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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

HOW DO YOU MAKE OTHERS FEEL IN A SOCIAL-SETTING?

Are You Guilty of This Social Faux-Pas That Leaves Others Feeling Gutted and Angry?

A mom’s group I attend announced a night out at an art studio. You choose a project and spend the evening sanding, painting and stenciling until you are holding a work of art you can take home or give as a gift. I had just moved to town and was hoping to cement some of the new connections I had made, so I decided to use up all my marital capital and ask my husband to serve dinner and put our four kids to bed alone so that I could attend this event.

As I drove home, reeling with emotion, I wondered what went wrong. Instead of leaving recharged, I was coming home from a mom’s night out feeling gutted and angry. I walked into a chaotic house and faced an overwhelmed husband who did his best to mask the stress he was feeling from flying solo that night. “How was it? Did you have fun? Tell me about it”.

I came to the event and was assigned a seat based on the project I chose. Instead of being in a big group, we were divided into small tables. I was assigned a seat with two women who were obviously good friends and as it turns out, neighbors. I did not know either woman very well but since I am an extremely extroverted person, I was not concerned. I might even make a new friend!

I know these women did not mean to leave me out intentionally. Their obvious friendship made it easy for them to enjoy fun chit chat and banter as I repeatedly tried to interject myself into their exchanges, asking thoughtful questions about what was happening in their lives. “How was your vacation”? “Tell me about the plans for your baby’s nursery!” I received polite, quick replies but they repeatedly went back to their conversation, never once engaging with the outsider at their table. I finally gave up and used that time to sit quietly and think about my to-do list, then politely excused myself as soon as my project was done.

I am never one to wallow in sadness too long; I would rather learn the lesson and move on. As I reflected on the evening, I realized that this was not done out of mean-spiritedness. An established friendship can make it easy to exclude others around you in social situations. The more I thought about it, I was reminded of an unspoken rule my friend Alison and I had.

Alison and I had a friendship that was one of the most intimate of my life, coming from the shared experience of living abroad, raising a large family and practicing the same faith. We met at a women’s group that met on a weekly basis and our friendship grew from there. Phone calls, meals out and coffee dates with her became an important part of my life as an ex-pat. She took my kids while I was in the hospital giving birth and helped me with marital problems. We read books together and discussed podcasts. She was a friend sent me during a long and often trying season of living in a foreign country.

Friendships that run deep are one of life’s greatest gifts but they can make you myopic in social situations, unable to see and ultimately, include the other people around you. Even though this intimate friendship gave us a familiarity that I have experienced with only a few other people, we had one tacit agreement: in social situations, we do not stick together and only talk with one another to the exclusion of others. Ex-pats often attend social functions, to help the trailing spouse create connections and friendships with other people in the same lot in life.

Group events were places where we would engage with everyone instead of pairing off and potentially making others feel unwelcome. If Alison and I wanted to spend time together with just the two of us, we would set up something for another time. I am so glad she set this tone early on in our friendship and taught me this important lesson.

Life has a way of making me re-learn the same lessons over and over again. I firmly believe that every difficult life experience is a part of my becoming. I hope that every day I become a kinder, more compassionate woman. When people are with me, do they feel seen? Do they feel heard?

Even though I was already aware of this rule, I am glad that I was reminded of this important social grace.



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Leslie Fischer is a mom of four children and lives in southern California. She writes mostly about sleep, wellness and organic mattresses at Sustainable Slumber.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

LUKE PERRY - R.I.P.


Dylan McKay. If you were in your teens or 20s during the 90s and watched TV, you know exactly who this was.

It is so very heartbreaking to hear the news that actor Luke Perry, a.k.a. Dylan McKay, on the hit show Beverly Hills 90210 and “Fred” on the TV show, Riverdale, passed away as a result of a massive stroke.

Luke Perry played Dylan, the rebellious high schooler, whose TV love interest, was actress, Shannen Doherty, who is dealing with her own battle, as she fights to beat breast cancer.

Perry was loved by so many back in the 90’s and most recently, gained popularity again with a younger generation, as he was cast as Archie’s dad, "Fred Andrews” on the popular TV show, Riverdale.

He suffered a massive stroke late February 2019 and passed away a week later on March 4th.

He is survived by his children, his fiancΓ©, his ex-wife and many family and friends.

Fans of all ages expressed their sorrow and shock on social media.

R.I.P. Luke Perry - his good looks, rebellious character and loving ways will be forever remembered.



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Sunday, January 27, 2019

DELISH BANANA-CHOCOLATE BREAD RECIPE

Check out this recipe to make delicious banana-chocolate banana bread:

INGREDIENTS  
2 c. all-purpose flour 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt 
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 
1 c. granulated sugar 
1 large egg plus 
1 egg yolk 
1/4 c. sour cream 
1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 ripe bananas, mashed 
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
DIRECTIONS 
1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. 
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
3. In another large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, egg and egg yolk, sour cream, and vanilla. Add mashed bananas and stir until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts and transfer to prepared loaf pan. 
4. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. 
Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Enjoy!
(Source: Delish)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO SINGLE DAD: PEREZ HILTON

If you follow my blog, you know that the majority of the time I am mostly talking to moms and women, but today, I thought I would give a special shout out to all of the dads out there and especially to single dads, who work so hard to provide for their children.

Everyone knows that anybody can be a dad but it takes real love and dedication to be a good father.  Today's special shout out post goes to: Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known, as Perez Hilton, who was born and raised in Miami, Florida, just like me.  He is best known for his gossip blog: PerezHilton.com

I can tell you that I spent many times going to read his blog to get all the juicy gossip on celebrities when I was younger. If I wanted to know what was going on with a celebrity or if something was true or controversial, I knew I could always count on Perez's blog to get me the 411.

These days I find myself following Perez on most of his social media platforms for a completely different reason. Although, he is still a fierce gossip blogger, I mainly follow him now because I absolutely love to watch how he parents his kids and how they are growing up. No, not in a stalker kind of way - in a Cuban mom kind of way!  

I can totally relate to being a Cuban parent from Miami trying to do your best for your kids. However, Perez is faced with tougher obstacles in his parenting, as he is a single, gay man raising three kids alone. However, he is blessed to have his mom help him out quite often. 

 
IMAGE: HUFF POST



Don't get me wrong, being gay is NOT an obstacle! I am simply saying that it is that much harder for him to juggle his work life,  family life, his acting life and his social life alone, for which he often times, faces discrimination and lots hate (especially from people online.)  There are many great, devoted dads out there of course, but I thought I would focus my article on Perez because I use to see how much people hated him and how intensely he was criticized, simply for being an honest blogger. I have noticed how he has evolved as a human being and as a father, even if only online.

Back in the day, people either loved Perez Hilton's brutal honestly and opinions or they hated him.  I found myself somewhere in the middle. Today, I can tell you from what I have observed online, that Perez is a wonderful, loving and devoted father.  I love that he is a single dad doing his absolute best to raise his kids. Everything he does, every gig he tries out for is to better his life for his kids.  I am being bold enough to assume I know this but it is the vibe I get when I watch his videos and clips on Instagram.

I find myself completely entertained watching the videos he posts about his kids when he gives them gifts, sometimes on a daily.  Some of the things he does and discusses gets me thinking about my own parenting. It doesn't mean I agree with every single thing he does but I love that he is such an involved dad.  He takes time with each one of his kids individually and takes them on special outings often. He has also taken the time and effort to make his kids bilingual.  I know that being born in Miami, Florida myself, and being raised in a Cuban household, being bilingual was just second-nature. I have to admit though, I found it very difficult to speak ONLY Spanish to my kids.  I let that effort slip through the cracks because I only spoke to my children in Spanish until they started school and then I just got lazy about it, so I commend Perez for sticking to it and making his children bilingual. It will most definitely benefit them in the future.

One of my favorite videos and things that Perez taught his kids, was the rules of the family.  He would re-iterate with his oldest child, the importance of family, listening, being a good person etc...and then make him repeat it until he learned all the rules (a.k.a. family credos.) It was adorable to watch him say them all in Spanish.

All in all, I think that Perez Hilton, not only turned out to be a super famous blogger, which is the goal for most bloggers online, but he also turned out to be an amazing parent as well!  Kudos!

I guess the moral of my post is to never judge a book by its cover. 

Oh! And speaking of book, Perez also wrote a book years ago, called The Boy With Pink Hair, which tells the story of a young boy with pink hair who gets bullied, makes a friend, and overcomes hate! 

Keep rocking the dad life Perez!  (PS. Totally rooting for him to be on Celebrity Big Brother - that would be epic!)



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

7 TIPS TO SURVIVE TAKING YOUR CHILD TO WORK FOR A DAY

 
Below are 7 tips from guest blogger, Kristen, from Travel Karma on how to survive taking your child to work for one day:

  1. Prepare your child for the office environment the day before
The day prior and then again in the morning before arriving at the office explain to your child that they will have a fun day with lots of surprises at your workplace, but that lots of grown-ups work there and they will need to be quiet and stay at your desk for the day; wandering around or making any loud noises are not allowed.
  1. Prepare your boss and colleagues
Ask your boss for permission before bringing your child, and assuming they say yes give your colleagues a heads up that you will need to bring your child to the office for the day. You may be surprised to find that someone will be happy to keep an eye on your child at their desk for part of the day.
  1. Bring lots of snacks
Pack lots of separate snacks that you can dole out over the course of the day include some healthy fruit, cheese, crackers, veggies and one or two treats that they may not usually get at home. 

  4. Bring an activity pack such as the Travel Karma "Are We There Yet," jumbo pack.

   

This pack has lots of activities for kids packed into separate kits so your child can be kept entertained for longer playing the contents of each kit for an extended time. The pack includes board games, a coloring and activity book and many craft activities. It’s perfect for kids who are stuck in one place for a long time and was originally designed for using on long haul flights. Find the kits online at www.travelkarma.com


  1. Take your child out to lunch for a change of scenery and some time to connect one on one
Taking your child to a restaurant close to the office will be a real treat for your child and will be a good chance to talk about how the day is going so far. You will have a unique opportunity to connect with your child and talk to them about your job, how you work with others, what happens in an office, and create a special memory for your child. My father used to take me to the office when I was a child and I really enjoyed having lunch with him on these special days.
  1. Don’t feel guilty about using technology
Bring the tablet with some games and apps uploaded, this can be used later in the day if the child is getting tired or bored with sitting in one place it can be brought out as a reward to keep them going a little longer. 

  1. Bribery can work wonders
Tell your child at the beginning of the day if they are very good all day they can have a treat on the way home. I took my daughter to the ice cream parlor close to the office on the way home and she loved it. I commented on how well behaved she was all day and she said ‘’Yes Mamma, I really wanted an ice cream at the end of the day, so I was very good!”.


Extra Pics from our day in the office


  


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Kristen, a mom, a teacher, and former expat, who taught in India for 6 years, is now a corporate education professional.  She started her own business; travel activity kits for kids. You can visit here website at: Travel Karma.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

BE YOUR OWN HERO - 20 AFFIRMATIONS

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Sometimes we just need to come to terms with the fact that no one is going to come in and "save us."  Nobody can truly make you happy or make you successful, unless you:

 1) Want it; 2) Work for it; 3) Believe in it!

Sometimes we just need a little positive affirmation and reminder that we are good enough.  That we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

Here are a few of my favorite positive thoughts and affirmations for you to enjoy and re-read when you need them:


1.  I Am Open and Ready to be Positive.
2.  I am in Control of my Feelings.
3.  No Matter How Hard it is, I Can Do it.
4.  I Am Smart.
5.  I Deserve to be Happy
6.  I Believe in Myself and my Goals.
7.  I am a Kind Person.
8.  Obstacles Help Me to Grow and Learn.
9.  I Stand Up for What I Believe in.
10. I Make Good Choices.
11. I Have the Power to be Happy
12. I Can Make a Difference in the World.
13. I Work Hard.
14. I am Honest.
15. I am Grateful for What I Have.
16. Today I am Going to be My Best Self.
17. I Am Prepared to be Successful.
18. It is Okay if I Make Mistakes.
19. I Like Myself for Who I Am.
20. Today is Going to be a Great Day!




Sometimes we just need to be our OWN hero!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

URGE TO SAVE MONEY VS. LIVING LIFE ONLY ONCE

Like we all know, money is something that runs the world. It is a said that money helps us fulfill all our dreams wants & wishes. It is an important ingredient for the recipe to have a balanced life.

"We as parents want our kids to know everything. This is probably because
we are scared that in the competition not knowing enough can be a setback
for them later on. But as parents explaining money and its importance to
them is something that we all must do. One appropriate way of doing this is
to help them open a bank account for themselves." (Source: Confused Parent)
There is a general misconception that investments and insurance are the same. It is very important for us, as parents to understand that once a baby is born, it is important to take insurance for his/her safety and also. Now, when it comes to investments, it is purely your choice as to when and which investment option you choose.
During my childhood days, I had the urge to save money and deposit it in the bank to see my savings account grow. A monthly visit to the bank close to my house was quite a fun. During those days a deposit of $ 0.71 by a teenager was a big deal.
During festivities like Christmas, Thanksgiving or even weddings and maybe a visit to my grandparent’s place, there would be an added bonuses for us. Honestly, a sum of $1.42 would sound so paltry now, but a similar sum during my days would make us feel like a millionaire. Our expenses those days would jot down to a random comic like The Complete MAUS which would cost around $3 for the love of art, or M & M chocolate was available for just $4.
Another memory of carefully spending our  saved money on buying stuff for favorite game of cricket or probably nag your dad to buy you the latest hand held game like Donkey Kong, or to get us a bicycle etc. Nostalgic as it may sound, I feel we were a happy and a lot more content with what we had.
A couple of decades later, I find myself in a different scenario. Where “living life to the fullest” is the new norm by buying things we don’t need, only to keep up with peer pressure and new normal laid down by the today’s society.
Spend Vs Save
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Well, kids are reflection of their parents overload of pampering due to lack of dedicated time has made things so easy for the kids to get their wishes fulfilled.  “NO” used to be the final word what we used to hear from our parents when we demanded for anything. But try using that two letter word on your child now and you stand a risk of being labeled as a "miser." Well, who would like to be called that? Expecting children to value money would be far-fetched if they get what they need/want/wish with such ease.
Money doesn’t grow on trees. So, a few months back, I tried this simple experiment on my kids to teach the Budgeting or to discipline them. I had told them that from the following month they would be getting a pocket money of 200 bucks per month. They both were super excited to hear that, but I told them that they were to buy all that they wanted from their pocket money, irrespective of a fancy or an ordinary thing from their cotton candies to bicycles .
A couple of months passed by and one fine day we visited the super market to buy some household stuff. The regular visits used to be a tug of war between my kids and my wife. They would have the cart loaded with what their favorite items and my wife would have a tough time trying to convince them that it was such a waste of money. But the scene that day was surprisingly calm. I asked my better half “What happened to the kids?” She said, before coming here she warned the kids that whatever they pick up from the store would be paid from their own pocket money.
This exercise re-iterated my faith in my belief that most of what kids learn today come from their parents, be it to value money or practice saving or teaching them a disciplined life. But a straight forward question we need to ask ourselves, have we done enough here?  If not, then why blame them for what they haven’t been taught at this young age.

GUEST BLOGGER:       Deshna Chordia
A doting mom to angel, Social Media Specialist and Professional Blogger. She loves to share her thoughts with other parents in the same turbulent boat.  She absolutely loves and adores her family and is learning to strike a good work/life balance.  When she is not writing, cooking or busy taking care of her toddler, she is probably dancing to some good Desi music.



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Saturday, December 15, 2018

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE END - SANDY HOOK

(Pictured below: Daniel Barden, 6-year old victim of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. May he rest in eternal peace.)

As you scroll through your computer in the comfort and safety of your surroundings, please take a few moments of your day to read the article below from the Washington Post.

As human beings, as US citizens, we have grown accustomed to tragedy and have become sadly, apathetic to much of it. As a parent, as a mom, I implore you to take the time to read this article, even if it is long, even if it makes you sad or angry. Even if you are pro-gun, anti-gun or could careless about it all.

It is absolutely unacceptable that our children must live in fear of going to school, the movies, the mall or anywhere else because gun violence has become so prevalent - as if every neighborhood was Compton or the streets of Chicago.

This is no way to live. Sure, we can take the attitude of, “that’s life now-a-days, get over it,” but I refuse to accept this as the “new normal.”

Less than a year ago, I had to visualize my own daughter hiding in fear, listening to bullets flying around, ricocheting off walls outside her classroom, as she hid underneath a desk, huddled alongside classmates, praying the shooter wouldn’t turn around and shoot inside her classroom in SCHOOL!!

Yes, it happened. Yes, it's over and thank G-d she is safe. “Move on,” they say, but no one really knows what that was like, unless they lived it or have been to war. As well as the repercussions survivors have to face unless you are living it first-hand.

What about those people who didn’t make it out of school safely on February 14, 2018? Are we to forget them and do nothing? What about the babies killed at Sandy Hook?

When I visualize 6-year olds hiding in a bathroom at school hiding from the “bad guy,” it breaks my heart. We spend our lives protecting our children from bad things and the proverbial “bad guy,” and this time and way too many other times, lately, the “bad guy” has won. πŸ’”

Why were we so apathetic to letting these poor children die in vain?

Six years ago, I was in my own bubble, busy living my own life, as many of us were and are. Sure, I heard about Sandy Hook, I was devastated and saddened but did nothing. Why?! Why didn’t I speak out? Why didn’t this become a bigger issue for me? Why didn’t I try to help, or at the very least bring about awareness on the gun violence issue....because like most people , until it doesn’t affect you directly in some way, you do nothing.

I am not asking you to do anything else right now, other than read the article, then you can go about the rest of your day and enjoy your family, friends and health.
 
Too many innocent lives have been cut short because of gun violence. This can happen again anywhere at any time in any town.

“Please know, this is NOT about gun control but gun responsibility!” Common sense gun safety.

“SANDY HOOK SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE END! “The Sandy Hook shooter used 30-round magazines. He fired 154 bullets in four minutes, murdering 20 CHILDREN and six adults in the United States of America at an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!”

This should have never happened again at any school!


                                 
                                     Parkland Elementary School student after the MSD shooting


 


























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