March 18, 2015

Prepping Up for Summer of 2015

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Almost all of the students here in the Philippines have taken their final examinations already.  We can feel the scouring heat of Mr. Sun whenever we walk outside.It's because summer is just around the corner. Aside from the usual out-of-town trips, I am thinking of other exciting activities for the kids this summer. 

Below are some of the activities on my list:  
  1. Visit parks and playgrounds within Metro Manila such Quezon City Memorial Circle, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Luneta Park.  Early morning jog at the UP-Diliman Academic Oval is also a cool idea. 
  2. Engage the kids in reading.  We are going to collect books. Pre-owned ones are okey. That is why, we are going to hoard books from Booksale, and Bookay-ukay. This plan also entails purchasing a sturdy bookshelf. :)
  3. Homeschool Yohan, an incoming Nursery pupil, and Thea, especially on Mathematics and Filipino subjects. 
  4. Prepare more kid-friendly recipes and involve Thea and Yohan in the kitchen. 
  5. Arts and crafts weekend bonding with the kids. 
That's all for now, I'm looking forward for a more exciting summer bonding with Thea and Yohan. 

March 10, 2015

Raising Responsible Kids: Work for Hire Chores

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Getting kids involved in daily household chores is essential for them to become responsible individuals in the future.  At home, I let my children do small things such as clearing the table, packing up their toys after playing, sweeping the floor and making the bed.  My eldest also helps me water the plants and look after her baby brother when I'm busy. 

I found this awesome idea from  The Chic Site. It's about encouraging the kids in helping out their parents  in everyday chores.  Rachel Hollis, mom of three boys and author of the blog The Chic Site came up with an idea of teaching her young boys to earn and save money, and at the same time encourage them to do help her in the household chores.

That's Rachel's version of a Work for Hire Chore Board.  Different tasks are pinned on the board together with $1 the boys can earn if they complete them.

Cool, right?! This will be one of my projects this summer vacation. I have to train the kids to be responsible and the Work for Hire Chore Board is a creative way to do it. 

February 10, 2015

Save the Date for #Expokid 2015

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The kids will be excited to for this event. We've been to Expo Kid before but Yohan was still a 5 or 6 months old back then. I'm pretty sure they'll enjoy this. Expo Kid is an event created by Mommy Mundo wherein the exhibitors include an array fun, exciting and educational summer activities for the young ones.  

See you there! 

February 4, 2015

Hello 2015 (Belated Happy New Year)

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Let me first great you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! (even if it's over one late haha).

My family (minus the husband who's currently working abroad) spent the new year vacation in my hometown. It was my first new year there after 21 years. Yeah, that long. The kids and I really looked forward to it.  So, after getting my husband's permission, we packed our bags and went to Bicol. We stayed for 10 days there. It was a memorable and meaningful experience. We are planning to visit Mama again come June or July of this year, with Papa who will be going home for a short vacation. 

Here's one of my favorite photos during our holiday break:

That's Thea, happily posing with a rainbow on her background

Plans for 2015

I am planning to simplify my life this year. By simplifying, I mean de-cluttering and organizing our home and my desk at work. By simplifying, I mean being calm and pursue to live a stress-free life.  

I also decided to embark into a new and exciting project, which I will reveal soon. So, watch out for my revelation  hehe. 

Again, happy new year to all and hope we all have a prosperous and peaceful days ahead... 



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