Monday, March 23, 2015

Choices of 2015 Kids' Summer Activities, Workshops and Lessons, and Some Interesting Facts Why Our Kids Need Them

What does your child really gain from non-academic, particularly summer activities on areas of sports, music, arts and the like? Studies show that co-curricular and non-academic activities have positive short and long-term effects on your kid's behavior. One's your child being likely to become a good and engaging student...

Hi there mommies!

I'm glad that my kids' exams are done, now I can breathe better! Why last week I've been reviewing my daughter about conversion of mix fraction into lowest term by applying LCD blah blah. Yes I love math, but math problems are easier solved than taught (clueless about teaching 101 here!) So I decided to let my two girls study and review themselves. After all, I believe their teachers do their job well if my kids know their lessons well. My duty as a mom is to guide their study habits, to assess what they learn, to give moral support during exams, and probably to give some cool tips. Like, hit easy questions first.  So that they'll come up with sure answers. Cool, yes?

School's out and summer's here, now what?  Of course mommies find ways to keep their kids busy even during summer vacation.

You could have already checked it out online various summer workshops and lessons available in your neighborhood for your dear children.

I intended to post something that'll give you a list of summer 2015 activities for kids in Metro Manila (since I can be particular about the city) But Mr. Know-it-all Google himself can easily feed you a hundred of thousands resources like this one from Mommy Practicality and this one from Smart Parenting and this...oh just google it. (And you're welcome for the links!)

Urban living and new summer trends also bring us to so many choices more than ever!

So I opted to do a different but relevant article. Did a little, a massive research as part of my self-imposed blog challenge. Putting together interesting facts.  Serious stuff like that. Gee, I'm thrilled!

Check out this noteworthy list :)

Sports -

-      Develop your child’s strong character- sportsmanship / leadership / self-discipline

-      Gives a sense of belonging vital to your kid’s emotional health

-      Promotes teamwork/ participation that improves your child’s social skills

-      Beneficial to your kid’s physical health

-      Raises future leaders/ athletes/ doctors

Music Lessons / Sing and Dance Workshops –

-      Recitals build your kid’s confidence- they experience the nerves yet learn how to overcome it

-      Helps in brain development / builds multiple intelligence / improves memory

-      Kids learn to observe, interpret and analyze / learn to connect

-      Raises future singers/ dancers/ actors

Arts / Crafts / Culinary Lessons

-      Promotes out of the box thinking/ opens mind

-      Kids learn to express their feelings, with or without words

-      Constructive use of time strengthens the right side of brain thereby achieving the full potential of your kid’s mind

-      Raises future architects / engineers / writer / chef/ entrepreneur

As a parenting freak which you most probably are cause you're still reading up this time, you might have read quite something about that in another parenting book and/or have heard quite something about that from another parenting freak like me. So it goes on to conclude that we're both parenting freaks! Ok I'm kidding. :)

Anyway back to serious stuff- while some parents push their kids into summer lessons which they don't like,  or they drag their kids to expensive workshops just to be "in" and to keep up with the Joneses. I guess it's all the wrong reason.

Well at times choosing the right summer activity for our kids can be frustrating.  Especially when they seem not to know their interests. Just consider your children's personality and abilities.  Really learn what they like.  Keep on trying a wide variety of activities that open them new experiences.  As they grow old, they'll express more what they find fun.

This summer 2015 is another God-given opportunity to enrich our children's lives. We know why!

Seeing our kids discover their talents,  improve their skills. Keeping in mind the strong positive impact it has on our children.  It's priceless. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How I attended a grand event in a long gown worth less than a thousand pesos

Hello! :)

I know it's been ages since I posted an article here :) Just got so wrapped up juggling between a 9-5 job, skype chat with my husband, growing three kids and a couple of good old hobbies! So many things yet so little time. And I still want to blog hehe! Please bear with me. I hope not to get all burned out. Gotta keep my momentum going this time. So I challenged myself to post a good article a week. Let the fire up. :)

So for starters I'll share with you how I transformed a short simple dress to an awesome long gown so as to attend a formal event. Not that I saved the fashion world :) I mean I could reach out to a mom out there...

First off, you gotta grab a pencil and a paper. Draft it down, your very own design . :) Well what if you cannot draw? Come on. I bet your toddler years include you sketching your butterflies and flowers on the whitest wall of your house. :) Every kid I know loves to draw! Besides it feels pretty good to let your creativity loose sometimes. This do-it-yourself stuff, it's kind of liberating, and kind of therapeutic...

So if you're curious enough, here's my design:

Judging my sketch, it looks like a two-piece gown. I'm gonna need to make a lace top and a long skirt. But I don't have that much sewing skills! So I searched on youtube how to make a formal dress without sewing anything at all. This is when I got the idea of buying a ready-to-wear short simple dress that I could customize!

Then I listed down things that I'd need for my ambitious DIY project:

1. A white lace top. Or a cocktail dress so I could wear it again on simple occasions! Brilliant idea, aint it?

2. A fabric for the long skirt which I decided black. And a seamstress to get that skirt done. :) Luckily I got an aunt who can do it better. Haha!

3. Lots of beads and glitters. Some fancies or a brooch which shall be an accent to the otherwise plain skirt. Uh, did I just design it plain?

Next step is to head over to a hub of cheap finds which is Divisoria!

 Scouting for a dress, I found my piece right there in the Prime Block. Incredibly affordable at only P350!

At first, I haven't got an idea what kind of fabric or what texture one should use for a gown skirt. Later on, passing by a stall selling a nice gown with texture I liked. The seller told me it's of taffeta. There I knew what I had to buy. I headed to Boston Clothing stall and purchased four yards of black taffeta which costs only P70 a yard. A total of P280, my pocket willingly disposed. :)

Then off I went to Michelle's Ribbon and Lace, just to get confused what accessories to pick. There lie hundreds of beads screaming at me "Choose me! I'll marry your dress in any church!" :) All those ribbons and laces seem equally pretty. Finally I picked a handful of tiny glittering beads worth P100.

One thing about DIY though is that there might be a point in time you weigh your precious time and effort over the price you would have just paid. I realize this while putting beads on my dress. Making bead works are fun at first. Challenging at times. Addictive along the way. And nevertheless fulfilling. After a couple of late-night stitches and pricks, that is.

Meanwhile, my dear aunt finished the skirt in no time. A pink scarf which my mother let me borrowed, tied around my waist was a last-minute detail. Well I suppose that pink scarf breaks the blackness of the long skirt.

Until my corporate christmas event has come.

I strutted inside a grand hotel with all those fair ladies and handsome men. Quite a number of people mentioned my gown is pretty. My cousin told me I better keep it safe cause she'd like to borrow it sometime. I smiled at her. She had no idea I dressed that well on a crazily low budget!

At the Manila Hotel lobby with my folks....

With my colleagues during our formal christmas event

They haven't realized I dressed this good on a cheap, have they?  ; -)