SOTD (Story of the Day): The Nutcracker

Yesterday, I went to my daughter’s school for a story-telling activity.

The school has been doing it for years – a parent will tell a story in class. They identify the parents by draw lots. I wasn’t picked the past 2 years. I’m not sure if they picked me this year on purpose.

Since there’s no one else to do it, I had to file for a vacation leave (take note: unpaid). Originally, I wanted to tell the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf for the reason that the little girl likes to tell stories that are not true. I have to ask her after she tells me something if it’s true or not. When the story it’s not true, she says: Joke lang yun, mommy. I always tell her it’s bad.

Anyway, I couldn’t find a copy of that book. I checked a couple of bookstores and there’s none. So I had to pick another story. I was looking for a book that would catch the attention of the kids. Something that has some sort of animation. Then I found this book: The Nutcracker.



I didn’t really know the story of this book but I loved the effects. When you open it, some objects will appear in the middle. You see that hole in the middle, that’s where the animation happens. The object appearing changes every page. I wish I had taken a photo of every page.

So anyway, I brought a couple of treats for the kids for the question and answer portion after the story telling. Only a few was able to answer right away. I couldn’t blame them, the story was really kind of hard to comprehend for five-year-old kids. I also brought donuts for their snacks.

The activity lasted for about 30 minutes. Yep, just like that. I didn’t really regret the unpaid vacation. I’m okay with it if that’s what it takes to make the little girl happy. I’m also glad to have that rest before the weekend.

Speaking of weekend, it’s Friday! Happy weekend! 🙂


YouTube Safe Search Filtering

Do your kids love watching videos on YouTube?

My little girl does. She loves watching PlayDoh demo videos, toy demos from The Disney Collector, Barbie videos, etc. She borrows the iPod from me, she tells me what she wants to watch, and I type it in the Search bar. I always make it a point to check what she’s watching.

The other day, I took a glimpse of what she was watching and to my horror, there were Barbie and Ken naked! Well, that’s not what she was watching. The naked Barbie and Ken was in the list of related videos. I quickly took the iPod from her and told her not to watch those kinds of videos.

I checked the YouTube settings and the Safe Search filter was not set. I set it to Strict but then I thought I should just delete the app. So I deleted YouTube from the iPod. I set the Safe Search filter in my iPhone to strict since I sometimes lend my iPhone to her.

For you moms who have kids that love watching videos, here’s how to set the Safe Search filter in your YouTube apps.

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Step 1 – Open the YouTube app. Click the navigation bar on the top-left part of your screen.

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Click the Settings icon.

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Click the Safe Search Filtering option.

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Choose ‘Strict’.

I am not sure if this will really filter the videos but I suggest that you stay beside your kid while he/she is watching. Close monitoring is still the key. Now if you can’t do that, better to just delete the app and download games or apps that kid-appropriate.

I hope this post will be of help in one way or another. Kids these days are so techie, us parents can’t keep up!

Do you have any tips that you can share? Please do so. I’m open to your comments.

Cinderella Night


Friday night last week, we had a fairy tale for bedtime story. Summer likes the Cinderella movie (the classic one) and when we saw this on Book Sale, I bought it for her.

How about you? What are your kids’ favorite bedtime stories? Summer likes a variety of book so our bedtime stories may differ every night. Tonight, she may want a fairy tale, the next night she wants a book about dinosaurs. I’m just glad she loves books.

I’m open to suggestions. Thanks in advance!

Kinder Joy Back to School

Kinder Joy invites you and your child to join them in the Back to School event on August 2 – 3, 2014.

There will be 3 Kinder fun activities that yout kids can participate in. I’m specifically excited for the art activities as Summer really likes drawing and painting.

You can register at any of three sessions indicated below. Registration is extended until July 31. You can register in this link:


Little Girl’s Drawings

Hello there!

Half of the year has gone by. Just like that.

Anyway, today I’m sharing with you two of my little girl’s drawings. She still can’t get enough of Frozen. Last week, she showed us her drawings of Elsa and Anna. I was so proud when I saw them because I could really recognize Elsa and Anna (unlike her previous drawings that I had to ask what they were. Lol!).


She loves drawing and coloring. I think she got this side from his daddy. My husband used to paint before.

And that’s it for me. I hope you’re having a good Tuesday.