Happy 2017!

Nothing is more promising than the start of another brand new year! The thoughts of new adventures, new beginnings, new goals to set and meet, new experiences, and making more fond memories with the family is enough to excite anyone awake!

Our 2017 started off late simply because we spent the first few hours of it watching old favorite films on the tellie. We watched Lady in the Water, Anastasia, and Mulan 1 and 2. The little man dosed off a little after the first film was over but woke up in the middle of Mulan. He instantly fell in love with it {and was asking to watch it again after a few days!  😀 }. We finished watching a little before the break of dawn.

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New Years Eve!

We went out to catch some fresh New Year’s air around dinnertime because the little one requested to eat at KFC.  As always, he enjoyed his meal. It was also commendable that KFC offers mineral water as alternative to those who do not want to drink soft drinks. We strolled around for a bit before finally heading home.

Of course, welcoming the new year is never complete without the proverbial New Years Resolutions. But I have long given up on them in favor of New Year Goals, which are more specific, realistic and achievable. Here are my 2017 goals:

  • Do 100 Crunches a Day ~ now this may be quite a feat as I have been quite inactive the past year. But I set out to be healthier and fitter this year {and finally get rid of the sagging mid-section, I hope!} and would kick-start this goal by doing 100 crunches each morning. I bet I will be rusty, so I might have to cut myself some slack and settle for half or even a quarter of this goal on some days.
  • Create a Daily Schedule ~ In line with my One Word for 2017, I will be creating a Daily Schedule to be more intentional and mindful of how I use my time. It is very easy to be side-tracked or distracted, especially if no one is keeping tabs on you, so it really is up to me to spend my time productively and wisely. I have discovered this lovely printable online and will share it in another post.
  • Spend Less Time on Social Media ~ I realized I have been spending too much time on my Facebook and Instagram page lately and I really need to lessen this as they are perfect time-wasters. Deleting the apps on my mobile phone is not an option as they come very handy when I blog. I am thinking of designating a specific amount of time each day to check on Facebook and IG updates then going offline for the rest of the day. That way I will have more time for far more important things. I am also considering to use a social sharing app to schedule social media updates so I won’t need to be online all the time.
  • Read 50 Books ~ Reading a book each day might be quite a tall order for a busy mum like me so I will settle for 50 books for this year. So far, I have already read 2 books {which I shall share here next, to serve as a reminder of this goal, and so you can bug me in case I am lagging on my goal! :D}
  • Spend Time Outdoors Daily ~ Yes, I am such an introvert and I do not have problems with staying indoors for days on end, but spending time outdoors does so much good to oneself that I should make the most of it. Whether biking or strolling, or going out for errands, or visiting my parents at the memorial, or tending to my plants and cleaning the yard, I will allot a portion of my time daily and spend it outdoors.
  • Take More Photos ~ You might think bloggers do this by default but I still need to learn the habit. I also need to take advantage of the opportunity to take as much photos of the little man while he is still little and while he still cooperates as I notice there are times when he does not want to be photographed any more. These photos will be lovely mementos of his childhood and I am sure he will appreciate that I documented his milestones and daily activities when he is older. I hope an opportunity to upgrade to an even better phone camera will come this year, too! To be more motivated, I am joining this year’s Photo-A-Day Challenge by Fat Mum Slim {you may search for #FMSPAD on your social media pages to know more about this fun photo challenge.}

I will fine-tune and add more to this list as 2017 progresses. I will also see to it that I achieve each of these goals I have set for myself. How’s your goal-setting for the new year so far mums? What items did you include in your list? I would love to read all about them in the comments below.

Cheers to a blessed, fruitful, and purposeful 2017! Here’s to creating more beautiful memories with our families and to achieving every goal we have set out for ourselves this year!  :heart:

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Thank You For All The Blessings 2015 + Welcome 2016!

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While everyone else is excitedly going about their Christmas and New Year celebrations, I was happily back home to relish and make the most of the brief holidays and truly take a break before going back to my daily regular schedule, hence, the zero post on Christmas and New Year’s Day. I did manage to squeeze in a post at Jared’s Little Corner before we unplugged for the New Year’s, though.

I was away from Wi-Fi and my laptop for a few days during Christmastime, a dear friend was actually thinking I’ve already forgotten her {which is never gonna happen, by the way!}. I enjoyed every bit of my break, though. I miss home and I love that it reminds me so much of my Mama and my Papa at every turn and every corner. Although much has changed, and the house is even way older now, I love how things still remain the same and how it remains to be the same old house I grew up in. It was and will always be my refuge, a place where I find solace, and if I could have my way, I would love to have the house renovated so we can live there. It was the cradle of my dreams and aspirations and it will be such a privilege to raise my son in the same place where my parents raised me. Even the little one enjoyed our stay and would love to go back there as soon as we can!

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Hello August, Be Awesome!

My favorite month of all is finally here! Hello August, do be awesome! ???????????? image is from Pinterest

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July seemed to have zoomed by rather quickly but I have no complaints as my favorite month of all is finally here! Last month was quite busy and I have only updated this blog on several occasions. My apologies, the blogger in me had to take the backseat while the full-time mum went about her day-to-day duties. Although I get to attend selected blogging events on the side, the little kindergartener is top priority and this mum can only squeeze in blogging deadlines and updates in between  24-hour parenting and childminding. There is even less updates here now that the little one’s First Quarterly Exams is forthcoming. I am sure you pretty much get the picture.  :-))

As always, I am excited to welcome my favorite month of all, crossing my fingers that it will be awesome for all of us! Both I and the little man will be turning another year older and I cannot wait to see what this new year has in store for us. If we could, I would really love to spend our birthday weekend somewhere near the beach and spend a relaxing day running in the shore and practically doing nothing but enjoy ourselves! Oh well, I do hope we can pull this one off!

I do hope your August will be as great as ours and do stay tuned for a number of updates here as soon as the exam week is over. Here is the outline of what to expect in the coming days:

  • My Kidzania Manila Press Preview experience
  • The Progress Pre-School Gold and National Geographic Fly And Learn Promo
  • Our #PPSGxNatGeo Kids M.I. Expedition Trinoma Leg experience
  • Our Museo Pambata visit
  • The PhilCare Mum Bloggers’ Day
  • 5 Awesome Finds at the Robinsons Malls’ Red Hot Sale {happening all month of August, by the way}
  • A feature on Skin White Products
  • A post about Lysol Wipes {which is long overdue}
  • A review of my recent yummy and healthy discovery, Vita Cubes, and the #VitaCubesFunDay with Mommy Bloggers Philippines
  • A review of Organic Baby Wipes
  • A review of my lovely Soufeel charm bracelet
  • A giveaway or two!
  • A couple of updates for my Thankful Thursday series {I so missed doing these posts}

Yes, it is going to be another busy month, indeed, but this mum is not complaining. Busy is good and more opportunities to share and educate through my blog is even better. So I say yes, August, bring it on and do not forget to be awesome!  :heart:

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