I’m on Year 2½ of what is, arguably, one of the toughest roles I’ve EVER had, i.e. being Mommy.
Some days it goes really well and I feel like I GOT THIS FAM, I’m the best mama everrr. Naps are taken on time, bowls of food are wiped clean (walang tira! yay!), toys are put away in their proper places.
On other days, I want to curl up in a ball and growl at everyone to leave me alone. Bucketfuls of guilt over everything — from being a working mom to not giving my son more leafy greens at the table.
Guess what I realized, mama? We don’t have to enjoy every moment of motherhood. We don’t have to be the Insta-perfect mama 100% of the time.
And that’s okay.
It’s okay to have those ups and downs. It’s okay to need alone time one minute, then need the MAXIMUM amount of hugs the next. We don’t have to sweat the small stuff. More often than not, we are our own worst critics.
Remember, taking time out to de-stress is important, not just for yourself, but for your little ones too. 👌
If one of your favorite things to do to wind down is whipping up something in the kitchen, you’re in luck. ShopBack teamed up with RedMart to release its first cookbook, “For Mum, With Love,” which you can download here for free.
It has 18 tried-and-tested recipes with varying levels of difficulty, from delicious meals like Sardines and Pineapples in Tangy and Spicy Coconut Sauce (sardinas with a twist!) to feel-good classic desserts like Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Singaporean coconutty favorite Ondeh Ondeh.
So download away! Here’s to good food and to us “good enough” mamas! 😘
We’re back from a marathon trip to the Philippines where we celebrated not one, but two first birthday parties for Squishy! *whew*
We had a lot of help from family and friends for both events. One was a Jollibee kiddie party (of course!) complete with a dance number from Jollibee and the crew and a lot of fun and noisy games for kids and grown-ups (a.k.a. not-so-small kids).
We discovered that Squishy wasn’t a fan of loud noises — he literally started bawling every time people clapped or shouted or laughed heartily all of a sudden — you know, like what usually happens in birthday parties. Ha! It didn’t help that the Jollibee function room was in an enclosed space, where the loud music was extra fun and extra loud. 🙂
We enjoyed the festivities at a safe distance — that is, we spent most of the party outside, looking in through the glass door. Oh, kids.
One of Squishy’s first and favorite words is “car” — his favorite pastimes include hanging out in front of one of the big windows in our condo, facing the street, watching the cars and buses pass by. His other favorite word is “dada” / “daddy”. (He calls Mama different names but trust me, I get most of the hugs! 🙂 )
Cars bunting, “Happy Birthday” posters (in addition to the huge tarp from Chili’s), loot bags and toy giveaway bargains (mostly) from Divisoria.
Catchy names for the desserts and food served to match the theme. These include “Flat Top Gear” (a popular Philippine milk chocolate), “Chewy Brownie Stoplights” (Becky’s Kitchen brownies topped with Nips/M&Ms… Nips seem to have a lot of dull colors), “Stick Shift Stikkos” (yes, the wafer sticks), “Chocolatey Spare Tires” (Dunkin’ Donuts choco donuts), “Corny Cones” (Cornets chips), “Nuts and Bolts” (mixed nuts), etc.
For Chili’s dishes I thought of: Classic Calamari, Turbo-Charged Tostada Chips and Salsa, Speedy Buffalo Wings, and Power-Steering Pork Belly. You get the picture. Be as corny as you want. A thesaurus / Google search for an alphabetized list of all words related to “car” will help.
All editing for the food labels done by me in Paint, with the help of Google stock image searches and free font downloads.
I know most food labels in parties are held in place by alligator clip holders that look something like this:
These are usually quite pricey.
My hack for this is to get your normal binder clips and decorate them as you wish. (If you scroll up to the food photos you’ll see this is what I used.) I just wrapped a black-and-white patterned paper around the clips using Elmer’s Glue and double-sided tape. Voilà! Instant (cheaper) sign holder.
A car-themed cake that didn’t go overboard with the theme. I didn’t want to push the Cars theme too hard so I did a quick Google search and chanced upon a nice cake design. By happy coincidence the cake colors of red/black matched Chili’s balloon decor so the cake looked right at home! The cake was made by a family friend and the fondant is pastillas (soft milk candy) flavored. If you want her details, send me a message.
Making use of free printables. There are a lot of resources out there. Here are the links to the ones I used.