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December 24th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Crafts for Three Kings Day

29e00695ef07831d4f65d360d9ae79e1Tonight most Latinos will celebrate Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), but the holiday season won’t be over until January 6, which is known as Three Kings Day. Although this is still a pretty big celebration in Spain and some other Latin American countries, it’s no longer as widely celebrated as it was when I was a child.

Even so, I’m making sure my children grow up knowing all about this beautiful tradition. We usually read books about the holiday and work on at least one craft, like the ones I share below. The night before Reyes, my kids leave some hay (food for the camels) in a shoe box underneath their beds and they find small gifts inside the next morning. I used to leave a shoe underneath my bed, but stockings can also be used. Check these out:

Three Kings Stockings:  Made by Ruby of Growing Up Blackxican, these stockings look like the perfect craft to make with little kids. The instructions are not too complicated and the best part is that your children can decorated them however they please.

Crowns: Another great craft with endless possibilities are these super cute and easy-to-do crowns in honor of the Three Kings. For this one all you need is construction paper, ribbon, fake gemstones and glue.

Three Kings Dolls: All you need are some toilet paper rolls and a lot of imagination! There are several ways your kids could decorate these dolls, but whatever they end up doing, I can assure you it will be lots of fun! If you don’t want to use toilet paper rolls, here’s another option made with wooden pieces.

Photo Credit: thatartistwoman.org

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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November 12th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Latino Twist

thanksgivingAlthough Thanksgiving is a quintessential American celebration, those of us who came to the United States from Latin America don’t have a problem embracing it because two of its main ingredients are of utter importance to us: family and food. Latinos love to get together with friends and family regardless of the reason. And, if there’s food involved, even better!

While I think the turkey needs to remain the main Thanksgiving dish because of what it represents, there are several things you can do in the kitchen to give the sides a Latin twist. Here are a few ideas:

Spicy mashed potatoes — Give the same old boring mashed potatoes a spicy twist by following this super easy recipe.

Green plantain turkey stuffing — Also known as mofongo stuffing, I can’t think of a better way to Latinize your Thanksgiving turkey!

Brussels sprouts with chorizo — Even if you thought you didn’t like brussels sprouts, you haven’t tried this amazing recipe!

Pomegranate sangria — Sangria is always a hit when entertaining a large group. You can make it ahead and everyone seems to like it. Give yours a twist by adding some pomegranate juice and seeds.

Squash bread pudding with rum sauce — A delicious bread pudding with nice chunks of squash and plum raisins. A Thanksgiving dessert like no other!

Make one or make them all! If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner, then consider making one of these dishes to take to your hostess. They are so original and flavorful that they’ll be sure to delight!

Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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September 13th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Celebrating Your Own Birthday

As moms, our birthdays often get forgotten or passed over. With our busy lives it is great to slow down and take some time to acknowledge our own birthdays. How about some of these ideas?

  • Random Acts of Kindness – There are some great ideas on this blog post or here.
  • Write Thank You letters to those that have changed your life
  • Spend the day volunteering
  • Write a bucket list, or if you already have one then do something on that list
  • Take a mini vacation or road trip to somewhere you’ve always dreamed of
  • Celebrate yourself – Spend your birthday month taking time to do something special for yourself each day. Check out this blog post for some great ideas.
  • Throw a party for yourself. Have a dinner party, brunch, wine tasting, or a simple girls night.
  • Make others celebrate your birthday by doing something to pay it forward. Ask them to share what they did by telling you about it or sharing a picture.

I celebrated my birthday this past week and plan on doing a mix of these ideas. I’ll pick a couple of things to celebrate myself while doing some random acts of kindness. What is better than sharing Birthday Month joy with others?

How do you celebrate yourself when your birthday comes?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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