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Giving The Perfect Gift: Holiday Top 10 Editor Pics Under $50

By Latinista Editorial Team

In an perfect world, you would spare no expense when it came to buying gifts for your loved ones.

But in a world where people are still charging rent, that’s not exactly the case for the average person.

For those of us who still wanting to stay on a budget, it’s completely possible to get someone a truly perfect gift without breaking the bank.

The Latinista Team has handpicked some great gift ideas. Below are 10 gifts under $50 that are thoughtful, useful, and you can feel good about giving.

Perfect Gift for the beauty enthusiast. Vera Moore-Peptide+ CoQ10 Duo ( retail price $85.00) Cyber Friday $49.99 veramoorecosmetics.com
For the Health Junky Pilates On Fifth Online Classes has the perfect gift.  Let Pilates Meet You Where You Are. Join Pilates On Fifth Online for 24/7 to Pilates Anytime, Anywhere. Over 700 pilates videos starting at $12.99 per month. 14 Day Free Trial! Receive this free gift for a year subscription. https://pilatesonfifth.com/
Love your skin with Jeval Medical. Varon’s Night Firming Cream and Daily Moisturizing Cream the first and only skin cream products to harness the miracle of glucosamine. Retailed at $14.99 each. https://jevalmedical.com/
Get Fab with JustFab. Keswick Quilted Buckle Riding Boot $12.49 .Yes thi is the price. https://www.justfab.com
Here’s to your Health! Try these two for a spa feel at home. Mabella Facial Cleanser $15.99 and Mai Hair & Body oil $24.99 salud.bz
Jet setter Gift . Purchase of $50 gift certificate at Sephora which includes a Travel back with tons of samples as a gift for you. https://www.sephora.com

Slow in the Morning Gift. Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation, $46.20 Buy it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com
Sleep Master Sleep Mask, $43.00 https://www.amazon.com
Good Vibes Coloring Book for Adults, $7.79 https://www.amazon.com
Give a Personal Stylist Clothing and accessories hand-selected by a personal stylist, delivered to your door. $50. Gift card. https://www.stitchfix.com/women

Why Some People Love To Hate Her



According to Star magazine’s list of the 20 Most Hated Celebrities in Hollywood, most people aren’t really fans of … Jennifer Lopez. Why does she make it look so easy?

Is it that she is one of the most successful latinas in the entertainment industry? Maybe because she has been a serial dater for years and is now with the most eligible bachelors Alex Rodriguez? Is it that people are just haters.

Jennifer says, “I have to know how great I am, you know—all of us need to know how great we are,” she added. “That we’re worth it…All of the things I’m involved with have the same message and it’s that you must love yourself first, that the love that you’re looking for is inside you.

We have a tendency to focus on the negative and I let that work on my self-esteem,” Lopez said. “I was always thinking that people didn’t like me, they just hated me…It’s such a ridiculous notion, we tend to do this to ourselves.”

So there you have it folks. Even Jlo gets insecure at times.

The Best Part of the Mother Daughter Relationship: Growing Older

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Article By: Contributor Ese Ofurhie

One of the greatest things I have learned as a growing woman is how important my relationship is with my mother. Her qualities have added to the person I am today. Over the past several years I have realized our relationship evolution. We are now at a place never before of comfort in expressing emotion, trust and love. As I look back at my childhood to adulthood, I have and had to admit she was right and I see why my mother was so strict and had so many rules. In every situation that I reflect on, I am overcome with immense appreciation for her.

As a teenager I would say to myself, “I could not stand this lady!” My parents were very strict and my mom was not one to play with. My mother would say things I would not like, tell me who I should and should not be friends with because she just had a feeling or tell me to just focus on my school work and study. These messages were repeatedly daily. She would not allow me to sleep over at my friends or borrow clothes. This made her the worst parent in the world because everyone else was doing it. I would act up in school having teachers call everyday to complain about me. I was one of those kids always on punishment because I was always in trouble but had the nerve to be mad about it. When I look back, I know she was right about those people and it was her intuition that knew best. The same intuition I am now growing to trust about myself. The strict schedule and repeated mention of school and work has led me to the work ethic I have today that I take much pride in. I have a habit of not asking for anything and just making it happen on my own, that was from my mom teaching me to not want what others had.

Then I graduated high school and left for college. Boy did I miss those cooked meals! I missed how her food made me feel. It was that caring feeling that I would mimic away from home. There was something about how my mom prepared food for everyone that stood out to me. My mother always cooked her food from scratch and put so much love into her cooking down to serving plates. My first year of college, I would always make sure people ate when they came to my room. I usually had people in my room but that still did not stop me from doing my work. That work ethic of pushing through no matter what would kick in. Those moments and my love of making sure everyone eats comes from the values my mother instilled in me as a teenager. By my second year of college I was able to live on my own. Yes I was scared but I did it. Being told to wash dishes, throw away garbage, make your bed would be the basic habits my mom would repeat to all her children. I do not have the OCD clean tendencies as she does but I am aware of the basic home chores and maintenance.


Ese and her mom.



After graduating college and in my twenties I thought I knew it all. I had lived on my own and completed a Bachelor’s degree, no one could tell me anything. This was another time frame where we clashed. I just knew I was an adult and doing what I was supposed to do. A year after graduating college I had moved back home and it still would feel like I was in high school. My mother would still ask me where I would go and what do I do when I get there. I will be honest, my ego of thinking I knew everything and she did not need to know attitude caused a lot of our disagreements. I would not open up to her about my relationships, friendships or situations. I thought that all she would do is scold me so I would rather keep it a secret. And of course, mothers always find out! All the things I chose to hide from my mom eventually came out. I did not realize that not opening up to her was also affecting me and my decisions.

When I think back to my late twenties, I would learn to trust my mother more and open up to her. She always had my best interests at heart. When looking back she had the actions to match each and every time. My own personal experiences with life and relationships has allowed me to reflect back on each impactful moment with my mother. And remembering allows me to acknowledge what my mother has taught me, what she went through teaching me and what she dealt with on her own personal level. From that reflection my admiration and appreciation grows for her every day. From my experience, the older I get, the closer our relationship is, the more of a best friend my mother is to me.

How many of you can relate on this mother’s day to how your relationship with your mother has grown?

Spotlight: Madeline Jones, Editor of Plus Model Magazine

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Don’t you always feel like our mothers are superwomen? As your mom might tell you, mothering never ends even when children become adults. I’m sure you’ll remember to call your mother and tell her how much you appreciate her for holding your hand when you were in pain, for warning you about that bad boy or for watching your children and so much more. And even for the things that she hasn’t even done for you yet. Mothers are our backbones, protectors and warriors that take on everyday life while loving their kids unconditionally. Recently our Editor Tabitha got to attend the Bandelettes annual gala where she met mother, co-creator and Editor of Plus Model Magazine, Madeline Jones. Madeline and co-creator Valery Amador created Plus Model Magazine in 2006. Plus Model Magazine covers fashion, plus size modeling and the plus size industry as a whole. Not only do they give plus size models a publication to be featured in but they make it a point to help up in coming models. Being so the Plus Modeling section features Madeline giving tips on breaking into the modeling industry. Madeline took time to answer some questions on motherhood and the magazine. She imparts wisdom on how she manages to edit the magazine and be a mom and wife all while being her fabulous self.  She keeps it real on how she’s struggled and what she wants her daughter to learn as she watches her mami be a successful businesswoman and loving mom.


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Maddy and her family.


How do you balance having a daughter with Autism and being the Editor of a magazine?

Honestly, I take it one day at a time. Some days are a mess, but most days are ok. I try to be very organized and stay on schedule because it helps both of us. I also have an amazing husband and family who is always on hand to help.


How did you find your career? Was the editorial world your goal before you had to drop out of college ?

Not all all! I went to school for accounting. I wanted a corner office with no windows or people to talk to. I only wanted to work alone and with numbers. LOL! I had a great job and one day they just started laying people off and that included me. While looking for another position I came across a plus model forum and was booked for an editorial from some shots I had posted. Times were simpler then 🙂


What are some of the hardest days as a working mom?
The most difficult days are the days that work takes you away from home. I have to give it to moms who are away for weeks at a time. I literally cried when I left for Coachella. LOL! I knew I would be away from her for almost 5 days. This was the longest I’ve ever been away from her and it tore me up inside. Although daddy and grandma are amazing with her, I feel like no-one can take care of her like me.


On your hardest days, what gets you through the day?
Knowing that she’s with people who love her and will take good care of her helps. I also know that whatever I’m doing ultimately is to benefit the family. I also keep in contact with her via facetime and phone calls.


What would be your advice to moms with kids that need extra care, particularly the moms with a career?
#1 All we can do is the best we can. There is no perfect way to be a mom so don’t beat yourself up. Some weekends you will have the energy to bounce around town with the kids and other days you may need to just rest up.
#2 Schedule self-care because if you are not well, you can’t take care of the people around you.
#3 Try to organize “life” as best as you can. I have a list for each week since I don’t have a traditional 9 to 5 and often each week is different. I list the days when I’m doing laundry, big house chores, etc. It helps to keep the family running as well. I post the list where everyone can see it so we are all aware of what’s happening.


As the editor of the #1 plus size fashion magazine what do you try to bring to every issue?

Inspiration! Yes, we cover models, fashion and influencers but most of all I want to inspire women to love themselves. I want them to KNOW they are beautiful and deserve to live their best life sans apologies.


As you created the magazine alongside Valery Amador, what were some of the obstacles you two faced?

We have faced many obstacles during these past 12 years. Technology has changed a lot as well as social media so staying up to date is very important. Coming to terms with the change inside the plus size space has been challenging. We are still pushing for size diversity and while we have seen significant change we still have a long way to go.


What still needs to happen in the fashion industry for the plus size market?
We’ve come so far in the fashion industry, the plus sized woman has never had so many options. There are still questions about fit with some brands and also how the customer is marketed to.



I honestly never thought I would be a mom. I’m the oldest of three girls and my dad was always very sick so I went to school, dropped out of college to work so I can help support the family.
Eventually, I found my passion and turned it into a career but by this time my dad had passed away never meeting my daughter. I got pregnant a year after he passed. 🙁
Then her diagnosis came… Autism. Talk about being thrown for a loop! But Latina women are strong and we are loyal to who we are and after I allowed myself to accept what was happening I sprung into action.
Motherhood has not been easy for me but I would not trade it for anything in this world. My daughter has taught me to love in a way I never thought possible.


Madeline Jones



Is there a particular brand that you are loving at the moment?
It would be unfair for me to mention one because I love SO many brands right now. I’m having such a great time expressing myself through fashion.


What are some of the changes you’ve noticed in the plus size market during your 11 years as Editor? Bad/good or both.

I’ve noticed the body positivity movement encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to love themselves. I’ve seen women who hid under big clothing come out of their shell and embrace their bodies. I’ve seen the industry embrace bloggers and influencers as they represent the various body types within our community.


What do you hope your daughter learns from you as a mom, professional and a Latina?
I hope my daughter recognizes that none of us are perfect in the way society defines perfection but that we are perfectly made in God’s image. I hope she will thrive as a woman and see the beauty in who she is and what she looks like as a mixed child. I hope that she sees her moms hard work and dedication to leave an imprint in the plus size industry.


Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your teenage self?
I would tell her to love herself, embrace every moment with her family and friends because life passes by in the blink of an eye.


And finally just for fun- what are some styles or trends that you are loving?
I love my shoulders… so cold shoulder dresses and tops are my ultimate favorites.
I love bold colors and prints… I’m not one to hide in any way shape or form.
I love hoop earrings of all sizes… safe to say I’m a bit obsessed with them. LOL!


Make sure to check out  Plus Model Magazine!

Fun Brunch Mini Frittatas

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Looking to surprise mami with something simple yet super fancy? Look no further and treat the moms in your life with these fun brunch mini frittatas. Having eggs are a great start to your day. Unlike yogurts and cereals, you will find zero carbs and no sugar in these high quality protein eggs. With so many veggie and cheese options, this recipe is flexible and a fun crowd-pleaser.


  • Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup 1% milk
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4-5 thin chorizo slices, chopped
  • ⅓ cup queso fresco, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper until somewhat foamy.
  2. Mix in chorizo, cheese, cilantro and chives.
  3. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray and fill each muffin cup a little more than half way.
  4. Bake until egg is set and lightly browned about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a platter and serve warm.

Makes 24 mini frittatas.

Chorizo Slicing Tip: For easier chopping, freeze chorizo for about 30 minutes. Then roll each slice and chop.

Healing Our Mothers

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In the northeastern USA there is a fairly common plant that has a squarish stem that is sturdy and strong almost akin to a human spine. Surrounding this stem are little clusters of pink and/or lilac flowers. When looking at these flowers one cannot help but think of a little heart protruding from a human chest. Extending horizontally from the central flowers are basal leaves that are wedge shaped with three or five points. The leaves resemble open arms and hands ready for an embrace, to give open hearted assistance. It’s no wonder the Leonurus Cardiaca is also named Motherwort. Our mothers have blessed us for centuries with their unlimited loving embraces as well as their assistance, care and love. For Mother’s Day, let’s discuss two helpful tips to assist our mothers.


1. Extend Love

How many times do we accept our mothers love without saying “Mom I love you and thank you”?

Mr. Rogers, a famous children’s television host has a song we can all learn from:

There are many ways to say, ‘I love you’
There are many ways to say, ‘I care about you’
Many ways, many ways
Many ways to say, ‘I love you’

There are many ways to say, ‘I love you’
Just by being there when things are sad and scary
Just by being there, being there
Being there to say, ‘I love you’

Cleaning up a room can say, ‘I love you’
Hanging up a coat before you’re asked to do it
Drawing special pictures for the holidays
And making plays

You’ll find many ways to say, ‘I love you’
You’ll find many ways to understand what love is
Many ways, many ways
Many ways to say, ‘I love you’
-Mr. Rogers

Find your special way to tell your mother “I love you” today.


2. Assist Your Mother by Using Natural Remedies

Motherwort, has been traditionally used for thousands of years for a range of disorders from digestive ailments, palpitations, anxiety, grief and painful menstruation. “Leonurine, an alkaloid that is found in Motherwort, is a mild vasodilator and antispasmodic to smooth muscle tissues, including the heart ”. This alkaloid (a nitrogen compound in plants) helps to lower blood pressure and assists with anxiety. If you chose to take it internally, as a remedy, make sure to consult with your physician. (Contraindicated during pregnancy).

Motherwort is a symbolic plant. Rosalee de la Foret, an herbalist, describes Motherwort as a plant where “There is no real separation between the physical and emotional self. It both strengthens the physical heart and calms the emotional heart”. Giving the gift of Motherwort and using it as an ornamental may give the owner some deep emotional and spiritual healing.


These are just a few ideas, but the common thread is to be present. As your mother opens her arms and heart to you, you must do the same. It is the sharing and appreciation of love that fosters a legacy of health, growth, and support for the future of our beautiful mothers and our world.


Press play to watch Dr.Carina talk about Motherwort


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Spotlight: Latina Style Blogger

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“Plus size” have been touted in media as not beautiful, unhealthy, or women who are insecure. Until we witnessed the rise of Ashley Graham, she has uplifted and gave courage to women of any age or size to love themselves.

An Ecuadorian-American Style Blogger from the Bronx is not letting any number or label get in the way of impacting and being a positive influence for women.

“I wanted to be a boss and be the example for other women of color.”

Jessica Torres, @thisisjessicatorres is best known for her YouTube :DIYs, (Do it yourself ) videos, comedy impersonations and as a Fashion Reporter on the Revelist platform. Once she decided to resign from Revelist, she took the leap of faith of pursuing her dream full time. She continues to do videos such as; makeup tutorials, she teaches how to shop and style on a budget and she continues do her own comic videos. All while giving life events and the struggles that we face a voice.

Being genuine and being honest is why Jessica Torres has the platform that she has. She is not just a style blogger, who happens to have good style and knows how to coordinate. Her relatable lifestyle and her fearless voice, is what projects on the life of others. She expressed that the most challenging part of being on her own; was to invest in herself. You must change your perspective and learn that everything is an investment when you are working on yourself.

As a Lehman College Graduate, a Bronx native, and a Latina she feels the responsibility to be standing firm in her calling to be leader. She makes sure she accomplishes her goal:

“Of being the best at what I do, to teach men and women to learn to LOVE themselves and experience life now. Not 10 pounds or 20 pounds later.”

Jessica Torres – “Be the role model you needed when you were younger.”

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Are Latin Men Really Latin Lovers?

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Over decades, Latin men have gained a reputation for being Latin lovers. What does this mean? The phrase “Latin lover,” stereotypically refers to a stunningly attractive man native to a Latin country, with tanned skin and a strong accent originating from his homeland. Who has a suave persuasive demeanor exuding extreme masculinity, sensuality and charisma making any woman feel special and sexy with just the right things to say. The stereotype usually is that these men tend to know what they’re doing in the bedroom leaving women begging for more. But the question is…..Is that true?

The “Latin Lover,” stereotype has been promoted through film worldwide which has made it very popular. If you’ve ever spent time around men of Latin culture, you’ll notice that many of them do not fit the above description. The description that most of them do fit comes from their culture of a people that are innately passionate and expressive with their feelings, sensitive and confident simultaneously, unlike other cultures. Latin culture is usually very warm and affectionate where expressing feeling and providing comfort is done by touch. The masculine macho qualities that are often referred to in Latino men drive them to want to show they can provide for their woman or their family. Which can make women feel protected. Although sometimes sexy, these qualities can often lead to negative and often misunderstood connotations as Latinos are also known for their passionate views and opinions. This is due to them being taught from a small age to be providers and the head of family, it can lead to a machismo character. Similar to men from other cultures….so this can apply to most men.

Latin music plays a big part in Latin culture just like their food. Unlike the United States where Americans differ in their music preference from coast to coast, Latin music is pumped into the veins of the natives from birth along with the proper way to move to it, which requires rhythm. Culturally, it’s almost a requirement to know how to move to their native music which lends to helping them feel comfortable with their bodies and free with their movement. Many women tend to be turned on by this quality. And as for the golden skin of some Latinos, most Latin countries are close to the equator giving Latino enough melanin in their skin to tan well and get golden brown. A fine quality to have on an attractive man who is passionate, charismatic and knows how to dance.

The idea that Latin men are great Latin lovers is a fantasy. There are some men who have honed in on traits naturally from their Latin culture and use them to woo women. Women from cultures that are not use to these traits, can often be very attracted as they may not be usual traits for their own cultures. If it’s your fantasy to have a man with the traits and qualities we discussed, definitely start looking for Latino men and why take a flight to Venezuela to speed up the process!

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The Secret to Love and Health


Indigenous Puerto Rican Taino’s had a traditional ballpark known as the Batey. Inside the Batey the medicinal healer and teacher of ancient knowledge would share stories, lead traditional dances and begin ceremonial games. One of the games was to throw a resin ball up and whatever team let the ball fall would lose. This game was considered sacred, and would even be played to end a war between two villages. In love, “we never want to let the ball fall” or let go of the relationship between each other. Here are some tips for playing inside the Batey or rather the game of love.

1. Learn from your elders.
Our elders hold their stories of bravery, courage and also great mistakes. So many times we dismiss what our elders have to say about love. The key is honoring what our elders say and allowing their stories to help guide you. Take time to sit with abuela and talk about her ideas about what love is and how to find the healthiest mate.

2. Follow your destiny.
This statement doesn’t mean sit down and allow something to come to you. This means be proactive. If you have an interest in something allow it to motivate you. Dream the impossible dream and take steps toward making it happen. Remember the old adage from the Islamic text, “If you change one’s life you change the world”. Begin with yourself.

3. Allow people in your life who support your dreams.
So many times we want someone handsome, sexy and who makes a decent living. That may be fun but is not rooted in what truly matters. What matters is that the love of your life supports your dreams and goals to impact the world and you support his/hers.

4. Get creative.
The more creative you are the more expansive your outlook on life will be and the more open you will be to finding and attracting love. Begin by taking a dance class like Bomba Plena, or another art or dance class that speaks to you.

5. Use words of empowerment.
I knew someone who would say “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck”. Let me tell you, he would always have bad luck, because on some level he wished for it and expected it. Begin using your words as motivating and empowering tools even in the face of adversity and your consciousness will shift toward creating positive changes.

6. Allow your vibration to change.
Your vibration is your spirits song. As you grow your vibration changes. Listening to your elders, following your destiny, finding supportive friends, using positive speech, and finding a space for creativity are all elements that change your vibration positively.

These 6 tips will allow you the best advantage while inside the Batey or game of love. Although remember you have the option to drop the ball if it means you gain your freedom.

Read more of Dr. Carina’s articles here, here and here!