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Butt what’s this all about? June 16, 2012

Hi there!

The other day I caught up with one of my new favorite daytime shows “Bethenny”.  She had Coco on her show and they spoke about her, what else? Butt.  Though I always thought Coco’s butt was artificial but you know what?  Who cares!  What I did find interesting was her work out, here’s that link you should check out it.!.

Now,  I know that we are trying to shed those last few pounds before the kids are done with school and the beach weather is in full gear. But you have to agree with me that the Butt is one of the very important if not THE most important part now adays.  I mean really, you know they’re gonna look at you when you walk away might as well make sure it looks as good as it could.

There is allot of talk about the Brazilian workout, Brazilian gazillion you and I know that those tapes are so darn expensive and most of us can’t afford a real gym.  What we can do is utilize the internet and most of us all have a computer.  Now adays, you can find almost anything on youtube, from how to apply makeup to how to cook a particular dish.  You can also find a how to get “The Butt”.  I have done some homework and I found one of the best ones in my opinion.  Check it out and let me know however,  if you do decide do commit  you must remember to be consistent.  You could see some results if you’re watching what you’re eating in as little as 2-3 weeks.  So what are you waiting for,  there is plenty of time before the 4th of July beach weekend.  Everyone is getting into these workouts heck even itunes is offering a $0.99 cent butt workout app for your iPhone or iPad.  You might want to check that out.  Here is the butt workout I mentioned, its pretty intense,  This youtube video is really really good however if you have the budget to purchase Leandro Carvalho’s Brazilian butt workout do it.  If you read my last post about Beachready you saw there was a link to the page about BeachBody. Within that package the Leandro Carvalho’s butt workout CD is part of the Beachbody package.  If you don’t  not to worry, the above youtube link does the trick.

And lastly my daily task, make sure when your going out today that you have on your sunscreen. Always make sure that you apply the sunscreen especially on the face and of course the rest of the body.  You want to take care of your face, you don’t want to prematurely wrinkle.  I have for years taken care of my skin and thankfully it has paid off.  So remember before leaving the house apply that sunscreen and the lipgloss oh and don’t forget that hair accessory.. Have a glorious day, don’t sit around Standuplatina and be proud.


Budget smudget What about me? June 12, 2012

Filed under: Beauty at home for you,Self help — standuplatina @ 9:13 pm
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Hi there!

Hoping that you’ve filled up your calender for things to do this month with the kids, just incase you didn’t catch it, check out my June 10th blog (summer around the corner).  I’ve listed a ton of things that can be done this month for FREE with the kids thanks to TimeoutNYKids.  Now that you have the entertainment in place for the kids, what about you? Were able to check out the job/training program I listed earlier? It’s a really good program for those that want a change and feel the need to sort of help others then this might be something you might be interested in  Hopefully  you’re on your way to new possibilities, to changes.

Now lets get to you. We always tend to do for others and forget to care for ourselves.  Be it because of budget or time.  Well, I’m here to tell ya that there no excuses.  I’ve found some interesting ways of pampering yourselves that are super easy to do and it’ll fit right into your budget and your time.  Think lemons, salt, oil and sour cream.

I’ve have done a little research and I’ve come up with ways to pamper ourselves on a single mommy’s budget now that summer is here.  This can be done at night once the kids are sleeping and you have that 1 hour if at all to pamper yourself.  I found a few home remedies that work,  I’ve tried them and I tell ya, it has saved me money.  I should know,  I have had to start a budget and thankfully I’m on track though there are some times where I’ve over extended myself but thankfully I’ve always caught up.  These are just a few ways to help you look good, feel good and still stay within your budget.  Lets talk about exfoliation, now most of us have always gone into bath and body works or perhaps to Savon and spent upward of $25 – $50 on products to exfoliate our bodies.  Then we use only a little at a time so we can extend the life of that jar because we know we won’t be able to get another jar for awhile. So ladies,  I’ve found a simple and easy way to do it and it’ll cost ya $2.75.  Thats right! just $2.75.  You need salt (table salt ok) but if you have budget to splurge on sea salt better, get a lime or a lemon and some oil and thats it.  You can use any oil, I like the Neutrogena body oil because it smells so good but you can use any oil that your budget can withstand.  Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Mix those ingredients together and viola! instant body scrub. You can switch it up and use sugar if you want but the point is that we don’t need to buy those expensive products , at home remedies are really just as good without the brand name. Cause really, we are only paying for the brand name.

Now many of us shave and find that you get razor bumps, the darker the skin the more prone you are to getting those nasty bumps. Well ladies I’ve found a cure, you can use sour cream,  aha, thats right Sour Cream.  You can buy the cheapest in market, it doesn’t have to be  the above mentioned brand.  I just happened to like the texture of this brand.  Once you’ve purchased your sour cream and if you are all done with your shaving you just spread it on your skin it will help you with the razor bumps or shall I say, Razor bumps no more!.

I was watching a TV show the other day and they had some really great home remedies the name of the show is called “Bethenny” on Fox.  They mentioned these great at-home remedies you might want to check out yourself .  I’ll list them below, try them and let me know what you think.  If there is any other remedy your interested in getting information on, let me know and I’ll work on getting that information to you.

Lastly,  today’s task:  Try to gather up any lightly used toys that your kids aren’t using and donate them to a shelter or an after school program.  Most of the time the after school programs have limited budgets and can’t buy new toys because there budget can only handle crayons or paper or something in that area.  By donating your lightly used toys you’ll be helping out more than you can imagine.  Have a great evening and StandupLatina and be proud!


DRY FEET:  take a bucket and pour some beer in it,  just soak your feet in the concoction, it should be soften them up

PIMPLES:  take a ripe brown or spotty banana peel and rub it on the pimple, it will dry it out

HAIR MASK:  mash an avocado add 1 egg and some olive oil, spread on hair-leave it on for about 10 minutes rinse and you’ll have smooth shiny hair.


Affordable summer delights June 11, 2012

Filed under: Self help — standuplatina @ 1:44 pm
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Good Morning,

Now that summer is on the way we always tend to want to lose weight, heck I know I do.  Guess it’s the heat and its also because I see some people that look so great and are fit not to mention all those gorgeous outfits.. It truly motivates me I don’t know about you.

Buying fruits and vegetables on a single mothers budget can be awfully challenging.. We want to give the best and freshest fruit and veggies we can serve our kids.  I’ve shopped at many places, from the fresh green markets, deli’s , fruit stands and super markets and no one but no one beats this neighborhood fruit stand I’ve been frequenting these past few months, the place is called Valentinos.  It’s located in Ridgewood Queens, borderline Brooklyn on Fresh Pond Road and Madison Street. No,  I don’t get paid mentioning this I simply want to give my readers the best possible place for fresh, delicious, cheap fruits and veggies.  Now, to get a great deal on fruit and veggies you must stick with what’s in season. You might want to check out this page, it’ll give you the entire list of fruits and veggies available this summer season and there are lots of them to chose from just incase your child is a picky eater (


Now, when you get to Valentino’s, try not to go on the weekend because its like you’re going for the hottest toy in christmas and you found (1) and you’re running for that last one with 10 other parents behind you running for the same thing.. I know it sounds crazy but thats how crazy it is at Valentino’s. So be patient and let the crazies go by so you can shop and get what you need.  Don’t stress yourself, remember stress eguals everything else we don’t want and if you’ve read my last blogs you know what I’m talking about.  There are fruits in the front right before you enter those are good and the best priced fruits available now you can also go inside but the fruits cost just alittle more. The fruits outside are just as good as the ones on the inside they’re just priced to be moved fast..I  usually grab strawberries, green apples, grapes, pineapple and blueberries from the outside.  The pineapple there is the cheapest I’ve ever found ($2.00) per pineapple Wow! Also, the string beans, my favorite are also beautifully priced.  I love  buying them, I clean them up and cook  them in some spaghetti sauce sprinkle some parmesan cheese over them once their cook and your set.  I guarantee, your kids will love them.  I mean who doesn’t like spaghetti sauce? If you can make your own great if not the store bought one will give you the same effect.  If you’re interested in learning how to make home made sauce, leave me a comment and I’ll post it.  There is nothing like fresh homemade spaghetti sauce, less sodium and lots of flavor not to mention the nutritional value tomatoes offer.




We must try to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, I know that it sounds impossible but if you just add one fruit and veggie a week to what you’re already consuming by the time you know it, you’re eating the right amount of it. Come on challenge yourself, you can do it.

And now for the task of the day… Try to help an elderly neighbor, most of the time they are alone and in need of company, it could be as easy as a hello, how are you today or do you need anything.  It’s about changing things around you so that your universe becomes what you want it to be don’t forget that you get what you put out..

Have a great Day and StandUpLatina and be proud!


Helping communities and their families June 8, 2012

Good Afternoon,

As I was driving home today, I experienced something I never ever wish any of you feel that you would have to do. I drive by a street corner one of the boro’s in NYC and sadly I see a little girl, she couldn’t be much older than 6 or 7 years old dressed provocatively (in my opinion) dancing and singing and begging for money while her mother stood a few yards away.  I was disgusted to say the least! That the mother would have her daughter do that is unforgivable. Now I don’t have anything against you as a mother doing what you need to do to feed your children.  Who I am to judge? However, when it comes to using your children NOW that I can not stand for. It is abuse not to mention immoral.  I can come up with a few more words but you get the picture where I’m coming from.  Today economically speaking times are tough and I know that there are times you might feel that you don’t know where to turn.  In an earlier post, I mentioned that there are a few organizations that help families in need.  Below are few of the links to their websites. The websites contain contact numbers and information on their services, if you know of anyone that might be in need please pass on this information.  As a Whitney Houston song said “Our children are our future” and we must try everything possible to give them the best care, love and protection we can give them..


Here are a few organizations that offer help: (copy/paste)


1. The Puerto Rican Family Institute:
2. NY Immigration Coalition:  (huge list of organizations)
3. Childrens Aid Society:
4. Community Association of Progressive Dominicans:
5. The Beacon Program:
6. Aspira:


If you know of any additional organizations that offer help to families in need, please share.


And lastly,  I didn’t want to forget today’s task:  Before the end of the day, Try to help just one person today, it could be as simple as holding a door or just smiling.. Try it you’ll see how great you’ll feel……..Have a great day and Standup Latina !


Free Job training and placement June 7, 2012

Filed under: Self help — standuplatina @ 4:14 am
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Are you bilingual?  Whether your mother tongue is Spanish or English you have a possible new career.. Have you ever thought of becoming an interpreter?  Here is your chance.  The promise program a program offered at Memorial Sloan Kettering might be something to look into… The Program For Medical Interpreting Services + Education (PROMISE), sponsored by Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Center for Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities is reaching-out to you for FREE training and job-placement support. It offers 90 hours of training and the course syllabus extensively covers: Medical Terminology, Sight Translation, Note Taking, Cultural Competency & Awareness, Confidentiality, Consecutive & Simultaneous Interpretation, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in Medical Interpreting. After training is completed the students obtain employment as Interpreters in Hospitals or as Freelance Interpreters for Interpreting Agencies.


For information on the program, its services and schedules please visit this page:


Hello world!

Filed under: Self help — standuplatina @ 1:36 am
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This blog is for you. It was created for single mothers who find themselves needing a change and can’t find the courage or support to do so.    After a 20 plus year career as a PR professional, I felt empty.  I searched for a change and although I am still on that journey to my new life, I feel it necessary to share any information that I feel might be of some help to you.

I have embarked on this new journey to find my purpose and although I have a definitive goal, this new path has brought me to new areas, areas  that I  noticed my past experiences might be of some help to you.  Yes,  this is for you single mother,  the one who works so many hours.  A mother who works to make ends meet or barely makes it.  I’m here to tell you that  there is a wealth of information out there of services that might help put you in a new direction.  There are organizations both profit and non-profit that offer wonderful opportunities all at low or NO cost to you.  Opportunities that might help you embark on a new career.

This blog will try to give as much information as possible on different Latin organizations that can help empower you to help you StandUP Latina and be proud.