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Summer Sangria Slush

Disclosure:  I was provided a sample of the Luis The Marinero Sangria to facilitate this review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.  Drink Responsibly. #luisthemarinero #sangriasummer #ad


Hello Summer!!! 


Family fun in the sun with backyard pool parties and lots of food on the grill are great ways to kick off this year’s summer season.  So why not make the days even sweeter with a Summer Sangria Slush and enter for a chance to win an authentic Sangria pitcher from Spain.

Summer Sangria Slush


Luis The Marinero Sangria wine was recently introduced exclusively in Delaware, New York and New Jersey and when my friends over at Regal Wine asked if I’d like to toast in the summer with a sample, you know me…I had to say, “sí” 

Regal Wine

I checked online and found several Sangria Slush recipes but decided to make a simple three ingredient slush using the Red Sangria, Ice and Watermelon.



1 Cup Red Sangria

1 Cup Ice

1/3 Cup of Watermelon

Summer Slush

Combine Sangria Red wine, ice cubes, and watermelon in a blender; process until smooth. Serve immediately or freeze.  This quick and naturally sweet (sans sugar) summer slush got me in and out of the kitchen in a jiffy.

Luis The Marinero


Enjoy a Sangria Summer

This authentic Spanish sangria is the perfect beverage for a sunny afternoon. Infused with citrus and cinnamon, Luis the Marinero is light on alcohol and refreshing in taste. Try it in red, white, and rosé.

Sangria Summer Promotion

Win a Sangria Pitcher from Spain! Simply upload a photo of yourself enjoying a sangria summer to for a chance to win.

Regal Wine will select one winning photograph each week, from June through August, and post winners on Facebook and Instagram.

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About the Wine:


White Sangria

Alcohol level 6%
Infused with citrus and tropical aromas, this crisp white wine offers a clean, fruity taste and a refreshing finish.

Red Sangria

Alcohol level 6%
Ruby red wine mingles with blueberries, cherries, and a hint of citrus and cinnamon. This rich sangria has a sweet and satisfying aftertaste.

Rose Sangria

Alcohol level 6%
A fresh pink wine blends with strawberry, raspberry, and citrus flavors. Sparkling and sweet, the rose sangria has an effervescent finish.

About the Winery:

Regal Wine is the exclusive American importer of Luis The Marinero. Bottled by the Spanish winery Bodegas Valdepablo, this authentic sangria celebrates wine-based drinks passed down from generation to generation since 1928. Luis The Marinero sangria pays tribute to the winery’s history, summer, and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.  

Which flavor would you like to try?

Wearing White Before Memorial Day

Hello friends, are you ready – this is it – the first official weekend of the summer – woohoo.  The sun is shining, the temps are rising and I am ready to be outdoors until late into the evening.  

This afternoon we will be heading over to the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware to see our son graduate from the CLSC Program and I am so excited!!!

CLSC stands for Career and Life Studies Certificate. CLSC is a two-year, nonresidential certificate program at the University of Delaware for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). CLSC provides integrated academic, career/technical and independent living instruction in preparation for gainful employment. CLSC students attend classes, participate in internships and work experiences, and engage in all aspects of campus life.  

Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages to see our smiling faces!  Speaking of which, if you saw the pic of my #OOTD on Monday you would have known that I wore white shoes and carried a white purse which according to old fashion rules is a no-no!  

would you wear white before Memorial Day

Do you still adhere to the “no white before Memorial Day” rule – or is it alright to wear white right after Easter?  This skirt is a recent purchase from Ross and initially I was going to pair it with a different top, but with all the rain we had this month I decided to wear it instead with a crisp white shirt.  

  white cotton shirt and pencil skirt

Then after looking deeper into my closet, I said, hey what the heck and grabbed these white sandals and purse.  I was comfy all day and with just a few pops of orange this outfit really made the start of my week less dreary.  

White B4 Memorial Day

So are you ready, will you be heading to the beach or the shore or just hanging at home with family and friends?  Whatever, you decide to do – be safe and have fun. 


Weekly Coupons!


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If you thought shopping for adults was hard, try shopping for kids! No matter where you look, finding fashionable children’s clothing and shoes at affordable prices seems to be an endless and hopeless task. But thanks to the Children’s Place and their fantastic selection of boys’ and girls’ shoes, clothing, and accessories, you can finally find exactly what your little ones need for an unbeatable price. And if you sign up to become a PLACE card member today, you can save 5% off of any purchase at The Children’s Place! Offer valid through 12/31/16.



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Would You Chip Your Kid?

Hello Lisa”

Oh hey girl…what’s up?”

Did Natalie go to CLSC today?”

No, she didn’t have classes today…why…what’s up?”

Tayair…he left the house this morning at 7:00 am and it’s almost 10 pm. He’s not answering his phone or responding to his text messages. His father left to check the parking lot at his job….”

My mind was racing a mile per minute and the only thoughts in my head were negative which directed me to this question…

Would you chip your kid?

Granted, my son is no longer a kid, he’s 23 years old , but he’s also intellectually disabled, but even if he wasn’t – I still would have been beside myself the night he didn’t come home after being out all day without a call or response to a text message.

Thankfully, the story ended well but it started me wondering, would I have chipped him when he was a kid. I remember BC, before children, I often thought negatively of parents who put those backpack leashes onto their kids but once I had mine, it only took losing Malik for 3 minutes to understand why they did.  

backpack leash

One minute he was standing besides me and the next minute he was gone…he had followed a waitress into the kitchen as we were being walked to our table in a very large restaurant. Needless to say, I swallowed my heart that day as well.  I almost bought a backpack leash the first time we traveled to Disney World, but chose instead to keep him in an umbrella stroller.

When the boys entered high school and started driving they each had a cell phone so I signed up for the ‘Family Locator”. Having this phone app with Verizon provided me with a sense of security.  I could set the alerts to text me when they arrived at school and also when returned home in the afternoon.


I could track their phones when they were driving to the mall or to after school activities. Unfortunately, Malik learned how to deactivate the app on his phone and when they upgraded to the iPhone I lost the capability to track them. #TeamAndroid

However, with so much going on at college campuses, I sometimes wish that they each had an implanted tracking device so that I could just check in now and again to make sure they were where they were supposed to be.

I know in my heart that it would have been helpful to the parents of missing kids. Pet parents who chip their pets are happy when they find a lost or missing pup.  I truly think that it is definitely something worth looking into when it comes to the safety of our kids or adults with disabilities.

I understand that there are security and safety measures to take into consideration, as well as plenty of pros and cons on this issue, but once again my question to you is “would you chip your kid?”


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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DotComDIY #CollectiveBias

Guess who’s home from college?  Yes, Malik finished his second year at Bowie State University and he is back home.  I really missed him and am happy to have him back, but I am also bit apprehensive because it’s also time for him to get another car! 

Last year his car was totaled as he was leaving work, we didn’t replace it at the time because he was heading back to school.  However, since then, he and his father have both been searching for a replacement vehicle and the time has come to do so.

Knowing that this next vehicle will be used with high mileage, his father will make sure that it’s in good working condition and well maintained which also includes a clean engine. 

So while they are out and about searching for just the right car, I will be sitting home searching purchasing just the right motor oil to keep that engine clean.

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Next Speaker In Our House

Next month, our oldest son Tayair will be celebrating his 24th birthday which is a miracle.

You see, Tayair was born on June 23, 1992, 3 months prematurely weighing only 2.8 lbs, with a condition called Trachea Esophageal Fistula. He had more surgeries than I care to remember and had a feeding tube inserted into his stomach until the age of 5, which meant he didn’t eat his first real meal until around the age of 6.

He was not able to be around others without health complications so a home nurse was his first friend and formal teacher. When he was able to attend pre-school the nurse would follow behind the bus then sit in the office until it was time to administer his nebulizer treatments and pour a can of Pedisure through his feeding tube which was his lunch.

Tayair struggled through school but was mainstreamed into regular classes so that he was able to learn despite being labeled “intellectually disabled”  This miracle son of ours is going to be the next speaker in our house.  


Tayair giving a presentation at DHSS

A few weeks ago we attended a meeting with his DHSS counselor and she was very impressed in what he stated with regards to his career path as well as his ability to create Powerpoint presentations.  He had been chosen to be a representative for the UDel CLSC Program last summer and had presented at a workshop in Virginia.  

She asked him if he would be interested in presenting at one of their monthly staff meetings and naturally he said, “yes”.


Tayair’s father and I have been presenting in front of audiences for years and Tayair has been the photographer at many of my Social Media Workshops, therefore, public speaking is literally in his DNA.

However, this was the first time we both had an opportunity to hear him speak and our hearts were filled with pride and excitement!


proud parents of an adult with disabilities

The audience was quite large and he did an amazing job as you can see from the following video.  Tayair spoke briefly of his experience in learning how to drive and being stopped by a cop for speeding and how the Trooper treated him.  

His father and I were then asked how we felt about having an adult child with disabilities and letting go so the presentation became a family affair.  

Tayair is definitely destined to be the next speaker in our house and I know he will carry on the legacy with greatness.  Remember, “being disabled doesn’t mean you are not able!”

the next speaker in our house


Mazda CX-5 and My Drive to Wayne, PA

Mazda CX-5 and My Drive to Wayne, PA

Most of you know that I have an extremely long daily commute to work, from Middletown, DE to West Chester, PA and now two of those days include driving to Wayne, PA.

Needless to say, those long drives in my small Bloggy Buggy have really put wear and tear on my body which is why I started seeing a chiropractor.  

I did however, get a reprieve a few weeks ago thanks to Drive Shop USA and Mazda.

Mazda in front of the house

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

2016 Mazda CX-5


I had an opportunity to review this 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring and it really made my commute much smoother and much more comfortable.

It was the perfect size for me and I didn’t feel overwhelmed on the highway. The ride was enjoyable and I loved the Infotainment Center with the controls on the middle console.  This was a great feature because it keeps your eyes focused on the road and not on the dashboard panel.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

It was also perfect for me since I am left handed but right hand dominant. The steering wheel can be adjusted up and down as well as being collapsible so it provides much more of a ergonomic grip.  

Check out the video to see what I mean.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

The only disappointment was the lack of a “cigarette lighter” power outlet but perhaps you can order it with a ‘smokers package’ I am not even sure if those are still available, just happy that I no longer need it! #exsmoker


There was plenty of storage/cargo space and I loved the Blind Spot Monitoring System; Departure Lane Warning; Rearview Camera and of course the Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

It was also great on gas mileage, averaging 26 MPG, 24 city and 30 highway, which is something I am always cognizant of.   The 2016 Mazda CX-5 received the 2016 “Best Value Family Car” award from Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association and I have to agree.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring fits a family of four

comfortable seating in the rear of Mazda

Another great feature is the Madza Drive for Good Promotion. This charitable program was launched in 2013 and it’s Madza’s commitment to charitable service and a way to give back.


You are provided with a gift card worth $25.00 which can be redeemed by donating it to any 501(c)3 non-profit organization of your choice. For more details on this program, go to #MazdaDrive4TGood

#MazdaDrive4Good program

I wished the weather had been a bit warmer so that I could have driven her down to the shore, but instead I stayed local and my co-workers and I enjoyed a few short trips around town including a stop at this walking trail.

Mazda in Wayne PA parked at walking trail

Watch this video then leave a comment if the 2016 Mazda CX-5 would be a vehicle that would fit your family’s style.

perfect car for me

The MSRP on this model was $32,340 which included the following optional equipment, however, the base price was $29,470, not bad for the ride and style of the Mazda CX-5.

Optional Equipment;

  • Cargo Mats
  • Pre-delivery inspection
  • Rear Bumper Guard
  • Retractable Cargo Cover
  • Door Sill Trim Plates
  • ULEV II Emissions Equipment
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Grand Touring Tech Package: Navigation System, LED Headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting, LED Daytime Running Light
  • Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee

Coupons of this week!

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Mikasa Coupons: 15% Off

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Peapod Coupons: $25 Off

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You Choose the Shoes #4

Hello friends and welcome to another episode of You Choose the Shoes.  It has been exactly one month since the last feature but as I previously stated, things have gotten a lot more busier with ABlake Enterprises so #YCTS will become a once per month post.


With this outfit I am featuring an “oldie but goodie” pair of slip-ons by Jessica Simpson and a new pair from Avon which I think you may like.

Jessica Simpson Shoes

Avon shoes

It was a sunny Sunday early in April so my son and I decided to drive the Kia Sorento that I was reviewing from DriveShop through town.  He actually didn’t want to hang out with his mother, but obliged me if only for an hour.  Hubby took these pictures before we left and then he and I headed out for part of the day.

You Choose the Shoes

Avon shoes


The yellow tote is also from Avon and the Statement Necklace was purchased from Walmart.


Speaking of Avon, I received an email from them wishing me a Happy 6th Anniversary, however, it has definitely been longer than 6 years because I remember that I started selling in the early 2000’s, but according to their records it has only been 6 years.

Anywho, since I don’t have many customers and don’t make a profit I guess it doesn’t matter how many years I have been with Avon.  I do however, like buying Avon’s clothing, shoes and accessories so I will stick around for at least another 6 years.


What do you think of my latest purchase?


Avon Rep in Delaware


I should do more pattern mixing but am not very comfortable in doing so, however, I think this worked, what do you think?


Okay, which pair of shoes do you like with this maxi skirt?

Women's Fashions shoes from Avon


The most popular pair from last month were the strappy sandals.

summer sandals


ABlake Enterprises presents @ 1 Million Cups Wilmington

ABlake Enterprises presents @ 1 Million Cups Wilmington

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors.

4 reasons to present at 1MC


Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

Afterward, each startup receives feedback via audience comments and questions from local organizers and in our session were also students from DelTech Community College.

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups is led by more than 300 volunteers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones. It attracts an estimated national weekly attendance of more than 2,500 people.

On Wednesday, May 4th, I presented ABlake Enterprises in front of a diverse audience which also included two of my “bestie” friends, Lisa Bryant of LBAFG Consulting, and Nicolle Surrett, NspiredbyNicolle .



I am not going to lie and say that I wasn’t initially nervous, because I was.  As I sat there listening to Dillon, a young entrepreneur who presented prior to me I began to think, “what have I gotten myself into…I wonder if they think ABlake Enterprises is a pipe dream…or if they think I am too old to start a Social Media Management and Consulting Business but once I got started all of those question and anxieties disappeared.  



1MILCups Presentation


Towards the end of my presentation which ran a bit longer than 6 minutes, my throat began to get dry.  I was too nervous to drink a cup of coffee prior to my presentation so I was definitely parched by the end of it.    

Fortunately, I had attended a previous presentation by Lisa and knew what to expect and since there weren’t many audience questions afterwards I was able to grab a cup of coffee, do a little networking before heading out to work.

coffee time

I highly recommend that all new business startups present at a 1Million Cups program, not only for the feedback but to also gain a little more experience in presenting in front of an audience of potential clients.

great opportunity for start ups support from my sistahs 1 Million Cups  


Thank you Paul, Mark, Kadesha and Brenda!