Blog Ideas

Every year, one of my new year’s resolution is to update this blog at least two to three times a week. However, I often run out of ideas on what to write about. And if you are encountering the same problem as I do, I just discovered the perfect solution for you, or should I say for us? 🙂

Tadddaaaahhhh – A blog Idea generator! All you need to do is fill in three fields on topics that you want to write about and they will come up with blog ideas for you.

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Here’s what I got from the list I gave them 🙂

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Check out Hubspot Blog Topic Generator! 🙂

Happy Blogging!

Love Chezkie

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Blogs I Follow

There are many bloggers out there that I look up to. Sharing with you the blogs I love to visit from time to time 🙂

  1. Lifehack

I read this blog whenever I have free time in the office. They have articles for everything, from productivity to lifestyle tips. If you love reading, this is a must visit site.

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  1. Chelcey Tate

Chelcey Tate’s blog is very refreshing. I love browsing it from time to time.

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  1. Life After Breakfast by Alessandra Lanot

I wish I was as talented as Alessandra Lanot! 🙂 I attended one of her watercolor workshops because I was such a fan!

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  1. Wanders and Wonders by Rica Peralejo

She’s a blogger, events host and a mom! Oh I love her life! 🙂

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  1. Eighteen25

I like visiting this blog from time to time for free printables and arts and crafts ideas.

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  1. Spot.ph

For things to do, news on what’s happening in the metro and places to visit – Spot.ph has it all. As the site says, they are the One Stop Urban Lifestyle Guide to the Best of Manila.

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  1. 8list

They have such witty articles. Slow clap for the people behind 8list! 🙂

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  1. Michele Ng

This is a must visit too! I love her DIYs.

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  1. Baby and Breakfast/ Bride and Breakfast

When I was a bride to be, I visit Bride and Breakfast almost every day for wedding ideas. Now that I am a mom and planning a birthday bash for my kiddo, Baby and Breakfast is now a bookmarked site. But I still visit Bride and Breakfast though, I love wedding and love stories. 🙂

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  1. Pepper.ph

For foodies out there, visit Pepper.ph for recipes and restaurant discoveries!

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  1. Everything Etsy

Another arts and crafts blog again on my list. How I wish I was as creative as these girls.

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  1. Our Awesome Planet

I go to this site for trusted food reviews.

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  1. I Am Super Bianca by Bianca Gonzales

She inspired me to write again because I had not blogged for such a long time! I am a big Bianca G. fan, she really is a super girl! 🙂

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  1. Thought Catalog

This is a very entertaining blog – visit this site to find articles that are worth sharing.

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  1. Mommy Mundo

Because first time mom needs other moms for tips and advices! J If you are a new mom, you will definitely love this site 🙂

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Let me know if you have any favorite blogs there! 🙂 Happy reading!

Love Chezkie

10 Things You Need to Know After Getting Engaged

SPRING (1)After two years of dating Mark, he finally sealed the deal! Mark proposed April of 2013 and we tied the knot January of 2014. Back then, I actually had no idea what being engaged feels like, so here’s a list of my experiences – the fun and even the awkward ones days after Mark popped the big question.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RING

Days after posting on Facebook that Mark and I were officially engaged, everyone wanted to see my hand. Good thing my nails are always clean.

THE WEDDING DATE

Everyone wanted to know when the wedding will be right then and there even if you still had no idea where to start on your planning.

THE PROPOSAL STORY

You would probably tell this story like a hundred times.

BUDGET

All couples have a budget set on their wedding, but the big surprise is – you would always go beyond the budget. I had no idea weddings are so expensive.When I got engaged, I really wanted to invest in the wedding business! I couldn’t believe that a wedding host would cost as much as Php 15,000.00!

YOU’RE PLANNER IS A LIFESAVER

You would definitely need a planner and post its in all colors! Months before the wedding, most, if not all of our weekends were already blocked. Seminars, Food Tasting, Meeting with your Suppliers, the lists are just endless.

INVITES

People you hadn’t seen in decades would want to be invited. I accidentally bump into a college acquaintance when I was in a mall, and she asked if she could go into our wedding. I just smiled and told her I haven’t created our guest list yet. It was kinda awkward, really. Months after, I had learned to tell people that we have limited number of seats and we cannot invite everyone we know even if we wanted to. It’s a good thing that people understand the situation we are in.

LEARN HOW TO SAY NO

You just need to be firm and tough sometimes. My parents wanted to invite their friends to our wedding because they’re afraid that their friends would feel bad not being invited. I said yes to a couple of people, but needed to decline some of their request. I discussed with them how much the cost of the wedding will be and if they insist on inviting people, Mark and I would need to apply for a bank loan just to grant their request. Would they want us to start in the red line after getting married? Its okay to politely say No to your parents as this involves your future with your husband. Just talk to them and soon, they’d understand.

THE MAGIC Ds

Two magic D’s you would learn after getting engaged – DIY and DIVISORIA! This will help you save a lot, plus it’s a fun experience too!

BREATHE. RELAX. ENJOY.

Being engaged is a once in a lifetime event too, so it’s best to enjoy it. Do not be too hard on yourselves planning for the big day. I remembered Mark and I got burnt out with all the planning that we decided we needed a wedding break. A weekend without any wedding planning involved. No wedding talks, no wedding appointments, just us! It was a break both of us needed.

LOVE. LOVE.LOVE

Being engaged made me feel so loved, not only by my fiancé but by the people around me. A lot of people were supporting us all throughout the wedding preps. I actually had two surprise bridal showers from my girlfriends which was a lot of fun!

So if you’re engage now and you’re soon to wed, just seize the moment and enjoy everything! When you look back, you just couldn’t imagine how you were able to surpass all the planning and chaos, believe me!

Enjoy the wedding preps! Oh and Congratulations and Best Wishes in advanced! 🙂

 Love Chezkie

Mommy Finds For The Week: Mommy Must Haves

I am a newbie when it comes to motherhood, so I love it when I discover new stuff for babies especially when they are very useful! Here’s my first entry for my Mommy Finds blog – hoping it could help all mommies and mommies to be 🙂

Feeding Bottles

My daughter Liz uses two brands for her feeding bottles. Avent and Playtex-VentAire and I must say I love both brands!

Avent bottles are known for its wide mouth bottle opening which is why they are easier
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Playtex VentAire is slimmer so it’s an advantage when you travel with your kid. Its angled design is a plus too, as it helps promote an upright feeding which is advised by our Pediatrician.

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Mommy Tip: Remember to purchase only BPA free feeding bottles for your child. Anti-Colic feature is a must too because a baby’s tummy is too sensitive, this feature is believed to help babies swallow less air to help reduce gas problems.

Cloth Diapers

I am crazy for Cloth Diapers and I love them so so much! Cloth Diapers help lessen diaper rash and is environment friendly too as we can use them over and over again. The designs are a plus too! Cloth Diapers are available at Baby Company (SM Department Stores). Three popular cloth diaper brands are Belle and Coco, Bamboo Dappy and Baby Leaf. Price starts at Php 320.00.

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Onesies

I met a soon to be mom at a Baby Shower I attended which was organized by Smart Parenting Magazine. She advised me that she loves onesies because babies can wear it at home since its very comfortable and there’s no need to change them when visitors arrived because it’s presentable as well.

My child uses onesies from Carters, Gerber and Mothercare. However, I also purchased onesies from Wee Essentials (available at SM Department Stores)  because they can be bought at a much cheaper price.

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I bought my daughter’s grooming kit at Sophie La Girafe, available at all Mothercare Stores. But since products from Sophie La Girafe is quite pricey, other options for grooming kits are also available at Baby Company. Summer Health and Grooming Kit and Safety First are good finds too.

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Mosquito Repellent Stickers

Mosquito Repellent Stickers is a must have for your babies. I use Moskishield for my daughter because I think it is much safer rather than applying other mosquito repellent lotions/sprays on her sensitive skin.

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 Feel free to share your good finds for the week too! Happy Shopping! 🙂

Love Chezkie

PNP SAF Men – Modern Day Heroes


 A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

Joseph Campbell

Watching the news these days is just beyond frustrating. 44 policemen died as they tried to capture known terrorists/bomb experts Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman, who has a  $6 Million/$3 Million reward if captured, dead or alive.

A police general was quoted saying that this was a tragedy in the making. Indeed, it was. 44 lives lost. 44 families lost  a loved one, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend. As you watch the news, you can see how these families grief knowing that the person they love the most is forever lost.

#Nasaanangpangulo trended worldwide as President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III chose to attend a plant inauguration for Mitsubishi rather than honoring the fallen PNP-SAF members.

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SAF Chief  Getulio Napeñas claims full responsibility on “Oplan Wolverine”.

“I trust you and I need to say that those boys died thinking not of the money but of the many more people who could become Marwan’s victims. The death of my men pains me. I love them. I am their chief, but we as a command stand with pride that we took down a very dangerous man,” Napeñas said.

These men died to protect us. We have lost so many lives and I am not losing hope that one day we will all learn from these. I know this issue would die months from now, but let us not let their heroic deed go to waste. We must pursue peace and give them the justice they deserved.

The whole country would forever be grateful for the bravery and selfless act that the PNP SAF men had shown. You are our modern day heroes!

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**Malacanang declares today, January 30, 2015, as the National Day of Mourning for the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) members in Maguindanao.

Thank you, 2014!

I always say that 2014 is my favorite year because I became a wife and a mother. I know it is quite late to post my supposedly year end blog, but hey, it’s better late than never, right? Here are the five memorable events of my 2014. 🙂

MandC tied the knot!

After three years, Mark and I were finally married. That feeling when you walked down the aisle and see the man of your dreams in tears was just surreal. My first dance with my husband was truly unforgettable. I just couldn’t believe that everything was happening. The wedding was memorable because all of our friends and our loved ones were there. It was worth all the stress we needed to go through. 🙂

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Batanes Adventure

For our honeymoon, Mark and I went to Batanes. It was the perfect place to be. 🙂

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Our First Car

Hello there, Shinichi! Welcome to the Family! 🙂

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FYI: I named our car Shinichi after my favorite anime Detective Conan.

Ama joined Nanay in Heaven

The greatest man I had ever known passed away. I will forever miss you, Ama. Now you and Nanay can continue your love story in heaven.

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Liz Audrey

I gave birth and became a mother to a beautiful baby named Liz Audrey. Now I know what love at first sight means.

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Thank you Lord for an amazing 2014! I am truly blessed! 🙂

 Love Chezkie

10 Things Motherhood Had Taught Me

I gave birth a few months ago to a lovely girl named Liz Audrey. She was an answered prayer to us, because my husband and I wanted to have a child right after getting married. Being a mother is the most fulfilling job and I learned a lot of things when I became one.

There is such thing as LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

I love Liz the very first time I looked at her, and I knew back then that I would do everything to protect her and keep her safe, to make her happy and to give her a happy and comfortable life.

 I can look at her all day, and will never get tired of it.

Looking at her is a hard habit to break and I will never get tired of it. She was just too perfect, and I can stare at her all day, all night.

 I will live for her, survive for her. She is my motivation.

I managed to walk and carry my child a day after giving birth because I wanted to take care of my daughter. I was able to do household chores in less than a month because I wanted to be the one to wash her little clothes and feeding bottles. I wanted to be the one who looks after her. She was my motivation.

It hurts but its okay.

Your child, no matter how tiny she may be, can hurt you in her little ways. When she kick you right exactly where your stitches are, when she scratch you with her long fingernails, or when she hit you with her head whenever she’s crying. It actually hurts, but that’s okay. 🙂

My tears were not enough.

I cried the very first time I found out I was pregnant. I cried when I saw her tiny little hands waving at me during her ultrasound. I cried the very first time I saw her. I cried even when I am just looking at her. My tears are not enough to express my happiness, fears, and joy of having her in my life.

My daughter gave me happiness and fears that I never knew existed.

Having a child would give you happiness beyond measure, however, this will also give you fears that you never knew existed. I was scared that life would not be nice to her, or she would meet bullies on her first day of school. Random thoughts on crazy nights.

You would say your longest prayer for your child.

I probably said my longest prayer while watching my child asleep. I prayed that the Lord would bless her and would give her all the strength she needs to go through life. I prayed that the Lord would give me all the patience and wisdom I need to be a good mother for her. I prayed that even though its not possible, life would be fair to her.

Having a child would make you become selfless.

I am more excited to buy things for my child rather than for myself. Having a child would make you selfless. I just realized that I hadn’t check the newly opened H&M stores here in the metro because I’d rather visit Mothercare and Baby Company instead.

You can survive a day having only two hours of sleep.

I needed to feed my child every two hours, so that only means I need to wake up every now and then just to be there for her. But to matter how sleepless my nights are, I still manage to have the energy to be with her and run some errands in the morning. Talk about being a wonder mom! 🙂

Being a mom will make you master the art of multitasking.

Since there are days wherein my daughter wants to be carried all day, I managed to master the art of multitasking. I can open the television and other appliances at home with my feet and do a lot of things using one hand.

I just love being a mom and I am very much excited with the new experiences that awaits me.❤

Love Chezkie