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Disney’s Pixar New Movie Coco Review…

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The new Disney Pixar Film hits Theater November 22, 2017

LasVegasMomsBlog had the pleasure of viewing an advance screening of the new Disney Pixar Movie Coco. Pixar took us on an exciting adventure into the world of the Latino Culture- festive holiday

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celebrated in Mexico,- Dia De Los Muertos (to honor the dead). Which teaches us the importance of the Mexican Culture. Viewers will learn about the history and all the customs and rituals involved. 

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Coco:
Starts by introducing a little boy name Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old Mexican boy who dreams of becoming a famous Troubadour like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. A guitar hero and movie star (inspired by Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete). Miguel’s close-knit family who strongly disapproves of music, which Miguel has a hard time accepting and choose to go against his families beliefs and acts out of rebellion on the Day of the Dead.

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Which begins his journey into the land of the dead, where he encounters his idol, Hector, and his ancestors where his family secrets will be revealed and his magical journey begins.

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I thought the story line was brilliant and the illustrations, phenomenal. I enjoyed watching the Latino Culture unraveling onscreen giving the younger audience a glimpse of The Mexican culture in a very unique way. My favorite part of the film was the message it teaches young children “Value Family” – Miguel’s love and respect for his family showed us the value of family even if you don’t always agree with them. But most importantly he teaches children to respect his Elders at all times. There was definitely a lot more beautiful parts of the film that I won’t disclose. I do not want to give away to much of the film.

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I hope you enjoy the film as much as we did. I must warn you (Don’t worry its not a Spoil Alert) Don’t forget your Tissue! You are gonna need it, I was definitely caught by surprise as the tears rolled down my cheeks.

 

 

Overall, Coco will definitely win your hearts, its a Spectacular Family Flick that has a lot of Lovable characters, memorable scenes and beautiful music.  Plus, the kids might learn some new Spanish words by the end of the film.

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I have enclosed a couple of Awesome Coco Crafts for the kids. 

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https://family.disney.com/activity/november-2017-calendar-and-coco-coloring-page/

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https://family.disney.com/recipe/pan-de-muerto-hot-chocolate/

 

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Raising a Team Player With Great Sportsmanship

Soccer Referee Showing a Player the Red Card

Soccer StadiumSometimes your role model isn’t quite role model material. On the world’s biggest stage, World Cup fans witnessed Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bite an opponent during a match. This, just minutes before Uruguay sealed their preliminary round victory over Italy. Now, at first thought, one may think, “What was this guy thinking?!” because he is a grown man who really should know better than to act out during a match or “Seriously?! Again?!” because this is not the first time he bit someone during a match. {Suarez had an offense in 2013 and prior to that in 2010 when he was punished (as well as his team) missing several matches after each incident.} He even earned the nickname “Cannibal” and social media had a field day with viral depicting images Suarez as Jaws, as a flesh-eating zombie, as Hannibal Lechter to name a few off the top of my head. I did find an enlightening article explaining how biting is not premeditated, it is an emotional outburst of sorts and is also tied to an inability to properly, effectively manage anxiety. The Washington Post even referenced a bite I remembered watching during a boxing match between Mike Tyson & Evander Holyfield 28 June 1997 {can’t believe it was that long ago!}.

game face football futbol soccer teamSo while adults try to make sense of it, how do we address this with our kids?! We introduce our kids to team sports to socialize them, hone their athletic skills, and give them an outlet for all that boundless energy. In the process, we hope they do not learn to be overly aggressive in their play. We teach our children to play by the rules, try their best and play hard without hurting another player. Being competitive is a good thing. It motivates you to push yourself to be the best you can be. There is a fine line: When it pushes you to forget that there are consequences for your actions, it is too much. The other team is not the enemy – You can still shake hands at the end, knowing each team came out to shine their best skills and whichever team plays the best will be victorious. Practice, practice, practice so that you can continually improve. Managing game day frustration means showing up prepared to play your best. Even if the other team is better athletically, the least you can do is your very best. You may just surprise yourself and come out on top!

AFootball teams part of a team, you have even greater responsibility than just yourself. You have teammates who look up to you, respect you, admire you and rely on you, just as you can expect the same of them. Yes, there will be times when your skills are better or worse than others. Learn from each other, teach each other – this is how you will all progress and evolve. There is always room for improvement for everyone. No one has to have the limelight all the time. Each team member has a responsibility to play their very best and make decisions that keep in mind the greater good for the team to advance. There is no “I” in “team”, but there is an “M” and and “E” so remember there is always a choice: Some plays it may work out that you are the best option, but that may not always be the case. You still have to keep in mind, your whole team is there to play too! Help players up if they fall, pass the ball if they have a better advantage, cheer them on when they make a good play, tell them everything will be alright if they stumble. Everyone makes mistakes, it makes us human. Being there for each other and being aware of your actions makes you a good sport.

Two Young Men (16-20) at Soccer TrainingThe Uruguay national futbol team will move on to the next round playing Colombia today, without their star play, Luis Suarez. This will challenge La Celeste to push themselves to play at a level they may not know they could play.

Go Charruas! You can do it! Dig Deep…Play Well!

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The Switzerland of South America: Fun Facts About The History of Uruguay & Uruguayan Life Today

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When you want to stay neutral, you don’t always have to say “I’m Switzerland”. Now, if you want to stay neutral with South American flare, you can say, “I’m Uruguay!” This stunning South American country is peaceful and prosperous flanked by Brasil to the Northeast & Argentina to the West.

UruguayThis area now known as Uruguay was originally inhabited by indigenous people, the Charruas*. Since there was no gold or silver in the region and these natives inhabiting the area were extremely resistant to the idea of being conquered, Uruguay was a source of contention between Spain & Portugal for some time. It was discovered by Portugal (Colonia de Sacramento, est. 1680) and one hundred years, later Spain took hold. Uruguay rebelled, but were quickly acquired again by Portuguese of Brasil. With the help of neighboring Argentina, Uruguay finally won their independence 25 August 1825. Initially, cattle introduced by Spain to the area proved lucrative & perhaps laid the groundwork for the Uruguay of today. A variety of Spanish is the national language called Rioplatense or Platellano, despite Portuguese being spoken in neighboring Brasil. A hybrid form of the two languages (Portunhol or Brasilero) is spoken near their border. A tradition still carried on in rural Uruguay, Gauchesco is a creole dialect dating back to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gauchos*.

panoramic view montevideo uruguay city harborIn present day, when you envision what it is like to be in Uruguay, think beaches, delicious steak & a thriving nightlife. Really, is there anything more to life? The Atlantic Ocean shoreline of Uruguay stretches five hundred kilometers, serving as their eastern coast. The official country name is Republica Oriental del Uruguay or “Oriental Republic of Uruguay”. The people of Uruguay refer to themselves as “oriental” or “of the East” because of where the country lies in reference to the Uruguay River, a major tributary of Rio de la Plata, its western edge that also demarcates the border with Argentina. Most of the residents are from Italy or Spain having the highest percentage of Europeans (88%) of all of South America. Tourism helps support Uruguay’s economy as many flock to the pristine beaches and to visit their estancias (ranches). One hostel even offers guests a cold beer in exchange for picking up any trash on the beach! This is just one example of the liberal (& clever!) ways of Uruguay. For many years following a military dictatorship in the late 1970s and 1980s, Uruguay has proven to be of the “freest in South America” referring to its religious, social, political and labor conditions. Uruguay has offered free universal education since the 1970s which may explain the foundation for one of the highest literacy rates (97%!). Uruguayans boast of their high standard of living and enjoy the arts such as ballet, symphony and theater. More than half of the Uruguayan population lives in the capital city of Montevideo.

lomito completoSorry, vegans, beef is the mainstay of the Uruguayan diet. We’re talking every part, inside and out. From rich meaty dishes (yes, including entrails & blood, but in the most delicious way possible!) to leather goods expertly crafted for export. Uruguay has beautiful rolling hills and arable land so this makes perfect sense that beef, rice and wheat are among their main exports of livestock and agriculture. (Not gluten-free friendly either!) A common meal would include mate*, their national drink and chivito, a steak sandwich. It can include ham, egg, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise, but it always has steak! As a nod to the Italian influence, pasta is also a national food group. Desserts often include dulce de leche a sweet, caramel concoction that fills pastries and is drizzled over sweets. The influence of Spain, Italy and Portugal are evident in every aspect of Uruguayan life. Doesn’t that sound romantic, beautiful and dreamy?! When can we go?!

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Mateando: Spending Time with Uruguayans

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mateLa Celeste, the Uruguay National Futbol team plays England today (12N PDT). Go Uruguay! Let’s take a look at the national drink…

A proud tradition in Uruguay, Argentina, Parguay and Southern Brazil where mate is the national beverage, mateando (drinking mate) has become a social experience in modern day. Much like coffee here in the US, mate is a caffeinated beverage that can be a shared experience, talking over mate, walking with mate, mate can also be a lovely gift. It doesn’t cause jitters or upset the stomach since it does not produce acidity or oil the way coffee does. Mate is an herbal tea enjoyed in a drinking receptacle called a “mate” (yes, same name) sipped through a straw with a sieve on the end (to avoid ingesting crushed leaves) called a “bombilla”. Water is boiled in a caldera & poured over the leaves in the mate. You sip mate through the bombilla so that you can drink the tea produced without swallowing any of the crushed leaves. According to a Portuguese tradition, mate is made from leaves only to reduce or eliminate acidity created by twigs and stems or “palo”. The less palo, the higher the quality of mate. Today, Uruguayans enjoy consuming mate from their own gourd as opposed to sharing one mate to be passed from person to person. Some use personal gourds for hygienic reasons, but others say no one has to wait their turn!

Leaves for yerba mate come from a tree (Ilex Paraguariensis) Pure mate leaves are Nativa. They are picked from mature forest trees & aged for at least 1 year. Trees that are shade grown as opposed to being harvested from commercially raised, sun-grown trees will yield more in tact nutrients. The leaves can be steeped for longer periods of time without becoming bitter since the tannin levels are low. In other countries such as Argentina, mate is sweetened with honey or sugar, but Uruguayans drink it pure. The bombilla is needed to filter the leaves out while sipping your mate and it is usually made of metal: nickel, silver, bronze, gold are common and mate (the gourd itself) is meant to last years.

The nativa boasts of two dozen vitamins and minerals, more than a dozen amino acids and countless antioxidants. Other herbs can also be added to increase the health benefits of drinking mate. Guayaki was introduced into the US a few years ago (2009) bring the “…first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world through IMO.” My favorite quote about describing mate is “Yerba Mate has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea,and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.”

Let’s sip our mate while cheering on La Celeste! Viva Uruguay!!!

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