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Happy Birthday To The Most Amazing Person I Know!

This person that I am about to greet here might not read this post at all but I still want to go ahead and wish her a very Happy Birthday! She is the most amazing person I know and I love her so very much! Without her, I would be nothing or I won't be here where I am now! That person is my very own MOTHER!

Although we are thousands of miles apart, she is always in my heart and on my mind. There's never a day that I don't think about her! I am so thankful and blessed to have a hard-working mother like her! She is one of the most hardworking people I have ever known in my life! If it wasn't for her hard-work, unselfishness and unconditional love for her children, I don't know where me and siblings would be now! I owe her everything! I just wish that I am beside her right now celebrating her very special day!

Anyway, I already greeted her in advance but I wanted to greet her in person. I called a few minutes ago but there's no answer on my sister's cellphones! I hope she is okay and having a wonderful day on her very special day! All I can wish for her is the best which she definitely deserves!!!

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They Get To Use Their Old Halloween Costumes!

Thank goodness I don't have to buy my kids new Halloween costumes. The Pirate costume that I bought my youngest son last year fortunately still fits, so that's what he'll be wearing this year. My oldest son will be wearing his Mario costume from 2 years back, although it is a little too short on him now, it still fits fine. I just have to find him a pair of boots that he can wear with it so it won't be too obvious that it is short! Hopefully the cowboy boots that my mother-in-law bought him last year would still fit him...

Anyway, Halloween is just around the corner. Are you going or taking your kids trick or treating? I am planning my kids to take to the mall to trick or treat, hopefully we can go. A lot of things going on for that day. It is also my husband's birthday and my son's field trip for their Science experiment at school. So I'll have to see if time will permit us to go trick or treating to the mall, I would really love to and I'm sure my kids would too!

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Long Weekend Ahead!

Finally! I have been looking forward for this day to come! My son don't have school tomorrow and Monday, so I am gonna have a long weekend! I need it for sure! I have been so stress lately and haven't been resting well. I know it won't be the ultimate break for I have my youngest son to take care of but at least I do not have to wake up so early in the morning for 4 days, well except on Sunday since it's church day!

Anyway, after this, it's gonna be another week next week. My husband's birthday is coming, same day as Halloween. At the same day, my son is going on a field trip and afterwards I'm taking my kids to the mall for trick or treat! Hopefully everything will go according to plan!

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Hammock And Chain Stuffed Toys Organizers


I have been looking for a stuffed toys organizer that would not take that much space in my kids bedroom and I found this Hammock organizer online. You can hang it in a corner so it doesn't really take that much space. I have been putting it off buying it because I wanted to get the best deal. So I have just been looking around until last week on Ebay, I stumbled upon this kit which happened to be a Hammock plus a chain organizer. The kit cost a little over $14 with free shipping! I knew that was the deal that I have been looking for so without any hesitation I bought it! 

It arrived earlier today and immediately went to work! It wasn't hard to install at all. It probably took me about 45 minutes to 1 hour to do everything including screwing the hooks! That was the hardest part of the whole process! Good thing I didn't have to use the studs or it would have taken much longer!

Anyway, below are more pictures to maybe explain more of it..

Above picture as you can see are what's inside the kit..a hammock, clothes pins with metal hooks to hook onto the chain, chain and hooks and studs...
 
 These are my kids stuffed toys! They would have been fine just sitting there at the bottom of the bed but there are little hands who have an easy access to these and always messes them up and throws them on the floor and who do you think picks it up? Of course me and I'm getting tired of it! LOL!
 
This is what it looks like now! I decided to put it high up to the ceiling so the little hands won't be able to get them easily! He'll have to climb to the top bunk bed to get to those toys! By the way I took off the ladder to the bunk bed, so there's no way he can climb up there!

 And here is the chain! I thought this is so neat! You can hang it vertically or horizontally. I decided to hang it horizontally across the ceiling so my oldest son will have an easy access to his favorite toys while the little one can't reach it!

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Vehicle Can Be Used As An Investment

Our only vehicle which is a 2003 Toyota Corolla  is partly damaged! My oldest son accidentally jerked the back door handle really hard while it was locked and it broke the side that is connected to the door. My husband tried gluing it but nothing worked! A week later, while I was at the grocery when I tried opening it really carefully, it finally broke the handle completely off the door! Now, we do not have that much choice but to take it the Toyota place to have it repaired. We know that it's not gonna be cheap but it is something that has to be done for we won't be able to afford a new one.

Although our car is over 10 years old, it is still in pretty good shape.  There's no major cosmetic damage except for the handle that broke off recently. The last time my husband did an estimation on how much it's worth, it is still worth around 5k. Well that was about 3 years ago, I'm sure it's not as much this time. But it is still very important that we get the handle fix because we can always use our car as an investment in the future. If there is an emergency that would require us to loan money, we can always use the car title to take   title loans in Riverside, CA! Places like it will allow you to get loan using your car as a collateral. The money that you'll get is depending on how much your car is worth! So what we'll be paying to fix the car door on our car will be worth it!


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Prayers Needed!

I am asking for a little favor for those who are stopping by and reading this blog to take a few minutes of your time and say a little pray for my fellow Filipinos in the Philippines who were affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last night! I found this prayer on the internet, The prayer, from Pinoy Catholic, states:

Oh God our Father:
In faith we acknowledge Your paternal care over us, Your sons, daughters and children. In hope we trust in Your divine providence of giving us wisdom and courage as we face the challenges in life. In love we invoke Your help and guidance during these difficult days of death and destruction in our dear country.
Our is a prayer of thanksgiving for once again reminding us that ours is an imperfect world, that heaven is not on earth, and that nature every now and then tells us not to abuse her. Ours too is a prayer of repentance for calling upon You when we are in need and desperation but forgetting You in favourable times and pleasing occasions. Ours as well is a prayer of petition as we say:
Grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives. Embrace the children who died in their innocence. Help those who are hurt and cure those who are sick.
Encourage those who suffer the destruction of their homes and properties, and to once again stand up and rebuild their future.
Bless all those who extend their helping hands to those in need of food, shelter and clothing, who share their time, talents and resources with others.
Inspire more people to be men and women for their neighbors, convinced that the more they are for others, the taller they stand before you.
Spare us please from other natural disasters and devastations if this be according to Your will and for our own spiritual good and growth.

All your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated! Thank you!

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Legal Translators

I feel fortunate that I immigrated to a country where I know how to speak their language. I am also very thankful that English language is taught in school in my country where I came from and it is actually our secondary language there. Although I am not as fluent as some other Filipinos who have immigrated here as well, but I am still grateful that I can understand and can communicate other people who speaks English.

I've known a lot of people who immigrated to a different country who had to go to school in order for them to learn their language. I am pretty sure it is not easy but it will be worth it after. I know what it's like to feel left out when surrounded by people who are speaking a different language. Not everybody here in America speaks English. I've met many people here in America who are originally from other countries who do not know and understand English. I am assuming they had to hire legal translators to help them through immigration process. I am just glad that I did not have to go through all of that when I did mine!

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TGIF!

Thank GOD it's Friday! I couldn't be any happier! I am getting a break from waking up so early tomorrow. God knows I need it. I haven't been sleeping good lately! Last night I didn't sleep a wink. When I put my kids to sleep at 8pm, I also went to sleep and woke up about almost 12am and decided to have a cup of coffee. Usually a cup of coffee wouldn't affect me, but last night was different. When my husband and I decided to go to bed at about 2am, my eyes were wide awake until about time to get up at 6am! 

I couldn't get my mind to shut down, I was thinking so many different things but mostly about my family in the Philippines! I guess I am missing them really bad. I haven't talked to my mother for a very long time and I miss her a lot. She was mostly on my mind last night, I got so worried about her and kept praying to GOD to keep her safe always! My husband asked me if something was bothering me, I told him no, I just didn't think that it would make any difference.

Anyway, when my oldest son left for school, I finally got to sleep for about an hour, thank goodness my youngest one went back to sleep with me! That was my only chance of getting a sleep until his nap time which is in the afternoon! But to my surprise though, I didn't feel that bad with that little sleep that I had!

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Heater On In The Morning And A/C On In The Afternoon

I do not like the weather when I have to turn on the heater in the morning because of the chill to me is unbearable! You can definitely feel it to the bone even inside the house! But as the day goes on, the weather gets really hot that we have to turn on the A/C! To me, it's a waste of electricity but it is something that we have to do because it gets uncomfortable after a while. I wish the weather would just stabilize to its right season which is Fall, so that we do not have to turn on the A/C in the afternoon!

Our temperature still reaches over 80 degrees during the day but it gets really cold in the morning! I can tolerate the chill as long as it won't get so hot when it gets later in the day! But as usual, it is something that I don't have control of, so I am just whining here and wishing that I can do something about it!

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In Case Of An Emergency

There is no denying that almost everybody is having hard time making ends meet. The economy is still pretty much the same or perhaps turning for the worst. A lot of people are worried how are they're able to get through on a day-to-day basis. Some are slowly draining the money that they have set aside for the future or for emergency. Well, not able to pay for groceries or bills is an emergency! You have to do what you have to do in any means necessary  in order for you and you're family to survive! But what's gonna happen when the savings run out?

I can very much relate to this! My husband and I both don't have jobs. I'm a full time stay at home mom and my husband is on social security disability. His monthly income is barely enough to feed a family of four and pay the bills! There has been so many times that we come up short with the money and he had to take some money from his savings! And I'm really worried that the savings is slowly draining and there's no money coming in! If some major expenses would come up, it will use up all what little is left, then what?

Things like these always crosses my mind! But if worse comes to worse, we can always use our car title to loan some money from places like title loans in Austin, TX. This is a great option for anybody including us and also to those who have bad credits. They do not look at your credit history, if you have title of your car, then it is very well possible that you can get a loan but depending on the condition, how much mileage, make, model and year of the car. So basically, the money that you'll get is base on how much is your car's worth!

Anyway, nobody likes to think that they would be in such bad situation but it happens. It is nice to know that in case of an emergency, there is an option out there that you can depend on if it is a matter of financial necessity!


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Turning 2-Years Old Next Month!

Pictures above are of my youngest son when he was just a few hours old! My friend took these pictures using her hubby's cellphone and she stumbled upon them not too long ago and sent them to me which I appreciated very much! Looking at these pictures makes me really want to cry for this baby is not so baby anymore! He is turning 2-years old next month! Where did the days go??? Time is flying fast indeed! 

I really miss both of my kids when they were just newborn! My oldest son is 7 years old already. He is almost as tall as me. Hard for me to believe sometimes that I now have a handsome young man! I am really grateful that I am a stay at home mom for I get to spend a lot of my time with my kids!!!

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Turn Those Frozen Foods Into Gourmet Meals!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Michelina's. All opinions are 100% mine.

Since I am a stay at home mom, I have all the time to fix my family fresh home-cooked meals! We are not very big into eating out or eating frozen foods, but it doesn't mean we do not eat out or buy it. We eat out when we are going somewhere and no time to fix food at home. Sometimes, I keep frozen foods in stock for convenience for there are days when I feel too tired to cook. Being a stay at home mom is a full time job especially when you have two kids to take care of, not to mention the household work that needs to be done!

 

Anyhow, eating frozen foods can get boring at times. There had been times that I wished that I could have done something differently to the frozen meals that I'd fixed but I just didn't know how. But now, thanks to Make It Your Michelina’s for I found some great recipes that can turn those frozen foods into gourmet meals! What I love most about these recipes is how simple it is to make! The top 3 recipes that I would really love to try are pictured and listed below...

Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

Cook Time:

  • 7-10 minutes

Preparation:

  • Tear iceberg lettuce leaves carefully to retain original shape
  • Trim leaves for perfect bowl shape
  • Open the corner of the Michelina’s Chicken Fried Rice box and place in the microwave
  • Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes
  • Stir entrĂ©e and microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes
  • Scoop Michelina’s Chicken Fried Rice into prepared lettuce wraps
  • Optional: Drizzle prepared wraps with soy sauce or add sriracha sauce to add some heat
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

Chipotle Chicken Rice Burrito

Isn't this look yummy? For recipe, you can click it here. And last but not the least...

Franks 'n' Cheese

Ingredients:

Cook time:

  • 3-5 minutes

Preparation: 

  • Open the corner of the Michelina’s Macaroni & Cheese box and place in the microwave
  • Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes
  • Stir the noodles and cheese together microwave the meal for another 1-2 minutes
  • Broil or microwave hot dog to taste
  • Slice up the cooked hot dog into small slices
  • Mix the sliced hot dog and Michelina’s Macaroni & Cheese together and serve

Now these are just the top 3 recipes that I would like to try! There are many more recipes that you can check out, just Follow Michelina's on Facebook or Follow Michelina’s on Twitter or follow both! And if you want to join in on the fun, you are very welcome to create your own reicpe and show them how you would Make It Your Michelina's! Share your recipe via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram by using #MakeItYourMichelinas!

 

 

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