Second Chances Girl - a Miami family and lifestyle blog!: The Girl

The Girl


Hi! My name is Ida and I finally have a blog! I have been wanting to blog for a long time but only recently built up enough courage to do so. I wasn't sure if anyone would find my life interesting enough to read about. Would people like me? Would they find me funny? Would anyone care what I had to say? I had so many questions but the only way to get any answers was to try. So a couple years ago (Feb 2013), I sat down at my computer, picked a name and created Second Chances Girl!

This is me..........

My full name is Idalmis. I was born, raised and will probably forever live in Miami. My life now is way different than it was five years ago. In the last five years, I have lost it all and slowly regained what is really important. I don't regret anything though, I believe everything happens for a reason and my life is so much better now. I've been given a second chance, to start from scratch and I'm definitely making the best of it!

About me:

  • Family comes first! My family has seen me through thick and thin. I am now working on my own little unit to add to my extensive family. That's why this is a family blog over anything else.
  • I love to cook comfort food like cakes and lasagna but I am slowly incorporating healthy foods here and there!
  • I'm a dreamer. In a perfect world, I would live on a farm by the beach. 
  • I am constantly pinning DIY projects but rarely get to actually making them.
  • I crochet but can't sew or knit.
  • I'm a mom of one, step-mom of two. I would love to have more kids but through adoption. It's super expensive and a long process but I know one day I will have a whole bunch of kids at home!
  • I'm indecisive but once I make a decision, I stick with it, no matter what. 
  • The only sweets I eat is dark chocolate, everything else grosses me out. 
  • I'm a big sports fan. Big favorites are football season and Olympic swimming. 
  • I'm learning to like basketball since JC is a big fan and now Adrian loves it. Go HEAT!
  • I love yoga. One day, I will be able to do handstands.
  • Target is IT for me. I believe if you can't find it at Target, then you probably can't find it anywhere.
  • I love to read! There is nothing better than a good book!
On February 2015, I was announced as the newest contributor on I'm known as Mix and Match Mami and the Southeast Family and Travel Contributing Columnist. I will be offering advice and tips on blended families, raising tweens, travel in South Florida and sharing recipes. Check me out over at Mami of Multiples!


My son Adrian:

Adrian is nine years old. He's into superheroes, Ninja Turtles and sports, especially soccer, basketball and flag football. I'm hoping he grows up to be a professional athlete, maybe an Olympic medalist? One can dream! Right now, he is a tough cookie and prankster and I'm hoping he will grow out of it! If he doesn't, it's OK. I figure every class needs a class clown!

My love JC:

Isn't he handsome? I think so. He's also the best partner I could have asked for: loving, patient, smart, a great father and  handsome!!! He's into Crossfit and basketball. He is also an architect so that definitely comes in handy around the house and school projects! He is my number one supporter and the blog techie. He has two kids, Amberly and Gian.


Amberly is ten. She's all into being healthy (but don't forget the bacon) and conserving the environment. She's smart and sweet and controls the boys.  She's also an incredible artist, just amazing. She is very girlie, loves wearing skirts, dresses, bows and loves her dolls.

Gian Carlo.....

Gian is eight. He is the most curious child I have ever met, always taking things apart to see how they work. Maybe a future engineer? He is a tad obsessed with video games. This kid should just apply at Nintendo for a job already. Try and beat him at any Mario game, I dare you! You will always catch him singing and dancing. Gian has been diagnosed with ADHD and it was exactly what we needed to know in order to be able to parent him. It had gotten really difficult but now we know that with patience (LOTS OF IT) and understanding, raising him is the same as raising any child!

Well there's a little about me and my family!This blog chronicles our day to day lives and adventures so please stick around and join us!


  1. Awesome!!!

    What happened to my name, I'm not cool enough to get one on my collage??? lol

  2. You have a very lovely family Ida.

  3. Love your name (never had heard of that!) and your children are beautiful. :)

  4. Congrats on the new blog, Ida! You're doing great and your family is beautiful!

  5. So glad you found your voice and started blogging. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blogging Award :)

  6. I bet Adrian was excited to gain siblings around the same age so he'd have someone to play with!

  7. Love the name of your blog. Nice getting to know you and your beautiful family.

  8. Nice to meet you, Ida! I'm visiting from The Sits Girls today. I look forward to following you ~ I'm your newest follower on Bloglovin.
    I hope you get a minute to stop by my blog and say hi.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  9. I enjoyed your introduction and love the name of your blog. It is great that you took the plunge after thinking about it for a while.

  10. Hi Ida! Your family is beautiful! Welcome to blogging, looking forward to reading your blog posts.

  11. Welcome to the bloggy world. I'm in Sunny South Florida too! We share a similar story. I started my blog early this year too. I found you on the squishable baby. Lisa is a great friend and very supportive. Hope to see you around.

  12. It's so nice to meet you! Your family is beautiful! I love that you have no regrets! Second Chances are beautiful!

  13. Welcome to the world of blogging! I found your blog through bloglovin' and was drawn simply by the name. Second chances - love it! I loved all the support I received when I was new to I'm all about supporting others through this!

  14. Stopping by from SITS Girls! Your recipes look great, and I love the idea of blogging about second chances. I've only been blogging since December 2012, so I'm with you on the newbie thing. You're doing great, though! I look forward to reading about more of your adventures.

  15. Nice to meet you! I love dark chocolate, Target, and reading, too! :) #blirthdaybash

  16. So great to meet you! I love Target too! But there was one time, where I walked out without having bought ANYTHING. It was a weird experience that I never knew was possible. :-) #blirthdaybash

  17. So pleased you could join my #Blirthdaybash Ida! I see some of my fellow party-goers have already paid you a visit and I'm delighted to see that you've made some connections!

    I love Target (although I'm in Canada and I hear out Target is nowhere near as great as the ones in the States)!

    Thanks again for celebrating with me!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  18. So glad to meet you through the #Blirthdaybash :) I too am a lover of dark chocolate and Target. I'm trying to get back into the habit of ready; it used to be my favorite hobby, but it's one of many things that got lost along my life journey. I'm winning back pieces at a time and reading is next on the list!

  19. hi, nice to meet your blog. the family is adorable and i love the about me bullets of info.

  20. Hi Ida, nice to meet you and your blog. I am 100% with you on the indecisiveness, ask my husband! Glad that the holiday card swap introduced me to a new blog, excited to follow along with your journey!

  21. You and your family are just gorgeous!! Im so glad that I found you!! Your blog is great and you seem like a great person to follow :)



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