Saturday, June 28, 2014

Teaching Our Son How To Rollerblade

My oldest son has never learned or tried rollerblading before so when the Summer School program offered it, he was very thrilled. We signed him up and got him a brand new pair of Rollerblades a week before the summer school started. We also got him elbow and knee pads, his helmet was an old one but rarely used. Hubby helped him put it on and I think that was so sweet of him to do that. My son had to try it on to get the hang of wearing/using it.
getting ready for fun
























This is his new rollerblades from k2skates, it was expensive but a nice quality one. We didn't want to get him a used one mainly for safety reason and we know he will be rollerblading a lot once he learned how to. Do you know the difference between rollerblades and roller skates?  Rollerblades has 4 wheels in straight line while the roller skates has two sets of wheels on each side like your car. 

brand new rollerblades from k2skates
At first, my son was a bit nervous, hubby had to helped him how to stand and maneuver with those on. They were rollerblading for an hour and half until my son was able to do it by himself.
a little scared to step
My middle son was biking around and just watching. I snapped a photo of them and my son looked relax this time. My son learned fast and I am sure he'll do just fine at school. I have an awesome and supportive husband,  I adore him so much. 
standing confidently
I don't know how to rollerblade yet and I am not sure if I want to learn. How about you? What age did you start rollerblading?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Giving Our Vehicles A Different Look

Hubby has been planning to do some upgrade on our vehicles. We have a Chrysler minivan which I am currently using and a Ford Explorer he uses for work. He wanted to give his ford a different look and style especially the wheels part while  mine just need new tires and repainting. So he surfed online to see what's in today and he found these cool black chrome wheels. He thinks it will look good on his explorer and will give his vehicle a unique look. For no reason he doesn't like the shiny wheels anymore and  prefers to have a black one,  it's just his preference maybe. 

How about you? Are you planning or currently doing some upgrade on your vehicle/s?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#NYNE Mini Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

What  sort of things you do when you're doing house chores to keep you motivated? Me, I listen to music or watch talk shows on my kindle fire, playbook and any gadgets  I can hook up my Bluetooth head set with. I don't feel tired because my mind is not focus on my body but is focus on what I am listening and so I get lots of things done in a day. Wearing Bluetooth headset enables me to listen wirelessly and I didn't need to crank up the sound so loud so I won't missed a thing while working around the house. The only problem is that when I listen to my headset too long it gives me some discomforts. It hurts my ear after a while and many times it fell on the floor. I'm just glad I didn't drop it in a toilet bowl, actually I almost did,LOL. I also read from a health article that listening through  headset for long period is not healthy and safe.

This is why I was so thrilled for the opportunity that was given to me to evaluate an NYNE Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Never had a Bluetooth speaker before and was excited to try this one. They sent me a Black & Blue one but you can also get this speaker in Black & Silver, Black & Green and White & Purple color.

NYNE Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker set $49.95 in amazon

Here are the features:
  • rechargeable and has 10 hours playtime
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with 33 feet range
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input
  • carrying case with spring loaded hook
  • built-in microphone for hands-free calling

Back part of the speaker


Front part of the speaker with one touch answering button for calls


What we think about the product:
I will post a video explaining how this cool speaker works at the bottom of this post. Anyhow, we're able to hook this device up to our 4G Blackberry phones, Kindle Fire HD and Blackberry playbooks. My husband who is a trucker took the speaker with him on the road so he could try it on. He loves watching  movies and news during his break or when his shift ends. He drives with his brother and they take turns driving after 10 hours. He goes to sleep on their sleeper while the other one drives. He said that he could hear the sound clearly in spite of all the noises coming from different vehicles on the road.  What I love about this product is that, the size makes it convenient to carry anywhere. I can hook it on a backpack since it came with a case  that has a hook. You can see my son on the photos showing how it will look like when it's hook on a backpack. He can listen to music from my phone. He loves it and begged me to give him the speaker. My husband has his heart on this speaker already so me and hubby has to talk and make a decision. I was able to listen to tv shows while cooking, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen with a clear sound from the speaker on the kitchen counter. I can also crank up the sound without damaging my ear drum. I noticed that the speaker shuts down automatically when it's not in use and I forgot to turn it off. One example was when  I left my tv show on pause on my kindle for so long, the speaker turned off after a while of being idle, thus it saves battery power.  The coolest part is that, If I hook up the speaker to my Blackberry phone,  I won't missed any important calls because I can answer right there. The speaker has built-in mic. Perfect for outdoor and for your kids especially teenagers who loves sharing music with friends.













We love the NYNE Mini Portable Bluetooth speaker, it's worth your money and if you want to get one for yourself it can be purchased at amazon.
my baby is watching his favorite show, we are picnicking at the side of the road waiting for his 2 older brothers to come home from school.

If you want to find out more about the product, visit NYNE's website, to get updates be sure to like them on their Facebook fan page or follow them on Twitter.


How NYNE Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker Works


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received the Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker from NYNE for free in exchange of my honest opinion. However all opinions expressed were exclusively mine and my family and not influenced by any means.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spaghetti With Ground Beef And Sausage

Today was the first day of summer school program in my area. I got up around 6 am feeling excited but  a bit nervous for my 6 yr old son because there were many things he will be doing for the first time without me around. This is his first time attending the Summer School Program and also riding a school bus to school and back home.  I am also concern that he'll get lost and won't be able to find his classrooms for each of the classes he is taking. The bright side is, he is not alone, he has a big brother who is going too and this is his 3rd time. He knew the drill, where to ask help for direction and what number to look for, for their classrooms and buses. Although they're not going to be in the same classes but they will be in the same school buses. So somehow it gave me some relief but I did pray for my sons safety and that everything will turn out okay. Thank God, all went well and my sons had a great time at school. 

I know they're gonna come home tired and hungry because their last class will end at 12:30. Since they love spaghetti, I decided to make Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Sausage for lunch. I wanted to make them feel happy and show them that I am proud of them. Very easy to make yet delicious, made my kids happy and their day complete. So here I am sharing the recipe just in case you want to try make one.



What you need:

16 oz ground beef
2 pcs sausage(sliced thinly)
16oz Rotini noodles
1 jar 45oz Chunky(Garden Combination)Pasta Sauce
1/4 c red onion(minced)
6 cloves garlic(minced)
cumin, black pepper and salt(use sparingly for flavoring)
shredded cheese
2 tablespoon vegetable oil



Procedure:

  • Cook Rotini noodles according to the box instructions
  • Saute  garlic and onion in a deep size cooking pot on a medium heat. Add the ground beef, stir. Sprinkle black pepper, salt and cumin while stirring constantly to avoid burning the meat, until they are evenly cooked. 
  • Add the Pasta sauce, stir and let it simmer. Add the sausage and the pre-cooked rotini noodles, stir until noodles are fully covered with pasta sauce
  • Simmer for 3 minutes, don't forget to stir occasionally, remove from the fire
  • Serve with sprinkled cheese on top


See! Very easy, delicious, healthy and so full of flavor. Bon Appetit !

Friday, June 20, 2014

Almondina, A Healthy Cookie Review

Who doesn't like cookies? Ain't me, I have a sweet tooth for them. The problem is most cookies have high amount of calories per serving. To top that off, the amount of sodium, fat and cholesterol it has can make me feel worrisome and guilty after having one. So I try to avoid them if I can. Worry no more for me!!! There is a way to enjoy them because Almondina made it possible. I was so happy when I received a box with assorted Almondina cookies inside for product evaluation. These cookies are delicious yet without a guilt. These all-natural, crispy almond cookies has no cholesterol, no coloring and no added fat, salt or preservatives and has only 30 calories per slice. It is Kosher and Pareve(non dairy) too. 

4 oz tray is $3.49 
Cinnaroma, Gingerspice, Sesame and Chocolate Cherry for our snack

Before I will give my review, let me share what I learned about the company and how it all started.  

Almondina are unique-gourmet cookie, health food and snack, all in one. These extraordinary gourmet treats are created from a world renowned symphony conductor and gourmet chef Yuval Zaliouk's secret family recipe. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina's most secret cookie which she called Petit Gateau Sec. At the end of grandma Dina's life, she was able to share the secret recipe to Yuval's mom. Long after she's gone, Yuval continue making her cookies and within 7 years having started baking in his kitchen, it was renamed Almondina after his grandma Dina and were all available in 50 states and in 7 foreign countries. It had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.

It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be dipped. It is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. You can crumbled it as an ice cream topping, served to your children with milk or as breakfast or snack to go on the way to work.

Almondina biscuit comes in following flavors:
  • Original - America's all   natural favorite with almonds and raisins
  • Chocolate Cherry - We combined the world's finest dark chocolate with plump cherries to produce an irresistible, decadent treat without a guilt
  • Choconut - Rich tasting crunchy chocolate, but low in calories
  • Cinnaroma® - The original biscuit for cinnamon lovers
  • Gingerspice - Trend setting, with chunks of Australian ginger
  • AlmonDou® - Double-nut wonder with almonds and pistachios
  • AnniversaryT- Award winning delight with a touch of anise
  • BranTreats® - Made with oat bran and the finest cinnamon "Cookies For Breakfast"
  • Sesame - Irresistible, exotic and flavorful
  • Seasonal Pumpkin Spice - A seasonal attraction with a delightful touch of fall spices combined with the highest quality almonds and pepitas(pumpkin seeds)
Including new products :
  • Chocolate Dipped - The Original® dipped in the finest, pure, rich dark chocolate was previously offered only certain times of the year is now available year round
  • Delights - The Original® Almondina totally encased in Milk chocolate
  • Yogurt Dipped - Brantreats® dipped on one side with a layer of all natural yogurt.
having almondina cookies with our favorite fruit vegetable juice

What we think about the product?

They are all awesomely crunchilicious!!! I love that it's all natural, healthy and low in calories. It is crispy yet not hard to chew. The raisins are chewy and we can taste the different flavors of each cookie. My kids love them, these are now their favorite munchies. They love the Choconut and Chocolate Cherry cookies. Hubby loves the Cinnaroma as well as Sesame. As for me, my favorite is Sesame but I also love Gingerspice, Choconut, Original and AlmonDou. I had them as a snack with my hot tea. My husband normally doesn't love almond but he likes it on these cookies. He said it was flavorful and it made him feel full although he only ate few slices. He actually took some of them to his work. He is a trucker and usually snack on unhealthy food he can grab from the truck stop. The packaging makes it handy, small enough to fit into your lunch box. We put ours in a Ziploc bag after opening, that way the crispiness last longer.We are delightful that Almondina  sent us the samples to try, now my whole family are addicted to them. I think these are perfect for health conscious consumers. We will surely buy them in the future. My family loves to describe Almondina like this, " A Tasty and Healthy Cookie with a Crunch."


since Sesame is my favorite, I crumbled it and put it on my ice cream as a topping!! Yummy!




Almondina cookies are available at stores such as Fairway, Hy Vee, Giant Eagle, Brookshire, Mollie Stone's, Hannaford, Jewel, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Cost Plus World Market, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and many others. To see their complete distribution click here.


To find out more about Almondina, please visit www.almondina.com. To get latest updates  of their products like them on their Facebook  and follow them on Twitter.



Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received these products from Almondina for free in exchange of my honest opinion. However all opinions expressed were exclusively mine and not influenced by any means.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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Hello everyone!! Here's the recipe I promised last time using the NuNaturals Cocoa syrup. Why not enjoy a delicious chocolate flavored dessert by replacing sugar with no calorie, no unhealthy additives Cocoa syrup/sweetener? Here's my chocolate banana cupcakes where I didn't use a single grain of sugar but yet it turned out moist, sweet and not bland nor sugary and smells so good. After baking, I let 7 people try the cupcakes in exchanged for their honest opinions. The lady from my church said she can taste the chocolate and the banana. She loves the peanut toppings but suggested to try chopped pecans and mix it with the batter. Her grand daughter agreed with her about the taste. My neighbor and his kids noticed the chocolate and banana flavor right away. They loved it and was amazed that there was no sugar on the cupcakes. My friend who is currently conceiving, sent me a message on Facebook right after she tried it. She said it's delicious, moist and she loves it so much. My hubby is not crazy about it only because he is not a banana person but he thinks that other people will like it. LOL. So, if you love banana and chocolate, I wanted to share this so you too can enjoy and satisfy your sweet tooth craving without the added sugar. This recipe makes 24 pieces regular size cupcakes.

What you need:

6 tablespoon NuNaturals  NuStevia Cocoa Syrup
2 sticks softened unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups overripe banana(mashed)
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 drops of NuNaturals Pure Liquid Vanilla NuStevia
1 c unsalted roasted peanut(crushed)

Procedure:


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F(162.7°C). 
  • Prepare the tray by lining up 12 pieces of cupcake paper cups. In a large bowl, using an electric  mixer, mix together the NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup, butter, banana, vegetable oil, eggs and NuNaturals Vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix for 2 minutes until it looks fluffy, light and moist. 
  • Scoop or pour the batter into the cupcake paper cups up to 3/4 full. I suggest you use ice cream scoop and spatula. Distribute evenly, sprinkle the roasted peanuts. 
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for few minutes, then transfer it to a wire cooling rack.  






Tips: Leave the cupcakes on the kitchen counter overnight, it absorb moisture from the air and makes the cupcakes moist. Let me know how yours turn out and feel free to contact me if you have questions. 


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received the NuStevia Cocoa syrup and Pure Liquid Vanilla NuStevia from NuNaturals for free  for testing purposes. However all opinions expressed were exclusively mine and my friends and not influenced by any means. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Remembering The Dads In My Life

During Mother's Day I wrote a tribute about my mom and this time I am making one not just for my Dad but also for my dear hubby.  The dads of my life, both are great fathers.  Last night, we were all exhausted after  almost a whole day of preparation and celebration of  my youngest  son's 1st birthday.We just vegetated on the couch having a movie night. My dear hubby said that last night was the greatest Father's day gift he ever received. My youngest and my middle son just sat on his lap the whole time the movie was on. My oldest son was sitting on the other couch, he's too big to sit on his lap lol. We were watching old TV shows, we first watched Star Strek the original series and then Svengoolie on Me-TV. The kids would normally complain how boring the shows are but last night we all watched it together and enjoyed it. Hubby likes it that we also show interest on shows he grew up with.

My dear hubby with our 3 musketeers 



























I have been happily married to my DH for almost 8 years now. He has been a wonderful dad to our oldest son, who is my child from a previous relationship. He treated him like his own, pampered him with lots of love and guidance. He is an amazing dad to our two younger boys. I would say that he is my best-friend, my encourager, accountability partner, prayer partner and the love of my life. He is calm, happy, generous, kind, supportive, witty, loving, respectful and non easily angered. What could me and my boys wish for? We got all the awesome personalities that makes an awesome dad. He is not perfect as all of us are not but he is perfect for us. I just have to tell you his weakness, (LOL) he is a big fan of Star Wars and Star trek. When the first Star Wars movie came out, he frequented the movie theater almost everyday to watch the movie over and over. He even memorized and recited each line of words on that movie(sorry hun, i love you). My hubby has a great sense of humor and he could make me laugh even when I am very upset.  We love him dearly, although he went to work today, Father's day is a daily thing in our family so we are not missing anything out even though we didn't celebrate it today.



Here's a picture of me and my dad during my Ring hop ceremony year 2001 when I was in college. My dad was 5"11 and one of the tallest men in my city and probably in my country. Ring hop was a very unforgettable experience I had with my dad. I was known as a comedian by my friends and some people in my university so when people saw me climbing up the stairs, they were waiting for me to crack up some joke.  But as we passed through the big ring behind us, my dad hit his head because he was too tall. They started laughing then they waited for our speech. I gave my words first and I said, " I got most of my dad's wonderful personalities, I got his looks, his being hard-working, his being sport-minded but the only thing I didn't get from him was his receding hairline". They all started laughing and so did my dad. I was gonna say some more but my dad said it was his turn. It was just hilarious, I can't give all the details because I forgot some of the conversations we had on the stage.  As we left the stage, the Dean of the university shook our hands because he had such a great time laughing the entire time we were on the stage. 


































My father was a wonderful godly man. He worked for Coca-Cola as a Chief Security guard while serving Christ as a Pastor and church planter during his day-offs. Sharing God's love and the Gospel to the people who lives on mountains, mostly tribal minorities. He was a loving husband to mom and never in my entire life did I see them fighting. I adore him and wanted to marry someone who possess same qualities and God answered that prayer. He passed away  year 2002 when I was 6 months pregnant with my oldest son. That was tough! I wanted to grieve and cry  for his suddened and unexpected death but my family told me that it wasn't healthy for my baby. I grieved for few years but I understood that death is God's way of freeing us from our sinful flesh and bringing us into His presence. As, a Christian we sometimes rejoice over death because it wasn't the end of life but the beginning of the eternity with the Lord. But I still do miss him very much and if he was still alive, he will be very proud of me and my kids.  I have so many great memories of my dad and It will bore you if I keep going.


I wanted to greet every Dads, Fathers, Papa, Pops, Popsie's and Step-dads a Happy Father's Day. Being a Father is a big responsibility but a very important and rewarding role. May your children cherish and value all the love and hard-work you are doing for them. God bless you!
 Photo credit: Stormie Omartian



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup Review

Hi awesome readers and health enthusiasts! Remember NuNaturals on my previous post? They came out with new products and I was given another opportunity to try them in exchanged of my honest review. One of the products they sent me is their NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. I was very excited because my family are a big fan of chocolate syrup, sadly what we usually get from the stores are high in sugar and uses corn syrup. But not anymore, since  I found out that NuNaturals have this delicious, healthy, no sugar, no calories, no sodium, no fat, gluten free, with less than 1 gram carbs and affordable cocoa syrup I will never buy the other brands. Yes! NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup is affordable because you only need a small amount of this to sweetened your favorite beverages or to compliment your favorite recipe. I will be sharing my own delicious and tasty low calorie recipe using Cocoa syrup on my next post. 


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Let's get to know the product: NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

Sweetness:
1/4 tsp is as sweet as 1 tsp of sugar
1/4 cup is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar

Ingredients:
Glycerin
Water
Cocoa
Stevia Extract 

Recipe Idea Starters:
Try it on your favorite fruit, makes awesome chocolate milk, add it to your coffee, tea, cappuccino, yogurt and smoothies. Make a delicious chocolate cheesecake, pie, cake or cookies .  Here is my recipe using NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. Click Chocolate Banana Cupcakes.

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Here's what NuNaturals  has to say about this product:

The rich CHOCOLATE taste of our Cocoa Syrup will instantly transport you back to the days of your childhood WITHOUT the sugar and unhealthy additives. Give your kids the CHOCOLATE satisfaction they crave without the added sugar. You will fell GUILT-FREE!


This product does NOT contain:
Soy,msg, yeast, gluten, wheat, milk, synthetics, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, sugar, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose or artificial sweetners.


What we think about the product?
We love  the rich chocolate flavor of cocoa syrup. It actually reminded me of my childhood. Back in the Philippines my parents planted cacao trees on our backyard and made our own cocoa powder from cacao seeds. This product has cocoa so I was able to make some Filipino food that use cocoa. One of the recipes is the Sweet Chocolate Rice Porridge. I also made chocolate milk drink for my kids and they love it. We used it as an ice cream topping too and added this to my coffee. The only thing I would ask from NuNaturals is that, I hope they can reduce the sweetness a bit so I can add more cocoa syrup to the milk or recipe. Adding more syrup will make the drink look more chocolaty as well as the recipe. That's it, other than that I love the product and will definitely buy in the future.

To find out more about NuNaturals products visit their website www.nunaturals.com. To get updates about their products and promos follow their Facebook and Twitter account.

NuNaturals is also giving away 15% discount on your entire order. Yes! When you get to your checkout page, enter the DISCOUNT CODE: BL0614 and you will receive 15% off on your entire order. This discount is valid until June 30, 2014 only. 

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the continental US on all orders exceeding $35.00 after discounts.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received this product from NuNaturals for free in exchange of my honest opinion. However all opinions expressed were exclusively mine and not influenced by any means. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Zumba Wii Fitness Belts

As a WAHM(Work-at-home-mom) finding time to do my workout is not easy. With my busy schedule at home raising my kids most of the time by myself, and running errands plus my blogging stuffs, I don't even know if I can still squeeze out some time. I think the solution is to go to the gym and be away from all my wahm works. I would love to go to the gym but I have to hire a nanny to watch my kids which is an additional expenses. Not only that, I also have to pay for gym membership. Oh well! What to do?  Not only I am trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but workingout is also my lifestyle. I always love to exercise, ride my bike, jog or go out for a walk. But since I had a baby, finding time to do it has been quite a challenge. I know that all of these are not an excuse not to workout and take care of myself particularly my health.
Zumba wii fitness belts 
Two years ago when I was at the store I found a Zumba Fitness Wii dance game and bought it for $49.00. It came with a zumba fitness belt where you can put your wii remote. I had been doing zumba dance on wii a few months before I got pregnant and now I decided to start doing it again. It's been a year since I gave birth, I think it's time to get back on track to where I was on my health and weight. Doing Zumba Wii is perfect for me, not only I don't pay for gym membership but I can also dance with my family and friends at home. We decided to purchased 3 more zumba belts, I forgot how much we paid for it but I think it was $9 per belt. One for my hubby and one for each of my boys. Sadly, it's only me and my middle son who is really into this thing. It's okay, I can't force them to do what I like to do. Besides, I am already happy that one of my sons enjoy it and it has been one of our bonding moments. 


Zumba Wii moment with my middle son

It has been three weeks since I started doing Zumba Wii Fitness, I've lose 6 lbs already and I feel stronger and lighter. How about you? Do you workout at home or gym? What kind of working-out you do?


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