The Woman Who Taught Me Everything

“Look with your eyes, not with your mouth”, I heard Mama say it when I opened my mouth to complain about not finding what I needed. It was just one of her momisms. This is the woman who taught me everything about life. Her loving ways was balanced with a toughness that I admire about her. It […]

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Why Do I Make New Year’s Resolutions?

There is so much to love about a new year. For me, it’s about goal-setting — new goals, new resolutions, new beginnings, new chances and a better focus. It represents the start of another race where I compete with my own self. Like a horse with blinders on, I like to keep my focus on what’s […]

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12 Days: Random Acts of Christmas Kindness for Families

The song “12 Days of Christmas” hit the radio airwaves the next day after Thanksgiving. My little ones and I have been singing that song around the house and in the car since that day. We make up our own silly lyrics but the one thing that does not change are the words “my true […]

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Fresh Homemade Ginger Tea {Salabat}

Want to know the best fresh tea drink that washes away winter blues? Fresh homemade ginger tea. Yup. It reminds me of Saturday nights when fellowship gatherings simply called “social night” catered for the young and singles in the church community were held. It often became a family event. It involved a lot of parlor games, […]

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A Christmas Story: The White Envelope

As much as I want time to slow down, December is here and many families are starting the countdown until Christmas. I have so many favorite Christmas stories and some that left an impression in my heart over these years. Many stories have become special to me but there are a few that changed my perspective and […]

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DIY Toddler Safe All-Purpose Cleaners

Household chemicals are getting more and more popular over the last few years. This is usually due to the fact that the active substances contained in the detergents’ ingredients is larger and a single dose of the cleaner is absolutely sufficient for cleaning a large surface. And the more efficient a certain detergent is, the […]

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A Mommy Story: The 5th Cup of Milk

“Be careful, Mommy. It’s very hot.” My excited 2-year old handed me a pink princess tea cup. I asked her what was in it. She said, “Coffee”. I said, “Thank you, princess, but Mommy doesn’t drink coffee. I’m sorry.” She quickly said, “It’s milk.” I pretended to drink it and made an exaggerated “Ahh! It’s […]

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A Mom’s Simple Pleasures

I’m dreamy. Life with my children makes me dreamy. He’s fast asleep. Careful not to wake him, I walk into the room to check on him. He looks so content, so at peace. I can hear him breathe a sigh as though feeling my presence. I stay close and he scoots to me even closer […]

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An Object Lesson from a Child

While at an outdoor sundown worship, we were asked to think and share of object lessons on the things we saw around us that day. We were at a beautiful rental home with a gorgeous secret paradise in its backyard. There was a huge quarry at the back of the property, and there were little […]

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Too Busy to be Thankful?

It was quite late in the evening and we all felt sleepy and tired. We met with some friends early that night and it took us a while before we could finally make a trip to the store to buy groceries. My mind was occupied trying to make sure I did not forget the things we needed to […]

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