Quote Of The Day: Who Are The Strong People?

I respect people who work hard to life others up, especially super busy parents who teach out and support other parents like themselves. There are many critics out there thinking that they are being honest and giving others so-called “constructive criticism” when actually they are only emphasizing other’s shortcomings to highlight their own success. We… Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Who Are The Strong People?

Movie Review: Spies In Disguise

Image Courtesy of IMDB This animated film was about international espionage. It focused on two sides of espionage…the field agent and the gadget inventor. Summary Spies constantly was in need of the most updated gadgets of destruction. Destroying the enemies was the only way to stop them. So when the villain escaped with some valuable… Continue reading Movie Review: Spies In Disguise

Chocoviv’s On Tik Tok

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia What Is Tik Tok? According to Wikipedia, “TikTok is a video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android for markets outside of China. ByteDance had previously launched Douyin (Chinese: 抖音) for the China… Continue reading Chocoviv’s On Tik Tok

Fresh Papaya Smoothie

We Love Papayas Ripe papayas are delicious!! My daughter and I both love ripe papayas. So, when I bought some from the supermarket, she decided that she wanted to make a papaya smoothie. She took out the Vitamix and proceeded to cut up some papaya. She threw in some milk, ice cubes and then the… Continue reading Fresh Papaya Smoothie

Reblog Feature: Canada Aiming For Plastic Ban In 2021

Banning all single-use plastics like plastic bags, stir sticks, cutlery and straws by 2021 is the goal for our country, Canada. This is great news to our zero-waste community. Following the banning of foam containers in the city, many of the businesses have already switched over to using cardboard take out boxes. Some may notice that the… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Canada Aiming For Plastic Ban In 2021

Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

“It was a snow day and I am thankful that my children and bearded dragon are on good hands. I still needed to go to work, but at least they were safe at home.” Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list… Visit Brian’s Blog to join in… Continue reading Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

Netflix Movie Review: 6 Underground

Image Courtesy of Imdb “It’s Ryan Reynolds! I am definitely watching this movie!” That was my initial reaction when I saw this title appear on Netflix. I loved action movies, so this was a no-brainer. Summary A, supposedly dead, billionaire technology genius recruits interesting people with amazing special skills to help fight crime, ultimately a… Continue reading Netflix Movie Review: 6 Underground

Happy Tuesday from Comedy Plus

This is my Happy Tuesday photo of our friend’s dog. I ordered a Santa’s hat for her to wear for Christmas. She didn’t mind it and we got some super cute photos…. Thank you Comedy Plus for the chance! Follow Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog on WordPress.com Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and… Continue reading Happy Tuesday from Comedy Plus

Oven-Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings

As a teenager, I watched my mother pick out different Asian sauces at the grocery aisles. There were so many different brands and flavours. These pre-made sauces became a staple and back up plans for quick dinner ideas. Tonight was one of those nights that called for the need of these sauces. So, I found… Continue reading Oven-Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings

Natural Gifts From The Holidays

Lucky me! I won this gift over the Christmas holidays from Aeryon Wellness and Pinch Skincare. Pinch Skincare 1) Lavender Rose Bath Salts: -Himalayan sea salt, epsom salt, rose petals, jojoba oil, lavender rose essential oil. -smells beautiful and not to oily afterwards. -rose petals were a bit difficult to remove from the bathtub afterwards…… Continue reading Natural Gifts From The Holidays

Photo Of The Day: Our First Snow

❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ This is a photo taken after the snow has fallen. We don’t get a lot of snow each year. Luckily, the snow turned into rain. Snow caused a lot of traffic problems and affects our public transit system. I am glad the children got to play a bit in the snow after school. But,… Continue reading Photo Of The Day: Our First Snow

Reblog Feature: Five Facts Of Plastic Pollution

According to Wikipedia, plastic pollution is, “Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles (e.g. plastic bottles, bags and microbeads) in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans.” Unfortunately, many of us have been living in a society where items are disposed very quickly, from fast fashion to fast… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Five Facts Of Plastic Pollution

My Sewing Kit Versus The Blue Tin

This is my sewing kit since I moved out of my parent’s place. It has two layers, which I can lift up the top to reveal the bottom layer to store my button collection. But, for my mother and many of her friends, the Blue Tin was the sewing kit. Photo Courtesy of Dansk Cookies… Continue reading My Sewing Kit Versus The Blue Tin

Time To Talk’s Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Thank you, Time To Talk for this nomination! What is the mystery blogger award ? – The mystery blogger award is a ‘mystery’ ha ha, no the mystery blogger award is an award which is given to “bloggers who are amazing and create ingenious posts. Their blognot only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are… Continue reading Time To Talk’s Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Quote of the Day: Strengths And Limitations

Image Courtesy of PictureQuotes.com My strengths and my limitations are what helps me go forward and also to protect myself from harm. No one is perfect and no one is invincible. Therefore, I also respect others when they show me their own limitations. I encourage them when I see their strengths. This is how I… Continue reading Quote of the Day: Strengths And Limitations

Book Review: Love Lies Bleeding by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Photo Courtesy of http://www.barbhaworthattard.com/about-2 Author “Barbara Haworth-Attard is a native of Elmira, Ontario, presently residing in London, Ontario with her family. June 1995 saw the publication of her first junior novel, Dark of the Moon. Since then she has written sixteen novels in the historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary and mystery genres for middle-grade and young adult readers.… Continue reading Book Review: Love Lies Bleeding by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Visiting Lamma Island With My Babies

In 2011, our family travelled back to Hong Kong to see family. It was the first time to travel for such a long time with a baby and preschooler. Many thought I was out of my mind! I travelled quite a few times on short trips, so I was prepared. One of the most famous… Continue reading Visiting Lamma Island With My Babies

Back On Twitter!!

It has been a few weeks already and my old Twitter account is still suspended without any explanation or reason. Still can’t believe that after almost a decade, it is done. On a positive note, this gives me the chance to rebuild my new twitter account with the Chocoviv name. My old account has 6600… Continue reading Back On Twitter!!

Reblog Feature: No More Foam For The New Year

“Another year has begun! A brand new start for the world! One of the best things that occurred in our community is the banning of foam take out containers right on New Year’s Day! What a wonderful 2020 it will be…. “The ban applies to all white and coloured polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers… Continue reading Reblog Feature: No More Foam For The New Year

My New Year’s Resolutions

Courtesy of Know Your Meme Do you have any new year’s resolutions? It’s nice to have some goals in mind, but honestly, I just regard them as ideal targets and try not to stress too much on them….. Chocoviv’s “Ideal” New Year’s Resolutions Weight: Try as I might, I always had issues with my weight… Continue reading My New Year’s Resolutions

The Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show

What a fun way to end the year! This variety show was so much fun! The instant the host appeared on the stage, I recognized him as street performer that I watched at Granville Island during the summer time. His name is Daniel Zindler, the artistic director of Circus 3. “Traditionally, circuses would just come… Continue reading The Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show

Netflix Review: V Wars

Halloween was a long time ago…. but this didn’t stop me from being interested in the supernatural storylines. So, naturally, I became intrigued at the title, V Wars. Image Courtesy of Netflix Summary The story began with a research scientist and his best friend being exposed to an unknown pathogen. Even though both fell ill,… Continue reading Netflix Review: V Wars

Bearded Dragon Update: 6 Months Old

Maypo, the bearded dragon is turning six months old soon. He has been growing steadily…. Here are some fun facts about him: He has shedded his skin three times without any problems. I really love the red colour that he is developing. His parents are even brighter in colours. He loves red bell peppers. He… Continue reading Bearded Dragon Update: 6 Months Old

Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Have you gone to Hokkaido for ramen? I would love to someday, but for now, let’s just try some ramen! It was a very cold winter day, so ramen was the perfect choice to keep our tummies warm. 🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜 Clothes From The Ainu Museum Collection I noticed two beautiful robes hung on the wall as… Continue reading Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Perfect Sisters

This appliqué is sewed on the side of my gift from my baby sister. We are adults now, but I still see her as my baby sister as we are over a decade apart in age. Ever since I could remember, I wanted a sibling. I was so desperate for a little person to follow… Continue reading Perfect Sisters

Reblog Feature: Boxing Day (What To Do)

“How was your holiday season so far? The end of the year is coming up, now what do you have planned for the next few days till New Year’s Day? Are you ready for Boxing Day? Ever wonder about the history behind Boxing Day? There are a few few theories.” Click here to find out… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Boxing Day (What To Do)

Post-Christmas Clean Up

Photo Courtesy of Fowl Language Comics This comic says it all! Luckily, my Minions are old enough to know that they needed to collect the wrapping paper and gift bags. They know to write down the information of who gave them what for Christmas. I believe that it’s important to know who gave them which… Continue reading Post-Christmas Clean Up

Christmas Time Is Finally Here

Merry Christmas We got to spend Christmas Eve at a relative’s nice big house. She always had the coolest and daintiest Christmas decorations around the house. I loved looking at all the little people posing in the Christmas winter village. My place wouldn’t be able to maintain such tidiness. Sigh… not my priority right now….… Continue reading Christmas Time Is Finally Here

Growing Up Frugal: As A New Mom

Even as a child, I planned to be a mother some way or another. I grew up watching my mom taking care of my baby sister as I was already eleven years old. I tried my very best to remember everything that she did with a newborn baby. I really felt that I was ready.… Continue reading Growing Up Frugal: As A New Mom

Winter Solstice Dinner

In my culture, the Winter Solstice was the same day as what we called, “做冬”. It was a time that we would eat a special dinner together with the immediate family. My favourite part was the dessert, “湯圓” which were little glutinous balls filled with sweet sesame paste or peanut butter inside, floating in a… Continue reading Winter Solstice Dinner

Christmas Tag by Heart Of A Wildflower

This is such a cute tag by Heart Of A Wildflower! Click here to check this blog out!! The Christmas Tag Questions As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you? Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better? Do you make New Years resolutions?… Continue reading Christmas Tag by Heart Of A Wildflower

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination Nominated By MakeMeWeird

Meet Pallavi Gupta: Hey! I’m so glad you found my blog, even if it wasn’t on purpose. I’m gonna cut it short and highlight few things- I hardly step out of my house to have the colourful life I write about in my poems/stories, so, most part of it is fictional unless mentioned otherwise. Secondly,… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination Nominated By MakeMeWeird

Reblog Feature: Dessert Ideas Fit For The Holidays

“December is a month that is often filled breakfast, brunch and dinner parties. Most of the time these gatherings happen a pre-booked locations where the guests just need to show up. However, sometimes the guests are invited to the host’s home. It may or may not be a potluck, so the guest may be expected… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Dessert Ideas Fit For The Holidays

Photo Of The Day: Feeling Festive Front Door

This year, I was not planning to put up a wreath. I still kept the DIY one that the children had put together from years before. But, this year, I was still trying to make a decision…. As I was pulling out the wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons to wrap my mountain of presents,… Continue reading Photo Of The Day: Feeling Festive Front Door

Beauty Oils For Winter Skin

Winter weather makes my skin drier than usual, so prefer to use oils in my daily skincare regime. There are so many out there, but currently there are four that are in rotation in my beauty shelf. The ingredients of each oil are from their own websites. Remember to look at the packaging of each… Continue reading Beauty Oils For Winter Skin

Movie Review: Joker

Recently, I read a critique about the newest version of “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix as Joker. I was a bit hesitant about watching this movie after reading this critique. However, as I grew up watching the classic Batman TV series and then the cartoon series, I decided to watch it. I knew that it would… Continue reading Movie Review: Joker

Stay Positive Despite Setbacks

Photo Courtesy from Pinterest It’s been awhile since WordPress has sent me any congratulating messages…. and then, I received this! Thank you to all my loyal followers who have been with me through all the ups and downs in my blogger’s journey since June. First, my Pinterest was permanently suspended due to Tailwind. But, I… Continue reading Stay Positive Despite Setbacks

Another Obstacle on Social Media: My Twitter Account Got Suspended

After 8 long years, my account got suspended. As I read through their lists of probable reasons for my suspension, I could not figure it out. Just like Pinterest, there was no warning. I was shocked. I was using Twitter to meet and learn from likeminded bloggers. I got to explore their blog posts and… Continue reading Another Obstacle on Social Media: My Twitter Account Got Suspended

Reblog Feature: How To Use Wish-lists and Support Small Businesses

How do you like to do your Christmas shopping? There are so many different ways to search for the perfect gifts. Christmas wish-lists are often utilized by well-meaning friends and families to make life easier by telling them exactly what they wanted to receive. However, these list can also become a burden to others. These… Continue reading Reblog Feature: How To Use Wish-lists and Support Small Businesses

Movie Review: Bombshell

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie were three of my favourite actresses. The characters that they had played before were some of the most memorable ones. So, naturally, I looked forward to watching “Bombshell”. Summary This movie was based on actual events that happened inside Fox News Channel. The top boss of Fox News… Continue reading Movie Review: Bombshell

Why Should This Mommy Put Up The Christmas Tree

Every December, my stress and anxiety kicked in high gear. Sometimes, I didn’t even want to put up my Christmas tree. For most of my mommy friends, it was the stress of shopping for presents. Not me….I enjoyed shopping year round. I loved searching and hunting for deals all the time. It was my frugal… Continue reading Why Should This Mommy Put Up The Christmas Tree

Overnight Stay At The Westin Wall Centre ( Vancouver Airport)

Anticipating for a busy weekend, I was actually looking forward to just put my feet up for the night. As I turned in the cul-de-sac at the front entrance, I noticed that there was a lot of construction sites around the Westin Wall Centre hotel. Thankfully, it was the weekend, so there wouldn’t be any… Continue reading Overnight Stay At The Westin Wall Centre ( Vancouver Airport)

Feeling Fabulous With My Fabfitfun Winter Box

Affiliate Disclaimer : There is an affiliate link that is linked at the bottom of this blog post. You know me as a mommy blogger who loves to share what I have tried out. The little extra income generated by the affiliate link helps to further fund more explorations for me to share. Thank you!!… Continue reading Feeling Fabulous With My Fabfitfun Winter Box

Growing Up Frugal (Part 3): As An Adult

Here I am as a frugal adult! As I finished university, the owner of an esthetician’s school and spa, offered me lower tuition to study for an esthetician’s license and certification. This was ideal as I could learn the tricks of the trade and get complimentary facials and treatments that I had to pay for… Continue reading Growing Up Frugal (Part 3): As An Adult

Reblog Feature: SPENDING CHRISTMAS ABROAD| SOLO FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Excerpt from DanykasandBoe.com: 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Christmas abroad means missing friends, family and your family holiday traditions. But it also means sunshine, adventure, parties, beaches and learning new local holiday customs. Here’s the ultimate guide to surviving and thriving on your first overseas Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Click below to learn more! https://danykasandboe.com/2019/12/05/spending-christams-abroad-solo-for-the-holidays/ Follow Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog on WordPress.com

Reblog Feature: Five Fabulous Christmas Activities Happening In Our Neighbourhood

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 December is here! The Christmas holiday spirit is very apparent throughout our city. However, I am sure that there are a lot of different fun activities that are happening in your city too. As a parent, December can be a very expensive and stressful time. First of all, many parents are doing a lot… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Five Fabulous Christmas Activities Happening In Our Neighbourhood

“A Little Haze” from the Sun

Thank you, A Little Haze Book Blog! It’s such an honour to be nominated again! Thank you, A Little Haze Blog! ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. How does it work? Thank the… Continue reading “A Little Haze” from the Sun

My Paper Christmas Tree

From being on the PTA to taking the children to their school field trips to help as a Chinese school teacher’s aide, I enjoy volunteering at the school. There are more volunteering opportunities when the children are younger. Honestly, I love to hang out with all the children at school, from kindergarten to Grade 7.… Continue reading My Paper Christmas Tree

One Day In Croatia

During my seven day Adriatic-Greece cruise from Venice, the Norwegian Jade dropped us off at Dubrovnik, Croatia. Honestly, I actually binged watch the Game of Thrones on the plane ride in anticipation of this visit. I was hooked on the series! The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola For the fans of the Game of… Continue reading One Day In Croatia