Skydiving with my friends

Sky Diving

It was soooo exciting and I just can’t hide it! I finally did it – I went skydiving and it was awesome! It was a bit nerve wrecking as I saw all these skydivers land in the field nearby while driving to the Homestead General airport. The process there was pretty smooth as we went inside the building and registered with the staff. It consisted of watching a video (reminding you once again how you may die) and signing your life away on a bunch of documents.

Once we were called we headed towards the dressing room where we were strapped tightly into our harnesses and given a quick tutorial on what to expect and how to land. Then the time finally came when we met our tandem jumping partners and started to board the plane. I guess we had a popular flight because we were squeezed pretty tight in the plane as there were several jumpers flying with us. I was pretty nervous as people kept boarding the plane but as soon as it took off and you could see the houses below, it felt like I was traveling to another city and wasn’t thinking about jumping off.

inside the plane

Once we reached the right altitude the big clear door opened and the jumpers started to jump off the plane. There was a fun group of 3 people who all jumped together and they must have gotten great footage from the Go Pros attached to their helmets. My turn finally came as I was the last one to jump. My tandem partner counted down READY…. SET…. JUMP… and all I could do was scream. But I wasn’t screaming because I was scared, I was screaming because I was soooo cold. I forgot that we are about 13,500 ft off the ground and it was very chilly and windy but it only lasted for a few seconds (although it felt like forever). As soon as I left the plane we were falling and all I could see were clouds and square patterns on the ground. The feeling of freefalling is unexplainable as you are not feeling like you are falling, you are not feeling nauseous, but you somehow feel free and when you open your arms it truly feels like you are flying.

soaring

We spun in the air in circles, which was pretty fun, and before you know it the parachute was pulled right as we went thru a cloud. It was so beautiful and I kept trying to grab a piece of the cloud here and there but it doesn’t work that way – you can’t just grab a piece of the cloud and put in your pocket. I took the reigns of the parachute for a while as I pulled left and pulled right and the views were amazing as you could see the Everglades, the Keys, the ocean, and even downtown Miami.

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We finally reached our landing spot and it was pretty soft as we landed on a bed of rocks that felt more like a water bed. I was the last one out of the plane and it was so special to see that all your fellow jump partners made it to the ground safely. For those 15-20 minutes, we were all like a big family supporting each other and having a good time. It was a camaraderie that I will never forget and that was probably one of my favorite moments of this experience. Shout out to the guy with the pink helmet, need to know where he got that – I have to get me one of those.

I highly encourage everyone to try this at least once in your life as you won’t be disappointed. I was a bit nervous at first as this is something new that you are getting yourself into but this is what makes it all so cool. When you face their fears you feel a sense of empowerment and accomplishment and you feel like telling the world… Bring It On!

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Bridal Shower Bliss

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2016 is the year of marital bliss for two of my best friends. It was a hectic start to the new year as everyone was multi-tasking, crunching numbers, and working around the clock to meet deadlines. From eating Eiffel towers cake pops to celebrating in a country theme luncheon, it is an amazing year for my friends and an amazing display of bridal showers.

The first bridal shower of the year was a Paris theme backyard escape. As you enter the backyard you can’t help but notice the beautiful greeting table that contains the initials of the Bride and Groom, a sign-in book and an Eiffel tower. The introduction to this theme began with the entrance where the guests can start feeling the emotions and vibes upon signing in. The tables were decorated with small lanterns and vases with pink roses. A huge sign hung on the wall that said “She Said Oui” and giant posters of the Eifel Tower could be seen all over the backyard. It definitely felt like I was in Paris.

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The main event was off course, the Dessert Table – especially the Macaroons. The Table had small Eiffel towers placed in the center and the macaroons were the highlight. They were delicately created and tasted so delicious that I loved all the flavors. A nice touch was labeling all the desserts as there were plenty. The red velvet cupcakes were decorated with the Eiffel towers and beautiful patterns. It also helped that the plates and silverware were pink with the Paris theme and the goodie gifts contained a “Merci” note.

Moving on to Spring, my other good friend just wrapped up her country themed luncheon at Loui’s restaurant in Coral Gables. This theme had elegant touches of rose bouquets and lemon-filled vases throughout the tables. The welcome table was full of mason jars so that everyone can write done a marriage tip for the bride and a beautiful scrapbook. My favorite game was a skittles game to help break the ice with all the guests. We each had to pick a color of a skittle from a jar and based on the color you chose you will have to describe a situation. For example, if I chose the color red then according to the game host I will need to tell the person next to me what I do for a living. It was a nice game to get to know each other and the bridal shower was a hit with the delicious appetizers and desserts.

mason jar

I can’t wait to attend her wedding later this year as I know it will be a success but more importantly she will be the happiest girl in the world. From macaroons to strawberry filled mason jars, it is a year of happiness for my dear friends and I wish them nothing but the best in their new chapter in life.

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Dont forget to Sparkle & Shine Darling

Betty and Mrs. Adrienne
It sparkles and it shines, its Sparkle and Shine Darling! This is the creation of Mrs. Adrienne Bosh’s sparkling boutique as what started out as several vision boards now has become the ultimate sanctuary for women to feel empowered and be celebrated. As soon as you enter thru the doors there are motivational messages found all over the floor and walls that make you smile from ear to ear and according to her blog, her “hope is that it’s also a haven, a place for community and friendship, positivity and support.

Every shelf you look at and at every turn you make you will find inspirational messages from beautiful stationary sets to books that can help new mothers and even a small café where you can share a treat and bond with your girlfriends or have a quiet mother and daughter moment.

Mrs. Bosh is not only a mompreneur but also a philanthropist, along with her husband, who gives back to the community and helps everyone around her. She is a huge believer in ladies supporting ladies and strives to help families and women with the community. Whether she is managing inventory in her boutique or hosting Glamchella with her Team Tomorrow Foundation, she is always promoting positivity and motivating women.

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It is so great to see her dream become a reality and it was a pleasure meeting her. While congratulating her on her new venture she took her time to take pictures and talk to me about Sparkle and Shine Darling. Mrs. Bosh is a wonderful lady full of kindness that radiates when she smiles and I wish her continued success! For more information on her boutique please visit her website at sparkleandshinedarling.com.

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Refresh yourself with Peppermint

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The decision to use a hint of peppermint in my lip balm was pretty easy. The uses of peppermint oil are numerous and with all the benefits it produces, no wonder it is a staple found in most homes. Yet this is something that you can also use in the office or when you travel. The scent of peppermint is known to be minty and have a refreshing aroma which makes it ideal to use throughout your busy day. Have a long day full of meetings? Don’t stress – inhale this scent by rubbing a drop or two of peppermint oil under your nose to help perk you up and increase your mental clarity and concentration. Going to the gym? Whether you are going at the beginning or at the end of the day, you can apply a dab on the back of your neck and shoulders to keep your energy and mood up so that you can complete your workout.

Definitely going to keep peppermint oil in the office but you can also use this when you travel. While backpacking thru Southeast Asia I did a lot of walking and stair-climbing and more walking so my legs and feet were pretty sore. I was lucky to have five dollar massages available at every corner but in case you are not near this small luxury in your travels no need to worry. Peppermint oil contains anti-inflammatory properties so it can be used to calm your muscle soreness and/or cramps by massaging it to your tired muscles. Have a bug bite while traveling? You can also rub a dab of peppermint to get rid of the itchiness. Remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently to peppermint oil so be mindful of this when trying these benefits out.

With all these benefits, including a hint of peppermint oil in my lip balm was a no brainer. How do you incorporate peppermint oil in your daily routine?

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Life is Good today

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Photo: lifeisgood.com

While I was shopping to buy a birthday card for a friend I noticed there was a t-shirt stand located nearby that had a cute pumpkin with the best saying ever “Life is Good”! What a great way to start the day. I have heard about the ‘Life is Good’ brand but I wanted to learn more about them and quickly found myself immersed in their positive world.

Just from visiting their website you not only see their funny and cute T-shirt designs but you also feel the spirit of their brand. They have such inspirational content and I love their purpose to spread optimism and their support to the kids’ foundations. I also listened to a powerful podcast conducted by Lewis Howes with Bert Jacobs, CEO of Life is Good, where he shares stories and insights on how to live optimistically. We can all learn a few tips from one of most successful Chief Operating Optimists on the planet.

Bert explained that there are several tools you can use to live a great positive life and everyone can achieve this. These simple tools have existed during the times of our great grandparents and they will continue to exist for our future generations. His most powerful message are ten super-hero characteristics that help mold his business model.

Some of the characteristics include “Openness”, “Gratitude”, and “Humor.”

1) Openness: It is not easy being open but Bert emphasized that sharing your personal stories allows you to be more magnetic and attractive to people. It is a wonderful characteristic to have and I personally am most grateful for the openness of all the amazing people I meet that allow me to share their stories on my blog.

2) Gratitude: Have the greatest appreciation for life – many people face hard challenges every day and it is important to take time and enjoy the little things and be grateful.

3) Humor: Not only is humor good for your health but it is also a way that connects people.

Life is Good is a happy brand and you can read more about their message and positive stories by visiting their website.

I am all for living a positive life and sharing this message. There are many tough days and challenges we may be faced with but take time to live your life positively. Instead of talking about all the negative events that are happening to you ask each other ‘what was your good moment today.’ Don’t forget to spend time to be with your friends/family and laugh. This brand sends a good human message that I wholly embrace.
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