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Friday, November 18, 2011

Fall Colors

It's Mosaic Monday once again at Mary's Little Red House. She graciously hosts this event every Monday. Stop by her red house and see what other mosaic makers have done this week.

Fall is about to give way to winter, so I have decided to post my collection of fall photos. I love the explosion of colors during fall and will miss it when winter comes.

radiant in red


crispy and crunchy

colors of  the stoplight

For the moment, the birds won't be coming to visit this bird bath ...

It won't be long before the last leaf falls. Winter is just around the corner...

There is always JOY whenever I get the chance to blog. Blogging is very relaxing.

Stand Up For Family

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


Kids nowadays are not just use to  questioning their  parents authority, they are also used to talking back to their elders. Truth is, I think children should be exposed to comedy shows that talk about family values. They should be aware of how it used to be when their parents were  little kids. This will give them an idea about the values their parents have come to know and live by, and perhaps have a better understanding of their parents.

Most Stand Up comedy shows sell not just because they make people laugh, most often than not, there is an element of truth in the jokes. In fact, I believe the jokes are bought because people can relate to the comedian’s experiences.  

Stand Up For Family , sponsored by AmFam, cracks me up because it reminds me of my own childhood experiences.  Respect played a vital role when we were growing up. Unlike most kids these days, my siblings and I are not use to questioning my parents’ decisions. We try to appeal a case or two, but a lot of times, we know a No means a NO. And that there is a good reason behind that decision.  Stand Up for Family is sponsored by American Family Insurance. The show is family oriented, rich in value and full of inspiration. It features some of today's talented comedians. 


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bringing The Outdoors In!

Our yard suffered terribly from the recent attack of drought here in Texas. The grass have turned brown and crisp. The grounds were parched and the plants lifeless. A law had been implemented that limited us to water the plants two times only each week. With drought absorbing what little amount of water has been left in the soil, watering two times a week was not enough. We lost a lot of our bushes -2 of my beloved azaleas died. Almost all the water-loving veggies withered.  Our 15 feet magnolia is barely there -still 75% parched! It broke my heart to see them die before my eyes, but we decided to let them go than use up what little water Houston has saved on its reservoirs.

Alas, the drought is over and the air is once again crisp and cool. Our yard is starting to be in full swing. The flowers are giving back! Once again, am able to cut some roses from the yard. I got lots last Saturday. Yay!


I'd like to thank the gracious hosts of Today's Flowers, LuizDenisePupo and Sandy
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Newly-hatched Anole Lizard

I was walking in the yard last Saturday and I saw this baby Anole Lizard trying to shake off  the flakey remnants from hatching. I must've been a few minutes late from witnessing the little creature ate off some of its yolk. I spent some time observing it explore it's new world. It did not take long for the little creature to start hopping from one leaf to the other. Life in the yard made me smile.

The yard has been looking drab since the onslaught of drought. A law had been implemented in our village -we can only water the yard twice a week. According to the last number of our house, our schedule was Wednesday and Saturday. Even with all the soaking, the yard still looked crisp and drab. Two days were not enough.. Well, fall is here anyway, and the drought is almost over. Most of the plants are well on their way to recovery.

For the meantime, I see so much life in the yard now. Hello little lizard.... I think I know who your parents are!

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Puppies vs. Babies

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

Hmm.. what are the two things that make your day? Mine? Well, what else but the cutest things in the world -puppies and babies! In any order -hahaha.  Yeap, I can’t quite make up my mind who is the cutest. They are simply adorable! Such playful creatures.

Doods and I are crazy about Monica! :)

My baby niece, Monica, delights us with her endless antics. She is at an age when she begins to name things around her –talking cute! Her voice alone makes me laugh! Especially when she's trying to tell us a story. My sister’s puppy –Roxy-  also has super funny tricks. I’m automatically magnetized when she starts yelping! I can spend hours playing with those two!  I can't wait to get home to see them!


Everybody knows that the sight of a cuddly baby or a cute puppy makes hearts melt, but it's high time America found out who is cuter in the online version of Puppies vs. Babies! Let's get ready to rumble!!! Check out the Puppies vs. Babies online contest!

Get your votes in from now until November 23rd and get your say in who will ultimately be the top baby or puppy to win! The winning puppy or baby will get $5,000! Let the smack talking commence!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gift Ideas

Family Cook Book Project
Family traditions are not complete without those family recipes that have been handed down from generations to generations. Something that has been part of our family and our traditions. Grandma's pumpkin soup or tamale pie casserole. Something akin to an heirloom. Something we want to leave behind with our children.

This Christmas, give your wife, husband, mom, dad, grandma or yourself something exquisite. Collect those family recipes and work on putting it together through this Family Cook Book Project!

Personalized Technology Products
Rocking your brains out about what to give your boss this Christmas? Check this out! The season for giving is just around the corner, why not start early with a list and some personalized gifts. One of these Pexagon products might be the item you're looking for!

At Home

Thanks for the guest post by Jonathan Curtis

We are a Home SECURITy familY, through and through. My husband is all about making sure everyone is well aware of their surroundings at all times and since we’ve got three girlsI think he worries more than the average dad would. When they were all in their teens he made them sign up for self-defense classes which was cute but I think he took it too far! I just can’t imagine what he thinks is going to happen to them but you know, I’m glad he’s put so much care into making sure they’re taken care of. I love them all to death and if anything ever happened to them I don’t know what I would do with myself. They’re all grown women now, living on their own, and I don’t really worry about them at all since I know my husband trained them all so well. There’s something to be said for that peace of mind and I can certainly thank my husband for that one! I love him for that.

Calgary Homes

Looking for apartment or house for rent in Calgary? Look no more with Calgary houses for rent.

My co-teachers, Purva and Preti  both have Canadian residency even while they work in America.  They cannot make up their minds where to live permanently. When they left the country –India- they decided to apply residency in Canada because they like the privileges accorded to Canadian citizens, esp. the medical benefits. But a job opportunity in the US was available, so they moved to the US and retained the residency in Canada. However, one of our common friends, Ravi, decided to push through with the citizenship in Canada and left US. He and his family moved to Calgary and have found a delightful house for rent.

I spoke to him some time back and he said they have no regrets in moving to Calgary. They opted to live in the city (instead of the rural areas) and enjoy the amenities offered by a typical metropolis.   They boast of a quality life with low cost of living, low crime rate, job opportunities and most of all, A+ medical benefit. They did not even have to wait long to find some houses for rent. All they have to do is rely on an online locator and several options were presented to them –apartment, loft, condo, house. These make things easier. It even saves them time and effort to shop on wheels.

Moving to Alberta Canada

Nowadays, it’s easier to find an apartment through online apartment locators. Our friends who moved to Canada did not have to look hard for rentals in Edmonton. It saved them a lot of time, effort and money. They found a good deal with hardly any effort.

A lot of our friends in the Philippines have migrated to Canada.  Canada has so much to offer. Cool, clean place to live, job opportunities for all ages, good education, free medical insurance… and so much more!

Like them, we know how it feels to uproot and move to another country. One of the basic things to take care of is the housing. I remember another friend based here in Houston helped us look for an apartment located in a safe area near our place of work.  It would have been easier if we knew then about apartment locators that offer  a lot of options  –prices, types of housing (apartment, loft, condo etc.)  Turned out the area where we moved in wasn’t that safe at all. We moved after just three months. It is now easier to find an apartment through online apartment locators. Our friends who moved to Canada did not have to look hard. They utilized one of those apartment locators and they were able to pull up a lot of information needed to get a good deal in a good spot.

They are now settled and is fast beginning to be adjusted in their new place, with new friends... and a new life.

We can’t wait to visit them and to see Muttart Conservatory at Aleberta, Canada.

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