Blog Posts by Shine Latina editor

  • Mario Lopez Finds the Secret for a Lasting Marriage

    Newlywed television personality Mario Lopez talks family, career and fitness, and also gets some insight from a famous couple who's been there and done that- The Estefans.

    Mario Lopez: One on One with Gloria and Emilio EstefanMario Lopez: One on One with Gloria and Emilio Estefan"It feels great to be married!" says television host Mario Lopez, who spoke with Shine Latina days after his grand wedding in Mexico. The former Saved by the Bell actor has reason to be excited; besides marrying longtime girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, and raising two year old daughter, Gia, Lopez is busy with his own show on NUVOtv called Mario Lopez: One On One.

    Lopez, who has already interviewed fellow Latin stars like Eva Longoria and George Lopez for his program, sits down with music pioneers Gloria and Emilio Estefan in an upcoming episode to discuss marriage, careers and family. "If I could have the success of this couple, I'll be happy," says the host, who was glad to get some marriage advice during the interview.

    EXCLUSIVE: Find out the secret behind the Estefans' 34 year marriage:

    For Lopez, who took his vows

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  • Holiday Flavors Adapted for Babies, Toddlers

    Shine Latina sat down with child fitness and nutrition expert Nohelia Siddons to find out how to translate traditional holiday meals for younger palates.
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    The holidays give children the opportunity of expanding their culinary horizons and indulging in the treats usually reserved for this special time of the year. Having kids partake in the traditional menus served can be a real joy, but it's important for parents to keep an eye on what they're eating, and prepare kid-friendly versions of the dishes found at the grownup table.

    According to Venezuelan Nohelia Siddons, there's nothing healthier than preparing homemade baby food. "There are no preservatives added, the ingredients are not over processed, and the transition time from food preparation to the baby's mouth is much shorter," says the expert, who recommends commercially prepared baby food as a good option when away from home or travelling.

    Baby-friendly holiday recipes

    There's no reason why the babies in the family can't enjoy

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  • 2012: A Big Year for Latinos

    Garnering respect and re-invented careers seems to be the common thread of an accomplished 2012 in the lives of many Latino celebrities

  • Famous Birthdays in December

    As the year comes to an end, we celebrate famous Latinos with cumpleaños in the month of December.

  • Shine Latina’s Favorite Things of 2012

    Before we ring in the New Year, let's take a look at the people and moments that made 2012 truly memorable for Latinos everywhere.

  • Toy maker strives to appeal to Latinos with "Maria" doll

    A woman with a vision for enhancing the lives of Latin girls creates a doll to represent their dreams and aspirations.

    There's nothing like a child's excitement on Christmas Eve, pondering what gifts Santa Claus will leave DIVA AbrielleDIVA Abrielleunder the tree for the next morning. For many young girls, the wish for a beautiful doll is usually included in their letters to Papá Noel. And for many parents, there is a growing concern regarding what dolls will mean to their child--will it encourage good character or place unhealthy expectations for an impossible appearance?

    Former business professor Dr. Lisa Williams has created the "Positively Perfect" collection of dolls that not only look like the girl who will play with them, but also aims to inspire the little one to be more than just a pretty face. Following her line of self-described "chocolate-color babies, toddlers and girl dolls", this year Dr. Williams added to two Hispanic dolls: "Marvelous Maria" and "DIVA Abrielle".

    "I wanted to provide

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  • Recipes for a Mexican-inspired Hanukkah

    Jewish tradition meets Latin flavors in these fun, authentic recipes for Hanukkah. Lighting the menorahLighting the menorah

    For food writer and blogger Susan Schmidt, Hanukkah means lit menorahs, happy Yiddish songs and scrumptious potato latkes- but with a twist. Her menorahs adorn a traditional Latin home, the holiday tunes are carried in Spanish and spicy hot latkes are served with a schmeer of refried beans. That's how the creator of Challa-peño, a site following Schmidt's journey into writing a Mexican-Jewish cookbook, has been celebrating Hanukkah all her life: in a distinctively Jewish way, but with a decidedly Mexican flavor infusing the celebration.

    Schmidt, whose Eastern European Jewish parents immigrated to Mexico in the 1920's, was born in Mexico City. As time passed, the family's Jewish heritage began to mix with their new country's Latin influences of cuisine and language. Today at the Schmidt's Los Angeles home, Hanukkah is a merge of two cuisines and two cultures. "We set up a table in front of a window, and

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  • Hottest Celebrity Couples of 2012

    We take a look at the famous novios that stood out this year, by either keeping us guessing or putting their love on full display.

  • Christmas Around Latin America

    We may speak the same language and celebrate Christmas in the same month, but the traditions that define Latinos' fiestas de Navidad are as varied as our countries.

  • A Latina’s Map to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

    Shine Latina sat with two professionally accomplished Latin women to uncover the secrets behind A Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladderA Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladderovercoming the gender and cultural barriers of corporate success.

    When Puerto-Rican native Ingrid Schmidt began working as the administrative assistant of a mortgage bank's president in San Juan, little did she know that one day she would become Sr. Vice President of an even larger bank conglomerate.

    She understood from the start that even at the lower levels of the corporate ladder, it's important to envision the professional career ahead. "You must look beyond at opportunities beyond [your present situation]. You have to have the vision," says Schmidt, who decided to be indispensable to her boss. "I became knowledgeable of all the numbers she needed to follow. I was aware of the mortgage industry's [monthly] ups and downs, and kept the president abreast of the latest data," recalls Schmidt of her first bank job, where she saw an opportunity beyond her pay grade, and worked hard

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