Jolly Helpers

Elf on the shelf in hot air balloon

It's almost that time of the year again! Santa's workshop is in full swing as they get ready to deliver presents all over the world and children everywhere are on their best behavior to be sure to make it onto the nice list. We always think about dear old Santa, but what about all the others that […]

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Hooray for Bilingual Children! ¡Celebremos a los Niños Bilingües!

Source: Cristina, CPL

Are you raising a bilingual child? October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month and I'm excited to have a month especially for our children! I want to raise my boys bilingually like I was. Recent studies have shown that being bilingual is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Bilingual children have better cognitive and literacy skills, are better multi-taskers and find […]

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Play Outside the Box

Source: Cristina, CPL

My children have an infinite amount of toys ranging from small and simple to large and complicated. So which is the best toy? It's always the empty box that provides them endless adventures. Not only is it fun, but it allows them to use their imagination, creativity and most importantly they learn as they play. The next time […]

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New Mexican Cinema Films with Nail-Biting Plots

Source: Matt, Flickr

Whenever I think of Mexican movies, classics that feature Mexican icons like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" always come to mind. While my dad is a huge fan of Cine de Oro (Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), I am not. Luckily I discovered Nuevo Cine Mexicano, which started in the early 1990s and features contemporary story […]

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Arrr! Pirates for a Day

pirate ship at sunset

Yo-ho-ho mateys, arrrr ye ready!? September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day! What can be more fun than dressing like a pirate? Talking like one!! Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a small celebration among friends in 1995 after an outburst of "Aaarr!" when John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball. They realized that […]

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Prepping for Kindergarten


It's Get Ready for Kindergarten Month! Are you ready for the first day of kindergarten? In my house we are getting ready for a full day of kindergarten. I expected a smooth transition for my son since he's going to kindergarten at the same school he attended preschool for two years. But that is definitely not the case. Besides […]

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Shark Week Returns


The countdown is running, get ready... it's coming! Shark Week begins August 10! It's no surprise that children (and adults) find these amazing predators interesting and have tuned in to Shark Week for 27 years. Shark Week was created by the Discovery Channel to keep people informed about and respectful of sharks. They are a key part of the […]

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“Cousins by Chance, Friends by Choice”


Cousins are special people. My son's primo (cousin) is his partner in crime, best friend, and brother. Did you know there's a special day to honor cousins? On July 24 reach out to your cousins and show your love for them on Cousin's Day. Celebrate the ones that make family gatherings fun with these books that […]

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Farewell Sookie

Dead Until Dark True Blood book cover

If you are a fan of supernatural romances, you know that love triangles between vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings existed long before Twilight.  My favorite supernatural love triangle, or possibly a pentagon, began in 2001 when Dead Until Dark was released and we are introduced to Sookie Stackhouse and a world in which vampires have "come […]

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Nobody Does It Like Dad

Father giving his son a piggy back ride

We all know that no one can give better piggyback rides, fly us in the air or play pretend better than dad. Let's celebrate the special dads in our life this Father's Day. Mitchell's License features a little boy who doesn't want to go to bed, until Dad recommends Mitchell drive there. See Mitchell get his […]

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