Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Take the #MuyLatinas Smoothie-A-Day Challenge! #SmoothieChallengeMLN

As we continue to enjoy our summer, the foods of the season, picnics, keep hydrated and indulge in little foodie sins here and there, we want to share with you a great opportunity to discover great smoothie recipes to improve our intake of fruits and veggies while we savor delicious and refreshing drinks for the heat of July and August.

MuyLatinas Blogger Network wants to invite you to join us for 7 days for a smoothie challenge. On Friday August 1st, 2014 we will be starting a "Smoothie a Day Challenge" that will last for seven days. The idea behind this challenge is that we want to encourage everyone in a fun way to have veggies and fruits every day.  We are sure you are going to find something amazing, different and delicious!
So ‪#‎Muylatinas‬ is challenging you to drink at least one (1) smoothie every day for 7 days. 
To make it more interesting for everyone we will have a prize at the end of the challenge for one lucky (hopefully #smoothiechallengeMLN enthusiast) winner. 

How to participate in the challenge
Everyday post a picture of your smoothie to twitter, facebook or instagram using #MuyLatinas AND ‪#‎SmoothiechallengeMLN‬ you may also want to tag @MuyLatinas 
We will share some recipes with you, but you can create your own smoothies and share the recipe with us and other participants. Tell us what are your favorite ingredients. You can use as many fruits or veggies as you want. Give us your tips!
At the end of the 7 days we will select one lucky winner who will receive a Magic Bullet Blender to continue the smoothie joy.

Don't be shy, we want to see your creations and get your smoothie tips!  Get ready to start sharing your images this Friday!

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 29th, National Lasagna Day Celebrate it With Brio Tuscan Grill!

This is a delicious celebration we will not be missing out on: tomorrow, July 29th, is National Lasagna Day!
We are big Italian food fans at home, so we will be celebrating in full force by visiting Brio Tuscan Grille to enjoy our lasagna! 
All of the Brio Tuscan Grille South Florida locations will be commemorating the day with full-sized portions of lasagna at lunch and dinner at half price!  A deal and a celebration, so get ready to make your reservations! 

Brio offers Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, oven-baked and layered with authentic Bolognese meat sauce, Alfredo sauce, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses. Normally priced at $18.15 for lunch and dinner, the full-sized portion only will be available all day on July 29 for $9.08.

“National Lasagna Day is the perfect opportunity for Brio guests to celebrate our delicious lasagna, one of our signature menu features,” said Brio Head Chef and Culinary Director Matt Harding. “With rich flavors and generous portions, our lasagna has become a favorite among our guests.”

Lasagna Day reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling a local Brio Tuscan Grille. 

These are the restaurants you can go have your delicious Brio signature lasagna at:

BRIO at The Falls
BRIO at The Falls in Miami is located at 8888 SW 136 Street, Miami, FL 33176. The 7,672-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 184 guests, and al fresco dining for up to 98 on an Italian-style terrace with an outdoor fireplace. The bar area seats 25. Hours of operation are Sunday–Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. For information or reservations, call The Falls restaurant at (305) 234-0012.

BRIO at The Village at Gulfstream Park
BRIO at The Village at Gulfstream Park is located at 600 Silks Run, Suite 1205, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. The 13,734-square-foot restaurant is located directly in front of the internationally-acclaimed Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. BRIO at The Village at Gulfstream Park has indoor seating for 200 guests and al fresco dining for up to 120 on two Italian-style terraces. Three private dining areas accommodate groups ranging from 12–72, and the full-service bar area seats 32. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. For reservations, call The Village at Gulfstream Park restaurant at (954) 362-1600.
BRIO at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens
BRIO at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is located at 14576 SW 5th Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33082. The 8,400-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 260 guests and al fresco dining for 140 on its outdoor terrace, which includes a full-service bar. Hours of operation are Sunday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., MondayThursday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. For reservations, call The Shops at Pembroke Gardens restaurant at (954) 431-1341.

BRIO at The Shops at Boca Center
BRIO at The Shops at Boca Center is located at 5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 239, Boca Raton, FL 33486. The 8,800-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 260 guests and al fresco dining for 100 on its outdoor terrace, as well as a full-service bar that seats 40. BRIO also offers a private dining area that seats 16-48 guests. Hours of operation are:  Sunday 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. MondayThursday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.  For reservations, call The Shops at Boca Center restaurant at (561) 392-3777.

BRIO at CityPlace
BRIO at CityPlace is located at 550 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.The 7,354-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 124 guests and al fresco dining for 100 on its outdoor terrace, as well as a full-service bar that seats 55. Hours of operation are:  Sunday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., MondayThursday from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m.–12 a.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.–12 a.m. For reservations or more information, call the CityPlace restaurant at (561) 835-1511.

BRIO at The Gardens Mall
BRIO at The Gardens Mall is located at 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410.
The 7,500-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 300 guests and al fresco dining for 50 on its outdoor terrace, which includes a full-service bar. Hours of operation are:  Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. For reservations, call The Gardens Mall restaurant at (561) 622-0491.

BRIO Tuscan Grille
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a “polished casual” restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants in 33 states including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro.

For more details visit the website for BRIO  and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brioitalian) and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian). 

Tutti al tabolo, e buon appetito! - everyone to the Brio table, and enjoy!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Jet Blue Gets Kids to Soar With Reading This Summer

We know very well the importance of reading and how it helps imagination Soar with Reading (the Jet Blue corporate social reading program in place since 2011. Parents keep getting reminders that during the summer months children do loose an important percentage of their school year learning, and how teachers will spend plenty of time working on gaining it back at the beginning of the school year.

Despite the vacation in progress we can all find different ways to maintain the knowledge learned fresh, and ready for the new school year.  Why not start finding great resources in our Communities for the children? You can make it interesting and fun if you take it out of your home.

Find different events and resources that spice up having to read, for example by visiting special programs at your local library.  For example, participating at the Jet Blue Soar with Reading events.  

A JetBlue Airways representative and Ft. Lauderdale area elementary student, Tina J., read together JetBlue’s Soar with Reading event at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

You can also go back to the reading assignements for the school year that just ended.
Consider implementing some of these tips for reading with your grade -school child offered by the Soar with Reading program:

  • Keep reading a fun and positive experience!
  • Start by picking books at an easy reading level for your child so that reading together will be good practice and will build confidence.
  • Make sure to turn off the TV and radio when reading with your child.
  • Always sit with your child when reading a book for the first time in case the child needs help with difficult words.
  • Have your child read books multiple times to help him or her with fluency and comprehension.
  • Try to make connections to other books and real-life experiences.
  • Have your child write as well. A child needs to know that reading is just language written down.
  • You should read more difficult books to your child and model good reading techniques.
  • Find lots of different kinds of books for your child to experience—try fiction, nonfiction, poetry, mysteries, or humorous books.
  • Have your child keep a journal to track his or her reading accomplishments.

Be on the look out for events like the one Jet Blue recently hosted in Fort Lauderdale last June 26th at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center where more than 300 children were encouraged to read and let their imaginations soar!

Fort Lauderdale area children receive a free book at JetBlue’s Soar with Reading event, aimed at encouraging reading this summer.

A new reading event will be hosted soon in the Dominican Republic.  Here are the details

Sunday, July 13*


Santo Domingo, DR

Academia de Beisbol Medias Rojas de Boston

You can go find more details on the program and upcoming events at Soar with Reading

Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, invite a Fort Lauderdale area student to join them on stage at JetBlue’s Soar with Readingevent in Ft. Lauderdale, aimed at encouraging local kids to read.

Besides helping our kids with their reading, we have been inspired by Jet Blue's Soar with Reading program.  So, we are hosting a camp night in our backyard where the central activity will be reading with flashlights in the tents.  Invitations will ask guests to bring two books to donate, and we will then include them in the Jet Blue program :-)  We know Jet Blue has contributed over $750,000 worth of books to communities with their initiative, but our hope is that the 10 or 15 books we collect will make a difference to a child.
This fun reading at night in our backyard should also teach our children about helping others and giving a hand :-)
What are you reading to your kids this summer?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Celebrate National Hammock Day!

Something fun for today: it's National Hammock day!
mmm nothing like relaxing, reading a book or just looking up while gently swinging on a hammock.
There is just something magical that mixes and transports me to a very happy place when I am on a hammock.  Perhaps it is because my best vacation memories always include a hammock somehow.  Regardless if it was a beach vacation, going to the ranch or camping up in the mountains we somehow found a hammock in our native country at every corner.

While there is nothing like a true peaceful escape on a hammock, it is also true that hammocks can be exhilarating and full of action if you decide to have hammock races of sorts which simply aim at the hammock that moves the fastest or gets closest to the stars.... yes, we don't encourage these activities anymore now that we are moms!
When we were celebrating Earth Day we told you about a company called Hastens and their travel pillow and bathrobe.
True to the holiday today, we share a quick snipet on their hammock which is made the same people: Hastens, a company that focuses on delivering the best sleep to the world!  This hammock is  100% cotton and comes in a classic plaid design.

I can just picture myself having a wonderful summer nap on one of these.
This is us encouraging you to find a hammock today and celebrate a moment to relax, chill and rock yourself softly into a fabulous day dream.  Cheers!

Monday, July 21, 2014

#Florida Wish - Sunglasses, Flip Flops and A Book: Time to Relax and Unwind this Summer

Summer Yay!....Oh wait, kids are out of school and while we don't have the hectic routines we are used to, we are pretty busy moms constantly finding all sorts of activities for the entire family to have an unforgettable summer.  Note to self: making #FloridaWish to relax in my sunglasses, reading a book by the pool. 

This mom is was pretty tired and stressed out for a myriad reasons, and summer is still going strong.  Oh boy. But wait, Oh Joy! when we got selected as a #FloridaWish blogger!!!! Marriott offered us a two night stay at Miami Lakes Courtyard in Miramar Florida for the "Wish You Were Here Campaign". Please keep in mind that all opinions expressed in this post are our own. What better way for me to recharge, decompress, relax and unwind?  Especially when I am all about being cool, chill and zen.  The weekend couldn't get here any sooner!!  My plans were sunglasses, flip flops and a book for two days  my #FloridaWish was made.  No suspense here, it all came true!

I have to tell you, the first thing that caught me off guard was the beauty of the landscape and very well kept building for the hotel.  Then, the staff on premises blew my mind away.  From the very first "Hello" it was nothing but exceptional service from every single person we encountered. For two days straight it struck us how friendly, willing to help out and professional everyone was. South Florida has lost much of the southern hospitality but you can definitively get charmed by the amazing personnel at this property.

After grabbing a Starbucks which is part of the hotel, we roamed a bit the common areas. Here are some photos of them that show how convenient they are for quick meetings, a good bite to each, a quick snack and even some work time if you need.  Personally, I was checking out the collection of books with fabulous images.

Once we got acquainted with the convenience of the common areas, we headed for our room.
Loved how the bed was facing the sliding glass doors that viewed the pool!

Roomy and comfortable I set out like a tourist in my room scrutinizing everything.  Red based decor with Asian accents throughout we had a sitting area that included a twin sofa bed.  The desk complete with all the necessary amenities for some work, but I purposely left the laptop at home (no need for the free Wi-Fi this time, thank you)

I sat for a bit on our balcony enjoying the view and the weather.  Before I knew it, my hunger was demanding food.  We ventured out walking to a shopping strip mall we saw on our way in.  It was pretty busy as it had a few original standalone restaurants as well as 4 chain restaurants. With so many choices we went for a great Peruvian dinner.  Back at the hotel, I continued my inspection with the bathroom area.  The spacious shower area is separate from the sink, so it makes it convenient for two or more to get ready at the same time. Across from the sink, a mini fridge, coffee maker and a microwave and under these appliances more closet or storage space.  The back door of the shower room had a great head to toe mirror every gal likes using to assemble outfits and for that last top to bottom look before heading out. No detail was left out.

Our fist morning starter with a slow and lazy getting out of bed. The culprit was the fabulous uninterrupted tranquil sleep we had.  The bed was too comfortable and still calling my name, but we had plans....our plans were simple: coffee, breakfast, pool.  Once we were done with our first cup of coffee we went straight to the bistro.

The selection is ample and varied at the bistro for all 3 meals. I loved the rounded booths with their own TV and remote control.
After enjoying our meal we headed out to the pool area where spent my time between the water, lounge chair, and my office for the afternoon.  I was in heaven, taking in the peace and quiet of the moment.

Ahhhh, I can do this forever!  I even forgot about lunch!
What a great escape.
In addition to all this, the hotel is located very near a private jet airport, and a couple of malls. It is also 25 minutes from the beach, so you do have everything you need at an arm’s reach from your little private paradise at Miami Lakes Courtyard Marriott  We truly uncovered a gem in Miramar.
If you are ever thinking about visiting the area, or even Miami, this would be a perfect central base for you with the added benefit of all what Marriott stands for. Of course, unwinding and getting in touch with your inner cool and chill is easy here, so next time I feel stress creeping up, I am giving myself a time out to indulge at this property!

I am rubbing my lamp for many more Florida Wishes’ to come true!  Tell us, what would your #FloridaWish heart's desire be?

Join in and be sure to follow the #FloridaWish fun at  FacebookTwitter & Pinterest so you don't miss a thing, and we can enjoy together all what the "Wish You Were Here" Marriott campaign is bringing us.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dusty Soars above our Parks in Fire & Rescue - New Disney Animated Film

We were invited to the advance screening for the new Disney movie Fire & Rescue, and we were on a countdown to today July 18th, when the movie is in theaters, so we could watch it again!
As big fans of the Cars / Plane franchise we had been waiting for this movie eagerly.  So much was the anticipation and wait at our household that the little ones have put together a few pitch ideas for Disney on movies to create for us :-)

Here is the trailer of the movie for you:

Here is the synopsis of the movie
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), 

For us Dusty soars again with a great story courage to accept and make the best out of the changes we face in life.  Noble themes of helping others and self-sacrifice are more than evident in the film.  A a great value lesson for the children moment for parents.  We won't tell anymore about the movie so you can discover for yourself in a theater near you.  Take the kids, the entire family will enjoy this beautifully made animation film.
cool moms cool tips #fireandrescue florida wilfire prevention team

Before we let you go to the theater, we just wanted to mention how we love that the movie is a nod to all those who help preserve our forests. So we join in the party and invite you to enjoy our amazing National Parks responsibly.  As Smokey the Bear says: "Remember: Only you can prevent forest fires.
cool moms cool tips Everglades wildfire prevention team #fireandrescue

Keep updated with eveything related to Fire & Rescue visitng the site Disney.com/Planes and following social media on  Facebook and Twitter 

See you at the movies!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Don't Miss Out on the 3 Last Stops of the IKEA Cafecito Truck in Miami!

The biggest buzz  this summer? IKEA is coming to Miami!!!
You and I have been anxiously waiting  for opening day, and it is coming soon!  Stay tuned for the big day announcement.

 As you’ve probably seen or heard around town, the IKEA Cafecito truck has been making rounds in advance of the grand opening of the new IKEA Miami store near the Doral area.  
It has already been to he Galleria GUM in Wynwood featuring high-design items for fast-paced city life where displayed, as well as The Grove where  sand sculptures of iconic IKEA products  were placed at CocoWalk and Peacock Park.

There are three stops left, so while  we  get our IKEA Miami store  shopping on,  let's  enjoy some coffee, and admire IKEA’s signature home furnishing products. 
Need more incentive?  I know you don't but just in case, we wanted to share that at these stops you can enter to win for different  giveaway prizes. 

Here are the final 3 stops:

  • Marlins Park Family DayJuly 20 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: IKEA invites parents and children to enjoy Family Day at Marlins Park and a chance to win IKEA and Marlin prizes before the game including VIP game tickets and goodie bags.
  • Domino Day in Little Havana’s Maximo Gomez ParkJuly 25 2- 10 p.m.: Enjoy a game of dominoes while sipping IKEA coffee and relaxing in the some of the retailer’s most popular furnishings. 
  • Zoo MiamiJuly 27  9 a.m.- 1 p.m.: While exploring the Zoo, guests can stop by the IKEA Cafecito truck for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

In addition to the coffee stops, you can also com by and admire chalk art!
·         Miami International MallJuly 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.:  unique 3D chalk-art of IKEA products will be featured!  I am sure these will be amazing images to share on Instagram with our friends!

Don't forget to share your photos of the IKEA Glass Truck driving around town showcasing a small scale bedroom setting!  I haven't caught a glimpse of that yet, but you know I will be sharing with the world when I do!

See you at the IKEA Cafecito stops and at  the chalk- art viewing!