Día de Los Muertos at the Shops at Riverwoods Recap

November 13, 2017

Our Día de Los Muertos at the Shops at Riverwoods was such a wonderful success. We are so thankful for all the love and support that we had from the community, performers, our amazing volunteers and our family, local vendors and our local sponsors, which WE LOVE SO MUCH and of course a big shout out to our main sponsors Utah Mama Latina, The Shops at Riverwoods and HELP International for helping us make this a reality. The goal of this free family-friendly event was to help collect funds to aid communities that were affected in Puerto Rico and Mexico. All proceeds that were collected at the HELP International booth will directly go to help a family, or a community depending on how much was donated throughout the day. Even if the amount was only a few hundreds, we want everyone that supported this event to know that we did make a difference, the community showed up, they got educated and most importantly we all became part of one community. We truly love putting together events that have a cause, that educate our community and this event definitely had both. Thank You!

SPONSORS: Utah Mama Latina // The Shops at Riverwoods // HELP International // Even Stevens Sandwiches // El Centro // Kortni Jeane // Harmons // Asado // Fancy Frogz // Rodizio Grill // Lomito's // Fleek Artistry // Bajio // True Rest Float Spa // La Brioche // Alphagraphics // Chatbooks // 3B Yoga // Blickenstaff's // La Jolla Groves // Shoots

Día de Los Muertos at the Shops at Riverwoods

October 23, 2017

We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting the Día de Los Muertos at the Shops at Riverwoods for a very special cause on Saturday, November 4th. Mamá Latina Connect has partnered up with Utah Mama Latina, The Shops at Riverwoods and HELP International to create a free family-friendly event to help collect funds to aid communities that were affected in Puerto Rico and Mexico. All proceeds from the event will be collected by HELP International.

Día de los Muertos #sayitwithcricut

October 09, 2017

This weekend we pre-celebrated Día de los Muertos among family and friends and we had such a wonderful time sharing stories and honoring our loved ones. Día de los Muertos, or also known as Day of the Dead, is an ancient celebration that celebrates life after death.  The day bridges two Christian observances, All Saints Day, November 1st, honoring children who have died, and All Souls Day, November 2nd, remembering all who have died. Many believe that this holiday is only celebrated in Mexico but indeed it's celebrated all around the world by many Christians. It's a celebration of life in which decorations are placed on graves of loved ones or altars are decorated with offerings such as food, drinks and special mementos placed alongside to the photographs of their deceased loved ones with the original purpose for the dead to return to their family home for a visit.

It truly is a beautiful holiday, a great opportunity to embrace family history and honor and remember loved ones. For the younger ones to be able to hear stories about loved ones that they never got the chance to meet and for others to continue to learn and share where they came from and be able to continue to live their legacy. Because after all words are powerful and they last a lifetime and this traditions are what keep family history alive.

There is so many fun activities that you and your familia can do for el Día de los Muertos but if there is one thing that you need to do celebrate this holiday, in our opinion that would be one amazing altar. We've partnered up with Cricut on their campaign #sayitwithcricut to bring you an altar that is simple but made with so much love. We decided to use the Cricut Explore Air to make a few of our decorations and they turned out so good. Just have to brag a little, but really have to give credit to Cricut for making Cricut Design Space so user friendly.

We created this Día de los Muertos #sayitwithcricut chalk sign using the Lipstick Lettering Font available on the Design Space. The Cricut Explore cut them out on Cricut Vinyl (Caramel) using the Standard Grip Mat. After the letters were done cutting we used Transfer Paper and placed them on the wood using the friendly Scraper. You can access this canvas at Design Space

Now for those super fun colorful Calaveras "Skulls", you will find them under Autumn Celebrations in Design Space under Insert Images. My 9 year old helped me with this project and she thought it was super fun and easy to put together. We used cardstock and a Standard Grip Mat, the only tool we used for this project was the Spatula to lift cuts from the mat. You can access this canvas at Design Space.
For our last project we knew that we needed Papel Picado to give it the final touch and we found the perfect design with The TomKat Studio "Banner" also available in Design Space under Insert Images. This project took a little bit more patience and lots of more patience. Thankfully I had to catch up on "This is Us" such a good show. So all that patience paid off at the end. I used cardstock to make this banner and a Standard Grip Mat. This is were all the other Tools came in handy. You can access this Canvas Design Space.

We love sharing our traditions with our readers and we absolutely love working with companies like Cricut on campaigns like #sayitwithcricut that help us express who we are. We invite to join this amazing campaign and share with us some of your #sayitwithcricut projects. Check out some more #sayitwithcricut projects at Cricut Inspiration starting on November 2nd.

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Mamá of the Week: Jenny Sanchez

April 04, 2017

Every week we want to feature #Brave, #Powerful, #Exceptional #Women that inspire us every day. Today meet our #mamaoftheweek Jenny Sanchez, Mama of 2. We asked her to share with us what #Mamihood meant to her...

“ Ser madre significa amor incondicional, siendo paciente, y siempre poniendo a mis hijos primero./ Motherhood means having unconditional love, being patient, and always putting my children first.”

Episode 4- Personal Healing With Heidy Morales

February 27, 2017

On this latest episode we sat down with Heidy Morales, Natural Healer, Health, Life Coach & Founder of Tiempo de Ser. Heidy shares with us her journey of personal healing after dealing with Postpartum Depression. Learn more about this beautiful Mexicana as she shares her wisdom and knowledge that she has learned along the way.

Tiempo de Ser https://www.facebook.com/tiempodesertiempodeser


Mama of the Week: Kenia Varela

February 17, 2017

We are honored to have interview an amazing mother and our very first Mama Of The Week. Kenia is from Chihuahua, Mexico and came to the U.S at age 17. She has 4 beautiful children and is also expecting by the beginning of June. This is a Mamita that if asked for help she will go out of her way to lend you a hand. Motherhood has not always been so easy for her. She has had high risk pregnancies and through her faith she has been able to overcome many of her challenges. We sat down with her to ask her a few questions about motherhood and life.

ML: How would your childhood friends describe you?
KV:  Servicial, positiva, inteligente jaja.., y muy trabajadora / Helpful, positive, intelligent lol .., and very hardworking

ML: When you were a little girl, how did you dream about being a mother? What did you see for yourself?
KV: Ser paciente, una casa llena de niños , y realmente ser como lo soy ahora. / Being patient, a house full of children, and really be as I am now.

ML: What questions would you ask your mother?
KV: Preguntarle, Cuál fue la decicion mas dificil que tuvo de tomar cuando estuvo casada. / Ask her what was the most difficult decision she had to make when she was married.

ML: Outside of family members, who inspires you the most?
KV: Mi suegra / My Mother In Law

ML: What is better about the world today than were you were growing up?
KV: La tecnologia asi puedo pagar mis billes / Technology so I can pay my bills online

ML: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
KV: Cada uno de mis hijos / Each of my children

ML: What did you love about pregnancy?
KV: El apetito que te da con el embarazo. Con mi hija la mas grande podria vivir el resto del embarazo comiendo platanos, y tortas de jamon. / The appetite that comes with the pregnancy. With my oldest daughter I could had eaten bananas, and tortas with ham my whole pregnancy.

ML: If you can go back in time what advice would you have given yourself when you were a first time mom?
KV: Tomar mucha agua, no comer tanta sal, caminar mucho, no comer pan y en especial concentrarme en respirar cuando tenga contracciones. / Drink plenty of water, do not eat as much salt, walk a lot, do not eat bread and especially concentrate on breathing when you have contractions.

ML: If you could go back in time to any period in history, where would you go and why?
KV: Me hubiera gustado vivir cuando vinieron los españoles a México. Cuando se usaban los corsets y los vestidos antiguos con su sombrilla. / I would have liked to live when the Spaniards came to Mexico. When they used the corsets and the old dresses with their umbrella.

ML: What advice would you want your children to always remember?
KV: Vivir una vida honesta sin mentira y mentirse a sí mismo. Lo más honesto que puedan ser. / Live an honest life without lying to others and yourself. As honest as they can be.

ML: What has given you the most joy as a mother?
KV: Que cada uno de mis embarazos se han desarrollado, al tener a mis hijos. / That each of my pregnancies have developed, by having my children

ML: What’s the hardest thing about being a mother?
KV: Cuando se enferman mis hijos al mismo tiempo. También las decisiones de ellos cuando no siguen los consejos, y cuando no me comprenden / When my children get sick at the same time. Also the decisions they make when they do not follow the advice, and when they do not understand me

ML: What’s the most rewarding about being a mother?
KV: Cuando están chicos y son felices, cuando logran sus éxitos, y cuando van bien en las materias. / When they are little and they are happy, when they achieve their goals, and when they get good grades.

ML: What does Motherhood mean to you?
KV: Es más allá de ser responsable de un individuo, es el don divino que nos dio Dios tanto como crear en el vientre como enseñar en el camino de tomar en la vida. Es una bendición ser mama. / It is beyond of being responsible for an individual, it is a divine gift that God has given us to be able to create in the womb, to teaching them the way of life. It is a blessing to be MOM.

If you know a Mama who you would like to see featured on Mama Latina Connect, please either leave a comment below or leave a message on contact page.

Episode 3- Keeping Your Marriage Strong With Gigi Turley

February 13, 2017

It's Valentine's Day week and we are celebrating the month of LOVE by having our first guest, Gigi Turley. She shares with us some wisdom that she has learned along the way with her own marriage and the many people she has helped on how to build a STRONG and HEALTHY Marriage, how important it is to LOVE your relationship and ways to keep that SPARK alive... because let's be honest it's easy to get lost with everything else that gets thrown into our daily lives. We also share some facts about Heart Disease Awareness Month and how Hispanic women are at greater risk.


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