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How To Make Your Resolution of Staying Organized Easier

Did you know that staying organized is one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make every year? Unfortunately, it’s a resolution that’s much easier to make than keep. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make your resolution of staying organized easier this year.

 

  • Purchase Storage Containers

 

Whether you’re tidying up your garage or looking for ways to minimize kitchen clutter, storage containers can help you meet your goals. Baby freezer storage containers from BÉABA are the perfect solution if you’re trying to minimize baby food clutter. They come in various sizes and can even be stacked together to make the most of your vertical freezer space.

 

  • Donate or Throw Away

 

Instead of keeping that old blanket that’s been collecting dust in your closet or waiting for the perfect opportunity to use the noodle-making appliance you haven’t used in 10 years, donate them to charity. You can feel good knowing the items are going to someone who needs them and won’t be needlessly cluttering your house anymore.

If an item is broken or useless, why hang onto it? Unless it has particular sentimental value, it’s time to throw it away. It may be hard to part with it at first, but you’ll feel an immediate sense of relief once you do.

 

  • Organize in Sections

 

When you organize your home in small, manageable sections, it’s easier to meet your goals. Start with the smallest room in your home like the laundry room or a closet and set a time limit for yourself. If you start small and stick to a time limit, you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed.

If you have a baby, organizing can be even more challenging. Fortunately, portable baby monitors from BÉABA can make the task easier. Place one in the room with your baby and keep the other one by your side so you can hear your baby at all times while you organize.

 

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January 2, 2018
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Rushing to Graduate

I have failed to change my daughter’s mind to “not” take summer class, rather, spend her time here in Dubai with us. I mean, it’s not bad to ask for something I think and feel will benefit the well-being of our daughter. However, she had other plans – she’s rushing to graduate on time.

I tried hard to convince her that it’s okay if she doesn’t graduate on time. What matters most is that she’d get good grades and that she’d enjoy school because of lately, I feel she’s more stressed than having fun and yet, she still enrolled for the gruelling summer class.

Then I saw this…

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(Photo credit: from FB, kudos to the owner of this photo quote)

 

I felt this message was very appropriate to her and to the younger generation who are rushing to get somewhere they shouldn’t be yet – in the corporate bondage. While there is nothing wrong with working, there is a time for that.

I have posted this in my FB wall in the hopes that my daughter reads it and will internalise as well. And for the younger folks to chill a bit.

I have told our daughter this many times. No one is rushing her to finish on time, albeit it would be nice to graduate on schedule. It is NOT mandatory and no one is pushing her to do so.

I finished a term late because of my thesis but I wasn’t disappointed. Heck, I even bummed around for another half-year; enjoying my freedom from collegiate studies, just savouring the moment of not having to attend class from then on.

And this is what I have to say to all you millennials, “kids, enjoy your pace.” Life’s too short. It moves too fast and with a blink of an eye, you’ll find yourself in the corporate world and wish you were back in school. I hope you become the “boss” or be an entrepreneur to create jobs for others. Wherever your future takes you, just enjoy the journey – term projects, exams, and all!

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August 20, 2016
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Parents’ Tough Love

It is every parents’ desire to see their kids grow up to be responsible, respectful, loving, compassionate, grateful, and God-fearing people. If they fail, we, as parents feel the pain too. Do we start loving them less when they stray? The answer is NO. But we need to let them figure things out when they trip and fall. We have to let them know the consequences of their actions when they compromise with their judgment. And as good parents, we need to let our children pick up the pieces, figure things out, and learn on their own on how it is to live in the real world, away from the protective cloak we have covered them while they were young.

We call it “tough love” but it is LOVE, nonetheless.

Some parents go easy with their kids when they stray. Some are strict and disciplinarians only because they want to correct and address the bad behaviour, the wrong doings, the untoward character that could blossom if left unattended. Does that make them bad parents?

Kids these days think they have everything figured out. I appreciate the younger generation’s point of view, and logical approach to situations in life. I respect them for that. But when someone questions our authority as parents, our expectations, our aspirations for our children’s future and well-being, and when someone tells us how we should be as parents, then you have definitely crossed the LINE.

This is for the younger generation of this millennia who think, talk, and feel that they know it all, “UNTIL YOU ARE NOT A PARENT, DO NOT LECTURE US ON HOW TO BE ONE.”

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July 31, 2016
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Boy Talk


Photo credit: marketingtechblog.com

Photo credit: marketingtechblog.com

 

I never thought the day would actually come when it’s time to talk about “boys” with my daughter. She’s turning 18 in “few” days so technically, she will be a part of society’s young adults.

I always pride myself for raising a kid who is not shy to ask questions even the sensitive topics because in our family, we make it a point to discuss things as rational as possible and as truthful as it can be. We’ve discussed many things already before about infatuation but none prepared me for the moment when we are elevating our discussion to the topic of “courtship.” Yes, the word has been dropped – courtship or in the Philippines, we call this “panliligaw.”

Well, my heart started beating fast and my gut must have been in a knot when my daughter asked if it was ok if someone starts courting her since she is turning 18 in few days. I had to pause for a while and re-read her question over and over for what seems like an eternity. Courtship. That word floated in my head again. I panicked a bit because I remember all the stuff I did when I was barely 18. No, I wasn’t a goody-goody two shoes girl. I had a bit of naughtiness too BUT (in my defence!), I certainly knew my priorities. I knew my studies was at the top of the list of my goals. I knew I couldn’t do any hanky-panky. There was no kissing nor holding hands. It was just plain, young and innocent love. I was aware that if my parents caught me about this “dating thing at 3rd year HS,” I was almost certain that my parents would hang me upside down. Would I want my daughter to hide something from me the way I did with my parents? Of course not.

I have been open to my daughter about the things I had done in the past and those included the mistakes, the wrong decisions, the pain of breaking up, being betrayed and hurt, and the secrets I have kept from my parents only to find out later in life that my parents knew all along that I was lying. It hurt them and I certainly wouldn’t like to feel that way especially from my daughter. So, I asked myself, “is it really okay to let her enter the stage of courtship in her young adult life?” Honestly and as a mother, I hope I won’t be thought as a consenting parent but I can’t be a hypocrite. I had a boyfriend when I was only 17 so who am I to talk? I should be able to talk the talk and walk the walk but I can’t. So, to answer her question, “I leave the decision to you anak.” That’s  what I told her. But I did ask her to tell her Papa too. We wouldn’t want her dad to be left out on this milestone. And looking at how my husband is taking all these, I think he also knew that he couldn’t preach like a preacher. My husband and I were sweethearts when I was 19 and he was 21. So, I guess we just have to pray that our daughter is sensible, knows her values, and will not hide anything from us.

The moment my daughter told me about this young fellow who is courting her enabled my protective maternal instinct on. I asked plenty of questions about the guy, his background, what his parents do, where is he from, etc. etc. I guess that is just normal. I remember my dad asking me the same thing when my husband officially courted and visited me at home. It’s a “parent-thing” to be fussy about this dating thing because we all have been there. We know how it goes. And most certainly, we only want the best for our daughter.

I am happy in a way that my daughter respects us enough to include us in her young adult life. I am glad she opened up about this courtship thing because at least, I know she is blooming into a fine young lady. I just pray that she will be true to herself and never let crazy, young love get in the way of her studies. I think it is fair for us parents to ask her to focus on her studies while being courted. For one, she is very young and the world is her oyster.

So, the inevitable topic of courtship has sprung. I thought I will never have to hear it until she graduates but hey, I gave birth to a lovely kid so, it’s just natural for young guys to fall in “like or love” with her. 🙂

Ah, to be young…

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February 5, 2016
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Debut Is Coming Soon!

I’m a bit relieved that the planned “formal debut” party has been changed to a dinner/get-together of sorts because that is what the birthday girl is asking for. Money wise, it saved us a chunk and the logistics required to pull a formal debutante’s ball has been lessened to mere coordination with souvenir suppliers and venue.

I have been busy these past few days tying up loose ends in the planning. Well, practically, everything is already set. I’ve made the e-invites and sent them out to close family and friends of my daughter. I have prepared the souvenirs for her close friends and other guests. There’s actually 2 kinds of souvenirs. I will just post them when the party is over. My daughter’s dress is just a simple cocktail dress we bought sometime back but never really worn. The venue has been paid (I think). My husband is in charge of the finances so I’m not sure about the venue but all in all, everything is taken cared of. W’ere just waiting for February so my hubby and I can board the plane and head home.

I have been thinking if my daughter really wanted a small gathering or she’s just being considerate of all the expenses we have in the family. Whatever the case is for her change of mind (and heart), I hope it’s nothing because she wants to sacrifice the “money” part just so we don’t worry much on the finances.

At any rate, the birthday will be simple but I want her to enjoy and have fun with her close pals. It’s nothing like the grand ballroom type of debut we initially planned for her. But if she’s happy with a small event to commemorate her “being introduced to the society as an adult” then her wish is our command.

We’ll definitely make up for it on her graduation. I have already set the plan and will save up for that. I even told my husband that we’ll throw our daughter a grand “congratulatory ball” to celebrate the completion of her studies then we will travel the US and Europe for a month. I am planning to go on leave without pay to make that happen. So, I practically have (barely) 2 years to save for that! 😉 Bring it on!

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January 23, 2016
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Long Weekend

I’m enjoying my long weekend right now, thanks to the Eid Holidays. We didn’t make any plans because I am not well. But well enough to still commit to my tasks at hand but not to exert too much effort and force for the meantime.

I’ve seen the doctor, had my blood work done and got my reading few hours ago. Let’s just say, I’ve got a lot of work to be done to get back to my vitality and vigour. It’s a long and painstaking process but I have no choice but to do it. My health (and family) is my utmost priority right now.

Well, I hope it’s always like this, I mean, the long weekends. I get to recharge and not think much about other stuff outside my personal life. It’s just quiet to be home especially when my daughter is around. And I am savouring these precious moments before she goes back to school in Manila.

Anyway, I’m thankful for long weekends like this one. It’s a moment to recoup and just enjoy family.

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July 18, 2015
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Happy Mum’s Day 2015

It’s not everyday that we get to greet the special person in our lives – our mothers. I wonder why it just have to be 1 day in a year. I think, all mother’s should be special 24/7, 365 days straight and Mother’s Day should be everyday!

To my mom, the best mom there is… I love you to the moon and back and then to the moon and back again! 🙂 You’re my rock. You’re my strength and you are certainly worth of ever accolade the best mother should get.

I love you. 

Photo credit: madefrompinterest.net

Photo credit: madefrompinterest.net

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May 9, 2015
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