December 3, 2014

Business Ideas for Stay-At-Home Parents

We all had that aha! moment where we realize our time is limited. But wait til you have a child of your own. Or if you become a caregiver of your aging parent. Or if someone in your family needs longterm care and you had to quit your job so you can care about that family member.

Over the years, I have compiled a list of business for stay-at-mom moms or dads or adult children. If you need more info, message me on the comment area below and I will send you a list of all stay-at-home business ideas.

And you can be your own boss & take charge of your life.

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October 1, 2014

Christmas Gifts for Kids

dollhouse for girls

dollhouse for girls

Was there ever a time in your life where you wanted a gift so badly that you wished Santa would bring it on Christmas? When I was young, me and my friends always wanted to have a huge dollhouse that’s as tall as us. We kept writing to Santa to send us that gift. We reasoned that we were good the whole year. We wrote that we listened to our parents & helped clean our rooms, that we fed our pets and always asked permission before using anything in the house. But Santa forgot about our letters. And we were sad when the gifts we got for Christmas didn’t include a huge box w/ a ribbon on it. A huge box for us then meant that Santa had to put the dollhouse in the box or it will fall from the sleigh.

Fast forward to the future and here we are, now married mothers of little girls. And our mini-me just wants a dollhouse. With the internet always on, they can now browse online by themselves & have a variety of choices w/ regards to the dollhouse. And no, we can’t even tell them make-believe stories that they should write Santa & only Santa can give them the gift if they deserve it. The mystique & myth of Santa has been shattered by the advent of the internet. Little kids are much wiser now. This new generation knows that there’s lots of stores to choose from & they can just order online if Mommy doesn’t wanna take them to the store to buy their “toy of the year”. I’m glad my little girl isn’t that insistent on getting a dollhouse. But then I remembered my childhood dream. And I realized, maybe, just maybe, I can make it happen & we can cherish the moment when “Santa” finally read our letter & granted us our wish & we’ll wake up on Christmas morning w/ that big box w/ a bow under our Christmas tree.

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September 22, 2014

Cheryl Cole a.k.a. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Cole aka Cheryl Fernandez-Versini screencap from her music video Crazy Stupid Love ft. Tinie Tempah

Cheryl Cole aka Cheryl Fernandez-Versini screencap from her music video Crazy Stupid Love ft. Tinie Tempah

Who isn’t in awe of Cheryl Cole? From the moment she emerged as a winner in Popstars UK, then becoming a member of Girls Aloud, she has been on a constant media spotlight. People are inspired by her success, with that Geordie accent & saccharine sweet smile. I love all her songs. My favorite is Fight For This Love. But then came Crazy Stupid Love featuring Tinie Tempah. It shows you hardwork & believing in yourself equals success, that success is within reach if you really want it.

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September 18, 2014

What is your favorite MAC lipstick color?

MAC Russian Red lipstick

MAC Russian Red lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

 

When I became a mom of 3, my time to glam up has been reduced to a minute or two. I’m now a dash & go type of Mom. The only make-up essential that I can’t do without is my lipstick. A friend of mine gave me a MAC Russian Red as a gift. I always wanted that true red lipstick and the MAC Russian Red did it for me. I saw an actress acquaintance recently, sporting that neon pink lipstick & she tweeted that she’s using MAC Candy Yum Yum. From now on, MAC Russian Red will be my night lippy & the MAC Candy Yum Yum will be my official pink lippy during the day.

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September 11, 2014

Kids and Church in LA

Are you looking for some fun Christian activities for your children? You’re in luck because I just came across a hip church within Los Angeles that offers Sunday programs for kids. Check out Oasis LA at www.oasisla.org & their address is:

Oasis LA
634 S. Normandie Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90005
USA
Tel: (818) 287-8055

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September 3, 2014

Natalia Vodianova on Vanity Fair September 2014

Last night, I was reading Vanity Fair September 2014 issue with Natalia Vodianova on the cover. I have followed a bit of her lifestory previously but I didn’t know she really came from poverty. I won’t spoil it for you so you can check it out by getting your own copy of Vanity Fair. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, she overcame all those hurdles & made something out of herself. She had the courage & willpower to stand up after each fall. Kudos to women like Natalia.

Vanity Fair September 2014 with covergirl Natalia Vodianova

Vanity Fair September 2014 with covergirl Natalia Vodianova

 

I also read there that the favorite song of one of my favorite fashion icons, Michael Kors, is Native New Yorker by Odyssey.  I was just humming this song a few days ago. Music of the 70s & the good old days…

 

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September 2, 2014

Pesto Cavatappi Recipe

When I was touring Washington DC with my family, I craved for some pasta. That’s when we found Corner Bakery Cafe at the National Press Building. It was a cool place to have lunch & the menu was affordable. I ordered pesto cavatappi & hubby ordered the spinach sweet crisp salad while the kids had their child serving of mac & cheese. They also got a free juice & free cookie. The food was delish. Couldn’t get it off my mind so when we got back to Los Angeles, I immediately searched online for a recipe that I can tweak. Here’s my very own version of pesto cavatappi:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb macaroni pasta
  • 14.5 oz alfredo sauce
  • 3-4 tbsp pesto basil sauce
  • seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped rotiserrie chicken
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Boil water. Add pasta. When it’s al dente, drain the pasta. Then, add the alfredo sauce & the pesto basil sauce. Keep stirring. After 3 minutes, add the chopped rotiserrie chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese & salt & pepper to taste.

SERVING SIZE

Serves 3-4

Since it was my first time to use a ready-made pesto sauce, I couldn’t quite decide which one to use so I bought 3. One of them has cheese already.

pesto basil sauces & pesto cavatappi

You can also serve with garlic bread on the side. Served using my Royal Albert plate. Happy eating!

 

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August 11, 2014

East Coast Summer Vacation – Visiting New York, New Jersey, Washington DC & Virginia

The Lake in Central Park

The Lake in Central Park West near Loeb Boathouse in New York City

 

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past couple of years. Recently, I’ve decided that amidst all the hustle & bustle of life & the life situations we’re faced with, we deserve some “me” time. As parents, we often feel guilty if we somehow think of having fun when there’s just so much work to do. But seeing that my kids are now old enough to travel without needing too much accoutrement on the trip, I’ve immediately booked our first family vacation where we are not traveling to attend a convention. After seeing a promo of Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program, I wanted to try it! The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program states that if I spend $2000 on my card on the first 3 months upon receiving my Rapid Rewards card, then I get 50,000 points that qualifies me for 2 free roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines. You can’t beat that! Luckily, I was approved.

Since we are also members of Hilton Honors program, we can stay at any Hilton hotels and we chose Hampton Inn. One thing I like about staying in Hampton Inn is that they offer free breakfast which is a huge plus when you have children. It’s a huge stress-reliever when you are traveling since if you’ve had brunch before leaving your hotel, you can go straight & travel to anywhere you want. We prefer our breakfast at the hotel since it’s more convenient to have a sit-down breakfast.

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March 10, 2014

Best Buffet In Los Angeles

king

a sample plate of my choice from King Buffet Los Angeles
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I’ve been to several buffet restaurants already in Los Angeles such as King Buffet, New Town Buffet and Vegas Seafood Buffet and Hokkaido Seafood Buffet. So far, the top three on my list would be King Buffet, New Town Buffet and Vegas Seafood Buffet. Since I am a fan of Chinese & Japanese food, their selection is enough to satisfy my hunger cravings. I am rating them according to price, location & ambiance. King Buffet is in the Hollywood area & accessible even to people without cars. And for the price, nothing beats The King! Soon, there will be a Target store beside it so I imagine there will be more people eating there & they might need to expand.

The address of these buffet restaurants are as follows:

KING BUFFET  1375 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Tel: (323) 468-9398

NEW TOWN BUFFET 1100 N. San Fernando Blvd Burbank, CA 91504 Tel: (818) 238-9398 Web: www.newtownsuperbuffet.com

VEGAS SEAFOOD BUFFET 7021 Hollywood Blvd Unit 110 Los Angeles, CA 90028 Tel: (323) 462-4300 Web: www.vbuffet.com

HOKKAIDO SEAFOOD BUFFET 10850 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: (310) 475-8181 Web: www.hokkaidoseafood.com

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