So I have been saving my BeautyBox5 cute boxes because I was thinking of making my son a storage and organizer for his toy car collection. Today however, I saw the ductTape that I bought a few months ago and though, maybe I should make this boxes into an organizer for my cosmetics and stuff in my dresser and that's what I did.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The winter season is upon us, and it's as bad as it ever was. The recent debate over drastic (or catastrophic) climate change has led to endless bickering in Congress, but one thing simply cannot be denied: Whatever the reason, these past few winters have been nasty. And one of the greatest casualties in this recent climactic tail spin has been the average American utility bill.
Winter Is Coming
Were you aware that 50 percent of all spending on utilities goes directly toward heating or cooling your home? And here's another handy statistic that's sure to brighten your day: During last year's winter season, 90 percent of homes in America were predicted to receive higher utility bills than ever. And that prediction came true. Now, we're facing an even uglier, longer, colder, and more expensive winter. What can be done to stave off the impending financial disaster?
Saving Energy Means Saving Money, But How Can It Be Done?
Luckily, the news isn't all bad, There are some steps that you can take to "winter proof" your home and reduce the amount of money you spend on your utility bill. For example, if your gutters are clogged up with debris, now is an excellent time to get them cleaned up. Doing so will get all of that excess water out before winter causes it to freeze up solid. A frozen or bursting gutter is a serious hazard in winter time.
Another important thing to consider is the amount of cold air that creeps in through your front and back doors. If you're someone who needs to go in and out a lot of times during the day, you'll soon notice that your heater is working overtime to warm up all that cold air that's coming in when you open the door. Use a door snake, or maybe a rolled up towel, to seal up any cracks in your doors that might be letting all of that cold air in.
It's An Excellent Idea To Call On Professional Advice
Even if you're completely unskilled when it comes to making home improvements, there is still a way you can prepare for the upcoming winter season. You can call on expert advice and assistance in order to "winter proof" your home. For more handy tips on how to survive the winter freeze, feel free to contact Columbia Utilities.
Brought to you by Chubskulit Rose at 3/05/2015 10:20:00 AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Once a year, the Catholic schools celebrates School Spirit Week where they do different activities such as Student ?Day, Teachers, Day, Open-House,m and the likes. The teachers give their students treat on student's day and parent's would often serve Sundae's for them, The students can bring something for their teachers during Teacher's day as well.
School is closed again today due to icy road condition. It is snowing again and it's getting so cold. I know that Spring is just around the corner but I am not sure if Winter will let us enjoy that with the crazy weather we been having everyday. I can't wait till snow is gone and we can all enjoy the outdoors again. My indoor plants definitely need more sunlight than what they are getting now. I am very surprised that my tropical plants, pineapple and avocado (not in the picture) are doing great indoors.
Anyway, I will let my kids practice piano after we eat breakfast. Meanwhile, I am looking at this roland electric drums online and wonder if my son would ever be interested in instruments like this. I am just so glad that his interest with piano is revived. He is doing good now considering that he has only been back to his lessons for 4 hours. Below is a short video I recorded yesterday when he was practicing. Wait at the last part to see my goofy girl dancing lol.
Monday, March 2, 2015
If there's one home improvement that we would do, my priority would be our kitchen. It is so outdated that it really need a face lift so bad. Sometime in November, we went to a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company here in our area to find out how much it would cost to renovate our kitchen. Upon consulting the guy in-charge and told him what we want to do, the amount he gave us is a staggering 40 grand. Holy Smoke! That's almost half if the the amount of this house is worth. There's no way we would really pay for that! So we modified the design and the agent said that he would get back to us but he never did. Maybe he realized that we can' really afford their price lol. Oh well, at least we have an idea now what to do with our kitchen. Hubby said that he would try to work on improving our kitchen this year, we will see.
But anyway, browsing the beautiful designs at Danze website makes me wish that we have a much bigger bathroom at our home. That is one wish that would probably never realized because the way this house is designed, the bathroom is too small. That's one reason we built an additional bathroom downstairs, a bigger one. With our 8 years of living at this house, we have updated some features in our bathroom including the bathroom faucets, shower heads, the bath tub, and flooring. It's better that it used to be but still not the dream bathroom that I want. It serve the need of the family and that's what is important.
Anyway, if you want some inspiring designs for kitchen and bath, check out the website I mentioned above. They do have some beautiful designs that would make you say "Wow!"
Brought to you by Chubskulit Rose at 3/02/2015 04:02:00 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
One of the most memorable thing that we did during our one-week getaway in Ocean City is the mini-golf at Jolly Roger amusement park. The whole family enjoyed this beautifully landscape Jungle Golf.
My main thing is to capture the moments as usual. Ironically though, all the photos I took was taken by my iPhone since the battery in my camera decided to die on me. I was bummed but glad that I had my phone with me.
My daughter said that she had so much fun celebrating her birthday at the said amusement park. Hopefully we could go back there again when the kids are much older.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
An important part of being a parent is helping your children to find hobbies and activities that interest them. Helping your children to explore new activities to see what they like, is all part of helping them grow and develop into well-rounded individuals.
While children are young it can be hard to know what types of things intrigue them, and where their passions and interests lie. The key to helping them develop their own hobbies and interests comes from encouraging them to explore the things that intrigue them.
To help you aid your child in finding a hobby that they will enjoy, we have put together a handy guide below:
1. Always test the waters before making a commitment
Don’t make any sort of commitment to a hobby before your child has tried it. For example, don’t pay out for three months worth of dance lessons if your child hasn’t had a taster session and confirmed that they enjoy the activity. Otherwise, you may end up with a dance hating child and three months worth of pre-paid lessons.
If your child expresses an interest to try out a new sport or activity, find a class or session that allows them to take part in a taster session. This will allow your little one to get a feel for the activity and decide whether or not it is for them.
2. Don’t invest in equipment immediately
Don’t invest in equipment, accessories and clothing for a certain sport or activity until you are sure that your child will stick with it for the long term.
Even when your child is happy to stick at a certain hobby, only make short-term purchases. As, by the following year, your child may get bored. For example, don’t buy a musical instrument, rent it instead, buy sports gear from a discount store or it secondhand from other parents.
As well as encouraging your children to take part in team sports and other active hobbies, like dance and hiking. Make sure to open their eyes to other hobbies that they can do at home, such as art hobbies, collecting an item, such as coins or model trucks, or caring for animals, for example.
It is important that as well as taking part in hobbies with other children, that your child is also happy to find their own hobbies and activities to entertain themselves. Perhaps you could suggest that your child tries a hobby that you loved as a kid?
4. Each child has different talents
Every child will find a hobby that they love. However, this may not necessarily be the hobby you expect. Remember, every child is different and not every child is made to be a dancer, an athlete or a musician.
Each child has different talents; it is just about finding out where those talents lie. The more hobbies and activities your child tries, the more likely they are to find something they are good at and love.
Brought to you by Chubskulit Rose at 2/17/2015 10:41:00 AM
Friday, February 13, 2015
My son needed a Valentine box so I helped him in making this one from recycled materials. His teacher said to use the bottom part of the shoe box and the students can decorate it the way they like. We used old/used gift bags to wrap the box and some of his old craft /art work from previous years.
We also prepared a treat for his friends/classmates. Instead of candies, we wrapped some snacks, a pack of juice and strawberry-flavored pop tarts.
We used lunch bags and just decorate it a little bit to put his greetings and the name of his friends. I saw some great ideas for Valentine treats on Pinterest but this is what we came up with for our son. What did you and your kids prepared?
You may think that you'll have to go all out of your way to make your kid happy, but this isn't the case. A lot of times, if you just take an interest in your kids hobbies, they'll be happy. Or you can just stay at home and find something to do together. Here are a few suggestions for you.
Arts & Crafts
I am always looking for or making unique decorations to liven up our house. You can start a similar tradition in your family. Your child may enjoy some of the things you used to do when you were younger, like knitting, crochet, sewing or needlepoint.
Drawing and painting is also a fun way to pass the time. You don't have to paint anything extraordinary. Your kids may enjoy painting something simple, like rocks. Find a rock outside, bring it in, and tell your child to paint it however they wish. Then put it in the yard or somewhere else you can proudly display it.
One of the best things about arts and crafts is that it is both expressive and relaxing. It helps to relieve the stress of a hard day (or week). A relaxed family is a happy family. They communicate easier, bond, and enjoy each other's company more. It's much easier to talk to your kids when you're both having fun than it is when you're both stressed and angry, and it's far more productive.
Cooking & Baking
This may not be for everyone, especially if you're watching your calories, but cooking and baking have the same effect as working on arts and crafts. Both of these activities are relaxing and a lot of fun. Cooking and baking comes with the added joy of knowing you're making something for someone else to enjoy.
If neither of you know how to boil water, there are plenty of ways to learn. You can get on Youtube instead of going to spend money on cooking classes. If you have satellite or cable, you can always watch Food Network or similar channels. They can teach you how to cook anything from ramen noodles to seven layer cakes.
Sometimes just the idea of looking at food is enough. Perhaps you don't want to learn how to cook, but you like watching other people do it. There's nothing wrong with that. The important thing is that you spend time with your family doing things you all find enjoyable.
TV & Movies
A common tradition in many families is to watch a television program together. It gives them something to look forward to every week. It is hard to find a program that is age appropriate for the entire family, but you can do it. This may involve compromising a little bit, but don't turn up your nose just yet.
There have been plenty of people who thought they wouldn't like something because they weren't in the target audience, but then they turned out to love it. A famous example is My Little Pony. It was intended for young girls but actually has a huge following of adult male fans. Most of them got into the show by watching it with a young female family member. All of them enjoy it immensely. Don't knock it until you've tried it, as the saying goes.
If you want to find something for everyone to watch together, you'll need to have a television package the entire family can enjoy. That includes plenty of channels with cartoons, and channels aimed at the little ones. The focus shouldn't be on the premium channels - although if you get them that's a bonus - but on having channels that everyone can watch. This includes sports channels, movie channels, educational channels, news channels and entertainment channels.
One of the great things about these channel packages is they usually come with a unique service. I found out that Direct TV has a feature they call "Movies on Demand." You can stream movies into your home for less than the price of a movie ticket. Sometimes these movies can be seen the same day they're released in theaters, but from your home. For more information about Direct TV and their satellite package deals, visit their site.
With this feature you can take your entire family to the movies for cheap. It's a great way to save a lot of money, since you don't have to worry about buying multiple tickets or expensive snacks. You also don't have to miss important scenes anymore. You can just pause the movie, go do whatever you have to do, then come back to it.
No matter how you spend time together as a family, remember to do it regularly. You'll be helping your family grow into happy, secure human beings, something the world needs a lot more of.
Brought to you by Chubskulit Rose at 2/13/2015 03:03:00 PM
Hey there everyone, how was the kick off of your Love-Month? We had a blast sled riding yesterday before we watched the superbowl game. I was going to write about this love pop cards that I received for review but my husband poured me a glass of wine and invited me to watch the game with him. We ended up cheering for the two teams, he cheered for the Seahawks while I cheered for the Patriots. Anyway, congratulations to the Patriots, they really benefited to the huge mistake made by the Seahawks.Love Pop cards, I am so thrilled to have these because my husband would definitely love this. He is the type who is never thrifty in buying cards for me. He would take his time to find the most meaningful card that has what his heart says. I am glad that these cards are perfect for my Sweetheart!
Love, love, love this heart shaped pop-up. The details is so intricate. I so admire the two lovely people that are behind these beautiful creations! Their creativity is superb. I love how they conceptualized these cards and how it started, I love the story on how it all started. You can buy this card for $8 at their website, just follow the link I have provided above . It is under the Love category.
This is the card that I would give to my husband this Valentine's day. I will keep you posted if his heart pops out, lol. Kidding aside, I am sure that he would love this. I just need to put my own words into it and it would be so perfect!
This would be great to give for wedding or anniversaries.
Here's the pop up when you open the card. Isn't that beautiful? This reminds me of the fun days that hubby and I together our kids in Korea. This is a Valentine-themed card but I am planning to give this to my Sweetheart on our anniversary!
I wish I have the creativity to make lovely cards like this, it would be nice! I will be showing this to my daughter because she love making simple pop up cards, She watches videos on youtube and make cards for us. She would be inspired by this!
Aside from the lovely cards above, I also got two of the sailor-themed card which is perfect for my retired-navy husband. Now this would be perfect to give on Veteran's day and Independence day.
When you opened the card, this beautiful ship stands out.
Here's another design of the other card. It has the anchor and the compass om it.
I love both designs of these ships. Reminds me when my family would go for a walk by the Korean military base by the water.
At the back of the card, you will see their website's url. It also said that these cards are "Lovingly Made in Vietnam". I would definitely recommend this to our neighbor whose husband is a Vietnam veteran.
Thanks a lot Love Pop for taking care of my special occasion this year! Now I know where to get extra special cards for my love ones! Advance happy Valentine's to you all. I highly recommend you check out Love Pop for some beautiful cards to give to your special someone. They have so many to choose from for different occasion!
Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is solely my own and may differ from others. The product/s being described in this review was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes only.