There's nothing more rewarding than telling your family and friends about important milestones in your life---may they be lifecycle...

Celebrate Your Milestone with a Heartfelt Invitation



There's nothing more rewarding than telling your family and friends about important milestones in your life---may they be lifecycle events or otherwise.

For the month of March, what is celebrated is graduation or moving up. I remember when my kids were little, I would make DIY invitation cards using fancy paper and colored pens, and I would give them out to close family members.

There were no online templates for invitation cards then like Basic Invite.

Here are five reasons why you would want to make your invitations with Basic Invite.

Almost Unlimited Colors 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that gives customers color options with instant previews online. You select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets the Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company and the biggest draw of the company.

Residency graduation invitations and announcements will look attractive in different colors.



Custom Samples

Few websites allow customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will look on print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

These customized samples come in handy when you make professional graduation invitations because you can proofread and maintain high standard.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened.

All envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Graduation invitations for college would definitely look good with these envelopes.

Address Capturing Service

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Isn't inviting made easy through this feature?



Foil cards 

These are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51. 

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Conversations with the Husband



When Hilary Clinton was once asked why she stood by Bill amidst the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she said something like, Bill was the only person I could talk to, and once we started talking many years ago, we never stopped.

That statement never leaves me because I can relate to that "talking part" (and thankfully not to the scandal. Ha ha!)  

It's the same with Wizheart and me. We have never stopped talking since day one.  

We would exchange stories all the time---all the more when we are apart---may they be about our work (we would even do each other's work assignments!), our hobbies, our travels, our kids, our finances, our favorite food/books/movies/music, our dreams, practically just about everything. There was one time, when the kids were still toddlers that they would tell us to stop talking and giggling because they were going to sleep already.  

Last Valentine's Day, we went on our first dinner date of the year, and suddenly we realized that we couldn't remember when the last time we dated. We thought long and hard and agreed that we didn't date for about a year! 

You see, we used to go on dinner dates at least once a month, or have breakfast and dinner together at home, or squeeze lunch together on workdays. Our favorite was having breakfast over newspaper reading during Sundays. But since, even Saturday nights are eaten up by what-have-you, we don't get to do it anymore. I couldn't remember the last time we had that time together, too. I guess the daily grind wore us down, and, yeah, we missed it. 

So, during that dinner, we happily talked about our current life---and well, this time, we talked mostly about his work as there will be changes around it in the coming months. 

Who goes on a Valentine's Day dinner date and talk about Six Sigma, and enjoy every minute of it? Us! Ha ha! If the next-table couple were eavesdropping, they would probably wonder what we were talking about  as we discuss champions v project managers, DMAIC v PDC, process maps, and statistical probabilities way into the late evening. But that's how diverse our topics of conversations are. 
   
Well, these conversations with the husband,  they always rescue me from a bad day. When things are bad in the office, or my day isn't going well, I will just look forward to the end of the day knowing he will be there, and we will share stories about our day. Even if I am in my worst mood, I always end up laughing my lungs out because of his antics.

To be able to converse with your husband to me is an important ingredient in a marriage. I cannot imagine living with someone whom you can't converse or you always think of things to talk about.

My husband and I are blessed to always have conversations to share with.

I see the same bond with my parents.

If you're in a relationship right now, do you have a good communication with you partner?

Can you (literally) talk about anything and everything under the sun?

If yes, then fight for that kind of relationship and nurture it every day.



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How 50 Feels Like

This is my life squad (insert my brother).

I feel like being loved 50 times 50 more, and I have been truly blessed, really.

The photo above was taken during my birthday (October 3, 2018). My niece, who is now my business partner as well, together with other partners, pulled off a surprise party for me. Super fun! Amazeballs!

Now, four months later, I look at this picture again, and my heart bursts with gladness. I have now a family of my own with grown-up kids, all in their teens and already independent, and I still have both my parents with me (mother is 76 and father is 83). I would have wanted to have my brother there but he couldn't. I have a husband, who since day one, never stops loving me unconditionally and never limits me.

Fifty years is something, and let me share with you how I feel.

Semi-retired

At 46, I decided to go home-based and joined a startup. Working for a startup is really exciting. You get to dabble on new things. The fun part was doing the crowdfunding, and then manufacturing the products and promoting them.

After the initial hustle, when it all settled down, I felt I had started my semi-retirement. I say that because the work I did no longer touch on corporate planning (macro management), but more task-oriented (micro management). 

In good shape

My first health challenge came at 38 to 39 years old. I was walking in Glorietta, when I felt suddenly dizzy. I had to call a friend to get me from there. Several days and weeks later and perhaps months, I would experience dizziness every now and then, and my blood pressure would be 140/90. It was my first time to experience headaches, but most of the time I would feel light-headed. One time, I was even brought to the ER for feeling really bad. I took lab tests and the lab results were not bad. In fact, the numbers were within the normal range. Then I would feel hot creeping to my body during the night. Little did I know that that was part of pre-menopausal.

True enough at 45 years old, my menstruation started becoming erratic until it completely stopped. Since, then, I haven't had any episodes of dizziness or hypertension. Good thing, I recovered. Up until today, I never felt any better. In fact, I am always on the go and I always feel I have this bundle of limitless energy with me. I credit my good shape to the nutritionals that I have been taking for the past four years now. Praise God for good, or should I say, much improved health not only for me, but for my whole family!

Settled

The same year that I turned 50, my marriage also reached 20 years, and my older son turned 18. These numbers spell settled! Ha ha!

For 25 years or so in corporate, I had reached COO and EVP levels, and now as an omni-channel retail strategist consultant, I feel that career wise, I have done a lot already. But as the saying goes, no other success can compensate for failure in the home.

Thus, I am most proud that I have a very good marriage. My husband and I have such a great relationship with trust, respect, and love. Marrying him was my best decision ever. Then our teenage sons are growing to be independent and reliable. Although, they grew up with nannies at their beck and call, they are not spoiled at all. What I am most thankful for is that they have high EQ.

Candid

I guess it comes with age that you can no longer tolerate nonsense. I observed that I have become more open about my feelings, more critical about things.

Wary

I can't believe that some people can say really bad things about other people one minute and be sweet and chummy with the same people in the next minute. Scary!

Not to brag, but when I probably say something offensive about a person, I don't think I can behave the same way with him afterwards.

I am now less naive, and so, wary about my interaction with people.

Fulfilled

At 50, yes I am fulfilled. My fulfillment comes from having a wonderful family and strong support system.

I consider my success at this phase is my children who are good. Not perfect, but good, responsible young individuals. I feel proudest of them when other people, including their teachers and the nuns, would come up to me and tell me that my sons are good, they are sweet and responsible---the best part? I get this all the time!

Purposeful

I know the Lord promises to keep us, to prosper us, and never to forsake us. He has been good and faithful to me. Now, I want to pay it forward by living a life for others--and that is to be a woman after the welfare of anyone who comes into my life.

It's not a good development but lately, I often hear people getting ill. So, I am making it my advocacy to spread the true wellness by educating people how they should properly take care of their body, mind, and soul.

Who wants to join me in this renewed purposeful life?

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Love is Not Enough


This message melts my heart. 
Despite my being busy at times and absent from some moments of their lives, I am glad that I still am able to give them the kind of inspiration that can guide them through their life's journey. 


And God's relentless love tells my soul, my whole being, that everything will be all right in my world.


This Valentine's Day, the world's hearts day, reminds me that love is not enough if it is not pure and it doesn't spring from God and family. 

Have Valentine's Day, everyone!


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Tumble Up and Down Without Fear


Do you have children who are super active and who don't seem to mind being bruised?
Tell me about it!

When my now teenage sons were growing up, they couldn't be still. They run, tumble down, bike, skate, and play ball wherever you find them. Each time they do those acrobatics, I would just close my eyes and whisper a pray that they wouldn't hurt themselves. Even now that they are teenagers, they would still jump and wrestle with each other. They are just a bundle of unlimited energy!

INFLATABLE AIR TRACK

Wish I discovered much earlier these inflatable airtracks that are safe for kids and all ages.


FUNCTION

This inflatable airtrack actually has many uses.

  • It is good for fitness. You can try out the gymnastics air track for this. There's even a training set gymnastics home edition that is easy to set up right at home. 
  • Develop your balance while breathing fresh air with the long air track for outdoor game. 
  • Practice your routine with the air track tumble cheerleaders mat.
  • You create adrenaline rush from crawling, running, walking, and bouncing again and again with the inflatable air tumble track.


SAFETY

If you're like me who is a little wary about inflatables and their toxic components, well, don't worry. Wholesaleairtrack makes them toxic-free and durable. Like for example, the gymnastics air track, it is made with an imported DWF material to produce to get the best protection effects.

The gymnastics tumbling mats for the home have better air tightness, for reinforcement are made for all seams. When users inflate the air mat, they can gain ample space for exercising. The air cushions are suitable for gyms, fitness clubs, training centers, schools or gardens, and the 100% waterproof feature enables them to be put on the pool or sea surface for floating to have fun.

The air cushions have low impact, which make them much easier on the knees and perfect for young tumblers. Toddlers can make use of the air inflatable mat to practice back handsprings and tucks at home whenever they need.

Safety, therefore, is of utmost important. That’s why you need to find reliable suppliers of these inflatable air tracks. There have been several operators but most offer poor quality. You must find a supplier-manufacturer that offers airtracks that last long and are safe to use; and the best part is the one that offers free shipping. To ensure premium quality on items, shipment of all the products will be directly from the factories to Wholesaleairtrack and then after careful checking, to you, the customer.

Compared with other mats, Wholesaleairtrack air mats are reasonably priced but with amazing quality.

STORAGE

It may look sturdy but to store away these inflatables is quite easy. In fact, it is easy to inflate and deflate them. The air mats can be deflated quickly, which make them easy to store or pack up and go.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Responsibility

If you are a parent of a toddler, you’re probably surprised at how often they seem like a little adult. Not only are they beginning to test boundaries, but they are also trying to negotiate with you—and learn more about how to navigate their way through the world. Rest assured, it’ll be quite some time before your little one truly becomes independent. Even so, it’s helpful to teach them about virtues like responsibility as early as possible.

According to pediatric psychologists, exploring self-awareness and accountability helps keep your child from making excuses for negative behavior in the future. If you’re wondering how to get started, we’ll help you learn some of the most age-appropriate responsibility activities and lessons for toddlers. By practicing the strategies below, you will build them a solid foundation for when they get ready to enter kindergarten or preschool.


1. Ask Them to Complete Simple Tasks 

Most toddler boys and girls are able to keep an attention span, understand commands and use an exceptional amount of manual dexterity by 18 months of age. Once they reach this milestone, you can begin asking them to complete simple tasks, like stacking a set of blocks, picking up their plastic fork after dropping it on the ground or putting their shirt in their drawer. Don’t make the request too complicated—and expect for there to be some mishaps along the way. The key is that your child is responding to your question and learning that being asked to help is commonplace.

Avoid making them repeat an activity until they reach perfection. Instead, respond to their willingness to assist with praise. If you follow this formula, they’ll begin to associate responsibility with positive feelings. As they grow older and move on to more complicated chores, like feeding the dog or cleaning up their mess, they’ll be less likely to argue or have a temper tantrum.

2. Explore Consequences

You may think you’re being a kind parent by avoiding hard and fast rules, but a lack of consequences can lead to issues down the road. If your little one never learns to pick up after themselves or help their younger siblings, they will find it harder to follow directions in school. Decide which household guidelines are important to you. They may be as simple as putting away toys and art supplies after play time and eating at least some of their meal at dinner.

If your toddler doesn’t follow the rules, give them simple and clear outcomes. For example, leaving crayons on the kitchen table means that there’s no coloring time tomorrow—or refusing to eat any spaghetti means they won’t get to try dessert. Stay firm with your consequences and let your child work through the emotions that come with them. Resisting the urge to rescue your son or daughter from frustration and anger will help them with problem solving down the road.


3. Create Structure

Part of learning how to be responsible is knowing that there are things you must do before you engage in activities you like to do. Whether it’s the weekend, holiday break or summer, create and stick with a schedule. One of the most basic ways to implement structure is sticking with a morning routine. For instance, your little one may need to eat breakfast and brush their teeth before they can continue on with the day.

You can also add responsibilities to their nighttime schedule. A bath could be necessary before reading an exciting story and heading off to bed. If they resist, remember the importance of consequences. Help them decide whether they’d rather get in the tub now or miss story time altogether.

4. Enlist Some Help

If you offer a variety of engaging opportunities for discovering responsibility, your child will learn and adapt faster. Play games, read books and turn on television shows focused on consequences and good behavior. Sesame Street and Tayo the Little Bus are just two of the most popular toddler TV programs that teach lessons and explore how to do the right thing. Family movies like Frozen, Up and The Lion King are also both educational and entertaining.

Add a few responsibility reads like Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? and I Just Forgot to your usual bookshelf favorites. Even if your kid doesn’t understand every storyline, it helps to get them started with positive messages early. Start by getting them acquainted with responsible characters and soon enough they’ll begin to absorb how their favorite cartoons fulfill their obligations and duties.


5. Model Responsible Behavior  

Since your child is watching your every move, make sure you’re showing them how to be responsible. Communicate with them about what you’re doing and why it’s important. Involve them when you pick up your dirty laundry or brush your teeth. Tell them that putting clothes in the hamper keeps the house tidy and that using a toothbrush and toothpaste each night keeps their teeth healthy.

As you continue to model good behavior, consider using the pronoun “we” instead of “I.” This simple grammatical change allows your child to become an active participant in discovering how to be responsible. They’ll also learn family rules and norms much easier.

Teaching Responsibility Early Offers Many Rewards Later

The more time and effort you put into responsibility lessons now, the easier it will be for your kid to complete important tasks in their grade school years and beyond. They’ll be more likely to do their homework, will give you less of a hard time during Sunday chores and won’t be confused when you explain why it’s necessary to fulfill certain academic and personal obligations.

We’re not saying that your kid isn’t just that—a kid. There will be hiccups, no matter how hard you try. However, you can find peace of mind in knowing that a few moments of persistence each day will pay off when it’s time for your child to work hard, get good grades and become a responsible pre-teen, teenager and adult.


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Ready

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Yes, I am ready.

Ready to forgive.
Ready to forget.

Ready to accept.
Ready to reject.

Ready to say yes.
Ready to say no.

Ready to apologize.
Ready to regret.

Ready to embrace.
Ready to  let go.

Ready to fill. 
Ready to empty.

Ready to hope.
Ready to dream.

Ready to love.
but never to hate.

That's midlife talking, for sure! Ha ha! 

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Thank You, 2018!


A lot has happened in 2018 that was unplanned or unexpected.

It was the year when I traveled a lot -- six places, I think, ha ha! -- when my son turned 18, I turned golden, and my marriage reached 20 years!

I started the year traveling to Iloilo for the 50th Year of Dinagyang Festival. This isn't my first time to watch Dinagyang but every time I do, I am always impressed by the pageantry, the agility, and the creativity of these participants to showcase the culture of their place.

After Iloilo, I flew to Larena, Siquijor for the town fiesta. Well, this is annual thing really for me as my parents have retired to this beautiful island. In the photo below, I went to this inter-barangay food festival, and I got the chance to pose with the town mayor.


A couple of weeks after coming back from Larena, I flew to Singapore to attend an Asia Pacific Convention (APC) of UHS and meet up with my high school classmates.

I tell you that APC in Singapore helped me to understand that I could grow my business. I saw how big the business is and how huge the opportunity is presented to me.


A week after I got back from Singapore, I flew to Cebu for a business meeting.


Then to Cabanatuan for another business expansion.


And before the year ended, my business partners and I headed for La Union for some R&R.


Meanwhile, in the home front, my elder son finished senior high and was headed for university to take up Civil Engineering.





Then, last October, I turned 50 years old. I haven't made a post about it because well, I just didn't have the the time to put my thoughts together. I know it deserves a separate blog post, so I will write about it one of these days. But to reach 50 years, wow! It has not been an easy ride. There was only one major roadblock that I needed to do a detour. Looking back, though, that mouth that I fed but had eaten my hand, I had to finally shut up. Karma is a bitch, baby! 


Another life cycle happened and my husband and I just reached 20 years of being together. This, I praise God, has been a smooth ride. And it deserves another separate blog post, ha ha!  

I say that with all that I have right now, and where I am, I am truly blessed.     


Who knew I would be recognized in SM MOA Arena for a promotion in my business? 

So, my word for 2019 is ready. 

Stay tuned!

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When you have kids in school, it seems like they are always coming home with one fundraiser or another. While the constant barrage of fundr...

The Benefits of Keeping Your Kids Involved with School Fundraisers

When you have kids in school, it seems like they are always coming home with one fundraiser or another. While the constant barrage of fundraisers may be frustrating at times, they do serve an important purpose. Whether the PTO is raising money to fund a new program, finance newer technology or pay for a class trip or one of the school’s teams or organizations needs new equipment, fundraising provides a means to cover expenses that don’t fit into the school district’s budget. 


It’s easy to take a pamphlet with you to work or post on Facebook to let your friends and family know where to order, but it is also important to keep your child involved in the quest to raise funds. Kids learn a lot from being involved in school fundraisers — and selling magazines today could help them develop skills that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. Why should you keep your kids involved with school fundraisers? Here are just a couple of the lessons they’ll learn. 

Goal Setting
Just about every fundraiser has a specific goal, and each child is encouraged to set his or her own goal to sell a certain amount. Typically, prizes are offered when students sell a certain number of products or raise a set amount of money. The more they sell, of course, the better the prize. 

When kids set goals to earn the top-tier prize and commit to reaching that goal, they have to really try to make the sales. That could mean your son spends an hour after school each day calling relatives, or it could mean your daughter and her friends put in time collecting donations outside a local store on a Saturday afternoon. Teaching kids the value of setting a goal and working toward it at an early age helps them understand the importance of hard work. It also teaches them to plan, and when they stick to that plan, they learn discipline. 

People Skills No matter what career path your child chooses as an adult, there is a good chance that he or she will have to work with other people to some extent. While they may not realize it now, participating in fundraisers helps them develop valuable people skills that will help them get along. From building up the confidence to pick up the phone and call a friend or family member to making eye contact and speaking clearly when talking to someone about their fundraiser, they get to practice many skills that they will likely need to use throughout their lives. The days of going door to door to raise funds is primarily a thing of the past, but kids can get practice doing presentations when sharing their fundraisers with family friends and extended family. Each time they talk to someone about what they are selling and why, they are practicing public speaking and improving their communication skills. Whether your kids are purchasing bulk t shirts to sell and raise money for the football team, raising money to fund a new computer lab, selling candy bars to buy new uniforms or doing any other type of fundraiser, they can create a presentation and gain real-world sales and marketing experience.


Charity
In our society, kids and teens often grow up thinking that money is everything and constantly wanting to buy the latest toys or video games. As children grow up, however, they should be taught about the importance of giving, too. They should learn that money isn’t just for the taking and that it should also be given to good causes and to those in need. 

Involving kids in fundraising helps them learn the importance of working to raise money for someone other than themselves. Sure, they will likely benefit if their marching band raises enough money for new uniforms, but they will also see how their contribution — no matter how small — helped make something possible on a much larger scale. 

Kids learn even more about charitable giving when they are involved in school fundraisers for causes and organizations. Maybe the school is trying to raise funds to donate to a local orphanage, or maybe they are raising money for a favorite teacher who has lost a spouse or been afflicted by a devastating disease. These types of fundraisers offer no material benefit to students, but they do teach them how amazing it feels to help others and the value of charitable giving. 

Money Management
Managing money is no easy task. Many adults struggle with it. Keeping your kids involved in fundraisers from an early age, though, could help them grow into more financially competent adults. When fundraising, kids are required to collect money either as donations or as payments for products sold. They must then turn this money in to the fundraiser’s organizer. This likely means being responsible for keeping track of cash, change and checks. While parents should certainly step in to help younger kids with this part, making older kids responsible for managing the money themselves can help them get better at organizing and hanging onto money. 


Conclusion 
Fundraisers are sometimes frustrating for parents. But remember that schools need to raise money for a wide range of good reasons. Keeping your kids involved in each fundraiser not only teaches them the importance of working toward the greater good but also helps instill skills and values that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. 

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To Want Again, To Dream



When I decided to go home-based, all desire for unnecessary material things also ended.

You see, I was working office-based for the past 25 years, and not a day went by that I didn't get a piece or two in the shopping mall. So, spending most of my time at home, I no longer needed those extra clothes, another pair of shoes, bags for every occasion, and more accessories.

I stopped wanting for cute and fancy accessories--so I gave them all away. I stopped actively shopping for clothes, shoes, and bags. I would still go malling but mostly to eat out and help my kids pick their school supplies and other stuff.

I also viewed this time as my semi-retirement phase. I am happy being with my kids in my old clothes and shoes. I savor my time, making up for those time that I was busy with corporate work.

Until a new opportunity was presented to me, and this time, I was made to want again, to dream, and get these dreams!

But what are dreams made of?




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