United State of Women Summit

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Disclosure: this post if full of freakin' excitement.

Next week, I'll be attending The United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House. I'm part of the State Moms Force contingency from MomsRising. YASSSS!

I've had many opportunities these past few years and although I'm juggling summer schedules, concerns about home buying, work and blog, I'm carving out time to get excited.

This video started making the rounds on Monday and is responsible for my first burst of joy.

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Frog Princess: "Mami, are those your friends? They look like your friends."

She stays putting me in the company of Oprah (who she calls my teacher and I am not going to argue that point) and the First Lady. I'll take it! I'll take it all, baby girl. 

"Mami, I want to see you on there!"

This girl dreams big for me and I hope that I've instilled the drive to dream big for herself.

I know that Mama Oprah and the First Lady will be on stage having a conversation about Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women. I can't stand it! I really, really can't!

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I wish I could sneak the Frog Princess in but with 5,000 women from across the country coming to this event, I don't know if an unregistered minor would throw up a red flag. I hope to tell her all about it, though. I think it's one of those life changing moments, like meeting the First Man.

Though I love these experiences for myself, I am hyper-conscious of these experiences through the eyes of the little Black girl that's watching me. I am hoping to shape her norm, her definition of success, her passion for standing up for what's right, speaking her mind and standing in her truth.

She's already telling me that she's going to work on websites and tell stories as well as "work on Twitter" so that she can be closer to me and so that she never forgets. I can't stand it! Where does she get this from? She's too adorable for words.

What do I hope to get out of the summit? I look forward to getting re-centered and energized. To connect with women, those that are already in my tribe and those that will be a tribe member.

This might sound ridiculous but: I want to change the world. So, what better place to get recharged than in the company of 4,999 other like-minded women?

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I AM A GAME CHANGER. Ruthless in fighting for what's right. Ready to change the world for my daughter and all the daughters and sons of all my sisters. Redefining success as a Mami, sister, friend, advocate and entrepreneur. I will not be a silent bystander! I learn whatever I want and educate others in the process. I trust my crazy ideas. I AM THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN.

The Different Faces of Barbie

Barbie has sure changed since I was a little girl! Gone are the days when Barbie only came in blond hair and blue eyes. Today's Barbie shows young girls that they can come in different skin tones, hair colors and hair styles and they are all so beautiful! 

Of course, Barbie's Fashionista line still includes all the things we love the beautiful outfits and accessories. But  they don't all look alike, quite the contrary. Some have red hair, brown hair, long hair, short hair, curly hair too! Fair skin, olive skin, black skin and hues in between... Mattel has done a great job at incorporating diverse looks in this Fashionista line. I wish they had been around when I was little! I would have bought them all! 
 
Barbie's Fashionista line is available now, they retail at ONLY $9.99. 
 
Which one is your favorite? 

Bienvenido a Miami: Hispanicize 2014

Are people still using Facebook? After, two days of Hispanicize marketing workshops and Latino trend sessions, the answer is apparently No. Hispanicize is a multi-industry event with workshops led by journalists, marketers and brand representatives such as McDonald's and Target. Hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami, each day was packed with events and guest speakers on how to take your brand to the next level. Staying current on today's social media mania is one way, but also making better connections to one of the largest growing consumer base in America, the Latinos.

Now, it wasn't all sitting and note taking; with that many people in one place you know there was MUSIC! Carlos Vives swung by for lunch on one day to say a few words and drop his latest music video he collaborated with Coca-Cola. Fashionistas, make up artists and stylists had their own area of the hotel where you could get beauty secrets for the busy diva on the go. This event had a little bit of everything. I even managed to take a quick 10 minute break from the information over load and get a massage from one of the many booths on exhibit in the main hall.

From networking to information and integration, I recommend this event to anyone trying to make connections. I'm already putting it in my calendar for next year, hope to see you guys there!

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I’m a Niche Mommy

Greetings and salutations from Nawlin’s! It has been a whirlwind week and an eventful few days. For the first time in…ever, I’m giving you a short post.

Why, you ask? Well, I’m trying to make some headway on this final paper seeing as it is due on Sunday and I fly out on connecting flights at the ass crack of dawn and may not be entirely coherent when I get home to do all this work. Also, I plan on spending my Sunday cuddling, hugging and kissing the frog princess. Suddenly, I have a very ridiculous mama bear need to have her in my arms. Perhaps it’s the awesome Britax products on display here at the conference that are making this happen.

This morning I had a chance to listen to Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) speak passionately about return on relationships (#RonR). It’s great to find someone who understands this. A while ago I added “relationship management” to my resume because I feel very strongly that, at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. Organic, authentic relationships that you can build on and expand upon with time.

This afternoon I had a chance to eat some wonderful food and participate in a lunch time discussion about women leaders in technology led by Kate Berg, president of Collective Bias.

And now? I want to desperately be in the next session hearing my Twitter friend @MamaDweeb speak but instead, I’m being responsible and hitting up my class discussion boards so that I am not dinged for lack of participation and making some headway on this 10-page paper. I wish I could throw caution to the wind and just soak up all of this information that can only ever be found when you are face-to-face with your bloggy friends. But alas, I wouldn’t be a Niche Mommy if I ignored my responsibilities and just did what my heart desired.

Right now, it’s totally desiring a nap. Especially because it’s raining softly outside. But I won’t. I’ll be sure to take awesome pics for you all (if I remember). Head on over to Twitter and Instagram to follow all of my shenanigans.

Til next time, I leave you with the view from my window. I want to take more pics of that church. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Bon après-midi!

I’m a Niche Mommy

Greetings and salutations from Nawlin’s! It has been a whirlwind week and an eventful few days. For the first time in…ever, I’m giving you a short post.

Why, you ask? Well, I’m trying to make some headway on this final paper seeing as it is due on Sunday and I fly out on connecting flights at the ass crack of dawn and may not be entirely coherent when I get home to do all this work. Also, I plan on spending my Sunday cuddling, hugging and kissing the frog princess. Suddenly, I have a very ridiculous mama bear need to have her in my arms. Perhaps it’s the awesome Britax products on display here at the conference that are making this happen.

This morning I had a chance to listen to Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) speak passionately about return on relationships (#RonR). It’s great to find someone who understands this. A while ago I added “relationship management” to my resume because I feel very strongly that, at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. Organic, authentic relationships that you can build on and expand upon with time.

This afternoon I had a chance to eat some wonderful food and participate in a lunch time discussion about women leaders in technology led by Kate Berg, president of Collective Bias.

And now? I want to desperately be in the next session hearing my Twitter friend @MamaDweeb speak but instead, I’m being responsible and hitting up my class discussion boards so that I am not dinged for lack of participation and making some headway on this 10-page paper. I wish I could throw caution to the wind and just soak up all of this information that can only ever be found when you are face-to-face with your bloggy friends. But alas, I wouldn’t be a Niche Mommy if I ignored my responsibilities and just did what my heart desired.

Right now, it’s totally desiring a nap. Especially because it’s raining softly outside. But I won’t. I’ll be sure to take awesome pics for you all (if I remember). Head on over to Twitter and Instagram to follow all of my shenanigans.

Til next time, I leave you with the view from my window. I want to take more pics of that church. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Bon après-midi!

Mami Vice: What I Found at Hispanicize

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It's taken me well over a week to recap Hispanicize. Mainly because my brain is still overflowing with people, faces, names and places. I won't bore you with details of how my roommates and I had to switch suites or how exactly we made it work when we had 6 women in one room on one night AND ONLY ONE BATHROOM.  This only worked, as mami used to say, por obra y gracia del espiritu santo (by will and grace of the holy spirit).

My conferencing started off on the right foot when I met Rory from Mama Contemporanea on the first night there and she greeted me with "¡pero eres jovencita!" (you're young!).  I was loving her before I met her but, that pretty much solidified it for me!  I'm so glad I had a couple of minutes to spend with her.  She's one of those people that draws you in with her smile.  Definitely someone I was glad to meet in person.

I do have some bad news: after taking the "mami swagger" picture I lost my badge.  That's what I get for taking it off and trying to look cute.  This hurts me VERY MUCH only because behind my badge, I was keeping the business cards for those bloggers and brands that I wanted to keep in touch with.  I have a handful of them but the majority were lost with the badge. So, if I met you, took your card and you haven't heard from me, I apologize.

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Aside from the pictures, here's what you need to know:

  1. Hispanicize rocked!  And not just because of the amazing parties and yummy food.  I so enjoyed meeting bloggers and brands alike that I had interacted with in this blogosphere.  I also very much enjoyed meeting new ones
  2. My love of GM was reinforced and not just because they served me croquetas during the first session of Thursday morning!  Their session was extremely helpful in outlining for me how to reach out to brands and also what to expect.  And yes, I totally enjoyed being chauffeured around Miami and having some cafecito at Versailles as well
  3. The one session that had me scribbling down more notes than I could handle was the one that McDonald's put together regarding how to pitch to a brand. I found it helpful for myself but also because I have clients that ask me about this and though I always had the generalities, this session gave me specific how-to's that I found invaluable
  4. The Target Luxe Lounge was RIDIC! I mean, it had everything that one would need during a conference.  I will have to say that my 2 favorite things in the lounge were: the box wine that I fell in love with AND Bryant, the masseuse. I ain't gonna lie, I may have asked him to come home with me.  My only regret was not getting a second massage after lugging around my bags which brings me to
  5. The swag!  Okay, I may need more than just one paragraph for this.  So, I'll move on down for the deets

Ya'll, Radio Shack hooked me up.  I mean, really, really, really.  I couldn't have made it through the conference without them.  Each person at the conference received an Enercell® 2400mAh Portable Power Bank in their conference bag. This was good for a full charge on your phone. Lifesaver.

But they went the extra mile for me and I received a true Radio Shack Survival Kit with the following:

  • iRigâ„¢ Mic for iPhone, iPad and ANDROID devices
  • Verbatim keyboard
  • ZAGGsparqâ„¢ 2.0 Portable USB Charger
  • AUVIO® Pearl Buds
  • Targus Backpack

I am sad to say that I never made it to the 4th floor where all things beauty related lived.  I'm very, very, very sad about this because I was sooo looking forward to checking out the great products and great people that were there.  My roomies made sure I knew what I was missing too.  So, special thanks to Myrah, Pattie, Yadira and Yanira for letting me know what wonderful things I was missing.  But, needless to say, I'm still in 7th heaven over the techy survival kit.

Speaking of heaven, don't forget that through April 28, through this special promotion RadioShack guarantees customers at least $30 and as much as $300 in immediate store credit when they trade in a working mobile phone and activate a new one. Ah yes! Nothing like new phone heaven!

You may be asking yourself, mami, so what? You learned a lot and got great stuff, why should I care? Well, Radio Shack said "mami, your readers are so awesome that we want to give them a few things as well!".  Personally, I'd be keeping all of this stuff but, how many Enercell batteries can one have, I ask you?  I won't dwell on the response because then I won't be giving one away.

Be sure to leave a comment below and you will be entered to win this handy dandy little lifesaver that we all fell in love with.  You have until May 7th to enter. And don't forget to sign up for my RSS feed because in the coming weeks there will be additional giveaways for you thanks to Radio Shack. And let me tell you, they ain't small!

There is so much more that I want to share with you but, it would take a week of nothing but Hispanicize posts to catch you up.  So many great people that I feel bad not mentioning everyone here!  Eva and Piera from Latina Mom Bloggers, thank you for being such a beautiful blessing and for the beautiful necklaces.  Joscelyn, thanks for taking the time to provide me with some much needed advice.  Manny and crew, THANK YOU for making this such a successful event!

This conference was the beginning of a lot of new projects for me.  It solidified what I'd be doing with Mami Inc Media, I made what I hope will be long lasting connections and more than that, it reminded me that I'm a proud Latina Afro-Latina.  And to think that if it wasn't for The Clever Girls, I never would've made it here.  Thank you once again for providing me with the ticket.

I know I'll kick myself for having forgotten something after this goes live but, such is life. I'm basking in the fact that there are no such things as coincidences, that blessings are put before you and you must be ready to receive them and that techy stuff still make this mami very, very happy.

Did you attend Hispanicize? What did you think?

Must be a US Resident 18 and over to participate.  No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway closes at 9:00 p.m. EST 5/7/12. Random.org will be used to select the winner. 

 

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