Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Church Thanksgiving

We just came home tired and happy from our church thanksgiving and Year End fellowship. We had our exchange gifts and potluck lunch, each family brought their share of food. We brought Lechon Manok and our town's specialty - Aling Kika's Special Bibingka which has became my churchmates' favorite especially now that we bought it hot from the store. Honestly I didn't had a chance to count the foods as there are many kinds set on the buffet table.

We want to thank the year that passed and welcome this new year with praise and thanksgiving. It was an exciting exhange gift as one by one we claimed our gifts and discovered the giver. It's also my day of giving my gifts to my godchildren in the church and every member of our church. We gave small things to everyone for keepsake. The kids were the happiest, needless to say why :-)


Monday, December 28, 2009

Arrived From the Camp

Just arrived from our camp meeting and though I would want a longer rest I still have to arrange our tons of things from our 4-day stay at the camp. DH went to his work and I'm glad I have my two girls with me to help me with the chores we have to do. We started after lunch because we really have to take it slowly as we're all tired from the travel back to our home. We still have many things to do like buy gifts for all relatives, some small keepsake for our church friends and kids, gifts for the godchildren and grocery items for New Year's Eve. Marketing for the recipe menu, desserts and fruits will have to be scheduled on another day as it will be too much for us.

The kids were all excited telling stories to my Mom and told her they wished it was longer than four days. They really enjoyed their time at the camp and they're asking me now when we'll return there. Told them we'll be there three months from now again and they all shouted with joy. Wonder of kids' enjoyment never cease to amaze me.

Just checked my emails, tasks in due and visited some sites, no time for work I guess! The holiday fever is affecting me so much!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

All My Bags are Packed

I'm so glad that I finally finished packing our bags for a 4-day stay in Villa Dominga Resort. Since the place is far from department stores and markets I made some detailed lists of what we'll be needing for the camp meeting. My list include clothes for 5 persons, food for 12, water for 2 days, foodie items for kids including biscuits, cupcakes, tetra drinks, chocolate, candies (more like a picnic for them), canned foods, beddings, tents, cookwares & utensils, emergency kits, medicine and many others. Just need to check the things for the car like car kits, flashlight, jack.etc.

I always have ready lists every time we have our camp meeting and I have separate for December and another for summer because I need to bring more warm clothes and jackets for December camp. I'm a heavy baggage person but it's advantageous for all of us as they didn't have to worry about anything when we have our camp. I always bring all the things that they need. Now I'll only have to prepare my travel bag, the one that I carry with me during travel which includes little of something, some food while on travel, candies when someone felt dizzy, celphone, camera, wallet, hankies and pens. Well I think that should be enough for DH to pack in the car.

I've cooked enough food for the first two days, I've prepared foods that will not spoil easily like tocino, hamonado, fried chicken, fried hotdogs, pork adobo, boiled pork, salted eggs with tomatoes, for any recipe I'll be cooking there. I'll have to rest now for our long travel later at 4 in the morning!


Monday, December 21, 2009

It's My Birthday!

It's my birthday and all I want to do is thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed me and my family. This is my first birthday that I celebrated solely with my family as with the previous years I always celebrate it in the office at daytime and with my family at night time and many separate dinner celebrations with different set of friends. I'm having a day off today and had some rest before I pack our things for a 4-day camp fellowship. I had a morning birthday feast with DH, kids, Mom and siblings. My brother's family came middle morning and our kids played endlessly, happy to spend my bday with them. I only wish for continuous love, peace, happiness , physical and spritual good health for all of us.


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Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Girls' Christmas Party

My two girls are big enough to take care of themselves and their teachers informed us the PTA officers that the children will host their own party. But due to some mishap in the food delivery of Shakeys' in school their teacher asked help from mothers who were there to help in games and exchange gifts as it was a real pressure on her part to have food delays with kids impatiently waiting for their lunch. Me and Josh went there after Josh' party bringing with us Josh' Jollibee food pack. He told me that he wanted to eat beside his Ate Gen.

Anyway the party went well despite the Shakeys' mishap and Gen was lucky to have won two bags on the last phase of the game. We (the parents) had our own food to eat and we brought our potluck to a nearby house in school and had our lunch there with pasta, lechon manok, desserts and drinks. It was a tiring but happy day and I'm glad that I'll be resting from waking too early in the next few days because they'll be on their christmas vacation, yahoo!


Josh' Party in School

Yesterday was Josh' last day in school before the holidays and he's so excited in going to school with their exchange gift. Actually he wanted to have his own gift but because its color is pink he didn't want it anymore. He was so happy that he won in one of the games in their school. For the past school activities his group always loses the game that's why this time he's beaming with happiness when he received the price. He has so many friends that they always sneaked from the party outside their room and played with his friends inside their room. I just called him when a new game begins. He saved some of his food for our visit to his sisters' school. He told me that he'll eat his Jollibee meal with Ate Gen. We hurried up but still we reached his sister's school after 10am just in time for the games.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

:TC - Educational Toys

(Cars, Dolls, Video Games, Puzzles, Balls, Board Games,...)

These are board games (Snakes and Ladders) and Imagination Set of building blocks where blocks were combined to create cart, house, etc. I've chosen these creative and educational toys for my kids' exchange gift on their school party tomorrow. I always want children to have educational toys because it helps improve their learning and creativity skills. And I know kids would love having them as gifts. Hope they'll like it.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

MYM#2 - Josh at Bumbling Boulders


Josh and his friend Carl enjoyed the ride at bumbling boulders. At their entry they were asked what color of boulder they want to ride on and they excitedly chosen yellow (just perfect for this meme :-)) Anyway the ride will make the boulders spin around as the whole group of boulders
move also. It's kinda dizzy to me especially upon watching my video. I'm amazed that the kids didn't complained at all, they just love it!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Carys Felt Covered Headbands

I've been looking around for some little girls' accessories as majority of my gift list are little girls from babies to toddlers. As I've young girls of my own I know how nice for little cutie girls to have pretty clips and headbands to accentuate pretty little dresses. As I'm always online I've found some colorful headbands at, the home of handmade accessories.

This felt headband was customized for cute little girls with lots of different stitches. It sells at USD$15.00. Visit them online and see other pretty flowers clips and headbands.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

T-Rex in Glass

Completed T-Rex in Glass Bell Jar

Saw this one at Etsy while I'm having some blog hopping and looking for some gift ideas. And why T-Rex? Because my son loves to collect everything and anything about dinosaurs. He just love it! He loves watching it in DVD and he makes us tell the story of the real dinosaurs before it vanished after the Ice Age. His curiosity will make your nose bleed lol!

Anyway this tiny paper T-Rex model which is only over an inch tall was a handmade product of Etsy and you can buy it for $60.00 USD. It can be a nice decor to your homes, an additional collection to dino collectors, a paper weight or some other uses. For other handmade gift ideas just browse over other products at


Monday, December 7, 2009

Coco BonBons Dress for your Tiny Tots

I’ve been thinking about what dress should my niece wear on their party next week. She wants something simple and white with touches of different colors. Honestly with the current trends of clothes we see now in department stores we usually get headache or drowned by the wide choices they have.

Here’s one tip you can show them clothes we see on online shopping and if they happen to like them you can save your time searching for cute little dresses as it’s really convenient to shop online. Nowadays it’s safer and you can save not only on your time but on your budget as you’ll not be coerced by salesladies to buy more.

Here’s what I got for my niece from Tiny Tot Dress Shop - a Coco Bonbons ‘Cowgirl’ skirt and blouse just right for my little dear niece. It’s one of CoCo BonBons whimsical and fun outfits for toddlers and little girl. See the adorable cow smelling daisy's embroidered on the knit blouse. The navy, white and red floral peterpan collar shirt paired with twirly prairie skirt will certainly make my niece look prettier. The dress is very simple but adorably cute. Original price is $54.95 but it’s now on sale at $34.99.

For other holiday dresses for your little ones you can visit and see their tiny tot special sale for as low as $14.99.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Do You Live in the Past, Present or Future?

Keep thinking about this question and before it nags me I tried this test

You Live in the Present

You take things one day at a time.
And it turns out, that's a pretty great way to live.

You aren't consumed by the past, and you're aren't obsessed with the future.
You live in the now, and you enjoy each moment.

While most people don't live in the present enough, make sure you don't live in it too much.
It would be a mistake to forget your past or neglect to plan for the future.

Well at least I live in the present and not regretting about my mistakes in the past, this is rather important to me as the past for me is just good memories of my childhood and when my father is still alive. I live in the present but I value what I had in the past. The future I know will be well and good for me and my family as God will always be there for us.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Tips for your Heart – Reducing the Risks of Heart Attack

I’ve known some friends who were younger than me and only in their early thirties but already suffered from stress-driven heart problems. I’ve found out from research and observation that often those people who are most prone to heart attack are people who set up artificial deadlines and tough goals for themselves creating too much stress in their lives. I’ve lived some of my younger years at work with tough deadlines and I know how much stress it brings to your whole being.

If you’re one of these people try to limit the artificial stress you create. Ask yourself if these deadlines are necessary, if your goals can’t be relaxed or modified a bit. Make sure that all your goals are attainable because that’s what giving you stress, in coping up with so many expectations. Give yourself a break, a breathing space, relax and enjoy life. Or you could read this simple program to do to lower your risk of heart attack.

1) Don’t smoke and don’t drink
2) Go for a brisk but not stressful walk everyday
3) Eat a healthy-low fat, low-cholesterol diet
4) Maintain a moderate weight, just the right one for your built
5) Practice positive living which includes relaxation, communication and sharing your feelings to reduce stress in your life.

All these easy techniques and program will make you feel better. Feeling better about yourself reduce stress and that will be a factor in reducing the risks of heart attacks. Easy does it? Better than spending some days confined in a hospital when you suffered heart attack. As I believe that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.


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