Blog Post Ideas for Mommy Bloggers

Hello lovelies!

I know that this topic is a very used topic when it comes to blogging. I narrowed it down to a specific audience who are like me – mother, mum, momma, mommy, mama, nanay.

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Blogging is oftentimes a hobby, for others a career, but whether you’re writing out to express yourself or for extra income I am sure that there are moments that you don’t know what to write about. Writers block. Busy schedules. Household chores.Work.

I have hundreds of draft posts sitting with nothing but a title so I thought I would share some of them with you.  Here are some blog post ideas for mommy bloggers just in case you need some ideas on what to write about :)

About yourself – write about your experiences as a mother and wife.

  • Share your reaction when you learned that you’re going to be a mom.
  • How’s your pregnancy? What are you pregnancy tips for expecting mommas out there?
  • What makes you appreciate motherhood?
  • Share your tiny victories as a mother
  • Beauty Tips and Rituals
  • How the baby changed your relationship with your husband
  • What’s in a name? Write a story how you came up with your kids name.
  • Salon experience
  • How do you manage your day? Write about your favourite day in a week
  • Date night with your husband tips
  • Things you did not know until you became a mother
  • Mommy “me”time. Share how you spend this precious moment.
  • React to a news or post that makes you sad or cringe or touched etc.
  • What’s inside your bag? or pocket? :)
  • Things you learned from your husband
  • How you manage your finances

About your preferences – all about the stuff that you’re choosing for yourself and family

  • Review about your kids item – stroller , carrier, clothing etc.
  • Are you enrolling your kids to summer camps and classes?
  • List of what to consider when you’re choosing a nursery
  • Your kids theme party and what made you decide to go for it
  • Kid friendly vacation/staycation hotels or countries or airplane etc.
  • What’s inside your kid’s lunch box?
  • What can you say about (insert topic e.g. cloth diaper, organic stuff etc.)
  • How you organise your kids stuff
  • Vacation plans
  • What are you essentials?
  • What’s your father’s day gift?
  • What can you say about health fads?
  • What vitamins are you giving to your kids?
  • Say something about your pedia
  • Your home remedy for common cough and colds

Etc. Etc.  –  The list goes on. Everything is writable.Writing is my form of self-expression. I don’t blog for profit. I believe that through sharing our personal experiences we can inspire others too.You can also ask your readers about their personal thoughts – discuss motherhood or parenthood issues and topics and learn from other moms or parents as well.

What’s your favourite topic to write about? Share your thoughts.

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10 Signs Your Toddler Rules The House

I recently told my friends that I quit on tidying up our house.I cannot do it anymore. I quit. I know they say that let our kids be little…so I am letting Ellie be. For parents who got toddlers… I know that deep in your hearts you sincerely understand and you’re slowly nodding your head because you know…you know… what made me quit – tidying up.

Ellie owns the house – the car and even our bed. She rules the house and we are not complaining.

IMG_95081)Her stuff are everywhere.  Currently our little one owns more or less 10 stuff animals –  majority are bears and they are not small bears, one giant unicorn, tons of balls plus a play tent. Plus the tiny trinkets that she considers as treasures like keychains, keys and pens etc. and there’s no place inside our house and car even, that you cannot find a trace of her. It’s like she’s leaving them… to mark her territory.

2)You cannot finish ONE task easily. She knows what she wants and sometimes she wants what you want. I was doing the laundry the other day and Ellie joined me by putting out the clothes out of the hamper and brought them to our living room. I was dusting the shelves inside our room and she helped me by throwing out the books on the floor.

3)Food everywhere. Biscuits on the sofa. Rice on the bed.Juice spills on the floor and the list goes on.

4)One of the corners of the house is an extension of a play area. It’s Ellie’s corner. I imagined her going there to play and read her books, solve puzzles and other toddler activities. Now, I know that it’s all in my head… so much for my imagination…refer to item number 1.

5) Remember when you have glass and ceramic stuff at home? They are now PLASTIC. We bought colourful  utensils and glasses and even plates for her. Safety first.

6) Your TV channel preferences switched from News to Kids channel. Just like how you’re reading rhymes and storybooks when by heart you love novels and newspapers and fashion magazines!

7) The corners are no longer there. Again, another safety precaution. Toddlers love to run around  and defy the laws of physics and other laws of the universe.

8) The top shelves are full. There are times when we want everything on display – vases, picture frames, we even opt for a clock table instead of regular one. Now everything fragile,shiny and nice to look at, are all placed way up the cupboards or hidden somewhere little-miss-I-want-to-play-with-it cannot see.

9) Prints and writings everywhere. There’s no need for me to elaborate on this. I know that it is sometimes funny to see her prints in places we didn’t expect but what should we do… she is a toddler.

10)Adults in the house are either ninjas or prone to mini-heart attacks. Ellie started to jump from the sofa and our hearts jump with her too. She learned how to snatch the glass from the table –  with our hearts attached to it as well. She acts as if she is going to fall from the bed and I know she will fall from the bed that’s when my inner ninja comes out. Adults begin to have great reflexes at home.

But hey, after all the mess and mini heart-attacks, our house is filled with joy and laughter every single day. And sooner or later we will be missing these crazy moments with them.

What are your toddlers up to and how are you coping? :)

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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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Staycation and Realizations.

It was not planned like other staycations we had during the past months but this made me realized a lot of things as a mom, as a wife and and as a person. Tags work schedule will be different than the past 6 months and he will not have a weekend off for this month, so he wanted to make this weekend worthwhile.

We booked a hotel in Abu Dhabi – we opt for Sheraton but they are fully booked during our preferred dates after one whole day of searching we booked for Al Raha Beach Hotel. We booked here because based on the reviews they are kid friendly and got a kids club and a nice kiddie pool too. Ellie is with us so this is not a romantic getaway with Tags.

There are lots of things inside my head. Ever since I became a mother I always caught myself overthinking and over analyzing a lot of things. I want to share these with you, not for you to judge me, but for me to check if I am alone in these thoughts.

The days are long but the years are short. I realized that Ellie is no longer a baby. We were watching her a she splashed the pool water… when Tags whispered that there’ll be a day that she will get married and he will cry. True enough, the years are really short. It seems like yesterday we were waiting for her to come out of this world and now she is throwing tantrums!

I wonder what’s the right age to finally accept Ellie’s independence. I know she’s just turning two, but during the whole trip – she is trying to do things on her own. Small things – like drinking in a glass, wearing her shoes, dressing herself, walking alone, trying to swim alone etc. Seriously? She is almost two and I felt like I am not needed anymore. [Clingy mother alert!!!]

I always thought about these moments. Yes… it is true. It dawned upon me that this is what I want. Walking hand in hand with my husband, wondering what to eat, where to go and what to do next. Planning for the future and thinking about what is in store for us. Yes. Whatever we have now is what I wanted and what I kept on praying for. Thank you Lord for the gift of family.

My husband is a blessing – no matter what. Well… I get pissed off and annoyed and irritated. We have our moments. We shared the same negative emotions but we sort things out and we don’t let these bad vibes get the best of us. Tags has always been a great father to Ellie. The way he takes care of her, the way he looks at her with love and joy and the efforts he exerts to provide all of our needs and wants. He is a wonderful husband too, marrying a crazy girl like me is a challenge.I don’t have to explain this further. He is a blessing to me…to us… rain or shine.

Time spent with the people we love = life’s precious moments. I was looking at them from a distance and I realized that, that exact moment is what I am living for. Seeing both my daughter and husband happy and well and filled with love cannot be exchanged for anything. Moments with your love ones will never be replaced. The people that I have in my life now are gifts to me. Whatever I have now I wished and prayed for.

There are a lot more thoughts in between these and a number of subtopics too… but there’s one thing that I don’t have to think or question about…and that is I love being a wife to my husband and a mother to our daughter. I might overthink, overreact and overdo numerous things when it comes to our family but for sure… all mothers do.

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Why We Love Parenthood (And You Should, Too!)

Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau

It is almost two years when we received God’s greatest gift to us. 20 months today, Ellie, is our constant source of joy AND worry. Is it easy being a parent? NO. Is it a whirlwind of emotions that you’re always worried if you’re doing a great job? YES. Is it awesome, exciting and surprising in ways that even the most upsetting of days cannot be compared to the hugs and kisses? Definitely yes.

Parenthood is terror mixed with delight and wonder – a true representation of humanity.Tags shared that he is happy being a dad because he is witnessing how Ellie is growing and how she reaches her milestones and achievements and such moments are priceless.

When Ellie was born (still shiny and brand new), we were ecstatic that even when there’s no manual for her this is the best OJT ever!

Here are few reasons why we love the F A C T that we are (her)parents:

  1. Feeling those little hands curling around our fingers to hold us.Knowing that we are blessed to have her in our lives.
  2. Gazing in those bright little eyes and knowing that deep inside she loves us too.
  3. Seeing my husband show off Ellie to his relatives and friends.
  4. Watching Ellie’s chubby innocent face as she sleeps and I can’t help but wonder what the future will be for her.
  5. Buying cute baby clothes and accessories (swimwear included) even if she’s too little for those.
  6. The moment she started laughing and you laugh with her for no reason because her giggles are infectious like that.
  7. The unspoken bond we build with fellow dads and moms.
  8. We never thought that we got talents when it comes to singing and dancing and became instant healthy chefs for our little one.
  9. The joy of sharing your experiences during pregnancy and THAT unique birth story.
  10. Smelling the best scent in the world – your tiny fragile baby.
  11. When she starts to develop her personality as early as 13 months.
  12. HER first steps.
  13. Now we know the right things to say when friends are also expecting a baby.
  14. When you became a parent you will again start to appreciate simple pleasures e.g. a cute butterfly or the bright chubby star hanging on the ceiling.
  15. Waking up from her hugs and sloppy kisses (sometimes a slap or a kick too)
  16. Mastering the tricky art of MULTITASKING
  17. We became more aware of VALUES and MORALS and other things that we want to rub off on her.
  18. We now have a much deeper and better understanding about other families too. Example: Toddler crying and shouting at the mall.
  19. Who would have thought that we can carry 15kg toddler around the mall for hours because she likes to be carried after running around. I never thought my husband is that strong.
  20. Hearing her say Mama and Papa and we know that it’s us that she is calling.
  21. Watching her grow and reach her milestones and seeing little version of us  – in many different ways.
  22. When she start scribbling on her books, paper, walls, doors and other available surfaces – we didn’t get angry at her –  I posted it on Instagram instead.
  23. The pride inside us when she started to learn stuff and can answer us correctly. That’s our girl!
  24. The way she invades our bed – our cabinets – the whole room because of her stuff and the whole house – because she is everywhere!
  25. Ellie made us appreciate life even more… all babies do.
  26. Now,our hearts got special spaces for other kids too! There’s a certain hurt inside us when we see kids being abused and not treated the way they should be taken care of.
  27. Capturing moments with tons of photos because we know those moments will never happen again!
  28. The precious moments of teaching (more of influencing) her to love writing and books.
  29. When we see her taking good care of her stuff toys and giving them hugs and kisses and even sharing her bottled milk. Sharing is caring and she knows that already! OMG.
  30. Being a parent means  we are able to create and shape the future.

Parenting is difficult but overall it is amazing. Let’s not take our days as a parent for granted. Before we know it, we will be sending them off to college and then… I don’t want to get to the next part. The time we have with our kids is very limited. Let’s be the best parents we can be while they still need us because time flies so fast.Just yesterday,  I was looking at a picture of Ellie as an infant and now she’s 20 months! Even as I type those words I choke up. I don’t want to miss a moment. 

What makes you love the fact that you’re a parent?

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