Souvenirs for Memory Lane’s Sake


Sentimental people like me love to look back down memory lane with souvenirs kept from way back when.  My aunt used to throw birthday parties for me when I was a kid and I have so many things to remember them by.

I received so many birthday cards.  It feels good reading those birthday greetings and wishes from people dear to you.  They bring you back in time, and make you feel the emotions of those moments.  It is much like smelling a particular scent, which brings back memories and emotions as if they happened just yesterday. I also received typical gifts like hair clip sets, dolls, cute pink dresses in boxes wrapped beautifully.  It felt so good looking at those colorful boxes.  Thinking back though, those beautiful birthday gifts would have looked more personalized with cool name labels for kids.   Up until now, I still have some of those gifts I received as a  little girl like my dolls and hair clips.  I want to organized them and put them in boxes with cool name labels.  I will use these to teach my kids how to take care and value their things.

Relationships and communication are becoming impersonal, superficial, and virtual nowadays.  It is important to bring back a sense of personal touch and a bit of emotional connection in the things we do.

Make your little ones birthday extra special.  Think not just of what will happen during that day, but also think of the impact of that celebration on your dear child in the future.  Would it be something that happened in the past and remains in the past?  Would it be a celebration your kid is going to remember for a lifetime.  Make sure  to have souvenirs for them to keep.   Be sure to have these unique and memorable birthday gifts and memorabilia stacked in a box with cool name labels.



Kids in general love birthday parties and gifts, make this occasion memorable even to the tiniest detail.


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Health Is Wealth

Health is wealth.  Taking care of your health should not be expensive with healthkart coupons.  Lately, my husband experienced so much discomfort with his right knee.  Walking, stretching, and bending is painful  and impossible at times.  The doctor said it has something to do with osteoarthritis. The most common knee problem for very active people and or people over 50. Though arthritis having  no known cure and my husband still very far away from the age of 50 his doctor has advised him to have a different exercise set and some knee support. He was also advised to even out height to weight ratio.


Other important changes he has to take include the following

  • Cut the meat intake and eat a balanced diet and even out height to weight ratio
  • He is prohibited from eating nuts and legumes.
  • He has to reduce the number of times he plays basketball.
  • Use a different form of exercise
  • Taking supplementary vitamins good for general health
  • He has to wear a knee support for the time being to ease the discomfort.


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Getting sick could mean a great strain in the family’s finances.  Prevention is definitely better than cure.   Although some supplementary health vitamins and medical supports and equipment are expensive if you buy straight up from the store you could use coupon codes.  Coupon codes will give you a chance to avail for big discounts, freebies, and special offers.  Before you buy any health products and equipment, check out coupon codes first.


Do share your health regimen.




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Creamfields 2014



Do you remember the feeling to be in creamfields?  Do you want to express yourself and join thousands of others in a festive event?


With just days remaining in 2013, the anticipation and excitement for Creamfields 2014 are definitely escalating, get your creamfields tickets now.   As the saying goes, the early birds catch the worm.  Be among the early birds, and secure your spot for creamfields 2014. Creamfields 2013 was a success.  Creamfields 2014 is going to be a blast.


There is no confirmed line-up yet for 2014.  But just like the past years, creamfields has never failed short of ones expectation.  This event is gaining popularity and has definitely gone global, so for international customers you can register for updates.  This way you can manage your schedules ahead of time and book your tickets early.  They also have disabled access tickets and hospitality tickets.


Creamfields fans take note of the following

  • The event is strictly for 18+, be sure to provide a valid identification card – driver’s license, passport, or proof of age standards scheme card.
  • It i s held in a green field. Fans are advised to wear comfortable jeans and trainers.  Do not wear anything that can cause offense or distress to other people.
  • Amidst the exhilaration of the festival, respect the residents, enter and leave the event quietly.
  • No pass-outs, no re-entry, no refunds


Enjoy the festival but keep in mind the rules delineated  in the event’s  terms and policies.


Have you gone to Creamfields? Can you share the moment?



Summer’s My Little Pony Dolls

Summer has been bugging me about My Little Pony Dolls for months.  All her friends in school have these very cute dollies.  But my husband and I work from sunrise to sundown.  Our schedules are quite tight. So it took us months before we were able to give her these. Summer watches my little pony in Youtube during her free time, that is after doing her homework.  The theme is appropriate for young people.  She picks up additional English vocabularies, and is trying to imitate some of the characters. I have a link below, try to see if you would like your kids to watch it.




These are Princess Celestia and Pinkie Pie.  Summer likes Princess Celestia because she is a princess, and she possesses great powers.  Pinkie Pie has a happy, boisterous character, reason why Summer does not like her.  But she imitates how Pinkie Pie laughs, giggles, or screams.





This is Rainbow Dash.  Summer adores her.  I even like her character too.  She has this rainbow colored hair, and very powerful wings.  I guess the idea of being able to  fly gives us a sense of freedom and power.  Something that every human being desires.




Summer and her favorite Rainbow Dash.  I just hope she won’t think of copying Rainbow Dash’s colorful hair.



Summer and the gang.


I realized that I could shop online with almost anything we need at home, not just children toys.  This would certainly give me more extra time to spend with my kids, go out with my husband on a date which we have not done for ages, or just simply hang out with my girlfriends.

I have Summer’s insistence on buying these Little Pony dolls to thank for.  Otherwise, I would still be juggling my schedule just to fit all I need to do in twenty-four hours, which by the way is not enough.

Times, indeed,  have become complicated and hectic.  But there are ways and means to make things simple and leisurely.  We just need to be creative and resourceful, taking advantage of the many conveniences modern times have to offer.


Do you have similar realizations/discoveries  lately? Do share



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My Asia Travel Bucket List

Here is my family’s bucket list for our Asia travel plans.  Asia, as the world’s largest continent is comprised of many beautiful countries. This conglomeration of diverse, culture-rich civilization has brought so many beautiful and memorable places worth checking out. Traveling could be straining to the pocket though, but with  expedia voucher codes you could save a bucket full of money from your travels.  For travelers like us, using voucher codes are definitely auspicious, the discounts are comparably bigger and the freebies are numerous.

You would definitely enjoy the sites and places during your next travel knowing that you got the best bargain in town.


Our Asia Travel Bucket LIst


1.  El Nido Philippines



From the hustle-and-bustle of city life, I would definitely welcome this tranquil beauty.  I’d read my favorite book while the wind gently stir the hammock to and fro.


2.  Koh lipeh



Koh Lipeh or island of Lipeh is a 4 hour trip through a speedboat from the mainland Satun.  Walking on the long, white sand, feeling the gently sea breeze touches your skin is simply relaxing.



3.  Universal Studio Singapore


Universal Studio Singapore brings fun to every child and child-at-heart.  I’d love to see the transformers in real life.


4. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


One of the tallest buildings in the world.  I’d love to visit this place especially in the evening.  I just love the play of colors.


5.  Taj Mahal India



Taj Mahal was built by the emperor in memory of his very dear wife, who died giving birth to their 14th child.  I would love to see and feel how the emperor’s love is reflected in this beautiful piece of architectural work.


What are the travel destinations in your bucket list?




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Family Bonding Ideas

A family that bonds together stays together.  After a days work, it is always sound to unwind, and there is no better way to unwind than to be with your family.  We owe it to ourselves and to our family.


1.  Legoland Windsor



Observing the lego brick animals is a very interesting idea to introduce the topic on animals.  The cleverly put up lego brick animals will surely catch every kid’s attention.  You will not only strengthen your bond as a family, but you also impart important knowledge, that your kids will treasure for life.


2.  Visit Madame Tussauds



Amazing! The kids would definitely love looking at them.  These beautiful artworks would spark endless questions from them.  Why are they not moving? Don’t they get tired standing?  Why are they not breathing? Who made them? Why did they make these? Can I do it too? These are just a few of many questions children would be asking?  This will be a fun and an educational experience for them.


3.  Watch a game unanimously liked by everyone in the family


If everyone agrees to watch football, then so be it.  If your kids are into sport, this is something they would love.


4.  Introduce them to theater and classic music


Modern kids are more adept with hard rock, and R and B music.  But being acquainted with classic music and theater is not bad at all.  Who knows, your children might someday find themselves acting onstage for one of these classics.


5.  Watch a concert



When children see parents being able to go with the latest music and go with  groove, it eases their feelings.  They feel more relaxed and open because it gives this feeling of understanding not only them but also their world.


Do share your ideas on more family bonding activities or destinations.



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Treat Bicycles Like They Matter

In movies we often see bicycles being left anywhere after the movie character has majestically disembarked from it.  But in reality if you do that, you would be lucky if it is still in the spot where you left it.

Nowadays bicycles have become an essential alternative transportation. People from different walks of life have embraced this mode of transportation with varying personal reasons. Be it for health purposes, financial, or just for the sheer fun of riding it out.

Over the years, since eighteenth century, bicycle engineering has improved tremendously from an almost entirely wood-built body to modern steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fiber frame.  Today bicycles are fast, light, durable, and fashionable not to mention they are also getting more expensive and valuable.


More and more people the world over are enticed to using bicycles.  It is but proper for every country to look into its safety standards for cyclists.  The United Kingdom among other bicycle-friendly countries has clear regulations in terms of bike safety and security.  Bike shelter UK suffices item #70 of the country’s rules for cyclists.  This, and other cycling infrastructure are important things countries that are currently promoting cycling as a mode of transport should look into.


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Cyclists, like any other vehicle driver have every right to a comfortable and safe parking.  Bicycles already being  considered an important part of the transportation sector needs protection like what other vehicles are getting.  Gone are the days when one can just park it at the corner and still see it there when you get back.  It is already far too important to be ignored like that.  It should be treated however any other vehicle is treated.


Is bicycling widely practiced in your country? What  are the different safety and security measures implemented by your government?




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Phthalates (THAL-ates)

In my previous post I mentioned the chemicals PHTHALATES (pronounced as THAL-ates).  These are chemicals used to soften plastics to make it flexible and durable.

Below is a list of products that we should look into and be on the look out for these harmful phthalates.  These are general products, not brands.  All i intend to do is create an awareness among all of us.  It is not my intention to put down anybody’s products or business.

1. Nail Polish

2.  Hair and Body Lotion

3. Hair Sprays

4. Hair Mousse

5.  Hair Gel

6.  Fragrance

7.  Deodorant

8.  Cooking oil Bottles

9.  Clear Food Packaging (Number 3 Plastics)

10. Disposable plates  (Number 6 Plastics)

11. Cups

12. Meat trays

13. Egg cartons

14. Carry-out containers

15. Baby bottles

16. Three- and five-gallon water bottles

17. Certain food containers

18.  adhesives

19.  Lacquer

20.  Vinyl flooring


The culprits

Check your product labels, if you see even just one of the chemicals below please if you can avoid buying it.

Diethyl phthalate (DEP)

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

Butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP)

Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)

Dimethyl phthalate (DMP)


Bisphenol A (BPA)

Vinyl (V or PVC)



DEHP and DBP are especially found to cause disruption in the proper reproductive development in male embryos by reducing the testosterone production.  They are also known to have negative effects on the growth factors in young males.  They could also lower sperm count, and general functioning of the sperm. Other effects include asthma, reduced female fertility, liver and kidney problem, and cancer. Bisphenol A in particular is found to cause neural and behavioral problems in children.


Protect your family

Although government regulation in most countries regarding the usage of these chemicals in products is not clear, there are number of ways we can reduce exposure.

We need to be vigilant, always be on the look out for the these harmful chemicals listed above.  If one or two are listed on the product label, then think twice before buying it. Buy products that have  phthalate-free and BPA-free labels on it.  Also, avoid soft plastics and soft vinyl products especially those that have a very strong plastic odor.

Do not limit yourselves with the products listed above.  Whenever you are about to buy plastic products or products with plastic in/on it, or products that have fragrance, always make it a habit to check the label.

It would not hurt also if we have the list of chemicals at hand every time we go to the grocery.

But by far, the best thing we can do, which is quite difficult to do in this plastic-infested-modern world is to cut the use of plastic in our household and use ceramics and tempered glasses instead.  Only in this manner we can truly be sure that our family is not exposed to any of these hormone-disrupting chemicals.


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