Sunday, December 28, 2008

For Santa



Before my kids went to bed they prepared something for Santa ...

2 biscuits and a glass of Red Johnie walker....

I told the kids that Santa might get a bit tipsy on the way to other places...

Fuuny thing was when the kids were in bed , Joe was enjoying the scotch that was prepared for santa ; when Bianca came downstairs ; good thing that Joe was quick to hide away the glass or else Bianca will be very upset to see Daddy drinking Santa's drink!!!
Well,, Santa finished it anyway....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'll be on hiatus

Yippee!!!! HOLIDAY!!!!!! we are going on a Summer Holiday!!!!!  Just like a song!!!!

I will be away for 2 weeks and for those blog hoppers and EC card droppers ,,,I will make it up , when I come back.... 

I will do my best to find some time and do a little bit of blogging ...

I WISH you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2008 was a good year for me and wishing that it will continue this coming 2009....

Toy HUNT (Toy/s received on Christmas Day)

Christmas is over and we enjoyed it so much... Hummm,, my kids enjoyed it so much!!!
This week's TOY HUNT is posting a pic of toy/s that was received on Christmas day...

The night before Christmas the kids went to bed without a fuss knowing that Santa will come and give them gifts... They cant wait for the big day...


These are Daddy's and Mommy's gifts for Braiden... He is obviously been very good!!!
What he loves more is his Ice Blue colour Nintendo DS .. So he is pretty much occupied playing with it...


Come and join us in TOY HUNT and have fun hunting for toys,, see the details here...

On January 3 , 2009   Saturday,,, the theme for the TOY HUNT is TOY with Wheels  so get ready for it....

Thank you to those people who are continuously joining the TOY HUNT... keep on playing guys!!!!  See you next year!!!!!
Have a prosperous New Year everyone!!!!!!!!!!!



 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pinoy Christmas Party...

We had our Christmas Party,,, The people who came ver are my frineds since I started residing here in our suburb... 4 of us are married to Australians and all living in the same suburb.
We are good friends through thick and thin without any prejudices and we are always there to support and encourage each other... Our bonding time is going to each others houses for lunch at least once a month ..
Our kids are growing up quick and we are pleased that they all go along together.... One of the ladies (Aleli) is my College school mate which I met at the dancing studio of my daughter.. we di not hang out with each other during college days... that is why when we met we just said that She looks familiar to me... it turns out that we are batch mates with common friends.. what a small world ,,, now we are MATES!!!!!

Proud mommies!!!!
VICKY ERMA JOY ALELI


My kids are the two girls on the left Micah and Bianca... Braiden was not there bec I cant get him out of the house he was pre occupied with Playstation...
The Twin Boys( Luke and Joseph) are Erma's sons and the girl on the Right(Alyssa) is Erma's niece which is also from a Pinay mon...
The brother and sister which are holding hands are Aleli's children ( Lachlan and Courtney)
The girl 4th from the right Alice and the one with love hearts shirt Grace are Vicky's daughters

Time for a pose before exchanging gifts!!!!
Hey,, there's Braiden!!!!! when I told him its time to open gifts!!! He just blurted out!!! Present for me?!!!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Toy HUNT (Photo of favorite Toy under the Christmas Tree)


What TOY is under the Huge Christmas tree???



This is Bianca's New favorite Favorite TOY Under the Christmas tree... She just received it yesterday from Tita Vicky, We had a Pinoy Christmas Party yesterday and kids exchanged gifts and when she opened her gifts she was so excited about it!!!!
She even took the POLY pocket doll in her bed  .. and when she woke up she started playing with it and taking it everywhere ..
It's a Stylin' Polly doll. Its glamorous , Over 10 inches tall , with hair , makeup nails -- that can change color.
She can add jewelry and charms for a totaly new style

A well pampered DOLL!!!!!!! A pedicure and manicure plus a hair styling .... What more can you ask?????

Hair , nails and makeup  turn to pink highlights when she use a sponge with Icy cold water


Come and join us in TOY HUNT for details check it here.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hide and seek...

Yes... I remember the days when my son would play Hide and seek with me when we were out shopping!.. I hated it!!!! It was so terrifying... I have to run after him while I still have an infant in the stroller..  I remember it vaguely,,, my boy who was around 3 years old and he was like a Tasmanian devil!!! oh yeah,,he was everywhere.. But I might say that there is HOPE!!!! yup... he changed dramatically ... and  life is sweet!!!!

I remember that he would always whinge and scream and make my shopping LIFE all too difficult!!!!    So I ended up shopping my groceries online!!!!! yes the COLES online grocery shopping,,, where they deliver it at home  straight into my kitchen.... that was pathetic  ,but it worked for me,, saves me getting embarrassed and being harassed by my kids...

 Now that my boy is 5 years old now,, he has learned one of the most important virtue in life  PATIENCE  Gracious me!!!  I worked hard for this!!!! and I really deserve it...
Although I love shopping by myself ,, sometimes when I have to go shopping and the kids are with me  ,, I have to use these techniques...

1.  Before we go out I talk to them about the rule in simple terms,, like they have to stand beside Mom at the shops...ALWAYS!!!!!  and if they misbehave I will take them back home....

2.  Practice at home in a role play shop scenario and PRAISE when they are doing well...   We do that when we play shopping game...

3.When entering the shop ... Remind the RULES!!

4.  I make a list of things to buy ,, to make it interesting I draw on the stuff that we need to get ,, and let my boy hold on to the list and gives him a pen so he can cross out the stuff when we get them... This is such a FUN activity for my BOY   , he just love it ...

5. When Buying groceries I usually  ask them to get get it for me.. Like when we buy apples I tell him to get 5 apples and then he will count ... So let them get actively involved ...

6. While shopping Praise praise and praise,,, Yeah sometimes I sound like a teacher saying Good job,,, That is so nice of you to help mom ... and so on and so on... I might sound like a broken Vinyl record,,, but hey I am really appreciating their efforts...

7. Give them a little treat .. like an ice cream or a lolly perhaps or to a STICKER!!!!! My little girl loves STICKER... I have stories about the sticker reward next time!!!

8.. At the check out,, I let my boy swipe the card or hand the money to the cashier,, still getting them involved...

9. Praise again when you made it in the car without hassles!!!!!   Then  a treat at home,, they can eat the ice cream  or Braiden usually can play Playstation and Bianca a flower sticker...
 
So now no more Hide and seek,, kids are not bored and dont push your luck further although  sometimes they will play up... so be quick and don't linger too long...

These are some of the tips that makes my Life sane with kids!!!!!  How about you ??? Care to share.....?

Christmas Spirit Award


My TOY HUNTER        Heather  passed me this Christmas Spirit Award!!!! Thank you !!!
 

Here are the rules for the Christmas award.
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You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award. The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas. You must link back to the person who gave you the award. You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space! Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 50. It's up to you! But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going! Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment.

I love Christmas because I enjoy decorating my house with Christmas decors... Yeah,, I know even if I have to dragged 20 boxes out of my shade I do not complain!!! 

I love decorating my Christmas tree,, every year I put on a Christmas CD and enjoy it with the kids,, we wear Christams hats and my kids help me decorate it... I loveingly arrange the star , balls and ribbons,, making it nice and perfect..  This years turn to place the angel on top of the Tree is Braiden... so daddy had to carry him on his shoulders because it is too high for him to reach its 8  foot tall tree

I love giving gifts to my relatives in the Philippines,, every year I send them big box iof gifts and ggodies,,, I juts love sharing the blessings with them...

Christmas in Australia is SUMMER!!!!!!!!!! I love Summer!!!!! Going out to he beach,,, barbeque at the backyard, playing with the kids at the backyard  and juts the warm summer glow...

Christmas Time is holiday for us ,, No work for Joe.. It means time to go on a big HOLIDAY!!!! spend time with family and enjoy swimming and eating and playing!!!!

SALE   SALE   SALE,,, yes Christmas sale .... I enjoy it!!!!!!

GIFTS,  GIFTS,   GIFTS   aside from giving it I like receiving some... especially from my generous hubby...

FOOD   FOOD   FOOD... another reason for the season!!!!!

above all the as the whole Christian world who  celebrate the birth of Jesus ,, its also time to reflect and be thankful for the blessings!!!! and I am blessed!!!!

Now I pass this to my sis JenL

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Letter from Santa


Yes .... We received a Letter from SANTA!!!!
I posted last time bout the kid's letter for Santa here and the other day we received a reply from him....
The kids were excited to open the letter and I read it to them...

Now they being extra nice,, because they know that  Santa is watching them!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Toy HUNT (Christmas TOY or decor)

Hello everyone.... 12 days Till Christmas!!!!
and my kids are getting excited,,,, My hubby is getting excited too because we are going to have a family holiday for 14 days .. relax , eat, play with the kids, swim and  unwind!!!!!! that will be our goal for our coming holiday!!!!

Anyway.... Congratulations to JOYOZ  for winning the Bratz Doll!!!!!!
You can watch the video on how I raffled the lucky winner ...


TOY HUNT for this week is another Christmas TOY or decor...


This is Braidens favorite Christmas train , it is a remote controlled toy which goes around the track.. It plays  a Christmas tune and can go backwards too,,, There is also a smoke that comes out of the engine... 
  For those who wants to join the TOY HUNT you can see the details here..

So its your turn.....






Friday, December 12, 2008

Toy Hunt Give away Winner!!!

THANK YOU to all who joined last week's TOY HUNT ...

 Those who joined TOY HUNT last week were automatically entered in the draw to win  a Bratz Doll Fashion Swimwear collection..
To be fair and square I captured the process on video so everyone can see it. 

The winner is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     WATCH the video.....
Congratulations to the winner...

Watch out for more giveaways... I  think I'm enjoying this....!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tracy Joy Bag

YESSSS.... My new camera bag  TRACY JOY ,,, this was the parcel hat came in the other day which I ordered online at Tracy Joy.  Actualy it was my sister JenL who told me about this bag,,, she loves it too,,but she was torn betwen getting the Crumpler bag or the Tracy Joy.. But she ended up buying the 6 million dollar Crumpler Bag for her Birthday (see here)...  So I told her Ill get the TJ so I can tell her if it is good...
I like the style of the bag,,, although it is not as well padded as my Canon bag .. It has lots of compartments and with a very trendy style..

When we go out and I like to take my Camera I do not take my handbag with me anymore... I just take the black Canon bag.... My hubby said I look like a tourist... and my wallet doesnt fit on it...

So with my TJ it fits perfect and I still have heaps of space...  Although for a peace of mind I added some paddings and placed the camera in a cotton cloth just to be safe...
I am also gentle when I place the bag down,, heyy,, I've got 3 extra lenses inside.. thats why...


It was  my gift for myself for my birthday and  I will pick up my Hubbys Gift for me at the shops ,,, The stock juts came in and I cant wait to hold on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
watch out for it!!!




Monday, December 8, 2008

A GIFT for me!!!


A Special Parcel from USA that I've been waiting for arrived the other day,, But when they delivered it I was out so I went to the Post Office today to pick it up!!!!
EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to open it and reveal the content.. It was my Birthday gift for myself...

Check it out later...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Toy HUNT (Christmas TOY or decor)


Welcome everyone to the TOY HUNT...
 To celebrate the Christmas season the theme for this months TOY HUNT is all about Christmas toys and decorations...

Don't worry if you dont have Christmas TOY at home,,,, be creative,,, Juts walk around a mall and take a snap,, I would love to see Christmas stuff.. Take a snap , just go crazy and snap and snap.. or If your friend or neighbor have an unusual , exciting Christmas toy or decor ,, take a snap!!!! 

Share it with us!!!!!
That is what TOY HUNTING is all about,,, HUNT and keep an eye on things...

FIRST of all I would like to thank the TOY HUNTERS for joining in and for those who havent join yet,,, What are you waiting for?????? Come and have fun with us see the details here..

Second.... I have a TOY to give away!!!!!!!!!! wheee!!!!!!! As my appreciation to all my TOY HUNTERS I am giving away a The BRATZ fashion swimwear collection!!!!  No need for complicated rules!!!!!
Just join in this week's TOY HUNT  , tell them about my TOY Giveaway and make sure to put my badge   and  you will be on a running to win this TOY.
TOY HUNT is open until Thursday December 11  closes on 5 pm Aus Time( check my time on my sidebar) So you still have time to post until Thursday....
 Sorry guys for those who have boys .. well this is such a good gift for friends!!!!! Or if you are in USA and have relatives in the Philippines I can just send it  to them ... 
(note... for the winner I would send it straight away but please consider the posting delay )


OK now this is my post for Christmas TOY or decoration 
This is SNOW MAN that when you press the leg a little Snow man will pop out of his hat with a Jingle bells tune playing... I bought this one from Avon and the kids are loving it ...

The kids also like the squeeling Pig ,, while singing Jingle bells and squeeling as the same time!!!! 

It's your turn... Please post your pic then leave your name and link if You are JOINING THE TOY HUNT..... Please respect and be fair .....
Don't forget to comment too...










Monday, December 1, 2008

Laundry Clean Up

This months Monthly Organizing Round up is the Laundry... and boy oh boy I really need to organize my Laundry.....

Thank you Laura of Organizing Junkie for hosting this..

This was my laundry before ... Look how messy it was... Hey... whats the scotter doing in the laundry????? hummm... ahhh,, I confiscated it from my daughter because she was riding inside the house... so there you go stay in the laundry first...
Opps.. showing my dirty linen in public... Pardon me everyone.....
This is my AFTER........
Nice and neat... Can you see the blue step,, yes I badly need that I'm short and I cant fully reach my drier .....
Ohh.. I LOVE this brightly colored baskets!!!!!!!! they are really good because I can stack them and they are not bulky baskets and I can use for anything aside from the laundry... Very strong plastic made in Italy... So too all the big uneven sized baskets out of the laundry... to give way to some Funky baskets....


And my lovely hubby installed this for me,, I've got a small laundry that is why,   it was 7 inches deep only ,, just enough to put cleaning / laundry products in...
Last time when I cleaned up my wardrobe I gathered all the flimsy Target hangers .. yesss I was able to collect 3 boxes of plastic hangers the one with a number (size of the clothes) I changed my hangers to a wood  hanger.. they are neatly organized,, take a peek here on my Procrastination challenge 
So instead of tossing them out ,, I used them to hang my clothes oustide,, I can save heaps of space and they dry easily...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Smokey Eye makeup

Remember my last post about trying to be glamorous  for a day??? yeah it was here/ Glamorous ..
I was raving about my Smokey eye look...
Actually when I went to buy Napoleon Perdis make up I had a demo on how to achieve a Smokey eye.. The lady that taught me  how to do it was so good and it came out really well.. but when I went home to try it myslef I forgot the steps on how to do it , so I check out this video..
I like Michelle Phan ,, I love watching all her you tube vids and she is one amazing lady , very pretty and charming!!!
Enjoy this video and you will be hooked on her .... and when I go to work I put on a basic smokey eye makeup  ,, sometimes just a simple makeup, depending on my mood..

BTW  I Love Napoleon Perdis make up!!!!!! I'll post it next time ....





Toy HUNT ( Toy/s that talk/s)



My entry for Toys that talk.. 
This is Braiden's Leapster .This one is suitable for ages 4-10.. We always take it with us especially on a long drive keep them occupied and very good for going out for  dinner , while waiting they have something to do .... He is good with this .. now he using Micah's Nindento DS it is more challenging , so he might get one from Santa....
It is a good toy  I recommend it.. They also released the new Leapster Pad  ..already available
Build essential school skills with the learn-everywhere Leapster handheld. Children become so engaged in the interactive learning games, you’ll want them to keep playing—because the more they play, the more they learn.

This is A Leapster TV which is compatible with the leapster cartridge,, so when the kids want to play on TV they just use the Leapster TV..
The Leapster TV™ Learning Game System brings Leapster and Leapster L-Max games to life on your TV. With a library of over 40 software games, players interact with their favorite animated characters. Action-packed games inspire a love of learning and reward problem solving. Includes Dora the Explorer PiƱata Party! educational game.

I also posted Bianca's 1st Leap pad here .. Leap pad
For those who wants to join the TOY HUNT see the details here Join TOY HUNT

Happy weekend everyone .. Please leave your name and URL if you are joining the TOY HUT only!!!!



Friday, November 28, 2008

My Birthday pics



My simple Birthday ....
Thank you for all those who greeted me ....

My family and they are so precious to me...

Birthday Gift????  Hummm,, Still not here ,, just placed an order for it.... Well,, it will turn out to be a Christmas gift instead!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Decor


It's the time of the year... 1 month before Christmas and I've already decorated my Christmas Tree..see it here My Christmas Room...
 I always do it on or before my birthday... It's my Birthday ... Its my Birthday Today!!!!!
No big fuss about it ,, just had a lunch with my hubby then a small cake at home for the kids to enjoy... 
What I am excited about is the coming theme for our TOY HUNT....
My house is all decorated and my kids are all happy and delighted to see the brightly colored decor and fun things that is associated with the Christmas season... Some of you are already finished and some are just starting to decorate,, but hey Christmas is just around the corner...So start it now... 
So to get into the mood the themes  for Toy Hunt are:

December 6   :   Christmas TOY or a any kind of decoration
December 13 :   More Christmas TOY or decoration!!!
December 20 : Take a photo of a favorite TOY under the Christmas Tree
December 27:   Post a TOY that was received on Christmas..

Enjoy TOY HUNTING  everyone and start taking pictures!!!!!!!  Cant wait to see your Pictures !!!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

What a relief..

It was a slight relief to know that Petrol Prices had gone down less 3o cents from the previous months and they are saying that petrol prices is heading to a $ 1 a litre,, and it is a good news for all motorist...
I  often use my docket to get the 4cents a liter discount and it makes a difference if I fill my tank up.. Now that I go to work 3 times a week and I travel 35 kms and takes me around 30-40 minutes to work I often fill up my tank every week, so more expenses for our budget... My husband travels the same way but he's car runs on diesel... Now we are talking about car expenses, that reminds to check out and find a cheap auto insurance  Finding ways for me to compare prices and getting the best deal... There is also a site to visit to find a cheap insurance... Thats a good way to save...

Toy HUNT ( Multicolored toy/s),,



Hello everyone,, Its Toy Hunt week again....
You are probably getting busy organizing the most awaited event of the year Christmas Holiday!!

Today, we are going to put our christmas decors ,, and for sure it will be FUN !!!  well I was just thinking of dragging probably 20 boxes out of my shed!!!! Thats  a lot!!!!! 

So to be in a Christmas mood I am announcing that the 4 Saturdays of December we are going to feature Christmas TOYS or anything associated with the season!!!!!!!  I will post the theme next time .....For sure it will becolorful and exciting so hang on there guys....

 Talking about colorful or multicolored ,, this is the heme for this weeks TOY HUNT...


This is my son's toy. It is a Fisher Price's train where you can put the see through blocks , it 's battery operated and can move by itself ...
This was his baby toy and my daughter Bianca used to play with this too.. Then I gave it to my neighbor for her baby.. She's outgrown it already so she gave it back to me!! all the baby toys.. now I have 2 boxes of baby toys in my garage.... That is why  I am looking  for a home for the baby toys ....

 I'm taking a pic of the toys so my kids will have a remembrance of their toys before I gave them away......

Happy Weekend everyone and keep safe!!!

To join the TOY HUNT check this site  How to Join...
Post your toys and then link it here....




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christmas Decor

Inflatable Christmas decors..
I like the Nutcracker...
They are bigger than Bianca....

Last weekend after going out for lunch... Check that on my other site .. Weekend Lunch  
We decided to take the kids to a Christmas Warehouse...
I love looking at Christmas stuff  although I've got heaps of them already ,, My house looks like a Christmas shop ,,, I like to  look at some more  stuff,,, What I like are the big statues.. especially the nut cracker ... I've already got a Reindeer ,, but maybe after Christmas when it is 75% off... ha ha ha..
 the downside is where to place he stuff after the Holiday season ... my shed is half full of Christmas decors.......