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Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water recognized five amazing mothers through the Absolute Mom Awards held at Museum Cafe, Greenbelt4 last May 9. These mothers were chosen because of their inspiring achievements as a mom, a woman and advocacies that they support. They are all successful in their chosen fields, dedicated mothers to their children and families as well as women for others. They’re truly perfect examples of what a Filipina mother aspires to be.
Absolute Pure Distilled Water donates cash to each awardee’s charity of choice.
The program started with a great parenting talk given by Ms. Maribel Dionisio of the Love Institute. It was a very enlightening talk and I think that most parents should hear what she discussed. One particular thing that struck me was that parenting does not mean you being a mother alone. It means you being a mother, a good wife and better self. All three has to mash up well so that you become a better person.
Ms. Dionisio did mention about, how can anyone give love if she has not experienced it herself?
It’s true isn’t it? And ultimately, love does not mean it should come from someone else…it should come from you. Love yourself and you will be able to share that love with others.
The Absolute Inspiring Mom Awardee Are As Follows: (in no particular order):
1. Sportscaster and host Patricia Bermudez-Hizon who opened their home to the children at House of Refuge Orphanage during the Typhoon Ondoy. They gave shelter to the children until they were able to find a new place for them to stay. I personally look up to Patricia because of her kind heart and gentle soul. If you see her even from afar (I say this because we’re not close!), her kind heart is very transparent.
2. Mom of 8 beautiful children and the gorgeous wife of the late Master Rapper Francis M, Pia Magalona. Being a mom of 8 is truly a cause of this award and the fact that she is very passionate in helping with the Francis Magalona Foundation is an added allure to this absolutely inspiring Mom. She also involves her children in this advocacy for the Filipino public school children.
You will spend most of your time either at home or work. The way your home looks affects your mood. Having a comfy and safe home gives you a real haven in which to rest, prior to dealing with the world in general. This article will present you with many ways to create a relaxing home.
Think about how much more comfortable you could be. No one lives in a perfect world, but sometimes flaws can cause discomfort that keeps you from enjoying your house. You can increase your comfort by taking on some improvement projects like rearranging inefficient storage or replacing older seating. Buying a new mattress will help you get a more comfortable night’s sleep, making a huge improvement to your life.
I found this very nice graphic from my pal, Lakapati I hope you find it very useful!
If I had the space to do this I will definitely be doing it with Peaches.
Hah week 3 passed by and I didn’t even notice it that much I guess because I was busy at work and pretty much got used to the routine. Honestly, I’m glad that Week 3 is over because it was the hardest MetaFit workout we’ve had so far. It was a pain in the butt to do (this could even be the understatement of the year). Taking Immuvit daily helped me A LOT and knowing that it helps me get pass somatopausal is a huge relief.
Somatopause is a gradual and progressive decrease in growth hormone secretion that occur normally as you age.
I wasn’t able to do more than 1 4minute workout in a day which I originally planned but I hope to finally do it this week. This week’s routine is a combination of all the routines we’ve had in the entire challenge. Day 1 (week 1 routine), Day 2 (week 2 routine), Day 3 (week 3) , Day 4 (week 1), and so on.
To refresh you of the routines we did for the MetaFit Challenge with Coach Jim Saret:
- Jumping Jacks
- Push up
There are many home improvement projects which are easy to complete, even for a novice. Home improvement projects can bring up the value of your home and make your living space more attractive. This article will give you some easy to do home improvement projects that won’t leave you overwhelmed.
Add a whole new room! If you are the adventurous type of homeowner, you may want to work on an addition to your home. An addition has many benefits, including more space, a longer project, and a lasting change. Be cautious of your building codes however, you do not want to start an addition only to find out it is illegal to continue.
Use up-lighting behind large pieces of furniture to light up a dark corner. It is a dramatic and beautiful way to make the room seem larger than what it is. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and will make the room look as if it is a much larger and brighter space than what it really is.
Keep yourself covered by building to code. If you secure the necessary permits prior to the start of construction you will have peace of mind down the road. If you decide to sell your house in the future you may be required to disclose whether your remodel has been built to code. It also covers you against shoddy work by contractors. If you have a permit, an inspector will make frequent visits to make sure the work is being done properly.
It is very important that you love the home you live in. Knowing that you spend lots of time there, the state of your house has a big impact on your emotional state. It’s especially important to have a comfortable home if you work from home. By doing something that will make your home more enjoyable, you can increase your emotional well being.
Ponder the comfort of your home. Although we all live in imperfect homes, the real problems often come from fixable irritants. While some people consider comfort in the home to be a minor detail, it’s really an important part of your home. Rather than keeping that chair that’s falling apart, fix it or toss it! Lower the shelves that you can’t reach! Sick of banging your knee on that old coffee table? Why not exchange it for a shiny new round one that will not only be safer but will make your house feel more like a home!
To encourage adventurous palates and cultivate manners, introduce your children to the concept of a “no, thank you” or to have bite or serving. This teaches them not to insult someone by refusing food or pronouncing it “yucky,” and by trying just a little, they may end up liking the new food anyway.
Every parent has high hopes and expectations for their child, and this is a great thing, but you also need to be realistic with your kids. Let your child know that he or she can be the next President, for example, but make sure they realize that it’s a long-shot too. Parents need to teach kids that life is about options.
Keep the belt on your waist where it belongs! A lot of parents will spank children, but this can be really damaging for kids. Make sure that you’re using that belt to hold up your jeans and not to discipline your child. Something like that really borders on child abuse and goes above and beyond discipline. Prisoners aren’t even hit.
As I write this, I am to begin on my 3rd week of the challenge. Sadly, I didn’t lose weight on week 2. I’d like to think because of the plateau phase? And I am so afraid that I’d get stuck on this phase. Admittedly though I didn’t work as hard as week 1 and as hard as I am supposed to on week 2. This is why on week 3 I am going for a harder try.
Our workout routines are more challenging this week, which by the way is what I definitely need. We are to do as many reps of: mountain climbers, half burpee and the ski jumps as we could in 4 mins. Did I say it’s challenging? It is! Especially for a person who can’t do pull ups- the traditional pull ups I mean because I can do the one where you put up your feet and use momentum to heave you. So traditional pull up. no…not when I was 10…not when I was 19 and definitely not when I’m 29…I just never could. Yes I know I sound wimpy but I’m not this wimpy ages ago I just lost all my energy and endurance because of well, my own doing.
What I’m experiencing is called somatopause. It’s when your physical age is not on the same level as your chronological age. Like I’m 29 years old with a body of 39 years old. Sigh. I know. So do you have the same sad story? Good news is, there’s actually a way to “correct” somatopause and get the proper physical age that our bodies deserve.
First, exercise. I learned that it does not need to be an hour or more. It just need to be in the correct intensity so that your body’s metabolism can do its work. MetaFit is the perfect workout for busy folks like myself. It’s a 4-minute workout where you push yourself to the limit and do as much repetitions as you can. The target is to increase your heart rate to as high as your body can handle without you passing out.
So this is me working hard, powered by Immuvit.
Someone emailed me this today and I think you would want to read about it too. It’s very inspiring and really got me going and toughed a bit today.
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Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
|I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”|
Never give up.
|Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.|
When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
|There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”|
With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
|Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”|
Focus on what you want to have happen.
|Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”|
When I was pregnant my husband and I talked about how we will be as parents we both agree that physical punishment is not the ONLY way to discipline a child. We started practicing positive parenting the moment our little girl was born and so far our daughter is growing really well. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my bouts of being a stressed out Mom and yes, I screamed and got fed up with parenting and household responsibilities but I got through it and did everything to hold myself all together when things get overwhelming.
What is Positive Parenting?
Positive parenting is about:
Believing children want to communicate with you, listening to children, discussing with your children what you want them to do, being very clear about what you want them to do, setting clear limits and boundaries, being firm and consistent, giving the same message every time, viewing disagreements between parents and children as opportunities to develop problem-solving and negotiation skills ~ credit
Parenthood is a gift and a privilege that we all should be thankful for. Not everyone is called to be a parent and not all parents are worthy of becoming one because parenting is not easy. It takes a lot of effort and sacrifices to become one. Here are few tips that I hope will help you practice positive parenting.
Children react on things differently.
Young children may throw tantrums when they’re faced with feelings or emotions that they don’t understand and feel frustrated that no one understands them. Children misbehave and it’s not unusual. It is through them that children learn about what is right and wrong. They will push their limits and see where their parents will draw the line, they want to know what they can and can’t do.
Now it’s up to you to direct your disciplinary skills and find out what works for you and your child. Positive parenting aims to always treat the child’s misbehavior to a positive one.
Last week I wrote about the Immuvit MetaFit Challenge that I took and today I am sharing what I have accomplished since then. I also started on our Week 2 workout plan and I’ll discuss it further later on. So, what did I do on my first week of the challenge?
Last night we had our traditional family dinner because my MIL was leaving for Europe. MIL personally checked this new buffet at Robinson’s Galleria, the Citybuffet Restaurant. She found out that children below 4 feet will be charged P399 if they eat or share with a parent. The adult buffet costs P499 and yes it’s ridiculous that they charge young children more than half of the price for an adult. My MIL and the manager agreed that we can bring food for my daughter who’s 4 years old because we all know kids don’t eat much on buffet.
Thinking all was agreed, we went to the restaurant in good faith. My in laws were already seated when my daughter and I arrived, dear husband was still out buying food for Peaches. Soon as we were seated, the waiter asked if we’re paying for Peaches and I told her we’re bringing in food for her. The waiter just stood beside our table and not minding her at first, I left to get myself the first serving.
When I returned my MIL was furious and irate because the lady waiter told her, “Ma’am pag tumikim po yung bata may bayad na agad.”
WOW. Great service. She was so rude and I would have reacted the same way as my MIL did.
The food was so-so and with the kind of service they gave my family, I would not dine with them anytime soon.
Oh and the greens in their salad looked and tasted like it was from yesterday! It was like leftovers from yesterday were added new greens to look fresh but when I digged in the lettuce and whatever it was in the salad was either brown or too soggy.
Their crispy pata looked like lechon kawali and for me it tasted like it was again a leftover and was just deep fried that day. It was really terrible and I hope they improve their food and their service soon.
But for us, never again.
For more than 3 months my husband and I were spending more than an hour in the gym, working out to whatever “program” we think fit us. It has been great for my husband because he is very hardworking and focused on his routine. He in fact, lost around 40lbs in 3 months whereas I remained the same (boo!). I did loose a few pounds but not enough to reach my ideal weight and then all the effort I did seem like a waste of time and energy for me so I slacked a bit and just stuck to my Green smoothie regimen not entirely for weight loss but for cleansing as well.
All that changed when an opportunity knocked and had me invited to join Immuvit MetaFit Challenge. I accepted and hoped it was the push I needed. Along with my 4 other blogger friends, we met Coach Jim Saret of the show, Philippine’s Biggest Loser, and explained to us the 4 minute workout also known as the MetaFit or Metabolic Fitness.
Okay, okay not totally but I decided to do the daunting chore of going to the nearest wet market when buying our week’s supply of vegetables, rice, fish and fruits. The rest of the must-buy-stuff for the week, we still get from the nearest Supermarket. I am saving at least P1,000 from our usual weekly expenses when I do the wet market. I bet I’ll save more if I buy all the way from the wet market but there’s just some things I’m not too keen getting from the public market such as meat or poultry – I don’t have a suki yet and I don’t like to see flies feasting on the meat I buy. I feel that we are safer on the Supermarket since we already know few people inside the meat shop. Plus we buy less meat since my husband and I lessened our meat intake (it’s just our 2 helpers and Peaches eating meat).
Honestly, I’m not sure yet if I should buy household items such as detergents, toothpaste, etc at the public market or supermarket because I haven’t been to the grocery section of the market. What do you think?
The best part of going to the public market is being able to buy stuff for Peaches that are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy over priced when I buy it on the supermarket. P1,000 savings per week is not bad, not bad at all!