Babushka's Baile

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's been 5 years... @HeartOfHaiti A reason for giving thanks, A reason for giving more.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, and Babushka is sooo very thankful to live in this country, be blessed with the people in my life, and the countless moments of abundance I've had. For that reason I have joined with Macy's in their Heart of Haiti program, to give back to those who haven't been as fortunate. 

HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!

Five years ago this little girl was born and BB's world would never be the same.

Almost Five years ago Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake, 
and their world would never be the same.

Flickr pics -Top Row:HaitiDamage
haiti_earthquake, Cite Soleil by mellagi,haiti_earthquake

Like my granddaughter La Princesa, Haiti is also developing, learning to stand on its own. 
Pero tambien como mi nieta, like La Princesa, Haiti needs help in doing so.

  • Macy’s went to Haiti shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake and realized that despite the devastation there was an artist community that existed and was eager to bring their product to market. 

  • They launched a product line for sale at and in stores (listed below) which to date has employed 400 artists. 

    • Macy's Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, Chicago State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, and Dadeland Mall. 

  •  When you employ one artist in Haiti, the entire community benefits. Over 500 artists employed benefitting over 3,000 members of their extended family.

  • To put this into perspective, the average Haitian’s annual income is only $400 – for a year!  Add to that, Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10M population) who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income. No other sector of employment even approaches such numbers.

  • Macy’s paved the way in helping to rebuild this important sector of the fragile economy. 

  • The paper mache technique - practiced by many Haitian artisans - involves sourcing old, cement bags - or other paper products - to tear apart and re-purpose with glue and paint to create this unique piece. 

  • The blue circle vase - made in Jacmel - is hand-painted and includes a glass insert for functionality. 

  • Babushka was given the Blue Circle vase to show and share here, and to say it is stunning is an understatement. The quality is buenisimo, the colors rich and bold. A treasure to wake to every morning; it's a true work of art in my bedroom. Quee?? Ok si, JU SO FONII, BB's a work of art too. Actually, as I said in the Oprah post, this vase reminds me of all the beauty in the world, and how Babushka can play a very important part in it.

    And you My Beautifuls can be a very big part of it too.

    When thinking of gifts, think of giving gifts that help others, especially those in need. 
    Give gifts that give hope, a sustainable income to Haitian artisans.
     Giving back and paying forward is the way to start this Thanksgiving and holiday season.

    Have a wonderful holiday My Beautifuls.


  • Heart of Haiti can be found and followed on social media at @HeartofHaiti on Twitter on Facebook. 

  • For additional information about how Heart of Haiti is helping the community, visit this page

  • Friday, November 21, 2014

    The Avengers of #MUL and the Adventures of 3 Generations. @MarvelOnTour Magnifico!

    Marvel Universe Live

    HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!

    Gracias to +Feld Entertainment and Bloggin' Mamas, Babushka was able to attend the Marvel Universe Live show at the +BB&T Center in Sunrise. Not only did BB attend, but I had the whole family with me! Nowadays it's very hard for familias to get together unless it's a special occasion.The different tastes, distance, work/school schedules make it very difficult, PERO it appears the chance to see Avengers in person was worth any sacrifices, thus making it a very special occasion indeed!

    It took almost 2 hours for the Miami Mob, and BB had left Little Havana at 2:30- almost 4 hours (tale will be told later), but we all arrived. All 4 Grandsons, +babushkas bebe and @IamPugilism , my son MAC and DIL. You can't really see it, but my son's gang all had on Avengers shirts under their sweaters and of course Dr. J had to wear his Captain Adorable bib! Y como lo gozaron- they soaked up every second being in the Marvel Universe, and this was only the pre-show! A very rare memory indeed, all together for a live show.

    And then- the actual show!!

    Quick Plot share- Loki comes to take over the Earth.Naturally Thor, Ironman, Spiderman, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, and Captain America take the first line against him. But Loki has incorporated many of the super villains to battle for him. Green Goblin,Doctor Octopus,Hydra, just one group of many. Luckily there are many more super heroes too. The battles are many, but only one group can win...

    My Beautifuls, there were high tech video tracks, motorcycle stunts, and there was even humor!
    Oh si, humor!

    There was a moment after Spiderman and Thor defeated the Green Goblin, that Spidey exclaimed
    it was a good selfie moment.  To this, Thor said he had a Tweety account.

    Spidey: "YOU have a Twitter account???"
    Thor:  (Deadpan) Yes, I have a million followers.

    JAHAHA As a Blogger BB ADORES THAT !!!

    You know what else Babushka adored?  The reactions of mi familia.

    Dr. J was so sure of his Avengers, he donned their hat and slept peacefully through the whole show.
    The others were definitivamente more animated in their reactions.

    At the end the Good Guys won- and that includes Babushka.

    Being with friends, to see mi familia all together and so happy.
    Gracias Adriana for the pic.

    +babushkas bebe +Heather Lopez BB Adriana Carrera  the Grands w/Heather's two

    It's not often 3 Generations can agree on one thing and enjoy it. Was it worth all the extra effort?

    JU SO FONII!!!

    BB looks forward to doing it again & again.


    Opinions and smiles are all mi familias & BB's.  

    Marvel Universe Live- #MUL will be at the BBT Center until Sunday, for the complete tour and tix.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Purdy Pictures NOT Political. "CUBA - This Moment, Exactly So. A coffee table book & more" by @LorneResnick

    "This book is not meant to be an accurate journalist record of Cuba – I am not a journalist. I look at this work more as a visual poem. So, this is my love poem to Cuba. This is only a slice of Cuba. My slice. Shot through my eyes and heart.~Lorne Resnick

    HolaHolaHola My Beautifuls!!

    Now y'all know Babushka is far from being political, but she is definitivamente not far from being Cuban, and loving all that entails. Quee? Ok si, JU SO FONII almost all that entails. Being born in the US I don't have the bittersweet memories of the island that my father and La Tata have, so I'd like to see Cuba from someone who loves her as she is, not as she was or remembered to be. To see her essence from a non native, a stranger who sees with "los ojos del corazon", the beauty in all her parts, oh what a gift that is My Beautifuls! 

    This gift can be ours- but we have less than 48 hours to make it so.  
    Please join Babushka in bringing this work of love and art to the public.

    "Rather than concentrating on Cuba's storied history I use the images, interviews and stories in this book to capture how it feels to be in Cuba: moments filled with passion, desire, friendship, love, laughter, beauty, grace and joy...moments that you long for in life and never forget when they happen. Those moments, exactly so."

    Ahora, di la verdad. 
    With poetic words like that you KNOW the pictures have to be heartfelt and heart grabbing. 
    And porsea you have doubts,

    These are the covers you can pick. Si My Beautifuls, YOU pick.  Further proof of the quality and soul of this award winning photographers work and his love for the subject. He invites you into the love affair by letting you choose the face you'll see each day. Y you will want to see it- every day.

    Help me spread the word My Beautifuls. Tweety, Feibu, actually call someone up!!
    Este es digno, it's very worthy of publication.
    A love story of almost 20 years.
    Una historia de Amor.


    BB will be sent a copy of the book in return for this post, 
    but the opinions y las ganas de tener the book are all Babushka's.