Our DIY Christmas

”I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”

Last year was our first Christmas in our new home. That means, new home = moving in expenses + renovations and other unexpected expenses. So naturally, when the holidays rolled in, we really didn’t have that much budget for any Christmas decorations, trimmings and all that jazz. But silly old me Chrissy-mas-tree never wanted to succumb to the no-holiday-cheer atmosphere in our home. Besides, it was Lyndel’s first Christmas (well technically second but last 2010 he was still in an infant so he wasn’t really aware of things yet) and I wanted it to be special for him somehow. [Read more…]

Inspire. Color. Imagine the Unimaginable.

The Power of Play and the Magic of Dreams 

 Let this be a guiding principle to all of us parents 🙂

I love this video! Whenever I feel down or seem to have lost my creative streak, I always turn to this. There’s a child in all of us 🙂


A Whole New World

As I was tucking Lyndel to sleep last night, I got to humming (eventually singing) Disney Aladdin’s A Whole New World. This was originally a romantic song between Aladdin and Jasmine about a new world they will discover together. And then,it struck me that this is a better song, perfect actually between a parent and a child as they journey through life together. [Read more…]

Of Nursing and Self-awareness

Welcome to the first Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (March). To celebrate National Women’s Month, our participants share how breastfeeding has changed them as a woman. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

I’m a first time mom to a lovely little boy we so adore.Even before I got pregnant, even when I was still single, I somehow already resolved upon myself that I’m going to breastfeed. It wasn’t because of any prodding from anyone. I just knew that’s how I wanted to feed my baby.And then when finally when it was my time to be a mom-to-be, I learned that my Mom supports breastfeeding and strongly advises Moms to be to breastfeed their newborn. Being an officer from the Health Sector, just recently, her eyes were opened to the many benefits that breastfeeding gives to both Mommy and baby. I was not a breastfed baby, by the way. My Mom said she didn’t have any knowledge on the subject when she was a new Mom. She just listened to the advice of the elders. During those times, it was a question of what infant formula you are feeding your baby. That was the Status quo. And of course, she didn’t know any better. Oh, how she abhors what the milk companies did during her time. [Read more…]