Contributors

Founder and Editor

1277179_406453929456681_1107216092_oPaula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer specializing in social media and Hispanic markets. Along with her husband she is the owner of Catalyst Creative Studio, a graphic design and marketing firm in Southwest Florida. She started her writing career as the founder and editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. She writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She is a regular contributor to 30SecondMom.com and PlazaFamilia.com. When she is not in front of her computer she enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida along with her husband and two children.

Art Director

Cesar DiazCesar Díaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. Along with his wife, Paula, he is the owner of Catalyst Creative Studio, a graphic design and marketing firm in Southwest Florida. His strong backgroud in advertising, working for Young & Rubican and other agencies in the USA and Latin America have given Cesar a blend of consumer insight, creative inspiration and strategic thinking that enables him to create engaging and flexible graphic solutions that deliver real value. Cesar is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, good food and traveling with his family.

Contributors

Guatemala Day 2 074Alejandro Bendfeldt

Alejandro is a doctor living in Valladolid, Spain who enjoys traveling with his teenage son during his free time. Alejandro is a foodie who likes to explore Spain and Europe and try different and exotic foods. He has written articles for print magazines back in his home country of Guatemala and contributes regularly to GrowingUpBilingual.com.

SelfJaneth Sanchez Paez

A writer at heart, Janeth has been writing poems and stories since elementary school. She enjoys sharing her experiences in motherhood, parenting and life on her blog, In the Motherhood Full of Dreams. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in communication, she truly enjoys the process of researching, writing and communicating information, especially via social media. Janeth loves the beaches of South West Florida and is always up for a new adventure with her husband and two children. You can find her writings on her blog and on www.BeingLatino.us and follow her on twitter @Md2Bluvd.

Mayra Rodriguez grama close up

Mayra Rodriguez

Mayra Rodriguez is an online content creator who enjoys writing about homeschooling, family lifestyle and traveling on her blog Estilo Familiar. Mayra‘s mission is to encourage Hispanic parents to empower their children through education and enriching experiences that leads them to use their talents and skills to fulfill their dreams. Estilo Familiar is honored to be the first and only Spanish blog selected as member of the TOS Review Crew and her articles have been featured on the renowned homeschooling magazine The Old Schoolhouse, Home Education Family Association (HEDUA.com) and La Familia Broward Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Madres Conectadas and Mamas Latinas. Estilo Familiar was awarded Best Educational Blog by LATISM on 2014 and nominated as best Kids and Family Blog by TECLA Awards 2016. She holds a bachelor degree in Office Systems Administration and has vast experience in Human Resources. She delights in homeschooling her two sons “a la criolla” and enjoys the outdoors of the beautiful California while dreaming about the warm beaches of her native Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico.

3 thoughts on “Contributors”

  1. Dear Paula and Cesar,
    I wrote and illustrated ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish, recently published, to give an early and fun start to English speaking children ages 6-10. Would you be willing to review it?
    It can be used by parents whether or not they know Spanish; the audio version is at the website http://www.polyglotkidz.com.
    Children love a story. The book begins with an imaginary trip to Mexico where children meet Panchito the Jumping Bean, and follow his adventures while learning Spanish and being drawn into the culture. Fun activities to practice the Spanish they learned follow. They include a treasure hunt, a skit, Culture Corner, song, craft: making a Mexican mask.
    I am a retired teacher of French and Spanish, and a Grandma. I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a language at an early age, which sadly in our country is not the case.
    I would love to send you the book.
    Sincerely,
    Judy Martialay

  2. Hi, I am a father of 4 children that we have been raising in a bilingual household. I am from Venezuela and my wife is from Pennsylvania. even though I speak only Spanish at home (and my wife only English), my children;s pronunciation has never been like native speaker due to the way they make the sounds of the vowels. Therefor, I created an animated video to help young children learn the proper sound of the vowels in Spanish. The video will be release in about 1 month so I was hoping to get a few people in the filed of bilingualism to review it and possibly recommend it. Would that be possible? – Thanks, Jose

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