No to resolutions, but goals

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hello there!

So I'm back from a long hiatus from blogging. First of all Happy New Year! What a great 2015 it has been huh? Lots of ups and downs but sure does taught me a lot about myself and made me figured out what I want to do this year. I have been doing resolutions year after year, but like what most of you do, it gets forgotten by February. Long gone the motivation and drive. Resolutions are like promises, they are meant to be broken. BUT, I'll be making 2016 an exception. No resolutions, but goals.

My 2016 goals:

1. De-clutter every month. Have some system on organizing and keeping everything where they should be.   I can organize stuff, de-clutter home even every week, but the real struggle is to keep them like that. I envy moms who can keep up with all the things all the time, someone who can locate where things are at a snap--where's your husband's old working clothes? the screwdriver? your child's medical records? my own college diploma? the pink paper pins? the recipe your mother-in-law gave you? the cellphone bill from last June? I mean come on! Can you really keep up with all these??? If you do, I want to be you!! Feel free to leave your organization Pinterest boards links on the comments below. So this year, I will try my best to be an the "organized mom".

2.  Learn a new hobby. I'm thinking photography and knitting. I love taking pictures of food, landscape and of my daughter and her outfits. I have a good cellphone camera (I think), but let's take it up a notch. I want to learn how to do professional photography. Learn how those DLSR camera buttons work. So I can do top-notch photos of my daughter, and save me some money from going to have her pictures taken at a studio. Knitting. I have friends who are so into this. I don't know why I didn't bothered my mom to teach me how to do this when I was younger. I have friends who are knitting blankets, beanies and kid's clothes within one week's time. And they are Etsy good!

3. Save money. I'm a frugal person. I know how to stretch a dollar. But store sales are my weakness! I tend to get impulsive and buy unnecessary things because they were cheap! This is how I end up with a garage full of things ( lost track of what they were) that I probably don't need. So save money, for my daughter's school. I just started the 52 week money challenge I found off Pinterest, a weekly savings I can surely keep up. See I'm off to a good start.

4. Update this blog. Meet new online friends! I lost touch with my fellow blogger friends when I became a mom. You know how can motherhood gets so busy. Love to meet new friends on here, mom bloggers especially. I miss those Wordless Wednesdays, Linkys, forums and weekly chats. So follow me and I'll follow back! Tell me about your awesome mom bloggers group!

and lastly.. everyone's resolution of all....

Lose weight. Healthy living. Movie nights and popcorns sounds really great, but it's time to get my act together. I'm not getting any younger, grey hair is starting to pop in and my cholesterol levels is probably still on borderline. I don't want to be on maintenance medicines. I hate taking medicines period. So cheers to a healthy 2016, let this be the year of salads and kales!

You know changes doesn't happen overnight. First, it takes a desire to change, followed by inspiration and drive it with motivation! If I can only pin this post, so it's the first thing I see when I visit my site I will. Let me leave you with an inspiration.

from Pinterest

Get your goals people! Have a happy 2016!

KeySmart Review

Friday, March 27, 2015

Do you have the same problem as me, losing keys? Most of you probably has a chunky stack of keys that gets tangled up in their purses. I'm like that ALL the time! I sometimes changes purses and then forget those keys. Well I have good news for you! Happy to share that I happened to have tried this Keysmart and this answered my keys organization dilemma. This is a key organizer that the idea is similar to a swiss knife, only difference is it has keys in it! How neat is that?!



The assembly believe me is easy peasy. I'm not a technical person, and definitely NOT good in disassembling and assembling things (those are my husband's jobs). All you need is a screwdriver and the keys you want to put in your KeySmart, yes that's all. Check out the video below for instructions:


So these are my usual keys and more..


And this is the KeySmart kit, notice how slim it is next to a quarter. You would need the expansion pack if you have a lot of keys to use.



And after a few minutes of organizing, voila! Don't they look all beautifully organized together? I'm going to need another one, for the husband!

Smart eh?

Another thing I like about KeySmart is its array of accessories, customize your KeySmart from lanyards to USB, pocket clips, bottle opener and replacement plates, screws and expansion packs.

So glad to came across this genius product, get this KeySmart for only $19.98, check their website for further promos and discounts!




Disclaimer: I received this product in complimentary in exchange of my honest review. 





5 Ways to Make Money on Buying Groceries

Saturday, September 20, 2014




Yes you read it right! Make money on spending money! 

I'm a stay-at-home-mom, couponing for 3 years. Saving money is one of my passions. I have saved my family a LOT of money from using coupons and hunting great deals. Little did I know, you can save more or even make money from buying groceries. All you need is to add these FREE apps to your smartphones. I have used (still using) and tested them, so yes they're all legit! I've been using this apps for at least a year, and I have been paid by all of them.

You only need 3 things:

  • Your smartphone: you need to download the applications (apps) needed for this to work. This should be available on both Androids and Apple phones.
  • Your time: depending on how you'll get used to the process, it would only take 2 minutes the most.
  • Your grocery receipt/s.

#1 Ibotta

Redeem rebates from new products or items that are already on your grocery lists with Ibotta. Lists of stores that participate with this program are under the "Grocery" category.

  1. Browse through the offers.
  2. Unlock the rebate amounts by completing some steps; it may consist of "Learn a Fact"-which will just give you more information or trivia about the product, or "Testify"-where it would just ask you random questions or something about the product, or "Share"-which would ask you to share the product via Twitter or Facebook, or simply just by watching a video.
  3. Buy the products at your grocery store. You can double check if you have the right product by tapping the square icon on top right corner to "Check Product" by scanning the barcode.
  4. Tap "Redeem", the check icon in the center. Verify purchases by scanning the barcodes of the products on your shopping list. Take a picture of your receipt from top to bottom.
And you're done! You get your money within 24 hours, in my experience it only takes minutes. This is my first favorite coupon app, as you can see, I have redeemed $210.00 already as of today, Sept 19, 2014. More info here.

Payout: $5.00
Payout method: Paypal, Gift cards for Starbucks, Regal Entertainment, iTunes.
          



Cloud storage? think twice

Monday, September 1, 2014

I love taking pictures with my smartphone. Like any other moms, it's all mostly filled with our baby's pictures and their milestone videos.

Just yesterday, I was just contemplating on getting a bigger iCloud storage or a Dropbox subscription.  My 16GB iPhone is just NOT enough for my picture taking habit. I switched to 5s late last year, and within 6 months, guess what it's full! Glad I hold on to that thought.

Why? Overnight, there was a report of nude and revealing photos of famous celebrities hacked from their iClouds. Any skilled hacker can sneak there way in into someone else's life whenever they wish, these suckers are everywhere! But what made this more disgusting is people reposting these pictures over and over on twitter, Instagram and tumblr. Oh I know, it was in my twitter feed. I had to unfollow a couple of people for doing it. It's an invasion and violation of anyone's privacy to have their personal pictures be distributed without that person's permission. And I think is considered an assault for reproduction and distribution of them.

excerpts from the verge.com

Now the question is, how safe is an iCloud or any other online storage program out here? I highly favor iCloud being safe before this incident. Nothing is safe now PERIOD. Nothing is safe especially if you don't have any control over it. It is a convenience, yes, but look at this mess. I am no celebrity so that makes me a less of a target, but how about our kids? This makes me re-think my whole social media existence. I just got back from blogging, now what?

For now, I'm turning my iCloud backup off, and probably clean my account. Going old school, I have 1TB external hard drive and be happy with it.


Have a safe online life y'all!






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