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… and to all ‘A Happy New Year’

Happy New Year 2014

Hello Luv-lies,

Happy New Year to you all!

I’m sitting here watching the ‘ball’ drop on this annual  New York City Event.  Watching the mess of confetti that is raining down on the elated  faces that have waited for hours for an opportunity to party celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

The New Year seems to bring about a renewed hope for all of those things that we didn’t and/or couldn’t conquer in the twelve months preceding it.  A New Year seems to inspire us to make good on those promises from before, and/or make a new set of goals/aspirations/dreams and promises.

Although I’ve long given up ‘resolutions’ and haves replaced them with ‘Yearly Inspirations’ and ‘Reflections on the Year gone by’, I can’t help but to get caught up the madness going on in New York’s Time Square.

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Somewhere between the commercials and the celebration I’ve come up with my list of this year’s inspirations.

So without further ado, for the 2014 year I am inspired to do the following things …. {in no particular order of significance}

Blog at least three times a week – I enjoy meeting you here in this space (it’s like my virtual coffee shoppe) and after all, I started this blog to keep me accountable…. right?

~ Cook one amazing home made meal a month – this might not seem like a big deal, but take it from someone (that would be me) who has found true excitement in the kitchen – it’s a biiiiiig deal!

~ Reach Weight Watcher’s Lifetime Member Status -Let’s just say that ‘lifetime membership has its bennies’

~ Attend a few non-credit college ‘Learning for Leisure’ courses – right now courses in culinary arts, technology and language are on my list.

~ Races! Races! Races! – the list includes completing at least three each: 5K Races, 10K Races and one half marathon…. I’m taking all suggestions – be kind

~ Do Volunteer work – this has been on my bucket list for a while… now it’s time to put up (shutting up is not an option)

~ Attend at least one Blog Conference – depending upon the location, these can be quite pricey…. but you can’t put a price on the ‘friendships’ that you make in the blogosphere

~ Continue to workout at least five times a week – in addition to eating a helluva lot healthier, this workout routine has brought me great weight loss success and peace of mind!

~ Master this WordPress Blog Platform – full disclosure here…. right now, I am not totally satisfied with my blog… I have to devote more time in making it more user-friendly (amongst other things)….

~ Start a Garden – this is going to be interested… I don’t have much of a green thumb but I’m hell-bent on eating fresh veggies.  So my ‘me logic’ says – ‘want fresh veggies? why not grow them’?  ‘BOOM’ … makes sense to me

This is just a short list of the things that are Inspiring Me.  I’m certain that as the year rolls-out, the list will grow.  And so will the excitement of checking off my yearly inspirational accomplishments….

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So Luv-lies,
What inspires you this year?
…. do tell

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Yoga For Wine Lovers

Hello Luv-lies,

I’ve finally added Yoga back into my workout routine.  I’m not yet sure how many days  I’ll be doing it, but I do have to say that it is sooooo good having it back into the mix.  I’ve realized that I miss the slowness of the movements, the calmness that comes with every ‘chi’ breathe and the control & focus…. oh the control & focus!

It’s funny that today is the day that I decided to go back there, mostly because I found this clever little ditty in my mailbox that I’m dying to share with you.

For all of the yogis, you’ll definitely appreciate this.  And for all of you Luv-lies thinking about delving into the world of yoga, this might just be the push that you need.

Enjoy!

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Easy Like Sunday Morning & A Late 4th of July Post…..

Good Morning Luv-lies,

Just checking in to see how everyone’s 4th of July holiday panned out. I started the morning, early – my body forgot that it did not have to go into work that morning *bummer* 😛 with my usual cup of jo, 2 boiled egg whites and a bowl of mixed berries ~5PPV…YEY!!!!!.

As the early morning hours slowly inched toward mid-morning, I indulged in watching a steady stream of pre-recordings of my favorite Sunday morning show, CBS Sunday Morning, previously hosted by the late, Charles Kuralt – whose baritone voice is the real reason that I tuned in. Kuralt’s soothing voice has since been replaced by that of Charles Osgood – voice equally as appealing ;-).

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The leisure of the morning was interrupted by a much anticpated-early afternoon- two hour-jammed pack-music infused Zumba class. I soooo look forward to this class with this instructor! She is FanTabuLous!!! 
Her classes are flooded with great music and loads of energy…. can you say “Cardio on steroids”!?

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Needless to say, the Zumba class set me up juuuuust nicely for the pending holiday foodfest 🙂
Initially, I had planned to stop past one of my favorite eateries and have my holiday feast there. However, my spontaneous alter-ego took over and I decided to spend that time at home with a ‘home grilled meal’. Thank goodness for the weekly meeting where we went over ‘how not to pig out during the holiday’! Since this was an unplanned meal (had I gone to my favorite restaurant, I would have known what I was going to eat :-P) I had to figure out what was going to make for a flavorful and filling meal that did not make me spend my remaining PPVs and that was fit for grilling. This task called for a trip to my new found digital shelves that house my virtual library. Once there, it did not take me long to find just the meal….
Shrimp and Kielbasa Kabobs… {yumminess on a skewer & Only 7PPV ~ YeY!}.

… my delicious and savory eat is pictured below…. What do you think?… Yum-cious – right?

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After the meal, I spent the remainder of the afternoon ‘chillaxin’… gearing up for an evening of fireworks that the city government’s office promised to be stupendously spectacular !

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Two hours later, tired but in a satisfied and fulfilled kind of way, I returned home to quietly reflect on the wonderful, unplanned hours of the day.

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That,  was my fantastic fourth!

How was your holiday?

do tell

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My Feet are not Sandal Worthy

Last week was craaaaaazy busy.  Crazy weeks certainly have a way of robbing of us of time. Don’t you think?  And what is it about this time of year that makes us rip and run around like headless chickens?
I wake up in the morning and hit the ground running.  I rushed off to work only to rush through the day.  Hop in the car.  Kick over the engine.  Zoom into traffic….and….sit.  and.  wait.  The physical stillness does not stop my, already overloaded mind from continuing to race.
To where?  The finish line?  Do we ever reach it?- The finish line?
Right now, I’m a little tired of racing around.  Trying to meet some imaginary ‘finish line’.
I’ve drawn my line in the sand.  If only for today.  There is one thing that I had to attend to *I’ve neglected it for farrrrr too long*
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My feet were in major need of a pedicure!  Now I knew that if my tootsies resembled ancient roman stone, my very, very busy friends, who I affectionately refer to as my ‘Sistah Friends’, are also walking around on stone feet!
Although we’d luv to have our tootsies done by some…say…celebrity tennis star,  us ‘everyday gals’ headed to our favorite foot magician!  *we really luv her economic pricing*
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. What treatment should we select off of the menu?
*hmmmmm
Some years ago,  I read an article about something called ‘the fish pedicure’ with Garra Rufa fish.  They’re suppose to nibble away the dead skin.
Only one of my ‘sistah friends’ decided to be adventurous and give it a try.  Iccck!
She said that, initially, it tickled.  But after a while, it was quite soothing….
…three of us passed…
… and opted, instead, for this soothingly fragrant cranberry-scented flower foot bath {similar to the one pictured below}.  Immediately, I was transported to some Polynesian resort *in my mind, anyway*
….while the last ‘sistah friend’ decided for the citrusy pleasures a warmed lemon foot bathe.
The aromas were irrestible!

I’ve fallen for the ‘soft pink’ lacquers from the OPI and Essie collection.  Somewhere, I read that they are the same company.  *I don’t know*.  But what I do know is that I luv, luv, luv the soft colours!

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I opted for this delicate bejeweled french manicure…
and my ‘sistah friends’ opted for a more colourful presentation….
LuV It!

and when it was all over, we donned our pointed winkle-picker stilettoes and rushed right over to the nearest tapas restaurant….

Hey Luv-lie,
How was your weekend?
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