2014 #AMAs RED CARPET

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Today’s hottest artist go head to head tonight in the 42 annual American Music Awards. This years host is Mr.305 Pitbull, a few of the anticipated performers are Taylor Swift, JLo, Iggy Azalea and OneD.

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MY NBC 6 In The Mix Parent-to-Parent Segment on Gratitude

wpid-wp-1416669660255.jpegSo, I recently stopped by NBC “6 In The Mix” to chat with the shows host Roxanne Vargas about Gratitude. My segment was for the South Florida Magazine segment of Parent to Parent: Teaching Kids Gratitude. This was my first time on live television, but not my first time in front of the camera, but I was nervous none the less.

We covered 3 of the 5 Ways to Create An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Kids from my article in the November 2014 issue of South Florida Parenting Magazine. The experience was fun but quick and totally not like my Walmart commercial which took up most of the day. Either way I am extremely grateful for having had the experience. I’m just happy that this was something that I could share with my readers and the Miami audience, that may be useful in transforming kids to be more gracious.

Watch the segment HERE Parent to Parent: Teaching Kids Gratitude

 

New for Special Needs Parents in Miami: We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym + Giveaway

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For parents with children of special needs, it’s sometimes hard to find a place where you can take you kids to play, without the “odd glances” that you may get at the park. We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is EXACTLY what Miami has needed, a place so unique and special for children to grow, learn and most importantly have fun!

As a mom with a child on the spectrum I know how difficult it can be to find activities that are fun and therapeutic. So when I saw the gym follow me on Instagram, I began to dig into finding out more and how my son and his friends can benefit from this kids gym.

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We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is an all-inclusive gym that allows children of all ability levels to be able to play and grow together, they offer specialized classes, programs and equipment for children with autism. This allows the team to offer fantastic autism support services such as their classes that help to develop social and physical skills, sensory play equipment to help develop sensory skills and finer motor skills. And large play equipment to help develop the larger muscle groups as well as the fun and enjoyment that comes from working in a group and playing together.

The gym will also have The Rock Shop, located in We Rock the Spectrum Miami, offering parents the best selection of hand picked sensory-based toys and puzzles like Melissa & Doug Puzzles and Games, Gluten Free Playdough and Puzzle Piece Jewelry

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Here are a few of the details, the WRTS Miami owners Barbi Lopez and Stacy Yurubi are both graduates of Education and work as therapist for special needs kids. A class schedule has not been posted yet but make sure to check in a few days, ther is also space for parties and a quiet room. WRTS will have its Grand Opening on November 29 from 10-5 at the new location 10832 sw 104 ST just across the street from Miami Dade College kendall campus. The fee is $12 per child and 20% of the proceeds will go to My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation.

Interested in winning 5 Day Open Play Pass? ENTER HERE >> And make sure to share this with your special needs educators and parents.
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A new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4

Looks like the “snake” is outta woody’s boot! Disney•Pixar’s have revealed plans for “Toy Story 4″.
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John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three “Toy Story” films.

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Director John Lasseter works with members of his story team on Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Miami’s LIFE RADIO 90.9 announces Harvest Crusade Miami coming March 2015

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General Manager Chip Lusko of 90.9 LIFE FM Radio announced this morning  that Greg Laurie will bring HARVEST CRUSADE to Miami this upcoming March 21, 2014, and will take place at the Bank United Center.

This is awesome news! I’m a huge fan of Greg Laurie, and listen to his messages every morning at 8 am as I take my son to school.

Greg is passionate about telling people about Jesus Christ in a way that is friendly, that is understandable, and that is culturally relevant. But yet he does not want to compromise that biblical message–that story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how He can change lives.

Thousands of people have responded to that invitation. Why? Because there is power in the message of the gospel. That is why the apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.” Yes, there is power in the message of the gospel.

The Miami Harvest is a Free event and will be on March 21, 2015. Phil Wickham and Dominic Balli will provide the music and Greg will bring a simple straightforward gospel message. I invite you to come be a part!

Miami’s LIFE RADIO 90.9 announces Harvest Crusade Miami coming March 2015

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General Manager Chip Lusko of 90.9 LIFE FM Radio announced this morning  that Greg Laurie will bring HARVEST CRUSADE to Miami this upcoming March 21, 2014, and will take place at the Bank United Center.

This is awesome news! I’m a huge fan of Greg Laurie, and listen to his messages every morning at 8 am as I take my son to school.

Greg is passionate about telling people about Jesus Christ in a way that is friendly, that is understandable, and that is culturally relevant. But yet he does not want to compromise that biblical message–that story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how He can change lives.

Thousands of people have responded to that invitation. Why? Because there is power in the message of the gospel. That is why the apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.” Yes, there is power in the message of the gospel.

The Miami Harvest is a Free event and will be on March 21, 2015. Phil Wickham and Dominic Balli will provide the music and Greg will bring a simple straightforward gospel message. I invite you to come be a part!

“THE BOOK OF LIFE” – Jorge’s Grandma’s Mole Recipe

Grandma Anita’s Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

(For 20 people)
• Vegetable Oil
• 30 Corn Tortillas
• 18 ounces of mulato pepper, deveined and seeded
• 26 ounces of pasilla pepper, deveined and seeded
• 26 ounces of ancho pepper, deveined and seeded
• 2 cups of lard
• 5 medium garlic cloves
• 2 medium onions, sliced
• 4 hard tortillas each broken into four pieces
• 1 fried Mexican bread roll (bolillo)
• ½ cup of raisins
• 1 cup of almonds
• ¾ cup of sesame seeds
• ½ teaspoon of aniseed
• 1 teaspoon of ground cloves or 5 cloves
• 6 cinnamon sticks
• 1 tsp of ground black pepper or 6 full peppers
• 4 bars of ground stone Mexican chocolate
• 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, chopped and peeled
• Chili seeds, to taste
• Sugar and Salt, to taste
• 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth

FOR THE FILLING
• 3-4 ripe sweet plantains
• 1¾ cup of Oaxaca cheese

PREPARATION

Place 1 1/3 cup of lard on a frying pan and heat the lard. Once the lard is hot, coat the peppers in the hot lard. Next, place the peppers in a pot with boiling water and leave them to soften. In the hot lard pan, fry the garlic and onion until they’re crisp, then add the tortilla, bread, raisins, almonds, chili seeds, half of the sesame seeds, aniseed, clove, cinnamon, pepper, chocolate, tomato, and fry it all together. Drain the peppers from the water, add to the frying pan, and fry everything together for a few more seconds. Next, place everything in a blender, add the chicken broth, and blend. Once blended, strain the entire contents of the blender, dispose of solids and keep the remaining mole salsa. In a separate casserole dish made especially for mole, heat the remaining lard (2/3 cup) and add the mole salsa. Heat the mole salsa for around 8 minutes. Add salt, sugar and more chocolate, to taste. If it becomes too dense, add more chicken broth. Simmer for 30 minutes.

FOR THE ENCHILADA FILLING

Place a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Cut the plantains into fourths (down the middle and across). Fry the plantains in the hot oil until they start to brown. Cut the cheese into strips and mash it together with the plantains. The filling is now ready for the enchiladas.

HOW TO DO IT

Place a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Once heated, fry a tortilla until it becomes light gold, but remains soft. Then coat the tortilla in the mole salsa. Place the tortilla on a plate, apply the plantain filling in the middle and roll it up. Repeat as many times as necessary for desired serving size. Once plates are prepared, apply mole salsa on top of the enchiladas. Add slices of onions and golden sesame seeds.

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:16

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