When Motherhood Gets The Best Of Us

Some days it’s hard being a mom. Some days it’s difficult to explain. But some days, well most days it’s just love. Motherhood is love.

Kuya Seth has learned the joy of playing with our neighbors. Since we moved to a new place, he discovered new friends and they play outside the house (but still inside the compound). He asks for permission before going outside “mama, can I play outside?” and we let him as long as: 1- he has supervision and 2- he doesn’t go outside the gate. Those were our rules, aside from the usual “no fighting”, “no crying”, etc. But the emphasis has been on the “no going out of the gate” part, for “someone might get you”, or “you might get into an accident”. Of course we don’t expect him to do as we say 100%. He is a toddler, after all.

Last week I was watching over Seth when he heard his playmate go outside their house. He was beaming with joy, as always, and asked mama the question, “mama, I hear my playmates! Can I please go outside and play?”. Mama said yes, and put on a pair of shorts and towel for him. I told him I had to change clothes first – he was super excited so I let him go with the 2 golden rules at hand. I was changing my clothes when suddenly the kids playing outside turned silent and I cannot hear them anymore. I ran outside to check (just by our gate), the “big kids” told me he was at the main gate. I ran towards the terrace so I can see him (I have not changed my clothes yet!!!) and shouted, “Seth????? Where are you???”.

He screamed at me and said, “hi mama!!!”. I literally held back my tears (I swear motherhood makes me emotional all the time!) because he was just there, by the gate, waiting for his friends. I asked him, “why are you there????” Seth answered, “I am waiting for Kyla, mom! She went outside. I told her I can’t go outside so I stayed here.”

 

There are days when I feel like I fail at being a good mother. Sometimes I feel like everything is just soooo tiring and I literally break down and cry. 😩😭 I mean being a hands-on-mom while pregnant is just not a good combination. But most days motherhood is love. It gets the best (and worst!) of us but I’d like to believe that moms, we do not lose heart. By God’s grace, we can do this!

Here’s an advance mother’s day greeting to all the mothers out there. Remember: Our labor is never in vain. ❤

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Of course I had to document it so I can be reminded of the “fruit of my labor”. 🙂
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Converse and Tyler, The Creator Launch One Star x Golf Le Fleur Collection

Tyler, the Creator and Converse will release the One Star x Golf le Fleur collection with four colorways of the iconic One Star sneaker.

Ambassadors of daring confidence, youthful spirit and creative street style, Converse and Tyler, The Creator’s long-term partnership celebrates freedom of expression through collaborative design. Tyler’s imagination is illuminated through his unique design and spin across the entire collection.

Tyler’s details are evident in the classic suede One Star x Golf le Fleur silhouette, from the flower contrast stitching surrounding the iconic star, embroidered bee logo on heel stay, debossed tonal Golf le Fleur logo on the shoe’s tongue, to the Golf le Fleur art illustrated on the sock liner and printed outsole graphics. The One Star is available in four bold colorways, including Airway Blue, Peach Pearl, Sulphur, and Fuschia Glow, with an interchangeable set of tonal laces. Inscribed on the shoe’s inner and outer sole are special messages from Tyler reading, “Don’t let ‘em kill your flowers, water your garden and stunt.”

The new One Star x Golf le Fleur sneaker collection is exclusively available in Commonwealth at SM Aura for only Php 5,350.00.

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And so I’m back!

Well, sort of. 😉 

I took a blogging hiatus for months now. I needed to re-think and re-focus on a lot of things. Taking a break from writing is very difficult but it’s a sacrifice I am most willing to do (with so much heartache, of course!) to be able to get ahead of things. 

Sometimes, all we need is to be invisible for a while to be able to see what was needed to be seen.

So yeah, I’m back! And I definitely have a LOT on my mind right now. Can’t wait to share them with you! 

Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers

Toddler years are the golden age of exploration for a child. It is at this stage where parents should be extra mindful in understanding their kid’s language – and it’s you, mom, who needs to guide your kids how to communicate effectively. 

To help parents navigate the toddler years (children ages 2 to 4 years old) – from tantrums, toddler behavior, hygiene, milestones, activities and more – SmartParenting.com.ph, the most credible parenting online resource backed by experts and a community of moms and dads, kicked off its annual signature workshops with the first leg, Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers on March 18, 2016 at Makati Diamond Residences. 

“Hopefully, parents will leave the workshop more confident about parenting their toddlers,” said Leah Nemil-San Jose, Smart Parenting’s editor in chief. “The work really starts at this age when it comes to raising bright and independent kids.” 
Michelle Tambunting, the co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool, discussed how to tame tantrums and doled out advice on parenting effectively in this digital age. 

Love this one. Michelle Tambunting talks about how we should put ourselves in our toddler’s shoes before reacting. Perfect advice for toddler moms like me!

A model mom of two toddlers, Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles, shared her experience on raising two boys. She spoke for Belo Baby, one of the major sponsors of the SP workshop, and spoke about how she found the perfect baby skin products for her boys, relying on Belo Baby because it has 100% certified natural ingredients.

The beautiful Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles shares why she trusts and loves Belo Baby.

Dr. Carmina M. Arriola-delos Reyes, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, gave an informative talk on pain and fever management when it comes to kids. 

Arceli Tan of Insular Life, ended the discussions with one the most important subject parents need to know, money. She talked about Financial 101 for all moms. 

After the talks, all participants were treated with sumptuous buffet, exciting raffle prizes, and gifts – thanks to Smart Parenting and its major sponsors – Insular Life, Belo Baby, and Calpol – and partner concessionaires –Smart Steps and Nature to Nurture. 

I am so glad to be part of this workshop. Being a mom to a 3 year old is really a journey. A beautiful, messy journey. The workshop definitely gave me a different perspective when it comes to taking care of my toddler. 

Hug a fellow mom today and say, “you are doing a good job. You are enough.”
Congratulations, Smart Parenting, for a successful workshop!

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Converse and Winnie Harlow Spotlight Global Fashion

The final installment of the Converse Forever Chuck series dives deep into Chucks, from the Runway to the Streets. Paying homage to two of the biggest fashion hubs in the world, London and Paris, the video dives deep into Chuck Taylor’s iconic influence on global fashion. Hosted by international model Winnie Harlow and directed by award-winning filmmaker Karim Huu Do, the video explores the latest trends in high-low styling that pairs corner thrift shop finds with haute couture. Speaking with ground-breaking leaders within the street style scene, Harlow brings viewers into the forefront of trend-driving fashion movements in London and Paris. The video will also feature cameos from some moguls in the fashion industry who have come to embrace Chuck Taylor as part of their style, including Gucci Gang, Jeremy Egry of Etudes Studio, Sarah Andelman (founder of street style mecca Colette) and Emma Hope Allwood of Dazed.

“Fashion is one of the most influential cultural movements and purest forms of individuality and self-expression,” said Julien Cahn, Chief Marketing Officer at Converse. “The versatility of the Chuck Taylor allows the sneaker to be on point with a high-end couture dress or jeans and has remained an iconic symbol of fashion expression worldwide.”

The Forever Chuck series explores three core cultural movements that made the Chuck Taylor iconic: films, LA hip hop and fashion. Each episode uniquely captures the confident and daring spirit of youth that has symbolized Chuck Taylor loyalists in the past, present and future.