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Number Word Recognition
Motherhood

Number Word Recognition for Kids

Since back to school is right around the corner, we Education.com has a wide variety of back to school themed worksheets to keep kids engaged and ready for the new school year!

How many of you mommies and parents grew up with those work sheets? I know that I’m not the only one who was scolded by my mom when i forgot to do my homework! Early education is very important, it teaches our children to hone their motor and mental skills from as simple as coloring, tracing and/or maybe computing right?

Numbers are used in almost everything that we do throughout life. Having a child that is having a hard time catching on with numbers and counting can be frustrating. With the right programs, games, and teaching materials, you can teach a child of any age about numbers and counting.

Let’s grab a pencil or a crayon and practice our fine motor skills while practicing our numbers! Please visit Education.com for more activities for number word recognition skills and following directions!

Here’s a sample spreadsheet from Education.com that I really find interesting and easy to be used as well for early learning kids

Number Word Recognition Number word recognition

Fun Number Activities for Children

For a child who struggles to master counting and numbers, the key to learning is to make it fun. You have to stop focusing so much on the aspect of teaching and focus on the aspect of fun. When you bury learning to count into an activity that is fun, your child will learn how to do it because it is less stressful. They are more interested in playing the game and/or participating in the activity.

Counting Felt Apples

Counting anything cool can be fun for a child. Cut apples out and place them on a felt board over their numbers. This is a great way to work on counting as well as fine motor skills.

Popsicle Stick Puzzle Counting

The popsicle stick puzzle game is both a craft and a fun counting game. You line three popsicle sticks up next to each other and put tape across the back. You want to number the popsicle sticks across the top and decorate them with markers or paint to create a puzzle when they are put together. Once the paint or markers have dried, remove the tape and pull the pieces apart. Using the designs and the numbers, your child can put the puzzle back together.

5 Little Monkeys

For this activity you will need foam cut out trees and small monkey head erasers. While singing the 5 little monkeys song, your child can move the monkey heads around in the tree. You can use the monkey heads and trees to practice basic addition and subtraction as well!

Making 10 Using Egg Cartons

After cutting two slots off an egg carton, you can use the carton to help teach your child how to make ten. You will just need some pom poms to place in each of the ten slots. You can work with your child by putting a few pom poms in a few slots and then asking your child how many more he or she needs to make ten.

Just Remember to Make It Fun

Various card games can also be a great way to teach your child about numbers and counting. As long as you are making the activity more about fun and less about learning, your child will enjoy practicing these skills a little more. One of the biggest problems children have with learning to count is just the stress of not understanding.

Breastfeeding
Motherhood

Breastfeeding Mom Must Haves!

I am blessed to have a partner who loves packing and who is always ready! I give credit to him. I was never a packer nor organized, but this man is on the top of his game when it comes to parenthood. These are the things that he always make sure that we have before we leave. It’s even segregated and put into different sizes of ziplocks

  1. WIPES – NEVER EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT WIPES. It’s a life saver! I always make sure to bring atleast 2 set of wipes
  2. LAMPIN – make sure you have at least 4 because of all the pawis, lungad and it can be used as a cover for dirty places when you need to lay your baby for a while.
  3. EXTRA SETS OF CLOTHES – This includes 2 bibs, 2 shirts, 2 bottoms, 1 long sleeves (in-case you’ll be going to somewhere cold), 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, 2 cap/bonnet (in case you drop it) and wash cloth
  4. DIAPERS – bring at least 6, you’ll never know right?
  5. Teethers/Rattles – whenever they get bored, give it to them, better than eating their hands! 
  6. Alcohol – always sanitize the place you are going to put the baby, as well as the person who’s going to hold your baby.
  7. Changing Pad – we never know how clean/dirty the changing area would be right? So better bring some extra! Plus if you are in a car, you can change without worries!
  8. Nursing Cover – I always have one in my bag that is never taken out.
  9. BISCUITS – this is for us nursing moms. For that sudden hunger while we are in the jeep/taxi/car! I suggest Muesli bars too if available.
  10. Sanitizing Wipes – applicable for the toy rattles or pacifier that fell and are dirty! Clean it using these to ensure the bacteria is killed! WE HATE GERMS RIGHT? This is different from the regular wipes, Pigeon offers this.
  11. Pacifier/Toy Holder – such a relief knowing that if ever our baby will let go of their toy, it will not come to the point that it would reached the floor! You pin this to your baby’s clothes and the other end is with the toy. Everytime they accidentally drop it, it would be saved! Hahaha.
  12. Blanket – at least 2 please, imagine when you need to put your baby in a place to let him lie down; one is used to make latag and the other one to cover him up.
  13. Nappy Bags – in case the there’s poop and there’s no trashcan, let’s all be responsible and bring our trash to the proper place.
  14. Wet Bag – it’s a life saver since it’s a better option to place your wet bibs/wet lampins that will never make your other things wet.
  15. Breastfeeding Pads – bring 1-2 extra pairs, depends if you are still leaking. I stopped leaking around 3 months.
  16. First Aid Kit – we never know what the future holds, but it is better to be prepared
    1. Thermometer
    2. Paracetamol
  17. Cosmetic Pouch that Holds – I have these in travel sizes
    1. Diaper Cream – I prefer BEPHANTHEN which is available at my shop 
    2. Mustela No Rinse Water – never found any cheaper alternatives yet
    3. Mustela Cleansing Milk – or Baby Flo No Rinse Soap is a cheaper alternative
    4. Cotton Balls/ Cotton Buds – cotton balls and mustela no rinse water is what we use to clean the face after exposure.
    5. Mosquito Repellant Stickers – dengue is much more expensive than buying this! hahaha
    6. Mustela Stelatria Purifying Recovery Cream – my little one is prone to babyacne and scratches from his own nails, this makes his marks gone in a few days.
    7. Hair Brush – who doesn’t like a baby dapper all the time?

A lot of things eh? That’s really the real deal of parenthood. Be always prepared to make your child comfortable, safe and happy at all times.

gymboree
Baby

Gymboree for Toddlers

I am really a fan of Gymboree, so much of a fan that I decided to enroll my son, Inigo for a 3 time a week class as soon as he was 18 months. We took 3 different classes per week and let me give you an insight of what types of classes you can enroll your child too.

We chose three classes named, Learning Lab 1, Play and Learn 4/5 and Global Kids. These are the available classes in our chosen Gymboree branch which is Robinson Magnolia. Each of it’s class usually has 2 – 3 schedule per week and I chose all that was 11am. Good news is, before you can really choose the best time for your child, you can have a trial and if the time slot doesn’t really go along well with your child, you are free to change it as you may.

Every Wednesday, we have our Global Kids. This is my favorite and I guess Inigo also because it’s more on classroom setting with arts, music, singing, language and short introduction of parts of the world. It usually has a country theme of the day and the class revolves around and immerse on the culture of the said country. The kids enjoy it because it is full of dancing, play pretend to ride a train or boat depending on the destination. Then they are introduced to the language by teaching how to say hello on that particular country, example in Hawaii they say Aloha! Then they sing a song about that certain place with matching actions. They also incorporated playdoh time and usually gives the child an idea what that country eats and a great way to practice motor and listening skills. It is very fast paced that they can still squeeze in an art project at the end of the class. Overall, this is really my favorite because it’s a taste of everything that my little one enjoys.

Every Thursday, we have our Play and Learn Class. This class is held outside, in the play area of the school. It’s all about listening to directions, using their creativity to incorporate real life happenings to play, interacting with their classmates, execute agility and still have fun at the same time. We usually start by singing a song, pretending to ride a train and briefing the class what topic we will be discussing and showing pictures of the said topic. It’s a learning moment for the kids because the pictures they show are really familiar and relevant. After that, we usually start with the activities. For example, if we discuss about the firetruck, the monkey bars will be a play pretend of the firetruck. The ropes will be imagining that it’s a hose. The simple slide would be a ramp that they need to run to when the song starts and a lot more. I do enjoy this class because it’s more of a progressive way of learning that stimulates the imagination of the kids.

Lastly, we have our Learning Lab every Friday. This is like a taste of early preschool to our young little ones. The classroom set-up is so much comparable to the tradtional preschool where a chair and a table is inside. The only difference is, that the child is more encouraged to be socially active because the chairs are closely to each other and they only have one table for everyone including teachers. Here, they teach early introduction of letters by showing the letter, letting the child feel the letter by tracing the letter that was cut out from the sandpaper, writing the letter by finger on sand to promote the senses, and by teaching them the proper pronunciation of the said letter. After those, the teacher shows the children 5 different pictures that starts with the letter of the day. My favorite part is when the teacher gives out the playdough, instructs the kids to make little snakes out of it and gives them a card where they should follow the outline of the letter by putting and pressing the little snakes along. I love how creative that is and how engaged it makes the child. Inigo likes it so much that he doesn’t want my help! Everytime he successfully does it, he wears this proud smile and shows his teacher that he did it! Such joy to see a little boy at an early age so independent and proud of what he achieves. What follows is, the favorite part of every kid, washing of the hands and getting of the snacks from the teacher aide. They know the drill so much that they just wait for the teacher to open a book and read to them while they are munching some snacks. The book usually is correlated to the letters that we have learned that day. Then comes the last part, another art session that cultivates everything that they have learned that day. At first, I did not like this class because Inigo had a hard time adjusting with a constricted way of learning but after 3-4 sessions, he finally came in and now looks forward to this class!

I am really happy with the school that I am in right now because their priority is really making learning fun! They do not forfeit your classes as long as you inform them even without a valid reason. A simple, “we cannot attend the class tomorrow” is okay for them. Perfect for little toddlers and first-time mothers that is still figuring things out!

Lotus Biscuit Muffin
Recipe

Lotus Biscuit Muffin Recipe

Tried and tested recipe that will make 6-9 wonderful muffins that is perfect for breakfast or snacks when you are always on a go!

Lotus Biscuit Muffin

My sister really likes lotus biscuit, lotus ice cream and lotus spread to begin with. She likes when I bake bread, cupcake or cookies because it serves her as her breakfast when she is running late for school. She requested that I bake muffins for her and I originally wanted to make carrot muffin, but i didn’t have any cinnamon available so I looked for the available products in my pantry.

Its easy and fool proof.

INGREDIENTS:
* 1/3 Cup LOTUS SPREAD
* 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
* 1/2 Cup Sugar
* 1/2 Cup Milk
* 1/2 tsp Vanilla
* 3/4 Cup Flour
* 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
* 1 egg

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
3. Fill each muffin tin 1/2 full.
5. Bake at 175c for 15-20 mins until golden and when you insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean, it is done.
7. Sprinkle lightly with Powdered Sugar.
8. Put in a tightlock container and place it in your table so everyone can enjoy it!

Lotus Biscuit Muffin

Shelf life: 5 days maximum in room temp for optimum taste. I took a picture on it’s 5th day and it’s still not bad, tomorrow, my sister is still willing to bring it as her baon!

Beach Trip
Motherhood

First Beach Trip with a Baby

After having him baptized, we decided that it’s safe to travel the baby, we usually listen to our elders that it’s safer to travel the baby once baptized.

We were so excited because it’s our first time with Inigo. What’s good  about living in Coatabato is that the beach is just 30 minutes away from our house! We decided to leave around 7am so that Inigo can enjoy the sea without the sun.

Here are some of the things that we prepared to make sure that he will have a wonderful time at this beach trip!

  1. Rashguard – I made sure that it was longsleeves, to avoid too much exposure. Here’s what he wore 🙂 I also wore this to him when he woke up to lessen the hassle of changing him in the resort. Diaper is still there and will just be removed when we arrive.
  2. Mustela Sunblock – apply before leaving the house for maximum protection.
  3. Swimava Neck Floater – I enjoyed, he enjoyed everyone was amused! I really love this and i recommend that you try it
  4. BABY BANZ Sunglasses – sunglasses that are designed for babies!

Here is Inigo sporting the SWIMAVA Neck floater and BABY BANZ SUNGLASSES for him to fully enjoy the beach experience

  1. Stokke Foldable Bath Tub – I need to give this credit again to my partner, he always make sure that Inigo will be comfortable. This is optional. WE only stayed for 4 hours and it was not a high end resort.
  2. Clean Water for Banlaw – Rene took atleast one bottle fo Absolute (6 liters) with us to make sure that Inigo can have banlaw without waiting in line. I think this is important too, sincethe place we were going to is a remote place.
  3. Bath Robe – as soon as the baby leaves the water, put on some bathrobe because they don’t have enough fats yet to regulate their body that fast.
  4. Towels – we have brought atleast 2 sets.
  5. Baby Bouncer – such a convenient thing to bring! A place where we can put the baby while he is resting and making sure that he enjoys every moment of it! Also must have so you can enjoy your food! Put him there while eating

LOOK AT THIS LITTLE BOY enjoying the resort while in his bouncer! Gave us freedom while we enjoy looking at him and chatting with our dear friends

  1. Mustela After Sun Lotion – gives fast relief to the skin
  2. Clothes for change
    1. 2 Footed Pajama – convenient to use, if you don’t have, a pajama and socks would do
    2. 2 Tshirt – choose the easiest one to wear
    3. 6 Diapers – you will never have enough
    4. 1 Jacket – sometimes the wind is to breezy
    5. 2 Bib – for that extra dool
    6. 5 Lampin
    7. 2 Blanket
  3. Toiletries
    1. Mustela Cleansing Gel
    2. Mustela Lotion
    3. Cotton Balls/Cotton Buds
    4. Wash Clot
    5. Mansanilla Oil – though some pedia says that it’s not advisable, we use it everytime iigo came from swimming, to give him comfort from the cold.

TIPS:

  1. Don’t expose your baby to the water too much. Maximum of 30 minutes only. Though he might look that he doesn’t’ have a problem staying longer and seems like having fun, overexposure can lead to colds and coughs (according to our elders)
  2. Be calm. Babies are like dogs, they usually absorb the energy that you have.
  3. Takes lot of pictures. These babies grow too fast!
  4. If you can find a swimsuit that is UV/Thermal, I think it would be better but not practical. Hehe.
Breastfeeding mom
Motherhood

Must Haves for Breastfeeding Moms

Hi Breastfeeding Moms!

One of the challenges I had was not being able to produce milk for Inigo for three days; however, when milk started coming out, it was a lot that my shirt would get soaked up!

Despite the delayed milk production,

I never experienced pain from being a breastfeeding mom perhaps because either Inigo was really gentle with sucking, or maybe I also made this habit of preventing cracked nipples by applying LANSINOH Cream every time I felt to do so at least 3 times a day.

What I did feel was pressure in my boobs, and the heaviness was as if my boobs were WATERMELONS, hard and full of milk. Since I was a CS mommy, it was challenging carrying my newborn and feeding him every 2 hours while recovering from my stitches. 

Every time our household found my shirt soaking wet, they would compliment me several times day like they had never seen a mommy so into breastfeeding. Despite the overflowing milk, I would still drink my supplements. PLUS in this blog, I will teach you how I make my Malunggay Water! Yes, you heard it right! Malunggay is very abundant in Cotabato and is just five steps away from our house. A wonderful way to ingest it is by infusing it with water or tea and don’t forget to take vitamins

 

First, let me tell you what you NEED:

 

  1. BREASTFEEDING PADS: These come in either disposable or reusable pads. Personally, I prefer the disposable ones since these are easier to use and change, and are very convenient especially if you are outside with your newborn. TIP: DO NOT HOARD: I had hoarded a lot before my body regulated the production as soon as my baby was 2 months old. Ever since the leaking stopped, the breastfeeding pads have been stuck in my closet.breastfeeding mom
  2. BREASTFEEDING COVER: They have a lot of styles nowadays — apron, poncho, and a lot more which I forgot how it’s called.  I had all of them but I preferred the apron style since it was really big and easier to wear and store when done. TIP: Get at least two. One always inside your diaper bag, and another in case you have house guests.breastfeeding mom
  3. MALUNGGAY CAPSULE: There are a lot to choose from, but I decided to choose Moringana because it was the cheapest in town. I read that the content is almost the same with other brands. I still drink it now.breastfeeding mom
  4. LANSINOH CREAM: I think this was my savior! I never experienced pain since I applied it like 3 times a day. With or without crack, I apply it to provide extra moisture, and it’s also safe to be ingested by our babies! breastfeeding mom
  5. NURSING PILLOW: Invest in a good one because it will be your best friend! I had one that also can be used as tummy time and lounge chair! Oh, how I love these products that grow with our child.breastfeeding mom
  6. NURSING BRA:  This saves a lot of effort, mommies! Your boobs will be needed between a 1 to 2-hour interval and you need a bra to put your breastfeeding pads! Compared to regular bras which take quite a while, o convenient to use

 

Aside from these, I drink Malunggay Tea/Water (recipe is here) from time to time and I infuse it with different tea flavors when I am bored with the taste! 

Those are my top 6 picks for all stay-at-home mothers who are just starting this breastfeeding journey. There will be a lot of restless and sleepless nights coming and there would be dark days wherein you are really going to feel exhausted and like a walking zombie, but endure it. I am breastfeeding for 23 months now and I do not regret anything because I think all of the hardships make our relationship with our son more meaningful.

Kumon
Reviews

Is kumon for toddlers worth it?

I had a friend that told me that one of the classmates of her son is attending Kumon and I really did not believe it.

Then one day, Gymboree Magnolia needed to close down for 1 week to attend to their management problems and I really did not know what to do to Inigo and his extra energy! He was so used to going there and everyday, he is telling me to go to Gymboree, so I looked for other things that he can do for the meantime.

Right that moment, the summer classes have already ended and Rene suggested I check Kumon which is just in front of our house.

            I called them and asked if my 2.6 year old son can attend one of their classes. Teacher Tess of Kumon P. Sanchez was very warm and invited me for an assessment the following day. We came there, and she interviewed me regarding the progress of Inigo, house dynamics, routine, activities and what is the goal in sending Inigo to Kumon.

I told her that we started play school at 18 months and the reason that I wanted Inigo to be enrolled is to do something worthwhile and practice his fine motor skills, especially writing because I am a leftie and he is right handed.

 

When the interview was done, they asked me to fill out some forms and some questions that struck me are:

  1. Do you read books with your child? How often?
  2. How many books do you have at home?
  3. His favorite book?

 

   I was shocked that it matters to them, I asked why, and they said that what Inigo is enrolled is “Reading Program”. When the interview and filling up of forms were done, they invited us to the classroom for FREE ASSESSMENT.

          Kumon

Inigo was so proactive, I am guessing he likes the new activities and attention that the teacher was giving him. The assessment only took 15 minutes and we have decided to enroll him to the lowest level, which is 7A and that includes the ZI pencil skills practice too!

Kumon

 Which is my aim and I was very happy that they offer it for the price of 1. After the interview, they invited That was a Monday, and she asked me to come on their cutoff date, which every 20th of the Month.

Kumon

These are the requirements that I needed to submit and Php 2,500.

 

Php 2,000 goes to the tuition fee that includes 8 times a week of one on one classes for 30 mins each class and Php 500 goes to enrollment fee. Not bad to think that it’s Php 250 per class if you think it that way? Then when enrolling, it comes with a FREE BAG and a PENCIL! Who doesn’t like freebies? Hahaha.

Kumon

The best part is not yet done, THEY HAVE TAKE HOME WORKSHEETS! Imagine, if you attend class for 2 days only, they give you worksheets that are good for 5 DAYS that you are not in class! I really was shocked but in a good way, because it’s really value for money! I do not need to think of activities that Inigo needs to do, it is given to us, for free! Wow dba?

We are now in our second month with Kumon, most days Inigo loves to go and do his homeworks, some days, he is too lazy to go to Kumon or do his assignments. I let him skip assignments for him not to hate Kumon, but I never let him miss a class. I wanted to instill discipline in him as soon as now, sometimes it works perfectly, but there are days, like today that he really did not want to participate so it took a lot of bribery from Teacher Ellen, Teacher Tess and I for him to complete the tasks. I am lucky to find people who understands where we stand and just let’s Inigo run his course of being a toddler at times. font-size:00px toddler

 

Key Takeaway 

Is Kumon worth it? YES! Anything for my son that will benefit him in the future, is worth investing!

What are you waiting for mommies? The Kumon is having a promo that ENROLLMENT FEE is waived if you enrolled until July 30, 2019! Call your nearest Kumon for assessment today

Work From Home
Motherhood

Ways to Earn at Home while being a Full Time Mother

 Everyone is asking me,

if I ever miss working and earning my own money, and honestly, it was one of my demons that I constantly battled within myself and Even thought of Doing Work From Home gigs. I always think that I am lucky that my partner is a good provider and thinking of the traffic, commute, stress and leaving Inigo to a yaya, I don’t see myself working anytime soon.

That doesn’t stop me from wanting to earn for myself. My partner always told me that this is my season to enjoy being a mother and when the right time comes, I can always find a job or do whatever I want. I am a stubborn person and I can’t just rest my mind that I am not doing anything to help MYSELF. Yes, help myself to grow, to learn, to mature and to help a little bit in our family.

            So for the mommies out there that want’s to earn without leaving the house ( Work From Home), here are some proven ways that I personally did and doing whilst being a mother to my superhero spiderman Inigo (yes, he calls himself Spiderman nowadays)

  1. GCASH Load

Have you heard about GCASH? I love this app so much aside from making things easier by letting you transfer money to 20 banks for free, they also offer LOAD. You can load to any NETWORK and earn a REBATE. If you send load to Globe Prepaid, they’ll give you 5%. For example, send Php 100, they will give you back Php 5.00. It’s not much, but atleast you are earning using your fingertips!

  1. GCASH INVEST

This is not for everyone, but if you are a longtime user like I do, they will offer this to you. This is better than putting your money in bank because they offer 4%, compared to other banks that only offer 1-2%. The best part? You can invest as low as Php 50 without leaving the house! Everytime I send load to my loved ones and friends, I kept the change and started investing here. I started last March 22, 2019and my total investment was Php 2,210.87 and as of June 13, 2019, my total value is Php 2,229.19. So my money earned 18.32, not bad considering that I only put extra every week. No hassle investing.

  1. Sell preloved things

This is my favorite way of earning money. Why? Because I see the preloved value of things, I really try to take care more of the things around me. Usually, I sell preloved of my son and one time, while disposing Melissa and Doug items, I got 9,000 in 3 transactions! I was so happy because Inigo enjoyed it and now that he has outgrown it, we can still sell it and buy him new things! This cycle never ends. Just join buy and sell groups, sell in instragram, carousell and Facebook Marketplace!

  1. Bake and Sell Goods

I never imagined myself baking but one day, TESDA offered a free course and grabbed it! From then on, I started baing and experimenting and last Dec 2018, when I was still in Cotabato, my family was very supportive and they chose to use my banana loaves as their Christmas giveaways and I earned a lot and saved it all in my son’s trust fund account. Until now that I am in Manila, my bestfriend sells it for me. Do not be shy to ask people around, they are more willing since support local is being promoted nowadays.

  1. Buy and Sell

Rene, my partner lives in Australia and loves to look for cheap but effective product, thus BAKING MOTHERHOOD SHOP is born. These are the tried and tested items that we use as a family and it really brings more money than all of the things that I have told you. I suggest that you find things that are affordable where your family is staying and start a small online business! I am still trying to set up shopee as of the moment, but I think Shopee doesn’t like me. So anyone who wants to resell my items, let’s talk! I’ll give you discounts and let’s collaborate and maybe this just might be your key to Work From Home

I hope that I inspired you to earn money while staying at home. It’s hard but its really satisfying and ADDICTING. No matter how small the amount is, it still money right? It’s still the accomplishment of selling and helping a little to your family that matters!

Disposition
Motherhood, Realizations

Learning Your Disposition in Life: A Step to Becoming At Peace

Ever since becoming a mother

I never looked for happiness anymore. Though motherhood is full of ups and downs, having a child is an unforeseen source of endless happiness. A happiness that is so pure and deep that no matter what shit life brings you, the joy that a child brings merits all.

Now, my constant battle is PEACE. I think finding peace in your heart is the greatest struggle in life. I always love and hate this generation. Love because life became easier and more comfortable, hate because of all the things that we see that is unnecessary, but we end up wanting.

From those “goals/achievement” I see in social media, stemmed my constant battle with peace.

As I always see

a lot of mother is struggling saying goodbye to the old life of being single, career driven and financially independent to be a full time stay at home mother, and I was one of them.

It took me 2 years to fully accept that this is motherhood is my season of being SELFLESS, of letting go, of focusing with family and of being dependent on my partner.

We are not rich

we are just comfortable, so sometimes when there’s an opportunity that comes knocking on my door such as a job offer, it disrupts my peace. My mind starts running wild, keep thinking of what if’s and what nots, worrying constantly if what I am doing is right. I kept thinking, I can get a yaya and I can work, my salary at work can be used for our savings, for our future car, and for our future house!

I get excited but when I think of leaving my child to someone I barely know, I get cold feet.

The last job offer I had was 2 months ago and it did not really shake me anymore because I learned to accept and LOVE MY DISPOSITION IN LIFE.

What does disposition mean? It says in the dictionary,

“The way in which something is placed or arranged, especially in relation to other things”

In my case, I define it as “where YOU ARE  now at the moment is the best place where YOU should be that will make YOU nearer to YOUR DREAM”

So when I realized my disposition in my life at the moment, I began taking things lightly and started loving life more.

  1. I realized that where you are now doesn’t mean you are stuck, it just means we are where we are supposed to be.
  2.  I realized that the missed opportunities will be there again knocking in your doorstep but in a different form.
  3. I realized that all of us has our own season. Season to win, season to lose, season to lead and season to surrender.
  4. I realized that LIFE IS NOT A RACE. Who said there was a finish line? Where is it?
  5. I realized that life is complex and WE CAN’T FIGURE THINGS OUT. So why worry?
  6. I realized that happiness is just around the corner, we just need to change the way we look at things.
  7. I realized that there’s a gift in every delay. You will know one day for sure.
  8. I realized that what you think you need, is not really what you need at the moment. You just need to trust the perfect timing.

With all the things that I realized and, by acknowledging and accepting my disposition in life, I became more confident with the future. I stopped worrying and I stopped sweating the small stuff. I learned to take life day by day, rejoiced in simple things and never took things for granted.

I trust that I am in the right position, not near where I want to be but confident that I am on my way. Then, the peace came pouring in. I never lost my peace anymore, it sometimes get shaken but once you figured your disposition, peace is right by your side all the time and will never leave you.

That’s why, having realized your disposition in life, is a step closer to having peace in your heart. Go on, have a walk, take a vacation and talk to yourself and ask, where am I? Am I in the place where I am supposed to be in order to get the future you want?

If you are there, then be thankful and enjoy life. If you are still navigating, don’t worry, tomorrow is another day to look for your place in the world! Live life to the fullest!

Kids Toys
Baby

Why Age Appropriate Toys are Important

I grew up with lots of memories that I have overflowing toys so when Inigo came, I became a hoarder of toys but lately did I learn that you need to buy age appropriate toys for them, you know why?

First

it is important to buy age-appropriate toys for kids throughout their lifespan since children learn new skills and show different interests during different stages of development. Finding an age-appropriate toy means finding a toy that is a good match for their age, interest and the skills they are learning.

Second

exposing your kid to a toy that is too advanced in his age will frustrate him and will make him lose his confidence. It happed to Inigo and I, I gave him the lacing beads too early, his fine motor skills that time is not yet fully developed and he ended up getting frustrated and throwing tantrums. So start with the easiest and ease your way up.

Third

giving age appropriate toys means that they are more able to finish the toys and feel an accomplishment doing it. For example, I started giving Inigo stackable blocks around 12 months and he feels so good after doing it, so it’s win win situation for us, to be able to make our baby feel good and bond without tantrums! Hahaha.

 

TIP: If you want to buy a toy for your baby, checkout the MILESTONE/AGE APPROPRIATE  chart for your baby, so you would be sure that your money spent for toys will be worth it.

I followed this all throughout and it’s safe to say, that our toys are well used. “Age Appropriate Toys

           

Do not think that the money we would spent on toys, especially the educational ones are expensive nowadays will just go to waste. Remember, children learn through playing!