Apr 30, 2015

Ziploc Bags A Must Have in My Kitchen

Although I have opt out using plastics in my home, Ziploc bags are still a must have in my kitchen. I know we can't be 100% plastic free because plastics are everywhere and can even find it in some close friends.
From storing food to organizing stuff, Ziploc bags are very handy to have. I especially love using them when we go on trips. A bag for all our toothbrushes and toothpaste, a bag for bath stuff, a bag for chargers and cords, a bag for electronics to keep them dry, a bag for diapers, and more extra bags for whatever comes our way. My husband uses Ziploc bags almost everyday for his sandwiches to take for work. Even though I love Ziploc, I only use the bags, I ban using the Ziploc containers, and I don't use the bags for heating food in the microwave.
#Joey Green www.wackyuses.com has 25 good tips on Ziploc bag uses. He also have very good tips of using brand name products besides of what it is intended for. Informative and very good site to visit.

Ziploc bags we currently have in our kitchen

We pass by this house every time we go to town and today I just had to take picture of this beautiful rhododendron. My Samsung S5 cant' do justice. The bright sunlight washes the color of the bush. Still pretty though. Can you spot the chicken?

I am so spoiled with this place. The Irises are blooming and they are simply gorgeous! The flowers are bigger than what I have in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Apr 29, 2015

YouTube Channel for My Toddler

Last month I've started a YouTube channel for my toddler with the help of my nephew who is in seven thousand miles away from me. He helped me through messages on Facebook. It was fun! Fairfern is the channel name on YouTube. A combination of 2 places that my boy have live in so far,  Fairbanks and Ferndale.
I've created the channel for my toddler because I want to document and share his special moments, growing stages and his life journey to family, friends, and to who ever want to watch his cute videos. I also want to be able to share and access his videos anywhere and at anytime I want.  I know that kids grow so fast and I don't want to miss any of his. 
Making, editing and uploading his videos helps me learn and grow on how to work with video editing software and YouTube. It's a learning process but I'm getting better and I find it rewarding when I see the finish product. I am just a beginner and have so much more to learn. I hope you guys will check out my little Alan YouTube channel. Thank you!

You're My Favorite Deputy!

This morning: white clouds getting run over by dark clouds
This Afternoon: Blue Sky

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Apr 28, 2015

Xoom Reviews

I have been a Xoom customer for a long time, I believe it was since 2005. Xoom Corporation is a digital money transfer company based in San Francisco. It provides consumer remittance services to Europe, Canada, Australia, Latin America, the Philippines and India. Sending money is fast, easy, secure and so affordable. I can send up to $2999 for only $4.99 to the Philippines with converted to Philippine money with company's exchange rate.  Other option is sending it as US dollar and get what the dollar exchange rate for the day you pick it up. The fees are a little bit high, for every  $1000 the fees are $7.99 but it's worth it if I'm sending more than $500 because most of the time the actual exchange rate are higher than what the company's exchange rate.

When my husband and I was in Philippines for several months, we've use Xoom to send money to us from our bank account here in US while we were over there. We did this because it was way easier and cheaper than going to any ATM. Especially the ATM where we were at was always offline and always ran out of money, and sometimes with a long waiting line outside the bank. Every pull out or every transaction the bank would charged us ridiculous fees and some ATM has a maximum amount per withdraw and that was less than $100 and would charged us $4 or 5 per withdrawals.
We got smart though and used the Xoom instead. I would log into my account, send money to us, and after I click the send button, the money was already available for pick up or deliver to our place. We didn't use the delivery though, since we were so close to the place were we always pick the money up. And besides we don't want to get hang up waiting for someone to show up to deliver. Xoom has several locations for cash pick up in the Philippines. In my small town alone, they have about 9 pickup locations and most of them are open 24/7. This were the two place we'd like to go often MLhuillier  and Cebuana Lhuillier.

Xoom company is so safe and secure to use. One time when my friend asked me to send some money for her, it was a lot and we did it several transactions, the Xoom company hold the money until they've talked to us and made sure that we were really sending it and not somebody else. And one time too, I sent money to my Aunt and I misspelled her name, even though they knew her at the pickup location, she couldn't get the money because her ID didn't match to what I wrote. It was my mistake but cancelling the transaction wasn't hard. I sent the money back and after few minutes she was able to get the money. Therefore, using Xoom is safe both ways.

I don't get paid for writing about this company, I just wanna share my good reviews about them. I just hate knowing that some of my friends send money and pays up to 10% fees. For crying out loud, they are sending money for help most of the time to their love ones!  Back when I first signed up with Xoom, it was a little bit hard. I actually had to wait for sometime, I think it was about a day or two after they verified my account. But now, signing up is as easy as one two three. I can send money anywhere, anytime as along as I have internet connection. And with the Xoom apps, couldn't get it more easier than ever. So all I can say is be Smart and use Xoom!
Ivy grows on trees

Sunset on our way home last night. Taken while the van was moving using my S5

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Whatcom Falls Park

Here are some pictures of our little adventure, on a Monday afternoon, at Whatcom Falls Park. This was our first time visit and we didn't know what trails start where or where it ends. We just follow one trail up to the water falls. We've seen 3 different falls, one is bigger the other two were small. Very nice! We followed the trail up until we saw some houses, we asked a couple who were going in to the park and they said the trail ends right there otherwise we have to go though the houses, to the main street and back to the park.  We didn't want to do that so we just turned around and head back were we came from.
It was a very pleasant walk through the park. I love the water, the big tress, and everything in between. It's so green! My little boy had so much fun, walking, running, and climbing up the steps. Given up the chance, he would have love to play in the water. Maybe some other time.

Whatcom Falls Park established in 1908 by the community. It is located at 1401 Electric Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. They are open 6am-10pm daily. These are the Amenities in the park: Barbecue Grills,Fish Hatchery, Fishing Derby Pond, Multipurpose Fields, Outdoor Basketball Court, Picnic Shelters, Picnic Tables, Playgrounds, Tennis Courts, Restrooms, and Parking lot.


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Apr 25, 2015

Visionex cured my bad eyesight

Prescription Sunglasses
After I was diagnosed with sarcoidoses (inflamed lymph nodes in my lungs) back in 2005, my eyesight went bad. I had to wear eyeglasses in order for me to drive or just to see someones face clearly even just a few feet away from me. In 2011, my husband and I went overseas and there I've learned a lot about Visionex from USANA. I started taking it religiously and after 2 months I saw progress and after 3 months I can see well without using my eyeglasses. In fact, I am free of it until now.

+USANA formulated Visionex with lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry extract work together to help the retina. Visionex also contains vitamin C along with other nutrients to help maintain the structure of the lens. Your eyes are made of delicate tissues that need protection.Ophthalmologists recommend adding antioxidant supplements to your daily diet to help maintain long-term eye health.
Health Basics
  • An antioxidant formula designed to protect the delicate tissues of the eye from photo-oxidation
  • Lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry extract work together to protect the retina
  • Vitamin C and other nutrients help maintain the structure and integrity of the lens*
  • Key Ingredients:
      • Lutein
      • Zinc
      • Vitamin C
      • Magnesium
      • Zeaxanthin

Anyway, I didn't take the Visionex by it self, I had to take it with the Essentials: Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral.
The Essentials
Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral make up USANA’s Essentials™ of great nutrition. Mega Antioxidant is USANA’s daily vitamin and antioxidant supplement for adults. Chelated Mineral is USANA’s daily mineral supplement for adults. Together, they have repeatedly been given top rankings in the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. New USANA customers start with the Essentials to build a strong foundation of health.*
Watch the video for more info about the Essentials.

I've also taken these optimizer together with the Visionex and the Essentials. I didn't have to take these but I wanted too. I believe that I was able to conceived because of all these food supplements.

CoQuinone® 30

 Health Basics
  • Central to robust energy production within the cell*
  • Provides ingredients vital for cardiovascular health, sound muscle function, and healthy nerve function*
  • A powerful antioxidant blend
  • Clinically proven to deliver more CoQ10 to the blood stream than competing products
  • Key Ingredients: 
        • Coenzyme Q10
        •  Alpha Lipoic Acid

Proflavanol® C100

Health Basics
  • Clinically shown to promote sound cardiovascular health*
  • Helps support balanced immune function*
  • Vitamin C carries dual importance as the body’s premier water-soluble antioxidant and as a coenzyme essential for the synthesis and health of connective tissues and throughout the body*
  • Supports eye health*
  • Provides ingredients essential for maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin C, Grape Sees Extract


     Health Basics
    • Provides advanced and guaranteed levels of EPA and DHA, two long-chain omega-3 fatty acids important for memory and learning*
    • Supports sound cardiovascular, immune, health and joint health*
    • Critical for promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy babies*
    • Plays a role in many important cellular processes critical to the body's survival*
    • Key Ingredients:
              • Omega-3 Fatty Acid
              • DHA
              • EPA
              • Vitamin D

    My eyesight is good, my sarcoid is gone, and I am now have 2 year old boy from 16 years of marriage. I did stop taking Usana product just because of financial difficulties. They are a bit pricey but for a good reason. They are a trusted company and they have the best wellness product in the world. My family and I will be taking this food supplements again by next month. It's all about health and I can't wait!
    Just a note if you are to start taking these, whatever optimizer you choose, you have to pair it with the Essentials.Visionex + Essentials, Coquinone + Essentials, and so on..The information about the optimizers and the essentials are from www.usana.com

    Apr 24, 2015

    Fruits from Gasmin Farm

    I was searching through my old posts and on my drafts I found this picture. These are all organic fruits from our family farm, The Gasmin Farm. Here we have banana "saging", Tordan is the name of this banana. It is the best kind of banana I've ever tasted, sweet and so yummy, I wish we have them here in the US.
    Round papaya, ripe perfectly from the tree, it's really good for breakfast. It taste really good and it is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,  and has special digestive enzymes.
    Green guava "bayabas" really good with salt and spicy vinegar. I use to love them, I love climbing the tree and eat them up there everyday back when I was growing up. I don't know but somehow, even just thinking about it, gives me goose bumps. I think it's the crunchiness of the skin when I bite into it. Until now I just can't get over that feeling.
    Lanzones are small round or oval fruits that usually grow and hang on the big trunk or branches of the tree. It has a good taste when its ripe but bitter and sour when it's not. The taste is kind of like the combination of grapes and grapefruit. I really like them, I can eat a kilo or two in one setting.
    Green mango "mangga", hmm sour, really good to pair it with bagoong (perminted fish or shrimp) with spicy vinegar. I don't know why it's good to pair sour mango and sour vinegar together. would it be because negative + negative = positive? I don't know, I'm not that smart.
    Calamansi "kalamansi" small citrus fruits that are pretty sour. It's really good for making juice, but it takes a lot of them just to make a gallon of juice. It is mainly used for cooking, but when it's all ripen out it's good to eat as is, it's not so sour.
    I guess that covers up the fruits in this picture.

    Uncomfortable Toddler Being Constipated

    I felt bad for my toddler last night, he had a hard time falling to sleep and every hour or so, he wakes up acting like he needs to use the bathroom. He was stomping his feet and groaning. I heard him passing gas, then he mumbled, and then he goes back to sleep. He did that like 5 to 6 times last night. He felt so uncomfortable and I didn't know how to help him. He finally was able to have bowel movement this morning, few minutes after we got out of bed.
    He had been constipated for 3 days now and didn't have any appetite to eat. All he wants to take was his milk and water, sometimes he'll take a bite or two but be lucky to get the two. I do give him apple juice everyday and give him lots of water to drink but I guess that wasn't enough for him to not be constipated. I know his lacking some fiber on his diet but how can he get it if he doesn't want to eat? Anyway, I will be on search on how and what's the best way for him get it until he gets his appetite back and start eating again.

    Before I went to bed last night, I was thinking what should I post for the A-Z challenge for the letter U. I couldn't come up on anything so I search online and found this song Undo by +Sanna Nielsen a Swedish Pop Singer. Heard her voice for the first time and I really like it. I thought I'd share it here with you guys.

    Undo - Sanna Nielsen
    Lyrics from www.azlyrics.com 

    Silent, I can't wait here silent Working up a storm inside my mind
    Nothing, I just stood for nothing So I fell for everything you said

    Hear the rumble Hear my voice
    Silent, I cant wait here silent Gotta make a change and make some noise

    Undo my sad Undo what hurt so bad Undo my pain
    Gonna get out, trough the rain I know that I am over you
    At last I know what I should do Undo my sad

    Trouble, baby I'm in trouble Every time I look into your eyes
    Save me, oh, I'm gonna save me Faraway from all the crazy lies

    Hear the rumble Hear my voice
    Undo my sad Undo what hurt so bad Undo my pain
    Gonna get out, trough the rain I know that I am over you
    At last I know what I should do Undo my sad Undo my sad

    Undo what hurt so bad Undo my pain
    Gonna get out, trough the rain I know that I am over you
    At last I know what I should do Undo my sad

    I said

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    Apr 23, 2015

    Tulips in Skagit Valley

    My family and I, once again, had the opportunity to visit Mt. Vernon and La Conner this spring to see the beautiful and colorful fields of Tulips and Daffodils. The tulips are like rainbows on the ground, so amazingly vibrant and layered in multi colors. The wow was the word of the day when we drove through there. Although there are other tourist spots to see, we were only able to visit the Tulip Town. The $5 entrance fee was will worth it. Walking through their fields, we got our dose of colors for the day.

    Here is a short video of my little cowboy in Tulip Town. I hope you enjoy watching as I had fun putting it together.

    Another good video of Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, includes in this video are the names of bulbs that they have for sale.

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