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Making Fudge Brownie Using Dehydrated Potatoes (A Giveaway from Potatoes USA!)

Potatoes USA Giveaway

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen ever since the pandemic began. Aside from being home all the time, we are also trying to minimize our trips outside the home. That’s why I would bake sweet treats rather than buying them in the store, and if I have time, I would even make our own bread!

Like many households, we also like keeping a supply of food items with long shelf life in our pantry. Apart from the usual staples, did you know it’s wise to keep dehydrated foods, too?

Dehydrated standard potato flakes and dehydrated standard potato granules from Potatoes USA Philippines

Dehydrated potatoes, in particular, are known to have a shelf life of 18-24 months. In my opinion, they should be a staple in every pantry. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Made from 100% whole, high-quality U.S. potatoes
  2. Loaded with the same nutrients as fresh potatoes
  3. Versatile and can be used to make many recipes
  4. Less prep time need, can be used straight out of the package
  5. Good value, with one kilo making approximately five kilos when rehydrated

In other words, U.S. dehydrated potatoes are a delight to use in the kitchen!

I personally love having U.S. dehydrated potatoes in stock because they can be used in a lot of recipes, whether savory or sweet. Yes, you can totally use dehydrated potatoes to bake bread and pastries!

This is why I got super excited when Potatoes USA sent me a package containing U.S. dehydrated potatoes, cooking essentials, various merchandise… and cookbooks!

New cookbooks!

All those and more inside this bag ^_^

Of course, I immediately perused the baking cookbooks (with recipes by Chef Miko Aspiras). There are so many things you can bake pala with dehydrated potatoes! The first recipe I followed was the Fudge Brownie, which uses U.S. dehydrated potato granules.

Potato Fudge Brownies

Do you know what I immediately noticed when making the recipe? It only requires 30 grams of dehydrated potato granules. That’s less than ½ cup, if my conversion is correct. A pack of dehydrated potato granules would definitely go a long way!

Oooh, fudgy!

The brownies were so fudgy and chocolatey. The consistency was moist and rich, which is perfect if you don’t like dry and cake-y brownies (like me). I’m excited to try the other recipes in the cookbooks next.

But wait, there’s more.

 

Giveaway time!

Potatoes USA actually sent me TWO packages: one for me and another one for a lucky reader! The gift pack contains the following:

  • 1 travel bag with multiple pockets and compartments (including a laptop compartment)
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Flakes
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Granules
  • 1 khaki apron, 1 oven mitt, 1 whisk
  • 1 hardbound notebook, 1 pen, 1 phone pop socket, 1 mouse pad
  • 1 hardbound Heirloom Collection cookbook
  • 1 Street Food cookbook
  • 3 Bake cookbooks

Here’s all you need to do to win:

  1. Share your own potato recipe using frozen and dehydrated US potato products.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me and Potatoes USA-Philippines.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maanlx/ and https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

OR 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_angeli/ and https://www.instagram.com/potatoesusaphl/

That’s it! The package can be shipped anywhere in the Philippines (we will shoulder the shipping fee.)

Where to buy US Potatoes:

  • US dehydrated potatoes are available in most baking supply stores. You can also message Potatoes USA-Philippines to order from the comfort of your home.
  • US frozen potato brands like McCain, Simplot, and Lambweston are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
  • US table-stock and fresh potatoes, which are seasonal, are available in the produce section of your favorite supermarket.
Homeschooling Parenting

Homeschool Classroom Tour

Hello, hello! We are fresh out of sembreak and we’re currently in the middle of the 2nd Quarter of the school year. We are about to take our second monthly exam for the quarter (there are 2 per quarter + 1 quarterly exam) next week, so we will probably enter the 3rd Quarter of the year come December. Ang bilis!

I’m still pleasantly surprised at how well our homeschooling year is going. Truth be told, there’s 80-90% chance that we are still going to enroll with Chosen Homeschool  next school year. We are loving the laidback, low-stress setup and the balance between structure and flexibility.

(I hope the low-stress lifestyle meant having more time to blog, but a lot of my time is eaten up by managing the household and juggling two part-time jobs. I am trying, though. :P)

Anyway, I’m showing you our homeschool classroom today! Our classroom used to be the home office, but because nobody was using it anymore, it became sort of a stockroom. In other words, bodega haha. When we made the decision to homeschool this year, it was clear that we were going to convert the office into a classroom.

It’s a very simple, no-frills classroom. I had the walls repainted as well as an old rattan dining set. We spent days cleaning the space. Oh, and I did not buy a single piece of furniture. The only things I bought were our actual school supplies like paper and ring binders. Okay, enough, talk, pictures na. 😛 Continue Reading

Parenting

Straight From The Experts: Useful Tips for a Healthy Toddlerhood

NIDO® 3+ Todo Expert Tips

We had a nice break from our regular quarantine routine last week when Nido sent us a package for an indoor picnic! Yuri and I had fun setting up the indoor picnic (and eating the nibbles Nido had so kindly provided) in preparation for an online talk with Nido experts to guide parents of toddlers.

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Admittedly, I no longer have a toddler, but my child is still growing up and I need all the help I can possibly get! Read on to know more about Nido’s Todo Expert Tips.

NIDO® 3+ Todo Expert Tips

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Why We Decided to Homeschool This Year (Grade 3)

Why We Decided to Homeschool This Year (Grade 3)

We have been homeschooling for almost a month now!

It does not even feel like a month. Sure, homeschooling has its challenges, but for the most part, Yuri and I have been enjoying it, looking forward to our class every morning.

The last time I homeschooled Yuri was when he was in preschool pa so I am definitely no expert when it comes to homeschooling. Also, preschool homeschool for us was more like un-schooling. We did not enroll him to a regular preschool. Instead, I taught him whenever I can (I still had a full-time job back then) and supplemented with sessions at Eye Level. But despite the lack of routine, Yuri did learn a lot during that year, thank God.

Yuri’s compost in a jar

This time, because Yuri is already in Grade 3, he needs to have a consistent routine. He is also very used to traditional schooling as he has been going to a traditional school since he was in Senior Kinder. He has no problems with school whatsoever and, in fact, is blessed to be the Top 1 student of his grade level (thank you, Lord!). He also gets along with everyone and has a lot of friends both in school and at home. So why did we decide to homeschool?

Job and I talked about it and both of us agreed that the best option for us right now is homeschooling. Obviously, it has a lot to do with the fact that we are in a pandemic right now, and with distance learning options available, children are very likely to spend this school year safe at home. Yuri’s old school, for instance, offers three options: online schooling, printed modules, and a mix of both.

But while I support these options, I thought, if Yuri is going to stay home anyway, I could just teach him myself. Knowing Yuri, he will not stay still in front of a computer screen for a long period of time (unless it’s a game or a show he likes). He has a short attention span and easily gets distracted. I was not looking forward to using thick modules either.

Leaning odd and even numbers using our four-in-a-row game

With homeschooling, though, I can give Yuri face-to-face lessons and because he is my only student, the lessons can be tailored to fit his interests. Plus, our schedule will be much more flexible, which would be handy just in case we ever have the chance to go on a vacation, God-willing.

Also, homeschooling, for us, provides the perfect opportunity to lead Yuri closer to God, which I think is true with a lot of other homeschoolers worldwide. Yuri loves our Bible lessons, and we are able to incorporate what we learned from the Bible to our daily life. Oh, we have made household chores part of our “non-graded curriculum,” too, which made Yuri a lot more responsible!

When it comes to practicality, homeschooling, when you are enrolled in a provider, is not free. I think it is also worth saying that if we decided to keep Yuri in his old school, his tuition fee would have been free since he was the Top 1. However, weighing all miscellaneous expenses, we were still able to save money by homeschooling.

Yuri’s tuition fee, if we kept him in his old school, would have been free, but not the other fees. We enrolled in Chosen Homeschool, and all we need to pay for the entire year is P15,000. We also did not need to spend on a new laptop or a new computer set dedicated for daily online classes. You see, I have a couple of freelance jobs so we wouldn’t be able to share one laptop between us. But with homeschooling, my own laptop is enough for 2 weekly online sessions (1 hour each) with Chosen Homeschool. For discussions, we watch a few videos here and there, but that’s it. There’s no need to get Yuri his own laptop or desktop computer.

We often use textbooks and worksheets

Of course, I did spend a little bit of money to convert our old home office into our homeschool classroom (future post), but let’s charge it to miscellaneous fees 😀 Also, the home office was due for a redesign anyway!

And these are the reasons why we decided to homeschool this year. What mode of learning did you choose this year?

General Information

Globe At Home introduces Xtreme WiFi Plan 999

Instant Big Data, Instant Big Entertainment, DIY with no installation needed for only 999/month

In the new normal, many still continue to work from home, while students will transition to online learning in the coming school year. Globe at Home is ready to meet the increasing demand for fast and reliable internet with the new Xtreme WiFi Plan 999, the most affordable Globe postpaid home Internet plan with which families can enjoy bigger data allocation for work, school and entertainment.

For as low as P999 a month, subscribers can experience instant WiFi, instant big data and instant entertainment right at home. The plan comes with a DIY device that’s easy to set up. The first of its kind in the world, this all-in-one device is equipped with free clear local live TV channels which can also turn regular televisions into a Smart TV, allowing families to access over a million YouTube videos on a bigger screen. The device can be installed effortlessly: once you take home the device from the store or once delivered to your doorstep, just turn on the device, log on to the network, and it’s ready to use.

Apart from offering stable 24/7 home internet, Xtreme WiFi Plan 999 gives customers 3-months access to Amazon Prime Video, transforming their homes into an entertainment hub where families can bond over the latest titles. Customers can also avail Xtreme WiFi Plan 1499 that comes with bigger data of 200GB per month, perfect for everyone in the family’s work and streaming needs.

“Now that many Filipinos are spending most of their time at home, the internet has become even more important. Parents use it for work, while children rely on it for their educational and learning needs. At the end of a busy day, families can also get together and go online for leisure. With this new plan, Globe at Home can provide those working, learning end entertainment needs to the entire family to help them recreate the world right at home,” says Barbie Dapul, VP and Head of Marketing for Globe at Home.

Interested customers residing in the Greater Manila Area can apply for a Globe at Home Xtreme WiFi Plan through the Globe at Home official online shop or via the Globe At Home Facebook messenger. Customers in other areas may avail the new plan by visiting Globe stores nationwide.

Whether it’s for work, learning, or streaming, you can recreate your world right at home with a plug and play Xtreme WiFi Plan. Learn more via the official Globe at Home Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/globeathome/ or send a message via the Globe At Home messenger.

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A New Normal (My Home Quarantine Journal)

Davao City Community Quarantine: Day 17

Actually, I had to look that up because I’m confused whether the community quarantine was initially declared on March 15 or March 16. So I had to check to the Executive Order, which was dated March 15 nga. Case closed.

Wow, I have time to check executive orders now. Yep, welcome to the new normal.

Am I still updating my planner? Yes. Do I follow it? Not so much.

Well, honestly, not much has changed for me, at least in general. I work from home, so my daily schedule is more or less the same. The difference is that I no longer go outside the house to do on-site real estate work. My day is pretty much work, chores, Netflix, news updates, books, prayer time, chatting, and calls lumped together with no clear structure.

Oh, and I don’t have to check the time now because I don’t have to take my child to and from school.

1. Speaking of school

Yuri’s school had to abruptly end the school year when classes were suspended on a national level last March 12. They were scheduled pa to have their final exams the following week, kaya lang everything was already cancelled then.

Déjà vu! We had almost the exact same experience last December at school, when the region experienced strong earthquakes. The city had to cancel all classes right in the middle of the 3rd quarter exams and napaaga ang aming Christmas vacation. This time, summer vacation naman ang napaaga.

Segue: Another thing that I find funny (in an ironic way) is that during both times, Yuri had a fever right around the cancellation of classes, and in both times, I worried whether Yuri was healthy enough to take the exams or not.

Anyway, Yuri said it was fine that school ended earlier than expected (syempre, no more exams!), but he felt sad that he didn’t get goodbye to his friends and classmates. They will be in 3rd grade na the next time they see each other, and possibly in different classrooms.

And by the looks of things now, we can’t be sure when the next school year is going to begin…

I have entertained the idea of homeschooling Yuri just in case it comes to a point that the school will require it. Seeing as we have had some experience in homeschooling during his preschool year, I don’t think we’ll have a hard time (if ever). I do think it will be a challenge to families with both parents working, so it’s entirely possible that it will not happen naman. Wala lang, I just like being prepared.

2. Home quarantine supplies

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Earthquakes and Christmas Breaks

I suddenly have some free time to blog because Yuri’s school just (at 8pm) cancelled classes this week and declared tomorrow to be the first day of their Christmas break.

Eh yesterday was the first day of their 3rd quarter exams (class last Monday was cancelled because of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake last Sunday) and tomorrow’s supposedly the second day. Kaya bloody ang pagre-review namin ni Yuri because their subjects for tomorrow’s exam are Math, Filipino, and Mother Tongue. Okay lang yung Math; it’s the 2 other subjects that are bloody hehe. 

Yuri was already set to sleep when I received a lot of messages from fellow parents. I wasn’t checking Facebook (where the school makes announcements on its page) so I was really surprised to learn that the exams — and the Christmas party — will be postponed to January.

At first, I was upset. We spent the whole afternoon studying na eh, nasayang lang. But now that I think about it, since the strong (strooong) earthquake last Sunday, there have been numerous aftershocks felt. Not to mention no one can predict earthquakes. So cancelling classes altogether seems to be the best decision to make for the children’s safety.

Not to mention having Christmas parties seems to be in bad taste given the lives lost and the properties damaged  in Davao del Sur because of the earthquake.

Yun lang, tapos na akong magbalot ng gifts ni Yuri hahaha. And we’ve been looking forward to attending our respective Christmas parties (students inside school and parents outside school lol). Oh well, I guess they’ll have to wait until January!

(Good thing I didn’t make my gifts for my fellow parents yet. Yan pala ang advantage of homemade gifts hehe.)

Now, about the earthquakes…

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Davao Events Events

Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition Goes to Davao!

Last August, the Solane team visited Davao for its Davao Region leg. It’s my honor to have been invited to the luncheon, which was held at 1953 Kusina Leticia at Juna, Matina Davao City. It was a fun lunch with fellow mommy bloggers and people from the media! Let me share with you what Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition is all about.


Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition Goes to Mindanao

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, is taking its grandest culinary competition to Mindanao as it kicks off a series of regional cook-offs for the Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition, the first-ever cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world.

After going to 8 different regions in Luzon and Visayas, the nationwide culinary tilt will start off with the competition at the Robinsons Place in General Santos. This will be followed by competition legs in Davao and Cagayan De Oro.

“Mindanao is home to some of the country’s culinary treasures and the most talented chefs in the country,” says Isla LPG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo. “Through the Solane Kitchen Hero competition, we aim to recognize these chefs who are vital in bringing Filipino cuisine to the world stage. At the same time, we are on a quest to explore and highlight Filipino specialties that are unique to our provinces.”

For this one-of-a-kind cook-off, participants must be Filipino professional chefs with at least three (3) years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant, or any food-service establishment.

Prior to the Mindanao regional leg, Solane Kitchen Hero has conducted competition legs in Luzon and Visayas, resulting in 9 Solane Kitchen Hero finalists. The regional winners will compete in the semi-finals where qualifiers will move on to the grand finals for the final cook-off to find out who among them will be hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition.

The culinary creations will be judged by renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador Chef Sau del Rosario and bestselling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen.

Chef Sau del Rosario (2nd from left) and Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen (3rd from left) with team Adobo (L-R) Chef Mon Urbano, Chef Jen Saranilla and Chef Jaja Andal

The winner of Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition will take home P100,00 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/


The nationwide search for the Solane Kitchen Hero actually culminated last September 7 at Eton Centris. Out of hundreds of applicants, 15 top contenders, and 5 grand finalists, Chef Roseller Fiel II of Region IX emerged as the grand champion!

Taken from the Solane Facebook page

Congratulations!

Food Review

Hello, Red Ribbon Taisan!

Red Ribbon Taisan

Last Mother’s Day, Red Ribbon sent me this package:

Red Ribbon Taisan

I was genuinely surprised to see my picture on the box! It’s probably one of the most thoughtful packages I’ve received from blogging. And I was even more pleasantly surprised to see what’s inside the box.

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Rows of Taisan!

To be honest, those loaves of Taisan did not last long in my household. Yuri, who doesn’t even like sweets, ate one loaf at a sitting. Then again, Taisan is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I took a bite — okay, a few slices — and instantly fell in love with its buttery taste. I remember eating Taisan when I was a kid, but it definitely tastes more delicious now!

Press Release from Red Ribbon

Savor sweet memories with the return of Red Ribbon Taisan

Remembering the fondest memories from one’s childhood is always a great feeling. The comforting experience of coming home from school to a delicious snack prepared by lola or eating merienda with mom at the playground – all those simple yet sweet moments carries over into the present whenever we look back, bringing us instant joy from reminiscing.

 

Get ready to experience waves of sweet nostalgia as Red Ribbon brings back a classic favorite. In celebration of its 40 th
anniversary, the well-loved bakeshop is once again offering the delicious Red Ribbon Taisan that was first offered back in
the 1980s.

Look back at your treasured memories as you share the familiar buttery sweet flavor of the original Red Ribbon
recipe – a fluffy chiffon cake delicately brushed with butter and topped with sugar crystals.

Relive the good old days and make bonding moments sweeter again with the Red Ribbon Taisan. This is available for only
P20 per slice and P80 for a full loaf. What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest Red Ribbon Bakeshop now!

Personal

Blogging Again! For Good, I Promise!

Is it cobwebs that I see in here? I haven’t opened my blog at all for the longest time… again!

I promised to write more often, but then life happens. So much has happened since last year until this year (we’re already done with the first quarter of 2019, can you believe that?!) that I am having trouble deciding where to begin. All I know is I want to write. And I want to write now because I have time to do so and I’m in the mood. I’m fully taking advantage of it!

I haven’t given up on my blog yet — and I want to believe that I will never give up on it. To be honest, there are a lot of bloggers out there (like me 😭) who have abandoned their blogs because it’s not as lucrative as it was several years back. In my case, the monthly views I’m getting used to be my average daily views in 2013-2016, which I believe was the peak of my blogging career. Chos, career daw. Hehe. So anyway, it made more sense for other bloggers to move to social media.

As for me, because I have a personal Facebook and Instagram account and do not really have a big social media circle, I decided to just stop blogging altogether.

But you see, I wanted to keep writing because I want to keep my writing skills honed (as I have stopped working full-time since last year — another story for another day). More importantly, I want to continue documenting memories. It’s so much fun reading old blog posts and remembering, for example, how Yuri was like when he was a toddler and what my days were like. I even wrote last year that my blog will remain online for the sake of Yuri (and, if God allows it, his future sibling).

However, I admit that blogging now does not come as easy as it did before, when readers would send me emails and would manage to find me on social media to send me messages. Having a readership was the ultimate achievement, whereas today, readers preferred to follow vlogs and soc-med blogs. Which is not a bad thing! I enjoy watching vlogs, it’s just… not my thing.

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Happy New Year! Here’s My One Word for 2019

Oh wow, what just happened? One minute I was still shopping for Christmas gifts and the next minute, it’s already the 3rd of January. In 2019.

I had planned to blog more often — which obviously didn’t come to fruition — but I still have so much to say so here I am! I wasn’t even able to write about the big decision that I made towards the last quarter of 2018. Since I haven’t given up on writing that post, I won’t go into details here.

Now, 2019. Hello, hello! I think 2018 was quite a rollercoaster of a year for me. There were a lot of big things that happened, a lot of highlights here and there, and I’m very grateful for everything that has happened. I can’t wait to write about the highlights of my 2018 given that I wasn’t able to blog much!

Although it’s fun to write a list of New Year’s resolutions, I find that deciding on One Word to focus on for the rest of the year is much more helpful for me. This is something that I have done every year since 2016 (my 4th year now!) and it’s amazing that each One Word pretty much spoke for the year they represent. Continue Reading

Davao Events Events

I Bought 28 Books for Less Than P2,000 at the NBS Book Binge Bazaar

I am so officially back!

I owe you a post or two (or three) about my absence and now my come-back, but first, let’s talk about something awesome. My book loot from the National Book Store Book Binge Bazaar!

I hoard books, so naturally, I eagerly awaited for the Book Binge Bazaar after I first heard of it on Facebook. Even though there’s a growing pile of unread books on my shelf! Because why not, books don’t have an expiration date heehee.

Imagine how thrilled I was to receive an email from NBS, inviting me to a special preview of the bazaar. Because of my excitement, I made sure to come as early as I can (8:30 am call time); I even think I was one of the first bloggers/ media people inside the venue. I literally said “wow” when I ente red the function hall. So many books! I was so blown away by the selection that I had trouble — only at first — figuring out where to start.

It feels good to be back <3

Because it’s almost Christmas, I set my mind on prioritizing buying gifts for inaanaks and Yuri’s friends. I made a beeline toward the kids’ section where — surprise, surprise! — almost everything was priced at P75!

Christmas came early for me, too. Thank you so much, National Book Store!

I spent the entire time browsing every single section, savoring the peace and quiet before the mall officially opens. I want to show you every single book that you can find there, but that’s impossible, so here are some pictures of some of the books you can see at the Book Binge Bazaar.

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Davao Events Events

Davao, Get Ready for National Book Store’s Book Binge Bazaar!

National Book Store is bringing its Book Binge Bazaar to Davao City for the first time. Thousands of books will be available for as low as P75. It’s happening at Function Room 1, SMX Davao, 3rd Level, SM Lanang Premier, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on October 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2018.

Books will be available at five price points: P75, P125, P175, P275, and P375. The Book Binge Bazaar is the best place to stock up on great reads with great prices!

Fill your shelves with bestselling young adult titles, like Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus. Choose from a vast selection of fiction novels and inspiring reads.

Surprise kids with My Little Pony storybooks and DK workbooks. Continue your self-improvement and lifelong learning with guidebooks on work, travel, fashion, health, fitness, and many other topics.

Admission is free. Join the discussion online and share your hauls by using the hashtag #BookBingeBazaar. Connect with National Book Store on social media – @nationalbookstore on Instagram and @nbsalert on Facebook and Twitter.

See you there!

Events

Dropping by the Expo Mom Davao 2018

Yuri and I were at the Expo Mom last weekend!

I have been dropping by Expo Mom bazaars ever since they had their first one here in Davao back in 2014. (Here’s a link from my old blog!) Also another one from 2016. Apparently, I missed the 2015 leg, and while I was able to visit last year, I don’t think I was able to write about it.

Back in 2014, Yuri was just 2 years old and I was a very excited young mom. During the first Expo Mom Davao, I recall that there were not as many booths and sellers as there are now. However, I was still able to buy a few things for Yuri (because I was admittedly a shopaholic then hehe), including Human Nature stuff because they were not locally available during that time, a “Cool Science Experiments” book which is really cool, a Kiele bug repellent, and Oreo butter!

Then in 2016, I bought even more mosquito repellent products (teehee), books, castor oil, and chocolates.

This year, I was invited by the Mommy Mundo team to drop by the Expo Mom Davao 2018, which is great because I was really planning on going. Woot!

With my Motts-loving first-grader! <3

What I noticed is that it seems like more booths participate every year — awesome! But Yuri is already 6 years old now and I saw that most of the booths do cater to babies and toddlers. It is not a bad thing of course since there are always babies, toddlers, and expectant mommies around, but I have to admit that maybe we’re not the target audience of these expos anymore! Unless, of course, new older kid-oriented vendors decide to join next year 😉

#Mompowerment!

But I’m not complaining! I still had a grand time looking around the Expo Mom. Here were the things that caught my eye!

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As for me, all I bought were a tub of honey and a bottle of calamansi concentrate, but I’m happy with my finds! ^_^

In comparison to the previous years, I think there were more breastfeeding-friendly products and supplements available during this year’s Expo Mom. Regular vendors like Sun Life and Sanicare were still there; there were also the usual *adorbs* baby and toddler clothes, coco sugar/honey/cacao/calamansi products, feeding products, beauty products, and *gasp* pretty accessories. I also saw experience-oriented services like baby photography and a mobile playpen, which looked really interesting!

Conversely, I think there were fewer educational books and toys this time around (like I said, most booths were baby and toddler-targeted). While there were still food products available, I saw a lack of ready-to-eat food like the ice cream from last year and the chocolates from the other year. There were cookies sold but were especially made for lactating women — which I am obviously not LOL.

With that said, there are still plenty of reasons to check out Expo Mom! If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, have a baby, or a toddler, there are LOTS of amazing finds for you right there. And even if you’re a mom with a “big” kid like me, there’s always something nice to see and buy at the expo.

If you missed this year’s expo, absolutely make sure to drop by next year!

Personal

Joyful Mess Remains Online!

I am so back!

When was the last time I blogged? Summer pa? Classes haven’t even begun then, and right now, we’re approaching the end of the first quarter na. I honestly didn’t expect I’d be able to keep myself from blogging for that long. Even when I was posting my hiatus last May, I was confident I’ll be back to writing soon afterwards. Certainly not near the end of August!

But life happens.

First, school began. And Grade 1 is super different from Kindergarten! What a change. June was one heck of a time for both Yuri and me (actually, the entire family!) because we were still getting used to a new routine, new schedule, new subjects (three subjects are being taught in Filipino now! gasp!), new everything. But almost three months into Grade 1, I think we’re finally getting the hang of it.

Second, I unexpectedly became part of the school’s Board of Officers. A teacher nominated me for Grade 1 Chairperson and I won (despite Job’s protests). And then among all elected Chairpersons and teacher representatives, I was elected again (nominated by another teacher…again) to be Auditor. I couldn’t say no because I already said no last year. Also, it’s not an everyday job. We’re only ~supposedly~ busy during select times of the year.

That’s on top of my school-mom obligations, work, and more. I already have a stack of unopened books — I really have no idea when I’ll be able to read them. Another thing I haven’t been able to do since school started? Write in my planner. Good luck to me!

And the final and my most favourite reason why I wasn’t able to blog, Job! My soulmate was home for a month and a week, which was certainly the highlight of my year. Because each day he was here was packed with activities, errands, Yuri stuff, and plain catching up, I hardly had time for anything else. I’m not complaining though. I miss my constant companion!

Oh I’ve got sooo many things to tell! So much to do, so little time…

But why did I decide to revive this blog if I barely have time for it as I claim?

Funny, but it’s because when I look at Yuri, I remember how well-documented his life is both in this blog and in my old blog (Davao Mommy). Obviously, while I need to protect his privacy as he’s growing up, I would like him to be able to have something to read when he’s older. I personally would like to remember the stories!

And another funnier thing? I keep thinking that if ever — God-willing — I get to have another baby in the future, without a blog in the picture, then his/her life wouldn’t be as well documented as Yuri’s. And it makes me feel guilty! Weird!

Plus I constantly feel like I’m missing something. No matter what I’m doing, a part of me wants to write a blog post. Perhaps I’ve really become a blogger.

So even though there’s a decline of readership, even though it’s not a lucrative as it was years ago, and even though it takes much of my time and effort, simply because I couldn’t imagine not blogging, Joyful Mess therefore remains online. <3