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Wonder Years

26 Jul

Lately I have been feeling like a stranger and alone in my own (and well, fairly new) world of motherhood. It’s like those weird years when you were still trying to decide whether you want to stay being a kid or grow into an awkward and confused pre-teen.

This world of motherhood I somehow don’t know how to fit in. To say the least, the amount of friends I have that are moms are like 2 or 3, and whenever I try to do mom-talk with them I tend to be too “motherly” and sentimental that everything just turns out to be too awkward for us that we just give up on the topic altogether.

The rest of my friends are either happily single, unfortunately single, depressed and single, single without a choice, in a happy relationship, in a relationship, in a im-so-head-over-heels-in-love relationship, and the oh so, in an annoyingly-too-mushy-get-out-of-my-face-and-get-a-room  kind of relationship. They talk about their boyfriends, girlfriends, failed conquests, and future conquests while I talk about my son. They post photos of them eating, drinking, kissing, and mushing all over social networks while I post photos of my son in every unimaginable sleeping position and angle possible. 

Whenever we strike up conversations about our old habits, random things, and totally useless facts and bullshit–which is of the awesome kind, something in me somehow veers away from the topic-as if motherhood had somehow created a metaphorical mind-controlling alien in my uterus that filters what I want to hear and say and limits it to motherhood and babies. It makes me all pleasant and nice, with the patience of a Sadhu monk. Oh, I am totally dying to break free!

Then there’s the mommy mommy friends. The ones you can gush all about every minuscule detail of every second of your child’s existence in this planet– from being a tiny blood in your uterus to being the little screaming gremlin that they sometimes are-and yes, they will love you for it and would empathize by sharing their own gushy mom-ents (see what I did there? *wink wink*). But for the life of me, I can’t get myself to rant to them about how I just want to punch that asshole standing next to us, blowing smoke rings smack into my child’s face. I also must remind myself : “You don’t spazz out curses in all tongues around them”. They are the mom moms and I feel like one curse equates to: “I have Tourette’s and I am neurotic”. I’m not saying they are judgemental–it’s just that they are too motherly and I’m like the un-mommy who has countless mom-ents of never-ending sentimental and endearing memories and thoughts of her child and motherhood.

Damn it, it is now sinking in that this world I am in, I feel like a stranger. I am that awkward pre-teen. The one whose boobs are too poofy for the sando bra but too small for a training bra. 


What They Taught Us In Kindergarten

4 Jul

Remember what they taught us in kindergarten?

The most basic lesson even a child of any age would comprehend:

No matter how many times you try to help someone learn his ways and explain things, a person with no set values, principles, ethics, and concept of respect will never learn. The fool will continually be arrogant and stubborn; refusing to accept his fault and see himself as the helpless victim.

It is not about a material thing. It is not about the value of an object–it’s about ethics–about being sensitive enough and respectful of others’ belongings and not doing the same thing over and over again.

Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Carry yourself in a way that people will respect you.
Deal with your affairs without having to tread on others.

The Wonders of Reading + Look It’s About Me Review

2 Jun
Flying of to an adventure
Whisk me away to a magical dreamland!

I am a self-confessed book addict (veering away from the name “bookworm” so it doesn’t sound too dorky. Hihi). I love books. I carry them anywhere, everywhere I go. I could literally sit on one corner for hours on end and finish a good book or two. See, I have always been fascinated by the wonders of books and reading. Books have this special power of taking you to places within and beyond your imagination (and sky is the limit if you let it be!). They capture a certain sense of adventure, magic, and wonder that nothing else can replace. 

Octopus book sculpture
With every book I read, I know that within every page is an adventure waiting to come alive, a story waiting to begin, and a mystery waiting to be unfolded! Books are just one of the greatest things in the world.

This is why at a very young age, I am determined to share my passion of books and reading with my son. I have loved Dr. Seuss all my life! His works were actually one of the first few books I got for my son. Read more about it here. 

The Places you will go
Whenever things start to feel a bit gloomy, I always look to Dr. Seuss for some inspiring words of wisdom.

See, one of the things that made me love books and reading even more is that there is no age limit to it and you only need your eyes and your sense of imagination and wonder. Children are never too young and adults can never be too old to go on an adventure. These thin sheets of paper creates a wondrous portal that provides every reader a very unique experience.

Now, this is somewhere I wouldn’t mind getting lost in!

This was also what Kathleen Assad Lamata and Tatiana Peña Montenegro, founders of  Look It’s About Me had in mind. They wanted to create a unique and educational gift for children. Their business was inspired by Kathleen’s daughter, Chloe’s drawings and stories. Kathleen put together Chloe’s artwork and stories and viola! their very first personalized storybook was born.

Tatiana shares with us a little more background about Look It’s About Me:

“Our concept is very simple, we want to bring a unique gift to children and help with their development. Because it makes learning fun and it is about themselves it encourages children to read and helps increase their self-esteem. It is also a great bonding activity between parent and child.
Because we want to offer our customers the finest personalized items, creating lasting memories and providing years of enjoyment, before any item is shipped from our facility, it undergoes a strict quality inspection, in order to meet our standards of workmanship and design. “

“We wanted to offer great books, books that children would amaze children while flipping through the pages, so we hired a very talented award winning writer Natalia Diaz, who is currently  based in Spain (she is Filipina), and then hired talented local artists (Dax Tee, Janine Ngo, PJ Martelino, Andre Cui and Robby Singh) to illustrate those stories.

Kathleen and Tatiana sent the little man his own personalized book last March (eek, I know this is long overdue! Sorry Tatiana!) with the theme “My Great Space Race”. A story where your child is taken on a journey around the milky way discovering planets, while participating in an exciting space race. Educational and fun! The images itself whisks one away to an outerspace adventure! 

Personalized Story book for children
The little man loves the bright bold colors! Though he doesn’t know how to read yet, the  colorful and glossy pages keeps his eyes glued on the pages.

It’s always a thrill to read little J his very own book! I am trying as much as I can not to give out any spoilers but I just have to share that when daddy J read the dedication (which I picked out as a surprise to my two boys, hihi) and the part where we had our own roles (we were little J’s best friends! Weee!), he was so moved and almost teared up! Aww, how awesome can it be to create such an impact to an adult like daddy J (who doesn’t like to read much, lol)? That what I call MAGIC!

Check out other personalized story books from Look  It’s About Me! on their website Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

They not only provide personalized story books and gifts, they also carry personalized coloring books! Kathleen and Tatiana are also planning to launch  some other personalized products such as posters, wrapping paper and placemats. These products are great as giveaways in parties. These are also perfect for after-school, rainy days, and weekend activities. 

Personalized wrapping paper in Outer Space theme
Personalized Wrapping Paper in “Outer Space”. There is just something about the magic and mystery of outer space that I really really can’t seem to resist!

Speaking of school, they have an on-going back to school promo! Get 10% Off for any purchase from June 1 -14, 2013 only. Use Promo Code: Back2School. Minimum purchase of 1200 Php. More details here.

Personalized Storybooks and gifts for children

Now that the school year is about to start, give your kids the perfect gift to pep them up and get them excited to read and learn! Visit Look It’s About Me on Facebook and start your own magical adventure with your child today.

Watch out for a Look It’s About Me book giveaway coming soon! 

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