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!

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The 6 best websites & apps for foodies

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I love to cook and entertain, but I don't like to make the same old stuff all the time. That's why I have several websites and apps that I consistenly rely on to make sure I prepare new dishes to delight both family and guests.

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An open letter to every mamá Latina who is letting go of her teenage daughter


Letting go of my baby as she's become more independent and confident has been one of the most difficult changes as a mamá Latina. As I write this letter, my daughter, who is 19 years old, is a sophomore in college and living away from home. What has helped me deal with this transition is that she's doing well in school and she's happy. I'm fortunate to have an extremely open line of communication with her. My friends can't believe just how candid our dialogue is on the topic of relationships and sex. Since she was young, I've tried to instill a solid moral foundation, but the time has come for her to make her own decisions and to deal with the consequences. 


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Slow cooker BBQ pork ribs that your man will LOVE (RECIPE)


This has to be my gringo hubby and son's favorite all-American dish that I've learned to master. I made it this week and I'm excited to share it with you.

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The best Christmas videos and books for kids


My kids must have watched my favorite Christmas animated movies a hundred times when they were young. Our top five were: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and Little Drummer Boy. If your familia hasn't watched these classics you have to do so this Holiday! There are also certain books that over the years have become a part of our holiday tradition. 

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When & how to have the sex talk with your kids

Like many Latinas, I never really got the sex talk from my parents until days before my wedding. Prior to that day, our talk focused solely on abstinence before marriage. We never discussed what sex, or more specifically intercourse, really meant and what acceptable behavior was. There was no discussion around having protected sex to avoid getting pregnant or sexually transmitted diseases. I learned about sex and formed my opinions through friends, health education class in high school and by experimenting with a boyfriend I dated for nearly four years.

In sharp contrast to my experience, I had my first open discussion about sex with my daughter when she was 10 years old. It was inevitable. 

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