Latina Makers Market: Meet the Artists Joining Us at #WeAllGrow Summit 2017

We love elevating our community, which is why we're so excited to bring Latina Makers Market back for #WeAllGrow Summit 2017! We're looking forward to our attendees meeting the creatives who will be showcasing all their amazing designs. Everything will be available for purchase so make sure to get in a little shopping during the weekend. For a little sneak peak, take a look at who will be joining us and get to know a little more about them! 

Alma Vistoso

Alma Vistoso combines the timeless aesthetic of Mayan textiles with modern design to create high-quality bags and swimwear for adventures at the beach and beyond.

The brand is inspired by sharing the indigenous artwork of Guatemala and the Mayan culture to people all over the world! They strive to bring together something ancient and something new, to build a sustainable lifestyle brand that supports the artisans of Guatemala, as well as the economies of the U.S. and Los Angeles!

Chic-Iata

Myra Brooks is CHIC-IATA. Yes, that's chic and piñata! Her designs are inspired by fashion and made with colors and textures that are on trend right now.

After Myra had her son and decided to leave her brokerage job behind, she was left with an itch to create. CHIC-IATA was born from her love of her culture, family and, of course, all things that sparkle!

Folk Project

Folk Project embodies the encounter of two worlds and the result is the syncretism of traditional costumes and home décor accent pieces. The mission of the project is to travel the world looking for unique textiles and turning them into bespoke decorative pieces, such as furniture and accessories.

Folk Project uses a raw material known as the huipil, which is an essential piece of the Guatemalan and Mexican traditional costumes. Every huipil is bought at a fair price from the artists in order to promote the survival of their traditions.

Merijam Roelofs, the designer behind the brand, said the company aims to highlight the creative work of the indigenous woman who often remains invisible to modern society. By using huipil in the world of modern living, the brand hopes to showcase their craft on a global platform and give them the acknowledgement they deserve.

Folk Project is all about introducing a piece of the traditional world to the modern one, in turn creating a refreshing design unique to the global living style.

Handmade by Helena

Helena Osorio of Handmade by Helena sews fun and useful items for travel and for carrying your yoga mat or spinning (gym) shoes in style. No more bringing back home your dirty laundry in a plastic bag!  Most of the fabrics she uses are cotton and the ones with dichos are all printed in the USA.  

Helena's grandmother used to be a seamstress and she supported and put 5 kids through college by sewing. Two years ago, she bought Helena a sewing machine and taught her the basics. At the time, Helena had no idea that she was given a never-ending outlet of creativity. The process of sewing sometimes feels tedious, complicated and long but nothing beats the feeling of love, happiness and accomplishment that flows through you when you hold the finished product in your hands!

Homegirl Por Vida

Homegirl Por Vida is your homegirl Xenia Galaviz offering metaphysical tools to help you on your path into spiritual gangsterism.

Xenia is the first in her family to start a small biz. Therefore, she wanted to shatter the stereotype of being a homegirl, proving that a dollar + a dream is real for every homegirl. Where she comes from, where she's going and what she wants to see keeps her at it 24/7/365.

 

Ix Style

Ix Style (pronounced "eye ex") started as a simple idea to help one woman artisan and morphed into working with over 600 women around Lake Atitlan. Ix Style is a charitable fashion company that sells huarache sandals, handbags and jewelry made by Guatemalan artisans. For every purchase, the company donates to provide clean drinking water to children in Guatemala.

Francesca Kennedy's mission began when she returned to visit her grandparents at Lake Atitlán in Guatemala in 2010. The lake had became so completely overrun with blue-green algae that the water looked like sewage. The image of young girls collecting the contaminated water to drink, cook and clean remained with her, later providing the catalyst for starting her own socially-conscious fashion brand: Ix Style.

Las Conchitas

Las Conchitas by Ruby Wright are handmade goods inspired by Mexican sweet bread. 

When it comes to creating, Ruby finds that crafting and trying new things challenges her to be creative and relieve stress. She's inspired by new techniques, styles and her heritage. Overall, Ruby finds satisfaction in making things that others will love just as much!

Lasso is Love

Lucy M. Wilson & Maria Calle are the creators behind Lasso is Love, handmade jewelry based out of Los Angeles. Lasso is Love is all about jewelry making a statement in a casual way.

The company is inspired by friendship and meanings of life. Their jewelry makes a contemporary statement of functionality and style.

Pearmama

Pearmama is a site for Latina women, mothers and creative spirits navigating life and love in a real, authentic way.

Denise Cortes, the mastermind behind the brand, said that Frida Kahlo has been her muse for a long time. Kahlo's strength of character, her unconventional beauty and the ability to transcend great physical and emotional pain draws Denise to her, which inspired Denise to create these pieces. They're like small jewels in the hands of Frida-philes and art lovers alike.

Pressed Intentions

Maura Hernandez is the innovator behind Pressed Intentions, an Etsy store that sells fine handmade stationery and gifts. 

Maura loves to create beautiful, inspiring and funny items to spread love and kindness. She's inspired by mindfulness, popular culture and a wicked sense of humor.

 

 

Raggedy Tiff

Jessica Resendíz of Raggedy Tiff says her brand represents cultura, pride and the beauty of handmade items and craftsmanship. She is a first generation attending college in order to pursue her fashion career. She owes it to her hard working parents, who immigrated to the States for a better life and opportunities.

Being a proud Mexicana in the fashion industry has been a challenge for her but with determination, hard work and dedication, she believes que todo se puede. Her family and her 11-year-old daughter are her motivation. They keep her striving and showing the world that anything is possible, no matter where you come from or who you are.

Sweet Llamita

Sweet Llamita helps women express how they truly feel by creating beautiful and culturally-relevant paper designs for everyday and special occasions.

Brenda Castillo derives inspiration from the beauty of good design, both the English and Spanish languages, and the cultural richness of Latin America. A simple font or illustration has the ability to evoke various emotions and finding a good balance between good design and cultural relevance can create powerful reactions. If her products can melt hearts, induce chuckles, or inspire, then she's done her job.

Viva Greetings

Viva Greetings manufactures and distributes Mexican themed greeting cards, gifts and party goods.

Carla Fonseca finds inspiration in her heritage, in her culture and in Mexico. The colors, the traditions and the diversity of such factors bring out the creative elements in her designs.

Woven Wanderland

Christina Ghadieh is the creative soul behind Woven Wanderland who designs modern macrame for your inspired home.

Christina has always been artistic. Upon recent rediscovery of macrame, she fell in love with its whimsical aesthetic. For her, the creation of each piece is s meditative process. She hopes her work can create a mindful place of happy thought for others.

4 Things You Will Experience at #WeAllGrow Summit 2017

There’s a lot of anticipation leading up to #WeAllGrow Summit. If you’ve never been before, you may be wondering what it’s like. Even our veteran attendees are left wondering how this year’s Summit will be different from the previous two. We decided to break down four things you can definitely expect at this year’s Summit!

Beautiful Views

If you’re new to visiting Long Beach, get ready for some incredible views. Even Southern California residents love the area and visit frequently because it boasts an incredibly picturesque downtown waterfront.

Hotel Maya sits directly on the Queensway Bay so the water views are going to be on point. Besides the water views though, the entire Hotel Maya is an Instagrammer’s dream. Muted colors, cobblestones, sand, palm trees and the beautiful blue of the sky and water make the absolute perfect backdrop for basically any photo.

This place inspires us and we know it will inspire you, too!

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Amazing Networking Opportunities

We know all our attendees are super excited for the weekend but our sponsors are just as excited (if not more!) to meet and connect with all of you. Each has been hard at work planning the perfect activation for us all to experience. And we have to say it’s going to be so exciting to see it all brought to life in just a few short weeks.

We love how much enthusiasm our sponsors bring to the Summit each year. They’re incredibly passionate about our community and want to help make the weekend something none of us will ever forget.

We have a lot of sponsors coming back for more fun this year, as well as a ton of brand new ones! Make sure to check out our growing list here. Also, if you’re an attendee, stay tuned for next week’s newsletter, which will detail all the sponsors and their activations. We can’t wait for you to see it!

Energy of Sisterhood

We’re extremely lucky to have such an accepting, kind and compassionate community. A lot of us are more than amigas - we’re sisters. The Summit is an amazing weekend where we all come together to experience that feeling for three whole days.

If you’ve never been to the Summit, do not worry! Expect to meet powerhouses and #bossladies from all walks of life. And trust us - you’re going to bond with a lot of them. We’ve seen incredible friendships start at the Summit and they don’t end after the three days are over! So get ready to meet your hermanas.

Self Discovery

When one grows, we all grow is the motto of #WeAllGrow Latina Network and something we believe right down to our core. You’re going to experience a lot at the Summit and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling just a little bit different.

Not only are you going to be networking with incredible brands and connecting with your personal energy of sisterhood, but the weekend will also be a journey of self discovery. You’re going to learn a lot about business tips, social media strategies, blogging tips and, most importantly, you’re going to learn about yourself. Life gets hectic and the daily demands can sometimes take a toll on us personally. Use this weekend to reconnect with yourself and find what makes her happy!

To get you excited, please enjoy this recap of last year’s Summit. See you soon!

Explore the #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Field Trips!

It’s everyone’s favorite time - signups for #WeAllGrow Summit 2017’s field trips are officially open! And it’s going to be another great year. These trips are truly unique experiences that allow our influencers to connect with sponsors in an intimate and personal way. It was a big moment from last year’s Summit (you got us trending on Instagram!) so get ready for this year!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 2nd because that’s when our incredible sponsors will be taking you on numerous adventures throughout the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas. If you are an influencer with an actively updated blog and/or YouTube channel and have an All-Access Pass to attend this year's Summit (sorry, not available for Connect-Only passes), we invite you to review these unique experiences, write down your favs and fill out the #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Field Trips Sign Up Form today!

These field trips will fill up fast! Once at capacity, the signup will be closed with a firm deadline of February 17th at 11:59 p.m. PST. No exceptions can be made. Therefore, we’re asking all those who sign up to rank their favorite field trips from one to three, with one being the trip you want to attend most.

As a reminder, the field trips are highly demanded by our community, which makes us so happy! But that also means we might have more signups than available spaces. Since each experience has been carefully crafted by the sponsor, spots are limited. Selections will be made based on your interest, as well as your content's relevance to a sponsor’s product(s) and/or message.

Confirmations will be sent via email from sammie@weallgrowlatina.com no later than February 24th. Be mindful that our team is working to make sure that #WeAllGrow Summit is an unforgettable weekend, so please do not email Sammie unless absolutely necessary.

Okay - let’s dive into the field trips!

Surprise Getaway with Neutrogena

As our title sponsor, Neutrogena is planning an amazing field trip for you. This excursion is for anyone who loves surprises because the team behind the brand is keeping their lips sealed as to what exactly you’ll get to experience.

We don’t want to keep you guessing too much so here’s a hint: Neutrogena is inviting you to spend the day in one of the most iconic beachfront towns in L.A. Enjoy brunch al-fresco and channel your inner star with an exclusive photoshoot. Be on the lookout for some one-of-a-kind entertainment, courtesy of the brand. Remember: always keep beauty and sun safety top of mind!

Any guesses as to where?? You’ll just have to signup and see! ;) Get ready to leave Hotel Maya promptly at 8 a.m. for an unforgettable adventure.

Be Their Guest: A Day with Disney Princess, “Dream Big, Princess” and Disney Studios

Get ready to dream big and have a magical adventure because Disney Princess “Dream Big, Princess” is pulling out all the stops for you!

They are partnering with Disney Studios to enchant our attendees. Get ready to start Thursday bright and early at 7:30 a.m. You’ll be departing Hotel Maya and heading for the Walt Disney Studios, located in Burbank. Be greeted at the studios with a welcome from the team and then enjoy a private screening of the not yet released live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast! We’re not kidding! Grab lunch in the executive dining room with members of the Studio Publicity team, followed by an afternoon tour of the lot. Finish the day with an advanced screening of Tangled: Before Ever After, a Disney Channel Original Movie! After all the fun, you will depart for Hotel Maya at 3:30 p.m.

The Disney team invites you to be their guest for a truly magical day.

A Magical Day in Disneyland with Disney Parks

At Disneyland Park, enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars—all in the same day! Disney California Adventure allows you to explore 7 exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Disney*Pixar stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining!

Our "magical" mini coach will meet outside Hotel Maya at 7:45 a.m. and depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. You’ll arrive a little before 9 a.m. and will be greeted with a special Disney Parks Welcome. Then, #WeAllGrow attendees will explore Disney California Adventure before having lunch and visiting Disneyland. The group will depart Disneyland Resort for Hotel Maya in Long Beach at 3:15 p.m.

Disney Parks is looking to connect with parents of children between the ages of 2-15 and who create travel, lifestyle and/or parenting content.

Explore the Open Road with Mazda

At Mazda, we’re passionate about what we do—working every day to create a driving experience that will put a smile on your face. We know that the joy of a strong sisterhood can also put a smile on your face, so we’ve decided to merge the two for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind outing.

We invite you to join us on a California Coastal Escape where you and your fellow #WeAllGrow sisters will take a drive in our newest Mazda vehicles, starting at Hotel Maya and making our way up the coast to Terranea Oceanfront Resort. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as we explore the area and make our way to the destination.

Upon arriving at the resort, you’ll be whisked away to a private suite overlooking the ocean where the group will be treated to food and wine prepared by a resort chef and sommelier. You’ll also have the exclusive opportunity to meet a Mazda designer, a woman who has a unique perspective about style, design and inspiration, and how it overlaps with her everyday work. After enjoying the other activities we have planned, the group will be chauffeured back to Hotel Maya, complete with stops along the way for additional scenic photo opportunities.

The California Coastal Escape with Mazda will be an intimate day-trip experience catered to celebrating the joy of sisterhood and driving, and reigniting our passion for creating new experiences!

We'll meet at Hotel Maya at 8:00 am and return by 4:00 pm.

A Day in Long Beach

The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to enjoy some of the great things to see and do in your conference host city. Your excursion will include a tour by air of Long Beach, a visit to the Museum of Latin American Art, a skyline cruise on a spacious Harbor Breeze motor catamaran, a delicious lunch and behind the scenes tour at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Start the day with a special helicopter tour that will take you on an amazing adventure over the storied Queen Mary, the historic USS Iowa Battleship and the spectacular Catalina Island. Then, head over to The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and view a comprehensive retrospective exhibition by legendary Los Angeles artist Frank Romero, encompassing over 50 years of the artist’s career.

After viewing some inspiring art, enjoy cool ocean breezes as you sail from Rainbow Harbor and along the Long Beach coastline aboard one of Harbor Breeze’s modern and comfortable catamarans. With both indoor and outdoor comfortable seating, this is the perfect way to get out on the water and enjoy Long Beach’s downtown waterfront. Finish the day off with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the The Aquarium of the Pacific, which is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean.

Get ready to meet outside Hotel Maya promptly at 9 a.m. to see Long Beach like you’ve never seen it before!

Push Your Limits at the Red Bull Performance Gym

Red Bull gives wings to people and ideas.  The Red Bull High Performance program sits at the intersection of sports and science, providing Red Bull’s athletes and artists with insights and tools to reach the pinnacle of success in their practice.  We’re inviting 15 #WeAllGrow attendees to visit the Red Bull High Performance training facility in Santa Monica. You will tour the gym and facility, experience an elite work-out with our athlete’s coaches, learn about nutrition and training guidance, enjoy a healthy lunch cooked by the trainers' go-to chef, and of course learn about and sample Red Bull’s latest products including two new Sugarfree Editions.

Take a sneak peek into the Red Bull High Performance program and some of the interesting projects they offer to athletes

We’ll be leaving the hotel at 9am and returning at 3:30pm. Come join us for an energizing, inspiring day!

Make sure to sign up for the field trips here by February 17th at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Fun & Easy Recipes with DOLE

Invite Dole to your home and be surprised with everything they offer. That's exactly what #LatinaBloggers did to create a variety of fun recipes for their families. Dole Packaged Foods offers high quality, contemporary products from a long-standing, trusted company that’s been around for over 160 years. Did you know that Dole Fruit Bowls are the only fruit bowl snack that packs high-quality fruit in 100% real fruit juice, not sugary syrup that other competitors use? 

Check out the recipes below and follow the #VidaDole hashtag for even more ideas. 

Gummy Bears con Frutas Dole by Criando Ando 

"Durante las vacaciones de verano hicimos unos ricos ring pops de fruta y esta semana buscando nuevas opciones de merienda decidimos inventar unos gummy bears que quedaron buenísimos porque tienen  pequeños trocitos de fruta como sorpresa!" Read full recipe here ... 

Pineapple Coconut Agua Fresca by Mamá Latina Tips 

"Making aguas frescas at home gives me the opportunity to add more fruit to my kids’ diets, and it’s a fast way to quench their thirsts when they arrive home from school or the park. That’s why I’m sharing this recipe for piña colada agua fresca today, inspired by the aguas frescas from the paleterías in my hometown." Read full recipe here ... 

Chia Pudding Topped with Tropical Fruit by Smart Little Cookie 

"As a busy mom, I love quick meal fixes that are good for me. Today, I made this delicious Chia Pudding and topped it off with some delicious Dole Sunshine Latino tropical fruit bowls!" Read full recipe here... 

Peach Maple Breakfast Pie by Easy and Delish

"What a happy day! Got my kiddos helping me prepare breakfast…. we had pie for breakfast, folks! And we had lots of fun together making this simple yet super-delish Peach Maple Breakfast Pie.  It was good enough to lick the plate for and come back for seconds!" Read full recipe here ..

Yogurt and Fruit Parfait by Mami Talks

"Today I'm bringing you an idea for a snack or breakfast with Dole Sunshine Latino: YOGURT AND FRUIT PARFAIT. As you can see it's Mayita's favorite! It's super easy to prepare with Dole's fruit bowls which don't have any added sugar or syrup." Read full recipe here ... 

Get to Know the Six Storytellers

It’s so important to never give up on your dreams. We all learned that as young girls and the Disney Princesses helped encourage us to go after what we want. Tiana taught us that hard work can make your dreams come true. Belle taught us to never judge a book by its cover. Mulan taught us to dream big by taking the lead. Jasmine taught us to dream big and try new things.

For every girl who dreams big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible. The six #WeAllGrow Storytellers will be representing all of us as they share their Dream Big moments at the Summit during the #WeAllGrow Storytellers sessions, presented by Disney Princess “Dream Big, Princess.”

In anticipation of the Storytellers session, we sat down with each Storyteller to get inspired by their stories of what princess they most identify with, their Dream Big moments and more! Make sure to tweet at them to let them know how excited you are to meet them and don’t forget to include the #WeAllGrow and #DreamBigPrincess hashtags so we can see it too. Get ready to be inspired!

Hometowns

Dore Stone (@DorasTable) - Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

Elayna Fernandez (@thePositiveMOM_) - San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic

Laura Muller (@lightysaludable) - Chihuahua

Marianna Du Bosq (@bilingualavenue) - Caracas, Venezuela

Vanessa Bell (@DeSuMama) - Los Angeles, California

Camila Canabal (@camilacanabal) - Uruguay but raised in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Why did you choose the princess you did for your story?

Dora: “I see myself reflected in Princess Tiana's hard work and dedication to her dream, but she is also an inspiration because in the end she never lost sight of the most important thing - love.”

Elayna: “I never saw myself as Mulan, however, my daughters consider Mulan to be ‘my soulmate princess’ because she finds purpose in her pain, finds strength in her struggles and has the courage to fight for herself and those she loves.

I was in tears when I discovered that my daughters saw me as a courageous fighter who is graceful and balanced. It was such a sweet mother-daughter moment.

Like Mulan, I grew up feeling invisible, like my voice didn’t matter and like I had to prove my worth. Like her, I was also called a disgrace to my family. I was physically and emotionally beaten every day and I was compelled to learn to find my inner warrior at a very young age.”

Laura: “As I remembered all the princess stories and how Cinderella was always bullied by her stepsisters, it made me identify right away. I suffered a lot of bullying during elementary school but that made me stronger and helped me to never give up. If it wasn't for that experience I would not be the person I am. My success is in part thanks to all those bullies. Cinderella never gave up and neither do I.”

Marianna: “I have always had a soft spot for Ariel. I was seven years old when The Little Mermaid came out and it was the first animated film that I saw in the movie theater. I was captivated by the experience and in love with Ariel's personality.  I could immediately relate to her love for exploring new worlds and her sense of adventure. I knew every scene, every song, every line from the movie. My sister and I would spend hours in the swimming pool, reenacting scenes from it - that is if we could finally compromise on who was going to play Ariel and Sebastian!”

What I didn't know at that young age is how much my own story would mirror that of Ariel's life. Just a few years after The Little Mermaid came out, I too would be exploring a whole new world and living through all the ups and downs that come with that experience.  When the time came to choose the princess for my story, I did not even have to think twice about it. Ariel was it!”

Vanessa: “I chose Princess Jasmine because she's audacious and full of wholesome principles. I admire her heart and courage to live according to values she finds important, yet it's the reconciliation she experiences with her family and home that resonates most deeply for me. She braved the world outside her castle walls, returning with aspirations to make her home a better place.”

Camila: “I chose Cinderella because I think I felt exactly what she felt when she lost her shoe, PUM!!! When the government of Venezuela closed the channel where I had worked since I was 22 years old, I lost my job, my career, my recognition - after years of hard work to build myself, it was all gone. I had to move to another country, leave my family, my friends and my comfort zone behind to RESTART my life again from scratch.”

What has been your "Dream Big" moment?

Dora: “The moment I self-published my first book. That's when I realized that I did it! I was no longer almost there - I was there. “

Elayna: “I had my first ‘dream big’ moment when I was 7-years-old. I lived in extreme poverty and my toys came from the city dumpster right behind the wooden shack where I lived. This particular day, I found a soggy and smelly American children’s magazine that portrayed childhood as a happy experience. I was intrigued and felt it was a vision for what my life could be: having the support, resources and time I deeply desired.

When you dream big, you give yourself permission to be bold, to go beyond your circumstances and out of your comfort zone. That day I decided I had to make it happen and to decode the secret, ‘aprender ingles’ was step one.

With determination and hard work, I saved for 4 years and at 11, I finally enrolled in English classes. At 15, I finished high school and found my way out of the slums, to go to college and change my life. I treasure these moments in which I understood that my worth, my identity and my potential are not tied to my circumstances. Like the Emperor stated, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful.”

Laura: “In 2014 I was named one of the most influential Latinas in the U.S. in the health area, that same year I was profiled in Salud 180 health magazine as one of the most influential health personalities in the last decade next to important names such as Melinda Gates. Today I am able to reach more than a million followers on my social media. I openly talk with the about my experience dealing with being overweight from the emotional side. I am very glad I can help others through my own experience. I always felt very lonely and misunderstood dealing with dietitians and doctors and it is a real support that you are not by yourself on this road, that there are also many other people trying to reach a healthier lifestyle with a body that does not always respond to your efforts.”

Marianna: “When I set out to raise my bilingual child, I quickly learned that one of the biggest struggles multilingual families had is that they felt completely alone on their parenting journey. Given the fact that the majority of individuals around the world speak more than one language, this lonely fact just didn't sit right with me.

I searched for a solution and when I just couldn't find it, I set out to create it. I dreamt big and wondered if maybe I could be the one to give a voice to these families. Maybe I could be the one that would bring families from around the world together so that they never had to feel alone and ultimately give up on their dreams.

I quickly turned my big dream into action. I stepped into a completely unknown world and researched anything and everything I could about the world of podcasting. Within a few months, I launched my own show that two years later continues to bring multilingual families from over 130 countries together to share their multilingual experiences.

I could have let fear get in the way. I could have let the fact that there are hardly any women of color in podcasting get in the way. I could have allowed all the "what if's" to stop me from this valuable work but I dreamt big and I made it happen!”

Vanessa: “My ‘dream big’ moment is constantly evolving; it's less about one moment and more of a state of mind that I wish to live in (and model for my kids). After a big dream is realized, a new dream takes its place. What else can we accomplish - where else would we travel, what boundaries would we cross, what connections would we forge - if not burdened with fear or insecurity?”

Camila: “There have been several “Dream Big” moments in my life. Professionally, it was when I was 20 years old and my dream to work on TV became a reality. I sent some demos to the best TV networks in the country. Days later I got a call that invited me to a casting and after four hours of the first casting I got another call: “You are the one we pick – congratulations Camila!”

Personally, definitely being a mom and having a family as I do today! I think I always dreamed it. My family is no doubt my best production ever!”

One of our favorite quotes is, "Be the woman you needed as a little girl." If given the chance, what would you say to your younger self?

Dora: “Don't be so hard on yourself, you are beautiful and capable of so many things. Remember that God loves you; trust him.”

Elayna: “You are worth it just as you are. Forsake the pressure to perform. Release the addictive glory of achievement. Let go of competitiveness through comparison. Pressure, addiction and comparison are the robbers of peace, freedom and joy. Have courage to be unapologetically who you are meant to be, to live a life you love and do it on your own terms!”

Laura: “Do not give up Laura, you will make great things, keep on studying and enjoying. All the suffering will pass by and you will see a great reward. You will be able to help a lot of people and will be the mom of an amazing kid that loves you.”

Marianna: “Like many teenage girls, I struggled with the need to ‘fit in.’ As an immigrant teenage girl, however, I had all the added pressure that comes with needing to ‘fit’ into a different culture and a different language.

At a time when all I wanted was to blend in, I stuck out like a sore thumb. My clothes, my accent, my cursive handwriting, even my backpack were different. I would stay up wondering if the time would ever come when I would finally fit in. If I had the chance, I would want to tell that younger me that the day I envisioned would never come.  But instead a better day would.  A day where I would be able to combine the great things that made me who I am with all the great things from this new culture and instead of fitting in, I would stand out!”

Vanessa: “Have fun, be curious and embrace the leaps of faith that keep life interesting. We each get to decide how failure manifests in our lives - so live kindly and boldly.”

Camila: “What I have learned in my life is that talent is important but attitude is more important!  How you approach people and the first impression you give them matters. Also, life is simpler than it seems - I always say to my daughters that, 'A smile is everything, it opens doors, even the ones closed tightly.'

Put yourself in others people’s shoes, give what you want to receive, do not fool anyone and do not cheat anyone unless you want to sleep restless.”

And what's one message you would tell a room full of little chicas?

Dora: “Never stop dreaming big.”

Elayna: “Your only mission is to be your very own best friend! Spend time with yourself, support yourself, trust yourself, listen to your intuition, validate your own worth on a daily basis, thank yourself for the good you do and forgive yourself with compassion when something seems off. Make choices based on self-love rather than fear, and finally, be there for yourself in the present moment, because YOU and NOW is truly all you have.”

Laura: “Sometime we have to live difficult times, things happen without any sense. We are too small to understand why things that hurt us happen in our lives, only God knows the master plan. Just trust, pray, enjoy and go through any situations, nothing is forever. Justice comes sooner or later, as well as rewards.”

Marianna: “I would want to tell other little chicas in a similar situation as mine that you never ever have to sacrifice the wonderful things that make you, your culture and your language unique.  These things will instead become the beautiful foundation from which you will blossom.”

Vanessa: “I would tell a room full of little chicas the same thing I tell my daughter as she sets out into the world each day: go be great. Go forward and upward, with expectant hope and clarity of self. Take on challenges, fall down and get back up. Let greatness find its home in you.”

Camila: “More than half of the things I have achieved in my life are because I always made the effort to go through life, even in the toughest situations, with the best attitude.”


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Fashion Tips for #WeAllGrow Summit

One of the most amazing parts about #WeAllGrow Summit is the unique blend of people in attendance ready to learn and grow as a community. Attendees come from all over the country and even from all over the world. Everyone is different - from their backgrounds to their personalities to careers and finally to fashion. While the Summit is not specifically a fashion conference, our beautiful attendees definitely show up ready to slay.

Therefore, it can be a little intimidating turning up to a conference when you know all the incredible fashion and beauty bloggers will be there. Likewise, if you’ve never been to the Summit, you may be confused on how to dress. Is it formal? Casual? Business attire?

It’s important to note that while there is no official dress code, attendees tend to stick to business casual. However, that’s still a bit too vague. To help break it down for you, we’re rounding off our top six fashion (and some packing) tips for Summit 2017. Let’s begin!

Comfort is Key

While we fully support the world as our runway, it’s super important to dress comfortably. The events on Friday and Saturday are all-day and the last thing you want to do is leave a session early because your outfit is uncomfortable.

When deciding what to wear, think comfortable chic: jumpsuits, dresses, wide leg pants, jeans and more. You want something that’s going to keep you looking stylish but also that allows you to hop from one session to the next without wishing you were wearing something totally different. Think breathable fabrics too (like cotton and linen) to keep you going all day.

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Bring Layers

Contrary to popular belief, it does get chilly in SoCal and March is our “rainy” season. While you (hopefully) don’t need to worry about downpours and thunderstorms, be aware that it did end up drizzling during last year’s Summit - but don’t worry, our awesome attendees made it work! Additionally, you will be traveling in and out of air-conditioned buildings throughout the hotel so it’s good to bring a little backup in case you get chilly.

Leather jackets, dresses with some type of sleeves, light sweaters and scarves were a favorite among attendees last year. Nights can get cold and all cocktail parties are held outside so be prepared!

Heels or No Heels?

Probably the question on most people’s minds: do I wear heels or flats? The truth is that it’s completely up to you! Most attendees wore heels the last two years, especially on Friday and during cocktail hours. But many were either in flats all day or changed into them halfway through.

The good news is your hotel room will not be far away if you need to swap out those shoes. In terms of style, think low heels (between two to three inches), block heels (a thicker heel is easier and more comfortable to walk in than a stiletto) and wedges. There will be some cobblestone walkways so be careful if you choose to wear a skinnier heel.

Mix and Match

If you’ve attended the Summit before, you know that our amazing sponsors go all out for our attendees. Prepare for an absolutely stuffed swag bag, as well as any extra goodies you pick up from sponsors’ suites. Therefore, we always recommend to pack light. One of the ways to get around this is to mix and match your outfits! This guarantees that you’ll get the most out of your items and prevent you from overpacking. Here are our tips:

  • Bring one jacket (or vest!) that can go with everything.
  • Dresses and jumpsuits are great options because it’s only one piece you’ll need to pack.
  • Bring a skirt and/or pair of pants that can go with different tops. This is great if you want to change up the look for a final keynote session or the cocktail hour.
  • Try to bring only a couple pairs of shoes. Two heels and one pair of flats should do the trick. Plus, you can wear the flats on the plane to save on suitcase space.
  • Pack versatile accessories (necklaces, earrings, clutches) that can easily transform a look from day to night. As a tip, make sure to pack your jewelry on your carry-on as opposed to checking it. 

This is La La Land - So Anything Goes

One of our favorite things about the great City of Angels is its diversity. Walk up and down any street in L.A. and you’re bound to find different ways of dressing. From Santa Monica to Glendale to Downtown, everyone is unique. And the best part? Everyone here is accepting of other people’s fashion sense. This West Coast attitude definitely spills out into the Summit.

You’ll see attendees in maxi dresses, business suits, all types of skirts, jeans and pants - you name it, guaranteed someone is going to wear it. So the biggest takeaway is don’t be afraid to wear what you want for fear of judgement. You’ll be in a room full of powerful, supportive and encouraging women - it’s literally the best place to be you! Which brings us to our final point….

BeYOUtiful

The best part of the Summit is the freedom to be unapologetically you. We want to meet YOU. So whatever you decide to wear to the Summit, the most important thing is that you feel confident, beautiful and like yourself. When you look good, you feel good and that’s going to help give you even more confidence to connect with sponsors, ask questions and learn in a positive environment. Regardless of our above tips, you know yourself better than anyone so always listen to her first!

If you’re still feeling unsure of what you’re going to wear, make sure to check out our photo albums from Summit 2016 and our Pinterest board to get some ideas. As always, the community is here to help! Tweet us your questions, message us on Instagram or Facebook and definitely reach out to fellow attendees in the private Facebook group.

Neutrogena is Giving Away FOUR Full-Access Tickets to #WeAllGrow Summit - Enter Today!

If you’re bummed you didn’t score an all-access ticket to this year’s sold-out #WeAllGrow Summit, you still have a chance to attend! Our title sponsor Neutrogena wants to make sure you get the opportunity to attend and has all-access passes for FOUR winners!

Neutrogena wants to make sure you experience the Energy of Sisterhood while looking fabulous and confident throughout our three days together in Long Beach. Stop by their suite and experience expert skincare tips, makeup application, touch-ups and more! Meet the Neutrogena team, who’s there to make you feel your best, as you take on the Summit and grow.

Interested? Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @Neutrogena on Instagram and Twitter
  2. Follow @WeAllGrowLatina on Instagram and Twitter
  3. Share a photo using the hashtag #BeNeutrogena that depicts your favorite @Neutrogena moment
  4. Use the hashtags #BeNeutrogena and #WeAllGrow and tag @WeAllGrowLatina if characters allow
    • Both hashtags must be used
  5. Deadline to enter is February 8th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  6. You can win one (1) full-access conference pass to #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 plus a Neutrogena product bundle, valued at $150
  7. We will randomly select four (4) winners and repost their picture on Feb 13th, 2017. Look out for the winners on @WeAllGrowLatina’s Instagram and Twitter.

@NEUTROGENA GIVEAWAY RULES:

  1. You may enter one time per day
  2. You must be 18 and older to participate
  3. You must be a blogger or creator to enter and member of #WeAllGrow Latina Network. You can join HERE.
  4. Winner will be notified via direct message and a tag on Instagram or Twitter, depending on which platform the winning picture was submitted.
  5. Winners will have 72 hours to respond. If there is no response, we will select another winner at random.
  6. All decisions are final
  7. Void where prohibited
  8. WINNERS RECEIVE ONE ALL-ACCESS TICKET TO #WEALLGROW SUMMIT 2017. NON-TRANSFERRABLE. TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS NOT INCLUDED.
  9. If winner previously purchased a #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 ticket, it may be transferred to someone else, NOT refunded.

2016 Reflections

2016 was by far one of the most interesting, challenging and thought-provoking years in a long time. With everything that lies before us at this moment, there’s no better time than now to use our voices and talents to elevate others and be the change we want to see. With the extraordinary work executed by the members of our community this past year, we have no doubt that we will continue to leave our mark in the digital space as the thought leaders, influencers and boss ladies that we are.

Looking back at our campaigns and #WeAllGrow events has warmed our hearts and filled us with pride to see all that we, as a community, have accomplished. We’ve traveled, celebrated nuestra cultura, cried and laughed together. We’ve built businesess, collaborated with and counted on each other when the world just didn’t seem right.

We’ve also had the absolute privilege and honor of working with multiple brands and corporations whose missions align with ours. Empowerment, strength, courage and the celebration of sisterhood have been at the core of our campaigns and events thanks to the brands who choose to be part of our movement in a meaningful way.

Here are our campaign highlights of 2016.

Chewbacca mom wasn’t the only one feeling the Kohl’s love last year. #LatinaBloggers celebrated Las Pascuas with them, and had a blast choosing from their wide variety of Spring outfits for the whole family.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant was a must-have for us in 2016. Whether they were attending a red carpet event, hosting a girls night out or traveling around the world, #LatinaBloggers were protected for 48 hours with a with a light and fresh fragrance that only Dove can deliver.

Some campaigns took us on the road! Staci Salazar of 7 on a Shoestring and her family traveled from Dallas to Sioux Falls on America’s longest highway (I-90) to see how far Scott 1000 would take them.


Fashion, events and travel are just some of the topics we covered in 2016. Beauty was also was very much present, as Latina Influencers teamed up with Clinique to share their skincare routine. As usual, the tutorials were on point and the images were gorgeous.

And of course, the year would not be complete without the smell of something cooking in the kitchen. #LatinaBloggers encouraged us to never skip breakfast again with their collaboration with the American Egg Board. We can’t build our empires on an empty stomach!

The debut of Disney’s first Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor, was a full-on celebration with screening parties, art activities and little girls everywhere feeling the familia love on the Disney Channel. We were very proud to be part of this special event in Disney history!

Not only did we leave colorful and rich digital footprints all over the internet like bosses, we also created magic brick and mortar style with our fabulous and inspirational #WeAllGrow events.

450 attendees gathered at the Maya Hotel in Long Beach last March to share their stories, connect in person with online friends and build long-lasting relationships with brands and sponsors. From meditation and groundbreaking keynotes to inspiring sessions and trips throughout the city, the Summit encompassed what it means to live moments of awe.

From the beginning, we knew it was important it was to make build a true community via in-person connections with the Latinas who are at the forefront of changing the conversations online. We still believe that there is no substitute for face to face connections. Our culture is best experienced live, so we expanded our events to new locations and themes.. This year, as part of #WeAllGrow Cities, we headed to Miami for a full-day of learning, laughing and pure magic.

Through the years, we’ve seen plenty of changes in the digital landscape but no matter what may be trending at the time, family comes first. To honor how it all began online for many of us, we launched #WeAllGrowFamilia, and it was everything California dreams are made of and more.

Munchkin welcomed us to their headquarters with open arms, and it’s become one of our new favorite places in LA. Surrounded by art and sunshine, the one-day event was packed with actionable take-aways for launching a business while raising a family. For example, Camila Alves’, co-founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, down to earth approach to work, family life and travel inspired many attendees to let go of their guilt of pursuing their dream business.

We have much more in store for you in 2017, including our annual #WeAllGrow Summit in March in Long Beach and our second trip back to the Big Apple for #WeAllGrowNYC. We are planning exciting new campaigns for you with new brand partners, and continue with our mission to find new ways for our community of Latinas to grow.

If you know a Latina who is looking to grow her influence online as well as join us as we come together in 2017, share our signup form with her! Because when one grows, we all grow.

Here’s to 2017!
 

The Cheapest and Fastest Ways to Get to Hotel Maya

Before we all know it, the beginning of March will be here, which means it’ll be time for #WeAllGrow Summit 2017! By now, your tickets have been purchased and you’re busy preparing your hotel arrangements and flights. With so much going on, it’s easy to forget those somewhat small but oh-so important details, like transportation to and from the airport.

But that’s why your friends at #WeAllGrow Latina Network are here to make traveling throughout the West Coast easy and as stress-free as possible! Most likely, you’ll either be flying into the Long Beach Airport (10 miles away) or LAX (22 miles away).

Whichever airport you decide on, we’re giving you the best and most convenient options to get to Hotel Maya.

Flyaway

While FlyAway is only available at LAX, it’s definitely the cheapest option to get you to Long Beach. These buses travel from LAX to specific FlyAway stations throughout the LA area and you’re in luck because there is one in Long Beach! The best part? The ride costs only $9. You can find the stations on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway® Buses and Long Distance Vans" sign. Every bus is marked with its destination so it’s super easy to hop on the one traveling to Long Beach.

It should be noted that the only downside to FlyAway is that the bus will not drop you off at Hotel Maya. Instead, you’ll be dropped off at the corner of 1st St. and Long Beach Blvd. The station is about two miles away from the hotel so grabbing a cab or Uber would be incredibly easy to complete your journey.

Uber and Lyft

By now, most of us are familiar and frequently use ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. If you’re flying into LAX, you have the option of choosing either service, as both are allowed to pickup and drop off on airport property.

Once you grab your luggage, head outside and up to the Arrivals level. Wait under any of the "Ride Service pickup" signs. For specific directions on getting to your ride, here is Uber’s information and here is Lyft’s. Once you’re there, request a ride as usual. Depending on what time you arrival into LA, it might take a little bit for you to be picked up. Prices also vary depending on your arrival time and the airport's busyness. Expect to pay anywhere between $27 - $32 for Uber and $28 - $39 for Lyft but again rates are subject to change based on availability.

If you’re flying into Long Beach Airport, you’ll only be able to use Uber as Lyft is prohibited from picking up travelers. After getting your luggage, head outside near baggage claim and wait for your driver. For additional information, check out all the details here so you know exactly what to do once you land. The average price to get to Hotel Maya is between $38-$50.

Shuttles

Another great option is to get a shared shuttle service. These are shared rides that you book in advance to take you right to the front steps of Hotel Maya. Depending on where the other travelers are going in your van, it could take some time but the the best part about this service is that it will drop you off right at the hotel! So all you have to do is get off the plane, grab your bags and head outside to wait for your ride.

Additionally, since you book it ahead of time, it’s a flat rate. For example, if you book with Super Shuttle, it will cost you exactly $17 to get from LAX to Hotel Maya. This service is extremely convenient, super easy to sign up for and really takes the stress out of traveling.

Here’s a list of several companies that operate out of both airports:

Taxis

Another great option is hopping in a taxi. There are approximately 10 taxi companies that operate throughout LAX. Make sure to check out the full list here. The service can be found curbside on the Lower/Arrival levels in front of each terminal. Look out for the yellow signs marked “Taxis.”

Long Beach Yellow Cab is available for travelers outside the terminal. You can actually pre-arrange your service prior to arriving in Long Beach. While the site doesn’t allow you to calculate your fare, the Long Beach Airport website does state these fees:

  • $2.85 - Initial flag drop, including first 1/9th mile or 30 seconds or fraction thereof
  • $0.30 - Each additional 1/9th mile or part
  • $0.30 - Each 37 seconds waiting time and/or traffic delay ($29.19/hour wait)

Public Transportation

While taking public transportation from LAX would be far and take a long time, this option is great for those willing to try it when flying into Long Beach. The Long Beach Transit fare is $1.25 for all fares (although subject to change without notice). This will be the cheapest option if you’re looking to save money, but just be aware that it could take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes once you factor in all the stops.

There are a lot of wonderful options to get to Hotel Maya from either airport that will fit the budget and lifestyle of all our attendees. If you’re still a little confused or looking for advice from past attendees, make sure to use the private attendees Facebook page to get some advice. It’s also a great way to meet others, find out if anyone else is on your flight and possibly share a ride to the hotel!

5 Cookie Recipes with Domino Sugar

The holidays are steeped with family traditions and many of these happen in the kitchen.Baking recipes are passed down from generation to generation and each year new recipes are added as well. #LatinaBloggers shared their tasty holiday cookie recipes in collaboration with Domino® and C&H® Sugar. Check them out below! 

If you're looking for a simple way to start you can make dozens of different cookies with C&H®Sugar’s 1001 Cookie Starter Recipe! You make a 10-cup starter mix then use it as a base for baking a variety of cookies, all at once.

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Egg-less Flan Cookies Recipe by Mommy's Home Cooking

"These Eggless Flan Cookies are teeming with all the goodness of the beloved “Flan”! They’re delicious and ultra-satisfying. Perfect for any celebration, holiday, or any occasion you are craving cookies." Read full recipe here ... 

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Thin Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe by Little Inspiration 

"Every Holiday season, we bake the same wedding cookies, but this year, I’m planning on making my favorite holiday cookie into a very thin version that is delicate, delicious and that melts in your mouth." Read full recipe here ... 

Vanilla Cookies Recipe by Mi Diario de Cocina

 "In a single bite you will notice how they crumble into your mouth, plus enjoying a mild yet addictive taste. They are perfect to go with a tea, coffee, or hot chocolate." Read full recipe here ... 

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Chewy Espresso Cookies Recipe by Always Order Dessert 

"Made with good instant espresso, and a mix of granulated and dark brown sugar, these cookies are the perfect mix of sophisticated and classic. It's that chewy texture that everyone loves, with rich and totally grown-up coffee flavor that will definitely be a hit with your family and friends." Read full recipe here ... 

Ginger Cookies Recipe by Dominican Cooking 

"The holidays are a time when happy memories of the past come to us, and they’re usually connected to sensorial memories: tastes, aromas, sounds, etc. For some reason for a great part of the world the combination of ginger and cinnamon is connected with winter and year-end holidays." Read full recipe here ... 

On The Go with LALA® Yogurt Smoothies

Happy New Year! Now it's time to get going and get back to the grind. Our lives don't stop, always running around taking the kids to school, working out and running household errands can get crazy! Don't worry, LALA® Yogurt Smoothies has you covered for your on-the-go life! For more than six decades, LALA®  has been providing families with the great taste and nutrition of delicious, good-for-you dairy products. They’re always looking for new ways to fuel your on-the-go lifestyle with the goodness of fresh dairy products.  Some of our Texas Latina Influencers share how LALA® Yogurt Smoothies are the perfect on-the-go snack for their on-the-go life. #LALAHEB

Hott Mom in the City

"Eating on-the-go is something many of us do during the busy weeks of the holidays. This time of year can very busy and hectic for many of us. The perfect on-the-go snack can keep us in a jolly mood between holiday events and the shopping madness. LALA® Yogurt Smoothies are a delicious snack made with real fruit and offer 5g of protein."

Grrfeisty

"LS is on the receiving end of whatever I put in my body, so the fact that LALA® Yogurt Smoothies are made with real fruit [or real nuts, depending on the flavor you buy] makes deciding what to quickly grab from the fridge pretty easy."

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Seven Graces

"I usually skip breakfast, but with nursing, I must eat. Since I’m always pressed for time because of our never-ending busy schedule, I’ve been on the hunt for simple breakfasts and snacks. The other day, we headed to H-E-B, and I found these LALA® Yogurt Smoothies, and they are the perfect solution to satisfying my hunger while I’m on-the-go. They have 5g of protein and 8g of whole grains."

To check out more about LALA® Yogurt Smoothies visit their Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Holiday Adventures with Dove

This holiday season was full of food, family and lots of love. Whether we traveled to visit family, took an end-of-year road trip or simply ventured out to discover a new place within our hometown, the holiday season is a busy time for all of us. So staying fresh and dry is a must during this time.

Deodorant is a key part of every woman’s daily beauty routine, which is why it is so important to use one you can trust to keep feeling fresh and confident as you go about exploring your passions and interests. With Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, you can just #ShakeSprayGo and have the assurance of 48-hour protection that goes on instantly dry and cares for skin with Dove ¼ moisturizers. Our Latina influencers shared their holiday routines to #ShakeSprayGo!

Lynnette Joselly

"With all the running around from hosting parties to attending them, I would like to thank Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant for taking care of me and not letting me be that girl with the funky body odor at these holiday parties! The Dry Spray provides 48 hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove. "

Kyrzayda

"It’s very important for me to make time within my daily routine to nurture my mind and body. One product I make sure to use everyday is DOVE Dry Spray Antiperspirant. It keeps me fresh and protected for up to 48 hours."

Little Mixico

"Thank God I made it in time to catch my flight for Mexico City. I arrived at 11:15am in Mexico… so basically I was running around for about 26 hours. Throughout this whole flight I used my Dove Spray and seriously guys.. it worked. I arrived to Mexico and my family didn’t even know I had done that whole excursion. I seriously felt so fresh the whole time even though I was running around like a maniac."

The Fashion Muse

"After, we are taking a road trip down to the city of Atlanta where we will spend the rest of the vacation and welcome in the new year! As for the road trip essentials (and any traveling essential overall) I never fail to pack in my Dove Dry Spray. The Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on instantly dry and provides 48 hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove."

For more about Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant visit their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Shake, Spray and Discover with DOVE

Recently #LatinaBloggers spent the day with DOVE discovering the arts in the beautiful city of LA with host Yarel Ramos. We kicked off the morning exploring the 20th century Latin American galleries at the Los Angeles Count Museum of Art, which is quite extensive. The best part about it? Marveling at Diego and Frida's work as amigas. 

After perusing our favorite works of art, we headed over to La Guelagetza to test out tamale making skills. With the  help of owners Paola and Bricia, I'd say we did pretty well. They also served a few dishes featuring their favorite mole sauce.  Can you say decadent? 

Thank you to Dove for hosting such a fun event. Deodorant is a key part of every woman’s daily beauty routine, which is why it's so important to use one you can trust to keep feeling fresh and confident as you go about exploring your passions and interests.

With Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, you can just #ShakeSprayGo and have the assurance of 48-hour protection that goes on instantly dry and cares for skin with Dove ¼ moisturizers. One less thing to worry about!

Check out our adventures here

Give the Gift of Learning: #RegalaConAmazon

The holiday season is a beautiful time of the year but we also know that it can be extremely overwhelming. How do we choose the perfect present for our family members?

We have one word for you: Amazon! A group of our #LatinaBloggers shared their favorite Amazon devices and why they are the go-to holiday gifts para la familia.

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Elayna Fernandez

“Technology makes learning easier and more fun! Our digital age offers so many new gadgets that can be order with a simple click and can provide powerful learning and reading opportunities for everyone, and encourage reading, learning and making everyday tasks simpler. Amazon is a great place to knock out your Christmas list items in a creative and effective way!”

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Romina Tibytt

“Los regalos tecnológicos pueden resultar para una amplia variedad de actividades. Desde juegos, libros online, aplicaciones educativas, aplicaciones y juegos artísticos, entretenimiento, son muchas las posibilidades.”

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Marta Darby

“Amazon offers a wonderful list of devices that make great gifts for the English and Spanish speakers in your family. Easy to use, without too much of a learning curve. Your Tia Cuca will love you for it.”

We invite you to check out other Amazon Holiday Gift ideas, you’ll even get a champurrado recipe: How to Make Champurrado, Esta Navidad: Amazon, Christmas Tech Guide with Amazon.

FOR MORE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS, VISIT AMAZON.COM.

#LoveYourHair with Dove

It's no secret that Latinas have beautiful hair. We have an array of colors, textures and lengths and Dove wants to create a world where hair is a source of confidence, not anxiety. Through research they have found that there is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like, which is why they want to encourage all women to love their hair whether is straight or curly, purple or black. By showcasing all hair types, textures, styles & colors we can change these standards and empower more women to love their hair. Three of our beautiful Latina bloggers were invited to try Dove products and share with us why they love their hair.

 

Cindy Limon

"Aprendí a querer mi cabello sobre todas las cosas. a sentirme segura de cualquier color que lo tenga, por que todo depende de la actitud que mostremos, seamos felices que la vida es hermosa. Ama tu cabello, cuídalo y se feliz."

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Beauty By Nena

"Aunque me imagino que para muchas es difícil de imaginarse el sufrimiento y la ansiedad que pase dolo por causa de mi cabello, se que al mismo tiempo hay muchas que se ven reflejadas en mi historia y están pensando 'si así me siento yo!'... Fue entonces que empece a sentirme con mucha confianza de soltarme el cabello"

Daily Curlz

"It took me a long time to get along with and fall in love with my hair. Now every special event is the appropriate moment to show the world that my hair is beautiful and it is better than yours."

For more on why you should #LoveYourHair with Dove visit their Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Social Media Influencers On The Rise

According to a report released by Chute and Thuzio 360 (a social influencers procurement platform), 66% of the more than 200 marketing professionals surveyed used social influencers as part of their marketing strategies in 2016.

So what is a social influencer? They are individuals who have established a strong online presence through multiple channels and have created a large following. Influencer marketing is the ability to sway the actions and opinions of an audience of prospective customers.

The main reasons companies use social influencers is their concerns about ad blocking and ad avoidance. This fact is that many Americans will use ad blockers. Can you blame them? People don't want to be bothered and simply are overwhelmed with ads popping up everywhere. The social influencer is the perfect solution. You would most likely trust the social influencer because of their authenticity and persona.

That's why brands seek social influencers with high numbers. It's a matter of the audience reach, click-throughs, impressions, and demographics.

If a social media influencer is attached to a brand, then it can be a win-win on both ends. The why comes into play. Why is a social influencer more trusting than an ad? Why does a social influencer get more likes than the retailer themselves?

Trust.

Loyal audience followers will most likely trust the influencer than the brand themselves. For bloggers, it's an ideal way in marketing their brand and in turn gaining more online presence.

So if you're a blogger with a strong online presence, you might want to consider becoming a social influencer. ¡Buena suerte!

 

By Maritza Diaz


 

Blogging Trends for 2017

¿Donde se fue este año? This year went as fast as the year before! It's time to plan your blogging strategy for the new year! Don't let it scare you. It's a great way to become inspired and envision great results for your business. The following trends may not fit at all. However, it can provide you with tools to work with in expanding your brand. Experiment on what works best for your blog.

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Visual Content Is Still King

Pictures do tell a thousand words. There are posts that can total over 500 words. Depending on the topic, it can be effective. However, adding high-quality images will help in telling your story. With the right image, it can help in breaking up the text. You can get away with writing about 250 words or less. Of course, if you're working with a brand, there are certain guidelines you might have to follow and would consist of writing an extensive article.

Video is Still On the Rise

From this recent article, video is still highly effective! Bloggers generate stronger results than any other mediums. If it fits your brand, consider implementing video to your strategy.

Promote Your Blog

This trend fits all blog categories. How do you get your blog to be seen? There are many ways and promoting it via social media is a great way to do. After you create the content, promote it on your favorite social media platform. Create a budget that works best for your brand and go for it!

What are other tips will you be implementing?

 

By Maritza Diaz