Monday, April 27, 2015

Topaz Learning Workshop: Topaz Mommy x Bobbi Brown!

I've long thought of holding workshops for my readers but my workshops will be different: I'm going to learn WITH you! As a writer and magazine editor, I feel like the only workshop I can do where I have enough credentials to share knowledge is a writing workshop. For that, I am very confident and I will charge people to attend because that's what I do for a living—I write! And one day, I will definitely offer writing workshops and I promise you my writing workshops will be awesome! As for the other aspects of my life, I feel my experiences are still inadequate so I decided that instead of teaching you, I will learn with you! Hence, my new project: the Topaz Learning Workshops!

For my very first Topaz Learning Workshop, I partnered with a respected name in the beauty industry: Bobbi Brown. Bobbi Brown! This is sooo exciting!! I'm so excited for you and me!!!

Why did I choose Bobbi Brown? Here are my reasons:
1. Bobbi Brown is a respected name in the makeup industry. She's one of the elite makeup artists trusted by celebrities, fashion houses and magazines. She practically invented the no-makeup makeup look!
2. I learned to apply makeup in my mid-30s. Yes, just a few years ago. I learned from Bobbi's books. Then I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Rustan's Makati where a makeup artist taught me the 10-Step Makeup Lesson (click here for a menu of lessons). I also found out what my colors and shades are (foundation: Beige 3, lip: Sandwash Pink, bronzer: Natural 1).
3. Back to the no-makeup makeup look. As a mom who stays home most of the time, I don't really need a full face. I just need enough to make me look like me, but prettier. So that my husband and kids will think I'm pretty; so that when guests come unannounced, I'll be ready; and so when I suddenly need to run errands, I won't get lazy because my face is already decent enough to face the world! Bobbi Brown is the master of the natural look, so who else to teach me and fellow moms the way to do it?

The workshop is on May 9, Saturday, at 11 a.m. at SM Megamall. There are 5 slots available for my readers for free! We'll meet each other, have a little chat, learn about skin and makeup, eat lunch provided by Eats Happy, and hopefully win the raffle!!! It's going to be a fun workshop!

Want to join? Here's how:

1. You have to be a mom. First and most important requirement. You can be an old reader of Topaz Mommy or a new reader, but you have to be a mommy!
2. On the comments below, tell me which Topaz Mommy blog post inspired you to be a better mommy. I won't publish the answers till end of contest para walang gayahan hehe. Make sure you tell me your Facebook name or Twitter name so I know how to contact you!
3. Share this blog post on your Facebook page or on your Twitter feed. Use this photo on Instagram and tag me (@FrancesASales). Use the hashtag #TopazMommyxBobbiBrown so I can find your post.


That's it! You don't even have to like my Facebook page because I'm sure you already do (and if you haven't, you should because I will communicate with the winners via my FB page!).

Contest ends on Friday, May 1. Good luck!!!

CONTEST IS CLOSED.

The winners are Daniel Kaity, Mafeth Molina, Celerhina Aubrey, Iza Therese (Sheng Marasigan), and Love del Rosario! CONGRATULATIONS! See you on Saturday!

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61 comments:

  1. Hi Ms. Frances...interesting workshop for all the mommies out there...how about for mom to be? Can we join? Hehehehe thanks po:)

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    1. Hi there Ms. Frances! I am a new reader and avid follower of your blog site. Since the day I met you I already knew that I will learned a lot from you. And one of the blog post that inspired me most is The "why I work" reason that just flew out the window. I was so amazed by your rules in raising your kids. Despite of the demand, hectic schedules and a lot of paper works you have you still manage to prioritize the time to spend it to your family. As a mom to be, to a twins soon, I am worried if I can be a good mother or if I can give the time and care which my twins needed most. My husband is not base here with me. Im afraid that i may not able to handle the situation after i gave birth. As you have said, "It takes a village to raise a child." That is the most important thing i have learned from you. Thanks again for sharing and inspiring me by your own experiences in life. God bless you and your wonderful family Ms. Frances!

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    2. The fact that you're worried about being a good mother means you are a good mother! I don't know how it is to be a mom of twins but I have three kids and it is CHAOS! =D But always, love comes to rescue you from the insanity. Good luck!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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    3. Hi Ms. Frances:) Thank you so much for the encouragement. Naa no problem i just shared my thoughts and how u inspired me. Im now on my bed rest stage already. So more long travel :) Anyways thank you so much...the fact that u replied all the comments of ur readers...it amazed me. Continue being nice and true:) God bless u and ur family!

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  2. Hi Frances, I love your posts about the not-so-glamorous realities of being a mom but I think my favorite would be, "My new power," because, yes, motherhood changes everything. I find that one of the most important things in my life right now is becoming a better mommy to my kids. They always have to come first and there's nothing like having kids to inspire you to become the best person you can be. :)

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    1. Oh, Aizel, every day I try to be a better mom and it's so hard! But yes, the kids do inspire me every day to try again. And again!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  3. what i love most reading in your blog is how you try to spend quality time with your boys.im a mom of 3(2 boys and 1girl),they are almost the same age as your kids.i get tips on how to be more patient with them,how to appreciate each and every day i have with my kids and my husband.
    i love reading your blog about working,how piero answered that he doesnt need all the food and toys and clothes and ipad you.he just wants you to stay at home and be with him..melts my heart. my boys doesnt tell me this yet though sana i will be fast to think of something when they ask why i need to work :)
    hope i get to joing you on may 9: here i my fb name hiyas landicho-arbis

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    1. Oh, you have a girl! I'm so inggit! =D

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  4. Rocel A. VillasisApril 27, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Hi Frances! Hope to join you on May 9! :) My favorite post would be your take on kids and gadgets.

    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/08/why-i-allow-my-kids-to-play-with-mobile.html#.VT2TFfmUd0Q

    I've read those articles on not giving gadgets to kids below 12, etc. etc., and I really feel like a bad mother when I give in to my daughter's request to play with our gadgets. But your post made me feel a whole lot better! I agree, "Mobile gadgets are not the enemy; poor parenting is!" My mantra: supervised and regulated gadget use! Our daughter knows how to ask for permission first, her limits (30 mins), and gives back the gadgets when the alarm sounds (I put a timer!!) or when we ask for them. I just make sure to monitor/supervise what she watches on You Tube and download educational and fun apps for her to play with. And I forbade my husband from buying her a gadget!! :S

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    1. Yes! Gadgets are a slippery slope, I will admit, lalo na kapag super busy ako. Minsan nakakalimutan ko to supervise the kids! But we parents need all the help we can get, right? =) I love how your daughter is so polite! Good job, mommy!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  5. Hi Mommy Frances, It's me Lique, you might know me because of Honeybaby or the WAHMderful Moms group... I love your blog, it's truly about being an "authentic mama" :) My recent favorite post is about the trying and then failing... when you tried homeschooling but didn't continue or tried breastfeeding but are tired of it and you miss your boobs being yours hehe.. I totally can relate to that post! As a mom, I tried lots of things, but failed too, but failing is part of learning :) and by failing we get better :) my failures made me realize that you really can't do everything as a mom, kahit na sabihin pa nila na moms are wonder women... but really, we're not super heroes, but in the eyes of our children perhaps we are, and maybe that's enough to really keep trying to be the best...for them! :) I also love the videos you share, like the one about the unique connection of moms and kids and the one where the black kid tells about what moms should know, which was sweet and funny hehe.. I would love to meet you in person! Of course, I'd love to learn make up too, but mainly to meet you! :) You are a WAHMspiration! :) Regards, Angelique (FB: Lique Castro-Dimayuga, Twitter: @honeybaby)

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    1. Lique! May utang pa yata ako sa iyo na interview?!

      Yes, in the eyes of our kids, we are super heroes, which makes failing them WORSE! Hehe. But it's good that we learn from our mistakes and be a better parent!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  6. Hi Frances! My two pregnancies coincided with yours (Vito's & Iñigo's). Your motherhood journey through your blog really helped me become cooler, more hands-on, and a less paranoid mom. My list can almost be: every post you ever wrote. Haha. But the most memorable for me was this tiny article you wrote almost 4 years ago (http://www.mommytopaz.com/2011/05/if-world-were-to-end-today). I was so inspired by it that I wrote a response blog post on the same day (http://lovelijaypee.blogspot.com/2011/05/if-world-were-to-end-today).

    The earthquake in Nepal happened and I feel sad. I feel guilty for my simple and cushy life. That old post helps me put things in perspective. I should not feel guilty for having a simple and happy life. The most that I can do is be thankful, live in the moment, and help out other people as much as I can. I am a better mom because of this. I am still fearful yes, but I've made a conscious decision to enjoy every imperfect and ordinary days of my life.

    PS: Just so I do not end this in a very somber tone, let me just say that if your MLBB lipstick is Bobbi Brown's Sandwash Pink mine is Dusty Rose. Dusty Rose gets better as you wear it out throughout the day. It matches my lips perfectly. I love Bobbi Brown. I have her make-up book and I like how straightforward the information are. I was able to understand things even if I am not a make-up pro. I hope to win this experience! Cross fingers. Cheers Frances! :)

    PPS:

    My email add is - love.delrosario.1218@gmail.com

    My twitter username is - lovedelrosario

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    1. Congratulations! You won a spot! Send me a message over at my Facebook page! See you on Saturday! =)

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  7. I started following your blog posts by accident. You always inspire mothers like me to be a better person.
    "My delightfully selfish reasons for breastfeeding" post of yours, pushed me to strive harder to be a better mom when I decided to exclusively breastfeed my youngest son for 31 months now. It feels good to know that someone out there experience the same struggles I've been going through.
    May God always bless you and your family. Thank you for always giving words of encouragement to your blog readers, you are always an inspiration to Moms like me. More Power Ms. Frances!

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    1. Hooray for exclusive breastfeeding! It's NOT EASY! I'm always surprised that I'm stil doing it haha Good job to you! =)

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  8. I have a lot of favorite posts from your blog because I can relate with them. "Reader question: How can I love another?" is one of the most striking posts for me as a mom. My 4-year-old daughter has been asking for a sibling! She prayed for it last Christmas and when she did not get what she prayed for she said, "I will wish for a baby sister on my birthday because I did not get it last Christmas." She celebrated her birthday this February and still she did not get what she prayed for. She feels a little disappointed and thinks that God does not listen to her. I assure her that God is always there, listening and watching over us and He knows best. He will give what He thinks you need. Deep inside, hubby and I are not ready -- financially and emotionally. Our daughter will start Prep in big school this August and just thinking of the tuition fee hinders us to have another child. Emotionally, I am scared of not being able to give what I have given to our eldest and only child. I have been a full time mom (without yaya or maid) ever since. I just bounced back to (part time) work last 2014 and I could not afford to go back again. But then again, God has better plans for me than I have for myself. If I get pregnant anytime this year, I pray that God will give me a heart ready to love again. I read from somewhere that, "we should love our children equally but differently." and I hope I can do that too.

    There's also one post I loved (I don't remember the title) that I have a screenshot of a prayer you posted in it and I pray it every day.
    "Teach me how to love my children in the way they need to be loved. Teach me to love them with Your love. Open my eyes to their needs and open their eyes and hearts to the love Vince and I have for them, and most importantly, to Your love, so that they will never feel unloved. Let them feel such overwhelming love and acceptance that there will be no space for fear. Let that be the only perfection my kids know - love! Please let me love them the way You want them to be loved and please give me your love so I can give beyond what I can give. Amen."

    I also add in my prayer, " Please help us to be good parents. Help us to be good examples for Iya so she too can be a good example to everyone she meets. Please guide her in everything she does, keep her away from danger and help her be a good girl every time, everywhere, even if no one is looking..."

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    1. Congratulations! You won a spot! Send me a message over at my Facebook page! See you on Saturday! =)

      P.S. Buti na lang you added your FB name! =P

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  9. I forgot to include my facebook name: Iza Therese
    twitter name: @shengmarasigan
    email address: shengmarasigan@yahoo.com

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  10. Hi Frances! I enjoy reading your blog and I admire you for your honesty, guts, your love for God and your family (hi to the kids!) and aliw din ako sa galing mong manunulat! :)

    I love joining your contests as well. Twice na akong nanalo so sana hindi ako madisqualify if I join ulet :). My fave blog post from Topaz Mommy would be... well to be honest binalikan ko ulet... mga diys nung birthday ng boys... updates regarding the kids, and siyempre gotta check their cute faces, but for now pinakanakakarelate ako sa "Mothers' Day makes me sad". Sabi sa My Way na song "Regrets I've had a few..." and ako as a mom, wife, a person as a whole there are some things na naneneglect in order to attain/achieve/obtain. We wanted the best for our loved ones so we do what we can to give them what we think would make them happiest. This post inspired me to be available for my family -- quantity over quality time. I won't know when a moment will turn special unless I spend time with them, or that I can turn any moment special if I choose to -- power hugs, nonstop daldalan, simple foodtrip ng chichirya at ice candy. The mundane and ordinary things do count!

    More power to Topaz Horizon/Mommy! May you continue to be a blessing and inspiration to other moms gaya ko. God bless you and your lovely family. :)

    Lorellie Tamparong

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    1. Awww, Mother's Day doesn't make me sad anymore so thank heavens for my kids! I'm glad it inspired you to be more present to your loved ones. My realization came too late, sadly. God bless us mommies!!!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  11. I remember reading this http://www.mommytopaz.com/2012/07/my-one-mommy-heartbreak.html when I was pregnant with my only daughter and cried buckets. I came across your blog and I know I have to read it from the start and so I did. You are probably wondering why this post when I only have one child. Well that's because I have a baby brother. He is 10 now. He has cerebral palsy and global developmental delay. He was born when I was 20yrs old. Fresh from college. I basically took care of him being the eldest. I provided for him. I showered him with all my love and attention. And he is the reason why I am so afraid of having my own family. I don't want to burden my husband or my children because I know I'll be taking care of him forever. For the past 9yrs, I've accepted the fact that he'll be my only baby. And then I got pregnant. I was sooo afraid. Everytime I'd look at my brother, my heart woould break because I am so afraid that my love for him would change. I've been his Mimi Ate all these years. He has been the center of my universe. I'm so afraid that I won't be able to love him enough. Or that my love would change. This post made me realize that I am not alone. And while I continue to read your other posts and see how great Vito is as a kuya - it made me realize that I would never love him less and that he's probably okay with it. And that having a baby means having another one to love him and take care of him. Now my daughter is 1 yr old and she loves her Toto Boi sooo much. Too much actually that she would always shower him with sloppy wet kisses and would always attempt to play with him (much to my horror coz that would usually mean she'd bite her Toto or pull his arms hehe!). - Celerhina Aubrey (FB)/ @reigningstill (twitter)

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    1. Congratulations! You won a spot! Send me a message over at my Facebook page! See you on Saturday! =)

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  12. Hi mommy France! I am a mom of a 7 months old baby. And I should that I badly need this learning workshop for personality development. First is, since I gave birth, I couldn't hardly find time to fix myself. To put some make ups on. To care for myself because I always put my baby first. And since I am breastfeeding, I noticed that my skin has run dry. Second is I want to get back to work again to help my partner in our financial struggle. When I am working before, all I use is just a lipstick and a pressed powder. And since someone offered a job for me and it's in customer service, I want to get myself presentable when facing other people. By the way, I love most of the readings in your blog since it tackles almost in parenting. I am a hands mom too and my kind of parenting is intentional parenting. But what I really love the most is the one entitled as "I could've been that mom". I alaso watched the video since it goes viral in facebook. And my heart was also breaking after watching it. I couldn't take watching that kind of video because I also have a baby and hangga't maaari I don't want him to experience that kind of incident. Because of that, I made the decision that I'll just babywear when malling because it's for our little ones' safety. I wanna Thank you for reminding us and I learned from you and other people's experiences. Our child's safety will always be the first to prioritize.

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    1. Dear Yna, new mom ka so don't put too much pressure on yourself! The important thing right now is your baby! Syempre, it will help your spirit if you also look like you stepped out of a fashion shoot but this is your season—total devotion to your child! So don't worry bout your looks muna =)

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  13. One of my favorite posts is the The Lucky Ones! This made me always me check if I have work/life balance. I'm a working mom. But I ought it to my 3 yr old boy to go home as earliest as I could to still have time to play/eat/watch TV with him. And most of all put tuck him to sleep. =)

    Facebook Name: Mafeth Madrigal-Molina
    Twitter Name: @mafeteers

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  14. The most inspiring blog for me, that made me a better mommy is ; "if the world were to end today". It made me realize on what's really important in life, on why am I here in the first place. As a working mom, I have divided time for work, kids, my husband and myself. Learning to balance life is a very challenging task. As the kids grow, their needs grow, too. Added to that, I'm also a wife.
    As a parent, one of our responsibilities is to ensure that we can provide their needs, thus, we also exert effort in being good in our job for more financial blessings resulting to extending our time in the office and sacrificing some time for our family and even for ourselves.
    This article made me feel guilty and think that if the world would end today, where would I want to be and with whom. It just simply made me realize if it will happen, I would want to be with my family. My last breath should be with them. No matter where we are or what we have, as long as we are together as a family and that we will die together.
    With this fear, I began to balance my time and ensure that I'll be present in every school program, birthday celebrations, and even movie dates. Good thing that I have an understanding boss!
    One day, my youngest touched my heart and assured me that I'm doing great when I heard her tell one of her classmates that her mom will be there for her spelling bee contest and that I'll always be in all her upcoming school activities. It just made me proud that my daughter is so confident that I'll always be by her side whenever she needed me.

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    1. No fears, Tey. Don't be afraid! Just give it all to God and live life with joy and peace! =D

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  15. Facebook Name: Daniel Kaity (:
    Twitter: @danielk8y

    I find your blog really transparent and I enjoy reading all your entries! (aside from looking at your instagram photos!)

    I have a lot of favorites! But this one really hits me: http://www.mommytopaz.com/2015/02/why-im-still-working-mama.html#.VUEKgRfsNFh "Why I'm Still A Working Mama." Probably because I feel the same way too. Being judged by others, but not really caring as long as I'm doing my best and not hurting anyone.(:

    What inspired me to be a better mom was this line: "I've always believed that joyful and secure children have the best mothers." I so agree with you when you said that we have our own style and beliefs when it comes to raising our little ones and taking care of our families. I used to be a "people-pleaser", making sure that each of my move or decision will be approved by others. But when I became a mom, I realized that I have to start making my own decisions (on what is BEST for my kids) regardless of what other people might say, and I never had any regrets since then. When I started trusting my myself, I enjoyed life as a mother even more. I enjoyed being "me" even more. "I like my choices. They all stem from knowing who I really am and being true to who I am. " This line also inspired me and is also a reminder that being true to myself, liking and loving my choices will make my life and my family's life happier.(:

    Thank you Frances! I pray that you will continue to inspire us moms (:

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  16. Blogpost: My one mommy heartbreak

    While re-reading your post, a lot of things flashbacked to my mind and a lot of emotions pinched my heart. I am a 28 year-old mom. I already have 3 kids (6 yrs. old, 4 yrs. old, and 10 months old). I married and was pregnant at the age of 21. I gave birth to my first born at 22, at the height of my career. I was a very competitive and career-oriented woman. I was very upset that time when I discover that I got pregnant by “accident”. By accident because it was not at all planned. I am just starting to have this glorious career that I have been wanted all my life but then I have to make a pause and focus on my pregnancy because my job’s nature is more on travelling and field work. I still haven’t maximized and enjoyed my life as “single” so I really felt that I am deprived with my situation back then. I did not blame my baby then in my tummy but I am so disappointed with myself.

    When my first born came out, I immediately went back to work. I worked all day and night. When I arrived home, I’m already exhausted and always asked yaya if she can sleep beside my baby because I don’t want my night to be interrupted due to stress and fatigue at work. My husband worked at night so he cannot also sleep with the baby. Fast forward, it lasted for a year. I was only with him during my free time which was very rare. For one long year, my son was longing for my attention and caress while I was so busy working my ass off. Then God really had his mysterious ways. I, again, got pregnant more than a year after. My mom life did not change. It was routinary. I wake up with my son still asleep and arrive home with my son preparing to sleep. I’ll just kissed him good night and tomorrow will be just like any other day. I am indeed a mother full of weaknesses and fears and I admit that I became an irresponsible mother.

    Came the day of his 2nd birthday, I was in the hospital because I gave birth to her little sister a day before. Good thing it was a normal delivery that’s why I immediately asked my OB if we could go home to catch my son’s birthday celebration. And you know what? When I came home with his little sister, he ran towards me, hugged me, and kiss his little sister. As in tuwang tuwa siya sa baby! I thought that I gave him the best gift he had ever received, and that was his sister. Hindi ko ma-explain ang panlalambot na naramdaman ko. I was so speechless! His gestures talked to me as if I did nothing wrong against him. It’s as if I became a perfect mother for him. I felt so guilty that time, it swallowed me whole. I prayed so hard to God like I have never prayed before for giving me a son like him. I hugged him so tight, very tight and promised to never let him go again.

    I cried bucket of tears almost every now and then when I remembered it. Until now, I am still in the process of forgiving myself. I was tortured by the thoughts of it alone. But in God’s time, all will be well. I don’t have to rush things because everything will be beautiful in its own time. I can only hold on to my prayers in which I constantly ask for forgiveness and chance for me to make it through.

    Good thing that my husband was there all the time when I wasn’t. He was much closer to his dad than to me, obviously. But we, getting along with each other, is already there. Thank God. God knows how I tried to be not just a better mother but a better person as well. As a mom, I have to be totally SELFLESS and give MORE of myself to my children.

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s really a relief that I’m not alone on this challenge. God really makes sure to expose us to different kinds of venues to share and express our experiences in our mommy journey.

    I haven’t written this down until today. Like I said a while ago, I am still in the process of forgiving myself and trying to maximize my time with my first born. So it’s just among my husband, me, and you =). Thank you for opening this space for us. God bless us all Mommies!

    FB: Celin Hiwatig Mendoza
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    1. Grabe, Celin, what a story! Don't feel too guilty. You had to do what you had to do at that time. AKo rin, may guilt but with Iñigo naman, kasi I was too busy with Vito and then with Piero to pay attention to him. But we can't live in guilt forever!!! You are a GREAT mother!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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    2. Huhuhu! I didn't win, I really feel sad haha ;(...But thanks, really, for appreciating what I wrote. And keep on inspiring us on posting those honest and sincere experiences of yours. Good luck to your workshop! =)

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  17. Hi, Mommy Frances! I'm not sure if this really answers your question as to which Topaz Mommy blog post inspired me to be a better mommy. But your My one mommy heartbreak entry made me realized few things on desiring to have an addition to our little boy.

    Our Elijah is 22-month old now and I keep on telling my husband that I really wish to have another baby the soonest. Reading the entry I mentioned above, I realized, that I fail to notice or realize even, that this is the stage he needs me more. You did very well in opening my eyes to the fact that Elijah is now starting to like a lot of things, learn the ABCs, he's way active now that he likes to play often, jumping, running and singing with me. I overlooked some facts and just focused on wanting another baby period.

    Upon finishing the article, I was like, it's not always what I want. I am reminded what Motherhood really is---putting your child first before you or whatever it that you want. Also, no one can tell if my next pregnancy will be a delicate one. What will happen to my child then? I remember when I was on my first trimester with him, all I want to do is sleep and I barely eat.

    Another realization, I really can't risk that he'll have jealousy issue because of my poor decision on giving him a sibling. These were my thoughts after reading that article. I think it somewhat made me a better Mom than I am yesterday. Thanks for enlightening me with that post. More power!

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    1. Aww, I hope you don't make LIFE decisions based on a silly blogger's emotional post =D I was very guilty at that time but now, seeing how Vito and Iñigo are super close and super happy to be playing together and how they are so good (and bad!) to each other and how much they adore their baby brother Piero (and they are all just around two years apart in age!), I don't feel bad about it na. In fact, I think it's THE BEST decision I ever made—have kids close to each other =D

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  18. After reading your post about not giving hand me downs for your third baby, Piero, it made me think na oo naman talaga.. every child deserves only the best! I have two girls, one is 8 and my youngest turned one year, they have a huge age gap but I still have my eldest daughter's baby clothes,mittens, socks, etc but I chose to buy my youngest everything she will need.. Keber na sa mga unsolicited advices na pwede na yung pinagliitan ni yana, okay pa naman yung baru- baruan, labhan mo nalang! If I can buy Yana's things, bakit hindi kay Marga at yung pinagliitan lang ang sa kanya?

    I also watch out for Sir Vince' posts after every birth of your sons. :)

    I really want to comment in your posts since Vito pa kaya lang minsan nauunahan ng hiya..hehe..

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    1. Oo nga, new ones na for your baby girl! Hindi na uso yung mga damit ni Ate =D I'm half-joking! Half joking kasi of course hand-me-downs are great and usually naman barely used so okay lang to use again. Half-serious kasi the stuff that we have for Vito, especially the jeans, hindi na uso! Kailangan talaga bumili ng new stuff for Piero! =)

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  19. awww :( I really wanted to join and meet you mommy Frances but we have company/family outing on the said date. Hopefully there's REPEAT.
    Congratulations to the lucky moms, enjoy! ^_^

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    1. I think we'll have another one (sana!!!). A lot of my readers said the same thing: it's Mother's Day weekend so they made plans na with their family and while they wanted to join, they couldn't!

      Let's hope Bobbi Brown likes my event so much that they'll work with me again =)

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  20. Hi Frances,

    Hindi ko maalala kung saan sa dito sa blog mo, sa IG or FB ba. Ito yung talagang natutunan ko sa iyo. Sinabi mo na kahit nasa bahay ka nag bibihis ka ng maayos dahil kapag may biglaang bisita ay presentable ka sa lahat ng oras. Simula noon pinagtatapon ko lahat ng damit kong mahigit 5 years old na. Nagpa-practice ako ma achieve ang no make-up look kahit maglalaba lang hahaha. Seriously you inspired me to take care of myself without feeling guilty. You made me realize that it's possible for a mom to look good and feel good about herself.

    Cheers,

    Mary Jane Dionela (FB)

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    1. Hahaha dati yun nung isa pa lang anak ko. Ngayong tatlo na, losyang na!!! Kaya nga I wanted to do this workshop!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  21. The article "How do I teach gratitude"
    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/10/how-do-i-teach-gratitude.html?m=1
    helped me become a better mommy because I could resonate with it as a parent and child. I was raised spoiled by a super busy businesswoman mom who only knew how to love me with material things to compensate for the years she was away on business especially on my birthdays growing up. I don't blame her and I guess now that I'm a mom and being equipped of many ways to deal with parenting thanks to friends and bloggers like topaz mommy and the Internet, I'm not alone! parenting is a tough act of striking the balance of disciplining with love and still managing our emotions on how to communicate with our little kids effectively aka keeping the sanity at times! I don't want my kids to become spoiled brats (and im often guilty of giving too many things) but spoiled with love and attention as we try to instill the value of gratitude so they our kids become appreciative and count their blessings. One thing I learned from an article that parenting DOES NOT SAVE YOU MONEY, your toddler breaks a vase or your teenage kid crashes your car... that comes with a price for your child to learn the value of responsibility, respect, etc... we can only go so far to protect our kids and our (expensive) material things if they're still learning and groping in life. Indeed experience still is the best teacher no matter how much we try to guide and protect them and we could only be there to love and support them unconditionally. :) Pinky Jacob-Ileto #pinkishnurael

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    1. Aww, our moms were of a different time. They were proving to themselves and others that they can be just as good as men so they had to be career women and rely on formula and be distant. I realize that now kasi may mga tampo rin ako sa Mama ko but that was what they knew (or didn't know) and they had to do what they needed to do at that time =)

      Pinky, next workshop, if meron, sali ka na! Promise!!! =)

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  22. Entering again because I don't really know if my first one got through. Sorry!

    1. Yes, I am a mom of two little princesses, 6 and almost-3 (my second is just a few days younger than Iñigo). I have been a fan for about 5 years now. Your blog is one of the first mommy blogs that I discovered and loved as I began my mommy journey.

    2. I really can't remember when the post was, but I am sure it was before you had Piero. You wrote a short but photo-driven story about how your day went, which was a day at the mall, and the little things that highlighted your day. Then you ended the post with a simple but powerful message - your marriage and your kids are your happiness. It resonated and stayed with me because for all that you have been blessed with, your happiness is simply defined by your marriage and your kids. I also like that you wrote marriage first before kids because I think it is important and often forgotten by moms who aspire to be the best mom ever to prioritize their husbands as well. So when things get too stressful for me, when I begin to worry about what I don't have and the problems I do have, I recite your simple statement in mind. Happiness is my marriage and my kids. I can be a much better mom when I am a better wife, and parenting will be much easier when I have a husband who knows that he comes first too. Also, when things go smoothly between us, it shows my kids what kind of love and marriage to aspire for.

    Crossing my fingers that I get picked! I am 35 and I am still seriously hopeless at all things make up. I try to convince myself that natural beauty is best, but I know it is just an excuse for my lack of knowledge.

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    1. I don't remember that post but sounds like I wrote it because I write a lot of posts like that—how happy I am with this simple life =D And yes, prioritize marriage!!! I have to remind myself, too!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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    2. That is what I love the most about your blog. You really seem to be so happy and content with your life. And there is little to no negativity. So very refreshing!

      I was bummed at first when I saw your announcement of winners over at Twitter (bitter -sorry- but today was such a bad day). Then I saw that you took the time to reply to each entry. You are awesome!

      I am sure your event will be a success, and Bobbi Brown will agree to conducting more workshops with you because you're amazing. And I look forward to that day I get to meet you!

      Have fun Frances!

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  23. why i dont use breastfeeding rooms ,http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/06/why-i-dont-use-breastfeeding-rooms.html,this blogpost of yours inspired and i think makes me a better mom,im really shy on breastfeeding my baby on public because i really dont like when people look at me when i do this,but after reading your blog, i realized i shouldnt be shy on breastfeeding and i should be proud because by im doing the right thing for my baby, i should prioritize her need first than thinking what others think...
    facebook:ann gole cruz

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    1. Yes! Bakit tayo mahihiya kung wala naman tayong masamang ginagawa? =)

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  24. This is the blog post that resonated with me so much as a mama: http://www.mommytopaz.com/2013/05/tiny-fingerprints.html?m=1. Sometimes I just get so exasperated because my two boys need me ALL.THE.TIME! I can't even pee or shower alone! Haha. :) Grateful for your words reminding me that these crazy days are, in truth, the best days. Been happily breathing in the details of my babies everyday and enjoying the fact that I still am the center of their little worlds. :) So thank you, thank you so much Frances. :)

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    1. Oh yes. I needed to reread that post too. I had a stressful weekend with the kids with all their KALAT!!! Thanks for reminding me, too!

      Anyway, I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  25. I was touched most by your blog post on gadgets. Http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/08/why-i-allow-my-kids-to-play-with-mobile.html?m=1
    Society puts so much pressure on moms, giving us so much mommy guilt. As a full-time working mommy of 2 and army wife, gadgets and TV are necessary evils for the sake of my sanity! Of course, I take the time to make sure that they are only exposed to age-appropriate programs.

    I hope to win a spot in the Bobbi Brown workshop because I recently made the transition from working at home to full-time office again. My daily look needs updating. Thanks and I love your blog!

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    1. No to mommy guilt! Yes to parenting tools that help us keep our sanity! =D And congratulations on the career! =)

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  26. Hi Frances! I'm so glad to have this chance of participating on your blog and hopefully become a part of the workshop. I am a fan of your family, but I believe I was a fan of Vince's Life first heheh (it was only last month that I learned you're related with the author! Imagine I've started reading the book 10 years ago and I was only 15 then!) So anyway, the post that inspired me to be a better mom is How To Deal With Envy. I think every first time mom, a housewife or someone who had a "biglaan" pregnancy (just like mine) can't help but feel envious to some women whom they think is greater than the life they have. Never naman naalis ang comparison sa atin. But I've come to realize that the only way to help myself is to be the best that I can be. That the only competitor I am supposed to have is not the woman next to me, but the person I was yesterday. Jealousy, I believe, shall not dwell unto your soul. Lalo if you want your child to be a responsible God-fearing individual. Yes, taking care of a family can limit your time to do other things for yourself. But then, you become selfless and make them as a priority. And at the end of the day, you realize it is the biggest inspiration you can have.

    Lengthy thoughts! Yet I feel I still have more to share haha. Sana I can have this chat in person with you and if ever, it would be my first time to be with an all-mom group :)

    I'm Hanna by the way, married and has a 1 1/2 years old super beautiful daughter. ;)

    Facebook: Hanna Bautista-Pineda
    Twitter/IG: hannabpineda

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Haha, I will tell Vince. He'll be so happy!

      Yes, envy is such an ugly emotion. I feel it, too! Sige, sana we can chat! I should plan a tea party for my readers so I can meet you and everyone else who was so nice to share with me their favorite blog post!

      And if Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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    1. Dear Kristine, we already chatted on Facebook and THANK YOU for sharing with me your life. God bless you and your beautiful darling boy!

      Thanks soooo much for this. I wish I had more slots! If Bobbi Brown agrees to hold more workshops with me, I'll invite you to join na. No more contests! =)

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  28. hi po! may napili na po kayo? i forgot to include my contact po pala. my facebook name is Jenina Tuazon and my email is ynamorata26@gmail.com...thanks!

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    1. Yes, meron na! Next time na lang! =)

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  29. Hi Frances,
    I'm a bit sad my post didn't went through.. but anyway would still like to share with you my thoughts.
    Congrats to the moms who won and Happy Mother's day Frances!

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    Hi Frances,

    Thank you for continuously inspiring your mom readers that we don't have to be perfect but what's important is we are authentic and truly love our family.
    It doesn't matter if we meet other people's standard of what a mom should be, what a mom should look like, how to raise her child and what should be very good at.

    Reading your blog made me realize what's really important:
    1. a mom's love and relationship to God has great impact in molding our kids
    - moms don't need to be perfect to be someone our kids will love and cherish
    - a mom's prayer is important. pray for strength, protection and more love
    - pray that we may be able to instill to our kid things that will help them survive in this world


    2. kids can be crazy but they are a blessing to us
    - we may get tired of all the mess and lack of sleep but spending time with our kids and those hugs/kisses and things that our child do to make us proud makes our hearts swell
    - moms should not be afraid to get help and know what works for their family


    3. mom's should love themselves too
    - a mom needs to love herself, take care of herself to be able to function well and be happy

    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/08/parenting-can-be-depressing.html#.VT6689Kqqko
    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2010/07/three-things-i-want-to-teach-my-boy.html#.VT8ULdKqqko
    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2014/11/loving-my-three-sons.html#.VT66f9Kqqko
    http://www.mommytopaz.com/2011/05/im-okay-with-not-being-perfect-mommy.html#.VT6_vtKqqko

    ps. I am so touched when I see you post something about your boys Vito, Inigo and Piero. How much you love and adore them. How special each milestone of Piero is now that it will be the last time. And how much you value you're husband as much as your kids.

    I hope me and my daughter to meet you and your boys.


    Thanks again Frances for inspiring us.
    Advance Happy Mother's Day!

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