December 25, 2018. Our first CHRISTmas in our new home. Fulfilled my simple Christmas dream of having freshly baked walnut brownies for breakfast. My husband and son had the chance to finally play with our new red football outdoors while I stayed home with our little girl as she takes a nap. To cool off, all of us had a dip in the pool and played a few games. We ate a very late lunch leisurely at home while watching a movie on TV. Went to the mall a couple of hours before its closing time to play at the arcade, visit the toy store, and do some errands. Had our simple Christmas dinner at our all-time favourite restaurant before heading home.
I am so thankful that we can do outdoor time a lot! So blessed that God has finally answered our prayer to move into a better house and community. For over a month already, my son has been able to ride his bike almost every day, play with other kids, run without the dangers of getting hit by a passing vehicle, and go for a swim.
“We are blessed to bless others.” This is something that I firmly believe in. If we have an abundance of finances, talent, and time, it would be worthwhile to reach out to those in need. Reaching out to others and sharing what we have gives them hope and creates a strong impact into their lives and that of their loved ones.
Though it can be very tiring at times, I really love being a Mom to my 5-year-old and 6-month-old. I want to savor every moment that I have with them – the good and the not-so-good ones. I want to do as much as I can for them and with them. I want to enjoy the surprises that life brings during this season. Hopefully, when they are ready to spread their wings and leave our nest, I will not regret anything.
Landers finally opened here at the South! My husband read about it in his FB feed early this week and said that we check it out on Friday. So, off we went to Landers Alabang West after his errands and our usual Friday routine. I don’t know if it was just the usual Friday traffic in the Commerce Ave-Daang Hari route or the volume of cars heading Landers, but we spent quite some time on the road on our way there. It’s a good thing that we had take out food to eat during the ride.
Parenting is not for the faint-hearted. That’s what I have come to realize now that I’m a mom to a 5-year-old boy and a 5-month-old baby girl. I want to be a loving and nurturing mother to my little ones, but I also have to be firm and tough when it comes to instilling discipline.
Some days are not that good. Yesterday was one of those days.
I woke up feeling a bit grumpy. It intensified when our water supply was threatening to bail out on us, yet again.
My cheerful baby became fussy at mid-day. She would cry at the slightest sign of being laid (down) on the bed. She needs me and I couldn’t bear to see her cry so hard.
My adorable preschooler was messier than usual. Or maybe, because my day didn’t start out right, my tolerance for spills and clutter have decreased significantly. I yelled (not proud of it, by the way) and he muttered, “Sorry, Mommy.”
Two pre-teens – my nephew and my niece – were left under my care for the day. They are helpful (some of the chores and a bit of child care) but they can be a handful at times. Pre-teens and preschooler playing together. Fun, right? Well, not if they get so rough with each other and cause quite a ruckus disturbing an irritable baby! So, I yelled, yet again.
As the hours dragged on, I felt exhausted. It seemed like this bunch decided to conspire on me on a Monday and unleash their not-so-good mood and behavior.
By 9PM, I was feeling outnumbered with no sight of reinforcement. Like a soldier left in the midst of a battle. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but really, I felt so drained and helpless! Taking care of four kids is no mean feat!
The burden was gradually lifted when Hubs finally came home and my Mom and Sis picked up the older kids. My little ones and I settled in for the night while I tried to sneak in some work on my phone. Though, a glitch on a work app annoyed me and the stress monster popped out once more.
Hubs, who was having dinner at that time downstairs, told me that cold treats were on the way. I was surprised and thankful that finally, I get to have something sweet (thoughtfulness and treats) to cap the night off. While waiting for it, I snuggled with my firstborn reading about the upcoming appearance of the super blue blood moon. My baby was finally relaxed and sleeping soundly behind us. My little boy and I prayed together for what happened the whole. I prayed that GOD will give us grace and guidance each day, and that we will always remember how blessed we are.
Hoping and praying for happier and better days ahead!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
This blog post is sponsored by tiny Buds. All opinions stated are mine.
tiny Buds has just released their baby clothing line which they aptly labeled as the tiny Buds Organics Collection. This collection is lovingly made from 100% organic cotton which makes it safe for baby’s delicate skin. Being organic, the manufacturing of this garment has a lesser impact on our environment.
I first got to know the tiny Buds brand when I gave birth to my firstborn. Part of the hospital’s goodie bag is the tiny Buds Rice Baby Powder. It’s a non-talc powder that is safe for babies. Then when he got older and started having a few teeth, I switched him to the Tiny Fangs Tooth Gel after using another brand. He liked it better for its Tuition Fruit flavor and as I have observed, it works better than the previous brand. Now that he is four years old, he’s using the Tiny Fangs Kiddie Toothpaste which is low in mint, low foam, Paraben-free and Fluoride-free.
That’s my adorable three-month old daughter! 👆 Our bunso 🙂 She greets me with a cheerful smile each morning, giving me a good start for the day. In that photo, she’s wearing the tiny Buds Organics personalised onesie, pajama bottoms, mittens, and booties. She was also wearing the cute beanie before that picture was taken.
In that next photo above, my baby wore the tiny Buds Organics short sleeves kimono top with her navy blue and white polka dot leggings. I love that with its beige color, every piece from her tiny Buds Organics set can be paired with any of the clothes that she already has!
Check out my Instagram post below for a closer look at the tiny Buds Organics Collection. We got the Short Set, the Organic 3-pc. Newborn Set, and the Organic Binder.
Tiny Buds just got a new product line that mommies and babies will surely love – the tiny Buds organics Collection! Thank you so much @tinybudsbaby for this lovely gift for our Baby Gabrielle Can’t wait to share about it on my blog 🙂 #tinybudsbaby #tinybudsorganics #organiccotton #babiesclothes #momblogger #lifewithababy #blessingsandbeyond @mommybloggersphilippines
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After I have inspected every piece in the collection and had my baby tried them, here’s a list of what I love about the tiny Buds Organics Collection:
Made from organic cotton
New and unwashed fiber does not have any smell at all. It is also soft to touch – definitely comfy and safe for my baby’s delicate skin.
Printed size on the inside
When shopping, it’s easier to see the size on the inside part of the garment because of its large print. Size is printed on the garment itself and not on a tag. Inner tags almost always cause an irritation on baby’s sensitive skin.
Tiny brand tags
They do have brand tags attached on the beanie, booties and short sleeve kimono top but they’re tiny and on the outside so they won’t be a bother to baby’s skin.
As I have mentioned earlier, every piece from the collection is in one color: Beige. It is very suitable for babies of both genders. Perfect as gifts for when you don’t know the gender of the little one yet.
Personalized onesie print
tiny Buds will customise your baby’s onesie by adding your wee one’s name after their brand signature, tiny. We got ours with tiny Gabrielle on it. I soaked my baby girl’s collection on tiny Buds Newborn Laundry Wash (no less!) and haven’t rinsed it until the second day. My hubs freaked out because he got worried that the print would fall off. But it didn’t! 🙂
I was so glad that the short sleeve kimono top has stitched ties! With all the tie-side tops that I bought for my babies, I had to loop each tie on its ends because they tend to run easily and cause tangles in the laundry.
tiny Buds Organics’ pair of mittens are garterised which ensures that baby’s mittens won’t fall off. The majority of the mittens that we have have ties and I have to do a double loop when I put them onto baby’s hands. Most of the time, especially when we are out and about, one of the mittens gets loosened and would fall on the floor. My son would quickly pick up his baby sister’s mitten and give it to me. My baby would either end up using a spare in a color that is different from what she is already wearing on the other hand, or her other hand would just go bare. These never happens whenever she’s using the mittens from tiny Buds!
The pair of booties don’t have ties as well. It has a wide band on top that keeps booties in place. At the bottom of each is a structured but soft fabric in the shape of baby’s feet which make it look like shoes.
The Organic Binder (in the photo above) has non-irritating adhesives. One side has round tips that adhere to the other flap firmly. These round tips wouldn’t hurt baby’s skin, if ever the binder gets detached.
All of the pieces that we got from the tiny Buds Organics Collection are fit for babies 0-3 months of age. They all fit nicely to my 3-month-old baby girl.
Get a set for your own little one at www.tinybudsbaby.com! I love that tiny Buds has their own shopping website. Online shopping with reliable delivery and superb customer service is really helpful for busy moms like me 🙂
To know more about tiny Buds and their amazing products, follow them on IG: @tinybudsbaby and on FB: @tinybuds.
This is my son’s Christmas craft. It was originally part of an activity at last Sunday’s Kids Church. As part of our crafting at home, I asked him to put googly eyes, add cotton on its wings and paint the angel. I only taught him how to glue the cotton balls then he did the rest.
The output wasn’t perfect but I’m posting a photo of it here. He made an effort to do it and smiled proudly when he showed it to me. I commended him for his work. I have added the angel as an ornament on our Christmas tree.
I used to get stressed when he can’t color or paint properly. Lately, I have realized that the mess, the smudge, using an unusual hue are all part of the learning process. They, in fact, contribute to my child’s emerging creativity. I wouldn’t stifle that!
Will share more of my son’s (and later on, my daughter’s) artworks here 🙂
We are so blessed to spend the holiday last November 30 at Enchanted Kingdom and join OPPO F5‘s celebration of National Selfie Day! We get to enjoy the whole event as a family (plus my niece). The OPPO and SparkIT teams got everything covered – an all-access pass to EK’s rides; a short program; and even a mini-concert for everyone to enjoy. With all of these, everyone definitely got selfie-worthy pics!
When I became a mom, I make it a point to make fun-filled and pleasant memories for my family. What better way to immortalize our day at the magical and well-loved theme park here in the South than to take plenty of photos, especially selfies so that each one of us is in every picture. It was my firstborn’s third time at the park, and now that he’s four years old, he was able to enjoy more of the rides. My husband, being more on the adventurous side, wanted to take our boy for a ride on the Jungle Log Jam. I vehemently opposed as there is a great possibility that our little boy will get scared mid-ride and cause him great distress. Very unsafe! Anyway, EK would be around for some time and he will get to try out such thrill-filled rides when he’s old enough.
Since our baby girl is too young (she’s only two months old) to partake in the park’s attractions, she and I spent most of the time inside the Eldar’s Tent, which served as a holding area for the event’s participants. But I still had the chance to jump in the Bump ‘N Splash with my son and my niece and had fun driving in circles and squirting water on strangers. Thanks to my hubs for taking care of our baby for a while. Back at the tent, I was able to get a closer look at the sleek, red, OPPO F5 6GB and prayed hard to be one of the 10 winners of that day’s giveaway. Sadly, I wasn’t. Check out the press release below to get a glimpse of the National Selfie Day’s highlights and for OPPO F5’s specs – to find out why I was heartbroken that I didn’t win that night. But, I’m okay now. I have already moved on 😀
OPPO Celebrates National Selfie Day at Enchanted Kingdom
Celebration continues with more than 100 smartphones to be given away this holiday season
Manila, Philippines (December 1, 2017) – OPPO, the Selfie Expert, believes that the Philippines, being named as the “selfie capital of the world” is a title that calls for a celebration. Because of this, OPPO has come up with a National Selfie Day last November 30 by treating its loyal fans to a magical day at Enchanted Kingdom and announcing the National Selfie Day online contest with more than 100 phones to be given away this Christmas Season.
Hundreds of OPPO supporters from all over Metro Manila have gathered for this special occasion. They were highly encouraged to bring their family and friends for a truly memorable experience. Everyone enjoyed the day with unlimited access to the park’s attractions and a variety of food choices around each park zone.
With various picturesque and selfie-worthy spots around Enchanted Kingdom, fans made sure to capture each moment using their OPPO F5 phones with its 20MP A.I. Front Camera and 16MP Rear Camera.
“National Selfie Day is both a celebration and a reward to our fans for their undying loyalty and support to the brand. And what better way to celebrate this day than to share this with people that matter to them the most, their family and friends,” said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager.
Capping off the day is a culminating concert where they officially announced the limited edition OPPO F5 6GB as the newest addition to the F5 line-up. OPPO also shared the news of its partnership with Miss Possibilities, a beauty pageant for young women with special needs. Both organizations believe in redefining beauty and thus, are one in their cause in capturing the real you in every person. The night ended with a magical fireworks display that left a smile to everyone’s faces.
National Selfie Day Continues
National Selfie Day doesn’t stop there as it is also an online contest wherein fans would stand a chance to win their own OPPO smartphone as they will be giving away 100 phones in 6 weeks from Nov 30 to January 10, 2018. Participants will simply upload their selfies at http://bit.ly/OPPONSD and follow the mechanics to qualify, a total of 18 winners will be announced weekly.
Also announced as well is the flagship limited edition red OPPO F5 6GB that will be exclusively available at OPPO concept stores nationwide starting December 9, 2017 for Php21,990. Every purchase comes with a free Olike Bluetooth speaker worth Php2,990.
For more exciting updates, stay tuned to OPPO Philippines’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/.
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Eason de Guzman Jr
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For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras. OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.
In 2016, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. And today, OPPO provides excellent smartphone photography experience to over 100 million young people around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/index.html
My husband and I initially planned to leave early but we end up staying until evening as he, our son, and my niece enjoy EK’s attractions as much as they can. During that time, our baby and I got comfy at the tent while watching the concert from afar and waiting for the announcement of winners.
We were all tired that day but happy that we got to have an awesome time at the Enchanted Kingdom for OPPO’s National Selfie Day! Many thanks again, OPPO 🙂
Want to have this limited edition of OPPO F5 for Christmas? Go and check out the stores tomorrow, December 9, and see for yourself how OPPO, the Selfie Expert, can capture the real you!