Wednesday, September 17

St. Jude Trike-A-Thon Miami

Riding Her Trike for St. Jude

It's a ride that teaches children about the importance of helping others- all while having fun! St. Jude is hosting a Trike-A-Thon in Miami this Friday! My dear friend Christina Boomer Vazquez's daughter will participate in the ride!  Little Mina will be riding her tricycle, while raising money for her cousin-- 9 year old Asa who battled melanoma.


http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=3d517e1dc7b8f310VgnVCM100000290115acRCRD&vgnextchannel=ef42b0cf6626f310VgnVCM100000290115acRCRD
 No matter what the color-- Melanoma can affect children of all shades!  The disease is more frequently associated with Caucasian adults-- but the cancer also effects kids.
Melanoma occurs so rarely in young children that pediatricians may miss it during routine checkups. That's what happened to Asa!
“When a mole appeared on Asa’s shin in the fall of 2012, his pediatrician sort of dismissed it,” says his mom. By the time a definitive diagnosis occurred, the little boy had an advanced form of pediatric melanoma! Read the rest of Asa's story here!

Thanks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- Asa is making an amazing recovery! 

If you are interested in donating to the Boomer Trike Team-- just click here
 

Monday, September 15

Teaching Kids About Diversity!

Do you remember your first day of school? My adorable nephew just started kindergarten & he loved meeting his new classmates!

Getting over those first day jitters can be hard! In the book, First Day of School: Do you want to be My Friend we meet a young girl named Star!  In the book, we follow her conversations with her classmates as she learns about cultures around the world.

 Weaving diversity into the fabric of our children's everyday lives is important! The book does an amazing job introducing children to racial and cultural diversity. 
Never has there been a better time to introduce children to racial and cultural diversity. We are fortunate to live in a country where so many ethnicities are represented, giving families plenty of wonderful opportunities to learn and appreciate how different cultures live without having to leave home to do so.  - See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/school-age/10-ways-to-teach-kids-about-diversity#sthash.eXRMWwAM.dpuf
Never has there been a better time to introduce children to racial and cultural diversity. We are fortunate to live in a country where so many ethnicities are represented, giving families plenty of wonderful opportunities to learn and appreciate how different cultures live without having to leave home to do so.  - See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/school-age/10-ways-to-teach-kids-about-diversity#sthash.eXRMWwAM.dpuf
The author of the book is Emmy Nominated Journalist Jennifer Bisram! She spent two years teaching before she became a full time television broadcaster!


    Pick up your copy of First Day of School: Do You Want to be My Friend? Online or at your local Barnes and Noble Store. (ISBN-13: 9780692255193).

Wednesday, August 27

Why are Constance Jones & Julie Durda talking about boogers?

 
Sharing a special moment with my co-worker--Local 10's Julie Durda!  Yes we talk about boogers in the morning! 
Gross right--but hey, it got your attention! Find out why we talk about boogers during the morning news-- click on the image below! 
http://www.local10.com/news/why-are-julie-durda-constance-jones-talking-about-boogers/27678826
 
At a time where Local TV news viewership is down—news anchors and reporters have to find better ways to connect with their audience. According to Pew Research Center’s annual “State of the NEWS Media”—there has been a 6 percent declined in viewership between 2006 and 2012! Only 28 percent of those aged 18 to 29 now regularly watch TV news. That’s down from 42 percent just six years earlier!
So, why do I say all this?!? SIMPLE—Dare to be different. Its helped our morning newscast! Our ratings continue to climb in a highly competitive South Florida Market. Don’t be afraid to take risk and find new, unusual or unexpected ways to connect with your audience! (or customers) 
What tips would you give to connect with viewers?

Monday, August 25

Wearing Cruciani For Children: Fashion With A Purpose!

Miami Children's Hospital Cruciani Bracelets
What's better than fashion with a purpose! This limited edition bracelet featuring the Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) logo was created by world-renowned Italian fashion brand--Cruciani!  They recently partnered with MCH to create this unique fundraising initiative! Cruciani made a historical contribution to MCH Foundation--by donating more than 600,000 lace bracelets--which are available online! 100% of the proceeds benefit the Together For The Children campaign By wearing this bracelet, you share the mission for healthy, happy children everywhere! So, I rocked mine on-air! Take a look!
Who says Orange and Red doesn't match!

Leather and Orange-- ALWAYS a good combo!
You may be asking yourself-- What Is Cruciani Bracelets? These Italian macrame (the same knotting technique used to make friendship bracelets) lace bracelets exploded in popularity in August 2011! Tons of celebrities have worn them-- as you can see below!
Beyonce, Heidi Klum and Rita Ora all wear Cruciani
  Please be sure to check out the website-- and support CHILDREN!

Join the movement by making a $15 donation and you’ll receive a bracelet of your choice, available in 10 different colors. 



Thursday, August 21

6 Things You Should Know About the Hamptons



Summer in South Hampton 2014
 When I first learned my husband was accepted into two major Summer Art Shows in the Hamptons, I flipped! Not only did this signify an amazing step forward in his career, but for me (The Artist Wife), it meant a posh coastal getaway!  
Me & The Hubby-- #HappyInTheHamptons
 The location was definitely foreign to me! Outside of what I’ve learned from Sex in the City and Gossip Girl, I was truly clueless to the “Hamptons Summer Lifestyle.” I goggled and researched travel blogs to no avail. After spending two weeks in the Hamptons, I felt the need to put together my own list of things YOU MUST KNOW about the “Hamptons Summer Lifestyle!”
Sex and the City - Hamptons Scenes

 1.      Book Early-   You will not find big-name chain hotels in the Hamptons. There are a few bed and breakfast locations and rooms for rent.  If you have enough cash- you can book a house. Since there are limited places to stay, rooms fill up fast. So be sure to plan your vacation early. There are dozens of travel websites that offer great suggestions.   


We stayed at the Southampton Village Motel-- which was far from a motel as we know it! There are free bikes available for you to ride into town or to the beach.  It was a cozy beautiful hotel, but the average weekend stay can cost over $560 per night—so be prepared (and save your pennies)! 
2.      Dress Code-  This “Texas-turned-Miami Girl” was definitely overdressed for several events!  The Hamptons Summer Lifestyle is completely fun “Country Chic!” So pack the shorts, tanks, sundresses and flip flops. 


3.      Where’s the money?  This shouldn’t come as a surprise, BUT not everyone in the Hamptons is rich. Upon my rough survey of the residents, I would say over 30% of the people who vacation in the Hamptons are just regular, hard-working people wanting some vacation fun. (or maybe just trying to make some connects)  However, during our time there, we met members of the Kellogg Family (Net Worth $3.5 Billion)! They have several homes in the Hamptons. 
My New Hashtag- #ArtistWifeLife--This was taken at Art South Hamptons Art Fair
4.     Where’s the party?  There are no clubs in the Hamptons and there are only a handful of pubs!  When it comes to nightlife in the Hamptons, you have to be invited to a house party. These parties range from fraternity-style college parties—to P. Diddy’s All White Party.  During my stay, we went to a few house parties. Nice, simple, and yes of course-FUN!
Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail-- Hamptons Style
5.      Late Night Munchies? - The Hamptons are known for being a community of small villages—with most businesses closing early at night! There are just a few places that stay open late. And when I say a few- I mean like 3.  After a long day at the Art Shows, we wanted to order pizza. Well—that’s not an option. No pizza delivery. We did find a great Chinese place open till late (11pm) It’s located right on Hamptons Road. It was our saving grace on a few nights!

Beach Life- SELFIE!
6.      Parking at the Beach—For RESIDENTS ONLY- The Hamptons truly prides themselves in being an exclusive community. That means, if you want to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches, you have to have a “Residents Only Parking Pass.” The good news-- the Hamptons are so small—it’s easy enough to just ride your bike or walk.

Have you traveled to the Hamptons? If so—what tips could you offer for travelers?
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