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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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#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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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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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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Making My Own “Thank You” Sticker for Loot Bags + FREE Printable

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One of the things my eldest daughter is excited about after the Christmas break is her birthday celebration in school. She always says she want to celebrate her birthday with her friends, so we made sure we throw even a simple celebration for her. The first week was a bit hectic and I only have little time to prepare that I forgot to buy tags for the loot bags. I searched the World Wide Web for free printables, only to realize that it won’t look good on the loot bags I bought. Since I make my own labels…

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When Motherhood Became a Cause for Depression

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Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. This is just my story about depression and what I do to handle it. I never thought depression will knock at my door. Ever since, I’ve always been the happy-go-lucky person who doesn’t take life seriously. I always have a cheerful, positive disposition and you will rarely see me crying or sad (unless I watch a tear-jerking movie).When I found out I was pregnant the first time, that’s the moment I started feeling bad and sad for myself. I started to worry about…

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Yes, You Need a Breast Pump: 5 Reasons Why You Need One + Tips in Choosing Your Breastfeeding Partner

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I remember that day clearly. I was on my seventh month and shopping for baby stuff when the person assisting me told me I should get a breast pump. I wasn’t keen to it since I thought I’ll be breastfeeding “directly” so no need to pump. After much convincing, I decided to buy one.Why do moms need breast pump? Here’s why: Minimizes the need to give infant milk. Moms have life too apart from being a mother. There are instances when I have to be away for a few hours. By pumping, my baby will…

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Because Every Momma Deserves to Be Pampered with the Help of Groupon

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Nonetheless, all opinions and insights are mine. I used to pamper myself all the time. My entire month will never be complete without a trip to a nail spa, getting a trim, or treating myself with whole body massage.Of course, that changed when I became a mom. It came to a point when I have to drag myself to get my nails done or get my eyebrows fixed. Even when heading out, I rarely wear a lipstick and apply mascara to make me look presentable. I looked older than my age and refused…

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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Lego

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Sometime in December 2015, my eldest daughter got a Lego set as a Christmas gift from one of her classmates. Since then, she became addicted to it, prompting us to buy this – Lego can be a bit pricey, but my husband and I saw how much our kids enjoy playing and building whatever they can – house, buildings, cars, animals, and even “lollipops.” At the same time, we realized that playing with Lego brings the following benefits:1) Keeps the Child Busy This is, by far, the most important reason why you should encourage Lego activity. Haha! Living in…

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It’s Back at the Carnival at GPS’ Pumpkin Patch Party

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One of the events I look forward to in my daughter’s school is their Pumpkin Patch (Halloween) Party. Unlike other establishments with spooky decors, GPS does it differently, sans the scary-looking decorations. For this year, they decided to go for carnival-themed party. The school was also set up in a way that will give you carnival feels. The students were dressed up in their wackiest, most creative carnival costumes. Games were also part of the program and all games are something you usually play in the carnival. They got ring toss, Fish pond…

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Save More On Your Grocery Bill With These 8 Supermarket Tips

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I find supermarket trips therapeutic. I get to spend alone time plus I enjoy discovering new products sold in the market. Unfortunately, grocery trips could mean “gastos” and if I’m not too careful, my grocery bill might balloon up. There was a time the husband and I spent more than P10,000 in our weekly grocery – and we only had one kid that time! When we were just starting, we also go to S&R to buy food for the weekend even if we went to Landmark already the day before.Thankfully, we learned and we are now…

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Meal Planning Made Easy + FREE Printable

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If there is one thing I’m best at in the kitchen, its eating. We always have a house helper who is in charge of cooking so I never worried about what to eat. That was until I became yaya-less for the NTH time. At present, I am in charge of almost everything in the house, including cooking. Thankfully, I am getting good at it. To make my life easier, I decided to do some weekly meal planning so I don’t have to think about what to cook and to save time and some brain cells…

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