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Thirsty Thursday: Religious Study

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/30/2015 at 08:00

Devout Catholics pray.🙏

 So do Dynamic Catholics, who also engage in the other three signs that include:

  • Study

According to Matthew Kelly (2012), reading👓 Catholic books📚 regularly draws us closer to our 🌞faith.

All it takes is just five pages📖 per day …

You’ll be amazed at how much you learn about our religion and answer such questions as:

  • Why do we practice certain rituals in Catholicism?
St. Pope JP2

One Catholic💒 worth studying is 😇 Saint Pope John Paul II (who passed away exactly a decade ago as of this month and has his 95th birthday next month) ~ who my parents visited in 🇮🇹Italy⛲️ during my dad’s USAF✈️ tour of Europe (where I was born in 🇩🇪Germany)!

As we reach our final moments on 🌍Earth🌏, we still won’t know EVERYTHING, but we can die⛪️ trying to absorb as much information as we can to bring us closer to His☝️ 👼Kingdom!

Saint Pope JP2

My St. Pope JP2 †cross† from 🌺Brownsville🌴 & the 🌹Rosary🌷 that he blessed⛲️ in Italy🇮🇹 from my CHRIST Bro Joe for my 🎈birthday🎁

#LifelongLearners✌️

Belated Earth Day

My little kiddos👼 learn and teach a great deal in 💒R.E.

 

Source

  • Kelly, M. (2012). The four signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How engaging 1% of Catholics could change the world. Cincinnati, OH: Beacon.
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Workout Wednesday: Ab-ulous Midweek Midsection

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/29/2015 at 10:00

Hab-py Belated Birthday (yesterday) to Jessica Alba ~ my Ab Role Model!

AbulousAbtasticAbtacular ATTACK!

Time to:

Strawberry Cupcake

Strawberries are now in season! Top that!

  • Blast that Belly Bulge!
  • Combat that Cupcake Muffin Top!
  • Lose those ♥Love♥ Handles!

My fave moves for ALL of the above ^_^

  • Leg Raises ~ I prefer the equipment at the gym with the back and arm pads, but we still can do them at home on the mat
  • ♥Cardio♥ to engage our core~ as my buff bud (pictured here a year ago) told me about his mom marathon runner:
  • The secret to a six-pack is to run long and hard

It’s important to work your core everyday, not just for the sake of flat abs, but also for balance and stability!

Rule of Thumb: Abs are made in the kitchen ~ so despite building the muscle, we always must be aware of what we eat!

Sports Sunday: Special Edition ~ Pacwow 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/26/2015 at 15:30

First of all, in the wake of Nepal’s 🌏earthquake, let’s please render a helping hand! 👋

I’m relieved that my 🎓grad school classmate has survived and is seeking shelter donations! 💸

Next up on the international front, ESPN’s SportsCenter📺 featured my native country, the 🌴Philippines, in this exclusive 🎬documentary🎥 about Manny Pacquiao and his humble beginnings

… Just six days from the 2nd of May, when he finally fights👊 Floyd Mayweather this Saturday ~ after coming a long way from Mindanao to the Manila Bay into present day! ⚓️

Therefore, remember: Circumstances, such as socioeconomic status or being from a third world country, DON’T determine your success ~ willpower💡 does! 

Pac-WOW 💥 ~ Go, Pacquiao! #DISPObustAFlow 🎤

      

                                    
          
    

Floral & Foodie Friday ~ Earth Day Edition: Prime Produce 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/24/2015 at 21:00

Happy Belated 🌍Earth🌎 Day!

Dispo Garden

In spirit of conserving our Mother 🌏Earth’s resources, here’s a pano photo📷 that shows part of my 🏡parents’ 🌳garden, filled with 🌹roses🌷 of different 💐colors! The Folgers coffee☕️ canister stores soil, 🍳egg shells🐚 and other particles for the compost to restore their 🌲land🌴 and produce fresh 🌿plants!

Plus, here are my favorite fruit and veggies:

😎Elaine’s TOP 50 Preferred Produce🔗

Vegetables 

Asparagus (A, E)
Basil

Beans: black, kidney, lima, white, etc.

🔔Bell pepper*: red, green, yellow (C, a)
🍢Bok choy*
Broccoli (A, C, E, c)
Carrots* (A) 👓👀
Cauliflower (o3) 
Celery*
Cilantro / Parsley
🌽Corn (E)
🍆Eggplant
Green Beans
Kale (A)
Lettuce*: Romaine
🍄Mushroom*
Peas
Pepper: Habanero, Jalapeño, Poplano
Potato
🎃Pumpkin (A)
Spinach* 👊💪
🍆Squash (i.e., Zucchini) (A)
🍜Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet Potato (A)

🍲 Water Chestnut

Fruit
🍎Apple* : Golden Delicious, Fuji🍏
🍑Apricot (A)
Avocado* (E, o3)
🍌Banana*
Berries: Blackberry, Blueberry (C, a) 💡💭
🍈Cantaloupe (A)
🍒Cherries (C)
Coconut
Cranberry (a)
Grapefruit: Ruby Red (C)
🍇Grapes: Concord
Kiwi (C)
🍋Lemon* (C)
Lime (C)
🍊Orange (C) 👓👀
Papaya*
🍑Peach (A)
🍐Pear
🍍Pineapple (C)
Plum
Pomegranate (C) 💡💭
Raspberry (a)
🍓Strawberry (C, a)
🍅Tomato: cherry, Roma (A, C)
🍉Watermelon (A)
*Year-round/Non-seasonal🍀💐🌿🍃🍁🍂❄️⛄️
(A) VitA/beta carotene: skin & nails💅
(B) VitB: skin & nails💅 ~ 🍣meat🍗 & dairy
(C) 🍊🍋VitC: 💁hair, skin & nails💅
(D) 🌞😎VitD: 💁hair & nails💅 ~ 🐠proteins
(E) VitE: skin ~ fruits, veggies & nuts🌰
(c) 🍶🍼Calcium: 💁hair & nails💅 ~ dairy
(o3) Omega-3 fatty acids: skin
(a) Antioxidants: 💁hair & skin
(zi) Zinc & iron: 💁hair, skin & nails💅 ~ prot.
👓👀 Eye Health
💡💭 Memory
👊💪 Strength
Bibliography

Thirsty Thursday: The Prayer Process

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/23/2015 at 08:15

Happy 🌍Earth🌎 🌏Day🌞 yesterday!

Earth Day 2005

Bishop Mike blesses the tree that he & Angelo Catholic School planted at Holy Angels Catholic Church, San Angelo, TX

The first sign of being a Dynamic Catholic is Prayer

We all pray differently in our daily lives, yet the practice that Matthew Kelly (2012) points out that can enhance our own communication with GOD is through our Examination of Conscience*, which we Catholics do before Confession, and we listen for His message.

musical hisbiscus

This hibiscus🌿 is starting to sprout its petals!🌺

Here, he goes through the steps of The Prayer Process:

  1. Gratitude
  2. Awareness
  3. Significant Moments
  4. Peace ✌
  5. Freedom
  6. Others
  7. Our Father 

 

Genesis 1:1

We opened our R.E. class with this simple reminder of the beginning…


*Now here are my Church’s Examination of Conscience:

The First 3 Commandments

  1. I am the LORD, your GOD; you shall have no other GODs besides Me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your GOD in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it Holy.
felicity

Beautiful 💝gift🎁 from our special student Felicity

 

The 7 Deadly Sins (and their roots)

  • Anger (root: fear of forgiving)
  • Envy (root: fear of being powerless)
  • Lust (root: fear of being a child)
  • Pride (root: fear of submitting my will to another)
  • Gluttony (root: fear of mortification)
  • Sloth (root: fear of commitment)
  • Avarice (root: fear of detachment)
R.E.

🌍Earth🌎 Day: Delightful Dani shows off her giraffe after her interview, Faithful Felicity and I showcase our 💐plants🌾 + fellow *Dallas Cowboys* fan Amazing Adrian & I wave👋 like 😇St. Pope JPII!

Bibliography

  • Kelly, M. (2012). The four signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How engaging 1% of Catholics could change the world. Cincinnati, OH: Beacon.
  • *† ♥Sacred Heart Catholic Church. (n. d.) Examination of Conscience. Diocese of San Angelo

Workout Wednesday: Blogilates Quickie Series

In ♥ & Soul, Community, 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 04/22/2015 at 10:00

Once, there was 8-Minute Tae Bo

    (on VHS ~ no less)

Now, there’s 5-Minute Cassey Ho!

#DISPObustAFlow

Around the clock, make your body rock!

Monday Gun Show

2 for Tuesday Booty & Legs

Midweek Midsection

Thursday Total Bod / Friday Fat-Burn Full Bod / Saturday Sweat Sesh

2 for Tuesday Beauty: Go, BiG BLUE!

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 04/21/2015 at 11:00

YES, more of my Cheer Gear is here!

Celebrating the Duke Blue DevilsNCAA ~ No. 5 for Coach K!

Great timing before I take my first research tour today, now that I can survey student-athletes in face-to-face for my PhD!

Oh, YES, I represent: right down to my earrings! That’s why my gym buds call me Bling!

 

I’m also portraying pride for the school where I teach!

Wrangler Up! This reminds me of when we had Mustang Day in April when I taught for TSTC.

 

Beauty Tuesday: Fruit from the Roots

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 04/21/2015 at 10:55

S is for:

Spring * Scents * Sense …

From myself to my clothes!

Along with working more on my body during my break from full time teaching, I’ve also improved the body of my hair! Plus, my slimmer budget is always happy when I can $ave through my Beauty Rewards that included di$count$ or ExtraCare Buck$ for some of the following hygiene products …

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New additions to my bath: Suds up with fruity fragrances chock-full of enriching elements!

Garnier Fructis

  • Full & Plush Shampoo
  • Marvelous Oil

The former has worked for me these ways:

  • Pumped up the volume
  • Sensation with the scent

The latter boasts these following 5 functions:

  1. Pre-Shampoo Primer
  2. Conditioner Additive for Detangling
  3. Blow-Dry Speeder-Upper
  4. Ends Protector
  5. Sleep-In Leave-In Treatment

I’ve tried ALL of the above and noticed a difference:

  • My hair’s now more manageable, as I was able to comb through it smoothly after washing
  • I see and feel more bounce ~ now my long locks are more lively!
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My sister-in-law’s secret: Degree deodorant! So far, I haven’t seen residue from this on my whites, lights, brights and black clothing!

 I’m also ways all about seeking stain-preventative measures!

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Since I want my clothing and environment to smell good, why limit it to laundry? As the ads say, it’s like deodorant for our workout gear! #UnSTOPables

Added bonus: Bestie gave me her Vera Wang 🎤Rockstar🌠 👑Princess👸 🎁gift💝 👛set!

Vera Wang Rockstar Princess

Vera Wang Rockstar🎤 Princess👑 Gift💝 Set: EDT Perfume * 💄Dual-Lip Gloss💋 * Body Lotion👛

On top of the cosmetics, the caps actually double-function as rings!

 

VW bling

Like my crown👑 heart💝 & sparkly spinner ring💍 💎bling?

Fitness Friday: Tris and Thighs, Oh My!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 20:50

More knock 2 muscles with 1 stone as we tone

Our triceps and thighs!

Enjoy these moves that target both at the same time:

Seesaw (20 reps each side)

  • On your side, bend the bottom leg and extend the top leg while placing the palms of your hands on the mat/floor with your arms facing each other 45*
  • Then press your arms to engage your tris while you raise your top leg to engage your thighs; switch sides per set

Clam Dips (20 reps)

  • While seated, ring the soles of your feet together in butterfly/clamshell position and  the palms of your hands on the mat/floor with your arms straight back
  • Then bend (dip) your elbows to lower your back to contract your tris while you bring (press) your thighs together

Butterfly (20 sec)

  • Keep your soles together and stretch out your thighs by lowering them to the ground
  • Stretch your tris by alternating your arms behind your head, holding the palm of the outstretched arm
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Flashback Friday: The mild weather of early ☼spring☼ (now) and pre-♣fall♣ (then) plus being in *beast beauty mode* takes me back to my 10-year h.s. reunion when I worked those *tris* and *thighs* (with my military brat bestie Nora to my left)

Floral Friday: Hail Hibiscus

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 18:45

Remember my student’s science fair project about ♫music♪ effect on plants?

Science Experiment

Science Project Poster: an elementary eye candy version of the presentations that I teach and the research experiment that I’m conducting!

I still have his yellow hibiscus that went without ♪music♫ in the experiment.

Hibiscus

Now that we’ve entered ♣spring♣, this hibiscus can soak in the ☼sunshine☼, bloom and blossom!

Today, we had a hail storm hit, but I didn’t have much notice to remove it …

Before

Before … Will my hibiscus withhold this hail storm??

At least this fortunate flower’s still in tact in the aftermath of this April shower!

After

After … YES, indeed, she did survive without withering!!!

Friendly reminder: Earth Day is on April 22nd!