Friday, August 13, 2021

Buick Encore for our new Driver

We bought our daughter the Buick Encore for her first car.  We got it  at #1 Cochran Robinson dealership.  The total cost was $25, 014.62 .  It was actually $24, 982 then we got a $1,250 rebate for their promo deals plus $750 military discount. The 2,000 discount helped a little to lower the cost but with tax and everything, we still ended up paying twenty five grand.  We financed the loan thru General Motors Financial.  I am glad that both hubby and I have a really good credit score, we qualified for a 0 interest loan which is really nice.   


Here she is practicing parallel parking at the DMV in Moundsville before she took the  driver's test. She's been driving long distances and she's doing pretty good. She's a worrier so even though she drives well, she still felt nervous prior to taking the test. She took her driving test on the 9th and she passed. She had to wait till she turned 16 before she could take it but she was fully ready.

  
I won't go through the features since I am not really good with cars but I found this video on YouTube that shows it.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Laptop

 My husband  got me an early birthday gift, a laptop.  My computer crashed last year and I haven't been able to do my usual writing routine for a long time.  I thought I wouldn't miss it but I actually do.  I guess, the writing has become part of my life ever since I become a Mom that not writing about my kids events and other moments got me feeling a little lost.  But anyway, I am starting to get back at it again, slowly but surely.  

I prefer desktop over laptop but the good thing about laptop is you can carry it anywhere and with our current situation which is renovating the entire first floor, it's tough to be in the office/  I love the color of this laptop.  I finally was able to download all of the pictures I have stored in the camera.  
My Onedrive  is now full ha ha ha.  I  uploaded all the videos on Youtube so I can delete them in my  laptop.  Thanks my love for this early birthday present. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Volleyball Shoes

Volleyball season has started although the school opening was pushed back to September as per mandated by the state.  My kids have definitely grew over the summer.  They are now both taller than me and definitely has a shoe size bigger than my feet.   Anyway, we have been shopping for shoes since July.   I think my daughter bought five pairs of shoes to use for school and sports.
 I can’t believe she’s wearing size 7 now.
 We bought her new set of knee pads and volleyball shoes last week.  She had her scrimmage game last Friday over at Oak Glen High which we were not allowed to watch.  This pandemic is a killjoy!
 She was between the black and white shoes.  Her final choice was the white one and that’s what hubby and I liked as well.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Affordable and Practical Gifts

When it comes to giving gifts, my husband is the most generous.  He  doesn't care about the price.  He likes name brand stuff but I am the opposite.  I am more of a practical gift giver and receiver.  I always think of what the person receiving the gift really need or what he can use instead of what he would like but don't really need.
Anyway, I don't really need a new purse but my husband found this one on sale so he got it for me on Valentine's day.  I didn't mind because I like the style and the color combination.  I could use it with a lot of clothing that I have in my closet so it's a plus point for him for choosing this.
For our son's birthday, we got him his favorite sweets.  We also got him a new bike which he can use  during the warm weather.  He was actually able to use it once this winter, we had a warmer day and he  tried riding this around the neighborhood.  We love riding bikes  as a family during summer so this is a perfect choice for his birthday.
My daughter is taking violin lessons so I thought getting her this stand is an excellent choice for one of her Christmas gifts along with the portable charger that she really wanted.  Now that she's a teen, I can't buy her anything without asking her first because she has her own preference now.  The music tripod was a surprise gift but I am glad she actually loved it.
Our son is into shoes these days so getting him a pair for Christmas was an easy  decision.  This din't cost a lot either.
The Steve Madden purse and wallet was  the gift I got from my husband last Christmas.
 For my husband's 50th birthday, I got him this set of 50-pound dumbbells.  If you are into weight lifting, you know that these ain't  cheap, every pound is a dollar worth.  I did however got a great deal with it as it was free shipping.
 Our goal is to  fill up this rack with dumbbells.  We still needs sets of 30, 35, 40, and 45 pounds.  The stand was my gift for him during Valentine's Day.  Last Christmas, I got him a weightlifting belt and some knee pads.  He uses them every time he works out at our  mini gym in the basement.  Building up our own  home gym is  a lot cheaper than  having a gym  membership.  It is convenient and we can use it for a long long time.
Gifts doesn't have to be expensive.  I firmly believe that it is the thought that counts.  

6 Best Ideas to Accessorize the Mother of the Bride Dresses with your Own Style

It’s very important to accessorize your dress rightly, as it can change the whole look of yours. A right accessory can take your look to another level. If you have picked up a very beautiful dress and no accessories, you will certainly miss that charm. For mother of the brides, makeup and accessories should be kept minimal to get that sophisticated and classy look.

Here are the 6 best ideas to accessorize the mother of the bride dresses with your own style:

1. Corsages:

Corsages are often worn by mother of the brides. They look elegant and classy. The color should coincide with the flowers being used in the decorations or the bouquet of the bride. But don’t go too heavy with the corsages as it will only add up to the floral budget list. Keep it minimal. There are many videos available over the internet for you to browse and learn how to make DIY ones. They look best with any of the mother of the bride dresses you choose.

2. Necklace:

A Statement necklace can instantly boost up any look you opt for. If you have chosen a dress which has a deep neckline or strapless one, you can go with elegant and bold neckpieces. However, being a mother of the bride, simple and minimal neckpieces will be the ideal choice for you. You can keep the earrings heavy with minimal neckpieces.

3. Earrings:

Another accessory to brighten up the whole look is earrings. They will give some structure to your face and goes well with any hairstyle. Cascading earrings suits everyone’s style and face. Pearls are a trend these days, so you can choose pearls to rock any dress you wear. If you are someone who can’t manage with long earrings, go for studs. After all, your comfort comes first!

4. Hats:

Hats make a wonderful accessory for mother of the brides. Nowadays, there are many beautiful options and designs available in hats. You just need to explore them. Hats should be chosen according to the wedding location. If it’s a spring summer wedding and the location is a garden or lawn, then wearing a hat becomes an ideal choice. But if it’s a beach wedding, hat would not go well with the theme of it.

Also, hats look perfect with the mother of the bride dresses tea length.

5. Shoes:

Pumps make the best option for the mother of the brides. Peep toe pumps which are glittery and mostly silver colored looks ideal with mother of the bride dresses tea length. However, it’s always best to choose shoes which make you comfortable. If you haven’t worn heels during your whole life, don’t go for heels then. Wear decent flats or the heel size in which you are comfortable in.

6. Clutch:

A clutch that is compact and complements your outfit is an ideal accessory to choose. You can carry a small perfume, lipstick or highlighter for touch-ups. Always go for clutches which have extra straps with it, so that you do not need to carry it in your hands all around. Bucket slings are trending these days and it goes well with any of your dress.

It’s a wrap here! Go and rock the party by accessorizing your mother of the bride dresses with your own style and comfort.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

4 of the Best Financial Decisions You Can Make for Your Family



When you decide to start a family, a lot of responsibility accompanies it. You now have people whose wellbeing you’re responsible for, and in the midst of all of that, looking after yourself is equally important. One of the best ways to look after your family is by making financial decisions that will give them a brighter future. Although every decision you make probably won’t be right, you can increase your chances of making the right ones by acquiring the correct knowledge. There are some financial decisions that you can make that should ensure everyone is comfortable in the long term.
 

Creating a College Fund

If you have young kids, you will want to see them do better than you have in life. As you know, education can create so many more opportunities, so securing a college fund for them may be a wise idea. Instead of overwhelming yourself with the cost of fees and putting saving off, take it a day at a time. If you were to save as little as $100 a month, that would give you $1,200 a year which could be much more over the next ten years. Here are a few ways to save for their college fund below.

Savings account: Opening a savings account is one of the most ideal and safest ways to save for your kids’ college fund. It is an easy way of saving but be careful because a disadvantage is that it could reduce the amount of financial aid they get.

529 College Plans: You could also explore the option of 529 college plans if you like the idea of investing after-tax money into stock and bond funds. You could then withdraw the money tax-free for qualified education expenses.

Prepaid Tuition Plans: A third option to explore for your kids’ college fund is a prepaid tuition plan. This is only ideal if you’re sure that your kids will attend an in-state public university and it allows you to pay for tuition credits in advance.

Life Insurance

Another great financial decision you can make for your family is getting life insurance. This can spook people out if they feel doing so is a bad omen, but death is an investable reality everyone is going to have to face. What you don’t want is to have your kids burdened with financial difficulties if you leave earlier than anticipated. To avoid this, look into best term life insurance, so they have some financial support if the unexpected happens. The good thing is that you could choose to get it for a term of 5, 10, 20 or 30 years.

Emergency Fund

Rainy days are going to happen more often than you’d like, but they aren’t so bad if you’re well prepared for them. To protect your family’s wellbeing, always have an emergency fund stashed away that you can access in the case of financial downturns.

Doing so should serve as a security net in the case of unemployment, major fixes, or unforeseen medical expenses. To actually have enough in your emergency fund, you may need to learn to be more frugal and cut down on leisure expenses.

Investing

Warren Buffet himself advises that people invest in low-cost stocks and bonds, so this is an option to try. You could even buy stocks for under $10, but it’s advisable that you stick with industries you have knowledge on. Get a brokerage firm or financial advisor to give you advice in this regard. However, you want to know that when you retire, you have passive income and won’t be a financial burden to those around you.

Ultimately, you want to make financial decisions that benefit the entire family. Even though you may not be able to control the future, you can influence it by making the right choices.

Monday, October 8, 2018

4 Things to Consider Before You Go Traveling

Traveling as a family is something many people dream of happening to them. Whether you are planning a getaway in your home country or somewhere across the world, there are countless positives that can come from traveling. When you explore a new place together, you can create some amazing memories that you won’t ever want to forget. However, there are some parts of traveling that can cause your trip to be more stressful than fun. Before you depart, it’s wise to consider and tackle some crucial things. This will this ensure you fully relax and enjoy your new surroundings when you are away.


Any health problems

Sometimes, health problems can cause more hassle when you are traveling if they are not tackled before you leave. Having a health problem hanging over you may result in more trips to medical facilities in a new country. Many people are currently suffering from chronic health issues, mental health problems, and addiction. If you are hoping to resolve these problems before you leave, it’s best to speak to a medical professional or follow an alcohol addiction treatment programme. It is true that nobody should be prohibited from traveling, just because they are ill.
 
Can you afford it?

Often, the biggest thing standing in the way of some people traveling is a lack of money. While traveling on a shoestring budget can be done, when you have kids it is better not to take the risk by saving enough money. It may mean you end up waiting longer to go traveling, but it promises you will have a trip free from financial worries over any hidden costs. Ideally, you should make sure you have travel insurance to cover the entire family, which will be a huge help if you encounter any emergencies along the way.
 
Your destination

There are lots of questions you should be asking yourself when you are looking for a destination to visit, such as the native culture, local currency, as well as how safe it is for families. While most destinations can boast a great repertoire, there are others which may not be the best option, especially if you are traveling with young children. You should think about where will be most rewarding for you and your family to visit, especially if you are hoping to educate your children when you are there. However, you should also prioritize your search to include family-friendly resorts.
 
How you will get there

Unfortunately, the attraction of visiting an exotic island is often outweighed by how difficult it is to get there. This is why many families choose to drive to a destination within their home country, as there is plenty to explore without the hassle. If you are set on flying across the world, you should make sure to book your flights far enough in advance to save money, and plan how to make the trip easier. It may well be that the hassle involved with flying with the whole family is more than worth it for the fun times you have together.

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gun Concealment Bench

For Father's Day, I bought  my husband this gun concealment bench to store his  guns.  They have been  in the closet  ever since we  moved in this  home  so I wanted  him to have a proper storage for it.  He wanted  a gun safe that  would show  each of them but I thought this bench is a great idea.  I don't really want to display  guns so this is perfect.  
I bought it  at Hayneedle online and I was worried that it would have  some  damage when delivered.  I was right with my worries.
 The  bottom part of the drawer was  coming apart  from the  sides.  The staples  for some reason are pulling apart from the wood.
 I had to correct  the issue before my husband could see it because I did want him to say "this is a piece of junk!"  He never want to buy any  piece of furniture online because he can't see it and it is hard to return them when it's delivered at your home already, it's a hassle really.
 Aside from the drawer issue, the varnish  is also starting to chip off on one of the panels.
 I was gonna try to assemble it myself and surprise my husband  with it as a complete piece but I gave up.  It needs two people to  ]put it together.
 The drawer also have some dents.
 The tools and other accessories  is also lacking the allen wrench.  The number 12 is there but the wrench is not, I was very disappointed.  Luckily, we have one available at home.
 Here's more damage on the wood.
 Anyway, my husband liked it except the part that it was a little hard to put together.  Some of the parts where  screw needs to be drilled, they did not pre-drilled it so we had to drill it ourselves.
 Despite the  small  dents and other issues, it was actually a good piece for the price.  It is made in Vietnam and the wood is  real and not the composite one, my husband hates those composite stuff.
So now, all of his stuff have a storage and we  have an extra space for sitting.  I love the fact that all of it are now locked in one place where kids can't get to it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Top Kitchen Gadget Essentials


When it comes to having a functional kitchen, it is important that the right tools and gadgets are available. Having your kitchen stocked with the right items makes preparing your meals efficient and more straightforward. Preparing dinner becomes less of a bother, and it makes your meal prep a more liberating experience.
The right kitchen essentials can make an overall difference in your lifestyle, as you’ll be more inclined to make your meals and perhaps even eat healthier. Great gadgets in your kitchen can improve how you manage time and a variety of other things. Here is a list of the top kitchen gadgets you can consider stocking in your kitchen.

Cutting Board

If you plan on cooking in your kitchen at all, you will undoubtedly need a cutting board. This kitchen utensil, although not a gadget is one the most fundamental things you will need. A cutting board will keep your vegetables, meat, and whatever else you seek to chop or dice in place.
 cutting boards featuring index-style tabs to indicate which food type they should be used for –
 raw meat, vegetables, fish and cooked food. 


Vegetable Steamer

Steaming your vegetables is a great way to retain its nutrients and promote healthy eating. A vegetable steamer is convenient and is sure to encourage your consumption of vegetables daily. It makes it very easy to steam your vegetables, plus the clean up is a cinch.

Colander/ Strainer

If you plan on cooking pasta, a colander or strainer will be beneficial to have in your kitchen.  Having one on hand enables you to quickly strain the water from pasta, canned foods, as well as vegetables and fruits after they have been washed. There are many innovative and fascinating strainers and colanders on the market.
 

Grater

A grater is also a fantastic tool to have in the kitchen. Whether you need it for grating cheese or lime, it will come in handy.

Blender

Having a kitchenaid blender in your kitchen is a must. If you love blending fruits to make delicious smoothies, mix ingredients for pancakes, homemade sauces, purees and so much more. A blender can cut down on time and like many other things, encourage you to eat out less and make more tasty dishes at home.

Herb Mill

If you love using fresh herbs in your meals but hate the idea of cutting them up finely, an herb mill can do that for you. It is a fast and simple way to mince fresh herbs and add them to recipes.
There are so many great gadgets on the market that are perfect for making cooking at home very simple. After all, this is the very reason that many people choose to order out. However, with the gadgets and essentials mentioned above, cooking at home can be great.

Other gadgets that can be considered are engraved rolling pins which add designs to your flour for baking.  Pizza scissors, tea infusers, popcorn makers, yolk separators, pasta servers, and many others can be included as part of your kitchen.  However, in the end, the most important thing is to have items that make operating in the kitchen a breeze.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Perfect Mother's Day Gift for Busy Moms

It's that time of the year again when motherhood is  celebrated.  Being a Mom is such a great blessing.  It has given me the opportunity to know the things that I never cared for when I was single.  It has given me the chance to do  the things that I did not think I could do prior to being a Mom.

 Becoming a Mom, made me appreciate my own Mom even more.  I don't think I can top  all the things that she has done for  us 9 children but I am glad and grateful  that she is my Mom, she taught me so much!  Thank you Ma!

This Mother's Day, there are so many things that we can give to our Moms.  I wish My Mom is into gadget but she is one of the few old school Moms who doesn't even want a phone.  She does not like to  fool with gadgets.  She said it's giving her a headache when  one time we  tried to  give her  a phone so I can easily talk to her.  She said "if you want to talk to me, see me."  So that's that.  I wish I could see her everyday but it's impossible. 
Anyway, for those  who have a tech savvy Mom and love to travel, this full-size bluetooth travel keyboard is a perfect gift you can give.  This  folds into a convenient size to bringing along wherever you go.   This is such a perfect gadget for those who work while they travel.  This comes with a protective case that feels like leather and folds into a convenient stand for your tablet or smartphone when using the keyboard. It has a high-capacity Lithium-Ion battery that charges quickly from a standard USB port for weeks of normal use.  You can get this via AMAZON  for $49.95 WITH FREE SHIPPING.  You can  plug the keyboard in a USB port and use it like a USB keyboard. It is compatible with  Android, iOS, and Windows and it can connect to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or other Apple Bluetooth device.
My son's teacher  had a special treat for all the Moms  in her class.  She invited us for a brunch in their classroom where the kids served their Mom waffles with  fruits and other toppings.  Their teacher  brought a waffle mix and waffle  maker.  


It makes me wish I have a Waffle maker like this one that I saw  on Amazon.  I am not  a pancake fan but I like eating waffles.  I have never made it at home though, I always bought the frozen one from the store.  

Another thing I wish I have in my kitchen is a Pressure cooker like this one.  Having this means  that I can create a   great meal in  a press of a button.  I see some bloggers  that features  all the dishes they make  using pressure cooker that's why I wish I have one myself.
If  there's one thing you want to  have for MOther's Day, what would you like to have?  Would you consider any of the three I featured above?  Anyway, happy MOther's Day to all the Moms out there. 

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