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I never dreamed of being a housewife. When I was younger, my idea of family means the husband and I will work to provide for the family. I will have a career, stable job, and money of my own. When it comes to our kids, we can find a reliable househelp and then leave the kids with our parents. Of course, that didn’t happen.One, it is difficult to find a reliable helper these days. Two, there are certain instances in life when one has to give up something for the family. When it comes to that something, it…

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Should We Allow Grandparents to Spoil Our Kids?

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I grew up with my grandparents from both sides of the family. My parents shipped me in Bacolod or Baguio when they were reviewing for the Bar Exams in Manila. I even remember getting everything I want – from toys to food, every time I’m with them. I enjoy spending time with my grandparents because unlike my parents who I considered as kontrabidas (that was before, please), I get what I want, no apprehensions.Of course, I didn’t understand that until I had my own kids.My husband and I are the eldest in our families, so our kids…

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#TMCReview : I Finally Found the Perfect Mosquito Repellent for My Kids

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Rainy season often equates to dengue. Being the paranoid mom that I am, I always make sure that my kids are protected not just from the effects of rainy season but also against mosquitoes. Unfortunately, my kids are mosquitoes’ favorites. Aside from the bites, my youngest daughter’s skin turns black also and it will take weeks before the bite area will return to its normal skin color. I tried various products already – from Off lotion to mosquito patches and even citronella at home. I make sure that there are no areas at home where mosquitoes can stay and…

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TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program Commends Bloggers on 1st Anniversary Celebration

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TravelBook.ph, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, celebrated the first anniversary of its Affiliate Program last June 24, 2017 at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig. In addition to celebrating an important milestone, the event was the OTA’s way of thanking its 2,700 blogger affiliates and acknowledging each of their contributions to the success of the said program since it began.The event, entitled TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program 1st Year Cheer, highlighted and celebrated the many firsts that the Affiliate Program has achieved on its first year. Present during…

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When Mommy Experiences Separation Anxiety

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You know when they say that you’ll miss the kids once they get bigger. That’s true. At this point, my kids are slowly showing independence and I can’t help but get emotional.I remember when my eldest daughter started going to school. She was part of the Nursery 2 class and since it’s her first time to go to school, her behavior was expected. She refused to let me go and I ended up staying for two whole weeks inside her classroom. On her third week, she was crying for 30 minutes everyday until slowly, she…

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It’s Not about the Size of the House, But What You Do Inside as a Family

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My husband and daughter were on their way home from school sometime last week. Their usual route includes passing by big, mansion-like houses and their conversation went something like this:Daddy: Look at the houses. They’re so big and beautiful. Ate: But I have a beautiful house already. I don’t like that. Daddy: So, you don’t like big house? You like our house more even if it’s not too big?Ate: Yes, because our house is special. I love our house. My husband shared this to me and we both felt ashamed…

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5 Reasons Why Progressive School is the First School Choice for Our Kids

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When I was looking for a school for my eldest daughter, I found out that there are three types of school setting implemented in the Philippines: traditional, Montessori, and progressive (you can learn more about it here).After doing research, attending tons of preview classes, accepting the fact that homeschooling is out of the option, and knowing my daughter’s personality, I realized that progressive school is the best approach for her, at least during the first year of her schooling. A year after and she was not accepted to our school of choice because of age, so we continued…

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6 Lessons I Learned from My Husband as a Father

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Society dictates that men work and provide for the family while women stay at home and take care of the kids. Slowly, we are moving away from that thinking and embrace the fact that women should also be given an opportunity to work and make a career on their own. Slowly, we learn to accept the fact that it is not only the mother’s sole responsibility to raise the children but fathers should play an important role too. After all, a study showed that an involved dad brings tons of benefits including higher IQ, better grades in school…

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Speech Delay: 8 Things You Can Do Even Without Therapy

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According to Baby Center, a baby learns to talk during the first two years of his/her life. It starts with the simple “oohhh” and “ahhh” and starts to babble by three months. By six months, a baby can say “mama” or “dada,” although not necessarily referring to you (admit it, it brought tears to yours eyes). Eventually, your child can say one or to words and by the time s/he reaches two, s/he has more than 50 words in the vocabulary and can make simple phrases.Let me tell you something: my youngest daughter didn’t talk…

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My Daughter Is Competitive – and Sometimes, It’s Not Okay

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I am tasked to pick up my daughter everyday after school and one time, our conversation went like this:L: Mommy, S (her classmate) is the winner in the Spelling Contest. I don’t like. I want to be the winner. Me: That’s okay. There’s always next time. L: No, I want to be the winner. Uhm, mommy, can we practice later so I can be the winner? Yes, we practiced when we got home. We did our CVC review and asked her to spell simple words so that she will be ready on the…

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#CraftingWithTMC : Rock Salt Painting Activity

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I can’t believe my Little J is going to preschool this coming June. I am one excited momma!Over the summer, I’ve been teaching concepts and skills, and incorporating different crafting activities with the kids to help my youngest for school. During the start of summer, she was wary of touching anything sticky and slimy, and refuses to paint and color. Thankfully, we were able to change that and as of this writing, she is more than willing to squeeze the glue and paint. One of the activities we did was Rock Salt Painting. Similar to…

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Say Hello to a Stylish Hair with Divatress’ Freetress Equal Wigs

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I’m one of those girls who dread their hair. I was born with a thick, frizzy one, so I always get my hair straightened or rebonded. Any new treatments that promises to tame the hair, expect me to be one of those who will line up and give it a try. After all, hair is a woman’s crowning glory, right? Here’s the catch: hair treatments can be very expensive and I have no choice but to pay for it to keep my hair more manageable. Thankfully, there is a more affordable alternative to keep your…

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6 Creative Ways to Display Your Tableware

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Back in the day, dishes and other tableware items belong to one area only: the cabinets. Even the most beautiful dishes will only make an appearance either on special occasions or if someone is visiting your home.Today, tableware doesn’t belong in the cabinet alone. Over the years, many people have been creative when it comes to adding another purpose for plates. If you happen to have beautiful crockery sitting on your cabinet for a while, then it’s time to bring them out and check out these creative ways to display them:Keep It OpenThis is the…

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#TMCKitchenSeries : 2 Simple and Yummy Recipes Using Alaska Evap and Condensada

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Mother’s Day came a bit late for me this year. Still, better late than never, don’t you think? Last Tuesday, I got a package from Nuffnang and Alaska full of Evaporated and Condensed Milk plus Recipe Cards mommas can easily whip in the kitchen. I also got a preserved floral arrangement from Te Amo Floristeria (IG: @teamofloristeria), which I absolutely love. Never really a flowers-type of girl, but I wouldn’t say no to this, especially when the husband seem to forgot that he owed me one for years. Haha! On a serious note…

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I Shouted at My Daughter for Not Speaking Up

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I was teaching J how to write to help her prepare for school this coming school year. Since Ate knows how to write already, I just gave her pen and pad paper and asked her to sit with us and write letters and numbers so J can see what she is doing. As soon as we’re done, I checked on Ate and saw that she wrote some numbers incorrectly. I immediately corrected her and showed her the proper way to write the numbers. Here’s the thing: Ate doesn’t want me to write on her paper. Instead…

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