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Where to Find Awesome Gifts?

When it comes to finding gifts, online shops are the convenient ones to run to. With different items to select, from toys down to other niche like music instruments, you can never go wrong in looking for an online shop.

There are a lot of shops where you can find sorts of stuff such as an ocean drum, dresses, dolls, toy cars, and more. It’s just a matter of how smart you go in finding stuff online. However, in selecting shops, it is always best to know if that is reliable enough to be trusted. With that, just to be safe, always go for those sites that have been in the business for years already. But if the stuff you are looking is from a new site, you can always go for investigation to know if it is reliable or not.

Gardening as a Therapy

I never imagined ever in my life that gardening will become one of my hobbies. Infact, it’s my favorite among all of them!

I started a year ago with landscaping in our backyard. It was a tough job especially under the hot sun but after you see your hard work, seeing the beauty of it makes you wanna do more! And so I did. I finished the front landscape and this year, I also landscaped the whole backyard around the fence. After doing all that, I still wanna do more and so I planted some vegetables and fruits such as Strawberries, Okra, Tomatoes, bitter Gourd, Sweet Potatoes, red pepper and jalapeño. I kinda planted late but it’s still worth the try so that I can improve it next year.

One thing about I love about gardening aside from watching all the pretty butterfies and other creatures in our garden is watering  them. For some reason, I cannot let the day pass without watering the plants except when it’s raining. My plants are doing good and healthy and hope to plant more next year!

Sponsor :  Water Softener Carmel 

My DIY Mantel Decor

I finally finished this project that I have in mind for a few months now. It’s hard when you have to fit everything in your budget, this one is not a need so it was definitely in the bottom list. Thankfully I was able to catch a sale items from Hobby Store and had a time to finish it off in one day. Next, I will be buying some candle holders and probably some other decor to add with this collage frame. I wanted to visit some furniture store hoping I could find clearance items but I may have to wait til I have budget for it again.

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For the meantime, let me brag my finished creation. My L Photo collage frame! Isn’t a beauty? Frames are 50% off and I had y family photos, old and new printed at ine of the closest mall in our area where all of the things you need are there! Art supply, clothing store, fast food and restaurant and you can  find baker furniture here too! As much as I love shopping, I need to stay away from this place though while I don’t have a job yet (wink!)

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Birthday Blues

137787I found myself crying for some reason while preparing the ingredients of our dinner today. Was it the onion? Definitely NO, if I am a girl of many talents, cutting onion without crying is one of them. But I guess I have an idea – my birthday is coming so soon! Yeah, for real, I get very emotional when my birthday is coming. I don’t know, that is why I am asking myself why? What’s up with my birthday? Do I want something on my birthday? No, I am not that material girl or a childish person that wants present every birthday. I grew up with nothing and I am used to have no birthday celebration since my dad died.

Now this post is making me cry again coz I remembering the very last, vivid and only memory of my birthday with my dad. It was raining, yes it’s always raining on that month. I remember my dad brought home a rain boot as my present, I was so happy and very excited to go out and walk it through the muddy street where I used to then ride in his singe motorcycle. My brothers in front of my dad, then me behind him then my mom and my baby sister behind me, all six of us. Don’t ask me how we fit in there, we just did. I remember heading to my cousin’s house which birthday is just after mine and we used to celebrate together in my other cousins’ house. That’s the only birthday I remembered with him and when he died, I never had any party anymore.  Or maybe there’s some simple celebration with my grandma or aunt where I lived with when my dad died. Maybe they prepared me something during my birthday or give me presents but honestly, I don’t know if I just don’t remember or there just isn’t any coz the next birthday I remember after  was when I turned 18.

It was midterm, 1st year college. Nobody knew it was my birthday, we were all busy answering our test papers. I was trying to concentrate more on my test papers rather than concentrating on thinking how pathetic I was on my very special day. My 18th birthday, my debut, where I should be wearing a fancy dress, having a party, dancing with my 18 roses and listening to every greetings of my 18 candles, opening 18 gifts like other 18th birthday celebrators I knew did when they turned 18. Then I finally realized, I am not like them. I don’t have my dad anymore that used to give me a “Happy” Birthday! We can barely buy food to put on our table three times a day, very ambitious of me to dream of such fancy birthday. Then I finally came up to my senses, my friend Rose pulled me out of the road and told me I almost got hit by the tricycle thats passing through. Wow! I didn’t even know I was close to my house already. Good thing my friend commuted home with me, if not, maybe my 18th birthday will be a tragedy. Oh well, I’m still a lucky human being I guess coz aside from my friend saved my life, I went home with a family waiting for me. I saw a banner made of manila paper with HAPPY BIRTHDAY written with crayon and some drawings of my brothers for me. They are very creative , they even turned our meal (rice and small fried mackerel) into a pretend cake with candles, sang me a happy birthday song and made me pretend blow the candle (small mackerel sticking on top of the rice).They tried, it was a touching moment but I’m still sad. And that’s how my 18th birthday was. After that night, I promised to myself that once I get a job, I will definitely throw myself a party.  So I did!

It was my 19th birthday, 2nd year college when I finally had my first “official” job in this fast food chain. I threw myself a party, I invited most of my classmates in college, my aunt cooked for me, bought alcoholic beverages (18 years old is the legal age in the Philippines to drink, so yey!) and had so much fun! It was unforgettable, my very first party since my dad died.

My  20-28th birthday celebrations was with my boyfriend (my husband now) . We both have the same birth month so we celebrated together, invited our common friends and again, had so much fun! My 28th birthday was kind of different. We were in two different sides of the world, he celebrated his with friends here in US and I celebrated mine in the Philippines. First with my girl friends, we ate out, had cake and lots of laughters and gifts! Then had another party at my cousins, after long long years, there I was celebrating it again with my cousin that I used to celebrate birthdays with when we were young. That was one wonderful party!

After my 19th birthday, I dreamt of having my 30th birthday celebrated in this food chain where most kids celebrate their birthdays. Yeah, youre right -it’s a kids party. Where theres party hats, cake and ice cream, mascot, party host and lots of foods,  games and goodies I never had when I was a kid. That didn’t happen but God gave me a bigger and better blessing -moving here in US! I was able to celebrate my 3oth birthday in a different way to thank the Lord for my 30th year of existence in this world and shout out to everybody how blessed I am. I hosted an online giveaway to celebrate it with my blogger friends. I had a “YELLOW” themed party with our new family anf friends in Arkansas, I have this very pretty dream come true “TWEETY BIRD” cake made by a talented friend. And lots and lots of presents I’ve ever had in my life  from different countries aside from US,  SG, Japan and Philippines! It was a blast and I am overly HAPPY!

Then I turned 31. I was thinking, I was satisfied with my 30th birthday and I think I am not going to have any more party or atleast wait for another milestone – my 40th. But it’s my husband’s turn that year,  it’s his 30th birthday so I threw him a supposedly “surprised” Star craft theme party but he has to know about it the day before the celebration because he needs to help me preparing haha! It was another fun filled party!

Last year I turned 32 and my husband 31. We didn’t plan on having a party but since we just moved to our new house, might as well have our “first birthday” in it. We had “Beer-Ger Party” , a burger party with beers! We had lots of visitors and lots of gifts. It was a very nice celebration, we really did party hard. I think most of us got pretty drunk!

So after reminiscing all those happy moments, I am again asking myself, why the birthday blues? Is it because my husband doesn’t wanna have a party this year? I can always have another party when I get back to work.  Do I want a present? I can buy myself something, oh wait, I don’t have any money. Do I have something I feel like I haven’t accomplished at this age? Hmmm…aside from a tattoo? Nothing else.  I can’t figure it out. I’m just having this very sad feeling that I can’t get out of my system. I am convincing myself theres nothing to be sad about so I am hoping this will go away soon!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Sunday Morning. Usually Saturday and Sunday are the only days I wanted to wake up late. My kids are waking up earlier than me but they never bother to wake me up and look for food coz they already know where to look for breakfast. I love my cereal dispenser!

Today though was the first time my son woke me up but I didn’t get up. He came back again and told me he’s hungry.  Since I am already awake, I just stood up and head to the kitchen and smelled some food- they surprised me with breakfast! The kids cooked it themselves but ofcourse with the help of their dad. It was a pleasant surprise. Once in a while I also wanted to have some breaktime from the kitchen and this was a great gift a mom would ever wanted.

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Breakfast with Notes from the kids

I am a mom for more than 8 years now and counting and I am loving every bits of it. I may have some difficulties and received lots of stress raising them, disciplining them but the happiness it’s giving me is all worth it. I am so lucky I am a stay at home mom again for I have more time to spend with my kids to engage and be part of their everyday life. This is the best career ever!

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Photos taken at my kids school celebrating MOM’s DAY 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MOM!!!!!

Jobs Convenient For Mothers and Fathers Looking For Child Friendly Hours

In the UK, finding a job that will work well with the school holiday schedule can be a headache. Employment law has made it easier for workers to request flexible working patterns, but this does not always mean that an employer can accommodate working hours that fit in with the long summer holidays. Breaks for Christmas and Easter are much easier to cover than six weeks in the summer, let alone half term weeks and teacher training days.


However, there are plenty of employment opportunities which do fit in with the pressures of the academic year. When applying for work, it is always advisable to be upfront if you know that you will require time off to coincide with school holidays. Civil servant jobs are often the most sought after for people with child care commitments. Local authorities have a range of administrative jobs that offer job share and flexible working. Since the government’s spending cuts have come into force these jobs come up less frequently, but it certainly worth checking regularly with your local council for any that do. Another idea is to check out recruitment agencies online such as Office Angels which cater to office secretarial, admin and
office assistant jobs which may be available part or flexi time.

There are a growing number of high street retailers that are focused on employing staff on part time contracts that are designed to assist working parents deal with childcare. You may find that retail work means you have to think about working on weekends from time to time, but it can be a good compromise if it allows you to be at home with your children in holiday periods. Retailers like Sainsbury’s, WH Smith, Mothercare and others all promote their ability to offer flexi-time working and compressed hours. If you have some retail experience it is likely an employer will want the benefit of your skills, even if you have to fit in with school breaks.

An obvious choice for work that fits in with child friendly hours is to work at a school. Teachers need post graduate qualifications in teaching to work in schools, but if you don’t have that, then think about other employment opportunities. School caretaking is a job that has most of the work based in term time. Some work will be needed in holiday periods, but you won’t have to commit to regular hours. Teaching assistant jobs work with the academic year and are great route into teaching, because it will test your mettle in the classroom. Other school based jobs worth considering are lunchtime assistants or working as a road safety officer, which all kids refer to as a lollipop man.

Depending on the ages of your children, none of these options may suit you. This can be particularly problematic if your children attend different schools which keep hours that differ and holidays that do not coincide. In such cases, self employment offers the flexibility you will need. True, it is hard to turn down work if you are self employed, but working for yourself means that you will have the peace of mind that you can make yourself available for your kids when they need you. 

 

Win Fashionable Glasses, Join Pink Magaline Firmoo Giveaway!

I have different kinds of firmoo both sunglasses and prescription glasses and I love them all! They are fashionable and very durable.

I gave some to my brothers, my mom and my cousins and they all love it but my sister and sister in law don’t have their sunglasses yet so I wanna join this giveaway and give it to either my sister in law or my sister.

Goodluck to me!!!

Moving To Another Apartment

I am asking my husband to move downstairs. Winter is coming soon and I feel like staying upstairs in not a good idea. Last Spring the weather scared me so much.  I was so afraid of the tornado! Our neighbor is moving out next month and I am thinking if we could move to their door as soon as they got out but hubby is a little bit hesitant coz when you change your address means you have to change everything again. Application to your internet, phone, etc etc.

 

Moving

There are several reasons why people move from one place to another. While many do not want to move out of their comfort zones, for some it is a welcome opportunity and even better than what they are currently in. Moving could be in some place nearby which can be done in less than 2 hours. Others will need the whole day while others, still, will need several days (by plane or by boat).

Why do people move?

1. The place they are in floods. When this happens, it means the drains are clogged. It also means sicknesses and diseases in addition to not being able to move around normally.

2. Bad neighbors. You just can’t change anyone. If you can’t stand them, you move.

3. Getting closer to work. Nothing is better than being able to go home early within 5-15 minutes.

4. Lifestyle upgrade. You got more money to buy a bigger house.

5. Invited for free. Instead of renting, why not say yes to the invitation?

6. Bad record. You did something wrong in your neighborhood. Move to another place where no one knows you.

7. Boredom. You are no longer productive.

8. Better opportunities.

9. Migrating. Moving to Canada? Check for 6. Bad record. You did something wrong in your neighborhood. Move to another place where no one knows you.

7. Boredom. You are no longer productive.

8. Better opportunities.

9. Migrating. Moving to Canada? Check for CALGARY APARTMENTS

10. Change. You simply want change..

10. Change. You simply want change.