Posted on November 25, 2017
This poor pig never had a chance.
This year I didn’t really have plans. I was going to volunteer at the mission like I did last year. I guess my body had something else in mind, because I woke up around 1pm, exhausted.
Mami and I spent our whole day watching Christmas chick flicks back to back. Once 9pm hit, we figured it was time to stop being couch potatoes.
When we walked into Goonie and Tio Henry’s house the first thing you noticed was the full pig on table. I’m a huge carnivore, don’t get me wrong, but seeing my meal with a face, always makes me sad.
Before our meal, we all prayed, picking on each other at the same time. Our meal was delicious, especially that mac n’cheese. We laughed and gossiped like most Dominicans do, and my 4th glass of wine let me join in a bit!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with full bellies and full hearts ♥
Posted on November 25, 2016
This Thanksgiving, I knew things were going to be different. My beautiful matriarch, Abuela Magaly, passed away last month. The whole family has been upset, she was the glue to it all. Her tiny little apartment somehow always manages to fit us all for the holidays, and this time it was no different. Every seat in the house was filled, the kitchen was packed with folk playing catch up, and all the rugrats were running around.
The Christmas tree was already set up, my cousins did such a cute job with it, the sunflowers were probably my favorite. The food was absolutely delicious, and I was ready for plate two, but I didn’t have space for it all.
Seems like every family was doing the
#MannequinChallenge this year. Who were we to try to miss out?
Have you ever tried directing Dominicans to do anything?
What a hassle, there was screaming and laughing and a lot of repetition involved. End result? I think we did pretty damn, until our camera man seemed like he had arthritis. Looks like we were trying to survive an earthquake.
Before arriving to the festivities, I had the opportunity to do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. Volunteer! If you guys are frequent readers, you know that recently I started a fundraiser to help feed the homeless and hungry New Yorkers in need. (See that post HERE) Even though I didn’t get to reach my goal, I want to thank each and everyone of you who took the time out to donate, reblog and repost, spreading the word. My goal was only $500, but I’m still extremely grateful for the $150 that was raised. That’s 94 people that get to have a meal this Thanksgiving. Thank you!
I woke up early and headed to The Bowery Mission. I was surprised at how packed the place was. I was excited though, I was ready to make a difference. The energy in the tent I was working on was so uplifting, there were so many volunteers, and staff cheerfully helpful. There was even a small station so kids could pick up a toy on their way out. I highly recommend going out of your way to volunteer and do something nice for someone else.
Check out these quick clips of my day. Also feel free to add me on Snapchat —-> minxinx, for more clips of me and my daily adventures. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you guys soon!
Posted on November 4, 2016
Hello my lovely people,
As we all know Thanksgiving is only a week and change away. I know we’re all getting ready to spend time with family, get a little fat and soak in the good times. We’re all blessed, and sometimes we fail to notice those wonderful things and people around us.
This year, help me raise some hope so many unfortunate New Yorkers can have the chance to have a lovely meal. Any bit is appreciated, any sacrifice is valuable. Instead of getting your daily coffee before work, maybe you can give that bit, so someone else may have a dish in front of them 2 Thursday’s from now.
My goal is only $500, and I hope you guys can open up your hearts and wallet to help someone else in need. Also, if you want to help a little more, why don’t you sign up to volunteer as well, there’s where you’ll find me!
Thanks again in advance, and I hope you do your best to just a little kinder today!
Let’s help the homeless and hungry in NYC!
Did you know? Nearly 60,000 New Yorkers will sleep in homeless shelters tonight—that’s the most since the Great Depression! And about 80% are families.
Average New Yorkers are also struggling. Food costs have increased 59% since 2000, but median earnings have increased only 17%.
But together, we can help one person at a time find hope through #MyBowery campaign!
Can you bring lunch from home today? $8 provides a bag of essential groceries for a family in need. How about skipping your latte this morning? Your $5 donation provides 3 meals.
At The Bowery Mission, we can provide meals and so much more. Shelter, showers and clothing, medical care, and groceries—compassionate care to restore hope and change hearts. Join me in showing God’s love to hurting men, women and children.
About The Bowery Mission
Since 1879 The Bowery Mission has met the short-term, emergency needs of New Yorkers caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds. Because we know that a simple act of kindness can be the first step toward a transformed life, we try to meet each need of those who come to The Bowery Mission’s red doors with practical expressions of God’s love—no questions asked, free of charge.
Posted on November 26, 2015
This Thanksgiving was pretty laid back compared to all the rest. I was expecting family at a table, dancing, laughing.
Christopher and I woke up at noon, hey, I barely get days off anymore, I’m sleeping in. We took over the kitchen with his mom. Millie was motivated, she was making turkey, stuffing, baked mac and cheese, sweet potato pies, potato salad..ooomg, I just drooled a bit typing that. Matt was in charge of the baked potatoes, while Chris bragged about his famous lasagna.
When the cooking was finally over, we headed upstairs to Madelyn’s house (Chris’s aunt) she had a huge buffet, and her ham is to die for.
Once I made an appearance at my parent’s, it seemed like any other day. My pops was making sandwiches, mother was chilling on the couch and my brothers were in the kitchen dissecting a nerf gun.
Modifying it, my brother Kiki insisted. Jeremy and I had our our fight, throwing darts at each other through out the house.
When we got back it was stop number 3 at Frankie’s momma’s house. See this is what I’m talking about, everyone was eating together at the same table, cracking jokes and just simply being together. That’s what it’s all about.
I guess until I start making traditions of my own I can’t really complain much. I’ll tell you this, all of the food was amazing, and the people I got to spend time with was all that matters. Who cares if I didn’t get to dance?
I hope you all had a great holiday, you can take your “eating sweatpants” off now.
Posted on November 27, 2014
This was a Thanksgiving for the books. It’s been a very long time, since I’ve had a good Thanksgiving, and this one is one that I would always remember. Not only was I surrounded by amazing people, this was a new record for all the stops made in a day. Luckily for me, Chris was such a trooper, and since we had everything all planned out to the hour, everything worked out perfectly. First stop, was hugs at Kat and Z’s house. I went to steal my godson Zj for about an hour, and headed for drinks at my little brother Jeremy’s house. He wasn’t doing any of the drinking, since he’s only 14. But stop Number 2, was just what I needed to show that I’m here for him, no matter what. I spent most of the time catching up with my dad who was busy trying to get me to go to church with him. Stop No.3 was grub time, and I wasn’t complaining one bit. Chris and I headed to Ashley’s grandma’s house, where Matt was itching for us to arrive already. Oooooh my goodness, let me tell you, that woman can cook! I had everything from turkey, ham, rice, stuffing, turnips, sweet potatoes, potato salad, chicken, and so much more. I was such a happy camper. The men were men, and watching football is a must, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. Ash’s grandmother and mother were so inviting, I loved their energies, and hopefully I’ll get to see more of them soon. They were such sweethearts! I was kidding around with grandma, when I mentioned she could adopt me any time, if she continued to cook like that!My abuela was stop number 4. I was excited to see her, especially since it’s been a little while, and I knew I was going to hear it from her. I wasn’t wrong. I need to come by more often, that’s a fact. My girly cousin’s are all grown up, and all of them had babies in hand. I felt like the only one who wasn’t part of the cool club. hahaha. I’m in no rush, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a kid in my hands every other 5 seconds. My godmother kept picking on me saying I was next, and I kept shrugging her and everyone off who chimed in. No thank you! I’m not ready for that step yet. I’ll look at all your pretty babies, spoil them, squeeze them, and give them right back to you.
Cuteness was on overload, especially since it felt like all the couples planned their outfits to match each other. I must have not gotten that memo.
Lidia made some banging lasagna I couldn’t ignore, and I tried to limit my beers so I didn’t end up looking huge, but who am I kidding…it’s beer!Last stop, Number 5… Wheeeew! I’m exhausted.
We headed to Lu and Ju’s house. My brother Luis and his woman Julievet, who happened to go IN on her first official Thanksgiving dinner cooking. Her ham and stuffing were my favorite, not to mention the mini personalized cheesecakes. I swear, I don’t know how I do it… but I served myself 2 plates, and one for lunch for work tomorrow.
We were all in drinking mode, and Quelf it was, just like or Luis’s and I birthday earlier this year (see that post HERE) with this game we get to act silly, test our smarts of random facts and just laugh at the other person. Chris got stuck speaking with his thumbs in his mouth the whole time, or else he had to drink. He was such a cheater!
I got stuck being a mime, climbing a tree getting attacked by lobsters and a dwarf. Don’t ask me how that went, just know I looked ridiculous.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones, family, friends, and new beginnings.