But it's NOT insanity or is it?

Monday, April 08, 2019

I have noticed that my children have making the same not so very nice things over and over again.  I remember a seeing in an episode of The Haunting of Hill House someone said 'We do exactly the same thing, expecting a different result - it's insane!'  - not verbatim but something to that effect.

I am quite tired reprimanding my kids on things they're not supposed to do.  Like not telling the truth on some matters or doing something not very nice.  They know that they will get punished - but they still do it, not once or twice but over and over again!  It's really frustrating to be honest.  I'm tired of punishing them, but I need to do it.  They've somehow become upset with me - but what am I to do right?  They know there are consequences.

An example is not taking the Lego out of the house - any part or piece of a Lego.  But repeatedly they do it.  So when it comes to looking for that particular piece - they just shrug their shoulders as if nothing happened.  So we put a consequence on it - they will get punished by pah pah.  We explained to them that if they do it, no questions, no negotiations, no begging - they will immediately get punished.

Just after a day of explaining - they did it.  There was this Lego mini fig that I specifically told them NOT to bring out of the house - but they did.  And they left it in the car.  So I kept it.  I asked them where that mini figure was and they acted as if they didn't know anything about it.  They didn't care!  I was so upset that I yelled and punished them.  After a few pah-pah, Connor was screaming mad.  He said to me 'I don't like you na!'  In all honesty - it broke my heart.  But I told him - why are you angry at me?  I am just giving you, your punishment.  Remember what we discussed if you take a Lego out of the house.  He then started crying.  He wasn't sorry - he was just crying!  I had to explain to him again that he broke the rule therefore he needs to get punished.  So he said he won't do it again.

But this was repeated - 2 more times that same week.


Why don't these kids get it?  Why do they drive us crazy!

It's effing frustrating.  Really really frustrating.

Is this really the cycle we will go through?
Were we like this when we were kids?


Babyplus Prenatal Education System: It really WORKS!

Friday, March 29, 2019

It was such a surprise that I learned I was pregnant.  It wasn't planned at all.  In fact, I was telling myself and getting into the mindset of having a life of bringing the kids to school, picking them up and tutoring them at home.  I told myself, that this was the path - that this was the kind of life that I needed to get used to.  And I was getting used to it honestly.

I wasn't expecting it.  No plans were in order.   Then surprise, I was pregnant!

All those breastfeeding, sleepless nights, endless baby cries, and fussiness all came back to me immediately.  I felt dread more than excitement.  I was more worried than happy.  My previous pregnancies were all easy ones - it was after giving birth that I had a hard time.  In theory, I knew that I needed to hire a new yaya or a new helper in the house.  We were surviving with having just one to take care of the household and now this.  I remember Kailee being a very fussy baby.  She was very gassy.  Connor was also fussy.  I remember them  being very sensitive to noise, sound and movement.  I remember needing to dance and rocking them to sleep.  All of those things came back to me like blood rushing through my brain and body.  It took me a really long while to accept that I was pregnant.  I just thought to myself, enjoy it while its there!  Babies are blessing, right?

One thing I am really curious about was the Babyplus Prenatal Education System.  I've seen some friends who used it during their pregnancies.  Honestly, I have no idea on the effect.  I've read about it in passing but I never really made an effort to learn more about it because I had no plans in having another baby.  But, during this pregnancy, I was really curious.  And it was really by a stroke of luck that I got lent a unit of the Babyplus to use and to try.  I remember reading that the effects will only be seen once the baby is out.  There was no harm in trying it right?

So I tried it.

I wasn't aware of the sound.  Well, I had an idea that it was sound of something - but I didn't know what to expect, so I was surprised to hear that it was like drum beats.  Different drum beats depending on the number on the display.  I honestly felt like it was straight from the Jumanji movie.  Hahaha.. It was quite loud, not very loud but a noticeable sound that you cannot miss.

So I used it regularly and brought it with me everywhere even when I travelled.  I was that dedicated to the system.  I had to use it consistently everyday on specific times.  I would wear it and use it during the morning - after I bring the kids to school and another one at night after dinner.  I did my very best to make sure to follow the time (since it needed to be the same time everyday)  There were times that I used it on a different time, but mostly I followed the schedule to a T.  It was only during my travels that I found it hard to follow the schedule.  But I think as long as you wear it and use it twice a day - I think that's good enough.

So what is the Babyplus Prenatal Education System?

I must admit, I was skeptical at first.  I mean, seriously - how can it be proven right?  But I still tried it.  I mean, nothing left to lose, right?  So I did - and as I mentioned, I followed it religiously as much as I could.  I think I was the best test subject because I have two older kids who were not exposed to the system.

I honestly just had an open mind.  I was told to notice everything when the baby comes.  And here is my honest to goodness observations on the effects of the system:

The day I gave birth was chaos - it was an auspicious date literally thus there were a LOT of births scheduled and un-scheduled.  I remember being in the recovery room for a long long time and hearing Shobe cry so much!  But you know what - when we were finally wheeled into the room, Shobe was a really really cooperative baby.  I noticed though that she was really calm.  She would just squirm a bit when she was hungry and she would rarely cry.  She was a very chill baby in the hospital.  At home, I was having helper issues - but Shobe was such a trooper, she was very calm at home and was very cooperative.

Shobe was a totally different baby compared to Kailee and Connor.  Shobe was very chill, calm and I felt she understood our helper issues and was never fussy.  My Panget and I were ready for those endless crying, those nights when you needed to rock them to sleep?  I was prepared for those because I personally experienced them.  We were worried about the noise situation since there are the two older kids - but with Shobe, it was totally different.  Even if the room was noisy with Kailee and Connor playing around, or if my Panget and I were watching TV, she was really calm - and just sleeps quietly.  She would make little movements here and there and cry softly when she's hungry - but over all, CALM.  She was such an easy baby to care for.  Even Yaya B was amazed!  We were all delightfully amazed, really.  And I must say, the difference was in the Babyplus system.

She was an easy baby to take care of.  I didn't have a hard time adjusting.  I was so thankful really because I was in my head, I was thinking "damage control" already.  But for at time - you know, I thought - maybe this was a fluke, that maybe it was just because the first month was easy.  Then I have a friend tell me that it's no fluke.  She also tried the Babyplus system on her son (who is a few months older than Shobe) and she really said that the Babyplus made all the difference.  She two has two older kids who were not Babyplus babies - and she tells me that it's really different with her son.  I was crossing my fingers and toes that it would be the same for us.  And you know what - Babyplus really made a HUGE HUGE difference!

You want to hear more?  Shobe after a month old, would soothe herself and sleep by herself at times.  I mean, she would still need a bit of rocking, but she was calmer - there was a time when I had to go to the bathroom really bad and I was alone, so I lay her in the playpen, she was a bit fussy - but I needed to go to the bathroom really bad.  And she was crying (not really loud, but you know the normal cry) and I was trying my very best to finish (sorry, too much information!) and when I did, I suddenly noticed that the room was quiet - and when I checked on her, she was already asleep!  I was literally AMAZED.  I mean when it was Kailee or Connor you would not hear the end of their earth shattering crying and screaming!  But with Shobe - it was really really different.  We have said it time and again - it's really the Babyplus System.  It was such an amazing thing to see Shobe self soothe, I mean - I swear she's just a few months old that time.  And you know what?  She can sleep by herself at times!  I would just lay her on my bed and after a few turns here and there - she's be asleep!  I swear, it's really amazing how this Babyplus System helped me as an almost new parent.

Now that Shobe is more than 6months old, I can see more good effects of the Babyplus System.  Shobe is definitely a calm baby, she can self soothe, she can also play by herself.  She learned to sit on her own, a few days before turning 7months old.  Now, she would try and lift her self up, sit up, reach down to change her position and reach for so many stuff.  In a span of a few days, her development was amazing.  It seems like she developed so much in so little time!  It was really impressive.

I am now a believer in the Babyplus System.

And I really really recommend that you invest in this system.  If you are still thinking about getting one, I tell you GET ONE NOW!  It's really an investment - invest in your future child! I wish I knew of this system when Kailee was born.  But I am so glad now that I was able to use it on Shobe.  I'm really thankful for this system because it was such a big help to me and Yaya B.  Especially when you have bigger kids, domestic help issues and a lot more going on in life.  Shobe was really cooperative, we always say that it seems like she understand the situation and adjusts to what is happening around her.  For that, I am really really thankful to the Babyplus System.

You can get yours at Milk and Honey online store.

Jeunesse Anion: Women's Wellness

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


What’s Your Mood?

Your period cycle always affects your feelings. This Women’s Wellness Month, let Jeunesse
Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner help you through sluggish days, sticky situations, and avoiding emotional conflicts

When a woman is unreasonable, it’s easily tagged as “that time of the month”. It can often be
unfair, especially because there is more to this than what the men in our lives like to

Our period cycles span almost an entire month and every few days, something changes in
our body. Hormone levels can change dramatically, depending on where we are in our cycle.
That’s why there are days when we feel like we can do anything and days when we just
want to stay home with a bag of chips and Netflix.

Here’s a short break down of what happens during a woman’s period cycle:

The Beginning
● Days 1-2: The first day of your cycle is
the first day of your period. Tissue and
blood lining your uterus is the blood
otherwise known as your period.
Estrogen is low and women often
experience fatigue and cramps. You
might not feel like it but these days
would be good days to exercise. Your
mood might not be so great and your
energy level is low.

Feel Good
● Days 3-5: Estrogen begins to increase towards the end of your period. This hormone
helps boost endorphins or your brain’s “feel good” chemicals. The same one that is
released during exercise. Your energy also rises along with the rise in estrogen and
ultimately this is you feel more upbeat at this time.

On Top of the World
● Days 6-9: With your estrogen up, you
are sure to feel more beautiful and
energetic. And it’s no wonder because your
skin is glowing and your face looks more
symmetrical. Testosterone also rises during this time and you are most likely to feel
unstoppable and on top of your game.

Bringing Sexy Back
● Days 10-13: You are now approaching your ovulation which means you are feeling
sexiest. You are most fertile during these days and women who want to become
pregnant have the best chances of conception when they try at this window until
ovulation day. Your orgasms are more intense and are attainable during sex.
Estrogen levels are at the highest and women feel best emotionally and physically.

Hello, Ovulation
● Day 14: For most period cycles, ovulation happens on this day. Ovulation is when an
egg is released from the ovary. This egg lives for 12 to 24 hours. There is also a
sudden hormone change during ovulation, which may intensify your emotions and

Watch What You Eat
● Days 19-22: Estrogen level begins to drop while testosterone surges if you are not
pregnant. Your skin might be producing more oil than usual. This means you might
be experiencing breakouts or sensitive skin. This is a good time for you to eat

Ending the Cycle
● Day 23-28: If you are not pregnant, your estrogen and progesterone levels continue
to drop. You may begin to experience bloating and sluggishness. The quick change in
your hormones is also responsible for your quick changes in mood. This is a good
time for you to boost your serotonin levels through exercise and to cope with breast
soreness. You should also reduce your intake of sugar, make sure to stay hydrated,
and reduce your caffeine intake.

An unfertilized egg will
soon leave your body
together with the
uterine lining that your
body created in
preparation for possible
pregnancy. Once your period begins, 
you go back to Day 1 in the period cycle.

Jeunesse Anion pads help with the cramping and dysmenorrhea through the anions
released by the strip. These anions “bind to the positively charged ions (of the body) which
restricts the movement through the ion channel,” says the research result of Yasmin
EndaƱol, UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry. “If there are no ions available for movement, the
channels will remain closed, and signals will not be transmitted. Thus, pain felt by the user
during dysmenorrhea is lessened to a minimum.”

A very meaningful Sunday homily of love and forgiveness

Monday, February 04, 2019

I make it a point to hear Mass every Sunday.  I make time for it because it's only one day a week for me to give thanks to the blessing that I receive.  I have this routine time that I like hearing Mass and there's a particular Church that I like going to because of the Holy Water blessing at the end of Mass.  I adjust the time I hear Mass depending on our Sunday activity.  I have to be honest, there are some Priests who I like listening to because they make a lot of sense - they say short homilies, but mind you there are very meaningful.

For a particular time in my favorite parish - there's this priest who always has a presentation - he officiates late in the afternoon.  I attend his Mass if I have no other choice of time.  I find that he gives one the best homilies - it's just that, they're quite long and it's a bit dramatic for my taste.  But he makes a LOT of sense.

So yesterday, I attended Mass in a parish nearby.  When I turned my head to see who was officiating - lo and behold, it was that priest.  I laughed inside and told God, 'Lord, your humor talaga' and laughed silently.  As usual - he prepared a visual presentation - and as always, it had some technical difficulties.  But he went on with his homily - and I must say, God has this trick up his sleeve - He lead me to a Church that was nearby and comfortable - and He made sure that the officiating priest would say something really meaningful.  I won't go through the details anymore of the readings and gospel - but instead just share what was the best take away during the Mass that resounded very well with me.  I teared up honestly because I felt that it hit home, I have been struggling with emotional and mental things lately and it was such a perfect explanation.  The Lord does work in mysterious ways.  It was such a wonderful validation.

When I heard this, it was a different feeling.  I can't explain why I was tearing up, but I did.  This really hit me you know.  I have been struggling lately for the past month, with not so nice feelings I don't want to validate.  I can't help but ignore them - but they're there.  The struggle has been real - and I'm trying my best not to be affected.  And yesterday after Mass, I felt a LOT better, I think it was the answer to my prayers of strength and wisdom.

Before the Mass ended, we were given another activity - which was brilliant in my books.  Read through this very famous bible verse:

Now, instead of saying LOVE and IT, replace it with your OWN NAME.  And say it silently or outloud.  It means so different diba?  It gives this bible verse a new meaning.

It was such a lovely Mass yesterday.  Love is the answer, forgiveness is key - the Lord knows, the Lord sees everything.

I feel a bit stronger.  My day will look a bit brighter and I am smiling - from within. 

Have a blessed Monday everyone.  

Playful Diapers: One PIECE FULL night + Giveaway!

Friday, January 25, 2019

I am a diaper snob.

There, I said it.  I have certain brands that I like - well, actually - I have only 4 brands that I like.  EQ, Mamy Poko, Goon and Huggies.  All the rest, I honestly don't bother with them anymore.  Why?  Well, I've tried them and they're not hiyang with my kids. 

I've not bought diapers for years, so when I gave birth - first things first, choose a diaper brand that you will *want and wish* to be hiyang with the baby.  I started with EQ for Shobe and so far so good!  I was happy because out of the 4 brands, EQ was the most *economical* of them.   Honestly no matter the status in life - what we want is to get the most of our purchases, and personally - I felt that we had just that with EQ.

After the new year, I received a care package - when I opened it, it contained two packs of Playful Diapers and wipes (this is for another post).  I honestly have NOT heard nor seen the brand around at supermarkets that I frequent.  I honestly thought it was a bit strange, that I didn't see it before.   Along with the diapers was a small note that indicated their social media accounts @playfulbabydiaper .  I was really curious and so I googled and found the company's website.  Apparently, the brand has been around for quite a while.  

I opened a pack and checked the diaper.  I must say, the #PlayfulDiaper didn't look cheap.  I inspected the diaper and it passed my visual standards.  I compared it to EQ and noticed that the length is the same - but the width of Playful is a bit more narrow - it was actually perfect with Shobe.  It didn't look too chunky (compared to EQ) it fit very well - as Yaya B would say - it looked really sexy!  Hahaha..  So size wise, it was acceptable.  The magic tape is a plus too as we can adjust the diapers easily.

Look at the packaging - it says ONE PIECE FULL NIGHT.  It was a challenge that I took to heart.  I really wanted to see if their claim is legit.  So immediately tried it that night.  I was skeptical - checking Shobe's diapers every so often, touching it and poking the diaper just to make sure it was okay.  She wore her diaper at 7:00pm and there was no change since.  Shobe usually wakes up at 6:30am.

So the next morning, when she woke up, I did the following:

I checked her clothing - nothing was wet.
I checked the water proof cover that was protecting the bed - it was dry.
I then poked on her diaper and it was really full.
Another thing was that - Shobe wasn't complaining or was irritated.  In fact, she was smiley even!

This is what her diaper looked like:

As you can see - it's quite full really full.

Please excuse the image of the diaper with poop - but I wanted to show you how full the diaper was:

I was really IMPRESSED and HAPPY that there were NO LEAKS.  NO RASHES.
And most of all - NO DIAPER CHANGE the whole night!

It was indeed ONE PIECE, FULL NIGHT!
One PEACEFUL night - you see what they did there?  Hahaha!

And what else?  The price point:

Look at that!  The snob in me is hiding and embarassed now - I mean, look at the pricing, I mean really really look!  How much does one piece come out to, amazing - right??

According to Primero World Allinace Corp., the distributor or Playful Diapers, these diapers are available in Landmark, Unimart, SM Supermarkets, Puregold, Metro Gaisano and in Mercury.  I love that a Filipino company can come up with a budget friendly diaper that is comparable to the quality of those imported ones.  Thank you for thinking of Filipinos - THANK YOU!

Again, my motto is sharing is caring - so here's the Giveaway!!

 I'm giving away two (2) packs of Playful Diapers - the size is Small.  So this giveaway is really meant for babies - so they can try it, see the difference and shift to the brand.

This giveaway is open to those who have babies that still wear the size SMALL for the diapers.  Just follow below and leave the necessary details:
a)  Share this blog post on your social media accounts
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b) Tag two (2) of your friends
c)  LIKE the #PlayfulDiapers FB page as well as the canDIshhh tales FB Page
d)  Leave your name, a valid email address and the URLs of your social media shares on the comment section on the FB post!  (*Note that if you leave a comment here on this blogpost - you will double your chances of winning!!  So leave two (2) comments of the details - one in FB and one here!!)

That's it!
Below are some reminders:
a)  Make sure that your child can wear size SMALL
b)  This giveaway is open to Metro Manila residents only (I will ship the prize for FREE)
c)  You have until February 4, 2019 to join - One person One entry.