Planning your child’s party is one of the most exciting yet tiring task. As parents, we always want the best for our kids especially during their special days. It’s one of those times where you want your children to be absolutely happy celebrating their special day with their friends, classmates and families.
For a busy mom like me, I always opt to look for an all-in-one package (food, decors, activities, giveaways) para less stress. I also get overwhelmed with plenty of options and themes if I DIY, baka the party will end up a circus of sorts kasi hindi matchy-matchy. Most of all, I think I can save a bit if I only have one supplier.
When we think of kiddie parties, we’re limited to the popular fastfood choices out there. But let me share to you another great place to celebrate your kid’s birthday, The Aristocrat. We went to Kelsey and Liesl’s birthday party at The Aristocrat Roxas Boulevard branch. Let me show you how fun and wonderful the party went.
Yaya Gladys has been with us for more than a year. We like her very much because she loves Gwen and Gwen loves her as well. Gwen is always clean, smells fresh and happy when they are together. Gladys is one perfect yaya (almost), except for her chronic Extended Vacation Leaves.
She seldom goes out for day-offs. She’s a homebody, whenever we go out, she requests to be left at home which is fine with us, at least solo namin si Gwen. But when she takes a vacation which is like every 2 or 3 months (Nueva Ecija lang naman kaya malapit), nakoooo, she NEVER comes back on time. She usually goes home when there’s a long weekend, lagi nyang dahilan, mahirap sumakay. Worse, she never answers our text messages and phone calls when she’s away! Parang wala kaming pinagsamahan…. I always feel na nakikipagplastikan lang sa amin when she’s with us, tapos pag umuuwi na sa kanila, balewala na lang kami. I know I should not get affected but we treat her as a family, we took her to our family vacations, she eats what we eat, I buy her clothes, gives her transpo fees during her vacation, she’s one spoiled yaya.
Okay, enough ranting. Sorry but I need to vent this out.
So yeah, what makes ‘em yayas stay anyway? Here are some of my observations.
Centris Walk in Quezon Avenue corner Edsa is becoming a lifestyle hub. There are restaurants, nail salon, gym, coffee place and an open space for kids and pets to enjoy. Every Sunday, crowds go here because of Sidcor Sunday Market. It’s my first time to go here and I was surprised how big it was. I thought that it’s just a small place with sellers with small booths. It’s very complete and organized at that.
Friends, if you see this blog idle again, it means I’m busy….
6 minutes till I can play again, so I wrote this blog post while waiting :p
Last Saturday, I was able to attend It’s a WAHMderful Life Workshop by Manila Workshops and Martine of Daintymom, it’s a whole day affair at the Studio SnR in Ortigas. This is the second series of the WAHMderful Life workshop, the first happened last October 2012. This second workshop is more specific and tackles real ways on the road to being a WAHM such as freelance writing and virtual assistance.
Unilab is one of the sponsors of this event, supporting all the WAHMs and WAHM-wannabes out there.
I’ve been looking at my blog’s archives for 2012 and realized that I’m still the delinquent lazy blogger that I am. One month it’s full of updates, the next month it’s silent. But one thing’s for sure, I’m still a hands-on mommy to my now 2-year-old, every milestone she had in 2012 was not missed.
You see, I’m always the Mrs. Optimistic, I’d like to think that I have a sort-of selective amnesia, I forget and likes to forget bad things. I always want to remember and talk about happy things. That is good right, counting your blessings and remembering happy memories is less stressful than worrying about problems. So for my 2012, it was a great year! It has ups and downs, but still, it has more ups than downs.
Peace, love and happiness to us all this Christmas and towards 2013! Cheers!
Badet, Jeff & Gwen
It’s really not everyday I get to wear make-up, walk in heels, wear fab clothes, and most of all, walk on the runway in front of the media people. I guess my mommy bloggers felt the same way too.
Mommy bloggers Levy, Iris P., Ning, Iris A., Peachy, myself, and Pehpot
We live in Caloocan. I grew up in Caloocan. I’ve been living in the same house for over 20 years. It is normal for me to see flood in streets, even if it’s just a drizzle. But having water inside our house is a first time, =(. I will never forget you, Habagat.
Last Monday was the longest trip going home. We left the office at around 6:30 pm just when the heavy rain was pouring. We were along Edsa for a good 30 minutes until we reached Caloocan where traffic was bad because of flood. No, it wasn’t bad, it was the worst. To make the story short, Jeff had no choice but to park the car in a gasoline station and stay there for the night or until the flood water goes down. I, on the other hand, had to brave the floods just to go home for Gwen. I was home 12 midnight. Jeff was left in the car with just chocolates as food.
I haven’t slept because I’m worried about Jeff and afraid because of the non-stop rain. The next morning, the flood water is already at our front gate but I’m still not worried because it also reached that level in the past. Unfortunately, around 10 am, water came in at the whole ground floor. It’s not that high compared to others, just ankle-deep but still, it’s so heartbreaking to see the place where I grew up slowly decaying because of flood. =(
Flood outside the living room. I wasn’t able to take a photo when water’s already inside.
Once in a while, we need to take a halt from our daily grind. We all know that when it comes to our families, mommies will surely strive to provide and nurture our families even if it means sacrificing our own needs. I long forgotten how it feels to have an 8-hour sleep, I consider myself lucky to have 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep because Gwen still wakes up in the early hours of morning to breastfeed. During weekends, instead of sitting in the salon for a mani-pedi or for a hot oil, I’d rather spend it cuddling and playing with my princess. This routine eventually took its toll on my physical appearance. I always look “puyat”. And I always feel a tight knot on my shoulders.
So when an invitation from The Spa came to try their latest services, I was elated. It’s about time for some ME-time.