26 February, 2010

How to Bond When Busy

Screw absence. Presence makes the heart grow fonder.
When you have an insanely hectic schedule, your connection needs extra attention. Here's how to carve out some together-time.

Meet for a quick drink before heading out with separate group of friends. It's a good way to touch base and keep things grounded.

When your work schedule permits it, take a day-off together. Make a day trip out of it. Scout out a new hotspot or resto. Scheduling downtime will put you emotionally in sync.

If one of you leaves and the other continues to snooze and you don't see each other until the evening, wake up 20 minutes before you really need to. You can cuddle, talk, or massage each other. It will help you feel close when you do go your separate ways.

source: Cosmopolitan
photo: redbookmag.com




Gotta get outside? When the warm sun beckons, refer to the list of fun and inexpensive things to do outdoors.
  • Take a nature walk - teach the kids what they are seeing along the way with bird-watching and flower-identification books. (Parks, Wildlife, Botanical Garden)
  • Find a mini-golf course near you - worse putter of the day buys the ice cream! (There's one at Fun Ranch in Tiendesitas, Pasig)
  • Go fishing at a local lake (At Island Cove in Cavite, you can have your catch for lunch)
  • Host mini-Olympics in the backyard (Think egg-and-spoon and three-legged races)
  • Lie on a blanket and sky-gaze
  • Have everyone sit-out in the yard and paint a view of the house (They'll be keepsakes if you move one day)
  • Blow bubbles
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Set up a halu-halo or samalamig stand with the kids
  • Organize a scavenger hunt
  • Collect and press flowers (Keep them between the page of heavy books for about two weeks, then frame them for instant wall art)
  • Start a water balloon fight
  • Gather seashells and pretty stones and arrange them in a decorative bowl
  • Get exercise with a long bike ride
  • Spend the afternoon at a nearest pool (your community's or at a relative's house or friend's house)
  • Rent paddleboats at the La Mesa Eco Park
  • Take a picnic and some books, and read at a nearby park
source: Good Housekeeping 

24 February, 2010

I'm a Proud Momma

This topic is kinda personal.

Now that I'm on my mid-30's, as I stare at my eldest daughter (Aimee), I realize how time really flies. Months from now, I already have a college student to support, alone. Whew!

Anyway, last February 12, 2010, Aimee joined her school's Junior-Senior Prom. My mom said, it shows that I was more excited than Aimee herself. I even set an appointment with the hairstylist/make-up artist one week prior to the said celebration, just to make sure we will be first on line.

I let Aimee decide on the things she will need for the prom, from the hair style up to the shoes she will wear. She said she doesn't want the traditional attire, cocktail dress or semi-gown for girls like her. She wanted to be different and then later showed a couple of photographs of her favorite celebrities.

"I want my hair to look exactly like this!" (Angelina Jolie on Beowulf)

"I want my eyes to look like this.. like an emo!" (Avril Lavigne)

"I want a dress and a pair of boots like this!"  (Myley Cyrus)

I said to myself, "Oh, the kids nowadays..."

Anyway, thanks to Hanz, the hairstylist-make-up artist I mentioned earlier, who was really a "down-to-earth-artistic-funny-loving person". I can see from his face how proud he was while staring at his "obra-maestra"..
"before and after"

Though not exactly what she wanted to look like, she really, really like the outcome!

And me, what can I say?.. I'M A PROUD MOMMA!!!

18 February, 2010

Is your husband flirting in the office?

When a woman flirts with your husband, this can be an annoying circumstance. Many times, women will flirt with your husband simply because they know that it annoys you. Sometimes, it really is not the husband who is flirting at work, but women make it look as if he is flirting. Then again, not all of you are blessed with a wonderful husband who doesn’t flirt at work or anywhere else. For those of you that have husbands who flirt at work, something seriously needs to be done.

Chances are your husband does not like it when you flirt with other guys at work or anywhere else, so he should not flirt either. When a spouse in a relationship flirts, in this instance, we are talking about a husband; it can lead to emotional distress. Your husband may have fun flirting, but you on the other hand are not having fun. If you seem to be in a relationship and the husband is constantly flirting at work and you have seen it for yourself (hearing rumors doesn’t really count unless they are from a well trusted source) then something needs to be done to stop husband from flirting at work.