Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.
One of the things I love most about living in California is the diversity we see in almost every city inside of it. Everyone has a different story to tell about where they came from, how they raise their children, what values are cherished and preserved throughout each generation, etc. In the game of living and raising a family in the U.S. however, preserving those traditions and family values as a Latino family becomes a challenge with today's busy lifestyle. Familia is number one in our culture. No matter what happens or how far we live from each other, we always find a way to stay connected. But times are changing, and the definition of a Modern day family is changing with that time.
This month Johnson & Johnson and Univision have launched a campaign in search of a spokesfamily to represent "La familia de hoy" in 2014. The finalists are the Olivera Family, López Family, and Jiménez Family. While all three finalists demonstrate an authentic representation of what it means to be "La familia de hoy" to the Latino population, one family in particular caught my attention instantly. Without reading their bio's, my instincts told me I can relate to this family.
Today I'd like to introduce you to a family that represents what I feel is a modern day Latino family of my generation. The Lopez Family. Both Leslie (la mamá) and Giovanni López (el Papá) were born in California but have parents who were born in Mexico and Guatemala. They have two children and are actively involved parents. Julio is a five-year-old soccer fanatic. Amber is a typical doll loving two-year-old little lady. On weekend mornings they enjoy a traditional Latin breakfast with Grandparents as a family.
Iv'e gotta say,...sounds a lot like my own family! All of us (cousins) were born here in the U.S. but all of our parents were born in Mexico. We all LOVE family gatherings and especially look forward to an occasional Sunday morning Pozole or Menudo brunch at my Moms house. To me, they ARE the definition of "La familia de hoy" because they truly possess the best of both worlds. My vote is with the López family, but yours doesn't have to be. I invite you to see for yourself which of the three families you feel best represents "La familia de hoy" by clicking and voting here. The winner will be announced on December 21st at 8:00pm during Univision's Sabado Gigante show.
By the way....if you're on twitter, there is a twitter party going on tonight! Check it out!!
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