Latinaish Gift Guide 2013 (plus mega giveaway!)


It may seem a little early to start thinking about holiday shopping, but before you know it, “Feliz Navidad” will be playing on the radio and the weather will turn cold enough to break out the mittens, (both of those things have already happened where I live, by the way!)

This year has got your back when it comes to holiday gift buying – Not only have I put together a gift guide with what I consider to be some of the best gifts for bilingual, bicultural Latinos and Latinos de corazón, but with the support of several generous companies, business owners, and public relations representatives, I have organized a mega giveaway for you guys of seven items in the gift guide!

You will have a chance to enter to win all of the following items from the guide! (YES! All of it to ONE winner!)

• A $25 gift certificate to Surropa.

• A pair of SOL REPUBLIC Jax In-Ear 1-Button Headphones (value $39.99)

• A 3-in-1 Drill 3RILL from Rockwell (value $129)

• A 1 month World Edition subscription to Little Passports (value $11.95)

• A copy of the Latin Dreamland CD from Putumayo (value $14.98)

• A set of four Maisy Mouse bilingual books (value $19.16)

• A pan dulce pillow from Dos Borreguitas (value $19)

CLICK HERE to read the Latinaish Gift Guide 2013!

CLICK HERE to read the Latinaish Gift Guide 2013!

Ready to enter the giveaway? See details below!



Prize description: One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the seven prizes above in the bulleted list.

Approximate value: Total value of the prizes listed above in the bulleted list is approximately $260 USD.

How to Enter:

Mandatory entry: Check out the Latinaish Gift Guide then come back here to this blog post and leave a comment below telling me which of the items you’d most like to give or receive for the holidays. Please note: You can choose to name any item in the gift guide as your entry but only the items listed in the bulleted list in this blog post are being given away in the giveaway. (Please read official rules below before entering.)

Optional extra entry opportunities: Once you have completed the mandatory entry, you can do as many of the following for extra entries in any order you wish:

• Circle Latinaish on G+, and leave a separate comment here w/your G+ name.

• “Like” the Latinaish Facebook page, and leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

• Share a link to the gift guide publicly on any social media platform, and leave a separate comment here saying that you did with a link to that Facebook status/G+ status/Tweet, etc.

• Subscribe to in the sidebar on the right where it says “Free Delivery” either via email through or on Bloglovin’ and leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

NOTE: You must leave a separate comment for each of the extra entries or there is no way for me to count it separate from the first/mandatory entry.

Also note that if you submit your comment and don’t see it right away, it is not necessary to submit it again. Your comment has gone into comment moderation – Rest assured that it will be approved, published, and counted!

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. You must be able to provide a U.S. address for prize shipment. Your name and address will only be shared with the company in charge of prize fulfillment. Please no P.O. Boxes. One entry per household. Make sure that you enter a valid email address in the email address field so you can be contacted if you win. Winner will be selected at random. Winner has 48 hours to respond. After 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random. Giveaway entries are being accepted between November 19th, 2013 through December 3rd, 2013. Entries received after December 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST, will not be considered. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. If you win, by accepting the prize, you are agreeing that assumes no liability for damages of any kind. By entering your name below you are agreeing to these Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Buena suerte / Good luck!

Disclosure: I received some of the products in the gift guide for review purposes and for consideration in the gift guide. No other compensation was given. All links in this blog post to companies are “no follow.” As always, all opinions are my own.

Twitter Party! Close Even If Far Away #CricketContigo

I’ll be co-hosting a Twitter party with Latina Bloggers Connect and Cricket!

The theme of the #CricketContigo Twitter party is “Cerca Aunque Estés Lejos” (Close Even If Far Away.)

With the holidays coming up, it’s difficult to be far from loved ones. I know for example that the quiet streets on Christmas Eve here make Carlos really miss the cuetes (fireworks), and fun his family are having in El Salvador. Sometimes “being there” over the phone while things are happening makes it a little better.

Please put this on your calendar and check out the details HERE.

Click for even more info!

It’s going to be a fun fiesta. Some of my best friends are going to be there, including: @CuponeandoLive, @JuanofWords, @ohmariana, @spanglishbaby, myself (@latinaish), of course – and it will be moderated by @lbconnect with special guest @micricket.

There will be some chévere and very valuable prizes, and a piñata full of candy – I’m not even kidding.

See you there! Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 7pm-8:30pm EST/6-7:30pm CST on Twitter. Hashtag: #CricketContigo.

(Pst! If you RSVP, you have an extra chance to win! Read the details here and then go HERE to RSVP to the #CricketContigo Twitter party!)

Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored post. My participation in the Twitter party itself will be paid. This post conforms to Terms of Service. As always, all opinions are my own.

Copa de Oro + sOccket balls

I’m getting really anxious for this Sunday because I’ve been invited by State Farm to a 2011 CONCACAF Copa de Oro (Gold Cup) quarterfinal game in D.C. where I’ll get to try out the new sOccket™ ball! … I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and video to share, and I’ll also be live tweeting. Until then, here’s a preview of the ball:

State Farm has partnered with sOccket™, (a soccer ball created by Uncharted Play, Inc. that generates and stores electricity via physical play) – and launched their new program, “Juega Hoy. Ilumina El Mañana” – which gives electricity to those who lack access in Latin American and Caribbean countries. (31 million people in Latin America and more than a quarter of Latin American rural communities have no electricity.)

Want to help?:

• Click the Juega e Ilumina tab on the State Farm Latino Facebook page, where you’ll have the opportunity to generate and donate over 2,000 sOccket™ balls.

• “Like” the videos of Futbol Freestylers on the Facebook page and you’ll add one minute of light to the represented country.

• Play the featured game, Play & Illuminate, where you can choose the country you wish to send sOccket™ energy balls and then play to donate. (I chose El Salvador!)

• Download a brand new iPhone app, Kick4ACause, which is a virtual soccer game you can play to help donate sOcckets. Every 15 minutes of play collected will result in one sOccket™ ball donation. The more you play, the more sOccket™ balls State Farm will donate.

Disclosure: I will be going to a Gold Cup game at the invitation of State Farm. All opinions are my own.

Dirty Laundry

Mothers have always instructed their daughters not to talk about their “dirty laundry” in public, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. Don’t get too excited – I’m talking about la ropa sucia for real, not mi familia. (Besides, I already tell you plenty about Suegra!)

Remember when I blogged about the Mexican laundry detergent Foca? It seemed like a good bargain pero al fin, when the laundry comes out of the dryer, no huele a nada – and I like my laundry to have a nice, strong scent or I feel like I completely wasted my time.

Bueno, because of my blog post about Foca, I was contacted by the people at Gain, who apparently are confident enough in their product that they’re not scared off by a little competition from south of the border. They assured me that their laundry products leave a great scent and offered to send me some to try.

Days later, a package arrived on my doorstep and let me just say that I could smell the Gain while it was inside the shipping box, which was heavily taped. That made me optimistic, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up because as Foca proved, even if the detergent itself is strongly scented, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to leave a scent on the laundry.

So, the only way to know is to give it a try. I did a load of laundry using all three Gain products, (detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheet), and it smelled amazing. It actually made the whole house smell fresh and clean. (They have many scents, but the one I was given is called “Original Fresh” or “Frescura Original”.)

My nose is very sensitive, so I didn’t know if anyone else in the house would notice, but Carlos took one whiff and begged me to wash the bed linens in it even though I had washed them just the day before and it was only hours from bed time. As much as I love sleeping in blankets that smell good, I was too tired, and Carlos ended up doing it himself.

(Note: If your husband isn’t in the habit of doing laundry, I can’t promise that Gain will make him more likely to randomly wash the linens. My macho just happens to like doing laundry.) – Anyhow, sleeping in blankets washed in Gain was sooo nice. I actually fell asleep smiling.

So, final verdict? Even though I love plenty of products que son hechos en México, this time around, Gain is the winner – hands down. I won’t be buying Foca again, (as much as I love to say the word.)

Okay, you want to try Gain for yourself? Qué bien! I just happen to be having a GIVEAWAY!!!

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We have a winner! Felicidades to Melanie of!

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(I’m going to pretend you’re all going insane and crying tears of joy like Oprah’s audience.)

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack valued at $20 containing:

• Gain laundry detergent
• Gain fabric softener
• Gain dryer sheets
• (New!) Gain dish-washing liquid
• coupons!


1. Winner must provide a U.S. address for prize shipment. No P.O. Boxes.

2. Visit and then come back to leave me a comment telling me what you like about their website or which products you’d be most eager to try.

3. One entry per person and make sure you use a valid E-mail address.

4. No entries will be accepted after midnight EST on December 12th, 2010. The randomly selected winner will be announced the following day on this post and contacted via E-mail. Winner has 24 hours to respond with shipping information or another winner will be selected.

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: Product samples for review and prize pack for winner provided at no cost to