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Foodie Friday: Faves for this Quarter, TGIF YOLO

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 03/29/2014 at 04:59

Happy Meatless Friday!

My Top Tasty Treats to satisfy my sensation for sweets since ringing in 2014 are {drumroll, please}

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  • Siviero Maria Tiramisu Gelato 

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What’s better than these two edibles? 

Lacey's & Sierra Maria

Eat in moderation … Limit your portions!

How about both of them put together?

And to top it off …

Cookie&Gelato+Berries

Now this is berry healthy!

Strawberries sweeten the deal.

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Early April Fools’ Day ~ start planning your pranks!!! 

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Thirsty Thursday: The TRUTH

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/27/2014 at 18:10

My ultimate goal: to be closer to GOD each & everyday!

Will y’all also join me on my journey and invite GOD into your heart, soul and every aspect of your lives?

Last weekend, I truly felt GOD speaking through me as His instrument as I proclaimed His Word at Mass:
† Exodus 17:3-7
† Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
† Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

Then our Deacon read the Gospel from John 4:5-42, followed by our Priest’s Homily, during which he asked if we were thirsty. I was, both figuratively and literally, because the first reading introduced Moses’ followers as thirsty for water, and I too, was thirsty after speaking at the altar, and also because

I long to be closer to GOD, as I belong to Him.

When folks have asked me what I’m giving up for Lent or tell me what they’re giving up during this Lenten season, the past few years, I’d say that I don’t “give up” ~ but rather:

I give my time to enrich and strengthen my relationship with GOD.

After Easter, I don’t just resume my regular life; instead I lead a richer life because of GOD‘s strength and guidance, as well as His patience and mercy, which He instilled in me. This year, my companion through this time is a book provided by my Church, called Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly*.

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One decade ago, upon my visit to my Motherland, the Philippines, my cousin’s wife gave me pasalubong (gift), which I read during Lent and still cherish to this day: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. If you’re seeking a sense of direction, I recommend both of these readings, as you go on your own walk with GOD.

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Nothing matters more than He does because nothing is possible without Him.

*Reflections of Celebration …

#GOD led me to read this after I wrapped up the day on my #dissertation, & this very much has to do w/my #study as well as my #spirituality & #life: “The very #best #coaches will tell you that #teams that #win #championships are those that #focus on the #basics and #master them #together.” ~ Matthew Kelly

Chapter 1 on #Universal #Hunger reminds me of the song lyrics in #ThereIsALonging (in our #Hearts) because we #thirst for the #Truth = #GOD ❤

Chapter 2 on The #Prevailing #Philosophy prompts me to point out that we’re not here to serve ourselves & seek fast results, but rather to serve #GOD & seek His #purpose while remaining #patient & without questioning His will be done. #TrustInHim

Chapter 3 entitled Is #JESUS Still #Relevant? shows me that #InstantGratification won’t bring us closer to #Heaven, #GreatLOVE will. #LiveLikeJESUS! #Disciple = #Discipline

Chapter 4 on #Searching for #Identity inspires me to #maximize my #potential to #love & #serve #GOD & His #people ~ that is the #heart & #soul of my #person. ♥♥♥ #LoveGOD = #LovePeople ❤ ❤ ❤

Chapter 5 about what we #Celebrate brought to mind this song http://youtu.be/04y_KfO7GzI ~ so let’s #approach #life w/ the #LORD of #love taking the #lead on our #way according to His #will! #GOD = #GOoD 🙏👏✌️☝️💒💖

*… Leading into Authenticity

Chapter 6 called “What Is the #Authentic #Life?” does #guide me toward the #spiritual #secret: to be #holy in #everything that I do. For me, this is through #service to my #Church & #community + #work on my #dissertation & #career + #relationships w/ my #family & #friends ~ ALL to #lead w/ #great #LOVE for #GOD & His #creation! 💖👏🙏✌️☝️📖💒

1:11 ~ make a wish … Or actually, say a prayer!!!

Workout Wednesday: 2014 Study Pump-Up the Jam Session

In ♥ & Soul, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/26/2014 at 17:30

My 2014 Series will consist of 20 repetitions (x) or seconds (s) of 14 different moves! Since I’ve been devoting many hours out of everyday to my dissertation, this routine has helped ease my ergonomic tension and loosened up tight muscles from sitting at my computers. When I taught my summer speech class, my students and I took a breather through this brief routine to hype the body up from Beast Mode while warming up the brain into Scholar Mode!

Work Break to Workout
1. Raise the Roof: chant (optional) “Put Your Hands up in the Air” while pumping up your arms (20x)
2a. Forward Arm Circles (20x)
2b. Backward Arm Circles (20x)
3a. Right Arm Stretch diagonally in front of you (20s)
3b. Left Arm Stretch diagonally in front of you (20s)
4a. Right Tricep Stretch behind your head (20s)
4b. Left Tricep Stretch behind your head (20s)
5a. Clockwise Neck Rolls (20x)
5b. Counterclockwise Neck Rolls (20x)
6a. Left Trunk Twist (20s)
6b. Right Trunk Twist (20s)
7a. Right Hamstring Stretch leaning on ankle, extending shin in front of you (20s)
7b. Left Hamstring Stretch leaning on ankle, extending shin in front of you (20s)
8a. Right Quadricep Stretch pulling in foot in behind you (20s)
8b. Left Quadricep Stretch pulling in foot behind you (20s)
13. Football Fun Run in place with quick feet (20s)
14. Jumping Jacks (20x): spell out a motivational word or phrase ~ mine for the day is this:

1. M
2. A
3. S
4. T
5. E
6. R
7. P
8. L
9. A
10. N
11. What does
12. that spell?
13. Master
14. -plan!
15. Master
16. -plan!
17. Master
18. -plan!
19. Master
20. -plan!

The Game Plan is to create more 2014 Workouts for various activities and to target certain areas with just our body weight or minimal equipment, with these tentative titles:

2014 Post-April Fools HIITs
2014 for Your Core
2014 Pre-Easter Thank GOD Stretch
2014 Upper Bod
2014 Slender Legs

Happy Studying & Exercising!!!

@blogilates #MiniBandSelfie #SweatySelfie #SweatBand #ExerciseBand #ResistanceBand great timing; I was already wearing my #headband before finding out about the #giveaway in this #workout! #KeepingItReal w/ #GymHead #GymRat #GymGlow #ManiMonday #VictoriasSecret #Addictive #NailLacquer #OPI #SilverSnowflakes #GlitterTopCoat #BeastMode #SweaterWeather #SnowDay #SexySweaty #GucciFrames #BaltimoreSweatshirt #PumpUpTheJam #GoodVibrations #valentines #love #HeartHealth

Beauty Tuesday Review: Hair Care Tips from Root to Tip

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/25/2014 at 17:30

I go BANANAS for apples and coconut… for my hair!

Let’s feed our body,  from the inside out.

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Here’s where I got apple happy on Pretty Fit Way

As I’ve told you in my debut Beauty Tuesday Review, I prefer products that stimulate the senses, including scent!

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What’s in my shower today? Stake off the flakes with this Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner in Green Apple

Therefore, ridding of itch and irritation doesn’t have to smell like chemicals!

Before I lather up, I apply this to my hair…

Coco Oil

Coconut Oil can “condition my color-treated hair and moisturize my skin” ~ Welcome to My Kitchen

While I say the Pretty Fit Way must practiced from the inside out, coconut oil

makes a great alternative in lieu of more fattening oils ~ WIMK

More Mane Management Tips from root to tip:

  • Massage your head ~ to stimulate scalp for hair growth, as well as to soothe the brain for headache prevention (I swear by these, in particular from my student, a licensed massage therapist)
  • Treat wet hair gently ~ no harsh brushing that would lead it to damage (I showed my shower combs in last week’s Beauty Tuesday segment)
  • DON’T wash hair every single day ~ frequent washing can strip your hair from its natural oils
  • DO wash hair after extended exposure outdoors ~ for allergy prevention (from mold and other muck in the air)
  • Use Dry or Waterless Shampoo when water’s not available ~ to keep hair fresh (like my recommendation in my Beauty Tuesday debut)

More B-U-T-ful Asia Fantasia from her Birthday Festivities

  • Outfits of the Day

#OOTD ~ Ring in #Spring into a fling of bling the time of year to #cheer w/ pops of #bright #pastels + #mix &#match #prints & #patterns#LBD + #houndstooth & complimentary hues … #KardashianKollection#LittleBlackDress #SweaterDress w/ subtle #PolkaDot#LaceOverlay & #blazer + #Express #abstract#SilkScarf + #Coach #PopC #suede#SignatureHandbag + #Toms #wedges #KK#BlackAndWhite + #YellowGreenBlue 👗👜👡 

#OOTD #HelloKitty for ASIA’s #Birthday + #Bows &#Denim ~ #Sanrio #Britannica #CutOutShoulderTop •#GAP #vintage #ALineSkirt • #Coach #handbag • #red#wedges | #gold #crystal #jewelry • #YellowGold#WhiteGold #RoseGold #sparkler #rings • #bow#TwoToned #earrings • #necklace #cat #pendant#GoldChain 🐈🐈🎀👠👜💍

  • Faces of the Day
 
#PutYourBestFaceForward #SelfieSunday ~ Put my#GameFace on as I’m about to #proclaim #GOD‘s#word @ #Church & #speak from the #heart w/ #UpDo#PinnedUp #braids #HighlightedBangs + ring in #Springinto a fling of bling the time of year to #cheer w/ pops of#bright #pastels + #prints & #patterns#LBD & complimentary hues … #KardashianKollection#LittleBlackDress #SweaterDress w/ subtle #PolkaDot#LaceOverlay & #blazer + #Express #abstract#SilkScarf #YellowGreenBlue 👗🎤📖💒
#PutYourBestFaceForward #HelloKitty for ASIA’s#Birthday ~ #Sanrio #Britannica #CutOutShoulder |#red #lips from #ArdencyInn #Modster#LongPlaySuperchargedLipColor #lipstick in #LoveCat • M•A•C #CremeStickPearlLiner #CranApple #lipliner •#MAC #Serenely #BeautyPowderBlush • #PlushLash#PlushBlack #mascara #creme #pearl #liner #Beauty#Powder #Blush #cat #necklace 🐈🐈🎀👛💄

Stay beaYOUtiful in your life’s work.
I’ll do the same as I keep calm and study on with my dissertation plus keep calm and snap on with my photography gig!

Today = The Day of ASIA + Mani Monday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/24/2014 at 23:54

#Happy #Birthday ASIA ~ You’ve fulfilled my #fantasia ♥♥♥

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On this special #date, my #Beautiful #BlueEyed #Baby #ASIA turns 8!
Isn’t that great? She’s been w/me all over this State!
Now her doc has ordered her to lose weight (don’t hate)!

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Either way, she always #lights up my #day & hasn’t gone astray…

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Some may perceive yours truly as a #CrazyCatLady for going #CameraHappy
But if I really was a #mommy of my own baby,
Don’t you know I’d still go all out because that’s what I’m all about!

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We’re not a #HotMess because we’re among the #lucky who #GOD did #bless †

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#Photography isn’t just a #hobby, as I also take #snapshots #professionally!
#CHEERS to all these #Years of ASIA in her #BioPic #Mosaic =D

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Here’s #EyeCandy for y’all to enjoy while the #BirthdayCat plays w/her new #toy
A #gift from her Nanay Aya while this #GirlsOnFire!

Mani(c) Monday Blues

#ManiMonday #HelloKitty for ASIA’s #Birthday #bluefor her #beautiful #BlueEyes & #gold for our#championship #relationship ~ #Nuance by#SalmaHayek #NailLacquer in #TrueAzul 450 &#Goldstone 345 | #WildcatSpots on #AccentNails#thumbnails #RingFinger #YellowGold #RoseGold#sparkler #rings #AnimalPrint #wildcat #spots #accent#nails #nail #lacquer #metallic 🐈🐈 

#PutYourBestFaceForward #HelloKitty for ASIA’s#Birthday #CatLove #ribbons #bows ~ #Sanrio#Britannica #CutOutShoulder | #cat #red #lips from#ArdencyInn #Modster #LongPlaySuperchargedLipColor #lipstick in #LoveCat • M•A•C#CremeStickPearlLiner #CranApple #lipliner • #MAC#Serenely #BeautyPowderBlush • #PlushLash#PlushBlack #mascara #Hello #Kitty #cat #necklace

#PutYourBestFaceForward ~ Asia the #PrettyKitty#BirthdayGirl & I #cheer for as her 8th #birthday is here! #SacredHeart of #JESUS #tapestry on wall#DallasCowboys #snuggie on chair • I proudly wear#gold #cat #necklace #BirthdayGift from Nanay#GoldChain #CrystalPendant for this special occasion w/ #KardashianKollection #LBD #LittleBlackDress#SweaterDress w/ subtle #PolkaDot #LaceOverlay +#KK #houndstooth #blazer #PURRfect #feline#FineFurryFriend #BabyLove #BeautifulBlueEyes

5:55 ~ make a wish!!! 

[In other words, ASIA, blow out your birthday candles!!!]

2 for Tuesday for Gratitude: Eternally Camera Snap-Happy! Photo Hoarders Anonymous…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/19/2014 at 02:29

Cheers to my new photography gig!

Since I’ve always enjoyed being behind or in front of the camera (or both at the same time ~ hence selfies), I’m excited about doing it professionally now. My camera-happiness surely has paid off…

I also appreciate my latest blessings, including my upcoming reading at church this weekend, making massive progress on my dissertation writing this past week and my latest publication: Jenna Bush to Deliver Healthy Woman Keynote Address from Abilene Reporter-News 

  • Flashback Friday to remember my Dearest Darling Lola Rosa on her 6th Anniversary

Today’s my #Lola #Rosa‘s 6th #anniversary, so here’s #FlashbackFriday: 4#generations ~ my #dearest #darling #LolaRosing & ALL of her #children Uncle Boking Art Reyes Drs. Robert Reyes & Fe Dollete, Ate Rose Razon-Basinillo & the#baby she gave #TLC, yours truly & Icoy Arthur Basinillo, Auntie Aida, Dr. Vee Luna+ my parents Nanay Estrella Dispo & Papa Jun … Either Kuya Arnel Basinillo or his & Ate Rose’s daughter Arielle Royse R Basinillo (who shares the same #birthday as me) or Kuya/Dr. June Luna or Tita/Dr. Yolanda Hernandez-Reyes took this (I’m listing for the sake of tagging). #GOD did #bless us w/my #maternal #grandmother, who#forever & #always shines #grace in my #mind & my #heart as I #pray for her#soul to have #eternal #peace in #Heaven w/the #angels  #grandma#grandchildren #GreatGrandchildren

  • Here are tributes to special loves in my life, going by those Weekend Hashtag Projects from Instagram:

#WHPwomenwhoinspire #InternationalWomensDay last#WeekendHashtagProject passed but I must #honor my#LolaRosa on her #anniversary for #sweetness &#encouragement through #PrideAndJoy my #AuntieFefor her #example as #doctor #pediatrician who’s touched #lives of #children her #patients & her#daughter #SonInLaw #nieces #nephews who#EnjoysLife #home #travel #BallroomDancing#SkysTheLimit #WomenWhoInspire #women #inspire#inspiration #RoleModels ⛵️✈️

#WHPwomenwhoinspire #InternationalWomensDay last#WeekendHashtagProject passed but I must #honor my#TitaLou on her #birthday for #perseverance #strength& most of all #faith + #MamaEufemia for #love to all your #children #grandchildren #GreatGrandchildren#DispoFamily #WomenWhoInspire #women #inspire#inspiration #strife #purpose #dedication #devotion#admiration #auntie #tita #grandma #mama #lola#apong

#WHPdancers my #TitaLou the #BirthdayGirl #dancingw/her #son my #baby #cousin #Christian#HappyBirthday #HappyBday #HBD #auntie#StayBlessed on your #birthday & #always #GOD#guide & #provide for my #tita #DancingQueen#TinyDancer #JustDance #sweet #tender #moment#fond #memory #dance #WeekendHashtagProject#WHP 

#WHPdancers my #parents #Nanay #MommyAya#PapaJun #dancing @ #AbileneCountryClub#SweetheartBall #USPFO #TwoStep #ChaCha #Tango#Lambada #FolkDance #GangnamStyle #YouNameItMaybe they can #TeachMeHowToDougie & I can#school them on the #CupidShuffle #ElectricSlide#Macarena #LineDance #StillGotIt #spark #fireworks in#marriage #dance #LoveIsInTheAir#WeekendHashtagProject #WHP 

#WHPwomenwhoinspire #InternationalWomensDay last#WeekendHashtagProject passed but I must #thank my#TitaMel whose #faith & #devotion I #admire as fellow#Church #lector #Adorer for her #JESUS #CrossStitch#handiwork that serves as #reminder to always #love#GOD #live in #CHRIST‘s #image #lead #life in#humility #MaramingSalamat #MagandaTalaga#KindGesture #WomenWhoInspire #inspiration#admiration #Adoration  created by Tita Mel Popatco which I originally admired @ Tita Lydia Sardon‘s; Tita Rosalinda Sims told Tita Mel I liked it; Tita Mel made one & gave it to my Nanay Estrella Dispowho framed it ~ so each of these inspirational women deserve women in this beautiful miracle gift 

  • These are more inspirations in the spirit of this Lenten season

Although I’ve done #StationsOfTheCross countless times, the #WayOfTheCross always has a #powerful#effect on me, reminding me to be more #humble like#Jesus. Hope the #PassionOfChrist does the same for y’all… Glad that I did the #walk in good company of#family & #friends w/a #delicious #meal to share! #GOD#TheTruth — eating homemade veggie soup

#TrustInGOD during #Lent & all our lives! I also always seek the #HolySpirit for #guidance to be closer to the Him everyday & always! #CHRISTbeOurLight #PraiseTheLORD 

 #PTL #Peace ✌
& way to go for my lil’ cowboy at the rodeo!
I’ll be @ this year’s #RGV #LivestockShow & #Rodeo in#spirit as my #heart is w/mi #sobrinito (my #nephew) Justin takes the #reins of #cattle today! Mi #sobrina (my#niece) Savannah just got a #horse & will #show#livestock including #goats soon ~ Ms. #Future #FFA#FutureFarmersOfAmerica #PridesAndJoy#CuñadaJanet please take & share pix & vids of the #kids! Here’s last year’s #LivestockShowAndRodeo while the#kiddos did #CowboyUp for the #ride! I tip my #cowboy#hat & #shine my #boots to mis #sobrinos🐐👢
Oh snap, it’s the paparazzi ~ at least that’s what my best friend’s dad calls me (hopefully just out of endearment)!

Beauty Tuesday Review: Mani Monday Recap + Makeup Doll-up & Toss-up

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/19/2014 at 01:30

Happy Belated St. Patty’s Day ♣

Last week, I showcased my fave beauty products, wrapped up winter and lit up my fitness hits! Since I still have way more that are worthy of mentioning, I’ll reveal a few for you…

Shower Combs

What else is in my shower? When I suds up, I prefer to detangle so I don’t step out with shower head!

Mani Mania

Clockwise from top right: Hand lotion like this Bath & Body Works handbag size, comes in hand-y for a mani • I love this Victoria’s Secret nail polish remover bottle because the cap opens up to a user-friendly press-dispenser & easily snaps shut • I keep most of my nail tools in this leopard-print manicure set case from my GODson’s mom • I travel with this pastel-striped manicure set from one of my students • I soothe my lil’ piggies with this gel toe separator for pedis + to relieve foot tension!

M•A•C

M•A•C‘s where it’s @: I stick with red & pink shades yet switch from smooth to shimmer, depending on the occasion … or the mood.

I also post on the From Head to Toe app, so here are a dozen photos, from Mani Monday to Mardi Gras to Face & Outfit of the Day:

  • Peachy Keen

#ManiMonday #Peach #nails #PairWell w/#3point1PhillipLim #dress #TwoTone #VictoriasSecret#Addictive nail #lacquer #OPI #Silver #Snowflakes#glitter #TopCoat 👗❄️

#3point1PhillipLim #FloralPrint #abstract #dress #layerunderneath #SofiaVergara #ColorBlock #blazer#accessorize w/ #peach #flower #earrings & #Coach#Hamptons #handbag (#matching #mani w/ #Addictive#VictoriasSecret #nail #lacquer & #Silver #Snowflakes#OPI #glitter #TopCoat) ~ due to #ColdFront I #pair w/#leggings & #CowboyBoots

#PutYourBestFaceForward #BeautifulFace#BeautifulHeart #February is#HeartDiseaseAwarenessMonth hence #GoRed#RedDress #pin on #lapel of #SofiaVergara#ColorBlock #blazer over #3point1PhillipLim#FloralPrint #abstract #dress (#nails by#VictoriasSecret #nail #lacquer in #Addictive & #OPI#glitter #TopCoat in #Silver #Snowflakes #complement#RoseGold #sparkler #ring)

  • Bled Red

#ManiMonday #Red #nails #PairWell w/ #PeterPilotto#RedFloral #CheckPrint #dress #PureIce #Vineyard#ombré #AccentNail w/ #OPI #SweetMemories & #pink#shimmer #ShanghaiShimmer + #glitter from#NicoleByOPI #KardashianKolor #FollowMeOnGlitter#jewelry #ojo #bead #bracelet to #repel #EvilEye &#PhD #ClassRing to #motivate 👗💍

#OOTD #PeterPilotto #RedFloral #CheckPrint #silky#flowy #HighLow #dress #perfect for #spring w/ #patent#accessories #BlackAndWhite #ColorBlock #belt #black#BCBG #BCBGMAXAZRIA #BCBGeneration #platform#wedge #sandals #red #Coach #QuiltStitch#QuiltedStitch #signature #handbag #floral #print 👠👛

#PutYourBestFaceForward #BeautifulFace #March into#spring! Fellow #EyeWear peeps, please check out#Jen #FrmHeadToToe #FHTT #Makeup for #Glasses ~ new #Coach #Gabrielle #LegacyStripe #signature#eyeglasses #frames #red #lips from #ArdencyInn#Modster #LongPlaySuperchargedLipColor #lipstick in#LoveCat #perfect for #PeterPilotto #RedFloral#CheckPrint #dress #SideSweptBangs#FrenchBraidSockBun 👓 

  • Mardi Gras

#HappyMardiGras ~ #MardiGrasMask from my student who visited #NewOrleans + #Gold goes w/#MardiGrasBeads in … #Hashtag haters who #stomp on my #HashtagHappiness instead of #March in my#HashtagHappy #parade my can#KissMyIrishSpringZest because all I’m doing is spreading #luck & #love#Happy #MardiGras w/ #NOLA#mask & #BourbonStreet #beads + #SaintPattys w/#LuckOfTheIrish #KissMeImIrish & #PotOfGold +#CHEERS to #hashtags here from yours truly who my#TrueBlue friends call the #HashtagQueen & #Bling by name I didn’t self-proclaim 🃏🎲🎆🎇🎊🌠👑 

#HappyMardiGras ~ #MardiGrasMask from my student who visited #NewOrleans + #Green goes w/#MardiGrasBeads … #Hashtag haters who #stomp on my #HashtagHappiness instead of #March in my#HashtagHappy #parade my can#KissMyIrishSpringZest because all I’m doing is spreading #luck & #love#Happy #MardiGras w/ #NOLA#mask & #BourbonStreet #beads + #SaintPattys w/#LuckOfTheIrish #KissMeImIrish &#DontPinchMeImWearingGreen #BangBraid +#CHEERS to #hashtags here from yours truly who my#TrueBlue friends call the #HashtagQueen & #Bling by name I didn’t self-proclaim 🃏🎲🎆🎇🎊🌠👑

 
#HappyMardiGras ~ #MardiGrasMask from my student who visited #NewOrleans + #Purple #dress goes w/#MardiGrasBeads … #Hashtag haters who #stomp on my #HashtagHappiness instead of #March & #dance in my #HashtagHappy #parade my can#KissMyIrishSpringZest because all I’m doing is spreading #luck & #love#Happy #MardiGras w/ #NOLAp#mask & #BourbonStreet #beads + #SaintPattys w/#LuckOfTheIrish #KissMeImIrish + #CHEERS to#hashtags here from yours truly who my #TrueBluefriends call the #HashtagQueen & #Bling by name I didn’t self-proclaim 🃏🎲🎆🎇🎊🌠👑
  • Green for St. P’s ♣
 

#OOTD #StPatricksDay #casual yet #festive #HelloKitty#leprechaun #top #hat #bedazzled #bow#FourLeafClover + since it’s #chilly here #layer on#JohnDeere-inspired #SouthPadreIsland #hoodie in#green & #yellow to go w/ #HK #nose + I’m #homesickfor the #beach #SPI #Island #Irish #HappyStPatricksDay#StPattys #StPats #StPs #lucky 🎀

#PutYourBestFaceForward #BeautifulFace #March into#spring#StPatricksDay #green #Clinque #EyeShadow#Duo in #Jaded (like Aerosmith song) + #pink to #honormy #LolaRosa on her #birthday & #anniversary #monthw/ #MAC #Mineralize #Blush in #Dainty &#VictoriasSecret #ColorDrama #LipShine in#RosyDarling … My #best #accessory is #Annie of#GreenEyes w/her #PURRfect #face 💄

 & last, but certainly not least… Let’s end this on the most beautiful note:
Photo: Happy #StPatricksDay ♣ Wishing y'all lots of #luck & #love ♥ My #fave #shade of #green: #Gringa #Annie’s #CatEyes ^_^ She always #brightens my #day ☼ both my #babies #LilOrphanAnnie & her #BigSis #Asia the #BirthdayGirl a week from today! #SweetAnnie #GoodLuck #Bear #CareBear #Frog #Beautiful #Cat #Pretty #Kitty #PurrFect #FurrEver #FourLeafClover #LuckyCharms #PotOfGold
Happy #StPatricksDay ♣ Wishing y’all lots of #luck & #love  My #fave #shade of#green#Gringa #Annie’s #CatEyes  She always #brightens my #day ☼ both my#babies #LilOrphanAnnie & her #BigSis #Asia the #BirthdayGirl a week from today!#SweetAnnie #GoodLuck #Bear #CareBear #Frog #Beautiful #Cat #Pretty #Kitty#PurrFect #FurrEver #FourLeafClover #LuckyCharms #PotOfGold
♣ I’m extremely lucky to have both my Princess Annie & my Queen Asia ~ who’s turning 8 next Monday, yay!!! ♣

Throwback Thursday Tags: Lifestyle & Fitness + Procrastinating Beauty

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/14/2014 at 04:11

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, after going Tuesday Beauty happy and adding the 2 for Tuesday *bonus* Sweater Weather Tag, I’m accepting these 2013 truth challenges for full disclosure. Enjoy, and if you’ve done either of these tags, please feel free to comment with the link to your answers!

 * Lifestyle & Fitness Tag ~ from GetFitWithLeyla‘s Lifestyle & Fitness TAG video [Questions are in bold; my answers are in italics.]

  1. How fit do you consider yourself to be? Are you happy with the shape you’re in? On a scale from 1-10, I’d say an 8. While I know that I’m fab, I still can stand to lose some flab. 
  2. Do you play any sports? I did back in the day ~ as in basketball & tennis 2 decades ago in jr. high ~ then discovered that I’m a much better spectator @ my fave sport: basketball, than I am as a baller… Competitions in which I’ve participated as a grown-up have been races, but I’ve mainly run them to benefit their worthy causes. Now I’m proud to say that I’m part of the 26.2 (full marathon) club & have run in several smaller events (e.g., 5Ks) since then! 
    Fiesta Marathon

    Shot Gun Bang! Fiesta Marathon‘s my chance to run like a Mustang!

    STC 5K

    South Texas College 5K (where I used to teach) ~ I should’ve done more high knees!

  3. Besides those, do you exercise as well? That’s exactly what I do to stay fit nowadays! Please check out my recommendations on the Pretty Fit Way blog & the Pretty Fit iOS app
  4. Do you have any fitness or health related goals? I work out to stay healthy, relieve stress & reduce my risk for disease in the long run. 
  5. Which celebrity’s body would you like to have? Does Elaine Dispo count? I’d like to say I’m my own celeb… But if I had to choose someone other than yours truly, I really dig on Jessica Alba’s bod! Plus, I must give myself props on mocking other folks pretty well for Halloween. 
    DCC

    *TRUE BLUE* Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

    Princess Leia Wannabe

    I love the Princess Leia hair from Episode IV, but it’s her goddess bod from VI that screams SEXY!

  6. What’s your favorite and/or least favorite exercise? My #1 fave is dancing because I can do it anywhere & everywhere; as a matter of fact, I most recently caught myself just grooving to the chores without even planning to burn calories that way today! My least fave may have to be burpees (jump to plank to squat) because they kick my boot-ay, but they’re definitely effective for my boot-ay! 
  7. How important is leading an active and healthy lifestyle for you? Extremely; this is THE way of life, not just for the sake of taking care of our bodies, but also our minds & our souls ~ not to mention our hearts (both literally & figuratively) ~ all the way inside & out! 
  8. How much attention to a healthy diet do you pay? On a scale from 1-10, I’d go with a 7. Although I keep track of my calorie consumption & burn, I don’t always pass up my weakness: sweets (e.g., cupcakes)! 
  9. What’s your biggest diet secret? I don’t diet. Since I don’t believe in depriving myself from what brings me joy, I’ll at least control my portions & eat in moderation. 
  10. Do you smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past? Never ever. I don’t have the desire to mess up my lungs, heart, teeth or skin… So no, thanks! 

* Procrastinating Beauty Tag [from FrmHeadToToe Jen‘s Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG]

  1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do? I’ve never applied primer to my face. I’m not into caking on a mask, as I’m completely content with my concealer, foundation & powder (I don’t always use ALL of the above @ the same time). 
  2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly? I don’t wash them too frequently because I want them to last, so I don’t use the same ones too often. When I do wash them, I use my M•A•C Brush Cleanser (pictured below). 
  3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? I plead the 5th… on going past the 5th day. 
    Spring forward

    Spring forward means…

    Sports Watches

    … that it’s time to change my nail color!

  4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it? I seldom ever need a new beauty product because I usually have a backup supply to replenish once I run out of something. 
  5. What is your worst beauty habit? Admittedly, I’ve gone to sleep without removing my makeup & washing my face on more than a few occasions ~ not something I’m proud of, for which there aren’t any legit excuses. 
  6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time? Decluttering ~ which I’m actually doing during this Spring Break on breaks from my dissertation! Since I’m not that much of a cosmetics hoarder, I don’t have much to purge, but I did get rid of loads of Bath & Body Works nail polish 1½ years ago, way past due. 
  7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute? Not always; I usually spare 2-3h before I’m supposed to leave for a planned event, so I can devote a little more time on my studies, a project or pleasure-______ (-reading, -surfing ~ as in channel- or net-surfing, etc.) before I take off. If I go the other way around & keep working then have minimal time to shower, hair & makeup + nails, then I don’t do myself justice. 
  8. Can you commit to spending bans? I haven’t made any, but I suppose that it’s worth a shot. Now if I only I had before my cosmetics sprees! How lame that my hometown just closed down our only M•A•C shop yesterday after being open for a short while. 
  9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections? On a scale from 1-10, this should be a solid 9. Check out my acrylic organizer on my dresser here, where I can find everything in place, arranged according to color & category (nails on the left, makeup on the right). The red & clear beads that help keep my eye liners, lip balms & gloss straight in the front right compartment are from the centerpiece of my table at the Sweetheart Ball to celebrate this past Valentine’s Day

    Nails & Makeup

    Acrylic Organizer keeps my RTW Nail Care & Makeup out in View for Open Concept

LOVE

Red + Clear Beads = LOVE Ambiance

♥ Warmest Kisses, Tightest Hugs & Much LOVE to my Dearest Darling Lola Rosing (March 5, 1910-March 14, 2014) in Heaven above!!! 

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: We #celebrate my #LolaRosa‘s #birthday on March 5th & #commemorate her #life on March 14th, so as her 6th #anniversaryapproaches, I share this #fond #memory of these 3 #generations: my #dearest#darling #LolaRosing, my #beautiful #Nanay Estrella Dispo & yours truly on that#spring day in The Philippines  ♥♣☼ As my #cousin Ignaz Philip Reyes said about our #maternal #grandmother: our #grandma led through #struggles up until her last #breath! We #love you, #Lola #Rosa in #Heaven above  fellow #teacher my#PenPal who instilled in me #FaithHopeLove … Request to my family & friends: please pray for the repose of her soul, thank you Uncles Antero Tavernero Art ReyesDrs. Robert Reyes & Yolanda Hernandez-Reyes Titas Mildred Abalos Joy Gomez Jessie Quebral Rosseana De Dios Titos Momoy Lachica Isaac Lachica Sr. Ate Rose Razon-Basinillo Kuya Arnel Basinillo Drs. Vee Luna & June Luna Kuya Mark Anthony Razon Ate Sonia Pahayo Kuya Rod Dallape sister Joanne Dispo cousins Eeno Ki Juan Raymundo Abalos Guizano Andrew Abalos Guizano Lowell Gomez Donnabelle Gomez-Parfan Boie Parfan Gomez Parfan Pamela Abalos-Carranza Kristine Abalos De Casa Clod Lachica Cinense Naomi Lachica Diane De Dios + cousins’ children/4th genArielle Royse R Basinillo Arthur Basinillo Antonio Gomez ***Maraming Salamat*** (3.5.1910-3.14.2008)
Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations – Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly – the day after Lola’s 96th Birthday (3/6/2006) — with Estrella Dispo.
Photo: Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations -  Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly - the day after Lola's 96th Birthday (3/6/2006)

CHEERS as we Ring in Spring & Get Lucky on St. Patty’s Day!!! ♣ 

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag before I Ring in Spring!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Tag You're IT, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 22:55

Let’s hear it for the Sweater Tag!

Like my sweater and snake scarf?

Image

My family and I went to Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater (approx. 45mi NW of Abilene) ~ which supposedly is the world’s largest!

Now here goes… [Questions are in italics; my answers are in bold.]

Yours truly’s SWEATER TAG

1. Favorite candle scent? Bath & Body Works Salty Caramel

Salty Caramel candle

BBW Salty Caramel

Dallas Cowboys Pumpkin

True Blue Jack-o-Lantern w/Salty Caramel Candle

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? ALL of the Above
3. What’s the best fall memory you have? football ~ most recently Dallas Cowboys 

Dallas Cowboys

GO, ‘BOYS! True Blue, through & through!

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? neither; cat make-up: my red lips in Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Love Cat and cat eyeliner by M•A•C 

Cat Eye & Lips

Tried to pull off Cat Eye & Cat Lips at Christmas Party

5. Best fragrance for fall? COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy Stripes in bag, fragrance and Gabrielle glasses

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? my Cranberry Walnut Pie

THANKSgiving Dessert

My THANKful Cranberry Walnut Pie

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? bipolar: sunny & warm 1 day, snowy & frosty the next

Sunny Day

Sunny Abilene

Snowy Abilene

Snow Day

8. Most worn sweater? my Kardashian Kollection white Open Knit Sweater because I could layer it over any color and wear off-the-shoulder 

Kardashian Kollection Open Knit Sweater

My fave Sweater Weather sweater that I can wear everywhere, including the beach!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kollection Disco Dolls for the gold glitter and Follow Me on Glitter for the dark glitter

Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kolor

Kardashian Kolor from Nicole by OPI®

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? BOTH

Dallas Cowboys home game

Dallas Cowboys on the field! I’d like to play in the leaves with them!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? BOTH … or how ’bout jeggings? (e.g., Sofia Vergara Lurex Jeggings in Gold Foil, Indigo & Jet Black ~ like the glitter effect from #9)

Gold Jeggings

These Gold Jeggings pair well w/this Snake Scarf, along w/my Cowboys Boots!

12. Combat boots or Uggs? neither; I’ll go for my Kenneth Cole knee-high zip-up black stiletto boots, Corral Cowboy boots or Sketchers Tone-Ups camel boots w/ faux fur

Jeggings & Sketchers

Jeggings + Sketchers = Match Made on Snow Day

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? he**-to-the-YEAH

SB PSL

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

SB SC PSL

I asked for Salted Caramel & Whip to top off my PSL!

SB SC PSL w/cap

Salted Caramel PSL in the house!

Starbucks Gold Member

Enjoy like yours truly at a Starbucks near you!

14. Favorite fall TV show? I’d say Grey’s Anatomy for the rainy weather, ’til it went on hiatus before the holidays, but now it’s back to ring in spring! 
15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? Katy Perry’s Eye of the Tiger brought me school spirit because my alma mater, Cooper H.S., was a finalist in her music vid contest

Roar

Katy Perry ~ Hear Me ROAR!

Katy Perry Challenge

Katy Perry Challenge Finalists

Katy Perry & CHS

Katy Perry Challenge includes CHS, all right, all right, all right!

CHS ROAR

Cooper Cougars ROAR to Katy Perry!

5:55 ~ make a wish!!! 

Beauty Tuesday Review: Fave Raves & Some Rants

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 21:44

Now that I’m doing Spring Cleaning during this Spring Break, I shall share my favorite beauty products, as well as a few reviews…

Since I love to stimulate my senses, I tend to stock up on stuff that is visually-appealing ~ you know, eye candy ~ and smells good to yours truly.

Matrix® Biolage

Matrix® Biolage Hydrathérapie & Smooththérapie

Biolage by Matrix®  is my #1 brand of hair care because I feel like I’m in a spa whenever I use it! It’s a sweet treat for my hair since I always experience an enticing scent and a smoothing effect.

Styling Products & Tools

Pantene Pro-V & TRESemmé + Conair & Revlon

However, I also rely on TRESemmé and Pantene Pro-V styling products when using my Conair and Revlon hair appliances.

Pantene & Herbal Essences

What’s in My Shower? More Pantene & Herbal Essences + Garnier Fructis

Odor Prevention

Are You Sure? Raise Your Arms!

I stash deodorant in my bathrooms and my bags, so I’m always ready to combat b.o.

Neutrogena & Nivea

N for SkiN Care: Neutrogena & Nivea Rock!

To treat my oily-dry combination skin, I need a variety of skin care products that treat acne and moisturize!

Neutrogena Make-up

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing® w/ Microclear® Technology

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing® w/ Microclear® Technology

FALL/WINTER (fairer complexion)

SPRING/SUMMER (more sunkissed)

Oil-Free Makeup

Warm Beige 90

Natural Tan 100

Blemish Concealer

Light 10

Medium 15

HK

Hello Kitty for M•A•C & Forever 21 Limited Editions

Hello Kitty Happiness

Seasonal Sig Fragrances

Signature Fragrances for Each Season

These are just a few of my favorite fragrances, in rotation by season.

  • Sephora Hello Kitty Pink Bow roller ball when on-the-go
  • Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition
  • Coach Legacy for Fall
  • VS Angel Gold for Winter
Sephora Fragrance Sampler

Sephora Fragrance Sampler mini vials come in handy for travel

My sample bottles, including from this Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her and from VS, are the perfect size to fit into my array of purses! 

More Sephora Fragrance Samplers

More Sephora Fragrance Samplers

See how Sephora samples accumulate?

What's in My Purse?

What’s in My Purse? Coach Handbags for Each Season + Bare Essentials I Don’t Leave Home Without

I should have enough scent samples to fill all of my handbags, including a couple of my classics and a couple of my seasonal

  • Coach [counter-clockwise, from bottom right]: Madison Maggie Shoulder Bag in chocolate-doe/gold hardware with matching wristlet that I change out with larger bags, Poppy Denim Whipstich Hippie with matching wallet that has Legacy Stripes lining, Signature C Tote in tri-color, Poppy Pop C backpack in pastel/gold hardware
  • Bath & Body Works® PocketBacs are in all of my bags
  • As you already know, I also keep deodorant in handy
  • A first-aid kit, or at least Neosporin and bandaids (like in this keychain container) aid in the event of a boo-boo
  • My generous students have gifted me with other beauty needs worth mentioning: blush and eye shadow palette and manicure set from one plus Breast Cancer Awareness compact mirror from another!
  • Miniature lotions and fragrances (such as those that appear above) ~ including this Juicy Cologne in Sprightly Sparkle from the Philippines ~ help my body smell nice
  • Last but most definitely not least: gum freshens my breath, and floss picks are a must-have between meals!
BBW

Bath & Body Works® Aromatherapy & Fragrances to Get Through the Day

Certain scents are perfect for the senses at a specific time

  • This B&BW® P.S. I Love You Spring Fling Lotion and Body Spray is great for the upcoming spring days and sunny rays!
  • Orange for energy ~ such as B&BW® Orange Sapphire or Aromatherapy Energy with Orange + Ginger upon awaking 
  • Eucayptus for destressing ~ such as B&BW® Aromatherapy Stress when relieving anxiety [I also apply the aforementioned Vicks VapoRub to tense muslces]
  • Jasmine for romance ~ such as B&BW® Night Blooming Jasmine or Aromatherapy Sensual with Jasmine + Vanilla at bedtime [I also use vanilla to relax, such as from the Summer Vanillas collection ~ Berry, Lemon and Coconut] 
  • Lavender for rest ~ such as B&BW® Aromatherapy Sleep with Lavender + Vanilla at bedtime

NOTE: None of these aforementioned rants and raves are endorsements; they all simply come from my own opinion [other similar product mentions appear in brackets]. 

4:44 ~ make a wish!!!