Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why Wedding Invitations Are So Important

They might only be a few pieces of fancy card and paper. But wedding invites are a vital element to a wedding day. They help your guests get prepared and offer a glimpse into what your big day is going to be like. Unfortunately, many couples are disregarding the importance of wedding invitations. This is often because they see them as an unnecessary expense. It’s easier than ever to send an email inviting all of your guests, and it’s free too. But while traditional invitations can be expensive and time-consuming to make, they are worth every penny. Here are some fantastic reasons why wedding invites are still necessary and important for your wedding.


They provide vital information

Obviously, one of the main reasons why invites are so essential is because they provide vital information. They tell your guests the date, time, and location of your wedding ceremony and reception. While also telling them what to wear, where to find accommodation and how to RSVP. You might even want to include directions, maps and menus too. This is crucial information will help your guests plan ahead and get prepared for your big day. This might entail hiring child care, buying an outfit or getting time off work. Knowing your wedding details will also help them establish whether they can attend or not. This can then go on to help you plan how much food, drink and seating is needed throughout.

They set a tone

As well as providing information relating to your big day, invitations set the tone for the day too. They should showcase your theme and offer a quick look into what your day will involve. If you’re planning on using a vintage theme, for example, your invites should portray this clearly. If you decide to use a sleek and modern design instead, this will just confuse your guests. It will also show that little thought and care has been put into the design of your invitations. So whether you choose cheap laser cut wedding invitations or expensive custom made ones, make sure they set the perfect tone. That way your guests will know exactly what to expect.

They create excitement

While sending an email invite is convenient, it doesn’t evoke the same emotion as a traditional invitation. The joy that comes from receiving an invitation through the mail is unrivaled and cannot be replicated. Your guests will love to open the envelope and read through the details included. This will fill them with immense anticipation, and they can start looking forward to taking part in your celebrations. The invite allows your guests to share in your excitement and start counting down the days until your big day arrives. If you’ve given the design of your invitations plenty of thought and consideration, your guests will also feel more inclined to keep it. This can be a wonderful keepsake which they can look back on and treasure.

So while sending an electronic invitation may save you some money, it won’t give your big day the impact it deserves. So start designing beautiful invitations that provide your guests with a fantastic first impression.

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Fiesta Mode 101

I happen to visit the city of Tacloban yesterday. The city is getting colorful and busier. I was riding a public utility vehicle, I noticed lot of stores sprouting in the street. It only happen during fiesta celebration.

Banderitas all over the street. Behind is the Sto Niño Church
Sangyaw Festival and Parade of light history:

  • The city of Tacloban is celebrating two festivals. The Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Festival. The word Sangyaw means “to announce or herald a news” in the local dialect./li>
  • It was created by the former First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1976.
  • Sangyaw was abolished when the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino was elected on 1986. It was however revived by Mayor Alfred Romualdez, a nephew of the former first lady, on June 29, 2008.
  • Sangyaw festival showcases the rich cultural and religious heritage of the natives of Tacloban and the province it belongs to.
  • Every year, warriors painted in colourful costumes, women performing elaborate rituals and the incorporation of Christianity are just few of the performers and activity to watch out for during Sangyaw.
  • The devotion to Sto. Niño, patron of Tacloban City, is the main attraction of the festival.
  • The Sangyaw is based on a popular belief that the statue of Sto. Nino miraculously survived a shipwreck around 1880’s. This was after the original icon, brought by the Spaniards in 1888, has to be back to Manila for reconstruction and refitting. On its way back to Tacloban, the steamer “Luzon” which was its carrier caught in a disastrous fire and sank. The patron was recovered in June 30, 1889 when the Governor of Leyte received a letter from Military Governor Jose Gil de Avalle of Mindoro stating that Barrio Lieutenant of Barrio Semirara in Mindoro sighted a box labelled “Santo Niño, Patron han Tacloban.” Following the recovery of Sto. Niño, thousands of devotees joined the “salubong” in Balyuan Tower, near the Sto. Nino parish.
  • Currently, the Sangyaw Festival is a co-celebration of that popular belief by adjoining with other localities from all over the Philippines to showcase their rich cultural heritage thru dances and religious belief.
  • Beautiful floats of landmarks all over the region, traditions and even famous people and cartoon characters are decorated with different lights
    • Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
      with the little big tot Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
      Sangyaw Festival 2011 with the dancers 

    Pintados Festival History

  • The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed "pintados" warriors.
  • In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño.
  • Different Festivals from all over the region showcasing their talent and dancing and religious belief.
  • Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on June 29.
with Ms Pintados 2015 4th runner Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle
Candidates of Ms Tacloban 2016, introducing herself is Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle

Aside from two festival beauty pageant is also one of the highlights of the fiesta celebration. Its Ms Tacloban, Ms Pintados and Ms Teen Pintados.


Kids Summer Activities: It's Not as Difficult as You Think

Summer is now upon us in most parts of the world, including here in the US. And that means that we’re fast approaching that time of year when school’s out. It’s all great news for kids, of course. Finally, they’ve got a long break where they can enjoy things besides school work. But for us moms, it can be a nightmare figuring out what to do with our kids. Here’s the good news: it’s not as difficult as you think. There are plenty of ways to entertain the kids and to make sure that the summer holidays doesn’t turn into a bore fest. Here’s how.

Treasure Hunting

Treasure hunting has been a favorite pastime of children from time immemorial. Nothing quite evokes a sense of adventure more than going on a journey, looking for buried loot. But here’s where you can make it even better. You can design your own treasure map, full of cryptic clues, or you can make one with your child and get them to be creative. Whatever you choose, there are infinite options. Perhaps you could start your treasure hunt by giving each child a list of things that you want them to find in the garden. Maybe they could look for something shiny, something round or something blue. Perhaps you could send them out looking for different flowers, like daisies, dandelions and buttercups. If you are feeling very adventurous, you could come up with a riddle that would lead them to some buried treasure. Whatever you choose, treasure hunts are a great way to keep kids entertained for hours, if not days.

Get Them Reading 

The summer is a great chance for children to get away from the drudgery of their school work and to start reading for pleasure. Reading is one of those essential life skills. And now that we live in the information age, it’s becoming even more so. But too many children fall behind because they’re uninspired by the reading they do in school. Here’s your chance to shine as a parent. Grab a few books and introduce them to the world of fiction. It could be fiction on any subject. Perhaps sci-fi, perhaps fantasy, maybe crime even. Whatever it is, make sure that it strikes a chord with your child. They’re not resistant to reading because they don’t like doing it in general. They’re resistant because of the way that they have been forced to do it against their will. But, as their mom, you’re the one who knows them best. And so you’ll have a good idea what sort of book they’d be interested in reading, and what they wouldn’t.


Nothing smacks of summer more than kids playing baseball in the park. It’s the quintessential summer activity. But why only do something that is unstructured, like a play a game down the park? Why not keep them busy over the summer enrolling them on a summer baseball course?

Of course, if you decide to go down that route, you’ll have to get them the right equipment. Sites like do baseball bat reviews. Just make sure that you choose a bat that's the right size for your kid and avert disappointment.


Do you remember when you first saw one of those ring frisbees flying through the air? It was a sort of magical sight, seeing something fly so fast and so far. It’s this kind of thing that kids find enchanting. Frisbee is an exciting sport, and there’s a lot that kids need to master before they get good.

It’s also a highly physical sport, in a fun way. Playing frisbee will exercise your children like nothing else as they charge as fast as they can to catch it. It is also good for developing coordination, something largely forgotten in today’s digital world. The sport isn’t just for kids either. It’s become a serious adult pursuit too, and there are hundreds of clubs up and down the country dedicated to the sport.


The great thing about water fights is that the fun never seems to end. Kids will happily soak each other for hours on hot summer days. What’s so cool about kids’ water fights are all the little rules that emerge. It may look like complete chaos, but kids are great at applying their own unique structure to the event.

You don’t have to rely on expensive water pistols, of course. Hoses, wet sponges and buckets should do the trick.

Summer Courses

The summer is the one time of the year that kids really get to explore new things, outside of school. And so as moms, it can be an opportunity for us to help them find new interests. Right now, there are hundreds of potential summer courses that they could go on. Perhaps you have a very academic child who loves languages. Here’s their chance to learn something new, like Mandarin. Or perhaps your child is keen to find out more about nature and wildlife. There are all sorts of kids camps available for them to stretch their eco-warrior legs. As sites like point out, there are plenty of options.

The great thing about summer courses is just how much time they take up. Here’s an excellent way to get the kids to do what they want while giving you a break too. Most courses will put the kids up overnight, either in hostels or camping. And so you can grab at least a couple of weeks during the summer break for yourself.

Bottle Bowling

Kids love crafts. And so should moms. They’re an excellent way to spend a sunny summer’s afternoon. But you don’t have to stop at just doing crafts. Why not turn crafts into a game? This is where bottle bowling comes into play. Grab some empty plastic drinks bottles. Don’t worry if they’re different sizes; that just adds to the fun. Then start painting the outside. You might want to paint different scores, but you can really do whatever you like. Then fill them with sand and viola, you’ve got your own set of bowling pins. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Put Sleepless Nights To Bed Forever With This Helpful Bedtime Guide

If you’ve had a few nights of disturbed sleep, you might be feeling fatigued and grumpy. But when your kids struggle to get through the night soundly you can end up fatigued and grumpy about their behaviour! Kids don’t cope well if they have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It happens to most of us at one time or another. But when it goes on for a while, you might be wondering what more you can do to help them.

There are lots of reasons why kids struggle to settle at bedtime, or why they might be waking in the night. It’s rare that there is any kind of medical problem involved, but if you have concerns speak to your doctor about it. If you’re getting tired and frustrated too, you might choose to ask your parents to take them for the night so you can get some rest. Approaching this difficult situation well rested will be helpful. Here are some other ideas to help you ease the sleepless nights, and enjoy quality sleep every time:


The time your child eats may have an effect on how well they settle at bedtime. Try to finish the meal two hours before you expect them to be tucked in. That way, they have had a chance to settle their tummies and won’t feel an urge for the toilet as soon as you kiss them good night. Try to avoid any meals or desserts that are high in sugar. This can be hard to do if they’ve just come back from a children’s birthday party! Water is the best drink at dinner time, and chocolate should be avoided altogether. Chocolate and other sweets can act as a stimulant, making it difficult for your child to settle down. Mealtime battles can also spill over to the bedtime routine. It could be worth delaying those efforts to introduce more vegetables for a couple of nights!

After Dinner 

The time after dinner is the perfect opportunity to play. In the summertime, they may be running around in the garden. Try to avoid tablets, computers and mobile phones this close to bedtime. It is thought the blueish light from the screens could delay the brain’s ability to drift off to sleep. Some quiet TV snuggled up with you could be a nice way to calm things down. Why not read a couple of books together?

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It might be best to avoid any more drinks after dinner. Getting up for the toilet is one of the reasons children commonly struggle to get enough sleep. In the last thirty minutes before bath time, why not spend some time together drawing or painting? Perhaps you can take a nice walk around the block?


Bath time should be a part of your child’s bedtime routine. It can also help adults settle ready for some quality sleep. The temperature of the water is known to relax the body and mind. And the sudden change from being in the warm water to coming out can help prepare the body and mind to sleep. A little play time can make this important event fun. When your child is ready to come out of the bath, try to keep the conversation limited and spoken in a quiet tone. Small children love having an extended cuddle time when they’re getting dried and dressed for bed. Warm fluffy towels and a big hug from Mummy can make this time of the day feel extra comforting and relaxed. Brush the teeth together, and pop to the loo. Finally, it’s time to hop up into bed.


Your child’s bedroom should be dark and cool. The bed should be comfortable but also fun for children. You can find some examples of kids Cabin beds from Cuckooland online that may inspire you. Mattresses should be supportive for your child’s frame and allow them to stay cool all night. Pick bedding that features their favourite TV characters. These can all help your child feel secure and safe in his room.
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A night light may offer some comfort but choose one wisely. Shadows can often be the source of monsters for imaginative children. Something like a Gro Clock offers adequate light as well as a reminder that it’s not yet time to get out of bed. A soft rug on the floor provides a lovely play area, and soft toys help your child feel they’re in good company.


Two or three stories at bedtime, including one of their all-time favourites, is a great way to round off the day. Speak in a soft tone. The final story may end up sounding like a monotone, but you should notice your child yawning, laying back, and rubbing their eyes by this point. Most children’s stories are great fun at any time of the day. Some scarier or more dramatic stories may be best left until tomorrow!
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Cuddle up to your child when you’re reading a story. Share the experience, and let your child point out things on the page. You might ask one or two questions along the way too. This is quality time for the two of you to share. It’s comforting and supports the bonding process with your child.


At the end of the story, close the book and put it away. Have a long cuddle with your little one and kiss their forehead. Tell them how much you love them and wish them sweet dreams. Finally say 'night night' and leave the room. Doing the same things every night supports their expectations. They’ll know what will happen and what is expected of them. Hopefully, they’ll soon roll over and drift off to sleep for the whole night.
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It may take a few nights of doing the same routine every time for your child to realise that ‘night night’ means it’s time to fall asleep. There are many techniques for putting your child back to bed if the repeatedly leave the room after bedtime. It could be worth sticking with one for several nights before trying something different. Patience on your part is essential, and you may need to clear your diary for the evening! But it will be worth it in the end for all the family to enjoy some quality sleep.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Indeed facebook is doing a great job reminding us every especial occasions. Just like today, I almost forgot that today is a very especial day for our dad, papa, tatay, erpats or however we call them.

Photo grab from Goggle 

Anyway, our family isn't perfect. My parents separated when I was a kid. For many years I didn't see our father. We were all grown up when he showed up again. Our father may not be a perfect Tatay to us but I am still thankful for without him, we will not be here. To you Tatay, Happy father's day.

 I also would like to take this opportunity greet my boyfriend a Happy Father's Day. You may not the biological father of the little big one yet you stand as a real father to him.

A shout out also to all the single mom out there.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When Not To Attempt Your Own Repairs

It’s often possible to employ your DIY skills for minor jobs at home. But what happens when something complicated goes wrong? In some cases, it’s better to leave anything complex or risky to the experts. Here are some scenarios when it’s best to leave your skills in the locker and call in the professionals.

Image from Pixabay

Roofing repairs
You may think that roofing looks relatively simple. But you’d be wrong. Roofers have experience in carrying out specialist techniques. They also use safety equipment to prevent accidents and falls from height. If you have a leak, or you notice a few tiles missing after a storm, resist the temptation to get up on the roof and have a look. Search online or use a local directory to find roofing firms in your area.

Sometimes, it’s possible to fix the odd blockage. But usually with plumbing jobs, it’s wise to make use of professional plumbing services. In most houses, plumbing involves a complex network of pipes. If you hit the wrong spot, you could end up with a disaster on your hands.

Asbestos removal
It’s very uncommon to find asbestos these days. But if you’re doing up an old house, there is a chance of asbestos exposure. If you think there may be traces of asbestos in your home, never attempt to remove it yourself. Always seek expert advice. Dealing with asbestos carries a high risk of illness.

Electrical work
Even if you think you know what you’re doing when it comes to power sockets and plugs, it’s not safe to attempt electrical repairs. Always call in an electrician if you have problems with power or your appliances need to be safety checked. If you get it wrong, you could end up with very severe injuries.

Heavy-duty building work
If you’re planning a makeover or you’re renovating a house, you may be thinking of doing some structural work. In some cases, it’s possible to save time and money by doing a bit of laboring yourself. But with heavy-duty tasks, such as knocking walls down, it’s always best to leave the experts to the job.
 Image via Pixabay 

Cutting down trees
Are you eager to do a little tidying up in the garden? Do you want to remove a tree to let more light into the living room? If so, this is definitely a job for experienced professionals. Never attempt to saw large branches or bring down a tree by yourself. This is a dangerous job, which carries a high risk of potentially life-threatening injuries.

Fixing things at home can be hugely satisfying. In some cases, it’s perfectly fine to have a go at some simple DIY tasks. However, there are instances when professional expertise is required. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Many complex household jobs carry a risk of serious injury. If you botch DIY repairs, there’s also a good chance you’ll end up paying more. If you are thinking of tackling a job, seek advice first. If you’re advised to call in the experts, take this tip on board. You can often find local firms online.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

3 Tips For The Pregnant Bride

When you and your partner begin to make a family, life can suddenly take on new meaning. Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life. And having your partner there to share in that makes it all the more special. So when you decide to make the arrangement a little more formal, you may start to consider having a wedding to celebrate.

Getting married when you’re pregnant doesn’t need to be any harder than when you’re not. And you can look incredibly beautiful whatever size you are. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of getting married:

Engagement and Wedding Rings Choosing a diamond engagement ring is one of the most exciting times for a woman. Trying on lots of different rings can make you feel incredibly glamorous! There are lots of different cuts of diamond to suit your tastes. Check with your doctor if you think your fingers have swollen from the pregnancy. You can always select a ring size based on other rings you own. Diamonds look incredible in wedding rings too. You can have the engagement and the wedding ring inscribed to make them even more personal.

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When you hear all the usual bride tips saying you mustn’t gain or lose weight before the wedding, you may wonder how on earth you can even buy a wedding dress. Fortunately, there are plenty of incredible dressmakers and designers that specialize in dresses for the expectant mother. They are often fitted with a center or back panel that is elasticated. That way, there is plenty of room to grow!
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Of course, you may choose a style that hides away the little bump you’re sporting. This might be a preference now, but you may prefer to reminisce about your big day with your child in the future. It can be a lovely touch to wear your bump with pride at your wedding. The choice is yours, and there are beautiful dresses to help you wear the style you want.

Hair and Makeup
It’s a well-known fact that weddings are incredibly emotional. Add some pregnancy hormones and you have a recipe for a tear-stained face! Choose waterproof cosmetics for the day. Try to keep makeup light. That way, it will be easier to re-apply if you need to. If your hormones are playing havoc with your skin, ask a professional to apply it. That way they can work to conceal any blemishes without making the skin over sensitive.
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Hair can also be quite wayward when we’re pregnant. You might want to color it before your big day. Speak to your stylist about the best products for this. You don’t want any odd results or damage to your vulnerable hair. Hair is often extra thick and lush during pregnancy. However, try not to wear hair up too tight. Roots and scalp can easily be upset. Getting married while pregnant can be a beautiful way to celebrate the creation of your family. And it’s a wonderful way to celebrate your beautiful body shape. Enjoy your happy day.

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Back To School!

Its back to school! Kailangan ko ng gumising ng mas aga. Back to pamamalantsa ng uniform ang peg ko. Dagdag gastusin at expenses araw-araw. Pero dahil Nanay ako I need to face all my complains. Hehehehe!

The school break for my little one officially end yesterday. The big day as he calls it started today, and he is on his sixth grade. Though his class usually starts at 10:30 in the morning I let him go before 8 am so he can attend the activities to welcome new pupils.

Photo is not mine 

I mentioned in my other blog that I ak going to take a photo of the little big one on his first day of school. But for some reason I totally forgot about it, and it was already too late when I remember to take picture of him because he already left. So I just told myself to do it when he comes back from school. I guess it is destined for me not to have a picture of him on his first day of school because he is already home when I arrived from the city.

Its his final school year  in his current school. But the little one is growing fast, so my plan of not buying a new set of uniform is an epic fail. Masikip at maiksi na lahat ng uniforms nya. Buti nalang I can still do something para magamit pa ang pants. Kailangan ko talagang magpatahi ng bagong polo kasi hindi na magagawan ng paraan ang luma.