3 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Family Car

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Sponsored Post — After quite a deliberation, we’ve decided that it’s time our growing family of 5 to finally get our first car.

Despite the discussion, it’s a no-brainer, really. It’s  very convenient for us — from shuttling the kids from one school to the other to dropping them off to play dates to late run grocery run when we discover the last minute that we run off of disposable diapers.

It also affords us freedom to move.  With our restless kids, we can just get out of the house and go on an impromptu road trip, without stressing of public transport.

However, deciding to finally get car requires a lot of discussion and research. After a house, a car is a family’s next big purchase.

Here are 3 of the top things to consider (aside from the color, really, we’re torn between grey or red) Continue reading

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Mommy-Me Time at Derma 360

And just like that, it’s September!

The first half of the year just went by fast, no? So far, I was able to tick off a couple of things from my 2017 list. However, most of the unchecked boxes were under Self-Care. Yes, I know self-care should be non-negotiable especially for us mommas. But between looking after the house and the kids (husband being the eldest kid, hahaha), it’s somehow inevitable that taking care of one’s self gets overlooked.

True story. I can’t even remember the last time I had a facial!

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So an invite to Derma 360 and The Momma Club‘s Me and My Baby Event last August 30 couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Continue reading

Mommy How To: Motherbee’s Cheesy Puto

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I grew up with a mother who is a great cook. 

Mama’s specialties are pork asado, ginataang alimango and biko. We look forward to every birthday, Christmas , New Year’s or just about any gathering so we could all bug her to make them. It’s me and my siblings go-to comfort food, our default feel good food.

It reminds us of our carefree childhood, of our home. It’s our reassuring thought that no matter how hectic or crazy our own lives maybe now, we can always go back home to Mama with her delicious cooking and we’re those noisy kids at our dining table once more.

That’s the thought I wanted my kids to have when they grow up too, now that I’m a mother myself. I wanted them to know and enjoy the comfort of home cooking brings. So even if I’m hopeless in the kitchen, I stepped out of my comfort zone (which is mostly just eating haha!) and tried cooking for my family.

CHEESY PUTO

One of the recipes that I tried and has potential to be my ‘specialty’ is Cheesy Puto by Motherbee herself, Ms. Analiza Laurel Badilles. I got this from one of the Facebook cooking and baking groups that I’m a member of: Newbee Baking & Cooking Int’l. Continue reading

Breastfeeding Diaries: Getting Enough Vitamin D

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One of my favorite childhood memory is of me and my cousin’s sun-bathing  every weekend morning at our compound’s driveway.

We’re all seated, with our shirts rolled up, our bare back facing the sun. We’ll stay this way until our friendly neighborhood taho vendor turn around our street corner, our sign that we had enough Vitamin D for the day. Continue reading

Eat Rice Without the Guilt with Grayns

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Start of the year, my husband got hospitalized due to on-set gouty arthritis. On top of that, since his mom was a Type 1 diabetic, we learned that his chances of becoming one is higher as well. He needed to be in a low carbs, low fat diet STAT.

We avoided soda as much as possible, increased our water intake and added more fruits and veggies to our meals. The only thing that’s hard to let go?

RICE. Continue reading