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Dec 26, 2014

Christmas Celebration 2014

It's the Holiday season. Christmas presents were ready.
Yes I began shopping and wrapped Christmas gifts almost every night after Thanksgiving Day.  It's a little stressful thing to do but it is exciting at the same time because I thought of the special people in my life while gift wrapping.

We celebrated Christmas at the folks'.  The kids couldn't wait to open their gifts as soon as we arrived from the worship service and finished eating the meal on Christmas Eve.  My darling daughter got some great stuff.  She even received what she was wishing for - a Barbie Dream House.  She also received a Go-Go Fur Real Friends Puppy.  Thanks to her aunt, uncle, cousins, Na-na, and Paw-Paw.

Liver Dip. So good.
The Christmas Dinner was so delicious.  The highlight dish of the evening was the Liver Dip.  I thought it was ice cream when I first saw it.  I tried it and it was so good.  Mom makes delicious food especially on occasions like this.

Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphone.
I enjoyed watching the children taking turns in opening their presents.  Sometimes I helped my daughter opened hers.  My Christmas gift this year was given to me in advance already.  I asked for a new cellphone and my dear husband let me get it.  

How about you?  How's your Christmas celebration?  What did you receive this year?

Dec 25, 2014

The Best Eye Make Up Remover



It was a wonderful thing to receive something that you really really like and need.  Especially if you are receiving nice things from Influenster.  Free goodies in the mail? How cool is that?

One of the nice products I got from Influenster are these Rimmel Eye Make Up Remover and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner.  They came right in time because I needed a new eyeliner.  I seldom apply makeup but when I do, I wanted my cosmetics to be non-sticky and non-irritable on my skin.  Our eyes are delicate and sensitive so it is advisable to use something that will not irritate our eyes.

Because the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner is waterproof, I needed an eye make up remover that will completely take the eye makeup away.  The Rimmel Eye Make Up Remover did the wonders.  I was very impressed with it.  It doesn't have an alcohol smell and it just soothes my eyes after I removed the makeup.  My whole face was feeling light again.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner


Rimmel Eye Make Up Remover
Non-sticky solution makes my skin feel fresh.
Removes even the waterproof eye makeup especially the waterproof eyeliner.
Eyeshadow and waterproof eyeliner gone.
My eyes are clean again.
*I received these items complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

Dec 20, 2014

Company Christmas Party 2014

Let us celebrate.
Happy Holidays, everyone!  It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Families and friends get together.  Holiday parties are held everywhere.  I honestly tell you that Holiday season is my much-look-forward-to time of the year.  I always feel the cheer and excitement when this special occasion comes.  

My husband and I attend his company's Holiday party last Saturday.  It was held at an Italian restaurant.  I was glad that the venue is closer to our place this time and I just had to let my cousin watch for our darling daughter for a few hours that evening.

It's great to know and see that companies like my husband's give yearly Holiday parties like this.  It is very motivating and rewarding.  I got to meet and mingle with his co-employees in parties like this.  And, it is also a great time to celebrate for the wonderful year that the company had.

Merry Christmas!  Cheers to you.  And let us not forget the main reason of the season. We are remembering the birth of Christ.  We are celebrating a birthday.  May the Almighty's graces be with us in the New Year and always.

Dec 12, 2014

DD Had A Great Time On Her Birthday

"Look how many cards I got, mom."- K
It's my darling daughter's birthday. She is growing up fast. She definitely will become taller than me when she turns 9 years old. That's okay. I will be very happy if she will be tall.

Anyway, we celebrated her birthday at my sister-in-law's place Saturday afternoon.  I was surprised when my sister-in-law told me that she planned a small birthday party for DD.  And they bought some birthday balloons for her. Gladly I got the cake and brought it with us.  That's so sweet of them.  My darling daughter a great time with her cousins as well.  And then we watched The Nutcracker show that evening.  That was her Na-na's birthday present to her. :)



Dec 9, 2014

Dense Fog

Fog
It's a foggy day today.  Actually, it started coming last night.  There's a dense fog warning so driving in this condition is very dangerous especially in the evening.

I thought it'll clear up today. I will go out to do some errands sometime this afternoon.  I almost forgot that I have a package to ship.  

(Nevada, TX)

Nov 23, 2014

Excruciating Headache

An excruciating headache woke me up this morning.  My body was feeling so heavy and I was nauseous.  I wasn't able to do anything except laying on the couch and rest while my darling daughter was playing play doh and doll house.

The weather was very pleasant because it's in the 70 degrees.  Though it was breezy, it was a great day to go outside and play.  I couldn't get my body to cooperate.  I took a pain reliever to get rid of the headache so I can at least watch my little girl ride her bike in the driveway.  But I was feeling tired and weak.  

My strength came back slowly as the day went by.  I managed to prepare dinner for us and loaded the laundry into the washer and dryer.  Because it's Thanksgiving Day week, I want lessen the chores because we are going to our folks on Thanksgiving Day.  Gladly I am feeling better as of this moment.


Nov 11, 2014

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Oct 18, 2014

Weekend Snapshots: Queen's Tea Party At The Rose Festival

It was a very pleasant day this past weekend and my daughter and I visited the folks in Tyler.  My little one was very happy to see her grandparents, as usual.  

My mother-in-law informed me ahead of time that the annual Rose Festival is on going that weekend. I haven't seen the Rose Festival in Tyler since I got here in Texas.  That Saturday's event was the Rose Queen's Tea party.  The Rose Queen 2014 and her court were gathered at the Rose Garden to meet and greet the public.  So only the three of us went - mom, DD, and me.

There's tea served on one table.  Bottled water and cookies on the other ones.  The cookies tasted really good.  Mom said that the Rose Festival theme varies every year.  This year's is circus theme.  So all the extravagant gowns are designed with the circus inspired in them.

Rose Festival at the Rose Garden - Tyler, TX
 I was in awe with the Rose Queen's and the duchesses' gowns.  They were all creatively designed and made.  I bet those gowns were extremely expensive.


The train of the Rose Queen's gown hung and displayed in the garden at the Queen's Tea party.

DD with the Rose Queen 2014 - Ms. Peltier
DD posing with one of the duchesses and her escort.
Lovely roses in different scents and colors.


Oct 14, 2014

TaoTronics Dimmable LED Desk Lamp Sweepstakes

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Oct 11, 2014

Weekend Snapshots: Christmas Wreaths

  
My custom-made Christmas wreath from last year.

Christmas wreath I saw at a garage sale.
The Holidays are fast approaching and I cannot wait to put our Christmas decorations up.  But I cannot start until after Thanksgiving Day.  I am shopping for new Christmas tree ornaments.  My daughter and I are planning to change the color theme for the tree this year.  And, maybe, we will buy a new tree next month.

For the front door Holiday decor, I saw this red wreath at a garage sale.  I thought of buying it but I recalled I have my own Christmas wreath in the attic.  I will just hang it again next month.  Although red is my favorite color, I will just stick to my own wreath.  I think mine is prettier. :) Don't you think?

Oct 5, 2014

American Made Luxury Timeless Brands Huge Giveaway

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Oct 4, 2014

Weekend Snapshot: Hubby's Birthday Cards

Happy birthday to my dear husband. He's a half century old like he said. :) He's so funny.  He told me ahead of time that he doesn't want to have a party on his birthday.  So we just had dinner at Big Daddy's Barbeque Restaurant located in Lavon (Texas).  We haven't been there in a while.  I remember the last time we ate there, my darling daughter liked the place.

As for the birthday gifts, I couldn't think of something but a gift card.  And that's what he got as usual. 
Hubby's birthday greeting cards.


Sep 29, 2014

Natural Supplements to Support Good Health

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Almost everyone has some health issues at some point in their lives, some a natural result of aging and some a result of our nutritional habits. Helping your body by supplementing with sufficient types of vitamins and minerals is one way to engage in self-care. Shops like ovitaminpro.com offer a wide variety of supplements to choose from. One way to shop for supplements is to look at their list of health concerns, which range from things like anxiousness and fatigue to gluten sensitivity, indigestion, allergies, to bone and brain supports. The shop also sorts their product lines by types of formulas, such as liquids, topic gels and vitamin and herbal combinations, as well as by brands and bestsellers.
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Sep 26, 2014

Gratitude Challenge - Day 5 of 5

Day 5/5 - Gratitude Challenge


Today I am thankful:
1.  for the online tasks received today.  It is great to have regular online jobs that I can do on my free time.
2.  the cousins' visit.  My little one is always anxious to see and play with her cousins.  It's a pleasure to have them.  Not only they have a great time playing, they also get the chance to be with each other.  
The girls were just enjoying the play time.
3.  that I am getting by...somehow.  I may not have the big opportunities that every one else has but I am very thankful for the comfortable life I am enjoying right now.

So, it's the end of the 5-day gratitude challenge on my part.  But it doesn't mean I will cease.  No.  It doesn't end.  As long as we have air to breath, gratefulness shall always be.

Tagging Emz, Anne, and Elenie.


Sep 25, 2014

Gratitude Challenge - Day 4 of 5

Day 4/5 - Gratitude Challenge


Today I am thankful:

1.  for a beautiful morning.  My cousin brought some yummy food and a pretty house plant.  It is called a spider plant.

Spider plant.
2.  for coffee.  And I am always thankful to the one who discovered it and how it helps to relax me.  :)
3.  that it is pay day again.  Big or small, it is still one of the things to be thankful for.  Some people are struggling to find a job.  I am happy that I was given this opportunity to work again even if it is only a part time job.

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?



Sep 24, 2014

Gratitude Challenge - Day 3 of 5

Day 3/5 - Gratitude Challenge 

Today, I am thankful:


1.  for a smooth day.  
2.  that I did not hit the coyote.  When my daughter and I were on the road on our way home from my work last night at about 8 o'clock, a coyote (I am pretty sure it was a coyote!) crossed the road.  He was quite a few feet away on front of me.  But he ran fast that he was on the other pretty quick.  

3.  a nice dinner prepared by dear husband.  :)

Sep 23, 2014

Gratitude Challenge - Day 2 of 5

Day 2/5 - Gratitude Challenge 

Today, I am thankful for:
1.  another work week.  I just started on a part time job last week.  
2.  good health, happiness, and love around me everyday.
3.  my cousin's new love life.  I told her that she is not getting any younger. :) She is in love and her husband-to-be feels the same way with her.  Hopefully everything goes well in the processing of the fiance(e) visa.

I had a nice day today.  My daughter and I went out to lunch with my dear husband and his office mates.  We met two newly hired staff and the boss. 

Sep 22, 2014

Gratitude Challenge - Day 1 of 5

Yesterday I received a tag from a blogger friend.  She is challenging me to post three things I am most thankful for.  The  challenge runs for five days.  Well, I accepted the challenge.  And here they are.

Day 1/5 - Gratitude Challenge

Today, I am very thankful for:
1. yesterday's family time out of town.  My dear husband promised to take darling daughter to the park and let her ride her bike there.  The weather was nice.  Though it was sunny, we strolled on the trails where there are shades from the trees.  We had a great time feeding the...turtles.  Yes turtles.  There were ducks around the pond but seemed like they were shy or regularly fed because they just ignored the popcorn.  But the turtles came and ate some popcorn we threw into the water.  

2. it's Fall season again.  I am ready for cool weather in the Fall.  And so happy that it has come again.  In the next few days, cooler breeze and changing color of the leaves will be felt and seen.

3. regular communication from family and friends here and overseas.  This always makes my day.

Have a wonderful week y'all.  By this weekend, I will be tagging three people (family and friends) to do the challenge. :)

Sep 16, 2014

Our Lunch Today - Rice, Garden Salad, and Shrimp

Photo Challenge Day 16 - Balanced

Balanced diet.
This is my entry to the photo challenge for the month of September.  I know it's kind of late to join but I am doing it anyway.  Balanced is today's photo topic.  I thought I'd share with you our lunch today. And I think it's a balanced diet.  Rice, eggs, green salad, and shrimp are very delicious and nutritious.  And to keep our meals balanced, I do my best to serve vegetables or fruits at the table.

Sep 6, 2014

No Make-Up Face

No make-up.  No re-touch.  Just a bare face.  Portrait is taken at a swimming party at a dear friend's place. 

Yours truly.

Sep 2, 2014

Why Is A Fire Resistant Safe So Important?

Fire resistant safe.
A fire resistant is important for every homeowner, and it is best for people to check this out before they buy the safe. No one wants something bad to happen in their home, but a fire resistant safe can be used to make sure even a fire cannot destroy the guns in the house.

The Fire Safe

The fire safe is a good thing for someone who owns guns because guns and ammunition can make a fire much worse. If a fire were to reach the guns in the house, the ammunition could explode and create an even worse situation. Also, the homeowner needs to have a way to protect them special items. A fire safe can be used for many things, but there are many fire safes that are made just for guns.

Use Them For Other Things

The fire safe in the house that is in use can be used for items other than guns. The drawers and shelves in the safe must be used to protect special papers and documents that the family owns. Also, the family should make sure that they put their most valuable collectibles in the safe. These possessions may not be replaceable by the homeowner's insurance policy, and the homeowner can recover funds that they might have lost otherwise.

Hide Them

Large fire safes are made to resist anything. Someone who is trying to break into the safe is likely not going to be successful, and the homeowner should put the safe in a place where it cannot be seen. The back of the closet or a guest room is the best place for the safe. The safe will survive all break-ins and fires, and the homeowner will not be troubled to find something when they need it.

Every fire safe for the home must be used for the most volatile and valuable things in the house. Protecting guns and ammunition is wise for the homeowner, but the fire safe can be used for many other things that the homeowner needs to protect. One investment can save the family a great deal of trouble. 

Sep 1, 2014

Huge Black And Yellow Spider In The Garden


Huge black and yellow spider.
 Looked like this huge black and yellow spider was very upset when his web got ruined while I was watering my vegetable garden early this evening.  I didn't see him until I walked around to the other side to remove the dead leaves from the okras.  He was so big and freaking scary!

My husband said it's one of those garden spiders.  Some grow really big and some don't.  Boy, you will see different kinds of insects and arachnid in the yard especially when you are growing vegetables.

Aug 22, 2014

A Very Lovely Surprise From My Cousin


An orchid plant.
I was very surprised one day my cousin came over to give me this lovely orchid plant.  From our previous get-together we talked about getting an orchid.  We love how beautiful their flowers are and caring for them is easy.

It was a nice surprise for me.  I put the orchid on the entry way table by the front door.  And it is looking very pretty.  I truly appreciate my cousin for this special gift.