Wednesday, June 20, 2012


       Summer is here. Other than the fact that I can spend time with my family and doing things together like going camping, hiking and traveling, I can also do the thing I love most- CRAFTING. I started to make hair clips again and I am loving it.
This strawberry hair clip is one of my favorite hair clips and is also very popular. I am planning to start to make pumpkin soon.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Eat Healthy!

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                One year ago, my husband learned that his cholesterol levels were a bit high.  Having two young children to think about, he immediately set out to control his cholesterol intake.  Along with that, he just became very aware of some things he needed to change in his diet if he wanted to avoid serious health problems later in life.  Besides cutting back on cholesterol, he decided that it was important to add a good source of fiber to his diet.  Hotdogs, bacon, sausage and butter became foods of the past in his diet.  Cheese and chips also disappeared and eggbeaters replaced eggs.  Oatmeal and snack bars with high amounts of fiber became a source of fiber in his diet along with green vegetables.  Within six weeks, he had lost approximately sixteen pounds and his stomach, which was becoming quite noticeable, disappeared.  The secret to his success in maintaining a healthy weight has been his ability to find healthy yet tasty replacements for most of the foods he has cut out.

                Now he frequently eats snack bars high in fiber in the evening rather than some other snack, which was high in fats with little fiber.  He is anxious to try the new Quaker Soft Baked Bar, a tasty and wholesome food that is high in fiber.  Coming in two delicious flavors, Cinnamon Pecan Bread and Banana Nut Bread, these bars make a wonderful breakfast snack.  My little boys will love to eat them with milk for breakfast.  I myself am particularly fond of cinnamon and pecans, so I am interested it trying that one for myself.  One of these bars along with a sandwich and coffee would make a wonderful lunch during my next semester of schooling. 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Affording Higher Education

A year and a half ago I began a journey towards a new career in my life, radiography.  Having been a stay-at-home mom for the previous five years, I had a great many apprehensions about starting back to school.  One of the foremost of those was the escalating cost of a college education. Prior to marrying my husband, I lived in the Philippines all my life and had no idea of what kind of financial aid was available to me.  Fortunately, I was able to find someone who was knowledgeable about such things and was able to arrange for financial aid without which I could not go back to school.  This means a great deal to me as I want to prepare for a means of providing financial security for our family when my husband finally retires.  Information about a great school that provides its students with help in getting started with applying for financial aid may be found at
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kids! Say the Funniest Things

     One day recently I was secretly privy to an amusing conversation between my two sons.  The eldest, Matthew, was addressing my youngest, Everett, in the most serious of tones.  This conversation took place shortly after my youngest son had been disciplined for his disobedience.  "Everett," Matthew pontificated, "I don't think you have a brain."
     My youngest son was quick to defend himself.  "Yes, I do have a brain, Matthew," Everett returned calmly.
     "No, I don't believe you do, Everett.  You don't listen to Mommy and Daddy.  If you had a brain, You would listen to them, replied Matthew.
     Neither boy realized I was listening to what they were saying.  The whole conversation was very serious and totally without rancor.  While my boys do squabble from time to time, this was not one of those times.Bursting with laughter, I had to get away quickly before they realized that Mommy was listening.

Charmed by a Snake

     Both my sons have this morbid fascination with snakes.  I will never understand why as I detest and fear them.  While both the elder and younger son are fascinated by snakes, the younger is absolutely fearless around them.  That caution lack of recently got him in trouble when he picked up a stone in the garden and uncovered a garter snake about ten inches in length.  He immediately allowed his natural curiosity to get the best of him and touched the snake on the head.  At the tender age of five, Everett learned a valuable lesson.  Keep your hands away from the head of a snake!  He never cried until much later when telling the story we did not believe him.  However, we had to believe him when his brother backed his story, and he showed us two bloody fang marks on his finger.  Later that day, to our great consternation, Everett entered our house, the souvenir from the incident earlier in the day dangling from his hand.  His brother had killed the snake, and now he wanted us to see it.  I only hope that he does not make snake handling a profession someday.

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