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Puto: A Filipino Dessert Recipe

Puto. No, I didn't just lace you with a vulgarity. It's what Filipino's call one of the most popular desserts of the nation. It's a soft, pillowy ball of dough that's sweet enough to want "just one more" without being overpowering. It's delicious! If you are a wiz in the kitchen and want to attempt to make it instead of heading to your nearest Filipino store, here's a simple recipe. Scroll down for some random healthy tips.…


Added by Maria E on June 28, 2016 at 8:56pm — No Comments

The World Really Does Need Love

Music inspires. When the stars of Broadway united to record "What the World Needs Now is Love" I felt so proud of them. That's what it means to use your gifts for good. It's a beautiful song--simple & strong. This terrible cycle of violence must end...Love. Must. Prevail.

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Added by Maria E on June 27, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Make Room for Some Laughs

What time is it? Time to laugh!!! Hardly anything is better than experiencing the best kinds of laughter.

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Added by Maria E on June 23, 2016 at 5:14pm — No Comments

It's Okay to Say "No"

Are you the type of person that always feels like every "no" needs to be explained and justified ad nauseam? And as a result, feel the obligation to just say "yes" even if you don't want to do something? Most everyone feels obligated to family & friends to always give of themselves, but it can also happen at work, school, even strangers asking/demanding something of you. Well, let me submit this thought, it's okay to say "no".…


Added by Maria E on June 21, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Focusing on the Positive in Humanity & Wildlife

There have been so many tragic events happening in the news lately. As I re-read that sentence, I'm saddened to realize that it's a statement that can be relevant no matter when it's said. Since I consider it a personal mission to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative, I want to share a touching video featuring renowned wildlife conservationist Jane Goodall releasing a chimp into the wild. The poignant moment in the footage is when the chimpanzee, who's about to be…


Added by Maria E on June 16, 2016 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Reading is My Favorite Sport!

Here I am again sharing the next three Contemporary Romance titles I've read recently. It's almost summer, so if you're looking for something fun to read by the pool or in a lounge chair in a nice air-conditioned room, here's some viable suggestions. Enjoy them & don't hesitate to share your selections with me too!

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Added by Maria E on June 14, 2016 at 3:15pm — No Comments

A Couple of Doves: A Product Review

I love the Dove Company mainly for their positive campaigns encouraging women to embrace their differences: size, shape, color, creed...we're all women & we're all pretty darn amazing! (#SpeakBeautiful) I was thrilled to receive a complimentary set of Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner from Walmart. All thoughts & opinions are authentic & truly my own.…


Added by Maria E on June 13, 2016 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Congratulations to the Commissioner of Ecology!

My Lil' Baby--my 5th Grader--made his bid for Commissioner of Ecology for his school! He's a feisty one for sure and I'm super, super proud of him! He ran unopposed which means he automatically gets the position, but the school can rest assured he's going to work hard to represent the position to the best of his ability.

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Added by Maria E on June 9, 2016 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Never too much Manatee!

The gentle & beautiful Manatee are thriving & seemingly increasing in numbers. But they still face many dangers to their population. Conservation and constant awareness of these endangered creatures is still an every day issue. The good news is there are some positive stories of Manatee survival.

Plus, check out my Lil' Guy's recycled manatee art!

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Added by Maria E on June 7, 2016 at 12:50pm — No Comments

How to Spot a Liar

Trust is often hard to find & hard to give. And like many people, I find myself wondering if there is a scientific way to tell if someone is telling the truth & whether or not it's worth giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Here is one study/examination and possible ways/suggestions to "spot a liar".

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Added by Maria E on June 6, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Things Villains Do For Fun...

Most of the time, these amazing hashtags pop up on social media that are thought provoking & very often awareness-raising. But then other times, they're just friggin' funny. One such hashtag is: #ThingsVillainsDoForFun. I followed the hashtag on Twitter & here are some of the humorous/most villainous ones I caught...

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Added by Maria E on May 25, 2016 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Stereotypes are Meant to Be Broken!

When you hear the term "violinist" or think of the violin, who/what do you picture? Amazing music is amazing music & always worth sharing!

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Added by Maria E on May 25, 2016 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Save the Vaquita from Extinction!

It's Endangered Species Day & it's only fitting that attention should be given to the highly endangered Vaquita Porpoise.

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Added by Maria E on May 20, 2016 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Isn't it Ironic?...and a Bunch of Other Funny Things

Have you seen Alanis Morisette's updated version of "Ironic"? Come watch it here.....and be entertained & laugh at a bunch of other stuff.

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Added by Maria E on May 17, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Maybe He Doesn't Hit You...

A very important awareness-raising hashtag has started across social media outlets: #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou. It brings to light a powerful form of abuse without the visual cuts & bruises that alert family, friends & law enforcement authorities. I scrolled through the postings & had some eye-opening realizations about what people go through in these abusive relationships. If you feel that you're in one, please seek help!…


Added by Maria E on May 11, 2016 at 4:08pm — No Comments

What's Up with Those Happy Couples?

Recently, one of our acquaintances revealed to my husband that he's been in a very unhappy marriage & that he doesn't know how much longer they can continue on the road they are going. This particular couple have been married for 20 years. They raised a daughter & now that she's an adult, they feel like there is this big hole in their union & they don't have much in common anymore. What was amusing to me was that my normally laid-back husband, after talking to this acquaintance,…


Added by Maria E on May 10, 2016 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Care for a Taco, a Salad, Both?

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and National Salad Month, here's some simple & delicious Taco Salad recipes I want to share! There's Taco in a Jar, Ramen Taco Salad, and Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad. Yum!

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Added by Maria E on May 5, 2016 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Eat at Rotisserie Plate in Lakewood, CA

I'm a big supporter of small local businesses. As much as we can, my family & I patronize non-franchise restaurants. I have to admit, sometimes it can be difficult because franchise restaurants are often more affordable & the menu is familiar and reliable. Every once in a while, we encounter restaurants that make us just want to root for them, you know? The food is good, cost effective, & most importantly the people/service are friendly and welcoming. One such restaurant that has…


Added by Maria E on May 3, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

May Musings

As I'm organizing & coordinating my family's schedule (which I tend to do every Monday morning, beginning of the month, or the end of an activity/goal reached), I'm in awe at how fast this year is progressing. It's May! So, I'm taking a moment to reflect. And always, always live in the moment!

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Added by Maria E on May 2, 2016 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Favorite Song: Where is the Love?

My youngest son was doing a survey of some sort as part of an assignment in his class. So he asked me what my favorite song is. I had to take a minute because I have SO many favorite songs & they change constantly since I love Pop Songs & listen to the radio regularly. After a minute I chose "Where is the Love" by the Black Eyed Peas. It sums up so much about the world and the endless struggles for everyone to just be kind to one another. As I see people I care about deal with…


Added by Maria E on April 27, 2016 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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