If we want to be Happy...Embrace the Following...


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Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Too much to Ask by Niall Horan

Here's a nice song for you today...


Have a blessed Sunday you all! (*wink*)(*wink*)

REPOSTING: Allergic to Exercise? How To Get Fit When You Hate Working Out by Trisha Bautista of MomCenter.com.ph

Allergic to Exercise? How To Get Fit When You Hate Working Out by Trisha Bautista of MomCenter.com.ph

If you want to get fit but hate working out, you don’t necessarily have to give up your fitness goals before you’ve even started achieving them. Sometimes all you need is to get creative—working out can mean everything from lifting weights old school to taking your kids out on a walk in your carrier—and a little adventurous. Try these and feel the difference.

1. Ditch the elevator and escalator.

If you work in an office or live in a condo, you have the perfect workout at your disposal thanks to the flights of stairs to get to your floor. Start with baby steps. Take the stairs one flight up if you’re starting from zero, and work it up from there. You can go from taking zero flights of stairs to five, ten, or even twenty daily, and you’ll notice your legs getting toned and stronger and your endurance getting better as you progress.

2. Take walks with your kids or your baby.

Have an infant? Forego the stroller and strap them in your carrier for their regular dose of sun and fresh air. Keep doing this even as they gain more weight—your body will get stronger and progress as they get heavier. Have toddlers? Take them to a safe, wide, open space (think a park or a clubhouse) and let them run free as you chase a long. We all know how tiring that really is! If you have older kids busy with activities, consider joining a sport they’re learning, too. That way, you can play with them, too.

3. Invest in a proper trainer and a gym you can definitely go to.

Enroll in a gym that’s nearest to your house (or office), get a good trainer, and pay all the needed fees in advance. Nothing is more motivating than the idea that you wouldn’t want your money to go to waste. The good thing about having a personal trainer is you don’t have to do much other than show up—he will guide you every step of the way and help you achieve your fitness goals.

4. Take up a sport

It’s never too late to learn something! If you have a competitive spirit, channel that energy into a sport. Enroll in a new sport that’ll involve breaking a lot of sweat—you’ll feel the pounds melting off soon enough!

5. Enroll in a dance class

Aside from the exercise you’ll be getting, you’ll also find a community of people who have similar goals—you’ll also feel sexier and more body confident when you learn how to move freely.

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Lookie!

I can't believe it's been months before I remember to post this super good "pasalubong" from my brother.


It was our first time to try the famous Irvin's Salted Egg Potato Chips and man, oh man, we were soooo hooked!

Can't wait to buy another one soon because I heard they recently opened a stall in SM Megamall. (*grin*)

How about you? Have you tried this treat already?

Family Getaway for 2017 Summer: Goodbye, Bohol!

I leave you with these beautiful photos of our last sunset in Bohol. Aaaah, this vacation has made the family even closer, bonded for a couple of days and made us even more grateful for the blessings that God has always been giving us.


These photos are enough to prove how much God loves us!


Do you think so, too?


Aaah, this is indeed a beauty!


This perfect view is embedded in our hearts forever!


Bohol was one of the best islands in the Philippines. I've been here for the third time and it looks like I will be back again maybe in the next few years!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Meditation Techniques
2. Get Together with Highschool Friends
3. A few hours of bonding
4. Words of God
5. Photos and Memories
6. Christmas Parties
7. Blogging and Preserving Memories
8. Family ♥
9. Freshly Brewed Coffee
10. Friends for Keeps

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Family Getaway for 2017 Summer: Alona Beach in Bohol

The beach, the beach, the beach. That's all I posted about in Bohol, but I can't help it. It was one of the best in the Philippines.

So here are more beach photos. This time this is in Alona Beach in front of Hennan Resort.


I would say the sand here is better than in Panglao but the shore is shorter.


This is the powder-like sand that we've been looking for!

And look at those gorgeous, crystal-clear water!


Aaaaaah, B.L.I.S.S.!!!


And, look at our yearly tradition jump shots!


How do you like it? We are getting better and better each year, don't you think? (*grin*)

Choose to Let Go...

Here's another nice thought from BemorewithlEss.com's IG Story...

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

This is such a very beautiful and powerful song. Perfect for our young little girls out there.



[Verse 1] She just wants to be beautiful She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits She craves attention, she praises an image She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor Oh, she don't see the light that's shining Deeper than the eyes can find it, maybe we have made her blind So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away Cause covergirls don't cry after their face is made

[Chorus] But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark You should know you're beautiful just the way you are And you don't have to change a thing The world could change its heart No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful Oh, oh, oh Oh-oh, oh, oh And you don't have to change a thing The world could change its heart No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

[Verse 2] She has dreams to be an envy, so she's starving You know, covergirls eat nothing She says "beauty is pain and there's beauty in everything" "What's a little bit of hunger?" "I can go a little while longer," she fades away She don't see her perfect, she don't understand she's worth it Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface, oh, oh So to all the girls that's hurting, let me be your mirror Help you see a little bit clearer the light that shines within

[Chorus] There's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark You should know you're beautiful just the way you are And you don't have to change a thing The world could change its heart No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

[Bridge] No better you than the you that you are No better you than the you that you are No better life than the life we're living No better life than the life we're living No better time for your shine, you're a star No better time for your shine, you're a star Oh, you're beautiful, oh, you're beautiful

[Chorus] And there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark You should know you're beautiful just the way you are And you don't have to change a thing The world could change its heart No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful And you don't have to change a thing The world could change its heart No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

REPOSTING: How to Use Social Media Responsibly as a Modern Mom by Patricia Gonzalez of MomCenter.com.ph

How to Use Social Media Responsibly as a Modern Mom by Patricia Gonzalez of MomCenter.com.ph

The average woman has been found to spend up to 3 hours a day on her mobile phone. This means that in a month, she can spend up to 90 hours glued to a screen. That amounts to almost 4 whole days scrolling through instagram and facebook, watching videos on youtube, answering emails and messages, and taking videos on snapchat. Whether this is good or not deserves an an entire article on its own, but I think it is common knowledge that social media affects our in a significant way. As moms with numerous things on our plates, where we devote or waste our time certainly affects the kind of moms (and women) we turn out to be. Here are some ways we suggest every modern mom can use social media in a responsible way.

1. When you are with the kids, put the phone away. Using our phones while we are in the presence of our children (who may just be waiting for us to give them some attention) sends them the message that they are less important than whatever we see on the screens. While we know this isn’t true, we should make the most of our free hours to be present to them. How to do this? By putting away our phones and taking the time to chat with them, read with them, do activities with them, and get to know them better. It is also important to be aware that children imitate the behavior they see in their parents, and them constantly seeing us on our phones may teach them to do the same. We may regret all the time we spend on our screens sooner than later.

2. Set a specific time of the day for social media time. Have you ever found yourself automatically reaching for your phone each time you have a free moment? And then before you know it, you look at the clock and realize you have wasted at least 20 minutes watching videos and stalking your favorite mom influencer? We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another, and one of the best ways to safeguard ourselves against this to choose a specific time (or times) of the day use social media, especially if this is a part of our work.

3. Put a time limit on your scrolling. How much time do you really want to spend watching someone else’s life instead of living yours? Put a time limit on your scrolling and set an alarm to be strict about it. We recommend blocks of time in 10-15 minutes. Anymore time than that can seriously derail your schedule and waste significant hours that could be spent on more productive and more meaningful activities for yourself and for your family.

4. Unfollow accounts that do not add value to your life. Whether this is a brand, an influencer, a friend, or a person you don’t even like but follow anyway…unfollow accounts that bring you down instead of raise you up. Social media is a powerful proponent of “the grass is greener on the other side mentality.” Following the highlight reels of others often makes us feel inadequate, behind, or unaccomplished. Spare yourself of this envy and insecurity but removing the triggers and unfollowing accounts that take more from you than give.

5. Be aware of your intentions and motivations each time you post. It is a very human need to be liked and loved. And while it is also just as natural to share victories and happy moments with others, we should be aware of our motivations every time we post a flattering photo of ourselves, or a photo finish perfect photo of our families. We should assess…are we doing this for the likes and the ego boost that comes with it? And if this is true…will this be a healthy and sustainable source of confidence long term? Do we really need to share EVERYTHING?

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