Quiz: Do You Know Your Mamá?

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Latinitas El Paso – Mother and Daughter Workshops

Do you spend enough time with your mom to know her likes and dislikes? Do you frequently have to ask her what she wants for her birthday or Mother’s day instead of knowing exactly what she wants? Some people say they know their mom like the back of their hand, but do they really? Take this quiz and find out if you really know your Mom!

1. When you’re shopping for a gift for your mom, what do you do?

a. Ask her what she wants

b. Get her what she’s been wanting

c. Call your dad to see what she wants

d. Buy her a gift card

 

2. When your mom gets home tired, what do you do?

a. Make noise all around the house

b. Make her a tea and clean the house

c. Nothing

d. Dirty dishes because you know she’s cleaning them

 

3. If your mom says, “I’m craving a chocolate” what do you do?

a. Say “me too”

b. Go to the store and buy her favorite chocolate

c. Go to the store and buy the first chocolate you see

d.  Say “well, go get one”

 

4. As soon as your mom gets home from work, what do you do?

a. Keep watching TV

b. Greet her, help with her bags, and ask how her day was

c. Ask her for money to go out

d. Tell her to make you food

 

5. It’s your mom’s birthday and when she wakes up you:

a. Tell her to be quiet, you’re trying to sleep

b. Make breakfast for her and tell her happy birthday

c. Yell across the house happy birthday because you don’t want to get up

d. Ask her when her birthday is

 

6. When your Mom says “I’m too tired to clean” you:

 a. Say “me too”

b. Clean for her, she’s had a long day

c. Do Nothing

d. Get mad at her because it’s so messy

 

7. You walk into your moms room and you see her struggling with heavy boxes and you:

 a. Tell her to put her back into it

b. Offer to help her right away

c. Tell her to call someone to help her

d. Tell her she’s weak

 

8. Your Mom asks you for a favor, and you:

a. Whine and stomp around

b. Offer to do it for her

c. Say you’re busy

d. Tell her to do it herself

 

9. You get home from school very hungry and you tell your Mom:

a. “I’m hungry, make me something!”

b. “Let’s make some food together”

c. “Buy me some food!”

d. “Why isn’t there any food!”

 

10. Your Mom is going on a trip for work, when she’s boarding the plane, you:

a. Tell her to bring you something

b. Say you Love her and to be careful and hug her

c. Say bye

d. Say “Finally!”

 

Now that you have finished this quiz you can look below to see where you stand, and how well you know your mom. If you’re on the good or bad side, if you need to work on some things. Good Luck!

Mostly A’s or C’s

Sometimes you make an effort to be nice to her or do something sweet for her, but you’re missing important things about her!

Mostly B’s

You know your mom like the back of your hand! You know exactly what she wants, exactly what she likes, and you always go the extra mile to make her feel loved, congratulations!

Mostly D’s

A little bit on the heartless side I would say. You know your mom is a person, she exists, but you don’t know exactly WHO she is. Pay more attention to her, spend a day with her, talk to her, and appreciate her, you only get one mom!

Five Latinas Taking Action

The earth’s climate is changing and human activity is to blame. What may seem like a distant problem left for countries across the world to deal with actually affects us at home. Environmental health hazards are especially impacting Latino communities and workplaces nationwide. Recycling and reusing are some ways we can help make a difference in the environment, but there are even bigger issues that we need to solve. Here are five Latinas working hard to make the earth and Latino communities healthier and safer!

SUSANA ALMANZA, P.O.D.E.R.
Austin, Texas

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East Austin native Susanna Almanza works to bridge the gap between environmental issues and social and economic justice. As director and founding member of Austin’s P.O.D.E.R.(People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), Almanza and the organization seek to increase awareness and active advocacy in communities affected by toxic pollution and unfair economic development. Her impact extends from local and national efforts, such as membership of the City of Austin Environmental Board and service on numerous committees including the EPA’s Title VI Implementation Advisory Committee.

VICTORIA A. ARROYO, Georgetown Law School
Washington, D.C.

 

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Graduating magna cum laude with her B.S. from Emory and J.D. from Georgtown Law School, and with top honors with her M.P.A. from Harvard, Arroyo’s dynamic career and accomplishments include extensive work in environmental policy, general counsel, carbon emission programs and economics to name a few. Arroyo is the Assistant Dean for Centers and Institutes and director of the Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center. She oversees projects on climate mitigation and teaches environmental law courses at Georgetown Law School, as well as serves on the editorial boards of the Climate Policy journal and the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Arroyo has worked in private firms and served in two offices at U.S. EPA, with responsibilities including the review of development of standards under the Clean Air Act.

ANDREA DELGADO, Earth Justice

Washington D.C.

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Andrea Delgado’s passion for the environment comes from growing up in the Ecuadorian Amazonia. She is part of Earth Justice’s Policy and Legislation team where she develops and implements strategies to protect public health from hazardous waste, chemicals and pesticides in the workplace. She works with Congress and federal agencies to strengthen policy and also serves on the Advisory Board of Voces Verde. In 2008, Delgado became the first Fellow of the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change and in 2011, won the national MillerCoors Líder of the Year Award for her work on labor and environmental issues.

 

BEATRIZ PEREZ, Coca-Cola

Atlanta, Georgia

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In July 2011, Beatriz Perez became The Coca-Cola Company’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). For nearly twenty years, Perez has worked with the company’s marketing programs, which range for various media and entertainment, American Idol, entertainment, university marketing, sports properties and more. She is behind Coca-Cola’s efforts to incorporate sustainability into its business practice, which includes changes to its packaging, recycling, delivery and fuel cost alternatives. Perez also works to promote women entrepreneurship and recently helped start a Ghana water center to reduce time locals spent getting drinking water.

ADRIANNA QUINTERO, Voces Verde

San Francisco, California

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Adrianna Quintero is the founder and executive director of Voces Verdes, an independent non-partisan coalition of Latino advocates for sound environmental policy changes and support for clean, renewable energy. Quintero specializes in public health issues revolving around safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution. She is also the senior attorney at NRDC. Quintero has litigated before the Supreme Court, testified before Congressional subcommittees and the United Nations, and appeared on national and international English and Spanish television and radio programs. Her 2004 report, “Hidden Danger: Environmental Health Threats in the Latino Community” marked the beginning of her mission to engage and inform Latinos about environmental health threats.

 

Gluten-Free Dessert Pizza

Gluten intolerance has become more common in many people today.  More often than not, many are gluten intolerant without even knowing! Being gluten intolerant means your body is rejecting gluten, which is commonly found in foods process from wheat. They may be experiencing stomach troubles and not able to figure out why this is so. Since gluten intolerance is becoming more and more common, many foods have become available to these people in the past year or so.

This  gluten-free dessert pizza recipe is for those who are gluten intolerant but still want to be able to eat delicious foods like everyone else! Not to mention, this may be more healthy than many other desserts out there.

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What You Will Need:

Crust:

1 large ripe banana

1 box Gluten Free Graham Crackers

3 tbsp agave (or honey)

Frosting:

3/4 container Cool Whip

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup sugar

Before beginning, preheat the oven to 350ºF.

To start off, crush the graham crackers until it becomes almost like a flour texture. To do this, you can use a food processor or manually. After this is done, add the ripe banana and agave, or honey, into the graham cracker crumbs. Combine these ingredients with either an electric mixer or a fork, so that the banana is mashed completely or until the mixture will turn into a dough.

Next, grease a baking sheet, and roll out your dough mixture onto the sheet—flattening it into your desired shape. If you would like, indent the edges of the dough with a fork (like you would on empanadas) to add a little decoration to it.

Once this is done, place the crust into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Check on it periodically. It is done when the crust has a cookie-like texture.

While the crust is baking, prepare the frosting topping.

Add all the frosting ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until the frosting is whipped and creamy. Refrigerate the frosting mixture until it becomes firm. While the topping is firming up, let the crust cool down on the baking sheet.

To decorate your dessert pizza, grab your favorite fruits and other toppings such as nuts and seeds. Set them out and have them ready to use as toppings for your dessert pizza while your frosting is firming up and your crust is cooling down.

Decorate your pizza however you desire and have fun with it! It is healthy and safe to eat for those who are gluten intolerant.

Quiz: Which Superhero are You?

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Have you ever wondered why you don’t have super powers? Or why you sometimes do so much for others that you should become a superhero? With this quiz, according to your personality you would be the super hero you fall under. But don’t forget, you might not be super, but you can always be someone’s hero. Enjoy!

 

1.  If you are faced with an evil villain, which super power would you use first?

a. Purr at them

b. Fly above them ready to attack

c. Use your power to create thunder

d. Get out neat gadgets

 

2. You start getting ready for crime-fighting, what costume are you wearing?

a. Tights to move around in, flexible

b. A tiara and a skirt

c. You have a long cape

d. Gadgets in your belt

 

3. What is your favorite quote/catch phrase?

a. “As I was saying, I am a woman, and I can be taken for granted”

b. “There are times when faith is all we have to rely upon on”

c. “Are you ready to be blown away?”

d. “Nothing will go wrong in my watch”

4. What type of movie/personality is your favorite?

a. Sarcastic, Witty, Change in worlds

b. Reliable, God-like

c. Action

d. Drama, technology-driven

 

5. How do you like to work?

a. Alone by choice

b. Alone, but always willing to help someone

c. With a team that benefits from your powers

d. With a team completely different from you, or alone; your choice

 

6. Who is your biggest enemy?

a. Everyone that comes in front of you

b. A jealous Cheetah

c. Evil Mutants

d. Abyss an enslaver

 

7. What type of hair do you have?

a. Short and black

b. Long and black

c. Short and White

d. Different Lengths and Red

 

8. If you could work with any other superhero, who would it be?

a. Batman

b. Thor

c. Wolverine

d. Hawkeye

 

9. What type of shoes do you wear when you’re fighting the evil?

a. Heel Black long boots

b. Long Red Boots

c. Heel Black short boots

d. Black Combat Boots

Now you are all done, look below to find out what superhero you would fall under according to your personality! Good Luck!

 

Mostly A’s

“Somebody say fish? I haven’t been fed all day!” You are a Cat Woman! Fearless, sarcastic, a cat and fish lover! You like to work alone, but that doesn’t make you feel lonely, it’s just how your personality is. You’re not ashamed of who you are, and when you’re feeling like someone needs your help you can always be counted on. Even if you don’t like to work with anyone else, at times you like to be side to side to Batman, your ally.

 

Mostly B’s

“Of all people, you know who I am . . .  who the world needs me to be.” Wonder Woman! You’re a feminist icon, fighting for justice in all. You do not like the criminals in the world, you are full of integrity and are always trying to do what is right.  You are a Warrior Princess and a believer in faith and relies on help of the Gods, and certainly would be an ally with Thor the Demi-God.

 

Mostly C’s

“Move back, it’s about to get windy.” You are Storm! With your long cape, silver-gray hair and your white eyes, you make storms happen.You like to stand out from the crowd, make them notice you, and you wish the best to your loved ones. Even though you make bad weather happen you know you can always turn the skies back around with our friendly personality and a unique smile. You are a great ally with wolverine and x-men.

 

Mostly D’s

“I’ve got this.” Black Widow! Brave, great gymnast, and awesome gadgets to use in the scene of the crime! You think you can solve everything on your own with no help, but sometimes you need someone to rescue you instead of you saving them. Remember that being helped does not mean you are weak, it means you are not alone. You show a tough face, a feisty look, but in the inside you are as fragile as glass. You know you can always count on your ally Hawkeye and the marvel avengers.

Me, Myself, and I

girl on computerWe live in a very social world, constantly surrounded by people. Even when we’re at home and no one’s around we can still communicate through e-mail and texting and social media, so even then we’re not “alone.” We’re always told that when someone is alone they must be sad or have no friends, when in reality the person may simply enjoy being alone. There is a social bias against solitude. People link solitude with people who are lonely, sad, or with antisocial tendencies. Solitude has been, sadly, underestimated. And it’s actually quite healthy!

“I like hanging out with friends just as much as the next person,” says Hannah Young, 15, from Westlake High School. “But I sometimes go away from all that and just spend time by myself. It’s nice and really relaxing.”

Increases Your Focus

Like Hannah said, being alone is therapeutic. Disconnecting from the complex, wired world by being alone gives your brain time to unwind. Constantly being around others can be distracting, so when you’re alone you get a chance to clear your mind, to focus, and to think. And by having a clearer mind and less distractions, you’ll be able to concentrate better on any work to be done. After all, it’s hard to study for that big test when you’re surrounded by a lot of people talking.

Not only can solitude refocus your mind and make you more productive, but it also provides time for you to think deeply. It seems hard to think about anything when the world is constantly buzzing, but when you’re alone and without distractions you can meditate and mull over things. Why do you think many great ideas come during showers or late at night? It’s because you were alone!We’ve all had those “eureka!” moments while going to sleep, and sometimes you can feel like philosopher when taking long showers. It’s all because we let ourselves be alone.

Gabriela de Caro, a sixth grader at Regents School of Austin, says, “I like being on my bed staring at my ceiling at night. I actually get a lot of cool ideas. Like one time I was stuck on a play we had to do at school, and after thinking a bit I figured out which part fit me the best!”

Helps Find Your Own Voice

Solitude gives you an opportunity to find your own voice. Psychology Today writes that “When you’re a part of a group, you’re more likely to go along with what the group is doing or thinking, which isn’t always the actions you would take or the decisions you would make if you were on your own.” And in finding your own voice, you discover more about yourself.

Rachel Prichett, 16, says “everyone has a ‘mind palace,’ and being alone helps me explore my own…it’s funny because I learned a lot more about myself than I ever knew before.”

Every person has an inner world full of creativity. Take time to disconnect by turning off the phone, the Internet and the TV. Give yourself some time to just be alone. Whether it happens early in the morning, at night, at lunch, or any other time, you decide. You’ll be surprised by just how rewarding solitude actually is!

DIY: Latino-Inspired Ice Cream

Being proud of your latina heritage is something that we should all express throughout our lives. How about through food? This latino-inspired ice cream is sure to satisfy your cravings during the warm-weather months. So, grab some friends and enjoy these delicious ice cream recipes.

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream:

What you will need:

  • 1 can dulce de leche*
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 medium saucepan
  • ice cream machine
  • mesh strainer
  • pressure cooker

*To make dulce de leche: Using 1 can of condensed milk, you can make the dulce de leche. First, remove label from the can. Place sealed can in pressure cooker, then fill cooker with water so that it covers the can. Cook on high for 45 minutes. Finally, let the pressure drop on its own for 15 minutes. Now you have 1 can of dulce de leche to complete the recipe!

To begin, combine 3/4 cup dulce de leche, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup milk, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. (Note: Not all of the dulce de leche is being used here. Make sure there is 1/4 cup dulce de leche still left.) Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat once it starts gently boiling. Next, in a medium bowl, beat 6 egg yolks. After doing this, gradually add the eggs to the cream mixture in the saucepan.

Once both mixtures are combined, cook and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Once thickened, remove saucepan from heat and strain through a mesh strainer and into a clean, medium bowl. Cover mixture with plastic wrap, pressing down onto the mixture so that no film forms while it is being chilled in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

After the 2 hours are over, remove the recipe from the refrigerator and pour into an ice cream machine follow the machine’s directions to continuer the freezing process. Once the ice cream begins reaching complete thickness, create a swirl in the ice cream by spooning in the remaining 1/4 cup dulce de leche.

Transfer the ice cream into an appropriate container for freezing so that it is ready to be served for a later time.

Tamarindo Ice Cream:

What you will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup tamarind paste or concentrated tamarind nectar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • heavy saucepan
  • double boiler
  • ice cream machine

To begin, heat milk in a heavy saucepan to the point where bubbles start to form on the surface (Note: Do not bring to a boil). Remove saucepan from heat and add 1 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until it is dissolved. To keep eggs from curdling, add about 1-2 teaspoons of the heated milk to the beaten eggs, and mix until beaten well. Add the remaining heated milk to the egg mixture, and blend them well.

Next, in a double boiler, cook the mixture until it becomes thick. Chill for a long period of time, such as overnight. Once chilled, add the tamarind paste or nectar to the mixture, along with the salt, lime juice, and heavy cream, and stir thoroughly. Follow the instructions on your ice cream machine in order to churn and freeze in properly.

Transfer the ice cream into an appropriate container for freezing so that it is ready to be served for a later time.

Papaya Ice Cream:

What you will need:

  • 2 papayas
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8×13-inch pan
  • blender

First, cut both papayas in half, scrape out the seeds, peel, and dice). Blend in blender for about 30 seconds. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and heavy cream, and mix thoroughly. Pour this mixture into the 8×13-inch pan and freeze to the control’s lowest freezing setting—stirring the mixture twice while it is still freezing.

Once the mixture is firm, reduce the freezer temperature, and allow the ice cream to sit in freezer at it’s normal control setting. Before serving, allow the ice cream to sit in freezer for about an hour.

Embrace your cultura and enjoy your homemade latino-inspired ice cream!

School & Family Advice

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From one chica to the next, here’s some advice from boy drama to family issues. Everyone has problems every now and then, but the serious issues and the more personal ones have to be taken care of right away, especially when it comes to dealing with your family.

What should I do to stop bullying because I am being bullied at school?

 If you are being bullied, don’t be afraid to speak, stand up for yourself. Don’t let anyone bully you around, you don’t deserve that, no one does. Try telling your teacher, the counselor, or your parents, they can always help you with problems, you are not alone.

I am going to a new school next year and I’m nervous and scared. What do I do?

Don’t worry about it, we all get nervous from time to time especially if we’re trying new things. Look at the bright side, you will meet more people and make new friends, just be friendly, be nice, and always be yourself. Who knows, you might meet your official best friend forever and you won’t even know it if you’re not yourself. It’s okay to be afraid or nervous, it’s natural on your first day, but once you get the hang of it you will love it even more than your last school!

My brother thinks he’s all that because he’s popular at school, he tells me what to do and that I am his servant, he bullies me a lot. He sometimes threatens to hit me if I don’t do what he says, what do I do?

You should start by telling your parents, you might think you’re being a ‘tattle teller’ but he is not supposed to do that, even if he’s your brother. You do not have to do what he says, stand up for yourself, don’t let him intimidate you, show him that you are not afraid of him, you are family, you’re supposed to protect and love one another, not the other way around. If he does try and hurt you in any way, don’t just sit there; tell someone immediately and ask for your parents’ help.

How can I stop my Tía from doing drugs with my baby cousin with her? I am scared for my baby cousin to get sick or die. Please, I need advice.

With something as delicate as this, you should try talking with your parents about it, don’t try and fix it yourself, look for help. You are a great person for caring so much about your family’s well-being and health, but you need to tell your parents to talk to your aunt. If your parents choose not to do anything about it, but you still feel like their life is at risk, talk to a professional. For example, you can try talking to your school counselor, she/he will help you out. Doing drugs is a life-threatening thing especially with a baby in the house, it shouldn’t be done, and you can help them by looking for professional help.

Family VS Facebook

1374166_668942679783592_214847276_nFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The social media world; entertaining, but can also become harmful to people. Have you ever seen a person that never has time for anything else but surfing through their phone on social media? What if a close family member or friend is too busy on their social network to spend time with you or even acknowledge that you are there?

According to statistics found on The Guardian Liberty Voice, “when habits begin to interfere with daily lives – where one simply can’t do anything else until they’ve had their social media ‘fix’ – then it has become an addiction.” One doesn’t only like to get on social networks daily, it becomes you, you cannot seem to go with your day without getting ‘online’; after a while it simply becomes an addiction to social networks. 

These social networks have become more than a part of our lives, but part of who we are and what we choose to do on a daily basis.

Mom VS Facebook

Sometimes when I get home from school and something exciting happens I would like to run home and tell my mom, but recently it has become a war for her attention between myself and Facebook.When we hear her laugh it is because of a picture she saw, when she talks to me is to help her navigate better through Facebook. It has been bothering me and I didn’t know how to face it, until I just learned to accept it. Once I wasn’t paying attention to her anymore she noticed she was excluding everyone around her and realized the mistake she had done, and now she only uses Facebook when she has nothing to do or no one to talk to, she learned to make time for her social media use and myself.

Stephanie, 18, had a similar experience like mine. ”I love my Mom, but sometimes I just want to yell at her because all she does is Photoshop me in pictures and post them on Facebook, everyone would see and some of those pictures were embarrassing. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I had to tell her to stop because she wasn’t even paying attention to me, she wasn’t even doing her job good, and she wasn’t paying any attention to her family. It got to a point where she was ‘talking Facebook’, she would used to say. ‘Ooh, Like! Poke! 50 Likes, yes’ and she would post every 30 seconds to say exactly what she was doing, even when she was going to shower! It was already to another level, she had gone over board. Good thing we… talked some sense into her. Now, she only gets on social networks when she’s bored at home and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Stephanie.

The Pew Research and Project claim how “a widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined, and the diversity of those people with whom they discuss important matters has decreased.” People care less and less about social interaction face-to-face now with the new technologies and have been socially alone, and the ethnic group that belongs to this is mostly Americans.

“My best friend was always on it, she even started missing school because she would stay up until 5 in the morning on social networks, posting pictures, looking at her feed, it got to a point where I had to do an intervention to show her how bad social networks were affecting her. She realized then how it was also affecting everyone around her. I just think everyone needs a balance, everything must be done with moderation,” said Lizzeth, 24.

Social networks can be entertaining and fun, but if you choose not to do it with moderation, there will be consequences. Being stuck to our electronic devices daily can affect how we behave and cause us to miss out on special moments with people that matter. Put down the phone and go look at the world, enjoy the priceless times you get with your loved ones and you can go back to the social media world when you have absolutely nothing better to do. Use it as a way to get away from reality once in a while, but don’t let that take away time from precious moments you could be spending with someone you love.

Advice to My 13 Year-Old Self

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Latinitas celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a blog-a-thon. Members of the MyLatinitas.com community shared heartfelt advice they wish they were told when they were 13 years old.

Popularity is a big one. When I was thirteen I tried hard to be an extrovert, and I thought being ‘shy’ was a weakness. Whenever someone ignored me or was rude, I figured it was my fault. I thought I wasn’t interesting or cool enough. Then I realized that ignoring people and being rude was a bad trait, and that it wasn’t me who had to change anything about myself, but rather the other person. Trying to be popular through fake behavior, modifying our physique and being hard on ourselves can be stressful.

I’m not sure if hearing someone say this to me at 13 would’ve worked or made much sense as it does now. But the truth is that beautiful and genuinely kind girls eventually blossom into respectable women, especially if they remain honest with who they are. So it’s important to endure through those hard and confusing times, not letting anyone change who we really are.” – Giselle

“When I was 13 years old, I didn’t know how to put on makeup yet and my biggest concern in life was that there must be something wrong with me because all my friends had a boyfriend but I didn’t. I had to start thinking about where I’d go to high school and even college. I was really insecure at the time and constantly put myself down. I always felt like was never good enough for some reason.

I wish that someone had told me not to give into too many of your emotions. So often I make decisions on what I feel rather then what is logically correct and I wish someone told me to follow my head instead of my heart. I needed to hear that I need to put myself before anyone else and become the best person I could possibly be. And most importantly, I wish someone said to spend time with family. It’s so important because you sometimes often get so busy with growing up that you forget your parents also grow old too. I wish someone told me all of this but even if I heard it at 13 years old, I may have been too stubborn to actually follow this advice, but it still would have been nice anyway. ” – Claudia

All I can say is that I grew up ‘too soon’ in a sense that I [didn't have] a childhood, and my teenage years were controlled and spent at home playing video games (sometimes up to 12 hours a day)… You are still young, 13, you still have a lot of time to spend with the family! It is your decision to stay with the family or not, whether you are 13, 18, already in your mid-20′s with your own kids, it doesn’t matter; age is a number and [spending time with your family is a must]. [It's] not a choice.” – Irena

Review: The Lego Movie

the-lego-movie-2014-05Watching the previews to this movie, one may think that this is merely another movie for little kids—preferably boys. However, being that this movie is about Legos, it also caught the attention of those who are older as well—even teenagers. Most teenagers, even girls, play with Legos! Legos are a part of many teens’ childhood, and it’s always nice to be reminded of that wonderful, carefree time. The Lego movie definitely did it’s job in this regard!

The main character, Emmet Brickowski, is known in the “Lego world” to be a “normal” guy because of his “normal” job and his “normal” life. The movie shows the mundane tasks Emmet does everyday, including exercise and buying over-priced coffee. As a construction worker, he is a hard worker. One night, after he was done with his shift, he discovers a mysterious object called “The Piece of Resistance” and meets a girl named Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks. She explains to him that the one who finds “The Piece of Resistance” is the one who is identified as “The Special.”

Emmet, being the “normal” guy, wants to have such an honorable title. However, he finds it difficult to live up to this title. He is given many responsibilities with this title, the biggest of which he is to save everyone from President Business and his evil schemes. In order to accomplish this, Emmet needs to learn to break away from the “instruction manual” and learn to act spontaneously rather than only by what he is familiar with.

With the help of his friends and other outside sources, he is able to prove to himself and to everyone else that he is not merely a “normal” guy. He helps everyone see that anyone can be special no matter what others may think of them or by what they think of themselves.

This movie is a good family-friendly movie and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It includes the typical love story, jokes that are funny to a variety of tastes and there is surprising to twist at the end—everyone enjoys a good plot twist! From the cities to the vehicles to even the water, everything is made out of Legos! This movie is a must-see and the themes—anyone and everyone is special in their own way and that there is nothing you can’t make out of Legos—this movie will keep you laughing while enjoy some good family time.

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