Have you seen this interview with Bunji Garlin?
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I don't even know how I found Greedy Girl Cooks, but now that I have I plan to be eating GOOD!
She's got plenty Caribbean Christmas favorites from black cake to macaroni pie to this sorrel glazed ham. Check her work out her blog, Youtube, Google+, and Instagram. You (and those you invite over for a meal) will be glad that you did.Add a comment
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Congratulations are in order! Alfonso Ribeiro and his partner are the Season 19 champions of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Former co-stars on the long running sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air "honorary Trini" Karyn Parsons (she let us know a few years ago that while she was not, but her siblings are), St. Lucian Born British Actor Joseph Marcell (Death in Paradise), and Trinidadian American actress Tatyana Ali (Home Again) came out to support Ribeiro on the Dancing with the Stars set a couple of weeks before his win.
Some say that entertainment is in Alfonso Ribeiro's blood. The grandson of Trinidadian Calypsonian Roaring Lion, Ribeiro was on television by age 9, and was dancing on Broadway by 12. He is probably best known for his iconic 80's commercial with Michael Jackson, and as cousin Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air - two roles that he is very much remembered for his dancing. His talent is hard to deny after watching this season of Dancing with the Stars.
His wife Angela Unkrich, young son, and Fresh Prince co-star, friend and fellow Trini Tatyana Ali cheered on his winning performance, along with a host of other celebrities and fans.
What's next for the winner? Probably more daddy duties than dancing. He announced that his wife is expecting during the show, but from the looks of this video on his Facebook page, maybe the whole family will be dancing no matter what!
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Sure sitting in Uncle So and So’s parlour listening to stories of his childhood would be great, but water slides and buffets have their pluses as well.
I have American kids. I can admit that. It is true. They are French fry eating, football watching, hamburger loving, car booster seat using, tan once a year getting, snowman making, Americans. However, thanks to my Trinidadian family here in the states, they are also soca singing, roti eating, soccer playing, doubles craving, pepper bottle sauce tapping, curry finger licking Americans.
I try to keep them connected to culture as much as I can, but there is nothing like touching down in the Caribbean and feeling the sand between their toes, hearing the breeze, smelling the street food, drinking fresh coconut water, and liming with family.
For some families, it is harder to make the connection – especially when it seems like all of their family is living outside of the islands. The family reunion is in Brooklyn or Orlando or Miami or Houston or Washington, DC because that is where the last few generations have settled. Sure you can get a good roti in any of these cities in America, but is it really the same? For many families who want to visit the Caribbean, the connection just isn’t there anymore beyond a distant cousin or aging relative that they have never met. Who wants to be the one to call and say “I comin!” with 3 kids and a husband? Not I.
As a Caribbean Parenting blogger attending the Social Media in the Sand Conference at Beaches Resort, I was keeping an eye out for opportunities for my kids to experience the culture in Turks and Caicos, while enjoying all that a resort has to offer an American child.
Here are 6 things that you can do to ensure that your kids get in touch with their Caribbean roots while enjoying a resort vacation.
1) Talk to the staff EVERYWHERE you go. Often times the resort staff is either local or from a nearby island. Start a conversation and you can find out where to go to get an authentic local meal, where to take the family to experience nature and wildlife safely, and how to get to the beaches that the locals go to. Many times the staff will have amazing suggestions for off resort activities.
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I was invited to attend the Social Media on the Sand Conference at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos at a substantial discount. HP was a sponsor of the event, and I am an #HPSmartMom. Occasionally I receive information, products, and discounts from HP.
On my trip to visit Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos, I went to check out the Rock Iguanas of Little Water Cay! See if your little one can find the rock iguana in this coloring sheet. Then go online with your kids and research the rock iguana to answer the questions included on the coloring sheet.
(Did you know that you can print this coloring sheet right from your phone? Check out mobile printing solutions here.)Add a comment
This is a sponsored post. We were given two LeapPad3s and other compensation. All opinions are our own.
I never tell my kids where they are going. It isn’t that we are just that adventurous, but I am terribly allergic to nagging, so I avoid it as much as I can. The wonderful folks at LeapFrog and Beaches Resorts sent us two LeapPad3s for an upcoming trip to the Social Media in the Sand Conference in Turks and Caicos. The kids had no idea they were going, so I got to pack whatever I wanted – and to leave out whatever I wanted.
I purposely packed no mp3 players, no DVD players, no toys, no books, no digital cameras (not the kids’ cameras anyway), no game systems… nothing. I snuck their suitcases out of their rooms, packed only what would fit in them, and put them in the trunk of the car while they slept. On top of the suitcases I set two gift wrapped boxes with notes for each of the kids from LeapFrog and Beaches Resorts.
To see the surprise, check out the video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezkwbO__GBI
I am allergic to nagging on planes and in airports especially, so I took quite a risk by leaving all of the kids’ devices at home and trusting that this one would be enough to keep them occupied. I hadn’t considered how I was going to charge them, if they came with chargers, if they came with games, none of that. I just went for it.
After the “unboxing” (translated – squealing, ripping off paper, etc.) that took place in the airport parking deck, the kids and the LeapPads were inseparable. Going through security, they felt really grown up when they put them in bins to be scanned just like we did with our laptops and tablets. They charged them up at the gate after we went through security using the built in rechargeable battery and the AC adapter that came with it. After Dad created his LeapFrog account, and set up their Wi-Fi and parental controls, they immediately started taking selfies to use for their “profile pictures.”
Watch the review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFlpgJetba0
Once on the plane and settled in, the LeapPad3s came out. Luckily, they come with several built in games, so the kids stayed occupied from takeoff to landing. I caught my middle child, who hates multiplication, doing math drills in between selfies “Enhanced” using Photo Fun. For hours, they were adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and reading, all while bobbing their heads to music, making videos, taking selfies, and taking care of their virtual pets. I never asked them if they needed help, and they never asked for it. They were able to figure out how to use everything on their own.Add a comment Read more...
Guess what I have been up to? I can't wait to share all of the info from my recent trip to discover the sand, surf, food, and fun at Beaches in Turks and Caicos. To get a sneak peek at what we got into during the Social Media on the Sand Conference, check out my Instagram feed!Add a comment
I haven't posted in a while, but I am back with a video! Yes, there have been requests for more nail art tutorials, and so while I was doing my daughter's Saturday manicure, I turned on the camera and made this quick tutorial. Check it out, share, and if you do it - post pics on our facebook page!
For the flag of Jamaica, you'll need base coat, green polish, yellow acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, and top coat. Acrylic paint comes in those little paint pots that you can get at any discount or craft store. You'll need three paint brushes, one small, one flat, and one striping brush.
A Striping Brush (click to buy)
Wide flat brush
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in I-rush Luck 445 (click to buy)
Yellow acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Check out the video to see how I did it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1ebZIM10gAdd a comment
On September 12, we will be discussing Zapped! Danger in the Cell by Jewel A. Daniel and Lynelle A. Martin via Google Hangout. When a mysterious machine shrinks Sonya, Lynelle, and Giselle to microscopic proportions they become so small that they slip through the walls of a cell. The three girls find themselves in a roller coaster of an adventure that has them running for their lives. Will they ever escape the Danger in the Cell?
This book is recommended for children ages 9 to 12, but may be of interest to younger and older children who are interested in science.
About the Authors:
St. Kitts born Jewel Daniel is a cell biologist, author and educator who combines her love for science and books to teach kids about the exciting microscopic world of the cell. Zapped! is her first children’s novel.
Lynelle Martin, a rising middle school student, has an avid interest in science and adventure. Zapped! is her debut novel.
Zapped! is illustrated by Ann-Cathrine Loo.
Members of the book club can join the discussion. For more information about the Caribbean Book Club, click here.
Caribbean Book Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caribbeanbookclub/
This month, I was honored to participate in the #ChocolateMilk campaign on Diary of a First Time Mom as a guest blogger. Breastfeeding is more the norm than the exception in the Caribbean community. We talked about it on the last Caribbean Mom Chat. Check out what Caribbean moms had to say about breastfeeding in public, how long to breastfeed and more, on this lively Google Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YvI1he_RAsAdd a comment
The Inspired Mobility Panel from the Blogging While Brown Conference in New York was at it again, but this time it was a live broadcast for the world via Google+ Hangout. Thursday, August 7th, Jason Caston, creator of the iChurch Method, moderated a conversation with Chip Dizard, ministry multimedia expert, Tiffani Robinson, digital and social media expert, and L. Michelle Smith, U.S. Diversity Corporate Communications Lead at AT&T.
The Inspired Mobility conversation has really taken off on social media, with people sharing inspirational quotes, memes, music, and videos using the hashtag #inspiredmobility. The discussion has also gone further than online inspiration and daily motivation on the go, to include different perspectives on online giving, using technology during church services, and how faith-based organizations can expand their reach using technology to connect with people wherever they are using podcasts and streaming video. The goal of the discussion on Thursday was to address questions that have come up during these online conversations, as well as to share tips on how to stay inspired on the go using apps and other mobile tools and to talk about the future of technology and faith-based organizations.
The mid-day hangout began around the time of day when most people need some motivation to make it through to the end of the work day and finish on a positive note – refreshed and ready to move into the evening’s activities either spending time with family and friends or enjoying a quiet evening, recharging for the next day. The great viewership of the broadcast, along with the lively conversation on Twitter, served as an excellent indicator that this was the perfect time of day to talk about ways to stay inspired on the go using mobile technology.Add a comment Read more...
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