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Fitness Friday: Sun Buns

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/17/2015 at 09:00

☼Sun☼ Out, Buns Out!

In this case, I don’t mean the buns-in-the-oven that I mentioned recently, unless you have one (or more on the way) ~ at which case I suggest that you consult with your physician about the upcoming physical activity!

Once upon a time (a decade ago), someone told me that I have a bubble butt ~ he meant that as a compliment: that my behind looked lifted and firm!

Melo & ME

Flashback Friday: My BFF & I rock out the same EXP ReRock Jeans! #2greatMindsThinkAlike

So, our ☼sunny☼, sweaty series goes down to the derierre to round out all of the ☼summer☼ routines!

As Ice Cube raps:

♫Put your back (or another word) into it!♪

~ from the Save the Last Dance soundtrack

Bottom Moves to Get YOU into Tip-Top Shape

  • Squats (legs): try variations of stances (wide/plié, hip/shoulder width, narrow) and my 1K challenge!
  • Deadlifts (legs & back): while standing with your legs hip/shoulder width apart and holding your choice of resistance down in front of you close to your body, lower the weight toward your ankles then raise it up to your hips ~ lift with your knees, NOT with your back, and DON’T lock your knees!
  • Clean Press (my personal favorite for legs & shoulders): start at deadlift position, then squat while lifting the weight over your head!
  • Standing Extensions (quadriceps) & Curls (hamstrings): while standing with your legs together, lift one leg directly in front of you (quads/front of your thigh) then bring it behind you (hams/back of your thigh) ~ 3×20 each leg
  • Vic(tory) Kicks: kick your legs up to the sky!
DCC

Flashback Friday: *DCC*

Thirsty Thursday: Contentment & Peace

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 07/16/2015 at 08:15
Grad & Stats Cats

Grad Cat & Stats Cat bid me farewell from our *Dallas Cowboys* desk chair as I snap this shot to grace me with their purrfect presence on my dashboard as I drive!

As I prepared for my school trip this past week

Driver's Prayer

Driver’s Prayer: Dear LORD, Protect me today in all my travels along the road’s way. Give Your warning signs if danger is near so that I may stop until the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when objects appear from out of the blue. Defend this vehicle and everyone inside, keep me always focused, be my watchful guide. Carry me safely to my destined place and bless this journey with Your constant grace. Amen. ~ Stephanie Wilcox [from Maryknoll Missions]

 I lifted up these petitions to the Holy Trinity at the ♥Adoration♥ Chapel:

Even if/when I … †LORD†, please guide me away from having _______ in my ♥heart♥ to take over me
Finish my doctoral degree Pride
Reap success in my career☼ Greed
Find the ♥love♥ of my life Lust
Make time to relax Sloth
See several YOLOs to consume♣ Gluttony
Am challenged with accepting Your will Anger
Observe someone else having my desires Envy

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Especially, as Bishop Mike, my mentor, has advised

To seek the light of the ~*~Holy Spirit~*~ while remaining grounded ✌

That way, I, as a grateful and humble servant, DON’T take GOD’s blessings for granted.

Workout Wednesday: Blogilates on the Beach 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/15/2015 at 10:45

🌊Beach🏊🏽 👊🏽Beast💪🏽 Mode on 👛Cosmo💄

Blogilates on Cosmo

B is for … * Beach Ball * Babe * Beast Mode * Blogilates * Body * Bada**

#DISPObustAFlow

Beauty Tuesday: Midsummer Makeover 

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 07/14/2015 at 09:50

Greetings from my school!

Before I left this week for my grad photo shoot and meeting with my professor about the latest phase of my dissertation, I (finally) got my much-needed overdue haircut a week ago ~ one step closer to chopping off way more length to donate after I become Doctor!

Geana Mac's Salon pano

My long-time hairdresser‘s doing hair from home ~ so onto more G-Mac backcomb! #DISPObustAFlow 💆🏻

Geana Mac's  Salon

Ready to get my hair did by G-Mac ~ where it’s @! #DISPObustAFlow 💁🏻

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Salon Selfie: Flat iron cut & style with a smile #DISPObustAFlow 💇🏻

When we hit the first spot to snap shots, we enjoyed eating Sunday brunch and seeing eye candy!

 
  
Here are some behind-the-scenes selfies on site

Outfit 1

🌞Sunday Selfie: Ready to roll onto this camera roll! DSLR cam in tow as I’m about to row ~ check✅ 📷🎥👒👚🚢⚓️

Cap & Gown

🌞Sunday Selfie: Preview to my doc grad regalia ~ final reveal with my doctoral cap in my announcements after I successfully defend my dissertation! 🎓📜🎤🏤🌉

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🌞Sunday Selfie: In between destinations … We’re painting the town! 🗿🎭🎨🌆🌃

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🌞Sunday Selfie: Last but not least … From cap/hat hair to 1/2 down while makeup’s still fresh & not like a clown! #DISPObustAFlow 👗👛💄👄💋

Beauty Tuesday: Drug Store Score & More

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/14/2015 at 09:00

As a doc student on a budget, I no longer can invest on high-end cosmetics such as my beloved

Yet I don’t mind the beauty products that I find for less at CVS!

Latest Face Craze

Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow

I was in search of an eye makeup primer, and Neutrogena has these liquid shadows that already have it built-in with these neutral shades that make for a great *smoky eye* {Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Stay Golden 10 & Lasting Toupe 50} I already dig on Neutrogena products for their skin-protecting features, including their hypoallergenic eye products & SPFs!

Nail $ale

Milani Color Statement

Of course, I can’t resist markdowns, especially on something I’m seeking anyway! {Milani Color Statement in Mint Crush} Close to Tiffany Blue

 

Sally Hansen 85 Gold Hardener

I’m all about the gold … These’ll top nails off! {Sally Hansen 8K Gold Hardener}

Good vibes to yours truly as I meet with my dissertation chair (head honcho professor of my committee) today!

Movie Monday: Vacay Vids

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/13/2015 at 19:36

On my way to SA yesterday 🚘

I entertained myself by playing movies from my iPhone 6+ 📱

Wong Fu‘s Everything Before Us 🏰

WF's Everything Before Us

From Wong Fu Production‘s Everything Before Us: Inspiration behind one of my grad photo poses 🌲🌊⛵️

& also from my iTunes saved to my 6 📲

Followed by Fast & Furious 6 🚗

Fast 6

Action on the road as I’m on the road! That’s how I roll … & rock! 🏁🎤

#WongFuOnVimeo ◀️ #DISPObustAFlow 🎤 #WhileImOnARoll 🚙

¡Bien viaje! 👌🏽

Study Saturday: Elaine the Educator’s Excellence Standard

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/11/2015 at 14:30

As I enter my sabbatical the remainder of this ☼summer☼ to strive to finish my dissertation and prepare my defense, I still reminisce about my college teaching career that started before I pursued my Ph.D.  and continued to flourish in the process:

Interview

Setting the Suitable Standard: Shooting for the *Stars* & the Sky! Photo by Elaine Dispo

My most recent batch of students definitely maximized their potential!

Fitness & Feline Friday: Sun Core

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/10/2015 at 17:35

☼Sun☼ Rise, Slim Set!

This ☼sunny☼, sweaty ☼summer☼ series continues with our midsection …

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Hello Kitty belly button bling ring

… because we want to rock out our abs on the beach …

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½ my ♥

… or poolside!

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The other ½ ☺

Core Combination

  • Standing Knee Raises (lower abs): standing hip-width apart, draw knees up one at a time while bringing bent arms down toward chest ~ 3×20 for each leg
  • Plank Side Bends (obliques): leaning on one elbow at a time with feet stacked, bend and press your hips ~ 3×20 for each side
  • Side Plank Turns (obliques): leaning on one palm at a time with feet stacked, twist to side plank one side at a time for 10 seconds each ~ 3×5 for each side
  • Reverse Plank Dips (core & tris): with palms of hands & heels on the mat/flat surface, pop pelvis upward while bending arms ~ 3×20
  • Double Leg Raises (lower abs & back): while laying down, lift both legs up slowly and with control ~ 3×20 alternating sets with legs together and apart

Next up, we’ll hit our lower bod!

Foodie Friday: Small & Sweet Fortunes

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/10/2015 at 17:15

Big things come in small packages.

Starbucks Mini Frappuccino

Mini Frappuccino in the *Starbucks$ Coffee House! S’mores, please!

Life is like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re gonna get.

~ Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks as the title character)

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Celebrate everyday!

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Live in the ☼moment☼

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In any ♣season♣

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Cherish yourself ~ YOU’re a treasure! 👑

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Life’s sweeter with ♥loved ones♥ …

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… ♪music♫ …

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… & literature …

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… + chocolate!

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Keep the party going!

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And most of all: spread those good vibes!

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Sharing = Caring!

Market Street

for my Bestie + yours truly & my family!

Thirsty Thursday: R is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/09/2015 at 08:20

Rosary * Relationship with GOD

Shrine

My Shrine: Our Lady of Guadalupe with Rosaries * Santo Niño

ACTSC ✌Joyous✌ Mysteries (Monday & Saturday) †Sorrowful† Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday) ♫Glorious♪ Mysteries (Wednesday & Sunday) ☼Luminous☼ Mysteries (Thursday)
1.       ♥Adoration♥ Annunciation Agony in the Garden Resurrection Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
2.       Contrition Visitation Scourging at the Pillar Ascension Wedding of Cana
3.       Thanksgiving Birth of Jesus Crown of Thorns Descending of the Holy Spirit Proclamation of the Kingdom
4.       Supplication Presentation of Child Jesus at the Temple Jesus Takes the †Cross† Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven Transfiguration
5.       Communion Finding of Child Jesus at the Temple †Crucifixion† of Christ Jesus Coronation of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven Institution of the Eucharist
Throwback Thursday: Bishops Pfeifer (Diocese of San Angelo) & Flores (Diocese of Brownsville)

Throwback Thursday: Bishops Mike (Diocese of San Angelo) & Daniel (Diocese of Brownsville)

Recent article on Meditation by Bishop Daniel from Valley ☼Morning☼ *Star*: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_d820fb5a-21d0-11e5-a5ec-db681fc0b908.html

Happy Two-Year Anniversary this week to Evie from her St. Benedict Novena for healing!