My Pretty Zinnia in a Vase

It was last Fall of 2014 when I spread the zinnia seeds into my two flower gardens in the front yard, I did not have that many seeds, I just threw what I had and did not expect much from it. Last year, there wasn’t much zinnia but this year, I guess it’s their season. They are in fact overcrowding the two beds. The Celosia cannot be seen and did not grow tall because of my zinnia.

Who am I to complain? They just look stunning outside, there are so many of them that I needed to bring some in the house. Any flower that you brought in can make any room beautiful. I always put my harvested flower in the bathroom near the hallway because that’s where everybody goes to do their business and I want them to be delighted every time they go in there, including myself of course!

Look at this photo, don’t you agree that zinnia flowers in pink look gorgeous? And to think that I did not have to buy them, they grow right outside our house!

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I Have Been Blogging Since 2008

I have been blogging since 2008 and since then I have earned through my blogs. I have joined several blogging websites throughout the years and a lot of them did not survive since the recession. I am still very much alive in blogging world although there is a big difference now when it comes to monetizing my blogs.

The earning is very slow and sometimes I can’t help but wonder, what if blogging would still be dependable to earning a some money so we, stay-at-home moms don’t need to seek for jobs outside our home? One of the sites that stayed and is still alive is the Triangle Direct Media.

Here, you can get paid advertising on your blog with anything you like to talk about and some twitter shares. If you have a new blog, you might register it on the link above.

Groupon is a Site to Go to Save

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are written solely by me.

I love to shop! Who does not love shopping, raise your right hand? I admit, I tend to buy too much stuff we don’t need especially when it comes to clothing, shoes, children’s clothing, beauty products and a whole lot more. But take note, I don’t buy them in full price. I always hunt for bargains when in stores or even online. I always look for coupons.

When shopping online, I always compare prices and visiting one site to another. Some of the best deals are found on one particular website, not only that, they offer Groupon Coupons. They always have coupons for everything, everyday!

If you are like me who likes to save some money and hunt for deep discounts, you should try browsing on Groupons. You will find out that tons of stores you can think about have coupons for you to use on their site. One of the stores I love to have coupon to use is Petsmart coupons because my second born is having a birthday next week. I’d like to give her a fish, but before that, I want to know if I can save something from shopping at Petsmart with the use of a coupon code.

I am Slowly Seeing Result with my Workout

If there is one wish I want to happen these summer days is for me to be able to workout at least four times a week in order to achieve my flat belly goal. But heck, I have other obligations that need my attention constantly. I am not complaining, I am just saying I wish I have the luxury of time to workout as often as I can.

Right now, I am trying to get that “me time” by working out at home 3 times a week if I can. I started getting serious with my exercise since I realized that I gained 5 pounds from too much eating since December ’till January, with all those party gatherings with awesome food, I just could not resist pigging out.

I got even more determined with exercise when my blood work last month came out I had high cholesterol and is so  high, 241 instead of just getting the normal numbers 90-200 level.

When I exercise, I don’t do the same routine every time I sweat, rotate the kind of workout each time and use different machines for cardio. Luckily, we got a treadmill, an elliptical and a stationery bike. Once that fire start burning, I move on to the main exercise like lifting weights using dumb bells, leg exercises or do Jillian’s HIIT.

Anyway, I am quite pleased ¬†with all those hard work I have for weeks now, I lost 2 pounds, exercise at least 2 hours or more each time and eating light during the day. Photos below is of me looking sweaty right after doing my 30-minute cardio walk/jog on the treadmill and two shots doing Jillian Michaels’ High Intensity Interval Training on Youtube.

Once goal is achieved, I will have to post my before and after photos of my belly. So wish me good luck, friends!

…. myself so sweaty after my cardio…
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…. doing weighted (5 pound dumb bell) rear lunges here, first round of Jillian Michaels’ High Intensity Interval Training

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… I am not there yet but surely doing some progress. There is still at least three pounds need to lose and belly to shrink in two months time.

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Officially 33

Another year is added to my existence here on earth. I am beyond blessed to be living and reach this age because there are a few of my batch mates in school who unfortunately did not make it to my age.

As usual, we celebrated our birthday by dining out at Red Lobster exclusively with family. Nothing fancy, nothing special except that I feel special because my husband took a day off today. He gave me flowers and a balloon yesterday. That alone make me feel pretty, haha.

I am thankful to the Lord above for giving me this opportunity to celebrate my 33rd birthday with people I love the most. I am healthy at this age and most of all, I have peace of mind. That’s a gift because not everyone in this world have that and having peace of mind is something that cannot be bought.

Anyway, I ordered the biggest plate of Red Lobsters’ “Lobster and Shrimp Summer Fest” menu. It’s my birthday so it’s a treat and I believe, I deserve it. Who does not? The food is scrumptious and yes, it’s huge that I couldn’t eat it all. Bringing home the leftover just give me another meal to enjoy my birthday food.

I saw the summer fest advertised on Facebook last night and I knew right then what I am gonna order today, so I did. We had some appetizer, main dish and a dessert which is a strawberry cheesecake. We all enjoyed the dinner and I feel blessed.

…. a reminder how I look at 33
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… a treat for myself on my birthday. I love everything that’s in the plate. My kind of food to be exact.
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…. cheesecake with strawberry, the only dessert that was ordered because everybody was too full for more food, except Jadyn…
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My Vegetable Garden in Late Spring

I am into gardening as you may have noticed in my previous entries. Too bad I don’t have my gardening blog anymore, you could have followed me through these years boasting about my plants.

Anyway, here are snaps of what we have in the backyard right now. So lush green are the leaves and they are thriving pretty well with all the sunlight and heavy rainfall we’ve been getting lately. It brings joy to my heart seeing my plants grow and eventually harvest some and serve them at the table for my family to enjoy.

In these pots are; carrots, eggplants, okra, Asian spinach or alugbate in our native dialect, Asian long string beans or sitaw in Tagalog and batong in Bisaya, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, cucumber, moringa oleifera or kamunggay, asparagus and some water spinach in separate pots.

I have harvested the potato tops yesterday and made a salad out of it. Both of my girls love the salad, the first born compared the taste to a popping seaweed (lato) that can only be found in the Philippines.

I don’t have anything to brag around here except my beautiful gardens and that we are eating organic around this time of year.

How about you people? Do you have a garden too? What kind of plants do you prefer to have in the garden?

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Free Elegant Asiatic Lily in a Vase

The picture of Asiatic lily below in a vase is elegant and you can’t argue with that. Would you believe me if I planted them? That they came from my very own flower garden? That they would have cost me $50 if I bought them?

The flower petals are crisps, vibrant, healthy and big! I put these flowers in the bathroom where the entire family frequents to put a smile on our faces whenever we go there and do our business. They just light up the entire room, I tell you.

The secret to these flowers are full sun, fertilizer (I put cow dung) in early spring and of course, bountiful rain too. When it rains, it makes me happy because it serves as the natural fertilizer for my plants both the flowers and vegetables.

See first photo below, I cut them when they were about to bloom. So there are not so many there compared to the second photo.

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… below was taken this morning, as you can see, they are bigger and more beautiful even if they have been sitting in the bathroom one week since I cut them from the garden. This is what I like about gardening, I give beautiful blooms in return.

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Fresh Cut Flowers from My Garden

One of my stress relievers is gardening, whether it be vegetable or flowers! I do both every year. I start sowing vegetable seeds in late March and then by mid Summer, I start harvesting whatever I have planted. Meanwhile, in the front yard, I have two big flower beds that are oozing with different colors and varieties of flower blooms every Spring.

I started these beds six years ago when we first moved in this house. My dream back then, when we have our own house that has a yard large enough for a garden, I’d love to have my own flower garden. Dream came true as I now have two large round flower beds. Each year, I would plant perennial bulbs in the Fall and other varieties when there is a sale for plants at home improvement stores until I filled up the two beds. I did not buy anything this year yet I am getting blooms.

I have done such a great job stabilizing my gardens and truly filled it with colorful flowers year after year. There is something with flowers that fill my soul with calmness and joy every time I go out to the front yard and see them especially in the morning when I need some fresh air and something to cheer me up. My flowers are like my babies smiling back at me, waving at me and saying, “mommy, here we are!”.

Sometimes my girls hear me talk to my plants and they find it weird, they’d ask me why I am talking to my flowers? ‘Coz, I am connecting with them and they say, plants love being talked at. The more you talk to them, the more they give you produce/flowers back.

See photo below? You would think they are store bought, right? But no, as pretty as they are, I am proud to say that I cut them yesterday from my very own garden. They just look so beautiful and the big hybrid tea rose smells sweet.

The base of flowers is now sitting in our bathroom and each time I go there, I feel happy seeing my flowers so beautiful.

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Buy Used Guitar

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