Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Plans

So Halloween is just around the corner! Two days from now, Hannah will be able to wear the Halloween costume my Tita Cleo bought from the States! I am the most excited coz it's super cute and it fits well on Hannah. I'm just not too fond on her headband coz it keeps on falling from her head. I think I'm gonna put some hair pins to secure it on her head.

By the way, her costume's gonna be a yellow bee which kinda looked like the lead character from the Bee Movie! She's so cute when I tried to fit it into her. I just wish Hannah would have a great time this Sunday but I am pretty sure she will. She always have good time when she's with Mommy . . . :)

How To Stay Healthy

Being healthy as well as staying that way can be very hard for some people especially those who do not follow healthy eating habits. Eating too much fat or having a poor lifestyle greatly contribute on gaining too much weight that can lead to health problems such as heart or lung diseases. It is not yet too late to change or improve your personal health habits by following simple tips to achieve your goal of staying perfectly fit.

First, eating the right kinds of food like veggies, fruits and low fat foods will help you maintain your weight. Second, try engaging on physical activities such as exercising, biking, walking or even dancing. This will surely keep you in shape. Third, avoid vices such as drinking alcohol and smoking as it can affect your liver and lungs. Lastly, take vitamins and minerals to help your immune system stay strong. For instance, taking Oregano oil proves to fight off skin infections as well as improve respiratory health. While taking Bio D-Mulsion reach in Vitamin D can aid absorption and assimilation. Those with Vitamin D deficiency can greatly benefit as it can prevent and cure bone problems.

This tips can be hard to adapt, but with patience and perseverance it will be all worth it if you can finally achieve on staying healthy all throughout your life.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wedding Planning

Every woman in this world dreams of receiving a diamond engagement ring from the man she loves. It just goes to show how much he is willing to spend the rest of his life with you. When my husband gave me an engagement ring, I was thrilled and excited for a new journey that both of us will take and that is marriage. I didn't know that he's been scouting engagement ring shops all over the town so I was caught by surprise when he asked me to marry him. Obviously I said yes and we immediately planned the wedding after our engagement.

I remembered being a hands on bride-to-be when we were planning our wedding. Every detail counted from the wedding singer to the design of my wedding gown, it was all my personal choice. However when we were shopping for wedding rings, my husband has the final say because he knows more about choosing the best ring for both of us.

As always, there's nothing such as a perfect wedding. I remembered not all of my wishes for my wedding came true, but I just am so happy that I shared that special day with all my loved ones and friends and it was indeed a truly memorable experience worthy to share with my daughter when she grows up.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kate Plus 8

Guest written by our friend Donnie Donovan

My favorite reality show is Kate Plus 8 (formerly Jon and Kate Plus 8). I know they're going through a lot right now, and I've had several arguments with friends and family regarding the content of the show and whether it's exploitative. But I just can't stop watching it! The kids are adorable and their frustrations and daily battles are so real. I've been a faithful viewer for years, I've watched the kids grow up like they're my own. I feel like extended family. It's second nature to grab a bowl of popcorn and chill out in front of DirecTV to join them in their latest adventure or family crisis. Above all, I'm rooting for them - rooting for them to get through their problems and stick through everything as a family. I feel like, if they can't make it, then what hope do the rest of us have?

They wouldn't recognize me in the street, but I like to send good karma their way and they've got at least one person in their corner.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Costume Shopping for the Kids

Guest post written by Sidney Owens

I bought the kids' Halloween costumes online the past two years. However, Jason turned four this year and had lots of big ideas about what he wanted to dress up as, so I decided we would buy the costumes in-store. I knew that I wanted to dress Emma as a pumpkin, but Jason couldn't narrow down his list of choices. So yesterday afternoon I got Jason and Emma dressed, grabbed Emma's diaper bag, and then headed out the door. Dan is out of town for two more days on his business conference, so I made sure to set the home security alarm from before we left. We first went to the costume shop that recently opened up in town. They had a great selection of costumes, but they were really geared more towards adults. We left the store without buying anything and headed to Party City. As you can probably imagine, the place was packed! There were children and parents everywhere you turned. I found an adorable baby pumpkin costume for Emma and it was even marked forty percent off! Jason decided he wanted to dress up as either a doctor or a ninja. Ninja ended up winning because the costume came in red, his favorite color. He tried on the costume and it fit well, so we went to checkout and paid for the costumes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Favorite Children's Halloween Program

Guest post by Terrell House

My favorite children's Halloween program is "Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin." In the show, Charles Schultz's charming character Linus waits in the pumpkin patch all night, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. He even gets Sally, Charlie Brown's little sister, into the game by convincing her to wait with him. She ends up angry at the end of the night when the Great Pumpkin doesn't appear and she has missed all the parties and trick-or-treating. I also love to watch Snoopy as he pulls his antics throughout the show, even making his own appearance in the pumpkin patch.

I love to watch "Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin" on satellite TV from If I happen to miss its showing on one channel, I have a variety of others that I can locate it on. This way I can catch my favorite holiday show each year without worrying about missing it. Also, I can reminisce when I was younger, anxiously waiting it come on before my favorite holiday of the year. It always fired up my imagination, and I have carried a love of The Peanuts to this day.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Book For Hannah & Me

I just discovered bargain books for sale aside from Booksale and that is Books For Less at SM Mall Of Asia. We went at SM MOA later this afternoon and my eyes went big when I saw this store. I've been going to MOA many times but I always overlook this store. So I scanned the place to look for a book for Hannah and got really excited when I found "The Velveteen Rabbit" which I've been trying to find at Booksale for a couple of times already. It was a sale for only P169 and I immediately bought the only copy there.

Then when I was about to leave the store, my eye caught a book named "Love in the time of Cholera" which I recalled on the John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale movie, "Serendipity". I've been wanting to read this book but somewhat always forgot to buy a copy. So I also bought it for only P198. Unlike "The Velveteen Rabbit" which still has an almost new condition, this book already has a sign of wear but that's not a problem for me. As long as the pages are complete and I can still read it, it's all ok! Now I'm excited to read the books for me and for Hannah!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kindergarten Camp Out

Guest written by our friend Sergio Chaney

At the beginning of the school year the kindergartners have a camp out. I have helped both my nine year old and my seven year old with this adventure. This year my final child headed off to kindergarten and I got to help out with her camping day as well. By this time most of the parents know me as well as the teachers. I'm kind of a local hero because I've mastered how to set up nearly every tent and know the best course of action for the events.

For each of the trips I'd get all my camping gear ready and set the alarm (click here for more information on alarm systems) before heading off to school. It's setting up tents in the football field behind the school. I suppose it's not really camping but the kids sure feel like it is. We have edible fire that is made of chocolate for the logs and candy corn for the flames. My personal specialty is the corn husk dolls. I can make one in about seven minutes and what's even more impressive is that I have had some of the kindergartners make very impressive dolls on their own. That was my final camp out for my children but I might go back and help again next year. I wouldn't want to let my unique set of skills go to waste.

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