When I was little, many people didn’t know where Ecuador was. People always knew where Colombia was, but no one really knew about Ecuador. It was during a time when there was also not as much migration from Ecuador to NY, certainly not as much as now! When I was growing up we couldn’t go to the supermarket and find a whole section of “ethnic” products that included Ecuadorian products, we had to ask people to bring our beloved products over. Today, things have changed… I can buy Van Camp’s tuna at my local supermarket! I can buy frozen naranjilla (lulo) and tomate de árbol in the frozen food section, next to the Goya products. I can order Facundo frozen products online and have them delivered to my doorstep.
Years have passed and I’m pretty sure that MANY more people know where Ecuador is (especially since Ecuador was recently named the best place to retire and the NYTimes has written several features on the Ecuador).
Being of immigrant background you always get excited to find a person from the same background, someone who “gets” you in a very specific way. Someone who knows what “quaker” is and what “ñañito” means. So when I started meeting Ecuadorian bloggers I was super excited to know there were many in the blogging space.
As an Ecuadorian-American, I want to make sure to share everything has to offer, its beauty and talent. So to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to share this list of awesome Ecuadorian bloggers who are rocking it.
Denisse Icaza, Ahorros para Mamá
Denisse is a mom of 4 and lives in Miami. Her blog, Ahorros para Mamá is all about moneysaving tips for moms including tips and coupons. Denisse has been featured on Univision and Telemundo and is considered a pioneer in the Latina mom blogging space. Her blog brings in over 40,000 unique visitors a month. You can follow Denisse on Instagram: @denisseicaza
Layla Pujol, Laylita.com
Layla Pujol was born in Vilcabamba, Ecuador and considers herself a “modern-nomad.” Layla’s site is THE place to go to if you need an Ecuadorian recipe. I’m so thankful for her site! Her instructions are clear, her photos are absolutely stunning and you can feel her love of Ecuador in her posts and writing. Layla and I share something in common, we are both married to Frenchmen. Laylita’s site is available in Spanish and English and she has recipes in French as well! She’s working on her first cookbook, about Ecuadorian food! You can check out Layla on Instagram: @laylapujol
Ceviche mixto de pescado, camarón, y pulpo // Mixed seafood ceviche made with fish, shrimp and octopus #ecuadorianfood #comidaecuatoriana #ceviche #cevicheecuatoriano A photo posted by Layla Pujol (@laylapujol) on
Rachel Matos, The Art Muse
Rachel is from NYC but lives in LA where she is the Directors of Social Media and Influencers at Latina Bloggers Connect. She is a graduate of Columbia University. Her blog, the Art Muse is a space where she covers art and culture, style and beauty and lifestyle and food. Rachel is half-Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican. You can follow this stylish mama on IG: @theartmuse
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Linda Stone, HispanicMama.com Linda Stone is from Guayaquil. She lives in NC with her family. She writes about her journey on raising bilingual and multicultural kids. You can follow her on Instagram: HispanicMama1
The first game for the World Cup qualifying stage of #russiafifaworldcup2018 started today and the #Ecuador national team won against Argentina in…Argentina!!!! ?? This is HUGE my friends! This is a valid reason to declare a national holiday! ? I don’t think any Ecuadorean would be able to sleep tonight!!!!???#Tricolor #eliminatoriasrusia2018 A photo posted by hispanic mama (@hispanicmama1) on
Erika Batista, Lola Blue Style
Erika Batista is a style and beauty blogger, and probably the most stylish mama I know. She has two beautiful kids and shares her style on her awesome blog, Lola Blue Style, and on Instagram. You can follow her: @lolabluestyle
One of my favorite preggo looks of all time. Copycatting the one + only @kourtneykardash – such a fab fall look #pregnant #throwback #wiw A photo posted by Erika | Ecuadorian (@lolabluestyle) on
Elle Gutierrez, Another Day Another Diaper Elle Gutierrez is half-Ecuadorian and half-Dominican. She shares her motherhood journey in her blog that is full of witty, sarcastic and fun posts. She describes herself as “a c-section having, formula feeding, microwave using, McDonald’s frequenting mom that is basically too lazy to do any crafts with her kids.” Elle also writes for BuzzFeed Parents. You can follow her on Instagram: @mrselleg
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! I’m officially having the best Mother’s Day ever thanks to @buzzfeedparents Also, thank you @mom2summit for presenting me with this incredible opportunity. Check out 19 traits of a zero guilt having mom NOW. | ??Link in profile. #buzzfeed #buzzfeedparents #mom2summit #anotherdayanotherdiaper A photo posted by Elle Gutierrez (@mrselleg) on
Frances Diaz-Evans Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes
Frances is half-Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican. She home schools her son and shares great activities. You can follow her on Instagram: @dtwtmse_frances
Mari Tuten, Inspired by Familia Mag Mari is an honorary Ecuadorian (but honestly, I did think she was Ecuadorian!) and says she calls both the US and Ecuador home. She does humanitarian work in Ecuador. She lives in Quito with her family and blogs about living in Ecuador and so much more. Mari’s family blog magazine shares crafts, recipes, parenting, fashion, travel and inspirational activities. You can follow Mari on Facebook: Inspired by Family
Adriana Carrera, Founder of La Familia de Broward
Adriana is the founder of La Familia de Broward, an online and print magazine (in Spanish) serving the county of Broward in Southern Florida. They cover family, money, community and health. You can follow La Familia de Broward on Instagram: LaFamiliaMagazine
A photo posted by Equipando Para El Exito (@lafamiliamagazine) on
Ally Fiesta Hydrosupralicked.com Ally calls herself a ” a bass blasting booty shaking, hoop twirling, raw food loving, international traveling Latina telling the Universe how it is.” Ally lives in Texas and enjoys celebrating life through music, dance and real food (who can’t agree with that?!) You can follow her on Instagram: @AllyFiesta
Fall never means pumpkin spice, going to the state fair or football to me. FALL MEANS DARK LIPSTICK! A photo posted by Blogger | Ambassador | Foodie (@allyfiesta) on
Diana Limongi LadydeeLG.com
And now, la yapa, como dicen en Ecuador (can’t translate that, but if I had to, I’d say “the little extra.”) Yours truly. I grew up going to Ecuador as a child and went to middle school there. I love going back whenever I can and sharing the beauty of Ecuador and its people. I live in NYC with my multicultural family and love sharing thoughts about being a working mom, living in NYC, parenting and raising multilingual and multicultural children. You can find me on IG here: @ladydeelg
Thinking back to a year ago when we were visiting #Ecuador! We loved #ParqueHistórico #Guayaquil! A photo posted by Diana Limongi (@ladydeelg) on
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