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Study Saturday: Presentation Prep

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/10/2015 at 11:00

Who would’ve thought that the advice offered by Belinda Selene in this month’s Seventeen magazine would actually help yours truly (who’s double the title age)?

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Belinda Selene also suggests concealer to prime eye shadow ~ which can be used in lieu of eye liner to prevent smudges! | Courtesy Seventeen magazine, October 2015

Indeed, this tip is relevant to ~ not only social media trendsetters with followers, but also ~ anyone who has an audience ~ in particular:

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Apparently, Jessica Alba must be extremely influential with her following ~ she’s now branded produce! | Courtesy Seventeen magazine, October 2015

Bottom Line: Public Speaking revolves around our Audience, just as Writing revolves around our Readers!

Acne Makeup

I’ve already been on-point with making this Neutrogena base for my face as my go-to double-function foundation for SPF coverage and acne prevention/protection! | Courtesy Seventeen magazine, October 2015

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Foodie Friday: S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/26/2015 at 20:35

Summer = Salad Season!

Salad

F is for … Fresh & flavorful: Romaine lettuce topped with crumbled feta cheese {Trader Joe’s} & drizzled with Italian dressing {Olive Garden}

I may indulge in comfort foods during colder weather when I prefer to stay cozy and warm, but now that the ☼heat☼ is on ~ not to mention, the pressure, since I’ve stepped up my A-game on my dissertation ~ I’m saving time and energy from cooking much to go raw!

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A is for … Apple! Added crunch from fruit & nuts (in this case, walnut ½s & pieces) suppresses appetite & burns calories!

Gotta ♥love♥ my greens!

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P is for … Pineapple & pecan chips for sweet flavor & savory crunch!

Speaking of freshness, I had a little more time this morning to whip this up for breakfast!

Banana Nut Chocolate Crepe

Banana Nut Chocolate {Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread} Crepe created with a smile 🙂

#TGIF

Banana Nut Chocolate Crepe

Melt in your mouth … Let my tongue & palate ♪sing♫!

Foodie Friday: Long Life

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/22/2015 at 12:30

Happy 🎆Belated🎇 🎊Birthday🎊 to Mami Aya

My Nanay has always cooked unbroken noodles for 🎈birthdays🎁 to signify long life. Usually, these celebratory main courses are spaghetti🍝 or Pancit🍜 (Filipino dish).

Some of us loyal children out there tend to be biased to our parents’ cooking if we grew up mostly exposed to their food. I’m definitely no different; as a matter of fact, I was so spoiled to the point that I as a preschooler once sobbed at my parents’ friends’ 🏠house🏡 when they dropped me off there for date night, and I was stuck with foreign spaghetti.

While many kids cooked for their moms on 💐Mother’s Day, my Mami Aya insisted on cooking her own special meal. Papa Jun and I didn’t mind. Not only have her masterpieces been delicious, but also nutritious!

 
I never can pass up what I call Nanay’s Bomb Diggety Spaghetti (she used to put hotdogs to keep up with Pinoy tradition ~ she even made my sis’ separately because she only liked the hotdogs)

Here’s a new side dish that she whipped up: Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

I now prefer these over the fried green tomatoes🍅 or fried pickles ~ or any other fried greens, for that matter

Who needs mozzarella sticks with these bad boys?  The Birthday Girl also cooked her special meal!   Pancit Canton goes well with Lumpia (eggrolls)!    And let’s not forget the 🎂cake🍰 ~ bring on Tres 🍶Leches🍼 con 🍉frutas: fresas🍓 y 🍍piñas!

Friendly reminder: Pray🙏 just to make it today!

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

Foodie Friday: Classic Cold Remedies

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/13/2015 at 10:00

Happy Friday the 13th!

Homecooked Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is where it’s at!

We’re never too old to need our mothers ~ so if they’re still with us, then let’s be grateful!

Cold Combat Remedies

Add freshly-squeezed OJ to the mix for Vitamin C to combat the cold, and I’ve got it made in the shade!

My own ♥Mommy Aya♥ came through for me during my cold that took its toil and my voice this ♣Spring Break♣.

Valley Oranges

These oranges came from my former post in the Rio Grande Valley!

As a retired Registered Nurse after over 4½ decades, my Nanay attended to me for the first time since I was a child!

Nutella Brownies

Chocolate = the perfect cure to cheer me up, in the form of my mom’s Nutella brownies!

I think that my need to be put on bed rest (while my ♥A&A♥ held vigil by my bedside) was †GOD†‘s way of telling me to slow my roll

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies also are. Always. On. Point.

Despite my week ☼off☼ from teaching and tutoring, I had still been on-the-go in the recent wintry weather with my traveling, researching, reporting and photographing!

Juicer Pitcher

This juicer doubles as a pitcher!

So much for tracking miles on a fun run or hitting the driving range … for now!

Feline Friday: February = National Pet Dental Health Month

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/27/2015 at 15:50

🐶Mad-dogging🐾 and 😸Cat-cheesing😸

ASIA brush teeth

Flashback Friday: *ASIA* back ‘n ’09 as always lookin’ fine before we added *ANNIE* to this fam of felines!

Don’t we pet parents want our fun, fine, furry, all-weather friends to have overall good health? That includes our animals’ smile ~ good dental hygiene can prevent long-term adverse health effects. We can’t just chill on their grill!

Bright-eyed & Bushy-Tailed: Sweet *ANNIE* willing to help put up groceries while BiG SiS *ASIA* hangs on the fridge ^_including aforementioned throwback_^

Every week, I give my felines fluoride treatment to prevent plaque. Plus, they have their toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental treats. Yesterday, I took my little one to her appointment.

BEFORE … Braving the snow: Onto ANNIE‘s dental appointment we go! #DISPObustAFlow

Grin and bare it!

Annie lick

AFTER … Ice = NICE! Lickety Split!

After Annie‘s surgery, she savored her ice cubes to consume water slowly.

Feline Dental

My cats have flouride every ☼Sunday☼ and Oravet every Thursday

She has her course of antibiotics, along with her and Big Sis Asia‘s regular dental care!

Pawsitive ANNIE

Annie has a pawsitive attitude!

Following her operation, I’ve monitored her closely.

Peter Cottontail for Bushy Tail

I reward Annie at the window for being a good sport with Peter Cottontail the Tooth Bunny!

At least today was yet another snow day, so I could stay home to make sure that my snow cat‘s A-OK!

Fancy Feline ANNIE

Annie the Fancy Feline is ready to dine!

Today also was Meatless Friday, so she had a special meal!

The purrfect moment: sipping on her soup!

The purrfect moment: sipping on her soup!

For the first time since her surgery, I felt and heard her purr!

Foodie Friday: Meatless for Lent

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/20/2015 at 09:40

Happy First Ash Wednesday of Lent 2015!

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Starting out the day with fiber and flavor from this fruit-&-berry-packed steel-cut oatmeal!

We can’t go wrong with our meatless options …

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Then my greens & dairy in this veggie soup + P.I. cheese on toast!

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Thanks to Maggie, I got my fave flavor of Girl Scout cookies!

Both in our meals and our snacks!

Remember to do your Stations of the †Cross†

Foodie Friday: G is for…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/02/2015 at 13:45
Church goodies

GOD’s Grace: Who knew that we’d score goodies on top of already being gifted with JESUS’ birth at Church?

 

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Gift complete with scripture: Isaiah 9:5-6

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Gingerbread: Twix Gingerbread was the shnap-shiz-nit of this candy collection from †Church†

 

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Gifts of Goodies: ¡*Starbucks$ tote bag from mis Suegros!

 

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MORE Score on Goodies: *Starbucks$ mugs from mis Suegros ring in the New Year with party food on holiday set-up {green bowl & red plate by Rachael Ray}

 

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Goulash: Blackeyed Peas Stew complete with pandesal for New Year’s comfort meal

 

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Greens: As in Green Drink/Shake/Smoothie ~ this 1 made from avocado & spinach … Koozie for dramatic effect (earned it in SA after a race — MAVS are still my No. 1 team)