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Teacher, Photographer, Otaku, Amateur Seamstress, Wifey to B-chan, & Mommy to Monkey Z and Elven M.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A long time coming

So, it's been a long time since I posted anything. I want to say thank you to my loyal readers (if indeed you're are actually out there), for your tremendous patience. It's literally almost been a year since I posted anything. That's not to say I haven't had any content. In that year, I stayed home for the summer, took my kids to the beach for the first time (by myself), made my own recycled diaper cover, taught my family that eating out can mean eating outside, potty trained the Elf, really learned how to thrift, learned how to budget, and dropped a ton of baby weight.
I can happily say that I am wearing clothes I haven't worn for 5 years. It's been a tremendously busy year because I took on the role of breadwinner for a while and then embraced stay at home mommy-hood. Things are looking a little brighter, though, as the holidays approach.
My husband has been working as a temp since about March or April. They finally gave him an offer letter last Wednesday. So, it's been a trying but enlightening financially.
As for the Elf and Monkey, they are in a new preschool as of September. They are really  enjoying their classes. It's great that they are in separate classes and have their own friends. We are even spending more time with their cousin. They really have grown a lot. The Elf is, as mentioned before, potty trained now. That was my summer project. Then when she started preschool, she really started talking. She can also ride her tricycle  now. The monkey, on the other hand, has learned to read and write letters and short words, as well as, to cut and glue. We just need to fine tune his skills now. I can't wait for him to really start reading.
As the year comes to a close, I must really give credit where it's due. We are practicing Christians (non-denominational, to be exact) and have learned a ton this year about finances, our marriage, and parenting. But more precisely, I want to say that God has taught me a lot about taking care of my family, wisdom with money, frugality, and gratitude. It is because God wants to bless us that we have what we need and because we love him we serve him. He truly has taken care of us this year. I have even asked Him to bring my heart to a place of forgiveness and reconciliation with my own father. I am truly blessed to even have the hope of doing that.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bargain!

I've been missing since October because things have been really busy with work and kids. We've gone from a shoestring budget to a thread. I am now the breadwinner for the family. So, in a very guilt ridden moment of weakness, I stopped on the way home from work and found this hat at a mom & pop dollar store in Garden Grove.


The last time I was there, someone else bought one, too. There was only one.

The noteworthy thing about it, besides its chic gamine style, is the price. Notice the vendor name...


I have to give myself props for this one at 82% discount, even if I am on a shopping starvation diet. Final price? $4!

Not bad, self, not bad.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

winter respite

I have taken an unofficial break during October/November. I took my other blog down also. I still have not figured out how to re-work it so that I keep my sanity. It was difficult to manage two, a job, a home, a husband, meal planning, cooking, cleaning, 2 kids, etc.
Now, my husband is doing online training, and we are planning to reduce the kids' daycare in half for one and altogether for the other. Unfortunately, I will not be the one staying home with them. Sometimes, I can barely handle the two of them. It's not that he can't handle them, rather his frustration level is much much lower.
As it is, I do not know when I will be able to consistantly post for the blog. I will try to get some done before (Christmas) vacation is over, though. Taking care of the 2 kids leaves me wiped out sometimes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

School Supply Junkie

Pinktober
I love school supplies...and now I love pink...stuff. So when I find school/office supplies that are pink and cute, I kinda go nuts.
Heart Shaped Push Pins by Yoobi @ Target

I saw these and had to have them. They are just so happy. I do not have a true bulletin board on which to display them, but when I get a classroom or office space, I think I will use them. I was a little bummed to see a mix of pink and red available at Daiso for $1.50, but then, that's Daiso for you...Massed produced, cheap, knock off versions of cute stuff. Just call me sucker.
Pink Binder Clips with Bow by See Jane Work @ Office Depot

I saw these in the store and did a double take. Initially I thought the bow part was black, but they are still cute. I know I will find some use for them.
Large Pink Paper Clips by Poppin @ Staples

They were just so round and big and pink. I thought they would go nicelly with all the other pink stuff I have. They look like they will hold papers together well because they are wider than the normal small paper clips... That, and they're happy!
Pink and Red Heart containers @ Daiso
I travel for my job, and I need office supplies that are easily accessible. That, and I just like cute stuff. So I picked up the hearts for the pins, clips, and paper clips. I think I can store them in my teacher bag, but I seem to be collecting supplies such that I almost have too much.
Rose Design Desk Accessories @ Daiso
I really tried to resist buying these... for a while. Then I just couldn't anymore. I have a Square pen holder, round pen holder, divided note holder, short round container, and bookends. Once I have a desk, I can use all of it put together, and I will smile when I look at it.
Like I said, I like pink...stuff.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, too. So expect to see things like pink umbrellas and such through which you can contribute to the research funds.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Detangling Brush

Yes, I actually bought one of those newfangled detangling brushes that seem to be everywhere. I actually broke down and did it because I watched my babysitter's daughter groom herself (and her waist lenght hair) easily. That is what convinced me.
At first, I thought it was kind of silly and gimmicky. After purchasing one for my daughter; however, I started using it on myself, too. I noticed how easy it was to brush through my tangled hair. She and I both have long-ish, fine hair that tangles easily. We're talking rat's nest, people!
If you have ever tried to get a 1 year old to sit still for anything, then you know that attempting to do so for something painful is moot ( I love that word!).
Resistance is futile.
So, I gave in. It is actually quicker and less painful than traditional methods, like combing or brushing. Then I liked it so much, that I bought a travel version for myself. My hair gets pretty mangled because I can afford to get it cut, like, three times a year, max!
I have to say that it cuts down the detangling time, considerably.
Well played, little brush. Well played.