Monday, December 22, 2014

Looking Back My Plans and Wishes Made for 2014

Year 2014 is about to end, and before I’ll start making another list for the coming year, I thought of looking back on the plans and wishes I made at the start of this year. I haven’t planned or wished for something that is beyond my imagination because it will only hurt my feeling (char!) instead I listed a few that I tried so much to achieve, so here are the updates;

Lose Weight – This goal is always on my list every year, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to achieve this goal. Though, I lost about 8 kilograms from my post pregnancy weight, I'm still overweight. Maybe because I was not that motivated to move my body more and eat less and reduce more.  I’ll be re-listing this one of my plans for next year.

photo not mine
Save and Invest – This year husband and I are on the edge of having a breakeven only between income and expenses. We really are expending more for the needs of our first born that we have to cut down all the unnecessary stuffs and prioritize. In spite of that we are very thankful the God is always on our side and continuously giving us blessing and graces. Last month, I finally enrolled with International Marketing Group (IMG) and started my minimum deposit for the trust fund. I’m quite busy these days and haven’t focused much on it. Next year, I’ll give it more time, but before that I have to meet with my friend/agent and MD of IMG and discuss more about it. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top 5 Gift Ideas for Toddlers with Special Needs

Eight more days to go and it’s Christmas Day!

Some may have finished their Christmas shopping as early as last month, while some had just started going after their list. In my case I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, except for the “floor puzzle” that I have bought two weeks ago for my son’s exchange gift. So here I am listing my top 5 educational toys that I wanted for my 4 year old son. As much as I wanted to buy remote control cars, or transformers robot, I opted not because what my son needs are educational toys to further enhance his cognitive and fine motor skills.

Honestly, the time my son was diagnosed with ASD I already bought some sets of wooden toys for him. Most were bought online at TahanangWalangHagdanan, Inc. and some wooden peg puzzles that I found at Toys R Us.

But as the days, months, years went by he already memorized some of the toys. This time, we need to introduce something new to him and maybe, this season husband and I can slash part of our budget and buy a set of wooden educational toys for him.

Here’s the top 5 out of so many that I wanted to get for my son. I may have listed 5 that doesn’t mean I’ll get all of them, I’m only choosing at least 1, that is readily available in the city;


This wooden sorter is different what we have at home, it has obstacles planted on the wooden rod, that will require the child to twist and turn to fit in the right spot.  The wooden rod can also be twisted to create a more difficult game level. This toy will develop problem solving and fine motor skills.


2.    UNIVERSE OF IMAGINATION 150-pc Wooden Block Set 


Actually, I’ve been eyeing this set for months now, but because it’s beyond our budget I chose not to get it yet.

This wooden block set has 150 blocks of six different shapes and several colors. This construction game will enhance the child’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination and will teach the child shape recognition because the lid is also a shape sorter. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

iCARE’s Christmas Party 2014

From big corporations, to schools, barangays, and even simple family gatherings, the holiday season is not complete without Christmas Parties. Everyone is entitled to enjoy and celebrate the Christmas season, whether in grand or simple gatherings, especially the children and of course special children are no exception.

Last Sunday, December 14, 2014 the Intervention Center for Autism and Related Exceptionalities (iCARE) had a Christmas party for kids and their family who are under the institution’s care held at McDonalds Lim Ket Kai Center here in Cagayan de Oro City.

It was actually the first Christmas party that our son had attended with the only ABA therapy center in the city. Activities like this are very beneficial to children with special needs. It’s a sort of socialization and community integration in their part that we don’t want him to miss.

At 2PM, I drove the little boy, his younger sister and the 2 caregivers to the party venue. Hubby was still at work and expected to join us later in the afternoon. 

The supposedly 2:30PM party started at 3:30PM, a 1-hour delay because there was an ongoing event at the party area, miscommunication according to one of the teachers.

Like all children’s parties, games were played and participated by the kids. Sadly, our little boy does not know how to play with the group yet. So, we have no choice but to watch the others playing in the small vacant space in front. McDonald’s party area is too small for the big group like ours, big group because, not only the children were there, but as well as the family and caregivers. As expected, some kids were screaming and crying because of the crowd, and since it was too crowded the area really felt hot, the air conditioning units seem to be malfunctioning.

Anyway, those minor flaws were overridden when the Magician came out and showed us his magic tricks. Seeing him made bird picture came to life was amazing.

the magician
The magic show was indeed fun and that not only the children enjoyed, but as well as the kids at heart.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Annual Physical Examination

Every year an Annual Physical Examination (APE) is given to all qualified employees. It is one of the benefits that our company is giving us. And each year we are looking forward for the APE, and unfortunately reach the Mindanao Region on the last month of the year and the results will come out more or less 3 months from now.  Anyway, we are still thankful to the management for giving us this free examination, which will cost a lot if done outside at our own expense.

The Mobile Clinic parked inside the Office Compound
On Wednesday afternoon, the diagnostic team from Manila had arrived in the city to facilitate the APE for employees under the Northern Central area of Mindanao including our department. I was one of the first employees to fall-in line the following day. At 7:30AM I already arrived at the testing area, filled-up the necessary papers and did the following series of tests;

1. Complete Blood Count
2. Urinalysis and Stool Examination
3. ECG
4. Visual/Eye Examination
5. Chest X-ray
taking the blood sample
If last year the Pelvic and Breast Examination and Pap smear are only given to female employees 40 years old and above, this year the age range was lowered to 35 years old and above which I am very glad because I am qualified to take these examinations.

By 10:00AM I’m done with everything, including the mandatory drug test. Just in time, my boss called me up and directed me to attend a meeting in his place, because he attended another meeting outside the office.

For now, I have to stay put and wait for the examination result. And I hope I have good results this time (I doubt!), unlike what I had last year. (High Cholesterol, etc.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrift Finds: Jeans + Shirt for the Little Boy

It’s Christmas! While everyone is busy shopping for the holidays, I was busy at work and busy rushing for the last pieces of made to order handmade jewelries which will be sent out tomorrow.
This afternoon, I remembered that on Sunday my son will be attending his first Christmas Party hosted by the therapy center he is attending. And digging into his closet, I realized that he needed a new pair of jeans/pants. He grew tall and that the few pairs he have are already hanging.

After office, hubby and I took him for a quick shopping at Gaisano Bulua, the nearest department store we can go to from home and bought him his new jeans + a polo shirt. 

Gone are the days, that I shop for kids clothing at SM City. Branded clothes that are half the price, but still very expensive. This season I decided to be frugal and spend less on children’s clothes because aside from the reason that they outgrow them fast, hubby and I are having trouble budgeting the past months. We have to cut down our expenses, and prioritize our needs. A good way to start realigning our budget, spend within our means, and save more for future needs.

Going back to the clothes for the little boy, I think hubby and I found a great set for him. Jeans at P290.00 and a shirt @ P215.00 are a better catch than spending more than P500 for a pair of jeans alone. Next time I’ll be in Iligan City I’ll find time to dig into the ukay-ukay I’m pretty sure I can find good as new branded clothes at less than P100.00. J

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Things to be Thankful for in November 2014

November was a very demanding yet exciting month for us. There are a lot of things had transpired the past month and I can’t help but be thankful of the following that I can think of;

1. Time. It was the day to remember our departed love ones. Hubby and I are thankful for the time, because we were able to travel to his hometown safely and visited his parents’ graves. 

2. Birthdays. November is one happy month for us because it is the month that our two beautiful kids were born. On the 10th we celebrated Jewel’s 1st Birthday and on the 15th it was our 1st born 4th birthday

3. Crafts. I thank God for giving me a pair of hands that can create crafts easily with the help of some tutorials online. I was able to do DIYs for the bee-girl’s 1st birthday and later on the go for my handcrafted jewelry projects.


4. Star. On his younger sister’s birthday, X brought home a star on the back of his hand. His reward for being very good in the class which he seldom does, then brought another star three days later. 

5. Beach. A day after X’s birthday, the family went to the nearby beach. A much needed salt water dip for the kids and I after suffering from cough and colds.

6. Milestone. While having breakfast on the 17th, our little girl finally knows how to clap her hands. Babies meet their milestones in different pace, she probably was late to learn how to clap, and it’s okay as long as she was able to do it. 

Exactly 20 minutes walk!
7. Exercise. The car needed a check-up because of the vibration observed, thus, I have no choice but to take a public transport going to the office and vice versa. Unlike in the morning, taking the jeepney is too hard, usually already full of passengers, thus, I decided to walk my way home from the highway crossing that took me 20 minutes to reach the house.  By doing so, I actually hit two birds at the same time. I was able to save a few pennies and had an instant 20 minute exercise. Cool!

8. Neighbor. Two minutes after arriving at the office on the 19th, my cell phone rang and on the line was our concerned neighbor, who saw the sparking/burning of the service drop wire in front of our house. He told me about the event and that he already told our two house help at home (with the kids) to switch off the main breaker. I reported the incident to the local electric utility and later in the morning they fixed it. I thank God for keeping my family safe by sending us a concerned neighbor. 

9. Gift Card. Shopping for a wedding gift is too difficult these days, you’ll never know if the newlywed can actually use them. Thank goodness there are already available gift cards that we can buy and send it as a gift instead. 

This hubby and I + 2 of our office mates gift to the couple
10. Wedding. Saturday the 22nd! Hubby and I already cleared this day solely to attend the wedding of my officemate happening in Iligan City in the afternoon. Because I was busy at work + I have no car the past days, I wasn’t able to have my anticipated manicure and pedicure. My nails looked so awful that I have to rush to my favorite salon for a quick nail fix and at the same time have my hair ironed in the morning. By noon time, we headed to Iligan City to catch the 3pm wedding ceremony. The unpleasant story after can be read here

11. WeChat. Communicating with my supplier in Metro Manila is made easy because of the application. We can chat and send pictures to further clarify and be specific with the items ordered and sent. 

12. Bonus. It’s already the end of the year on the 28th, the last Friday of the month our 1 month bonus was already credited to our ATM accounts. As much as we wanted to spend our bonuses, hubby and I can’t do that because they are already married and will directly be deposited to our other account to pay for our lot loan amortization.

That’s it! Those are the 12 things that not only me, but hubby as well are very thankful for. Aside from those listed above,I am always thankful to our Lord God for the every day of our life. For our kids, who are special and beautiful in many ways, for my husband, the father of my kids who always stand as our strength, for our job that brings food to our table, to the people around us, our family and our two house help for taking care of your children during times we are at work. Our everyday life is made easy because of the people around us and of course with the guidance and graces from our Heavenly God.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An Unforgettable Wedding!

On November 22, 2014, hubby and I together with Sir Steve went to Iligan City to attend the wedding of our colleague. The last single lady from our department is getting married on that day. All of us were very excited to see her walk in the aisle, marrying her long time boyfriend.

She is well loved by her co-workers, many of us were present in the event. Some came all the way from Cagayan de Oro City like us, and the rest who are mostly from Iligan City were there as well, including our department head and his wife.

We arrived 30 minutes before the wedding, we wanted to be early because we know that the wedding ceremony will really start on time. Take it from us, because hubby and I were married in the same church in 2008.

As expected, she was the most gorgeous girl in her wedding day, though the church arrangement was not that impressive (maybe because, the bride opted a simple one) the atmosphere was very much in love.

The funny thing was, we all waited for the priest to say “You may now kiss the bride”, I thought he forgot, but I think he intentionally did it to make fun with the newlywed couple; after all, he was their family friend.

Then came the pictorial, though it was not that organized (thumbs down to the coordinator), we all excitedly went to the altar when the “the colleagues of the bride” were called.

After that we were all busy taking photos of ourselves and later proceeded to the reception.

The reception was held in the grand hall of a hotel, the only hotel in the city that has a casino. It was actually my first time to attend an occasion in that hotel, and seeing the wedding hall was quite acceptable, the stage and the arrangement were nicely done.

The guests were welcomed with a lot of finger foods, stationed at the lobby of the 6th floor where the main hall is. Because we were already hungry, we picked some of the foods there like tropek, fried banana with sauce, cheese lumpia, and jelly and also took a cup of cocktail juice.

The actual reception started when the couple came in at 6pm, the hall was already full of guests, more or less 200 people. All of us were so excited to see them take their steps towards the stage for the cake cutting followed by the usual activities in a wedding reception.

By 7pm the guests were already advised to take photos first with the couple before proceeding to the buffet area. The foods served were chicken teriyaki, beef steak, 4 seasons vegetable, lechon, seafood spaghetti and fruit salad. Because I’m not that delicate when it comes to food, I tried all of them.

Attending a wedding as group is sure fun, we all enjoyed our meals while chit chatting for an hour. Imagine twelve of us seated at the same table, the same faces I see at the office every day. By past 8pm, we sought permission from the bride and went our way. We still had to take an hour and a half drive to Cagayan de Oro City.

We arrived home past 10pm. I was still smiling when I went to bed that night still thinking how happy the couple were and how in-loved they are.  But the story doesn’t end there.

The following day, our company nurse called up, asking me if I was okay, if I had experienced LBM. I asked her why, because I was feeling well the time she called up (around 11am), and she told me that she was going in and out of the toilet a couple of times already and thought that it was from the breakfast she had. Later, when our officemate D (the bride) called her up, that’s the time she realized it was from the food at the wedding reception. As our company nurse, she called all of us who attended the wedding, I was joking that I was too strong to be get affected, but later in the afternoon the pain started, I went to the toilet and boom! I was having the same! An LBM, stomach pain, FOOD POISONING! As of Sunday afternoon, almost 30 guests were affected, some were admitted to the hospital, including the bride’s mother and two siblings.

By Monday, the number was rising, fifteen of us who attended were hit including our boss and his wife. The last, update we heard from D was that 70 were already accounted. The bacteria took charge and went wild as early as Sunday morning. I had on Sunday afternoon and some had on Monday like my husband.

The couple talked to the hotel, and the management is willing to pay all the expenses incurred by the victims, like medicine, etc. And for those who are working and had to call for sick leave will also be compensated.

Though the hotel management, vowed to take responsibility as to the expenses, the pain, the hassle they brought to us because of their mishap cannot be compensated. I really pity the couple. They were supposed to be in their honeymoon (probably) right after the wedding, instead they were busy running around negotiating with the hotel owner, tending to the needs of the victims. Especially their family who were also affected and had to be taken to the hospital.

The wedding of the year turned out to be a very unforgettable one. A supposed to be a very beautiful event to remember became negative. Thanks to the hotel for being so irresponsible and lax in their services, especially in the food preparation and handling. I hope you learned something from what had happened and next time become vigilant to whatever services you are offering, especially when dealing with food because people's lives maybe at risk with just a simple mistake.

As of this writing, my stomach is still rumbling from time to time, even with the medicine that our company doctor had prescribed. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

X’s 4th Birthday Celebration

November is definitely a very busy month playing a “mother role”. Just after our girl’s 1st Birthday, I’m already on the run preparing for our first born birthday celebration. A simple one compared to what we prepared for her little sister.

Since X is already attending SPED classes aside from his three times a week therapy session, hubby and I decided to celebrate also his birthday at both institutions a day before his birthday (November 14th) aside from the small celebration we had at home.

Hubby and I wanted to spend less, because we are running out of budget this month. So we opted to cook most of the food served for his big day. To start with,

We brought a homemade “sotaghon” for his teachers at the therapy center + bread, soft drinks and a cake from Red Ribbon. And later in the afternoon, half of the “sotanghon” was brought to his school for the parents and caregivers in the waiting area, + bread, soft drinks and ice cream.

Hubby and I ordered a separate ten (10) Jollibee Kiddie meals for X and his 9 classmates, the Jollibee watch that comes with it served as a small giveaway to the children.

If you’ve noticed the tarpaulin was way too overused, because I carried it and had it installed for the sake of picture taking. And the last stop of the tarpaulin is of course at home on his actual birthday, November 15, 2014.

We did not expect much guests for Xye’s birthday, we only invited those you are in the city and our neighbors. And like I’ve mentioned, we did the preparation ourselves, a sort of division of labor of the four of us at home (including our two house help).

Hubby arrived at 8am after his graveyard shift and cooked the lechon paksiw, lechon sisig and sweet & sour fish. My share was the beef steak, spaghetti and the “buko (grated your coconut meat) fruit salad. I cooked the beefsteak night before, and started early with the spaghetti and after that mixed the”buko” fruit salad. While, hubby did the cooking, I run some errand too, like, picked up the ordered cake at Red Ribbon Divisoria branch and fetched my sister-in-law and bought a case of beer at the outlet. Glady (Z’s Ate) on the other hand, inflated the balloons and decorated the wall, marinated the barbeque and roast them in the oven while Lanie’s share was the rice and the fried chicken.

Overall, the 4th birthday of our first born was successfully celebrated with love and personalization. And next year we’ll probably celebrating their birthday together. J

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jewel's 1st BEE-day Party Part 2: The Do-It-Yourself Party

The first part of the BEE-day party special of our little girl was about the three (3) major players in a Philippine party/celebration, and also I have mentioned about the untoward incident that had happened. This time as promised, here’s a separate post of the things I did myself, during the course of the party planning called the “My Do-It-Yourself party preparation”.

Balloons. After having three parties for my kids, I already learned from experience that, balloons alone are much cheaper when bought from local party suppliers in Cogon, do the inflating at home, than buying it already inflated. Imagine a dozen of 9” balloons + sticks at P75-P80, then getting an inflated one at P12-P15 per piece. I bought 3 dozen, 1 dozen each for colors black, yellow and white + 2 dozen of smaller balloons (white and yellow). 
If you’ve noticed that the black balloons are with polka dots? The dots are actually stickers cut in circles, then randomly stuck them in the already inflated balloon.

Decorations. All the decorations except the (the printing of tarpaulin) were all DIYs. I printed the letters, flowers, banners, and assembled them with the help of my husband and Jewel’s Yaya. And viola! The décor turned out BEE-ry cute!

Loot Bags. I’m one crafty mom that can easily make paper bags for any occasion. Like what I did for our son’s 1st birthday, I also made Jewel’s loot bags in two different colors. So that it is easier for me to identify which one is for the boys (black) and which one for the girls (yellow). I made a few, taught Jewel’s yaya how to do it, and she did the rest. While I was busy, doing other things. The paper bags are made from cartolina. Two (2) cartolinas is equivalent to 5 loot bags.

The bee-girl being playful while her Ate is filling up the loot bags.
Party Hats. I remembered that I needed to make the party hats on Sunday. Good thing I still have extra cartolinas left. Searched the internet for templates, print, trace and cut the traced line. The result was a conical party hat for kids and kids at heart. I pasted polka dots for contrast and added cuteness. 

Mother Bee & the Baby Bee
Tarpaulin. I was planning to eliminate the tarpaulin for a change after having them in the parties at all time, but the other side of the wall where the food will be placed will be too bare without it. Thus, I hurriedly did the tarpaulin layout on Saturday, morning and had it printed in the afternoon.

Invitation. Like what I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I did the layout and sent them electronically to our invited guests, via email and FB. No print outs for the invitation this time. 

Thank you Cards. I also did the layout of the thank you cards and hubby did the cutting, and then attached them to the loot bags.

Oh the Flaglets, hubby did them but unfortunately I forgot to stick them on the small cakes that we have ordered separately. Sorry dear… Our worried minds were flying somewhere before the party started. 

BEE Dress for theBee-girl. I really, really want to make my little girl a crochet bee-inspired dress, I already started doing it one month before. But because of being so busy at work that left me exhausted when I arrived home, I wasn’t able to finish it on time. Thus, I bought a black tutu skirt @ P135 in Gaisano Mall and paired it with her old yet looking new yellow romper (that I have bought from an ukay-ukay), + a bronze pair of shoes also bought at Gaisano at P335.00.

Tsumami Kanzashi Hairclips. I thought I can’t make this pair of hairclips on time. Lucky me that the grosgrain ribbons that I have bought online has arrived on Saturday. Thus, past midnight on Saturday (1AM, Sunday) the Kanzashi hairclips were done. And just perfect for the BEE-girl.

Oh, and just 3 hours before the party, I hurriedly made this yellow flower + black star Swarovski bracelet for her. A perfect accessory for the her bee outfit. 

We have no hired photographer for the event, instead made use of the present friends that knows how to handle the DSLR and later asked Jewel’s Yaya to take some of the pictures. She is an all-around girl, and already knows how to use the camera (I taught her already how, so that she can that Jewel’s pictures at home, while we’re not around). I was not contented with the result, because we only have a  few photos.How I wished I hired a photographer for the event but the budget does not permit. Also, our minds shifted to somewhere else and forgot some of the things to be done during the event.

Having most of the items, decors, layouts, etc. done on your child’s birthday party is one heck of a tiring job, but in spite of those sleepless nights and hard work the feeling of fulfillment is immeasurable.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jewel's 1st BEE-day Party Part 1

Months before, I already decided with the theme and excitedly planning my little girl’s first birthday party. I chose “HONEY BEE” as the theme not only because I love yellow, and anything yellow looks great to my fair skinned baby girl, but also DIY-ing the preparation seems to be an easy task. 

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I searched, pinned and saved some of the ideas I can get in Pinterest regarding the BEE theme kiddie party or anything related.

Hubby and I decided to celebrate Jewel’s 1st Birthday at our humble home, because, the location is near my workplace, wherein most of the invited guests are my officemates (the department where I am assigned), whereas, husband’s colleagues won’t be able to join us because of the distance (Iligan City). Also, only a few kids were expected to join us, meaning we don’t need bigger space (like the function hall) for the additional activities, the same reason why I did not hire a party hosting. And just in case, the big boys will want to stay for “one or bottles of beer” they can do so.

Having a party at home, is indeed very easy to prepare, I don’t have to hassle myself in preparing or cooking the foods to be served because all can be done in one phone call.

The Catering. Catering packages not only include foods, but as well as free set-up, tables and chairs, and waiters. That’s what I got from the St. Ignatius Country Kitchen by Concon. The original package was P225.00 per pax minimum of 50 persons. Since, my budget can only allow me up to P200/pax for 50 people, which is equivalent to P10, 000.00, Ms Concon agreed to reshuffle the menu based on the choices I made, minus the drinks and rice. We just cooked the rice and bought the soft drinks separately.

The BEE Cake. I sent a personal message to Ms. Dexa of D’Cakes a week before and asked her to make the cake for me. A fondant cake + cupcakes with the “bee” design. Since, I was a returning client (she did Jewel’s Christening cake before) she gave the same package price (even with some of the cupcakes are chocolate moist as requested) at P3, 300.

Roast Pig (Lechon). A party in the Philippines is not complete without the lechon right? This time, we got the lechon for free. It was hubby’s brother who paid the lechon as his gift to her niece, the birthday girl. Approximate cost of lechon at 45-50 kgs is P5,500.Sadly, I don’t have even a single photo of the lechon, because we positioned it outside the house near the front door.  The lechon tray was too small to hold it, and the oil was dripping and might make the floor inside the house slippery. And also an untoward incident happened before the party had started.

These three plays very important roles in every party/celebration in the Philippines and I can’t personally do any of them, so I left them to the experts and concentrated on preparing the rest with the personal touch, so head to my next post for the Do-It-Yourself party preparation.
Meanwhile, regarding the untoward situation that arose during the event, husband’s brother in law had a seizure that caused him to fall and hit his head on the floor. Hubby and her sister had to rush her to hospital and thank God, it was not that bad. He was already conscious and doing fine when they reached the hospital, though he had to be admitted for further tests and observation.

Jewel’s 1st Birthday celebration ended great in spite of the incident. Though we forgot some of the things we need to do during the party, we are still very thankful to our Lord God for the blessings, for our friends who made time to celebrate with us and for the people around us who helped us make the event possible. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jewel is turning ONE!

If you are in town on Monday, November 10, 2014, we are inviting you, our online friends to come and join us, in celebrating Jewel’s 1st Birthday! Yep! Our little girl will be ONE year old!

Planning a birthday party for our children is one exciting MOMent for us moms, right? Some spent many months in the planning and preparation for the grand milestone celebration of their little ones. In my case, I have started collecting ideas from the internet, particularly Pinterest and have pinned them in my Pinterest board, as to the theme and preparation 3 months back but had started the DIY’s just 2 weeks ago.

After juggling from one idea to another I finally, decided to use an easy and cute kiddie party theme for our little girl. She’s having a “Bee” theme party!

Honestly, I’m not sure if we have kids present because it’s a Monday, and our invited guests are mostly adults, and that their kids are in Iligan City and cannot attend. But still, I wanted it to have a touch of “kiddie party” even with just a 1 sure child guest, husband’s 4 year old nephew.

So far, the party planning is more than half-way done. The following DIY’s that I personally designed the layout (of course with some of the cliparts taken from the internet, credit goes to the original designers), and with the help of everyone in the house, are mostly done;

Birthday Banners (I have tried looking for ready made banners with the “BEE” theme here in the local stores, sadly I have not found one); 

Flower Birthday Decors

Flaglets for the cupcakes that I’m going to order today.

The In-BEE-tation that I have sent through email, and posted in the Facebook event that I have created.

The Tarpaulin, that I have finished just a while ago and will be printed later.

And, the Thank You Tags for the loot bags that still need to be cut.

 So far, that’s the update of the cute BEE party on Monday, a party that is simple and with limited budget. Everyone at home is busy bees buzzing around for things that needs to be done.

I still have to go through my checklist of some of the things that I might forget. And will do the general cleaning today and tomorrow because the celebration will be done at our humble “BEE HOUSE”.

I hope I can do my Comment Exchange before I’ll be offline until Monday. But in case hindi ko magawa (habol na lang ako sa Tueday Mommy Maye ha..)  

Bye for now and please look forward for "the after the event story" which will be posted next week, I hope so..

Have a Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Frustrating yet Thankful October 2014

October 2014 ended with all of us, suffering from the attack of annoying viruses. First, I was struck by the influenza virus, then Z’s caregiver was hit by the Varicella virus (chicken pox), X’s caregiver was slapped by flu virus as well, later X had a 39C to 40C fever followed by cough and colds few days later, the husband was kissed by the colds and now our little girl has a fever.

Can you imagine how sickly our abode was? But in spite of the sicknesses that hit all of us, I still have many things to be thankful for;

1. The newly contracted HMO provider of our company, that allows us to avail the insurance even for out-patient unlike what we had before. We had consultations + laboratory for the two kids for free as our individual dependents

2.  Our former “helper” (X’s caregiver) who left us because of personal reasons, agreed to stay with us for 10 days while Z’s caregiver had to recuperate from chicken pox.

3. X’s high fever was due to viral infection and not dengue that I am so afraid of. 
4. Our available leave credits that allow us to stay at home while the kids are not well.

 5. Z’s Pedia’s assistant that always accommodates us with just a text away, that means we don't have too long for our queue.
Also, before “the attack of the virus”, October was quite an interesting month, for me and the whole family, because;

6. I finally got an oven, though small and electric operated (looking forward how much our electricity bill had increased) still it did serve the purpose. 

7. A hand mixer to accompany me and the oven in our baking adventures.
8. The internet, for all the readily available, easy to follow recipes.

9. Free trip (though work-related) to Metro Manila, I was able to see my former colleagues and friends there.

10. X attended his school’s first semester culminating activity and wore a “Muslim” costume that was still considerable as an African Dashiki for his assigned country “Togo”.

October had a lot of ups and down for us, and no matter what I’m still thankful that we survived our everyday with God’s graces and blessings. We know that He is always there to guide us and keeping us safe at all times. 
Before ending this post, a little reminder for all of us...
Have a Nice Day!