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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ways to Learn the Alphabet

My son started pre school at 3 years and 2 months old.He  knew  the alphabet well before he even starts school.He learned it his way not my way .I was trying to teach him the letters but it seems  not working the way I do it.Teaching  children  the Alphabet takes a lot of patience .We were thinking of  many  ways  for them to learn like books,children’s shows and toys. Maybe someone with a California teaching credential would know more ways to teach him things like that. We usually says A   is for  Apple,B  is for ball and  so on but they loses interest in what ever they were doing  whenever  we do these.When my son was a toddler back in Qatar,we never had a cable connection not because we cannot afford it.I just thought that it was not one of my priority.I let my son watch on dvd’s , internet and  play educational toys(with sounds,music, light)  .Sesame Street is one show that I like  him to watch . It has a little of everything to teach children.

We  moved to USA last year when he was only 2 years 4 months old .Here, he was introduced to different kinds of television shows like Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Backyardigan , etc.These shows taught him  to identify different kinds of shapes, colors,numbers and many more. He also has his all time favorite VTEC Educational laptop and toys where he  learned the Alphabet .I can say that VTEC had the biggest part in his learning ability.He spends most of his day in front of the laptop listening ,watching, playing the key board and touching the screen .Unconsciously he learned through  this.Two months before his 3rd birthday while  sitting on my lap watching television he stared at my shirt and started reading  all the letters  written on it. I was stunned and could not believe he just did it. He also learned the numbers, shapes and colors all by himself . It is good to find out that our kids are actually having fun and at the same time learning without any pressure.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Foggy Morning

It was chilly and foggy when I  woke up this morning .I was hoping to just  stay in bed  and curl up next to hubby but it is Monday and time  get up to get  the kids ready for school .It was still dark when the kids went out to wait for the school bus.Hubby left for work soon after the kids left.

I started the day with a hot cup of coffee while glancing  outside my window.The place is so calm and peaceful .I really enjoyed watching my property emerging from the fog. It's amazing how nature can provide so much happiness and energy into our lives.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Iba't Ibang Klase ng Tao sa Facebook

1. Adik -Sila ang talagang dahilan kung bakit yumaman si Mark Zuckerberg at dinudumog ng advertisers ang FB. Sila yung  buong araw nakabang sa FB accounts nila  sa computer o  cell phone .Kulang ang araw nila pag di nakasilip, makapagpost at magcomments .Bawa’t kilos ipopost sa mga walls.Uumpisahan ng  "Good Morning FB” at matatapos sa “Good night world”.Maraming adik ang yumaman sa mga games at apps pero kagaya sa tunay na buhay kailangan ang sipag ,tyaga ,connection at multiple accounts.

2. Silent type- Sila yung taong minsan lang magface book.Pasilip silip at pabasa basa lang .Ang iba ay nagka account lang dahil pinilit or pinag open ng account ng mga kamag anak at friends.Meron pa ring kagaya nila na hindi kinacareer ang FB.Sila yung malimit makita sa bandang kanang part ng facebook na may nakalagay sa taas na “ Help a Friend” at “Suggest friends for him/her”.

3. Emotero- Sila yung mga may hinaing sa love life,nag iinarte at madrama sa buhay .Dinadaan nila sa FB wall ang pagsisiwalat ng laman ng puso at isipan.Yung iba ay   pakanta kanta at pahaging na comments ang style.Naging mag best friend na sial ni Mang Gugel kakahana ng mga video's ,lyric's ng mmga love songs.Love is in the air ang drama nila.

4. Echosera/o- Wala akong maisip na tamang itawag sa kanila.What Is in your mind?Tanong ni FB palagi na sinasagot naman nila. Kung maraming nag aabang sa pagbulalas nila ng mga nasa isipan nila ay meron namang  talagang nakakarelate sa mga istorya . May natutuwa at  meron ding mga umaaray dahil tinatamaan,ouch! Mga  sumasama ang loob  na minsan ay di  kinakaya  kaya ang ending ay either I unfriend or I block mo si ka FBing na out spoken.  Kung may kasabihang “ Batu bato sa langit matamaan ay wag magagalit” Ito naman ang sa kanila “ Batu -bato sa langit ang matamaan 'wag pikon”.

5. Sawsawera/o- Sila yung mga palasawsaw sa mga out spoken o echoseras .  Hindi naman daw sila tsismosa at sulsulera, magkaiba naman yon!  Kung maraming mga  in denial ay marami rin naming  proud to be sawsawers. Hindi rin sila pahuhuli kung group page ang pag uusapan dahil meron din silang sariling mundo. Closed group ito kaya pa member ka muna bago makipagsawsawan sa kanila.

6. Bulgar- Kung may  PDA (Public Display of Affection) ay meron ding  FBDA(Face Book Display of Affection).Nilalanggam sa kasweetan ang mga ito na kung minsan ay nagiging OA na sa mga pinopost.Sabi nga nila “ masisisi nyo ba kami, ikaw kaya maging  In Love! ”  . Isa rin sila sa  masisipag magsearch  ke Mang Gugel para sa mga love quotes.

7. Godly - Sila naman yung mga walang sawa sa kaka post sa walls  ng mga  bible verses . Mahilig mag share ng mga articles , videos and songs about God. Masaya na silang makita na may  mangilan ngilang nag like sa postings nila kahit hindi mag comment basta ma ishare lang ang salita ng Diyos. Amen!

8 .Youngster- Nabibilang ditto ang mga kabataan , kolehiyala, mga bata .Halu halo  lang mga  posts nila.  Usually  mga okrayan at asaran.May  mga Inglesera at pasosyal din lalo na yung mga nasa may sinasabing eskwelahan.Sila yata  ang may pinakamaraming bilang ng ka FB at  photo album at sila rin ang mga masisipag  magrequest for games at apps lalo na yung mga bulilit.

9. Out Law- May mga ganitong klase ng tao sa FB akala nyo lang wala pero mabibilang lang yata .Sila yung mga di kasundo o galit sa mga in laws.Nakablock lahat ng inlaws at ayaw pasilip.Malamang kontrabida mga inlaws or sila ang mga nagmamaldita.

(all photos were copied from facebook)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OFW- Mayaman, Nagmamayaman o Puro Kayabangan

Isa rin akong OFW but I don’t blog about it.Wala kasi akong maisip na topic probably dahil di ko naman naging problema mga kamag anak ko sa Pilipinas, kumbaga,walang mga pasaway at nakatanghod buwan buwan sa sweldo ko, swerte di ba?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Riding the School Bus

After 2 weeks of driving J to school , he finally had his first school bus ride  on Monday together with his brother  .I was not  sure if he  was ready to do it with out mommy but I gave it a try. I was worried he will cry and  not gonna let me get off the bus after buckling up his seat belt but it did not happen instead  I saw the excitement in his eyes when I said goodbye. At the age of 3 , he is so ready to be on his own going to school.Of course ,I am not so worried because his brother will take good care of him.

Waiting for the bus for the 1st time .

 Bus is coming.

mommy moments

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Worst Chips and Dips

I copied/pasted  this article by David Zinczenko, saved on my  bloggers draft for more than a year and forgot all about it. I find it very helpful for one's health especially the health conscious people.One of my family's favorites are Ruffles sour cream and Pringles and according to this article is one of the worst chips.Guess ,I need to exclude these worst food  into my grocery list from now on.
Consider the potato: It’s heavy. It’s brown. It’s gnarly. It grows in the dirt. It’s hardly the most appealing food on earth.

Now consider the Pringle: It’s light. It’s golden. It’s crispy. And it comes in a can! A tremendous improvement on the earthbound spud, right? Except for one thing: Pringles aren’t potatoes.

In fact, they’re only 42 percent potato, which means that every time you pop a Pringle, what you’re mostly eating else. But what?

Oil. In fact, a single serving—just 14 chips—will grease up your innards with 11 grams of fat, as much as you’d get in a Burger King hamburger. And that’s exactly the problem with most chips: Food marketers have done to the potato and the ear of corn what British Petroleum did to the gulf: They took a great source of natural food, and covered it in oil.

Does that mean you can’t accompany your summer barbecue with a side order of chips and dip? Absolutely not. (I have a friend who followed the advice in Eat This, Not That! and lost 10 pounds of belly fat in six weeks and kept it off—without ever dieting!) There are plenty of healthy options out there. If you love potato chips, check out the Kettle Bakes line (the closest you can get to an unadulterated spud). If you’re into corn chips, Sun Chips Original is made from whole grains—meaning you’re upping your heart-healthy fiber intake with each bite. Below, I’ve listed some simple swaps you can make to help you stay slim all summer long—so you can literally “chip away” at your belly!

Boulder Canyon Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt (~14 chips, 28 g)
150 calories
7 g fat (1 g saturated)
410 mg sodium

Boulder Canyon might boast “Natural Foods” on the packaging, but these chips contain nearly double the sodium of all the other major brands in the grocery store. To cut back on the sodium, opt for Popchips Salt & Pepper, instead. Popchips are neither fried nor baked—the potatoes “pop” with heat and pressure. It’s delicious ingenuity.

Eat This Instead!
Popchips Salt & Pepper (~20 chips, 28 g)
120 calories
4 g fat (0 g saturated)
290 mg sodium

Pay attention to how you chase your chips, too. Pick up the latest book in our series, Drink This, Not That!, and find out how watching what you drink can save you more than 400 calories a day.

Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream (~11 chips, 28 g)
160 calories
11 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
230 mg sodium

Ruffles are cut thick and crinkled, which means more fried potato is stuffed into each bite. Think of it this way: If you stretched out the crinkles, you’d have a massive hunk of fried potato. If you want a flavored crisp, go for anything from the Baked! Lays line, which has about 10 fewer calories per serving than almost any other brand of baked chips.

Eat This Instead!
Baked! Lays Barbecue Flavored (~14 chips)
120 calories
3 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
210 mg sodium

And remember: Not all food that sounds healthy is healthy. See for yourself—read 30 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t.

Fritos Original (~32 chips, 28 g)
160 calories
10 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
160 mg sodium

Beloved Fritos are great for transporting bean dip to your mouth. But they’re decidedly not great for keeping off the belly fat. Choose the Baked! Tostitos Scoops! instead. They scoop just as well as the Fritos, with less than half the fat. And if you crack them in half, they’re roughly the same size, too.

Eat This Instead!
Baked! Tostitos Scoops (~15 chips, 28 g)
120 calories
3 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
130 mg sodium

Tostitos Hint of Lime (~6 chips, 28 g)
150 calories
8 g fat (1 g saturated)
160 mg sodium

For Tostitos, a “hint of lime” includes partially hydrogenated soybean oil and artificial coloring. If you want lime-flavored chips, your best option is easily the Guiltless Gourmet line. It has fewer ingredients, less fat, and double the fiber of the Tostitos.

Eat This Instead!
Guiltless Gourmet All Natural Chili Lime (~18 chips, 28 g)
120 calories
3 g fat (0 g saturated)
200 mg sodium

Kraft Cheez Whiz Original Cheese Dip (2 Tbsp, 33 g)
90 calories
7 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
440 mg sodium

This glowing orange goop is pure junk. If you have a taste for cheese, save your calories for the real thing. We're especially fond of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium. With the nutritional perks of tomatoes and peppers, salsa con queso beats straight cheese dip every time. Plus, you can eat twice as much for the same caloric punch (not that you should, of course!).

Eat This Instead!
Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium (2 Tbsp, 34 g)
40 calories
2.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
280 mg sodium

For life-changing nutrition and health secrets you can use instantly, follow me on Twitter. And for a more comprehensive list of disastrous beverages, and what to drink instead, check out the new losers on the 2010 list of the 20 Worst Drinks in America.

Lay's Creamy Ranch Dip (2 Tbsp, 33 g)
60 calories
5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
240 mg sodium

Make ranch your staple dip and you could be adding hundreds of low-quality calories to your snacking. Instead, choose hummus. This fiber- and protein-rich Mediterranean staple is perfect for dipping and slathering, and it has only a little over half the calories as nutritionally void ranch.

Eat This Instead!
Wild Garden Hummus Dip Roasted Garlic (2 Tbsp, 30 g)
35 calories
2 g fat (0 g saturated)
70 mg sodium

Tostitos Creamy Salsa (2 Tbsp, 32 g)
35 calories
3 g fat (0 g saturated)
150 mg

Salsa is typically the planet's finest condiment because it's packed with antioxidants that help prevent cancers and macular degeneration. Another benefit? It's typically no more than 10 meager calories per 2 tablespoons. Any salsa labeled "creamy," however, has been polluted with a dose of fatty oil. This Tostitos Creamy Salsa is more than three times as caloric as the Ortega Thick & Chunky. Maybe not such a big deal after one scoop. But after 10? You're looking at the caloric difference of four McDonald's McNuggets.

Eat This Instead!
Ortega Thick & Chunky Salsa Medium (2 Tbsp, 31 g)
10 calories
0 g fat
210 mg sodium

For the healthiest packaged foods around, check out 125 Healthiest Packaged Foods for Women and 125 Best Packaged Foods for Men.

T. Marzetti Guacamole Veggie Dip (2 Tbsp, 29 g)
130 calories
13 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
240 mg sodium

Real guacamole is an incredibly healthy spread for chips and sandwiches alike. That's because avocados are rich with oleic acid, a healthy fat that helps to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good. The problem, however, is that guacamole imposters are hiding in ever cooler in the country. This one from T. Marzetti is made up mostly of oil and sour cream.

Eat This Instead!
Wholly Guacamole Classic (2 Tbsp, 30 g)
50 calories
4 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
75 mg sodium

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lola Bunny, our new Bundle of Joy

When we moved to USA last year, my children were requesting for a pet ,either dog cat or a bunny .Daddy always says “no” especially the small timid house dogs. We’ll have a dog only if it’s an Alaskan Husky, a big watch dog to protect us from strangers and some wild animals. So every time we go to a flea market and see some dogs for free , my boys just looks at them  probably was saying “sorry, daddy don’t want you in the house"  with a sad look in their eyes.

Last week, when we went to a county fair, my eldest son  won a rabbit as a prize at a carnival game. He happily showed her to us and how he got her.He named her "Lola". I was  watching daddy's reaction about Lola as our new pet.He then  said”that’s nice for a stew” but I know he was just kidding. For sure it will break the boys heart if we serve the innocent bunny for dinner. Any way to make the story short ,our little Lola now lives happily in her cage that daddy bought her.

                                          Meet  Lola, the newest member of the family.

                               Thank you daddy for the cage and other stuff .We love you!