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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A MESSAGE FOR MY MAMA VANGIE


May is the month for Mothers, to welcome this month; I made a letter for my Mom.

Dear Mama,

The word THANK YOU is not enough to express how much I am blessed to have a mother like you. For providing me and Kristine with all our needs and wants, preparing very delicious meals every day, washing our clothes even though you are very tired whole day doing the chores, earning for a living despite you are very busy taking care of baby Dirk and being the best Lala Vangie.

We may sometimes fight on small things, getting angry and easily get disappointed on my wrong decisions, you never fail to show how much you care about me. 

Now, that I am a mom like you, all the things I have learned from will be the values and lessons I will teach my son. We may not blessed to have a complete family, but you make our family a perfect one.


Friday, April 26, 2013

BRISTLECONE TECH


Innovation is the greatest advantage a company should have. An advance advertising and endorsement will serve an edge over competitors. With this, I would like to introduce BRISTLECONE TECH.



A team of highly skilled employees with an objective to provide a solid-avenue of marketing through the use of modern technologies such as the web, mobile apps & rich print media and a strong vision to be a global provider of multimedia and software solutions that evolves with technology.

Here are the following services that BRISTLECONE TECH offers: 

• Web Design and Development
• User Experience
• Multimedia Production 
• Logo & Branding, T-Shirt Design, Brochures & Flyers, Tarpaulin and other Print Media Designs
• E-commerce Consulting and Development
• Android and iOS Development

Here are their superb sample works:




Please do visit check their website and facebook account.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Your Choice Leap Pad Giveaway



Free Blogger Opportunity - Join us in this educational and fun giveaway! 



Empowered Mommy, Joys of Life and their blogging friends have decided to bring you a fabulous giveaway. We are giving away Leapfrog Leap Pad 2 winner's choice. Choose from Disney Princess Bundle or Ultimate Learning Gift Pack! 

Giveaway from May 17 to June 17   

We are looking for 100 bloggers to sign up, no doubt it will be a hit giveaway if you have children, grand-kids  niece/nephews or baby siblings.


- Participation is free with announcement post or $5 without announcement post.
- Get 1 free link (Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest) on rafflecopter if you agree to help and promote the giveaway.- Host pages, secret word, comments to your blog post available for $11 each. Grab your places now and get those Alexa number down! Limited places - first come first serve basis!- Extra links $2 each (No referral links allowed)- Co-host spots available for $20 - get a link back to your blog on each giveaway post as well as 3 free additional links.
Giveaway dates: May 17, 2013 to June 17, 2013

Questions goes to: admin@empoweredmommy.com

Sign ups: April 22, 2013 to May 15, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Speed Racing Car Giveaway by Working Mama & I am Vince Crispaul : Sponsored by Tmart.com


Hello Mommies and Daddies! Do your kids love to play with cars? Here is perfect giveaway for you!

Do join the giveaway by Working Mama +working mama and I am Vince Crispaul, sponsored by http://www.tmart.com/

They will be giving a Speed Racing Car for 1 lucky reader!




As I have read the features of these Speed Racing Car from TMART. Com, this toy is safe, durable and can be easily be operated by your kids.  
Here are the other features of this amazing car:
• A fantastic gift for your kid
• It will bring your kid lots of fun
• Beautiful and classic toy
• It will be a good companion of your kid
• It will give your kid unforgettable memory on special days
• Special features: Reverse Flip, High Jump, Back Flip, 5-speed turbo control

About the Sponsor of the giveaway, The http://www.tmart.com/, is an online store which offers a wide variety of products; for mommies, daddies and kids, all are here. They offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING, LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE,MONEY BACK GUARANTEE (90 Day), FREE REPAIR WARRANTY (180 Day) and most importantly, SAFE SHOPPING GUARANTEE.



A Reward from Bebengisms


For this month of April, I am so thankful for another blessing, I am 1 of the winners of the Bebengisms turns one: Cetaphil Giveaway.

So glad to be a part of the Blogversary Celebration of Mrs. Denise R. 
More Power to +Denise Rayala  and Bebengisms!


My Dream Room for My Little Man


As early as now, I am starting to plan on how the room of my little man will look like. Since he is really a big fan of Mickey Mouse club house show, I wanted to have a Mickey Mouse inspired bed room for him. Since my kid is a boy, I wanted the room to be a cozy one and most importantly, organized.

I really love this bedroom design and i wanted this one for my little man.



Speaking about my dream room for my little kid, http://happymommyadventures.blogspot.com/ is having a  Nursery Room Makeover + Handicrafts, atbp. SUPER Giveaway!

Please refer to this link:


Good luck to all who will join!

Speed Racing Car Giveaway : TMART

Tmart.com Speed Racing Car Giveaway


Sponsored by: Tmart.com
Hosted by: Working MAMA and I am Vince Crispaul
Date: April 22 – May 12, 2013
OPEN WORLDWIDE
Prize: Speed Racing Car

Speed Racing Car is a product of Tmart.com an online shopping website that provides a wide selection of products at reasonable prices plus FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE at no minimum purchase required. The Speed Racing Car is the best choice of gift to kid and kid-at heart. This remote controlled toy car is really entertaining and it will develop ones operating ability. You can read the full review of this product HERE .

One lucky reader will receive the Speed Racing Car directly to their doorstep.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

1 Year Old: Dirk’s Development


I agree that every child is unique. I was able to observe my nieces and cousins as they grow. Many have already told me that baby boys developed “late” compared to baby girls, honestly at first, I was a bit paranoid but seeing my son now, it didn’t alarmed me anymore.
As of the moment, our little man:

• Can walk but still need assistance, he tends to swivel sometimes.
• He may not be able to clearly state simple words but he loves to babble, sing in his own tune and murmur by himself.
• Loves to play with his toys and talks (baby language) to pictures found on his books.
• Giggles and laugh every time he sees his favorite character on TV.
• Recognizes the people that surround him.
• Able to identify things that he owns.


 Every day is a milestone for my son, every new thing he discovers and talent he performs seems to be so magical for me.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dirk’s Summer at Samboan



Dirk had his 2nd beach outing this summer at our hometown in Samboan, Cebu last saturday. Even though my schedule was very tight; we really find time to go because it was the birthday of our tito Amboy (may his soul rest in peace).

Dirk enjoyed his day at the beach with his cousins. What I really love in our hometown is our very clean beach, I find it safe for my little man to crawl freely and play on the sea shore. 


The Male in My Bed – By: Ms. Leonor Laluna


I have been an HR practitioner for about 5 years and definitely I love my job. For 5 years I was able to learn a lot and more importantly, I was able to gain true friends. My bosses were been very good to me. Since mother’s day is coming, I want to give credit to my very 1st boss, my very energetic and alluring Ms. Leonor Laluna (a.k.a Mommy Leony). She was my 1st boss in +Innodata and I really enjoy working with her.

She is a very active member of Toastmasters International. This speech I am sharing is her piece for mother’s day. 

to My Tita +lumen rodriguez, this is also for you!


The Male in My Bed 
By: Ms. Leonor Laluna

I can’t sleep!!! He keeps me up; awake at night, at 1, 2, sometimes 3 am, with his constant demands for attention. And I wish I could tell you I have a tall, dark, handsome, well-muscled man in my bed, but no. He’s a foot shorter than me, he’s 9 years old, he’s my son and he has autism.
Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, & by restricted & repetitive behavior. It affects 1 in 350 children, making this disability more common than childhood cancer, blindness, and Down syndrome. Autism occurs 4X more frequently in males than in females, & often in firstborn males. Personally, I have likened it to God’s last plague, of getting the first-born son, on whom much of a family’s hopes and futures are pinned on.

Source : http://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/autism.jpg

Its one thing to know what autism is, & another to live it every day. At 9, my son still doesn’t talk, but I can still remember the elation I felt when at 4, he called me “Mama”. He cries & shouts when having a tantrum. The weirdest things can set him off, like when he’s eaten something he shouldn’t. The ordinary, delicious things we take for granted are dietary no-no’s: bananas, ice cream, cake, bread, soda, orange juice. And the rain! I used to love sleeping to the pitter-patter of rain on the roof, but for most autistic children, rain is painful to their ears. I know when it’s going to rain, coz my son starts crying & raging violently for no reason at all. But it’s not as bad as it was, for with physical & occupational therapy & sensory integration & having grown up, the crying bout that would sometimes last for 2-3 hours, is now reduced to incessant crying for just only an hour. & sometimes he doesn’t even cry when it rains, but just puts his hands over his ears.

At his worst, during his autistic, violent rages, my son hurts himself, he pummels his cheeks with his hands, bangs his head on the wall, kicking and screaming. I wish I could take away the pain he feels – I try to restrain him & it helps when he turns it on me – he bites! Many a time I’d report groggy for work the next day, sporting bruises & bite marks, head aching after my son’s famous head-butts or for lack of sleep. But the most difficult thing sometimes is to clean up after him, for he’s still not toilet trained. Still, its one thing to clean up my son’s messes, & another to take the crap, psychologically & emotionally from someone else. Especially when that someone is the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with. I never had difficulty accepting my son’s condition. I thought it pointless to ruminate endlessly about what could have caused his autism, but instead, focused my efforts on what to do from the moment of diagnosis. And yet, for a die-hard romantic, I have given up on romance. For it’s not just a matter of finding someone to love me, but also finding someone who’ll accept & love my son as well. How could I ask that of any man, when even his own father could not. I could accept my husband hurting & not loving me, but I could never forgive him for hurting & not loving my son. I grew tired of nights spent shielding my son from the blows he meant for my beautiful, defenseless boy, done ostensibly so as to shut him up when his tantrums were at his most severe.
It’s tiring too, having to look for different schools each time, & try out different therapies, looking & hoping for a cure & trying to find a way to pay for it all. It’s so hard trying to make ends meet, & doing it alone. Some times I’ve even thought of selling my body (after all, I have a pound or 2 of belly fat I can afford to lose). Being able to laugh at myself & find humor in the midst of all these.

But it’s worth it. My son is the sweetest boy there is. I can’t even begin to tell you the indescribable joy I feel, to see his face light up each time he sees me. How he waits patiently & looks out the window for me to come home. I’m glad he has hearing sensitivities & not touch unlike some kids with autism, for he loves being cuddled & he loves hugging me. I love the way he’d come up to me from behind, & loop his puny arms around me. In a world where I am accustomed to men who turn out to be insensitive bastards more often than not, my son is the perfect male in that he’ll be forever innocent & uncorrupted, & he’ll never break my heart. I have learned to appreciate & enjoy life all the more, because of him. I may live life with a sort of desperate quality to it, cramming my days with so many events and activities (outings with friends, work, and travel, Toastmasters, training and singing engagements). Part of it is having a creative outlet, but part of it is also living life for my son’s sake, for all the things he’d never experience. And I have learned to grab at whatever happiness I can have, however fleeting and transitory it may be.

I have to admit, I’m quite used to getting compliments about the way I look. Growing up in a brood of 4 girls, I’ve always been the one singled out by relatives in family gatherings as “the pretty one”. And now, I love it the most, when people, especially in Toastmasters, refer to me as “one hot momma”. Even now, at 35, on my best days, when the light is just right, I can even pass for a young, lithesome 25. Blame it on the way I look, or on my warm, engaging personality, how generally nice and friendly I am to strangers, friends & peers alike; how competent I am in the work I do; how talented & vibrant I can be in the pursuit of my passions – be it in singing, writing, or delivering a speech. But you don’t really see. And you don’t really know. For behind closed doors, when no one is looking & everybody is asleep, when my spirit is low, eyes brimming with tears, & I’m trying once again to pacify my beautiful boy in his violent, autistic rages, at 2am, that is when I am at my most beautiful.

As May comes around once again, I have this message to give to a special group of women. To all mothers, who give the best they can for their children & having done everything, entrust & pray to the good Lord for guidance for their kids. To all single moms who singly make all the decisions & who work real hard to make ends meet & bring up kids on their own. And most especially, to single moms with kids with special needs, for toughing it out & being brave, even though you certainly don’t feel brave at all. My wish for all of you is this: Be a happy mom. You owe it to your kids to be happy, to show them that one can choose to be happy in the face of life’s adversities. But most of all, you owe it to yourself, to be happy. Happy Mother’s Day!



Monday, April 15, 2013

What's Inside : My Little Man's Summer Bag


All are all set for summer's outing and activities, enjoying and beating the heat of the sun with our friends and families. For mommies like me, I always prioritized the things I need to bring for my little man, whether the place is near or far.

Here is the sample of what is inside my summer bag of my son.
Contents: Milk, Baby Food, Feeding Bottles, Water, Diapers, Anti-insect bite ointment, Clothes, towel, Baby Soap, Rubber Ducky, Wet tissue and most importantly, money ☺



All parents out there, please always ensure that all are packed for your little darlings ☺

Friday, April 12, 2013

FREE BLOGGER SIGN-UP: Tmart.com Speed Racing Car Giveaway


FREE BLOGGER SIGN-UP: Tmart.com Speed Racing Car Giveaway



Fellow bloggers, welcome to Tmart.com Speed Racing Car Giveaway FREE SIGN-UP Event.
This giveaway is hosted by Working MAMA and I am Vince Crispaul and sponsored by Tmart.com.

About the Sponsor

Tmart.com is an online shopping website that provides its online shoppers wide selections of high-end products from electronics, apparels, gadgets, toys, and so much more at a friendly price. What shoppers love from shopping in here is that they enjoy receiving the items free of shipping fee directly to their doorsteps at no minimum purchase required.
If you are a blogger and would like to have more fans and followers for FREE, please do SIGN-UP to increase your followers and blog traffic. Want to receive token of $5 through PayPal from the hosts? Then help me promote this blogger event and up-coming giveaway by referring fellow bloggers to participate the said giveaway event.  A blogger who refers most participants will receive the token.

Event Promotion Date: April 12 – 20, 2013

Giveaway Date: April 22 – May 12, 2013

Giveaway Prize: Speed Racer Car from Tmart.com

GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE

For promoting the event and up-coming giveaway please COPY ANNOUNCEMENT HERE and POST IN YOUR BLOG. Participants will get 2 FREE links (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+) as a thank you for posting the said event and giveaway on their specific blog.

Ready to Sign-Up? Please fill-up the form HERE after posting the announcement.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Things I Missed when I am in Work


Time flies so fast. My baby boy has now turned into a little man. As a working mom, I really cannot give my 24/7 attention to him. I am thankful because Lala Vangie always documents through taking pictures of Dirk while I am in work, his achievements, talents and milestones. Here are some of the pics that really melted my heart. I may not have seen these in actual but my son always put a smile on my face.



Monday, April 8, 2013

Mickey Mouse! IKAW NAH!

Since my little man was able to recognize images and sounds, he was really a great fan of MICKEY MOUSE that’s why we had a “Meeska Mouska” Mickey Mouse theme party for him. And now that he is already 1 year old, the site of Mickey Mouse will really paint a smile on his face. What really amazed us was when we went to SM last Sunday because he saw a bundle of Mickey Mouse but instead of smiling, he was crying. I was really having a hard time figuring out why was that his reaction, when I put him down for him to reach the stuff toys, that was the time I was able to realize that he was not comfortable seeing Mickey Mouse being put in a CAGE like display container. Seeing your son crying is really hard for a mom but knowing the reason behind his reaction was really heart melting.

his ♥ for Mickey Mouse

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dirk’s Mimiflo Products


Like all mothers and fathers out there, we only want what is best, good and safe for our little treasures.  Since my little man turned 8 months, I started to use the Mimiflo feeding bottles, Mimiflo training cup and the Mimiflo weaning bowl for him. What I like and love about these products is its durability and quality. It has been 3 months already and my little man’s training cup and weaning bowl are still in very good condition.

To all mommies and daddies out there! Try the mimiflo products for your little treasures! Our little treasures deserves the best!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dirk's 1st Easter Sunday

Our little man had his 1st Easter Sunday Celebration at the beach. We found a private beach somewhere at Compostela, Cebu. With our family and friends, Dirk was able to use his mini pool along with rubber ducky and had his 1st easter a memorable one.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Welcome APRIL!


It’s the 3rd month of the year and I am soooo thankful for the blessings that PAPA JESUS has showered for both of us. Good Health, Happy Family and a bunch of luck!

1st , my little man was chosen as 1 of the winners for the Trolli Fan Club March celebrant of the month and the gift packs for my little man will be delivered within this week.  2nd, I am chosen as the week 1 winner for the Message for my Baby Smart Steps app and their representative already contact me and I will have the prizes within this week also. The 3rd surprise was really A HUGE OMG because we are chosen as 1 of the winners for the Citi Smile Stories Promo by +Citibank Philippines !

Felt to blessed, cheers April!