Friday, May 29, 2009

By your side...

I love Sade's music.. It's not music monday but since today is moving day (yay!..maybe) a little song is a must.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Talking to your kids about the value of money.

There was a question posted on that I really wanted to share here: How do you explain the value of money to your child?
With words like 'Recession' and 'Economy' floating around everywhere, kids tend to be even more confused then before about money and the current economic situation. I have also realized that I need to help my daughter understand the value of money and money management to some extent (since she is only five). These are some starter tips that can help the average parent explain 'money' to kids who do not know how to count yet.

1. Money is not given but earned when working. You can help them understand that by giving them money (fake money if you prefer) in exchange for chores or picking up their toys. My daughter always thought that if I wanted money I could just go and 'pick up' (her words) some at the bank, this is a nice way to help her see the relation between work and money.

2. It's important to have money to buy the necessities of life first, like food and shelter; and then if there is any left, other things can be bought like movie tickets and that special toy she has been wanting. Children have a lot of 'wants' and to them everthing is a necessity.

3.Saving our money is important to provide for the future. Sometimes it is hard for young children to understand the concept of 'saving for tomorow', but if you mention a vacation that they have been looking foward to, explain to them that this vacation is possible because of all the planning and saving that you had to do as a family.

image provided by Darren Hester

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My First Wordless Wednesday! Ha! a week of firsts!

I took these pictures the last time I visited my hot little island...

Monday, May 18, 2009

My first giveaway EVER!

This is my first giveaway at

Surprise, Surprise...Check it out!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lyrics from a song a like

This is from the song 'Usual suspects' from Rick Ross featuring Nas.. I love Nas, this verse is actually his part. Enjoy!

"And still my talent is yet to be challenged,
Had new jet with my own pilot,
No blastin off, but flexin, Dj Khaled,
My mom stressin college,
But my crude sense of logic, did a lude to my empty wallet,
Try spittiin on a green tinted accord,
Which could mean a sentence up north,
Where the homie was, but back then doe was like a hoard, it goldie love, it didnt exist,
And office foley cuffs, was after my wrists,
Was not beverly hills where we chilled,
Imagine this, the nas n rith,
Had to get from rags to rich,
I used to stand on rooftops, with 2 glocks,
Figurin, how do i turn my timbalands to clocks,
Now reptiles was left out about a watch,
What is you thinkin? Murk u, plus the muscle that u bringin is nothin to me,
If you thuggin, a fake and shaked on cuban,
Shout out my ricans,
Down with all of u gangstas, to the roughest jamiacans."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Couple Time

I stumbled upon a question on Mamapedia from a chicago mom on how she can get some alone time with her husband. I know that it's not Valentine's Day but this past mother's day has got me thinking; sometimes all a mother wants is to spend some time with their significant other 'sans' the kids; with small children that can sometimes be a challenge.

I have come up with a couple of pointers to help make couple time happen:

1. First there needs to be a PLAN, I know all parents know that, if you don't plan it, it's probably not going to happen.

2.Get out of the house for you and your hubbie's time out.

3.Find a babysitter..well, this goes without saying after point #2. Grab grandma, auntie or even uncle if you have to.

These are the three most importants tips for me in creating the coveted couple time.

I know that a weekend away at a romantic B&B is what we all want, but we have to make do with what we have. A night out of the house with the dear husband just to see a movie is great, an evening in the house (as long as the kids are gone to grandmas) is also great, and on the cheaper side for those of us pinching our pennies, a short walk or drive down your street is even better to catch up when you are short on time.

Have fun!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love."
~Mildred B. Vermont

As mothers, we try to do everything and anything for our kids, for our families, for our jobs; juggling everything everyday. Today is the day for you to take it easy and enjoy the love.

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hooray for Yo Gabba Gabba!

I have not really paid attention to this kid's show before, but since my eldest daughter started watching it I have fallen in love with it (okay that is a bit much).

It looked a bit weird to me at first: the bright background, the DJ Lance (yes that is his name!) and his tight fitting orange bodysuit and all those weird little creatures that he (uhm) DJ's, I guess. Nevertheless, when my kids watch that show (yes the 7 month-old too) even I start to boogieyoogie to whatever song they are learning at the moment, like the "don't bite your friends" song.

I think that is sound advice even for us grown-ups!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Music Monday: Sade Lover's Rock Live

I have always wanted to see Sade in concert live...

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