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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finding the right piece for the right price

One thing I’d like about watching HGTV’s House Hunters and other house display shows is drooling over the modern furniture that they feature in their houses. I mean who wouldn’t love to have modern furniture in their homes, right? Some of them can be very expensive but I’m pretty sure if one knows where to look for the right places, you could still get some good bargains even on modern furniture and stuff. I actually found a very unique style coffee table online. I like it very much and it doesn't come with a hefty price tag so it's a plus. However, I am quite reluctant to get it since I have not seen it besides the online photos which are kinda deceiving sometimes. The reviews are good so I might just have to close my eyes, rely on other people's opinions and just right ahead purchase that stuff (if I can convince my DH of course, hehe!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Need more creative ideas

Getting something for other people’s special occasion like birthdays can be a daunting task for me. I usually find it hard to buy presents for male friends and family members. None of them are into sports so despite the numerous football gifts that you could choose from, I couldn’t include that in my selection of gift ideas. I wish I am more creative and imaginative so I could come up with interesting gift ideas for special occasions. Oh well, I guess it's the thought that counts right?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Electronic cigarette in the market

It must have been hard for smokers to quit smoking. I don’t smoke and I’m glad that hubby quit smoking cold turkey years before we met. But I have known people that like to quit but couldn’t. With the latest breakthrough of vapor smoking, they may now have a better option and a way to gradually quit. I’ve seen those electronic cigarette commercials and wonder if how does that differ from real cigarettes. Some have liked it and probably a lot of smokers have not tried it yet or haven’t heard about it yet. An electronic cigarette comparison chart may be a good place to start, especially if you’re a little bit reluctant to even try.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Same name, different product

When hubby and I had started dating, I used to like the scent of Coolwater by Davidoff on him. I have now a different favorite scent but just the other day I thought of looking it up over the internet and check some reviews and stuff. Then I happened to see davidoff cigars in the process. I didn’t even realize it is also a name of a fine cigar. Interesting! Though none of us in the house likes to smoke, it got me into reading more about the product...just out of curiosity.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My ambition soon to be realized by her

I have just blogged about my youngest sister graduating from a Nursing school this April. Along the way, we know about the hardships so we’re so proud of her that she made it all the way to 4th year. At times, I thought about getting an online nursing degree here in the U.S., but just not willing enough to go through the hassle of going back to school especially a Nursing degree. So I can’t really say how proud I am to have a sister who is soon going to be a nurse. Hopefully, God-willing she’ll pass the board soon. Maybe she’ll be the one who’s gonna make my dream to become a nurse come true, hehe, even if it's not an online nursing degree.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Can't get motivated enough

It’s spring once again and most of my friends are talking about getting back in shape and stuff like that. I wish I feel more motivated like them. I’d like to lose most of my post partum fats but sometimes I just don’t know where to start, haha! Of course there’s the treadmill, hiphop cardio dvd and ads on creatine supplements, but I think I needed the push to get started. Most times I think taking care of the baby is enough cardio to shed off pounds, haha, but I know it's not. I guess I'm just being lazy. C'mon, exercise fairy, send me some motivation here!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Create a new look every year

I enjoy checking out bed and bath linens collections online. I’d like to have at least two new sets of beddings every year to create a different look in our bedroom. It doesn’t have to be Sferra brand or any other luxurious fine linens that are also very expensive. As a matter of fact, I prefer sets that are machine washable, though I would like to have a satin and silky comforter but the dry clean only warning sometimes puts me off. I just find it too inconvenient and unnecessary to spend more in dry cleaning those when they get dirty. How about you? How often do you change bedding sets?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wanna be cool and hip?

Spring is the perfect time to dress up hip and cool. Get those exciting hip hop clothing out of the closet and start to enjoy this wonderful weather out with friends. If you think you need some spring wardrobe update, get some huge discounts when you shop online at manalive.com. Complete your attire with those sassy looking lightweight jackets at an affordable price. Don’t forget, look cool and good but spend wisely.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Am I making the right choice?

When we move up here in Lakeview, I got rid of our old, flimsy entertainment center and made use of an outdoor wooden table as a makeshift tv stand. The downside to that decision was I won’t be able to fit our DVD player, WII and audio speakers on the table. Now I wanted to get a real tv stand and I am studying my options whether to get a cheap, small one or invest into something pricier and durable for it to last for a long time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Good tent for family camping

When we were still dating, we’ve talked about the things that we would like to do together as a couple. One of them is camping. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the chance to do it yet. However, now that we have our little guy with us, camping is a must for us as a family. We need great camping tools and stuff. I was thinking of looking more into an Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent. A good tent is a necessity when camping outdoors so I thought of checking some of the good stuff. It might not be this summer yet but definitely when the baby is old enough to enjoy the outdoors, we’ll spend some time family camping.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We are proud of you, Mai!

After four long years in Nursing school, you have finally made it to the finish line. It has always been the family's dream to see you earn a degree in college. We know it was never that easy for you. But somehow, we were confident that you would endure all the hardships all Nursing students have to face. We have nothing but pure pride and joy now that you were able to prove to yourself that you can do it. To you, this is just the beginning of more hard work and perseverance but we are positive that you are ready to face them all. Don't let the pressure of the licensure exam get to you. Being a Nursing graduate in itself is a feat. That's more than enough reason for us to be happy and proud. Whatever happens, we as your family will always be behind you no matter. We love you and we are so proud of you! You will always be our pretty little sister and our Little Miss Philippines-Cebu, hehe! Now you can join the distinguished line-up of graduation picture frames in our living room, haha!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Keeping the room nice and humid

Winter is almost over and I must say our newly bought Crane humidifier helped our little guy get through the cold winter nights. At first, I didn’t think it was necessary to have one but I still went ahead and got one for the baby and I’m glad I did. We didn’t have any breathing issues and definitely the baby is healthy and has not experienced colds with stuffy nose or any allergy issues so far. (knock on wood!) It won’t be too long before it gets too humid again so I need to do some maintenance cleaning on that thing before it goes to storage. How about you, did your humidifier work best for you as well?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A taste of chopsuey

I was inspired by Michelle's post about chopsuey so I asked for the recipe's link and thought I would give it a try. I love this dish even back when I was still in Pinas. I craved for this and actually satisfied my cravings by making this delectable dish. I don't usually eat veggies but when cooked like this, I just couldn't say no. I used to just drool over my fave dishes because I can't cook but I guess my cooking ability has improved as time goes by. I wouldn't say I made it perfectly but it sure passed my palate's standards and hubby's as well.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Our family chore chart

This guest post from Lenny Mcknight

One thing that I learned as a much older sister to two siblings is that you can't expect kids to just pick up things after they've been doing the opposite for a while and have gotten used to that. So when I had kids I decided that I was going to try and teach them responsibility at a young age to try to be fair to them. Part of that is the family chore chart that we have, which includes even my husband and mine's duties on it too.

We've been using a chore chart for years now but I wanted to upgrade to a new one because our old white board one was starting to look really shabby. I went online to find a new way to make one and while I was doing that I found a wild blue comparison that looked really great and signed up for the internet provider for our home service.

I finally found one that I liked, which was made out of a magnetic board. I also even made little magnets for our family chore chart which separate chores labeled on each one. It looks pretty cute and I think that this one is going to hold up for quite a while from now.
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