Monday, June 20, 2016

My Experience with the 2015 Kia Soul

Ever since I watched those cute Hamster commercials for the Kia Soul, I just knew that I wanted to test this car out. And for my weekend getaway trip to Tampa, I was giving the opportunity to experience the 2015 Kia Soul.  Not only was I excited but my children were overly excited to ride in this cool lime green car.

The 2015 UVO eServices is an incredible service that I had fun playing around with. For 2015, UVO eServices offers four new features: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score.  Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes®or Google Play.  The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community, including Pandora iHeart Radio and Yelp®.  Many more new technologies for comfort and convenience are featured in the new UVO system, including Siri “Eyes Free and Local Search – powered by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest.  Sirius XM Travel Link, offering access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times.

Most of the UVO functions were accessible through my iPhone which made my driving my experience that much better. Another feature that we really enjoyed were the inside lights that were in sync with the music being played. The 2015 Kia Soul is GREAT on gas as well. The vehicle was delivered to me with a full tank and I drove it all the way to Tampa without having to fill up. 

My overall experience with the Kia Soul was one for the books. I definitely recommend purchasing this fully loaded hatchback. With 3 kids, it was more than enough room for us!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

South Florida Food Truck Wins Schweid & Sons "Very Best Burger Award" at the 2016 Amstel Light Burger Bash

The battle royale of Burgers was back in full swing last night with South Florida food truck Jersey Dawg taking home the Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award.

Burger Bash®, presented by Schweid & Sons and hosted by Rachael Ray, at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, saw many leading chefs and thousands of hungry fans gathered to serve and enjoy some truly creative and delicious burgers. In the end, Jersey Dawg’s classic Jersey slider reigned supreme.

Led by Jamie Schweid, President of Schweid & Sons and passionate burger enthusiast, the A-list line-up of discerning judges included: David Burtka, actor, chef and host of Cooking Channel’s Celebrity Dish; Neil Patrick Harris, award-winning actor and host; Natalie Morales, news anchor and third-hour co-host of NBC News’ TODAY; George Motz, author of “The Great American Burger Book” and the host of Travel Channel’s “Burger Land;” Mike & Alicia Piazza, 12-time All-Star MLB player; & current writer for Haute Living magazine, serving as the travel ambassador for the magazine for the last three years and Marcus Samuelsson, celebrity chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Venture Capitalist, Startup Founders and Innovators Converge in Miami for Black Tech Week 2016


The 2nd annual Black Tech Week connects entrepreneurs with the people and tools they need to increase the number of startups that are founded by people of color and connect them with the resources to scale, deliver solutions for stronger partnerships, training and  expand the technology blueprint and access to VC funding in the black community. The week long series of events will be held during Black History Month, February 15-20, 2016 at various locations around Miami provides impactful programming centered on innovation, technology and creativity. Black Tech Week includes interactive workshops for idea exchange, the Power Moves Early Stage and Series A Startup Bootcamps, a 3 Day Technology and Startup Conference, Women’s Innovation Brunch, Walker Legacy’s Women in Tech events, Pitch Competitions and VC Mentor Sessions. Attendees can register at

Black Tech Week is the premier pipeline in South Florida for people of color, to have access to key global players of color in the tech industry. The visionaries behind the conference are Derick Pearson and Felecia Hatcher who are also the founders of the Miami-based, Code Fever. Their commitment to training African-American and Caribbean youth and adults in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship through full stack development coding boot camps, in school programs is unmatched.

Black Tech week has tapped into a global network of some of the most influential and notable keynote speakers and session leaders. The impressive roster of speakers include; Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder of, Kathryn Finney, Founder of Digital Undivided, Justin Washington, QA Engineer at SnapChat, Frederick,Hutson-Founder/CEO of P​igeonly, Chris Powell-Chief Executive Officer for BlackbookHR, Eunice Cofie-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Chemist of Nuekie, and George E. Curry-Founder of Emerge Magazine, Previous Editor-in-Chief of National Newspaper Publishers Association just to name a few.

Key highlights of the conference include the Knight Foundation Angel Pitch competition with Power Moves, Women Innovators in Tech panel with Walker Legacy, Tech HAHA Hackathon and Comedy Show, Patent and Trademark workshop for Women Innovators. The summit will culminate with the Women Innovation Brunch that spotlights women tech achievers sponsored by Baptist Health.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Historic Overtown Transforms and Inspires at the 2015 Art Africa Miami Arts Fair

The Urban Collective pushes the boundaries once again, leading the way for innovation and creativity with the fifth installment of their Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, (AAMAF). This year AAMAF will be hosted by The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theatre Cultural Arts Complex (819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136.) The exhibition starts December 2 and will run through December 6 daily from 11am-6pm. The Art Africa Miami Arts Fair is a juried multidisciplinary exhibition of fine contemporary art from the Global African Diaspora.

Art is authentically a part of Historic Overtown’s soul that has a history of contributions from artists like Purvis Young, Gene Tinney, Adonis Parker and others who continue to create energy for the #HistoricOvertown community. Architect and thought leader behind the AAMAF, Mr. D. Neil Hall, AIA, continues to be at the forefront nurturing the narrative that art and culture is the vital resource to transform the Overtown community. 

“We are thrilled to announce the 5th Annual Art Africa Miami Arts Fair in the Historic 
Overtown. The community is experiencing a timely and well-deserved renaissance. Art Africa Miami is a catalyst of this renaissance and I am looking forward to everyone coming out to experience the rebirth through art, architecture, and design,” said Mr. Hall.

The AAMAF is also part of the Soul Basel and Art of Black Miami marketing vehicle that brings awareness to Black art for all perspectives that include African-American, Latin, Afro Cuban, Caribbean and African artistic and cultural exhibition and programming.  AAMAF is made possible through the generous support of District 5, Commissioner Keon Hardemon and Southeast Overtown Park West (SEOPW) Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

The Urban Collective (TUC) is also dedicated to inspiring the youth of Overtown to serve as agents of change within the arts arena. The Urban Collective Art Youth Insider workshop scheduled for Friday, December 4 with the students of the Overtown Youth and Children Coalition, will explore the areas of Art and Design, Street Art, Mural Art and Fine Art.

On Sunday, December 6, TUC’s 2nd Soul Basel Brunch and Conversation: The Renaissance of Overtown’s Cultural and Artistic Landscape will close out the Art Africa Miami Arts Fair.

For more information, please visit or call 954.283.7195.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The 2nd Annual Art Beat Festival Brings Basel Atmosphere to Downtown Little Haiti

In its second year, Art Beat Miami is the highly anticipated satellite show presented by Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) showcasing emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world. 
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Little Haiti, Art Beat Miami will feature emerging and renowned artists, painters, craftspeople, sculptors, art exhibits, murals, performers, musicians, DJs and Haitian folklore dances. The festival brings together multidisciplinary artists working in collaboration to highlight the culturally rich and diverse creativity of local artists and the Caribbean Diaspora here and beyond.
For six days, the Little Haiti’s art community will converge for a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating the artistic expression, music, and food inspired by the rich culture of Haiti during Miami Art Week. 

Art Beat Miami’s pop-up art fair exhibiting great works from local and international artists will take place Tuesday December 1st to Sunday December 6th at The Caribbean Marketplace in the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Ter).  Art Beat Miami will showcase the best works across a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, drawings, fine art, street art installations and photographs. Pulitzer Prize winning Miami Herald Photojournalist Carl Juste will be curating the exhibition.   

The Little Haiti Mural Project will be curated by Yo Miami and will be a large-scale public street art installation, spanning 30-buildings throughout Little Haiti, featuring the work of muralists of Case Maclaim, Axel Void, Yuhmi Collective, Claudio Picasso (CP1), Jorge Rodriguez, Hoxx, Ruben Ubiera and many more.  For more information, please

Getting to Art Beat Miami

For your convenience, the City of Miami will extend the Midtown trolley to various locations throughout Little Haiti including Art Beat Miami exhibition.  The route will start in Midtown and will offer free transportation between the Design District and Little Haiti. NE2P has created a Little Haiti Art Week Miami Map identifying all mural gallery exhibitions and events throughout the neighborhood. This map will be available at and

Entry to Art Beat Miami is free and open to the public. The Art Beat Miami fair launches with an opening ceremony onTuesday, December 1st from 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at the Caribbean Marketplace in the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Ter). 

For more information or to inquire about artist interviews, please contact Joann Milord at .


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Preview Party:  6 pm to 9 pm at the Little Haiti Cultural Center
(212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137)

Tuesday, December 1 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Little Haiti Mural Project Showcase: Painting Murals throughout Little Haiti Curated by Yo Miami

Tuesday, December 1 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Art Beat Art Fair:  Open daily from Noon to 8 pm at the Caribbean Marketplace
(5925 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137)
Art Village featuring art from local, national and international artists.
Listen to steel drums, jazz & roots music while enjoying culinary creations.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
 A Conversation with the Artist: Edouard Duval-Carrie
12 pm at the Ayiti Exhibition by the Miami Mountain Foundation at the Little Haiti Cultural Center 
(212 NE 59th Ter)

Friday, December 4, 2015
 Art Beat Vernissage: 10 AM Little Haiti Cultural Center
(212 NE 59th Terrace)
In collaboration with Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and the Miami Mountain Foundation
 Poetic Lakay: 7 pm Caribbean Marketplace
(5925 NE 2nd Ave)
A night of poetry, spoken word and music hosted by Mecca AKA Grimo.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole & Friends: 11 am to 1 pm 
Caribbean Marketplace (212 NE 59th Terrace)
Admission $25- All proceeds to benefit NE2P charitable works.

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


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