Babushka's Baile

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Con #CambioConfiable the Adventures Continue!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are Babushka’s alone. #CambioConfiable #CollectiveBias

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

If you follow Babushka’s Baile you know everyday is an adventure and some mas than others. Beautifuls, the need of independence,mobility,car reliability, doesn’t end once the kids move out, es mas, I’d say most of BB’s adventures have been after the age of 50!! In  the last post, BB was going to the Emerald Coast for Hispanic Heritage Month. Bueno, that’s a good 3 hour drive from home, and if you thought Babushka was going to take any chances with the carro breaking down JU SO FONII!!!  Saw this at my local Walmart and knew que tenia que ser.


 BB is no stranger to her local Walmart Auto Center. Honestamente , they’re one of the best Twofers Babushka’s ever known. Reliable service at a decent price AND you shop while you wait!


 As you can see, BB had all intentions of being a good girl and working, pero that lasted all of 10 minutos. Franklin (that’s my Auto Center Svc. Mgr.) said the car would be ready to go with new Quaker State oil in about 20 mins, so a bailar rapido to the rest of the store!


Ahora there's the neatest thing, you can actually go to any price checker and see if your car is ready.
On the claim ticket is a code to scan, and...

Buenisimo verdad?

And you know what else is Buenisimo Beautifuls?  Knowing that BB can count on Quaker State Oil and my local Walmart Auto Center to keep this Vieja 'Venturera always ready to go wherever the next adventure goes. So, my opinion on this adventure??



And where will YOUR next adventure be Beautifuls?? 
 If going by carro remember to be safe y seguro with a #CambioConfiable.

Can't wait to hear your tales!!!


Friday, September 25, 2015

TWAM makes a Conexion to Hispanic Heritage Month. HispanicFest2015 #HHM

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!!

Si, that's Babushka en la foto.  If you've been reading BB's posts you know how important my culture
is to me, and how much I enjoy acting, so when there's a chance to combine them, Babushka's there! Saturday 26, 2015 my beloved TWAM will be performing at the Hispanic Fest 2015. Beautifuls, this goes beyond a twofer, it's a THREEfer!! This festival not only celebrates the Hispanic culture and has the Theater With A Mission troupe performing, but the proceeds will be going to the nonprofit United for a Good Cause Inc. This nonprofit gives gifts to needy children of the area and makes their holidays brighter with a party celebrating the season and them.

So who says you can't help the future by going into the past?? You know Babushka believes that things happen for a reason, and that the S Sisters are always ready when we are. It was with great pleasure BB was able to introduce David Triana, editor of the bilingual newspaper Conexion  to founder/director of TWAM Ben Gunter. And even greater pleasure when David decided he wanted to bring TWAM to the festival. He saw the vision and the reason for TWAM and how by connecting us to our Spanish past and the glory that was the Spanish Golden Age, present generations and the future leaders of society, will be proud of their heritage and the contributions made to the world by them. Besides, it's great fun for a festival!

TWAM,El Muerto,Spanish Golden Age,Theater
Cast of characters for Sept. 26 TWAM performance of "El Muerto".

Marching in to one of the mottos in the Hispanic Fest theme:  "Spain's Gift to the World!  Come see!" TWAM will perform the comedic, one act farce by Francisco Bernardo de Quiros "El Muerto" . Written in the 1600's it's the timeless tale of how Love always finds a way.  Pero here, in both English & Spanish is a better description of the play.

El Muerto TWAM article in Conexion  for HispanicFest2015

El Muerto TWAM Spanish article in Conexion

BUENISIMO verdad? And it's even better in person!!
Hope you can join us for this wonderful production and wonderful festival,
 pero si no, pueden donar to these two great non profits and do your part in helping create a better mañana.

Y con eso BB se va corriendo.
Sweetie and I will be leaving to the beautiful Emerald Coast  today and this was supposed to be just a short little post. 
 Que?? Ok si, JU SO FONII !!! 
You're correcto; this is neither short nor little. 
Talked a lot and am running late, Cubana al fin. 

Told 'ya BB was proud of her heritage.

; )

Babushka Besos a todos. Cuidensen.

Monday, September 21, 2015

BB's Still Dancin' ! #LifeAfterLeaks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are Babushka's only . You must be 21+ years old to try Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. #LifeAfterLeaks #CollectiveBias

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!!

No se if you know it, but BB's back Up North in The South and feliz to be home. Si, Babushka's missing The Grands, La Tata and the two eldest hijos, but it was time to be with Sweetie and My Little One. It's time to go slow for awhile. Quee?? JU SO FONII !!!  Ok si, slow is a relative term in BB's case, pero you know what I mean. The pace here is slower, the air crisper, and the seasons even change! Thankfully though, the small town feeling doesn't. Me puse tan happy when Collective Bias asked me to visit CVS for this shop; BB missed her local store!!

Bella isn't it?
There's my cariño,chauffeur,cameraman, Sweetie.
He didn't have a clue what we were going to get, but he's always ready to help if he can.

As BB had said, this is our local CVS and I knew in just what section to find the Poise IMPRESSA.  Pobre Sweetie had no idea what the Poise Impressa did or why Babushka was so glad to find it, but he was happy to see that it was on sale, and even happier when he saw the coupon. Demonstrations work best on Sweetie, so I went ahead and did just that. Y no, the empleados had no problem with eso- como dije, this is BB's neighborhood CVS so they know Babushka and her ways.  Ahora- A BAILAR SE HA DICHO!!

Age and childbirth makes all the muscles loosen up a bit. And BB means ALL the muscles. It's a part of life, and we've got to dance with it. Problem is, the dance gets interrupted almost as soon as Babushka starts!! It really can make you sit out a couple of songs and situations if you think you'll "lose yourself in the moment". Couldn't wait to get home to see what exactly the Poise Impressa did and how.

Well it's purty enough on the outside, vamos a ver what it has por dentro.


A ver-

"You cannot wear the Poise Impressa if you are pregnant. If you have your period, you cannot use the Poise Impressa, as it is not a tampon." Bueno, this menopausal mujer doesn't need to worry about either one of those, so let's continue.

But it is curious, if it doesn't work like a tampon, that means it's not supposed to work as an absorber. Entonces? Apparently it's not about the amount of leakage or how much you weigh, because it's about finding the best internal fit.  Oh my. You mean for once in her life Babushka could actually use a smaller size???  Liking this already.

Although it isn't a tampon, the insertion of the Poise Impressa is the same procedure. They suggest you start with Size 1; if leakage occurs, move to size 2, then size 3 if necessary.

Other points to like, you do not need to remove them to use the bathroom and they support for up to 8 horas in a 24 hour period. Tambien, this is a soft, internal device with a non-absorbent outer cover, designed for the temporary management of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), Unintentional urine leakage during sudden movements, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising. So this Beautifuls is not supposed to soak up leaks, but prevent them.  ESOESOESO!!!

For Babushka the thought of dancing without inhibition is a wonderful thing!!

In your opinion, what's the best feature about the Poise Impressa? Do you know someone who could benefit from using it?  If so, don't forget to tell them it's available at their local CVS or on the CVS website. And mention the coupon!! It's only available until they're all claimed, so don't wait 'till luego.

Coupon link:
The link for Poise Impressa on the CVS website: 

Social Hub -A place to share the stories of #LifeAfterLeaks:

For more information on Poise Impressa, their website:
Home page and Video on what Poise Impressa is:
Real testimonials:

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Nos vemos en el dance floor Beautifuls!!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015- History & N.Florida Happenings

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!!

When BB was bb, she didn’t really think about the whys of Hispanic Heritage Month; it was just a month of fun activities that mi madre would take us to. Ahora BB was curious as to when the US officially started this and why it doesn’t start on the first of September instead of the middle. Originally President Lyndon B. Johnson had declared a Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, which was then made into a full month in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, commemorating the date of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Tambien, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Pretty cool verdad? Babushka LOVES history and the whens and whys of things.

Quee?? So now that BB knows the background does Babushka no longer think it’s a good month of fun activities? JU SO FONII!!!  Por Supuesto, of course it is- especially now that one knows the whys.  Matter of fact, not only does BB know the “whys”, but knowing the “wheres” is even better! Y aqui, here Up North in The South, we have plenty going on for Hispanic Heritage Month. Ok Si, usually when one thinks of Hispanos in Florida it’s Miami, Orlando and maybe Tampa. Bueno believe it or not Beautifuls there are plenty of us up here in the state’s panhandle and we’re proud of our heritage and looking forward to showing it off!

The activities were fun and varied, just like the heritage and countries represented.

There was: 


From Hip and Heart Movement Studio, my friend Karen Chi.



Because you KNOW it wouldn't be a true Hispanic Celebration without our Foods.

It also wouldn't be a Celebration without Baile!
Some Folkloric Steps we all enjoyed-

Dance Troupes, A Little Bit of Mexico & Simply Panama


Maria Ortiz_BBabushka_CulturaLatina Magazine_HispanicFestival

Founder/Editor of Cultura Latina MagazineMaria Ortiz con BB.



You know BB HAD to film that one right?  Heard my "ESO!!!" ?

Rudy Saez doing a great job as Master of Ceremonies, and
Mi Amigo Enrique Barrera proudly holding the American Flag.


Don't know who thought of having that Flag Parade, but ending it with the American Flag and asking everyone to stand during the US National Anthem made BB proud. Proud of my heritage and proud of my nationality, proud of and grateful for, the organizers that acknowledged and thanked this great nation for allowing us to share being Latinos, to share our heritage while still feeling very much American. This is the 22nd year the North Florida Hispanic Association has this festival, and BB couldn't have been happier with how it was organized and celebrated.  

Emerald Coast Hispanic Fest 2015
Sept. 26

This one Beautifuls is a major Twofer. Hispanic Fest 2015 is a fundraiser for the UNITED FOR A GOOD CAUSE INC. and their Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta. Not only will attendees be sharing in our heritage and celebration, but they'll be helping make a child's holiday much, mucho mas brighter.

HispanicFest2015_Emerald Coast_Destin_Florida

If the prior festival had Latinos being proud of  Loving America, then this one has Americans proud of Loving Latinos.  Si My Beautifuls, Theater with a Mission will be performing El Muerto, a play from the Spanish Golden Age, at this festival.  Mis Queridos TWAM amigos will be there thanks to the patronage of Conexion, a bilingual newspaper servicing all of the North Florida panhandle and South Alabama.

TWAM will be performing the one act farce by Bernardo Francisco de Quiros;
 a timeless comedy that will entertain the whole family.

Theater With A Mission_TWAM_Spanish Golden Age_acting troupe

Looks like fun verdad? And it is. BB should know, because she's part of the cast. Oh Si She Is!!
We'll get more into details another time, with more pictures and stories.

Y speaking of pics and stories...

Believe it or not, Babushka has lived Up North in The South almost a decade and never went to this.  BB was always in Miami!!  Hopefully this year Babushka will be able to attend and share the fun and proof that- 

#850Latinos #850Hispanos #TallyTeQuiere

 How will YOU be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Beautifuls??

Babushka Besos a Todos.  Cuidensen. 

P.S.This is the website for non profit: 
This is the website for Hispanic Fest 2015 

P.P.S. 2 sites with impresionante info on Hispanic Heritage Month are:


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TWEETY FIESTA!! #ShareYourCare Twitter Party

Bloggin' Mamas Social Good Campaign

Care Bears Share Your Care Twitter party 9-9-15 at 9p EST RSVP

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!

The ositos Care Bear, Osos Amorosos- how they bring back such great memorias and smiles!  Babushka remembers many happy hours watching them and the Care Bear Cousins with The Trio, and now we get to compartir their great adventures and messages with another generation!!! BB has the pleasure and honor of cohosting TREMENDO TWEETY FIESTA con the Care Bears Friend, Bloggin' Mamas and some other Bellas for a very special occasion.

#ShareYourCare Twit­ter Party

Join Blog­gin Mamas & the Care Bears™ as we host the #ShareYourCare Twit­ter Party on Wednesday, 9/9/15 at 9p EST! Join us as we celebrate the Share Your Care National Holiday and chat about how we are sharing our care in our communities. There will be some fun prizes as well!

Date: Wed, Sept 9, 2015

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hash­tag: #ShareYourCare

Pre­sented by: @BlogginMamas and @CareBearsFriend

Mod­er­a­tors: Eng­lish– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @EnzasBargains, @MamasMission, @DarciBean, @MommyPowers, and @DoveBlog


September 9th is National Care Bears™ #ShareYourCare Day!

With your help on that day, the Care Bears™ are encouraging fans to spread caring, sharing, love, friendship, acceptance, fun and happiness to those around them that day, and each and every day of the year! That day, Care Bears is participating in an event helping 10 year old Zach Kaplan of #ZachKapCares and his mission to gift children in need with a soft bear to hug at night by donating 400 Care Bears plush to Leake & Watts, a head start program serving 8,000 in New York City and Westchester County!

But We Need YOU!

Remember, #ShareYourCare could be small, simple things like sharing a toy with your sibling, taking out the trash for your mom, or helping an older neighbor across the street. Or bigger things like planting a tree, or spending a day volunteering for a charity. Through this important movement, the Care Bears will inspire everyone to be kind, think of others and #ShareYourCare every day.

First and foremost, we would love it if you would share one of your own #ShareYourCare stories

Also, please sign up as part of the official #ShareYourCare Crew via where all of the amazing #ShareYourCare testimonials will be collected and later shared!

To celebrate the culmination of the day, we will be hosting a Twitter Party at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST to discuss how we shared our care that day and we will be giving out some fun Care Bears prizes too!

Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is man­ag­ing this Twit­ter Party as part of a social good campaign. Individual co-hosts, such as myself, may be provided with Care Bears items for assisting with this campaign. All prize ful­fill­ment is the respon­si­bil­ity of the sponsor.

Nos Vemos alli Beautiuls- See you there!!


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.

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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!!!