My little guy


Time flies when you’re having fun. Fun, being a mother that is… and this is just the beginning.

My life is amazing and so wonderful with my little guy. He completes me, completes us.

As I sit here and look back at almost eight months worth of baby pictures, I’m in total awe. Where has time gone?  My baby is growing so fast, too fast.

Here are just a few pictures of my gorgeous baby boy, Jace. He speaks through his eyes and his smile.

A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.

Until next time.. Ciao










Simply trying…

Trying to get back into the groove of daily writing being a new mom is proving to be a little difficult. Some days, it feels like my mornings are my nights and my nights are my mornings. Can someone please tell my son there is a difference! No wonder, the first advice given to me by everyone was, “SLEEP WHEN HE SLEEPS.” Oh believe me, It’s easier said then done but I try my best.  It’s only been 8 weeks since I gave birth so I am still adjusting to all the changes. It’s definitely not easy but well worth it.

It’s this moment…

photo-7I am totally in love with my son. I love looking into his big eyes. I love hearing his goos and gahs. I love seeing him smile.  I also love when he puts his sad face.  He is adorable.

photo-8My little big guy has my heart.

Simply trying…Until next time.


Flashback Friday – Childhood

I absolutely love looking at my childhood pictures when I’m at my moms house. Brings back great memories – happy thoughts.  If only I was a kid again…the good old days. #lovingmemories 😉 While reminiscing I came across one of my favorites.  My brother is getting in trouble for something I did… HA!

I believe we were in a photo booth and who knows what happened that my father reached in and pulled my brother’s hair. Perfect picture moment.  Look at my smile… I was definitely daddy’s little girl.  😉

We do not remember days; we remember moments.

Happy Weekend…  Peace & Love xoxox

Keeping in touch…

Life moves at a rapid pace and even between families you can lose touch for years.  Today, I spent the day catching up my with cousin.  It has been over ten plus years since we catch up. Can you imagine?  It does happen believe it or not.

Before life got complicated we use to spend the weekends playing monopoly, watching movies, just having some good ol’ family fun.  Then marriage, kids and other life events happened and we lost touch.

Now, many years later we find each other sitting across one another laughing and reminiscing about the good times we use to have. It was a lovely day!  Even though technology keeps us connected, there is nothing like spending quality time with family face-to-face.


“Family like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.”

Peace and Love xox

Big Jake’s Place – Part II

I caught up with my good friend William to discuss his weekend at Carnaval on the Mile.  I wanted to know how they did and what feedback he received.  I decided to turn our conversation into a small interview. The first piece I wrote was short and simple and didn’t give you much detail.   Here, then, is what he had to say.   Sit back and enjoy!

1.  What inspired you to open Big Jake’s Place?  Well… My wife works at the Coral Gables Police department as an off-duty event coordinator and she suggested that we get a booth at the yearly Carnaval on the Mile.  I thought about it and not knowing what I was getting myself into, I took a risk.  It was the best decision I made but most importantly I did it for my family.

The first event was in 2010 right?  YES!

2. Why did you choose the name Big Jake’s?  What about your other son, Anthony?  Well.. Anthony is an adult and at that time Jake was just a baby and a big boy.  It just felt right.  There is no jealously. My business is for all my kids.

3.  How long have you been cooking?  The reason why I ask is because you are part owner of a successful landscaping business and now you’re cooking.  Where do you find the time?  I have been cooking since I was 19 years old.  I love the kitchen.  Sometimes finding the time is difficult, but I have a great support team that are always ready to help.

4.  You mentioned a support team?  Yes!  My parents are my support team and without them, Big Jake’s would not be possible. Also, at all my events, I have my brother Ronnie, sisters Xiomara and Marisol and my oldest son Anthony by my side helping.

5.  Have you thought about opening a small location? You know I love those ribs!  Yes, I have thought about it.  I’m just waiting for the right opportunity and the right amount of cash.

6.  Do you cater to all events?  We mostly do birthday parties and corporate events.

7.  Do you have a company motto?  Yes –  “We cook it all, so you don’t have too.”

Let’s talk about Carnaval on the Mile 2012.  I was there on Saturday and it was pretty busy.

8.  How were you feeling?  I was excited and anxious.

9.  How much preparation does it take to do a two-day event?  It takes about five days before the event to get everything ready.

10.  Wow, five days?  Yes, from buying all the supplies to pre-cooking.  It takes a lot of work.

11.  What was your primary goal during the event?  Well… To sell out of everything and thank god I did. 

12.  So William, what is your specialty?  RIBS!!

13.  Ok, so how long did it take you to make the perfect rib?  Many years of trial and error until I got it just right. 

I have to tell you William, your ribs are the best I’ve had.  The best ribs ever to be honest.  I don’t know what you do to them but they are so tender and juicy they fall right off the bone.  Don’t get me started on the BBQ sauce.  Plain and simple — Delicious.

William: Thank you. Thank you.

OK lets continue…

14.  How did you determine the menu for this years Carnaval on the Mile?  It depends on the time I have prior to event.  This year, my time was limited so the menu was limited.

15.  Limited?  You had ribs, pulled pork, churrasco, rice, plantains, hot dogs and chipsYes, I normally offer burgers and chicken too.

Limited or not, everything was excellent.  I tried the pulled pork for the first time and OH my God.. It was delicious.  My taste buds were in heaven. 

16.  During this event, what feedback did you get?  There was one guy who told me that my ribs were the best he’s had since his dad was alive. He felt like he was eating his dad’s ribs. It brought me joy to hear that and I even teared up.  I had another guy tell me  “Ribs so good, they make you wanna slap your momma.”   That was hilarious.  I got nothing but good reviews.

That’s great news!!

17How would you describe yourself?  Very passionate about everything I do.  A very happy-go-lucky person. 

18.  Anything else you would like to add?  There is nothing more important than family!

William, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.  It was a great interview.


Please contact William Segovia at 305.773-0854 for more information.

Look for them on-line

Facebook:  Jake’s Place

“Quit your day job and cook for a living” 😉

Peace and Love xoxo

Big Jake’s Place

There is nothing like good food to bring folks together. Several years ago, my good friend, William Segovia, opened a family catering business and it has been a huge success. Big Jake’s Place provides excellent food and service for all your party needs and events.  It’s the passion and attention to detail that keeps me coming back.  The adorable baby in the banner below is the famous JAKE — William’s son.

I anxiously await their yearly events to get my rib fix.  Did I mention, they are famous for the ribs?  The ribs are the best in town.  Believe me when I tell you, the meat is tender and falls off the bone. Williams, signature BBQ sauce will have you licking your fingers.  Delicious, succulent, juicy, meaty — fall off the bone goodness.  I am all smiles today.  Why you ask?  Well, I got my ribs, that’s why. 😉

Everything they make is delicious.  The pulled pork sandwich — OH MY GOD!  It’s delicious, I tried it for the first time today and I was not disappointed. How did I not try this before?  The carne asada (grilled steak) is tender enough to eat without a knife, and the rice and plantains are excellent. This was on today’s menu. 😉

If you are in town this weekend, please come to the annual Carnaval on the Mile, Coral Gables – It’s a fusion of Art & Music.  A DESTINATION EVENT OF LATIN JAZZ & FUNK, FINE ART, CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN FOODS — Miami style.

Look for Big Jake’s Place — You will not be disappointed.  Mention this blog. 😉

Here, then, are pictures from today’s event.

William Segovia – Owner/Chef


Ribs and pulled pork…


More ribs….licking my fingers!

There is nothing more important than family. Always ready to help!


The hubs and I enjoying the good food and company.

William and his parents.  They are his rock!!

The Segovia family are simply amazing!

If you would like more information on Big Jake’s Place, please contact Mr. William Segovia at 1.305.773.0854

Great Prices, Excellent food and service.

Enjoying my ribs… Peace & Love xox