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Monday, October 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Half Crown Hill Orchard

Half Crown Hill Orchard was located  in front of a hill where beautiful houses are.  It was really a nice view.  
 There were different kinds of apples in the orchard.  One particular  apple is priced higher than the rest.  We picked different kind except the expensive ones.  For us, apples are apples especially that they are  newly picked.
I love finding  unique ones like the one above.  There were so many  twin apples that we found like the one below.  
 We picked one peck of apples and paid $14  for it.  It contained 18 apples.  Everything in it are sweet and crunchy!
My brave little pastry chef at home  made us an apple pie and it was delicious!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Music Interest

We took a big leap this year for  our daughter's music interest.  We enrolled her to a bigger school  where she can learn not just playing piano but  other aspects of music as well.  So far, she is doing great with her lessons although she wishes that she has  her Saturdays off.  
We recently visited  the music store here in the area  but we did not find the one that we need so I thought to visit musicans friend online to see what they have.  Their selection is endless but it doesn't  fit  our budget so we didn't buy anything.  

Friday, October 10, 2014


Aside from  my kids, another favorite subject of mine  in photography  are butterflies.  Seeing them fly around  flower to flower  somehow relaxes me and give me that satisfaction if calmness and joy.   I am glad that there are plenty of them this year.  Last year, there's not very many of them that I saw.  Here are some of the  pictures I took this year. Photos were taken  using an iPhone 4S
The last shot was captured by my DSLR.  Such a big difference in the resolution.  I mean, I like using the iPhone because it is handy but I am not satisfied with the resolution of the photos.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pros and Cons of Giving Your Baby a Pacifier

Many parents use pacifiers as a soothing tool, because it gives babies something to fixate on as opposed to crying. As an alternative to habits such as sucking thumbs, it is definitely much preferred and even doctors recommend its use.

That being said, pacifiers do have disadvantages too. For starters, it can be extremely difficult to wean a child off using a pacifier once it has become a habit. Some children even end up waking up in the middle of the night for no other reason apart from the fact that their pacifier has accidentally fallen out of their mouth.

More importantly, recent studies have also begun to show that pacifiers may lower the chances of successfully breastfeeding, and also have other long term effects too.

Using Pacifiers in a Limited Fashion

One of the ways to limit the disadvantages of pacifiers is to use it only in a limited fashion. By not allowing your child to continuously rely on the pacifier, you can essentially control their attachment to it.

The recommended method of accomplishing this is to limit the use of a pacifier to sleep or naptimes, and even then only when your baby is under a year old. Once they are a year old, you’re going to want to stop using a pacifier altogether.

In this way, you’ll be able to get the benefits of using a pacifier to help your child sooth themselves when they are still very young, but not foster a strong attachment that could end up to be unhealthy in the long term. Needless to say, stopping a child from using a pacifier altogether can be tricky, but sometimes it is best to just go cold turkey.
Of course, this issue is not one that is without contention. If you head over to or any other website where mothers discuss pacifiers, you’ll see that there are many schools on thought on what the ‘best’ way to proceed really is. All said and done it is up to you to choose on behalf of your child – just be sure to remember that the last thing you want is for your child to become dependent on the pacifier.

On the whole, starting to build up healthy habits from the time your child is young will make things a lot easier in the long term and avoid many issues that often crop up.

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.

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