Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Courage, Confidence and Character: The Girl Scouts Recruit Young Latinas
Girl Scouts Focusing on Recruiting Young Latinas

The Girl Scouts have been around for nearly 100 years, so it only makes sense for its membership to reflect the population. That’s why the youth organization has turned its attention towards Latinas by creating a campaign to recruit girls from Spanish speaking households. We spoke to Monica Contreras, director of marketing and communications at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas to find out about the initiative, and here’s what she had to say:


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National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
The Truth About Latina Teens & Pregnancy

From 17-year-old Gaby Rodriguez, who faked a baby bump for a school project, to the many girls that expose the challenges of being teen moms on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, young women are becoming more aware that unprotected sex can have big consequences.


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Green Your Day From Start to Finish
Green Your Day From Start to Finish

We may celebrate Earth Day once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice sustainability on a regular basis. Here are some environmental tips from Giselle Achecar, Puerto Rican eco expert and founder of EcoRicoTV:

Morning

Consider your morning routine. When you get up and go to the bathroom, reduce your water usage by turning off the water when you brush your teeth. Get low-flush toilets and showerheads. Also, make sure to turn off the all the lights when you leave the room.


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How to Build an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket
How to Build an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket

Jessica Alba asks and we provide! The gorgeous 29-year-old mommy to 2-year-old Honor Marie (who's expecting her second baby with Cash Warren sometime in late summer/early fall) sent out a tweet yesterday about eco-friendly Easter basket ideas. It makes total sense since Earth Day is this Friday and Easter is just two days later; What better way to celebrate the religious holiday than by going green?


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The Wisest Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund
The Wisest Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund

According to the IRS, the average tax refund for 2011 is $2,985. How will you spend it? You can buy a ticket to Vegas and blow it on the tables, buy a pair of Louboutins, or you can take a more mindful approach. Here are some great investment tips from Louis Barajas, personal finance expert and author of My Street Money.

Invest in a Roth IRA


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Last Minute Tax Tips
LATINA's Last Minute Tax Tips

Procrastinators beware: Tax Day is right around the corner—April 18 to be exact—so it’s time to take a deep breath and complete your returns. Here are some great last-minute tax tips from Annabella Rodriguez, office manager of H&R Block’s (hrblock.com) Weston, Florida office.

Homebuyers


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World Health Day
World Health Day: Your Check-Up Checklist

You may say salud when you’re clinking wine glasses, but have you taken the necessary steps to make sure you’re in good health? Well, today is World Health Day, so no time like the present! We talked to Gigi El-Bayoumi, associate professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center about the most crucial check-ups women ages 20 to 40 need to get and she stressed the importance of looking at your current health status.


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Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning 101: How to Get Organized Now

If you’ve seen the TV series Hoarders on A&E, you’ve probably been motivated to de-clutter your home, but haven’t quite gotten around to it. Well, procrastinate no more. It may seem like a daunting task, but all it takes are some organizational skills and a bit of time. To stay focused, just think about how great you'll feel once your life is in order!


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Latinos Reluctant About Organ Donations
Latinos Reluctant About Organ Donations

Flip over your driver’s license or state-issued ID. Are you an organ donor? Turns out that Latinos, especially Mexican-Americans, are less likely to “make an anatomical gift” than Americans in general. This is especially alarming considering our numbers are growing steadily, and we could be saving lives.

Some of this reticence centers on religion, as many believe that in order to enter heaven their body must be whole. In many cases, they also think that organ donors can’t have open casket funerals.


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Get in Shape Like Your Fave Celeb This Spring!
Get in Shape Like Your Fave Celeb This Spring!

Ever wonder how your favorite celebs stay in such great shape? Well, we've got their secrets, so before you start a new Spring regimen, check out these workouts! From Penelope Cruz's post-pregnancy plan to Sofia Vergara's curve-toning moves, there's something for everyone.


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