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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sandy's Oceantrip Field Trip

Just sharing some photos from Sandy's recent field trip at Oceanpark. I loved the place even if it's too crowded for my taste. For the kids, they might get tired or bored because of the crowd. However, they will surely love the mermaid show and the almost magical appeal of the marine life.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Dreaming of Vacationing

To those who don't know yet, I am currently 3 months pregnant. This explains my lack of updates and why I am unbelievably stressed right now. If only I can have one of those cancun honeymoons that Karisma Hotels are known for. The massages on the beach, lying down on beach beds with retractable curtains for privacy, your choice of sumptuous dinners or as simple as watching the blue waves crash down on the white sandy beaches.

But even if I can't have a vacation now, there's no stopping me in daydreaming and wishing that someday I can experience one of the hotels in Karisma. I'm especially interested to see the Hidden Beach Resort at the Riviera Maya. It caters to nudists and is a secluded, adults-only property. Of course, I couldn't see myself baring it all which I'm sure already disqualifies me to an entrance. Still, I've never been an adults only hotel before and it could be really interesting.

Another hotel I'd like to try is the Azul Beach Resort. Since it caters to families, this is more the type that will benefit us. And just because it's a family-oriented resort doesn't mean it's not romantic. Aside from beach activities and amenities for kids, they offer dinner by candlelight by the beach for couples, luxurious massages, picnics, tequila tasting and non-motorized water sports.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sandy's Wishlists


Little Einstein's Pat Pat Rocket from Amazon.com - getting expensive every week. Now at $79.95


Sweetheart Playhouse - $220 at amazon.

Her much beloved ABBA dolls - don't know where I can buy these. It's probably ridiculously expensive. The likeness is just amazing though.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Holiday Thank You Cards from Sandy

Christmas Thank You Cards Holidays are here again and so are Holiday Thank You Cards. With so many gifts we receive at this time of the year, it's just appropriate to send back a holiday thank you card for each and every present. Invitations-Shoppe specializes in several kinds of thank you cards so you might want to look at their site. For companies, business holiday thank you cards are definitely a must not only for Christmas gifts but for successful Christmas events your company will host.

I've seen really nice Christmas thank you card designs at http://www.invitations-shoppe.com and planning to get a few myself. I'm not rushing though because they can print and ship the same day that I approve the proof. I know Sandy will receive tons of gifts (she does every year) so sending out thank you cards is the least I can do.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Everybody Needs a Friend

I thought it will take at least one more year before Sandy gets lonely being the only child. But I could see she's not only getting bored but she looks at kids with siblings and seem to think that she's missing out on something. Of course, I'm just guessing but I have no doubt she'd be happier if she has someone to play with everyday.

It's always a riot when her cousin Chloe is visiting. She's so happy and much more behaved. They fight and I know it's going to be worse if they're together 24/7 but still, I totally get what she's feeling when she has no one to play with but just us adults.

Sandy and Chloe

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baby Invitations For My Girlfriends

Still on Baby Invitations for Baby Shower. I have three friends who are throwing a baby shower this November and December so we're scouting for the perfect company, in terms of unique design and affordability where we can have them printed. Having a baby is one of the most important things that can happen to a woman. We always try to celebrate the arrival in style and capture every moments as much as we can. From the invitations to decorations, photos to videos, even gift wrappers and small giveaways.

 Baby Invitation

At Birth-Cards, you can get really cute baby shower invitations such as the one above. Just browsing through their designs at http://www.birth-cards.com makes me excited to celebrate the arrival of my friends' babies. You can also personalize the designs by adding a photo of the soon-to-be parents, change the font style and color. They offer instant preview of your personalized design before you order to be sure that there are no more corrections.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Getting Your Toddler to Listen

Get on her level. Either squat down to her level or pick her up so you can look her in the eye.

Be clear. State your message clearly and simply. Your child will zone out if you harp on topics too long.

Follow through - quickly. Don't make threats or promises you won't keep.

Reinforce your message - follow up your verbal statement with other kinds of messages. When you say "eat your lunch", show her you mean it by sitting on the table yourself or eating beside her.

Give warnings - before you try and take her away from a very enjoyable activity, let your kid know that you're leaving in a few minutes.

Realistic instructions .

Motivate.

Model good behavior.

Read full article here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Printable Baby Shower Invitations

Baby Shower InvitationBaby Shower Invitations from Cards-411 are not only cheap but very unique too. You won't find any of their baby shower invites anywhere else. They are specially designed with new parents in mind. And although it could be your 2nd or 3rd baby, having a baby will always be as special as the first one.

The printable baby shower invitations are customizable too. You can upload a photo of the mom, change the color, font style and words to fit your requirements. And to those who just don't want to spend, http://www.cards-411.com also offers free baby shower invitations so you can celebrate your child's arrival in style.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Halloween Carnival at Shangrila Edsa Mall

halloween - trick or treat at shangrila mall

We're booked, thanks to my friend Lorna. Now we'll just have to figure out what costume Sandy will wear. We may be able to find some Gryffindor robes at SM Makati this weekend. If not, then DIY will be the best we can do.

Where: Shangrila Edsa Mall - Grand Atrium
How much: Php500 / kid
When: October 24, Saturday and October 25, Sunday | 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Monday, October 12, 2009

Manic Monday #185

What word describes you best?
Just one word? How about three? Stubborn. Vain. Perfectionist.
Oh, are we not talking about negative traits?

What drives you every day.
Aside from my daughter and husband, my career. And my dream. To be very rich that I can tour the world, buy more than one dream house and go old without worrying about my kids' future.

Where do you want to retire?
55 perhaps? But I should be financially free that time. I don't want to be a burden to anyone.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fun with Photo Invitations

Photo Announcements Photo Invitations have always been a popular choice among parents when it comes to announcing the latest addition in the family. After all, nothing can be more beautiful as your newborn's first smile. Photo invites are not just limited to photo birth announcements alone. I've personally used photo birthday invitations before and loved how you can keep it as a memento of your child's first birthday celebration.

Looking at CardsShoppe, you'll see that a photo invitation can be used for a wide range of events. From your best friend's 30th birthday to baptism to wedding invitation and graduation announcements. I found a great idea from http://www.cardsshoppe.com about using an embarrassing or hilarious picture from the past and use it as a shower invite for a friend of mine who's tying the knot. Of course, she has good sense of humor so it will definitely work to her advantage. We can just personalize any of the unique designs available by modifying the colors, words and of course, adding one of her "fun" photos back in our wild days.

 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sandy Potter or Sandy Granger?

Found some really cheap Harry Potter costumes online. I wasn't really planning on buying anything because come on, $45 for a one time costume? But to my luck, I found these Gryffindor robes for only $19.99! Too bad it's already the 2nd week of October. I wonder if I can still have this shipped?

Check it out at http://www.buyharrypottercostumes.com

Friday, October 09, 2009

Invest in Gold and Increase Your Wealth

Why should we invest on gold? That's one of the questions I always hear whenever precious metals enters a conversation. I used to be clueless too but that was before I learned about monex. If you're interested to buy gold in coin or ingot form, this site is your step to learning everything you need to know.

Monex (MCD) has been providing precious metals for over 40 years now via personal delivery or safe storage at a bank or depositor. They are America's gold, silver and precious metals investment leader so you'll know that you are dealing with the best and the safest.

But back to our original question, why gold?

1. Gold unlike paper does not wear out when passed from hand to hand
2. You can carry a small amount anywhere and this amount can purchase a surprising amount of goods and services.
3. It's your own protection against the fall or U.S. dollars
4. Offers you a solid, long-term and tangible way to protect your wealth.
5> Also applies to outstanding short-term trading vehicles.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sandy Loves White Hat

Sandy tried White Hat last weekend.

Lovin' White Hat

I thought she wouldn't like it because she's not really crazy about yogurts. But to my surprise, she did. It helped that we ordered it with strawberry and cheesecake too.

I find it pricey at first but the yogurt was very good, unlike grocery-types I've tasted.

From their site:

Try our signature toppings like homemade Granola with almonds (exclusively available in our shops), or our scrumptious homemade cheesecake, or fresh strawberries and kiwi. Have as many toppings on your Hat or make your combo as fun or as crazy as you want, we definitely won't mind. as long as they're right for your taste buds.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Remember Summer With Picnic Invitations

Picnic InvitationI learned the hard way that people tend to cancel when the invite was made via text or email only. Which is why I always make sure to give out invites for every party that I host. Even if it's just Picnic Invitations, whoever it was that was lucky enough to be invited to our party always make an effort to attend. Nothing makes an event final than a carefully laid out invite.

Now that the holidays are just around the corner, family reunion invitations are now starting to arrive in our door step. Most are invitations picnic party but there's one that will require more formal clothes. I'm pretty excited just seeing the invites. It's been a while since I've seen my relatives and the holidays is always a good way to get re-acquainted with some of them.

If you to are planning for your next family reunion, check out Holiday-Invitations at http://www.holiday-invitations.com/. They have a wide selection of unique and exclusive designs for all events - 4th July picnic invites, St. Patrick's and even Oktberfest. It doesn't matter if it's just a couple of days away too because they can print and ship your order the same day you approve them.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

10 Things You Want But Can't Afford

For Ten on Tuesday.

1. Macbook Pro - I've always wanted to buy one but budget is always not enough

2. iMac. Still waiting for 0% deals

3. A house of our own with porch and garden. Soon we'll have this, I just know it in my heart.

4. Travel to Europe. If I only knew, I would have asked my husband to just elope and not have a grand wedding 6 yrs ago. We could've just easily spent the money on a Europe tour.

5. Blackberry or iPhone

6. A pair of knee-high boots from Zara

7. A playhouse like this for Sandy

8. A new computer table complete with organizers and drawers.

9. Buffet at Circles for four.

10. A 3-hour full body treatment at The Spa

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Beach Getaway for Everyone

I'm lining up all our vacation plans. Before Sandy turns 10 (she's only four now), I'd like to be able to visit Europe. And perhaps, we can also try the white sand beaches of Riviera Maya.

Any of the Karisma Hotels will do but since we're going on a family vacation, my husband just don't have the heart to leave our little one at home, I can say the Azul Beach resort will be perfect. According to their site, here are some of the reasons why you should stay there:


1. It's close to the airport, only about 20 minutes.

2. Everything is a short walk away from the resort - beach, pools, game room, bars, restaurants.

3. Great rooms for families. There are rooms that sleep 2 adults and three children plus there are also connecting rooms.

4. Lots of activities for kids - night pajama parties, kids' programs, balloon wars, beach games

5. Even if it caters to families and kids, you and your husband can enjoy some romantic time with each other. There are beachfront sky massages, candlelight dinners and jacuzzis.

I always find our previous travels stressful no matter how beautiful the beach was or how high-end the rooms and amenities were. But if all resorts can offer the same features that Azul does, I'm sure the number of happy vacationing families will increase tenfold.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Welcome October, Goodbye September

There are so many things lined up this month. But before all that, I'd like to say a quick prayer for all typhoon Ondoy victims. We are also feeling blessed that our house was spared. I learned from our helper that the flood water was also 5-6" deep outside our gate. We are indeed lucky that the flood didn't reach our village. My husband was away that time and I don't know what I would've done if something bad happens.

The victims still need help so if you can, please donate what you can via:

Monetary Donations      
1.  CASH or CHECK
Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

2.  BANK DEPOSIT
Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross
    METROBANK
    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
    Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
    Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
    Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS

    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
    Type of Account: CURRENT
    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
    UN Branch
    Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
    Type of Account: SAVINGS
    Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

Credit Card        
Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:
Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.
For online donations you may also visit our website at www.redcross.org.ph  .

SMS and G-CASH (Globe)       
SMS
text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

G-CASH
text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

Most urgent needs
Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water
Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases
Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap
Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

Call Hotline 143 or 527.0000

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ordering Baptism Invitations Online

Religious Baptism InvitationsI'm pretty excited about the baptism of my friend's baby. They've been waiting for their little princess for so long and now going all out for her. I'm so happy for them that I've volunteered to order and pay for their Baptism Invitations Cards. It's no big deal on my end really because these christening invitations from Announcements-Shoppe can be purchased online. You can even receive the proof via email within one hour of ordering during business day.

The more time I spend browsing through Religious invitations at http://www.announcements-shoppe.com, the more I like what they have to offer. I have my own share of ordering business cards and other printing materials online and it's not everyday that you can receive the prints the same day you approved it. So if it's efficient service and affordable prices you're looking for, I suggest you book mark this site for your future birthday invitations, baptism needs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sickie Birthday Girl

Again? Can you believe that? At least she managed to attend her birthday party at home last year and only missed the one in school and Hospicio. But now, it looks like she won't enjoy the whole weekend that I planned. It's not as important as her feeling better but still, it just doesn't seem fair that she gets sick whenever her birthday is near. I'd probably have ignored it if it's just the usual low-grade fever but it looks like we'll have to spend the next couple of days having her blood checked to rule out dengue fever.

Such a great birthday gift. :(

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Shopping for Paintball Items

Looking for paintball gears? I came across a site that offers affordable Tippmann Paintball Packages which you can use for your next corporate event or for your own paintball business. The site zephyrpaintball.com and has been in the industry since 2003. Their main goal is to provide the lowest prices on paintball gears - goggles, guns; airsoft and air systems, safety gears, accessories and apparels. They also offer a lot of freebies, monthly giveaways and rebates so if savings are what your after, then head over to their site and take advantage of their packages and clearance items. The site is user-friendly with lots of product suggestions, quick links and support to guarantee that the shopper will have a pleasant buying experience online.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Shopping Day!

Wuhooooo. This is what I love about weekends. Shopping and eating out. Of course, we only shop when we have too so mostly we just look around for nice things that we can add on our things-to-buy list. However, I'm going to treat myself today with two pairs of shoes and will also be shopping for Sandy's birthday outfit. No window shopping this time for me :) I'm getting high already just by thinking about it. My little girl will need new shoes too and I hope I can find matching footwear for the both of us.

4th Birthday Coming Up

6 days to go and it's Sandy's 4th birthday. We have lined up so many activities for her including a birthday party in school. I'm not sure yet if we'll get a tae out party from McDo or Jollibee. I guess it will depend on the packages/freebies and which mascot Sandy would like to see on her party. She's all for Jollibee now after missing her last year's party (she was in the hospital then) but I'd like to show her the Hello Kitty happy meal toys first before she make any decisions.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Medical Drugs

If you search for Medical Marijuana Colorado, you'll stumble upon articles on how marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000. There's a lot of issues surrounding medical marijuana so I'll just list here the reasons why there's a need for it. Well, according to medicalmarijuanagroup.com website, that is.

- It alleviates certain debilitating medical conditions - AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy

- Relief from nausea and increase of appetite

- Reduce persistent muscle spasms

- Relief from chronic pain

According to the website, a patient or a primary caregiver must not possess more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana and not more than six marijuana plants.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Linggo ng Wika

Pardon the late post. Just want to share some photos of Sandy during their school's Linggo ng Wika program. She was asked to recite a poem about a butterfly. She did it without delay but she was a bit upset because she didn't like the look of one of the fathers there. This explains her facial expression below and why she refused to dance on their next group number.

Her Papa just laughed when he learned about what happened.  Which is bad of him really, because Sandy might think that it's okay not to participate just because she's upset. I don't mind her skipping but I just don't want her to get use to giving up without trying at all.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #140

1. I feel so rejuvenated and alert after running in the treadmill for 15 minutes straight.

2. Talking to my daughter and hearing her ridiculous stories is always fun.

3. Right now, I can hear these things: Annie talking from Dibo the Gift Dragon and the sound of crayons falling because Sandy just dropper her art tray.

4. It’s Friday and I'm glad that I'm 90% done with my design projects.

5. The last time I ate in a restaurant alone was one year ago.

6. We have no plans this Labor day weekend.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to logging off early, tomorrow my plans include shopping and eating our and Sunday, I want to have a full body  massage.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A "Beautiful" Career

A friend has always had the talent of styling hair and applying make-up without any previous experience. We have always encouraged her to pursue this talent by enrolling in cosmotology schools because we have faith that she can really make it big. It is a good thing everything can be found online now. Through FindaBeautySchool.com, we found a school that is near her area. Plus, the web site only lists accredited beauty schools so she can be sure that she will be enrolling a top quality facility. The web site is searchable by state or zip code and the results has school links to their Web sites so you can check them out for yourself.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Organizing Kids Closets

**From the site of Martha Stewart:
Hanging Stuff
First, employ a two-rod system. The lower rod allows small arms to reach shirts or jackets; the upper one holds next season's clothes. Since kids have very little to hang up, the closet requires short rods only. To hang lower rod, cut two pieces of strap webbing (each twice the length plus overlap). Wrap both straps over top rod, overlap ends on the bottom, and staple-gun through all the layers.

To achieve an extra-neat appearance, use a single style of hanger (we chose inexpensive plastic) in just one or two colors.

Shelf Storage
Bookshelves provide at-a-glance storage for pants, sweaters, and T-shirts. Stack sweaters, pants, and T-shirts on their own shelves so your child can find what he's looking for without rifling through every piece of clothing in a drawer. Use the bottom cubby to keep the backpack out from underfoot.

Peg Board
And what to do with belts and skateboarding helmets? Use a peg board to hang them neatly on the wall, where they'll be in clear sight. With a variety of hooks and a few well-chosen containers, you can help things find their way back home, ready to go for the next day.

Paint peg board a bright color to add a splash of energy to the inside of the closet. Affix it to the back wall of the closet with mounting hardware, and use simple hooks to dangle all manner of paraphernalia. Set the bookshelves in front of it and anchor to the wall.

Step
A two-drawer cube provides ample storage for socks and undies. Plus kids can reach high-up things all by themselves.

Mirror
A useful and lightweight plastic mirror can be cut to any size; ours covers the side of the book-shelves above the cube. Attach easily and securely with heavy-duty double-sided mounting tape.

Sock Drawer
In the brightly painted drawer interior, baskets intended for kitchen cutlery keep socks in tidy rows. A small jar made for peg boards corrals ponytail bands. A ribbon with a loop for hanging displays hair clips so they're ready at a moment's notice.

Tomorrow's Outfit
Install a hook on the inside of the closet door and reserve it for one thing only: the next day's clothes. Your child can pick them out before bed each night.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ABCs of Life

This is a good read.

A—Accept
Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even
if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B—Break Away
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope
to accomplish with your life.

C—Create
Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams,
sorrows, and happiness with.

D—Decide
Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and
good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles
along the way.

E—Explore
Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and
you have much to give.. And every time you try something
new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F—Forgive
Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire
unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone
makes mistakes.

G—Grow
Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you
or stand in your way.

H—Hope
Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as
you remain dedicated to the task.

I—Ignore
Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your
goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is
only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J—Journey
Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded.
Try to learn something new every day, and you’ll grow.

K—Know
Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better.
The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L—Love
Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart,
there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s
room for endless happiness.

M—Manage
Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less
stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important
things in life.

N—Notice
Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer
your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and
understanding.

O—Open
Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even
during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P—Play
Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing
without happiness.

Q—Question
Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R—Relax
Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that
things always have a way of working out in the end.

S—Share
Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others.
Everything that you invest in others will return to you many
times over.

T—Try
Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway.
You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U—Use
Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that’s wasted has
no value. Talent that’s used will bring unexpected rewards.

V—Value
Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and
encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W—Work
Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but
never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise
offers a second chance.

X—X-Ray
Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll
see the goodness and beauty within.

Y—Yield
Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated,
you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z—Zoom
Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its
ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus
on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beach Trips

Ever since Sandy arrived, I cannot think of an overnight trip or a beach outing that we did not bring her along. We just miss her too much that we always make it a point to just bring her along instead of not enjoying the trip without her. That's why whenever we plan beach trips, we make sure our destination hotel is kid-friendly and Sandy will not get bored easily. We have always dreamed of going on a Caribbean cruise but we know it is a popular place for destination weddings not family trips. Imagine my delight to find out that there is a family friendly resort that has just opened called Azul Blue. Maybe we can plan going there soon?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Birthday Girl

The princess is turning four next month and we still don't know what to do on her birthday. We have decided not have a party for her because she will have her big party when she turns 7. She still hasn't told us what she wants as a birthday gift. I'm sure it will be a very quick preparation for her celebration. And since she is turning four, maybe we can start talking about giving her a baby brother. I just said talking - planning and the actual baby making will still take two years :).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. Don’t worry
Worry is the least productive of all human activities and thoughts….

2. Don’t let needless fears preoccupy your life…
Most of things we fear never happen!!!

3. Don’t hold grudges…
That is one of the biggest and most unnecessary weights we carry through our lives...

4. Take on one problem at a time
It’s the only way to handle things anyway..one by one..

5. Don’t take your problems to bed with you.
They are bad and unhealthy companions for good natural sleep and rest…

6. Don’t take on the problems of other people..
They are better equipped to handle their own problems than you are..

7. Don’t live in the past.
It will always be there in your memories to enjoy..but don’t cling to it. Concentrate on what is happening right now in your life..and you will be happy in the present also..not just the past.

8. Be a good listener.
It is only when one listens..that one gets and learns ideas different from ones own…

9. Do not let frustration ruin and rule your life…
Self pity more than anything..interferes with positive actions..with moving forwards in our lives.

10. Count your blessings…
Don’t even forget the smallest blessings.. As many small blessings add up to large ones…

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Gaudy

I just spent an hour of my precious time getting caught up with blogs of celebrities. I knew this was bad subscribing to their blogs using my Reader. I could have finished all online tasks by that time. Anyhow, I chanced upon a celebrity blog who was very vocal with her owned jewelry. She would even mention where she got it and, distastefully, I might add, HOW MUCH she got it? Can you talk about tasteless. She should know some modesty and show discretion. Obviously, even branded clothes and designer costume jewelry doesn't make her any better than the rest of us.

Holsted Jewelers is a nice site for designer costume jewelry. You should check it out.

Tips on Trimming Down Your Grocery Bill.

Thanks Mai for the tips!
1. Buy in bulk
Buying grains, cereals, dried beans, nuts, and seeds in bulk can save you a whole lot of cash.

2. Clear out your freezer
Look for bargain buys. If you find a great deal on meat, for example, buy a bunch of chicken breasts (make sure they haven’t passed the “sell-by” date) and either freeze in the original packaging or rewrap and seal.

3. Go whole. Yes, instead of buying rice by the kilo, why not go for the sacked 10, 25 or 50 kilo.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Wednesday Weirdness #59

Questions By: Anonymous Lass

1.) Do you/Did you ever have a piggy bank shaped like a pig? What do you keep your spare change in?
Before. Now, I just them in a can.

2.) Be honest. Have you ever stolen anything before?
No

3.) Would it be more awkward to be walked in on during sex by your parents or your children?
Since I'm a parent, I hope my kids wont walk in on us.

4.) How comfortable would you be at a nude beach? Would you keep your clothes on, keep it modest or bare it all?
Keep it modest.

5.) Where is a place that seems fun and sexy to get it on at but in reality probably wouldn't work out very well?
Park?

6.) Do you have sex less in the summer because of the hot temperatures?
No.

7.) Have you ever had a dream that was in black and white?
Yes.

Bonus) When you have a naughty dream, most often is it usually your partner in the dream with you or someone else?
Someone else :P

Beauty Schools

I have a cousin who wants to seriously study being a beautician - she wants to study hair and make-up - a cosmetology school! There are cosmotology schools she can possibly enter for sure.Regency is the fastest growing beauty school in the country. Regency has expanded from two Minnesota schools in 2002 to almost 30 campuses across nine states, with continued growth underway for next year.Regency has a growing network of campuses and placement relationships, from salons to cruise ships and runways. Regency graduates are recognized and sought after throughout the United States. She is just seeking approval from her parents and then Im sure it's going to be off to Michigan!!!

Just Cant Wait

Was there anything in this past week that you couldn’t wait to be done with?
+ Yes.

If so, what?
+ Design tasks, credit card bills, household chores and financial matters that need to be settled.

Did you clear it out of the way or will it face you once the new week resumes?
+ I'm a great procastinator.

Do you now know how to prevent such a thing from occurring in the future?
+ Do everything once it arrives.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Quotes

Some quotes to inspire us to get moving.

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jules Renard

“Too many people go through life waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen! – Sasha Azevedo

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” – Dr. Seuss quotes

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” – Morris West quotes

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Women and Health

Some mother told me that the reason why she doesn't want to have a Caesarean Section when delivering her child is because she doesn't want to have a catheter installed. They say removing one is very painful and even more comfortable afterwards. It's a good thing labor and delivery was very easy for me. When the baby was there, it was entirely a different story altogether. No regrets though, I love Sandy and I will gladly go through with that 100 times just to have her again. Hmm, of course, I love Sandy MORE now that she is a little lady :)

WW #58: Hypotheticals Round Two

Questions Courtesy Of: Ruby Rose (again, thank you!) & Bella Dreamer

1.) If you had to either shop for your groceries in your underwear only (bra&panties or boxers/briefs/whatever) or run streaking through the mall totally naked for no less than 4 minutes, which will you pick?
Do groceries in my underwear.

2.) You're having dinner at the inlaws (your boyfriend/girlfriend's parents if not married) and the food is so awful you would rather eat the table cloth. Your mother in law (bf/gf mother) calls you out and asks if there is anything wrong with the food. You can't say you're "just not that hungry" because you had earlier claimed to be "starving" so now, how do you respond to her?
Tell her that I'm not feeling well. All the food isnt agreeing with my tummy,

3.) In the middle of foreplay, your partner asks if you want to try something new. You ask what it is. They want to stick some kind of frozen fruit or vegetable up your anus. How open to trying this are you?
WTF! No way!

4.) Would you rather have to walk 30 feet over burning hot coals or walk 70 feet over broken shards of glass? Why?
30 feet of burning hot coals. I know Id never even go way past two feet because my feet will get burned.

5.) Would you rather have to have sex with your partner with a room full of your former highschool classmates watching or have sex with your partener in a room full with a mix of each of your former exes watching?
Neither. Ewww.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Monday Music Mambo

What is your favorite Michael Jackson song and why?
This is a tough one but I'd go with three: Ben, She's Out of My Life and The Way You Make Me Feel.

Someday Id have the time to watch all his videos and even see the MJ memorial. I think I'm the only one who hasn't watched it.

Buying Gold

Gold investment is a nice way to preserve money as it doesnt really depreciate. You can buy them in the form of gold coins or bullions. You can purchase silver, gold or other precious metals and coins for immediate personal delivery or arrange for convenient and safe storage at an independent bank or depository through Monex Deposit Company (MDC). American eagle gold coins are available in units of 10 one-ounce coins for personal delivery only. .9167 fine gold. Legal tender coin in the USA with a $50 face value. Also available for personal delivery only in fractional sizes of ounce, ounce and 1/10 ounce, in units of 20 coins each. Silver also is a nice investment. There may never be a better time for buying silver bullion than right now. World demand for silver now exceeds annual production, and has every year since 1990. Above ground stockpiles of silver bullion are low, shrinking rapidly and approaching zero.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Three things

What are three things that are overdue in your house?

1. We need to get a new house, that's the first one.
2. But we're still waiting to get that perfect lot for it. We found a few contenders but there's always a problem with it. Either too far or too expensive.
3. Most importantly, we need to raise the money for ALL of it.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

"I Want...." Wednesday #40

This weeks question is:

What do you want to do for the 4th?

We really do not celebrate the 4th of July as we have our Independence Day but I always try and get a great deal on these 4th of July sales! I love online shopping! The deals are just unbelievable that it feels wrong not to take advantage. :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

On Stock Trading

Even though the stock market remains to be a shaky industry to be in right now, there are still many who invest in stock options. There is a now a better, easier and faster way to manage stocks - PowerOptions! It provides the essential data you need to invest with stock options. It is the only internet-based data provider that gives investors SmartSearchXL®, a patented decision support technology that identifies the highest return option trades. Since it is patented, you won't find it anywhere else. You can do more with stock trading - find, compare and analyze stock options faster, thereby, making money faster too!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuesday's Tip Jar

For mommies who are groping for ways to keep your children entertained during summer while they are always at the house, here are some tips:

[1] Movie Matinees
When we went to see the latest release it was always in the early afternoon when the prices were discounted. Each child was given a limit as to what they could spend on snacks. While I know bringing food into the theater was frowned upon, I often did it. I had a special purse that was large enough to hold candy, cookies and sippy cups. The kids would get excited when they saw that bag on the kitchen counter because they knew it was movie day.

[2] Make Your Own Water Park
Kids are the best at having fun with a water hose and a piece of plastic. A slippy slide isn't expensive but it's small and when you have multiple children all wanting to use it at once, it can become a fight to the finish as to who gets to slide first or more often.

[3] Search the Internet for Local Fairs and Festivals
Children love to explore, so going to a local event is the prefect place for that. I used the buddy system when taking the children to fairs and street festivals. They were to always be together, no matter what. Mostly until they were in their mid teens they had to be within my view but the buddy system worked well for me at all age levels.

These are cheap too, if I might add.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Month-Long Birthday Celebration

Turning 30 has never been this happy or expensive. I've been celebrating with friends and family for the whole month now and even if I get to spend, I'm happy I get to celebrate it with them. It seems my party will extend up to July though. I haven't met my Mommy Blogger friends (MBAP) for a celebration. It is good that I share my birthday month with three other mommies - Jane, Jacqui and Jody - so we get to share in the treat too :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Higher Learning Online

While most work online nowadays to save money on transportation and employers on additional office resources, schooling also going mainstream. It seems going online or on the web is the easiest and most convenient thing to do. Capella University, an accredited online university that is know to have the best masteral programs on the web, recently launched podcasts 15 minutes in length featuring students who share their experience with the university. If you are interested, Capella University offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Best Thing

What is the best thing about your weekend so far?
I had a great weekend because I officially turned 25 (and from there will stop counting years, FYI) and had a great and hearty lunch with my family. I was also able to go to a museum, something that I have been wanting to go to ever since. Good food, great company, nice place = great weekend.
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Eight medicines you shouldn't give your preschooler

Young children are much more likely than adults to have adverse drug reactions, so giving your preschooler prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication – even "herbal" medicines – is serious business. Here are some medicines you shouldn't give your 2- to 4-year-old
1. Aspirin
2. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines
3. Anti-nausea medications
4. Adult medications
5. Any medication prescribed for someone else or for another condition
6. Anything expired
7. Extra acetaminophen
8. Chinese herb ma huang (ephedra or ephedrine)
Cautionary note: Chewables

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Weather and Travel

The weather has been terrifying and strangely erratic lately. It sure can be traced to global warming. For this reason, weddings, beach trips and anything involving events held outdoors are hard to plan. The popular destination weddings in the Caribbean I hope are not suffering. The line of Karisma Hotels along the Riviera Maya, El Dorado Royale Spa Resort (adults only), El Dorado Seaside Suites (adults only), Azul Beach (family-friendly) and Azul Blue (family-friendly) and Hidden Beach Resort (naturalist), are sure open year-long round but are always busy during summer season on cold countries.I would want to try taking the family to Azul Blue Resort someday.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Title: Way to Raise a Confident Daughter

1. Encourage assertiveness.
2. Be specific in your compliments.
3. Make your praise match reality.
4. Help her understand why she sometimes gets left out.
5. Encourage competence.
6. Encourage her to play sports if she wants to.
7. Don't make assumptions about her strengths and weaknesses.
8. Encourage a healthy body image.
9. Prepare her for sexism.
10. Point out positive female role models.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"I Want" Wednesday

Today I want to be able to finish all my pending job assignments. I am also praying for good weather the whole week so I can finally go out and meet friends. It also ensures that Sandy will not get sick as cold weather flares up her allergies sometimes. I also want to be able to spend as much money without being guilty about it!

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Remembering Wedding Favors

Browsing through The Knot website is currently on top of my list of things to do when I'm feeling stressed. Looking at beautiful wedding gowns, flower arrangement, destination wedding ideas and unique personalized wedding favors reminds me so much of my wedding that I instantly forget my work woes. Every year, wedding favors just keep getting better. I wish I'm getting married again so I can use some of the ideas. But since I am already married, I always make sure to bug every single friend of mine to let me help with their wedding. This includes printing wedding ideas, bridal gown photos, sending multiple emails on what's in and out on wedding ceremonies and basically re-live the preparations through them.

The first photo is similar to what we gave on our wedding while the second was from a friend who got married after us.


Since then, I've seen flip flops, personalized chocolate bars, tote bags, flask and even a matchbox doll. There were also card holders that looked like beach chairs, carriage styled boxes and a mini-playhouse where ants can live happily ever after.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ms. Blair Waldorf

Saw these photos today while downloading new photos from our CF card.

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Sandy loves Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl a lot so when she saw this picture, she immediately said, "Mommy, I look like Blair because our headbands match". She then started drawing Blair and Serena with matching dresses, earrings and stilettos. I will have to take photos of her drawings because she just gets better at it everyday. In fact, she rarely plays anymore. She just draws from morning till lunch, take a break and a nap, then draw again until nighttime.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Too Much Time

... in my hands today. But I've slaved away for so long in the last four years so I'm taking a break and not worry about finding projects yet. To prove how carefree I plan to be today, here's my to-do list:

  • Watch Gossip Girl Season 2, episode 19-24 online
  • Download movies that I've been dying to see and want to see again
  • Read ebooks while lying down on the bed with Sandy
  • Don't open my emails.
  • Visit Facebook, Twit all day and order a double cheeseburger from McDonalds.

    Saturday, May 30, 2009

    Paintball Gear

    I received a call from my favorite cousin reminding about his 21st birthday next week. He said that since he's my favorite and vice versa, I should be the first to give him a present. And not just any gift, he specifically told me that he wants to receive a paintball gun package. He even gave me the url to Zephyrpaintball.com so I can check out what they have to offer. At first glance, I was shocked that a big grown man would ask something as expensive as a 1 star Nitro Kit ($249.98) but after browsing through the site, I found plenty of affordable items for all paintball addicts like him. I'm choosing between a Goggle, a Maddog Designz harness or a pair of elbow pads. They all cost below $35 which is not bad considering that all their items have free shipping. I'll make sure to bookmark this site because once my other cousin finds out what I bought for his big brother, he'll make sure that he gets his share as well. Good thing their birthdates are six months away.

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Tagaytay Highlands Outing with the MBAPs Part II

    After the game, we all went to the pool area to have lunch. I admit it was pretty expensive but since we all paid for it in installment, it didn't hurt our pockets at all. The food was great but I failed to try all of them because, as always, I was talking nonstop again.

    After lunch, the kids went swimming while the mommies started with what they're good at - having a photo shoot while chatting. It was really hot but we had an amazing time. We planned to try almost all the activities that Highlands has to offer but one whole day is just not enough! Read the full story here.

    More photos from the outing.



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    The Moms

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    Some of the kids.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Tagaytay Highlands Outing with the MBAPs

    There are so many things that happened so I'm just gonna do my best to summarize it. First, if you're not familiar with the term MBAPs, it means Mommy Bloggers Association of the Philippines. It's not really official, I'm sure there are plenty of groups for mommy bloggers out there. Our founder, the B!tch Goddess, came up with the name while she was high on sugar and the name stuck to our little group since then.

    So back to our summer getaway, we started the event with a basketball tournament for the daddies. It was a perfect idea because they all bonded after the game. While they were playing, the mommies were either taking photos/videos, chatting with each other and looking after the kids.


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    The Dads after the basketball.

    ... to be continued.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Life Enhancing Products

    For those of you who don't know my husband, you'd be surprise that he's very OC when it comes to cleaning the house. So I've decided to buy him a box of powder free latex gloves that he can use separately for his car, our kitchen and bathrooms. That was when I came across the the Allegro Medical website. This online shop offers just about every life enhancing products that you can think of. With over 55,000 products, 50 categories and hundreds of sub-categories, it will be impossible to leave empty handed. Need freestyle diabetes test strips? Check. Carpal Tunnel computer glove? Shower chair? Baby gates? Educational aides? Sonic sitter - baby cry signaler? All available. Name it, they have it. I even found a product that can help the husband reduce his snoring. Imagine that. You can live a better life, you just have to search through their products and see how they can help you.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Little Misses

    Here's another reason why baby girls rule! They're just so fun to dress up. It's like having a moving barbie doll except they poo and cry when they get tired.










    Still, if ever our next baby will be a boy, I'd be more than happy to dress him up in cute little capri pants and checkered polo shirts. Plus I'm really hoping for a boy (two years from now!) so the husband will have someone to play ball with. :)

    Disney Playhouse - Lifesaver

    I know kids are not supposed to watch TV the whole day. But my daughter does and I know you might question my parenting skills but that's the only way I can work. Besides, Sandy just like having her TV shows playing in the background while she's drawing. Or if she's in the mood to watch, someone needs to be with her because she'll want to bombard that person with her endless questions. Aside from her Papa, Barney and Hi5, she learned half of her vocabulary from Disney Playhouse TV shows. If you feel like letting your toddler watch TV, I highly suggest the following:

    Little Einsteins



    Higgly Town Heroes



    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


    Imagination Movers, Hi5, Tigger and Pooh, Handy Manny, Dibbo the Gift Dragon

    Don't forget. Talk to them while they are watching. Ask questions and mimic whatever the character is doing. Interaction is the key. Which is why the above TV shows work. They ask questions, teach good manners and solve problems with the viewers so the kids won't have to just stare at the TV set.

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Girl's Bestfriend

    Every woman I know loves to accessorize. Whether it's the real thing, vintage or costume jewelry, accessories are the best way to upgrade your look whatever it is that you're wearing.

    Let me share with you my favorite jewelry shop, Holsted Jewelers. They have an amazing collection of all kinds of jewelry from designer inspired to total looks, to personalized to vintage, to bridal gifts and many more. Their diamonds may not be real but the designs are exquisite it's like wearing the real thing.

    Cocktail rings are the rage these days and here are the ones that I'm putting on my wishlist.



    I am also loving these cheap but very fab charms for bracelets or necklaces.


    Lastly, some more items that caught my eye under the Vintage Look category.


    Holsted Jewelers have been providing exclusively designed jewelries, gifts and accessories since 1971. If you are shopping for gifts or treating yourself, their affordable jewelry is enough to make someone smile today.