EK Shoe Selfie

Here's my shoe selfie for our EK trip a couple of months ago...

Our EK adventure starts now!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Kid #2's second birthday party
2. Super fun weekend!
3. Parties!
4. Good friends
5. Family
6. Hugs
7. Kisses
8. Good Internet Connection
9. Chocolate Cake
10. Movies

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Hello, EK!

I miss our EK adventures.

The last time we were here was last April and I was already missing it.

When it comes to adventures, nothing beats EK!

Enough is Enough...

“The Good Life exists only when you stop wanting a better one. It is the condition of savoring what is, rather than longing for what might be. The itch for things – so brilliantly injected by those who make and sell them – is in effect a virus draining the soul of contentment. A man never earns enough, a woman is never beautiful enough, clothes are never new enough, the house is never furnished enough, the food is never fancy enough.

There is a point at which salvation lies in stepping off the escalator, of saying, ‘Enough; what I have will do…..what I make of it is up to me.'” - Marya Mannes

Sharing a Song this Sunday: By Your Side

Let's all worship the Lord, today!

5 Life Skills Your Child Needs To Learn By Mariel Uyquiengco

This is such a nice article that all Moms & Dads would appreciate.

Learning life skills actually means preparing for life, and not just for tests in school. Here are 5 life skills that your child needs to learn for a successful adulthood.

1. Money Management

Math is taught in school from the time students enter Kindergarten up to the time they are in university. However, many young adults have a problem adjusting to their newly acquired independence. A lot of graduates on their first job party the nights (and maybe days) away, live beyond their means, and struggle with the responsibilities of their job.

Teaching kids about being frugal, saving, budgeting, and investing will help them develop and appreciate the idea that money can be managed instead of just being spent thoughtlessly.

2. Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is about being able to think clearly. Though we oftentimes look at thinking as memorizing and answering tests, we should all think analytically or questioningly.

Children are often just fed what they should be thinking about in the form of tests. It is, however, important to teach them to gather facts, analyze their data, and then make informed decisions.

3. Work Ethic

Young people need to learn the importance of hard work and of doing things that you don’t really want. Creativity comes out of facing boring or uninteresting tasks.

Setting goals, working for those goals, and staying motivated are important for children to learn. These will help them stay in one job to explore all the opportunities in it before deciding to quit and move on.

Work ethic is about showing up even if you want to be somewhere else. It is about doing your best in a less-than-desired situation.

4. Relationships

Getting along with people is a crucial skill to have. People are a social being and constantly interact with each other.

Precocious children will not go far if they have problems with communicating with family and friends. They need to know how to listen and to hold one end of a conversation with others.

Empathy is another skill that children need to develop. The ability to put themselves in others’ shoes is a valuable tool in dealing with others and lets them put others ahead of themselves.

5. Practical Skills

Taking care of one’s own needs is something that all kids must be able to do when they are already on their own. Oftentimes, children are coddled and are only required to do well in school and extra-curricular activities.

Parents, then, should start training their children in practical life skills such as washing the dishes, cooking meals, cleaning the house, and being organized withbills and documents.

Activities should have no genders, so boys must also be taught how to iron clothes and sew buttons; girls need to learn how to change a light bulb, wash a car, and become handy with screwdrivers.

Life skills are more than just doing chores. Parents must directly teach their children skills that will benefit them when they are already out in the world on their own.


Our Dinner Date at Cajun

Another dinner date with the Hubby. Woot! Woot! I'm definitely loving these holidays...

Cajun, our first time to try!

But the food was just ok, nothing special except for those fish tacos! If ever we will be back, we would definitely order that again!

A Quick Coffee Date

Thanks to the APEC holidays, Hubby and I found the time to have a quick coffee date...

How about you, how are you doing on this beautiful, holiday?

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Coffee and Starbucks' Belgian Waffle. YUM!
2. Blogging
3. Gift of Family
4. Minimalism and Decluterring
5. Learning how to live a simple life
6. The Concept of Unbusyness
7. God's Will and Presence through blessings!
8. Good articles
9. New eBooks
10. Life

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Helloooo, BayMax!

Everybody loves BAYMAX. And look, he said hello to us!

The kids are ecstatic when they saw this huge balloon. Ah, even the Husband got excited too...

Hellooooo, Baymax!