Apr 21, 2013

Reminiscing Life Moments


I was looking through my cellphone photo gallery and I saw these photos of my two younger kids, Sam and Simon. These were taken last June 2012 when we bought a foam mattress. The kids were so happy jumping and playing on this mattress. They love that it was yellow and that it feels good on their feet. I love to see my kids like this, being happy over the simplest of things. I can still hear their laughter and noisy chatter in my ears.


The foam mattress by the way was purchased from Uratex, a popular brand here in the Philippines. We went to their store and had the mattress cut according to our specification. We also bought sofa mattresses from them at the same time, with the width and size cut according to our wish. And it cost less than the ones sold in malls. 

Hope you're enjoying your weekend, everyone! Thanks for visiting!

Apr 20, 2013

Personalized Labels and Tags

While kids are still enjoying the summer vacation, moms and dads,  I'm sure, are thinking as early as now of the coming school year. I, for one, am already making my list of things to buy, things to print and things to pay at school. I am already planning my "strategies" on how I'll be able to cope with three kids in school this coming June. Yes, three, because my four-year-old Simon has now expressed his desire to go to school "just like kuya" (big brother). 

On Monday, he will start to attend summer classes at a new preschool in the neighborhood, so he would have a feel on how it's like to be in a classroom full of kids. This will help him to transition better for regular class in June. He's pretty much excited and I am excited for him. I already bought him crayons, pencils and papers to use at his summer school (I would be shopping for the school items in May for all three of them and I would be buying in bulk because things are, well, cheaper when bought wholesale). But for now, these are just the things he will need. 

Of course, I'm looking for cute kids name labels  that I can stick on his paper, pencil and crayons box so if in case he forgets them, they would be returned to him easily. Labels are a must-have for me. Every year, I print out labels for my eldest son ever since he was in preschool.  Now, I do the same for Sam and will be doing the same for Simon. I am also looking for more personalized products like bag tags, lunch boxes, and drinking bottles for all of the three boys. Kids love personalized items and are often thrilled to see their names printed on things.Who doesn't? I'm sure my little Simon would love those personalized products, especially that some of  the choices we see on the worldwide web are just too cute. 

For sure, the coming school year would be a challenging one for me, but I hope even more fulfilling than last year. With proper time management, support from my family and cooperation from my three kids, I know we can make it through with flying colors. I have faith. :)

Apr 18, 2013


During my son's field trip last November, we visited Nuvali (a community in Santa Rosa Laguna Philippines) on our way back to Manila. One of the attractions in Nuvali is a manmade lake where one can feed kois. The kids had a great time feeding the kois. The water at feeding area turned orange because of the kois. 

My son also rode a boat or what they call as water taxi for a fee.

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Apr 15, 2013

Colorful Gel Beads


These are gel beads air freshener. They used to be so small, like teeny tiny hard beads. My sister-in-law put the beads in bottles filled with water and over time, the beads grew to this size. The bottles have been with us for a couple of years. Last week, I washed the bottles and changed the water inside. I took out all the beads inside. See those tiny hands that's helping me? He was so happy to see all these colors. What is it about gels and jellies that kids and kids at heart like? I don't know if this is harmful to him but I thoroughly washed his hands afterwards just to make sure.

We put the beads back in the bottles. The second bottle, we put all the transparent ones first so the other beads seems to be floating.

Isn't this a great inexpensive decorating idea?

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Apr 10, 2013

Mugs and Me

My sister asked me a few months ago to look for a mug with cover for her at a local department store. I couldn't find any with cover, but I found these mugs on display. Decided to take a quick shot, and yes, I've been saving this for the M edition of ABC Wednesday and for Wednesday Whites.:D

M stands for Mai (my name), and mouse (another constant companion during early morning work), and MaiThankfulHeart (my kiddie/family blog). And of course, M is for Misty Allen, who's the fabulous designer of the kit I used for my header and blog design and also for the elements of the collage you see above. 

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Wedding Rings at JewelryVortex

One of the scenes that I remember the most in the movie Sixth Sense was when one of the characters, Anna Crowe (wife of Bruce Willis in this movie and played by Olivia Williams), was helping an engaged couple decide on a wedding ring. And I remember this scene, because of what she said, that when buying a wedding ring, you must choose the ring that speaks to you and that when one of the married couple pass away a part of themselves get printed on the rings like fingerprints. So, It's very important to choose a wedding ring wisely, since it's the main symbol of one's marriage and it's something that you'll wear for the rest of your life, hopefully. Important considerations should be given to style, price, make and brand. Good thing, choosing wedding rings at Jewelry Vortex is easy with their wide collection of wedding rings and bands. If you head over at their site, you'll see that the wedding rings and bands are categorized into style, fit, price and metal type to help couples breeze through the selection process. If you're looking for the perfect wedding band or ring, head on over to this site and enjoy searching. Remember, choose the ring that speaks to you.  

Apr 7, 2013

Recycling the Zesto Box

A few weeks ago, Simon had a project. Well, okay, Sam had a project at school but then, Simon the youngest also wanted to do HIS own project. Sam went home with a recycled Zesto box. It's just a box that  they covered with gift wrapper so that it could be use to hold other things.

Whenever there's a program at my dear Sam's school, the parents were tasked to bring food to share with everyone. I've always shared Zesto juice in tetra packs. I buy them by the box and each box would have ten tetra packs in it. After every program, we're left with Zesto (the juice brand popular here in the Philippines) boxes which we almost always throw in the trash. 

Until that day when Sam had that project in school. Simon wanted to make his own box., for his toys. And so we did. 

He cut the old wrappers that I found in the house. He's very good with scissors. 

Here you can see how serious the child was while recycling his box. After he cut, he tried to glue everything together. Such independence from a four-year-old. I helped him with this or else all that glue would have gone to waste. :D

And here's the final product. It's just a simple box, but my little man is mighty proud of his very own box. Sam's also showing off the box he made in school. Simon put his favorite toys here but forgot about it the next day, so I'm the one using it now, for my suddenly growing collection of postcards.  

My kids love activities like this. I feel guilty that I'm not able to provide them more of this. For this summer, however, hubby is considering teaching them origami and making a paper curtains out of the catalogs and brochures that we have at home. We also have a pending project called The Leaf Science (which they discovered while browsing K-Zone mag) that is on hold because up to now, I couldn't find baking soda in the stores in the area. :D 

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Learning at Educator.com

I found an excellent site online that is very beneficial to students and educators. This website aims to help high school and college level students improve their grades in areas they're having a problem with and to help students get high scores in SAT and AP tests, through well-designed lessons they can take at their own time and at their own pace online, and with the help of  educators who are experts in their fields.

I've read some great reviews about this site, but let me make my own educator.com review. When I heard about this site, I was excited to try it because of my three kids who love learning and who love going to online educational sites. When I looked at the site, though, I knew I couldn't use the site for my four-year-old and seven-year-old. Looking at the course offerings, I doubted that my 11-year-old would be able to grasp most of the lessons yet. The lessons at Educators.com, as I've said earlier, are for more advanced learning geared towards middle school, high school and college students.

So I checked some of the lessons out for myself. Of course, lessons in Mathematics that ranges from Basic Math to Differential Equations are out for me. As well as, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. What I found interesting are the Language courses. As a transcriber and a blogger, I know I need to brush up on my language skills. The last time I attended a writing class was in college. Lately, (and this is probably because of old age :D), I tend to forget the things that were supposed to come naturally to me. I knew I was in deep trouble when I wrote 'piece of mind' instead of 'peace of mind' and didn't notice I did until the third pass. There are things that I forget now, mainly because I'm not paying that much attention. Once I Googled things up and find the answers, I quickly forget about them because it's just so easy to search for it again next time. Hence, my introduction to Educator.com came at a perfect time.

I love how the lessons are divided into very detailed sections. For example, the English Grammar course starts with the chapter on Parts of Speech and starts with section on  Nouns. If you look at the image below, you can see this is a very comprehensive outline on Nouns alone. And that is just the start of the English Grammar course. There are six chapters all in all, ending with Common Sentence Problems.

screenshot of the English Grammar course.

I can jump from one lesson to another.  With the comprehensive outline shown above, I can just go to the lessons I'm interested in, like in this English Grammar course, I would like to be able to jump to Chapter V which is Common Grammar Problems. For students who are having a hard time in one area, this feature is very useful, since they can go back, and back again, to lessons they're having a hard time understanding.   

 Looking at the above outline, I realize that my 11-year-old could actually learn from this. The English Grammar course is easy to understand and over the course of the lessons, the instructor provides examples to help students easily grasp the concepts.

I love the clear video, the visual aids and the dual screen. All these make it easier for me to understand the concepts. The visual aids and the dual screen give emphasis to what the instructor is pointing at. I'm sure that my son would be able to understand these lessons because of those visual aids. The instructor is energetic and speaks clearly.

The two-video interface allows students to see what the teacher is writing down as she speaks. This serves as the blackboard, but much better  because you can pause the video or go a few slides back or forward.

Checking for understanding. At the end of the lessons, there will be a practice session and the answers will be provided on the next slides with explanations on why those answers are correct. 

Once you sign up at Educator.com, you will have unlimited access and personalized help to all courses. Courses include Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Language, and Music. And more importantly, they have courses to help your child on SAT and AP (Advanced Placement). You can take advantage of the free sample lessons in any of these course offerings to see for yourself how this would greatly benefit you and your child. Signing up is pretty much worth it.

I love that they are offering special software trainings and Computer Sciences, too. Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Adobe After Effects CS5 and HTML Training and C++. My hubby is very interested in the Computer Science courses. If you're a blogger or someone who plans to blog, they have courses on WordPress and WordPress blogging, as well. 

At your own time. The beauty of Educator.com is that you or your child can take these courses and go through them at your own time. It's like going to school, but of course at the comfort of your home and at your own convenient time.

It's a good thing that I found this site. I'm excited to begin on the software courses. I will update this post from time to time and once I'm done with the course so I can give you a more comprehensive view of the courses.

Until then, have a great day, everyone!.

Apr 3, 2013

Luck, Love and Life

I was racking my brains out trying to come up with something that starts with letter L. I searched through my archives of photos and couldn't find anything post-worthy. But then, I realized and it suddenly hit me that I have so many things that start with the letter L. I have Love all around me, Luck has always been on my side, and I have a good Life.

Don't get me wrong, I am not rich and nor well-off. In fact, what I lack is money, hahaha, but I'm blessed with love, love from my parents who sent me to a good school, love from hubby who doesn't have any vices at all, love from my extended family who love my children like their own and love from few true friends. And most of all, love from my kids. And everyday, there is much Laughter too, from the kids and from things I see and read online. I also have loads of work to do everyday that sometimes I thought I'd lose my mind. :) And speaking of work, I'd better get back to my housework now.

Apr 2, 2013

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