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Friday, February 24, 2017

6 Best Subscription Gifts For Moms

I am a practical kind of person. While some take offense to receiving a vacuum or kitchenware. Me? I'll jump for joy. Of course I do appreciate some silly and gag gifts. But really, when you become a mom..you will make it your life's mission to : 1. Purchase items that make sense...or items/products that will make our life easy. 2. Make purposeful purchases 3. Give meaningful and purposeful gifts as well.

Moms are also known to put themselves on the back burner. It is just our nature. We will make excuses for the things  needed because ..well...we will prioritize what matters first. Not unless of course it is given to us by our spouses,family or friends. There are also moms that you just do not know what to give as a gift.  Here's some subscription gifts that I personally love.

NOTE: This post contains affiliate links which helps support this blog. You are not required to purchase through my links but if you do, I am grateful for you. Read full disclosure HERE.





Pureflix
I absolutely love this! Aside from being a trusted family-friendly video-streaming source on the web, you will love all the selections!  Pureflix have a mix of family-friendly & wholesome entertainment  that includes movies for all ages, kid’s animated titles, documentaries, how-to’s, hobbies, educational, health & fitness, sports, outdoors and travel plus many inspirational and devotional titles. If you need a little pick me up kinda movie, you will certainly be inspired with the movies that Pureflix has to offer. 

PureFlix FREE Trial 

When you send a PureFlix.com Gift Subscription, you give the gift of quality entertainment with no language, sex, or violence surprises. You can choose between 3, 6, or 12-month Gift Subscriptions starting at $23.97 Must be a member (or become a member) of PureFlix.com to purchase.  If you are not sure yet or you want to try it out for yourself,  try the 30 day FREE TRIAL.


 Beachbody OnDemand
I know some of you might think that this type of subscription might be offending. Some of us ( like me) just need a little nudge or inspiration to get into great shape. Why Beachbody and not just buy another fitness DVD ?

Beachbody.com is the creator of the nation's most popular in-home fitness and beauty products, including:   Beachbody On Demand,  CIZE,  22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X, P90X2, & P90X3! PiYo The Master's Hammer & Chisel,  FOCUS T25,  21 Day Fix, Derm Exclusive,  Turbo Jam,  Hip Hop Abs, 10-Minute Trainer,  INSANITY,  Brazil Butt Lift,  TurboFire,  Rockin' Body,  Tai Cheng,  ChaLEAN  Extreme, Slim in 6 and Body Beast.

I will not recommend if I have not tried nor loved it. We purchased the INSANITY first and then the 21 Day Fix. Took a little break and wanted to get back on the horse. Since I wanted to try almost ALL of their work outs..it was so hard to decide. So we signed up for Beachbody OnDemand. Best decision ever.

For a limited time , Get ALL Beachbody Programs for $99.95/year! Stream ALL of Beachbody's workouts including INSANITY, 21 Day Fix, CIZE, T25, CORE DE FORCE, P90X, P90X3, and more!

If you are not sure about it yet and I do get that $99.95 is not a small amount ( but cheaper than any gym) , you can try  Beachbody on Demand Free for 30 Days! Get 30 Days of Membership FREE and gain access to top fitness programs including: 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity, P90X, Turbo Fire, FIXATE cooking show, and much more from Beachbody.

Beachbody On Demand 

Ipsy

I am sure that you've heard of Michelle Phan. She has inspired countless women around the world through her beauty video tutorials on YouTube. And if you are like me, I don't know exactly what beauty product is the right choice for me . Michelle created Ipsy and her team of stylists have selected products they love, for you to try. Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. All for only $10 a month (free shipping). You will take a beauty quiz to match your needs. Click here for more info: JOIN IPSY

Amazon Prime

Why the gift of Prime? With Amazon Prime membership you get :
Prime Shipping
FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, FREE Same-Day Delivery in select areas & more.
Amazon Family
20% off diapers subscriptions and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry, compliments of
Prime Video
Stream thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost on over 200 devices.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
Access to thousands of kid-friendly books, shows, games and more, for just $2.99/month.
Kindle First
Choose one Kindle book of the six Editors' Picks each month for free.
Prime Photos 
Free unlimited photo storage for you and five others. Plus, upgraded search helps you find photos fast.
Early Access to Deals
Prime members get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com.
Amazon Prime Store Card  
Earn 5% back every day with Amazon Prime Store Card.
Prime Now
One and two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items from Amazon and local stores.
Washington Post Free Trial
Limited time: Enjoy unlimited access to the Washington Post with a six-month free trial.
NEW - Audible Channels
Unlimited listening to original audio series and playlists handcrafted for every interest.
Amazon Channels
Only for Prime: Sign up for a free trial for over 80 premium networks including HBO, SHOWTIME and STARZ. Cancel anytime.
NEW - Twitch Prime
Get free game content every month, ad-free Twitch viewing, Twitch Channel Subscription, plus loads more.
NEW - Member Exclusive Discount on Video Games
Discounts apply to pre-orders and collector’s editions for PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One, Wii U, 3DS and more.
NEW - Prime Reading
Enjoy unlimited reading on any device, with over a thousand books, magazines, books with Audible narration, comics, articles, Kindle Singles, and more.
Prime Music
Stream a growing selection of two million songs – included with your membership. Unlock more with Amazon Music Unlimited, plus get an exclusive discount.
Prime Pantry
Everyday sizes of popular household items delivered for a flat delivery fee.
Amazon Elements for Prime
Shop Amazon Elements products, Amazon's own line of everyday essentials.
Amazon Dash for Prime
Only For Prime: Never run out of your favorite products with Amazon Dash Button.
Share Your Prime
Share select Prime benefits with another adult in your household.
Shopping with Alexa
Enjoy hands-free shopping with Alexa on millions of items on Amazon as an exclusive benefit of your Prime membership.
Release-Date Delivery
FREE Release-Date Delivery on eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date to ZIP codes within the continental U.S.
To give the gift of AMAZON PRIME, you can choose from $33 for 3 months or $99 ( 12 months). I do have the 12 months subscription and I tell you what..worth the money.  Specially when it comes to gift giving . When you have families that live far from you..you can shop Amazon and have it shipped directly to their address! ( Think Christmas season!) Our daughter absolutely enjoys the PRIME MUSIC TOO.  What I love about it too is that I can just connect it to our car and we can stream our playlist. 
 


Faithbox

So what is Faithbox? They are a Christian company that wants to help you strengthen your faith in God with their devotional and bring joy with great products from companies that do good. With a subscription you get their most popular item and gift! Every month receive a new devotional and amazing products from companies that do good.



You know what else I love about Faithbox? They provide 3 meals to hungry kids for each Faithbox they ship! To give the gift of subscription : CLICK HERE

Take advantage of this promo:  Take 10% Off On All Subscriptions and Products (ends 7/17/2017)


Bulu Box

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription of healthy products! Watch HERE, to see how it works.

Bulu Box is the best way to discover the health, nutrition and weight loss products that are right for YOU! With Bulu box:
1.TRY SAMPLES - You'll LOVE discovering new products, but just as important as finding your new healthy faves is seeing which products don't work for you. Try 4-5 samples based on your profile before buying full-size so you don't waste your money.
2. EARN POINTS - Each month you can earn up to 100 Rewards Points (that's $10!) just for subscribing and sharing your thoughts. 
3. CASH OUT - Once you've earned Rewards Points you can use them like actual cash towards a full-size purchase of your new favorite product. Some Bulugans even get their order completely free!

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Take advantage of this promo:  3 Months of Bulu Box for $20




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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. Choosemyplate.gov is a free online resource that provides information, guidelines and tips on healthy eating.

 
Image Source : myplate.gov



When me and my husband are also not feeling well we also use raw honey , Yogi's throat comfort tea and chamomile tea.  I do love Yogi Tea Throat comfort when  I have a sore throat. It gives me an instant relief. It is organic and safe for kids too. 

Other suggestions : Mix a teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm chamomile tea.



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 ..it'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 me..you'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.

DIY MEMORY FRAME BOX

http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/02/diy-baby-memory-frame-box.html

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.

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

http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/08/easy-salt-dough-handprint-keepsake.html

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.

http://www.abountifullove.com/2011/06/make-your-own-sandbox.html


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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