July 5

Choosing the right Dress: Mom Kat way

TB dress polkasI love dressing up. As a kid, I am always on those cute dress and skirts paired with frilly blouses and lace. Growing up, my style has always been very feminine, sophisticated and clean. I am not the type who follows the trend. I always go for comfort and style.  And even when I got married and had two kids, I still dress up and make it a point to look my best. At work, we have uniforms from Mondays to Thursdays, thus, I only get to wear civilian clothes on Fridays. I always plan my wardrobe ahead; from dresses, skirts, to accessories and shoes. I avoid wearing key pieces of clothes within 6 months. Not that I have a lot of clothes, it is just that I mix and match.

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July 2

Outfit ideas for Costume Parties

Nowadays, costume parties are becoming a popular theme may it be birthdays, sorority, and even Christmas parties. Gone are the days when you have to wait for Halloween to show off your new you, in costume, that is.

Costume parties are not the time to be yourself. It is the time to unleash your dream self. You can be your favorite actress, superhero, cartoon character, or even your admired anime villain. Only your imagination is the limit. The key is confidence and being in character, and most of all, having fun.

With costume parties being an in thing, chances are, you will be attending more than one party in a year. You would not want to be wearing the same costume right? Good thing there are inexpensive and cheap costume available. Check out http://www.tbdress.com/Cheap-Costumes-100629/.
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July 1

Homecoming and Prom Dress for Petite Girls

Looking great on your homecoming begins with choosing the perfect dress. For petite girls, one of the major challenge is how to look much taller than you really are. To divert the attention from their height, girls must wear dresses which emphasizes their best features such as a good collarbone, nice shoulders, slender arms, or a long neck, . Wearing dresses that are above the knee also creates an illusion of height especially when paired with high-heels.

Finding the perfect prom  dress need not leave a hole on your pocket.  A vast selection of inexpensive homecoming dresses are available at http://www.tbdress.com/Cheap-Inexpensive-Homecoming-Dresses-7913.
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January 7

BOOK REVIEW: Desperate: Hope for the Mom who needs to Breathe

Motherhood is such a big responsibility, a calling. The journey is rewarding but also challenging. It requires a lot of love, patience, time and strength . Yes, strength not just in physical aspect but more importantly emotionally and spiritually. At some point a mom will get overwhelmed by all the responsibilities and expectations. If not guided, an overwhelmed mother will result to an angry and unhappy one which will also affect her home.
Desperate: Hope for the Mom who needs to Breathe is a book written by two friends who experienced their own challenges  as moms.The book mostly discuss the issues of a stay at home mom but a working mom like me can still very much relate. The frustrations, fears and disappointments of moms are common, whether stay at home or working. The authors, Sarah Mae and Sally shares their own struggles and how they were able to cope with it. Each chapter begins with Sarah Mae writing to Sally and sharing her parenting struggles. Sarah Mae is very relatable. She writes her experiences and makes me feel like we are going thru the same struggles. Sally, on the other hand, is  a mentor every mom wishes to have. Shes is caring, inspiring and uplifting. Her words of wisdom came from years of experience taking care of her now adult children. Her experiences led her to the Lord’s path. She is a true testatement that if one totally lifts their lives and their family to God, things will fall into place.  
The book talks about the challenges of moms such as dealing with housework, disappointments in disciplining children, handling stress and depression, all in the Christian way. I would not call myself a very religious person but I was able to relate and it even helped me deal with my personal issues as a mom. A personal favorite part of the book is the YOUR TURN portion. It gives a deeper reflection of what was discussed and gives mothers the chance to reflect on their own situations.
Personally, this book has an impact on me. The book came to my life when I’m at my lowest as a mom when my second born baby is very sick. Reading the book, I was able to relate to the feeling of being tired most of the time, being angry, confused, and doubting myself. The book made me realize several things: (1) that I am like just most moms who are expecting myself to be perfect (2) that moms need to find time for themselves and should not feel guilty about it  (3) having a family that is centered in the Lord is the most effective parenting formula.  The book allowed me to personally reflect on myself and analyze myself as a mom. Thru it, I was able to accept certain realities of my life. I was able to identify the cause of my frustrations and even anger.  The realization and acceptance led to a change in my outlook in life, in my faith.
This book I believe should be in every mom’s shelf, especially, moms of young children. When things get too much to handle, one can open this book and feel that she has found friends in Sarah Mae and Sally.
Below are some of my favorite lines from the book
  • A happy mom who is secure in herself and at ease in her life is a rare gift that children love and appreciate.
  • Determine for yourself what you hope to be the outcome of your family. What legacies do you want to leave for your children?
  • I want to be a safe place for my children. I want them to see that my arms are open and I love them no matter what they do. 
  • We cannot be successful as moms alone, no matter how hard we try. But God with us is more than enough to build a wonderful legacy and influence. 
  • When all else seems hopeless, and yet I still turn to hope, it brings great honor to God and renders Satan utterly powerless. 
  • Happy mom is a real gift to her children. When we quiet our souls before Him and close off those outside sounds, we can once again hear His words, and be led by Him in goodness and truth.
  • What a mother is called to be: a warrior who will not give up or cease to keep fighting the battle for her children’s souls.
April 6

The Sunshine Award

I got my first blog award! How precious! Thank you Viviene of The Journey of A Woman! According to her, this award is given to “bloggers who are inspirational, and who have impacted your blogging or your life.”
Here are the rules of this award…
§ Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
§ Answer 10 questions about yourself
§ Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
§ Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
§ Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
Now I got to answer these 10 questions…
1. Favourite colour – I love red. I think it’s bold and passionate. Both my 18th birthday debut party and wedding has red as a color motif
2. Favourite animal – I love Dogs!
3. Favourite number – hmmm… I don’t think I have a particular number that I like
4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink – Coffee
5. Facebook or twitter – Facebook! I find twitter boring at times
6. Passion – Fashion/Music/Family/Marriage
7. Getting or giving presents – Definitely giving especially the wrapping part! That is what I look forward to every Christmas season
8. Favourite pattern – I usually like solid two-toned patterns only
but now I’m trying to get myself to wear other patterns but nothing too bold
9. Favourite Day of the Week – Sunday!!
10. Favourite flower – I’m a red roses girl
Now the most exciting part! I nominate…
1. Bonz World – Meet the Chef Wannabe –My friend’s blog that talks about great food and promotes good health.
2. Mommy of One and Counting – A blog that talks about her experiences as a mom, and being pregnant for the second time around. A blog which also promotes breasfeeding, and cloth diapers.
3. Momto8blog – blogging her experiences about raising 8 kids in different age brackets. I often wonder how she does it!
4. The Feastful Life – Reading her blog will make you feel that life is indeed beautiful with her great scenery photos, yummy food and fashion finds.
5. The Adventures of J-Man and Millerbug – As a new blogger, she has helped me a lot with her cool blogging tips. She makes blogging seem so easy!
6. Chronicles of A Nursing Mom – She has inspiring and encouraging posts about breastfeeding. A great blog to follow especially for new breastfeeding moms just like me!