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Day of the Dead and What it Means to Celebrate It

With the popularity of the Disney movie Coco, Day of the Dead has become a pretty well-known holiday. Yet, even if you have seen the movie, you may still be wondering what it’s all about. Where did this tradition come from? What do all the flowers and skeletons mean? Here is everything you need to know about Day of the Dead. What is Day of the Dead? Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America, but it originated in Mexico.

How to Notice Your Cultural Lens

We all have a cultural lens. It is formed deep within our brains during childhood. So deeply, in fact, that many of us don’t even realize it is there. If asked to define your culture, a simple, one word answer such as “tradition or family” may stumble out. Yet, culture goes much deeper. It forms how we think, how we live, who we are, how we interact with others and how we see the world. Hence, why it is called your cultural lens.

Top 10 Languages Spoken in the World (and 10 of the Least Spoken)

Top 10 Languages Spoken in the world (and 10 of the Least Spoken) Let’s play a game. Try to name off the top 10 languages spoken in the world. Ready, set, go! If you are like me, your list probably went “English, French, Spanish, ummm German, Chinese, and maybe Italian?” your confidence waning with each subsequent language. Have no fear. Below is the complete list of the top 10 languages of the world. This list of spoken languages includes the most widely spoken languages around the globe, an

Facts about Mexico: Mexican Language, Culture, Customs & Traditions

Looking for some interesting facts about Mexico? Well you are in the right place. Here you can find everything you need to know about Mexico: Facts about the Mexican language, facts about the Mexican culture, facts about Mexican customs and traditions and much more! Ah, Mexico. The land of beautiful beaches, abundant tequila and chili-powdered covered everything. Yet, Mexico is much more than what meets the eye, or what makes the news. Mexico is a land of linguistic diversity, decadent cuisine

The Immigrant Next Door – Vanessa Ruiz –

On April 6, 2018 the horror began. The Trump administration passed a “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy. As a result, US Border Patrol began locking innocent children in cages, separating them from their parents. The media went crazy, the public up in arms. The streets filled with protests, the people enraged. Yet, separating children from their parents at the border is really nothing new. It’s something the US has done for years, without ever pausing long enough to let these families dry the

8 Simple Ways to Abolish Daycare Guilt

I will never forget Easter of 2015. It was a day of feigned joy shadowed by impending doom. A day seared into my mind for eternity. Easter 2015 was my last day of maternity leave. The day before my child was thrown into the dreaded depths of “daycare”. The next morning was a mixture of tears, exhaustion and daycare guilt. How could I possibly leave my child with complete strangers for 8+ hours? What if he doesn’t like it? What if he’s scarred for life? What if he misses me? Although we all

The Ultimate Guide to Toxin-Free Living on a Budget | .com

At least not when your health is on the line. Did you know that a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) linked chemicals used in popular cleaning products to asthma, cancer and birth defects? (EWG, Cleaning Supplies and Your Health) Quiz: Is Your Body TOXIC? Take the Test... (personalized report) In another study, the EWG determined that the average woman places 168 chemicals on her body before walking out the door each morning. (EWG, Exposures Add Up) Makes you rethink your morni

A Non-Toxic Nursery: 15 Tips To Give Your Baby a Healthy Start

Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of life’s greatest adventures. Before you fill out your registry and plan every detail of your little one’s picture-perfect nursery, you should know about a few toxic imposters lingering inside many products marketed for your precious baby. VOCs are your non-toxic nursery’s worst enemy. After installing new furniture, carpet, painting, etc. the organic and non-organic chemicals, or VOCs, used in these products begin to evaporate. These toxins are

Finding Freedom in a Budget - Our Financial Transformation

It was a dreary Spring evening back in 2016. I was headed to the grocery store to pick up some necessities while my husband took care of our one-year-old son back home. I filled my cart, rushed up to the register and anxiously planned what I'd throw together for dinner as I waited in line. The cashier rang up my groceries. I swiped the card. The cashier's kind smile abruptly turned to a confused frown. "It says your card was declined...Would you like to try again?" My face burned with embarrass

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