Home Cooked Lunch

My Princesses eat breakfast at home before going to school. And they also bring home cooked meals for lunch and they have asked me for that simply because they prefer mommy’s cooking than school cafeteria food.

I feel fortunate to be able to serve my children fresh food from home, that way, I am sure what they are getting are good food and not just some junks, empty-calorie and useless food. I believe children learn better if they are fed with the right food.

I also feel glad that when they go to school, they are full with healthy breakfast, because if you would see what the school offers for the children, they just give them cereal, cinnamon roll, milk, a few slices of fruit. I would not want my children to munch on cereal, because what is in it? Just sugar and the worst food you can ever give to school children.

For lunch, they have different meals they offer each day. Most of which are Mexican food which my children are not so fond of. They are raised by a Filipino mother so you can expect, what they are eating at home are different from the outside world.

I make sure that they are getting servings of fruits, veggies, protein and carbohydrates. Yes, carbs. Many say it is bad. But hey, children are growing, they move a lot, they have fast metabolism and carbohydrates is what they need in order to sustain that energy they need throughout the day.

Here’s a sample of what I pack for lunch for them. Some rice topped with breakfast sausages, a portion of broccoli and watermelon. Some days, I give them bread with nutella or grape jam spread, slices of cucumbers, some fried chicken, olives and whatever is available in the fridge.

As a mother, it is my responsibility to feed my children with good, tummy-filling, delicious and delightful foods. Their lunch always come with bottled water, they requested water instead of juice. Ain’t that good?

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First Day of School Year 2016-2017

June 22- was the opening of classes here in Texas. The big Princess could not wait to go back to school, she probably got bored at home during summer and she missed her classmates. While the little one, did not want to go to school at first.

Big Princess is now in third grade, the little Princess in kindergarten. I can’t quite believe that I no longer have a baby that stays with me at home. The house is so quiet when they leave to school, it is all new to me and I guess, I just have to get used to it until I can get me a job.

I tried convincing her that school is actually fun, lots of coloring to do, playing, making new friends and a whole lot more. I was a bit worried on that first day that she wouldn’t come with us to school. And fortunately, as good girl as she is, she managed to survive the first day.

When they came home that day, I asked both of them how their first day went. The big one said she had a nice day. And to my surprise, the small Princess, she said “YES, she liked school!” with tongue sticking out, “yungit” in our native language. That was so nice to hear and that somehow eased my worry.

Today is the fourth day since school has started and so far so good. They wake up early, eat breakfast, wash their face, brush teeth, put on their school uniform, tidy up the hair and off to school they go!

This is going to be our daily routine every morning for the entire year until June 2. I love being a momma, although it is tiring to get up early everyday, yet my children are so worth it especially when they take home report cards with high grades in it.

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Nowhere Else to Go But the Park

August is always the hardest for me. I suffer so much loneliness, boredom and summer blues. All kinds of negative feelings trapped inside my body. For some reason, my soul wants to be somewhere else but I couldn’t go where it dictates me to go, the Philippines. Well, at least not this year.

The past few weeks me and my children were struggling to fight our boredom. It’s just that, there is not much to do in the house. They stay home all day doing their tablets, I do my online chores and you know when you do the same thing everyday, you get tired with it.

Gladly though, we are surrounded with several nice parks where we live. This photo below just taken two days ago, even if it was raining, the world was gloomy yet we insisted on going out, otherwise, we go crazy.

A good one and a half hours stay at Greenbriar Park was really good. I let the Princesses play at the playground, fed the ducks and just let them be kids. I guess, they loved feeding the ducks with bread. They giggled and amazed at how baby ducks waddle as they walk. Seeing my kids happy gives me joy that even though we live simply, I raise happy and well-behaved girls.

They are my greatest gifts! They give me reasons to live. Thankfully, I have them for when I am lonely in the house, I can just bring them to the mall play area, fast food play area or anywhere else just to kill the time. They give me company on days that I need them.

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Go to Groupon Website for Coupons and Deals

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When it comes to a shopping website wherein I can find almost all kinds of stuff for the home, getaway, self-pampering like going to a spa, travel deals, coupons, local services, clearance and goods, all I can think of is the Groupon website.

Trust me, there is always something for you there especially if you are into shopping for your beautiful homes. I spotted this interesting slipper mops on Groupon Goods for only $7.99. I think by wearing this slipper mops, they will make cleaning the floor effortless and easy.

There are three colors to choose from and 1 or 2-pack choices. On Goods section, not only you can find products for the home but pages after pages of essential products for everyday use. You can even buy RayBan sunglasses there for under a $100, how cool is that?

Groupon is your ultimate shopping website wherein you can score deep discounts through their clearance or with the use of coupons. If you hurry right now, you can avail their major markdown sales up to 80% off. Even my friends locally are talking about Groupon. They love going to a local spa and they recommended me to always look for deals on Groupon before purchasing certificates or anything else in order to save some money.

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Ableton Push 2

Whatever we do, we all need that proper equipment, instrument or tool in order to make things done fast and accurately. Like in the world of music, one must use or must have an ableton push 2 in order for him to put everything you need to make music in one place—at your fingertips. That is what push does.

It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.

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School is Two Weeks Away

Amazing we only got two weeks left before school starts again and I feel like I have not had enough rest waking up early every morning. Even though it’s summer, I still get up early because I need to water my gardens instead of doing it in the afternoon.

Anyway, two weeks and both of our Princesses will be in school. Princess M will be in kindergarten and right now, she is expressing to me that she does not want to go to school. Last night I asked her again why she would not want to go to school and she told me that she is afraid she’d get lost.

I then assured her that I will be with her during the first three days, taking her to her classroom and sit beside her for a couple of minutes. I hope that eases her worries and will be encouraged to go to school comes 22nd.

I also laid out the school supplies I bought for the two Princesses so she’ll see them and they will make her excited. Not only that, I even bought her a new pair of pink Princess shoes to match with her school backpack just to encourage her to go to school.

Today, I have bought all the supplies they need for the upcoming opening of school. Well, except for that 12×18 manila construction paper that is not available elsewhere but on Amazon. I am done and done going out in the hot sun too!

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Princess M Turned 5 Today

When I cradled Princess M in my arms when she was a newborn, in my mind I told myself, “look at her closely, smell her baby scent and kiss her as much as you want because it won’t be long, she’ll grow big and fast.” Fast forward to five years and here she is! She’s grown beautifully, ever sweet, mommy’s girl, loving, bubbly and ever smiling baby girl.

We celebrated her birthday yesterday because I was free from my job. I took the girls out to Chick Fil-A and had lunch there, just the three of us. Their father was and always has been busy on his days off so we left him. After lunch, I told them that there’ll be three more stops before going home. As good girls as they are, they did not complain and just followed mommy wherever she brought them.

We went to TJ MAXX and bought myself a new pair of walking shoes with memory foam in each sole, just badly needed a pair, you know. Next stop was at Petsmart adjacent to TJ. I bought each Princess a fish. I clearly told the birthday celebrant that a fish is her birthday gift from mommy and dada and she was happy with it. Final stop is at Albertson’s.

I bought two cakes at Albertson’s, not the usual birthday cake because it’s expensive, I found two that look sinfully delicious on sale for $4 each, bought an ice cream and headed home. Decorated the cake with toys and a number 5 candle, voila! All set up for her only.

Not forgetting the noodles for long life as we believe in the Philippines, it’s important to have something long for every birthday that represents for “long life”. I cooked spaghetti for the entire family that served as our dinner. That’s it I had prepared for her and she thinks she had an awesome 5th birthday!

 


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Mommy’s Little Helper

Princess M would occasionally come to the kitchen when I am cooking our meal and would ask if she can help. I don’t decline her, instead, let her be happy by giving her a job and be a part of the activity which she can learn greatly from it.

Here on this pic, I assigned her to lay down the crackers which she wholeheartedly did, for her, it was fun! Little did she know, she that she helped me a bit and created a bond that day. She is the kind of Princess that watches DIY stuff on Youtube including baking and pretend cooking. So, when she sees the opportunity in real life, she’d ask to participate. I am glad she does that because I want her to learn and eventually cook her own meal.

We were making mango float when I took this picture and explained to her how it is done and the ingredients used.

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She Loves to Draw

This girl just grabs her pencil and paper and draw! When she gets tired watching tv, she would just come to the couch where the center table is and draw. So I let the table to be messy and cluttered of paper and other stuff.

I can tell in her drawings, it progresses so much. Before she’d just draw a simple girl with long hair and a face with just lines in it. But now, she can draw more expressive eyes and mouths in her drawings!

When this kid gets bored, she does not whine nor get grumpy, she just find a way to entertain herself and I am glad she is that good! Well, actually, both of my Princesses are good!


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Tight Budget? Use Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are written solely by me.

There are times in our life no matter how hard we work that we get tight with our budget because some unexpected spending comes. When that happens, all we got to do is try to prioritize the things we need in daily basis.

There are certain ways in which you can save money with your groceries, household products and even clothing and much more. Through the use of Groupon Coupons, you will help your finances at ease a little bit if you are willing to dig a little deeper on the site and find those coupons you need on certain things. You don’t need to sacrifice your family’s needs simply because you have no budget for it.

You can even find coupons for Auto Zone for your car’s needs. You see, it is just a matter of being patient and frugal so you can save some money.

I have been doing the couponing in our local stores, pharmacy and even in the mall and helped my husband a little bit albeit, I am a stay-at-home mom and wife. It doesn’t cause harm nor hurt us to use coupons you know. I even use a coupon dining out at Red Lobster for my birthday celebration. I am not shy to say it because it’s an honest way to save us for our meals one time.