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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dream, Faith, and Hard Work

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman
To dream is  free 
But to pursue a dream
You have to have faith, 
strong will and determination.
-Chubskulit Rose- 
Some people  are born with silver spoon in their mouth
For most of us, you have to do hard work 
to attain success.
-Chubskulit Rose-

Disclaimer: The first and the last quote are  taken from Brainyquote.com 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Recycled Empty Container

I don't know if you will call it addiction but I don't like tossing cute containers like this.  I always think that I am helping  mother Earth by recycling this plastic  containers into something  instead of  putting them in the garbage.  This is was the container of the nail polish remover that I got from a beauty box subscription and thought of turning it into a jewelry  container.
 These are the jewelries that I got out from the  candles I reviewed so I did not have boxes for it.  Turning the  empty containers into a cute jewelry box by decorating is a great idea.
I used nail polish and  craft foam for the  decorations.  So now, those cute jewelry has their own containers.

  I don't know if it's an indication of a hoarding  problem but I am like that, I always think that there is a use for empty boxes or containers.  I think it has something to do with how my parents  raised us.  We never throw anything, we always recycled things.  We did not have much but  that's how we got by with just so little income.  I applaud my parents for doing that though.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Future of Waste Disposal

Every person in America produces more than half a ton of trash each year. More than half of this is food waste or other organic material that can be used as part of a composting program. There are several methods for dealing with organic waste in a sustainable manner. The first is by reducing the amount of waste produced by throwing away less food and related waste. Another is by composting what waste is thrown away. Much like municipal recycling programs, composting requires an initial investment, but once the program is in place it runs smoothly, needing only a regular supply of one of the most abundant resources there is: garbage.

Compostable garbage is divided almost equally into three general categories: food waste, yard clippings and soiled paper that cannot be recycled. While some amount of organic waste is inevitable, the environmental impact can be greatly reduced by composting garbage so that it can be reused. Composted material can be used as a low-cost fertilizer that helps food grow while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Fresh compost provides a steady supply of oxygen to the soil systems that feed plants, allowing them to grow quicker, healthier and with fewer diseases.

Like recycling, composting is truly the future of waste disposal and minimizing the trash footprint that is an inevitable part of living in the modern world.
The Impact Of Organic Waste

Sunday, April 12, 2015

THAT is what you Need - Egg Cartons and Green Thumbs.

After celebrating Easter with the family, we came home  and did a project I have planned for the kids.  I gathered up all our seeds, some are  left over from last year, some  I have dried up from our harvest, and there are some that were given by friends and family.  I have never stated  seedling inside the house  and thought  this is the year to try it.  
I have  been saving the  egg carton trays  to use for this project.  I used to have those small planters but since I wasn't using them, I throw them away. Anyhow, my kids enjoyed  this activity more than coloring eggs.  They always love to help me in the garden  and this is the first time we have done this so they were very happy.
 We bought a bag of garden soil and we used it to fill the egg cartons.  I used a little bit of Miracle Gro houseplant food  to water it.
 The popsicle sticks came in handy in labeling the seeds we  planted.  
 It is so funny that my daughter colored her thumb green before we started our project lol.  Between the two, our son  can easily grow just about anything that he  stick in the dirt.  Our daughter thinks a that if she color her  thumb green and said a little prayer before  burying the seed in the  soil, it will grow.  
Imagine how happy  they are to see the seeds come s to life after  few days.  Our daughter was beaming with joy because she said that her technique works lol.
 I love how pretty this red radish looks, it's a beautiful color.
 Involving the kid in this kind of activity  makes them appreciate  the  harvest even more.  They are very proud.  I think that it's a great learning experience for them to be able to  experience and witness how fruits and vegetables are being produced.
Even though it is 44 degrees today, we took advantage of the sunlight and put  the  seedlings out our porch.  I have to constantly check on it though because the birds are eyeing on it.  We have  started to prep  some part of our garden the other day and as soon as these are big enough to transplant, we  will transfer them.  How about you, did you start gardening this year  yet? Shadow Shots

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Gardening

The sun is brighter, the days are longer, and your garden is calling to you. Here is a basic timeline of how to get back into the dirt throughout the season.

Spring has Sprung

·        Start Seedlings:  It may still be too cold to get much of your summer stock in the ground at this point but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your warm weather plants started. Gather all of your supplies and plant an array of seeds indoors. Early spring is ideal for getting the seedlings started so when the weather is more welcoming, the plants will be strong enough to be transported to your bed or garden plot. Make sure to store them in a place with plenty of sunlight and away from little hands or pets.

·        Prune: Get all of your fruit trees and bushes polished up and pruned. Be sure to get this done prior to seeing any buds pop out.

·        Prep the Beds and Perform Maintenance: Remove old mulch and make sure any stonework or other decorative items are cleaned and placed correctly. This is a good time to work new fertilizer into your soil.

·        Plant Cool Weather Produce: There are plenty of veggies that can survive cool spring conditions, such as onions, potatoes and various leafy greens.

Mid-Season

·        Build Flower Beds: Choose one of the warmer days and get out into the yard for light building. Create new flowerbeds and choose placements for any new shrubs you may wish to add. Brighten up the area with wrought iron metal art, which can liven up the space while waiting for the plants to begin flourishing.

·        Apply Mulch: Do a little research and add mulch that will best benefit your soil. Not only does it assist in maintaining moisture and reducing erosion, but it can also help decrease the amount of weeding you will have to do later in the season.

·        Plant Annuals: This is the time to plant your annuals as well as when to begin transplanting the seedlings you have been growing indoors. 

Late Spring

·        Deadhead and Prune: If you have bulbs whose blossoms have already come and gone, remove any that have passed their prime. Remove blossoms such as this from trees and bushes, as well.

·        Visit the Nursery: This is the time to choose your bedding plants for splashes of color throughout your landscape. If possible, choose plants that have yet to bloom.

Take spring gardening step by step to make sure you don’t do too much before the season allows. Take into account the climate in your area and tweak your schedule accordingly.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Madness. Misfortunes, and More

It's 10:35 pm and normally, I am now in bed but I am trying to    meet my goal of finishing all my reviews this month.  This will be the last post  so I am happy to stay a little bit late.  Let me fill you in with what consumed  my March.  
  • Our daughter got sick twice this month.  Not sure if it was the flu but glad it did not last  very long although she got it twice.  
  • Another misfortune  happened on Friday the 13th.  Our Honda Accord was parked in front of our house and our neighbor  backed up on it and hit the left fender.  We did not know who did since it happened at night time but we suspected it was one of our neighbors as the dent has a maroon color  and it has a  square mark on the dented part.  

My husband called  the police to file a police report so we can    contact our insurance.  
The police came and investigated.  He asked my husband if he thinks the truck did it but my husband said no.  
My husband told the police of his suspicion that our other neighbor was the one who might have hit the car. The police then went to the other vehicle and he agreed that it might be it so he knocked on the door and talked to the vehicle owner. They admitted that they accidentally backed on it. The guy said that he left a note on our car but we never found anything. Luckily, his insurance agrees to pay for the repair and they gave my husband a temporary rental car to drive to work. 
We had our car back  on Friday and it looks  nice, the garage did a great job.  I am glad that our neighbor admitted to it because  the repair cost is $1,734.37, man that's painful in the   pocket!
 Other activities  included  the Festival of Nation where  our daughter was part of the choir of the school and they sung  some songs during the event.  This event was held at Millsop Community Center on March 21.  I will make another post for it.
 We  spent  some of our free times doing some Spring cleaning.  I put these kiddos to work, it's a team effort to clean the house.  
 The walls were done  few weeks ago so we  cleaned out  storage and displays.
Aside from cleaning, I was  occupied volunteering  at my children's school activities including book fair, race for education  preparation, serving lunches, and meetings.  Was also  busy  writing reviews.  If you can remember, I previously  reviewed some  products from "The Laundress".  They sent me again some samples, this time some laundry materials.  Alsp included in the  package was the scented vinegar but unfortunately, it was damaged  during the transit so it made a mess.  
Anyway, I used their signature detergent for  our regular laundry and used the delicate wash for the new  clothing that I bought.  I will be using the wool cashmere next time for some of our stuff with  wool.  I just wish that their samples are bigger than these packets lol.
Alrighty, thanks a lot for reading and for leaving your thoughts.  I can go to sleep now  knowing that I have done everything I supposed to do this month.  Tomorrow is a new month so  I will start my new goals.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sharing Sparkle Time with my Family #DASANIdrops #DASANIsparkling #Infusions

This is a sponsored  post written  in partnership with Dasani and Target.  All opinions are my own  and may differ  from  everyone else.  

When I first met my husband, I found it so  odd that he  is not fond of drinking water.  I thought that was very unusual since I grew up drinking water and I seldom  drink soda or any other kinds of beverage.  By that time, he was   only drinking  sweet tea, which in my opinion was not very healthy  because of sugar.  Anyway, I encouraged him to  incorporate water intake into his  daily routine especially when he started  gaining weight.  He was doing his  workout routine  very regularly but he wasn't losing anything.  I think he finally  realized that  the sugar in sweet tea is  sabotaging his  fitness goals so he started  drinking flavored water at first then he learned to drink plain water eventually.  I am so glad that I was able to  encourage him into drinking water  because  it is important to show our kids that water is an essential  thing for healthy living.

I was very excited to have given a chance to try the new DASANI products.  I received two naturally flavored black cherry sparkling water. two strawberry basil flavored drops infusion, and two lime flavored drop infusion.  You can purchase these products at your local Target store or by  using Target’s Cartwheel app.  If you use the app, you can  enjoy the coupons that will be available for both DASANI DROPS Infusions and DASANI Sparkling in Black Cherry for a limited time.

I love the  taste of the  Dasani sparkling water  with black cherry flavor.  I thought  that it  is going to  taste   strong but it didn't.  It is very mild  but  you can really taste the cherry in it.   I saved one for my husband to take to work.
My son is  really good with drinking water but my daughter kind of rejected water there for a while until she got  dehydrated and got sick.  Now I make sure that she drinks enough water or juice  in order to keep her hydrated.  I let them try this  strawberry basil  drops infusion and are 50-50 on it.  They love strawberry but not  totally sold with the hint of the basil in it.
My husband and I tried the  lime-flavored drops infusion then we  later on tried the strawberry basil.  We came into a conclusion and both agreed that the strawberry  basil flavor is much better compared to the  lime flavor .  .  He will be bringing one of this to his work since he brings a bottle of water everyday when he go to work.
Water is my fuel when I do my workout at home.  Please don't mind my messy hair. O just got done with my   short workout when this photo was  taken by hubby.  Water is a big   part of our everyday meal s.  Sometimes the kids would  drink juice but most of the times, we  all drink water.  My husband would still make  sweet tea once in a while but it is  sort of a special treat now instead of  a regular thing.  
Cheers to  drinking more water!
Here's my Burritos enjoying their own flavored Dasani water.  Sharing Sparkle time with my family has never been this fun, thanks to Dasani flavored water!

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A work-at-home-mom (WAHM) with  two  lovely kids and a loving husband.  Passionate in writing about  family, product reviews, and  other related articles.  A Mom, a Wife,  a Blogger/Writer, rolled into one.

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