Great ways to Speed-up Cleaning before New Year

It’s the time of the year again! I’m not talking about Christmas and New Year’s coming but making sure our home is tidy. It’s not that our home hasn’t been cleaned the whole year but as someone who have lived her whole life in tropical countries where Spring Season doesn’t come, well, December is my “Spring Cleaning” month.

Same as everyone does when they do “Spring Cleaning”, all that accumulated junk comes out of its shell and assessed if it’s worth keeping or you decide that life would be better off without it. There’s one thing I want to point out during this mission though.

Do not regret seeing the things you've bought that wasn't able to serve its purpose. Simply feel grateful that you're able to purchase that thing  and accept that life must go on without it. No feelings of resentment so you get to avoid that negative energy in your life and instead accept much more abundance. 

As an avid planner, I know that the only solution to avoid getting overwhelmed is to plan. You’ve got a month to do this cleaning and holiday to celebrate as well. If you’re lucky, you’ll also have some birthday celebrations in between which can make things more exciting.

Oh! I almost got forgot to mention your biggest supporters of keeping your home clean “your kiddos” *wink* are at home the whole time for Christmas School Holidays! With all that, are you almost feeling tired already? Hope not!

This simple guide though can help you get your cleaning easier and make you achieve that tidy home you want before the clock strikes for a new year.

What you’ll need

An open-mind. When it comes do spring cleaning, you need to keep your emotions intact and be open to giving away/ donating things that you don’t need or throwing out away things that’s malfunctioning already and can’t serve its purpose yet you’ve been still holding on at your home. Emotional attachment to material things is common. So don’t fret too much, it takes practice on letting go.

Stick with your plan. When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s easy to get too excited wanting to finish your task. Try to resist this temptation and simply stick to your plan. ONLY do what you have planned to do for that day. This will keep you relaxed, happy and be able to savour your accomplishment for that day, and be motivated to keep going for the next day. This would avoid exhaustion, overwhelmed, and quitting on the task you’ve started.

Get the whole family involved. You may not be getting joyful reaction from your family members especially if you have teenagers but know that this is a rewarding task. As part of the family, nothing is more rewarding than feeling part of it. Yes, that means on fun times and hard times (cleaning/tidying up your home).

Tips to speed cleaning

Stop cleaning one room at a time. Do chores that are connected to each other at a time for the whole house. Perfect example of this are the following:

✨Wiping windows, mirrors then washing curtains(changing curtains), rugs

✨Dusting cupboards, cabinets, then clean floor

✨Wash laundry, dry, organise clothing cabinets. You can also include your linen cabinet when doing this

✨Check pantry and fridge for expired food, clean fridge and cupboard

✨Lastly, as a rule of thumb, whenever you go from one room to the other, bring along with you whatever items you need to return to its correct place. This saves you from going back and forth.

There you have it! I hope this simple tips helps you do your cleaning before the New Year comes! I’m now off to my own home cleaning!

A Blessed Christmas to all! Hope you get inspired with my last article on the Best Christmas gift a Parent can give their children.

The Best Christmas Gift Parents can give their children

First of all, I’d like to make it clear that the points highlighted in this article has been inspired from a Facebook video I’ve reposted years ago and just showed up again yesterday in my Memories. Don’t you just love sharing posts that you loved so much that you want to share to everyone you know online? Well, at least that’s the reason why I do it. Another is to inspire myself as well in the next few years. Seeing posts that inspired you at that moment in time can remind you to be inspired once more.

Anyways, you can watch the video here. It’s from a speaker named Dr. Justin Coulson, a parenting expert from Australia. The title of his talk was 3 Principles for Happier Families.

I couldn’t let this opportunity pass now to write something about it and to give more of my insights about this topic. Not only because I’m feeling the Holiday spirit as Christmas is only 12 days to go, but also because there’s no better time to spread awareness on these principles to parents like me than this season of giving love.

I’ve recently wrote an article about Christmas Tradition that you can do with your family as I really want to make it a point to highlight how important is to remember and know the true meaning of Christmas than just merely buy and give gifts.

Christmas time is truly a wonderful time. For most children, it is the most awaited time of the year! For parents though, well, let’s be honest…with everything getting expensive, those toys are getting more and more ridiculously outrageous as well.

Despite that, whether included on budget or not, we try our best to give them to our children. Well, hopefully you don’t get too carried away though and let your pockets have those deep holes after Christmas (if you know what I mean) *wink*

Here’s some really great gifts you can give your children no matter what age they are in and would truly be appreciated and remembered for the rest of their lives. What’s great about this is you don’t need to wait for Christmas to give them… you can give it as much as you want, any day of the year, without spending a single dollar!

Love

According to theconversation.com, Love is an emotion that keeps people bonded and committed to one another. Just by reading that meaning makes my heart giggle inside. Who doesn’t want to feel loved?!

Feeling loved and giving/showing love is one of the best thing you can give, and receive. Nothing beats that! And when you are in this cloud-nine feeling, doesn’t it make everything in your life feel great? Your stars seems to align everything that’s happening in your life and everything seems perfect!

Loving and showing your love to children can be somehow tricky though. Most parents think giving that toys and other material things is what their children would want them to give. Unfortunately, children may be young and not know much about life but they sure know one thing. That there’s no much more valuable in life than TIME. And that’s what they want from us as parents. Our time.

Just like in business, they say, time is money. Or with professionals who charge the services they do based on the time they spend on doing things. Our children knows that! Spending time with them is one of the best things you can give them.

Here are some simple yet valuable ideas on how you can spend QUALITY time with your family:

  • Spend time eating at least one meal a day together. Have a fun talk during meals.
  • Go for nature walks. Spending time away from civilisation is always fun. There’s no same thing you can see no matter how many times you pass by the same route. Nature has its own way of making things interestingly beautiful every time.
  • Read a book together. This month of December, we’re doing this Family Tradition of Reading the Book of Luke each night till Christmas. It’s not only about reading the Bible but commemorating the life of Jesus and making Christmas more meaningful.
  • Put away all gadgets. It’s not only the phones that keeps us distracted in spending quality time with our family. Many might argue that their phone is too important to them and there might be something like an emergency that might come up. The trick that I do is to leave it in another room where you can still hear it rings. It’s simply to assume that your smartphone is line your landline that you can’t simply move along with you around.
  • Meal made with love. Cook together as a family and enjoy laughter like no other! Not only do you create great memories but your children also learn some great math in there! All those fraction woes would surely be easy peasy for them!

Limits

True love comes with respect. We all are human and that means we have limitation in everything. Learning to say “no” and understanding the reason behind it is an important matter.

What’s great with children is they are first and foremost under you wing from the very start. They key is to slowly let them loose with trust with them knowing by heart their limits. And while children’s rights are important, we are still the ones in-charge of letting them understand the responsibilities that right entails.

Living with freedom is everyone’s need. What will make most enjoy more that freedom is if each one knows the limits they have on everything. Am I being too preachy?!

Okay, enough, let’s get to the good part again.😊

Laughter

When was the last time you spend genuine laughter with your family? We often associate laughter with happiness and when it comes to being happy, we associate to giving material things to be able to make others feel that way. That’s where we got everything all twisted.

Children simply wants the laughter. That means as simple as telling jokes, dancing like nobody’s watching, or simply making hilarious stories. Our children are the most fun and cool people on earth and ones who would let you see the goodness of life you often miss to see.

I hope this article help you realise how easy it is to give a gift to children this Christmas. I know some parents who get too stressed just to make sure they got the gift their children would want and appreciate. Why not start with these 3 key points and I’m sure no matter it is that you wrapped, you’ll have the most special smile and hug on Christmas day!

Appreciate More this Christmas by starting this Beautiful Family Tradition

Do you have any Christmas Tradition you’ve been doing as a child, which you’ve adopted to your own family now? We do! One of them is the well-known, Simbang Gabi, or devotional nine-day series of Masses practiced by Filipino Catholics around the world do in anticipation of Christmas.

From what I remembered to be honest, despite being brought up in the Philippines, I’m not sure if I ever completed those nine-nights until I moved here in Singapore. Perhaps, the urge need of Spiritual guidance and praying to find a work here in Singapore have also led me to do it. I’m grateful to say that since 2010, I’ve never missed any of those nine-masses.

What used to be just me and the hubs queueing after mass to get some “magic-lugaw” as Father Angel† slowly became us wishing for a baby, then coming the next year with one in tow, then the following year with another one in my belly. 

With two daughters now looking up to me, I knew that I need to level-up more on opening their eyes and mind with the “true meaning of Christmas”. I personally don’t want to grow up looking forward to Christmas just because they get make a letter to Santa and receive gifts from almost everyone they knew.

My whole family now look forward to Christmas with a different perspective. I’m so proud of my two girls growing up not only looking forward to opening gifts but also those nine-nights they get to visit different churches around Singapore to hear Mass. Sadly, for the past two-years, we’ve been attending virtual masses. We’re really praying that this Pandemic would end soon.

I came across a few years ago in Pinterest this idea and decided to make it part of our Family Tradition as well. We started this tradition in 2019 and during that time, the girls were still 4 and 5 years old and honestly, not enjoying it. I felt like reading alone during those times but I still continued.

Now in our 3rd year, the girls are more enthusiastic about it already. And as they now are both great in reading, they even compete on who should be reading that day, which we often resolve on splitting into different stories of the day’s Gospel.

I’ve posted a few days ago in my Instagram stories my daughter reading the Bible just to share this tradition with others and also have a short clip as a memory for the future.Surprisingly, I’ve got a lot of messages asking more about and as more and more moms get curious about it, I decided to create a compilation of the Book of Luke that you and your family can use.

You can grab it by clicking on the photo below.

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Doing Family Traditions is done to make a celebration more meaningful. As for Christmas, I hope this article help you and your family realise what’s more important during this season of holidays. This is also a great Spiritual Self-Care .

HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Great Self-Care Ideas everyone should know this coming Holidays

We all tend to go all out especially during this last month of the year. With everyone’s spirits on high mode, Christmas carols singing, decorations making everywhere pretty even without snow, who wouldn’t?! The last month of the year is truly special to each and every one, no matter what age you are in.

For children, it would be the gifts that excite them, for mid-aged ones, it would be the unending parties, and for parents and everyone who’s been working their ass whole-year, it’s the Christmas bonus! With all these, we all tend to get too carried away. Mostly, it’s either splurging way too much on our pockets, for others eating way too much and for others, it may be both.

Let this year be the start of maintaining that discipline. It’s time to stop getting over-excited and forget what you’ve worked hard over the past 11 months. Spend this Holiday season without regretting any actions we do during this last month of the year.

Here’s some tips to make sure you enjoy without getting overboard than what you should have:

Staying Healthy

I totally understand this dilemma. We’ve been associating food with any celebration we celebrate. This is when we tend to forget all that diet or specifically time that cheat-day we’ve been waiting for. With or without the Pandemic, we all still make sure to celebrate this Holidays particularly Christmas in a joyous way with food.

While calorie counting may not be the best move to do, wouldn’t it be easier to associate the colourful Holidays with your plate? By making sure you incorporate fruits, vegetables, and healthy ingredients in your Holiday meals, you’ll be sure that though the calories you intake maybe more than your usual but still in a controlled way instead of getting all out.

Being happy with food isn’t always about the quantity we get to eat but how much we savour and enjoy them in every bite. Eating doesn’t only mean loving the smell, texture and taste of it but knowing that once it enters your body, your body will really benefit from it.

And last but not the least, remembering that there’s always tomorrow to enjoy more eating will help you eat in the right proportion instead of over-eating in just one day.

Tracking our Spendings

Another important thing most of us gets carried away during this last month of the year is the way we spend. Don’t let splurging too much make its way and leave you making a deep hole in your pockets. While money is something I don’t promote in this blog as a driving force for people, I do acknowledge its importance in our life.

Having money is great and important but we shouldn’t let it rule over our lives to the point where our good intentions be turned the wrong way. This season of giving, make sure to give only up to the best of your ability. Spending way too much than you can afford just so you can give is being boastful already and not in anyway good.

It is always the thought that counts and simple, thoughtful, and consciously-thought gifts makes it more worth than giving extravagant ones that only symbolises monetary value but misses the real value of why you gave it.

Getting enough Rest

No matter what age you’re in, Self-Care is a must. As our society slowly comes back to life and get togethers that has been missed out the past years has come back as well, let’s remember to party in moderation.

I get it, you’ve missed each other’s company. And yes, talking face-to-face can never be replaced with day-to-day virtually talking to each other. Yet, planning to make sure your body also gets the rest it needs is a must.

Don’t let your body get overwhelmed and burnt-out just so you could show yourself in parties. Get togethers means enjoying the moment and not coming there half hearted because all you can think of is getting back home and dozing off.

Make sure to plan your gatherings and get that ample rest your body needs.

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Happiness from Within

With all these joyous celebrations, it is easy to forget the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. For others, it may simply be a long holiday, but for like us, Christians’s, it is the day that marks the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, our Saviour.

That alone should be celebrated without the need of any glitz and glamour that we have been used to. This should be enough to give us peace we needed in our life, and the happiness from within that our Great Saviour has been born.

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