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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wupatki National Monument, Arizona

The Ruins @ Wupatki National Monument

Jenny Matlock hosts this cool meme! Thanks, Jenn!
Jenny Matlock

T.G.I. Friday's Sizzling Steak Fajita

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of T.G.I. FRiDAY'S for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This school year,  am doing afterschool program from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The added compensation is a welcome treat. Yay!  Another thing I like about the program is the nature of the job  -not that difficult– contrary, I do Crafts and Technology Fitness (Xbox Kinnect) for a little over an hour. The first 30 minutes is for snack and restroom break, then the rest are used up to assist kids with Xbox Kinnect (for this semester) Come second semester, I’ll do crafts. Not very taxing.

The only thing that I need to adjust to is my dinner. Am use to early dinner. I eat as soon as I reach home around 5PM. My lunch is taken early –same time as my Kindergarten students. We’re talking about 10:30 AM early! But with afterschool program, I get home at around half past six. With extra energy spent on my second job and extra hours wait, when I get home I feel weak from hunger –not so much from exhaustion. What I do lately is I stock up on  T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One”  I store lots in my fridge in school and     at home. It’s my husband’s favorite lately. Am loving every single one of their entrees -very flavorful and comes in good serving size -very filling! I also love the fact that I can prepare it  in minutes. My favorite is their Sizzling Steak Fajita. YUM!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Orange Blooms in Arizona

Hello friends, these gorgeous orange flowers are being featured @ Today's Flowers. Thank you Luiz.

I discovered those wild flowers on our visit to Arizona when we stopped by the Elephant Feet some 20 miles east of Tuba City. I do not know what it's called. I'd love to discover it's name. Does anybody recognize it?

I'd like to thank the gracious hosts of Today's Flowers, LuizDenisePupo and Sandy for hosting this fun meme.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Field

This was taken some time in November during our drive from Houston to Arizona.

Remembering  Klaus Peter. . . 

My first entry to Our World Tuesday
Grateful to Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy for hosting this cool meme.
Thank you for keeping the tradition alive.

Suitable Suits

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fashion is as constant as the changing season. The sun dress days are slowly giving way to long-sleeve days. Fall is here and the air is beginning to be crisp and cool. Time to put out those fall coats out of the bin once again. I can’t wait to go shopping for good quality women’s suits. Yeap, you heard  right.. suits.

Although teachers have an image of dressing down to the utmost comfort –denims and school shirt (the nature of our job makes us move around a lot) more and more teachers appreciate dressing up to look professional and presentable. Until the innovation of comfortable, stretchy yet durable fabrics, the idea of wearing a suit while singing “Ring Around the Rosy” would have been ridiculous.. but not with today’s type of women’s suits –flawless fit, soft fabric and everything else that spells comfortable!  Additionally, suits nowadays are not limited to dark colors only (that would’ve been too drab a fashion when working with young children) there is a huge collection of colors and styles. I see a lot of my co-teachers wear dainty pale-colored suits such as pale pink and baby blue. Myself, I’d go for earth tones  such as beige and gray.

Personally, the idea of durable pairs of suits appeals to me. On top of giving me that fell-good feeling that boost my confidence, it also solves the eternal daily dilemma of thinking what to wear to work!  Dressing up to work –in whatever profession- helps in making a person successful in what he/she does.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Express Jeans On the Go!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


School is here once again!  And with it comes shopping! Time to grab that school supply list and start cutting  and/or printing those coupons.  Truth is it’s not just the kids who find it exciting to shop for school supplies. The smell of crisp new paper and waxy crayons assails me with pleasant memory of my childhood.  Shopping doesn’t stop with school materials, new clothes are bound to be a necessity.   For the life of me, I do not know what it is with the three-month summer break, but the girls sure grow a lot during this short break. Their shirts become a bit too snug, shoes -too tight and pants too short! Whether we like it or not, we definitively have to go shopping for some practical stuff to replenish their diminishing wardrobe. Top of the list –JEANS! Hahaha… most parents can relate to this! What could go wrong with a good pair of jeans?  I call jeans the new neutral. The girls can wear jeans all year round –winter with boots, fall with flats and spring with sandals and the best part of all; it stays the way it is even with constant washing. In fact, with jeans, the longer  you wear it, the better it looks!

The girls are crazy for the ever popular jean leggings they call “jeggings,” who wouldn’t be, it’s super comfy!  For me, I love those women's jeans, especially  the flare and the skinny.  Like the girls, I find denim practical and versatile. There are so many tops that will work well with jeans. I also love colored denims –especially because I love to match my printed top with plain colored Express jeans.




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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whoa, it’s been two weeks since school started. Smooth sailing so far.  At first, we were a bit apprehensive with the girls’s transportation since Cate is now in middle school and have to move to another school while Yam had to stay in Holley Elementary for another year. Cate and Yam use to ride the same school bus together, but now their schedules are different. Middle school is not expected in school until 9am while elementary school starts at 8AM. Yam’s school bus picks her up at 7:30 AM.  Last year, whenever the girls oversleep and are left by the bus, they can walk together since they go to the same school, this year is different.  To easily eliminate communication problems, we equipped both girls with cell phones. It is always imporatant for the girls to be able to contact us anywhere, anytime.

Tracfone is a big help during the summer. It costs very little to get the kids a Tracfone so we can stay in touch.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Mini Animals

Posted by Virgil Burks

I was watching direct Satellite tv and saw a documentary on breeding miniature animals. The show highlighted the most popular mini-breeds. I was surprised by some of the mini-animals that are bred and are available for purchase as family pets. Anything that is much smaller than it should and “baby” strikes my heartstrings. Maybe it is my latent maternal instinct. They showed the famous miniature horses and popular miniature dog breeds. Apparently the most popular new pet is the mini potbellied pig! They can be housetrained and behave like a lap dog. The pigs are affectionate, learn their name, and have a lifespan of up to eighteen years. The unusual miniature animals were the mini-cow (is this where sliders come from?), mini- lemurs, and miniature cats the size of a guinea pig! They even showed pygmy goats. They said they are great house pets, but have a chewing problem (imagine that!). The funniest of them all was a pygmy hedge hog that fit perfectly into a boiled egg cup. There is just something about mini-animals that makes me happy.

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