Unschooling and Raising Bicultural Citizens

“The quick answer to Latina/o parents is to feed your child’s soul with your culture and cuisine, your language, and most importantly, your history, your folklore, your music, your art, your literature, and the sound of your laughter.”

LAwtina M.O.M.

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Corazon, Romero, 1974

For LAwtina mothers and Millenials in general, who are unschooling and/or raising bicultural, and bilingual world citizens, the choice is not easy.  Alternative methods of education and resources in public education are scarce and difficult to obtain.   The term unschooling is one alternative approach to traditional education.  The term has several meanings,”unschooling”,  is also known as “natural learning”, “experience-based learning”, or “independent learning”.

For children who are raised in bicultural environments, and especially for Latina/o children, Latino parents face a unique set of challenges when seeking to immerse their children into a diverse school setting.  To understand these unique challenges, we must first understand racial segregation of Latina/o school children in the United States and acknowledge the continued de jure segregation and exclusion of Latina/o history in public education.

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To really comprehend racial segregation in the school environment we must go beyond Brown v. Board of Education.  We must first study and understand a case that is often overlooked in our history, and in law school, Mendez, et al v. Westminister [sic] School District of Orange County, et al64 F.Supp. 544 (S.D. Cal. 1946), aff’d, 161 F.2d 774 (9th Cir. 1947) (en banc).  This case was the foundation for Brown v. Board of Education; Indeed, the attorneys for Brown studied the Mendez case and strategized with their attorneys for the history defining desegregation case.   It was the unity between Brown and Black that ultimately garnered a victory for a common cause.

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Mendez, was a 1947 federal court case that challenged racial segregation in Orange County, California schools. In its ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that the segregation of Mexican and Mexican American students into separate “Mexican schools” was unconstitutional. It was the first ruling in the United States in favor of desegregation.

From this standpoint, Latina/o children have always and continued to be segregated into low-performing schools with inexperienced teachers and administration.  Stereotypes of lazy and unintelligent Latina/os have permeated the public education system, resulting in less than stellar performances.  Thus, the consequence is an entire generation of Latina/os that are unprepared for higher education, professional careers, or positions with power. IMG_2977

The result is disheartening, in 2016, there are less than 3% Latina/o attorneys, doctors, executives, politicians, zero in the Senate, yet, Latina/os are the largest minority in the U.S., and simultaneously, Latinas have a purchasing power that has corporations, media and advertising agencies immersing themselves in everything Latinas want, like and need, except education.

Continue reading this essay in I.M. McCall, Esq.’s forthcoming book: A Legal Discourse on the Rights of Latina Woman in the U.S.

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.


 

 

 

 

 

Straight out of Compton: A Wise LAwtina

PROF. LUZ HERRERA, ESQ.

Luz Herrera
Luz Herrera, Esq., Attorney, & Founder of Community Lawyers, Inc. (CLI, www.community-lawyers.org)

Take a hard long look at Luz Herrera, she is a rare Latina walking down the ivory towers of Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and soon Texas A&M Law School.   Why?  Well, because Latina faculty in higher education are rarely visible in this way.  Only 4 percent of tenured or tenure-track female faculty members in the United States are Latina (78 percent are white, 7 percent are African American, and 7 percent are Asian American), and only 3 percent of female full professors are Latina.   Luz, is a social justice lawyer, UCLA law professor and Assistant Dean, and recently given tenure at Texas A&M Law School.  She was born in Tijuana to Mexican parents and grew up in the Latino neighborhoods of East Los Angeles.  She is our Womyn Crush Wednesday, and a great role model and leader for the Latina community.  Below is a great article that was recently published by the the Huffington Post, about Prof. Herrera’s path to higher education  (with some additional information regarding Community Lawyers, Inc.).  Read, support, and enjoy!

Luz, is not only the first lawyer and first tenured professor, in her family, she is the first woman in her family to go to college.

Like many Latinas and Latinos growing up these days, Luz did not know any lawyers and never even thought of being a lawyer until meeting some Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) attorneys her senior year in high school. “I decided to become a lawyer when California was in the middle of many anti-immigrant campaigns, a redistricting battle, and the tensions that lead to the 1992 civil disturbance (aka riots) in Los Angeles were brewing.”

Law school was tough. Herrera attended Harvard Law and later wrote an article detailing her frustrations in the Harvard Latino Law Review there.

“The first-year courses were teaching me to think like a lawyer, and while I acknowledged that I was changing, I was not all that pleased by what I was becoming. My discomfort in the law school classroom was due to my identity as a first-generation, working-class Chicana. The idea that laws were neutral and that their application was fair did not ring true in my world of working-class individuals. Despite being a student leader in college, I found myself staying silent in much the same way my parents had when they were forced to deal with legal matters.”

Law came alive only in law clinic when she found she had a real passion for providing direct services to people like those in her family and neighborhood. She helped people who were working towards self-employment by starting businesses and nonprofits and doing real estate.

Continue reading Straight out of Compton: A Wise LAwtina

First Day of Kinder!

FIRST DAY OF KINDER for the WORKING M.O.M. & SAHM

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Adidas Star Wars; H&M T-shirt and Shorts; SkipHop BackPack; Gourmac container; Bentology Thermos; Pokemon Lunchbox

This monumental moment has finally arrived!  There will be tears of joy mixed with sudden panic attacks throughout the day.  However, you have made sure to do the following, so that your baby is ready for her/his first day of school:

  1.  You have made sure that their favorite outfit is ready to go: Tip: plan and lay-out an entire week of outfits (this will save you time in the AM and tantrums over a favorite t-shirt will be eliminated) also make sure they are able lace-up, zip-up and button-up;
  2.  Favorite breakfast; snack, lunch and afterschool are ready (or you have made sure that their sitter has it ready).                                    Tip: pack everything at night.   And don’t forget to tell your kinder kid not to share food (kids have allergies and we also don’t want to pass on any illness).  Also, most schools are a peanut-free environment (make sure to check your school’s policy).
  3.  Leave a note in their lunch bag (if they can read… great), otherwise a picture or favorite sticker;
  4.  Try to get off work early to pick-up and go for a special treat or plan something extra special for the weekend.  If you are on the Westside, try Mateo’s Ice Cream Shop in Mar Vista/Culver City or Beachy Cream in Santa Monica; and Carvel is always delicious!
  5. Make sure to capture the moment!  Print out a little sign with their name, teacher, and date, and snap a picture of them!
  6. Working M.O.M.’s make sure to have another mommy friend to help with the transition: fill you in on homework and school events, playdates, etc.
  7.  Talk to your son or daughter about bullying and what to do about it;
  8.  If you have a special-needs child make sure to advocate for your child and talk to your teacher about any concerns and requirements.
  9.  Don’t forget to volunteer at some point during the year (your child will love it, your teacher will appreciate it, and  your child will realize how important their education is to you!)                                                                                               HAVE FUN!

Back to School Essentials, Eclectic fashion and M.O.M.

Somewhere I'd Rather Bee. For all my GIRLZ & BOYZ dreaming of better days to come...WE LOVE YOU! - lawtina m.o.m.
Somewhere I’d Rather Bee by @bumblebeelovesyou.
For all the GIRLZ & BOYZ dreaming of better days to come… – LAwtina M.O.M.

Just for M.O.M.

Let’s relax and breath deep and exhale and visualize all your children happily embracing their new environment at school (for some their new school) and making this year their very best!  Okay, reality check…chaos begins for some next week and for those lucky few, in a couple of weeks.  Please allow yourself to splurge, put on some Lemonade by Beyonce, do some yoga or buy a new coffee mug!  The point is that you should do something for yourself during these last few days of a schedule-free life.  May your coffee be FUERTE every morning this school year!

So, where did our summer go? It’s back to school for most kids and if your kids are like mine, then we must go shopping for new gear.   I must also brace myself for sending one off to Kinder and transitioning a toddler into pre-school, and letting my older child be a third-grader and the other two become middle-school kids with kool-aid dyed hair! We can M.O.M. this mujeres.  Here are some of my essentials, fashion and M.O.M. tips and tricks!

xoxo, LAwtina M.O.M.

The Back-to-School Essentials:

  1. Books:  Most kids struggle with Math and Science, acquiring a new Language and most schools do not provide a multiracial approach to History.  Usborne and Kumon books have some fantastic options.  For those unschooling children (a topic we shall discuss later this month) and for those educators looking for history books that challenge traditional history books, look into Rethinking Columbus (available at, www.rethinkingschools.org)Books for the next generation
  2. Supplies: I love Staples and Costco.  I believe in pencil boxes for kids and binders (call me old-school).  For the younger kids, think pencils are great for beginners learning to write.  For the teens, they usually pick their own stuff out but make sure that if they are studying and taking the SAT’s they need a standard #2 pencil.  For Backbacks , I generally use Land’s End or Pottery Barn (and I find that monogramming is great for the younger kids)…
    Loungefly x Hello Kitty Hawaiian Backpack
    For your Elementary and Middle School Kids $45

    Fendi - Monster Nylon, Leather & Fur Backpack
    For your college kid or M.O.M. $2300
  3. Lunch Gear: I’m all about containers!  Pottery Barn has some bento box choices and great options for lunch bags (with monogramming), and I recently discovered iscream lunch totes with really fun decides.  The sistema tupperware is my favorite (find them on sale at Marshalls or TJ Maxx).  Pack everything at night and have the kids pick their fruit and place it in containers (this will help the little ones learn how to open and close them)
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    Gourmac containers for kids are perfect! available on zulily.com
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    Perfect for your toddler or kinder-kid!

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    iscream-shop.com, lunch tote $20+
  5.  Recipes: for healthy lunch options take a look at the Eat, Drink and Entertain page for delicious pancakes and chia-protein snacks.
    Buckwheat and Blueberry Pancakes
    Got Milk? Jr. Chef recipes: These blueberry pancakes are delicious (recipe on Eat, Drink and Entertain page)

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    Chia-Peanut Butter Protein Pillows! (recipe on the other page)

Eclectic Fashion

  1. On-line shopping and Netflix: Zulily.com, for great deals on everything for kids, the casa, and you! Munchkin products for the toddlers and baby’s (at www.munchking.com).  I love Castro for the kids, the teenagers, and myself (www.castro.com).  For more boys fashion check-out the post on Boyz Fashion.  Netflix for your shopping spree: Chelsea Handler and Besitos Picantes for snacks (go over to the recipe page).

    Boys Blue Denim Animal Appliqués Jacket
    Gucci Jacket {or sew some patches of your own on a wrangler or gap kids or thrift store jacket}
  2. Back to School outfit by Castro, Allogh and Lugh, the Gap; styled by Federica at LAwtina M.O.M.
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Kids Fashion: All about Boyz!

I often listen to M.O.M.’s complain about boys fashion options, however, as a mother of boys (and a girl), I have found that European designers have some fantastic options as well as the following boutiques and brands: Castro, Melina, H&M, Ralph Lauren, Tizas, Burberry (on sale at Bloomingdale’s) American Apparel, Zulily.com, Eggy boutique on third street (one of my favorite!) and Reginal’s in Century Cuty carry some quirky fun items for kids!


I like to pair classic jeans from Seven (find them at Marshall’s) with fun t-shirts and sweaters from Castro and funky pants from American Apparel.  I also looove Allo and Lugh p.j.’s and jeans (they make fun designs)!

My boys are 2 and 5, and I teach them to pack their own clothes and snacks for the airplane or long car ride.  I love the Japanese method of organizing….everything is rolled and placed in plastic bags.  They have fun rolling their clothes and I enjoy an organized kid!😜

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.💋💃🏽

Julian Castro and Education

In 2014, Julian Castro gave a speech at Community Lawyers, Inc.’s (CLI) annual Justice Jam.   CLI is a small non-profit organization located in Compton, California.  The organization primarily serves Latina/os, and African-Americans and over the past decade has served over 12,000 low-income residents, that would otherwise have forgone their legal rights.  CLI is special not because of the community it serves, but in the manner it serves them – pro-bono and low-bono.  CLI operates on donations from the community and the philanthropy of volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and community members to make a difference in the lives of those that don’t have a voice.   Mr. Castro was humble enough to give the following keynote address.  Muchicisimas gracias.  Mind Over Matter!

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.


 

Some LAwtina M.O.M. Motivation

Mind. Over. Matter.

 Humble start, early tragedy turn Latina immigrant into law partner

By LUIS VASQUEZ-AJMAC Urban News Service 

Eva Plaza

Eva Plaza never dreamed of becoming a lawyer or owning a business. But the sudden loss of her father when she was just 8 dramatically changed her life.

Born in Torreon, Mexico, Plaza and her three young siblings were reared by a single mom in El Paso, Texas. Her father died tragically at 33, without seeing a doctor, from a ruptured peptic ulcer. Without role models, Plaza overcame long odds, paved her own way, and became a partner in a top Los Angeles law firm.

“When my father passed away, we lost our home, and we had to move into public housing,” Plaza said. “Security, or lack of security, colored what I was going to do.”

As the eldest child, she felt responsible for supporting her working-class family. “The usual answers were doctor or lawyer,” she said. “I thought I would be a better lawyer.”

But becoming a lawyer — let alone a partner — in a predominantly white, male-dominated industry was no easy feat for a female Mexican immigrant. “Nobody took me under their wings,” said Plaza. “I learned by doing and not being afraid. And not accepting ‘no’ for an answer.”

Plaza’s accomplishments are rare. Fewer than 35 percent of all American attorneys are women, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. “The legal industry is nearly dead last in hiring and retaining women and minority lawyers,” said Joel Stern, CEO of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms. “Less than 2 percent are partners.”

These disparities help explain why minority lawyers increasingly launch their own firms. “There are a lot of barriers, images and stereotypes that women have to push through, like women are not aggressive enough nor strong litigators and/or too combative and will not be good managers,” Stern said.

Despite these obstacles, Plaza graduated from U.C. Berkeley Law School in 1984. She served the U.S. Justice Department as a trial counselor and later oversaw enforcement of the Fair Housing Act as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

After two decades, Plaza left her secure and comfortable federal career. For family reasons, and a strong desire to reinvent herself and follow intellectual pursuits, Plaza moved to Los Angeles to start her own law practice.

“An easier path would have been to remain in politics,” Plaza said. “But that would have been more of the same. [The transition] took a lot from me, a lot of energy, my money and uncompensated time. This was not the road most easily traveled.”

She opened the Plaza Law Group, which thrived. Plaza soon thereafter met Gerry Fox, founder of Gerald Fox Law, who offered her a partnership.

“Eva is a fearless litigator,” said Fox, “but the most important thing about Eva is that she treats everyone with honor and dignity. Her presence is a role model for younger lawyers to learn how to act.”

Plaza sits on non-profit boards including that of the Latino Donor Collaborative, where she met Luis de La Cruz, owner of Andale Construction, now her client.

“I am very proud to know Eva’s background,” said de La Cruz. Coming “from El Paso with limited…resources demonstrated that she is an awesome intellectual person. And being in a man’s world, she demonstrated that the Si, se puede [Yes, you can] concept is still alive.”

Beyond handling Fox’s large cases, Plaza’s pro-bono work helps low-income families. She also advances minority attorneys as co-chair of the Lawyers Committee of Compton, a non-profit that provides free legal services.

“Eva is paving the way for new attorneys, like myself,” said Ingrid McCall, the groups’ interim executive director. “Her mentorship has been invaluable. I encourage other lawyers to do the same and start to volunteer.”

But law firms are businesses, too. Successful partners need to attract clients continually, which Plaza does.

“You need to have a method for bringing and serving clients, or you have to have a special skill that will help keep or attract new clients” said Francisco Montero, managing partner at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

Montero also has seen technology transform the law business.

“The speed-of-response and expectation levels for lawyers has grown exponentially,” Montero said. “You are expected to respond at all hours to emails, social media and blogs.”

Robert White of the California Minority Counsel Program applauded Plaza. “It’s great to see someone like Eva succeed, who has persisted, who has done the marketing, put in the miles and developed her own business,” White said. “Eva epitomizes what goes best in the legal field. We need more people like her.”

Eva Plaza’s journey confirms Alexander Graham Bell’s observation: “When one door closes, another one opens.”

I hope you enjoyed her inspiring story!

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

Reading Comprehension and Strategies!

Reading Comprehension and Reading Strategies

Don’t Just teach them to read…teach them to comprehend!  Below is a great article from the Harvard Library on strategies for reading.

No solo leas con tus hijas, tambien trata de ensenarles a comprender lo que estan leyendo.  Leer con estatregia es muy importante.

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More of my favorite books (Harry Potter is a given) for kids 0-12!  Mis Libros favoritos para  sus hijas e hijos…

  1.  Only One You by Linda Kranz;
  2.  The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle;
  3.  Stellaluna by Janell Cannon;
  4.  Meche se bana by Lene Fauerby and Mette-Kirstine Bak (Spanish);
  5.  I am a little elephant; by Francois Crozat;
  6.  The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler;
  7.   Witch’s Broom by Ruth Chew; and
  8.   America – The making of a Nation.

Enjoy.

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

Harvard Library Article…

Thinking-Intensive Reading

Critical reading–active engagement and interaction with texts–is essential to your academic success at Harvard, and to your intellectual growth.  Research has shown that students who read deliberately retain more information and retain it longer. Your college reading assignments will probably be more substantial and more sophisticated than those you are used to from high school. The amount of reading will almost certainly be greater.  College students rarely have the luxury of successive re-readings of material, either, given the pace of life in and out of the classroom.

While the strategies described below are (for the sake of clarity) listed sequentially, you typically do most of them simultaneously.  They may feel awkward at first, and you may have to deploy them very consciously the first few times, especially if you are not used to doing anything more than moving your eyes across the page. But they will quickly become habits, and you will notice the difference—in what you “see” in a reading, and in the confidence with which you approach your texts.

1. Preview

Look “around” the text before you start reading.

You’ve probably engaged in one version of previewing in the past, when you’ve tried to determine how long an assigned reading is (and how much time and energy, as a result, it will demand from you).  But you can learn a great deal more about the organization and purpose of a text by taking note of features other than its length.

Previewing enables you to develop a set of expectations about the scope and aim of the text.  These very preliminary impressions offer you a way to focus your reading.  For instance:

  • What does the presence of  headnotes, an abstract, or other prefatory material tell you?
  • Is the author known to you already?  If so, how does his (or her) reputation or credentials influence your perception of what you are about to read? If the author is unfamiliar or unknown, does an editor introduce him or her (by supplying brief biographical information, an assessment of the author’s work, concerns, and importance)?
  • How does the disposition or layout of a text prepare you for reading? Is the material broken into parts–subtopics, sections, or the like?  Are there long and unbroken blocks of text or smaller paragraphs or “chunks” and what does this suggest?  How might the parts of a text guide you toward understanding the line of inquiry or the arc of the argument that’s being made?
  • Does the text seem to be arranged according to certain conventions of discourse?  Newspaper articles, for instance, have characteristics that you will recognize; textbooks and scholarly essays are organized quite differently  Texts demand different things of you as you read, so whenever you can, register the type of information you’re presented with.

2. Annotate

Annotating puts you actively and immediately in a “dialogue” with an author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text.

It’s also a way to have an ongoing conversation with yourself as you move through the text and to record what that encounter was like for you. Here’s how to make your reading thinking-intensive from start to finish:

  • Throw away your highlighter: Highlighting can seem like an active reading strategy, but it can actually distract from the business of learning and dilute your comprehension.  Those bright yellow lines you put on a printed page one day can seem strangely cryptic the next, unless you have a method for remembering why they were important to you at another moment in time.  Pen or pencil will allow you do to more to a text you have to wrestle with.
  • Mark up the margins of your text with words and phrases: ideas that occur to you, notes about things that seem important to you, reminders of how issues in a text may connect with class discussion or course themes. This kind of interaction keeps you conscious of the reasons you are reading as well as the purposes your instructor has in mind. Later in the term, when you are reviewing for a test or project, your marginalia will be useful memory triggers.
  • Develop your own symbol system: asterisk (*) a key idea, for example, or use an exclamation point (!) for the surprising, absurd, bizarre.  Your personalized set of hieroglyphs allow you to capture the important — and often fleeting — insights that occur to you as you’re reading.  Like notes in your margins, they’ll prove indispensable when you return to a text in search of that  perfect passage to use in a paper, or are preparing for a big exam.
  • Get in the habit of hearing yourself ask questions: “What does this mean?” “Why is the writer drawing that conclusion?” “Why am I being asked to read this text?” etc.  Write the questions down (in your margins, at the beginning or end of the reading, in a notebook, or elsewhere. They are reminders of the unfinished business you still have with a text: something to ask during class discussion, or to come to terms with on your own, once you’ve had a chance to digest the material further or have done other course reading.

3. Outline, Summarize, and Analyze

The best way to determine that you’ve really gotten the point is to be able to state it in your own words. Take the information apart, look at its parts, and then try to put it back together again in language that is meaningful to you.

Outlining the argument of a text is a version of annotating, and can be done quite informally in the margins of the text, unless you prefer the more formal Roman numeral model you may have learned in high school.  Outlining enables you to see the skeleton of an argument: the thesis, the first point and evidence (and so on), through the conclusion. With weighty or difficult readings, that skeleton may not be obvious until you go looking for it.

Summarizing accomplishes something similar, but in sentence and paragraph form, and with the connections between ideas made explicit.

Analyzing adds an evaluative component to the summarizing process—it requires you not just to restate main ideas, but also to test the logic, credibility, and emotional impact of an argument.  In analyzing a text, you reflect upon and decide how effectively (or poorly) its argument has been made.  Questions to ask:

  • What is the writer asserting?
  • What am I being asked to believe or accept? Facts? Opinions? Some mixture?
  • What reasons or evidence does the author supply to convince me? Where is the strongest or most effective evidence the author offers  — and why is it compelling?
  • Is there any place in the text where the reasoning breaks down?  Are there things that do not make sense,  conclusions that are drawn prematurely, moments where the writer undermines his or her purposes?

4. Look for repetitions and patterns

The way language is chosen, used, and positioned in a text can be an important indication of what an author considers crucial and what he or she expects you to glean from his argument.

It can also alert you to ideological positions, hidden agendas or biases.   Be watching for:

  • Recurring images
  • Repeated words, phrases, types of examples, or illustrations
  • Consistent ways of characterizing people, events, or issue.

5. Contextualize

Once you’ve finished reading actively and annotating, consider the text from the multiple perspectives.

When you contextualize, you essentially “re-view” a text you’ve encountered, acknowledging how it is framed by its historical, cultural, material, or intellectual circumstances. Do these factors change, complicate, explain, deepen or otherwise influence how you view a piece?

Also view the reading through the lens of your own experience. Your understanding of the words on the page and their significance is always shaped by what you have come to know and value from living in a particular time and place.

6. Compare and Contrast

Set course readings against each other to determine their relationships (hidden or explicit).
  • At what point in the term does this reading come?  Why that point, do you imagine?
  • How does it contribute to the main concepts and themes of the course?
  • How does it compare (or contrast) to the ideas presented by texts that come before it?  Does it continue a trend, shift direction, or expand the focus of previous readings?
  • How has your thinking been altered by this reading, or how has it affected your response to the issues and themes of the course?

Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Writing Programs, Lamont Library

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Summer time Reads for your Bambinos, Cipotes, & Kids! 

Get your kids to dedicate some time every single day to read 🎓.   I love Kumon books to supplement reading and math for elementary school-aged children and Usborne books for science and bilingual books.  As always, I encourage you to buy bilingual books such as those pictured above, to not only introduce a second language, but to also introduce cultural identity and history (even if you are not Latina, Korean, Jewish, Italian, etc.) 👊🏾💃🏽🤓🎓

Father’s Day Chops with a Salvadorian Twist 💋


Lamb chops with mint sauce & Salvadorian green bean sauté 💋

Happy Father’s Day!  For those of you who don’t have one…tough, make this for yourself (more for you 🎉) or your “father-like-mentor” and ENJOY! 💃🏽👊🏾🎉🔥.  In El Salvador, green beans are a staple in every home and I’m giving them a little modern twist for Parent-Day and pairing them with lamb chops 💋

Mint sauce:  (1) 2 cloves of Roasted garlic (350 degrees, wrap the garlic in foil and a dash of olive oil, in the oven for about 25 minutes or longer if in lower heat).  I know it seems like a lot of work for 2 cloves BUT, it’s the key to the sauce and the rest will enhance ANYTHING you make 😎


(2) 2 tsp. whole grain mustard; (3) white wine vinegar; (4) Fresh Mint; (5) salt; (6) 💋🔥😘 (7) add some olive oil, whisk it and pour/dip/EAT!

Lamb CHOPS:  the best quality you can afford (grass-fed, local butcher, organic, no antibiotics, blah-blah, Costco); then sprinkle with kosher salt and a bit of black pepper.  Heat your sauté pan with some olive oil or grape seed oil and fresh herbs and some butter👙.  Place your chops on your pan and DON’t touch them (for about 3-4 minutes) and then flip  –don’t touch for  2-3 and cover them, turn off the heat and let them sit for a few minutes before serving 💋

Green beans:  Roasted yellow peppers and shallots (roast them with your garlic for above mint sauce); heat your pan with olive oil and throw in your green beans, roasted peppers and shallots; add some salt 🍋

Serve with some AMOR and some 🍷 and a little 🎁😍 ⚡️💋👯🔥

Feliz CHOPs!

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

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