Nov 25, 2012

The $100 Amazon GC Giveaway! - Open Worldwide!

Christmas is just around the corner! Wouldn't it be awesome to win $100 at this time of the year? That would mean additional funds for gifts!  If you win $100 Amazon GC, what would you buy?  Me, I wanna buy my kids their own computer or some other gadgets where I can put loads and loads of interactive and educational apps. The good news is...

Happy Home and Family
has teamed up with a group of the most amazing bloggers around to bring you this great giveaway to help you out with your holiday expenses!!
One lucky reader will be winning a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Special thanks to our co hosts - Capri's Coupons, My Mushings, Mum Writes , SaMie Designs and Din's Fashion
Giveaway details:
  • One lucky reader will be winning a $100 Amazon Gift Code ( or $100 cash through PayPal )
  • Giveaway is open worldwide
  • The giveaway will run from November 25- December 15
Just enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!!

Nov 22, 2012

Being Overprotective Or Just Being Safe

Yesterday, my eldest and I went on a field trip in Tagaytay. One of the places we visited was Picnic Grove. And when in Picnic Grove, you can't help but go horseback riding. I wanted to go horseback riding with Basti but I can't because I have a slipped disk and I can't risk falling, because if I do I'll surely end up in the hospital and may end up paralyzed for life. And I can't risk that.

I let Basti go horseback riding while I watch on the side. Most of his classmates did and I didn't want him to feel left out. I watched on the side with a specific instruction to the guide to always be at his side throughout the ride. It was his first time and he was so happy. That moment was one of priceless moments of his life.

This experience was really great for him and for me, seeing him so happy and experiencing horseback riding with his classmates.

There was just one thing that's been gnawing at my mind ever since we left the horseback riding field. And I would really love to know your opinion on this.

One of the mommies who I had become friends with had taken charge of four other kids who didn't have their mommies with them. These kids are her daughter's playmates and Basti's as well, so I kind of feel responsible for them as well. Two of those kids went horseback riding and shared a horse. So there were two of them on one horse with the guide on their side. This mommy friend and I were both shocked that after awhile, like a few minutes after of teaching and guiding them, we found the two on their own without the guide on their side. We scanned the field for the guide and we found him sitting in the shade, not even looking where his "students" were.

While this may be part of the lesson, you know, letting them try it our for themselves, my friend and I panicked because we both know that accidents can happen anytime, especially for first-timers who'd never been on a horse before. What if one of them suddenly made a move that would send the horse galloping? So I called the attention of the guide and almost ran into an argument. They said that their horses are tame and they are "kind" and would not do anything that would hurt the kids. I said, yeah right, and what happens if something happens and you were not at their side. So the guide reluctantly accompanied the kids again, and my friend decided that they had enough and besides it was a very sunny and hot afternoon for the kids.

The funny thing is, Basti was also left alone by his guide and my heart skipped a beat. I immediately called the attention of our guide and he immediately understood. I really don't know if leaving them alone was part of the lesson but I see that some of the other guides did not leave their students' side.

What's bugging me about all this was that for one of the moms this setup was just okay. She was even cheering his son in a loud voice to make the horse go faster. I can't be that mom. I'm too scared that my son might fall when the horse suddenly run full speed. It's just a small horse as you can see but I have slipped disk remember and just the thought of him falling and having the same pain that I'm experiencing is a thought I could not entertain.  I told my friend that right there, you can see the difference between two moms and I wondered if I'd been overprotective.

So what do you think? Have I been overprotective or am I just being safe? Both for the other kids and my own? Would you be like me or would you be like the other mom? And also, would you let your 11, 10-year-old kid go on a zipline on his own? I really feel awful that I may not be letting my son have free reign of what he can and cannot do. And I felt awful explaining to him why I can't let him do things when he can see his classmates can.

Overall, he was happy with the way the field trip turned out but he wanted to go on his own next year. Maybe I should, huh?

Your thoughts?

Nov 20, 2012

Fee Blogger Sign-ups: $200 Amazon New Years Giveaway

Start the New Year with a giveaway for your readers! As early as now,Jadey of Diva Fabulosa is looking for bloggers to participate in the $200 Amazon New Year Giveaway. This would be one of the first giveaway for 2013. Sign up now before you forget because December's gonna be one busy month for all of us!

$200 Amazon Giveaway

This giveaway is hosted by Diva Fabulosa and Happy Home and Family

  • Event Date: January 4 - January 18
  • For companies/ non bloggers/business owners who are interested in sponsoring an event, please send me an email at: admin at divafabulosa dot com
Please write MaiThankfulHeart as the one who referred you.

Nov 16, 2012

The Pacman Bag

Remember Pacman, the video game that was very popular during the 80s? I loved Pacman. Apparently, my kids love Pacman, too. They found a flash Pacman game online and they play it from time to time. I didn't know they really love Pacman, until we saw this Pacman bag at SM the last day of October. 

There was suddenly a lot of chatter and laughter when they saw this bag. They even looked at the prize and sat down on the floor to have a closer look.  Even now, while I'm writing this post, they're huddled in front of the computer and looking still at this Pacman bag.(i drafted this last night. now, they're at school)

I think I know what to buy them for Christmas.


Nov 9, 2012

Christmas Decors and A Lovely Christmas Tree

Christmas is here! I can feel it in the air! I can certainly see it all around me. Just take a look at these Christmas decors we spotted at our local bookstore, National Bookstore.  I love the colors of Fall, but I love the colors of Christmas even more. And one of my kids is loving these colors, too! He couldn't take his eyes and hands off all these lovely trinkets.

Me, I love this Christmas tree. I wish I could take it home with me. But for that price? Nah, I'll pass. That's around $540 given the current exchange rate. But isn't it gorgeous? Wow, I'm tickled pink by this lovely Christmas tree.

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Nov 8, 2012

Free Blogger Sign-Up: $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Bloggers wanted for another great giveaway! Get one free Facebook link for participating and promoting the giveaway! Additional links available for a fee.  

Event Details: The prize is $100 Amazon Gift Card. Your fans will love this. Event will start on November 25 and ends December 15! Contest is open to WORLDWIDE. Top Referrer will get to host a follow page.

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Please mention MaiThankfulHeart referred you.

Nov 3, 2012

The Last Two Days of October


Our last two days of October were spent having fun. October 30th, Sam and Simon attended Sam's school Halloween party. They enjoyed the games, the costumes, the music, the food and the dancing. Especially the dancing. The kids danced Gangnam Style. They also had a fun number ala Plants versus Zombies. I was so proud of Simon for being able to keep up with the other kids of the school when it comes to dancing. He's so at home with his brother's schoolmates that I am already deciding he's going to the same school next year.

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Last day of October, my sister took us to SM to go trick-or-treating, Although, at first they were excited and glad receiving candies from the different stores, they did not mind when we stopped after a few stores and decided to call it a day after an hour or so. We spent more time in the food court eating, playing their favorite bowling game, and bonding with cousins.

Overall, the last two days of October was a blast both for them and for me. After satisfying my sweet tooth with the hard candies I wouldn't let the kids eat, I said to myself "this is not so bad, after all." I honestly had misgivings about celebrating the Halloween, but I realized I could not deny the kids the fun it brings, especially Simon and Sam. It was such a joy seeing their happy faces. For them, this is just for fun, simple joys of kids. When they grow up, I'll let them decide on their own if they still want to celebrate or not. Anyway, my eldest, Basti, who's now 11, does not like Halloween parties anymore.

October was such a busy month for us. Now, I'm gearing up for the busiest time of the year, Christmas. And I'm sure, with Sam now at school and Simon keeping up with all of Sam's activities, this will be our biggest and busiest Christmas yet. I'm excited! Are you?

The Wii U Giveaway!!!

Here's another great giveaway for all you readers in the US and Canada. I'm sure you'll really like the prize! This is one gadget that your kids and the whole family will truly enjoy playing with! It's the Wii U!

Choice Your U Event

~ Introducing the Wii U ~

Wii U is the next great gaming console from Nintendo and it redefines how you will play next. With its innovative new Wii U GamePad controller, it will not only introduce entirely new ways to play games, it will also transform how you connect with friends and enjoy entertainment.
Play Games
  • Discover new ways to play together with the innovative Wii U GamePad controller
  • Enjoy brand new games from your favorite gaming franchises
  • Experience up to full 1080p HD for the first-time ever on a Nintendo gaming console
  • Play almost all of your favorite Wii games & accessories on the Wii U console
Connect & Share
  • Interact with friends, family, and people around the world via Miiverse*
  • Download add-on content, full games, classic games, and applications from the Nintendo eShop*
  • Communicate in real time with the video chat feature*
  • Make and share Mii? characters* *Broadband Internet access required for online features. For more info, go to
Transform Entertainment
  • Search your TV, cable, video-on-demand and DVR content from one convenient place
  • Control your TV with the Wii U GamePad as a remote control
  • Browse the Internet on the Wii U GamePad and share your activity on the TV screen
  • Find, watch, and enhance your video entertainment
Wii U GamePad Controller
  • Connects Wirelessly with both the console and the TV
  • Built-in touch screen
  • Motion Control
  • Buttons and control sticks built right in

One lucky reader will receive a Wii U Console with Wii U GamePad Controller!

Giveaway ends November 30th at 11:59pm, open to Continental US and Canada residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Nov 1, 2012

International Digital Scrapbooking Day - The MyMemories Blog Train - November 2

I'm going to have lots of fun and loads of digital scrapbooking freebies this weekend. It's that time of the year again when digital scrapbooking lovers go on a frenzy collecting free kits from tons of designers. If my kids had a blast trick-or-treating, I'm gonna have a blast on International Digital Scrapbooking Day! 

Join us at the IDSD's MyMemories Blog Train. Hop on the Blog Train. It's gonna be something you don't want to miss! Discover new digiscrap designer, reconnect with your old favorites, see new designs, and grab free kits.

Thanks Cat of for the banner!
Invite/banner above was made by CatDesignz using the Thankful Calm Bundle
The fun starts at CatDesignz!!!  See you there!