Monica’s Recognition Day – ECQ Style 😊

It may not be the Recognition Day that we expected, but it still felt special nevertheless. Congrats to our little girl for finishing her first-ever preschool year with flying colors.

These could have been photos from a legit Recognition Day, but we’re not complaining; this shoot at home will do.

So this is how it is! Nakaka-proud pala talaga. Haha! I know grades and awards should not define a child, but I can’t help being proud. She’s awarded as Star Kid 2nd place, Best in Reading, Best in Number Identification, and was given the Golden Ring award as well! Not only that, her behavioral recognition made me equally happy; Most Thoughtful, Most Cooperative, and Best Teacher’s Helper! Cuuute! That’s my baby!♥️

But more than her awards and recognition; what matters most to us is that she’s happy and enjoys being in school and that she goes along well with her teachers and classmates. That’s the very reason we enrolled her in preschool as early as 3 years old.🥳

Monica showed interest in learning letters, numbers, shapes, and colors at 1 year old – that’s without pressure nor force from our end. And bringing her to school nourished her interest further. Aside from that, she became more social, more expressive, and more emphatic. I really am convinced that half of what Monica is showing now is an influence from her school. 🥰

Thank you GVS for one whole year of being our partner in raising a happy child. Monica would always talk about her teachers and classmates every time I will pick her up and she always gets excited whenever we talk about her school. It was really a good move that we enrolled her there. 🤩

Thank you also for recognizing Monica’s efforts and acknowledging the her strengths both in behavior and academics. Even though we didn’t have a proper recognition day, you still found a way to make it special for the kids and parents.♥️ It may not be on a legit stage, but it sure felt like it and more.🤩♥️

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Oreo Cake Balls

A little bit of sweets, color, and smile.♥️

We enjoyed making these Oreo Cake Balls – easy and fun! Yum! But more than output, it’s the experience that made it better! Monica enjoyed helping me roll the balls! 🙂


Side story – when we were putting the food color, Monica screamed “Mommy, wow that’s the same color we put in the colorful rice last time!” I was like huh? Then I remembered, it’s the same food color we used last year when we made some colorful rice.

I thought I was the one teaching Monica on how to make Oreo balls, but here she is, teaching me a more important lesson instead. The things we say or do have impact to our kids; it’s really vital to be mindful because we never know what will stay with them forever. Kids may forget a lot of things, but they sure keep in their heart, those that made them sooo happy (or sad). <3

Recipe (thanks to Fide, Lara, and Iam 💕):

Try this, too!❤️

Crushed Oreos
Magnolia Cream Cheese
Goya White Chocolate
Sprinkles or food color (optional)

Mix crushed oreos and cream cheese
Freeze for 30mins
Melt white chocolate and use as coating
Add sprinkles
Freeze for 15mins

Thanks again Fione Megan, Aila Martha, and Lara Tanya for the idea!!😋

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Choco Banana Muffin using Air Fryer

Choco Banana Muffins anyone? ECQ made me do this. Haha.

Beej and Monica seemed to like it so, all good! Thanks to our AIR FRYER (because we don’t have an oven), naging baker ako at least once in my life! Haha.

I love that it became an instant bonding for Monica and I. She helped me in the whole process; she mashed the banana and put on the sprinkles! She was so excited the whole time haha. As a result of that excitement, she eagerly ate one whole muffin! “I baked it mommy!” Super win! <3

#SharingIsCaring

Ingredients:

Mix/whisk together in one bowl:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix/whisk together in a separate bowl:

  • 1 cup mashed banana (3 bananas)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • choco bits or sprinkles

Mix two bowls together and put in airfryer at 180 deg for 12mins. You’re welcome.

PS: Thanks to my mommy friend Shula for teaching me how! Will try more! #ByeLowCarbDiet#NoDietThisECQ#WhatIsDiet

What about you, what’s your #ECQMadeMeDoThis story? <3

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Day 21: Quarantine Life

How are you all keeping up? Day 21 and it seems unreal to be locked up at home for this long. I know it’s not the same for everybody; each one of us have battles and just winging it day by day.

“Mommy I miss swimming, I miss the beach” said Monica. So yesterday, I asked Beej to look for a small inflatable pool when he went to the grocery. I was hesitant at first because we have limited space but this lockdown has taught me to make use of what we have and appreciate even the smallest of things. For 21 days, our small balcony has been a source of sunshine, literally and figuratively. And now it has become an additional source of joy for my little girl.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to see things differently through these challenging times

#LifeUpdate: Monica’s doing okay, even though she misses going outside, she has not thrown any tantrums yet. I’ve been really blessed to have her. She would just play all day; do some worksheets, read and draw, and of course watch Paw Patrol. She would hug us every now and then and will say I Love You out of the blue.

Beej has been really productive while working from home. I’ve seen a different aspect of him – he does his work really well! Not only that, he helps in the house chores, too aside from being the runner to the grocery. He does the sanitizing and the washing of his clothes every after supermarket trip. So far he still allows me to watch KDrama till dawn and even shares my kilig and happiness (until when kaya HAHA). Most importantly, he’s doing a good job in keeping us alive, well-fed, and happy. <3

As for me, my days seem to be the usual except that I don’t get to go out often. Most of my time is spent on binge-watching K-Dramas to be honest and that’s okay. It takes my mind away from worrying too much so why not, right? I’ve also come to appreciate Monica’s teachers even more. Everyday, she would ask for activities and I have no choice but indulge her interest in learning. Teaching is really a noble job! Mahirap ha! Haha. Thank you to the people who send out activities for her, it means a lot. At least I get to observe how she is learning and how much she enjoys it. I’ve been enjoying waking up at around 7-8am, going to the balcony with Monica and get some vitamin D while listening to Shout To the Lord worship song. It’s ironic that while things are chaotic outside, things are getting better inside our home. And it’s okay to think that way.

Every night I pray that this pandemic comes to an end soon. My heart breaks for the patients and their families; for the brave frontliners who keep the society going; for all of us who have been confined to this new season of normalcy. This, too, shall pass.

Keep safe and do your best to find happiness amidst sorrow. Donate and/or help if you are able. Post happy thoughts, happy photos. Share useful information. Speak what’s on your mind but please be careful with the intent. Lastly, do things that keep you sane, whatever floats your boat, I’d say. <3

Din

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House Quarantine 101

This quarantine season is honestly not so new to us. Since I am a stay-at-home mom, I am with Monica 24/7; the only thing that changed is, she doesn’t have 2.5-hrs in school and we can’t just go outside to go to the mall or park.

I’ve been seeing so many kiddie activities from my mommy friends and I really admire them for the creativity and the will to spend quality time with their child/children. As for me, I don’t really have a set of activities planned out for Monica to be honest. I am not built for that, I dont have the creativity lol. But if I may share, here are the things that keep Monica busy (because these make her happy) and mommy, sane. Haha.😋

▪️PLAY. I let her play all day. Since we are confined in a small condo unit, I allow her to play and make a mess. She can play with any toy she wants. I would often catch her making up stories and characters.

▪️DRAW AND COLOR. Monica’s pencils, crayons, and papers are all on her reach. I don’t give schedules but I would see her stop playing and go to her table to draw and color. All on her own. Most of the time she would draw what happened with her toys during her play (lately, it’s all about Paw Patrol). Or at times, she would draw something about a memorable experience, in our case, the recent travel to Cebu.

▪️WRITE. Another thing that she loves nowadays is to write. This is a sensitive period and a great opportunity to learn (as per teacher nanay Iam). I would ask her to write what’s on her mind, what she wants to do, who her friends are, what our menu for the week is, what color does she like, etc. Inventive spelling on the works and even though words are mispelled, I know that she is learning without force. I can see how much she is willing and how much she can comprehend, and that’s enough for me.

▪️READ. Monica has started reading already, both sight words and phonetics. She would spend time reading her books or even the papers or receipts that she sees at home. She would ask us when she can’t seem to read anymore then will continue reading again.

▪️ WATCH TV. No iPad or cellphone, but she’s allowed to watch TV. She wouldn’t stay glued for a long time though, she will just watch for a few minutes then play. And watch again then play.

▪️CHORES. Let her help in the chores. In the photo above, I let her organize her books. She arranged via size. I had to help her in the end because matatabunan naman kami hahaha!

▪️EAT. Well, she snacks a lot nowadays haha.

▪️ Lots of hugs, kisses, I-love-yous, and argument in between.😛

So what role do I play in all these? I OBSERVE. I will intervene if she wants and if she asks me to. I realize it works better for her when she has control on what she can do. She thinks on her own and acts on it. This way I can do chores and watch my KDrama hehe. #SaTrueLang.

This method has been working well for us. Sharing with you in case you also want to know. Stay safe, happy, and healthy! <3

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Trendy Home with Classic Blue: Learn from Peaches De Guzman-Grey

Do you also feel relaxed when you look at the sky or when you’re at the beach just staring at the blue water? I asked because I do. Looking at anything blue just makes me calmer and at ease. Luckily, this year, Pantone announced that Classic Blue is the color of 2020 and experts say it gives the feeling of calmness and confidence, “highlighting one’s desire for a dependable and stable foundation as we go on to the new year.”

So for a homemaker like me, incorporating the Classic Blue in our little home is a need, to help us get thru crazy or stressful days. For me, a clean and organized home makes my day really sunny, adding a touch of blue will surely drive the stress away!

Peaches De Guzman-Grey, KDG Interior’s Principal Interior Designer, said that “classic blue is very interesting because it symbolizes many things and gives impression of stability and honesty which can be associated with many objects.”

Peaches, generously shares and expertise and advice in decorating homes with Classic Blue:

  1. GO BACK TO BASICS — Peaches said it’s very important to consider preferences and lifestyle before deciding what style works better. I agree with her; we have a small condo and with a 3-year old toddler, space has always been a challenge. We want her to have enough space to play and walk around and at the same time I want our things to be organized especially now that we have lots of toys and books to think about. So our home is very minimalist just so it can accommodate our needs.
Photo by KDG Interiors


2. DESIGN ACCORDING TO FUNCTIONALITY — She mentioned that it’s important to design spaces according to its use. Each space is used for specific tasks hence details are very much a requirement. Peaches said “if you are going to decide specifics such as furniture or lighting, always consider the room’s function…” Based on experience, every space in our little home serves specific purpose, so choosing furniture and even as simple as kitchenware requires so much deliberation.

Photo by KDG Interiors

3. INCORPORATE CLASSIC BLUE IN PLACES WHERE YOU WANT TO BE RELAXED. As mentioned above, looking at classic blue can help us relax so I agree when Peaches said that we need to incorporate Blue in spaces we want to be relaxed. It can be in the bedroom or living room; I guess a simple piece such as blue clock or blue display or blue blanket is fine.

Photo by KDG Interiors

4. USE NEUTRAL COLORS AND JUST INJECT THE BLUE AS AN ACCENT. Peaches shared that she always sticks to natural palettes especially in “walls and furniture.” She advised that we can get classic blue throw pillows, accent chairs, or even carpet.

Photo by KDG Interiors

5. UNDERSTAND THAT DESIGNING IS A PROCESS. It’s normal to have a lot of designs in mind. Sometimes it depends on your mood or depends on what you see when you visit a store, but Peaches reminds us that we have to think of how the designs will work for us for a long time and not just follow a specific trend. She also said that “practicality plays a big role.”

Photo by KDG Interiors

6. BE FLEXIBLE. While Peaches believe that Classic Blue is the lucky color this year, she still wants us to be flexible in decorating our homes, meaning we can’t overdo it as these types of trend changes easily. So it’s best to accentuate using classic blue through accessories and not make drastic changes and decorate accordingly.

Photo by KDG Interiors

I love the simple tips that Peaches provided for us – doable and at the same time, relatable. It’s important to come home to a place where you can really feel at ease and relaxed after a long and tiring day. It also feels nicer if we have this feeling in a home we call our own.

If you are thinking of buying a new home, a place where you can apply all these tips, you can check out RCBC’s Home Loan Plus and enjoy flexible payment terms up to 20 years. It comes with an automatic fire insurance coverage from Malayan Insurance for the entire loan term with easy to pay 0% monthly interest installment on fire insurance. For more information, you may visit www.rcbc.com

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“Anak, fight back.” When do we need to say that?

This question has been bugging me the whole day. So let me ask you, when do we urge our kids to fight back and how? I honestly don’t know. I want to raise a kind human being but I don’t want her to be a push-over. It’s so much easier said than done. How do we discern?

I attended a mom and baby event yesterday – kids playing everywhere. It was fun of course. But then, Monica cried twice. Yes twice, different kids but same scenario. Inagawan ng laruan si Monica.

I was just observing as always – I know I am not in the position to meddle. Bata yan, syempre mag-aagawan sila ng laruan. Very normal. But observing how my Monica helplessly cried that time was just heartbreaking. I heard her say “hey that’s mine. Hey, can you please give it back to me? I am still playing.” She kept begging the other kid. Nakakaawa tapos umiyak na sya at lumapit sa akin when she saw me looking at her.

I don’t blame the other kid, what do they know right? Well Monica, as far as I know, never pa nang-agaw ng ganon and never rin naman sya nanakit pag may ginagawang hindi maganda sa kanya. Pero syempre bata sila. Sisishin ko ba yung isang bata? Hindi, diba?

But on the second instance, nangyari ulit. She kept saying “please give it back to me, I am still playing” tapos naiyak na naman at lumapit sa’kin. I told her, “Monica, you already asked them nicely, this time, you get it from them. Get it, it’s yours!” Tama ba ako? Mali ba? I don’t know.

In my mind, I should teach her how to assert herself and that she shouldn’t let others make her cry like that. That she can fight if she must. BUT mabait syang bata. She would rather cry and go to me kesa lumaban or manakit or whatever. Hay.

What do you do, moms, dads? Haha. I honestly don’t know. I want her to fight but I don’t want her to think it’s always good to fight. She’s 3 years old and whatever I teach and show her, she easily absorbs so I am extra careful. I don’t want her to be the kid moms are worried about. Gets?

Am I right? What is the better way to deal with this?

Thanks in advance! <3

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Hey, 2020

I promise to blog more this 2020. I know this is what I want and all I need is consistency. And a lot of authenticity. <3

I officially entered the “mommy blogging world” in 2019 – worked with amazing brands, partnered with different online stores, became visible in events, and so much more. Getting too excited seemed underrated, I was actually over the moon at first. To be really honest, I was blinded with likes, follows, invites. Sa totoo lang, iba talaga ang feeling especially for a stay-at-home mommy like me, going to events was and still is a treat, moreso if you have tokens or payments to take home. But things are not as pretty as it seems.

When I realized what I got myself into, napagod ako. Wuw ang feeling ko naman, to think I only have more or less 2700 Instagram followers. Haha. I feel like ang arte ko to think about all these but it is what it is. I guess napagod lang ako with how it works — I felt like I was always at the mercy of others para lang magka-event or PR kits. I hated that feeling. Especially if you’re made to feel less about yourself for not having XX number of followers. I know I can always choose not to mind but it’s just not right.

But then again, I go back to why I really want to be in this world – I want to share snippets and stories of my motherhood life. I want to tell stories of the products that helped me. I want to be part of a community that speaks the same language as me. And to be completely honest, I want to consider this as a type of work, where my capabilities are needed, my inputs are valued. I want to gain from this blogging world, experience and monetary combined. #SaTrueLang

So, after a few weeks of thinking and deliberating with and by myself haha; I think I already know what I need to do. My my mantra this 2020 is: Stay and slay, but never get swayed away. 🙂 I repeat…

Stay and slay, but never get swayed away


I will continue what I do but this time I’ll be very careful and be more mindful. I will post because I truly believe and not just because I am asked to do so. I will be okay not to be included or considered. I will not second-guess myself and I will not think ill of others. Hard, but pretty doable.

Another thing I will do is, to focus on how I can improve my craft – how to take more interesting photos, you know not just my face, or our face haha. I want more story in every photo, may it be personal or branded content. I want myself to be someone I will never get tired of following. So help me Lord. Hehe. I hope to also learn how to communicate better, thru writing or talking or even thru simple body language.

I don’t want to get involved with senseless chismisan anymore as it drained me last year. I don’t want to be near people who has nothing good to say about others. I want to be with people who can help me grow as a person, as a Mother, and as a Content Creator.

I also promise to write and contribute more for Smart Parenting – it is after all the one that paved the way and I will be forever grateful.

Lastly, I’ll do my best to always go back to my grounding words whenever I would feel eaten by the system again.

Mark 8:36

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

That’s it pansit. Till my next entry, uhmm maybe next week? WISH! Hahaha

DIN

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Katherine’s Cafe: Cuppy Hour Launch

Do you crave for ME time? Do you want time out from the daily chaos that is motherhood? Do you want to look and feel like a dalaga and just chill with your friends? OF COURSE WE ALL DO.

Admit it, motherhood is really the most beautiful thing but it is also the most exhausting, most draining one. And we need a break, otherwise, we have a tendency to break — break someone or something. LOL.

Good thing Katherine’s Cafe is launching their #CUPPYHOUR today! It’s perfect for those who want to just have coffee and have a fantastic time either alone or with a friend.

You may avail of the High Tea for only Php 499, with some light and dainty yet filling pastries and refillable coffee or tea. This will surely make your afternoon homey. Check this out every Mondays thru Fridays, 2-5PM at Katherine’s Cafe Glorietta and Ayala Vertis North. <3

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4D Gummy: Play. Create. Eat.

Gummies itself are awesome, both for kids and kids at heart. So imagine if you can be playful, be creative, be imaginative using the gummies and eat them after? Amazing right? That’s why we love @4DGummyPH!

Monica always squeals with delight whenever I hand her 4D blocks and 4D fruits. She gets really excited to play with the gummies. One time she’s building a school, the next she’s building an ambulance. Endless possibilities! What a simple but fun way to develop imagination and creativity! Bonus is that, she can eat them after! What a joy!!

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