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[Celebration] — Carmen & Richard’s Gender Reveal Party

What a blessing to be invited to this Gender Reveal party of our good friends! A new member of the family means a new chapter of their lives.

I was so anxious finding out what the gender was! I wanted to do a gender reveal party when we found out what munchkin#2 was but the excitement to share killed us and we couldn’t keep it in! So kudos to this couple for keeping it a secret for a few months!

Congratulations on having a baby girl! We cannot wait to meet this little precious angel of yours!

Have a TERRIFIC day!!!

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[LifeStyle] — Operation Christmas ShoeBoxes 2016 • DIY Projects

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Christmas is around the corner and the first time I think about is these shoeboxes for the kids in 3rd world country. We live a pretty privilege life with clean water to drink, a roof over our heads, and food on the table every day. The kids in third word countries might not even have 1/3 of what we have! I did this project with a girlfriend, her kids, and my son last year – you can check out the post here. We had so much fun wrapping up the shoe boxes, shopping for toys, and putting it together. The most important thing is the meaning behind it – teaching our kids to give back. This year I’ll be doing this project with my 2 son’s and husband – a family thing.

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I wrapped these shoeboxes early October and did the shopping later on. The date to donate these shoeboxes is the third week of November this year. I wanted to wrap them early and put them together early is because when November hits – it’s like crazy busy for us! It’s always nice to plan ahead to avoid unnecessary stress right? I always say this but its so true! It’s such a busy season – I want to relax and enjoy the moment! I wrapped up 10 shoeboxes this year – for each shoeboxes – we need to donate $7.00CAD on top for shipping and handling. If your interested – check this website out for more information.

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I had a bag of 100 balls laying around and I didn’t want to open it for my son to play with. So I had this idea of wrapping up these balls as part of the gifts for the shoebox project. It was so much fun wrapping and they look so cute too. Don’t they look like candies?

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These are a few of the stuff I included in the shoe boxes – mostly toys and some are sanitation products. We could not include any liquid items or toothpaste – so I had to be thoughtful to what to get.

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It’s a family affair and I love getting my kids involved. Well for this year – one kid involved. We try to explain to him why we do this and how some kids don’t have toys or anything to play with in other countries. I don’t think he quite understood that but we’ll try again next year.

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Our little helper that helped put everything inside each box – he listened to instruction quite well. Except when he saw cars… He wanted to be playing with it instead of helping. Haha. But he did do a great job this year! Last year he did help a little bit but I did most the packing.

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Here’s a shoebox for a girl. Which includes some toys, jewelries, crayons, coloring book, tissue, and band-aid. Have you given back this year? If not – start searching on how you can give back! It’s the season in giving back – although I believe giving back can be any season! Stay tune for more daily reviews & hauls – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for stopping by!

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[Kids] — Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Mall • Kids Fun

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We visited Fantasy Fair located inside Woodbine Mall with our friends on October 22nd, 2016. It was basically 3 families with 2 kids each. A total of 6 kids and 3 sets of parents. We had free tickets to play rides and boy the line ups were long! It was packed with people too! My advice to you is to go on weekdays instead!

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What I love about this place is that it’s an indoor playground! Perfect for the cold season where you don’t want to go outdoor but there’s still a place for the kids to have fun. Kids will have fun while the adults can go shopping or have a meal. PERFECT! The unlimited rides pass is very inexpensive too – between $16-$18.

 

Overall – it was our first time there and our son loves it and wouldn’t want to leave. We had to drag him out even after 5 hours of fun! My foot was killing me by that point. Definitely recommend this place to you all! Have you been here? Your thoughts? Comment below! Stay tune for more daily adventures & hauls – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for dropping by!

 

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[Haul] — Costco Grocery Haul • Treats For Favor Bags

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I visit Costco Wholesale about every other week – I try to stay away from this store as much as possible because this store just eats all my money. I come here for 4-5 things but I end up coming out with more. I love how they have new things every week – well I kind of hate it too lol – since I am so tempted. This is usually what I get at Costco minus the Cheerios, Swiffer, Chewy, Chocolate waffles and Ritz snacks. I buy all my son’s snacks at Costco in bulk since it is a lot cheaper.

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These were the snacks I got for party favors for one of the party I was hosting. There were more snacks added into the favor bags but these are the ones I got at Costco. Both items were on sale. I believe the Ritz Cheese Sticks were $5.99+tax 24 packs. I forgot how much the Chewy bars were but they were at a good price. What are your faves at Costco Warehouse? Comment below to share! This blog is updated regularly – stay tune for more reviews & hauls.

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[Home][Organization] — Developing & Organizing Photos & Photo Albums

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Here’s another project I worked on when I took a month and a half break from my blog. I looked over thousands of photos and developed thousands of photos. I love keeping a hard copy of my photos. Who knows if Facebook will be gone one day right? I store all my photos on Facebook. I had to go back to looking at photos from 2009 to this year – bring back so many memories. Took me hours looking through photos, choosing what to develop, and putting it all together. But it’s ALL worth it because I love looking back at all the amazing memories created.

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These are the photo albums categorize by year – from year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and many empty ones waiting to be filled.

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These albums are from our wedding (7 from the left) and the rest is for my kids. Believe it or not – but most of these albums are all filled up. I still need to get 8 more to fill up the rest of my shelf on the right. Are you as crazy as me? When I’m old and wrinkly – these are the photos I’ll be looking back at. It’s crazy to think that I developed over thousands of photos. That’s a lot of money well spent there. Stay tune for more daily updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time. Thanks for stopping by.

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[Celebration] — Our 8th Year Dating Anniversary • #FamilyOf4

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Not everything is perfect but to me – this is my kind of perfect. They are perfect in my eyes and I love them very much. Happy 8th year dating anniversary Hubby! Who knew 8 years later we’d end up with 2 adorable human beings that’s ours! We get to keep them forever and ever!

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Look at my loves – we celebrated our 8th year dating anniversary on October,17th 2016 at Baton Rouge. It was a really quiet day at the restaurant and that’s just what we needed. Being a mother for over 4 and a half year – I’m not into crowds and noise anymore. I even stay away from the mall during Christmas season. It’s a different kind of life when you have kids. Does this make sense? If it doesn’t – oh well. I’m typing this post with my 4.5 year old asking me tons of questions.

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It was a somewhat enjoyable dinner – yes somewhat. When you have kids – you really don’t enjoy your dinner much because they can be a handful. Not siting still, crying babies, and the list goes on. I do enjoy my take out dinner more these days – it’s much more relaxing being at home when they can do whatever they want and you don’t need to be over their heads. You know what I mean? #PARENTHOOD. We had a nice 3 course dinner – our favorites – steak & lobster. The entree itself filled me up already.

Can’t believe its been 8 years of love. Not everything was smooth and dandy but we worked together to work through it. All relationships or marriages will always be a work in progress. As the saying goes ‘if you don’t put fuel in your car, it doesn’t go’ – it applies for relationships too. Oh man – that’s 8 years already – how much did I really aged? After having 2 kids.. Cheers to many more years to go Hubby! Love you lots!

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[Celebration] — Cayden’s 100 Day with Relatives

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Celebrated our son’s 100 day on October 8th 2016 – exactly 100 day old at King Dragon Cuisine with relatives. It was a small little celebration dinner for him. It’ll be his last celebration till his 1st birthday. Over the past 100 day was just amazing – I love being a mother – even though it can be frustrating at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way – I love my boys to the moon and back! There’s nothing as rewarding as being a mother. #MOTHERHOOD. I feel so blessed to have this family! It’s my forever blessing.

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Of course I captured a lot of photos for this special occasion. Glad relatives did some catching up and enjoy their dinner that night. It was a nice and delicious dinner.

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We had over 14 courses that night – I couldn’t take a picture of every dish but this is as good as it gets. I ordered ‘red eggs’ on the side for this celebration. I think ‘red eggs’ for Chinese means good luck. I’m not 100% sure of the meaning but oh wells. We were all stuffed to the max after 6-7 courses and had to pack 1/4 of the food home. They sure did serve huge portions here! Overall a relaxing dinner with not much planning to it. I gave out candles as a party favor or you can call it a Thank You gift for coming. Thanks for dropping by – stay tune for more daily updates! See you soon

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[Jayden] — 4 Year & 7 Month Old • School & Sleep

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School has started for over a month now. And my Munchkin#1 has loved every bit of it. Sometimes I wish there’s cameras in the classroom for me to watch what he’s doing, how’s he’s interacting with others, or if he’s doing something sneaky. It’s so hard for me to let him go but I did for over a month already. He loves school and learns so much already. He learned prayer, lots of songs, calendars, and a lot of new words.

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We had a parent’s night end of September and we had the chance to chat with his teacher. She said he’s doing great, interacting well, following instructions well, and etc. The only problem is sitting still on the carpet. Which I knew that will happen because he can never sit still at home.

Having him gone 8 hours a day feels like heaven. Not to be mean but I get a lot done in peace. Eight hours goes by very fast!

As for lunches at school – he’s doing very well. Even at times where there are veggies in his food – he still eats it. That’s what I fear most before school started is that he won’t eat veggies at all. He usually finishes most of his lunch but sometimes its half done. I usually pack more than he can eat. Whatever doesn’t get finish – turns into snack after school.

For lunches and snacks – I try to pack a variety for him. Every day is different.

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Summer soccer season has ended. Now we are just waiting on the fall indoor season to start mid-November. He earned his first medal for the summer season. He loves it!

As for swimming – swimming didn’t start till early October for this Munchkin – he had a month off of swimming lessons.

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This Munchkin sleeps around 8-9pm every school night now. On weekdays we are a little lenient on it. He’s usually exhausted by 8. Waking up around 7 to 7:15am every morning. Sometimes it can be a drag waking him up. Even after a 10-11hour sleep! He loves his sleep as much as I do. For sure I know he has enough sleep to fuel throughout the day.

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Christmas is within two months and I’m already doing some Christmas shopping for both my toys. It’s a lot easier to shop for them now when they are still young. When they get older – they’ll start asking for alesis sample pad pro and other expensive gadgets.

He loves kissing his baby brother. It’s like a every morning, after school, and throughout the day routine for him. He adores his baby brother but he does get annoy with him when he cries.

I feel like he grew up so fast (well I say it all the time) but for real – ever since he started school – he’s a lot more independent. He would ask a lot of “what is this and what is that” – he learned a lot and loves learning! Makes us very proud to be his parents. Keep up the great work Munchkin! We love you so much!

Have a BLISSFUL day!!!

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[Baby] — What’s Was In My Hospital Bag?

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What was in my hospital bag? At first I packed for a natural birth hospital bag but after having many thoughts to it – I had to prepare myself to expect the unexpected. Which thank god I did!

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I did end up having a c-section and I was glad my bag was all prepared for it. Although it was a planned c-section – hospital bag was something I didn’t have to repack again. These are the stuff that I packed with me. I used a gym bag that’s big enough to fit all my stuff. I didn’t end up showering at the hospital – so some stuff weren’t used.

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Overall – I would say have a plan B if you’re packing your hospital bag. I know of two friends that had an emergency c-section. It’s always great to be prepared and organized. Hope this post helps you out! Even if you forgot something – your other half can always go home or the store to grab it. Not big of a deal really. Stay tune for more updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for stopping by!

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[Cayden] — Relatives Meet & Greet

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We decided to do Saturday lunch at our place on July 9th 2016 since everyone was dying to meet our 2nd bundle of joy.

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Instead of buying take out – I decided to cook/bake everything instead. It took me about 1.5 hours to have everything ready which is quite fast. I enjoy the process of making the food and displaying the food. It’s just very therapeutic to me. And fun too!

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Thank goodness Munchkin#2 behaved quite well too while I was in the kitchen keeping busy. Munchkin#1 was out with daddy at soccer practice – so I had some peace. Look at how spoil this Munchkin is already being held by his relatives. It’s such a joy having relatives watch our kids grow. He even got a few red pockets too. Spoil much? 

Have a TERRIFIC day!!!

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[Pregnancy Journal] — Big Brother Meets Baby Brother

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Munchkin #1 very curious

At first when I was pregnant with Munchkin#2 in my belly – we were worried that Munchkin#1 would not love the idea of sharing his parents. He did have all of our live and care for the past four years all on his own.

After meeting his baby brother for the first time – we are so proud of him. It makes it feel like he grew up so much more – not that baby anymore. Although he’ll always be my baby in my heart. He was so loving, caring, and gentle with his baby brother! It was so satisfying to watch!

We thought his reaction would be “why are you holding that baby – put him down and hold me!” He did that when I held a friends’ baby – he was jealous. He didn’t request us to put his baby brother down at all! We were amazed! He even wanted to grab him and hold him on his own on the first meet! How crazy is that right?

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copying baby brother

I’m so glad I got to capture all these moments. My heart felt so content – both my boys are happy and loving it! This was a total different scenario Hubby and I had imagined. We imagined jealousy and carefree from Munchkin#1. He totally surprised us. Before meeting his baby brother – we gave him a gift from his baby brother. Not sure if he gets the idea of it but he loved his gifts.

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Right now I’m just trying to balance my love and time for the both of them. Never wanting to neglect anyone of them – Mommy loves you both very very much! What are your experiences in welcoming the second child into the family? How did your little one react to their new siblings? Comment below to share your story! Stay tune for my next pregnancy journey diary the next day! Thanks for stopping by!

Have a TERRIFIC day!!!

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[Haul] — No Frills Haul

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It’s a crazy No Frills haul this time. Most of these items were $1.00 each and the Korean noodles were $0.50 each (originally they sell it at over $1.00 a pack). Since the Korean noodles expire a year later – I decided to stock them up for my husband. Whenever I see a sale like this – I would stock up on whatever that doesn’t expire soon. It’s just a way of saving money. Do you do that too? Stay tune for more hauls & reviews – this blog us updated daily at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for dropping by!

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[Home] — My Arts & Craft Storage & Organization

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Just finished organizing this little area under my couch not too long ago! I wonder how long it will stay organize for. I don’t come here as often as before – only if I have a mini project to do. I love how everything is tucked under and clutter free. These are mostly my craft accessories, wrapping papers, and etc. Let’s go by sections.

Let’s go from bottom left to right.

(01) Wrapping Paper
(02) Tissue Paper & Table Clothes
(03) Glue Guns & Glues
(04) Ribbons
(05) Ribbons & Bows
(06) Tape, Staplers, & Office Supplies
(07) Stickers & Foam Stickers
(08) Foam Stickers & Confetti’s
(09) Foam Stickers
(10) Favor Bags & Festive Plastic Bags
(11) Favor Bags & Festive Plastic Bags & Fabrics
(12) Assorted Sticks & extra Zip Lock Bags
(13) Misc
(14) Misc
(15) Misc

That’s really it for my arts and craft area. I love how I can store a lot of things in here. What do you store under your couch? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more home organizing tips & daily reviews – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for dropping by!

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[Food] — June 2016 Home Cooking Diary

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Did quite a bit of home cooking for my family this month. I want to cook as much as I could before I pop Munchkin#2 out of me. I’ll be taking a two to three weeks break from cooking and just caring for myself and him.

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Anyways – lots if soups this month too. Well really I usually boil soup once a week and bake once a week. I try to cook about 3-4 times a week. The rest we eat out. Just need that kind of balance.

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That’s all from my June home cooking – hope you enjoy! Do you keep a home cooking diary!? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more daily blog posts – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern time! Thanks for stopping by!

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[Haul] — Costco & Walmart Haul

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Quite a large haul today. Got my daily stuff at Costco and finally gave in – in purchasing a box of cheesecakes. I’m never a cheesecake fan but with this pregnancy – I crave for it. Also – I did drop by Wal-Mart to pick up a few bags of pastas since they were on sale at $1.00 a bag.

That’s really it for my haul. Do you enjoy hauls? Comment below! Stay tune for more daily updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for stopping by!

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