Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pineapple cheese ball

Guest post written by Elaina Sanderson

When I started planning what I was going to fix for my family when they come over to my house for Christmas Eve dinner, I knew that I would need something for everyone as soon as they got to the house while I was still cooking the last things and what not. I thought that maybe I could put out some cheese and crackers, but I wanted to do something a little more special and impressive.

So I went online to try and find a good recipe to fix as a little appetizer and when I was doing that I came across this website and after I read through it I signed up for one of the internet packages on the site.

I couldn't really think of a better thing to fix and set out than a pineapple cheese ball. I really think that they're so much better than regular old cheese balls and also wanted something that I would want to eat, just in case I have lots of the cheese ball left.


Almost 8:00 AM, we were all fast asleep when we all felt everything shaking. I thought hubby shook the bed so I opened my eyes and I saw him laying next to me so I closed my eyes again and he yelled "Earthquake!". We both jumped out of the bed and I told hubby that I'll go check our son in his room while he knocked on our dad's room. As soon as I opened the door, I saw my son awake, laying in his crib while hugging his pillow. I grabbed him and we all went to the living room. My dad said that he was already awake that time because he was reading a book.

Hubby went next door where our mom lives to check if they are all alright. We turned the TV on and the the earthquake was on the news 15 minutes after it happened. According to the news, the earthquake's magnitude was 4.2 but they lowered it now to 3.8

I encountered several earthquakes in the Philippines, probably 4 to 5 times, and this is the first time I encountered earthquake here in the US. It is so weird because I didn't feel any aftershock unlike the quakes I had in the Philippines. I didn't feel dizzy at all, well, it is a good thing though.

Hubby said that earthquake here in Indiana is very rare, although we had earthquakes in the past which had happened last April 2008. According to the news, it's only the third earthquake of note to hit north of Indianapolis in 175 years.

I hope no more earthquakes again and thank God that there was no report of serious damage.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What My Family Does Every Year

This guest post from Lenny Mcknight

Normally around Christmas time, there are many parks that have some type of Christmas Lights type of festival. My family doesn't really care for it because you pay too much and you go way too slow because there's already a car ahead of you driving way too slow so they can take in all of the sights. We prefer to go a more traditional route of looking at Christmas lights in different neighborhoods.

Before we go to look at Christmas lights and decorations, we set our home alarm (deals Adt Alarm) before we leave. It's that time of year when that is a must do! After that, we just drive to different neighborhoods to see how other families decorate their houses and look at how they string the lights on their houses. Most of the houses are beautiful and sometime funny. I like to hear the kids laughing in the back or giving flattering comments to certain houses.

I could not imagine not doing this every year. We have so much fun and we don't have to pay an arm and a leg to see a festival of lights. We prefer the amateur version of it because it is more original and sometimes even more beautiful. If you want to start a tradition that doesn't cost anything besides a few bucks in gas, this is certainly the way to go.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Asbestos survey can save lives

Talking to your relative whom you have not seen for a long time is something that I missed, that is why I decided to call my relatives from London last Christmas to greet them. I can't believe how I missed them. The last time we saw them was on our trip to Florida last September. While talking to my aunt on the phone, I asked her on what she was doing before I called. She said, she and my uncle was discussing about whether to have a survey about asbestos or not.

I told her that I always see commercials here on TV about asbestos and that I read how bad is the effect of it to our body if we are most of the time exposed to it. She told me she knew someone whose husband had Mesothelioma disease due to too much exposure to asbestos, her husband's job was in the construction. They thought that his husband would be safe against Mesothelioma because they wore safety protective gear at work, but sadly, he still got the disease.

My aunt said that it is the law in the UK for businesses to have a report that their premises are safe from presence of asbestos. But since my relatives also wants heir house to be safe from asbestos exposure, they decided to get an asbestos survey. I actually think that it is a good idea to have a survey like this to your house because this would determine if our house is asbestos-free. In that way, our lives would be low risk of getting asbestos illnesses.

Not only I was happy talking to my relatives but, I was also glad to know more about the asbestos. I didn't know that there is a such a thing like asbestos survey till they told me.

Friday, December 24, 2010

More gifts to give this Christmas

Hubs and I shopped for more gifts to give this Christmas. Aeropostale, Old Navy and Victoria's Secret were all on sale so we were both happy that we saved some money. Victoria's Secret stores is like heaven to me lol! I don't know what to get when I am there because everything looks so yummy hehe. I told hubby that I want to live in VS store, he just laughed hehe. Here are more gifts that we will give away tom. I wrapped them with garland so it would look more Christmas hehe.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Children's Christmas book search

Guest post written by Melanie Sparks

Every time that I have a reason to get a gift for my nephew, I like to spend a whole bunch of time picking out the best possible book that I can find. I'm really big into reading and even though my sister, his mom, hasn't always been a big reader I think that my influence definitely got him into reading. Well, I guess he probably doesn't have much of a choice though because I've been brainwashing him with books as gifts.

However, I am getting him more than just books for Christmas. He's my only nephew and I like to spoil him so he's actually going to get a few different presents from me. But I was online looking for some of these presents about a week ago and while I was diong that I came across some stuff about Clear Wireless Internet packages and after I read through it some I ordered one of them for my apartment.

I found this really great children's Christmas book and even though I wasn't looking for one specifically, I decided to get that for him and I'm going to give it to him early so he can enjoy it up until Christmas too.

We are ready for Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Playing around with cookie cutters

Guest post written by Eleanor Robbins

My kids are pretty picky eaters, so I like to pack their lunches for them. I figure that it's better this way because I know that they'll at least eat what I fix instead of not eating their school lunches and come home from school starving.

I like to keep up with food blogs and find new things to fix and new presentations for food so that they'll be more likely to eat what's good for them. One night when I was looking online to try and find new and fun things that I could put into their lunches, I came across some Wireless Internet Companies offers and after I looked through them some, I signed up for one of them.

Then I saw on a blog to cut out sandwiches with holiday cookie cutters. I already had some and thought that it would be the cutest thing to use on their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I actually saw it once at a baby shower, so it can't be all that hard.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

You reap what you sow

Hubby and I together with our son visited hubby's friend. He lives in the next town where we lives. We went there to drop by an invitation for our son's first birthday party.

While hubby was driving on our way to their house, he told me some things about his friend. They were playmates when they were kids. His friend had rough childhood life because his parents divorced when he was 7 years old. He worked in a gasoline station after finishing high school so he could save some money to afford to go to college. He studied Business Management during day time and worked in a convenience store at night. After graduating college, he became a manager. His life fell down when he and his wife divorced. His wife took almost all the property he had and aside from that he lost his job. That was the last news he heard by my husband from him.

When we found the address of his friend. We were amazed how big his house was. We rang the doorbell and a pretty woman opened the door for us. We sat down in the couch and there we met his friend. He told us that he is now working in an Advertising Agency. He got a good position there and that is where he also met his new wife. He was able to buy a new house with a big yard because from the money he is making from his job.

A person like hubby's friend became successful because of his endless dedication to his job, faith, hope and perseverance. Looking at his life now is like those story on soaps on TV. He inspired me .

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I am addicted to Food Network Channel!

I am so addicted watching Food Network Channel. I am not a cook but I am a frustrated one lol! I can cook some foods and I want to improve myself more in cooking and baking. Here are the list of shows on Food Network that I love (not in order):

1. Chopped
2. Unwrapped
3. Rachel Ray
4. Down Home with the Neely's
5. Semi-Homemade
6. The best thing I ever ate
7. 5 Ingredient Fix
8. Cup Cake Wars
9. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
10. 24 Hour Restaurant Battle
11. Ace of Cakes
12. Throw down with Bobby Flay
13. Giada at Home
14. Rachael's Vacation
15. Dinner Impossible

And now, the show I am waiting for is "Worst Cooks in America". It will be shown on January next year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Seeing Santa for the First Time

Thanks for the post from Barney Crosby

When I had the twins in March I didn't think about Christmas or the eventful proceedings that would go with it. So, when it was discussed to take the children to the mall to have their picture taken with the jolly old elf, it took quite a bit to get going. We decided it was best to take them while my husband was at work and the delightful afternoon turned gray when it started to rain and then to snow. That didn't dampen the twins spirits at all. While they were cozy in their car seats I took the time to lock the door, but not before I set ourADT HOME SECURITY . That is something I never forget to do.

It's so amazing to me that nine month old children get that excited. I will absolutely be taking them again next year. Snow or rain isn't going to stop me from seeing the looks in their eyes when he asks them what they want for Christmas and calls them each by name. When we got the pictures back we put them on our Christmas cards to send to everyone in the family and all of our friends. I was all in all a great day.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My BFF this winter

Meet her ,.,.

I got this house slippers at Walmart for only $10

and it makes my feet warm this winter.

My messed up router

I was browsing the internet this afternoon when I lost connection. I checked the settings of my laptop and modem and everything seemed fine. I tried to browsed on my hubby's laptop but unluckily, there was no browsing either. I called our Internet Service Provider because I thought they were having some technical problem or they were having system maintenance. But when the customer support I spoke with, told me that everything is fine in their network, then that is the time I checked my router.

I tried by passing the router to check if there is internet connection by connecting the ethernet cord directly to my laptop and to my surprised, there is an internet connection. I applied everything I know about escalating router problem and technical skills but the problem wasn't solved still. I decided to call my friend who is more knowledgeable than me about router to help me get my connection back. I was impressed because she was able to fixed my router problem in just 5 minutes.

My friend is married to a military that is why they often move a lot. She took Virginia Cisco Course when they lived in Virginia and continued studying by taking Virginia MCITP. After she took those courses, they moved to Chicago and that is where she got her Chicago CCNA certification. A year after, she attended San Diego CCNA Bootcamp when they moved to California.

I am so proud of all her accomplishment in life. She loves computers alot that is why she never stop studying computer.

Cookies for my tired hubby

Hubby came home from work very tired. I asked him on what's wrong and he said that it's his job. I know that it is hard to be a nurse because you have to take care lots of patients and some patients are not very cooperative in the treatment which adds up more work for the medical team.

I asked hubby this time on what he did at work and he said that aside from assisting the Physical Therapist, he also went back and forth to the medical supply room to get the TENS Units and Muscle Stimulators. He said that all of the units are non-working except for the LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator. Since there was only one working unit, hubby visit LGMedSupply Online to order more units. While he was browsing the website, he came to their online customer blog and he read more about how effective the units they are ordering.

My husband is nurse who works in a Rehabilitation. Sometimes, he is just not a nurse. He sometimes give extra hand to those who needs his help at work and that is why everybody at work admires him. How do I know? People at his work told me that. Good thing that I baked his favorite cookie and they were still a little bit warm (which he likes) when he got home. And of course, I gave him some massage to make his legs, arms and back relaxed.

Done with the gift wrapping ,.,., for now.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Candy Cane Jelly Beans Bring Back Memories

Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker

Just thinking about Christmas makes my mouth water. There are so many yummy treats that are only offered during the holiday season, and I always look forward to indulging in all of the sweet goodies. Not only do I make peppermint baked goods and pumpkin-based desserts, but I also enjoy shopping for unique candies that are marketed only during this time of the year.

Last night, I was flipping through the channels on my CableTelevision, and I saw an advertisement for Candy Cane Jelly Belly jelly beans. I first ate a Candy Cane Jelly Belly last year on Christmas, and I quickly became addicted to them. They are little, minty bursts of heaven. Since they are only produced during the holiday season, I have been patiently awaiting their return. I plan on stocking up tomorrow when I do my grocery shopping.

Jelly beans have always been a favorite treat in my family. Growing up, my parents would leave out a candy dish with a few of the bite-sized delights. I also remember receiving them as a gift for almost every holiday. Now that I have a family of my own, I have passed my love of jelly beans on to them. The delicious Candy Cane Jelly Belly jelly beans will put a big smile on our faces this Christmas.

Ten songs I like listening this season

Winter is back that is why I can't go out much because of the sleek road. What I do most of the time now is listening to music and watching music video. Here is my fave songs for this season (not in order).

1. If it's love (Train) - I love the lyrics and the vocalist's voice.
2. Stuck like Glue (Sugarland) - I love the rhythm plus the outfits of the vocalist in the vioce makes me want to buy a clothing with leopard design.
3. Pretty Girl (Keri Hilson) - I love the song and I like the way she dance. I like the part when she was dancing the Waterfalls by TLC.
4. Just a Dream (Nelly) - I am so glad that Nelly is back. Love his new come back song.
5. I'm coming home (Pdiddy) - I love the rhythm plus this song make me wanna go back to Philippines.
6. Just the way you are (Bruno Mars) - Bruno has a really great voice.
7. Raise your glass (Pink) - I always like Pink's songs.
8. Jars of Heart (Christina Perri) - I like the singer's voice.
9. Paris (Ooh La La) -I like the Ooh La La part lol!
10. Bottoms Up (
Trey Songz) - I don't why I like this song lol!

Santa's Worst Nightmare

Thanks for the guest post by Donn Schroeder

My daughter Ilana has been asking me to see Santa since July. I know most kids are excited about seeing Santa, but having to explain to a 5-year-old that Santa doesn't come around in July is not easy. Once I said that he only comes around at Christmas, she would ask why. I would explain that Christmas is the time when he gives out all the presents. She would rebut that that is not a time-efficient approach. This is how my daughter talks - I'm not kidding. A lot of it might have to do with my wife being a lawyer. In my daughter's opinion, it would make a lot more sense for Santa to spend the entire year handing out gifts. This way, he wouldn't have to rush so much, which would be better for air traffic safety. Unreal! How am I supposed to respond to something like that? The good news is that I'm certain she's going to make one heck of a lawyer one day. I eventually gave in and told Ilana that she can ask Santa these questions on her own. Tomorrow after school, I promised to take her to see Santa. Once we get ready to go out, we will set ourADT Home security alarm and get in the car. This is when she will be telling me about all the questions she has for him. Santa doesn't know what he's in for.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I shopped til I got sick!

Yesterday was fun and tiring as well. Afternoon, my dad-in-law and Iwent to the post office to mail some invitation cards and Christmas Cards. After that we went to Kmart and shopped for some gifts. Marsh's was our next destination after Kmart. We shopped some baby foods and milk there. Next, we went to Harvest Grocery to shop for more baby stuff.

We got home around 4Pm already with hungry bellies so we ate first before we proceed in continuing shopping lol! Around 4:30PM. We went to ALCO to shop for a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is not for us, it is for my sis-in-law. Her sons wants a tree in their house so my dad-in-law decided to buy them one. We didn't find the tree that we like so we went to another town to shop. At last, we found the tree that we liked and we found it at Big Lots! We also shopped for tree top, garlands and ornaments for the tree. I thought the shopping was over, but no! We went to Lowe's looking for a device. Well, we didn't find what we are looking for and since it was already late night, we decided to just go home.

We came home around 8PM. I was hungry again and tired. I ate, cleaned the dishes and made my son's bottled milk. While I was resting, hubby asked me "Do you want to shop?" I replied "Are you kidding me? I am already tired because what I did the whole day was to shop". Then I laughed. He said "But I want to shop for Christmas presents for the kids". he was talking about our nieces and nephews. My husband is like a vampire lol! He likes to sleep daytime and wakes up night time during his day offs. I told him "It is already 10:30PM. Why did you just decided to shop now?" We just both laughed at each other and I agreed to shop with him at Walmart even though I was tired.

After shopping at Walmart, we went to Meijer to shop for more. It was really a tiring day yesterday. I liked it though. Now, I am typing this post with kleenex sitting next to me because I have runny nose, cold and sore throat from shopping in 30F.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm tired and weak,,., I badly need a massage.

I woke up this morning with sore throat and headache from the shopping we did yesterday. My son has runny nose and no appetite (til now). His body temperature was 99.2F this morning which is not normal but not too high. I monitored him the whole day and thank God that it didn't go higher.

This afternoon, I had to go house-to-house to give the birthday invitation card for my son's birthday next week. After that, we had to shop again because we are not yet done buying gifts to our relatives and I am not yet done (til now) in buying party needs for my son. The party is just simple and not too big but I wanna make sure that the visitors will going to have fun.

When we got home, I was so starving that I had to force myself to cook dinner. I made Pork BBQ, mac and cheese, mashed potato, pork and beans and biscuits.

After dinner, I washed the dishes which made me more not feel good. Inspite of all the tiredness, I am glad though because my son's body temperature went down and hubby liked the dinner I made.

I still have gifts that needs to be wrapped and cards that needs to be sent tomorrow. Writing this post is actually my breaktime and now that I am done writing this, I have to get my butt back to work.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snow covered Christmas tree

Guest post written by Rachel Fallon

I've always wished that I could put my Christmas tree outside so that snow could collect on its branches. It would just be so gorgeous! But that isn't very reasonable, so I have to settle for snow themed Christmas tree ornaments and trimmings.

I like to make my own ornaments just because I can appreciate them that much more and they look more special to me. I wanted to find some kind of new snowflake ornament or garland to hang on my tree and was looking for some inspiration online, when I came across some Chicago Wireless internet offers. I looked through and decided to get one of them because I've hated the internet provider I've been using at home for a while.

After all of that, I got the idea to make some snowflake garland with just hand cut paper snowflakes and white yarn. I also liked the idea because I already had all of the supplies to make them. I also got my kids to help out with cutting the snowflakes too and then I let them dip them in glitter, which made a huge mess. But it was worth the payoff.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dinner meal for Santa

I prepared dinner meal for Santa tonight hoping he will give me nice present this coming Christmas lol!

Steak wrapped in bacon, white rice, stroganoff and buttered cream of corn

And for his dessert, I made brownies and orange juice for his drinks.

Hubby said Santa will sure like the meal I prepared for him. Does that also mean I'll get nice present this Christmas? :D

Our Favorite Holiday Tradition

Content by Reid Dawson

It is our family's favorite time of the year, Christmas! Our family is fond of numerous holiday traditions that have passed down through several generations. One of the traditions our family has started is picking out our Christmas tree together. Every year we all reserve a few hours out of our busy lives, so we can keep with our tradition of going Christmas tree shopping together.

As our family grows, our tree choices have too. We started out years ago with an average size tree. This year, I expect our tree choice to be close to 7 feet tall! We always make room somehow. Before we leave the house to go Christmas tree shopping, we typically decide on a particular theme or color scheme, we want to decorate the tree with. This usually influences the size and look of the tree we choose.

Of course, like many families, we have already done a great deal of our holiday shopping before we actually get the tree. We feel safe leaving our precious gifts in our home because we always remember to set our Security choice home security alarm before we leave on our tree shopping adventure.

Getting busy for Christmas

Hubby and I are getting so busy this December. Aside from Christmas, we will also be celebrating the first birthday of our son. The birthday celebration would not be as big as other celebrated theirs, all we want to invite are those people who are close to us. Aside from our relatives, we will be inviting some of my friends here in town. I only have few friends though because I just moved here two years ago plus there are also few Filipinas here in town.

We have been busy few days ago shopping for gifts, Christmas gifts for everybody and birthday gifts for our son. I already have an idea on what to give to my hubby but of course, I would not gonna write it here or else he would know hehe. At the end of next week, hubby and I needs to finish all the shopping that we need to do. So far, these are all the gifts that we have for our son. We also have one big toy for him that I haven't wrapped yet because I am undecided whether to wrap it or not :D We have to buy more gifts for him next week.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Custom made scrub

Hubby came to me carrying his nursing scrub top. He showed me that two of its pockets were ripped and so I told him that I will sew them so he can use the top again. This is actually the second time I am sewing this scrub so I asked him on how did he ripped his pockets. He said that it is because he put lots of stuff in it (drawer keys, pens, markers and etc.)

While I was in the middle of sewing his scrub, I thought of just buying him a new uniform and forget about the sewing. He has several scrubs with different color but I am thinking of buying a custom made scrub. Hubby is quite tall and he is so picky in buying scrubs. He likes scrubs that has lots of pockets so I think ordering a custom one is a good idea.

I like his nursing uniforms always neat and clean so I sometimes hand wash the stains that the washer can not remove. I know, I am really meticulous hehe.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

DIY skirt, for my tree

Guest post written by Christy Long

I got my first sewing machine when I was a teenager and have used it off and on to make things around the house like table cloths, curtains and even costumes for my kids for school plays and Halloween. Right now I'm in the market for a new skirt for our Christmas tree, so I thought that I would put my sewing machine to use again and try and whip one up myself.

I went online to try and find a pattern for a tree skirt so I would know how much fabric I need to buy for it before I go shopping. While I was looking at different patterns, I ran across some satellite internet offers and decided to click and go ahead and order one of them for our house. Our internet speed has been driving me nuts lately, so I had been wanting to look elsewhere for internet service anyway.

I just started work on my DIY tree skirt and IÕm really excited to see already how good itÕs going to look once itÕs finished and around my tree!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

12 o'clock Midnight Sale

Hubby and wasn't able to shop last Black Friday because he had to go to work and since I was so eager to go shopping (just to experience Black Friday and to shop with the crowd), I was able to convince my hubby to shopping at Walmart's 12MN Sale. We arrived at the store around 10:30PM and there was not much people but then the clock stuck 11:00, the people came in they were unstoppable to shop LOL! And of course I was one of them :p

I know that it is not exactly good to shop with the crowd but aside from the big discount that you'll get in shopping on Midnight Sale, I think its the rush that I was looking for lol! I know, I'm weird :p But we had fun on shopping that night and I want to do it again next year hehe.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving with Family

Author: Alex Wolfe

For most of us Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season of traveling to visit family whether driving or flying. This year my son and I are driving to Chicago to see my mom, dad, brother and his wife. Because we'll be visiting for a few days there will be time to see our extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles. There are a lot of phone calls and emails back and forth between everyone to coordinate times and places that work for us all. It's often a little crazy before we leave with trying to plan visits with everyone at the last minute. As I walk out the door for these holiday trips, I constantly remind myself to remember to set my home security alarm from adt home security monitoring so I have less to worry about while we're gone. Thankfully, my brother and his wife are going to be making the big Thanksgiving dinner this year so I only have to think about making the desserts. As much as I enjoy cooking during the holiday season, I would rather spend my time visiting with and talking to my family. Before we travel back home, I must get some shopping done in Chicago before the next round of travel to see everyone.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

A friend of mine inspired me to make Pumpkin Roll. I saw on her Facebook a picture of pumpkin roll she made so I decided to make my own for Thanksgiving. I have never tasted Pumpkin Roll til this one that I made and I am happy that people liked the pumpkin roll.

Pumpkin Roll Recipe


1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven (375° F) Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl.

Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick.

Beat in pumpkin.

Stir in flour mixture.

Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper.

Roll up cake and towel together. Let it cool.

cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth.

Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake.

Reroll cake.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I want Michael Kors Jacket for Christmas

Many people are going to go shopping on Black Friday to save money. I can not blame them because I also want to save money specially Christmas is getting closer. I actually already made a list of the things I need, things that I want and things that I will buy as a gift. Yeah! I am already prepared because I do not want to miss a thing I want to have and I do not want to miss to give gift to the people I love.

I love to shop whether it is Holiday or not and whether it is on sale or not. Hey! I am woman and that is what a woman supposed to be hehe! I think I will buy new pants and a watch for my hubby, more toys and clothing for our son and I want to buy a nice jacket and a purse. I already have lots of jackets but this time I want to splurge a little :D I want to have the Michael Kors Jacket. I so love Michael Kors designs and creation because they are fashionably elegant looking.

I know that that brand is a little bit pricey but there is an online store that I know where I could buy it a very good price, and that is They offer wide variety of jackets and almost all the brands I like are in their website and not to mention, the prices are affordable.

I think this time, I would skip shopping in the store specially this Black Friday because I already know that there will be lots of people, there will be a long line, I do not want to be part of the stampede and I do not want to wake up early in the morning. I think it is better to shop online because it is very convenient, much safer and in fact, there are sales online that you can not get in the store.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Mother's Prayer

Dear Lord,

When I was single my prayer to you was to meet the right man, prayer granted. When I got married, my next prayer was for me and my husband to have a baby, prayer granted. Before I delivery the baby, my prayer to you was to have a safe delivery, prayer granted. Thank you so much Lord for always being there with me for not failing me.

Today, I am here again asking you to please cure my son's kidney. I know I ask too much but this time I am not asking for myself, I am asking for my son who needs you . I know that you are the only one that can help and cure my son and I know that you know that all I want for my son is his own goodness.

There are times that I have to hide myself in tears in front of my happy son because I don't want to ruin his happiness and I don't want him to see me weak. Please Lord, I would rather have what my son has right now than he having the kidney problem he has. I don not care at all if I suffer from illness as long as my son is safe and healthy. I believe that you are the Divine Physician and the healer of the sick. Please have mercy on my son and bless him. Please touch him with your healing touch including all the kids that are suffering from illness.

In the name of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, please hear and bless this prayer O Heavenly Father. Amen.

I'm the Luckiest

Thanks to Lemuel Craft

My best friend and I met through a mutual friend. We have so many similar interests, so we found immediate common ground. We discuss things we love all the time. My best friend is special because he always makes sure I'm safe. He takes amazing care of me. He makes me dinner, or sometimes we even cook together! I love watching movies with him, because we always pick the same movies to watch. Because we're best friends, we even share the popcorn! We laugh at the same parts. He is a huge movie fan, so we have a pretty big collection. Sometimes I'll go visit him at work (obviously setting the security alarm at home first!information). I have to make sure our movie collection stays safe! He loves the work visits, and sometimes I'll bring him something special to eat! The other day I brought him some chocolates. He loves chocolates just like me. Yet another reason why we're best friends.

I'm really glad that I found my best friend. I'm the luckiest to have him in my life!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wash Cloth Bunny Party Favor

My friend called last week and invited me to her niece's baby shower tomorrow. She is the one who will throw the baby shower and she also requested me to make the bunny party favor I made on my son's baby shower. This is the third time that I'll be making this bunny cloth party favor. The first time was on my son's baby shower and the second one was my niece's baby shower. I am glad that they liked the party favor I made and they are the one who are requesting me to make them on the special occasion that they will host.

I can also say that the bunny party favor that I made is evolving lol! I think it looks better and better every time I make it :D I am now thinking of selling this favor online since most of the people who have seen my work liked it. Anybody who wants to be my first customer?? lol!

THE FIRST TIME I MADE IT (My son's baby shower)

THE SECOND TIME I MADE IT (My niece's baby shower)

THE THIRD TIME I MADE IT (My friend's niece's baby shower)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)

My friend's son was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) at a very young age of 9 months. I would like to share you guys the website that my friend created to give information about the said blood disorder.

Feel free to visit the website and share it to your friends. Thank you!

Beverly Hills housewives

Guest post written by Alex Gore

When I think about the ultimate modern day housewives, the women that are on Bravo's new show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are exactly what I'd imagine them to be like. They seem to all have it really good and live in these huge beautiful houses. No I take that back, multiple houses in different locations!

I was doing a little research online with my wireless internet about the wives on teh show a few weeks ago when the show first came on TV. It ends up that Kelsey Grammar's wife that was on there got a divorce from him right when the show actually started airing. I feel bad for her because I couldn't imagine having to watch yourself going through that on national TV.

But despite that the Beverly Hills housewives seem really strong and opinionated. There has been some obvious head butting already, but thatÕs to be expected on any reality show now a days, no matter how much the people on it are trying to keep up appearances to make themselves look good.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to remove sticker from laptop

A family friend of ours came to our house selling his mom's laptop. The laptop is kinda old but he sold it to us for only $100 so we decided to buy it so we can have another laptop in the house. I like the laptop because it looked like it was well taken cared of. The only thing I didn't like about it is the huge green ugly sticker on it. I can't stand looking at the sticker so I decided to remove it the night we bought it. Here are the steps on how I removed the sticker:

1. I gently pulled the sticker little by little.
2. I rubbed the glue residue with cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol made it easier for me scrape the remaining residue with plastic knife.
3. After removing the residue, I applied baby oil and WD-40 to smoother the surface .
4. I wiped the surface clean with rag.

Here is the picture of before and after:

NOTE: Notice that you can still see the mark of the sticker, that is because the sticker was there for years. If the sticker was there for only less than a year, you probably won't see any mark.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I missed you Nutella!

Yes! Nutella is my favorite sandwich spread since I was a kid. I think the last time I had it was 10 years ago (no joke!).

I was bored eating the sandwich spread we have here in the house so I thought about buying Nutella. The first time I had Nutella was when I was probably 12 years old. My aunt from London always sent us Nutella every time she send balikbayan box. Nutella is expensive to buy in the Philippines specially if you are earning Peso so we only get to eat it every time my aunt send us some bottles of it.

I have been here in the US for more than 2 years now and I don't know why I never thought of buying Nutella here til last week. So when hubby and I went to Walmart, I told him I want to buy Nutella. He was like "What is Nutella? I never heard of it". I replied " Really? It is a sandwich spread. And how come you never heard of it? It is always on the commercial". So we went to the aisle of spread and gave a big smile to my hubby when I saw my favorite Nutella. He was shocked when he saw the price because it is a little bit pricey lol! and guess what? i bought the biggest jar of it :D He said it doesn't matter though as long as I am happy hehe. I so love you Nutella!! :D

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Home Mortgages for individuals with bad credit

It is hard to maintain a good credit now because of the economy we have. In fact, most of the people I know lost their job and some declared bankruptcy. It is hard breaking to see people who worked hard to have a house and cars that are now being sold by them because of being laid-off, and some downgraded their lifestyle because of the bad economy. What hurts is, some people that lost their job need to sell their house because they can't pay their mortgage and they are having hard time looking for a company that will give them mortgage loan because of their bad credit.

Not all company who offers housing loan requires individual who wants to own a house a high down payment. If you would look around and do some research, there are some companies who would only require you to deposit low down payment and offers refinance.

Manny Pacquio did it again!

The speed of Manny Pacquiao is one of the reason why he won in his match versus Antonio Margarito last night. His speed and determination to win was visible in the fight. I was actually scared that Pacman might not win because Margarito is way taller than him while my hubby was so confident that Pacman would beat Margarito and hubby was right! Margarito's eyes were almost both closed while Pacman's face was still smooth hehe.

I am so glad that Pacman is making a good record history in the boxing industry plus and of course, the Philippines so proud of his success. Congratulations Pacman!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Good quality luggage

Before I traveled going here in the USA from the Philippines, I shopped 3 luggage in the mall with my friend. I bought those cheapest luggage that was on sale thinking I would get better deal. That was the first time I bought luggage so I did not really know on what are the things to consider in buying travel luggage. I thought since the design looks well and it is affordable then that is the perfect luggage.

On the way going here in the US, I noticed how the airport staff throws all luggage in the conveyor. That is why I did not wonder if my luggage would be broken when I got them, and I was right! My 3 luggage that I just bought looked ragged and also, I found some parts of the luggage was broken.

Now that we are planning again to have a vacation, I want to buy a good quality luggage. Hartmann Luggage is the kind of luggage that I am planning to buy. It is a designer luggage that is affordable and durable at the same time, and also, it has a brand name that I can trust. Another good brands of luggage are Tumi Luggage and Rimowa Luggage. I like the tanned leather limited edition of Tumi Luggage and I like the Rimowa Salsa Air Luggage. Sometimes it is really hard to shop specially to choose on what is the best of all your favorites. I think I'll ask and consult for a help of my friend of buying luggage this time.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Beer, Wine Cooler and Milk

Hubby rarely drink so when he told me that he will go to the store to buy beer, I said Ok right away. He is too busy working so he don't have time to drink and aside from that, he totally slowed down in drinking when he met me. I think he only drink twice this year, including tonight. When he said that he will buy beer, I also asked him to buy me fruity drinks with low alcohol. I don't really drink alcoholic drinks and the last time I drank was last year, Valentine's Day.

I came out with an idea of taking pictures of the drinks my family had tonight.

Hubby's, Mine and our son's

The Library is More Than Just a Place to Find Books

Guest post of the week by Monte Dominguez

Over the last several years, the library has become my home away from home. Before I leave, I set my home security alarm from, as I know I will be there for hours. As a freelance writer, the library offers me everything I need to get the job done.

What makes the library the perfect place to work is that it is quiet. At home, I am constantly subjected to annoying phone calls, the dog barking, or someone stopping in unannounced. Going to the library means I can actually work in peace.

Of course, as the library is filled with books, magazines, and other data, researching a subject that I am writing about is very easy. Not only that, if I am having difficulty finding the information, the librarian is always more than willing to help me out.

Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine has been a part of my life for years. First, I visited when I was doing a paper for school. When I had my children, the library became a weekend favorite, as they, too, discovered a love of reading. While it seems hard to believe that over thirty years have passed since I first step foot in the library, I know that it will remain a big part of my life until I can no longer hold the book or write anymore.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chicken Afritada

I cooked Chicken Afritada yesterday because I want to at least cheer up a friend of mine who is depress because of the bad health condition of her son. I know that this food will not gonna heal her son but I know for sure that having the food that she had been missing will put a smile on her face. The visit yesterday was unplanned and was all of a sudden so I had to defrost the chickens right away. I am glad that not only my friend liked the Chicken Afritada I cooked but also my dad-in-law. In fact, he asked me to cook it again tonight, and this time, he made me cooked 2 pots of it :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween 2010

I was really busy this past few days that is why I am late in posting. Five days before Halloween, I decided on NOT to be Lady Gaga. I have the wigs and accessories I bought online but I just feel like I don't want to be her on Halloween.

Three days before Halloween, Hubby and I with our son went to stores to go shopping. I noticed the adult onesies hanging in the sleepwear section of the store. At first, I pointed it to hubby and laughed at it. Then we realized that it looked so comfortable to wear inside the house for winter. I tried wearing one of the onesies in the fitting room and I laughed at myself when I saw myself wearing it. Hubby and I bought adult onesies for the two of us just for the heck of having them and feel warmer on winter. When we got back home, hubby wore his onesies and said "No wonder babies like to wear this sleepwear". I told him "Common! show it to dad!". Dad came home and start laughing at my hubby, and said "I wish I could have one of those because it looks warm and comfy" Then I told dad "Ain't we just talked about onesies for adult few days ago?" He replied "Yeah!" I asked him "Are you really serious that you want to have one of these?" He said "Oh yeah! I will wear one if I have one". Sometimes it is hard to tell whether my dad-in-law is telling the truth or he is joking around so I thought he wasn't serious when he said that he wished that there are onesies for adult because he would wear one. We didn't buy him onesies because I thought that he was joking. Anyway, hubby will go back to the store tonight to buy him one.

The next day, I was still thinking of what to wear for Halloween and it came on my mind that I can wear the onesies that I just bought then use the Lady Gaga wig, carry a teddy bear and suck lollipop then I can be a BIG BABY! This is what I turned out to be last Halloween.

I end up being happy at the night of trick-or-treat because I had the most comfiest and warmest adult costume in town :D Sometimes you just really need to be resourceful and creative in looking for costume :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Living My Dream

Content by Hipolito Hopkins

When I was a child I performed in a variety of plays and tried out for many out of town events as well. Even in college I acted here and there, but it all ended quickly when my parents passed away. After they so sadly left me, I stopped acting all together and going to school. Today I think of it as a big mistake and If I could turn back time and change it I would. Once a month I walk down town to the local theater to watch a play in memory of my mother and father. Before I leave my house I say I prayer, eat dinner and then I set my home security alarm (ADT Security pricing) as I walk out the door. I always walk down town because the parking is always to complicated to even try and find a spot. I usually arrive there about 15 minutes before the show starts; just enough time to get coffee and relax in my seat. So far every show I have been to at the theater has been above and beyond all my expectations. I believe my parents would be proud if they knew I still had a part in my dream and didn't let it completely die.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Willow Smith on Ellen DeGeneres

I was really astounded after watching Willow Smith performed her debut song "Whip my Hair" on Ellen DeGeneres Show. I have seen her music video and I liked it but her live performance on Ellen made me more liked the song. And would you believe that this was also her first live performance on stage? Smith family is really a very talented family.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Go Gaga or Not?

I ordered these Lady Gaga accessories for Halloween but for some reason, I feel like I don't want to be Lady Gaga anymore. I guess because it is the most famous Halloween costume this year so I bet there will be lots of people that will be her. Halloween is tomorrow and I am still undecided on what to be but I have an idea now though.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Playing tennis is a great time

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

I just love to play the game of tennis. It is a game that I have played ever since I was a little kid and still play today. The game of tennis has taught me many things. One, it has taught me discipline, and two it has taught me sportsmanship. Those are two qualities that have gotten me far in life.

I play the game of tennis with my regular tennis partner, my older brother. Sure, he is four years older than me, and in my early years he used to be much better than me at tennis, but I have caught up and am able to beat him more often than he likes.

I love to play wherever there is a court to play on. It does not matter if the court is full of weeds, or if the net sags down a little or a lot. It does not matter if the court has cracks all over it. If there is a free court to play on, then I am playing on it.

Another reason that I love to play tennis is that I can stay in shape doing something I love. This is great for all the extra energy that I need in my daily life. But, before I go to play tennis, I set my home security system (HERE for more information) to keep my home safe.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it

Have you had the experience of singing part of a song the whole day because your mind got stuck in it? All I did almost the whole day today is to listen to Beyonce's songs because I really like her voice and her moves and aside from that, she is so pretty and sexy. The line "If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it. Wha-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" got stuck on my mind and I felt like I was a broken record singing those lines over and over again hehe.

Women love rings. Whether it is gold, silver, platinum or fashion rings. Rings are one of the accessories that most women love to have. I remember when I was single, all I've been dreaming of was to find the right man and that man will propose to me with an engagement ring while we are having diner together. Yeah! yeah! I lived in a fantasy when I was single hehe. Engagement rings are traditionally worn by women and also, engagement rings are symbol of women dedicating themselves to the men they are about to marry. Next of having engagement ring is the wedding ring. Wedding rings are symbol of a union of two people. It was the most amazing day of my life when my husband put the wedding ring on my finger on our wedding day. It was the most happiest day of my life that I will never forget.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I got my updated SSN Card!

My Saturday today is kinda boring because of the weather and the only reason why my Saturday is fine is because I got my updated SSN in mail today. I went there to the SSA Office to update my SSN status last Oct. 18th and I can't believe that I got my updated SSN Card in 5 days! Woohoo! Now, my card doesn't say "valid with work authorization only" Yehey!

NOTE: You must update your SSN status after receiving your Green Card.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Preparing for Halloween

I finally got the Halloween accessories I ordered online at yesterday. I ordered it last October 15th and they told me that I'll get the item on the 20th. Instead of getting it on the said date, I got it the next day. I actually thought that it was lost and I was already about to call them yesterday (October 22nd) but good thing that I saw the package in our front porch when I woke up.

I opened the package and I was happy about the items I ordered so I didn't get upset in spite of receiving it late, anyway, it was only one day late. I didn't ordered a costume because I don't really wanna dress up on Halloween but I will going to "be somebody" on Halloween hehe. Oh well, this will be the first time that I will go trick-or-treating because I have to, for my son.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My First Blog Award!

Thank You so much to my friend Jen of ~Ever After~ for passing me this Award. I felt honored for having this award. Once again, thank you very much :) As the saying in Spiderman goes,"With great power comes great responsibilities" so here are a few things you need to know when you get this award...

The Rules:

* Be sure to thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
* Share 7 things about yourself.
* Pass the award to other bloggers who you think deserves it.
* Be sure to let the bloggers know you chose them to receive the award.

7 things you need to know about me:

1. I am a Filipina married to an American
2. I graduated at AMA Computer University with a of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
3. I moved here in the US last 2008
4. I have 2 younger sisters
5. I don't know how to cook but I love watching Food Network
6. I love beaches (specially Boracay *sigh*) and if I had the chance, I'd live the rest of my life by the sea but I would rather swim in the pool because I am afraid of sharks hehe.
7. I wanna go on top of the mountain and look at the view from there but I don't wanna climb, just thinkin of it makes me tired already. I just wish that there is a helicopter that will drop me off/pick me up on top of the mountain

My Brand New Body

Guest post written by Marc McGee

I’m 65 and feel like I’m in the prime of my life—and it feels great. It all started a few months back when I was up late one night watching TV. One of those crazy infomercials came on for yet another exercise system—but this one caught my attention, P90x. Honestly, the advertisement wasn’t that different than any other that I’d seen, but something inside me told me to give this a try since I’d been feeling a little sluggish then.

So I ordered the set and I’m now in week 7. I only have a few more weeks to go on the program—and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I think I might start up for another set! I’ve been feeling so good about myself, I even decided to go to miracle ear, where I splurged on a new set of digital hearing aids.

They feel so much better than my old set, which makes me feel even more like a million bucks. What’s next? Maybe I’ll be one of those guys you see on TV, running a 10K!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Change of status on my SSN

We stopped by at the SSA office today before we head to the candy warehouse to buy candies for Halloween. There were only few people that were there in the SSA office. I took a number, sat down and waited on my number to called. When my number was called, I went to the one of the tables there and there was the same lady who I spoke with the last time I went there when I applied on my SSN. She was a nice lady. She has this smile on her face every time she ask me a question. She made me swore to tell the truth on every question that she will ask. She asked for my SSN card and my Green Card then asked me three questions: My address, my phone number and my mom's maiden name.

After that my dad-in-law came to me carrying my son Zac. The lady asked me "Are they with you?" I said "Yes, he is my dad-in-law and here is my son". "You have a cute little one" she said. I replied "Thank you." After that, she gave me a piece of paper that says that I should get my updated SSN within a week or two and she handed me the documents she asked awhile ago. I went out of the office with the feeling of excitement of getting my SSN soon hehe.

We went to the candy warehouse afterward and bought bags of candies that we will give away for the trick-or-treaters. We got hungry after shopping for candies so we stopped by to one of our favorite restaurant to eat roast beef sandwich. We didn't get contented in shopping so we went to four different stores to shop for random stuff hehe. Yeah! we love to shop :p

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monggo (Mung Beans) and Tuyo (dried fish)

It was almost 4pm today when I was thinking of what to cook for dinner when the phone rang. It was my Filipina neighbor inviting me to come over to their house because the Monggo (Mung Beans) she is cooking is almost done. I was like "Oh my! I so miss this Filipino dish". So I went there and I smelled the "Tuyo" (dried fish) right away when I entered their house. I said "Mmmmmmm" I love it! Some people doesn't like the smell of it but most Filipinos do.

I was right on time! She just turned off her stove when I got inside their house. We chatted while we were eating Monggo and Tuyo. I really really miss Filipino food and I am glad that I have a Filipina neighbor who cooks and who always invite me every time she cooks Filipino dish. Yay!

Dental Problem

Lots of people are concentrating more of getting medical insurance and neglecting of getting dental insurance. I understand that medical insurance is very important for us to have but what people don't understand is, dental care is also as important as having medical care. Isn't having toothache is a pain that nobody wants? Having toothache makes you not wanting to eat and not wanting to talk. It will also give you headache to the point that you will feel weak and won't be able to do what you are suppose to do.

Ignoring cavity because you can't afford to go to the dentist is also not good as well because cavity can lead into serious tooth problem. If you don't have dental insurance, go find some affordable dental services in your neighborhood. Bright Now is a dental clinic that I could recommend. They have affordable services and they have lots of different locations here in the US.

I once recommended Bright Now to a friend of mine who had bad teeth. She was happy that she went there to fix her teeth. She had lack of self-confidence because of her crooked teeth but good thing that Bright Now fixed her problem and now, she can smile with whole confidence. If you have dental problem, find a dentist now and and make sure that Bright Now is your top priority for dental services.