Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mother's Day 2020

 Motherhood is one of the best things that ever happened to me.  Growing up with 8 siblings in poverty was tough so I told myself that I don’t think I will become a mom seeing how hard my mother worked to raise us.  I thought my Mom was out of her mind for popping out so may kids but now I understand how she chose to not give up on us even if it meant for her to carry all the weight on her shoulder.  I respect and love my mom for that.
I only have two and sometimes still tough but I’m glad I chose to personally raise and take care of them.  I think it makes a big difference on their development emotionally.  I had to give up my career the moment I learned that I was pregnant with my first born due to complications but I have no regrets, I love them dearly.
I was their first teacher.  I thought them at home during their ore-school years so by the time they were ready to go to kindergarten, they can read and do numbers already.  To me, it was a great reward of motherhood, to be able to teach my kids the basics stuff that they need for school.
Now both of them are straight A students and we’re very proud of both of them.
I have my husband to thank for supporting me to be a stay-at-home-mom.  It’s not easy financially especially that we send th both to a private catholic school but we are managing.   

Thursday, June 25, 2020

I'm Grateful for 47 Years of Good Life

I’m not sure how much time I have time left in this Earth but I’m grateful for every single day that I wake up and breathing.    I have to admit though that  the age is catching up to me physically.  There are things that I find it difficult  to do especially certain exercises. I no longer have the flexibility that I had in my 20s but I like testing myself anyways so I practice yoga every chance I get.  
I can't believe that in three years, I will be in the golden years weeee, here I come!  My husband asked me if I wanted to go somewhere on my birthday but I told him I just want to stay home and if he really wants to take me somewhere, I'd love to go to Lowe's lol.  He took me there and I found some plants, yay!  He also got me a chocolate vine, so hopefully I can let it grow so when it blooms it will remind me of my birthday (just in case I became forgetful in the future).
My son took these pics as a little token for my birthday, thanks my Love!
It rained the night before my birthday with a strong gust of wind so all the peonies were down the next morning. I cut them all and made a bouquet and displayed it in our living room.  Peonies doesn't have a great scent but they are beautiful.  
My son was very proud that he shopped for a birthday present by himself  and he spent his own money.  He said it made him so happy that he could do that now where in the previous years, he would just make some things to give me.  I told him that homemade gifts are the best anyway but I do appreciate his thoughtfulness.  I'm also grateful for a friend who never forget my birthday, thanks sis Dhemz.  As always, my daughter makes the  best homemade cards.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Birthday and #ValentineGift ๐ŸŽ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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.