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Foodie Friday: Feline Edition ~ TGIF Brunch

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 14:50

TGIF! April Showers with a Chance of … Scrambled Eggs ✌

From ☼sunny☼ to stormy, I’m honestly relieved to sleep in on this rainy day because we all need downtime (something that I took for granted and recently realized is a necessity in order to thrive and survive).

Before I made myself this brunch:

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Grilled Cheese Garlic French / Texas Toast: French Toast with egg wash (Almond Breeze Coconut Milk blend with cage free egg scrambled) * grilled cheese (Kraft Colby Jack marbled Big Slice) * garlic garnish (McCormick Perfect Pinch Garlic & Herb) for Texas Toast

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♪Gotta have coffee♫ … I dig those days when I’m can drink from my mug at home instead of taking my tumbler on-the-go!

I also fixed my family theirs:

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Chill cats waiting patiently with anticipation of good grub

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Breakfast of ChampionsMeow Mix Soufflés “with REAL Chicken, Egg and Garden Vegetables”

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Sharing is a skill!

Simple and Savory is the Flavor of this Friday!

Final note: good thing that we chowed down our hearty meals before the heavy hail hit! I saw our neighbor cat sprint across the front yard to safe shelter!

Thirsty Thursday: Dynamic Catholicism

In Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/16/2015 at 08:30

My 🍳Easter🐇 season read …

 

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic💒

  1. Prayer🙏
  2. Study📚
  3. Generosity🙌
  4. Evangelization😇

 

From the same author of Rediscovering Catholicism📖 that I read last year during Lent, Matthew Kelly conducted a 🔭study🔬, and according to his 📊results📈, only 7% master ALL of the Above. I’d like to become part of that 📉statistic✅, and as someone who demonstrates the top three, I also pursue to practice the fourth by bringing more people to the faith and increasing that percentage.

Key points that I’ve found here so far that confirms my own actions include:

  • Intentionality ~ so I’m delighted that I’ve been on point with preventing distractions by disconnecting from my devices and social media to keep up with my prayers, priorities and practices!
  • Spiritual Health ~ in which Kelly includes a road behavior barometer as an indicator that makes sense of how our mood reflects our joy or discontent

☝️GOD bless you all!✌️

Source

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

Throwback Thursday: ¡Feliz Cumplé Selena!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Musical Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/16/2015 at 08:00

🎈Happy🎁 🎂Birthday🍰 to the late and great Selena ~ the sweet and soulful Tejano 🎼songstress🎤 who was 👼slain💐 20 years ago.

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Throwback Thursday: My H.S. 💃Spanish🎋 📗textbook📖 cover, in which I sketched my favorite Latinas ~ including 🎼Selena🎤 (bottom right)

I visited her shrine when it was new and again recently, plus have the 💽film📺 about her life saved on my 📳iPhone 6+📲 ~ so I watched it again on my latest 🎬Movie Day🎥

  • One thing that I caught this time that I didn’t observe the first few times I watched it several years ago was a scene portraying the young 🎸Selena y los Dinos’🎹 struggle in Harlingen ~ the last city where I lived when I taught en el Valle!

J-Lo as ♫Selena♪



            ♥Selena♥ Candle Vigil & Montage                          

                  

        

Workout Wednesday: Blogilates Cheer All Year! 

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 04/15/2015 at 10:00

Since I took sabbatical from full-time teaching for my Ph.D., I sculpted my physique through the POP Pilates Craze

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I started my Blogilates lifestyle out with the 🎬YouTube🎥 videos and DVD💽 plus app, then 💸shopped💳 the original oGorgeous store🎽, plus now have the 📒book📕 ~ fresh off the presses!

 

So there’s always a reason for the season to stay in shape whatever the weather! 🌾🌅🍂❄️

Here’s Cassey Ho‘s Total Bod Spring Routine:

Beauty Tuesday: Saints School Spirit with Scarves

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/14/2015 at 08:00

 🔔Ring in spring🌾

  When I visited San Antone for school last month, I picked out pasalubong

along with tees for yours truly! Since I’ve resumed my Church duties and returned to work from bed rest,

I might as well recover from my cold by color-coordinating in pairing these tops with these scarves!

We can call these match-ups a 🍀Spring Fling👌!

Movie Monday: 20 Clueless Years

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/13/2015 at 14:15

🎬Happy 2 Decades of Clueless!🎥

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Couldn’t pass up this $5 Target🎯 DVD💽 or this opp to make my “Mental Health Day” (dubbed by my bestie Evie) yesterday a Movie Day!

This not only was my favorite flick as I entered my freshman year of high school 20 years ago, but I also read the book📖 and jammed out to the 🎧soundtrack!

Argyle by design

Clueless‘ Cher and I like to be decked out in diamonds💍! Argyle = Smile 😍😻

I actually also admired Alicia Silverstone for these 3 Cs in the early-/mid-’90s:

  • Crazy ~ as she co-starred with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv Tyler, on this Aerosmith🎸 music video (as well as Living on the Edge with Eddie Furlong) 🎤
  • Crush ~ in which she portrayed a disturbed teenager obsessed with her parents’ guest house tenant 🏠
  • Clueless ~ well, duh! 👌

Not only could I relate to her character and her friends’ fashion-forward💃 wardrobes👠 (on a much less grand scale than 👜Beverly Hills, and I actually planned mine a month in advance rather than picking out my OOTD that morning even back then ~ yet I now have a touch-screen computer if I wanted to use that to view photos of my options ~ and I admit that I once had a shallow, self-absorbed streak during my youth), I also could connect with Cher on another level, lately.

Let’s just say that I may have my own version of “Christian” to this day (yet I won’t be a 👧beard🎅 ~ as if)!  As for other “Baldwins”:

  • I also had a celeb crush😘 on Donald Faison since his supporting role on Waiting to Exhale ~ of which I also have the book📕 ~ until he starred on my fave 2000s sitcom📺 Scrubs😷 
  • I’ve cracked up to movie star🌠 Paul Rudd ~ who also appeared on the last episodes of my fave show of all time, Friends ~ for decades!

Also, a decade ago, my 👣gym👟 bestie and I hit up Pismo👙 (as in the 🌴Pismo Beach🏄 Relief: Cher’s cause ~ another inspiration to donate food, clothing, athletic equipment, etc.) ~ and I actually appreciate good teacher-student connections, as I’ve taken on both roles myself!

R.I.P., Brittany Murphy (1977-2009) ~ who I watched >20 years ago on Almost Home🏡, the spin-off of 👪The Torkelsons!

Foodie Friday: Belated Birthdays & Advance Anniversaries

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/10/2015 at 22:00

Happy Belated 🎈🎁Birthday🎂🍰

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  • 🌠Starbucks💸 🍧Frappuccino☕️ (March ~ 20th 💝Anniversary🍥)

          

        

Happy Advance 👰Anniversary💍

  • My Best Buddy Easygoing Evie & Me 🙏

         

 

*Happy 💒Advocacy🇺🇸 Day

  • Life 
  • Justice 
  • Charity 
  • Religious Freedom 

Thirsty Thursday: Pray Always Everyday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/09/2015 at 15:33

🌞Everyday, I greet👋 GOD☝️ as soon as I 😵awake😲 and right before I go to 😴sleep💤 plus any moment in between. As I welcome His presence by opening my window 🌅shades🌇 to bring in the 🌈sunlight☀️, I simply pray🙏

This is the day the LORD has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Sweet Annie

I love to wake up to Sweet Annie from slumber and cat naps! 😻

Then throughout the day, I’ll pray before 💻working🎤, 🍕eating🍧 and 🚘traveling✈️. Prior to 🍱meals🍮, I have series of prayer💒 cards, yet I have a couple that are short and sweet…

Quick Picnic

I packed this picnic real quick for after my Holy Hour. 💝

GOD is good, GOD is great.
Let us thank Him for this food. AMEN.

Bro Joe

Add to the mix more fruit and goodies from my CHRIST Bro Joe! 🍎🍊🍌

  • Also, another traditional one:

Bless us O LORD, for these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through CHRIST our LORD. AMEN.

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Panoramic Park POV 🌳

  • Following the 🍜feast🍰, I also pray:

We give thee thanks to the Almighty GOD, who lives and reigns forever, and to the souls of the faithful departed, Rest In Peace. AMEN.

Groundhog Day

Our Groundhog pal also approached us for apples! 🐒

Once I’m about to hit the 🌆sack🌄, my bedtime prayers include the 🌹Rosary💍 and these from my childhood:

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the LORD, my soul to keep…

  • Guide me, JESUS, through the night, and wake me with the morning light. AMEN. 
  • If I should die before I wake, I pray the LORD, my soul to take. AMEN.

Thank you for another blessed day, LORD!

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Workout Wednesday: Pop & Drop That Bod Because It’s HOT

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/08/2015 at 23:00

I just got home🏡 to my newest health literature!

Cassey Ho, is about to rock🎤 this Dispo! This Asian Body Pop sensation mastermind💡 behind Blogilates, has published her book 📕🔥💪Hot Body Year Round! 📅📆⏰

Hot Body Year Round by Cassey Ho

“Why HOT bods got to stick together!!!” ~ my gift🎁 message📜

This comes in a couple of years after the release of her POP Pilates DVD 📀💽 that I featured on my Top 5 Gone Live ~ along with the 🌴Beach Babe👙 series by the Tone It Up girls, who also ✒️wrote📋 their book that I’m awaiting from 💸pre-order! I 💝heart💖 them on ALL media: * 🎬videos🎥 * 📚books📖 * and 📰magazines!

🍹 CHEERS! 🍸 Here’s☝️ to the pursuit of wealth, 🏂health🏄 & happiness! 😃👊

Beauty Tuesday: Suit Up!

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 04/07/2015 at 11:00

Back to business …

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Now that we’ve entered the †Easter† season, I’ve continued to prepare for my dissertation defense

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Right down to what I wear!

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I actually sought consult from my personal stylist/classmate who finished his Ph.D. two years ago

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As of this month!

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I ended up scoring another A’GACI number that matches up with almost all-of-the-above ~ plus has this ☼spring’s☼ on-point trend: polka dots!

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Then I had to remind myself of this scripture that I came across during †Lent†:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of †GOD† and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~ Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34