Friday, February 22, 2013

MUSIC BLAST: Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby (Official Video)




I don't know if you have had the chance to listen to all of Cee Lo Green's "Lady Killer" album but let me tell you it is FULL of really great songs.  Cee Lo's voice is amazing as always, but I really find myself loving the retro feel to the album.  Cry Baby, F*&@ You, Fool For You, Bright Lights Bigger City, and Old Fashioned are just a few of my favorites.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the official video of Cry Baby on YouTube! First off, I love the scenery, the retro costumes, and the dancing from the video. The cherry on top for me, however, was Jaleel White.  Come on now, don't tell me you don't remember Steve Urkel! Or better yet, Stephan the so fine! (LOL)
I'm not even gonna lie, I did have an intense liking for the swagger of Stephan.  Makes me blush just thinking about it! (LOL)

So anyway, it just buttered my biscuit to see Jaleel in this video and I literally laughed out loud when he started lip syncing and his girl friend who was getting dumped looks at him like, "WTH??? Who is he singing to and where did these backup dancers come from?" (LOL)

Check out the video above!
Enjoy the video and enjoy your weekend!

~Love, Peace and Happiness!~

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Daniel Fast and Valentine's Day



On Tuesday night, the hubby and I went to Bible Study at church to learn about this Daniel Fast that our pastor had mentioned.  After thinking about it and praying in church, I felt a whisper telling me that I may find the answers and direction that I was seeking if I participated.  Keep in mind that I have NEVER done a church-directed fast before.  Ever...  I was always one of those folks who insisted that I could never not ever be that disciplined, that I didn't really have anything that I needed to beseech the Lord for that bad.  Hmmm...
I made a hundred thousand excuses and as a result, I am now 37 years old and this is my first time ever going into a fasting and prayer time with just me and the Lord.  Crazy, huh?

So obviously, the hubby and I are in the process of adopting.  We are now officially home study certified (yaay!).  However, unless there is a money tree that my loving husband has been secretly growing somewhere, there is absolutely no way that we could ever come up with the $30,000 that our adoption agency says we need by the time we are matched with a potential birth family.  Daryl has even tried to get approved at a credit union for an adoption loan and we were turned down.  Before we were officially turned down at the credit union, we thought about adopting through DHS, however we were told that the particular program we were looking into rarely has infants that are available for adoption and that if we would consider fostering first, we might have a better chance. As it is, they currently had one couple who were going the straight adoption route and they had been on the waiting list for five years.  Yes, you read correctly, five years!  So yeah, things have been looking pretty hopeless for us lately.  I have been struggling to not be depressed by what was going on, to remain faithful, and to stay prayerful, but honestly, it has really been hard for me to do that.  It seemed like every way we turn, we keep hitting dead ends but I know what that angel told me in my dream.  I. Know...
Have you ever been so sure of something that you know it is going to come true but you have no earthly idea what the Lord has up His sleeve or how He will bring it to pass?  I don't know what He is doing right now or how He is going to do it, but I know that it will be done.  I have to believe that. And in the meantime, I will continue to pray.

So anyway, we decided to do the Daniel Fast with our church.  The fast lasts from Ash Wednesday (02/13/13) through Easter Sunday (03/31/13) but it does allow you to exclude Sundays if you want to.  It will be 40 days of fasting and praying.  For myself, I felt that I needed to participate in this event in order to receive some clarification about things and some direction for my life.  I'm looking for a miracle and a light in the darkness right now and if I have to sacrifice to at least see what our next step is going to be then I think it will be worth it.

Information about the Daniel Fast can be found on many places online such as here at Daniel-Fast or here at 3 Ways to do a Daniel Fast.  Our church's web page dedicated to the fast is here at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  It is basically a plant-based diet focused on fruits, vegetables and nuts, allowing only water as a beverage.  There's a long list of foods to avoid and for me personally, the meat loss isn't that big of a deprivation.  For me, the hardest part will be no sweets and no dairy products.  Our first day's menu (Ash Wednesday) went as follows:

BREAKFAST
Protein shake: Made with plant protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, strawberries, mango, and pineapple, 1/2 Tbsp ground chia seeds and 1/2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
(I used PlantFusion protein powder - found at Whole Foods)
1/4 cup raw almonds

LUNCH
Mixed vegetables with seasoned tomato sauce
small red potato

SNACK
med. banana

DINNER
Black bean burger patty (from Whole Foods)
Sweet potato fries
Romaine lettuce salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing

SNACK #2
Air-popped popcorn

WATER: 80 ounces

It was surprising that I didn't feel too hungry throughout the day.  I was absolutely certain that I would be starving, but I really wasn't.  The thing about it is that as long as you are eating veggies, there isn't a set limit on the amount.  So I didn't have to measure out 1/2 cup of pineapples and 1/2 cup of strawberries, etc.  I did because I am just that anal, I am still strictly counting my calories on SparkPeople and I still track my steps with my Fitbit pedometer, but it's good to know that I didn't have to if I didn't want to.  By dinner, I had stopped measuring everything so crazily and just enjoyed my baked fries and salad.

Valentine's Day was pretty much the same.  I had oatmeal with raisins in it for breakfast, more raw almonds for my mid-day snack, vegetable soup and a banana for lunch, and carrots for snack #2.  On the church's website, there are a list of restaurants in the Philadelphia area that have a Daniel Fast menu so we decided to go to Relish.  It is a modern southern soul-food restaurant here in Philly that we love for the good food and the live music.  Since they were participating with the menu, we decided to go there for Valentine's Day.  We were early for the live music. She was supposed to have started her second set at 8:00 pm, but we were finished eating by then.  We actually waited 20 minutes for the act to come on stage, but since she didn't, we left and decided to come home to watch a movie. (Side note: If you have not rented Taken 2 yet, please do so immediately! Yes, it was just that good! LOL)




For dinner, the hubby and I had the whole wheat penne pasta entree.  It was really tasty with olive tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, spinach, and olive oil.  I didn't expect for it to taste as good as it did, but it was actually pretty good.  My only complaint was that there was quite a bit of olive oil in it so it was a little greasy but other than that, it was delicious.  Of course I had them to add sauteed onions to my dish because in my world, anything with garlic in it deserves to dance with onions. (LOL)  I think it rounded the flavors out and I absolutely loved it.



So if you are in the Philadelphia area and you like to hear live jazz or blues music while you eat a really good meal reminiscent of some little old ladies in the south cooking for the church picnic, then stop by Relish.  And if you are thinking about doing the Daniel Fast and would still like to go out on a date with your honey bunny, then their Daniel Fast menu is small but really good.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

                                                


~Peace and Love~


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, loves!

I hope that this Valentine's Day find you all doing well surrounded by life, love, and peace.  Life is too short to waste it filled with hate and regret. Everyday is a day of thanksgiving, so be grateful. Treat everyday as if it were your last and tell your loved ones that they are loved. That's it, my recipe for happiness. Give flowers while your loved ones live and appreciate every second that you get to spend with them.




I'll end this post with a video by the ridiculously talented, Ms. Rachelle Ferrell. This is her recorded version of "My Funny Valentine" and I absolutely love it!  She's actually performing tonight through Sunday (02/17/13) in NYC at The Blue Note although I read online that most of the shows are sold out. Still, if you're in the New York area and are available this weekend, PLEASE check out this amazing vocalist!  She is definitely on my bucket-list of performers to see.




 


Enjoy the video and the remainder of your week!
~Love, peace, and happiness~

Friday, February 8, 2013

MUSIC BLAST: BEYONCÉ - Superbowl, O2 Priority TV ad, tour, and Super Bowl



After an amazing Super Bowl performance, Beyonce announced on her website that she will be touring again.




The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour will begin this April in Serbia. The U.S. leg of her tour won't start until June 28th. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that she will be touring again. I only hope that this time around I will get to see an actual live performance. I missed her performance at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City because they sold out in minutes, so I'm hoping that her visit to the Wells Fargo Center will be my opportunity to see one of my favorite performers live.  I've already had the opportunity to see Janet Jackson live and both Beyonce and Mariah are next on my list of must-see performers.
Can't wait!



Meanwhile, check out this O2 Priority TV ad as a tour promo for her UK part of the tour.
And if you didn't get a chance to catch her Super Bowl performance, check it out above! I loved it and thought she killed the routine! I also really liked seeing Destiny's Child back together again, if only for a little bit.

 Enjoy the video and enjoy your weekend!

~Love, Peace, and Happiness~


Friday, February 1, 2013

TGIF Music Blast: RANDY RAYMOND feat Marc Antoine - Tu me manques (clip officiel)





 I don't know about you, but I am always geeked out when I find out that I have new online followers, whether that is on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter. I love knowing that somewhere out there in the social universe, there are people who want to know what I have to say. It's trippin', I know, but still true... I mean, honestly, it just makes me smile. So, imagine my surprise when this nice-looking Canadian started following me on Instagram. Wow, that's all I can say. I was immediately intrigued (hey, I'm married, not blind) and decided to find out who this young man was. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that he is a Canadian singer? I went to YouTube and found this song here. Beautiful, chocolate, and he speaks French!?! Lawd, have mercy! LOl! Anyway, check out his video here with Marc Antoine and his website here titled Randy Worldwide. It's a beautiful song. Enjoy the video and enjoy your weekend!

 ~Love, Peace, & Happiness~

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