Good Luck Charms Miami Fall Giveaway!

Today Tuesday is the official start of Fall, and do I have a treat for you, dear readers! I’ve once again teamed up with Good Luck Charms Miami for a stunning giveaway.

Good Luck Charms makes absolutely fabulous pieces for both women and men. Their creations feature beads of all colors and themes, and they take custom orders too. This beautiful set of three bracelets, “Pumpkin Spice, Oh So Nice” features pyrite crystals with marble and stone beads. It’s the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe, and you can win it below!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky Brandon’s Puppy reader will win the stunning three piece set pictured above from Good Luck Charms Miami. Just fill out the required entries on the rafflecopter form below. (For first time visitors, one of the entries is a comment on this post. Please scroll to the end of the post and “leave a reply”.) Winner will be announced on Monday, September 29th. Good luck!

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Press Release: Mundo Lanugo Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Pro-Social Initiative, “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazon”

Miami, FL (September 15, 2014) – Mundo Lanugo™, the lifestyle and entertainment brand for preschoolers inspiring Latino De Corazón™ (Latin at heart) confidence and cultural pride will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family programs and live events supported by partners Seventh Generation, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Macy’s, Humana, and the Miami Marlins. The initiative encourages parents and kids to embrace Miami’s diverse and multi-cultural community, while enjoying Latino inspired entertainment and special Mundo Lanugo giveaways.

Mundo Lanugo’s™ mission is to empower parents to share their vibrant heritage through entertaining stories that build a child’s self-esteem and identity. Co-founder, Carla Curiel states, “During this special time, Lanugo and its partners invite families to celebrate the beauty and richness of being Americano y Latino de Corazón. We believe it is important to raise our children with a sense of their roots to give them a strong foundation for who they are, and the important role they play within their community.”

Lanugo’s™’ Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights:
A Special Delivery to Jackson Hospital (Kickoff: 9/17/14 at 10am) – Mundo Lanugo™ will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month initiative, “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazón” at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The founders of Mundo Lanugo™ and its live character, Gloria, will deliver, during the entire month, gift baskets filled with culturally relevant items to all new moms in the Little Miracles Maternity Suites at The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial. The baskets will include Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials.

Who: Mundo Lanugo™ team, including founders Carla Curiel and Roberto Castro, and Lanugo’s live-character, Gloria; new parents in the Little Miracles Maternity Suites at the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial; Steven Burghart, chief administrative officer the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where: Little Miracles Maternity Suites at the Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial
(Third floor of the Holtz Children’s Hospital building)
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue, Miami

Notes: Media can park in Park Plaza East (red) parking garage. A representative from External Affairs will meet media outside of Holtz Children’s Hospital at 10:45 a.m.

Miami Family Expo (9/20/14 at 11am-3pm & 9/21/14 at 11am-3pm at the Fair Expo Center) – Join MCCI and Mundo Lanugo’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Miami Family Event Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, filled with exciting events and activities including live performances by Grammy-nominated children’s music artist, Rita Rosa, and kid-friendly entertainment.
When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014

Where: Fair Expo Center
Coral Way & SW 112th Ave, Miami FL 33165

Roberto Clemente Day at Marlins Park (9/21/14) – Mundo Lanugo™ will lead Abraham Ruiz, from Hialeah Athletic Association, and children “Americanos y Latinos de Corazón” singing a special presentation of “God Bless America” with Billy the Marlin and Lanugo’s main character Gloria. Lanugo will also be giving away Lanugo and Seventh Generation’s gift baskets throughout the entire game at the “Spin the Wheel” Fan Headquarters.
When: 7th inning stretch, Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where: Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125

Macy’s Events – (10/4/14 at Macy’s Westland from 12pm-4pm & 10/5/14 at Macy’s International) Join Mundo Lanugo’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration featuring Grammy-nominated children’s music artist, Rita Rosa, and Lanugo’s live character, Gloria, at Macy’s stores. Our engaging and fun live entertainment will consists of a 35 minute show followed by a 20-30 minute Meet & Greet, and Photo Opportunity with the characters.

When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 4th, 2014; 12 p.m. -4 p.m., Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Where: Saturday at Kids Department, Macy’s Store, Westland Mall; 1675 W 49th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012
Sunday at Kids Department, Macy’s Store, Miami International Mall; 1455 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172

Lanugo Brand Relaunch – Visit us at for a a view of our rebranding, event schedule, games, stories, music, and crafts.

About Lanugo
Lanugo™ is the first lifestyle and entertainment brand that inspires Latino De Corazón™ (Latin at heart) confidence and cultural pride with preschoolers. Each Lanugo character represents a facet of Latino culture, empowering parents to share their rich heritage through entertaining stories that build a child’s self-esteem and identity. Discover the world of Lanugo at

About Seventh Generation
Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation’s leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to “caring today for seven generations of tomorrows,” with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home — and for the community and environment outside of it. A pioneer in corporate responsibility, Seventh Generation continually evaluates ways to reduce its environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. To learn more about Seventh Generation products and business practices, locate a retailer in your area, or review Seventh Generation’s Corporate Consciousness Report, visit

About Jackson Memorial
Jackson Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system, consists of its centerpiece, Jackson Memorial Hospital; three primary care centers; five specialty care centers; 18 school-based clinics; two long-term care nursing facilities; a network of mental health facilities; Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center and Jackson South Community Hospital. Governed by the Public Health Trust, a dedicated team of citizen volunteers acting on behalf of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, Jackson Health System is dedicated to building the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy’s Foundation, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

About Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins were granted a Major League Baseball franchise on July 5, 1991. The Club’s first game and win was on April 5, 1993 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Club was originally named the Florida Marlins until November 11, 2011 when they officially became the Miami Marlins. In March 2012, the Marlins opened Marlins Park, their state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Miami. The Marlins won their first of two World Series Championships in 1997 in the deciding game of a seven-game series over the Cleveland Indians. At the time, the Marlins became the quickest expansion franchise ever to win a title in Major League Baseball history. The Marlins won their second World Series Championship in 2003 in six games over the New York Yankees. Since 1993, the Marlins have been awarded two Manager of the Year awards, four Rookie of the Year awards, seven Silver Sluggers, nine Gold Gloves and have had 39 representatives (23 different players) at the All-Star Game. The Miami Marlins, L.P. are owned by Jeffrey H. Loria who officially purchased the franchise on February 16, 2002.

About MCCI
MCCI Medical Group is a South Florida-based company that was founded and operated by physicians, and is committed to providing the community with convenient, comprehensive and excellent health care. In addition to centers in South Florida and Jacksonville, FL, the company has physician practices in Atlanta, GA, and in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso, TX. The company’s core mission is to provide high quality medical care to its patients. MCCI centers offer state-of-the-art modern facilities equipped with activity centers, creating a social and educational environment for its patients. The centerpiece of its philosophy is the formation of strong patient-doctor relationships.

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The newest IKEA store opens in Miami tomorrow! #IKEAMiami

Disclosure: IKEA invited me to the pre-opening media event for their Miami location. The opinions expressed below are my own.

The day is here! The much-anticipated IKEA Miami store opens tomorrow, August 27th, at 9am. As of this morning, there were over 20 customers waiting for the store to open its doors (and I’m sure that number has significantly increased as the hours have passed). In celebration of this grand opening, IKEA has much in store for it’s customers over the next few days:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rest Assured – The first 39 adults (18 and older) in line for the IKEA Miami grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our new 39th U.S. store.

Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 and older) in line at the IKEA Miami grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.

For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (younger than 18) in line at IKEA Miami’s grand opening on August 27, 2014 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 and older) to visit IKEA Miami on August 27, 2014 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or frozen yogurt voucher.

Happy Birthday to You and Us – Visitors bringing proof to IKEA Miami on August 27, 2014 that their birthday is the same as the store’s can receive a gift card in the amount of $30.50, a tie-in with the prominent Miami-Dade area code.

Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From August 27 through August 31, 2014, visitors to IKEA Miami may enter a drawing to win one of ten $450 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching more than twice the amount of those prizes (a total of $10,000 per organization) with a donation to National Young Arts Foundation, a group that identifies and supports the next generation of visual, literary, performing and design artists, and Amigos for Kids, a Miami organization committed to child abuse prevention and awareness.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sleep Like Royalty – The first 39 adults (18 and older) in IKEA Miami on Thursday, August 28, 2014 will receive a free queen-sized SULTAN HALLEN mattress.

Take it Easy – The next 100 adults (18 and older) in IKEA Miami on Thursday, August 28, 2014 will receive free home delivery for their purchases on that day.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Meatballs for a Year – The first 39 adults (one per immediate family) in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive a voucher for the equivalent of a weekly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Miami’s Restaurant through next year, expiring on August 21, 2015.

Swedish Food Shopping Spree – The next 100 adults (18 or older) in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive an IKEA Food tote bag and a voucher to fill the bag up with whatever they want from IKEA Miami’s Swedish Food market.

A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 305 visitors in IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at IKEA Miami’s Exit Bistro.

Kids Eat Free – Children 12 & under can eat for free at IKEA Miami on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Wednesday, August 27 – Monday, September 1, 2014
Play Big If You’re Little – Face-painting for kids, caricature artists, music and entertainment will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Miami from August 27 through September 1, 2014.

I was able to attend a pre-opening media event last week, and I can tell you firsthand that the store is amazing!! IKEA Miami, at 416,000 square feet, is the largest in the state, and contains the largest rooftop solar installation in South Florida. With 600 seats, it’s restaurant is the largest in the country. It also includes 44 inspirational room settings and three model home interiors (these are my favorite!), a bistro near the store’s exit which serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages, 1500 parking spaces, and SmaLand, the supervised children’s play area.

See for yourself:

I’m so happy that IKEA Miami is just a few hours from opening. I’ve been waiting for it for months, and can’t wait to visit again and get some shopping done.

IKEA Miami is located in Doral, adjacent to Dolphin Mall, just off Florida’s Turnpike. Regular business hours are 10am until 9pm, seven days a week.

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Kids are ready for Back to School in Style with Cartoon Cuts (and mommy is too!)

Disclosure: I was invited to a Tweet Up event at Cartoon Cuts. My family and I received free haircuts during the event. The opinions expressed are my own.

It’s been a very long time since we went to Cartoon Cuts. That used to be our regular place for children’s haircuts when the boys were younger, they both had their first haircuts there.

But with the demands of our crazy lives and limited time, we began visiting the barber shop just down the street instead. Last week, we were invited to Cartoon Cuts for a local blogger Tweet Up, and I was so happy to visit again. I had forgotten how much I love this place!

Cartoons Cuts offers kids (and moms too, but more on that later) great haircuts in a kid-friendly environment. Each hairdresser’s station has a TV with a direct feed from their multi-player DVD player, so kids can watch their favorite animated movie or TV show while they wait for their hair to be cut. Children can also spend time in the play area, playing as they wait for their siblings to be finished.

The stylists at Cartoon Cuts cut your child’s hair with patience and care, and they engage with them too! It was a great treat to have Lili, the stylist who cut Matty’s hair, attend to us. She gave Brandon his very first haircut over a decade ago! She remembered us, and asked him and Matty what grades they would be starting and complimented them on how handsome they are and how much they’ve grown, all while giving them a great new cut.

Cartoon Cuts has convenient locations in Florida, Maryland and Virginia, and has great programs to save you a bit of money, too:

  • 6 For 5: Pay for 5 haircuts in advance and receive one for free!
  • Locks of Love: Donate 10″ or more of your hair, and you will receive a free haircut, any Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen: A loyalty program that rewards customers by giving them their 12th haircut free!
  • I didn’t plan on getting a haircut too, but I was due for a trim. My fellow blogging moms were doing it, so why not join them? Stylist Juanita did a great job giving me that cut that I wanted.

    Head over to Cartoon Cuts and get your kids ready for Back to School in style!

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    Get Back To School Physicals & More at Your Neighborhood Walgreens! #WalgreensLatino #CollectiveBias #Shop

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Where has the summer gone? The kids are headed back to school in just a few days and it’s time to get everything ready for a new school year: school supplies, uniforms, physicals. What, you forgot about that last one? No problem, Walgreens can help with all your back to school essentials! #WalgreensLatino

    Walgreens Healthcare Clinics offer school and sports physicals for patients 21 and older for just $49*, possibly even $39 with a $10 off coupon available in-store and online. They do take appointments but walk-ins are always welcome. Simply make an appointment or check in at the computers in the Healthcare Clinic and make sure you have any paperwork required by your child’s school. Your child will be seen by one of their knowledgeable and friendly Licensed Healthcare Professionals, who can provide any immunizations your child may need for the upcoming school year, and answer any concerns you may have.

    Once you’re done at the Healthcare Clinic, wrap up shopping for back to school essentials while you’re still in the store: Walgreens makes back to school easy!

    They have everything your child will need for their return to school, from notebooks, backpacks and lunchboxes to tissue, sanitizer and cleansing wipes for the teacher’s wish list. There’s no need to head to the big department store, Walgreens has it all in one place. We wrapped up our back to school shopping during our most recent visit to Walgreens. (I’m so glad to be done with that!)

    We are now all set for a new, exciting school year, thanks to my neighborhood Walgreens and #CollectiveBias!

    Legal Disclaimer: “*Promotion ends 9/7/14. Sports and school physicals not typically covered by insurance. Certain exceptions, including age restrictions, may apply. Patient care services at Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC. Walgreen Co. and its subsidiary, Take Care Health System, LLC, provide management services to in-store clinics and provider practices.” Visit for details.

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    How the boys survived No Screen Week

    Throughout the summer, the boys have a pretty flexible schedule. I let them play whatever they want, and they can stay up past their normal bedtime since there’s no rush to get to school the next day. This is a big difference from their routine during the school year, when they have to be in bed by 9pm and are only allowed electronics on weekends. Halfway through the summer, though, I realized that their entertainment of choice revolved around being in front of a screen. Whether it was playing XBox, playing with their Nintendo DS, watching YouTube, or watching movies, they preferred screen time to anything else. One particular Monday I got fed up. They were home with their dad on his day off, and when I got home at 6:30pm from work, I found them in the living room exactly as I left them: in pajamas playing XBox. While they certainly didn’t play video games the entire 8 hours I was gone, I’m sure the bulk of their time was spent on the couch, and I had to do something to change that.

    That’s when I got the idea to implement No Screen Week. I told them that they could not touch their XBox, Wii, DS, or YouTube for a week. If they stayed home with daddy on his day off and he wanted to watch a movie with them, that was fine, but they had to stay away from the screen otherwise. During the first couple of days, they thought it was torture. They complained and whined that they were bored and had nothing to do. But one day I came home to this:

    Another day, Brandon wanted to build his KNex Roller Coaster, a Christmas gift he begged and pleaded for two years ago, built once, and put away in the closet to gather dust. They spent the day putting it together. (in pajamas, and their beds a disaster, but I know how to pick my battles).

    Another day, I walked in the door after work and found Matty drawing on the coffee table (again with the pajamas!).

    It took them a little time, but they found ways to entertain themselves that didn’t involved electronics, and they were having fun!

    No Screen Week extended into two weeks because they ended up misbehaving during the weekend and I told them I was extending it. That was a mistake on my part, No Screen Week should not be a punishment, but a break to do other things that encourage them to use their imagination.

    I don’t know if I imagined it, but it sure seemed like during No Screen Week they fought less and played together instead of against each other. I told them that I know they love to play their video games, but we will definitely have No Screen Week once in a while to encourage them not only to use their imagination, but to play nicely together.

    Has screen time gotten out of hand in your household? What kind of screen time limits do you set?

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    8-Week IMACS Mathematics Enrichment Giveaway



    As the mom of a child entering middle school, I realize my son will need a strong foundation no matter what career path he chooses. Many careers require a mastery of mathematics and the ability to apply logic, critical thinking and creative reasoning. Unfortunately, most schools don’t teach students HOW to think logically or creatively. Instead the focus is on teaching to standardized tests that only require memorization of formulas and facts.

    Luckily at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS), they offer an alternative where your child can develop strong logic and reasoning skills used to solve complex problems.
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    IMACS IS NOT TUTORING! There is no rote learning, no dry concepts, and no drill-and-kill! The focus is on creating understanding of the essential tools used to solve interesting problems. For over 20 years IMACS has been giving children a competitive edge by teaching them HOW to think critically, how to solve problems, and how to use logic and reasoning.
    You can learn more about IMACS’s Programs on Cori’s Cozy Corner.

    Want to have your child take a FREE placement class to see just what all the fun is about?
    Sign up now for a FREE PLACEMENT CLASS.

    *****Exclusive 20% Discount****

    Please make sure to tell them that you heard about IMACS from Cori’s Cozy Corner’s Giveaway.

    This will give you an exclusive 20% discount on first quarter classes if you are a new student to IMACS.

    IMACS and Cori’s Cozy Corner are joining together with several other bloggers to bring readers this awesome giveaway of an 8 week class session to one of our lucky winners.
    Read below to see how to enter.

    Good luck!

    • IMACS is giving away one enrollment in the first quarter of its Mathematics Enrichment program described at Depending on location, this 8-week quarter generally starts during the second week of September 2014. Exact schedules can be found at Any student, currently enrolled at IMACS or not, may qualify for this giveaway.
    • The winner may choose to attend classes at any of IMACS’ five South Florida teaching centers (Aventura, Boca, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Weston).
    • The winner will need to attend a placement class so that IMACS can place them in the correct level of instruction.
    • In addition, a new family who enrolls a new student in the first quarter of Mathematics Enrichment this Fall and indicates that they learned about IMACS from the sponsored post will receive 20% off their tution for this first quarter. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts including, but not limited to, the standard sibling discount.
    • To qualify, entrants must complete BOTH of the mandatory entries on the Giveaway Tools Widget below:
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    Planes: Fire & Rescue in theaters now!

    Disclosure: Disney Pictures provided me with admission to a pre-screening for Planes: Fire & Rescue, as well as the opportunity to attend the round table press day with Erik Estrada.

    I recently had the chance to participate in a round table interview with Erik Estrada, voice of Nick “Loopin’ ‘” Lopez in Planes: Fire & Rescue. As a child born in the 70′s, I remember seeing Erik Estrada on episodes of CHiPs, and in the years that followed in novelas and as a guest star in several other series. I felt so cool meeting this 70′s Icon! He was super buena gente. He walked into the conference room laughing with a soda in his hand, sat beside me (the only empty chair at the table), and opened up about life, his journey from Harlem to Hollywood, voicing Nick “Loopin’ ” Lopez for Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, and how he taught himself Spanish for a role. Here are my favorite nuggets from our interview.

    Erik Estrada on the importance of learning Spanish:
    I wrote a book ten years ago called My Road from Harlem to Hollywood. I dedicated the book “To all children: get in touch with your background, it’s the key to your future”. If you know where you came from and where your parents came from, that gives you strength.

    Erik Estrada on the character of Nick “Loopin’” Lopez and CHoPs in the film:
    It was Disney’s idea. I saw the screening of it, and I was blown away. It was a flashback, and it hit me the impact that show had. When I was doing it [CHiPs], I was just happy to have a job and get my mother out of Harlem. They created that segment for the movie, threw it in, and called to see if I was interested. So I did it, it was cool. It was a lot of fun.


    Erik Estrada on how he ended up an actor:
    My mother divorced my father when I was 4, and she dated a cop later on, that’s where my love for cops came in. I was going to be a cop, that’s what I wanted, but there was a pretty girl at the age of 17. She never came out school at 3 o’clock, she always came out later, at 3:45. I followed her and she was going to Drama Club so I said, “I grew up in Harlem, I can act!” So I auditioned, got in, got bit by the acting bug, left the idea of becoming a NYC policeman, which freaked my mother out. I made a deal with her that I could chase this until I’m 30. I got my first movie at the age of 19, “The Cross and the Switchblade”, the first Christian based faith movie made in America. I got the New Centurions, then Hawaii 5-0, and after Hawaii 5-0 I told my mother I was going to stay in California. For about six more years, I guested on everything, did some more movies, Then CHiPs came along, I always wanted to be a cop. This was a cop on TV!

    Eric Estrada elaborated that no matter what career path he ended up in, his goal was to get his mother out of Harlem. He wanted her to live como una reina, and she is, right here in Miami!

    About the movie:
    Disney”s Planes: Fire & Rescue continues where last year’s Planes ended. Dusty Crophopper is now a world-renowned racer, and is preparing to star in the annual Corn Festival, but a glitch in his gearbox causes him to crash into the Propwash Junction airport The local firetruck, Mayday, is too old to deal with an emergency, and unless there’s another member of the safety squad, the airport will be shut down. Dusty volunteers to train and is sent to train with the Piston Peak Air Attack Team, which includes a former TV-star turned firefighter Blade Ranger and an eclectic cast of characters. Together, they battle a huge wildfire, and Dusty learns what it means to be a real hero.


    The four of us went to watch the pre-screening, and we all had a great time watching this latest Disney animated film. Brandon liked it and says it was better than the first one. Matty liked it too, thought it was funny, loved that it was about  firefighters, and wants everyone to know that his favorite character was Blade Ranger.
    Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue is in theaters now, go check it out!

    Social Media:
    Twitter: @DisneyPictures
    Facebook: DisneyPlanes

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    Easy Mango Smoothie Recipe

    If you live in South Florida, you know that May through September is Mango Season! Mangoes are everywhere, and you can enjoy them in a variety of ways: mango marmalade, mango chutney, mango bread, mango smoothie, and the list goes on and on. We don’t have a mango tree, but between family, friends, and a few other resources, we’re fully stocked during the season. We usually just cut off the skin and eat them as is, but hubby requested mango smoothies this week so I obliged. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to enjoy this great summer treat.

    2 small mangoes, cut into chunks
    2 cups of vanilla yogurt
    sugar to taste (I used about a tablespoon, hubby likes it sweet.)
    dash of salt

    Put all the above items in the blender.
    Blend on Low for a few minutes, when all items are mixed.
    Add a few pieces of ice to water it down a little (if needed).

    See? I told you it was easy!

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    We went on a Florida Keys Staycation and loved it!

    Do you know what it’s like to live in paradise? I do, though we don’t take advantage of it as much as we should. But that changed this past holiday weekend. We headed south, just a little over an hour away (I spend more time in the car trying to get downtown!), for an impromptu weekend getaway to the Florida Keys. My dad, stepmom, her mom and brother, and my stepsis and her boys were staying in Islamorada for the long weekend, and we decided to join them on Saturday, once hubby got home from work. We were only gone for about 30 hours, but it was enough to relax and recharge.

    If you’ve ever been to the Florida Keys, you know that you can’t help but slow down once you’re there. I know I unwinded once we arrived just by smelling the ocean air and feeling the breeze on my face. We had an early dinner at Wahoo’s with my sister and nephews, and her boyfriend and his kids, and then headed to Lorelei’s to watch the sunset. It was spectacular!

    On Sunday, we all went to breakfast at Mangrove Mike’s which is adjacent to the hotel we stayed in. All of us left with happy bellies, ready for whatever adventures lay ahead. After a dip in the pool and some lounging, I thought we were calling it a day and heading back home, but hubby wanted to tag along with the rest of the group on their snorkeling adventures. He hadn’t been snorkeling in years, and I’d never done it (or the boys, for that matter) so we decided to join them. I’m so glad we did! Eric was so happy, and Brandon loved it! (Matty decided he’d rather watch us from the boat, so we took turns). It took me a little bit to get the hang of breathing just through my mouth using the tube, but once I did, it was great! The boat we toured with had noodles for us to float on, and that made it so much easier to just relax and check out the amazing scenes below us in the ocean.

    Before we knew it, our tour was over and the boat re-docked. We had to start heading home, but the traffic had other plans for us. We could see the Overseas Highway from the boat dock, and traffic heading back north was not moving, so we decided we might as well have an early dinner at The Hungry Tarpon and wait out the traffic having fun instead of sitting in the car for possibly hours. That worked out perfectly because by the time we were done, the traffic was flowing and we got home in no time.

    I am so happy we decided to join our family for this impromptu staycation. We needed the time “away”, and plan on doing it again soon. After all, paradise is just a few miles down the road!

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