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 Wednesdays #15

What’s Up?  How have you all been?  What have you been up to? Work, work, work?  Whatever you’ve done I hope you made time for YOU.  I realised over this vacation just how much of myself I have neglected so don’t do that!  Make time for you no matter how short – DO IT!  You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Back to why we’re here it’s – What’s Up Wednesdays!

What I’m eating this week:

Today, for breakfast I had two doubles with slight pepper. Yum! For lunch macaroni pie, stew goat, callaloo and lentil peas. It was delicious. 🙂 Unfortunately,  I didn’t have any salad.  I thought about you guys only after I ate each meal.  Forgive me.  When I’m hungry the last thing I’m thinking about is pictures. I’m weak in this area but I’ll work on it. 🙂  I did manage to get a picture of my Presto Chicken Pasta dinner.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

     

     

How special this vacation period was for both me and my family.  I’m looking forward to creating even more memories.  The pictures above are from my stay in Miami at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Brickell Area.

What I’m loving:

Looking forward to the future.  Although there are many uncertainties, there are also many opportunities and possibilities.  I prefer to be optimistic and positive about what’s to come. Whatever lies ahead, we’ll make the most of it!  🙂

What I’ve been up to:

I’ve completed the majority of the painting but we still have the exterior to focus on going forward.  The tiling work is finally completed hallelujah!   I still have some organizing to do but I’ve come down with the flu since I’ve been back so it has slowed me down a bit.  My focus at the moment is just on getting well.

What I’m dreading:

My kids potentially getting the flu too! I try to limit my interactions as much as I can when I’m ill but sometimes it’s just not enough especially when my kids insist on hugging and kissing me.  Unfortunately, my toddler started displaying symptoms of the flu so he maybe staying at home with me tomorrow.  We both will need the rest.

What I’m working on:

I’ve had a lot of challenges with my hosting company over the last few months such as frequent down time and other stuff so I’m working on acquiring a more dependable hosting company for my site. Will keep you guys posted on this.  Thank you for visiting my blog and bringing to my attention any difficulties you experience while visiting. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

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In one word –life! So many amazing and wonderful things have happened to me in the last few months that I just have to say, THANK YOU LORD, for NEVER GIVING UP ON ME and DELIVERING ME AS PROMISED and I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THINGS WILL CONTINUE TO GET BETTER and BETTER.

What I’m watching:

Cartoons lately and my DVD player is probably due for some light dusting at this point because of its lack of use on my part.  I do plan on reading an interesting e-book over the next few days. 🙂

Who/ What I’m listening to:

There’s Nothing Holdin’ You Back – by Shawn Mendes  and  Attention – by Charlie Puth

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

I found these neat looking handbags at CharmingCharlie.com and they are currently offering 40% off handbags.  They have a variety of items such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, gift items and more.   They have over 350 stores in the USA, as well as locations in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

a.   b. c.

a. Chama Zip Tote

b. Wallaby Joey Bag-in-Bag

c. Kendall & Kylie Debut Tote

What I’m doing this weekend:

Ideally, resting.  However, once I’m physically up to it back to cleaning and reorganizing my space.  I hate seeing my space in untidy.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

My youngest son’s birthday.  He’ll be 4 years old.  🙂

What else is new?

I have an opportunity to have my very first giveaway on Livingvsexisting.com . I’m very excited about it so look out for that within the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

What’s Up Wednesdays #9

Good night and Wednesday greetings to you all!  Sorry for the late post but this Wednesday and this week overall has been very hectic. So I’m going to give you guys the summarised version hope you don’t mind.

What I’m eating this week:

Today for lunch I had Rotisserie Chicken and Green Salad. For dinner we ate out at a place called Hayley’s. I had Grilled Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce.

I love pasta dishes especially the ones with cheese based sauces. Yummy!! 🙂 The ambience was delightful, the waitress was pleasant and the lighting was just right.  It was our second visit to Hayley’s and the kids love it there.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

When my clothes and my body complimented each other and there was no fighting for attention. Lately my stomach has fought for the spotlight more than it used to. The sweet life is catching up with me.  Balance is key but the struggle is discipline. I will be addressing this.

What I’m loving:

Family time! The experiences we are sharing and will continue to share for the rest of the holidays.  Once the kids are happy and enjoying themselves that makes me happy. 🙂

What I’ve been up to:

The usual craft at least until tomorrow because it’s our last day of camp. Here are some of the items we did this week.

     

         

 

What I’m dreading:

I’m hoping that we could get everything done in time regarding the house but I suspect we would have to put off some stuff for later in the year. I don’t want this to negatively affect the other stuff I have planned for the family. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we would be able to work around it.

What I’m working on:

Too much stuff and then again nothing I want to be working on.  You know that feeling when you have a ton of stuff to get done but the stuff you would rather do gets pushed back and the crappy stuff has to take centre stage because you can’t avoid it. It’s rather bitter/ sweet for me at the moment.  Sometimes being the “woman of business” can be very stressful.

What I’m excited about:

Can you guess? I hope you’ve been paying attention. 🙂 My VACATION!!! 🙂  Forgive me for playing that tune over and over but I’m really excited and anxious. I’ve been waiting for these few weeks like forever. No clock watching! No alarm clocks! No pick-ups and drop-offs for school! Just relaxation and whatever fun activities WE want to do. 🙂

What I’m watching:

Lately, very little television so I’m yet to start Orphan Black.  I’m focused on finalising vacation arrangements for the family so I’m spending even more time on the computer. Next year things will be more organised I promise! 🙂

Who/ What I’m listening to:

This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna.  Good music can definitely wake me up and give me the energy to work. I crash and burn once the work is done but still thank you Lord for the music. 🙂

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Tonight, we’re shopping for accessories. I visited  Brighton.com  and these are some of the items I fell in love with. The handbag unfortunately is out of stock but I still love it. 🙂

a.     b.     c.        d.

a. Rafaela Soft Tote
b. Meridian Petite Pearl Necklace
c. Meridian Swing Watch
d. Meridian Pearl Leverback Earrings

What I’m doing this weekend:

Catching up on much-needed sleep hopefully!

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

Let me put it this way hotel-food-relaxation. 🙂

What else is new?

No more than you guys already know sorry to say.  As the weeks go by this should get more interesting.

Until next week, stay blessed and remember we’re all unique and WE CAN do anything we put our minds too.  That’s what I’ve been telling myself LOL and so far so good. 🙂

Make this week a great one! Thanks for stopping by.

 

What’s Up Wednesdays? #3

It’s Wednesday, so you know what time it is.  It’s time for me to share what’s been going on and not been going in my life so far. Let’s get into it.

What I’m eating this week:

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Today for lunch I’m keeping it simple.  I plan on having a wrapped chicken roti filled with curry potato, steamed bodi, steamed pumpkin, curry chicken and curry mango. Yes, that is simple! 🙂 I love curry dishes. I enjoy buying roti from a little shop called Hot Sauce.  Their roti is usually soft and delicious.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

The days when my life was not as “complicated”.  Fewer obligations, less things to worry about.  I did not really appreciate how simple my life was back then.  I don’t regret where I am, I just never truly appreciated where I was. Do you ever reminisce about days like those?

What I’m loving:

 

My blog hit 100+ followers this week and Living vs Existing had 1000 likes to date.  I am very proud of this achievement.  It tells me not only that my work is appreciated but people want to stick around for more. Thank you.

 What I’ve been up to:

As I said last week, my son had some projects due this week for school so I’ve been busy helping him with that. We had to make a brochure, a booklet and do a presentation.  So used our creativity and were concise. I’m pleased to say that we’ve completed ahead of schedule. 🙂

What I’m dreading:

Not ironing anymore! I’m happy to report that I completed that task so I’m free. Yippee!!!!  Ok, well not totally free, I have to conduct some business  this week and I’m dreading the thought of having to go and stand in the long lines.  I will definitely need to turn to my phone to help pass the time. I hate long lines there are just so many other things we could be doing. 🙁

What I’m working on:

I’m hoping to get some filing done.  I want to get this post out early so I can get started on that.  Health and Wellness Friday preparation may not start before tomorrow.  I might be too tired when I’m done.

What I’m excited about:

Vacation!!!! The kids and I would be off together so it would definitely be a bitter-sweet.  I am looking forward to just relaxing. Kids on the other hand they seem allergic to sitting still. 🙂 I’m sure we will all find something we love to keep us happy.

What I’m watching/reading:

Honestly, I have not started the Harry Potter book yet but I’m planning to start it on my vacation which starts in August.   I realise now saying that out loud it probably seems very unlikely that I would start the book.  I would start it on July 1st. I’ve given myself an action date so now I must start the book. 😉  I did get Season 1 of Orphan Black and I plan on starting that tomorrow.  Will let you guys know how that goes.

 What I’m listening to:

Image: By Georges Biard

Celine Dion  –  Because You Love Me and A New Day Has Come.  Celine Dion remains one of my favourite singers.  I like to go back now and then and listen to her music and others like Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Madonna and more.  Who were or are some of your favourite singers?

What I’m wearing:

Unfortunately, the same old, boring stuff (pants and a blouse) and this is just post #3. I wear my clothes well don’t get me wrong but I get tired of them.  Don’t you?  So what I’m going to be doing going forward is saving you guys from that because I like you too much.  So from next week I’ll post pictures of what I wish I was wearing. If I had No, let’s use more positive thinking, when I have my walk-in closet these are some of the things it would have. Sounds like fun 🙂

What I’m doing this weekend:

Housework! Cleaning lots of it. That long line I was dreading now does not seem so bad after all. 🙂

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

The closure of school at the end of the month.  I’m looking forward to the break in driving to and from everyday, the ironing of school uniforms and all the  homework. When schools are closed here in Trinidad the traffic seems not as intense and I look forward to that.

What else is new?

I have some ideas for a new post I would like to introduce called “Come Travel With Me”.  I would tell you more but I don’t want to spoil the surprise so look out for that on Monday 26th.

That’s all for now guys.  Make today a great one!

Thanks for stopping by.

What’s up Wednesdays #2

What’s Up Wednesdays?

Welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays.  Hope you guys are having a great week thus far.  It has been very rainy here for the past few days but the sun has decided to grace us with his presence for the moment so I’m enjoying it.   Let’s get into it.

What I’m eating this week:

Image Credit: Pinterest and Livestrong.com
Macaroni Pie – Pinterest and Livestrong.com

Today for lunch I had macaroni pie, lentil peas, vegetable rice and baked chicken. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the meal before I ate it.  I’ll do better next time I promise.  Those of you not familiar with West Indian food this is what a macaroni pie looks like above.

Yes, there were two sets of carbs on my plate. The good news I did not take large portions and I even had bottled water as my side beverage.  🙂  Later for dinner, I’m not sure what I’m feeling for much less for the rest of the week.  We’ll probably have takeout – Chinese food. I’m taking a break from cooking today.

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

Nothing! Too busy living in the moment.

 

What I’m loving:

 

I love how in tune I have become with myself.  My likes and dislikes.  This feeling of self-awareness over my life feels good.

 

What I’ve been up to:

“Spring” cleaning! That’s right.  I usually wait until later in the year to go through our stuff to see if there is anything (clothing and toys) we’re not using and more importantly in good condition that we could donate.  It feels good to give to others and makes more room in my life and closet for other things. This way later in the year, I won’t feel so overwhelmed.

 

What I’m dreading:

Ironing! I like to iron my son’s school uniform in advance for the week because getting up to iron every day is a definite no, no.  I liked the idea of buying extra school shirts so he would have one week of uniforms inside if I didn’t feel like ironing that week.  The problem is now I have to iron two weeks of uniforms to get that break should I need it.  The numbers game is killing me more than the actual ironing but I’ll get it done.

 

What I’m working on:

Currently, I’m working on my What’s Up Wednesday post.   Later today, I’ll start researching my topic for Health and Wellness Fridays.

 

What I’m excited about:

I’m excited about going on vacation in the next two months.  I’m looking forward to just relaxing. I have no idea where I’m going but at least I’ll be on vacation.

 

What I’m watching/reading:

These days I’ve actually reduced my TV time.  I was inspired by lifeofangela  to read more.  So I’m going to try to increase my reading of novels. She gave an extensive list of books so I’ll let you know how that goes.  I’ll probably start small with Harry Potter and build from there. 🙂

 

What I’m listening to:

The tapping sounds of my fingers on the keys as I write this post.  When I get into the car, I’ll probably be shaking my head and singing along with Beres Hammond.

 

What I’m wearing:

More than her that’s for sure lol!  I’m wearing full length dark brown pants and a teal solid blouse.

What I’m doing this weekend:

I’ll be helping my eldest son with some projects for school.  I have to bring out my Art and Craft supplies for this plus we have to do some research.  Regrettably, I’ll have no choice but to give the housework a break this weekend. 🙂


What I’m looking forward to the next month:

That’s a little difficult to say, June just started and who knows how this month is going to end.  I’m optimistic so I’m hoping and praying for the best.  I’m going to take it one day at a time.

 

What else is new?

Believe it or not Orphan Black!  It’s new to me. I’ve never heard of it until Angela mentioned it.  Yes, I’m bowing my head in shame.  I understand from her review that I’ve been missing out.  I plan on getting caught up as quickly as possible. 🙂

That’s all for now guys. Hope you have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by.