Spruce Up Your Bedroom Without Breaking The Bank

Your bedroom is your own little sanctuary, the place you should feel at your most relaxed and peaceful. So if yours is cluttered, dull and uninspiring, it’s time to make some changes. How a room looks can have a surprising effect on how you feel, so as well as it looking nicer, you’ll find it makes you happier and allows you to get a better night’s sleep too! If you don’t want to spend too much, here are some inexpensive ways you can spruce up the space.

Deep Clean and Organise

The bedroom can be a tricky space to deep clean due to the large pieces of furniture in the room. However, it’s worth doing on a regular basis since mold can form behind furniture and dust and debris can collect under the bed making the room feel musty. If you suffer from allergies, this will surely be setting off your symptoms as well. Pull everything out and vacuum behind it. Carefully dust along skirting boards, on light fixtures and on top of doors. Clean the windows and air out the room. Then organize all of your belongings, so they’re easy to access and aren’t cluttering up the space. Just having everything fresh, clean and organized can make the room look so much nicer before you’ve even done anything else.


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One of the Boys

I wonder why my little girl loves to play with her Uncles. I oftentimes think that she would prefer playing with kids her age but surprisingly, she can be considered one of the boys as she would insist on joining the activities of her uncles who are way older that her.

Two of my cousins from Manila stayed with us for a few days while waiting for our Grandmother’s birthday celebration in our province in South Cotabato last week. Their appearance on our Lola’s birthday is part of the surprise so they could not be there in advance. While they are here, we did several bonding activities like swimming in the nearby beach, visiting the park and had dinner during our wedding anniversary.

As of this writing, they are already back in Manila but the short time spent with them are not just fun but super memorable. I am sure Bella would miss his Uncles since she really had a great time with them too.

Originally published in November 7, 2013.

Sleep Hacks For Well Rested Kids

If there’s one challenge parents face that crops up time and time again, it’s the issue of bedtime. Families across the world struggle with unruly children at bedtime – kids just don’t understand the concept of getting enough sleep, which can, in turn, leave them angry and irritable during the day. It is paramount that your child gets enough sleep so that they can function normally in the daytime, and so they can excel at their classes. Failure to promote a workable bedtime routine in your children’s lives can lead to a potential lifetime of bad habits, and a poor relationship with sleep. The first step in ensuring that your child gets the restful night they need is making sure their bedroom is fully equipped for the task at hand. Here’s how you can do so.



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Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

As a wife and mother, I know that I have the responsibility to take care of myself especially that my family is very dependent on me in so many ways. Taking care of one’s self means taking care of your loved ones and all the people and things that matters to you. In my case, I really find it challenging to live a healthy lifestyle and be back in shape considering the busy schedule I have as a full-time mom, an online freelancer, a student and the many other roles in between. Huh, so many excuses!

Although I really wanted to stay fit and in shape, being busy and having a schedule so toxic gave me a good excuse not to exercise, go on a diet and have this thing called “healthy lifestyle”. But after seeing how disciplined my sister-in-law was when it comes to her food intake and in taking care of her health,  I decided to take a small step by  accepting  the challenge and started my journey to a healthy lifestyle.

I begun with  the “no rice diet” as I was so inspired with the lifestyle that my sister-in-law has. Aside from the fact that I really want to lose weight, I realized that it is high time for me to really take care of my health since I am not getting any younger anymore. My “no rice diet” plan has been going on since last June. It may not be as exclusive as the “no rice diet” per se because I also allow myself to indulge sometimes especially when stress are getting into me or whenever I feel like I needed to reward myself. The “cheat day” makes me feel relieved and energized as I continue my journey towards achieving my goal although it only happens once in a while and mostly during food blogging events. LOL

To set a little motivation, I started joining Zumba classes every once or twice a week. Thanks to a dear friend who introduces me to this kind of exercise. I know I could still enhance my diet plan by taking nutritional supplements, that way I would be able nourish my body with the appropriate vitamins and minerals needed for me to achieve my objective of having a healthy and fit body.

My journey to a healthy lifestyle is really challenging but aside from learning how to discipline myself, I have also learned how to endure and persevere. With this, I discovered that having a healthy and positive disposition in life is generally  helpful in  achieving a healthy life.

So to all the supermoms out there, let us take this journey together with a happy heart and believe that tomorrow is better than today. Let us love our self by staying healthy!

Originally published Sep 17, 2013.

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Have Things Been Going Bump In The Night?

Have you been hearing noises while you’re trying to sleep?

Maybe things have been going bump in the night?

It’s probably your kids getting in and out of bed. This often happens when they are unable to sleep, and get bored of trying. Most parents end up getting out of bed themselves to soothe their children and help them get back to sleep. This isn’t a good habit to get into, though, as it will just lead to lots of nights of broken sleep for both you and your kids. Ideally, you need to try and work on getting your children to sleep through the entire night. Here’s how you can do that. Read the rest of this entry »