Manila Eats: Oedo Japanese Restaurant

Hello, dolls! Hello, weekend!! Who is ready for Spring?? I AM! I started the month with great opportunities and I can’t wait to give back to my readers again (so stay tuned cause another giveaway is in the works!). I am so glad this long work week is over!! I feel like I wasn’t able to do a lot of personal stuff because of work so I am just excited to spend the next 48 hours focusing on myself and my family.

Anyway, I know I am still 9 months away from going back to the Philippines but I can’t help but think about it every day! When you have friends who send you messages about how excited they are to see you again, it’s hard not to be this eager. The last time we were in Manila, little A was barely 7 months old. This year, I will be going home with 2 kids!! I would be lying if I say I am not nervous, but I know the plane ride will be worth it once we see everyone again.

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EMPORIYUM DC

Hello, dolls!! Hello, MARCH!! <3 I am welcoming the third month of the year as a full-blown pregnant Momma! The third trimester is a validation that I should seriously start doing more for myself cause who knows when I’ll have time to do anything related to not being a Mom again? Not that I am complaining, I love the fact that I am so motivated to do things as a Mom!

Two weeks ago I was able to update my planner for the month of March and boy am I excited to do all the things we have planned for every weekend! I love being busy with personal activities, I feel like work takes up a lot of my energy so looking forward to spending time with family and friends is something I yearn for — especially with little A. I have awesome adventures lined up until May, like literally right before my due date. I can already foresee a very busy year for me, and I love how it is all centered around our family.

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Max Brenner

Hello, dolls!!! Happy weekend! <3 I just had the most relaxing week since Christmas — what a treat! I had my first snow day this year and it was nice to stay home with my A boys and not be at work for two extra days this week. It was our mid-week weekend! 😛 Spending more time with little A is something I crave as a working Mom. I always try to squeeze in activities for us to do between Friday afternoon and Sunday night, and every week I always feel like we just never have enough time.

I wanted my first snow day with my toddler to be fun and relaxing. Both A and I needed the extra hours of sleep, the afternoon nap, and just be in our PJs practically all day. For the productive side of our snow day, little A helped me in the kitchen — the best part was our baking session which I will be posting here soon! Snow days should not be boring of course, so for the fun part, little A asked me to read a couple of books to him and play some of his favorite toys with him. Best part? Our snacks throughout the day.

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Washington National Cathedral

Hello, dolls! Hello, snowy hump day <3 Anyone else cozying up with their favorite person in bed? Snow days are heaven sent to me especially during pregnancy. I get extra time to relax and spend time with my boys. Although I have to admit, not waking up at 4AM is the best part about it 😛 I had a productive day with little A! It’s my first official snow day with a toddler and I am happy I was able to keep him occupied with activities and made little chores around the house fun for the both of us. Today just made me more excited about my “break from work” — though let me tell you, I am just as exhausted! I feel like I worked a full shift lol.

Anyway, snow days mean spring is going to be here before we even know it! A and I already made a couple of Easter plans and I am so excited! I started thinking about the places we visited in the past and this spontaneous trip to Washington DC came to mind.

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First Birthday As A DAD

Hello, dolls!! Hello, Valentine’s day! 😛 Most of you are probably busy finding the perfect gift or Instagrammable surprise for that special someone. But, here I am reminding my readers again that Valentine’s is not my thing (lol).  A and I don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day for one reason — we are used to working on Valentine’s day (which is actually one of the busiest weeks in the food industry) so we are always exhausted. The first two years that we were together, we celebrated it just like every other couple — dinner and presents! After that, I realized that I am not really a “VDay” person but more of a “let’s just make sure we have each other for the rest of our lives” kind of girl, no special presents needed (although a box of sweets won’t hurt 😛 )

Anyway, celebrations have evolved for A and I since little A (yep! we will start calling him little A on this blog now haha). Since we both work full time, I often get this Mom guilt that we should be spending our free time with him — A and I are still “young” when it comes to this parenting thing so I think I get pretty emotional when it comes to time.

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It’s A Girl!

Hello, dolls!! Hello, February!! <3 Anyone else have this short month packed with awesome plans? I have fun activities and events lined up every weekend this month and it’s pretty exciting to know I am going to have a fun (and busy) February. There is something about making the most out of my weekends that makes me realize how blessed I am to be happy and make someone else happy.

Early last month I found out the gender of baby #2. I was more nervous this time because A and I talked about the changes in our setup at home if it would be a boy or a girl. It wasn’t a big deal really, it was just something that we both felt like we needed to discuss. Every time someone would ask me which gender I prefer, I always felt like I needed to answer so during the first weeks I would just say “well, I wouldn’t mind having another boy since baby A has so much stuff they can share”. It was the practical Mom in me talking!

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PREPARING A TODDLER FOR A NEW BABY

Hello, dolls!! Hello, hump day! Another week, another chance to get things sorted before my due date. I can’t believe that in just 3 months, I will be a Mom of two! I feel like I am competing with time when it comes to accomplishing everything I want to do for our growing family and myself. Today, a coworker said something that struck me — I should enjoy this pregnancy because it might be my last.  Whenever people ask me how many kids A and I want, I always shrug and give a vague answer. Truthfully, it’s still up in the air and with the number of things we have to consider (and duhh! it’s too soon to think about that at this point).

When I was pregnant with baby A, I devoted all my time and energy to work that the only pregnancy-related activity I was able to do was to go to yoga class. I wasn’t able to document my pregnancy as much as I wanted to or even get his nursery done before his arrival. I remember going to Target the day that we came home from the hospital because I knew I am missing some important stuff that we will need during our transition. I spent my 39th week of pregnancy feeling anxious because I knew I could have done more to prepare myself. This time, I am going to do things differently by choosing to focus on appreciating this journey, prepare myself and our family, and also to spend more time with baby A before he officially becomes a big brother.

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Sunflower Fields in Maryland

Hello, dolls!! Hello, throwback Thursday 😛 Aaaah it’s finally Thursday!! Just one more day and baby A will be waking up with me again and we can have breakfast together. There are some things I have to sacrifice as a Mom, and as I contemplate my next move (aka when I go on maternity leave) I find myself craving the little things that some probably don’t even pay attention to. As my baby bump gets bigger, my excitement rises whenever I think about the time I am going to spend with baby A before baby # 2 comes.

My plan this weekend is to be productive! Baby A and I had our first baking sesh this past Sunday and he LOVED it! I told him we will do it again this weekend and we even picked out a recipe, every day he would remind me about it and it’s really awesome to see the excitement on his face. I plan to get some things sorted here at home before my due date, cause really, I only have 17 weekends (if that) left to make sure our home is ready for baby # 2! Whew!

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Family Picnic

Hello, dolls! Hello, weekend <3 I know it’s unlikely that I am going to share a post about our summer picnic when my neighborhood is completely covered in snow. Baby # 2 is due in May, a month before baby A’s birthday. so I know our summer 2019 is going to be eventful! I am trying to line up some family activities that I would like us to do and one of which is to go on a picnic! I love picnic dates!! The food, setting up our mat, and escaping reality for a while. When A and I went on a picnic date for the first time I knew it was something that we should do every year — it’s a great way to disconnect and talk about things because you are in that beautiful moment! 😛

I honestly don’t know how I am going to be during my maternity leave. When A was born, my entire family was here so I was able to cope with postpartum pretty easily. The activities that we did helped me so much and the fact that I had a “team” to support me with anything 24/7 meant so much. Since I will have fewer hands this time, I am not sure how I will fare with a 3-year-old and a newborn, so what is my mantra for this summer? Take my time, live in the moment, and survive!! LOL

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Road Trips With A Newborn

Hello, dolls!! Hello, snowy week!! <3 It was another exciting week for us because we found out the gender of baby #2! If you are following me on Instagram you probably know the gender by now. If not, then wait for my next post cause I think it’s just right to write a separate blog for my special one! <3

Anyway, I just came back from Williamsburg, Virginia to spend time with family before my brother went back to Manila. I can’t believe that it has already been a month since he got here and now we have to start counting down the days until our entire family is complete again. We are very positive about our reunion this year though because we know we will have more time to spend together and it’s very exciting.

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Anyway, going on road trips with baby A has been part of our lives since he was less than a month old. It was not a walk in the park but we definitely got the hang of it after a while. I remember Googling “what to do when a baby cries during a long drive” prior to our first out of state trip and asking myself if I can actually handle it. LOL Continue reading “Road Trips With A Newborn”

Pregnancy Diaries: Baby # 2

Hello, dolls! Hello, first weekend of 2019!! <3 How’s your 2019 so far? Mine has been pleasant.  Aside from welcoming 2019 with family and friends, I had a short work week so I was able to give myself time to rejuvenate and plan things for this month (and some things throughout this pregnancy). Needless to say, I feel productive and inspired…until I start to feel and look like an elephant then I’ll be MIA again lol.

Before I announce the winner of my giveaway, let me share with you some things I am dealing with during this pregnancy with baby #2 — so what’s been making me nervous and excited at the same time?

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How To Have A Positive New Year

Hello, dolls!! Hello, 2019. Posting my last entry on the last day of 2018 seems surreal! (Well, I tried to post this on NYE!) Another year has passed and some moments have been shared here on this blog. I am happy I was able to commit to blogging regularly for a full year and share some positivity through my growing page.

“New year, new me” — this is what we always hear at the beginning of the year (aside from “I am going on a diet”. I can’t remember why and when I stopped telling this to myself. It seems like my purpose has evolved and I am now focused on the positivity of everything that would come my way. I usually get comments on this blog about my outlook about life and the moments I share with my family and thought it would be a great year-ender entry. So how do I stay positive and happy?

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NEW YEAR’S GIVEAWAY 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! <3

Hello, dolls!! Hello, Christmas break!! Aaaah what a week to wake up to. After 11 months, our family is complete again! My brothers arrived from Manila last Sunday and it has been really comforting to know that they are only a couple of feet away from me. Baby A has been enjoying our full house the most. It’s amazing how he acts so warm around them as if he’s been with them every day.

Anyway, before I move on to my first official giveaway *heart pounding fast* I would like to share some of our wonderful moments here in Baltimore during their first trip. It’s not easy to plan activities for a family of 7, we all have different ideas and things we want to accomplish in a month but if there’s anything that we all agree on, it would be what/where to eat! 😛

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Pregnant with Baby # 2

Hello, dolls! Hello, Sunday!! <3 Life lately has been different. I started the year with high hopes that I can commit to blogging regularly for a full year. My efforts paid off with new connections and brands that I now love. However, life took a beautiful turn in October when A and I found out that we are expecting baby # 2! What a way to end 2018 and welcome 2019, right? It’s pretty difficult to be in front of my computer without feeling like I’m on a roller coaster. I have to minimize screentime for myself to be able to rest and feel better…unfortunately.

This pregnancy is different from baby A’s. My morning sickness is through the roof and I can hardly eat anything. It hasn’t been easy, not even at 16 weeks. I keep on motivating myself by saying “a couple of months of misery is nothing compared to a lifetime of happiness”. Whatever I am feeling right now is nothing compared to the feeling I will get once I hold my baby! <3

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I’ve been thinking about the changes in our lives next year. How I can prepare baby A with his new sibling and most importantly maximize my time with him before the baby comes. Continue reading “Pregnant with Baby # 2”

Where To Eat In Atlantic City

Hello, dolls!! Hello, Thanksgiving week! Turkey day is extra exciting for A and I because we have more people to share our turkey with this year — I just hope I am 100% better by then. I’ve been sick all week and boy was it brutal! Listen to your body — this is the best thing I can tell you today. I forced myself to work on Friday because, well, once again, I felt like I do not have a choice when it comes to my job. I spent the past 48 hours in bed hoping I won’t get anyone else here at home sick. We were supposed to drive to New Jersey on Friday after work but because of my condition, we had to cancel.

So here’s the last of the 5 states that baby A visited before he turned a month old (PA , VA , DC , NY ). It’s crazy to think that we were able to do that much with him that summer. I guess having my family around made me confident to go out because I know I will get all the help I will need.

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I like to go to Atlantic City because of 2 reasons, and no, it’s not to gamble. There is so much more to Atlantic City than the casinos. The boardwalk, beach, and the fun activities they have year round. Continue reading “Where To Eat In Atlantic City”

New York On A Budget

Summer 2016

Hello, dolls!! Hello, birthday month!!!! <3 I am baaaack!! I may have had an extended vacation from blogging but it was all for a very important reason. My 2019 is shaping up to be extra exciting and I can’t wait to unveil the big reason for my 3-week absence.

Christmas is coming up and I can’t wait for our family to be complete again!! This will be the third time that all of us are going to be in Baltimore together and it still feels surreal to know I will kiss 2018 goodbye and welcome 2019 with everyone I love. Speaking of Christmas, I plan to spend my weekend “seriously” shopping for presents!! It’s been a crazy past couple of months and though I’ve already finished 1/4 of our list, I know there will still be so much to do…aka decorate!

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As much as I want to have undivided time with my family, it is challenging to plan a lot of things for us to do because of my job. I am fortunate that I have a pretty normal schedule now so we can always try to squeeze in a weekend trip or two out of state.

For my family’s first trip to the US, I made sure I could take them to New York. It’s everyone’s dream to see New York after all! So what can a family of 7 (and a newborn) do in New York for 12 hours? Continue reading “New York On A Budget”

WASHINGTON DC ON A BUDGET

Hello, dolls!! Hello, Sunday! <3 We are finally graced with crisp weather here in Baltimore. I can’t wait to see the green leaves turn into orange and brown soon! I’ve been busy packing for our trip and getting our house in order before we leave for vacation. As much as I want to say, I can’t wait, there is one thing that is currently bothering me right now…I hope this turns out to nothing SOON!

When my family was here during my maternity leave, I made sure we will spend each day doing something memorable. We missed a lot of special moments together since I live a gazillion miles away so when we had the opportunity to be together for 5 weeks, we felt like it was Christmas every day.

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One of the places on our list was Washington, DC. I live about an hour away from DC so it’s always an easy trip for us. There are so many things you can do in DC! A and I go to DC a lot and each time in awe.

Would you believe me if I told you we spent less than $250 that day? Including lunch, dinner, and sightseeing! See below how my family of 7 (and a half) did it in one of the best places to visit in the US!

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WASABI at TYSONS CORNER

Hello, dolls! Hello, October!!! Vacation month, finally! <3 This felt like the longest week ever!! From a long-awaited answer, two weeks that I can look forward to, and a reminder to make an effort for the people we love every day. A and I went on a date night to celebrate his birthday and I can’t wait to share about our memorable evening soon here!

On an unrelated note, my family is starting to plan their “Christmas break” here. This is the third time that we will all be complete in the United States, it’s definitely one of the biggest things I look forward to every year! I was lucky to be on my maternity leave the first time they all came to visit. We were able to go on adventures every day. It’s not easy to plan a vacation for a family of 7 (and a newborn) because I had to think about baby A. Lucky for me, my siblings are very laid back! They just want to eat and shop 😛

Here are a couple of things you can do when your family is visiting the US. 

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Once upon a time, I joined Wasabi’s online photo contest and won a $100 gift card. I kept it for 4 years because I prayed that one day, I can use it with my family — and so we did. Continue reading “WASABI at TYSONS CORNER”

Blueberry Picking at Shaw Orchards

Hello, dolls! Hello, Sunday! <3 It’s been a pretty slow week for me. The weather has been so lovely and it makes me want to stay in bed all day. I am ending September feeling so unproductive because of how I chose to “relax” this past week. I should really shake this feeling off and look back to all of the awesome opportunities I was able to be part of this month. I mean really! Going to NYC with my BFF,  3 confirmed collaborations for next month, and I started packing for our trip! Yes — cause I have to pack for us 3 and I don’t want to get super stressed about it the week before our departure so I am starting early! So yeah, I guess this slowness will die down as I fully transition to this new season 😛

It is very uncommon to take your newborn out until h/she is (n) weeks old — I honestly don’t know what’s the “standard age” now because I did not want to stress myself out by being too careful and forget to enjoy the journey of being a new Mom. Anyway, would you Mom shame me if I tell you I took baby A to the mall before he was a week old? We spent merely 2 hours there because I had to feed him — I just need to get out of the house.

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He was about 2 weeks old when we took him on his first real adventure. My brothers just arrived from the Philippines, I was on my maternity leave, and A was off. I couldn’t let a good day get wasted!  Our first blueberry experience was so fun that my sister and I agreed to take our family to Shaw Orchards when they visit.  Continue reading “Blueberry Picking at Shaw Orchards”

Farmers Market Baltimore

Hello, dolls! Hello, hump day!! <3 Fall is upon us meaning we only have a couple of weeks to enjoy the Farmer’s Market here in Baltimore. I always feel like a kid in a candy store whenever we go to the Farmer’s Market. There are so many delicious foods for me to try. Between the delicious comfort food surrounding me and the mouthwatering desserts, I can say that my eyes are always full and my heart feels like I should try everything.

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