|Miami at night-AMAZING!|
First of all, it was my first time in Miami. Wow! I can totally see why people are so crazy about this place, it is GORGEOUS! Even though it's only April, temperatures were aleady in the 80s and, unlike Southern California, it stays balmy well into the evening. The first night I was there I was delighted to attend what was called a "blogger yacht party" sponsored by McDonald's. Let me just say that I was not expecting an actual yacht. IT WAS AN ACTUAL YACHT!
|The McDonald's yacht-Me Encanta (that's Spanish for "I'm Lovin' It!")|
|Getting down with my blogger friends on the dancefloor!|
And that? Is how I lost my voice. Yes, I spent the entire remainder of the conference unable to croak out more than 3 words at a time. Le sigh. The upside, though, was that I had the opportunity to really listen to the sensational seminars and speakers that followed! One of my favorite seminars was presented by Voxxi editor Lorraine Ladish and Rene Alegria, founder of Mamiverse. Although I've been writing for Mamiverse for a while (you can see my articles HERE) it was the first time I've met Rene in person. He is even more interesting and hilarious in person than he is online!
|Rene and Lorraine talk about engaging Latina moms|
My FAVORITE thing about the whole conference, by far, was the addition of the "Latinovator" series. Every breakfast and lunch we were treated to an extremely motivating interview with groundbreaking Latinos like producer and entrepreneur Nely Galan (you might remember her from Celebrity Apprentice!):
|Nely Galan-image via Mamiverse.com|
And Cesar Millan (yes, The Dog Whisperer was there!!) I was so moved by his rags-to-riches story:
|Cesar Millan interviewed by CNN's David Puente|
One of my favorites was Emilio Estefan-he is such a positive person and he says he rides his bike 2 miles every day! I thought, "If someone as busy as Emilio Estefan makes time for daily exercise, I can too!":
|Emilio Estefan-fresh from his morning bikeride!|
I also loved having the time to really speak to the sponsors. So often at a conference it's just absolute mayhem and you don't get the chance to really talk to anyone. I LOVED the "Target Lounge" with it's music, wine and complimentary massage-thanks Target! I also loved the "Better Living"Lounge (sponsored by Unilever) which featured healthy cooking and beauty demos, including a Q&A with a dermatologist!
|Q&A with the skin doc in the "Better Living" Lounge|
|Clothes by Jockey, shoes and bag by Fancy Steps!|
|Jennifer (@Mami2Mommy) and I by the bay!|
My two other favorite events were the "Mommyblogger" breakfast with the Utilisima Channel by Fox Hispanic:
|Did I mention the food was FABULOUS?|
Kathy and Jeanette share their entrepreneurial secretos with Aurelia!
So, all in all, I had the BEST time! I must admit, I had my doubts that they would be able to top last year's conference in LA, but this year really raised the bar. The "Latinovator" series alone was worth the trip, but I got so much more out of my experience at this year's Hispanicize conference. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if I had actually been able to converse with the phenomenal people I met! Next year I'm going to take every precaution to preserve my voice-lol. Let's just say I was grateful to have my cozy McDonald's pashmina to wrap around my tired throat on the plane ride home!
|My souvenir from the yacht!|
Well, I'm off to brew another cup of "Throat Coat" tea. Partying has it's price, I guess!
Wishing you love with extra cheese-
Disclosure: My attendance, accomodations and travel to this conference were sponsored by Hispanicize, Mami to Mommy and Southwest Airlines. The above is my honest opinion, honest!