Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Parenting Tips: Is your child ready for school?

Parts of the Body, Alphabet and Numbers Posters
These are also posted at Matt's room being used by his Tita. Believe it or not, Matt can identify and recite all of these. He is now into reading and writing. Now, we are thinking to send him to school already. But we are still contemplating because he will just turn three in less than two months. Although now, I know there are younger children, below 2, who are already in school.

Counting and Solar System Posters
Another thing is that I feel sending him to school this early will make him missed his carefree toddler years. I started schooling when I was already 6, same with Daddy Allan.

Are you also in the same boat? It’s hard to decide and weigh things at this point. Just to help us decide whether our little ones are ready for school, here are some important signs.

Is he already potty trained? I think this is a very important sign we must consider. I know you don’t want your child’s classmates to make fun of him when they see him still wearing diapers or can control his poop or pee. It will surely affect his self esteem and might affect his attitude towards school.

Can he wait for his turn? We must first teach our children to be patient and wait his turn. So that when he enter s school, he will no misbehaved and

Can he follow instructions? It is very important that your child can understand his teacher and as well as his classmates. In this way, he can communicate and socialize well. Thus, he will have good learning experience at school.

Can he express his self?  Like the ability to follow instructions, your child must clearly speak what he wanted to say.  Stop baby talking with your child for he needs to develop his language skills so he can adapt to the outside world.
Other signs may include that he can recite the alphabet, count from 1-20, identify colors and shapes, and can hold a pencil. But he can learn these all in school. Our toddlers are amazing learner so don’t worry that much.

So going through those signs above, Matt is already potty trained and he can pee on his own. I know he can wait for his turn but of course there are times he can’t wait. He can definitely follow instructions but sometimes he loves to do what he wants to do, haha. Matt is very talkative and can speak clearly. The problem is there are times when he can’t control his emotions and would just cry without telling what he wants. He is still a cry baby =)

I have read that girls mature earlier than boys and that boys have a greater tendency to have behavioral problems not just in school. Although this does not applies to all because every child differs from one another.

Matt is almost ready for school but I am still hesitant to enroll him. There’s a school near our home, we will inquire and let's see.

By the way, if your kids are ready for school, you may want to check this Every Mom's Ultimate Back To School Guide 2017: A Mom Survey by National Book Store

What do you think Moms and Dads? Have you experienced the same situation? Please feel free to share other things to consider.
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Daily Inspiration: Stand up Eight

Good morning guys! It's the last day of the month of April. Tomorrow is May 1st, a holiday and my birthday.  

Before anything else, let's have our Daily Inspiration today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Momaye's Baby: Adorable Baby Alyanna Celestine

I am a sharing a photo of another cute baby.

Here's baby Alyanna Celestine, the adorable daughter of Daddy Francis. Yes we have a client Dad too.
Baby Alyanna Celestine wearing a. Orchid Butterfly Beanie
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Daily Inspiration: Only One Second without Hope

Good morning everyone!

I missed blogging for two days because of our internet connection. Yay, April is almost over and hello May, my birth month and our special month, mommies. I will have a surprise for you on that day so stay tune. Praying that our internet connection won't fail me to post again.

So let's have our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

5 Tips On Love and Marriage To Help With The ‘7 Year Itch’

If you are in a relationship, this is something worth reading for :)
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.” Oscar Wilde
I would like to share these thoughts on love and marriage that came out of a discussion with my girlfriends one night over a few glasses of wine. I was philosophizing about my husband and I arriving at our first ‘7 year itch’ milestone. In my previous long term relationship that started in high school and lasted all the way through college (amazingly) it was very nearly dead on the 7 year mark that the itch was scratched and I can tell you being in love is wonderful, but by goodness love hurts when it suddenly becomes unrequited.
What Is The ‘7-year Itch’ The ‘itch’ refers to a metaphorical struggle between resisting temptation and thereby remaining faithful or giving into the temptation of an extra-marital affair.
Marilyn personified The phrase ‘7 Year Itch’ has been around a long time in the US but became entrenched in our vernacular in 1955 when Marilyn Monroe appeared in a film by the same name. The iconic image of Marilyn standing over a grate in a white dress blowing up past her knees while the star did her best to hold it down (without moving off the grate) symbolizes the essence of the ‘7 year itch’ – a struggle between pleasure and pain!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Photostory: Mom & Matt

Because May, my birthday + Mother's day month, is coming, let me share my 10 favorite photos of me and Matt.

This is our first ever photo. Please excuse me because I look so tired and manas pa. I couldn't actually believe that even at my ugliest, I feel so happy and contented.

The very first time I saw him, I fell in love with him.
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Daily Inspiration: True Strength

Good morning everyone!

Yay, our internet connection was down yesterday so please forgive me for not posting any here. So let's start early today with our Daily Inspiration.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our First Ever Event: Baby Blast Year 4

Yes, Baby Blast 4 is the first event we have attended. I have receive invites to several events but I always can't make it since they fall on weekdays or Saturdays. Good thing Baby Blast event fall on a Sunday. Since Sunday is our family day, Baby Blast event is perfect for that day.

So let me share "some" photos of the event. By the way, photos were mostly taken by Daddy Allan that's why you will not see him, hehe.

Warning: Photo bombs ahead :)

Baby Blast 4 Registration Booth
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Daily Inspiration: The Purpose of Life

Hello everyone!

It's midweek already and as usual I am so excited for the weekend, just like you =) So let me share our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Plastic Bottle Jewelry Organizer

Remember the bottle caps? Here's another recycling idea this time for plastic bottles.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Jewelry Organizer from Lushome
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Daily Inspiration: The Patient to Wait and the Courage not to be Disappointed

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
Feeling restless today, I need more patience. I am praying God will give me more.

Have a great day ahead!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Daily Inspiration: An Act of Kindness

Hello everyone!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Health is Wealth: 7 Side Effects of Soda

Are you a soda addict?

Soda, or commonly know as soft drinks,  is a beverage that usually contains water (or carbonated water), sweetener and flavoring agent. 

I know how it's hard to resist drinking sodas especially in a hot weather. The fizzing sound that creates when opening or pouring a soda bottle is so inviting. Much more when you put ice cubes or tubes into a glass of soda. Thirst quencher as they say.

Everyone is aware of the side effects of drinking too much soda. But not all realize the health risk soda can cause us. So let's take a look at the 7 side effects of soda in our body.
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Daily Inspiration: Believe in One Reason

Good morning!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Making Your Own Logo

As you all know, I am the one who is designing my blog and I do tweak my template when I am at the mood. I tried to find ready make blogger template design but I can't find ready made template that really suits me. I mean, I can't seem to find one template design that already includes all the features I want.

That's why when I am in the mood and have time, I patiently rearrange and do my own header, background, etc. I have seen blogs with badge and logo so I was inspired to make my own. It was not easy as I need to create a logo that includes all the ideas in my mind about my blog. 

Upon searching for a free software that I can download to make my own logo, I stumble upon an online logo creator. I immediately registered and tried to make my own logo and I can say the software is user friendly. It has clear options unlike other photo editors I have tried. You can add symbol and text with many fonts to choose from. You have the options to save your project for future editing and/or download the finished logo. That easy!
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Daily Inspiration: The Storm will Pass, The Spring will Come

Good morning! It's a beautiful Saturday morning. Even if I have no enough sleep I feel so happy and energetic today. I feel so blessed and of course, Matt always start my day right.

Let's have our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Love your work, do it as beautifully as possible

Good morning!

How's your week? It's Friday, thank God. But no, my work week is not done yet as Friday is the busiest day of my week.

So let's boost our energy with our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

LiaH 9th Birthday $100 Giveaway

A special thanks to our co-hosts - Swank Savings and My Vegan Gluten-Free Life

Welcome to my birthday party! Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 11, 2013, I will have been blogging for 9 years! I am so happy to be able to share this birthday with each of you and some of the great ideas that I have in store for my little corner of the world!

LiaH started out as a place for me to just ramble about what happened every day in my crazy household with a teenage daughter, an (as yet undiagnosed) ADHD child and another little one on the way. Life sure has changed a LOT since those beginnings, and so has our name.

One thing that has always stayed the same though - is my love of writing and sharing cool things that I find on the internet, as well as sharing some great companies and products with all of you as well. I can't forget the authors either - I've met some FABULOUS authors along the way that have become dear friends (shout out y'all!) that I am so thankful to have met and worked with.

We all have ups and downs in our lives, but I think that if you can blog about it, get it off your chest, and share those ups and downs with the world - it helps to put everything into perspective and you see that you really are not "alone in the world" with dealing with any one particular thing.

So raise your glasses to blogging, to friendships, to awesome products, and to all the wonderful people that you will meet along the way!

Now that the blah, blah, blah is over with - on to the giveaway and the fun stuff!

What is the Prize:

Winner will have their choice of $100 gift card or PayPal cash.

How to Join:

The giveaway will run from 12:01 a.m. EST on April 11, 2013 to 12:00 a.m. on May 1, 2013. Giveaway is open worldwide.

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Disclosure: Other blogs are participating in this giveaway in exchange for a link to their blog or one or more of their social media sites. They are not responsible for prize shipment. Any reviews or product endorsements not specified as being their personal opinion are those of Life in a House of Testosterone alone.
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Bottle Caps Wind Chime

Do you have many bottle caps at home? Well, don't throw them away because you can still use them and make a wind chime like this.

Source: duitang.com via Pintrest
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Daily Inspiration: Fairly and Sincerely

Good morning!

Let's have our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

At last, Xend in Bulacan!

I am so happy to know that Xend is already offering pick services in Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan.

Source: Xend Philippines
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Photostory: Happy Matthew

Here's a super cute photo of Matthew at the Baby Blast Event last Sunday.

Happy Matt @Baby Blast
(photo taken by Daddy Allan)
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Daily Inspiration: To pursue their principles unto death...

Good morning!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today!

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
I hope you will have great day ahead.

Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Health is Wealth: Scott's Vitamin C Pastilles

This is an overdue post. But it's better late than never.

One Sunday, after going to Church, Daddy, Matt and I went to the grocery to buy some stuffs. On our way out from the grocery, we saw several booths at the entrance with many white and orange balloons. Matt run towards the booth and pointed to the balloons. He asked me to get one but it's not free (not unless you buy their product).

Since Matt was persistent to get a balloon, we walked closer to the booth and look what they are offering. I thought at first it was just candies. And then I took a much closer look and the promodiser gave us a sample. Oh no, it's not just candies, it's Scott's Vitamin C Pastilles.

Scott's Vitamin C Pastilles
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Daily Inspiration: Practice Contentment

Good morning everyone!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Photostory: Who wants a home service? =)

Daddy Allan cleaning Mommy's toenails #pedicure
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Daily Inspiration: Oh, is this true?

Good morning!

I wake up with a sore body. I slept early last night while sending Matt to sleep. I think I sleep first pa, hehe. Anyway, we attended our first ever event - the Baby Blast year 4 event. I will show you some photos of the event later.

But first, let's have our Daily Inspiration for today.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Daily Inspiration: It only takes seventeen muscles to SIMLE

Good morning!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com

So smile :)

Have a Blessed Sunday!

See you at the Baby Blast event later...

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Momaye's Baby: Baby Maria Isabella

Sharing photos of another cutie baby.

This Baby Maria Isabella, the cute daughter of Mommy Ezra.

Baby Maria Isabella wearing crochet white sandals and a knotted headband
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Daily Inspiration: Things you don't get that you don't want

Hello guys!

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Photostory: We Love Tacos

I will confess.. We love tacos. Ever since I tasted it I can't forget it. Haha...

Taco shell with chopped cabbage, cucumber and tomatoes, and creamy ground pork meat
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Daily Inspiration: Be Humble. Be Grateful. Be Careful.

Hello everyone!

Thank God it's Friday! Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sakura Mommy of the Month

Hello everyone!

The May month is coming. Aside from it's my birth month, it's also our special month, Mommies! And I am just so happy to announce a contest open to all Filipina Mommies.

SAKURA Mommy of the Month
Duration:  April 2013-May 2013
Treat yourself to a daily spa experience with Sakura products. You deserve it!

What are the Prizes:

For contest winner, all of the below: 
1 SAKURA gift pack
1 hair and beauty makeover
1 personal shopping experience
1 fabulous outfit worth 4,500
1 photo shoot
Media mileage for your blog (if you have one)

For two runners up:

1 SAKURA gift pack

How to Join:

1.Like our SAKURA page on Facebook (facebook.com/sakuraphilippines)

2. Submit a photo of yourself that best portrays you as a mother. 

3. In 5-8 sentences, tell us: (1) why you should be our SAKURA Mommy of the Month and (2) how SAKURA products help you be the best mommy you can be!

4. Photo submissions will be accepted until May 9, 2013. Winner will be announced on May 11, 2013.

Entries will be judge by the panels based on (50%) Essay content and (50%) photo that best portrays you as a mother

To know more about Sakura Philippines, please visit their official product website, company website and follow them on Twitter.

Hurry submit your entries now. Good luck!
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Daily Inspiration: Your Time is Limited

Good morning everyone! 

Here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A New DSLR for Daddy Allan

This is supposedly his birthday gift. But since he didn't read my post about it then I changed my mind, hehe. I can see his disappointment though he's trying to hide it. I know he loves to have a DSLR. When we go to the mall, he will always look at the DSLR displays. He would always told be that this DSLR is a good buy and so forth.

So, I give him a deal. If we can earn half the price of the DSLR then we will buy it, and the rest will be charged to his credit card. He immediately said yes and so I told him crochet fast and more, haha.

The whole Holy week we are working and I can see his determination to crochet as much as he can. It's a success. We have earned half the price in less than two weeks. And last Saturday, we went to SM Marilao to buy his much wished for Nikon D3100 at Photoline.

So here are the photos taken using my Samsung Tablet.

Daddy Allan buying DSLR at Photoline, SM Marilao
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Momaye's Baby: Baby Bella

Warning: Cuteness overload =)

Here's Baby Bella, daughter of Ms. Agnes, and the equally lovely cousin of Baby Sofia.

Baby Bella wearing a light pink crochet beanie with white flower
Baby Bella wearing a Minnie Mouse hat with earflaps
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Daily Inspiration: Own Storms

Good morning!

How's your holiday? It was hot as usual then it rains for awhile that just make the weather hotter. I just observe that I am becoming less productive when it's hot. Hehe.

Anyway, let's have first our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Baby Blast Year 4 Official Poster

Baby Blast Year 4

Marked your calendar. It's a date on Sunday, April 14 at Trinoma Activity. Bring along the entire family.

See you there!

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Photostory: Candy Crush + Lovable Matt

Last night, I was so busy crocheting while Matt is quietly watching on his tablet beside me. Then when I take a glance at him I saw him playing my Candy Crush!

Matt playing Candy Crush
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Ants and Spider Attack!

It's summer time again. Have you noticed that during summer, spiders and ants are everywhere the house? Black and red ants are everywhere our house now. Imagine when you drop just a piece of rice, in just a few seconds you can see an army of ants attacking.

And so we kept our house clean from spilled foods. Worst now is that they are even attacking our jars of sugar. Our house help already put them in a plate with water. Effective? Somewhat, yes. But still you can see them crawling around just like the spiders. My son is afraid of the black ants and the small spiders. He will jump and jump when they crawl towards him. 

We have done so many ways to drive them away but they will just leave for awhile them come back again with a great revenge. I remember that our house was located in a place that used to be a rice field. So people say, ants are really common and so do termites. Yay!

Oh I just hate them seeing around the house and bites you even when not doing something to them. I want to kill them all but I always remember the Antz movie :(

So let me share this Ants Inforgraphic and find some interesting facts about ants.
Ants Infographics by Moxie Pest Control
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Daily Inspiration: I need some peace of mind

I am not emotionally well today. I have cried a bucket last night.

I woke up with a heavy heart. Despite of that, I still feel blessed because God gave me a wonderful husband and an adorable son.

And so let me share this prayer to you and I am praying to God to give me some peace of mind.

Source: Serenity Prayer @jokeroo.com


Enjoy your stay =)
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Are you a Pessimist or an Optimist?

You have a choice to choose. Be a pessimist who views life the negative way or a optimist who views life the positive way even at the hardest situation.

So are you a pessimist or an optimist?

Have a Blessed Sunday!
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Momaye's Baby: Lovely Baby Sofia

I am so excited to share with you another Momaye's Baby.

Here's the very lovely daughter of Ms. Roxanne, 3-month old Baby Sofia.

Baby Sofia wearing different Momaye's Crochet Headbands
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Daily Inspiration: A door you left open

Yey, Saturday!

We can relax now and enjoy the day. Tomorrow is Sunday that is our Family Day! Daddy will buy his dream DSLR. He is so excited and so do I. Hehe.

Now, let's have our Daily Inspiration for the day.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Photostory: Summer is here

Look who is having fun this summer.

Summer is here!
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Payday loan can save your day

One of the challenges of being a mother is how to handle monthly expenses. That’s very tough considering that money nowadays is hard to earn but so easy to spend. Having a family for almost 5 years ago, I have learned ways to cut down expenses and therefore, save some money. I have learned to resist temptations of buying things that all wants and unnecessary. I prioritize the basic needs of my family that includes food, and consumables at home.

But sometimes, we cannot avoid unexpected expenses. Yes, we have savings in the bank for emergency purposes. But what if it exceeds the balance of our savings account? I know we can apply bank loan but again, what if we get bad credit and then denied.
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Daily Inspiration: Let God deal with them

Good morning! 

Thank God it's Friday! But no, Friday is a busy day for me because it's our reporting day. Well, at least it's the last day of the work week, but ours is Saturday.

Yesterday, Daddy and I went went home early to purchase his much wished-for DSLR. Unfortunately, the model he wants is not available and is for ordering. So we will look for another store this weekend. I know he is over excited to touch a DSLR, haha. I guess it's that yet time Daddy so just wait =)

And because this is a busy day, let's have first our Daily Inspiration for today.

Daily Inspirational Quotes @momaye.com
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Photostory: Our Lunch

Our Lunch: Pork Menudo, Rice and Ripe Mangoes

This is what Daddy Allan and I had for lunch. Yes, we shared this food. 
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Have you felt it?

I was busy with my reports when I suddenly feel dizzy. I looked at the bottle of water on my table and the water inside is moving.  I look around my table and there's nothing attached to it that can cause the movement and it's neither me.

I asked my colleague near to me if that's an earthquake, she's blank and asked the same question to me. Okay never mind! I just go on with what I am doing. But I feel really anxious so I texted Daddy, he then replied saying he don't felt it. So I open my FB account and there confirmed, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake had hit Luzon.

My sister in Nueva Ecija also updated her status about the earthquake and so many of my FB friends, hehe. Bilis noh?

Anyway, please be safe everyone and let's pray that no disaster is coming.
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Daily Inspiration: Concentrate in the Present

Good morning!

How's your work week so far? My mind is still in vacation mode. I am task to do yet I can't concentrate and think what to write about.

Before anything else, let's have our Daily Inspiration for today.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mom & Me Event {+ A Giveaway}

Being a working mom who is out at home from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening, I sometimes feel guilty not having a quality time with my little son. My crocheting also hinders that quality time. Holidays are always love to me. Because aside from Sunday, I get to spend the whole day with my son. I can feed him, bathe him, play and take a nap with him.

Also, being a working mom I have no time in joining events. Especially that most falls on Saturdays, when I still have to report to work. I always wish events will fall on Sundays so I can go with my son and my husband.

So when I got an invite for a lifestyle event for mommy and kids, and of course for dads too, I can't resist the temptation to attend the event. And they have a schedule on Sunday, yey!

Mom and Me Event at the Rockwell Tent, May 25 to 26.
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Daily Inspiration: Do something at once

Hello guys!

Since it was a holiday in Bulacan yesterday, I fell somewhat refresh. After I finished packing the finished MTOs, I fed Matt, bathe him and then accompanied him to bed. He is always like that when I am at home. He doesn't want her Tita, she just want Mommy Maya, as he called me. So I think you can already guess what he calls his Daddy Allan. Hehe...

Anyway, let me first share our Daily Inspiration.
Source: Inspirational Quotes via Pinterest

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Daily inspiration: Don't handicap your children

Good morning everyone!

I am here blogging from home. I just finished packing the MTOs for delivery today. Daddy is cooking our "brunch" already. He will drive our in laws to the bus station then go to one of our plant. It's a holiday here in Bulacan but he needs to check the production there today. While I will be left here with my super kulit Matt. I love it!

So now, here's our Daily Inspiration for today.

Source: Quotes via Pinterest
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Momaye's Baby: Cutiepie Sabrina Bianca

This is Sabrina Bianca, the very cute daughter of my lovely client Ms. Sheena. 

Sabrina Bianca is just two-month old here.

Sabrina Bianca wearing a brown crochet headband
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