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I love books. I love reading. I remember reading Sweet Valley Kids and Babysitter’s Club (do they still have it?) when I was six or seven years old and up until now, my love for books and reading never fade. This is why I was happy to see my eldest share the same passion for books and reading. Apparently, my youngest daughter loathed it. She never picked up a book and refused to sit down and listen every time I read a story before their bedtime. She also destroyed some of the books we had because she doesn’t…

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My Kids Are (Finally) Learning How to Speak in Filipino and Here’s What We’re Doing

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They say that kids as young as they were born can respond to the rhythm of language. As they get older, they can distinguish language sounds and by the time they are six months old, they can make sounds in different languages.My first language was English and I only started learning Filipino when I was around five or six years old. When I had kids, my inclination was teaching them English first (although this was an issue with the husband before). Now that my kids are past the toddler stage, I am starting to teach them Filipino, especially with…

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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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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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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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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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#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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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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#TMCTips: How to Keep Greens Fresh and Crisp for Days + Salad Recipes Ideas

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I have to be honest with my eating habits. Prior to pregnancy, I never paid that much attention to food. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want it. It was easy to lose weight back then and get back on the fitness track whenever I want to, so I never worried that much about what goes inside my body. Of course, things changes when I gave birth, especially after my second child. I blame it on age, but it was quite a challenge to lose weight. My husband also had a blood pressure issue and was advised by…

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#TMCMoneyTips: Save More while Travelling through Shopback

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Every summer, my family and I often travel to different places. It could be trips to Tagaytay to eat bulalo in a cool weather, overnight beach trips in Subic and Batangas, going to Baguio so we can wear our coats and jackets – and eat strawberries too, and even visiting Disneyland to see Mickey Mouse. I never worried about expenses since my parents paid for everything.Now that I have my own family, I want my kids to experience the joys of travelling. I want them to see and experience something new. I want them to appreciate what the world has…

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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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Momma Tips: How to Choose Your Child’s Godparents

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When I found out I was pregnant, I can’t help but think about this million-dollar question: who will be my child’s ninongs and ninangs?The tradition of choosing godparents date back to the early days of Catholic Church in consonance with the sacrament of Baptism. Since then, godparents became crucial in helping parents raise a child according to a set of values, beliefs, and morals. Let’s face it. Choosing a godparent these days goes beyond religious beliefs. Most of the time, we choose a ninong and ninang based on relationships and sad to say…

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