Monthly Archives: October 2006

A Wonderful Day!

As days passed on, and the Eid Holidays are coming to its end, being stagnated inside of our abode with no outdoor activities I had to be innovative and creative in entertaining my kids. As promised to my daughter, Andrea, we spent the other day coloring her new coloring book and doing some painting stuff.

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We recycled the old cardboards and biscuits box and turned them to this!

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Andrea wanted to have a garden with butterflies in it so, I draw flowers and butterflies, cut it and she did the painting. What a terrific and wonderful day!

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My 1 year old, Sean did his part too! Have a look! The strokes with green colors were his and momsy just added some colors.

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Their playroom turned out to be like this on one side of the wall…

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And Andrea is begging for more…She wants Momsy to draw and cut out more of the animals and she’ll paint. I guess, she want this room to be a garden and a mini zoo.

Wisdom Tooth

The other night I was chilling with high temperature, eyes puffing, nose stuffy and my head was way out throbbing with pain down to my right cheek and the pain was more intense everytime that I moved my jaw. I haven’t had a decent sleep. The pain was indescribable, I thought that it was a toothache.

Yup, I was right! The following morning we went to the dentist and found out that my wisdom tooth (yeah! read my lips: w-i-s-d-o-m t-o-o-t-h) is coming out and it’s pushing all my teeth just to come out. Unfortunately, Eid is on its way and there’s no schedule available with my dentist so I have to go back after the holiday. She gave me medicine for the pain and I have to wait until it emerge fully (just one/fourth part is showing). Course of action to be taken until then…Option No 1: uproot one tooth ( big, big, ouchhyyy!) and Option No. 2: Wish that my teeth would make a move and offer a seat to the coming one or else option no. 1 would occur (reality check! I’m old and my teeth would not move to accomodate  a new one!) OMG!

Read and Reflect!

I received this forwarded e-mail from my friend Lorie, just wanna share it with you guys!

Good Morning to each and Everyone!

First Aid Kit:

Items Needed:

Mint

Candy Kiss

Tea Bag

Eraser

Rubber Band

Toothpick

Chewing Gum

Band Aid

Pencil

WHY???

TOOTHPICK– to remind you

to pick out the good qualities in others.

Matthew 7:1

RUBBERBAND– to remind you to be

flexible. Things might not always go the way

you want, but it will work out.

Romans 8:28

BAND AID– to remind you

to heal hurt feelings, yours or others.

Colossians 3:12-14

PENCIL– to remind you to

list your blessings everyday.

Ephesians 1:3

ERASER– to remind you

that everyone makes mistakes,

and it’s okay.

Geneses 50:15-21

CHEWING GUM– to remind you

to stick with it, and you can

accomplish anything.

Phillippians 4:13

MINT– to remind you

that you are worth a mint.

JOhn 3:16-17

CANDY KISS– to remind you

that everyone needs a kiss and a hug

everyday.

John 4:7

TEA BAG– to remind you

to relax daily and go over your list

of blessings.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

The Pre-Winter Bug

Last night we went to the clinic (Qatar Medical Clinic), both of my kids are down with cough and cold and a fever (seems in an on and off mode- it keeps on coming back!). It was like a reunion of Filipino community in this clinic. Lots of kids and babies were there and most of them with the same case, cough and colds. The culprit is the changing weather, the heat dropped and winter is coming and outdoor activities are more inviting, which I guess, the reason why they got sick.
Princess insisted in going to Al Ghazal Tennis court last Saturday as opposed to our plan of having a night out in The Mall with Sean while their dad and uncle are having fun with tennis.

My 3- year old daughter is the carrier of the virus and my 1 year old is the receiver. Good that they are now good kids, they take their medicines and stopped arguing and puking before any medicine would touch their lips as what they always do.

The same happened to their friend, Xianne, and good that she’s getting well now. Getting sick in the family is hard especially that they are our kids and not us, sometimes I wish that it’s me and not them.

For us, no outdoor activity yet, not until they are both well and good that holiday is coming, Eid el Fiter Holidays, so Princess has more time to rest.

Towards a Healthy Home

As I always opt for a healthy lifestyle for me and my family, it’s better to know what are the factors that lead to or adds to the stress at home. For one, I hate clutter, I can’t consentrate my readings when my eye catches a glance on Princess books scattered on the floor or worst when their playroom looks ransacked and stuffs inside the cupboards in the kitchen are not in order or when dirty clothes in the laundry room are not arranged in every basket according to colors, or when clothes in the cabinets are not neatly piled and not in a color scheme. Do I sound like Bree Van de Kamp in the Desperate Housewives? I’m not totally the same with her case, the obsessive-compulsive thingy but I think I’m close to that state.

Back to what my topic is all about, clutter is one factor that affects us. Yes, Indeed, don’t laugh at me. it’s not only my home but yours too! Am I right? Our home is another aspect of ourselves. It mirrors our personality. It is the outer reality that reflects what is happening inside our home. If your home is tidy it goes hand in hand with the notion that there’s a routinary act of decluterring.
One stressor is clutter. So what is clutter? It’s definition is “A confused or disordered state or collection.” If you have lots of possessions and a little time to do the things you want to do. We always hoard on the things that we want and not minding that we always bring more inside our house and we care less on where those stuffs would go.

Those things that we do not regularly use, not anymore cherished, stored in wrong places, half-finished craft projects, broken objects, unwanted things in our homes are considered as clutters. To top it all, imagine yourself in your small bedroom with all those stuffs lying everywhere, overflowing mixed things in your drawers at the bedside table. Isn’t it an ugly sight. The word is saturation.

As much as possible, I stick with my routine of housework, giving more importance on cleanliness and keep our abode tidy. MInd you, I have my schedule of houseworks. Return every used stuff on its proper place. Always review my shelves if our things are in proper places and to see what I am storing. If I need them or if it need to be given or disposed.

Every week I would start from one drawer in our side table, then to the drawers in my hubby’s wardrobe then to my kids cabinets and then to another room, the receiving area then to the kitchen and the end point of my decluttering are the comfort rooms. If you’ll let the clutter pile up then you’ll be too lazy to clear it. And every time I would pass a room and found something on the floor my reflex would normally bend down and get that stuff and return it to its proper place.

NOw friend, you know that my time, my whole day is not enough taking care and nurishing my kids plus the houseworks. So, I should not be hearing anything from you how on earth I would be so busy just being at home.
The next stressor is too much gadgets, too many modern electrical toys like TV’s, DVD’s, X-box, computers, cellphones, to cut it short, electropollution in our homes. Too much usage of these high-tech stuffs would also make us weak after too much hours of usage and exposure. Of course, the Lhuddite in me, is creeping in again. I want also those stuffs above but too much of them has also negative effects on our health. It’s great to be wired with computers plus the Internet, it’s great to have easy access on communication with the use of Chikka, Skype, GoogleTalk, and more and be easily reached by families and friends especially in our case that we are miles far from them but we have to make sure that we have limit in all those earthly pleasures.
Another is Chemical Pollution. You’d ask me how on earth it would affect us in our homes. Did you wonder how your fresh fruits and vegetables were grown? I’m talking about the pesticides that were used in growing those fruits and vegetables.

Carpet deodorizers, carpet cleaners, synthetic materials used in our homes that range from the carpet to the chemically treated woods in our furnitures,paints on our walls, air fresheners, insect repellants, toilet cleaners or cleaning fluids, powder detergents. All these chemicals has a negative impact to our health.

If only I could change our flooring I would have chosen a wooden floor and without carpet. Natural fiber floorcoverings I guess would do in some areas for it doesn’t hold too much dust. While carpets hold much of dusts and dustmites and vacuuming twice a week is a must.

As I struggle for a healthy home and a healthy family I know I need to switch to natural cleaners like bicarbonate of soda for our carpets. Just sprinkle it on the carpet before vacuuming and adding essential oil for a pleasant smell.Vinegar can be used to clean windows and it can be used to remove stains.
I’m gonna say goodbye to the brand of the furniture polish that I always buy, I can make my own by mixing a lemon juice and an olive oil. And dried rose petals can serve as air freshener.

And most importantly have a good sleep, sensible diet, exercise, but with my sedentary lifestyle, I know exercise is the solution for a healthy me and my family.