No Yaya, No Problem!

This has been the hashtag of my life since December 2016: #noyayanoproblem. Surprisingly, a lot of my friends do not employ a nanny/helper as of late. I’m not really sure why, but there’s a shortage of amiable and reliable helpers around. Add to that the list of horror stories involving nannies like stealing, kidnapping and being violent to kids! Now that vacation time is here, I know most helpers will go home to their families, and some might not come back so here’s some lessons and tips that has helped me survive this situation.

Where are you super yaya?! Photo from:http://clipart-library.com/helper-cliparts.html
Where are you super yaya?! Photo from: http://clipart-library.com/helper-cliparts.html

First things first, how did my husband and I came to the decision not to hire a helper anymore? Well, there wasn’t really a choice as it was Christmas season then and getting a helper was impossible. Then we had relatives visiting from the US who gave our spirits a boost with their stories of raising kids there without a helper. It was also a good practice for us since we plan to go abroad soon. Travelling with a helper will entail additional expenses so go na, no more yaya!

I think the transition was easier for me because we are living with my in-laws (which deserve another post altogether) and there are other helpers who cook and clean and do the laundry. So in any case, I wasn’t without a helper. I just had no designated person to look after the kids entirely so I can go on and do my own stuff. The kids adjusted differently. They had to go where I was going and they need to pack away their toys, clothes and food. At one point, Z said “let’s get a yaya so she can pack away.” That for me was another reason not to get a yaya anymore. The kids will become too dependent and not learn to do their chores. Now, we have a system and I labeled their boxes so they know where their toys are going. Actually, our room is more organized and cleaner now than when we had a helper. Even Y helps in packing away toys and clothes and now she knows where to get her undies and socks! So that was a lesson for me: involve the kids and they will be willing helpers!

He is OC!
He is OC!

Thank heavens for grandparents, I can have an hour or two to myself. Put yourself on the prioritize list every day! Be it a workout, coffee by yourself or a 30-minute shower. It will do your mind and soul good. I really see the importance of me-time because it works. Just a few minutes for you to catch your breath. Even if you have a yaya, chances are you might spend time doing other things, not things for YOU.

But there will be days that will challenge you. Too many clothes to sort; kids dumped all of their toys on the floor; both kids having tantrums; husband having a tantrum. You know, it’s one of those days. My rule for that:

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For example, this blog post has been saved on drafts since the month started. My kids are always asking me to join them in their playtime so I just do chores and blogging when they are sleeping or if I really need to finish something, it’s TV or gadget time. Just remember that there’s always a time for everything. It really pays to have a schedule and routine so that you can plan out your day. I enlist the help of my husband such as asking him to be the one to read the bedtime books to the kids so I can freshen up or finish work I left hanging. Oh diba, hitting two birds with one stone!

Teamwork!
Teamwork!

Having no helper means I get to be more intentional with the kids. I can inject learning while we’re playing and now Y knows her colors, shapes, letters and counting! They’ve also realized that I’m the only one who can give in to their needs and would always be grateful like saying “Thank you for cleaning my pwet, Mama!” I deem a day to be successful when just before sleeping I’ll ask them if they had a great day and almost always, they say yes. I may be help-less but I’m not helpless.

Got more tips to yaya-less families?! Share them in the comments!

The One Core’s LIFE

We all know that prevention is better than cure. But did you know that illnesses start within our body even before we can feel it physically?! When an illness starts, it can be detected at the nerve endings way ahead of the outright signs and symptoms. But how?! The answer is LIFE! A new, state-of-the-art technology from Europe is now in the Philippines courtesy of The One Core. Coach Pia reiterated that to make better life decisions, you must be healthy first.

LIFE Presentation

 

LIFE is a non-invasive procedure so it’s perfect for those who are afraid of needles like me! Through a sensor, the nerve bundles are scanned and the data is stored the computer. The data is then analyzed and a Wellness Analysis Report is given. All of this in just 10 minutes! No needles, no fasting (but preferably no food intake just before the scan), no time wasted!

The readings are translated to curves to measure the balances in your body.
The readings are translated to curves to measure the balances in your body.

The report will give an account of the status of the following:

  • Vital Organs
  • Body Energy Index
  • Metabolic Index
  • Mental State Index
  • Tendon Bone and Blood Index
  • Thyroid Gland Index
  • Autonomic Nerve Index

You will also get a list of suggestions to address the areas of concern. And for those who go to acupuncturists, there’s a chart given which can tell them where you need to be treated.

Proud to be well-balanced!
Proud to be well-balanced!

Thank you to Coach Pia and The One Core for this Mother’s Day treat! I’m happy to say that my over-all reading was balanced. To my surprise, my problem with my spine was detected even though it was only the nerve bundles in my hands and feet that were scanned. This is amazingggg! I highly recommend this to everyone even though you don’t feel anything!!! If you are 12 years old and above and not pregnant, schedule your LIFE scan before June ends and get 50% off! Call (02)-4364143 or (0922)-8944143 to book your appointment.

 

Giddy!

 

Ever since my birthday last month, everyday seems to be a positive, cheerful day. Add to that the Mother’s Day love I got from online friends and especially from my boys. I don’t know… everything just seems right. Happy! Loved! Giddy!

Yes, we’re entering the Terrific Two’s and tantrums have been happening quite often, but as Zoren grows, so does my heart. It feels like it’s going to burst with so much happiness every time Z completes “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or when he stacks his blocks and cups, or laugh even when he’s sleeping. Really, this small creature gives me my biggest smile.

Our Mother's Day picture 🙂

I’m also proud of my husband. Yes, I’m his number 1 fan and cheerleader! He’s got a new role to do, he’s learning and up to the task. He may be busy most of the time but whenever the three of us are together, he makes sure that we feel that we are his top priority.

As for me, I’ve decided to really focus on this blog. I’m determined to put quality content that will be of help to young moms out there (after my 5 lives in Candy Crush, hehehe). I enjoy learning and sharing my lessons here. I’m also taking care of myself more now, back to putting make up, shopping for nice clothes, in short, because I feel good inside, I’m translating it into the outside!

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Spread the happiness! Do share what’s making you feel giddy!