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    Three Tips for Busy Work at Home Moms

    Three tips for busy moms. When I tell people that I am a work at home mom, they usually think that all I do is to be on the computer all day long. “You’re lucky to have all that time,” most of them say. Well, ladies and gents, this is not true. Work at home moms are as busy (and stressed) as any person working away from home. In fact, I often feel like twenty four hours are not enough to finish everything – especially now that we are without house help. But, although time is limited, I usually get everything done by the end of the day. Daddy A and I even find the time to watch our new favorite series, Homeland, while sipping a glass of wine. 😀 How is that possible?! I do not have super powers, but I do have a partner: my husband. Keeping sane despite our busy schedules is all about team work. Before Daddy A goes to work, he helps me prepare the kids for the day. We eat breakfast with them then we give them a bath; after which we place them in their play area where they can watch their favorite shows, play with their toys and read books. I use this time to clean the house and, when the kids are not being too needy, I do the laundry too. Since Daddy A’s work place is just a few minutes away, he usually goes home for lunch. He plays with the kids while I prepare our meal. After lunch, we clean the kids up again then we prepare them for their nap. Nap time is my time for work and blogging. The kids usually nap for two to three hours so I try to do as much as I can during this time. Of course, it’s not always this way. There are days when Daddy A can’t come home to help. And, there are days when the kids are just too cranky and needy that I have to find a way to speed up my tasks so I can give my full attention to them. This is where my second tip comes in. Allow me to borrow a term I got from internet marketers: automate. No, I don’t have high-tech robots in the house – although I wish I did. BUT, what I have are tools that help me work faster. For instance, I use the iMop for mopping the floor. I use a chopper and peeler when preparing our food. And instead of soaking the kids’ bottles in boiling water, we use a sterilizer that cleans the bottles in minutes. These save me a lot of time so I get to finish more tasks with the limited time I have. My last tip is to utilize what is available online. Since we have two little ones, it’s very difficult for us to go out to shop and pay the bills. Imagine having a super hyper 2-year old running around the mall and a heavy 6-month old in a sling. Tiring! So when our nanny left, we only leave the house to do the groceries or bring the kids to Gymboree or their grandparents’ house. Shopping for appliances or tools we need in the house is often done through Home Shopping Network and our go-to online store for clothes and shoes – Zalora. Bills are paid via online or mobile banking. Moms and Dads, it really is possible to balance work and family life. You just need to pull a few tricks out of the hat so you can finish certain tasks faster to give time for the most important of all: family. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Although I received compensation for this write-up, all the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

    The Princess at 25 Months

    If I remember correctly, I started this blog to record my kids’ milestones. I feel guilty because I don’t think I’ve been doing that. So here goes. Allow me to start with our little girl who turned two last May 19. She is 25 months as of this writing. Oh the terrible two’s! I’m not going to lie. It has been extremely difficult. The Princess continuously tests our patience that sometimes, I feel like giving up on her already. I often find myself asking, “What did I do wrong? Why did she grow up to be so hard to handle?!” Then I hear her say “Oh gosh!” or count to ten or recite her very cute version of the alphabet… and everything is okay again. It’s like this every. single. day.
    It is very exhausting, but at the same time, fun. Like I said, she has her cute ways of saying/doing things. She recently learned to count from one to ten. She also knows her letters, but with a twist. A… B… C… D… E… Brush! (she still thinks that the letter F is a toothbrush)… G… H… Ice cream! (she thinks that the small I is an ice cream on a cone hehe)… J… Okay… EMEMEM… O… P!… X… Y… Z! She says, “Oh gosh!” when she gets excited. She knows how to wear her shoes. She picks her own clothes. I let her do this despite how funny she looks. It’s amusing eh! She sings along the Windows 8, Rejoice and Beam commercials (I should record her performance!). She also like singing along the songs of Club House Mickey, Hi-5 and Bubble Guppies. She even memorized some of the lines from the shows! She gets giddy every time she hears Pink’s Just Give Me A Reason. She can identify colors. She is also now aware of time outs. Every time she doesn’t listen, we’d put her on a 5-minute time out then talk to her after. Most important of all, she knows how to take care of her little brother. We are now able to leave them in a room together because our little girl knows how to (gently) play with her brother and calls us when her brother is hungry or needs to be changed. We have a long way to go with this crazy little one — it’s going to be tough, but I’m sure it will be something we will all enjoy!

    The Scary Part of Parenthood: Breath-holding Spells

    The Little Man’s 4th month was a tough one for Daddy A and I. That was the time when he was just learning to turn on his belly. Unlike his older sister, though, he had a hard time turning his body around. This frustrated him. A lot. He’d scream and cry to the top of his lungs until he runs out of air and, shockingly, turns blue. He has never passed out because we immediately try to get him out of the spell, but some children actually pass out during these spells.
    According to Wikipedia, “Breath-holding spells are the occurrence of episodic apnea in children, possibly associated with loss of consciousness, and changes in postural tone.” There are two types of breath-holding spells: Cyanotic and Pallid. The first type of spell is triggered by frustration, anger or pain. Parents who have witnessed cyanotic spells before can already tell when another one is about the come because the child’s face slowly turns into a blue-ish/purple-ish color. The second type of spell, however, is not very common and is unpredictable. It is triggered when the child is frightened or startled. You’d know that the child is having a pallid breath-holding spell when he/she becomes very pale (sometimes, almost white). Most children who hold their breath when crying pass out up to a minute. In severe cases, seizures occur. Imagine the horror that parents go through! What should you do during a breath-holding spell?
    • The number one rule that our pedia said is to stay calm. When a spell is about to come or has started, try to get the little one’s attention to veer him away from the trigger. In the Little Man’s case, we clap our hands while singing nursery rhymes, we offer him a rattle or we take him outside. He eventually gets out of the spell when he sees or hears something more interesting.
    • Never let your child see that you get scared every time a breath-holding spell occurs. This is going to be a problem when he gets older because he might use it to get what he wants.
    • When he does get into a spell, calmly talk to him while rubbing his chest to stimulate breathing. We also gently blow on his face so he’d gasp for air.
    • If the child passes out, check his mouth for potential choking hazards.
    Thankfully, most children outgrow these breath-holding spells. The Little Man is almost six months now and breath-holding spells rarely occur.
    Do your kids have breath-holding spells? Share your tips on handling these spells!

    A Weekend in Tagaytay

    The City of Tagaytay is one of the Philippines’ most popular tourist destinations. One, because of the cool climate and scenic views. And two, because of its proximity from Manila. Last Friday, the family and I decided to go on a weekend trip. We packed our bags and drove to — no other than — Tagaytay. We chose Tagaytay because it’s just an hour away and we wanted to try the new activities the city offers. Because we arrived late in the evening, we agreed to delay our planned activities the next day and just rested on our first night. Early the next morning, we took off and started with our tour. Our first stop was The Puzzle Mansion, home of the record-breaking puzzle collection of Gina Gil Lacuna. It is also a bed and breakfast with a function hall and infinity pool — so if you are looking for a place to stay or a location for your next event, try this out!
    Aside from animals and paintings, Daddy A also likes collecting all sorts of puzzles. Unfortunately, we keep missing pieces because we have a little rascal by the name of Kelly that likes hiding some of the puzzle pieces. Hopefully when we finally buy a house of our own, we can dedicate a room for Daddy A’s collection. We took a few more shots before leaving because we just can’t miss capturing the joy on The Princess’ face while playing in the garden. Don’t worry, little one. There are plenty of green fields in our new home!
    After lots of running and photos, we finally decided to head to our next destination: Residence Inn. Part of the Zoomanity Group, which also manages Paradizoo and Zoobic Safari, the zoo houses animals of all sorts — birds, monkeys, crocs, tigers, lions and many more. They also have animal shows where kids can interact with the animals as well as activities like the zip line and cable car ride.
    The Princess screamed with joy when we entered the aviary and birds flocked towards us. She especially enjoyed feeding the Umbrella Cockatoo, who shook her hand and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
    The Little Man, on the other hand, was crying throughout the animal show. I think he got scared because everyone kept screaming every time the zoo keepers take out an exotic animal. He only stopped crying when we brought him to the zoo’s restaurant, which was overlooking Taal Lake.
    The sun was already setting when we drove to the last place on our list. We’ve already been to Sky Ranch before, but we can’t miss it. Besides, the last time we were there, it was already late and we weren’t able to try all the rides.
    The highlight of The Princess’ night at Sky Ranch was her first try at the zorb ball. While all the kids were running and jumping around in their zorb balls, Kelly chose to just lie down and relax. Everyone were laughing at how chill the little girl was! We called it a night when our stomachs began grumble. We had dinner at Bag of Beans then headed back to our hotel. Everyone was knocked out soon after. The next day, we had brunch at Pamana — I swear they serve some of the best Filipino dishes! — then ended our trip with a visit to the Little Souls Convent. Breakdown of Expenses The Puzzle Mansion: P100/person (Kids below 3 ft. are free of charge) Residence Inn: P249/person (Kids below 3 ft. are free of charge) Sky Ranch Entrance: P150/person (Kids below 3 ft. are free of charge) Sky Ranch Rides: P50-P150

    Old School Blogging, June: My A-Z

    Before I created my own blog, I was already following mommy blogs like Spanish Pinay and Lines From The Wire. I had so much fun reading their posts about their little ladies that I just had to create a blog of my own — where I can document my little one’s milestones. I only started blogging back in 2011 while I was on my 23rd week of pregnancy. I still had no idea I that we were having a girl then so imagine the excitement when I found out that we were going to have a little lady of our own! My first few months of blogging (as Coffee With Kim) were all about my pregnancy, my birth experience, The Princess’ milestones and, of course, memes. Oh, those were the days! So when I found out that Denise of Bebengisms tagged me to a meme, I immediately went through the post and thought of answers already. Enjoy my alphabet meme and feel free to jump right in! A. Attached or Single? Attached since 2007 to my very handsome (naks, Daddy A!!!) Fire Officer.
    PNPA Valentine’s Hop, 2008
    B. Best Friend? I have three best girl friends and one best man that I love to bits! But my bestest best friend will have to be Daddy A. ♥ C. Cake or Pie? Choco-Caramel Cake, any day! D. Day of choice? I like Sundays because I get to relax and bond with Daddy A and the kids. E. Essential item? It’ll have to be my phone because I use it to keep in touch with family, friends and clients. F. Favorite color? I used to love the color orange. But now I don’t have a particular favorite. G. Gummy bears or worms? Hmm. I’d go for gummy worms. H. Hometown? Cainta, Rizal. I. Favorite Indulgence? Massages, for sure. J. January or July? July, of course! That’s my birth month. 😀 K. Kids? The Princess and The Little Man.
    L. Life isn’t complete without? Daddy A and our little ones. M. Marriage date? May 8, 2011. N. Number of brothers/sisters? Just one younger sister. O. Oranges or Apples? Apples! P. Phobias? Ugh. I hate roaches! Especially the flying ones. I’m terrified of spiders, too. Q. Quotes? “There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost; the ship has sailed and only a fool would continue. Truth is, I’ve always been a fool.” (Big Fish) R. Reasons to smile? My family. 🙂 S. Season of choice? Unlike most Leo’s, I’d choose rain over the sun. I like the gloomy and cool weather more than hot summer days. T. Tag 5 people: Camille, Joy, Sha, Maggie and Irene. U. Unknown fact about me? I cry every time I watch war movies. V. Vegetable? I’m not a fan, but I force myself to eat ’em. W. Worst habit? I tend to nag. Sorry, Daddy A! X. Xray or Ultrasound? I hated my xray experience… but ultrasounds remind me of the two wonderful times that we found out about our kids. Y. Your favorite food? I can eat Sinigang every. single. day. Z. Zodiac sign? Leo. There you have it! If you want to join, hop right in and copy-paste the questions from Elaine or Jennifer‘s (they co-host this) blogs. Don’t forget to add the badge below!
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