Friends Around the World

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Black Eyed Susan's Beauty

Black-Eyed Susan is one of the common   plants that I have in my garden.  They are so easy to  maintain and they come back every year.  My husband isn't very fond of these plants but  am the gardener so I decide which goes and which stays lol. I say, the B-E-S stays!     
Here's how it lok on the early stages of  bloom.
Here's the fully bloom ones.   The bes agred with me, black-eyed-susan should stay hehehe.
Isn't it pretty?  When I look at it, I see between  zinias and sunflower.  

Ruby Ring

This is  the ruby ring that my father-in-law- gave me.  John gave this to his Mom as a birthday present and  Dad gave it to me.  I thought that was very sweet of him.  I saw  some beautiful selection of mothers ring online and thought of my Mom.  I haven't given my Mom jewelry ever since I left and I think she will be  happy to get a new one.  They are pretty pricey though so I think I will have to save little by little to be able to buy one.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Moringa or Malunggay

If you  came from Asia  like me, Moringa is very popular as a leafy vegetable.  In the Philippines, we call this plant, Malunggay.  I think  this is called Sajina in India.  Moringa or Malunggay is not only a healthy  leafy vegetable but it is also a herbal plant with many medicinal  factor.  Malunggay is a very good source of Vitamins A, B, And C.  IT is also rich in calcium, iron, and protein which is really good for nursing mothers.  A fried of mine sent me some  Moringa pods  last year and  it was later this year when I remembered it so my Moringa plant isn't as tall yet.  I will try to put this inside our home when the cold weather sets in and will try to  keep it alive.
I miss eating Moringa.  When I was asked to  review another product from Green Virgin Products, I was drawn to this handcrafted bar soap with  soap nut and moringa.   It has coconut oil which I also love, olive oil, palm kernel oil,  shea butter, sunflower oil, peppermint essential oil and moringa.  With all these healthy ingredients, your skin will definitely  radiates using  this  soap.  
We have been using this for  several days now and I love how it makes my skin feels.  I love it when I find  products that are non-toxic  and it really works well.  If you are fond of using products that are  natural like the ingredients I have stated above, this soap is for you.  
With two kids and two dogs inside our home, I definitely   on-board to  cleaning products that are not harmful not only to our kids but to our fur babies as well.    This GVP Formula 433 All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate is totally non-toxic, odorless, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly.   
This 16 ounces bottle  would make 11 pints of medium duty cleaning power.  Yep, that's right, you can dilute this with water and use it  on any washable surface, bathrooms, kitchens, floors, dishes, carpets, pet stains, stainless steel and you can even use this  for fruit and veggie wash!  Again, this product contains coconut oil which I love.

Okay, here's the verdict:  I specifically ordered this product to use as degreaser coz as you know, cleaning an oven is really a  hard task especially if you don't clean it regularly which in my case, I seldom bake so our oven is not really heavy on splatter of sauce and other stuff.  So here it is, the look of the oven door inside.
After I soaked it with GVP Formula 433, there's still a little bit left  after  scrubbing it.  This is not the best  degreaser I have ever used but it helps in  cleaning tough grease spots.  I would still prefer to use vinegar and lime juice  but for now, I am contented with what this product offers.
I will update you with other cleaning  job I will do with this in other parts of my house.  Thank you once again Green Virgin Products!  Looking forward to working with you again.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

iPhone 4S Camera

I take photos everyday and most of the times, I plan on posting them in my blogs but just did not have the time and forget about it. Here are some of the photos that I took some time ago which I told myself to post here but wasn't able to. Now that I am thinking about it, I better do it before I forgot again, sigh.
Those photos were al taken using my   iPhone 4S. I love that it is portable and I can  take photos anywhere I go without having to carry a bulky camera but I don't really like it's resolution.  I mean they are not bad but they are not great either.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


  She is kind of nervous about the start of her music program in Doquesne University.  It will be starting this  Saturday.   We got the assessment for the tuition and it is $2,600+.  I almost  fell in my chair when my husband told me.  I was anticipating that it would just be  like $1800 but the teacher who is  handling her wants to spend 45 minutes of her instead of 30.  
Hopefully, she'll do good out there.  
This is the metronome that we bought last year for Ms. Burrito.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Last Friday, we went to McKees Rocks in PA  for my  husband's participation in the 5k run.  The  race did not start till 6 pm.  It was already getting dark when we hit the road going back.
 We saw this beautiful sunset going back home.
 We planned on participating on the 1k  race but  after seeing the  venue, we decided not to especially that our daughter wasn't feeling well that time.
We were there for moral support for my husband and we feel good to be part of his  getting fit goal and journey.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Nothing can beat the feeling of satisfaction when you start ti harvest what you have planted in your garden. My  tomatoes are starting to  ripe now.  I was going to wait till they are fully ripe to pick them but the strong wind knocked some of my  tomatoes already, sigh.   We have been enjoying a fresh tomato salsa  now.  My  daughter loves it when I chop some tomatoes, and ad  soy sauce in it.
I have different kinds of tomatoes, roma, big boy, cherry tomatoes, and other kinds.

Good Insurance Saves You Money

If it wasn't for a good  insurance policy that we have  for our family, our dental bill must have been piling up by now because my kids teeth are very brittle.  They break so easily and as a result, we go to the dentist quite often.  But since we have two  dental insurance , we almost have very small amount of co pays.   Below are some photos of my kids at the dentist's office.
It is so nice to have a good insurance policy that  meets the need of your family because it saves you money.  If you want to know if you can save  or not with your current plan, I recommend to compare quotes from  don allred insurance.  You will be able to compare prices  and you are on the road to saving if you can find a much lower payment but gives you the same service on an insurance.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Golf Clubs, Painting Project, and More

Do you remember these golf balls that I posted on my other blog?  These were given to my kids by our family friend here in the neighborhood.  The couple are golfers and they have  a selection of golf  stuff and accessories displayed at their entertainment area  in the basement.  They have quite a collection  of golf putters that they  accumulated over the years.  I thought I have lost these  balls because I couldn't see them anymore but when I organized my kids  toys at the basement, I found them again.

I am on the process of relocating my home office down the basement but before I do that, I want to brighten up the look of the basement so I decided to paint it  white.  We painted it  like purple-ish pink when we   updated our basement but looking at it, it is so dark.  I started my painting project last  weekend and I haven't back there yet.  I plan to make some progress today though.  Here is the look of my basement, soon to be my gym, office, and  play area for the kids.
I can already see the big difference  after painting one of the  walls.
Wish me luck on my painting project.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I did not  plant pumpkin this year but two just  came back from last year's  seeds on the garden.  I haven't seen any fruit yet.  Well, I did see a couple but they did not mature so I don't know if this will give me fruit or not.  I hope that I can get some pumpkin before Halloween comes  for us to carve.

About Me

My Photo

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.

Add This