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TGIF: Fall Perks & Quirks ~ Tacky Sweater Weather Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Flashback Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Musical Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Tag, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/02/2015 at 21:45
Holy Cow Cats

Don’t these *Holy Cow Cats* just warm your ♥heart? Both Belated Bday Girl Stats Cat & almost-decade-old Grad Cat do mine! Almost reaching our ultimate goal: PhD for Dr. D

To stay in the spirit for this season, I decked out with a little bit of my autumn aesthetics ~ ringing in the old with the new!

Halloween thru CHRISTmas

My little splurge to bring me cheer this time of year: this rad-in-plaid deer because plaid is on-trend (this one somewhat resembles Burberry) + it’s deer season (not that I’m a hunter) & reindeer season‘s just around the corner ~ so I’ll adorn it with special ornaments! Just to add to my eccentricity, I named this bad boy DOC to keep me motivated as I keep trucking along (more in high-speed) toward my doctoral degree! Along with Doc are A&A‘s *Dallas Cowboys* TD toy for football season & my classic Halloween decor ~ including Badtz-Maru pillow ~ on this plaid spread that accompanies autumn yet also is appropriate for winter as we approach CHRIS†mas in red & green!

Here’s more info on my fall favorites to take yours truly through this sweater weather & before the snow hits our neck of the woods …

Come Fall with Me

☼Sunset☼ Selfie: I’m double-cheesin’ (at least without a double-chin) and have a Kool-Aid smile (without the Kool-Aid) because I had a superb dentist visit & cleaning! Coffee stains: gone! {My 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Paper Floral Shirt Dress works in any season & I ♥adore♥ these Smithsonian Cherry Blossom earrings with Swarovski elements from Mami Aya as the perfect color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month + I’m dolling Dulce Candy‘s fall braid-framed bun}

13 Pre-Howl-o-ween Fave Fall Things

  1. What’s the best fall memory you have? ~ football games, both when I was in h.s. & when I’d see my *Dallas Cowboys* live (everything’s BIGGER in TX)
  2. What’s your favorite book you’re reading (or have read) this fall?~ Guts Grace & Glory (football devotionals) that I received during Lent & am reading through football season
  3. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?~ both (winged liner above in Exhibit B)
  4. Best fragrance for fall? ~ Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (above in Exhibit A)
  5. What is autumn weather like where you live? ~ we’re still as ☼sunny☼ as Indian summer but anticipate a cool-down soon
  6. Most worn sweater? ~ my tribal cardigan by ♫Maroon 5‘s ♪Adam Levine♪
  7. Must-have nail polish this fall? ~ Sally Hansen‘s Miracle Gel to top off color because it seriously lasts a long time (I’m just barely removing my color after 45 days)!
  8. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? ~ BOTH! (see No. 1 for football & Exhibit B for leaf piles)
  9. Skinny jeans or leggings? ~ either or, as long as I don’t have a muffin top in the denim or camel toe in the tights
  10. What is something that nobody knows about you? ~ I don’t mind digging into Ramen even if there’s other food in the panty (especially as comfort food now that we’re entering a colder climate), which I actually ate for lunch this afternoon while watching Wong Fu‘s major cook-off!
  11. Combat boots or Uggs? ~ bringing on my Docs, baby!
  12. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?~ ¡Claro que sí!
  13. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? ~ oddly enough, ♫Taylor Swift‘s Wildest Dreams because it could describe any desire (i.e., “tall” could be a tall order of Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha), fulfilled or fantasized about

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Sunday Fun Day: F These

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 09/20/2015 at 03:30
Gringa

Close-up of mi Gringa: my white girl with green eyes

HBD, ♥Sweet Annie♥!

Stats Cat

Stats Cat is on the prowl with no growl…

Today is the Annie-versary  of my Stats Cat‘s birthdate!

Cat in the Box!

Cat in the Box! Cute things come in Target packages!

So, that’s F for Feline

Grad Cat

I can’t leave out Grad Cat! These Baby Blues are here to seduce! ♪I am Siamese, if you please♫

& F also is for:

Water Girl

Quick Cat Comedy / Feline Funnies: Since our bathroom has dual sinks, Big Asia likes to jump into the right one & “drink out of a fountain” ~ the other day, I turned on the left faucet & noticed her trying to sip from the right! {repping our *Dallas Cowboys* by sporting my TS dress from my fellow cat ♥lover’s collection + headband, earrings & paraband from my speech student‘s son + St. Benedict scapular jewelry from my blessed bestie}

* Food * Flowers (still in season) –> * Fall

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How sweet of Mami Aya to bring us Mocha Tres Leches for Annie‘s birthday!

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I never thought that 2 of my fave flaves could be combined … 1st: Choco-Flan. Now, Mocha Tres Leches! #SweetLife

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Annie leads the purrfect life because she’s easy to please …

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Content Angel Annie in her natural habitat: soaking in the ☼sunshine☼

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My tiny tea cup cat’s fave hot spots: the windows! Here she is at the window behind my piano peering out into our garden

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Part of our backyard view complete with lush green grass (most definitely the best-mani on the block, hands down)! We’re enjoying the summer ☼sun☼ while we can before autumn officially starts soon. After receiving more precipitation at the ½way point this year following our previous full year’s totals, I wonder how much we’ll get next season?

Yellow Hibiscus

Heavenly Hibiscus: My private elementary school student‘s science fair ~ that won honorable mention ~ flower that we started growing without ♪music♫ (his share with) last winter has blossomed during past ♣spring♣ showers & reached full bloom this ☼summer☼ at 1½’ tall by this fall!

+ F also is for: ☼ † ♥ ✌

* †Faith♥Family * Football

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Now that football season has kicked off, this sports spirituality book will do just the trick to keep my soul on a roll while I keep working on my own sports study (been investing 12-15h/day on it lately ~ ’til this weekend so I could focus on my Church readings)!

Cowboys Ann

#HBD ♪ #SweetAnnie ♫ #CATchOfTheDay #Birthday ♥ #GameDay #DallasCowboys #CowboysNation #DC4L #CowboysFan #CowboysFam #CowboysAnn #Birthday Grrrl #PURRfectMoment2PAWS#PURRfectMoment2PRAY#PURRfectMoment2PLAY #PurrfectSunday#PAWsitiveForeCAT #PAWsitiveCATitude #GameCountdown #Touchdown #BirthdayScore #BirthdayCat #JerseyCat #StatsCat #HolyCowcat #Catcow #Meow #CATholic #AnnieRosary#DISPObustAFlow

Go, *Dallas Cowboys* against your NFC East Rivals, those Philly Eagles today!

Catcow Meow

☼Sunday☼ Selfie: While my Holy Cowcat reps our *’BOYS* I rep the purrty Bday Grrrl with this Hello Kitty cupcake tee + cat earrings & cupcake helix (ear cartilage) ring in addition to this *Dallas Cowboys* headband

Mixer Monday: Beach Brain Break

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/03/2015 at 08:45

Once I kicked👟 my dissertation📖 work into high gear transitioning from July into August, I’ve actually resisted turning away from my work💼 after several-hours⌚️ worth of “shifts” lately!

🎓Scholar Mode = In-the-Zone🌟

But to prevent myself from 🍳frying⚡️ my 💡brain💭 from dozens of hours⏰ in front of my 💻computer ~ executing💥 my challenges while exercising my 💪🏽strengths:

I had to ❤️break💔 away for a bit …

Especially since last night offered my 🌼summer🌻 📺shows!

Complete combo with this 🚢Captain’s⚓️ 🍹cocktail🍸

Wannabe Island Iced Tea

Beachy Scene: I call this bad boy my Myrtle Beach Iced Tea (as opposed to Long Island) that calls for Arnold Palmer (tea & lemonade named for the golfer) spiked w/your spirit(s) of choice ~ mine was Midori for melon flavor and green color ~ + a cherry on top … Or to sink this ship! 🌊🌴🍹🍋🍈🍒⚓️🚢

That can be served ❄️chilled🍧 and 🍉chunky🍌

Beachy Fruit Mix

Peachy Keen: Other fruit to add to the mix (sweet if they swim in the drink while you sip): peaches * pineapple * strawberries 🍑🍍🍓🍒🍹

🍺Cheers🍻 to this 😅chillaxation😜 session! Staycation –> 😲Vacay😵 😴Getaway💤

For those of you who have enough budgeted💸 ⌛️time⏳ and 💸💰money, try my Top 5 🌞Summer🌅 🌊Vacation🌴 ideas!

Soul Saturday: Patriotic Pets & Pie

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/04/2015 at 20:30

Happy *4th of July* 2015!!!

Patriotic *ASIA*

F is for: * Festive * Feline *ASIA* who celebrates our * Freedom with our * Flag

Patriotic *ANNIE*

Star & Stripes Forever …P is for:* Patriotic* Pet *ANNIE* who is * PURRfect * Patient

Patriotic *COCO*

Who wore Uncle Sam better? Sweet *ANNIE* or her K9 cousin *COCO*??

*RoCOCOstar*

F also is for: Fauxhawk! *COCO* rocks it on America’s Birthday!

Apple Pie

F indeed is for: FoodApple Pie: An *American* Classic

Apple Pie a la Freedom Mode

My *Festive* Sweet Treat this 4th … Apple Pie a la *Freedom* Mode: Apple Pie for *Red* topped with Lite Cool Whip for *White* & Blueberries for *Blue*

GOD Bless the U*S*A!!!

Sleepy Sunday: Sleep Solutions

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sleepy Sunday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/31/2015 at 06:00

This last day of May ~ the month of MARY ~ marks my last (rest) day, week and month before the summer when I amp up my A-game to A+ completion for my dissertation. In June ~ very, very soon ~ I’ll …

  • Wrap up my data collection
  • Run my statistics
  • Analyze my results

Almost #NumberCrunchTime!

Breakthrough news:

Due to my strong efforts in increasing my sample size for my doctoral survey this past week alone, I had more participants everyday than I had in previous months since I started my research methods! As of yesterday, I’ve (finally) reached my minimum target amount! Of course, I’ll still keep *shooting* for more…

For the rest of this year, I’ll devote almost every waking moment outside of my Church, teaching and photography to finish my paper and prepare my dissertation defense to become DOCTOR. As my bud Edwin and I established the other day

I don’t just want  to do it at this point. I have toneed to get her done. It is imperative.

Bearing all of the above in mind, a good night’s sleep is essential. Following are:

  • Problems that lead to lack of sleep
  • Guidelines from various sources that may be worth a shot
  • Which ones of those tips worked for yours truly?
Sleeping Beauty

Throwback: Baby ASIA sleeping with her 1st toy

Before you dive into this, here’s my disclaimer:

With a wealth of health info, there’s long-winded content below! #DISPObustAFlow

INSOMNIA ISSUES

As I write this, a Sleep Number commercial just came on, reminding me that comfort is key to getting those much needed z’s.

In my speech classes, I teach about how listening barriers (i.e., physical and psychological noise) prevent us as audience members from effectively paying attention to presentations ~ a similar analogy applies to sleepers.

  • Other people/pets at home or noisy neighbors contribute to non-friendly sleeping environments
  • Stress induces mind alertness that also deprive both the body and spirit from rest.

REM RESOLUTIONS

Rapid Eye Movement sleep is what we want to achieve for deep sleep. In order to achieve a more rested feeling upon waking up and welcoming the day, it may be a matter of adjusting our lifestyles. Here are ways to manage our time from the moment we wake up to when we hit the sack…

Begin your day with a “B”!

Breakfast

Yes, this is the most important meal of the day for good reason, and (2)my mom the Belated Birthday Girl, knows best because she:

  • Always eats a feast first thing in the morning
  • Is in incredible shape
  • Sleeps like a baby!
“C” Sleeping Tips Benefits Which Worked for Me
Cardio (4)First-thing-to-ring-in-the-morning sweat sessions bring blood pressure down to seize the day for better sleep(5)TIU-approved! I observed that my better nights’ sleep took place after a knockout workout, such as the body pump, body jam and step aerobics classes that I took at my hometown and school gym during graduate school
Cherries (4)The juice contains melatonin, a chemical that induces sleepiness Now that they’re in season, and my parents recently picked a serious bunch in California (during my mom’s birthday vacay and paternal grandmother’s anniversary commemoration), so I’m stocked up on pasalubong (gifts)
Caffeine (4)As long as it’s consumed at least a couple of hours after waking (so you’re not too wired at the beginning) and done drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages by 2PM due to the 8-10 hour aftermath energy potential I learned from experience to cut off my coffee intake before 5PM (because I’ve always had trouble sleeping when I’d keep drinking it past then) ~ now I ought to shut down a couple of hours prior to my usual time
Consume Healthy Fats (4)Omega-3 fatty acids can connect to substantial sleep
C-iesta (4)Mid-day nap to increase alertness to wrap up the day; NASA research revealed that military pilots’ power naps increased their levels of alertness Power naps have given me more of a punch and pow to plow wow through the rest of my day
Carb Load (4)The amino acid tryptophan helps lead to drowsiness Yes, please, bring it on! I’ve always advocated carbohydrates, like in pasta, as a runner whenever I’d get ready for race day, but it certainly makes sense that they’ve contributed to that well-rested feeling! The Ellen DeGeneres Show also suggested carbs, such as in bread, to help you sleep
Cut out Alcohol way before bedtime (4)Alcohol interferes with circadian rhythms, according the University of Missouri studies, and takes an hour minimum for the body to metabolize it(5)DON’T drink on an empty stomach, and drink water between cocktails to stay hydrated, + try wine spritzers (= parts wine & soda) for ½ the calories!
Scents (4)Lavender decreases inflammation, soothes aches and pains(5)reduces blood pressure and leads to deep sleep My fave relaxing fragrances: lavender, jasmine, eucalyptus and mint …·         I’ve always adored the calming effects of lavender, which I’ve already used from shower gels, bubble bath and my Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy lotion (Lavender Vanilla for Sleep)!·         Another from my B&BW collection is from jasmine, from Midnight-Blooming Jasmine moisturizing lotion to Jasmine Vanilla for Sensual Aromatherapy·         Eucaluptus and mint soothe me through my B&BW lotion (Eucalyptus and Spearmint for Stress Relief), and Vicks VapoRub that I massage into my neck, chest, back and feet at bedtime to relieve aches and pains plus bring aromas that calm my cold.
DisConnect (4)Unplugging all devices means NO melatonin suppressants (e.g., blue light, white noise)(5)TIU’s K&K call it a “tech detox” I honestly have been keeping my iPhone 6+ OFF for days and even weeks at a time this season and using my computers , including for social media, exclusively to fulfill purposes of career-related projects
Clothes OFF (4)Cooler temperatures rom sleeping au natural prevents the body from overheating I’m all about snoozing in the buff, and this actually also has benefitted my energy bill more when I keep my electric fan off
Committed Sleep Schedule I’ve always craved at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and (1)Edwin affirmed that by pointing out to me that by pointing out how

  • 8 hours indeed is ideal during the night
  • 9 hours (+ an extra hour) works for the weekend
He also mentioned that there’s no way we can make up for lost sleep. I most certainly back this because during my previous attempts of sleeping more after lacking rest, I’d throw myself off.
Coin Toss (6)Biggest decisions occupy our minds, so·         Heads = YES·         Tails = NO
Change Sleeping Position (6)Instead of getting out of bed, change your sleep position by turning upside-down·         Calms the nervous system·         Turns fears upside-down When my sister and I shared a bedroom while vacationing at our aunt’s and uncle’s as children, we weren’t accustomed to twin beds since we had our own double/full-sized beds at the time ~ we stayed up late talking but realized that we more easily dozed off by reversing with our heads at the feet and our feet at the heads of the beds! (Mind you, we really didn’t have worries back then, but this method definitely proved to be effective even during childhood.)

Another commercial that just caught my eye was for Snuggles ~ a mom would put fabric softener sheets everywhere, including underneath chair cushions, to remind her and her family of the freshness! I think that I’ll try the Lavender Joy!

Supplements and Substances

Yes, several of us out there sought “magic pills” for a quick-fix to our own insomnia. Based on my own experience, I’ve taken them but now would rule them out as a last resort after trying all of the above advice first.

  • Valerian root ~ linked to reducing anxiety but isn’t FDA-regulated (which I took when I prepared for comprehensive exams in both my Master’s and doctoral degrees)
  • Prescription drugs ~ I’ve had Rx to “resolve” my sleep struggles, but I’d rather not be chemically-dependent on them and would only take them when I could devote a full-night’s rest
  • Sleepytime Tea ~ My doctoral classmate suggested this, and of course, I’ve also started making my own lemon-honey tea to soothe my cold: another reason I’ve been kept up late at night

Cap your night with another “B”!

Breathing Exercise

(6)Shutdown night time worry by minimizing those fears that keep you up late at night

Tip: Breathe in for 90 seconds so the worry passes 

Last but not least …

Personally, I pray for peace✌

Just in case this lengthy segment didn’t already put you to sleep, here’s a sum-up …

For sufficient shut-eye, shoot for these essential “Cs“:

  • Comfort: comfy mattress (or other sleeping surface) and temps
  • Consistency: amount of sleep and same time on schedule

Challenge:

  1. Go 1 day with implementing all of the above (except for the coin toss, sleep position or substances, unless absolutely necessary) ~ please feel free to post a comment to me on which ones worked for you
  2. For any that did work for YOU, continue 1 week with them
  3. If your sleep has improved after 1 week, keep incorporating them for 1 month!

*Bonus*: How to Stay Happy & Healthy (3)

Healthy & Happy Hacks Examples or Experts Which Worked for Me
Fitness tracker apps Fitbit, Moves, Health Mate I login to MyFitnessPal religiously and track my miles on RunKeeper (initially introduced to me by my college student who also trained for and ran marathons)
“Workout that does good” Barre3’s daycare donation proceeds go to Every Mother Counts I’ve raised funds for several exercise events that collected charitable contributions, including the American Heart Walk almost every year between my college and doctoral coursework years
“Look pretty – and pretty awesome” Twice-Team USA Olympic runner Shannon Rowbury ~ who races with bright pink lips I like to pull or pin my hair back before exercising … even though it doesn’t always stay that way post-workout!
“Orange juice for the win” Easier to absorb nutrients from juice than the fruit ~ but beware of drinking too much due to sugar content, so still stay hydrated with H2O (Ralf Schweiggert, Ph.D., HohenheimUniversity in Stuttgart, Germany) This definitely helped me through my chronic cough!
Squash a craving Put physical space away from food (like bread) TBD

References

  1. Bruno, E. J. (2015). Personal communication.
  2. Dispo, E. R. (n. d.). Personal communication.
  3. Editors. (2015, May). “5 feel-healthy, be-happy tricks.” Redbook, 224(4), p. 112.
  4. Moscatello, C. (2015, May). “How far should you for a perfect night’s sleep?” Redbook, 224(4), pp. 107-108, 111.
  5. Scott, K., & Dawn, K. (2015). 28 days to fit, fierce, and fabulous: Create the beautiful body and mind of your dreams. NY: Rodale.
  6. TV broadcast (2015, March 27). “Reduce worrying that makes you lose sleep.” Dr. Oz.

Beauty Tuesday: Desk & Dresser Organization

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/19/2015 at 12:20

Happy Birthday, Bishop Mike (yesterday)!

I teach🎤 about and should practice the importance of ensuring that our 🏡environment🚘 reflects on ourselves! Therefore, I still advocate reusing and recycling♻️ the 🌍Earth‘s resources while reducing clutter!

colors

Colors & prints allude to my cheer📢 for 📓work: teal herringbone🐠 & lime green (my fave shade) brighten🔆 my day☀️ * zebra striped stiletto heel👠 tape dispenser is chic & slick * more colorful containers to coordinate with my tools & utensils (Dallas Cowboys🏈 Cheerleaders🌠 Breast Cancer Awareness🎀 cup to store my mini pink bag👛 that holds my hand sanitizer & SatinHands👋 lotion, Wanna Wanna🌴 cup holds my many colored ✒️pens + animal🐯 print pens that I pass out to my 🎓dissertation📜 survey participants)

Since downsizing during my sabbatical (while storing away my home office large L-shaped desk with a bookshelf📚 hutch over my large desktop monitor💻 that takes up two corner walls ~ perfect by a window), I had to get creative🎨 with my 📇workstation, and I followed my friend’s advice to make my area work-friendly.

trays

These trays on clearance 💸 on clearance from OfficeMax📇 (where I’m a Star🌠 🍎Teacher) come in handy for my projects ~ including 💒First Communion🙏 📷photos: completed packages on top (love😍 my cat😻 post-its?) and in-progress on the bottom

At least I didn’t sacrifice my 🌠Dallas Cowboys🏈 swivel chair💺 with wheels!

Annie Double-DC

My 👊sidekick😻 🍭Sweet🍯 🐱Annie🐈 likes to hide out in this 🌠Dallas Cowboys🏈 chair underneath our 🏇Dallas Cowboys🏉 snuggie ~ especially during today’s ⚡️t-storms☔️ for a 📢t-down🏆 😴chill😸 spot! #PURRfectMomentToPAWS 🐾

Also, I had to tighten up everything that I keep on my vanity: 💄makeup, nail💅 care, 👛fragrances, 💍jewelry, etc. Spring🍀 cleaning gave me an ample opportunity to straighten up this space!

makeup organizer

Rather than tossing my CVS cotton swab container, I’m storing my eye shadow & powder that don’t fit into my acrylic makeup 💄 & nail💅 organizer! Thrifty + nifty = #DISPObustAFlow 👊

perfume

Some of my scents … My newest addition/obsession: Vera Wang💍 🎸Rockstar🎤 from Bday Bestie Evie! Like how you can catch a glimpse of my view on my DKNY🗽 🍏Be Delicious? The Fossil watch⏰ boxes behind my glass fragrance tray stores extra buttons & thread to doctor up 👔clothes👗 & 🎽accessories!


más perfume

More of seasonal signature scents: Coach Legacy for 🍀spring🐇 & 🍁fall🍂 * 👛Victoria’s Secret👙 Bombshell💣 🌞Summer🌴 Edition * 💟VS🆚 😇Angel👼 Gold for 🎅HOLYdays🎄 ~ all encased in the aforementioned Vera Wang💍 🎸Rockstar🎤 box!

Recently, I found bargains💸 on picture holders ~ another great way to personalize my “world”: with my 😍loved😻 ones!

CHRISTmas

🎅CHRISTmas🎄 in May: This pic📷 frame 🎁gift💝 set was on clearance (fortunately for yours truly yet unfortunately due to the closure of one of our local Christian stores) ~ I used these for last HOLYday season’s photos but still wish to see them year-round!


inspiration

Now here’s a sight for sore, overworked 👓eyes: my 😻babes! This inexpensive clear acrylic literature📖 holder (also from OfficeMax) was simply mounted to my wall ~ where I can see my Blogilates💝 vision🌈 board to remind me of my goal🏁 to become 🎓Dr. + the PURRfect fit for my A&A!

Throwback: Birthday Bishop & the Oblates

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!

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:

De-Stress Saturday: Less Mess = Less Stress

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:30

🍀Spring🍀 Clean Time!

I’ve been known as both a clutter bug and a shutter bug 

  1. I save everything 
  2. I take photos of everything ~ hence I accumulate so much space on my devices and memory 

My best friend, Melody, has advised me of this: 

In order to organize, you’ve got to minimize!

Based on

De-Clutter Your House, De-Stress Your Body ~ Dr. Oz (Tuesday, 2/24/2015) *

Mess = Stress
🏡If your home is cluttered, you have physical & mental stress😱
👆Higher blood pressure
70% clutter 🐝bugs🐞 struggle w/obesity or being overweight😖
😜Feeling overwhelmed ~ starts off & sets tone of day😝

Mess spreads like cancer ~ metastasizes. ~ Dr. Oz

Closets
1. Get rid of what you don’t like, use or wear 
2. Categorize ~ like by season
Reverse hang clothes, upon wearing hang correct way, remove items that haven’t been worn after 6mos
We wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time
Drawers
Change your mindset
Language: instead of “junk drawer” –> utility drawer
Separate by piles: belongs here, somewhere else, in trash
Put like things together
Free 💰money💸 drawer: coupons, 🎁gift cards💳
💊Medicine💉 cabinet: only keep stuff you use ~ so everything is easy to find (reduces you buying extra)
Less Mess = Less Stress
💝Heart💖 will 🎼sing🎤 w/ 🌈joy🌞when you get rid of the clutter
Create space that reduces stress
📅Everyday for 6wks: declutter, exercise, diet plan 📆

* Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: Stress-Reduction Slimdown by Peter Walsh📚