Inspiration is a fickle thing.

Admittedly, I feel so demotivated at times. Every mom feels that way one time or another, and for so many reasons.

To make you feel marvelous about yourself and life in general, I am sharing with you three of my most favorite videos. These vids never fail to kick some inspiration back into my life whenever I’m running out of it.

Please don’t watch this vid on YouTube or the surprise will be preempted. Just watch it below.

The video made me realize how important my role is. I cried the first time I watched this video, and I still do whenever I look at it.

The challenge of raising kids that are the champions of their own life is hard enough. The video is one good way to teach diligence to our children, that all your hard work will pay off in the end.

Love comes in the most unexpected places, in all forms, shapes and sizes. We need to recognize that fact.

I hope you enjoyed the videos!

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Do you have any inspirational videos to share? Please leave the link in the comment section below. TIA I will watch it/them. Promise!

When I shop online, I always sort the items based on prices, low to high, and just choose the clothes that fit my budget. If there’s a free shipping option, I check the box too so the results will display the low-priced items first that can be shipped free of charge anywhere in the world. #shoppinghack

According to Pete Dunn, a multi-awarded financial planner, we should only be spending 5% of the take-home pay on clothing. That means, the more you earn, the higher the amount you can allot for shopping for your kids’ clothes.

How much have you spent the last time you shop? If you are spending more than that percentage, then these practical dress-for-less tips are for you, moms.

1) Shop with cash.

Avoid using your credit cards in buying clothes and shoes for your kids. If you really want that cute-looking boots for your tot then, you have to save money for it. Better yet, don’t bring your cards with you when shopping.

Don’t get me wrong. Credit cards are good only when you know how to use them. For instance, some credit cards offer specialist rewards (cashback cards) if you pay for certain brands of goods and services. Be careful though because the interest rates applied to reward cards are higher than the average.

2) Buy from discount stores.

Thrift stores often have their lines of stylish bargains. While these stores offer deep discounts, be careful not to load up your shopping cart though because this will only defeat the purpose.

Go to your friendly ukay-ukays that sell kids’ apparel and shoes. Facebook also hosts a lot of pages that sell mall pull-outs and branded overruns where you can buy from at marked down prices.

3) Find great deals online.

Fashion e-stores are aplenty. Sign up for newsletters to receive coupons and avail discounts. Signing up also keeps shoppers like you abreast of the latest deals including inventory and clearance sales.

Some baby clothes shopping websites you can check are Kids Company, Shopaholic for Kids and Honeycomb Children’s Clothing. If you have a brand in mind, google first to know if it has an online store and do your shopping there.

4) Shop out of season.

Don’t look for new arrivals. Instead, find inventory sales. It is like buying in advance and maximizing every peso in the process.

If possible, buy swimwear from September to December instead of February to May when the prices skyrocket. This is one shopping hack that saves me lots of money. Just make sure that the clothes will still fit after three or so months.

5) Avoid fashion trends.

Budget-conscious moms should stay away from trends. Instead, buy quality pieces that help build your kid’s wardrobe.

Choices are important and so is comfort.

6) Buy the basics first.

When purchasing the basics, go for generic brands. [Divisoria, anyone?] Buy their tees and bottoms at the cheapest store but, of course, without sacrificing the quality of the clothes.

For girls, the essentials are dresses, collared tops, knitted cardigans, mary janes and hair bows. For boys, these include knitted sweaters, shorts, collared tops and buckled shoes.

7) Make a baby clothes shopping list.

List all the items that you need to buy. Try to look for the best rates before buying an item.

If possible, bring your kids when shopping clothes for them unless you are 100% confident of your sizing skills.

8) Think in palettes.

As you build the tot’s wardrobe, you should only be buying a clothing item that matches at least four items they already own. I do this all the time so I can have more options for mixing and matching. 😉

Infuse color trends like socks and hankies as well as accessories particularly for the girls.

9) Check the labels.

New clothes often include care instructions. If it says dry clean only, you will keep paying for it every time your kids use it. Not worth it, so stick to items that are machine-washable.

I cannot emphasize this enough. Don’t skip this step so you can prolong the life of the clothes. Yup, even clothes have a life expectancy. That’s between two and three years with normal wear and tear.

10) Avoid sales.

If it is an inventory or clearance sale then, you may consider it provided that you buy only the kids clothing you need and the kids will actually use. A 40% off is not necessarily a good deal if your daughter can only use it once or twice a year.

Borrow instead if your daughter will only use the clothes just once.

BONUS: Sell clothes.

That your kids no longer wear, that is. Go over their closet at least once a year. If your son hasn’t worn the shirt for more than a year, it is good for selling.

Use the profits in buying wardrobe-worthy clothes and shoes and other everyday wear.

Saving money even when buying clothes is possible. You just have to start somewhere. The tips above are so practical you need not sacrifice looking comfortably fabulous for less.

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During the summertime, it’s always a toss between Tagaytay City and Baguio City. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but for some reasons, Tagaytay City seemed to be the favorite of the Manileños. Tagaytay City is only two hours of drive away from Metro Manila, and the fare is usually less than a hundred pesos (it depends on where you live exactly). These are just two reasons though; the others are listed below.

Things to do in Tagaytay

Fun happening

Did you know that one of the tallest ferris wheels in the Philippines is found in Tagaytay? Indeed, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in the area. In fact, you can hop from Tagaytay Picnic Grove to Sky Ranch Theme Park to People’s Park in the Sky to Paradizoo and so much more. Also, souvenir shops surround the area where you can get local delis and treats to take home to your family and friends. Shopping for pasalubongs (take-home treats) alone is surely an enjoyable activity.

wilson's place bed and breakfast tagaytay
In 2015, me, hubby, Sasha and my parents went to Tagaytay City for a two-day, one-night vacation for less than Php5,000 meals included. It’s a treat from my company. We stayed at Wilson’s Place, a bed and breakfast in Maglabe Drive. The owners are also the creative people behind Balai Indang and Yoki’s Farm. The place is really Instagram-worthy!

Natural high

Aside from Picnic Grove, which has its own eco-trail, there are other nature-oriented places to visit in Tagaytay. You can literally get high with cable rides and zip lines to witness the lush greeneries on hills and mountains other than overlooking Taal Volcano, of course. You may also visit Nurture Spa Village for a more relaxing getaway and Gratchi’s Getaway Farm Resort where you can interact with the animals although it is advisable to stay there longer to make the most of the experience. Also, don’t miss the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Garden, a small, simple garden where you can relax after a tiring day at the park or zoo.

puzzle mansion tagaytay city
Wilson’s Place is at the center of Puzzle Mansion, Paradizoo and Sky Ranch. Our first stop is Puzzle Mansion, a museum that houses a large collection of jigsaw puzzles. It’s the biggest in the world hence the Guinness logo at its facade. And of course, Sasha chose to have her picture beside the Hello Kitty puzzle.

Spiritual journey

Tagaytay City is a home to the 50-foot image of Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria. Tierra de Maria is also called HOME or Haven of Meditation and Enrichment. Tourists can also visit convents, seminaries, chapels and churches such as Pink Sister’s Convent, Divine Word Seminary, Canossa House of Spirituality, Daughters of Charity, Dominican House of Prayer, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church, Betania Retreat House, etc. Tagaytay City is actually the go-to place for patrons especially for visita iglesia during the Lenten season.

paradizoo tagaytay city
We went to Paradizoo afterward. I forgot the name of the cow, but it’s a five-legged cow—one of the main attractions at the zoo. We were able to watch the parade of animals, all dressed in quirky yet colorful costumes. I enjoyed the garden too.

Gastronomic experience

Tagaytay is a food haven as well. There’s One Destination, which is a strip of impressive cafés, bars and restaurants such as Yellow Cab, Pancake House, Henlin, etc. Then there are the truly Tagaytay eateries like Alamat, Mushroom Burger, Antonio’s and Loumar’s Café. To combat the chill, you can always go to Mahogany Market to eat their famous bulalo (beef marrow stew). Locally grown fruits and vegetables are also sold here.

True to its promise, Tagaytay City is really a place where you can ‘Dine, Stay, Play and Pray.’ You can do all these while marveling at the exquisiteness of Taal Volcano and enjoying refreshing splashes of air on your skin. There’s nothing completely wrong with Baguio City, but whenever you need to hide off to other places beyond the city limits immediately, Tagaytay City presents itself as the most accessible choice. Why not? Tagaytay has so much to offer and, a day is not enough to explore the place!

Warning: If you are a parent, your mindset about vacationing is about to change.

Some people are hesitant to go on a vacation because of the lack of time, money or both. Understandably, if you have four members in the family, that means longer planning and heftier budget. A vacation costs real money, but it shouldn’t be seen as a luxury splurge that you may feel guilty about after spending.

Don’t think that way because it could mean an investment in your kid’s character and future too. And no, we are not talking about educational trips here because those are required by the schools but real family vacations.

A 2015 study conducted by the Family Holiday Association, a national charity in the UK, claims that family vacations have long-term benefits. Put simply, family vacations may lead to a lifetime of happiness. The facts include:

  • About 49% of the respondents claim that their happiest memory happened during a family vacation
  • About 1/3 vividly remembers family vacations that occurred during their childhood
  • About 1/4 brings up these memories to get through tough times

The act of taking pictures alone is a happy activity for as long as it’s not intrusive. It boosts engagement and enjoyment; it’s immersive hence your kids can be in the moment.

I couldn’t agree more. I always go back to Batangas where we usually spend our annual summer outing. [Not ours really, but my mother’s company.] Every year, I look forward to April or May because it means I can get to linger on the sun and sand with my brothers and sister. Looking back, I was at my happiest back then. And every time we talk about it, we can’t help but giggle. ❤ ❤ ❤

Really, a family vacation is all you need for a change of environment. What a great excuse to plan your family getaway as early as N-O-W! And hey, the Philippines is a tropical country with hundreds to thousands of destinations just waiting to be explored (aside from being the Selfie Capital of the World)!

Importance of family vacations

1) Family vacations provide experience

Toys are good. But I guess you’ve also experienced buying an expensive toy for your kid only to find out that she is already bored playing with it after just a week.

Use the money as a travel fund instead. Although all of you would be at the place for a few days, the memories created will have a lasting impact on your children. They will value the experience because it’s a time well-spent with you, the parents, and other loved ones, the siblings.

Again, giving them toys to play with is okay. However, toys, as well as gadgets and screens, are divisive; they can put distance between you and your kids. On the other hand, traveling is an opportunity to bond, bringing all the family members closer together.

2) Family vacations benefit brain development

Playing the same games over and over at home may not necessarily lead to advancements in brain development unlike traveling to new places. Whether you explore a heritage town or natural habitat, the child’s inherently inquisitive mind is activated.

According to Dr. Margot Sunderland, a child psychologist, new experiences brought by traveling to unfamiliar places bring maturation in the frontal lobes of the brain. This part is responsible for cognitive functioning as well as social intelligence. Your child will learn to discern certain things and mingle with people at the same time.

You too may learn new things that is otherwise not possible if you confine yourself at home doing chores.

3) Family vacations support emotional well-being

We, parents, take on vacation when we feel overwhelmed by our work. Did you know that what you are feeling at that time is the same exact way your kids feel?

Kids, like their parents, need to de-stress as well. A study showed that 79% of children aged between 8 and 14 years old experience stress on a daily basis. However, kids feel no anxiety when their parents spend time with them. That’s according to 77% of the kids surveyed by the same study.

Interestingly, any place of interest outside your home is almost always deemed as a less-stressed environment. Interactions and moments that emerge from going to a particular place result to healthy relationships aside from feeling rejuvenated.

The less stressful the environment, the better the quality of the relationships. While at it, after the vacation, people tend to avoid, alter, accept and adapt to things that are stressing them back home much better than before they had the vacation.

4) Family vacations provide an escape

From all the hustle and bustle of the daily life, that is. Parents and kids, especially school-aged kids, are occupied by a lot of things. A time away from home and all those clutter and noise puts the daily routine aside in exchange of new experiences.

It’s a change of pace as well as a different kind of mind space. For at least once a year, there’s a shift in focus among all household members, sharing discoveries to one another. With this, a vacation is a good thing as you momentarily shift away from own schedules and deadlines.

Since it is meant to have fun minus the worries, you and your family can create fond memories that all of you can cherish. Years from now, your kids will relive those memories and will do so with a smile on their faces.

5) Family vacations lead to empowerment

Definitely a win-win situation for you and your kids, departing from the stresses of the daily grind can also make you feel better about your parenting skills. For your children, they will feel more loved and empowered.

When vacationing with kids, play is inevitable. Kids are experts at plays, and allowing them to take the lead can ultimately result in the development of creative thinking skills.

Overall, family vacations are healthy. So don’t hesitate to do them. And don’t proscrastinate. It doesn’t have to be grand. A trip down the corner store as a family will do. It’s a well-earned break from your daily routine. You may be making a sacrifice today, but it will definitely pay huge dividends and great rewards in the future. And while on vacation, make the most out of it.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

From time to time, it’s nice to treat yourselves with something extra special. And by extra special I mean Two Guys Burger House. This hole-in-the-wall burger place in Antipolo is fairly new, having been established in March 2017.

Even so, I already heard a lot about it. In fact, my neighbors who were able to visit the place rattled on Two Guys’ pink burger. I checked out its Facebook page, and it received rave reviews too.

I needed to give it a go to see for myself. Of course, I did not go there by myself. I brought my sister and two daughters, Sasha and Adele.

Two Guys Burger House review

Pink it is

From the menu, it’s called the RedRev Burger (but it’s pink not red or dinadaya lang ako ng paningin ko). 😀

Regular-sized burgers come with complimentary fries. I swear the fries were there when one of the four staffs (I wasn’t able to get his name) put it on our table. With a decent portion, of course. But the kids (or was it me or all of us) devoured them before my sister was able to take a picture. 😕

My sister likes it anyway. According to her, it’s better than the Bez Treat Overload Burger. I don’t know how it is better because the two burgers use the same-tasting patties.

overload burger best seller
Bez Treat Overload Burger, Php229 and Cookies & Cream shake, Php69

Speaking of their patties, it’s a bit on the longganisa-ish side—it’s kinda sweet. If you don’t like how the Filipino sausage tastes, you won’t like Two Guys’ burgers. Then again, I’ve never known someone who doesn’t like longganisa.

And these ones are big longganisa-tasting burgers!

Really huge serving

Although we weren’t able to sample the Nachokai Overload (crispy fries), from what we’ve ordered, it’s safe to say that most of the meals on the menu is meant for sharing. I mean most, not just the ‘overloads.’ Why? It’s because of the sizes! Generous serving talaga!

two guys in antipolo nachoskai
Nachokai Overload, Php139

When the Bez Treat Overload Burger arrived on our table, I was surprised to see how big it is. Me thinking: ‘Hindi ba sila malulugi dito?‘ 😛 It’s good for three to four persons actually. No wonder it’s Two Guys’ best-seller.

I ordered two big burgers, one meant for taking home. However, since we didn’t finish the first one, we also brought it home. So may take home na, may take home pa! 🙂

Considering how huge the patties and all other ingredients peeping out of the buns, the burgers are kinda messy to eat lang. I’m not aware that they provide hand gloves I just saw it on the pics from their FB page. We have two kids in tow pa so M-E-S-S-Y talaga.

Good thing, we went there around 2:30 pm, and there’s no one around. As in, we have the place to ourselves (other than the man who ordered lots of pink burgers for take out). So, if you have really young kids, I suggest you go there in between 2 and 4 pm to avoid the crowd.

Johnrev, through their Facebook page, allowed me to use the photos. Indeed, these are the most colorful burgers you’ll ever see at the prices you’ll love!

Worth the price

With just a quarter, busog na busog ka na for sure. Even the pink burger; my sister wasn’t able to finish it, so she gave me the half. I ate it and 1/8 of the big burger, and I’m so full.

Yet, I still have to finish half of the RedRev Spaghetti we also ordered. Not to mention, while gobbling up Choosy Fries. I wondered why such name. It’s just now (while writing) that I realized it’s an analogy to cheesy. Clever! 😆

For the drinks, we had Nutella Rocker and Cookies and Cream (shakes), one of the best sellers, for the kids. Then, we also ordered BlueBez Lemonade (no pic, apologies).

Two Guys also serves flavored beers (apple, lemon and butter). Yes, butter beer! Ang lakas maka-Harry Potter, right?

Sobrang sulit ang Php69 for the pink burger alone. You won’t feel robbed after eating unlike other burger joints out there that scrimp on everything.

There’s more to colorful burgers and lemonades, however, as well as the pleasantness of the staff especially Sir Randy, the owner. He’s very friendly. He takes pictures of all the diners and posts them on their Facebook page on real-time!

Praise-worthy really because not all burger restos can seamlessly integrate the physical with the digital world. Woah, I’m getting too serious. Wait, going back, this burger shop is all about the experience.

Dainty yet cozy

Mind you, this is not your usual Burger King or Chevy Burger; it isn’t commercialized. I sincerely hope it’ll stay this way for as long as possible (although I’m also praying that they’ll have other locations in Antipolo soon because these burgers deserved to be tasted).

Yes, the place is small with only six wooden tables or so (that are meant for sharing also). It’s kinda hot inside and noisy outside since it’s near the road. But all its shortcomings it compensates with the rustic appeal.

Small pieces here and there, but they all come together. My sister loves this clock so much by the counter. Charming, isn’t it?

wooden clock at the counter
The wooden clock at the station

Two Guys has a memory wall where diners may scribble anything they want on a piece of paper. We weren’t able to write much to the sister’s dismay. She thought I already wrote something, but I’m kinda hesitant to write. Maybe next time.

Yes, there will be a next time for sure. And next time, I wish hubby will be with us. Because as I’ve said, the burger and the place itself is meant for sharing.

I took home some for hubby, and he ate the half really fast! He’s talking while eating: Saan n’yo binili ‘to? Magkano ‘to? Mahal siguro ‘to ang laki eh! 😯 😀

Thank you Two Guys Burger House for the experience!

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How to get there

From Antipolo Cathedral

1) Go to the Antipolo Simbahan – Antipolo Hills terminal located in Masangkay St. (right side of Victory Mall)
2) Ride the jeepney going to Antipolo Hills; fare is only Php8
3) Alight in front of Senora dela Paz Academy, after San Isidro Elementary School

You may also ride the tricycle going to the place for only Php10 per passenger. If you get lost, just call Sir Randy. 😀

About Two Guys Burger House

Owner: Randy Sayson Binondo
Address: C. Lawis Ext. Brgy. San Isidro, Antipolo City, Rizal
Contact #: 0917-3838037
Opening hours: 12:00 nn to 12:00 mn
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/twoguysburgerhouse/

OUR RATING: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Two Guys Burger House will open its second branch along P. Oliveros St. in front of Petron, near Super Metro Supermarket and Puregold. It will be just a few minutes of walk from Antipolo Cathedral.

[This is not a sponsored post, but the author experiences dining at Two Guys Burger House first-hand. She believes the burger shop, with the tagline ‘The Most Creative Burger in Town’ deserves a boost. She hopes this review will help.]

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