Posted in Family matters, Our little man, Parenting style

Our Family Portrait..

Often times us parents would definitely do the homework of our kids to make sure that he will get a star in their class.

But since I want him to develop strong skills and a positive attitude towards completing the homework. I let him do his assignment by himself.

I mean, a kid can sit and copy words or drawing but it is also our role to let them to be more responsible. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi sa kanya ” i don’t expect him to be the best” but instead I am reminding him to “always DO his BEST in everything that he will do”..

His homework for tomorrow is to draw our family picture. So I gave him paper and ask him to create our picture using his imagination!

His version of our family portrait!

I hope you like it as much as I do!!

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Posted in Cook's Nook

Cook’s Nook – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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I love it when ingredients force you to make something appetising.
Especially when bacon are involved and asparagus are just begging to be bunched together and wrapped up tight to create a gourmet looking food.

This is an easy peasy recipe and doesn’t involved much preparation..

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus..
(adopted from Food Network Blog)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, trimmed 4 to 5 inches long tips
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
A few grinds black pepper
4 slices center cut bacon

Directions
1.Preheat oven, if using, to 400 degrees F.
2.Lightly coat asparagus spears in extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Season the asparagus with black pepper. Take a quick count of the spear tips. Divide the total number by four. 4.Gather that number of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
5.To grill, place bundles on hot grill and cover. Cook 10 to 12 minutes until bacon is crisp and asparagus bundles are tender.
6.For oven preparation, place bundles on slotted broiler pan. Bake 12 minutes.

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Posted in Uncategorized

Monday madness..

Happy Monday peeps! How can it be the start of another week already?? Time is going so quickly right now. It only just feels like little A started school and in two weeks time they will be on holiday again. Yey!

Little A is doing well in his school, in fact I really don’t have a hard time waking him up maybe because we trained him to sleep at 6:30pm sharp. And since watching tv is not part of our daily routine we are also enjoying the day by simply playing together.

I am also slaving myself in the kitchen by baking him goodies which he can bring to his class.
Needless to say, I can say that I succeeded of injecting some veggies to his system without his knowledge. As usual I baked banana bread, apple muffin and lastly choco carrot cake. I’ve got the recipe from Maqui pero I tweaked lng by adding galaxy chocolate.

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Posted in DIY Maternity Photoshoot, Motherhood, Our little wiggle

Fun and Cheerful Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot

Looking with these beautiful photos I can feel such a lovely and peaceful emotion captured by daddy A.

We brought in fun props, like paper flowers,books, blue balloons, and an “Keep Calm, It’s a Boy” frame. Little A’s toy collection got in on the fun, too! It all came together for a shoot that is sure to give us a big dose of happiness! Our location is one of my favorite as we also did our prenup here long way back in 2008.

It always filled with memories and sometimes keeping things simple is the best way to go, as these lovely photos shows how smitten we are to our precious son.

We are so much in love with baby wiggle and these photos will be a sweet reminder of this journey.

Presenting our DIY Outdoor Maternity Photography…

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Posted in DIY Maternity Photoshoot

Behind the scene – Our Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot

We had a blast taking the outdoor maternity pictures. Our photo shoot is one of my favorite memories from my pregnancy, so I highly recommend every woman take some while pregnant. Since this might be my last I wanted to cherish the memories and photos for a long time.

Whether it be with a professional photographer or a DIY project, this is the best time to capture the moment.

In the meantime I will share some glimpse, para maexcite kayo… hehe Thank you to my super supportive sister Raquiza for taking care of my needs and for being my PA. And of course Auntie Mirriam for being incharge with the props. Nevertheless, to my super handsome and patient photographer, daddy A.

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Etihad Airways launch new in-flight services.

If you are a parent, then you certainly know that travelling with children is a daunting task since the purpose of your holiday is to relax and let off some stress!
There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that you can have a worry – free even if your child is there with you.

Etihad Airways knows the sentiments of us parents and that is why they came up with the idea of boosts services for families witn introduction of flying nanny. How cool is that??

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a dedicated in-flight child care assistance program for families, led by the introduction of a new Flying Nanny on board long haul flights.

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Identified by bright orange aprons, each Flying Nanny aims to provide a ‘helping hand’ to families and unaccompanied minors. They will also introduce children to the exciting collectable Etihad characters – Zoe the bee, Jamool the camel, Kundai the lion, and Boo the panda – who accompany them on their trip.

During the past two months 300 Etihad Airways cabin crew members have completed enhanced training for the role. A further 60 will be trained in September and 500 Flying Nannies will be working across Etihad Airways flights by the end of 2013.

The course includes in-depth training, from the world renowned Norland College, concentrating on child psychology and sociology, enabling the Flying Nannies to identify different types of behaviour and developmental stages that children go through and how to appreciate the perspective and needs of travelling families.

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In addition the course also covers many different creative ways the Flying Nanny can entertain and engage with children during flights.

Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Guest Services, said: “Flying with a young family can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced travellers, and the Flying Nanny role demonstrates our understanding of our guests’ needs and our commitment to making the journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible.”

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During the flight the Flying Nanny will utilise her specialist training, supporting the needs of families and unaccompanied minors, as well as supporting other cabin crew members when they interact with families.

Ms Tiedt added: “The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children’s meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests.”

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Claire Burgess, Early Years Consultant, Norland College, said: “Norland College is delighted to be a key partner in developing and delivering the Flying Nanny program with Etihad Airways as both organisations share a mutual respect for children and families.”

Many of these activities derive from a special kit which contains straws, stickers, cardboard and other items which the Flying Nanny uses to teach simple arts and crafts such as creating special greeting cards for friends and family.

The Flying Nanny will also frequently use service items such as paper cups which can be made into hats and the Japanese art of origami to fold paper into sculptures. All activities are designed so the Flying Nanny can leave the children to produce and complete on their own.

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A key on-board highlight is set to be the creation of sock puppets which uses stickers from the Flying Nanny kit as eyes and the socks from the guest’s travel pack.

In addition to the arts and crafts, the Flying Nannies can also teach children simple magic tricks which helps retain their focus and interest while seated.

For older children, the Flying Nanny is equipped with simple quizzes and challenges to keep them occupied as well as taking them on tours of the galley during quieter moments of the flight.

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Towards the end of the flight the Flying Nanny will help parents by replenishing milk bottles, and offering items such as water, fruit and other snacks especially if the family is transiting to another flight.

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Etihad in flight launch - 05The Flying Nanny will also advise families that are transiting at Abu Dhabi about the various baby changing and child facilities at the airport, as well as informing them that there is a children’s play area at Gate 32 in Terminal 3, and in the premium

 

* Thank you Etihad Airways for inviting us..we really enjoy the day and I’m sure that this will be a big hit with all the parents travelling with kids..