In the Kitchen: Merienda Galore

What is one best way to spend time with the family? During merienda!

Afternoon snacks besides night chats is one part of the day I enjoy spending with my kids. My kids don’t have high levels of appetite (especially my elder daughter) but they have all the thrills and giggles whenever I serve something for them. We call it “Takaw-Tingin” here in the Philippines. It is summer and kids are out for vacation and as we all know, kids nowadays are unstoppable. They make it necessary for us parents to prepare something new for them, be it food, games, toys or unlimited number of activities so as to keep their nerves and minds busy! That somehow makes parenting one best way to explore and continue to learn. Hey! I have to somehow dig the internet for creative ideas from snacks to kiddie activities. Here’s one I imitated from a Pinterest pin – a unique way to serve ice cream!

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Maybe I can say that our country is one of the many places where you can go on food exploration and pig out! Since kids this summer is most of the time at home, we bond by eating together. Check out these afternoon merienda I served them one time. You will definitely crave too!

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Uplifting Our Spirits

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Last February, we have welcomed the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at home. We have offered our prayers and lifted up to her our heart’s desires. A week of praying the rosary truly lifted our spirits. I am but glad that my daughters, at their young age, willingly prayed the rosary with me. My elder daughter even invited some friends to pray with us. Having the Blessed Virgin Mary’s image at home brought back a lot of memories to me. I have once been a member of Block Rosary and Legion of Mary back my High School days. I was very active during my sophomore and junior year in fact. My childhood friends and I would always pray and join the Block Rosary prayer brigade.

“Block Rosary is a Mother’s call to her children. Block Rosary is designed in Heaven and brought to earth by the Mother of God. Block Rosary neighbors PRAY together; Block Rosary Neighbors STAY together.”

(*source – Block Rosary Crusade Nigeria website)

With this, it gave me a feeling of wanting to have both my kids be as active as I was at church before. It wouldn’t  just bring them closer to Him but also would definitely bring out the best in them. Most parents would agree with me in that fact for sure.

This really calls for the Stef that was… thanks for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit and I hope it won’t be the last.

 

Candlelight: 2013 Earth Hour

 

We have once again participated to this year’s Earth Hour. And just like with the part year’s “tradition”, it gave us (me and my kids) a good feeling in doing so. We once again had a little fun while we “Dare the World to Save the Earth”, as what the Eath Hour Community featured. For an hour, for just last March 31, we turned off the lights and lit up a candle. We somehow, in out own little way, took part of history.

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It just makes me wonder, if millions of people around the globe can do it, and whole-heartedly participated in it, why not make this particular event be at least twice a year? Or perhaps, once a month? That would be so much better for the Earth, right? Imagine, there were even some of us who went beyond the hour. It was an “extra mile” and it was good… a very good sign, in fact! I just would like to extend my “pat-on-the-back” virtually to the people behind this event. These people has just proved me right one way or another, that there is good in each one of us. Kudos to everyone who participated this year’s Earth Hour! I know all of us enjoyed the candlelight during that dark (literally) Earth hour. We will be more than happy to participate again next year.

 

KidsDoodle Apps Inspired Ate K

My elder daughter, K , has always been interested in arts. She is into painting and drawing. I have saved some of her old artworks (when she was still younger) and some we can no longer find. From the mess of watercolors, pencils, markers and crayons, her interest in drawing has evolved. Now, she’s enjoying her ability either using MS Paint or this application I got for her from Google Play – KidsDoodle!

Here are some of her doodles using the said application…
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Besides K, my younger daughter showed interest too. Roey can already write letters from A to D and has been doodling too using crayons and water color. Her big sister once showed her the KidsDoodle application and out of curiosity, she tried using it too.

So, last but not the least, here is something my 3yo daughter, Roey, created…

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In case you are wondering what that is, she drew a letter A and a W. As I have mentioned, we were practicing writing and currently at the letter D but she has already learned W in advance. Hooray for that, hooray for her drawing and another hooray for being able to use the apps without further instructions. Kids nowadays…

Losing a Mother

Losing a Mother

Yesterday was my Mama’s 2nd death anniversary. We offered a mass for her soul and dropped by the cemetery. I’ve been dreaming of her almost every week which made me truly miss her. These adjectives aren’t enough to describe how wonderful she’s been not just to me but to my kids and so as my friends. A lot can testify on that.

Losing a Mother is really though but it has made me tougher as a person and a Mom too. I could not thank my Mom enough for all of what she taught and imparted me. As go on with life, I feel so blessed and lucky that I was once her baby. If given another chance to live, I would like her to be my Mother again.


Mama, I miss you! We miss you!

We hope that you are so much happier now in heaven!

We love you! ?

 

 

 

 

* For the scrapblog freebies, special credits to:

LorieM
Shery K Designs
JoniGray

 

When Accidents Happen

Whether at work, home or out and about, people become injured every day: it’s a fact of life. They vary in length and seriousness, but no matter how negligible it is, as a mother, I dread the thought of being injured.

As I spend most of my time at home, I’m not as at-risk as other people, but I still worry about what would happen if I was to pick up an injury, there are a few things I think about:

What if I was to have an accident while on my way to work?

What if my kids had an accident at home or school?

How can I resolve my finances in the event of an accident if I have to quit working?

Am I entitled to compensation?

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I get freaked out whenever I ask myself those questions. A friend of mine in the US had an accident while on her way to work, tripping over a stone on a narrow path near her office. As a result, she got seriously injured and had to leave her job, meaning that she had to take sick leave for a week. This was good for her as, even though she wasn’t at work, she still got paid, and was covered as far as medical expenses were concerned.

While this happens if you’re forced to take a short time off work, what would happen if you were laid low with an injury for much longer? Would you have to leave your job permanently in order to make a full recovery, and what would happen if your kids were involved in an accident? Although rare, these incidents do happen. This is when getting in touch with experts like those at Nowinnofee.net can help. They can help you get compensation for your injury, ensuring that you’re covered financially.

Hopefully, this is something that won’t happen to anyone in my family. As a mother, I pray all the time that my kids are safe and not worrying too much also helps, especially if you know what to do if you or they do become injured.

Whether at work, home or out and about, people become injured every day: it’s a fact of life. They vary in length and seriousness, but no matter how negligible it is, as a mother, I dread the thought of being injured. As I spend most of my time at home, I’m not as at-risk as other people, but I still worry about what would happen if I was to pick up an injury, there are a few things I think about:

What if I was to have an accident while on my way to work?
What if my kids had an accident at home or school?
How can I resolve my finances in the event of an accident if I have to quit working?
Am I entitled to compensation?

I get freaked out whenever I ask myself those questions. A friend of mine in the US had an accident while on her way to work, tripping over a stone on a narrow path near her office. As a result, she got seriously injured and had to leave her job, meaning that she had to take sick leave for a week. This was good for her as, even though she wasn’t at work, she still got paid, and was covered as far as medical expenses were concerned.

While this happens if you’re forced to take a short time off work, what would happen if you were laid low with an injury for much longer? Would you have to leave your job permanently in order to make a full recovery, and what would happen if your kids were involved in an accident? Although rare, these incidents do happen. This is when getting in touch with experts like those at Nowinnofee.net can help. They can help you get compensation for your injury, ensuring that you’re covered financially.

Hopefully, this is something that won’t happen to anyone in my family. As a mother, I pray all the time that my kids are safe and not worrying too much also helps, especially if you know what to do if you or they do become injured.
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