It is tough.  I am not going to lie.  Is not at all how I remember it to be, growing up in Puerto Rico, loving Christmas time!  We didn’t have much but somehow my mom managed.  She got hold of some fabric and made my sisters and I beautiful matching dresses to go with a new pair of shoes from La Gloria.  And off we were.  Thrilled!  Just as if we were going to the Oscars.  On our way to church in Noche Buena to celebrate Christ birth.  Then to visit family!  The whole Christmas day.

No, usually… there was not a Christmas gift under the tree.  In spite of my experiences from previous years, I hoped once again, delaying my desires of a Christmas gift surprise to January 6, on the Tres Reyes Mago’s day.  My beautiful display of hay I left to the camels and sometimes even some water, was not impressive enough to make the wise men stop.  But there were those glorious times where I found a dollar in my hay!  The camels might not have liked the menu but the wise men were merciful enough to leave me a tip for my efforts!

My life took a different turn than expected and today I am 1,083 miles from home.  And as I write this I long for those kind of Christmas.  Full of simplicity, family and love.

This season that inspires love and togetherness started off feeling sad and lonely.  I mean, am I alone?  Truly alone?  Even though somedays I go solo and it gets really hard to shake away that lonely feeling.  On those days that I pour out to others, when I remember that is all about giving and not receiving, those lonely feeling go away, far away.  Because, it’s the body heat that warms my heart.

It didn’t take me much to find someone that was also alone and needed a helping hand.  Since I shook my loneliness away I have taken a special friend to buy Christmas tree and decorations.  Helped and exceptional friend backstage with her two dance school recitals.  Assisted another extraordinary friend to prepare her acting studio for a two weeks live theater showcase of her performance class and gave a little extra by volunteering to help hosting the six performances.  Every experience not only exchange love and brought me great satisfaction but also gave me a purpose and a new group of friends.

There is no other holiday like Christmas!  Just reach out to another person and maybe you’ll help them get through their lonely days as well.  All they may want for Christmas is you!

At my friends home.  Her Christmas tree looks fabulous!  

Yes, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year and It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I know Miami Beach is No Winter Wonderland and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer will not be stopping by.  There is no way I will be seeing Frosty The Snowman and I don’t believe Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  But one thing I am sure of, it will be a Holly Jolly Christmas!  

There is no secret I am wishing we had a White Christmas or that at least I could say I’ll Be Home For Christmas.  But I don’t have room in my heart for a Blue Christmas, see I plan to be Rocking’ Around The Christmas Tree while humming and dancing to The Christmas Song beat. 

Oh Holy Night, I can hear Silver Bells ringing.  And The Little Drummer Boy on a Sleigh Ride singing Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!  Obviously, he doesn’t know that Jingle Bell Rock

All of these songs are full of great spirit wishing Joy To The World, Feliz Navidad and a Wonderful Christmastime!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!
My FAVORITE Christmas song…  Ever!

Once In A Blue Moon

November 22, 2010

Last night I was meeting some friends on Lincoln Road for a birthday dinner.  Totally oblivious of any celestial objects, I got ready.  Since my apartment faces the water, when I opened the door to leave my home, there it was!  Beautiful and magical!  Immediately I knew something was different. 
No!  I am no moon expert but I had to research the reason why the heavens had this gorgeous display.  What I found is a “must” share information!  
Yesterday’s moon was officially BLUE at 12:28!  There are two types or categories of BLUE MOON.  The one we experienced last night is the third full moon in a season of four full moons.  We should expect the next one to happen in August 21, 2013.  The second type is when there are two full moons in one month, which last happened on December 2nd & 31st, 2009 and will repeat on August 2 & 31, 2012 and July 2 & 31, 2015.
There you have it… the moon dressed in blue!  (For all of you “moon guru” out there, I hope you enjoy the review!)

And that’s why last night while walking out of my apartment I wished I was in love.  But I am not giving up hope… maybe it will happen before the next blue moon.

Funny Wedding Announcement

November 17, 2010

The Wedding Planner’s Blog posted this wedding announcement and I couldn’t help but share it with you.  Funny  ah!  The groom was either loved dearly or not.

Wedding Planning Seminar

October 20, 2010

Wow!!! Seminar No. 1 is under our belts!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I am after finishing our very first Wedding Planning Seminar.  It was a total success!!!  Morton’s The Steakhouse partnered with us and provided the couples with Bellinis, vegetables, fruits, crackers and cheese platters, while Lulu & Corrado entertained them with a broad variety of musical styles.  The room was filled with love, excitement, experts and much information.

How to plan your own signature wedding session…
Founa Augustin was the fabulous emcee…
Carolyn Jones explained the importance of a good and experienced hair and makeup artist and what is in right now.
Patricia Dash explain the importance of photography in your wedding celebration.  Below with Carolyn in a stunning shot!
Lourdes Dos Ramos from Alborotos, explained her expertise in paper and cakes!
Thank you Ivette for being a fantastic hostess and assisting with great wedding planning information booklets!
Claudia Rios, thank you for being such a great assistant… you are my best right hand!  But do you have to be so gorgeous?
I can’t thank you all enough for your collaboration.  You ALL made it a success!  Really… thank you, Thank you, thank YOU! 

Wedding Planning Seminar

October 11, 2010

Beauty in the making is hosting a Wedding Planning Seminar!  You get that?  I am super excited and nervous at the same time!  I am so blessed to partner with Morton’s The Steakhouse to provide a group of fortunate couples with great information on how to plan one of the MOST important days of their lives.

Yes!  Believe it or not, your wedding day is one of the 3 MOST important dates that will mark your life and you generations to come will remember those.  (1)  The day you are born.  (2)  The day you die.  (3)  The day you get married.
It is said that marriages are made in heaven and celebrated on earth.  The popular belief is true to many extend, because it is a special bond shared between two souls, who tie the wedding knot after promising to be companions for a lifetime.  It is the physical, mental and spiritual union of two souls.  It brings significant stability and substance to human relationships, which is otherwise incomplete.  It plays a crucial role in transferring the culture and civilization from one generation to the other, so that the human race is prospered.  The institution of marriage is beneficial to the society as a whole, because it is the foundation of the family, which in turn is the fundamental building block of the society.

The key to a successful marriage is love, understanding, mutual respect, trust, commitment and togetherness.  Happy Monday! 
Don’t you love anything new?  New clothes, new shoes, the smell and feel of a new car and what about a new baby?  Newness is filled with happiness, hopes and expectations.  And that is how I feel right now!  I have a new vision, a new faith, new expectation and a new happiness that carries a new smile.

After bumpy roads, many failures, learning much and a desire to learn even more, now I have a new vision that burns within me, a mustard seed size faith in my belly and I am excited to share it with you.  May this be a journey that we travel together, you and I!

My new endeavor…  beauty in the making by eileen morales, event planning and design!  My vision is to be the best event planner in the world so let me start by being the best event planner in my block!

Now certified by WPI, The Wedding Planning Institute, and a deep sense of happiness and gratefulness to be able to do what I love… making beauty.  The best part of my job is getting to know each client personally so every detail about the event will reflect their personality and lifestyle.  With a passion for detail, an obsessive drive for the perfect setting, a keen eye for design, I vie only to make your special celebration nothing short of unique and unforgettable.  

This is a great promise and the one I am holding to right now… “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”