Tuesday, July 22, 2014

K5 Learning Review Announcement

After almost a week of Class suspension due to typhoon 'Glenda', today's classes in all levels were suspended again due to expected bad weather from the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon 'Henry'. This means more play time for my 1st grader, who join the group of students who were delighted to hear the 'good news'. 

I know there's a lot he can learn while playing but at times like these, I want him to practice more on math and reading skills. That is why I joined  K5's personalized online learning program to  help build study habits and skills he needed to be able to work independently.

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

After my trial period, I will be giving an honest review of this program to see how it works for this little guy:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Art Work Using Nendo Polymer Clay

After my hand-sewn dress project for my baby Girl, making a no-sew tutu skirt comes next. But before I can even get my hands on tulle that I bought from divi, this 'clay art thing' caught my attention and was eager to try hand crafting using polymer clay.

As a beginner in this craft, I was a little surprised on how time consuming it turned out to be. I watched youtube tutorials on making chibis and simple creations and it took them less than an hour to finish their art work, mine took 4 hours of trial and error. Well I guess that was pretty normal, I need to learn more designing techniques to came up with a much more smooth-finished clay works.

I ordered  "Get Go pack" Flexible basic colors and a pack of skin color from Claytoons, and  waited for a perfect time to get started. That's when the kids were sound asleep!

First attempt on baking clay. I need to adjust the baking temp., "medyo hilaw pa". 

Cute 'lil angel, Sofia the first, and Girl in Red clay charms!
Baking temp at 130° for 30min. was just perfect for Nendo Clay! I showed my clay creations with my 6-yr. old son, he said it's 'sobra' cute and ask if he could help in making some more.

He requested,  this "perman" mini figure... I swear, "hindi sya madaling gawin". I spent a couple of hours doing this in two consecutive nights.

 I wasn't able to finish it with one seating because someone volunteered to 'help'.

My B was wide awake at the time I'm working on this, so to keep me undisturbed while trying to complete perman's parts, I assigned him to copy a boy's face to keep him entertained doing on his own.

Nice try! Gotta have more on mommy's artistic side.

I did enjoy every minute spent doing this art project. Cheers to having more time at home that allows me to do more art craft projects that makes my heart oh-so-happy! =)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Darth Maul Kid's Halloween Costume

Days goes by super fast! (next week would be my B's first day in Grade school) and before another halloween comes, let me share this Darth Maul Costume I purchased online for last year's Halloween Party.

I almost forgot to make a post about this one. I just saw from my widget the post about my rant on Customs Duties and Taxes that comes along with this purchase, only then I recalled that I totally forgot bragging about this costume, or maybe I'm still in hate that I got scammed by our own government; making me pay for unreasonable fees.

Anyway, there's no way I can undo that unjust experience. So I'll just savor my B's captured moments during Halloween Celebration at my former office and Costume day at school.

'Kunyaring pakipot' sa pagsukat ng costume! but you can clearly see how this little guy felt during costume fitting. Soooo excited and happy. 

The use of sizing chart for kids is indeed reliable!

My B chose Darth Maul after Star Wars movie marathon and reassures me before purchase that he won't be afraid to wear it.

Yes, we have to came up with dual-bladed lightsaber because he won't agree to use this one on that big day.

Here it goes:

We bought 2 plastic swords, painted it black and red then we used electrical tape to bind it.
This will do!

Darth Maul transformed!
He chose to be at the dark side of the force so as to scare the small ones 'daw'.

Na sample-an si Robin...
Photo opp with Buzz and Jessie. 

The kids blurt out their 'whoas!' and 'Oooohhhs' during Bubble show. They are told not to touch those gigantic bubbles, but they really can't help it.
Neighborhood cousins.

The second time he wears this is during Costume Day at school. He had a blast, once again. =)

Playfight with Superman before stepping off the school service.
with Darth Vader... Cuties!

with Teacher Joy as the Wicked Witch.

Oh, I love how kids dressed up! I can't wait when my baby Girl would be the one to choose her costume. Yihee! but, husband says not to spend too much for these.

Well, I think it just have to be me being more creative and choose budget-friendly stuff next time. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mommy thoughts

Hi! This is a post saying I never really abandoned this dear blog of mine. Just a little busy (yah, kaunti lang...) with the kids and the most of the time messy and chaotic home.

I am completely living a different life from before, making my kids be my only priority, forgetting being in the corporate world (or should I say corporate slave?) and thankfully being out of work-related stress.

Summer lovin' with baby B and baby G
(as in my Boy and Girl).

Going back, I came up with "Mommy tots" when B was only 2 years of age. I end up with 'tots' which I meant 'thoughts' as this became my online journal of my thoughts as a mother and anything worth blogging. But since G was born, this can be as it is, 'tots' for I am now a mommy of 2, where I personally referring the word tots as kids (B wasn't a toddler anymore while G was still months away from her 1st birthday).

And now the ultimate goal is to spend more time with these tots. Here's my favorite quote as  for this moment:

A good reminder to myself that I didn't make a wrong decision.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More on HVAC Repair from now on

After long consideration, I finally decided to quit my job to fully maximize my time with the kids. I quit not to be a full-time mom (not yet!) but to take advantage of working within office hours, saying goodbye to stressful 24/7 shift rotation and embracing every Sunday as my rest day from work. 

I believe God has made a perfect plan for us, leading  to a much flexible working time and environment that will eventually open up for future business opportunities that I have been dreaming of. I am very much thankful for my Five years employment in the Gaming Industry working with the team that  provides IT services on round the clock operations, and for the good and bad experiences and people I have met along the way. 

Selfie taken during my last day at work (Sunday @ 12-9pm shift).
I don't want to be mushy right now, reminding myself that this is after all the best way for me to spend my time. The goal is to spend more time with the kids, less travel time to work and of course, be stress-free. Starting next month, I will be working on a small family business that caters HVAC Repair and maintenance. I am looking forward with my new working hours, which is from 8am to 5pm only, where I can spend all my sleeping and waking hours with the kids that seldom happened because of that shifting schedule.
It will be more on Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning works this time.
Well, I consider this career shift a wise decision for me to focus more on  personal commitments and priorities as a mother. I am  thankful  that I get to realize and take this step before they've all grown up.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Entrance Fee at Dinosaurs Island Park in Clark Pampanga

This is an overdue post weeks ago, when I accompanied my preschooler going to Clark Pampanga for their educational field trip. The trip's main attraction was going to Dinosaurs Island. At that time, I was too busy with my work schedule and house chores (plus the baby!) that I didn't even bother to google on any reviews on what to expect with the place. When being asked by my curious and excited little boy, I answered that what were gonna  see there were Dinosaur statues,  they were prehistoric creatures and ofcourse, they're not real.

I have no idea at all that those dinosaurs, aside from giving an exciting adventure to children, will also give a little scare and can make small ones cry because of fear. Why? simply because they recreate the past mesozoic era using animatronic technology.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cheap Homecoming Dresses

My top time waster nowadays would be no other than... Facebook! That ever popular social networking site that provide updates and sometimes juicy gossip that displays on our news feed. Well, I guess some people wanted to share it all, and really speak what's on their mind or simply wanted to announce every detail and brag (agree?). But on the positive note, social media is a great help to get in touch with family and friends despite our busy schedule.

The site makes it possible to get in touch with our good old   friends in school many years way back. I am very much please to see how's my friends been doing after so many years, and be updated from time to time on what's happening with their lives. Constant updates lead us to organize a "class reunion" as to personally keep in touch and spend time to reminisce those good old days. 

But ofcourse, like everyone else, I wanted to be at my best self when that event takes place. That's twenty beautiful years since we graduated from grade school. I don't intend to show-off; just making the moment more special and remarkable, I just felt the need to choose from  dressfirst.com of what to wear. I find a hard time choosing from those cocktail dresses. I wanted a simple yet elegant dress but, considering my budget, I look for cheap homecoming dresses and got this one that matches my style:

A-Line/Princess V-neck Knee-Length Chiffon Charmeuse Homecoming Dress With Ruffle Sash (022015735)

This is gorgeous... a great steal. This comes in different colors and sizes, and they offer free worldwide shipping. Hmn, somebody's got really excited and looking forward for that class reunion.... Well, I think I deserve to dress up a little once in a while to feel good about myself while catching up with friends.
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