I’m not sure you remember, but if you’ve been following this blog from the time of its birth, then the word “Mom-Me” would ring a bell with you. Each time you landed on my page, you would see “Mom-Me” written in very large font, right at the center of the header.

Though that header has changed, the message I try to deliver and the heart of this blog remains the same– we do not lose the “me” once we become mommies. I have always had it in my heart to remind fellow moms not to lose sight of their identities as women.

When I became a mom, I realized that it is so easy to get caught up with all the responsibilities and demands of motherhood. And because we really do love our families, we don’t mind forgetting ourselves and putting ourselves last. I guess this becomes the default of every mom because each of us were wired to become heroes. Whether it is on a grander scale or a more personal level, we each have it in us to become a hero to somebody else. As we become mothers, almost automatically, we  put on our hero suits and willingly do whatever it takes to raise our children the best way we can.

I’m telling you all this because I was reminded to go back to this message during our #BetterMe session with Coach Pia Acevedo a few weeks ago. Coach Pia and The One Core are always so gracious in sponsoring these SoMoms sessions, as it their mission to see more and more people make better life decisions. Anyway, the topic for the day was “Investing in the Next Five to 10 Years”. Naturally, I expected to learn about investments– stocks, mutual funds….those kinds of investments. As the session started and I started skimming through the handouts, I realized we were going to talk about the other kind of investment– the kind that to me, is actually more valuable. We were going to talk about investing in people– specifically, ourselves and our families.

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I think I was too engrossed with the discussion and in taking down notes (and eating) that I forgot to take better shots!

I strongly agree with what Coach Pia reminded us of– that if we are to serve our families optimally, then we do need to commit to our personal development. It is a never-ending evaluation and honest re-assessment of where we are in each season of our lives, and where we want to be.

It is funny how easy it is for us to draft goals for our businesses and our children’s education, and each year, we are diligent in evaluating how we fair in these areas. But when it comes to our personal dreams, well, we figure they would have to wait. There is nothing wrong with this, and more often than not, they do have to wait, especially if the kids are still so young. But again, as we wait, we should not lose sight of the goals we have set for ourselves and our families.

I would like to ask you a few questions now.

1. What dreams do you have– for yourself and your family?

2. What are your strengths? 

I know it is way easier to talk about the areas we feel we need to improve on, or where we simply don’t measure up. But I think it’s about time we sit down and take stock of what our strengths are.

3. What are your not-so-strong points?

Maybe these are areas you just need to work on, or areas that might need some “outsourcing” instead.

4. What season are you in now as a woman, a wife, and/or a mom?

5. In light of your recognized strengths and weaknesses, as well as your given season in life, what are ways or baby steps you can take to move more in the area of your strengths and progress toward your God-given desires and dreams?

Go ahead and start taking those baby steps— one at a time. :)

My dad always told me to value even one centavo (those were the days when we still had one centavo coins).

“Don’t waste with those one centavos. If you add them up, you can eventually save up to a hundred pesos.” At that time, a hundred pesos was a big deal to a young girl like me. Small but significant plus small but significant, plus small but significant….might eventually add up to something big and significant, someday. 

The same principle applies to what we’re talking about here. Our goals may seem to far-fetched for now. But stay faithful and take one step at a time. You’ll get there, too. :)

 

PS:

The OneCore is running a leadership program for kids and teens ages 9-16. This will focus on the 3 C’s — Communication, Confidence, and Competence and will include topics on personal values, time management and prioritization, effective communication, goal-setting, and decision-making.

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PPS:

The SoMoms would like to thank Sambokojin for sponsoring our lunch that day! Good topic + Good speaker + Good conversation + Good people + Good food…..is always….good. :)

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Sambokojin now has branches in EDSA (Greenhills/Mandaluyong area), Eastwood, SM Southmall, and West Avenue.

You may check out www.sambokojin.com or Facebook.com/Sambokojin for more information (opening/closing time, rates, address of their branches).

 

 

 

 

 


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Well, well, well…..who would like to have a nice Red Ribbon treat this week???

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In keeping with Red Ribbon’s Random Acts of Kindness campaign, we are giving away five (5) boxes of Macaroons for a Cause! I’m keeping this giveaway as simple as possible, so you can have that box already! ;)

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Please be sure to answer the question by leaving a comment below, okay? We want to hear from you, because this is precisely what Red Ribbon is pushing for whenever you purchase a pack of macaroons— Acts of Kindness. Whenever you buy a pack of Red Ribbon’s macaroons, you are actually helping the cause of bridging the education gap in our country.

So what’s going to happen is that five winners will be chosen before the week ends (We will notify the winners as soon as they are chosen). Among the five, a grand prize winner will be selected. The grand prize winner will have the chance to have a photo op with a surprise guest who will be present during Red Ribbon’s sampling event on April 5, between 3-5 pm. We shall keep our mystery guest’s identity a secret for now….but here’s a clue:

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* There will be a sampling event in select stores around Metro Manila on April 4-5, and in Visayas and Mindanao on April 15-16.

* To know more about the campaign, visit www.redribbonbakeshop.com.ph/macaroons-for-a-cause/the-campaign.html.

 

 

 


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I’ve been seeing a lot of babies lately (and I’m loving it!). Many of my friends are either pregnant, or have recently given birth. If you fall into any of these categories, then this post is for you!

A few weeks ago, I met Ives Esteban, a mompreneur who advocates for safe sleep. Ives is the mom responsible for bringing Halo Sleepsack here in the Philippines, and she shared with us some very interesting (and some shocking and frightening) facts about  SIDS and the need to ensure our babies’ safety while sleeping.

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Here’s Ives, sharing her mission. 

Rather than talking about the scary statistics on SIDS (which you can easily google about, if you want to know more),  I will get right to giving you  some of the tips/information about safe sleep, and how you can do your part in making sure your baby (or your friends’ babies) stay safe. (I really tried to write more information about SIDS here, but as I started writing, I got sad. So I decided to erase it all!)

The key words are “SAFE SLEEP ENVIRONMENT”.

What does this look like?

THE CRIB/SLEEPING AREA

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep.
  • Use a FIRM sleep surface covered by a FITTED sheet.
  • Never place baby to sleep on soft surfaces (couches or sofas, pillows, comforters).
  • Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, and loose beddings out. (You read that right– Away with those bumpers!)
  • Toys and mobiles are nice to look at and play with, but not at all good for baby to sleep with.

THE ROOM

  • Remember, share your room, NOT your bed. At least not while your baby is still so tiny.
  • Make sure that the room is not too hot. (Not too cold that you would need so many layers to keep baby warm either.)

THE BABY

  • Let the baby sleep on his/her back.
  • As much as possible, breastfeed your baby.
  • Use a wearable blanket (instead of loose blankets) to keep the baby comfortable.

In summary:

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These are the Halo Sleepsack products, the safer alternative to traditional receiving blankets. 

 

How I wish I knew about these sleep sacks when I gave birth to Alyanna eight years ago!

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Well, at least now YOU know. :)

Locally, HALO SleepSacks are available at www.halophilippines.com, Rustan’s, Babyland, Fishermall, Numa, Oak & Acorn (Davao) and e-commerce sites like Lazada, Ava, Baby Outlet and Cudsly.

Please follow www.facebook.com/halophilippines and http://instagram.com/halophilippines to help spread the word about safe sleep.

 


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I’m back! :) Yay!

Dennis and I just came back from the National Singles Getaway in Dubai. What a refreshing time to be able to meet and minister to the men and women from our different locations in UAE.

Last week was a milestone for me, as it was my first time to leave Isaiah, and my first time to leave the girls for more than three nights. For the first time (getting redundant now), Dennis and I left all three of them— and we were away for seven nights. SEVEN. That’s major for me.

Prior to leaving, I wanted to cry each time I thought about leaving them (actually, I did cry a couple of times). I worried about whether or not Isaiah would cry and not stop crying in the middle of the night. I worried about my stored breastmilk not being enough. I worried about the girls fighting. I worried about one of the kids getting sick. I worried about accidents happening. I worried about them missing me too much and crying (so feeling of me! hehe). I worried about me missing them too much and crying. I was worried about a lot of things, but of course I never really admitted this. All I would disclose is me not wanting to leave the kids, period. And that was true. But if I really thought about it, it was mostly fear and worry that made me not want to leave them.

A week before leaving, I knew I had to start preparing. I had to pack for our trip. I had to make lesson plans and prepare homeschool work for the kids to do while we’re away. I had to finalize my talk for the retreat. Most of all, I had to prepare my heart to be at peace with the thought of me leaving the kids for a whole week. I needed to pray for that to happen. This trip was to be a time of meeting new people. This trip was to be a time of seeing and enjoying another part of the world. This trip was to be a time of bonding for Dennis and I. This trip was to be a time to enjoy.

I asked God to deal with my heart. I knew that worry and fear are not from Him. I told Him I wanted to enjoy the trip and actually look forward to it.

I actually felt God looking at me with this “What are you so worried about, my dear daughter?” face, telling me “Am I not the one who is calling you and sending you there? Do you think I forgot to consider the fact that you would have to leave your kids?”.

That was it. That was enough for me. That was the end of my worrying.

I was going to enjoy our trip. I was going to focus on ministering to the women there. I was going where God was sending us willingly and joyfully (I know, I talk like we were going on a mission trip for a year or more!).

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Our trip and stay in Dubai deserves a separate post, simply because of all the beautiful places, stories, and people I got to see and spend time with when we were there. For now, I will just fast forward to me coming back home (now).

The moment we got home, I started bombarding the girls and those I asked to spend time with them while we were away about how the kids were. Did they eat well? Did they sleep early (at least earlier than midnight– I know how they are when they have guests over)? Did they get along well? Did they obey? Were they responsible with their work? Did they finish the work I left for them to do? What about the baby? Did he miss me too much?

You get the picture.

Ang kulit ko.

To my surprise, they actually reported that for the first time ever (I think I’m exaggerating, and that I just have this “For the First Time in Forever…” Frozen song stuck in my head), the girls did not fight at all for the whole week! And they finished ALL the work they had to do all on their own! And they really said “we’re not allowed to eat sweets while mom and dad are away” when my sister-in-law brought home doughnuts! And they also said “we’re not allowed to watch that while mom and dad are away” when they had friends over! And Isaiah never woke up in the middle of the night looking for me! And He never cried prior to sleeping or upon waking up because he missed me!  And I still have extra stored milk left in the freezer!

In short, they were more than just fine when we were away, they were GREAT! :)

And again, “Was I not the one who called you and sent you there? Did I not consider your kids when I gave you that assignment?”

Yes, you did, Lord.

So many times, it is so easy for us to retreat from whatever it is God calls us to simply because of worry and fear. It is easy for us to forget the fact that when God calls, He also covers. He’s got us covered. The goal is not just to complete whatever assignment He gives us, but to be able to have joy in the process, TRUSTING that all is well because of who has assigned us.

This is what I want to leave you with for now: All is well. He’s got it covered. 

Now, do that thing He’s told you to do. Go where He’s called you to go.

And BE ALL THERE. :)

 

 


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I am a self-confessed label-addict.

If it weren’t for budget issues, I would really label everything I can get my hands on in this house! :)

Here are the top five reasons why I use labels:

  • Everything can have its home.
  • I don’t have to memorize where things belong.
  • Every other member of the household would know where to return things (And then it’s just a matter of actually returning those things).
  • If things are easier to find, I can spend more time working and using the items I need rather than waste my time constantly trying to find needed items (And we know how it is with our stuff, right? ….They always seem to get misplaced just when we need them…and they mysteriously show up when we don’t).
  • There’s no confusion as to who owns what.

Here are some examples of how (and where) I use labels:

In the kitchen…

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For organizing closets…

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For utility storage…

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To manage files…

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And to organize homeschool stuff…

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And now, Epson just took this label-addiction to a whole new level! :)

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Customized labels according to each family member’s interests or personality…

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Iron-on labels!!! (You read that right!)

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My worn-out Bible gets a facelift from this personalized/customized ribbon label made into a bookmark!

Okay, I got ahead of myself. Too excited. :)

Introducing, Epson’s recent mom-loving, mom-serving, mom-friendly products: Epson LabelWorks LW-300 and Epson PictureMate. :D

So far, LabelWorks LW-300 is one of the best I’ve tried! It has the following features:

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  • Can store up to 30 custom labels
  • Has 14 font types
  • 10 font styles
  • 89 Frames to choose from
  • Symbols – 23 categories
  • 2 printable lines
  • Able to specify character size and width and Label length.
  • Supports vertical & mirror print
  • Up to 9 copies printing
  • Auto numbers/ sequence label function
  • Changing display settings

And then, there’s PictureMate.

How do I begin to tell you how happy I am to have tried this???

For so long, I’ve stopped having my photos printed just because it is inconvenient for me to go out of my way to have a few photos printed. And when I do decide to wait some more and collect more photos, it becomes way too hard to choose from the hundreds (even thousands) of pictures that are already in my hard drive!

With PictureMate, I can more conveniently choose and print out pictures to put in our frames and to save for the kids’ homeschool portfolios– even before it gets too overwhelming!

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Here are more of PictureMate’s features:

  • Prints at 37 seconds per photo – Fast, high quality lab prints
  • Low Running cost – Lower printing cost with picture packs at PHP1,200 and prints of up to 150 4R photos
  • Custom ID Function – Specify exact dimensions of ID photo to suit user’s requirement
  • 2.5” Tilt Adjustable LCD – Easy, PC-less navigation and printing via memory card, or connect digital camera directly via PictBridge
  • Epson Claria Photographic Inks – Vibrant, long lasting, lab quality prints of up to 200 years*
  • Epson PhotoEnhance – One-touch correction of backlight, colour cast, skin tone and more
  • Optional Rechargeable Battery – Convenient printing anytime, anywhere

Now here’s the great, great news:

YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN EITHER ONE OF THESE JUST BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON THIS POST!!! :)

All you have to write is the phrase: “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS” and your reasons WHY. (i.e. “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS so that I can creatively document my child’s milestones on the scrapbook I am making for him/her.)

Here are the contest details:

  1. Like I mentioned, Comment on THIS post (below) with your REAL NAME (you would have to show your ID upon claiming your prize), your EMAIL ADDRESS (so we can contact you if you’re chosen as the winner), and the phrase  “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS (and your reason/s WHY) 
  2. Multiple entries/ comments from the same commenter will only be counted as one entry.
  3. This is open to all readers residing in the Philippines.
  4. Redeeming of Prizes  is until April 15, 2014 at the Epson Philippines Main Office – 8. For winning commenters who reside outside of Metro Manila, Epson Philippines will send your prizes through courier.
  5. Deadline for comments will be on March 21, 2014, 11:59 PM.

We would need to help each other in this, though. I need your help in spreading the word. You see, you get a chance to win either one of these awesome Epson products IF you help me be among the top three mom bloggers with the most number of comments to this post (most number of individuals who comment). Your chances of winning will depend on how well we help each other! :)

If with your help, I get to be one of the top three mom bloggers with the most number of readers who comment, then YOU automatically get the chance to have one of the three Epson products!

  • Most number of valid comments- (1) PictureMate PM245 (worth P7,995)
  • Second most number of valid comments – (1) LabelWorks LW-400 (worth P3,175)
  • Third most number of valid comments – (1) LabelWorks LW-300 (worth P2,268)

What do you say, friends? Why do YOU want PictureMate and LabelWorks???  :)

 

PS:

Some extra info for you:

  • LabelWorks retails at P2,268 and the cartridges range from P600-1200.
  • PictureMate retails at P7,995, which includes a free ink cartridge and photo paper bundle good for 20 prints. The refill bundle/packs you would need after cost P1,200– already good for 150 prints (8 Pesos per print).
  • LabelWorks Tapes and PicturePacks are available online at Printers2Go (www.printers2go.ph).
  • Visit Epson at www.epson.com.ph or on Facebook www.facebook.com/EpsonPhilippines.

 


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