THE BENEFITS OF GOING BAREFOOT

I grew up in a culture where going barefoot is not the norm. “You’ll get sick.”, they would say. “It’s dirty. You might get germs.”, others would add. When P was a few months old, I came across an article that talked about the benefits of going barefoot. Then I remembered what I read from Montessori from the Start when I was pregnant: that uncovered feet for infants enables the baby to take in many tactile experiences and stimulates their […]

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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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MTE REVIEW: LOOPING TRAVEL STROLLER

Since many of you have been asking me about our travel stroller, I am writing about it. First, a disclaimer: Looping Philippines gave this stroller to us. Prior to this, we were using another travel stroller brand (a lot more expensive and was a gift from my parents-in-law – they bought it in Singapore). Many brands have approached me so we can try out their stroller, but we’ve always declined because we already have one. When Looping approached us though, […]

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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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WHY IT’S #NOSCREENTIME FOR OUR FAMILY

When you go online nowadays, you’d see a lot of articles on experts talking about screentime. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one of the resources many parents go to, recommends no screentime for children younger than 18 months (with the exception of video chatting), and for 18-24 months of age, adults must watch it with the children to help them understand what they’re seeing. According to them, “too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time […]

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HIKING WITH A TODDLER

Whenever people ask me what parenting books I recommend, I send them the link of my list. But, I always tell my friends that if they can, I feel nothing beats reading Maria Montessori herself. You can start with all the books with practical suggestions and applications, but I feel that for me, the only way I can truly grasp her philosophy is by actually reading her work. When she explains something (that’s very simple but not something my common […]

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#HowParentingChangesYou

Before I became a parent, I was always told by other parents just how much life changes once you have a child. All that time, I thought the changes were the big things, but when I gave birth, I started to realize that more than the big things, it’s the little things daily that really changes, hence I started a hashtag on Instagram: #HowParentingChangesYou (and other parents have started using it, too, yey!) It could be as simple as choosing […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: MOUNT PURRO (A PLAYGROUND HEAVEN IN ANTIPOLO)

I’ve first seen this when a friend of mine (Hi, Lacey!) was promoting it on her Facebook account. I think they were just starting then. It’s always been on the list, but I wasn’t sure just how kid-friendly it was. So anyway, one time, while we were planning the next #RIE session with P’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where P went hiking, and then went on to […]

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A BEAUTIFUL YEAR-END TRADITION FOR YOUR CHILDREN

I saw my sister’s post recently on her year-end activity with her son, and I think it’s so beautiful. This is what she wrote: If you are looking for something to do with your kids as the year ends, I recommend this. It is our second time to do this with Philip. I made a keynote of his entire year and especially focused on moments where he grew in character, spirit, faith, joy, sense of family, maturity, and relationships! I […]

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P’s FIRST YEAR IN PHOTOS

Apart from the photos of the monthly updates I post here for P (where there are too many things surrounding him – a beautiful reminder for us later on what mattered to him that time), my husband and I decided to make a separate shoot for him for the first year of his life – something clean. Good thing my niece showed us a peg – a baby’s growth with a wooden play horse as background. My dad-in-law has a […]

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