#daretoshareIGchallenge

#daretoshareIGchallenge

I joined this class by Arriane Serafico. To be quite honest, I wasn’t serious at it first. I didn’t do the first few days because I was on a playdate and got swamped at work. I woke up to reality that there were groupings! I want my own support group and to actually see what other people are doing and what their attack is. Good thing, we were still able to group. Yay for extension.

This course/challenge is just amazing and intense. The fact that you need to do an editorial calendar is just pushing me out of the comfort zone. I was in a rush to find photos and to do my content (Thanks Canva!).

My team is #teamrush and which stemmed from the fact that we were in a rush to find groupmates. We started from around 6 people and I think we are now 7 or 8? The engery in the group is just wildly positive! We are juggling different tasks everyday but we find time to interact. I am actually stalking the other posts and hopefully, I can be friends with them too! #supportgroup

Key takeaways? I am doing just fine. I know the basics already and I am building direction. I started it this year. Styling my feed with a pattern. It now all boils down to creating content and being consistent with what I want to do. I’ll be committed this time around since I want to claim my authenticity as blogger (Wow! Big words!)

Here’s a photo of my feed before and after the challenge! I know my followers isn’t that much but quality over quantity, right?

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Before (taken 6/14)
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Now (taken 6/20)

Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be posting my last one for the challenge in a few minutes. It’s gonna be a long one (for the caption).

Shoutout to Arriane, who is generous with her knowledge and created this workshop and to Team Rush for all those positive comments and the push to be accountable. Too legit to quit!

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Oh My Fish!

Oh My Fish!

Remember when you are looking for something fun to do with your kid? For our Burrito’s birthday, we went to Manila Ocean Park.

Pro Tip: We got a ticket through MetroDeal. We picked the Deep Sea Rush with the following activities: Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.

We could have gotten more but we just took into consideration of the two year old’s nap time and energy. We started the day late because we have a small breakfast party. You can check my post about that here.

Here’s just a quick rundown of what we did.

Oceanarium. It was a good thing that we didn’t bring the stroller. The place has stairs! It was also divided into different segments like fish you can see in the jungle, reef, etc. It was a pretty sight. We expected to see more fish at the tunnel though. My husband said there were more a few years earlier. Lucas liked to see different fish. He didn’t know where to look.

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Fish, fish!
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This fish made him say, “Oh my gosh!”
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Colorful fish!
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Starfish.

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Curious kid.
So happy with everything!

Jellies Exhibit. I expected more but it was just a small room with around a few kinds of jellyfish. Overall, it was a good place to take your profile photos! Ha. Lucas was just a bit steady during this exhibit. There was this area where there are souvenirs, that’s the only time he was interested because there’s a truck.


Sea Lion Show. This show is done outside. We watched it around 3:00 PM. No umbrellas are allowed since it might distract the Sea Lions. Lucas enjoyed this! He was laughing at some parts and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

See how happy he is?
Yay!


Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. There were a lot of people who wanted to touch sharks and rays. Lucas got a bit scared but it was a good sight to see. Maybe the experience is better if the place is not really that crowded. We weren’t able to take photos because of the crowd.

Symphony Evening Show. We missed this show because we had dinner. We hope to catch this on our next trip.

Another tip: Make sure you know the height of your kid. We didn’t know he’s over two feet so we had to get a ticket there instead.

Overall, it was a good place to bring your kid! Our Burrito is in the stage of exploring and learning. We are happy that he is enjoying and beginning to understand the different experience. It was just too bad when we went there when a company had their team building. But we will definitely be back for more since we missed out other attractions.

Any suggestions where to go next?

#BurriTWO

#BurriTWO

Last weekend, we celebrated Lucas’ second birthday. It was not as fancy as his first but I still proceeded with having a themed birthday. This year, we went nautical. We thought it would be fitting as he likes fish and we were planning to bring him to Manila Ocean Park.

As a mom, I did my usual planning but this time around, I was too caught up with raising a toddler. I resolved on getting this party in a box! Yes, a party in a box. It is basically your instant decorations for any special occasion. All you have to do is set it up. I checked this supplier, The White Box.

I sent them an email two weeks before the celebration and talked to them about how I envision the party. The main idea is only to have a breakfast party since we’ll be out for the weekend. We are doing it for the rest of the household and since he is the first app, we would want to involve the grandmothers too. The set up was really small. The package that we got was good for ten (10) pax. What is good about The White Box is that they can customize the package for you so you can add or remove the things that you need for the party.

Since I was planning to have a background decoration and some for the table, they gave us a package for the following: garland, tassels, fans, buntings, balloons, table runner and a cake topper. We finalized the transaction on the week of his birthday and I got the decorations before my need date! So fast and efficient. They are accomodating too!

I know you will be saying why do I need to find a supplier, these are the things that can easily be bought elsewhere. Well, for someone who has a lot on her plate, you would rather have something instant than go through the hassle of everything. To be quite honest, it was sulit because we get to reuse them for the next birthdays a few days after like my sister-in-law and I.

We did the ingress the night before. It was no joke setting up even if it came in a box. We had to think of how to put them together!

It was all worth the pagod and puyat.

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After a hard night’s work, we were able to hide the chismis on the wall. What a wonderful set-up!
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Boat not included in the package.
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It’s all in the details.
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Look at that lovely cake topper! Cake not included in the package.
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Here’s our birthday boy and his breakfast party! We served him his favorites: tuyo, pasta and spam!

A few friends expressed their delight with the set-up. So if you want an easy, hassle-free way of doing a party, I suggest you check out The White Box.

Facebook: facebook.com/thewhiteboxph
Instagram: instagram.com/thewhiteboxph

I’ll be writing about his trip to Manila Ocean Park, up next!

This is not a sponsored post.

Fangirl

Last weekend, I went to a Rustan’s event. This is the yearly Summer Fashion show and guess who was there?

No other than Bianca Santiago-Reinoso. Seeing her walk with Juano, I just went wild. It was legit fangirling. My officemates were like, “Sino siya?” I go, she’s part of the Baby Barangay and also part of Baby and Breakfast.  Okay, okay. I know some of you can’t relate to this.

Think of it as: you, seeing your favorite celebrity, author, band, up close. Yes, that’s it. You muster up all courage to say hi. It is a bigger challenge to actually want a photo.

She is part of my mommy peg. I can’t say it enough. I also like her style, very laid back and comfy. She’s good in styling too. I am blabbing right now, forgive me. I can’t help it. Maybe some of you can relate, most of you won’t.

Here’s a photo of us. I want to be closer to her but yeaaah, sobrang fangirl ko kulang na lang ihug ko siya. OA pero totoo.

So that’s 1 out of 5 sa Baby Baranggay. YASSS!

Hello 2017

New year, new me. Not. Before, I used to do my new year’s resolutions but now, I don’t. I just resigned to the fact that I follow it for the first week then just forget it the week after. 

2016 has been a year of transition for me: from one job to the other, having a newborn turned toddler, becoming the head of the family, my parents’ transferring houses. It has been a year of adulting. Like what I always say, adulting is difficult. No one said it was easy anyway.

But this year, I want to claim it! As the year came to a close, a friend of mine said a little prayer. This is a different kind of prayer. It talked to my soul and to the thoughts that I had. With that moment, I felt that I was validated and the path was clearer. 2017 will be a year of focus and below are just some things I want to focus on.

God-centered

I want to God to be the center of my life. I am no religious person but I want to ensure that this year (and every year after) will be all for Him. To say a little prayer every day and be grateful for the small wins and challenges. I do believe that He is here guiding every single decision or life choice I make.

Marriage first

The first few days of 2017 have been awesome. My husband and I go out and have dinner. I wasn’t fancy but it was great. We usually have the routine of going home, play with Lucas then sleep. We don’t even get to talk. Now, with my #marriagefirst project, we get to talk. We’re bestfriends and partners in crime till forever! I really want to continue to make time for one another or else, both of us might lose it.

Family first

Aside from my own family, I still take care of my mom and lola. They have actually moved in with us last December. It was a big transition and we are still adjusting. Upside, we get to save stuff from renting. Happy also that my husband is supportive with all this. If I have this #marriagefirst project, this would be next. I hope to document more family moments this year.

Keeping it small

They say that when you get older, you have fewer friends. I believe this. Through the years, I have learned that not everyone is your friend. In time, my number of friends reduced to some key people/group. This year, I plan to make time. I have to make it to a point that I meet up or at least send them a message. I actually started during the last quarter of 2016 and I have no plans of stopping now.

Moving to get fit 

Let’s be honest, I am not doing a great job. I am currently binge eating now (having one order of squid balls, chicken chops and a regular sized drink from Chatime). I did purchase a yoga class pass. YES. I went to yoga, thrice already. Tomorrow is my fourth session. I need to make it count and not just negating it will all this food. Dear Lord, help me.

Save and invest 

I started out with actually trying to settle my finances. I now have savings! It’s nothing much but it can get us afloat for a cut-off or two. I am also expecting to pay off the family debt this year and it will be amazing once done. A bit burden will be lifted off. I am looking forward to paying it off. Hello, achievement! Our next project is to start saving for our own.

Lead, create, inspire

These are the things that I want to do with my career. I just received some big news regarding work and it is interesting to see how this would all pan out for the rest of the year. Nonetheless, as a leader of a team, my goal is to be able to inspire them and with that create, build new ideas. Exciting but challenging times ahead. 
This is the list which I want to focus on for the year. I believe with God in the center, everything will fall into place.

How about you? What’s your focus for this year?

Apricot OTG

Apricot OTG

Have you ever done online shopping? You may have bought from Instagram etc. Well, so do I. I have already tried buying from Zalora and I love their stuff. Anyway, I have never thought of buying electronics online. Aside from Lazada where I bought my hard drive along with my officemates, none. I am scared. What if it’s a fake?

So one day I was browsing through my feed and I saw a post from a friend of mine. She shared a post from Kimstore. It’s the Apricot OTG. Yes. It’s an external USB for the iPhone! It comes in 16GB and 32GB at a low price of P999 and P1299 respectively. 

I was interested! I read more about it. I was glad that their album set was informative. It has a dedicated app which you can download for free and ta-dah! You can transfer your files instantly and watch movies without having to transfer to your iTunes. You won’t have to worry about compatibility issues too.

I was practically sold! Next step, I read the comments regarding the transaction. So far, so good. Everyone seems to be satisfied with their purchase. All I needed to do is order.

To be honest, I had second thoughts so I chose COD just in case. This was also the reco of my officemate to have online deliveries paid COD. I placed my order online which was a Tuesday. According to the help line, it would take 24-48 hrs for confirmation of order. I waited for an email but there was none. I followed-up on Thursday AM and voila! I got their confirmation from the COD team that afternoon that it will be delivered within 2-5 business days. Having it shipped has an additional fee of P129 (This may depend on the area). 

I had it delivered to my office since I was excited and possibly their business days doesn’t include Saturdays. I got a message Saturday AM that it will be delivered to the office. Thank God, we had our Christmas party else I had to resched. Yes, they deliver on Saturdays! Hurrah!

Tip: Have the exact amount prepared. The ninja (that’s what they call the rider) may not have the exact amount. I also have to commend the ninja since he called me to check if I was at the office. I told him I was not there yet and if he could come back. Thankfully, he did and went on to deliver another package around the area.

Unboxing time!

Boxed Apricot OTG

It just came in a box, no manual etc. Kimstore also had a bubble wrap too so your packge is safe. Anyway, I hooked it up on my phone and nothing happened. It asked to be allowed but I was a bit excited and ignored it. I was actually clueless the first few minutes.

Pro Tip: You may either not ignore the phone instructions which may be easier or just open the USB in your computer and read the manual which I did.

Sleek and stylish

I downloaded the special app called iUSB Pro and done. It wasn’t difficult to use. The app is user-friendly. You can easily figure it out. I am happy too with the metal body. It fits the whole iPhone aesthetic. Downside, if you always insert it in your USB port it will definitely have scratches on the surface. Unavoidable since that is the its purpose.

From the time I had it delivered, I have backed up my photos, transferred a movie and watched on my phone. Amazing! 

Tip: If you watch movies directly from the USB there is no fast forward. Boo.

Similar USB OTGs cost a lot so I recommend this Apricot OTG by Kimstore! Their service is ok and price is affordable too. I am purchasing again but a different product. I’ll have a review about it next time.

You may check Kimstore’s page for more details.

*This is not a sponsored post 

#mamasquad

#mamasquad

Motherhood is tough especially if you are a first time mom. Even if you have your husband and family, it helps that you have mommy friends!

I go out with my mommy friends aka #mamasquad once in a while and it’s the best thing. Here’s why.

1. No judging

We are all guilty of judging one another and probably other moms too. However, when we get in their shoes, it is just nice to have a support group who will hear you out, share what they know and empathize with you.

2. WebMD

Remember searching for symptoms on the web and they just lead you to crazier disease or sickness? Well, no need to go praning over that. All I do is just message our group chat and ask if their babies experienced the same thing. I know not all experiences are the same but at least you won’t go gaga and sweat the small stuff. I even ask them who’s the best supplier or even exchange ideas for my son’s first birthday.

3. Diaper bag extension

Yes! Especially when my mommy brain kicks in an decide to forget tissue, diaper, etc. No fear. They will gladly lend you a hand. Lucky for me, Vea lent me her shoes for a wedding. They are that reliable.

4. Relate, relate, relate

I love it whenever we have catch ups! It seems as if we understand everything we go through. We even relate to each other’s post-partum. It does help A LOT!

5. You got my back, I got yours.

We are each other’s support group. We haven’t really been together for the longest time but mommyhood just brought us together. Not just us! But our families too. We even began a simple Christmas tradition too. I’ll post more about it next post.

This Christmas, I am thankful for my #mamasquad. Being with them in this journey is just amazing. Having them around is just a blessing since they make everything about mommyhood easy.