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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



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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Small Business Saturday Sale at Lola’s Mercadito

Lola's Mercadito SALE | #LolasMercadito |

Today is Small Business Saturday and I’d like to celebrate with you! Shop small at Lola’s Mercadito and enjoy 10% off of any purchase from today through Cyber Monday (11/26 – 11/28). Discount code: AMIGO10.


Lola’s Mercadito or “little shop” includes a collection of gourmet food items and some of Lola’s favorite chucherías (knick knacks) for the home and kitchen — all made in or inspired by Mexico. Here you can find the perfect hostess gift or something for your food-loving friends.

GIVING BACK: A portion of product proceeds from Lola’s Mercadito supports the advancement of women in education, business, and leadership. Read more at


Exciting News: Lola’s Mercadito is Open for Business + Giveaways

Lola's Mercadito | #lolasmercadito |

2016 has been quite a year for Lola’s Cocina. As my three-year blog anniversary approaches I’d like to share some exciting news. First and foremost, I’ve finally launched my line of specialty food products and online store! That’s right, Lola’s Mercadito is just a mouse click away.


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