August 07, 2022

The Sisters of Luna Island - #YA #ChildrensLiterature #SummerReading #Tweens

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Can you believe it's Agosto already?? Wow and Woah. 
Here in North Florida school is starting in a couple of days, y por supuesto BB's Summer Reading is Cubantime.  This is a young adult, preteen, tween book that La Princesa is going to enjoy once Babushka finishes. Luckily it has sisterhood, family, magic and tinges of tween drama that is sure to make it a fun and interesting read.  

A charming story of magic and sisterhood. (Fantasy. 8-12) -- Kirkus Reviews ― 2/1/2022


Little Women gets a Nevermoor twist in this bewitching novel about a young girl tasked to break a centuries-old curse or risk losing her beloved sisters.

Twelve-year-old Marigold Lafleur is the last of a long line of aromages: witches who blend scents into practical charms using aromagic. But ever since a terrible accident injured her father and damaged Luna Island, Marigold and her sisters, Birdie and Lou, have vowed to abandon their family legacy and mama’s way of life. Shunned by their neighbors and overlooked by their parents, Marigold relies on her big sisters above all else.

But when Marigold discovers a secret curse that threatens her family, her sisters can't stop the impending danger. It’s up to Marigold and her best friend, Sam, to uncover the origins of the curse and break the spell. To do so, she must learn to trust her instincts and believe in her own unique magic or risk losing her beloved sisters forever.

 "It's a charming middle grade novel of magic and sisterhood"

BB has started reading, y honestly the first two chapters already have her wondering what was the magic "gone wrong" that has intensified the already terrible tween angst that most go through, and how is the family going to be joined again??  Hope you get a copy and join this well received libro.

Looking forward to following the magic of sisterhood and family love.


August 01, 2022

$100 Amazon eGift Card #Giveaway #BTEvents #backtoschool #August


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Summer is almost gone and it's time to get in gear for the fast months ahead. Quee?? Ok Si, the faster months ahead, and we all could use un manito right? BB has joined a giveaway todos can use- 
a $100 Amazon giftcard. BUENISIMO!!  So, read on and enter!!

Can you believe it's August? Families will be grabbing those school supplies shopping lists to get all the gear ready for back to school. This month we're offering our readers the chance to win a $100 Amazon eGift Card. This event is HOSTED by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners! Click Your Way Over To The CoHosts! Sonya's Happenings..., Sybrina's Book Blog, Deliciously Savvy , Golden Goose Giveaways, The Frugal Grandmom, LitNuts, Raising 3 Savvy Ladies, Beautiful Touches, Ottawa Mommy Club, Versatileer, Saving K, It's Free At Last, and Babushka's Baile!

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Buena Suerte.

Do the Disney Dance!! Walt Disney World $100 Giftcard #Giveaway #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld


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One of BB's favorito places to visit, again and again- Walt Disney World!! Actualmente, almost anything Disney related to a treat, and if you're like Babushka you can surround yourself with Disney. So, here's a chance to help you with that. A $100 Walt Disney Gift card to a lucky winner in this fun giveaway. Join us in the Disney Dance!!

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July 29, 2022

Starbucks $25 GC Giveaway!!


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Summer is in full force y the Iced Coffee Cravings are undeniable. Babushka's here to help with some of those cravings with a $25 Starbucks Digital Giftcard. It's been a bit since a giveaway has posted, pero this one was worth the wait. Enter now for your chance to cool down in savory style. 

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Of course, you can order anything you want from their menu, pero with temps over 90,
 that's BB's first choice. What's yours??

Buena Suerte Beautifuls!

July 28, 2022

THT-Tallahassee Hispanic Theater celebrates its 5th Micro Theater Festival


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
BB loves performing with TWAM and their offerings of classic Spanish plays, but thanks to the Tallahassee Hispanic Theater she's enjoying the modern plays as well. This is the fifth Micro Theater Festival given by THT and Babushka can't wait!! Matter of fact, para no demorar, these are the sentiments of founder Alejandra Gutierrez, THT director in July's Conexion newspaper. 

"Micro theater brings short stage performances up close to the audience in unusual venues. In the beautiful Carriage House the audience will be able to enjoy the setting, music, food, and performances (presented all in the same open space) while moving freely around the space and mingling with others."

Play 1-  

A comical encounter takes place between a prince and a princess in this unique fairy tale updated for the 21st century!

A female prisoner recounts the story of her past in this powerful monologue about love, betrayal, and revenge. 

Who is the better poet? Neruda or Borges? A man and a woman learn more than they expect about these two poets (and themselves!) in the world premiere of this romantic comedy with a twist! Inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges.

A man receives a stressful voicemail message from his girlfriend that sets him into a drunken tailspin as he tries to figure out the meaning of those four terrifying words in any relationship: “We Need to Talk…”

In this thought-provoking dark comedy, a sales promoter tries to sell a highly unusual service. 

Sounds BUENISIMO doesn't it Beautifuls? You have comedia, drama, intriguing subject matter, a night celebrating Hispanic plays and  culture with a full menu of food and musica included, and you know BB's loving that!  And you will too. Go to TLH website,
Tallahassee Hispanic Theater for more insight and tickets.

Babushka Besos a todos.

P.S.  The post of 3rd festival with pics of some of the performers. 

July 07, 2022

#TBT Month of Love -Months of Movement #ValentinesDay #BlackHistory #PrideMonth #HispanicHeritage #MinorityMentalHealth

Originally shared in 2014, the links and sentiment are still valid and very much alive now in 2022.  Hope this blast from the past illustrates  that the year is for celebrating our diversities, learning and caring about others, and that no matter how much time may pass, these are still temas to communicate and bring attention to.

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 HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!!

February. In this month we've celebrated Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and a month of Black History. That's a lot of activity, energy and love. It's also no coincidence.  

For Babushka a new year symbolizes hope, and Valentine's Day of course is love.  Black History is the history, both past and present, of the contributions made by blacks to our lives, the world.  BB sees it as a perfect combination.  We hope to bring enlightenment and love by sharing our histories with each other, and this is the month that the black community can share theirs with us so that we may have a better sense of their story.  And we all have our stories.

For Latinos, September starts Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15.  These are our days, our past and present will be highlighted for the world to see. Of course these months are used to celebrate the good, educate on accomplishments, and BB's all for that. But Babushka's also about keeping it real.

Pride is fine if it's for betterment, to help our youth strive higher, however Pride is a double-edged sword that's also stabbing our youth.  We are losing the future because we're hanging on to the past.  The past where being different, not being "strong", was either ridiculed or the person was ignored.  The Pride of solitary self-sufficiency and strength, very clear cut rules on what was sane and acceptable, is from another unelightened time, and we MUST leave it behind.  Unfortunately this is a common thread between both stories. Fortunately, we have a month for mental health enlightenment and share love for this too.

July is "National Minority Mental Illness Awareness Month."  Si, so great is the need that we have a whole month just for this.  According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health-

" In May 2008, the United States House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, providing agencies with the opportunity to raise awareness about severe mental illness in diverse communities, while highlighting avenues for wellness and recovery." 

"Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help".

Their website goes on to say, "During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, help raise awareness in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends, loved ones and clients to learn more about improving mental health and illness."

And this Beautifuls is what BB'S asking of you.  My #StopTheStigma campaign has not stopped, and neither has Babushka.  And neither has the climbing rate of suicide among our young.  PLEASE, POR FA, help spread the word about this very important month.  Any event is welcome and needed.  It doesn't even have to be a fundraiser, just a chance to start the conversation going.  We need to have these conversations. 

Being Black History Month BB will share this post from NAMI's Website-

NAMI- Ntl. Alliance on Mental Illness Feibu Page

Black History Month: A Historic Call for Action

This is for February; what do you have in mind for July?

A long time away you say?


Babushka Besos a todos.   Cuidensen.

P.S. The Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Feibu page 

highlights various minorities, and is a page worth the "like".

P.S.P.S. Added 2022 Pride Month History

July 04, 2022

Gracias Tio Sam. #Repost A Sentiment worth repeating.

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!  
This was a post originally written in 2012, reposted in 2015 as front story for Conexion, and TBT in 2020 here on the blog. Despite recent events of laws being overturned and laws that need to be inacted, USA is casa, and BB is so very thankful that she can say that.

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If you've been following Babushka you know I'm all about the positive, wonderful things in life. So if you think this is a political statement JU SO FONII!!! Ok, si, maybe a little, but mainly it's about gratitude. Gratitude to a country that welcomed and still welcomes my people from Cuba.
Mil Gracias to you mi querido USA,
 for as a first generation Cuban American I can never say it enough.

 BB knows what her fate would have been if you hadn't welcomed her family.

Cuban Children Communist Indoctrination
Children indoctrinated into Communism

Cuban woman in Communist Control
Control in all categories

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Rations Book

Cuban Store Stock
Slim Selection And though we are all children of immigrants, I only need to look 90 miles away to see where I would have been  and know what I would have done.

Mariel Boatlift

Exodo del Mariel

Feliz Cumples America,  Happy 4th of July! Celebrate your freedom with pride and cheer. For her part, BB is adding gratitude to the celebration.

Babushka Besos a Todos. Cuidensen.