Laundry and Life

I remember this one time I was helping my mom with the family laundry. I groused and complained over each step. “I don’t like switching the loads between tubs,” I declared (ours was a semi-automatic twin tub washing machine). “There are so many loads!” “You know what I hate most? Making sampay (hanging the clothes on […]

The HPs’ Annual MIBF Field Trip

I have been going to the Manila International Book Fair longer than The Hubby and I have been together (17 years in November!). It used to be held at the World Trade Center on the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Buendia Avenue, which was about two blocks down from where I lived. My mom and […]

Review: Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract

This paper pumpkin candy holder (say it ten times fast!) from Let the Little Children Come is the most unusual–but fun!–product we’ve reviewed so far. Officially titled the Is There Anything Better Than Candy Box-Tract, this tiny treat box is actually a tool to help share the Gospel with children.   The box tracts come […]

Review: Everyday Homemaking – The Everyday Family Chore System

This review for The Everyday Family Chore System by Vicki Bentley of Everyday Homemaking couldn’t have come at a better time. One of the reasons that I haven’t been able to regularly update this blog is because we’ve been operating on semi-survival mode since June, when The Amazing AL, our part-time housekeeper for the past […]

HP Bulletin # 346

The past few weeks have been eventful. Rather, they have been uneventful, save for one eventful event, which rendered the rest of the time unable to support any other events of significance. Did that befuddle you? No worries, I’m as fuddled as can be too. The Amazing Aling Lourdes, or AL for short, our mistress […]

A Tribute to My Mom Who Rocks (and a Mother’s Day Giveaway!)

Note: There really is a giveaway! Scroll down if you want to skip to that! I remember going with my mom to her aerobics class. She’d be in her neon spandex leotards and tights, with matching legwarmers, in a roomful of women in similar outfits, and I would try to stay on the periphery of […]

DIY Japanese-Themed Party

I grew up with birthdays celebrated with joie de vivre, handmade invitations, and homecooked food. And these parties always had a theme. My aunts and uncles all pitched in to make the invitations and décor, and games and entertainment. As an adult, I loved themed get-togethers, even if it was just friends coming over. We’d […]

HP Bulletin #287

It’s been quiet around here. Mostly because the kids are off on some sort of midterm vacation at my sister-in-law’s house, and have been there for over a week. The Hubby and I can hear each other’s thoughts. It’s that quiet (mostly our thoughts are what is there to snack on and what should we watch tonight […]

The Bed

Breeze had been praying for a bed for nearly a year. Every night, a bed of her own was always on the list of things that she prayed for. Ever since she outgrew her crib (at 10 months, I think), Breeze and Raine have been sharing the day bed. It actually isn’t that bad—the three […]

Homeschool in Small Spaces

We live in a cozy, two-bed-two-bath-open-plan-living-area house. While we sometimes have “Can’t I ever have my own space and be alone!” dramas (by me and both girls), this house has served us HPs well over more than a decade. I am not much of an interior designer, and I’m a packrat by nature, so in […]