Staying in Shape After Number Two

Author’s Note: I wrote this blog post thinking of my own experience after baby number two, but this is certainly appropriately for moms who’ve only given birth once, and for moms who have never given birth either. Every mom experiences the trials and tribulations of motherhood, and staying in shape is equally important to us all.

After having baby number two, I realized staying in shape is a challenge for many moms. Between struggling to find time, losing touch with some old hobbies, and losing confidence in our body’s ability to bounce back, sometimes it is tough to stay motivated to stay in shape.

Have no fear though, you certainly can pull it off. You just need to build staying in shape into your daily routine in a way that makes sense for you. If you struggle to find you time during the day, consider building your exercise into your evenings when your partner can take over childcare for an hour or two. If you have time in the middle of the day after taking kids to school, how about swinging by a gym on your way home?

It’s important to pick a gym location that works for your daily schedule. Being a mom is a busy lifestyle, so don’t pick a place where you’ll need to travel hours out of your way just to exercise. That will kill your motivation to exercise faster than anything.


When you have found the right location for you, it’s equally as important to be sure the gym has the right equipment for you. Peruse the Gym Options in Orlando, FL, and you’ll find all kinds of options. If you need some extra motivation, join a group class like CrossFit. Having fellow students and a teacher will keep you accountable to your workout plan. If you prefer working out alone, make sure the gym you sign up for has the equipment you need. Whether you plan to do some aerobics or weight training, you will want the proper equipment to get you to your fitness goals.

You can certainly get back in shape after having two kids, but it depends on how much effort you put into the process. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a gym membership somewhere that makes sense for you, and you’ll be able to reach your goals in no time.



I have so many things to say but so little time. We just got back from a 2 week vacation from the Philippines. Although I dread the long flight but seeing my family was worth it. Being away also gave Ryan and my FIL time to finish the living room floor and the hallway/foyer floor. I am so happy that it is finally coming together.

Below is a picture of Frankie taken in Kawasan Falls, Cebu. Will talk about our trip soon!



Plan your summer family vacation in Vegas

Start planning your family’s summer vacation and consider Vegas. Vegas has something for everyone in the family. Checkout it out to find great hotels and attractions for your family.

Find an affordable hotel

Your first option is Circus Circus. A family favorite since 1968 and best of all, saves you money with its inexpensive rooms starting at $22. Best bet is to stay at the Manor Motor Lodge. The fun never ends and kids will not get bored with many carnival games and rides. Kids can try to win their favorite giant stuffed character or eat cotton candy at the Horse-A-Round snack bar inside the carousel. Enjoy Krispy Kreme’s or take the family to the pizzeria or buffet.

Your second option would be Suncoast hotel. If you are looking for a place where the family can relax and be calm, stay at Suncoast. For fun activities, choose from bowling alleys, golf courses and movie theater. Take the family for American food at SC Prime Steakhouse & Bar or Bagel Corner Deli & Bakery. Go for a swim in the pool and relax while kids make new friends and enjoy the pool’s warm water.

Look for attractions

Make sure you take your kids to M&M’s World. With four floors of only chocolate — Kids will love M&M’s World. First floor is memorabilia, anything from key chains, mugs. Second floor is dedicated to 22 different colors of M&M’s, choose wisely and get “you wanna piece of me” t-shirt. Kids can customize M&M’s and add their own message or name; stop by the movie theater and catch a showing of “I left my M in Vegas.” In the fourth floor, take a peek at Toyota Camry race car and NASCAR-inspired M&M’s.

If you wanted to always meet your favorite celebrity but think you’d never get a chance, make a stop by Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas. Pose next to Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. Kids can take snapshots with their favorite marvel action characters like Spider-man and Superman. Stop by Marvel 4D theater and enjoy Avengers in action as they thrive to save Vegas from destruction.

Visit Groupon Coupons page for Vegas today and find the hidden gems it has to offer for your entire family.


Second Time Around

Made it to the school’s page the second time around.






Frankie’s 8th Birthday

Frankie has been bugging us to invite his friends and have his party to Chuck E Cheese. I told him that he can invite a few of his close friends and have a little get together there but not all his classmates. He was fine with it and was so happy to have a few of his friends.

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I didn’t want to have another party for him, but Ryan insisted that we need to invite our Filipino friends. Since we did not celebrate his 7th birthday last year because of our sewer issues, I agreed to giving him two parties this year.

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Frankie’s First Communion

Frankie has been preparing for his first communion for almost a year. He has been practicing a song and he was so nervous when he was told that he will read the second reading. We invited my friends and his grandparents to join us in church and for the reception. My mom and I were supposed to cook dinner at my house but it was too much for us to prepare since the week before was just Frankie’s birthday party. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of cooking and preparing, so I decided dining out somewhere.

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The beautiful St. Liborious Altar

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Frankie reading the second reading

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With Lolo and Lola

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Student Recognition 2015

Every year, the student recognition banquet honor students and different clubs in the campus. I was so excited and invited my friends and Ryan with me. The dinner was great. After the recognition ceremony, we decided to go into the photo booth. It was so much fun as you can see in the pictures. It is hard to deny that Ryan didn’t have fun!

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Outstanding Student 2014-2015

Every time I get an award from school, I usually give it to my mom. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if not because of her help. I made an arrangement with in-laws to watch the two boys, so mama could come with us. My mother-in-law wanted mama to come too. Frankie and Branden were all so excited to spend the afternoon with their Lolo and Lola. They brought their kites, so they could fly it in the backyard. I couldn’t describe mama’s reaction when we were in the awarding ceremony. Mama was beaming with pride. She was so happy and so excited for me. She is part of all my accomplishments and I will always remember and cherish her for all the help she did and for always being there for me.

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With my beautiful mother

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My friend and my mama

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For five years now, my family and my friend’s families gather together to celebrate Easter. One of my friend’s husband also takes a yearly spring pictures of the kids. The kids enjoy this yearly get together we have. We all bring food to share and the moms pitch in for the candies and we gather it all together for the kids and they get to do the egg hunt after our late lunch. It was nice to watch the kids play together and the moms unwind. I love Easter!
This time around, my friends and I decided to take the kids to different places for the egg hunt. We usually just stay at one of our friends house but we wanted something different this year. We went to a egg hunt in Olympia Fields, Culver’s, and St. Liborius Church.

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Flashlight Egg Hunt

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Branden showing off his basket at St. Liborius Grounds

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My boys after opening their eggs. Taken at my friend’s house.

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My Frankie looking all grown-up.

Photos courtesy of Tito Roger