Cornhole – Entertaining Game for all Ages

When you’re hosting a gathering, it’s common to worry about the house being clean, or having the right food. If you’ve got guests of all ages coming, it’s also important to worry about keeping everyone at least somewhat entertained. It’s always great to have a few games around the house that can easily be played by both children and adults. Whether you’re having a formal get-together, or your kids just happen to have some friends over, something that all ages can enjoy is the perfect fit.

One game that fits the bill is called Cornhole. It’s a deceptively simple looking game, usually involving two boards, set at a slight tilt, with one hole in each board. Bean bags are tossed at the boards and points are scored by either sinking the bean bag into one of the holes, or having a bean bag remain on the board without falling off the edge. You can play one vs. one, or in teams. Most anyone can successfully toss the bean bag at the board. Those with a little more skill (or luck) will get the bag in the hole.

In addition to this being a game for all ages, it is a great game to have along at outdoor events. With proper customizations, you can even play this game at night. When playing the game outside, consider getting some lights to go with your board. It makes it that much more fun in the dark. You can purchase the lights from a company like Custom Corn Toss , www.customcorntoss.com. They sell everything Cornhole related, including the Cornhole lights, that you can install easily on your existing game boards. FYI, they sell pre-painted boards, but for those of us who are always looking for another project to try with the kids, they also sell an unpainted set so you can paint / decorate your own. Your kids might enjoy trying out their artistic skills by coming up with their own design.

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In theory, you can play this game inside or out, so it’s not a bad thing to have around on a rainy day. Just make sure that your kids are pretty accurate ‘toss-ers’ so that they’re not knocking anything off your walls in the heat of the game!

Trip to Baclaran

Together with my mother and my two kids, we went to Baclaran to  buy some small things for the school. It is way cheaper to buy in bulk there than in department stores. I got 1 dozen of white undershirt for the boys and a few underwear.  Since rainy season is here, we also bought a 4 umbrellas for the kiddos.  Was looking for jackets but I wasn’t able to find a good buy yet. They were relatively cheap but I didnt like the quality.

It was their first time to visit Baclaran and they were really tired from the scorching heat today. They were unhappy so we we didn’t stayed long. Just an hour or two I guess.

Tips for Effective Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a good way for many parents to ensure the quality of their child’s education. It’s also a way of interacting with your child, while learning and bonding together. Homeschooling helps parents keep better tabs on the way their children learn. It provides a more hands-on method of teaching. With homeschooling, you know exactly what your children are learning, and what they need help with. Here are some of the Dos and Don’ts of homeschooling.

Homeschooling Don’ts

  • Don’t a lot of money on homeschooling curriculum materials. There are a lot of free tools and information available through the internet. Do not get stuck on using just one type of curriculum. What works for one child, may not work for others. Be flexible enough to make changes if necessary.
  • Don’t discourage your children by pushing them too hard. Encourage them to learn at their own level, not where you want them to be. This may cause them to become frustrated because they’re trying to do work they’re not quite ready for yet.
  • Don’t make your homeschooling program so serious a level that it bores your children. Allow your kids to enjoy the time by using creative and interactive approaches to learning.
  • Don’t be limited to just traditional subjects. Explore arts, science projects, even take field trips to enrich and captivate your child’s mind. Make their learning experience fun, exciting and interesting.
  • Don’t think that you’ll be able to teach your child everything. This is almost impossible. There will be subjects that you’re not very good with. Get help from online homeschooling programs, and learn with your child.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with various learning styles, schedules and curriculum. Change things around sometimes to keep learning exciting. Make sure your program and curriculum challenges your child to learn different things.
  • Spend time enjoying the things you teach your child.
  • Set goals, both short-term and long-term, that you want your child to accomplish during a specific time frame.
  • Attend local homeschooling conferences and get to the homeschooling rules, regulations and laws of your state. Most states have implemented public homeschooling with teacher interaction. Many states have strict rules about what counts towards getting diplomas through home schooling.
  • Network with other veteran homeschooling mothers. They may be able to give tips and tricks for making homeschooling the best it can be for your children.
  • Teach at your child’s learning level. Never push your child to learn at a level he or she is not yet ready for. Let your child guide you so you understand what they’re interested. Encourage them throughout their learning journey.
  • Take the time to log information pertaining to your child’s learning. This will give you a visual of areas that need more work.
  • Research the different types of curriculum that can be used. Find the best one for your child as an individual.
  • Allow your child to socialize with other children. Remember, this is one of the biggest things they will be missing when it comes  to attending regular public school.
  • Prepare nutritious snacks and lunches ahead of time. Prepare their homeschooling meals the night before, and store snacks and meals properly so they will be fresh at lunch time.

Homeschooling Dos

  • Spend time enjoying the things you teach your child.
  • Set goals, both short-term and long-term, that you want your child to accomplish during a specific time frame.
  • Attend local homeschooling conferences and get to the homeschooling rules, regulations and laws of your state. Most states have implemented public homeschooling with teacher interaction. Many states have strict rules about what counts towards getting diplomas through home schooling.
  • Network with other veteran homeschooling mothers. They may be able to give tips and tricks for making homeschooling the best it can be for your children.
  • Teach at your child’s learning level. Never push your child to learn at a level he or she is not yet ready for. Let your child guide you so you understand what they’re interested. Encourage them throughout their learning journey.
  • Take the time to log information pertaining to your child’s learning. This will give you a visual of areas that need more work.
  • Research the different types of curriculum that can be used. Find the best one for your child as an individual.
  • Allow your child to socialize with other children. Remember, this is one of the biggest things they will be missing when it comes  to attending regular public school.
  • Prepare nutritious snacks and lunches ahead of time. Prepare their homeschooling meals the night before, and store snacks and meals properly so they will be fresh at lunch time.

Ways to Develop Kids’ Study Habit

Developing our kids’ study habit is a challenging job to do. We all know that most kids, if not all, love to play and have fun. Nagging and forcing them to study whenever they still want to play will not be that much help since they, normally, don’t want to be pressured into doing something that they’re not interested with. Some children even get so stubborn when they are obliged to study.

Remember that whatever has been taught to kids when they were younger, they be able to apply them as they grow up. So the best time to start developing their study habit is while they are young. Even if they don’t go to school yet, it is best to make it a habit to read to them books and, later, slowly teach them how to read. Creating activities that would require their participation such ask them easy questions pertaining to the books or lessons that you’ve read and studied and appreciating their every effort to participate in the activity would be a great way to show them that learning is fun. Making it part of their routine everyday would make it seem like a normal thing to do. The younger they are, the better time it would be to instill in their minds the importance of school and studying.

Set a schedule for your kids. Divide your children’s leisure times into the things that they have to do. There should be a specific time for studying, playing and doing chores as well if they already tasked to do so. This way, your kids will be able to adjust their time and set their moods to their every activity. Having the schedule will also teach your children the sense of responsibility and the essence of time.

Be there for them. The presence of the parents while their children are studying is really very important. There may be times that your kids were not able to understand their lessons well hence they would need someone to help them. Making them feel that you’re there for them, to help and guide them would surely make your children feel happy and relieved.

Most children regard studying to be tiring and boring. It is then the parents’ task to prove to their children that learning is fun. Though doing so is not easy, it, surely, is rewarding to see your kids excel in their studies, right?

And let this be a reminder to all the parents, like me, that may we’ll continue to watch, educate and guide them to be a responsible citizen because we don’t want our kids to end up in los angeles rehab, right?

Fun Learning Activities for Kids While I Work At Home

Just last night, we had a storytelling session before going to bed. I took an old book about The Gentle Giant, its a story about a giant and salt. The kids were so excited as I described about giants, sea creatures and mountains. These are just a sample fun activities for kids that we do while at home.

As we are on cost cutting measures, I work from Friday to Sunday at home. I originally planned to convert the other room to be my small office but its also difficult when we have guest. That planned didn’t work thus I now work in the sala or in the dining room. And yes, it could be tiring at times especially when kids pester you for things.

When you are working at home, I suggest these kids learning activities:

  • coloring
  •  making arts & crafts
  • answering questionnaires
  •  cooking

Adult play an important tole in the lives of children. But work is work.  At times, my son Christoph would complain about me working day and night, in the office and/or at home. He simply cannot understand that life is hard and one must exert all efforts to sustain the financial requirements of the family, but after a few explanations and it all goes to the same result – all for their own benefits. Then he would nod and say yes. He is still young and yet can converse in an adult manner. When I was pregnant with him, I read a lot from Antenatal Classes Sydney to gain more knowledge about taking care of myself and the baby, and safety and fast recovery as I knew that I would once again go through ceasarian section delivery.

Proud Parents

My heart leaped with joy with my son went up the stage to receive his certificate or diploma. He was walking the aisle heads up, looking for his parents in the crowd. He knew where we sat but we moved when he was about to go up, of course doing our role as a photographer and videographer. Even if he did not receive any awards, we are still a proud parents. Of course!

He looks so handsome on the photo attached the diploma. The idea of making it framed with photo the graduate and diploma is really nice. Thats a big help for a mommy like me so I would not bother looking for a frame or any hard object to protect the diploma.

After the ceremony, we dropped by at the newly rented house near the school and while still in the car, I asked him what gift he wants to receive and he said a custom laptop. I was amazed of how advanced and techie the kids now, they are more on gadgets while in my time was just about toys, dresses or shoes.

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Island Cove’s Animal Island

Sunday is truly a kids day. Today we spent the day at Island Cove. At first, we had a normal Sunday breakfast with Uncle C+R with beef tapa, longganisa, hotdog and sunny side up eggs.

At 11:00 AM, we decided to go to Island Cove. We visited the Animal Island first for Php 100.00 entrace per person. As usual, the kids freaked out again. They love the animals in books and on TV, but the moment the animals are close, they are a different person.

Active Boys

My kids are active boys, everyday both boys would roam around the streets with their friends. At some point, I was fuming angry as I saw my son crossing the busy street street of the village. It flashed in my mind a previous neighbor in Alabang who used knee braces because of an accident. I cant stand looking at my son that way.

Anyway, after that incident, I instructed the yaya to really watch the boys while biking or not use it at all.

Mommy Moments: Blue

These photos were taken from our short getaway in Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan. The place is really nice and fully equipped with facilities to make your stay worth remembering for the rest of your lives.


This is the playground for kids. As it was raining that time, Francis took out his shirt and play with brother (not in the picture).


Taken at the room where they displayed lots of toys. Favorite place for kiddos for sure.


Kids fed the koi with bread taken from the restaurant after eating breakfast. I heard several guest fall in this mini fishpond. I dont mind to.. I heard fish spa is good!

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Green Leafy Vegetables

I am fond of playing Farmville and Farm Town at Facebook 3 months ago. After playing for more than a month, I got tired already and so I stopped.

One boring Sunday, some flowery plants died already due to El Nino so I cleaned up and cultivated it. Then started planting green vegetables as that is always the partner in our meal.

My kids love green leafy vegetables only. Both eat only with sabaw. They are not so fond of other vegetables. My fault I guess but I cannot forced them to eat!

Have a look at my garden:

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Alugbati

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Talbos ng Kamote

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Kangkong

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Kangkong area

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Alugbati and Talbos ng Camote area

I plant. My kids water them, that is the role I gave them and so far they are complying according to the yayas. Every afternoon, they would get the bucket with sprinkler and waters our vegetables. BUT. They only water the vegetables, not the flowers. lol

This is one of our bonding times together, normally happens on a Sunday afternoon. Its nice to give kids some responsibility.