Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baon for hubby: Pork Tonkatsu, Rice with Furikake, Ginataang Kalabasa

This is probably the first time in how many years of married life that I'm doing this...and here we are! Officially preparing food or baon for the traveling hubby :)

Last week, Daddy A was knocked out by a terrible stomach flu :( He had some snacks at a popular convenience store and he suspects the nasty came from the water of his instant coffee. Somehow, I feel guilty because with two kids (toddler and a baby), he ends up last on my list of the people I tend to. I realize this is something that I should correct and besides, hubbies do feel cherished when they are babied too, right?

So the solution is to make baon for him, for when he has an out of town site visit. It's not the easiest thing because (1) babies and (2) he can't plot on a calendar the days he'll be away. Yikes! 

What do I do now? Basically the resolution is (1) cook make-ahead meals we can reheat (2) prepare ready to cook meals (3) cook when the schedule permits (4) always factor in his baon when we shop for groceries. Another important thing would be packing for him both hot (for his coffee) and lukewarm water.

Honestly, I don't know how well we can keep up with this (hahahaha) but I really hope we can have more healthy home-cooked meals for him. If all else fails, I can probably reheat and spruce up clean left-overs from the previous night hahaha.. :D

Homework for me: Research more about bento meals, find a good stainless food jar


Meal for today: Pork Tonkatsu (breaded pork chop), Rice with Furikake (rice toppings), Ginataang Kalabasa (dinner left-over)







Saturday, August 5, 2017

Back at the Kitchen!

Late post *peace!* We're 7 months pp now and have made/experimented more in the kitchen :)
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Hurraaay for me! Hahaha..6 months post-partum and I finally found the extra time and energy to work my butt off in the kitchen. How I missed this special place where, for me, the "magic" happens hahaha.. :)

No meal "meal" for now, just reheating things (LOL), tinkering with the Zojirushi rice cooker and baking.



Here's a 'shabby' looking lactation brownies that I made -- specially infused with galactagogues. I added Flaxseed and Brewer's Yeast to help me in my breastfeeding journey. Oh I hope it works! Otherwise, I still love it because it's healthy and tasty ☺️ You can find the recipe here: (https://community.babycenter.com/post/a24430091/here_it_is_lactation_brownie_recipie)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Baby's First Solid Food

You know what this means....E is now 6 months old! Yipee!!! :D I'm honestly feeling blah today, maybe because of the weather. Somehow that also affected how I felt towards E's start with solid food. Huhuhu...sorry baby! :(

We started the day with Miss Z's ballet class and I thought I could just steam E's food using the Pigeon Steamer/Food Warmer. Easy peasy, right? Well it was a bust! Hahaha...I've been steaming it for 2 hours at 80 deg C but the squash was still hard as a rock, way past lunch time! Decided we'd have a nap for the kiddos first then just try again in the afternoon.

So knowing what we know now, we just boiled the squash and mashed it with (surprise!) ordinary spoon and fork hahaha...Goes to show how we become more "practical" as second-time parents. Sorry E!!! I'm still excited to see him eat his first solids but what I've learned from the first child, we try to apply now...and so, practical matters win today.

Truth be told, it felt like a normal weaning day. Not so much fanfare for us (except for this video and blog), heck I even forgot his bib! Somehow I trust that this kid won't have difficulties transitioning from boobie milk to solid food. 

See for yourself! :)

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

E's Baptism Day at Hearts of Jesus & Mary Parish

Eeeeep....I know, I know, this is almost 4 months late..gaaahh!! With 2 kids, I just don't know where the time goes..really! 

Here are a few shots from Mr. E's baptism at the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, more popularly known as Twin Hearts. Thank you so much to E's godparents, as well as our friends and relatives who dedicated their time for this special event.

Oh, and if you read through the end, you'll see the Youtube video I made of all the other pictures :)

AND if I find the time (I really hope I would), I'd love to share with you the DIY baptism candles I made for E :)




































Church: Hearts of Jesus & Mary Parish, Quezon City
Reception: RACKS Timog Ave.
Photos by: Henry Liao
Collage by: Mommy Meowmeow, of course!
Baby's White Garment: Trajecito de Bebe of SM Baby Company
Mommy & daughter's Dress: SURCO by Vien Resurreccion
Daddy's Top: UNIQLO

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Going on a roadtrip

Hi everyone! Literally just a few hours away from our roadtrip and I haven't really finished packing. Gaaaahhh!!! Stress Drilon, in local beki parlance :)

So instead of finishing early, I decided to head out first to get some things..things we won't actually use for the road trip. 

You see, this one other thing that stresses me the most are rats in our abode, would you believe? This started when I began to see rat droppings or feces early last week. I have a baby and a toddler on my hands and no helper at the moment (or even pansamantagal) so our place isn't exactly spic and span...but never did I see droppings like this before, even in the kids' play room. I started to investigate and I found a half nibbled Fox's candy behind the organ/keyboard. Aha! Must be from when Miss Z was playing with candies and that lone menthol probably got stuck behind the toys. 

Okay, back to our mall run. This is the reason I just had to go even if I'm not yet done packing. I HAD TO get canisters for snacks, candies and whatnot since we'll be away for a while. I would seriously dread to see an infestation around here huhuhu..don't hurt us, Master Splinter haha..

Yup, been googling rats for how many nights in a row. I guess that covers barring access to their food source. The other thing they said that would ward of mice is peppermint. Well lucky me, I still have a water-based diffuser and got a Peppermint oil/solution (?) from Mia Maison. Hope this really works. Plus points for the fresh scent! :) 

Of course, I took the opportunity to get some items from the grocery. I'll do an unboxing and probably a review video when I come back but let me just say how excited I am about my new kitchen best friend - the Zojirushi fuzzy logic rice cooker. It is expensive but I know it'll be worth it! Hahaha :) Please watch out for that. Syempre, I also bought brown rice and black rice which I will try with my new rice cooker since I haven't really gotten the hang of cooking them in the pot. There's something wrong I suppose with how I did it before. We'll see if it'll turn out tastier and fluffier. Besides, it's one way of us trying to get healthy, kids included of course.

Back to NOW -- Once the little baby unlatches, I can finally pack. I don't like mice but I'm a pack rat, for sure! LOL! :)

Please pray for us and the safety & success of our trip! :)



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Hahaha "Kilay is life"..my first time at Brow Lab. And Mr. E is wondering what's being done to his mom


Our first time at the Red Table. A Korean resto..quite good but we've only sampled a few. Bibimbap (love it forever) and Kalbi Gui. 


Oh, I've just uploaded Vlog #1 on Youtube. Hope you can watch it :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Morning snacks with Miss Z

Hi again! I'm really only posting this because it's a first for us 😬 Our sleep schedule has been out of whack and only recently have we decided to finally be serious about making and following through on a sleep routine. Still only on Day 2 and I'm truly scared we'll slip back to old habits. I mean, it been our normal for the longest time. 

But there is really a good thing to this change we're trying to achieve. In the past, 9.30 am is just getting ready to get out of bed and have breakfast...now it's my toddler asking for her morning merienda. AND, I happily oblige.


So we shared an orange and an apple with peanut butter. So yummy, feels healthy and I guess this is a good thing to get used to. 

Baby steps for now, but I know we'll reach our goal :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Make brushing more fun with Minions!

ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-nana ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-nana banana-ah-ah potato-na-ah-ah 


Aaah, I'm going bananas over this cuteness! I'm sure little Miss Z will surely agree! Well, besides the fact that bananas are a constant in our fruit rotation. Are you ready for this?? Presenting...


Colgate’s Minions toothbrush and Minions toothpaste. If this doesn't make brushing more F-U-N, then I don't know what will. It's just too cheerful a thing and definitely will make kids ask for our "brush-brush time" sooner than they can finish their bananas.


Colgate's got the cool new Minions tooth paste & Minions tooth brush covered..so how else can we up the fun factor while brushing? Here are some ideas to try with your kids:

• Sing a happy brushing song - you know, like Colgate's "brush, brush, brush, three times a day!..." or the Minions' banana song..or golly, we can even make our own! :)

Dance the cavities away! - well, just make sure not to get too carried away :)

Silly story for smiles - yes, brushing is serious business but we can make kids love it more if they know why we need to do it and how to do it properly. What better way to educate than by making a silly story chockfull of information so they'll know & remember.

Try new flavors - basic is good but sometimes it's fun if we have a little something extra. And Colgate's Minions Bubble Fruit flavor seems to be the perfect new flavor to make brushing more fun!

Choose a good brush - Not just good but high in design wow factor too! Again, what could be cuter than Minions? Form & function, surely a winning combination.





These kids got their bananas, Colgate's got the minion toothpaste & toothbrush - we're ready to make brushing a rocking good time! :)

Get your Colgate Oral Care pack online from Lazada: 

Soon a Ballerina!

A few weeks ago we headed to a "big school" to enroll little Miss Z. Nope, not for preschool but for a baby / toddler ballet class :)

I'm not sure if this is the right activity for her personality & temperament (it doesn't come cheap so let's hope it's right, somehow..hahaha).. but what I do know is that she really needs an outlet for all her energy and this seems to be a pretty good avenue. Who knows where this could lead to, right? Haha, finally she can ask her teacher all the Angelina Ballerina questions she has.

The teaching method is described as follows: "...follows the National Ballet Syllabus endorsed by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. This syllabus adapts to the needs of Filipino children & also offers great fun for them to dance. It helps develop coordination, fitness, musicality and self-expression."

It's a plus that it's just a few minutes away from where we are residing. So I guess it'll be manageable for a SAHM (no yaya) to get two kids and myself ready at least once a week for this.


Peso Power:
2,000 = regulation uniform
2,500 = Tutu Toddlers monthly fee (for 4x/mo classes)
500 = registration fee

Yes, they accept 'outsiders' such as Homeschoolers like us! Whee! 💖


Oh Miss Z, I know you are soo ready but I'll let you in on a secret -- mommy is so much more excited for you!

Wish us luck! :D


PS. Thank you so much to Ms Mariel of The Learning Basket for this recommendation :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rainbow Snake

It's summer time but the kids still long for study time! Well then, ibigay ang hilig hehehe :)



I purchased some Jolly Phonics materials during last year's Manila International Book Fair but we haven't actively used them. Sure - the Jolly Phonics songs were on repeat since September of 2016 and we had fun singing to it with the matching actions suggested by the book. But the "big" book was kept away for a while; bacause personally, I felt it was really a bit too early to focus on teaching how to read at only 2.5 years old. Add to that the fact that Z was still "coloring-averse", if there ever was such a term. She learned the basic phonics sounds, though, so I guess that's a great start! :)



Today we tried to do some sheets from the big Jolly Phonics book. It's good that the publisher allows personal reproduction (of some sections) so we photocopied a few Jolly Phonics sound sheets for today's activity. If you look at a single sheet, it looks quite basic but that's exactly what we need right now. Of course, it depends on us how we will maximize the use of the sound sheets. I think it works great whether we use it in its simplicity or complement it with other homeschooling tools/activities.

Here are a couple of sheets to show you what it's like:

At the side it shows Upper- and Lower-case "s". Inside the box we see the hand action of weaving into an "s". On the main part there's an image of a snake curled into the letter, and some tracing practice below.


On the preceding page are some helpful bits on teaching the letter sound. It has a storyline you can share with the child and reinforces the action and letter formation. For advanced toddlers, you can use the blending instruction. And for those looking for something extra, they have the extension activities.

There's also the 'further phonics' box which is actually a teaching note for teachers. It helps ensure that we are teaching the correct phonics sound.



At only 3 years old and 3 months, I don't want to complicate our homeschooling life. Just something that will be educational & fun. Nothing too heavy, or pushy. Light & engaging activities and tools are what we prefer for this particular season of homeschooling. So we just reviewed the letter sound and had fun singing the song with the matching snake movement of our hand.

Tune: The Farmer in the Dell
The snake is in the grass
The snake is in the grass
/sss/! /sss/!
The snake is in the grass 

Action: Weave your hand in an 's' shape, like a snake, and say ssssss.

And then I asked if she wished to color the snake. Totally okay if she did not want to, but I was surprised that not only did she agree, she also had a 'vision' of how she wanted it to look. A rainbow snake

I love how she uses her imagination! I'm also just too glad to see her working on patterns, color/art appreciation and the simple act of practicing how to hold a pen...or a crayon in this instance. As for me? I'm happy I got to "let go" a bit on this one. It's tempting to dictate how the output should look like but I guess there is value in allowing her to work on colors pleasing to her. Ditto on not forcing her to color within the lines and not encouraging the opposite as well. ---> I don't mean for this to be controversial, just that my daughter is not yet physically ready for that, so I don't force the issue :) Although, it's quite tempting talaga hehe..


The kids ended their morning play with... more play! They had a "Guess the Letter" contest facilitated by their Angkong, using the Jumbo Bananagrams. And later on, continued with D as the teacher and Z as the student. 

If you look close enough, Z's picture is blurred because she kept jumping up and down all throughout the game! Very clearly, these kids don't have energy gap! Hahaha... :)



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