July 16, 2014

The blissful sides of Motherhood

I have been officially a mother for one year and 10 months and 17 days.

A few more to go and Adi and me will celebrate the big day!

Officially 2.

Adi will turn two years old this August and my how time flies so fast.

One moment I see him and he is still like a baby to me. The baby I will alyways cuddle along at night and
every mornings that I wake up.

Each day, I am thankful.

Thankful for the days that I get to spend with him.

Being at work is like a pain and a sweet thing all rolled into one.

I am glad that I have work to be able to sustain our needs, my son's and my family's.

I am grateful for each moment I see myself become a strong person amidst all the trials, misses, one cannot always say that the road is easy.

Motherhood will never be easy.



Each day. Life is unfolding. As we teach our child about life they show us what really Life is all about.

No one will ever understand the pains, the simple joys, the strength a mother has to master.

How simply we set aside our joys, our time and our efforts to raise our kids.

To feed them when they are hungry, to cloth them when they are cold.

To be their source of strength and them our only source of joy.

We are strong because of our children.

And that no body can ever break the bond that was there since we carried them inside our wombs.

No one else can replace or even surpass this.

That is why today, I am forever grateful that I am a mother.

Let's celebrate!

Cheers!

July 15, 2014

Reader of the Month for the Month of June Winner!

Hi Mommsies!

Pardon for the blog hiatus, Medyo MIA muna Ako for the past few days.
But don't you worry kasi now I will be announcing na my Reader of the Month for June.
=)

 I have been busy with Adi lately he has been having dry cough associated with vomitting.

I was so worried..Kaba puyat at pagod ako at this very moment mga muther.
pero carry pa rin, I know I can still handle everything. Supermom wannabe kaya ako.. hahaha!

Anyways, I hope you there in the Luzon area are doing good. Grabeh din ang bagyo noh?

Ingat kayong lahat dyan.

As in I couldn't think if here siya tumama ng Signal number 3. Mahirap na may ubo pa si Adi ko.

Anyways, I won't keep you waiting..
Are you excited?

Well, I am too. Ako rin. This is my first Reader of the Month giveaway so I won't keep this post long..

The Reader is no other than my fellow pretty momma to be. A Cebuana too.
Siya lang nag tiyagang mag visit ng blog na to at mag comment.. pero thank you talaga sis!
I hope you are doing great na. Preggy kasi ang winner natin.. GoD Bless sayo sis.

And Congrats! Akira Marie Lanojan of Sweet Baby Doll

Email me within 48 hours at gracina.estrella@gmail.com to claim your prizes and please indicate your contact details.

Thank you and more power to all of you... =)
God Bless!!!



June 23, 2014

[100 happy days] day 2 - Adi's First Dip at Fun O-Dippy and first vlog

Here is what I got last weekend at Prince Warehouse Club Mandaue.
The Fun o-Dippy sample and the Nescafe Creamy White Coffee.

this is Adi's first vlog right here so please be kind to us and excuse my baruk english! =)

Note: Adi is already turning 2 this August and sometimes I am really troubled at how he still cannot manage to talk. It saddens me a bit. But I am still thankful that he responds to me whenever I try to talk to him.

although it's kind of Minion-ish. hehehe... ilove you baby anak!

Watch the video here:


June 19, 2014

FREE Fashion Photography Workshop at Ayala


see you there!!!! =)

June 17, 2014

[Craft] The Sewing Machine Anatomy

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Hi Mommies! you might wonder why. a picture of a sewing machine pops up on your screen.
Well, i will be having a round up of crafting posts here in YMT.

For a quick start, i wanted to show you the sewing machine's anatomy.
Few may know it but, my grandma has been a dressmaker hmmm way back 1960's here in CEBU.
And it has been the family's lifeblood. Our bread and butter.

Sewing machines have been a part of my childhood. And it has brought good memories till now.
I would like to share some of my sewing stories with you. If you want please let me know by leaving your comments down below. =)

Sewing seems difficult but it is easy if you just gave it a try.

Cheers to us!
and let's get crafty.... there is always time to imagine and create.

MAY this POST INSPIRE you!
create. create and create. =)

[100 Happy Days - day1 ] Summer Hangover #throwback


a paradise right at the Western part of Northern Cebu is the long shores of white sands in Tabuelan, Cebu.
A four hour ride from North Bus Terminal and a habal-habal ride to Tabuelan is Durhans White Beach Resort,  the family owned Resort named after them 'Durhan'.

Well, mommies this is the place so far that really I have fallen for.

The beach is really clean.
Clean waters.
Clean sands.
Vast horizon facing the west. Where the sun sets.

We arrived at noon time already during the summer of 2011.

With my friends, Shayne and Rachel of course.
We were accompanied by our Bfs =) now husband for Rachel and husband to be for me. =)
For Shayne, the days are waiting when they would finally settle down. But let's not talk about that. Who are we naman diba??

Here are some of the Photos to we took of that momentous summer  (singleness pa kasi kami that time).... =)


sunshiney day and everything is a OKAY!

nothing beats the beach life really. i would definitely go back here very soon. =)

if you want to experience affordable white sand beach escapade with your loved ones, i highly recommend Durhans.

you may contact them here on their website.

June 10, 2014

Be YMT's Reader of the Month!

hello to you avid YMT reader:

YMT is now launching its VERY FIRST ROM (READER OF THE MONTH)..

You heard, I mean you read it right!

As a way of giving back to all YMT  readers, I will be giving out items just random ones each month to my beloved readers and followers. =)

Thank you for your constant support and for taking time to read my humble blog, YMT.

All (Philippine-Residents) are very much welcome to come and participate.

Since, this is my first time and i still have not gained a lot of sponsors as of the moment,
pagtiyagaan nyo muna itong humble kung mga giveaways. =)

I will be giving out more hopefully.... (fingers crossed)

This month's Reader will be getting these lovely items:


For you to qualify, please read the below:

1. Must be a follower via Facebook, Bloglovin and Google +.
2. Should give quality comments (suggestions, opinions, thoughts, etc) here on YMT or of my social networking sites like facebook and twitter instagram and bloglovin.
3. Share this post via Facebook, Twitter and Google +.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep those comments coming.
Join na ha! Good Luck.

=)



June 9, 2014

[SEXY ME] to fitness and beyond...

The subject may intrigue you into thinking that I am sexy. But well it doesn't go too well with me right after giving birth last 2012.
so bear with me as i make the intro of this hopefully 60-day weight loss challenge.

Currently, I am 138 lbs.

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and I am really hoping to get back that pre-pregnancy bod. ;D

it doesn't have to be really that giddy with it, but i have my own reasons.

First, I want to fit in my old clothes.
Second, I want to promote that healthy lifestyle for my family.
Third, I can't single out the fact that i am already having a hard time moving and getting around the house.
Fourth, it's hard to keep up with a growing ever-energetic baby boy with all the pounds.
Fifth, I need to skip all the unhealthy foods i habitually take in.
Sixth, I am a running enthusiast and i want to be back on track after my Cesarean Operation last 2012.
Seventh, it's never too late to wear a bikini. haha LOL!


to be continued.....



June 8, 2014

[PHOTO PROJECT] Being Mindful

life is about being mindful about things around us
appreciating life in front of us.
it is being thankful about.
living each day mindfully and gratefully.





June 3, 2014

shameless FOTD + Current Skincare


hi momsies! pardon for this shameless post. 
i missed blogging about my current skin care, i brought two products yesterday for me to try out, 
really i think i deserve this self love due to the fact that i haven't had enough sleep.

i needed a break. 
and some skin care routine for my haggard face.

i have with me now the clean and clear compact powder, i love that it is only 170 pesos. 
for olay it is roughly 190 pesos.
i think this would get me a long way. wouldn't be bad to try this out and see what effect it has on
my oily face. =)

my current products to try out: OLAY face lotion and Clean and Clear Oil Control Powder


the sponge is a plus for me 

closer look

and of course, the face using these two products:


another angle

how do you find my fotd?
i hope to get favorable results on about a week or two using these products: stay tuned for my detailed review.

View my previous SKIN CARE ROUTINES.

have a great day momsies! and thanks for reading... ♥

June 1, 2014

Creative Corner

If you are in Cebu and haven't heard of this cute shop in J Centre Mall, Well now is time that I'd show you what we have just discovered over the weekend. It is this really cute craft and gift store called CREATIVE CORNER.



The 3 musketeers, Allen, me and Adi went over to the mall for some stroll and just cool down.
bonding -bonding moments!

Here is mine and Adi's outfit of the day:

WHAT I WORE: Thrifted clothes =)
ADI: SHIRT-Manila Ocean Park, Short- SM, Sandals - Metro AYALA dept store

We ate some halo-halo from Razon's and after that we then strolled the mall.
I was happy to see this store that sells really cute items, I found out that these items were imported all the way from Taiwan and Korea.


They are located at the 3rd floor of J Centre Mall. Near Cebu Trick Art Museum.
If you wanna know the prices, you can go check them out. =)

They offer some really cute items.. 

Have you gone there na? Please leave your comments! 



May 27, 2014

Manila Trip ( Day 1 )

hello mommsies!
back again to blog about my latest travellations at the Northern part of Luzon. =)

the office mate just got engaged and they finally tied the knot last Sunday May 25, 2014. 
A call for celebration! and we already booked the tickets months ahead and availed of the promo from Cebu Pacific. Days before departure I already made sure that I won't get lost. haha And so there, I printed the maps. =)

Day 1 - Itinerary
9:15 pm - Departure (Ceb - Mnl)
10:55 pm - Arrival (Mnl Naia term 3)
12:00 pm - Arrival at the Hotel

I was both excited and worried. yeah, this is my first time ever - to travel outside of UBEC.
I was really anxious thinking that I will be leaving my Adi behind with his situation.
Anyways, I won't be talking much I just wanted to share some of the photos I took at the Airport and the Hotel where we stayed in.

me. trying to smile despite the worries.  excited and at the same time
anxious.
WHAT I WORE: ( Top: Pink Lolita, Leggings from SM Department Store, Shoes: World Balance,
BAG: Habagat )
a few shots of my colleagues who were waiting too at Mactan
airport Domestic Departure Area as well
boarded the plane! finally ...
Read some of the magazines... =)
long line for the taxi. exhausting.. arrival at manila naia terminal 3 at 11 pm =(

HOTEL PICTURES:

Conveniently tucked in the busy streets of Makati is Creekside Amorsolo Hotel. A stroll away from the Central Business District and shopping malls, this simple hotel offers basic commodities like fast internet, hot and cold showers, and comfortable beds. Perfect for backpackers, travelers, and businessmen alike, Creekside Amorsolo Hotel gives you great value for your money and lets you experience Filipino hospitality from our reliable staff.


Overall, I loved this hotel. Very clean and cozy. enough space for us and the three kiddos. =)
You can also check out their website here.

 

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