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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soft on the inside
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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!

Speaking of which, in case you already have a garden (indoor or outdoor), visit Access Hydro for your garden tools and supplies needs.

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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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Walking Dead Season 4: All Ready!

Hi!

I can no longer recall the last time I wrote something on my blog unless of course, look into my last post”s date. I have been half dead (I”d like to call it that way!) and still walking to get through rough moments of life. You know, ugly stitches (by this I mean experiences and trials) come along. I just have to be as tough as the Walking Dead”s sheriff and as bad-ass as sexy Daryl (Norman Reedus, who else?).

Yes! I am totally excited that The casino jameshallison Walking Dead is back for its Season 4. And equally excited that I am back writing here too! If “I want”, “I will” and “I can”… at the end of the day, I”d say – “I did!”. That”s gonna be a good night sleep, right?

So, that is it for now. I will surely be back with much more positive and great updates!

* waiting for TWD link to download

 

My Tabletop Electric Oven

My tabletop electric oven was a gift. I have been eyeing a beautiful oven from the appliance center for a long time but saving to get it will take a lot longer. So, with a friend”s suggestion, and since I am not really planning on using it for business purposes (using it now just for my kids), I told Ronald (yes, he”s the financier for this oven) that I would go for this one.

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I have been Pinterest inspired! As soon as I have read the manual for this tabletop oven, I started baking! I have had my share of baking failures but have a atoledo.com lot of successful ones too.

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Most of my baked goodies were Chocolate and Banana flavored and Carrot too. I make them during weekends so it will be ready as school snack for my elder daughter, K. I would always let her bring more than she could eat so she can share some to her friends too. Or sometimes, I remind her to eat (if there are leftovers) as afternoon snack while she is travelling home bound.

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Last Christmas season, I got the chance to frequently use my tabletop oven – served its purpose very well for some goodies which we made and gave as gifts. I am sure that this oven will last for quite long, besides it being durable (a testimonial of my baker friend, Iris of Project Happiness ), I have been extra careful using it. =) 

Losing a Mother

Losing a Mother

Yesterday was my Mama’s 2nd death anniversary. We offered a mass for her soul and dropped by the cemetery. I’ve been dreaming of her almost every week which made me truly miss her. These adjectives aren’t enough to describe how wonderful she’s been not just to me but to my kids and so as my friends. A lot can testify on that.

Losing a Mother is really though but it has made me tougher as a person and a Mom too. I could not thank my Mom enough for all of what she taught and imparted me. As go on with life, I feel so blessed and lucky that I was once her baby. If given another chance to live, I would like her to be my Mother again.


Mama, I miss you! We miss you!

We hope that you are so much happier now in heaven!

We love you! ?

 

 

 

 

* For the scrapblog freebies, special credits to:

LorieM
Shery K Designs
JoniGray

 

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale

Yesterday’s The Walking Dead Season 2 finale became the talk of the town, err… world! It has been reported that season 2 finale shattered its own record TV ratings. This TV series has caught my attention as soon as I was able to see its first edition via online streaming. I became addicted ever since. I have to set aside the other TV series I have been watching to give way and catch up with The Walking Dead.

Season 2’s episode “Judge, Jury, Executioner” made me cry and I will really miss Dale. That episode made me wish for Shane (Jon Bernthal) to exit as well. His character became so annoying and unpredictable.


I felt like my wish was granted on the episode “Better Angels” where Shane has pushed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to his limits. Best friends no more, Rick had to fight back in defense of his family and the rest of the group. Shane used their search for Randall (Michael Zegen) as a ploy to kill Rick but karma was digital (LOL! I am not expecting to use this here) – Shane’s plan backfired at him. Carl (Chandler Riggs) had to put Shane down as soon as the latter became a zombie and tried attacking Rick. That bullet has put an end to Shane’s character but caught the attention of zombies …tons of them, in fact.

These are screen captures I made from The Walking Dead Season 2 streaming I watched just for this post. In the next photo, you’ll see Rick talking to his son, Carl while a herd of zombies are far behind approaching them.

The Walking Dead season 2’s finale was bloody as almost everyone has expected. Zombies were everywhere…this has been the episode with real zombie action. Hershel’s barn was burned down to distract the walkers and for the group to be able to escape. Hershel (Scott Wilson) bravely faced the zombies and was rescued by Rick. Jimmy (James McCune) and Patricia (Jane McNeill) were killed by the zombies as they tried to escape with the group. Andrea (Laurie Holden) rescued Carol (Melissa McBride) which unfortunately also caused for her to be separated from the group.

It was also in this episode where everyone learned about what Dr. Jenner (Noah Emmerich) whispered to Rick at the CDC – that everyone is infected, that no matter how you die, you will eventually turn into a zombie. Rick’s statements and actions became a surprise to everyone, as they weren’t expecting a Rick to be a tough dictator. The appearance of the hooded character (Michonne in the comic series) as it saved Andrea from a zombie attack in the woods was one of the highlights of the season finale too. The mysterious character came out of nowhere armed with a sword and has two armless walkers chained to waist. Michonne (Danai Gurira) is said to play a big role in the upcoming Season 3 of this TV series. She’s even said to be a favorite character in comic series.

This image was shown to end up this season’s final episode.The Prison.

In this finale, a lot of questions arise.

Are you gonna miss Shane?

What do you think of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) as she’s reacted negatively after Rick admitted to have killed his best friend, apparently her boyfriend (ex, since Shane’s dead already =P).

What will happen to Andrea and Michonne? Will the two build an alliance?

I think the most appropriate question is, what lies ahead of the group?

 

These questions will find its answers by fall as we welcome season 3. Without a doubt, season 2 is a winner.

 

A Hobby & A Giveaway!

My friend asked me to make an invitation and tarpaulin for my Godson Miggi”s 3rd birthday. I gladly said yes sine I haven”t done any scrapbooking lately. I decided to look for freebies that I can use for the Angry Birds theme. I found one from Shery K Designs and I am very thankful that it made my project cute and it was done with ease. I also found a Dora The Explorer and Minni Mouse theme I might download too in preparation for my daughter”s birthday as well. This site is really awesome.

Thank you as well to my friend Hazel who owns Funtastic Shots Photobooth. She helped me with some Photoshop tips. I am happy with the outcome of the Angry bird themed invitation and tarp I made specially for Miggi.


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