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Friday, May 22, 2015

BokChoi or Petchai

 I bought a pack of bokchoi or petchay when we went to the Asian store in Pittsburgh.  As I was placking the leaves, I noticed that there are new ones coming.  So I saved the and stuck them on the ground.  I was  very pleased to see them growing because I did not think they are going to survive as the stem did not have roots at the bottom.
We love petchay pr bokchoi in a soup, hopefully we could grow some of these  in the future.  I have to find out where I can buy seeds for next year's gardening. Shadow Shots

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Perfect Pet Door

I would love to have this kind of door for my dogs.  I am glad I h got this infographic, I will be showing this to hubby so he can see if he can do it.  
This is a great step by step guide  to  make a door for the fur babies.  This would  guve the dogs easy access to come in and out of the house.  I hope hubby can do this  project.
  The Perfect Pet Door Infographic
Presented By Door Store America

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Memories on Canvas with Canvas Champ

One important  event that we just had this month  is our son's first communion. Having your first communion is a big milestone in a Catholic's life because it means that  you will be able to partake  in receiving the bread in the eucharistic celebration . Preserving the memories is very important for me as a Mom because it is always nice to look back to their  childhood life through photos. I have ordered a canvas print from  canvaschamp.com and it turned out beautifully!  
Canvas Champ is another company that I worked with and they  exceeded my expecations not just with the quality of the product but  with the price as well.  First of all, they have an award winning  canvas printing technology. Ordering a canvas print s very easy, it involves four easy steps:
  • Upload the photo
  • Choose the layout and size
  • Choose the style
  • Check out.
The packaging is secure, although I would prefer if they use a bubble wrap  rather than just  using a plastic wrap.  But then agan, it doesn't really matter as the  canvas print arrived  safely without any damage.  I am just saying this because I am used to receiving canvas prints wrapped with  bubble wraps.
I love it that their online store is one of the Google's Trusted store which is a good thing as you can  be confident of your purchase through them.  Another thing that I love is the thoughtflness in including a measured  stick where you need to drill a hole for the screws.  All of the companies that I previously worked with did not do that so you have to measure for yourself where the   screws need to go.  
The hook that they have  provided is heavy duty so you will never have to worry about the canvas falling off the wall.  Another thing that I am impressed about  them is the fast shipping.  The product is being sent from India but still arrived earlier than I expected.  Customer services is also great especially the one that I  was working with, thanks Jainam!
I have to rearranged the photo canvasses on the wall and transfer some on the other wall  to get the righ proportions of the  photos.  At least for my own liking anyway.
I also love the flexibility they offer  for the source of the photos that you  have to upload.  You can get it from your Instagram or Facebook which is a great option as  most of the people now uses both  Social Media platforms in uploading their photos.  Canvas Champ not only offers high quality canvas prints but they also  carries canvas banners, peel and stick, metal prints, artis supplies and a lot more for a very  reasonable prices.  
If you are looking for a very affordable  canvas  prints that doesn't compromise the quality of the product, I highly recommend   Canvas Champ.  They  are the chma[popm when it comes to  pricing.  Here are some  comarison of my previous canvas photos from different companies that I work with compare to Canvas Champ's price.

  • 16x20x1.5 from Canvas Press is $110.31 
  • 16x20x1.5 FROM Canvas Pop is $99 
  • 16x20x1.5 from Easy Canvas Prints is $87.17
  • 16x20x1.5 from Canvas4Life is $81.99 
  • 16x20x1 from Canvas Champ is $37.08
This post is brought to you by Canvas Champ.  There is no mentary involved with this post, I do however  provided the product free of charge in return of my honest review.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Flowers: Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Iris, and More

Our crab apple tree is  beautiful when in bloom.  I am worried that I have been seeing a lot of tent catterpillars crawling on it.  Tent caterpillars  can be easily seen because they build  tents in the nodes and branches of a tree's limbs and at the end of the limbs, you'll see  webworms.  Right now, they are everywhere   where I always go for a walk everyday and they  grosses me out.  I am not fond of worms so I don't like seeing  them marching on the ground, ekkkk.
 
 My sister-in-law, Jill, gave me some of her  creeping phlox a couple of years  and I grew it by our driveway.  I decided to thin it out after a year and spread  each  vine though pout our driveway.  It is beautiful  when it  in blooms during Soring time.  
 The  Lilies  of the valley are now in full bloom.  Lily of the Valley or  Convallaria majalis, is a sweetly scented but highly poisonous woodland flowering plant.  However,  it's interesting to note that although it is poisonous, it has been used as a folk remedy in moderate amounts and used by some herbalist as herbal remedy.  This is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, and Europe.
 It has a bell-shaped  white flowers and has a lovely scent.  The reddish seeds  can attract children so be very careful when you have little kids and have this plant in your garden as  the poison in it  can be deadly.
 I bought two of these miniature lilac bush last year and  I was surprised to see them bloom this year.
 This Lilac busgh that we bought online  about  8 years ago, has been very shy in blooming, I only see one branch having flowers for two years now.
 I only have the purple  Iris but I love when all of them  are in full bloom.
 Thesae are easy to take care of and it comes back every year.
 Our strawberries are now  blooming, I can't wait till the flowers  become fruits!
 Our blackberry  is also blooming, yohooo.  I bought two of these but only one survived.
 I love to hang out in our back porch now because everything is green and there are flowers to see.

I can't wait for the  trumpet vine to bloom so I  can see the  humming birds visit us again.
It's amazing how nature works, plants are dead or in dormant during Winter then on Spring time they sprung up and make everything  looks luscious again.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Zero GRound Contamination

My husband bought  an ac power conditioner that I am using to plu0g all my stuff here at home.  He always  wants everything  to be safe so high quality  products is always number one on the list.  I love it that it has an advanced surge suppression with zero ground contamination.  You are guaranteed of 
a  superior protection over a standard power strip.  We have two of these,m one is in my office and the other one  is being used at our entertainment area.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Taking Photos in Different Angles ... Happy Mother's Day!

Photography is something I would pursue professionally if given a chance.  I love taking photos of everything that I see.  Photography is not only an enjoyable  hobby but it can be therapeutic as well.  
 I am not a pro nor have a proper training for it but I sure do love to  explore  in taking different kinds of shots  in different angles.  Sometimes, just changing the angle f how you hold the camera changes the  appearance of the photos.
 I got these candy dish set in a  yard sale , it is not complete but I LOVE it in mykitchen as it add colors .
 My daughter and I used to have a tea party at home when she was still little.  She uses this teapot that we  bought when we were still in KOrea.  I miss those days,  they are gorwing up so fast and they are changing everyday!
 The last  three shots are taken from different times when we went for a  long family walk and my kids picked some wild flowers and assembled it at home when we  came back.
 They both said "Happy Mother's Day" when they handed this  so I can't  let it  pass without  documenting it.
 Who needs expensive flowers if you can  get it for free in the  field lol.
Anyway, Happy Mother's Day to all the MOms out there!  May you have a happy  and full of love celebration on this special day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recycled Empty Container .. Happy Earth Day!

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.  

 Today is Earth Day and I am celebrating at home by recycling some  stuff.  I also started my compost this  month, this is my first time trying to compost for my garden so hopefully, it would turn out good.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 Tips for Preparing for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a beautiful celebration of the miracle of family. For almost all of us, our families are the rocks in our lives that keep us going strong. Mother's Day helps every mother to feel that extra appreciation for everything that she has done; and it is common practice to be fully prepared for this appreciative and loving holiday.
Finding the Right Card
Cards are an important way for many people to express the feelings that they just cannot put into words. While there are a wide variety of cards available on the shelves of grocery and drug stores, it is important for one to put things into their own words as well. It could be an extra sentence at the bottom of the card, or an Academy Award worthy poem; either way, Momma will appreciate it! Try creating a card with your own two hands. Nothing puts a smile on Momma's face like a handcrafted, straight-from-the-heart card!
The Perfect Dinner Plans
Even if you line up the perfect bouquet of flowers and the prettiest Mother's Day card, it's just not going to have as much of an impact as some genuine one on one time. If you cannot schedule the entire day with her, try taking her out for a lovely dinner. If you are not sure of her favorite place to eat, take her out to a new upscale venue or ask family members. Someone is going to know what her favorite place is! If you are on a budget, try cooking her favorite meal for her while she relaxes.

Shopping for Flowers
Flowers are a hallmark gift on Mother's Day. Even the busiest of individuals find the time to purchase a bouquet of flowers and have them sent to their mothers. Others might even cut flowers fresh from the garden or from the gorgeous wild flower patches that thrive in the countryside. For online shoppers who have Melbourne-based mothers whom they cannot visit, shop online at Fresh Flowers for flower delivery Melbourne wide.
Don't Forget to Share Your Love for Your Mother!
This is one holiday everyone should remember, as every mother in the world needs to feel loved, supported, and respected; especially mothers with empty nests. After 18 years (or more) of devotion to their children, mothers suffer a heartbreak of unimaginable pain when they must finally let their children go into the world alone. If nothing else, give her a call; it will mean the world to her.



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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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