Author Archive | Patricia

Finding My (Plus-Size) Unicorn

Finding My (Plus-Size) Unicorn

We all have that one piece of clothing that is our unicorn. Most moms would say it’s the little black dress, others might say it’s that perfect swimsuit. For me, it’s fitness wear (and jeans if we are being honest). If you’ve been reading my posts from the past few years, you know I’m a […]

Your Beat-the-Heat Summer Beauty Essentials

7 Beat-the-Heat Summer Beauty Essentials

Nothing like those first few days of the Florida heat and humidity when summer hits to make you rethink what you are currently wearing. Most of us are dying to take off those jeans and any shirt that isn’t breathable — am I right?! Stripping away the layers, piece by piece… well, same goes for  your […]


I Love You, But I Need You to Love Me, Too

Dear Kids, I promise it’s not you… it’s me. I love you, but I’ve gotta love me, too. Yes, I wrote that. It’s true. As moms, we tend to think of ourselves last, but two years ago, I put my foot down. I need a break, too. For myself, my sanity and my well being. […]


I Get Knocked Down… But I Get Up Again

Two years ago, I trained. I trained REALLY hard. I had my will tested the entire race. In the end, I felt like I failed… remember this? The sweet lady in the med tent tried to cheer me up in between my tears, but the nagging voice in my ear let me know I needed […]

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Nobody Wants Me: I’m Plus Size

The holidays have come and gone, and everyone’s in a similar state of mind: LET’S GET IN SHAPE! I’m starting fresh! NEW YEAR, NEW ME! Sign me up! After all, I am signed up for the River Run in about 10 weeks, so I need to start somewhere, right? Remember this from two years ago? Well, I’m […]


Shop Local This Holiday: Last-Minute Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Can you believe there’s only one week left until Christmas?! While you may be done with most of your major holiday shopping, you might still have a few holiday parties or white elephant get-togethers to attend. These beauty items are great for parties, hostess gifts and especially stockings. Aside from the typical stocking stuffers of toothbrushes, candy and […]

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JMB’s Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

As a professional makeup artist, the holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Every seasoned beauty lover knows that when beauty retailers release their often limited-edition holiday collections, it’s time to STOCK UP! I recently went to one of my favorite beauty hot spots, Blue Mercury, and picked up a few of my favorite things to give […]

The Day I prayed for death

The Day I Prayed for DEATH

“You never know how strong you are, until your only choice is to be strong.” I read this quote when we lost my Abuela to the debilitating disease of Alzheimers. Amongst other things I read and heard, this one resonated with me. Why? Because this is exactly how I’ve felt and it was the only […]