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National Reading Month + Women’s History Month: Lola’s Bilingual Reading List

In 2018, I became a self-proclaimed book worm. An audiobook worm, that is. Some may consider this cheating, but I beg to differ. For a mother of two who is always on the go, this is a convenient and efficient way to feed my intellectual curiosity while preparing dinner and packing orders for Lola’s Mercadito. So don’t knock it until you try it! Read More…

My Little Bun in the Oven: Valentina Nava Dweck

Surpise! Amado has a sister and Lola’s Cocina has a new sous chef. Baked to perfection, Valentina weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. She’s absolutely perfect and we couldn’t be happier with our new little love. Read More…

Mother-Son Dates, Lunches, and Summer Sorpresas

Many thanks to Kinder Joy™ and #WeAllGrow Latina Network for sponsoring this post; recipe and opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, Amado and I were strolling down the aisles of our local grocery store when we discovered Kinder Joy™. I bought one for him, and he was so excited to open it at home and find that inside each half there was a treat: one had a mystery toy while the other was filled with two round chocolate-covered wafer bites filled with cocoa cream and nestled into two soft, creamy layers – one sweet milk-cream flavored and one cocoa flavored. Naturally, I realized I could use these little huevos to create moments of unexpected joy and make our little outings extra special. Read More…

Cooking for a Cause: Tamales, Traditions, and Toy Drives

The holiday season is in full swing and I’m preparing for my trip to California where the women in my family come together to make hundreds of tamales for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite family traditions and I can hardly wait to catch up with all of the ladies as we spread, fill, and pack our delectable treats. Read More…

Lola’s Mexican-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

 

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If you’re anything like me, that means you enjoy giving and receiving gifts that are unique and made with mucho amor. This personally curated guide to regalitos includes some of my favorite products and purchases of 2016 — all from small business owners, some of whom are my friends. The common thread is that each item on this list is inspired by a shared love of Mexico and its vibrant culture. The best part is that most gifts are under $25, some start at only $5, and they’re all perfect for spreading a little cheer for the holidays and throughout the year. Happy shopping!
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