Thursday, September 21, 2017

Importance of Taking Family Photos

Writing this post made me reminisce about our earlier trips. Napa-punta tuloy ako sa 2015 album ko.

Look at how fast my kids grew.

This photo was taken summer of 2015. Ang liit pa ni fave son jan.


Taken during August 2017. 
In a span of 2 years, fave son towers over me na.


Since my entire family was together for that trip, we took the opportunity na din to have a family photo.
family photo in 2015


wacky shot daw


Here's the family photo taken in 2017.


You can read more about What To Do and Where To Go In Baguio here. And you also get the bonus of viewing more our our family photos too! hehehe!

Ang saya tingnan ng family photos ano? The warm feeling I get when viewing old family photos reaffirms my decision that taking family photos at every moment is a must-do for every mom. Time flies by so quickly and photos are one way to treasure and preserve lovely and happy memories.

Look at the photo below. The kids are tiny (sigh!). It brings back so many wonderful emotions. I can still remember like it was yesterday how I asked the kids to look straight at the camera, while C and I looked at each other. I remember the kids couldn't stand still becasue they wanted to run around and explore the place na.
Taken in 2010


Three years after the original shot, we were back at the same exact place. At take note, suot ko ang same pair of shorts! O di ba! hahaha! It's a little bit tight, but kasya pa din. Pero ngayon 2017, ni-retire ko na yung shorts because it won't go way up past my thighs. Sad!


Taken in 2013. See, In a span of 3 years, my oldest have grown taller than me already!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Healthy Aging with Nestle Boost

My kids are lucky that they have grandparents who still have the energy to keep up with them. They take trips out of the country with them. It's usually just in Hong Kong because the seniors have an affinity to the place. But I don't think the location really matters to my kids. They just look forward to spend time with their grandparents on both sides.

My kids cherish the times spent with their grandparents, and I am thankful that their grandparents are a part of their lives. Hanging out with them gives my kids the chance to relate to older people and how to anticipate their needs.
A photo with my side of the family, taken during our most recent trip to Baguio just last August.
This was at the garden of The Manor where we were checked-in

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How I Enjoy My Teen Girls

I already wrote about it before... I love having teenagers! I really, really love this season of my life. I like the way my relationship with my kids have evolved throughout the years. I am able to develop the love, trust and transparency in our relationship. The older my kids become, the more I like being with them.

But I know there are parents who consider the teen years to be scary, and it truly is a lot of hard work. Our teens are learning to deal with their hormones which makes our relationship with them characterized by so much deep emotions.

For now, I have two teenagers, my youngest son will still turn 13 late this year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Phenomenal Tip: DIY Beef Pepper Rice




Whenever R does well in a swim meet, he always asks for his current fave food as reward.

A few weeks ago he competed in the first leg of the short course season for 2017. Although, he wasn't able to meet the time his coach set for him for 100 freestyle (his coach wanted him to clock in 58 seconds), but still he was able to finish the race in less than a minute, which is still pretty impressive.

So anyway, we went home happy with two silver medals.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Coding For Teens

Gadgets are easily accessible to our kids. If left on their own, I am sure kids are more likely to play on their iPads and computers the whole day. I am lucky that my kids are into sports, this way I am sure that the time they spend on their gadgets is limited. But even if they are not on their gadgets for long periods of time, it's important for me that the time they learn to view electronics as tools for productivity, and not just an idle way to pass the time.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hygiene Essentials from Sanicare

Being a mom to three kids, one of the things I always remind them is the importance of good hygiene. It is, after all, a major part of staying healthy. I don't want them getting sick because I get so stressed worrying about them.

But apart from wanting to avoid the stress I get when the kids are sick, being clean and looking neat also contributes a great part in their confidence. I am sure no one wants to be made fun off because they have body odor, smelly feet, bad breath or look unkempt.

One of the most important things I can do as a mom, aside from the reminders that I give, is to provide them with the right hygiene products.

My personal choice when it comes to hygiene is Sanicare. I have relied on Sanicare for my family's hygiene needs for many years. I love the brand because its tissues are made from 100% virgin pulp, which means less toxic chemicals that touch my family's skin. I can rest assured that it is safe for my family's use.
Sanicare Tissues and wipes are made from 100% virgin pulp and has a soft, cloth like texture.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Happiest 17th!

My oldest turns 17 today.

I see her walking in my steps in more ways than one as the years go by. This makes me pray that I am intentional and purposeful in the way I lead my life.

That my walk speaks louder than my talk.

This caused me to self-reflect: Have I placed my life under God's control? Do my actions reflect this?

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. {Deuteronomy 6:7}

 My IG greeting to her goes:  
"Happy 17th to our family's big-sister, style-arbiter, silly laughter-source, spotify playlist-curator, good-natured realist and resident drama-"kween". Today we celebrate you and all the times you make us laugh out loud, thankful to God that we get to keep going - together. Parenting can sometimes be complicated, grateful that you ALWAYS make it seem so simple"


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Girl Time + Round-Up of My Current Fave Feminine Care Items


My oldest daughter and I were able to spend so much time together last week. But the reason for it was less than ideal... nagkasakit kami pareho! Both in bed rest nursing a fever, with headaches so bad we were literally in bed the whole day.

If our heads did not hurt that much, it would have been a fun time sana. It was just like hanging with a friend, chika all day! I did not realize until then just how much my daughter could talk to me so freely.

We talked about the most random of stuff. Every slapdash thought that passed her teenaged mind was our topic of the moment. She also shared whatever is the latest chika, and I got so shocked with what some people her age are actually doing that it made my headache worse... doubly worse dahil sa gulat.

Having fun on Snapchat! Taken during a recent Satur-date with my girls


Monday, June 12, 2017

G-League National Champs 2017

Done with the 2017 PhilSwim National Long Course Swimming Championship!

We spent three days cheering for my fave son at the Trace Aquatic Sports Complex from June 2-4, 2017. It's my son's first time to qualify for a meet that had him swim the preliminaries in the morning and if the swimmers are in the top 8, they do a swim-off again late afternoon. It's a swim-off of the best swimmers in each category.
He was awarded the Top FINA Points Achiever for his age group. 
I don't really understand it that well, but my son says it is the swimming counterpart of being MVP.


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