Giveaway: Two New Books, Disney's Elena and the Secret of Avalor

In this home, reading is not only one of our favorite things to do, it is one of the most important things that we do. When I was a kid I loved to read and from the moment my girls first learned to read, I could not wait for them to fall in love with reading the way I did. From my experience, the best way to get your kids to fall in love with reading is by giving them books to read that they are interested in. So, for now that's one of my goals- find books that my girls will love to read. 

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Welcome! Disney's First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor!

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Disney Channel. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Have you heard the excellent news? There's a new princess in town, last week we officially met Disney's first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. As a mother to two little Latina princesses of my own, this was kind of a big deal. Not only is it fun for them to be able to look up to someone who resembles you, but it's important to be able to share parts of your culture with others.

So, not only were we super excited for the premier of Disney's Elena of Avalor, we had ourselves a viewing party!

In the package that Disney sent us, there was a party board with ideas that would be fun for an Elena of Avalor party. All of the crafts and decorations were super cute, but one thing popped out at me; Bunuelos. This recipe and the irons that I used to make them were handed down to me by my Grandma Aurora before she passed away. It is a very special tradition to us and our family and I thought it was very fitting that we have them to celebrate the first Latina Princess.

My Grandma Aurora was a beautiful and proud Latina woman. She was a definite embodiment of what a Latina princess should be; Ready to rule with grace and compassion and a strong sense of familia. I learned so much from her and every single time that I am crafting, working on a DIY project or decorating for a party, I think of her. She had an amazing eye for decoration and I just wish she was still around to give me tips or lend a hand. I just know she would have LOVED Pinterest, she definitely would have created an Elena of Avalor Pinterest Board right away.

To make the Bunuelos here is what you'll need: (this recipe yields about 2 dozen rosettes.)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  • Rosette Irons (You can find them online)
  • cinnamon sugar mixture 
  1. Place Flour, Sugar and Salt in a large bowl. Form a well
  2. Whisk egg, vanilla, and milk until mixed together.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the well of flour and whisk together until a batter forms. There shouldn't be lumps and the batter should have a consistency similar to pancake batter.
  4. Heat Oil in a pan to 165 degrees. The oil should be able to cover the rosette iron, so at least 2-3 inches deep.
  5. Keep the iron in the oil so it heats up as well.
  6. Once your batter is ready. Take the iron out of the oil, dripping the remaining oil off. The iron should be hot when dipping into the batter.
  7. IMPORTANT: Do not cover the iron in batter. The batter should only go as far as the walls of the rosette.
  8. Dip a few times and transfer to the oil. The batter should fry and release itself from the iron. If it doesn't, sometimes you might have to use a fork to help it release.
  9. Flip so both sides are golden and remove from oil. Set aside on paper towels.
  10. Last, sprinkle the rosette with the cinnamon/sugar mix. 


This little lady was so excited for the premier of Elena of Avalor. And not just for the bunuelos. I love hearing all the excitement in her voice as she says, "She's a Latina. Like me."

Our viewing party had to include some arts and craft projects. A viewing party would not be complete if we were not creating something beautiful. My daughter had so much fun creating these tissue paper flower headbands. When there is a craft or DIY project that the kids can do themselves, you can see the proud look of accomplishment on their faces. Which is kinda what a Mom lives for.

Fruit and popcorn are two must haves at any party. I know for us, growing up, Summer and fruit went hand in hand. We always had chopped up fruit in the fridge and for this party, I thought canteloupe and strawberries would be perfect to go with Elena of Avalor's color scheme.

Of course, popcorn is always a crowd pleaser with the kids. Especially when they get their very own Elena of Avalor cup of popcorn.

I am so madly in love with this beautiful Elena of Avalor watercolor/typography print. I will definitely need to make a space for this in my daughters room. The print artfully presents all of the qualities that make up a Latina princess: Fearless Heroine Ready to Rule with grace and compassion. Brave protector embarking on Magical adventure with familia, friends and Royal sceptor- Crown Princess of Avalor.

The other main attraction at our viewing party was this beautiful table runner. The girls could not wait to get their hands on the fabric markers and get to work. You can do something like this too at your Elena of Avalor party. Just print up coloring sheets and line them up on a table with colorful markers or colored pencils. I love to see the kids let out their creativity.

If your missed the premier of Elena of Avalor, don't worry. You can tune into the Disney Channel each week to follow Elena of Avalor’s latest royal adventures! Elena of Avalor airs on the Disney Channel on Fridays at 7:30pm ET/6:30 pm CT and 7:30 pm PT.