Friday, December 30, 2016

Organizing My Son's Room

I finally got to organized my son's bedroom.  We got him a laptop for Christmas and a desk and chair for his upcoming birthday.  I was going to wait  till his birthday to  give him the  desk and chair but decided  to give it early on so I could arrange his room  before he goes back to school.  So last Thursday, I finally did it.  
We got this desk at TJMaxx.  It's a simple chair but he loves it.
 I gave him this  Coby  digital photo keeper.  It has an alarm clock which he uses during school days.   This was a gift I bought for a friend's  child but  was returned  to me when I failed to show up in the party.  Oh well,  it works out well for us.  
 I got him this study lamp from Shoplet.  I t has a seven-step, touch dimming function that includes warm or cool light settings so you control how to shed the light in your space. The 550 lumen lamp is made of ABS plastic and aluminum.  See how you can turn the  light whatever angle you want it to?  It's really a  great light to have in your  study table or work table.  I love how technology  keeps progressing these days.  Products are getting so versatile that it meets the function that we need.  I also love the fact that the cord isn't  attached to the lamp itself.  It makes it easier to  put away.  The fact that you can fold the lamp is also a space saver when you want to put it away.  
 I bought these letters when we were still at the old house but never got to use it.  Now I finally got to hang it on his room.  I also put a succulent plant in his table for some fresh element.
 This is the laptop that we got him.  It is an Acer but I love the features.  I actually borrowed it from him a couple of times so I can do my blogging stuff while I am in bed lol.  I like that it is wifi-ready.
 It's funny because my daughter  has been using his desk to do her art stuff.
 My husband inherited this  bedroom set from one of his Aunt so when we  bought our home, my FIL told  my husband to take  it  for the kids.
 I told my kids how lucky they are to have their own room with closet and stuff.  I grew up with 8 siblings so we shared one big room.
 He is always losing his ties and belts so I hang all of them on the wall so he doesn't have an excuse to lose them ever again.  We will see how  this works.
 I also hang some of his hats.
 And his memorabilia (compass and  medal).
 This was a certificate given to him by the Navy when he was born.  My husband worked at Pittsburgh processing center and his boss presented him this when our son was born.  I thought it was pretty neat.  
 This was given to him  by a family friend during his  first holy communion.
 Of our two children, our son is the sentimental one.  He love  things that have history and sentimental value.  This old clock was a project my husband did when he was in  6th grade and  it still runs like it's new.  My FIL told my husband to take it when we were moving.
 This is the  gift that his sister made for him so we hang =ed it on the wall as well.
I bought this rug for my office but  it's very small so I just put it in my son's room.
I am so glad that I was able to organized his room before they go back to school.  Now he have a desk to put all of his  school books and things.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Shoe Racks, Multi-Purpose Hook Rack and more #DIYprojects

I asked my husband  to build me a shoe  rack in one of our closets so we went to  the hardware store to get the  ,materials we needed.  Then he  suggested that it would be faster if we can just buy those ready-made  shoe rack kits and just put it together and we are good to go.  It would cost more if we buy the materials and build it anyway so I gave it a go.  I found some awesome kits  at Kmart and bought three while it was on sale.
Our 11-year old love  to work on projects.  She put together two of the shoe rack kit that we  bought by herself.  She was very proud and I was very impressed and  proud of her  as well.  Now our shoes are more organized and  it's not everywhere or piled up.  

I love this multi-purpose hook rack  that I got  from Cavetools. You can hang this on your deck, by your grill, or at your work bench.   This would also be best  in bathroom and even in your foyer to hang coats in.   Since it is made of super durable stainless steel, it will stands the test of time both indoors or outdoors.
  It is heavy duty and I love that it comes with a screwdriver for easy mounting wall installation.  This is now my husband's favorite screwdriver.  He used it too when he put together the desk that we gave our son for Christmas. 
 I originally got this for my husband as he was working on  putting some shelf on the garage at the time I ordered this but when I gave it to him, he said it is too pretty to be in the garage.  I thought of using it in our kitchen to hang my  heavy BBQ tools but I have no place to  best  mount it so I decided to use it on our  shoe closet.   I hanged  my son's favorite hats there for now. 
If you are interested to buy one of these stainless steel heavy duty multi-purpose five hook, please use this coupon code HOOKRACK15 to enjoy a 15% off via   amazon  via amazon.  I am going to use the coupon code too as I am planning to buy one more for my son's room.  He need  a hook like this for his belt and  school uniform ties.
Tip:  To keep your shoe closet smelling fresh, use some type of shoe deodorizer.  I use Aurorae's foot and shoe deodorizer, it's an all natural mist spray that is made with pure essential oils.  It smells good there all the time that's why I  am confident of hanging my son's hat by the shoes.  

Disclosure:   The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. I was provided with the product/s mentioned to help me facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stocking Stuffer, Homesickness, ETC

4 Days till Christmas, yay!  Stockings are  stuffed, gifts are wrapped, and hubby  took two more days for Christmas so yohooo.  I don't have anything to  ask for but wish that I can be with my family from back home.  I miss them especially my Mama.  It's been  7 years since I last saw them and during Christmas, I get homesick because it always remind me of the home I grew up in.  Even though I sent them Christmas gifts, it isn't the same without me  with them.  I was looking forward to talking to Mama  since I thought she is going to my sister in Manila but now my sister told me that Mama won't be able to come, sigh.  Our Mom lives in a remote place  cellphone signal is very hard to find so trying to call her there is like finding a needle in a haystack.  
 Anyway, this is our first Christmas at a new house  and we were excited to decorate it for Christmas.  Hubby and I were busy doing small projects to make the house  the way we want it.
 We have been living here for six months already and it feels like we have just moved in.  We love  living here now though.  Our son still misses our former house but I am sure that he will learn to love this too.  I like it because it accommodates all of us  unlike the first home that we had, it was  a bit small for  the growing family that's why we sold it and bought this one.
 Christmas time is always a jolly holiday for me.  I don't decorate for  other holidays but Christmas.  Growing up, Christmas is all about religious stuff.  It's all about celebrating  God.  We never  had any Santa Claus  experiences, just pure family togetherness and focusing on  remembering God.
 It's exciting to  raise our children with both practises.  We just reduce the  material aspect a little bit.  We make sure to  let them understand what Christmas is all about.
Some of ou0r decors are DIY projects  that my daughter and I made.  We had fun making these  magazine  trees, we made th4ese when we were still at our old home.
 We have a fireplace at this new home but we don't really use it.  My husband is  planning to buy another TV and put it by the fireplace, we will see.
 It's been eleven years since I came here in America and our stockings are still different from each other lol.  I have been planning to buy a set but I never really gotten a new set so these  will serve as our stockings  for now.  The important thing is that they are stuffed for the kids.
My daughter  have decorated the railing with the red garland.  I added the painted pine cones and  faux poinsettia flowers to it.
We also set up another tree  upstairs.  We had a white tree before and we gave it to my  father-in-law when we bought a bigger one.  Then when we bought this house, the former owner  left us a white tree so we used it.  
 Over the last  twp months, hubby and I have been rearranging furniture.  We bought  some new ones and relocated the old ones.  These furniture are heavy  so just  having my husband and the kids were tough especially when we moved the   couch from our living room to upstairs, it was  a back killer since  it was heavy.  I felt bad for my husband as he was battling from  neck injury by the time we were doing all the  moving and stuff.
 It is all settled now so I am relieved.  We don't have to move anything anymore unless we change our minds again lol.  We are happy of how it is set up right now.
 I decided to put a slip cover on the new couch and love seat set that we bought because I am not very fond of the color gray.  
I just wish that these Instant Swivel Wheels came  sooner, it would have helped us  a lot with our moves.  I am still glad to have it though because we are still doing some projects here at home and these would come in handy.  I got these from Shoplet.  The 360 swivel action allows smooth rolling in any direction. It has unique patented mounting options, angled, flat or u-shaped.  I love that each set of 4 wheels holds up to 250 lbs.  Most importantly, it attaches securely to most smooth surfaces, vinyl, plastic, wood, corrugated board, and masonite.

I also got this set of Cleaning Gloves for electronics.  My  computer screen  gets  dusty sometimes so this would be great to use when I clean it.  This is also great in cleaning the smudges  or fingerprints on your phone.  It makes cleaning fun and the microfiber cleaning and dusting gloves attract dust like a magnet.  I love that the deep cleaning microfibers instantly trap dirt, dust, allergens, pet hair and more.  Since it's a pair, two handed cleaning cuts cleaning time in half.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone, I hope that you enjoy every moment with your family as I do mine.
 Shoplet is a one-stop shop  for all your need in your home office or business.  They have  Office Supplies,   Medical SuppliesCleaning Supplies and many more.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's Great to Be Home!

I have been very occupied  with our projects at home.  We just got done with our project at the basement which was building a storage shelving for our seasonal stuff.  I am very pleased to have that done because  all of the things that were scattered in the basement are now  organized.  We also  finished upgrading our powder room and it turned really well. 
We bought some rugs to add some color in our family room, living room, dining room and some of the bedrooms.  The couch you see in this picture is now in o the master's bedroom.  We bought a new couch for the family room.  
We have moved this couch in our master's bedroom.  We  replaced it with a love seat instead.  This is how it looks now.
I love the accent chair that we found at Macy's.  It's perfect for our Asian theme.
The burgundy couch that we moved from  the family room to our master's is now covered with an aqua blue  slip cover.  I think it compliment well with the seasalt color pain on the wall and the  color of our window treatments.  
We have been  moving and re-arranging furniture.  If I can  afford to hire an interior designer, I would   let them do it because they can do it with no problem.  
Our living room has now a different look than these photos.  We finally  agreed on  some arrangement lol.  I will take  some photos of it when I get the chance.  
We love hanging out in the living room because our daughter  always play  Christmas songs on the piano.  We have  decorated for Christmas   the day  before Thanksgiving. I am glad my husband did not object lol..
I got this artificial orchid on sale at TJMaxx.  I put it in the living room at first but then changed my mind and put it in the family room instead.
I love decorating.  I wish I have a proper training  in interior designing, it would have been nice.  If I will be given a chance to  go to school, I would either take interior designing or photography courses because those  are my passions.  For now I will just do what I can and how I see fit for my family.  It doesn't really matter how it looks, the most important thing is we are all comfortable to live in our home.
While waiting for the  slip covers that I bought online, I put the throws on the couch and love seat for the meantime because I don't like the feel of the material of these new furniture that we bought.  All of these moves  was hard because it is us who did it with the help of the kids.  
On another note, I have never gone to a Black Friday sale because I am scared of bracing the cold and the crowd.   We do however try to shop online but this year, I didn't really got the chance to do it because we were  very busy.  I did looked at musians friends website to see if they have good deals on  electric guitar  but I didn't have a luck.  My husband and I  went to Center for Music and Arts but they didn't have a stock of the one that we like.  We will go back there  next week to see if they have it already.  

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