YEHEY DAYS!


Wow, Blessings can come in bundles :)
Anyway I have been too busy to write because I have been too busy writing for money to push this Buy-and-Sell I dove into. My husband and I have been scheming on this for a while now and three weeks ago we suddenly took the risk and dove into the business. Although it's still early I am happy to say we decided to make a Facebook Page for it and looking at it makes me happy!

It is definitely new, two days old actually, but I am hoping to get twice the number of orders as before. If things go smoothly I might have more time to write for fun than for money. So, to all readers out there, if you have the time or are looking for something Cute and Unique please Check out Our store: Baggets Online

We sell bags and hoodies. Our catalogue is still small but we have some interesting products. It is also run by only two people, my husband and me, so forgive us if we can't provide the instant services of almost all online stores. Anyway, check it out, and Have Fun!

Canvass Bags for Sale!

      So I haven't been posting anything on my blog lately, for almost three months now, and baby Miggy is getting big. One of the reasons why I'm not writing as much is because he's learning to walk by holding on to the edge of furniture. As much as I want to work, write or do anything for more than 1 hour at a time, I can't, because Miggy is everywhere he is literally bouncing off the floor, climbing down the bed, climbing up a chair and then tumbling off. I swear when I look away for a moment he's suddenly sitting on the edge of somewhere and swaying back and forth. It's like he's challenging me to work at this situation.


       I have also recently took a small leap of faith with a buy and sell business. It's nothing major, or official... yet. I am buying a few stocks now though and I'm glad that I earned some buyers during my debut. Well, if there are any readers out there, I hope you find these interesting: I am selling canvass Backpacks, and in the future, Jackets and other Ladies' Bags. For now my inventory is small, but for anyone interested here are my items for sale. You can click the images, they will direct you to my album and their price information, etc.


PANDA LOVE BACKPACKS



SAKURA BACKPACKS



TRIBAL BACKPACK


DUAL TONE MULTI POCKET BACKPACK


LOVABLE PANDA JACKETS


KAWAII BEAR JACKETS


If anyone likes these designs, you are free to leave a message via text (0915-193-0820) or pm on Facebook. You can add my facebook account Drixkie Palumar/ Drixkie Bojador and see my album there or visit my Sulit.com.ph account named Drixkie. So far I have some of the bags On Hand, the jackets are Pre-ordered and takes a week to arrive so it's absolutely okay to ask for reservations.

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Make Time


It's a mantra not known to many and would be confused with the saying "Take Time.." but Making Time is rooted on a very different idea.

All our lives we are bound by our responsibilities, obligations, relationships, tasks and ties. We are even bound by our passion and abilities. There is always a point when there never seem to be enough time for it all.

When you are at your career's peek, relationships dwindle and time for yourself withers away. And when you find that solace, your work and responsibilities falter and imbalance occurs. We always find ourselves rushing to save a tipping glass somewhere in the hopes of finding time to relax. What people often forget is that There is a Time for Everything.

We only need make time for it.

If you know how to manage your time well enough, you will soon find yourself abundant with it. It's not about rushing things to get done or squeezing in schedules to fit everything in. It's about prioritizing your goals over your indulgences and keeping a straight line of work. Putting boundaries for working hours and setting aside family time makes everything simple.

Making one day a specific day for something helps:
Tuesdates for my hubby.
Sunday for my family.
Saturday with my friends.
Friday for myself.
And every weekdays' morning to work.

You can make time by allotting time. It's like playing Tetris on your day, rotate the tasks and fit them into your hours where they won't block others that might come. When each task fits in, you eliminate the clutter and gain enough room for other activities.

When things are crushing in on you and you feel like tossing in the towel or bombarding the bedroom for hibernation, reset your clock. Game Over is never really over, you can always restart and do better based on experience. Make your schedule, make your priorities and make time work for you as you make each day easier to live through.

Balancing your day, your week, your month, your year and your life all begins in making time. So stop fighting time or avoiding the pending tasks, fit them where they should and enjoy the excess you receive for a hard day's work.

Teething: Much Ado About Teething

Babies don't grow their teeth until they are about 5 months or more. Some babies will grow their tiny buds at 5 months while others will just start at 9 months or even 11. Babies who start budding after they turned one are called late bloomers. 


           There's usually nothing to worry about when it comes to a baby's teething schedule. Remember, all babies are different, grow differently and learn in their own pacing. Their milestones don't have a specific schedule so teething is no different.

Late Tooth Bloomers

            Either early or late teething is usually hereditary. If you or your partner, as a baby, started teething early there's a high chance your baby will too. If it's common in the family for babies to get their buds at 12 or even 18 months even pediatricians won't jump to conclusions. On some rare occasions, however, late teething could be a sign of a form of malnutrition. Otherwise, it is just all about your the body's pacing so all you have to do is wait and be comforting. Teething can be irritable for some babies. 

The Signs, The Symptoms

         The symptoms for teething differ each baby so it can be difficult to assume or predict when teething starts happening, until you see a pearly edge protruding from the gums. You also can't tell how long it will last since some babies have faster growth than others. But for the sake of helping parents come close to determining whether or not your baby really is teething, here are some of the most common symptoms:
  • Swollen and/or Bulging Gums
  • Drooling (more than you've gotten used to)
  • An Increased Habit of Biting, Sucking and Chewing on stuff
  • Fussiness (it comes and goes, but some babies get fussy up until the buds start showing)
  • Wakefulness (sleepless nights for the both of you)
  • Rashes on the face (but some babies still don't have it)
  • Loss of Appetite (seems moodier than usual, and irritable for baby food)
Since not all babies show the same signs the Diarrhea and Fever thing doesn't apply to everyone. Personally, I do believe that Diarrhea and Fever could be signs of teething. My baby showed them a week and a half before his buds poked through his gums.

Is Diarrhea and/or Fever a Sign of Teething?

          I asked my husband (a licensed nurse and medical technician: yes he wants this mentioned) about this matter and he explained his opinion. He felt that the reason why these are not considered symptoms is because parents might make a habit of dismissing them as just signs of teething and not a possible sign of an illness.

         As common as it is among most moms to claim that Diarrhea, Fever and Rashes (bodily ones) are caused by teething, pediatricians strongly advise parents not to make this assumption It's still advisable to get your baby checked when he gets a fever or diarrhea, an underlying sickness could be the culprit. 

         The only explanation my husband could think of as to why some babies do experience Fever or Diarrhea when teething is because their bodies are unfamiliar with the growing tooth. The immune system then acts up to protect the baby from this foreign object. In addition to that, teething usually happens at a time when the baby starts losing immunity from disease, virus, etc. (courtesy of mum's breast milk).

How to Tell if Fever/Diarrhea is from Teething or Not
         The only way to determine whether or not the fever or diarrhea is caused by teething is to observe. My baby had his fever for two days (1 and a half, technically) and diarrhea for 1 day. If it had continued on beyond that my husband and I would have brought him to the clinic for a check-up. My husband did notice that our baby's gums were red and swollen which led us to believe he is teething; which he really was.

How Long Does Teething Last?

         Around 3 weeks on average. The first few days usually begin with irritability because the gums start swelling up, getting red and bulged. The following weeks focus on the bud rising up to pop out of the gum line. This gum explosion takes a week or so in motion but the period length for the whole tooth to be fully visible varies for each baby.

        When the buds start tearing out of the gum line it starts getting painful for some babies and for others, just really irritating and itchy. The reason why babies drool a lot while teething is because when their gums swell they feel uncomfortable closing their mouths completely. They spend their days jaw-dropped because of the feeling of throbbing gums and therefore cause wet, slippery floors.

Where Does the First Tooth Come Out?

        The central parts. Check the up and down part of your baby's gums. Usually, it's the "rabbit teeth" that comes out first, but some babies show their buds at the bottom center. The side teeth" only come out when the baby is around 9 to 16 months. Here's the usual schedule for teething and their positions:
  1. Central Incisors (bunny teeth)   - between 5 and 12 months
  2. Lateral Incisors (side teeth)      - between 9 and 16 months
  3. First Molars (end teeth)             - between 13 and 19 months
  4. Canine Teeth (vampire teeth)   - between 15 and 23 months (1 and 2 y/o)
  5. Second Molars (next layer)       -  between 22 and 24 months (1 and 2 y/o)
The Third Molar better known as our Wisdom Tooth don't come out until we are a bit older, and they are permanent ones. The teething tooth buds babies grow are Milk Teeth and will fall off during their toddler years and be replaced with permanent ones as they reach 12 year of age, or younger.

When to Start Worrying
           You might want to get your baby checked if he/she hasn't started teething after turning 1 year old. Unless it runs in your family, you shouldn't pass it off as a Late Bloomer syndrome. You baby might not be having enough nutrients or there's an underlying illness causing a delay. Regardless of the reason, you need to act on it to prevent risks.

           You should also ask the pediatrician about missing teeth or your baby skipping growing his central incisors and advancing to his canine or molars without it. Some babies even have teeth or a tooth at birth already. There's no direct known cause for this yet but these usually fall off after a day or two. It might need to get removed if it doesn't grow out and poses a threat for the baby's health. In any case, your baby's pedia should know what to do.

          Now that you know enough about Teething you can learn to expect properly without panicking over the signs of it or being too relaxed. The next step is going to be a little difficult though when baby starts feeling his buds growing.Stay tune for tips on how to handle a fussy little baby with serious teething issues.

How to Save More: Shop and Buy Online

Around two years ago, I would go to a mall to shop to pass the time and spend half a day just browsing at stores. Sometimes I find what I'm looking for but sometimes I end up settling for something good enough, but not exactly what I wanted.

Shopping at the Mall as a Mom

Right now, I am not as confident or as excited about malls as I used to. Ever since I gave birth to my baby boy I haven't found the time or money to spend more than three hours at a mall. The longer I spent my days as a new mom, the more I realize there are more drawbacks to shopping than I expected, before giving birth:
  • Unlike my pre-motherhood shopping bonanza I can only visit up to three stores and only buy one item or none.
  • Having a baby in tow spells distraction, shortened browsing and a possible diaper call. Now that my kid is a toddler, it's not shopping anymore but chasing.
  • It's frustrating because the target item should be affordable or on sale. If anything, discounts are the best part about shopping. Honestly, who wouldn't want to pay a few bucks less than what it's really worth.
  • Getting a drink and some snacks become compulsory. My toddler is always thirsty, always hungry and always wants to ride that car at the activity center. Expenses don't just bloat on a 1-time shopping afternoon, it explodes into an "I-don't-know-where-the-money-went" situation.
  • The commute is punishing, if you're like me who does not own a car. Either way, the chances of a heavy traffic is like tossing a dice and hoping for a double 1. It hardly goes in your favor and honestly, I feel I spend more time waiting in a vehicle than actually strolling at the mall or park I waited to go to.
  • Bought the item or not, when I get home it's thrice as tiring as any normal day with a toddler, and I swear if I ever get an urgent email from work I'd effin' toss the laptop out.
Of course I never do it....though I imagine it a lot. You can't blame a tired mom.

Shopping Online from Home

Having listed out my drawbacks from buying at the mall, let me tell you about online shopping. So there's really only one big difference between the two: the other is physical while the other is virtual. To be fair, here are my personal issues with online shopping:
  • You can see both but you can't touch or asses the other through your 4 other senses. This is a big enough deal for picky shoppers, or if you don't know what you want to buy yet.
  • It takes a while for the items to arrive, especially if you're in the province. Delivery time takes 2 to 3 working days, sometimes up to 5 days if the online store or seller is busy, overworked or just downright stupid.
  • Your product might not look exactly like in the photo or you've absolutely been duped and got a fake.
Then there are the benefits of shopping online, right in the comfort of your oooown bed while your toddler is busy writing on the walls, with a clutter of toys spread on the floor and a pile of work buzzing in your mail....home sweet home.
  • There is no need for you to commute or pay for gas to go to the mall and try your luck on a "possible sale". You can simply check on a promo site or at the online store itself. Try it with Lazada they always have something on sale or promos.
  • You save money by not having to dish out on extra curricular activities like eating, playing arcades with the kids or ending up at the cinema. Miggy is 2.5 years old so his ticket is already full price. It's expensive because he sleeps halfway through the movie almost all the time.
  • When you do find something you like online you can delay buying it to look for a cheaper deal elsewhere or just to save up for it. Since you're not pressured you can drop shopping and check back in whenever you like.
  • Most people would think you could lose it and go all-out when you come face to face with a set of promos. On the contrary, I find myself thinking, rethinking and reconsidering which item to purchase, when and if it is a priority. Because online shopping doesn't provide buyers the chance to hold or experience a certain product, there's hardly any "temptation". If anything, trust issues become your "saving" grace.
  • You can pay online. Sometimes you'll have to go out and pay at the bank if your client is an independent seller. Most of the time, with online shops, you only need to pay using a credit card or your paypal account.
  • Online stores deliver straight to your home....so... yeah... serve me beetches! hehe.. The whole "you come to me!" aura of it is kinda nice.
So basically it's all about the freedom to change your mind and the privilege of not having to bear hours of juggling shopping with chasing your kid. Personally, I still love shopping out at the mall, but only when we're going to the movies. Going out for the sake of shopping has become obsolete for me, it's just not practical anymore.

If I'm eyeing something I'll look for it online instead and maybe score a better deal with so many sales and promotions this rainy season.

How Online Stores Can Benefit You

              Moms like me with no jobs don't get to go out very much, nowhere beyond the grocery story and plaza. So every time I earn some money online, I jump at the chance to go on a date with my family. Unfortunately, shopping outside sometimes feels like an inconvenience more than an enjoyment.

             I end up spending more than I intend and sometimes on the wrong, impractical things too! that's why I am eternally grateful for online stores and promo sites. I know some people are pro physical shop and traditional shopping, but honestly; it's not as beneficial for most parents who don't have the luxury for it. Shopping is supposed to be fun and rewarding, if not productive (on the part of getting what you need), so expanding my benefits through information online is really a blessing for me. Let me convince you about shifting to, or finding alternative through online shopping and promotion sites:

ONLINE SHOPPING
     There is excitement in online shopping, you never know what you will find and how useful it will be for you. It's not only convenient for people who don't have money for commuting, it's convenient because there's no way that you'll come home empty-handed. In addition, you can choose over wider varieties and discover cheaper, better finds over time.

  1. Unique Finds - there are many items online that you won't find at your local shopping centres. A lot of stores offer authentic US, Japanese and Korean brands. These things cost way more at malls than at online stores who will only be bothered with shipping fees.
  2. Cheaper Prices - as I have said, the items are 5% to 40% cheaper online that at malls or novelty stores. Even when you include the shipment fee, it won't amount to the same expenses you'll be making when you go out to shop.
  3. Browse Comfortably - no need to spend all that time in a cramped jeepney or poorly airconditioned FX/Bus to get to a place where you may or may not find what you are looking for. Online, all you need to do is sit down, open your PC/Laptop and search. Even if you don't find what you are looking for, at least you didn't spend excessive money, time and effort for it.
  4. Pay Conveniently - buying online is easy, you can pay in more ways than one. You can pay online through leading national banks like BPI and BDO. You can even pay through money remittances, if you feel like going out for a bit. International online stores will ask for payment through Paypal, all it takes is a click and the rest comes down to waiting.
  5. The Wait - for some, waiting for your pro duct is a disadvantage. For me, it's a small thrill and builds up my desire to be face-to-face with my purchase. It adds up to my excitement. It takes, on average, 3 to 5 business working days for a purchase to arrive directly at home (or a branch of the shipping company). During that time you can organize your home or room so you can find a place for your new item or just prepare for it.
ON THE SUBJECT OF SCAMS
      There is no denying it, Scammers are present online and it is difficult to determine who they are. The only advice I can give for online shoppers out there and fellow moms is to do your research. Oftentimes authentic sellers will post their permits where buyers can see them. Some will post evidence of their transactions like shipment receipts, buyer testimonials and obviously authentic product pictures (fresh from the cargo box). Don't, in any way, proceed with a transaction unless you are absolutely sure and confident about the seller.

Earning Income as a Stay-at-Home Parent..(part 2)

           Finally after days of procrastinating and rethinking the subject, here's an update on earning from home; mostly as a parent. Micro business options and ideas were discussed in the first part of this topic. Most of the types of financial sources mentioned there revolved around more physical and actual work. In this post, we'll take a look on the types of work or source of income you can find online.

WORKING AND/OR EARNING ONLINE
           You'll be surprised how many opportunities there are online; if you know where to look, how to ask and how to compromise. Online jobs are the most convenient for any stay-at-home parent. In fact, it's convenient for anyone who would risk the absence of phil.health, sss contributions and medical cards. The only challenge in working at home are the Temptations, also known as Distractions. There's the temptation of procrastinating, sleeping it off, social networking instead and for parents; keeping the tots away from the computer. They are definitely a lot of distractions. But as it has been said before, there's no profitable work that is effortless and within the online world there is no exception.

ONLINE MARKETING/ ADVERTISING
            Online, the most useful and profitable skill you can have or ever make use of is being sociable. It's true, being a "people-person" is a skill; either you were born with it or you develop and enhance it. Either way, in the virtual world it's the skill that could make you filthy rich. Online marketing and advertising is apparent nowadays, especially that many micro and macro businesses are taking advantage of the internet and social media. Most opportunities involving this comes from networking businesses where you will have to invest first before you earn. You can think of it as a micro business where you are buying and reselling products; the difference being is that online you will be advertising more and enticing people to join to earn more (which is how networking helps its members earn more). I found an ideal package with 1BRO, which offers a very affordable investment as opposed to most business investments (which cost thousand and hundred thousands). My friend is earning well from this company and I currently saving up to try and join it too, for any interested viewers, you can find more info about 1BRO here or contact my friend via Facebook.

ONLINE WRITER
             For those who love to write or are confident with their English grammar and ability to comprehend, writing is a great way to earn. That's how I get my income, but the amount of money to earn as an online writer will depend on the amount of time you can give. If you are a parent though (or soon to be), freelancing instead would be more ideal instead of getting a full-time online writing job. If I may recommend, you can find an ideal freelance writing job at ESSAYS.PH. That's where I work :) the good thing about this company is that you control your work time and salary amount. If you want to earn more you will have to use up more of your time, it's true. However, you also have the liberty to cancel an assignment on emergencies, extend them using grace credits (you are given 3 as a starter) and can even join special teams to earn more. Another company offering writing jobs online is WRITERS.PH; they are a little more strict on the content, grammar, deadline, etc. and just generally have higher standards.

BLOGGING
            So here we end up to: blogging. In all honesty, yes there is money in blogging and undeniably it is difficult to achieve that much. If you have the time, the effort, the ideas and the spark in attracting people.. yes, blogging can make you rich enough to pay your bills and spend a day at the spa. Personally, I haven't gotten there but I do believe it's possible; I haven't matched up to the correct formulation yet. Blogging gets you money how? Viewers, readers, audience. People passing by, looking, reading and following you are people that are highly valuable to advertisers. A blog is like a TV series that people get hooked to and the stuff they feature in it or endorse could become popular among the viewers and catch on to others through sharing. Your blog will be the bulletin board in the highway of web surfing. The amount of money you can earn through setting up advertisements depends on the offer of the advertiser, usually you will get paid for each click. Usually, it has to be unique (something that comes from the same country or type of target viewers). For fellow active bloggers with a solid theme or niche, here are some really top sites that can help you gain advertisers and earn through pay per clicks:

Nuffnang - It's a really friendly site and quite easy to understand and move around in. Nuffnang also provides a lot of news and additional income for unique members. They also showcase blog contests where you can actually win a variety of things like Premiere tickets to blockbuster movies or brand new electronics.
GoogleAdsense - It's not very easy to qualify for acquiring Google Adsense banners for your site especially if your blog is new. The payout is significantly higher than most, though which makes it desirable.
BlogsVertise - I only just tried this site, it's basically the same as most sites of its kind. You will need a Paypal account for this, though since the payout is in dollars and not pesos.

There are more similar sites with free registrations and no money investment involved. If you are ever going to enter the world of blogging and hoping to earn for real, you will have to dedicate yourself to it. Here are some of the key aspects that attract advertisers to blogs which you might want to improve:

  • Consistency - advertisers need consistent blogs; ones that actually have active posts. It doesn't have to be a daily basis but if advertisers know and are sure that there will be a new post every week they can be sure that there will be constant visitors who will see their ads.
  • Quality Content - this is all about originality and non-plagiarism. If there's anything worse than a blog with crappy grammar or irrelevant content, it's copying someone else's work and passing it off as yours. You could get sued, it is possible and you are not exempted regardless of where you live.
  • Theme/ Genre/ Niche - this is the core of every blog, the very thing that determines the type of advertisers who will approach your site and convince them to buy a spot. Based on your blog's genre, advertisers can determine whether or not their product or service will be relevant and noticed. It is imperative to have a stable genre or two as long as people know what your  Trade or Topic is.
  • Writing Style - this is easy, just be yourself but you have to be consistent about it too. You can be the witty writer, the informative one or simply a happy go lucky blogger who just wants to share.
  • Appearance - a crowded, cluttered blog hardly draws in readers. Remember, readers like easy to read posts and blogs so don't overdo it and try to make your pages bright and simply attractive.
  • Age - sadly though, the age of a blog matters to advertisers. If it's new or old but not very active it might not be very desirable for them. A blog that has been running for over 6 months with regular posts is most likely to hit it off than a daily updates week-old blog. The chances could improve though once a daily updated blog turns 3 months old or more.
FINANCIAL SERVICES
             By this I mean offering to do someone's accounting, tax preparations, payroll processing and bookkeeping. You will have to be trained or experienced enough with this although a diploma on a relevant course isn't necessary. There won't be much needed in jobs like this since there are specialized software for performing these tasks. If you plan to make a micro business out of this you will have to hire other people to hands some of the tasks, but since we are focused on personally earning as a stay-at-home parent, finding a consultant from time to time will have to suffice. You'll have to make sure about being legal on this type of service especially with accounting issues. You might have to research more on licensure if you are not well aware of some things, but this source of income is only really advisable for those who are experienced and have a high knowledge or education on financial services. Otherwise, try not to experiment on these grounds carelessly.

PRIVATE REWARD CLUBS
            It is much like posting advertisements on your website or blog, except you post links/information on your social site like Facebook and Twitter. This is a great way to earn and works just like cost per unique click. This is how it works, once you register for an account at a reward club online you are set to share their Specials or ads on your Facebook (and any social account). These things you share has links that will send viewers to a page with more info about the product, promo, contest or service. When a person who is in the same country as you clicks on the post you shared (and its the first one of many ads of the special they clicked) you will earn from 50 cents to 2 pesos; depending on the club or site you joined. Nobody will turn millionaire from this kind of income but it does provide fair payouts all depending on your determination and zest to share specials. Here are two of my trusted sites that you will find easy to join and get the hang of:
(they don't cost anything to register, so feel free to try! Nothing to lose people!)

8Share - It's a spinoff from the website 8Says; a media sharing network but since they earned a lot of members because of their rewards feature they made a separate domain. The specials to share are very interesting and attractive so it's not difficult at all to find friends who could be interested in them. It is easy to share and earn through your social accounts especially Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn.
Churp Churp - It's much like 8share but has been present much longer. There's a wide variety of things to share and ways to earn. I haven't gotten the hang of it as easily as 8Share but it is one of the most trusted and recommended sites by my advisers and certain online role models.

Earning Income as a Stay-at-Home Parent..(part 1)

          Besides saving up for the future, having a baby is quite expensive especially when you can't or choose not to breastfeed. It's never a bad idea to find ways to earn extra money for a backup support system, and most opportunities don't even require you to leave home. Before starting off, you should know that there's no such thing as easy money. All sources of income require some form of commitment or effort, otherwise, it's going to be short-lived. Dear moms, stay at home parents and thriving dads, here are some obvious but promising ways to generate income while you're at home.

SETTING UP A MICRO-BUSINESS

           I know, the first thing that comes to mind is 'putting up a business requires so much money and effort'. Like I've said, no effort no money, but in this case we are not talking about Big businesses. This business does not necessarily have to be expensive, difficult or time-consuming, that's why it's called a micro business. The good thing about this type of business is that you can choose your own pacing, amount of money to start it up with and where you want to set it up. There are two ways to provide items to the public, either you make them or you buy them (resell).

RESELLING

         There are many people, wives and moms mostly, who buy and resell products. The key in successfully reselling such products is discounts and wholesale prices. You can attract more buyers this way since there's no need to overprice your items to regain your investment. Another way to earn better through reselling is buying imported products, preferably directly from a national source. Buying from local stores to resell imported products is not ideal since the price will have been raised already for their own profit. For example, you're going to sell Japanese food; it's best to find a direct seller from Japan in order to sell them at reasonable prices, so customers will prefer your products over local stores' overpriced one.

MAKING YOUR OWN PRODUCTS

            Before setting up a micro business, especially when providing your own products, you need to know first what you are really good at. This is the same core factor in determining which job type would be best for you. You, and only you, can tell whether or not making your own products to sell will be enjoyable or stressful. Here is a healthy tip about that matter; if you see it as more stressful than worth it then don't proceed. It will most likely burn down into failure because any form of work without enthusiasm will result in low quality outcome, something buyers or clients wouldn't like.

ONLINE or a PHYSICAL STORE?

          Today, most parents who nurture their babies prefer to stay at home, especially breast feeding moms. Ideally, an online store will make it easier for you to manage and organize your products and transactions. This is the best alternative if you plan to have a micro business when your baby is still too young to play on his/her own or be left with others. Below are some of the most profitable micro business ideas that might interest you or are quite close to your skills and capabilities:

Selling Baked or Cooked Goods

          No matter what the occasion, food will always get consumed, one way or another. It is one of the basic needs of any human and, if made scrumptious, people will come back for more. If you are extremely good at either cooking or baking this type of micro business is your best bet. The challenge in this area of expertise is cooking in large amounts and repeating the same recipe over and over because of client request. You can offer a catering service or baked goods by order. It's usually ideal for an online food shop to offer service only within the city area or town so you won't need to travel far to deliver your goods or risk spoiling.

Selling Handcraft or Homemade Items

          If you are creative in some way like sowing, jewelry making and knitting, then selling handcrafted items will be beneficial. Setting up a micro business of handicrafts will require not just financial but time investment. You will need to hone your skills first and make enough products to sell before launching your small shop. If you think you don't have a knack for creativity or feels short of it, don't despair there are many homemade items you can sell that doesn't require much creativity like:

  • Perfume, Soap, Detergent - you can actually take courses on making these products. You can also get tutorials online on how to make them more fragrant or effective. The things you need to make them can be found at home (pots, spatula, bottles) and the ingredients are not very expensive at all either.
  • Yarn, Canvass, Felt, Cotton - with cotton there's hardly any work to do but pick them, that is if you have a cotton tree to derive it from. You will only need to wash and bleach away the dirt. Making felt and yarn can also be learnt through special classes that you can find at Tesda. On the subject of canvass making, I got this idea from being a painter. I had a classmate whose father is known for his amazing miniature paintings and in their family, stretching canvasses and priming them is done on a regular basis. To earn extra money, she sold these stretched and primed canvasses to fine arts students. Most of her buyers ordered in advance so she could determine the sizes and how many to make. I can't say that it didn't help her with the daily expense of being a fine arts student.
Professional Services

         Offering your profession to people who are in need of it should only be taken into consideration when you are confident that you can leave your baby or child with a relative, occasionally. The advantage of offering services is that all you need to do is wait for orders or calls at home before doing any work. It also generates larger payouts but less frequently. Until requests are made there is no need for you to leave or do any work. The best way to spread word of your service is online, through word of mouth and friends or connections. Here are some services that you can get money from and make a micro business out of:

  • Photography - Don't worry about the issue of travelling, being a service you won't be required to do a lot of it like in a photography company. The level of work involved is more loose and manageable than having your own company. You should also know your niche for this business. Will you be offering wedding photography, photographs for the press or class pictures? For example, my high school friend once entered the modelling world but soon fell in love with photography. At first she offered her service for aspiring fashion models like her, but now she has shifted to offering Baby Photography. Ever since then she has become popular not just with moms but pregnant women too. Her Facebook page is Lexphoto and you can see her complete portfolio HERE. My baby took part in one of her first baby shoots and I am a proud momma for it. She's not a mom yet, but Lex has a regular full-time job and her being able to book requests despite that indicates a stay-at-home parent can do it too.
  • Catering - The same as selling food and baked goods except this comes in bulk. It's requires more effort and ingredients to pull this off. You might also need an extra hand if you want to make it easier for you, in fact you will certainly need it especially if the catering is for a big occasion like a reunion.
  • Massage Service - It's not uncommon, there are people out there who are gifted with massaging. My college classmate, dorm-mate and dear friend of mine has gifted hands. She knows the points in your body that needs pressure to ease pain and which areas she can poke to make you wince in pain. She can tell which spot is the root cause of sprains and aches and how to provide relief through massage and strokes. My other friend and dorm-mate would constantly request for five minute massages at night after school. If you have this gift, I am telling you a lot of people will want your service. You can offer this service within your town so that people can simply call and send their address and they can have their massage at home. The advantage? Tips and a possible free merienda or snacks coupled with warm welcome and new acquaintances.
WORKING AND/OR EARNING ONLINE

           Should a micro business be too much too handle or simply not in your interest to pursue, then working or earning online is your best alternative. Aside from online selling/business (which falls under setting up a micro business) there are many types of online work that you can find....which I will regrettably have to discuss on a separate post since this one is too long already. In addition to that I am developing a stiff neck from typing and it's almost 2 in the morning. Stay tune and watch out for this topic, for continuation. I hope that the shops and services I referred will be of interest and use for you, dear readers!

All Babies are Different

Dear Parents,

All babies are different, so try not to compare. I know it's difficult not to feel a little worried if baby seems too shy or hyperactive for your preference. It is also hard not to feel proud when baby is a milestone ahead of another kid. In truth, there is no competition, all babies are cute and charming in their own way... just like adults.

The big, and not very surprising, news is that it doesn't really matter whose baby is ahead of whose. It's because over time, each baby can grow up into a very difficult toddler, then a very challenging teen and then a growing adolescent before settling into an ordinary adult just like you and me. Some babies will grow to be scientists (a big leap, if you ask me) while others could end up as bums scrutinized by a-holes who used to be the friendliest babies in town.


In fact, it's not really a battle of which is the best baby but actually of who the best baby's mom is. Some mommies might deny this, and daddies might shush the thought off, but let's admit it:

We take credit for our babies' accomplishments because they technically can't bask in their own glory... yet.
Mostly, it's about the genes. Who has the best genes? whose genes make handsome babies or talented, if not athletic, babies? It's always a competition, because some folks have incredible height capability in their genes while others simply harness the genius gene pool. Of course, when you grow up height or genius wouldn't matter if you're a douche or worse, a mentally confused person.

So should you feel an inkling or worry to boast or be ashamed of anything about your baby, DON'T. It's not about you or your family tree or your gene pool and ancestors, it's about your baby whose wide eyes know nothing about this whole adult competition. Cherish who your baby is, what his personality is and how he deals with everyday changes and growth.


The sooner you can appreciate the disadvantages and advantages of your baby's development the better you will be able to accept him as he grows into a self-aware child. And this acceptance, understanding and support from parents will help a child cope with difficulties or personal issue. Children will handle mistakes better and therefore have a better chance to positively cope with failures, rather than being depressed.

It's not about your kid against other kids, it's about YOUR CHILD and YOU. Kids shouldn't have to grow for the sake of being socially accepted, but rather accept themselves to be socially adept. There's nowhere in the world a child can derive these good and positive social skills than his own supportive parents. And, going back to baby talk; not boasting or worrying too much about your baby's milestones against others could very well save you the time and effort which you can just use to help baby improve on his lacking skills. If anything, you don't need to rush baby, as many pediatricians and mommy sites say "Each Baby Develops Differently."

Badminton Babies

My husband and I with Miggy went to the badminton court for our weekly exercise, or should I say detoxification. At Hi-Power (HP) Badminton court, people are friendly and diverse but above everything they are family oriented.

Amusingly, there are many "Badminton babies" in the HP family. You'll notice I said HP family. I know I haven't been a regular in that court but I have played for two or three years... I think. I'm not as sociable there, or anywhere, as I am at home but if I learned anything from that place it's that lasting bonds can be formed with people who aren't even relatives. You can create real, solid relationships out of a single common interest. In this case, it's the enthusiasm for the sport.



Having acknowledged that HP is a warm place to play badminton in (but I don't doubt that other courts are or more accommodating), last night its the badminton players' kids that stole the show. There were four little baby boys in the court last night. Two of them (one of them is mine) are 7 months old and the other two are a year and a half old. Each kid has his own charm and own personality, and it's rewarding to see them meet each other for the first time.

Courtesy of my brother in law; this is one of the "successful" shots of all four kids. It is really nice to see babies coming together. In fact, it's good for the babies. You can think of it as baby socialization. It's nice and refreshing to see them babbling, pointing, staring and smiling at each other. Especially when one baby finds the other cute he will actually hug or kiss him! ^-^

When the Baby Falls

At some point, this is bound to happen. Some moms will see their babies fall off a chair, the couch or the bed or even someone else's lap. The baby may fall while he's only a few months old, a year old or already a biggie toddler. Regardless, your baby will experience "the fall"; the one that will send him crying from the bottom of his lungs and send you panicking.
There's no knowing when this "fall" will happen, or how but one thing is for sure: You're not a Bad Mom because of it. Unless you purposely watched the baby fall or simply pushed him/her to fall, well then, maybe you should re-evaluate your eligibility for parenting. Assuming that you're not one of those sadistic, rather selfish and possibly mentally absent people, let's discuss about what you can do when the baby does fall.
THE RIGHT THING TO DO

Don't Panic. Keep calm, keep your shit together and don't ever lose it. Chances are the baby won't be severely hurt so there is no point in panicking, but should the baby be in some dire situation, let me ask you, Would panicking help you think clearly on what to do next? No, it won't. The scenario would end up with you crying like crazy and walking or running in circles saying "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry" to your baby. This will only distract you from doing the right thing, so do not panic. If the baby gets a lump or injury comfort him/her but as a safety precaution, din't make the baby sleep for at least an hour.

Cold Compress is what you need to apply over a lump to ease swelling. If there's an injury, bleeding or cuts, then what you need is to clean it with a Clean Cloth. In some cases, a baby might become drowsy after having a bump on the head, for toddlers it's okay to let them doze off a bit. During questionable incidents where the baby suffered a rather hard fall, and in the case of infants, Don't Let the Baby Fall Asleep Immediately. It's best if you can observe the baby first for any signs of disorientation or anything wrong with his/her movements. Signs that will indicate that your baby needs immediate medical attention is when he/she is turning blue, has a change in breathing pattern, twitching, vomiting, unconsciousness and extraordinary eye movements.
  • WHY you SHOULDN'T PANIC during SERIOUS CASES
Let's look at the worst case scenario: should your baby's head or body part be bleeding, injured or swollen, the best thing to do is find clean cloth, clean water (or ice) and a phone to contact the clinic or hospital. In the state of panic, you won't be able to immediately clean the wounds, tend to swollen parts or even call the hospital (or go there). The precious time you spend on panicking, crying, and not knowing what to do could have been spent on doing what needs to be done. So new moms and fidgety moms, Don't-for the love of your child-Panic like crazy. It's scary but you always have to be prepared, so should ANYTHING BAD happen to your child, SUCK THAT FEAR IN and let your SUPER MOM out! Ladies, there's no room for weaknesses during child emergencies. It's THEIR SAFETY and WELL-BEING versus YOUR EMOTIONAL OUTBREAKS. So choose wisely and choose right.

  • WHY you SHOULDN'T PANIC during MINOR INCIDENTS
Now that we have established that, let's get back to the gentler reality of babies falling off places. If your baby is okay, but crying, it will just send him/her signals that something is very very wrong and very very troubling. So, even when baby is feeling okay, or simply frightened he/she will not stop crying because he/she thinks there's still something bad going on and this makes things scarier. Try not to show too much of your emotions in times like this, instead comfort your baby and distract him with bright colored things and toys. During minor bumps, falls and trips, don't react like an overprotective parent. Keep calm and hush the baby a little and then let him/her cry it off or forget.

  • SOMETHING you OUGHT to KNOW
Did you know that how a child deals with physical pain like falling mostly depends on how people around him react to it? The more a child sees, hears and senses that there's panic and regret in mistakes, falling, tripping and bumping the more he will be sensitive to it each time. So instead of lingering on the fact that the experience might be painful, let go of the moment quickly and help your child move on to a different moment. This way, he/she won't keep crying about what's already done. You'll be raising stronger children if you let them handle and overcome the pain on their own, at least halfway through it.

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH A LITTLE PAIN

Falling and minor accidents are not entirely bad for children. They are inevitable, normal and a necessity in building character. Without experiences like these, babies or toddlers won't learn how to care for themselves or walk, crawl and run right. When a child falls of from climbing a small desk and gets hurt, he won't try and climb on it again. If he still wants to climb that desk, he'll find other ways (safer ways) to climb it efficiently, like using boxes or chairs as stepping stones. Babies learn how to walk and stand in the right form and manner based on experience. How? Simple, they try to stand up by pulling themselves up via the crib or mom's arm and when they stumble they re-position their feet and hands until they master the art of it.
Like grown ups learning from bad decisions and life-changing mistakes, babies need to trip, fall off or stumble from time to time. It's not our jobs as Moms to make sure nothing ever bad happens to them, because honestly, that's impossible. Nothing in the world could ever stop a tragedy from happening, if it has already happened. We moms are meant to help them get up, start over and grow stronger. So if baby gets hurt under your watch, try not to be so hard on yourself. The best way to redeem yourself is by helping baby overcome the pain, forget the moment, move on and not focus on your personal regrets. It's not about you, it's about baby, so do what's best for baby.
*the first time my baby fell off he was on a couch and only 3 months old. I swear I just turned for a second to brush off peas from my shirt when I heard that scary Thud! I was alone at home and was harboring a grudge on my husband that time. Not knowing what to do I cried while hushing him and tried to call my husband to come home to check my baby. I tried to keep it in, but as soon as I got my husband on the phone I started crying hysterically, it was terrible. My hubby and I fought over whose fault it was even though our baby was fine. The fight lasted two days but the fall lasted only a second. Based on my calculation, the fight is so not worth it.

Calling All Moms, Teens and Ladies in Between

Hi.. I am a mom with a freelance job that yields a very unpredictable income (somewhere between minimum wage and zero).

So, I am planning to establish an online home business. I am unsure who my target buyers are, but I know they are women since the things I am planning to sell are mostly feminine. Even then, if you are a male viewer who happens to pass by this image or post, and or bored or simply feeling a tiny urge to help, please share your opinion too. I will really appreciate and thank you endlessly for it! So here is my little SURVEY:


The items I plan to sell are handmade and homemade. They will be of my own making, that's why I am in need of a survey before I start. The home business won't be opening soon, it could take years (I will have to work on making these items first). The theme I am aiming for or style is the same as the ones in the picture I copied online. I really hope more people will contribute to my survey, because I want to invest in something and just... not... have enough vacant time for negative thoughts to come in and ruin my dreams.

To all who have seen, liked and commented on my Survey. THANK YOU very VERY MUCH! I hope that my plan will come true soon, successful or not, at least I tried and will have had enough experience for a second try. More power to women out there who are taking matters into their own hands and making the most of their time by being productive. Super moms, I salute you! Soon, I will be one too! :)

To All Teen Moms and Women finding Motherhood Difficult

It's not about how Life is fair or unfair to us or how much we gain from it. It's about knowing which is more important, what is valuable and lasting and what matters in the end. It may not be easy, enjoyable or encouraging now, but please, don't let these moments of strife shake your faith.'


I saw this story from a blog post, shared by my cousin, I hope it gives you as much inspiration and enlightenment as it has given me:



We will learn to realize that life is a vast sea. It may seem endless and hopeless in our eyes, but at some point, some time or some day we will hit shore. It might not be a smooth landing for everyone; others might arrive in a rather distressful fashion, but we find land all the same. The important thing is not to drown in the sea while waiting or aiming for the shore. Don't give up, learn to conserve your energy so you can plan for the future and avoid drowning in regret. Enjoy what can be enjoyed and let go what can't be. Let's choose to live instead.


It's Fun to Be a Mom

It's true breastfeeding can be a turn-off and nightly tantrums are something anyone would give anything to live without. I wouldn't, though. I wouldn't change anything about each day with my son, even if it meant I will have to live with the stress of not knowing, worrying and plotting for the future.

If you're a fellow mom or someone who has had time with a baby, you know how beautiful it is and heartwarming to see one smile. If you're someone who has never had the honor of being in the presence of a little ball of angel, please believe me when I say: They do take the stress away. Even when the smile lasts only for a few seconds, every bit of it is ethereal and precious. Almost everything that a baby does is amusing, intriguing, interesting and exciting.




The first time my baby learned to crawl my husband and I were ecstatic. I'm not the kind of person who is easily moved but that moment when baby Miggy lunged himself forward to crawl; it got my endorphins acting. Naturally, the accomplishment of a baby (milestones, as most parents and doctors call it) is exciting to watch or experience firsthand but the smallest things they learn are even more uplifting.


I am writing now because I want to share the tiny moments I am having with my baby. These tiny moments are amazing for me, and I don't think I'll ever experience it with other people's babies. For example, the first time I saw my baby give the "sour" look was when my husband let him take a small sip from an orange. Now that I remember his face, I can't help but chuckle at my baby Miggy. He scrunched up his nose, pouted and squeezed in all his lips as though somebody's forcing a rocket ship in his mouth and his eyes became arched slits. In addition to that he kept doing the "kilig" where his small, round shoulder shuddered like potatoes in boiling water.





No matter how difficult some days get, babies always have something "funny" going on about them. One time I was grumpy and scathing, my husband steered clear from me the whole day. I was the Ice Queen of Piercing Remarks but all that melted away when I saw my baby doing a "Derp" face. He was sucking in his cheeks, ala Magnum (Derek Zoolander), and his eyes were crossed and everything while he looked up at me. I was instantly converted.





*Sigh* I don't think I'll ever trade this "consequence" with any other "could have been" or "should have been" destinies that was in line for me out there. I know that If I didn't get pregnant I would have pursued a career and practiced my arts with all my heart. I know I would have traveled and sought places no one would ever venture into. Come to think of it, not everyone would venture into motherhood. I don't feel that I've lost my essence, if anything, I think I've unlocked a different level and I must say, it is really fun.



Letting Dads Do the Parenting

Letting dad do the parenting isn't always comfortable to watch for some mums because they do things soooo differently, but it's istill good for the family.

It's natural for baby to get attached to mom, be familiar with their scent and feel extra safe around her, but kids should also learn to trust others. The second best person should at least be Dad. Give Dad a chance to shine and you'll be surprised how healthy your kid may be in the future.


Dads Who are Away and Who are At Home 


In my generation, the Dads are rarely home. They work abroad and take indefinite vacations, and are not always around for their kids' birthdays or Christmases. At least that's how it was for me and most people I know. Although we know who our Dads are and what they are doing for us, we are not as close or well communicated with them like with our Moms. This is what I don't want my baby to experience. Please don't get me wrong, a Dad sacrifices his time to provide for his family is just as good as any Dad who works nearby or at home. It's just that, personally, I prefer raising a child with a physically present husband so we can build values together, so that our son can see it.


It's Regardless Whose Responsibility It Is 

I know that as a mother it's mostly my responsibility to teach my baby core values. But it would be so much better for the child to see that a contrasting parent (the Dad) has the same ideals as the Mom. With this tag-team going on, kids will know that there is unity in establishing rules and nurturing. That there is compromise, especially when it comes to implementing what is right. It is also easier NOT to fight over how to raise the baby, since at this point both parents will learn firsthand what their child really needs from them; Presence.


Advantage for the Dads and Sons 


It's also an advantage for Dads to know their kids as much as the Moms, especially with sons. Moms can only guide a son so much when it comes to masculine issues. Besides, kids tend to derive their inspiration and influence from grown-ups of the same gender. The bond between Dad and tyke becomes just as important as the bond with Mom. So, when the times comes that kids grow up into brooding teens who are constantly troubled about peers and maturity, they can seek comfort and advice from both Mom and Dad.


With a baby, a Dad who is involved in caring for the baby will develop more patience and insight on how the Mom feels. Impatience with crying episodes is actually a common quality in men. Oftentimes, Dads are unable to hush baby or comfort them mostly because they don't have enough time to observe what's wrong. In other words, they are inexperienced.


Moms, who breastfeed and are more "territorial" by nature with their child, immediately take into account the smallest detail of change in the baby's mood. Therefore, moms are more adept in decoding the cries and moodiness. Let's just say that Dads rarely are given the chance to prove themselves worthy of parenting because, well, Mom is always there to handle everything.

If Dad was a little more involved, there will be less arguments with Mom. On the first few months of a newborn baby, Moms can be quite moody, especially first-time mummies. If Dad is involved in caring for the baby enough the work load will be halved and Mom won't have to be so stressed out. Dad may finally understand how a baby can deprive you of sleep which deprives lowers your libido, patience with corny jokes and room for intimacy.

Advantage for the Moms


It's an advantage for Moms, especially working moms. While the grandparents are natural at caring for children, Dads deserve this rewarding experience more. Dads are used to fast-paced environments that are loud, manly and rough. A peek into the nurturing world could help tone down their "Herculean" attitude, which could be beneficial in raising a well-mannered kid. With the baby away or off their hands, Moms can do anything. You can start working, finally finish household chores or take a day off at the spa.


Did you also know that men are capable of a mother's touch? Its possible if they get enough practice which can only be achieved through spending more time with the baby. The more a Dad is exposed to caring for his child, the more he develops that "natural" and "motherly" kind of parenting skill. Men who have lots of nieces and nephews, aka pamangkins, are gentler with kids and know better how to handle kid-related situations: All from experience.


So, all in all, nobody really loses. It will may be difficult for some babies that have already developed a strong bond with mom. It can be rough for the baby to get used to the absence of Mom, but enough time with Dad will build trust. And just like with Separation Anxiety, there is always a way to help baby ease into the changes and be comfortable, especially with Daddy.