What’s Up Wednesdays #19 – Finale

Welcome back dear friends to What’s Up Wednesdays! I trust that your week is going well and if not that it is at least getting better.

Today, I have decided to make this post my last What’s Up Wednesdays post.  Writing this post every week been a great experience for me to learn and grow as well as for me to share some of my life with each of you.

I first discovered the What’s Up Wednesdays concept on Pink For Days  and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I did.   It could be a bit demanding to prepare but once completed I enjoy reviewing it.

A special thank you to those of you who read and comment. Your support and feedback was appreciated. So without further ado, let’s get into it. 🙂

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What I’m eating this week:

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Today for lunch I had pizza – Pizza Hut!

 

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

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Nothing really!  I try not to spend too much time focusing on what was because I might miss what is. The memories that were great would always be with me and the not so good ones would be archived. 🙂

What I’m loving:

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The supporting and encouraging nature of this community.  I have seen the love and support that this special group of individuals possess and I’m very grateful and humble to be a part of it.

What I’ve been up to:

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Work, home, work, home…  This week has been very draining but thankfully I have some songs that help me relax and just forget all about my troubles.

What I’m dreading:

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That the current project we have going on at home would not be completed to our liking. The contractor’s measurements were off and then he didn’t properly assess the area so we had some additional costs.  He is good at what he does so I’m trusting in the Lord that everything will work out and we would be pleased with the end result.

What I’m working on:

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At the moment getting a mouthful of this chicken pasta into my mouth while I prepare this post.  🙂 Please note that this picture was taken from Pixabay because I’m already more than half-way through my dinner.  🙂

What I’m excited about:

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I’m excited and anxious to see all of the small improvements around the house completed.  We finally started painting last weekend even though the sun graced us with her presence only for a short time.  The small area we did manage to complete looks so good.  The new colour is fresh and vibrant.  We love it!  I can’t wait to see the rest of house transformed. 🙂

What I’m watching:

Shadow Hunters was good so good that I’m yet to resume my Orphan Black series.  My sister continued the Orphan Black series though and told me that so much has happened that I have a lot of catching up to do. I may get back into it this weekend or I might just start something new it all depends on the mood I’m in. What good series have you been watching lately?

What I’m listening to:

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My sister would definitely scream out Despacito and New Rules.  These songs along with a few others I listed on Music Reflection Mondays #15  just keep playing in my head.

What I’m wearing:

My black cotton oversized T-shirt that says “Coffee Now”.  Comfort is the order of the day. 🙂

What I’m doing this weekend:

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Hopefully, painting the house once the weather is good.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

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New posts, new opportunities and new blogs to follow.  Let’s not forget my November Extravaganza.  I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

What else is new:

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The comfort I get from knowing that everything I can control – is being controlled or managed.  It is so much easier than worrying or fussing about everything else.

That’s all for I have for you tonight.   Who knows what new segment I may come up with to replace this one.  You can definitely trust that I would keep you in the know.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great night and a wonderful week.

 

 

What’s Up Wednesdays #18

Welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays! What’s good with you?  How’s was your day?  What did you have for lunch? Any dinner ideas?  Who or what pissed you off today? Feel free to share in comments below.

I know this segment is supposed to be all about my life but I figured I would open it up to you guys as well and still share about my day or week.  🙂  Let’s get into it.

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What I’m eating this week:

This week has been very hectic and I have not always made the best decisions especially when it came to my eating habits.  For dinner, I had Kentucky Fried Chicken with mash potato and corn.  I had a late lunch so I did not get a chance to take photos forgive me. Trust me when I say it was “finger lickin’ good.”

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What I’m reminiscing about: 

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To be honest, nothing at the moment.  I’m grateful for the memories I’ve created over the last few months but I’m also welcoming and embracing the new ones as they come.

 

What I’m loving:

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The fact that my eldest son is starting to take his school work seriously.  He is a good student don’t get me wrong.  He’s just applying himself more by getting up early and putting in the extra work.  All on his own without me having to say a word.  I’m so very proud of him. I trust that he would reap the rewards of his sacrifice.  Keep up the good work Marc! 🙂

 

What I’ve been up to:

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Sorting, filing, procurement and some technical stuff too.  I surprise myself sometimes. I’m physically and mentally drained right now.

 

What I’m dreading:

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Going to the gas station to see what the new cost to fill my tank would be. 🙁 The government increased the cost of fuel so you know transportation cost among with other things that are associated with it both directly and indirectly will also increase.  We just have to deal with it.

 

What I’m working on:

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Staying cool, calm and collected.   This is so important because you know there are persons out there who seem to make it their life purpose to steal our joy but they can’t unless we let them.  Shake them off and out of your mind.  Should you feel yourself getting worked up remember to take slow but deep breaths.  Ask the good Lord to always stay close, to guide you and protect you.

 

What I’m excited about:

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The simple and little things we often take for granted.  Just waking up each day with good health, being safe and having the knowledge that my family is well – is more than enough for me to be excited about. 🙂

 

What I’m watching:

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I’m still watching Shadow Hunters. The show has put Orphan Black on the back burner at the moment. I know they are two different type of shows but Shadow Hunters has me intrigued and I’m definitely going to see how it all ends.

 

Who/ What I’m listening to:

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Unforgettable – by French Montana feat. Swae Lee

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, we’re visiting the Designer Shoe Warehouse  so yes, you guessed it we’re shopping for shoes.  Four different looks based on the occasion.

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a. Mix No.6 – Lill Pump

b. Franco Sarto – Harlet 2 Sandal

c. Franco Sarto – Wedge Pump

d. Skechers – Breathe Easy Slip-On Sneakers

 

What I’m doing this weekend:

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Unfortunately, zero painting was done last weekend so that task has rolled over to this weekend.

 

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

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November, reminds me how close Christmas is getting plus we have our Annual Christmas Extravaganza where we prepare various dishes.  It’s a lot of work but our friends and family enjoy it very much.  I’ll be sure to take pictures. 🙂

 

What else is new?

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An old friend of mine resurfaced recently after being missing in action with zero communication for almost two months. Thankfully, the silence has been broken and hopefully all is well or rather thin gs are better with them. 🙂

That’s all for now.  As always thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

What’s Up Wednesdays #12

Hello and welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays! 🙂

How have you guys been?  What have you been up to?  I’ve been relaxing for the last 4 days and I’ll share more of that retreat with you today so let’s get into it.

What I’m eating this week:

I’ll be honest with you, this morning for breakfast I had a cup of tea with 2 slices of Hawaiian leftover pizza from Pizza Hut.  Yes, that’s right.  I said pizza for breakfast.

For lunch I had a burger from Burger King and for dinner tonight I had two Chinese Veggie Spring Rolls.  I know what you’re thinking, too much junk food and you are so right.  I promise to do better.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

      

      

Some of the pleasant memories from my stay at the Salybia Nature Resort and Spa.

What I’m loving:

Gearing up for part 2 of the experience I’ve planned for the family.  Tomorrow we’re off again to another mini-vacation getaway on the island.  I’ll take pics and share with you upon my return next week.

What I’ve been up to:

Rest! Rest! Rest!

What I’m dreading:

The flu! 🙁  Yesterday, I was not feeling so well and this morning I woke up with flu symptoms – sneezing, stuffy nose, congestion and watery eyes just to name a few.  This is awful because I feel miserable and sick.  It might even be allergies either way terrible timing. Thankfully, I have been medicating and trying to rest.  I’m hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

What I’m working on:

Not a damn thing! I’m honestly trying to just enjoy my vacation time with the kids while I can before the other home improvement project starts next week.

What I’m excited about:

Seeing the projects we’ve set out to do get completed one at a time. It is such a good feeling to finally see these things get done.  They were long overdue. No more procrastination or delay.

What I’m watching:

I’m pleased to report that I have started Season 2 of Orphan Black and I’ve completed episodes 1 to 5. I can’t wait to see the rest. I’m hoping to finish the rest of season 2 before I leave tomorrow.  Wishful thinking. 😉

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Shape of You – by Ed Sheeran

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Check out some of the accessories I stumbled upon at Aliexpress.com.  They have a wide variety for both men and women even some unisex pieces.

Earrings:

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Rings and Necklaces:

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What I’m doing this weekend:

Enjoying relaxation time while creating fun memories with loved ones. 🙂

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

My birthday! 🙂

What else is new?

My car.  It was time for an upgrade.  I have not forsaken the old for the new.  I plan on having some restoration work done on the Corolla or maybe sell for the right price. We’ll see how it goes.

Sorry guys but there will be no Health and Wellness post this Friday. Family time.  I will definitely post next week Friday. That’s all for now.

Stay blessed and not stressed.

Thanks for stopping by and your continued support. 🙂 Have a great night.

What’s Up Wednesdays #11

Pleasant greetings to you all on this Wednesday night.  I’ve been so preoccupied for the last few days that I literally have to stay up and unwind via my blog so that mentally I can get to sleep more peacefully.

This week on What’s Up Wednesdays I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I have just finished packing my suitcase for our relaxation and fun adventure as a family at a resort in Trinidad.  It’s the first time we staying there so we’re all anxious.  I for one I’m tired but I can’t leave you guys without an update.

So please excuse my summarized version.

What I’m eating this week:

For dinner, I kept it really simple and had Chinese food – noodles, chunky vegetables and Chinese style chicken.   Unfortunately, this chef did not prepare my dinner.  I wonder if it would have tasted better if he did. 🙂

What I’m reminiscing about: 

At the moment, nothing!  I’m too focused on the future. 🙂

What I’m loving:

I’m happy to say that roughly 60% of my home improvement projects have been completed thus far. The contractors we hired came highly recommended and I’m pleased to say they did not disappoint and were worth every penny. I’m praying for similar results from the next contractor who should hopefully be starting when I get back.  Keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers. 🙂

What I’ve been up to:

Being the appointed Project Manager of my home improvement project I’ve been busy liaising, negotiating and supervising contractors to make sure the different projects got completed on time and to a high standard.  It had some challenging moments like cleaning up, reorganizing and the noise but that was the extra price we paid for progress. 🙂

What I’m dreading:

This stress induced acne.  Yes, since all of talk of the impending projects I noticed my skin started flaring up which is not the norm for me.  I’m taking care of my skin (cleanse, tone and moisturize) and trusting that it would calm down as soon as I do so say a prayer for me.  Thanks in advance. 🙂

What I’m working on:

Seriously, packing my bags and getting out of here. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

Getting to mentally and physically unwind. 🙂

What I’m watching:

I’ll be honest with you, the Koala has not moved from the sleeping position in the tree since you saw it last week.  Don’t worry it’s not dead just very tired.  Sorry to report that my television viewing days is at a stand still at the moment.  I literally just run errands, supervise the workmen, tidy my house, eat, bathe and sleep after trying to squeeze in a few posts when I can.

Who/ What I’m listening to:

After my long days I need music. Tonight I’m listening to Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings.

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Tonight, we’re going shopping for swimsuits. Here are a few of my picks from Swimoutlet.com.

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a. Becca Swim No Strings Attached High Leg One Piece

b. Gottex Embrace Surplice One Piece

c. Trina Turk Studio V=Plunge One Piece

d. Trina Turk Midnight Paradise Flutter Sleeve One Piece

What I’m doing this weekend:

Spending some relaxation time with the family.  So I would not be posting Health and Wellness Friday this week.  I should be back and posting again by Monday.  Hope you understand. The body needs what it needs and I have every intention of complying. 🙂

Okay so I’m feeling really sleepy now. So I’m going to cut it short. Much love you guys.  Thanks for supporting my blog, reading and commenting.  I really do appreciate it.

Until next week stay blessed not stressed. I look forward to catching up with you guys next week. Bye for now.

What’s Up Wednesdays #8

Happy Wednesday to you all!  How has your day or week been thus far?  I’ve been running errands all day and I’m now getting some time for myself.  I’m feeling physically exhausted but I have refreshed myself and felt the need to get into my blog as it helps me relax after a long day sometimes.

You’re probably wondering what’s new? What’s up and what’s hot? 🙂 So I won’t keep you waiting let’s get to it.

What I’m eating this week:

You probably would not believe me if I told you but I had Pizza Hut again.  No it’s not a Wednesday thing but that’s what was ordered.   Today, I had Cheesy Bread sticks, Tuscani Chicken Alfredo Pasta and a large Super Supreme (ham, pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, black olives and pork). No BBQ wings this time.  Thankfully, it was not stuffed crust because the pizza itself was already stuffed. 🙂

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

Lately, I find myself reflecting on the days when my car was in better shape when I bought it so many years ago.  I own a Toyota Corolla and I was so proud to have purchased my first car.  It was previously owned but it was in good condition.  I loved the grey leather interior and navy blue paint job with wood grain finishes on the inside.

These days “Betsy” my car (yes, I refer to it as Betsy from time to time) is not as young and fresh as it used to be.  It needs some work done more than I care to invest at this time.  I think it maybe it’s time for an upgrade or maybe if I can find someone reliable, honest and skilled at their profession it can get a much-needed makeover.  We’ll see how it goes.

What I’m loving:

Craft, craft, craft.  We are getting good reviews from the kids and the parents about the stuff we’ve worked on so far.  Every week we’re trying to bring something new and beautiful that the kids enjoy and can also feel proud of.

Making new items out of simple everyday materials feels so rewarding. We’ve never made any of these items before so we’re all very proud. I’ve taken more pictures to share with you below.  Hope you like them as much as we do.  🙂

What I’ve been up to:

Paper butterfly – made using coloured paper which we folded and then painted the outer portions of her wings. (Her friends are incomplete but they should be joining her soon.)

    

6 unit Stationery holder #1 – made using toilet paper rolls which we covered in colourful paper and an empty CD case for the base.  This still has to be decorated but you get the main idea.

   

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Single unit Stationery holder #2 – same toilet paper rolls used but this time we added a little design to the front.

What I’m dreading:

All of my fears, ok not all, but most of my fears were realised this week with tons of running around to do and meetings to attend.  I’m hoping that the rest of the week is not as fast paced.

Truth be told although my week has been very hectic it has been very productive.   I guess that is the price we pay for progress.

What I’m working on:

Finances!  Don’t you hate how some if not most of these financial institutions have high interest rates on the money you owe them but small interest pay outs on the money you invest with them. They are winning at every turn.

I plan on getting more involved in how my resources work for me no matter how big or small.  Are you getting maximum returns on your investments?  Have you checked lately?  We should not take it for granted that everything is adding up.  Get involved and ask questions, it’s your money.

What I’m excited about:

        

This remains unchanged.  If anything it should be in bold. 🙂 I’m excited about getting to relax, enjoy a change of scenery and eat delicious food. 🙂

What I’m watching:

This week I’ve been cat napping more than anything else when I can. I’ve been too tired to be honest to really sit down and watch television the way I would like. Hopefully, later this week or this weekend I can pick up where I left off and finally start my Season 2 Orphan Black DVDs.  What are you watching these days? Anything interesting?

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Stand By You  and Fight Song by Rachel Platten.  I love these!

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, we’re going shoe shopping at Shoedazzle.com .  🙂  Let me remind you guys, I prefer sandals most days but even I have to admit there are events that call for a little more.  Here are some of my favourites.

                  

What I’m doing this weekend:

Hopefully, some browsing and shopping for clothing and shoes for both casual and work.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

Catching up on much-needed rest.  I’m looking forward to waking up late but most of all creating some fun memories with the kids.

What else is new?

I’m going into writing territories I’ve never done before by participating in contests and blogging challenges that are not my typical style of writing content wise. I’m taking my advice and investing in myself so let’s see where it takes me. 🙂

If I’m fortunate to win that would be awesome even if I don’t win this time I’ll still take part in challenges that interest me as they push and challenge me to be a better blogger and writer.  You can visit my contributions by clicking on the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great night and a blessed week.

See you guys next week. 🙂

 

 

 

What’s Up Wednesdays? #4

Wednesday greetings to you all!  I hope you’re all having a good week so far.  Trinidad and Tobago was on a storm watch for the last few days and the tropical storm “Bret” finally hit us yesterday.

Unfortunately, we did have some reports of persons losing their homes due to landslides.  We had heavy rains and various reports of flooding that caused a lot of families to distress.  There were also reports of no electricity in some parts of the island.

Today for the most part most of the country sunny.  Most of us have returned to work and some of the children returned to schools.   My heart goes out to the families who have been affected by the flooding. I hope that the relevant authorities give them the necessary help they need in the fastest possible time.

So it’s time for me to share what’s been going on so let’s get into it.

What I’m eating this week:

Today for lunch, I had homemade beef lasagna with callaloo and green salad enriched with a few slices of avocado.  Sorry no pictures, I ate all my lunch already.  I’m bowing my head in shame.  I love avocados.  They taste so good and they’re also good for you.  For dinner, we might make some beef empanadas. What are you having for lunch today?

What I’m reminiscing about: 

Nothing much today. I am at peace with myself at the moment. Thank God for that.   🙂

What I’m loving:

My friend Cheila over at Pink for Days did a piece on me last week Thursday that totally made my day. It was part of her Perfect Party Series and I was featured.  She is really a sweet and kind person and I’m glad I met her.  If you like you can check it out Perfect Party Series #10 Cherylene.  Thank you, Cheila!

 What I’ve been up to:

I’ve been posting more than usual for the past few days sometimes two or three posts for the day.  It feels like I have so much to say sometimes then there are days when I can only do one piece.

Writing and blogging are definitely a passion and the more I get into it the more I enjoy it.  I’m glad I took the leap and did it.  The support and encouragement I have received from my family and the blogging community especially has been more than I expected.  Thank you! 🙂

What I’m dreading:

Rainy Season! It’s the start of the rainy season here.  I love the rain don’t get me wrong but when you have things to do and places to go it could be a bit of a bother. I have some painting in and around the house that I hope to start in the next few weeks so we’ll see how that goes.

What I’m working on:

My family and I are overdue for a change of scenery so I’m working on planning a vacation getaway for us.  Will let you guys know what I come up with.  I’ll definitely be taking pictures of that adventure to share with you. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

Vacation, vacation, vacation!!!!  Did someone say vacation? I love packing my suitcase to leave for my new destination.  The kids love it too and nothing gets them more excited than the thought of going on an aeroplane.  🙂

What I’m watching:

So I finally started Orphan Black Season 1.  The show grips you from the beginning and doesn’t take long to get into the drama as the plot thickens. There is a lot going on so you need to stay seated or pause the show because you could miss something. Will I continue watching the series?  Definitely, I need to see where this goes.  Thank you Angela. 🙂

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Shawn Mendez – Stitches and Treat You Better . I love those songs!!!

What I’m wearing:

I’ve made an executive decision to change this heading to “Let’s go shopping!” instead hope that’s okay.  Where should we go? I don’t know where to start. Here are a few pictures of some stuff I liked online.

     

The first picture is from Lulu Fashion Lounge.  The second and third are from Dress Up.   Please note, that I have not purchased anything from these stores but I love some of the clothes they had on offer.  If you’ve purchased from them let me know your thoughts.  I personally love these looks and would definitely wear all of these.  Do you have an online favourite place to buy your clothes, if you shop online?

What I’m doing this weekend:

This weekend is a lot like last weekend so there will be chores in the forecast. The kids have lessons so maybe to help them relax this weekend we could go and do something fun like go to the beach or maybe take them to Chuckecheese! I know they will love that. We’ll see how the weekend goes.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

The closure of schools and the start of vacation.

What else is new?

I created a new segment called Music Reflection Mondays where I highlight music from my childhood to date that has helped me through the various periods in my life. Feel free to take a look. I feel very good about this new addition.  Hope you enjoy it too.  Look out for it every Monday.

Thanks for taking time to read and visit my blog.  That’s all for now.  Make the rest of the week a great one.

See you soon.

 

Power of Choices

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Choice is such a simple word and yet it is so powerful in the way it can affect our lives and the lives of others.

When we make a choice, we’re making a decision to consciously do or not do something.

Be it to nurture, mentor, love, share, help, live, die even forgive.  The choice is ultimately up to us.

Life is full of choices.  Let us use our power of choice to help not only ourselves but others in a positive way.  Let us be the difference and make a difference.

Sometimes if we make a poor decision we might get an opportunity to try again but not all situations in life work out that way.  Sometimes there is no reset button and we have to live with the choices we’ve made.

Let us try to avoid doing things in haste and anger for the outcome of such decisions are never good.  Use your power wisely!

Thanks for reading.