The Entrepreneurial Spirit

It must be the Chinese ancestry, my mom's father being pure chinese, that runs in us motivating me and my sister in our pursuit of ultimate financial freedom -- this sentence is nice on the ears, right? haha. You see, Angkong was a runaway. He left Amoy at 17 with his brother to try his luck in a foreign land. He then set up a store where he met my grandmother, mamang. Their love story though merits another post so I'll reserve that more lengthy story for another time.

Back to the topic. When I was in HS, I sold chocolate bars to my classmates. My sister did the same thing when she was in HS, seven years after me.

In 2003, we started a joint venture. I designed statement tees, long before it was the rage. And my sister sold reversible bags she made herself. We didn't make much but it taught us hard work and the value of money.

Our humble little booth at the ATC, near Mardrigal

Now, my sister is behind Princessweds, home of beautiful of bridal accessories, and I of The Party Village, that caters to everything you'll need when hosting a party.

We invite you to head on over to our sites. There might be something there that you'd like.


Mommy Moments: Sporty Day

mommy momentsToday's Friday and what better way to greet the start of the weekend that by joining this week's Mommy Moments.

At 19months, our son's favorite is playing ball. Basketball, football... just didn't bring my other camera today so no pic yet. But will post these later.

Another fave is wrestling. With his dad, thankfully.

He has only begun recently to enjoy the water. Sidenote: from 14 months to a few weeks ago, he absolutely hated having to get his hair wet. It was a struggle shampooing his hair. I don't know what made him change his mind, but he loves bath time now, and yes, even the shampoo part. This pic was taken during his first pool foray. We're scheduled to stay at Sofitel at the end of this month and will be sure to take plenty of photos.

Have a great weekend, everyone. If you have a minute, view the entries of other moms here.


Why we chose to use cloth diapers

We also use disposable diapers, when we go out of the house and at night but during the day, our son is most comfortable with a lampin or cloth diaper. We bought about 4 dozen lampins before I have birth, and we've been using them for 19 months now, and counting.

I read that a disposable diaper takes 500 years before it biodegrades. That is a very long time! All the more reason to think about how many one baby uses before he is fully potty trained. At least we've cut his consumption to almost half. We've cut our earthly diaper trash to half.


Halloween Past and Present

And by past and present, I just meant this year and last year.

Here is Jared last year at 6 months old. As an excited mom (make that super excited), he had a total of 3 costumes. He first wore this pumpkin romper matched with skull studded baby legs. He rocks here.

Then for the actual trick or treat at the office, he was one of snow white's dwarfs.

Unfortunately, I can't find his picture wearing the plush dalmatian costume. It was too hot to wear anyway, even with the aircon on.

Now at 1 1/2, he already has a mind of his own and absolutely refused to wear his batman costume. Instead of making him cry by insisting he don the cape and all, I let him be. I want him happy and comfortable for the party.
Now, I wonder what he'll come as to the party next year. An astronaut maybe?

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