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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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Real Moms Speak Up: Survival Tips for Households with No Helpers

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“Ma’m, gusto ko na po umalis. May sakit ang anak ko / may emergency po sa amin. Kailangan ko po umuwi.” How many times have you heard this line – and more? Countless times, that’s for sure. Don’t worry. You are one of the thousands of mommas (including me!) who are helper-less and trying to juggle kids, work, and chores 24/7. It is hard work, but eventually, you will get by – and dealing with mess is something you have to learn how to deal with. On the other hand, there are mommas who are&nbsp…

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9 Gift Ideas For Moms To Make Their Lives Easier

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Being a mother is never easy.  Aside from taking care of herself, she also has to think about the kids, the husband, and managing the household. In other words, she plays an important role in the family’s life.It only happens once in a year where we all pay tribute to our mothers. If you’re unsure what to give to the woman of your life this coming Mother’s Day, then this one is for you. Don’t worry. This is within your budget too. Multi-functional GraterKitchen will always be momma’s domain. Help her…

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#TMCReview : Our Kidzoona Experience – and Yes, We Are Going Back

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Since my eldest daughter discovered the world of YouTube, coupled with her reading and spelling skills, she can look for videos on her own and rarely seeks my help. I was surprised to see her watching videos of kids in big playgrounds, as she calls them, with slides and ball pit. Since then, she constantly bugs us to go to the playground since “it looks so much fun.” So we did. After reading good reviews, we decided to check out Kidzoona in Shangri-la Plaza one Monday morning. The Set-Up This is the first Kidzoona branch…

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One Year and Counting: How We Survived a Yaya-Less Household

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Here’s something you should know about me: I lost track of the number of household helpers we had. In the five years that my husband and I are living together, I could say that we have close to 20 helpers already, one even lasted for less than 24 hours! When our last yaya said goodbye last April 2016, that was our last straw. We’re tired of looking (and hoping!) for a reliable househelp that we decided to just stop hiring one.One year later, we are still yaya-less and we don’t mind. Sure, I still miss…

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ER Vantage Plus: Your Trusted Healthcare at Your Fingertips

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I have a confession to make: I never really cared about health during my younger years. I figured that whatever happens to me, my parents will always be there to save the day. That perception changed when I got older and had my own family. My husband and I prioritized health and safety among many other things because we want to live longer and see our kids grow.Here’s the problem: we don’t have any healthcare plan to back us up in case of emergency situations. By emergency cases, this means sudden injury or illness that requires immediate…

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#CraftingWithTMC: Make-Your-Own-Bag Using Paper Plates

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Yes, I really take arts and crafts with my kids seriously this summer. I really want to prepare my youngest daughter for school and art activities gets her excited. At the same time, so much has improved, especially in her fine motor skills. She was also starting to overcome “That’s yucky” attitude, so I know this is a good start. So far, we did rainbow painting activity, crumpled paper painting, and leaf rubbing among others. Since we needed something to hold these crafts, I figured our next craft would be bag-making.  Don’t expect…

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#CraftingWithTMC: Rainbow Painting Activity

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I remember my eldest daughter being so fascinated with rainbows. It must’ve been because of Trolls or the videos she watched in YouTube about making rainbows that she constantly bugs me to make one. Since I’m the least artistic person in the house, I decided to keep it simple. By simple, this means downloading a rainbow picture online and printing it. Haha! I Google-d “rainbow pattern” and got one with clouds on the end. After printing it in a cardboard, I asked the girls to paint it according to the colors of the rainbow…

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#CraftingWithTMC : 3 Simple But Fun Crafts You Can Do with Kids

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Well, hello there, summer. To be honest, I was looking forward to the end of classes. This means I can get back to my regular programming, the home program that is, and not worry about being late for class or what food to prepare for baon. I have more time to do chores and keep our house clean. Still, I don’t intend to waste the summer period. Apart from preparing my eldest daughter for big school, I am also preparing my youngest daughter for preschool this incoming school year. She gets easily grossed with the thought of holding…

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