It’s never too late to greet you all, Happy New Year and Happy Three Kings! Better late than never!

Are you ready for another 365 days? Me? I’m so ready, I’m so excited and I can’t hide it! I can feel na this year will be our year again, positive vibes lang tayo lagi mga beshies. Yan na kasi ang motto ko since last year, to avoid negative vibes in my life kaya mas gumaan at gumanda buhay ko since last year. Now, I will continue what I am doing and improve more para maganda ang buhay.



On my previous post where I write the blessings, achievements and accomplishments that we received, now I will share with you our goals/projects this year. I really hope and pray na like last year ma achieve namin ulit like last year kaya dapat “POSITIVE” lang lagi. 

FURNISHED HOME

Since we’re moving on our own home very soon, my husband and I decided to make “Furnished home” on top of our project this year. Sino ba naman ang hindi maeexcite mag decorate ng sariling bahay, although we are now in a very tight budget we still have 12 more months to do this thing. Now, I’m so busy checking some ideas and designs in the internet, napaka overwhelming pala!

MORE INVESTMENT AND SAVINGS

Last year, we were able to get Rhaine’s insurance (focus on education). Medyo nakaluwag kami ng unti kaya nakayanan namin kuhanan na sya, now were thinking to get another VUL this time focus on investment. Syempre we don’t want naman na hanggang tumanda kami nag wowork parin kami, so our goal is to save more money not only for us but for our little family.

HIGH-STANDARD SCHOOL FOR OUR KIDS

Rhian is turning 4 this weekend while Rhaine is turning 3 on August. We are going to live somewhere in south and looking for a very good school is very challenging to us. Of course, as parents we want to give our children the best school for them.

OUT OF THE COUNTRY

This is not-so-important goals this year but we want to include this in our list. Malay nyo naman db makapag out of the country kami since last year 1st time namin mag out of town via plane (Bicol and Misibis escapade) na kaming 4. Rhian always tells us that she loves to see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and wants to visit HK Disneyland. So if ever and hopefully magkaroon kami ng extra money this year, we will visit HK with the kids. (cross fingers)

LEARN HOW TO DRIVE (for me)

I know this is my goals last year, unfortunately it didn’t happen as I got busy with my schedule. But since we are moving out away from Makati, driving is a MUST! So hopefully on 2nd qtr this year, makapag aral na kong mag drive. PROMISE!


This is it pancit! Simple lang db, we want to make our lives easier and happier. We learned to value and enjoy simple things in life kasi pag ganon ang ginawa mo magaan ang pasok mga blessings sa inyo. No hatred, just LOVE. Let’s see on December 2018 on my year end review if we accomplished all of these.

Let's make 2018 very REMARKABLE!

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Every year ends I make sure to compile or summarize the highlights of the year. This is to remind me on how I manage my life, how I overcome the problems that we encountered and how God shares us with so many blessing that we received mapa malaki man yan o maliit. So how do I describe 2017? Well, this year is like a roller coaster ride, there are ups and downs in the family but God is so good he doesn’t allow us to carry the burdens for a longtime. He loves us, he really loves us because Jesus gave us guidance to overcome all the trials and problems that we faced last 2017.

I will make this post short as possible, kung pwede nga lang 1-2 sentences lang eh pero mas maganda if I in details ko sya ikwe-kwento so please bear with me while I explain what happened on each events.

JANUARY

I celebrated my birthday with the family. It was a simple celebration but memorable. Oh by the way, my husband gave me new phone as his Christmas and Birthday gift to me. #SpoiledWife


 Our dear panganay celebrated her 3rd birthday at Citadines in Makati. Swerte pa kasi libre lang sya since napanalunan sya ni Ian sa raffle last Christmas party nila in 2016.  Our daughter really enjoyed our stay here, the cake and of course the gifts, look at her face.


APRIL

We had a very short but sweet staycation at Tagaytay with the whole family where we celebrated my mom’s birthday and holy week.


We also visited the city of pines with the family. This is actually unplanned, yun bang isang araw pag gising namin eh gusto namin pumuntang Baguio, swerte pa namin kasi andun na Daddy ko so may nagbook na sa amin ng room. (Remember, this is peak season so pahirapan magbook and traffic!) I’m so happy because we were able to travel with my parents, way back 18 years pa yung last time na umakyat Mom ko dito kaya I’m happy na nadala ko ulit sya sa Baguio.



MAY

First timer at Club Balai Isabel. Yes! I invited my family to join in our company summer outing! Maganda pa nito, nakapag advance party na kami sa resort, kumita pa kami kasi kami ang kinuha nila for Photobooth. Kaya if you’re looking for Photobooth, you may check our FB page.


JULY

One of the major highlights of the year as last July we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at Legaspi and Misibis Bay. This is our 1st family out of town via plane and Rhaine’s 1st ride on the plane. Kaya super memorable to sa amin. 



AUGUST

Our baby bunso celebrated her 2nd birthday at Jollibee. This was sponsored by my parents who promised us na lahat ng apo nya ipag cecelebrate nya ng birthday sa Jollibee. I’m so thankful to have parents who support and love us unconditionally.

SEPTEMBER

After 5 years of marriage, this is the 1st time that Ian and I became LDR as he needs to visit his parents in the US. Medyo mahirap at first since our kids are looking for their dad, hindi sanay ang mga bata na di nila nakikita at nakakalaro sa gabi yung Daddy nila. This is one of the hardest event in our family as my in-laws were diagnosed with the big “C”.

On the other hand, this is also the month where I joined the “Biggest Loser” edition in our office. I accepted the challenge to “Balik Alindog” program which helps me to lose weight and be fit again. Remember, ang taas ng bad cholesterol ko at overweight ako kaya need mag diet. Let’s see the final output by March kung may improvement or wala. Hihi (I will post photo right after this game)

NOVEMBER

Another major blessing that we received this year is where our home loan was approved. Yes! This is it mga beshies, na approved yung loan namin. Malapit na talaga kaming mag move-in mga beshies sa bahay namin.


This is also the month where we decided to join the bandwagon, "Essential Oils". If you want to know more about this powerful oil, click my review here

DECEMBER

This month is mixed emotions, bittersweet feelings for us. Our kids are sick right after the Christmas day, Rhaine was confined at Makati Med for 3 days, this is very heartbreaking for us lalo na sa akin to see my daughter in pain. This is the 1st time may na confine sa mga anak ko at talaga naman di ako makakain at makatulog for 3 days not until ma discharge kami. Thank God at nakauwi rin kami before New Year’s eve.


But before year ends, this is one of the most fulfilling days of our lives as we finally fully paid our remaining balance for our unit. After 26 months of hard work, pag hahanap ng extra income, pag titipid, and of course with the grace and guidance of our Lord, nabayaran narin namin lahat.

Now, we are very much ready for more challenges, blessings, and adventures for the year 2018! So let’s bring it on baby!
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One of the outstanding qualities of mothers is their devotion to providing quality nutrition to their children. This is primarily done by preparing healthy foods and giving effective supplements to sustain and nourish their growing family needs. Nutri10Plus Syrup, a multivitamins packed with Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Taurine, Lysine, Zinc and Vitamins C, A, D3 B1 and more, had been assisting mothers all around the Philippines in developing children with strong bodies, active brains and healthy appetite. 

In the effort to help our co-mommies and their children in the war-stricken village in Marawi, 100 Mommy bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines community had collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10Plus Syrup,  DayCee Vitamin C Syrup and several toys, to a hundred kids in Marawi through SinagTala, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo. SinagTala had been sending help to villages in Marawi since the war erupted and it had sheltered hundreds of children inside the Playroom which served as the mini-school and play area of the children.

Military officers helped in distributing the Nutri10Plus Syrup and DayCee pouches to the kids
Through the Nutri10Plus Syrup, DAYZINC vitamins and toys, we wish to help uplift the children’s spirits and restore their health as they start on picking up the pieces of their lives as families. 

Assorted toys for the kids | Each pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables
We all thank WERT for this campaign, Kaye Koo of SinagTala and all the staff who have helped in sending the vitamins to Marawi.

Mommy Lani with Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation during turnover of vitamins and toys
To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10Plus Syrup, check through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Nutri10Plus/

We are grateful to the mommy bloggers who participated in campaign using their blogs to bring hundreds of pouches of Nutri10Plus Vitamins full of nutrition for the children in Marawi. Find out more about our lovely mommy bloggers and their experiences as they document their life journeys in their mommy blogs.

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I’m proud to say that I have very loving and sweet children.  Nakakatuwa lang whenever I saw them cuddling with each other although sometimes di maiiwasan na nag aaway narin sila sa simple things at the end of the day, they loved each other. Nagbibigay and naglalaro parin silang dalawa, if you will asked Rhian kung sino ang bestfriend nya, she will immediately reply, “Si Rhaine Rhiane”. Ayaw ni Rhian na mahiwalay sa kanya si Rhaine, same with Rhaine, mawala lang sa panigin nya ate nya she will look for it, “Asan na Ate?”. I’m so happy to have a very supportive husband who helps me how to raise good-hearted children. Di ko siguro makakaya kung ako lang, kaya I salute all single-parent who manage to raise a loving and good children.


The Kiddos with Ate Van (sa likod. Hihi)

This post is another senti mode (click here for part 1) because I realized next month Rhian is turning 4. Ang bilis ng panahon! While writing this, I am looking at our family photos and realized how blessed I am to have a happy and complete family. This is what I’m dreaming of and I will treasure this greatest gift for the rest of my life. I know I’m not a perfect mom to my children, syempre nagkakamali rin ako, napapagalitan ko sila, napapalo pero I make sure to explain it to them kung bakit ko nagagawa yun. I know children nowadays are smart, naiintindihan na nila kahit papano kung anong gusto mong sabihin sa kanila. We both know na medyo kulang kami sa oras with our kids especially during weekdays but we make sure to spend more quality time with them pag nasa bahay na kami and during weekends.



We have two-stayed in helpers, but whenever I got home from work ako ang nagpapakain and nagpapaligo sa kanila. I am a hands-on mom pag nasa bahay na kami, same with pag nasa labas kami. Mahirap, very challenging but fulfilling especially having kids with very small age gap and nasa toddler stage na. I swear nakakapagod, nakakaubos ng pacensya but whenever you see your kids having fun, nakakataba ng puso, nakakawala ng pagod.

We love to eat!
Some of our friends are asking if we are going to make another baby anytime soon, but we both decided not to have it for now, maybe after 5 years pa as we are moving to our #ProjectHappyHome very soon. Kaya medyo tight ang budget and we are still enjoying our two kids. Sa kanila pa nga lang ubos na lakas namin eh. Haha. Pero if God's will, we will accept it with all our hearts pero sana nga baby boy na para quota na kami. :)

So for now, let me share you some of our weekend gala with the kiddos. You know naman, my kids are always looking forward for weekend as we promise them to take them out pag wala kaming pasok. Remember this, no amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family.

In a FAMILY, love is spelled TIME.
There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. 
Together, we make a FAMILY!
Together we explore, together we learn, together we love.. 
We are a FAMILY.
We are #TEAMVILLAREAL

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Yes! You read it right. Our first choice of natural healing is Essential Oils. We’ve been using essential oils  for the past 8 months (different brand because one of my officemates are introduced it to me) before were finally decided to join the bandwagon of Young Living. I will make some short story about how these powerful oils help me in my journey towards parenthood and make my life easier.

Young Living essential oils offer hundreds of essential oils and oil-infused products. Whether you use it for aromatherapy, personal care or household solutions, every aspect of daily life can be benefit from a few drops of oil. The YLEO are extracted from aromatic plant sources via stem distillation and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs so you don’t need to worry as these oils are pure natural or known as “Nature’s living energy”.

I read a lot about essential oils and I found out that EO are considered mankind’s first medicine and have been used around the world for centuries. Essential oils and other aromatics have been used in religious rituals, help support the body’s natural systems and other physical and spiritual needs. So when I told my husband about this thing, he was interested and told me to read some blogs/reviews about YL. Good thing, one of my mommy bloggers friend, Ciarra invited me to attend the 1st ever seminar of YL in the Philippines. My husband and I attended the seminar, got some freebies and leaflets and right after the session, we signed up.

We just got our starter kits after 3 weeks and started using it everyday. Yes! Ganon na ata kami ka addict sa YLEO. Each basic starter kit contains the following: 11 (5ml essential oil), 2 NingXia Red Single Samples (2 oz), 10 Essential Oil sample packets, 1 Aroma Glide, 1 Rose shaped diffuser, 10 sample oil bottles and Magazines.

Starter Kit
Whenever I forgot to put some EO before going to sleep, our panganay will stand up and picked up the box of oils while saying “Mommy, you forgot to put oils, I want the purple one”. Yes! Favorite nila yung Lavander while my husband and I love the combination of Peppermint and Lavender.  According to the manual included in the kit, Lavender is universally regarded as one of the most powerful and versatile oils. This is also their top products because it offers a host of benefits and a sweet, floral aroma.  


One of my new friends from SG (Jasmine) gave us booklet where new members like me can make fun with the easy recipes which requires only the EO in the premium Starter Kit. I’m so in-love with that book because I can create recipes for roll-ons, sprays, scrubs, bath salts, food, drink and many more. I recently share on my IG account some of my blends which are super effective for me and my family.


Each oils has their own specialties or common uses. I will share you some benefits of each oils so that it will help you find the correct EO for you.
  •  LAVENDER

brings a sense of peace and harmony
Promotes restful sleep
Improves the overall appearance of the skin
  •  PEPPERMINT

Supports healthy digestion
Cools the body
Promotes healthy respiratory function
Natural energy booster
  •  THIEVES

 - Supports the immune system
 - Supports healthy lung function
 - Excellent for oral hygiene
  •  PANAWAY

 - Supports healthy joints and cartilage function
 - Eases minor head tension
 - Comforts muscles after exercise and physical exertion
  •  PURIFICATION

 - Freshens the air
 - Eliminates odor
 - Improve the overall appearance of the skin
 - Enjoy the outdoors annoyance free

These are the basic oils that we use everyday and it really helps us a lot. I will make another kwento on how effective these oils on us especially on my kids. Yesterday, our panganay is constipated for 3 days already, as in di sya nag popoops and masakit na tummy nya, she already ate lots of fruits and water but still no effect sa kanya and makikita mo talaga sya na nahihirapan. As a mother di ko sya matiiis makitang nahihirapan anak ko so I decided to use YLEO to her. What I did was, I put one drop of Digize combined with Grapeseed as carrier oil and rub on her tummy, after 5 minutes lumabas lahat ng naimbak sa tyan nya! Effective! Ang galing ng YLEO!


Another kwento, I experienced severe headache few days ago because of puyat and pagod narin from work and mommy duties. I don’t usually take medicines kasi nga ayokong maging dependent sa gamot, so I make some blends for headache (5 drops of Peppermint, 5 drops of Panaway, 5 drops of Lavender and fill the rest with carrier oil), I roll it on the back of my neck, across forehead and on temples to relieve my head tension, after few minutes parang nagdahilan lang yung sakit ng ulo ko at biglang nawala. Kaya everday hindi pwedeng hindi ko dala yung ginawa kong blends.


Last week, my kids are not feeling well because of cough and colds and hindi sila nakakatulog nang maayos, so decided diffusing Peppermint + Lavander + Purification. After few minutes, nakatulog na sila as in late morning na sila nagising.


Last weekend, I try the combination of Aroma Ease which has a cool, minty aroma and contains powerful essential oil constituents that contribute to its calming scent and Purification to neutralize odors and enhance the air in our room. Alam nyo na nagging result, maaga kaming lahat nakatulog. I don’t know kung addict na kami sa EO or sadyang madaming good benefits ang YLEO.


I will make another kwento and new recipes on the blog soon. For the meantime, if you are planning to join this bandwagon and experience the benefits of YLEO, click on here
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Hello my dear readers! How are you? Me? Sorry for not updating my blog as I’m so busy with my work and family of course.  We are now finalizing our #ProjectHappyHome and hopefully in God’s will makalipat na kami early next year. Woohooo..

Anyway, let’s go back in the main topic. Last end of September, I joined in our office challenge called “The Biggest Loser” and now we are on our 8th week and happy to say that I really love myself now. I will make a short kwento about it and why I joined in the challenge.



Before I got married, my weight is 120lbs and my waist line is 26. Yes, you read it right! Ang sexy ko at ang gaan ko noon, well that’s way back 11 years ago. Since lahi namin is tabain right after manganak, I gain 6lbs when I give birth to Rhian, thank God I lost 5lbs after 2 months because of breastfeeding. However, I gain weight again when I got pregnant with Rhaine, this time hindi na ko nag lose ng weight. I don’t know why maybe because I love to eat, we love to eat should I say. Remember, we have our #MarriageFirstFriday and we make sure to eat out during weekends so pano ko papayat nun db. I gained almost 10lbs in fact sometimes people might think I’m pregnant kasi ang laki laki ng tyan ko as in, I don’t know if I will be happy about it kasi ginagamit ko sya minsan to give priority sa jeep but sometimes napapaisip ako, am I that big na talaga. Whenever I asked my husband, he will always tell me na “I’m sexy”, na “I’m beautiful” and no matter what happens he will love me for the rest of his life. Ang sweet!!!

Anyway, since I joined the contest and I have the confidence na mananalo ako (naks! Lakas ng fighting spirit ko db) but seriously I really want to bring back my sexy body (naks!) so I put myself in a strict diet and exercise. Well aside from the money involve, my main reason why I join the contest is that I want to lower my bad cholesterol and improved the good one. Yes! Ang taas ng bad cholesterol ko mga beshies! Although di ako nag mamaintenance still I need to be healthy and take care of my body. Remember, Health is Wealth! Sharing you our progress sa “Balik Alindog” program namin.

Every Monday is our weigh in period and so far, I rank 1st in 4 consecutive weeks. Wohhoooo…. we’re still have 14 more weeks to go before our final weigh in. Matagal tagal pa sya and dadaan pa yung mga holidays, so I wish mapigilan ko pa ang hindi kumain ng madami. But seeing the results, mas ginaganahan akong mareach yung ideal weight ko.



If you will ask me ano-anong ginagawa ko to achieve my ideal weight, simple lang using this formula, DIET + EXERCISE = LOSE WEIGHT. Yes! Effective sya sa akin promise. I have cheat days parin naman every Friday because of our #MarriageFirstFriday and weekend gala with the family. I just limit what I ate, let’s say if before I ate 1.5 cup of plain/garlic rice, now I ate half cup of brown rice. Every Tuesday and Thursday I make sure to run or attend Zumba class in the office, good thing I have supportive friends na sinasamahan ako mag run and mag Zumba, they also encourage me to control my intake. Well tawag ko nga sa kanila mga "Coaches" ko kasi they believe in me na mananalo ako. Sharing with you one of my latest photos na nakaka proud kasi I lose almost 12 lbs. Wow! Tska na ulit ako mag uupload ng photo pag nareach ko na yung goal ko. Hihi.



JUST KEEP GOING!  EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET THE RESULTS YOU WANTED.  JUST KEEP GOING!


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