Oct 23, 2014

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Losing My Curves, Gaining New Strength: My Battle with Breast Cancer

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Growing up as a young Latina, we tend to often have a love-hate relationship with our natural-born, feminine curves. For me, I quickly learned to embrace my perky C-cup breasts because, as a rather petite 5’1” female, I lacked the voluminous curves in my bottom half. So I was always happy with the curves that […]

Finding Balance: Weight Loss After Pregnancy

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Image source Weight loss after pregnancy isn’t easy.  Sixteen months after the birth of my son, I am still struggling to get off extra pregnancy weight and restore some semblance of order to my hormones. In addition to the extra pounds, my skin is simply, well… not my skin! My once clean, bright complexion has […]

Maternity Fashion: How to be Stylish, even with a Baby Bump

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Image source Sometimes trying to dress an ever-expanding baby bump can seem like a very daunting task, but luckily with a few maternity fashion tips there’s no reason why you can’t be stylish while pregnant. Here are a few tips for all you moms-to-be to get you on your way.   5 Quick Maternity Fashion […]

College Prep: Starting Early (iVillage Post)

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Getty Images In January, colleges and universities across the country experienced record-breaking numbers of college applications. UCLA reported a stunning 61,498 applications, and Columbia University received a record 34,587, a 32% increase over last year. The increasing cost of a college education and the struggle to pay for those four years are clearly not slowing […]

Being a Stay-at Home Mom: How I Made it Work

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There are mothers that are better mothers when they work. They can manage work and home amazingly, and parenting just as well. I know many working mamas, and their kids are doing great. There are mothers that prefer to stay at home, those that enjoy every minute with their child. I also know many SAH […]

Being a Young-Looking Mother

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“Ay pobrecita, she’s so young to have a child!”  Those comments come on a daily basis, whether I’m sitting on Amtrak, waiting for the bus, or at the pediatrician’s office.  The stereotypes fly as soon as my son is in tow.  I’m automatically placed in the she-must-be-a-poor-single-Latina-mother category.  These thoughts are not just assumptions, as […]

Un Chancletaso, Time Out or Self-Reflection?

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If you grew up in a Latino home, you know very well the power of the chancleta (slipper).  And for those who don’t, let’s just say that a plain old pair of slippers can command significant fear from rambunctious children, as they run away from stressed-out parents threatening to use it to discipline bad behavior. The […]

Three Generations of Women & My Best Friend

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Clockwise from top left:  Sister, Paternal Abuela, Daughter, Mother, Best Friend, Sister. Contributing author:  Lisa Renata When I think of Latina women that have inspired me throughout my life, I don’t think of women like Frida Kahlo, Isabel Allende or Salma Hayek.  (Not that they aren’t women to admire and learn from.)  No.  Instead, I […]

Being a New Latina Mother

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Dariela Cruz-Gillespie, enjoying a relaxing moment with her daughter . Motherhood: Magical and powerful.  No other love or role compares.  A plethora of unforgettable moments — joyful, life-altering and at times challenging.  The most honorable job in the world, one bestowed upon us by Mother Nature herself. Today’s Latina woman, the New Latina, enjoys the […]

Carta de Amor para mi Mamá Juana

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are sharing love letters from our readers to their beloved mothers.  This letter was written by Helen Troncoso. Dear Mamá Juana, You are probably so surprised that you are receiving this letter. Out of the six children you have, I think we butt heads the most, I think that […]

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