School Supplies Shopping For Back-to-School ( Momimhar posted on August 20th, 2016 )

Gee.  I missed the tax-free weekend shopping this month.  Me and my family went to a week-long vacation out of state.  We went to Arkansas Diamond Mine State Park in Murfreesboro and to Wegner Crystal Mine in Mount Ida.  They have been in our bucket list so we were glad we were able to go and visit these beautiful sites.  Then we headed to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  For us, vacation is always about adventure, enjoyment, family fun, and relaxation.  Experiencing the places we visit and making great memories are life’s treasures.

Oh, you know what?  My darling daughter has reached another milestone.  She is going to Kindergarten this year.  I am in a sentimental mode right now.  I am a stay-at-home mom and I will be missing her during the day when she’s in school.  When my husband and I first brought up the idea of schooling to our daughter K, she said she doesn’t want to go to school because she will miss me.  And if I will drop her off to school, she wants me to wait for her at the school’s parking lot. 🙂 But when we attended the Back-to School Bash event last Saturday and Meet the Teacher Day Thursday, my darling daughter somehow began to show excitement.

School supplies for back to school.

School supplies for back to school.

Even though I missed the tax-free weekend, I still had great deals on school supplies for back-to-school.  One of the stores I like shopping for school supplies is Walmart.  They have great prices on notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue, binders…and others.  I finished the school supplies shopping today because I don’t have a plan to drive anywhere tomorrow.  I am going to relax, enjoy the last day of sleeping late tomorrow.  Because on Monday, our lives are gonna change so much – on the first day of school.

I am happy that we are in a school district where standardized school clothing are implemented.  I do not have to worry about buying new clothes for K.  With standardized school clothes, my laundry will be reduced to about 20% every week, I think.

I bought five assorted solid-colored polo shirts from OshKosh.com for $5.00 per shirt.  The two navy skirts were bought from Walmart for $8.98 each I believe.  I got two excellent condition khaki pants, one khaki dress, and one navy dress for free from the Back-to-School Bash outgrown uniform donation.  A pair of black Mary Jane school shoes were bought today from Payless Shoe Store for $14.99. Oh, I almost forgot the Shopkins backpack was $15.98 and Peppa Pig lunch bag $8.00 are from Target.

Introducing: Grandpa and Lola’s Cat – Ming Ming ( Momimhar posted on July 28th, 2016 )

Ming Ming. My parents' cat.

Ming Ming. My parents’ cat.

This is Ming Ming.  He is my parents’ pet cat.  During our two-month long vacation in the Philippines, my darling daughter grew strong fondness with the cat.  She loves him very much.  Because cats have a different personality from dogs, my dear husband and I had to explain why K should not put her face way to close in front of a cat’s.  Because of their strong defensive instincts, cats will slap with their sharp claws.  This almost happened to K if she hasn’t moved back very quickly.  Cats can be hasty, you know.  Even so, we are very fond of Ming Ming.  He is a very spoiled kitty.  He’s like a person.  He sleeps on my dad’s arm at bedtime.

Most domestic pets in the Philippines are not taken to animal doctors for regular check ups, grooming, and pet care.  That is why they are prone to sickness and parasites.  Ticks, fleas, bacteria, and digestive parasites are commonly acquired by these pets.  That is why you have to always exercise caution not to get bitten or scratched.  My parents also have dogs.  They take their dogs to the vet to get their regular shots.  And they are on a leash when they take them for a walk around the neighborhood.  My parents, especially my dad, love their pets very much.  K was so happy to know that grandpa and lola (Tagalog word for grandma) have dogs and a cat.

Long Vacation In The Philippines ( Momimhar posted on July 6th, 2016 )

Yay!  We are back from l-o-n-g vacation.  Yup!  Two months vacation is quite long enough, don’t you think? Very happy that we had the opportunity to go on vacations and visit families and friends on the other side of the world.  This is the the second time my darling daughter K went on vacation to the Philippines, but this time on me and her went.  Daddy was a having a big project at work that’s why he wasn’t able to go. Of course, it could have been way more enjoyable if he was with us.

Fissan Prickly Heat Powder

Fissan Prickly Heat Powder

Although the weather in the Philippines was super hot and super humid-because it was hot season (summertime)- was able to adjust to the warm environment.  The first couple of weeks (we arrived March 22nd), was pretty hard because K had prickly heat rash.  So I bought my favorite heat rash powder called Fissan.  It works wonders on prickly heat.  I apply the Fissan powder on the affected skin after bath day and night.  Somehow Fissan prickly heat powder soothed K’s discomfort because of the heat rash.  K felt bored and felt a little awkward with my parents. She even told me that she wanted to go back home (Texas).  She missed her daddy, the house, her toys, and her bedroom.  But as soon as my nieces and nephews came over and got to talk and play with her, she was fine.  And we talked to daddy almost every day via Skype.

It is very amazing how the communication technology has improved through the years.  Eight years ago, we did not have an Internet access because my parents do not have computers and smartphones.  We were only able to communicate through prepaid cellphone once a week.  Today, we can chat any time we want to using our smartphones.  They don’t have a monthly Internet subscription so they only buy Internet credits from a telecom company, where they bought the sim card from, to be loaded in their phone for about $1.07 and register the credits to be able to use the Internet for three days.  Sometimes the signal is poor so there are times credits are wasted.  That’s disappointing and frustrating.

Anyway, glad we’re back to our home sweet home in Texas.  Looking forward to our future vacation to the Philippines in two years.

Parenting Challenge: Be Firm ( Momimhar posted on June 2nd, 2016 )

My darling daughter is growing fast that I am almost not aware that she will be in Kindergarten this year.  Oh how I adore her being so sweet and smart.  Sometimes, but not very often, she is testing the length of my patience.  Like what happened during our vacation in the Philippines two months ago.

My niece and nephew.

My niece and nephew enjoying a night’s swim.

It was a very fine evening at the Sabin Resort Hotel.  My siblings and their kids were with us spending the weekend to swim and have fun since it’s summer vacation and the school is out.  My niece and nephews were swimming that night.  K saw them in the pool and she asked me that she wanted to join them.  I said no.  Because as you know, she already get in the pool around 4:00 P.M. and I told her that if she go swim, she’s not gonna go night swimming with her cousins after dinner.  I asked her twice if she really want to go ahead and swim without her cousins.  She said yes.  Okay.  So I let her because she insisted, and she agreed she won’t get in the pool again after dinner.

When she’s done swimming, we had dinner with the family at the resort’s restaurant.  After about an hour, my niece and nephews went ahead and swim in the pool.  K saw them having lots of fun – splashing and chasing each other.  But kids are kids, you know.  K was jealous.  She came to me and asked if she can go in the swimming pool and join her cousins.  “See.  They’re having lots of fun,” she said.  I reminded her about our agreement.  I told her that we talked about that earlier.  Calmly, I recalled everything to her.  But of course, K gave me that sweet-begging-kind of look on her face.  It was precious but I have to be firm.

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She really wanted to go in the pool.

She said, “I will just sit down on the edge of the pool and feel the water on my feet.”

I said, “Not even that one.”

See our kids sometimes play tricks on us.  If we give in, we lose.  They will think that we don’t have one word.  We have to be firm on what we agreed on.  It is part of good discipline.

I am glad that my daughter didn’t fuss on that. She knew her boundaries there.  To take her attention away from the swimming cousins, I suggested we leave the pool and take a walk towards the seawall.  And guess what, we found a treasure.  A hair tie. 🙂

Blue hair tie. Finders keepers. :)

Blue hair tie. Finders keepers. 🙂

Need a New Doctor? Find the Right One for You ( Momimhar posted on May 5th, 2016 )

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Finding a doctor is something that almost everybody dreads. The fact is that there are a million great doctors out there, but finding one just doesn’t seem like a great experience. After all, where do you even start when you’re looking for a doctor to help you take care of your health.

If you’re looking for a specialist, the job of finding the right person can be even more difficult. For example, women trying to find a Cypress gynecologist may feel like they just don’t know where to turn.

Luckily, finding a doctor really isn’t as hard as it seems. Use this guide to help you find the person you need to stay healthy.

Ask Around

Looking for any kind of doctor can be taxing, especially when you’re in a small town and you don’t have thousands of them to call right out of the phone book. That phone book method isn’t always the best anyway though.

Instead of calling random doctors and wasting time on people you don’t really want to work with, ask friends and family if they can recommend somebody to you. It might seem like it’s a bit too personal, but if they love their doctor, they’ll be happy that you’re getting quality medical care like they are.

Of course, the opposite is true as well, and if you ask a friend or family member for a referral, they’ll probably tell you if they don’t like their existing doctor much. That way you can cross that person off your list and go on to somebody who might be a better fit for you.

Talk to Existing Doctors

It might not make sense to ask your dentist about a gynecologist, but the truth is that most doctors know a whole network of others. While they may not know as many people outside of their field, they probably do have a colleague they can recommend to you.

A referral from a medical professional that you trust really can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to ask any doctor that you know for a referral to a specialist or somebody who handles different ailments and issues than they do.

Of course, you might not want to ask your existing general practitioner for a referral to another, but you probably already knew that, right?

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