Café crazed 1st Gen Cuban-American raised in Miami.52,living life new,sashaying in heels and soliloquizing in Spanglish. Mother of 3,Abuela of 5,a human shot of espresso and earnest in my extremism. An adventurer,dancer of life; loving its’ locuras and celebrating the "humanness" of all people. The binding ties of family, being female, getting older and day to day life while hopefully enlightening and entertaining- this is the reason for Babushka and her dance.
♪A BAILAR SE HA DICHO!!♪
Invited by the PGATour Family group and Bloggin' Mamas,
these are Babushka's impressions of the event. Mine and The Grands. HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!
Bueno, BB told you about the first part of the week in this post, now it’s the finde and things change a little bit. The weekend is time for familia, so when Babushka was asked to attend an event for children of course she thought of The Grands and said Si! You know BB lives for twofers, so if she can bring her loves to join in the career she loves, it’s a given!
And then they told me it was for the PGA Cadillac Tournament at Trump National Doral. Que Quee??? Now, BB doesn’t know who’s idea it was to take children to a golf tournament, pero JU SO FONII!!! It’s not that they’re bad kids, it’s just that they’re Cuban kids. Especially Cuban kids related to Babushka! You know silence is not in their sangre.
LLegando to the Trump National The Grands were impressed and realized the grandeur they were in.
It didn't stop them from being themselves,
but they did realize the grandeur they were in.
As we headed out to the grounds, the Bloggin' Mamas saw the open spaces, the grounds, and the Carlos Santana Sign, and were in awe.
Babushka, with fan in hand, was ready to give out a good ::BOPASO:: to Grand or stranger who dared to shush a Grand (because we all know only familia have that right) and was guarding the back flank. When all of the sudden in the stillness of the tournament there's heard a
"That's soooooooo my car!"
PicaPica (being BB's Grandson) saw what he wanted and went straight for it.
He even stepped on the platform and went for the handle.
The alarm was actually louder than he was.
Arriving at the playground, cleverly placed wwwaaaayyyy away from the tournament playing field,
the children saw the playground and went straight to play.
With no moving parts but the children themselves, The Grands had an incredible time.
They planned,built, tore down, worked together, and by themselves.
Even La Princesa knew what to do. Autism aside, she was drawn to the "giant blue pillow blocks" and began making her kingdom. She even went to the structure of some older girls to go through their building. And then took the parts she wanted. Que puedo decir? There's a reason we call her La Princesa. Everyone of the children loved the Imagination Playground. Even the one who couldn't play on it.
Wish I was big enough to play at the @IMGPlayground
#PGAKids #FamilySpace #PGAMamas
When Babushka was about to write this story, she contacted the President of the company, Dave Krishock (muy buena gente btw) and asked him what he'd like to share with you My Beautifuls. He wrote the following:
The idea is based on loose parts play - in our case kid sized big blue blocks - and child directed free play.
All of this leads to purposeful play - the child loves stacking, connecting, and channeling with our blocks - and during play sessions the child learns collaboration, problem solving - improves fine and gross motor skills - and engages in deep play that exercises self expression and creativity - lots of fun and joy as children build and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Second - our partnership with the PGA Tour and in this case The Honda Classic.
The PGA Tour approached us three quarters of a year ago with an opportunity to demonstrate Imagination Playground at a limited number of PGA Tour events in 2015 - in an effort to build out their Kids Zone play initiative.
We knew Imagination Playground would delight the children and engage the families.
We are pleased to be helping the PGA Tour and their events - and proud to possibly be included in their future plans.
We respect the PGA Tour and their events because they raise so much money to help advance the work of local charities - many of which help families and children - just like us, Imagination Playground.
No te lo dije? Nice guy, buena gente. Most importantly, he believes in his product, as well he should. The Grands were out there for 2 hours. Y querian mas, it wasn't enough! But it was enough for BB. It was nice to know children don't need gadgets with a million working parts, just the gadget of their imagination. The sign pictured above listing the physical building benefits? 100% true, cada punto.
"Build with the principles of construction and engineering in the quick builder mode. Observe the effects of physics by turning on gravity mode and watch the Blocks take on their real life physical properties. Use the Blocks to understand proportion, geometry, and basic math principles—or just relax, create, and have fun."
They've thought of it all, got it all covered. Mind, Body, and because they've left this Babushka so happy , my soul is there too. Honestamente, seeing The Grands enjoy themselves they way they did, made the world seem like a simpler place again. Entre the beauty of the grounds, the quiet of the event, and the smiles on our faces, this is one moment we'll relive happily again and again.
See when they'll be in your area My Beautifuls, y si no,
go to their website and see how wonderful and affordable this kind of play can be.
Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine.
HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!
Babushka remembers my Mama said she used Dreft when BB was bb, and on that recommendation it was also used on The Trio. Bueno, now it’s time for the third generation of la familia to use this wonderful baby detergent and imposible pero cierto, it’s even better!
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3 Stages of detergent because we know there are at least that many stages of babyhood- or as they like to say, #Amazinghood.
As an abuela, Babushka can honestly say each and every etapa is a Blessing.
And como you know My Beautifuls, BB loves to share her Blessings.
So as we have received this, we want y'all to have a chance of receiving it too!
It's nice to see that there's a dedicated laundry detergente for active babies. BB always worried that the crawlers were getting dirtier than when first born, pero I didn't have the heart to use "big gente" detergent on them; glad the parents of today don't have to. Y aqui's another cool thing the parents of today have-
"Dreft's "Amazing Baby Days" app now available for FREE on the App store. This one- of-a kind app helps parents - and parents to be - capture the amazing moments of pregnancy through their baby's first year and has recently been updated so that moms and dads can make keepsake movies from photos and videos captured within the app!"
And speaking of videos...
if you thought BB wasn't going to show one of Dr. J-
This post has sponsors & swag, and como siempre, Babushka's personal take on all of it.
HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!!!
Hoy Babushka continues the Hays of March. That's "hays" in Spanish, as in hay-hay que hacer, plural. Hay as in has, porque BB has a lot of catching up to do. Y si, a play on the Ides of March too. Life has so many meanings when you live it bilingually! Continuing.
The Original March madness post was a short prelude and got to March 1. The second post for March was on the @PGATourWomanand got us hasta the second of March. A ver how far we can get on this one. Ahora, as you well know Beautifuls, if BB's around there's an aventura, pero there's a lot of dance floor to cover, so put on your Dr. Scholl's y ♪A BAILAR SE HA DICHO!♪
Babushka spent the day at Tata's staring at her beautifully manicured gel nailpolished nails.
March 5, Thursday.
First, we start the day off with an event that truly should be a national holiday.
Celebrated at Little Havana's fabled Ball & Chain, Jenny Lee Molina, the creator of the 305 fenomeno and owner of the boutique PR company JLPR was very happy to see BB. She's such a Bella; notice how she's making 3 0 5 with her hands. Cutisima. Also, mi amiga, the ever going Anneliesse Morales, sharing the giant poster of her gracing a local publication. And porsupuesto, can't have cafecito sin sugar and pastelitos!! Now you know Babushka would have felizmente stayed there the whole day, pero there were other events waiting to be shared and savored.
Babushka also tried the Focus, the Fiesta, and the Transit. This is where the idea to take the Grands around in the "unminivan" took place. Pero that story is for another time. Suffice to say we all left test driven out and impressed by what we saw. Did BB have a favorito? JU SO FONII!!! You know mine is a Familia Pa' Ford, so how could there possibly be only one loved???
And that was the "work" week Monday-Friday, but we all know bloggers don't have the regular hours of others, so of course Saturday had another aventura. But Babushka has a hueco in her insoles and cayos from typing so much, so that historia will also be for another time.
Enjoy your finde My Beautifuls, and until la proxima,
Earthday was a couple of days ago and it's a wonderful opportunity to focus on the strides being made to save our planet, but we all know mucho mas is needed. This is our home, and like our actual dwellings, if we leave the cleaning to pile up too much it becomes almost overwhelming!
So every little bit helps and recycling is an easy way for us to do our part.
Bloggin’ Mamas would like to support the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit organization, which recently launched the newest phase of the “I Want to Be Recycled” public service advertising campaign. The PSA campaign aims to raise awareness and inspire individuals to recycle more with the latest series of ads focused on recycling in the bathroom. Bloggin' Mamas is sponsoring a $100 Amazon giftcard as a prize for a giveaway designed to spread the word of the campaign.
Personal care products like shampoo and lotion bottles, toilet paper rolls, and toothpaste and soap boxes are significantly less likely to be recycled than kitchen products. New research commissioned by the Ad Council found that 47% of people are not recycling materials in the bathroom. According to a recent study conducted for the Ad Council, 52% of Americans don’t know which items can be recycled in the bathroom. And only 10% of Americans have a recycling bin in their bathroom, compared to the 45% who have them in the kitchen. That’s why the “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign has partnered with Vevo’s Do It YourSelfie with Tess & Eva, who recreate the looks from today’s hottest music videos. These two glam experts, known for their DIY hair, makeup and design tips, created a new PSA this Earth Day reminding Americans that those bathroom products deserve to be recycled too! Check out a quick video they made on how to recycle old clothes into a new bath mat:
Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion.Click here to learn more about what your personal care products can become when properly recycled.
And Now the Giveaway!
Prize(s): 1 winner will receive one (1) $100 Amazon Giftcard. We encourage the winner to use the giftcard to purchase items to encourage recycling.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. If you have any questions or would like to run your own giveaway with Bloggin' Mamas, please email email@example.com
As VP of Bloggin' Mamas, BB's gone to many events and helped many people, but this next one has to be one of my proudest. With the help of Ecos and +Carnival we will be sharing a brunch that celebrates Motherhood. Earth Friendly products that keep us healthy and a giving fundfor those that sadly are not so healthy; these are perfect partners for this special event. It's all about caring, and doesn't that just describe Madres Perfectly? If interested in joining, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org .
And to continue on that caring thread-
"Bloggin’ Mamas would like to support the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit organization, which recently launched the newest phase of the “I Want to Be Recycled” public service advertising campaign. The PSA campaign aims to raise awareness and inspire individuals to recycle more with the latest series of ads focused on recycling in the bathroom."
Next- Besides it being the law, it's the right thing to do for our children.
"Bloggin’ Mamas would like to support the Ad Council and The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with promoting the Seat Belt Safety campaign, which asks parents of children ages 8–14 to make sure their kids are consistently and properly wearing their seat belt every time they get in the car."
BB was invited by the PGATourWoman & Bloggin' Mamas to attend the #EWD.
No other form of compensation was given. Como siempre, opinions expressed are all Babushka's.
HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!!!
If y'all recall, BB had started sharing her March events, and had listed several in one post. Bueno, all the events Babushka attends are good and merit posts, but there are some events that are so monumental and special in mis ojos that they deserve one all by themselves; the Executive Woman's Day Event sponsored by Astellas is one of those.
Was it really as good as it looked?
Ponte comodas My Beautifuls 'cause this one is worth estudio.
Primero, First, the Invite.
TREMENDO schedule right? And TREMENDO LUGAR!!
Now, BB not being a big golf fan had never been to a PGA course-
oh my, what Babushka has been missing!!
More fotos of the grounds later, now let's get to the Executive Woman's Day event.
They must have thought that fresh air opened up our appetites, because the food-
it was fancy, filling y Fantastico!! Y Si, the dessert deserved AT LEAST 3 fotos.
Beautifuls, BB didn't think the day could get better.
A true "power panel" of women, a beautiful Miami day, a magnificent meal, but there was more.
More, as in MUCH more, porque that's what the keynote speaker believes in and is.
Her book is like her public speaking. It grabs you instantly and keeps you there with her humor and real talk. Intense and straight to the point, she shares her story with no pretense or pretty pictures, making us all feel and believe that we're coming from the same place and like her, can live our dreams.
You can train people to think about you how you want them to think about you.
Pick 3 adjectives that describe who you really are.
Find 3 adjectives of company value.
Where they intersect is where you must concentrate.
Strive for consistent behavior in these 3 adjectives.
It's about how to tell the story.
To succeed you must be comfortable taking risks.
Wow and Woah.
In the beginning of this post you saw a video featuring Donna Fiedorowicz, the Senior Vice President Tournament Activation & Outreach. Having started this event, this mindset of @PGAWomanTour just four years ago truly encompasses everything these ladies speak about. From an article of PGATour.com, some of her visions,insights and quotes:
"Most women who attend do not play golf and have not attended a TOUR event. By creating these programs, we are creating a destination at our events they would have otherwise chosen to pass on." 100% correcto in Babushka's case
"Fiedorowicz believes the PGA TOUR provides a unique backdrop to host an Executive Women's Day event" and is proud of what is accomplished when events are given, what it means to the local community.
"The women are exposed to our product in a fun and 'safe environment.' It also provides us the ability to educate them on key facts such as the TOUR's strong charitable mission and recent milestone of surpassing $2 billion dollars in charitable giving." 2 Billion Again, Wow and Woah.
Deserving of it's own post verdad? Also deserving are YOU My Beautifuls.
If you can attend one of these Executive Woman's Day Events, treat yourself, invest in yourself.
Babushka's Favorite Quote of the event is also one of my life beliefs.