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Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe – #VidaAguacate

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Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe - #VidaAguacate

My mother has always had a very green thumb. At least as far back as I can remember. Everywhere we lived, after a few short months she would manage to turn our pretty green and standard yard–no matter how large or small–into a virtual jungle, full of rich smells and beautiful colors. And most of the time a lot of the matas that she would plant were ones that provided fruits or vegetables for our home.

There were the higueras that everyone envied. The orange and tangerine trees that neighbors would seek permission to pick every year when they were in season. And in Mexico, the aguacate tree she was so proud of! You see, not everyone could grow an avocado tree.

When this tree was brimming with ripe and firm avocados it meant that we’d have aguacate with almost every meal she prepared. There were slices on the side of our huevos rancheros in the morning, guacamole to go with our enchiladas for lunch, and pico de gallo with avocado stocked in the cooler for quick meals any time company would come over.

This last dish is one that’s now one of our favorites at home too. Anjelica makes hers with a few additional ingredients that turn this staple of Mexican cuisine into a great snack for any time of the day or night. For this collaboration with Avocados From Mexico, we knew it would be the perfect nutritious snack to share.

Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe - #VidaAguacate

I mean Avocados From Mexico are always delicious and always in season. And they go great with just about everything. Their fresh and savory taste takes pico de gallo to the next level.

They’re also super easy to add into a balanced nutrition plan! No cooking required. That’s always a plus! If you’re thinking about watching your intake of healthy food just a little closer, Avocados From Mexico should definitely be on your shopping list.

Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe - #VidaAguacate

Our easy and nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo is one snack you can enjoy anytime. Here’s the recipe to this family favorite that’s always a hit at our house!


● Avocados from Mexico
● 1 tomato
● 1 onion
● 1 lemon
● 1 mango
● A couple of jalapeño peppers
● Cilantro
● Salt

Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe - #VidaAguacate


● Finely chop the tomato, onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro
● In a bowl, mix the chopped ingredients
● Cut a few slices of your mango and finely chop the fruit
● Add the chopped mango to your bowl with the rest of your ingredients
● Cut open an avocado in half and remove the pit
● Chop your avocado into square pieces and add to your bowl
● Add salt to taste
● Slice your lemon in half and squeeze it into the rest of your ingredients (to taste)
● Mix all of the ingredients together in the bowl
● Serve

Easy Nutritious Avocado Pico de Gallo Recipe - #VidaAguacate

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Sharing more than I should, maybe

Sharing more than I should, maybe

There are certain moments in life when one has to learn to shut up. For the last several months I’ve been doing a lot of silent thinking and holding the pause button on my public expressions of emotions for one very complicated and difficult reason.

My father is battling cancer and I don’t know what to do about it.

Nothing that I can say can take away his pain. Nothing that I can do can miraculously take away this disease from his body. And because of that I find myself struggling constantly, on a day-to-day basis. There are days where I just don’t want to get out of bed. There are days when I feel like a child, confused and unable to find my bearings in everyday life. Days when I’m just angry and bitter.

I share this not to make my father’s situation about me, mostly to just be honest with myself. My therapy has always been writing, but here lately I haven’t had the words to say much of anything.

My father’s ongoing battle with cancer has forced me to put life into perspective. It doesn’t matter how much I make from my business and passion; it doesn’t matter how many brands I’ve collaborated with or not; it doesn’t matter how small or large my community is at any given moment. All that matters is that life is about choices. No matter how much time we might think we might have, it’s never enough.

Cristela Alonzo the comedian put it best in her latest standup routine for Netflix. She basically said “no matter how grown up you think you are you never feel more like a child than when you realize your parents are not going to be around forever.” I wasn’t ready to deal with that.

I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment.

At any given moment everything can change.

Don’t wait for tomorrow. Tell the people you love how much you love them today.

And if you’d be willing to say a prayer or two for my father, I’d appreciate that more than you know. Gracias.

Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington

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 Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington

I’ve not always been a facial hair kind of guy, but a few years back I decided to just go for it and give stubble a try. My first attempt was to grow a mustache, and well, let’s just say that didn’t go very well. Unfortunately my facial hair doesn’t grow in very thick, at least not in the mustache area. So what ended up happening then is that my upper lip just ended up looking kind of scrubby and not very nice.

That wasn’t going to work. I needed to shave, reassess, and basically go back to the drawing board. I’d seen a lot of other guys with extended goatees, and while it wasn’t my most favorite look by any means, I decided to give it a try as well. The result was a mix of thicker, longer hair on my chin, and almost nothing around my mouth and under my nose. At that point I knew, my best bet would be to grow a simple goatee on my chin and lower face area.

I did and I haven’t looked back ever since.

 Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington

What I hadn’t realized until then was just how much work it would be to keep my facial hair looking fresh and clean all the time. First of all, I would need more shaving gel and more than a simple razor. As you know, if you’re a guy sporting a full on beard, a mustache, or just a goatee like mine, the commitment is real.

 Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington  Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington

My favorite grooming products now are those that make the shaving process easy and efficient. The The Perfecter: Beard Boss Stubble and Detail Kit by Remington, for example, takes all the fuss out of not being able to reach those stubborn hair follicles that just won’t come out with a regular razor. The premium T-Blade provides ultra close trimming and pinpoint precision and control for perfect stubble and crisp, clean edges. To me, you really can’t beat that. And because my facial hair doesn’t grow in all that thick or rapidly, knowing that one single charge of the Beard Boss’s lithium battery will give me 5 hours of cordless runtime, means I can go months without having to charge it again. You can find the Beard Boss at Walmart and on Walmart.com.

Nothing is worse than going to use something only to realize you have to recharge it all over again before being able to use it. Con esto, nada. One charge and you’re good for almost a year, if your stubble is anything like mine that is.

 Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington  Up Close and Personal with the Beard Boss by Remington

Now here’s to hoping I can grow that full beard sooner rather than later.

The truth about Raising a Bilingual Kid

The truth about Raising a Bilingual Kid

It’s definitely not a topic we’ve ever shied away from, but it is one we’ve given a lot of thought to. Especially as parents of a bilingualish teenager. See what I did there? It’s a play off of the hit TV show Blackish, in case you’re wondering. What I’m talking about is Raising a Bilingual Kid.

Y’all know I’ve written at length about that topic over the years, haha! So how does one follow up so many blog posts about the same topic? With a video, of course!

That’s what we’re talking about in our latest video from YouTube (we have a channel there, by the way… in case you want to subscribe – we’d greatly appreciate it). Take a look and let us know what your best tips are for raising a fully bilingual or bilingualish child.

Why we’re heading back to Miami for Hispanicize 2017 #hispz17

Why we're heading back to Miami for Hispanicize 2017 #hispz17

Yes, y’all, it’s official! We’re headed back to Miami this year for Hispanicize 2017! This year we’re actually serving as official correspondents for the national event, which you might be more familiar with as the premier event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers, including digital creators, journalists, marketers, music artists and filmmakers.

This is not our first time attending this event. And we’re hopeful it won’t be our last either. The reason we really enjoy attending Hispanicize every year is that each time we feel like we gain so much from the full week experience. Whether it’s networking with people we follow and admire online, or connecting with new business partners that have similar goals and interests as ours, this event is just a great place to connect and build new relationships.

To help explain what we mean, we decided to make a short video to tell you a little bit more about what we think about Hispanicize 2017:

If you like this video and want to watch more videos from us, subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.

Oh, and let us know if you’ll be at Hispanicize 2017 too!

For Super Bowl LI in Houston the NFL hosts Play Football Family Festival – #LetsPlayFootball #NosUne #ad

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For Super Bowl LI in Houston the NFL hosts Play Football Family Festival - #LetsPlayFootball #NosUne #ad

Let me set the scene, first of all. There were just over five minutes on the clock in the last quarter of the game. Edgar’s basketball team was up by more than 10 points and tensions were running extra high as their opponents desperately tried anything to salvage the spot they had earned in the championship game this Saturday.

Fifteen minutes later and it was official. The Mustangs are going to the championship game. I was ecstatic, bursting out of my seams quite literally! 

Oddly enough, by that point, walking inside the stadium of my old high school district for another equally mesmerizing experience. This time for a Super Bowl LI event hosted by the NFL at the Aldine Independent School District. I graduated from Aldine’s Eisenhower High School 20 years ago now. Wow, I just literally did the math right now! 

For Super Bowl LI in Houston the NFL hosts Play Football Family Festival - #LetsPlayFootball #NosUne #ad
NFL Football’s mission is to grow the game of football to an increase in kids playing football.

The Play Football Family Festival took place at the M. O. Campbell Educational Center, which is home to the W. W. Thorne Stadium. If you’re not from Houston all you need to know is that it’s a huge football field with plenty of space for multiple training exercises to take place at the same time. That’s precisely what happened at the Play Football Family Festival.

Also part of day’s activities were meet-and-greets with pro-NFL players like Tony Gonzalez and Joey Bosa, football gear fittings, and a very honest and poignant conversation between parents and coaches about the decision to let their children join a football team or not. That was a conversation that hit home for a lot of us as parents because many in the room had grappled with the very same question about their own kids.

For Super Bowl LI in Houston the NFL hosts Play Football Family Festival - #LetsPlayFootball #NosUne #ad
The vision of NFL Play Football is to: shape the football journey for kids 6 – 18 years old; advocate for safety for football participants; promote life values through the game of football; and connect the football community.

The jury is still out about that one in our home, but it was pretty insightful to hear directly from the pros about this debate. Ultimately, the consensus being that it’s a very personal decision for parents to make with their children as a family. The benefits of participating in team sports, however, are pretty crystal clear.

Our family knows.

When Edgar first joined the basketball team we weren’t sure what to expect. He hadn’t previously participated in any structured sports activities and we didn’t know how serious he was about the commitment. Two years later and one game away from a major championship, I can honestly say team sports have given him the confidence and humility to understand what it means to be a part of a team – not only on the court or in the field, but in life. Those are life lessons I can’t just tell him about.

I think the same can be said for a lot of the families that spent part of their evening with us that night. The event was about celebrating the arrival of Super Bowl LI to Houston, and, more importantly, about motivating more young people to discover their capabilities on the field.

The Netflix Stand-Up You Have to Watch: ‘Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy’

The Netflix Stand-Up You Have to Watch: 'Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy'

It’s everything we had hoped it would be, and then some. On her latest production, comedian Cristela Alonzo delivers the laughs and a lot of heart. The Netflix original – written and produced by Cristela herself – just landed on the streaming service this week, and let me tell you it’s so worth streaming right now!

Aptly titled, Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy, the one-hour, stand-up comedy routine taped in San Antonio, Texas reminds us again why we all fell head over heels for the South Texas-born Alonzo. She’s witty and heartfelt in her usual boisterous, sometimes animated, delivery. Towards the end – spoiler alert here – Cristela even makes us cry as she recounts a very personal moment between herself and her mother. One that she says she won’t share again, but that she wanted to include in this special to honor immigrant women like her mother who too often are overlooked.

It’s a tearjerker of a moment until Cristela quickly brings us back to laughter.

You can’t help but to identify with Cristela Alonzo. Especially if you are a Mexican or Mexican-American from Texas like I am. She shares her experience as a first generation American, delves into politics for a bit (i.e. the infamous wall and such), talks about our shared love for Selena as Latinos, reminisces on her childhood and what it was like growing up as a poor brown girl, and even broaches the subject of her now canceled ABC self-titled television sitcom.

Three years after arriving into the mainstream with Cristela on ABC, Alonzo is well acclimated to the entertainment industry now and comes off as confident and deliberate in sharing her voice and story. I couldn’t help but to want more Cristela after the special came to a rousing end in the form of applause and laughter from the audience.

In her own words – as she shared with Mic recently:

“I want to be honest about my life. It hasn’t been easy, and I meet people all the time who have had similar lives. I want them to know that there’s a chance. There’s always hope. I feel like I’m very fearless, because I grew up so poor that I’ve got nothing to lose. At the end of the day, what’s the worst that can happen? That I go back to being poor? I’m used to it.

My life was such a long shot. All I had to do was really try, and work hard. If you’re willing to do that, something amazing can happen.”

Why I’m taking a break from CNN for a while

I realized today I’m going to have to find something else to listen to in the background while I work.

Until now my distraction of choice for creating background noise had always been CNN. Not that I find their reporting super accurate or engaging, but it was something I could keep on and turn and watch every once in a while when I heard something that caught my attention. That no longer is the case.

With the amount of time the network is giving Trump and his surrogates about their “transition into power” my tolerance for watching has kind of dwindled into nothingness. Who knows, this may be temporary.

For now, though, I’m open to suggestions about other things to listen to that aren’t so depressing.

Why I'm taking a break from CNN for a while