YumeTwins – September 2018

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At least I’m getting kawaii stuff while waiting for labor, am I right ?

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For September theme, it focuses on “Staycation” and for my condition obviously I couldn’t travel anywhere this year which made me a bit cranky and moody since I’m seeing all my friends snapping around the world (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Onsen Bird Plushie

This plushie is absolutely adorable, the face looks more angry to me than as a normal closed eyes relaxing at the Onsen and that made me love it more. It has a cute pink cherry blossom on top of the head and holding a small towel under the wing, it’s also incredibly soft.

Marumofubiyori Sticky Notes

Marumofubiyori is my favorite Sanrio character. These sticky notes goes well hand in hand with last month notebook, but I think I would give them to my siblings since school started and these would be more useful to them than me.

Sanrio Eco Bag

I am so glad that I got Little Twin Stars design for this bag because it looks better in my opinion than My Melody. Honestly I thought it’s only this small bag that somehow opens up to be bigger but I was wrong it’s actually this small bag as in the picture and a bigger bag folded inside it so you get two bags, one small and one big. The material is very durable and I think I’m definitely going to use it when I’m going back to work.

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Character Toothbrush Kit

I take oral hygiene very seriously, I like using a certain toothbrush brand so I wouldn’t really use this kit for myself. I was kind of hoping to get the Totoro kit instead of Hello Kitty so I would let my son use it because he loves the movie. I’ll obviously give it to one of my siblings since I won’t be using it.

Disney Tsum Tsum Tumbler

So this came in a perfect time, I’m trying to increase my water intake and this tumbler would be very useful for me. I wouldn’t say it’s large enough to hold one liter of fluid so I’ll need to refill it throughout my day but I’m very glad I got this.

Cute Zipper Bags

These snack bags are very useful for me, I instantly thought of using them when I go to the hospital as I might stay over after giving birth so I would have few snacks to munch on. I got My Melody design and they came in a set of four bags which is great to have, the more the better. I’m also subscribed to TokyoTreat so I thought of using these bags in carrying some of my favorite snacks sent in that box.

Overall, another great box from YumeTwins. I love the plushies they send out that’s for sure and the items in this box are definitely very useful for me for my current condition and I would use them again in other occasions.

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Between Blogging, Motherhood and Gaming

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I love blogging, it helps me express my thoughts through words and maybe someone out there would love to read. I felt pretty empty in the past week when I didn’t schedule any post for the blog, it really became part of my life at this point. I’m currently in my 37th week and I’m just exhausted, I’m on the verge on trying any way to induce labor. It’s been quite hectic to find time to blog and this is why I thought of writing this post. I’ve been asked about it a lot to be honest, how do I have the time to balance between blogging, being a mother and gaming.

  • Force a “Me Time”
    It’s a ritual I live by, I have to have my Me Time. Being a mother can be exhausting and naturally you feel all your time and energy is poured into taking care of your children. I plan my Me Time ahead, it usually includes candle lit baths and a resting face mask obviously. If it wasn’t too late, I usually start gaming and try to limit the time so I wouldn’t go to work with my zombie sleep deprived face.
  • List blog topic ideas in notes
    When It comes to blogging, trying to find content that fits the niche of my blog can be a struggle sometimes. I try to mix up posts between motherhood related ones and videogames when I schedule two posts a week. I usually write down the ideas in an app in my phone or open a blank post and save the title in drafts till I get the time to write the content.
  • Plan your gaming time when kids are sleeping or not around
    So when it comes to gaming, I usually start gaming when my son sleeps or he’s out with my husband or in laws. It gives me that window to game without any interruption specially that my son is old enough to sleep through the night. My problem with this though, I sometimes lose track of time when I game at night so I end up sleeping late.
  • Blogging is a venting outlet not a chore
    When it comes to blogging, some bloggers post twice or thrice a week and sometimes the content on these posts sound like they are forced and doesn’t capture the reader’s attention which is why I’m saying I don’t want to make blogging as a chore. I really enjoy it and I feel happy that I was consistent in posting twice a week before. Take it from me, blog when you feel like it and don’t force yourself to do it just because traffic and numbers look attractive to you.
  • Use motherhood moments as an inspiration for future posts
    I’ve been getting emails from ladies saying they appreciate my honesty when it comes to motherhood related posts and it really made me happy. I love using my own experiences and my own mistakes as an inspiration in posts, it gives my entries more of a realistic view about motherhood. No one is perfect, we all learn and grow from those moments we have in life and I enjoy sharing them in my posts to whoever feels or experienced the same.
  • Use your personal view on a game rather than trying to make it sound and look professional
    When I want to post a game related entry, I try to include my own personal feelings because I really don’t want to sound like I’m trying to be a professional IGN reviewer, it also shows how passionate you are. It’s easy to fall in that trap when you start researching about the game and then try to imitate how they wrote the review, this is why I enjoy it more and even if I don’t hit 400 words mark at least I wrote what I thought about the game.

I hope these points help any blogger or mother who’s struggling with balancing life, it’s all about time management. It’s alright to make mistakes, being a mother is overwhelming and I won’t deny it.

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Product of The Month

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Let me be honest with you … Pregnancy comes with burdens, mostly related to the body and my legs has been getting less care and love since my sense of balance is disoriented at the moment. It’s easier to use a moisturizing lotion on your upper body areas but not below, that’s why I chose this spray-on Argan Oil as the product of the month.

I’ve always mentioned how I personally love using Argan Oil infused products for my hair and body, now this products is for both which is really convenient but what makes me as a pregnant woman appreciate this product more is the spray function. It makes my life easier because I can just spray it on my legs instead of finding the perfect comfortable position to rub any lotion on my legs.

I highly recommend this product if you want a little bit of Argan Oil blessing on your hair or skin, I can tell you it works so well. It eases the itchiness from shaving, it moisturizes the area as the oil gets absorbed fast and doesn’t leave that sticky oily feeling.

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Let’s Talk About Sally Face

It’s been awhile since I posted a video game related content else than my usual monthly series Games to Revisit. For some reason, games posts don’t do well on my blog like my usual content and it’s disheartening sometimes because I enjoy talking about games.

I came across Sally Face when the first episode was released and because I didn’t like episodic games, I overlooked it. I bought it eventually when episode two and three were released and I feel I should talk about it.

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Delve into a dark adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face and a mysterious past. In the first episode, Strange Neighbors, Sally Face and his father move into an apartment filled with odd tenants and an unfortunate crime scene. Little did they know what misfortune still awaits…

Sally Face is a horror point-and-click adventure game that follows a blue haired boy called Sal. Now I’ll admit I first thought Sal was a girl because of the hair style and also thinking Sally was his actual name not a given nickname as the game later on reveals. I had to google and research his condition while playing the game so I would understand the whole story of his condition, my interests grew about this game when it started infusing metal illness along with supernatural events because I believe there’s a fine line between those two and how your mind bleed such thoughts into your reality.

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Moving on with gameplay, it’s not exactly complicated since it’s a point-and-click type of game but it has some puzzles that made me feel stupid at times. The game wants you to understand the story by throwing you back and forth between the past when the events actually happened and the future where you ask yourself how did this happen. Like I said before I don’t like episodic games because I don’t like waiting for the next episode when it’s not scheduled and it takes a long time, it takes away the suspense you experienced in the previous episode but I can’t blame the developer for this.

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The game is definitely creepy and disturbing which I personally admire of how it’s portrayed through the drawing basically. I would compare it to Fran Bow when it comes to dealing with the main character mentality and the disturbing visions, so if you enjoyed that game you’ll love this one for sure.

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Etsy Stores I Recommend

When it comes to gifts, I like to take my time in planning the perfect gift. I focus more in keeping the gift fitted for that person character and personality, that’s why I decided to create a box with personalized gifts for my cousin who’s getting married in few days. I mentioned before that I love and support handmade products, that’s why I love shopping on Etsy. Here are the stores I bought from and I would recommend if you’re considering buying similar items.

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I found this store while searching for jewelry with real flowers because I was considering getting my cousin a four leaf clover necklace. I fell in love with the items I found on this store and I had to order, the seller is very helpful. The necklace came looking even better than the pictures displayed on Etsy, the details are mesmerizing and you can tell so much work went into creating this piece. I highly recommend the store.


Yippee & Co.

I’m all for bath and body products, I love trying new soaps or scrubs. I was searching for a similar sugar scrub I got from MerLady box because I really liked those cubes before and I found this store that sold a mermaid themed sugar scrub but in a whipped form. I bought Mermaid Wishes and it looked and smelled delicious according to my cousin, it had glitter so it’ll leave your skin shining after use.


Around The Home Decor

I wanted to get a personalized candle but I got intrigued with this store’s candles since the fragrance list had one named “Butt Naked”, I remember giggling while ordering it because it’ll be funny to see my cousin’s reaction. The candle arrived fast and it actually had a great scent, I already promised the seller to buy more from her because she was sweet and helpful when I ran into an issue with the shipping.


I bought plenty more items from other stores but those three stores were my favorite because the sellers were very helpful and kind whenever I send a private message to them, the items I received were in high quality state and I would highly recommend to anyone to check them out.

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Nursery Rhymes Lyrics Are Weird and Creepy

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I remember my mother singing for me when I was a baby “Baa baa black sheep” and “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”, those songs resided in me and I found myself as a mother now singing it to my own child. Slowly I started singing those nursery rhymes all the time by myself without no reason and of course it’s contagious so my husband was doing it as well.

The more I listened to those songs, the more I got confused on what the words actually mean, some don’t really make sense such as:

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

I decided to research this song and I found out it’s based in English history. The ‘farmer’s wife’ refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I whose also known as Bloody Mary. Mary was a very committed Catholic and she forced her beliefs across the country. The ‘three blind mice’ were three noblemen who didn’t agree on her ways so they were convicted of plotting against the Queen but she did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in Three blind mice, instead they were burned at the stake. That was an interesting backstory to a children song ? Same as “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”, it also speaks about her and her violent rulings. You could read more about those two nursery rhymes here.

One of my son’s favorite songs is Skip to My Lou and reading about this song was a journey by itself. The song is a popular American partner-stealing dance from the 1840s.

“Skip to My Lou” is a simple game of stealing partners (or swapping partners as in square dancing). It begins with any number of couples skipping hand in hand around in a ring. A lone boy in the center of the moving circle of couples sings, “Lost my partner, what’ll I do?” as the girls whirl past him. The young man in the center hesitates while he decides which girl to choose, singing, “I’ll get another one just like you.” When he grasps the hand of his chosen one, the latter’s partner moves to the center of the ring the game. It is an ice-breaker, providing an opportunity for the participants to get acquainted with one another and to get into a good mood.

The “lou” in the title comes from the word “loo”, a Scottish word for “love”.

I’m confused, how is this a children’s song ?

Fly in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo

Is it a farming related song ?

There’s a little red wagon, Paint it blue

Uh why ?

Can’t get a red bird, Jay bird’ll do

…. okay ?

Cat’s in the cream jar, Ooh, ooh, ooh

Also animal abuse ?

It doesn’t really make sense to me how’s the lyrics correlate with each other basically. Maybe I’m reading too much in this but I’m sure some parents thought about this while singing to their children those songs.

I asked a fellow blogger Karalee (Tales of Belle) to chime in with her opinion since she’s a mom as well and here’s her opinion about this:

A lot of nursery rhymes seem to have a darker meaning, so I researched two my daughter likes: Brother John and London Bridge Is Falling Down. I grew up hearing Frère Jacques in French from my mother, and my daughter knows the English version Brother John. She likes singing “are you sleeping”, which made me wonder if there was a deeper meaning. The nursery rhyme is about a friar who overslept and he needs to ring the bells for the morning pray. The origin is believed to be about Frère Jacques Beaulie who was a Dominican friar in France. Other theories believe the nursery rhyme is about taunting Jews, Protestants, and Martin Luther and also mocking Dominican monks in France for their sloth and comfortable lifestyles. Even though the origin theories are not the brightest, the nursery rhyme itself does not have a dark meaning, which is a nice relief. Now for London Bridge Is Falling Down. I played the game while singing London Bridge as a kid and now I play the game with my daughter. The nursery rhyme is about rebuilding the London Bridge and how difficult it was bridging the River Thames. However, the theories about the origin are disturbing. One theory believes the nursery rhyme is about the destruction of the bridge by Olaf II of Norway while another theory believes children were sacrificed and buried in the foundation of the bridge to prevent it from collapsing. Luckily there is no evidence of children being sacrificed, but the thought is terrifying. A more plausible theory is that the nursery rhyme came about when the London Bridge was damaged by fire then eventually rebuilt and replaced. Even though the child sacrifice theory is disturbing, I am glad it is not proven and the nursery rhyme does not have a darker meaning. The lyrics for these two nursery rhymes are straightforward and do not have a dark meaning, but some of the origin theories are rather dark.

I’d love to know your thoughts about this, have you ever questioned the songs you sing for your children while the seemed innocent and pure ?

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34 Weeks Pregnancy Update & Blog Changes

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I’ve been quite hectic preparing for the baby reception, and getting those last things that I need when the baby arrives. Also finalizing my maternity leave starting my 36 week because I’ll need all the rest and energy I can get before I push out the baby out of me. I wanted to post all the stuff I got for the baby reception but it would give away the gender of the baby and I want to keep it a secret till the birthday so I’m planning to post it when I give birth in few weeks from now.

The baby is starting to drop so my due date has shifted from the end of September to mid September and that made me a bit nervous and anxious, I mean I already know what’s coming up on those last weeks but like they say “Every pregnancy is different” and this pregnancy is definitely different than my previous one so I’m not sure what I’m expecting. I hope that the labor and delivery goes smoother than my first pregnancy since now I know more after experiencing it. I think I’m satisfied with being named a Mom of Two and I have no plans currently in expanding my family more for the time being, I’m planning to go back to college and get a higher degree and changing my career completely.

Along with those planned changes, I’ll probably post less in the upcoming weeks and maybe make it one post every week instead of two I guess it depends on how much free time I can get and how long I need in adapting to my life with a new addition to the family. I’ll still reply to emails I get from my blog and probably be more active on Twitter if you’re interested in following me.

Lastly I wanted to thank everyone who keeps reading my blog, I had no idea I would be reaching this amount of followers and interactions, I had no idea I would get those opportunities from various companies and websites so I’m very grateful for that. Thank you all for the continuous support and god bless you all.

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