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Massage Mixer Monday: Post-Snow De-tox

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Spa Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/09/2015 at 13:00

After my cabin fever from our snow days and before I escaped the snow to South Texas, Lisa gave me another much-needed massage!

And since we both had stayed safely at our own homes drinking, she added lemon to detoxify to her Virgin Mojito!

Musical Monday: Flying South

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Musical Monday, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/09/2015 at 12:50

During my 12-hour round road trip to and from S-TX

My ♪jams♫ kept me company,

Playlist

Before I added these ♪tracks♪ to my latest ♫playlist♫, I actually liked the ♪songs♫ before I found out who some of the ♫artists♪ were ~ yet now like them more! Selena‘s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom with the original sample hyped me up as I drove down to Corpus Christi + I had to blast my fave tune of the moment, Kelly Clarkson‘s ♥Heartbeat♥ Song!

Along with one of my †CHRISTmas† gifts to my Dad!

Bush 41

I feel like I can relate to G-Dub as a child who greatly admires my dad, a fellow veteran

Plus, I dug the perks of my Shell Fuel Rewards!

Shell FR

Syncing up my plastic to my membership account provides more perks!

Who doesn’t like $aving 20-cents per gallon of gas?

De-Stress Saturday: Pack Rat Combat

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/07/2015 at 10:00

Clearing clutter continues …

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I have enough space to strut on the cat walk again!

Last weekend, staying home snowed in did wonders!

  1. worked on my study more than I’ve been able to lately
  2. I spent some much-needed time on minimizing my mess
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I color-coordinate my zebra print & pink desk accessories + I have my hand sanitizer & Mary Kay SatinHands travel-size lotion within my fingertips!

As a matter of fact, I went through 6 total paper bags

  • 3 worth of shredding
  • 3 worth of recycling
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Fun stroll down memory lane, but holding onto these agendas from 2 decades ago isn’t necessary

The main organization guru who I follow, Alejandra, gave me some food for thought from her own recent decluttering experience [paraphrased]:

Some things serve as momentos, but getting rid of them doesn’t take away our past.

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Now I put these Hello Kitty & Keroppi Sanrio stationery to paper ~ literally!

For instance, I kept everything from elementary school through graduate school (countless years of education) ~ so after hearing her lesson, I realized that I still have my diploma and degrees regardless of not saving each single piece of work.

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Ms. Excited Elaine can use these “E” cards for my †R.E. students† whose birthdays are in the ♣spring♣ & ☼summer☼!

Also, I was able to find stuff of which I still could make good use, in particular stationery and teaching supplies!

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My *STC SIFE* (right) & TSTC post-it pads come in handy!

Fortunately, I still had dynamite diversions:

Spa Saturday: Satin Hands & Lips

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Spa Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/07/2015 at 09:00

Congratulations to the Couple (my R.E. student‘s parents) whose †Church Wedding where I’m proclaiming the Readings today!

  • Old Testament: Sirach 26: 1-4, 16-21
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128: 1-2, 3, 4-5
  • New Testament: Romans 15: 1b-3a, 5-7, 13
  • Gospel: John 17: 20-26
Mary Kay SatinHands

#1 Hand Softener * #2 Hand Smoothie * #3 Hand Cream

For spa treatment, I must commend María‘s Mary Kay gifts ~ in particular:

Mary Kay SatinLips

DON’T slack on ’em smackers!

  • Satin Hands (3-step program at home + travel sizes for at my desk and on-the-go)
  • Satin Lips (mask to exfoliate then balm to moisturize)

Study Saturday: Pro-Flex in So-Tex

In Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/07/2015 at 08:00

My trip to So-Tex proved to be productive …

  1. First, I spent a whole day at my school in SA ~ where I initially visited my Chapel for Stations of the †Cross† and ♥Adoration♥ before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by researching at the library
Study Stuff

My †CHRIST† Bro, Joe, gave me this business card holder that comes in handy whenever I switch handbags!

2. Then, I got to see my fellow Ph.D. in CC for his fresh-from-the-press brand-newly released book ~ which I’ll continue to read during ♣Spring Break♣

Border Contraband

Border Contraband by Dr. Díaz (2015)

I think that I can manage to read a chapter per day on the days when I’m off from teaching and tutoring!

Autographed Border Contraband

This author is my inspiration!

Foodie Friday: Islander Nation

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 03/06/2015 at 19:00
Texas Peach

Texas Peach for me, Blackberry Bourbon for him

When we celebrated my buddy’s book being published this past week,

Jalapeño Drink

The jalapeño was more than the garnish to this Texas Peach ~ it added the kick!

I had to have steak before Meatless Friday

Caesar Salad

So I’ve had my share of Caesar Salads, but I liked the presentation on this square plate

And since we were in conference at Corpus Christi,

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Surf ‘n’ Turf + *Loaded Baked Potato & Veggies for yours truly, Scallops with Lobster Cream Sauce & Butternut Squash for my friend

I might as well have Surf ‘n’ Turf!

Baked Potato Fixings

It helps to have the fixings* on the side to limit my portions!

Water Street Seafood Company offered one of the best key lime pie that I’ve ever tried!

Key Lime Pie top

The raspberry drizzle was icing to this pie!

Lime was in the air, both at the beach and the hotel!

Key Lime Pie side

Key Lime: slice of Heaven!

Feline and Canine Friday: Lucky Buddy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/06/2015 at 14:00

While I’m away, I miss my animal BAEs and my buddies’ fur babies!

ASIA

My Feline who’s going on the Fine 9: Queen *ASIA*

 

ANNIE

My good sport after going to the dentist and still smiles: Sweet *ANNIE*

Buddy Stone

My “nephew” *Buddy* & his Big Sis *Peppa*

♣Lucky♣

María’s Decade+-old ♣Lucky♣

PIPPA & COPPER

María’s German shepherd *Pippa* & shih tzu *Copper*

PIPPA DOG

YES, *Pippa* was named after Princess Kate of Wales’ sister

DIXIE & COPPER

Sis & Bro: *DIXIE* joins *COPPER*

COPPER SMILE

*Copper* ♥loves♥ to smile

 

Thirsty Thursday: Moving Music

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 03/05/2015 at 08:00

Happy 105th ☼Birthday☼, ♥LOLA ROSA♥!

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ FAITH

As I have †Holy Hour† for my maternal grandmother at ♥Adoration♥ today and meet Bishop Mike at lunch time, I reflect on †spiritual† ♫music♪ that has ✌refreshed✌ my ♥heart♥ and ☼soul☼.

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ HOPE

Enjoy listening to and singing along with some of my favorites:

 

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ LOVE

 

St. Mary's

Made it 🚙safe🚘 to SA ⚡️yesterday☔️! 🙏 Passing🚗 St. Mary’s💒 on my way to 🎓Our Lady of the Lake🏤

OLL Convent

🙏Congregation of Divine Providence☝️

Little Flower

🙏St. Theresa ~ The Little Flower💐

Conventual Chapel

🙏Sacred Heart💝 Conventual Chapel💒

Sacred Heart OLLUSA

Panoramic View ~ where I did the Stations of the Cross

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🙏Our Lady of Guadalupe at Our Lady of the Lake💒

Workout Wednesday: Chops to Get Cut

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/04/2015 at 10:00

Have you ever chopped wood before?

My brother in †CHRIST†, Joe, says that he got a great workout from it growing up.

We who aren’t lumberjacks, like Paul Bunyan or my bro-in-law, still can reap the benefits of slicing and dicing …

Shake Weight

mañana!

At least with going with the motions!

With legs slightly bent, bring your hands together, sweep upward then diagonally down while turning your core.

Therefore, you’re working out your arms and more: lunging with your legs, as well as trimming your waistline

Interesting timing that my hometown just had an incident involving ax violence. I wrote this before hearing that news and by no means condone aerobic activity for crime. Best wishes for the victim and hopes for the suspect’s repent. 

Beauty Tuesday: Mary Kay Everyday!

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 03/03/2015 at 08:55

My good friend, María, never ceases to amaze me.

Latest Mary Kay from María: Travel Case with Brushes for * Powder * Cheek * Eyeliner/Eyebrow * Eye Color * Eye Crease + Lash ♥Love♥ Mascara & Lash-Lengthening Mascara both in I ♥ Black * SatinLips Lip Mask & Lip Balm * Lip Gloss in Pink Luster (lighter) & Berry Tart (darker) | Nourishine Plus | SatinHands Tote with Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub * Hand Softener * Hand Cream * Trial-Sized Fragrance-Free Hand Cream & Peach Hand Cream + Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion for Feet & Legs * 2-in-1 Body Wash & Shave * Hydrating Lotion

She was generous enough to give me more Mary Kay!

Mary Kay brushes

Brush Rush: Ready-to-Go!

 

The reason why she rewarded me with all of these products was because I tutor her grandson, who we rooted on in his basketball playoffs ~ yet I’m the one who’s reaping the rewards.

MK Travel Bag

The compartments keep my cosmetics organized!

All of these will come in handy when I take off for my professional and †spiritual† trip tomorrow!

Mint Bliss

My fave must-try is the Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion for my lower bod ~ I may lather on before I run on the beach!

 

I’m extremely grateful for these gifts ~ especially because I’ve been so busy with attending to my students and my own studies to bother with enhancing my beauty lately!

Of course, I need cotton balls and swabs for makeup and skin care application and removal.

Therefore, my CVS ExtraCare card came in handy!

Due to the BOGO FREE promo, I bought two of each and spent less than 2 dimes!

Plus, I have another amazing massage lined up today before I leave town!