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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I'm Featured in the Kid Food Nation Recipe Book

My mom just told me our Kid Food Nation recipe book just arrived. I was so excited to see my recipe in the book along with my photo from the photoshoot when we were at the Kid Food Nation Gala in Ottawa.

Friday, November 3, 2017

FREE Lunchbox Printables from Minted

Download your FREE lunchbox printables from Minted today and bring a smile to your child's face when they open up their lunchbox! Minted commissioned the adorable designs from Baumbirdy and Alethea & Ruth. Available for FREE download for a limited time only!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Welch's Fruit Rolls Review

My review on the newest Welch's Fruit Snacks, the Fruit Rolls. Also, check out my mom's blog post here:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trip To Ottawa for the Kid Food Nation Gala

Photos taken by Brandon:

On the way to the Vancouver airport

Ready for takeoff to Ottawa

Landing and arriving at the Ottawa airport at 5:05pm EST

Car service by Infinity Limousines from airport to hotel

At the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

The view from our hotel room

Dinner gathering with the other Kid Food Nation winners at Farmream Cookhouse and Cellar. Also excited to meet Carlos Bustamante in person.

A Young Boy Hit My Son With A Stick

It was Monday and we got back from Ottawa the previous night. I was excited to hear Brandon sharing his adventures at the Kid Food Nation Gala. Then after school came and I picked him up. Brandon decided to play a little while in the playground and I waited. It was a good day until the unexpected happened.

I watched Brandon walking in the distance towards the primary playground while I close to the intermediate playground. I took a glimpse and saw him near a small child and his mother. I noticed the child swinging a wooden stick, but I didn't think much of it as he didn't seem to be harming anyone. Then not too long, Brandon came running to me crying really hard. I didn't see past the fence of the parking lot to see what exactly happened. Brandon said the boy hit him hard with the stick.

I walked over with him to the boy and his mother. I pretended not knowing what happened and asked her to find out her response. She didn't mention at all about her boy hitting Brandon with the stick. She just said Brandon was trying to kick him, which I know he wasn't as I saw. Brandon got agitated because he was being accused. The mother didn't apologize.

Brandon's finger was red and swollen, so we went to the school office and got some ice. We talked to the Principal as well. He said he will take care of the matter and contact the parent of the child.

It's so sad to find there are parents who don't take responsibility for their child's actions. A little boy (about 4 years old maybe) hit Brandon with a wooden stick and the mother of that child doesn't admit what her boy did, but instead blames my child for trying to kick him. Not even sure why he has a stick. It's not a stick where it can be found on the ground. It's an actual straight polished wooden stick!

I've seen the mother before, but I do not know her or her kids. I used to smile to her when I pass by.   Now, every time I see her, it makes me angry.  

If it was my child who hurt another child, I would tell him to apologize. What would you do if you were in my situation or if you were the other parent?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pokemon TCG Mega Powers Collection (Unboxing & Review)

The power of pokemon-ex! This collection brings together four amazing pokemon-ex with brand-new full-art illustrations, including two mega evolution pokemon. You’ll also get a whopping 8 booster packs—and the long-awaited spirit link card for lucario!

What’s Included in the Box:
• Two full-art foil promo cards featuring Mega Evolution Pokemon: Mega Lucario-EX and Mega Manectric-EX
• Two full-art foil promo cards featuring Pokemon-EX: Jolteon-EX and Zygarde-EX
• A spectacular full-art oversize card featuring Mega Lucario-EX
• A Lucario Spirit Link card

Check out my unboxing video:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dare Whippet Sticks Review

These treats make fun snacks and they are delicious too! Check out my video review.

Whippet Sticks Coconut is a delicious, flaky macaroon in a thin snackable stick that is made with real coconut and no artificial colours. It is peanut free and a great addition in school lunch snack as a treat.

Whippet Sticks Brownie is made with real Whippet chocolate and heavenly brownie in a thin stick that's great for snacking. Also made with real chocolate, no artificial colours and is peanut free.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Fun Games: Spy Code Break Free & Spy Code Safe Breaker from YULU Toys

I was always a fan of mystery board games, even as a young child. Not too long ago, I was recently introduced to a couple of new games by YULU Toys called Spy Code Break Free and Spy Code Safe Breaker. I was excited to try out these games with my son and have a bit of fun time together. These games have just released in June 2017 and are only available at Target (in the USA) and Toys R Us (in Canada).

Safe Breaker from YULU Toys is a new electronic game that combines spy skill, memory and a little bit of luck, challenging players to crack the code and break the safe. Because it was all new to us, there was a bit of confusion, but then we've figured it out after reading the instructions a few times. Here's what we did:

To start the mission, players pick a card and turn the safe combination to the corresponding number shown. Next, use the fingerprint scanner to test the number. If the light is green the safe will release some coins. If the light is red, connect the spy listening gear to the safe to hear a top-secret clue to figure out the correct combination code. The spy who collects the five golden coins or the two diamond coins first wins the game.

Break Free from YULU Toys is a challenging action skill game where the players must race to unlock their handcuffs as quickly as possible before anyone else.

First, all players handcuff themselves together and insert a maze into each handcuff. The game includes three maze colors: green, yellow, and red. Each color represents a level of difficulty, making each round unpredectable. Green color is the easiest, yellow is medium, and red is the most difficult. The fastest to break free from their handcuff receives a token that corresponds to the maze color. There are points on the back of each token. The player with the most points after playing all three rounds wins the game.

This game was quite a fun and challenging one! One of the other ways we tried is hooking the cuffs to the chair or table instead of each other and trying to escape to claim a token.

Here's an unboxing video by Brandon:

Thanks to YULU Toys for coming up with these interesting, interactive games!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

School Sports Day 2017

Brandon just had his school's sports day event. The weather was perfect as it was dry, little bit of overcast and not too hot. The kids had a great time!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Breaking Boards Breaking Chains Fundraiser

We have been learning a little about slavery and how adults and many children are being treated unfairly and don't have their freedom in third-world countries. Our Martial Arts school (East Vancouver Taekwondo had a break-a-thon fundraising event on Saturday, April 29th. My friends and family sponsored me to break a board. For every $5 I raised, I was given 1 board to break (up to maximum of 5 boards). It was also a fun event for me to see other students and friends participating.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Inspiration Box Craft

Made this special inspiration box for mommy. Hope she likes it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Taekwondo Class in the New Dojang at East Vancouver Taekwondo

First day of class in the new Dojang at East Vancouver Taekwondo. Stay tuned for more updates on the grand opening celebration on April 29th, 2017!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Hamster Pet

After dinner on Friday night, we drove all the way to Kitsilano area to pick up a hamster habitat (glass aquarium type) and accessories. We found this seller on Craigslist who posted it for $20. It included the glass aquarium, Timothy Hay bedding, 2 wheels, wooden hideaway house, 3 bowls, and 2 water bottles -- all for a good deal and in good condition. Mommy cleaned it and we set it up.

Hamster Habitat

The next day on Saturday, mom found someone (who breeded their hamsters) had Syrian Bear Hamsters for sale for just $10. It was half the cost of what pet stores sell for. The hamster was the colours I want: light beige and white. We went to meet the seller to pick up after dinner time. A man and a lady came out to the meeting spot with a box. They showed us 2 hamsters that were male. I picked the smaller one (although both were born the same day). The lady was super nice and told us to keep the the $10 and use it for our new pet. They also prepared for us a plastic container for transport (since ours didn't have a lid and the hamster might climb out). We thanked them and left. We went to the supermarket to pick up a bag of hamster food.

Syrian Teddy Bear Hamster Syrian Teddy Bear Hamster Syrian Teddy Bear Hamster

I was happy we adopted our new pet hamster. I named him "Squidgy". Looks like it is about 5 weeks old when we got it.

Syrian Teddy Bear Hamster Syrian Teddy Bear Hamster

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Baby Bonanza Giveaway

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Video: Pokemon Moon Lunala TCG Alola Collection (unboxing)

The Pokémon TCG: Alola Collection includes:
- 3 special foil promo cards featuring Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio
- 1 of 2 foil oversize cards featuring a Legendary Pokémon-GX: Solgaleo or Lunala
- 1 of 2 sculpted figures featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
- 1 of 2 collector's pins featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
- 5 Pokémon TCG booster packs
- A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Giving away some free TCGO codes. If the codes don't work, then someone who saw this video have claimed it. I will be uploading some more unboxing reviews in the future. Good luck!

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Video: Pokemon Sun Solgaleo TCG Alola Collection (unboxing)

The Pokémon TCG: Alola Collection includes:
- 3 special foil promo cards featuring Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio
- 1 of 2 foil oversize cards featuring a Legendary Pokémon-GX: Solgaleo or Lunala
- 1 of 2 sculpted figures featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
- 1 of 2 collector's pins featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
- 5 Pokémon TCG booster packs
- A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

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