a superman birthday party

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a few weeks back, mum + i attended the birthday celebration of my playschool classmate, don.  it was held at the local shakey’s branch + was a superman-themed party. don was in a very cool superman costume. there are a lot of kids with their mums + dads who  joined to celebrate the happy day. there was also a clown/magician who performed awesome magic tricks! there are also a number of contests that the guests were so eager to join in.

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i was a tad sleepy when we got there, so i am not in the best of mood. mum found it hard to snap even one decent photo of me, but my mood changed when i saw one of my playschool classmates, miggy. it has been awhile since he went to school with us + we really missed him. he is such a cool guy + very fun to play with.

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after the program was over, all the kids are called to line up to get some cool superman treat from the birthday boy + look what i got! the superman water bottle was my instant favorite. apart from it, i also got stickers, a puzzle, a couple of cups filled with candies, a superman mailman bag + this cool red cape which i hope to wear really soon.

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of course, i never left the party without having some photos taken with my classmate + everyone else. good thing don’s mum, tita jhona, was quick enough to grab me before i wander off somewhere else!  it sure was a cool party! happy birthday again, buddy, mum + i wish you all the best! 😀

last image is from tita jhona’s facebook page {grabbed with her permission, of course}

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Fall Clothing Trends for Boys

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 a popular print will never go out of style

Just as little girls attempt to put on Mommy’s makeup and traipse around clumsily in ridiculously oversized heels, growing boys often reflect the style they absorb set from their father’s example by clunking around in large heavy boots and insisting upon wearing those enormous baseball caps that bend their cute little ears. Children’s fashion year round is a mere mirroring of the fashions seen on the runway of adults but with the obvious differences for age appropriateness. This style essentially mimics the same styles we as adults monitor through our fashion shows and trendy magazines. This makes it no surprise that upon finding the most popular fall trends for boys, one comes to the conclusion that they are nearly identical to what is seen on the male models strutting the runway this season.

Popular Prints

With the enormous box office success of the Monsters, Inc. prequel, you will see plenty of shirts in your area’s boys clothes section with monster themed graphic prints. Skulls and crossbones along with other typical “punk” or “skater” related patterns and prints are rising in popularity daily. Stripes have been projected to be a major necessity in the trends for boy’s clothes this year. Of course the classically well-worn action heroes still remain a staple in the closets of boys worldwide. This year’s fall season has also catapulted the new trend for boy’s clothes with bold prints and V-shaped necklines. Be sure to never forget the eternal military trend that just never seems to go out of style.

Geek Chic Fad

You may have noticed increasingly over the past few years, adult males (as well as their female counterparts) are donning the larger and more thickly framed glasses and posting “selfies” on social media outlets captioning “nerd alert.” This phenomenon is spreading like wild fire and has finally reached our youngsters via a fashion type trickling down effect. Luckily, this is far from the worst trend to hit the streets. The look itself is sometimes referred to as prim and proper and often consists of patent shoes and peter-pan collars with a pair of thick rimmed specs to add that finishing touch to the ever popular smarty-pants trend.

Boys Coat Trends

This autumn season has become all about tailored motorcycle boys jackets paired with grunge jeans and various studs, chains and fringe. Another common fad in boy’s jackets this year is dark and bold velvets.

Popular Colors For Fall

Of course with the return of autumn, come the familiar tried and true dark hues as common as the months bring cooler weather. Though this fall season is no different, we will however see much less dull colors yet still seasonally appropriate hues. Some projections on the runway have set a forecast possibly filled with hints of pastels but the vast consensus of fashion insiders agree this season will be bursting with bold and cheerful colors utilized in creative new ways. When it comes to colors and hues, this season is all about individuality and unique expression with pops of vivid color, luminous tones, and painterly patterns and prints.

Jared’s Quips

These sure are nifty tips to keep little boys looking great even during the chilly Fall season. Go tell your mums, as for me, I only wish we had fall here in our corner of the world! 🙂

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tom + jerry maze notebook

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i’ve got a new exciting toy. we got it when we went to have lunch at the local jollibee recently. this is a tom + jerry maze notebook. i came to know these characters when i caught their films showing in one of the local telly stations. i think they were rowdy. that’s probably the reason why mum does not approve of me watching too much of them.

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anyway, going back to this toy/school supply, i think the maze is cool. you help jerry find his way around the maze to find his friend tom or to reach the delicious treat at the end of the maze. inside, you will find a find-jerry game, a matching game + loads of ruled pages for kids to doodle on. the only thing is this is quite a tiny notebook compared to the regular ones you see around. it might be a bit difficult filling up those pages especially for a toddler like be, but i like this toy, anyway! 🙂

i’d love to hear about the new toy you recently got, do tell me all about it in a comment below! 🙂

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Cute Outfit Ideas for Little Boys

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Unlike an adult’s wardrobe, typically children’s clothes are grown out of so quickly that making major investments in boys clothing is not only a waste of hard earned cash but also easily avoidable. If your little tike is already setting trends, then besides a likely future heartbreaker, you may have a fashion forward child. Not a so called trendy, fashion conscious mom or even just a fashionista on a budget? No need to worry. Here are some very basic but cool boys clothing styles to get you and your little guy started on the right path to the runway’s best dressed list for less.

Casual Class

Choosing plaid button up shirts of any color however bold or demure, is an excellent casual but classy top to pair with solid pants such as khakis. Add a pair of neutral toned canvas sneakers and you have a complete look for your little man that is perpetually on trend. The casual classy style allows great comfort for your son along with functionality and easy to clean clothes for all of those little unexpected accidents.

Function and Sophistication

Show off your handsome son’s developing sophistication with an adorable polo in your choice of color or patterns, found anywhere from department stores to outlets and consignment shops. This precious polo’s give a fresh twist to a classic in boys jumpers. By matching one of thesepolo’s whether it is a bold solid or pattern print, try pairing the stylish top with a practical and comfortable pair of cargo shorts.

Texture and Comfort

There is a wide range of textured shirts offered in any store’s boys clothing section. Take your pick of shade and design while trying an amazing textured top with a front pocket. With a textured surface and handy frontal pocket, these dashing light weight shirts are easily mixed and matched with a variety of shorts and pants. If you find yourself left without a clue for pants and shoe options, a nice pair of jeans and some loafers will completely finish the relaxed and trendy look for your little guy. Worried about the potential steep prices in footwear? Check out your local consignment shop to find a great variety of gently worn shoes to meet any bottom line.


The absolute most basic staples for a little boy’s closet are simple and finite. With a few pairs of jeans and shorts, just a handful of shirts varying in colors and styles (both long sleeve and short sleeve), a sweater vest or other preferred item to dress up an outfit, and a scarf, beanie or cap for differing weather conditions, your son will be ready for any occasion. Just be sure to pick up several t-shirts from your neighborhood thrift store for romping around the house or play time in the yard and always keep a pair of sneakers specifically designated for play and you’ve got not only a complete wardrobe in the closet but a fashionable one and all why staying financially astute.

Jared Quips

These are great tips you should bear in mind whenever you dress up your little boys. I am sure that if only I do not sweat too much + fuss about it, mum would be delighted to dress me in those plaid shirts and polo shirts. Shirts and tee might be way too casual for someone else’s taste, but they are the most comfortable to wear so you’d almost always see me clothed in those.

image is from freedigitalphotos.net

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Old Fashioned Cleaning Tricks for all Generations

Cleanliness is next to Godliness and even if some people may not be oriented to any religion or such beliefs, no one would want to compromise on hygiene. As much as a clean environment necessitates utmost attention and effort to rid it of filth, the venture does not have to be expensive or complex. By avoiding the taxing modern cleaning remedies, you can easily get the job done with materials you’ve probably had since the first generation. The following are some of the old-fashioned cleaning tricks that have persisted over the years and guarantee easy cleanliness. 

1. Vinegar

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A simplistic mixture of vinegar and water works wonders on greasy surfaces ranging from glassware to linoleum counters. When working on mirrors or windows, you can get the surfaces sparkling with as little as two wipes; one with the wetted side of piece of newspaper and the other with its dry side.

This is a proven way to remove specks, water marks and dirt without streaking the surfaces. Using vinegar to wipe down counters assures that the platform stays ant and grease free. The concoction can also be used to remove lime scales from a variety of kitchen surfaces.

2. Baking Soda

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Whether it’s used as it is or mixed with either washing soda or vinegar, baking soda still remains an effective cleaning substance. It can be used in its basic form to rid glass of varnish and cookware of food odors. By mixing it up with vinegar or washing soda, it can be used to clear out drain pipes or remove tough stains on appliances respectively. 

3. Hot Water

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Other than using expensive and potentially damaging abrasives or detergents, you can soak your dishware in hot water and practically get the same or better results. The process works effectively on even the toughest food stains and you can wipe away smoothly after a less than 20 minute soak. 

4. Lemon

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One way to get rid of the sour smell of cleaning sponges instead of buying a new one every now and then, is to use a freshly cut lemon. By just rubbing it onto the sponge and rinsing in warm water, the smell disappears completely. This also applies to stinking hands. 

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