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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fluidity At Home Barre Giveway - Let's Dance!

BB received no money honeys for this post, pero oh the sweet memories!!!

Fluidity at home barre

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Once upon a time Babushka truly was a dancer.  Quee?? JU SO FONII!!!
Ok Si, BB never looked like the dancer above, but she was a dancer. On stage. De veras.

Also de veras is that few exercises give us the posture of dance and the grace, and now we can practice this in the privacy of our homes if we so choose, without using a lot of room.  

Read on and see if like Babushka you don't want to start the music already.

Background on Fluidity

"What sets Fluidity apart from other barre workouts where the barre is mounted on the wall, is that the unit can be adjusted to individual height for ideal body alignment. Being adjustable and portable is ideal for both front & back exercises, since it is not against a wall and is easier to align your spine. In addition, the workout helps strengthen pelvic muscles to help with incontinence (a real issue for many women).

The founder Michelle Austin who trained with Lotte Berk found this method to help with many health issues, as you are helping to self-correct when training in your own body alignment. The beauty benefits are endless...perfect posture, a long & lean appearance, and sculpted abs to name a few. The home unit is portable, easy to travel with , making it easy to take on any road trip or vacation. It folds up and can be easily stored.

Also to help you get the most out of your barre workout, they have many studio classes rolling out around the US, including Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, Washington DC/ VA area, Chicago, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Miami just to name a few. The studio classes are available now in Gainesville- at Gainesville Health & Fitness Center. In the fall at David Barton Gym in Miami."

The Giveaway

Fluidity at home barre Giveaway- Ends 9-13-15. ARV $479. US 18+.

We want to give one of our lucky readers a chance to win one of these Fluidity at home barres. This giveaway runs 8/31/15 12:01am EST through 9/13/15 at 11:59pm EST, and is open to US res­i­dents 18+. Please enter using the form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Dis­clo­sure: BB wasn't compensated for this post. This give­away was organized by Blog­gin’ Mamas. If you have any ques­tions or would like to run your own give­away with Blog­gin’ Mamas, please email Sponsor responsible for prize fulfillment.

Buena Suerte Beautifuls!!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Never Underestimate an Emergency READY.GOV/MYPLAN

Disclosure: This post IS being shared AS PART OF a Bloggin' Mamas Social Good campaign. Social Good campaigns are voluntary campaigns in which the blogger shares the post for no monetary compensation.

Emergency Natural Disaster

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Do you remember where you were when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida? BB was in her house with esposo #2 and The Trio. Thankfully La Tata was in a hospital recovering from an operation and wasn’t staying with us at the moment. Why does Babushka say thankfully? Because it was scary enough having to be brave and calm for my children, but hurricane preparedness wasn’t taken that seriously back then, and there was no way BB would have known what to do about someone with a medical condition or disability. Through the double edged sword that was Andrew we’ve all learned to take emergencies more serious and are hopefully better prepared.

"While each person’s abilities and needs vary, every individual can take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies. By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. Some items to consider:

What medical devices or assistive technology devices you need to have with you if there is an evacuation order from local officials
Your plans to remain independent if you require oxygen or mechanical ventilation
Practice your plan with your support network, just like you would a fire drill.
Discuss your needs and/or the needs of a family member; learn about their assistance requirements or the services they depend on.
Advocate including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into emergency planning in your community.

All of these questions and more are covered in the free guide available for download here:

"We Prepare Every Day" PSA Info:

Created pro-bono by Free Range Studios, “We Prepare Every Day” shows whole community and individual emergency and disaster preparedness as a part of everyday planning. One of the goals of the PSA is to encourage all Americans to “Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved.” Resources and guidelines on how to do this can be found at

Be Informed
First, you need to be informed about potential emergencies and disasters where you live, work, or visit. Then, you can go about making a plan that fits you and your loved ones.

Make a Plan
Making a family emergency communication plan with your friends and family before a disaster occurs is important. Why? Because it will help you answer questions: how will you get in touch with each other? How will your family get to a safe place? It's important to make a plan now so that you will know where to meet, how to find each other following a disaster, and how to communicate in an emergency that works for your family’s specific communication needs.

Build a Kit
While each person’s abilities and needs vary, everyone can take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies. By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. For example, if being without access to medications, help, or other services you need to maintain your health, safety and independence for even a couple of hours or days could be devastating, and you need to be prepared more than ever.

Get Involved
People with disabilities are encouraged to take a seat at their community and local government- level planning tables. Planning for emergencies and disasters with people who have disabilities and others with access and functional needs rather than planning for them will allow us to understand and address the needs of the whole community in a disaster.

Some more Links & Resources:
Learn how to create evacuation and emergency communication plans:
Download printable family communications plans for your children here:
Resources about natural disasters in your area: has information about natural disasters including Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Tornados, Wildfires and Winter Storms as well as tips about how to prepare."

There’s some excelente information there Beautifuls. Also keep in mind that those links may take you to great sites, but maybe you should print some out now while you still can. Oh Si, BB get caught again unprepared? JU SO FONII!!!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Sweeps and a Song @DisneyMusic @H2OPlusUSA #ShareYourLegacy

Disclaimer: I am participating in this campaign as a member of Entertainment New Media Network. Although this is not a paid post, I was sent a small thank you gift for my participation. All opinions expressed are Babushka’s.

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Legacy- Have you thought what yours is and will be? Que concepto tan interesante right? One doesn’t really think too much about it; we’re all too busy just living. BB loves this campaign, making us think of our ancestors, how they shaped us and how we in turn will shape the next generation with our acciones. Very apropo that Walt Disney Records used The Lion King to be the first in their Legacy Collection. Also apropo is that a skin moisturizer reminds us to take care of ourselves as we work on leaving our legacy. 

H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment, H2O+ #1 global bestseller
A clinically proven, intensely hydrating gel moisturizer that visibly plumps fine lines with a surge of oil-free hydration. 
  • Hydrating Marine Blend helps protect skin’s surface moisture balance
  • Phospholipids provide time-released hydration for long-term moisture
  • Vitamins A, C and E protect skin from daily stress
Their message:

We are all linked by legacy…

At H2O+, we help women achieve healthy, hydrated skin through our advanced water-based formulas and innovative skincare technology. As the exclusive worldwide provider for in-room amenities of the Disney Resorts, we are teaming up with Walt Disney Records to celebrate The Legacy Collection, which commemorates the rich heritage of classic Disney films and soundtracks that we all know and love.
What are you leaving behind as you travel through life…Great memories?  Wonderful experiences?  Valuable pieces of advice?
Together, we invite you to #ShareYourLegacy because all women have a story and all stories lead to a legacy.
We encourage you to go to  to submit a video and #ShareYourLegacy with us.

Here's mine Beautifuls, pa' que cojen ideas.

US Only – 18+
Participants do NOT have to post #ShareYourLegacy to enter the sweeps.

Enter now for a chance to add an exciting Broadway story to your legacy. Grand Prize Winner and a guest will be whisked away to New York City for a once in a lifetime Broadway experience. Find out more at:

Prizes are:
Round-trip airfare for two to NY
Two night hotel stay
Two tickets to The Lion King and exclusive behind the scenes tour
H2O+ Skin & Bodycare Beauty Basket ($500 retail) full of bestsellers for healthy, glowing skin for your big night on the town.

When La Princesa saw the pictures of her greatgrandmother she said, "That's me." 

With tears of joy and gratitude we all agreed.  Here's hoping YOUR legacy gets the same reaction.

Buena Suerte in the Sweepstakes and may your vidas always be a bella cancion.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Where it All Began... Introductions, A BB Bounceback

Just a sampling of the fun and special moments in the last 4 years.

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

The following is BB's first blog post; it was written on August 3, 2011. Si Beautifuls, it's been 4 años. Wow and Woah. A lot has happened in the course of those years. The family has gotten older, there have been marriages and there are new grandbabies. Mucho memories made and new friends along the way.  For those dancing for the first time with Babushka, hope you enjoy BB's dance steps, and for those who are regulars on the dance card- A BAILAR SE HA DICHO!!

Hola- or as we say around here, "Howdy".  Yep, Babushka's in "The South", which is funny if you think about it, because I spent most of my life in South Florida (Miami) which is further South than here, yet it's NEVER considered part of "The South".  North Havana maybe, but never "The South".  But I go off topic... get used to it- it's one of my many talents.

Babushka, full name Bohemian Babushka, BB if I like you, or THE Bohemian Babushka if I don't, has had in my 49 years, 2 marriages, 2 divorces, ____ lovers (being presently in "The South" I fall back on the Southern Belle's code of propriety and leave that blank, instead of a Miami "¿ Y Santa quien? )  many jobs, many businesses, many heartaches, but many heart sings as well.  Of course my Number One heart sings are my children.  Si, they also gave me heartache, but we all made it through puberty so, why dwell on that?  Borron y cuenta nueva.  My trio are my rocks- ok, at times rocks in/at the head, but again- why dwell on that?  My rocks, my reason for being (being crazy- sorry, beginning to dwell on that), my joys my true loves.  Until the grandchildren came into the picture.  Not that my trio aren't my true loves anymore, it's just that grandbabies are so tiny, so precious, and still so far away from puberty.  Ok, I'm dwelling- ever heard of shellshock?

Grandbabies- I've got 4 so far.  I say "so far"  because my eldest ( a 26 yr old beauty) has 2- a boy and a girl.; my son (a 25 yr old ex-Marine who has done his mom proud in so many ways)  has 2 boys and my little one (19 yr old intense yet sweet girl/woman who is striking, intelligent, gifted and better not be thinking of making babies yet) are still young enough to add to the family.  But not right now- por fa.  Let BB enjoy people saying "but you look so young to be a grandmother!" a little longer.  While I can still semi believe them.

Babushka has enjoyed this immensely and hopes you will dance with me again.  This has been but a little tease of who I am.  Tease- reminds me of my high school days, but again I'm going off topic. (such talent!) My blog will be on family,being female, being bilingual, being human -while always being brilliant.

And to those who don't understand YOUR brilliance, just look at them, smile, and say-


Babushka Besos a todos-  Cuidensen

P.S.  If you've enjoyed this post please go to Facebook and "like" my page.  Mil Gracias.

And with that Beautifuls we started/conclude.  
Hope you've enjoyed the dance and join me in the next one. 
BB2U' All!!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

@ViveMejor isn't just a site, it's Their Philosophy.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

BB supposes this falls under the "sponsored post" category for the FTC, considering all the products Babushka's received from the folks of ViveMejor/Unilever, pero because it's been years, it feels more like family reunions, parties where they give out recordatorios of the event.  Y si Beautifuls, it has been years, since 2012 to be exact, when Babushka first saw the truth behind the ViveMejor philosophy.

At that first Hispanicize they set themselves apart by having a big room for their demonstrations. It was not only a place for great info,samples and swag, but in the midst of the "Potencia that is Hispanicize" it was a place of calm, to find center, feel welcomed. Matter of fact, there was a woman who used that space to breastfeed her child, that's how homey and loving the ViveMejor ambiance was. Whoever named it "Hogar Vivemejor Lounge" deserves a definite ESO!!!

BB had just started blogging, and this was before Babushka had a smartphone, and before Instagram, so please forgive the blurriness.  That's a scan of the actual program received, and the notes on it. 

 The post:

Skipping a year (and how everyone missed them), ViveMejor was at Hispz14, and the joy was heard from all! Pero BB had to be the one who jumped and shouted cheers the loudest. Quee? No surprise there?  JU SO FONII!!! Seriously Beautifuls, though they were in an open corner, the colors, decor, speakers,the PR reps, we were back home y con familia. So many blogueras chose that space to just chill with each other and work. The something,something we all felt the first year was there again, it hadn't been lost. Todos felt again en casa and welcomed.

Y pa' que vean that Babushka wasn't alone in her admiration, mi amiga Tiffany concurred.


And theirs is not a one time amor Beautifuls. That feeling of appreciation is throughout the year.


Pictured are some wonderful foods made with productos de Unilever, Hairstyles by Mario Anton , 
My Eldest- @CristylsCorazon ,a roomful of lucky blogueras, and 
Mi Rey, Reynaldo Delgado of Edelman PR Miami.

BB's post-

At Hispz15, if you see the recap, you'll see ViveMejor shown 3x in a 15 sec flipagram. Chances are pretty good that if you were looking for BB, the ViveMejor corner was where you'd find me. There was pampering, product demonstrations, the ViveMejor team, and it seemed like all the blogueras ended up there too! ViveMejor showed us how to get new life from products we've been using for generaciones, and how to seem/feel like new for those of us who've been through generaciones.

Oh, y la Gallina Vieja in the pic? No, not BB, the cute one. Her name is Knorrmita. Knorr- get it?
jehe   Babushka's gotta love that ViveMejor Bunch!

Ahora, I hear you say "Babushka, esta bien. I get you feeling en casa and comfortable in that surrounding, pero es pa' tanto?"  Oh Si y You Betcha!! Let BB explain how she sees ViveMejor, its products, its team and its philosophy. 

In 2012 the ViveMejor Lounge was Babushka's calm in chaos, donde esta vieja could not only breathe, but breathe in the zen of the zone. It was here that I made the acquaintance of the team and saw Ema be assistant for another chef. The cariño and care they showed to this vieja,newbie bloguera touched me and forever engrained my appreciation. Es mas, when Ema was appointed as head chef for the next Hispanicize I felt like a proud tia and was so happy and proud of her. She truly is buena gente, and down to earth, real. And that about encompasses the whole thought and ambiance behind ViveMejor. They see the REAL, the whole. Just look at the screenshot BB took of their site. 


 Notice the categories-
1st the fork/knife- Cocina y Recetas. Ya con eso they had BB.
2nd the comb- Belleza y Estilo To find one's personal beauty y style.
3rd the woman- Vida y Cultura- Life & Culture

 vivemejor-unilever-gratitude- bbabushka

They are including the WHOLE persona Beautifuls. THIS is what they saw in BB. ViveMejor wants each of us to be the best that we can, have the best that we can, see the best in life that we can. Their products have been in our lives for generations and this site shows how we don't have to be stagnant- not with our foods, our views on beauty, nor with our definition of living.  This page is about cultivating gratitud.  Babushka for her part is very grateful to ViveMejor for being the first sponsor to believe in her and helping her to see what a Groovy Grandma, Vieja Viajera can do and how much she still has to do. Si, pa' BB ViveMejor es familia- and I'm a BIG believer in Nepotism and helping those you love.  Y porque no? If you have someone you care for, you brag about them and share their accomplishments and good ideas verdad? So know it's from the corazon when Babushka shares these:


Go ahead and take a look around the ViveMejor Sites Beautifuls.  
Estoy segura you'll be as appreciative as Babushka.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

@ConsumerReports shares how Hospitals Make Us Sick #AdiosSuperBacterias #SlamSuperBugs

This is a sponsored post that BB believes should fall under Social Good.
All opinions stated are Babushka's.

consumer reports MRSA Testing

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!!

When BB was bb, she remembers her dad going to visit relatives in the hospital, but he wouldn't touch anything, stood standing, and didn't even drink from the water fountains. "There are germs all over the place here, ni el agua es safe." Turns out el viejo wasn't far from the truth.

Now you know BB's all about the positive, pero it's easier to be positivo if you're in good health, and the very place we go to get mejor might be the very place that gets us peor.  Hospitales should be the one place we're safe from the new "super bugs"; lamentablemente they are the perfect breeding place for them.  Every year an estimated 648,000 personas in the US develop infecciones during a hospital stay and according to the CDC- Center for Disease Control and prevention, about 75,000 end in death. 

Does this mean we shouldn't go to hospitals??  JU SO FONII!!! Of course we need hospitales, but we need to go in with los ojos abiertos and a plan to betterment not bitterment. So, before you get all paranoid and freakiada, there are steps you can do to protect yourself and loved ones- even if you just go pa' visita.  The above graphic gives you excellent suggestions, and the Tweety Chat hosted by Elianne Ramos aka @ERGeekGoddess va estar super informative about these new strains of bacterias.

Hospital Tweetchat Promo REV.png

Hope you can join us mañana on this sumamente importante and informative chat Beautifuls.
For your safety and your familias.
Nos vemos alli.


P.S.  A link BB shared on Feibu with the actual report by Consumer Reports.

How Your Hospital Can Make You Sick - new report from @ConsumerReports
Posted by Bohemian Babushka on Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

#Hispz15 - 4 months later and Still Recuperating

This is a recap of  Hispanicize 2015.
 Like all conferences/fiestas there were goodies,swag,promo items given out. 
HOWEVER, no matter how BUENISIMO the regalitos were, 
Babushka is still Babushka and is stating mis sentimientos. 

Hispanicize Miami 2015 Latino

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Hispanicize 2015- the 4th Hispanicize conference/event BB attends. 
It has been 4 months, 10 days since that week and Babushka still glazes over when she thinks of it.  Quee? 
You think the infamous Cuban exageracion is working here??  JU SO FONII!!! 
Obviously you've never attended a Hispanicize event.  This was Babushka's 4th year going. 

A little sample of the pace-


In that chiquitico, 15 second Instagram video slide show you saw:
Los Pichy Boys, Vive Mejor, Coca Cola, Target, Olay,Orgullosa, Founder Manny Ruiz in one of the many excellent sitdown meals, LatinaMomBlog now rebranded as DiMe Media,Kelley Blue Book, Nespresso Love, Amanda DufauDisney World Resorts, Home Depot, Project Enye, Florida Blue, Rebtel, Hasbro,Sprint,Aspira, WellsFargo, AEM, Janie Flores&Erica Chao, McDonalds,Don Francisco, Juana La Iguana and al final a very happy and grateful Babushka who can't believe how Blessed she's been to have done so many things thanks to blogging.

BB's said it before and will forever say and be grateful to the Hispanicize team,especially to Manny Ruiz for inviting me to BB's first blogger event in 2012.  Yes, it's been 3 years, 4 Hispanicizes, and 15 posts about it- y los que me faltan!!  The first on camera video for Babushka-

The Spanglish esta igual, but BB hopes she's gotten a little bit better in front of the camera.

Ok Beautifuls, let the Vieja dream Si?
jehe  At the very least estoy less stressed about it.

Also less stressed about the Hispanicize 2016 event- even though this one runs 5 days too. 

From April 4 - 8 Miami will be host to "the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship." For the next Hispanicize Sweetie will be accompanying me since he would have been a blogger for over a year.  Can you imagine my laidback Sweetie in the Den of Dizzying Delicias that is Hispanicize?  Don't think there's enough cafe Cubano to bring him up to speed.  Pero that's ok with BB.  This being my 5th Hispanicize, it'll be like visiting distant relatives, catching up on their stories and making some new ones with our actividades. Live, Learn, & Lovely Loot. Si, that about sums up Hispanicize.

 Oh, and por supuesto, es BUENISIMO!!


P.S.  There were many more sponsors,sessions & actividades, pero for 15 seconds y 5 dias de nonstop going, creo que pa' esto post estamos bien.  As my eyes start losing their glazed look, tal vez vendran mas... pa' que vean

P.P.S. And for those curious on prior Hispanicize posts or just want to reminisce with BB-