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Foodie Friday: Fresh Fall Picks

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/07/2014 at 20:20

Farmers Market

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Basket of Bountiful Produce

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Corn, Pumpkins and Peppers, Oh My!

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Sweet Potato, Squash and Zucchini, how dreamy!

My Dad’s Birthday Ice Cream Cupcakes

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My Speech Students’ Holiday Goodies

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Daring Desta‘s Oreo Cheesecake for THANKSgiving

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Jolly Jilly‘s No-Bake Cookies ANYtime, ANYwhere

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Adventurous Abby‘s Halloween Oreo Brownies

Sunday Fun Day: Ghost Town por Día de los Muertos

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sunday Fun Day, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 11/02/2014 at 14:00

Remember the Day of the Dead

Ghost Town

Ghost Town at peace

In spirit of All Souls’ Day, I’d like to share my belated birthday trip, thanks to my sis!

Joanne & I rock out Prada in West Texas!

Joanne & I rock out Prada in West Texas!

Originally, I only wanted to cross Marfa off my Bucket List for the Prada display…

My parents get in on the Prada action!

My parents get in on the Prada action!

However, this month’s Birthday Girl, JoJo, had more in store to surprise me ~ bigger and better:

Big Bend

Welcome to BIG BEND National Park!

Big Bend  ~ a landscape photographer’s dream!!!

DISPO Fam @ Big Bend

DISPO Fam @ Big Bend

COOLEY-DISPOs @ Big Bend

COOLEY-DISPOs @ Big Bend

Before then, we checked out the George W. Bush Childhood Home in Midland, which I already toured during my work assignment this past summer.

DISPO-COOLEY Fam @ George W. Bush Family Home

DISPO-COOLEY Fam @ George W. Bush Family Home

Dad & I with G-Dub

My Dad the Bday Boy & Yours truly with G-Dub

DISPO Ladies with G-Dub

DISPO Ladies with G-Dub

Mainly, we stopped and stayed in Terlingua, Texas ~ also known as Ghost Town!

Terlingua, TX

Welcome to Ghost Town ~ Terlingua, Texas!

Ghost Town Bar

Like the night life in Ghost Town?

Ghost Town Tourism

I bet Ghost Town welcomes more visitors than has residents

*~*~*~*~* Here are the highlights! *~*~*~*~*

Ghost Town

Joanne & I are ready to paint the town! Ghost Town, that is!

Ghost Town

✌Peaceful Ghost Town

*~*~*~*~* Home Sweet Home *~*~*~*~*

Ghost Town Home

On our way to our party house on the hill

Ghost Town House

Parking our party truck @ our party house

A trip for me isn’t complete without visiting Church!

St. Agnes

Here’s St. Agnes Catholic Church in Terlingua, Texas

St. Agnes Catholic Church

☼Sunset☼ @ † St. Agnes† in West Texas

*~*~*~*~* Home Sweet Home *~*~*~*~*

Ghost Town Resort

DISPOs’ 2nd Home in Ghost Town

W-Tex

West Texas or Bust: DISPOs ready to explore! Adventures continue…

¡Recuerdo el Día de los Muertos!

Foodie Friday: Getting Fed in Religious Ed

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 10/17/2014 at 07:00

F is for …

Faith * Food * Fellowship

Easygoing Evie and I, as *Excited Elaine* enjoy eating after we team-teach our Religious Education second graders every Wednesday. When we celebrate our students’ birthdays, we also are blessed with goodies to go with our lessons about †GOD†!

Sharing is Caring!

Mezamiz Deux Coffee House

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Birthday Cupcakes from Sweet Life

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Sour Apple Smoothies from Monks

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Caramel and Pumpkin from Olive Garden

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Birthday Cupcakes and Fruit Snacks

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Beauty Tuesday: Skin Deep

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/09/2014 at 22:45

Happy Belated Grandparents’ Day!

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending time with my good friends’ grandmother, who was sweet enough to give me these birthday gifts! 🎁

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📖 This affirmations book definitely comes in handy as a reminder of beauty from the inside out, and this prayer is the most kind gesture. 🙏

💝 Of course, I was happy to see the Victoria’s Secret tissue paper before I unwrapped the package, so I’ll use this VS Heavenly (one of my fave fragrances) lotion ~ all of these can fit into my handbag… 👜

☝️GOD bless nice Natalia👏

Foodie Friday: Birthday Trip

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/29/2014 at 22:15

Eat, drink and be merry…

And so I did on my birthday trip!

Road Trip Food

Ghost Town Grub: Starlight Café (Terlingua, TX)

Santa Elena

Santa Elena (my namesake) Margarita ~ CHEERS!!!

Terlingua Chili Fries

Terlingua Chili Fries

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Family Feast: Tokyo Asia Fusion (Abilene, TX)

Sake

Sake Black & Gold

Hibachi Chicken

Hibachi Chicken w/Miso Soup (me-so hungry) & salad ~ gotta top off w/Lo-Sod Kikoman!

YOLOs all the way around!

Thirsty Thursday: Blessed Birthday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/28/2014 at 13:30

One week ago, I celebrated my birthday with a special blessing.

Religious Gifts

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Suegra) * Peace bracelet (Nanay), St. Benedict & Puerto Rico jewelry (Brunos) * St. Pope John Paul II  Cross (yours truly) * St. Pope JP2 Rosary (Joe) * Straight from the Heart: A Prayer Companion (Vince) * St. Agnes Church Cross (Sis) * Deuteronomy Cross & Philippians 4:13 Ichthus (Tita Brenda)

This year, I received the most religious gifts.

Religious Gifts

Hello Kitty in purple and pink match OLG from México wrapping

Plus, my family and I visited St. Agnes Catholic Church in Terlingua, Texas.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church (Terlingua, TX)

Here is a prayer that my Pinoy boy Vince wrote for me:

LORD ~ Give me the ability to maximize the gifts you have blessed me with. Let me have the vision, the discipline, the commitment, just a little bit of habit that gets me from talking about where I’m being, to actually living it. AMEN.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church ☼sunset☼

 For me, GOD has graced me with my most memorable birthday to date!

Beauty Tuesday: B is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/26/2014 at 13:00

🎊Birthday🎉 & 🍎Back-to-School🍏!!!

Last week (or shall I say, two weeks before then to include three full weeks), I rang in my BiG 3-3 and prepared to teach in my hometown this fall ~ after over five years of teaching in South Texas. Therefore, I had to get a minor makeover!

First, Evie‘s mom Maggie cut and curled my hair (as seen with A&A).

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Then Dee and I celebrated together, and she added to my wardrobe👗!

Dee & Me

Don’t Dee & I look hot in our maxi dresses?

Dee & Me

On my actual Bday, we curled our hair!

Speaking of Dee, don’t she, Lisa and I all look fabulous as the August Birthday Baby Beauties💁?

Lisa & Me

Beautiful Bday Babes Lisa & Me

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Love ’em like Sisters!

& of course, now that I’m exactly half my mom‘s age (she was my age when she gave birth to me), here’s an indicator of how I may look like when I’m double my age!

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Good timing that Back-to-School was yesterday, due to my beauty gifts from Nanay & Sis!

Air Curler

Air Curler from Nanay

Birchbox

Birchbox from Joanne

HBD, GTD (Great Teacher DISPO)!!!

🙏RIP✌️, 👴Lolo Tico👼 on his 18th 💒Anniversary☝️

Foodie Friday: Birthday Grub

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 09:00

Happy Morning After My Birthday!

Since I always care to share my wealth of health, my family and friends deserve honorable mentions for feeding me for my BiG 3-3. Two weeks ago, I left the Valley with a bang when I my classmates celebrated with me!

One week before my birthday, my Church bestie Evie took me to brunch at Hickory Street Café.

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Spinach Quiche & Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette + Raspberry Tea ~ Raspberry Good

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Tomato Basil Soup

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake ~ Just how this Bday Girl likes it!

Last weekend, my childhood friend/fellow August baby Dee cooked lunch, and my mom cooked dinner for us and our dads, and our Pinoy homeboy Vince joined us with his kids! We celebrated more last night to wrap my birthday up right!

Birthday Feast

Birthday Feast for this Beautiful Beast!

Rigatoni

Rigatoni tossed in Pesto with Marinara by Bday Girl Dee

Strawberries & Watermelon

Red & Ready: Summer Strawberries & Wonderful Watermelon

On my birthday eve, my gym rat/fellow mama of a cat and August baby Lisa had us over at her house to wine and dine, and I brought cake!

Carne Asada

Carne Asada Simmering

Comida Mexicana

Traditional Mexican made by Lisa

Edible Image

Photo Cake c/o Snowhite Bakery

After my Birthday Blessing, my Church buddy Joe cooked me yet another bodacious breakfast.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Steaming

The Incredible Edible Egg

Sunny Side-Up, if you please

Blessed Birthday Breakfast

Blessed Birthday Breakfast, thanks to Joe!

Last night, we wrapped up my birthday with another family night plus making music time!

Nanay's Bomb Diggety Spaghetti

Noodles for Long Life from Nanay

Birthday Feast

Beautiful Feast for this Birthday Beast

Grapes

Grapes for GOOD LUCK!

TGIF for Thank GOD It’s Friday * Thank GOD I’ve got great Family & Friends!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Birthday Blessings

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/21/2014 at 21:31

Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!!! 

What better way to ring in my special day☼ than to celebrate at Church†? I began my birthday at the Chapel for my Adoration hour. Then Father Bob blessed♣ me and my gifts from my special friends, Evie, Maggie and Joe.♥ ♪They even sang Happy Birthday♫

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PTL for Praise The LORD * People that LOVE * Pretty Tough Lady 

Beauty Tuesday: Concert Clothes & Costumes

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/27/2014 at 20:00

†GOD Bless the U.S.A. Happy Belated Memorial Day♥

I hope that you all took the time to toast tribute to our service men and women who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our nation’s freedom! My favorite veteran, my dad, was the Airman with whom I commemorated our fallen military members, along with my mom, my sister and her Marine/my brother-in-law. Our late paternal great-grandfather actually was a soldier, and my great-uncle, who is my late maternal grandmother’s only surviving sibling, was a sailor man…

This past weekend, my mom’s birthday celebration continued with the Journey concert in Dallas on Memorial Day Eve. Joanne, my sis, actually bought our family tickets before the holidays last year! Since the show that opened with Tower of Power and also featured the Steve Miller Band was outdoors, I just wanted to be laid-back and down-to-earth. However, I now reminisce about other concerts that I attended and will present to you my get-up for a few of them…

Pat Green ~ Abilene, TX (2005)

Pat Green

Instead of getting dolled up like this Baby Doll beside me, I sported a Pat Green baseball tee!

Pat Green

“It came upon me Wave on Wave” ~ Pat Green

Blaine’s Picnic ~ San Angelo, TX (2006)

Blaine's Picnic

All I needed at our Texas Country Music Festival was my cowboy hat & a smile! {Stars & Stripes Bikini by my former employer, Old Navy}

Blaine's Picnic

Blaine’s Picnic features Texas Country‘s finest!

Evanescence ~ Hidalgo, TX (2007)

Evanescence

Evanescence visited el Valle on Halloween, so I dressed in USAF BDUs while Asia gave out candy! {Camo Sandals by Steve Madden}

Evanescence 2007

Evanescence’s lead singer, Amy Lee, was the sexy bombshell Scarilyn Monroe {my camera wasn’t allowed on site back then, so this is from the site @ bottom right}

New Kids On The Block ~ Hidalgo, TX (2009)

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I repped my fave childhood boy band, New Kids, on my block as I rock out this NKOTB Breast Cancer Awareness tank top! {Shorts by Abercrombie & Fitch}

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The moment I’ve been waiting for for 2 decades: NKOTB takes the stage!

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My fave part of the NKOTB concert? Jordan Knight singing “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” en español to put the personal touch to us fans en el Valle!

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Hangin’ ToughNKOTB hail from Boston, baby!

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My fave NKOTB member, Joey Joe, sings, “Please Don’t Go, Girl“… I felt like J-Mac was macking on me!

George Strait ~ San Antonio, TX (2012)

George Strait

I had to cowboy up to see the King of Country!

George Strait

The Cowboy Rides Away tour also included Martina McBride & Miranda Lambert

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My buddy got me this Georgie shirt: LOVE is Everything

Journey ~ Dallas, TX (2014)

Journey

I shot for casual & comfy to see Journey! {Dream Cotton high-low tank by Express}

Journey

My mom the Birthday Girl & my dad were hyped with Gexa Energy for Journey!

Journey

Thanks to my sis who got us the tix, complete with binoculars!

Journey

During our journey to see Journey, it started to rain! {Black hoodie by Forever 21, c/o my gal pal Amy}

Journey

Selfie Sunday: My sis went all out by prepping a picnic for us & providing ponchos during the storm!

Tower of Power

Tower of Power: strong start to this concert!

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band about to perform!

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band never disappoints, after several decades on stage!

Journey

My fave part of Journey: when Neal Schon performs rendition of the *STAR SPANGLED BANNER* for Memorial Day!

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Arnel Pineda = Success Story = Pinoy Pride

Journey

Jonathan Cain rocks the stage on keyboard!

Here’s a throwback Tuesday Top 5 for y’all: Summer Vacation Ideas that include music events!

♪☼Summer Breeze … Makes Me Feel Fine♫