LunchBox Baon Ideas and Jolly Products

School is back and I’m back to my everyday challenge on what to fill in on my daughter’s lunch box for her baon. My daughter’s appetite is improving now that she is a tween and to ensure that she still gets the nutrients she needed especially during lunch, I had to make sure I’m giving her nutritious and healthy meal.

Good news for me, the husband knows how to cook and have lots of creative ideas.

And then there’s  help from Jolly Eats Products . Jolly Products are imported and distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country, Jolly’s canned food products are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Our last week’s sample menus:

Day 1:
PadThai (from Maya Adam’s recipe), Fried Fish, Corn Salad (a mixture of  Jolly Whole Corn Kernels, chopped cucumber and tomatoes sprinkled with lemon juice). Rice was put in a separate container in case she needs it.

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 1

Day 2:
Chopsuey (stir-fry of mixed vegetables and meat), Chicken Adobo + Rice

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 2

Day 3:
Pancit Lomi (thick soup with noodles, vegetables and egg), Fried Pork Chop, Sliced  Apple (and Rice on a separate container)

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 3

Day 4:
Fried Marinated Chicken + Mixed Vegetables + Jolly’s Lotus Biscoff Biscuits (and Rice on a separate container)

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 4

Day 5:
Spaghetti, Egg Omelette, Fried Sweet Potatoes (and Rice on a separate container)

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Disclaimer: I received Jolly Eats Products mentioned above. No other compensation received and opinions are my own.

Getting the Kids More Active This Summer

Its summertime in the other side of the world, the sun is out and the kids have a chance to be active. But with the gadgets available nowadays, a lot of children aren’t as active as they should be. In this side of the world, school is back and kids spend much time the classroom. With a lot of school activities, they may also spend less activity after school. But did you know there are still a few ways to encourage kids to be active.

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Lead them into the garden

What with all the video games, TV channels and movies that are so easily accessible in this day and age — even to our children — it’s easy to allow them to stay in the house and indulge in them. It’s easy for you to give into their demands to want to be inside. In fact, it’s easy to join them inside too. But if you want your children to be more active this summer then you need to entice them outside. And to do so, you need to make coming outside and staying fit as appealing as can be. Something that you can try in this particular venture is to set them up an area where they can physically play and express themselves in as free a way as possible. If you have the space to do so, this area should be in a separate part of the garden to the space that you generally use so that they can be as active, loud and destructive as they want. And if you have the funds to do so, you should have artificial grass, such as that offered at www.astrodeck.com.au, laid down too. This will mean that no natural grass will ever be harmed as your children run around and play on it. Thus, you can retain a garden that works for the whole family, and not just the kids. So, not only will having artificial grass laid suit your venture of getting the kids active, but also your desire to retain a garden that is free of wear and tear.

Take them cycling

Cycling is most definitely a summer sport that you should get your children involved with as much as possible over the coming months. By taking your children out on bike rides, or even signing them up to a cycling club, you can be sure that you’re doing all you can to keep them not only active, but fit too. One reason for this is that cycling improves cardiovascular fitness twofold. It improves lung capacity and increases endurance. So, get your child a bike, fit some stabilisers on it if they’re too young to ride without one, and watch them cycle their way to fitness this summer.

Keeping your kids active whilst they are still children is imperative for their growth and general wellbeing. So, don’t just treat this summer as a chance for you all to enjoy and create memories in the present. No, also use it as time to ensure that your children’s physical futures are as safe and as steady as possible.

Helpful Ways To Work From Home

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As a working mom, I can often feel that I want to be able to spend as much time with my kids as possible. But because I’m “adulting”, I still need to work, besides I enjoy my job and that me time in the office. However, when pressured at work and when my kids ask me to stay at home instead of going to work, I sometimes wonder if only I can able to balance out my time better.

Work from home is an option right? That may sound like a distant dream, but I know a lot of moms attempted in this undertaking and are now successful. If you’d love to be able to work from home and be there for your kids, here are some ways of making it happen based from mommies who experienced it.

Go Freelance With Your Job

First up, one of the options you have would be to go freelance. Regardless of what you do for a living, whether it’s cooking, administration, or even finance, it’s likely that there’s a market out there for freelancers. So, if it sounds like a leap you could make, why not get to work with some DIY and create an office in your home? Then, you’ve got your space to get your work done while you’re kids are napping or at school.

Start Your Own Business

Also, you could think about starting your own business. If it’s always been something that you’ve wanted to do, why wait? If you have something that you’re good at or a hobby that you’d love to turn into a career, then now could be the time to go for it. Plus, with easy building options like steel from http://armstrongsteel.com/ or even wood constructions, you can create a space, especially for your business. Then, you can run your business from your property, but still, keep it self-contained.

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Go Flexible

Next up, you might want to think about keeping your job but asking to change the way you work. Your company might be okay with your working in a more flexible way. Depending on what you do, you could do some of your work at home or spend full days there, or even change to flextime to fit in with your kids.

Go Into Daycare

Maybe you fancy a complete change from what you’re doing now? Well, then why not think about a job that can work with your kids, like daycare? Running a daycare at home can be easy to set up, as this http://whereimaginationgrows.com/ shows us. If you really want to be with your kids in the day and not at work, it can be a great way to earn a living and ensure you’re there for them all day.

Become A Team

If your husband has his own business, why not think about becoming a team? If he needs office support, then, you may find that you can help him out with administration or even finances and earn your own wage as an employee for him. It may not be ideal for everyone., but it could be a great way to stay at home and still work.

Back-to-School Checklist and Jolly’s Baon Ideas

While some students were already back at school, my kids are still at the house still waiting for classes to start next month. That means they still have 2 weeks to wake up late, play, complete their assignment or just get bored. As for me, this means we still have 2 more weeks to prepare school.

This school year will be my tween’s last year in her primary years. She’ll be a high-schooler next year and that story deserves another post :). Its “Hello primary years” for my son as he will be first grader this school year and thankfully has the same schedule during his kindergarten years — morning session and will only spend 5 hours of school activities. Sure enough our early morning chaos like the constant nagging and fighting will definitely resume. Part of our morning routine to making sure they have eaten their breakfast before going to school and that they provided with snacks (baon) in case they get hungry.

Since, it is back to school time! We’ve been checking the back to school list and so far we’ve done notebook & shoe shopping, bag fixing, uniform fittings, looking for lunch boxes and water bottles that are leak-proof, checking for new baon menus and everything school stuff.

Here is our Back-To-School Checklist:

  • Books – should be covered and labeled
  • Bags – check theirs from last years
  • School Uniforms – check for lost buttons, broken zippers or torn pocket
  • Inner Wears – check if it still fits
  • Shoes and Socks – last year’s shoes might no longer fit
  • School Supplies – notebooks, pens, pencil, crayons or rulers
  • Get the kids haircuts
  • Completely accomplished summer assignments
  • Baon (Snack) Boxes / Lunch Boxes – last year might still be usable
  • Baon (Snack) / Lunch Menu – varied options to add excitement

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I’m also excited with going back to school because this is again an opportunity for me to prepare their school lunches and snacks. My way of showing my care despite being busy at work. While I make sure I give them home-cooked meals for their snacks and lunches, I run out of ideas. Good thing we have biscuits and ready-to-drink drinks to give them. However, if I give them the same baon combination, expect the biscuits to be untouched sooner. They hated the same combination.

Thankfully, Jolly Eats of Fly Ace Corporation introduced me with Lotus Biscoff Biscuits and Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk Drinks. Aside from the fact the biscuit is my namesake, the kids like it so much that they already consumed it even before the start of classes. This is definitely an addition to our snack options.

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Disclaimer: I received Jolly Eats Products mentioned above. No other compensation received and opinions are my own.

Expo Mom #TeamMom Reaches Out to Mommas in the Visayas

We are stronger together. That’s what moms have come to realize when faced with the multitude of issues and concerns that come with motherhood.

When a mom has a group of mothers behind her, the business of taking care of the everyday just seems easier. She has an ear that would listen to her worries, a smile that would brighten up her mood, and a hand that would hurry along the accomplishment of important tasks.

In celebration of its tenth year anniversary, Expo Mom pays tribute to #TeamMoms all over the country. Expo Mom #TeamMom 2017 kicked off with a three-day event at the Glorietta Activity Center in May. Next month, Expo Mom #TeamMom goes on a nationwide roadshow starting off at Ayala Center Cebu on June 17, 2017;

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and then moving on the week after to The District North Point in Negros on June 24, 2017.

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Expo Mom #TeamMom will not only bring in the most modern mommy and baby products and services to the Visayas, it will also be a wellspring of parenting trends, mommy solutions, and inspiring advocacies.

Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home will serve as co-presentors of the Cebu leg of Expo Mom #TeamMom. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, Babyzone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Modern Mama. Detox Bar, a mompreneur business based in Cebu, will also be joining Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom.

The onstage program of Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom 2017 will shine the spotlight on Cebu’s #TeamMoms. Groups of mommas who are mompreneurs, travel bugs, and yoga practitioners will share stories of how they have helped each other grow to become better persons and better mothers through the years. There will also be games, educational talks, and entertainment numbers throughout the event.

Caltrate Plus joins Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom as a major sponsor, together with Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home as co-presentors. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, BabyZone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Vpharma. Footsie Tootsie, a mompreneur business based in Negros, will also be joining Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom. As with the Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom’s onstage games and talks, the Negros leg will feature local #TeamMoms who have supported each other in their motherhood journey. Among others, there will be #TeamMoms of homeschooling and breastfeeding mommas. Expo Mom’s tenth year anniversary celebration also includes a Grand Giveaway. Share your #TeamMom story on social media, and get the chance to win for you and your #TeamMom some awesome prizes. Click this link for more details. Expo Mom is the banner event of Mommy Mundo, a community of moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier, and more fulfilling for every mom. Mommy Mundo is your ultimate #TeamMom. Through its carefully curated selection of events and activities, Mommy Mundo has given valuable support and encouragement to moms all over the country in the areas of healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, active parenting, and mompreneurship.

Tips To Save Yourself and Your Family Time

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When you’re a busy mom, you can often feel like you’re running at a mile a minute (and on empty). To say that life can be tough is an understatement. But just because it’s tough, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a challenge. In fact, there are ways that you can make life fit into your business schedule and not the other way around. If you want to be able to enjoy more time with your family after work, and not focus on all the other jobs you have to do at home, here are some of the ways you can speed things up.

Fun Plans

First up, let’s make time for those super fun plans you always mean to make. When you get in from work, you want to relax, not start planning and organizing and arranging, right? So, you need to make this as quick as possible. Be sure to plan your fun activities in advance – definitely by weeks, by months too if you can. Then, you have more things to look forwards to throughout the year. Whether it’s a playdate with friends or a trip to the zoo with family. Spend an hour or so each month or every few months booking in plans and then forget about it until you need to add more.

Cleaning

Unfortunately, cleaning is just one of those chores that have to get done – especially if you like living in a clean and tidy home. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of time each week doing it. If you’re super busy and the budget allows it, hire a cleaner. For a small fee each week, your home will stay spotless and your time is freed up to spend with family. If that won’t work for you, make up a cleaning schedule and stick to it. That way, you can spend more time with your kids.

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Checkups

Then there are those regular health checkups that we all know we need to make (and attend) but always forget about. So, now you’re going to book everything a year in advance and mark it on the calendar. Job done! From your routine doctor appointments at the local clinic to your dental checkups at somewhere like Care Family Dental, by booking in advance, you just have to turn up.

Vacations

We all want to go on regular vacations, but the thought of finding a week to do it in, finding a hotel and booking everything can be a little bit too much. So, to make it easier, why not book a break at the same place each year? Especially while your children or young. You could even think about buying a vacation home so that you don’t even have to make standing arrangements each year.

Cooking

And then there’s the dinner. Planning meals can drive a mom mad, but it doesn’t have to. Find yourself some crock pot recipe inspiration and sort everything in the morning before work. Then, when you get in, you’ll just have to prepare a salad or some rice and serve up. Easy peasy!

The Ultimate Ways To Relax After Work


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After a busy day at work, you can often feel as if you need to enjoy the ultimate indulgence when you get home. For some people, helping their kids with homework and getting to bed will always be all they need. But, if you find yourself needing more, then there are other ways that you can kick back and relax with your family after work. With summer  just around the corner, your evenings get lighter and longer, meaning there’s a lot more time for relaxation after work, as well as on the weekends. So if you’re stuck for ideas, try one of these on for size.

Movie Night

Everyone loves a movie night. But they can also be a really great way to unwind with your family when work is done. Whether you’ve got older kids and you all fancy making pizza and watching the latest comedy on a Wednesday night, or you spend Friday nights staying up a bit later with your little ones, you get to spend quality time with your family in the evenings and unwind. You’ve also got the option of having movie night at the weekend, or reserving it for you and your husband alone.

Family Dinner

For some people, making sure the family sits down together every night is the most important part of their day. And it can be for a very good reason. Not only do you get to enjoy a lovely meal together, but you can talk to your kids and your husband and forget all about the busy day at work you just had. If you’re always stuck for recipe idea, these family favorite ideas can work a treat. Then, your family dinners will start to get a little more exciting.

Working Together

Okay, so the idea of working even more when you get off work might put you off, but this isn’t strenuous work at all – it’s the kind you and your kids will love. Perhaps more suitable to the weekends than evenings, but a great way to relax with your family is to spend productive time with them. Whether you want to get out into the garden and plant some vegetables and flowers or bake up a storm in the kitchen, you can find yourself relaxing and having a great time all at once.

Pamper Evenings

Every girl loves to pamper – some men too. So, isn’t the most amazing relaxation idea an evening full of pampering? Even though a night with a face mask and painting your nails might not be the best idea for the entire family to enjoy, but you can all certainly have a great time in the hot tub. Even if it’s something just you and your husband enjoy when the kids have gone to bed, you can find a wealth of hot tub reviews online to help you decide on the right one.

Having Fun

And of course, there’s always the super fun family activities that we all know and love. Again, this one might be more appropriate for the weekend, rather than an evening, but a day out rollerskating or at the beach could exactly what you need to get your mind firmly off of work!

Honey’s Amazing Race Birthday Party

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I’m no good at hosting parties. My daughter had only two birthday party treats — on her 1st and 7th birthday and no I did not do the preparations. Her first birthday was prepared by mys siblings at our home while we avail Jollibee birthday package on her 7th. For the other birthdays, we let them have and eat their cake, we dine outside and then go home. No birthday preparations. Nothing fancy.

This year, I went out of my comfort zone and tried a birthday party, an adventure that hopefully she’ll remember and keep. With google’s help, I found birthday posts using Amazing Race theme. I love the show and when I told her about it, she kind of like it. Like the reality show, “The Amazing Race”, each teams are given clue for their next challenge or task that can affect the teams physically, mentally and emotionally.

For our Amazing Race, I picked tasks that I think is appropriate for the kids. I have to keep the tasks secret to be fair with every kids.

One week before Honey’s Amazing Race, I let my daughter send a verbal invitation to our neighbor’s kids. Yep, no invitation thus, it took awhile for the kids to gather around. Since there’s not invitation they were a bit hesitant until I put the table outside and called the kids to gather.

Once gathered around and with the little explaining on the game’s mechanics, I let them paired into two. Each team is given hankies of their color for easy identification. The game started with a race towards our neighbors little to retrieve the first task.

Tasks #1 to #7

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And then it was time for spaghetti and cake and prizes.

The only snapshots of our adventure below. Too excited with the race that I forget to take pictures in every task :( Nevertheless, everyone had fun and memories to keep :)

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Throwing a birthday party for your little ones are now easy, thanks to inexpensive DIY party ideas. Big thanks to mommies who posted and shared their amazing race party ideas.

Messed-up Friday and Patience

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I had a rough start Friday. I slept late last night and even if I’m still groggy at 5AM, had to force myself to get up and prepare for the day. It still Friday and that means the kids still have classes today. Had to walk me back for more snuggle. As I open the freezer, turns out that the fish and pork which was planned to cook this morning was not thawed, thus, still as hard as rock, no deciding to change breakfast plan, I waited and grumble thus, breakfast was prepared late. Then, my heart burst when the kids didn’t have interest on my cooked meals that I had to lecture them not to be choosy and eat what is being served on the table even if that food is not yummy. Still cramming preparing their baon, afraid not to completely done in time for the carpool’s arrival. And while I’m on panic mode, the husband was just calm.

Not able to hold my feelings and not want to make a scene, I went upstairs and cried.

The kids followed me (they noticed it). The eldest said she’s sorry but when I asked her what she’s sorry for, she cried too. But our drama was cut short when the carpool arrived, so we just said our goodbyes and our take cares.

Still upstairs, I fixed the bed, then took a bath. Feeling refreshed, went down and ate my breakfast with the husband asking me what happened. See how insensitive, hmp!

Went to work lightheaded. My manager greeted me with a reminder about my multiple late last month. Which reminds me adjust my schedule at home to avoid being late at work.

Thought about having an early lunch but had to buy a birthday gift for my son’s classmate. I almost forgot that my son had to attend his classmate’s birthday party. Thus, had a late lunch instead.

Good thing, no urgent tasks at work.

The husband was mad that I had to let him wait a little longer outside my office. He wants to avoid the traffic and because I’m late, we had to endure again that terrible traffic jam.

Got home safely and found out that I had my period.

So had to conclude that today was a messed-up day due to female hormones… and if only I handled things differently.

Seriously, having no house help for more than a month is stressful and it tested our limits. Even the husband already complained. But with all the challenges we encountered, how we react and handle it matters most. If only I have the patience. The patience…
to accept and learn to reconsider,
to suffer and learn to alter,
to welcome and and learn to improve.
I’m no perfect mom, I had my tantrums too but I just hope I can control them. Lord, I pray for strengthening my patience so I could be able to think before acting..to avoid broken hearts and relationships.

I am thankful that despite the setbacks this morning my kids still love me.

Oh, patience…please let me be your friend.

Rashes and Human Nature Baby Wash & Wonder Oil

3 months after I gave birth to my son, rashes are all over his body.
Could be because I stop breastfeeding him and was not able to adopt with the formula milk?
Could be our place due to too much dust or allergens? (Rented apartment was near highway.)
Could be his shampoo or the laundry soap used in washing his clothes? or soap for his bottles?
We just don’t know the reasons.

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Whatever it is, these rashes took us multiple trips to his Pedia, Dra. Myrna Lopez, an advocate to natural healing and healthy lifestyle.
She recommended breastfeeding but its just that my boobs are not cooperating :( so we tried different types of formula milk.
She recommended general house cleaning. She also advised us to avoid stuff toys.
She even ask us to change our laundry soap to the mildest possible type of soap as well as the soap for infant formula bottles.
If you are formula feeding, you may want to check out Kokopax for their Infant Bottle Reviews.
She also recommended change of baby soap and shampoo and initially advised to use Cetaphil.

Cetaphil Skin Cleanser has a mild formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. Since it is mild, I assume it is gentle for a baby’s delicate skin.

Well, I see improvements.
But as much as we want to continue using the product, we just can’t.
Afraid that my baby might get used to the product in exchange of an empty wallet is impractical.
Because, we just can’t afford.

Hearing our concerns, Dra. Myrna Lopez, recommended Human Nature Natural Baby Wash and Wonder Oil.

According to Human Nature, this baby wash is 100% free from harmful chemicals to give mommies and daddies that peace of mind that only goodness touches the baby’s skin. It gently cleanses the baby’s skin and hair with soothing and calming lavender, rosemary, and chamomile extracts. It’s dermatologist- tested so it’s gentle enough to use even on a newborn’s delicate skin. While the Natural Baby Oil uses pure, premium-grade sunflower oil that’s perfectly safe and mild for your baby. Also ideal to infant massage, a few moisturizing drops of this wonder oil can help soothe itchiness.

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And it did wonders!
Moreover, we need not to worry on our budget since these products are affordable.

And it has been 6 years and we are still using Human Nature Baby Wash and Wonder Oil.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post, just one happy mommy here.