posted by Jennie on Dec 14

There are a few places that the hubby and I go to for things that we need around the home. And because we were in Makati yesterday and we were shooting to take advantage of the sale that’s going around, we thought of swinging by Landmark just to check if the things that we needed to buy was on sale. I also needed to buy a few things in the supermarket and was so delighted to witness this.

I was right on time to capture a young lady picking up Downy Fabric Conditioner sachets when the “carolers” sang away their rendition of Christmas carols. I cannot help but beam from ear to ear as I saw the lady’s face light up.

Random shoppers were treated with holiday cheers by this awesome a cappella singing group in Landmark Supermarket. I can only imagine enjoying such treat myself. Why, with all the unending list of things to do this holiday season and the unceasing crowds in the malls that seem to multiply by the minute, the refreshing atmosphere is such a refreshing treat. Such a fun surprise for P&G patrons to listen to the sweet voices of the quartet. I believe shoppers might still catch this singing group in Landmark Supermarket Makati until Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

posted by Jennie on Dec 12

My family flew back home from Singapore to this holiday package from Promil Preschool. Thank you, Promil!

The package came with energy bars, healthy snacks and a puzzle that my son wasted no time and solved it.  Promil Preschool is said to be formulated with nutrissentials and this is what the campaign is all about. My son is 9 years old and way beyond preschool but this might be of benefit to some of my readers.  Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Dec 5

When Smart Parenting featured our homeschooling family in 2011, I’ve had a few readers email me, asking for more details. I naturally would lead them to our FAQ page, where most of their questions will be answered.  But there was this one question that I wasn’t able to get back to. Hopefully, I will get to have that answered through this article.

 

 

One of my readers asked this: “If you weren’t homeschooling, what pre-school will you send your son to?” As a backgrounder, this reader is in a double income household, which majority of Filipinos belong to, giving them no choice but to enroll her daughter. But because there are so many schools to choose from, this intentional mother wanted a piece of my mind and I cannot be more sorry that I had no schools in mind in particular to answer her question back then.

What I instead gave her was a checklist of some sort:

  • A Christian school
  • Qualified and caring teachers and assistant teachers
  • Good reputation
  • Clean facilities and conducive play area to help develop gross and fine motor skills

If the Lord has called me to continue to work in the corporate world back then, selecting the school that my son will be enrolled in will be a major decision for me and my husband. I will not just enroll my son in a random school just because there were so little choice. It was never me to settle for the mediocre. Certainly something I’m not bound to gravitate towards all the more when my son’s future is going to be what’s on the line. As I mentioned in my 2009 blog post,

Homeschooling is a calling. It is not for everyone.

If we weren’t homeschooling, there is this school that I found that fulfills each of the item on my checklist. Here’s hoping to encourage my dear readers who are scouting for a preschool for their children to go see and check out Charis School in Marikina City. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Nov 28

Can’t we all make use of some piece of assurance, practical things we can do when  faced with things in life that don’t make sense? Luisa Ampil gives us just that in her 175-page book, What Women Can Do When Life Falls Apart.” Each story is packed in no more than 5 pages, short and sweet but straight talk. The best thing about this book is the fact that Ampil has lived its message. I strongly believe that it is what makes any book credible.

 

Book Description
You have just reached the end of your rope.
Is there any more reason to hope?

Many women deal with troubling challenges that burden them such as:
* Facing the sad woman in the mirror
* Struggling with health concerns
* Trying to be strong for someone else
* Coping with the pain of broken relationships
* Experiencing life’s losses

Where could a woman like you braving through health, family, career, self-esteem and other personal issues turn to for help? Luisa Reyes-Ampil shares her own experiences and those of other women whose lives were turned upside down when difficulties came. Brimming with inspiring and practical advice, this book will lead you to where you can find the answers.

Life may feel like it’s falling apart but you can still remain whole. No matter what your circumstances tell you, there’s hope for survival and victory.

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posted by Jennie on Nov 24

My son and I attended the Play Date Soon yesterday, held at Spaces by Babyland. It was a fun event where we got to hang out with other mommies (and daddies) and their adorbs kids.

Play Date Soon

 First off, a photo opp with my son at the Play Date Soon backdrop. This little big guy just arrived from his date with his Papa. My 9 year old is almost as tall as me! :-)

Play Date Soon at Spaces by Babyland

 The Play Date Soon floor is ready for the mommies and kids for their Yoga sesh with Urban Ashram. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Nov 24

Safeguard just sent our family a treat over the weekend. Thank you for this Safeguard Derma Sense Kit!

Safeguard Derma Sense Face and Body Wash for Acne-Prone Skin, Pure White Body Wash and Derma Sense for Sensitive Skin

Safeguard Derma Sense Face and Body Wash for Acne-Prone Skin – solution to acne prone and sensitive skin. This particular Safeguard Derma Sense variant has its new Zinc Pyrithione (ZPT) technology that provides the same broader spectrum and longer-lasting protection against germs.

Acne is the most common skin disease in the world. Recent studies show that it can start as early as the age of 8 and can persist all throughout adulthood. Although anyne can suffer from acne, teenagers are the most prone to it. As they mature from children to adults, the oil glands in their skin get larger. It creates more oil and traps mroe germs that resul tin pimples and breakouts. But more than just pimples affecting the appearance, pimples and breakouts can also affect people – particularly teenagers – emotionally and psychologically. In severe cases, breakouts lead to low self-image and self-esteem.

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posted by Jennie on Nov 18

Being a home educator for more than five years does not make me an expert. I just have to get that one out before I blabber along – a disclaimer of sorts. The real gung-hos are those who still keep at it to the third or fourth child. The Duggar Family is definitely on top of my list, on that note.

If there is anything I should tell you about homeschooling, it is this – IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. This, I keep reminding my Christian Homeschooler readers. Hence, this post is an attempt to help parents who are considering homeschooling, which has become a very viable education alternative these days. Here are a few basics that helped us in our family’s homeschooling journey.

1. The very first thing to consider in homeschooling is your child’s personality. If your child has socialization issues to begin with, homeschooling should not be an option. And even if my son has a very outgoing personality, I still make sure that it is nurtured through his other supplementary classes like Karate and Sunday School.

2. The home educator’s availability. This, more often than not, pertains to one of the child’s parents. I have encountered a couple of grandmothers who do the homeschooling in the parent’s behalf. This is something that your family has to carefully plan out. As much as we would love to be creative and flexible as we home-school, a child has to have some sort of routine to look forward to. Personally, homeschooling works for us because I work from home.

3. Scout for the best homeschooling curriculum that will cater to your child’s needs. Ideally, a year before you start homeschooling. The more homeschooling curricula you are exposed to, the more options you have. If there is a particular program you think you can use, you have to make sure you not half hearted about it. Otherwise, you might find your uncertainty to be a stumper to creating a healthy learning environment for you and your child.

4. Provide your child his own “school office.” Ideally, this is a nook in your house where there is minimal distraction. Believe me when I say that I can never imagine we will be able to come up with this corner in our humble 48sqm. abode. As the old adage says, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Being able to define where he works during homeschool is critical to his mindset about the “home school” setup. Read the rest of this entry »