Janie Flores

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Hispanicize 2013…multiplication

In About on April 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams

Margarita at Mercadito Restaurant

Margarita at Mercadito Restaurant

The fabulous Susana Baker

The fabulous Susana Baker

Having some fun with Visit Orlando

Having some fun with Visit Orlando

The host of Miami Al Maximo, Aisha Duran, interviewing the legendary Luis Hernandez

The host of Miami Al Maximo, Aisha Duran, interviewing the legendary Luis Hernandez

Enjoying a baseball game on the last evening of #Hispz13 at the Marlins Stadium

Enjoying a baseball game on the last evening of #Hispz13 at the Marlins Stadium

April was a fabulous month for Abuela de Miami, mostly because of Hispanicize 2013 and the ongoing relationships that have developed as a result of that life changing phenomena. Rarely does an event come along that acts as a catalyst for change, transformation, advancement, development, connections, progress and most importantly “amistad”, friendship. We caught a glimpse of the powerful future we are creating and leaving for our next generations. Each of us, whether blogger, brand, sponsor, celebrity, panelist or expert, consciously or subconsciously realized that we were part of an historic event which left its imprint on all of us and therefore all we touch…multiplication effect.

It does my ’40 something’ heart good to see major brands present and actively pursuing the Hispanic market in the USA. I can recall when we weren’t even an afterthought. One thing that we haven’t lost is our loyalty and appreciation of those brands that take us into account. Who would have thought that Sherwin Williams, that icon of American ingenuity, would consider us influential enough that they would take a group of Latina blogueras on a fabulous art tour and then wine and dine us at an icon of Mexican ingenuity, Mercadito Restaurant, where the elegant Yves Stoopen and his staff received us with that wonderful Mexican hospitality and margaritas! And a number of my fellow bloggers have mentioned the thoughtfulness that was put into the swag we all received that evening.

It truly was the most enjoyable working event Abuela de Miami has been a part of and I am very appreciative and can’t say enough good things about Manny Ruiz and his team. I have to admit that my energy flagged a bit between workshops on learning how to better manage and develop my social media presence, to connecting with my fellow bloggers, to lining up interviews for Miami al Maximo, to dealing with cameramen who didn’t have the skill of my usual guy, to making sure I met some of the key brand and agency reps in attendance, and it’s not over yet, now I have to get up the courage to contact them and pitch my show, my blog, etc.

Most importantly my Twitter, Facebook and Abuela de Miami blog have blown up and I am now following people with names like Bohemian Babushka, Mamicool, Mamiverse, Coupon Mamacita, Urban Jibaro, Los Tweens, Las Gringas, Webcity Girls, Sazón Boricua, Spoiled Latina, Boomer Wizdom, Crafty Chica and a host of others, too many to mention!

A great ending to April and now ready to meet May head on!
Bendiciones,
Abuela de Miami

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#swpintura tour starts off hispanicize2013

In About on April 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Under the Threading Light Exhibit by Gabriel Dawe       Threading Light by Gabriel Dawe

Hispanicize 2013 started off with a bang for the Latina Mom bloggers!  We were treated to a special tour of Wynwood galleries by Sherwin Williams & the host of Extreme Makeover Latin America, the lovely Sonia Velazquez.  The #swpintura tour took us to the Zadok Gallery and the legendary Bernice Steinbaum, where we saw a magnificent creation by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe entitled Threading Light.  The vibrant colors were created by a combination of light and thread coming together in a unique and complex structure.  The ethereal beauty was breathtaking and transformational for this abuela from Miami.  It evoked a childlike delight as I absorbed in the “wonder of it all.”   Beautiful God-given genius!

If you are in Miami I urge you to go see it before the end of April, as it will be disassembled by the artist in May and formed into smaller works of art.  Zadok Gallery is located at 2534 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL  33127.  You can go to www.zadokgallery.com for more information.

Hispanicize 2013

In About on April 17, 2013 at 3:18 am

IMG_1929 I was at Hispanicize2013 last week, it is a fabulous conference for Bloggers/Social Media/Journalism/Film/Music headed up by Manny Ruiz, his wife Angelica and a wonderful team of people. Had the best time, made some new friends, learned a lot and worked a lot. There were terrific workshops, events, movie premieres, concerts and the cameras from Miami Al Maximo were there. We shot some great interviews with the cream of the blogging world and with some well known celebrities! This abuela soaked her sore little feet over the weekend and now back to more exciting adventures this week! I will post some more pics over the next few days of Hispanicize2013. Bendiciones!

Hobnobbing!

In About on April 9, 2013 at 7:13 am

This “abuela de Miami” is out and about hobnobbing with the movers and shakers of marketing and advertising. I had the privilege of joining a special tour of some of the art galleries in the Design District here in Miami, all sponsored by Sherwin Williams. They know how to throw a party! And we capped it off with a seven course meal at Mercadito Restaurant. I have to confess that my little feet hurt by the end of the night, but here we go again for a day of making connections and sharing the knowledge at Hispanicize2013. I’ll post some pics soon!
Bendiciones, Abuela de Miami!

YOUNG Hispanic Abuelas

In About on April 7, 2013 at 2:01 am
Abuela de Miami at NATPE 2013

Abuela de Miami at NATPE 2013

Ok, here is my first take on being a Latina grandma…I can’t relate to pictures of white haired grandparents! My mom wasn’t quite 40 when I made her a grandmother, I was just about to turn 40 when I became a grandmother. Many of my friends are already abuelas and they aren’t even 50 yet! Advertisers, marketers, brands, magazines, TV shows, WAKE UP, we are a young segment of the population. I am a long way from retiring, from using a cane or from calling it quits.

My little princesa

In About on April 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Abuela de Miami!

In About on April 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

“Abuela de Miami” (grandma from Miami), that’s what my granddaughter calls me! She lives in the Midwest, I live in Miami, but the distance is no match for this “abuela.” Like many Latina grandmothers, I became an abuela at a young age, so I work, play, and am still conquering the world. This blog is dedicated to all the abuela’s who love their grandkids, whether near or far! I’ll share what I’ve learned along the way as well as new tidbits of information in the areas of family, finances, fashion, fitness, fun, faith, media, technology you name it! I especially want to hear from the abuelas who became a grandmother at a young age. We are a special group!

Bendiciones,
Abuela de Miami