Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

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Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

I have an exciting announcement to make! Are you ready?

This week has been a great week! I have been selected as one of the 100 Top Blogueras 2014 by Latinos In Tech Innovation And Social Media (known as LATISM)! A total of 400 applications were received. This means I will be heading to Anaheim, California on November 13th to attend the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14! Excited that this year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, next to the Disneyland ® Parks. YES!

What is Latism?

LATISM is a unique entity dedicated to support Latino bloggers just like me, keeps us up-to-date with issues related to Health, Technology, Business and Education. A true honor indeed, due to my influence in social media, involvement in the community, especially since the Latino community is included among the audience I promote my money saving tips. Thrilled to be returning to California again this month and with Stem Latina (my daughter!) who was also invited to experience this great event. The LATISM’14 conference is special because it is “geared toward competency building … Sponsors that choose to be a part of this event want to help our leaders develop key skills as business owners and advocates for their communities.”

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Depending on our niche, many of us Latina bloggers have struggled in the blogging world; nevertheless definitely a learning experience whether positive or negative. Attendees of the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14 will learn from speakers and businesses on how to better their blog for the benefit of their readers. We will learn how to further display our passion for societal issues and how to best use our blog to help change them.

Who Should Attend

Are you passionate about Raising a New Bilingual Generation? Nurturing future Latino Entrepreneurs? Education in your community? Using technology for the future success of Latinas? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need to join me at LATISM’14! I would love to see you there and help you get started in your own blog business to further Latin education and success in your community. We will learn from the growing list of guest speakers on all of these topics, and more!

The LATISM’14 speakers are:

  • Fidel Vargas, CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund;
  • Susan Can, Director of Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Helen Troncoso, DPT, Health & Wellness Expert/Consultant/Coach, Reinventing You, LLC;
  • Alberto Roca, Executive Director, DiverseScholar;
  • Julie Diaz Asper, Founder, GigCoin;
  • Dania Santana, Founder & CEO, Cool Communications, LLC;
  • Jessica Valle, CEO Founder, Bloggers of Health;
  • Oscar Menjivar, Co-Founder, Urban Teens eXploring Technology (UrbanTxT);
  • Felix Ortiz, Founder/Chairman, Viridis Learning;
  • Oscar Torres, Co-Founder,; and
  • Jesse Bisceglia, Senior Education Officer, PreK12 Plaza

Special Thank You to Ana Roca, founder of the Top Blogueras Program, the sponsors who make this retreat a reality and to everyone involved in LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media), for including me on their list of Top Blogueras. I am honored.

Please visit the LATISM’14 conference HERE to grab your tickets for this month’s special event. I can’t wait to see you there!


daylight savings time4 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! Set Your Clocks FORWARD TONIGHT!

Are you behind on your sleep? Sorry to break it to you, but don’t plan on catching up this weekend.  Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. TONIGHT (on Sunday, March 11)!  Don’t forget to move your clocks forward ONE hour.  I am so looking forward to this new time!

How do you prepare for this new time? Luckily my daughter is off from school on Monday!


Vote for my Yahoo Shine Nomination!

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nic 64x84 custom Vote for my Yahoo Shine Nomination!I am so excited to share with you my nomination for the Yahoo! Women Who Shine contest.

Here she is…..Nicole from MamaNYC.  She’s a wife, mother of one (with one on the way), student, mentor and entrepreneur.

Nicole is an amazing woman!  She began her blog MamaNYC in mid-2010 after a career as an e-Commerce and Internet marketing professional. Operating her own web design & Internet marketing consulting business in 2001 and has worked with small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies.

This young mom earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 and is currently working on her MBA (Marketing) as a full-time graduate student.  Upon graduation, she plans to teach online courses.  She has spent the last five years coaching and mentoring students around the world.

Nicole is co-owner of BloggerPR, a blogger support and media group, which helps e-companies expand into the World Wide Web through social media management, product reviews, and more.

How did she get started?  By designing her first website as an 11-year-old!  The website became quite profitable and she was an overnight success being featured in several publications and magazines as a pre-teen!  Not long after, at the age of 14, she developed WebLogic Consulting where she created graphics and websites, and assisted with online auctions.

I told you she was remarkable and she is definitely a woman who shines.

What is Yahoo! Women Who Shine?   Shine is Yahoo’s site aimed at women with over 1.5 million followers on Facebook.  Women Who Shine is a contest for remarkable women who are making a difference, impacting the community and changing lives each and every day.  Women Who Shine wants to recognize that special woman, the shiniest of all women who shine, with a $10,000 CASH PRIZE!

I know you’ll agree that Nicole is that kind of woman — a woman who shines.  Now head over HERE to vote for Nicole.  I’m sure she can do a lot more shining with $10,000 in her pocketbook.

What are you waiting for?  Go vote HERE.  Thank you!

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Proud to be Latina? You bet I am!

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People…we’re all different.  That’s what makes life so interesting!  Our country is so diverse and unique due to the cultural blend of our nation.

If someone were to say “take a look at this list and pick the background you want to be.”  Would I still choose to be Latina?  Without a doubt!  I’m proud of my heritage!  Not to say it’s been easy.  Have there been obstacles?  Of course.  But don’t we all face some sort of challenge daily?  (Some days just getting out of bed is a challenge.)  It’s how we overcome adversity that makes us who we are.

Believing in myself is important.  Fortunately I am able to live a proud life as a Latina through the guidance of two incredibly amazing and powerful networks:  Latina Mom Bloggers and Proud To Be Latina! Through this organization Latinas are given the encouragement and support they need to be the best “you”.  The site affords Latinas everywhere the opportunity to come together for both personal and professional growth.

It’s not easy for women in general to be successful.  Throw a ethnicity issue in the mix and the challenge increases.  But being successful does take sacrifice, hard work and determination.  Proud To Be Latina provides motivation through two distinguished programs: The EmPower Hour and our Latina Empowerment Conference to help Latinas achieve their dreams and goals.

So won’t you join me in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by being your best “you”?  Get inspired!  You CAN do it if you WANT to do it!  Be proud of YOU…and be a proud Latina, too.


Donate to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

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Oops! Hope it’s not too late for some of you! Today is National Association of Letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Today your mail carrier will pick up any non-perishable foods to be donated to local food pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is done the 2nd Saturday in the month of May. Now it is the nation’s largest single-day food drive!  You still have time to put out your donation!