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It's good to have the UV Care Family Toothbrush Sterilizer.

One of my hubby's generous friends gave us this UV Care Family Toothbrush Sterilizer last Christmas. 

Honestly, I never thought of sterilizing toothbrushes. When sterilization comes to mind, I only thought of baby bottles. Now, there are sterilizers for almost everything: toys, furniture, mattress, and shoes.

Well, I am glad we have this toothbrush sterilizer. Do you notice that toothbrushes that are made from rubber sprout black spots that are almost impossible to remove? This also happens to the rubber that prevents spills in water bottles. 

I don't know what those are; but are probably some kind of mold because of the trapped moisture in the toothbrushes and the bathroom. 

This device prevents the black spots from forming. That is what I want to share the most.

This device also holds four toothbrushes. We are a family of five. That's why I sterilize our brushes in two batches. 

It is a great device to have. I also have peace of mind that those black spots won't appear anytime soon.

I still change our toothbrushes every three months, though.

Yabu... Finally!

For years, I wanted to try dining at Yabu. I have no idea why! Weird, right?

Well, I finally did last year.

I knew my kids would love it there because of the fried food on the menu. It's a house of katsu, after all.

The Katsudon looked reeeaaally tempting. I am also into Japanese curry, and there was Katsu curry. But, I chose the Gyudon anyway. I like beef!

And yay for refillable rice, cabbage, fruits and especially miso soup.

The girls enjoyed the Mozzarella Katsu Sticks.  They were also into making the katsu sauce for their chicken katsu.

Rix and I shared the Agedashi Tofu

Then, we had delicious dessert at Paper Moon. I just wished there was coffee! 

Sweet Invitation: a post about a cup

Soft clouds bloomed on either side like flower petals bursting into life. Slowly and steadily. Shades of pink colored the east and the west, blushing prettily.

In the middle, glowing in white and in a star-crested crown, is a siren, flanked by her two fish tails. Long, wavy locks framed a face that is smiling in a serene manner.

In the serenity is an invitation to join her into the surrounding green ocean. This mermaid's smile stirs in travelers a longing to stop and sip liquid bliss.

4 Ways to Lengthen Your Dog's Life

No one wants to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but few people are willing to take the time to extend their life with proper pet ownership. If you're one of the exceptions, here are just four ways to make sure that your canine companion stays with you for a long time!

1. Buy the Right Food

There's a reason why all-natural dog food is such a hot commodity among pet owners. Not only will it brighten your dog's coat and make their eyes shine with good health, but it will also strengthen their muscles, boost their immune system and help them regulate their bowel movements. In short, you should feed your dog high-quality food for the same reasons that you would serve your child a high-quality meal. It's good for them in both body and spirit.

2. Mind Their Medications

There are a number of medications that your dog should be taking on a regular basis. Flea and tick pills are the big ones, but you should also buy dog worming tablets from a trusted retailer as often as your vet recommends. Your puppy might also benefit from special food or medicine to help him grow up healthy or overcome a genetic disorder. If you have any doubts about your pet's future health and happiness, make sure to talk to your vet.

3. Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Speaking of vets, it's critically important that you take your furry friend for regular check-ups. They'll need to be kept up-to-date on their vaccinations, and they should be evaluated for common diseases, injuries and ailments by a trained eye. The sooner that you diagnose something like canine diabetes, the more options that you'll have to treat it, and this can make all of the difference in your dog's life expectancy. It's worth the trouble of taking him into the vet 1-2 times a year.

4. Keep Them Active

Dogs need exercise, especially when they're young, excited and full of energy. You don't want to keep a puppy locked indoors for too long: They'll start dashing through the halls and chewing on table legs to get the stimulation that they're lacking from you. Make sure that you're getting your canine on regular walks and runs. Take them to the dog park if you can, or just let them go crazy in the backyard if you're pressed for time.

These are just a few tips for ensuring that your dog lives a long, full life. There are many more, of course, but these should be enough to get you thinking about the right things. If you want Fido to be around for awhile yet, follow these guidelines to keep him happy and healthy!

The Zodiac and Your Pregnancy

Whenever you have read your personal daily horoscope in the newspaper or online, you probably either roll your eyes because the horoscope is as inaccurate as it can get, or you are amazed because the horoscope is right on the money!

The fact of the matter is, those daily horoscopes based on your Sun sign alone are not going to be overly accurate because it only tells you what energies you are facing based on your Sun sign only. There is a lot more to your own personal horoscope than your Sun sign.

That is why you may meet someone who is an Aries who is more like a Pisces or a Gemini than an Aries. The Sun sign represents who we are as a whole, but it makes up only a fraction of our own horoscopes.

Astrology is the study of how stars have an impact on your life, events, and anything else around us. When we are born, the stars are placed in a certain way and that actually does represent our personalities, strengths, weaknesses and even karma which goes beyond the Sun sign alone.

However, even though the Sun sign makes up a fraction of who we are, it still represents an important fraction of us. Therefore, we will resonate in one way or another to our Sun sign.

That being said, if you found out that you are pregnant, regardless of your zodiac sign you are going to experience surprise, excitement and even fear. You will be having a lot of questions in your mind that will need to be answered. You will research the best prenatal vitamins to take, what your birth plan will look like, and baby names.

However, based on your Sun sign, you can find out how your pregnancy will be influenced in regards to pregnancy pains, emotional swings and even preferences for baby names. Let’s find out how you will be affected by your pregnancy based on your Sun sign now!


Aries is the first sign in the zodiac, and it is a fire sign. People born between March 21 to April 19th have this sign. Arians are known to be candid, impatient and energetic. They have extreme passion, and even if they are dealing with a difficult pregnancy, they will be brave and face it head on. In fact, they will certainly open up about their experiences and may even give out TMI about common issues such as morning sickness. If you are an Aries, this could resonate and even if your friends are squeamish to hear about your experiences, they will be fascinated as well.


Taurus is the second sign in the zodiac, and it is a an earth sign. People born between April 20 to May 20th fall under this sign. Taureans are very stubborn and hate change in routine, and if a Taurean women wanted to get pregnant, then something significant would have caused her to change her mind. However, women under this sign who are pregnant will have a difficult time handling the changes that are happening in their body such as increased breast size and even foot size. They are the least adaptable and if you are a Taurus, prepare yourself ahead of time for the fact that your body will be changing for the next 8-9 months!


Gemini is the third sign in the zodiac, and it is an air sign. People born between May 21 to June 20th have a sun in Gemini. Geminis are incredibly adaptable and are curious. In fact, women under this sign will be embracing and enjoying their pregnancies and will take any unexpected news with grace. They may be also hit with the nesting instinct quite early on and be inclined to prepare the nursery early! If this is you, then you are in for a ride which you will gladly embrace.


Cancer is the fourth sign in the zodiac, and it is a water sign. People born between June 21 to July 22nd fall under this sign. Cancers are extremely emotional, and are natural nurturers. Cancer women will be affected by the stereotypical emotional ups and downs during pregnancy. Some may be hit with morning sickness a little more than others due to the fact that Cancers frequently have digestive sensitivities. If this is you, you will need to bring tissues wherever you go because everything will make you cry.


Leo is the fifth sign in the zodiac, and it is a fire sign. People born between July 23 to August 22 fall under the sign of Leo. Leos are known to be confident, dramatic, creative and can be egocentric. Leo women who are expecting will handle pregnancy hurdles with grace, but will growl at anyone who offers any kind of unsolicited advice because she knows what she is doing. If this is you, yes that is right you know best and unless you are getting advice from your doctor or any professional you are working with, no one else knows a thing!


Virgo is the sixth sign in the zodiac, and it is an earth sign. People born between August 23 to September 22 are Virgos. Virgos are known to be pragmatic and realistic. Therefore, women who are Virgos that are expecting will expect the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy such as morning sickness and fatigue and will be realistic about how much they can do. If they are sick, they will not hesitate to sip on ginger ale and eat some crackers. If they are tired, they will make time to sleep. If they are concerned, they will consult the doctor right away. They will certainly take the best care of themselves as well as their unborn babies. If you are a Virgo and expecting, you already know this and you must do what you need to do to make yourself comfortable while caring for your unborn baby.


Libra is the seventh sign in the zodiac, and it is an air sign. People born between September 23 to October 22 are Libras, and they are social, fair, calm, indecisive, and are about balance. In fact, Libras may spend the whole pregnancy deciding on doulas, baby names and delivery plans because they are indecisive, and it will take them time to make a decision on those things. They will do well in yoga and will be able to relax the most during labor. If this applies to you, that is good news and if you need help with decision making, talk to your friends and definitely your partner about baby names!


Scorpio is the eighth sign in the zodiac, and it is a water sign. People born between October 23 to November 21 are Scorpios, and it is the most intense sign in the zodiac. In fact, Scorpio women who are pregnant will refuse to suffer in silence, and will always demand help from their doctors if needed. They will end up getting the comfort they need, and if you are a Scorpio who is pregnant, this is good news for you!


Sagittarius is the ninth sign in the zodiac, and it is a fire sign. People born between November 22 to December 21 have this sun sign. Sagittarians are optimistic, and adventurous. Therefore, Sagittarian pregnant women will enjoy their pregnancies, and have that glow. Even if they are suffering from fatigue and/or morning sickness they will find the positive in that because it is a sign that the body is doing what it needs to help grow a healthy baby. If this is you, you probably already know this already.


Capricorn is the tenth sign in the zodiac, and it is an earth sign. People born between December 22 to January 19 are Capricorns. Capricorns are known to be competent and ambitious, and these expecting moms will approach the pregnancy with wisdom and determination. They are ready to accept many challenges to come, however the loss of concentration which affects pregnant women will hit these moms to be very hard since they are all about being organized and pragmatic. If you are a Capricorn, remember this is what pregnancy does so don’t be hard on yourself if this happens to you!


Aquarius is the eleventh sign in the zodiac, and it is an air sign. Those born between January 20 to February 18 are Aquarians. This group hates to be bored and hates to be restricted. Many of them are innovative and very independent. In fact, many Aquarian moms to be have a hard time adapting to the changes that pregnancy brings. Especially when they are having trouble sleeping, eating or walking which is bound to happen during pregnancy. However, they will definitely do their research on delivery, parenting and anything related to the pregnancy to keep their minds occupied because that will keep them sane and informed. If this applies to you, you know what to prepare yourself for!


Pisces is the twelfth sign in the zodiac, and it is a water sign. Those born between February 19 to March 20 fall under this sign. In fact, Pisces people are gentle, compassionate, dreamy and intuitive. These women who are expecting will do anything to make sure the baby is growing well and is healthy. They are incredibly careful about making sure they attend every doctor’s appointment and do what they can to stay healthy by eating good foods. They are also incredibly adaptable to changes that pregnancy brings. If you are a Pisces and just found out you are pregnant, you will do anything you can to make sure the baby is well and healthy.

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The Why's

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 1:34am 0 Comments

Why does she like to walk in big slippers or shoes, like mine?

Why does she like to eat eggs so much?

Why does she like water that she could bathe the whole day, I suppose?

Why is it that she knows how to act funny?

Why is it natural for her to like animals, especially dogs?

Why does she choose the people she is friendly to?

Why did she develop an aversion to some veggies when I've been exposing her to them?

Why does she like to also eat whatever I'm eating… Continue

Wrapped Around Her Little Finger...And Loving It

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I am a working mom so I really need someone to look after my baby girl while I'm away from 8am-5pm. Because of this, I was quite worried that she will be closer to her caretaker than to me, or worse, recognize the caretaker as her mom.

Thank God that didn't happen. My baby girl is close to me now. She's mostly by my side when I stay home during the weekends. She wants me to be the one to remove her clothes when she's about to be bathed. She's really sad when I have to leave for work.… Continue

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