Tuesday, December 30, 2008

White Elephant

What is white elephant? Have you ever heard of white elephant before? When I was in the Philippines I have no clue what this means. So for information here's what it means.
Hubby steals this for me...a 2&1/2 lbs of chocolate...hahaha!
This is what I got..the Jenga game!
The maximum price is 15 bucks. During the Christmas day we played this game and there are 34 participants during that night. I got number 25 and hubby got number 24. It was a long wait. We had so much fun.

Source: Wikipedia

Gifts are wrapped, but are not labeled to reflect a specific sender or recipient. Gifts are typically inexpensive, humorous items or used items from home and sometimes, they are just plain trash; the term white elephant refers to a gift whose maintenance cost exceeds its usefulness. All participants draw a number (from a hat, perhaps) to determine their order. An alternative to the drawing is to sit in a circle and take turns in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

The participant with #1 unwraps any gift from the pile and then shows it to everyone. Each successive participant, in the order determined from the drawing, or in clockwise or counterclockwise order, can either 1) "steal" an already opened gift (if there's one they really like) or 2) be adventurous and go for a wrapped gift from the pile. If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats their turn and either 1) steals another person's gift (they cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just stolen from them) or 2) unwraps a new gift.

This cycle of stealing can sometimes continue for a long time, until a new gift is chosen, at which point the turn is passed to the participant with the next number from the drawing, or whoever is next in the circle, whichever arrangement is chosen.

Since items can be stolen, the item in your possession is not yours until the game is over. However, this is often amended with a rule declaring a gift "dead" or "safe" after it has been stolen a certain number of times (usually two or three). This helps the process go more smoothly (avoiding, for example, the hypothetical scenario of the same gift being stolen by every successive participant) and limits the disadvantage of being among the first to choose gifts. The game is over once all names have been withdrawn from the hat.

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Celebrating Christmas Day!

During Christmas day we drove to San Jose to celebrate the holiday with the DIAS Family (my brother-in-law's house). I made appetizers (devil eggs & ritz crackers), my devil egg was a hit! I was not able to take photos of the food because I was busy at that time. I only able to take a photo of the turkey and that was it! We had a white elephant game which was the highlight of the party. We sang the Christmas carols before we eat. It was fun! We actually had 34 white elephant presents, and hubby hosted it!
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Hilton Holiday Savings in Branson

Time to Open the Presents!

We opened our Christmas presents last December 24th, we did not wait to open the presents during the Christmas day because we need to leave early the next morning. Akesha had a blast opening her presents, and she was excited to see all her toys. Akesha got toys from us and from hubby's company. Hubby got pajamas, socks, ties, polo shirt, and shave from me...hehhee! What I got was necklace,jewelry box, clothes, hats, video cam, and winter coat...I guess that's pretty much it. We had fun. How about you? What did you get? Just click play to see our photos. Enjoy!

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Celebrating our 4th Wedding Anniversary

Whew! I did not realize that hubby and I have been married for four years now! I thought we just got married yesterday. From that four years we have manage to overcome the challenges in our marriage, and I am very blissful that God helps us to survive the thunderstorms in life.

From hubby with LOVE!

Since our wedding anniversary falls during the New Years Eve we don't do special, we usually celebrate our anniversary after the Christmas holiday. This year we planned to go out of town. After Christmas day we drove to San Francisco to celebrate our anniversary. We went to the Vasona Lake, Palace of Fine Arts and Exploratorium. We had a great time and it was fun.

We stayed at Marina Heritage Hotel, and this is the view from our room...the Golden Gate Bridge.


Palace of Fine Arts

At Vasona Lake

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Back in Track!

Hey everyone! It feels good to be back here in the blogosphere! How is everybody? How was your holiday? Did you get a lot of presents? Well, anyhow just letting you know that I am back in track. I will be catching up with you guys. I know I have missed a lot of hopping, so it is my turn to catch up! See you around....:)

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Friday, December 26, 2008

I Am Away!

Hey folks! How was your Christmas holiday? We had fun celebrating the Christmas day at my brother-in-law's house. The highlight of the night was the white elephant gifts which is hosted by my hubby. Anyhow I will update you after the holiday weekend, I am so sorry I will not be able to visit your blog until Saturday night (US time). We will be out of town for two days. We will be celebrating our 4th Anniversary in San Francisco. So I hope you guys understand. Don't worry I will catch up with later. Thanks!

Teacup Yorkshire Terriers

When I came across to Teacup Yorkie Dogs website, I fell in love to see how cute they are. When I first saw Bella and Bubby it reminds me of the movie the "Wizard of Oz". Have you seen that movie? Bella and Bubby are teacup Yorkshire terriers. Very small Yorkie are called teacup Yorkie. “Teacup” is a term like unto toy as in poodle. What is Yorkie terriers? Yorkshire terriers were originally cross-bred from other dogs to create a dog that would kill rats. Yorkie used to be called Waterside Terriers, although these dogs were larger than current day Yorkie. The breed standard for a Yorkie is now 3-7 pounds, but the Waterside Yorkie weighed in at 6 to 20 pounds. The Waterside Terrier was a cross between a Black-and-Tan English Terrier and Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers. The AKC or American Kennel Club does not recognize these breeds of dog, although they were not cross-breed did not receive the name Yorkshire terrier until the late 1800’s. These dogs also originated from Scotland and England. The Yorkshire Terrier, however, true to its name originated in Yorkshire.

If you would like to know more about Bella and Bubby, you should check out teacupyorkiedogs.com. I am sure you will enjoy reading their story and the do's and dont's on how to take care a teacup Yorkie. You might consider on getting one on your own. Have fun!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

I would like to greet all my fellow bloggers...Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! I hope you guys will enjoy celebrating the holidays with your love ones. Greetings from our family to yours! Merry Christmas!

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Did Santa Give You That Present?

On Christmas morning a cop on horseback is sitting at a traffic light, and next to him is a kid on his shiny new bike.

The cop says to the kid, "Nice bike you got there. Did Santa bring that to you?"
The kid says, "Yeah."

The cop says, "Well, next year tell Santa to put a tail-light on that bike."

The cop then proceeds to issue the kid a $20.00 bicycle safety violation ticket.

The kid takes the ticket and before he rides off says, "By the way, that's a nice horse you got there. Did Santa bring that to you?"

Humoring the kid, the cop says, "Yeah, he sure did."

The kid says, "Well, next year tell Santa to put the stupidity in the horse's brain instead of on his back."

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2008 Photograph of the Year Contest

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The Christmas Eve!

What is Christmas Eve? The Christmas season liturgically begins on Christmas Eve, and is preceded by a four-week fast called Advent. The Mass of the Vigil is said in the late afternoon or early evening hours of December 25th. The Christmastide season continues through until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday following the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Many Roman Catholics and Anglicans traditionally celebrate a midnight Mass (Eucharist) which begins sometime before midnight on Christmas Day; this ceremony, which is held in churches throughout the world, marks the beginning of Christmas Day. A popular joke is to ask what time Midnight Mass starts, but in recent years some churches have scheduled their "Midnight" Mass as early as 7 p.m. In Spanish-speaking areas, the Midnight Mass is sometimes referred to as Misa del Gallo ("Rooster's Mass"). In the Philippines, this custom lasts for nine days, starting on December 16 and continuing daily up to December 24, during which Filipinos attend dawn masses, usually starting at around 4:00-5:00 a.m.

In the Philippines, the predominantly Roman Catholic Christian country in Asia, Christmas Eve is usually celebrated by attending the "Rooster's Mass or Misa del Gallo which is celebrated hours before the clock ticks 12 A.M. signifying the arrival of Christmas Day. After attending church, Filipino families usually hold a feast named Noche Buena to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A great variety of food is eaten during this feast, an event that usually is done with great preparation. Foods being prepared include the famous lechón, quezo de bola, jamón (Christmas ham), roast chicken (turkey did not gain much popularity in the Philippines), barbecued meats, pancit, among many others. Despite the fact that some families are poor, they still find a way to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ through eating, family time and merry-making.

This is one of the events I miss since I moved here in the US. The celebration in the Philippines is totally different here. I wish they have stuff like that here in America. Well each country has its own way to celebrate the holidays.

Cryo Cell U-Cord Holiday Sale

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Are You Hungry?

Couple of days ago was my final exam, and I was not able to prepare for dinner. So hubby and I decided to get some food at the Chinese restaurant. We love Chinese food. And we go there most of the time. One of my favorites aside from calamari is broccoli beef with house fried rice. How about you? What is your favorite food?

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Happy Birthday Pretty Umma

Happy Happy Birthday to you dear Sistah!

1. What's your first impression on Umma?
- I thought that she's down to earth.

2. After you've known her, did that impression change?
- Nope! Not at all...she is very approachable.

3. What song will you sing to her aside from "Happy Birthday" and why?
I guess...HEAVEN! Why because that's what Yeung Lie means! Heheh...:)

4. If Umma is a flower, what will she be? Why?

- I guess she will be a ROSE. Why because rose is a flower that blooms all year round.

5. When you meet Umma in person, what is the first word you might say.
- Hello Sistah! (hugs and kisses!)

6.When you look at her picture, what can you say about her personality.

-Hmmm...she's outgoing person!

7. How do you describe Umma as a friend online?

- I thought that she's very nice. Very vocal on her opinions and you can rely on her. I enjoy chatting with her.

8. What do you think of her as a mother?

- I thought that she's over protective and very passionate with Yeung Lie.

9 . What do you think of her posts and why?

- What? Hahha...:) Well, I can tell that she's educated, well mannered..you name it! Hehhe...I enjoy reading her posts and I can relate sometimes when it comes to family matters.

10. What is your birthday wish for Umma?
- My birthday wish for my pretty sistah? Hmmm...good health and more blessings to come. I think she got all the blessings in life. Maybe another baby!...opps, a baby girl.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

What dish are you going to make for Christmas? If you are undecided of what dish to make for the holidays, you might consider on making this stuffed crown roast pork. I am sure this will be one of the highlights on the table. Happy Holidays everyone!

You Will Need
1 crown roast of pork (about 8 pounds)
1 pound ground pork
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup diced peeled apple
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
Spiced crab apples (optional)
What to Do
1. Tie roast and place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover the bone ends with foil. Bake at 350°F for 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the pork and sausage until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender. Add apple and celery; cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pork and sausage, crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and sage; mix well.

2. Remove roast from the oven. Carefully press a double layer of heavy-duty foil into the center of roast to form a base for stuffing. Spoon the stuffing lightly into crown. Return to oven and bake until a meat thermometer reads 160°F-170°F, about 1 hour more. Transfer to serving platter. Garnish with spiced crab apples if desired. Cut between the ribs to serve.

Serves: 16-20
source: readers digest

Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and Convention Center

Have you been to Missouri? I have never been there before, but someday I am sure I will visit. Are you planning on going on a winter escape to Missouri? If you do, you should check out the Hilton Branson Missouri Hotel. Do you know that they are having the Third Annual Ice Carving at Branson? You heard me right! The hotel is located in the new Branson Landing shopping and entertainment district. They have a lot of exciting events such as the 2009 Polar Plunge event. This is the second Anniversary of the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. During the event there will be entertainment and theaters that you might enjoy. The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel offer guests access to shops, boutiques, restaurants, a river walk and other attractions. The ambience of the town square, which features a spectacular water fountain with a light and fire display choreographed to music, is one of a kind. Someday if me and my family are planning on going to Missouri, we would like to see the Table Rock Lake. This will be perfect because the Hilton Branson Hotel is only minutes away. The good thing is there are lots of things to do closeby like the 49 theatres, outlet malls, golf courses, Table Rock Lake, Silver Dollar City, Celebration City and numerous attractions. You should check out their Winter Escape Package now!

My Kids!

Do you have pet at home? We do! When I got here in America from the Philippines, hubby bought me a pet. His name is BUDDY. He was 4 years old when we got him. He's half chow and half collie. Before we have Akesha...Buddy is our kid. He come with us where ever we go.He even go with us when we brought Akesha home from the hospital. He's been a big brother to Akesha, over protective and playful to her.
Anyhow, Akesha and I took Buddy a shower yesterday. Akesha is fond of washing and brushing Buddy, she loves to put shampoo on him! I thought these photos are sweet! Every time Buddy moves she will say " No Buddy no!".

Know anyone who is having a baby?


Santa's Jokes

Here are some of the Santa's Jokes folks! Enjoy!

Question: What's red and white and gives presents to good little fish on Christmas?
Answer: Sandy Claws.

Question: Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
So he can ho-ho-ho.

Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Answer: Frostbite.

Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

Question: What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?
Answer: Ribbon hood.

Question: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Answer: Claustrophobic.

Question: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Answer: Snowflakes.

Question: Why did the little girl change her mind about buying her grandmother a packet od handkerchiefs for Christmas?
Answer: She said "I could not work out what size her nose was!

Question: What was so good about he neurotic doll the girl was given for Christmas?
Answer: It was wound up already.

Question: What was wrong with the boy's brand new toy electric train set he received for Christmas?
Answer: Forty feet of track - all straight!

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Another Christmas Jokes!

Here are some few Christmas jokes for you folks! Enjoy! Happy Holidays to everyone!

I wanna tell you what kind of luck I've got. If this year I cornered the mistletoe market, they'd postpone Christmas.

Christmas: When you exchange hellos with strangers and good buys with friends.

Christmas is the time when people put so many bulbs on the outside of their houses, you don't know if they're celebrating the birth of Jesus or General Electric.

Do you know what it is like to put up fifteen hundred Christmas lights on the roof of a house? The kids are giving two to one I'm gonna come down the chimney before Santa Claus does.

Christmas in Los Angeles is always interesting. Seeing carolers dressed in Bermuda shorts...groping their way through the smog singing: "It came upon a midnight clear."

Every Christmas pageant throughout the world has a scene showing Joseph leading Mary into Bethlehem on a donkey. Do you realize what would happen if the Republicans asked for equal time?

Did you hear about the Beverly Hills school Christmas pageant? Two kids dressed as Mary and Joseph and they are on their way to the inn in Bethlehem. On the other side of the stage, a boy in a shepherd's outfit is on a mobile/ cellular phone, calling for reservations.

Sometimes I get the feelin that if Christmas, Father's Day and birthdays did not exist, then aftershave too, would not exist.

Cash for Jewelry

The Cottrills Family!

I went to our mailbox today checking out to see what mail did we get. Usually I don't go to the mailbox because I hate going outside when it is chilly. So when I opened the mailbox I saw an envelope with an unfamiliar address. I thought to myself who could this be? Hmmm?! By my surprised it came from my sweet manang Rose! It came away from Korea. Yehey..thanks a lot to the "Cottrills Family" for this wonderful Christmas card. Rose is one of my closest friends in the blogosphere. I look up to her as my big sister! She is one of the nicest people I have ever met in the internet. A very down to earth wife, mother, and friend. Anyways, I would like to thank you Manang ko for everything! May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday this year. Thanks a lot!

Monday, December 22, 2008

CEIVA Digital Photo Frame

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The Christmas Diet Song

'Twas the night before Christmas and all round my hips were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips. Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care in hopes that my thighs would forget they were there.
Christmas Santa
While Mama in her girdle and I in chin straps had just settled down to sugar-borne naps. When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash tore open the icebox then threw up the sash. The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow sent thoughts of a binge to my body below.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear: a marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer! That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick.

The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear; On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS a Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox.

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall now dash away pounds now dash away all. Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress my clothes were all bulging from too much excess.

My droll little mouth and my round little belly they shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly. I spoke not a word but went straight to my work ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger beside my heartburn I gave a quick nod toward the bedroom I turned. I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry if temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by.

And I mumbled again as I turned for the night in the morning I'll starve . . . 'til I take that first bite.

Donate now!

Few more days to go and it is Christmas day. What are your plans for Christmas? Are you getting ready for the Holidays? My family will spend our Christmas at my brother-in-laws house. This is one of the biggest highlight for us every year, because we will be able to see some of the family members who live far away. I am sure that everybody is getting ready to celebrate the Holidays, but there are many families who are missing one of their family members. We know that there are many soldiers who will be away from their families this Holiday Season. Sears is trying to make the Holidays a little easier for our military and that is why they started the Sears heroes at home Wish Registry. This registry is to fulfill holiday wishes for 30,583 military families. They want to help the military families this holiday season. You should visit their website and donate. They need donations to help provide these families with a better Holiday Season. Donations made to this registry are tax deductible and will be given as a Sears Gift Card equal to all registered families. So if you are looking for a way to help people this Holiday Season, then you might want to check out the Sears Registry website and see how you can donate. This is a great idea to support our troops who are away from their families this coming holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Visit Sears.com today and help.

Christmas Jokes!

It is time to enjoy the holiday season. So I thought I will give you something to add your happiness this Christmas. Few more days to go folks...it is Christmas time!

What do monkeys sing at Christmas ?
Jungle Bells, Jungle bells.. !
Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters ?
They both drop their needles !
What's Christmas called in England ?
Yule Britannia !
What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas ?
Thanks, I'll never part with it !
Why is a burning candle like being thirsty ?
Because a little water ends both of them !
What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree ?
A pineapple !
What do you give a train driver for Christmas ?
Platform shoes!
What did the big candle say to the little candle ?
I'm going out tonight !
Whats happens to you at Christmas ?
Yule be happy !
How long does it take to burn a candle down ?
About a wick !
one liners and party fun jokes for christmmas

C'elle The gift of life!

Christmas is the time of giving, loving, and sharing. So let me ask you, what is the greatest gift that you give to someone? I thought that one of the greatest gift I have given was when I bought my parents an entertainment center from my first salary. Do you know that one of the unique gift that you can give this holidays season is a gift card from Cryo-Cell? We all know that C'Elle is exclusively and revolutionary service that provides women with opportunity to collect and preserve menstrual stem cells. It sounds pretty interesting! Why from the menstrual stem cells? The experts said that these menstrual stem cells are unique because they have many properties and characteristics that are similar to bone marrow and embryonic cells. This is the ideal gift for family and friends who are expecting a baby in the near future and want to preserve vital stem cells that are collected from their baby’s cord blood. Stems cells found in cord blood are known to treat over 75 diseases including leukemia, anemia, lymphoma, diabetes and cerebral palsy. A Cryo-Cell holiday gift certificate is the ideal gift to be given by co-workers, grandparents, aunts and uncles to welcome the arrival of a newborn. Inside the kit you will find everything you needed for you to collect and send the menstrual stem cells for processing and preservation. This includes the cup, collection tubes, prepaid Fedex air bill for return to Cryo-Cell, and instructions that are easy to follow. It can save your own life someday or the life of a loved one, and it’s worth the price. So who do you think would you like to consider on giving this unique gift?

I would like to thank sistah Misty and TeCecile, for sharing the Smile award. Thanks for cheering me up guys!

The qualifications to receive this award are:
A. Display a cheerful attitude.
B. Love one another.
C. Make mistakes.
D. Learn from others.
E. Be a positive contributor to the blog world.
F. Love life.
G. Love kids.
The Rules:
1. Please link back!
2. Post the rules
3. Choose 5 people to give it to
4. Recipients must fill the characteristics above
5. Create a post to share this
6. Inform the awardees
I am now passing this to everyone in my list, please grab it guys and keep on smiling, for smile makes one happy, too!

Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Attorneys

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Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

They're fresh right now, just in time to star at holiday dinners. Here's why sweet potatoes should be a family favorite even after the feast.

They're a superfood.
One medium sweet potato (often called a yam, although they're not the same thing) is rich in beta-carotene and meets your daily need for vitamin A. It also provides nearly a third of the vitamin C you need each day.

They're packed with fiber.
When eaten with the skin on (roasted whole or cut up into oven fries), a sweet potato has as much fiber as half a cup of oatmeal, for about 100 calories, says dietitian Joan Salge Blake, author of Nutrition & You.

They're versatile.
Favorite dishes is sweet potato soup seasoned with ginger, garlic, and curry or sprinkled with olive oil or rosemary. Also includes sweet potatoes in casseroles, meat stews, and cinnamon-laced quick breads.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blog Pictures

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I need A Break!

I have finally managed to finish my online class. Thanks goodness it's done! After four months of dealing homework and exams, I can now focus on the Christmas holiday. What I mean is now I have time to send out our newsletter, and do some last minute shopping for my parents. Next semester I made up my mind not to take any classes, because I thought I need a break. I have been exhausted this year. My schedule was very hectic during the past few months. From moving (packing and unpacking) taking care of our daughter, doing household errands, taking classes, and of course blogging....how easy is that? I am glad that hubby is very understanding. So from now on I hope I will be able to manage bloghopping. Whew what a relief!

Florian Villa

Florian Villa: Helping Veterans & Families
Are you looking for a unique place for wedding & honeymoon, yoga retreats or just to pleasure yourself? Why not visit florianvilla.com? Florian Villa is owned by a couple from Boston and is located on Gift Hill. The villa is spacious and has West Indian style décor. High on Gift Hill, you'll enjoy ocean breezes, spectacular views of St. Thomas, and breathtaking sunsets. The location is centrally located for easy access to Cruz Bay, beaches, grocery store, water sports and hiking trails. The Villa is long known for its preserved beaches, quite-island culture, and spiritual associations, St. John is one of the least developed, non-commercial of the Caribbean Islands. 95% of the island is preserved as US National Forest, offering hiking, world renowned beaches and spectacular coral reefs. Also, it is part of the United States, so no passport is required. There are plenty of places to relax and opportunities to stay active. This is a great place for family, couples, friends. So what are you waiting for? Visit their website now for more details!

Scott Wahlen
Deborah Bernstein
Florian Villa on Gift Hill
Saint John, United States Virgin Islands
(617) 429-6182


Boston Celtics Will Honor Owners of Unparalleled Retreat in Caribbean
Deborah Bernstein and Scott Wahlen will receive a Heroes Among Us Award from the Boston Celtics on December 1, 2008 for their altruistic service.

Boston, November 30, 2008 – Deborah Bernstein and Scott Wahlen, owners of the Florian Villa, will receive one of the most coveted community service awards, the Heroes Among Us Award, from the Boston Celtics on December 1, 2008.

“It is truly an honor that we will cherish forever and we intend on sharing our award with every visitor to the Florian Villa,” stated Bernstein. Bernstein and Wahlen cannot believe that they were chosen for such a prestigious award for simply giving back to the community.

Bernstein and Wahlen provide weeklong, all-inclusive respites to families of fallen firefighters and returning wounded veterans at their exclusive Florian Villa on Saint John Island in the US Virgin Islands. Scott Wahlen, a captain with the Boston Fire Department and a former U.S. Marine, and Deborah Bernstein, a yoga instructor, founded the Florian Villa in 2007. Current residents of Boston, these two philanthropists routinely collaborate with other organizations, such as Soldiers Undertaking Disable Scuba (SUDS), to provide a well-rounded and supportive environment for the visiting families and veterans.

The Heroes Among Us program began in 1997 and has come to be recognized as one of the most prestigious community outreach programs in professional sports. A Heroes Among Us Award is presented at each Boston Celtics home game to individuals who have made tremendous impacts on the lives of others through their altruistic actions and contributions.

The Florian Villa was named after Saint Florian who is the patron saint of firefighters and their families. For additional information about the Florian Villa, visit http://www.FlorianVilla.com, http://florianyoga.blogspot.com or call (617) 429-6182.

Seven Layer Magic Bars

Christmas cookies make wonderful gifts, and cookie baking and decorating is a special event for many families. I am sure your friends and family will love this recipe. I will try this for myself as well.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch flavored chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°, (325° for glass dish). Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with a sheet of foil, making sure to cover the sites well. Place the butter in the baking pan and melt it in the oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour condensed milk evenly on top of crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients in order listed; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.

Web Hosting Christmas Special

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Spread The Love Award

I would like to thank Lady from "Thoughts For Women" for this wonderful award. Thanks a lot friend. Now, it is my turn to pass this award to all my friends out there: Rose, TCecile, Umma, TFaye, TLou, Madz, Chie, Amor, Grace, Joanna, Amiable Amy, Boogie, Cookie, TLissa, Chelle, Ria, AnnaRhea, Kev, Erik, Vignesh, Tripzibit, Joops, Donabel, and you....let's spread the love folks....have fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Last Minute Gifts from Kmart!

We all know that the holiday season is quickly coming to an end, but I am sure that some people are not done wrapping their Christmas presents yet. How many of you are not done buying holiday gifts? Do you know that Kmart has 25,000 quality last minute gifts that are under 25 bucks? Yes, you heard me loud and clear! Don't you think that this is an awesome deal? I still have to do some last minute shopping to purchase gifts for my family in the Philippines. I am planning to get some of these deals from Kmart. I thought of getting a crockpot for my mother. I am sure she will enjoy this one. This crockpot features removable round stoneware. For a bonus it comes with a free cookbook.
So for my father I am going to get him a battery operated beard and mustache trimmer. This comes with a trimmer handle trimmer blade, mustache comb, nose/ear attachment, 5-position attachment com, and 3 jaw line combs. I am sure my dad will use this regularly. How about you? What are you going to give to your parents this Christmas? Get your last minute gifts from Kmart now! Have fun!