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In my previous post, I shared a story (plus survival tips) about our household helpers suddenly leaving us without any word. I must admit that having a maid-less household can be pretty difficult especially with two little girls (my daughters are 28 and 10 months old), an online job and online shop. Still, I managed to survive and I am actually enjoying every minute without a yaya.The truth is no household helpers has its ups and downs too. There are days when I wish I have a magic wand that can magically clean the house and put everything…

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Why Organic Cotton is Best for Your Baby

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Being a mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Suddenly, it’s all about kids, their needs and thinking about what is best for them. When I gave birth to my first daughter, she suffered from a skin condition where there are tiny, bumpy spots all over her body. Her pediatrician said it is normal for newborns but after two weeks, it’s only getting worse. I brought her to a pedia-dermatologist and she said it is a form of allergy which might be triggered by her clothing.I decided to change everything and stick to…

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From Spoon-fed to Self-fed: How to Teach your Kids to Eat Alone

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Being a mom is difficult and challenging. You have to make sure that all your kids’ needs are properly attended to and at the same time, teach them the necessary skills they need as they grow up. As a new mom, I had lots of challenges and parenting mistakes as I raise my daughter. But I’m still happy that despite those mistakes, I was able to learn a lot of things that will help me as I raise my second baby. One of this is how to teach kids to feed themselves.I don’t really want to call…

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Momma Tips: On Feeding Toddlers and Tips for Picky Eaters

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When my eldest started to eat solid food up until she’s 20 months, I never had problems feeding her. She can eat anything, including soup and vegetables. In fact, squash and broccoli are her favorites. For some unknown reasons, my baby stopped eating like she used to. All she wanted was breaded chicken from breakfast to dinner. She eats other foods too, but the list only includes pizza, pasta and Roasted Chicken Pesto Sandwich from Starbucks. Then I realized, my daughter is a picky eater.I didn’t feed my daughter with Gerber and Cerelac as per my pedia…

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Kids’ Shows that can Test your Sanity

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Picture this: every morning, our TV is glued to Nickelodeon or Disney Junior where my two tots are busy dancing and laughing and imitating every word and action they see on TV. It’s really cute though, seeing that giggling and their eyes sparkling as they become amazed with the adventures of Dora and Diego. But I have to admit, it can be annoying too especially when I know a good show is on.I tried it a couple of times actually – changing the channel. But I ended up listening to my daughter’s scream so I have no choice…

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Breastfeeding Tips

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I never really understood the importance of breastfeeding until I became a mom. I have to admit that it is not an easy task for me, especially the part where I am unsure if I am producing enough milk. But instead of focusing on my worries, I just focused on nursing my baby and making sure she is getting the adequate nutrition by taking care of myself too. It’s not very easy but the idea of feeding my baby the natural way gives me a certain level of joy and fulfillment. And I’m very happy with how she…

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Clutter-Free 2014: Tips in Organizing your Home

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It’s the start of the year once again and I’m sure all of us would want to welcome 2014 by getting rid of the “clutter” from last year. However, saying goodbye to 2013’s memories – and a pile of mess – is not going to be easy. I had a hard time going through my personal trash and my kids’ toys. Plus I have to fix my husband’s mess too and make sure that the living and dining room gets its major overhaul. And it took me days before I can finally say that the house is spic…

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Benefits of Using Cloth Diapers

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It’s been months since I decided to make a shift from disposable nappies to cloth diapers – and I’m so glad I did. I like the way it looks, plus the amount of money I can save just by using one is something which cannot be taken for granted. Although I must admit, it’s a bit hassle having to wash the inserts and the cloth cover and dry it out (which may take longer compared to clothes). But so what right?So to all the mommies who are still contemplating whether cloth diapers are worth trying for, here…

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Christmas 2013

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I wasn’t able to make a post during and after Christmas because of tons of stuff to do. Never mind, better late than never!Anyway, Christmas 2013 is the first “not pregnant” Christmas I will celebrate since I got pregnant with my first. So this is extra special. Plus, we spend Christmas at my parents’ home (it was the first time for my husband to see how we celebrate it by the way) so there’s lots of presents and yummy food.Christmas at home is something I really look forward to. Aside from the overflowing food – which we…

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How to Teach your Baby to Talk

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I was an early talker according to my mom. By the time I turned one, I can utter simple words and at two, I can combine words into phrases. But it was different for my two year old. When she turned one, she can’t barely say “mama” or “dada” which caused my mom to be concerned. My baby also kept on pointing at things when she wants something instead of saying it, making it difficult for us to communicate with her. I raised this concern to my baby’s pediatrician but she said there’s nothing to worry about…

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I’ve been schooled! 10 Things My Toddlers Taught Me

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I used to think that adults know better than the younger ones. Think of the knowledge they gained and the experiences they went through, plus the number of years ahead of me, it’s obvious that I will learn from those who are older than me. Well, not all the time. Apparently, kids can still impart knowledge on the older ones. Not because they learned a lot from experience but because of their innocence and honesty, adults don’t realize the life lessons kids can teach us.When I became a mother, I looked up to my own mom and…

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Breast is Best: The Importance of Breastfeeding

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I never really understood the importance of breastfeeding until I became a mom. My mother did not breastfeed me and, modesty aside, I think I turned out well. But when it’s now my time to be a mother, I realize that I want to give the best to my kids.The childbirth class I attended to advocate and encourage moms to breastfeed. My kids’ pediatrician also encourages me to breastfeed. So when I gave birth to my first child, I did my best just to give her the nutrition she needs. But immaturity and laziness ate me up that…

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No wonder they call it “Terrible Two”

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I am a new parent so I’m still in the process of learning everything about motherhood. I have not much experience in handling kids (taking care of my nieces and nephews for an hour doesn’t count) until I had my own.Β I’ve also heard a lot of complaints from parents with two-year old kids. Now I know why.My eldest daughter is two and I must say, she’s really handful. A real test of patience. Our everyday dealings consist with shouting, tantrums, crying, running around, climbing, and endless “No” every time she doesn’t get…

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Ultimate Comfort Food: Sophie’s Mom Cupcakes

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I’ve always loved sweets – chocolates, cupcakes, cakes, name it! But my taste buds will always have a special place for cupcakes.I learned about Sophie’s Mom through my sister – back when their only branch is in Makati. And I just love how moist and yummy their cupcakes were. I even get excited every time my sister will bring home some Red Velvet cupcakes from Sophie’s Mom. Until they grew and had a branch in SM North Edsa. I don’t normally visit that mall but when I do, I make it a point to buy a box…

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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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