Ria’s Artwork: Graphing

When Ria showed me her art project, I was wowed. I don’t have the gift of drawing/ painting so you can imagine how proud I am right now of our girl. I actually have two siblings who are so gifted with arts and I am grateful that Ria has that talent in her genes!

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Shhh! The artist at work.
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That paper on top is the original drawing she printed from the internet. The bigger picture below is Ria’s artwork.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the masterpiece!

Ria said she is going to have this framed and at the end of the school year, they are going to have an art gallery in school.  Their artworks are going to be displayed on walls for other parents and children to see.  She even said that the paintings are for sale, and they’d get to keep the money.

When she asked me if I’d buy this piece for P 500, I said “yes” without thinking twice.  “I’d even gladly buy it for a thousand, dear!” I told her.

She beamed.  “I am so proud of myself,” she said.

“Honey, you don’t have the slightest idea how  proud I am of you,” I replied.

That made her day– and mine, too.


Guitar Picks for Hubby

Hubby has been playing the guitar in church since he was 16– which means that he has been a musician for more than half his life! It would not be surprising to find guitar picks inside his wallet and pockets. I had to see to it that they had to be taken out before I do the laundry.

I was thinking, maybe a set of custom guitar picks from musicians friend would be a perfect gift for him on his birthday. His big day is actually a few weeks away and if I have to have one of these custom-made and personalized picks as a present, I have to order now!

Just in case they don’t make it on time for his birthday, I am actually thinking of other options. Which reminds me, I still have not brought him a tool box. It has been his long-time wish to have one so maybe this year he needs to have it!

How to Build the Right Home for Your Family

Building the family home is a big deal. It is the culmination of lots of saving and hard work and the time to make your dream home become a reality. It is vital to put a lots of thought into what type of home is right for your family.

There are so many options available that it’s easy to get lost in all the choices. Take all the time you need to research what is available and to thoroughly explore your options. Companies like Coral Homes , feature plans and designs online and this is a great place to start looking. See what appeals to you and what doesn’t and pick out designs that incorporate the elements that best suit the needs of your family. Remember, don’t scrimp on planning, you will have to live with the decisions you make at planning stage for a very long time.

Use Your Past Experience

Another excellent design in planning the right home for your family is to go back through your past homes and define what did and didn’t work for you. Perhaps you just loved the open plan design of the kitchen in one of your previous houses, or hated the layout of the main bedroom. Often you have to live in a home to really know how the design works for you, so take the time to make a list of the positives and negatives of homes you have lived in previously. You can get the whole family involved.

Decide What Elements You Want

The next step is to think about all the major elements that you would like in your new home. It’s a good idea to have a ‘must have’ list and a ‘nice but not essential’ list. This is one of the fun parts of planning your home so take some time and let your imagination go wild.

There are basic elements you need to decide on: how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, how much living space you require and how much garage space you need. You also need to decide on how you want your living space arranged: do you want a formal living area and a family room, or perhaps you want a parent’s retreat area.

Think Ahead

If you children are almost grown up they may be leaving home in the next few years, so think about how you will re-use space when they leave. If you are getting older you might think twice about stairs. While they may be manageable now, will you still want to climb stairs in five years’ time?

The Great Outdoors

The terrace has sunshine all day and a big barbecue

Outdoor areas are become increasingly important to home owners. Having a great outdoor area will extend the borders of your home and can provide another living area for you and your family to enjoy. Many people building a home get so caught up designing the interior of the home that they forget about the outdoor area. If you and your family love the outdoors you need to think about maximising your outdoor space.




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…celebrating the joys of family life!