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Feline Friday: Festive Foodie Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 12/26/2014 at 17:00

My Dallas fan Hello Kitty cats received fancy feasts for †CHRISTmas

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Hello Kitty Stocking Stuffers for my Double A-Team (blue for Blue-Eyed ASIA & green for Green-Eyed ANNIE) + their Cousin COCO (Rudolph & Santa)

 

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Bright-Eyed & Bushy-Tailed Sannie Claws needs a moment to paws

 

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Creeper Cat ^_^

 

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Cozy Cat ^_^

 

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Cautious Cat ^_^

 

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Camera-Ready Cat ^_^

 

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Comfy Cat ^_^

 

Foodie Friday: Festive Flavors

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/26/2014 at 08:00

What flaves do you crave when your HOLYday hunger pangs strike?

For me, it’s pumpkin during the fall and peppermint closer to CHRISTmas!

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White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s ~ *Target* Exclusive

Here is my latest minty-fresh concoction …

PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait

Another PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait with Triple C’s: CHRISTmas Candy Cane Chocolate

PPPP: Peppermint Patty Pie Parfait

Doesn’t this dessert shot M&Mmmmake your M&Mmmouth water??

These White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s also spice up hot chocolate quite nicely!

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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

And I enjoyed them on a rare movie day with popcorn from the Paramount!

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Candy & Popcorn: Perfect Combination … Complete with my fave festive flick: ELF!

Bring on the Yuletide Yummies!!!

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MmmmmmM&M’s in Popcorn ~ Sweet & Salty at its festive finest

When I visited El Paso a couple of weeks ago, I had a variety of food, as well as drinks of holiday-inspired flavors, including

Here, we’re pretty in peppermint with our Candy Cane Santa Selfie!

This Double E Team has some of the most generous students with giving ♥hearts♥

#StayMerry

Workout Wednesday: Shopping Is Slimming

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 12/24/2014 at 08:00

Merry †CHRISTmas† Eve!!! Trim the Tree!! & your Body!

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S is forShopping * Supermarket * Slimming * Santa’s Helper * Starbucks * Skinny Latte * Sippie / Sippy * Selfie

To me, shopping can be a necessary evil …

Unless I can turn it into a positive experience!

Imagine pushing this giant cart around! I saw this after my venture to Farmers Market. Then I got creative with the pumpkins that I picked from both…

As †CHRISTmas/HOLYday† shopping draws to a close, here are ways we can benefit ~ by burning both our wallets and calories at the same time:

  • Cart Press ~ Low Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): Push your cart to work your chest and briskly walk around for ♥cardio♥ on the store floor
  • Curl with Both Arms (Biceps): Lift heavy object (i.e., box of soda cans below*) up for a few repetitions at a time; I recommend 10-12
  • Single-Arm Curl (Biceps): Lift light object (i.e., bottle below*) up for a several repetitions per arm; I recommend 15-20
  • Cart Lunges (Thighs): While standing at an aisle and leaning onto the cart handle, step back and drop your knee, one leg at a time
  • Cart Calf Raises (Calves): While waiting at the checkout line and holding onto the cart handle, step on your tippie toes then rock to your ankles for your calves
  • Cart Press ~ High Impact (Chest and ♥Cardio♥): After you unload your groceries, push your cart to work your chest again and run to park it for more ♥cardio♥!

My 2014 Jack-o-Lanterns/Painted Pumpkins: el Día de los Muertos y los Dallas Mavericks

* Here’s ☼CHEERS☼ for a †HOLYday† mix of the Ed-winner †CHRISTmas† Cocktail, complete with Cranberry Sprite that I discovered at †Church† during our †Novena†!

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Lo-Cal with Skinny Sweet & Sour

Try these other festive fitness moves to ♪jam♪ up the ♫jingle♫ from Kris Kringle!

Beauty Tuesday: CHRISTmas Cheer Gear

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/23/2014 at 16:30

Bring it on…

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S is for: * Santa * Starbucks * Sippie * Snappy * Sappy Frappy in * Selfie * Sweater Weather

… The CHRISTmas† Cheer, that is here!

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Another *Santa Selfie* with ASIA

Debuting the chocolate pleather from A’GACI

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A is for: ASIA * †Advent† * Angel Tree * A‘GACI

Planning to wear this when I commentate at our children’s †CHRISTmas† Eve Mass

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♫Deck the Bod♪ in ♥Red♥ & ♣Green♣: Plaid Shirt Dress by A’GACI +CHRISTmas† †Holy† ♥Family♥ Rosary & Rosary Bracelet from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in El Paso, TX

Stay Merry, Bright & Beautiful!!!

Thirsty Thursday: CHRISTmas Presence

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/18/2014 at 14:00

‘Tis the Season of Giving

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Ms. Easygoing EVIE shared the story about Advent & the candles’ significance with our Catechism class!

 Therefore, †CHRISTmas† is about giving to others, as a gesture of ♥LOVE♥ of †GOD†’s people ~ as if we were doing this for †JESUS† Himself.

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Our R.E. student, Delightful DANIELLA, generously gave us this beautiful gift! We our blessed with our little angels!

 This is our way of celebrating the coming of †CHRIST† the King.

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Bishop MIKE sent me this prayer card a few years ago …

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… that I read to our sweet students, who were reminded of the Reason for the Season.

Immaculate Mary at my EP friends’ Blessed Sacrament Church

 And let’s not forget MARY, the Queen Mother of †GOD†!

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help ~ Continuing to celebrate Advent and CHRISTmas with this Novena to prepare for JESUS’ Birth!

 †GOD† bless you all with * ✌PEACE✌ * ♥LOVE♥ * ☼JOY☼

Festive Friday: MC at McM

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/05/2014 at 07:30

†CHRISTmas† Spirit is in the air …

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My alma mater, McMurry University, has a lights and music show.

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I happened to check it out last night during Mariah Carey‘s ♪All I Want for CHRISTmas♫

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Don’t these lights look spectacular?

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Happy †HOLYdays†!!!

Manic Monday: Snow Day

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/17/2014 at 17:11

CHEERS ~ Here’s to This Time of Year When the HOLYdays Are Near …

Let’s hear it for Sweater Weather!

Therefore, break out those Ugly Tacky Sweaters.

On this Snow Day,

Make sure that you have time to play!

And of course, afterwards, be as cozy as ♪♫cats sleepin’ warm as toast♪♫.

11:11 ~ make a wish with the Snow Fairy!

‘Tis the Season of GIVING

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/19/2013 at 05:16

Merry One Week Until CHRISTmas, Everybody! May GOD Bless Us Everyone!

In the spirit of this ADVENT Season, when we prepare for the birth of JESUS, who gave EVERYTHING, including His own life, let us remember the Reason for the Season. Let us spread HOLYday cheer by giving.

One way we can give is through generosity to strangers, our neighbors, our fellow man. To honor my sister — who I’m proud to share has graduated with her Master of Science degree in Nursing and now works as a Nurse Practitioner for Psychiatry/Mental Health — on her birthday and my parents on their anniversary, I donated to the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan relief through the American Red Cross.

Here are my past dozen Dispo Hoop Scoops on the Dallas Mavericks:

Here are my Pretty Fit posts, chockful of Yours Truly’s recipes and workouts:

Tacky Sweater

Tacky Sweater by Adam Levine

Snow Day Cookies

Christmas Cat Cookies by Yours Truly


LOVE

Pretty Fit E on VDay

Cheers

Pretty Fit E on NYE

Chili Chilly Day

Crock Pot Chili by Yours Truly

Swirls & Toppings

Fro-Yo YOLO fo’sho’

As we celebrate this Season of Giving, I try not to surrender to the commercialization of CHRISTmas. Since my family and I are grateful for what we already have and won’t exchange gifts this year, I shall share with those who are in need. I started with my Angel Tree child who I chose from church and will continue with my Christian Foundation for Children and Aging sponsored child.

Some of the things that I thank GOD for are His will, grace and guidance, His people ~ including my dear friend and spiritual mentor Bishop Mike who soon will retire, my family whose blood is thicker than water, my bestie Melody who has been with me through thick and thin, my Team Dr. D for my Ph.D. ~ His creatures who are my loves ~ especially my Double A-Team ~ and great opportunities, such as hearing His calling for me to proclaim His word at Mass. For my sis and her hubby, both Mr. & Mrs. Cooley graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington this past weekend, and I could not have been prouder of Joanne’s MSN (UTA’s College of Nursing had the most thorough Graduation Commencement that I’ve ever attended — I was extremely impressed that each of the graduates’ dissertation, thesis or honors research titles and/or jobs were called out, along with their names, as they walked across the stage) and her husband/my “bro” Ryan’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/KinesiologySumma Cum Laude (“with highest honors”).

As we wrap up 2013 ~ which I did deem as the Year to Follow Our Dreams ~ I pursue 2014 ~ which I call the Year of Courting ~ as the time to come closer to completing my doctoral degree at Our Lady of the Lake University. During my prayers about progressing through my dissertation, I listened to GOD’s message to me about making a difference in my research. Bearing in mind that my study is about coaching, I indeed hope that I somehow can change how coaches influence their players: not necessarily to just seek winning in their sports, but being champions as people.

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

It’s Been Blessed!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/11/2013 at 17:11

The CHRISTmas Countdown is here, as the New Year draws near, so it’s time to CHEER!

I’m delighted to report that my dissertation committee blessed my Concept Proposal! We had our first conference call altogether yesterday for this information session about my study. Now all I can do from here is move forward, and as graduates of my program have said: ONWARD

My research is about the influence of college coaches‘ leadership on their student-athletes’ satisfaction, athletic and academic performance. Some of my inspirations include winning basketball coaches Coach K, Pat Summitt, and Phil Jackson. Here’s to Team: Dr. D in Mission: Ph.D.

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Here are my freshest fine 9 Dispo Hoop Scoops:

The MFFL’s Rants (since I was stuck at home during the Snow Days, I was able to crank out these babies)

*Friendly Reminder: Please vote for the NBA All-Stars*

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

†R.I.P., Nelson Mandela†