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    My Daughter’s Progress at Goldfish Swimschool




    I can officially say my daughter Olivia finally knows how to swim after 3 months of training in Junior 1 at Goldfish Swim School. Now, every child is different some learned early, some are a little delay. But that doesn’t matter, what matters most is that you provide your child an important life skill that they have it  in them for the rest their lives. Here is a post of the importance and benefits of swimming lessons for children.

    For Junior 2 ( 3-4 years old) this is what they will cover:

    1. flutter kicking with barbell float – 1 width
    2. Superman glide- 10 ft
    3. sea otter back float – 5 sec.
    4. octopus front float- 5 sec.
    5. pulling paddle, face in- 10 ft.
    6. swim, rollver, front-to-back-to-front, swim
    7. underwater jump, rollover, float
    8. climb out
    9. underwater jump, turn, swim to the wall

    Olivia just started Junior 2 about a week ago . Aside from the improvement of  her skill level, her enthusiasm and confidence towards learning how to swim definitely improved. I believed that it has to do a lot with the instructors making it a fun experience for the kids. If you watched them it just seems like they are just playing in the water, moving their arms and legs but they are actually learning through the whole process. It takes a lot of patience to teach this little kids, i credit these instructors for doing such a great job. I admire their dedication towards their work and how they treat the kids. It’s fun to watch them. I’m just so happy with this experience with Goldfish Swim School. This  is a sponsored post but even if it’s not, it is my swim school of choice. Read our Goldfish Swim School experience here.

    Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

     

     

     

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    Go Back To School in Style with Samsung Galaxy GS8+

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser. All opinions are mine. #samsungtargettech #CollectiveBias

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    Back-to-school is just around the corner whether we like it or not, it’s gonna be here any day soon. I will surely miss our slow mornings and homework free nights. But i’m also glad and excited that i could also get some things done without tagging along kids with me. For a mom, going Target shopping without Read more

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    Simple and Easy Lego Party Ideas

    Months ago my son Lucas celebrated his 9th birthday and he wanted a Lego birthday party. So i created one for him ! Yes, i am that kind of mom. I love creating and doing parties for my kids, family and friends. I don’t even know why. I know it’s stressful, time-consuming and a lot of work, but i enjoy it too. It gives me that hum of adrenaline, the excitement on creating something that makes me enjoy the process even though sometimes or most of the time, the whole process is totally not a walk in the park.

    There is only one thing that makes me feel rewarding when i create a party for people – their happy faces. They don’t have to do anything or say anything, just seeing their happy faces it’s good enough for me. It’s worth it.

    Since i rebranded this blog, this is the first “Birthday Party” blog post and i’m excited to share more of my kids birthday parties for years to come.

    Let me start with a very simple and low key Lego theme birthday party that is perfect for  busy moms.

    I pretty much bought and ordered everything. The link is at the bottom of this post to where i bought the products, where the products are from or something similar.

    Here are the printables i used for this party :

    1. Cupcake toppers – download this printable .
    2. Thank you favor tags – download this printable.

    For the dessert table, i bought the chocolate chip cookies and birthday cake at Costco. It’s his favorites.  I bought the pompom cake topper at Target. For the cupcakes, i bought it at Kroger. I always ordered the ones with whip frosting because it’s not too sweet at all. I made the letter sugar cookies myself and also made block sugar cookies as party favors. For the Lego cake stand, i made that myself. Ofcourse, i copied it from Pinterest. It didn’t turned out exactly like it, but it’s close enough. As long as it holds the cake right? lol.

    Here is the recipe for the cut out sugar cookies. It’s thick , soft and very delicious.

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    Sugar Cookies

    thick, soft and delicious sugar cookies

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups All purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tbsp vanilla

    Instructions

    1. Sift flour, baking powder, add salt, set aside

    2. Whisk together egg and vanilla extract, set aside

    3. In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. It should be light and fluffy. Add vanilla egg mixture, beating anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute until well mixed in.

    4. Gradually  add flour in 2 additions. Lower the speed of your mixer to low. Scrape the bowl well after the last addition and beat just until flour is combined.

    5. Knead the cookie dough for about 30 to 60 seconds, until dough comes together.

    6. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

    7. Preheat oven to 375F

    8. Divide cookie dough in half. Roll half of the cookie dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper using rolling guides on each side of the dough. I use 2 painter sticks on the side.


    9. Cut out as many cookies as you can. Place the cookies lined with parchment paper. Chill the cut outs in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

      Bake for 9minutes, depending on the oven, turn the sheet once half way through the baking.

      Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-7 minutes, transfer to cooling rack.

    10. Decorate cookies as desired with royal icing or frosting you prefer.

    Products used :

    Lego Party Pack of 16 – Amazon

    Lego Party Banner – Target similar here

    Lego plates  – Amazon

    Letter cookie cutter – Amazon

    Red and Blue wooden crates – Michaels

    Decorative Letter L – Michaels similar at Amazon

    Ceramic vase – Wayfair 

    Chip bowls – Home Goods other option at Wayfair

    Table runner – Home Goods similar at Wayfair

    3 piece tier server – Bed, Bath and Beyond

     

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    Create an Outdoor Memorial Day Tablescape with Coca-Cola Share a Coke

    This simple, easy and festive party tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #IceColdSummerMoments 

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    Memorial day or Memorial weekend is one of the most celebrated holidays here in United States of America. It is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States. It is also a day when family and friends get together for some outdoor activities, backyard dinner , swimming in the pool or just simply enjoying the time anticipating and looking ahead at summer vacation.

    If you have been following my blog, you know how much i enjoy entertaining. So creating an outdoor Memorial theme backyard barbecue is a great idea to enjoy cool summer moments with my family. To make this Memorial theme idea happen, i gathered things that i already have that would go with the theme, preferably something red, white and blue. Those colors signifies the American flag.

    After i gathered the stuffs that i already have that would go with the theme, i made a one stop shopping at my nearest Target and found everything i needed for my Memorial Day theme tablescape. I grab some Coca-Cola™ 20 oz Share a Coke Coca-Cola™ 20 oz Share a Coke with my  husband’s name on it.  It’s so cool. You know when decorating for family gathering or parties, fun little details counts. It could be a conversation starter that warms up everyone. This year, Share a Coke is back with 1,000 new Share A Coke names featuring First and Last names. ( Here is a Cartwheel offer of 20% off Share a Coke at Target )

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    The Set Up

    One of the easiest ways to create a tablescape is by setting the table according to the theme. I wanted to make it simple and easy but also have that patriotic scene around the table to set up the mood. I got most of my stuffs at Target, it was an easy and convenient shopping experience to find everything you need there.

    These are :

    1. Red and white squared plates ( Target )
    2. Blue and white stripes table runner ( Target )
    3. Table cloth ( Target )
    4. Flower vase ( Target )
    5. Place mats ( Target )
    6. Straws ( Target )
    7. Patriotic banner ( Target )
    8. Patriotic candle holder ( owned )
    9. Cups ( owned )

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    I also wanted to share to you a little step by step graphic tutorial on how to make an Envelope Fold table napkin. It is simple, super easy and it makes your table pretty. Again, it’s the little details.

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    The Food

    I prepared a backyard barbecue menu which is perfect for a nice summer weather. We enjoyed dining by the patio especially when the sun is starting to set because it creates a nice quaint ambiance. For more summer inspirations go here .

    Here’s what i prepared:

    1.  Main dish – Easy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

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    Easy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

     Simple, easy and delicious chicken barbecue kabobs

    Servings 4

    Ingredients

    • 8 pcs Chicken thighs ( breast optional )
    • 2 cups barbecue sauce
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1 pc yellow bell pepper
    • 1 pc green bell pepper
    • 1 pc big red onion
    • barbecue skewers

    Instructions

    1. Cut up the chicken thighs in quarter pieces. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Slice the bell peppers and onion in quarter pieces and set aside.

    2. Mix in barbecue sauce into the chicken thighs. Marinate for 15 minutes or more. Overnight is the best.

    3. After marinating, skewer the bell peppers, onions and chicken. In any order you like.

    4. Grill 15 minutes on each side, until the chicken is done and have reach 165 degrees F inside temp. Baste it with barbecue sauce in between as you turn each side and then baste in again after it's cooked through.

    5. Serve it with your favorite side dish.

     

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    2.  Side dishes – Potato salad, mixed greens salad, corn muffins and corn in a cob.

    3.   Dessert – a big bowl of fruits ( strawberries, blueberries and pineapples ).

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    The Company

    Nothing beats a good companionship  and  it’s always a great feeling to make memories especially with the ones you love. As a mom, creating memories is everything. Every holidays and occasions, i always make an effort to make it something they would look back for the rest of their lives. I’m sure they would remember how i make it extra special every time. It’s not just about the set up, but it’s about the memories you will make. What about you, who will you be sharing an ice cold Coca-Cola with this summer?

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    Thank you so much for reading and may you have a great summer!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Children

     

    *This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swimschool, as usual all opinions are mine.

    Learning how to swim is an essential tool for every human being. It is a must !  I can’t imagine any of us in our family not knowing how to swim and the sooner you know how to swim, the better. Today, i’m sharing the benefits of swimming lessons  for our children.

    1. Safety – We all know that our world is surrounded with water and we are usually around with water. Being able to know how to swim is essential and i can’t stress enough the importance of it. The younger they know how to swim, the better. You will just never know, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember, you can’t always be there. Learning to swim may save their life one day
    2.  Confidence – Being able to know how to swim as a young child boost their confidence. Even though they might not be interested to make swimming as a sport but the fact that they know how to swim, it makes them feel good  about themselves, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities
    3.  A great workout – there are so many variables on how much exactly the calories you will burn during swimming. I can’t give you an exact numbers but as far as i know the more your weigh, the more you burn. It is also a healthy lifestyle that you promote to your kids. In swimming, you are moving multiple muscle groups in high intensity cardio workout. It also releases endorphins, which aid in decreasing depression and improving moods.
    4. Social development – let’s face it, our kids will enjoy better playing in the pool with their peers if they know how to swim rather than just sitting on the side. It’s an awkward position to be in for our child if they don’t enjoy spending time in the water while the others are.

    I truly feel a sense satisfaction when i gave my child a tool that will serve them well through out the rest of their life. It is definitely a rewarding feeling.

    Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

     

     

     

     

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