“How do you do it?” People would drop me this question all the time knowing that I am the only one who takes care of my three children. But really, how do I survive the day with a sane mind? It’s hard, I must say, but reasons behind it is what makes me think of braving the unknown.

It has been four years since my last reputable nanny left and the one that replaced her just gave me nightmare as well as my children. After that, I have decided to never get another one for the sake of my kids. I know for most you might think that probably I have lost my mind for doing everything and that I have lost my freedom for doing so. I haven’t and never will I regret a single decision I have made. Eventhough my kids are a handful, I am happy and contented to see them everyday under my care. I may become a soft mommy in the morning and a dragon mom come night time, still, I know that I am the one who tucked them to sleep not some stranger who pretends to like my children.

Admittedly, there are moments wherein I envy others who have their freedom and can do whatever they see fit but I will never exchange what I hone my children for. Through the years, they have taught me to become a better mom and everyday is always a room for improvement. Being nannyless teaches them to be involved in the house without asking or begging them to do the household chores. They also follow a certain routine everyday and each one of them knows already knows my house rules.

But honestly, if not for technology, I won’t be able to survive life on a daily basis. I must admit that I have depended on it so much for our survival, that I cannot live without it at any given circumstance. After all, technology should make life easy for us right?

These are the following must haves for every nannyless mommy inside the household.

Rice Cooker. This kitchen wonder does not only cook rice but you can use it for several meals for the family. 

Vacuum. I am the conventional broom type of girl who doesn’t believe much on the power of this one. But there was a time when everything was chaos and the house was extremely dusty that the need for me to clean up in a jiffy arises, this was a huge help! I was able to make the house dust free in 30 minutes!

Automatic Washing Machine. I always say this in every blogpost I have that I am very particular with our clothes. I don’t like hiring a person who will do our laundry let alone bring our dirty clothes to the laundromat. This is a savior plus it cleans loads of clothes in a flash!


Nanny Camera. We live in a two-story apartment and it was only lately that I have decided to finally have our own when the youngest was born. My two toddlers play very rough that they tend to forget their younger brother is still a baby. I have to keep an eye on them even if I am preparing our meals in the kitchen. Yes, I am a helicopter parent sometimes and I am very much thankful for technology.


Ipad/Tablet. I am a very open minded mom when it comes to electronic pacifiers. I let them play and limit it at the same time. When need arise that I have to keep silence inside the house, I let them tinker the ipad/tablet. I am quite surprised how disciplined my eldest is. But with my little girl, it is still in the process.


So that is how I survive my everyday life being a mom and a wife. Now it is up to you to figure out how I put on my cape and start and end the day with sane and composed mind.



I know everyone of us conceals themselves in aprons and make ups being a supermom also. I'd like to hear your story. What is one thing in the house you cannot live without? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 



MANILA — Let The Gruffalo introduce your little ones to the magic and wonder of world-class theatre! Showing at the RCBC Theatre from January 27 to 31, 2016, don’t miss out!
Join Mouse on an adventurous journey in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

“Irresistibly charming!” The Times, UK
“Monstrous fun!” Daily Mail, UK

Mouse sets off on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of hazelnuts, meeting the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. Will the story of the fabled Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures? Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all, and after all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their adults, in a show that’s toured around Britain and the world. Let your imagination run wild!

“No. 1 Children’s Show!” The Independent, UK
“An altogether winning performance!” New York Times

The Gruffalo - LIVE has grown into one of the biggest and most anticipated live shows in Hong Kong and Singapore and Manila can finally welcome the production come 2016. The Gruffalo - LIVE 2016 will be performed by a professional theatre company from the United Kingdom.
 “In its four years, The Gruffalo - LIVE has grown into a major family entertainment event in both Hong Kong and Singapore,” says Matthew Gregory, Executive Producer of Hong Kong-based ABA Productions.  “This show will provide a fun and educational experience that the whole family can enjoy. I truly hope that this will give children an opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre and expand their knowledge of the art.”   
Brought to Manila by Concertus Manila, in partnership with ABA Productions and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Special thanks to Nickelodeon. Book your tickets at TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Production info:
Directed by Olivia Jacobs. Creative Producer Toby Mitchell. Designer Isla Shaw. Lighting by James Whiteside, music by JollyGoodTunes, and choreography Morag Cross.

Adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Illustration © Axel Scheffler and Macmillan Children’s Books

The most dreadful time again on my post partum has already started. If only I could skip to the day when I won’t experience this post partum hairfall, I would. But unfortunately, I can’t and will not anytime soon. The previous post partum hairfall has lasted for almost two years. Imagine everyday I have to sweep the floor to a bunch of piled up hair. Yeah. Gross to my complaining kids.

But after I gave birth, all I ever wanted was to hit the salon to get myself a treatment. But then again, that is not an option as of the moment. Every body else is busy, by that; I mean the husband and me. So our weekends will be spent mostly for family time and relaxation. Also, I don’t want to splurge just yet, only to waste thousand pesos for a failed treatment when I know I am still on this phase and I can do treatments at home. So the search and hunt for the latest treatment began.

I have been hearing about this treatment in social media and a lot of women swear by its effectiveness on them. So I thought, why not give it a try anyway? My sister ordered one for herself online and according to her it is really effective. So I had to get hold of it too.

Pros:
  • The product comes in a 1000ml green big plastic jar. Price point of P100, this big jar can last up to one month of continued use pretty cheap for a treatment compared to a salon.
  • Smell of the product is not bad and in my opinion, it’s just like a regular treatment at salons and leaves your hair good fragrance too.
  • The consistency is not that thick and not too sticky so it is not annoying to apply to the hair just like a regular hair conditioner.
  • Once you rinse it off, your hair will instantly be soft and tangle free.
  • Although it is a treatment for hairfall, it did lessen my hairfall but not to the point that it will make it stop.
  • It also gave my hair a little volume considering that half of my hair has been rebonded.


Cons:
  • Honestly, I can’t think of anything. Surprisingly this product worked for me. I don’t really expect much of this one since price is just a fraction of the hair products I use before.



I have dry and frizzy hair after I gave birth and I don’t wet and shampoo my hair on a daily basis as well so I only use this product every two days. My hair is also rebonded and has hair color and last salon treatment I had was almost a year ago so there is less expectation.

Will I repurchase? Definitely! I will recommend it to all who wants treatment at the comforts of your home.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I bought the product with my own money. Whatever works for me may or may not work for you. 

Have you tried this? Let me know on the comment section below. 

Just like that, we are on the second week already of the first month of the new year and my mind is somewhere wandering still. The past year went by so swiftly that I didn’t pretty much entertain the negative things happened but lingered only on the positive thoughts. Honestly, the past year was a challenge to our family since I got pregnant. It was hard for me on the first to second trimester because of the morning (all-day) sickness I experience. The family’s meal was at stake and had to resort to the not-so-healthy meal. But despite it, I am still thankful that we were able to get by and survived it all.

I wasn’t able to blog much also because I was asleep most of the time and nauseated. So the things that I want to share to you are all in my mind. But worry not as I will try to catch on it and be able to make updates every now and then, hopefully. I am also thankful to my mom who has been there all the time for her helping hand especially during those times when we needed her most. For five years, I have no help and not planning to have one in the near future either, but we were able to survive our everyday life.

The last quarter of the year also was the most challenging part. Aside from me giving birth away from the husband, I had to recover there without him. It was tough, since we were used to being with each other all the time and so with the kids. I had to explain to them always that it was only temporary and that we will comeback to the big city.


Even if the year that was has been a challenge to us, we learned alot of things and still thankful for every blessing along our way. We were able to celebrate the season with my family away from home, which was a first, and everyone had so much fun.

Now, we welcome this year with positive things and open mind that this year will be a great year to us.
How are you so far? 
For the past five years, I have been cloth diapering my children intermittently. To my first born, it has been a roller coaster of cloth diapering journey mainly because during that time I only had limited cloth diaper sources. I was still considered noob and didn't find the journey successful because I still chose to use disposables just because I was lazy cleaning dirty diapers. For my daughter, it was little different. I had no choice when she came because I had to use cloth diapers on her. She had this horrendous allergies on disposables and her bum turned red for months that her "presko time" had to be almost all day long. Admittedly, I really didn't think I will be able to sustain the cloth diapering since my yaya that time had gone awol when kuya was only 15months that time. I had to be an octopus mom in an instant and I chose only what is convenient for me so I only used CDs intermittently with DDs. 



I thought I was done with dirty diapers until my little boy came. This time, what I need was lots of research on how to be able to be successful at CDing as well as support group! So I joined cloth diapering group in facebook and read lots and lots of tips from different moms. It was only then that I realized I was still a virgin at this! At first I felt like drowning in most of their terms and my mind has gone a little haywire as where to start. But with patience, I was able to collect my thoughts and now, sharing my reason for cloth diapering. 



~Environment friendly. With its use I won't add up to the already piled up garbage everywhere. 
Economical. Cloth diapers aren't cheap in fact one cloth diaper costs already 24pcs of disposables but since it can be washed, you can save up on long term use. 
~Diaper rash free. Most babies who are on exclusive CD aren't suffering from rash. But don't get me wrong though, my son also has occasional rash but it may also be due to the detergent used to wash the cloth diapers. And lots of factors. 
~Cute prints. CDs comes in thousands on prints available. If only I can buy everything, I will end up broke. 
~Convenience. Because its wash and wear, you won't be bothered in the middle of the night if you ran out of diapers because you don't need go out and buy some more.

Cons:
It will really be a dedication when choosing to exclusively cloth diaper you baby because it takes alot of work to do. But mind you, I have two toddlers and a baby, the only key in doing it is time management. Of course if you are also the type who gets addicted to online shopping then beware as it may be addicting to hoard the cute prints online! I kid you not. 

So you may ask how is it economical if the cloth diaper itself is expensive? To date, I have 18 CDs and each costs P250 and in total my whole stash amounts to P3,500. In a day, The average diaper change is 10 times and if per diaper costs P7.00. In a month it will already cost P2,100. My whole stash can already be used until he is already toddler. 

Have you tried cloth diapers before? Share them on the comment box below! 

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