Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Hope you had fun trick or treating.

Photo taken at Yohan's school.

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Frugal Christmas Tips

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. You don't have to spend too much in order to have a memorable Christmas season. Don't be caught up with the glitter and glam of the holiday season by spending more than you can afford. Make a budget and stick to it.

Here are some tips to help you save on Christmas gifts:

1. People appreciate gifts with personal touch. Consider making your own personalized gifts. For example, if you're good at cross stitch, you can give someone special a framed cross stitch work. How about a lovely quilt or a knitted sweater? If your are good in art, a painting or a sketch would make a wonderful present.

2. Family and very close friends will appreciate gifts involving your time and service. You can print a nice certificate entitling the person a specific service like a foot spa or a massage. Another nice idea would be doing chores as gifts like mowing grass and gardening.

3. Save on wrapping materials. You can make your own wrapping paper using inexpensive materials. You can use cheap brown paper which you can liven up with some art work. Or you can use colored magazines and add a personalized gift tag.

4. Give inexpensive but quality gifts like replica timepieces. These Fake watches are of high quality and functionality at the fraction of the original cost.

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Aloha Friday #47

Rules: Post any question on your blog on a Friday, share your answer and sign Kailani's Mr. Linky. Then have fun answering the questions of fellow participants by visiting their blogs.

Do you have any fun discovery lately?

My parents sent Yohan all these wonderful Crayola art materials recently. Yohan was excited to use the large box of crayons.

When he was busy coloring I noticed one of the crayons. The name of the crayon is "macaroni and cheese". This fun discovery made me smile. I'm sure there are more fun colors that I will discover soon.

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Phone Number Lookup

Sometimes it can be frustrating when you hear your phone ringing and you could not answer it on time. What if you checked your phone and the caller's number is not familiar to you? You might think twice about calling back since you do not have an idea about the caller's identity. If you want to avoid the hassle of ending up with a phone conversation that you do not want then you can use reverse phone lookup canada.

Great Blog Awards

Thanks to Jade of Momma Wannabe for this wonderful award.

Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
~ inspires you
~ makes you smile and laugh
~ or maybe gives amazing information
~ a great read
~ has an amazing design
~ and any other reasons you can think of that makes them uber amazing

The rules of this award are:

* Put the logo on your blog or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

I now have the honor of sending this award on to some of the Uber Amazing Bloggers I know.

I would like to share this award with Girlie, Josiet, Odette, Sandy, and Shey.


Thank you to Michelle of The Journey of a Christian Mom for the following great awards that she generously bestowed on me.

I would like to share these awards to all my wonderful blogging friends.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

3 Word Thursdays #2

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meme rules:
*photo must have 3 words in it
*post your photo on your site with a link
back to Ma Vie Folle (or grab button)

Journal that a fellow blogger, Toni gave me.

It's my son's semestral break. Perfect time to do some writing again. I haven't visited many blog friends lately and I'm looking forward to catching up.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #40

I'm very sorry for being so late with my visits this week. I've been quite busy these past few days. Tomorrow is Yohan's last day in school and then it's their semestral break. I'll have more time to come over and visit you this weekend.

I was at the mall with my family the other day and saw this lovely tree. Christmas is truly in the air. You may see the grand tree at my other blog.

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Provo River Trail

Heritage Web Solutions is a USA based company that focuses in designing and hosting affordable websites for both small and medium size businesses. The company is proud to share its goal in helping make the environment a cleaner place.

You may read the article below. Kindly use use the scroll to read the whole press release.

Heritage Internet Technologies’ Good Works Committee is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Parks and Recreation department for the city of Provo, Utah in an effort to maintain the Moon River section of the Provo River Trail System.

The committee held their first cleanup event on September 24th 2008. We were pleased to see a large number of employees, as well as their families and friends, attend. Everyone was in good spirits, and had a great time as they dug in and brought this trail back to its original beauty.
The cleanup project included graffiti removal in the two tunnel portions of the trail section, vandalism repair, as well as litter and debris removal along the trail.

The HIT Good Works Committee conducts bi-weekly checks of the trail to ensure that it is being properly maintained. We will also be holding cleanup events once a month with our next event scheduled for October 29th 2008. We are looking forward to having as great of a turnout as we were able to have last month.
Heritage Internet Technologies has always been eager to find ways to give back to our surrounding community. We are very excited to join forces with the Provo City Parks and Recreation department to help maintain this beautiful trail system.

We would like to thank everyone involved in this cleanup project. We are proud to have such a generous group of employees, willing to dedicate their time to bettering our community.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend Snapshot #47

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Early Trick or Treat

Last Saturday evening, we had an early Halloween celebration at the village. We didn't have time to buy some decorations but we made do with the available materials at home. We used two identical masks and placed them on our lamp posts outside the main door. We used black garbage bags as bodies. Yohan helped his Dad put up a few happy looking ghosts. :)

There was a Best in Halloween costume contest at the clubhouse followed by the Trick or Treat around the village. Yohan received a lot of goodies that night.

Yohan helping his Dad with the decorations.

Hubby putting fake cobwebs as an added touch.

Yohan hanging a smiling ghost.

Yohan as Thomas the Tank Engine.

Cute fairies

Some of the boys in costume.

The 'white lady' won Best in Halloween costume.

One of my favorites. A healthy looking skeleton. :)

Yohan collected two basket-full of goodies.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Camera Critters #25

Happy Sunday everyone! Yohan had a fun early trick or treat last night. I'll post about it soon. I'm off to the mall with my family in a while. Sorry, I've been a little busy. I'll catch up with you guys soon. Enjoy what's left of the weekend!

If you have time, please visit my Camera Critters #25 at my other blog. Thanks!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Photo Hunt :: Scary

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This is the huge skull at the entrance of the scary dungeon at Star City (amusement park). I could hear people screaming inside. My family decided to skip this part.

We went inside Dino island instead. When we entered, we met this scary Dimetrodon with sharp teeth and loud intimidating sound.

My family passed by a dark scary area in Dino Island. We noticed a dark cave where a huge T-Rex head suddenly appeared.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Aloha Friday #46

Rules: Post any question on your blog on a Friday, share your answer and sign Kailani's Mr. Linky. Then have fun answering the questions of fellow participants by visiting their blogs.

Do you have any special collection at home?

My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine. Hubby and I have collected several Thomas toys for him. Let me share some of them with you ...

Thomas the Tank Engine collection.

Smallest Thomas in the collection.

Thomas carry case.

Yohan's Thomas tent.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 Word Thursdays #1

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meme rules:
*photo must have 3 words in it
*post your photo on your site with a link
back to Ma Vie Folle (or grab button)

"Who I am?" is the title of the book I read to Yohan before he went to sleep tonight. It's a fun Sesame Street guessing book.

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Tagged :: 4 Things and Quirky Meme

Leah tagged me to do this4 Things meme ...

Here’s the rule:

Click copy/paste, type in your answers and tag four people in your lists! Don’t forget to change my answers to the questions with that of yours.

1. Four places I go over and over

beach, mall, leisure park, and mountain side

2. Four people who e-mails me regularly

Tess, Jackie, Beth and Chona

3. Four of my favorite places to eat?

Antonio's, Red Crab Seafood and Steaks, Outback Steakhouse, and John and Yoko

4. Four places you’d rather be?

New York, Venice, Paris, Hawaii

5. Four TV shows I could watch over and over.

Friends, Sex and the City, Grey's Anatomy, and Animal Planet

6. Four lucky winners ( of this tag..)

Misyel, Tere, Liz (MommyBa), and Jo.

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tagged me to do this Quirky Meme ...

1. I like watching horror films but my imagination always gets the best of me at bedtime.
2. I wanted to be a pilot when I was young but I'm afraid of heights.
3. I'm afraid to drive because of stray dogs on the road. I'm afraid I might run over one.
4. I'm good with faces but terrible with names.

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Roles of Parents

Parents play a vital role in the development of their child. Parents are a child's primary provider of encouragement, support and guidance. Every child deserves to be brought up in a nurturing environment. Parents are a child’s first role models so it is important provide a positive environment.

Both father and mother have their respective responsibilities in developing a happy family life. It is important for parents take an active role in their children’s physical, moral, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Rearing a family is more than a partnership. Both parents are expected to help one another in providing physical resources (e.g. food, shelter and clothing), giving emotional support, making decisions and managing the family. Mother and father both serve important roles in the success of a family unit.

Sadly, not all marriages are successful. Sometimes irreconcilable differences force partners to part ways and lead separate lives. It's sad but in reality, children are often the ones who suffer the most especially when they get caught in between opposing parents.

A father's rights is equally important as a mother's rights. It is vital for parting couples to come up with common goals to ensure a good future for their children.

** Courtesy of National Family Solutions **

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Happy Teacher's Day

Tomorrow is the celebration of Teacher's Day at Yohan's school. I just finished printing several cards for Yohan's teachers. Now I can finally go to sleep.

I'm sorry if I haven't done my usual visits. I'll make it up to you soon. Take care!

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Coffee Varieties

Coffee is considered as one of the highly consumed beverages. Drinking coffee can be good for the body if it is consumed moderately. In fact, several studies claim that coffee can actually reduce the risks of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. The anti-oxidants and other components found in coffee beans provide these health benefits.

I saw this list of types of coffee and I'm overwhelmed by the number of varieties available. I didn't realize that there are so many kinds of coffee to choose from. I haven't even tried half of that coffee on the list.
  • Black coffee
  • Cafe au Lait
  • Cafe Breva
  • Caffe Latte
  • Cafe Macchiato
  • Cappuccino
  • Double, or Double Shot
  • Dry Cappuccino
  • Espresso Con Panna
  • Flavored coffee
  • Frappe
  • Greek Coffee
  • Hammerhead
  • Iced coffee:
  • Indian (Madras) filter coffee
  • Instant coffee (or soluble coffee)
  • Irish coffee
  • Kopi TubrukLungo
  • Macchiato
  • Melya
  • Mocha
  • Oliang/Oleng
  • Ristretto
  • Soluble Coffee
  • Turkish Coffee
  • Vietnamese style coffee
  • White coffee
Some of my favorite coffee variations are cappuccino and macchiato. Actually I prefer the cold ones more than the hot beverages. I like frapuccino the best. How about you?

If you're looking for quality coffee brewer, check out K-Cups. You can even get free shipping and volume discounts on K-Cup coffee.

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Wordless Wednesday #39

Halloween is coming soon. I bought some candies for Trick or Treat. Hope you can check my Wordless Wednesday #39 at my other blog to see some treats I bought today.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quality Cookware As Gifts

My husband loves cooking. He does not think of cooking as a chore but something he truly enjoys.

During special occasions I often end up buying kitchenware for him. I remember during one of our anniversaries, I bought him two Solingen knives. He was thrilled when he opened my present. I also bought him a few pots and pans in the past. Last Christmas I got him a nice mixer courtesy of my parents.

I love buying recipe books for my hubby. The recent one I bought is this 3 Step 30-Minute Recipes. It has more than 200 recipes. This recipe book features irresistible dips, spreads, munchies and beverages. It also has sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, stews, chilis, steaks and best of all delectable desserts.

Christmas is just a few months away and I'm thinking of buying some quality cookware for my hubby. I'm sure he would love to have a set of Le Creuset Cookware. It is a premium line of cookware made of cast iron. This material is best known for its heat retention, durability and aesthetic. Le Creuset has a wide range of cookware available like pans, round casserole dishes, oval casserole dishes, ovenware, tableware, mini casserole dishes, saucepans, and lots more.

** Courtesy of Move Cookshop **