Getting Healthy with LALA Yogurt Smoothies

Getting healthy doesn't have to be hard. Nowadays with such busy lives, it can seem impossible. They say the key is eating right and exercising regularly. It seems there is no magic trick to losing pounds, but there are great things you can do to make things a little easier. Our influencers share ways they get healthy, like following the LALA Yogurt Smoothies sponsored H-E-B Slim Down Showdown, planning snack hacks or simply including a LALA Yogurt Smoothie in their to-go bag! Because with 5 grams of fruit and made with real fruit, this on-the-go snack is at the top of our list!

SIMPLY SWEET NO BAKE ENERGY BITES

A SIMPLE PANTRY

Since I’m always on the go, I’m taking my LALA® Yogurt Smoothies with me, as well as these super simple, super sweet, no bake energy bites. I can pop them in a baggie and stow them in my purse, then eat one when I need a bit more energy, so I’m not noshing on a bag of chips. The HEB Slim Down Showdown would not look too fondly on that.

STAY FIT PART 2 WITH LALA® YOGURT SMOOTHIES

LITTLE MIXICO

As many of you know by now, I work out almost everyday of the week and have a very busy lifestyle that sometimes holds me back from getting the protein I need. So today I tried the LALA® Yogurt Smoothies  and I was so excited to find a yummy smoothie that I don’t have to make myself (because cleaning the blender is no fun). This smoothie is the perfect on-the-go snack for your on-the-go life! Its made with real fruit and it contains 5 grams of protein! 

 

5 SNACK HACKS TO MAKE HEALTHY LIVING EASIER

SEVEN GRACES

Smoothies are the perfect snack, and these LALA smoothies are my absolute favorite. They are made with real fruit, have 5 grams of protein, and are so easy to grab and drink on the go. Even Charlotte loves these things. How is this a snack hack? Because you don’t have to get out the blender. That’s a win in my book.

HOW TO GET MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT

LOVE MORE LIVE BLESSED

I stocked our hotel room with LALA® Yogurt Smoothies. The smoothies have 5 grams of protein and are made with real fruits. So I got that sweet craving covered without messing up and going overboard! I grabbed the Piña Colada smoothie and I drank it while I watched my kids play at the beach. 

For more great tips to get healthy follow the #LALAChallenge hashtag or to learn more about LALA Yogurt Smoothies visit their FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Lo Que Nos Hace Fuertes #FuertesconLeche

It’s important for kids to get protein at every meal, especially breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast helps kids focus and concentrate better at school.  Milk contains nine essential nutrients in each glass and is a simple, delicious and wholesome way to give your kids a natural source of high-quality protein. You can pair your breakfast with a glass of milk for 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce glass or mix it into your favorite smoothie, overnight oats or breakfast recipe. Kids already love milk, so including it as part of a protein rich breakfast can be easy. Don't believe me? Check out some of these delicious recipe our Influencers created with milk to make us #FuertesConLeche.

Lemon Pancakes with Berry Compote

Mama Latina Tips

Giving the boys a breakfast with protein, I think, is the best way to start their day. I can see they have the energy they need and will run off to school contented and ready to learn. Of course, breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as a glass of milk with toast (each 8oz glass of milk has 9 essential nutrients including protein), or oatmeal made with milk, or a fruit licuado.

Easy Breakfast Frittata

Kinda Silly Mommy

It's a big responsibility as a parent to make sure that our little ones get the nutrients that their growing bodies need. Because, let's face it. If it were up to them, they would live off of a diet of cheddar fish and fruit snacks. It's important for kids to get protein at every meal, especially breakfast.  Did you know that milk has 9 essential nutrients in each glass? Milk is a natural source of high-quality protein and it doesn't even need to be served in a glass. It's so easy to add it to your meals, especially since you always have milk on hand.

Eggless Orange Blueberry Corn Bread

Mommy's Home Cooking

My kids really really really like milk. Since they wake up in the morning the first thing they ask for is a cup of warm milk. I love that they do because I know that It’s important for kids to get protein at every meal, especially breakfast. Plus, studies show eating breakfast helps kids focus and concentrate at school. With 9 essential nutrients in each glass, milk is a simple, delicious and wholesome way to give my kids a natural source of high-quality protein – plus other nutrients they need.

Batido de Chocolate, Banano y Aguacate

Una Colombiana en California

Fuertes con Leche es una campaña que nos recuerda lo importante que es incentivar el consumo de proteína en cada comida, especialmente en el desayuno de nuestros niños. Son numerosos los estudios que demuestran que un buen desayuno les ayuda a mantener la atención y concentración en las actividades escolares.

Be sure to check out fuertesconleche.com or follow the #FuertesConLeche hashtag for more great recipe! 

You Can Do #MasConHRBlock

This year's tax season is almost coming to and end. Boy does time fly when you are making money! Right? Are you scrambling around trying to get it all in order? Well don't fret, because it's not too late to get it all done with H&R Blocks tax software. Crafty Chica, one of our H&R Block ambassadors did it in a breeze. Head over to the H&R Block Blog to read more money saving, debt fighting and tax filing tips. You can check out some highlights below from the ambassadors like Ahorros Para Mama about saving more cash this year and keeping yourself out of debt from Living Money Wise. Because you can do #MasConHRBlock.

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Filing My Taxes With H&R Block Premium & Business Software

Crafty Chica

I did it! I filed my state and federal taxes using H&R Block Tax Software. Up until a couple years ago, I put myself through the headache of doing my own taxes without any software. The process took many days and brought on so much stress.

10 Money Saving Ideas To Put Away $1,000 By Year-End

Ahorros Para Mama

Small steps add up over time and anything you do today to work towards a financial goal will get you closer to it quicker. All the little effort you make today to save money, will make a difference in your budget at the end of the year.

Tips For Staying Out Of Debt In The New Year

Living Money Wise

Are you ready to make big financial changes in 2017? The new year is the perfect time to evaluate and improve your finances. It is time to start making changes and set financial goals — one being staying out of debt.

For more financial and tax tips visit the H&R Block Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

#WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Recap: Storytellers

#WeAllGrow Summit concluded with the much-loved and highly-anticipated #WeAllGrow Storytellers. This year, it was sponsored by Disney Princess, "Dream Big, Princess," whose message highlights the empowering qualities of each Disney Princess and focuses on their unique values and inspiring journeys. This fits perfectly with what Storytellers is all about!

During the Summit, the Storytellers spoke about how they have been inspired by the Disney princesses, telling tales of tragedy, triumph, conquering fears and their Dream Big moments.

We were thrilled to have Silvia Olivas, head writer for Disney's Elena of Avalor, start the night off. She explained why she decided to create Elena, her inspiration and all the exciting parts that go into making a successful Disney show. She also debuted an exclusive first look at Elena's Dream Big, Princess video - it was the first time showed to a live audience! 

After Silvia's remarks, it was time for our six incredible Storytellers to take the stage. Vanessa Bell of De Su Mama, Elayna Fernandez of The Positive MOM, Dora Stone of Dora's Table, Laura Muller of Las Recetas de Laura, Marianna Du Bosq of Bilingual Avenue and Camila Canabal of AsiLoveCamila shared their unique stories and what their Dream Big moment was. In between, the amazing Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, who acts as a mentor each year to selected Storytellers, also shared her story. They made us laugh, they made us cry and they made us believe to always #DreamBigPrincess. It was an emotional end to an incredible weekend, filled with learning, growing and the Energy of Sisterhood. View all the stories below and remember to Dream Big!

Having #LaCharla with the Family

Having the money talk with your family can be daunting, but can be beneficial when making financial decisions in the future. It’s never too early to talk to your children about money: saving, being financially savvy with your purchases, and planning for the future. Chase understands the importance of learning more about each generation’s financial habits, which aids them in providing even more sound financial advice. A group of our Latina bloggers shared their tips and experiences of having #LaCharla with la familia.

Claudya Martinez

“Talking about money has always terrified me. I’m talking pulse racing, adrenaline pumping terror, but I am DONE with that and you wanna know why? Because I don’t want my daughters to have that kind of relationship with their finances.”  

Alexandra Ramirez

“Como padres, somos responsables de enseñarles a nuestros hijos valores en la vida. El éxito que tengan como adultos depende de las herramientas y los valores que les enséñenos desde pequeños. Los niños deben conocer los límites de gastos. Enséñales a tomar el control de su dinero y así puedan alcanzar el éxito financiero cuando adultos.”

Myrah Duque

“As a deal seeker, I’m especially aware of how money can be stretched and made to work for us more efficiently. Having the money talk with our kids boosts their ability to confidently use and control their money in the future, and TODAY I see the results of “The Money Talk” with the familia!”

To learn more about #LaCharla and follow the Generational Money Talks Series, visit Chase.

Promised Land Milk #FarFromOrdinary

The story of Promised Land Dairy starts with their cows. The most common, black and white, spotted Holstein cow produces 90% of the milk we drink here in the United States and less than 10% comes from unique Jersey cows, which come from the British Isle of Jersey and not the state New Jersey. Promised Land Dairy uses only milk from the Jersey cows and these cows are not only extraordinary, but the milk they produce is too. This milk is richer, creamier, and naturally higher in protein and calcium than ordinary milk. And it can help make life #FarFromOrdinary. Some of our Texas influencers share how they fell in love with Promised Land dairy products and how their milk is a staple in their homes.

Mexico in My Kitchen

I already enjoyed using the regular Promised Land Whole Milk in my home, but I had never tried the chocolate flavored version. To my surprise, it’s really creamy and tasty! 

Nessa's World

We made a trip to H-E-B this past weekends to pick up Promised Land Milk. Promised Land Milk isn't your ordinary milk, which is why I am sharing my top three reasons why Promised Land Milk is a staple in our household. 
 

Easy and Delish

The batter is made from pancake mix, an egg, butter, sugar, cocoa powder (optional), and Promise Land Midnight Chocolate Milk — which by the way is made with Natural Milk from the finest Jersey Cows. And no, these are not cows from New Jersey but the ones from the gorgeous British Isle of Jersey. 

Inspired by Familia

Use chocolate milk for a rich and creamy chocolate fudge pop. Just hop on over to your local H-E-B store and purchase Promised Land Milk. It’s a great choice because it’s higher in protein & calcium than ordinary milk. Milk is a staple in our house so it’s important to stock up on the right brand!

For more about Promised Land Dairy Products visit their Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

#WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Recap: #AlasParaVolar Welcome Party, presented by Macy’s

Once everyone returned from their field trips, it was time to get the party started! Influencers gathered for the official start of #WeAllGrow Summit at the #AlasParaVolar Welcome Party, presented by Macy’s. The night was filled with Frida inspiration everywhere - from the flower crowns designed by Jessica Resendíz of Raggedy Tiff to the photo booth wings created by sibling duo Denise Cortes and Jeshua Vivero to all of our attendees embracing their inner Frida Kahlo. After a fun-filled night with cotton candy provided by Twisted Cotton Candy, tacos, fruit cups with Tajin and delicious RumChata drinks, we all had our wings on and were ready to soar throughout the Summit weekend! 

Photo Credit: Robson Muzel

Photo Credit: Robson Muzel

Our presenting sponsor, Macy's, had a cabana filled with Friday-inspired outfits for our influencers.

Our presenting sponsor, Macy's, had a cabana filled with Friday-inspired outfits for our influencers.

Macy's also spoiled us all with special goody bags to take home.

Macy's also spoiled us all with special goody bags to take home.

Photo Credit: Robson Muzel

Photo Credit: Robson Muzel

Chulita Vinyl Club kept the party going all night long by spinning old vinyls for attendees. 

Chulita Vinyl Club kept the party going all night long by spinning old vinyls for attendees. 

Chulita Vinyl Club is an all-girl crew that’s empowering women of color to express themselves and their cultural heritage.

Chulita Vinyl Club is an all-girl crew that’s empowering women of color to express themselves and their cultural heritage.

The beautiful wings Denise and Jeshua designed just for us!

The beautiful wings Denise and Jeshua designed just for us!

Samantha Santana also designed a beautiful backdrop for our photo booth with her custom, restickable wallpaper. 

Samantha Santana also designed a beautiful backdrop for our photo booth with her custom, restickable wallpaper. 

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#WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Field Trips

Six of our amazing #WeAllGrow Summit sponsors kicked the weekend off with some absolutely incredible field trips for our influencers. Neutrogena, Disney Princess "Dream Big, Princess," Disney Parks, Mazda, Red Bull and Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau took attendees all throughout the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas for some truly one-of-a-kind experiences.

Neutrogena

Neutrogena treated some influencers to a private beachfront home in gorgeous Malibu. The team pampered our ladies with makeovers courtesy of Elizabeth UlloaErick Cuesta and their team of makeup artists. They also learned about the anti-aging benefits of suncare from Dermatologist Dr. Baum and had some fun doing one-on-one photoshoots. 

Disney Princess "Dream Big, Princess"

A group of 30 influencers ventured all the way up to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. There, they received a tour of the lot and saw an exclusive first-look at the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, as well as Tangled: Before Ever After. They were treated to lunch in the fifth floor executive room and were extra surprised when Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, dropped by to say ¡Hola!

Disney Parks

Disney Parks came back as a field trip sponsor for the second year in a row and treated influencers to the magic that is Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The ladies enjoyed rides, macarons, ice cream, sisterhood and more! 

Mazda

Mazda wanted influencers to get behind the wheels of their cars and explore the open road of California - and that's just what they did! Twenty influencers hopped into the newest line of Mazda vehicles, ranging from cars to SUVs, and drove along the California Coastal Escape to their destination: Terranea Oceanfront Resort. They were treated to a delicious lunch completed with wine and other goodies and enjoyed various relaxing activities together before heading back to Hotel Maya.

Red Bull

Red Bull got our influencers' heart rates up at the Red Bull High Performance Center in Santa Monica. They met with lead trainer Per Lundstam, who joined Red Bull in 2010 and has also held roles within different ski federations, including the US Ski & Snowboard Association and the Swedish Ski Federation. Attendees not only learned about the brand but also experienced a high intensity workout, followed by cool down exercises, and then enjoyed a fulfilling lunch courtesy of Red Bull.

Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted to make sure our influencers got to see all the beauty throughout our host city. They swept 90 attendees off their feet with helicopter rides, a relaxing boat tour, an exclusive visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific and an outing at the Museum of Latin American Art. 

Get Ready for #WeAllGrow Summit's Keynote Panels!

With only one more day until #WeAllGrow Summit, our team is bursting with excitement! From the location to the sponsors to all of you, being together in Long Beach for this Energy of Sisterhood is already incredible. Making it even more special are all the fabulous keynote panels we've got for you! We know we've been teasing you with them and now the time has come to unveil each one for you. Discover the topics, find out who's speaking and make sure to get to Lagunita Pavilion to grab a front row seat! Check out the agenda here to not miss a beat.

The Evolution & Impact of Lifestyle Blogging

The world of blogging has changed so much in recent years. With so many advancements and game-changers, it can be tricky getting started. Even if you're a seasoned blogger, there is still so much to be learned. Susan Stipcianos of The Dream Team Agency will be moderating The Evolution & Impact of Lifestyle Blogging. She'll be joined onstage with some pretty amazing mujeres, including Dulce Candy, Glendy Feliz, Daniela Ramirez, Kyrzayda and Gina Ybarra

Women IRL: Get an Intimate at the life and times of Chiquis & Jenicka, stars of UNIVERSO’s newest reality series, The Riveras

Hear from two unique women and sisters dominating the social space and navigating life in the spotlight while being entertainers and entrepreneurs. Moderated by E! News correspondent Miriam Isa, we will dive into the Latina impact in the media industry and the rise of WOMEN IRL with Chiquis and Jenicka Rivera.

Beauty Across Platforms, presented by Neutrogena

Neutrogena will be bringing together the top Latina influencers from print, digital and YouTube/social media! These leaders in the beauty space will share their unique perspectives on the latest industry trends, the importance of crafting a message that connects emotionally with the Latina consumer and the evolution of beauty content from their area of expertise. Get ready to hear from Panel Lead Jen Gomez, brand director for Neutrogena, and panelists Cristy Marrero, Adriana Castro and Paula Galindo.

Creating Espacios Hour, presented by Chase Slate

Chase Slate is inviting you to #ConquerYourCredit at the Creating Espacios Hour hosted by Brittney Castro, Chase Financial Education Ambassador and Founder/CEO of Financially Wise Women. Brittney will host a session with four trailblazing women who will share personal “conquering” moments in their careers.

Creating Espacios, the podcast for and by Latina trailblazers, will be hitting the #WeAllGrow Summit stage this Friday for a special TED-like session. We thought it’d be best to speak to the creator herself, Vivian Nuñez, to get the scoop!

Over the span of an hour you’ll hear from four women who have turned their passions into the driving forces behind their careers. Each woman’s session will be about 8 to 10 minutes long and consist of their own aha moment, what they did to get through it and how you can apply a similar formula to any business blip or opening you’re currently facing.

"As the host of Creating Espacios, my goal was always to create the space (pun always intended) for Latina’s stories to be at the forefront of business, entrepreneurship and the side hustle space," Vivian said. "There are so many factors that make up our business decisions — from being risk-averse to our families — but none of those factors should ever stop you from moving forward. During each episode, and during this session, what we do is stop, acknowledge the reality for what it is and then figure out ways to hack it in your favor."

Get ready for an exception panel with host Brittney Castro and panelists Vivian Nuñez, Beatriz Acevedo, Francesca Kennedy and Patty Rodriguez

Princesas y Guerreras: The Power of Community with Marinés Duarte

Learn how the power of your voice, overcoming your fear and embracing your community can change your life and the lives of others from the fearless and inspirational Marinés Duarte.

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Step It Out! A Wake-Up Call to Action with Martín Llorens

In this modern world, we are living with an explosion of information and experiences that it is putting all of us to the test. We are at a crossroads that is making us choose to either stay where we are or challenge ourselves to STEP OUT of our comfort zone and rise to our full potential. After experiencing his own personal human revolution during the last few years, Martín Llorens is back to share his journey and walk you through the inner landscape of your own self to help you overcome struggles and obstacles with grace and love and re-awaken all your Divine Feminine powers to find your true purpose.

Partnering with Mission Drive Organizations: Using your Social Influence for Social Good, presented by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is looking to connect with new and diverse audiences who share the mission of working with consumers to create a fairer, safer, healthier marketplace.  In our constantly evolving digital age, the rights of everyday consumers are often challenged by corporations and lawmakers who count on their silence -- but social influencers hold tremendous power to help inform and raise the voices of consumers to ensure that their interests are protected. Consumer Reports invites you to join the conversation and hear more about the company's journey in working with digital influencers in the Latino community. Come learn how you can use your social influence for social good. By partnering together, we can make an even greater impact. Moderator Elena Chávez of Consumer Reports will be joined by panelists Meryland Cuevas, Laurita Tellado, Myrah Duque and Lorraine Ladish

Next Stop...Jefas Keynote Lunch, presented by HOLA! USA

No filter conversation amongst celebrity influencers with successful side projects and how their social media community shaped their businesses. Join moderator Cristy Marrero as she chats with Camila Alves, Fernanda Romero and Elizabeth Gutierrez

Neutrogena is Ready to Pamper our #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 Attendees!

We can hardly believe #WeAllGrow Summit is only three days away! In anticipation, we’re bringing you the lowdown on what Neutrogena, our title sponsor, has in store for everyone!

Returning for the third time as the title sponsor, Neutrogena is pulling out all the stops. On Thursday, the brand will be bringing 30 influencers to an exclusive beachfront home where they’ll be introduced to the partnership between Neutrogena and Beauty and The Beast. Attendees will experience Belle-inspired makeovers by Elizabeth Ulloa, Erick Cuesta and their team of makeup artists while Dermatologist Dr. Baum will educate on the anti-aging benefits of suncare. Guests will be able to channel their inner stars with a one-on-one photoshoot and more. We can’t wait to see it all! Make sure to follow along on social media by following the hashtags #WeAllGrow and #BeNeutrogena.

By now, we’re sure everyone heard of the incredible Neutrogena suite at last year’s Summit and we’re happy to say that the brand is bringing back your favorite parts, as well as introducing many new elements! On Friday and Saturday, stop by the VIP Suite to be totally immersed in all-things Neutrogena. Got skincare or makeup questions? Well, you’re in luck because Dr. Baum and artists Elizabeth Ulloa and Erick Cuesta are ready to answer any of your questions! Explore the suite, enjoy personalized product pairings and expert makeup application. As a bonus, take home your curated regimens to test out and enjoy! Their team is ready to pamper you and help you grow all weekend long.

Lastly, Neutrogena will be hosting a keynote panel during lunch on Friday titled, “Beauty Across Platforms, presented by Neutrogena.” Panel Lead Jen Gomez, Brand Manager for Neutrogena Cosmetics, and panelists Cristy Marrero, Adriana Castro and Paula Galindo will share their unique perspectives and personal anecdotes on beauty from their areas of expertise.  

Are you excited?? We are, too! Get ready to be spoiled by Neutrogena and their team!

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 7:45 am 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.