Mingle & Jingle!!!

Stop by and check out/follow Mack’s awesome mingle and jingle, everyone! Leave a link to your blog there too & meet more bloggers! She has some great recipes to share. Her blog has become one of my favorites! Feel free to spread the word! Thank you!

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Welcome to my first ever hosted Meet & Greet! Come on in, make yourself at home, and meet some amazing new people🙂

Simply leave your link to your blog/other social media in the comments, tell us a little about your blog if you want, make some new friends, and reblog only if you wish!

In my last post I asked you all what your favorite type of cookie was- and there was a reason for this!! I did my Christmas baking this weekend and used all your suggestions to try something different from my usuals.

Hence, at this Mingle & Jingle, I have your favorite treats (which quickly became my favorite too!). Thank you for allowing me to expand my horizons this Christmas baking season; I loved the different traditions that I learned about and incorporated. Plus everything was absolutely delicious!!!!

img_4131Gingerbread cookies (Peppernuts) for Lauren & Bernadine !

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#RomanticTuesday 12-6-16

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! Although I’ve heard today’s Romantic Tuesday song played at a few weddings, some say “What a Wonderful World” isn’t romantic at all. To me, it’s a beautiful love song that points out the beauty in nature and people. I think it’s sad this song wasn’t considered a success in the U.S. when it was first released in 1968. The song was number 116 on the Billboard Music Charts at the time. Less than 1,000 copies were sold. However, the song was a number one hit in the United Kingdom. Louis Armstrong was the oldest male to top the U.K. music charts at 66 years old. During its release, the U.S. was going through a lot of turmoil with race riots in more than 100 cities and the Vietnam war. The BBC did a great article about the song. You can check it out here. 

The song’s writers initially wanted Tony Bennett to sing the song but he rejected it until several years later. Although “What a Wonderful World” has been covered by several artists throughout the years, it became popular in the U.S. in 1987. The song was played in the Robin Williams movie, “Good Morning, Vietnam.” It was also played in the 1995 movie, “12 Monkeys.” According to Wikipedia, more than 2 million digital music downloads of the song have been sold in the U.S. since April 2014. I found several covers of “What a Wonderful World” on YouTube. My favorite will always be the original but here are a few others I like. What do you think of this song? Do you have a favorite cover of it? Have a great rest of the day, everyone! I’ll be back soon!

Sunday Song, etc. 12-4-16

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was great! Mine was alright, I just relaxed a lot. I’m still looking for a job but I haven’t been successful yet :( I went to an interview on Friday. He said he might call me for a second interview on Friday but he didn’t. All I can do is keep trying. I’m trying not to give up and stay positive. Today’s song always gives me motivation not to quit. This song brings me to tears sometimes. What can I say? I’m a sensitive woman at times. Today I’m taking you back to 2003 with “You Raise Me Up.” Wikipedia says the original song was originally composed by Irish-Norwegian duo, Secret Garden. The song has been recorded by more than 100 artists worldwide. My favorite version so far is by Josh Groban. His version was number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in early 2004 for six weeks straight. I’m also including the original song by Secret Garden. It’s really nice too but I still prefer Josh Groban’s. I chose a video with lyrics because they’re really uplifting and motivational. What do you think of this song? Do you have a favorite version of “You Raise Me Up?” I’ll be back with a Romantic Tuesday post. Take care, everyone and have a goodnight/good morning!

   

Acupuncture for the First Time

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Hi everyone! I didn’t know if I should blog about my first time going to acupuncture but I eventually decided to do it. I figured it might help someone who’s considering it. According to Medicine Net, acupuncture dates back 2,500 years. There are various types of Oriental acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is based on the energy flow qi (pronounced chee) throughout the body. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, fine needles are used in different areas of the body or meridians. The needles are said to remove any blockage in the meridians. Besides needles, other tools and methods can also be used. Herbal treatments may also be prescribed if needed.     

Before my appointment, I asked some family and friends if they’ve ever tried it. Most said no but they’d heard good things. My grandma said it worked for her almost 30 years ago after hurting her arm. She was having a hard time picking up my sister when she was a baby. After going twice, she was able to pick her up again and felt better. I went because I have women problems and stress. I was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago. I’ve always had issues with monthly women’s cramps since I was a teenager. I had surgery for the removal of a tennis ball-sized cyst from one of my ovaries five years ago. Half of my right ovary was removed. It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, I think it was worse than contractions and giving birth. The pain I endured before the surgery was sometimes unbearable. There were days when I couldn’t get out of bed to go to work. There were also times when I could barely walk. My lower back and stomach hurt like someone was constantly punching and kicking me. How was my visit?

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I would say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m not a big fan of needles but I had nothing to lose. The acupuncturist asked me about my lifestyle and eating habits. He also checked my tongue for deficiencies. He advised me to eat more fruits and vegetables. He also said not to drink soda anymore. Potatoes and bananas are also off limits. I’m allergic to bananas so I don’t eat them that often but potatoes are a different story! He also advised me to work on my posture. He had the following to say about the prohibited foods:

* Soda (even diet) is poison! It contains phosphoric acid, which is primarily used in the manufacturing of fertilizers, detergents and pharmaceuticals. It also contains aspartame, which has more than 90 health side effects. It takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize one glass of soda. He also said soda cleans toilets very well overnight.

*Potatoes belong in the ground! They spike blood sugar. Potatoes also depress good cholesterol and boost the risk of a heart attack. They increase the risk of type II Diabetes. However, sweet potatoes are healing foods and highly recommended. (It’s too bad I don’t care for sweet potatoes *sigh*).

*Bananas cause all sorts of health problems! They make the pancreas work overtime due to blood sugar increasing. Those with any weight problems should not eat bananas. The thick consistency creates phlegm and mucus that later develops into respiratory, digestive and circulatory problems. Most asthmatics have been cured from eliminating bananas from their diet. The top three sources for potassium are: coconut water, avocado and kiwi.  

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After the interview, he had me lie down on an examination table as soothing music played. He stuck 15-20 fine needles in the back of my head, face, ears, arms, fingers, legs (the leg needles hurt the most for me and the others didn’t hurt) and feet. After about 15 minutes, I began to feel relaxed and sleepy so I took a short nap. The acupuncturist even fell asleep for about 30 minutes. After the treatment, he removed the needles. It didn’t hurt when he removed them. He prescribed some herbal meds for stress and the women issues. Another wonderful feeling was the awesome massage he gave me afterwards. Him and his staff were very nice and friendly. He asked me not to go back to any other doctors because he cures all sorts of illnesses like colds, flu, etc. I’m currently taking the herbs and pills he prescribed three times a day an hour before I eat. I feel like I have more energy after the treatment and taking the prescriptions. I also feel like I’m getting more sleep. I started a healthy diet and yoga so I think it’s also helping me feel good. Other meds that have been prescribed to me throughout the years typically give me side effects like headaches and nausea but not these. If you’ve given up on any health issues you have, I recommend trying it. You really don’t have anything to lose. Have you ever tried acupuncture? If you have, what was it like for you? Would you consider it? Why or why not?

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Friday Song 12-2-16

Hi everyone and happy Friday! We finally made it through another week! This week has been filled with lots of ups and downs for me. I can’t believe it’s already Dec. 2! I’m ready to see this year go away.🙂 I couldn’t find a lot of information about this song. According to Kudos Records, UK born DJ Graham helped with the creation of “Atravessar.” Since he moved to Amsterdam in the 80’s, he’s well-known in the Dutch nightclub music scene. DJ Graham is also referred to as the ‘Godfather of Jazzdance’ by the Dutch press. “Atravessar” was released in 2006. I  was able to pick up some of the song’s lyrics. I’ve liked this song for a couple of years now. I heard it for the first time on Pandora in 2014. I thought it was a nice and upbeat song to share, especially on a Friday. Have you heard this song before? What do you think of it? Have a good weekend, everyone! I’ll see you this weekend! 

Kerry’s El Paso Tales

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Hi everyone! My blogging buddy, Kerry visited El Paso a couple of months ago. I shared a couple of photos of us here. Lately, she’s been doing some good blog posts about her trip here. Man, she had some funny stories to tell about her stay in downtown El Paso. I couldn’t stop laughing at her Hispanic ranchero incident and the ‘hoochie mama’ shop story. I didn’t know if I should laugh or feel sorry for her at first. I eventually figured out they were funny stories because of her writing style. She also had some really nice things to say about El Paso. Kerry typically blogs about her life in Houston and her travels. You can check out her El Paso tales here. Her posts also have some good photography. She took this photo above. I’m excited to see what else she comes up with in the next week or so. She’s on vacation in Mexico right now. No, she’s not in Juarez either:/ What a life!   

#RomanticTuesday 11-29-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday is going well. Maroon 5’s “Sugar” has a pretty good romantic story tied behind it so I want to share it here. According to Wikipedia, the song’s music video was shot at several ballrooms around Los Angeles during actual wedding festivities on Dec. 6, 2014. Lead singer/Voice coach Adam Levine came up with the wedding crashers theme for the video. Before filming the video, Maroon 5 invited their fans to watch the video shoots on Twitter. Fortunately, none of the couples had a problem with the band crashing their wedding and putting on a show. Who would? I wouldn’t have a problem with them crashing my wedding either! They were a joy to see live back in 2002 or 2003. I had the pleasure of seeing them in concert with John Mayer when I was attending New Mexico State. Some publications like Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone said the video was staged. However, one of the wedding’s photographers who was at one of the weddings said it wasn’t. Perhaps half of the video was staged while the other half wasn’t? Since its release in January 2015, “Sugar” has been viewed on YouTube more than one billion times. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the 68th song in history to remain in a top 10 spot on the Billboard charts for 20 weeks straight. What do you think of this song? What are some of your favorite Maroon 5 songs? I included a video with the song’s lyrics, along with the actual “Sugar” music video. If you want to laugh a little, I recommend watching the music video. Have a good day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!

Sunday Song 11-27-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Sunday went well! I spent part of my Sunday reading other blogs. I was inspired by Tangled Up in Music’s recent post about Amy Winehouse.  Tangled Up did a great post about her and her “Back to Black” album, which was released 10 years ago this year. July 23 marked five years since Amy passed away. You can check out Tangled Up’s post here. On more than one occasion, fellow blogger, friend and blogging sister Erika Kind has also featured Amy Winehouse in her blog. Here’s one of her posts here. My blogging buddy Johnna from All Things Chronic also did a great post about Amy Winehouse’s documentary, “Amy.” You can check it out here.   

Before reading these posts, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to listen to. After reading them, I spent a good portion of my afternoon listening to Amy’s music and interviews online. I even read up about her troubled and drama-filled life on various news web sites and blogs. I didn’t know too much about her music until I heard “Rehab” in 2006. To be honest I thought the song was annoying, especially when it was first released. It took years for it to finally grow on me. I’m glad I decided to listen to other songs by her this afternoon. I preferred the majority of them over “Rehab.” Today I’m taking you back to 2003 with “In My Bed.” The single was released on her first album, “Frank.” “Frank” was successful in the U.K. Her second album, “Back to Black” won five Grammy awards. Amy Winehouse was the first woman from England to win the American awards. What do you think of this song? Do you have a favorite Amy Winehouse song or two? It’s unfortunate we lost a talented singer and songwriter at such a young age. Have a goodnight/good morning, everyone. Take care and I’ll see you in the next day or two.  

Saturday Song The Weeknd 11-26-16

Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I knew The Weeknd was coming out with a new album sometime this year but I didn’t know exactly when. 2LOUD2OLDMUSIC’s blog includes a Friday New Releases post every week. You can check out his post from yesterday here. His post gave me the answer as to when The Weeknd would release his latest album “Starboy!” Thank you!🙂 I’ve been listening to the single “Starboy” on YouTube and local radio for a little over a month now. An added bonus to “Starboy” is featuring French electronic duo Daft Punk. Their sound makes the song even more interesting and unique.

I’ve always felt like The Weeknd would become popular. I’ve been listening to Abel Makkonen Tesfaye’s music since it was only available online. This morning I read a comment on YouTube that compares The Weeknd’s sound to Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. In a sense, I agree with that statement. What do you think of this song and that statement? Take care everyone and I’ll see you on Sunday!