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


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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

Low Waste Holiday Checklist

I discovered this lovely graphic by PlantedInTheWoods…. this is such a lovely reminder. Remember it’s not about shaming ourselves or others around us. Too often I heard people around me making fun or laughing at others when they purchased something that wasn’t zero waste, even though that person normally tried to be…. Like Anne Marie… Continue reading Low Waste Holiday Checklist

Vendor Feature: Silver Shea Designs

This is my new necklace by Silver Shea! Recently, I won her giveaway, so I wanted to interview her. 1)Who are you? My name is Christina Patton! I am a wife to the best kind of man!! We have been married for nearly 11 years. We are best friends and business partners, we have a… Continue reading Vendor Feature: Silver Shea Designs

Growing Up Frugal (Part 2): As An University Student

University life was the start of my true adult life. I was working part-time and studying full-time. My parents started saving money since I was very little for my post-secondary education, so I didn’t have a student loan like some of my friends. Continuing to stay at home helped me save a lot of money,… Continue reading Growing Up Frugal (Part 2): As An University Student

Reblog Feature: Make A Gift Day (Time To Make One Today)

Did you know that each December 3 is Make A Gift Day? This unofficial fun holiday reminds us that handmade presents are excellent ways to add some personal touches and save some money too! As I mentioned before, I made most of my presents by hand. As an adult, I would shop for great deals… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Make A Gift Day (Time To Make One Today)

Product Review: MIBA, A Korean Brand

My friend knew that I love to try out Korean beauty brands, so she thought that I would enjoy these items by MIBA. “MIBA is a South Korean brand dedicated to promote the importance of minerals which our body needs such as Calcium. It makes use of calcium as a mineral in their product to… Continue reading Product Review: MIBA, A Korean Brand

Growing Up Frugal (Part 1)

My Childhood Growing up in an immigrant family, I had all the basics that a child needed…. A roof over my head, warm clothes, food in my belly and some toys, so I was pretty satisfied with my childhood. No, I didn’t have any of the fancy toys, clothes or trips that my friends or… Continue reading Growing Up Frugal (Part 1)

My 24 Hours in Paris

Spending less than a day in Paris, what was there to do? I arrived in Paris that night just to get ready for my next leg of my 2016 Mediterranean cruise trip….. Not my ideal as I always dreamt of visiting France as a child, but for a longer amount of time…. That night, it… Continue reading My 24 Hours in Paris

Vendor Feature: Deserving Health Organic Baby Care

One day, as I was wandering around in one of those Baby and Toddler Shows, I first saw this organic baby line. The pictures were very colourful and very cute! I was even more interested when I discovered that this line is made in Canada. Most of my subscribers know that I love to support… Continue reading Vendor Feature: Deserving Health Organic Baby Care

Sunshine Blogger Nomination From GeekyGal

The Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog. Thank you… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Nomination From GeekyGal

Photo Of The Day: T’is The Season For Moulting

T’is the season for moulting for my baby Maypo! Bathing him helped him to shed his outer skin as it began to get a bit tight for him. I came home and he looked like he was wearing a tutu! Bearded dragons outgrow their outer layer of skin and you need to soak and bath… Continue reading Photo Of The Day: T’is The Season For Moulting

Reblog Feature: Holiday Party Zero Waste Inspiration

December is just coming around corner. Are you pondering what to do this holiday season? Are planning to host a holiday party yourself or visiting a friend’s home as a guest? There are many things to think about… As with any gathering, holiday parties are notorious for producing a large amount of plastic waste. Let… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Holiday Party Zero Waste Inspiration

Things To Do: Escaping From Being Locked Inside

Have you ever been locked inside a room before? Was it fun? As a group, we decided to do exactly that—get locked inside a room and try to escape. There were quite a few of these places and our local friend suggested “Locked”. “The escape room phenomena that originated in Japan has now become a… Continue reading Things To Do: Escaping From Being Locked Inside

DearKitty’s Neat Blog

“Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.”— DearKitty The rules of this award are: Put the award logo on your blog. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.… Continue reading DearKitty’s Neat Blog

Quote Of The Day: Making A Life for Myself

That’s my quote of the day…. Close family and friends laughed and made fun of what did for a living and how little I made, especially with my credentials and education. How I should be working harder and not take time to volunteer and help out at the children’s school….. On the other hand, the… Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Making A Life for Myself

Book Review: Ender’s Game

Visiting my local library, I was looking for a book to read. Then, the book of this book caught my eye. I remembered that I had watched the movie awhile back, so I decided to pick up “Ender’s Game”. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Summary The setting of this science-fiction novel placed the characters in the… Continue reading Book Review: Ender’s Game

My Venetian Visit in One Day

Venice was the port where I was supposed to boarding onto my Norwegian Jade cruise ship in 2016. It was a 7 day Adriatic and Greece Itinerary. So, I only got to really visit Venice for a day. Venice was a city that I had only seen in travel shows and historical texts. I had… Continue reading My Venetian Visit in One Day

Reblog Feature: Favourite Children’s Books, Guest Post by Chocoviv

“Author of Chocoviv Lifestyle Blog, Vivian takes a nostalgia ride by sharing her favorite books that she read with her kids and why she loves them. The stories that Vivian has shared here are truly heartwarming. It is so amazing that how certain books are emotionally connected to us! Apart from blogging, Vivian loves to travel… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Favourite Children’s Books, Guest Post by Chocoviv

K-Beauty Trip To Korea 2019

Two years ago, I was lucky enough to obtain a ticket to this Korean Beauty Event. So, when I saw the notice to register for this year’s event, I immediately signed up! The ticket said that the first 300 attendees would receive a gift bag too! I arrived 40 minutes earlier and the line ups… Continue reading K-Beauty Trip To Korea 2019

Reblog Feature: Do It Yourself Christmas Decor

One of my most memorable Do It Yourself Christmas décor projects was the year that our family had to move into a small basement, while awaiting to move into our new home. My mother said that we could not put up our huge Christmas tree as there was not enough space. The ceiling of the… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Do It Yourself Christmas Decor

Carving A Path In Cambodia

Ankor Wat On my last part of my 2007 Southeast Asia trip, Cambodia was my final destination. I had only known about Ankor Wat from photographs. And yes, I saw it in Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider! Photo courtesy of Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, “Angkor Wat ( Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត, “City/Capital of Temples”) is a temple complex in Cambodia and… Continue reading Carving A Path In Cambodia

Heliophile’s Sunshine Blogger Nomination

My sunny blogger Heliophile nominated me for another Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you! “Sunshine Blogger Award is not an official award. It’s importance lies in the fact that it reflects good impacts we can have on other people’s lives. It is important for the motivation and inspiration of young generation and fresh bloggers.“—- Heliophile No… Continue reading Heliophile’s Sunshine Blogger Nomination

Product Feature: Satya Eczema Relief

The winter weather is very dry. I often notice that my hands get very dehydrated, while my daughter’s eczema begins to react. The eczema used to be quite awful, but now that she is older, as long as she has the right moisturizer, then it can be controlled. Satya is one of the moisturizers that… Continue reading Product Feature: Satya Eczema Relief

11 Unknown Things About Me Blogger Tag

“We have a game that my blogger friend Lerzan Karadan has started and my other blogger friend Bipudra has nominated me. I have to answer those questions about me and nominate other friends. ” —Deria Thank you, Deriasworld for tagging me! Click below to read her original post: 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ The 11 Questions 1- What don’t… Continue reading 11 Unknown Things About Me Blogger Tag

Quick Tour of Thailand

In 2007, after visiting Vietnam, our group dropped by Thailand. It was a quick tour around Bangkok mostly, so the most impressive part of this leg of my Asia trip was the Grand Palace. “The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang ) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been… Continue reading Quick Tour of Thailand

Lest We Forget

It’s Remembrance Day. From a very young age, I would talk to the children about the WW1 and WW2. I bought age appropriate and educational books about these important wars that showed the cruelty and sadness that the world had seen. Too often I saw how people forgot about the sacrifices of many that helped… Continue reading Lest We Forget

The 1 Grateful Person Tag

The 1 Grateful Person Tag is based on Luke 19 and the account of Jesus with the 1 out ten lepers he healed who came back to thank him. Let us aspire to be like the 1 who thanked Jesus and not the 9 who did not. 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 Thank you HerryChicCounsels for tagging me! Instructions:… Continue reading The 1 Grateful Person Tag

Product Feature: Taslie Skincare

Isn’t this turtle cute? Taslie Skincare‘s Head to Toe Wash often accompanies us on our trips as it is a part of my son’s daily life. It is gentle on the skin and tearless too. I love that this company is made in British Columbia, Canada, of natural and organic ingredients that are suitable for… Continue reading Product Feature: Taslie Skincare

100th Blog Post Milestone

My 100th blog post! Wow, I never thought that I would reach this milestone this quickly. I am sitting here in awe as I am writing this post. My original plan is to write and edit one post a day. However, I discovered that I have so much to share! But my critics would say,… Continue reading 100th Blog Post Milestone

Surpassing My Record

By the time midnight passed, it had already reached beyond 200 likes! I am so thankful for everyone’s continuous support! Besides the lovely likes, I enjoyed reading all the fun and thoughtful comments on each post. Thank you! It’s been only 4 months since I began Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog. I have learned so much and… Continue reading Surpassing My Record

Reblog Feature: Chocoviv’s Interview by Mommy Me

By Mommy Me I am so excited to introduce our next guest blogger, Vivian who shares interesting real-life stories, in her lifestyle blog,  Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog She writes about her experiences almost everyday in her blog and the best part is, she can write about anything and everything in the most fascinating way! She is undoubtedly a… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Chocoviv’s Interview by Mommy Me

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Fruit

Thank you ViewFromTheBack for bringing this challenge to my attention! I love durian…Durian is one fruit that you either love it or hate it. People that hate it say that it smells like garbage or worse. My earliest memories of durian was following my mother around Chinatown and I would stick my head into those… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Fruit

Reblog Feature: Special Ways To Save Money For Christmas

It is too late to feel regretful about not starting to do your Christmas shopping early. What can you do? No need to panic. It is only November, and there is still some time left. There are special ways to deal with this. Besides the lack of time, the other issue is the concern of… Continue reading Reblog Feature: Special Ways To Save Money For Christmas

I lost 75K views from Pinterest

My Rant: A few days ago, as I was looking forward to reaching 80K of monthly views on my Pinterest account, they suspended my account. The Reason: They suspected my account of spamming. No warning, no disputing. Suspended! I wrote back that I was just playing around with Tailwind. It was an app that I… Continue reading I lost 75K views from Pinterest

Geeky Girl Tag

I am a geeky and nerdy gal! Growing up, people would just ask me for random facts. I loved science and history…. I would love to join GeekyGal and AGeekGirlsGuide on this tag! Michelle’s (A Geek Girl’s Guide) Questions: 1. Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny? Destiny…. 2. The First Geeky Thing… Continue reading Geeky Girl Tag

Photo of the Day: My Bearded Dragon

Welcome Maypo, our newest family member! After an extensive few months of consideration, we finally visited a bearded dragon breeder and adopted this little guy. He hatched on July 1, Canada Day so originally the name, Maple for Maple leaf, was brought up. My daughter decided to alter it to Maypo. I have always been… Continue reading Photo of the Day: My Bearded Dragon