The Juggling Act: Being a Mom and Running Your Own Business

July 29, 2014   

One question I get asked often by moms or moms-to-be is “how do you do it?” In regards to running my own business and being a mom, wife…etc. The truth is, it’s a juggling act. Sometimes I don’t do it “all.” I use to like to think it was a balancing act, but let’s be honest, sometimes it’s not a balance. It’s hard work man, but somehow you just make it work (as I’m sure all mother’s out there will agree). Being a mom is the most rewarding, amazing job you’ll ever have. I run my business from my home and I feel very blessed that I get to spend time with my little one, but that juggling thing can sometimes be very challenging.

Here are a few things that have helped me with juggling my career and being a mom. Please keep in mind though that my experience might be a little different since I don’t have the typical 9-5, but I thought I’d share in case you might find it helpful.

Getting Help: I use to like to think I could do it all myself. And would actually feel guilty asking for help. When my husband worked, I would try to do as much work as I could while the baby napped and then would stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning working when the baby went down for the night. I realized not only was this not good for my health it’s also not healthy for our family. I now have  someone that helps us out 3 days a week. It’s made such a difference and she’s absolutely amazing. While she’s here, I try to get the majority of my work done. She’s also a family friend that I’ve known ever since I was 12 years old, which makes me feel so much more comfortable.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s your mother-in-law, parents, sister-in-law. It really does take a village to raise a child. I also have the most amazing husband who supports me 100%. I couldn’t do it without him.

Traveling for Work: I have to travel often for work. I’m actually writing this post right now from the airport heading to New York for a photo shoot. I always try to make my trips 24 hours if I can. I’ll take the red eye and take the next flight home as soon as I’m done. Of course, this isn’t always the case and sometimes I might have to stay 2 days, but I’m very fortunate to work with amazing clients (some who are also moms) that are very accommodating. While I’m away, my husband stays with our son or I have my mom help me out.

Being Present: While I work from home, I make it a point to have special “us” time during the day. Whether it’s taking him to the park in the morning or reading books. I know he’ll only be a toddler once so I really want to enjoy him as much as I can. During this time I try to make it a point not to check email or go on social media. 

It's OK to say NO: Many times I've turned down trips or attending events if I feel it takes away too much time from being with my family and that's OK. At the end of the day they are my #1 priority and it's ok to say "No." 

If I've had a stressful week, I just like to remind myself this bible verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I CAN be a mom, wife, career woman. And I know you can do it do!

How do you “balance” work and being a mom? Any tips you can share?

Mark Your Calendar: Join Me at Shoe Carnival in Tamarac, Florida on 8/1

July 28, 2014   

I’m so excited to share that I’ve partnered with Shoe Carnival to host the opening of their Tamarac store in Florida. I had the chance to visit the store earlier this week and wanted to give you a sneak peek. There’s a large selection for everyone, which is great for moms especially those sending their kids back to school. I already spotted so many styles I want to buy Andres for when he starts pre-school in September. Best of all, you can do all your shopping for your family in one place. So while you’re shopping for the kids, you can also pick up some cute shoes for yourself too!

They have brand names such as Converse, Skechers, Asics and Keds to name a few.

One thing that I loved is that they make the shopping experience so much fun with contests and games. For example like this Shoe Carnival ‘Spin the Wheel,’ full of prizes and savings you could win.

The event is taking place Friday, August 1st from 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM. There will be tons of fun activities from face painting, snacks, drinks and a chance to win $100 worth of rewards cards. You won’t want to miss it. Below are all the details. Would love to see you there!

WHEN: Friday, August 1, 2014 TIME: 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM

WHERE: Shoe Carnival
                Midway Plaza 5735 N. University Drive
                Tamarac, Florida 33321

Ps. Be sure to also check out Shoe Carnival’s Coral Springs store located at Coral Square Mall, 9469 W Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs, FL 33071

This post is brought to you by Shoe Carnival. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Video: Travel Essentials + Radio Shack Power Bank Giveaway!


Last week I was on Univision's Al Amanecer in Miami sharing some of my favorite must-have products when traveling. I travel a lot for work, so I've definitely picked up a few tips along the way. One of my travel essentials I never leave home without is a portable power bank. These are great for charging your cellphone, iPad and even your digital camera. I can't tell you how many times I've been at the airport with my cell phone battery running low and all the power outlets were taken up (very annoying).

I've teamed up with RadioShack to give one lucky the chance to win the one I feature in the segment. It retails for $49.99 and is definitely a life saver.

To Enter: 
Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest ends on August 11, 2014. Winner will be announced on the blog.

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Beauty: What's in My Makeup Bag

July 25, 2014   

I do a lot of TV segments for work and over the years I’ve learned to (somewhat) master a quick camera-ready look. Although my makeup bag is often filled to the brim, here are a few of my key essentials that I always have handy in my makeup bag.

{From Upper Left to Right}

1. Nair™ Brazilian Spa Clay Face Wax Strips—Between being a mom and work, I barely have time to make it to the beauty salon. Luckily, these Nair™ Brazilian Spa Clay Face Wax Strips are my on-the-go solution for my upper lip and eyebrows. These handy strips warm by rubbing between your hands and include mango butter and acai berry.

2. Mouthwash- My dad always carried a travel-size mouthwash with him, so I learned this tip from him.

3. Bronzer: I always avoid getting sun on my face, so I opt for a bronzer to add some color to my skin. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder looks natural and leaves a nice sun-kissed glow.

4. Kabuki Brush: I love this kabuki brush that I bought at Sephora for applying my bronzer.

5. Loose Powder: After I apply my foundation, I finish my look with a loose powder. This one is from Urban Decay and is called ‘Naked Skin.’

6. Urban Decay Ink for Eyes: I use this waterproof, precision eye pen to add some color to my upper and lower eyelashes.

7. Eyebrow Brush: I always keep this handy for perfectly shaped eyebrows.

8. Mascara: I’m always switching up my mascara, but lately I’ve been using LancĂ´me Definicils , which is very natural looking and doesn’t look clumpy.

9. Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk Foundation:’ I swear by this foundation for my TV segments – especially with all the HD cameras. It makes your skin look flawless. During the day, I wear it as a spot concealer when I don’t want to wear heavy makeup.

10. Lipgloss: A girl could never have too many lip glosses right? Lately I’ve been really into pinks that gives you a nice, healthy look and I really like this one from NAKED called ‘Streak.’

11. Dark Circle Corrector: For those nights when I barely get any sleep, this dark circle corrector from Avon works like a charm, illuminating dark circles, so it looks like you actually got a good night’s sleep.

12. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick: When I have an important TV segment coming up and feel a pimple making an appearance (ugh!), I use this herbal blemish stick from Burt’s Bees. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t, but I’m still giving it a try.

13. Travel Size Perfume: I always keep a travel size perfume in my car and in my make-up bag.

This post is brought to you by the makers of Nair hair removal products and Style Coalition. All opinions as always, are my own.

Steal her Look: Anne Hathaway

July 24, 2014   

Anne Hathaway was recently spotted wearing this white dress paired with a jean jacket and navy sandals. We love her casual, yet feminine look. I personally love white dresses for the summer--they're so chic. I just bought one today as a matter of fact and can't wait to wear it. I might take a cue from Anne Hathaway and pair it with a jean jacket once it cools down in Miami.

Where to Buy
White Dress, H&M, $12
Cognac Tote, Aldo, $60
Denim Jacket, H&M, $29
Rachel Zoe Ankle Strap Sandals, Last Call Neimas Marcus, $89

Join Me for a Back to School Twitter Party with Crocs on Friday, 7/25 + Prize

July 22, 2014   

Hi guys, I wanted to share that I'll be hosting a Back to School Twitter Party with Crocs this Friday, 7/25 from 9pm-10pm (EST). My little one is actually starting pre-school in September (where did the time go!!) and I can't wait to chat with you on all things back-to-school including latest trends and back-to-school favorites and tips.

We'll even be giving away a free pair of shoes to one lucky participant at the end of the party so be sure to check it out and RSVP here.  Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter @vivafashion and use the hashtag #schoolofcrocs. See you then.

WHEN: Friday, July 25th
TIME: 9pm-10pm (EST)
WHERE: On Twitter with the hashtag #schoolofcrocs
HOST: @VivaFashion

PRIZE: Free pair of shoes to one lucky participant at the end of the party

RSVP here!

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