My sister-in-law who is based in Toronto is giving birth soon to her second child. We’re all so excited to welcome another baby boy to the family, however I’m a bit sad that we’re miles away and we won’t be able to meet him in person.
I’d like to do something special for my sister-in-law, so I thought of having something custom made for when the baby arrives and then it hit me – birth announcements!
Though I can just easily make something in Photoshop and just email it to her, I thought it would be extra special to send her printouts – they can hand them out to friends and family and set one aside as a keepsake.
As I was browsing for birth announcement ideas, I came across Minted and I couldn’t help but adore their lovely prints. I ended up spending hours just browsing through their designs – they have wedding and party invitations, post cards, fabric and home decor.
“Minted is a design marketplace. We source creative content from a global community of independent artists, then sell the best content in the form of art, home décor, and stationery, directly to consumers.”
A few weeks ago, my Little Troublemaker was confined because of a really bad asthma attack on New Year’s Eve. I’ve been very careful not to expose him to smoke or let him run around too much – anything that can trigger a cough, until he was done with his medication.
Because of this I couldn’t take him out or bring him to Fun Ranch, and though we always have fun just being at home, I missed spending weekends out with him and my husband. After he completed his medication his breathing improved drastically but he had to continue with his maintenance so that his respiratory system would not be prone to colds and cough after his recovery. But because he was already healthy enough to run about, my husband and I decided to take him out with us one Sunday – to hear Mass and enjoy a meal together.
We arrived too early for the Mass at St. Jerome Emiliani Parish, so we decided to take a stroll and try to get the Little Troublemaker to take a nap because he might get impatient at the Church.
We brought him to Alabang Town Center and had him go on some rides until he was sleepy, he usually takes a nap before lunch time.
Our plan failed miserably, because this kid was too excited to take a nap! We ended up missing the Mass so we decided to have lunch instead.
Paper heart and cupid cut outs adorning store displays . Roses and bouquets in flower stands. Ridiculously large teddy bears.
You guessed it – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
I’m guessing you’re here because you’re looking for gift ideas for your wife. Though it might have made more sense for me to make a list for gift ideas for husbands, I reckon that moms like me already have that pretty much figured out. Let me be honest and say that I’m not a “gift expert”, but I’ve had my fair share of good and bad Valentine’s Day gifts. With that said I’d like to think that I have a decent sense of what works and what doesn’t, plus I’ve heard a LOT of Valentine’s Day horror stories from friends and relatives.
Last Sunday, 44 families lost sons, brothers, and husbands who sacrificed their lives for our country in the recent Maguinadano clash. I will never understand the grief of these families, not even an ounce of their pain. It is beyond words. I join them in mourning for their loved ones and praying for their souls.
I was saddened by the news itself, but when I saw photos of families crying beside caskets, especially children, I just lost it. May the truth prevail and justice be served.
Let us continue to pray for these brave souls and their families, that they may all find peace and healing with God.
Quezon City, January 7, 2015
Celebrities Precious Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz, Niña Corpuz-Rodriguez and Delamar Arias, all share one thing in common with every other mom out there – the desire to protect and secure their child’s future. All three are also among the growing number of mothers who have made the life-saving decision to bank their children’s umbilical stem cells. And they came out to share why they made this choice during the recently-held launching of Cordlife’s new and bigger facility at the Crowne Plaza last 18 November 2014, hoping to inspire other expectant parents to follow suit.