Before & After Hurricane #Irene

Before Hurricane Irene

What's going on in my life here in New York......thanks to Hurricane Irene. Rain is pouring down, as I write this. Rain has been falling since yesterday afternoon. My garage is flooded. Half of my driveway/backyard looks like a small lake. {fyi: That pipe across the driveway is a make-shift sump pump that hubby created to divert rain water. Too bad it's not working today} My husband was activated to the National Guard to help out with emergencies and possible disasters so he's … [Read more...]

MVP #GenerationGo: Time Management & Setting Goals (& a $50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway)

Time management

As an MVP Generation Ambassador, I've been posting about various topics.  I posted about ways to explore your community, posted one of my favorite kid-friendly recipes and about finding creative ways for recreation. This week's topic is Time Management and Setting Goals. In New York, summer is almost over and school will be starting very soon.  With that being said, it’s time to manage my time wisely and set some goals as well. Throughout the summer time, things at our house can … [Read more...]

The 100% Electric Nissan LEAF & The NYC Marathon


The 100% electric Nissan LEAF is the official first pace car of this year’s NYC Marathon. It will be the first vehicle where runners will not have to worry about running behind a tailpipe and dealing with emissions. Thank goodness! Imagine inhaling all that smoke? Nissan is the official and exclusive automotive sponsor of this year's 2010 ING New York City Marathon. Nissan LEAF will be at the Jacob Javits Center tomorrow, November 6th from 2-8pm doing a ton of fun activities … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Secret Newest Fragrance – Bombshell | Review & Giveaway


Back in September, my buddy Raquel and I had the privilege of being "paparazzi" to the girls of Victoria's Secret at the Soho store in New York.  It was for the launch of their newest fragrance, Bombshell. Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge was there to help launch Bombshell fragrance with fellow Victoria’s Secret models Erin Heatherton and Candice Swanepoel. The Soho store is wonderful. It's spacious and it's in a sassy neighborhood. During the launch, it was chaotic. People and cameras … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Hispanic Heritage Month: A Band of Boricuas


Li is a lawyer by day and an actress, writer and blogger by night. She is a Puertorriqueña who embraces her roots and seeks to inspire others on her journey. Please visit her at her lovely blog Her Deep Thoughts. When I think of Hispanic Heritage month, the one thing I think of the most is my immediate family. A bunch of Puerto Ricans living in Brooklyn, New York. As a little girl, if there was a special occasion or a holiday to celebrate we would clamor to Mamita’s (my … [Read more...]

Monday Memories: Apple Picking at DuBois Farms in Highland, NY

Earlier today I was looking through my picture files and I can not believe it's been two years since the last time we went apple picking. I love picking fresh fruit and smelling the fresh air through the orchards. I need to make a mental note and plan our next apple picking outing. Check out a few photos I took at Dubois Farms in 2008. It's a wonderful place where you can pick your own fruit from apples, pears, grapes, peaches and pumpkins, drink apple cider and eat delicious apple cider … [Read more...]

My Day At The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Today I took my girls to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties, New York. It was a beautiful day to walk around in the fresh air that was infused by garlic everywhere. I don't know about you but I am in love with garlic. I add garlic to almost every meal. If you know me and have had the chance to be THISCLOSE to me ;), chances are I probably smell like a garlic clove, which is ok by me.  Garlic is good stuff.  It's good for the body (lowers your cholesterol, regulates your blood … [Read more...]

TODAY At Grand Central Terminal: Save The Children


SAVE THE CHILDREN, TOGETHER WITH EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS CLAIRE DANES, ASKS NEW YORKERS TO HELP END AND PREVENT CHILD DEATHS. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL VANDERBILT HALL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 1:00 p.m. – PHOTO OPP WHAT: Around the world, a child dies every 3 seconds from a preventable disease and treatable causes due to lack of basic health care, which is the equivalent of 20 children every New York minute. On the first day of the United Nations Global Millennium Development … [Read more...]

How To Stay Cool During A Heat Wave With Food

Tomorrow New York is supposed to get hit with temperatures in the triple digits so we have to take precautions and try to stay in a cool place and keep the body well hydrated. We often think about what types of beverages are the best to drink when it's hot but did you know that there are foods that help cool the body down as well? 1. Watermelon - This fruit is number one for keeping your body cool.  It's like a bucket of water in a shell.  It's nature's natural coolant for your body and … [Read more...]

Sunday’s Storm

Earlier today the tri-state area was issued a tornado warning. How crazy is that?! In New York? Yup! I know a few years ago there was a small tornado that hit a few houses several miles away so tornadoes are not a rare thing in New York, unfortunately. Anyway, before taking the video below, my husband and I were just chilling out on the sofa when suddenly we heard lots of rain & thunder.  So we looked outside and this is what we saw: Thunder Storm in NY from New York Chica … [Read more...]