How To Make Your Own Día de los Muertos Cookies
By Mariela Rosario | 10/27/2009 - 17:00

Día de los Muertos is just around the corner and we talked to Gail Dosik, confectionery artist extraordinaire and owner of One Tough Cookie NYC to find out the secrets behind her spooktacular cookies! Here she fills us in on how to create some scary beautiful cookies for the special day. Check out the recipe below:


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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Break Ground on New Playground for Disadvantaged Kids
By Norell Giancana | 10/23/2009 - 15:14

After a year of fundraising, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden broke ground on a new playground for children at Beyond Shelter’s Broadway Village II in downtown Los Angeles. The new apartment complex, which is located in a neighborhood with one of the highest concentrations of crime and poverty in the city, is home to 50 homeless families. The children of these families are limited to playing inside all day or on a concrete slab outdoors.

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A Kid's Guide to Latino History
By Dorkys Ramos | 09/16/2009 - 16:10

With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, now is a great time to really teach your child about our history, culture and all the reasons why we should celebrate being Latino! If you’re looking for creative ways to grab your child’s interest (and trick him into learning while having fun), then check out A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (Chicago Review Press, $14.95).

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J. Lo Denies Special Delivery for Twins
By Christine Estevez | 07/21/2009 - 11:17

Jennifer Lopez turned away a present for her twins from a local NY business while on location filming her new movie The Backup Plan. After finding out that one-year-old twins Max and Emme were visiting their mom on set, The Balloon Saloon sent J.Lo a monstrous balloon bouquet comprised of every color and shape balloon imaginable for tots to enjoy.

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Bringing the Latina Out in Your Daughter
By Carla Molina Martins | 06/24/2009 - 15:45

If Latina-ness were measurable, I don't think I'd rank very high.  Growing up I always felt a little too Americanized for my hard-core Cuban friends, and a little too Latina for my non-Latina friends.  I never questioned my culture, but I had very distinct interests that seemed to contradict each other.  Maduros and sushi. Marc Anthony and Duncan Sheik. Salsa dancing and meditation.

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Summer Vacation, Anyone?
By Carla Molina Martins | 06/22/2009 - 12:45

One of my favorite celeb mamis, Ali Landry, recently made a comment about her plans to vacation this summer. She and her hubby will be traveling and leaving their almost-2-year-old daughter with her abuelita. The statement was vague, but commenters to the article seemed really concerned about the possibility that they might be leaving her daughter for the entire summer.

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GASP! Cameron Diaz May Choose Not to Have Children
By Mariela Rosario | 05/29/2009 - 11:15

Cameron Diaz is used to intrusive questions about her personal life. We can only imagine that it's as if all the world's paparazzi are like her entremetida aunt with the neverending cycle of questions, "When are you going to get married?" and "Don't you want to have children?"

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9-Year-Old Brazilian Girl, Raped by Stepfather, Aborts Twins
By Mariela Rosario | 03/05/2009 - 14:45

A Brazilian 9 year-old, who was raped and impregnated by her 23-year-old stepfather, was given permission to abort the twins she was carrying, angering Catholic officials. Although abortion is illegal in Brazil, exceptions are made in cases where the mother's life is in danger or the fetus has no chance of survival.

"We don't know if she will develop the pregnancy up to the end because of the structure of her body. It is a big risk for her," Jose Severiano Cavalcanti, the doctor who confirmed her pregnancy, told the Diario de Pernambuco.

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30 Weeks and Counting
By Carla Molina Martins | 03/04/2009 - 12:30

For those of you who haven't been keeping an eye on your calendars, like me, you'll be surprised to find out that I'm 30 weeks into this pregnancy! I had no idea until BabyCenter so kindly reminded me with one of their weekly emails. I've gone into overdrive thinking of all the things that need to be done around the house. What's really weighing heavily on my mind, though, is what exactly am I supposed to do with two babies?

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RIP Nightlife
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/18/2009 - 15:30

Last night, I sorted through a box under my bed that had all of my handbags in it. What started out as really early spring cleaning soon turned into a trip down memory lane. I found about half a dozen little purses and clutches from my pre-Dessa days. The days I'd sport a sexy mini dress and bare the Arctic temperatures to make it to the designated hot spot and I'd wear ridiculously high heels to walk and dance for hours and hours. The days when my girlfriends and I found ourselves coming home as the sun was rising, when everything I needed fit into a clutch the size of a make-up bag.

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