Snack Ideas, Printables and Savings!

Snack Ideas, Printables and Savings!

This year I am also very excited to finally start to share the history and culture behind Dia de los Muertos with my girls and for them to share it with their classmates. These printable sugar skulls or calaveras make starting the conversation easier. #SnackItAndPackIt #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias

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How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

Growing up, Dia de los Muertos was a holiday that I was aware of, but it wasn't something that my family celebrated. I don't know why, I wish we had, because I think it's such a beautiful way to honor your family. As a Latina Mom, I am going to take this opportunity to teach my girls the truth behind the history and tradition.  #OfrendasConNestle #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias

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Get Ready for #PixarCOCO with these Printable Activity Sheets

Get Ready for #PixarCOCO with these Printable Activity Sheets

How excited are you for Disney/Pixar's latest greatest creation, COCO!? I know I'm not alone in this. It has been such a long road to get here, as a Latina Mama I know there was a lot of resistance and a lot of hesitation and hope that Disney would honor the traditions behind Dia de los Muertos. I have yet to see the film for myself, but from the trailer (which you can check out below) it seems as though Disney has worked their magic and created a really beautiful story. #PixarCOCO

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Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with Nestlé

Where is November going? It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating Dia de los Muertos with Nestlé. I spent the morning getting my face painted, learning about the traditions behind the celebration and sampling some fun recipes that Nestlé has come up with using the traditional Abuelita chocolate.  I'm just glad the weather has finally started cooling down as we get ready to bring in the holidays, which means I have more reason to enjoy my Abuelita chocolate and pan dulce more often.

I make chocolate dipped pretzels a few times a year for holidays and birthday parties and I'm ashamed to say I had never thought of using Abuelita chocolate before. I sampled these at the event and they were delicious, definitely something new to try. 

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican cultural celebration that I've known about my whole life, but never really celebrated. I don't know why my family never celebrated, but over the past few years it has become more well known. Now that my girls are getting older and can understand the tradition a bit more, I think we will build our own altar next year. 

These cookies are another recipe that I tasted during the Nestlé Abuelita event. The cookies were made using NESCAFÉ® Café de Olla (my new favorite coffee). I buy the traditional NESCAFÉ® coffee all the time, and I thought the orange top and label was decaf, so I stayed away. Now, I know the orange top is NESCAFÉ® Café de Olla. The cinnamon flavor is perfect for these cold mornings and the cookie was a perfect mix of cake, chocolate and cinnamon. 

TIP: A fun way to decorate your own sugar skull cookies for Dia de los Muertos is with Nestle candies. We used all types of Sweet Tarts, Spree's, and Nerds to make these. 

With the holidays fast approaching, make sure to keep some traditional Abuelita chocolate on hand, I remember always having some in the cupboards when I was growing up. Abuelita has always been around for those cold nights when a nice cup of rich hot chocolate is just what you need. I love that I get to share the yummy tradition of Abuelita con pan dulce with my daughters, something that has been passed on throughout the past generations. That's the way to keep culture alive, passing on and maintaining the traditions. 

You can find more delicious recipes just in time for the holidays over at El Mejor Nido. Enjoy!

Must See Movie of the Year: The Book of Life! (Now In Theaters)

The Book of Life is now in theaters and I must admit, I've already seen it twice! It has taken me a week to really be able to put into words how much I love this family friendly, culturally rich, beautifully animated movie for all ages. The Book of Life produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum with supporting roles by Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Christina Applegate.
The film tells the amazing story of friendship, love, courage and family. Yes, the movie talks about death, in fact one of the funniest lines of the movie is "What is it with Mexicans and death?" but don't worry. This movie is not just about the day of the dead, it is about the Book of Life, it is about remembering your loved ones who have passed away and the importance of keeping their memory alive. I don't even want to spoil the movie by telling you the whole story, you really just have to go see it for yourself for that.
Before the movie premiered I was invited to screen the film with some of my fellow Latina Bloggers and had a fun afternoon of face painting and cupcake decorating. Here I am with La Muerta herself, the Goddess of the Land of the Remembered. 
My girls have been impatiently anticipating the release of this film for a while now, and now that they've seen it, they just can't stop talking about it. You can only imagine how excited my girls were when they saw their happy meal came with a bucket and stickers featuring the characters from The Book of Life. They just love Maria.. and Chuy, her beloved pig.

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Just saw #BookOfLife and I'm in the spirit. The movie was amazing! Beautiful, colorful, romantic, sweet and funny!

I had an amazing makeup artist by the name of Ericka Agosto who gave me this fun look for the day.

Check out the trailer for the movie and go see it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will laugh, cry, be amazed and probably recognize a song or two that were hidden little gems that totally made me smile. I've already downloaded the soundtrack! It's so fun! 

Have you seen The Book of Life? What did you think? Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos?