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Total Mom Makeover with The It Mom

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Watch out now! Who is this sexy mama?!

This hot mama is an upgraded version of @LovelyLysa, compliments of The It Mom and Total Mom Makeover!
Wow, what an experience! It was such a treat to be one of 12 moms chosen to be part of season two of Total Mom Makeover!

READ ALL ABOUT MY MAKEOVER from The IT MOM herself!
Although my makeover happened a few weeks ago, my episode aired last night as the season premiere of season two! Check it out here:



Here is my reaction video viewing party with my two sons, featuring a cameo from sis-in-law Maria and hubby DonDon.



I love, love, love how the makeover video turned out. I absolutely love how it captures the essence of my daily routine. It shows the intimate quality time I share with my family, as well as the hectic days at work. It highlights my personality and allows me to share why this makeover was important to me. Not to mention, my boys were so excited to see themselves in the video!
How did I get to be a part of Total Mom Makeover?
Earlier…

Win a Signed Copy - Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities

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My son DJ had a fun time reviewing the book Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities!


The fidget spinner trend has invaded our lives and our boys are just nuts over these things! DJ has even tried to make his own fidget spinners with cardboard and toothpicks!

The chapters in Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities are quick and simple. They cover some of the history of fidget spinners, the different types of fidget spinners, different tricks and games you can do on the fidget spinner, and even a workbook to track your fidget spinner trick progress!
The photos are fun and the book is very engaging! It was hard to pull the book away from DJ for a few minutes to write this review.
The chapter on the tricks and games is divided into different levels: beginner, intermediate, Advanced, and "uber advanced"! DJ said the "uber advanced" chapter is "super hard". 
My son DJ really liked reading about the history of fidget s…

A Passion Project: The Filipino American Woman

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Although I was born in the United States, I too lived the immigrant experience.


I grew up in a Filipino speaking home where Filipino was my first language, which eventually labeled me as an English Language Learner as I entered elementary school.

In pre-school, my classmates furled their curious brows and sniffed at my sinigang in my thermos and the adobo and rice in my Tupperware.

I had the stereotypical Filipino nurse mom and military, then post office working Filipino dad.

I aspired to be a broadcast journalist as a child because the only Asian woman I saw on TV was Connie Chung. She was pretty and smart. I wanted to be like her.

I can recall my first experience of being discriminated against shopping for clothes as a 5th grader. I was told my the store's employee, "If you can't afford it, don't touch it." I was so horrified, I never walked in front of that store again in future visits to that mall.

When entering a room, I have always, even now, scan the room…

Parental Control App: Google Family Link for Android

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There is lots of chatter online about technology use for youngsters. Appropriate content, time limits on use, and suggestions for apps and websites helpful for kids are topics that come across my social media feeds often.

A concern I've had since my kids have been using their iPads is being able to control the content they see, as well as controlling the amount of time they spend on their devices. 
I've tried a few of the parental control apps available. None of them really did what I wanted it to do, the set up was too complicated, or the monthly fees for use were just too expensive.


In my last attempt to research parental control apps, I discovered Google had created it's own parental control app called Family Link which was released earlier in early 2017. Unfortunately, it only works with Android devices so only I'm only able to use the Family Link controls on my one son's Android phone, and not on both my my kids' his iPads.
How to Set Up Google Family Link