Oct 29, 2011

Fruitti's Sweet Strawberry Jelly

The problem with being a mom of  boys is that I am surrounded with all the colors of the rainbow and the color wheel/chart, except for the color pink. The only pink thing we have is a food container that my eldest would not take to school, even if I force him. Except for that, we don't have anything pink in the house. 

But pink came unexpectedly one day and was accepted wholeheartedly by three boys and it's in the form of these delicious strawberry jellies.

Oct 28, 2011

Fun with Puzzle Pieces

I don't know what these pieces are called, honestly. They're supposed to be puzzles that you make into a house or something. Forgive me but I'm too lazy to do anything (because of a backpain that would not simply go away), too lazy to not even think hard on what's the name, or research it on the net. I'll just wait for someone to tell me what it is -- tee-hee. 

But my boys had figured out what to do with it so who cares about the name. let's call it "puzzle pieces" for now. These puzzle pieces had kept my boys occupied for a good full day. While I was trying to work, they would call my attention every time they had a new "creation".

***this collage courtesy of  Smilebox

Oct 25, 2011

Celebrating Ten Years of Motherhood

Last Sunday, my two boys celebrated their birthdays at their Lola's house. Both boys were happy, especially when they saw that they have two cakes. We had plan to buy a cake with their favorite character in them. They were arguing over Spongebob cake and DC characters. I wanted an Angry Bird cake but sad to say I couldn't afford it. I messed up big time on the cake. They did not get the Spongebob cake and the DC Characters cake either. Because I was not able to go out to order at the mall due to my backpain days before their birthday. Goldilocks and Red Ribbon both said that special character cakes should be ordered three days before the occasion. So to compensate, we bought two cakes instead. Hehe. :)

Oct 24, 2011

KID: The Birthday Boys

My two boys were born seven days and four years apart. I honestly believe that they would have had the same birthdate if Sam's birth was not induced. If I were to be asked what's my unforgettable moment in my life, I would say it would be the "moments" my boys were born. Truth to tell, I never imagined being a wife and I never imagined being a mom. Now, 10 years after, I can't imagine NOT being a mom. My life is complete with my three boys and I thank God each and everyday (especially when they're being ultra behave and nice) for the wonderful gifts He has given me.

Oct 17, 2011

A Sunday Afternoon at the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church

These photos were taken one Sunday afternoon, weeks ago at the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church. And I call these photos Beauty and The Boys. That's our niece in the picture. She's only one year old but so charming and bubbly. 

credit: Silly Autumn Mini Kit_MyMemories Freebie_by Leelou Designs

Gotta Make Time for Time4Learning

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Oct 16, 2011

Getting Creative With Letters of the Alphabet

When I learned about Aloha Gem's Balikbayan Giveaway, I got really excited. Before I tell you what the prize is, I need to tell you that the mechanics are super easy! You just need to write a blog post and link three related articles from her alohagems library

It's that easy! But wait, when I went in the library, my head swum. Aloha Gems offers tons of useful information about topics so close to my heart that got me excited again and I really couldn't decide whether I'm going to write about alphabet for kids, gardening and flower arrangement stuff or Halloween costumes for kids. 

So finally, I picked a topic closest to my heart (as a mom) and which other mommies like me would find useful and that is Fold and Cut Alphabet A to Z. This particular article strikes me deep because it bring back memories of high school. We have a large board back then in our classroom that we decorate each and every month depending on what the theme for that month was. We had lots of fun doing this especially during Christmas, Valentines, and Halloween. We would fold and cut out letters of the alphabet using art paper. I had forgotten how to do it but I was reminded with this article by Aloha Gem! I must share this knowledge with my three boys! If you go to the site, the instructions are very detailed and even has photos on them.  

And after folding and cutting letters of the alphabet, I can do much more with the Decorative Alphabet Series. These articles show us how to add shadows to the already folded and cut alphabet.  

Nice eh? We also used to decorate our classroom wall with scary stuff during Halloween. We had a classmate who could really draw and he made all of the artsy stuff that we needed to hang or paste on the wall. Well, he drew them and we cut. His life would had been easier if we could just print things like Bats coloring Alphabet. But we didn't have computers back then. There were a very few people who had computers and they all ran in DOS (did I get it right?), lol. You know, that matrix type of thing. No special graphics or animation back in those days. Kids today are so lucky.  

And speaking of drawing and of kids being so lucky in this techie age, let me tell you what the prize is for Aloha Gem's Balikbayan Giveaway. It's a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet! That is so cool! I am really praying to win it. Everyone in my family draws, from hubby to the 3-year old ball of energy and I could imagine how thrilled they would be when they hold it in their hands. That is so right, I am visualizing winning!

So dear readers, fellow moms, if you want a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet too for the artist and designer in you and your kids, you can join Aloha Gem's Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet Balikbayan Giveaway. See you there!!!

Oct 14, 2011

Mommy Moments: My Favorite Online Products and Tools

mommy moments

For today's Mommy Moments, I would like to share my favorite online products and tools. These are the products or tools  that I've just recently discovered and enjoy using. 

Moment Garden is like photo storage site but the good thing about it is it's like memory bank since you can label the photos according to date and they will show up in chronological order, just like what's shown in my screenshot. I store all my digital scraps here because they look good arranged that way. I haven't put in baby photos yet but I will do that soon. 

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

I found MomentGarden by the way via the Rafflecopter Fan Page (another good thing that hit the blogosphere). 

MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking is what I'm using now for all my digiscraps here. You may have noticed that all my posts here have scrap photos on them. It's so easy using MyMemories and I love the freebies offered through their fan site, and through the affiliate program that I am in. 

MyMemories Software was given to me for review and giveaway.  Out of the blue, they emailed me and I'm really thankful for that because the software had been a  real help. I made the header, the sidebar widgets using MyMemories software and using MyeDeLeon's Kit. 

Oct 12, 2011

Nostalgic with Photos

I finally found the old photos that have been missing for so long. Included in this batch of photos where shots taken the day Simon was born and our trip to the Museo Pambata. These photos were probably the last ones we had printed out. Our photos are all digital now. Looking at the photos,can't help thinking how fast the kids had grown. 

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Wow, I can't even remember where I was when I celebrated my 22nd birthday. I'm pretty sure I wasn't blogging back then. Anyway, enough of me. 

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Oct 11, 2011

Our First Orange Tuesdays: Carlo's Cake

This is our very first entry to:

Carlo is my boys' cousin on my hubby's side of the family. He turned five last September and so they held a mini-birthday party. Birthdays cakes are always anticipated by the kids. And in these photos, you can tell that Sam loved the cake and was more excited to blow the candle than birthday celebrant Carlo. He was happy for Carlo, too.  

Oct 10, 2011


Hubby came home one day from his farewell party at his previous work. He actually moved to a new company last month. He was given this cute pillow by an officemate and this pillow became an instant hit with the kids, especially with Simon. 

credit: Boys in Charge Pack by Snap Wings At MyMemories.com

Simon loves the letterings on the pillow. He points to each letter and enunciates them very clearly. He would say very slowly I-M-I-S-S-Y-O-U and then shouts I MISS YOU! And he does all these every time to anyone who cares to listen. Such a show-off!!! And this little pillow has a name, what else but AMISHU!

Oct 8, 2011

Color Connection: Straws!

I am happy to say that my boys can make toys out of anything  -- from the simplest things like coins, laundry clips, and paper clips. They have lots of toys but their imagination run wild with these ordinary household items.  It varies from week to week. There was a week when it was all about straws.  

I had to buy Sam a set of straws that he and Simon can play with because they had been quarreling over a few pieces that they got from Grandma's store. The straws had since then been shifted to different shapes, had become swords, poles and just about anything a 2-year old and 5-year old can think of. 

I'm happy that my boys are imaginative. When the going gets tough and I can't afford to buy them toys, I just have to bring out our school supply box and it suddenly becomes a treasure chest to two little boys. 


Oct 5, 2011

Say Goodbye to Cellphone Bills, Say Hello ToTracFone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was still in the call center industry, I considered telecommunications accounts as the toughest accounts to handle. Over the course of my call center career, I handled four telecommunications accounts. And believe me, it was no easy job. People are always calling about their bills and their services. Why does it have to be complicated, I say? 

People always say that they want something that's value for their money. And I'm glad to say that they CAN have value for money when it comes to cell phone and its uses. There ARE  options available out there. The problems that most customers who use to call me before is that they don't do their research before  they sign the contract 'cause as they say "Who reads the fine print, anyway?". Well, the ones who are not calling are the ones who do. For those who don't read the contract, when the bill comes -- surprise, surprise, surprise!


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Oct 4, 2011

The Boys At MIBF 2011

You can tell from these photos that my boys were bored. I couldn't blame them. I took them to the Manila International Book Fair 2011 on the last day, on the last few hours. There were so many people there that we did not get to fully enjoy the books. I wish we'd gone sooner. Well, there's no use brooding over an obvious mistake. Next year, we'll go on a weekday, on the first few days so we can roam around and we can freely check each booth and choose books at our own pace. 

Credit: Tags by Aimee Harrison Girlboheme Studios  (GBS)
Background from MyMemories Suite Software