I’ve Been Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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Tagged by:   Chantal and Shekinah from http://chantalandshekinah.wordpress.com

The rules:

1. Show the award on your blog.

2. Thank the person who nominated you.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 blogs.

5. Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know.

Thank you Chantal and your cutie kitty, Shekinah, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I truly enjoy and anticipate your daily blog entries on Beauty and Lifestyle.  You keep me up-to-date on the newest makeup and fashion trends.  I also love your exclusives on current models in the fashion industry.  You’re a beautiful person with a beautiful soul.

Seven Facts About Myself:

l.  I just renewed my passport because I plan to travel the world.  Paris here I come!

2.  My new home will have a state-of-the-art kitchen because I LOVE TO COOK!

3.  I would love to write a Children’s book one day.

4.  I love to interpret my friends’ dreams.

5.  My favorite way to relax is to chew 3-4 pieces of gum ( at one time)  and read fashion magazines on my bed.

I nominate the following bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:

l.  http://thedancingrunner.wordpress.com

2.  http://kelsielou.com

3.  http://thebeautifiedblogger.wordpress.com

4.  http://courtenaysbeautybox.wordpress.com

5.  http://britasblog.wordpress.com

6.  http://leahpereyra.wordpress.com

7.  http://frenchvanillandcoffee.wordpress.com

8.  http://HBeans.wordpress.com

9.  http://aprettypenny.wordpress.com

10.  http://myfashionpoetry.wordpress.com

11.  http://happucurlhappygirl.wordpress.com

12.  http://laceandpearls.wordpress.com

13.  http://thediaryofacurlygirl.wordpress.com

14.  http://theearlgirl.wordpress.com

15.  http://sunkissalbablog.com

More nominees to come.

Peace and Love

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2015 The Best Solutions

I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions.  Mostly because I never keep them.  So, I will set better solutions for myself.  Since I spent last Monday at the doctor’s office, I now recognize that I had neglected my health this past year.

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I went in to see my doctor and found out that I was completely dehydrated.  I really just didn’t notice that I was not drinking enough water.

So, I decided to go out and get some water bottles to remind me to drink water throughout the day.

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Go Bruins!!!!

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Autism Awareness Cup.  Proceeds go to supporting the research and support for individuals with Autism.

2015 will also require more juicing for healthier skin and energy. Great green juice!

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My current natural hair products are working very well for me.  I can’t live without my Apple Cider Vinegar, Kinky Curly Leave-In (not pictured).  I revisited the Camille Rose Deep Conditioner.  I’m still not sure if I like it.  But, I did like the Camille Rose Curl Maker.  Loving it!

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Tonight’s dinner was delicious.  I cooked! Yay!!!!!  Baked Tilapia with butter, garlic and chives.  White rice and a caesar salad as sides.  Delicious!

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Dessert- Hot cocoa with whipped cream and sugar free chocolate

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I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and Good Health in 2015.

Peace and Love

Let’s Get Acquainted- My Other Hobby

Those who know me personally know that I enjoy purchasing makeup.  I love to buy the newest items that hit the makeup aisles or counters in any drugstore, Target or department store.  Why do I love makeup so much?  I really just love everything in the world of beauty.  If I had another career it may have been Makeup Artistry.  Here are a few of my most recent purchases and everyday must-haves.

I normally use the BB Kiss BB cream in medium.  It is lightweight, but gives full coverage.  As you can see I use this quite often it’s one of my favs.

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Since my skin can sometimes be oily I have to wear a mattifying base underneath the BB Cream.  I love this one that I picked up from Targets.

 

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I recently purchased several press powders from Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Hollywood.  I’ve yet to try them, but I will let you know how they turn out in a future blog.

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I splurged on two eyeshadow palettes that I can’t  wait to experiment with them soon!

 

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New brushes that I picked up, pink of course.

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Keep those brushes clean to prevent breakouts.  Here are my current brush and beauty blender cleaners.  I already tried the brush cleaner and it’s amazing.  A little goes a long way.

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My everyday fragrances.  I love, love, love these two in combination.

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A few more facts about me…..

l.  My favorite color is pink (any shade)

2.  I love to workout outdoors (walking/running on the beach is my fav.)

3.  Favorite running shoes:  Asics and Nikes (pink has to be present somewhere on the shoes of course!)

4.  Favorite fruit:  Blueberries

5.  Favorite Music:  R & B

6.  Favorite Comedian:  Richard Pryor (who else?)

7.  Favorite Shows:  (Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder -Go Kerry and Viola)

8.  Favorite Meal:  Pescatarian or Vegetarian

9.  Favorite Thing to Do:  Watch YouTube Videos, Blog

10:  Next Major Purchase:  I need another camera because I’m using my iPhone for pics.  I won’t purchase one unless I consistently blog for the next two weeks though.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask in comments below.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest and Relaxation


I saw this post on Facebook today and it pretty much sums up my thoughts right now.

 

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My fitness routine today consisted of getting out of bed and walking into the kitchen to grab something to eat and then heading back to bed.  It feels soooooooooooo good to be on vacation.  And a much needed one at that.  I had a great phone conversation with my Daddy today.  My pop likes to quiz me on theology.  I never get any answers correct, but it’s okay.  It’s just fun listening to him educate me with his Bible knowledge.

 

I did make it out to the mall today.  Lots of sales.  I just paid my Macy’s bill and looked at jewelry, handbags and shoes.  I’m still trying to convince myself to purchase the Michael Kors MK Charm Rain Booties.  They are so cute!

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I also peeped the Ralph Lauren Half Rain Boots (online).

 

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On the way home I decided to grab a quick treat.  Starbucks has the best Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Make sure they warm them up for you!

 

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My favorite Starbucks drink is the delicious Iced Caramel Macchiato anytime of year.

 

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Until next time, see ya!

Peace and Love

 

The Day After Christmas

Well, I spent a fun evening with a childhood friend on Christmas evening.  I enjoyed a delicious dinner with her family.  We sang, danced and ate for most of the night.  I had the opportunity to try out the Panettone Specialty Holiday Cake.

 

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Tonight, I finished preparing a pescatarian soul food dinner for myself.  Fried Tilapia, macaroni and cheese, mustard greens and potato salad were on the menu.   It was delightful!  I watched Divergent as I ate.  It was a really good movie.

 

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I will be letting you know about all my Christmas presents in a future blog.  I just didn’t have time to take the pics.  My favorite is a Lilly Pulitzer Agenda that my mom sent.  I’ll be able to plan some exciting activities for the future.

 

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I also received my first Keurig, so excited to try it out.

 

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I’m still enjoying this time off from work.  It’s great to be back to blogging.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Saves the Day!

I thought all was lost tonight when I tried to find an open Starbucks.  My usual tradition is to order my White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha and drive around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas Lights.  So, to go to three different Starbucks and find out they were all closed early put a slight damper on my cheery Christmas mood.

But lo and behold, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was OPEN!!!! I was so excited.  I ordered my festive drink and went on my merry way.

 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Saves the Day!

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As I cruised the streets tonight, I reflected on how happy and blessed I am in my life.  I have great friends, my parents are healthy, I love my job and God is the center of my joy.

Earlier today, I managed to get all of my grocery shopping done.  As I stated in a previous blog, my love of cooking is being rekindled.  I picked up a new item today that the grocery clerk was telling me was quite delicious.

 

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I will be preparing a Pescatarian Christmas lunch tomorrow.  Pics will be up on the blog tomorrow!  My evening will be spent with loved ones who are very dear to me.

I’ll leave you with the festive sounds of the Whispers tonight.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of Winter Vacay!

Another day of peace and relaxation Yaaaay!  I’m enjoying the days off to rest and recharge.  I can’t believe it, but I’m now watching Gossip Girl Season 1-5 on Netflix and I’m enjoying it LOL!  Tomorrow will probably be more eventful.  I’ve started to open Christmas gifts from my staff.  I’m now enjoying these sweet delicacies that are contained in these delightfully cute boxes.  There are chocolates, kettle corn, peppermints, and peanut brittle YUM!

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I purchased an interesting book from the Getty Villa when I visited the museum a few months ago.  I try to read an excerpt per day.  It is definitely well worth the purchase.

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My new candle from Bath and Body Works will really make the home nice and fragrant.  I love the three wick candles, especially when they are on sale.

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I will take my traditional drive through my neighborhood to look at Christmas Lights on the night of Christmas Eve.  I always enjoy cruising down each street and sipping on a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks while listening to my favorite Christmas song by Ledisi.

Well, have a great evening.

Peace and Love

1st Day Of Winter Break

Sooooooo! I had planned to do some semi exciting activities today. However, I ended up watching YouTube videos and Netflix movies pretty much all day.  Yep! I have started my vacation as a couch potato.  Some of the reasons for my lack of activity may be due to a sudden little bug that I seem to have caught since the light showers over the past week here in sunny California.  I have been trying to treat this little affliction with the following items, but I don’t think they are working very well.

 

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Speaking of You Tube videos.  I’ve been catching up on watching some of the Makeup Gurus on Youtube.  Some of my favorites are:

l.  GlamTwinz234

2.  C Key

3.  SunKissAlba

4.  ItsJudyTime

5.  MsLizHeart

6. BeautybyLee

I have many more which I may mention in another blog.  My latest task will be to master contouring.  I picked up a couple of contouring pallets this Christmas.

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It should be a lot of phone trying out new looks.  I’ll post the new makeup items that I haul in future blogs.  I have a huge haul from Nigel’s Emporium that I need to tell you about.  I will also start adding in My Bucketlist which I am creating.  One item is to complete a Makeup Artistry Workshop and receive my Pro Card.  I love makeup!!!!!!

I’ve completed some Christmas Shopping.  I sent my parents their gifts.  I will not post a pic because they may read the blog and spoil the surprise.  However, I’ve purchased a few new perfumes for myself.

 

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I’ve decided to cook everyday for the next 3 weeks of my Winter vacation.  I will have to grocery shop tomorrow.  But, first I need to make room in my refrigerator.  I will need to make room for fresh fruits and vegetables.  A more recent bit of news is that I am now a pescatarian.  I recently added seafood to my diet.  I think it helps me with balancing my meals a little better.  I will take pics of the new recipes that I will be preparing.  Pinterest is my new best friend.  I love to try the recipes that I see on there.

 

I do have a few YouTube Chefs that I follow religiously.

l.  Cooking with April

2.  Laura Vitale

3.  Divas Can Cook

 

My running routine needs severe help.  I was doing great over the summer.  As soon as my new job started my running ended (sob).  I will have to reinvent myself once again.

My plan is to blog everyday so see you tomorrow!

Peace and Love!

 

 

 

 

 

Long Beach, CA Excursions

This past Saturday, August 3, 2013 started out with a very healthy breakfast.  I had to fuel up for my beach workout: Scambled eggs (easy), Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon and Raisin English Muffins, Almond Butter, Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Chia Seeds and Flax Seed.

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I walked for a total of 3 miles and attacked the stairs as usual.

The rest of the day involved shopping and browsing stores.

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Another great lunch in the afternoon.  I enjoyed this 1/2 green 1/2 oriental salad with the sweetest vinegarette.  Really yummy!

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Nothing beats a healthy snack:  Dried blueberries and unsalted roasted cashews

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I’m excited about changing up my workout a bit.  I’ll be running again in no time.  I can feel myself getting stronger with every workout.

How was your weekend?

Saturday Outings!

Today was a pretty active day for me.  I’m loving breakfast these days.  I usually use my new Nutribullet to whip up a green smoothie.  I’ve become addicted to Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon and Raisin English Muffins.  I spread on about 2 tbs of Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter. Mmmm Good!  The pic below is a typical breakfast for me give or take a couple of hard boiled eggs or scrambled easy.  My smoothies are made with spinach, frozen fruit, chia seeds, flax seed and agave nectar.                                                                                

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So, before I went to workout I stopped by Sports Chalet to pick up a Polar FT7.  This little gadget should help me stay in my fat burning zone and optimize my workouts. Hmm, let’s see if this works out.  I’m totally confused by it already LOL.

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Once I made it to the beach I started my 45 minute long walking routine.  I’m incorporating the “STAIRS” into my routine.  My legs are killing me on the way up.

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But, once I get to the top I’m all smiles.  The stairs are really steep and sandy.

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I will be blogging on my trips to the gym and updating you on my progress.

Lunch today was so-so.  I usually make a mean salad, but today’s was a little bland believe it or not!  

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What was your Saturday workout routine?

What did you have for lunch?

 

Good Morning!

I’m up and at em this morn. Just finished breakfast (pics later). Goal for today, check out the Polar F7 watches and of course workout. I really want to workout at the beach on Saturday morns and attack the dreaded STAIRS! (Pics later). 

Does anyone have a heart monitoring watch?

Today’s Doctor Visit and My Awesome Weekend!

Phew!! I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon today to get a diagnoses for my shoulder pain. The doctor tried to narrow it down to tendonitis in both shoulders, however, he is also requesting an additional neck MRI to see if there are further complications. He gave me 2 cortisone shots in both shoulders OUCH!!!!! I tried to relax after the visit by going to see a movie “Marvel Avengers”. Movie therapy usually relaxes me, but it didn’t seem to work. I’m home now and my right shoulder is aching like a toothache. I think this may mean another day off from work if I’m not better. Wow! I’m so glad when this subsides. I really want to be better by summer.

Now to my awesome weekend! I started it off on Friday night by picking up the nieces and coaching them through a vegan sprinkled donut recipe. Vegan donuts are a much healthier alternative to regular donuts. Great fun! A great math lesson also using estimation with measurements. My nieces are so smart. They said that they didn’t need my help LOL!

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On Saturday afternoon, I picked up the nieces and we went to Costco to meet the author of the vegan cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen.

We told her all about our new vegan cooking adventures and visiting vegan restaurants. She was so nice and really down to earth.

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After meeting Chloe, we did some shopping for fruit and a pizza to snack on for lunch.

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Lunch:

We ended our glorious evening with watching DVDs and Netflix. I couldn’t ask for a better weekend.

Grocery Shopping

I ended a long day at work by shopping at Ralphs for a few items. I stocked up on oranges and vegetables. I’m really loving corn on the cob right now.

I’ve been eating a lot of laughing cow cheese. I scored this new flavor today:

I can’t wait to slather it on a toasted whole wheat bagel.

I picked up some POM Cranberry Juice. It tasted pretty good! I know it’s super healthy for me. Chalk full of antioxidants.

I’ve been indulging in the breakfast of the champions lately, greek yogurt and whole grain snacks.

Healthy dinner choice tonight! Loved it. Oven roasted corn and a garden salad (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, cucumbers, cilantro) and oil and vinegar dressing.

Questions:

l. What do you love to pick up at the grocery store?

2. What did you have for dinner?

I’m Backkkk!

This weekend was a ton of fun with my nieces. We went to Universal Studios Hollywood and then ended the night with watching The Hunger Games at AMC CityWalk.

Morning Breakfast with the nieces involved a stop at Jamba Juice. I had a smoothie “Orange Dream Machine” and I shared a spinach, egg and cheese wrap with older niece. My younger niece had a cup of steel cut oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. She loved it even though it doesn’t look like it in the picture.

My nieces love to take pictures when we are out. Universal Studios was a blast! My nieces took a photo with the Austin Powers Performers.

I had several vegetarian choices at Universal Studios. So happy! I like to purchase the all you can eat band for 30 bucks and spend the day grazing. You always get an entree, side order and dessert.
I choose veggie pizza for my first meal and yummy raspberry jello for dessert. I scooped off the whip cream it was delicious but too sweet.

The Hunger Games was pretty good. My nieces loved it. My older niece read the first book in the ninth grade so she was totally into the film.

I’m still looking forward to purchasing a bike to include in my cross training program. I’ll have it by summer I’m sure.

This morning’s breakfast:

I ate pretty healthy today. So happy!

Questions:

What did you do this weekend?

Motivation

It takes a lot of effort, time and sometimes money to motivate myself to exercise, eat clean, go to work, step out of my comfort zone, etc. I just watched an incredible movie on Netflix, entitled “Running the Sahara”. This movie captured the many facets of pushing past one’s limits, braving extreme elements, and enduring pain and overcoming fears. I was brought to tears at many times in the movie as I thought about how I would handle similar situations in my life. This documentary is a must see!

My day has been pretty peaceful. I got up this morning in a baking mood. I whipped up a new recipe from one of my current favorite cookbooks.

Whole Wheat Baking Powder Biscuits and Fresh Juice:

Fro-Yo always makes Saturday a good day.

I love toppings on everything.

What are your favorite toppings?
-potatoes (butter, sour cream, chives)
-chilli (cheese, onions, tomatoes)
-Fro Yo (cookies, granola, almonds, mini chocolate chips)

Hello Weekend!

It’s been a couple of days since I last made a post. Just so busy at work. Well, the weekend is here and I’m ready to blog the weekend. I’ve had some great food for breakfast and lunch this past week.

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Fro-Yo with yummy toppings (granola, almond slivers, coconut cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup)

I can’t wait to get started on my new homework assignment. I’ll be studying the Eat Clean Diet info on vegetarian lifestyle. This is going to be great!

I’ll post the pictures of the new recipes that I try!