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Tickled pink

I’m not exactly sure how it happened or why. I just found myself gravitating to all shades of pink. Who knew that I would succumb to the color that I shunned for decades—and willingly too! Up until recently, I did not have anything of this saccharine hue in my wardrobe. Then, the unexplainable happened. I bought a pair of hot pink shoes and then, some accessories.These purchases may have forever piqued my fashion fervor toward Barbie’s favorite color. For the first time this year, Pantone has chosen the pairing of two shades as color of the year—rose quartz and serenity blue. According to Pantone’s official page, rose quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and composure. Serenity blue, on the other hand, is “weightless and airy, bringing feelings …

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Why organic?

One of the most frequent questions I get is if going organic is really worth it. Yes, it’s worth it. For me, it is even an essential—for food and products. If you read this column, my blog, www.glamomamas.com, or follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m an advocate of a greener, more natural way of life. Let’s clarify what “organic” actually means in terms of products and food. Organic products are made from raw materials that are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, bleaches, and other harmful chemicals. They are processed in a way that reduces environmental impact. Organic produce must be grown in soil devoid of pesticides, GMOs, and petroleum-based fertilizers. These farms also need to be far enough away from any conventional farms to …

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Little chef

Like popcorn on a skillet, eight-year-old Estie Kung hops around her cooking station—chopping celery, throwing butter onto the pan, and nitpicking over her ingredients. She is quite focused considering that one of the Philippines' prominent chefs Sau del Rosario is doing his thing just steps away. Little chef Estie cooks her seafood chowder sauce while Chef Sau sears a beautiful fillet of sea bass, both challenged to finish their dishes in just 20 minutes. She seems all confident in the kitchen but once in a while, while stirring the pot, Estie would steal a glance at the audience, looking to her mom for strength and support. Estie is one of the stars of American reality cooking game show Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown. She recently visited the Philippines to promote the …

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The second child

I had my firstborn M four years after I got married. Countless trips to different fertility doctors revealed that I suffered from polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). In layman’s term, my eggs refused to leave my ovaries and go to the fallopian tube at the right time in my cycle. I underwent many invasive procedures and drank various medical concoctions to correct this condition. Nothing worked. Finally, I gave up the painful, tiresome, and expensive treatments. But as it turned out, a trip to Sydney, away from our stress-filled jobs, was all my husband and I needed to do to conceive. Hours spent exploring the city, long lunches, and uninterrupted conversations proved to be the perfect prescription. What a wonderful moment it was when I showed my husband the two lines on my pregnancy kit! It reduced him to tears.  The Firstborn Syndrome When we had M, …

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Be a greener mom

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but kids have, do, and use a lot of stuff. Being a “green” mama, I’m often horrified by the massive carbon footprint each child leaves. This is not their doing, of course. It is ours. We are the ones who control the purse strings. We are the ones who run the household. We are the ones with the final say. There are things that we, as moms, can do to improve the way we live while helping the planet’s health. You can reduce waste by living by the principle of trying to reuse or recycle as much as possible.  Children don’t actually need as much stuff as we think. GO GREEN Being environment-friendly with the family is not as hard as you think. In the photos …

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Throwing a fit

Dear Suzi and Paolo, I am a working mom and my project is on night shift for five months now. My problem is my daughter. There were times when I would not be the one who would give her breakfast. But when it would be my turn to feed her, she would not eat and, instead, would go on and play with her toys. I also noticed that she would keep on throwing her toys everywhere. Even when I would tell her it was not right and that she should not throw things, she would say “no throwing.” I know she understood what I said but later on, she would throw her toys again, especially when she’s in a middle of a tantrum. Please help.   Roxane Cabile-Montierro     SUZI SAYS   Hello Mommy Roxane! Thanks …

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Great and grounded

The list of his shenanigans is getting a mile-long. At his major concerts in Oslo, Justin Bieber walked out of the stage after singing only one song. His Norwegian teenage fans were reportedly left stunned and in tears, but such behavior from the Internet-born, social media-babied pop star isn’t surprising at all, considering his many past transgressions and brushes with the law. Sure, he’s talented, but the 21-year-old is more likely to be remembered for offenses like driving and drag racing while drunk, spitting on fans, illegally spray-painting walls abroad, egging a neighbor’s house, being thrown out of nightclubs, and fighting and hitting the paparazzi, than for his platinum records. Of course, no well-meaning parents want their children to turn out like Bieber, even with the millions he has earned from his records and endorsements and his celebrity status (Bieber fever!) The world as it is has already too much violence and negativity, and certainly doesn’t need another messed-up, misbehaving youngster to sow notoriety and …

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Party feast

My family has a mild case of holiday hangover since we missed out on the celebrations here. The obvious cure? A New Year get-together, of course! So not having quite shaken the jet lag and waking up in the wee hours of the morning for days, I decided to use the temporary insomnia to plan the menu for the party. Fried chicken, spaghetti, and tuna lumpia rolls are mandatory choices for the kids. For the adults, I decided to cook prawns in coconut milk and crab fat, Korean beef stew with quail eggs, turbo-broiled lechon kawali, and grilled liempo. Since I wanted to make everything myself, I chose old time favorites leche flan and cashew brownies for dessert. A day after the celebration, I posted my culinary creations on Facebook. My …

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Blessed silence

Lately, I’ve noticed how noisy my life has become—both figuratively and literally. This is not my comfort zone. I’m the kind of person who needs to have periods of quietness in my day or I go a little loopy. I need "zen" to function at my best. These days, I have to make do with pockets of silence that are bliss for my mind. This heightened noise level wasn’t something I was prepared for but probably should have anticipated since I have three children aged five and under and two of them rambunctious boys. My ears hurt from the high-pitched squeals, yells, and cries that pervade our house most minutes of every day. Someone is always shouting inside my house. The octave levels make it impossible at times to have …

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#Goals

Here we are, one week into the brand spanking new year of 2016. I’ve always loved the opportunity that new years present—the chance to start fresh, to endeavor to be better, to recalibrate. The year 2016 marks a very poignant chapter in my life and it is important for me to make a comprehensive list of personal improvement goals that I can strive for this year. Many people don’t have faith in resolutions but I think of them as a vision board for my life. Purposeful goals that are acknowledged out loud have more chances of coming to fruition than aspirations kept hidden in the recesses of one’s mind. Last year, my resolutions were all about motherhood. This year, my purposes are all about me. As we know, you have to …

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