Monthly Archives: April 2012

Starting a Home for Mommy MBA

Times are hard. And according to some, it may actually get harder because of globalization. Gone are the days that when one country experiences financial problem, it affects only its own citizenry. The financial crisis happening in other nations affect us – the Philippines and the Filipino people. But despite all of these, we as a nation are still able to survive and in our own way thrive. Being tagged as a developing country and not being able to experience the many benefits of other industrialized nations, we have become resilient. Yes, like a Bamboo tree, a Filipino can sway with whatever global crisis there is and still come out unbroken. Thus, the most famous Filipino spirit at work.
This Filipino spirit is at the forefront of every Filipino family. Filipino families have been known for their unique kind of bonding. We value family first and foremost. We derive strength from each other so that no matter what comes our way, we still forge ahead.
Mommies nowadays often have to work alongside the fathers or Dads of the family. This came as a result of Filipino families’ way of adapting to the challenges posed by a more difficult economy. In order to augment the family income and be able to provide for the family, both parents need to work. But for some, this may not be an option. Either by choice or by situation, there are Mommies who cannot work outside of the home. Some may have a number of children that force them to stay behind and take care of the little ones. A helper may not be enough to take care of the children and so they become stay-at-home Moms. Then there are those Mommies who just choose to be a stay-at-home. I am very blessed to have fallen under the last category.
As a stay-at-home Mom myself, I know for a fact that being such is no easy walk in the park. It’s actually more hard work. This way, I would really like to salute these women! They wake up early and sleep late, sometimes very late specially when they still have babies to take care of. Attending to all the nitty-gritty of household work and budgeting can often times be a herculean task in itself. But still, there are those who want to do more. These are the women who have mastered the art of balancing their Mommy acts together. They hope and pray that they could help out the family even further by having their own business.
The How-to’s and various Do’s and Don’ts will be discussed even further in my next article. For now, bask in the knowledge that you, my dear Mommy, can actually be an entrepreneur!

Crafting Mommy

I love arts and crafts!  I started out with crochet, then moved on to knitting, then cross stitch and other crafts soon followed.  But eventually, I just fell head over heels in love with scrapbooking!

In this part of MGI, I will feature different projects on the different crafts that I’ve grown to love over the years.  I will also be having guest “crafters” for some of our future articles.

This summer, I taught my daughter and niece how to do cross stitch and knitting.  They already love scrapbooking so I wanted them to learn more about other crafts!

Mommy on Housekeeping

My own mother and husband would often fondly call me as the “basurera” of the family.  I got labeled as such because of my tendency to cling onto things for the sake of memories and the sentimental value.

As a result, I’ve a house full of stuff!  Toys, scrapbooking stuff, clothes, bags, shoes, and all sort of trinkets seem to come out of every nook and cranny of our modest sized home.

The Joys Of Parenting

I think I was born to be a Mommy. Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be one. I am a middle child and I’ve an older brother and a younger sister. Even when we were young I used to take charge of most of the household chores ala mommy when my parents were away at work.
Even when we had helpers, our parents trained us to be self sufficient, especially us girls. My sister Kate, Kuya Raymund and I learned how to cook rice using a rice cooker even before we went to grade school. We also helped out in the washing of dishes. My sister did the clean up and dishwashing during breakfast, I did lunch and my Kuya was in charge of dinner. We even learned how to cook. But somehow cooking is really not one of my strengths. My siblings and parents had to endure years of cooking by me when we were growing up. They didn’t have a choice.
Fast forward to year 2002 when I became a mommy for the first time. I’ve prepared for it all my life. So I told myself that this would be a breeze. And then reality set in. For a first time Mommy I think I did well. But not as well as I’ve expected.

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