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Rainy days and Mondays

September 2, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

“Hangin’ around
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down”.
-The Carpenters

Yesterday was quite a sad day.  For starters, I lacked sleep because my baby girl was up at different intervals in the night because she was down with the flu for a couple of days already.  She kept waking up from her cough and then wanting to drink water or go to the bathroom, etc.  That is all fine and I am surely glad to do it for my baby but such times take a toll on me too.  Moms need to recharge too but work gets in the way.  Yup, it does get in the way when you can’t carve that time to continue to sleep because the rest of the world begins, on a Monday!  So I worked away…while my baby slept until noon!

It’s most sad though to see her gloomy and weak even after a long sleep.  Clearly, she wasn’t alright.  I decided to have her have some fresh air and that is one thing we have tons of here in the boondocks!  I didn’t expect to receive this though….

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A bountiful harvest that made my baby oh so happy.  She said she picked them for me.  All of a sudden, my tiredness melted away and I was good as new.  Rainy days and Mondays sometimes do get me down, but not for long.  Thank God for tiny hearts who know how to light up our gloomy days.

Facing the challenge

September 1, 2014 mommy talk No Comments
The ALS challenge swept the world with its awareness campaign and it just proves how technology is able to do exceedingly more than what we can ever imagine. Who would think that a simple bucket challenge could drive people to actually do it and donate for a good cause?  My kids did it and so did their friends and other high profile people.  It was amazing to see how each one interpreted the challenge and how each one understood what it was about.  It was definitely a success.

Yesterday, I got this challenge… a #sharethebible challenge from my sister-in-love ,Vicki.  There are tons of bible verses that immediately leaped out of my heart but one that truly stands out is this that I am sharing with all of you today.  This verse has been the foundation of my identity in Christ.  There have been many times in my life that the ways and thoughts of the world blur certain truths laid out about me by God and when I go back to this verse, I am immediately back to my true senses about who I am and what I am here for.  I thank God for this challenge to allow me to be reinforced once again, that I am truly fearfully and wonderfully made for His glory and purpose.

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I was nominated by my sister-in-law, Vicki Aldeguer-Pangilinan , to do the ‪#‎sharethebible‬ challenge. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139: 13-14 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well."

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I now nominate my husband, Anthony, daughters Ella and Hannah, and sons Donny and Benjamin and Kumareng Tina to share their favorite Bible Verse.

Lazy Sundays

August 26, 2014 mommy talk 4 Comments

” Always reward your long hours of  labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family.  Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need role models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children.  And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success”. – Og Mandino

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I love lazy Sundays when we just get together with family for a hearty lunch and simple conversations.  Many people see us as public figures and we have a bunch in our Pangilinan clan that are always on the spotlight.  During our private get togethers though, we are just our plain old selves and are happy not to be so conscious of prying eyes and pre-conceived notions of who we are.  Thank God for family that we can just be our simple and sometimes crazy selves and enjoy lazy Sundays together.

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Kitchen Conversations

July 25, 2014 mommy talk, my bulletin 5 Comments

I’m so happy to share with you about this event I had with Oster Philippines wherein we collaborated for a chance to prepare healthy meals and have fun conversations with Mommies.  My idea of preparing a meal does not involve sitting to wait for a finished dish.  Rather, it is engaging throughout the preparing and cooking process to enjoy the food together.  That is exactly what we did that gloomy afternoon in July after Glenda hit.  It was a welcome change from all the sadness I had felt from the turmoil Glenda left…but that is another story…

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I was really touched that the Oster Ph team prepared for each one lovely aprons for each of the Mommies to be present which actually set the mood for a working together mode.

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We first embarked on a healthy smoothie recipe which was really simple to make as each one of us just put in all the ingredients in the Oster blender according to our preferred taste and voila, we were perked up in a jiffy!

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 When serving to our family, it really helps to make it look delectable so they keep wanting more.

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Plus we have a good excuse to throw in some of those things that normally kids would veer away rom like herbs and veggies but if they look appetising, they would surely try it and get hooked for good :)  This next recipe we made is a healthy panini.

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I learned this recipe from my brother in law, Jinggoy Buensuceso and loved it ever since.  It has helped me serve many folks without so much hassle.  I laid out all the ingredients we needed and put it in our preferred Le Coeur bread. Then we placed the sandwich in an Oster double contact grill and that is how simple it is!

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Perfect snack or even ‘baon’ for school or the office!

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We moved on to make one of my most favorite pasta sauces- Pesto Sauce.  I made a variation though and left the garlic out.

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I used sundried tomatoes too and chopped all the ingredients in the Oster stick mixer.  That easy!

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One of our participants brought her 3 year old daughter and this was her favorite.  This is always a hit in our home too for our children.  Glad to know it gives the same appeal for other children as well.

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Our main recipe for the day is one of my most loved dishes- Kamameshi rice.  I learned about this recipe from my London based dear friend, Ria Sta. Maria.  She and her family welcomed us to their home and fed all of us with one whole rice cooker full of all the sumptuous ingredients that consisted of veggies, meats and rice.

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Ria said to just follow every single step found in the Assumption Cookbook Pearl Edition and yes, yes, this did not disappoint the mommies in our kitchen that day.

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The portabello mushroom added to this dish is a killer.  Perfect for vegetarians like me :)

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It was short and sweet and am looking forward to more times in the kitchen with other mommies who love good food and simple moments and lovely conversations.  Till next time, join us!

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 Thank you to mommies Tina, Donna, Racquel, Karen(Karen is the only unmarried participant) and Kar for joining me.

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Huge thanks to the the dream team that made this event happen-Oster Ph dream team who made this wonderful event happen:  Joanne Rodel and Deen.

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For a copy of all the recipes I’ve mentioned, visit Oster Ph’s Fb site osterinphl and on Instagram: Osterph

My Sunshine

July 14, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

–Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell

Solana means Sunshine.  She turns 3 today.  She came as a surprise and brightened up our lives!

For me as mommy, I am calmer and freer.  I am also having more fun in my parenting because of Solana’s arrival.

From Anthony

It’s been 3 years of sheer joy with Solana!

From Ate Ella after I (Maricel) asked forgiveness for all my mistakes in parenting her as first born:

I don’t remember them anymore, Ma.  We’ll do better this time (with Solana). 

From Hannah

I will take care of her, Mama.

From Benjamin

I cannot imagine my life without her (Solana).  She is my best friend.

From Kuya Donny

You (Solana), Princess.  You, Baby pa.

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Princess dress from Tita Carol Sevilla

Famous Last words from Solana:

On who we are-

(When any of us raise our voices) You are a Princess, you are not a monster.  Only monsters raise their voices.

Jesus loves me!

On disagreements-

(When we mistakenly argue in front of her) Say sorry.  Hug and Kiss. Now.

On Mama-

(Everyday she tells me this while looking intently in my eyes) Mama, you are beautiful. I love you!

On Daddy-

Me, Princess. Mommy is Queen.  You also Queen, Daddy. (She actually means King).  Tell me a story Daddy when you were a little boy and then rockabye me like a baby..

On Animals and Insects all around her-

They are my friends, be careful (not to hurt them)

On Photos and posts

That’s enough. Me baby pa.

On phones, gadgets and gizmos

Put that down, now.  That’s enough

When finding herself in a new place with new faces

I’m shy

Thank you , Princess Solana for reminding us to see ‘sunshine’ in our days and the blessings we have to cherish each day.  Yes, indeed you are a baby and we honor and celebrate that so you won’t need to grow up so fast and it’s ok to be shy.  We are also reminded to preserve your innocence and exposure as you are your private person.  We respect when you are old enough to decide what you want to share.  That is a right every ‘baby’ should have.  Take your time.  We are just here patiently waiting when you are ready in God’s perfect time for you.

What a privilege and blessing to be your mother!