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An Invitation to Learn How the Disney/Pixar Magic is Made

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Have you heard all the buzz about Disney/Pixar’s newest 3-D animated movie, “Brave”, and its fabulous female heroine? Yes, for the first time ever, Pixar has created a movie featuring a woman as its lead character and, from what we see in the trailers, Princess Merida is destined to become a star and a role model of brave and confident girls. Set in beautiful highlands of Scotland, independent Merida defies an age-old custom in an effort to lead her ownRead More ...

Sharing a Story on Rare Disease Day

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Note from Ana: I was recently made aware through a friend that February 29 is Rare Disease Day. This friend has a child with Pulmonary Hypertension, considered a rare disease and one for which there are no therapies available for children yet. I invited her to share with us her family´s story with this rare disease.  Our son, Lucas Miles Van Wormer, was only four years old when he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension in November 2006.  PH isRead More ...

Sharing My Most Messy Moment

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A series of messy moments… the perfect way to describe (one part of) motherhood – especially when there’s a baby involved. Before I became a mom, one of the things I dreaded most about having babies was the idea of changing diapers, particularly the poop type. Everybody used to tell me that it wasn’t that bad when it was your own child, but I didn’t feel any different once my daughter was born. I wanted to barf every single timeRead More ...

Disney Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2012

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January 13: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D This Disney classic will be hitting theaters once more, and we can’t wait to take our little princesses! The fantastic journey of Belle will surely captive us all over again, but this time in stunning 3D. February 17: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY Based on the award-winning novel “The Borrowers,” this captivating film is perfect for the whole family. Living quietly beneath the floorboards of a home is Arrietty and her family who move aboutRead More ...

Santa Claus: Does It Matter What Color He Is or What Language He Speaks?

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I have to admit the first time I saw a brown Santa Claus I was taken aback. He didn’t seem right. He didn’t fit into the mold of the Coca-Cola envisioned Santa Claus we’ve all grown up with. This was years ago, and I had honestly not given Santa’s skin color any more thought until a couple of weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us (almost all Latinas) if we cared if the jolly man was brownRead More ...

4 Reasons Why Children in the U.S. Should Speak Spanish

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Editor’s note: During the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing things a bit differently here as Ana and I concentrate in meeting the deadline for the forthcoming SpanglishBaby book. We hope you bear with us. Because we’ve been around for almost three years (wow! when did that happen?), this week we’ll be sharing some classic posts from when it all got started. This post was originally published on January 3, 2011. Last week, Chelsea Kyle shared on our Facebook page an excellentRead More ...

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

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My girl is finally at the stage where the images of Halloween are not that spooky to her. At least she tries being brave and that´s huge. Last year there was no way she would even get close to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland during Mickey´s Halloween Party, but this year she braved it…with my hand over her eyes and her peeking out! Mickey´s Halloween Party is really what Halloween needs to be about for kids. Spooky, yet fun. TonsRead More ...

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