Marriage Outside the Rose-Tinted Glasses

For every couples’ retreat we participate in, it’s a joy for a young couple like us (who just turned four years and are going on in marriage) whenever we hear resource speakers share lessons on their marriages throughout the years. What we appreciate the most is their vulnerability in sharing their real-life stories, and how…

What is Your Parenting Style?

“No more buts. Just do as I say,” one father commanded his son. “Now!” “I understand you, sweetie. What you are going through right now is not easy for you. I am just here willing to listen,” said the mother to her daughter as the latter wept on the death of her cat. “I grew…

Our Background: When Two Poles Meet

Heredity (nature) and environment (nurture) are two interrelated and interdependent factors. Heredity is a natural process whereby traits of parents are handed down to their offsprings through the genes. Environment refers to all the forces, conditions, and influences that affect the growth and development of an individual. Thus, personality is significantly influenced by heredity and…

My Marriage and Parenting Beyond the Naked Eyes

Since a few weeks ago, I’ve been delved into the studies of childhood emotions. And my research led me to an ‘aha’ moment (I’ll share this further in my succeeding posts). Motherhood has paved the way for me to nurture a fellow human being. It never crossed my mind that my 16-month-old son will be…

Ohana: Our First Home

Happy New Year! 💙 The year 2018 is our first and last New Year celebration with Ohana (our first home) as a family. It has been close to four years of beautiful memories together. God has placed us in the journey of Ohana for a purpose: a testimony of His faithfulness in our lives as…

Passive Toys Make Active Learners

Parenting has taught me and Clem to manage our finances more wisely, even with the items we have purchased for our son. We live within our means. For us, this means prioritizing. We had to delay on several occasions the purchase of brand-new clothes for Thiel, and invested instead in essentials that will yield him…

My Breastfeeding Story and The Women Behind My Journey

A woman’s pregnancy comprises three trimesters, but it does not cease there. As a newborn is welcomed into the world, and so is the fourth trimester, which initially unfolds following childbirth until the third month. For any first-time mom, this postnatal phase requires lavishing support, especially that breastfeeding is one great challenge atop postpartum aches…

​Cookiie Double Layered Muslin Ring Sling [Review]

I received the ring sling in good condition. The fabric’s color scheme is as fresh as it feels. Its lightweight quality yields comfort on both mommy’s and baby’s skin either to those on the go or not. I found it quite challenging in my first couple of attempts wearing my son in this ring sling…

 Parenting: A Wide Array of Approaches

I am a certified rookie in the club—a first-time mom to a seven-month-old happy and interactive son, Thiel. In this regard, some well-meaning parents asked me and my husband why we have opted to pick him up and hug him whenever he cries instead of letting him cry out, why we have restrained ourselves from…