Family Life

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Puerto Rico Brings Out the Best In Us!

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Last night we saw a huge moving truck driving into our parking lot. I went outside and saw that it belonged to a gentleman we had met when we were out here on vacation in May. They’re moving to Dallas by the end of the week. He said they’ve been here 9 months and just cannot handle it anymore. He has a job, but if he loses it he knows there is nothing else here for him. He has an almost one-year-old daughter, and the school system here is currently less than ideal. If they run out of her formula at the grocery store they need to wait at least a week before it’s back in stock. The water and electricity go out regularly. I stood there and listened to his explanation, as he looked quite blissful to get the heck out of here. Continue reading →

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Dance Challenge! | Collab with Arleigh Rothenberg

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Before we left New Jersey, we were contacted by Juliette’s past dance teacher. We hadn’t seen her in years, but she didn’t want us to move to Puerto Rico without saying goodbye. She rearranged her schedule and made plans to meet up with us at Manhattan Bagel.  I was so impressed that she actually went out of her way to catch up with us.

While we were there updating each other on life, and filling her in on why we were making such a drastic move, we got her talking about her goals and dreams. We found out that her BHAG is to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé. We also found out that she had gotten a degree in video production. Well, that was a no brainer!  I told her she needs to start a YouTube channel where she is showcasing her dance styles, along with some trending hashtag about her goal.

At first, she wasn’t feeling it. Continue reading →

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We Are Living In Puerto Rico!

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An update is well overdue! We have been in Puerto Rico for a week and a half and it has been quite eventful, to say the least. A few days after we got here, we learned of Hurricane Irma – “the strongest hurricane to ever form in the Atlantic.” It was a category 5 hurricane set to completely decimate Puerto Rico. They showed the eye of the storm passing right through the island, destroying everything in its path. That didn’t happen – thank God! I had such peace about it. I knew the Lord didn’t bring us here just in time to wipe us off the face of the planet. Continue reading →

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5 Tips for Making a Children’s YouTube Channel

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On February 3rd of this year, I started a channel for my three children. They had been asking me for a YouTube channel for a long time. I kept putting it off because I knew it would mean a lot of extra work for me, but I wanted to encourage their desire to be producers and not consumers only. They came up with the name of their channel (3KidUTubers), the subject matter (fun, safe challenges and life experiences), and how many videos they wanted to put out (one per week). I designed their color scheme, branding, and logo based on the usual marketing consultations I have with grown ups when I do it for them. They made a list of ideas, we shot our first video, and the rest is history.

Not quite… Continue reading →

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Going Away Luau

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So last weekend my family in Long Island (NY) threw me a Going Away Luau – which was totally sweet. I got to spend quality time with my step mom, siblings, nieces, and nephews for one last time before I leave – and they all promised to come visit me in Puerto Rico. I saw cousins I hadn’t seen in a while, and even my bestie traveled two hours from Norwalk, CT to celebrate with us. Pierre spent almost the entire time playing basketball with the guys, while the kiddos enjoyed a bouncy castle and running around with their cousins. Continue reading →

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