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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our Defense Against Winter Sickness

Last Year was just a busy year for us. Between church commitments, school events, writing and blogging deadlines and an International trip.. don't ask me how we did it. I don't know either! Kidding aside, we did hit a lot of road blocks along the way. We made adjustments here and there with our schedule and gave ourselves room ( days sometimes) to breathe. When you have a busy family life and a calendar packed with to do's, appointments and responsibilities, it is easy to lose focus of what is important.

In spite of all the busyness that we had, we are grateful for all the wonderful opportunities that God had opened for us. For His grace to be able to adjust with whatever life may throw at us. One thing I am thankful for is discovering these vitamins and supplements for our family. This is not a paid post , though I did use affiliate links. I am just so happy with these products that I had to share. Last year, it really did feel like our kids were sick the whole winter. When you have school age kids, you know what I mean. It is so hard to keep your kids from getting sick. It seems like our eldest went to school everyday to shop for a cold or fever.

PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM NOT A PEDIATRICIAN and I am not in the medical field. Before giving these products to our kids, we did CONSULT OUR KID'S PEDIATRICIAN. I strongly suggest that you do the same.

Note: This is not a sponsored post and I did not get any free item to post . I am just a happy and contented mom, very satisfied with the products. However, I provided  amazon affiliate links where to buy it and so you can also read the reviews for yourself.

We had used the Flintstones and Lil Critters gummy vitamins. I started them on Flintstones. It is very affordable and it seemed like the right choice that would get our daughters to take vitamins. Then we tried the gummies. It took several attempts because they just got really used to the little chewable vitamins. I did my own reading and research . Just like anything else, you will find good and bad reviews.

Because it felt like our girls were sick almost all the time in spite of the constant reminders to wash their hands , to drink plenty of water and to get enough sleep...We decided to change things up with their vitamins and supplements. I went online, read the reviews first. BEFORE I ORDERED it, I printed the information ( info on the back label) and forwarded it to their pediatrician. I made sure that I got the green light from their pediatrician first. 

Here's the products that we've been using for a while now.

1. Tropical Oasis Multiple Vitamin Mineral

I was advised by the pediatrician that the best form of vitamins for kids of course are from real foods. Not all kids can get all the vitamins and minerals when they are picky eaters, vitamins in liquid form is the best way to go since some tablets and gummies are packed with sugar. What I love about this product is that it has more vitamins and minerals than a child needs. It is also fruity and tasty ...according to my picky kiddos.

2. Nature's Way Sambucus for Kids

We are really happy that we discovered and tried this product. Aside from honey and lemon , this is our first line of defense during the cold season.  Elderberries does our body good but needs to be standardized for kids. Did I mention that our girls used to be sick for at least two weeks? It felt like a month long battle. This helped our girl's immune system. We would give a teaspoon for everyday maintenance , and 2 teaspoons for when they have the bug . We swear by this supplement! With a kid in school and being exposed to sickness all the time...We highly recommend this product ( Reminder: Ask your Pediatrician first before adding or changing your child's vitamins and supplements). In fact, even me and my husband take a tablespoon of this when we are sick ( together with Yogi Throat Comfort tea)

3. Barleans Kids Omega Swirl Fish Oil

Our girls loves this! There is NO fishy smell. Not unlike the other brands that claim to have no fish smell but do have one. It does taste like a smoothie while it gives the benefits of Omega-3's. I'll be honest, we do try to serve fish at least once a week.I am aware that you can get Omega 3 not just in fish but for those days that they don't get the daily serving needed for their brain development , this is my recommendation.

These three along with vitamin c and children's probiotics are our go to daily vitamins and supplements for our girls. While there is debate on whether vitamins are really needed and beneficial, know that again..I am not a Pediatrician or a specialist. Just like you, I am a mother who likes to give the best for her kids and provide the essentials for their growth.

Along with these "reinforcements" , it is very important to also provide a balanced diet. is a free online resource that provides information, guidelines and tips on healthy eating.

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Keeping their shots up to date is VERY important as well. Remind your kids to always wash their hands and to get plenty of rest. Nothing beats a full night's sleep and a warm bowl of Chicken Soup.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

40 New Years Resolutions for Moms

Are you all ready for 2017?  I feel like I am still recovering from Christmas and here we are , getting ready to ring in the New Year. There were so many adventures , great memories , new friendships , bad experiences and bad days that 2016 brought to give some valuable lessons. Do you still remember all of your resolutions that you made for 2016? I’m sure most of you were not able to stick to it. If you are like me, I had a pretty long list of resolutions. As far as travel goes, we are able to do that. More than what I expected. With blogging, I was also able to meet my goals.

 Truth be told, as far as personal and family resolutions…I did not stick to it. Life happens and we get really busy.  This 40 New Years Resolution for moms may be too much for some but think of this as a guide and a reminder too. To be a happy momma.  I had bouts of crying moments because I was so overwhelmed. There were times when I questioned myself if I was cut out for this mommy gig.

It also came to a point where praying is difficult when I know that praying is what I should do in those difficult times. So I told myself that serious change needs to happen. I hope you take my personal resolutions and reminders as your reminder as well.

Read my 40 New Years Resolutions Every Mom Should Make over at My Joy Filled Life 

 I wish you all a blessed and Happy New Year! 


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

35 Ways To Celebrate Your Children

By now your kid's school is probably having a Parent- Teacher Conference , or maybe is having one soon. I am sure that just like me you are anxious of how well ( or bad) your child did. Most of you are also excited to share on how little Johnny scored so high in Reading and how well they did on Math. I've been there, all of the above. I can't wait to show off my child's report card.  There's also a homeschool momma who sometimes feels inadequate because well, she doesn't have any school given certificate to show off.

Your kids are more than just their good grades and their perfect scores. We live in a world of self entitlement because we missed the little things. The small but important things.  Where everything has a certificate. A trophy. A participation award. We only share what is "share worthy" .  We love showing our "highlight reel" and skip the "hidden chaos". There are far more ways to celebrate your child than a certificate. There are far more things in your children's lives that you should be proud of.

. I encourage each and everyone of you parents out there, to be proud and celebrate these:

1. When our children learned how to pray and pray for others.
2. When they stood up for what is right.
3. When they sat beside another girl/boy in the cafeteria who sits by themselves.
4. The first time they cleaned up their toys without being told.
5. When they are proud of their faith.

6. Those times when they worship at church with great abandon.
7. The first time they apologize without being ask.
8. When they went home hungry because they shared their favorite lunch with a classmate
9. Not wanting to have a birthday party but instead host a toy drive for less the unfortunate people.
10. When they finally understand gratefulness.
11. When they see past skin color.
12. They happily and gleefully shared how their day went.
13. Day by day you always complain about how messy they are when they eat? The day when they cleaned their mess up and it is just because they love you.
14. When they look at your face in awe.
15. They call you beautiful momma and handsome dad, because well..we adults are often hard on ourselves.
16. That moment after a very tiring day from work and you get a bear hug and wet kisses from them.
17. The I LOVE YOU'ssss.
18.When they want to do chores for you because they want to earn money.
19. They spent that money on you.
20. They remind you to give thanks before eating,when you forget.
21. When they praise others.
22. They get ready for bed or their day on their own.
23. They wave to the person driving the car that is waiting for them as they cross the street.
24. When they stand up for someone who is being bullied.
25. When they show you that it is not about competition but about having fun and building friendships.

26. When your Pinterest fail cake got a lot of "wows" and "yums".
27. They try to take care of you when you are sick.
28. That breakfast they made for you. It may not be edible but hey it's the thought that counts.
29. When they remind you that "you are the best mom or dad " ever.
30. They cry when you cry.
31. They give your boo- boos a kiss and a shopkins band aid.
32. They want to be like you when they grow up.
33. When it was their turn to tell you "Mistakes are okay..."
34. When it was their turn to tell you "It's just spilled milk , we can clean it up together" ...on those days that you don't have it together.
35. They tell you " mommy look at me " "dad...come look" ..because when they did something they are proud of. YOU are the first person they want to tell.

Be proud of your kids! They are given to you. because you are the perfect parents for them, It is not just on "school performance" or "after school activities" that you need to be proud of.  These may seem mundane to you but they are definitely worth a Facebook or an Instagram post too.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

First and Last Day of School Sign Printable

Aren't you amazed how time just quickly goes by? It felt like yesterday I was planning for our summer fun and in a few more days's back to school again! Our soon to be first grader is just over the moon excited. I am however having a boiling pot of emotions. Excited for sure for all the new things that are in store for her. More,new and fun things to learn. New and old faces. A new door for her. I am also worried for safety. I think of her new teacher, how will she or he can affect our child's life, will they be a teacher who passionately cares for her students. 

I can go on and on. I know this is familiar territory for most parents. All I know is that we can rest into God's hands. He is in control. I pray that the Lord will bless her with new and good friendships. I pray that she will be a light to other students who don't know Jesus. May she stand firm for the weak and be a blessing to others. May she  keep that burning desire for learning lit. I hope and pray that she may know that she is more than just a school grade.

Let's document these special milestones! Preschool to 12th grade, just click on the image to print. You don't have to print all of it of course just choose the page (or grade) that you want.

First Day of School Sign - Free Printables (Preschool to 12th grade)

and let's not forget the last day of school. I am always in awe of how much they have matured and grown in a school year.

Last Day of School Signs- Free Printable ( Preschool to 12th grade)

Stay tuned for more back to school printables! Meanwhile, are we friends on Pinterest?

Back to school Tips

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bravely Be You: When A Past Relationship Reveals the Brave in You

 I am so honored to guest post over at Whatsoever is Lovely Living, sharing my ugly past that lead me to a beautiful present and future. And friends, let me tell you that I don't normally share details of my past. Not because I was ashamed of it but because I wanted my blog to be a positive refuge and just like any ordinary person. . I want a piece of my own life to be private. A piece that is solely mine. Besides, I am not the one who likes to live in the past.

  So why share now? I am sharing my past to encourage and empower women to embrace braveness. There is so much things that God wants you to be if you will only be brave. To step out of your comfort zone, to move forward with delight and courage.

Come join me at Whatsoever is Lovely Living! Read the full story HERE.

When A Past and Hurtful Relationship Reveals the brave In You
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There is so much things that God wants you to be if you will only be brave. To step out of your comfort zone, to move forward with delight and courage.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

50 Things To Do with Kids Before They Grow Up.

  You know when veteran parents tell you to enjoy your lil ones because they grow up too fast.. listen! It might seem like a smug comment to you and I don't have a teenager yet but it feels like I just blinked and there yah go..we have a first grader really soon. It seems like yesterday , she was constantly tugging on my shirt, how her world revolves around eating -sleeping- mom- dad -play and repeat. Now our talks are about the things she learned at school, her new friend and the latest scoop at the school play ground.

  Now that summer vacation is fast approaching, I know most of you have already mapped out fun stuff to do's. Most of the time, having fun will cost little to no money at all. You can check your town's community center for affordable summer classes. Sign your kids up to your local library's summer reading program or much better if you have an older kid, they can volunteer too! Speaking of volunteer gigs, you can also check your local church on how the whole family can give the gift of time to volunteer. There is just so much things out there, just do your research. You will be surprised! Here's  50 simple, affordable and sometimes free fun things to do with your kids..before they grow up! Trust'll be building great memories and strong relationships.

1. Teach them how to pray. Most especially how to pray for others.
2. Camp out. Backyard or just in your living room. Get the sleeping bags, flash lights or tent out.
3. Let them have cereal for dinner. Relax. Serving them cereal for a night won't destroy their childhood.
4. Puddle jumping. Explore the inner kid in you too.
5. Let them play in the dirt.
6.Watch the sunset together.
7. Make a sandcastle.
8. Build a snowman.
9. Make pizza together.
10. Make a time capsule for them . Stuff a jar or a box with their favorite items.
11. Write love notes to them.
12. Have fun in a tub together. Blow bubbles.
13. Have a daughter? Let them apply your make up.
14. Play in the rain.
15. Make paper boats and play with them .
16. Play pretend with them.
17. Daughters: Let them paint your toes!
18. Sons: Make a mini car together out of wood scraps.
19. Let them make your breakfast.
20 Teach them how to write thank you notes and letters. Snail mail is still the best.
21. Make a memory frame box.


22 . Build an obstacle course - backyard or living room.
23.  Make a bird feeder out of bird seeds, toilet paper roll and peanut butter.
24. Make a recipe box or recipe binder for reference when they grow up.
25. Build a blanket out of their baby onesies.
26. Donate old toys together.
27. Visit a senior center.
28. Write letters of hope and encouragement to sick kids and mail them together to a Children's Hospital.
29. Visit as many museums as you can. Kids are sponges, they learn a lot.
30. Make a family tree together.
31. Build a homemade growth chart.


32. Show them your pictures when your were young.
33. Tell them stories when they were babies.
34. Learn a musical instrument together.
35. Make a scrapbook together.
36. Plant a tree in your backyard.
37. Commit to several random acts of kindness.
38. Give them a journal. Even when you they are too young to write their thoughts. You will be amazed with how they can express their feelings through drawings.
39. Record a music video together.
40. Make a hand print keepsake.

Easy Salt Dough Handprint Keepsakes

41. Explore nature together. Show them how beautiful God's creation is.
42. Have several kids? Schedule one on one dates.
43. Do a fun and messy science experiment.
44. Save up for a plane ride. Brave the flight! Take your kids on a fun trip, instead of a long drive..embrace the air flight.
45. Make a homemade play dough and play pretend kitchen. Make fun food creations!

Kool Aid Play Dough

46. Discover a new cuisine with them. Introduce new culture , through food. 
47. Make Friday  , a family date night. Play games, make a sundae bar, movie night or order Chinese take out.
48. Read lots of books for them and with them.
49. Show them that there are things that you can make cheaper at home, Make your own sandbox for instance.

50. Let go of the mess and embrace the imperfections.

Here's some inspirational reminders for you! Pin-it or save it as a screen saver. Let it remind you that, kids indeed are growing up too fast.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Does it Cost to Follow Jesus

Does anybody still remember the horrifying news that happened  on April 14, 2014,when  members of Boko Haram , a radicalized and extremist Islamic group in Nigeria, attacked a girl's school in Chibok , Borno State in Nigeria. They kidnapped most of the students. Nearly 300 young girls abducted, 178 were members of  EYN ( Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa), a Churh of brethren group whose commitment to adult baptism and biblical nonresistence anchors them within the Anabaptist tradition.

What is Anabaptist?The term anabaptist was used to describe and define certain Reformation-era Christians who rejected infant baptism in favor of believer's baptism.

It is indeed heartbreaking. I still remember the night when hubs and I were watching The Bible ( History Channel), the episode was about Stephen.  He is one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to spread the ministry of the word of God. The Bible described Stephen as "full of God's grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among people ". He was stoned to death and stood with his belief in God's plan and Jesus's resurrection ( Read more on the book of Acts).

I thought wow, it is hard to follow Jesus. You will be persecuted, be judged and sometimes be mocked.

Proclaiming your Christian faith , up to this day is tough.  Our walk with the Lord is like a battleship. It requires your constant prayer and fight. When people observe that you are a lover of Christ and brazenly speak the truth in His name,often times they will look at your life as if they are looking into a magnifying glass. Scrutinizing every aspect, looking for any speck of dirt to throw at you. Sometimes, people will avoid you too because they believe that you have so much Jesus in your life. What people sometimes fail to know is that being a Christian doesn't mean that you are perfect and you are the only one worthy of Salvation. Being a Christian means needing a constant progression. Constantly seeking for God's guidance. Constantly moving forward with God's grace. Being  a follower of Christ will cost you..

1. Your conformity and need for material possessions.

As a follower of Jesus, you are called to not conform  to this world. (See Romans 12:2). You are called to live a humble life.

2. No earthly rewards.

 It is not one of those "following your master or boss" where you get free accommodations or free perks. On Luke 9:59-60 There were 3 that Jesus met while He was traveling with His disciples. One told Jesus that He wants to follow Him, Jesus replied  " Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head ". Was He discouraging the man to join his ministry? No, he wanted the man to be sure of what he is going to "sign up" for. He was saying the truth , that following him won't give you earthly rewards, no nice hotels or nice perks. Following him , is not an easy road and task.


Going back to Luke 9:59-60 , the second man was asked by Jesus to be a follower. But he asked to bury his father first. What did Jesus reply " Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God."  Now, that's kinda harsh it isn't it?

See Matthew 10:37.  " If you love your father and mother more than you love me, you are not being worthy of being mine or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine ". That is tough right? Understand that Jesus is not telling you to neglect your family or to not love them. But when push comes to shove, you are called to put the Kingdom of the Lord first. You also have to understand the Jewish burial practices during this time, where there is a secondary burial that takes place a year after the first burial took place. This just shows that to follow Jesus, there is just no delay, it is urgent, a NOW calling. Not, hey Jesus how about a year later?
In Catholic faith, becoming a nun calls you to live a cloistered life. Her ministry and prayer life is centered within and around the monastery for the good of the world. ( source ) .

In Luke 9: 61-62 , the other man said, "I will follow you but first let me say good-bye to my family". Jesus replied, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God" Now, that is tough too right? Can't even say goodbye?  Jesus wants you to go for it! Don't look back,but answer His call. You've already "picked up the plow". Do you remember how Peter was called by Jesus to be fishers of men? Did he say.."Oh no , Jesus..look at all these fish..just wait until I'm done. No. He dropped his net. Together with James and John.

Are you discouraged to be a follower of Christ?  Don't be. Your reward is far greater than the earthly cost. Besides, while we are yet sinners did He not save us by dying on the cross?


Matthew 5:10-12
2 Timothy 2:3
Ephesians 6:12
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For some men and women, it costs them everything to follow Jesus. They were ready to give witness to Christ in the face of death. From Stephen to the Nigerian Christians persecuted, these stories are found in this book , Bearing Witness. It will inspire you great their faith and commitment to follow God's Kingdom. This book is a great reminder of what some Christians are faced with.

About the Book

    From the stoning of Stephen in the first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram in 2015, these stirring accounts will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding believers what costly discipleship looks like in any age.  Bearing witness brings together dozens of accounts from around the world of Christians who gave witness to their faith in the face of intense persecution, even if it costs them their lives.

In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.
    Publisher: Plough Publishing House   
Category: Christianity/History
      240 pages   

About the editors:
Charles E. Moore has complied and edited several acclaimed books and Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Importance of Family Devotions and Tips You'll Need ( and a Giveaway)

Deuteronomy 6: 5-9

"And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates "

Raising a family with small children, with teenagers can be hard. Everyday has it's own challenges and blessings. Often times , when life gets busy and hard we tend to focus on the hardship. Soaking up into scriptures and leaning unto His word is very important in each family dynamic. Family devotional is such a great way to lean into His word.  Why is family devotionals important?

1. It helps us to be more active in our walk with the Lord.
2. We teach and lead by example. Our children will probably not remember all the things we preach to them but  we can start at an early age, showing them that their parents seek the Lord's scriptures. Showing our children the ways of God , the love of God, His Mercy and never ending grace.
3.Re connection. Whatever time you choose, family devotionals make every family reconnect.No smart phones, no distractions..just good 'ole family time.
4. If you choose to do a scripture memory verse, that verse will later on serve your children. Bible verse is what I call, heart and soul instructions. Whatever need arises, that Bible verse that is written in their hearts will serve them well. In times of difficulties for example, we can  trust Him with all of our heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)
5.  Think of family devotional as a charger. Whatever negativity that had crept into our daily lives, devotionals as a family serves as our "re-fueling", "re-charging" tool for whatever the next day may bring. Whatever happy moments, blessings we have received, family devotionals are a great way to praise the Lord and give Him thanks.
6. Family devotional is a way to equip our children to continue the good fight by doing so brings glory to God.
7.  Family  devotional  helps your family grow together in knowledge and application of God's word.
8. That desire to always seek God will always be lit.
9. A bonded relationship with your family founded by the Word of God.
10 There is nothing like a Christ-centered family

Tips You'll Need for a family devotional time:

1. Find the perfect time for your family. It can be early in the morning before everybody's day starts or before bedtime.
2. Get rid of distraction. Needless to say, unplug.
3. Have a designated place and make it a relaxing atmosphere. Couch or bed, as long as everybody is comfortable. Light a scented candle.
4. Don't confine yourselves to just sitting down. We all know that kiddos can not sit still. Sing to the Lord and praise Him through worship.
5. Start and end  the devotional with a prayer.
6. Choose an age appropriate devotional. Choose one that suits your family. We especially love this ESV Family Devotional by Crossway.

This full-color Bible features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered readings based on key Bible stories.

Each reading also includes discussion questions and a key verse, helping your family develop the habit of reading the Bible and applying its truth to all of life.

Features that I love:

130  gospel-centered retellings of key Bible stories with full color illustrations

Reflection questions for the whole family to discuss together.

Full-color , kid friendly maps.

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