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Thursday, September 27, 2012

BBQing TAINO style

September bbqs are the best. And since bbqing is TAINO and so is la 'maca I figured I'll do both. So I'm laying on my 'maca while I'm bbqing! :-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Get Sofia Vergara's Look

To achieve Sofia Vergara's caramel makeup look with that stunning Zuhair Murad dress she wore and those gorg diamonds, 175 carats of them! Her MUA Kayleen McAdams used some of COVERGIRL's latest and classic products.

 I started by applying NatureLuxe Silk Foundation in Nutmeg #360 all over the face and blended into the neck. I then used TruConceal #4 under the eyes, around the nose and on any spots where needed. I finished with a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder in Soft Honey and Cheekers Blush in Sierra Sands to set the base.

 On the eyes, I started by applying Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Brown Smolder all over the lid and followed that with the Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso just at the root of the lashes. I also used Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso on the bottom lashes and set that liner with Queen Collection 1-Kit Shadow in Copper Penny. I applied three coats of LashBlast Volume Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes to lengthen and add volume. Sofia and I wanted to do something different on her lips, so we chose a shade that she never used before – and we loved the change. I tried tons of different lipsticks on my arm! We looked them all over and tried three different shades before finding the perfect one. 

I wanted the lip to look like caramel, so I added a little gloss. I filled in Sofia’s lips with LipPerfection Lip Color in Captivate, and then went back over the edge of the lips with LipPerfection Lip Liner in Smoky to fill them out and keep her lipstick in place. I topped it all off with Queen Collection Lip Gloss in Sugar and Spice just in the center of the lips. 

 To keep Sofia’s look fresh all night, I gave her powder, lipstick, lip liner and gloss to keep in her purse. Sofia can’t live without LashBlast Volume Mascara, so I also keep my kit well stocked with extras.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

VAPORU for your eyebrows!?!

The Latino elixir   Vicks VapoRub also as a beauty product.

Before heading out to get your eyebrows waxed, dab a little on your brow to ease the waxing sensation.

It cant hurt!  My BFF swears on it!

Read more uncommon uses for VAPORU.


What uncommon uses do you have for VAPORU?

VAPORU for pimples!?!

That's right!  The Latino elixir Vicks VapoRub helps to relieve pimples.

Gremita swears on it!  It cant hurt!  And when a pimple strikes, sometimes you're just desperate to have it go away!

Read more uncommon uses for VAPORU.


What uncommon uses do you have for VAPORU?

VAPORU for mosquito bites!?!

the other day we were BBQing and the mosquitos were out with avengenance.

well... Gremita has a cure for that!  Vicks VapoRub!

She swears on it.  Mosquitos won't bite.

I wonder... is it the strong scent that keeps them away or do they just slip right off ur arm?

I can just picture the mosquitos trying to take hold and slipping on the slimy vicks!

whatever the reason, Gremita swears on vicks vaporub for mosquito bites!

Read more uncommon uses for VAPORU.


What uncommon uses do you have for VAPORU?

the Latino elixir - VICKS-VAPORU

Today im talking about Vicks VapoRub.

There are many uses for Vicks "Vaporu" at least for us Latinos.

I thought I heard just about all but ... here are a few new ones that have come to my attention:

  1. mosquito bites
  2. pimples
  3. eyebrow waxing

Read about each one!  Feel free to tell me your own use for the Latino elixir- VICKS VAPORUB.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Won't you be a friend and buy me some chocolate?

The new changes for the 10th year anniversary of La Diva Latina includes loads of advertising, to keep up with the growing costs of running La Diva.

But since it is my 10th anniversary ... hows about a birthday gift?

You can buy me chocolate!  or an item from my Amazon Wish List!

The links are on the bottom of the blog.  I figured if you got that far, then you must like me.  And if you like me... then consider buying me some chocolate :)

Gracias, in advance!

Tell me what you think of the new blog.... better yet- tell your friends!

Here are a list of more changes to La Diva:

Living the American Dream I Vividly Act Latina

More than cosmetic changes, La Diva has a new tagline:

Highly educated.  Even higher heels.

and a new focus:

Living the American Dream I Vividly Act Latina

Read about La Diva Latina's new mission!  I think you're gonna love it!


Tell me what you think!

Here are a list of more changes to La Diva:

New La Diva blog- integrated with FACEBOOK!

the new blog is now integrated with facebook!

hey, when i first starteed la Diva, there was NO facebook.

La Diva needed a facelift on her 10th year!  LOL

Tell me what you think!

Here are a list of more changes to La Diva:

Introducing the NEW La Diva BLOG

If you haven't seen it already, check out the NEW La Diva BLOG.

Tell me what you think!

I've been working so hard to update it.

Because as you know it has been TEN years with La Diva.  I've had La Diva Latina before facebook, twitter, shoot before even BLOGGING.

so all thistime i didnt even have a blog.  Imaginate!

so the upgrade includes:

  1. an integrated blog
  2. a new tagline- a new focus - the name hasn't changed but LaDiva is now an acrynom
  3. lots of advertising
Hope you like it!  Tell me what you think!

Friday, September 14, 2012

MAVI- refreshing TAINO drink -goes commercial!

Today I spoke about big companies profiting from things LATINOS HAVE DONE FOR YEARS!

So what's the next big thing?

I thought about MAVI.  You know, the drink - MAVI or MABI.  The homemade drink we set it out in the sun to ferment.  Originally TAINO, this drink is not commercialized.

According to http://www.ricanrecipes.com/recipes/recipe_category.php?id=11&read=more

The mabi bark is taken from the tree, boiled, brown sugar is added and then an amount of previously made mabi is added. This is called "el pie". You have to select a good "pie" to obtain the right yeast. The mix is fermented for two or three days and you guessed it, then you have mabi. There is no other drink in the world like Mavi.We Ricans call this drink, "Our Rican Champagne".

But of course doing my research for this... someone beat me to it!  check it out mi gente!!!

Llego el mejor mabi, mavi, mauby de bohuco indio - 100% Natural!

So whats the next big thing?  Come on.  If anyone can figure it out, it's gotta be us, right?

So sit and think of the next big idea!

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You say 'latte'. I say 'cafe con leche'.

Papito spent the whole day with Grandpaw and introduced his grandfather to a cup of "mocha".

My father was so pleased that he said to me, Today I drank 'mosha"  for the first time.

I had to correct him, "Papi, it's 'Mo-Ka'.

"Either way," he says,  "sabe igualito a cafe!"

That's right,  so much hoopla about STARBUCKS but really, COLOMBIANS have been doing it for years!!!

Every morning Papi has a cup of 'cafe negro' or as the Gringos would say "espresso".

I don't especially like cafe negro.  I like it with milk or "cafe con leche".  Or should I say "latte"?

Personally I always thought it strange when asked:  Do you want milk with your coffee?  DUH!

but Americans don't always use milk, they use creamers.

Well... until now of course.  Now coffee is fancy.  Thanks to STARBUCKS.

Thanks to STARBUCKS, Americans drink coffee more in line with how it should be.  More in line with the COLOMBIAN way of drinking coffee.

And Colombians have been doing it for years!!!  Just ask Juan Valdez!

Here is how ineedcoffee.com explains the STARBUCKS phenomenon:

Nothing represents coffee in the American psyche more than Juan Valdez and his mountain grown Colombian coffee. In 1959 we were introduced to the fictional character, complete with sombrero and poncho for effect, alongside his trusty donkey, or burro. Of course this marketing campaign resurrected the idea of 100% Arabica coffee, after many years of the big coffee can companies slowly slipping in more and more low quality robusta, along with the prevalence of the percolator. I think this was a good thing, and perhaps was one important step in the resurgence of specialty grade coffee in America, worthy of proper preparation. No doubt it was a great first step on a long road for American coffee drinkers in the last 50 years, piquing with none other than Starbucks coffee.

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pan con aguacate - no longer a poor man's food

 According to dominicancooking.com:

avocado sandwiches o pan con aguacate are a typically Dominican snack.  The classic version is made with pan de agua (the ubiquitous Dominican bread roll) sliced in half and filled with scoops or slices of avocado.

Delish!pan con aguacate is; bread (usually pan largo) with

  • aguacate- sliced or smashed or dig ur bread right in!
  • and that's about it.

Dominicans have been doing it for years!!! Well now so is Subways.

Its a quick meal, simple, satisfying, and super cheap.  Hence why it's considered a poor-man's-food.  That is, until now.  Now its available at a profit from SUBWAYS.

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cuban sanguiche - gringonized!

The best Cuban sandwich makers in Miami have elevated sandwich making to an art form. The larger restaurants station the sandwich maker in a prominent spot where everyone can enjoy the show. Armed with a long, thin, serrated knife, the sandwich maker expertly cuts the ham and pork, usually from a whole pork leg. Using the flat surface of the broad knife, he artfully arranges the layers of meat onto the sandwich.

Delish!  cuban sanguiche: toasted flattened cuban bread holding together:

  • JAMó

Cubans have been doing it for years!!! well now so is PANERA BREAD.

At PANERA you may even order BLACK BEAN SOUP.  I <3 it how for gringos its "soup", for us... its just beans that go with the RICE!  

PANERA's cuban sanguiche does not include the coveted slice of pernil.

so i ask you.... is it a cuban?  is it really a cuban?

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latinos have BEEN doing that. now its massed produced!

today im talking about big companies mass producing and profitting from things latinos have BEEN doing for the longest.  here is the list i came up with- all about food and how we have been eating for ever! but theyget all the credit and all the profits!

1- cuban sandwiches
2- aguate con un sanguiche
3- cafe con leche
4- what's next?  hmmmm   if we can figure it out we can jump start it and be millionaires!

read the rest of the posts on LaDivaLatina.com to read about each one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

W.T.C. by la bruja

W. T. C. 

Whats the cause?
Work to change
Wish to connect
Want to cry
Watch them climb

Watch towers crash
Wishes turn cloudy
Wish time could wash this clean
Whisper to Christ
Watch the children
Wounds to clean….

How long can she keep it going? Listen and see!
Start at 1:43

La bruja ROCKS!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

freedom of speech in america?

isnt it ironic that in the country of freedom of speech, that most people speak only ONE language???


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twitter account @mexicanmitt gets suspended on eve of Mitt's speech

twitter account @mexicanmitt gets suspended on eve of Mitt's speech.

@mexicanmitt a popular satirist and NBC Latino contributor Lalo Alcaraz is shut down but his supports rallied behind him and he was back on twitter in no time!

i mean - its just a twitter account, no? what happened to free speech?  what happened to political satirism?  what happened to i have the right to speak my mind... i guess.... just not tweet about it o_0.


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"like-ing" on facebook is NOT free speech, judge says

employee got fired for clicking "like" on facebook.

employee claims his firing was retaliation for "like-ing" on facebook, and therefore impermissible.

But get this, the employee worked for a sheriff who was up for re-election.  the employee clicked "like" on the opponent's facebook page.

i mean i all about freedom of speech but... if you're gonna work on someone's campaign then, how is publicly "liking" the opponent commendable?

i guess the reason he got fired was cuz he didnt "like" his job!!!


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freedom of speech? no me digas!

today im talking about freedom of speech

1- employee gets fired for "like-ing" on facebook b/c judge says it is NOT protected free speech

2- twitter profile @mexxmitt gets shut down right before Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican convention

3- and this got me thinking... in a nation of freedom of speech... why do most people only speak one language???

Read each of the posts and let me know what you think!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Higher Education a Predictor of Longer Life

Yet another reason to get an education.  Education has a very surprising benefit!

Education makes you live longer!

Education is a Predictor of Longer Life

"The lifelong relationships of education and its correlates with health and longevity are striking," the article said. "Education exerts its direct beneficial effects on health through the adoption of healthier lifestyles, better ability to cope with stress, and more effective management of chronic diseases. However, the indirect effects of education through access to more privileged social position, better-paying jobs, and higher income are also profound."
but that's not all....

"But compared across racial groups, the longevity gap is even greater, which indicates continued race-based differences in how long Americans live. "
Or as sciencedaily.com says, "The researchers speculate that the least educated black women are experiencing high levels of obesity which has a latent, or delayed effect, on negative health consequences, while white women may be adopting more immediately lethal behaviors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use.
"There are essentially two America's," said Olshansky.
One subgroup of the population is highly educated, doing well, and they are experiencing a dramatic increase in life expectancy, he said. Another subgroup of the population is less educated, doing very poorly, and experiencing a drop or only modest increases in life expectancy."


Read more about Going Back to School! 
And tell me what you think!

Look who's teaching your kids english: JUAN!

what happened to jack and jill?  
and dick and jane? 
i dont know!  
ask JOSE and JUAN! 

Blogger at tikitikiblog.com admits she used to be jealous of blonde Jane but now, her daughter will never have to be because says she was pleasantly surprised to see JUAN appear in her daughter's workbooks- an english workbook no less!

 In my day, it was the very polite and no-doubt-related-to-a-Founding-Father Dick and Jane, who stared at me from my school books. I may have been a little jealous of that blonde Jane. If I wanted to see an example in media of someone who looked like me, or was named Juan, it would have to be in a telenovela.

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Record high # of Hispanic college grads

Hispanics are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students. 

Between 1972 and 2011, the Latino share of 18- to 24-year-old college students steadily grew—rising from 2.9% to 16.5%.

since 1972!!!

However, population growth alone does not explain this.  No. Today, with the high school completion rate among young Hispanics at a new high, more young Hispanics than ever are eligible to attend college.  YES! more Latinos are graduating from high school.

According to the Pew Hispanic analysis, 76.3% of all Hispanics ages 18 to 24 had a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) degree in 2011, up from 72.8% in 2010. And among these high school completers, a record share—nearly half (45.6%)—is enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges. 

Nearly half!!! nearly half of latino high school grads enroll in college!

Between 2010 and 2011, the number of young Hispanics enrolled in college grew by 15%, or 265,000 students, to 2.1 million. This increase follows on the heels of a 24% increase in Hispanic college enrollments between 2009 to 2010 (Fry, 2011). 

again:  in 2010 a 24% increase in latino college enrollments.  ADD on top of that, in 2011, an additional 15% increase!

Alone, Hispanic college enrollment growth accounted for nearly three-quarters (74%) of the growth in ALL college student enrollments over the last year.

As recently as October 2006, Hispanics were only 11% of all college students. In just five years, their share has grown by almost 50%. 

This is a significant milestone because for the first time Hispanic representation among the nation’s traditional college student population matched Hispanics’ overall population representation, also at 16.5%.

 In 2011, Hispanics were 13.1% of all 18- to 24- year olds enrolled at four-year colleges and universities.

However, population growth alone does not explain enrollment gains among Hispanics.
According to Pew Hispanic estimates, a record share of young Hispanics is eligible to attend college. In 2011, 76% of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 had finished high school, the highest level of Hispanic high school completion ever attained and a three-percentage-point increase over the 2010 level (73%). This record-high level of Hispanic high school completion is consistent with the recently noted strong gains in the Hispanic high school graduation rate at the nation’s public schools reported by Education Week (Swanson, 2012). 6

did u really read that?  it says: the highest EVER attained - 2011 had the highest latino high school completion ever at 76% of latinos completing high school.

Over the past four decades, the number of Hispanics graduating with either an associate or a bachelor’s degree has increased 7-fold, with growth outpacing that of other groups.
SEVEN-fold! 7-fold increase in latinos graduating from college.  outpacing other groups.
SEVEN times!  siete! seven! foward this to seven of your friends.  go ahead!  be proud!


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Going back to school

1- hispanics record high number of college enrollment and college grads

2- what happened to jack and jill?  idk- ask jose!  latino culture in mainstream textbooks.

3- new study shows: a higher education can lead to a longer life!

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