Monday, August 13, 2018

Crystal Clear: 15 Years and Counting

Love works in mysterious ways!  I would have never thought I would end up  here in "Almost Heaven, WV" but it must be fate, thanks to this wonderful guy who  got smitten by  a little Bicolana from the  Southern part of the Philippines (lol).  He convinced me that love can survive just about anything.  You just have to work together, have faith, and be honest and respect each other.  Not everyone I know  believed we will ever get this far but it is CRYSTAL CLEAR now, the naysayers were wrong.  
Through the Years
 Growing up, I never dreamed of  marrying a foreigner.  In fact, my childhood dream is to  finish school and  find a job and that's it.  I thought having a family is hard as I watched how my parents struggled raising us 9 kids.  My goal since I was a kid was to succeed in school no matter what the circumstance is  so I could find a good job when I get done.  That explained why I was already 30 when I  got married.  Thanks
Since it is our 15th year, the crystal represents it.  It said that the costliness of crystal is representative of the sacrifice and investment that the  couple has made to the marriage over the past fifteen years. It  also symbolizes clarity and transparency, reflecting the state of the couple's relationship. Below are some of the crystal things we have at home.  My husband's chinese animal is rooster and I am an oxen, he got these when we were first got married to represent us.
 He gave me this  swarovski crystal roses  when we were just dating.  I thought, it's way better than fresh roses.
In 15 years, we have traveled quite a lot in different places.  That's one of the many things we have in common and enjoys a lot doing together with the kids.
6th  anniversary - Mount Seorak South Korea
8th anniversary - Disney World
12th anniversary - Hershey Park
I am so glad I  gave the online dating a try.  I have one of my  student assistant to  thank for that.  If it wasn't for her, I would have never  discovered  this  online dating thing lol.  I was busy  writing my  thesis back then and she   told me she is going to make me a profile, I just laughed and thought she was just kidding.  Well, the rest is history.
11th wedding anniversary
14th anniversary - Grand Canyon, Arizona
We don't do  lavish anniversary celebration.  We  sometimes pre-celebrate our anniversary with our travels but mostly we spend it at home.  Above are just some of the most memorable ones we  have had.  Actually, every year is special, I just don't have time to dig  each event ha ha.  I might update this post later when I get a chance.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Being Healthy 101: Solutions, Suggestions, And Strategies

People who are serious about living on purpose and with passion should know that being healthy is the prerequisite to maintaining this mindset and mode of living. Unfortunately, many people put their health on the backburner and fail to realize that this lifestyle choice will prevent them from realizing personal and professional dreams. If you're ready to start implementing health strategies so that you can maintain the vitality and dynamism necessary to live fully and freely, this is the article for you.

Read on to learn more about which techniques you need to deploy for the purpose of getting healthy this year:

1. Do Yoga.

If you're serious about getting healthy this year, give yoga a shot. This exercise modality has worked wonders for millions of people around the world, and for many reasons. First, individuals who are looking for a great way to get in a good workout can rely on yoga to enhance their cardiovascular endurance while also improving their flexibility. Yoga also enhances balance and range of motion, thereby empowering practitioners the ability to operate more effectively when completing other forms of physical movement. Yoga is also a great stress reliever, and this factor is important for individuals who find themselves continually bogged down by anxiety resulting from complex work environments, troubled personal relationships, self-doubt, etc.

2. Eat The Right Foods.

If you're really serious about being healthy, note that eating the right foods is imperative. This the case because the food you eat plays an integral role in facilitating or impeding the energy production processes which facilitate mental vitality and physical stamina. When you eat life-giving foods like fruits and vegetables, your body's ability to complete regulatory processes that contribute to energy production is enhanced substantively. On the other hand, eating processed, junky foods will typically engender unwanted outcomes such as lethargy, brain fog, constipation, etc. In understanding these realities, start gravitating towards trail mix, green smoothies, huge green salads, and other delicious, nutritious options that will fill you up and keep your body and mind in optimal condition. Also note that if you're looking for gourmet seasoning blends, there are a wide range of companies that can provide you with the products necessary to spice up your nutritious, delicious meals!

Bringing It All Together

Two strategies that you can implement to become a healthy person include doing yoga and eating the right foods. Implement these strategies individually or in conjunction to start experiencing a level of vitality you've never had before!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How to Begin a New Hobby and Stick to It

Hobbies are great ways to help us expand our interest and to make time for the things that we love. It is a mistake, however, to assume that hobbies form naturally. You might love to paint, but unless you actively make time for that activity, you will never progress or finish any project you start. It is important to know how to begin a new hobby and stick to it, so that you gain the full round-up of benefits, from relaxation to fulfillment, to progression. To start your next hobby and to stick to it, follow these steps: 
 
Gardening - A Relaxing Hobby
1.    Find Hobbies Based on Existing Interests
The first step to beginning a new hobby is to choose one. The right hobby for you, however, might not be something you expect or even knew about. That is why the first step to adopting a new hobby is to first find out things you can do or learn based on your existing interests. You can check out  redjuice.co.uk and adopt a wide variety of new hobbies.


2.    Learn What You Can About the Hobby Beforehand
Before you get into a new hobby, however, you will want to learn what you can about it beforehand. Choosing the right customization options  can feel really overwhelming when you start, for example, but by reading up you can choose the right components for you. Similarly, sometimes new hobbies should be prefaced with classes, in the case of carpentry or other tactile hobbies that have specific safety requirements.

3.    Try it Out  
If you are unsure about starting your new hobby, or don’t have the skills to really enjoy it, the best way to circumvent these issues is to take a class or course. You can try it out, learn the skills you need to start and better yourself, and even make friends while you are at it. The more difficult the hobby, the more likely you will need to take classes to progress your skills. Learning to sew, for example, will likely require several levels of classes before you can feel comfortable taking on projects at home. Simpler classes like pottery, however, can give you the skills you need to start and experiment on your own from there.  

.    Invest in It
Hobbies can be something you do to get out of the house, or they can be your newest passion. Either way, if you decide you like and want to continue this new hobby, it is important to invest in it. This might mean investing in the necessary equipment, finding a workshop you can use, or just starting. What is important, no matter what hobby it is, is that you keep working at it. This is particularly important if you aren’t the best when you start. Don’t let your talent get you down, you will get better so long as you make time for it and keep at it.


Hobbies are great because they help you relax and expand your skills or experiences. When you can also produce great pieces and enjoy the fruits of your labor, however, then your hobby has paid off in a whole new way. Start a new hobby, and stick to it, and you can better your life.

Friday, July 20, 2018

North Tiki Star Fun with Friends

The homeroom Mom for  my daughter's class has organized a get together for  us after  the  school olympics. She's always doing way beyond  for the benefit and enjoyment  of our children and  even us are included in the fun. We have never been to North Tiki Star so it was refreshing (although it was hot that day) to see a different place.  I didn't even know that there is a beautiful  place like this near us. 
Their setting is like a resort near the beach although we are nowhere near the beach.  It was really neat.  They have a mini golf adjacent to the volleyball court so there are things to do for everyone.
We didn't go inside the bar since we didn't drink but  it's beautiful.  My husband's coworker said that this is the place they go to when they want to unwind and have a good time.

North Star Restaurant and Bar is  named for the old North Star Train Station.  This was  established in 1840. Since then, it has served generations of families in the Imperial area.  In 1995, two young residents of the area purchased this historic restaurant.
They offer amenities such as a pool table, pinball machines and high-definition television.  This  business establishment is  known for their  pizza and signature hoagies.  They also offers a wide range of menu items to please appetite!  I ordered a  salad and my oh my, their portion is way beyond I could ever eat!  If you love to drink beer, this is the place.  

Mrs. Arnold is  so thoughtful for  organizing this.  It was a really good time for  us all.
We even played volleyball with the kids.
I would say that we can hold up to the skills of the kids in sports ha ha.  We just don't have the amount of energy that they have.
We were the only ones who were there since  we  reserved the place that day which is really nice.  I think this is a great place to hold a special occasion like wedding reception or  birthday.  I wouldn't mind  coming back to this place with my kids and friends.
One more year and these kids will be in highschool.  Time flies and I am glad that we get to  see  a lot of their  big milestones especially in school.  That's one thing I love being a  work at home Mom, I  seldom missed events  that my kids participate into. I am also  happy that my husband always make an effort to attend although he is always busy at work.
This place  is closed on Sundays but open Mondays to Saturday.  Their kitchen is open  from 11 am to 10 pm but the bar is open until 2 am.  I think  people that likes to party come here on the weekend  and let loose ha!  I thought it is nice that they are close on Sunday.
"The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself." Emmet Fox

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Father's Day 2018

Glad everybody was feeling great on Father's  Day unlike Mother's Day where my daughter was sick.  We all got to go to church and the kids served at the mass.   I was able to give him   his gift  in advance and I preparing  him home cooked meals was all I did on that day.
 If you remember last year, I made a  goal of  taking one family photo each month and we got to accomplish that, this year, we changed it up a little bit.  We take pictures on special occasion such as Father's Day and the like.  Even the fur babies were up to it this time.  
I am grateful that our children has a great Dad and I am so lucky to have him as a husband, we are so blessed.  I love the quote "Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special  to be a Dad",  that's exactly how my husband is.  I hope that when our children have their own family, they can look back and say "We are blessed with a great Dad".
The kids made their card  for him.
As part of the Father's Day weekend celebration, we  visited my  brother-in-law whom we haven't seen since my  father-in-law's funeral, it's been over a year.  He live a little ways but it was nice to visit him and his wife and catch up.

We also visited my in-laws' graves, his Dad, Mom, and 2 brothers.
I will leave you with this  quote by Ezra Taft Benson
"Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth. It is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one's family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters. "

Mother's Day 2018

"As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew." - Rachel Cusk

My daughter was sick on Mother's Day and I felt so bad.  Both of my kids were supposed to  serve at the mass  on that day but since big sister  was sick, our son  had to do it alone and  we were very proud of him for stepping up.  He was nervous but he did it anyway and he realized that he doesn't have to depend much on her sister.  It gave him  the confidence he needed to believe in what he can do on his own.
They got me some  athleisure outfits and a pair of Jordan Air running shoes for me.  I didn't really want anything but they got it anyway.
Motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me. When I was still single, I used to think that finishing my education on my own and having a job in school that I like was pretty awesome but when I became a Mom, none of it really comes close to feeling accomplished knowing that I have two wonderful children.  I  have given  up my career for them and  that's okay, they are my priority and they are everything to me and my husband.
I grew up with 8 siblings and it was never easy but my parents made it work. We did not have fancy toys or store-bought stuff but we had great childhood memories because my parents were always present, they made themselves available for every moment and that's what I would like for our children. We might not have the most expensive stuff or fancy things that their friends have but they will always have us. That's why it was easy for me to give up my career and focus on them, it's challenging but very rewarding at the same time.  Motherhood is really a great blessing.

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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.

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