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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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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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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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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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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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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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8 Tips on How to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

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The moment I quit law school, I told myself that I won’t rely on my husband when it comes to my needs. Thanks to him, I discovered the world of online jobs and found myself working as a freelance writer (among many others) more than three years ago. Since then, this “career” provided me good pay – good enough that I can splurge on myself and the kids, and treat the husband occasionally. I can say that working as a freelance writer is not easy. Sure, an employer will give you a topic and you have to write a…

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#TMCGiftIdeas for Your Yayas this Christmas

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Okay, fine. I’ve been yaya-less for the past few months (I actually lost count), so this shouldn’t concern me at all. It is also the first time we will be celebrating without a helper, so this is something new to us plus two people less in the Christmas list. Since it’s the season of giving and I’m sure there are still families with yayas, I just want to share some gift ideas you can give to them, which based on experience, my yayas appreciated: Something They Can UseIn a previous post, I…

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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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#TMCTips: Gift-Giving Tips to Remember During Christmas (Or Any Occasion)

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Hello December! In a few weeks, we will be busy coming up with a Christmas menu plan, buying gifts, decorating the house, and spending most of the weekends in malls for Christmas shopping. After all, it is still the most wonderful time of the year. Oh yes, gift giving. Apart from coming with a menu for Noche Buena, giving gifts can be challenging. There are tons of options available and you want to make sure that your gift is something they will appreciate. Here are my six tips when it comes to gift-giving during the holidays…

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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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