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Feliz Navidad
By Carla Molina Martins | 12/24/2009 - 11:00

Things are hectic but calm in my home. My mami, abuelo and madrina have arrived and my daughters are enjoying lots of play time with them. Last night we wrapped last minute presents and read stories about Santa and reindeers and snowmen. Today we'll be cooking up a storm and baking away the day for a busy Nochebuena and Christmas Day with lots of family.

I hope you all get to spend these holidays with family and friends. Feast on good food, dance around the tree and just slow down for a couple of days.


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Organizing Your Holiday Table
Organizing Your Holiday Table
By Martin Amado | 12/22/2009 - 17:00

This has probably happened to you at some point when you’ve been a guest at a dinner party … there’s always that awkward moment around the table where you don’t know where to actually sit. A good host/hostess should have that planned out beforehand to avoid any confusion by having place cards at each setting—especially when there’s a large group. I know it may seem too formal, but you can make it fun to match your table décor by being creative!


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Altars 101: Create Your Own for Día de los Muertos
By Araceli Cruz | 10/28/2009 - 18:00

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico and in other Latin cultures to honor the memories of ancestors and the continuity of life. Even if you don't typically celebrate the holiday, Day of the Dead altars manage to reflect the festive elements of Halloween, while adding a deeper, more spiritual meaning.


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Plan the Perfect Picnic!
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/30/2009 - 12:55

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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Gardening at Home
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/31/2009 - 17:15

Many of us would love to have our own little patch of land to make our garden grow, ala the Obama family, but if the only space you have is a small corner in your living room you can still give your green thumb a workout.


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Win A Calypso Candle!
By Latina Staff | 02/03/2009 - 16:08

Want to make your space more romantic for Valentine’s Day? Or maybe you just need a little help unwinding after a tough day. Either way, enter now to win a scented candle from Calypso! They’re beautifully packaged and come in several seductive and relaxing scents, including gardenia, mimosa, rose, tangerine and vanilla. We’re giving away one candle each day until February 13th. Give peace a chance, people! Good luck!

Go here to enter.


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Peruvian Hairless Puppy in Bid For First Pet
By Mariela Rosario | 11/11/2008 - 14:06


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Believe It or Not: Latin Superstitions
By Mariela Rosario | 10/20/2008 - 16:45

As if worrying about black cats and broken mirrors weren’t enough, you also had mami threaten you with facial distortion if you opened the fridge with a hot head. And if you dared to strike her, forget it! Your hand would hang out of your coffin forever (probably after she was through with you). Caught between belief and skepticism, all you knew for sure was that you were not going to test them out. In the spirit of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, here are fifteen other superstitions that still haunt us to this day:


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Our Favorite Latino Holiday Traditions
By Mariela Rosario | 10/15/2008 - 16:18

Does your family celebrate some unique traditions come Christmas time? Although many of these practices may seem silly, the holidays just wouldn’t feel the same with out them! Check out our round up of our favorite Latino Holiday traditions:

  • In Puerto Rico, children celebrate the festive Dia de los Reyes by placing hay under their beds to feed the hungry camels of the 3 Kings. We all know the real reason kids play along is because they know that there will be a present where the hay used to be the very next morning.

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How to Recycle Everything!
By Mariela Rosario | 10/06/2008 - 11:35

Yeah, you already know how to recycle your plastic bottles and newspapers, but most of the other stuff you have stuck in the back of the junk drawer or collecting dust in the closet can be reused, too. Here’s how.

CDs/DVDs/Books/Video Games
Got a stash of books you’ll never crack open again? There are several websites waiting to help you renew your collection. Sign up at swaptree.com, titletrader.com, zunafish.com or paperbackswap.com and you can swap your old stuff for someone else’s old stuff.


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