Sunday, September 27, 2020



Monday, August 24, 2020


Some of you may know that I am in the alternative health and wellness industry and am a CBD advocate.  Specifically I consume oil-free CBD and supplements that are highly bio-available.  One of the best things about this oil-free CBD and tincture vitamins/supplements is that they are easily absorbed into water.

One of the key elements is that the water I use should be filtered.  Below is a great post from one of our guest bloggers that discusses some of the reasons why water should be filtered.

Why Filter Water?
Water is one of the necessities for survival. As the world's biological medium and leading supporter of life forms, water not only quenches our thirst but also replenishes the body's water content. As the body system continues to depend on it, we also want that every drop of water we drink is safe. However, BIG BERKEY WATER FILTER noted that, unfortunately, the continuous changes in the climate, pollution, and demands in the growing population causes natural resources like water to become unsafe to consume. This issue is what makes DRINKING WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM essential and in-demand in every household.

The BERKEY WATER FILTER REVIEW highlights the following reasons why we should filter our tap water.

  1. BIG BERKEY WATER FILTER gives a better taste and smell to the tap water because it removes chemicals like chlorine, pesticides, and heavy contaminants that can affect the households' water quality.
  2. The point-of-use water filters can remove the lead from the water before consumption, which helps prevent the body from receiving lead content from the water.
  3. Water filters promote cleanliness not only to cooking and drinking purposes but also in bathing by BERKEY SHOWER FILTER.
  4. Water filters lessen the risk of certain cancers as it removes chlorine and other chlorine by-products like Trihalomethanes (THMs).
  5. Carbon water filters serve as a cleaner from dangerous contaminants in the water while maintaining mineral deposits that balance the water's pH levels.
  6. Purchasing water filters not only help us save more, but it also conserves the environment because it lessens the use of buying water bottles.
  7. Besides reducing the risk of certain cancers, drinking clean and filtered waters better protects the body against various diseases. This benefit results in the overall health and wellness of every household member.
  8. Another benefit of drinking from a water filter is its ability to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal diseases by about 80 percent because of its capacity to remove crypto-sporidium, e-coli, and giardia (a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal illness known as giardiasis,) from the drinking water.
  9. More than anyone else in the household, children need safe and clean water to consume and use. Besides making them less susceptible to diseases, it also provides additional health to them and helps strengthen their immune systems, which are yet very vulnerable at their age.
  10. Water filters provide the last line of defense needed by the body. Drinking water contains up to 2000 toxins that can plainly put everyone's health at risk. Filters provide straining and protection from these toxins to enter the body system. 

The local government has the responsibility to provide its community with the best and safest water for its constituents. Despite that, it is still our obligation to ensure the best of health of our families, and a clean water is one of the ways to accomplish it. Knowing the importance of water especially to our well-being and daily functioning, we all deserve to drink water that is always purely clean and safe from harmful toxins. With so many contaminants present in every drinking water, purchasing water filters is a worthy to be availed and used.

Guest Blogger:
Angeline Villaflor

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Monday, August 17, 2020

To All My International Friends and Followers here in the U.S.A., craving foods and desserts from their homeland. Check out this great website filled with goodies!
I am not affiliated with them, I just thought I'd share the link I just learned about! 

I found this site to be especially great now during Covid (Pandemic) times when you may not be able to get to your favorite specialty store!  I love that you can pick and choose from any Country and build your oen shopping cart of deliciousness!

I know that personally I already love what I see from Spain and Argentina, oh and Italy too!  Can't wait to try some of these out!

We are ALL from the same place EARTH with a little twist of uniqueness and authenticity, as it relates to our heritage! Never forget who you are and where you came from!

Hope you enjoy it! Spread love and kindness !

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Thursday, August 13, 2020


This post is a simple tribute to all my fellow left-handed Southpaws out there!  There are not a whole lot of us and we basically have had to live in a world meant for right-handed people.  If you ever wondered what the odds are of being left-handed are, it is interesting to note that if you have two parents that are right-handed, there is a 1 in 10 chance of having a left-handed child. ... And if both parents are left-handed, the child has a 4 in 10 chance of being left-handed.  There is a 9.5% chance of having a left-handed being left-handed is definitely unique!

Another interesting statistic is that 6 out of the last 12 U.S. presidents have been left-handed.

Here are more interesting and unique facts/traits about left-handed people.


  • Make up approximately about 10% of the population
  • Tend to be more creative
  • In the Middle Ages, being a "lefty" was enough to get you accused of being a witch!
  • Tend to be highly adaptable
  • Hear speech differently.
  • Remember events better than facts
  • Are better at sports and fighting 
  • Tend to think differently/ "outside the box"
  • Have better mental flexibility
  • Tend to be men - left-handedness tends to be more common in men than in women

Some famous left-handed people in the world are:

Oprah Winfrey,
Barack Obama,
Justin Beiber, 
Lady Gaga, 
Brad Pitt,
Julia Roberts, 
Bill Clinton, 
Judy Garland,
Will Ferrell,
Prince Charles,
Bruce Willis,
Whoppi Goldberg,
Nial Horan,
Paul McCartney,
Jim Carrey,
Marilyn Monroe,
Morgan Freeman,
Jon Stewart,
Steve Jobs,
Jerry Seinfeld,
Goldie Hawn, 
Kate Hudson,
Mark Walhberg,
Keanu Reeves

Saturday, July 11, 2020


We must not fear
We must get educated on issues
We must not believe rumors
We must work together
We must recognize the lies
We must believe science
We must verify facts
We must maintain objectivity
We must NOT promote censorship
We must protect our freedoms
WE must stay “woke”

We must live life safely but happily
We must protect each other
We must learn NOT to judge
We must see beyond color
We must be kind to each other
We must promote peace
We must learn to love unconditionally
We must teach our kids empathy
We must have COMMON sense
We must remember the things that really matter....
We must not just survive...
We must thrive!

-Lissette Rozenblat

Monday, June 29, 2020


WHAT YOU (& WE)  DO MATTERS - Now more than ever, what you do, actually matters, especially when we are talking about our health 🏨 and our future! What WE do matters!

While wearing a mask during this Covid-19 pandemic 😷 is important (so we don’t spread germs when we are in closed public spaces with others,) it is also VITAL to BOOST our IMMUNE SYSTEMS!! πŸ’ͺ🏻🌱 

Just wearing a mask and then being unhealthy or un-safe, is counter-productive! 

“The mask” is not some super-power, like a superhero costume that magically makes us immune from illness. WE have to all work together to bring about WEllness to ourselves, our families and our society. The “I” in Illness is a selfish way of thinking - like what I do shouldn’t matter - well, guess, what it does! 

While I am a firm believer in questioning the status quo and not following the masses, just because "they" say so, common sense and SCIENCE must prevail in this discussion. 

In the same breath, I also think its crazy to wear a mask when you are outdoors, exercising or at the beach, but that is just my opinion. I truly believe that nature and the outdoors (ie: the beach) are therapeutic and have natural healing effects. This is where the common sense part has to come in for each person. So while, I am saying, we should wear a mask and be safe, I am also saying that we should make an effort to be healthier and question what we are told to do a little more often. Blind obedience is not my fortΓ©. However, COMMON SENSE is!!!

We must ALL have common sense!  Sure, "wear the mask" they say, but how in the world is that going to protect people when there are some out there doing crazy things!  Case in point, Florida, my home state!  Yea, roll your eyes (#becasueflorida is actually a hashtag!)

Florida is one of the states that began allowing re-opening early, in the beginning of May.  Florida's Department of Health says, "8,942 people tested positive for the Coronavirus!  This is the highest total yet (as of 6/26/2020.) The measures to stop the spread of the virus have fallen short in Florida. "Why," you ask?  Well, I will tell you what I think!  People have NO COMMON SENSE!! There are people in South Florida going to bars and clubs and congregating in South Beach like its the biggest party of the year.  I am the first one, to say life must go on," but I also believe that given the FACT that we are living through a global pandemic, there are certain precautions we must take, (ie: wearing a mask, getting healthy and practicing safety and common sense!)

There is a fine line between the safety measures being implemented and temporary rules that might become permanent.  Where do we draw the line in being safe and not wanting to give into fear?  As I write this article, I am torn with these same exact issue I just mentioned. Where do we draw the line?  

What I do know for sure is that: Facts matter. Actions matter. Science matters. Common sense matters. Safety matters. Balance matters.  All the little things matter.  

We must recognize that wearing a mask is simply a tool to TRY and not spread germs. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our families to do what we can to stay or get healthy and also not become complacent! πŸ’š

🎯 My point is, don’t put all your faith into just wearing a mask and then do nothing to be healthy! You can do BOTH!! I ALWAYS tell my kids, "Be safe and be smart!"  And the same thing goes for all of us now!  You don't have to be a germ-a-phobe, a conspiracy theorist or  completely apathetic.  You can still be skeptical of the "new normal" and recent happenings, yet, still having sense enough to recognize that there are people dying from Covid-19.  Just be safe and be smart with what you do!  We have to learn to balance our opinions, safety and compassion for mankind

During these uncertain and scary times, our best DEFENSE and personal responsibility is to do everything in our POWER to eat clean, drink water, stay active, be healthy and boost our immune system, and do what we can to live as HEALTHY as possible! 

Health should be an investment, not an expense! And COMMON SENSE should always prevail! πŸ’«πŸ‘

Here are 10 Random Tips/Suggestions:

1. Wear a mask in public locations (grocery store, bank, restaurant etc...) to protect others, especially, if it is now the new regulation in your area.

2. Minimize your exposure to crowded places un-nececessarily.

3. Do what you can to eat healthy, and get on a journey to wellness! 

4. Boost your immune system now - don’t wait until you get sick or a cold etc...

5. You can be conscious of what’s happening and still have COMMON SENSE practices! (Like don’t wear a mask alone in your car! πŸ™„πŸš˜)

6. You cannot pick and choose safety. You can’t “sort of quarantine.”  If you decide to re-enter society as per usual, keep in mind, your risks. Yes, life must go on but at least, use some common sense. 

7. Do not let fear take space in your mind.

8. Stay informed but do not obsess over the news. The media will make you never want to leave your house or have human interaction again.

9. We have to build up our immunity system, so therefore, no, we cannot live in a “bubble,” or a 100% germ-free environment. It is okay if you catch a cold or flu, the key πŸ”‘ is making sure our bodies are strong enough to withstand it. (If you are immune-compromised, common sense should prevail even more so!) We cannot hide every time a pandemic rolls around - so we must build up our immune system NOW!

10. Be kind to others and RESPECT them! Just because they think differently than you or have differently beliefs, doesn’t give you the right to judge them or treat them poorly. Sure, you may completely disagree with their opinions, but that is what makes the world go around, and what makes our Country a "melting pot." Just move on, or distance yourself if necessary, but always remember that Fear and Hate are destroyers, so be respectful and be kind and don't let negativity consume you.   

Choose Kindness. Choose Better Days! 

And above all, always express gratitude for your life and health. What we focus on becomes our reality.

Life is all about BALANCE.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020


We are living in unprecedented and very stressful times. Every single one of us has experienced some level of stress in our lives and probably even more so in recent times, given the global pandemic and stressful current events, compounded with racial tension in the world. We are living in probably the most stressful times in history.  

There are many people still working from home , while taking care of their children and others, (essential workers) who have had to go to work during the entire quarantine.  Everyone is different and has a unique approach of how to relieve stress and what works for them.  This is not about politics or race or how to solve the world's problems, this is simply a guideline and idea to follow on ways to try to reduce your stress individually.

Below is a list of 19 things that can help to reduce your stress, compiled by Bob Schmidt, MS, LPC

  1. Make time for self care each day; Listen to music, read, meditate, watch a movie.
  2. Think positively and surround yourself with others who think the same.
  3. Avoid the trap of demanding too much of yourself. Ask for help if tasks are too big for you.
  4. Accept that you can’t control every situation.
  5. At the start of each day, write down your list of things to do and then set reachable goals.
  6. Divide big tasks into smaller more manageable ones.
  7. Eat a well balanced diet. Avoid too much sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
  8. Get plenty of sleep at night. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to a professional about it.
  9. Exercise moderately on a daily basis.
  10. Re-frame your mistakes. Make them opportunities to learn.
  11. It’s okay to say “no” to things that will only stress you out.
  12. Talk to someone; a friend, a counselor, a religious leader.
  13. Be ready to admit when you are wrong. It takes a big person to apologize.
  14. Laugh! Look for the humor in life and take time to have fun. Watch a funny movie, read a funny book, Etc.
  15. When you are feeling stressed or upset take a deep breath! Take long deep breaths and exhale slowly.
  16. Remember that it is okay to cry. In fact, it is healthy to cry.
  17. Let go of your anger. Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and hoping someone else will die. It really only hurts YOU!
  18. Gratitude: Appreciate what you have instead of feeling bad about what others have
  19. Forgive people who have wronged you. You may need to to forgive them each day, but it will help you in the long run.

Remember, "Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Wonderful!"

(ref. www.Bob

Saturday, May 30, 2020


If you are not furious about what happened to George Floyd at the hands of merciless police officers, then you might as well just keep on scrolling and go read something else because there is nothing here for you. Everyone else who believes this was an absolute atrocity, it is good to know you have a soul. 

As a Latin woman, I guess I am in the category of being a minority, but it still doesn't change the fact that I am a white woman, who recognizes I have a certain level of privilege.  And no, I am not referring to economic privilege.  I am referring to the fact for example, that I don't have to have "the talk" with my son, like my black mom friends do, about what happens if he gets stopped by a police officer.  Granted, while everyone must be respectful and cautious with the law, it is a FACT that a black man in America is not afforded that same privilege of talking back or asking questions in such a situation.  Immediately, the hostility and suspicions begin.  Not in all cases, but lately (thanks to cell phone videos) we see what has really been happening for so long. 

Below is a very poignant write up being circulated on social media:  ( I Can)

I’m broken. I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking about my safety:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)

And no, it doesn't matter if I am Hispanic, if I am Jewish, Catholic, Grey, Gay, Straight, whatever, the fact is, if you are white in America, you have a certain level of privilege that is not always afforded to the black community. That is 2020.

So, who was George Floyd and how has his death taken the black community to the tipping point and wreaked havoc in so many communities around the Country? And why does it matter? There is so much to discuss here.  Well, let me start by saying that George Floyd was a 46-year old man, who was arrested on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a store (either knowingly or not) during a time where he lost his job due to Covid-19. Floyd was brutally murdered by the Minneapolis police officer, who had him pinned down with his knee on Floyd's neck, while other officers looked on doing nothing. The officer callously kept the pressure on Floyd's neck, while he casually kept his hand in his pocket, as he stared into the camera of numerous cell phones. A crowd gathered as they recorded on their mobile devices what was happening and were yelling to please let Floyd stand up. The cries of "I can't breathe" were heard once again, reminiscent of Eric Garner, another incident where we watched an unarmed black person die at the hands of relentless police officers, like countless others.

This article is not being written to bash police officers in anyway. There are many good cops, who put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. However, there are a few who use their badge as a weapon to unleash their racist mentality on a community they resent.  It is this anger and resentment that I will try to breakdown.

Who was George Floyd? He was a black man, known to his friends and family by the nickname of  "gentle giant."  He was 6 feet, 6 inches, and in high school he was a star tight end for Jack Yates High School and played in the 1992 state championship game in the Houston Astrodome. He may or may not have been guilty of the crime he was accused of (forgery/passing a fraudulent bill.) He was also in trouble with the law years ago, not that it matters in this case. Floyd was working for the last five years as security for a local restaurant (which coincidentally, or not,) is where the officer who killed him worked as well, moonlighting as a security officer at the outside of the club, while Floyd worked inside.  It is yet unknown if the two knew each other personally.  Regardless of his past, or whether he was guilty or not. There is NO justification for the slow and brutal murder of Floyd on the streets of his own neighborhood.  That police officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck even after he was told that there was no longer a pulse on Floyd.  There are also videos surfacing showing how no EMT actually arrived on the scene.  They were cops with bullet proof vest on, who placed Floyd directly into an ambulance without attempting any resuscitation on the spot.  When George Floyd was taken away, his body was already limp and had no pulse.


Later, the authorities declared that Floyd had died at the hospital like almost half an hour after the knee incident and the autopsy (days later) claimed that he had previous medical conditions, which could have contributed to his death.  Absolutely absurd!

And now, we are being distracted by the rioting and looting going on in Minneapolis and other pockets of our Country right now. What started out as protest for George Floyd's death, quickly evolved into rioting. Rioting is obviously not the answer and there are many innocent people getting caught in the crossfire. There are always people who just loot and instigate problems and not focusing on what the real protest should be about...CHANGE.  However, with that said, we have to acknowledge that there is an anger that has been bubbling for way too long and it has just literally exploded. 

When they tried to protest quietly and kneel at NFL games, they were criticized. When they wore t-shirts, that said "I can't breathe," they were ignored; when they gave speeches at award ceremonies talking about the inequalities they face, it once again, fell upon deaf ears. And now here we are!  The black community's cry for help and empathy are not being heard. In fact, it feels as if they are completely being ignored...intentionally. The truth is the black community has had enough and rightly so. 

In my opinion, this Country has never truly been and example of “shining.” We are a hypocritical nation living under the pretense of “greatness” and equality. While, granted, this is the land of the "free" and the land of opportunity, it is also a country that was founded on pillaging native American Indians and later enslaving African-Americans, as if they were property. And years and years of unwarranted wars, where we went in under the pretense as being the “saviors” of the world.  There is no getting back to "normal" or great" because it never was.  It is way passed time to reflect if we want to maintain a free and peaceful nation.  

The fact remains that GEORGE FLOYD was brutally murdered at the hands of angry, racist police officers, who chose to stand by and watch, while their fellow officer slowly pressed the life out of Floyd. Pure evil. The police officer who literally killed Floyd with his knee had been written up more than a dozen times before during his career and there were never any consequences for him.  He was recently arrested as a result of public outcry and relentless protesting. The other officers have yet to be charged, as of the time this article was written.

We must stand up for what is right.  We have to speak up for those who can longer speak and fight for justice! George Floyd should be alive today! His death has sparked something in this Country that has not been seen in many, many years.  Floyd's untimely death was a catalyst for change.

I often wonder though, how in the world we can we stop racism when there is such division in our own Country at every level.  Recently, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, promoted a video on Twitter that opens with "Cowboys for Trump" founder, Couy Griffin, declaring that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Griffin made these comments at a New Mexico church while rallying a crowd to protest stay at home guidelines and amid the Corona virus and the POTUS promoted it via his Twitter. Then days later, as a result of the rioting, President Trump, once again, took to Twitter to condemn Minneapolis demonstrators as “THUGS,” threaten military intervention and predict local looting could lead to “shooting,” prompting the social-media company to take the unprecedented step of limiting the public’s ability to view and share his tweet. He stated, "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts

Imagine that, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES promoting this kind of rhetoric.  How in the world are we suppose to find any real guidance, when the "leader" of this Country is constantly bashing, ridiculing or firing anyone who disagrees with him or who is different than him. His language is conducive to instigating more violence!  

There are also videos surfacing of white agitators at riot locations, police officers shooting rubber bullets at journalists and peaceful protestors and an NYPD officer pushing a woman with full force onto the ground, when she was simply standing and verbally protesting (not armed.) {Note: she ended up in the hospital} and also a CNN reporter, who happens to be black, was arrested (detained) on live TV.  It is all too surreal and seems very Orwellian at the same time.

What I do know is that Peace and Chaos cannot co-exist.
Honestly, I think it is going to fall on us - We the People!  We have to become social justice warriors and speak up and take action when we are witness to such hatred and racism. I also believe it is very important that the local leaders of this Nation have to step up and stop the craziness going on within their own cities.  If things continue on this course, where looting and vandalism, prevail, the mission of protesting and fighting for justice and equality will be lost.

We also have to take our power and teach our children and grandchildren that racism is wrong at every and any level!  We must empower the youth of today to stand up and speak out peacefully and productively for change, as they will be the leaders of tomorrow.

This is our time to make things teach our children to be kind, loving, empathetic, compassionate and tolerant of all human beings. 

"We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren’t talking to them, someone else is." 
- Reese Witherspoon

There will always be differences, that is what makes us each special, but not to the point where it should cost someone their life.
Silence is complicity and education is key! We MUST speak out and end racism!

If you want to make a difference and don't know what to do or say, you can always use your economic resources to help by taking action here!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020


TIP 1: Hold your phone properly to avoid movement

The way you hold your phone plays an important role in how sharp your
photos turn out. In order to get in-focus photos, you need to ensure you're holding your phone as steady as possible. If you move or shake while taking a photo you're likely going to end up with blurry photos.  The image below shows you my recommended ways of holding your phone in your hands for the most stable results.

TIP 2: Keep things simple
Whether you're taking a photo of a person or product, you want to keep your background as simple as possible to focus on the subject.  Remove any clutter or distractions from your background as well as pay attention to what your subjects are wearing. Simple, neutral clothes looks great and doesn't distract from your subjects.

TIP 3: Lock your focus and exposure to get sharp photos
The AE/AF Lock feature is so important for achieving amazing photos with the correct focus and exposure (lighting). Simply tap the screen to choose the part of the image you want to focus on and expose. Then tap and hold on your focal point until you see an AE/AF Lock banner appear at the top of the screen. Your focus and exposure is now locked and your ready to take photos in that setting without your iPhone reverting back to auto.

TIP 4: Take photos from your subject's level

Most people take photos from chest height. This is usually the most convenient way of taking a picture because it’s the most convenient for us. But there are usually more creative options for taking great photos including getting down to your subject's level.  This simple tip will instantly improve the photos of your children.  This may mean bending down, or even laying on the floor.

TIP 5: Editing with Apps
Editing a photo gives it that extra wow factor. The challenge of course, is that unless you’re a photographer, then you’re unlikely to know your way around Photoshop or Lightroom. But there are lots of apps out there that are pretty easy to get used to. My favorite two are Snapseed and VSCO - with simple techniques, you can go from the before and after.

For more tips tailored towards child and family portraits click here


Silvia is the owner and main artist at Anchor Studio
Photography located in Toronto specializing in family portraits.
She is a wife and mother to three little munchkins, who are the
passion behind her photography. When she is not capturing unforgettable moments of kids and families you can find her on a beach or traveling and exploring new places. She also runs online
photography courses to teach moms how to use their iPhone to take
amazing photos of their families.