Our kids too would love to see us looking great.

Sometimes you just want to dress up, look good and feel good. When most of the time you just seem not to care.

Having two lovely boys is very interesting specially when your husband is an overseas. If my husband is here I usually asked him, is my clothes ok? My lipsticks and etc. When he is not around my two boys are my mirror!

Today, my youngest son told me: Nanay you look so.. pretty today! I will give you flowers!

My eldest son: Nanay, I like that clothes better than the other one. I will take a photo of you! And indeed, he took all these photo!

Oh, yes! They have been my lovely mirror.

If I am wearing a skirt, they will check if I am wearing undershorts.

So, if sometimes they are bored of waiting for me while I am grooming myself. I will always remind them “Diba you want nanay to be pretty?

Yes, I have a four year old youngest and my eldest is seven! As a work at home mother, I am enjoying these lovely times with them because I know when they grow, I would not be their apple of the eye anymore!

Remote learning space for kids and a working space for a work at home mother!

Now, I needed to re-arrange my working space to be flexible for kids remote learning space as well.

Yes, since I have two kids having their online school this year. I also have to move my online task after their online schooling. Definitely they needed help during their learning session with their virtual teachers specially when your kids are still in kinder and early grade school. So, I re-arrange my working space mainly for them to use comfortably while I can also easily sit and use the computer after their learning session.

It is very important that your kids ambiance is relaxing by putting their table as much as possible near to open spaces where air can easily get into them and their eyes can see few boundaries.

Here are the tips in making your remote learning space for kids at the same time a working space for work at home mother:

1. Separate the table for each kid.

I have two kids, I separated their tables since I want them not to use headset. Because too much use of headset would not be good for their ears. And I wanted them to develop their hearing skills.

2. Put an extra table.

I put an extra table for writing or where they can easily move their laptop when they needed to write or do some art works.

3. Book stand

My mother did a DIY book stand for them to easily move their eyes from the computer to the books.

3. Foot stand

My mother did a DIY foot stand for their little feet since their tables and chairs are not really designed for their heights. So, they can relax their feet on the foot stand while learning. Keeping them comfortable on their chairs and tables.

4. Organizer

My mother made a DIY organizer for us to put the books, printers and other things which we can easily grab on.

5. Plants

We have a lot of snake plants and Aloe Vera which my mother planted even before the Corona Virus. Perfect! Snake plants boost their mood and reduced stress while Aloe Vera can absorb radiation.

Facing the computer for more than an hour would be too boring and stressful for them. So, I put plants near to the working table. I am planning to add more of these plants!

6. Reminder Board.

I find this very important because I usually forget their activities- for us to be reminded easily of their daily activities. Now my to do board becomes theirs as well.

7. Small baskets.

These small baskets were their toys organizers. Since we already have disposed some of their toys, I use this small baskets to put the things they needed. We can also use unused ice cream containers or biscuits containers. I put all the notebooks they need for Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays! Put them in the place where they can easily grab and return.

Here are my exercise motivation trigger tools.

Gaining weight is too easy but losing weight needs us to sweat out!

I was 59-60kgs when the year started! I was challenged to lose weight when I could not use my old pants and clothes!

Sharing you the tools that motivate me to stand up and do an exercise at home only! Again at home only – because we need to “stay home”. This coronavirus is challenging our fitness habit :-).

Now I am 57kgs, still trying to push harder since I wanted to hit 54kgs.

Here are my exercise motivation trigger tools:

 

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1. Mirror

I  put a mirror on my working table to see how my looks are going. Oh, when I see those little fats on it. I always talk to myself – I can look better than this. I need to lose weight! Aja kudasay!

2. Weighing Scale

The weighing scale is very important it helps me to be mindful of my weight and my eating habit. It’s easy to gain weight but difficult to lose weight. It needs you to move your body and burn some fats. I was not successful in doing it every day yet trying to at least do thrice a week – better than nothing at all.

I feel threatened when my weight reaches 58kgs. So, I do check my weight often.

3. Fitness Smartwatch

My husband gave me a fitness smartwatch. It helped me a lot. I had a good exercise habit when I first had it,  January this year. In fact, after a month I reached 55kgs. But, I went out of my way when the coronavirus spiked.

I learned that If I make 4000 walks a  day, I can burn about 200 calories which is equivalent to a cup of rice. I can reach that 8000 walks a day when I first had my smartwatch! Oh, I need to do it again these months. 🙂

You gotta sit all day and have some food while working! 🙂 We must watch this when we are working at home.

Now, I am trying again to reach my goal of 54kgs after two months. I am counting Day 1 for this.

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Day 1 – 4/29/2020

For Day 2; Stay tuned!

 

 

Rebooked Ticket because of Corona Virus.

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It’s almost April classes are soon to end. My kids have been counting the days for their father’s coming home. It’s Songkran in Thailand and with these holidays my husband could have a break from work and spend time with us. Either we go to Thailand to visit him or him going home to the Philippines! Kids have been counting the days! Excited for their microscopes and even praying every night for their tatay’s coming home.

Tickets were booked for April and suddenly “Corona Invasion” (my kids usually call it).

My husband and I decided to rebook his ticket instead of risking one’s health to Corona’s threat while traveling.

Before we slept our eldest Siam leads the prayer.

Lord please make corona a small spread Lord. Protect my tatay when he travels Lord- going home Lord and so on..

After the prayer, I told him what if tatay cannot go home in April?

Our youngest son said – I will be sad.

Siam: hmmm my microscope… and crying! Tatay! Tatay!

Me: Explaining about the corona

Siam: I hate Corona! I hate Corona! Tatay, tatay! I want tatay to go home…

And I noticed his tears were not just because of a microscope but he already missed his father and was disappointed because he’s not gonna go home soon.

I then told him that in July he is going home. Siam did not stop crying! It is so dugay, he said. December is longer! my response. I let him cry while my tears just fell on its own until we all fell asleep.

Praying that soon this will end! Corona will vanish and we could all live our normal lives.

Do I worry about my husband? Yes, of course, because he is out there living away from us and away from our country, we do not know until when would Corona fade! With hopes and prayers – the best thing we could do is to be healthy and stay where we are!

I saw how my husband embraces a healthy lifestyle not just for himself but because of us! May God embraces his love and strength to all who are working away from their families and could not go home because of Corona!

2019 Thailand Travel

Aspen Hotel Thailand – Review! April 2019

I do not encourage you to travel this time. Let us Stay at home this time.

Nanay want – flowers?

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After playing outside the house my youngest Philnand got inside the room and said “nanay want some flowers? Here oh..” I was smiling and got it. Sure, thank you nak.

My kids love to give me flowers, they usually get those from the roadside or those flowers falling on the ground. My youngest even loves to see me putting those flowers on my ears.

I have kept some of those flowers they gave me in my journal which has become their journal too, these flowers were a year ago (2019)!

 

My kids’ were seven and four years old, I am enjoying watching them grow. Thank you to the idea of free working space – that I am able to be with them most of the time, while I try to grow and served several clients with their admin tasks.

I am excited to serve more clients this year and onwards because my kids are now learning to do things on their own. I also got some household support and  I work with my home office team. Mae your Back Office Support Team- the Philippines (MyBOSTP) would be very happy to grow with your team as well. We are a team of a dedicated woman, wife and a mother who are passionate in everything we do.

Comment below if you need some support with your overloaded office works!

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How to make kids behave in an online meeting.

DSC05828 (2)When I locked the door they make more noise by knocking at it too hard with a yell ” Nanay, ooo..pen the door! ”

When they see me talking to my client online they wanted to show up and talk to them. So, I ended introducing them to my clients. My problem – they wanted to talk more especially when the client was trying to communicate with them.

There are three kinds of clients:

Client 1: They understand that you are a parent.

Scenario 1: My kids entered the room and were talking, trying to ask who am I talking to. I tried to hiddenly push them away from my camera.

Client 1: It’s ok Mae, I have kids too. You can talk to them and get back to me if you like.

Client 2: Work is work
Scenario: (My kids are calling me to go ) I hear that kids voice. I am not sure if you can do my task. My task is so demanding and you have so many things to do.

Client 3: We can make a bit of friendly talk and let’s proceed to work.
This is the client that my kids really loved. When I am having a meeting they joined with me. They even had a few small talks with my client before we start the proper meeting. My problem – they wanted to talk more especially when the client was trying to communicate with them.

Since these two little buddies of mine were like bubble gum to my tummy and to my breast. It would be very difficult to shoo them away to whatever I do. And the best thing to do is to make them quiet.

Now, my mother thought me an idea to put a note: A note near to my working table and at the door to our room.

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Was this effective? Yes, I think my eldest son understands it, he even opened the door slowly and hide from my computer when he was trying to get the toy. And because the youngest was crying he tried to let his toy be borrowed by his youngest brother and the best thing they went to the playground with their cousin. 🙂 When they get home the meeting was over and I had a new task to do. 🙂