Event Recap: #TeachItMamas Body Love Workshop

Event Recap: #TeachItMamas Body Love Workshop

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On Monday, October 15, 2018 Alex Andrade, founder of Teach It Mamas, hosted a Body Love Workshop, alongside three other empowering mamas: Crystal Dominguez, founder and artist at Crystal Domi, Rachel Carrillo, founder and photographer at L.A. Momma Photography, and Mary Carrillo, founder and educator at Maryposa Essentials, the workshop emphasized the need for women to self-care, love, and accept.

I attended Alex’s first community event back in May 20, 2018. You can read all about my experience here.

We met for the Body Love Workshop (Workshop) at 6:00 PM at Makers Mess, located on 602 N. Hoover, Street, Los Angeles, CA (Silver Lake), just around sunset.

Let me share with you, I took a moment before the Workshop to take in the beauty of nature and let my gratitude sink in.

I was grateful to have made the Workshop a priority and to have the support of my loving husband. To avoid the after-work traffic, I drove to my husband’s place of employment to drop-off my daughter with him and take off to the Workshop from there.

Earlier in the day, I had productive day of biking for bonding, cleaning the house, and getting ready for the workshop — physically and mentally. Is anyone else a social introvert with anxiety? 🙂

Nothing better than a gorgeous sunset overlooking the city to ease into a group setting and calm the nerves.

However, there was nothing to worry about! The atmosphere was welcoming from the moment I hugged Alex “hello!”

As we finished setting up, and the ladies started arriving, you could already feel that the night’s group was going to connect and love on each other.

There was mingling and whispers of support, while enjoying sweet snacks, infused water, and even some adult drinks (I’m sure this helped relax any nerves).

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I contemplated where to sit. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and sat in the middle of the group, instead of the corner — my personal favorite.
Anyone else go for the corner of the room?

Plus, I loved how the sunlight was coming in gorgeously bathing the studio walls, furniture, and beautiful women in the room.

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At each seat, the ladies could find a beautiful spiral-bound journal and pen for them to embrace journaling, during and after the Workshop. Journaling has becoming a form therapy for me. It used to be scrapbooking. I would love to merge the two!

The journal was beautifully decorated with custom art by Crystal Dominguez. The art piece was simple and inclusive. Isn’t that how we should be with ourselves?

Yet somehow we inevitably learn to get into our head, over analyze, and criticize our every thought and move; it’s much more complicated and discriminatory.

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How do we ground ourselves enough to focus on our inner positive voice, yet energize to be able to do all of the things?

Mary shared a great option for just that! Essential oils!
All while holding her months-old daughter in her arms (…and breastfed later on while standing tall and loving — that’s her superpower.

From her personal experience, she has found that essential oils have been able to aide her during the most common cold symptoms to heart-wrenching life experiences.
We thank her for opening up her wounds to share with us the power she has experienced with essential oils.

Nature has been able to help us since the beginning of time, yet I do not think it has been this easy to access its goodness. You’re just a few drops away from mental healing, and that sounds amazing!

Do you use essential oils?

Crystal has found that journaling and art is one of the best therapy options, as well as the best method to revolt against society’s unrealistic body expectations for women, and a creative way to empower and inspire women to heal and live their best life.

Crystal shared a future project of hers with us: A journal for your thoughts, while also providing space to color-in beautifully drawn women-empowering designs. Two-in-one goodness.

I’m looking forward to seeing the final product!

I love all of this! As you can see from the photo below, so did Alex!

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All the ladies in the room were able to share their body love journey: struggles and wins, ranging from when they were children to that very moment sitting at our table.

The conclusion is always the same. We all have different body compositions, but in the end, we are all dealing with the same conflicts. Let’s make like Elsa, and let it go…

We are stronger together.

We took a moment to choose a word we felt defined our body that night. Without giving it much though, I felt the word ‘Resilient’ appear in my mind’s eye. I wrote it down without hesitation.

And on my Crystal Domi Worksheet I quickly answered the question before moving on to the next phase of our Body Love Workshop:

How do you see yourself?

“I love my journey of self-acceptance. Turning thirty years old and becoming a mother has blessed me, not only with a healthy baby girl, but also with the blessing of self-love. Having this gift now allows for me to truly appreciate it. I would have taken it for granted as a teen and as a twenty year old. Thank the Lord for knowing His time.”  — Vanessa Torres

How would you answer this question?

We were to take our chosen word and bring it to life in our portrait session with the talented photographer, Rachel.

In this phase, we were granting ourselves permission to allow our body and all of the feels to be the center of attention in our portrait. Take up space!

I cannot wait to view the final edits of our portraits and admire the Resilient body that I am blessed with. I have to admit, I was feeling sassy during the portrait session, and I know for a fact that the light came from within and from the positive vibrations around all of us in the studio. We were empowered.

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Inspired by the night’s heart-felt stories. Here’s a small round-up of some of my favorite body-positive quotes:

  • “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown
  • “Health isn’t just about what you’re eating. It’s about what you’re thinking and saying too.” – unknown
  • “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” – unknown
  • “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” – unknown
  • “I’ve put up too much, too long, and now I’m just too intelligent, too powerful, too beautiful, too sure of who I am finally to deserve anything else.” – Sandra Cisneros

Do you have a favorite body-positive quote?

Remember, the lesson is to self-care, love, and accept where you currently find yourself in your journey of growth. Don’t wait until tomorrow, or when the timing is “perfect.”

And in the spirit of Teach It Mamas: Teach, Learn, Connect, Empower.

Teach it mama!

Love,

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P.S.S. Little awesome inside scoop:

Teach It Mamas was nominated to be able to utilize Makers Mess through their first Move-in Mondays giveaway! This is where Makers Mess allows members of the community to nominate their friends to take over their empty studio every third Monday of the month. How amazing is this of Makers Mess! That’s what I call paying-it-forward.

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Event Recap: L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

Event Recap: L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

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My Ellie and I took a mini road trip on Monday, October 8th to the Montebello Town Square. We were invited to attend the L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party hosted at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival!

The family-owned Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival not only has pumpkins (obvi), but they also have a jumper play zone for multiple age groups (#momapproved); a super cute petting zoo with bunnies, goats, pigs, chickens, and even a pony; many snacks, including popcorn and candy apples; and all of the instagramable photo ops for the whole family!

Having fun with my Ellie and my fellow mami bloggers, and their super cool kids, at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival totally has me looking forward to attending the early showing for “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” this Thursday! All U.S. showings start on Friday, October 12, 2018!

Both, my husband and I, read the Scholastic Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, as kids in the 90s, and love that now the Goosebumps Monsters are in comedy-adventure movies!

Low-key, wouldn’t you like a R-rated Goosebumps movie for us 30-something-year-olds who grew up reading the original series? Just an idea my husband had. I mean, Ken Jeong is already casted, and Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy still scares me! Yep!

Don’t you feel the same?

I was so excited to attend the pumpkin decorating party, as this would be my little girl’s first time decorating a pumpkin!

She happily chose our pumpkins and then we joined the rest of the mamacitas and kids to decorate — some of us may have been distracted by the yummy donuts and pizza generously provided by L.A Mamacitas.

Last year Ellie was a one-year-old and was too tiny to join in the festivities. This year, she was able to participate in the Halloween tradition and was introduced to Goosebumps!

I look forward to handing over my R.L. Stine book collection to her! Yes, I have not donated my collection after two decades — they’re ready for her!

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Ellie and her friends decorated their pumpkins with silly faces, stickers, and colorful rhinestones.

However, she took to the awesomely designed “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” movie poster and explored with patterns and compositions to add her own bold and  abstract designs to it! ; )

Don’t you find joy in letting your kid’s imagination run wild?

I love when Ellie creates wooden-block buildings and street-chalk masterpieces. I can already imagine the spooky adventures she will author as she brings Halloween to life à la R.L. Stine!

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Thankful to @la_mamacitas for sponsoring this post and being awesome at organizing fun-filled family events in our community for moms and kiddos! And thankful to you, for riding along the nostalgic train with me on this post. Seriously.

Let me know when you go see “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and your thoughts in the comments section below!

Find me on Instagram @LifeOfTorres and hashtag #GoosebumpsMovie and #LAmamacitas — we can both go down memory lane together!

Love,

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P.S. Here’s a sneak peek inside the complimentary promotional swag bags!

We will definitely use the tote bag for trick or treating in a couple weeks. I felt like a kid, again, with the pencil pouch goodies and bookmarks (I collected those, too!). Wouldn’t you?!

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Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween Official Movie Poster
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Event Recap: #TeachItMamas CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training

Event Recap: #TeachItMamas CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training

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Alex Andrade and His Grace Instructor, Jose L. Chavez. Photo by L.A. Momma Photography.

On Sunday, May 20, 2018 Alex Andrade, founder of Teach It Mamas on Instagram, an inclusive motherhood community and support group, hosted her first community event for us mamas and it was one that would bring so much value to our daily lives: Adult & Child CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) / Standard First-Aid Training!

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Photo by L.A. Momma Photography.

The private group training, organized by Alex, met Sunday at 8:00 AM at the His Grace CPR & First-Aid Training (His Grace) located on 13112 Hadley Street, Unit 103, Whittier, CA.

Mamas were met with a cute black canvas swag bag, customized with #TeachItMamas embroidered on the front and filled with goodies, including a composition notebook and pen to take notes during the training!

And some yummy breakfast snacks and drinks to share during their attentive and supporting conversations between them before the training began and on break.

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How many of you can say you are, or have been, certified in CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training?

I now can, thanks to Alex and His Grace. It’s something I have had on my to-do list for many years, especially after having my daughter two years ago, but just never got around to do it.

I’m sure it had a lot to do with knowing that my husband has always kept his CPR certification current during the past fourteen years!

The best part, I not only signed myself up, but my mamá, too! It was such a special bonding experience for both us.

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In my Hispanic culture abuelitas and abuelitos bless us with care taking for their grandchildren, but we seldom arm ourselves with training above personal experience that could save our children’s lives and even our own.

Please take the steps I did and sign-up with your parent(s) (or your current babysitter) for a CPR and First-Aid Training as soon as possible!

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We had a great experience with Jose of His Grace. He was professional, knowledgeable, and very accommodating with providing enough pauses during his instruction to allow me to translate from English to Spanish for my momma.

You may contact His Grace CPR & First-Aid Training by phone at (562) 519-1595 or by email at hisgracepr@yahoo.com to register for your training and receive your Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) certificate and wallet card.

And in the spirit of Teach It Mamas: Teach, Learn, Connect, Empower.

Love,

P.S. Here’s a sneak peek inside the goodie bags, just in case you were curious!

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Event Recap: Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday: A Gathering for Women to Stand in Their Light

Event Recap: Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday: A Gathering for Women to Stand in Their Light

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Only two months into 2018 and I already know this will be a year of pure growth for me — low days included!

I was having one of those low days, when Super Self-Love Saturday was announced and described as a “morning to refuel yourself, practice self-care, and dive into self-love and self-compassion. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life and join a community of like-minded women.” I just knew I had to attend! Plus, I had been following Avenue Mama on Instagram and really felt I had to meet its founder, Annie Vovan, in real life and give a her hug after so many virtual fist pumps and high-fives! Have you experienced that type of human connection before?

Our morning began with introductions, while enjoying a few tasty homemade tidbits by Annie and her adorable children — how awesome is that! The women easily approached each other and seamlessly came and went within multiple circles of conversation. It was beautiful to see and experience.

The Super Self-Love Saturday hosts, Avenue Mama founder, photographer, and former pharmacist, Dr. Annie Vovan, and Embraced Podcast host and psychologist, Dr. Whitney Dicterow, led the women into the studio to begin the event.

We began with a Self-Care Yoga Session lead by Rachelle Tratt. Her personal story, her choice of music, inspirational quotes, and yoga movements, all energized the room. So enjoyable! Do you practice yoga? I enjoyed that towards the end of the session she allowed us to have a moment to take our practice at our own pace, so we could concentrate more on our personal intention(s).

We then transitioned to Self-Love Journaling led by Annie. We sat in a healing circle on these lovely and comfy bohemian-styled pillows with our gifted flowered-journals adorned with the quote “She believed she could. So she did.” Love it! Annie shared her story and slowly and organically opened-up a space for vulnerability without judgement. We went around the circle as every woman in the room shared a portion of herself. I learned, we have many journeys throughout life and sometimes we have multiple journeys working simultaneously with each other.

During our self-love journeys, we need support and guidance for ourselves, so Embraced Podcast host, Whitney, taught us the Pillars of Self-Compassion through mindful meditation. I have always found meditation simple, yet not easy, to say the least. The challenge is to stay in the moment of each present breath — however, your mind is always wandering! And that’s just it, you shouldn’t react and become frustrated. Allow yourself grace and compassion. Getting to know yourself deeper brings many emotions, but also clarity for your future-self.

From there, there’s only pa’lante! We must keep moving forward!

At the end (or is it the beginning) superfood snacks were provided by Philosophie founder, Sophie Jaffe, a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert (insider scoop: she has worked with George Clooney!). The nutritious smoothies she prepared for us were a great way to replenish our bodies and minds.

The day’s event was hosted at WMN Space (10764 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232); and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

WMN Space Founder and doula, Paula Mallin, says, “WMN Space is a conscious space for women to gather in service to their own healing as an offering to the community. The intention of WMN Space is to support women wherever they are on their journey of womanhood and motherhood. We offer healing modalities that include; doula services, spiritual counseling, pre and postnatal classes, bodywork, massage therapy, workshops and women’s gatherings.”

Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday and WMN Space coming together was the best collaboration for the women in attendance — the healing energies were aligned.

I have seen time, and time gain, that finding people whom share common ground with you bring calmness and provide support for your self-care. The relationships that are formed are not forced, and they assist with positive reinforcement of personal growth.

“YOUR
VIBE
ATTRACTS
YOUR TRIBE”
— unknown

What I have learned:

Making yourself a priority is not selfish.

Taking small steps to embrace every season of our lives is key. How many times have we heard, “It is not a sprint, it is a marathon.” We must take our time to evaluate all the components, in and out of our home, that make up who we are and who we are becoming.

It is okay to create space between something or someone that does not positively serve you, or your family.

However, I must say, do not allow this journey, to seek love for yourself, bring you more stress and anxiety.

Getting closer to self-acceptance is a life journey you can enjoy.

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“you carry
so much love in your heart.
give some. to yourself.”
— r.z.

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“Choose, everyday
to forgive yourself.
You are human, flawed,
and most of all
worthy of love.”
— Alison Malee

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“Allow yourself to transform
as many times as you need
to be fully happy and free.”
— yung pueblo

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Here I am after the Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday. I could feel my inner light shining and I wanted to document it. This is a photo taken by my lovely iPhone timer and Ford Edge.  ; )

Taking a few minutes each day to yourself will make a world of difference for you!

Don’t forget to love yourself, amiga. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Love,

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#WeAllGrowFAMILIA • Grow With Love • 2017 Event Recap

#WeAllGrowFAMILIA • Grow With Love • 2017 Event Recap

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Some of these photos are  my own and the rest were beautifully taken by event photographer Robson David-Müzel (@muzele).


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It was such a gift to have been invited to #WeAllGrowFAMILIA, a one-day, invite-only event with 175 multicultural influencers and creative entrepreneurs in the parenting space! On October 28, 2017 Latina Millennial mamis and papis gathered for the second consecutive year at the awesome Munchkin, Inc. headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. #WeAllGrowFamilia’s theme this year was Grow With Love. The day’s topics were centered around committing to help grow ourselves and our children’s future.

When I arrived at registration I was welcomed with a smile and a #WeAllGrowFAMILIA swag bag filled with gifts from the event’s awesome parent-focused sponsors before entering through the Munchkin headquarters’ doors and into the whimsical outdoor lounge designed by Celia of @prettylittlethings.

This lounge’s positive vibes allowed for me to meet and have great conversations throughout the day with great and inspiring women, including Martha (@mrscastro), Linda (@luz_warrior), Delfina (@soylatinafit), and Jacqui (@babyboybakery).  Forever thankful for your time amigas!

Soon after registration we were served breakfast sponsored by Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh. So glad there were vegan options for this plant-based mama! And they were delicious, too! I heard there was a cubie-wall decorated with  delicious cupcakes! I unfortunately was probably in a daze full excitement and completely missed it!

I did, however, enjoy a delicious warm tea in the morning and a cafecito in the afternoon provided by @cafesanto. They are known for their signature Cafe de Olla and Chocolate Oaxaqueño.

During this time I was able to meet IRL (in real life) some more women I had been chatting with on Instagram already, including María (@lacooquette), Fely (@missfely), and Gemma (@gemma_marin). We shared laughs over new mami moments — the beautiful and the not-so-fun, but always with a full heart.

One of my highlights was meeting and sharing a selfie with the ever-wonderfully-kind and creative Susie Jaramillo (@canticosworld)! I love that she has created a bilingual nursery rhyme book collection rooted in all of the Latin-American canticos! You can sing-along in English and Spanish! How awesome is that!

Mami Tip: If your baby loves singing and dancing you can watch the Canticos rhymes on YouTube! This works even if you’re a no-screen-mami. Just leave the audio on and dance in the kitchen with your little one! I may have done this! haha

During her keynote session, Susie shared and explained to us how to build a family-oriented brand that is easy and fun to love and partner with families and large family brands already successful on the market.

Cascade Ice, flavored sparking water, had an amazingly fun and colorful space perfectly decorated to “Live a Flavorful Life.” They were so kind and their Cascade ice mixed-drinks (non-alcoholic) were super delicious!

I’ve made my own mixed-drinks with Cascade Ice at home since then and they have been a hit with my guests! If you haven’t tried them, yet check them out @cascadeicewater on Instagram for more information and to find a location near you to purchase.

The #WeAllGrowFAMILIA panel sessions were began by a warm welcome from Munchkin’s CEO, Steven Dunn, and Munchkin’s Instagram Director, Karla Ortiz.

The first #WeAllGrowFAMILIA  panel (Christina Soletti of @ergobaby, Frances Barajas of @readconmigo, Tracey Del Moral of @carters / @OshKoshB’gosh) let us in on how brands market to millennial moms and dads.

After the panel, #WeAllGrow’s Melissa Bailey interviewed Jacqui Saldana, founder of @babyboybaker, as she shared with us all about The Art Of Creating Family Memories! Jacqui — you go girl!

I took so many notes in our new #WeAllGrowFAMILIA custom mint-colored journal by the planning queen herself, Erin Condren (@erincondren)! It’s beautiful!

P.S. I was so in love with Melissa’s dress, I had to let her know when she sat next to me after the panel! haha

P.S.S. It was great to tour the Munckin Headquarters and admire Steven Dunn’s unique art work collection.

One of my favorite keynotes was from Laura Fuentes, founder of @momables. She shared her personal experience with mompreneurship — the highs and the lows with so much realness and gusto! I was so happy to be able to be part of her Mentor Roundtable session! (We had the opportunity to sit down in a small intimate group setting with three of the nine awesome speakers and ask specific questions in 20 minute sessions.) Her insights were tangible and that makes a huge difference for a mom just starting out to make her ideas into a brand!

To end the Mentor Roundatables on a yummy note, we headed out to enjoy a light and delicious lunch and hydrated with the deliciously fresh @aguavidapremiumwater alkaline water made in our very own Los Angeles! You’re also able to reuse, refill, and rehydrate with their cute little glass bottles. Look how awesome the custom tags look on the bottles!

During lunch I enjoyed the creative spaces of @wordpressdotcom and learned a few tips and tricks to maintain my website and create my great looking blog posts!

Have you been able to play with a Baby Alive doll? I took a moment to experience the magical Super Snacks Snackin’ Luke and Sweet Tears Baby by @hasbro who creates the world’s best play experiences! These dolls will definitely teach your baby empathy, as they need to provide love and nurturing to keep them fed, healthy, and happy. What a concept!

Can you relate mamá? 😉

I had the best time throwing confetti in front of @timemachinevideo‘s camera! There’s nothing like letting go a little bit and acting silly for a great slow motion video!

If only my 16-month-old Ellie could have been there to enjoy it with me! She’s the reason I’ve learned to let go and be silly at the toddler playgrounds with her! LOL No Kidding mamas!

Al fin del día and after all the love of parenting and entrepreneurship was spoken into us, we gathered for the closing fiesta — COCO themed — thanks to the amazingly talented team of  Disney-Pixar’s Coco!

What do you think? Will COCO win an Oscar next year at the Academy Awards?

It was quite the experience to hear Alanna Noël Ubach speak as the closing keynote speaker. If that wasn’t enough, I was able to meet @alannaaubach at the after-party! She did a superb job lending her voice to COCO’s Mamá Imelda.

Let’s talk about the snacks! Yummy cotton candy by @twistedforsugar, juicy eloteschurros dipped in chocolate, flavorful hot chocolate, agua de horchata and beautiful COCO-inspired cookies baked and decorated by the amazing @aliciasdelicias. Aren’t they the cutest!

It was great catching up with Martha and meeting Ruby (@la_mamacitas), and of course, an after-party is not complete without a photo booth!

Immensely thankful to @WeAllGrowLatina for inviting me to such a heart-felt community event.

¡Viva la familia!

Love,

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