Friday, January 29, 2016

Board Game NIght at Home

Of all the board games, my favorite is scrabble.  I used to play this when I was still in college together with my co-student assistants assigned at the Father's Quarter of the school.  Even the priests played with us sometimes.  
 My son designated Saturday as our game night.  He said that it would be fun to watch a movie while we are playing  a board game.  We ended up  just  playing a board game and not turning on the  TV  because it  would just be a distraction.
 I love scrabble because it makes you think and strategize.  Both of my kids are very competitive so  it makes them think and improved their vocabulary.  This is the first time, my husband joined us playing scrabble so he couldn't quite get the rules yet.
 When we got done, the dogs are seeking attention too so they were excited to play along.
 Having a game night is such a great idea so kudos to  EJ for thinking it.
 This is one of those things that we added in our routine this year.  Aside from that, we also read the Bible every night before we go to bed.  We are trying to strengthen our faith by understanding what is written in the Bible.
 Hubby and I  realized how time flies by so fast so we  would love to spend time with the kids as much as we can.  Soon they will have to start  branching out and  finding their own path but for now, we want to enjoy their company.
I helped my son play but my daughter  is so independent that she refused to help.  At the end though, I  helped her strategize in placing some of her tiles which ended up  her winning.  I love the fact that not only they are learning the game but they are also learning things like accepting help from someone from time to time.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Glee Changed the World

Ryan Murphy already had a handful of hit television shows under his belt when he pitched the idea of Glee to FOX. The show featured a number of unknown actors who became overnight sensations. Glee followed a group of teenagers as they joined the high school glee club and became friends while dealing with issues that many teens deal with every day. Though it is no longer on the air, you can still watch your favorite episodes on DVD or on streaming sites like Netflix. You might find yourself surprised at how much the show touched the lives of fans and changed the world.

Bringing Attention to Issues

Glee did an amazing job of bringing attention to issues that teens deal with in the real world, including bullying, sexuality and even illness. It was one of the first shows that had a teen gay character who was open about his sexuality. Fans saw the struggles that Kurt had in school and the way others acted towards him. Glee even dealt with the ramifications of suicide attempts and showed that kids with medical conditions could still be popular.

Awareness of the Arts

The show premiered at a time when many schools found themselves shutting down music, theater and other arts programs due to a lack of funding. It got kids interested in signing, acting and dancing, which led to more funding and helped schools get the money they needed for those programs. The show also did a great of getting other people interested in playing music and signing too. You will now find street pianos in New York and in other parts of the country. These pianos encourage those walking by to sit down, play a tune or sing a song any hour of the day.
Photo isn't mine
Downloading Music

Websites that let you download music existed long before Glee, but some credit the popularity of the show with the sudden increase in those sites. While the show released a number of albums that included top songs from various episodes, downloading was the only way fans could listen to the songs not featured on those albums. Songs like Umbrella remixed with Singing in the Rain became chart topping songs, even though those tunes weren't available on standard albums. The next time you find yourself binge watching a season or two of Glee, take time to think about how the show changed the world for the better.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EJ's BIrthday Gifts #iseemebooks

On the morning of EJ's 9th birthday, he woke up and looked around and was bummed out that he did not see any gifts.  I did not want him to see what he got until he comes home from school so I did not wrap them yet.  When  they left to school, that's when I wrapped  all of them up.
He was pretty pleased when he arrived from school and saw the stack of gifts  waiting for him in the living room.  
 I made him an organizer for his hot wheels car  from  upcycled empty boxes.  I am glad he liked it.
 His sister, Ate Rylie got him a nautica shirt and a star war shirt which he liked.
 I stopped having birthday parties for my kids when they started  going to school.  It's just something that hubby and I agreed upon, to just take them somewhere for their birthday every year.  We went to Kalahari for his 9th birthday.
 We also got him this Avengers pillow which he  love.
 And the bean bag that he wanted.
 I mistakenly ordered the small bean bag online so his is not as big as his sister's but he was okay with it.
 A big thank you to the Dias family for always remembering  our special occasion.  They never failed to  send us  presents no matter what occasion it is.  Thank you!
Thanks also to Tita Chris and Tita Gail for the cash gift which he  put in his savings.  He has been saving all his money to buy his first car lol.  I love that he is starting to have a vision about saving and not spending his money  for  things that doesn't really matter.   For the best part, I also got him a personalized book from iSeeMe.
 I gave this to him a little late but it was a perfect timing when it arrived.  He was upset when he came home from school because he thought he messed up the test that he took that day.  He wasn't able to bring  his notes before the snow day so we didn't get to study for his test.  This book made him feel better after I calmed him down and told him that he can still  make it up to his grade by  getting a high score next time.
If you are looking for something special to give to your child  this Valentine's day or for any special occasion, iSeeMe has a lot of selection of  personalized books.  Who Loves Me? book would be perfect for the  love month.  I am sure that you and your little  cutie will have fun reading this sweet book.  
You can order this book with  a lovie blanket set with your child's name on it.  Other personalized products that iSeeMe offers includes Lunchboxes,  Puzzles, Coloring Books/, Placemats, Stickers and Growth Charts!   If you want to be updated of the newand exciting products at iSeeMe, you can fillow them to  their  social media  below.  
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 I can't believe that my little man is getting bigger and older, where did the time go?  It's funny that he said he feels like he is sixteen when he turned nine years old lol.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday EJ!

Nine years ago at 10:09 a.m., our second bundle of joy have arrived.  It was a joyous moment for us.  Despite what the specialist have told us  during my pregnancy, he was born healthy!  Hubby and I  made the right decision for saying NO to the  amniocentesis that they suggested for me to have.  There's no way I would risk to have a miscarriage  just so they can poke me with a giant needle and study  my baby, NO WAY!)

( Amniocentesis (also referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a medical procedure[1] used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections,[2] and also used for sex determination in which a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissues, is sampled from the amniotic sac surrounding a developing fetus, and the fetal DNA is examined for genetic abnormalities. The most common reason to have an "amnio" is to determine whether a baby has certain genetic disorders or a chromosomal abnormality, such as Down syndrome. Amniocentesis (or another procedure, called chorionic villus sampling (CVS)) can diagnose these problems in the womb. Amniocentesis is usually done when a woman is between 14 and 16 weeks pregnant. Women who choose to have this test are primarily those at increased risk for genetic and chromosomal problems, in part because the test is invasive and carries a small risk of miscarriage.) source
God made you  beautiful and perfectly healthy.
You were born to  give us joy, to make us  laugh, 
 And to complete our little family.
We love you dearly!!

Always remember in your heart how  blessed we are to have you as our son.
Always feel in your heart the love we have for you.
And always remember that God loves you!
Happy 9th  birthday  EJ!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Worried About Your Son? Top Tips for Dealing with Troubled Teenage Boys

Teenage boys can be difficult, hard to control and a little bit unruly at times. This is normal, and teenage boys, even the ones that will grow up to be CEOs, senators and professionals, are going to act out at certain times. That’s just the way teenage boys are, and for many, it's all about asserting their independence.

However, some teenage boys take this independence a little further and start to act out in ways that could damage their own future and hurt others around them. While this isn’t something any parent wants to deal with, it is your responsibility to help your troubled teen when they can’t or won’t do it on their own.

Whether your son is using drugs, failing in school, drinking or has violent anger problems, there are some solutions. Use this guide to help you learn more about how you can deal with troubled teenage boys in a proactive, efficient fashion.

If you don’t it will only come back to hurt them later, and no mother or father wants that for their children.

Seek Counseling

Counseling can help children that need extra attention from people who can really evaluate emotional problems. Whether you choose a school guidance counselor with a background in child development, or you go outside the school to a professional therapist, sometimes talking can help.

However, not all children have the right attitude for dealing with a therapist. They may be unwilling to talk or take the attitude that they aren’t doing anything wrong at all. This isn’t uncommon among teenage boys who are acting out.

Seeking counseling can be beneficial, but if it doesn’t work, you may have to find other alternatives. You shouldn’t give up hope if counseling doesn’t work though.

Consider Boarding School

Sometimes a child needs a little more structure to really function at a high level. When you send your child to one of many Christian boarding schools for boys , like Wood Creek Academy , that’s exactly what your teenage son is going to get.

From making sure school work is done on time to developing life skills kids need to cope with the real world, boarding school is an excellent option for parents who simply don’t know how to handle their kids any longer.

When your child graduates you just might find them on the straight and narrow path to success and a bright future.

3 Ways Personalized Products Help You Brand Your Business

Any time your customer walks away from your business with a personalized item in their hand, it's a branding win for your company. That promotional piece can be just about anything including a shopping bag, flyer or pen. If you run a food establishment like an ice cream shop, for example, purchasing personalized ice cream cups from Gelato Products  makes sense, and here are three reasons why this is true.

Dress Up Items You're Already Giving Away

Shopping bags, napkins and ice cream cups may already be items you give to your customers at some point during their experience with you, so why not dress those items up with your logo or company information? Allowing these products to double as branding tools turns them into a return on your investment instead of just an expense. Placing your business logo on practical materials enhances your overall brand and gives you the opportunity to have a little fun with otherwise plain goods.

It's a Reminder

When your customer walks away with a pen, ice cream cup or napkin that has your company logo printed on it, the merchandise serves as a reminder and branding mechanism. Next time your client needs a pen, they'll probably use yours, and because they see your business information, they'll remember that it exists. If your customer gets a sudden craving for ice cream, don't be surprised if they return to your establishment thanks to your effective branding as well as the tasty dessert.

It's Another Form of Publicity

After your customer walks away from your business with any one of your branding pieces, that customer will not be the only individual that sees the promotional item. Depending on where you are located and where your client goes next, chances are great that at least one more person will see your logo. Eventually, when an individual has seen the same logo over and over, their curiosity will be piqued. They can end up walking through your business doors because they now know you exist and are situated nearby.

Personalizing items you already give to your customers is great opportunity to increase your branding and reach. Instead of handing out plain napkins, pens or ice cream cups, placing your logo on them makes your company's information more accessible and acts as a subtle suggestion for those who see the information.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Free Basic Wrestling Training

The Madonna High School wrestling team offered an 8-week basic wrestling training for free for kids at St. Paul's and St. Joseph's.  The  lessons started in December 8th.  EJ missed one session because we didn't know if they were going to have it during the holiday so we didn't go.
 EJ seemed to enjoy it so we will continue to  let him attend  until it is over.
 He know some of the kids  that goes to his school but a lot of these kids are from St. Paul's.
 Glad that the Madonna Wrestling Team   is doing this for free.
 This does not only teaches the kids the  basic course of wrestling but it also offers  socialization among other kids.  
 This  also gives the parents to meet other parents which is nice.  Being an introvert couple, hubby and I just sit on one corner all the time lol.
EJ is looking forward to  the last 4 weeks of wrestling this month.  Tomorrow will be the first day of  work and school for this year.  My kids  are saying that  they are not looking  forward of going back to school but  they  can't wait to see their friends in school.  Hopefully, this year  would be another great year for their academics!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Music

I love that there are places onlinle where you can find find music related items such as the pones on the photo.  I got it in an online auction for free.  I only used credits that I earned through sharing items on social media.  I put them on top of the children's piano and they loved both of those items.  If you are interested  in joining, just send me a message and I will give you a referal link.  Thanks.

Balloon Fight and a Rain Shower

My daughter was volunteering  for the set up of the vacation Bible school in her school on the day of her birthday so  her little brother ...

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