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Friday, September 23, 2016

Mother of Pearl Furniture

The theme of our  family room is Asian so  when my husband saw these Mother of Pearl furniture at a flea market, he thought it would be perfect  there.  I love the details and it's in great condition. All of the three have claw foot legs that add to the sturdy construction of these functional pieces. We got the coffee table, endtable, and a cabinet.
We got all three  for $425 which isn't bad because  if you buy  the brand new coffee table alone, it is over $500.   I wasn't going to buy it for that much but my husband  told me it's a rare find around here so he convinced me lol.  Besides, it was free delivery so it's all good.
 Right now, we still need some sitting  furniture  in the family room whichwe won't be able to   buy until the sale of our  old house is finalized.  The set date for the closing is next month  and we still have things to do a there as requested by the buyer.  We were actually surprised that we got  an offer that is higher than we were hoping for so if this sale goes smoothly, we won't be hurting financially  anymore.  Paying two mortgages is no fun especially that only my husband has the  stable income.  My income fluctuates so it is  not reliable to sustain our finances.  
We still have a lot of project to do at this house but  we will do it slowly as  money  becomes available.  I told my husband that this is it, I don't want to move ever again lol.  But life is so unpredictable s we never kow what the future holds.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Enter Shoplet's Giveaway to Support Your Local School

Shoplet is one of my favorite stores when it comes to office supplies. Being a work-at-home-Mom (WAHM), I keep my office organize and full of stock of the things I need and my kids need for their school stuff.   I am very excited to announce in this blog that Shoplet is engaging the community with their new campaign by hosting a   giveaway where teachers and school can win  a $5,000 worth of supplies.  This is Shoplet's way of  giving back to teachers who are doing their best to educate our  children but constantly  battles with budget cuts.

My children goes to private school and they don't get full funding from the government.  I feel bad for the teachers  because they don't get paid  very mu0ch and they don't even have a retirement program benefits.  Teacher is a noble profession and  to get paid very low is  discouraging.  It would be nice if St. Joseph the Worker will win this giveaway.  
Here are some of the great prizes.

We’re talking over 1000 Pilot and Schneider pens, 2 huge cases of Neenah and Georgia Pacific paper, over 100 boxes of Ticonderoga pencils and assorted Lysol cleaning products. We also have 3 large cases of Lion, C-Line And Roaring Springs folders, 30 packs of various Avery products, 1 case of teacher planners and 24 world maps from House of Doolittle. One classroom will also receive 1 massive whiteboard from Iceberg. That’s enough to make lots of teachers and students very happy!

Enter here for a chance to win and support your local school.  The giveaway is open from September 19 - October 3.  You can also check the  giveaway via Shoplet's Facebook Page.  If you  want to  shop, here is a 20% just for you, just use the coupon  SHOPLETFORSCHOOLS20 upon checkout.

New Containers, Shelf Liner, and More

My husband and kids love cereal so I wanted to get some containers that would hold a big box of cereal.  I found these Good Grope pop container at TJMaxx.  They are a bit expensive but I bought it any since I need it.  They were  $14.56 each.  I love that it really seal so that's a good thing.  You don't want your cereal to be stale.  To open and close the lid is easy with the push button in the middle.  
 Since we can't afford to buy new cabinets yet, I bought some more shelf lining so I can cover the  shelves.  
 I also bought a new pitcher for  lemonade.  We have been drinking lemonade ever since the summer have began so this one is perfect.  
 On the other note, I have been trying to get rid of things that we no longer need.  We hauled a CRV full of baby stuff to Goodwill last month and we still have a lot to give there.  Some of the things though, I am selling them through Facebook online garage sale groups.  I recently sold  a microwave, and this grill and tomorrow, someone will be picking up the  bunk bed.  
It's nice to get rid of  old stuff and once in a while find new things as well.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's Time to Vote!

I always find pleasure in watching  singing contest shows on TV because you get to see different  talented musicians and know their  life story a little bit.  There was one  older man who auditioned last night on the voice that made me  teary eyed.  He loved doing mu0sic when he was younger but had to put his passion on hold when his son was born because  his son has developed a sickness.  That is just  admirable for a Dad to stop what he loves doing  for the sake of his child, very commendable.  Anyway, I haven't seen anyone wuth fender bullet on the show yet but we will see the rest of the season.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Back to School Shoe Shopping

Back to school is always the busiest time  with kids.  They constantly growing up so the constant need for new shoes, new clothes and more.    There's no denying that  yoi will buy your kids shoes  every six months or so as their feet  grows continously.  You might get away from buying the   taylor swift acoustic guitar that they want  but you can not get away from buying shoes.  Time flies and our children grows really fast as well.  My husband and I always  makes every moment with our children special.  We want them to have a great childhood memories with us. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Love this Tabletop Air Circulator with Adjustable Oscillation for my Office

This year's summer would be the most agonizing for my husband when it comes to dealing with the summer heat here in our new home.  We don't have  an air conditioning unit installed yet in the first floor  so  it is hot for them.  The heat doesn't really bother me because I grew up in the tropics so I am used to a warm climate, the temperature we are having right now is  just normal to me.  For my husband, it is way too hot to handle, he said he is melting every time he stays here at home.  Gladly, he is at work mostly half of the week so it is quite alright.  We will eventually  install an AS unit here to keep the downstairs cool during the summer but we are still  waiting till the  other house is sold.  We accepted an offer  already and we are still waiting for the result of the  inspection, hopefully it goes smoothly then we can finalize the sale.  
Working from home is such a blessing.  I am very thankful to my husband that he allow me to do what I love even if it means that a little sacrifice on the finances is involve on the finances because  it is an unstable income.  I am grateful that he is supportive even if  I contribute less financially.  It is however an advantage  being a work at home Mom because I  get to take care of our children and I everything is taken care of at home.  
Having said that, I have to have a   comfortable work station which is why I am glad we have moved to a new home because I get to have an office.  At our old house, I only used  part o our living room to  set up my  office so we couldn't really claim any expenses  during the tax season.
I love this tabletop air circulator with adjustable oscillation desk fan that I got.  It is perfect to keep my office cool during  the intense heat of that sun this summer.  It has a remote for easy operation and it is really quiet.  What I love about this is, it is small so  you can either put it on top of your desk or you can put it under your desk.  It oscillates up and down so  there's no issue of just colling  just the bottom  but it also reaches the top.
You can get this Ozeri Brezza Oscillating 10" High Velocity Desk Fan via  Amazon for $25.30

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.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Western Shop and Thrift Shopping

I am guessing that this  shop sells  anything  with regards to horse, horse riders and all that kind of stuff.  This was somewhere in Pennsylvania.  I thought of taking a photo of it  while we were on our road trip.

On the other hand, I want to share to you the  quick thrift shopping trip that my daughter and I did to a nearby thrift store here in our area.  We are literally  living a block away from Goodwill now so we can just walk and see what they have from time to time.  My daughter  was looking for some cute decors for her room and some picture frames for her  arts.  Unfortunately, the  frames available there is  as expensive as  the ones from the store and they are not new!  Sometimes, I find it ridiculous how they price their items, they are donated so  they should sell it for less.  You have to really dig through their things to find good deals.  
 Anyway, I found some good stuff  such as a new photo album, a new shirt, new pairs of socks, and a very good looking lamp.  My daughter only bought some books.  
 I love this lamp that I found, it only cost $6.  I am not sure who does the pricing but this one is priced just right if not under priced.  It's a very  good  lamp and it is very stylish.
 I originally bought this  for my son but  I  remember I had that lamp that I reviewed from Shoplet before for him so I just use this  in my office now.
For all of this, I only spent $16.90 which isn't bad.  My husband does not like going to a thrift shop but I like it because sometimes, you can find neat things for less.  He is very skeptic in bringing pre-loved  things because he is worried it has a bad energy to it.  That's the result of watching those paranormal shows lol.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Applying Sunscreen To The Body

In order to provide the best protection from the sun, you need to know how to properly apply sunscreen to the skin. You want the best broad spectrum sunscreen that is water-proof so that it stays on the skin while swimming or doing activities that cause you to sweat. Make sure the SPF level is high enough to provide protection for your skin type. Children should have a higher SPF coverage because their skin can become burned easier than adults.

Don't apply sunscreen right before going outside. It takes about 30 minutes for the sunscreen to settle into the skin. You want to apply the product about half an hour before you get in the sun. Once you're outside, you should reapply the sunscreen every 30 minutes depending on how much moisture is on the skin.

Before using the product, you want to shake the bottle so that all of the proper chemicals that provide protection are blended. You don't want to use a sunscreen that has a lot of water at the top of the bottle as this will be what you put on the skin, which offers little to no protection. At times, the sunscreen might have clumps around the top of the bottle. These should be removed as they won't be of any benefit to the skin. A sunscreen that is sprayed on the skin is often better so that there aren't any issues with clumps or having the liquid blended together.

Make sure enough sunscreen is applied so that you have the best coverage. You don't want to apply sunscreen only to the face and arms while leaving the back and legs without any kind of protection. Don't apply a thin layer of sunscreen if you plan on being outside for a long period of time. A cream is sometimes best as you can see where the product is applied on the skin instead of guessing as to where it is, especially if the product is used on children. Use the sunscreen on all parts of the body, including the ears, forehead and the backs of the legs as these areas are exposed to the sun as well.

Take Your House From Good To Great With These Home Optimization Strategies

At some point, many homeowners decide that they're no longer satisfied with their house. If you've recently drawn this conclusion, don't worry. There are several home optimization strategies you can start implementing to take your property from average to incredible. Here are three of them:

1. Invest In Deck Services.

Having a great deck on your residential property can appeal to its functionality and visual appeal. As such, be sure to consider investing in deck services once you decide to optimize your home setting. Companies like Elevated Deck Systems are pleased to offer various components that will help enhance your property's appeal, including the bison deck. Some of the other applications offered by the company include pool decks, pedestrian walkways, and patio areas.

2. Hold A Yard Sale.

Another great way to get the home optimization process underway is by holding a yard sale. This technique is effective because it provides you with motivation to get rid of old furniture and other unused items that are causing clutter or detracting from the aesthetic allure of your property. Another big benefit of hosting a yard sale is that you can use the money you earn to purchase new items for your living room, kitchen, or any other region of the property that is in need of sprucing up. To ensure that your yard sale is as successful as possible, make sure that you implement a top notch marketing campaign so everyone in your local area knows what's going on.

3. Hire An Interior Decorator.

These days, the rise of the Internet seems to have made DIY projects a big thing. This is because people can go online and find blog posts and web articles that provide instructions for the completion of numerous home optimization projects. Yet if you're not a home design and decor specialist, you may find that your do-it-yourself efforts backfire. To prevent this from happening, consider the value of hiring an interior decorator to optimize your living space. These individuals tend to have extensive knowledge and experience regarding this sector, thereby enabling them to enhance your property quickly and correctly.

Don't Delay: Start Optimizing Your Property Today!

If you want to take your home from average to awesome, now is the time to implement the changes necessary to see the results you want. You can use some or all of the home optimization strategies outlined above to get things going now! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

How Important Is it To Keep On Top Of Your Families Finances?

In the current climate, it has never been more important to keep on top of our finances. But as a parent, this can be even more difficult. Not only does your money need to spread further, but you also have more people to care for. There are ways to make things easier for yourself, though, so have a read through our tips below and start making changes in your life today.

Set A Budget
No matter what your financial situation is, you should be keeping a monthly budget and sticking to it. They are the key to avoiding overspending and coming up short at the end of each month. Start off by working out what your normal monthly spends are, and divide them into categories. You may be shocked at how much you are spending on certain things, such as fuel and clothing. When writing your budget, you need to be practical and reasonable about how much you will spend, setting unreasonable targets will only lead to failure. Make slight adjustments and start of small, cutting takeaways to once a month maybe.

There are many spreadsheet templates available; some require you to log every individual purchase, while some are more simple.

Make Savings Where You Can
When you’ve got a budget set, it’s time to start savings in all areas of your life. Look for vouchers and coupons, and use them while shopping in-store and online. Be aware of deals and offers, but only use them if you really need the produce. Many deals can be created to entice you to buy an item you wouldn’t normally buy, just because it seems like a bargain. Make sensible choices and shop around for the best price.

Set a family meal plan, with healthy and varied meals. This will make shopping much easier as you can follow a shopping list which will cover ingredients for all the meals. Avoiding mid-week shopping trips can save you a fortune in the long run, and mean there is no last minute rushed meals put together.

If you find you are still struggling at the end of the month, there are secured debt consolidation loans available. Be careful to keep up with monthly payments with these, but they are very handy for smaller and short term loans.

Put Money Aside For The Future
Building up your savings is something everyone should be trying to do. Try to set up a standing order to put money aside each month, and incorporate this into your budget. Savings will come in handy in case of emergencies and act as a financial cushion. If you are planning a holiday or more expensive month, such as Christmas or birthdays, your savings will cover additional costs.

Create Good Habits

Breaking bad habits can take a while, but if you keep at it, then better habits will become routine. You may have to cut back on family treats and luxuries, but being more aware of your spendings will help everyone in the long run. Your children will pick up on your money management and carry this into their lives. Make them aware of what you are doing, and pass on your knowledge and experiences that you have learned.


Victorious Smile!

She won an international smile contest for the month of October 2009. This contest was sponsored by Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.

God bless y'all!