Mrs. Monologues

If Lemons are to Lemonades, then Pork Fat

then pork fat

is to homemade chicharon!

 To my dismay, our neighboorhood meatshop has been giving me super fatty meat lately. Instead of throwing them, my latest househelp, Ate Nida, who by the way has been on AWOL since Monday, made these yummy crunchy sinful chicharon.

 I wish Ate Nida would come back. In case she doesn’t, she would be my 4th attrition for the year! I am still feeling positive, because it is Christmas and it is the time to believe in miracles.

 

Christmas · Mrs. Monologues

Lazy Confession

Hello Sad Blog! Stop frowning coz I am baaaack!!

It is Christmas party season and in the last 4 days, I went home past 12AM because of the celebrations in the office. I am so not 25 anymore. After 10PM, I am hardly awake but I had no choice but to be a party girl just this one because being with friends, the exchange gift, the performances are just to fun to pass up. As expected, I had not been waking up at 5AM. I missed blogging but I am sure there will be time to catch up.

Anywoot, before I go on a blogging extravaganza, let me just post why, despite the hours I spent researching on Christmas projects, DID I feel un-crafty these past few weeks. DID because I think my Christmas crafting mojo is back, hopefully for good.

First, I could not put down this book. I watched the Time Traveler’s Wife movie a few weeks ago. It was one of the best movies that I have seen this year. Oh my! I watched it again this afternoon and I was still crying when Henry started to say his final goodbyes. I wish I took a picture of my very wet pillow when I was reading the same part. I also wish the author removed Claire’s post-Henry’s-death love scene. Totally, unnecessary, if you ask me.

Two, I lost my motivation to make paper ornaments when I learned that these two from our collection, are missing! The white one is an ornament for 2008, our wedding year. The other one is our reminder of the biggest blessing that we had in 2009, Aki’s birth.

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Arts and Crafts · Christmas · Family Traditions · Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Christmas Traditions #1: Homemade Holiday Card

The invitation

I thought Aki was enjoying putting the ornaments one by one until

he decided that it was more fun dumping everything

The result was not so bad. It was messy and unexpected, so very Aki.

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Mrs. Monologues

Frugal Felt Find

Finally, felt fabric within my reach  and budget. I have been buying felt fabrics from this craft store beside the Surplus shop in SM Makati.  Their felt fabrics cost 69 bucks for 1/4th of a yard.  I also saw felt fabrics being sold in Carolina’s in Glorietta 5. They cost 180 pesos for 1 yard. Their felt fabrics are cheaper but I don’t need 1 yard for each color. I heard felt goes for as low as 100 pesos in Divi but I don’t have time to go.

Aren’t the colors so yummy? I can’t wait to start working on felt projects. I just need to get over this laziness phase. I was supposed to make felt Christmas ornaments like what Faye and Maia are making but can’t seem to find the drive to put a thread into a needle.

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Arts and Crafts · Christmas · Memoirs of a Mummy

Rudolph, the red nose rocking reindeer!

We have started decorating the house for the holidays. It is less than 20 days before Xmas and we are not done yet! Actually, I haven’t decided if we are already done or if I still want to add more holiday cheer in the house. I have been feeling lazy lately. Oh well, my holiday laziness deserves it is own post.

Anywoot, the Xmas books are out! I have been reading them to Aki since last week. It is so nice to see his eyes sparkle with excitement. I am glad that the holiday season runs for weeks. Compared to his birthday when we only got to celebrate for two days, now we have more or less a month to work on our family Xmas traditions. Those, again, deserve separate blog entry/entries.

This post is about Rudolph, the red nose reindeer who is rocking in our living room. I got inspired to have a reindeer decor when I saw how affected Aki was when I was telling him that Rudolph was bullied because of his red nose. Poor little creature had low self esteem. When I told Aki that Rudolph was chosen to drive the Santa car ( I was not sure if he understood the concept of sleigh), because his nose is like  our flashlight, Aki raised his fists and shouted yey! He reminds me of myself everytime he does that.

Okay, enough intro. First, I drew and cut the cardboard horns.

This is how it looks from behind the steering stick of the rocking horse.  I taped an extra layer of cardboard to prevent the horns from folding.

For the nose, I was thinking of stitching a thread to one of our red stressballs. Good thing I could not find them. Then, I thought of crumpling a red paper and putting it inside a red styro web usually found when we buy apples. If I tie the ends together, it would somehow look like a ball. While waiting for my SIL to arrive ( I asked her to get me one of those webby styro things from the grocery), I had a lightbulb moment. The easier red nose option: red noisy ball and a fuzzy wire!


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Memoirs of a Mummy

Mummy’s Tricks: How to Dress a Toddler Who Won’t Stay Still

Asking Aki to sit still is like asking him not to be himself. It is impossible to make him sit throughout the entire mass. It is a challenge to keep him seated while he is eating. It used to be difficult to dress him up after a trip to the bathroom. We used to chase a butt naked, wet and wild kid all over the house before we can put his diaper on him. After re-reading the Happiest Toddler on the Block book, I found an effective way to keep him in one place and entertained for a couple of minutes.

the happiest toddler on the block.actually he is the only toddler on our block

Dr. Harvey recommends several ways on how to encourage cooperation. One is by playing the boob. When we pretend to be a little silly, kids feel smart.

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This is a portion of the book . I got the text from here:

Playing the boob

“Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” –Helen Keller

We all know how tough it is to raise a toddler, but not many people realize how tough it is to BE a toddler. Toddlers feel like they lose all day long! They’re weaker, slower, shorter, less verbal, and clumsier than almost everybody. That’s why they love stomping in puddles (to make a big splash) and showing off their huge muscles. It’s also why they can be so darn stubborn –They just want to win a few!

Playing the boob is a silly idea…that’s super smart. If you ever pretend you’re startled when your child goes “Boo!!” or have a pillow fight and let your tot topple you with each swipe… you’ve already discovered the great fun of playing the boob!

Being able to beat their all-powerful parent at something makes tots laugh and feel clever and strong, and that helps them feel okay about giving in to us about other things — things we care about!

There are tots of wacky ways to play the boob. Here are two ways I’ve used for years in my office to boost my little patients’ cooperation:

  1. Be a baby.Pretend you want something your toddler has. Reach out and whine like a baby, saying, “Mine, mine…pleeease!!” Let hereasily defy your pitiful request. Act a bit pouty but resigned to the fact that she has got her own way. “Okay okay, you win. You always win me.”
  2. Be blind. Pretend you’re searching for something that your tot can see is right next to you. Say, “Book! Book! Where is my book?” When your child giggles and points to it, ham up your search and exclaim, “Where? Where? I don’t see it.” Then finally listen to her advice and say, “Thanks. You found it! You’re a good finder!”

Once you get the knack of it, playing the boob will become your toddler’s – and your – all-time, favorite-est game. And, if you play it 10-20 times a day, you will be rewarded with an immediate rise in cooperation and good spirits.

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Asking them questions and offering choices also make them feel smarter.

So after coming out of the bathroom, we ask Aki where should we put on his diaper. We get silly by asking him if we put his diapers on his tummy. We try it and then laugh. Aki will then ask to put his diaper somewhere else, like on his face or on his foot. We follow until eventually he tells us to put the diaper on his butt.

Same goes with his shirt and shorts. We first makes a silly recommendation and then asks him what we should do next until he is dressed properly and ready to play again.

Where do we put your diaper?

On your face??!! Oh yeah. How can mummy forget?

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Gift Wrapping · Memoirs of a Mummy

Master (Gift) Wrapper

Merry Christmas!

Where did 2011 go?! Seriously!

Last Saturday morning, I slept at 1AM because I was in the zone.. for gift wrapping! Our motif this year, is blue, green and red. The theme is recycled from Aki’s baptism, FRUGALICIOUS!

These are the gift tags that Aki and I made.

These were for the exchange gift.

Whenever I ran out of ideas, my go to style is the spider web. Usually, I use happy colored strings but I had none last week.

This was for Aki.

And these are for the daughters of my mommy friends.

Close up

I used  newsprint paper. It was only 18 bucks for 50 sheets. The ribbons and tags were made from construction paper. And for the big flower for Sophie’s gift, I used crepe paper.

In case you want to see, I posted last year’s gift wrappings here.