Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To ski, or not to ski? ⛷| #ChicSassyMomTravels

When you live in the tropical countries, you long and crave for snowy vacays. There's just something magical about snow, thanks to Korean dramas and Fozen. πŸ˜‰Sometime ago, we had to cancel our flights from Seoul, and get new flights to Manila just because there was a snow forecast. There was only snow flurry, but we're so happy. But then, spending winter in Chicago, made me think twice about snow. I decided, I only want to do vacay in snowy places not live on them. That's why California living is perfect. One weekend, when the weather was nice with a snow forecast, we went to Tahoe. Let it snow! It was so beautiful!

Our porch from the AirBnB Rental we got at Truckee. It was my first time seeing so much snow falling. I'm in love! 
One check off my bucket list. But wait, there's more. They said, do you want to build a snowman? let's go skiing! To ski, or not to ski? That's the question. 

Hmmmm, I pride myself from being adventurous, from food, zip lining,  and what have you. But I was honestly scared for my almost 40 year old self, oh well. Never say die! I did it! We had lessons, that you must do! Got a day pass with everything on it, rental, lift pass and lessons. Chase, my son, did snow boarding. He's so good! I thought I'll be good at it because I can roller skates and roller blades decades ago. Hah. I ended up being so bad at it! I delayed the class and made everybody not take the lift. But I had one good ride, thank goodness it was caught on cam! See for yourself in my IG @chicsassymom post below. Don't judge. πŸ˜…


My form was so bad, pizza on my mind πŸ˜…, but I was supposedly dressed for success. Haha. Ready for my Snowy Fashion in North Face from head to toe. ✌🏻I aced my OOTD post and snow angel. Another check off my bucket list, skiing! Will I do it again? Maybe. It depends. I might, when the weather is nice!  ❄️


Monday, April 6, 2020

Everyday DIY Keto Coffee ☕️ | #DietForever

For those of you who've been following me for years (thank you, dear! ❤️), a good mix of my posts will be dedicated to my weight loss struggle journey. Believe me when I tell you I've tried it all...the good, the bad and what have you (search 1200 Calorie Diet, diet coffee, etc.). So far, I can say, I'm finally victorious! I'll tell you more about it in details, since there's more to it than Keto. Also, yay, my gooodness, after years, exercise found its way in my vocabulary. But relax, let's save that for later, since we're sheltering in place. πŸ˜‰


But first, coffee! 

Note that I am not on full keto diet. I cannot, because I cheat on weekends. What will happen to all those fats when I do. So for the past months, I've been on low calorie, low carb diet. No, I'm not on intermittent fasting, just because I need my Keto Coffee in the morning so I can function well at work. But I do try to fast on weekends, when I can just be lazy and not think. Here's an IG post I made requested by my chinggu (friends), just because I've been doing a lot of OOTD posts, no filter, no edit! Hah.  Please don't forget to swipe and watch the video below, or just follow me on IG @chicsassymom . #SharingisCaring







I love it with whip cream!πŸ˜‹ Enjoy! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Sunday, April 5, 2020

#WheninLA Visit Paderia Bakehouse | #ChicSassyMomEats

How's your weekend so far? Mine goes like this...eat, blog, social media, watch, sleep, repeat. We can only make the best out of everyday... live gratefully and love like there's no tomorrow, shall we? But when tomorrow comes, my Los Angeles business trip is waiting for me.  And when I do, I'll make sure to grab more ensaymadas in Paderia.

One and only Paderia Branch in Fountain Valley

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Rewards of Becoming Stay at Home Mom

Original Article Contribution published in Smart Parenting, October 2010 Issue

Hello! It's another weekend, oh well, it doesn't really matter. Remember, it's about staying hopeful and making the best lemonades (I can't believe I was using that line since 10 years ago!). πŸ˜‰I'm looking at my updated popular posts, and it's just unusual how all most are from 10 years ago, just when I started blogging, and were basic connection building posts...very much so relevant as we all try to stay emotionally connected, mentally grounded and pay it forward. Here's a post I wrote 10 years ago.This goes out for all of us. 

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The phrase “working mother” is redundant. Regardless of being a corporate employed mom or a stay-at-home mom, it’s really all the same. It doesn’t make one better or lesser as a mom. Being one or the other either by imposition or by choice, no matter what, either with the trade offs or with the opportunity that goes with it, the possibilities worth celebrating and exploring are endless. If you just seat back, take time to enjoy the ride, and marvel at life’s greatest pleasure --motherhood.
A year ago (2009), I took a break from my seven year-corporate employment stint and opted to be a full-time homemaker. I want to celebrate it! I want to cherish this moment while it lasts just in case, I decided to pursue corporate employment again if the need and the opportunity arise. Without the clocking in and out demand of an employee, now, as a family, we can reinvent ourselves and we have all the time to enjoy being at one another’s company 24/7. More so, becoming a stay-at-home mom enables me to explore all possibilities and adventures there are as a wife, a parent and as an individual. This is me being given a lemon, and not only do I make lemonade, I concoct lemon sherbet!
Well, for a "newbie" like myself, I don't think that it’s just walk in the park, but at the end of the day, with practice, the demands of a full-time homemaker seem to be all in a day’s work. Also, contrary to what others would say, I still do care about holidays, because I also welcome breaks when my son, Chase, doesn't have to wake up early to school, so he can sleep as much as he wants. Everyday for me is an adventure of trial and error of learning how to instill discipline, study habits, eating habits, etc. and deciding which is just the right attention without being overprotective, or boring, or a "party pooper" at some time, while making sure he gets just the right slack. And yes, I still do get stress at times, like on the time when Chase cut his hair during his art class, on constantly reminding him to do his assignments, on getting him to eat healthy, on making him sleep on time, and of course, most stressful is when I play nurse and worries most on the days that he is under the weather.


Then: 2010 Our first time in San Francisco for Vacation. Taken at Pier 39 and Reno Circus Circus 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Learning Korean with Rosetta Stone | What to do in Quarantine at Home

Annyeong! πŸ€—California and rest of the world, please repeat, we need to stay home so our front liners can do their jobs. Let's pray for fortitude. And while we're home, let's find everyday joys in little things. And while we're at it, in between working from home, family bonding and house chores, let's take this time to be purposive to keep learning, growing and improving. Let me share with you what I have been working on. I'm learning Korean! Yay! Finally, after years of finding all the reasons and excuses not to, better late than sorry! You ought to know I'm a fangirl and a drama addict, I'm taking it to the next level. Hah. ✌🏻

So between investing buying another Jo Malone πŸ˜…, (now wiser) I got myself a lifetime subscription of Rosetta Stone that enables me to learn as many language to my heart's delight. Yay! Congratulations to me!
Rosetta Stone Lifetime Subscription at $199

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