November 15, 2017

And The Tony for best performance is... Customer Service Reps!

Tony Award for Customer Service Call Center

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!

Hoy Babushka speaks of a world little appreciated, often complained about, and definitely made fun of- Customer Service, in particular the Call Center. As a veterana of this environment with over 10 years served, BB will illuminate un poquito of the nature of this world.  

Note Babushka used The Tony Award, an award for LIVE theatrical performances. THAT's the premio equivalent to what CSRs do. No recorded conversations here. Stamina, persistance, perserverance DAILY.  To be cheerful and effective over 50 times a day, EVERY DAY. 

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THIS is what Customer Service Reps have in mind, what they've been trained to think of and accomplish on every call.  Wow and Woah verdad? 

keep calm excellent customer service

Ahora, eso si. Is it possible to do all the time on every call?  JU SO FONII!!! But ya gotta give them points for trying. And they really do try, for many reasons. Pride in their work, honestly wanting to help, it's their livelyhood, muchas razones to be personable y profesional. Y aunque callers tend to forget there is a persona de carne y hueso on the other side, the demeaner of a good CSR is courteous and caring.  Of course as they say, "You get more flies with honey than with vinegar." so you try to be nice too and BB guarantees your call will stand out and help will be gladly given and with more sincerity.

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Si Beautifuls, this is definitely verdad- both for you AND the CSR,

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As previously stated BB, having served more than 10 years in the Call Center Arena she knows this mundo. VERY well. 

DUMB is not the problem, RUDE is.

  Es mas, just recently returned to that mundo and worked para"steady income" for a state division that truly is an example of- 

even got kudos- so BB hasn't lost her touch.

Pero what BB no longer has es el estamina to do over 50 performances a day.

Babushka ended up exhausted.

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Babushka's a good actress, pero THAT Tony award goes to others. Dure 5 months.

To quote Steve Jobs-

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

Babushka doesn't settle and at this altura knows herself very well.
Advancing age no matchea with status quo.
At least, not in this Babushka's Baile.

; )

Babushka Besos a todos. Cuidensen.

November 08, 2017

BB Cares for #FloridaKidCare Porque They Cared for My Florida Kids! #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by FloridaKidCare and happy to share BB's opinions de ellos.

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BB was a single mother with The Trio, and Florida KidCare was a blessing from el principio.  Affordable insurance was one less thing to worry about; it felt wonderful knowing they were going to have their basic cares met. Now that The Grands are here, Babushka's relieved to know that this program is still aqui for Florida's children.

Importante Bullet Points to Know:
  • Florida KidCare covers doctor visits, immunizations, prescriptions, emergencias, surgeries, dental, vision, y mas!
  • Most familias pay nada and many pay as little as $15 or $20 per month for all children en la casa- even if both parents work.
  • Chances are you'll be able to keep your current doctores.
  • 95% de padres are happy with services received. BB sure was!

"257,000  children  in  Florida  are  currently  living  without  health  and  dental  insurance  and  147,000  of  them  are   eligible  for completely free  or  low  cost  coverage  through  Florida  KidCare." Babushka not be grateful she applied? JU SO FONII!! One of the few things BB never doubted as a madre.
Apply now! Florida Kid Care

Miren their social media paginas; see what they're about.


And their website Florida KidCare is in English, Spanish, and Creole.
Porque ALL of Florida's children should be covered.


November 05, 2017

3x a Charm w/ @Disney #Cars3 #95 -Not Just For Kids.

Babushka was given a digital copy of Cars3 and party goods by Allied Contigo to facilitate this post   All opinions stated are BB's.

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Hoy, BB had a viewing fiesta for Cars 3 and to share con ustedes some of the features in the Blu-Ray that's coming out on November 7.  Of course Babushka will be doing it a little diferente and con otro angle.  This is definitivamente a pelicula with many nuances and mensajes that will be missed by children , y aunque my MIL still sees Sweetie & BIL as her babies, this was an adult fiesta. Porque Si, adultos love Disney/Pixar. Especialmente en esta casa. Pero primero, la viewing fiesta.

Disney Cars 3 Viewing Party

viewing party buffet for Disney Cars 3
Gracias to Allied Contigo for sending party decorations, my Eldest, Cristyl's Corazon for making all the foods following a Cars theme, and to Sweetie for making sure there were no leftovers.   ; )  

Once we had gotten our comida, todos settled in to watch the pelicula, looking forward to the continuance of a favorite. Even Lightning McQueen settled to follow the adventures of  Cars 3.

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is
suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez , with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage"

Race fans of all ages are invited to ride along with the “Cars 3” crew for hilarious and heartfelt extras, including an exclusive new mini-movie, “Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool,” taught by the queen of the Crazy 8; a feature detailing how real-world race training influenced filmmakers; the journey taken by voice actor Cristela Alonzo and team while shaping tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez; behind-the-scenes access to the story team who crafted Lightning McQueen’s third chapter; deleted scenes; and much more.

“Cars 3” is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.

Bonus Features*

Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.  
  • My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…

  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” & “Commentary”

#95 by the #s in “Cars 3”
  • 5 – As “Cars 3” gets underway, world-champion racer Lightning McQueen is riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood.
  • 11 – Lightning McQueen raced into moviegoers’ hearts 11 years ago—making his rookie debut in “Cars” in March 2006—and remains an iconic character today.
  • 24 – The dramatic, slow-motion crash scene in which Lightning McQueen hits a wall and rolls several times takes 24 seconds.
  • 95 – Lightning McQueen still sports the dynamic #95 with his signature lightning-bolt graphics. He displays five distinct looks in “Cars 3,” including one that pays homage to his original paint, a primer look he gets following the devastating crash, a custom wrap ordered by Sterling, and more.
  • 198 – Lightning McQueen tops out at a speed of 198 miles per hour on his last lap with Cruz Ramirez on Fireball Beach. But Lightning’s nemesis—next-gen racer Jackson Storm—races at speeds pushing 207 mph.

  Kudos to Disney/Pixar for their subtle ways of inclusion.  Cruz Ramirez, Latina, sin stereotype, becoming a star on equal nivel when she followed her dream, believed in herself. Also Kudos for the way discrimination in racing was handled.  Louise Nash- 1st lady of Racing of the Piston Cup was a nod to NASCAR Legend Louise Smith  and River Scott was in rememberance of Wendell Scott-Pioneering African American driver, 1st  black man to win a major NASCAR race. Honoring greats , honoring differences, honoring age and the wisdom that comes with experience. Gracias for knowing how to tell a story guys.  You had BB on ALL levels.


Ahora, una fiesta sin Goody Bag?  JU SO FONII!!!
The Beautifuls of Allied Contigo will be gifting one of you a digital copy of Cars 3.  
To enter, hay muchos chances-  

Buena Suerte Beautifuls.
Remember, for those of you who can't wait,
 el Blu-ray sale on the 7th. 


November 03, 2017

Read & Relish. $150 Barnes & Noble Gift Card #Giveaway

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Few better pleasures in life than being up with a good book, especially when the weather is chilly and you're ready to read it hasta el final. Babushka would love to give one of you Beautifuls the chance to do just that, with a $150 Barnes & Noble Gift Card!  
Prize: $150 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 11/17 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Buena Suerte Beautifuls!

October 27, 2017

Target Insta Giveaway- $150 Target GC to do Fall Right!!

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Fall, one of the most Bella times of the año. BB has written many times about this epoca  , and now she's letting you truly become a part of it.  For you Beautifuls, a giveaway to win a $150 Target Giftcard. 
Prize: $150 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 11/16 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Buena Suerte Beautifuls!

October 24, 2017

A Win on Every Level! 2 year Scholarship w/ @FloridaPrepaid !! #StartingisBelieving #ad

This is a sponsored post via Bloggin' Mamas and Florida Prepaid College. Opinions and experiences are Babushkas.


The above cara de Abuela was the exact one Babushka had with each of The Grands. Bueno, ok si, add some baba and tears and that's how BB greeted each of them.  The blessing of familia is powerful, and so is knowing the responsibilities it brings.  In Babushka's Bunch, first The Trio were part of the Florida Prepaid College and now we're making sure The Grands have the same advantage. It was a great program for the first generation, y ahora there are even more options!


Open enrollment is until el final de November, but for you Beautifuls, you can WIN A 2 YR SCHOLARSHIP!!  Not share this amazing opportunity with you? JU SO FONII!!!

Es mas, a little boost. Enter BLOG1718 as a code and receive 10 Extra Entries!!
Enter daily for even more chances- pero HURRY!!  Scholarship Contest ends on 10/29.

Helping a loved one sin poner $?? Definite Twofer!!!

Buena Suerte!

October 23, 2017

@FloridaPrepaid Launch,Enrollment,Scholarship #Giveaways y TWEETY FIESTA!!! #StartingIsBelieving

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin' Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are Babushka's.

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A subject/plan very dear to BB's Corazon. Matter of fact, we're now going with the 2nd generation of Babushka's Bunch. Por supuesto it's the Florida Prepaid College program we believe in. That's the program that let's you save for a loved one's college and locks in today's prices.  ESOOOO!!

For us, since there are 6 Grands, we're dividing the plans and the costs.  Babushka is covering the first two years, and the parents the final 2.  Leave anyone out?  JU SO FONII!!! This way we know their education is secure.

Open Enrollment is now hasta November 20. Believe Babushka when she says it's an investment you'll never regret. And if you decide to join, use code Baile1718 for 1/2 off registration. ESOESOOO!!!

Scholarship Contest is Still Going

Register from now until October 29 for a chance to win ONE of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarships from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation! Use code BLOG1718 in the scholarship entry form for an extra 10 entries. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

#StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat

Join Blog­gin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat on Thurs­day, 10/26/17 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period taking place right now. (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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

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  1. We will be focusing on the importance of savings for college. Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment is now open and ends on 2/28/18.
  2. There are different options in higher education – colleges, universities, technical degrees and Florida Prepaid has 5 different plan options to cover any route. We will share them with you during the chat.

Dur­ing the Twit­ter Chat there will be a chance to win one of the fol­low­ing prizes by answer­ing var­i­ous ques­tions. Win­ners will be selected at ran­dom from all eli­gi­ble entries.


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1– Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

October 20, 2017

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Nos vemos alli Beautifuls, to talk savings, college, futures,
 and the importance of it all.