Mujeres Latinas: We share many fabulous traits; we are smart, sexy,vibrant and committed to our families. We are amazing woman who proudly embrace our roots and we are not only defined by our culture. But, also our self confidence, achievements and our values.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chocolate pumkin bread made easy.. No eggs involved!

 Hola Chicas!

I have been so busy and everynight I decided to blog... My eyes would shut down.  Today, I baked this for dinner and I wanted to share this with you gorgeous ladies.  I used no egg, no oil and no water.  I spent a grand total of $2.01.
You will need:
- 1 can of pumkin feeling
-1 box of chocolate cake mix
- Optional- Pumkin spice powder
-Some Pan spray to make sure the cupcakes to stick
Simply mix them together with no water or oil.  It will become a pasty dough. Set the overn for 350. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes or until they are ready.
My family loved them.. They were yummy! 

Talk to you ladies later..... Besos y abrazos!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

La gente Latina and the healthcare reality! Great information!

Hola Mujeres!

I currently work with a great company that assists patients with no insurance. Patients that come into the hospital with major health issues.  60 percent of these patients are latinos with little or no income.  Hard working people that can't afford the expensive health insurance. We help patients qualify for different goverment programs.  The hospital it's in an area, where most latinos reside in Utah.  Therefore, we deal with the Latino community. Most of the patients are shy and speak little English.  You should see their faces full of fear.  They fear to ask for help.  When they realize I speak Spanish... Their faces change and find some type of hope.  They will always come back to me and ask for help even if it's not related to their case.  So, every morning, as I leave my comfy bed to go to work... I think what a blessing it is to be able to help someone. To make a difference in somone's life! That pushes me to get up and go.  I am so thankful for that.  

Today, I found these true facts:
1.A significant number of the Latino population in the United States lacks access to health care. This number, in fact, makes up 25 percent of the nation's uninsured.
2.Uninsured Latina women with breast cancer are 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed at a larger stage, making it less treatable. Uninsured Latino men with prostate cancer are 3.75 more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, making it less treatable.
3.The hospitalization rate for diabetes-related amputations among Latinos increased from 63 admissions per 100,000 people in 2001 to nearly 80 admissions per 100,000 people in 2004. **
4.Only about 49 percent of Latinos who are not comfortable speaking English have a regular source of health care, such as a family doctor or community health clinic, compared to 63 percent of Latinos who speak English proficiently.
Check out the organization that provided that information and the great work they do:

So, I ask if you ever see anyone that is probably needing help translating or looks confused at the hospital or doctor's office.  It could your abuelita or your tia.  Please, stop and take the time to help them find the answer or find what they are looking for.  It is a little thing you could do and it will make a difference.  Don't ignore it...  Thank you!

Muchos abrazos y besos!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Who will remember what your kid's favorite food was when they were 4 yrs old?

Hola queridas!

I hope all is well with you ladies!  I apologize, but I have not been blogging.... Grecias started 1st grade and it has been a busy couple of weeks.  So, you see the pic of my Bautista above.  I am going to do this every year for both of my kiddos.  This is a great way of keep track of their favorite things as they grow up and see their changes.  I will make a little book for each one and give it to them when they 18 yrs old.  I am thinking they will probably allow me to do this until they are teens.  Right? I hope you ladies like this idea and perhaps give it a try! Check out Grecia....
¡Espero que se encuentren bien! Me disculpo, pero yo no he estado blogueando. ... Grecia comenzó primer grado y ha sido unas semanitas muy ocupadas. Bueno, ven la foto de mi Bautista arriba. Haré esto todos los años para ambos de mis niños. Sera una manera de  recordar las cosas favoritas de mis hijo, como crecen y ven sus cambios. Haré un libro pequeño para cada uno y se lo daré a ellos cuando tengan 18 años . Pienso que ellos probablemente me permitirán hacer esto hasta elos quieran... Pero you lo seguire haciendo. Espero que les guste esta idea y quiza lo traten!
Vean la foto de Grecia:


Friday, August 19, 2011

Making my own natural shampoo! Safe for everyone in your family!

Happy Friday!

This past week, I have been thinking about how important it is to pay attention to what is  in our foods, soaps and many other things.  Sometimes, we do not read labels because we are in a rush at the grocery store.  Last Friday, I went grocery shopping with my hubby and we took an extra hour just reading ingridients in the food, soaps and detergents that we usually buy.  I was in SHOCK!  The sandwich meat is full of food color and fillers, the soap full of sulfate, and everything has soy in it.  I am not sure if you know, but Soy it's not as good as you think it is for you.  My daughter was allergic to soy as a baby and will get eczema from it.  Anyway,  when they were little I used California Baby bath products and lotions.  They are really expensive, but worth it. I would love to continue using them, but they are now bigger and need more.  So, the little bottle do not last and i can't afford that.  Well, I am going to try making my own! Wish me luck! 
Ingredients You Will Need:

  • First you need to decide how "homemade" you want to get. If you really want to start from scratch, you would need ingredients such as vegetable shortening and lye. But that takes a bit more skill and precautions in handling and measuring the lye, especially for babies' delicate skin. The more popular and easier to execute recipes begin with a base of pure soap flakes. Castile soap works very well and is known for its gentle, natural cleansing abilities. Castile is made only from pure vegetable oils, mainly olive oil, as opposed to animal fats. It is usually unscented so you will need a nice, pure essential oil if you want your shampoo to be scented; the oil is also a delicate moisturizer for your baby's scalp. Lavender is a good choice for babies because of its safety and calming effect. You will also need distilled water. Other water--even pure spring water--has traces of minerals.


    • 12onz of distilled water
    • 4 tablespoons Castile soap flakes (or shavings from a Castile bar)
    • 1 to 2 drops of pure essential lavender oil
    • Boil the distilled water and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Pour the water into a glass bowl and add the soap flakes, allowing them to dissolve while stirring. Next add the lavender oil and keep stirring until everything is blended. Pour carefully into a squeeze bottle or a bottle with a dispenser pump for ease of use while bathing your baby. Store your shampoo in a cool, dry place and shake the bottle gently before every use. Once you get used to making your own baby shampoo you can start experimenting by adding chamomile tea or herbs to the boiled water while it is cooling.
  • Important Reminders

    • All of the ingredients are gentle enough even for a newborn, but it is always best to do a skin patch test in case your baby has very sensitive skin. Rub a bit of the finished shampoo on the inside of your baby's arm and wait at least 48 hours to see if there is a reaction.
      Your homemade baby shampoo will not feel or look like a commercial shampoo. It will be a thinner consistency and will not lather up or be sudsy. Sudsing agents are used in commercial shampoo and are not necessary. You will only need a dime sized amount of this natural shampoo for your baby or a bit more if you want to use it on your own hair. This shampoo will clean hair just as well as any of the high-priced shampoos, but is made especially for your baby by you with no chemicals that are not needed or that may be harmful.

  • I will keep you updated on how this works for my family.  Give it a try!!!

    Have a great weekend!  Besos!

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Got tangled necklaces? I got a cute solution!

    Hi lovely ladies!

    I took this idea from my gorgeous sis in law Norma.  Thank you Noni!

    Don't you hate it when your long necklaces get all tangled and they are impossible to get them ready for you to wear.  Well, this might work for you.  All you need is:

    1. A small curtain rod--I purchased at Ross for $5.99
    2. You necklaces...
    3. A designated space to do this

    My hubby put it up for me in my closet.  It looks nice and my necklaces are always ready for me to wear.  You can even put it behind a door or any little corner.... Give it a try!  Enjoy your untangled necklaces!

    Take care!  Besos!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Remember my frame project! It is finally done!

    Happy Tuesday!

    Can you believe it's the mid of August already?  Time is flying by... When we least expected it will be December again.  OMG! Anyway,  I finally finished my frame project.  I wanted to share it with my blog friends & family.  I love the outcome!  What do you think of it?
    I purchased the small clothes pins at the dollar store( $1.00), printing the pics at walmart ($4.00), the frame $1.50 at savers, blue spray paint $3.99 wth a grand total of $10.49.  I already had guitar wire, so I used that.  You canuse any wire that you can nail to the back of the frame.  And of course, my hubby already had the nails. 
    This is so cool because you can rotate pics from holidays, or any other event.  I have so many projects in my head... and so little time...

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Mexican Classic Reinvented! Getting creative with my kids pictures!

    It was a long Tuesday for me and I need it something to cheer me up.  So, my daughter gave me the idea of taking pictures.  She is now 6 1/2 yrs old and loves posing for them. I figured let's have fun with it.  I got my camera and some of my hair accesories and it was on!  We both had so much fun together.  I think it's memories that will never leave her soul.  We both enjoyed it so much!  I will hold to these memories forever.  I hope you like them and maybe give them a try!  Of course, my son does not let me do anything like this... This is when I realize having a daughter is a blessing!
    Below are some of the pics with the boys:

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Our new entertainment center for $34.98... Just a visit to the 2nd hand store, some sanding and cool paint!

    Hola Mujeres!

    My husband & I love colorful furniture.  Can you tell?  Our home is full of color and not only the furniture... I consider our family so full of love & lots of color! Anyway, we needed a new entertainment center for our TV.  We did not want to spend $$$.  So, we took a trip to out favorite 2nd store and found an old one for $25.  It was the perfect size and it was in good condition.

    We used:
    1. Three cans of purple spray paint (for furniture-$3.99/each)
    2. Sand paper ($3.00/pack)
    3. New knobs ($2.99/each)
    4. The old entertainment center $25
    Total spent: $34.98

    It came out nice and clean.  It goes with our colorful family and TV is off my kids hands.  No more prints in the screen or wires everywhere.  I love home projects. It brings us together.  You girls should try it....maybe start with something small. I hope you girls liked it.  It's not PIER 1 furniture or from a fancy store... But I loved it!
    Talk to you later mujeres!

    Mi esposo y yo nos encanta muebles coloricosNuestra casa está llena de color y no sólo los muebles ... Considero que nuestra familia esta llena de amor y lleno de mucho color! Bueno, necesitamos un centro de entretenimiento para nuestra TV. No queríamos gastar $ $ $. Entonces, hicimos un viaje a la tienda de segunda y nos encontramos con un mueble viejito por $ 25. Que era del tamaño perfecto y estaba en buenas condiciones.

    Se utilizó:

    1. Tres latas de pintura en aerosol color púrpura (para muebles $ 3.99/cada una)

    2. Papel de lija ($ 3.00/pack)

    3. Nuevos agarraderos (perillas) ($ 2.99/cada una)

    4. El centro de entretenimiento  $ 25

    Total gastado: $ 34.98

    Salió muy bien y va con nuestra familia de colores. La televisión ya tendra marcas de los deditos de mis hijos o cables por todas partes. Me encantan los proyectos en el hogarporque nos une.  Traten de empezar algo asi y veran los resultados son maravillosos. Espero les haiga gustado.  No es un mueble de lujo, pero a mi me encanta!

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Whooping Cough is still lingering in California...

    Happy Monday Mujeres!

    Did you have your tea, coffee, or energy  boost yet?  I did!  Anyway, I was talking to my sis in law about whooping cough in California.  My niece is going to be a sophomore in high school and they are asking for another Whooping Cough (Pertussis) shot.  She is not happy to get another shot. Poor baby girl.  Who likes shots right? So, I looked into it and now I know why. I found this information about other rare diseases that are still around in 10 States!  Check out the link I found in Yahoo:

    I also found the Vaccination Schedule 2011 for kids up to 18 yrs old:

    In a few words, take a look at your kids Immunization card and see what else is needed.  I understand lots of people don't like vaccinations because of famous side effects.  My humble opinion is: get the most important shots!  They will protect your kids.  I personally do not like the flu shot and my kids have survived without it for 2 years.  I load them up with tons vitamin C and green veggies!  I hope you find this information helpful!

    Have a great Monday! Muchos besos y abrazos! 

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    A unique way of framing your pictures! Cheap and easy!

    Hola Mujeres!

    I hope your week treated you good.  I personally had a bad week.  I got a root canal and my left cheek was swollen for like 2 days... Ouuchh!  Well, I am feeling better and ready for a new weekend project... So this is it!  A new fun way to frame your pictures!
    You are going to need:
    1. A wood frame ( any color, because you could spray paint it).
    2. Chicken wire or any wire that you could pull
    3. Small nails
    4. Clothes pins (maybe some nice ones... decorated ones ...or colorful ones)
    5. Maybe some nice ribbon to hang the frame instead of using wire to hang it.
    You can add your special touch.  I start my weekend project tomorrow.  I got the frame at savers for $1.50 (second hand store), some bling to put on the frame ($2.99), ribbon (1.99), and spray paint (4.97).  I can't wait to start it.  I know I am going to love the outcome!  Try it out!  You can make it fancy, natural look, or loud colors!  I will post my outcome during the week!  Have a great weekend!

    Forget the old veggies platters!

    I think this is perfect for any casual party.  This is more practical, clean and you would not eat any double dipping from anyone else.  I tried it with my kiddos and they ate it all.  Give it a try in any of your parties! Let me know if your guests like it! You can even use other containers... Try some fancy glasses!  Anyway... have fun!

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Keeping our beautiful Spanish in our kids' lives! Mantener nuestro hermoso idioma con nuestros hijos!

    Buenos Dias Mujeres!

    Who knows this song? Los Pollitos dicen?  It brings me so many memories. It made me smile! I bought it for my kiddos!  Here is the link to purchase:
    Today, it's lazy Friday at my work and have lots of free time... Yay!  Blogging time!  So, you will have several posts from me today.
    Bueno, my first language is Spanish and I love my language.  As a bilingual mujer, I feel blessed to be able to communicate, dream, think and live in two different languages.  Even, if my grammar in Spanish it's not as advanced... I still enjoy it!
     As a momma, I would like for my kids to feel the same.  I would love for them to embrace and love it as much as I do.  However, I catch myself speaking more English with them.  My daugther (Grecia) spoke only Spanish for her first 3 years. Once, she got to preschool, her English starting flowing.  Now, she is speaks both and I feel like she is so lucky.  In the other hand, my boy (Bautista) speaks more English.  I blame myself for that.  It was easier and I was lazy.  I feel so guilty.  From now on, I make this a commitment to keep my language live in my Casita and I will do my best. 
    I found some great websites and blogs that will help me succeed and I hope all you Latina mommas do the same.  Wish me luck and let our Spanish keep on flowing!
    This is an excellent website that will come in handy for the mommas that decide to have bilingual kiddos!  Good Luck!

    ¿Quién sabe esta canción? ¿Los Pollitos dicen? Me trae tantas memorias. ¡Me hizo sonríer! Lo compre para mis hijos.... Yay!
    Hoy, es un viernes perezoso( Flojo) en mi trabajo y tengo mucho tiempo libre... ¡Yay! ¡Tiempo para escribir en el blog!
    Bueno, mi primer idioma es Espanol y adoro mi idioma. Como un mujer bilingüe, yo me siento bendecida por poder comunicarme, soñar, pensar y vivir en dos idiomas diferentes. Aunque no tenga la mejor ortografia y vocabulario avanzado. 
    Y como una mamá Latina, yo quería que mis niños sientan lo mismo. Quiero que ellos amen su idioma tanto como yo. Sin embargo, yo he hablado más inglés con ellos... Un gran error! Mi hija (Grecia) habló solamente español por sus primeros 3 años de su vida. Cuando empezo el pre-kinder su inglés empezo a crecer. Fue como que le encendieron el boton. Ahora, ella es bilingue.  En cambio, mi hijo (Bautista) habla más inglés y muy poco Espanol.  Me siento culpable...Fue más fácil. Fui perezosa (floja, aragana).  Me da mucha tristeza.  A si que de ahora en adelante, hago una promesa de mantener mi idioma vivo en mi Casita y hablaremos mas en Espanol! 

    Encontré algunos  sitios web y  blogs que me ayudarán a tener éxito con mi nueva aventura. Espero  cualquier mamasita Latina que lea esto haga lo mismo y que mi informacion les ayude. ¡Suerte y mantegamos el Espanol vivo en nuestro hogar!

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Sharing a money saving tip from a momma that loves to have some extra mula! I hope you learn something and try it out!

    Buenas tardes Mujeres!  

    My blog time it's waiting for my father at work since we carpool.  Anyway, I would like to share this link that takes you to the rite aid website.  They have a program with your wellness card (it's free).  This program gives you money back and it's call the UP rewards.  When I lived in California, my life was so busy that I never took time to look at any offers or coupons. Now I do! And I make less money figure...Well, they have weekly products that give you money back ($1-5..or even more) when you purchase them.  That money stays in your receipt as a confirmation and then you could use in your next purchase.  Last week, I purchased 3 toothpastes for $2.99 and they gave me $6.00 dollars back.  Those $6 were used to purchase my body wash (by the way smells delicious..yummy) that also had up rewards.  So, I hope you get it. Give it a try.  For my California girls, I know time is precious over there and it seems like you never have that time.  But, do it on a Sunday or Saturday morning.  You will save some money and it's not like $500 dollars but it makes a difference... it could be for you next Caramel Machiatto at Starbucks!!! Or even a little to bit towards your next girlfriend night out... Right?  *wink wink* Mucho besitos chicas!
    Here is the link:

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    A colorful celebration for a happy marriage....Planning ahead!

    Hi ladies!  I hope your Wednesday treated you girls right.  Mine was ok.  It was raining in Utah and not having my kiddos & hubby really got to me today.  I can't image not having them forever.  Anyway, I was looking for something to cheer me up. I started thinking of my future plans: My husband and I plan to renew our wedding  vows in our 15 yr. anniversary... So, I have ways to go, but planning little by little will always help.  So, I came across the perfect cake and perfect theme for a colorful and happy marriage like mine! What do you think? of course don't expect me to look like that model... hehehe!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    My new face moisturizer: Pure Vitamin E oil mixed with Rosemary! Vitamina E con Romero!

    Hola Mujeres!

    One of my co-workers passed me down her family beauty secret.  It actually comes from her dad, that passed away 4 years ago.  So, RIP to him and thank you for this great secret.  I did not get the honor to meet him, but my coworker said her dad looked 10- 15 years younger. She has a face of 15 year old in a 28 year old woman's body. So, as I wait at Starbucks for my Dad to arrive in SLC airport... I would like to share this with you lindas mujeres and maybe even convince my Dad to try it himself.  LOL!.  I started using it last week and so far I am loving it. My skin is always hydrated and no dry spots. It does not clog my pores like the $40 face cream I purchased from Nordstrom. I have to remember to take it back and get my $$ back. You would think Vitamin E oil, greasy! Right? Well, not really!  Rosemary.. all I think it's my hubby's great Rosemary Chicken. So hungry!   Anyway, I will get to the point.
    1. A small bottle  of pure Vitamin E ( Whole foods, Natural foods store or I think even some Mexican markets have it)
    2. A small branch of Rosemary ( It all depends on how big your vitamin E bottle is)--You will only need a little bit.
    Open up that precious bottle and drop in some of that rosemary.  Let it sit for 1 day and it will need to stay refrigerated for freshness.  After, it has been there for one day....Guess what? You get to use it.  Leave the rosemary in there and always put it back in the fridge.  It's ok if you leave it out, but remember freshness is good!  I use it at night and in the morning before I put my make up on.  The vitamin E will help you with any blemishes as well.  You will only need a few drops and you are set to go.  Good luck queridas!  Keep on looking lindas!  Besos!

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Wanted to introduce my family. We love each other and accept each other for who we are! There is Grecia (6 yr old girl), Bautista ( Tita- 2 yr old boy), Chito (my hubby) and I.

    Forget getting a microdermabrasion... Use baking soda to exfolliate your face!

    Hello Mujeres!I started using baking soda twice a week to exfolliate my face.  Since, I moved to Utah my skin has totally changed. So, I have been trying different things.  The baking soda is helping me get rid of dull & dry skin.  Of course, I do remove my make up first.

    You will need:
    1. A box of baking soda
    2. A small bowl- to mix in
    3. A small spoon -to mix with
    3. Water
    Pour a small amount of baking soda mixed with water in the bowl.  You need to have to make it not waterty, because you need a soft paste.  Use all over your face and neck.  make sure to use your favorite moisturizer after it. You will see the difference in your skin after two weeks.  Let me know your results.

    The Mujer Latina that was made that way!

    I have been thinking how, I am so proud of the Mujer I am.  I am so proud of being Salvadorian and realizing that my culture has different backgrounds because of all my friends.  They have become part of my family and have a big place in my heart.  In these past years, I have enjoyed their culture as well.  I have learned it and embraced it.  This makes me not only Salvadorian, but makes me rich in  many cultures and knowledge.  Culture that makes me a better person with great open mind.  Thank you friends from all over the world that have made my culture full of colors.  I wrote a little poem.  Enjoy and comennt if you like....

    "The Mujer Latina that was made that way!"

    No matter what country I go or what state I move to... I will still be the Mujer Latina with those strong roots that will never fade away...
    The Mujer Latina that was born Salvadorian and proud of being that way...
    The Mujer Latina that was raised Californian and now have other cultures in my brain...
    The Mujer Latina that I am, because of my past roots and my new roots that are making me that way...
    Cultures that come from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and many other friends...
    This mujer Latina is even stronger that way...
    The mujer Latina that will continue being her...
    Wherever I go and whoever I meet will make me that way...