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A Foodie Fest Tradition @MastersofTaste

What makes something a tradition? Doing it twice or three times? Well, I am about to go to my fourth Masters of Taste with my husband on Sunday, so I would call that a tradition for sure!

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than to walk around tasting the best food and drinks that a city has to offer with someone you love. We enjoy this every year! Even when it rained, but that is a story for another time. It will be a beautiful day this Sunday at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. That’s where this Food Festival takes place. It’s truly amaze balls. I can’t wait!

It’s going to be a pretty epic date weekend with going to see the much awaited Avengers Engame (No Spoilers Here!) movie on Saturday night and then going to the Masters of Taste on Sunday! Lucky us!

Here is a code to get $10 off your ticket to the Masters of Taste : MizMeliz19 Just tell them I sent you! Have fun and if you see my friends at Iron Triangle Brewing – tell them I said “Cheers!” They like donating to The Masters of Taste and their beneficiary the Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) for all the right reasons. Watch the video below to find out what I mean…it’s pretty cool and says it all!

Don’t forget to share your pictures on Instagram and give me a shout out #mastersoftaste – I will post all my favorite tastes @mizmelissa

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The Most Amazing Tool in My Box: The Rosary

I love praying the Rosary and I have a stong love for the tradition of the Rosary in my family. A friend of mine recently told me she was going to pray the Rosary at lunch break, sacrificing her lunch time and fasting for that meal. She said she had a lot to ask for. I can relate. Can’t we all?

I read this “Beginner’s Guide to Praying the Rosary” on Catholicity.com this morning.  I was looking for a nice and easy guide to share on my blog.  I was taken with the fact that anyone can say the Rosary and you don’t have to be Catholic.  I have always wanted to share what I love about the Rosary with all my friends, but hesitated to do so because I felt it was “so Catholic.”  There are many “rules” that go with it, but the best rule is – there are no actual rules!  It can mean whatever you want it to mean.  Symbolic, or simplistic, it is a way to meditate and reflect.

Photo by Melissa Reyes Copyright 2012 "Lisa's Rose" aka Spiritual Rose posted in "The Most Amazing Tool in my Box: The Rosary" 1-24-2013 http://mizmeliz.com
Praying the Rosary is like offering a spiritual rose as a gift.

I must admit, it has been a very long time since I was in the practice of praying the Rosary regularly and with intention.  But I have always known that it is powerful, meaningful, worthwhile and something I can return to.

This is what I connected with this morning as I read about praying the Rosary:

Ask for big and small gifts. Be bold! In this sense, the Rosary is an exchange of gifts between friends.

It is widely known that Our Lady answers seemingly impossible intentions to those who are first beginning to pray the Rosary. This is her way of drawing you closer to Her and to Jesus. If you are praying your first Rosary, or returning to the Rosary after years of not talking to Our Lady, ask for something big, spectacular, “impossible.” She’ll often surprise you.

I believe in the Virgin Mary as a mentor of motherhood and womanhood.  The fact that she is referred to here as “Our Lady” is significant because she can inspire all women, all people, with the story of her life and the life of her Son.

Prayer and meditation play a big role in my life.  I pray in many ways.  I wish to share them with you now and then and would love to hear how prayer fits in to your life.

If you want to read more about Our Lady, check out my post on Fatima.

The Featured Image on this post is from the R.C. Gorman collection.  R.C. Gorman is one of my favorite artists and this particular picture is one that I love to use in prayer.  I feel that warmth of light shining on me when I pray.