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My dear husband has been running a multi-symptom cold for the past couple of days. Seeing him bedridden is heart-wrenching. I do hope, he will decide to forego work tomorrow and just rest to fully recover. The sad part about it is – he had the same sickness two weeks ago. With regularly medicine and fluid intake, he recuperated. Sadly, the illness came back!

It is a well-known fact that Vitamin C is a surefire cure for the common cold and the flu. I am so happy to see a number of varieties of citrus fruits at the grocery yesterday. I bought only two kinds, but both are winners with my family, especially my daughter.

My daughter is a fan of citrus fruits, especially the cara-cara and mandarin. She brings one every day at school for lunch. However, peeling the fruit is difficult. I could always pack it in slices or already peeled, but she prefers to open just before it is about to be eaten to ensure its freshness. With this, I have to find a way to make it a less taxing task.

Using a pointed knife, I partially excavate the top or bottom part of the fruit. I gently pull the skin removing some part of its core or central column. That’s it! This is how I pack it in her lunchbox. So when it is about time to eat it, all she needs to do is separate the sections or peel the skin from this exposed part of the fruit. No mess!

Pushing the ‘Supergirl’ Mentality

Last Saturday, my daughter and I attended an invitation-only community outreach program called “The Ophelia Project” at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach. This program, founded by a local junior high school student of Spruce Creek IB, Brianna Gates, aims to assist middle school female students in overcoming the challenges faced around this stage of their lives. It instills girl empowerment by boosting confidence and understanding the essence of the ‘real life’ outside the stressful peer pressure, body image issues, and among others.

The Ophelia Project held at the News-Journal Center last January 17, 2015

Aside from the prominent panelists – all experts of their fields, a number of highly achieving junior and senior high school students of Spruce Creek IB served as mentors for the said event. My daughter, a 7th grader, was in awe on how selfless these girls for giving their time and know-how in helping others.

I was one of the parents who attended. I was grateful for it.

I am one of those parents who frequently post my child’s achievements – big or small – in my social media network. I am fully aware that, some parents may take it as boasting, in a negative light. Well, yeah – I agree. Whatever my child accomplishes is a bragging moment for me (and my husband). I am all for parents shouting to the whole world how great our children are. I mean, parents are parents. It is sad to know that some parents may find this kind of bragging offensive or worse, a competition. Some even believe in the notion that, ‘it must be the [tiger] parents‘. If you tell my daughter this, she will be greatly offended. As she always says, “I do what I do because I want to. I like to see myself achieving my goals.

Here is one thing that I know – though what I see with my daughter’s progress pleases me, this does not mean I am forcibly pushing the supergirl in her. In fact, I have to remind her all the time that she does not have to be the ‘perfectionist’ that she is. It is OK to mess up. It is OK to fall, so she knows how to rise. To combat peer pressure, I always say – middle or high school is far from real life. So far, she is doing great and loves her school. Thanks to her group of friends who are there to enjoy the journey with her.

Receiving the Influenster’s Frosty VoxBox in my Mailbox

A few weeks ago I received my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster. A total of seven beauty and consumable products captivated my eyes. Most of them were in regular market sizes, so it added boost to the excitement. It’s about 34 bucks worth of complimentary products for testing.

Frosty VoxBox from Influenster

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sachet (sample size only with $2 coupon)
The full size of this product is sold for $29.99, so it was a bit disappointing to receive a sample size. As of today, I have not bought the full size yet. So my review would be solely be based on using the sample sachet, which I will be posting on a separate entry.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum ($1.99)
OMG! This is the bomb! I wear light makeup to work. Now I know, the color Sugar Plum is the right color for me. It is subtle and gives out a natural look. It does not scream ‘Hey! Look at my lips’ at work. I ditched my other color/brand lipstick. Truth be told.

EcoTools Hair Brush ($10.99)
Though more expensive than other less prominent brands, I am (should I say, my daughter was) satisfied with this brush. My daughter has a waist-length hair, so brushing it can sometime be a challenged especially when it is all tangled up. At times, I had to help her. With the soft and wide bristle of this brush, it lessens the pain and the inconvenience of detangling her hair. 

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($7.49)
It works wonders! Since the chemical composition is not too strong, I had to apply it more than once. This is totally fine. I love subtle products of my facial skin.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($4.49)
Oh yes! I love mascara. This is one of my must-haves in my makeup kit. When I was about to wipe it off just before bedtime, it was still intact and dark. It is a good thing. No need to reapply multiple times in a day.

McCormick Gourmet Thyme ($4.79)
This is my first time to use thyme. McCormick is one of the popular brands of seasonings. It did not disappoint me at all. It did taste ‘thyme’ even when it is already in a dried form.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane® Decaf Green Tea (sample size only with 55 cents coupon)
Once before, I did try melting a candy cane in my tea. So when I received this sampler, I was more than happy. I love candy cane flavored beverages. Since I love lattes, I added milk in my cup of green tea. I usually pay about 4 bucks for a cup at Einstein Bagels, but this one, it is on the house. Yay! The best add on – it is decaf. I have yet to try drinking it at night time though. It would probably be soothing just before going to bed.

Fruit Vines® Bites ($1.28)
Okay, I am a huge Twizzlers® licorice fan. I was adamant trying this brand. Well, it was fine. Nothing special, just the usual licorice flavored pleasure. Would I replace my favorite brand? Probably, not.

I will be posting a separate product review for the Rimmel beauty products and the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED in the next few days.

Stay happy. Stay blessed.

In this world, not many people are happy, and I classify people in two groups only:

  1. Those who are happy.
  2. Those who are not happy.

Most of us are in the second category, and we are working hard to switch over to the first category, but we are unable to make the switch.

So, what can we do to be happy?

I have some tips for you. Read them and please let me know if it helps you in some way.

Set achievable daily goals

With long term goals, we keep thinking whether we will achieve it or not. So, it is better to make small, achievable goals that can be fulfilled. Again, we are talking about daily goals. So, you can surely understand what can be done today. Don’t think of tomorrow. Like a New Year resolution, make a daily resolution and try to fulfill it.

Smile and compliment

We compliment others about their smile and hear compliments about our smile too. Even if others do not compliment you for your smile, look in the mirror and compliment yourself.

Complimenting yourself, you are ensuring that at least one person in this world is happy because of your smile. Yes, that person is in your mirror but he/she is there, right?

So, smile and compliment yourself.

Make others happy

Well, if you can make someone else happy, you will feel happy too. Making other happy, you are surrounding yourself with positivity. So, do that on a regular basis.

One way of making others happy is by saying something nice about them. However, overdoing it, you will make them frown. So, compliment them but don’t overdo your efforts. You don’t want them to run behind you with a stick in their hand. Hehe!

Help others

Walking down the street, you will find n number of opportunities to help others. It is your call. Firstly, do you want to help someone? If yes, them whom? How many?

No one is forcing you to help someone. It is at will that you are helping them. In return, you might get a calm thank you or maybe nothing. Also, don’t expect them to help you in return.

Helping is an act of kindness. If you help someone, God helps you to stay calm, peaceful and stress-free. Having said that, we are not saying that helping ten people daily will be enough. But, we should help without expecting anything.

Thank god, at least once a day

Again, walk down the street, and you will find so many people who are unable to walk. Some people are moving around without hands; some are living on an income that is less than one-tenth of your income; here you will find an opportunity to thank God. Do thank him because he has blessed you with something that is not gifted to the person who is on the other side of the road. Thank him, thank for everything.

Apart from these tips, there are books written in various languages that can help you stay happy and feel blessed. Look for them online and buy them. For the best deal on your purchases, visit Chameleon John and look for coupons that can be used in an online store.

Keep those prying eyes away!

First and foremost – I am truly relieved that my daughter, though a constant subject of my online writing, is not into social media. She once had a Facebook and a Twitter account, which I intentionally created and regularly monitored. It was originally envisioned as a tool to communicate with our family back in the Philippines. She never really got into it and ultimately stopped logging in. She uses the Internet mainly for school and at times, for entertainment. I do hope that, her inkling to stay hidden will be the same until high school, or far better, til adult life.

Second – I am a certified overprotective parent. However, I do not let this get in my child’s freedom to do things she enjoys. She is into a lot of extra-curricular activities, which take a lot of her time away from her laptop and the Internet. Though considerably a light teen Internet user, I still take control to ensure proper Internet usage and safety. I embedded a software in her laptop which enables me to monitor her online activities. I am a cheapskate, but this is one of those things that I do not mind spending.

Lastly – I want to share a tip that I am sure, some parents are already doing. I never allow my child to use the webcam, unless it is with my family in the Philippines and most importantly, with me beside her. Since she uses a laptop, I covered its built-in webcam with a tiny sticker. I did the same with mine. I mean, a simple and effortless gesture may avoid some undesirable event from transpiring. I hear of stories about computer hackers using unsecured webcam to stalk or pry on other people. So even when my daughter leaves her laptop screen open, I am at ease. This is just one of those small things that most people to never bother about.