Lucia Ballas-Traynor

I was born and raised in Chile until I moved to New York when I was 11 years old. My family went back to Chile but I stayed behind after marrying a very supportive Gringo of Irish descent. We have two beautiful children (a boy and a girl, ages 14 and 16 respectively). I am  proud of my Latin culture and roots and work hard at retaining and passing on my heritage and traditions to my kids. I love all types of food, spending time with my familia, music, diversity and constant discovery. I feel fortunate to be able to take the best of my two cultures and create my own!

I know I'm Latina when...

I love, when I celebrate and when I feel pain!

Lucia's Latest Posts

6 Heartbreaking movies that every Latina should watch

I don't know if it's because as a Latina I grew up watching novelas or because movies that focus on other people's suffering, put my life's ups and downs into perspective. But once in a while I feel the need to watch a movie that rips my heart out! So if you are in the mood for a good cry, here are six movies that I highly recommend.

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5 Things everyone should know about the child immigration crisis

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In 2008, a law was passed intended to protect children who came to the U.S. seeking refuge from sex and drug trafficking. This law is now at the root of the immigration crisis. The law grants children "special immigrant juvenile status" so that they can stay in the U.S. and apply for permanent residency. No one expected this law to prompt a massive influx of undocumented children! The issue has become so highly politicized that it's hard to distinguish fact from political agenda.

Here are five things every mom (especially Latinas) should know about the crisis:

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4 Mistakes parents make that harm their kids

I know this article may seem a bit morbid but "accidentally hurting your kids" has been a top topic of conversation among many mamás this week.  This theme was prompted by the story of the dad who "accidentally" left his 22-month old son in his car for hours.  Now it looks like he and his wife might have done it on purpose.  I can't imagine any parent doing this to their own child! 

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SEE: 8 shocking weight loss success stories that will inspire you

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I am obsessed with "extreme" weight loss success stories. I read them the minute they are published looking for inspiration and guidance. Although the reasons for being overweight vary from "I've struggled with weight all of my life" to "I put on the pounds after having kids", most of the protagonists of these stories have been inspired to lose the weight by a life-changing event such as a health scare, being dumped by a boyfriend, bullying or just feeling "disgusted" after seeing a picture of themselves.

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Ideas for marriage proposals & wedding planning Latina style!

I read that 27 years is the median age for first-time brides in this country. That means that I have a decade to come up with creative ideas for my daughter's wedding. Not that she'd consider any of my ideas, but I can't help behave like the stereotypical Latina mami I swore I wouldn't become --opinionated and meddlesome. I love creating memorable experiences that can be shared with my entire familia.

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