Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rylie, We Wish You More

If you are a frequent visitor of this blog, you probably know that my kids love to read.  They developed a love for reading at an early age which I am very glad as reading is one of the many ways  of enriching and broadening ones'  vocabulary.
I See Me offered me two Personalized Children’s books  for review which makes for special gifts for my voracious readers at home.  I know that these books are  already out of range for my kids reading level but I  still want to get it for them  because it would make a great  collectibles that they can keep and share with their own children when they  have their own family.  I love personalized gifts like this because it makes it more special.  
Our daughter just had her birthday  this months  so I got her the Rylie, We Wish You More book which she likes.  She love it because it has a special dedication inside the book.  She said that  she will  read this book to her kids someday.
I told her that  this is way out of her league  for her reading level but she said it's okaym she would gladly have it as a keepsake.
This is her telling me her plans about her future.  I told her to not to rush in getting married, she has to  finish her  school first then get a decent job so that when she is ready to have a family, it won't be so hardm at least finacially.  She's only ten but  she is so mature   so when we talk to her,  we  feel like we are talking to am 18 or 20 years old lady, lol.
Sometimes, she find it humurous that I talked to her about woman stuff but it is important for us parents to  let them know  the things that matters in life when they are adult already.
This is not the first book that I got for her from I See Me!  She actually put some of them in her memory box already.
If you guys are looking for some   unique gifts, you should check out I See Me,  they have   a great selection of it like  Lunchboxes, Puzzles, Coloring Books, Placemats,   Stickers, and Growth Charts! There is always something for everyone for  every occasion!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Birthday Gifts from the Howells Family

Daughter is showered with beautiful gifts by the Howells family.  They gave her this  big box of goodies when they came home from their  vacation.  Thank you so much  Angie, Sarah, and Liz for these!  Rylie was  beaming with joy when she was telling me about   her gifts.  
 At her age, she is starting to be more self conscious of how she looks.   Sometimes I get a little frustrated when she wants to do her own thing instead of listening to what I say but I understand that she is just starting to  develop  and discover things  of her own.  It scares me sometimes but I know that it is part of her growth.
 The watch is perfect for one of her dresses that she loves to wear to church.  She is not into bracelets yet but I find this bracelet elegant.
 This butterfly  hair clip is perfect for her long hair.  If only, she would let me help her  do her hair, it would be fun.
 She  used this bubble bath already and had a wonderful time (long time actually).
 This fun and summer-y nail polish is perfect to brighten  her fingernails and toenails.
 This glittery lip gloss  is so cute.  She doesn't really use  cosmetics yet but this qwould be a fun remembrance from our thoughtful neighbors.  They are like a family to us.
 Thank you once again to the Howells family for the presents.
At TEN years old, she is  little but I can definitely see  that he is developing into a little lady already.   8-12 years old is often referred to as the Tween Years or the in between years.  I haven't seen  too much attitude yet which I am hoping would stay that way till her teen years so we won't clash lol.  

Listening to Music with Her Headphone on Our Roadtrip

Our daughter brought her  iPod and  headphone on our road trip.  She listens to music while we are on the road.  Sometimes, she sings along with the music and her brother would jam in.  I am so glad that I found and read the  beats pro review as I have found the   good quality of head phones that she's been using for three years now.  I make it a point to read  review  of real customers before I buy something.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dressing Up with the New Costume Madeline Hatter as She Celebrate Her 10th Birthday

Ten years ago, at 2:57 am, our very first child came.  She scared the heck out of us when her heart suddenly stopped breathing.  I was rushed to an emergency C-section and everything was a blur as I was so dizzy from the epidural they gave me.  Gladly, my husband was there beside me and  immediately notified the  doctor when he saw that the machine monitoring our baby's heartbeat have flatlined.  She was already blue when she came out, thanks be to God, to the doctor and nurses who were there that day, they revived her.  We were so relieved when we heard her first cry.  Now she is TEN!  Time flies, my oh my!
 Anyway, we celebrated her birthday yesterday at home.  To make it more fun and exciting, I let her play dress up and play pretend using this Madeline Hatter of Ever After High costume that I got from
Costume SuperCenter.  I was going to get the large size but knowing how little she is, I ordered the medium.  When it arrived, I thought it was small but when she put it on, it actually fit her perfectly.  My ten year-old is really petite just like me!
The costume includes the dress, tights, necklace, and gloves.  I should have ordered the wig (well, I did  included it  at my order as the amount allotted to me for review covers the wig but they did not send it ), I was bummed.  Luckily, she had a purple head piece to match the dress so it work out fine. 
Before I started cooking for her birthday, I asked her to  put this on and I will give her a little photo shoot fun in our backyard, she willingly obliged!  we had a blast  in the garden, she  told me many times how appreciative she was for making her day very special.  I decorated our dining room  with a themed party decor so she was  happy about that too.  I stopped hosting birthday parties when my kids started going to school. With all the bills  and  only one  stable income coming in, we have to prioritized our spending.  To host a  decent party, you will have to  spend at least $200-$300.  With enrolment  coming right around the corner, it won't be feasible as we  have to save for  their  tuition fees and other school expenses.  
I am very  thankful that both of them understands our situation and they don't mind celebrating their birthdays with just us.  We usually just go somewhere fun instead of having a party.
Anyway,  back to the costume she's wearing.  If your daughter love the  Ever After High show, I am sure that she would love this Madeline Hatter costume.  You can get this for $31.99  and you can take an extra 25% of all personalized items  if you use the code PERSONALIZE.  To get more deals and other promoted deals,   Like CSC on Facebook.  
She is trying to make the  number 10 number on the photo below.
I don't know what she is trying to do but I just capture the moment while she was goofing around.
I am  taking advantage of this moment that she still wants to be photographed and act like a kid.  I know that very soon, she would shy away from the camera and would probably ask me not to take pictures of her.  For now,m I just click, click,  while I can and being given the opportunity.
I was going to iron the  dress  to even out the  folds and stuff but was afraid that it would burn it.
In the middle of our photo shoot, our fur babies joined in.  I kept telling them to move away but they wouldn't budge so she just have fun with them.
Bolt and Champ have been with us for 6 years now they become the biggest part of our family.  It is hard sometimes  having a dog especially when you ove to travel but it is something that  chose to embrace.  
We will eventually put them  for adoption  if the need arises but for now, we will enjoy their company.  The kids would be willing to give up their vacation because  they don't want the dogs to  be taken away but that would be another post lol.
Over all,  as our daughter turned "two digits" as he  fondly calls it, I am excited  and sad at the same time.  I am excited to see her grow but  a bit sad that she is growing up very fast.  Am I the only one feeling that way?  How about you Moms?
Dear Little Miss

"As you turned ten, may your strong will remain
May you soar high as you try to reach your goal
May you stay loving and caring even when you are older
May we be there always to watch you grow and  guide you.

Alway remember
That we are always here for you
No matter what  happen, we will be supportive 
And help you achieve your dreams.
We love you dearly and we thank God
for giving us a Wonderful YOU!
Happy birthday Anak!
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Garage Door Breaking

Last month was hard on us financially.  We have been bombarded with  one expense after  another.  From garbage disposal breaking to  our garage door  being broken.  We had a lot going on last month so now I am feeling the pressure of paying all those  charges.  On another note, I wish I cpuld get a  grant door hardware for lofts to put in lour  basement.  The  repair guy came and replaced a hardware at our garage.  I really want to finish renovating  our basement so we can fully utilize it.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Father's Day Gifts

For Father;s Day, we decided to  make  our own gifts for my husband instead of buying.  The Burritos did some paintings for their Dad and we prepared some other stuff as well.  We did not spend much for our gifts since we used what he  have at home like photos, empty jars, and other  materials.  The only thing that we bought was the frames for their paintings.  
Since the theme of our gifts is recycling, we used an empty cardboard box  to put our gifts in.  Ms. Burrito  covered it with the  colorful  papers that we used  when my husband celebrated his birthday.
"It's the thought that counts" is still being practiced at home.  We want to kids to learn how to appreciate  small and simple gifts as long as you put  effort and love in preparing it.
So these are what we have for him.  We used empty candle jars, put some colorful sand at the bottom and  put a photo inside.
The kids card is also "handmade" literally, lol.
They  wrapped their gifts personally and wrote  their messages on it.
Even my son did really well in wrapping his painting.
I gave my husband the notepad holder that he likes.
Our Father's Day celebration was very simple but very meaningful as we are all together.  How about yours, how was Father's Day at your end?

Playing Toccatina at Home

My mind is wandering  this week.  Last Monday, I totally forgot that it was my children's piano lesson day so I did not wake them up early.  The teacher texted me  and asked if we are coming, I was taken back to my senses lol.  We went ten minu0tes late but glad that  we were able to make it  even  a little late.  This morning, I am trying to ogure out how a psr 172 digital piano works as it is for sale?  Can anyone explain?  But anyway, here is a short video of my daughter practicing Toccatina at home.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts My Kids Made for me this Year - 2015

With the help of the art teacher in school, my Burritos always have special gifts for me  on Mother's day ever since they started going to school.  I am sad to say that this is the last year that we are going to see the art teacher, she is going to retire which the kids and I will miss so much.  She is a very  kind and nicest  teacher. We wish you good luck  Mrs. Wright, may enjoy your retirement, and we will surely miss you.
 My daughter made this flower and a shrinky dink Mommy badge.
 I put it together with the  flower she also made me a couple if years ago.
She also gave me this little pot with a pack of seed  and a card in it.  This was initiated  by their  religion teach which was very nice.  Unfortunately, the seeds never grew.  I put them in our garden but no luck.
 My son surprised me with this paintingm thanks to Mrs. Wright for encouraging EJ to  continue developing his   skills in art.  He doesmn't think that he is capable of  drawing anything but I think he is as good as his sister.  He just have to believe that he too, can do it.
 This is why, I will miss  Mrs. Wright so much because she always makes projects like this with the kids.  I hope that the new art teacher will do the same.
 These are the kind of gifts that I love the most.  I don't care for store bought presents.  I love to see their  creativity comes out when they make something.
Oh, I almost forgot, they also got me something that I need in the kitchenm you can see it here. They also cooked some yummy meals for me on that day. How about you, what did  your children get for youon Mother's day?

Parental Monitoring- Ensuring Internet Safety of Teens from Intimidators Online

Whenever we talk about cyberbullying, we always focus on the victims but never think why did bully do this? As cyberbullying is growing so dramatically, it’s time we looked at the both ends of cyberbullying. According to the psychologists, in most of the cases, bullies themselves need help to control their misplaced anger. Today, the Internet safety for teens is becoming important not only to protect them from becoming a target of bullies, but we have to ensure online safety to stop our kids from becoming bullies. Web monitoring is not an option it’s a must-have today!

Treat both ends of cyberbullying equally

Apparently, cyberbullies seem very bit mean and dangerous to all of us but the truth is that it's their misplaced anger which they exhibit by bullying others. At times, bullies could bully because they are being bullied by other kids online and to avoid abuse from other kids, they hurt and harm and hide their fears. Social Work Degree Guide shared an Infographic which enhanced my knowledge and understanding of cyberbullying, so I’m sharing it with you; have a look:
The biggest cause of the bullying attitude could be a result of misplaced anger or bullies may be suffering from abuse from another bully online or could be by a family member. We have to understand what victims go through after bullying incidents and also what is the secret life of bullies. Such abusive behavior could be corrected by anger management, interventions and psychotherapy for bullies, but it’s only possible by staying connected with them 24/7. Try to stay in touch with whatever kids do online, it can help you to make Web a safe place to surf and interact.

And here, web safety apps come in handy. These apps are pretty useful because they let parents keep an eye on their kids’ online activities and thus can help them pin point of something is disturbing. There are certain websites and apps only meant for cyberbullying like Burnbook, etc.  There is a mobile parental control app called FamilyTime which is getting popular among parents. This app is capable of letting the parents check their children’s phone usage stats, locations and the web history.  With FamilyTime, parents can:
  • View web history on their child’s phone remotely 
  • Track all their bookmarks with URLs and other details 
Parents have to install the parents’ version of the app- FamilyTime - Dashboard on their phones and then install the child app from their online dashboard on child’s iPhone or Android phone. The app then collects all info and web history from child phone and uploads it on the FamilyTime - Dashboard app.
This way, you can keep an eye on your children’s online behavior and can make them responsible digital citizens. And if you feel like your child is developing the traits of a bully, you will be better prepared to handle the situation. The FamilyTime - Dashboard app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play and iTunes app store or from the buttons below:    

App Store  google play 

With this smart parental monitoring app, FamilyTime, you can stop your kids from getting mean online and can prevent their likelihood to become a victim, too. FamilyTime is a feature-packed app to avert cyberbullying so you can try it too. Switch to smart parenting today and take your part in ensuring the Internet safety for teens!