Hello, hello, hello!!! It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I’m sure you understand why. Two words: Holiday. Rush.
The past weeks have been a flurry of activities: Raviv’s quarterly tests, home and party decorations, preparations, Christmas parties (Raviv attended 3!), potluck contributions, etc. Whew!
Last Friday was the most draining: in the morning was Raviv’s school’s major play (they had an early call time!)…
…at the same time, it was also the preschool Christmas party at Gymboree. I was physically with Raviv,I was mentally in Gymboree’s Christmas party (Was everything OK? Did the staff not forget to turn on the aircon in the playfloor? Were the children and their parents having fun?) In fact, I kept on checking my phone in case there was an aberya that I needed to troubleshoot long distance.)
…and at the same time, Dodong was fetching Raviv’s cousin Yoona from the airport. Dodong also kept on calling me to ask about Yoona’s flight details.
The afternoon was no better, for I had to do 3 weeks’ worth of laundry, aaack! In between loads, I was also at the beck and call of Raviv and Yoona. “Nanay, we need snacks!” “Tita Dewmaine, I need to pee.”
In the evening after I finished the laundry, I still had to feed, bathe and tuck into sleep the two super active preschoolers. I was so freaking tired! So even though Raviv and Yoona slept in Raviv’s bedroom leaving Randy and me alone (for the first time since the summer Raviv vacationed in my parents’), no sexy time for Randy, sorry!
I’m sure my holidays story is no different from so many other yaya-less mommies. The most wonderful time of the year for kids is also the most nerve-wracking time for parents. Sa totoo lang, nakakaloka! And if we don’t know how to de-stress, Christmas will be scarier than Halloween.
So let me share with you how I’m surviving the Holiday rush:
1. Watching Vikings on Netflix (or any other TV series that excite you)
After a tiring day, Randy and I would look forward to a relaxing evening watching Vikings on Netflix. We gave Vikings a shot when Dodong and our other helpers/staff didn’t sleep on Saturday nights (day-off nila ang Sunday) just to finish the three seasons of Vikings in our TV room! As in hindi talaga sila natutulog, talo pa ang nakipaglamay! And since they were that addicted to Vikings, we figured it must be good (after all, Dodong also watches Game of Thrones…Dodong has taste!). And hell yeah, it is! It is as action-packed and as easy to understand as The Walking Dead, but has the Game of Thrones feel.
We love it so much that Randy named his new bullmastiff puppy Lagertha, one of the main characters in Vikings.
Aside from Vikings, I also still watch Magpahanggang Wakas on iWantTV, hohoho!
2. Online shopping.
Yes, I’m a new convert—I used to shun online shopping because I preferred to touch and try the things I want to buy first. But it’s the Holidays–I have no choice because andaming reregaluhan and yet:
- a) Traffic!!!
- b) Walang parking!
- c) Ang sikip sa stores!!!
In short, shopping in stores is no longer fun. And so I tried doing online shopping. I was more encouraged when I learned about online shopping through Shopback. Why? Because you earn every time you shop. The more you shop, the more you earn. If you’re thinking, “Is that for real?”, I don’t blame you because that’s also what I thought. But heed, because you’ll definitely thank me for this.
Online shopping through Shopback is actually pretty simple: before you go shopping on popular online shops (Lazada, Althea, Zalora, etc.), go to the Shopback website first, and then from there, click the store you want to order from or items you want to buy.
Then shop as usual! Now how do you earn from it? Shopback shares its referral fee with you! For example, if you buy from Lazada, you could get as much as 9% rebate from your purchase. So if your total spending on Lazada items is P9,000, Shopback will give P810 to your account. Not bad, eh?
In my case, I’ve been buying stuff from Althea. It’s a treasure trove of all things bright, beautiful, and discounted! My first order from Althea arrived at the best time: on the Friday I was Hag-Gardo Versoza. I opened it on Saturday morning, and my eyes twinkled!
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Yesterday was a very tiring day. In the morning was Raviv's major school play (early call time), @gymboree.starosa's Christmas Party (I didn't get to attend because of Raviv's play, but I was mentally & physically part of the preparation), and Raviv's cousin arrived and was fetched from the airport. In the afternoon, Alona & I did 3 weeks' worth of laundry that went on until 7pm. Afterwards I fed, bathed and tucked in to bed two preschoolers. Whew, what a Friday! But this box from @altheakorea shopped via @shopback.ph also arrived and it made me look forward to unboxing it today. So thank you Althea for this box of goodies! The packaging is so lovely! I'm having a blissful Saturday unboxing. 🎄 #Holidays2016 #WorkingMomWoes #SimpleJoys #MomLife
The goodies were in a pretty, festive-looking box:
The packaging alone was swoon-worthy! And I swooned some more when I tried them—now I get it why Korean cosmetics are so popular (I wish I could have time to share my review!)
And are you ready to swoon some more? The prices of Korean products there are way, way cheaper than its SRP in most stores here in the Philippines!!!
Check the price of this much-raved Banila Co. Prime Primer:
But on Althea…
As if the shopping convenience, discounts and cash from Shopback were not enough, readers of this blog (yes, that includes you!!!) also get an automatic P100 discount if you shop from clicking THIS LINK. I promise you, you’ll thank me for introducing you to Shopback! And you’re welcome!
3. And finally, just watch your child (or any loved one) enjoy Christmas.
Sometimes, we need to step back and watch our children savoring the season.
Yes, nakakapagod. But doesn’t seeing this silliness soothe a frenzied nerve? 🙂
Yes, magastos. But isn’t it that this happiness is priceless? 🙂
And of course, you must also remember the reason for the season!
Enjoy the Holidays! It’s always a merry Christmas because of Christ!