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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tinkering Wreath and Empty Jars

Our wreath in the front door is just  adorned with poinsettia flowers so I borrowed Ms. Burrito's  hot glue gun and  put some Christmas balls in it to add some colors.   
 I am in so much pain  due to menstrual cramp so I thought of tinkering this wreath just to forget the pain for a while and it worked!
I also have these empty  candle jars so I thought Christmas balls would look great inside it.  
 My daughter said that it would look great if there is a led light inside which I agree.  For now, the balls is alright.  I will look for  some led lights when we go to the store and put one in each jar.
 So there you go, our weekend project is tinkering. How about you, what's  consuming your weekend?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Relaxed Chevron Throw - Dot & Bo Review

Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is solely my own and may differ from others. The product/s being described in this review was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

During the Thanksgiving break, hubby and I have been busy at home.  I put him to work with the new  curtain rods that we snagged on sale.  

 We bought the oil-rubbed bronze decorative rod set by Kirsch.  It was originally priced at $22 but we got it for $5.99, the day after the Black Friday  sale.
For the past couple of days, I have been working on some projects, HAND-SEWN throw pillow cases.  It's funny that I have three  electric sewing machine here but none of them seem to work so I just sewn them with my hands.  
 Our throw pillows  have  the same  color as the love seat and couch when we bought them.  So I thought of adding some colors to our living room.  I found these beautiful fabrics at one of our old sewing machine cabinet so I made them into pillow cases.  

I thought the pattern of this light blue printed  fabric goes really good with our painting on the wall.   
I also bought two mink throws on sale to keep us warm when we watch our favorite shows on TV.

I LOVE the new addition, another splash of color to our living room, the Relaxed Chevron Throw   that Dot & Bo sent me for review.  You can buy this on sale for $49.99 with a 40% discount from the original price of $83.
This throw gives you a bold pallete of color without sacrificing the cozy feeling.  I love that it somehow ties with  the color of our couch and love seat.  This is  made from 100% cotton from India so it is so soft and very cozy  for snuggling.
Just look at this  little lady of mine who is always feeling cold.  She just love this  soft throw.
 Even our dog, Bolt wanted to snuggle in it too but he isn't allowed lol.  Sorry buddy, this isn't for you but  I might buy you a new cushion if you behave hehehe.
Now my living room doesn't look so dark anymore because of the new splashes of color that I added.  It's not the best living room  set up you'll ever see but it's good enough for us to stay warm on this freezing  weather.  Interior decorating is not my cup of tea but I  try my best to make our home a bit presentable.  
Thanks a lot Dot & Bo for the beautiful Christmas present!  If you are looking for  unique home decor and products, Dot & Bo is the place to go.  I love everything that they have!
As I have said, I am no expert when it comes to decorating so rearranging is frequent.  Any  expertise that you may have in decorating or how to properly put stuff  is quite welcome through the comment.  

Travel During Pregnancy

This photo was taken  before my first flight going out of the country took place.  My Mom was  very sad on that day because  we never knew when we will see each other again.  I was seven months pregnant when I flew out the Philippines.  Before I left though, I had to secure a certification from my  OB GYNe in the Philippines that I am safe to travel.  She also gave me a medicine which would help me and the baby while traveling.  

We know many pregnant women who are afraid to travel during pregnancy. If you love to travel, don’t think you can’t enjoy that anymore when you’re pregnant. say that the most ideal trimester to travel is during the second trimester. Second trimester is ideal because, most pregnant women no longer suffer from nausea and morning sickness during this time, nor are you too big to be uncomfortable, especially during the rigors of air travel. Also, you don’t want to suddenly be in labor while travelling when you travel during your third trimester when you’re also more easily fatigued. 

 Always be cautious and seek advice from your OB Gyn about your plan of travelling. As long as there are no pregnancy complications, it is generally safe to travel. With your doctor’s blessing and your smart preparation, there’s no reason to sit home. Take advantage of your wanderlust now, before bringing baby home!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Common Signs of Poisoning in Pets

Every day, your pet faces the possibility of becoming poisoned by food or possibly by pesticides left out for rodents to eat. Because different types of poisons affect pets differently, it can be very difficult to recognize the classic signs of poisoning unless you know specifically what to look for. If your pet is suddenly acting sluggish or sick, it is important to get them to an animal emergency hospital right away. It is also important to note whether or not your pet has been around any dangerous and potentially poisonous substances. The more information you can give the veterinarian regarding potential causes of your pet’s symptoms, the more likely your veterinarian will be able to give them the proper treatment they need in time.

Symptoms of Pet Poisoning

Signs of poisoning in your pet can be varied and can exhibit very suddenly. Depending on the type of poison consumed, your pet may experience symptoms that affect the kidneys, intestines, liver, and other body systems. Here are a few of the most common poisoning symptoms to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Excessive urination or thirst
  • Decreased urination
  • Lethargy
  • Collapse
  • Racing heart rate
  • Vomiting blood
  • Extremely bad breath
  • Jaundice/yellow gum discoloration
  • Tar-like black stool
  • Acting abnormally
If you notice any of these symptoms, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately in order to increase the chances of your pet’s survival and healthy recovery.

Most Commonly Reported Pet Poisonings

Every year, thousands of pets are poisoned accidentally. Some of the most commonly reported poison dangers for pets include:

  • Foods: Chocolate, grapes, raisins, xylitol, and other human foods are poisonous to dogs and can cause a variety of symptoms. When it comes to chocolate, there is no amount that is safe for your dog to eat, and it is especially dangerous if it is a dark and concentrated type of chocolate. The artificial sweetener xylitol is also toxic for dogs and can result in liver failure in the most severe cases. Grapes and raisins are also very poisonous to dogs and can cause kidney failure if consumed.
  • Rodent Poisons: Chemical rodent poisons are left out for mice and rats to eat, but they can easily be discovered and consumed by your pets. All rodenticides are packed with chemicals that can cause brain swelling, internal bleeding, severe vomiting, bloating, and kidney failure in pets. It is also possible for cats or dogs to be poisoned by eating a rodent that has already died due to ingesting rodenticides.
  • Insecticides: Insecticides are not only dangerous for human toddlers, but they are also toxic to pets. Pesticides and insecticides that contain organophosphates are especially life-threatening for small pets, even in very small amounts. It is also important to note that some tick and flea treatments are ok to give to your dogs, but those same treatments can be dangerous and even deadly for cats. When in doubt about the safety of flea and tick treatments, always read the labeling.
Losing a pet due to poisoning can be a very tragic and life-changing experience. To keep your pets as safe as possible, be sure to limit their exposure to places that may contain poisons, and keep them away from human food.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Pine Cones and Colors

Few years ago, my sister-in-law gave a basket full of pine cones.  She also   gave me some paint and glitters.  So my daughter and I painted those pine cones and made it part of our c\Christmas decor  ever since,  
 They make beautiful accents to  Christmas garlands or wreath.
This would even make beautiful Christmas tree decoration.
 This Tutu Christmas tree is really cute.  I won this few years back from a blogging giveaway.  I got the snowman and  small decors from Listia.
 I love this  Christmas Stocking hangers  made of  steel.  There are three of this that I put  on top of the book case.  I bought this from Goodwill last year.
 I think I got this from Goodwill as well, not so sure.
 I love this electric bulb turned into a snow man.  I got this for free from Listia.
 This is a softball ball turned into a snowman as well.  I also got this from Listia.
The two below are my kids project from their Art class last year.  EJ made this candle holder.  An inverted/painted  wine glass.
 I believe  my daughter's class made this from play dough.  Isn't it cute? I can't wait to see their project this year. I told my kids art teacher that she will always be part of our Christmas because of these  beautiful creations that she did with our children.
If you are looking for some unique holiday decor design on sale, visit Crate and Barrel, they have a lot to choose from and they are on sale right now.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Looking Like Christmas at Home

In three weeks, Christmas is here. Family and friends enjoy this kind of gathering catching up with each other of what's going on. Children get to see most of the family members and enjoy chasing and playing with each other. Our kids always anticipates for this kind of occasion.

I am grateful that we had  a long weekend  for the Thanksgiving because it gave us time to  decorate the house for Christmas.  I hold off in decorating early this year because hubby  wants it after Thanksgiving so that's what we did.
Our decor is nothing fancy but it's good enough to convey the spirit of Christmas.  
My kids were in-charged on decorating  our rotating Christmas tree. 
I love this fiber optic tree that Dad gave to the kids.  
The kids are also in-charge in decorating their book case.  
My SIL gave me some  pine cones few years ago so daughter and I painted them and out some glitters to it.  They make great Christmas decor in my opinion.  
Some new addition to our decor this year.  I got this from a garage sale for free.  The  woman selling it gave it  for free along with other stuff to my kids.  She said that since my kids were so good that she just gave  most of  the stuff we got for free.
The tin snowmen  are so cute.  What  caught my attention in getting them in the first place is the fact that they are  made oin the Philippines which somehow reminds me of my family back home.  

Friday, December 5, 2014


Christmas is nice but it is  the most stressful  holiday for me.  With all the shopping and planning, time passes by so fast.  Gladly, a lot of   companies are offering  sale on  almost everything including the passport that you might need for Fender.  I did not even know that  there is a Fender passport until I have came across it online when I was looking for a deal for the music instrument that our kids wants.  

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.

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