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Thirsty Thursday: Commandments vs. Capital Sins

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/14/2014 at 13:00

In my quest to get closer to Heaven …

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I strive to thrive on the Ten Commandments and live by the Four Cardinal Virtues while doing my best to resist the Seven Deadly Sins. Here is a list of each of them: the Commandments, along with the Sins that impose temptation to break those Commandments, and the Virtues to keep in order to prevent myself from committing those Sins:

Regalos de Puerto Rico

Regalos de Puerto Rico de la Familia Bruno

10 Commandments = MUST Do 7 Capital Sins = DON’T Do 4 Cardinal Virtues = MUST Maintain
You shall have no other gods before me. Greed, Pride Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the Earth beneath, or that is in the water under the Earth. Pride Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not take the name of the LORD your GOD in vain. Anger Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep holy. Gluttony, Lust, Sloth Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
Honor your father and your mother. Anger, Pride, Sloth Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not murder. Anger Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not commit adultery. Envy, Greed, Lust Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not steal. Greed Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Greed, Pride Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not cover your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. Envy, Greed, Lust Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance
Regalos de Puerto Rico

Regalos de Puerto Rico de la Familia Bruno

Workout Wednesday: 1K Day Debut

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/13/2014 at 21:00

In this edition of Dub-Dub-Dub (as in Double WW for Workout Wednesday)…

I’ll start this 1K series: sets of 1,000 reps that target major muscle groups! It can help if you hit a plateau and need a pick-me-up to boost your routine! If you can do this many in one sitting, then you’ll be able to do smaller sets, as long as you set aside time!

The first one is for legs. I did 1,000 squats 10 days ago. YES, 1K in one day (actually, they lasted me 1/2 an hour)!

Here’s how I did them:

* I mixed up the stances to maintain momentum (i.e., hip/shoulder-width, wide, narrow, sumo, plié)

* I added arms to also tone up my upper bod 💪

* I stayed soft on my knees & never locked them out

… & I finished strong!

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Reminder: Please stretch before and after.

Disclaimer: Plus, be prepared to be sore if you haven’t worked these muscles in awhile!

Next up: 1K Arms then one more for Core!

Workout Wednesday: TiU for YOU!

In ♥ & Soul, Health, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/13/2014 at 13:00

I love seeing my fave YouTubers, especially fitness gurus, featured in other mainstream media!

The Tone It Up! girls, Karena and Katrina, who I included in my Top 5 Workout Videos for their Beach Babe DVDs, appear in this month’s issue of Cosmo!

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Last season on Bravo!, K&K debuted their behind-the-scenes beach bod documentary, Toned Up, and have been all over the place ~ including TV screens and news stands near you!

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Beauty Tuesday Review: Honest and Hair

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/12/2014 at 13:00

Jessica Alba…

I’ve always been a fan since this action actress’ Dark Angel days! Now I admire her beyond rocking out on stage and screen, for her entrepreneurialship! When her Honest Collection hit shelves at Target almost two months ago, I had to try it!

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Don’t y’all love how both the product and the packaging are good to our environment? Plus, proceeds go toward a good cause, too!

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Due to the damage caused by chemicals in my hair, I also grabbed a bottle of Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser. I like the fragrance, as with all GF products. This actually reminds me of Pantene’s leave-in treatment, so far.

Foodie Friday: Valley Fave Craves

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 08/08/2014 at 08:00

Being just a hop, skip and swim away from the border means there’s access to …

Really delicious, not always healthy food!

Here are my favorites (aside from my in-laws’ good homecooking, o’course), that I’ll miss in this neck of the woods, or shall I say: foot of the Valley!

Bubble Tea (Tea Rush Café in Sharyland/Mission, TX) ~ during my West Valley Church Tour

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Koko’s Mexican Cuisine (Uptown/McAllen, TX) ~ for my classmate, Dr. Alejandro Garza’s Birthday

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Sweet & Tasty Bakery ~ also for Dr. G’s Bday, with this Banana Split Pie to die & the BEST pan de polvo

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¡Salud!

Thirsty Thursday: Highway to Heaven

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/07/2014 at 08:00

The Holy Spirit soars into the sky…

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Leading souls through the Gates of Heaven.

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On Tuesday (day of Sorrowful Mysteries for the Rosary), we buried my dear friend’s beloved father, who passed away last Friday (other Sorrowful Mysteries day) in a beautiful Catholic ceremony.

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During the time that his dad spent at the hospital and hospice, I believe that GOD was preparing his place in Heaven, as his soul healed and reached peace.

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✌️R.I.P., SEÑOR DEVORA👼 as you’re lifted up on eagle’s wings

Workout Wednesday: Beach Ball and Fall

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/06/2014 at 13:00

Sand volleyball‘s the ultimate ~ especially playing it a la playa ~ but what about sand soccer? My students told me about it, so I must try it! Either way, running and playing on the sand is much more challenging than on flat land. Here are v-ball highlights ~ Saved By the Bell style…

 IMG_0540IMG_0541IMG_0542IMG_0543IMG_0544IMG_0545IMG_0546IMG_0547IMG_0548IMG_0549 Also, my good buddy/fellow educator went skydiving for the third time at SPI this past weekend, so that’s one dare that I must add to my bucket list ~ likely after I become Dr. D!

Beauty Tuesday: What’s in my Beach Bag?

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/05/2014 at 08:00

Stay smooth and sun-kissed all summer long!

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Protect your body, face and lips from the sun’s rays!

Please check out my summer skin care tips and hair removal options here!

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Maintain your areas of exposure ~ go bare without hair!

Now strut your stuff on the sand while in land and don’t fret when you get wet!

Memorial Monday: San Benito Veterans War Memorial

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/04/2014 at 13:00

🇺🇸Salute * Tribute🇺🇸

A week ago, I toured the San Benito Veterans War Memorial. Enjoy this beautiful dedication to our local military heroes!

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Sunday Fun Day: S is For …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sunday Fun Day, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/03/2014 at 08:00

☼ Sunday ☼ Sunshine ☼ Fun in the Sun ☼ South Padre Island ☼ sun ☼ sea ☼ shore ☼ sand ☼ swim ☼ surf ☼ skydiving ☼ seashore

One of my favorite parts of the Valley ~ aside from the Basilica in San Juan, of course ~ is definitely the beach!

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Crashing Waves

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Soaring Seagulls

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Sailing Boats

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Scorching Rays

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Sunshine Days

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Sunset at the Bay …

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… Takes My Breath Away …

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… As the Shady Palm Trees Sway.