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.

 

 

Website Update

Hello everyone,

Please note that my website was recently migrated to a new host provider and as such some of the work that I created during that time did not transfer and unfortunately any comments made were lost.  As such I would be re-posting articles I did after September 14th since those are the ones missing.

So please bear with me as I re-post those articles.  I am hoping and trusting that this migration to a new host provider alleviates the problems I was having as well as some of you were having with my website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

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.

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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.

Top 20 Life Lessons

I’m back! My short but sweet stay in Miami was great.  I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Brickell area.  The hotel, my room, the staff and the food were all great.  The shopping was also good.  It was just what the doctor ordered. 🙂

It feels so good to be back home with my family and blogging again.  I’ve missed you guys.

                

My birthday celebrations could not have been better.  I spent it with the people I love and I know love me so much.   I am now 37.  🙂  I am truly blessed and grateful to have made it this far.

I pray and trust that the good Lord will continue to bless me with good health, strength, wisdom, understanding, patience, resources and the people needed to do all he requires me to do.

There is no question that I have a supportive and loving group of people and I thank God for them everyday.  May they also be blessed with all they need.    Over the years I’ve learnt so much.

Here are my Top 20 lessons:

  1. Trust and believe in God with all your heart (this has worked for me and it can work for you too)
  2. Value the people who value you
  3. Appreciate the people who appreciate you
  4. Say thank you
  5. Say how you feel
  6. Show your love for others
  7. Show love to yourself
  8. Believe in yourself
  9. Practice patience (easier said than done sometimes but it is necessary)
  10. Don’t let the fear of failing keep you from trying
  11. People will disappoint us from time to time but we should not give up on everyone as a result
  12. Think things through.
  13. Avoid doing and saying things out of anger and haste
  14. It’s important to review our relationships and the impact they have on us be it positive or negative and do something about it.
  15. Don’t stress the small stuff.
  16. Don’t create unrealistic expectations for yourself or others.
  17. We all make mistakes and fall short sometimes.  Learn from the experiences and move forward.
  18. Respect, trust and integrity are priceless.
  19. Be yourself, pretending to be someone you’re not will only hinder your growth and true happiness.
  20. Happiness starts with you – your thoughts, your attitude and your words.

Once we have life we have an opportunity to learn each day.  Not all lessons can be learnt from a textbook.  Open your eyes, minds, ears and hearts and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

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. 🙂

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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 #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:

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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.