Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Where To Buy "My Pals Are Here" in Manila?

One of my most visited blog posts especially during the start of the school year happens to be a very old post about Singapore Math.

In 2010, I posted about discovering a distributor selling the My Pals Are Here accompanying practice books.  I made this discovery as I attended one of those book fairs, and it so happened that the distributor was selling old editions of My Pals Are Here at 50% off. Naturally, I hoarded the practice books at ALL levels.

What I get from my kids' school is just the textbook and the workbook, but it turns out that there are also additional enrichment books that can be purchased separately.

I've lost the contact number of that distributor already.

But, I'm happy to share with all of you tutor-mamas that I recently discovered where you can all easily buy the additional practice books.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Teen Travel Essentials {For When They Travel Without Parents}

My kids have started packing for themselves a few years ago, but while I don't think they can be considered packing experts yet, I believe they can manage pretty well on their own.

For the first time ever, all the grandchildren went traveling with their grandparents and their 2 best aunties. This year is the first time they traveled without us. It was just a short trip to Hong Kong, but it's still a trip - without me! I'm very proud of how my kids handled themselves on that trip.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#BeloBaby Blog Giveaway

This summer heat just makes everyone in the family want to take a bath frequently. But we all know that frequent washing can strip sensitive skin of essential oils thereby leading to dry and itchy skin. 

It's perfect timing that I discovered Belo Baby about a month ago. We gave it a try, and now I'm back to tell you about how my kids and I are loving it.

Belo Baby is made from 100% natural products, which means that they are free from synthetic chemicals and toxins, they are less likely to cause irritation as they are free from common allergens. They are also gentler and safer than products with artificial ingredients.

Hair & Body Wash (200ml bottle for Php 219.75). 
Face & Body Lotion (150ml tube for Php 224.75). Bar Soap (Php 79.75)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Sports Mom's Survival Guide

More than half of the 16 years that I'm a mom, I've been a sports mom.

I've been with them through several aquathlons... I even ran alongside my oldest when she did her first aquathlon when she was 9 years old because she was so scared she couldn't finish the 3k run. 

I've chaperoned them to different provinces when they qualified for the national championships for Palarong Pambansa and Batang Pinoy.

I am currently a swim mom, and enjoying it so much!

August 2008 when they were all going to Futbol Fanatics during the weekends,
years before the Azkals was even formed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

War Room Movie + DVD Giveaway

You know how it is when you have kids, and you're with them the whole day and you all had fun, but then the level of activity with your teens is just so hyper that by the end of the day even if you're so sleepy, you just want to stay awake just to get a piece of quiet all by your lonesome? Well that was me one night a few weeks ago..

C went out to meet with his men's group. I had all the time that night to do anything and everything without the kids or the husband. It's my ME-time! hahaha!

I spent the time watching War Room. My friend, Kaye, sent me a DVD of War Room a month ago pa ata. But I never had the time to watch it because having teens who want you to bring them around everywhere takes up all of my day this summer. 

War Room is the fifth movie from the Kendrick Brothers. They are the brothers behind the movies: Fire Proof and Courageous. I’ve watched their previous movies before, and I especially the values that both movies imparted.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The One Baby Item I Couldn't Live Without: La-Z-Boy

I had my kids in fast succession, especially my two younger ones.

The good thing about having kids so close together in age is that I was in continuous baby mode. After all, how many times do you really want to baby-proof your house or shop for the latest car seat or high chair or breast pump?

Eeeeep! 3 kids - all under 5 years old.
Circa June 2005 when my kids were 4 years old, 2 years old and 9 months old. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Summer Ready With SM HOME

I love this time of year, the break from the tiring school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule.

My kids are almost always home most of the time when they are not busy swim-training, I want to make sure they have all the fun at home during summer.

It doesn't have to cost a lot to make our homes summer ready. I went to The SM Store to show you ladies on how a few budget-friendly purchases can set the scene for savoring summer's special moments at home.

I love The SM Store... too much, if you ask my husband. I could easily get lost for hours inside it. I especially love its home section – SM HOME, because it offers excellent-quality items that are well-priced. It is where I go whenever I need to shop for something around the house.

The first thing I did to prepare our summer essentials was to make sure our medicine cabinet was ready with sun block and insect repellent. In the garage, balls of all kinds and the wheels of the bike are pumped with air. Even my daughter's spotify playlist has summer songs on the ready.

Naturally, since my kids are always eating, the first and foremost attraction for them would be food. In the pantry, sweets and savory snacks are filled to brimming. The freezer has seasoned burger patties on stand-by. Cold fruit juices and milk are in ready supply in the ref . For my kids, a summer without cold drinks on hand is no summer at all. It's a good thing The SM Store has a lot of choices when it comes to that.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Choosing The Right Postpaid Plan For My Teen: Globe MyStarter Plan

My second daughter turned thirteen earlier this year.

As expected, she has started to want to spend more time with her friends. Luckily for me, she has chosen her friends very well.

When they want to "hang," it is usually just in one of her friends' houses or the occasional birthday outings.

I'm thankful that at least I can get in touch through her phone even when she is out with friends.

at a Mad Science birthday party 

Monday, May 2, 2016

ZIPPY Kidstore + How To Make The Most of Your Kids' Clothes

One of the things I realized as a mom is that kids grow out of stuff fast! Especially now that I've got pre-teens, it seems like they grow an inch everytime I turn around. I buy my eleven year old son a new pair of jeans, and after six months bitin na! He outgrows his pants so fast that I've decided we are going to stop buying pants in the meantime. Mag shorts na lang muna siya! Hahaha!