Music Reflection Mondays #18 – Christmas Favourites

Good night and welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  How was your day?   Was it like most Mondays, demanding all the energy you’ve got left over from the weekend?  I have no doubt that you persevered and conquered all if not most of your tasks today. 🙂

So what are we getting into tonight? Nothing too heavy, my youngest son Luke is turning 4 years old tomorrow so I’ve been busy finalizing arrangements for his big day.

As October comes to a close tomorrow, we move into November one month closer to Christmas my favourite time of the year. 🙂 The music just melts your heart and gets most of us in the Christmas spirit.

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The decorations, decorating, the cleaning, the baking and cooking, time with family, the Christmas shows, the many aromas, the many memories from our past and the new ones we create in the present all solidified in our minds and hearts along with some beautiful music.

Here are some of my favourite people to listen to at Christmas time:

There are so many wonderful songs and people to listen to that it’s near impossible to list them all tonight.  Are any of your favourites listed above? If yes, who?  If not, who did I mistakenly forget?

Have a wonderful night. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

 

 

Heart to Heart

This post was inspired by a piece I read called “I’m scared” written by Elsie over at Elsie LMC blog.  She rekindle in me some feelings I get whenever I think of a loved one leaving me before I could share with them all I have to say.

Family is sometimes all we have and those of us who are still fortunate to have people we love in our lives should never take them for granted.  This is to my family.

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So many times I stop and think

We could be no more with just one blink

No more laughter, no more talks

No more browsing on our little walks

So as I prepare this heart to heart

Let’s remove all bitterness from our path 

Agreeing to put petty differences aside

Especially those entangled with our pride

Our love for each other we should never hide

So many times I stop and think

How much time was wasted between you and me?

Silence left to pass the time

Because of foolish pettiness

We’ve now reduced our time

So many times I stop and think

If you were to leave me now

My heart would surely sink

For without you in this world

I would feel so empty and cold

As the tears and grief would fill my soul

So I’ve made my decision and with careful precision

I will take the first step because I don’t want to leave this world with regret

Besides I never want you to forget,

I love now and forever

To my mother, father, sister, brother, sons and niece

Knowing each of you in this life

Has truly brought me so much peace

I know we’ve had our moments

But life is short so no more postponements

Live your life and cherish it

Remembering to show your love

While learning to receive it

So let’s put any differences aside

Removing all bitterness and pride

Loving and praying for each other everyday

Because when that day comes there’s only so much we can say

I love you all

Have a blessed day.

 

 

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.

 

Strength

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Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes.   However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging,  I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.

What do I mean?

Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days.   Let me explain.

  • Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions. 

 

  • Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in.   It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives.   Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.

 

  • Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked.  The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives.  They usually rally around us in our time of need.  They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times.  Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family.  This is just as significant.

These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful.  So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.

Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes!  Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges.  Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.

We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?

Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:

  1. Through prayer.
  2. Reading and trying to understand the scripture.  I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
  3. Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
  4. Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
  5. Take control of our thoughts.
  6. Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
  7. Practice forgiveness.  Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
  8. Practice self-love.  I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.

I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me.  Strength is God’s gift to each of us.  Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?

Thanks for stopping by.  Make today and this weekend a great one.

What’s Up Wednesday #17

Happy Wednesday greetings to you all and welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays! 🙂

Today I’m going to be bringing you up to speed on what’s been going on and what’s not.  Let’s begin.

What I’m eating this week:

Today for lunch I had Chinese Food – noodles, chunky vegetables, crispy skin pork and a few slices of avocado.  🙂  I remembered to take a picture this time.

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

Some of the food I had while in Miami.

        

         

 

What I’m loving:

The progress and growth I’ve seen over the last few months with my blog. I am very pleased with how far I’ve come.  I am very grateful for all the support and encouragement I get from my readers.  You all are amazing.  Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.

 

What I’ve been up to:

I’ve been busy trying to work out the bugs on my website.  I recently migrated to a new hosting provider and upgraded my SSL Certificate.  The last few months have just been too frustrating for both me and my readers enough was enough.

What I’m dreading:

I’m not really dreading anything thankfully.  Oh no, I forgot I still have some painting to do. * Sigh*  We’ve been getting heavy  rains for the past few days so I will definitely be painting indoors.  The good news is I got a really neat customized colour called Celery Stalk.  It is a very interesting green.  I will show you guys a picture when I get the area done. 🙂

 

What I’m working on:

I’m working on finalizing the details for my very first sponsored GIVEAWAY this Friday.  So be sure to look out for that.  I’m very excited about it. 🙂

 

What I’m excited about:

The giveaway!!!  First come, First Serve!  So don’t miss it!

 

What I’m watching:

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Now that my health is back to full strength I have been in a TV watching mood.  I recently stumbled on a series called Shadow Hunters.  I’m enjoying it so far.  Just finished the First Season hoping to start the Second Season soon.

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin

 

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, I’ve decided to share my outfit from today.  Very simple and very me!

            

 

What I’m doing this weekend:

This weekend I’m hoping to do some fun stuff with the kids.  I just hope the weather is bright and sunny.  At some point I’ll do some ironing for the week ahead.  Yes, I typically iron all the kids uniforms for the week in advance.  I’m not someone who likes to get up every morning and iron.

 

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

Celebrating the birthday of my youngest son.  Trust me when I tell you this 3-year-old is very excited about his upcoming birthday.  🙂

 

What else is new?

I was nominated for my very first Miranda Sings Award this month.  It is all about self-love.  You can check it out if you like at the link above.

That’s all for now guys.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday. 🙂

 

What’s Up Wednesday #14

Hello and welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays!

Always a pleasure to have you guys drop by, share your thoughts and comments.  This week I have a mouthful but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet because I still have some packing and organizing to do before my flight in the morning.

Let’s get into what I’ve been up to. 🙂

What I’m eating this week:

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Today I actually skipped breakfast and as a result I ended up having KFC for lunch. It was finger licking good. 🙂 For dinner I had BBQ chicken with fries and macaroni salad.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

      

The lovely stay I had at both the Salybia Nature Resort and Spa and the Radisson Hotel here in Trinidad.

What I’m loving:

I’m heading off to my final getaway tomorrow. Where you ask? Miami 🙂 a special treat just for me.

What I’ve been up to:

Cleaning, repacking and lots and lots of cleaning.  The tiling work at home is incomplete but I believe the guys will get it done.  I just want to see this project completed before the start of school next week.  I had no idea that redoing the floor would have been so messy.

What I’m dreading:

Honestly, coming back from my trip and the tiling is not completed. Deep, slow breaths.  I praying and trusting God that everything will work out.

What I’m working on:

I finished packing my suitcase so it’s just to get to bed and spend the last few hours I have left leaving some voice notes for the kids although I plan to call them.  I know my youngest son would love that. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

Getting this me time! I’m really excited because it is actually few and far in between when I get to have an outgoing or a trip just for me without the kids.    Can you believe that I miss them already and I have not even left yet?  🙁  I need this time away though so I’m sure I’ll get over it. 🙂

What I’m watching:

Nothing in particular. Mostly cartoons with the kids this week. Orphan Black probably has been watching me more than I have been watching it. Just too tired these nights.

Who/ What I’m listening to:

Ne-yo – So Sick

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Tonight I’m in sleep attire shorts and a spaghetti trap top cotton of course. It’s all about comfort.

What I’m doing this weekend:

I’m hoping to do a little shopping in Miami.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

My birthday and it’s on September 4th! 🙂

What else is new?

The way I see my living space.  Since this tiling project I was forced to empty the space and wow I have a lot of wasted space just hidden by the clutter and junk I convince myself I needed. I look forward to redecorating it.  I’ve already repainted so I excited about that.

Well, it’s time for me to go to bed and get some much needed rest before my flight in the morning. Sorry in advance for my absence guys but this is one opportunity I can’t afford to pass up.  A special thank you to my amazing family for this early birthday gift. Love you all very much. 🙂

I will definitely provide details and pictures on my return.  Have a great week and a wonderful weekend.

See you guys next week.   🙂 As always thanks for stopping by.

What’s Up Wednesdays #13

Yes, it’s Wednesday. I’m sure some of you are thinking it took its time getting here while the rest of us are probably saying, “Wednesday already!” 🙂

What have you guys been up to?  All work, I hope not! Stressing out that is awful. Hopefully you’ve made time for yourself and loved ones trying to create a balance between work and your personal life.  Easier said than done for many but sometimes guys we just have to make that time because we don’t get it back.

I have been missing for the last four days and don’t tell me you didn’t notice. 🙂 I was on Part Two of my mini vacation with the family.  I’ll share a little more about that as we get into our What’s Up Wednesdays segment.

What I’m eating this week:

Today for lunch plan on getting a Presto Chicken Penne Pasta which consists of Herb Chicken Breast, Penne Pasta, Red & Yellow Peppers, Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, Mushroom, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Herb Lime Vinaigrette. I’ll add a picture when I pick it up. 🙂

I love these and the food is so fresh and delicious!  It’s especially great when I’m pressed for time and I want something healthy and fulling to eat.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

       

    

Our stay at the Radisson Hotel in Trinidad.  It was relaxing.  The room was cozy and the staff were all very friendly, pleasant and helpful.  I’ll give them 5 out of 5 for the level of customer service I received. We were always greeted with a smile.

What I’m loving:

 

Being back home.  Now don’t get me wrong, I loved my getaway and definitely need to do it more often but I also missed home a little.  You know the saying, “There’s no place like home.”

 

What I’ve been up to:

    

Feeding and entertaining the kids for the last four days.  We took the kids out a few times while at the Radisson but they preferred staying in and ordering room service.  No surprise there! 🙂  I did manage to take them for lunch at Trader Jack’s restaurant the pictures above are from there.

They definitely enjoyed their time away from home. I even got to sleep during the middle of the day  and in my household unless I’m sick that’s not happening. I got to catch up on much-needed rest.

 

What I’m dreading:

This week we started our third home improvement project – Tiling.  We have various sections of the house we want to have re-done because the work done some years ago was less than what we expected.

I thought moving the stuff out of the rooms was bad but now I’m dreading having to move the items back when they’re done. 🙁   The good to be gained out of this inconvenience is newly tiled floors and I get to use this as an opportunity to re-organize my space. 🙂

What I’m working on:

Actually, I was just going through my home improvement projects list to see how many of our goals we’ve accomplished.  We’ve achieved a lot in the short space of time we had.

We’re hoping to have this tiling exercise completed within the next 2-3 weeks.  Our painting of the house is on pause while these other projects get done.  No worries though, I know we’ll get it all done in time.

 

What I’m excited about:

Me time! 🙂 After entertaining the kids for the past month and a half I would be getting some me time as a treat from my family. A few days just for me to enjoy. 🙂 Just in time for my birthday too! I look forward to it and yes this one involves me getting on a plane. Yay!!!!

What I’m watching:

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I found myself watching all sorts of Lifetime Movie Network movies during my stay at the hotel. If you know Lifetime you know how addictive it can be. 🙂  I look forward to watching out my Orphan Black Season 2 and starting Season 3 soon.

Who/ What I’m listening to:

That’s What I Like – by Bruno Mars

 

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, we’re going shopping for gym attire and I’ve been eyeing some outfits I’ve seen on television from Fabletics.com.  They have some amazing designs that promise comfort and make you look great. Here are some of my favourites although I wish I could get them all.  They make me want to go the gym.

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The best part of it is that they cater to different sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. They have a variety of styles, colours and patterns to suit your style and body type. They even pair up outfits for you be it for yoga, the gym, tennis, running whatever you’re into. I’ll be adding some of their outfits to my wish list. 🙂

What I’m doing this weekend:

My relaxation and fun must come to a pause for the time being because  I have some sorting and painting to do around the house so that will keep me busy this weekend.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

By God’s grace, my birthday which is coming up in the next few days.  I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

What else is new?

Other than the tiles in my bedroom not much for the moment.  I’ll take some pictures when they’re done to share with you. 😉

That’s all for now. Thanks as always for making time to stop by.   Have a great day and a blessed week.