Love for cousins.

Who doesn’t love a thoughtful cousin? One my numerous cousins dropped by our house last weekend. She came from a business trip abroad and brought home a voucher for magnetic bracelets for me. Wow! Of course, I was touched by the gesture. It was generous of her. She told me that it was a token for the help I gave her when she was preparing for her wedding a couple of months ago. I said that it was nothing but that I appreciate the token.

I just love my cousins. I grew up surrounded by them, both boys and girls, younger and older than I am. I will always look back at my childhood with a smile on my face because of them.

Roof over our heads.

My sister and I have been talking over some renovations at home that I have in mind. We’ve been looking over Pittsburgh Pennsylvania roof power wash and one of the things in our list of items to be renovation or fixed at home is our roof. We will consult Dad after we finalize the list along with the budget.

Every summer here in our country, my sister and I make sure that our home is rain-proof and ready for any kind of calamity brought on by typhoons and storms. We don’t want to find ourselves drenched in rain water because we failed to anticipate the coming rainy season. We also don’t want to find ourselves with a broken roof over our heads because we forgot to have it checked, fixed or replaced. So this coming week, we are going to have it checked by professionals. The roof over our heads should withstand whatever kind of storm or typhoon to come in the country. It also needs to be able to protect us from the heat of the sun and other elements.

I know that we need to come up with a substantial budget not only for the roof but also for the renovation of the kitchen, master bedroom, and backyard. I already roped in my other sister and younger brother to help with the fund since we live in the same house, anyway. Both said yes. I really can’t wait for the house to look as I pictured it in my head. The budget is almost done. The list is also ready to be ticked off, one by one. All we need to do is get Dad’s approval and we’re good to go.

Hopefully, the renovations/repairs and maintenance will move smoothly and will be completed before the end of this month.

A backyard pool.

I am looking at Columbus Pools while thinking if I can afford it, if the family can afford to have a swimming pool built in the backyard of the new house. It’s already summer in this part of the world and you can just imagine how hot a day can get. There is not enough ice in the freezer to cool our bodies! And I don’t think five times a day of shower will be good for every one in the family.

The best solution in this summer heat? A backyard pool! I will have to talk to the rest of the family about it first but I know they will be just as excited as I am in the prospect of a pool we can all dip in whenever we feel like it. It will be fun! I am doing the budget now to see if we can squeeze it in our summer fund. It will be a good investment. A pool in our own backyard will mean we don’t have to go elsewhere to swim. We can even invite friends and party by the poolside.

If you are also thinking of having a swimming pool installed in your very own home, Easy Living Pools can help you out with it. I am checking their site now and I am liking what I see. They can custom design a pool to fit your needs. Your lifestyle, budget and needs will be taken into consideration by their professional designers in order to make sure that the pool will be what you really pay for.

The love of a mother


When we were kids, money was not enough for us. We were seven in the family including my parents. Can you imagine how costly it is to bring up five kids? It didn’t end with food. There’s also clothes to wear, school to pay for, and other basic necessities that a child needs. Multiply that by five!

So there were days when we didn’t have enough food on the table. Seeing as it wasn’t enough for the kids alone, my mom would give up her portion for us to eat. She’s always sacrificing something so that we could have enough.

And did I mention that she did almost all the work at home? She gave up her dreams so she could be with and take care of us.

I don’t think there’s any that could equal the love of a mother.


Another dream laundry area

Laundry room

Another one found via Pinterest!

I posted about my dream laundry area in a previous post. You all know how I am dreaming of a new house and I also have my ideas of what the different rooms of the house will look like. Living room, bedroom, dining room, home-office, etc. One room that I intend to make perfect is the laundry room. In that brand new house, I don’t intend to have a helper so we will be doing everything including laundry. I want the laundry room to be inspiring and conducive to washing dirty clothes and stuff.

And these ideas from Pinterest are really making me all antsy to find that dream house…


Happy weekend! I hope you are all living in your dream houses. I will be. Very soon.


The importance of college education

If you ask me, college education is very important for us ordinary people. We don’t have money to invest in a business. We have no extraordinary skill that we can use as a tool to get hired by big companies for a post with a promise of promotion. We don’t have backers in high positions who can guarantee our easy entry into a good company.

So a college diploma is very important. We can say that there are persons in history and even in today’s generation who became successful even with very little education. That’s their fate! Plus they have done something extraordinary that made them successful. We cannot assume to reach the same in life. Almost always, we are left depending our success in life with our college diploma.

Can you blame a kid who doesn’t have a clear shot at college if he’s depressed and doesn’t have the urge to go out and do something?


Lead by example.

You know, in our family, it is best to lead by example. I can preach all I want about a change in lifestyle, a change in our diets, but if I not start it myself and show them that I am already living it, they won’t take me seriously. Lead by example is the best way to implement change in our family. Just like when I was looking for kneipp products – and my sister was teasing me about my goal of starting this year with a healthier diet. I told her that I am doing it but since she doesn’t really see me eating anything healthy the past couple of days, she thought I was not serious with it.

So, beginning today, I will eat healthy. It’s nothing grand, I should say, but I have cut down on my rice intake and have started cutting down on my sugar and sweets consumption as well.

Home living and Home improvements. Family matters. Faith and Inspirations.