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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📚

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Beauty Tuesday: ♣Spring♣ Clean Teeth

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/17/2015 at 12:45

Bon Mardi Gras!

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In my continued efforts to whiten and brighten my teeth

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My Valentine’s gift to myself ^^

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Yes, I practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly between meals, plus having my professional cleaning every six months, but

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Coffee stains are evident, including in recent photos from the Sweetheart Ball, yikes!!!

Study Saturday: ♣Spring♣ Cleaning

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/07/2015 at 16:00

The clearing of clutter continues …

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Just a few books in my library

Since a book rep visited my campus, I took full advantage by bringing my slew of books from which I studied in college and grad school or taught in undergrad courses.

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More books from my garage

Throwback Thursday Tags: Lifestyle & Fitness + Procrastinating Beauty

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 03/14/2014 at 04:11

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, after going Tuesday Beauty happy and adding the 2 for Tuesday *bonus* Sweater Weather Tag, I’m accepting these 2013 truth challenges for full disclosure. Enjoy, and if you’ve done either of these tags, please feel free to comment with the link to your answers!

 * Lifestyle & Fitness Tag ~ from GetFitWithLeyla‘s Lifestyle & Fitness TAG video [Questions are in bold; my answers are in italics.]

  1. How fit do you consider yourself to be? Are you happy with the shape you’re in? On a scale from 1-10, I’d say an 8. While I know that I’m fab, I still can stand to lose some flab. 
  2. Do you play any sports? I did back in the day ~ as in basketball & tennis 2 decades ago in jr. high ~ then discovered that I’m a much better spectator @ my fave sport: basketball, than I am as a baller… Competitions in which I’ve participated as a grown-up have been races, but I’ve mainly run them to benefit their worthy causes. Now I’m proud to say that I’m part of the 26.2 (full marathon) club & have run in several smaller events (e.g., 5Ks) since then! 
    Fiesta Marathon

    Shot Gun Bang! Fiesta Marathon‘s my chance to run like a Mustang!

    STC 5K

    South Texas College 5K (where I used to teach) ~ I should’ve done more high knees!

  3. Besides those, do you exercise as well? That’s exactly what I do to stay fit nowadays! Please check out my recommendations on the Pretty Fit Way blog & the Pretty Fit iOS app
  4. Do you have any fitness or health related goals? I work out to stay healthy, relieve stress & reduce my risk for disease in the long run. 
  5. Which celebrity’s body would you like to have? Does Elaine Dispo count? I’d like to say I’m my own celeb… But if I had to choose someone other than yours truly, I really dig on Jessica Alba’s bod! Plus, I must give myself props on mocking other folks pretty well for Halloween. 
    DCC

    *TRUE BLUE* Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

    Princess Leia Wannabe

    I love the Princess Leia hair from Episode IV, but it’s her goddess bod from VI that screams SEXY!

  6. What’s your favorite and/or least favorite exercise? My #1 fave is dancing because I can do it anywhere & everywhere; as a matter of fact, I most recently caught myself just grooving to the chores without even planning to burn calories that way today! My least fave may have to be burpees (jump to plank to squat) because they kick my boot-ay, but they’re definitely effective for my boot-ay! 
  7. How important is leading an active and healthy lifestyle for you? Extremely; this is THE way of life, not just for the sake of taking care of our bodies, but also our minds & our souls ~ not to mention our hearts (both literally & figuratively) ~ all the way inside & out! 
  8. How much attention to a healthy diet do you pay? On a scale from 1-10, I’d go with a 7. Although I keep track of my calorie consumption & burn, I don’t always pass up my weakness: sweets (e.g., cupcakes)! 
  9. What’s your biggest diet secret? I don’t diet. Since I don’t believe in depriving myself from what brings me joy, I’ll at least control my portions & eat in moderation. 
  10. Do you smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past? Never ever. I don’t have the desire to mess up my lungs, heart, teeth or skin… So no, thanks! 

* Procrastinating Beauty Tag [from FrmHeadToToe Jen‘s Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG]

  1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do? I’ve never applied primer to my face. I’m not into caking on a mask, as I’m completely content with my concealer, foundation & powder (I don’t always use ALL of the above @ the same time). 
  2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly? I don’t wash them too frequently because I want them to last, so I don’t use the same ones too often. When I do wash them, I use my M•A•C Brush Cleanser (pictured below). 
  3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? I plead the 5th… on going past the 5th day. 
    Spring forward

    Spring forward means…

    Sports Watches

    … that it’s time to change my nail color!

  4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it? I seldom ever need a new beauty product because I usually have a backup supply to replenish once I run out of something. 
  5. What is your worst beauty habit? Admittedly, I’ve gone to sleep without removing my makeup & washing my face on more than a few occasions ~ not something I’m proud of, for which there aren’t any legit excuses. 
  6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time? Decluttering ~ which I’m actually doing during this Spring Break on breaks from my dissertation! Since I’m not that much of a cosmetics hoarder, I don’t have much to purge, but I did get rid of loads of Bath & Body Works nail polish 1½ years ago, way past due. 
  7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute? Not always; I usually spare 2-3h before I’m supposed to leave for a planned event, so I can devote a little more time on my studies, a project or pleasure-______ (-reading, -surfing ~ as in channel- or net-surfing, etc.) before I take off. If I go the other way around & keep working then have minimal time to shower, hair & makeup + nails, then I don’t do myself justice. 
  8. Can you commit to spending bans? I haven’t made any, but I suppose that it’s worth a shot. Now if I only I had before my cosmetics sprees! How lame that my hometown just closed down our only M•A•C shop yesterday after being open for a short while. 
  9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections? On a scale from 1-10, this should be a solid 9. Check out my acrylic organizer on my dresser here, where I can find everything in place, arranged according to color & category (nails on the left, makeup on the right). The red & clear beads that help keep my eye liners, lip balms & gloss straight in the front right compartment are from the centerpiece of my table at the Sweetheart Ball to celebrate this past Valentine’s Day

    Nails & Makeup

    Acrylic Organizer keeps my RTW Nail Care & Makeup out in View for Open Concept

LOVE

Red + Clear Beads = LOVE Ambiance

♥ Warmest Kisses, Tightest Hugs & Much LOVE to my Dearest Darling Lola Rosing (March 5, 1910-March 14, 2014) in Heaven above!!! 

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: We #celebrate my #LolaRosa‘s #birthday on March 5th & #commemorate her #life on March 14th, so as her 6th #anniversaryapproaches, I share this #fond #memory of these 3 #generations: my #dearest#darling #LolaRosing, my #beautiful #Nanay Estrella Dispo & yours truly on that#spring day in The Philippines  ♥♣☼ As my #cousin Ignaz Philip Reyes said about our #maternal #grandmother: our #grandma led through #struggles up until her last #breath! We #love you, #Lola #Rosa in #Heaven above  fellow #teacher my#PenPal who instilled in me #FaithHopeLove … Request to my family & friends: please pray for the repose of her soul, thank you Uncles Antero Tavernero Art ReyesDrs. Robert Reyes & Yolanda Hernandez-Reyes Titas Mildred Abalos Joy Gomez Jessie Quebral Rosseana De Dios Titos Momoy Lachica Isaac Lachica Sr. Ate Rose Razon-Basinillo Kuya Arnel Basinillo Drs. Vee Luna & June Luna Kuya Mark Anthony Razon Ate Sonia Pahayo Kuya Rod Dallape sister Joanne Dispo cousins Eeno Ki Juan Raymundo Abalos Guizano Andrew Abalos Guizano Lowell Gomez Donnabelle Gomez-Parfan Boie Parfan Gomez Parfan Pamela Abalos-Carranza Kristine Abalos De Casa Clod Lachica Cinense Naomi Lachica Diane De Dios + cousins’ children/4th genArielle Royse R Basinillo Arthur Basinillo Antonio Gomez ***Maraming Salamat*** (3.5.1910-3.14.2008)
Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations – Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly – the day after Lola’s 96th Birthday (3/6/2006) — with Estrella Dispo.
Photo: Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations -  Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly - the day after Lola's 96th Birthday (3/6/2006)

CHEERS as we Ring in Spring & Get Lucky on St. Patty’s Day!!! ♣ 

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag before I Ring in Spring!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Tag You're IT, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 22:55

Let’s hear it for the Sweater Tag!

Like my sweater and snake scarf?

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My family and I went to Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater (approx. 45mi NW of Abilene) ~ which supposedly is the world’s largest!

Now here goes… [Questions are in italics; my answers are in bold.]

Yours truly’s SWEATER TAG

1. Favorite candle scent? Bath & Body Works Salty Caramel

Salty Caramel candle

BBW Salty Caramel

Dallas Cowboys Pumpkin

True Blue Jack-o-Lantern w/Salty Caramel Candle

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? ALL of the Above
3. What’s the best fall memory you have? football ~ most recently Dallas Cowboys 

Dallas Cowboys

GO, ‘BOYS! True Blue, through & through!

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? neither; cat make-up: my red lips in Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Love Cat and cat eyeliner by M•A•C 

Cat Eye & Lips

Tried to pull off Cat Eye & Cat Lips at Christmas Party

5. Best fragrance for fall? COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy Stripes in bag, fragrance and Gabrielle glasses

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? my Cranberry Walnut Pie

THANKSgiving Dessert

My THANKful Cranberry Walnut Pie

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? bipolar: sunny & warm 1 day, snowy & frosty the next

Sunny Day

Sunny Abilene

Snowy Abilene

Snow Day

8. Most worn sweater? my Kardashian Kollection white Open Knit Sweater because I could layer it over any color and wear off-the-shoulder 

Kardashian Kollection Open Knit Sweater

My fave Sweater Weather sweater that I can wear everywhere, including the beach!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kollection Disco Dolls for the gold glitter and Follow Me on Glitter for the dark glitter

Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kolor

Kardashian Kolor from Nicole by OPI®

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? BOTH

Dallas Cowboys home game

Dallas Cowboys on the field! I’d like to play in the leaves with them!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? BOTH … or how ’bout jeggings? (e.g., Sofia Vergara Lurex Jeggings in Gold Foil, Indigo & Jet Black ~ like the glitter effect from #9)

Gold Jeggings

These Gold Jeggings pair well w/this Snake Scarf, along w/my Cowboys Boots!

12. Combat boots or Uggs? neither; I’ll go for my Kenneth Cole knee-high zip-up black stiletto boots, Corral Cowboy boots or Sketchers Tone-Ups camel boots w/ faux fur

Jeggings & Sketchers

Jeggings + Sketchers = Match Made on Snow Day

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? he**-to-the-YEAH

SB PSL

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

SB SC PSL

I asked for Salted Caramel & Whip to top off my PSL!

SB SC PSL w/cap

Salted Caramel PSL in the house!

Starbucks Gold Member

Enjoy like yours truly at a Starbucks near you!

14. Favorite fall TV show? I’d say Grey’s Anatomy for the rainy weather, ’til it went on hiatus before the holidays, but now it’s back to ring in spring! 
15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? Katy Perry’s Eye of the Tiger brought me school spirit because my alma mater, Cooper H.S., was a finalist in her music vid contest

Roar

Katy Perry ~ Hear Me ROAR!

Katy Perry Challenge

Katy Perry Challenge Finalists

Katy Perry & CHS

Katy Perry Challenge includes CHS, all right, all right, all right!

CHS ROAR

Cooper Cougars ROAR to Katy Perry!

5:55 ~ make a wish!!! 

Beauty Tuesday Review: Fave Raves & Some Rants

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 21:44

Now that I’m doing Spring Cleaning during this Spring Break, I shall share my favorite beauty products, as well as a few reviews…

Since I love to stimulate my senses, I tend to stock up on stuff that is visually-appealing ~ you know, eye candy ~ and smells good to yours truly.

Matrix® Biolage

Matrix® Biolage Hydrathérapie & Smooththérapie

Biolage by Matrix®  is my #1 brand of hair care because I feel like I’m in a spa whenever I use it! It’s a sweet treat for my hair since I always experience an enticing scent and a smoothing effect.

Styling Products & Tools

Pantene Pro-V & TRESemmé + Conair & Revlon

However, I also rely on TRESemmé and Pantene Pro-V styling products when using my Conair and Revlon hair appliances.

Pantene & Herbal Essences

What’s in My Shower? More Pantene & Herbal Essences + Garnier Fructis

Odor Prevention

Are You Sure? Raise Your Arms!

I stash deodorant in my bathrooms and my bags, so I’m always ready to combat b.o.

Neutrogena & Nivea

N for SkiN Care: Neutrogena & Nivea Rock!

To treat my oily-dry combination skin, I need a variety of skin care products that treat acne and moisturize!

Neutrogena Make-up

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing® w/ Microclear® Technology

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing® w/ Microclear® Technology

FALL/WINTER (fairer complexion)

SPRING/SUMMER (more sunkissed)

Oil-Free Makeup

Warm Beige 90

Natural Tan 100

Blemish Concealer

Light 10

Medium 15

HK

Hello Kitty for M•A•C & Forever 21 Limited Editions

Hello Kitty Happiness

Seasonal Sig Fragrances

Signature Fragrances for Each Season

These are just a few of my favorite fragrances, in rotation by season.

  • Sephora Hello Kitty Pink Bow roller ball when on-the-go
  • Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition
  • Coach Legacy for Fall
  • VS Angel Gold for Winter
Sephora Fragrance Sampler

Sephora Fragrance Sampler mini vials come in handy for travel

My sample bottles, including from this Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her and from VS, are the perfect size to fit into my array of purses! 

More Sephora Fragrance Samplers

More Sephora Fragrance Samplers

See how Sephora samples accumulate?

What's in My Purse?

What’s in My Purse? Coach Handbags for Each Season + Bare Essentials I Don’t Leave Home Without

I should have enough scent samples to fill all of my handbags, including a couple of my classics and a couple of my seasonal

  • Coach [counter-clockwise, from bottom right]: Madison Maggie Shoulder Bag in chocolate-doe/gold hardware with matching wristlet that I change out with larger bags, Poppy Denim Whipstich Hippie with matching wallet that has Legacy Stripes lining, Signature C Tote in tri-color, Poppy Pop C backpack in pastel/gold hardware
  • Bath & Body Works® PocketBacs are in all of my bags
  • As you already know, I also keep deodorant in handy
  • A first-aid kit, or at least Neosporin and bandaids (like in this keychain container) aid in the event of a boo-boo
  • My generous students have gifted me with other beauty needs worth mentioning: blush and eye shadow palette and manicure set from one plus Breast Cancer Awareness compact mirror from another!
  • Miniature lotions and fragrances (such as those that appear above) ~ including this Juicy Cologne in Sprightly Sparkle from the Philippines ~ help my body smell nice
  • Last but most definitely not least: gum freshens my breath, and floss picks are a must-have between meals!
BBW

Bath & Body Works® Aromatherapy & Fragrances to Get Through the Day

Certain scents are perfect for the senses at a specific time

  • This B&BW® P.S. I Love You Spring Fling Lotion and Body Spray is great for the upcoming spring days and sunny rays!
  • Orange for energy ~ such as B&BW® Orange Sapphire or Aromatherapy Energy with Orange + Ginger upon awaking 
  • Eucayptus for destressing ~ such as B&BW® Aromatherapy Stress when relieving anxiety [I also apply the aforementioned Vicks VapoRub to tense muslces]
  • Jasmine for romance ~ such as B&BW® Night Blooming Jasmine or Aromatherapy Sensual with Jasmine + Vanilla at bedtime [I also use vanilla to relax, such as from the Summer Vanillas collection ~ Berry, Lemon and Coconut] 
  • Lavender for rest ~ such as B&BW® Aromatherapy Sleep with Lavender + Vanilla at bedtime

NOTE: None of these aforementioned rants and raves are endorsements; they all simply come from my own opinion [other similar product mentions appear in brackets]. 

4:44 ~ make a wish!!!