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Here’s Proof That Latinos Don’t Do Anything Basic, Especially Not Quinceañera Cakes

The most important part of any quince is the cake. Sure, the dancing and the outfits are all very important but what is a birthday party without a cake? A dance. That’s what it is. We all know that quinces are always a tad over the top because we just don’t do major life achievements in a basic way. Some are as tall as skyscrapers and some have moving parts and flashing lights. These are 25 of the most over-the-top quince cakes that you wish you had at all of your birthday parties.

1. Beauty and the Beast themes are never too dull.

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There are so many ways to do this theme. A yellow cake with rose petals is perfect because you immediately know what is going on here. The lit up rose in the glass case is the cherry on top of an amazing executed theme.

2. A gradual ombre is never a wrong move.

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This is likely to be the tamest cake you will ever see at a quince, yet it is so dynamic. Just look at all of the texture and color changing that happens on this cake.

3. It is always a plus if a quinceañera matches her cake.

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It seems pretty common sense but you’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the importance of matching. We’re not saying that it should match in the sense of it being the same color, but you have to nail the style and feeling of the dress. It really elevates the party.

4. Did we mention that people are obsessed with Beauty and the Beast?

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See. This proves that you can take the same theme and give it a different look to make it unique. This one focused on the characters and focal points of the movie. Notice the rose lit up on top and the teapot and cups on the bottom.

5. A monochromatic cake can always be inspired.

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You might just think that this is a white cake, however it is embellished with all kinds of bling and crystals. The flowers on top give it the quince touch because everything in a quince needs extra embellishments to make them really stand out.

6. Out of this world designs have graced many quince cake tables.

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Those galaxy cakes that are recently going viral are cute and all but we have already been doing those for quinces. They don’t have the same glossy and shiny coating, but the color scheme and the imagination have been in full force for many quinces past.

7. The quinceañera isn’t the only one to ear jewelry.

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Nothing says “Made it” like having some jewelry on the cake. The night is meant to celebrate a young woman becoming a woman but we all know that this is also a chance to brag about where the family is in life. You always have to make everyone think that the family is doing really well.

8. Extra cake for everyone is something that many should consider.

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Nothing says decadence like extra cake for everyone to really get their fill. After all, your tío and abuelo love to eat and they usually spend their time sitting at the table at parties enjoying all the food available.

9. Silk and luscious pillows make for great cake aesthetic.

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That top layer of the cake will remind you of that silk pillow that was in your abuela’s living room. No matter how may times you tried to sleep on it, it was just never comfortable. But it does look really nice so making it a cake layer is super fancy.

10. Barbie in a fancy dress as a topping.

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Now, this is fancy. Who wouldn’t stop, stare, admire, and take photos of this impressive and massive cake topper. Bonus points if the honoree and the doll have the same hair style.

11. Take those baby photos and use them for a good cause.

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Sometimes regular cakes are just too simple and boring. This family knew that they had to make the most out of the special day. What better way to celebrate a special birthday than with using childhood photos to tell their story.

12. Real plants make for great embellishments.

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Flowers and leaves are just a couple of things you can use to make the best of a cake. Make sure you let the guests know not to eat them because you don’t want sick people ruining the party. If these cakes aren’t enough for you, check out these outrageous quince centerpieces.

13. Make the cake everything you want with a special cultural touch.

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This Mexicana definitely made the most of her special quince cake using Día de los Muertos as the theme. The sugar skull on top is the perfect tie in for the beautiful flowers and colorful designs.

14. Some people don’t care about using someone else’s brand on their cake.

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hello Kitty, you name it. Some of these quinceañeras have no issue taking their cake and using someone else’s brand to make it seem fancy. We all know a person who will do this.

15. This really is a quince tradition of the ages.

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Crazy cakes for quinces is not something that just happened. These cakes are just part of what it means to throw a good quince. The more memorable the cake, the better.

16. The taller and more intricate the cake, the better.

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Do you see the dolls on the cake? That’s right. Why only have one cake topper when you can just recreate the entire quince party on the top? This is a spectacular use of a quince cake, tbh.

17. When in doubt, just keep adding.

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You know that phrase, less is more? Yeah, that doesn’t exist in Latino households. Rather, we believe that if you are not happy with something, just keep adding to it until it is exactly want you want.

18. Deconstruct the cake to look artistic.

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Layered cakes are cute and everything but they are just too basic and expected. It is better to deconstruct the cake to display it than to stack all the layers and hide the beauty the is the cake.

19. Visions of gold for the win.

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Gold prices might not be as good as they once were but the love of gold is as strong as ever. Here is just one of the times in life when using gold on something makes perfect sense.

20. Floral additions are so enticing.

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Roses are not just for bouquets. Add them up the side of that cake and watch your guests go green with envy. Seriously. Try it and let us know what you think.

21. Or you can use stars.

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Let all those guests know that your future is about to be so bright they are going to need sunglasses. That is just one way to let everyone know how good things have been for you.

22. Put a major monument on it.

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If your quince is just too basic to tolerate, add a major monument on your cake to feel better. In this case, you can see the Eiffel Tower on top of the cake to let everyone know that Paris is on your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have ever been.

23. Masquerade is always a fun theme.

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This is a really easy and beautiful theme. Just a couple roses and a nice mask to make everyone feel like they are in New Orleans or galavanting around France in the 1800s.

24. Again, make those cakes grand.

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You can use staircases to make the cake seems like a multi-leveled vision of deliciousness.

25. Never underestimate the power of a feather.

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The feather can be taller than the cake and it will stick. That is how you make your quince cake really shine.

Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 started to spread in the U.S., hand sanitizer became a hot commodity. Stores sold out of the product needed to clean your hands while on the go to prevent catching and spreading the virus. But, did you know that a Latina nursing student in the 1960s created hand sanitizer?

Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student in California in 1966, is the woman behind hand sanitizer.

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Hernandez was in nursing school in Bakersfield, California when she thought about a gel form of rubbing alcohol. Hernandez realized that a gel form of alcohol would make it possible for people to clean their hands while on the go with no access to water and soap.

Hernandez knew she was on to something so she reached out to an invention hotline and submitted a patent.

While washing your hands is the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19, hand sanitizer is an important tool for those that still have to work. It is also a good option for people who are still healthy but have to go to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank.

Hand sanitizer was just an industry product until the H1N1 viral outbreak in 2009.

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The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 drove up the demand for hand sanitizer among the public and it was soon packaged for consumers. According to The Guardian, the value of the hand sanitizer market has grown exponentially since the time before and after the H1N1 scare.

In 2018, the global hand sanitizer market value was $2.6 billion. The Guardian reports that the U.S. market value of hand sanitizer was $28 million in 2002 and $80 million in 2006.

Viral outbreaks like H1N1 make hand sanitizer a highly-prized commodity and some people try to profit off that fear.

Matt Colvin faced severe backlash after he and his brother bought out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in Tennessee and Kentucky after the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The two covered 1,300 miles driving through Tennessee and Kentucky buying all of the hand sanitizers they could find in various dollar stores.

The brothers then started selling the hand sanitizer on Amazon for as much as $70 a bottle. Amazon shut them down and the attorney general of Tennessee launched an investigation into them for price gouging. They pledged to donate the product and Tennessee officials are making sure they follow through with the promise.

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020

West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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