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Super Easy, Super Tasty Summer Smoothies

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What's better than sipping on an ice-cold smoothie on a hot summer day? Whether you’re poolside minding the kids or stuck indoors doing laundry, smoothies offer a refreshing alternative to calorie-laden colas. All you need is a few ingredients,…
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How to Sneak Some Exercise into Your Children's Activities

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Getting your kids out and moving this summer is more than just fun for them—it’s vital to their health. And summer is the perfect time to get your little ones up and out of the house, even if you have to sneak activity into their day. Need…
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How did Zumba Become Such a Fitness Craze?

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Zumba, the booty-popping, hip-thrusting, arm-waving dance exercise craze that has been sweeping the planet, was pure happenstance or a “happy accident,” as Zumba founder Alberto "Beto" Perez refers to it. Beto was ready to lead his step…
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How To Negotiate With Your Kids Without Giving In

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Life with kids often involves negotiation, whether we like it or not. The negotiation between you and your children can actually be an empowering experience for them if you structure it properly. Take, for example, this scenario: You are diligently…
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How to Keep Your Ego in Check

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“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all…
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Vipassana Meditation: Why Ten Days of Silence Will Calm any Latina

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No phones. No music. No writing. No reading. No talking. I began to digest the fact that this seemingly contemptuous litany of ‘no’s’ also meant: no whining, complaining, venting, tweeting, texting, blogging, blabbing, pinging, poking,…
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Shake Up Your Asanas!: Where Yoga Meets Dance

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For many of us, yoga equals a serene state of quiet stillness, a zone in which to work on balance, tranquility, and alignment. But sometimes you need to shake things up. Why not try a more communicative yoga practice, one that takes the phrase…
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I'm Not the Nanny, Says This Latina Mom

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We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city…
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Tips to Empower Your Daughter

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When one comes from a culture of kids being seen and not heard, it's important to empower your daughter through words and actions. Validating her voice. Children are meant to be seen and not heard. Not now, honey, Mami’s talking. Oh…