Janie Flores

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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.

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!


In About on November 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Abuela de Miami finally had a full office day and I accomplished quite a bit, including sending out the press release for the cocktail launch event for MIAMI AL MAXIMO. Our first season was chock full of celebrities and entrepreneurs who live in Miami and have worked to make it a world class city. We visit a different neighborhood in each episode, and for those of you who like me are not originally from Miami it is pleasantly surprising to see how diverse Miami really is. We visited Doral, Brickell, Kendall, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Downtown, Design District and this week we’re cruising through Homestead and interviewing a number if the drivers from NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. NASCAR is making a concerted effort to reach out to Hispanics and draw them into becoming loyal fans by increasing the number of Hispanic race car drivers. We interviewed German Qiuroga, Sergio Peña, Daniel Suarez, Bryan Ortiz and even got to visit the garage and pit area! I’m looking forward to going back this year.