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Thirsty Thursday: Emmanuel is Enough

In ♥ & Soul, 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 09/10/2015 at 08:00

The struggle is real.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis coin courtesy Catholic Relief Services … Our Holy Father has made a profound impact all over the world, including in the *USA* ~ in addressing the need to take care of the Earth & each other while remaining content.

Do you ever find yourself in conflict with your values and the demands of everyday life?

OLL

The Most Holy Rosary at Our Lady of Lourdes grotto this past ☼Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 on EWTN (Eternal World Television Network)

Which is more important …

GOD is No. 1

In the name of the Father

Jesus

… & of the Son

  • our own desires?
Holy Spirit

… & of the Holy Spirit

Some of us may encounter the challenge of pleasing the LORD, the world and ourselves.

MORE ♥LOVE♥ for Our Eternal Savior = LESS Stress in the World as We Prepare for ☼Heaven☼

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From Straight from the ♥Heart♥: A †Prayer† Companion by Rev. Fr. Mario José C. Ladra (p. 34)

I’ve led this in ♪song♫ at †Church, and it truly has brought tears to my eyes …

In spite of our strife to look and feel good, our spiritual health holds precedence.

Annie Rosary

Soon-to-be Bday Grrrl Angel Annie prays the Rosary everyday with yours truly … The simple pleasures of life✌

Workout Wednesday: VA is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 09/09/2015 at 16:00

Viral Vital Active Apparel!

Exercise experts’ whose limited editions that I follow:

BeYOUtiful

Winning wear from Blogilates! How oGorgeous is this? #BeYOUtiful

Woman Crush Wednesday *Bonus* Move to +Add+ to the Mix:

Calf Raises for Legs like Lifetime‘s Devious Maids‘ Dania Ramírez (20 reps each set as follows ~ feet shoulder width apart):

  • Toes facing forward
  • Toes facing inward
  • Toes facing outward

Stand on tippy-toes to raise calves, then release on balls of feet

You can do these while watching Season 3 (which aired its finale 2 weeks ago) episodes!

For upper bod and core, take it down to the floor to score more!

Beauty Tuesday: Fine Online

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/08/2015 at 22:00
Sweet Pea satchel | Belinda Selene Collection | MARKKIT

Special delivery: Introducing the Sweet Pea (I ♥love♥ the name ~ same as my *True Blue Pit Bull* may she ✌R.I.P.) satchel from the MARKKIT BelindaSelene Collection

As a birthday treat to myself

Sweet Pea satchel | Belinda Selene Collection | MARKKIT

I absolutely ♥adore♥ the sleek shine of the patent blush & smooth texture of the taupe suede … all in vegan leather #GoodForTheEnvironment (I also dig the packaging & tags in Tiffany blue + complimentary candy ~ pleasant sweet surprises ~ to add to my desk)

I added to my wardrobe from my YouTube gurus’ collections:

Sweet Pea satchel | BelindaSelene Collection | MARKKIT

The gold handle hardware matches up w/my gold wristlets complete w/satin polka dotted lining w/a large zipped pocket in the inside back + handy-dandy compartments to store keys, lipstick, etc. Carries well w/the adjustable crossbody & double snaps above zipper closure ~ what appealed to me the most initially was the bowling bag shape! This’d go great with the CK colorblock dress from my Nanay!

PaCat

Special Delivery today … Oh, snap as I call my stats a wrap! Stats Cat wants to get in on the pacatge wrap!

Ghost & *Stars*

This navy blue & white number would pair well with the Sakroots crossbody that Mami Aya gave me for my bday!

I must’ve scored the last 1 because it no longer stayed in stock the day after!

Squirrel Tail

Soon-to-be Bday Grrrl Sweet Annie‘s easy to please: w/her squirrel tail & her likewise squirrel tail toy + dress packaging!

♪ #WeNeverGoOutOfSTYLE ♫

Speaking of T-Swift, here’s her rendition of Friends‘ Phoebe’s Smelly Cat ^– check it –^

Non-Manic Motivational Monday: Labor of Love

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Motivational Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/07/2015 at 16:10
Motivator Cat

Soon-to-be Bday GrrrSweet Annie to me: ♫Baby, I’ma be your Motivation (Kelly Rowland’s ♪song)

Happy Labor Day!

Bday Blessings

Bestie Evie‘s bday advice: Start & end everyday by remembering 10 blessings!

I devoted all weekend long (including today ~ and still going) on my dissertation: my Labor of ♥Love♥ … My goal is to finish writing my draft today and prepare my defense!

Stats Blessings

I luckily found a blank page in my stats book to jot down these blessings ~ I’m guaranteed to glance at them every single day since I study it anyway!

Thank GOD I have Grad Cat & Stats Cat to keep me company as moral support!

Here’s more stats comic relief… As I analyzed more results on the relationships between my research variables, I thought about the series of three numbers that I report in terms of body measurements.

Exhibit A

Mixer Monday: Mojito Madness

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/07/2015 at 09:00

Minty!

To ring in recent birthdays, I was all about ordering up mojitos!

La Canela Pasión

Passionfruit Mojito topped with Cocktail Fruit from La Canela Peruvian Restaurant

  1. First, to celebrate my Tita Fe‘s birthday, I had this Passionfruit Mojito at the Peruvian restaurant ~ thanks to my cousin & her hubby!
  2. Then I enjoyed a refreshing Frozen Blueberry Mojito at my own Bday Brunch from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café (Mex intentionally before Tex)!
  3. Most recently, I toasted to my cousin’s birthday with this Twisted Madre Mango Margarita ~ another special from Miguel’s Agave Bar!
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Twisted Madre: Frozen Margarita swirled with Mango Flavor topped with Lime and dressed with Chile Salt on the Sim from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café

S is for …

  • Sip On
  • ¡Salud!
Bday Frappé

Freebie for my Bday: Mocha Coconut Hazelnut Frappé

More Sweet Treats … this time without spirits:

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼ as I stay cool at school #DISPObustAFlow #Frappuccino

Starbucks Birthday Rewards

Blueberries 'n' Creme

My Next Bday Freebie: Blackberries & Creme make you scream!

  1. First, from my research university before my BiG #-#: Hazelnut topped with Coconut
  2. Next, from our busiest local coffee shop: the new Blackberries & Creme Frappuccino
Blessed Frappuccino

Blessed with Rest (sort of) on my Bday … Real quick before I get back into it!

Thirsty Thursday: H is for …

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 09/03/2015 at 03:35

Happy * Healthy * High Hopes * Heavenly –>†Holy Humble ♥Heart <– Healing * Hurt * Horror

No matter how far I go, I always aim to stay close to GOD.

Our Lady of the Lake

I give my ☼life☼ to †GOD† whole♥heart♥edly

As I glorify Him through everything that I do, I believe that I’ll reap the rewards promised in Heaven.

GOD is LOVE

I ♥LOVE♥ †GOD† with all of my ♥heart♥ & my ☼soul☼ ✌

Regardless of my joys and sorrows, peaks and valleys, the LORD resides by my side, and I seek Him for eternal hope.

Thank YOU, Holy One, for leading me to Your will and Your way. ✌

{My Grad Photos taken by fellow military brat Filipino Cat Ritualo at theMcNay Museum}

Happy Birthday to my ♥Mama Eufemia♥ (Sept. 3, 1926-June 9, 2011) ~ ♫You Are My ☼Sunshine☼

OLG

Birthday Blessing from Bishop Mike: Our Lady of Guadalupe medal from OLG shrine en México

This Week’s Pontiff Televised Specials:

OLG

I’m beyond blessed to have my  dear, sweet friend the Bishop remember my birthday & pray at OLG for me!

Pope Francis

Courtesy Catholic Relief Services

Workout Wednesday: What To Exercise When You’re Expecting

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 09/02/2015 at 07:00

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the women who are with child out there!

Here is a ½-hour Lauren Hefez routine that you can do throughout your pregnancy

Please get the green light from your OB-GYN or Midwife on reasonable workout levels before and after you give birth.

Rules of Thumb: If you’re able to engage in physical activity, please put yourself & your baby(ies) 1st …

  • Lamaze classes to prep for child birth is #1!!!
  • Light & easy leg work (i.e., walking) would be best
  • Limit lifting with your arms (body weight or light)
  • NO core ~ just maintain back posture & balance

MORE Mama Moves

OR for Bridal Beast Mode

For yours truly, those with a bun-in-the-oven include a few important people in my life

WBW

Wayback Wednesday: ♥Mami Aya& Me with ♥Sissyin her Tummy

plus YouTubers who I follow and admire from afar:

* #BabyFit #MiniFit #WorldTravelerInTheWomb

Beauty Tuesday: Post-Summer Post ~ S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/01/2015 at 10:00

Welcome, September! With school in full swing, I still have summer☼ season on the brain!

Sunkissed Summer

1. What is your go-to product for a sunkissed summer glow?

natural sunshine: *FREE* Vitamin D!

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

Dulce Candy Ruiz‘s The Sweet Life to inspire anyone & Dr. Karen Kelsky‘s The Professor Is In for fellow grad students

BBB

Backyard Post-Bday Brunch to bask in ☼sunshine☼ + organize my HK planner & pleasure-read (intended ~ I ended up just working)

 both of which hit bookshelves exactly 4 weeks ago!

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition (since 2012) ~ I also store Sephora samples in my handbags

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

simply bask in the ☼sunshine☼ through ALL of my senses ~ including the smell of fresh air

5. You’re on the boardwalk and starving! What’s your go-to summer beach food?

banana ice cream, paletas (popcycles) or raspas (snow cones) ~ anything frozen treat to beat the heat!

6. What’s your dream summery date?

watch a blockbuster & ☼sun☼ fun run or walk on the beach + chow down

7. After a day in the summer heat, what do you do to cool off?

chillax with my shows + consume cucumber ~ on my eyes & in H2O #DISPObustAFlow

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer?

braids for days

9. What’s your must-have nail polish for summer 2015?

this Tiffany Blue hue

Tiffany Blue hue

Fitting name for this shade

as Audrey Hepburn tribute

10. What shows do you recommend for summer?

my share of sizzling series: network nighttime dramas + home/real estate reality TV

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?

occasional base but more powder to offset sweat

12. Sunglasses or Hats?

Exhibit shown below

TAMUK sunproof hat

I tip off this hat & show school team spirit!

I always must sport ~O-O~specs~O-O~ anyway ~ I usually rock my Coach transitional lenses nowadays + still have my Fendi & Gucci frames*

13. What is your summer jam this year?

  • Locked Away♪ (not that I’m doing anything to get locked up ~ I really dig the ♫beat♪ & ♫Adam Levine‘s ♪singing)

  • Bad Blood♫ (so cliche, but I ♥heart♥ the graceful ♫Taylor Swift♪ ~ not to mention that you can’t take the ♪hip hop♫ out of this chick)

14. Do you have a summer bucket list?

mainly to finish my doc docs (paper & PowerPoint to prep to present for dissertation defense) ~ since I’m not completely caught up, my Plan B is to have them done by Labor Day now that Fall is upon us and the BiG Day draws near + added bonus: relatives reunion, check √

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!

I’ve already built up quite a two-piece collection through the years but wouldn’t mind adding a monokini to the mix ~ my fave of the moment: my VS chevron top & ombré bottom (see No. 5 “paleta” link for sippie selfie in said swimsuit)

16. What’s your favorite sweat proof product?

Banana Boat Baby Faces ☼sunblock

17. If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Champ Hoop Scoop ~ to score an ice cream dreamy combo of my faves:

S also is for …

Daily Grind

Filled up in August & as we approach September

Cross Pencil Sharpener & Eraser + Cat Notes

Champ Catechesis student’s First Communion reception gift goodies

$ Therefore, S also is forSavings $

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