Thursday, December 29, 2011

Carrying our Family Tradition of Christmas Lights

Guest post written by Hannah Shelton

Ever since I can remember, I'm pretty sure that my family has made a huge deal out of putting up Christmas lights. My dad always spend a whole weekend putting them up and then makes us stand outside and watch him turn it on. he's always so proud of his lights. Well, my husband is just the same way now. But I'm pretty sure that my he comes from a long line of men enthusiastic about outdoor holiday lighting too.

Well, this year we decided to take a little bit of inspiration from pictures of lighting displays that we found online. While I was looking that up, I ran across some info on a Heating System. Ours has been a little tricky lately, so I decided to get our home fitted with one of them.

I think that our lights display is even better this year than it has been in the years past. But then again I guess that we've been a little more low key in the past few years and we really went all out this year. I say that we do it every year, unless we get a rude surprise by the power bill.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Smart Shopper Wannabe

I went to Walgreens to shop today. I do love this store since they have a lot of good deals. Actually been shopping there since the last couple of weeks. Im telling you couponing is so addicting. I bought the following items:

2 Welchs sparkling juice 2/7
Nabisco crackers 2/5
Turtles 3/4
2 Nescafe 7oz on sale for 6.99
Folgers Coffee 11.3oz on sale for 5.49
a gallon of milk for 3.29.
I have coupons for almost each of the item that sum up to 23 dollars that I used to pay (some of these are mfr coupons and register rewards). I paid my balance with my $10Amex gift card I received from shopping at CVS. My balance is 5.01. All these items for 5 dollars? I could dance for joy dragging my basket out of Walgreens. My receipt said I saved 35.70. I think I did very well today!
Thank you once again Krazy Coupon Lady for being so brilliant and sharing your expertise!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Save Some Money With PackIt Lunch Box

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There are many ways of saving money. The idea  comes in all sizes and shapes. Tips on how to do it amazes me but when it comes to applying it gets a little bit hard. Every penny counts so we do our best to be able to one thing at a time.

Hubby and I like to pack our lunch to save some money. We both prefer bringing our leftover home cook meals to work too. It is just more nutritious and it is a lot more delicious compared to frozen foods most of the time. I put our food in a lunch bag so  its freshness is preserved a little bit longer. Hubby got tired of bringing his bulky lunch bag to work so he just bring it in a shopping bag.  I got excited when I saw this     

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Early Christmas Shopping

Hubby and I talked about buying computers for the kids. They use my computer all the time so we decided to just get one for each them as a Christmas present. Target has notebook computers on sale this week so I secretly shopped one for each of them. It cost 197 each plus tax. I thought they are so lucky to have computers at an early age I had mine when I was 30. Oh well these are useful multimedia for them to use anyways. They are just really lucky. I'm sure they will love our presents for them.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Baby

Guest post written by my buddy Aldo Mays

My wife and I just had our first child. By most peoples’ standards, I guess you could say that we are pretty successful. I have a job on Wall Street and my wife runs an accounting firm. We live in Manhattan and honestly, we have never had to think about the money we spend because we have always had plenty of money. When we got pregnant last year, for the first time we thought about the fact that we would have someone other than ourselves to think about. I started looking into different new york energy rates to make sure we were paying a reasonable rate for energy. I also told my wife that we should probably stick to a budget for the baby’s nursery. So far we have not made that many changes to our lifestyle, but now that the baby is here, my wife is thinking that she will not want to go back to work as soon as she had originally intended. If that is the case, we will definitely have to come up with some other ways to save money.

My First Wilton Class

I attended my first Wilton basic cake decorating class last Wednesday. Boy I was so excited. I went there 3o minutes before the time. No one was there yet so I decided to go around the shopping strip. I went to Old Navy and enjoyed my time there. I ended up spending a hundred bucks and was thirty minutes late in class. Arggh. I enjoyed my first class though. We made stars on top of our cookies. I won't be late next week I promise.

Healthier Way of Cleaning

There are many ways of cleaning a house. Some people are meticulous about it. They clean their every single day. I don't really clean my house everyday since I am working. My priorities are more of feeding my family. I like cooking more than cleaning. Good thing hubby likes to clean up after my mess. He helps me wash the clothes and arrange the house while I made sure we have fresh and delicious meals every single day.
He likes cleaning except the vacuuming part. I do that part most of the time. I used to vacuum the house once every week. I have allergic rhinitis in which dust, extreme heat and extreme cold weather can trigger to my condition. I started to have congested nose a week or two ago so I decided to take a rest from vacuuming for a while. I wondered if vacuuming has also triggered to my allergies. How sure could one be that the vacuum sucked the all the dirt when we can't see the moving air inside it? I could not do anything about the weather because that is a condition that no one can stop but I can sure do something about vacuuming. I don't even have to do it myself. I surf the net and found to help me with the my carpet cleaning needs. I think steam cleaning the carpet is a better and healthier choice of cleaning the house for me. I would like to avail the cheap carpet cleaning services austin. I like the steam cleaning idea. The process of vacuuming the carpet with some water will prevent dust from flying all over the place. They will then steam dry it which is a better process of cleaning. This way scattering the dust and dirt is minimized. A new and freshly steam cleaned carpet smells great too.

Urgent Care

I am experiencing a series of spells of a whooping cough. I can't sleep well because of congested and clogged nose. If I feel cold and tired it make me cough more. It has been almost two weeks since I am having cough and colds. Eating mong bean last night triggered my cough that would not even stop. Hubby was scared listening to my cough so he asked me if I want to go see the doctor right away. I was coughing and coughing so we went to an urgent care clinic. Good thing I know where it is because hubby don't even know the location. The doctor told me that I have an acute sinusitis. I need some antibiotics, warm steam baths and saline solution to cleanse my nose and some mucinex dm for my cough. She told me my lungs is clear from phlegm thank goodness. I thank God now I can breath better.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Way To Save Money

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Household Chores

My kids are learning household chores! A big hurrah to them! They are taking turns on cooking rice, rinsing dishes, making vegetable salad and making tea. After a couple of days doing their chores they started asking me why they have to do it and what about me? I thought it's a funny question that deserves a point blank answer so I told them that we can exchange jobs that they provide food, clothing and shelter for me and then I will do their household chores. And then she complained that she's too young to do something a job like earning money so i told her that's why you do something simple things like household chores.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mama Needs a Caregiver

I was both happy and sad to be able to talk to my mom yesterday. I say happy because I miss her a lot but sad because my sister told me that my mom fell on the ground and bruised herself. They even showed to me my mom's bruises and I felt sad and worried about it. You see she is already 74 years old now. How soon will ones cuts and bruises heal at that age? I wonder where my brother who is supposed to be there for him to take care of her. They claimed that they can take care of my mom but they don't seem to be doing this. My brother and his wife are both living with my mom to take care of her. Are they really helping her or just taking advantage of her?
In the Philippines, it is our culture to take good care of our old people. We love to do that because we think it is an obligation even if nobody told us. We have a high respect and sense of empathy to the elderly. It worries me to think about my mom. I always think I am responsible to what might happen to her. My mom has been a lot of help to me and my kids that's why I will never forget her. She helped me look after my kids. I think the feeling of being loved and taken cared of will always be reciprocated. I am a thousand miles away from her and that makes me sad. I think it's high time to find someone dependable to help my mom. I wish we have in home elder care in the Philippines instead of family and relatives who can't even be trusted at all to help her. I badly need a compassionate person who will be there for my mom. I thought my siblings can do that since they are family but I was wrong. I would love to help my mom enjoy the calming sunset of her days.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Protecting The Floor

The kids like to play around the house. They like to invite their friends too. Oh well I feel safer that they are in our house than anywhere else so that's fine with me as long as they will keep their stuff away after playing. I told them that they can play anywhere in the house but not in the living room because I don't have time to clean up after them everyday. I want my living room clean all the time so when an unexpected guest arrives it would be presentable enough. I think it's a gra cious way of receiving visitors that's why I accentuate it with oriental rugs.

I vacuum the whole house for the most part. I clean after the stains. How many times? Countless. I think this is my permanent role here until my kids learn how to do this. I am scared that they will stain the beige carpet because from my experience it is not easy to clean them. I don't have a steam cleaner and it cost a lot to call for a home service to do that tasks. I decided to look for some oriental rugs to cover, protect and prevent floor damages before it's too late.
Another busy area of our house is the family room. We gather in the family room to watch tv, relax and even my exercise machine is there. The family room seemed too large and bare so I decided to accent an area rug there too. It not only protects the carpet it also beautifies the floor area. I like the intricate designs of oriental rugs and they are really durable too.

Unpredictable Weather

I heard it snowed in the Northeast yesterday. My friends in Jersey have tasted their first snow in October. Really some snow in October? That's interesting that sometimes it snows in October. The leaves have not completely fallen out yet so when it snows its gonna be a little heavy. Oh well it snowed in Texas the day before that happened. This climate of ours has gone mad. Oh well weather has always been unpredictable... always has been always will be. No wonder I'm having terrible headaches. I'm glad it's just a little bit chilly snow yet.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Home Renovation

The beauty about owning a home is that you can design and redesign it to your heart's desire. Homeowner's have all the rights and reasons on how they want their house to look and feel like especially in the interior part. The outside part sometimes is affected by association rules and regulations. This is what I have learned when we owned a house in New Jersey where it was governed by the association rules. We can't do much in the outside since the facade has to look synchronized with the others. I did see different paint colors. When we changed our windows to something better we have to inform them of our projects. Sadly we have to move away where bread and butter will take us.
We own a house in Maryland. We have it rented out for the last three years but we have decided to use it as a per diem house since hubby is working from one place to another. We go and visit Maryland once a month. Most of our personal belongings are there. We are just bringing the basics in our apartment down here in South Carolina. The house in Maryland is half the size compared to our house before in New Jersey but we still like it. It sits by a small city street corner yet it is not busy nor populated. We can see the view of the mountains around us. It is nice and cool that we don't even need an air conditioner in the summer. There are a lot of things that need to be upgraded in this small house. We didn't mind this before because we were not living there. We need to have the sidings changed. We also need the kitchen renovated. Hubby told me that I can basically be the one in charge with the kitchen since I stay there all the time. I told him that first I want the space opened up, change the cupboards and then change the old countertop to granite tile. I want it to look neat and tidy and most of all updated. I love interior designing and I am up to this renovation business. I look forward to seeing myself in my newly remodeled kitchen.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Not Feeling Well

The weather has changed gradually. I hate it. It is warm in the morning and gets too cold in the evening. The sudden drop of the temperature at night makes me cough. Seriously this cough in the middle of the night is disturbing my sleep and everyone else. Arrrggghhh. Now you you know why I hate it. This started when I went to the gym and when I went out it was so cold and wet outside. I caught the cough and colds. I hope I will not have a fever. I'm still crawling back to the gym even if I'm not feeling really that well. I need to exercise. Health is my only wealth.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Long Term Plan

I always love teaching. I taught grade school for ten years. Right now my focus is on being a wife and a mom of my two kids. I want to be there for them when they need me. My long term plan is to make a preschool when hubby retires. I have talked to him about this plan and he is willing to support me with this great idea. I told him that I want to have a nice playground in the backyard where the kids can play. I want my preschoolers to have lots of fun at play and discover what's around them to quench their inquisitive minds while they are are young.
I taught preschool, first, second , fourth graders. I taught different ages but the best part was teaching preschool. It was most memorable because I love younger kids. I feel a lot better around them. I felt happy and contented around them. There is something in them that I adore. They are so inquisitive and curious. They are just so fun to be with.
Preschool age have very short attention span that's why we need to go down to their level to help them learn. We need songs, interactive games and preschool supplies. It is in preschool that kids start to develop personal, emotional and social skills. Teamwork and play are important things too. I have very personal love and attachment to this age since my kids passed this age too. I think building my own preschool is a wonderful idea.

Friday, October 14, 2011

No School

The kids are staying home for the last two days because they dont have school. At least after a tiresome 2 days of field trip my daughter can recover. She threw up when she got home. She looked really very tired but she told me she did have fun. I gave 20 dollars for something she might want in the store but she left the thing she bought in bus. Isnt that a thing? She requested for some pizza yesterday so we went to Target to get hubby's presciption and grab a pizza. I think shes feeling better now. Tomorrow we will be heading to Maryland.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Clothing Update

We are trying to update our wardrobe because of relocation. On top of that the season has changed. A light jacket would really do a long way for the fall season. It's funny when the weather change all the time. One day it's hot then the next day it's raining hard.
I love to go shopping for clothes not only for myself but for the kids too. It is a good thing that seasons change. I take it as an advantage because I find shopping fun and therapeutic. It is also really necessary to buy clothes since my kids grow out of it sooner than you think. I seldom go shopping for my husband because he is very picky with clothes. He surely knows what he wants but this time he is really very busy with overtime at work so I am requested to go shop for his dress shirts. Yes this is a special request from him. I do think he trust my taste for clothes. I wonder where to buy mens big and tall clothes for him. I also want to surprise him with a sports jacket since he is a Steeler's fan. I am excited to go shopping for him.

Time To Change

The temperature has finally came down. It has been raining hard this past few days. There were reports of flooding in Florida already. Mother nature surely knows how to tell us fall is here.
I notice that it has been cooler than usual. The change of weather triggers cough, colds and even flu to everyone. We now end up groping in the dark and grabbing our bedspreads when we sleep. The comforter that the apartment is providing us for free doesn't seem to work anymore. It's time to change the bedsheets and even the type of clothes we wear. This is our first time living in the south but it does get chilly early in the morning. I thought it wouldn't really get this cold but it does a bit. It gets a little warmer as the day goes by. I wake up late of all people at home since I'm nocturnal kind. I need something thicker and better throws at night while watching tv because I hate it when I shiver in the cold. The kids need their beds change too since they are susceptible to health issues. I usually love egyptian cotton for the summer and something cozy, fluffy and thick blanket during cold season. This will protect us well from the cold. We left all our stuff in Maryland so we need to go shopping for all these stuff.

Field Trip

My daughter is going on a field trip today to Tennessee. This will be her first time to go to another state without me but she seemed so excited about it. I think because she will be with her class so she felt safe and secured. As a mom I feel scared to see my baby girl go but I have to give her permission so that she will learn how to be independent. She even woke up 10Pm last night thinking it was already morning. I can feel her excitement. They will go to Dollywood and then sleep with the sharks in the aquarium. It sure sounds fun.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Christmas List

Christmas is around the corner. Did you make your shopping list yet? The earlier you make your list the better. This way you will have enough time to budget your time and money. Each family member and some circle of special friends is on top of the list.

I have a big extended family so I have really a long list that's why as early as this month I am starting to think about what to wrap. For myself I wanted to have a kitchenaid mixer which is way too expensive. Will hubby ever gift me this? We shall see. What's amazing is I find it easy to shop for girls but not for boys. Hubby suggested to buy mens t shirts for him and the rest of the guys in the family. I think it is a good suggestion this way I wouldn't get a headache on what to give them. All I have to do is just make sure the size is right and they will like the color. He is not choosy when it comes to gifts since he is very frugal. A good shirt that will last a long time will make him happy. It is basic and useful.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Amazing Cute Quotes

I love cute quotes do you? I feel inspired with them most of the time. It is a source of inspiration and it guides us day by day. I started collecting them since hi school. I like to use these fantastic cute quotes in writing, public speaking and even in reminding myself. In this modern age we can easily access them online. I can even get mine from my smart phone. It's amazing.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Birthday My Dear Bff

You're a wonderful sissy..selfless, loving and patient. You're a great friend who is always willing to lend a hand and I am glad you are my friend.
I know this comes a little late. How time flies by. To my ever dearest bff hope you have a wonderful birthday. May each and every passing year bring you wisdom, peace and cheer. You're not getting older, you're getting better. May this year bring with it all the success and fulfillment your heart desires. More birthdays and more candles to blow my dear Tess.
We love you and miss you!;-)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Park Time

We went to Legacy Park last Saturday. It's a mile away from here. I am glad I was able to take some pics. I love the wide open space of the park. The kids love playing around and goofing around the camera. I am glad they were able to release their energy and have some fun at the same time. I brought 3 snacks bars in my bag but forgot to bring some water. Ooooppps sorry kids...We decided to walk home and I am glad we did. It help us save gas and it is a good exercise. Here are some pics that I would love to share with you enjoy...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

What Should I Give?

A friend of mine is expecting to have a baby soon. We are really glad for her. My circle of friends are excited to see the baby. I wonder who among my friends will initiate the baby shower. I may not be there because we just moved away but I do really want to give her some Baby Gifts. I wanted something of practical use for the baby, something she would be glad she got. I wonder what could I get her. Do you have any ideas?

Friday, September 30, 2011

I Love Coupons!

And I have started shopping with coupons...once tasted always wanted. Who doesn't love good deals darling?;-) Thank you Krazy Coupon Lady I have learned so much from you. I'm a new at this so I am reading it slowly. The when I got it I decided to list down what I want and what I needed then headed to Walgreens and CVS this week.
I'm so proud of my good buy from Walgreens. I got a 14 count W Maxi Overnights pads. Actually bought for $2 then got a registered rewards(RR) for $2 which means it's free!
I also got a balance bar for $1.50 and got another RR for $1.50 that's another free!
I got 2 SoftSoap Body Wash with $2 in store coupon, a .50, .75, and .25 manufacturer's coupon. I ended up paying 1.25 for each body wash. How cool is that! I also got a kettle corn potato chips on sale for 1.99 and I got a $1 coupon so I ended up paying .99 cent for that. I was able to use my RR for some spices that were on sale for .79 cents each.

We went to CVS and grab some Theraflu on sale for $5.50. I have a $3 coupon if you buy 2 from Smartsource. On top of that earned $3 Extra Bucks. Final price for this is $2. I also bought olay cleansing cloth on sale for 3.99 with $2 off smartsource coupon. I ended up paying 1.99 deal. The Glade Sense and Spray is on sale for $6 and I have a $3 coupon so I paid $3 only regular price is 11.29.
I'm glad I am really learning.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Itchy Skin Remedy Anyone?

The leaves have started to change into different colors. Did you notice? I heard it is going to cool down by the weekend. As fall is in the offing I am battling with really itchy dry skin.

The small bumps are growing only at the back of my thighs so I could not say it is chicken pox or anything. What could it be? I exercise almost everyday and my thighs sweat too much. I tried to use calming itch lotion but it does not seem to work. I showered with very hot water to fight the itch but the itch comes back after I shower. I also took some allergy medicine just to make sure. I already called my mom about my dilemma and she advised me to use Natural Soap when in the shower. It keeps the skin soft and smooth. It will also keep the dryness and the itch away. I know mothers know best when it comes to our health. I hope this works because I am really so done with this. Oh well this is better than a flu or something worse.

Do you have any known remedy for itchy dry skin?

The Weighing Scale

I told you the gym's weighing scale is broken. Weeks ago I kept using it and I wondered why I never lost weight and to make things worse I weighed 5 lbs more than I thought I was. How did I knew this? I already have a sneakin' suspicion on that and even the other gym users. I tried to convince hubby to get me a weighing scale for our house. Just last night we bought a new weighing scale for our house. I wanted a basic weighing scale less than 10 bucks but hubby insisted to buy the other one. It was on sale for 5 bucks off the original price. I was so excited because I was a lot more lighter than the other weighing scale. I'm so glad we bought our new weighing scale.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Do You Stop Debt Collectors?

It is easy to get credit cards. It is easy to splurge and spend it but when the bills come in you will get shocked. It is always wise to be able to spend wisely. Stick to the basics- food, clothing and shelter. Yet sometimes we tend to splurge on the basics because we thought we need it when the truth is we actually just want it. How much food we need a week? How much is thrown away? How many clothes do we need for the year? How often do we buy clothes? How much do we spend for our shelter? Allocating for the basic necessities is important.

At one time hubby lived in an apartment in Memphis. He was a good tenant. He always pay his apartment bill on time. When he left the apartment we even went back to clean it. To make the story short when he left the landlord ran after him for some bills charged to him for burning the carpet or something like that. I thought it's ridiculous. Wherever we go they always write him and tell him to pay. At first he just ignored it then the next he felt really irritated. It's surprising how they get a way knowing where you live. For sure there is a law to protect a good paying tenant from all of this. I felt he is being harassed. This is an unfair and deceptive debt collection practice that a frugal man has encountered.

Itchy Legs

I don't know why my legs have small bumps and they are so itchy. I took a couple of warm showers and put some itch calming lotion but it doesn't seem to work. Arggh! Just the other day we waited for my daughter's friend outside for their playdate. We took goofy pictures and while waiting I sat on the grass. So now I'm wondering if the grass caused the itch or some fire ants. If it's fire ants I could have noticed. I wonder if it's because of the changing weather. This is really bothering me and I can't sleep.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grand Vacation Plan

Some people are home buddies and some aren't. I am sort of in between because I love to stay at home and explore places too. From the big Apple (New York City) to Canada's Niagara Falls and Botanical Gardens, to Pennsylvania's Longwood Garden to New Jersey's Atlantic shores and shopping district we've been there.
I admit I am an adventurer and I love to travel a lot. Just this year we have been to Disney World Florida and to more than a couple islands in the Philippines for vacation. I always make a point to drag my family with me especially the kids. They should not miss the fun and the learning experience in being able to see places. As I have mentioned in my earlier post we have tried to explore the local area- downtown Greenville. There are so many more places I in my bucket list.
I would love to have Jaca Costa Rica Vacations on our fifth wedding anniversary. The lush tropical greens, the white sand beaches and the crystal blue waters reminds me of home away from home. I'm so going to this lovely destination.
Hubby is entitled to some vacation leave so we definitely can use that. For now we will try to save some money to be able to go on a grand vacation. I hope and pray for this to happen. Tell me is it too much to ask for?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exploring Downtown Greenville

Greenville SC has a lot of beautiful parks to enjoy. I'm living and loving it here. Last Friday we went to downtown Greenville to explore it. We walked 6-8 blocks and saw a lot of stores and restaurants. I felt good to be able to do this with my family. We also explored Falls Park. It's amazing that you can come in this pretty park for free. It has an awesome waterfalls and and amazing place to walk around. Well you get to pay if you do certain activities like photography and weddings which i think is fair enough. We did see a couple in the park and in one hotel too. I brought some snacks for the kids to munch. We ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Cantiflas. Hubby and I ordered steak con chile. It's a hot steak strips fajitas. We went home tires but so glad we discovered something new.

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Friday What's for Dinner?

It's Friday once again friends another week is done. I'm excited for the weekend aren't you?
We usually dine out on Friday nights. It's a treat for me for cooking on weekdays. It is also a little break for me from being a busy housewife. Tonight is a little bit different because we opted to just cook something for dinner. I wonder what's for dinner since this isn't the usual plan. I have to find an easy recipe so we can have a good dinner even when we are just home. I wanted hubby to make spaghetti but he saw some pork chop meats being thawed. I didn't place it on the sink so I wondered who did. The first plan was this hubby will make dinner but now I have to do it because somebody left the porkchops on the sink. Oh well he will make one on Sunday so that's fine with me. I will stir fry some cabbage to go with that to have a well-balanced dinner. Hubby volunteered to make some cake for dessert so I am happy with that.
Tomorrow is a family day for us. We will go downtown Greenville to sightsee. I heard it's pretty there. There is a beautiful park downtown called Falls Park where a suspension bridge for pedestrians is constructed. We can also walk around downtown to explore. We will also have dinner there instead of eating out today. I am looking forward to tomorrow's activity.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An Extra Phone

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It's Raining

It has finally poured down. The rain is falling gently since this morning when I left on my way to the gym. On my home an hour after the rain is going steady. I'm glad this did not keep me from going because sometimes the cold makes me lazy. The drought spell has been broken. It has not rained here for a month can you believe that. When a cold front comes in it gives me bad headaches and I hate that but hey nature has to take its toll right? I hear the rain pouring heavier as time passes by. I'm sure the plants and the farmers will be happy.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finally It's Cooling Down

Arghh my muscles are aching from the exercise yesterday but I want to go and exercise again today so I need get ready. I went to the gym which is just right across the apartment. Wow the air outside has finally cooled down. I wish it's gonna be like this all the time not too hot and not too cold. While I was exercising the landlady told me not to exercise much because I'm gonna go outside and it's a little bit cool out there. I thought it's a sweet thought but I need to do what I need to do because I do really am serious in losing weight.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moving Here and There

In the last couple of months a lot of things happened in our life for just a short span of time. We moved our stuff from New Jersey to Maryland. It took us a day or two doing that then we have to go to Aiken, South Carolina and live where hubby is working. After a few days we went to the Philippines for twenty one days. That was our first vacation for the first time in years. Going back here was a little difficult becasue we have to adjust the time zone. We were all jet lagged. The kids slept the whole morning and wake up the whole night. It felt just so weird. The kids didn't know what to do. They are so bored. They need children games to entertain them but the problem is all our stuff is left in Maryland. We need to find ways to keep them busy and help them adjust time so we decided to buy them a couple of toys, some crossword puzzles and coloring books. The kids were happy.
After living in Aiken for just a week hubby found another job in Greenville so we moved again. For some people they would not understand why we keep moving but hubby is a contract worker. He is a structural designer so life is always on the road. I already explained it to the kids that we need to keep moving for survival. However we have our retirement home in Maryland and someday when hubby retires that's where we will live for good.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Anniversary

I would never forget the day I came to the US with my two kids. They were so small then ages 5 and 6. Now they are 9 and 10. It doesn't seem so long ago but they grew up so fast and so soon. September 9th is our 4- year in the US and September 14th is our 4th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary honey! It seemed like we just got married yesterday. We've fought and make up and I admit you spoiled me like a brat but most of the time we get along well that's what I am so proud of. I treasure our love and togetherness my love.
He asked me what gift I would want to have on our special day and I can not even think of one. We just got back from our Philippine vacation. He has given me an htc sensation android phone lately which I think is too expensive for a phone. Oh well it does a lot of things that makes me a happy bee. So what more should I asked for?

I Love Coupons

Now let me see if I have learned a little bit of something from what I saw last night extreme couponing. I was more inspired with the help of the other blogs I have ready about couponing and I admit extreme couponing has inspired me to look a little more closely on how to pinch my pennies. So I went to CVS with hubby dear. I made 2 separate transactions. First I bought an cvs brand non-drowsy relief otc meds which is about 3.69 and received 3.69 registered reward which is really like getting it for free. I used my registered rewards with my next transaction which is buying 80 ct Advil PM on sale for $7.99. I used my $3.99 rr and $2 manufacturer coupon and paid S2.44 total. I also bought Hersheys air delight chocolate. I used my is B1G1 and a dollar off mfr coupon. I paid a total of 19 cents for 2 chocolates. Yay me!!;-) I felt so happy with my little savings. This is not the best but it is some dollars saved. I actually saved 13 bucks in with my CVS transaction.

Staking Out and Excecuting My Fashion's Night Out Plan

Guest post written by Chelsea Minton

I really love it when I start thinking about a plan and after I've done all the planning, I execute it like a pro. Yep, you could say that I am quite the plan But I don't think that's a bad thing at all! It's actually a really great idea. As soon as they released the full list all the Fashion's Night Out events, I decided that it would be a really great idea to start making out my schedule. Basically, I want to see as much stuff as possible without sacrificing any quality of fun.

When I was looking online to find all of the events, I ran across some info on internet packages and after I showed more info to my roommates, we decided to switch over our service to it.

I think out of all the things I went to, my favorite Fashion's Night Out event was Seth Meyers from SNL bartending at Coach. That was so much fun! I also picked up this too-cute bag there while I was in the store, which I guess is the point of the night.

Extreme Couponing

I slept at 8 last night and woke up before midnight. I had trouble seeping so I decided to watch tv. I came across extreme couponing show. It sounds so tempting but the funny thing is they don't actually show how they do it. It's just some kind of general like okay I looked into coupons cut them and go to the store and paid this much instead of that amount. I have never really saw this at the beginning of the show but I wonder if they ever showed the viewers the step by step guide on what and how to do extreme couponing. That's what I wanted to learn and the how to do it part. I decided to read blogs about couponing and learned better than the tv show I was watching. I thought the show is too shallow and ridiculous but I have used coupons once in a while anyhow only when I need to.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A New Home and A New TV

We are settling well on our new home here in Greenville. It is really a pretty and charming community. I can see the view of the valley while driving on the road. The gentle slopes looks so lovely. They said we are located at the foot of the Appalachian mountains and so far I am loving it. We have a nice place since it is a fully furnished apartment yet there is one thing that bothers us with the so called "fully furnished apartment". We only have one tv. There are four family members and when the kids get home I can no longer enjoy the tv. When my husband goes home from work the kids will have to give way for the tv news that he likes to watch. We really need to find a solution for this. A new home with a new tv sounds good to me.
Yesterday we started searching for a Flat Screen TV for the living room. We went to Walmart and Best Buy since they have a lot of brands to choose from in the area. There were a lot of home entertainment that would amaze you but all we wanted is an energy efficient tv and something that would fit in our small living room corner. We will move our older tv that we are currently using right now to the kid's room when we will be able to buy our new flat screen tv soon. I am excited on getting our new tv on payday.

Diet and Exercise

I have reached my limit. I feel so heavy and overweight. I have never felt this way before. Right on time that hubby bought me a new HTC Sensation android phone I got an app that would track my food intake and how much exercise I am getting. This is called a noom app. I think this is cool. So far I have ran 21.8 miles in 14 workouts and that is 3 708 calories taken off. I felt better each time a certain amount of calorie is taken off of me. I am also starting to be conscious with food I eat since it's not easy losing calories. I just hope this would really work. So what works for you when it comes to diet and exercise?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Just Got Back...

Yes we just got back from our three-week vacay in the Philippines. It was our first time in four years. It was a long ride way there and way back but we made it thank God! We went to Boracay, Camiguin, Cebu and Manila. I thought it was one exciting vacation spent with family and friends. Hubby was able to get a tooth implant and and the kids some dental cleaning. I think 3 weeks was not enough since we have to go places. I wish we will be able to go there again soon. The kids are missing Pinas already.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wow The Good Life

I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez

We are in our mid-30’s and have enjoyed the fruits of our labors as upwardly mobile young executives living the city life. However after our second child was born, we decided we didn’t want to raise our children in the hustle and bustle of the city and relocated to the country north of our city. Commuting into the city was possible for my husband’s job and my freelance work allowed me the freedom to work from home. Imagine my shock when I found out I was far enough out in the country that internet service was hard to come by. Fortunately, I was able to get service from and it has made staying in touch a lot easier—plus it allowed me the ability to continue my freelance work without an interruption. We love it here and I am happy that my children can grow up with memories similar to those of my childhood—space to roam around, clean air and neighbors who know you by name and like to join you on the front porch for a glass of cold lemonade.

Like a Red Fly

When someone is moving from one place to another we tease them that he or she is a red fly. Now I can compare myself to a red fly since we are moving to three places in a very short period of time. The other day we were in Maryland today were in Aiken and next month in Greenville. We're not criminals but we are moving where we can survive and oh yes were like the red fly.Who knows where we are going tomorrow?;-)

Monday, June 13, 2011

I Want To Be a Nurse

I am thinking hard about my plan. Soon enough we will be moving away and I think it is good to move with a fresh start. When I move I want to get a second degree which is Nursing. I want to be a part of the healing process of the human body where a precious soul dwells. I am also thinking about my hubby and family. Hubby is older than me and I want to personally take care of him when that time comes. I don't want to panic on the next thing to do when one fo the family members get sick. I started my school application last night and one school responded quickly. They told me that I am already accepted as one of their students. Wow!
To my excitement I also started searching for something good to wear. I believe what you wear reflects of who you are. I saw a lot of scrubs of different colors and designs at I really liked the simple scrub sets for women. It is a good reflection of my personality. I'm so excited about this one big plan that would greatly affect my whole life. For now I am taking it one step at a time.

Kiddie Pool

I decided to get a kiddie pool for the kids to enjoy and beat the summer heat. This way they will stop me from bugging that they want to go to the community pool when I feel lazy to accompany them. So far so good they are having a blast outside with their other two friends.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Goodbye New Jersey

We are up and ready for the big move to another state. Our next permanent resident is Maryland and my hubby works in South Carolina. I heard both states are nice so we might end up moving to and fro. In two to three weeks school will be over and we will be hitting down the road. We are just waiting for the kids summer school vacation. I don't know if I will be happy or sad about this move but we have to do what we need to do. I am really taking my time in packing up since my husband is not home and nobody can help with the pack up but me. So for now it pack up a little here and pack up a little there.
As of the moment I am making sure that the house is ready for the next family to move in. I want them to be happy that they bought this house. I need the professional carpet cleaning services austin to come and visit me for the final house clean up. We would also need the natural odor removal austin for my stepson's room. I just hate to leave this house with that stink in his room. I am trying to remove my emotions away from this house that I have lived for three long years. I have met good friends here and it is sad that we have to go.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

And I Am Back...

For a little while I stepped away from blogging to get some fresh air and reset my priorities. My apologies to that. So many things happened while I was away...for one somebody is interested to buy the house so the house is already under contract. Isn't that something to talk about?;-) James had a birthday party at home with our friends. Next month we will be moving out of New Jersey to nowhere since the plan is not fixed yet to where really since hubby got a lot of contract jobs in a couple of states. I have already asked my boss that I will be on leave up until the time I will be settled in and look for another same company retail store. So far now I guess blogging will be my hang out place. It's good to be back!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smokey Is Still My Number One

Content by Owen Craig
Whenever Smokey Robinson is in town I try to make it to his concerts. The last time I saw him was at the Greek Theater, and it was one of my most exciting musical experiences. I was so anxious to see Smokey that I hurriedly set my home security alarm (Florida ADT security systems) before going to the concert.
At the concert, people seemed really happy that he was playing at such a beautiful outdoor location. I remember looking up at the night stars while Smokey serenaded me with hi! s timeless and unique sound. His music always seems especially for us women hoping to find that special someone.
I really like Smokey's concerts because it feels so good to get swept away in his poetic lyrics. They allow me, for at least for one evening, to escape every day problems and enjoy a magical moment in a romantic world that I would like to believe he created just for me. His music brings fans together, and I find myself easily talking with strangers who enjoy his concerts as much as I do.
Sometimes, I attend Smokey's concerts with friends, but I prefer to take my parents. When we went to the Greek Theater it was especially fun for me to watch my mother drool over Smokey while my father sitting next to her looked just a little bit jealous.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Disney World Experience

This post is rather kind of late but it's really better late than never right. I felt so thrilled about the experience. The kid in me has finally happy and content that we went to Disney World last spring break. We even made a photobook about it. I am so happy that my kids were able to see Disney World for the first time. We went to Epcot and to Magic Kingdom. So many stuff to do with so little time but I was glad we were able to do the things we needed to do. We stayed at Kissimee. We drove all the way and back from NJ to Florida. It was quite a ride but we stopped in Georgia on the way and in North Carolina on the way back. We drove on Monday then got home on Saturday. Thank you hubby for being so patient with us and for driving us that far.;-)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Upset With Viking

People beware of viking to do the squirrel removal in your house. They pose as bug exterminator and squirrels too. We paid them more than 300 bucks to remove the squirrels in the attic but to my dismay nothing happened so beware of people who cannot handle the job well. They are no good! The worst exterminators I have ever met. If you cant do the job please dont accept the money people. We will report them to the business bureau since they are not doing their job as expected! I will make sure we will get our money back because we need to pay the better exterminators who can do the job.

Spring Cleaning Time

I hear the birds sing early in the morning and the trees are starting to grow their leaves back again. We cannot stop it spring is around the corner. It's spring cleaning time! It's time to set aside the shovels and snow blowers. The furniture covers need to be removed. It's time to breathe fresh air and watch pretty flowers grow.
It's a tiresome job to do the house cleaning all the time. A little cleaning each day would greatly help when a major cleaning time pops around the corner. This way cleaning will not be as tedious as we imagine it. I have to go to work, wash the dishes, do the laundry and feed the kids when I get home. The pressure is on me.
As a busy mom I would need the steam carpet cleaning services austin to help me with my carpet made fresh and look new again. There's an upholstery cleaning tips austin that I find helpful. I tell you it's a good read. My teenage stepson's room has a stinky room that I need to attend to. I am pretty sure natural odor removal austin can help me with this remove the unwanted odor. I'm really looking forward to a lovely fresh and clean spring.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Medical Drama Series That I Love

I always love watching some medical drama series like Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. The medical scrubs that the interns and residents wear are so cute. The story is nice too. The life and struggles of people in the medical field is being portrayed and you will really learn from them. One of my other favorite show was Nurse Jackie. Did you remember that show? I find it hilarious and realistic. I watched that series all the time. I hope it will be shown on tv again. I like the nursing uniform she wore in that tv series. Her bestfriend is the lovely doctor who wear a prestine white lab coat with matching heels that really looked good on her.
Some of my friends are nurses and I am glad that they really are giving suggestions on what to do when I become clueless when my kids get sick. I wanted to gift them with these pretty nursing scrubs as a gesture of gratitude. I just hope they will like it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday was last March 4th. My friend couple Sean and Gen treated me to dinner with the kids at an Italian restaurant called Two to Tango. I could not thank them enough for such a kind thought. Then invited my friends to Borgata buffet in Atlantic City over the weekend for dinner. Since hubby is not around we planned to have Sean drive us to the venue but he was sick. My oh my poor kid. I went to ask a ride from Ellen which she gladly obliged. Thanks a lot my dear amiga. the funny story of Ellen fetching us at the house because she got lost somewehre then on the way to Borgata we missed the tunnel so we turned around. We ended up going straight to dinner and no shopping at all. Ellen did not just bring us to Ac but even brought us back safely home. Thank you so much Ellen youre a life saver. I treated them to dinner because this don't happen all the time and my friends are really nice people that I hold dear to my heart. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for coming and enjoying the day with me. I am not getting any younger but I am glad I am getting wiser every step of the way!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thinking of Moving to Hawaii

I love Hawaii though I've never been there. It is my dream destination since I was young. I thought of it as a beautiful island home away from home. Everything there seems to be very lovely and charming.
One of my close friends Gen is thinking of moving to Hawaii. Her husband is in the military and they are moving all the time. This is next place of destination they want to be since it is really beautiful out there. It reminds her of home away from home like me. First and foremost they have to go and see the palce first. Then they have to sell their house here. Third they have to study about the Hawaiian islands that would suit them best as a couple since there are six major islands where you can opt to stay. I am also really excited about this thought. I told her to invite me to go and see Hawaii when they will be finally settled there. Without a second thought the couple said yes. Right now they are trying to look at the best airfare yet to be able to see and appreciate beautiful Hawaii. It would be lovely to get a really nice house on a hill overlooking the blue waters.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

So far I'm enjoying my weekend. Hubby's home and we are busy running errands here and there. By tomorrow we will bring the kids to the Franklin Museum in Philly. It sounds like fun to me and I hope the kids will love it too. Happy Weekend guys!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Niece is Getting Married

It is February and it's Valentine's day. On this special day it is always a thrill to think about love, dinner dates and other cute stuff. I have seen a lot of people going to the store today grabbing some gifts for their special someone. So many people are in love and this reminds me of my niece who is getting married. Seh told me that she wants to get married in Hawaii. She had visited the place once last year and she showed me some of her pics there. It in is indeed a pretty place. She wanted to go back and tie the knot there. She is busy planning and making informal invitations to her family and friends here and abroad. She always asked me suggestions on what to do on her wedding. She told she wants to be a June bride. I suggested that while it's early she should plan and make a to do check list. On top of her list should be her
cute wedding invitations with Hawaiian theme since she wants to get married there. She should make it a point to write down the five W's. Who are invited, what needs to be done, where is the venue, and when should it be. There are many things to prepare in a wedding so this is really the best time to start preparing.

For now they are having a vacation in the Philippines. They are informing her parents about the marriage. I'm sure her dad will be very happy about it. In as much as I am her second parent I am thrilled to helping her make her dreams come true. I want to search for an elegant wedding invitation online and show it to her. She loves the color pink and it would go great with hibiscus, pearly shells and diamonds as a wedding decoration. I'm sure she will be happy.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Knowing You Knowing Me

Not long ago I met an online blogger friend named Gagay. When I changed my blog lay out she was one of the few who noticed and appreciated it. And then she gave me this Stylish Blogger Award. So sweet of you my dear gg... a million thanks!
There are rules that one should follow upon receiving this award so I thought this one's interesting.


•Thank and link back the person who gave you this award.
•Share 7 things about yourself.
•Award 15 great bloggers you know.
•Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

Seven Interesting Facts About Me

1. I was once a teacher for 10 years in the Philippines.

2. I love kids and my two kids simply amazes me.

3. I can easily detect a person's character just by hearing them talk.

4. Friends tend to tell me their problems and secrets without asking them.

5. I love Arts specially photography and culinary.

6. I was an editor in chief in our high school paper.

7. I am a light sleeper.

I would like to share this award to:

1. Menmen

2. Demcy

3. Yen

4. Lulu

5. Comely

6. Gladys

7. Rose

8. Lea

9. Adin

10. Mona

11. Yana Koh

12. Cacai

13. Kat

14. Bev

15. Nicquee

Enjoy the weekend stylish bloggers!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Preventing Crimes

Misery loves company so they say. When times are hard crimes would always exist anywhere in the most unexpected time. Some people like to get easy money to survive because they think there is no way out. It is always safe to protect yourself and your family ahead of time. It would be great if we can purchase a video surveillance so you can see who come and go. This is not only good for business. It is also good for residences because it can serve as a solid evidence.

Is It Spring Yet?

It snowed last night. When I woke up it looked pretty bad. I don't want to be yacking on people so I started clearning the snow myself. I never thought we would have a bunch of little snow this year. I say little because we had more than what we had last year. We had like 3 major ones last year but this year seemed to be as bad even if it came in small bunches.
When the kids were asleep the school called up that classes will be cancelled the next day due to severe weather conditions. When the kids woke up they got ready for school. Suddenly, I heard James crying and wondered what was going on. I rushed downstairs and saw the two of them looking out in the backyard. The snow can be seen through the sliding door. They were fighting about how many inches the snow is. Heaven said it's ten and James said it's twelve. She was trying to make fun of his idea so she can win. I held him tight in my arms and told him not to cry about it because he is just telling the truth. They were just both estimating it and no one would like to lose like they're betting. Funny. They wondered why the bus never came so I told them teacher said to stay at home so you can help your parents clean up the snow mess. I was just done not long ago with my three hours of shoveling in the snow. My 2 little ones helped me with it. I say little because theyre 9 and 10. What do you expect of kids this age when it comes to snow removal. Amazingly they are really of big help to me. Thanks a bunch kiddos!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Soothing Relief for Babies

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Happy Birthday Andrew

We will be going to the party later and Sean will drop us off. Menmen will bring us home later after the party. I am proud to have such good circle of friends. Few yet they are a treasure to me. The kids are so excited about it. I'm making some bico and fruit salad for the party.
On the otherhand Gen is finally out of the hospital. I'm so happy to hear about the good news.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Personal Wealth

It is inspiring to know that one of my friends is collecting personal wealth. She was able to purchase a nice car out of it. It started when she just arrived here a few years back. As a couple they collected valuable graded coins. It is really inspiring that we started researching about how to buy gold and silver coins. Amazingly the value of both kind of coins is rapidly increasing. Numis Network is pioneering in the sale of the said coins. They help us learn more about gold and silver coins. I think I can lure hubby to start saving these valuable coins. Do you think I will be able to convince him?

Happy Weekend!

Aaahh!! Thank goodness it's Friday. We will be able to take a good rest on the weekend. I am just really busy cleaning the house this past days up to now but I am glad I will be able to take a rest on the weekend. Tomorrow we wiil be attending Andrew's birthday party. Happy weekend everyone!

A New Member of the Family

My daughter is so excited about getting a dog. The thought of getting a new member in the family subtracted her loneliness that she will be away from her friends here. This is one condition that we approved and agreed upon moving to another house. To have a dog is like getting a new member is the family. Our neighbor has a lab. My very close friend Gen has a mixed poodle. We are looking for Labradoodle Breeders here in New jersey or in Maryland where our next house is. I think this mixed breed pet is pretty amazing since they came from two good kind of dogs. They are hypoallergenic, smart and kid-friendly. Now I'm beginning to get excited about the thought of having one too because I'd rather have a dog than a stubborn human.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get Well Soon Gen

I got a text from Gen last night. She told me she's in the hospital for surgery. I thought it was just a joke because she don't usually text me in the middle of the night. We usually exchange good mornings not goodnights but she knows I'm a sleepless blogger, lol. In the middle of our conversation I started to realize this is no prank message. Her gall bladder was removed today. I went to put some flowers in her confinement room while she was in the operating room. I left then went back a couple of hours after her operation just to make sure she's okay. I feel her pain and I told her to be strong since she's away from her family. She's a very close friend almost like a sister to me. People mistake her to be my daughter which is funny and we laugh about it. It's amazing how how she has become so close to me. I call her gang and my kids asked me what gang means. I told them it means dear. They are amazed by what it means. I am lucky by chance God has given me a wonderful friend as you. Gen please get well soon!

Who Loves Free Stuff?

In these depressing economy who doesn't love free stuff? I always love to collect coupons and free stuff to save money. These free stuff always make me happy. A couple of days ago I posted about the freebie I received from the mail. I was so delighted since it is very useful to me. Every now and then I receive something free from the mail. It always bring a smile to my face. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, granoal bars, cereals etc are some of the things I already enjoyed for free. Even thrifty hubby loves to get one too. How about you? Would you love to receive free samples?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Getting The Job Done

I am busy cleaning the house one day at a time. I cleared out the living room and the dining room last night. Today I will be cleaning three bedrooms upstairs. The open house will be on Sunday. I hope we will get a buyer for this house. Just kept my fingers crossed. Then there will be stepson's room, the family room and the kitchen. Mind you so many parts so little time but why one at a time? Because giving focus to each and every part of the house will make it more easy for me to clean. Aside from that I am the only one cleaning the house. Hubby is working hard somewhere and the kids are in school. I might need to call my good friend Gen whom I can always count on in helping me accomplished task. I am working and blogging in between. Sometimes I need something else to do so I won't feel like dying in what I am doing. We don't have the luxury of hiring househelpers here. Every thing is do it yourself. I wish I can but this is how it is done here and so be it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Buy a monkey a bucket of chicken and have a barrel of fun with it

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back To The Ballgame

Every single step counts. Your success in whatever you do will be based upon your motivation, goals and most importantly how you carry out things to reach your goal. I've been trying to lose weight. I really want to because I am 50 pounds more than my usual weight. I started gaining weight three years ago when I stopped working and resituated my family from the Philippines to the US. One of my motivation in losing weight is looking at my pictures when I was in really good shape even after having my two kids. If I did it before I can always do it now- to get in shape and stay fit and healthy again. I've been doing my Bowflex treadclimber exercise. I am also am very cautious with the food I am consuming now. Way more cautious than before. After two weeks I lost two pounds. I think that is a slow pace but a lot better and healthier than one thinks. I tried to surf online of other ways to lose weight and came across HCG. The healthy way to lose weight is what I need. There is no prescription needed. It is also 100% money back guarantee. I think this is very interesting read. Should I give it a shot? I am excited to show hubby about HCG diet. For now I have to go start my treadclimbing exercise.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Acquiring a Taste for The Lawrence Welk Show

Thanks for the post from Stan Atkins

Call me old fashioned, but I so much enjoy watching the reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show every weekend on PBS. My grandmother loved the show, my mom adored the program, and I, well, I wasn't so crazy about it as a child. With the passage of age and the appreciation of talent, now I love it, too.
Watching on satellite TV from last weekend, the HD telecast really stood out to me. Everything was so defined. It's definitely easy to notice on this variety series because Welk's show was big on colorful, Broadway-like backdrops and costumes.
The show employed a chorus of singers who performed individually, in small pairings, and together as one big group. They often wore very elaborate costumes, some of which came from movie studios. Once they were allowed to use the stunning costumes from the racetrack scene in My Fair Lady. It was marvelous.
The men and women usually wore identical outfits as they performed together, and they frequently moved around, enacting different choreography designed to bring home movement and a sense of liveliness for the viewers.
It just all stood out to me even watching it most recently how much I enjoyed it and how bright the hues were. I realized I was smiling, just from listening to the harmonies and enjoying the presentation.
Maybe I've turned into my mom!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Burlington Coat Factory Sale

Burlington Coat Factory is having a sale. They have a lot of branded items from coats to dresses to shoes. I bought my Calvin Klein wool coat there last year. I love to wear it all the time nowadays. Everytime I wear someone always tells me it's nice. That's why I love it. I got a black and a brown one too. I simply love neutral colors. It is classy and it will never run out of style.
My friend told me Skechers Shape ups are on sale there too for half the price. I just bought one from Famous but I have a 20% coupon given by my friend Jhes. All you need to do is sign up at Burlington Coat Factory and bring a valid id to any Burlington stores. have fun shopping!

Have a Wonderful Birthday!

Today is my niece birthday. She lives in California and she's a little bit far away from me.
Happy Birthday Jonna... you have found a better life this time...may you take good care of it.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday!!!

We love you!!

Thank You Benefiber

I was cleaning up some leftover snow. I have to since we are expecting another ton today and tomorrow. I don't want the snow to pile up in front of the house just because one of the household member is lazy with helping in the house. Thanks for nothing. I made sure the pathway near the mailbox is clean so the postman can put our mail in without difficulty. Then I checked the mail. There I saw a package of Benefiber for me. Wow! I'm lucky to start my diet and exercise regimen to receive this 20 servings of Benefiber from Novartis. When I opened it I also got a $4 coupon. I'm excited. I felt like I'm getting paid to try this lol.;-) Hey it's not a dollar it's 4.;-) This is nice because I can mix it with any kind of food and beverage. Nice and healthy with no disadvantage. Thank you for sending this to me Novartis!!!!;-) I'm sure I'm going to put this to good use.
How about you have you received your own share of Benefiber?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snow Again

I have a great new year and how was yours? The only thing I am complaining is the hours in the store is cut off pretty badly. Arggh...this is not good but oh well at least i get to stay home this winter. It snowed a few inches yesterday and it's expected to snow again on Tuesday. They forecasted it's gonna be like a blizzard. Without hubby home I'm gonna have a hard time shoveling the snow.:-(Hubby came home twice last month from South Carolina where he is currently working. He will be home again this weekend. It makes me feel better.
I get to work yesterday and I could not call out since it's the only time they have given me for the whole week. It was snowing so I went out to clean the car after 20 minutes I have to clean it up again.Not cool right yes I hate it. I misplaced my scraper so after work I was worried because the scrapers in the store is sold out. I have to wait for the snow to melt from my windshield. Not a great experience but I sure learned from it...not to lose or misplace a scraper on winter time especially in a place where snow is always expected.

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