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I love books. I love reading. I remember reading Sweet Valley Kids and Babysitter’s Club (do they still have it?) when I was six or seven years old and up until now, my love for books and reading never fade. This is why I was happy to see my eldest share the same passion for books and reading. Apparently, my youngest daughter loathed it. She never picked up a book and refused to sit down and listen every time I read a story before their bedtime. She also destroyed some of the books we had because she doesn’t…

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The Money Talk: How We Handle Money at Home

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One of the things many married couples face (and sometimes fail!) is how to handle money at home. Trust me, it’s never going to be an easy topic to deal with and even discuss about. Once you get married and unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement executed prior to the celebration of marriage, there is an absolute community of property between the husband and wife. This means all properties brought to and acquired during the marriage belong to husband and wife, with exceptions of course. In simple terms, “what’s mine is yours, what’s yours is…

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My Daughter Didn’t Get a Perfect Score in Her Tests – and That’s Okay

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I was never really pressured in school. When I was younger, I study hard and try my best to make it on the Top 10 so my parents will have no choice but to buy what I want. I am not the smartest in class, but I don’t fail. I never looked at higher grades as a source of achievement or happiness because for me, these are mere numbers.In short, I was the typical, average student who goes to school, studies the lessons, and get good grades – but not high to make it to the list of Outstanding…

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My Kids Are (Finally) Learning How to Speak in Filipino and Here’s What We’re Doing

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They say that kids as young as they were born can respond to the rhythm of language. As they get older, they can distinguish language sounds and by the time they are six months old, they can make sounds in different languages.My first language was English and I only started learning Filipino when I was around five or six years old. When I had kids, my inclination was teaching them English first (although this was an issue with the husband before). Now that my kids are past the toddler stage, I am starting to teach them Filipino, especially with…

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5 Best Cars for Modern Moms (That Are Not Minivans!)

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Note: This is a sponsored post. Photos from Cars.com websiteOnce upon a time, minivans are every mom’s best friend. It is big, spacious, and perfect for play dates and carpool with your kids’ friends. Fast forward today, moms are going for more stylish cars without compromising safety, comfort, space, and of course, fuel economy.I have to admit: I am a bit choosy with cars, although I don’t mind if it’s brand new or previously-owned. When my husband asked me what car I like, I considered not only the safety and the newest features…

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How to Achieve Financial Stability Even If You’re a Stay-at-Home Mom (Just Like Me!)

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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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