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  • It smelled like the rice was burning, so Petra made her way slowly into the kitchen. The big bump on the left side of her stomach had grown, and it hurt every time she moved. She'd try cataplasmas (poultices) and sobos (ointments), but nothing seemed to help. She even wrapped one of her husband's leather belts around her waist hoping the tumor would "go down." Suddenly, there's a sharp pain on her side, and she needs to push. It felt just like giving birth! Another scream and her husband comes running in time to see what looked like a fetus now lying on the kitchen floor. "Pepe, go get the midwife! I think I just had a baby," said Petra, her face full of sweat and fear. The city was Comerío, Puerto Rico, and the year was 1917.

    Basilia, the town's comadrona, came in a big hurry and found what looked like a tiny baby girl limp on the floor. She picked her up, noticing immediately the baby wasn't much bigger than her own hand. She quickly warmed up olive oil, and started rubbing he

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  • Can't wait to share some of my favorite, new beauty products of the moment. My findings include awesome beauty tools, a super flawless base and a cool kit for DIY nails. See what else I got below!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    "Naked" looking skin
    Looking for a mask-like foundation? Then Urban Decay's new Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup isn't for you! Naked Skin boasts an ultra lightweight feeling formula that keeps your skin looking flawless all day long. The demi-matte finish is the perfect balance between flat matte and ultra shiny for those who want a fresh and natural look. Naked Skin also includes good-for-you ingredients like Matrixly 3000 which increases the elasticity of the skin, green tea and vitamin E to help fight free radicals, and Litchiderm to hydrate and make your skin look radiant. This medium coverage foundation is sure to be your next must-wear beauty product!

    Creaseless concealer
    Ever applied concealer to your under eye are

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  • Music has been a defining factor in Latino men's fashion through the decades. Today, Latinos are wearing jewelry to define their individual fashion style, more than to identify themselves with the music of their culture.

    Reggaeton artist Don Omar

    Reggaeton artist Don Omar

    Tropical music expert Archie Mercado, host of the Salsa web-show "Cocinando con Archie", remembers when he arrived in Miami in the 1970s as a teenager. He had a passion for jazz and the afro rhythms of Caribbean music, and the best places to enjoy these sounds were in the burgeoning Cuban neighborhoods of Miami. The mix of the music with the distinctive look of the men who played and danced to those early rumbas became an identifiable cultural symbol to the teen newcomer. "Men were known to wear 18k gold necklaces with a particular shape called 'Cuban Link'," says Mercado. "Hanging from their necklaces there was usually a medal with the saint of their devotion. The top buttons of their hand-made, linen Guayabera shirts were undone to reveal the medal. They also w

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  • Get your pencils and your dinero ready. Going back-to-school for children should also mean family lessons on managing money.


    Financially-uneducated children

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    According to personal finance expert Andrés Gutiérrez, the longer a person goes through life without cementing healthy financial habits, the harder it becomes when he/she reaches retirement. Establishing the correct work to money correlation during productive years will ensure fewer financial headaches later on. But, according to Gutiérrez, a good financial education shouldn't be initiated when income is earned; it must start at childhood.

    "We are hard-working people who want to provide everything our children need; we want to give them a better life," says Gutiérrez of most American families who he believes aren't doing much to teach their children about money by spoiling them and providing an overgrown sense of entitlement. Gutiérrez offers the example of Latin families trying to follow expensive traditions like Quin

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Passionada

    Passionada

    I went to a small, private college with professors from all over the world. During my time there, I connected really well with two business faculty members who eventually became my mentors and friends. Once I graduated, we adopted the tradition of going out to lunch every couple of months. Hagai is from Israel, and Lloyd is an American married to a Cubana who, of course, is married to all her Cuban traditions.

    Normally we visit different types of restaurants, but for the last couple of months, Hagai has been insisting on taking us to his favorite Jewish cafe where all the servers speak Hebrew to customers, whether they know the language or not. As soon as we arrive, an array of delicious dishes start coming to the table, even before we start ordering our dinner. The only thing I want right away is my drink; the rest comes at the restaurant's pleasure. I usually order their mint lemonade made with fresh mint leaves. This fragrant herb adds a n

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