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AARP ‘La Vida Es Un Carnaval’ brings Latino community Holiday cheer

The Queen of Reggaeton and Queen of Salsa’s performance of ‘La Vida Es Un Carnaval’ is just what the holidays need this year.

Happy December! It’s crazy to think we are already at the end of this wildly unpredictable year. For many, this year has been stressful and exhausting. As we enter this last month of 2020, let us all allow ourselves to take a breath, relax, and melt into the holiday cheer as we recharge for the new year. And what better way to do that then with a little music and nostalgia!

This holiday season, AARP is bringing the Latino community some uplifting cheer with a special re-release of the Ivy Queen-Celia Cruz virtual duet “La Vida Es Un Carnaval”. 

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Ivy Queen and the late Celia Cruz come together in unprecedented virtual duet.  (Source)

The unprecedented duet was first announced back in August to be the centerpiece of the Miami-based Calle Ocho Live festival, which went virtual this year in October due to COVID-19.

Speaking to Billboard, Ivy Queen said, “Celia Cruz stands out for her powerful voice, talent, stage presence and eccentricities. I’m honored to sing one of her songs with Celia because she captivated me from the moment I first heard her incredible voice and she is synonymous with the highest values, sacrifices and empowerment music that gives all of us. ¡Viva Celia Cruz, the Queen!”

The epic duet, which can be viewed here “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” throughout the holidays, not only made history uniting the Queen of Reggaeton (Ivy Queen) with the Queen of Salsa (Celia) but also became the first and only music video for Celia’s lifetime No. 1 hit. 

“We are proud to be part of this amazing initiative to support and bring joy to Latino families during this holiday season, while paying tribute to two of the most iconic Hispanic artists of all time,” said Yvette Peña, vice president of multicultural leadership at AARP. “Both Celia Cruz and Ivy Queen have broken glass ceilings throughout their careers and are an inspiration to people of all ages. As a committed ally of Latinos aged 50+ and their families, AARP proudly supports initiatives that positively impact and empower our community.”

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Watch the epic duet now through the holiday season by clicking on the image!

You might be interested: 15 Top gift ideas for the Holidays 2020

The highly-produced video is a co-production of the Kiwanis of Little Havana, RetroPop Media, and Atlantino, and was produced in association with the Celia Cruz Foundation. It features unreleased footage contributed by director Ernesto Fundora, who himself directed Celia Cruz’s other video hit “La Negra Tiene Tumbao.” All of the footage for ‘La Vida Es Un Carnaval’ comes from a 2002 commercial shoot Fundora shot with Celia in Veracruz, Mexico for Azúcar de Veracruz. Ivy Queen’s portion of the duet was shot in Miami and directed by CSP Media Group.

“La Vida Es Un Carnaval” was written by Victor Daniel, produced by Isidro Infante, arranged by Isidro Infante and released as the lead single from Cruz’s studio album Mi Vida Es Cantar (1998). The song won the award for Tropical Song of the Year at the 2003 Lo Nuestro Awards. 

As an iconic and legendary tune, “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” is sure to spread much needed holiday cheer this season. Watch the stunning video here and let yourself relax into the music and celebrate this life. 

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15 Top gift ideas for the Holidays 2020

It’s hard to believe 2020 is already coming to an end– what a crazy year it has been! However, the end of the year means the Holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re still looking for the perfect gifts for friends and family, take a peek at our top 15 gift ideas for Holidays 2020 from our Latinas in Business community members. 

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This year has hit businesses hard, especially small, local, and minority owned businesses. Help us celebrate and give the gift of giving by supporting some of our fellow Latina In Business members and partners this holiday season! 


First up on our list of holiday gift ideas for winter 2020 is our must-have beauty recommendations! Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves a little? I think after this stressful and exhausting year we all deserve to treat ourselves and each other to a little bit of pampering. 

HipDot x Tapatio Makeup Collection

HipDot x Tapatío Collection (Photo courtesy Tyler Williams)

Shopping for a makeup lover who loves bold, colorful looks? Then check out HipDot, the vegan and cruelty-free makeup company that celebrates “the weird, the wonderful, and everything in between.” HipDot is also known for their epic collaborations with other brands. You may have seen their recent collab with Tapatio— yes, the hot sauce company! This hot collection turned up the heat with two stunning eyeshadow pallets, five lip shades, and a custom Tapatio hot sauce drip beauty sponge. Shop HipDot x Tapatio’s collection and more for that bold, eccentric makeup lover in your life! 

Ella’s Eve Cosmetics

Ella’s Eve Cosmetics “Velvet Posh Liquid Lips” (Photo courtesy Melissa Polanco)

Another LIB makeup favorite is Ella’s Eve Cosmetics. Ella’s Eve is a Latina owned makeup brand co-founded by sisters Melissa and Lissa, that promotes confidence and celebrates inner beauty and empowerment. Shop stunning lip lacquers, colorful eyeshadows, and check out their newest lip scrub–a perfect stocking stuffer addition! If you shop now through December 1st, you’ll also get 25% off through their Cyber Holiday Sale, so don’t wait. 

Lux Beauty Club 

Founded by Victoria Flores and her partner, LuxBeautyClub, offers a plethora of high-end CBD products that are made in the USA with clean ingredients. From candles and bath bombs to gummies, and more Lux Beauty Club has a wide range of Beauty and Wellness products to choose from. Their CBD products support sleep, fight anxiety, and enhance overall well-being—and also make great gifts! 

Clothing & Accessories

Mexico Culture & Pride

Authentic Mexican creations (Photo courtesy of Adriana Pavon)

Shop till you drop online with Mexico Culture & Pride! Founded by designer, Adriana Pavon, Mexico Culture & Pride is a collective that supports local Mexican artists. From authentic clothing to accessories and art pieces, you’ll be sure to find just the perfect, unique gift for your loved one. Tekiosk, the collective’s e-commerce, allows local artists the opportunity to sell their products on a larger scale. Mexico Culture & Pride also focuses on sustainability and eco-friendly means of production, so shop green this holiday season! 


Totebags Concalma one of best crafts of Puerto Rico

Looking for more heritage inspired designs? Check out Concalma–founded by Matilsha Marxuach, the brand celebrated Puerto Rican heritage and is inspired by local culture and concepts of friendliness and functionality. The brand is also very socially conscious, using its platform to raise awareness about the importance of fair trading partnership with local producers and suppliers of the best crafts of Puerto Rico. Concalma’s signature items are their hand-made bags, but you can also pick up some high quality exotic Puerto Rican coffee in the shop too! 

LaDi Maternity-Wear

LaDi, stylish maternity-wear. (Photo courtesy Laura Diaz-Alberto)

Shopping for a mom-to-be? Looking for some chic face masks or fun decor? LaDi is the place to shop! Founded by designer Laura Diaz-Alberto, LaDi offers handmade stylish and comfortable maternity clothes for expecting mothers. We also love their gorgeous handmade paper flowers –perfect for all your decor needs. And now you can also shop simple yet elegant face masks, headbands, knit babywear, baby mats, and more!   


MiLegasi Holiday Collection

Looking for even more holiday gift ideas for mom and baby? Pop on over to MiLegasi to shop babywear, tote bags, fun masks for the whole family, matching holiday apparel for winter 2020, and so much more! Founded as a resource for bilingual parents and children, MiLegasi’s goal is to foster a connection to Hispanic culture in young children and celebrate one’s roots. If you shop now through December 31, you’ll receive free shipping on orders of $30 or more so don’t miss out! 

Ojala Threads

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Signature Baby Bodysuits by Ojala Threads

If you’re looking for even more items for the babies in your life, might we suggest Ojala Threads, a social enterprise that creates premium, hand crafted baby bodysuits, and cositas, inspired by indigenous Hispanic heritage… thoughtfully designed to connect future and past generations. Each of these unique designs reflects the complex and beautiful history of indigenous Hispanic culture. Founded by social entrepreneur, Ramona Ferreyra, Ojala Threads also supports local causes and is focused on “doing good in the hood” by donating a portion of their proceeds to change makers around the world. Shop a range of baby products from their signature baby bodysuits to bibs, towels, crib sheets, carseat covers, and a ton of other beautiful products from their heritage collections

Little Amour Custom Pacifier Clips

Handmade, custom pacifier clips (Photo courtesy Christina Ochoa)

We’re not quite done with babies–our little ones need accessories too! These adorable pacifier clips are oh-so cute and the perfect stocking stuffer gift for the baby in your life. Founded by 23 year old Christina Ochoa, Little Amour is a recently-launched small business that’s already making waves, Each pacifier clip is hand-crafted and “hecho con amor.” They are also fully customizable, so the options are endless! BPA-free and made with chewable silicone beads to soothe babies’ sore teething gums, these are simply a baby must-have for this holiday season. 


If you’re shopping for a book lover, then we have tons of holiday gift ideas–especially if your book-lover is also an aspiring entrepreneur, business owner, or just looking for some inspiring reads! As we settle into winter 2020, a book will make the perfect gift for all those who just want to get cozy and read by the fire on a cold day. 

Today’s Inspired Latina

Today’s Inspired Latina series

Entrepreneur Jacqueline Camacho has published over sixteen books on various topics. From the popular Today’s Inspired Latina to a variety of children’s books, memoirs, and comics you’re sure to find the perfect book for the readers in your life. 

Fearless Women at Work

Fearless Women at Work is a must read for all working women

Another inspiring title we recommend is Dr. Ginny Baro’s Fearless Women at Work: Five Powerful Strategies to Thrive in Your Career and Life! This Amazon #1 Bestseller by certified international executive coach & speaker, Ginny Baro is a must-have for all women looking to achieve success in their careers and personal life. This book’s sole purpose is to ignite your personal power to pursue the life of your dreams when you apply the practical strategies offered in Dr. Baro’s innovative C.A.R.E.S. Success system. As the protagonist of your own story, you will be guided through self-reflection to uncover what matters most to you now to help you reach your next level of success, growth, and contribution. 

El Libro Magico Amarillo

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Libro Magico Amarillo’s personalized Spanish children’s books

Last but not least on our reading list are these super fun and adorable personalized Spanish books for children from El Libro Magico Amarillo.

Launched in June of this year by Maria Victoria Sanchez, these books offer a mix of adventures and educational content that keep children engaged and reading longer, all while playing and having fun. Her books also serve as a tool for parents raising bilingual children, helping them foster a love and appreciation of Hispanic language and culture in their children. Each book can also be personalized with the name of your child as the story’s protagonist. Imagine their faces when they realize they are the main character? What a perfect holiday gift. Shop now through December 1st to get a holiday discount on your purchases! 


Lastly, you can’t have the holidays without décor! Whether you’re looking for some festive items to deck the halls or searching for the perfect piece of art to gift to a friend, these holiday gift ideas for winter 2020 are sure to be a hit. 

PXP Contemporary Art Gallery

Artist Jenny Brown

PXP Contemporary Art Gallery is the place to find the perfect art piece for the art-lover in your life. PXP Contemporary is a digital art gallery and platform that connects collectors with high-quality, affordable artworks. Co-founded by Alicia Puig and Ekaterina Popova, PxP was created to challenge the traditional art gallery model and make the process of buying art a more accessible, digital-friendly experience. This has been especially valuable this year with COVID-19 limiting our in-person experiences. Take a virtual trip to the art gallery and shop curated collections today through November 30th to get free shipping on your purchases with code PXP_COLLECTOR at checkout!

Event Craft Studio Handmade Décor

Must-have holiday décor!

It’s time to get festive! If your home isn’t already decked out or if you’re still looking for the perfect holiday wreath for your front door then you simply need one of these hand-crafted wreaths by Event Craft Studio. Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than a good wreath. Since we’ll all be celebrating at a distance this year, show off your décor to neighbors with one of these gorgeous wreaths on your front door. Founded by first generation Dominican-American, Liliana Perez, Event Craft Studio has grown from craft hobby to full time professional décor shop. Liliana’s creative designs are a must-have this holiday season, so treat yourself to one (or a few!) of these wreaths today! 

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We are rapidly approaching the end of 2014, another amazing year of new dreams and a great realization: Our made it to you screen!

We never expected the support and the following was going to be as overwhelming as it is!

So we wanted to thank you, all our followers, our readers, the organizations that have become or will become our strategic partners, the Madrinas and Padrinos of our Editorial Advisory Board, and all who have done their part in helping this project take shape.

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Patricia E. Munoz for her unconditional support and friendship. Without her, our photo galleries and videos would not be possible.

Luis O. De la Hoz, for his constant support, knowledge and advice, that helps us grow in every way possible.

Lorraine C. Ladish, for sharing her knowledge and becoming my mentor in social media.

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Lorraine C Ladish

Lorraine C Ladish

Jesse Torres. our also unconditional contributor who tolerates my copyediting with so much grace.

 To the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey for their continuous support to our labor.

To all the chambers of commerce that have participated this year sharing their announcements with our readers.

To OUR LIBIZUS, for sharing their stories and their business information with our followers, and for sharing the joy in social media.

And to all of you who have supported this effort, this “penny project” that just continues to grow at a staggering rate. We are ready to hit 4000 followers before the end of the year. Watch out, 2015, here we come!

SusanaThank you, thank you, thank you!

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