Princess M and Carrots

There’s a relation between Princess M and the crunchy baby carrots. She likes it a lot, like a lot! She makes baby carrots her snacks instead of just other junks we have in the pantry. I am one proud mommy here because how many small children do you know love munching on something healthy?

I saw this little Princess last night having a good time watching tv, legs crossed and snacking on carrots. I was amazed at how she made herself comfortable without bothering me to get the carrots, instead, she went to the kitchen and served herself. What a good girl she is! I found her in this position so cute, don’t care about the world!

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Washing Dishes

This is Princess J, as you can see, she is washing dishes in this picture. I made her wash her own and mine’s dirty dishes just so she will not forget how to do it properly. It has been a long time since she’d did that and she seemed to forget what I taught her before.

She is years older compared to me when I started doing this chore so I am kind of guilty for not pursuing her into washing dishes every time she is done eating. This is my way of teaching my kid to be responsible so she can take care of herself when she becomes an adult or when leaving for college.

Things she can do so far is showering herself (with occasional mommy’s nagging), fold undies and socks, hang her uniform in the closet, wash dishes and pick up some stuff from the floor. If I were to be strict with her, I would let her do all the things I do in this house but I don’t want her to think she is being punished.

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Princess M can Now Ride a Big Girl’s Bike

February 27,2017 was one of the most significant days I will not forget because it was the day Princess M decided to use her big sister’s outgrown bike (take note, without training wheels) outside. All she needed were a few pushes and she drove off like a pro.

At first, she was biking wobbly, got off the bike a few times, tiptoeing and trying to balance on the grass. But guess what? It didn’t take her long to get used of the bike and comfortably ride many rounds on an empty concreted lot next to our house.

I was amazed of this girl’s determination for deciding she wanted to use a big girl’s bike. And from that day, she was pedaling like a pro. I captured the first moments of her milestone that day pictured below.

Before she could use this bike, I had this toddler “cruzee” bike used for review without pedals surely helped her a lot. It is a bike that helps kids to just cruise with their feet and learn how to balance by lifting their feet off the ground as they continue to move forward.

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They Love Mico

Mico, a friend’s pet bird for a long time. Princesses J and M love Mico. Every time we come visit Mike in his place, they get excited of the thought being in the country, seeing Mico and Sissy the female dog he has.

Anyway, these girls have been wanting and bugging me to buy them a pet bird. I told them unless they know how to take care of their pets, they won’t get any. I bought them fish on Megan’s birthday last year, me and my husband ended up cleaning the fish water every time it gets dirty. You see, it is just a simple fish but it adds my chores to do when on day off.

Back to Mico, it’s a male bird who is tamed and is not aloof to humans as you can see in the picture below, it stayed where my girls are and he actually allowed humans to pet him. He is nice and would be great to have a bird like Mico, but no for now.

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Healthy Nutrition – How to Cut Down on Simple Sugars

Sugar, the sweetest poison there ever was. This white substance is everywhere, in our sauces, cooking condiments, energy bars and even in our canned fruits. Don’t get this wrong, this post is actually referring to the simple sugars that are often used to preserve foods or improve their taste; not the complex natural occurring sugars that can be found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains or nuts. Those are what we call the “good sugars” because unlike simple sugars, they contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals – nutrients that actually do add value to our bodies.

Why should you care about sugar this much?

You should because simple sugars are bad for you; they affect your liver by causing it to overload, they cause your tooth to decay, they give you a momentary boost of energy but make you feel fatigued later on and in extreme cases, they give you diabetes.

Ideally, the WHO recommends we keep our added sugar consumption to less than 6 teaspoons a day. A lot of folks seem to think they are adhering, whereas they aren’t. Consuming an energy drink here, a snack bar there and a canned fruit alongside your dinner can easily see you exceeding over 10 teaspoons of sugar daily. This is possible because, on these products, sugar isn’t listed as sugar; instead, you see them as listed Brown rice syrup, lactose, maltose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, and caramel. Sugar alcohols are another way in which sugar is hidden on product information. Next time you take a trip to the grocery store while reading the product information, lookout for words that end in “-ose” or “ol”.

For more information, check out this very helpful infographic we came across.

 

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Princess M Caught a Fish for the First Time

I am so proud of my Princess M for her successful fishing last weekend in Avery. Fishing is not easy, it is testing your patience as to how long you can wait for the fish to take your bait. Much more a 5-year old girl whose patience is limited.

Just when she gave up and uttered the words, “I’m tired, I give up” and voila! Something took her bait and yes, she caught her very first fish in her life. A blue gill fish in a bigger pond at a friend’s property. I will write it down here so someday she can look back and remember the date, February 19,2017 she officially became a “fisher girl”, lol.

First photo below was the very spot she got her fish. The men came to the rescue and unhooked the fish and release it to the water.

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Having a baby? Don’t Panic Yet, Here’s What You Need to Know

From the day the doctor walked back into the office and said these 4 words – “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” your life changed instantly. Suddenly, it’s not about you anymore, it’s now about that precious little life you carry inside. From then on, the decisions you make are driven by the need to protect your baby and get the best care possible.

It’s indeed a very beautiful journey, one filled with a lot of “ooh” and “awww” moments – your body begins to make certain adjustments to accommodate its little passenger. The breasts become bigger because they’re getting ready for breastfeeding, increased trips to the bathroom to empty your bladder because your baby’s head is resting on it, you’re experiencing heartburn and constipation in addition to the weight that the doctor promises is good for you. In summary, pregnancy is the most delicate period of any woman’s life and as such should be treated with utmost care.

This is when you have to cut back on the crunches and situps as such exercises can cut blood flow to the fetus; you also don’t want to be around paint fumes as studies indicate that exposure to these fumes can lead to miscarriage. What you can and should do, is stay off your feet as long as you can as prolonged standing can result in the presence of varicose veins. It can also cause an abnormal buildup of fluid in the legs- what the doctors call edema.  

In addition to that, pregnant women are required to make some changes to their diet and we’ve come across this awesome infographic on nutrition for pregnant women, we know will be useful to you.

Please include attribution to http://midatlanticobgyn.com with this graphic.

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Princess M can Read

Princess M can now read. She is only 5 and a half years old. In America, children her age who read are normal while there are others who are advanced started reading as early as 2 or 3 years old. I am so proud of my little one because of the fact that she can read sight words like the one in the picture below. This was sent by her teacher for us to see how many words she can read now.

Each day after school, she brings a book that she needs to read every night and write down the title of the book. So far she is keeping up with her reading. Thanks to my husband for doing this to me while I am working.

Anyway, I am at ease that my Princess M will be a good reader when she reaches first grade.

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One of my recommended sites

I have known this music website called musicians friends for a while now. Although I have not bought anything from this site but I still browse around and recommended it to my readers because I believe they have good stuff there for musicians to see and buy. Not just beautiful pieces of instruments but also discounts of accessories as well as coupons to use and rewards for members. This is one of my recommended sites when it comes to shopping anything music-related.

Jadyn Got Tested Today and Passed

I received a call yesterday from St. Batholomew Catholic church where we send Jadyn for her Sunday school, that call was about her needing to be tested to see if she is ready to do the reconciliation in May. Today we went and she was asked to say her prayers and a couple questions regarding the upcoming reconciliation.

I couldn’t be prouder of her because she passed the test and impressed the lady who interviewed her. I told Jadyn afterwards that all those nags I gave her were worth it. Now she is more than ready to do it comes May. All she does is continue going to Sunday school and attend the practice on Friday for practice.

I will be glad when this is all over, she wanted to quit a long time ago but I kept pushing her that once it’s done, she does not need to go to Sunday school anymore.