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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall Foliage 2014

I took these photos of the  Fall foliage beauty near our   area.  These were taken on the first week of October so  some of these trees have little leaves left.  This is the  time where I love Fall but when the trees are bald already, its depressing to see.
I love how nature can make everything beautiful.  It can lift your spirit and moods up.  Mother nature truly knows how to cheer us up.  It cheers me up anyway.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Other Woman

Don't be fooled by my title, there is no other woman in my husband's life lol.  Let me just clarify what this post is all about.  Well, let me start by today's event in school.  Today was my son's class saint day so hubby took a day off so we could both attend the mass and  watch his participation  as a reader in the mass.  
I am glad that I was able to do my house cleaning  and laundry yesterday.  Lucky are those  rich people who could afford the services of the other woman house cleaning as they don't have to do it.  However, as a stay at home Mom, it is my pleasure   to do it  for my family.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Google Bikes

Took these shots when we were getting the tour inside Google Headquarters in  Mountain View California.  I thought that these bikes are very colorful!
Google has so many neat  outdoor and indoor displays.  It was like watching the   movie "The Internship" all over again.  It was a really unique experience for  our family.  Our daughter did not win the  Doodle4Google competition but we felt like winners just meeting   wonderful  and artistic people.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Functional and Fabulous

Being a Gemini, I always tend to do two things at a time.  Sometimes it pays off but  sometimes I forget what I am doing and it  becomes a problem lol.  Just like  one day, I was cleaning our  bathroom so I sprayed some cleaning stuff around our  showerhead to removed the build up water but then I started scrubbing the  bathroom floor and forgot to  rinse off the  showerhead right away.  The result: the chemical in the cleaning  product that I used left some dark spots on our showerhead.  
Gladly, found a  perfect replacement for it at danze website.  This Florin  is a 4 1/2 " with five function showerhead.  Here's the full description of it from the website:
  • 5 functions: wide, centerjet, aeration, massage and wide + centerjet.
  • Featuring Air Injection technology for a strong and yet smooth shower experience.
  • Brass ball joint with polymer shell.
  • Features Dual Force™ Technology.
  • Optimizes water intensity even at low pressures.
The air injection technology is what I love about this  showerhead.  Nothing can compare  when your showerhead   offers a strong but smooth  shower experience.  When I take shower, it makes me so sleepy that I want to take a nap after I get out of the shower lol.  Anyway, there are so many beautiful selection of bathroom faucets  and other kitchen  gadgets  at  the website that I really like.  If there's one thing that I would like to have  next year is a  newly-renovated  kitchen.  Our kitchen is very outdated and needs an face lift , big time!  I wish I could win  in some kind of  sweepstakes for a new  kitchen hahaha but I could only wish for that.  Just looking at the photo below that I took from danze.com makes me wish that my kitchen is as modern, functional, and fabulous just like  this one.  I love my kitchen because it is spacious but everything in it is old and   badly need of replacement but we don't have the  budget for it.  
There is an innovative showroom contest on Facebook that you can cast your vote in.  I voted for the Ferguson Lakewood  (photo below).  That's the kind of kitchen design I would like to have at home.  Modern and sleek! 
The  votes on this campaign right now is up to 1424.  If you have a spare minute, please cast your vote, thank you!  Good luck to Ferguson on this contest, I hope you get the award!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day 2014

It's been four years since my husband retired from his 20 years of services in the Navy.  He  was drafted in February 1990 and retired  in  2010.  He sacrificed a lot of being away from his family for 20 years but he is grateful that he joined the military, he said that it molded him of who he is now.
He enjoyed sailing around Asian countries.  He was first deployed in the Philippines.  From there, he was able to work in Japan, Korea, Australia, Guam and other parts of Asia.
Retired Navy 1990-2010
I am just glad that he was almost done with his  services when I met him.  We  were able to experience  his military career for  3 years and then he retired.  It's hard moving from one place to another when you have kids but glad me and my kids have experienced what  their Dad has been doing for 20 years.  

I am bummed out that my husband has to go to work today.  I wish that the company he works for  will give the Veterans a special day off so they could enjoy this  special day.  Unfortunately, not many  recognize the sacrifices that the Veterans did to  serve and protect this country's freedom.  In fact some people  can't stand  men and women in uniform for some reason.  It's very sad but it is the reality.  Not  all people appreciates  what they did/doing.  Sorry for my rant but I hope my rambling make sense.  Happy Veteran's Day!
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Walking as An Exercise

Walking is great form of exercise.  I started my  regular walking outdoors when my husband started his 4/10 schedule at work.  4/10 means that he only work 4 days in a week but for ten hours each day.  It has advantages and disadvantages tot it but I like it.  Advantages includes, he can no longer  wait for the kids to go to school as he goes to work very early.  He wakes up at 4:30 and leave for work at 5:30.  So when the kids wakes up, their Dad is already at work.  It is also advantageous because he stays longer than normal at work.  I feel bad for him  but I think that he is getting used to it and we are getting used to it as well.
It is advantageous because I get to walk my kids everyday to school and it gives me the opportunity to go for my morning walk after  dropping them off from school.   I also  started attending the  morning masses before going on for my walk which is a lot better.   
Walking is a great form of exercise.  I felt so good that I was able to  finish last month of walking almost everyday of the weekdays.  It is also a great opportunity for taking  pictures.  Sort of documenting my fitness routine.
I always bring my phone with me. Reasons being for emergency purposes and also for entertainment (listening to music and  photography).
My kids are used to walking now.  Before they would complain a little bit but now, they loved walking with me.
I love it when I walk by my daughter's classroom and  they would wave at me.  
I love that I did not  miss the beauty of the Fall.  Our neighborhood has some beautiful  maple and oak trees that looks absolutely gorgeous during Fall season.
I love walking at the back of Madonna High school and look down the   football field.  Sometimes, there are deer in there and sometimes a flock of  turkey.
As a stay-at-home-mom, I learned how to use my time wisely.  Fitness is one of my  priorities while my kids are at school.  I want to show to them that fitness is one great aspect of life that needs to be priorotized.  
I love the fact that my husband is okay that I should stay at home  for now that my kids are still  little and need  my utmost attention.  I don't really want to miss this opportunity with them.  
We might not have the grandest house or expensive things but  we have what is mo]st important, the love of family.
Sometimes, it makes me think and question if I am doing the right thing of not using my time to find a job so I can contribute to our finances but  when my husband is telling me that we are doing okay with me staying at home, it makes me feel  comfortable.  
Hubby works from Mondays to Thursdays so Fridays becomes our alone-time.  We  walk our kids to school,  attends mass after dropping them off, and we go for a walk.  
November would be an indoor  fitness for me I assume.  The weather is getting colder and I am not sure if I could still endure it.  I will try though.
I hope that you enjoy my walking journey through the photos.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Brilliant Smile

 As promised, I would update you with the result of   the teeth whitening kit that I received from Smile Brilliant.  I used the it through the month of October as soon as I have received the tray of my teeth that I myself formed through their kit and they sent it back to me.  The trays are spot on, they fit perfectly with no problem.
 These are the desensitizing gel and and teeth whitening gel that they sent me.

The desensitizing gel temporarily seals micro fractures and pores in the tooth's enamel.  This eliminates the opportunity  for teeth whitening gel to penetrate into the more sensitive  dentin beneath the enamel.  This is what I  have applied first before using the whitening gel.  i have a very sensitive teeth so I am so glad that they though of this  aspect when they   put together this kit.  The first time I have applied  it, I really felt it.  I thought that if it would continue, I will not be able to handle the sensitivity of my teeth but luckily I was okay after the first application.
The Smile Brilliant's  teeth whitening gel is formulated with the highest quality standard.  My gum had a  slight reaction  to the whitening kit, it was very uncomfortable but after my first use,  I did not have anymore reaction.  I think that my teeth have adopted to it.


On  the second week of use, you can already tell the difference on the color of my teeth.
Here is the before and after picture of my teeth.  I would recommend this if you want to do it at your own convenient time.  It is cheaper and you don't have to  pay the enormous  bill from your dentist.  I love the fact that you will get to experience to do the things that a dentist do to your teeth.  
Before
After
For more info on   how  this whitening kit works, please watch the video below.


I couldn't be more happier with the result. Thank you Smile Brilliant for bringing back the confidence in my smiles!

Disclosure: 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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

HomeGrown Pumpkin

My son has a tendency to collect things including different kinds of seeds.  One of the many seeds that he saved from last year is a pumpkin.  He planted the  pumpkin seed in our backyard and  had some fruits but only one have matured.
We were all very impatient for  the pumpkin to turn  orange but it just got bigger and bigger.  
I wasn't able to turn this pumpkin because I was afraid that it would rot again ju0st like the first one that we turned.
So when we picked it, the  side that was laying on the ground was orange but the rest of it are green.  It weighed 64.2 pounds,  I tried to lift it but couldn't lol.
I found this Cheshire Cat design online and we tried to  carve our pumpkin  using this design.

I was very surprised that the inside of the pumpkin don't really have a lot of  string (not sure what the inside part is called lol).
 I love the inside part, iot looks  a little spooky.
 Using our paring knife, we carved it.
 Carving a huge pumpkin is hard especially that we did not have proper utensils to carve it.
 
 It did not really tuned out like the Cheshire Cat that we are trying to do but close enough.
 I don't really decorate for Halloween but the kids want something so this is the only thing we have in our front porch.
Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!

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