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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celebrating Disney's New Princess: Elena of Avalor


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney Channel and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own.

It's so exciting to welcome a new Disney Princess! Today I'm introducing you to Elena of Avalor, we can see her in her new TV show which will launch this Friday, July 22nd at 7pm on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

We received a fun kit with lots of Elena of Avalor crafts and decorations so Mayita asked to invite her friends to see the featured episode that is available on the channel's app right now, and to have a playdate with her friends celebrating Elena!

This new Princess Elena of Avalor, is a Latina princess! It's so cool and exciting to see her world filled with many things inspired by the Latin culture; the architecture where they live, the mountains, animals, her family and the music!


I feel that through the show Maya can get to know a little more of the Latin culture, my favorite part is definitely the music, I have the song stuck in my head all day and every time I hear it, it makes me want to dance!! I also love that Elena plays guitar with her grandfather.

To celebrate with Maya's friends I got some Mexican sweet bread (pan dulce), I offered lemonade and fruits. The girls were fascinated with everything. They had fun coloring a fabric runner, they each made a scepter like Elena's and they built a Skylar out of paper. Skylar is the princess' pet and is a mixture of jaguar with a macaw, these animals also fascinated me! They look very mystical and super colorful.

The series is full of adventure, magic and music. The princess is just learning to reign Avalor with her new grand council; you can already tell she has great courage and bravery but at the same time she is very loving and dedicated to her family and friends .

On Thursday, July 21 at 5pm PT /8pm ET there will be a Twitter party [#ElenaOfAvalorTwitterParty] celebrating the new series. You are cordially invited, there will be prices and you can get to know more about the princess!

You can also go to Elena's Facebook page or YouTube and learn more about Elena of Avalor!





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CELEBRANDO A LA NUEVA PRINCESA DE DISNEY: ELENA DE AVALOR

Aclaratoria: Este post está patrocinado por Disney Channel y Latina Bloggers Connect. Como siempre todas las opiniones, historias e ideas son 100% mías.

Que emoción es recibir y conocer a una nueva princesa de Disney! Hoy les presento a Elena de Avalor, la conoceremos en la tele, será una serie y se estrena este viernes 22 a las 7pm en el Disney Channel. 

Una vez que nos enteramos Mayita dijo que quería invitar a sus amiguitas a ver el pequeño episodio que está disponible ahorita en la App del canal, además recibimos muchas cositas para adornar y hacer manualidades, entonces hicimos una celebración en la casa! 

Y es que esta nueva princesa Elena, es latina! Es muy chévere y emocionante ver dentro de su mundo muchas cosas inspiradas en la cultura latina, la arquitectura donde viven, las montañas, los animales, la familia y la música!


Siento que a través del show puedo mostrarle un poco más a Maya de la culura latina, mis parte favorita desde ya es la música, tengo la cancioncita pegada y cada vez que la pongo me provoca bailar!! Me encanta que Elena toca la guitarra junto con su abuelo.

Para celebrar yo compré pancitos dulces mexicanos, ofrecí limonada y fruticas. Las niñas estaban fascinadas con todo, se divirtieron coloreando un mantelito, hicieron un cetro como el de Elena y un Skylar de papel. Skylar es la mascota de la princesa y es una mezcla de jaguar con guacamaya, esos animales también me fascinaron! Se ven como muy místicos y super coloridos.

La serie está llena de aventura, magia y música, la princesa apenas está aprendiendo a reinar Avalor junto a su nuevo comité, desde ya se ve que tiene mucha valentía y audacia siendo a la vez muy amorosa y dedicada a su familia y amigos. 

Este jueves 21 de julio a las 8pm PT habrá una fiesta en Twitter celebrando la nueva serie, ¡están cordialmente invitados!

También puede ir a la página de Facebook o de YouTube y aprender más de Elena de Avalor.



PS: Adri was excited too, he loved the music and he helped us prepare everything for Maya's friend! - PD: Adri también estaba emocionado, tna bello, ayudó a preparar todo para la fiestecita!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Bilingual Kids Travel: Mexico | PART 2


As I was telling you (See part 1 here), after the trip to Puerto Nuevo we arrived to Las Gaviotas community pretty quick. It is a residential community where many houses are available for vacation rentals.

It's kind of like a beach club, I really liked how nice and cozy the vibe is, the houses look very much alike, almost all of them are white or light-colored, but each has its own personality. There is a pool and a private beach, so we really didn't need to leave anywhere else for our mini-vacation.

The first thing we did was decide where everyone was going to sleep, once decided, we unpacked and changed. The kids were so excited, they got their swimsuits on and left right away to explore!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Camping Season!

Excited to go camping again soon! Yay! - Ya llegó la temporada de irse de camping, y pronto iremos de nuevo, ¡yei!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Cómo crear tu primer fondo de emergencias de $1000


Aclaratoria: Este post está patrocinado por State Farm. Como siempre todas las opiniones, historias e ideas son 100% mías.

Ya Derek y yo llevamos once años de casados, ¡cómo pasa el tiempo!

Cuando nos casamos inmediatamente abrimos una cuenta bancaria juntos pero eso no quería decir que sabíamos manejar nuestro dinero a la perfección ni que sabíamos exactamente lo que estábamos haciendo.

Creo que como toda pareja recién casada, teníamos mucho entusiasmo, muchas ganas de empezar nuestra nueva vida con un buen pié y sabíamos que teníamos que aprender en el camino.

el camino no se acaba nunca, ya que todavía seguimos aprendiendo. En el tema de las finanzas por ejemplo, ¡nosotros apenas empezamos nuestro fondo de emergencias hace tres años! ¡Imagínense! Ahora que lo tenemos me da terror pensar que antes de esto no contábamos con nada en caso de una emergencia, ¡qué horror!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Bilingual Kids Travel: Mexico | PART 1


I'm not sure if I've told you before but one of the dreams I had when starting to have kids was to travel with them a lot and send them to camps outside of the US to have them experience life in other cultures, specially latin culture first to have the Spanish sink in. 

For many obvious reasons traveling to Venezuela and enrolling them in camps over there has been imposible and maybe putting together a special long trip to another latin country without the facilities of having close family living there is a little harder... But it's never too late! Adrian and Maya are in a wonderful Spanish Immersion school (as you know) and they're still little plus we live sooo close to Mexico, why not start there?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Wonders of Bubbles

Monday, June 27, 2016

3 Tips for a Fun Family Game Night on the Patio

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TIKI Brand. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own.

I love to entertain out on the patio, and even though we have a small space, we take advantage of it. With the warm weather, we can now finally hang out more often out there, yay!

The other day I had the idea to do a games night out on the patio and what can I say, I think we'll be repeating it lots of times this year because we had a blast.

The idea was to try out the new TIKI Brand tabletop products and they helped ignite the cozy and nice setting for us to have the best family game time ever!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kinder Graduation


It might seem just a little accomplishment I mean, after all, it's only Kindergarten graduation. But, all accomplishments must be celebrated no matter how big or small. Mayita just completed her first year of Spanish Immersion school, where for the first time she was introduced to reading and writing in Spanish!

I can remember like it was yesterday when it was hard for her to even write her name or how she would refuse to speak Spanish many times, and now she proudly says: Mami, I know how to speak Spanish! I can't explain how amazing that makes me feel, not only that she really knows it but that she is proud of it. And she is no longer a baby, oh my!!! ready for 1st grade, we're so thankful!!


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Podría parecer un logro chiquitico, después de todo, es sólo kinder. Sin embargo, todos los logros deben celebrarse no importa cuán grande o pequeños sean. Mayita acaba de completar su primer año en el colegio de inmersión en español, donde por primera vez le enseñaron a leer y a escribir en español.

Me acuerdo como si fuera ayer cuando se le hacía dificiltan sólo escribir su nombre o cómo se negaba a hablar español muchas veces, y ahora dice con mucho orgullo: ¡Mami, yo si sé hablar español! No puedo explicar lo maravilloso que me hace sentir eso, no sólo que ella realmente si lo sabe pero que además está orgullosa de ella misma. Y ya no es una bebé!!! Lista para 1er grado, estamos tan agradecidos!!

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