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Floral Friday: Fall Flowers

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 10/09/2015 at 05:00

Although autumn‘s been around for a couple of weeks

Come FALL with me

While we’re trying to be festive for fall by welcoming it early, we’ve had ☼summer☼-like weather … ’til now!

We haven’t officially experienced fall climate until this week!

Orange Posies

These flowers still are in full bloom ~ including these petals in suitable season shade!

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying GOD‘s lush greenery while it still lasts!

Roses

♪Raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittensJulie Andrews♪Favorite Things♪ from ♫The Sound of Music♫ is on the brain

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1st Friday of Fall Y’all: TGIF

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Fitness Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 09/25/2015 at 20:45

Thank GOD It’s Fall!

Moon Rise

Facing east for the moon rise from my backyard garden … Just another West Texas Friday night!

As much as ☼summer☼ is my favorite season (after all, that’s when my birthday takes place), I’m making the most out of autumn ~ especially going outside for crisp, fresh air!

I’m also all about Starbucks seasonal flavors* ~ from ☼summer’s fruitiness to these comfy delights:

Salted Caramel Mocha Frap

My latest Starbucks Gold Card reward redeemed: Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino!

Starbucks Cold Cup

My venti cold cup always comes in handy … for a discount & a drink to last me all ☼day!

Toasted Graham Frap

Apparently, I was my local barista’s 1st customer to order a Toasted Graham Frappuccino! #StarbucksLovers ♥ #trendsetter

Furthermore, football has kicked off into full swing!

Refreshments Reinforcements

I refreshed my ♥heart♥ & ☼soul☼ with ♥Adoration♥ †Chapel† holy hour at †Church† & with this ☼spirit☼ book + my bod with this Graham Goodness! (Even though I’ll cover up more, I’ll definitely still tone up with whatever energy I still can muster in the midst of working on my dissertation!

Here are a few of my favorite things for fall …

Howl-o-ween Hype

Trunk or Treat: ☼Sunshine☼ (my truck) tailgate was decked out with festive decor that featured ♥A&A♥ when we gave candy to my †Church† students last Howl-o-ween!

Nine Fine Fall Flaves

1. Favorite Candle: my Bath & Body WorksSalty Caramel that I used to light up my *Dallas Cowboys* jack-o-lantern and Advent †cross† (I’m also all about BBW‘s Pumpkin Pecan Waffles/White Barn‘s Thanksgiving Morning)
2. Favorite Lip Color: toss-up between my red Ardency Inn ♥Love♥ Cat lipstick from Sephora or purple Vera Wang *Rockstar* lip gloss from ULTA (c/o my Bestie Evie)
3. Favorite Drink: please view above {Exhibits B-E}
4. Favorite Blush: the ones from my KleanKolor Double Rainbow palette, plus I think that I’ll try Dulce Candy‘s tip on lip colors in a pill box for cheek colors!
5. Favorite Clothing Item: my birthday gifts ~ specifically the scarf/shawl ~ and my recent online finds plus my Target scores ~ particularly the jeans and booties!
6. Favorite Fall Movie: no new releases, so I’ll go with classic football flicks: Varsity Blues (came out my sr. yr.), Friday Night Lights (with a cameo of my h.s.), Remember the TitansAny Given SundayThe Longest Yard (including the original)
7. Favorite Fall Show: Grey’s ♥Anatomy!!! I’ve been counting down for the Season 12 premiere since the Season 11 finale ~ as a loyal fan for over a decade since the very beginning with the previous seasons on DVD
8. Favorite Thanksgiving Food: I’m not going to lie –> my Cranberry Pie #DISPObustAFlow
9. Favorite Halloween Costume: now how about I have y’all pick? My personal faves include when I rocked out my abs live, No. 5 … I won our contest in 2013 as Lone Ranger‘s Tonto and in 2014 as my Nurse Mom who was fine in 1969! Will I make a 3-peat??

Actually, please allow me to add a 10th item:

My #1 Favorite for Fall: my ✌two✌ ♥cute, cuddly companions♥ with whom to softly snuggle for cozy comfort plus who keep me company while hard at work and welcome me home after hard at play!

CHEERS to this time of year!

Floral Friday: Hilltop Home & Garden

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/28/2015 at 04:44

During my bday vacay last week, I visited a home that is among my fondest memories:

my beloved soon-to-be (in 2½ weeks) Birthday Girl aunt’s estate!

Not only am I a fan, but apparently and rightfully so, her community also is as well because both

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in The Baltimore Sun☼ 

The highlight of my stay was when I sat in my Tita Fe‘s gourmet kitchen with Mami Aya, her siblings and their spouses ~ during which my MD aunts and uncles, who included

  • Tita FeTito Rudy (my mom’s oldest sister and her husband)
  • Tito RobertTita Yollie (my mom’s youngest brother & his wife)

each endorsed me for my PhD ~ providing their sound advice that I’ll take with me as I progress toward my doctoral dissertation defense.

 4:44 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Fitness Friday: Sun Guns

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/03/2015 at 10:00

☼Sun☼ Up, Guns Up!

No, I’m NOT talking about arming ourselves with ammo ~ despite the recent open carry law in my state (that caused controversy and healthy debate among my ☼summer☼ speech students)

Elaine the Sharpshooter

I don’t shoot at moving targets ~ simply for sport!

but I do mean business when it comes to our arms!

Since we’re baring more skin in the ☼summer☼ heat, we want to be eye candy, am I right?

Here are some moves to take your company to a gun show!

Arm Yourself in the Gun Show Scene with this Routine

[with bodyweight ~ shoot for 10 per set]

  • Standard Pushups {wide grip for shoulders}
  • Diamond Pushups {narrow grip for triceps}

[with weight resistance ~ 2-3×10-12 heavy or 2-3×15-60 light]

  • Chest Flies {to firm up our pectorals to reduce unsightly armpit fat} ~ holding weights directly in front of your chest, push outward to your sides
  • Shoulder Raises ~ holding weights at each shoulder, raise directly above your head
  • Bicep Curls ~ holding weights at 45* facing you, curl toward you; I recommend variations from in front of you to your sides to create a “W”
  • Tricep Press ~ holding weights at your side with arm hinged, press behind you

Bonus Baby Back

  • Renegade Row ~ from plank with weight in one hand, bring up to chest level
  • Lateral Pulldown ~ while seated at the bench, bring arms up to hanging bar with arms facing forward, pull down to chest level

Even when you’re not in beast mode, or getting ready for a major event or a special somebody

Happy Independence Day to the Great U*S of *A!!!

Floral & Feline Friday: A&A Flower Power + Shower

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Fitness Friday, Floral Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/26/2015 at 20:20

What do you think of Pope Francis‘ Laudato Si environmental encyclical?

Praise Be His creation!

I’m taking full advantage of taking care of my share of †GOD’s† ☼creations☼ and creatures this weekend!

Following a long week filled with grading speeches and continuing my doctoral dissertation data processing, I beat the heat before today’s rain hit to tend to the garden.

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St. Francis of Assisi ~ the Patron Saint of Animals ~ welcomes GOD’s creatures into this Garden of Creation!

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In bloom …

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Fully blossomed!

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Remember this hibiscus? Rain helped her grow!

To yours truly, gardening is very therapeutic

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And to my fine, furry friends, this gives them a chance to peer into the great outdoors!

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Piano Cat Annie is ready to attack while Big Sis Asia stays laidback! 

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Flashback FridayAsia climbs trees as the Baby Cat Acrobat!

Baby Asia

Picking peaches: Asia the Dare Angel!

✌R.I.P.✌ ♥Papa Ped♥ (June 27, 1927-November 18, 2015)

Floral Friday: Curb Appeal

In Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 06/12/2015 at 17:00

I’ve always admired my parentshard work, not just in their jobs, but also in how they maintain their home.

To this very day, almost three decades since we moved into their forever home, I still consider it as the nicest one on the block all year round.

Front yard

Just part of my parents’ front yard on the southwest side

  • My dad, who has a green thumb, takes pride in doing his own gardening.
  • My mother, who decorates for every single holiday, decks the halls and the porches to welcome each season.
Pink flower

A brand-new addition to their spring blossoms: This pink flower is in full bloom!

Who needs Home Owners Association when this DISPO DIY couple prefer to exercise their own creativity?

Fil-Am

F is for … Flashback Friday: ¡Viva la Independencia Filipinas! [Yours truly catching an egg in a man’s world] #PinoyPride 

Happy Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898)!

Floral Friday: Shower with Love

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/22/2015 at 12:40

April Showers☔️ bring:

MORE May Showers! ⚡️

  • AND May Flowers! 🌼

My dad grows beautiful blossoms🌸 in his 🌳garden. Now they’re in full 🌺bloom. This is great timing⏰ with my mom’s 🎈celebrations🎁 this month.

After Mother’s Day, Mami Aya asked Papa Jun not to give her anymore 🌹roses. She meant flowers in general, but since she wasn’t clear…

 
He gave her calla lillies for her birthday! 🌻

While my Nanay appreciated his always kind gestures, she passed along the bouquet💐 to someone more deserving …

 

#PayItForward ☝️💸🏆

Floral & Foodie Friday ~ Earth Day Edition: Prime Produce 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/24/2015 at 21:00

Happy Belated 🌍Earth🌎 Day!

Dispo Garden

In spirit of conserving our Mother 🌏Earth’s resources, here’s a pano photo📷 that shows part of my 🏡parents’ 🌳garden, filled with 🌹roses🌷 of different 💐colors! The Folgers coffee☕️ canister stores soil, 🍳egg shells🐚 and other particles for the compost to restore their 🌲land🌴 and produce fresh 🌿plants!

Plus, here are my favorite fruit and veggies:

😎Elaine’s TOP 50 Preferred Produce🔗

Vegetables 

Asparagus (A, E)
Basil

Beans: black, kidney, lima, white, etc.

🔔Bell pepper*: red, green, yellow (C, a)
🍢Bok choy*
Broccoli (A, C, E, c)
Carrots* (A) 👓👀
Cauliflower (o3) 
Celery*
Cilantro / Parsley
🌽Corn (E)
🍆Eggplant
Green Beans
Kale (A)
Lettuce*: Romaine
🍄Mushroom*
Peas
Pepper: Habanero, Jalapeño, Poplano
Potato
🎃Pumpkin (A)
Spinach* 👊💪
🍆Squash (i.e., Zucchini) (A)
🍜Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet Potato (A)

🍲 Water Chestnut

Fruit
🍎Apple* : Golden Delicious, Fuji🍏
🍑Apricot (A)
Avocado* (E, o3)
🍌Banana*
Berries: Blackberry, Blueberry (C, a) 💡💭
🍈Cantaloupe (A)
🍒Cherries (C)
Coconut
Cranberry (a)
Grapefruit: Ruby Red (C)
🍇Grapes: Concord
Kiwi (C)
🍋Lemon* (C)
Lime (C)
🍊Orange (C) 👓👀
Papaya*
🍑Peach (A)
🍐Pear
🍍Pineapple (C)
Plum
Pomegranate (C) 💡💭
Raspberry (a)
🍓Strawberry (C, a)
🍅Tomato: cherry, Roma (A, C)
🍉Watermelon (A)
*Year-round/Non-seasonal🍀💐🌿🍃🍁🍂❄️⛄️
(A) VitA/beta carotene: skin & nails💅
(B) VitB: skin & nails💅 ~ 🍣meat🍗 & dairy
(C) 🍊🍋VitC: 💁hair, skin & nails💅
(D) 🌞😎VitD: 💁hair & nails💅 ~ 🐠proteins
(E) VitE: skin ~ fruits, veggies & nuts🌰
(c) 🍶🍼Calcium: 💁hair & nails💅 ~ dairy
(o3) Omega-3 fatty acids: skin
(a) Antioxidants: 💁hair & skin
(zi) Zinc & iron: 💁hair, skin & nails💅 ~ prot.
👓👀 Eye Health
💡💭 Memory
👊💪 Strength
Bibliography

Floral Friday: Hail Hibiscus

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 18:45

Remember my student’s science fair project about ♫music♪ effect on plants?

Science Experiment

Science Project Poster: an elementary eye candy version of the presentations that I teach and the research experiment that I’m conducting!

I still have his yellow hibiscus that went without ♪music♫ in the experiment.

Hibiscus

Now that we’ve entered ♣spring♣, this hibiscus can soak in the ☼sunshine☼, bloom and blossom!

Today, we had a hail storm hit, but I didn’t have much notice to remove it …

Before

Before … Will my hibiscus withhold this hail storm??

At least this fortunate flower’s still in tact in the aftermath of this April shower!

After

After … YES, indeed, she did survive without withering!!!

Friendly reminder: Earth Day is on April 22nd!

Feline Friday: Asia’s Garden

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/27/2014 at 21:46

Happy Birthday to my PAPA PED!

Here are fun photos of my big girl Asia in the backyard and her lil’ sis Annie from three weeks ago before I took off on work assignment. I’ll miss my Double A-Team again when I go on work assignment next month.

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4:44 ~ make a wish on my Good Luck Gatos!!!