Starbucks Signature Pairings!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Starting today, welcome your morning and your day with these signature Starbucks Pairings!!

Lovely, just lovely - right??

Count your blessings

Monday, July 25, 2016

Challenges in life is a norm.  Let's all admit it, we most of the time dwell on the bad instead of the good.  It's hard to focus on the good when something bad comes along.  But life is not all bad, right?  There must be something good too, I mean come on - if it's all bad, then why are we still here?

Warning - EMO post ahead!!

I used to be envious of other people's lives.  I used to say that this friend is lucky because she's can afford certain things or that friend has a wonderful perfect husband who adores her and many more.  But what we see is only what we want to see.  For sure everyone is envious of each other's lives - we're only human, no one's life is perfect.  And we usually yearn for something that we don't have.

Recently, I've learned to STOP say *Ang swerte ni ganito and ganyan* because I felt that it made me more sad about my life and something that I didn't have but want.  It's quite hard to be honest, because in truth, when we see the good in others' lives - we secretly want that same good in ours.  What I do now is that I've learned to see the good in the bad, which was very hard at first.  I've learned to change my perspective and appreciate what I have.  Focus on the positive and not on the negative.  Appreciate the small things in life.  I am breathing, I'm alive, I'm healthy, my kids are healthy, my kids are happy - those are the things that matter to me now.

Learning to see the good in the bad is not easy.  It takes determination and an entire shift in outlook.  Just recently, a friend's son was diagnosed with general epilepsy, I was asking her if it was severe or not.  She said that the doctor told her that this was treatable, but they had to take medications for 2 years.  We were then thinking, kawawa naman her son.  And then I remembered a sister of a friend who has severe epilepsy that while she was pregnant, she would randomly have an epileptic attack!  I was telling her, she's lucky because at least, with her son - it can be treated, imagine if it was a different kind or a more severe kind of epilepsy - COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.

Life is filled with challenges and problems.  Most people ask why *it* doesn't stop *wala na ba itong katapusan?*, honestly speaking?  That's life.  It's filled with so many many many challenges.

Counting my blessings mean that I see the good in the bad.  My bank account may be below the minimum daily deposit but I have wonderful kids that welcome and run to me when I go home and pick them up from school.  They hug me and think the world of me.  One smile from them and my heart melts completely.  And I think that's good enough.  It may not be monetary rewarding, but it's rewarding in so many different aspects.  Do you agree?

So, I say - COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.  Be grateful.  Be thankful for what you have.  It may be the tiniest detail in your life, but still be thankful.  You may have very little in the bank, but you have family and friends who love and support you, then that's enough.  I know what I'll say next may be up for a debate - but if you have a philandering husband, (I'm sure the argument will be how can you see the good in that?!) but provides your needs as well as the children's + you have kids that love and adore you - that's good enough.  I know it'll be tough - I mean, it's the betrayal of trust that's happened - but what are you to do?  Instead of asking yourself - why it happened, why not just focus on the good?  Life goes on.

It's tough, really tough - but that's life.

We need to roll with the punches.


I remember watching an episode of OPRAH - she was saying to do an exercise everyday.  And that is to name at least 5 things you are grateful for that day.  You can start with one and build your way up to 5.  This exercise will help kickstart at more positive outlook in life.  Try it!

New Starbucks Frappuccino flavors: Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt & Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Recreate your fun-filled adventures with new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors – Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt. Starting July 26, get that much needed zesty boost with these new beverages boasting a delicious combination of chilled yogurt and fruity swirl blended with ice.
“The all new Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are a delightful combination of fruity taste in a sweet jelly, layered with the smooth texture of yogurt. Reminiscent of a creamy parfait, these Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are inspired by our customers’ love of sweet fruit, making them the ideal beverage to lighten up one’s day,” said Keith Cole, head for marketing at Starbucks Philippines.
Delight in the sweetness of fresh mango or strawberry perfectly balanced by a hint of tartness from the yogurt for a mouth-watering beverage. To energize your day, the Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® perfectly blends honey-citrus sweet mango sauce with yogurt, topped with a layer of mango fruit jelly with real mango bits. Meanwhile, the equally refreshing and irresistible Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® features a visual treat with the yogurt blended with strawberry sauce puree topped with strawberry jelly with strawberry bits.

“Starbucks continues to innovate with new flavor and texture combinations to meet our customers’ expectations for the Frappuccino® Blended Beverages,” said Cole.


Trying to get the groove back..

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I'm still adjusting - to being a mom of a big schooler.  Waking up at 5:15 in the morning to get ready and wake Kailee and get her ready.  I've been brining her to school every morning and picking up Connor after school.  My day now is totally different - schedules, moods, responsibilities - well my life has experiences a sort of shake up and down.

My day used to be waking up at 7:30am waiting for the kids to get ready so I can bring them to the office.  There were days that I wake up at 8:00am.  But now, I wake up at 5:15am so I can wake Kailee up at 5:30am to get ready.  We leave the house by 6:00am the latest to pick up my niece and nephew (they carpool with us).  Bring my nephew to Xavier and then bring the girls to ICA.  During my time, parents would just drop off their kids at the gate.  The kids would go up by themselves and find their classrooms on their own.  Now - parents, yayas and grandparents would need to bring the girls through the gate, up the stairs and bring them inside the *gated* area.  So as to make sure that the girls are inside ICA's kinder department.

I would be home by 7am to 7:30am and I'll still be sleepy.  During the first week, I waited for Kailee but the following week - well, I had my cousin in law Shirley pick up Kailee because I still needed to pick Connor up from EduPlay.  For the second week, I was still energetic feeling a different high.  I felt that I had much more time to do things.  In the office, I felt more productive.  By the time I left to pick up Connor, I was done with most of my tasks in the morning.  It was a different high for the first two weeks until a few days before we left for Hong Kong.

Since we came back from our HK trip (read all about the cancelled flights and delays we experienced) my body clock and schedule has been wonky.  I am extra sleepy.  But now, after a week - I feel that I'm slowly starting to get my groove back.  There is a settling feeling that things are starting to come around again.  Getting used to a new schedule is not as easy as I thought.  Hahaha!  Maybe because of age too?  I don't know, but I guess adjusting needs a bit more time - I need to give myself time to adjust.  My Panget kidded and told me *This is what happens in the next 13 years of your life*, then he starts laughing.  Bwahahahahaha.....

With the recent adjustment, I know that I have somehow neglected this blog.  I swear to you, I have so many thoughts I want to share, so many things I want to write about.  It's just - I can't find the time to do it.  Before, I would still have energy to write after dinner.  Nowadays, I would just like to lay in bed and rest.  I used to write when the house is asleep, but now - I join the house sleeping early!  My day has become longer, my work life has become more productive but my blogging - well, it has taken a back seat.

There are a number of events that I have turned down because of schedule conflict.  There are events that so I wanted to go to but suddenly can't because I need to be up and about early the next day or the event is right on the same time as I need to pick up Connor from school.  Life is different now, and I must say - I salute all those mom bloggers who still manage to attend events, look beautifully fresh and still be able to manage their home life.  I need pointers.  PLEASE!!

I don't even get to watch my favorite TV shows na!  I used to sleep at 12MN or 1am since I don't bring any kid to school.  But now that I do - I am tucked in bed by 9pm and I make sure to sleep by 10 or 11 the latest!  Life is soooo different now.  So different.

Well, I'm starting to get my groove back.  I ask for prayers that I may be able to maintain this *groove*.  I miss writing.  I miss the feeling of the keyboard on my finger tips.  I miss the sound of the keyboard as I type in the words I have in my head.  Pray that I get to have more energy to do more things.

I suddenly realized something.  Would anyoen remember the Clusivol commercial with the line graph extending?  I think I need my graph to be like that.  Hahaha!  It just dawned on me, that I am now their target market.  Hahaha!! :)

Parenting Advice from Becoming Sherilyn: 3 Things I learned parenting my 5-year old

Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm sure all of us had had those moments that we lose the tiny string of patience left in our sanity with our kids.  I am guilty of shouting at them when I get frustrated.  I start out with using a loving soft voice, but when I need to repeat what I said more than three times with them just ignoring me, I suddenly feel that I need to jolt them up using a louder angry.  It works, but I'm sure they're all very *jolted*.

How I wish there was a manual that we all can follow on parenting.

I'm sharing with you guys an article written by my HS batch mate, Sherilyn.  Please click the link to read the full piece.

Repairing an interaction is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our kids — they learn that it is okay to make mistakes and that it doesn’t take away from a person to apologize. Kids benefit more from a parent who humbles and repairs than from a perfect parent. Another wonderful thing I’ve learned firsthand is that kids are so forgiving and they can sense a parent’s commitment to them. When we got home, my daughter made me this drawing to repair her interaction with me.

I hope you find it helpful.  

Thanks She!!