Thursday, January 29, 2015

Walking on Winter Times

It's challenging to keep up with fitness goals  during Winter times.  I mean I like it that I have  some  exercise machine at our  mini gym downstairs but nothing can compare the feeling of  walking/running   outdoors.  Whenever the  winter temperature is bearable, I  make sure to go out for a walk after  dropping my kids off to school.  It's painful  during the  first 15 minutes but  as you get warmed up, it gets better.  
This week though, I did not have the opportunity because  it's snowing so  hard and  also rained so it's icy outside, too dangerous to walk.  The key is to bundle up ,before you go out so that your fingers won't feel like you are having a frost bite lol.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

To the Woman Who Inspired me the Most

Happy birthday to the  the most resilient, understanding, hardworking, and most of all, LOVING woman in the whole universe.  Love you Ma!

To the BEST MOM!

Thank you for  pushing  my hardest best to achieve my goals
You and Papa are the main reason, I am what I became today!
Thank you for supporting my decisions, for believing in me.
for never doubting me, and for the unconditional LOVE
YOU and Papa have for us.

I can't thank you enough 
for everything that you have done for us
All I can do is to pray  
that you are safe and healthy always.

I miss you and Papa so much 
especially when I need guidance 
with my parenting responsibility 
with my  own kids.

I wish I could call or visit everyday
To tell you how much I love and admire you.
It is so hard being away from you.
I know that it is hard for you too.

You are my inspiration and my first rock
thank you for everything that you do!
I ask God to bless you and take care of you.
I can't wait to see you!

To the best Mom, 
We LOVE you!

5 Enjoyable Toys for Grown-Ups

Summer holidays aren’t all about the kids, you know! It’s a great time for the grown-ups to have some fun as well. Perhaps there are some new toys you’ve been dying to try out? If so, take advantage of the great weather and treat yourself to a turn. Here are five enjoyable toys for grown-ups you might like to try out this summer.

1. Jet Skis

These fun water vehicles come in a wide range of styles and types. You can get jet skis for one rider, two or more, and there are models designed for recreational cruising as well as sportier ones that are better for racing through the water. Whatever you’re interested in, getting a little speed and power out on the water can be a great way to get your heart racing. To check out the different kinds of jet skis that are available, check out the websites of water sports specialists, such as JSW Powersports.

2. Off-Road Bikes

Whether it’s a trike, bike or quad bike, off-road driving can be a fun way to tear up a little dirt and de-stress. All-terrain vehicles for this type of activity come in a range of shapes and sizes, and you can head off road into the mud on your own or with a group. Some vehicles are built for one or two passengers only, while others are family-sized and can accommodate four or six.

3. Boats

Nothing says summer like getting out on the water. Whether it’s fishing off the side of your boat or cruising the inlets and bays of your local estuary, boats are one of the most enjoyable toys with which a grown-up can play. With a few lessons, you could soon be out on the water in either a sailboat or a cabin cruiser, enjoying the combination of wind and water, and putting a calm distance between yourself and the cares and stresses of everyday life.

4. Hot Laps

A true toy for grown-ups, racing round a racetrack at top speed is undoubtedly an enjoyable experience for those who have always wanted to drive as fast as they can without limits and all the usual rules in the way. Most people have fantasized about becoming a racing car driver at some point in their lives, so what are you waiting for? Give this a go and cross one more thing off that bucket list.

5. Toy Plane or Helicopter

If you like a little speed and action with your toys without putting yourself in any actual danger, motorized toy planes and helicopters could provide you with countless hours of enjoyment, particularly with some of the sophisticated and advanced models that are now available. Fun for all ages, this is the toy that kids play with at Christmas while the grown-up men watch on enviously, happily stepping in to “show them how it’s done” when necessary.

Taking some time to do something that makes you smile is important. What’s your favorite ‘grown-up’ toy? Have you passed down a toy to your kids that you secretly still love to play with? Comment below.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Red Bootie

These are my advanced Christmas presents from hubby.  A pair of  red Covington shoes, a red bag, and a Bongo faux leather jacket.

Red is my most favorite color so I was tickled with  his presents, thanks Hon!

I dressed for my husband so I am grateful whenever  he picks the clothes and accessories for me.  
 I think our dog  Bolt love the color red as well.
I love this shoes because it is so light and it is so comfortable to walk.  Unlike my other bootie, this one is very comfortable for my feet.
Feeling me on Christmas  day, a splash of red  can make me really happy!  This last photo was taken by my daughter at my  father-in-law's house when we visited him during Christmas day.
Thank you all for visiting and for leaving your thoughts!  I value every  comment you make and the time and effort as well.

Benefits of Sleep Aids

If you have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep at night, then consider getting a sleep aid. Companies like Chemist Australia sell sleeping tablets for those who need a little help to get enough rest. Most sleeping tablets are safe to take, and there are many benefits of taking a tablet to help you sleep.

One of the benefits of taking sleeping pills is that you can get a restful night's sleep. If you work different shifts, then you might find it hard to go to sleep during the day after working at night. You will be able to get your body on a routine if you take the pills at the same time each night. When you see that you are able to go to sleep on your own and stay asleep, then you won't need to take the pills, or you can slowly wean yourself off of them.

Sleeping pills should only be taken on a short-term basis as some of them can be addicting. You can consult with your doctor about the best tablets to take, and the doctor might be able to write a prescription for tablets that you can get through companies online. There are also sleeping tablets that you can get without a prescription. You need to read all of the directions before taking them so that you don overdose and so that you know of the possible side effects. Many of the side effects related to sleeping pills are known by doctors and pharmacists, so as long as you ask about something before taking the pills, you will likely see a good night's sleep in no time. Most sleeping pills work quickly, so you should try to take them as close to the time you want to go to sleep as possible.

If you don't want to take something with a chemical in it, then consider some of the herbal aids that are available. These contain ingredients that are naturally found in the body. These are just as effective as some of the other pills that you can get, an they are often less addicting because they are made of natural ingredients. Sleeping pills are ideal if you need to get up early in the morning for a special event and need to be as rested as possible. You will often be able to get about seven to eight hours of sleep when you take sleeping aids. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fresh Possibilities In January from BeautyBox5

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Hola 2015!   BeautyBox5  promises  fresh possibilities with their  January edition's samples.  This month's box includes an eye shadow, salon effect nail accessories,  eye mascara,vitamin and body wash, and daily care fortifying shampoo.  As the Beauty Box 5 puts it:
The beginning of the year can mean new challenges, but rather than shying away from confrontation, greet them wholeheartedly with a smile and a twinkle in (and lining) your perfectly accented eyes!  You never know what new opportunities are on the horizon, so put your well manicured self forward and say hi to fresh possibilities!
This Nutri Serums Body Nourishing wash from Softsoap  is great to treat your body with rich moisture and a super fresh scent.  I used this  last night when I took shower and smells divine.    I love the little softening pearls in it because it has Vitamin E that helps hydrate  your skin and Omega 3 and 6 that helps your skin  retain the moisture all day long with the harshness of winter   season.  My daughter said that it's  fun to use.  
Every now and then, I  switch  hair care because my scalp tends to dry especially during the winter because I use hot  water often.    I have never tried  Garnier Fructis before and this is a great opportunity or me.  I was skeptical to use it last night but tried it anyway.  It turned out, I like it a lot!  The smell and the  after effect of it in my hair and scalp is awesome!  This shampoo has a grapefruit antioxidant and proteins that leave your hair fortified, soft and shiny.
I just painted my nails  the other day so I did not try this  Sally Hansen Salon Effects  real nail polish strips.  My niece in law used this kind  during the holidays and she also did my daughter's fingernails, they were gorgeous.  I can't wait to use this on my nails.  The good thing is, this  could last to up to ten days.  What I like is that you can just peel and apply the strips to your nails with no fuzz.  
As you may know me, it just last year that I started  exploring the make up section and that is because BeautyBox5 provides me with  different  products that I could try.  I still have a lot to learn as I don't  do make up everyday, just very seldom when I am in the mood.  These eye shadows can really make your your eyes smokey and beautiful.
The last but not the least is this Ultrafresh gold standard mascara in blackout.  I love that the bristles are so soft.YOu can make your lashes so dramatic with this.  If you are feeling bold, you can layer two or three coats for the most va-va-voom effect.  
In my case, I only applied it on my lashes once so you can barely tell I am wearing mascara.  I don't really need that va-va-voom effect since I am just home.
This year, I promise to take care of myself and try to  be confident and feel fabulous ha ha ha.  Let us see about that!  It is really a challenge for me to put make up on, it is  just not my thing but for fun sake, I do it once in a while.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Keeping Fit in 2015

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One of our goals this year is to keep doing what we have started last year and that's to keep our fitness routine.  We need to stay active as much as we could  to stay fit.

Last year was a great one for both hubby and I, health-wise.  I was more active with my fitness routine  so I did not have much time  sitting in front of the computer so my migraine was less.  With my husband  keeping up with his fitness goal last year, he was able to lost 34 pounds and won the Biggest Loser  contest from his work.  However, when the cold season rolled in, I was a bit thrown out with my game so I gained   a couple of pounds.

I bounced back and  stay active indoors by doing some of my fitness routine inside our home and now I am back on track despite the  Holiday s.
I am thrilled to have this  new   Precision Digital Bath Scale from Ozeri.  This is on sale for $25 now via Amazon so if you are looking for a new  scale, I highly recommend this one.   You can see its specs below.
  • New widescreen LCD provides immediate and easy to read results throughout the day
  • Uses 4 high precision GX sensors to weigh up to 400 pounds (180 kilograms) in 0.2 pounds or 0.1 kg increments
  • Step-on Activation captures the precise weight measurements upon stepping on the scale (no tapping required)
  • Sturdy design features an oversized weighing platform with impact-resistant tempered glass
  • Convenient unit button switches between pounds, kg
I also received this Book, The Spark  as part of the  blogger kit that was sent to me by Gorton's  that I reviewed at my Food blog.  I only workout by myself and it tough sometimes because you lack that encouragement from others.  I have to remind myself so many times  on days where my body doesn't want to cooperate with my mind.  Having some  tools like  book guide on how to do it really helps.  
 I have been reading this book since it arrived.  It's one for of bonding that I shared with my kids as I let them read   at home while they are on school break.  We read one hour a day which breaks the monotony of our   routines at home.

Aside from the book, I also love this Total Body Sculpting that came with the  kit.  
I have  used this  for a work out and man, it tested my agility lol.  It made me sweat !  I love that  it includes warm up routines before the actual work out because it really  get your body ready for a total sculpting work out.  
I am looking forward to Monday because beginning January 5, you can sign up for and participate in the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge on or using the SparkPeople app  that is available on iTunes Store or Google Play). For more  information about Spark People, check out my review  at  my food blog or you can go directly at