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Wrap Up 2014: The Year of Courting

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/31/2014 at 18:00

Want to know what our highlights were this year?

Dallas Cats

Go, *DALLAS COWBOYS & MAVERICKS* this Season!

Please click my cats above for the low-down

CHEERS to 2014 & here’s to White New Year’s 2015 ~ make it grand!!!

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NYE PSA: DON’T Drink and Drive

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/31/2014 at 16:44

Happy 🎆NYE🎇 2015!!! Be blessed & stay safe. For those who may ring it in 🎊crunk🎉 & 🍺drunk🍻, I can’t stress enough: please DON’T get behind the 🚗wheel🚘. Too many lives are @ stake on the street, especially w/the ❄️sleet🌁 in our neck of the 🌲woods🌳 & 🏠neighborhoods🏡! My 💖heart💝 still goes out to the Deal & Del Rio families in 🗾El Paso🌄 who 💘lost💔 their 💙loves💜💚 exactly 1wk ago on 🎅CHRISTmas🎄 Eve, thanks to a repeat offender drunk driver; Nora & Vel are putting their sweet cousin 😇Shannon👼 to rest✌️ soon ~ my next series of 🙏Rosaries🌹 are dedicated to them. #NYE2015 🌃 #NY2015 🌇 #RIP 💒 #GODwilling ☝️ #YearToCompleteMyPhD 🎓 #TeamDrD 📢 #PleaseBackMe 👏 #DrD ✒️ #DrDISPO 🏆 #DISPO 👊 #DISPObustAFlow 🎤 #DONTdrinkAndDrive 🍹🍸🍷 #DONTtextAndDrive 📲📱 #SpareLives 📳

Candlelight Vigil held for car crash victims

Workout Wednesday: Clean 2B Lean in 2015

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/31/2014 at 08:00

Out with the old, in with the new …

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Chococat Pillow & Basket + Hello Kitty Basket by Sanrio for Forever 21; Pillows & Case @ far right by Roxy (TM)

How about knocking a couple of those New Year’s Resolutions with one stone? More specifically: * Better Bod * Declutter

Chores = Scores

On your bod, that is!

Rather than dreading doing duties around your house, relish in the resistance that can maximize and maintain your muscle mass!

Here are moves that will keep you in the groove (although these may not be the most glamorous ~ they’ll keep you fit and fabulous) …

Equipment needed: laundry basket or waste baskets * broom stick * mop

  • Hamper or Trash Trunk Twist (Core): While taking out your laundry or garbage and holding heavy hamper or can, turn your obliques from side to side until you reach your destination (i.e., laundry room, dumpster)
  • Underhand Hamper or Garbage Grips (Bis): Lift full hamper or multiple-gallon trash can directly in front of you and curl upward to work biceps; I recommend 10-12
  • Overhead Hamper or Garbage Grips (Tris): Lift empty small trash cans over head and extend back to work triceps; I recommend 15-20
  • Mop Press (Chest): Lay down and push mop upward above chest; I recommend 25-30
  • Broom Row (Back): Sit up while holding broom directly in front of you and pull backward to work your back; I recommend 25-30
  • Sweep Squats (Legs): Drape broom across your shoulders and lower your legs; I recommend 25-30
  • Victory Skip ~ DON’T trip (♥Cardio♥): After you complete your chores, celebrate your scores with ♥cardio♥ by skipping, jogging or running around your clean home!

*~* Happy NYE 2015 *~*

Beauty Tuesday: Sister from the Same Mister

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 12/30/2014 at 23:45

Ho-Ho-Ho to my sis Jo-Jo!

Sister Selfie

Sister Selfie: Welcome Home, BRO, Sis JOJO & K9 COCO!

I was grateful when my gorgeous, generous and gracious sister visited this past week for †CHRIST†mas!

Coco + A&A

Home for the HOLYdays: All of our Kiddos: COCO + the Double A’s!

She has a sense of style that shows maturity yet still stays fun.

Twinkle Twinkies

Twinkle Twinkies: Faux Fur Vest & Boots w/the Fur ~ ♪The whole club was lookin’ @ her♫

As a matter of fact, she’s the one who gave me the top and vest above!

Cousin Bonding Time: With our ♥Lil’ 1s♥

This year, she brought cheer in her lumberjack gear!

Bro ♥Love♥ / Duck Dynasty Duck Face: My brothers-in-law seem more close on †CHRISTmas†

Make the most with your ♥loved 1s♥ while they’re here & 2015 is near!

~*~ ✌RIP✌ Del Rio & Deal drunk driving victims in EP ~*~

Mixer Monday: Seasonal Sweet & Sour

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/29/2014 at 19:45

HOLYday eats, including sweets, pair well with …

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I ♣lucked♣ out with the last bottle of Midori from H&H ~ who awards discount$ to ca$h-paying cu$tomer$

drinkable CHRISTmas treats to make the festive beat complete …

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Add skinny Skimpy Sweet & Sour to the mix for less calories + Cranberry Sprite for HOLYday spirits!

… As I dodge the sleet …

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Bring on the rocks glasses for CHRISTmas galore

… & stay toasty off the road.

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Stirred, not shaken, as I pour!

I went Beast Mode to load

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CHEERS to the CHRISTmas Birthday Boy who provided the original Midori Sour recipe!

… So I might as well reward with this award!

Feline Friday: Festive Foodie Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 12/26/2014 at 17:00

My Dallas fan Hello Kitty cats received fancy feasts for †CHRISTmas

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Hello Kitty Stocking Stuffers for my Double A-Team (blue for Blue-Eyed ASIA & green for Green-Eyed ANNIE) + their Cousin COCO (Rudolph & Santa)

 

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Bright-Eyed & Bushy-Tailed Sannie Claws needs a moment to paws

 

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Creeper Cat ^_^

 

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Cozy Cat ^_^

 

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Cautious Cat ^_^

 

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Camera-Ready Cat ^_^

 

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Comfy Cat ^_^

 

Foodie Friday: Festive Flavors

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/26/2014 at 08:00

What flaves do you crave when your HOLYday hunger pangs strike?

For me, it’s pumpkin during the fall and peppermint closer to CHRISTmas!

WCPMM

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s ~ *Target* Exclusive

Here is my latest minty-fresh concoction …

PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait

Another PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait with Triple C’s: CHRISTmas Candy Cane Chocolate

PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait

Doesn’t this dessert shot M&Mmmmake your M&Mmmouth water??

These White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s also spice up hot chocolate quite nicely!

Hot Cocoa

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

And I enjoyed them on a rare movie day with popcorn from the Paramount!

WCPMM with ELF

Candy & Popcorn: Perfect Combination … Complete with my fave festive flick: ELF!

Bring on the Yuletide Yummies!!!

WCPMM in Popcorn

MmmmmmM&M’s in Popcorn ~ Sweet & Salty at its festive finest

When I visited El Paso a couple of weeks ago, I had a variety of food, as well as drinks of holiday-inspired flavors, including

Here, we’re pretty in peppermint with our Candy Cane Santa Selfie!

This Double E Team has some of the most generous students with giving ♥hearts♥

#StayMerry

Thirsty Thursday: HBD 🎄 *JESUS*

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 12/25/2014 at 14:00

Merry †CHRIST†mas!!!

I feel blessed that my †Holy† Hour at the ♥Adoration♥ Chapel takes place every Thursday, especially this season, when our †HOLYdays† fall: THANKSgiving always, as well as today on †JESUS†’ birthday and New Year’s Day one week from today.

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Our Garden complete with this Statue, the Grotto & the Stations of the †Cross† (in progress)

What can be a better way to ring in the day of †CHRIST†’s birth than to spend some time in ✌peace✌ and harmony with the †Blessed Sacrament†?

†CHRISTmas† Eve Children's †Mass†

I had the best spot at our House of †GOD†: smack dab in front of our Nativity Scene! #PTL ✌Peace✌ * ☼Truth☼ * ♥LOVE♥

Happy Birthday, †CHRIST† the LORD!!!

Workout Wednesday: Shopping Is Slimming

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/24/2014 at 08:00

Merry †CHRISTmas† Eve!!! Trim the Tree!! & your Body!

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S is forShopping * Supermarket * Slimming * Santa’s Helper * Starbucks * Skinny Latte * Sippie / Sippy * Selfie

To me, shopping can be a necessary evil …

Unless I can turn it into a positive experience!

Imagine pushing this giant cart around! I saw this after my venture to Farmers Market. Then I got creative with the pumpkins that I picked from both…

As †CHRISTmas/HOLYday† shopping draws to a close, here are ways we can benefit ~ by burning both our wallets and calories at the same time:

  • Cart Press ~ Low Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): Push your cart to work your chest and briskly walk around for ♥cardio♥ on the store floor
  • Curl with Both Arms (Biceps): Lift heavy object (i.e., box of soda cans below*) up for a few repetitions at a time; I recommend 10-12
  • Single-Arm Curl (Biceps): Lift light object (i.e., bottle below*) up for a several repetitions per arm; I recommend 15-20
  • Cart Lunges (Thighs): While standing at an aisle and leaning onto the cart handle, step back and drop your knee, one leg at a time
  • Cart Calf Raises (Calves): While waiting at the checkout line and holding onto the cart handle, step on your tippie toes then rock to your ankles for your calves
  • Cart Press ~ High Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): After you unload your groceries, push your cart to work your chest again and run to park it for more ♥cardio♥!

My 2014 Jack-o-Lanterns/Painted Pumpkins: el Día de los Muertos y los Dallas Mavericks

* Here’s ☼CHEERS☼ for a †HOLYday† mix of the Ed-winner †CHRISTmas† Cocktail, complete with Cranberry Sprite that I discovered at †Church† during our †Novena†!

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Lo-Cal with Skinny Sweet & Sour

Try these other festive fitness moves to ♪jam♪ up the ♫jingle♫ from Kris Kringle!

Beauty Tuesday: CHRISTmas Cheer Gear

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/23/2014 at 16:30

Bring it on…

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S is for: * Santa * Starbucks * Sippie * Snappy * Sappy Frappy in * Selfie * Sweater Weather

… The CHRISTmas† Cheer, that is here!

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Another *Santa Selfie* with ASIA

Debuting the chocolate pleather from A’GACI

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A is for: ASIA * †Advent† * Angel Tree * A‘GACI

Planning to wear this when I commentate at our children’s †CHRISTmas† Eve Mass

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♫Deck the Bod♪ in ♥Red♥ & ♣Green♣: Plaid Shirt Dress by A’GACI +CHRISTmas† †Holy† ♥Family♥ Rosary & Rosary Bracelet from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in El Paso, TX

Stay Merry, Bright & Beautiful!!!