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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stain and Odor Eliminator

Whew, another busy week for me.  I absolutely  find it hard to find time to sit down and blog these days.  I was planning on writing some reviews yesterday but I ended up doing laundry and canning tomatoes before we did our  first family fitness walk  race over at Marland Heights.  Today, my husband asked me to go with them in Pittsburgh but I told them that I have so many things to do here at home.  So I stayed and cleaned our  carpet instead.  
 I have this Rocco and Roxie Supply Company's Stain and Odor Eliminator from  As you may know, we have  two  dogs and used to have two rabbits that we take inside our house during winter times.  I am so glad that  has professional strength  to completely removed pet urine in the carpet.  truly knows how to package products to avoid  being damaged  during the shipping process.  I love that the the bottle  is still sealed.  So when you order this online, you don't have to worry about  leaks.
This  stain and odor eliminator  has natural bio-enzymatic formula that permanently eliminates  pet urine odor.  We now have  a guinea pig which my kids truly adore but whenever they take him out of his cage and let him run around the carpet, he sometimes pee in the carpet which  makes me  unhappy.
I am so glad to have this because it doesn't only works in carpet but it also works great on upholstery.  The best thing that I love is that it is safe to use around  kids and pets.  I tried it first at  the corner side of our dining room  where our rabbit keft us a remembrance of his existence there.  That   got cleaned so well and it did not  change the color of the carpet.
So glad,  was able to do my  cleaning today because I can  sleep in tomorrow, whew.  This product really works in cleaning our  carpet and eliminating the pet odor so I would recommend this to those with pets at home.

Update, the kids spilled some  coloring  paint  in the living room so I cleaned it today and it turned out  spot clean.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I used to have  big sun flowers in the front of my house and the yellow birds love them.  I dunno what haoppen but one year,  nothing came back anymore so I did not bother planting again.  This year, I got one which I did not plant.  I guess a burd drop a seed in my garden and  it grew.  It's not the typical  sunflower that I used to grow (mammoth kind) but I was glad I got one as it might be a start again for many more next year.  
I thought it will only have one  flower but I was surprise that there are multiple small flowers that grew agter the  big one.
 I read something about it onlune that it might be cause by a larvae infestation that's why instead of getting a big one, you get multiple small flowers.  I guess they are right with the infestation because  something is earing the petalsd of the sunflower.
 I tookk these shots when it opens up a couple of days.
I will save some seeds if the  buirds t does not eat them all.

5 Most Luxurious Hotels in America

Every big city in America features some truly stunning luxury hotels. Some stand above the rest because of awards, customer service, amenities, or facilities, as different types of travelers want a wide range of things in luxury accommodations. The five hotels on this list span the country, and each offers a different luxury experience. Get ready for your next adventure, or simply dream about taking a pampered vacation as you read.

The Palazzo - Las Vegas, NV

Along with a spa, spacious guest rooms, and several pools, the Palazzo sets itself apart from other luxury hotels by offering the Prestige, an amenities package and luxury hotel experience within the hotel that's ultra-exclusive and offers top-notch pampering. The Vegas location means the Palazzo has lots of entertainment: Several shows are always running and they have events constantly. Ride through the Grand Canal on a gondola or visit some wax celebrities at Madam Tussaud's.

Auberge du Soleil - Napa Valley, CA

The award-winning Auberge du Soleil offers first-class luxury in Napa Valley. Each room and suite has a beautiful view of the valley, the hillside, or the garden. The hotel features a day spa and an outdoor pool and cabana at which guests can have cocktails or wine. They also have a wine program and a well-trained staff. Taste wines from all over the world and focus on the best Napa Valley has to offer.

The Waldorf Astoria - Chicago, IL

Sculptures, high ceilings, and a stunning chandelier grace the lobby of Chicago's Waldorf Astoria. Its 189 guest rooms and suites have in-room fireplaces, luxury Italian linens, and bathrooms with bathtubs and TVs in the vanities. The Waldorf Astoria is known for its exceptional customer service and its day spa, which offers a wide range of packages from single treatments to day-long relaxation.
Photo isn't mine

The Grand Del Mar - San Diego, CA

With a long list of awards from respected travel sites and magazines, San Diego's Grand Del Mar is known for its outstanding luxury. The Mediterranean-themed resort has 249 guest rooms, among which are spacious suites and truly decadent villas. Amenities include crystal-clear pools, a golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and a five-star spa. The resort also houses six restaurants and live entertainment.

The Wentworth Mansion - Charleston, SC

This 5-star Charleston luxury inn is located downtown in a historic building from the 19th century. Its 21 guest rooms are all uniquely furnished and sized because they used to be bedrooms belonging to the family who built the mansion. The mansion looks beautifully historical, but the amenities are luxurious and modern. Guests will enjoy European linens, whirlpool bath tubs, turn-down service, and an on-site spa. Definitely a welcome departure from the typical chain hotel experience.

Once you've figured out the best places to live, it's time to hop on a plane and start exploring the best places to stay. No matter your idea of luxury, be it a sprawling resort or an intimate historical inn, something on this list is likely to strike your fancy.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hershey, PA: The Sweetest Place in Earth

Instead of going to Busch Garden and Virginia beach this year, we havd to change our plans because of our dogs.  We finally found a place where there's an available space for the dogs so we  we headed to Hershey, PA.  I always want to go tot ehe sweetest place on earth.  Hershey is a census-designated place in Derry Township, Dauphin County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Milton s. Hershey founded the Hershey company and he also keep the community together byy providing jobs  during the   great depression.
Visiting the place  inspired the kids to dream big.  As my husband told them about the history of Hershey, they  said that they hiope they can do good things too so they will be remembered even when they are gone, just like Mr. Hershey did and the legacy he left.  
You can tell how the people takes price of their  city, everything is very  clean and  beautiful out there.
Everywehere you look, there are sweet signs, displays, and more.
Even the street lights are sweet, they are Hershey kisses shaped  designs!
Our two day adventure there was great!  We did a lot of things for a very short time, we had a blast!
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Here's How You Can Make Your Home Easier To Clean

As a busy mom, I know just how tricky it can be to keep your home clean when you have little ones running around. In fact, from experience, I know that sometimes it can seem physically impossible.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way; there are lots of simple ways you can make keeping on top of your cleaning easier. Keeping your home tidy doesn’t have to be difficult, by following a few simple rules, you can make cleaning much easier.

Here’s how you can make keeping on top of your home’s cleaning easier:

Invest in a steam mop

I am convinced that steam mops were made for busy moms like me - they take all the hassle out of cleaning. Well, most of the hassle, anyway. You don’t need to worry about chemicals or carrying around a bucket of water, all you need is your mop, some water, and a plug point.

If you are going to get a steam mop, I highly recommend investing in a six-in-one model. Instead of just being able to be used to clean the floors, six-in-one steam mops can be used to clean almost anything. They might cost a little more, but they are a great investment.

Only have furniture that’s easy to clean

We know that children make a mess, that’s just part of their charm. While we know that kids make a mess, it can be incredibly irritating when your furniture ends up stained and grubby. A sofa that is covered in stains isn't exactly, appealing is it?

When it comes to furniture, most pieces are incredibly difficult to clean and need cleaning by hand or dry cleaning. This can make keeping your home cleaning even more difficult and time consuming, which is far from ideal.

When it comes to choosing your furniture, you can either opt for furniture that has been made with a wipeable material. Or, you could opt for furniture that has removable slipcovers that can be taken off and easily washed. If you want a nice slipcovered sofa or chair, have a look at Nantuckit slipcovered furniture - there is a nice range on offer.

Teach your children to clear up after themselves

Once your kids get to a certain age, it’s worth teaching them to clear up after themselves. Not only because this will help to make keeping your home clean, easier for you, but also as an important life lesson. Did you know that kids that are taught to be tidy as children, tend to be tidier adults?

Start off by asking your child to put their shoes and coat neatly after taking them off, and then move onto larger jobs. For instance, at the end of the day, ask your children to put their toys neatly away. Start off small and then gradually work up to giving your child more chores to do - use a chore chart for this.

It can be hard to keep your home clean when you have young children to care for, but it’s not impossible. It might take a little longer to clean up than it used to, but it is doable. To make cleaning your home easier for yourself, make sure to take note of the tips mentioned in this guide.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hanging Basket Flowers

The hanging basket dis[lays at Hershey park are gorgeous.  I believe the yellow flowering plants are some  type of lantana but I am not sure what  the other plants are.    If my  kids enjoy the fun  rides and other  games in the amusement park, I enjoy  the landscape and other  critters that I see around.  It definitely help that I have a camera, it  relaxes me to take photos. 

It's Good to be Home

Going on vacation is nice but  after a while, you want to get back, you want to feel that peaceful time.  Nothing beats to feeling of being home.  

Upon returning home, the first thing that  my daughter did was play in the piano.  She missed   playing after we have gone to a short getaway.  I figured, she would have  done the same if she plays piedmont blues.  I think that music is  embedded in her that  she  can't go on a day without  playing whenever we are here at home.  That's the advantage when you play an instrument like violin because you can  carry  it when you travel. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Butterfly Garden Chair

I love this  butterfly chair  that Hershey Gardens  has in their  display inside the perennial garden.  It is  well-made, very sturdy and high quality.  We couldn't pass the opportunity of not having a photo here so here ya go peeps, hehehe.
 Of all the things we did while in Hershey, PA,  going to  Hershey Gardens is probably my second favorite as it was so enjoyable to  go  through so many  plants especially the roase garden.
 It was funny when we  were having our  photo takenm a passerby  jokingly said "Watch out, it might fly and take you away".  I told  him "That would be great, it would be a fun experience" and we all laughed!
Shadow Shots
 The perennial garden  is filled with spring to fall displays of different goegeous flowers.
If you are in Hershey, PA, I highly recommend  going to the Hershey Gardens.  It's a treat!

Collecting Items as a Hobby

Do you collect anything?  I have a thing for cute erasers so I started collecting some when my kids started going to school.  I also like to collect  refrigerator magnets so whenever we are visiting places, I make sure to get me one  refriegarator magnet.
On another note, Isn't it awesome if you can make your own printed shot glasses - Glass with a Twist.  A friend of mine  collects shot glasses  so I got her  this from our road trip.  Collecting  items as a hobby is  fun!

Personal Touch: Our Bucket of Love

A couple of years ago, a good neighbor gave us an outdoor seashell display.  They saw it at the store anthought of getting one for me as it was made in the Philippines.  They are one of the sweetest  and thoughtful neighbors we have here.  Over time, the rope that was connecting all the shells  got rotten already so I saved the shells.
 I thought it would be great to turn it into a project  that we can all use  everyday.
 My daughter helped me with this project and we had fun!
Last year, we also did a project where  each of us can write our personal thoughts  and feelings for simething and drop it in the bucket for us to reflect on  before we go to bed.  This was a great way to know what the kids are feeling about something and it's also a great communication between us and them.
 We call this project the Bucket of Love.  I will put  some  quotes on each picture to make it more inspiring.
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. "
- Nikos Kazantzakis -
"Confound not faith and feeling together. 
They are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise. 
Believe, believe. 
Let your faith take hold of the blessing, and it is yours by faith. 
Your feelings have nothing to do with this faith."
- Ellen G. White -
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. "
- Audrey Hepburn - 
"The stories we can tell are those that happen to us; 
we meet, work, live, laugh, love, 
demonstrate, strive in community. "
- Mimi Kennedy - 
"The weak can never forgive. 
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. "
-Mahatma Gandhi-
"Humility may well be one of the most difficult 
of the fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in us - and to maintain. 
That's because without humility, 
it's not likely that you will put your 
complete trust in God." 
- Joyce Meyer -
"We are not actually equal - humanity - if we are not allowed to freely love one another. "
- Lady Gaga - 
"Be true to yourself, help others, 
make each day your masterpiece, 
make friendship a fine art, 
drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, 
build a shelter against a rainy day, 
give thanks for your blessings 
and pray for guidance every day." 
- John Wooden -
"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting."
-  Joyce Meyer -
"I've had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father - he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know?" -  Kiefer Sutherland -
"A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met." - David A. Bednar -
"So many of us have loved ones and people we really care about, and the only time we show affection is when they are gone. I have preached at funerals, and you see loved ones who didn't even say hello to dear ones when they were alive. Give them hugs, kisses while they are alive and need it. " - George Foreman -
So what do you think of this project?  Which quote  relate to you the most?

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