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Home Experiment for HS Students: Importance of Brushing our Teeth

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

It all started when my eldest daughter sought my help for her school project. They need to present an experiment which they could perform at home. Believe me, it wasn't easy to come up with on for the obvious reason that we lack materials and equipment at home. 

Initially, we thought to do an experiment about whether plants would grow better with more human attention than not, but this is not the growing season so it didn't work.

Then I remembered this commercial about a toothpaste when I was young. In the commercial, they brushed a couple of shells with brand x and y toothpaste and then immersed them both for 24 hours in bleach.

We had to replace the shells with eggshells to accelerate the results and replaced the objective by pointing out to the importance of brushing our teeth in general than comparing brands as this was not a marketing experiment.

Finally without further ado, let's jump in. And by the way, credits are all to my fantastic daughter who is too modest to take the lime light.

Purpose of the experiment

The objective of this home experiment is to show the importance of brushing one's teeth and possibly, to also discourage us from eating too much acidic foods. 

At first, we didn't think that there would be varying results between the brands of toothpaste used, so we only used 2 in this experiment. 

The results were surprising.

Background of the experiment

Eggshells were used because they have the same chemical composition as our tooth enamel, making them react similarly with chemicals.

Bleach represents the acid that damage our teeth. According to, one of the main causes of enamel erosion are acids found in the foods and liquids we consume. 

Saliva constantly neutralises acid in our mouth to protect our teeth. But eating too much acidic food and drink, and not properly brushing our teeth can cause the outer layer of enamel to degrade over time.

You can refer to the article mentioned above for examples of food that can cause enamel erosion.

Equipment used in the experiment

The clear disposable cups we used didn't come with lids. Demi had to transfer the eggshells and bleach to another container with a lid so she could bring them to school for presentation. 

If you need to present too, save yourself the hassle and get yourself disposable cups with lids online.


Demi prepared 3 disposable cups and labelled each as follows:

  • Oral B
  • Atomy
  • None

She then put equal amount of bleach in each cups.

Bleach on cups experiment

Then Demi started brushing one of the eggshells with ATOMY toothpaste. She left the toothpaste on before immersing the eggshell into the acid. 

Then she brushed the other eggshell with Oral B. As with the ATOMY, she left the toothpaste on and then immersed the eggshell on the bleach.

Finally, she added the eggshell without the toothpaste in the acid last.

All eggshells were immersed in bleach by 19:40 PM.


After less than 5 minutes, the eggshell without any toothpaste on was already crumbling. When we looked, the eggshell has completely disintegrated.

We left all eggshells overnight and checked again after 24 hours. 

The objective of the experiment has been achieved. Clearly, brushing our teeth is important in reducing the effect of acid on our teeth enamel. 

We thought that there wouldn't be a difference in the results of either eggshells with ATOMY or Oral B. Or if there would be, we thought that the eggshell with Oral B would hold its shape better because the toothpaste was marketed as good for "gum care and enamel restore."

Meanwhile, ATOMY is marketed as a toothpaste with "propolis" and "green tea extract." Meaning, its antibacterial properties help to prevent bad breath. While this feature had been proven by actual users, in this experiment, it wasn't very relevant.

Photo below was after 24 hours

After 24 hours, both eggshells with Oral B and ATOMY held their form. Surprisingly, there were less broken pieces found in the eggshell with ATOMY than the eggshell with Oral B.

There has been differences in the photo because we had to place the cups somewhere safer. Initially, we held the experiment on the kitchen counter but had to move the cups in a corner where it's not accessible as bleach is a dangerous substance.

As such, the lighting also changed but in the photo below, it is clear that the eggshell without the toothpaste has crumbled to the ground. The eggshell with Oral B had decreased its size dramatically and you can see that there were more broken pieces at the bottom. 

Meanwhile, the eggshell with ATOMY toothpaste held its shape the best among the three.


Demi's experiment had been a good eye-opener about the importance of brushing our teeth as well as choosing a better diet to keep our teeth healthy. We do not disregard other factors, of course, such as genetics and lifestyle.

Although it was not part of Demi's hypothesis in the beginning, it appeared that choosing a brand of toothpaste is also important if we want to keep our teeth healthy.

Despite the fact that we already use ATOMY toothpaste, this experiment only made me more confident and thankful that I made the right choice. 😁

PS: Feel free to re-create this experiment for a school project, for marketing presentation, or just for fun with the kids. Just be very careful in using bleach. Use gloves and mask!

PPS: If you want to shift your brand to ATOMY, message to buy from me. Thanks in advance! πŸ’—

PPPS: The toothbrush used here is also ATOMY. It's soft bristles contain fine gold dust for antibacterial properties, keeping your brush clean 24/7. If you're tired of getting moulds on your toothbrush handle, go for this one. For the technology used to make quality toothbrush like this, their price is very cheap. If this convinced you to change brands, message to buy from me too hehehe. Thanks in advance again! πŸ’—

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Free Hugs In A Card April 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Finally, the highlight of the month! Happy mails for April would just be right on time. I will be sending these paper hugs on Thursday, God willing. πŸ’—

April 2021 hugs in a card for sending 

If you'd also like to get a chance to receive a handmade card, just fill in this form or click on this image on the right-hand sidebar. Hugs in a card is open for everyone πŸ₯°

Such a hectic, hectic month April is! One minute it was just starting and the next it's past the middle of the month!

Nice day at the beach

I guess it went really fast because there were so much that went on from the beginning to now: celebrating the 2021 1st quarter Special Thanksgiving, going out with friends here and there to make use of our dine vouchers and to squeeze in beach hopping before it gets really cold, but mostly going out with the kids while it's school holidays.

School holiday family bonding 

In between those events, there was illness too starting from Daisy and then Darla. Been fighting off getting sick myself so I've been taking lots of HemoHIM and supplements. But everytime Darla gets sick (even for just a little bit), she'd be cluster feeding like an infant but 10x stronger. Alas! I think my body is about to give in... please no!

Anyway, I will share more about our escapades on my next post. Fingers crossed I could find ample time to write them down... 😁

Kiama adventure with friends

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Terrible Two? Wait Til Your Toddler's Three 😏

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Temper tantrums by my toddler

My almost 3-year old daughter was singing the chorus part of Roar by Katy Perry one lazy Saturday afternoon while we were lying on the bed. 

"...tiger, fighter, dancing through the fire..." she went in her cute toddler articulation. After a few rounds of singing the same lines over and over, she got stuck and then looked at me while singing. I thought she needed guidance so I started singing along.

To my shock and horror, my baby threw a full blown tantrum. She was so angry her entire body stiffened like a plank. Meanwhile, I was speechless at her reaction and I can feel my only-just-starting-migraine escalating as I racked my brain for resolutions. 

"Foolish, foolish you!" I scolded myself in my head. I looked at her disbelieving. I've normally done this before: she looking at me and on cue I would help her. Then she would give me an appreciative smile. So what did I do wrong?

Don't get me wrong. This is not the first time I've seen her throw a fit. But her previous meltdowns were mostly due to frustrations from difficulty in communicating. It was a common scene with her dad and sisters but not to me. I was usually the one to pacify the situation. When her dad and sisters don't get what she's saying, I'd translate for them and her frustration disappears.

But this - her utter displeasure at my assistance - was alien to me. 

So what did I do?

Well, first I stayed calm and thought of the situation. Maybe, because she's getting older, she wants to be more independent and my assistance was taken as interruption?

So I said sorry for interrupting her and then I tried to hug her. But her tantrum only got worse. She was squirming out of my arms and so I let her go before she hurt herself.

I tried to divert her attention as well, but there wasn't much within my reach to distract her. I've read that babies are supposed to have short attention spans but I know my toddler to be quite stubborn. I ditched the strategy as it wasn't working. Besides, the more I said something, the more she raises her voice to block me out.

Then I asked her what she wanted. I've read somewhere before that when your child throws a tantrum, the one phrase that could make her listen to you was: what do you want?

However, I realised later on that this was more applicable for tantrums stemming from communication frustrations. As I have assessed, she was upset because I intervened. Her tantrum was more of a violation of her "autonomy."

As a last resort, I raised my voice and told her to "stop!" She only got louder, of course. I couldn't get any angrier because in this instance, I myself can't point out what she did wrong. She was just innocently singing, I interrupted, and boom! CHAOS!

Finally, I decided to leave her alone. I secured her first and made sure that nothing around her could hurt her, and then told her I will leave. Besides, I was on the brink of losing my cool anyway. 

As soon as I got out of the bedroom and closed the door behind me, her crying subsided. After a few more minutes, she completely stopped. I opened the door and there she was, lying on her stomach waiting for me. She's calmed down and ready for peace talks hehehe.

From then on, I learned to hold back jumping at her aid. Children aren't the only ones learning from their parents. Sometimes, we do too. That incident was a reminder to me that my baby is growing up and she needs to also learn how to do things on her own.

I shouldn't be hovering around her all the time anyway because helicopter parenting is not helping our children to do grow up independently. So from now on, we just watch Darla do things on her own and are more careful to jump at her aid.

Understanding how a child's mind works help in dealing with our children. But brace yourself still, it's not going to be easy. I have forgotten how I went with parenting my 2 older girls when they were toddlers (after the 9 years gap!) and so everything I am experiencing with Darla is new to me.

X means you're wrong and I'm right πŸ₯΅

So cheers to all the mommas out there who are raising toddlers. The nights are long but the days are short. Cliche, I know but it's the truth. Before we know it, they're babies no more. These are hard days, nevertheless, precious so no matter how difficult it gets, let's treasure these days - that is after pulling our hair out. πŸ˜«πŸ’—

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April Is Here - It's Darla's Birthday Soon!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

We love the month of APRIL πŸ’Ÿ

A new month begins and just like that, the first quarter of 2021 has already gone. We're 5 days into April already and I'm thankful that we began the month with a 3-day thanksgiving in church. We were also able to spend quality time with friends and people we love. Indeed, April has given so much already thanks be to God!

This month is special for us because Darla's birthday falls in this month (29th). Not only that but we also celebrate our anniversary on the same day as my cheeky toddler's birthday. I have shared this story in my post before but let me just share briefly again how it happened. It's simply magical πŸ’–

Darla's birthday falls on our anniversary

I was scheduled for caesarean section on 2 May 2018 (or was it 5 May, I can't remember anymore 🀷🏻‍♀️). But I felt a steady wave of contractions on the morning of 28th April. They weren't very strong but the waves were frequent and lasted a minute or so for each contractions. At 5am on a Saturday morning, I was already awake. 

A couple of hours later, the contractions were still steady but weak. Feeling exhausted, I fell asleep at around 8am despite the discomfort. By 1pm, I was bleeding a little so my husband decided to take me to the hospital. I can feel she's coming out!

Lucky I had packed the hospital bags beforehand. Still, it was chaotic for hubby since the girls were still very young. He had to go back and forth from the hospital and home to check on them every once in a while. 

As for me, I was so nauseous with no energy left in me. Still, I couldn't go in because there were other mothers who were "more ready" for birthing hehe. Finally, at 11:30pm, they wheeled me inside the operating room and hubby and I knew we were going to celebrate our anniversary while I was being cut open! πŸ‘€

What a celebration! The nurses and doctors were greeting us both for our anniversary and new baby! My husband was only able to go back home at 3am to check on the girls who were, thank God, sleeping safe and sound.

It has been 3 years since that glorious night. So now, every 29th of April, instead of our anniversary, I'm busy brainstorming for our little girl's birthday bash 😁

Here are snippets of her previous year's birthday parties.

First birthday - Under the sea themed party 🐟🐬🐠

Of course, the first year is always the most special. Indeed, I've put in a lot of effort and turned the house around to make it look like under the sea while hubby was in charge of the food. It was a success considering we stayed within the budget too hehehe.

Decors were all handmade by yours truly :) food cooked by my hubby - the cooking was so much more difficult than decorating so kudos to my hardworking hubby 

The backdrop was a cheap $2 party table cover in aqua colour. I just added in the different coloured crepe paper streamers at the bottom, and scrunched-up aqua serviettes as coral reef. Then I printed and cut out Darla's photo and name, then added the cut out of sea creatures from foil paper. 

I added some mermaid string lights around the table and filled the house with lots and lots of balloons in shades of blue, teal, pink, purple and white for the bubbles

Even the bunting banner at the top was DIY. I traced and cut shells from cardstock in light aqua, then topped them with the aqua-coloured serviettes and silver foil letters. I used my teal ribbon to connect the shells together.

We've also arranged the backyard because the lounge and dining area were too small for everyone

For the backyard deco, I just covered the tables with party table cover. I've ran out of aqua so I used pink for the desserts table. Then I used large foil balloons and silver bunting banner all store bought - it's an easy alternative as this was last minute decisions and I've had enough with DIY hahaha.

DIY giveaways - treasure chest and sand bottle charms

The giveaway trinkets were also handmade but I couldn't make a lot due to time constraints. So I only made 6 treasure chests out of printed cardstocks (template here) and 7 bottle charms. The chests contained gold coin chocolates for kids. The charms were fragile so I gave them away for the adults. In between taking care of Darla and making more of these? I probably needed a year before hand hahaha.

These were all of the thank-you souvenirs

I also added these children's books for my giveaway items. My 2 girls had outgrown them so it was perfect to find new homes for them. Then I added some bags of lollies and stationeries all in mermaid or under the sea themes (the books weren't under the sea themed). I included bookmarks in the bag and for the books for a personal DIY touch.

The prizes - "guess the number" bottles of lollies - and Darla's info board containing some trivia about her

I didn't make a lot of prizes because I didn't have a lot of games prepared. To be honest, I was clueless how I'd be able to handle the program knowing that Darla would cling to me the whole time and that hubby would be busy in the barbecue grill. So very thankful to sis Alma, our impromptu MC that day, she was amazing in keeping the kids entertained. Such a natural! πŸ’—

DIY under the sea photo booth frame

I also made photo booth frames although I remember that hubby and I hardly had any free time to take photos - I just went overboard maybe because I was so hungry for arts & crafts too after a year of no excuse to do anything except take care of a baby πŸ˜†. Fortunately, my wonderful visitors were able to have fun and use them in their photo ops.

I made the frame out of a cardboard box wrapped in aqua table cover (the excess I have cut off from the backdrop). Then I printed the mermaids, the diver and the fishes and sharks out of A3 paper and just cut and patched them up together on the cardboard. I cut the faces off last with a box cutter.

The other photo booth frame - Instagram 

Because I didn't want to waste the other side of the cardboard box, I decided to make another photo booth frame (I was able to make 2 photo booth frames in one cardboard box - see, I went over-overboard haha). This one was a down-played frame of just Instagram.

Cake and photo frame

The cake was just a simple swirly blue I bought from Michel's. I would have preferred a teal one but the store didn't have it. The toppers were bought from ebay and I just customised it to write Darla's name and the die cut of the number 1 on the shell. It looked a bit bare in the beginning so I decided to add some pink swirl lollipops. It completed the mixture of blues, purples and teals.

The shadow box beside the cake wasn't intentional. It's just that I have this spare shadow box I bought way before Darla was born plus itching hands and lots and lots of unused crafting supplies. So I came up with something useful for Darla's birthday hehehe.

Darla's gown was this pretty dress gifted by sis Karen

Darla's mermaid gown was gifted by sis Karen. I was so happy indeed, because I didn't have the luxury of time to get out of the house when Darla was still a baby. I just added a dark purple bow in the middle, some shell-sequins and aqua crepe paper at the bottom, to match it with her very colourful birthday party theme.

The invitation - I made them at least a month before the birthday

Finally, here is the invitation which was the first of all the DIY I made for her birthday. It's a shell that opens up to a pop-up mermaid version of Darla with long hair hehehe. This was before I had die cuts and stamps so every single detail here was fussy cut - oh except for the intricate seaweeds behind the mermaid-Darla (which was from Stampin' Up!, the cardmaking company that introduced me to the wonderful world of handmade cards).

Second birthday - Emma Wiggles themed party πŸ‘§πŸ’›

Second year was so-so because nothing compares to the first and also because of covid lock-down. She loved Wiggles (and Blippi) when she was 2 so she was really delighted to be "Emma" on her birthday.

Our simple backyard table

Emma-Wiggles-theme was a hundred times easier then under the sea, but it was also very simple. All things just had to be accentuated by the colour YELLOW and that was it! Darla's costume alone had carried the theme for itself hehehe.

For this party, the only DIY parts perhaps were the number 2, the lopsided-balloon-boquets and the cake topper. The table cover was just an excess fabric I bought years ago to make white skirts (for KNC) when the girls were still little, while the yellow satin/silk (faux) fabric was excess from a bow I created for our choir costume when I was 6 weeks-pregnant with Darla. 

Great stash, I didn't have to buy anymore for the party decor! Good timing too, because we can't really get out of the house except for essential reasons during those times.

The number 2 was fun to create - however, I should have used a yellow background instead of hot pink

Balloon art was never my forte, so this was my best attempt at decorating using balloons. The cake was made and gifted by sis Karen again - the best baker there is in town πŸ˜‰ Around this time, they have finally moved to Sydney after years of living in Muswellbrook. They were able to join us for a simple backyard birthday party.

The cake isn't just pretty but also yummy! Creamy, buttery and just the right hint of sweetness.

Darla enjoyed the party, feeling like an adult in Emma costume and drinking off her champagne glass! It's plastic, don't worry hehehe.

As for her coming 3rd birthday, her interests have gone more diverse from Wiggles to Blippi, to Nastya and Diana, Mulan, Wonder Woman and so much more. But she's into Disney princesses and because she already has an Elsa gown, so Frozen themed it is hehehe. 

Besides the party theme, I haven't really planned anything yet so let's hope and see what happens!

Until my next post God willing! Wishing everyone a happy month of April!

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NSW Australia Vouchers and Freebies

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Creative Kids Voucher - save $100 for each of you school aged kids

Today we received these crafting goodies from Perfect! Just in time for the school holidays to keep the girls entertained aside from their gadgets.

Craft boxes for Demi & Daisy πŸ’—

The Slime & Paint Craft Box (for Daisy) and the Paint & Create Craft Box (for Demi) are both $100 each but I paid nothing for them, not even a cent. Even the shipping costed us ZERO.

Instead, we used our Creative Kids Voucher, worth $100 each for school-aged girls. I wrote about it on my post last December. In case you missed it, here's how to apply. It's really easy.

You just need to have an account with Service NSW which by now, most of us already have. Then once you click the link below, just key in your identification details (get at least 2 government issued IDs) and just follow the prompts. 

To apply for Creative Kids Voucher, click the image to take you to the Service NSW website.

Click here

Once you have received your voucher details in your email, you can redeem them by purchasing one of the Craft Boxes from The link will take you to their online store where you can choose a craft box for your kid(s).

Their craft boxes include:

  • Crafty Craft Box
  • Paint & Create Craft Box
  • Slime & Paint Craft Box
  • Bright Ideas Craft Box

Dine & Discover NSW Voucher - save $100 for dining and entertainment

The NSW Government also launched Dine & Discover NSW vouchers for use on restaurants and entertainment venues.

NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for 4 x $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total. 

  • 2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers to be used for dining in at restaurants, cafΓ©s, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs. 
  • 2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers  to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues. 

Check out now if your area is already eligible for these vouchers.

To apply for Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers, click the image to take you to the Service NSW website.

The vouchers have an expiration date until 30 June 2021. It might be a good idea to get them now so you can use them during the easter break if you have plans of going anywhere with the family.

Be safe and hope you all have a lovely holiday! πŸ’—

Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement post. I am not getting any payments for sharing these. I just thought it would be nice to put in all information here to help those who are interested with the above benefits. These vouchers are issued by the NSW government to help families and also stimulate economy by encouraging the community to support dining, arts & tourism businesses.
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Catch Up With Old & New Pals

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Photo credits to Lanie's darling daughter - not a bad shot from a 7-year-old little girl 😁
From L to R: My hubby, me, Lanie, Val and Bong

Last Saturday, we hosted lunch for my old pals from USA&Co. and their common friend. 

Intros first: USA (Uy Singson Abella) &Co. CPAs is a public accounting firm by former SGV partners. I had my first job there (for about 5 years) as Junior Auditor and then Senior later on. Such fun times and good friends I made there! I just found out that it's now known as M.F. Padernal and Co.

I met Lanie there, when I was assigned under her to assist with a BPO client in Kapitolyo, Pasig. She soon left for a private company and then Val joined the firm. They didn't meet at USA&Co. Val and I left in the same year (2009). I was later employed at Philex Mining while Val moved to the same company where Lanie was working. That's how they knew each other.

Bong and Val met in PNG later. And then it turned out that Bong was Lanie's classmate in college.

So much coincidence, it's amazing hahaha. I haven't even mentioned that when my hubby was working in Saudi Arabia, he was colleagues with Lanie's childhood friend too. 

Lives intertwined... small world. Clichè. I thought it only happens in books. 🀣

I haven't seen them in a while. Well, more than a decade for Val and not ever before for Bong hehehe and so a grand feast it was.

Hubby cooked seafood marinara pasta, Shanghai chicken spring rolls, fried chicken, spaghetti and grilled stuffed fish (I know, I am so lucky to have a wonderful hubby) plus my friends surprised us with pork chops, daing na bangus, charcoal chicken and cassava and leche flan for dessert. 

Too bad, I wasn't even able to capture any of it hahaha. We just kind of dug as it was past lunch time. I was late from my supposedly short trip to the park with Darla because I took her there while waiting for my visitors. Unfortunately, she needed a looooot of convincing before I could make her come back home.

Anyway, I really had fun catching up with them. Naturally, being old friends, I felt comfortable with both Lanie and Val. But even if I haven't met Bong before, I immediately liked him too. 

When Val and Bong left, Lanie stayed a bit longer so we could still chat. Her lovely kids had fun playing with Darla and the neighbours.

Happy children 

The catch up was definitely a much needed highlight for my week. I'm not complaining but after our weekend fun everything just went downhill from busy to stressful! 

Beginning of the month meant case updates but the level of busy-ness was just crazy. Plus, there's this bad client feedback which, my boss assured me, didn't hold water but that still dampened my mood. Then there's this complex case that's giving me a huge headache but a lot of learning. Thanks to my really supportive TL I see a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel now. 

That was the work side of life. As for the family life, Darla was back to her disruptive sleep patterns, which made me sleepless for nights too. My eyes are always feeling sleepy and dark circles under them are screaming for attention. Then my husband and I are having misunderstandings with budgeting. Time for another "date night" this Thursday to update my student abouy finance 101.

Rant over hehehe.

So now we're ending our weekend relaxing at the park.  

How about you? Have you ever experienced reuniting with old pals?

PS: I can't wait to find time this week and create cards for the March giveaway. I hope I can post it just in time. I really need to unwind soon and what better way to do it than crafting! 

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Weekend Fun

Monday, March 1, 2021

I am feeling a bit sleepy today - probably from the hangover of an exhausting but fun-filled weekend. My husband actually did most of the work and preparation but I'm just naturally incapable of storing much energy maybe hehehe.

Anyway, I took a flex leave last Friday so it was a long weekend for me. I just wanted to spend a day with Darla - all for her. I've been wanting to take her to Max Webber library for the Story Time. Besides, 2 of the books I have reserved were already available and I can't wait to pick them up. 

But before we headed for the library, we stopped by sis Erl's house to pick up her gift for Darla. She's told me about it months ago but our schedules hardly meet. Someone else handed it to us last Friday and Darla was very pleased when she saw her new toy. 

While in the car, she couldn't wait to get her hands on the toys hehehe πŸ’—

She couldn't quite get that it was from "sis Erl," as I repeatedly told her. So when I was telling her, "That's from sis Erl," to her it registered as "That's sis Erl's" and so she protested, "no, Darla..." because she wouldn't part from it as soon as I handed it to her hehehe.

At the library, she did enjoy the Story Time but she much preferred playing "floor is lava" with the square pieces of carpet they should sit on. She participated every now and then, occasionally clapping when something's funny or when she liked the nursery rhyme. 

But for the most part, she'd jump from one square piece to another. At one point, she made herself a bed. 😩

She was lying down on the square pieces of carpet but would sit up and clap if something piqued her interest

She reminded me so much of her older sister, Demi. I was worried she'd find it difficult to socialise being always inside the house. But when her Lola and Lolo (Grandma and Grandpa) took her to daycare, she teamed up with the oldest child in the class and together, they made their own program barely listening to the teacher.

After library, she was ready for her afternoon nap and while she was sleeping, we drove to Costco and Woolies to do the normal groceries and also buy stuff we need for Sunday. 

Next stop, we took Darla to Nurragingy Reserve Park so she could play at the water park and also ride her "new" bike. I was running out of battery so by past 4pm, we drove home.

Darla remembered her new toy so that kept her occupied the rest of the evening. She reckons the girl is "Anna" because of her braided pigtails and the guy automatically becomes "Kristoff." So whenever she wanted to play with sis Erl's gift, she would tell me, "Anna, Kristoff." Hehehehe.

Breakfast served by chef Darla

I was impressed by the quality and details in this wooden toy set 😍

Saturday was still busy for hubby. He still had some things to buy at Strathfield and I decided not to go so he can accomplish things more quickly. While the toy continued to occupy Darla, the book I borrowed also occupied me hehehe. Maybe this was another reason I'm sleepy. I couldn't put it down no matter how sleepy I was!

Hubby couldn't believe I finished the book in 2 days - I could have finished it in 1 day without interruptions πŸ˜‚

By Sunday, we were definitely busy so I had to set aside the book. We have some visitors in the afternoon - for my February Sabbath anniversary, for our new house welcoming (which was really lame because we moved here for about 5 months now hahaha) - for whatever reasons. It's just nice to get together with friends once in a while.

With my fellow February celebrant, sis Laurice

The young ladies enjoying a Korean barbecue fest

There's so much to be thankful for in those 3 days of weekend fun. First, the realisation that someone loves and cares for your children, that's really heart warming. Being able to enjoy a day off from work to spend time with my family is another thing I am grateful for. 

The little kids playing in the backyard

Having a husband who helps out  does everything for you. He did everything, the groceries, cleaning up the house, tidying after. Having food on the table - good food on the table actually - it's one of the things I sometimes forget to be thankful for.

Also, celebrating my years in faith and having friends in church to celebrate it with are also big blessings for me. The bonus of a perfect weather yesterday was like icing on the cake. 

On top of it all, these sweet babies had fun and to see the joy on their faces just makes your heart full!

Such sweet babies! 
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My Rekindled Love for Max Webber

Friday, February 5, 2021

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Have you ever felt an urge so strong that you have to appease it right there and then? That was the kind of urge I felt on the morning of Thursday, 4th of February. A love was rekindled that day and I felt so relieved, like a homecoming.

It started last week, when my friend shared a project she made with her little boys about mindfulness. On one of her Facebook posts was Susan Verde's book by the title, "I Am Peace, A Book of Mindfulness." It caught my eye. 

My friend said the book makes the idea of mindfulness tangible and understandable so I was all for it. For days, I was browsing online shops looking for the book. It wasn't a difficult find. Target has it for $10 but lately, I had been splurging too much on books. I was guilty of eating up the family splurge budget. 

That's when it hit me, in the past, when I was hungry for reading, I would go for a quick trip at the library. If I were lucky, there would be withdrawn books by the entrance, $1 for non-fiction and $0.20 for fiction books. I never left empty-handed when that's the case. The walk home was always light, despite the heavy stack of books I was carrying, my face beaming with joy.

It's been a while since I last went to the library. They have closed all branches since COVID hit in March last year so I kind of forgot about them.

A quick search online revealed they were back in operations - I was elated! However, when I checked my local branch, they didn't have a copy of "I Am Peace."

Max Webber library has it, so I begged my husband to take me there after work. I didn't really need to beg hehehe. He supports all of my reasonable whims. But if I haven't been to my local library for almost a year, I haven't been to Max Webber branch for ages.

I was worried that if we go in the afternoon, they won't let me borrow anyway. I used to own a library card with them when we first came in Australia back in 2012. They issued me one because I lived within the Blacktown council area. However, we have been living in Penrith council since then.

Hubby dismissed my worries and took me and Darla in the afternoon anyway. As soon as I got inside, my anxious feelings disappeared. It was haven! If the library could fit inside my arms, I would have hugged it close to my heart hehehe.

I approached the librarian and explained that there's a book I wanted to borrow however, I didn't have a library card. She was a very lovely lady who helped me get one quickly and without hassles. 

But I have to admit that while she was processing on the computer, my heart was racing fast and my brain was playing out all sorts of issues that could stop me from obtaining that library card. That would be so much heartache!

Fortunately, it only took a few minutes and a couple of questions before she handed me my card. It felt wonderful to see it in my hands, so shiny and new! I thanked her and rushed off to get the book, "I Am Peace." I realised that even after years, I still know my way around as if it was the home I grew up in.

The card was a symbol of my love for the library rekindled

Max Webber Library Non-Fiction Section

I found the book right away for I had the reference number in my head hehehe. That's how obsessed I was. To make the most of the trip, I searched for more books to borrow while Darla explored the children's area with her Dad. It was a wonderful afternoon and her delighted face as she browsed the children's book was cherry on top.

Darla beaming with joy at the library

We left the place with a silent promise in my heart that I will visit more frequently again. Libraries often hold a playgroup for children under school-age although I am not sure if they started doing this again after COVID. Still, short visits to return and choose new books are more than enough to excite me. Until our next return God willing.

Though I haven't opened the book that started all this adventure, I sure already have found peace... hehehe.

PS: Special thanks to my friend, Michelle, for being an instrument in the occurrence of this story.

PPS: The books I chose: 

I Am Peace is a short read with practical guide to mindfulness at the back. I am only a few pages into The Self-Esteem Trap and I can tell I will love this non-fiction book already.

A graphic novel for my young ladies. I'm not familiar with the popular titles anymore so the girls can choose next time we take them with us.

I didn't want to go overboard so I only chose 3. After all, I still need to re-read the book I have bought for myself last December. But I'm really very excited, I can't help sneaking into the other book. I'm so glad I have come back to Max Webber Library. Although I love St Marys Public Library too, Max Webber was a "first-love" kind of love. πŸ˜πŸ˜† In my future posts, I will explain why hehehe.

Until then! Thank you for reading. πŸ’—

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