Ayi

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.

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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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On Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello to Big School

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IT’S OFFICIAL! After two years in Gymboree Preschool, my eldest daughter is saying goodbye to preschool and hello to big school. Last March 24, 2017, we attended our daughter’s Moving Up Day with the theme, “Dream Big, Little One,”  – and Coachella-inspired outfits. It also marked Gymboree Trinoma’s last school year since they will be closing their doors and moving to a bigger one. As always, GPS prepared a fun-filled event that made every parent, relative, and friends feeling proud. There was the usual presentation of graduates (the Pre-K kids are…

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8 Things to Consider in Choosing a Big School for Your Child

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Surely all parents will agree with me on this: we want to give the best to our children. From the food they eat to clothes they wear, to the toys they will play with, we only want the best for them. This includes choosing their school. Most schools in the Philippines offer Kinder to high school. More often than not, the child will spend half of his/her school life in the same school, unless there are uncontrollable circumstances that force you to transfer. This is why it is important to choose a school that not only provides quality…

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#TMCReview: Teach Your Child How to Read with the Help of The Reading Station

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One of the skills every child must develop is reading. I never pressured my kids to learn how to read since they will be taught how to do so in school anyway. In fact, their preschool is teaching CVC word combination in the pre-Kinder level, so I know they will be able to read in no time. At the same time, reading a bedtime story has been part of our bedtime routine and through that, my daughters were able to identify and remember words. It was during our search for big school when we found out that schools…

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#TMCReview: Quickie Weekend Getaway at Taal Vista Hotel

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Kids are growing up too fast these days. At one point, they are just crying and pooping machines and the next thing you know, they can do things on their own and speak up their mind. This is why my husband and I always make it a point to spend time with the kids as much as we can. We love going to different places, but due to constraints, we settle in the Philippines (for now). One February weekend, my husband and I decided to go on a quick getaway with out girls Tagaytay is our go-to place…

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Family Week at Gymboree Preschool

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Valentine Week is often Family Week in my daughter’s school. Instead of the usual hearts and chocolates, they culminate the week-long activities with Family Day, usually every Friday. There are family games, a presentation from the students, and capped off by salu-salo.  This year, GPS decided to do it differently and made it more personal. From February 13 to 17, each family of the Pre-K class will pick a day and share activities usually done at home. As part of the activities, each family is invited to spend the rest of the morning together…

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I Don’t Hate Being a Mother, I Just Miss Being Me

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Do you ever had that feeling of wanting to explode? Was there a time when you found yourself crying for no reason at all? Do you often spend extra minutes in the bathroom for some peace and quiet, and pretend there’s no chaos when you go outside? Do you purposely sleep late at night for some “alone and just me” time? I say YES in all of those questions. In fact, this happens to me most of the time. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE MY KIDS. I enjoy being a mother and I wouldn’t…

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Prepare Your Child for Assessment with These Helpful Tips

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School, whether preschool or big school, is a big stepping stone for our kids. Apparently, schools these days just won’t accept kids easily, regardless if you are an alumni or you know the owner of the preschool. One of the requirements you and your child has to comply with is the assessment.I have to be honest: I don’t know what to expect on this. Two years ago, before I entered my eldest daughter in GPS, I was told that she needs to undergo an assessment first. An assessment is where the teacher will gauge your child…

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Too Early, Too Late: When Is the Right Time for a Child to Start Schooling?

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We want our daughters to study in my Alma Matter. Since we have “issues” (it’s a long story), one of the requirements is that we have to be interviewed by Sister Jo, the school directress. During our interview, which went well by the way, the directress shared how the school have to adapt to K-12 curriculum and why they prefer prior schooling before they accept students. The school directress stressed the importance of emotional maturity before a child should enter school. Based on their experience, the five year olds often complain about how sleepy or…

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Real Moms Speak Up on Yaya Uniform: Yay or Nay?

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We all have our rules when it comes to dealing and managing our helpers. Some households prohibit the use of cellphones or television during “work hours” while some are lenient about it. I know some moms who buy their yayas their own utensils, toiletries, or food while there are others who don’t since they can use their salary to buy their personal needs. Perhaps, one of the major concerns among households these days is the yaya uniform. Others view uniform as a necessity while there are others who look at it as a status symbol. There are many…

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My One Word for 2017

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Every year, I often set (A LOT OF) goals for myself, only to realize that on the third month, I can’t even fulfill them. Worse, I even forget about the goals I set at the beginning of the year, so I want to do it better this time. I’ve been reading a lot about fellow mommy bloggers who are setting their word every year and I decided to join the bandwagon. For this year, I chose the word PUSH.You might ask why.I’ve been complacent about my life for as long as I can remember…

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