SpanglishBaby wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for our amazing regular contributors. Each of them was chosen carefully because we believe that there are many ways to raise bilingual children. Our contributors bring very different stories and voices to our growing community. Some of them are bloggers, some are teachers, some are writers, but they are all moms on the journey to raise bilingual and bicultural kids.

Elsie Rivas Gomez is a mother, wife, teacher, and writer living in Pasadena, CA. She was born in El Salvador and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first collection of poetry, Swimming in El Rio Sumpul, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can find her blogging over at MamaFeminista.

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Kimberly Stevens Lane was born to a Costa Rican mother and an American father and was raised in both countries. She is the mother of four-year-old twin boys, both of whom have special needs and are in full-time special education programs. She has a Master of Arts degree in Conference Interpretation and is a freelance translator and interpreter in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Susan O. Stephan is a credentialed Spanish Teacher in the state of California who earned her Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in Spain, Japan and the United States.  She teaches Spanish at a 7-12 public school in southern California, she also uses her teaching skills with her sons and in her Spanish speaking play groups.

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Suzanne Garcia Mateus is the proud mami of a one-plus-year old little girl whom she is ambitiously trying to raise with three languages. Her research interests as a doctoral student in bilingual and bicultural education and life experiences growing up with Mexican immigrant parents inspired her to create a blog, Interpretations of a Bilingual Life, in order to better understand the rich nuances that living with multiple languages offers. Connect with Suzanne on Twitter: @TrilingualBaby

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Vanessa Bell , De Su MamaVanessa Bell is a Cuban American, bicultural Latina, building a legacy for her biracial children through memoir writing, explorations of identity and documentation of their food culture, travel and positive parenting. She believes in creating a purposed legacy, and is driven to help other parents do the same. Find out more about her mission at www.DeSuMama.com

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Amy Conroy is the mother of three young children and holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology. An advocate of bilingualism, Amy founded habla blah blah and is passionate about introducing non-native speakers to Spanish through music and fun. Amy is a native Los Angelean on extended leave in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX. She also contributes to Dotcoms for Moms and is the Editor for Amigos del Parque .

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Becky Morales is a mom to 4 bilingual, multicultural, active kids ages 4-7; she and her husband are doing their best to raise them as compassionate world citizens, and lifelong learners. She founded kidworldcitizen.org, where parents and teachers can find global activities to do at home that help enrich little minds. In her free time loves to cook and travel and is a wannabe triathlete.

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maria jose ovalleMaría José Ovalle was born in Chile and moved to the Washington, D.C. area when she was 11 years old and continued to split her time between the nation’s capital and Chile. She has her Master’s degree in Public Communication and Public Relations from the University of Westminster in London where she lived for six years until October 2011. A busy mamá to her three year old bilingual son, she manages her blog, Very Busy Mamá {life, beauty & style}, does freelance PR and Social Media work, tries to fit in running and once a year participates in some form of (amateur) theater production.

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Marika Lynch Marika Lynch is president of Marika Lynch Communications, which helps nonprofit clients increase their impact through storytelling. Before opening the firm in 2008, Marika was an award-winning reporter and editor for the Miami Herald, where she covered stories from Tallahassee to Bogota. She earned her bachelor’s in history and Latin American studies at Georgetown University and served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Mexico City. She lives in Miami with her husband and three boys.

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DianaDiana Limongi-Gabriele is mommy to Enzo, a French/Hispanic/European/American (one day trilingual) 2 year old boy. She works hard juggling a full-time job, motherhood, family, grad school and her blog LadydeeLG where she writes about issues she is passionate about including teaching her son Spanish, motherhood, parenting, Latino issues, good quality food and women’s issues. She has a MA in Migration Studies, and is pursuing an MPA in Nonprofit Management. Diana is a regular contributor for Mamiverse. She also shares her posts on Momsrising and Multicultural Familia. You can connect with her via Twitter, @dianalimongi or on Facebook.

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Melissa BaileyMelissa is the proud mami of Little L, a wonderful and curious toddler who is growing up bilingual. She is also the author of HungryFoodLove a recipe blog where she not only shares her passion for food, but also the peace and joy that is experienced by cooking and loving. Melissa is a firm believer that some of the greatest memories can be created around food, cooking with mamá, abuela, tía y, ¿por qué no?, papá. That is why her blog is intended to be a plate full of positive and encouraging messages served with delicious recipes. Melissa is originally from the Dominican Republic born and raised there so her Latin heritage is reflected in the food she cooks. She lives in Upstate New York with her daughter Little L. and her better half Mr. B.

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PaulaPaula was born in Guatemala and raised bilingual. She moved to Florida with her husband and together they are raising their two children to embrace their Latino culture and discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula is a recovering architect turned freelance writer, translator & marketer. She is the founder of Growing Up Bilingual where she shares insights, tips and bilingual resources along with Latino inspired recipes. She can also be found at 365thingsswfl where she shares her family travel adventures.

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EileenEileen is a New York City Public School teacher in Brooklyn by day and a freelance writer, Community Manager to Mamiverse, wife, and mother of two boys by night. A contributor for Latina Bloggers Connect and heavily involved in social media. Eileen is the founder of Mommy Teaches, where she shares her love of blogging about her pride in teaching, parenting, and the blessings and trials that life have to offer. A circle of Moms Top 25 Teacher Mom, nominated for Best Latin@ Education Blogger, Hispano Blogger Award and The Socia Revolucion SXSWi 2013 award. She graduated from NYU with honors with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. A children’s book collector from a young age, Eileen loves cooking all types of food, reading and being arts & crafty with her boys. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY from a Puerto Rican mother and an American father. Eileen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 10 years.

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BettyBetty Galvan is Mexican-American from Chicago living in New Jersey with her husband and 3 bilingual boys under the age of 6. She is a former middle school Language Arts and Reading teacher and even taught preschool in Tokyo, Japan! Currently a work-from-home mom, Betty writes a Latina lifestyle blog, My Friend Betty Says, encouraging her readers to seek the benefits from bilingual education, travel, books, and more. Please visit to see what else she recommends for living a positive life here.

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StephanieStephanie is a Californian native living with her husband and two children. In 2006 she graduated from San Jose State University and began her career in Early Childhood Education as a Preschool Master Teacher. By 2009 she ran an Early Head Start Family Daycare Home for three years before becoming a full-time Mama in 2012.  As a blogger, she writes about her journey through adulthood, parenthood, her Latin/American identity, and offers pictorial step-by-step recipes of her favorite foods.  You can find her blog at SpanglishSpoon.com

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cynthiagarza-headshotCynthia Leonor Garza is a former journalist who, after becoming a first-time mom, decided to follow her passion for fun Spanglish style and start DosBorreguitas.com, an online retail store featuring original, fun and clever onesies and T-shirts and other bilingual and bicultural children’s products..

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La Maestra’s Corner

KellyKelly was born and raised in Ecuador, South America and moved to the United States when she was 18. While she obtained a bachelor degree in business administration and later worked in the private sector for a few years, deep inside she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Kelly returned to school and obtained both teaching credentials and a master degree in education – she has not looked back ever since (well…a couple of times). Kelly’s  teaching journey has taken her many places over the last seven years, and this year she’s moving to a dual-language school, which is the main reason she decided to start her own blog and create her own bilingual teaching resources.

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Books & Libros Editor/Contributor

Chelsea Torres is SpanglishBaby’s Book Editor and a regular contributor. She is not a native Spanish speaker, but is raising her Latino son to be bilingual. A graduate of Rollins College, Chelsea lives in Orlando with her blended family.

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The Culture of Food Contributor

Ericka Sánchez–Proudly born in Torreón, Coahuila Mexico, Ericka arrived in the United States in 1982 to El Paso, Texas. Her love of food began in her mom’s kitchen but flourished in a food photography studio where she assisted in food styling/design and photo shoots. Now a wife and a mom to a 2-year old toddler, Ericka launched her bilingual blog Nibbles & Feasts in 2010 as a guide to satiating food cravings through recipes and to share her restaurant recommendations and food events in Los Angeles. You can read all of Ericka’s recipes here.

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Morena EscardoMorena Escardo is half the team of Peru Delights. She studied Philosophy in England, and Literature in Spain, worked as a magazine and book editor, and had a catering business for 3 years in Lima. Together with her mother, a professional chef and cookbook writer, they decided to share the food of their country with the world, because they believed people were missing out on this wonderful, extremely varied cooking heritage. Peruvian food is considered to be the next big thing in the culinary world.

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Nicole Presley is a culinary enthusiast and recipe developer who cooks, eats, breathes, and talks food. She writes an original recipe food blog called Presley’s Pantry from her home in East Los Angeles, which has a primary focus on comfort food, and is beloved for a series of whimsical webisodes that showcase Nicole in her kitchen. She has worked with brands such as The National Milk Processor’s Board, the Idaho Potato Commission, Whole Foods Market, KitchenAid, Wonderful Pistachios, Avocados from Mexico, and Maseca’s Amigas Blogueras on product development, and in October 2012, Fresh and Easy Markets will package and sell a Presley-created salad. One of LATISM’s Top 70 Latina Blogueras in the nation, Nicole is also the co-creator of The Two Good Eggs, a breakfast blog.

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Kids Activities Contributors

Ruby is a wife and mother to 2 little ones. She is the blogger at Growing Up Blackxican, where she blogs about raising her kids to be proud of their two cultures: Black and Mexican. Her family recently moved from the West Coast to the East Coast and are transitioning from being a military family to a civilian family. She is passionate about family, education and all things crafty.

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Mari is the founding editor of Ezine, Inspired by Family Magazine, a place where we want you to feel encouraged as you join us in our journey to leave a legacy to our children and strengthen our family relationships. This is a place where you will get inspired to create, laugh and live together. So stop by, grab a cup of cafe con leche, and get inspired.

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Elizabeth Masturzo-Baldeón  is a language education specialist who lives with her familia in the suburbs of Washington D.C. She left her teaching job in an elementary school to work at home raising her daughter Sofía- and she couldn’t be happier!  You can read about how her familia makes a conscious effort in their daily lives to bring baby up bilingual at her blog, La Mother Tongue.

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Jennifer raised her three children speaking Spanish and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature and has been teaching Spanish for over twenty years. She shares resources for teaching Spanish to children on her website Spanish Playground.

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Features Author

Tracy López is a writer living outside the D.C. Metro area. Her blog, Latinaish, examines cultural differences she discovers as she navigates life in a bicultural, bilingual family. She can also be reached via Twitter @Latinaish.

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SpanglishBaby Playground Community Manager

Xochitl, who originally hails from Mexico, is the community manager for SpanglishBaby Playground. She is a long-time entrepreneur in marketing and media and advocate for bilingual education. Xochitl earned a Master’s degree from UW-Madison and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and nine-year-old son, who she has committed to raise speaking Spanish, English and German while making it a fun cultural experience for him.

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Forum Leader

Beth Ortuño, the SpanglishBaby Forums Leader, is a farmer’s daughter from the midwest heartland of the USA who started learning Spanish around age thirty just because she wanted to. Later, she married a man who’s from the mountains of México. They are committed to raising their baby son bilingual and bicultural. Her two stepchildren and eight of her nieces and nephews are bilingual, and she is the proud mom of her monolingual daughter who is now in college. Beth holds a degree in international economics and works in maritime logistics. She and her husband live in a diverse urban neighborhood of Houston.