Thursday, April 30, 2009
Have you ever picked fresh vegetables and fruits in your garden? Remember how fresh, juicy and delicious they tasted? Growing vegetables and fruits teaches children that plants, like people, need adequate food and water to grow and stay healthy. Through gardens, children also learn about new foods and are willing to taste foods that they grow. Easy food for kids to grow include tomatoes, peppers, green beans, zucchini and many others. You don't need acres of land to garden; many of the plants grow well in containers.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1.Take a Manta quiz - You can find hints throughout the site by following @RealShamu on Twitter.
2.Submit to Flickr - Take a photo of yourself displaying "I Heart Manta".
3.Fill Your Row -Spread the word about Manta and have your friends help you win great prizes.
4.Submit to Youtube – Show the world how excited you are by creating a short video and uploading it to youtube.
5.Make a Manta Mask – Download the Manta mask and show how well you can wear it.
6.Follow and Tweet.
Make sure to follow the step by step 6 Manta activities by visiting www.ridetheflyingray.com and get a chance to earn the Manta “Front-of-the-line” pass at SeaWorld Orlando.
Good Luck and have fun!
Rockefeller Center (67th floor)
NYC at night. Taken from the top of The Empire State building (102nd floor)
A pose with one of the Rockettes (Radio City) and the Statue of Liberty
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Dressing up my garden is fun and draw attention to a specific area. This time I am planning to add a solar powered fountain bird bath so I can enjoy the sound of water flowing down the fountain and I'm sure birds will love it too. All I need is fill it with water and enjoy the soothing atmosphere while relaxing on my Peguera Bench. Gardening makes me busy all summer long. Working in my garden strengthen my muscles and is also a great way to get in that daily work out, while also spending time with my family. Since we added a deck close to the garden I can now entertain friends outdoor, with citronella candles and a dab of sunblock we are now ready for an outdoor party.
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Moment To Exhale
Everything Plus The Kitchen Sink
Monday, April 27, 2009
Look for experience – you'll want to select a contractor with direct experience in the type of project you have in mind. Ask for references.
Talk to at least 2 contractors – If possible get a price bids from at least 2 contractors and search for a licensed home improvement contractor.
Check for customer complaints.
Don't be offended if the contractor protects his business by inquiring about your credit worthiness and ability to pay.
Always put changes in writing. If a contractor promises something, ask to have it in writing. Or write up the promised item yourself and ask the builder to initial your writing.
Read the fine print.
It is better to establish a good working relationship with your contractor. Be honest with them about your expectations. And remember, be patient and keep your mind on the end result. Good luck!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This toy tunnel was once a great toy for my little girl. When baby was away our cat was there to rest or play. Our cat Schmedley taking his rest. This photo was taken 5 years ago. We really miss our cat. He passed away in 2007. He has been with us for 18 years giving us joy and company.
This magnolia tree is not from our garden but I would love to have one of this kind. I took this picture when walking at the park so I can show it to our local nursery if I can get the same kind. The greatest bloom of this lovely tree is in the early spring.Oh, how I love spring... the beautiful flowers begin to bloom and the green world begins to return after its winter slumber.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It's been raining for 3 days in a row now. I hope sunny day comes before the spring break ends. My little girl can't wait to play in this play ground again. At least I got an opportunity to look for the Glass Tile my hubby needs for his project.
Daily Deals featured item is a Webcam Plus USB Web PC Video Camera. This is a great product if you want to add video in your internet communications. The camera offers clear still and live video images in a small, fun package that is easy to set up and use. It's great for families to stay in touch with friends and relatives, by adding video to IM, sharing photos and more. Try visiting their site and have a chance to steal the deal of the day. You might get lucky to find the item you are looking for in a very good price.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
This daylily is one of my favorites in our garden. Having a very bright color and big flower makes the garden more lively when it blooms. I wish to see more of this beauty this year. ID please for my co-bloggers who know its name.
Friday, April 17, 2009
It is so interesting, I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I noticed our seedlings folded up all their leaves. Are they sleeping? Yes, plants do sleep at night. They can not make food, so they shut down by closing their stomata.
Let me talk a little bit of science here:
Green plants are the only plants that produce oxygen and make food, which is called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis means "putting together with light." This takes place in sunlight. From sunlight, green plants combine carbon dioxide and water to make sugar and oxygen. Green plants use sugar to make starch, fats, and proteins. there are tiny pores called stomata. Oxygen and carbon dioxide enter and leave through the stomata.
If there is one place I dreamed of going, It is the beautiful Maui in Hawaii. I heard a lot of wonderful things about this Island. The world's best beaches, the beautiful people and the breathtaking Maui Resort is the perfect getaway. We are already been talking about celebrating our wedding anniversary and came across to the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. Their amenities include two restaurants, spa salon and swimming pool. One of the activities that we would like to do is visiting the historic sites. Since Maui is home to ancient Hawaii capital, the historic town of Lahaina, It would be worth to visit. Museums are surely enjoyable too. White sand beaches of course is number one in our list plus other activities for kids because our 6 year old daughter will be with us. Hiking adventures is for sure one of the best to explore Maui.
For couples who are planning their dream wedding, Maui Weddings is truly a dream of couple in love. Hawaii is definitely the island of enchantment for lovers and getting married in Maui would be an unforgettable wedding experience. The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel has a lovely oceanfront garden.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
View from the open air terrace
Last summer we got a chance to spent our weekend in Newport Rhode Island. The weather was beautiful, we started our day at the city walk and walked from the Forty steps down to The Breakers home. We only got a chance to visit one mansion because my littlegirl was already tired of walking. The inside was beautiful with 70 rooms and approx. 65,000 sq. ft. of living space. We are planning to continue exploring other mansions this summer.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I usually eat it with bread for breakfast or make a smoothie out of it. My little girl loves it too. I buy a lot each week and wait until it becomes golden yellow in color to enjoy its sweetness. Mangoes help to lower cholesterol, the fiber content is a wonderful aid to digestion regularity and they are rich in Vitamins A and C. they provide more carotinoids than other fruits, and are also low in calories.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Protection for home and family is not an easy decision but the security and peace of mind will be good for healthy living.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Here is the poem she asked me to write since she had a hard time writing it. (I just wrote what she wanted me to.)
Sunflower so yellow and bright
I love how they smell,
I love how they feel
When you pick the flower
and put it in a pot,
you can pick another one if you want?
You think it's a tree
You think it's a bee
You think it might grow higher than me?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I learned to write in bold letters when I was in college after my term paper was rejected because it was written in cursive handwriting. Since I was taking up engineering I decided to change it to bold handwriting, and now I am used to it.
Here are the instructions:
1. Write down who tagged you.
2. Answer these:
a. your name / username / pseudo
b. right-handed or left-handed?
c. your favorite letters to write?
d. your least favorite letters to write?
Write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
To all my co-bloggers, If you find this tag interesting you're free to grab it and post it in your blog too.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Here are some tips to decrease the risks:
*Get at least 400mg of folic acid each day to prevent birth defects - even before you get pregnant. Eat portified cereals or take multivitamin with this nutrient.
*See your Dr. right away to begin prenatal care. Regular visits will help detect and treat any problems quickly.
*Stay at a healthy weight. You can do this by eating right- stock up on fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Ask your Dr. how to exercise safely.
*Don't smoke, drink, or use illegal drugs. This can cause long term harm to your child.
*Talk with your doctor about genetic counseling and testing. Screening precedures can help you assess your baby's risk for birth defects and make informed decisions.
Friday, April 10, 2009
We still receive three bills every month for our three services (telephone, cable television and internet connection). It is more paper to file and more checks to issue. Since we are watching our budget these days I am thinking of bundling the services that we have. Charter offers a plan they call “The Charter Bundle.” It bundles two or three services for one value – based price. It is more convenient, less paper, and at an affordable price. We always want good savings so I really consider this one. They have an easy to use website, www.charter.com where customers can use to build the service bundle that meets their needs. Also they have an ongoing contest for the new and existing customers who order service on line, a chance to win a 22” flat screen HDTV every day throughout the month of April. Charter is also offering an opportunity to win a grand prize package that includes a 52” LCD flat screen HDTV, a Home Theater system and one year of free Charter Digital cable service with HD programming. It would be great to enhance the viewing experience by having an HD programming. I'm pretty sure my husband and my little girl will enjoy having a big screen with a very clear picture.
Stacking firewoods is an art in itself. Isn't it?
Wow! Here is an amazing offer we can't resist. On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2009) Amazon MP3 will offer an MP3 "Deal Of The Day" on the digital album 150 Fun Songs For Kids for only $0.99. This digital album sells for $9.49. That is a big savings. This is an amazing collection of children's favorites that is perfect for sing a long fun! A great collection to have in the car. Summer vacation is just around the corner and most of the time we travel by car and a collection of kid's music is great to have for an enjoyable ride. Children love music. My little girl can play for long hours just by herself as long as there is kid's music in the background. Music has the ability to comfort and soothe children. They often sing to themselves as a way to self-soothe. I use the children's song when she gets cranky. It really helps. Toddlers and preschoolers love rhymes and songs. They really enjoy listening to kids music, not only do they enjoy them, but it help them learn about numbers, letters and sounds. Music helps with making connections in the brain. I usually plays the "Clean Up" song after she is done playing. At least I don't have to repeatedly tell her to clean up. Once she hears the song it's time for her to do it. It helps for us moms so we can also have our time to relax.
(The answers to the questions below must be based on "at this moment.")
1. Where is your cellphone => In my bag
2. Your hair => Shoulder length
3. Your father => He is in heaven now...(RIP tatay)
4. Your favorite thing => My jewelries, camera
5. Your dream last night => I didn't have a dream last night.
6. Your favorite drink => hot chocolate, Sunkist
7. Your dream goal => to work full time again
8. The room you are in => playroom
9.Your fear => death in the family
10. Where do you want to be in 6 years => Still in Mass.
11. Muffins => not much of a fan
12. One of your wish list items => To have a better economy
13. Where you grew up => Philippines
14. The last thing you did => Walked at the park with my littlegirl while she was riding a bike.
15. What are you wearing => jeans & sweater
16. Your TV => Sony Bravia
17. Your pets => Lara (our cat)
18. Your computer => HP
19. Your life => simple
20. Your mood => I'm in a good mood right now.
21. Missing someone => my siblings and their kids
22. Favorite store => Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Kohl's, Macy's BB&B
23. Your summer => no plans yet but we usually visit my FIL in upstate NY
24. Your favorite color => green & blue
25. When was the last time you laughed => today while walking with my littlegirl.
26. When was the last time you cried => Sorry, I can't remember.
27. Your favorite food => eggplant parmesan, seafoods
28. A place you would rather be right now => in our yard.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The aims of this award:
* As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendship through blogging.
* To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!
* Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it
* Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
* Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
* Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
* Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.
Why do I love blogging.
Blogging is my way of relaxing. Aside from learning a lot from other blogs stories, I can still gain more friends and earning extra bucks while doing the thing I love is a big plus.
I am now passing this award to my co- bloggers who still don't have this award.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Not all contractors are reputable. Here are some tips-off to potential rip-offs:
*offers you discounts for finding other customers;
*just happens to have materials left over from a previous job;
*only accepts cash payments;
*asks you to get the required building permits;
*does not list a business number in the local telephone directory;
*tells you your job will be a "demonstration;"
*pressures you for an immediate decision;
*offers exceptionally long guarantees;
*asks you to pay for the entire job up-front;
*suggests that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows.
If you’re not careful, you could lose your home through a home improvement loan scam.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Spinach may be classified as a “super food” because it's packed to the brain with essential nutrients. Whether you choose a pre- packaged bag of spinach or a fresh bundle of leaves, you will reap the nutritional benefits of this delectable green. When making your purchase, select that is bright green in color with thin stems and leaves that are not wilted or spotted with yellow. Children may prefer baby spinach because the leaves are smaller and more tender than other forms of spinach. Eating spinach feeds a healthy body. It is a great source of calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Spinach also contains lutein, which is important for healthy eyes. If you're a vegetarian, it's important to note that spinach contains oxalic acids, which can block the absorption of calcium and iron. You can remedy this by pairing spinach with other foods high in vitamin C, such as orange juice.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Another special day was when she was baptized. This day she became a christian. We chose two sets of godparents. (my sister in law, my brother, my friend, and my hubby's friend)