Category: Jen’s Lifestyle

[Lifestyle] — 2017 Year End


It’s already December! End of 2017 is coming to an end. 


I remember the year didn’t start out great because I was sick during the first month of January. Didnt get proper rest led to being sick longer. Hopefully it doesnt happen in the beginning of 2018. 


My 2 boys
Munchkin#2 is on the light weighted side which does stress me out a little. But because he is so active – much more active than big brother. Its hard for him to really gain weight (I wish I have this problem lol). But so far – he’s learning a lot and being very naughty on a daily basis. He’s very sneaky yet is very smart in his thinking. 


As of Munchkin#1 he’s doing amazingly well in school. The teachers told us how well he behaves, get along with others, listens well to instruction, and loves to learn. No complaints on that. Hes been enjoying writing, coloring, and drawing a lot lately. Which we all know – he cannot sit still but he can now! He’s an awesome & protective big brother. Sometimes he is annoyed with baby brother but most times loves his baby brother to death. Love & hate relationship right there. 

Myself
As for myself – I didnt focus much on myself this year. Which I need to next year – to put myself as a priority. I love putting my family and others first but sometimes I need to balance it out. In 2018 – my priority is myself. I’ve cooked a lot more this year & I love it. I finally got two of my wisdom teeth out. I have stalled for over 6 years. When I hear the word ‘surgery’ – it literally scares the living crap out of me! But the surgery turned out not too bad. I was so surprised with no pain at all! What the heck? Why didn’t I do this years ago? I had a burger the night I did the surgery in the morning. I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat anything for a week. So god bless! Now I literally don’t need to think about my wisdom teeths ever again in my life. This will be my second surgery in life & hopefully that will be it. C-section to me was bearable – I felt minimal pain as well.

Going out a lot more with girlfriends is awesome. I have a life outside of just being with my family. I never thought I would love wine – but I do now. Its just awesome. Once a week I have this refreshment for myself & I do feel recharged again.

Shopping problem had become an issue. LOL. I was so good till when September hit. I started my Christmas shopping early & it has become an addiction. Literally need to buy something every day online. This is bad and its got to stop. Please God help me! Haha well I do think it will stop when Christmas is over. Got to stop this bad habit.

Hubby
He’s getting busier. I like how he is focused at work & when he gets home – no more dealinh with work stuff. Whatever at work stays at work.

Health
For myself – health-wise. I say not the best this year. I had tonsilitis early on the year for a few days and was on antibiotics for a week. I have never been on antibiotics before & that was my first. Hubby only gets sick during the end of the year. Lol the flu season! As for the boys – they didn’t get sick too often.

Friendships
Friendship wise – this year I’ve met a few new friends and love their companies. Its a joy to have a handful of girlfriends in my life daily where we can talk every day. They would be honest and real with me without guessing if they are lying or not. Understanding what motherhood is together & the frustration of raising kids & living that average lifestyle. I love the understanding of each other. 


Extended family
It has been a busy year. We’ve try to see them when time allows. Sometimes it’s hard but we make it happen. Everyones healthy & that’s all that matters.

Religion
I am very proud that we have gone back to church. Sometimes it may be hard to bring two kids but parenthood itself is hard. Who said it was easy anyways right? Church gives me that peace of heart. I love being there. 

Life is simple & amazing. We are blessed that 2017 is another great year for myself & my family. I cannot be more blessed with all that we have. Cheers to 2018 being an even more blessed year for us!

I wanted to do a whole year reflection kind of thing but there’s way too many to look back on & way too many photos to pick from. This is the most busiest year we’ve had as a family. I hope to slow down a bit in 2018.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year of 2018.

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[LifeStyle] — Souvenirs From Asia


When my girlfriend gave me the bag of goodies – I said “what are you doing? You don’t need to think about us when you are on your trip because your suppose to enjoy your trip”. We are so lucky to have friends that think about us and bring us souvenirs when they are on vacation. Spoil much?


Cute little matching shirts for the boys. Love it! I love all the friends that I have not because they get us things. I can careless about things. Its the love and care they have for us. Even when they are half way around the world – we are in their mind. friendships are such a great blessing.

Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

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[Haul] — FreshCo Haul

This will be my first FreshCo haul on my blog. I don’t visit FreshCo often since its out of my way. But since my son was having swimming lessons around the area – I dropped by with munchkin#2. The cheese, pepperoni, & cracker platter has become one of my faves!

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[Celebration] — Theodore’s 4th Birthday SuperHero Party


Celebrated Theodore’s 4th birthday early this month and it was so much fun for the kids to dress up as superheros!

Mommy Clare served some delicious food! Everything was yumms – sushi was my fave!

The kids played nicely together with no fighting. There were so many kids!!!

Our superhero group photo was sort of a success. Well – you can see for yourself. Lol.

Everyone loved the cake part! Happy sweet birthday Theodore!

Have a FABULOUS day!!!

[Fall Fun] — Halloween 2017 Trick Or Treating


Halloween is such a fun day for the kiddos but hectic day forbthe moms. We wake upmin the morning to get tge kiddos all dress up for school in costumes – making sure they have everything they need and oh – don’t forget those loot bags!

I made two shepherd’s pie & my girlfriend made two squash with cream corn & chicken inside. The squash were super cute & festive!

My girlfriend and I picked up my munchkin early from school – so we could have an earlier dinner before we headed out for trick or treating. Got to feed those bellies before we head out!

Of course – our usual group photo! We’ve been celebrating Halloween the past 4 years together & its always a blessing watching these kids grow up together! I love all of them.

The funnest part for them is going house to house – trick or treating! Like seriously I wouldn’t mind buying them each a box of chocolate instead of being in the cold! It was freezing that night and in 1 degrees! But of course the fun is knocking on doors for candies.

To end of the night – we took a mommy photo. Aren’t we evil or what? It was an hectic day but we did it for our kids! Cheers to another year ladies!

The aftermath of trick or treating. After giving two candies to Munchkin#1 – he forgot about the rest. The rest went to donations lol. I like how he forgets about it and never asks about it!

Munchkin#1 was a spiderman again this year. He was a spiderman when he was 3 years old. But since he’s been obsessing over spiderman – it was easy to decide on a costume for him. Munchkin#2 was a Rilakkuma bear this year. This costume was comfortable and easy for him to walk on.

Cheers to an amazing day! Can’t wait till next year!

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[Home Stuff] — Halloween Decorating 2017 & Loot Bags


Totally a late post – I dressed up my home in Halloween decorations in mid-September. Halloween is my second favorite season to decorate! This year – I added a few new pieces in my collection. Can you spot them?


I decorated my home while my eldest son was in school – he sure came home suprised! Because he loves Halloween & all the spooky stuff! He came home and explored around.


Decorating is just way too much fun. I know I won’t be doing much of these home decorating when the kids are older.


This year I made 15 loot bags for friends’ kids & 25 loot bags for kids at school.

Have a GRATEFUL day!!!

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[Fall Fun] — Pumpkin Painting Play Date

We started off our Pumpkin Painting play date with a small lunch. I made some simple pasta with baked crossant.


The boys clearly took no interest in painting. So the girls and moms painted instead. It was my first time painting pumpkins – kind of fun!


Clearly the kids just wanted to play together. Overall a successful paint session. My eldest som had no interest painting because its messy and he doesn’t want to get dirty! Lol.


Here’s the aftermath of the painting session. Not too shabby right? Hopefully next year the boys will join us!

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[Fall Fun] — Halloween Craft #2


Here comes craft number two. I didn’t get to take a picture of the pavkage but its basically putting four jack-o-lanturns together. Munckin#1 loved it and his daddy helped him out too. I’m loving to watch that he slowly enjoys arts and crafts because I can start doing more of these fun projects with him!


I’ve also noticed that he got more patience sitting down and actually working on things. Which makes his parents so proud. He loves all these Halloween festive activities!

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[Haul] — Small Loblaws Haul

Here’s a small little Loblaws haul for you all. I’m quite pumped about trying the McDonald TarTar sauce – it’s one of my faves. Can’t wait to make some fish and chips to try it out! Have you tried them out before? I think the next sauce I’ll get is the Big Mac sauce – so I can make burgers at home. I wonder if my Hubby will know the difference? We’ll see. Stay tune for more hauls and reviews!

Have a FABULOUS day!!!

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[Fall Fun] — Halloween Craft #1


Halloween craft #1 was this haunted house I picked up from Dollarama. It was a fun family project to do together. Munchkin#1 loves and adores Halloween. He watches mostly Hallweem videos on Youtube daily. He is like a big fan of all tge spooky stuff! I don’t know how he doesn’t get scared of it at such a young age!


This haunted house took longer than I thought to complete but it looks great. Simple to make & everything just sticks on. Perfect decoration for our home. I am keeping this for next year’s Halloween!


Our cute little haunted house!

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[Celebration] — Thanksgiving Celebration With Relatives



Celebrated Thanksgiving 2017 at our place this year. We had all our relatives over for a festive dinner. I made most of the dishes and we had wine to celebrate.


A group selfie for memories is so needed. I was in a bun and in a mess that day. Stayed in the kitchen for three hours cooking up this meal. But I love what I do – so I have no complaints. I love seeing people eat and enjoy the food I make.

Apple pie to end the night off. I didnt make this – bought from Costco. It was a huge pie! A fun Thanksgiving to be captured in my memory book.

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[Celebration] — Grandpa Luk’s 90th Birthday Dinner


Happy 90th birthday to Grandpa Luk! We celebrated his birthday two months early since his son & daughter-in-law came to visit early October for two weeks. Being 90 is a huge milestone & I can never imagine myself getting this old!


We had a room all to ourselves – so the kids can just run around and play with their cousins. It was a nice sit down dinner with 11-12 course meal.


It was a nice & fancy night. Cannot wait to celebrate many more birthdays together! Always a nice time to get together with everyone.

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[Celebration] — Oliver’s 4th Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Oliver! What an amazing celebration it was! We finally get to meet some of munchkin#1’s school friends. I never knew how they look like – now I can put a face to their names.

Oliver celebrated his birthday at an indoor playground with a Superhero theme. The kids had a lot of fun plus snacked on their favorite snacks.

It was nice meeting other parents at the party too which I never got the chance to during the school year.

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[Celebration] — Baby Nicholas’s 1 Month Birthday Celebration

Congrats to my girlfriend and her first baby boy’s arrival. We celebrated baby Nicholas’s 1 month end of September. He’s such a cutie & I miss holding babies this light! Reminds me of my two boys! It sure did gave me baby fever once again!

The celebration was held at Shangri La that night. Boys kept busy with some new friends at the next table. Its so easy for them to make new friends. Munchkin#2 was running everywhere and getting so much attention. This kid is too active!

Can’t wait to chill with baby Nicholas soon & hold him for hours! Babies grow up so fast! My advice to new parents is soak it all in while they are still babies because they grow up too fast!

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[Celebration] — Cheryl’s Birthday & Mommy’s Day Out

Hurray to our first mom day out! Yes we all finally left the kids at home with the Hubbys’! Lol when we each have two kids each – It’s kind of hard sometimes. We spent two hours at the Spa and it was amazing! Cannot complain with one hour nonstop chatting!

Next stop was Joey’s for drinks and dinner. We took this time to celebrate Cheryls’ birthday since it was only a few days away.

Food at Joey’s is always on point! We somehow sat for over theee hours and talked nonstop. Such good times! We are for sure doing this every month! Sometimes its hard leaving kids and the Hubby at home but before I do so – I make sure meals are prepared and home is cleaned. Some times away from the kids is a way to keep us full time mommy sane!

Happy birthday girlfriend! Can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you! Xoxo
 
Have an BEAUTIFUL day!!!

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