FINANCIAL PLANNING 101: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BACK THEN

“It’s not how much you make, but how much you keep.” This is one of my most favorite quotes, which although apparently famous, the naive me first heard it from my cousin while talking to him about living in Singapore. When he said that, it was light a lightbulb moment for me. THAT IS SO, SO TRUE, I thought. I started looking back at all the money I earned when I was still working for show business. How I wish […]

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MAKING BANANA + MILK DESSERT WITH A TODDLER

Summer is officially here! It’s been so hot lately that I’m starting to crave for iced desserts. In the Philippines, HALO-HALO is a favorite for many Filipinos. It’s a mix of different textures and tastes put together with milk, ice, and if you’re lucky, ice cream and our beloved leche flan. In our household though, I grew up with this simple banana and milk dessert. And since I was craving for it after lunch earlier, I decided to introduce it […]

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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN IDEAS

We have not yet started anything special to do a Christmas countdown this year, though in retrospect, I could have made time to prepare for it. It’s okay, we can begin next year. But before I forget my ideas, I better write them down here. A Christmas/Advent Countdown really depends on you. Basically, it’s one way to prepare for the coming of Christmas. For Christians, that would mean the coming of Jesus. But non-Christians who celebrate Christmas, it’s the coming […]

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CLOTH DIAPER STAINS 101

I get a lot of questions about cloth diapers. In our family, this is what works for us: P wears cloth diapers whenever we are at home or just going around the city. However, whenever we are out traveling, we switch to disposable diapers. Diaper space (especially for air travel) is always a challenge, plus the time factor in washing clothes. Speaking of washing, in a gist, a breastfed baby’s stool is usually very easy to clean because it’s mushy/soft, […]

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OUR CHRISTMAS SETUP 2017

2017 is P’s second Christmas, and now that he is already 13 months, I made sure to really include him in our Christmas-themed home. See, fixing our ground floor for Christmas has been my thing ever since I got married, and last year, I made the best decision of fixing it prior to giving birth – because I really had no time to do it anymore when my son came out. This year, I dint have much time to make […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF P’S ROOM

Prepared Environment – if you were to follow only ONE Montessori principle, I would say go for this. Of course it’s a whole philosophy in itself, and are all linked and related that it’d be hard to just follow just one, BUT, it can be quite overwhelming, so you can start slowly while you read more (I still have so much to read and learn)! Here is the evolution of P’s room from birth to now that he’s 1 year […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: GARDEN RAKING

We had a visitor the other night. My 3-year-old godson slept over our home without his parents for the very first time. And I thought it was a great opportunity for my 11-month-old and him to bond together. When he arrived from school that afternoon, we talked about what he wanted to do. I offered him choices. Did he want to visit a nearby gym play area? Or did he want to stay home? Did he want to eat already, […]

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THE UV EXPERIMENT: MY PRODUCT FIND FOR KEEPING THINGS CLEAN AND SANITIZED

If you’ve been watching my stories, you’ve probably seen me share this cool product I discovered. But you know, stories only last for 24 hours, and when I shared it, we haven’t done the experiment yet. Now that we have though, I can vouch for this product even more. See, this brand was talked about in a mommy group I’m part of in Facebook. Many moms swore by this; and they were saying that they noticed how one’s sickness doesn’t […]

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MTE FINDS: LAUNDRY DETERGENTS FOR YOUR BABY

When I about five or six months pregnant, I went to a bazaar where I met someone selling laundry detergent that’s supposed to be environmental-friendly (no dust particles after washing and drying + it’s locally produced), uses mild surfactants, and more importantly, has no scent. No scent for me is very, very important because prior to using this brand, we were using a popular laundry brand that’s available in every market, and every once in a while, I would ask […]

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MONTESSORI-INSPIRED ROOM

If you read the principle of Montessori on infants, there really is much stress in freedom of movement. Infants can slither from birth, and continue to develop their body throughout the year. In the second month of life, the muscles of the neck are brought under control and the head can be supported without assistance. Between the third and fourth month, coordination begins to extend to the hands. At the age of five months, they are already slithering skillfully. By […]

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