Entries by Phillippe Diederich

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6 Tips for Home Improvement on a Budget

UPDATED June 12th, 2018 When someone told me April is National Home Improvement Month, I thought they were joking. A month for home improvement? Really? I figured the idea must have been concocted by Home Depot or Lowe’s. But it’s a real holiday, started by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Back during […]


Soldaderas: The Women of the Mexican Revolution

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 November 20 is the day we celebrate the Mexican Revolution, that long war (1910-1920) that ended the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and began a new age for Mexico. Every year it seems we only celebrate the heroes: Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, and the politicians: Francisco Madero and Venustiano Carranza. But […]


Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Latino-Style!

It’s St Patrick’s Day. But as a Latino, maybe you’re not sure what the fuss is all about. Why is everyone obsessed with wearing green, sporting silly hats and drinking Guinness, an alcoholic version of Malta? You figure it’s just a crazy Irish thing. Well you’re right. It is a major Irish holiday, though Americans have […]


7 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break on a Budget

Spring Break is here again. The kids are off school for a week, and they’re longing to make it a real vacation. But Disney World or the Grand Canyon just aren’t in your budget this year. Don’t worry. Here we present 7 inexpensive family activities so you can enjoy Spring Break, stay on a budget, and make it […]