What to get him for Christmas

Christmas can be a busy and difficult season if we forget what truly Christmas is…. the birth of our Savior Jesus. Let’s not get overwhelmed when trying to buy the perfect gift for him – for that special man in your life. He might be your husband, boyfriend, father or other men in your life that deserves the perfect gift. This beautiful season if to spend time with loved ones and exchange gifts when possible. I believe that when you love someone and that someone loves you, even when there are no gifts involved we can have a great time together. The important part of Christmas is that we get together and share our love.

I had to do a bit of research myself to see what’s out there for Christmas so I have an idea what to buy. To my surprise, I found something new that sounds like the right thing for this Christmas. I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it will be part of the list you will see below. I have a real difficulty when buying gifts for men. I think they are more difficult than women. For us, a lotion, a candle or some Pj’s would do it, but for men, there’s always a “what if” when it comes to gifts – at least that’s how I feel. Let’s see what happens this year. Don’t forget: if we are stressed out we can’t enjoy the holidays and that’s not worth it. If you give a gift and they don’t like it, well give them the gift receipt… they can go change it for something else.

Here are a few ideas you can use to guide you choose the perfect gift for him. I try to stay away from the usual, socks and underwear although if they really need them, then just go ahead, they are never too much.

Gifts never rejected:

  • Watches – Fossil and Movado are great brands
  • Cologne – get him something different a not the usual
  • Gift set – shower gel and lotion sets are pretty popular
  • Docking station – I found a few great ones when searching online. With this station, he can charge his phone, put his keys, watches, and jewelry all in one place.
  • Gifts cards from his favorite stores
  • Clothes and shoes – Shirts, sweaters, ties

If you are planning to be a bit more generous, these gifts will be the ones for him: 

  • Cellphone – many new ones available
  • Speakers – Bluetooth/wireless are awesome
  • Drone – for the adventurous men
  • Tablet – plenty of sizes and colors available
  • Home theater- for movie fans
  • Movies – for those days off
  • Headphones – for multiple uses – when taking the train, walking or just alone time
  • Jewelry – personalize it and give it a great touch

I hope these ideas help you choose the perfect gift for him. Don’t forget – If Jesus is out of Christmas our Christmas is empty.

🎄🎉🎁MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎁🎉

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Didn’t see the bump in the road

A few months ago I started my journey to healthy eating with the idea of losing these extra pounds that don’t belong here. I made a plan and went ahead – with no sugars, including eliminating cookies and ice cream, doing exercise and with no problem these pounds will be gone. Well, life happens and here I am 10 pounds lighter. That is not even close to my goal. I did mention in the previous post this challenge of  losing the weight was going to take time, but oh boy it feels like forever simply because I am not dieting like before, with crazy diets to lose it all in one month. I used to starve myself to lose weight and then again it all over again. This time I wanted to do it differently.

I’m now 158 lbs. not bad, but it has taken me a few months to lose those 10 pounds. Let me tell you why… I didn’t see the bump in the road. I made a plan and planned to stick to it which I think I’ve been doing ok…. after all, I did lose 10 pounds. You know, life happens, we plan but things don’t always go our way. I’ve suffered from monthly severe sinus infections that required me take excessive amounts of medications. On top of that my sciatic nerve has been acting up and I’ve been in a lot of pain. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick I don’t always eat my best. Even though I did continue to eat as healthy as possible, not all three meals were there (not really hungry when taking medication). These two things combined haven’t allowed me to exercise and how frustrating has it been.

To help my immune system, reduce the inflammation in my body and prevent sinus infections, I’ve increased the consumption of antioxidants. Antioxidants help our bodies fight infections and can also manage some medical conditions. Some of the antioxidants I’ve added to my diet include: Continue reading “Didn’t see the bump in the road”

Fall….To me the most wonderful time of the year

The smell in the air, the crisp cold air, just chilly enough to wear a nice sweater and just nice enough not to have to put on a thousand layers of clothing; the smell and taste of everything pumpkin; the pumpkin and apple picking; the hayrides, hot chocolate by the fire pit or just cuddling up with the family in front of the fireplace.  Those are just a few of the things I love about autumn.

But what I love the most is the changing of color of the leaves.  What a spectacular sight.  What an amazing array of orange, brown, yellow, purple and red.  To take a drive and just marvel at the splendor of nature, the rows and rows of colorful trees and then it hits you…..even the trees talk to us about life and change.

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Puerto Rico – A Caribbean Paradise

You know the strength of a country when hardship strikes. Hurricane Maria brought unprecedented destruction to the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, “The Land of the Lamb”, as many know the Island, was struck with a Category 4 hurricane. The magnitude of a hurricane with winds of 155 mph is no joke. With sustained winds of 130-156 mph, a hurricane this powerful snaps trees from its roots, wood properties are torn down and even cement structures are affected. Communication towers and electricity poles get knocked out and running water is interrupted because there’s no electricity. Having no running water for the daily needs like drinking and showering makes it difficult enough, then adding to that, no electricity to keep the refrigerator going, stove for cooking and air conditioners to ease the Caribbean heat, it’s impossible to keep it “normal”. With no cell towers, people in the island are not able to communicate to ask for help or notify their loved ones they are OK. The infrastructure was destroyed. Many parts of Puerto Rico are mountains, making it almost impossible to distribute vital provisions.

I want you to know a bit more:

Puerto Rico measures 100 x 35 miles. You can drive around the island in just one day. It consists of 78 municipalities with about 3.4 million residents. The island has been blessed with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, these two make splendorous beaches for all to enjoy. Also on the east of the island we find the rainforest – El Yunque. Right in the middle of island is La Cordillera Central, a group of mountains that forms in the interior of Puerto Rico and extends about 50 miles.

You can also enjoy:

  • caves
  • waterfalls
  • bioluminescent bays
  • surfing
  • zip lining
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • museums
  • delicious food
  • waterfalls

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Can we agree on something?

A healthy marriage produces a healthy family, healthy community and a healthy country.

If you can find a couple that has many differences it is my hubby and I. Our differences are inexplicable – what we like, how we think, just incredibly different. The only things we can agree without discussion is that we love the Lord, each other and our boys. Everything else has two opinions, his and mine, and needs to be discussed so we can come to an agreement. But this is how two become one. If we were the same our relationship would be boring. We complement each other. In our differences, we just try again and never quit.

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3 (NKJV)

Many times, we need to sit down and talk, talk, talk… yes talk, and not only talk but also listen respectfully to what the other has to say. I like to talk – don’t all stay at home moms do? But this talking is not only the blah, blah our husbands sometimes hear from us after a stressful day with the children, this one is more intense. This conversation takes time, patience and respect. This is a conversation where we discuss our opinions until we agree or come to a mutual compromise. Sometimes our conversations are short, give me your opinion, this is mine, and we are done – we agree. On other occasions, it takes much longer and might even take a few tries before we can come to a mutual agreement. What matters is that as a married couple we need to agree to move our marriage and family forward.

Praise and worship music is one tool we use to help us get our thoughts together. Hit play when the atmosphere is not so relaxed.

 Here is one of my favorites.

Who said marriage was easy? Not easy but possible…

Don’t give up!

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Just keep breathing

You can do this Lee  ~ COME ON ~

Have you ever need to encourage yourself to do something you know is good for you? I do it every day.

Exercising is hard for me. Is it that way for everyone? At the beginning of the week I try to decide which days I will exercise. This will help me mentally prepare. I don’t think about it too much. If I spend too much time preparing to go exercise or thinking about it, I won’t do it. I literally drag myself to do some exercise. Why is this? I don’t know but it is super hard to start. I do know it’s good for my health and will help with the weight loss so I’m pushing myself, but still dragging. Current weight 168.5 lbs.

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9/11 We will not forget

Still fresh in my memory, it was a Tuesday morning, the day that America changed, September 11, 2001.

While working someone said, “an airplane hit the World Trade Center”. I was confused, those buildings are super high, how can an airplane not see them? Not too long after that we hear a second airplane crashed into the 2nd tower. My heart dropped. How can this happen? There’s got to be an error. As we listened to the news, confusion raised and I had more questions than answers. Today, 16 years later, as I’m writing this, I have to stop and take a moment to breathe. When I think of this day, the day America changed, the feelings are still here just like 16 years ago.

I didn’t know any of the precious lives that were lost that day, but today I want to HONOR them and those who risked their lives to rescue others. Remembering them still hurts, but we must continue and press on and that is the reason for this post.

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Welcome to Who I was meant to be. With this blog, I wish to share with the world the life of a wife and mother who now understands that being perfect was not part of her original design. Day by day I’m learning how to enjoy life, laugh about my mistakes and when I fall, just get up and try again. Let’s enjoy this journey called life.

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Visiting Nature

Connecticut has great orchards where you can pick your own fruits. This is something super cool for me since I didn’t have that opportunity where I grew up. We took a trip to our favorite orchard to get some fruit and help mama with her Journey to Healthy (stay tune for more about my weight loss journey).

Lyman Orchards is located in Middlesex County, not far from major towns. We waited for a sunny day to enjoy a trip to the orchard.

At the time of our visit we enjoyed a few crops.

First stop… peaches

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At the city

Surprise yourself every time you can. Take a day or just a few hours to try something new, something that might be out of your comfort zone but that will make you smile. Fear will never win.

The weather was amazing – blue skies and temperature just in the 80’s. ” A PICTURE-PERFECT” kind of day.

I rarely travel without my husband. He usually drives and I give the directions to always get him lost – at least that’s what he says.

Since I was little I suffered from different kinds of fear. As I write this post, I’m smiling, for many of those who know me, this is shocking and totally not me. Throughout the years I learned how to put my smiley face and keep going when my heart raised and I felt I was going to faint.

Just us girls to the city – totally out of my comfort zone.

New York City is full of life, lights and good food. A wonderful place to visit alone, with family or friends. I took a 24-hour trip to N.Y.C. with a few of my girlfriends. I must confess, I didn’t know this was going to be such a great trip.

We drove down early afternoon to avoid traffic and 1 ½ hr. later, YES, we arrived.

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