Thursday, February 13, 2020

Birthday and #ValentineGift 🎁 Ideas Plus a Giveaway

I am so glad that January is over, it was a rough month for us health-wise.  We all got sick except for my son which I am grateful and  still praying and hopeful that he won't get sick.  I think his basketball activities helped his body in combating sickness.

My husband 's birthday is three days after Valentine's day so getting gifts for him is quite tricky sometimes.  A lot of times, I just combine both gifts in one, it is easier that way.  I am so glad that his birthday this year falls on a holiday which is the President's day so he is off, yay!  

Anyway, when it comes to  gift giving, I am more on the practical side.  I always think what is more useful for the recipient.  Below are some  birthday and Valentine gift ideas.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Winter Necessities -  Since it is winter season, giving winter items such as gloves, scarves, coat, thick clothing, and skin care are my best choices.  I got this Knocker Terry Bomber Jacket from and he loves it.  According to him, it is light but also very warm.  
Photo Session  - My husband never likes being photographed but I always encouraged him to play with me since it is his birthday pictures.  I said, he would only turn 51 once so might as well enjoy it.  I got him laughing while taking these photos.  He was actually in tears as I chase him with the camera lol.  The good thing about having your own camera is that it is less tense when the photos are being taken.
Outdoor Walking - Although it is not an ideal material gift but offering your love ones to go with you on a walk even on a freezing day can really help in relieving stress.  My husband was stressed out this week for an audit  at his department.  He  just started a new position as a an Occupational Healthy and Safety Specialist so was quite anxious of how it will go.  Today is the last day of audit since Monday and he said that it is going well so far.  There's no topic that he didn't know how to respond to so I am quite relieved as well. I know that he would do well on this job especially that he is doing  something that he knows and love.  So yeah, an outdoor activity is also a good kind of gift.
Wallet - I also got him a personalized wallet which I can't reveal yet  along with a couple more birthday surprises so hopefully, he would like it when he opens it up comes Monday.  I think he would love the wallet because his  current one is getting so worn out so he definitely need a new one and it also has a personalized message engraved inside it.
Brassiere - while I was shopping at 247Frenzy website, I saw this set of multi-colored Et Tu push up bra and thought of gifting myself this one lol.  Yeah I know what you are thinking, you might be rolling your eyes right now lol.  But honestly, there is nothing wrong with buying yourself a gift.  Not that my husband would not buy it for me but it was a perfect opportunity for me so I seize it.  I have been wanting  different colors of bra  but buying them individually is more expensive but glad I have  found this set.
Mini Roses - My husband got me these early Valentines gifts.  A pot of mini roses which I totally love since I  plant them in our garden when Spring comes.  I prefer these over a bouquet of flowers since this continue to grow.  
Jewelry - Aside from perfume, I also love jewelry especially earrings.  I like hoops and dangling earring the most.  Hubby got me this sterlingsilver Mia Fiore earring that is made in Italy, I love it.  It's an elegant piece to wear to complement even a simple dress.
For the fun and exciting part of this post is the giveaway that 247Frenzy is offering.  Five lucky winners will receive each a $25 e-gift card which can be used towards anything on their site.  All you have to do is FOLLOW their Facebook Page HERE and follow me on Instagram.  The giveaway runs from February 13th to February 29th.  Please send me your contact info via direct message on Instagram or Facebook.  Good luck!

Have a heart-filled Valentine's day everyone!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Autumn Family Adventure at Highland Hills #FallFun2019

Last Sunday,we decided to have a little adventure. My friends daughter lives in Highland Hills in Follansbee and they always hangout there since there plenty of space to run around, ride bikes, and explore the beauty of nature.  My daughter wanted to share how beautiful the view us so we went.
The place didn't disappoint.  There's a beautiful memorial garden where we decided to take some family photos.  I brought our camera and tripod to take the opportunity to capture the beauty of Autumn and also capture the moments of our adventure.
The houses nearby probably thinks that we are weirdos for taking photos in the cemetery lol.
Adjacent to the place us the Ohio River which provide picturesque view.
While the two anti-photo members of our family went ahead, I asked my son to pose for me.  The view is beautiful!
My hair stands up when I see creepy-crawlies like worms but our son loves to make them crawl in his hand.
Am I the only one who is afraid of worms?  Oh I can't stand the sight of them.  I would rather mess around with spiders, which is a big no-no to my husband 😂.
Anyway, I was trying to direct my kids for some photos but they just goof around so I just captured the fun.
Aside from the. river view, I thought this part of the cemetery is beautiful.  My husband calls it mini-Parthenon ☺.  I wanted to have our family picture taken in it.
Self timer in cameras comes in handy, it's just hard to run and pose with them lol.
Enjoying the river view.  If I am one of the residents near the area, I would frequent this place, the view was amazing.  It would be a great place to sit and contemplate, enjoy the view and the breeze.
My kids were wondering if we will ever capture a wandering soul in our pictures.  Fortunately there was none in the photos.
This was at the back of the mausoleum.  It represent the remains of the ones previously buried at the Steubenville site some 3,700 years ago.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

My Happy, Silly, Crazy Family

When I was still single, I told myself that if ever I will get  married, I hope that I can find a man that would make me laugh.  I wished for a man that has sense of humor and I thank God that my wish came true.  My husband can be sarcastic sometimes but I get the humor in it which I find very charming.  I can't imagine being married to someone whose very serious and no humor at all.  I think that  being able to connect with someone through laughter is a great thing.
"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart." -  Anthony J. D'Angelo
"The child in you, like all children, loves to laugh, to be around people who can laugh at themselves and life. Children instinctively know that the more laughter we have in our lives, the better." Wayne Dyer
"Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward." -  Carol Channing
"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." -  Jean Houston
"Laughter is an important part of a good relationship. It's an immense achievement when you can move from your thinking that your partner is merely an idiot to thinking that they are that wonderfully complex thing called a lovable idiot. And often that means having a little bit of a sense of humor about their flaws." Alain de Botton
"Laughter heals all wounds, and that's one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you're going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing." -  Kevin Hart
"Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason." Saint Basil
"So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter." Gordon W. Allport
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." William Shakespeare
"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart. " - Mort Walker
"Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that's because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect." -  Marlo Thomas

I am glad that both our children got their Dad's genes when it comes to humor.  I am their biggest fan when it comes to laughing at their jokes.  They find it funny when I laugh because tears always came rolling in my cheeks when I laugh so hard.  We are not always  happy but when we are silly and being crazy, our whole  family shares laughter and bring out the best in us.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Homecoming Dress, Shoes, and Accessories

 Dress shopping has always been a  challenge for our  little lady.  It's hard to find  a dress that would fit her but luckily this time, we found a store at the mall that sells clothes for  a very petite girl like her.  The moment we entered the store, I was drawn to this  red dress.  I thought it would look good on her.  She didn't like it at first because of the  back but I said to try it on.  
Our daughter has a big birthmark at the back and she's always conscious about it  but I said to just own it and embrace it as part of her personality and beauty.  
 It's a simple dress with no embellishments but I thought it's  beautiful.  The fact that it  fits her body perfectly was a plus and the price was not so bad  either.
 We had her hair done at Locks and Legends.  She did her own make up which she learned from watching a tutorial on Youtube.  I have no idea when it comes to makeup so I wasn't of help on this  department for her.  
 I bought this shoulder bag at Gabe's  to match her Calvin Klein shoes that we bought at TJMaxx.  I have an exact style of shoes in black but it is in size 5.5.  My daughter's feet is now size 6.5, whoa, when did she really grow up?  We have the same height now so she's probably going to be taller than me  anytime soon.
Her nails are very short so she opted for fux nails, the color that match her  bag and shoes.
 The nude color shoes was perfect for her skin tone.
She had so much fun  at her first homecoming dance that she is looking forward for the next one.  This homecoming stuff can be quite expensive.  All the stuff that is needed for a night can add up but as long as  she has fun is what that's matter.