Puerto Rico Coconut Tree

Puerto Rico Coconut Tree
Aaah...A GREAT tree to relax under!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

HAPPY EASTER AND RESURRECTION DAY/FELIZ DIA DE PASCUA Y RESURRECION



     In this time of remembrance and tradition, we hope you have a wonderfully blessed Easter/Resurrection Day along with family and friends!


     En este tiempo de refleccion y tradicion, esperamos que todos tengan un Dia de Pascua/Resurrecion bendicido con su familia y amigos!


Blessings - Bendiciones,


PrincesaGrace y Jennyboo


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day/Feliz Dia de San Valentin!



Hoping you spend the Day with the ones you love the most!  May you have great food, gifts and create special memories to remember forever.

Deseandoles un dia con los que los que aman muchisimo!  Que tengan comida deliciosa, regalos y que crean memorias especiales que se recuerdan siempre.



Con carino,

PrincesaGrace <3

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's been a while so here is a quick catch up/Paso mucho tiempo pero vamos a alcanzar a la fecha de hoy!

Well, I have to apologize for not updating our blog.  I got all caught up with the holidays and I graduated from that Medical Coding and Billing course finally, and just finished up my Externship.  I feel like I've been in a whirlwind but I can finally say I can start to look for a full-time job again.


Thanksgiving/Dia de Gracias


This year my daughter invited her boyfriend and his mom.  It was great, the food was delicious and the company was even better.  It was mine and Paul's first time spending time with Scott's mom and it seemed like we just clicked right away :)  Thanksgiving was truly a blessed time.


Christmas/Navidad


The Table Ready for Eatings :)

Christmas was peaceful and I was very grateful I was able to get gifts for my family as it was a rough year financially.  I must say it wasn't as much as the usual, but it was just enough to give us joy!   My Mom came over and we ate a great dinner and watched movies all night.


Our Christmas Tree

Nibbles' gifts


Gabby's gifts

Gabby's Piggy Cupcakes

New Year's/Ano Nuevo 2012!

Ball at 42nd Street

Finally New Year's Eve came and we celebrated with Gabby's friends, Shelly and Brito and Gabby's boyfriend Scott.  We stuffed our faces with lasagna, salad and cake and watched the ball on 42nd Street drop on the television and all yelled "Happy New Year!"  Everyone stayed over and spent New Year's day playing Gabby's new Wii she got for Christmas -- much laughter and fun.


 


Mommy & Gabby dressed up for 2012!
 
The Stayover


Playing the Wii


We hope everyone's holiday was blessed and full of happiness!  Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 from The Tales of Two Latinas :)    Esperamos que todos celebraron los dias de fiesta muy bendecidos y llenos de felicidad!  Feliz dia de Gracias, Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Ciao,

PrincesaGrace <3

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

60's Get Together with Friends -- En la Casa de Amigos y La Era de Los 60s

Well, its that time of year when friends and family do get togethers and parties to celebrate harvest time and Halloween!


My family and I were invited to my friend's house and the hosts asked us to dress up in clothing that would be worn in the 1960s!  It was fun seeing everyone dressed up as hippies and one guest dressed up as Jeannie from the show I Dream of Jeannie (a show I watched growing up although I saw it in the 70s).
 
LOVE AND PEACE were the expressions of the 60s!

My daughter, Gabby was dressed up as Twiggy (a famous model).  I got her "mod" clothing and did her eyemake up "Twiggy style".  I dressed up as a Groovy Chic and my fiance, Paul, dressed up as a hippie.  Tooooo funny! 



I love this time of year when all the holidays begin, especially time spent with friends and family!
THE CAKE!!

What are your experiences, traditions or plans for the coming months?  PLEASE SHARE.

Hasta la proxima,

PrincesaGrace <3

Friday, October 7, 2011

OCTOBER - FALL AND HARVEST TIME ARE HERE! OCTUBRE LLEGO EL OTONO Y EL TIEMPO DE COSECHA!!

OCTOBER is here!! Wow, I always think of Harvest time, Apple Cider, Apple Pies, Foliage, and Hay Rides THEN all of a sudden, its an explosion of Holidays from Halloween through New Years.


I love when September rolls around because I know the leaves will be turning to various types of beautiful fall colors and that milder weather is coming. I personally, cannot stand August with all the Heatwaves!




However you and your family celebrate the Fall and all its beauty and goodies, I hope you are blessed and enjoy yourselves to the fullest.


We try to enjoy the foliage (enjoy the beauty of nature), the yummy apple pies, crumb cakes, and cider, and best of all the mild weather to the fullest.


It's always a feeling of planning for yummies and beauty and holidays along with family and friends. A time to share and reconnect.




Many blessings and much joy this Harvest season! I know there are good times ahead for all of us. :)

Hasta La Proxima,

PrincesaGrace

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WE WILL NEVER FORGET -- NUNCA OLVIDAREMOS - 9/11

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/ \ NEVER FORGET!!! KEEP THE FLAG GOING!!!  In Memory of those We Lost on September 11, 2001, take a moment to help reflect the fond memories of those loved ones who perished without any warning and for those who continue to die because of illnesses in their quest to help those in need. May God Bless Us all as we remember and will never forget those we lost. Be safe everyone!


Memories of 9/11 -- feels like yesterday :(

1.  I arrived at work in the MetLife Building and I remember that I was about to step on the elevator and the building was suddenly being evacuated. I saw my supervisor come off the elevator and she said to get out quick, trains were no longer running and the building was a target. When I asked her why all she could say was I was preparing for a meeting in the large conference room. Our conference room faced the Towers (we had a spectacular view with full ceiling to floor windows) and when she turned she saw the 1st Tower being hit by an airplane.

2.  Walking out of the building in shock, remembering my best-friend, David, worked in D.C. in the Pentagon and calling him and cried when I heard his voice and said that he was across the street when it happened.

3.  I ran from 42nd & 5th all the way to 104th & 5th without thinking only to stop at a Payless store to buy cheapy sneakers so I could get out of my heels. I had to get my daughter, she was in school right on Museum mile (also a possible target)!! The fear gripped me and I had stamina to run all those blocks.

4.  My friends on the 101st floor, who I spoke to everyday while transacting business…oh my God, would I ever see them again….I didn’t.

5.   My daughter’s Dad worked on the 86th floor, we called him for hours, we didnt get to him until about 6 p.m., his cell phone was out…he just made it out of Tower 1 as it crumbled. Covered in soot, he had gone over the Brooklyn Bridge and was walking home. He was on the 40-something floor getting breakfast and had never made it to 86…God had mercy on him that day.

6.  I remember Gabby's classmate being so upset with her because Gabby's Dad had made it out safely and her parents had died in the Towers that day.  She even stopped speaking to her for over a year!  As they were only 7 years old, I tried to explain to Gabby that her friend was not angry at her personally but hurt her parents had perished and this was how she was coping.

There is so much more, but I would sit here writing for hours. Blessings to all the families and all those who perished, and all those that are sick today because of that day, and to my Uncle Sammy, a Minister, who helped search and prayed over everyone including the bodies that were found for days on end.

GOD BLESS US ALL,

PRINCESAGRACE <3

Saturday, September 10, 2011

WE WISH TO WELCOME OUR NEWEST FOLLOWERS -- BIENVENIDOS!


Cory DeJesus
Madelene Nieves
and
Gabriellex3



Glad that you are following us and we hope that you refer us to your friends!   Also, don't forget to press like on our Facebook page as well at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tales-of-Two-Latinas/192462680791851#!/


Hasta la proxima,


PrincesaGrace and JennyBoo

IN MEMORY OF 9/11/2001 -- EN MEMORIA DE 9/11/2001 -- 10 YEARS LATER: 2001 - 2011



A MEMORY

September 11th was a day no one will ever forget,
On September 11th a lot of loved ones died,
It made us realize how important everyone is in our eyes.

It was a day of Sadness,
It was a day of Fright,
It was a day like none other,
Every held hands and prayed together.

No matter our race,
No matter our age,
This is a memory everyone will remember,
A day where the whole world cried together,
We will always have this day in our hearts,
But we ask one question...
Why did it have to start?

IN LOVING MEMORY OF EVERYONE WHO DIED:
 FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS, CHILDREN, MOTHERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, AUNTS, UNCLES, GRANDPARENTS, WIVES, HUSBANDS....

Poem Created by: Gabrielle Ramos
(PrincesaGrace's daughter)


HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THEIR LABOR DAY WEEKEND/ESPERO QUE TODOS SE DIVERTIERON ESTE FIN DE SEMANA DE OBREROS!

We tried to make the best of our budgeted weekend get away and didn't do too shabbily.  We ventured to Harrisburg, PA minutes away from Hershey, PA.

FRIDAY NIGHT, my fiance and I stuffed my daughter, her boyfriend, his son and the dog in a little Ford Focus and head out for adventure with a budget in mind, of course!  Times are kind of tough right now, me being on unemployment and he having a part-time job, nevertheless, we worked it and all had an awesome time :)



SATURDAY MORNING we head out to Hershey's Chocolate World!  A free tour of the factory and only $14.95 to create your own chocolate bar, we were sold on the idea. 






The TOUR was cool, just like a Disney ride, we were in these little bucket seats that sat 4-5 people and since we were a group of 5, that was perfect! We rode along while all kinds of images, films and machinery were shown to us explaining the origins of Hershey and the machines and process of how they create their yummy candy.
Hmmm...looks like a Chocolate pool!


Here are Gabby and Scotty (bf)
looking at the Milk and Cocoa mixing


Yummy sheets of Chocolate























After the tour, we decided it was time to make DA CHOCOLATE! Excited to create our mouth-watering treats, we marched on towards the Laboratory where we were given aprons, masks (like doctors LOL), hair nets, and gloves to wear. We were directed to computer screens where we picked our fillings. I picked a white chocolate center, pretzels, almonds and choco chips! Gabby: all chocolate fillings, (blech, too much choco for me), Paul: pretzels, almonds and toffee, Ed, his son: picked out almonds and choco chips, and finally Scotty chose white chocolate center and some stuff I didn't get to see...no fair Scott! As we watched our morsels go through the process, we were then directed to pick out the design of labels...more creating on the computer awesome :)

Fillings are placed!

Choco overing is going on top
Finally the Sprinkles :)







Final packaging...this one's mine!

We thought we were done, but we were led into the BAKERY area where they had loads of goodies you could buy from chocolate covered strawberries to cupcakes! A picture of Eduardo is depicted eyeing them but then as we looked up we a sign that read "CREATIONS STUDIO", we had to check it out, so up the stairs we went! Above the bakery you can actually make your own goods for $3 or $4! Gabby and Eduardo chose to make smores and to our surprise 2 attendants came and put edible paint on the table cover, gave us all paint brushes and said "paint away and if ya want you can EAT the paint"! I didn't venture but Paul, Eduardo and Gabby did and they said it tasted great. Eduardo even put some on his smore (shaking my head).
Eduardo eyeing the goodies at the Bakery








Afterwards we ventured to the GIFT SHOP where we actually tried everything, squished the stuffies and basically made a lot of noise!

Um Hershey Kiss Hat?
Scotty is not convinced!
ON SUNDAY, we ventured to Gettysburg, PA and visited the Gettysburg Museum for $10 each we saw a great film, an awesome panoramic picture with narration, toured the museum, and toured the actual Gettysburg battlefield using our car.  Not bad!  Of course, there was also a Bookstore/Gift Shop but we decided to behave this time :-D

 
Gabby looks at the Union (NORTH) Soldier's Uniform
Here's the Confederate's (SOUTH) Uniform
Gettysburg Battlefield Map
Old Cannon - BOOM!

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

FINALLY ON MONDAY, on the ride back to Jersey we came upon CABELA, which we thought was just a camping goods store and it turned out to be so much more :)  We all looked at each other and said, "Hmmm...bathroom and snack break and the back on the road".  Well it turns out a bathroom break turned out to be yet another great adventure.  They had clothes, all types of sporting goods, a Deer Exhibit, a restaurant and an Aquarium!!  Needless to say more fun and absolutely free, sigh...such a blessing and the PERFECT ending to our weekend.











Hah, a tent for our doggie, Nibbles?

Nibbles in his carrier, as we bid PA farewell


Videos of our Weekend for your Amusement :)

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HERSHEY CHOCOLATE WORLD - Tour (sneak-a-peek here)

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BRING ON THE EDIBLE PAINT?!

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SIGH, SUCH A PAINTER, HE CALLED IT "ART SUCKS"


HASTA LA PROXIMA,

PRINCESA GRACE <3