February Top EC Droppers

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Meeting a Fellow Filipina Blogger

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Filipina blogger. Her name is Dhoy and is the author of Simply Irresistible. We had the get together at my BFF Mira's house, another Filipina blogger and author of Random Thoughts. My son T and Dhoy's daughter J, who is a year older than my son, had a great time playing together. They got along very well. Too bad that Dhoy lives very far. It would've been nice to have playdates with her daughter. T asked when we're going to see J again. I told him maybe we'll see them in Mikey's birthday party.

Looking for Extra Income from Home

My son started school last September. He is in preschool and he is in there for the whole day. He goes to the same Catholic school as my daughter and their pre-K program is a full day. So now I have about 5 hours of free time. I usually run errands and do household chores during the day. I also catch up on my blogging in which I earn a little money. I'm looking for some Home Based Franchise Opportunity Ideas since I want to earn extra cash for our vacation to the Philippines this summer. I saw a lot of websites online that focus on this subject and it gets overwhelming with all the information you have to digest. Of course there are also scam sites that will make you pay up front and what you get in return are information that you can find yourself online. That is why it is very important to only sign up with reputable sites. I heard about this person named Stone Evans and his website where there are many useful information on how to make money online and start your home based business. For more inputs on best internet home business, head over to the profile of Stone Evans and learn how you could earn a decent income online. Also, more information on Stone Evans can be found here. I hope that I'll find the perfect home based business and earn extra income for my family.

Mommy Moments #7 - Bonding Time

Mommy Moments Bonding Time
I'm quite lucky that I am able to stay home and take care of my children. I knew before I even got married that I wanted to have kids but what I didn't know then was that I'd be happy as a stay-at-home mom. Being a SAHM gives me countless hours of bonding time with my kids. I've been there from the moment they came home from the hospital right up to the present. I never regretted giving up my career to raise them. Time flies by so fast and before you know it, they're becoming independent. I see that with my daughter now. I used to hover over her while she's doing her homework. Yesterday, she didn't even ask me for help. She went about her work and handed over her math work for me to check her calculations. It doesn't hurt that she's at the top of her class either. Dh and I miss our 'little girl'. We still give her lots of hugs but she's getting to that awkward stage. Our son is 4 1/2 and pretty soon he won't be little anymore. Don't you wish that you can bottle up these fun years? We do.

Shopping for Children

Life definitely changed when I had children. Nowadays, when I go shopping, I tend to buy things for my kids first. It's amazing at how expensive children's clothes and shoes are. A pair of shoes can be as expensive as those for adults. Of course, there are products that are inexpensive but would you rather buy something cheap and have it fall apart after a couple of months or get something that is worth its' price? That's why I always shop around for the best price and shopping online is very convenient for me. In fact, I was able to get a pair of Ugg boots for my daughter for only $75 and the shipping is free.

I've been buying things online even before my daughter was born. I prefer it this way since it is easier to compare prices. I've bought clothes, furnitures, children's books, appliances and what not. You can also buy text books online and if you prefer used text books, there is a website for that too. One thing to consider when shopping online is the price of shipping and handling. If the seller is out of state, usually you don't have to pay tax so the shipping and handling balances it out. For the convenience though, online shopping cannot be beat. Do you prefer to shop online or do it the traditional way?

Mommy Moments #6 - Feeding Time

This week's theme is feeding time. I found this photo of my daughter when she was 11 months and eating a huge cookie. It was our first trip to New England and was visiting dh's family. Almost all of of her baby photos are hardcopies so I don't have much in my hardrive. My son meanwhile has tons of photos obviously. Both my kids were breastfed. I fed them arroz caldo, sinigang, tinola and nilaga the moment they can take in solids. They are not fussy eaters. I taught them to eat whatever is served for dinner. Their favorite veggies are spinach and brocolli. They both love to eat Sushi just like their dad.

Mommy Moments

Happy Valentine's Day

Mommy Moments #5 - Loveletters

Dear kiddos,

Valentines day for both of you right now is about having a class party and giving and receiving sweet treats and Valentine cards from classmates. It's all good, everything is about fun and friends. There will come a time though where it is going to be about secret crushes, first loves, boyfriends and girlfriends. You will feel the rush of the first kiss, the butterflies in your tummy when they smile at you and many more wonderful things that comes with being in love.

Along with being in love is the reality that you may get hurt in the process. It is not an easy thing to get through. No one likes to be rejected, more so by the person you love the most. I wish I can tell you that it's not going to hurt but I can't. Being in love means you're opening yourself up for a heartache but that does not mean you shouldn't love someone. It's a part of life. You're going to feel as if the whole world has crumbled around you and it is not easy. It's at these tough times that you will learn how resilient one's heart is. No matter if your heart is broken once or many times, it will find a way to love again. Do not lose hope. It may seem that you won't and cannot love again but I learned that with the right person, it will happen.

I met your dad five months after I just had my heart broken into a million pieces. I thought that life as I know it ended. I was a wreck and was just going through the motions of life. Work, home, work, repeat. I wanted to give up and was always crying myself to sleep. After a month of doing that, I got tired. I can't play this part anymore, I am not that kind of person. I remembered stopping at a church in Mountain View, CA on my lunch break. Always remember the power of prayer. I prayed hard. I asked God to guide me to find the right person. I started dating again until I met your dad. He showed me that with the right person, magic can and will happen.

Do not settle for anything less. With the right person, everything will fall into place. This person will treat you right. Do not stay in a love-hate relationship. A good relationship is all positive. Respect your partner. Compromise. You won't be right everytime, learn to accept it. Leave your pride out the door, it has no place in a loving relationship. Do not try to change your partner, love them for who they are. Choose a partner that shares your belief in God, this is very important. Always remember why you fell in love with your partner. Whenever you are at your wits end, ask mom. I will always be here at your side.

I could go on and on but will just share that when the right time comes. I'm so lucky to have both of you in my life. I waited a long time to have you both and I couldn't be happier. I may not be the perfect mom but I'm always trying my best. I will close this letter with the phrase I use the most "I will always love you NO MATTER WHAT."

Of Dentists and Doctors

No cavities. That's the good news for both my kids. The pediatric dentist gave their mouths a clean bill of health. My son, who's 4, even had a mouth x-ray and the dental technician was so impressed with him. He sat still and did what he was asked, very rare for someone his age. I think it's because he's been coming with us ever since he was very little. He saw his sister sit on the dental chair twice a year so when it was his turn, he knew what to expect. The dentist mentioned in passing that he's going to give us a referral to an orthodontist at the second half of the year. My daughter's teeth is fine overall but she has one tooth that is a little off. She also has a tiny overbite. If we want her to have that perfect smile, then we should consider braces. Of course she didn't want to wear braces. The good thing is there's already one girl in her class who just had her braces last month, so at least if my daughter will wear braces she won't be the first and only one.

Speaking of my daughter, she's also due for her yearly physical. She had a male doctor ever since she was little. He's the best pediatrician in town that's why I chose his practice. Now that my daughter is getting older, she said that she prefers to be seen by a female doctor. I'm glad that they were able to accomodate her request. She started seeing this female doctor in the same office. I can tell that my daughter has started puberty. She's already 4'11" at only 10 years old. A couple more inches and she'll be as tall as I am! I'm thankful that at this stage, she's not like other girls who are already into make-up and boys.

Mommy Moments#4 - Preggy Days

I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter in this photo. As you can see, I'm wearing a tent. LOL She was born 2 1/2 weeks later. She was 3 weeks early because I had to be induced since my BP was through the roof. I knew that I was having a girl early on. I even had a dream about a little girl. A lot of my friends told me that I was going to have a girl because I was "blooming" and they were right. My ultrasound showed that I was carrying a girl.

I was about 4 months pregnant with my son. I didn't get much bigger than this photo. In fact, I didn't gain much weight. They checked his progress through ultrasound and he was growing great. I think I only gained 8 lbs. He was born a month early because of my pre-eclampsia. In both pregnancies, I didn't have the classic symptoms of this disease. I didn't have water retention and other stuff. My doctors commented that I'm the exception to the rule. Like my first pregnancy, I was also induced because of my high BP. There's an old wives' tale in the Philippines that your face changes when you're carrying a boy. I believe that. I was looking at my photos from both pregnancies and my face definitely changed when I was pregnant with my son. My neck also got darker. Do you believe in those things?

January Top Droppers

I'd like to thank last month's Entrecard top droppers. I appreciate your drops in this blog. As a thank you, I'm giving some linky love and placed the badge of the top dropper on my sidebar.

1. 1 Blog and 2 Sides
2. Definitely Maybe
3. My Crazy Life With a Toddler
4. Windmill on the Hill
5. More Than Sew So
6. Mumsy
7. Fickleminded - A Life That is Less Ordinary
8. Camping and Outdoors Blog
9. Your Parenting Info
10. Lola's Diner

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