Sunday, May 31, 2009
Check this out! A blog called Brimful Curiosities is having a book giveaway. This is a beautiful bilingual picture book titled, "Before You Were Here, Mi Amor" by Samantha Vamos. Samantha describes the experiences of a family preparing for the arrival of a new baby. Check all the details here.
- Una noche en el museo 2: de vuelta con otra aventura en el museo Smithsonian. Mayo 22 (E.U.).
- Up: La aventura del Sr. Fredrickson quien le pone globos a su casa y vuela por los cielos. PG Mayo 29.
- La Era del Hielo 3: origen de los dinosaurios. 1 de julio.
- Harry Potter y el Principe Mestizo: la sexta serie. PG 15 de julio.
- Aliens en el Atico: un grupo de muchachos defendiendo su casa de vacaciones de aliens invasores. 31 de julio.
- Shorts: un
- Lluvia de Albndigas: Flint un inventor, crea una que hace caer comida del cielo como si fuera lluvia. Sept 18 (En E.U.)
I'm still talking about movies, what can I say? Here are some family movies in theaters right now or coming this summer:
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: Ben Stiller is back at the Smithsonian for a new adventure. May 22 PG
- UP: Pixar's latest adventure, a story about Carl Fredrickson (78 years old) who ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away. May 29 PG
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3: El origen de los dinosaurios)
- The ice age gang's third adventure. July 1st.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The sixth chapter of the wizard saga arrives finally. July 15 PG
- Aliens in the attic: Kids defend their vacation home from aliens. July 31st.
- Shorts: A boy's magical rock turns his town upside down. Aug 7th. PG
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Flint the inventor create a machine which makes food fall from the sky like rain. Sept 18th.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Regal Entertainment Group: Festival Familiar,
AMC: Todos los
Cinemark: Puedes comprar con
I love movies! Ask my mom if you don't believe me! And even though I'm pretty happy with my netflix subscription, there's nothing like the theater. Kids are out of school, Summer is almost here, and I'm bringing you some exciting info about movies!!
Would you pay $1 for a movie? How about watching one for free? Well, there are some big theater chains offering exactly that to families, so look for a pen and put it on your calendars:
Regal Entertainment Group: Starting next week all the way through August. Free Family Festival, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. you can watch a FREE movie. Just be early because it's first come, first serve seating. Please check the web page for participating theaters and movie schedules.
AMC: Summer Movie Camp. Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from June 17th to Aug 5th. You will pay $1 for a good cause. All admissions and concession proceeds will go to charity. Check the web page for participating theaters and movie schedules.
Cinemark: Summer Movie Club House. You can watch 10 shows for $5 (purchased in advance) or $1 per show at the box office. Please check the web page for movies, days and participating theaters.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
When I checked the comments to my previous article, I read a post by Maria who kindly suggested to me the environmental working group's skin deep cosmetic safety database, which I did check out. OMG what a source of information about both ingredients and products. There's too much info to cover it all here, so check it out for comprehensive research on the products in which you are interested. But I would like to mention that I searched for the two sunscreens I talked about earlier, and, well, blue lizard got a 2 (on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst) so I still feel good about it, but most neutrogena products got 7, except for one which got a 2. I have to say, though, there are no studies in the database on the new neutrogena baby sunscreen which left me in the dark about it. So after I read the info I still like the blue lizard, but I will go for California Baby products as well, especially if I find them at a discount, since they are a little on the pricey side. Thanks for the tip, Maria!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have to say, researching about sunscreens takes some time. There are tons of different types, for kids, for women, for babies. Tons of brand names, too!! Gosh! I got dizzy. Finally and after reading the pros and cons, ingredients and prices, I narrowed down my options to 2!! Can you believe it? I decided to buy sunscreen that contains the physical barriers (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). Maybe I'm paranoid, maybe I'm crazy, but I still don't trust completely all the other chemical barrier type products on my children's perfect skin. (Please read my previous post for more info on the difference between physical and chemical barriers)
So my first choice (and I have to say that last year I heard about this, but I couldn't find it except online) is Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30 for babies. I read a lot of great reviews about this product, but it can be pricey, a 9 oz bottle retails for $24.99. The good news is I found it at drugstore.com for $17.00 so I got two right away!! You can check the Blue Lizard web page right here to get more info. I almost forgot to tell you I read that the Blue Lizard bottle will change color when in contact with UVA radiation, so you don't forget to reapply it, cool huh?!
My second choice is Neutrogena pure and free baby sunblock lotion SPF 60. A 3oz bottle retails for $10.99 everywhere I looked (which is not cheaper than Blue Lizard at drugstore.com).
If you are not as paranoid as I am you can choose from a greater range of FDA approved sunscreens, just remember to choose those that protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
- Usa ropa en colores claros, ponte un sombrero que cubra tu cara, orejas y cuello si es posible y ponte unos lentes de sol.
- Aplica 30 minutos antes de salir y generosamente filtro solar con un SPF mnimo de 15 ms, sin dejar espacios, (no olvides detrs de las orejas, detrs del cuello y en la parte superior de los pies) Y reaplica cada dos horas o inmediatamente despus de mojarte, sudar o nadar.
- Procura no exponerte mucho al sol entre las 10:00 y las 4:00 de la tarde que es cuando los rayos solares pueden hacer mas dao. Protgete tambin en das nublados, pues el sol pasa a travs de las nubes.
- La mayora de los filtros solares protegen contra los Rayos UVB pero no todos contra los Rayos UVA, procura conseguir uno que contenga proteccin para ambos, ya que los UVA son los rayos que pueden penetrar capas de piel mas profundamente.
- Ingredientes en filtros solares que protegen contra UVA pueden ser "qumicos" es decir, que transforman la energa en calor como Mexoryl™ or Avobenzone (Parsol 1789 R) o "fsicos", es decir, que reflejan de a los Rayos UV de la piel, como: zinc oxide y titanium dioxide. Los filtros solares pueden tener una combinacin de ambos.
Para mayor informacin puedes checar la pgina de CDC (Centros para el Control y la Prevencin de Enfermedades, por sus siglas en ingls) en espaol aqu.
Protgete y psala bien este verano
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (in which more than 45 organization participate) has designated the Friday before Memorial Day the 1st annual "Don't Fry Day" and the American Cancer Society supports this effort as a way to raise awareness for skin cancer prevention.
As a mom, I'm always concerned about what the sun can do to my children's beautiful skin. Summer is coming and with it, playgroups, playgrounds, pools, summer school, all which come with a heavy dose of the outdoors. So I took the cue from "Don't Fry Day" and started to get information and purchase products to protect my family. Here are Mama Latina Tips from my research. As always you should check with your doctor if you have any questions:
- The American Cancer Society's slogan is: Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap, catchy isn't it? slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses.
- Please limit the time in the sun between 10:00 and 4:00 pm, wear a hat that shades face, neck and ears, wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher and protect yourself and your family even on cool or cloudy days.
- Sunscreen has to be applied 30 minutes before going out and generously without missing spots (Don't forget behind the ears, behind the neck and the top of your feet). Reapply every 2 hours or right after if you sweat, get wet, or swim.
- It is important to get a sunscreen that protects both from UVB and UVA radiation. Most of them protect against UVB but not that many against UVA which are the rays that penetrate deeper into the skin. You can check more about this at www.sunsafetyforkids.org
- Ingredients in sunscreen which may protect a greater spectrum of UVA can be "chemical" which absorb and convert their energy to heat, like Mexoryl™ or Avobenzone (Parsol 1789 R) or can be "physical" which reflect UV rays off skin (UVA as well as UVB) like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Sunscreen products may contain a mixture of the two.
Be safe and have fun!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
A few days ago we were visiting some family in LA, one of them is a great bilingual teacher who I always look forward to seeing because I learn so much from her. Well this time I left her house with a bunch of CD's with children's music in Spanish that she very generously gave us and we listened to them all the way home.
My oldest son showed some resistance to the Spanish songs at the beginning (he wanted just English) but we persisted saying to him that he would like the songs once he learned the lyrics. So since I have just Spanish music in the car. This morning I was glad to hear my son singing a couple of the songs and he actually asked me to stop the music so he could sing them a capela! One of the discs is Cri Cri el Grillito Cantor (literally, Cri Cri, the little singing Cricket) and I can't help feeling all the emotion of my childhood when I hear those songs. I remember my kindergarten with "la marcha de las letras," (The March of the Letters) the song they always played as we filed into our classrooms. And I remember my mom playing the LP while I read the companion book with the lyrics and stories over and over again. At that time I'm sure I enjoyed the songs for their simplicity and melodies, but now as a mom, I can also hear the beauty of their interpretations. My son and I play in the car trying to identify every musical instrument in the orchestra, and he is getting really good at it! Do you remember any of these songs, too? Here is a video published by hugoco79 on youtube with "Caminito de la Escuela," what do you think?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1/4 taza cebolla blanca picada finamente
1 jitomate roma picado finamente
1 chile serrano (o dos o tres si lo quieres mas picoso o puedes omitirlo si no comes picante)
1 tallo de apio
1 chile pimiento verde picado finamente (o rojo o amarillo)
2 cucharadas soperas de salsa catsup
Jugo de dos limones medianos o 3 pequeos
1/2 taza de chicharos congelados
1/2 taza de granos de elote congelados
1 lata (6 oz) de atn en agua
2 tazas de lechuga de bola (iceberg) rebanada finamente
1/2 taza de cilantro picado
sal al gusto
I created this dish when I wanted to have a light and nutritious meal without sacrificing flavor and this is a winner. Everyone loves it, I hope you will too!
1/4 cup white onion finely chopped
1 roma tomato finely chopped
1 serrano pepper finely chopped (or more if you want it spicy, or you can omit it if you don't)
1 celery stalk
1 green bell pepper finely chopped ( or yellow or red )
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 medium or 3 small limes, juice only
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 (6 oz) can tuna in water
2 cups chopped fresh iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
Combine in a bowl onion, tomato, serrano pepper, celery, bell pepper, ketchup and lime juice. Set aside. Defrost sweet peas and corn following microwave directions from their package; let them cool down. Add sweet peas, corn, tuna, lettuce, cilantro and avocado to onion-tomato mixture. Salt to taste, mix well, chill for 15 minutes. Serve with crackers or (my favorite option) Mexican tostadas. Buen Provecho!