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Every memes I see, the topic is always our New Year’s Resolution… Lols!  What do I expect its the beginning of the year!  Haha…

I have posted my resolution for 2011 on my personal blog and food blog, and because Mommy Moments asked for it, I’ll be reposting it here.

This is the post from my personal blog, Zoie’s Mom Blogging:

Now, as we all are going to enter a new phase of life this new year, everyone wants to turn into a new leaf…to re-invent ourselves to be a better person, a better individual… as for me a better daughter to my parents, a better wife to my spouse, a better mom to my wonderful daughter.  This would be my long-term goal and a part of my New Year’s Resolution.

As for my other goals (some long-term, some are not) and my New Year’s Resolution, here they are:

  1. Have an active lifestyle. That means be more active in sports (badminton or volleyball perhaps) and do more exercises, these will not just benefit me but also my little daughter.  Who would take care of her if I get sick, or worst, she’ll get sick too because of me… nah, I can’t do that to her!
  2. Save more and spend less. We need to save more and more for our little girl’s future, all parents thinks of this.  By next month, we’ll be opening a Time Deposit for Zoie.  However, if ever we really need to spend maybe its for the house.  Less luxuries please… that means no spending on unnecessary things!
  3. Watch my diet.  Less COKE, more WATER.  Less Fats, more on PROTEIN.  I should maintain my body’s ideal weight of 108-121 pounds.  Better be getting a weighing scale to monitor it.
  4. Sleep more. I’ve been sleep-deprived for how many months now and my body has adapted a power nap of 10 minutes!  Nah, that’s not good for me.
  5. Go to a doctor. I have a habit if I feel something in my body I would just ignore it.  I suppose I’m too scared to know what’s wrong with me and hubby hates that attitude.  Now, I resolve to, at least, go to the doctor and have a monthly check up.
  6. Prepare my little Zoie for Pre-School. Now, that she’s turning three next month, I’ll have to pay more attention in teaching her ABC’s (she knows that already), read and write it; Numbers (she also knows it), read and write too; Colors and other basic stuff that pre-school teachers are teaching.
  7. Be more of a DOER! Of course, I wrote down my resolutions for 2011 and I should be doing them, right?  Less TALK, more ACTION!  Guess I should make this a sticky post, so I wont forget!

To sum it up, majority of my resolution is about taking care of myself, because I do almost everything in the house especially taking care of little Zoie, I need to be healthy inside and out.


Well, that’s my goals, so far, for 2011… This is my share for this week’s

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We only live in a small apartment where the living room, dining room and the kitchen are all in one area.  Even though our apartment is a bit spacious for the three of us, its still not safe for my Little Zoie to play especially when she found a clear floor spot to spread more toys next to the kitchen counter.  Also, one of her favorite is when she runs around that area when I’m cooking or simply cleaning the kitchen.

In this instances, she’ll give me heart attack when something bad happens (thank GOD, nothing bad is happening).  Anyway, it’s still best to take precautionary measures to not let anything happen.  Just like a saying…‘Better SAFE than SORRY!’

We need to childproof our kitchen… here are some tips shared by

  • Keep detergents, pesticides, cleaning products, and any other toxic household chemicals locked up, preferably in a out-of-reach storage areas or use a safety gate to keep him out of the kitchen.
  • Consider switching from hazardous chemicals such as chlorine bleach to safer products such as non-chlorine bleach, vinegar, borax, beeswax, mineral oil, and compressed-air drain openers.
  • Buy products (including kitchen chemicals as well as vitamins and medications) with child-resistant caps, and keep everything in its original container. Take note:  Never transfer a hazardous product into a generic container or, worse yet, a food container, as this could lead to a dangerous mix-up.
  • Store knives and other sharp kitchen tools, such as food processor blades, in latched drawers or high cabinets. Peelers, graters, and other kitchen utensils can also be sharp and should be treated just like knives. Even your glasswares and chinas should also be stored high up.
  • Move your electrical appliance such as toaster, rice cooker and the likes, out of your child’s reach. Unplug them and hide the cords when they’re not in use.
  • Never leave glassware, knives, or hot food and beverages unattended on counters or tables, not even for a few moments. Don’t use placemats or tablecloths, because a child can pull them — and their contents — down on himself.
  • Keep fire extinguishers near the stove, barbecue, and anywhere there’s a risk of fire. Make sure you know how to use the extinguishers, but only attempt to put out a fire if it’s small and contained. Otherwise, get your children out of the house and call the fire department from a neighbor’s home.
  • If your sink has a disposal, keep a lid on it when your child is nearby and make sure his small hands don’t get near it. You may want to equip your kitchen faucet with an anti-scald device.
  • Keep a lid on your trash can. Store recyclable cans and bottles in bins or bags out of your child’s reach. Dispose of anything else that’s dangerous — such as sharp metal can lids or broken glass — by taking it immediately out to the trash.
  • Set aside at least one cabinet for your child to open and explore. Pick a cabinet that’s not too close to the stove and oven, and fill it with safe but interesting objects, such as lightweight saucepans, wooden spoons, foil pie plates, and empty yogurt containers. This should keep your child happily distracted, and he’ll probably be less inclined to empty the other cabinets — unless you leave the doors open. Change the contents occasionally to give him a surprise.
  • If you can’t count on your child to play safely while you’re cooking, consider putting up a safety gate to keep him out of the kitchen and creating an activity area for him nearby. That way, he can be part of the action and safe at the same time.

These are great tips to keep our child safe while they move around the kitchen.  Now, I’m searching the net what safety gate should I install in my certain areas of the house.  While I’m at it, I remember I need to compare those life insurance rates I got, better check them before the year ends.

Better SAFE than SORRY!




I have a neighbor who has a 4-month-old baby boy that cries every morning (sometimes), afternoon and evening… yup, that’s three times a day, everyday.  I remember when my little Zoie was only a month older she has a scheduled crying pattern.  In between 5-7 pm, she’ll cry non-stop for almost 30 mins or so… as far as I know, she’s crying with no reason at all!


Or maybe that’s what I thought… Here are 12 reasons why babies cry:

  1. Hunger
  2. Dirty Diapers
  3. Needs to sleep
  4. Wants to be held
  5. Tummy problems
  6. Needs to burp
  7. Too cold or too hot
  8. Something small
  9. Teething
  10. Wants less stimulation
  11. Wants more stimulation
  12. Not feeling well

If in all of these reasons, you still can not soothe your baby, you might want to try these…

  1. Give them something to suck on. They may feel relaxed when they get something to suck on.
  2. Snuggling and swaddling. Some or most babies like to be snuggled or swaddled.
  3. Music and rhythm. A soothing music, or a lullaby perhaps, may help relax their tiny little bodies.
  4. White noise. If they don’t like the sounds they are hearing, like a dog barking, find something that can help soothe them… perhaps a sound of running water?
  5. Fresh air. Just go out of the house and enjoy the fresh air.
  6. Warm Water. Like the fresh air strategy, your little ones might like to be held under a running warm water.
  7. Motion. Maybe a little swaying will do, you can sit on a rocking chair or a swing.
  8. Massage. Most babies wants to be touched, maybe your baby is one of them.
  9. Look for more ideas how to soothe them.
  10. Give yourself a break. Let your husband, a family member or a friend look after the baby, it can be a really stressful for you, so try relaxing when you are reaching your limits.

Also remember…

babies have their own good reasons. But even the wisest parents can’t read their babies’ mind – and babies don’t have the words to tell us what’s wrong.

Just try to relax, don’t panic, give them these soothing tips we share, you’ll be just okay… Or maybe, they really just wanted to let it out. 🙂