Sep 28, 2011

My First Wednesday Whites: It's All About Sam


This is my first Wednesday White post. The WW banner has been there on my sidebar but I never got to participate. We have so many white clothes but I cannot find a photo with white on them. But this picture here seems perfect for my first Wednesday White entry. 


As some of you know, my Sam has speech delay. He's five years old and he's not going to a regular school yet. Every year, we try but every year we're not successful. He's simply not ready to go to school. Last year, we sent him to a day care center but he stopped going after the Christmas break. We couldn't make him go. He cried and cried and threw a fit. 

This year, I'm seeing a great improvement in him. The first time I noticed this was when he asked for his favorite Koko Krunch He was able to say nine words in a single sentence. He's beginning to express himself more coherently. And he's able to reason out now. Once when I was chastising Simon, he suddenly said, "Mama, hayaan mo sya." (Let him be, Mama) in his singsong voice. I almost laughed with joy but I had to keep a straight face.

Sep 26, 2011

Weekend Blog Follower Caravan # 24 – Mega Follow Weekend

It's Mega Follow Weekend at WBFC!


Three tasks in one! Yup, that's right, it's like hitting three birds with one stone. So what are you waiting for, join us this week and every week after in this blogger-helping-blogger meme! Head on to the WBFC post at Mommy Rubz Online Biz and Resources to find out how!

Sep 24, 2011

Balloons!!!

All of my boys love Spongebob Squarepants and the rest of the gang. Needless to say, they went crazy when they saw these balloons last Sunday at the grounds of the Saint Joseph Parish Church, which by the way houses the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ. I wouldn't let them buy because for me, they're expensive at P45 (more than a dollar) each. And I can't just buy one. If  we buy, we had to buy two. Or there would be war all throughout the day. We told them there would be lots of balloons at the Mall of Asia where we were heading to that time. 


Sep 21, 2011

Wandering Thoughts Welcome Me Mini Giveaway!

Today is a blog posting and blog hopping day for me. Tomorrow I work, but today I play, err I write. And the first thing I want to do is join Mommy Rubz Wandering Thoughts Welcome Me Mini Giveaway!  The giveaway will end on September 23rd so hurry up if you want to join too. $10 Paypal up for grabs and with so easy-peasy mechanics.

I really admire Mommy Rubz. She's really a motivator and a leader in the Philippine blogging scene, especially in the mommy bloggers' community. Wandering Thoughts is another one of her baby blogs. Head on to Wandering Thoughts to join the giveaway and get to know more about her.

Sep 19, 2011

Simon's First Carousel Ride


Yesterday, after going to the Manila International Book Fair, we decided to go inside the SM Mall of Asia despite the maddening crowd due to the mallwide sale. Simon saw the carousel and said he wanted to ride the "horse". The two other boys did not want too, but Simon was so excited.


So we did ride the carousel. It was Simon's first time. I can tell he was scared. I can feel his little body quivering, either in fear or in excitement. But there's no way he's not going to try it out. That's my Simon. I have no doubt he's going to face all his fears. I have no doubt he's going to enjoy life to the fullest. 

Ah, I'm getting teary eyed realizing this. Yeah, that's me in the pic. Hubby said I was hiding, hahaha! 

Sep 16, 2011

A Facebook Story

I actually won't be sharing any techie tips today but I thought this post would be relevant to today's Mommy Moments.





Let me share you a story.


My eldest has a Facebook account. He has one because his cousins have FB accounts and so they play games and chat and stay connected online. When school started when he was in Grade 3, he begun to have more friends, all of which were classmates, teachers and schoolmates. I moderate everything on his wall post. He is not allowed to approve friend request without telling me, he is not allowed to post anything on his profile without us approving it first. the most he could do freely on his FB is play games and chat with classmates after school. And even the games are sometimes screened. 


So everything was okay until a month or so ago. One day while browsing his wall feed, he shockingly told me, "Momma, look at XX (let's call the classmate XX) wall. His mama posted something." I looked and was shock to see on his friend's wall, on a ten year old's wall, was a status message of  an adult. I really don't want to go into details but the gist of the story is XX's parents separated long time ago, XX dad has a girlfriend, XX mom feels that girlfriend is claiming that XX as her own based on photos and comments, and girlfriend asked XX to take out mom's photos on his FB. XX's mom used XX's FB account and lashed out to new girlfriend through XX FB wall, which could be read by all classmates, teachers and all of XX friends.

My first reaction was shock. I was shocked, annoyed, and irritated that I had to explain what's going on to my nine-year-old. Things like this should be kept among adults. I wanted to comment and say that her post on his son's FB wall was inappropriate. But I decided against it. For the poor boy's sake who was very close to my son. I didn't want to add anything more to his embarrassment. Fortunately, the negative posts stopped at some point. But now, everybody knows what we've been wondering about for a long time, why we don't see XX's mom at school. So sad. 

My son and I had a heart to heart talk. I told him, "Whatever they say at school about this, keep out of it. These are adults' concern, not kids'. If your friend XX asked you about it, just tell him you read it but Mama said not to worry about it." I didn't know what else to say, and honestly, I don't know if that's the right thing to do. I really feel for his classmate, XX. 

This incident prompted me to do some things on my FB account which I have forgotten to do: 

1. I made a friend list and include a list of KIDS ONLY.  Sometimes, I forget that I have nieces, nephews who shouldn't be reading some of my posts. 

2. I put a disclaimer on my son's FB that his Fb is moderated by an adult. I guess it wouldn't really do anything much but I just wanted them to know. just in case. :)

3. Today, I blocked that particular account. I don't feel that the posts were made by XX anymore. Some of them were too negative for a ten year old. He has another account and they can still stay as friends online and offline. This is the first and only time I did that. After blocking, I realized I should have only hidden the wall posts. Well, I'm only human, and a mom at that. 

I have also limited my eldest' computer time due to low grades on two subjects. He's not allowed anymore to use the computer during weekdays. And so far, it has been five days already that he's offline. He's been very obedient and I realize now that this should been the ideal situation for us in the first place.


So that's it, that's all I have share for now. Hope you learned something from this. Happy weekend mommies! Let's all stay positive and blessings will come pouring in

Sep 15, 2011

Techie She Lucky Blogger Weekly Giveaways Week 15: Contests

This is my entry to Techie She Lucky Blogger Weekly Giveaways Week 15. This week’s prize is $10 paypal credits from Sheryl of Contest Fan

 I haven't posting anything lately about what's going on with our lives or what the kids have been doing. I just don't feel like sharing anything right now. I haven't been feeling like a good mom lately. I'll write a post about that when I can. Don't worry it's not that bad. I haven't committed any crime or things like that. It's just about the boy's education and such. More of that on later posts.

One thing I discovered in the past week is that I love joining contests, especially the ones using Rafflecopter. Rafflecopter has made it so easy for everyone. I think I'm becoming addicted to clicking those I DID THIS buttons, lol. So far, for the month of September I haven't won in any of the contests that I've joined. But who cares, there are still so many contests out there and I've got my whole life ahead of me.(Tee-hee :) I've been so blessed already in the month of August, I guess it's other people's turn.

Thank you Lord for all the blessings and may you continue to bless us everyday, especially the one reading this post.


Sep 9, 2011

My Memories Suite Winner!

First, I would like to thank all the participants for joining our first giveaway. Thank you so much for the support, fellow mommies!

There are a total of 102 entries but only 94 are valid. With that 94 entries, I let Rafflecopter draw the winner, and she is no other than:


Again, thanks for everyone who participated. I will be sending out a token to each one of you in October. Why October? Well, it is my boys' birth month and I'll have the funds by then, LOL. Seriously, expect a gift from us by October as our way of saying thank you to all of you who participated.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sep 7, 2011

My Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2011



Today is the last day of submission for Ms. Janette Toral's Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2011 Writing ProjectLeave it to me to do this till the last day. I have been planning to submit my list early but I wanted to complete my list of ten. 

My life as a work at home mom is so hectic, more hectic than I ever imagined when I was working as a call center agent. Staying home was a choice to be with my kids. Back then, I thought that when I stay at home and look after the kids, I would have all the time in the world to blog and read all my favorite blogs, to sleep when I want to, to do the things I love to do. I was sooo wrong. I've had less sleep, more pressure, less Me time, less time to blog and even lesser time to blog hop. And when I took on an online job, it became worse. The pressure of earning and giving my 100% attention to my three boys is an ongoing conflict, because when I took in that job, I also took the deadlines and the commitment to deliver results. But you know what, it's all worth it. I'm closer to my kids now. They ran to me for anything, call my name for nothing, and it's the most fulfilling feeling ever to be with the kids and know everything that's going on in my house. 

Working at home is really both exhausting and exhilarating. Being a blogger, what I'm thankful about are the other mommy bloggers who I've come to know through memes and blog hops, Facebook and Twitter. Their blogs tell me that I am not alone and that it is okay to feel the the frustration I am feeling sometimes, that it is okay to brag about my kids, that it is okay to share my life to other people, that it is okay to give and receive from other people that I haven't even met in person. And as I go through other blogs, I learn through what they share and in return, I continue to hope that other people will learn from me as well. 

I am a mommy blogger and I'm proud of it. That said, it is only natural that 90% of my Top 10 would comprise of blogs authored my moms like me. Here's my list: 

1. The Pepperific Life: The Pepperific Life is actually the main reason why I wanted to join this writing project in the first place and so it's on the top of my list. Pepper is so honest with her situation about being a single mom and embraces single momhood to the fullest. She's an inspiration to all mommies and single parents out there. Very few in the Philippines have written about single parenthood and Pepper's doing it very well. I especially like her latest post Top 5 Single Mom Skills

2. The Bloggers Journal :  This blog talks about code, designs and layouts. It contains tips and tricks about making your blog more appealing. All these could be overwhelming to newbies but Willa has made all of it simple, easy to do and understand.This blog truly has influenced me a lot. I remember I read her post about putting borders on pictures and why it's important, and I started putting borders on my post images, too. She learned on her own and I guess, if she can do it, why can't I? Isn't that influence enough? 

3. LEVYousa:  This blog talks about her life as a woman, a wife and everything else under the sun. I like Levy a lot, and I love the way she's able to share her personal life, raves, rants and angst online in a positive way. Some blogs, they talk only about good things; some blogs are  too personal. In Levy's case, she's able to find a balance between the two . Her blog speaks of the author's pleasant disposition. 

4. The Tottering Mama A blog about parenting, I love this blog because of the different familiy activities, arts and crafts that Olga shares with her readers. 

5. Mom WritesThis is one of Mommy Rubz many blogs and it talks about her being a mommy to three little tots. I like the tag line Happy Thoughts and Happy Memories.

6. My Green Living Ideas.  With this blog, green is definitely in. From the color, layout and content, this blog gets two thumbs up from me. Going green does not have to be complicated, and can be applied in almost all aspects of our lives, only if we choose to.

7. My Painted Lips:  I think what I like about this blog is that it's simplicity. Any moms, like me, can relate to her blog posts about tips on lipstick and make-up and product reviews on brands that the average Filipinas are all familiar with.

8. My Notepad Corner: Mom Joy's site is full of household tips, life lessons and parenting tips and that's what I like about it. It's not just a personal family blog. Her posts are all well-written and very detailed. 

9. Mommy Survival Guide:  Like My Notepad Corner, this blog is full of tips on parenting. I find her posts relevant and very informative.  I love her post on Anger Management for moms. 


10. Certified Foodies:  Last but certainly not the least, Certified Foodies is also on my list. I became an avid fan of Mhel Ignacio because of her pinayonlinemoneymaker site. Certified Foodies is another great site where she was able to show another side of her personality. I'm not a food blogger but I do love to eat and cook and because of Mel's sparkling presence (she'll laugh, I know) in the blogosphere, I find myself visiting Mel and brother Ken's site from time to time. I love that they are able to make simple and ordinary food seems so delicious and appealing and their food posts caters to people from   all walks of life. 


So these are the blogs I am nominating for the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011. This may be the same list that you've been seeing for weeks now. The one who started this list deserves to be awarded the most influential blogger award. :). Have I been influenced? Yes. Half of this list are blogs I have been reading even before this writing project started. Half of them I found through others who nominated them. I believe that all of these blogs deserves to be in the Top 10. These blogs are wonderful, but what's even more beautiful are the people behind these blogs. 

Thanks to these generous sponsors for making this writing project possible:

Sep 6, 2011

Mommy Jes' CHARM FACTORY Review and Giveaway

I am joining Mommy Jes'  Charm Factory Review and Giveaway! I would love to have a bracelet like this. 

Original Design of Love and Believe bracelet from Charm Factory. 
Isn't this the cutest? I don't know if this is the actual prize but I checked the website of Charm Factory and I so love their European designed bracelets! 

So for a chance to grab a fabulous bracelet from Charm Factory, just head on to mommy Jes' Charm Factory Review and Giveaway! Hurry, giveaway ends 5th of September!



JOIN US TOO!

Sep 4, 2011

Museo Pambata Postcards

I was going through our storage room (literally, a room we don't use because the kids do not want to sleep in it and has became storage for old things, junks, documents, and whatnots)searching for old catalogs and magazines that Basti needed for a school project when I saw these three cute postcards.

"Ako'y Batang Museo"
Painted by Ms. Merci  Melchor for the benefit of
the Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc
"Saranggola" Kite
Painted by Ms. Merci  Melchor
 for the benefit of the Museo Pambata oundation, Inc
I bought them from the Museo Pambata store when we visited years ago. Museo Pambata is an interactive museum for children of all ages :) Yes, even the children at heart. You can learn more about the museum at their website HERE

"Gabbang"
Painted by Mr. George Ng
 for the benefit of the Museo Pambata oundation, Inc
I hope our post crossing friends will appreciate them. I meant to make a post about these then but never did get to doing so because of work. I was trying to find the pictures of the kids at the Museo but couldn't find them. And since I have a deadline in an hour (and here I am blogging, can't help it), I'll just save those old photos for another day and post. Have a great week ahead, everyone!


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Sep 2, 2011

Mommy Moments : Financial Tips


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This is a summary of a post that I made on my other blog. I thought that this would be good for today's Mommy Moments which is all about Financial Tips, though these tips are for mommies and daddies only. I wrote this post during the recession and you can see the full post HERE. Most tips still apply today. 

1. Keep track of your spending. List them down everyday to identify the needs from the wants. 
2. Pay yourself first. 
3. Bring lunchboxes to work.
4. Save on power and water consumption
5. Drink water instead of carbonated or caffeinated drinks.
6. Save on load. Take advantage of promotions like unlimited calls , unlimited text, etc.
7. Go cable-less. (Though this will be good for some people, it will not work for us. We don't have cable and we watch a lot of DVD and our power consumption is way too high because of that. So not for us)
8. Set the itinerary for the day before leaving the house. 
9. Get memberships to discount club or warehouse clubs.
10. Try buying in wholesale groceries and stores in your local market, neighborhood.
12. Check out Cultural Center of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum , etc for free concerts, events and activities for the family.
13. Walk. 
14. You really don't need all of those household helps. 
15. Stay away from credit cards. (We thought this was not possible, but we have been card free for years now. But we still have debts, of course, LOL.)
16. Restrain yourself from impulse buying. Wait for a few days. 
17. Go for generic. 
18. Believe it or not, you don't have to buy everyone in the family life insurance. BUT YOU need to make sure that YOU HAVE ONE. Life insurance is for the convenience of those who are left behind, those who are dependent on you when you go and not for your convenience when someone leaves you behind. Sad but true. **This advice is from a financial expert and I kind of agree. You are entitled to your own opinion.** 
19. Take advantage of thrift shops and second hand stores.  
20. Go shop at Baclaran at Divisoria some time. 
21. Take a vacation during the off-season. Less stress, less crowd, cheaper flight and accommodation expenses. 

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Sep 1, 2011

My Memories Suite Software Giveway!


A week ago, I received an email from Liz G of MyMemories.com that made my day. They were offering me the MyMemories Suite software to review. Of course, I couldn't resist. I've heard of  My Memories Suite before but never really tried it. I've used lots of other digital scrapbooking softwares and I couldn't count the times I installed and uninstalled them. Some just takes too much time to learn how to use. Time which I don't have. I used to scrap the old fashion way but that takes too much time also and leaves a lot of mess after. :)  So glad there's digital scrapbooking. 

My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews for digital scrapbooking software.
Anyway, I've been trying out this software for a week now and I could say it's the easiest digital scrapbooking software I've used. And I'm not even halfway past the exploring stage. They provided the video tutorial below on how to use the software which made it even easier for me to use the software and do my scrapbooking stuff. The video also covers basics such as where and what great stuff users can find on their website MyMemories.Com.


Welcome to the Family! from Lisa Jurrens on Vimeo.

There are many freebies available at the MyMemories.com website. Do you like my new header? I used    Mye De Leon's Quick Splendor kit to make it using My Memories Suite. Cool, huh? Mye De Leon by the way is my favorite designer of all time. :) The store offers also inexpensive papers, embellishments, fonts, kits, templates, quick pages, etc. The software itself comes with embellishments and background papers that you wouldn't need to buy anymore. You can also use other elements that you already have or bought from other stores.

NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF

I could rave on and on about My Memories Suite software but I won't. You just have to take my word for it -- I'm loving it! And you can try it on your own, too!

The good people of My Memories Suite will give one lucky reader a free copy of My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software at a $40 value. 

AND NOT ONLY THAT: 

Here's a coupon code that you can share with friends and family who are not joining this giveaway:


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