I don’t mind if my sandals are secondhand

DSC_4742I don’t have a collection of purses, watches, clothes, jewelries, or line of shoes. There are people like me who’s like that and I think we won’t be crucified for doing that because it’s okay. Anyway, we went to Goodwill store last week to buy school clothes and pajamas for Marie and I’d seen this pair of sandals that look still great and barely used. I didn’t think twice about buying this or not because it’s hard to find my shoe size (5 1/2) at this store. I’ve been looking for another sandals that I can wear when we go to the church or other gatherings because…

DSC_4743…I’ve been using this pair all the time when we have a party or if I go somewhere. I brought this in the Philippines too.

DSC_4741So when I found this $3.99 sandals I thought it’s not that bad. I’m not familiar with the brand (B.O.C. or Born On Concept) which I’m terrible at but when I checked online these sandals are good and pricey brand. This would cost me at least $20 buying new. And I refuse to pay that kind of money if I can get it for less than five dollars.

DSC_4740Now I’m so happy (and you can see it on my face!) that I can wear this beside the other one and I don’t mind if they’re secondhand because it didn’t cost me much having this nice leather pair of sandals.

Keep saving money, everyone, and have a great weekend!


Read, read, read!


Every Wednesday Marie brings book home from their school library for practice reading and keep it for a week. Sometimes she borrows two books but this week she only borrowed one, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. While I was doing dishes last night she told me she would stay in the kitchen with me and read.


She loves to read and so does her little sister. She read the entire book by herself and we read it to them last night before they fall asleep.

This is a cheap daily habit that our daughters have. Read.


Happy Thursday, everyone!



My morning routine during school days

DSC_4737Our oldest daughter, Marie, is a first grader this year while Olivia is a preschooler. Marie started her first day of school last Tuesday and today is Olivia’s first day of preschool which is a half day class. Olivia is in the afternoon class from noon until the school is dismissed at 3:25 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

Marie’s class starts at 8: 10 a.m. until the 3:25 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Starting today I’ll just by myself (yay to this!) from noon until I pick them up at 3:25. I’m going to miss them being around but I’m happy to have this me-time to do a few productive things.


My husband and I wake up at 5:30 a.m. He goes to work early and leave the house at six o’clock in the morning and he won’t be back until late in the afternoon. But there are days when he doesn’t need to leave until seven o’clock and if so, I go for a half hour morning walk.

I lay out the girls’ school outfits the night before. They also take a bath the night before so that it’s easier in the morning and it’s free from stress. The girls wake up at 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. while I’m making their breakfast ready (usually pancakes, sausage/bacon, scrambled eggs, and milk/juice). At 7 a.m. they eat breakfast for fifteen minutes (yes that fast!) then I dress them up, brush their teeth and fix their hair. As you will notice I dress Olivia because she will come with us when we take Marie to school.


I don’t let them watch TV or play with their tablet in the morning because I don’t like that noise in this early hours. I encourage them to play outside even only for ten minutes. At 7:30 a.m. we go to our neighbor’s house—the girls’ adopted grandpa—to say goodbye and we start walking to the school which is only three blocks away.

When Olivia and I get home I eat my breakfast then wash the dishes, do laundry, do a few chores, throw trash, etc.

I don’t start using my computer until 10 o’clock to either blog or edit my manuscript for two hours and at 11:50 a.m. Olivia and I will leave the house to go to preschool, her first day.

Then I’ll go for another two-mile walk and eat my lunch.

Have a productive Monday, everyone!