Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
|Hubby and little girl|
|Little girl scans the menu|
|Lil girl's fave - pork liempo|
|My fave - grilled tuna belly|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Is Life Insurance Worth the Expense?
Entertaining the thought of dealing with life insurance sounds about as much fun as standing in line at the DMV. However, part of being a responsible parent is to ensure your child has ALL the care that can possibly be given. In a financial article by US News, the author sites a recent survey by the nonprofit LIFE Foundation in which one in four Americans considering canceling their life insurance policy in order to save money during the recession. The author then points out some reasons of consideration that argue why this is not a good decision. As for parents, this certainly does not attest to the role of a good caregiver. Sure, you can take your child to the dentist, buy them the latest “must have” videogame console, and get them that expensive iPad that they swear is going to help them improve their homework. If you are willing to go the distance to provide your child with proper dental care and give him/her the luxuries you didn’t have as a child, then why not do what really matters, and make sure your children will be cared for properly after you are gone?
The Challenges Faced by Parentless Children
In the tragic event of your untimely death, it is safe to say your kids will be cared for by a family member, or by your spouse if you are married. Regardless, there will be major unforeseen financial expenses left over for your spouse to deal with who is now a single parent, or your family member will be taking on the major expenses that come with having an addition to the household. Either way, the caregiver will most likely have to work additional hours in order to provide for your child. Unfortunately, this will negatively affect your child on multiple levels.
Having experienced the tragedy of losing a parent, your child should be in a situation where a loving guardian can nurture and comfort them. If you failed to obtain a life insurance policy, your children’s caregiver will be unavailable at no fault of their own. They will have to work more in order to provide your child with life’s necessities. By purchasing a life insurance policy, you are ensuring your child will be in the constant loving care of someone who can help them get through the troubling times ahead.
Another challenge your child will face lies in their educational future. As is the norm, most life insurance policies pay out five to ten times worth your total annual income—more than enough money to make sure your child has a college education, and the things he/she needs in order to get through school and learn, play and grow with peers.
Protect Them, Always
We all hope to live long, happy and healthy lives. But the truth of the matter is that nobody has an oracle in their backyard where they can gaze into the future. Terrible tragedies happen all too often, and though we have no guarantee that we won’t fall prey to tragedy, we do have the ability to make sure that such a tragedy won’t ruin the lives of our children. Do some research online, contact a life insurance professional, and find out which policy will best protect your children.
Photo source: http://www.toddler-activities-at-home.com/image-files/parenting.jpg
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Online Shopping is Mom’s Best Friend
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A kettlebell is an amazing piece of workout equipment that you will use everyday to get yourself on the track to losing weight and building muscle. The popularity of kettlebells has exploded over the last few years due primarily to the popularity of crossfit. Essentially, a kettlebell is a weight of varying size that combines strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training. It’s such a simple weight that really works out your whole body and can be done in your living room without a workout DVD. Kettlebells can burn up to 20 calories a minute, which is the equivalent of running a mile at a 6 minute pace. It will take up very little space in your home, so you won’t put it in your storage unit that you found on the USstorageresearch.com Blog.
Sometimes finding the motivation to lose some weight can be as easy as buying yourself a new pair of headphones. Music keeps you motivated to do more and push yourself, and with good quality headphones you’ll find that you get some extra motivation. It can be hard to find a good pair of ear buds that stay in your ear during intense workouts, so spent a little bit of extra cash on a pair that’s specifically designed for working out. Read lots of reviews online to find the best headphones for working out, that won’t fall out of your head!
Get yourself a nice blender so you can easily make post workout smoothies that will keep your appetite down. If you have a blender that doesn’t work well, you probably don’t use it as often as you could. Opting to choose a smoothie as a meal replacement is a great idea that will have you slimming down quick. You can also use it to make healthy soups so your dinners aren’t full of holiday junk.
Getting yourself some new exercise clothing or running shoes is another fantastic way to motivate yourself to start losing some weight. A good pair of running shoes can be the difference between pushing yourself towards that extra mile or sitting on the couch in pain. Opt to redo your workout closet with some sleek new gear. Don’t buy too much though, because hopefully you’ll drop a few sizes after you start constantly working out!
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Frezel's birthday tarpaulin - first birthday|
|Keona's birthday tarpaulin -4th birthday|
The Birthday Party Venue
|Birthday backdrop with Disney Princesses Theme|
After considering several venues for the joint party, we end up at McDonalds at Bajada, near Victoria Plaza, Davao City.
The Party Package
Other things to consider:
1. Birthday Cake. Cake is not included in the party package at McDonald's. In our case, we buy our cake at Goldilocks. We ordered it 3 days before the party date. There are a lot of cake designs to choose at Goldilocks. Be aware however that the prices reflected on their cake design album do not include the cake itself. In other words, you get to add additional fee for the cake because the prices in the design album is only for the design. Prices of cakes at Goldilocks are comparably higher compared with other local cake makers. But it is worth it - the taste and the over all look of the cake.
|Keona's birthday cake from Goldilocks - Disney Princess Theme|
|Frezel's Birthday Cake - Disney Princess Theme|
|Birthday Celebrators - Keona and Frezel in their lovely dresses|
There you have it guys, happy party planning.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Carnations are one of the best selections out there because they solve these problems and more. Also, fresh carnations hold so many meanings that make them a great selection for a variety of occasions. Consider the possibilities and discover why these are a family favorite in our household.
One big reason why we never used to buy fresh flowers on a regular basis is due to the prices. Going to the florist to get flowers all the time adds up, especially during certain times of the year. Buying wholesale carnations is the best solution because you are charged less per flower. While this might not sound like a big deal at first, it certainly adds up when you buy multiple flowers (who really buys just one flower?).
The company you purchase the carnations from also makes a difference. Businesses who strive to treat their employees well while ensuring customer satisfaction tend to have the best prices. Global Rose has long been the leader in carnation sales because the company offers affordable flowers at the best process around. This allows you the opportunity to buy carnations on just about every occasion, as well as for decorating purposes.
Keeping it Fresh
Another obstacle in the flower buying business is the freshness factor. Many families buy flowers only to find them wilting within one to two days. Carnations fit into the lifestyles of all busy families and they never fail to please. Depending on the level of care, your carnations can last from one to two weeks—significantly longer than other flowers, such as roses. This is perfect for decorating your home because you don’t have to waste time changing flowers out of vases every few days.
But how do you ensure the longevity of your carnations? First, the flowers need fresh water to continue flourishing. The stems must also be trimmed every few days to make sure that the carnations are able to drink the water and stay beautiful.
Carnations have historically been a family flower for centuries. The flowers are originally from the Mediterranean, but they have since been harvested in several regions of the world. They symbolize undying love and affection, and they come in a variety of colors from reds to pinks and purples to white. Consider using carnations for a variety of family functions, including:
· Mother’s Day
· Valentine’s Day
· Parties and events
You also have a say in the length of the stems of the flowers as well as the sizes of the blooms. For example, mini carnations are available if you want a more subtle look. Regardless of the exact choice, these carnations are truly pleasing to everyone in your family.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Here she is posing for some photo opps...
|Keona and Lola|
|Nice pose, LOLz|
|Keona with Bumble Bee|
|Keona and grandpa|
She was really having a good time. Thanks grannies for the stroll. Till next time:).
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
|Me and Keona during the Floral Parade|
|Keona with hubby riding the merry-go-round|
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Here are her photos enjoying the rides in the play area at Gmall.
She enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to our next malling:).
She jumps on the floor, on our bed and in the living room set. Since the living room set is designed for sitting and not jumping, ours become worn out and dilapidated and really needs to be repaired or replaced.
Hubby and I are weighing if we are going to have it repaired or we will just buy a new one. Scanning and sifting information online, I came across customcushions.net, a great site for everyone's cushion needs. They offer a wide array of cushions like chair cusions, seat cushions, chaise cushions, bench cushions, throw pillows and more.
What I like the most from them is that you can have your customized cushion, depending on your needs-indoor cushions, outdoor cushions and patio cushions. You can have the fabric of your choice so it is very personalized.
What me and hubby are considering in choosing cushion for our living room seat are comfort, elegance and a nice color. Hubby and me agreed to have the color red for our indoor seat cushion for we believe that the red color brings good luck to us. We are also going to put a flowered fabric cushion on our patio seat where our little girl spends lovely afternoon relaxing, watching passers-by in our street and sometimes play with our dog, Beauty. A flowery fabric is very much fitted outside for it radiates the beauty of the garden in front of our house.
Yay, I'm already very excited to have our seats installed with cushion to make it look elegant and most especially comfortable to sit on.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Our first consideration this time in choosing for a flooring is that first and foremost, it must not be slippery to avoid disaster with our tot. It must also be elegant and I prefer something that is light-colored to give an impression of a big look since our house is not that really big.
Searching for the best flooring for our house is easier with the aid of the Internet. You get a lot of ideas on flooring. One of the best sites I have been into is Flooring America. You get to see plenty of flooring, from vinyl, carpet, laminate, tiles and you can just scan their products through their website so that you will get to choose what's the best flooring for your home. Just click here to see for yourself and give the flooring of your home a new look.
Working in a Catholic institution has these perks. We get to enjoy fiesta holidays and it is such a big thing for us because it means quality time for our little one and of course, an extra day to do some house cleaning and lazing around the house.
Little girl has been really getting bigger, wiser and full of energy dancing, jumping which can be an issue sometimes because she can get sprained at times due to carelessness. Thanks to her favorite DVDs and CDs which the only ones to calm her down and get glued on TV.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Last week since we have no work, me and hubby visited our house, and we noticed a dirt piled up on our floor mat (we decided to put a floor mat on our house since it's easy to install). When we took a closer look it wasn't just dirt, it was ants, and the floor was moist. (This has happened before even if when we are still staying in the house). So me and hubby decided to ditch the floor mat.
Now we are trying to decide which flooring ideas would be best to replace our floor mat, hubby want to replace it with tiles while I want to use vinyl for the flooring. He wants to replace it with tiles since for him its clean to look, it is much durable compared to vinyl and because tile are cold and hubby likes to lie down on the floor especially when it's cold. However, having tiles cost very much, so my pick would be the vinyl as far as money is concerned. Although vinyl is not that durable compared to a tile, but still I think its much better compared to our rubber floor mat, and besides that, me and hubby can install the vinyl ourselves compare to a tile in which we will be force to hire labor for it to be installed.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I admire my father for he is very hardworking and loving. He also was very tolerant of us yet he is very protective. I can relate how protective my hubby now with our own girl. That's the way fathers are.
To my hubby and all the fathers in the world, a very happy Father's Day 2012. Continue to be a blessing to your family.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Being a mom myself, I now realize how blessed I am for being a mom. Not every woman is blessed to be a mother. Looking at my own mom now, I can't help but think how she is able to raise six of us, knowing that it is never easy to juggle household chores, office and running a small business on the side.
I salute my Mom and I am forever grateful of her. To my Mom, I love you very much and may you remain healthy always and be showered with God's blessings. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the world.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Here are some photos hubby got...
Sunday, April 15, 2012
So if you suspect your child has an allergy, here are some foods to avoid:
- Nuts- all kinds of nuts - peanuts, cashew nuts, etc.
- Seafoods like shrimp, crabs, squid
- Coca cola soft drink (it has a nut, according to the doctor, I only knew it now)
- Chocolate (it belongs to the family of nuts, cacao)
- Chicken and other poultry products like eggs
Aside from the foods that you have to avoid, environment and the stuff that your baby use can be a contributing factor for your baby's allergy as well. When your baby is suffering from an allergy, you have to roll out all possible causes that potentially the culprit of the allergy. Here are some additional tips that worthy to be observed if your child has an allergy...
- Change bedding and mattress that your baby use as often as possible to avoid dust from accumulating.
- Always clean your room especially where your baby is staying, including windows and every nook that may be collecting dusts.
- Use a mild soap for your baby. Babies who are very prone to allergy can have it even when using baby soaps and shampoos that are hypoallergenic and claims to be very mild. My little girl's pediatrician recommends using Cetaphil gentle cleanse because it is non-soap base and non-comedogenic.
- use the mildest soap possible when doing the laundry of your child's clothes, nappies and every cloth he/she uses including bed sheets. Our pediatrician recommends us to using Perla white soap.
- Stuffed toys of your child may be cuddly but they can also be the home of so many dust so it's better to entirely get rid of them.
- If you have pets like cats and dogs, their fur can be a trigger for your kid's allergy, so avoid having your pets in contact with your child.
That's all for now folks, have a great day.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
It is also a reminder for us not to dwell on our live's negativity. Instead, we have to be grateful for all the blessings that we have received from Him. If we have problems and trials that's on our way, we have to remember that like Jesus, a day will come that we will see sunshine after the rain. Have a blessed and blissful Easter everyone.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I am very fortunate that a colleague who I casually talked volunteered to be my personal coach about financial freedom when she learned I am very interested about it. She brought a brochure and explained to me steps on becoming financially free. I learned that we need to get out of debt first. Then we also have to set aside funds for emergency. The next thing that we need to have is protection and we need to get temporary plans so that when somebody needs it in the family, we can use the plan without ruining the family's budget. She also introduced me to Kaiser plan for our insurance because it is a very good company and an excellent reputation. To learn more about Kaiser and their products and services, just click here.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The doctor said it's only upper respiratory infection and so there is no need for her to take antibiotic. I am glad because she has had antibiotics the other month due to pneumonia aside from the fact that it is also costly.
After the check-up, we asked Keona if she wanted to go home with grandma and grandpa or stay with her papa in the office. Keona is very outgoing and she right away said she wants to go with her papa. It is good that papa is not so much busy in the office because there's an activity going on in his company. Keona spent her after noon in hubby's office watching her favorite cartoon movies.
When I got out to work, I fetched them and we went to Jollibee for her dinner. When we reached home, she is already very sleepy since that was already around 6:30 in the evening.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Me and hubby are looking for a playschool that is reputable and want it just near our house. We will go through our neighborhood and scout for tuition fee prices for a toddler like our little girl.
Hopefully, little Keona will be able to adjust school life and at the same time learn something just by playing.
We have taught her already at home some basics like ABC although she cannot identify yet all letters in the alphabet. She can also count 1 to 10. We also taught her basic good manners like saying "Thank you", "please" , "sorry", and greetings like "good morning." Hopefully, everything will get as planned and Keona will grow up a good person.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
When my little Keona was 4 months old, she was having UTI. It is becoming recurrent that her pediatrician suspected there might be physiological problems in her urinary tract and not just mere hygienic reason that she often has UTI. She referred us to a Nephrologist- a doctor specialist of kidney diseases. We had her undergo ultrasound which reveals that she is having ureteral reflux. Then she had to undergo VCUG- vesico-urethrogram to determine the grade level of her reflux.
The result of VCUG revealed a grade 3 reflux which does not necessitate surgical intervention and just a regular antibiotic which acts as a prophylaxis to keep the bacteria in a lower level so as not to have an infection which can result to damage kidneys. In spite of her prophylaxis, she had outbreaks and she keeps on getting an infection that we finally decided to have her undergo surgical operation.
After the operation, we have to monitor Keona's urine through Urine C and S test or urine culture and sensibility. It a test wherein we have to submit a urine sample to the laboratory and they will incubate it for 48 hours to see if there will be bacteria that will grow. If there's bacteria, there are corrsponding list of antibiotics that the laboratory people will determine if the bacteria growth will be susceptible or resistant. It means that those antibiotics that the bacteria is susceptible can cure the said bacteria while the resistant one's cannot cure it.
Lately, we have urine cs test and we are very sad because there's a bacteria growth on Keona's urine C and S test. Our doctor said that there might be a problem with the collection of the urine sample that we have submitted to the laboratory and he wanted us to have repeat urine culture and sensibility test. Indeed, the second urine cs test has no bacteria. The pediatrician is indeed right, it was the way we collected the urine sample.
To avoid getting trapped with the same problem and to avoid unnecessary expense on urine c and s, here are my tips on the proper collection of urine sample especially for baby girls like our little Keona.
1. Clean the vagina of the baby properly. Wash it with water.
2. Include the labia in cleaning your baby.
3. Use the cellophane urine collector if the baby is still infant or cannot manage to sit down yet when urinating. If possible, use a newly purchased baby urine collector and not an old stock one.
4. You can may use the plastic sterile urine collector if the baby can be instructed to sit down and collect urine properly.
5. Bring it or submit it right away to the laboratory, not later than 1 hour after collection.
That's all for now folks. Have a great day. Stay blissful, blessed and healthy everyone:).
Monday, January 23, 2012
It was a thoraco-lumbar and APL x-ray to really look into the severity of her scoliosis and at the same time, to monitor her pneumonia. When I went to claim the result, I was surprised to see that there was a negative study of the scoliosis. Thankfully, Keona's pneumonia is also gone after 6 days of antibiotic.
I am really happy of the result. It turned out that the scoliosis findings on the x-ray was just an incidental finding and according to the pediatrician, it is just because of the positioning. We are really glad about it because we will not be bothered by that concern anymore.
Thanks be to God for giving us the grace and for Keona's recovery from pneumonia and the negative x-ray result of scoliosis.
I hope everyone is having a good day.
It's my first time to send someone a package to another country, actually it's my close friend's Liz birthday so I had to send her a gift I personally made for her. I got to a delivery station and was a bit confuse about their Shipping Options, I'm just glad their staff is helpful enough to guide me to the process.
Lately me and hubby are thinking of getting a car since Keona will be going to school this June. We are still weighing our option for a Car Transport or a public transport. I know we can save a lot on public transport compared to owning a car, but having a car has its benefit too, especially during the busy hours it's hard to get a ride and with a car we can go fetch Keona and his nanny earlier.
Keona last week was also having a cough so we are constantly monitoring her condition even at work to see that she gets her medication on time.
Having no work today was a breather, and with Keona's cough gone, it was a great day for relaxing.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Lots have happened on me last year in terms of career. I was transferred to another department at work and I thought it was a hard new assignment only to find out it was the complete opposite. It was actually a blessing in disguise. Master studies is not easy yet I was able to pull up my first semester class with high grades. For all of those blessings, I am very thankful. And for all the trials and tribulations, still I am tankful I am able to pass through them and for all the learning I have taken from them.
I have plans and goals for this year 2012 and hopefully, the good Lord will grant all my heart's desires. If he'll will not, I just pray that I'll understand his message/ reasons why.
I always pray for Keona's good health. Her urine culture and sensibility recently has a bacteria and I hope it's just in the collection and not really from he inside. We have a repeat CS and I'm gonna get it tomorrow from the laboratory. Hopefully, it is negative from the bacteria. Her kidney/urinary bladder ultrasound result is good.
I hope for a more fruitful and blissful year ahead. Have a great day friends.