Entries by Denise Cortes


How My Kids Motivated Me to Lose Weight

Kids proved to be a great motivation for this mom to lose weight! Losing weight has been on the forefront of my mind since I was in junior high. As I sat “criss-cross applesauce” during P.E. and I noticed how much bigger my thighs were compared to the other girls, I thought of it. In […]

For Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Artist Yolanda Lopez

[Mamiverse’s Bilingual Plus is an online channel devoted to bringing parents and educators the bilingual learning tools they need in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, and free curriculum-based family activities.] As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I think of those individuals who influenced our life path. For this once young, frizzy-haired Mexican-American woman from Southern […]


What to Name Your Latino Baby

Naming our children was always an organic affair. There were those special names that I loved the sound of, the names of important people, names that meant something special. Each and every time I became pregnant, my husband and I would have a little pow wow and put our favorite names on the table. We […]


DIY Day of the Dead Mask

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a tradition dating back to the Aztecs. The “people of the Sun” believed that death was just a continuation of life and Día de los Muertos is a day to honor your loved ones who have passed away. The merging of both indigenous and Spanish […]


I’m Latina, and I Don’t Speak Spanish

UPDATED August 1st, 2016 I hate when it happens. When my mother-in-law comes over and she is in a heated discussion with my husband and I wonder if she’s talking about me. When I shop at the local Mexican market and I need two pounds of queso fresco. When I’m introduced to a sweet, elderly […]