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I said YES!

I said YES!

Well guys. . . he did it! My dearest love fully surprised me and popped the big question during our recent vacay in Mexico. I had no idea, truly. He got me good. And now, he’s got me forever. So this will be a new chapter. Wedding planning is all encompassing, so I certainly have lots to share about the whole process with all of you. Thank you so much for all of the warm well wishes and congratulations we have received already!

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Livin’ Latina LIVE

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Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest co-host on Livin’ Latina Live, a Social Media Live Talk Show that has girl chat style conversations about various topics. This Houston based, Latina hosted show encourages participation and questions from it’s social media fan base as they are invited to tune in live via Instagram and Facebook live feeds. The atmosphere is positive, encouraging, open and non-judgmental – just like a conversation among girlfriends should be. It’s a cool concept, with a cool host – Lidia Ferrufino, who is a wife, mom, fashion blogger and half of the creative team behind House Of Alice Rose.

Here I am with Lidia, the host of Livin’ Latina Live

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Allow Me To Re-introduce My Podcast

Allow Me To Re-introduce My Podcast

I’m all about re-inventing, keeping things fresh, or just trying something new. Thankfully, that helps me keep my message delivery interesting even though the core of what I’m saying stays true to it’s original purpose. As I learn and grow on this journey of being an entrepreneur, my hope is to empower others with the knowledge I’ve gained and to inspire them to go after their own dreams. In all of that important work, I try not to take myself too seriously and remember that it’s important to have fun too. So, I’m excited to tell you about this new twist my podcast will include! read more…

LUX Marks The Spot

LUX Marks The Spot

You know, I’m always up for a trip to somewhere sunny. My latest adventure took me to Riviera Maya in Mexico. My sweetheart and I traveled to attend one of his buddies’ wedding. It is wedding season after all. The trip introduced me to a new haven, that offered luxury set against the beautiful backdrop of the region. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera is an all-inclusive property that celebrates the culture of the beautiful region that houses it. Here is some of how I enjoyed my time there.

I spent a lot of time in and around the pool. Our room had a swim up pool, and I enjoyed taking laps right up to our patio area with hammocks. It quickly became one of my favorite spots. We slept in and ate an amazing breakfast. The food at the resort was delicious, and rightly so. The property features multiple restaurants on-site, including one with a rotating chef program currently occupied by Chef Christian Bravo – a contestant from Top Chef Mexico. There was also In- room dining, lounges and bars. My favorite spot was Cafe Inez. The menu has European inspired offerings with Mexican flair. With coffee, sweets and sandwiches . . . I could not stay away.

Of course, any trip I can share with John is special. We really enjoyed our trip. There was some excessive seaweed on the beach – apparently that is a seasonal issue – but having sooo much at our fingertips on the resort meant we didn’t feel we’d missed out on too much. The spa treatments were delightful as well. I opted for the Essentia Signature package.

Al in all, it really was a relaxing and enjoyable stay at a luxury resort in a gorgeous place. Who can ask for more?

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Share Your Glimmer

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This time last week was very special for me. I had the pleasure of speaking at an awesome event held by an organization called Project Glimmer. Their work helps to show young women, who need a little help to see it, that they are valued. See their mission statement and method here below . . .

Our mission is to inspire at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting
them know their community cares. We gift (new) beauty products and gently used/new jewelry,
accessories and wellness items during meaningful times of the year including Mother’s Day,
Graduation, Birthdays and the Holidays.

I participated in a panel discussion as part of Share Your Glimmer, A Day of Empowerment, a two day event series in San Francisco. Project glimmer explains that “The event brings confidence, inner beauty, and real life career skills via professional beauty & hair touch-ups, professional photo, resume/LinkedIn Professional Station and culminates with an inspiring panel discussion.” This particular event targets foster girls in high school or college and inspires them towards graduation. Without some intervention of encouragement or support, the numbers show this group off young people have disheartening odds. Project Glimmer quotes that only 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, 3% graduate from college and 1 in 5 will become homeless within a year of aging out of the foster care program. Through my platform, Follow My Feet, I speak often to young people, women, and people of color encouraging them to (1) visualize themselves in a passionate and purpose filled life and career and (2) continue on a path toward executing that vision in an actionable way. read more…

When Vacay Takes Your Breath Away

This time last month, I was in heaven. Well, not exactly heaven, but pretty close. Like most great guys, my sweetheart, John likes to spend time with his family whenever possible. For some springtime family fun away from home, we all met up for a family vacation. John and me, his parents, and his sister all jetted off to the sun & sand of the Dominican Republic. We stayed in a fabulous resort that will, no doubt, be my choice every time I find myself in Punta Cana from here on out. Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a lovely luxury resort that is adult only, modern and on trend. Photos from their website and online review sites, like the ones below, won me over . . . and I’m so glad they did.

We had a fabulous time! Of course, one of the best parts about traveling is getting out and experiencing some of the culture, food and entertainment that a new place has to offer. After beach-combing and sight-seeing, being able to come “home” to a place like Breathless Punta Cana was the best. The resort boasts a top of the line fitness center, 24-hour room service, several bars, parties by the pool, gourmet dining and an array of spa treatments. Since I travel a lot, I was glad to learn that Breathless has locations in Mexico and Jamaica as well. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from this picture perfect vacation!

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Pitching In For the Kids

At the beginning of the year, I took an inspiring trip to Nicaragua. I love traveling, and I do it often. This particular trip was especially rewarding since 1) I got to travel with my love and 2) we were there for a good cause. You know I love to help in the community anyway I can. This trip was a way to expand that outreach to the global community. My honey, John, played baseball and still loves the sport. So, when a friend of his invited him to come and give back through Project Béisbol, I invited myself to tag along. I’m so glad I did.

Project Béisbol is a non-profit organization that uses baseball as an avenue to connect with youth in communities of economic need. Their pillars of community, education and opportunity also lead to team work, physical activity and cultural exchange PLUS fun. They operate via programs in multiple cities throughout Columbia, Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador and Guatemala while also hosting fundraising events and equipment drives in the United States.

It was such a great time, to see the kids just be themselves while enjoying Project Béisbol. Sportsmanship teaches so many lessons that are beneficial to every kid. Making sure that kids are not being counted out of that tradition just because of the cost of equipment or uniforms is such important work. It means that children in areas that could most benefit from positive activities will be able to enjoy them.

Of course, the scenery and food in Nicaragua was amazing! It was also a huge plus “getting away” with John, and seeing him give back through something he loves like baseball. To me though, the highlight of the trip was the smiles on those kids’ faces.
Please check out Project Béisbol to see more about the good work they do, and to see how you may be able to help if you’d like.

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