PM – 8:30PM Closing Remarks
8:30PM – 9:30PM Mingling with Presenters and Honorees
Jacky Diaz | @amigapreneur
Monique Frausto | @BLOGSbyLATINAS
Deborah Deras | @DeborahDeras
Eva Smith | @Eva_Smith
Gina Linn Espinoza | @ginalinn
Graciela Tscareno-Sato | @GraceTiscareno
Hilda Ramirez | @HildaRamirez1
LaLa Castro | @latinageeks
Nelly Cardinale | @nycrican2
Stephanie Bravo | @stephanierbravo
Question: How have your parents inspired you to seek your career? What are some of the career and entrepreneurial areas you need leadership inspiration in? Will you be attending the Latina Think Big Virtual Tour?
Music has always been a part of my life. As a youth I danced in dance choreography and learned to use music and dance as a way to express my emotions and creativity. As an adult I have taken dance lessons and enjoy Zumba fitness dance. Last month I watched and shared the Latin Billboard Finalist and Winners lists and favorite performances. Billboard Latino awards night went to Don Omar. However, my favorite performances were Jenni Rivera Tribute and Marc Anthony.
To celebrate the special music event Target provided me with a giftcard to share my love of music and favorite artist from Latin Billboard. One of the reasons I love watching music awards is to watch my favorite singers come under one roof to celebrate their love of music. It’s also a great opportunity to gather with family and create a list of new artists to add to my iphone playlist.
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Music and dance are a part of my life and will always be a part of my life. Regardless of your age, we can all celebrate life with some rhythmic latin tunes. I really can’t imagine my life without music… Could you?
Here is a playlist with the songs from my favorite performers I made for my Zumba dance fitness. Hope you enjoy it.
To celebrate latin music, Target has also graciously offerred one of my readers a $25 Gift card. Please follow the instructions to enter to win.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Target. However, all opinions are my own.
I had the opportunity to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders In Education Awardsin Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 18. The event is hosted by Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. The 3rd annual Leaders In Education recognized Southern California students, parents, schools, teachers and other leaders which are making a difference in Hispanic Education and raises awareness to the work HSF has done to highlight the contributions of leaders in Education.
Congratulations to Leaders In Education Awards 2013 Winners
School of the Year – Ánimo Leadership Charter High School
Male Student of the Year – Ariel Salazar (Presented by Toyota)
Female Student of the Year – Barbie Aguilar (Presented by Toyota)
President & CEO Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Fidel A. Vargas
Educator of the Year – Teresa Carreto
Parent of the Year – Lorena Aguilar
Volunteer/Mentor of the Year – Oscar Ayon (Presented by Musician Christian Chavez)
We were honored to meet Oscar Ayon is President / Co-founder of Unidos Por La Música. Oscar Ayon has built a successful life and career and has given back to the community through various charitable programs. Unidos Por La Music is a non-profit with a mission to provide university scholarships, medical grants and hunger relief efforts by creating musical charitable events to benefit those in need. His community outreach programs “Bags of Hope”, also provided bags of groceries to needy families and fed over 66,00 children and families in the Inland Empire.
We also met the President and CEO of Hispanic Scholarship Fund Fidel Vargas. An HSF Alumni, he shared that there were 85,000 HSF applicants last year. Out of the 85,000 applicants 25,000 students qualified, However only 5,000 received awards. His goal is to take Hispanic Scholarship Fund to the next level by raising more funds to provide scholarships for students in need. He recalls receiving the scholarship funds as a student in Harvard. One year it provided academic support to be able to save to buy a ticket to come home during the holidays and another year a warm coat during winter. Several alumni shared testimonials on the difference the HSF scholarships also made in their lives.
The fundraising festivities were kicked off with an Adam Rodriguez interactive video encouraging participants to text a pledge to Hispanic Scholarship Fund. An overwhelming response and support was provided by the attendees and sponsors to raise over $79,000 in just a couple hours. Hispanic Scholarship Fund will have additional initiatives to raise awareness on the importance of supporting higher education.
The overwhelming amount of students in need of scholarships made me wonder how many other lives have been changed by Hispanic Scholarship Funds and also prompted me to ask fellow Latina Leader Network members to share their testimonials.
Stephanie Bravo, Founder of StudentMentor.org is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni. She received an HSF Scholarship during 2009-2010 academic year. HSF was able to help her in a time when she needed the most financial help since it was the first time she moved away from home to pursue medical school. It lessened her financial burden by helping her pay for academic and living expenses. After graduating Stephanie was able to revitalize her medical school’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association’s Mentorship Program, which pairs premedical students with medical student mentors to encourage them to become doctors. She wanted to make a bigger difference and cofounded StudentMentor.org — a national nonprofit organization helping students collaborate with mentors. In less than 3 years, she has been able to help more than 10,000 students achieve their academic and career goals through StudentMentor.org. Not only has Hispanic Scholarship Fund influenced her whole new career in higher education, but it keeps her engaged in her passion of mentoring as a mentor in HSF’s First Year Transition Program and is paying it forward.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Smith New Media and Hispanic Scholarship Fund. However, all opinions are my own.
Question: Which Hispanic Scholarship Fund success story resonated with you? Why is it important to help fund Hispanic Education? What is our responsibility to others pursuing higher education?
Empanadas name comes the Spanish verb Empanar which means to wrap or coat with bread. The traditional hearty pastry is made by folding a thin circular shaped dough over the stuffing and are served as street food in the Carribbean, Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Latin America. The traditional empanada is prepared with fish or chicken.
I enjoy making empadas in bulk and serving them as a simple meal. I also store the rest in the refrigerator to eat as an on the go snack or as a quick meal.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef steak
1/4 pound fresh chorizo
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package store-bought pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the beef, chorizo, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 11 minutes, stirring constantly to blend ingredients. Set aside and let the filling cool.
Roll out the pie crust dough and cut out rounds using a 3-inch cutter. Put 1 tablespoon of filling on half of the round. Fold the other half of the round over and using a fork, press down on the edge of the dough making sure it is sealed all the way around. This forms the empanada. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush the top of each empanada with the egg wash. Arrange the empanadas on a nonstick sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the empanadas to a serving platter and serve.
Question: What filling do you like in your empanadas?
Are you looking for the best fitness routines with exercise? The California Milk Processor Board recently launched a new series of ten (10) Hazlo Ejercicio video segments to encourage you to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. The video segments will air on Despierta America every weekday morning from January 7th to January 18th between 7 am and 8 am (PST). The trainer and his assistant will show you how to do fun and easy exercises that you can do at home.
If you miss a segment, you can always visit Hazloejercicio.com to watch more easy-to-do exercise videos and share them with your friends.
Today I learned how to do the abdominal stretch. I get to tighten my abdomen and get a pedicure at the same time. It’s a lot harder than it looks, but it is a lot of fun. The best part of all is that I get to tighten up my abdomen and get a pretty pedi at the same time. I like to refer to my exercise as a “pedi-crunch” or “Adominal pedi”. The exercise is a lot of fun. After I complete my exercise I drink a glass of milk to refuel & recover. How is that for multi-tasking?
I’ve been following the videos for the past 2 weeks and they’re easy and fun to do alone or with a companion. The best part is that it makes exercise fun. I’m start to feel the results!
This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I enjoy making new recipes for my family. One of my goals this year is to balance our meal plan with healthy meals. I recently starting making recipes from Soy Connection. According to USB’s 2008 Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition survey, soybean oil was among the top three oils ranked “very healthy” by consumers, along with olive and flaxseed oils. I looked through my pantry and found several bottles of vegetable oil. It wasn’t until I started taking a closer look at the ingredients that I realized that I have been cooking with Soybean oil for most of my life.
The type of recipes I found vary including tofu recipes, salads, soups and appetizers. Soy easily adapts to every cuisine and every meal to please all ages and tastes. Try these delicious, tested soy recipes to see for yourself how easily soy can spice up your cooking and healthy lifestyle. I’m enjoying balancing healthing recipes.
Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
|1/2 cup||Soybean oil|
|1/2 cup||Raspberries, fresh|
|1/4 cup||Walnuts, toasted, chopped|
|1/4 cup||Balsamic vinegar|
|3 tablespoons||Red onion, minced|
|1/8 teaspoon||Black pepper, ground|
|Wild Green Salad|
|6 cups||Mixed wild greens (a 5.5 oz. bag of greens yields 6 cups)|
|1/4 cup||Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled|
|1/4 cup||Walnuts, toasted|
|1/2 cup||Raspberries, fresh|
To make dressing, place all Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette ingredients in food processor or blender. Process until smooth; refrigerate. Makes 1 1/4 cups dressing.Place greens in large bowl. Pour 1/2-cup Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette dressing over salad; toss until blended. Sprinkle cheese, walnuts and raspberries over salad. Serve immediately.
|2||Cloves garlic, minced|
|2 tablespoons||Soybean oil (vegetable oil)|
|2 quarts||Vegetable or chicken broth|
|3 cups||Textured soy protein (10 oz.)|
|2 cups||Brown rice, uncooked|
|2 teaspoons||Oregano leaves, dried, crumbled|
|1 teaspoon||Thyme leaves, dried, crumbled|
|1 teaspoon||Ground pepper|
|3 quarts||Diced tomatoes, canned|
|2 cups||Zucchini, diced (3/4 inch)|
|1 cup||Celery, sliced|
|1/2 cup||Parsley, chopped (optional)|
Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.Add broth, water, soy protein, brown rice and seasonings. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes.Add tomatoes, zucchini and celery; return to boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender.Portion 12 ounces into large bowls, if desired.Sprinkle 1 teaspoon minced parsley over each serving.
|1 teaspoon||Soybean oil (often labeled “vegetable oil”)|
|1||Onion (small), diced|
|3 cups||Frozen edamame (shelled)|
|2 cups||Low sodium vegetable or chicken broth|
|1 cup||Plain soymilk|
|1 cup||Baby arugula leaves, packed|
|1/2 teaspoon||Salt (or to taste)|
|1/4 teaspoon||Ground black pepper|
|Greek-style yogurt (optional)|
Soup’s on! Packed with high quality soy protein and fiber, this quick and easy homemade soup will warm your soul and keep you satisfied for hours.Prep time:5 minutesCook time:15 minutes
Heat soybean oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Add edamame and broth; simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, until just tender.Place mixture in food processor; add soymilk and arugula. Process 1 minute, or until smooth.Return to saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soup begins to simmer. Ladle into bowls; top with yogurt, if desired.Thin soup with additional vegetable broth as needed.
|4 cups||Soybean oil (for deep frying)|
|1 cup||Panko bread crumbs|
|1 pound||Cod filets, uncooked, cut into 2 x 1-inch strips|
|6 tablespoons||Fire-roasted salsa|
|8||Fresh corn tortillas, 6-inch|
|2 cups||Shredded red cabbage|
|1 cup||Grated carrots|
|1/2 cup||Frozen edamame (shelled), cooked according to package directions|
Mix-and-match ethnic flavors in a single dish. Bite into a classic Mexican taco topped with pickled, spicy Kimchi, and awaken your taste buds with a global adventure.Prep time:10 minutesCook time:20 minutes
Place egg in shallow dish. Place panko bread crumbs in a separate shallow dish. Dip fish pieces into egg and then roll in panko, pressing gently into each side of fish, to coat completely.
Carefully place 8 pieces of fish into hot oil. Fry approximately 4 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oil; place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining fish.
Combine salsa and mayonnaise in small bowl. Top each tortilla with 2 pieces of fish, kimchi and assorted vegetables as desired. Serve with salsa mixture.
Linguini with Roasted Garlic-Wine Sauce
|6 1/4 pounds||Linguini, dry6|
|12 ounces||Soybean Oil|
|1 1/2 pounds||Roasted Garlic Paste*|
|12 ounces||Shallots, minced|
|3 pounds||Dry White Wine|
|3 pounds||Chicken or Vegetable Broth|
|9 1/2 pounds||Tomatoes, seeded, diced|
|2 pounds||Pine Nuts, toasted|
|4 ounces||Basil, fresh, chopped|
|2 teaspoons||Black Pepper|
|10 ounces||Parmesan Cheese, grated|
Prepare linguini as directed on package. Drain and set aside.Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté oil, garlic paste and shallots until shallots are translucent, stirring occasionally.Add wine and chicken broth. Simmer until reduced in half.Add tomatoes and edamame. Cook until heated through.
Stir-in pine nuts, basil, salt and pepper. SPOON over cooked linguini.
Sprinkle with Parmesan.
*To make roasted garlic paste, cut pointed top off 12 unpeeled garlic heads (2 lb 5 oz) leaving cloves intact. Place garlic heads on aluminum foil and drizzle with 4 oz vegetable oil. Seal foil around garlic and bake at 400°F 30 to 40 minutes until cloves are soft. Cool, squeeze paste from cloves and mash.
**Original recipe makes 50 cups pasta, 38 cups sauce
For additional information on United Soybean visit the Website or Facebook Page. For additional recipes you can also find them on Twitter via the #SoyParaSoy hashtag.
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and the United Soybean Board. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Question: What is your favorite recipe?