Few years ago, I have envisioned myself preparing the kids’ lunchbox; rushing them to take a bath and keeping myself busy preparing their uniforms. I even told myself, there is no way I am going to do the unorthodox way as I want them to experience what it is to mingle with other children and learn the ropes of the usual school setting. One of the few reasons why I want to send them to school is because I want my life back, I want to work and regain the social life I had.

Aforementioned reasons came to a sudden shift and came up with a new decision. I will now homeschool my children. I know I don’t have full support from Boboy on this matter and we always argue on this but there is no way I am sending the kids to school this early. I also realized that I have been so selfish as to why I want them to be in school already. Don’t get me wrong on this but the reason behind was just not acceptable. I cannot consent myself to earn yet compromising my children and blame myself for making wrong decisions. I know this will be hard as I have to battle with my patience in teaching them and the fear of the what if’s associated with my decision. I am not yet sure as to how long I am going to homeschool them, the decision might change in the few years to come but for now, I stand firm.

Anyway, I would like to share with you how I arrived with the decision of homeschooling my children.

Boredom. I remembered my youngest brother when he was only three years old when mom decided to send him to school because we cannot get a nanny for him then. He had to repeat the toddler school for three years for him to get accepted to nursery. When he reached secondary high school, he got so bored with school that we didn’t see him bring books and even notebooks! He had notebooks but he didn’t have notes on it. Especially that K-12 has already been approved, I cannot envision how I will be able to drag the kids to school when time comes they get bored with it.

Safety. I remembered I raised this question to Boboy, “how will I take the kids to school when the time comes?” He suggested hiring a household help/nanny so I can have someone take him or her to school while I stay with the little girl or vice versa. But it is not in my system to entrust again my kids with some stranger most especially nannies. I already had my piece of horror stories with them before and been hearing them around so it wouldn’t be an option for me anymore. Also, with the increased terror in the streets that has been in the news every-single-day I wouldn’t gamble anymore. You may call me paranoid but I would rather be branded as such than taking a huge risk.

Learn with them. Motherhood can be a continuous learning process for me everyday and so it is with homeschooling. Through teaching them at home, it is not only that I get to teach them new things but I also learn new things I may not learn when I was still in school before.

Flexibility. There is no other reason to love homeschooling other than the benefit of being flexible. You can do it anytime, anywhere and anyway you like it. I wouldn’t also worry about going on a vacation in the province anytime we decide because I can still teach them while we are on a getaway or vacation mode.

Bonding. I know this may be an overrated word but there is no other way I will get to deepen my relationship with my children. I get to be with them when we learn new things and witness each milestone as they grow up.  

Focus on their potential/inclination. Few months back, I tried to assess my kids’ needs so I can focus on how will I be able to enhance them. A is more inclined to music despite her not being able to speak the words properly. I always find her humming to different songs even without accompaniment. She can also hold a pen properly and able to follow instructions when I ask her to do a task. On the other hand, Dodo talks a lot. I mean a lot before he can even start doing his task. I also need to focus more on his fine motor skills. He also fancies robots and both of them loves the water a lot.

Limitless Learning. I remember way back in school when we were asked to read a novel and concentrate only on a certain chapter and discuss it for two days on a 45minute class discussion. When we over read our teacher would reprimand us for over reading on our assignment. Sure we can read all day long to our heart’s content and learn things at our own pace.

Savings. This is one issue that we argue about. Boboy insists of sending them to school because cost isn’t an issue for him. What I am trying to point also is, the money that is allotted for their tuition why not spend them on quality books, quality materials that will aide their learning, a getaway for them to discover and appreciate nature and enroll them in workshops where they can enhance and maximize their potential. Let us admit that sending to better school comes with a price tag but it doesn’t stop there. Also you have to provide them enough so they won’t feel left out with their peers.

Spare them from bullying/peer pressure. Have you ever experienced during your school years the peer pressure? When you are trying to be someone and trying to fit in the group? I am not certain if it happens to all the schools but it did happen to the schools I’ve been to. How about bullying? I haven’t experienced the superb kind of bullying but these days the kind of bullying that are reported are quite alarming. The kind of thing you wish you could take things back.

I hope to meet more homeschooling parents virtually and share notes on how they do it. I also have yet to learn and research a lot as to where I will enroll my kids into a homeschool program. If you have anything to share feel free to drop a comment. I would love to hear them.

Few weeks ago, I received a package from Godiva beauty products for review. The timing was perfect since I was in search for products to try this summer season. The intense summer heat causes my skin to dry and oily at the same time therefore attracts dirt.

I have been using different beauty products in the market, I must say some of them may meet my expectations and give promising results but not really that satisfying. If I am not mistaken this product appeared in the market several years back but I wasn’t able to try them out yet. And now that they are back, they have a total new packaging as well as new line of products.

Facial Products:

Facial Cleanser. (Php 85.00) This product is a low foaming formula, which is the prime reason why I like it and is gentle on my face. The first time I used it left my skin soft and smooth without the usual harsh and pricking sensation from facial soaps. I also like the gentle sweet like cucumber smell from it and also don’t irritate the eyes. It doesn’t also dry the face after washing.

Facial Toner. (Php 89.00) This facial toner is also a must have facial regimen. I must admit that I skip this phase due to laziness (guilty) and with the notion of the facial wash does the job for the face. But when I used this I was amazed of how it actually made my face cleaner and feels moisturized. It also gentle to the face as I didn’t have the pricking sensation and felt harsh after the application. My face feels fresh and light every after application.

Facial Cream. (Php120.00) During the first day I used this facial cream, I had small breakouts and my skin was flaky on some areas. On the third day of my regimen, I noticed that my breakouts were slowly vanishing as well as some of the flaky areas. My face feels hydrated and my pores decreased in size too. Again, the product didn’t cause any irritation on my face and untoward reaction.

  • The only thing I don’t like about the product is that it doesn’t have a SPF, which is also an essential since we need to protect our face as well from the harmful rays of sun. I would highly recommend it to everyone primarily because it is a natural product, it is not costly, plus the above-mentioned verdict.

Body Care:

Whitening Soap (Php 69.00 -135g, Php 35.00- 65g) The soap comes in clear formula with low suds that is easy to rinse and leaves a silky feel that kept my skin feeling moisturized the entire day. It doesn’t also contain strong scent, which is sometimes irritating to my nose.

Whitening Lotion (Php 132.00) Among the rest of the products sent for review this is my favorite and I apply it twice a day. It should be a staple for every woman especially for me that I wash dishes most of the time and do the laundry. It has a fruity smell, which resembles to the scent of cucumber and doesn’t have a greasy finish on your skin. It also feels light that you will enjoy applying it on you arms and legs even thrice a day. The best thing about it is that it has SPF which is just enough for me since I don’t go out more often. The only sad thing about the product is that it comes in a small container for someone like me that is a heavy lotion user, this product is only good for a week or even less. Nevertheless, it has excellent results that leave my skin so smooth and nourished.

Whitening Antiperspirant Deodorant (Php 89.00) I was glad to have tried this new deo product since I just don’t try any deo products in the market and even put to waste those that doesn’t satisfy me. This product has worked its wonder on my underarm. Being odorless it doesn’t have an untoward smell when I sweat. I even used it on our 4-kilometer jogging every weekend and surprisingly satisfied me with the results. It doesn’t also have harsh feeling once applied on the underarm skin. 

  • I would highly recommend this body care products as well to everyone because they are gentle to your skin for someone who has sensitive skin like me. I couldn’t say anything I don’t like about the, because I am highly satisfied.

Godiva Natural Skincare uses purified licorice extract (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with the highest glabridin content. Glabridin whitens by suppressing the formation of melanin, the pigment that gives color to the skin. Over time, the old layer of the skin is replaced by whiter, creamier skin. This makes licorice one of the most effective all-natural skin whiteners known to science. This makes it especially safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

I would definitely repurchase their products and you may also try them by visiting their facebook page here. They are also ship worldwide, you may visit their website here.

Have you tried these products already? Let me know your thoughts on the comment box.

Ever since I was introduced to crafting, I was suddenly inclined to DIY’s. There is this feeling of satisfaction and pride within me when I am able to recreate something using my crafty fingers and imaginative mind. In order to satisfy the need for a more intricate crafting or DIYs since I will decorate our house rather than just a simple school project, it would also entail products that are trustworthy and durable.

In these modern times wherein durability meets style, there are a lot of hassle proof ways to decorate your simple homes with simple solutions. The classy yet effective way of styling your home was introduced from the event Get Hooked with DIY.

L-R: Chaynee of Mamanee's Nest, Serene of Nurse's Diary, Denise of Bebengisms and Kim of Mom On Duty
3M in partnership with Good Housekeeping features Command, a damage-free hanging solution caters the need for people with space dilemmas with their products (decorative, multi-use, home and office organizers, cord management, picture hanging systems, replacement strips and bath room solutions). Putting up frames and moving and redecorating them will now be ease with these solutions. Drill marks will also be avoided most especially if you are the type of person who wants to redecorate and re arrange stuff inside your house.

Coni Tejada
Being part of the event is truly a pleasure since I was able to gain insights on ways how to effectively use these products. The event, which was hosted by celebrity Angel Jacob, also introduced Coni Tejada, a home improvement expert to share her insights on space improvement and organization. The #TeamKramer which was the product endorser, also shared some insights on home improvement.

Team Kramer (Doug, Kendra and Cheska Garcia-Kramer)

Each product solution has simple instructions and you have to take note on how to effectively use it to achieve the maximum use. It caters decorating and organizing solution to almost every part of the house, office and even cars.

3M Philippines captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. The company’s culture of creative collaborations inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better.

For more information, visit www.3M.com/ph
Visit their website www.command.com/ph

The rich aroma is still vivid in my memory whilst the unpleasant taste of my mom’s herbal concoction. When I smell it, I knew in an instant that we were again be tormented by the unpleasant taste that would linger on our taste buds. When I was a kid, I hate getting sick and worse drinking herbal concoctions and medicines. I grew up in the care of my aunt slash pediatrician and fortunate enough to be our neighbor. So I had two choices back then, either to drink my mom’s concoction that was all-natural or take a medicine, which has both an unpleasant taste.

Over the years, I learned to get used to the taste of each of the medicinal concoction mom used to prepare. I must say that being natural is beneficial especially to those who usually encounter untoward reactions after taking medicines.

I am glad of the innovations we have. Today, they are making it more natural for all the people’s benefits and many of us are already gaining consciousness when it comes to health care.

In times where the weather is quite erratic and oftentimes extreme temperatures our body may catch foreign particles, which might cause the cough and colds. This summer we cannot afford to ruin the supposed to be fun summer vacation, don’t we?

Here are some few interventions when you are down with cough and colds:

  • Increase fluid intake. It promotes hydration as well as flush out toxins out from our body.
  • Have a balanced diet. Increase intake of fruits, vegetables and foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Have enough rest and sleep. This way our body will repair broken tissues and regain strength.
  • Seek doctor’s consult. This is to diagnose early signs and symptoms and prevent further complications that might arise.
  • Take medicines as ordered. Make sure to drink medicines as ordered by the doctor.

Lagundi leaf (Vitex negundo L.), a herbal product extensively studied and trusted by the Department of Health. Developed by a group of Filipino scientists, it only uses indigenous lagundi plants, making it truly and proudly a Filipino product. Lagundex, a brand of Lagundi leaf, is guaranteed safe as it strictly complies with the manufacturing requirements of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration. It is manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) with certified facilities to ensure its quality and efficacy.

Lagundex 300 mg/5 mL syrup comes in sweet orange and peppermint flavors suited for kids, while the Lagundex Forte 600 mg/5 mL syrup in soothing mint flavor and Lagundex 600 mg tablet are ideal for adults. These are available in leading drugstores.Lagundex is distributed by New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation (NMPC). For more information, ask your doctor about Lagundex or call NMPC hotlines at (02) 836-5838 to 47. Visit facebook.com/Natural-na-magaling-sa-ubo.

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