For the love of boxing!

Why do I still love watching boxing?  I grew up watching boxing with my grandfather and my uncles.  It was a big deal in our family.  Puerto Ricans are drawn to the sport of boxing.  It is a sport in which Puerto Ricans excel.  They have received international acclaim for their boxers, Hector Macho Camacho, Wilfredo “El Radar” Benitez, Felix Tito Trinidad, Miguel Cotto and much more.  I guess like any sport we are truly rooting for our country.  It’s sounds ridiculous, right?  Especially when we know that boxing is just two people, trading punches until one person falls. There’s no pretending that the sport is about anything other than physically damaging someone.   Boxing is a truly brutal sport and you don’t have to watch it if you don’t want to. No one will make you! But I can’t stop watching it.  Even when I found out that Del a…

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MyGirlJenny’s Month of October

Hey Mamas, October is a busy festive month with so many things to do.  Not to mention the weather has been so warm, great for outings with the kiddies. This year we stumbled upon Secor Farms as one of our quick after school outings. This place is better suited for younger children. Mila and Manny had so much fun working their way through the corn mazes and playing with toy tractors in a corn kernel box. Upon our return from the hay ride and pumpkin picking, we feed the animals at their small petting zoo.  Lots picnic tables around if you want to pack a lunch or purchase some treats on the farm. A fall weekend of apple and pumpkin picking with the family, we prefer to go to Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.  This huge apple orchard has a little something for everyone; live music, weekend tasting events, apple picking, pumpkin patch…

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Going to Merlin to say the magic words…

“Mommy, I went into the magic water, am I Jewish now?” As I dry her off and dress her, I can’t believe I am answering, “Yes, sweetheart you are Jewish now. Are you happy?” “Yes.  Now I am Pnina, Pearl, Mila, Misha Dworman.” Mila’s face has a huge smile from ear to ear. Then I give her a big hug and say “I am so proud of you for being so brave.”  Truth is, I am happy it’s all over.  The whole ordeal was a scene out of a crazy comedy movie. Let’s rewind 15 minutes before this happy moment.   My husband had carefully explained what was going to happen during the quick ceremony to the kids.  And says to my three-year-old Manny: “after this you’ll be Jewish just like daddy”. He loves his daddy so we figured that would make him happy.  Cut to the scene, Manny, screaming like he…

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Wth are you talking about… I need a translator please!

Anyone else confused when they see some of these trendy new slang terms, acronyms, hashtags or word mash-ups on Social Media.  Even the songs of today are encrypted and I have no idea what they are singing about.  I had to literally google Beyonce’s lyrics (line for line) to figure out what the song is actually about and who the hell Becky is.  We seriously (Srsly) need to get with it, if you want to engage in a conversation with any teen or young adult these days.  They are changing the English language as we know it.   Last year, I thought I was on point and down, when I learned a few Urban type words. WRG!  I haven’t even scratched the surface. FYI, The Urban Dictionary has 2.1 million words with definitions not found in Websters dictionary, which has approximately 470,000 words.  That’s over 2 million made up slang words…

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Kindergarten, here I come…

In my on-line mommy groups, many parents have questioned whether they should start their little one in kindergarten or hold them back for one more year.   Isn’t kindergarten where you learn the ABC’s, their sounds, writing, numbers, counting, shapes and social skills.   Most kids learn that at home or in preschool by the age of 4.  I was taken back by the answers some parents gave.  From being the oldest in the class is an advantage, I would prefer my child becoming a leader in their environment than a follower, I would like my child to be more competitive in sports to my child is too immature for kindergarten.  Really???  Who’s 4 or 5-year-old is mature? However, these parents aren’t talking about kindergarten but the future grades their children will be attending in JHS and HS.  That is where they are trying to give their children the advantage.…

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Mommy Makeup in 10 minutes or less

Like most moms, I barely have the time to look fairly decent when leaving the house, let alone put on make up.  Many women spend a lot of precious time applying makeup that they really don’t need.  Now, I am not going to lie.  If I have a special event to attend, you’d better believe I am going to beat my face.  But for an everyday look, I think we’d all agree that less is definitely more.  For instance, I only use foundation or concealer where I need it instead of applying it to my entire face.  Enhancing the features you already have gets the most beautiful and natural results.  To me, a big part of beauty is keeping everything simple.  It takes me less than ten minutes to do my own makeup.  I love simple products with no gimmicks that are quick and easy to use and give clean, fresh, pretty results. Below…

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Lost in Momslation

My mother used to say to me “Once you have children, your life is over.  Live your life first.”  I hated hearing that statement and never really knew how to process it.  Did she hate or regret being a mom?  It seemed like such a harsh thing to say.  I never really understood what she meant until now… three kids later.  That was her way of saying, she had lost herself in motherhood and she didn’t want the same thing to happen to me. About my mom… she worked full time, cooked every day (except on Fridays we’d order out) did laundry and cleaned the whole house, with very little help from my brother and me.  My mom never left us with a babysitter. I mean never.  If she had to run an errand, my aunt who lived upstairs with her four children, would watch us until she got back.  She spent all of her free time with her kids,…

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The Toddler’s Vagina Dialogues

It’s Saturday morning, my husband is asleep upstairs and is awoken by a weird noise.  He hears my 4-year-old daughter, who is sitting beside him straining and grunting, clearly struggling with something.  He opens his eyes and looks over at Mila.  He’s shocked to find she has taken off her underwear and is bent like some sort of contortionist pretzel trying to look inside her vagina.  In a surprised voice (but trying to stay calm), he asks “Mila, what are you doing?” Mila:  “Dad, there is something pink in my bum bum and I want to see it?” Dad:.  “Huh?” Mila: “DAD, there is something pink in my bum bum and I want to see it?” My husband regains his composure.  He doesn’t want to shame her and asks, “Why? Does it hurt? Did you hurt yourself?’” Mila:  “No it doesn’t hurt, I just want to see it?” Dad: “Mila, I think that’s the way it’s supposed…

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Monthly beauty box subscriptions… Are they worth it?

If you are a makeup fanatic like me, you are going to love these monthly beauty subscription boxes.  The idea behind the service is to allow women to sample beauty products for the first time before buying them. I am subscribed to the following beauty boxes and below are the items I received for the month of March. Ipsy sends their subscribers four or five cosmetic, hair, and skincare products. The products come in a simple reusable makeup pouch each month. Their design usually reflects the “theme” of the month, for March it’s “HELLO SPRING”.  Each bag is the same for all subscribers, but sometimes they send one or two different item options for certain brands. When you sign up for the service, there is a short quiz which profiles what colors or items you would like to receive. Having been a subscriber to Ipsy for about a year, I’ve noticed that they usually include more lower…

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Dating the same person for more than a decade before tying the knot… hmm

Bombshell, Maria Menounos has been in a relationship with director / producer Kevin Undergaro since April 1998.  After 19 years of dating, Maria the host of a daily show on SiriusXM, “Conversations with Maria Menounos” is finally engaged.  CONGRATULATIONS! Listening to Kevin’s surprise proposal on Howard Stern this morning just brought me to tears.  He described their relationship struggles and how they finally made it to this point.   I can totally relate to that. Having dated my husband for 16 years (surviving the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY) we too got engaged and immediately tied the knot 6 months after.  Looking back and now married 5 years, I wouldn’t change one single thing.  That was our path that led us to where we are today.  I guess you just have to go through it sometimes.   I LOVE YOU,  BABE! According to some marriage / divorce studies… “Dating for a while before tying the knot…

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