Friday, January 29, 2016

Topaz Mommy nominated for Best Parenting Blog for Blogopolis!

Hi everyone! I've got great news! Topaz Mommy was nominated for Best Parenting Blog for Blogopolis, the biggest blogging and social media conference in the Philippines. Yey! 

But now the judges need to choose a winner and I need to submit three blog posts from 2015 for them to read and judge. I can't pick three! I love ALL my blog posts haha! So please help me decide by voting for your favorite Topaz Mommy blog post published last year. Here are my top picks:

Why I'm still a working mama -
I talk about how I love working and that my career doesn't make me a bad mother at all.

What true love means -
I realize that love is not of gooey and googly-eyed stuff but of backbreaking and soul-crushing, no, soul-soaring service.

Taking back my joy -
I come clean about my difficulties with marriage and motherhood and then take a stand against the defeat I feel as a wife and mother.

Vito is 5 and that is a most wonderful thing -
I honor my firstborn son, who is the brightest soul that inhabits my universe.

Struggling with mommy blogging -
I explore the delicate balance of online parenting confessions vs respecting my family's privacy.

Tried and failed. All good! -
I share my failed adventures and what I learned from them.

Please pick your favorite so I can submit them! Thanks so much and wish me luck!

I'm just thrilled to be nominated. Thank you, Nuffnang! There are so many wonderful and inspiring parenting blogs in the Philippines. Yet I will still encourage every mother and father to add your voice! It's never too crowded in the parenting blogosphere. We need to form a community so we can all learn from each other and support each other. It takes a village to raise our kids, remember? Let's be that loving and encouraging village—we need more neighbors! Come join us!

The Gruffalo is back in Manila and my kids LOVED it!

My kids loved the Gruffalo books. They loved the movies. And they love the musical!!! The Gruffalo is back in Manila and you really must see the show!

The Gruffalo is about a Mouse who went hunting for nuts in the deep, dark wood. She gets hunted by a Fox, an Owl, and a Snake instead! She outwits them by inventing a terrifying monster called a Gruffalo. But is the Gruffalo really just a figment of her imagination? Does she truly escape the Fox, the Owl and the Snake? And does she finally find nuts???

My kids found out and they loved how the story turned out!

This is actually the second time Vito and Iñigo watched The Gruffalo, but they were so young the first time they watched it so this show was all so new to them. And Piero, too! Look at how happy they are:

Omigosh, the cast is so talented! And fun. And funny. And friendly. And they really interacted with the audience—the kids were going wild!

There are still six shows left:
Jan 29, Friday at 4 PM
Jan 30, Saturday at 10 AM
Jan 30, Saturday at 12 NN
Jan 31, Sunday at 10 AM
Jan 31, Sunday at 12 NN
Jan 31, Sunday at 2 PM

Buy your tickets from Ticketworld now. You can also buy at the theater's box office itself. Tickets start at P1,000 and end at P2,500. But Carlos P. Romula Auditorium (a.k.a. the RCBC Theater) is so small, it's okay to get the cheapest seats!

Do watch! Super duper highly mega recommended to the max!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cute kids unboxing Smart Bro Gadget Plus Plans

This post is brought to you by SMART Communications.

We made an unboxing video! Diba I said we parents should make unboxing videos? Well, my husband and kids did! Check it out by scrolling down to the next post. Be prepared for mega cuteness!

Kids are just so perfect for videos. They're just adorable! When I watched the unboxing videos of these kids for SMART, I have to say that even when they're all geeky, they are still soooo cute! 

For example, how cute are these kids talking about the Acer Iconia One 7?

And check out this girl rattling off the specs of the Lenovo Tab 2 A370:

And I know you've seen this before from my last SMART post, but I'll post it again because this darling little girl is so articulate!

They're so aliw. I swear I can't do what they just did. I'm smart, okay, but I can't do gadget reviews. Thank goodness I'm married to a gadget nerd! (Love you, Vince!)

Now if you want to make your own unboxing video, syempre kailangan niyo ng box, preferably with a new gadget inside, diba? Hehehe! For that, Smart Bro offers the coolest gadgets that are bundled with the biggest data so you and your kids can experience the Smart Life and enjoy all your favorite apps on the go. 

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Plan 899: iPad Mini 2 16GB (no cashout, 30 mos lock in)
GPP 399: Lenovo Tab 2 A730 (3G)

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