Thursday, February 24, 2011

Earn Money Through Facebook

Facebook is now one of the main source of traffic. Internet gurus even use Facebook to haul in traffic to their websites. Onliners also earn an income through Facebook by ads, linking blogs to their Facebook pages, promoting through Facebook and so on.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cash Twist: Confirming Referral Payments

Yey, you are now promoting your Cash Twist link! Someone has signed up below you, now what? How do you confirm the payment? And how do you know that you already received your referral's payment?

In here, I'll show you how you can confirm your downline's payment.

*Always log in to your Cash Twist Account so you can immediately confirm awaiting payment confirmations.

1. An email will be sent to you whenever someone pays you to Level up. Or you can see it on your Cash Twist account.

There you will see if someone has paid you for level up. Like in the photo above, there is no payment confirmation awaiting at the moment. But there will be an email address of the person you have referred appear on the tab below. (I didn't take a photo of any unconfirmed payment, sorry).

2. If you see a payment confirmation awaiting, log in to your Alertpay account in another tab. Look for the money transferred to your account. If the money transfer is successful, go back to your Cash Twist account and confirm the payment.

3. To confirm the payment, click the 'View/Confirm' on the Payment Confirmation tab. Check the "I hereby...blah,blah," box and click the Confirm Payment box.

4. Check your referral's status and level at the 'Referrals' on the 'My Team' tab. The level of your downline ca also be checked there. The email address of your referrals should also be color bright red if they are a paid member (meaning they are active).

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Now that you already know how to join and be a Level 1 member of Cash Twist, I'll show you where you can find your referral links and how to use them.

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Referral Link:

1. Point your mouse pointer on the 'Site Tools' tab. A drop-down menu will appear, click Referral Links.

2. If you're going to send an email to your family and friends, copy the simple URL just like the one below. Paste it on your email. The url with the blue arrow is your simple referral link. The one with the red arrow is your banner link, which you can put on your website or blog.

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*You can choose from different banner sizes that you can put on your website. Choose which one best suites your website then copy the code on the box just below the banner sample. Be sure to copy the entire code or it won't work. Paste it onto your website template where you want it to appear or even at the blog itself just like the one above..

*If you are using blogger, you can paste the code on the Html/Javascript gadget.

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You will receive your income in your Alertpay Account DIRECTLY. Every cent that your referral pays will go straight into your account; without being touched even by the site admin. Because your referral will send the payment directly into your Alertpay Account via money transfer.

So, you signed up to Cash Twist but is a little baffled by the steps on how to refer or confirm payments.

Here is a simple step by step (simple terms used;not techie ones) instruction on how to have your payment confirmed:

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a. Click on 'Account' then join.

b. Sign up by filling up the necessary information.

*Make sure that you give your Alertpay Email Address so you can receive your earnings.

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*By making this payment, you will be able to promote your link and earn from your referrals. Wait until your payment has been confirmed before you promote the site so you will receive the payments.

1. Sign in to your Cash Twist account if you already have one (if not, sign up HERE). Click on the 'Make Payment' (see below)

2. Copy your upline's Alertpay address.

3. Then open another tab in your browser. Sign in to your Alertpay Account. Send money to your upline ($9). In the picture above, you will see a note written in bold. "+Cash Twist Payment For Level 1 (Items Pack 1) from 'yourusernamehere' " Copy that and paste that to the 'Details' on your payment in Alertpay. After sending the money, copy the REFERENCE NUMBER (highlighted on the photo below).

4. Paste the Reference Number on the Transaction ID on your Cash Twist account (look at photo on #2). Your upline will then be notified that you had paid your level up. He will be the one to confirm you payment. Wait for the confirmation and start promoting as soon as you are level 1.

On my next post, I will give instructions on how to Confirm Payments from you referral.

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After the flowers have arrived, I gave him the jelly mold (read cut again). We had an exchange gift. :D

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Moving to Wordpress

Hi Guys!

I don't know if this is a sad or good news...Hehe...

I'm now moving my 'improved' blog to Wordpress...
I have imported all my posts and your comments to my new blog site
and I hope that you will FOLLOW me there... XD

To those who want to see and subscribe to my new blog,
here is the LINK:

In here, more online opportunities will be posted and updated.
I will also give tips on how YOU can earn online
and give you sites where you can look for online jobs...
while still posting simple blogs
such as my family's adventures in our daily life.

See you there!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

No More Toothless Gummy Grin

Gaby has now 4 teeth. Her pearly whites came out ALL at once just last January after almost five months of teething. Now, everytime she smiles, she would show off her new set of teeth.

And as for the bite, ouch! She's still breastfed
(mixed fed since last month) so I'm having problems with her biting habit particularly when she was still teething. Biting was gone now after a very deep wound she left on my left boobie. I wasn't able to breastfeed her for a week (but I did pump) because blood would leak from the wound whenever she would suckle. Thankfully, it was all over now and we both enjoy her breastfeeding sessions.

Who could resist that GUMMY SMILE.
Yeah, she loves picture taking and would giggle whenever I point the camera at her.

I'm glad for she can now munch on her food. She thinks she's already an adult so she loves eating solid foods and rejects soft foods or semi-liquid ones. But I'm also missing her toothless grin. Her smile could melt the glacier on north pole even if it is just gummy and toothless.

She also loves to bite my nose when she still had no teeth, which I tot
ally permit because no harm being done on my face. But since her teeth sprouted, I had to ward off her love-bite because I don't want her to think that biting is okay. I now have to tell her that it's not okay to bite people because it hurts them, which breaks my heart because I know that she means no harm with her love-bite. Nonetheless, love-bite is off limits from now on.

No More Toothless Gummy Gummy Grin Now

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Missing Tagaytay

I was just randomly looking at our Christmas vacation on Cavite when something inside me stirred. It felt good and terrible at the same time. And I instantly knew what it was. Longing. It has only been almost 2 months since our Cavite get away but I'm already wishing it would be Christmas again soon so we could go back to Luzon. Good thing that my family'd be visiting here on April for Gaby's birthday so I wouldn't have to wait long before I see them again. Nonetheless, I so want to visit Cavite particularly Tagaytay. Too bad I can't. There are a lot of more important things to spend the money on rather than jumping on the plane and head straight to Manila airport.

So to lessen the longing, I decided to create this post and attach some of the pictures of our trip. just to feel that I made something out of the mementos of our visit in Cavite.

While my family was looking for a spot to have our picnic, I took this snap shot without them knowing resulting in protests because they didn't have time to 'look good' or to pose.

After lunch, Gaby decided to take a rest...on top of her auntie.

View of Taal Volcano from Picnic Grove.

Then off we went to People's Park in the Sky.

Those are my brothers taking a photo of the city below.

Road to People's Park. We can't see the top because of the fog.

I dunno if the thickening fog ruined or beautified the picture.

There you go.

Those were some of the photos I've taken on our picnic day at Tagaytay. I wanted to post more but it's hard to choose from hundreds of pictures. I took a lot and came home to Cebu with 973 photos and loads of videos in total.

(I wanted to go horse back riding like what we did before but after seeing a poor girl crying and being lifted on the ground by a stretcher, I changed my mind. (the girl was riding the horse when the beast suddenly go berserk. the girl fell on the ground and was kicked by the raging beast we were told))

Friday, February 11, 2011

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If you have read my previous post you'd already know what mompetition is. As for those who haven't already, mompetition is a competition between moms (particularly new or first-time moms) about how they raise they child/parenting style.

Now, enough of mompetition definition. In this post, I will list some pros and cons of mompetition that I know or notice. Yeah, mompetition can be annoying but it isn't always about just competition. In my own opinion, there are also good things caused by mompetition.


*Makes Women a Better Parent
Because of mompetition, women always thrive to be better. They do what they think is best for their children to be able to be on 'top'. Moms always look for ways on how to improve their cooking skills, baby bathing and soothing techniques and a lot more. This is good because moms never stop on taking good (read very good...err..perfect) care of their children.

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Moms take care of themselves more because they don't want not to be able to take care of their family. They do exercises and have healthy diet so they will be fit enough to take care of their kids. Moms want to be at their best so they can give their best to their family.


*Makes Moms More Stressed
Always thinking/trying to be on top makes it hard for moms to enjoy what they are doing. Because mothers competing with one another (openly/consciously or not) are often thinking about their parenting style than needed so instead of feeling contented about a job well done, they feel compelled on making things 'better'.

*Ends/Worsens Once Good Friendships
Mom friends who contend with one another (consciously or not) might end their friendship because of difference in their beliefs regarding childcare. Aside from that, sometimes mommy friends come to hate one another when they get insecure. If one is better at something than the other, the inferior one often gets insecure or becomes envious which might result in hatred.

*Makes Mom Spend Money More Than Needed
If one mom spends a thousand bucks on a can of milk alone, her peer might feel compelled to buy the same milk brand. Or if a neighbor mom has an expensive collection of baby bottles, the mom next door might buy some expensive bottles too, which in most cases isn't really needed.

Mompetition sometimes forces mothers to buy more expensive stuff for their children even if those weren't really a necessity just to be able to keep up. So often, more important things are being sacrificed like mortgage, car loans, educational plans, savings or thrust funds.

*Makes Moms Enjoy Less
Because mothers try to better themselves, they think 24/7 about taking better care of their family. They often forget themselves particularly their former selves. Pre-baby, women took care of, they don't even take a shower. Moms forget about recreational activities, relaxation or even rest.

*Makes Moms Often Tired and Frustrated
As what I have mention earlier, mothers often forget about themselves, thus, forgetting about rest. They try to do everything at once all the time and don't leave anything for themselves. Lack of rest results to over-fatigue and women involuntarily makes mistakes which results to frustration.

It is great if moms think about her family always but rest is a must.

*photo credit:examinerdotcom


Mompetition. Oh, the word. It may sound funny but it really is not. Mompetition obviously came from the words 'mom' and 'competition'. Yes, as what the words suggest, it is competition between moms. And most of the time, it happens in new moms or first-time moms. Women with babies or small children are often the 'contenders' in mompetition. But it is not about a contest like the ones in singing , dancing or chess tournament. It is about how women raise their children. It can be from what kind of milk their baby drinks (breast milk or formula) to whether their baby sleeps through the night or not.

Mompetition revolves around 'what is right and wrong when it comes to childcare'. Moms tend to compare themselves to others on just about anything regarding their families. Who's better at making their babies sleep better, eat healthier foods, use more expensive bottles, etc.
It is not openly spoken but mompetition happens in the real world, specifically in 'mom world', and it happens every single day. Some mom are being obsessed in this kind of competition that it rules their lives. They wouldn't be able to go to sleep unless they know that they own a better bouncer than their neighbor. Or that her baby eats more vegetables than her friend's toddler.

It can be very annoying especially if you are IN the mompetition. You will most likely not enjoy your parenting style because you keep on thinking if it is the best or if your best friend's parenting style is better than yours. You may be unaware of it but you could be one of 'mompetitors' in your place or circle of friends.

I myself think that mompetition is in every mother's heart. It is in our blood. Not because we are hungry for rivalry but because we want to prove to ourselves (and perhaps others) that we are a great parent... maybe better than others. I too can feel it running through my veins. I feel compelled to be the best mom there ever is. Better than any other mom I know. But more often than not, I do my best to enjoy parenthood and don't let mompetition ruin my parenting style.

Yes, there can be times when I compare myself to others but not in a bad way. I try to look at things through their view point and see the reason behind their style of parenting. We really don't know the reason why parents do the things they do in raising their child so I think it isn't right to judge them or compare ourselves to them. Perhaps what's right to you isn't to them or vice versa. So I think it is just right to give other parents space and don't interfere with their ways unless you find it very improper or it endangers their child in any way.

*picture from dailymaildotcomdotuk

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hair Fall Update

I've been suffering from hair fall for months now since I gave birth to my daughter. I'm not much worried about getting bald though because my OB assured me that it will go away after my baby's first birthday. But since I'm annoyed with my hair being all over the house, I decided to lessen the hair fall by taking care of my tresses.

Since last January, I've been doing some simple steps on taking care of my hair. Maybe you can use these steps too to avoid hair fall.

*Hair Cut My hair was down to my waist but now just down to the bra line. I had it cut to get rid of split ends and to lessen my burden of combing it out since my hair is curly. Yeah, not just wavy but curly. It would swirl into spirals when air dried. Also, the weight pulls the hair down and damages my curls. Naturally curly haired girls are not advisable to get long hair because it damages the beautiful curls and it is harder to maintain a long curly hair than a medium to short ones. But don't cut your curly hair too short or your hair will 'fly away'.

*Hot Oil I haven't used hair products on my hair when I was pregnant until I gave birth so my hair ended up bringing so dry. So the first thing I did aside from having a hair cut is hot oil. The hair stylist recommended Matrix Hydratherapie because it would hydrate my dry hair and it's also gentle so I won't lose more hair. It was a bit pricey but so worth it.

*Home Hair Treatments
Taking care of your hair doesn't stop at the salon. The best thing you can do to lessen your trips to the salon is home treatments. I sometimes put aloe vera on my hair. Yes, the natural aloe vera juice from it's thorny leaves. Gently pound the leaf before cutting it and applying the juice to your hair. That way, the juice would come out easily. It doesn't smell so good but try to let it stay in your hair overnight. I also use Creamsilk Hair Treatment. I just bought a sachet to try it out and it worked well on my hair. It wasn't tangled and it smelled nice too. I'm definitely gonna be using it weekly.

*Mild/Herbal Shampoo I used 6 in 1 Aloe Vera Hair Treatment and got great results. But I ran out and haven't bought another bottle yet so I tried Avon's Natural Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo and Conditioner. It has macadamia oil and aloe vera extract. I researched about the main contents and found out it really nourishes the scalp, preventing hair fall. So far, it is good and my hair is not as bad as before I had taken care of it.

*Scalp Massage I try to squeeze scalp massage on my daily (crazy) schedule. I would massage my scalp whenever me and dear daughter are watching TV. It stimulates the blood flow on my scalp making it easier for the nutrients to reach the hair follicles. I don't use any kind of oil, though. I just massage it. You can use macadamia or coconut oil if you want for additional care.

Hope these simple steps will help you overcome the dreadful hair fall. ;D

*some of the pictures aren't mine
hair cut=niaonlinedotcom
scalp massage=aromatherapy-for-youdotcom

Reading to Your Baby

Others think it's kinda awkward when you read stories to a baby. Especially when she is just a few months old because she apparently doesn't understand what you're saying. But some think it's sweet and nurturing particularly mothers. Personally, I think reading to your baby is an important form of bonding.

By reading to your baby, even before she can understand everything you're saying to her, you're not just bonding with your baby but also teaching her a good habit; reading. You're also nourishing her mentally by enriching her vocabulary as well as her imagination. Teaching your child the joy of reading has a great impact on her life. Being fond of reading will make learning easier and more enjoyable for her in the future.

Reading to your baby can also s
erve as a bedtime routine. After a warm bath, read to your baby before putting her to bed. In time, she will associate reading every evening with sleeping. It will be easier for you to put her to bed because she knows it's your cue telling her that bedtime is coming.

Here are some tips in buying kids' books.

*Colorful and
Buy books that have lots of drawings and color. It doesn't h
ave to contain lots of words at first. Let the kids enjoy looking at the pictures first so they will not get bored easily. After they seem to enjoy the books, you can buy more books with richer text. Babies will also appreciate looking at the illustrations while you read to them.

*Choose Different Kinds

If you're going to read to a baby, it's best to buy simple story books
with illustrations at every page at first. Also, try to look for ones containing words that will expand her vocabulary but don't go overboard. A few words that you don't use when talking to your baby is ok. In toddlers, aside from story books, you can also add educational books. The ones teaching the different parts of the body or simple math like counting.

*Sturdy Cardboard Material for Baby Books
Look for books that has thick hard cardboard pages. Babies mouth/bite on e
verything including books. Cardboard books can endure your baby's drool and emerging teeth as well as the page ripping rather than ordinary paper. You can start buying 'ordinary' books in you child's 'toddlerhood'. At this time, if you've started teaching them how to take care of books since 'birth', they will likely use the books as intended. For reading and not for teething.

*Buy in Secondhand Shops/Borrow from the Library
Books don't have to be expensive or brand new. There are a lot of shops selling used books in great condition for half the price or less. Or you can go to the public library in your place and just borrow. Just be sure to be careful with it and return it on time.Be considerate to other readers. No one wants to read a book with torn or missing pages.

*Teaches Lessons
Buy books that teaches values. Story books are a good source of values. Find parable collections. After reading the book to your child, tell her about the values that the story is telling and explain why being good is important. Hope these tips will help. Whatever reading material you choose to read to your child, the most important thing is how you bond with your little one through reading. Give a lot of cuddle and smooches while enjoying the book together and make an everlasting precious memory.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

FoodMoney Talk

I'm the type of person who could spend little on other things but doesn't have the heart to tighten my belt on food. For me, it's the major reason why people work: so they can buy food. So why work hard when you spend very little on the most important thing that you should buy? Food is our number one necessity so I think it is only rightful to spend as much as one can afford on it. But not to the extent of buying exaggeratingly expensive foods if you could save a little by buying the cheaper ones. As I've said, spend only what you can afford but don't starve yourself just for the sake of being thrifty and saving money.

Buy foods that are nutritious yet without having the price tag that would make your heart skip a beat. Vegetables are your best options. They are healthy and not that pricey especially if you buy them in the palengke rather than the supermarket. Also, veggies from the public market are fresher. Another thing, avoid frozen meals. Aside from being expensive, they don't taste too well. Frozen peas, fries and burger patties costs double and they may contain preservatives which is not good.

Also, try to downsize your grocery list. To avoid dumping precious food in the trash bin, buy only what's needed and what you think people in your house will surely eat. Just like what I'm about to do now because everything is on a price hike nowadays. We just did our grocery shopping yesterday and almost all the things on my grocery list had an increase in prices. Before, our weekly grocery would only cost about a thousand or so. Now we're lucky that we only paid 2k+. Thankfully, my pantry wasn't fully empty yet or we'd be paying 3k+ again like last week. We are only two adults in the house right now so I think it's not practical anymore to spend 3k a week for viand alone.

Yeah, it hurts to tighten the belt on food expenses especially if you wanna provide scrumptious and nutritious food for your family. But with a little determination, practicality and creativity, one can still serve mouth watering healthy dishes and still be able to slash some stash from the budget and send the money to the kids' savings account.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

First Valentine's as a Family

I don't know if I should look forward to the upcoming Valentine's Day or not. Well, I'm kinda excited because it will be our first Valentine's as a family. A complete family cuz now we have a baby. But on the second thought, I think it's better to just let the day pass as if it's just an ordinary day. It's not that I think Heart's Day is just for adults and it's not appropriate to celebrate with a baby. For me, Feb 14 should also be Family Day because it's a day when people love to give their hearts out just like Christmas. And you don't have to show your love just to your partner but also to everyone you love especially your kids if you have one.

So why the dilemma? Well, having a baby pretty much turns your wallet upside down so I think it's not practical anymore to celebrate Valentine's Day by eating out or seeing a movie. The money you could spend in your date could be deposited in your kiddo's bank account or educational plan instead. But... yes, but... it is also a special time because it is a FIRST in your baby's life. Wouldn't it be nice to take pictures on your Heart's day get away and make some everlasting memories? So you could show it to your kid someday and tell him how special that day was because he was already in the family.

Yeah, it was not Christmas so it was not as important as others might think it must be. But it is a day when people celebrate their love for one another...and that love brought that child to you both.
Yeah, I'm maybe being overly sentimental about this. I just want to make every firsts of my baby memorable.

The date doesn't help either. Valentine's is one day short from payday! Oh well, I usually get my money every 18th so it wouldn't help if for some odd reason they move VD a day late.

So I guess I'd better be planning this ahead so I could give hubby and baby something nifty without breaking the bank. Part II on Feb 15!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Been Busy Making Money

I wasn't able to blog the last two nights. Exhausted from house chores cuz I've been "renovating" the house again. We just bought a new wardrobe. I had to change the places of the drawers to fit the huge wardrobe on the left side of the room and move my daughter's cabinet to the other end of the room, which, I haven't finished yet. I was enjoying the folding-and-hanging-clothes part when I became ill. Yes, I felt sick in the middle of the rummage I was making. Resulting to multiple damage and unfinished business. The house was a total mess until I managed to muster my strength and tidy the living room so it won't look like a cyclone aftermath site at about 2am. It's still a little, ehem, messy in here because I'm still not feeling well so I slept all day.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shut Up

They say that if you don't have anything good to say about/to a person, it's better to keep quiet. I believe that. Not just because saying bad things towards a person will get you in trouble. Saying mean things to someone results in hurt feelings and deep wounds that won't easily heal. Or in some cases, don't heal at all.

Furthermore, you're not only hurting the person you're being mean to but you're also hurting yourself. And in the long run, you'll realize that the one who is more affected is you. Why? Because in time, that person will forget all about the things you said to him. He may even already have forgiven you without you knowing. While you regret all the things you said. Your conscience will bother you and it is you who will end up thinking about it.

Also, who will burn up in hell for saying crazy things about a person? You, right? Yes, the person you're fighting with (or probably not) may get angry about what you said but as long as he remained wiser than you are and not say a single word that may hurt you or get you angrier, he didn't commit a sin (like that) like you did.

Yeah, there are times that our patience burn out and we'd say things that we would soon regret. I do that too. But don't make it as an excuse for having a big mouth. I mean, don't make it a habit to yell at someone when they annoy you. Instead, try to keep your calm (or just clench your fist but don't hit the person) and shut your mouth. It will make you burn or itch to spat something back but fight the urge. In time, you'll notice that you're beginning to take hold of your feelings and control your anger. I do the same whenever I'm mad at someone. I can think of a thousand mean words to say to a person in a nanosecond and hit him with it like a whiplash. But I try to put my tongue on a leash before I go on a roll and recite my anger like the Preamble.

This is very important especially once you have children. Parents often get exhausted with the daily chores and craziness of the household so they often lose their temper and say terrible things to their kids. That's understandable and it happens to everyone but as I said, don't make it a habit.

I'm telling you, you'll feel terrible after you have shouted at your dear child that you just wanted to bang your head on the wall for making your kid feel awful by what you said. There is nothing more dreadful than making your child (of all people) feel horrible.

However, if you have already said something mean, apologize. Tell them that you're really sorry and mean it. Don't just say sorry just for the sake of apologizing. Show your kids that if you did something wrong, you should talk about it and it's best to apologize about it. You're not just asking for forgiveness. That way, you're also teaching them to be good people.

(yeah) If you don't have anything good to say about/to a person, keep quiet. Aside from making you stay out of trouble, it will make you a better person in time.

Munching While Surfing

My keyboard has just become 2 in 1. Yes, it is now a keyboard AND an ant farm. There had been ants crawling around (I mean, in and out) of my keyboard. The culprit? Me!

I have this habit of eating while surfing on my desktop so crumbs of my food often fall on the keyboard. For me it feels so good to do two of my favorite things at the same time. Feeding my mouth and my eyes. Which obviously resulted in annoying bites of these nasty little monsters.

I tried cleaning my computer table to no avail. I also sprayed my keyboard with alcohol but the ants keep coming back. So I have to resolve in opening the keyboard itself and clean the inside, which I will do tomorrow.

Lesson learned:
Don't eat in front of the computer especially sweet and crumbly ones OR keep your mouth/face away from the computer (esp the keyboard) whenever you take a bite. Hehe.

Save Up Save Up!

I love buying clothes and shoes and bags and every cute little thing that I think is a necessity. Which my hubby totally opposes because honestly, I always buy things that I think are cute but not really needed. Yes, I'm guilty of excessive shopping. I know it's a bad habit and it makes me spend the money I'm always trying to save. Now the house is almost filled with stuff I bought from the last couple of months since I moved in my hubby's place. But not all are invaluable. Hehe. Of course I bought some useful things especially the ones for my baby.

Nonetheless, I know I have to start saving money and practice frugal living. It will be dear daughter's birthday three months from now and the cost of the celebration isn't a joke. And also cuz before I know it, it will be time for my baby to go to school and I know I'll be scratching my head from the high tuition fee and others 'expensive' expenses we have to provide for our kiddo. part of my (late) new year's resolution, I'll start saving money with these easy (ehem, hard?) steps:

*No Resto Just Fast Food

>Instead of dining in a resto where a simple dinner for two would cost over a thousand bucks minimum, I'd stick to fast food chains. We'd spend only Php500.00 or less and get our tummies filled and satisfied.

*Cheap is Hip

>Now, I don't buy clothes, shoes and bags that has more than Php500 in their price tag, which is as much as a small can of formula. Instead of being a brand loyal, I try to find stuff that are cute and has good quality with a price that won't break the bank. Yeah, some kikay may look at me with disdainful eyes but when you're a mom, you'll learn that milk is more important than shoes.

*Fewer the Better
>I tend to buy everything I think is cute until only a few bills would be left on my wallet. So, aside from buying cheaper stuff, I will also start buying fewer things at a time. I think I'll start by limiting my shopping list into 5 items and eliminate one at a time until I'm buying only one stuff every week.

*Wait 3 Days

>Starting today, I will wait 3 days before I buy something I think is cute so that I will have time to think whether I really need it or not. Yeah, the bad thing about this is when you finally decide to buy the stuff you've been eying, it's already gone. But think of the "loss" as something good like destiny didn't want you to buy that bag or shoe so you could save your precious money. These are some of my resolutions...more to come in my next post tomorrow. c",)

*picture from wellheeledblogdotcom.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

McDonald's to Jollibee

Whenever fast food is mentioned, Jollibee and McDonald's instantly pop in every kid's mind. And just like kids, I love eating at Jollibee and McDo. Aside from being super affordable, the service is quite fast so I can eat right away especially when I'm starving. Unlike in restos that you have to wait at least 20 minutes. And now that I'm a breastfeeding mom, I don't wanna wait even 10 minutes just to get my food. So from now on, I better save up the resto experience for other occasions.

Since I got preggo, we always eat at McDonald's because it's the nearest fast food from the hospital where I'm having my pre-natal check ups. The nearest Jobbie is small and always packed with people. But after giving birth to my daughter, we shifted to Jollibee because it's inside the mall where we do our grocery shopping unlike McDo where you have to walk across the parking lot to reach their building.

After months of frequent dining on McDo and Jobbie, I started to favor one fast food chain from the other. I chose Jobbie for it's outstanding quick service and the langhap-sarap burgers (love their Champ...and no, I don't have a big appetite. hehe). Also, their fries are not as salty as McDo's. They use less ice on their drinks and their spoon and fork are metal and not disposable ones which breaks everytime I'd try slicing the chicken. No offense. These are just the things I noticed. Anyway, I still enjoy dining at McDo and indulging in their yummy float and unli gravy. Haha.

We always eat at Jollibee whenever we get hungry when we're out of the house. But I never thought of taking pictures until last
January 23rd. Hehe.. So here it is ...our first Jollibee picture.

Yeah, she kinda' looked like a guy in that picture cuz she's wearing a T-shirt. It's a souvenir from Tagaytay and there are no girly girl shirts for kiddos her size so I settled with that one. Hehe.