+ Breaking the news of grandpa's death to my teen and tween

Breaking the news of grandpa’s death to my teen and tween

Breaking the news of a loved one’s death is never easy. I’d rather endure receiving bad news myself one hundred times than having to break it to my kids once. But life and death are intertwined and so delaying the news or trying to sugarcoat it doesn’t make much sense. And yet, telling my daughters that their grandfather was dead is the hardest thing… Read More

+ 6 Books for creative entrepreneurs

6 Books for creative entrepreneurs

One of the things I recommend to anyone who wants to excel at entrepreneurship, blogging, writing and social media – or anything else, really – is to read about it. I am obsessive about reading and rereading books that can inspire me to grow and flourish in any aspect of life. So since people ask me what I read for inspiration when it comes… Read More

+ Why do I feel guilty when I'm sick?

Why the heck do I feel guilty when I’m sick?

I’m an artist, a dreamer, but I’m also a doer and a go-getter. I’m getting pretty good at working smarter rather than harder or longer. But I still have this urge to feel productive at least a few hours out of each day. No matter WHAT. Nothing can stop me. Or so I wish to believe.  By productive I mean doing something that moves… Read More

+ Consumer Reports, an organization that works with and for the consumer

Visiting Consumer Reports headquarters in Yonkers, NY

I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports. I picked up my first Consumer Reports magazine at the supermarket when I moved back to the U.S. 12 years ago. It wasn´t worth shipping everything we had back in Spain, especially home gadgets and electronics,… Read More

+ Latina moms express their fears in wake of election

Anti-bullying, anti-racism resources for families & teachers

The day after one of the longest and toughest election nights ever, my eldest went to school in Sarasota, Florida, to find that every other kid was wearing a Trump T-shirt. I told her to lay low and not talk politics. As white-skinned Hispanics, we can blend in and not raise an eyebrow unless we speak Spanish. The city where I live is liberal… Read More

+ Cuddl Duds reversible top for comfort, style and layering

Cuddl Duds reversible top for comfort, style & layering

I recently shared how Cuddl Duds are the perfect layering separates, no matter where you live. In addition to the leggings, top and socks I featured, I’ve also discovered Cuddl Duds Softwear with Stretch Reversible Tank. I bought the tank top in black and found that I can wear it many different ways. It can be dressed up or down and accessorized for a… Read More

+ My new author photo

Taking my new author photo with a natural but polished look

It was time for a new author photo for this writer. I´ve been using the same one for a few years, because I felt it captured exactly the energy and feel of the books and articles I write. I am all about finding joy in life, being comfortable in your own skin and embracing your age. It´s also the photo I use as my… Read More

+ Layering in style with Cuddl Duds

Layering in comfort & style with Cuddl Duds separates

As a work-at-home mom I’m always looking for comfort & style in any clothes I wear. I recently shared how as I’m writing my next book, I go straight from the yoga studio to the bookstore to work on my manuscript. Then I come home, shower and turn my attention to all other projects. In the late afternoon I pick up my youngest from… Read More

+ El éxito no existe en el futuro: es HOY

My secret to writing a book while juggling life & work

I´m writing a book. I´ve done this before. Many times. 18 to be exact. In fact more times, if I count the unpublished manuscripts too. I´m not saying this to show off, believe me. At 53 I´ve had plenty of time to write in my life. It´s what I do. That´s the only reason I know for sure I can pull it off. And… Read More

+ The busy mom´s way to make a family photo book

The busy mom´s solution for making a family photo book

I will never forget the day my youngest, who must have been 7 or 8 at the time, walked into my room and asked: “Mommy, do I have a baby picture book?” My heart sank. She did not. You see, when my eldest was born in 2001 I only had an analog camera. I always ordered double prints of all her photos. I made… Read More