Janie Flores

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STAFF at Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston Called Police to Arrest Undocumented Latina in Front of Her Two Young Daughters

In About on September 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Map of Northeast Women's Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

Map of Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

I came across a story on my twitter feed this morning posted by @KidsImmigration that just breaks my grandmotherly heart on so many levels.  An undocumented mother in Houston was arrested in front of her two daughters at her doctor’s office, Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic, after the staff called police because they “suspected” she was using false documents.  An avalanche of questions exploded in my mind!

Who does such a cruel thing?  What motivates someone to tear someone’s life apart in front of her children?  And who is the “staff” at the Northeast Women’s Healthcare clinic in Houston, TX who would do that to a patient in their clinic?  There is usually a self-righteous instigator, agitator, initiator who bullies the rest to go along with this type of behavior.  Who was it?  Was it Dr. David J. Bonilla, was it Dr. Vonne Jones, was it Dr. Miles E. Mahan, was it RN Penny Norman, was it RN Susana Kataka-Gitu?  Why didn’t someone stand up and say this is not part of our job?  Is this the type of action that Memorial Hermann Medical Group encourages and condones from their employees? Does President & CEO Dan Woltermann applaud the actions of the staff?  What happened to the Hippocratic Oath the doctors swore to uphold? Is the state of women’s health care and medical care in general such that providers have now become an active part of law enforcement and Homeland Security?  Are these doctors to be trusted?

This is a sad day for us.   Whichever side of the immigration debate you stand on, this was not handled correctly.  This was hateful and vindictive.  And where are the evangelical Christian voices in Houston who should be opposed to this type of heartless, cruel action?  I call on the Christian community to express disapproval and indignation that a person made in God’s own image could be treated so inhumanely:  Lakewood Church, Second Baptist Church, Fellowship Church, The Woodlands Church, New Light Church, The Fountain of Praise, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Church Without Walls, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Community of Faith, Champion Forest Baptist Church…

Familia, we should not remain quiet in the face of the injustices that continue to pile up against our community nationwide.  We must voice our concern on social media, call your government officials to account, call the media to account, and stop patronizing and supporting organizations that mistreat our people.  Hold these individuals, companies, organizations accountable for their actions.  We are on the moral right of this issue!

‘He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19

‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:19

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:33-34

“The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  Psalms 146:9





From the Northeast Women’s Healthcare website at http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/locations/mhmg-northeast-women-s-healthcare/:

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers


Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala 2014

In About on December 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Abuela de Miami and Abuelo de Miami attended the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, December 6th.  It was one of those rare, beautiful, cool South Florida evenings accompanied by a gentle breeze.  Hundreds poured onto the Seaquarium grounds where tents had been set up.  Food and drink were aplenty, and the music was jammin’.  The highlight of the night for abuela and abuelo de Miami was Grupo Niche.  They delighted the crowd with their classics as everyone sang and danced along.  From the iconoc “Revolotea” to “Gotas de Lluvia” to “Una Aventura” they gave their all to Miami that evening. You can visit Abuela de Miami’s Instagram account @jflores111 to watch a couple of videos which I uploaded.

The grounds were so large that I didn’t see any of my fellow Carnaval Miami VIP Ambassadors although I knew they were there because I was continually receiving their posts on social media.  It was the perfect event to kick off a very busy holiday season.  Looking forward to the upcoming events.  Follow here or at @abuelademiami, @carnaval_miami to receive updates.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Abuela de Miami

Abuela de Miami VIP Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015

In About on December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables


Abuela de Miami named a VIP Culture Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015!

Abuela de Miami had so much fun at Carnaval on the Mile 2014 and Calle Ocho 2014 that she was thrilled when she was chosen for Carnaval Miami 2015 as a VIP culture ambassador!  As a member of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas she had the opportunity to submit her name for consideration, and at the Carnaval Preview Party on November 10th at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables she was given the great news along with a number of the other VIP ambassadors in attendance.

Carnaval Miami is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and includes a number of events during the months of February and January which include Carnaval on the Mile, Miss Carnaval Miami, Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament and the nation’s largest Latin street party, CALLE OCHO!  For the past 37 years these events have made it possible for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to raise funds for scholarships, projects and programs which benefit the youth in the community.  Many of the youth who participate in the educational and recreational programs start as small children remain until they become young adults heading off to Florida universities with the scholarships given to them by the Kiwanis Club.

Carnaval on the Mile is a two day festival located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables filled with art, music, food and fun for the entire family.   Next year it is from Saturday – Sunday, March 7 – 8, 2015.

Calle Ocho is held on a Sunday in Little Havana between SW 8th Street and 27th Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   There are blocks full of booths with Latin food from every country, stages with the hottest Latin performers, children’s activities and companies giving away samples to the hundreds of thousands who show up to party!  Next year the event is on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Abuela de Miami will be posting on the events taking place as we head into Carnaval season.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbuelaDeMiami and @Carnaval_Miami for the most recent updates.

#PoweringSafety with the Energizer Bunny!

In About on October 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm
#PoweringSafety event

#PoweringSafety event

#PoweringSafety with the Energizer Bunny!

Hi friends and family,

Abuela de Miami wants to make sure you change the BATTERIES on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks one hour back on November 2nd. I recently had the opportunity of personally meeting the Energizer Bunny during a stop he made at the Home Depot Store in Little Havana where the City of Miami Fire-Rescue where sharing fire safety tips with the local community.

The Energizer Bunny shared 7 great tips to ensure that you and your family are protected:

1. Count Your Smoke Alarms, Be sure there is at least one smoke alarm less than ten years old installed on every level of your home, including one in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
2. Change Your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and fire experts nationwide encourage people to change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries annually. An easy way to remember to do so is to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks back to standard time November 2.
3. Check Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. After inserting a fresh battery in each smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, push the safety test button to make sure alarms are in proper-working condition. Conduct
this test monthly. Never disconnect your smoke alarm battery! Remember that a “chirping” alarm is a signal it needs a fresh battery.
4. Clean Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Ensure your smoke alarms’ and carbon monoxide detectors’ sensitivity by cleaning them each month of dust and cobwebs.
5. Replace Your Smoke Alarms. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and having a combination of both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms to keep you alert to all types of home fires.
6. Change Your Flashlight Batteries. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries at your
bedside for help in finding the way out and signaling for help in the event of a fire.
7. Get the Whole Family Involved. Once smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and have fresh batteries, you should make sure family members, children in particular, know what the alarms and detectors sound like and what to do should they go off.

Visit http://www.energizer.com/CYCCYB for more information.

Go the following url for a chance to win a prize during #FireSafetyMonth: https://www.facebook.com/EnergizerBunny
Post on the Energizer Bunny timeline and tell us how your family stays fire-safe using the #PoweringSafety hashtag for a chance to win an Energizer fire safety prize pack! You have a chance to win every week in October! Rules: http://www.energizer.com/programs/Pages/cyccyb-social-sweeps.aspx

BJ’s Holiday Shopping Tour

In About on November 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm



The holidays are upon us and Abuela de Miami was invited to an Exclusive Holiday Preview Event at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Kendall. Just in time, because with the launch of her new show, handling the marketing for an upcoming short film and preparing for a phenomenal 2014, the holidays were the last thing on my mind.

We were welcomed by the friendly staff at BJ’s and taken on a tour of the club, where our guide highlighted some of the unique policies and items offered at BJ’s. One of the most important policies is that BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons! This is fabulous news for a startup business owner like Abuela de Miami who has to make her money stretch. Another interesting note is that many of the toys sold at BJ’s come with a bonus item in the package. Christmas Cheer!

Abuela de Miami’s tight budget is accompanied by a tight schedule and thankfully BJ’s makes it very convenient for Abuela de Miami to do grocery shopping and Christmas shopping all at once. While I was touring the store I made a mental note of some great holiday gifts for family, friends and clients. Of special note are the “break-apart” gifts like Ghirardelli’s 4 Pack Cocoa Mugs for $19.99 which are individually packaged. 4 gifts for one low price!

Abuela de Miami was not a member of any large wholesale club because it is just Abuelo de Miami and me at home, and buying in bulk seemed like a waste, particularly for grocery items like meat. However, BJ’s has an in store butcher who will repackage the meat items to your specifications and the value price remains the same. Add to that the great prices on gas and Abuela de Miami considered it worthwhile to sign up for a membership.

The tour was capped off by a luncheon where Abuela de Miami had a taste of some of the delicacies found at BJ’s like specialty cheeses, lobster dip, fancy crackers, vegetable trays, fruit trays, sausage and cheese trays and decadent desserts which you can quickly pick up on your way to that holiday party or family potluck.

Getting ready for the holiday season is easier than ever if you use BJ’s as a resource for your holiday shopping while saving time and money.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad!

NAMI Walk, Saturday, November 9th

In About on November 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

One of Abuela de Miami’s fellow abuela’s, Bohemian Babushka is very involved with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness of mental illness. Today they are holding a walkathon in Coconut Creek, Fl. They have a schedule of great activities for the whole family during the event. Here are some of the activities taking place at the walk:
Walk Warm-up
Team Poster Making Station
Meaningful Messages Wall – Create your own words or pictures of inspiration to share with walkers on our Meaningful Messages Wall. We provide the supplies, you supply the inspiration!
What does mental health mean to you?
Have a favorite quote? Share it!
Draw a picture of Walk Day activities
Words of encouragement
Positive Thoughts
Chair Massages
Doggie Treats and Water Station
Dog Costume
Pet Parade with prizes for
Best Pet CostumeNAMI walks
Pet/Owner Look Alike
Best in Show
Mental Health Therapy Dog Exhibition
Arts & Crafts for children
Face Painting
Special Animal Characters

Hula Hoop Contest
Bean Bag Toss
Fire Truck Demonstration courtesy of Coconut Creek Fire Department
Broward Sheriff’s Office Display Cars and Information
Line Dancing

Wow! Sounds like fun! So do something meaningful and educational for the kids while having fun together!

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!

Abuela de Miami