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Colored Dreams

Written on February 20th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

exotic flowers1A couple of weeks ago I received a text message from my mom saying that she had a dream about me and she is praying for it to come true. When I asked her what was it all about she just replied, “I’ll keep it to myself first.” So I did not pry any further, I just have to respect her for that.

Last Wednesday, I asked mom to tag along with me in my endless hunt for a new home. This time I felt that she was quite astonished at my invitation. Although I have been looking for a property for quite some time, I did not make it public so even she didn’t know that I am serious about my exploration.

After the trip, she finally blurted out the dream that she had… it was about us finally having our own house. She knew it was going to be fulfilled soon because according to her she seldom has “colored dreams”. She added that all the colored dreams she had before have already been realized.

Honestly, I was dumbfounded. All I can say is that maybe this is it. However she added that in her dream my house were full of flowers. Mwihihi. The property I am looking is only a town house, no room for flowering trees or a small garden, probably potted plants will do.

Oh well, I guess I have to make sure that the house will be full of flowers every time she visits me. (wink)

Marketing your small business

Written on February 15th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Just three weeks ago, we opened another small business venture … finally! It was actually long overdue, the delay caused me a lot of stress.

The first week was quite a dull in terms of sales. The banners and tarpaulin signages announcing our opening came on the second week, and sales shoot up. I guess those signages worked. However, the store still short of the sales target I have set for it. Hmmmm? I need some more marketing strategy…

I thought marketing strategies only applies to big corporations but even how small your business is… you need to have a marketing plan. In my other store, I tried giving out business flyers to announce and let people know where we are located, and it helped boost the sales. I am wondering if it will do the same for this store. There’s only one way to find out…. I shall design the flyers in a while.

Getting in touch is easy

Written on February 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

With the rise in technology, it is easy to touch base with family and friends anywhere in world. It’s amazing how we can update each other with what’s happening even if they are thousand miles away.

I remember when I was working in a multinational company, I can attend meetings set by our head office in New York, with all the regions in the world represented without me flying all the way to the Big Apple. I can even attend the meeting in the comfort of my home, and talk to other regions via the technology called Conference calling. Amazing, isn’t it?

Even when I was in the US, I keep in touch with my kids every single day via video call. Hubs, often tell me that I am an OA Mom because I wake up very early in the morning just to check on my kids. Well, aside from the fact that I have a separation anxiety at that time, it was exam week when I left them and the guilt of me not being there is killing me. Good thing, I can easily talk to them whenever I want.

Still on shopping

Written on February 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. How I wish I can be in the US at this time to take the opportunity to make my Christmas shopping early or better yet, I wish we can have a day like that here in the Philippines. Where all the prices are unbelievably marked down.

Honestly, after the Christmas season I tend to tone down my shopping spree despite all the “SALE” marked in the windows of the department store but now that I will once again travel, I need some winter clothes and I am looking for bargain finds. Of course, always being a smart shopper. Especially with all the prices going up nowadays, we need to be clever in what we spend on. Bargain prices without sacrificing the quality, right?

Baby Photography

Written on February 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

BebeYesterday, I was watching ANC’s Shop Talk and they had guests talking about photography as a side job. Despite the chores awaiting me, I stopped a little to watch and listen. It’s funny how I can relate to their passion however as much as I want it to be my “side job”, I can’t! (at the moment) That is because as we all know, camera gears are not inexpensive and that is not the foremost in our priority list.

Admittedly, it disappoints me that I do not have the means to purchase those expensive gears and at times making me lose the fire in pursuing this passion. However, about three weeks ago, the passion was once again fired up when Hubs won a DSLR camera. It was a good upgrade from what I had and he willingly swapped my old one to his new one. I guess the Gods must have been talking to me.

Yes, I want to take a step forward and enroll into an advanced course — once I have fixed my sked. And if there’s one thing I want to focus on is Baby Photography. I just love the innocence I see in their eyes. And I want to capture it and freeze the moment. They say it’s much harder to do this cause you really cannot teach them to pose. What the heck? It’s the digital age, it’s not as if I’ll be wasting rolls of film.

I love babies, how I wish I could have one of my own. I am now looking forward to practicing baby photography with Hub’s new nephew. Can’t wait! Maybe they can use the photos as part of baby thank you cards they will give away.

Photo : Bebe_15 by Chesi – Fotos CC’s photostream on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

Back to the Gym

Written on January 17th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

For three weeks now, I have been hitting the gym at least three times a week. I promise myself to continuously exercise not just because I want to lose weight but more for health reasons.

No more excuses! Before I was nursing an aching knee but the doctor said I need to go back and have an exercise regimen to help my knees heal. So the lights are green and I am good to go.

I have accepted the fact that no matter which diet pills really work, I cannot lose weight without any physical activity. Diet should always be coupled with an exercise. Increasing my metabolism is a must especially with my age right now. Besides, I feel light and happy whenever I work out. I guess it’s the Endorphins that are coming out. Now, whenever I sense sluggishness, I go out and hit the gym.

It’s up to me to keep up with this regimen. Diligence is what I need right now.

On Storing Food

Written on January 17th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

CupboardIn my house, I always want to have enough supply of food. It has been a practice in our house even when I was growing up. It’s such a hassle to have to go to the sari-sari store (convenience store) just to buy what you need such as vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and the like. These stuff are what I call the staples.

Even when I do my grocery, I make sure that the food will be good for at least a week. Canned goods are also there for emergency. So how do I define emergency? When there are unannounced guests and I did not cook enough. When my kids and my hubby look for snacks such as midnight snack. :-)

My motto, ” Thou shall not feel hungry when you’re at my house.” Funny but true. Hubby calls me a “hoarder” but Thanks me most of the time. I have so much containers and intend to buy food storage once I have my dream cupboard. The kitchen is my kingdom and I want it customized according to my needs.

Oh well, soon I know I’ll have that!

Looking back at the year that was

Written on January 13th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

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2010 was a year of ups and downs especially on the business side. I remember starting the year full of excitement with the opening of a small business venture. However, it failed to deliver the expected target until the last quarter of the year. Almost giving up on it due to a lot of contributing factors, it did end the year with a bang!  This was quite a blessing and I pray that the business will continue to pick up this 2011.

On the leisure part, hubs and I kept our promise to travel once a year and 2010 was an exceptional one. It was truly a milestone for us as we were given the opportunity to travel to the US and visit our relatives and friends whom we have not seen for years. Truly a significant achievement on our part.

On career choices, Hubs have made one of the most difficult decisions in his career, and that is to leave the corporate world. With much hope, we are welcoming all the opportunities that are coming his way and as for me, I can only give him the support and prayers that he needs.

With alternating periods of good and bad fortune, 2010 gave us a lot of learnings. Learnings that are very important in our family and married life. Looking back not only in the year that was, I can proudly say that we have gone a long way. With hard work and the grace of God, I am positive that we can reach whatever goals we have set.

Indeed along way from where we have first started! I remember a time when my son noticed that I am not wearing any engagement ring …

Son: “Mom, did Papa give you any engagement ring?”
Me: “Nope.” (with a smile)
Son: “Whaaaat?”
Son looking at his Papa : “Why didn’t you give mom any ring?”
His Papa only looked at him with a smile and said, “I cannot afford it back then…”

Yes, no engagement ring on my finger but it didn’t matter. I dreamed of a simple life and God has given me more than I have dreamed of and I am thankful for that.   Back then, I would have refused if he insisted on me having a ring even if the choices are simply cubic zirconia engagement rings because I know that we cannot afford it. I am not the type to demand any material things just so I can have one. What matter most is that I am blessed with a very responsible husband, two talented kids and a wonderful family. These are my real treasure.

Excited over my tweener’s first Debutant’s party

Written on January 12th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

clothes for boysYesterday, we got an invitation for my two children to participate in a Debutant’s ball. My son will be part of the 18 roses and my daughter will be one of the well wishers for the 18 candles. The party will be next month and yes, I am the one excited for my kids especially for my son, it’s his first formal party. (wink)

As early as now, I am window shopping for the right wardrobe. Going through the rack of gowns and mens ties. It motivates me to shop and create the perfect look for my kids. I guess that’s the “Fashionista” in me that’s working.

For my son, we will soon visit the tailor for his custom made pants and vest. As for my daughter, I have done my pre-shopping and we will soon hit the racks with her so she can choose her gown and of course, her shoes. The stage mom can’t wait, LOL!

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Spring Cleaning for the New Year

Written on January 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

fireworksLike everyone else, I want to welcome the new year with a clean house so even before the festivities started, me and my house help cleaned the whole house from top to bottom. To clear the house with clutter is my main objective and I believe that this is a great way to start the year. It’s like organizing … organization increases productivity and that is what I have always wanted to achieve.

When I was working, I always allot time to clear up the clutter and organize my files. I feel more productive that way. It lessens the time I spend looking for things.

As for my kids, I told them to do their share of cleaning up and sort out the clothes and toys they do not use for donation. I was so glad that my little boy chose to give up even the toys that he never wanted to give away. M daughter sorted out her clothes to be given away. It melts my heart to see that my kids are learning the art of giving.

If I had a lawn, I would have mowed it too. Anyone who knows me would attest to the fact that I have always been dreaming of a house with a garden. I wouldn’t mind mowing it myself much less looking for repair clinics and original briggs and stratton parts, as long as I have my garden. :-)

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