50 Reasons to Exercise

To all those who need some motivation (like me). I need to take action and discipline myself to give at least an hour of my day.

50 Reasons to Exercise

Who’s with me???


Squeaky Samson

About two weeks ago or so, Brian’s cousin Spencer and his wife, Emily gave Samson a squeaky toy. Not quite sure if Brian or Samson enjoys it more…

Thank you Spencer & Emily!

Samson is 14 weeks old now and weighs about 11 lbs. This puppy is growing like crazy! He’s potty-trained and is learning to rollover and to walk with a leash on. We’ve also introduced him to water. He loves going in his kiddie pool but he’s still warming up to the ocean water. Those dancing waves makes his little heart beat faster than Usain Bolt can sprint 100 meters.

My Mama Graduated!

Last week, I got to witness my Mama graduate from LPN school. Look at that mega-watt smile 😀


 My mama is definitely an inspiration to me. She is beautiful, loving, caring and very industrious. In addition to that, she is very smart and is full of wisdom. She has always taught us these words:                                                                     “Doing your best makes you a winner”

 Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”

Mama's Grad Group

She was one of the top students in her class and she was also chosen to give the graduation speech. Let me tell you something… she was brilliant. She enunciated her words, took her time, and her speech was just awesome! She shared her experience of going back to school after raising 4 kids and being 50 something years old. Mama Speech

She also shared that It’s never too late to change your major or your career. My mom actually has her Bachelors degree in Accounting but has decided to switch to the medical field. She is now contemplating on branching to the RN program. 

Mama Nursing Pinning

This is a photo of my mom and her batch after the ceremony. She’s the tiny little lady on the very right 😉Mama's Batch

After the ceremony, my mom was overwhelmed with so much love and support from her friends that Papa had to creep in for a hug… and Brian just had to photo bomb that sweet moment haha

Mama and Papa collage

Papa may or may not have a tear or two. He has been such a supportive husband to my mom. One thing that I admire about my parents is that they share each other’s accomplishments. You can tell how proud he was of my mom. It’s the sweetest thing. I mean just look at them… I just wanna hug them!Mama and Papa

Another sweet deal about my mom’s graduation is that my grandma (Apo) was there to witness her daughter graduate. Apparently when Mama first graduated, it was just a nightmare. Mama Apo

I am thankful for the way my Mama has raised me up. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know the value of money or the meaning of hard work. When we were younger, Papa had to work abroad to support our family. Mama stood strong and raised all four of us by herself. That itself is an accomplishment worthy of recognition.
Happy Mama

In behalf of my mama, thank you for all your love and support.

I love you Mama


Dust to Dust


The day when The Civil Wars‘ new album will be released and I am more than ecstatic about it.the-civil-wars

I love and respect this duo with all my heart. Their music is timeless, passionate, and awe-inspiring.

The Civil Wars

If you’re unaware of their situation, check out this article to give you a little insight about it. “The Civil War’s New Album Is Set For Release In The Midst Of A Hiatus”

Here’s a little taste of their new album and I am drooling.


Shrimp Stir Fry

Thanks to couponing, our household has survived without me having to go grocery shopping for over a month now.  Although it was nice not having to worry about it, it was time to get some fresh veggies. Lo and behold, Shrimp Stir Fry was on the menu tonight. Shrimp Stir FryShrimp Stir Fry dishInstructions: Sautée all the veggies with onion and garlic. Put in the shrimp. Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper. Tada!

This is one of my favorite dishes. It’s healthy and it’s so easy to make. It’s great with rice and you can even substitute the shrimp with chicken or tofu.

I’m also trying to be better with menu planning by using this menu planner I found from OrgJunkieMenu Planner

Now time to plan out healthy recipes. And oh, here’s some pup and hubby love ❤

Samson Brian


I’ll make this short and sweet for now. Just in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been or what has happened to this blog … well, I’ll have to put the blame on this little fur ball of joy 😉

Samson 11 weeks Mini Goldendoodle

This is Samson. He is a mini F1b goldendoodle (go ahead and google it I’m not making it up). He is now 12 weeks old and weighs about 7 lbs. He knows a few tricks: sit, come, stay, shake, touch, and lay down. He is almost fully potty-trained and is still learning very eagerly. 

I never thought I would be one of those people I used to make fun of. Yes, I have become a “dog lover” or maybe even worse than that because… I treat him like my own human baby. Some may find it disturbing, others may find it annoying and I won’t even dare compare raising a dog to a human baby. All I know is Samson has been a great source of joy in our home. He is the sweetest pup and he’s unbelievably smart. My brother-in-law, Patrick mentioned something about our pets possibly living with us after-life. It has stuck with me since then. Call it a fantasy or what not but it sure is a nice thought. 

Samson Paws 11 weeks

Doodle momma out. xoxo

Brian’s 25th Moustache Party

Moustache party

My hubby is officially 25! Wooot Woooot!!! I’ve been wanting to throw a moustache party for him since last year & I was very excited to see it finally happen. Plus, his work requires him to be clean-shaven so I thought it’d be nice to at least pretend to have facial hair 🙂  (WARNING: This post will have photo galore)

Here is a slideshow of the decorations we had. Thank you for Pinterest and a big shout out to the girls who helped me: Emily and Kara!

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For the photo booth, I decided to use gift wrap as our background- t’was so cheap & so festive.

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Later on…we played Charades, Pin the Moustache, ate some food, etc..

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Overall, I thought the party went very well. Brian was very surprise (thanks to Spencer for kidnapping him so we can decorate). I was so proud of myself because I didn’t give him a single hint. Brian told me that he had a lot of fun & that he felt very loved. And so, thank you to all those who came & made Brian’s birthday extra special.

xoxo, Grace