Dutdot.com is 3 years old! Belated happy birthday!

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Posted on : 29-01-2012 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Mompreneurs

Hello.

I’ve been heavily swamped with lots of work and preparations for our upcoming international and local flights this end of month. I’ve totally forgotten my blog’s 3rd year birthday! Ugh.

So this year 2012 marks my 3rd year of blogging at dutdot.com. I’ve been an absentee blogger lately because of personal and professional commitments. But I can say that I’m grateful that this blog has surpassed the 3-year itch! Hurrah to 300 more years of blogging.

I can’t blog for more today since I’m busily preparing for our travel to my home country two days from now. I’ll update soon.

New year’s resolution: “Formal” Homeschooling 2012

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I have been informally homeschooling my two daughters from 3rd trimester on my tummy up to now — my first born at 2.9yo and my youngest at barely seven months. The problem, however, with not having a curriculum to follow is that anything goes, anytime, and anywhere. Although I didn’t call it “homeschooling”, I think the kind of developmental milestones that I am seeing on my daughters (esp. my 1st born) will fall into the category of homeschooling. My toddler sings, dances, watches movies, talks in English, sometimes Spanish, and Arabic, plays with her toys, solves puzzles, plays the piano, and guitar, watches youtube, plays with the iPad, iPhone apps, and now, the laptop (although occasionally).

For over a year now, I’ve been looking for the pre-school or nursery to enroll my 1st born. She’s now 2.9, and has been “pretending” to read. She recognizes the letters, the alphabets, and knows some phonics, but when it comes to teaching her how to read, she does it on her own. She doesn’t want to be taught! She’s so independent (a trait that I can also see in my 6months old), you know, almost in all aspects of her life. The only thing that she doesn’t know at this stage of her life is to bath herself, but she knows how to brush her teeth, wash her hands and face, change her clothes, remove her soiled diaper (she still uses diaper especially when she sleeps), prepare her milk (I saw that when she prepared her milk, and I got too excited and maybe she got too nervous that she threw the milk from the bottle). She also knows the word “exercise”, and what it means, and she does find time to exercise by following Leslie Sansone’s DVDs. Recently, I bought her a VCD containing Jazz steps for kids. She’s not much into it yet, but I think she’ll love it, too, soon.

I thought that by enrolling my 1st born to a nursery or playschool will make her learn more. But I think that I’ll just continue and upgrade what she’s learning at home (from me, if her mood is right), and mostly from herself, and other DVDs/VCDs. Why? I don’t think it would be a good idea to let her start formal education outside home. We’re living overseas, and majority of the playgroups, nurseries that I found (online) were far from where we are residing. I really don’t want to stress out my child in commuting everyday or every other day.

So for 2012, I resolve to “really” focus on her “homeschooling”. I’ll create a curriculum (Overseas Homeschooling Curriculum) for her that we’ll follow for a year, and let’s see about the developments. I’ll also check if there’s an online homeschooling curriculum that my toddler can follow.

Why the sudden focus on formally homeschooling my toddler and baby (not much formal homeschooling though since the youngest is just 6months old)?

I’m a firm believer of lifelong learning, and early learning. But this quote has enlightened me more than ever.

Now is the only early childhood you will ever be able to share with your child.  These are golden years. It might be worthwhile to once again thoughtfully consider how you really want to spend your time.  What could you put off until later in order to maximize and preserve these few precious years with your child?  Your sacrifice today will mean a stronger academic and emotional future tomorrow.  Your love, time and attention mean so much.  In a child’s world, there is simply no substitute for you!

~ Jane Claire Lambert

After all, it’s just a matter of proper allocation of time. Now, it’s time to put into good use the 8 triple rule I read long ago but haven’t practiced yet: 8-8-8 (8 hours for my work & personal development); 8 hours for my sleep and home obligations); 8 hours for my family (recreation, bonding, homeschooling, catching up).

How about you moms? How do you divide your time? What’s your take about homeschooling?

My new WAHM table

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As a work from home mom, I need a corner at home where I can work without interruption, and where it’s convenient for me to stretch my legs and my arms. I bought a working table (big one complete with comfy chair) but when we transferred to a new flat, the table (which we just parked temporarily outside because of lack of space inside) vanished into thin air. Someone stole it. I am still looking for that perfect working table.

I spotted this table (see pics below) at Hawally when we went there last Dec. 7 to buy an iPod dock. Good thing I didn’t buy the first table that I saw at one of the stores. Not only that the first table I saw was expensive, the quality wasn’t also good — it looked so cheap as compared to the one  I bought at the same price, actually, at KD4.

WAHM table

It has a fan. It is adjustable. I can read a book here, or watch movies in my laptop since the table can be adjusted. On both sides of the legs, there are screws to adjust the height of the table.

The laptop guard on the table can be removed if the laptop is not in use or if I don’t want my laptop to be slanted.

There’s a drawer on the side where I can put the laptop guard or any stuffs.

This table is convenient when working in bed.

Updated: What’s in a work-from-home mom’s bag?

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I have been actively blogging lately. It’s because I have coughs and colds and my two girls aren’t with me. To avoid missing them so badly, I blog.

Here’s an update of what’s inside the bag of a work-at-home mom (work from home mom). I first blogged about this topic a few months back. Read it here.

There will be lots of new things in my bag.

Apple MacBook Pro

my 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro

I got a new Apple MacBook Pro just last Nov. 10. Thanks to the business I share with my sis. Thanks to hubby, too. We bought it at blink; a good deal, actually, so we immediately grabbed it. 😉

This is actually my fourth laptop. My third one was Dell Express. It crashed. As soon as it’s OK, I’m going to give it to my toddler. She has this notebook, but, I guess it’s not friendly.

Here’s the cloth that I use to clean my Apple MBP.

cloth to clean my Apple MBP

This is my Ipad2. I use it when I don’t have much stuffs to do in my work. I like it because it’s handy, the battery lasts longer than my iPhone, and I can connect with my clients anytime by using my WIFI router.

iPad2

My mobile phones! (one is for my Kuwait simcard, the other one is for my Smart roaming). Did you notice the handset? My hubby teased me saying I upgraded my mobile phone to iPhone, but downgraded it to a normal/traditional phone. LOL. You see my iPhone is so busy both for personal and professional use. I need to protect myself from radiation, at least by a degree of percentage. It claims it protects by 99 percent. Sometimes, I bring it out publicly, haha, but I don’t use it that much in public.

iPhone, roaming phone, and handset

This is my Kindle, one of childbirth gifts from my hubby (during my 2nd childbirth).

Kindle

The cables/chargers for my gadgets. I love this Mili, an extra battery charger for my iPhone.

cables for my gadgets, and mili extra battery charger for my iPhone

My gold notebook — to jot down important thoughts. This is my stylus pen for my iPhone and notebook.

gold notebook and stylus pen for my iPhone/iPad and notebook

I don’t wear make up. From time to time though, I just use lip gloss (particularly during winter time) and add an eyeliner. I took a pic of this mascara even though I don’t use it that much.

my kikay side

Ooops. I had this trip to the Avenues Mall the other day, and used the voucher I got to purchase some stuffs for myself. I love the natural effect of the blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. But after using the blush on, I had this pimple on my cheek! I’m not really into beauty stuffs. LOL. Anyway, I also have this habit of putting nail polish every now and then. I don’t clean my fingernails though as I don’t generally grow them long. My fingernails are short, and somehow clean, perhaps, but when I’m in the mood, I paint with a nail polish. It perks my thoughts up. It brings out my creative juice. LOL. I also use from time to time this hand sanitizer.

new addition to my beauty stuffs: blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. I don't use them. I just put them in my bag; to be used for cases when I look sleepy or haggard. LOL

I always bring with me a bottle of green barley (for emergency cases like when I feel dizzy, vomiting, or when my energy level is low). Do read my post about how beneficial green barley is. Or here’s the Web site to visit so you’d know its amazing benefits.

As you can see though, there have been lots of changes in the content of my work from home mom’s bag than my previous WAHM’s bag. There are other stuffs in my new bag. I uploaded the pics in my flickr account but for some reason I could not see them. I will be posting the pics tomorrow; it’s already past 2a.m.

Be back.

Being a work-from-home mom rocks!

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Today is Mother’s Day. Although I am here in Kuwait, and mother’s day here is celebrated every March of the year, I also celebrate it but just a bit, not unlike when it’s May, the month of Mother’s Day celebration in my home country. I just realized how lucky and blessed I am to be a mother of my toddler, and an expectant mom of my 2nd baby.

This morning, my two-year old amazed me and her daddy. [We don’t speak pure English at home, unless we talk to our baby. But sometimes, we forgot to speak in English most of the time so our baby would hear our native language, Filipino, and our dialects. Too bad. Glad she isn’t that confused; in fact, she could understand anything that we say. What a sponge-like mind!] At two years old, we can talk to our child like an adult – no baby talk. She’s simply amazing. She could answer us in straight English. There are times though that she lacks the right word to say, but, in the end, we could understand her context.

I was also amazed when she discovered that her bookshelf got new educational materials! We just love to buy her lots of educational stuffs every now and then. She loves to read, write, watch Dora the Explorer, Barney, and some movies! This morning, she asked me to read about Pinocchio, and whenever she has new book/s, she’d ask me to read it/them to her over and over again until she gets tired of hearing. I wonder if she does get tired of hearing stories. She also loves to play with our Iphones, listen to the audio books for children there, study/play with the alphabet apps, and more. Buying the 2 Iphones at higher prices then than today was worth it. Iphone4 (16GB) is currently on sale in City Centre at KD188. I bought my Iphone at KD270 just last March, and my husband’s Iphone at KD329 last December. Ahhhhhhh….But, anyway, the lesson gained by my baby is more important than the opportunity cost of delaying the buying of phone just because of PRICE issues.

What a nice smile she brought to my face when I saw my baby wearing my new sandals I bought last night! If I am not a work-at-home-mom, I wouldn’t discover the simple things that she does on a daily basis.

Such a long introduction about my real topic in this post…tehee. Anyway…

Last night, while trying to fall asleep, my husband and I were talking about the development of our toddler, and how he appreciated me for giving up my corporate stint to be a full-time mommy. If there’s anything in my life that I could say I made the perfect decision — career-wise, it’s in becoming a Work-At-Home-Mom!

BEING A WORK-AT-HOME-MOM ROCKS!

Is there any other way of telling that being a WAHM rocks except the way I described my toddler in the introduction? I could cite more and more examples of just how my toddler behaves and thinks, but, this post would be too long. My letters to my 1st baby (in this blog) speaks almost everything that my baby has become over the past two years. SHE’S SIMPLY AMAZING. My hubby would tell me that the credit goes to me. Thank you, daddy, for your appreciation. Thank you for being there and for providing for our family so I could go on a full-time motherhood as I learn the ropes of being a mompreneur.

It’s Mother’s Day, and this is another tribute to myself, and to all working moms out there – from home or elsewhere. We simply rock!