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URGENT IN NEED: MOTHER

Parenting

Urgent In Need: A Sample Job Post

  • No degree or prior experience required
  • Salary and hours non-negotiable
  • No paid benefits
  • Lifelong tenure

Want to know the job title: Mother

She has given up a lot of her jobs; her waistlines, sleep, soft hands, years of peace, and quiet. Mothers give their lives and showers unconditional love. Take for example a mother who works at night then cooks food, watches the children in the morning. There are a lot of untold stories that we never share that give importance to their existence. 

So here in FHMoms, what can we do to make your day or week a celebration of extra special? Not to forget while having fun you are with your family and in the comfort of your own home. 

Mother’s Day – the one day each year when mothers deserve the best of everything. We have come up with amazing ideas that we have never tried before and as we think of it, we are eager for each event to unfold successfully. We gave exciting prizes from our beloved brand sponsors to share to our lucky winners. 

Panel Interview with Mommy Influencers

We kick off the May 10 celebration with our guest maven for a PANEL INTERVIEW – “Mommy Influencers”. We are blessed to have Mommy Phepot Pineda, Mommy Grace Maulion, Mommy Grace Delos Santos, and Mommy Cass Brion as our invited speakers. 

Their contagious smile and positive approach to life made the day more special. We listened to their journey to success and struggles to be a blogger, a mother, and an influencer not only here in our country but globally. Our very own FHMoms founder Mommy MK led the discussions. Selected questions given to our speakers fondly shared their wits and stories. Our supportive FHMoms members received special awards for their selected comments. 

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E-comm Webinar with ZILINGO 

For our inspiring mompreneurs, we deliver a more informative gift – an E-comm webinar with ZILINGO #SheRulesRetail. Topics presented were; 

  • Sourcing for products to sell online
  • Financing for MSME Retailers

No matter how long you have been an entrepreneur, selling online has never been easy. It is a crucial decision and a strategy within you, what you sell will impact every other business decision you make. Getting a clear vision of your financial path is important. Surviving even to critical times are few things that any online business encounters. Thanks to our resource speaker Sheila Mauricio and Arnab Bhattacharya for their valuable insights. 

FHMoms think of your welfare holistically. Not only to inspire but to make and start your empire. 

Mother’s Day Grand Raffle 

FHMoms is dedicated to empowering all mothers around the globe. Allow us to share with you the blessing we have received for the past years from your continued support. Small things bring big love when given earnestly. 

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in all our events and contests and helped make it a success! Our loyal members who joined and cast their entries won the following prizes from our dear sponsors.

  • Cartoon portrait for a family of 3 Sponsored by Tokwa Frappe
  • 6-Month Canva Pro Access and $20 Canva Credits Sponsored by Canva
  • 2 Homeschooling Program worth 3,500
  • 3 FAQ Series Usapang Mag-Asawa
  • 2 Paano Mapagod sa Pagiging Wifey
  • 2 Raising the Future
  • 2 My ABC Bible Verses
  • 2 Calligraphy Bundle
  • 2 Playdough Mat Bundle
  • Sponsored by Cass Brion – Bibong Pinay
  • 3 Free Delivery Fee Gift Certificates sponsored by AJA! Delivery. DELIVERY anywhere within Metro Manila.
  • 250ml All Good! Citronella Spray, 250ml Perky Peppermint and100ml Lovesome Lavender Sponsored by CassAndre PH
  • Fhmoms Online Courses Sponsored by Fhmoms Trainers

Virtual Sing-Along Premiere

A love story starts with a love song. It was the first Virtual Sing-Along event and we are all excited. It’s a mix of the genre from all sorts of music as we presented our FHMoms Virtual Sing-Along Premiere to our followers. 

After a week of celebration, we wrapped up our Mother’s day special with our Virtual Sing-Along finalist appreciation. There were 4 groups with their dedicated coaches who guided the singers as they unleash their talents. All videos are available on our FHMoms Youtube channel. The criteria were set to the video with the most number of Likes and Views emerge as the winner. We were all thrilled with all the singers and everyone showed a great performance. 

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • P500 Cash 
  • Cleverish Discount Voucher
  • Canva Pro 6-month Access

As many have said, every day is a special day to celebrate and embrace our parents. It is without a doubt that motherhood is one of the best experiences in life. No matter how many books you read or the movies you watch, your experience will always be unique from anyone else. 

May our way of showing our love and valuing your special day embedded in your memories. Rest assured FHMoms will continue to support and empower our community to greater heights. 

We think big, we aim high and we carry you with us. One mom at a time!

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Meet our Super Mom!

Entrepreneurship , Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

It was the 8-hour daily grind plus the chaotic traffic in the metro which made MK Bertulfo contemplate transitioning to working from home. From queuing too long lines of public transportation and having to experience heavy traffic when going home, these reasons resulted in her missing her son and loved ones’ lives. It was too tiring for her; she was exhausted from work, transportation, house chores, and other issues she has to deal with as a mom.

She is just like most moms out there who sincerely wish to have more time with their families, but unfortunately has to go to work, so they are left with no choice but to leave their kids under the care of a helper.

She came across onlinejobs.ph, one of the biggest and known online home-based job portal. She tried creating a profile for the first time -lo and behold, after only a few hours, someone had already sent her an invite to work. Unable to contain her happiness, she gloriously shared her experience to her mom-friends whom eventually, she had helped landed online jobs, too. Lending a helping hand comes naturally from Mommy MK, as she was fondly called. Her heart is filled with so much joy whenever she sees the results of the help she provided to hundreds of moms asking for guidance from her. After basking in the glory of her life-changing experience on landing an online job that turns now into her full-time career, she thought of other moms who were in the same shoes as her before. Being a mom herself, she definitely understands the struggles of making both ends meet and at the same time taking care of their growing family. Not to mention the pressure and expectations that the society has given to women- be a good mom and a career woman at the same time.

And that led her to create the support group via FB which she named Filipina Homebased Moms, a community catering to Filipina moms who wishes to have home-based jobs as well. She offers training, webinars, and engagement. and other events that will inspire our mothers to continue pursuing their goals.

As the group grows, so does its heart. FHMoms envisions building a nationwide community of empowered Filipina mothers. MK wants to reach as far as she can and find those mothers waiting for her.

Every day, more mothers have been helped by FHMoms to find online jobs. Every day, new ones join the group hoping to find an online job.

As of writing, the community now has more than 190,000 members. Whatever FHMOMS is right now, its success is because of a lot of moms who have the same vision and mission in life, and that is to extend help to each other to be a Wondermom in a world full of chaos and problems. Each and everyone serves as an inspiration and advisers to all the members of this group.

Let us change the world, one mom at a time.

FILIPINA HOMEBASED MOMS

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Kalusugan ng Aking Pamilya, Sa Aking mga Kamay

Health , Parenting

Tayong mga nanay, sabi nga nila, ay hindi maaaring magpahinga; bawal tayong magkaroon ng sakit; at sa lahat ng oras ay dapat tayong malakas.

Katuwang ng ating mga asawa, naging sandalan tayo ng ating buong pamilya upang mapanatiling malakas at masaya ang ating tahanan.

Sa gitna ng krisis pangkalusugan, COVID-19 pandemic, na ating kinakaharap paano nga ba paiigtingin ang kalusugan ng buong pamilya? Kabi-kabila ang mga balita tungkol sa mga hindi magandang epekto ng pandemya, ngunit kung ating iisiping mabuti, mayroon din itong idinulot na ilang magagandang bagay sa atin – tulad ng mas maraming oras na asikasuhin ang ating tahanan, higit na oras upang makapag-muni-muni sa mga bagay, panandaliang panahon upang makapahinga ang ating kapaligiran sa polusyon, sapat na oras para tutukan at alagaan ang ating pamilya, at maging mas higit na maalalahanin sa ating kalusugan at ng ating pamilya.

Bilang nanay, ikaw ang susi sa isang malusog at malakas na pamilya. Ikaw ang dapat na manguna at dapat pamarisan sa pangangalaga ng katawan.

Ano nga ba ang dapat mong gawin upang mapanatili ang malusog na pangangatawan at malakas na resistensya?

  1. Manguna at hikayatin ang pamilya sa mga pang-personal na kalinisang gawain (paghuhugas ng kamay, paliligo, pagsisipilyo, at iba pa)
  2. Maghanda ng masustansyang pagkain para sa pamilya.
  3. Makinig at intindihin ang mga payong pang-kalusugan mula sa mga lehitimong mapagkukunan ng kaalaman.
  4. Manguna at hikayatin ang pamilya na uminom ng mga suplemento ng pagkain (food supplement) na makakatulong sa pagpapatibay ng ating katawan at resistensya.
  5. Mag-ehersisyo

Para naman sa ating mga nakababatang anak, paano natin sila tutulungan na palakasin ang kanilang pangangatawan? Kailan natin silang gabayan at turuan na gawin ang mga sumusunod:

  1. Regular na mag-ehersisyo
  2. Kumain ng tama at masustansyang pagkain
  3. Matulog ng tama at sapat na oras
  4. Regular na inumin ang kanilang mga bitamina at suplemento sa pagakain (vitamins and food supplements)

Ang pagbili ng tama at lehitimong mga bitamina at suplemento sa pagkain ay mas madali na. Ang pinagkakatiwalaan nating Watsons na noon ay sa malls lang natin nakikita, mas pinadami na rin ang kanilang stores at branches na mas malapit na sa atin. 

Natural lamang sa isang ina na mag-alala sa kalusugan ng buong pamilya lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya. Unahin natin sa ating mga sarili ang pagiging malusog at malakas at maging ehemplo tayo sa buong pamilya, dahil tulad nga ng sabi nila,

“Maalagaan lamang natin ang ating mga mahal sa buhay, matapos nating alagaan ang ating sarili.”

#StrongHealthyFamily #watsonsph

Shop in any Watsons Store nationwide or shop online at https:/bit.ly/2W9oVWi or via delivery service https:/bit.ly/2ULNM0y.

ABOUT WATSONS PH

Watsons is part of the Health and Beauty Store chain of A.S Watson, the largest health, beauty,
cosmetics, and perfumery retailer in the world. Today, Watsons H&B Asia is the leading health and beauty chain in the continent with successful operations in 13 markets.

In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. The partnership brought about the first Watsons stores in SM Megamall and The Podium (Ortigas). Watsons now has over 700 stores in the Philippines, serving more than 100,000 customers nationwide.

Watsons strives to ensure that their customers get the best value for their money through monthly promotions, special offers, and continuous consumer marketing programs. Each Watsons store houses nothing but the best brands from top manufacturers all over the world and also carries its own competitively priced, high quality private labels and brands. With more than 1000 brands ranging from medicines, cosmetics, and fragrances to personal care items and general merchandise, Watsons Your Personal Store delivers only the best health, wellness, and beauty solutions to each and every customer.

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Top 10 Positive Impacts of Enhanced Community Quarantine: A Survey Amongst First Time Moms

Parenting , Uncategorized

On 15th March 2020, Metro Manila was placed under community quarantine which later escalated to a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. This means people are on stricter home quarantine, supplies are regulated, transportation is suspended, and more uniformed personnel are around to impose these measures.

Most people are either bummed that they can’t go out and about, worried that they’ll lose their job, or scared of not knowing when things will go back to normal.

These are perfectly valid reasons to be antsy. We are all concerned about our family, our kababayan frontliners, and the future of our whole country. There is a lot of uncertainty because we don’t exactly know what the future holds – when this pandemic is going to end and whether we can contain the virus or not.

But instead of worrying, these first-time moms leveled up their home quarantine game. 

To shed light on the positive impact of the enhanced community quarantine, Mommy Divine Grace Enriquez-Datoc gathered insights from the members of First Time Moms PH, a community of over 19k first time moms in the Philippines.

Ano-ano mga magandang naidulot ng enhanced community quarantine? Narito mga sagot ng ating mga First Time Moms.

Less Walang gala, less expenses.

This is by far the top benefit of enhanced community quarantine. With everyone required to stay at home, there is a lesser chance of having unnecessary purchases and eat outs.

Many office-based workers have shifted to a work-from-home setup and with that, they are relieved from spending on public transportation. Mommy Athea Santos and her hubby transitioned to working-from-home and now they don’t have to spend money on food allowance because they now home cook their meals.

Mommy Divine also points out that with the delayed logistics of online shopping apps, people are more adamant about checking out their carts, so think twice before you “add to cart”! Mommy Jolly Ann Malicon, Mommy Grace Halili, Mommy April Cardosa Dionela completely agrees with this.

Healthier home-cooked meals for the newbie  health-conscious

With limited access to grocers and markets comes the intentional consumption of supplies. Many moms used to rely on food delivery services for their convenience, but now mommies have been rediscovering their talent in planning and cooking healthy meals.

While working from home, Mommy Athea Santos took this opportunity to enhance her cooking skills. Here are a few dishes she made the past few days while on enhanced community quarantine.

Veggie fried rice

Sweet and sour kikiam

Camote with cinnamon

Spicy adobong mushroom

Cheesy marble potato with ham and bacon

Sotanghon with broccoli and squid balls

Mommy Dianne Tayao noticed a shift in the eating habits of her family members who used to eat a lot of salty, oily and meaty dishes. While practicing good hygiene prevents transmission of the virus, we must also strengthen our own body’s line of defenses which consists of the physical barrier (skin) and the chemical barriers (sweat, mucus, immune system). We can do that by providing our body the right building blocks coming from real nutritious food. Knowing that what you eat greatly influences your overall health, they now have been preferring soupy vegetable dishes. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. That’s increasing fluid intake and nutritious food in one!

Unli-bonding with kids

Many of our working moms are so thankful for this opportunity to bond more with their kids. Time off from work and hours-long commutes means more time for the family.

Mommy Phoebe even gets an extended maternity leave because of the enhanced community quarantine. That means more time to recover and more time to get to know her newborn baby.

I myself have been able to spend more intentional time with my son. We get to dance Zumba, chase butterflies in the front lawn, and play with his knobbed cylinders which he absolutely loves. In the video below, Lucas is learning basic math concepts like recognizing different sizes, as well as strengthening his fine motor skills, specifically the pincer grasp.

Mommy Kwin Basilio-Fortaleza feels she has built a deeper connection with her husband and her child. She has discovered that they have different sides – they being makulit, their pranks, their different perspectives, and many more! It may sound crazy but that’s the beauty of building your relationship with your child. You get to see all their quirks, but you love them even more.

Mommy Jolly shares that she takes this opportunity to model good values to her child. She shows how they can help their less fortunate friends by sending out their extra supplies like rice and other essentials.

Mommy Gem was able to witness her baby’s first syllable. “Papapa.”

More time to clean the house

Amidst the chaos around the world, we can still create order and harmony by keeping our house clean.

Ever thought of that long overdue changing of curtains, decluttering of clothes, cleaning of cabinets, sun-soaking (kula) your clothes? Well, this is the perfect time to do all that. Staying at home gives you so much time to revamp your housekeeping game. This is also a great opportunity to teach your husband the basics of housekeeping. *wink*

Mommy Grace shares she has finally cleaned up her cabinets and washed her curtains. Mommy Kwin is taking one day at a time with her long-overdue household chores. Mommy Arra Solis of Rookie Mommy PH also felt that urgency and high energy to clean their house.

Rekindling the flame with hubby

Once a child enters the family, couples tend to get caught up in the responsibilities and become autopilot –  child care, work, housekeeping, REPEAT – that they often forget to spend quality time with each other.

With more free time at home, now is the time to rekindle the flame of your relationship. You might discover things you never knew about each other.

Mommy Josieann Makiling Narvadez noticed her hubby is more diligent than her with doing cloth diaper laundry. That’s 30 cloth diapers a day! And instead of sleeping the whole day, her hubby actually cleaned their whole house.

Mommy Choon Joaquin shares a similar discovery. With her husband being home all the time, he observed how much work Mommy Choon does from childcare to housekeeping. Now he does all the housework, leaving Mommy Choon to do more me time. Cue in: Sana all!

Thanks to enhanced community quarantine, mommy Gem Mercado shares they are spending more “babe time” like how they were before they were married.

Learned to watch the news

This is such a gamechanger for Mommy Diane who is very fond of watching Korean drama and Netflix series. By watching the news, she has become more aware of what is happening around the world.

Unli tulog

Could you imagine not having to wake up early and not having to think about work? Now that equates to more free time!

While others are deep-cleaning their house, bonding with their kids, improving their cooking skills, some families preferred to get some well-deserved rest.

With work suspended, Mommy LA Canlas and her family gets some well deserved rest.

Our breastfeeding moms, Mommy Athea, Mommy Grace and Mommy Phoebe, shares na hindi lang unli tulog nagagawa nila, pati unli dede! Mommies get to rest, while baby gets to strengthen his immune system by taking up antibodies from their mommy’s breastmilk. The best part of that is no bras for 1 month!

Clean surroundings

It is no doubt that there is less pollution in the air because of the abrupt reduction of running vehicles and factories. Countries around the world have been reporting blue skies and crystal clear rivers, all of which are because of the preventive measures being implemented to prevent community transmission of the virus.

Here is a shot of the skyline from Mommy LA’s office in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

Just look at how the sky cleared up after 6 days into enhanced community quarantine.

No water interruption

NEWS FLASH. Apparently, Maynilad can provide constant water supply. 

Mommy Divine, a resident of Tondo, Manila, has been experiencing water interruptions from 9 am to 5 pm. It has been so difficult for her and her family to tightly regulate water consumption from kitchen use to bathroom use.

Ever since Metro Manila has been placed under community quarantine, Maynilad has extended bills payment and probably water interruptions as well which is what Mommy Divine has experienced. Thank you, Maynilad! 

Having reflections so deep that you’ll come out as a brand new person after this pandemic

With all that is happening around us, it is easy to get caught in all the negativity it brings. Mommy Clarence Kaye has realized that we can actually live a simple life with all her needs easily accessible from their backyard mini farm with growing vegetables and free-range chicken.

Simply looking up, you’ll see fresh mango up in the tree. Can you count all the mangos you see?

When you look down, there are free-range chickens running about.

In addition, Mommy Clarence shares that she tries to strengthen her faith by accepting things that are out of her control and by accepting the fact that things go out of hand. With that, she believes that like all other adversities in life, this too shall pass.

True enough that with limited access to supplies, we tend to realize that we already have everything we need right in the comforts of our home. We become more appreciative of what we have and hone into the important aspects of life which are family, health, and relationships.

So take this opportunity to slow down, reset, and reflect on your life. Simply take one day at a time. Be concerned, empathize with, and extend help to our COVID-19 warriors, both frontliners and patients. Stay updated with the news but avoid overthinking. If it’s affecting your emotions, take a step back, and breathe. 

One thing for sure, we cannot control the situation.

You know what we can control?

Our reaction to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey there! Meet Gisela Mirandilla, a community manager and engager with a passion for bringing out people’s truest potential through an engaging online community. Prior to her freelancing business of social media marketing and community management, she was serving a C-level executive. Gisela also helps businesses connect and convert their target customers through in-depth social listening, content creation, content multiplication across social media platforms, and content strategy. During her free time, she would read books about parenting, nutrition, personal development, marketing, and entrepreneurship. With that, she plans to start an online book club series in First Time Moms PH, a Facebook support group for first-time moms in the Philippines.

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My WAHM Journey Started Today, 1 Year Ago

Freelancing , Parenting

“Di ako mag-ho-homebased. Di ko kaya sa bahay” 

Bukambibig ko yan nung una pa lang akong sinabihan ng kaibigan ko na try ko mag homebased job para mas tutok kay baby. 

Desidido akong kaya kong panindigan ang mga binitawan kong salita. Araw-araw akong gumigising ng 4am para mag ayos at humabol sa 5am na byahe ng nakaparadang UV Express sa amin. Gising na si baby ng ganoong oras at hinahatid nya ko sa gate. Patakbo na ko palagi kung pumunta sa van dahil nauubos ang aking oras kaka-paalam kay baby na ayaw tumigil sa pagpa-cute. 

Mommy Ely when she’s still working in the corporate.

6am dating ko sa opisina, diretso ako sa Lactation Room. Nag-a-almusal ako habang nag e-express ng milk.

7am simula na ko mag trabaho. Napakiusapan ko ang boss ko noon na magpalit ng shift to 7am-4pm para di ako maipit sa traffic at makauwi agad. 

Motor ang sinasakyan ko pauwi araw araw pauwi sa Cainta. Inaabot din ako ng P150-200 pamasahe pauwi. 6pm ang dating ko sa bahay. 

Kakaen ako agad dahil si baby 7pm sobra na kung umiyak dahil gusto na matulog. 8pm tulog na kami ni baby. Gigising kada 2-3 oras para patahanin sya. Gigising uli ng 4am para sa panibagong araw sa opisina.

Sa buong araw na nagtatrabaho ako, at mahigit 14 hours na nasa labas ako ng bahay, sa video chat na lang kami nag-ba-bonding ng anak ko. Ang asawa ko, Sabado at Linggo ko lang nakikita dahil night shift naman sya. Nasa parehong kumpanya at bahay kami pero lingguhan lang kami kung magkita. 

Sa loob ng 5 buwan, kinaya ko namang itawid ang araw araw. Hanggang sa nagpaalam ang taga-alaga ng anak ko na uuwi na sya ng probinsya. Tumira kami sa magulang ko sa loob ng 1 buwan dahil walang makuhang taga alaga. Sa panahong ito, napag isip isip ko na baka oportunidad ito para alagaan at tutukan ko ang anak ko. 

Mahirap ang naging desisyon kong ito. Isa akong out-going person, ambisyosa, career- driven, at hindi talaga napipirmi sa bahay. Ilang gabi akong di makatulog ng maayos kakaisip kung ano mangyayari sa career at personal growth ko kapag pinili ko ang manatili na lang sa bahay at mamuhay bilang isang tradisyonal na nanay. Nang bigla kong naisip na meron nga pa lang oportunidad sa freelancing. Aaminin ko, kung hindi siguro ako binigyan ng katiyakan ng kaibigan ko na tutulungan nya ako sa simula, ay baka hindi ako tumigil sa pagtatrabaho sa corporate. 

Ngayong araw na ito, ang pagka-isang taon ko nang iniwan ko ang corporate. Akala ko madali. Akala ko kaya ko. Akala ko di ako mahihirapan. Pero sa loob ng isang taon, puyat, pawis, luha, pagod ang pinuhunan ko. 

It was a 360 degrees turn of events para sa akin. Sabay sabay nangyari ang lahat- umalis ako sa poder ng magulang ko at nakisama sa pamilya ng asawa ko; ikinasal kami; nawalan ako ng office job; at naging full time work-at-home mom ako. Di ko mailalarawan ang naging karanasan ko sa isang salita. Sa mga panahong iyon, punong puno ako ng pag-aalala sa kinabukasan ko at ng pamilya ko, pressured ako na mapanindigan ang desisyon ko, pagod ang aking isip sa pagsubok kong sumabay sa bilis ng mga nangyayari, halos malunod na ako sa pagdududa sa aking sarili – sa pisikal at sa kaisipan, at puno ako ng mga tanong na puro “bakit”. Maraming beses akong umiyak at ginusto kong sumuko, at ang tanging paghinga ko lang sa lahat ng isipin kong ito ay ang pag uwi sa mga magulang ko minsan sa isang buwan, pagtawag sa mga kaibigan ko, kumpletong movie night kasama ang asawa ko, at ang pakikipaglaro sa anak ko. 

Hindi sapat ang salitang “mahirap” para sukatin ang tindi ng epekto ng aking mga naging desisyon sa kalusugang emosyonal, pangkaisipan, at pisikal ko.

“Ang dedikasyon ang pundasyon ng bawat desisyon.”

Ngunit kung babalik ako sa nakaraang taon at hindi ko ito ginawa, kung hindi ako nagtiwala sa kakayahan ko, at kung nagpadala ako sa mga sabi sabi, hindi ko masusubaybayan ang bawat unang natututunan ng anak ko, hindi ko makakasama ang asawa ko, hindi ako matututong magluto, hindi ko malalaman kung gaano kasarap at kahirap manatili sa bahay, hindi ko matutuklasan na maraming pwede matutunan sa freelancing industry, di ko makikita ang oportunidad na mas kuminta ng mas malaki, at hindi ko madidiskubre ang mga bago kong talento at ang aking sarili sa mas malalim na pananaw. 

Mommy Ely bonding with the boys

Ang bilis ng panahon. Hindi madali at hindi biro ang pagdadaanan. Kailangan mong ihanda ang buong pagkatao mo sa mga pagbabago. Ngunit masasabi kong sulit ang lahat at wala akong pinagsisisihan.

Wala kang sinasayang sa pagiging work-at-home mom, sa katotohanan – binibigyan mo ng mas maraming oportunidad ang sarili mo at ang pamilya mo.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng tumulong sa akin. Sa mga naging inspirasyon ko at sa mga naniwala na kakayanin ko.

Sabi nga nila, ang trabaho nandiyan lang yan, pero ang mga anak natin ay minsan lang bata. Ngayon nila tayo mas kailangan. Kaya sa mga may ganitong pinagdadaanan, malalampasan nyo iyan at magiging panibagong tao ka pagkatapos ng mga pagsubok. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mommy Ely started as a Facebook Marketing/ Lead Generation Assistant. She worked for HR as a specialist for 5 years. Now she is working for FHMoms as part of the admin team.

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Having a hard time looking for a drink healthy and good for your kids?

Parenting

Nowadays, kids are prone to malnutrition due to a series of factors. We have the family lifestyle, accessibility of nutritious food, kid’s food preferences, and so much more

In our beloved country, the Philippines, the malnutrition rate is relatively high according to recent studies. While reports indicate that there is enough food to feed the country, many Filipinos continue to go hungry and become malnourished due to inadequate intake of food and nutrients.

A kid that is malnourished can greatly affect its body development. Some of the most needed nutrients are protein and calcium that play a vital role in being healthy.

Let’s find out facts about nutrition:

Health effects of Protein and Calcium Deficiency (children aged below 7-10 years old)

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

  • Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) – This is the deficiency of protein, energy or both, including kwashiorkor, marasmus and instances in which they overlap. It also known as Protein-Calorie Malnutrition (PCM) Protein Wasting
  • Stunting – It is a PEM caused by recent severe food restriction (Acute), it causes underweight for height
  • Wasting – It is a PEM caused by long-term food deprivation (chronic) which results to short height for age

Good effects/benefits of Protein and Calcium (Especially among children aged below 10 years old)

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

PROTEIN

  • Growth and maintenance (skin, tendons, membranes, muscles, organs, bones, repair of body tissues)
  • Immunity (antibodies are proteins)
  • Participates in blood clotting and wound healing

CALCIUM

  • Rigid bone structure that holds the body upright and serves as  attachment points for muscles, making motion possible
  • Participates in blood clotting
  • Regulation of muscle contraction
  • Protects against bone loss in the later years of life
  • Prevent fractures from easily happening
  • Participates in nerve impulse transmission (nerve signals)

How to determine if your kid is Protein or Calcium Deficient?

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

PROTEIN DEFICIENT

  • Underweight for height (wasting)
  • Short height for age (stunting)
  • Hair is sparse, thin, dry, brittle, easily pulled out, changes color
  • Skin is dry, thin, easily wrinkles and develops lesions
  • Enlarged fatty liver
  • Edema (water retention in tissues, “manas” in Filipino

CALCIUM DEFICIENT

  • Weak and brittle nails
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet and face
  • Easy fracturing of bones
  • Bone deformities

Discover Prottie®, the newest soymilk drink that is rich in protein and calcium! It has two flavors for your kids to enjoy – chocolate and caramel. We can now help beat malnutrition in a tasty way!

Best news is yet to be told, it is powdered! This is the first ever powdered chocolate and caramel soymilk in the Philippines. It gives you the benefit of storing as many as you want and not be afraid of the quick expiration. It is also rich in protein and calcium that will support your kid’s body and bone development.

Here are some fun facts about Prottie®:

The required amount of protein required for children aged 7-9 years old based on the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) is 43g, while calcium requirement is 700mg. With Prottie®, your children will surely get the required intake of both protein and calcium for the day.

Good to know facts about soy-protein:

Prottie® contains soy which come from soybeans.

  • Soybeans contain all essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition.
  • It is a high quality protein (due to its complete essential amino acid content)
  • It has high protein digestibility (more than 90%) comparable to meats (at 90-99%)}

Now, we found an affordable tasty way to keep our kids healthy. Try it to believe it!

Prottie®

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ENDING THE YEAR WITH A BLAST!

Event , Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

2019 is a buzzing year for the FHMOMS community especially to the team behind each mileage.

FHMOMS was blessed with the unwavering support from the growing number of its members; the Facebook Page Group has over 165,000 members across the globe while the Facebook Community Page has more than 75,000 followers. With the tireless effort of its Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS achieved remarkable advancement in the following:

  • Media Mileage – recently, FHMOMS is being featured in various radio shows, podcasts, blogs and magazines, and TV shows. 
  • Networks and Collaborations – 2019 has brought the community opportunities to widen connections. Invites from different events and collaborations out-poured.
  • Engagement Activities – it was also observed that FHMOMS went an extra mile on engaging its community members to various nationwide events and activities. This includes but not limited to online training, face-to-face training, expos, conferences, talks, exhibits, charity works, meet-ups, online raffles, online polls, and many more. 
  • Technology – this year, FHMOMS also explored the possibility of developing apps and using tools to make our programs easier and better. This still on the process, it is good that we already have begun.
  • Funding and Business Partnerships – with the effort of our Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS participated in renowned competitions that support startup businesses. All these competitions, FHMOMS was a finalist.
  • Endorsements – with various products reaching out for endorsements, FHMOMS learned to screen the products that would reflect the community’s culture and perspective.

Having said all these achievements, Founder MK Bertulfo planned to culminate FHMOMS’ prosperous year with a productive yet fun event. With the help of volunteer mombers, FHMOMS’ core team, and the sponsors the party was a success!

FHMOMS Trainers with Founder and CEO, MK Bertulfo
Minor and Major Sponsors and event exhibitors

The celebration was held in Max’s Restaurant in Sucat, Parañaque City. It was attended by an overwhelming more than 700 people, which almost doubled the expected number of guests.

“No event is perfect.”

While the program included panel discussions, talks, games, raffles, exhibits, and activities for kids, FHMOMS encountered major mishaps. It seems impossible to accommodate all the attendees who conquered the terrible traffic that day just to share the celebration with the community. There were issues with registration, loot bags, seats, food, venue space, parking, etc. Despite all these, the organizing team carried on with the event and made everything even more fun with the appearance of Elsa and Anna, numerous raffle prizes, crazy games, informative talks, and inspiring panel discussions. 

Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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One of the highlights of that day is when the CEO of MFT Group, Mica Tan, came and gave the community a tremendous gift of Php500,000 [read article here].

FHMOMS Received P500,000 Grant from MFT CEO Mica Tan.
Read article here.

It was such an exhausting day, yet it did not change the happiness and fun experience everyone has shared on that event. It is a celebration of effort, determination, love, and support, everyone has invested throughout the year. Sure it was not perfect, we learn from this event, and we promise to have a much bigger and better celebration next year!

FHMOMS is sending virtual hugs to the organizing team, to the sponsors, to the guests, to the attendees, and of course to our community Founder, MK Bertulfo. Let us wrap-up this year with a happy smile and a hopeful heart. 

Click for more photos here.
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Happy holidays everyone!

ABOUT FHMOMS

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Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms) is the first and the biggest parenting and freelancing group for Pinay moms in the Philippines. It is created by a Filipina mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through freelancing.

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Management Tips for Work at Home Mom

Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

Working at home offers many benefits over working outside the home, but it doesn’t eliminate the need to use time efficiently.

In fact, because working at home has more distractions, time management strategies are essential to success.

Here are a few tips that help me manage my time while working from home with little ones.

Know Your Family’s Rhythms

When designing your day, consider both your peak work hours and your children’s needs to find a focused work time. My peak work hours are before lunch. Once I eat lunch, I’m ready for a nap. So, I schedule the work that requires the most mental energy before lunch and saves the work that doesn’t require too much focus for the afternoon. Fortunately, when my kids were little, they were in sync with me because they could entertain themselves well in the mornings, but by afternoon, they needed more attention.

Schedule time to work, and then really work.

While one of the benefits of working at home is flexibility, the reality is that routine is crucial to working effectively and efficiently. 

Yes, you can take time away from work to care for a sick child when needed, but you can’t expect to earn a full-time home-based income during nap time.

Schedules give you and your children structure and routine. Everyone knows what’s going on and what will happen next. 

Unlike traditional jobs, working at home situations allow you to design a schedule around the family, so you can work an hour or two before the kids are up, an hour at nap time and two hours after bedtime if that works best for your family. In my case, I worked until 1 p.m. and then I spent the afternoon with the kids, returning to work in the evening by 9 pm while the kids are asleep.

Identify daily time wasters; try to eliminate. Shut off social media, emails, and texts. We all have them. Maybe it’s the TV, the cell phone, or email. What do you get distracted by? Identify these items and make sure to eliminate them as best as you can.

I have learned that if I want to get anything done, I need to turn my phone into silent mode or turn off the television and just play music on my Spotify account. 

Use Systems and Tools

Streamline your work by finding ways to limit the time they take. For example, schedule social media posts, so you can set it and forget it.

Web-based tools such as Dropbox make information, idea, and document storage fast, easy and accessible from several digital devices.

Voice recognition software (standard with Windows) can allow you to give voice commands such as “Open Word” and dictate documents, email, and even online search. You may use Lastpass for Passwords

Google Calendar for the schedule of appointments, reminders, meetings or events of kid’s school activities

Create a designated area for work and play. 

This is so important. I used to work from the dining room table but found I was disorganized and would get more distracted.

Find a place in your home where you can create a workplace. It could be as simple as a small corner tucked away in your bedroom {like I have} or maybe one room dedicated to your work.

Make time for the kids. 

It’s so easy when you work from home to always be thinking about deadlines, emails you need to respond to, posts that need to be written and calls that need to be made.

Trying to work with little kids around is not easy, especially if they feel they are being ignored. I always try to set aside time in my day {morning, mid-day and after dinner} to turn everything off and just be with the kids.

We play, color, read books, and even dance around the kitchen. Then when it’s time to work, they’ve usually had their “mom” fill and are happy to play by themselves.

Set up a time to review their lessons or homework or review them before the examination. 

Most importantly spend time with kids outside the home like buying groceries and spend little time to eat together or go to church on Sundays.

Get Help

No rule says children, spouses or hired hands can’t help a mom out. Hire a student or older woman to watch your kids a few hours a day to get focused uninterrupted work time. 

Ask the kids and your spouse to help with housework or hire someone to come in a clean.  Schedule your laundry and have them done in laundry shops. 

If you don’t have time to cook, you can call and have your favorite foods delivered at your doorstep.  Or you can get a virtual assistant to take care of busy work like social media, email, and PR. 

Reward yourself! 

Mothers have a hard job, no matter if you work out of the house, in the home or do a little of both. We need to stop every once in a while, step back and realize all that we accomplish in a day. It’s pretty incredible if you think about it.

We deserve a nice reward every once in a while to help relax and rejuvenate ourselves. It can be simply picking up a book we’ve been meaning to read, getting a nice pedicure, taking a long hot bath or maybe buying ourselves a new outfit. 

Whatever it is, don’t forget to pamper yourself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Layson is a Virtual Assistant and a mom from Iloilo. She’s been helping clients from Australia and UK with Bookkeeping and other admin task.

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Babywearing Philippines honors ancient Filipino babywearing practices in International Babywearing Week 2019 celeb

Event , Parenting

Manila, Philippines – On October 13, Babywearing Philippines will lead at least 200 Filipino babywearing families nationwide to honor and celebrate the ancient practice of babywearing in the Philippines.

Babywearing Philippines is the 60,000-strong not-for-profit online support community on Facebook that advocates safe and proper babywearing among Filipino families all over the world.

Following the global theme, “Continuing the Tradition”, Babywearing Philippines is joining theworldwide babywearing community in celebrating International Babywearing Week in a one-day event at the Atrium of Eastwood Mall in Quezon City.

Babywearing is essentially carrying babies and small children in slings or carriers. Wearing a baby is actually a centuries-old practice in various cultures worldwide. Historical accounts and artifacts show that families of yore naturally incorporated babywearing in their daily lives as they kept their children literally close to them even as they searched for food, moved their shelter or worked in the fields.

In the Philippines, different indigenous groups still practice babywearing as it allows them to tend to household chores and in their livelihood activities while still being able to care for their children.

The Indigenous Peoples of the Cordillera refer to using a cloth, usually a blanket, tied to make a baby sling as “ubba” while the T’bolis in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato call it “s’libay.”

One of the highlights of the day-long event organized by Babywearing Philippines is a visual presentation of babywearing as it was practiced by Filipino ancestors featuring the different types of baby carriers used in the olden days.

At the event, modern-day babywearing Filipino families will be guided on how to properly wear babies in various carriers and will be taught techniques for special cases like newborns, preemies and multiple babies. 

There will be talks and discussions on making DIY carriers, natural parenting, effects of babywearing on mental health and physiological benefits of babywearing to health and fitness.

Attendees can also purchase limited edition IBW 2019 merchandise as well as imported and locally-produced baby carriers at discounted costs from participating retailers at the event. A lot of fun activities and raffle prizes are in store for both parents and children. Registration fee is at P350 per family via www.facebook.com/BabywearingPhilippines.

Among the sponsors and exhibitors are:
 Allineth Tattoos
 Aruga Handwovens
 Bum Nature
 Belo Baby/Yogi
 CEO Emporium
 Cleeneco
 Comedy Manila
 Didymo
 Nanay at Ako
 Shadrach
 Skintec
 Sunlife
 Tots of Love
 Oscha Slings
 Young Living
 Zima.ph
 Zima Projekt
 7th Trumpets

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How a Nannyless WAHM Survives Freelancing

Freelancing , Parenting

As a nanny-less mom, there has always been a lingering feeling to redeem myself. A myriad of questions pop in my mind: “Can I still do what I want to do? Am I still good enough? Is reaching for my dreams considered out of my bounds? When will I progress? Will I ever progress? But how?”

We have three kids and we are juggling the activities in our humble household. I thought my dreams will never come true, but not until I landed a home-based job here in the Philippines.

Here is what I am doing to survive freelancing without any household help:

I got a non-voice home-based job with a flexible schedule. This is the easiest way to pull through in my real estate work. Having 3 boys, a 5-year-old preschooler, and 2-year-old twins, you can imagine the nerve-whacking noise and merriment that they bring. So, I cannot afford to get a voice job, to say the least.

I enlist the help of my husband. I never believed that husbands who work should not help in the household because they are too tired or because they bring money on the table. Husbands should also do their fair share of household work. Why? Because it will teach them empathy. It will make them feel how we feel– the exhaustion, frustration, and fulfillment. They will also set a good example to your kids. Remember, kids, learn by what you show them, not by what you tell them.

I do not put too much pressure on myself (and my husband) doing the household tasks alone. I invest in automatic appliances and outsource the chores when needed. I am telling you, this is life-changing. I do not oblige myself to accomplish all these tasks because I also need to take care of my health. I see to it that when I am tired, I let someone else wash the clothes or iron them. When I am too exhausted to cook, I opt for food delivery. 

I set a routine. However, I also remind myself not to get upset and be flexible whenever it is not followed. At 7:30 pm, we turn our lights out so by 8 pm, the kids should be all asleep. I start my work at 8:45 pm and finish it at 6:00 am, if there is an unfinished task, I do it on weekends. My twins wake up during my working hours which is, I must admit quite stressful because my work gets interrupted. But what do I do? I just embrace it, breathe, let it go and start again. Then, I cook our food and we eat at 7:00 am. From 8:00 am until 10:30 am is the kids’ playtime and I bathe them afterward. I cook food for lunch, eat at noon and we all take a nap until 3:00 pm. At 6:00 pm, my husband readies for work. My husband and I sleep around 4 to 6 hours a day but we see to it that we get full sleep on weekends.

If there is a will, there is a way. Overused line, but true. If I can do it, you can also do it. There are lots of online jobs hiring that you can find nowadays. I believe that the number of opportunities online equates the number of ways that you can manage to work at home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janica Anne Montaos is a mother of wonderful kids. She is a Real Estate Virtual Assitant who is currently assigned as the Director of Client Services in one of the top brokerage firms in Texas.

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