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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Please Stop Killing Your Babies


There is so much sadness and hurt in this world today.  Yesterday on the news I saw how a mother who just delivered her beautiful baby girl placed her in a plastic bag and dumped her in the woods. 

This is baby India, named by the police.  A beautiful healthy baby girl found in a plastic bag dumped in the woods.  Thank God a family heard her screams (they thought it was a cat and went to investigate) and called the police.  This mother, we can only assume she's very young, could have brought the baby to one of the Safe Haven places in her area.  

As a mother, this hurts me.  There are so many of us that struggled to have children.  I am blessed with my miracle baby girl (not so baby anymore) but I can't have any more children. I didn't want to be part of the one and done club. I have two sisters but grew up with so many cousins.  I've always dreamt of having a big family so that my kid(s) could experience that.  I had to do IVF many times, I suffered an ectopic pregnancy.  I cry every single time I hear a story like this or of parents killing or hurting their kids.  

These beautiful babies didn't deserve this.  I would have taken Baby India with loving, open arms as many of us would have. I would have taken any of those children.  For those of us that cannot have any more children, for those of us that struggle to conceive, for those of us that are always willing to open our homes and welcome another child, we beg you, please stop hurting the children. 



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Saying Goodbye To Elementary School

1st day of 3rd grade
My baby girl is growing up way too fast.  This past year seemed to have really flown by.  

We finished 3rd grade about two weeks ago.  I cried!  Honestly, I sort of ugly cried.  Buggs is my one and only. I will never get to experience this again.  I no longer have an elementary school kid.  Come fall we enter 4th grade - middle school.  Whaaaa!!  Those words, I'm still not used to saying them.  No longer will we walk the halls in that part of the building.  Middle schoolers will need to wear uniforms - that I'm happy about- no more shopping for school clothes.  I still can't believe that it's over and now it's officially summer.  The good thing about that is that Mami gets a break from all her sports activities.  This kid just never stops. 

I'm so blessed to have such an amazing daughter.  She's a strong, independent, funny, full of emotions, cheeky little bugger.  Holy shit - she's so much like me and I'm in for it!!  

These past few years have been awesome.  I love being one of the chaperones on her school trips.  I always make sure that I'm available and she will always ask. I hope that continues in mmmmmiddle school.  As the end of the year was approaching quickly we would talk about how my baby is getting older.  I would pretend to cry but the real tears would creep up and she would hug me and tell me that she'll always be my baby.  I would promise to hold her to that and remind her of those words when she's a tween and no longer wants to hang out with Mami and I would get the eye roll.  

To say that I'm beyond proud of my Buggs is an understatement.  She amazes me every.single.day.  I can't wait to see all that she will accomplish in the coming years.  As much as it hurts to see my little girl growing up so fast I also cannot wait to see her grow into the amazing beautiful young lady she is becoming.  

I'm so proud of you baby girl.  You are my WHY!  You inspire me.  Keep reaching for the stars mi amor!!!!   
Last day of 3rd grade

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I'm Georgia - Adopt Me!!


Hi everyone!  Hope y'all had a great Memorial weekend. 

Remember me, Georgia?  I just wanted to let you know that I'm still available for adoption, ya know, just in case you're looking for a wicked awesome, pretty, goofy, snugglable puppy.  I'm learning so much and I know how to sit very pretty and learning to stay and so many things from my brother.  Mami also says my potty training is going well - some days.

I love playing with my siblings.  I follow my brother around and I love wrestling with my sister Jada and sometimes I just play by myself and then when I'm tired I just go in my crate.  I love my crate.  I get to go on so many walks and Mami takes me to my human sister's softball games.  Everyone there tells me how awesome and pretty and show soft I am. I love meeting new people.  I'm a little shy at first but then warm up to everyone.  All the new surroundings scare me a little but I'm getting used to it - that's part of learning right? 

I hope my new home has a fenced in yard and siblings.  I love running around the yard like it's the Indy 500 and chasing my siblings.  If you have any questions about me you can ask Mami anything and you can also go to www.satoheartrescue.org and fill out an application.  I promise you, you won't regret it!! 

 








Friday, May 3, 2019

Sato Puppies - From The Streets To Fur-Ever Homes


There is so much puppy love going on here that it'll melt your heart. I've recently teamed up with another rescue - Sato Heart Rescue located in Milford, NH.   

Sato - pronounced Saw-toe is Puerto Rican slang for street or stray dog.  For the most part, these dogs are small to medium size.  My boxer mix is from PR and I've also had a pure boxer from PR as well.  If you've ever traveled to Puerto Rican, you probably saw your share of dogs on the beach or strays running around.  Growing up my sisters and I spent our summers in PR with my family.  I didn't notice it as much but it was probably because my family knew to distract me whenever they would see them because they knew I would want to bring them home with me.  I had a passion for rescue even then.  This is my second rescue from PR.  The previous one I worked with I was the liaison between the locals in PR and the team here.  It was so overwhelming with so many puppies needing help and the hardest part was not being there to help.  Many times I would reach out to my family and try and get them to foster.  

Last night my daughter and I (who's just as passionate as I am about rescue) spent some time at the quarantine facility playing with the puppies and cleaning out the kennels.  My daughter fell in love with little Miss Mia, a lab mix.  We had so much fun.

We have new puppies coming in soon and of course, we are always in need of foster homes.  Many people don't like to foster because they'll get attached to the dog, yes, it's true but remember that you're doing just as great a service by fostering as you are by adopting.  There are so many dogs that are in shelters or waiting to be surrendered but we need foster homes to bring them in.  

I started my rescue work with Boxer Rescue back in 2000 when I was looking to get a big dog, I already had two small dogs.  I wanted every breed out there but decided on boxers.  I decided to become a foster mom to make sure this was the right breed for me.  

My first foster was a five month old.  His family surrendered him because he had Diabetic Insipidus and couldn't afford to treat him.  I had him for about a month and cried like a baby when he was adopted.  After a week I was ready for my next foster.  I realized then how much I loved the breed and I absolutely loved fostering.  I found my passion!!! It's been 19 amazing years and I've been a foster flunky many times!!   The first two rescues are no longer around and I've been with my current one, The Boxer Rescue for about five years now.  Rescue groups need so much help and I can't imagine ever giving it up.

Please consider opening up your home to fosters and if you can't there are many other ways to help.  Are you good at fundraising? Are you a social media expert?  We never turn down a volunteer!


Monday, April 1, 2019

Es Por Ti and Your Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Juanes out May 3rd

I remember those moments trying to get my daughter to sleep. She was never a napper or a big sleeper.  I used to keep cranking the little music on her mobile over and over and over.

For parents that pray for sleep and babies that need a little luz de noche, Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Juanes is out May 3rd on CMH Label Group. Featuring gorgeous, lullaby versions of his best-known and beloved cuts, the album swaps the guitar solos and red-hot heat of Juanes' original tracks for beautiful bells and glockenspiels. The perfect way to introduce babies to one of the most iconic Latin artists of all time, 'Juanes' is as enrapturing as a sea of sweet rain drops.

A thirteen-song collection spanning nearly two decades of hits, Lullaby Renditions of Juanes takes ‘una hora de dormir normal’ to the next level, and is Rockabye Baby's first-ever release in the Latin music world.


Listen to LA CAMISA NEGRA - HERE

Here are a list of the tracks:


1.    A DIOS LE PIDO
2.    ES POR TI
3.    ME ENAMORA
4.    YERBATERO
5.    LA LUZ
6.    ES TARDE
7.    FUEGO
8.    LA CAMISA NEGRA
9.    MALA GENTE
10.  GOTAS DE AGUA DULCE
11.  FÍJATE BIEN
12.  VOLVERTE A VER
13.  FOTOGRAFÍA


About Rockabye Baby

A part of Silver Lake, CA's CMH Label Group, Rockabye Baby has taken the sounds of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Nirvana, and more, and turned them into gentle, instrumental lullabies. Rockabye Baby has sold over 1.8 million CDs and 2 million digital track downloads, while garnering more than 500 million streams from close to 100 releases. The series has earned praise from Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, HuffPost, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Vice Noisey, and NPR Music, who calls the series “…fully realized and deftly orchestrated.”

SPANISH

Yo recuerdo esos momentos tratando de hacer dormir a mi hija. Ella nunca dormia por mucho tiempo y yo tenia que poner la musica dela cuna cada rato.

Para los padres que a Dios le piden por un poco de sueño y los bebés que necesitan un poco de luz de noche, Rockabye Baby! Juanes rendiciones de cuna de CMH Label Group saldrá a la venta el 3 de mayo. Con hermosas versiones de canción de cuna de sus melodías más conocidas y queridas, el álbum cambia los solos de guitarra y el ritmo al rojo vivo de las canciones originales de Juanes por bellas campanas y xilofones. La manera perfecta de presentarles a los bebés uno de los artistas latinos más emblemáticos de la historia, 'Juanes' es tan cautivante como un océano de gotas de agua dulce.

Juanes rendiciones de cuna es una colección de trece canciones que abarcan casi dos décadas de éxitos y lleva una hora de dormir normal al siguiente nivel, además de ser el primer lanzamiento de Rockabye Baby que incursiona en el mundo de la música latina.
Escucha LA CAMISA NEGRA - AQUI



Listado de canciones:

1.    A DIOS LE PIDO
2.    ES POR TI
3.    ME ENAMORA
4.    YERBATERO
5.    LA LUZ
6.    ES TARDE
7.    FUEGO
8.    LA CAMISA NEGRA
9.    MALA GENTE
10.  GOTAS DE AGUA DULCE
11.  FÍJATE BIEN
12.  VOLVERTE A VER
13.  FOTOGRAFÍA


Sobre Rockabye Baby
Parte de CMH Label Group ubicado en Silver Lake, California, Rockabye Baby ha convertido las melodías de Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, Metallica, Taylor Swift y Nirvana, entre otros artistas, en suaves rendiciones de cuna instrumentales. Hasta la fecha se han vendido más de 1.8 millones de discos compactos de Rockabye Baby, sus canciones se descargaron 2 millones de veces y tuvieron más de 500 millones de reproducciones de casi 100 lanzamientos. La serie recibió los elogios de Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, HuffPost, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Vice Noisey y NPR Music, que la alabó como una colección “…totalmente realizada y orquestada con gran destreza”.






Wednesday, March 27, 2019

March Is Blood Clot Awareness Month

Luke Perry.  I remember the 90210 days so vividly.  I never missed an episode. Dylon McKay was one of my favorite characters.  He was such a bad boy.   Were you a fan?  RIP Luke.

I have to admit that it was a shock to hear that Luke passed away.  At 52, he was way too young. When I read that his stroke was from an "ischemic cerebrovascular accident" it terrified me even more.  A stroke is when clot blocks a blood vessel and prevents oxygen and blood from reaching the brain.   As a stroke survivor, we always worry about another potential clot.  My stroke was a T.I.A - Transient Ischemic Attack, also known as a mini stroke.  TIA's may be a sign of a full blown stroke ahead. As the single mother of a young daughter, this freaks me out even more.

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the symptoms of a STROKE as they are of a Heart Attack.  I will admit, prior to my stroke, I had no idea what the signs and symptoms were. I remember that day vividly back in May 2007.  Even as my colleague was driving me to the hospital we were joking around and I had no idea what was happening.  While in the hospital after running many tests they also found a hole in my heart called a PFO - Patent Foramen Ovale. A PFO is a hole between the left and right upper champers of the heart.  We all have this "hole" in uterus and generally it closes naturally after we are born.

In my case, we think my TIA was caused by the high dose of birth control I was put on while going through IVF- InVitro Fertilization.  Did you know there are about 274 people that die of clots every year?   I encourage you all to recognize the signs and symptoms of a blood clot.  Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and learn all about it at Stop The Clot .

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Five Reasons To Drink Protein Shakes


When you talk to someone about healthy eating and drinking protein shakes you sometimes get that look when someone is making a "eeeww, that's disgusting" look.  But health shakes can be absolutely delicious especially when you can be really creative with what you put in it.

I'm giving you five reasons why it's a good reason to  drink protein shakes but honestly I could give you so many other ones especially because you see and feel the amazing results from it.  

1. My protein shake has about 16 grams of protein per drink which includes fruits and veggie based ingredients.  We're talking about chia, green tea and pomegranate and maca to name a few.  These super ingredients are great in helping your body react to stress and enzymes that support gut health.
2. Helps curb those sugar cravings.  When you're on a health kick the last thing you need chasing you around are your sugar cravings.  If you have no will power then you're in trouble.  When I drink my shake, all of those cravings just go away.  That is not to say that I don't treat myself and eat that cookie once in a while.  So the next time you start reaching for that bag of cookies maybe you could make a delicious shake instead.
3. Helps increase your veggie intake.  If your like me and not a big veggie eater then drinking your vegetables can be a lot easier.  Have you tried throwing some spinach in there or perhaps cauliflower rice to make a nice creamy shake?
4. No artificial anything.  When I decided to start my journey on clean eating, I knew this protein shake was for me. I know I am nourishing my body with good stuff.
5. Great source of fiber.  We know how important fiber is for our diet.  It keeps us fuller and it keeps our system flowing.  Because we feel fuller when we add fiber to our diet we are less likely to hit the vending machine because we think we are hungry.
Drinking a protein shake provides so many other health benefits.  For me, I noticed a difference after about two months of drinking my super foods shakes.  Back in September I was able to get off my thyroid medicine that I had been on for many years.  Dealing with Hypothyroidism wasn't easy.  It was a constant roller coaster ride.  Legally I can't say that drinking my super foods protein shakes "cured" my Hypothyroid issues but I can honestly say that since I started drinking my shakes I've been able to stay off my medicine for good and I feel much better than when I was taking my thyroid medicine.

Drink up my friends! Share your shake recipe below so we can find new ones to try.

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