When Language Becomes a Barrier to Communicate with your Kids’ Friends

Talking to your children can be difícil at times. They seem to speak a completely different language than yours, with slang words and new fads being created every school year. Add to this difficulty talking to their friends who speak English instead of Spanish and it can sometimes seem impossible to communicate. Here are some tips to help overcome this language barrier and create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone involved. 

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SPEND TIME WITH THEM

Spending time with your children and their amigos is a great way to not only overcome the language barrier, but also to learn English. By interacting with your children’s friends, you will create a sense of comfort. Even if neither party understands that this act shows a willingness to try, it is welcoming. This comfort will bring them home more often, and interactions will become a normal part of life. Eliminates any hassle and providing new opportunities to understand the world your children live in. 

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EAT TOGETHER

Invite your children’s friends and families to dinner. Everything seems more comfortable when accompanied by buena comida (more so if it’s Mexican food!). Take advantage of this time to build your comfort level and learn more about each other. As you learn English, these new friends will be observing and learning Spanish. Allowing both sides to win from the interactions. Inviting their parents will help eliminate any misconceptions and will also help you make lasting friendships.

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PARTICIPATE AND INVITE THEM TO DO THE SAME

Participating in the eventos your children are interested in will help you build a relationship with them. Inviting their amigos to join you will have the same effect with them. Leads to a mutual trust with each other, which will grow as your children do. Participating in events will also give you the opportunity to understand what your children are up to, which is always a good thing as they grow up and find their own paths. It is important that you show enthusiasm and support for your children’s interests and pasatiempos, inviting their friends to join in the fun leads to better communication everywhere. 

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Being a part of your children’s lives doesn’t have to be difficult. Finding ways to communicate with them and their friends can help you learn a new language, find new things to be excited about, and make new friends. 

How do you communicate with your children’s friends? Let us know in the comments and let’s tackle parenting together.

Tips to Keep your Family’s Love for Mexican Food Alive

Being an immigrant living in the United States, one of the things that a person misses the most is the food from Mexico. While there are more and more restaurants cooking traditional Mexican food, they are often hard to find and often overlooked for quicker solutions around the corner. So, we as parents, how do we teach our children to fall in love with the food from Mexico, if they are not easily found in our new country? Here are some tips to keep this love of Mexican food alive while living in the United States. 

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Cook with them at home

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Cooking meals at home is a great way to teach children love of any food. At our house, all of my children get together to cook dinner almost every night. Although the hours are busy and it is often easier to eat something at one of the fast food places down the street, we love to cook together and enjoy family meals. Teaching children to prepare the traditional foods you grew up with will provide them with loving memories of the time you spent in the kitchen with them. This will increase the love of these foods as comfort foods and that they will enjoy for a lifetime, even when they are cooking it themselves. My girls especially like to make homemade tortillas, which means that they generally don’t want to eat the ones we can buy at the store. 

Buy traditional ingredients

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Another way to increase a child’s love of Mexican food is by purchasing traditional ingredients. Finding the right ingredients to give your homemade meals authentic flavor can be a challenge, especially if you live in a small town like us, but it’s definitely worth the extra time to find the exact flavors from home. The city we live in doesn’t have many stores – there are far fewer to begin with that contain the necessary ingredients for some of the foods we love. We travel an hour and a half to find a mercado that has the chilies and meat that we are used to and that we supply until our next trip. 

Eat as a Familia

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While we cook with our children and choose the ingredients that give this food an authentic flavor, both are great steps in creating a love for Mexican food, the part that makes these foods more attractive is eating them together as a family. This is where the true love for cooking comes from, the pleasure that comes from eating it together. In our house, this is done every night. Whether we dine at the formal dining table or in the living room watching a movie, we dine together. This is our time to be together away from the chaos of school, work, the phones, and all the little distractions in life. 

No matter what you are serving, be it pozole or tamales, buying it together, creating the meal together, and ultimately eating it together as a family will help make this your children’s most loved meal.What do you do to feed your child’s love for Mexican food? Share your ideas with us and let us learn from your experiences as well. 

5 Mejores Lugares para Retirarse en America Latina

¿Haz imaginado alguna vez donde te gustaría retirarte? ¿Dónde poder vivir tus últimos años con tranquilidad y fuera del país donde dedicaste tu vida laboral?

Aquí describo algunas opciones que quizás pudieran ser de tu interés.

1. Panamá

Este no es el país más barato de America del Sur, pero ha sido constantemente reconocido como un gran lugar para jubilarse, dicho esto por varias publicaciones  y por la Asociación Estadounidense de Personas Jubiladas durante casi una década.

Desafortunadamente, los costos han comenzado a aumentar. A pesar de esto, todavía atrae a un número creciente de jubilados.

El gobierno ha sido consciente de esto durante algún tiempo y por ello, han estado lanzando programas para atraer aún más jubilados.

Panamá es el “Centro de las Américas”, una pequeña y estrecha franja de tierra que conecta América del Norte y América del Sur. El español es el idioma oficial, y también es un importante centro comercial internacional, por lo que mucha gente habla inglés.

Lo mejor de todo es que Panamá es estratégicamente importante para USA Y para otros países.

Panama se ha encontrado en un largo periodo de estabilidad económica teniendo al  dólar estadounidense como su moneda oficial.

Se ha reducido gran parte de la burocracia para obtener la residencia legal que es típico de los países latinoamericanos. El segundo es que no hay un requisito de edad para calificar para el programa. El tercer beneficio es los descuentos que obtienes con él, como la facilidad de obtener un crédito hipotecario, descuentos en entretenimiento, transporte publico, restaurantes etc. y quizás lo mejor de todo es que no aplican impuestos sobre la renta a extranjeros.

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2. Nicaragua

En realidad, este es uno de los lugares más baratos para vivir. Hace varios años la MSNBC hizo un programa llamado “The World’s Best Kept, El secreto de la jubilación “. Se referían a Nicaragua como uno de los diez destinos de jubilación, y con mucha razón.

Nicaragua está en el Caribe, por lo que gozarías de un clima tropical y muy cerca de Panamá. Sin embargo, no está tan desarrollado como Panamá, su arquitectura tiene un estilo muy europeo. y la atención médica es excelente.

Es un país de habla hispana, tiene una gran población de repatriados de los Estados Unidos, así que no es de extrañar que se el ingles sea bien entendido, y su economía en crecimiento está atrayendo más jubilados. De hecho, para atraer aún más, han lanzado su propio Programa de Pensionado. Para calificar, debe tener al menos 45 años. También se debe demostrar cierto ingreso mínimo al mes, un plan de ahorro y/o Seguro social.

Lo mejor de todo es que no cobran impuestos a los extranjeros. Puedes importar hasta cierta cantidad en artículos domésticos.

En cuanto a la delincuencia, el país disfruta de una de las tasas de delincuencia más bajas del Sur de

América, que es otro atractivo para turistas, jubilados y empresas, ciertamente es más bajo que el de Panamá.

3. Ecuador

Quito, la capital de Ecuador, fue declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, así como también Guayaquil, su ciudad más grande.

Si bien es cierto que no tienen libertad de expresión y su prensa está fuertemente censurada, no debería ser un problema para una persona que esta buscando retirarse (al fin y al cabo no se desea comenzar una revolución).

El gobierno de USA estima que entre 5.000 y 10.000 de los estadounidenses se han jubilado ahí, y tiene sentido al considerer sus precios. Incluso puedes ser eligible para obtener un seguro medico de gobierno con visa de turista, y las visitas a las salas de emergencia no son catastróficamente caras.

Si bien, partes del país siguen estando en gran parte subdesarrolladas, las principals ciudades como Quito, Guayaquil y Cuenca son centros internacionales donde puedes disfrutar de un estilo de vida del Primer Mundo. Pocos hablan realmente Inglés, así que será mejor que repases tu español.

 Tienen impuestos a la propiedad, pero si tienes más de 65 años te dan descuentos. También reducen el 50% en sus servicios públicos, entretenimiento y transporte público.

4. Belice

El ingles es su idioma official ya que solía ser parte del Imperio Británico. Hasta 1973, se llamaba Honduras Británica, y aunque independiente, sigue siendo parte de la ‘Commonwealth’. Como tal, es muy estable, tanto política como económicamente.

Es otro paraíso tropical, con la segunda reserva de coral más grande en el mundo. Gran parte del interior es selva tropical, y con ruinas mayas.

Al igual que sus contra partes latinoamericanas, Belice quiere atraer a jubilados, por lo que han establecido el Programa de Personas Jubiladas Calificadas (QRP). Para calificar debe tener al menos 45 años de edad y poder demostrar un ingreso mensual mínimo de cierta cantidad  no sujeto a impuestos.

Si no tiene una pensión, debe demostrar que obtendrá ingresos  de alguna otra Fuente.

Una vez que se te otorgue una visa de residencia, puede importar artículos para el hogar y un coche libre de impuestos.

 Si vives en Belice, pero haces negocios en el extranjero (como trabajar en línea con clientes en el extranjero), no te cobrarán impuestos.

Aunque los precios son más bajos que en USA, sí son más altos que los encontrados en los países vecinos.

5. Costa Rica

Este es mucho más popular. Según el Departamento de Estado, más de 20,000 estadounidenses disfrutan de la jubilación aquí .

Es otro paraíso tropical, pero se encuentra entre los más caros países de América Latina, disfrutando de uno de los más altos estándares de vida en Centroamérica. Como tal, también tiene requisitos más altos para jubilados, por supuesto esto aumenta su calidad de vida

Para calificar a la visa de pensionado, debe demostrar que gana cierta cantidad un poco mas elevada que la que piden en los países anteriormente mencionados. Es requisito cambiar una cantidad establecida al mes en su moneda, ya sea que lo gastes o no.

Finalmente, debes permanecer allí durante al menos cuatro meses consecutivas cada año.

Si no tienes una pensión, pero tienes una inversión, se te otorga también una visa similar aunque debes comprobar ingresos superiores.

Es muy importante hacer una investigación exhaustiva y prepararse para tu futuro. Recomiendo reducir tu búsqueda a uno o dos destinos, para ello puedes irte un par de semanas de vacaciones a cada uno y así tomar una mejor decisión. Si no te gustan para residir, al menos te habrás tomado unas fantásticas vacaciones.

 En cualquier caso, anímate, porque el mundo tiene tanto para ofrecer, y definitivamente estás en el camino correcto al considerar tu retiro en el extranjero.

 

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Things Only Mexicans do at Parties

They say that you can get the bear out of Russia, but you can’t get Russia out of the bear. The same applies to Mexicans, and it is that no matter what part of the world we move to, Mexico is always in our corazones.

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Many times our Mexicanidad stands out at parties, since there are certain customs that we cannot avoid following when we are invited to celebrate someone’s birthday or when we have to organize a party.

So, what are these customs?

The Mordida

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One of the moments that we fear the most as Mexicans when it comes to singing las mañanitas, is the mordida. Many people would see these as unsanitary, but as Mexicans we like to see the birthday boy smeared with cake all over his face.

This tradition has been the cause of the destruction of many cakes, as well as accidents. However, it has been a part of our culture for so long that we cannot imagine a birthday party without the famous bite.

Being late

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There is something that we definitely do not like as Mexicans, and that is being the first to arrive at the parties. Arriving at an event and seeing empty tables is torture and many of us choose to arrive later than indicated to make our grand entrance.

This causes all party plans to move to an hour later. However, in some way or another the party follows its own ritmo and everyone has a good time.

Los Padrinos

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In the United States the idea of ​​the godparents is that they take care of the godchildren in case something happens to the parents. That is why godparents are often very close to the children’s parents.

In Mexico, however, the idea of ​​godparents has gradually been modeled on that of them supporting parents so that a big party is possible. Or for someone to gift the class ring to new professionals. The joke is that in Mexico, being a godfather is someone who has to contribute in some way to an important event in the life of a family, which has created godparents for even napkins, alcohol, clothing, music, etc.

Party until you drop from exhaustion

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How many times have we not gone to an American party that only lasts 2 hours and leaves us wanting more. Meanwhile, in Mexico many times it is not specified what time a party is going to end, therefore, parties in Mexico are like marathons – only the strongest can endure.

Mexicans are always prepared to look their best and be at a party until their feet are about to burst.

Be loud

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Loud music is a must at Mexican parties, whether the uncle plays his cumbiones or the neighborhood DJ plays the trendy songs, there is always music at parties.

Not everyone may dance at parties or even no one dances, but the music should always be present.

Table games

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Not everything is dance at a Mexican party, Mexicans also like to take a break from the “vida loca” and on those occasions sitting down to play lottery, dominoes or another card game is very common. It all depends on what type of party you are attending, it could be a carne asada afternoon or Christmas dinner where many like to stay up until dawn.

Kids gone wild

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Parties where children are not allowed are not very common in Mexico, many times we have to see children running around the party room and screaming so loud that it is difficult to hear the music in the background.

Even so, many do not mind that children are present, as this is a way to introduce them to the Mexican culture.

The little “recuerditos”

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The fight for the party souvenirs is a serious thing that not many people from another country would understand. There are many things that Mexicans do to make it clear who owns the souvenir when the parties are over, either being the first to sit at the table because this automatically makes us owners of the souvenir or placing it so close to us so that everyone know that this memory belongs to us. There is no established law about souvenirs, but we all know that no one fights over the souvenir with the tia, as you could end up losing an arm.

These are just a few of the things that Mexicans expect to see when we attend a party. Of course we adapt to the customs of other countries, but there is nothing like being among the people who understand us when we want to listen to Vicente Fernández after having a few drinks on top.

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Let Mexicanidad flow through our veins and this Hispanic Heritage Month let us share our customs with others.

How Do You Translate these Famous Mexican Phrases into English?

Us people of Mexican heritage have colorful ways of expressing ourselves, either with words that only we can understand how, or with phrases that have been part of our vocabulario for so long that we don’t even know where they originated.

“Ya chole chango chilango
Que chafa chamba te chutas
No checa andar de tacuche
Y chale con la charola

Mejor yo me hecho una chela
Y chance enchufo una chava
Chambeando de chafirete
Me sobra chupe y pachanga”

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But, what happens when we emigrate to the United States and we want to speak in the same way that we speak in our land, but everyone sees us with a cara de “what”?

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This is perhaps one of the hardest things we face when we cross the border. We have to measure our words and think about how to elaborate a sentence so that others understand us, because even people who speak Spanish, who are not from Mexico, sometimes do not understand us.

However, all is not lost, there are some English phrases that have a similar meaning to those we say in Spanish. It may not feel the same to say these phrases without the unique Mexican touch, but they can be of great help to enrich your vocabulary.

1. A donde fueres haz lo que vieres

This phrase could apply to those travelers who are just learning about new cultures. Just look around you and learn from your surroundings.

You can say this phrase like this,

“When in Rome do as the Romans do”

Which means, when you are in Rome do like the Romans.

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2. De volón pimpón

This phrase is for hyperactive people who do everything quickly, or when moms ask children to do things as fast as they can, and the way you could say it in English would be,

“Faster than fast”

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3. Saca la sopa

If you want to know everything about a gossip, this phrase is the one you should use,

“Spill the beans”

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4. Toco madera

For superstitious people who don’t want to be unlucky, just knock on wood and say,

“Knock on wood”

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5. Hablando del rey de Roma

When you are talking about a person and they suddenly appear, you can say,

“Speaking of the devil”

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6. Está armando un pancho

This phrase could apply when a child is throwing a tantrum or when an adult is so upset that everyone around him is looking surprised.

“He / she is making a scene”

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7. Ya nos cargó el payaso

This phrase is very famous among students when they know that they are not going to pass a class. Although it can also apply to a situation where you are in a big problem and do not know how to solve it.

“We’re Screwed”

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8. No te hagas pato 

For those people who pretend not to pay attention or for those who do not want to do something that they were asked to do, you can tell them this,

“Stop playing dumb”

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If the invention of phrases were an Olympic sport, Mexicans would always win first place. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the phrases that are created every day, and much more when we want to know how we can say them in English.

Even so, say them in Spanish and share our phrases with all our countrymen. Let’s not let this tradition die when we cross the border.

Who Would Be in the Mexican Avengers?

Marvel and DC Comics have created characters like Captain America, Superman or Batman, which have been popular for so many years that several generations remember them as their favorites.

However, México is not behind when it comes to heroic characters that have marked the childhood of many. With the unique touch that characterizes Mexicans, several of us grew up seeing these characters.

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But who are these defenders of justice? And what have they contributed to Mexican culture?

El Chapulín Colorado

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In 1970 the Chapulín colorado was created to parody the superhero programs that were in fashion at the time. The Chapulín was clumsy, fearful and did not have any type of superpowers, although he did have the Chicarra Paralizadora, his Chiquitolina pills or our favorite, the Chipote Chillón.

Currently, we cannot see a Chapulín Colorado costume or shirt without thinking of Mexico. This is definitely a character that is part of our culture.

El Santo

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The silver masked man is one of the most famous luchadores in Mexico and one of the icons in Mexican culture. El Santo has been a popular hero in our country and is a symbol of justice for people, since his character transcendeds the field of wrestling and became a superhero by appearing in dozens of films.

In the animated series El Chavo, there is a character called “el Justiciero Enmascarado” who is possibly a reference to Santo himself due to his physical resemblance.

Capulina

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Capulina also known as the king of white humor , because he never used obscene words or adult content situations in his jokes, he was not only a great comedian, but he also co-starred in a movie alongside wrestling legend El Santo (El Santo vs Capulina (1972).

Capulina made a total of 84 films and recorded 12 musical albums.

Pepe el Toro

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It is possible that the image of Pepe el Toro is not 100% reflected as a hero, since he is best known for his appearances in Nosotros los Pobres or Ustedes los Ricos. However, in the movie “Pepe el Toro” he gives us the opportunity to see him in a different way, far from the great suffering that we see in his other films.

Pepe el Toro becomes a boxer and accidentally kills his best friend during a semi-final fight. Channeling his anger and frustration, Pepe wins the championship and begins to befriend his friend’s widow.

Pepe el Toro is part of the 23 film library of the most iconic Mexican movie star, Pedro Infante .

Chabelo and Pepito

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What? Chabelo a hero?

Believe it or not, Chabelo starred in a movie where he fights the most famous monsters in the 70s.

Pepito and Chabelo are cousins ​​and during an excursion with the Boy Scouts they separate from the group to go find a gorilla for which they offered a reward of $500 pesos.

During their journey, the gorilla is the one who finds them and they are forced to escape leaving all their equipment, little by little they enter a mysterious cave in which they find The Mummy, The Man from the Green Lagoon, Frankenstein and the Vampire.

As they advance through the cave they arrive at a haunted house and by mistake they discover that both the haunted house, the cave and the monsters are just a trick to scare the travelers, because of a hidden group of thugs who trafficked with Uranium called Spectrum.

Chiquidracula

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Chiquidrácula “ñaka ñaka”. Perhaps for many Chiquidrácula is better seen as a villain, but let’s remember that his goal was to save his grandfather from alcoholism. He made his first appearance in 1982 on the show “Chiquilladas.”

In 1986 the film Chiquidrácula was released, which focused on the history and possible origins of this character. In this movie, we hear many words that are etched in our heads, but the most famous is, “naka ñaka” which is an expression that became popular thanks to this Mexican television character, which was played by Carlos Espejel.

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Phrases like,  And now, who can help us?” are still said on the streets if Mexico, and recently a small tribute to el Santo was made in the Disney movie “Coco.” There is no doubt that Mexicans know how to make our way on the road to fame and create characters that remain in everyone’s hearts.

No contaban con mi Astucia”

Did we miss a character? Tell us in the comments below.

5 Things Mexicans Love that Will Not be the Same After the Pandemic

During the pandemic, our routine and way of life have changed considerably. There are those who have not seen their familia y amigos for months. Things are not the way they used to be and there is no doubt that we would like to return to the life we ​​used to live before the pandemic, but could it be possible?

And that is despite the fact that one day we’ll stop putting on face masks and we will be allowed to be among a group of people. Will we feel safe enough to go back to doing the things we used to do before? Mexicans have many customs that require physical contact with others and these customs may now begin to disappear due to the coronavirus. Here are a few examples:

GREET “DE BESO”

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Nowadays due to the “social distance” it is not possible to greet people with a kiss. And friends who used to greet each other with a kiss on the cheek have to settle for just saying hello from afar. This is an old custom, especially among high school and college youth. However, there will be many who will not resume that habit once we return to normal, either because they never liked that habit or because they prefer to be safe than sorry.

TAKE A MORDIDA OUT OF THE CAKE

The tradition of the mordida is not only classic among Mexicans, but also one of the funniest parts of the holidays. There are those who sing the mañanitas as fast as they can in order to move on to the part of burying the birthday boy’s face in the cake. However, when it comes to the coronavirus, this tradition is not a good idea. Before the times of the pandemic, several people already thought that this tradition was somewhat unsanitary, due to the great contact that the birthday boy has with the cake. Now that we are all trying to keep other people’s germs and viruses as far away from us, the bite may no longer be a part of birthday parties in the future.

GO TO THE CLUBS

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Perhaps many miss clubbing and wish more than anything they could party until the amanecer. The problem with these places is that many do not have a large space and it is normal to be very close to the people who are dancing on the floor. The sweat that comes from dancing all night is something we should avoid at this time. The great risks of contagion that are generated in the clubs may cause fear of going to these places once they are fully open again.

SHARE THE BOTTLE OF TEQUILA

Listening to Vicente Fernandez songs while passing the bottle of tequila around a group of friends is as Mexican as nopal. Sharing drinks at the time the party starts or some kind of celebration is not uncommon among Mexicans. However, in the times of the coronavirus it is something that should be avoided as much as possible. Maybe some people don’t mind sharing the bottle again. However, there are those who from now on prefer to have their own drink and that only they have to touch it.

PASS THE MIC AT KARAOKE

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In some bars or parties they may have the habit of having their clients sing at Karaoke. But passing a microphone around a group of friends and singing in a small room goes against the guidance of epidemiologists. Maybe now we have to forget about singing at the top of our lungs when we go to a bar and there is no longer Karaoke time.

One of the good things that the coronavirus leaves us is that now many of us are getting used to washing their hands and disinfecting things that other people have constantly touched. Perhaps this will become the new normal even when the coronavirus is no longer a threat. At the same time this could also create a certain paranoia that did not exist before. What you prefer to do is valid, the important thing is that we stay healthy.

Mexican Earthquakes, Resilience, and a Dog Named Frida

Today, 19 September 2021, marking the 36th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake. Unfortunately, Mexicans have another, more recent seismic event on their minds, as well. But despite the jarring coincidence of a second major earthquake rattling the city on the exact same date, the 2017 Puebla earthquake presents a different kind of story than that of a disaster made worse by government inaction and ineptitude. It’s a story of courage, hope, and resilience. And the face of that story is a heroic dog named Frida.

Frida the rescue dog. Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, CC BY 4.0 

On Mexican Courage and Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Any earthquake is, of course, a huge tragedy for those who lose loved ones and/or homes. And the sensation of feeling the Earth below you shaking or the building you’re in swaying is pretty nerve-wracking, let alone witnessing entire concrete buildings collapsing to the ground! So the stories of people rushing in to try to help instead of running in the opposite direction in search of safety says so much about the nature of the many chilangos who did just that during the 2017 earthquake, a 7.1 quake, whose epicenter was determined to be just outside San Felipe Ayutla, Puebla, by the US Geological Survey.

Diego Luna says he was inspired by seeing Mexicans running into the danger zone to help:

A reporter from the Dallas Daily News also documented the resilience and solidarity of the Mexican people in the face of disaster and hardship, highlighting how a new generation of young Mexicans who weren’t around back in 1985 has taken it upon themselves to do whatever it takes to help their neighbors and move their country forward.  I mean, this snippet says it all: 

“’There is more courage in Mexico than in any other country I know,’ said John Womack, a historian at Harvard University and longtime expert on Mexico. ‘The resilience — strength of heart, corazon, courage — comes from family and from historically, for centuries, having to face disaster after disaster without much of a coherent state to help.’”

Volunteers moving debris in Colonia Obrera, Mexico City
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Frida the Rescue Dog Goes Viral

The biggest hero to emerge from the 2017 terremoto was Frida the rescue dog. Frida became an international star after the Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR) posted this tweet about the loveable golden Labrador retriever several days before the Puebla quake, as she had been hard at work helping rescue people caught in the massive 8.2 Chiapas earthquake that had shaken much of the country on 9 September. 

Although there were other valiant rescue dogs that also helped save lives by going into dangerous situations in search of survivors, Frida was the most experienced among them. She and her handler, Israel Arauz Salinas, have even been honored with a statue in the city of Puebla along with a plaque that memorializes the pair as “symbols of the strength Mexicans can have when we decide to come together for great causes.” 

This article first appeared in Shoptezuma.com on 9/17/2019.

4 Recetas para Exfoliantes Corporales Naturales y Económicos

Exfoliar la piel para que se sienta suave y luzca fresca y mantenga la flexibilidad que desde muy jóvenes tenemos, viene de uno de los documentos médicos más antiguos en la historia humana. El papiro de Ebers el cual es un antiguo pergamino egipcio que detalla el conocimiento médico relacionado con todo, desde la depresión hasta cómo circulan los fluidos en el cuerpo, describe el cómo sentirse bien que a la larga se vera reflejado en nuestra calidad de vida.

Este rollo de alrededor del 1500 a.C.también transmite algunos de los secretos egipcios para una piel hermosa, incluida la creación de exfoliantes con ingredientes naturales.

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Beneficios

El significado de un exfoliante es similar a raspar todas las costras viejas o pedazos del fondo de una olla. En algún momento esa piel que teníamos en años de juventud era fresca y nueva, aun asi con el exfoliante adecuado se puede recuperar algo de los hermosos rostros que solíamos tener.

Deshacerse de la capa vieja también significa que se está desintoxicando la piel, a su vez, que tu tez se ilumina, el desprendimiento de la piel muerta significa que las líneas finas de expresión desaparecen a medida que se elimina la capa exterior rugosa.

La eliminación de la capa exterior también tiene el beneficio adicional de darle a tu piel una apariencia agradable y limpia.

Limpiar la piel con un exfoliante también reduce la grasa y ayuda a prevenir el acné.

 ¿Qué se necesita?

Los exfoliantes son sumamente fáciles de hacer en casa. Necesitas muy pocos ingredientes, que probablemente ya estén en tu cocina.

Aquí te menciono algunos de los Ingredientes exfoliantes más fáciles de conseguir, puedes crear tus propias recetas a medida que vayas experimentando en la mezcla de algunos de ellos pronto obtendrás tus favoritos y más efectivos:

  • Azúcar
  • Sal
  • Café molido
  • Arroz molido grueso
  • Nueces muele
  • Lentejas molidas toscamente
  • Ingredientes hidratantes
  • Aceite de oliva virgen extra
  • Aceite de coco
  • Aceites esenciales
  • Mantequilla de coco
  • Leche
  • Miel
  •  Almacenamiento

Usa un frasco hermético para guardar tu exfoliante.

Puedes empaquetar el exfoliante en frascos pequeños para evitar exponer todo tu contenido al aire cada vez que se vaya a usar.

 De que estar atento

Recuerda hacer una pequeña prueba de parche en tu piel antes de usarlo en toda el área. Frota el cuerpo para asegurarte de que no eres alérgico a ninguno de los ingredientes.

A continuación te presento algunas de las recetas que me han funcionado a mi y a otras personas

RECETAS DE EXFOLIANTES CORPORALES

Exfoliante de té azúcar

El azúcar (blanca preferentemente) es muy beneficiosa cuando se aplica a la piel para una variedad de razones. Ayuda a  reducir esas arrugas y crea un agradable tono uniforme.

 Rinde: 18 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 11/2 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de oliva virgen extra
  • 1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcla bien y almacena en un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de té verde

El aceite de té verde aporta numerosos beneficios a la piel. Se ha usado

para todo, desde el tratamiento de la picazón hasta una forma ligera de protección UV.

Sus increíbles cualidades antioxidantes lo convierten en una potencia que desafía el envejecimiento.

Rinde: 18 onzas

Ingredientes

  •  1 1/2 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de coco
  • 1 cucharada de aceite esencial de té verde
  • 1 cucharadita de aceite de árbol de té

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcle bien y almacene en un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frote con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de chocolate

El cacao no solo huele divino, sino que también es fantástico para la piel.

Las mascarillas y baños de chocolate eran muy populares debido a las capacidades antioxidantes e inherentes del cacao. Cuando se aplica a la piel, estos ayudan a librar al cuerpo de los radicales libres que dañan la piel.

Rinde: 16 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 3 cucharadas de cacao en polvo orgánico
  • 1 cucharadita de aceite esencial de cacao
  • 11/4 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de coco

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcle bien y almacena en

un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de café

No sólo puedes disfrutar de una deliciosa taza de café, si no que hasta te lo puedes embarrar ya que estimula la circulación, reduciendo la celulitis.

Rinde: 12 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 1/2 taza de granos de café
  • 1 taza de aceite de coco
  • 1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcla bien y almacena en

un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Espero que algunas de estas recetas te sean de utilidad y que te consientas de vez en cuando sin tener que gastar tantos centavos en cremas excesivamente caras y con ingredientes químicos en su mayoría.

Fuente:

  • All natural homemade beauty products. Author Josephine Simon

9+ Toys That will Remind you of Your Childhood in México

In the modern world full of technology it is difficult to imagine that we ever played with toys made of wood or that we sat for hours playing board games.

Many experts talk about the importance of restricting the time our children spend in front of the television. But did you know that taking our kids away from technology and instead offering them toys that don’t use batteries helps develop their imaginaciones?

Giving our children 100% Mexican handmade toys not only helps them learn about Mexican cultura, it also helps them to be smarter every day.

Here is a list of the most famous toys from our childhood that we could share with our children:

Lotería

This game is not only fun, but it can also help your children learn new Spanish words. You are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Did someone say El Borracho?

Wooden Boxeadores

Source: Wikimedia

The boxers game is perfect for people who want to challenge their speed. Children who like video games or challenges may find this game fascinating. The fastest fingers will be the ones that take the gold belt.

Muñecas de Trapo

Rag dolls are a national craft that are not as appreciated as they should be. Each doll is different because they are all completely handmade. This could be a beautiful gift for an expectant mom or as a last doll gift for a quinceañera.

Pirinola

Maybe you have ever been frustrated by “losing everything” with this game, but maybe you have also been the lucky one to “ganar todo“. With this game we can expand our imagination and invent new ways to use the pirinola in housework, activities, exercises, etc. Each family can have their own way of playing pirinola and create new traditions that mark the childhood of your children.  

The Tablitas Mágicas

Something that seems like a thing of magic are the famous little boards, the way they change position impacts many and it is incredible to know that Mexican artisans are the creators of this fantastic game.

The Balero

Balero is one of the most challenging games of all, in addition to the fact that it is almost impossible to put the bearing in place on the first try, you should also be careful not to end up with a black eye. Despite all these challenges, you can spend several hours enjoying this game.

The Trompo

Something new that you can teach your children is the “picotazos“. This game is the favorite of many, you can practice for hours to perfect the art of the top and you can also play with several people to see who is the one who can keep their top spinning until the end.  

Dominó

The domino is not 100% Mexican, as it is believed that it was actually created in China. However, our Mexican artisans can create beautiful wooden games that you can use at family gatherings to entertain your guests.

Luchador mask

There are many children who like to play Make-Believe or dress up to look like their favorite character. Whether it’s for Halloween or just to pretend to be a Mexican wrestler, luchador masks are ideal for kids with big imaginations.

Bonus: Chavo del 8

Ok, this is not precisely a toy from childhood, but definitely the El Chavo character is, and anything that reminds us of that great TV show is something we want. These dolls are more of a collectible that you can keep to remind you of the good ol’ Chavito.

These are not even half of the things that Mexican hands can create, there are cars, guitars, noisemakers, carousels, trucks, yo-yos and much more. You don’t need a shopping center to find the perfect toy for your children, the next time you have the opportunity to visit Mexico, maybe it would be a good idea to walk through the streets full of handicrafts and support the artisans who need our support so much.

“Remember that what is done in Mexico is well done”