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Summer Camp Tips for Kids

Summer is in full swing, and if you've been spending quality time with the kids, right about now is when even the most devoted parents could probably use a little break. Luckily for you, there’s still time to sign your child up for day camp, and some resident camps are even still accepting kids! Even though we're sure you love hanging with the little ones, surely you can let go for a few weeks—or even just a couple of hours a day? Plus, camp is a great way for kids to share new and exciting experiences with other children their age. So go for it!

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Staff Health Challenge: This Fight is Far From Over

And so the Latina Staff Health Challenge comes to a close, but my personal one is far from over. Throughout these 90 days I saw how it was possible to gain weight if I kept on top of things and then how easily I lost it if I so much as skimped on a meal. The frustrations came in when after gaining several pounds within the first few weeks, I lost a couple just as fast. I had to banish my scale to underneath the bed when I saw how much importance I was giving those numbers. That constant up and down affected my motivation to keep trying.

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Staff Health Challenge: Bad for the Body, Good for the Soul?

Since I started this health challenge, I’ve been thinking a lot more about how food makes me feel. I’ve noticed which ones make me feel sick after I’m done and which ones take me straight to my happy place.

Isn’t it interesting how food has that instant ability to change your mood? I’ve realized that there are a couple of staples I turn to when I’m feeling blue and need a boost.

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Table Talk: Taste The Flavors of Chile at Centrico

Centrico Restaurant
211 West Broadway
New York NY
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30 p.m.

Take your taste buds on a trip through Chile without ever leaving New York City. Through this week, Centrico Restaurant will have a delicious menu highlighting the country’s different flavors and high-quality ingredients.

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Plan the Perfect Picnic!

Summer is the ideal time to grab your friends, head to the park and soak up the sunshine—especially with the 4th of July right around the corner. Nothing beats chatting under the shade of a tree and enjoying good food with even better company. Best of all? You don’t have to clean up your pad after the party’s over! Here’s how to plan the perfect picnic. Just don’t forget the bug spray!


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Staff Health Challenge: The Dinner Party

I’m happy to say that Sunday’s fancy little dinner party was a success! But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely stressing the hours leading up to it.

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Teenager Accused of Tying a Noose Around a Latino Teen’s Neck Sentenced to Ten Days in Jail

An Ohio teen accused of dragging a Latino young man in a parking lot with a noose last year has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

The 18-year-old pleaded no contest to ethnic intimidation in juvenile court Wednesday after dropping his original plea of not guilty. A charge of aggravated menacing was also dropped.

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Staff Health Challenge: Cooking 101

I never learned how to cook like my mother: a pinch of this, a dash of that and somehow her sazón would come out perfect every single time. She can taste whatever is bubbling in the pot and know exactly what’s missing. Not me.

Growing up, I’d throw mini feminist rants saying, “I’m never becoming a stay-at-home mom to cook for a man!” It would only be fueled by my dad’s old-school claims that once I get married, my husband was going to bring me right back as soon as he learned that I couldn’t cook. “Well then I’ll marry a chef!” I’d say.

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Working Out with Kettle Bells

A kettle bell is a traditional Russian weight made from cast iron that kind of looks like a cannonball with a handle! They might look funny, but kettle bells can yield serious results. They help tone and strengthen muscles while burning fat, and they’re also great for cardio routines and working out your core. Just keep safety in mind: Start out slow with a light weight, until you learn how to use it properly. This means keeping your head aligned with your body, your shoulders back, chest forward and elbows and wrists straight. And don’t drop it on your foot!

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Staff Health Challenge: Unexpected Workout

I have a confession to make: I’ve never had a proper workout regimen. I figured that with all of the speed-walking I do around NYC, climbing up and down stairs in the subway and living in a fourth floor walk-up, I was getting more than enough exercise. In fact, for a while I thought I should aim for less physical activity so I wouldn’t waste so many precious calories!

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