May 2018 FMS Photo A Day Challenge Prompt

I have once shared here that I got featured by Little Moments App on their Instagram account as part of the FMS Photo A Day Fab Four, March 14: Clouds prompt. Now, I am sharing the FatMumSlim’s prompt list for May 2018.

Got the image from FatMumSlim’s website. I’m quite excited to share my photos for this month as May brings a lot of memories to me, be it good and the not-so-good ones. May is both my parents’ birth month. Since they are both gone now, we only get to celebrate it by simply offering prayers, candles and flowers. It is also the month of “fiestas” that I really look forward to when I was a child. May 1st is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and this is celebrated in “Royal” (Barangay Apolonio Samson), where I spent most of my childhood and teenage years. It is a chance for cousins and other relatives to get together and chit-chat over good food. May is also the month where in Buhi (Camarines Sur) town celebrates their fiesta. Buhi is my Mom’s provincial hometown where I studied 3 years of grade school. A number of beautiful cousins also celebrate their birthdays this month. Indeed a lot of celebrating to do, right? Great number of chances to capture a lot of photos that can be shared in Instagram – and include in the Photo A Day challenge.

Join us too and challenge yourself in bringing out creatives juices in you – and photography skills that you may already have but has yet to discover. The hashtags to use for these prompts are also posted in my Instagram account, @stef0930.

Daughter’s Love of Arts and BTS

My daughter K, @heyitskea on Instagram, installed AutoDesk Sketchbook and made herself busy with a few small artworks.

           

This one below took her a week if I’m not mistaken. She is a fan of BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boy Scouts), specifically Kim Taehyung a.k.a. V. She must have thought of challenging herself to try a little more complicated image, thus chose this one. I just had to take a screenshot of both the reference and her accomplishment. Along the way, she got worried saying she can not do the teeth and hair parts as they seem too difficult. There was even an outline at first, but I had to ask her try without it instead to add to the already significant difficulty.

Also, I had to tell her that it is indeed difficult as she is obviously a beginner. It will go easy along the way. The “keep trying” and “never give up” advises worked for her. This was a chance for me to remind our daughter that “All things are difficult before they become easy.” And nothing will ever be accomplished if you just keep telling yourself that the situation or task is hard, you gotta face that fear, start and keep going to achieve success.

She posted her finished artworks in her Instagram account @heyitskea_. As a Mom, I can not help but be proud of her.  Oh! By the way, she made this using her mobile phone, no stylus used, just her bare fingers. With the satisfied look on her face after posting her “Taehyung” artwork, I know that she will be creating a few more, more of BTS. She has received email messages and direct messages too expressing their admiration of her works.

Her love of drawing and designing has made her decide to take Arts and Design Track, Visual Arts strand in Senior High. She even has another mobile phone app installed called Design Home (Crowdstar Inc) and I guess it helps her learn more about interior designing and sharpen her skills too. She has not completely decided yet if she will push for Architecture or Interior Design in college, and it may still change as she face the fun and challenges of senior high. For us her parents, she has our support and guidance – to anything that would make her happy and give her the feeling of fulfillment – all the way.

 

Instagram Feature By Little Moments App

I got so hyped when I learned that I have been picked and featured by Jen of @littlemomentsapp  in the theme “clouds” from @fatmumslim ‘s Photo A Day Challenge. The excitement was high I had to share the post by Jen @love_wednesday in my own IG account and in Facebook too. Pardon that excitement I mentioned as it was the first time I got featured. Haha!

Here is the Fab Four for the “clouds” theme last March 14. It would be great if you could also check out and follow the other three Instagrammers featured.

If I recall it correctly, I was a day late in posting my entry for the theme but maybe because the photo of my daughters is quite nice, I got in the Fab Four. I have been on and off in participating in the FMS Photo A Day Challenge in the past years but I am proud that this year, I have not skipped any theme yet… yes! Really hoping I could continue this no-skip streak for the entire year. Thanks to my daughter @iam_k23 as she helped me with a number of themes or prompts with her photos she allowed me to use. She was able to explore Manila during their class field trip and having a better phone camera of course, she took a lot of photos. I really mean a lot. Too many that when she shared it to me through Bluetooth, my phone’s memory got really occupied. I have to really curate all of the photos she shared though and also remembers to give her the credits whenever I use them in Instagram.

Having been able to be part of the Fab Four, I am but inspired to snap more hopefully-beautiful-photos and share it in my Instagram account, not to boast but to express and maybe inspire too.

Image credit: FatMumSlim

Up is the list of prompts and hashtags for the entire month of April. Join us this April in FatMumSlim’s Photo A Day Challenge. See how you can also challenge and express yourself through the photos you share in Instagram.

2017’s Best Nine on IG

Here is my 2017’s Instagram Best Nine. I intentionally forgot to post my Best Nine of 2017 on Instagram.  I get to be forgetful but aside from that, is that I am not quite impressed with the results. Ha!Ha! Kidding aside, I am indeed thankful for all the likes I received on these nine images I shared throughout they year 2017. Cheers to more beautiful captures this new year!

 

In all honesty, I was not really that active the whole of 2017 in IG. There were weeks that I did not even glance on posts of the people I follow. But I am really hoping to get back on track on IG sharing and also in blogging. I missed a lot in here! I am in need of reviewing and relearning… a LOT!

Pinterest Bids Farewell to its LIKE Button

Giving emphasis on the “Save” button, Pinterest has decided to remove its “Like” button. For some accounts, this has already been implemented and will soon roll out to the rest of the Pinterest users.

“The No. 1 challenge is getting people to understand that Pinterest isn’t a social network,” CEO Ben Silbermann told Bloomberg.

So, what happens to those beautiful pins you have liked?

Pinterest will save the pins users liked on a separate, secret board called “Your Pinterest Likes”.

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At least, those pins you liked and have not decided to save yet are still saved for you to easily go back and refer to when needed.  Should you desire to save the ones you have liked, it can easily be moved to your existing public boards.

5 Day Gratitude Challenge

I was tagged by a dear friend, Joy of  JoyRide and so I decided to create a 2-in-1 post at first. To not lose the momentum, I guess.

Sept. 14, I am grateful for..

– the person who found Nhald’s wallet. Our faith in humanity is still there because of him/them.
– the ability to recognize something good out of an obvious mistake. We got the chance to go out together as partners, it was quite an adventure.
– the simple fact that my kids’ have the ability to take care of each other while Mom & Dad is out.

Sept. 15. I am grateful for…

– an additional rest day for the kids and that Malacañang initiated the suspension of classes as early as last night because of thypoon Luis.
– my awesome clients for the trust they have given me.
– Keanna’s achievement for the 1st grading period.

I have this posted in my Facebook account but since we are promoting something really good here, it is best to share it in public too. So, if you were tagged by a friend, be it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or through blogs and other social media websites, go ahead and join in. You will be surprised as to how much there is to really be thankful for instead of wasting our time with all the what-if’s and I should have’s.

Have a great day everyone!

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

One morning, I decided to serve both K & Roey Banana oatmeal. K ended up eating both servings and Roey ate Bananas instead. K got used to eating anything you serve her, believe it or not. My Mama has really helped a lot in her eating habits. She may be skinny but I am thankful that she is not sickly as well. Both my kids, actually. Thanks to HIM! Because, health is definitely a priority for me, and then education.

Roey, on the other hand, is the picky eater, she is not skinny though. She has just learned ( I don’t know where!) to say no to any food she thinks to be yucky! Unfortunately, the oatmeal I served them was one. So, the Mom in me was given a challenge. How can I make this kid eat oatmeal?

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Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Since I have been seeing oatmeal biscuit recipes online, why not try one? So, I ended up with these Banana-Raisin Oatmeal cookie cups the next morning and was very satisfied with the result.

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I love it Mom! It’s so fluffy…uhm…chewy!

She ate 2 cookie cups for breakfast and kept coming back to the fridge until every cookie is gone. K enjoyed the cookie cups too. Too bad I was out of flour and only ended up with 18 pieces that day. I also made a Choco Banana Oatmeal cupcake after few days for a variety. And will sure explore more healthy baking and cooking innovations for my loves.
How about you?

Hope you can share your Mommy-moves and creative tactics in serving your kids healthy breakfast or snacks, I would sure appreciate that!

Thanks in advance and happy baking or cooking and then eating! Ha! Ha!

Pinterest-ing!

My Pinterest account has been in existence for quite some time now. It has caught my attention with the graphics/photos in it. I still can recall that everything has started as a hobby and now, Pinterest for me has become Pinterest-ing! It is not just PInterest though, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too! In short, these social media websites are part of the reasons why we have a lot to be thankful for. 

I remember to have created boards for photography, fashion (kids and ladies), sewing & DIY ideas, kitchen & baking supplies and tools, inspiring quotes and what I named: Dream House Project. 

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If you already have a Pinterest account, you can follow me – SEPTEMBERCHARM so we can get to exchange ideas thru pins. If you would like to be inspired in building your own dream house, follow KCK and you will sure be amaze on a number of ideas you can get, from cabinets, bathrooms, kitchens to dinnerware.

My dream house project has almost everything in it, I suppose. I have photos of bedrooms, kitchens, backyards, libraries, laundry rooms and a lot more. I have recently shared a photo in Facebook (I got from PInterest) which caught my attention, a backyard with flower and vegetable garden. I have even mentioned that having something like that is one of my many dreams. I definitely would like to have even a small one if we would be blessed to own a home we can call our own. And I will make it a point to learn how to nurture everything Green that will grow in that dream backyard garden in which later on can be used in cooking! I love to cook too!



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Frozen: Our New Favorite Disney Movie

Everyone’s been talking about Frozen. A lot has loved Elsa, Anna and of course, Olaf!

Every little girl may have already sang their own cover of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go”. My girls did. Unfortunately, the audio of my netbook is not working. The video recorder of my phone did not work either. So, we have an audio less video. It is proper not to show it at all, ha ha!

I can no longer recall as to how many times we and they watched Frozen. I have enjoyed the movie too. I loved how Disney showed different characteristics of modern women, princesses in the movie, of course. When you become a Mom, you will be more (a lot more) observant. Observant of almost everything about your girls – their likes and dislikes, their attitude, their moves and so as choice of friends. Disney has successfully showed the difference between Elsa and Anna – described as introvert and extrovert during our time. now, they can be described as elegant and the latter, fearless.

On the other hand, did you notice how fab and fashionable Elsa was? I so love her gown when she changed while singing the famous “Let It Go”. My elder daughter K has been watching YouTube videos of different artists drawing and painting Elsa. Said she also liked Elsa’s gown and hairstyle. But guess what? I found her drawing Olaf instead.

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And then, was asked by her little sister for help and draw Olaf again.

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K also made another drawing of the different characters of frozen – as finger puppets!

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