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A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

Writing was never really my first choice. In fact, I only do it because I’m required to, not that I want to. Before my writing stint, I had it all planned out – law school, family by the time I reach 30, a blossoming career. But the tides have changed and I found my way writing for different people and getting paid for it.It was my husband who encouraged me to do this. When I quit law school to focus on my kids, he opened the idea of working online. It’s a win-win situation after all. I…

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Review: An Afternoon Well-Spent at Stacy’s

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I’ve been hearing a lot about Stacy’s from friends and relatives since two years ago. Because of busy schedule, I wasn’t able to find time and was only able to visit the place last Friday, October 4. My sisters, daughter and I decided to check out the place in Capitol Hills one afternoon.When I got into the restaurant, I was so excited. I saw a lot of pictures on Facebook and immediately fell in love with the interior. It’s like a little girl’s dream bedroom – in a good way….. and they even have free…

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#ThrowbackThursday: Run, run, run!

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I’m not really an active person who loves to exercise. The last time I sweat so much was during my high school / dancing days. But when I got into law school, things changed. My husband (then boyfriend), who is a physically active person, also encouraged me to become active.So I tried running. The first run I joined was the Greenovation Run sponsored by my school for the benefit of the environment. My law school block mates decided to join so I gave it a try too. And since I dragged my husband into it, I had no choice…

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Love your Breast — Breastfeed!

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20 years ago, breastfeeding is not mandatory in hospitals. Fast forward today, most hospitals encourage and even consider breastfeeding as a mandatory requirement.When I gave birth to my first child, I didn’t consider breastfeeding as a primary option. I did breastfeed for two months but my baby was formula-fed most of the time. Plus, it hurts a lot. I was also suffering from postpartum depression at that time and to top it off, I don’t have much milk in me. Because of immaturity, I didn’t take breastfeeding seriously and didn’t even bother seeking for…

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On Quitting Law School and Being a Full-time Mom

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I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer ever since I could remember. Growing up in a family of lawyers, I thought being a lawyer is written in my destiny – and there’s nothing else I can be.Unfortunately not.After college, I didn’t pass any of the entrance exams I took in 3 different law schools. Call me stupid but I do feel it’s not yet my time. I was too naive and immature and I didn’t realize (yet) the implications of my actions. Two years after and much wiser and more mature this time, I…

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#ThrowbackThursday: The Ilocos Adventure

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Last Holy Week 2011, before I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband (then boyfriend) and his family went to Ilocos. It was a first time for me and it’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget.The travel was really exhausting. 16-hour drive is no joke and we were all cramped up because we rented a coaster. We left our place at around 10PM so most of us were just asleep the whole night. After that long drive, finally we reached our first tourist destination –Β Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte.Β After picture…

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New Mommy Alert: Tips for New Moms

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Being a new parent is an exciting and fulfilling chapter in everyone’s lives. However, being a parent, especially if you’re a new one, is never going to be an easy task. Changing diapers, endless crying and sleepless nights are just the beginning of a lifelong journey.When I gave birth to my first child, words can’t express how I’m feeling. But aside from the feeling of excitement and happiness, I was anxious and worried at the same time. I have no idea how to carry a baby. Even if I attended a childbirth class, it’s…

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Keeping it Simple

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When my husband and I started living together, we don’t really care about expenses, budgeting or even saving. In fact, our grocery bill can be as much as P8,000, buying items we don’t really need. We even go out every week for our “date night,” watching movies and eating out. After quite some time, we both realized the mistakes we did and decided to keep it simple. We don’t really starve ourselves and deprive us with the good things in life. We simply cut down unnecessary expenses to increase our savings.So how did we do…

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Hey Mom, What’s for Lunch?

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For parents, the 6th month means finally, the baby can east solid food. But don’t get too excited. While we all want to give the best nutrition for our children, rushing (again) is not advisable. Babies are not yet familiar with solid food since they’ve been fed with milk for the first 6 months of their life.When my eldest reached 6 months, I have to admit how excited I was to feed her. But of course, I had a fair share of eating advice too which I want to share with all the new moms out there…

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Review: Sugar Rush’s Cake Jars – The Cutest Souvenirs

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When it comes to innovative ideas, you’ll be surprised with how talented people are in coming up with new products. I came across this page in Instagram and the first thing that came into my mind is that I have the perfect souvenir for my baby’s birthday. It’s called cake jars by Sugar Rush.It is a cake inside a jar that comes in 6 different flavors: Red Velvet (their bestseller!), Oreo, Smores, Choco Mousse, Blueberry Cheesecake and Reese’s Cheesecake.The cakes are to die for and I personally recommend their red velvet cake jars. Aside…

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Preparing for Parenting By Attending a Childbirth Class

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Childbirth / Lamaze classes are not very popular here in Manila. In fact, I never heard of one until I got pregnant back in 2011. As a condition imposed by my OB-GYN to allow my husband inside the delivery room, she required us to attend a childbirth class. There are only few information about “childbirth class in Manila” but luckily I found one. And good thing, it turns out to be a legitimate one.The class was conducted in Ateneo campus by Rome Kanapi, a certified childbirth educator. It was a once a week class for six consecutive weeks where…

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Momma Tips: How to Potty Train your Kids

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As a parent, it is our responsibility to train our kids and teach them on how they should be as they grow up. As our kids grow, we face a lot of issues and dilemmas, one of which is to teach hem how to use a potty. Yes, it seems like a shallow issue but potty training your child and eventually getting rid of diapers could be challenging. Potty training has a lot of advantages, mostly economical. Diaper consumption will be reduced, allowing us to save something extra and use it for equally important things. But potty training is…

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iPad vs. Traditional Toys

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We are in the age where technology has been emerging really fast. If you don’t adapt to it, you’ll be left behind. A lot of new products are being offered in the market, one of which is Apple’s iPad. If you notice, a lot of people already own an iPad or any other tablet. Even kids nowadays own, or at least know how to use an iPad! But take note, there are a lot of considerations before exposing our kids to this: Is it safe? Should we really expose our kids to this kind of technology? Will…

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