TheGoMom Nominated as Best Parenting Blog at Nuffnang Awards 2016 #NNMatchlessMomLilian #NUFFNANGAWARDS2016 #Blogopolis4D

 

I am beyond words!   When I received an email from Nuffnang, I felt I already won! 😉 Really, I did. I was beaming from ear to ear and I called my family to let them know of the nomination. And syempre, it wasn’t enough that I tell them, I had to make them read the nomination letter, out loud!:-)   It is a solid validation that all the hard work I put in the blog is of significant value to the parenting community.

thegomom logoWhen I started blogging, my only thought is that I wanted to write. I used to write for the collegiate paper and it is one of my true passions. Blogging has given me the opportunity to write once more within the confines of my home, a topic closest to my heart, parenting.   Blog posts came naturally as the experiences I share came from my everyday life as a mother. It covered my confession as a serial shouter, my hilarious experience with our Quentin Tarantino maid, my insight on the reality of marriage, my tips to avoid petty theft at home, to my desire for my kids to love their Filipino identity. It also covered our family travels laden with information.   And not to be discounted, as it is an integral part of the blog, are the 1,000 plus worksheets I have made for my kids, as I personally tutored them in their early years in school.

I wrote. And, I posted.   And like in the movie Field of Dreams, I built it, and people came.

Readers started dropping by as I see my statistics rise. Readers started commenting how they find the site helpful. And pretty soon, advertisers noticed it too. I have been asked several times how to be noticed by advertisers [Read More...]

5 Simple Ways to Ensure Safety of your LPG with Petron Gasul

Gasul-Delivery Boy

I'm a very practical mom. Whenever I am buying something for the house I always compare with other products in the market in terms of quality, quantity and price. That is probably the reason why I take 10 years to do my grocery shopping. But there are some things that are already a given. No brainer. Automatic. Take for instance Petron Gasul. It has been my trusted brand of LPG for years.

LPG under the sink

Petron Gasul in my service kitchen.

For me safety of the family must never be compromised. I shudder when [Read More...]

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy-New-Year-20162015 has been chaotic for me. To-do lists hounded my days and I was always harassed, stressed and dead tired. Running after finishing one deadline after another. And it is not because I have so many things to do, it was because I was so disorganized and quite frankly, I was as slow as a snail on tranquilizer.

This 2016, the following quotes will guide my year.

Early-to-Bed-and-Early-to-Rise-Makes-a-Man-Healthy-Wealthy-and-WiseSleep is essential to me and when I don’t get enough rest, my whole body feels it and it functions on 1mb.

2015 had me sleeping late and waking up tired and stressed. I trudge through the day, brain half working causing me to produce what should have been a 2 hours worth of work to 5 or 6 hours! And because I lack sleep, I wasn’t a ray of sunshine to my little people. This year, I will try to hit the sack by 10pm and haul the kids to bed by 9:30pm.

Plan.-And-Stick-to-the-Plan2015 went by with to-do’s falling down my lap. In short, my to-do list was controlling me instead of me controlling my to-do-list. It was exhausting and really quite depressing.

This 2016, I’m writing down my goals and chunking it down to realistic, actionable to-do’s with timelines and hours that I need to spend on it.   The clock should be my ally reminding me to stick to my plan. A timer is essential to keep me focused. For instance, when I write a blog post, I have to put a 2 hour cap for writing and a one hour cap for finding photos. Therefore I can’t spend 2 hours finding inspiration on the net!

Finally, I end with my very own quote. I want to be kinder to myself and find balance. Read my full post about Balance here.

Quote about finding balanceWith the swirl of things happening around, it is essential to make a choice and . Did I plan and choose 4pm to be a time for my pre-schooler? If I did then I should not feel bad for the work left behind. Did I plan and choose to spend a few hours catching up with friends in FB? Then I should enjoy it.  Did I plan to work on accounting for the business today? Then I should feel accomplished. I’ll make a choice and find peace and joy in that choice. It’s alright, I made that choice.

New Year.  New Beginnings.

Amidst the busyness of parenthood,  I wish that all of us will find our truest and purest joy this 2016.

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Parenting

Facebook Envy: Parenting in the Social Media Age

As a mother in the digital age, parenting is much easier. Hundreds of websites are dedicated to helping parent children, with easy solutions on how to get kids to brush their teeth to help on how to deal with stubbornness. However, it has also reared the green-eyed monster in me and I guess in some … [Read More...]

Questions Kids Ask: Why do people make the sign of the cross when passing by a church?

A church is sandwiched between the schools of my 2 kids.  Every single day that we pass through it we make the sign of the cross.  Every time we notice a church, we do the sign of the cross. While going through the motion, my daughter asked, " Why do people make the sign of the cross when passing … [Read More...]

Family Travel

Domicillo Design Hotel: Stylish, Romantic Getaway in Tagaytay

It is our 15th wedding anniversary and I thought that since we only had the weekend I have to find the most romantic getaway that won't be too far away.   My frenetic search on the net led me to DOMICILLO, a design, boutique haven offering one of the best and widest view of Taal Lake. Because of … [Read More...]

DreamWorks DreamPlay Manila: Complete Guide (Part 1)

DreamPlay Manila for our family is the coolest indoor playground in Manila.   Quite sporty and competitive, our hearts were pumping wild when we first had a glimpse of what DreamPlay is. It's a DreamWorks inspired playground filled with challenging obstacle courses with varying degrees of … [Read More...]

Home Living

5 Simple Ways to Ensure Safety of your LPG with Petron Gasul

I'm a very practical mom. Whenever I am buying something for the house I always compare with other products in the market in terms of quality, quantity and price. That is probably the reason why I take 10 years to do my grocery shopping. But there are some things that are already a given. No … [Read More...]

Are you a Party Stage Mom?

Are you a Party Stage Mom? Take this quiz and find out. 1.  THE HOST ANNOUNCES START OF "BRING ME" GAME, YOU ... a.   Stay at your seat and wait for your child to come over and ask for the bring me item. b.   Stay at your seat and open your bag and hold on to your wallet. c.   Sit on … [Read More...]

Motherhood

Mommy Friendships

I stumbled upon this quote and thought OMG this is what my mommy friendships are all about.  Sharing those, "what you too?" moments that makes us reach for the oxygen when our kids are not in their sunny best and those "awww" moments that makes up for it. Over the years since I have become a mom, … [Read More...]

Finding Balance: Can we Moms Achieve it?

Hi guys!  I feel so bad I haven't written anything for quite awhile.  It's been super duper busy and crazy for me for quite sometime. Did I tell you I'm working already?  After 12 years of being a full time mom with just some minor rackets on the side,  I am now back to work.  It is not an 8-5 … [Read More...]

Worksheets

Make Rainy Days Perfect with this Rainy Day Activity

My kids and I love the rain.  We welcome the coolness it brings after the long hot days.  We love the sound it makes as it makes drum beats on our rooftop.  And we love the after smell of the rain on the crisp grass.  Somehow, rain brings warmth despite the physical coolness. To introduce rain to … [Read More...]

Homemade “Frozen” Inspired Lampshade

My daughter made this #frozen inspired lamp shade. She even made a shadow light that would cast a snowflake on the ceiling! I think she's brilliant:-) hehe syempre #loveyourown! These are the materials my daughter used to make it: blue cartolina printed photo of Elsa and Anna glue gun to … [Read More...]

Reviews, Events and Giveaways

3 Days to Go Before CHRISTmas 2015!

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't … [Read More...]

Experience the Magic as Hongkong Disneyland Turns 10

Imagine the most wonderful time of the year, in the happiest place on Earth with all the festivities of a 10th year anniversary! It’s hitting the jackpot thrice! It seems like yesterday when the nearest Disneyland closest to home opened it’s door to Asia.   And just as you would expect from … [Read More...]

Random Thoughts

TheGoMom Nominated as Best Parenting Blog at Nuffnang Awards 2016 #NNMatchlessMomLilian #NUFFNANGAWARDS2016 #Blogopolis4D

  I am beyond words!   When I received an email from Nuffnang, I felt I already won! ;-) Really, I did. I was beaming from ear to ear and I called my family to let them know of the nomination. And syempre, it wasn’t enough that I tell them, I had to make them read the nomination letter, out … [Read More...]

Happy New Year 2016!

2015 has been chaotic for me. To-do lists hounded my days and I was always harassed, stressed and dead tired. Running after finishing one deadline after another. And it is not because I have so many things to do, it was because I was so disorganized and quite frankly, I was as slow as a snail on … [Read More...]

Shop Here

My S&R 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

Tick, tock, tick, tock goes the clock.  Christmas is, gasp,  next week already and I'm still not done with my CHRISTmas gift list!   Are you?  I know right?  I think 90% of us moms are scrambling all over town looking for the perfect gift for our inaanaks, neighbors, friends, officemates and so goes … [Read More...]

Shop Here for Babies and Toddlers

Hi parents!  I have a bunch of  inventory stuff for your baby.  Hope you can check it out.  They are super marked down already:-) Intellitec Toothbrush and Hand Wash Timer Doctors and dentists both agree - washing hands for 20 seconds and brushing teeth for 2 minutes are the recommended times … [Read More...]