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Foodie Friday: Birthday Trip

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/29/2014 at 22:15

Eat, drink and be merry…

And so I did on my birthday trip!

Road Trip Food

Ghost Town Grub: Starlight Café (Terlingua, TX)

Santa Elena

Santa Elena (my namesake) Margarita ~ CHEERS!!!

Terlingua Chili Fries

Terlingua Chili Fries

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Family Feast: Tokyo Asia Fusion (Abilene, TX)

Sake

Sake Black & Gold

Hibachi Chicken

Hibachi Chicken w/Miso Soup (me-so hungry) & salad ~ gotta top off w/Lo-Sod Kikoman!

YOLOs all the way around!

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Feline Friday: Charlene & Fluffy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/29/2014 at 06:30

I blessed my family friends’ cats one week ago before they travelled to their new home in California.

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Before they left Texas, Charlene and Fluffy got groomed to look like lions!

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Aren’t they absolutely adorable?

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Gorgeous Gatos!

Thirsty Thursday: Blessed Birthday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/28/2014 at 13:30

One week ago, I celebrated my birthday with a special blessing.

Religious Gifts

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Suegra) * Peace bracelet (Nanay), St. Benedict & Puerto Rico jewelry (Brunos) * St. Pope John Paul II  Cross (yours truly) * St. Pope JP2 Rosary (Joe) * Straight from the Heart: A Prayer Companion (Vince) * St. Agnes Church Cross (Sis) * Deuteronomy Cross & Philippians 4:13 Ichthus (Tita Brenda)

This year, I received the most religious gifts.

Religious Gifts

Hello Kitty in purple and pink match OLG from México wrapping

Plus, my family and I visited St. Agnes Catholic Church in Terlingua, Texas.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church (Terlingua, TX)

Here is a prayer that my Pinoy boy Vince wrote for me:

LORD ~ Give me the ability to maximize the gifts you have blessed me with. Let me have the vision, the discipline, the commitment, just a little bit of habit that gets me from talking about where I’m being, to actually living it. AMEN.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church ☼sunset☼

 For me, GOD has graced me with my most memorable birthday to date!

Workout Wednesday: B2S Beast Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/27/2014 at 18:00

Back-to-School * Beasts Are Cool * Trainers Rule!

So what to do after I’ve gone YOLO these past three weeks to celebrate my birthday?

Emerson to the Rescue!

Check out my distant cousins’ training tips that I’ll start TODAY!!!

today workout on legs and core

so warm up ten mins on treadmill to get the blood flowing

then stretch for 15 mins so u can be injury free

do side crunches 4 sets of 15 on each side then leg raises 4 sets of 15 rest a min after each set

then bicycle kicks hands on the side 3 sets of 12 now your legs

a core is warm up now for the real work out

1.squats and lungs(super set) it called 5 5 5… 5squats then 5 lunges then 5squats do 3sets

2.stiff leg dead lifts 15 reps 3 sets

3. Hamstring rows(put the bar between your legs spread make sure legs are 90 degree from each other and go down till the bar hit the floor then go up 4 sets 25 reps 1 min rest

4. Side step lungs with straight bar 3 sets(5 steps to the right then 5 steps to the left) have the bar on your shoulders have knees bent at a 45 degree angle and walk sideways

5. Leg press 4 sets of 20reps then your done

(note people think u have to hit every machine in one day that a lie…it contraction and blood flowing threw your muscles that make it grow 70% diet and 30% gym make u tone) do legs and glutes twice a week you

do contraction and breathing well u will see results in 2 months

Go Beast Mode to get out of this plateau!!!

Beauty Tuesday: B is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/26/2014 at 13:00

🎊Birthday🎉 & 🍎Back-to-School🍏!!!

Last week (or shall I say, two weeks before then to include three full weeks), I rang in my BiG 3-3 and prepared to teach in my hometown this fall ~ after over five years of teaching in South Texas. Therefore, I had to get a minor makeover!

First, Evie‘s mom Maggie cut and curled my hair (as seen with A&A).

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Then Dee and I celebrated together, and she added to my wardrobe👗!

Dee & Me

Don’t Dee & I look hot in our maxi dresses?

Dee & Me

On my actual Bday, we curled our hair!

Speaking of Dee, don’t she, Lisa and I all look fabulous as the August Birthday Baby Beauties💁?

Lisa & Me

Beautiful Bday Babes Lisa & Me

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Love ’em like Sisters!

& of course, now that I’m exactly half my mom‘s age (she was my age when she gave birth to me), here’s an indicator of how I may look like when I’m double my age!

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Good timing that Back-to-School was yesterday, due to my beauty gifts from Nanay & Sis!

Air Curler

Air Curler from Nanay

Birchbox

Birchbox from Joanne

HBD, GTD (Great Teacher DISPO)!!!

🙏RIP✌️, 👴Lolo Tico👼 on his 18th 💒Anniversary☝️

Feline Friday: Double-A for my Bday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 19:25

By the time I hit the BiG 🎉3-3🎊, I figured that I’d already be a mommy!

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Although I don’t have children of my own (yet), I’m still blessed to have my PURRfect 🐯A&A🐱 angels😻.

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GOD’s gifts always grace me with their presence, for which I’m forever grateful.

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Enjoy your weekend!!!

Foodie Friday: Birthday Grub

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 09:00

Happy Morning After My Birthday!

Since I always care to share my wealth of health, my family and friends deserve honorable mentions for feeding me for my BiG 3-3. Two weeks ago, I left the Valley with a bang when I my classmates celebrated with me!

One week before my birthday, my Church bestie Evie took me to brunch at Hickory Street Café.

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Spinach Quiche & Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette + Raspberry Tea ~ Raspberry Good

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Tomato Basil Soup

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake ~ Just how this Bday Girl likes it!

Last weekend, my childhood friend/fellow August baby Dee cooked lunch, and my mom cooked dinner for us and our dads, and our Pinoy homeboy Vince joined us with his kids! We celebrated more last night to wrap my birthday up right!

Birthday Feast

Birthday Feast for this Beautiful Beast!

Rigatoni

Rigatoni tossed in Pesto with Marinara by Bday Girl Dee

Strawberries & Watermelon

Red & Ready: Summer Strawberries & Wonderful Watermelon

On my birthday eve, my gym rat/fellow mama of a cat and August baby Lisa had us over at her house to wine and dine, and I brought cake!

Carne Asada

Carne Asada Simmering

Comida Mexicana

Traditional Mexican made by Lisa

Edible Image

Photo Cake c/o Snowhite Bakery

After my Birthday Blessing, my Church buddy Joe cooked me yet another bodacious breakfast.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Steaming

The Incredible Edible Egg

Sunny Side-Up, if you please

Blessed Birthday Breakfast

Blessed Birthday Breakfast, thanks to Joe!

Last night, we wrapped up my birthday with another family night plus making music time!

Nanay's Bomb Diggety Spaghetti

Noodles for Long Life from Nanay

Birthday Feast

Beautiful Feast for this Birthday Beast

Grapes

Grapes for GOOD LUCK!

TGIF for Thank GOD It’s Friday * Thank GOD I’ve got great Family & Friends!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Birthday Blessings

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/21/2014 at 21:31

Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!!! 

What better way to ring in my special day☼ than to celebrate at Church†? I began my birthday at the Chapel for my Adoration hour. Then Father Bob blessed♣ me and my gifts from my special friends, Evie, Maggie and Joe.♥ ♪They even sang Happy Birthday♫

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PTL for Praise The LORD * People that LOVE * Pretty Tough Lady 

Workout Wednesday: 1K Double A

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/20/2014 at 11:00

Arms and abs are where it’s at!

Actually, more like upper bod ~ arms, shoulders, chest and back ~ plus core ~ abs and lower back ~ to be exact! So, make that haste and blast your bod from shoulders to waist!

Upper Bod

Resistance: pair light dumbbells or water bottles (1 in each hand) for minimal weight during series of reps in these 10 sets

100 W Curls (Biceps) ~ front (1 rep), 45* (1 rep), 90* (1 rep)
100 Tricep Extensions & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Shoulder Raises
100 Chest Flys & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Back Lateral Raises & Rows (alternate 2×25 each)

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Core

Resistance: light plate or textbook

100 Oblique Twists ~ standing while holding resistance
100 Bridge Presses ~ laying while raising hips with resistance on tummy

{No weights for remaining series}

100 V-ups ~ hands & legs extended to start then bring together
100 Bicycle Crunches ~ alternate elbows & knees together
100 Side Planks Rainbows ~ full version on hands and feet OR modified on elbows and knees while dropping and lifting hips to the side (alternate 2×25 each)

From my Double A to yours, let’s make it a great Workout Wednesday!!!

Foodie Friday: Más Valley Faves

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/15/2014 at 20:44

Almost a week since I left el Valle, I must mention my last meals from my loved ones to send me off on a good note!

Milano’s Italian Restaurant (Weslaco) ~ with my Ph.D. study buddy Alicia

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Palenque Mexican Grill (McAllen) ~ from Dr. Alex & Frank

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Pancakes a la Janet (SB) ~ by mi Cuñada

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¡Salud a good food to set the mood!

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4:44 ~ make a wish!!! (I’ll blow my candles next week!)