[MrsTags reviews] Pockit Stroller

We don’t want to spoil Ellie when it comes to material things but we don’t want to sacrifice – quality, convenience and comfort that some material things offer. Recently we were in search for a compact, easy to expand and adjust stroller for her. The stroller that we got her makes her uncomfortable because the heat gets trapped on the pads making her sweaty and irritated most of the time. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE that Hauck stroller very much and it is with us even before she’s born.

My first choice is the Juniors Scooty Baby Buggy  I found in Babyshop. The price is very affordable at AED 149. This buggy systems has 5 point Harness system. It is also Compact and lightweight for storage  and features an umbrella style easy-to-fold system.  I love the price but I had a hard time adjusting and expanding it and it is still bulky – my husband wants a space-saving stroller this time.

We also looked at Maclaren, Chicco,  and Joie travel systems – these brands offers different options – some of the models are not as lightweight as I expected. The price ranges from AED 200 – AED 1600. Then my husband found the GB Pockit Stroller and that’s the end of the story.

The FOLDED GB Pockit Stroller

True to it’s description – lightweight folding champion! All we have to do is to just click on the buttons located on the handle and we can easily fold the whole thing and what amazes me is the size after it is folded.  In only two steps the buggy becomes a compact and feather-light handbag-shaped package –   30 x 18 x 35 cm to be precise.  Tags loved it and I know my husband when he wants something – he’ll test it and inspect all of the details and will even do online research about it. We found out that it has won awards and it won our approval too! If you’re interested you can check out Babyshop for this great find or you can visit online shops like mumzworld. I made several transactions with them before and everything went smoothly – from ordering to delivery.

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When it comes to our kids safety we always do our own research (like what my husband did!) to check reviews and product ratings too. I checked one post from MomStrollerReviews.com : Mom’s Picks: Top 20 Best Strollers for 2017. It is a good read since the author of the post concentrates on practicality a little more than style. :)

What stroller are you using? What are the special feature that you like about it?

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#MomGoals

Motherhood – changes your perspective in general – your taste in food, music, color and even the TV programs that your binging on every weekend (that is..if you have time). Your Pinterest boards changed from Fashion to Kids and Parenting. Family becomes the vital part of motherhood. More often than not, mothers tend to prioritize family over themselves. So for today I want to share my list of #MomGoals that I wrote. To each her own. Goal setting can be a helpful, exciting, and a reinvigorating practice for mothers like us and women in general. :)

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#MomGoals for Health and Beauty

Manatiling maganda sa kabila ng lahat.

  • Eat healthy – watch what you eat and be wary of what it will do to your body.
  • Exercise even when you’re at home. You don’t have to be inside a gym to work -out, there are tons of exercises that we can always follow online.
  • Take care of your skin, nails and hair. Treat yourself with creams, lotions and vitamins even essential oils that are good for our body. The good thing about essential oils is that it is usually cost-effective and the results are amazing.
  • Be your best fresh self.
  • Smile and be positive.

#MomGoals for Career and Self-Development

  • Read. There are lots of benefits when you develop the habit of reading. One of the advantages is, it increases our vocabulary and makes us a lot more articulate. PLUS: It melts away stress.
  • Write a blog – like this. Write for yourself – the audience will come sooner or later. From time to time we need to look for a way to express ourselves I know other moms who paint or compose songs or cook and bake as a way of self expression.
  • Try something new – whether a new restaurant, movie genre, recipe or even a fashion trend. Trying something new makes you know yourself more and it helps you widen the range of your choices too.
  • Learn something technical.This one… is in my bucket list – and I am proud to say that I learned and I am still putting it into practice. :) Not because you already have a family to tend to means you’re no longer allowed to learn things.

#MomGoals Family and Relationships

  • Break that techie habit. Hurray! I am (we) on it. Since we are doing our best to limit Ellie’s exposure and use of gadgets ,we also limit ourselves in using gadgets whenever we are at home or with family.
  • Say I LOVE YOU. Expressing love and care to our family members is a must. It exudes positive vibes at home and nourish relationships 100% of the time :)
  • Cook and/or bake for them.
  • Family time = quality time. Don’t go out for dinners or arcade time just for the sake of having one. Make sure that we are giving a quality bonding with them.
  • Find a good family activity that everyone will enjoy. :)

Reading my thoughts here are very easy – doing and incorporating these with our daily routine is a different story. Although we are setting goals that we want to accomplish – dedication and focus is needed 100% of the time. The challenge is how are we going to overcome the hurdles that might get in our way to do it.

What are your #MomGoals?

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Tips when you’re travelling with a toddler :)

And we’re back from our short and sweet vacation. It’s funny how I felt like we’re just packing our bags yesterday.  Last year I wrote Tips when you’re travelling with a baby :) What I wrote there were based on my personal experiences just like what I am going to write for us today.

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We are making it a habit that we have to dine together before travelling :)

I just realized that as our babies steps into toddlerhood the amount of stuff that they need will be twice their age. When we travelled last year, Ellie is just 9 months old – we packed all of the basics and some additional things that might help but now – we packed the BASICS, what she wanted and stuff that kept her entertained and comfortable during the whole trip. Take note that whatever it is that we took with us… has a sole purpose – minimize any unwanted attention that might arise during our 9-hours flight. Ellie was 21 months when we left.

FOOD and lots of CLOTHES

As a mom – her food and clothes are my priorities.  Comfortable clothes and 3 more sets of clothes for “something happened” moments. The footwear should be comfortable too. Comfortable shoes lessens the “carry-me-daddy” situation. When it comes to food – we packed up  biscuits/cookies that she likes. Fruit bites and juices WITH straw. The straw reduces spills and the mess that might happen on board. We are loaded with milk and her water too. The funny thing with our little one – she prefers to eat what we are eating…so I am eating her stuff too :)

WIPES and SANITIZERS

Wet wipes and hand sanitizers … don’t forget these. These are  necessities and LIFE-SAVERS. I also bought this Evian Mineral Water Facial Baby Spray. It helps us during her nappy changes and I used this to clean her face and hands. I don’t know how… but toddlers have the amazing ability to be messy.

EMERGENCY KIT

Medicines, band-aids, insect repellant and a little bottle of alcohol in a zip-locked bag. The medicines are not only meant for Ellie – but for me and my hubby too. Whenever we travel we always make sure that we are all feeling well. It’s a nightmare to go on a trip when you’re sick.

HER FAVORITE TOY + a gadget she cannot refuse.

After giving her a lot of options to choose from… Ellie decided to bring her Minnie Mouse stuff toy with her for our vacation. We encourage her to read books and write using a pen and paper but that’s on a regular day – since we are travelling we’ve decided to allow her to use the tablet – we downloaded – baby games and puzzles and other educational applications that she can explore. Take note that this is our last resortand we weren’t able to use this during our flight back and forth because she ate, looked outside the window – watched a bit of Moana and fell asleep.

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Ellie and her Trunki – Benny the Cat.

We also invested on a Trunki for Ellie and she loves it and the idea that she got her own bag to carry. At first she didn’t want to ride or even pull it..but you know how toddlers are. We didn’t bring any strollers with us because at her age right now – sitting is an enemy.  We also brought a neck pillow for her to keep her comfortable during the flight.

A happy baby is equal to a happy trip. I know parents like me prepare a lot of things and rituals just to make sure that their child will not have any problems – keeping them warm, safe and comfortable during their trip. Our toddlers are also adjusting to the environment and if it is an unfamiliar territory we have to help them to cope up with it.

When traveling with toddlers, It is really important to choose the right flights and fly at the right time of the day. We choose the late afternoon flight (4-6pm). Since Ellie’s nap time is around 11am-12pm or 1-2pm, if we fly in the late afternoon there’s a huge probability that she will miss her nap time.  And we prayed to God that that she will be tired enough to fall asleep on the flight – and she did :)

To each his own. Parents know what’s best for their kids and we just have to trust ourselves that we are doing what’s best for them always.

Share the love. How do you manage your travel experiences with toddlers in tow?

Do you have any tips on keeping them busy while you’re on the go?

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32 is a happy number.

I just turned 32 and out of habit I started to Google facts and stuff about the number 32. And I learned that 32 is a HAPPY number. As much as I want to understand what a happy number is.. I cannot. I don’t know when this started, but every time I encounter calculations, computations or anything MATH-related my mind automatically wanders or shuts down. So there…my lovely readers,  just Google it too :)

So… hello there! I am Abigail,  I am 32,  I am wife, and I am cool-mom-not-a-regular-mom of an adorable little girl. I currently work as a Technical Specialist for DaVinci Resolve. Technical what?! I do trainings and workshops and troubleshoots and helps to resolve issues end-users are facing when it comes to DaVinci Resolve – which is one of the biggest names in the industry of post-production. I am an occasional blogger and I bake goodies – seasonally. I am still in the process of learning a lot of things and working on numerous improvements in different facets of my life :) Without any hesitations I can say that I am blessed with more than I deserve! So here (again) are some of my thoughts that I want to share with you my beloved readers.

Stop keeping score.This applies to life in general.  It’s not just about numbers. Life is not a competition. Studies show that we often overestimate our contribution. In social psychology, that’s called the Egocentric Bias.  Don’t you know that keeping scores leads to resentment? Nobody cares about the scorecard that you’re keeping inside your head! So stop feeding your ego.

Quality over Quantity. Having the best or perceived best of something rather than a lot of cheap or less valuable versions. It also applies to relationships, friendships and life – why live 90+ years… if the life lived lacks substance.

It will always get better. When I turned 30 I wrote  – There’s always one test that we are going to pass and after that everything will start to change. Keyword : LEVEL UP. We level-up and it just gets better and better. From our rebellious teenage years to our insecure twenties, to finding ourselves in (my case) our thirties …so if you’re feeling down,insecure and uncertain about so many things right now, trust me – life has work around with everything and it will be better.

Make your family a priority. My parents are largely responsible for getting me to where I’m at. They’ve been there for me when I felt alone. They supported and guided me even when we’re miles apart. As I grow older and older I realized how valuable having a great relationship with my family is and now that I have my own family I want to share the same values and love with my husband and daughter too. Always choose your family over anything or anyone else.

Hello positivity! :) when I turned 28 I wrote this as part of my blog entry “Always find a reason to be happy. Even if your heart is transforming from solid to liquid to gas – be happy.  It’s not always rainbows and butterflies…but looking at the brighter side helps. There are times that problems arise and we feel like giving up but like what I said previously – it will always get better.

Pray. Nothing beats the power of a heartfelt prayer. Pray not because we needed something but pray to give thanks to our Big Guy up there. This is one of the many things that we are teaching our daughter – praying before and after meals – before going to bed and even when she wakes up. It is a great way to appreciate what we have and to claim what God wants us to have by his grace and provision.

Love. Love your spouse. Love your kids. Love your family. Love the job that you have. Love mother nature. Carry a heart that never hates. Love.

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I am not an expert when it comes to love and life and even motherhood. I am just writing these things as part of my reflections about the life and relationships that I have now.

I am 32 years grateful and 32 is a happy number indeed. :)  I hope that these inspires you one way or another :)

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THIRTY TWO and high blood (plus other signs of ageing).

This is my thinking out loud moment :)

Ageing. Juskolord! Hindi ko ineexpect na sa edad ko na 32 meron na agad mga diagnosis na borderline hypertension! Nakakahigh-blood ang resulta ng check-up ko recently. Hanggang ngayon iniisip ko pa din kung tama ba un pagkakatingin ng doctor saakin. Hanggang ngayon iniisip ko saan ako nagkamali? habang sumasakit ang panga ko sa pagnguya ng mga sahog ng salad na kinakain ko! Yes. Gulay. Change lifestyle!  At hanggang ngayon iniisip ko pa din ganon ba talaga ko kalakas kumain?

Well… I am Thirty Two. Wala naman daw sa itsura. Thank you Lord sa genes na binigay mo saakin. I am so grateful. Hindi ko alam kung bakit sakto na naglalabasan ang lahat ng signs of ageing… kasabay ng pagkakawala ng age ko sa kalendaryo! Nung isang araw tinitigan ko ang sarili ko sa salamin at boom! nakakita ko ng linya sa noo ko. Isa. Malalim. Sabi ng mister ko kakakunot daw ng noo ko. Sa pagsusungit ko at pag irap. Stress mga bes. Napakamasayahin ko kaya. At eto pa – pa-share share pa ko ng mga cost-effective beauty tips tapos biglang may ganito. Wala na nga akong pilik mata meron pa kong wrinkles. Saan nanaman ako nagkamali?

Taon taon nagawa ako ng blog tungkol sa mga bagay bagay sa buhay ko – mga realizations, drama, saya,  in short mga ganap na parang artista. Hindi ako nakagawa last year (?) hindi ko na maalala (signs of ageing) dahil busy ako sa pagiging asawa at ina. Well madami naman kasing nababago pag mommy ka na – ung priorities mo. Yung mga bagay na nakakaubos ng oras mo, saka yung mga bagay na laman ng utak mo lahat yan nagiging family-oriented kahit nga ung mga simpleng bagay gaya ng pagbili mo ng mga kikay things maiiba yan eh – GATAS or kilay goals? Syempre… kilay goals si mister na bahala sa gatas?! char lang.

If there’s one lesson that I’ve learned before I reached the age of 32 – ingatan ang kalusugan. Health is wealth. Sa totoo lang nung lumabas ang results ng check-up sobrang nag alala ko. Hindi ito maari. Masyado pang baby si Ellie para maging sakitin ang mommy nya. Goal ko pa naman making COOL mom tapos highblood? cannot be.

Dapat maintain lang – ang ganda at health mga mars, wag natin iignore ang sarili natin dahil we’re running for BEST ASAWA at INA award. Manatiling maganda sa kabila ng lahat. Sabi nga nila madaming nagbabago saatin when we became mothers like humina na ang immune system natin (kinda) at sa mga di malaman na dahilan nagkakaroon ng diabetes or hypertension etc.

Promise magsusulat ako ng mas maayos kaysa dito. Sobrang busy lang.

Sorry.

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