The Proposal 💍

Have you ever been proposed to or perhaps imagined how it would be? Would you prefer an intimate setting with the question popped in the middle of a romantic date or a bold public proposal in front of your friends and family?

I’m glad mines was public. One thing I sure won’t forget was the immense happiness that came from the Hope family! I remember the smiles along with the volume of the screams and cheers. Although it continued to rain heavy, this special moment still took place with all of us soaking wet. Remember my post on Family Day? Well this happened on that event when it was on THIS DAY in 2015 during the award ceremony. It was a great day for me. Before I claimed my prized possession 💍 I received some prizes. My team (Team hulk) was the winning team that took home the big trophy! Plus I won a medal 🏅 for volleyball.

Even though I am describing my day, I am also extending an invite to you to be part of Family day at HopeNYC. It’s on June 10th this year and there are games for everyone and all ages.

Today we are both very happy together in our marriage (Yes there was a Hope wedding too) But it couldn’t have all happened without this proposal. We also still have a loving supportive Hope family. I hope one day for you to visit and become part of this family.

Here’s a quick shot of my proposal in Baisely Pond Park during Family Day! Family day 2018 info here:

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Concert Coming Up!

Do you mind being set free? That can happen when you come to the

F R E E D O M C O N C E R T!

This music has both pumped up a large crowed and powerfully ministered. I attended every freedom concert held at HopeNYC and can share that these artists are truly some of the best in the Caribbean!

This concert is for EVERYBODY and all ages. Dance the night away with your family and celebrate the freedom of Independence Day a week early!

There will also be food and vendors with cool things to look at around the concert area!

The address, HopeNYC website, phone number and ticket info is all on the graphic above ⬆️ This is going to be an amazing outdoor concert and you are in for a good time!

P R O M O   V I D E O  

 

A few from the 100s of pictures from the past years!

 

 

My Trip ( Easy Patriotic Treats Ideas included)

Hitting the road for a couple of hours, making a splash in the swimming pool after jumping in the jacuzzi, enjoying meals with good friends…

It sounds like an ideal Memorial Day outing!

I had this adventure last Saturday in PA with my fitness Hope Group! When you join a group at HopeNYC, you can except to learn and maybe take some notes depending on the class.

You would never expect to take a roadtrip to Pennsylvania just to see scenic views, visit the outlets, go to the resort with a pool and more! The rain didn’t even scare us! There was a 100% chance of rain in Pennsylvania but we didn’t cancel. It was the most farthest fun day I’ve ever had! When you are part of the Hope family or involved in a Hope group class, you never know what could happen and that’s what I love!

Here are some very simple patriotic treats ideas (Not recipes…don’t want to make you read much much longer! I also didn’t photograph these treats except for two of them! Just thought to share the most last minute and patriotic treats possible to help make your memorial, labor or Independence Day a-little bit more delicious!

Chocolate dipped Oreos!

This is one that I have done before! What you will need is:

  1. White & blue colored melting chocolate.
  2. Cake-pop sticks
  3. Oreos (Costco/Bjs box if you’re serving many)
  4. Patriotic sprinkles ( Try Michael’s or a Bakeshop)
  5. A fridge with space!

Patriotic apples! Dazzle your guests and feed them the healthiest dessert on your menu!

Just buy & roll them in sprinkles!

This aren’t patriotic but many of you will be starting a fire or firing up the oven today! These are photos of some indoor oven s’mores!

Prepping

Finished!

Patriotic pizza!

Chocolate dipped and sprinkled cones!

American flag waffles!

Red, white and blueberry!

American flag fruit kabobs

Patriotic toast!

Mini patriotic shortcake cups!

Rice Krispies treats dipped in chocolate and sprinkled!

PA Trip photos

Free Makeup Tutorial Tomorrow!

Makeup can be beneficial for professional purposes, glamor plus it can a true self-confidence booster! Want to learn how to create stunning transformation and artistically apply make-up like a pro?

Let me introduce you to Leah! Entrepreneur, mother and incredible baker who also promotes financial literacy, credit restoration and more! I met Leah through Lois Fray; Another talented entrepreneur who helps people weekly and goes LIVE! Lois attends HopeNYC with me and she will come up in a future blog!

F R E E   T U T O R I A L !

Did you know that there are free makeup tutorials every Tuesday at 12 noon?

All you need to do is TUNE IN TOMORROW on 

Beauty 4 Beginners This tutorial will be LIVE on that Facebook group so be sure to catch it in time! Its best to join this group today if you can! (Request and be approved)

Feel free to LIKE and check out Leah’s page: Uniquely You by Leah. There are stunning photos like the ones below! She has shown her viewers how to achieve looks like these:

Just Had My Last Class

The spring semester is ending and Hope Groups are approaching their final classes. Before I get to share a little with you what I learned, I want to share what you could learn!

There were great opportunities to learn:

  • How to play an instrument
  • About Basic electronics
  • How to double dutch
  • About vitamins and supplements
  • How to make cake pops
  • How to maneuver & voice a puppet
  • How to share the faith in Jesus
  • How to DJ with actual equipment
  • How to folk dance
  • Photoshop
  • How to obtain your GED
  • Exercise daily & make smarter food choices
  • The next step after accepting Jesus
  • How to make jewelry
  • Being an usher at HopeNYC
  • What can be good about a broken spirit?
  • Fashion tips & tricks

This knowledge is valuable! Groups are taught by who are richly skilled in the subject they teach. Of course I didn’t take all of these classes ( wish I could) but I was privileged to visit a few. One of the groups I was enrolled was Women’s health and wellness.

I could testify:

Like I mentioned in my What did I learn? if you can find your way to HopeNYC

TAKE THESE CLASSES!

What Did I learn? (Health Tips Included)

Does anyone own a scale with never-changing numbers? Numbers that would just remain the same no matter how hard you try….

Today, I stepped on the scale and those numbers changed! Praise God!

I took time this year to focus on health and research about the body, nutrition, fitness, stress, medicine, vitamins and more! I am also enrolled in two health Hope Groups are this spring semester. These group are very effective and available to you if you can find your way to HopeNYC.  One group is taught by an actual physician and the other is taught by a phenomenal woman who has conquered the most challenging weight-loss obstacles. I can share some of what I learned and I hope it can help!

One shot is all you need:  Cardio doesn’t have to be long and painful. It should be short and painful 😀 which is better! Cardio is suppose to prepare your body for the exercise, not be the exercise. Running and walking is great but it can’t sculpt the abs for you. Cardio helps your body to burn while you deal with the real exercises: abs workouts, weight lifting, leg sculpting, squats etc. Developing those muscles can help shrink those areas but you need a shot to start!

The recipe for this shot calls for:

  1. A series of exercises like running in place
  2. Plyo-jacks
  3. Bear crawls
  4. Knee high running
  5. Butt-kick running
  6. SPEED
  7. 30 seconds of each one!

It’s short! But it’s all you need.

Abs don’t just lookgood: Developing abs can save your back! The abs are like the strong front anchor of your spine. When you work on your abs, you help your back muscles tremendously. Back pain gets reduced because your core is helping your back muscles in supporting you. It’s not too late to start your ab workout. The plank is one of the most effective I heard from the doctor.

Your action will influence others around you! You can tell your loved ones to exercise and it will turn them away. Cook tasty healthy meals and desserts, take your walks, eat healthy in a restaurant and photograph everything. Your actions will surely influence someone to try it!

Has carbs lied to you?  We think it will fill us up when eating it all the time can make us hungry. Protein keeps you full for much longer. See which protein-filled foods are your favorites. Reducing carbs will surely give you results.

Motivation is a must! Meeting up as a class each week really helped. Having someone to motivate you is important. Circumstances and problems can stop your progress! Make sure you have a friend, counselor, nutritionist, family member or someone to help motivate you and hear your problems out! Youtube videos can help. Prayer can help tremendously! I believe you can do it.

Follow me! (Photography Tips Included)

A very special THANK YOU to all of you creative writers who follow/like me on WordPress! I am doing my best to get to everyone and explore your content too. Another special THANK YOU to those following me on Facebook and IG! As I share some sites with you, I will also share three photography tips.

B L O G

Don’t just read about what I post! See it too!

@SipsofHope on Instagram

P H O T O G R A P H Y

I’ve been a photographer for over 5 years! I will be a graduating NYIP student this year! Follow my IG and check out my website to see a few of the thousands of photographs I’ve captured throughout the years!

@FerreiraStudio  ON INSTAGRAM

MY  WEBSITE:

http://ferreiracindy1204.wixsite.com/ferreirastudio

TIPS

1) Keep an eye out:  Recognizing the right photo moment is important if you want a collection of cleverly good photos! It’s not a posed or prepared moment but it often happens WHEN you least expect it WHERE you least expect it! When you see something, rush for your phone at all times! Don’t give up because you think you might miss it. You might not! What are you trying to capture? A sunset, person? animal? person? car driving away with balloons?  The camera is not what makes a good photograph, it’s really the photographer’s eye! This is why photographers can take masterpieces with just their smartphones! The filters and features are just a plus to enhance whats already there!

This is not a typical scene! I had to get it! I didn’t tell the driver to wait on me! She was in the middle of moving so they can exit the yard. I pulled out my phone and captured photos as rapidly as possible. I got it!
The concert had these special lights and used it only at specific moments. This gold ray of light would brighten each head in the crowd. Because this was a worship night concert with songs centered on Jesus, I tried hard to capture this moment more than all the others. There is no need to tell a story about this picture. It speaks for itself and shows WHO this gathering is all about. What an amazing night!
Simply captured this beautiful bold red pepper in the process of making a chopped salad!

2) Rule of thirds:  See the four points? It is a theory that your viewers’ eyes naturally gravitate to these four points which makes it the ideal places for your photo subjects! You may wonder how to do this! Cameras and phone have this setting to guide you.

For iPhones! Go to Settings- Phone and Camera- Scroll down to grids then turn it on!

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The cake is right where I want it on the left third. I took this photo around Valentines day last year as Compass Cafe introduced a new cake!

3) Get on it’s level: An interesting way to get to capture an item and emphasize the details. It’s also a great approach when photographing children; especially toddlers! These were both taken with an iPhone!

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I rested my phone on the table and flipped it upside down to capture this. When holding the phone normally, the camera was way higher than the bracelet. A previous birthday celebration helped to make the scene more colorful!

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If Your Mom Had A Super Power, What would it be?

I just wanted to start off with a fun question. There’s no doubt that moms are powerful! Feel free to leave your answer in a comment if you’d like!

A very Happy Mother’s Day from Sips of Hope!

Sons, daughters, grandchildren, godchildren, church attendees, nieces and nephews! I encourage you all to make this one memorable for them.