Friday, October 9, 2015

Your Weekend Guide to the 2015 Miami-Broward Carnival

Carnival lovers and revelers are gearing up for one of the most anticipated cultural Caribbean traditions, Miami Broward Carnival #MiamiCarnival on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the  Miami Dade County Fair and Exposition (10901 SW 24th Street, Miami, Fl 33165). The gates open at 11 a.m. and the parade starts at noon. Hosted and produced by the Miami Broward Carnival One Carnival Host Committee, this feast of cultural celebration showcases the vast diversity that is the Caribbean culture of Carnival with culinary delights indigenous to the Caribbean, melodious sounds of steel bands, and colorful and elaborate masquerade costumes. This year’s parade of masqueraders includes 19 bands that have been working all year on their portrayals and costume designs. #Miami Carnival was voted one of the top 100 events in South Florida by Bizbash.

The city’s warm weather, palm trees and melting pot of cultures truly makes Miami the ideal destination to host the annual #MiamiCarnival celebration. This year, Miami Carnival celebrates 31 years of carnival celebration and Antigua’s 60 years of Carnival. Carnival is a staple tradition of the Caribbean heritage that contributes to the arts, music, history and cultural identity of Caribbean and Caribbean-American people. Miami Broward Carnival is the last major North American event on the carnival circuit leading up to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in 2016.

As a leading carrier in South Florida and with one-third of our network in Latin America and the Caribbean, we are delighted to support the Miami/Broward Carnival and this great display of Caribbean culture. We are all about connecting people to family and friends. We are excited to honor this annual tradition, said Nicole Tesser, Manager, Regional Marketing, JetBlue.

The #MiamiCarnival music stage will include energizing performances by some of today’s top heavy weight Soca artists. The star-studded line concert is headlined by Trinidad’s Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal Band. Other live performances include: Xplosion Band, Dil-e-Nadan, Fadda Fox, Snakey, Menace, Laurena Davis, Claudette Peters, Rudy, Ricardo Drue, Julian Believe, Lyrikal, MC Wassy, and MC-Da Mighty Pencil. Notable DJs who will be behind the decks include: Dynasty, SoSo, 99 Jamz-DJ Waggy T, Renny, Supa Trackz, Choice-One, Rude-Deck, Barrie Hype.


Friday, October 9, 2015
Event: Miami Broward Carnival Kings/Queens/Individuals and Panorama
Location: Central Broward Regional Park (3700 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill, FL 33311)
Time: 3 p.m.—11 p.m.
Admission: $15 advance tickets ((on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Event: Miami Broward Carnival Official J’Ouvert
Location: Central Broward Regional Park-3700 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill, FL 33311
Time: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: $20 advance tickets ((on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Event: Miami Broward Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert
Location: Miami-Dade Fairgrounds-10901 Southwest 24 Street, Miami, FL 33165
Time: 11 a.m. –11 p.m.
Admission: $27 online ((on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)

"Parade will be best viewed on the inside of the Fairgrounds. Advance tickets available online at”. For more information call 305-65301877.

Please follow Miami Broward Carnival on social media:

Twitter: @MiaBroCarnival
Instagram: @MiaBroCarnival

#MiamiCarnival #SoMiami #MiaBroJrCarnival #MiaBroCarnivalPanorama #MiamiVibes

Directions to Miami Dade County Fairgrounds
From Broward County West (Coral Springs, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Lauderhill, Miramar)
1. Take Sawgrass Expressway South to I-75 Or take I-595 West to I-75 South (or FL Turnpike South)
2. Take I-75 South to ramp (exit 8) to right to Florida's Turnpike South toward Miami/Homestead 
3.  Keep on Florida's turnpike South to EITHER SW 8 Street (Tamiami Trail) or SW 40 Street and go East 
4.  At SW 8 Street (Tamiami Trail) exit, Turn right onto US-41 East/ SW 8th Street, go to SW 107th Ave, make right, go to SW 24th Street/ Coral Way and make right and will Arrive at the Fairgrounds

5.  At SW Bird Road 40th Street exit, make left and go east to SW 112th Ave, make left and head north to Fairgrounds

From North Miami, Miami Lakes or Miami Gardens 
1.  Take 826 South 
2.  Exit SW 24th Street, Coral Way, go West 
3.  Cross SW 107th Ave, the Fairgrounds will be on right 
From East (Miami Beach or Downtown Miami) 
1.  Take I-95 (north or south) to 836 West 
2. Take Exit ramp for 826 South 
3.  Exit SW 24th Street, Coral Way, go west 
4. Cross SW 107th Ave, the Fairgrounds will be on right 
From South (Homestead, Cutler Bay or Kendall
1.  Take Turnpike North or SW 117th Avenue north  
2.   Exit SW 40 Street (Bird Road)
3. Make right on Bird Road SW 40th Street and go to SW 112 Avenue, turn left onto SW 112 Avenue and continue to Fair entrance at SW 24 Street.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whole Foods Kids Foundation launches the 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

As I'm typing this blog post, I remember the days that being a full time blogger allowed me to have a flexible schedule which was beneficial having three children. I was able to meal plan appropriately and do other things before they all came home from school. Now that I'm working full-time in addition to blogging full time, I swear there is not enough hours in the day. It is so easy to leave work, pick the kiddies up from after-care and go to the nearest drive through for a quick snack before dinner is ready. But feeding my children that junk day after day is not healthy at all and I've decided to make a change. That's why I'm so excited to partner up with Whole Kids Foundation to help raise awareness about the importance of childhood nutrition. 

Whole Kids Foundation announced the launch of the 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign in Whole Foods Market stores. Whole Kids Foundation supports schools and inspires families to make healthy food choices- whether it is through the funding of salad bars and edible gardens or by providing nutrition education classes for teachers.  This year, the Growing Healthy Kids Campaign is striving to raise $4 million to help over one million kids gain access to fresh produce. Last year alone, this same campaign helped WKF fund 600 salad bars, 1,000 garden grants, and provide nutrition education to 4,000 teachers. 

Honestly, I have a little struggle with the kids wanting to eat healthy food but I decided to bring them with me to pick the ingredients out themselves and be apart of the decision making on what they eat. My children decided that they wanted me to make Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels with Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus and apples and yogurt on the side.


Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels 

  • Slices of Turkey
  • Tortilla Wraps (whole wheat preferably) 
  • Block of Cheese to shred
  • Lettuce or any greens
  • Hummus 
  • Apples
  • Yogurt 

Assemble the wrap to your liking

  1. Spread the hummus all over the tortilla wrap
  2. On one side of the wrap, layer your greens and turkey slices
  3. Then shred whatever cheese you choose
  4. You can also add avocados, tomatoes or any fresh veggies
  5. Start to roll your wrap tightly till you get to the other side of the wrap
  6. Cut your wrap in several slices which will create pinwheels
  7. Add apple slices and greek yogurt on the side for fun dipping 

Finished product!

Disclosure: Whole Foods Market provided me a $25 gift card to purchase the ingredients to create a healthy lunch. Everything I purchased was my childrens decision and not Whole Foods. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tory Burch Introduces Tory Sport, A Performance Activewear Line

Tory Burch announced the launch of Tory Sport. The active wear collection includes clothing, bags, shoes and accessories for Running, Studio, Tennis and Swim, as well as Coming & Going, a category of pieces that can be worn before and after a workout.

Tory Sport will be available exclusively at and at a pop-up shop in New York City beginning in September with a Flatiron-district store to follow in 2016.  The pop-up shop will be located on Elizabeth Street in the space where Tory launched the brand's first boutique 11 years ago.  

CEO and Designer Tory Burch said: "We focused on the elegance of sport—the performance aspect is a given, not a design detail. I have always been passionate about sports, and active wear is something I have wanted to do for years. Classic silhouettes from the Seventies have always resonated with me. Our goal was to design a collection that balances fashion and function."

Tory Sport is designed to reflect the beauty of the game and the empowering role that sports play for women. To help women fearlessly follow their dreams, the brand supports the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education programs and networking events.

The Collection

Inspired by the grace and strength of athletes, Tory Sport speaks to the active lifestyle of women who take a wear-anywhere approach to sports-influenced clothing. The silhouettes range from pleated tennis skirts, anoraks and fitted leggings to rashguards and swimwear.  Stylish separates—neoprene coats and skirts, oversized sweaters and classic track suits—complement the performance pieces.

Old-school stripes and florals are modernized by precise detailing and high-tech materials that ensure the ultimate in fit and performance, including  COOLMAX® Fabric by INVISTA, which maximizes performance with moisture-wicking and quick-drying technologies that help you go the extra mile; Schoeller Fabric with NanoSphere®, a durable performance fabric that repels water, oil and dirt to keep you clean and dry; and Sensitive® Fabrics by EUROJERSEY, which resist chlorine —10 times more than most fabrics — and provide the benefit of four-way stretch, UV protection and a long-lasting fit.

Tory Sport is a distinct brand with its own logo, digital commerce site, packaging and social channels. Prices range from $55 for performance tops to $550 for outerwear.   

The Pop-Up

The Manhattan pop-up shop is a modern take on old country club glamour. A white stucco facade — with blue awnings piped with white scalloped edges, white latticework and sun-bleached pink doors — sets the tone for a retro interior with bold design details.

Crisp white board and batten walls, wainscoting and wide-plank floors create a relaxed and easy setting. Courtside seats and canvas-covered armchairs with blue and green varsity stripes, a graphic surfboard and a vinyl letter press where customers can personalize select designs add fresh pops of color.

Store Details

Tory Sport Pop-Up Shop
257 Elizabeth Street
New York, New York 10012

Phone: 212.334.3000

MondayFriday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Auto Review | The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Disclosure: I was provided the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for seven days to test drive for free. All opinions are my own.

I had the opportunity to cruise around town for one week with the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and I must say...looks are definitely deceiving! When the car was dropped off to me, my first real reaction was "Wow that's a tiny car" but trust me that tiny car packs a powerful punch. Because I'm a mother of three, I wanted to see how well we all fit in the car and to my amazement it was just enough room for us all.

I didn't take the Mitsubishi on any special trip because I really wanted to test how well this car would fit into my life on a everyday basis. It just so happens that I started a new job at the same time, so it was perfect timing for me to put the Mirage to the "Rush Hour" test. I absolutely fell in love on how smooth it drove but still had lots of power! I was even able to find great parking in tight spaces which some of my coworkers couldn't take advantage of due to their over sized vehicles.

During the weekend I had lots of errands to run which included some grocery shopping and early back-to-school shopping. Because the Mitsubishi Mirage is a Hatchback, I was a little concerned that all my bags wouldn't fit in the trunk in addition to my kids in the back seat. BOY, WAS I WRONG! 
As you can see the photo above, I had more than enough room. There were lots of bags underneath the bags that you see. Plus, I love the fact that there is a cover once you close the trunk so no one can see what all you've purchased. 

The audio system and Bluetooth system were my favorites. It connected to my phone so easily without going through numerous steps. I also loved how I had the ability to control the volume and changing radio channels from the steering wheel. Another safety feature that I noticed is that the seat belt chimer continues to sound loudly until you put your seat belt on. Most vehicles will alert you and after a certain time it just gives up and doesn't alert you anymore but the Mirage will keep alerting you! SN: Always wear your seat belt!

Another favorite of mine is the GAS! I kept ranting and raving to everyone about how awesome this car is on gas. I filled up with $20 and it gave me a little over 100 miles to run on!! I was in total amazement.

Overall, I was very pleased with the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an economical way of living. Again, don't let the size fool you. This car packs one heck of a punch all while making you feel secure and saving you lots of money on fuel.

Other features include:

  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature
  • Push button start
  • Bluetooth hands free phone system
  • ECO status indicator light
  • Space saver temporary spare tire
...and much much more. 

Visit for more information on the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Top Five All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Labor Day

Labor day is a few weeks away and choosing where to go for a relaxing break from life has just become less laboring. More than 54 million verified guest reviews on reveal the top Caribbean all-inclusive resorts travelers should consider for a carefree Labor Day holiday.

Each of the following all-inclusive resorts offer luxurious spa treatments, delectable cuisine options and awe-inspiring tropical beaches on which to relax and bask in the sunshine. From swim up rooms, ocean view balconies and on-demand concierge services, to local eco-adventures and on-site ice cream parlors, there are no better paradise escapes to help you unwind.
All of the highlighted properties can be booked directly on the website or by downloading the mobile app, available for download on the App Store or Google Play.

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Set on one of the Caribbean's most pristine beaches at the foot of some of Jamaica's most luscious and picturesque mountains, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall offers some of the most stunning views imaginable. guests love this paradise resort for its tranquil setting, genuine and exemplary service, and gourmet cuisine offerings at the eight onsite restaurants.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Located on a dazzling stretch of Caribbean coastline, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana boasts an indulgent experience set amidst an exquisite property rife with a beautiful natural contemporary design. guests most enjoy pampering themselves with soothing, revitalizing treatments performed by the spa's attentive and expertly trained therapists.

Christ Church, Barbados
Relax poolside among the palm and coconut trees within the lush tropical gardens of Sea Breeze Beach Hotel, or enjoy plunging your toes into the sand on one of the resort's two charming beaches. The staff's gracious hospitality and attentiveness, and magnificent ocean views from the resort's three onsite restaurants were very memorable among guests.

Antigua & Barbuda
Located on 10 gorgeous acres and overlooking Freyes Bay, Cocobay Resort features airy cottages with private balconies and spectacular views. Snorkeling, kayaking and sailing are just some of the many activities available to guests on the resort's private beach. guests have most enjoyed the tranquillity and comfort the resort offers.

Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Situated on a sandy private beach in Kingstown and surrounded by mountains, Buccament Bay Resort features stylish and contemporary villas with private plunge pools. The resort also boasts onsite boutique shops, a soccer and tennis school, an infinity pool and a full-service spa. guests have raved about the exceptional facilities and surreal ocean views.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kickoff "National Family Month" at The National Black Chamber of Commerce Conference in Hollywood, FL

The National Black Chamber of Commerce(NBCC) hosts it 23rd Annual Conference in Hollywood, Florida August 5-8 at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa.  The theme "The Family Business" encompasses the unity of entrepreneurs and celebrates their legacies. NBCC Co-founder Kay DeBow remarks "This is the most comprehensive and informative business conference in the nation."

Charles Payne of Fox Business Network introduces us to several families and explores their extraordinary businesses.

NBCC's "The Family Business" tackles the importance of education and keeping Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Career Colleges viable; dealing with "Family Secrets" where we explore overcriminalization and getting ex-offenders back on track, procurement roundtable, capital access, Census data as marketing tools and international trade all of which support the strengthening of our entrepreneurial family.

Pass The Torch Young Entrepreneurs Business Pitch Competition is the breakout session that has created a buzz among emerging entrepreneurs.  Celebrity judges include actor, activist, and entrepreneurLamman Rucker, V.P and Co-founder of FUBU and CEO of FUBU-TV J. Alexander Martin and SlipNSlide Records CEO Ted Lucas.

The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchet, founding partner of the Hatchet Firm will host the Women's Afternoon Tea with Dr. Roslyn Artis President of Florida Memorial University and actress, photographer, producer Chenoa Maxwell discuss issues related to the female entrepreneur. Harry C. Alford, NBCC President/CEO, states "we are excited about the quality of our speakers and the leadership we are displaying."

NBCC Fashion House presents "Fashion Means Business" Charity Celebrity Runway Show hosted by actress Brely Evans. Each morning will begin with a fitness and nutrition session sponsored by Women Arena Football League.  NBCC is proud to join Keymanna Management Talent and Event Management Firm as we support New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber's film The Man in 3B directed by Trey Haley, with a VIP screening featuring Lamman RuckerChristian KeyesBrely Evans, who will be in attendance.

Sponsors include: Bay Electric, Verizon,, Koch Companies, Facebook, Intuit, FedEx, EDMC, Chevron, Southwest Airlines, Photobella Images among many others.

This event is open to the public and registration is required at Individual event tickets are available on

Saturday, August 1, 2015

7-Eleven's August FREEkend Freebies

7-Eleven has been on a roll lately with their free offers like slurpees, drinks, snacks and any other perk that comes with downloading their app. Now for the month of August, 7-eleven is launching a new offer- FREEkends, which is short for FREE Weekends. August has five weekends this year which is an added bonus!

Starting August 1st, 7Rewards members using the 7-Eleven mobile app will see the free offers in the "Scan and Save" section of the app at 12 noon CDT/1pm EST every Saturday and Sunday in August. To redeem, customers present the featured item along with their 7-eleven app to be scanned at the register. No purchase is necessary, and offers are good while supplies last at participating 7-Eleven stores.

The weekly FREEkend freebies are: 

  • August 1-2, Medium Fanta Slurpee Drinks
  • August 8-9, Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum
  • August 15-16, Medium Fanta Slurpee Drink
  • August 22-23, Snickers Brand Singles Bar (1.76-1.78oz)
  • August 29-30, Butterfinger bar (1.9 oz)

Registered 7Rewards members will receive emails and SMS text messages notifying them of that week's offer. The offer also will appear on Only one offer can be redeemed per day and will disappear from the member's "Scan and Save" section in the app once used. If a FREEkend offer is redeemed on Saturday, the offer will be removed from the app until Sunday at noon CDT, when it will reappear on the app. During each day's offer, the app will show the percentage of free items still available in stores. Even though it's free, each FREEkend Slurpee drink redeemed counts as a punch toward the 7Rewards "Buy 6, Get 7th Free" beverage rewards program.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dreamworks Animation "TurboFAST" Season 2 Premiering Exclusively on Netflix 7/31


Hey Mom's and Dad's! Gather the kiddies, the snacks and get ready for TurboFAST!

On Friday, July 31st, Turbo and his crew take Turbotown by storm in the all-new season of DREAMWORKS TURBO FAST, premiering exclusively on Netflix, July 31st. The world’s coolest snails take a turn off the track and set off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn.  You’ll laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stinkbug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt! 

Your children are going to enjoy these episodes just like my children did!

Check out this scene clip from the "Turboldly Go" episode :


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