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A Little Gardening Afternoon + AZUL COCONUT WATER

Hi guys, how’s your weekend so far? I hope everybody is having a good weekend. About me, I was a little tied up all day. I went to the mall and bought some back to school clothes for my boys. After that, I drove back home, did a little cleaning and a little organizing in both of my boys’ rooms. Once I was done there, I did the laundry too (it’s laundry day), Friday laundry!

After Sean’s work, we went to Wal-Mart and got some landscaping bricks and bags of soil for my little garden. By the way, the bricks are on clearance for $1.00 each. I told Sean that this is the best time to buy bricks. Whenever we decide to move somewhere, we have bricks for gardening, Hahahahaha sounds funny? Well, I’m serious!

KALABO (Philippine Oregano)
Kangkong (Water Spinach)
Malunggay (I transferred them to a bigger pot).
Basil

After working in my garden for an hour and a half I was really thirsty. I’m introducing my newest favorite drink. Not just my favorite but also Sean’s. It’s the AZUL COCONUT WATER from Dollar Tree. This drink has chunks of coconut pieces in it (which I love the most!)

Back home in the Philippines, we always drink coconut juice anytime it was available or offered to us. I’m not sure if you’re aware of it or not but coconut juice has a lot of health benefits to it. If you’re not aware of all the good benefits that coconut juice can give to our body, then it’s time to do a little research.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER:

  • Reduce blood pressure.
  • Support heart health.
  • Prevent kidney stones (very true, I experienced having this problem at such a young age. Drinking coconut juice helped a lot).
  • Have antioxidant properties
  • Have benefits against diabetes.

Coconut water is a great way to rehydrate after working out or after gardening, as I did. There are many more health benefits of coconut water which you can read about here.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Chill and shake well for better flavor.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Yong Coconut Water
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Meat
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Malic Acid and Sodium Metabisulphite
So thirsty after working in my little garden at the backyard.
AZUL COCONUT WATER

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Restoration Park: Walking In Nature With My Family

It has been a while since our family went walking on trails at a park. So, the other day we went to Restoration Park, in West Monroe, to try out the trails there. We started out at 6:00 p.m and finished a little after 7:00 p.m. Restoration Park is located in 700 Downing Pines Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292. This park was a former strip mine converted into a wetland habitat. Gosh, it’s beautiful out there!

It felt so good sweating while walking on the trail. The humidity wasn’t bad at all by 6:00 p.m. Also, I was so proud of my boys. They were very well behaved from start to finish. And guess what? The one-hour walking helped them slept all night.

Usually, when you go walking you feel tired at night. But it wasn’t the case for me. I couldn’t even remember when was the last time I ever felt relaxed until that evening after walking.

There are numerous physical and mental health benefits of walking. I noticed that every time we go out for a walk it helps me relax all night. Not only that but also helps me think clearly. I’m not sure about you, or how do you feel after taking a walk, but it helps me feel healthier. Walking with my family is a very good idea. Aside from just having company with me it was also a time to bond and see the beauty of nature around us. How about you? Do you prefer to go for a walk alone? Or with family?

Water Lilies
Water Lily pads

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Once Upon A Child Haul #1

Have you ever heard of a kids clothing store called Once Upon A Child? We found out about this store not too long ago, and luckily it’s only 15 minutes drive from our place. Personally, I love the place. We found great stuff for the boys for the Winter season. It doesn’t get too cold here in Louisiana, so shopping for long sleeve shirts ahead of time is a great idea.

What’s In The Store?

Not only do they sell clothing for children, but they also buy gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, and baby gear! Be sure to check them out. I’m sure you’re going to love it!

By the way, the shirts that my boys are wearing below were on clearance and was a dollar each ($1.00) only!

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Swimming Day at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

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Hi everyone, how’s your weekend so far? I hope you are having a great week! Okay, so today we went to Poverty Point Reservoir for swimming. It’s a 45-minute drive from my town. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park is located in Delhi, Lousiana.

We got there just in time. There were only a few groups enjoying the sand and moderately warm water when we arrived. However, just 30 minutes after we arrived, an influx of people descended on the beach. All I can say is that this place is really a good choice to visit especially for swimming during the Summer since Northern Louisiana doesn’t really have sand beaches as you would expect to have if you were in Florida, Texas or any tropical island. Even with the sandy beach at Poverty Point, I was still imagining that we were on a “real” beach. Despite the lack of palm trees and warmer weather, we had a blast!

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My Little Man’s 8th Birthday

Hi, how are you all? How’s your day going so far? I hope everything is good! A few days ago, my youngest son turned eight-years-old. Before his birthday, we’ve been asking him what he wants for his birthday. At first, he wants to go see Disney World. We told him we can’t afford it right now. Sometimes, we (parents) just need to be honest with our children. If we can’t do something, then we have to tell them. Aside from going to Disney, he only wanted to have a cake with candles on it. A very simple request from an eight-year-old child. Usually, little kids ask a lot of things, especially on their birthdays. I’m grateful both of my boys don’t ask for a lot. They only ask for 1 or 2 things every time.

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His Transformers birthday cake.
Time to blow those candles.
Icing boy.
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Let the tasting begins.
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Big brother needs icing on his face too.

Later on, we went to ChuckECheese and both of my boys had so much fun. And for little Phillip, it was the best place to have fun on his birthday. It wasn’t busy when we were there so both of them really had fun playing and running around without bumping into other kids. He and his big brother had a blast!

Waiting for the bowling ball to come out.
Both hoping to get the 100 tickets jackpot.

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10 Customizable Wedding Invitations For You or For Someone You Know

If you got engaged or someone you know gets engaged, you know what’s next. It’s time to start thinking about creating wedding invitations. So, here are ten customizable wedding invitation ideas for you or for someone you know.

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Fun Day at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I hope you and your family had a great and fun weekend together. About me and my family, we were a little busy. Sean and I are trying to keep up with the demands of the boys when it comes to going somewhere to have fun.

Since school is out for the Summer, my boys are constantly wanting to go somewhere. To be honest, it’s exhausting sometimes to go out in this heat. Nonetheless, taking them somewhere to have fun really helps me and Sean (especially me). Due to the fact that at home they constantly argue with each other, and they don’t agree with everything the other wants to do. Seriously, they’re like cat and dog fighting all the time. As a full time mom, they are my full time job. To those moms out there who have little boys, I’m so curious right now. Do your little boys fight or argue a lot?

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Here’s our fun-filled day at the ZOO

We were the first in line to wait for the next train ride. The boys were like “mommy, where’s the train?” They couldn’t wait any longer for the next train ride to begin.

Waiting For The Train @ The Train Station.
Railroad Crossing Sign.
American Flag – God Bless America!
Here comes the train (Choo-choo)
Z & OO Railroad
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Having fun at the SPLASH PAD

After our train ride, we didn’t walk around the zoo much longer. The reason why? The boys were so ready to cool off and splash. When it comes to having fun in the water, they will not waist any time. IT’S SPLASH TIME!

Splash Time.
Sun Bathing
My son walking around the Splash Pad.
Concentration.
It’s splashing time.
Splashing is fun!
Having fun with the water.

More info about this place here.

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Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Scrumptious Lunch Date at El Paso Mexican Grill

My family loves El Paso Mexican Grill. This restaurant is one of our go-to restaurants to dine. They have two locations in the Twin Cities. One is located in West Monroe and the other one (bigger one) is located on Highway 165 in the Monroe area.

Every time we dine at El Paso I always order my most preferred meal, it’s called Beef Arrachera. Trust me, this one is so good! Also, my first-line refreshment is the non-alcoholic Mango Daiquiri. So tasty!

Mango Daiquiri (non-alcoholic)
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Beef Arrachera:

If you choose Beef Arrachera you’ll get: Grilled Sirloin Steak served over Onions with Rice, Charro Beans, Guacamole and Flour or Corn Tortillas. The Charro Beans are so amazing with the good sized ratio of bacon and sausage to beans and the savory broth! And the steak? I always cut the steak in half because it’s a little too much for me, that being said, I always take the rest home with me to devour when I get hungry.

Chicken Fajitas
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Sean usually always orders the Chicken Fajitas. We called it “A.K.A deliciousness.” It’s very delicious and it’s a lot of chicken for such an affordable price (presyo).

So, if you happen to know one in your area but haven’t tried their food yet, you probably need to give it a try and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback too.

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God Listens

Sometimes, in the hardest moments of our lives, we tend to keep things to ourselves. We don’t want to share what bothers us to our family nor to our closest friends because of our pride or ego. We usually say the words;

“I’m okay”, “I’m fine”, “I can manage myself”, and “I can handle it”.

Two reasons behind saying those words constantly are embarrassment and disappointment. We feel embarrassed to share the things that bother us the most to our family or to our closest friends because we are afraid they might judge, how will they react or will they even listen. On the other hand, we don’t want to be disappointed by not getting the help we need if we share what concerns us. That leads us to feel alone and in distress. This happens to every one of us. Sometimes, we forget that if no one else cares to listen to us, there is always someone up there that listens and that’s God.

The Bible verse below really blessed me. I hope this will bless you too. I’m also reading one of Max Lucado’s book Grace For The Moment. This book is full of inspirational thoughts and I feel so blessed to have it. In his book, he elaborated this verse very clearly. Be blessed everyone!

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Treasures

I cry out to the LORD; I pray to the LORD for mercy

Psalm 142: 1

You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter His presence, he turns to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God, and He listens. He listens to the painful plea of the elderly in the rest home. He listens to the gruff confession of the death-row inmate . When the alcoholic begs for mercy, when the spouse seeks guidance, when the businessman steps off the street into the chapel, God listens. Intently. Carefully.

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Meeting Baby Gwyneth For The Second Time

Went to visit a very dear friend of mine who recently had a baby girl. I and my other two dear friends had the chance to hold baby Gwyneth. Isn’t her name so lovely? This little angel is four (4) days old today. Oh, she is so adorable!

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May God bless you with good health always, little angel.

Baby Gwyneth
Mommy & me time.

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Gwyneth & Nanay Odette
Sing me a lullaby, please?

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Gwyneth & Tita Melanie
It’s lullaby time again.

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Gwyneth and me.