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Saturday, June 10, 2017

#Birthday: 44 and Lovin It

Today marks  half of my lifetime (just kidding).  Who knows  when is my time  but  for now, I turned 44 and loving it.  Here's 44 facts about me, timeline, and other aspirations.
  1. I was born and raised in the southern part of the Philippines. 
  2. I am the 2nd child of nine (I don't know how my Mom survived with 9 kids, lol)
  3. I have three brothers and 5 sisters.  
  4. I put myself in high school by working as a house helper.  My parents did not have  enough resources to send me to high school.  
  5. A super typhoon Sisang  wiped away everything my parents  have worked for through the years (home and everything).  We have never seen our home again and what was left to us were the clothes we were wearing before the typhoon hit.   
  6. Graduated High School in March of 1992.  
  7. I worked for 5 years after high school then saved some money  to pay for my college
  8. Graduated college in March of 2001.  I was a working student in school.  My savings alone would have not survived.  I spent my savings during my first year then the second year I was almost broke.  God have always taken care of me, I got thru the scholarship in school that pay  part of my tuition and also gave me free  food and lodging.   Earned a Bachelors Degree in Commerce Major in Management
  9. I got employed  in the school where I attended one semester before I graduated.  
  10. I pursued my master's degree while I was  working an office job in school.  Working and  studying  is  hard but I was used to it since I was in  high school so it was just normal although during the last year of my  graduate  school, it was tough writing  my thesis and working at the same time.
  11. Earned my master's degree  in March of 2003.   During that time, I was engaged to my ex-boyfriend, now my husband.  He walked with me on  the stage during my graduation.  MBA Major in Financial Management
  12. Five months after my graduation, I got married, I was 30.
  13. One week before my wedding, my father suddenly passed away, it was a big blow and let down.  We already  scheduled our civil  wedding so despite  of him passing, we went thru a very simple  ceremony a  week after  his funeral.  
  14. My husband and I met  thru an online dating site.  One of my student assistants in  the office  told me about Asian Matchmaker.  I laughed and told her that I don't have time for it since I was very busy writing my  paper.   She told me she would me set it up, she basically did it for me, created my profile and everything.  Ruth  was my guardian angel, she did it really good for me and I owe her  the good life I have now with my husband.
  15. Even though we were married, hubby and I lived in two  different  countries.  I was still in my former country trying to  process my  papers of coming here and he was finishing his  military tour in Guam.
  16. One year and two months after our civil wedding, hubby  and I  got married again but this time in church.  He  thought it would be nice to have my family and friends  witness our wedding since nobody was with us  when we first got married.  Because of the  circumstance  of my father passing unexpectedly, we only had  two godparents with us during our civil wedding.
  17. After our wedding, God blessed us with a precious gift, I finally conceived after waiting and trying for over a year.  
  18. I came in the US in May of  2005, I was 7 months pregnant  with our first child.  
  19. I gave birth to our first born two months after I arrived here in the US, I was 32.  
  20. Nine months after that, I got pregnant again with our son, I wasn't sure if I would be a good Mom to two children but I think I am doing just fine.  
  21. We bought our first home in 2006.
  22. I never  drove  growing up but I learned  to drive a stick shift before coming to the US.  
  23. I got my driving license here in the US  in 2006.  It's been  eleven years since I have been a licensed driver  but I only drove  twice after having it lol.  Yes, I am scared to drive, I admit  it.
  24. We relocated to South Korea  in 2008 for my husband's last tour in the Navy.
  25. We visited my family back home in 2009.  That was  my family's first time meeting our children.  
  26. 3 months after our  visit to them, I was informed that my eldest brother  passed away due to a motorcycle accident, it was a tough pill to swallow.  We went back there for my brother's funeral.
  27. We came back in the US in December  of 2009.
  28. I used to  hate cooking but ever since I got married, I learned to love it.
  29. I ate rice  everyday, that is part of my identity lol.  Also the reason why I  have a hard time getting rid of my tummy fats!
  30. I love writing.  It's my main avenue in expressing myself.  I used to write  diaries.  I am not much of a talker so writing is how I fully express my opinions.
  31. I discovered blogging 9 years ago, I haven't stopped since.  It was June of 2008 since I started to blog and still loves it to this day.
  32. I love dogs, we have two.  I also love bunnies, we have 4.  
  33. I love doing laundry especially  the folding  part.  Some people hates folding clothes but I absolutely love it.  
  34. My mother is my hero, she   has done so many things that I don't think I would be able to do especially raising 9 children, whew!
  35. I am 20 years and a day older than my  youngest sister.  Her birthday is a  day after mine. 
  36.  I love gardening, I could work on a garden everyday and never get tired of it.
  37. I love taking photos, if I could take a a course  in photography, I would to  improve my skill.
  38. I love music, I sing once in a while but not much.  My favorite genre is country, love song, pop, and classic.  
  39. My favorite season is summer, you can do a lot of things outdoors.
  40. I  love walking but I like to  run once in a while.
  41. I   like yoga but I seldom do it.
  42. I'd rather  receive a plant rather than a bouquet.  
  43. I am not fond of baking.  It's either I burn myself or I burn the  goodies when I do lol.  Not just my thing.
  44. Lastly, I want to live a long healthy life with my husband and kids but only God knows that so I  enjoy  every moment I have with them everyday.
So that's it, those 44 facts would summarize what has been happening to my existence .  Life is hard  sometimes but it is up to us to choose a path that could alleviate whatever  hard situation we may have.  Being poor is not a hindrance in achieving whatever dreams or goals you have.  The key is your perseverance, resilience, hard work and determination in achieving  the things that you want.  I hope that I did not bored you with my story lol.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mother's Day 2017 and #BeautyBox5 May Edition

Celebrating Mother's day is always a mixed feelings for me because I am so far away from my Mom.  Being a Mom myself, I  appreciate  everything that my Mom did for us growing up and it kills me that I  can't even give her a hug during special  days like this or  on a regular basis for that matter.   I  just console myself by looking at my children and how blessed  I am  to have them in my life.    

My kids are growing up very fast and sometimes it makes me sad to think that they will have their own lives  soon and will be leaving our nest.  I am however  happy that they are growing up to be good individuals.  As parents, we can only hope   that they would grow up to be  good people.  The only thing that we can do is to guide the,m every step of the way.  

Anyway, on continuing with my goal to take at least one  family picture  every  month.  Here is for the month of May.  We had to take three because the dogs keep moving lol.
Our big dog, Bolt, gets it though.  Every time  I set up the camera, he would sit beside us and  get ready.  Our Jack Russell Terrier is a different story, he doesn't get it at all lol.
Our children have been  serving masses almost  every Sundays and we are glad to see  how  they enjoy doing so.  
We  went to the cemetery and visited my in-laws after we ate  dinner at Theo Yianni's.  Then for the last part of the celebration, we played tennis at Starvaggi's Tennis court.  
 "Make May your Bae" is the theme this month from Beauty Box 5.  Aside from the  regular  5 products, they  added a  surprised bonus this month to pamper Moms.  The  products includes  lip conditioner, exfoliating body scrubber, eye and lip pencil,  bare necessities highlighting pencil,  24 hour liquid lipstick and an added bonus of Arnic Salve for cracked skin.  
My favorite of them all is the  mulberry liquid lipstick.   I love this because  it really stayed on your lips even after you eat. The Arnica Salve is another favorite of mine because  I have cracked heels and I am not confident in wearing  shoes that shows my heels because of  it.  Hopefully this would help my feet.  

 It  is really nice to pamper yourself ponce in a while.  After all, we Moms, deserve it.
How did you celebrate Mother's Day??

Friday, May 12, 2017

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and New Sports Towel from Aurorae

It seems like April flew by so fast  in front of my face without me realizing it.  During that month when we decided to start taking Jiu Jitsu classes as a family.  A new  place just opened  here in our area last month and we  took the opportunity to avail their  introductory price of $120  a month for family.
Doing it with my husband is  really fun, it is exhausting but  fun!  We get to learn  on how to defend ourselves in dire situations.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  is a martial art, a combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. This martial art was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo.  It's an intense form of martial arts.
The warm up exercises are super tough but I like doing it.  The only part that I don't like is  wrapping your legs around some people  I don't really know.  At first, my husband and I were partners but then the  instructor said that we should be partners with someone who  are experienced already so they can teach us.  I was hesitant to do that because I am not comfortable with it.
There are some women doing it but they are big and  I get the sense of feeling that they don't  really want to partner with me since I am so little  so I ended up wrestling with guys.  I wasn't fond of it, so since then, I haven't return lol.  I told my husband  to continue so that when he is good at it already, I could return and be his partner again.
My kids are encouraging me to go back but I haven't really decided yet if  I will or not.  That's why I haven't buy me a Gi (the uniform that  they wear).  My husband has two pairs of Gis that he used when he was taking  martial arts (Aikido)  lesson when he was still in Guam but he hasn't wear it yet.
Thanks to my daughter for taking these photos.
Our kids are doing  this too so we bough them  new Gi's.
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 Since Mother's Day is this weekend,  I would like to share these  special deals from  Aurorae Yoga that you can enjoy for the best Moms in your life.
  • All 6.8oz Candles are on Sale 20-60% off (no code required) 
  • All Yoga Towels are on Sale 20% Off with code CWU4K8GV 
  • All Sport & Swim Towels are on Sale 20% off with code TOWELS17
 I love doing yoga once in a while because it relaxes me and it gives my body a break from doing the normal  exercise that I do.  Aurorae Yoga is one of the best companies that provides yoga products such as  yoga mats, towels, candles, yoga apparel, and  other accessories.

I have their yoga  tote and towel.  My husband wishes  he has his own so that he could use it during the Jiu Jitsu training so I am  glad that Aurorae Yoga sent me a blue sports towel  one.  I told him before that he can use my purple one but he wasn't digging it lol.  So now, both of us ill have each own.   Please check  their website  or you can find them via Amazon for their  products.  
 Happy Mother's day to all the Moms out there including Eileen!

To my Mom whose love  for all her children is  unconditional, my love and respect for you Mama.  I love you very much and I miss you a whole lot.  Hopefully we could see each other next year, fingers crossed!  Living thousand of miles away is  tough.  When you are living on the other side of the world, traveling is expensive so I can't always visit   as often as I would love to but please know Mama that I am thinking about you every day!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Michael Kors Jacket and April #BeautyBox5

Once in a while, I find a piece of  clothing that I couldn't pass to buy especially if it's the right size for me and the price is right.  I rarely find the right fit for a petite person like me so once I do, I   get it.  The disadvantage of it though is the unexpected  expense.  My husband does not mind it though, sometimes I would turn down  a piece of clothing that I like because of the price but my husband would always say to get it.  
This Michael Kors jacket was   on 50% off  the price sale  and it  was my size so I bought it.  I love it because it's a great piece to wear specially when it is raining.  It is designed like a rain coat.  The gold  zipper is  the only thing that  I have issue with  on this piece but my husband said that it  really compliment the black.
It's the first day of May but I just received the  box from Beauty Box 5 for the month of April.  I am not sure what happened but still glad to get it.  April's theme is to stay golden  with the following products; Vitamin C sheet mask,  blush, bobby pins,  and lash curler.  
 My favorite is the lash curler because I can  actually use it regularly  for my eyelashes   Of course the mask is  a great addition too, I seldom use mask but  it feels good when I do.  My daughter love the golden bobby pins, she's the one who love using bobby pins so  she glowed when she saw it.  If you are into beauty products like these, Beauty Box 5 is a  great subscription for you.  You get to receive 5 different products every month for a  a very low price.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Healthier Skin with #SeabuckWonders: Perfect Mother's Day Gift

It's the last day of April, yay!  It's a great month for my family physically, emotionally, and financially.  March was emotionally exhausting for us  but we rebounded back this month with God's help and we are all doing well despite the loss of our dear loved one last month.  
These photos were taken  last Easter.  This is the first year that we celebrated Easter without my FIL so we  just attended a mass and did not do anything  fancy.  We just wanted to reflect on life in general and focus on what matters the most.
We are so grateful for all the  support  we have received from family and friends in  those difficult times.  When you go through something emotionally difficult, it can be comforting to know that you have friends and family you can lean and count on.  
Anyway, onto another topic, the heat of the sun is already setting in so I really want to condition my skin  and get it ready for the harsh hot weather.  I received a skin product line from Seabuck Wonders and I am just starting to use  them after taking a break a few weeks of break.  I always  give my skin the time to adjust before using another product coz if I don't, I get  breakouts especially on my face.  
 I received a complete  package of skin care which includes a   facial cream, facial cleanser, and body lotion.  I have used these   products before and  it made my skin  so soft and healthier.
 The Himalayan Sea Buckthorn body lotion  provides nourishment with age-defying properties for soft, healthy skin.  During summer time, my skin tend to  dry that's why I am happy that I have this lotion because it provides the nourishment that it needs to stay soft and free from dryness.   I love  that it doesn't make  your skin feel greasy.  The scent is very mild so it doesn't overwhelm my  hyper sensitive  sense of smell.
The  SeabuckWonders Exfoliating Facial Cleanser ensures not only a deep clean on your skin, but a boost to your skin’s vibrancy as well.  It enhances skin tone and texture and gently exfoliates and detoxifies, which my skin needs after a brutal  winter weather. I am an outdoor  kind of person so  my skin is always exposed with  the   different  weather temperature  and it needs all the proper care that  it can get.  
Last but not the least is the SeabuckWonders Facial Cream.  It  offers unparalleled hydration and protection for radiant skin.   I am turning 44 here  5 weeks  and  the skin  around my eyes  is already showing some wrinkles so I am glad that I have this complete line.  The facial cream moisturizes and rejuvenates  the skin and it also supports skin cell functions which is very important at   this  particular age.  The cream helps protect against visible signs of UV-induced stress and lastly, it enhances skin tone and texture.  So if you  are looking for a special Mother's day gift, give them  something like this that would  give them beautiful skin.

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All these products are made with certified organic Sea Buckthorn.  They are infused with a potent blend of Omega 3, 6, 9, and the rare Omega-7.  It is vegan and non-GMO, paraben-free, leaping bunny cruelty-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and gluten-free.  It is naturally scented with essential orange oil with pH-balanced for all skin types.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Keeping Coral Reefs Safe While Protecting Children

Every parent is concerned about the time their children spend in the sun. Kids just want to get out there and enjoy the warm rays. It's well known that overexposure to sun can damage delicate skin, destroy skin cells and potentially cause and contribute to skin cancer in the future. This can happen unless delicate skin is protected with a high quality sunscreen. The most harmful rays are UV rays, so these are the sun's rays that most sunscreens shield skin from.

But did you know that sunscreens which contain several commonly used ingredients can also harm the delicate coral reef, especially if they're applied to skin right before getting into salt water? Ingredients like Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Benzophenones and Paraben are the main offenders that could harm the coral reef ecosystem. The good thing is, you can now find reef safe sunscreen so you can protect kids while keeping the coral reef safer.

Ingredients That Harm Coral Reefs

The ingredient Benzophenone is an ingredient that bleaches coral reef. It can also cause mutations in the reef and damage DNA. Oxybenzone commonly causes certain deforming actions to take place in the reef, and can prevent the reef from being able to reproduce properly. Octinoxate absorbs UV radiation and can re-introduce dormant viruses into algae, which can eventually bleach and kill delicate coral reef formations.
With an imminent potential for damaging the fragile coral reef, many parents today look to use sunscreens on their families that have eliminated many of these possibly harmful ingredients. The newest sunscreens are formulated to keep protecting people from the sun's UV rays while being safer when they are immersed in salt water.

Common Ways Chemicals Damage Fragile Coral Reefs

There are two common ways that introducing chemicals into the delicate underwater ecosystem in a salt water environment can damage coral reefs. The first way is through an interaction that happens between chemicals and salt water. Together they create hydrogen peroxide that can cause phytoplankton growth to be inhibited.

The other way that coral reef can be damaged is by chemicals acting to renew viruses that were once dormant in coral. This can bleach coral reefs and damage or destroy algae, which is essential to healthy coral reefs. It pays to use a safer sunscreen that is just as effective in preventing exposure to harmful rays while protecting the environment.    

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Father Dear from Way Up There

My father could have been 66 today. He died too young and I always wish that he was still around till this day. It's been 14 years since he passed and I always imagine how he would have enjoyed being around his grandchildren. He never saw my kids because he died so suddenly, few weeks before my wedding. It was a very  hard loss because I never expected him to go so soon. One thing that I miss about my father is his passion for cooking and he also love to sing and dance. His father was a really good musician who played different instruments but my father never really learned to play. However, he had always loved singing.   Anyway, I am browsing  around online and checking all the great deal here!   Sometimes, there are  things that  reminds you of someone and  it makes you think of them.  Music instrument, food, and jokes are always  the  keys for me to remember Papa.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Little Lady Attended Her First School Dance

Our daughter  is attending a school Spring dance tonight.  This is her first time attending  a dance in school  and she's kind of nervous but excited to  be with her friends.  She's not much of a dancer so she never really had any interest in  participating  with the past dance events in school. This time though, something has changed, she mentioned the dance to me  this morning  so I asked her if she wants to attend, she perked up lol.  
These photos were taken  on the first week of March after we got home from church.  She's my  partner in crime when it comes to  taking photos.  The boys  are always  against it  but her and I  always have fun taking photos.  She's usually the subject and I am the photographer.  
 Between my two children, my son has the long eye lashes and  my daughter always wish that she has her brother's long eyelashes and the eye color.  I told her that since she is a girl, those would be easier to fix since you can just use  eyelash extensions and you can also  use  different colors of contacts.
I was offering to put  some of these  Sweep  eyelash extension on her eyes but she didn't want to.  I think my little lady is like me, she is not much into cosmetics.
 This month's Beauty Box 5 is all about  intensifying the look of your eyes.  There's  the true metal eye shadow, cosmetic glitter, lash primer, lash helper, and lashes.  
It has everything that you need  to  level up the look of your eyes.  I told my daughter that this is something she need to learn because I never really had any interesting in applying make up when I was growing up so up until now, I am okay with just lip gloss when I go out.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Spring Forward to an Optimal Health with Natural Dynamix

Oh where do I begin?  March has been a tough month for  my family.  We lost a loved one who kept us all  feel loved but now he's gone.  To continue on with  my goal of taking family picture every month, here is for the month of March.  

Losing someone whom  you dearly loved is so hard but we hold on to the memories that he left us and that comforts us.  It's not an easy thing to go through.  Even though we know that he would go anytime soon but still hard to think that he is now on the other side, that we won't see him in this   side of life.  It is comforting to know that he is now pain free and resting in peace with his  dear wife and two  sons.  
I didn't think that it would affect me too much but it did.  It was like  going through with my father passing  over again.  He was the one who assured me that I was home when I first came here in the US so it was a tough loss for me.    I have never seen my husband wept that much.  
In times like this, even your eating habits is  affected.  I am glad that we have something  to supplement our  healthy habits in this difficult times.  Natural Dynamix sent me these  three different products to try.  

Natural Dynamix is created by a group of individuals that are into nutrition and health.  People, planet, and Profit are the three P principals of their foundation.  They believe that they can only feel good about making a profit if they are helping people in a way that doesn't hurt the planet. 
I have been wanting to do some body detoxifying so I am  thrilled to find this  Green Detox  in the box.  It is a is a powerful formulation of bioactive compounds, phytonutrients and antioxidants which stimulate and support optimal health.  This really works and I am glad that  blkoating feeling that I used to have  is now gone.  If you are looking for something to help you detoxify, I recommend this green detox from Naturla Dynamix.
Having a good night sleep is what I struggle  the most especially if I am thinking of something.  I tried  different kinds of  sleep aid and although it works, it somehow  had some side effect on me  so I was  kind of hesitant to try this one but I am glad that I did because this is so different.  First off, it is in the form of gummies so it's not hard to take it.  Then it really put me to sleep without me waking up in the middle of the night.
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The Fiber DX is an adult gummy that provides 4 grams of fiber per serving. The reason I am not fond of taking supplements is the yucky taste and texture of pills but this one I don't mind at all because they're like candies. The gummies are easy to chew and swallow. What I like is that it is gluten free and made no added sugar. My husband love taking it too because it helps him regulated.

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A work-at-home-mom (WAHM) with  two  lovely kids and a loving husband.  Passionate in writing about  family, product reviews, and  other related articles.  A Mom, a Wife,  a Blogger/Writer, rolled into one.