7.25.2016

Create and Broadcast YouTube Videos from SMART Launchpad Upload Stations

"I want to be a famous YouTuber."  That's what my son tells me. Aside from wanting to be an artist when he grows up, he also wants to create his own video games and share them online. But he still needs to learn how to create better-quality content and learn coding. Even the girl is into YouTube tutorials and toy shows. Nung panahon ko, TV is our main medium when it comes to entertainment and information. Nowadays, YouTube and other social media channels rule. Good thing, SMART recognizes the creativity of the Filipino youth kaya they recently unveiled #OwnIt -- a campaign to empower the youth to pursue their passions, channel their creativity, and broadcast their talents to the world via SMART Launchpad.

With fellow #SMARTmoms @mommyfleur, @mommymundo, @manilamommy

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7.22.2016

Vacation in Shangri-la Mactan Resort Cebu, part 2

Here's our day 3 and 4 in Cebu. 
I felt bitin with our recent vacation especially our stay at Shangri-la Mactan. Nonetheless, we made the most out of our trip and tried different activities as a family.  Our plan was really to have a city tour visiting historical landmarks on our first day in Cebu, which I featured here for part 1, and then move to Mactan for more rest and relaxation.


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7.15.2016

Fun Friday: Vacation and Sightseeing in Cebu

Third Friday of the month:  Travel / Recreation

This post is long overdue. Rainy season na, so I'll just reminisce on our memorable trip to the queen city of the south as we explored the city and relaxed on the island resort. We spent the last weekend of May in sunny Cebu and it was a special treat for the kids as well since it's their first plane ride. Our destination of choice is rich in history and a melting pot of people and culture.

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7.14.2016

Knorr Lutong Nanay Recipe: Sinigang With Pakwan

I love food in general. I'm quite adventurous in trying new dishes and cuisines mainly because I grew up in a home of hearty eaters and good cooks. My mother is a great cook and I learned so much from watching her whip up a variety of dishes on a daily basis. Iba talaga ang sarap when it's lutong nanay. You know what's in your food, you know it's healthier, and meal times at home bring families closer.

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7.12.2016

My Breakfast and Morning Routine

I am not a morning person. Even if I try, I am simply not as productive in the early hours of the day compared to working mid-morning and late evening. That said, I still maintain my morning rituals and try not to skip breakfast 'coz I might faint. I'm not kidding. So how do I start my day?


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7.08.2016

Keeping Up With This 40ish Mom

Second Friday of the month:  Personal / Motherhood

My lifestyle has evolved in a major way as I hit 40. It's only now that I took notice and appreciated all these changes in my life as a forty-three-year-old wife, and mother of the boy and the girl. I'm not going to turn serious here ha, but rather finding humor in the simple joys and pleasures that I've been experiencing lately, thanks to a change in perspective and channeling the law of attraction. Good vibes only, okay. It really works!



What's keeping me lately?


Aside from homeschooling the boy, wearing my first prescription reading glasses, and going back to my old bob cut, here's a peek at what this mid-lifer is up to these days to stay sane and happy. =)

Instagram @thegoodquote

Pilates workout at Onelife Studio
I started with Reformer Pilates back in 2014 when the studio was relatively new. Pilates is the best workout for me and it did wonders to my back pains. Tumatanda nako kaya I need to stay healthy! =)
With conflict in class schedules, I was not able to follow through and took a break for more than a year.
I went back this summer and I plan to continue as long as I can. It's fun, it makes me feel good and keeps me fit and healthy.  This workout is a stress-reliever and is also my favorite "me time".


Click image to watch how I torture myself, heehee!

Aside from working out, I'm now more conscious of my physical appearance. Parang tumanda ata ako ng paurong, hahahaha! Weird talaga coz mas may effort pa ako to dress up and put on makeup now than when I was single! Kung saan ako masaya, diba? =)  It's really just about taking better care of myself.



Instagram @thesecret365

Tidy up. Spark Joy.
I got into the #Konmari bandwagon. After reading both of Mari Kondo's books, they are indeed life-changing. De-cluttering and only keeping things that spark joy creates a more peaceful and happy home. Same goes for my lifestyle and attitude -- out with the negative energy (and people) and allow only positive thoughts. It's not easy.
We're not done with tidying up, and I'm trying my best to maintain a positive outlook in whatever situation I get into. That also goes for my parenting style.



Instagram @auntyacid

My #SaturdayNightIn with J
Sometimes, it's on a Friday night. I can't remember when we started having drinks at home, but for the past few months, having drinks while marathon-watching a TV series is something I look forward to every weekend.
Minsan wine, minsan beer, vodka mix din meron. Nothing fancy. Whatever chips or pulutan we have works just fine.
This is our simple "date night", and the funny thing is, the kids are waiting for us to go down and leave the room so they can also have their "alone time" daw! Kaloka! =) Win-Win for the fambam!


Snapchat 101
Keeping up with the millennials, hahahaha! I forgot when I signed up but I didn't get it at first. It was dormant for a long time before I gave it a second chance this year.
So far, enjoy naman ako with the kids, creating quick video snaps wherever and whenever. Each snap stays on our profile for only 24 hours, then it's gone. I just save some of my favorite videos. Puro kalokohan lang. Kaya if you're on Snapchat too, follow me @ mymomfriday.




Girls' Night Out
I need this. I want this. Every month, my barkada tries to meet up for dinner simply to catch up on each other or celebrate a birthday. Aside from occasional blogger events, I really don't have a social life anymore --so eto ang titas night out, heehee!
Time to be away from home and just be with friends. This is our night to be silly, to be ourselves, reminisce and enjoy each other's company. From chismis to investments to yaya problems, these titas never run out of things of talk about and are simply having a blast.



Instagram @youarecreators

Law of Attraction
I believe we attract what we think and feel. Feeling healthy, happy, and abundant starts by being grateful for what we have and sharing what we can. Iba talaga when you start with a grateful heart and positive outlook in life. Despite the daily challenges we face, we try to appreciate what we have and not think of what's lacking.
I also try not to entertain negative thoughts and vibes. Mahirap, but there are already wonderful manifestations in our lives that encourage us even more to continue with this mindset. We teach this to our kids as well. Always pray and be thankful, stay positive and do what makes you happy.



  

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7.07.2016

Get the #SmartGigaSurf 1GB Data at P50 Only!

Bigger is better, especially when it comes to open access data. We are living in the fast-paced digital age where we're always on-the-go and online anytime of the day. While I am a homeshooling stay-at-home-mom, I do have a lot of activities outside the home and you can expect that I'm on my mobile or tablet several hours of the day. So for me, having a big enough data to cover my digital needs affects my productivity and efficiency. Now, our leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way we enjoy our smartphones with GigaSurf50, the country's first 1GB data offer at P50! Bongga!!!



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7.01.2016

Round-Up of Easy-to-Cook Baon Ideas (Packed Lunch)

First Friday of the month:  Mom-Cook / Recipes

Back to school nanaman and most moms are making an effort to prepare their children's baon or packed lunch for school. We're talking about a meal for lunch, not a snack. Usually, in my case, heating left-over food from dinner is the way to go.  When I'm the mood to wake up early, I try to whip up simple 15-minute dishes.

Here's a round-up of recipes that have been tried and tested on my husband and kids. These are tasty lunch meals to-go for your family members.
Click on the link or photo for the full recipe.


(Ideally, adobo should be cooked the day before, save a portion and re-heat for baon the next day.))


(You can also blanche the beans first before you sauté.)


(Omit ground beef from recipe and use only sausages with the sauce for faster cooking time. )


(If you chance upon bottled bulgogi sauces in the grocery, grab one and make instant dishes with your choice of meat.)


(With this fried rice, chop and mix in any left over meat, or even Spam, to make it chunky and hearty.)


(One of my all-time favorites -- easy, tasty, and healthy.)


(Blanched broccoli works really well for this recipe too.)


(Not really a lunch meal but, hey, this winning breakfast food is a hit anytime of the day!)


Do you have easy-to-prepare baon meals you can share? =)

More kid-friendly recipes here: What's On My Kiddie Menu?


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6.30.2016

Mom-Friday OOTD: Events and Tambay Mode

Let's talk about fashion muna.  It's been almost two years na pala since my last Mom-Friday OOTD feature!  I usually post on Instagram if I'm in the mood to take a selfie or OOTD shot. I am terrible at taking selfies and most of my clothes naman are not branded and not IG worthy. Some friends ask me about my outfit posts from time to time so I share my fashion finds as well. This feature is especially for those who don't follow me on Instagram -- kaya follow me na @mymomfriday so you won't miss the few times I pose in my OOTD, heeheehee!

Blouse and Culottes:  Uniqlo
Pointy flats:  Anthology
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6.29.2016

Drink Milk and Run...for Fun and Fitness

It's every parent's desire for their children to be fit and healthy, in mind and body. And while we take care of our family's wellness, we also need to be conscious of our own health. We try to find opportunities to have an active lifestyle, and prepare nutritious meals at the same time. One of the more exciting family activities to participate in is the annual Alaska Milk Day, which recently hosted a simultaneous four-city fun run across the country last June 11.


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6.24.2016

Mom-Finds: Himawari Hair Care from Japan

Last Friday of the month:  Shopping / Beauty

I may not be a beauty blogger, but whenever I discover a really good product that works for my skin and hair, I'd be more than happy to share my new finds with you. You see, having thick, slightly wavy and "buhaghag" hair (meaning hindi siya smooth and tame, medyo puffy if I just let it dry on it's own), I can never go out while my hair is still wet, or just let my hair down without a proper blow-dry. In short, I don't need volumizing products. Kaya I'm always in a ponytail most days. When I got invited to a blow-out treat last week, that's when I discovered this Japanese brand, Himawari.


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6.17.2016

Fun Friday: Our First TOYCON PopLife FanXperience

TOYCON 2016 was wild! Thanks to Smart, my family was able to attend the biggest toy and pop-culture convention in the country today. It was just so much fun for my kids to see larger-than-life toys, cosplayers walking around, and amazing collectibles from local and international exhibits.

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