Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Birds and The Bees and Me


"When Nicole, my second child, was 4, she said, "Mommy, could you hurry up and kiss daddy so I can get a new brother?"

Hmm, okay, we'll see..

On to the next question:

"How can a baby go inside your tummy?  Does she have to rip your belly apart?"

Okay, well, you see...


I have read somewhere that sex tops the toughest thing to talk to kids about.  It certainly is a tough topic  for a mom who spent her entire school life in Catholic schools run by nuns (preschool to high school) and by priests (college).  I have finally figured out why.  Each stage of childhood brings a new surprise for us evasive moms (or dads, if the mom is lucky) in charge of sex education.  

Three kids and countless stammered answers and perpetual blushing have taught me only that however weird you feel, it would be weirder to ignore the subject entirely.  You just have to take a deep breath and bravely plunge in.


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Stage 1: The Flowers and the Birds  (Roughly ages 1-3) 

When they were little babies, they all look alike.  And so, us mommies go on  wild shopping sprees and buy only blue sporty shirts if our tiny one is a boy or we overdose on cute pink bows and dresses if a girl.

The big surprise: Curiosity does begin early!  At first, they just need to know what their boy parts and girl parts are called.  Simple enough, right? But you will be floored at what will happen when your daughter suddenly runs on a boy who left the bathroom door open.  On vacation in Manila years back, my two daughters who were around 2 and 3 ran on their two-year old cousin in the bathroom screaming to my mom,  "Lola, what is that???" They can't believe how he can pee standing up, too. (and I caught them a couple of times trying to pee standing up!)

Stage 2: Where Do Babies Come From?  (Roughly ages 3-5) 

At this stage, you will realize that this big question does not require a big answer.  A lot of us mistook preschooler questions like, "Do boy babies come from birdies and girl babies from flowers?" as a cue to go into the mechanics of human reproduction.  

The Surprise: Now I know that when my little boy asks, "On the first day that you got married, did I pop out of your belly?" my correct answer is simply, "No, because it takes nine months to grow a baby inside my belly-and I also had to grow Paula and Nicole first!"  But I am not yet done with my answer and  he is already off changing to his new clothes and marveling about how cool he looks in his new clothes.

Stage 3: How Do Babies Get Started (Ages precocious on up)  

The surprise:  How quickly those clever kids put two and two together.  Eventually they want to know how the seeds and eggs get together.  That's when you say, "Go ask your father."  Some parents are comfortable with touchy-feely euphemisms about mothers and fathers "loving each other", while others prefer more scientific explanations of fertilization. (I rely on those quirky illustrated kids' books myself.) But whatever your own level of discomfort, for a few blessed years anyway, you can bet the typical response of your curious little babes will be "Eeeeewwwwww!"

Stage  Beyond Babies (School Age)  

Unlike my generation, this generation freak-dances  around innocent kids.

"Why can't I sing "F***' Perfect" by Pink out loud? It's on the radio all the time!" 

"Is the L Word like the F word?" (From another daughter, just reading Seventeen magazine.)

I'd rather go through the Kotex Talk again than have to pick my way through topic I'd never even heard of myself until I was a grown up.

Stage 5: Preteens 

The surprise: You realize you are getting old!  While your tween will discover lip gloss and training bras,  you are spending a lot on anti-aging creams, Obagi and Lycra body shapers.

I'd be depressed-if I weren't busy laughing and feeling glad I am not a tween again.  I have a ten year old nephew, for instance, who whispered to me in the middle of Sunday mass, "Tita, Katherine is now my girlfriend." I asked him, "Since when?".  His answer:  "Last Thursday.  But she does not know it yet."  

Clearly we will have many more talks ahead.






Sunday, February 24, 2013

Living in the Metropolis

A photo by Avian Quest: Mukha ng Baguio

After living in our laid back Baguio City for most of my older brother’s childhood, moving to Quezon City was quite a shock.  I kid you not.  Wide gardens and hills with pine trees and sunflowers were replaced by concrete roads and a garage too small only his car can fit in.  His son has to do some extra effort to squeeze his bike in.  The early morning chirping of birds and the nighttime cricket songs were replaced by blaring horns and car engines, and instead of a garden, he has a few sad terracotta pots with wilting plants.  Inside, he claims that the place is too small that if he closes all windows and opens his ref, he will have centralized air conditioner.  But of course, he was kidding.  His house was okay. Maybe, he just misses the wide space he has back home, where shoes don’t make their way to the doorstep (they have their own special shelf) and almost everything school and work-related was done on the dining table.

Moving from a spacious house to a tight townhouse may be dreadful for some, but it was a total nightmare for him.  He finally did accept that small spaces have their own brand of charm and practical appeal and was able to make his house work for him by embarking on a DIY maximize-my-home-space project.

Another thing he can’t get over, though, is the traffic and likewise, driving and maintaining a car in the metropolis! He tries to keep his car in tiptop shape, but the heat, the grime and the flood (Manila does go underwater most of the rainy season!).  Good thing he is a car enthusiast and usually has his car maintained at automotive shops properly equipped with top of the line otc tools.  Having your vehicle properly maintained does go a long way and will save you a lot of headaches later on.  Be sure that you are going to shops properly equipped with modern automotive tools, too.  He does love to DIY (most guys are like that) and he tinkers with his car on weekends.  He has a whole bunch of automotive tools, too.




He has been in the metropolis for quite a long time now, but he still loves to come home to Baguio to take in the fresh air (which was way fresher when he left twenty years ago).  The traffic isn’t as bad, though.


Sunday Inspiration: True Friendship

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There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first.
when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. ♥

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Friday, February 22, 2013

Tweens: The Secret World of Boys

In the years before you hit ten or eleven, your mom may mean the world to you.  Everything revolved around your mom and how you think the world of her...

That is, until you hit your tweens-that period when you are "too old for toys, too young for boys", but just right for fangirling over boy bands (Amergerd!  The One Direction single just debuted on British Radio!).

And oh, yeah, that's the time when you suddenly notice the boys and their secret world.

Mystery #1: Why do boys hate girls?
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Boys do not hate girls!  (although sometimes, they claim they do.)  Boys just can't figure them out.  Unlike girls this age who suddenly notice that boys do exist, boys don't.  They prefer hanging out with the boys playing video games and sports.  And yup, they think all that girls do is talk and braid hairs and give each other makeovers which they think is so lame.  

Mystery #2:  Why are my boy classmates so lazy?


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It's not that they're lazy.  Their brains are just wired to do some other, much more fun stuff,like play video games, than finish your Science Project.  If you unfortunately ended with a partner who just doesn't have the heart to help you in your school project, just talk to him that you need to finish your project.  Offer pizza or turn the TV on while you try 

Mystery #3:  Why is my kuya (older brother) so over protective?


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The older your brother gets, the more he will be over-protective of his little sister. He thinks his little sis is so naive she will easily be fooled.  If your older brother follows you around, spooking your friends and the boy who sort of likes you, don't feel insulted.  He is just looking out for you and just making sure that you are always okay.   

Mystery #4: Why do boys tease girls?

You've probably heard that if a boy teases you, it means he likes you.  Maybe not always in a "you're my secret crush" kind of way, but at the very least, he wants you to pay attention to him.  Since boys aren't very good at expressing their feelings and barf at mush gestures, teasing you is the only way to get you to talk to him.  It could be that he thinks you're nice and pretty and smart, or that he wants to be your pal.  But if his teasing is bordering on bullying, speak up and let him know you don't appreciate meanness.

Mystery #5: Why do boys think that they're better than girls?

Boys are naturally competitive and often physically stronger than other girls their age, so they believe that they're better than girls.  Crush that attitude by trumping them in class and practicing hard to do better in sports.  That'll show them.




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Raising Our Children With Faith

  Source: themomcrowd.com via Dana on Pinterest

Raising our children does not come with a manual.  We raise them with a mixture of fear that everything we do will never be enough.  But we raise them with so much love which is but a reflection of God’s love for us.
Raising our children involves giving them the freedom to make mistakes without fear of punishment.  Raising them in faith involves bringing them to church to strengthen and grow in their faith, even if they do constantly fight on who gets the chairs church nearest Mom or Dad or the choir.  Raising our children means teaching them to laugh and to find their joy, their passion in life.  Raising our children means being prepared for the unexpected and never rash to judgment.  Raising our children calls for us to trust and have faith that God will speak to us, guide us, and cover for us when we falter.  God’s love will show us how.   


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Infinite.ly: Create your website in 60 seconds!



I was late at the blogosphere party!  Before I started this blog in August 2012, I was totally clueless.
Before I became a serious (?)blogger on that fateful day of August, I had maybe around four neglected blogspot blogs, plus a personal memoir blog with Live Journal and Wordpress, with an average of only two or three posts, a year.
I wanted to blog.  I really do.  I just don’t have time (Ha!).  Until I did get serious and so, this mommy blog was born, with its blogspot url as thelumpyspaceprincess.blogspot.com. 
It took me a month to realize that for readers and "me" to take me seriously, I should drop the Lumpy Space Princess name (besides, it was a name of an Adventure Time Cartoon Network character.  They might slap me with some legal thing later), and so, I decided to get my own custom domain. I wanted to be a part of the blogosphere, the world wide web. I want to have a piece of it, so I got my own dot com.
Unfortunately, I got my custom domain when Blogger was having problems.  My site was getting the Error 404. I have to wait for around two weeks, while constantly complaining at the Blogger forum (where fellow bloggers like me who got their own dot com cannot go live because even the blogspot re-direct won’t work) because there was no customer service for Blogger.
Eventually, everything did get fixed.  All was well.
But what if I told you that you can launch your own brand, your own website, complete with a mobile version and a custom domain name, even if you are clueless and have zero technical knowledge, in 60 seconds?

Infinite.ly, proudly a Philippine startup, has recently launched this service which will make you have your own professional website, complete with custom domain name, hosting and website maintenance, with 50 MB storage for only Php 1,600.00 per year for the Small Biz Plan. 
Setting up is easy. First you need to pick a name for your site under the infinite.ly subdomain. Yup, you can try how it works first before it asks you to register or make a purchase.
The system checks if your brand name is available and if it is, that little rocket would launch your new site/page.

You will be asked what type of page you would like to build. Infinite.ly has templates available depending on the kind of website you want to build (Blogger/Business/Event/Freeform).  Since I am such a non-techie, I chose Blogger (although I was wishing I had a business.  This would be perfect to build and promote your brand!).

Now, do the countdown! In just sixty seconds flat, you can visit your new website and customize it!

Moments later, your dot com site is LIVE!
You can claim your page for free, or upgrade to a premium account which I did, using the Small Biz plan:


For somebody technically-challenged like me (which I over-emphasized in the paragraphs above), building my page is so easy.  Infinite.ly has a drag and drop and a user friendly interface.  Adding your brand image is easy, too.  Just drag, choose where you want to put it, crop it, make it pretty.
And with a "Tips" section, you can't go wrong...

It also comes complete with a mobile version and a custom facebook page tab.  The custom facebook page tab is very helpful, especially if you want to build your brand.
You can have access to all the widgets to customize your page.  Again, everything is so easy a  ten year old can do it.
As you can see, I can be easily pleased and I am in awe with how easy it is to build your own site. In sixty seconds flat, nonetheless.  
The Small Biz Plan would be perfect if you are launching or promoting your own brand or business. The design possibilities, with the numerous widgets, are boundless.   Besides, I would trust a seller more if he has a professional looking site with his own dot com!If you are a blogger like me, however, I think there are cheaper alternatives to getting your own hosting and custom domain. But, with all the customizations and widgets available, getting it would be sulit, especially since you won't need to hire somebody to design your page at all.  You can do everything on your own.
My Infinite.ly blog is still a work in progress. But I am loving trying my hands at designing it.  You can get a feel of the service by heading to their site.  Go ahead.  Build your page!




Disclosure:  The service mentioned was sponsored by TapBlogs/Infinite.ly.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Inspiration: Before You Say Anything


"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace"
       - Albert Schweitzer

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A lot of times, we are tempted to say things we will regret later.  And there are some of us, too, who simply love to say things without thinking of the consequences.  I know, talk is cheap, talk is fun, but starting this week, let our words pass through these three gates.  I am sure our home, our workplace and wherever we are will be a much happier place.



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Is Your Home Safe?(Are You Sure?)


The home is the one place where you and your family should feel safest, but your home isn't always a haven.  Statistics show that mad dashes to the  Emergency Room are majorly caused by at-home injuries.  

HOME DANGER NO. 1: FALLING

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Most falls are caused by your home stairs- and your little one is most at risk!
  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. A lot of us think the danger is only at the top, but a baby can quickly crawl up and tumble down!  Get gates that mount to the wall and won't give way if your child or an adult leans on them.  
  • Add padding. You can lessen the blow of a fall, by carpeting your stairs and putting a mat at the bottom. 
  • Fix loose boards. A lot of times, the stairs' stringers or boards on the side of the stairs will pull away from the stairs due to wear and tear.  Look for a carpenter to fix it immediately by using rods joined by a turnbuckle which will bring the stairs' stringers together until they are re-straightened and re-supported.
  • Kidproof your windows. Install window guards on all your windows.  Also make sure that at least one window guard in each room has a release button that adults and older kids can release in case of an emergency.  

HOME Danger No. 2:  Swallowing a Household Poison 

Cleaning products such as bleach, anti-pest and medications are household poison!
  • Do a poison patrol.  We usually keep household cleaning products under the sink, which can be very accessible to kids.  Find a place where it is safe and lock them away.  Children can also overdose on medicine, especially if they were made to taste like candy or sweet juice.  Keep them locked away and explain to them that they need to drink only what the doctor told and they are to be given only by mom or dad.
  • Don't confuse! Don't ever store anything inedible in your pantry or refrigerator since anybody can accidentally ingest it!  I have seen rat killers that looked like pink candies kept in a mayonnaise jar! 


HOME Danger No. 3: Getting scalded.  

Plenty of children are brought to the ER due to scalding, more than flame or surface burns!  
  • Exercise caution in the kitchen.  Keep skillets and pots that contain hot liquid or grease on your stove's rear burners.  Remember to turn pan handles inward so curious hands can't reach them. Little hands can grab the handles and pour boiling hot liquid or grease on themselves.
  • Have a faucet and shower guard.  Little hands can accidentally turn them on and scald themselves.


HOME Danger No. 4: Choking 

Kids learn by exploring with their hands and mouth.  So it's not surprising that choking and suffocating are top killers of kids younger than three years old!
  • Chop their food in tiny pieces.    Always serve food in tiny little pieces for kids under 6.  Never even attempt to give them hard candy, gum or popcorn.   
  • Don't let them play with rubber balloons.  You may not realize it,but rubber balloons are a choking hazard.  They break into little pieces when they burst and little children can choke on them.   
  • Choose the toys you buy.  If a toy is small enough to fit inside a toilet paper roll, chuck it out.  Be sure toys your child play with have no tiny pieces that he can choke on.  And since toddlers put toys in their mouth, make sure the toys he play with are not made of any hazardous materials like lead.  
Accidents do and will happen-but they will happen a lot less often at your house if you practice crucial kid safety moves.





Thursday, February 14, 2013

Perfect for A Valentine's Day Movie Date: Safe Haven

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A Nicholas Sparks movie/novel never fails to make me cry.  That is why after watching "The Notebook"  on the month my mom was diagnosed with meningioma and I was forced to watch her slip away as she was slowly losing her memory and her spirit was dying right before my eyes,  I have simply stopped.  

Not until today, though, on Valentine's Day.  I saw "Safe Haven".  It is typical Nicholas Sparks.  It is a story about a mysterious young woman seemingly running from the law and lands in a small town in North Carolina where she meets and bonds with a widower.   It has really beautiful scenic shots (I was like, hey, I want to live there!) and it tugged on my heartstrings.  I reached for my tissues (sob) and was a bit annoyed that the cinema has to put the lights on after the final shot (I so don't want people seeing me crying).  Sob.

If you are looking for depth and a story line that makes sense, forget it.  But if you are into love and cheesy happy endings (like me), do catch it on a late Valentine's Day date.  It stars Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars and  Josh Duhamel, Fergie's main man. 

I did read somewhere that practically all of Nicholas Spark's movie characters look like Barbie and Ken.  Do you think so, too?





Daddy and Baby Wear


Daddies can’t help it.  They don’t know a thing about babies!  Having a new baby is just so strange.  And his baby doesn't know anything about baseball, doesn't care for TV, is not keeping up with the market and likes milk better than beer.  They just don’t have a thing in common with Daddy, except maybe both of them belch a lotJ

Mommy and baby seem to be the best of friends, in their own special circle of two.  Daddy may not admit it, but he feels left out.  You can help Daddy be best friends with the newest member of the family by:

Letting Daddy Wear The Baby

Daddies don’t admit it, but they do love to show off their babies to their friends.  On the next walk, let Daddy wear the little one in a baby carrier.  With baseball season in full swing next month, why don’t you head out for your own “alone time” by getting your nails done, catch up with friends or go to a yoga class?  Daddy would love to catch up on his sports with the little one and his friends. 

And while on it, why don’t you let your baby wear Daddy’s team and  dress baby in one of those gorgeous, comfortable Yankees kids clothes?  These are comfortable baby clothes available in cute colors and designs, such as play date outfits, T-shirts and diaper covers, pink summer dresses, wind suits and I am so in love with the pink cheerleader outfit.  For babies, clothes are all about comfort, but that they look stylish, sporty and comfortable matters a lot, too. Make sure you are dressing up baby in comfortable, quality clothes and also put a couple of extra clothes in the baby bag just in case the first ones get soiled.  Include plenty of diapers, bibs, and baby wipes. Daddy will soon be comfortable bonding with his friends and watching sports while wearing the baby.  Daddy would really look forward to teaching and playing the sport in the future.

Daddies are big and strong and babies seem so fragile and tiny that daddies are in constant fear of hurting them.  But they are as capable as mom.  Sometimes, a lot more.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Daddy and Baby Wear



Daddies can’t help it.  They don’t know a thing about babies!  Having a new baby is just so strange.  And his baby doesn't know anything about baseball, doesn't care for TV, is not keeping up with the market and likes milk better than beer.  They just don’t have a thing in common with Daddy, except maybe both of them belch a lot

Mommy and baby seem to be the best of friends, in their own special circle of two.  Daddy may not admit it, but he feels left out.  You can help Daddy be best friends with the newest member of the family by:

Letting Daddy Wear The Baby

Daddies don’t admit it, but they do love to show off their babies to their friends.  On the next walk, let Daddy wear the little one in a baby carrier.  With baseball season in full swing next month, why don’t you head out for your own “alone time” by getting your nails done, catch up with friends or go to a yoga class?  Daddy would love to catch up on his sports with the little one and his friends. 

And while on it, why don’t you let your baby wear Daddy’s team and  dress baby in one of those gorgeous, comfortable Yankees kids clothes?  These are comfortable baby clothes available in cute colors and designs, such as play date outfits, T-shirts and diaper covers, pink summer dresses, wind suits and I am so in love with the pink cheerleader outfit.  For babies, clothes are all about comfort, but that they look stylish, sporty and comfortable matters a lot, too. Make sure you are dressing up baby in comfortable, quality clothes and also put a couple of extra clothes in the baby bag just in case the first ones get soiled.  Include plenty of diapers, bibs, and baby wipes. Daddy will soon be comfortable bonding with his friends and watching sports while wearing the baby.  Daddy would really look forward to teaching and playing the sport in the future.

Daddies are big and strong and babies seem so fragile and tiny that daddies are in constant fear of hurting them.  But they are as capable as mom.  Sometimes, a lot more.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Signs You're Turning Into Your Mom

My teener, Venessa, will so totally disagree with this post, but no matter how much she abhors the thought , no matter how she denies it, the truth can't escape her.

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SHE.IS.TURNING.INTO.A.MINI-ME!

The teenage years are the time when you don't want to be anything like your mom.  You don't want to be seen around her (oh, but my teens do, especially if they need to do some shopping).  You protest when she says the song you love is a song by Sting rehashed.  You call her a cougar when she tries to like the bands and the singers you like (but her pretend "fangirl" is so not true.  She just wants to relate to you.).  You swear you will never be like her when you grow up.

But believe me, you could be copying some mommy habits right now!

Not convinced? Let me point them out to you...

  1. You just need to have your nails done every Saturday, and oh, you just need to have coffee with your friends and gossip for five hours!
  2. You just can't wait.  You get so impatient waiting in line at Forever 21's dressing room that you proceed gung-ho and try the clothes.  In the middle of the store!  Who cares if anyone sees you?
  3. You're obsessed with sales and discounts.  Even when you are so not planning on buying those gorgeous, extremely cool gargoyle sunglasses  and those wedgies in a color that would match those clothes you tried in the middle of the store, you end up spending a whole lot because you are thinking of how much you have "saved" because it is on sale! 
  4. You hate getting stuck in traffic-and you feel the need to tell everyone about it.
  5. You have no driver's license, but you act and sound like you are a better driver.  And you make rude gestures if a car cuts into your path.
  6. When your friends come over, you play the perfect host and insist that they should have something to snack on.  When they tell you they are full, you still bring out all of the junk inside the ref and force them to eat! 
  7. Your bag is always heavy because it is a mini-beauty parlor slash medicine cabinet! You can't leave home without your beauty kit (which would occupy around seventy percent of your bag) , band aids, paracetamol, breath mints, a humongous planner, and tons of other "important" stuff like eyelash curler and a big paddle brush!
  8. When your siblings annoy you, you call them by their full names.
  9. Before going on a long road trip with your friends, you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom first because it is going to be a long drive.
  10. You have a long playlist of sentimental music in your iPod and it is that kind of music you'd hear in the grocery store (I saw my daughter shake her head in wonder as The Script's song is being played at the grocery!)
  11. You hate messy rooms.  You can't help but pick up your little brother's or BFF's dirty clothes off the floor.  
Now, tell me.  Are you turning into your mom?




Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mommy Thoughts


Friday, February 08, 2013

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

NOT.THE.REAL ASTEROID. STOCK PHOTO FROM FREEDIGITALPHOTOS

I thought this would be interesting stuff  for all of us earthlings.  An asteroid will zoom "within spitting distance of Earth net week," which NASA says is the the "closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large."  The asteroid, named 2012 DA 14, was discovered by astronomers last year. It will just be around 17,200 miles above Earth's surface when it speeds up.  That is practically outside the Earth's atmosphere, but closer than the orbit of most weather and communication satellites.

NASA says though that despite the close shave, there is nothing to fear.  More on this at Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth | ABS-CBN News.

But then, the asteroid will keep coming back every year and astronomers cannot guarantee that there will be no impact on one of its flybys.
Interestingly, the 2012 DA14 is just one of the 500,000 known rocks circling around our little planet.  Experts predict there are many more.

International governments are reportedly rumored to be in talks on how to deflect one if it was on a collision course with us.  

Like in one of the movies I saw, one proposal would be to knock it off course by flying rockets at it.




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It has been believed that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.



Thursday, February 07, 2013

Book Review-Candy and the Cankersaur


I was born a bookworm, I swear!  When I was just around five years old, I was totally in love with beautifully-illustrated books.  That was at a time when children’s books are expensive (and local newsprint books just don’t appeal to the little me), so I hang out at my older cousin’s room where she has this bookshelf full of wonderful books sent by her father who works overseas.  Eventually, my cousin, Ate Didi, grew up and got tired of them (she was six years older than I) and decided to give me those books.  I still have those books (which included the Danny and the Dinosaur series which I loved!) to this day and my kids read them, too, even if they do have that funky old book smell.

I don’t have children’s e-books on my Kindle yet (and they would probably not look good in black and white anyway), but I did get a review PDF copy of “Candy and the Cankersaur” by Jason Sandberg.





I was floored by the illustrations in "Candy and the Cankersaur"!  I have a fixation for old children’s books, and the illustration brought me back to my five-year old self, looking longingly at my cousin’s books and wishing they were mine. 

I loved the story as well, since it is all about a cool, strong-willed girl who got a dinosaur (she could be a future Charlie’s Angels who can kick b*tt, lol).  She loved and trained the dino, even if it could bite her.  Issues like the dad who has no time for Candy, jealousy, and being responsible for your mistakes  are also taken up in the story.

My two-year old niece loved the book, especially the dinosaur.  At this age, the story doesn’t really matter.  The beautifully-illustrated dino does.  This is the book she always asks me to read to her whenever she comes over.  I think the book is a sort of a babysitter, too, because she can stare at the dino and go over the book for hours (well, not hours, but she does take time being all quiet and concentrated when she looks at the book.)

About the Author:

Jason Sandberg is a Fine Artist who wants to produce the missing books from his childhood, the books he wished he’d had.  His debut eBook “Candy and the Cankersaur” is a playful homage to Syd Hoff.  He has had several exhibits in Minnesota and his drawings and paintings were published in various national indy art magazines in the 1990s.  He specializes in acrylic painting.

I do hope the author would also come up with a wonderfully-illustrated book which stars a boy. My son is addicted to super-heroes and would not even look at Candy J

Candy and the Cankersaur is available at Amazon.com for $1.99 and at iTunes, Kobo and Nook. 







Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Truly Wordless Wednesday:Simple Pleasures

                                                                                 



Sunday, February 03, 2013

Things a Mom Waiting to Give Birth Should Do





from one angel to another by timeless photography
By the time a pregnant woman hits seven months, she can start to relax because she is no longer at risk of miscarriage.  Her miserable stage of extreme nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hating every spicy smell is so over.  It is the perfect time to be happy, hit the malls and run free, right? Not exactly. 

A woman in her third trimester will get very huge.  Trying to stand up or get out of the bed is an entire production number! This is also the time when she feels bloated and ugly, and traveling is out of the question either.  Just sitting in a car travelling for even an hour seems torture.  

And well-meaning people can be so tactless sometimes, as they give you different versions of "You are so huge you are no longer cute.", like: 


"You're bursting at the seams!"


"You are so big!"


"You are about to burst."

I actually cried and wanted to give birth really bad when somebody told me I would soon be bigger than hubby!  Pregnant women can be sensitive sometimes (not only during the first trimester), you know.  I couldn't wait to give birth!

Waiting can be long, mind you.  Days would seem like weeks!  But you can try the following and before you know it, you are on your way to the hospital and getting ready for the special moment you have been waiting for so long.

Go to work as usual.  Continue to work until a week before your estimated date of delivery (EDD).  It may sound difficult for you at this point when getting up can be such a struggle, but you can make ways to make yourself feel more comfortable.  Other people will be more understanding, too.  Don't give in to temptation and take a leave a month before your EDD.  If you chose to stop working and just stay home, you will be bored out of your head and wished you shouldn't have gone on leave that early. 

Shop for baby stuff.  I shopped for baby stuff usually on the seventh month.  Make a list  of basic stuff you and your baby will need:  clothes, receiving blankets, onesies, bottles, bottle warmer, a crib, and maybe an iCandy Stroller.  Sales people in the malls will practically pounce on you and will entice you to buy everything you might never need anyway.   Stick to your list and politely refuse them.  Some of those cute things will be given to you as presents anyway, either during your baby shower or during your child's baptism, so don't get too excited and buy every cute thing you see.

Prepare the baby's room.   Or corner, if you are planning to have the baby sleep in the same room with you.  Preparing a baby room is loads of fun, especially if you have conceptualized a theme.  Have somebody help you because you might need to move some big furniture along.  Don't do it all in one day, though, because you will just tire yourself out.  

Walk.  I used to do Pregnancy Yoga when I was pregnant, but on the third trimester, doing even those simple stretches can be such a chore. Walking is probably the only exercise you can do now that you are so big.  Remember to walk in a pace that is comfortable for you.  In the last weeks of your pregnancy, walking will help the baby engage in a lower position to prepare for birth, so walk whenever you can!

Relax.  Every mom is scared of giving birth.  And when other mommies tell you their childbirth tales, it is so easy to be fearful and anxious.  You may even lose sleep thinking about giving birth.  But you know what, just snap out of your fear.  Those moms who told you their horror tales are all right.  Their birth stories are no indication of how yours will go.  Learn how to relax.  It is not going to take the fear away, but it will help you cope.  

Enjoy the final days before you give birth.  There are a lot of things you are going to miss about being pregnant, like your husband's extra sweetness, the special treatment from relatives, friends and even strangers, the privilege to leave home without feeling guilty about leaving a little baby behind.  Enjoy these moments.  Take your mind off being bored and focus on the bright side of being pregnant.  Take this time to return other people's kindness, take plenty of rest.  When you give birth, you won't have lots of time anymore. 




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