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A Glamping Birthday by Hannah Pangilinan

September 18, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

I am thrilled to have my daughter, Hannah as my guest blogger to share her Glamping Birthday. Here goes…

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As a typical 15 year old girl, being told I was going to be able to camp for my birthday wasn’t the first thing I’d think of doing. So for a few days I told my parents I was okay with it but I wasn’t really hyped about going on a camping trip with my best friends and cousins.

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I didn’t really know what I was going to be doing in a camping trip with my friends and what if it rains or maybe my friends wouldn’t enjoy going camping? Those were the things running around my head until I finally decided to talk to my parents about planning it out.

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When my parents found out I thought it was going to be a regular camping trip they couldn’t help but tell me everything that was going to happen.

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It wasn’t camping; it was called “glamping”. So basically, if you weren’t a fan of sleeping on the floor, getting heated up by the sun but you still want to leave the house and enjoy the outdoors well, this is what I recommend you do!

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I was really flabbergasted with the idea of have a “glamorous camping” experience!

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With the help of Coleman, I was given a beautiful setup with coverings for everything we did. We had changing tents, sleeping tents with airbeds and tables, eating tents with tables, chairs and sun chairs, and lastly we had a covering where we could just sit around and hangout. We had the experience of the coziness of outdoors and the best part was that we always forgot about checking our phones so in my opinion that is the indication of a successful party!

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I’d like to thank Coleman Philippines for helping me make my birthday party so unique but still enjoyable and for their gorgeous setup and decors! I’d also love to thank Nice Print Photo for covering all the shots of the party and helping me capture our experiences outdoors! Last but not the least, special thanks to Tita Hindy and Tito Gippy Tantoco of the Sta. Elena Golf and Country Club Guest house for making our stay truly one for the books with a beautiful venue and great service.

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Happy Birthday, Hannah!

September 10, 2014 my children No Comments

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Dear Hannah,

This morning, when we found ourselves in deep embrace, you looked intently at me, then said, “Ma, now we can see eye to eye”.  You realised that you can actually look directly at me because we almost are as big as each other…I hugged you tight, so tight and I told you that you will always be my baby.  Oh how you have grown and so fast.  Too fast and I wish to just make time stand still.  But I can’t.  What I can do is marvel at how beautifully you are growing and thank God at how blessed I am to have had the privilege to be your mother.  Thank you Hannah for blessing us with your bubbly self and showing us to really live and find joy in what we do.  As you go grow, remember that we will always love and cheer you on in all that you choose to be.

Love, Mama

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.

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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