February 14, 2019

Teaching Love-Stories of Substance #ChildrensLiterature #SocialConsciousness

Today is Valentine’s Day, and seeing that children and books are two of BB’s biggest loves, figured it was a perfecto combinacion. The books shared here were given for review. Opinions are Babushka’s.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Children’s literature hoy en dia, today’s books are touching subjects Babushka doesn’t recall reading about when she was young. Not in the libros of that era, nor the ones BB read to The Trio. Subjects on selfworth, knowing family love, respeto,homelessness, muy importante and worthy of discussion. The following two books deal with some of these topics in engaging and endearing ways.

The primero es- 
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"Have I Ever Told You? By Shani M. King and illustrated by Anna Horváth (January 2019; ISBN: 978-0884487197; Hardcover $14.95; Ages 5-6) offers "powerful words of love and encouragement...to children of all ages, races, religions, and walks of life...followed by character-building affirmations of dignity, respect, and value" (Foreword Review). It holds the message of dignity that every child on this earth needs to hear: You are loved. You matter. You make me smile. You make me the happiest person in the world, just by being you.

“Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?”

Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be."


Winner of the MOONBEAM SPIRIT AWARD for dedication to children’s books and literacy and for inspired writing, illustrating and publishing.

Este made BB catch her breath at the belleza of the words and their power- for all ages.
Y hablando of catching one’s breath, who does this remind you of??


What is that disclosure- "Any resemblance to a living person is purely incidental."

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BB's Poppa Snack Bag

JU SO FONII!!!

 Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa (ISBN: 978-0884486268; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 4-8).


"From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity. This story with children as agents of positive change reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them.

"Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door."

Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done."

What must be done Beautifuls is to share the love, and no better way than to read and show our little ones how. These two libros BB recommends de corazon- to the point that they're on Babushka's Amazon Associate List below.  Whether you buy or borrow from the library, read and relay the messages of Amor, porque it's never too early-or too late for stories of substance.

BB2U

February 12, 2019

Appreciation is Love. Gracias @Seaworld for sharing Latino Lore. #hosted #3KingsDay #ValentinesDay

This was originally posted for the February issue of Conexion. BB was given three media passes to Seaworld for their Three Kings Celebration. Opinions and post all Babushka's.



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It’s Febrero and lots of y’all are thinking about Valentine’s, Dia de los Enamorados. Aunque Babushka’s been married 3 times and romanced plenty, write on that aspect? JU SO FONII!! Today we speak on something different.  

BB takes daily life and being grateful for it very seriously. Those of you who follow Babushka on social media know that at noon is posted #GSOG #GigaSecondOfGratitude #GospelOfGracias. This is where a quick shout out to life is shared. It could be for anything, everything. This is what is wished for you this year Beautifuls-to be grateful for life and all its' adventures. Hoy BB shares her first adventure of the year.

Babushka started 2019 off with a hosted visit to SeaWorld Orlando , on Three Kings Day. Reyes, celebrated by a major Florida theme park. Think about this Beautifuls. Via the US Census, Latinos in the summer of 2018 made up 25% of the states population- yet there had been no dedicated dia to us. Gracias Seaworld. BB went to the inaugural Reyes Celebration last year and wanted to see if they would repeat it. Not only was it repeated, but it was bigger. No te puedo decir how happy we were to see more of our culture shared. The foods, the musica, the beautiful sound of our language being spoken, sin pena and often. Families sharing with their little ones the story of the 3 Kings and their memories of childhood celebrations. The best part of the grand day was in the final show. The “warm up” was a latino singer/musician who spoke to the audience in Spanish and sang Christmas songs of their youth. Sin exageration, a BB se le aguaron los ojos, couldn’t help getting emotional when a giant auditorium was filled with love of their Navidades Nativos, all joining in song, memorias y longing. Being able to relive the joy and reason of the season, to share with family our ways, our culture, in GRANDE. Because we all know recognition by a major presence vale mucho in the world’s eyes, we thank you Seaworld Orlando for the festivities.

Appreciation is love. And there is so much to be appreciative of. Make sure to acknowledge whatever brings you joy. Share that acknowledgement and joy wherever you can. The memory will bring you more joy, and we could all use some of that.

Love. 
This article shows appreciation and familia fall under that palabra. 
What falls under that word for you Beautifuls?

BB2U


P.S.  Gracias to Seaworld Orlando FB Messenger for sharing the musician's info.
That performance was wonderfully done by Samuel Velez

February 07, 2019

A Mother's Love is Forever. #Valentines #Preemies #PROM #FightLikeKai

To start off February, BB wholeheartedly shares this post of Amor. The biggest love ever felt. #FightLikeKai






HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
“A mother’s love is forever.” We usually hear this when someone’s mother passes away or we remember a madre who is no longer on earth. But what about the painful memories of the children who have passed, especially the preemies? There too we share that a Mother’s love is forever.

About 450,000 babies in the United States are born early and 15 million babies are born preterm around the world - that's 1 in 10! 30% are related to preterm rupture of membranes. (PROM) https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/261137-overview 



“ I love you forever, I like you for always.. as long as I’m living my baby you”ll be.” 3 years ago this morning threw me back to you. The moment you coded before me, the moment the chest compressions started... the multiple viles of Epi to save you. It has been hard. I will be transparent. The first year I was numb, the second year we came to terms with what had happened ... and this year... we’ll this year we just simply grieve and miss you. No it’s not normal to see your child die infront of you, no it’s not normal to see your child being revived and no it’s not normal to hold him in your arms for the first and last time. We have had our ups and downs as a family. Our marriage has been tested through the hottest of fires. Yet through it all here we stand. The good the bad and the ugly. Being Christian doesn’t mean we have it all together, it doesn’t mean we are happy all the time. But we do carry a joy... a joy and a peace the surpasses every understanding that God provides 💙. Being happy is a temporary emotion but living with joy is a way of life. In the best time of your lives and at your worst choose JoY. As today comes to an end I want to thank all our friends and family that reached out. It was a day of reflection. This time 3 years ago I still held him tight in my arms. I held him for 14 hours straight as many family and friends came to say goodbye. Kai I love you so much. I miss you deeply. We will continue to spread your legacy my sweet Jedi our mighty little lion. -Kai’s Momma- #fightlikekai #nicu #preemies #preemieloss #infantloss #faith #brave #childloss #nicubaby #preemiedad #joy #childloss #momtoanangel #dadtoanangel @tedashii @rlpastorj @real_talktv @reallifefl Second time we visit and wow did the Lord speak through @tedashii 3 years ago today marks the angelversary of our son Kai. God knew those were words we needed to hear. Thank you for speaking out about the rawness of childloss and how your faith is tested in those times 💙🙌🏻🔥🔥🦁 #Isaiah43v2 @ancrussel thank you for being there 💙 #nonprofitlife #thisisus #ohana #disneyfamily #onewiththeforce #jedibabykai @stacey.skrysak
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The Kai Jeremiah Foundation was founded in memory of Virginia and Dane Stewart’s son Kai. From their Instagrammy account “Helping Preemie families facing hardships in the NICU. Loving on parents experiencing baby loss.” Their mission - “Our mission is to improve the chances of survivorship for premature babies through research, update prophylactic medical treatments and enhance the socio-emotional well being of the NICU families affected. Preterm PreLabour Rupture of Membranes also known as PPROM (waters breaking before time) is one of the major contributors to premature birth and highly under researched. As Preemie advocates we want to be forces of change in regards to the healthcare protocols taken during the admission of premature babies into the NICU.  In doing so, we can prevent secondary effects that may occur such as undetected infections which can lead to sepsis, pneumonia, and even neonatal death.”

Besides being a  place of welcome and solace to parents of preemies, the foundation has had events, such as a book drive, to give reading materials for parents to read to their little ones while in the NICU. Hoping to raise public awareness they are currently partnered with Disney and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the Disney Runs and they welcome all to sign up.


Benefits for joining Team FightLikeKai:
A Team Kai's Fighters race shirt and goodies
Specially priced Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel
Specially priced Walt Disney World® Theme Park tickets
All the benefits provided by runDisney
Impacting the lives of Preemie babies and their families!

Become a Virtual Runner

***Can't join us at the race but still want to fundraise in honor or in memory of a preemie warrior? Register as a virtual runner and you will receive a complimentary gift bag when you raise $100 or more. Contact us at fightlikekai@kaijeremiahfoundation.org and we will get you started right away!



Ok Beautifuls, BB knows not all of you are into running, 
so please join Babushka in this raffle:



$5 will buy you one raffle ticket or 2 for $8
**Use donations link then let us know how many tickets you want on the FB page**


Hoping you can help keep Madres & Babies together. 
Let's help them #FightLikeKai

Babushka Besos a Todos.

January 14, 2019

#Avengers & Amigos Assemble at the @AAarena Jan.17-21! #hosted

Babushka's S.Florida Bunch were hosted at the #MarvelUniverseLive event last week. This post is a recount of their impression and opinions. For her part, BB was glad they got to add another happy momento to their memorias.





SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, BLACK PANTHER, HULK, BLACK WIDOW AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY…

Unite in a race against time to defeat Loki in an epic quest to defend the universe from evil.

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Being fans of the Avengers, Babushka's Bunch had to be on hand to cheer them on during battle.  They remembered the last time they saw them and knew this battle was going to be bigger. Actually Little Buddha hadn't been born the last time Marvel made it to Miami, so his reaction when he saw his heroes?


Truth be told, they were all very happy to see the Avengers. It's an experience enjoyed by ALL ages.

Marvel Universe Live Avengers Meet Up


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BB's son MAC.

Once the meet up was done, it was time to for the show to begin.
 Time to cheer their heroes onto victory!



"Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider- Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family...LIVE! "

Marvel Universe Live 2019 Babushka's Bunch

They were so psyched and happy with the show, they can't wait to go again!!



Esta grandmother is happy to share that a grand time was had by all!! Beautifuls, you too can enjoy the Avengers Adventure, they will be traveling all across the pais. For those of you in S.Florida, they will be at the American Airlines Arena from Jan. 17-21, and Babushka even has a promo code for you!! When you get to the ticket page, type in MOM19 for $5 off.  BB not look out for her Beautifuls? JU SO FONII!!  The full schedule can be found on their website. Check it out, it has lots of cool cositas to look at. https://www.marveluniverselive.com/





Avengers...and friends...ASSEMBLE!! ~Captain America

BB2U

December 30, 2018

2019 Giveaway Hop - BB's w/ DD!! #2019Hop


2019 Giveaway Hop


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
It's time to start 2019 with new adventures and opportunities. For her parte, Babushka has joined a giveaway hop for primera vez, and she thinks y'all will enjoy it as much as she is.  A group of bloggers has joined together to offer a fun variety of premios- cada blogger picked out the prize she was offering. BB knew hers had to be algo she'd love to win herself, so what better than Cafe and a donut? Actually, with a $10 Dunkin' Donut Giftcard you can get more than that, pero whatever you get Babushka's sure you're gonna love it.




`Check out the other giveaways; BB's sure you're gonna love them too.


Buena Suerte Beautifuls!
BB2U


🎜Silver & Gold🎝 December Darlins' - Forever Friends

🎜Make New Friends, but Keep the Old. One is Silver and the Other Gold🎝

Foto backdrop courtesy of PicMonkey

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
BB has been Blessed with many Beautifuls in her vida- YOU being one of them. BB is grateful for all of you.  There are two Bellas in particular who give all year round, but shine brighter than usual in December.  Babushka would like to share their light in gratitude. The song starting the post is old, but very verdad and describes these two in BB's life. One from childhood, the other from not too long ago. 🎜Silver & Gold🎝  .

**TG Merry**



TG's Papa was a bigwig with the Home Builder's Assoc.and was transferred from Missouri to Miami during our highschool years. Talk about culture shock!! Pero TG acclimated very well and quickly; she learned to love the comida and the people. Bb's Papa calls her "The Cuban from Missouri" to this day.  He was impressed by her manners, genuiness, brains. A wiz in math, my engineer father liked having conversations with her. Dear Memories de many happy horas spent in their casa, truly down to earth, loving people who BB missed immensely when they moved away.  Since then we have seen each other maybe 4x (she was MOH at Babushka's 1st wedding) but the amor is still there.


All year long TG does for others, her familia, her church, her community, but she shines even brighter in December. Most people take their Bday months suave, pero her Cumples is on December 25 (imaginate!) and her inner star enlightens stronger and for so many.  TG is now a mom and every year she sends out fotos with an original Family Christmas Poem sharing the events of the Merry Familia for that year. LOVE getting those. One year she didn't send to  BB and it was quickly reclamado!


 This year Mama G went to heaven, she would have loved the way her passing was shared. She was a good, giving mujer and TG is very much her hija. And TG is very much a part of Babushka's Golden Memories.

**Maria Ortiz**Cultura Latina Magazine**

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Maria messaged BB several years ago via Feibu. Don't know how she found Babushka, but so glad she did! If you want to know anything and everything that has to do with "La Hispanidad" in Tallahassee, Maria is the one to contact.  As owner/editor of Cultura Latina Magazine she has been sharing her love of the hispanic culture and people for years. Pero that be the only way she helps and highlights us? JU SO FONII!! A diligent dynamo, she is sought after to organize and host  many events. She lives solidarity and inclusion- of ALL people. Naturalmente she is much loved here because of this, but mostly it's because she gives de corazon, from her corazon. An example of this was a Christmas Low Tea Party, part of Maria Ortiz's Wonderworld. Oh si, she's into cosplay tambien.

"We are celebrating a very Merry Christmas Low Tea Party by order of the Queen of Cultura Latina Heart in honor of all the years of friendship and sisterhood.  You are hereby summoned to attend to celebrate withthe ueen who has planned a fabulous afternoon with tea and treats!"

And an intro from Maria herself-


Enjoy the detalles and the delightful dignitaries- Tally artists, writers and lovers of culture.
Cynthia Rose, Barbara Joe Williams, the lovely madre/hija team behind Studio Heart Events amongst them. 


Hope you noticed the Reyes Magos amongst the decoraciones. Naturally they had to be represented, especially by Maria who celebrates them with a public party. She's even got the Mayor in on it! Details on that despues on Feibu. 

Babushka knows y'all would love these Bellas as much as she does. 
 This is just BB's way of showing a little Amor and saying Gracias for their years of friendship.

Hoping you have Silver & Gold in your lives, and that they know how precious they are pa' ti.

Feliz 2019 Beautifuls!
Babushka Besos a todos.

December 27, 2018

2019 Happy New Year Cash Bash Giveaway - US $275 via Paypal Bienvenido Worldwide Entries!!

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At BB's casa we use the following to welcome the New Year- 
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Buena Suerte Beautifuls and Feliz 2019!

BB2U

December 19, 2018

Spectacular #ChristmasBricktacular Making Forever Family Memories w/ @LegolandFlorida & @Redcoachusa #hosted

The trip via RedCoach and the entrances to Legoland Florida were hosted. 
The smiles and great tiempo was BB's and her Bunch.



HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

If y'all have been bailando with Babushka you know FAMILIA IS TODO.  Family bonding is sumamente importante and BB tries to facilitate it as much as she can. It can definitely be challenging, especially when half of  The Grands live in Miami and the other half live Up North in The South near Babushka.  Now the older Grands have no problem with the bonding and having great memories of cousin time because they all lived in Miami when they were younger and grew up together, but the two little ones, Dr. J and Laughing Buddha are growing up far away from each other. OJO- growing up far away does not have to equal growing apart, at least not if this Groovy Grandma has any choice in the matter. 

Enter the S Sisters with an invite from Legoland Florida for la familia to join them in their first ever, CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR!!

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Babushka pass up that invite?  JU SO FONII!!
  Enseguida, right away the email was made to the Remarkable RedCoach luxury bus and the trip itinerary was all done. Time for Cousin Conocimiento with some Babushka Bonding thrown in too. 



If you read the above caption, you'll see that this is the first solo ride Dr.J has taken on the Redcoach with BB. He was encantado, didn't even use the iPad the whole trip. He truly enjoyed the actual viaje and experience. Pretty cool for a 4 year old. We had conversations and observations durante those 4 hours. Again, Pretty Cool for a 4 year old.


Arriving at the Orlando Station, we waited for DIL and Laughing Buddha. Quee?? You thought BB was going to go sola with The Little Grands? Beautifuls, BB stands for Bohemian Babushka, not BoBa. She picked us up and we stayed at her friend's casa, the founder of the Kai Jeremiah Foundation. Babushka will definitely be sharing more about that organization in the near futuro. Pero for now, we got the little ones to bed for the next days aventura.


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Oh the squeals of joy when they saw this!!




Got his very own ticket. NOW he's feeling cool and grown up.

A Comenzar the Fun!!




BB got some abuela time in and  fun was had by all, pero the most importante, 
the primos partnered in many memorias. Mission Accomplished.

Now time to go back on RedCoach.


Dr. J looking forward to another ride on "The Big Red Bus".


Until he realized we were going back to casa.

Honestamente, BB can't blame him. We had an incredible time at Legoland.  
With a promise of coming back again, he settled in and enjoyed his trip back to Babushka's.

  

Beautifuls, this is the last finde for the Christmas Bricktacular. BUENISIMO.
 Make a point to visit, and make Forever Family Memorias. 


Have a Very Meri Crisma!!
BB2U

December 10, 2018

So good, we're gonna see it again!! TWEETY FIESTA w/ @EyeBuyDirect & @BlogginMamas #ItsHowyouFrameIt

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