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Thursday, December 8, 2016

4 Changes To Your Home As You Grow Older

As you get older, it is often not as easy to do certain tasks as it used to be. If you have had an injury or a surgical procedure that limits your abilities, then your inability to engage in various activities can often be enhanced. If you want to enjoy a safe and healthy life as you get older, then it helps to have some tools installed that make it easier for you to get around in your home and avoid the most common home injuries.

New Showers

The idea of a shower can be dangerous for people of any age, let alone elderly people who are limited in their mobility. There are plenty of elderly showers you can install in your home that allow you to enjoy the full benefits of a shower, but without the possibility of injury. Shower floors can be slippery and it can often be difficult for the elderly to stand in a shower for long periods of time. An elderly shower eliminates all of those issues and makes showering safe for everyone.

Wider Doors

It is not uncommon for people to require assistance walking as they get into their golden years. If you want to make it easier for you to get around in your own home as your get older, then consider having your doors widened. Wheelchairs, walkers and even canes are much easier to use when your doorways allow you to pass through without having to turn sideways. Wider doors in your home will make sure that you can navigate your home with no problem.

Chair Lift For Stairways

Many people insist on living in their family home even after they can no longer navigate their stairs. If you want to enjoy the home you raised your children in as you enjoy bring a grandparent, then have a chair lift installed on your stairways. With a chair lift, you can safely and easily go up and down your stairs whenever you want.

Sometimes life can become a bit more challenging as we get older, and that can make certain household activities difficult to do. Instead of having to move and alter your life as you get older, you can make some changes that will allow you to live safely and comfortably in the space that you have come to call home.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gift-Wrapping, Shopping, Sickness etc.

This year seems to pass rather quickly to me, I can't believe the 2016 is almost over.  For the past few weeks, I am so busy and occupied with husband and  children getting sick then trying to finish some DIY projects that we have been doing at home. I feel bad that my husband is still in pain caused by the Cervical Disk Disorder with Myelopathy that was recently diagnosed him with.  A condition that happens when a nerve in the neck is pinched or bruised by a slipped (herniated) disk or by arthritic changes in the bones of the cervical spine . The doctor told him that the pain is going to get worse as he get older.  The bad thing is there's nothing that can be done to  resolve the issue.  Now, other people told me that it can be addressed with certain therapy and another told me she had hers  resolved with acupuncture treatment.  
 On a lighter note, I was able to finally get to shop for gifts. I am bummed I wasn't able to take advantage of the Black Friday deals but still glad that I found some affordable gifts for the family. I got this At-A-Glance weekly-monthly calendar/planner  from Shoplet.  
 I decided to  give this to my daughter's teacher because she has been such a wonderful mentor  for her.  She always encourages   Rylie with everything.  I know this isn't much but I think she can use this for her next year's goals, appointments and  other things.  She is a cancer survivor so she could truly use this planner for her  schedules in schools and other things. The monthly tabs for reference and quick navigation.
  I love that it's a  larger size and the classic medallion design is given a twist by pairing it with the vibrant colors.The fun, die-cut durable poly cover is great for both work and home.
 I also love that it has  a holiday list at the back.  You can get this for $14.24 at Shoplet.
 I also bought this conceptum notebook for my son's teacher .  This can be a good one to put her notes for her class.
 I wrapped some gifts yesterday including the gifts for my children's teachers.
 A lot of times, I wish I could give more for the teachers because  they don't get paid a lot especially at my  children's school.  Their pay is not that much and  I don't think they get  benefits that public school teachers get.  I respect and admire them tremendously for  their dedication in molding our  children and for patiently honing their  skills.  
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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Artistic Desktop Organizer #ShopletReviews

Having an organized desk is a must for me.  I can't seem to think straight when my  desk is piled up with things like papers and other things.  This is sometimes a big  issue when my kids are using my  desk because  they are so messy.  They are learning how to be organized now because I show them  the example of working easily without things laying around in the  working space/area.    "A cluttered space is a cluttered mind (at least for me)", I always  tell them.
I love this lift-top desk  pad that I got from Shoplet.  It has a non-glare  surface that reduces  reflection.  What I love the most is that, it has a protractor and inch and metric rules so  if you want to mark a paper that you want to cut it is easier.  Let us admit it, no matter  how we try to keep our things in our desk, kids tend to use it and  leave it somewhere ( that drives me crazy).  
This Artistic desktop organizer has a cushioned writing surface for comfort and the clear overlay keeps papers in view, as you can see, the photos are visible clear. I also love the fact that it has a durable and washable surface so maintaining it clean is not an issue.
The protractor feature  reminds me of my highschool days when I took my drafting classes.  This desktop organizer could have been helpful.  My  daughter is very intrigued with the protractor.  Anyway, you can buy this desktop organizer  through the link I have provided above.  
I don't have to worry about my  bills  getting lost as I  put them under the lift-top desk pad.  I wish I can win the lottery so I can pay off the mortgage and enjoy life without big bills such as this one.  
Shoplet is a one-stop shop ans e-tailer for all your need in your home office or business.  They have  Office Supplies,   Medical SuppliesCleaning Supplies and many more.  You can check out Shoplet's social media outlets: FacebookTwitterPinterest/Blog, and Youtube.  

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, October 26, 2016


I am  so happy of the progress that our daughter has made  in the past few years with her piano skills.  She love playing and practices her songs without anyone telling her to do so.  However, she is the hard critique of herself, she wants to  play  every song right but  it is hard to do especially when she is just learning it.  She hets frustrated at time but  what I love about her is that, she nver gives up until she do it right.  Below is one of  the songs she practices at home lately.  No need for a fender rumble 200 just raw piano playing.  The title of the song is Sonatina.  She kind of messed it up at the very end but I thought she did well which of course she said, still needs some polishing to do.  
A video posted by Rylie Cottrill (11) (@ryestein_) on

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.


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!