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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photo A Day Challenge. . . .Part Deux!

Hey guys!
Okay, as you all know I attempted this challenge last month (May) and it was a total fail after about 3 days.  Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . I know.  I know.  So imagine my excitement when I noticed that the lovely Chantelle of Fatmumslim was having another challenge for June!  Whoo!  Hoo!  I love second chances and THIS time I'll be doing it right, LOL.

I'm loving the cool categories for each day.  I get inspired every single time I read the list.  I already have some ideas of shots and I look forward to any opportunity that allows me to be creative.  This is going to be fun!

How about you guys?  Any of you plan on joining me in the challenge?  Let me know.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I'm soooo Looking Forward to June

Hey guys,
Once again, I've been m.i.a and for that I apologize.  Staying inspired has been a challenge for me the last several months.   I'm a very sensitive person and tend to over think things.  However, I am happy to report that I've gotten myself "together".  I'm not going to get into details at the moment.  I'll save that for a future post.  I do want to report that I'll be posting more frequently, starting in June.  I have so much that I'm excited to share.

Stay tuned and thanks so much for being loyal readers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photo A Day. . . Fun!

Hey guys!
Today's Photo a Day theme is FUN! . . .

This one was REALLY easy for me.  The first thing I thought of was my blog :-)  Nothing else puts a bigger smile on my face!

My Favorite Things: 4 Fitness Vloggers To Check Out

Hey guys!
This installment of "My Favorite Things" will focus on my love of Youtube once again.  As a fitness enthusiast who's trying to get back on her A game, I've relied on Youtube to keep my workouts fresh and challenging to maximize my results.  Below, in no particular order, are my favorite Fitness Channels. . . . Check them out!
If you're looking for hardcore, high intensity workouts, then look no further than BodyRock TV.  This trio of trainers (Freddy, Sean & Lisa Marie) make you sweat!  Please note that, although these workouts are pretty short (each video is about 15 minutes long), they pack a WHOLE lot of work in a small amount of time, which is great for someone that doesn't want exercising to take up a lot of their time. 
Other than the intensity of the workouts, I love that the trainers provide alternate exercises for the viewers if they don't have the equipment being used.  Also, their online community is pretty intense.  BodyRock boasts over 300k likes on Facebook and the amount of support given to newbies on their site can be overwhelming.  Thinking about taking your workouts to a new level?  Check out their May: 30 Day Challenge. Also, follow them on Twitter!

If you're looking for the total package, Katrina and Karena are the closest things to it. This duo, otherwise know as Tone It Up, do it all.  They provide workouts, diet tips and motivation, all from sunny California settings.  I personally love their bubbly personalities.  I mean, these girls definitely MAKE you want to get in shape. 

Their monthly challenges keep you motivated and focused and their online support community help keep followers on course.   For more on Tone It Up checkout their You Tube Channel and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Amanda Russell
I came across Amanda Russell's channel when I was looking for a quick and fun Thanksgiving workout last year.  Low and behold, Amanda's Thanksgiving Big Burn video popped up.  I liked her personality and decided to check out the rest of her channel.  Pretty cool.  Amanda is all about everything fitness so she offers more than just workouts.  She's got diet tips, interviews and motivational tips to help keep viewers and subscribers focused on living a healthier lifestyle.

If you like what you see, check out Amanda and Facebook, Twitter and her Website.

Blogilates TV

All I have to say is Casey Ho is TOO cute!  The founder and creator of Blogilates is another fitness guru with a great personality, who also provides a wealth of information.  Just like my other 3 favorites above, Casey is all about living as healthy as possible.  Her workout videos are fun and easy to follow.  And her infectious smile make those darn upward dogs tolerable :-) 

For more of Blogilates TV, check out Cassey's website, her Facebook Page, Twitter and Tumblr page.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Photo A Day. . .Something You Wore Today

Hey guys!
Today's challenge was "Something You Wore Today". . . .

I LOVE accessories and am constantly on the hunt for cute earrings, rings and necklaces to add to my growing collection.

Here's a shot of a 2 sets of bracelets I recently bought and decided to wear today for work.  The gold and large pearl set was from H&M and the smaller pearl bracelets was from Forever 21.  I'm pretty sure I didn't spend more than $8 bucks for both.

Words of Wisdom. . . . May 2012

Hi guys!
I was browsing through Youtube a couple of weeks ago and came across this semi-famous speech given by Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple.  Mr. Jobs, as we all know, passed away last year of cancer. I admire Mr. Jobs because of his forward thinking and creativity.  I thought his speech was incredibly inspirational and I wanted to share it.  I also included what I thought were some of the more poignant lines of the speech after the video.  Enjoy.

"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." ~ Steve Jobs

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Photo A Day . . . . Skyline

Hey guys!
Today's entry is Skyline. . . .

I took this shot last night on the way home from a philosophy discussion group in Sunnyside.  I had already taken a shot of the Manhattan skyline but thought that was typical and expected, since I'm a New Yorker.  I liked how "spooky" this shot looked.

What do you guys think?  Are you guys following along with the Photo A Day challenge?

Puerto Rico . . . My Hearts Devotion . ..

Hi guys!
It's been a week since we've been back from Puerto Rico and Phil and I have been working on our third script non-stop. We've been so caught up with the script writing that I've regretfully neglected my blog once again.  I know, I know.  Shame on me.
Over the weekend though, I've gotten back into the swing of working on the blog again and I'm super excited.  One of the first things I wanted to post was some photos of our trip.  Hope you enjoy!

Boom in yo face! I was just playing around with the camera, lol.
Look at that water!
Phil. . . looking REALLY happy to be outta New York.
This was the view from some random road we took while out exploring.
On a secluded beach we found. . .then it rained 20 minutes later, lol.
View from a bridge, after it rained a bit.
Aaah. Love the beach!
We headed out to Old San Juan. . .

 . . . and saw this guy on the way, lol.  Yep, that's a crab.  Yep, that's a mini harpoon gun in his hand.

We checked out some of the ports . . .

Okay. So I'm pretty sure he's got his middle finger up.  You tell me.

I HAD to get another shot of the water . . .

Monday, May 7, 2012

Photo A Day . . . .Peace

Hey guys!
I came across this really cool post on BUBBLEGARM, which was originated on FatMumSlim.  It's a Photo a Day Challenge for the month of May.  Now granted, the challenge started last week but I'm going to start now since I came across the challenge on accident today.

I thought a daily challenge would be an awesome way for me to get more involved with photography since its a hobby I enjoy, but don't do as often as I should.

Today's challenge is PEACE. . . . .

Here's a shot of my adorable 4-year-old Daschund, Sasha.  I thought this was a good representation of Peace because Sasha's only got two modes.  She's either running around and being hyper or she's knocked out and sleeping. . . . .peacefully.

Monthly Hair Porn: May 2012

Hi guys!
It's time for one of my favorite posts of the month . . . . Hair Porn!  This month is dedicated to a Protective Style I thought I wouldn't revisit for a while....Braids.  Yep, that's right.  

The week before our vacation to Puerto Rico I was scrambling to figure out what to do with my hair.  Should I go with a wig?  Should I go fully natural?  Or how about weave?  I was at a lost.  Eventually it came down to money.  I figured what was the best style for my hair that would A) be versatile, B) protect it and c) was the most cost efficient.  The only think I could think of was braids.  I learned a lot through my last experience and decided to give them another shot.  Plus, the shots of these lovely ladies helped inspire me.  Enjoy!

All images are from the Hi I'm Currently Obsessed tumblr page.