Thursday, February 25, 2016

How To Stay Out of My Teens' Friendship Dramas

One of the best things I love about being a mom is having mommy friends. I just find so much joy whenever I meet up with them for a quick brunch. We learn a lot from each other, and having someone to talk with who can understand what I am going through with my husband and kids is so comforting.

One of my closest mommy friends has been having problems dealing with her emotions for the past year. Her problems lie with the fact that she takes in her daughter's problems too much. And so when we talk with each other, she shares her frustrations about her daughter's friends with me, and I listen to her. I give my opinion when she asks for it. But deep inside me, I'm thankful that I don't have to go though what she's going through... I don't think I can handle it.

Just recently a New York Times article showed up on my FB newsfeed. It was such an apt explanation of what my friend was feeling. The author explains this common dynamic of parent-teen relationships. Essentially, teens emotionally dump a problem on a parent. The parent will then react to the drama even after the teen has recovered from it.

For the most part I am a newbie as far a teen dramas are concerned because my oldest daughter hardly ever has one. J's personality is one that is almost always predictably happy. She hardly has enemies, and seldom hates on people. She is not one to hold a grudge and she is capable of easily moving on to other things, she gets over everything after a day or two... like nothing even happened in the first place. I think her tolerance + soft-heartedness make her well-loved by her friends.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour

In a little over a week, Madonna is coming over to Manila for her 2-day concert for her Rebel Heart Tour. A lot of my mommy friends and I grew up listening to her songs. In fact, I remember buying a cassette tape of her Like a Virgin album when I was in grade school! (Yes, talagang cassette tape. Hahaha! Shows you how old I am.)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Melissa Shoes: Take Me To Paradise Raffle Promo

It's almost summer! It's always so much fun to get dressed for summer, di ba? Summer is synonymous with comfortable tops, bright colors, sexy swimsuits, flattering caftans, easy dresses. But, let's not forget that shoes complete our summer outfit!

If you're on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes to wear all summer long, then I'm happy to share with you that Melissa Philippines has got our backs, well, actually, our feet. Hehehehe!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jump Yard: Manila's Newest Indoor Trampoline Park

I love taking my girls out on dates, just us girls.  I love the bond that I have with both my daughters, and I treasure it. I love to spend time doing an activity with them. I also love to hear about what is important to them: who they like spending time with, what they are thinking about. Our conversations are nothing deep, just mundane and ordinary, but in the end it’s the little things that add up to the whole that makes them who they are.

So when we were invited to visit Jump Yard, Manila's newest indoor trampoline park, I said yes right away! I know jumping on an olympic trampoline was something my girls and I would enjoy doing together.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lysol To-Go, Clean On-The-Go!

I think for every newbie mom, there's always that time in our lives when we were paranoid about germs, bacteria, viruses and such. Did you ever pass through that phase when your newborn just came home and you felt like you had to clean your hands every 10 minutes? Or when your toddler's plastic toy needed to be washed everytime it touched the floor?

I can clearly remember those days. Hahaha! BUT, I slowly turned into a free-range parent by the time my third child came around. Because, hello! What doesn't kill them, makes them stronger. Teehee!