7 tips to sleep earlier

If you wanted to go to bed at 10 o’clock at night, you spent three hours tossing and turning in bed, maybe this interests you.

I have never known how to get to sleep early. It is as if my mind tried to challenge the fatigue I feel and I always want to end up winning. It is not the best way to go to bed. We know that a good night’s sleep, in quality rather than in quantity , helps to have better memory, increases your creativity, helps you to conserve your weight, lowers your stress and avoids depression.

Although there are days when we propose to sleep earlier, and even give a little more time, it happens frequently that we can not fall asleep, although we have proposed to sleep at 10 o’clock. Regarding this rest, a lot is a matter of habit, most of the time the bad,

1. Change paradigms
The first step is to redefine what you consider “late” and “early”. This concept changes with the years, in general, when you arrive at the university it reaches its peak. Example: for me, sleeping early in my college days was going to bed at 1 in the morning. Now at midnight I can not take much longer. But ultimately changing this definition helps you start preparing to sleep a little earlier. The first step is to redefine what time you want to sleep and stick to it.

2. Leave the electronics
This is very instinctive, we are not made to be awake in the dark. But with electricity and technology, we have lengthened the hours we stay awake. And in recent years, the problem has worsened a bit because we have too many devices at our fingertips. Between the computer, the tablets and the cell phone, we have enough instruments that give us the light that our system needs to stay awake a little more. This step requires discipline: one hour before you have decided that you will sleep, leave all your electronics apart. Turn them off, it will also serve you a break.

3. Leave work in the office
The new communication tools and the fact that we can be “available 24 hours a day” affect our sleep cycles. If you are waiting all the time, you will feel that you are working all day, which will not allow your body to lower its energy until it reaches the necessary state of relaxation. You can not lower your energy gradually either. If it seems too important to continue to be available, make it your goal to switch off two or three hours before going to sleep. That’s why there is an office schedule, do not lengthen it.

4. Write a diary of pending and concerns
Many times it is not that you are not tired, your body feels exhausted, but your mind is still very awake. The worst: it takes a long time to get it to calm down. In fact, sometimes it takes us all night. Take a few minutes in the afternoon or a while before you sleep, to write the next day’s earrings, the things you have to remember, the payments to make, the urgent calls. So that, at the time of sleep, your mind is calm and you can enter the rest faster.

5. Exercise early
People who do some physical activity report a better quality of sleep than those who do not. What’s more, those who exercise early sleep better than those who exercise at night. As a bonus, it is easier for them to change their sleep schedules and get up earlier. If you exercise and try it early, your body will be genuinely tired at bedtime.

6. Start a routine
If you have already decided to go to bed earlier, you need to start your ritual for the bed earlier. That is, brush your teeth, make-up, put on your pajamas, etc. Always follow that routine helps your body to enter a state of calm. Likewise, as very young children do, when you are in bed move, stretch, yawn.

7. Sleep when you are tired
Fighting with sleep does not really help much. You may feel a little more energized for a while, however the next day it will not be like that. If you are tired, go to sleep.

It seems logical, but from these steps there are many that we skip. So many times we propose to sleep earlier and we find ourselves spinning in bed for hours, and we give up. But the trick is to complete several steps before getting into the arms of Morfeo earlier. On my own, I’ll try it, make it girls too! And they tell us the result.

Make the wardrobe change in 6 steps

We are going to make the wardrobe change in 6 simple steps, because when autumn approaches, the change of wardrobe is mandatory and involves an investment of considerable time and space.

It is time to say goodbye to bikinis, beach towels and sandals. The summer clothes have to leave the closet and leave room for the clothes of the next season.

To make the change of wardrobe, we propose a series of steps to follow that we have explained from Bluespace , making it faster, effective and bearable.

1. Clean the cabinet

The first thing we have to do is empty the closet and clean its interior, perfuming it with lavender to welcome you to the new station. To prevent odors and moths , we can add naphthalene, cloves, cedar, orange and lemon peels or bags of lavender.

2. Wash and store summer clothing or accessories in perfect condition

Clothes must be washed and protected with covers . If it is delicate items it is convenient to clean them dry at the dry cleaner’s. With reference to footwear , it is advisable to introduce each model in an individual box or bag, having previously cleaned them. In the case of flip flops or other plastic footwear, it is convenient to clean them in the washing machine or by hand with water, soap and a brush. As for beach towels , it is advisable to wash them with little softener so they do not lose absorption capacity. Before folding them they must have lost all the moisture to be able to put them in a suitable plastic bag to avoid deterioration.

The swimsuits have a fabric that deserves special attention since they are exposed to the sun, bronzers, salt water and pool chlorine. To ensure proper preservation of the garments , first of all you have to wash them by hand with warm water and a little soap without softener, repeating once or twice. Then, we let them dry in the open air with the colors inwards, thus preventing them from deteriorating. Once completely dried, they can be stored in a cloth bag or airtight seal, preventing it from being pressed by other garments or objects.

In summer we also use hats that must be kept in good condition until the following season. To do this, use a cardboard box where the hat fits without bending, to absorb moisture and allow air circulation. Before storage, the hat should be completely dry and clean. Otherwise, you should dry outdoors and clean the spots with a little water rubbing gently.

3. Stores summer clothes and accessories

To store clothes, there are several options. We can use cardboard or fabric boxes, bags, or zipper bags . The cardboard boxes protect the clothes from moisture and moths, while the cloth ones allow perspiration. To combat the moths, you can also place inside the box a bag of lavender, cloves or cedar as a repellent and, at the same time, as a perfume. The airtight bags are very useful for packing garments that are not going to be used for a while, since they will occupy much less space.

4. Find the best place to store clothes

To store clothes and accessories, it is important to find an adequate, safe and clean space to avoid damage or deterioration.

5. Order your wardrobe

Once all the summer clothes and accessories have been stored, you must prepare the clothes you will use during the fall months to start filling the closet. It is convenient to divide it into the one you usually wear and the one you do not, to avoid messing it up often. Once separated, you can place it in the wardrobe grouping it according to the type of garment (sport or work) or color.

6. Take advantage of your wardrobe

To gain space and avoid wrinkling your clothes, use all the hangers in the closet of the same size. You can also add shelves at some points, multiplying the capacity of the cabinet.

1cm cut on the tongue

A 1 cm cut on the tongue was what Joaquin got yesterday. I was in school when I got a text reply from Joaquin’s yaya that he had slipped while taking a bath. I immediately asked if his head had hit any hard surface. It was a good thing that she had the presence of mind to “secure” Joaquin’s head as he fell down. Only his shoulder had hit the floor. It was a good thing also that we were staying at my parent’s house for the weekend and Dr. Ginger was at home. She checked Joaquin and texted back to me that he was fine – was eating well, happy and jumping after some time. In the evening, as Joaquin was playing with the phone’s flashlight, I saw the 1 cm red colored cut on the tongue. Ouch, that must have hurt earlier. Praise God that it wasn’t painful anymore.

At 1 year and 5 months, Joaquin has had his share of bruises, bukols, scratches from running very fast, tripping, falling off a chair, bumping the headboard of the bed, hitting some toys, etc.

The first few times it happened, Wally and I, as first time parents naturally panicked and worried. The next few times it happened again, we just shook our heads, got some ice from the freezer and tried to remove the “danger” zone that Joaquin had discovered. Even Joaquin is used to it. Whenever you ask, where’s the “ouch,” he points to his head because that’s where the “ouch” usually is. Oh, and  he can even hold the ice pack over the “ouch” part by himself.


A happy baby even with the “ouch.”

As parents, our primary concern is the welfare and the safety of the children. But the reality is that no matter how big or small our homes are, we really can’t baby proof everything 100% at all times.

Boys will be boys. Toddlers will be toddlers.  We can only do so much. Haaay…..So, thank you dear Lord  for the guardian angels that You have sent to be with our malikot and makulit children at every moment each day!

A taste of the WAHM life

One of the effects of the heavy rains brought about by the Habagat and Typhoon Maring for me was being able to stay at home with my 1.5 months old son, Joaquin for a “very long weekend” of 10 days. The suspension of classes, public holidays and a school holiday allowed me to have a taste of the Work at Home Mom (WAHM)’s life.

If I was to grade myself as a WAHM on the first few days of that “very long weekend,” I would give myself a failing grade. Being a college professor, the week after midterm exams is a very busy period. I had only finished checking 60 out of 200 exams. Computing for the midterm grades was another matter. My husband, Wally & I made it a rule that we will not bring work home (as much as possible) so we can truly give quality time at home. But alas, I had no choice. On the first day, I actually left the house and headed to my favorite milk tea place but there was a nudging feeling in me that I could have spent more time at home with Joaquin.

And so the next few days, I was actually at home but was really focused on checking the exams. Since I was at home, Joaquin was constantly beside me, copying everything that I was doing. I gave him a blank exam booklet and some pens so he can check along with me. Apologies to some students whose exam booklets were checked in 2 different shades of red and purple pens because Joaquin was constantly getting the pen I was using.

When I got to inputting the grades on my laptop, Joaquin was trying his best to reach up the table and type along with me. With it, you’ll hear a very cute little voice saying “mom. . . . . mom. . . . . mom. . . . . ” (on an indefinite loop!)

And with that, I have come to three realizations about this so-called WAHM life that I desire to have.

1) IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT SEEMS. Three cheers to all the fulltime stay-at-home moms and work at home moms! There is of course the notion in me that when I work from home, I’ll have all the time in the world to spend with my little one.


Yes, there’s no need to travel to and from the office. No need to wake up early or even take a bath. But there’s a ton of things to do at home – office work or for the home. Oh and there’s the baby who is the main reason for wanting to work at home. When that adorable baby comes up to me being his cutest self just so I’ll mind him, I’ll have to say goodbye to all the other things. Mommy duty calls.

2) THERE MUST BE A PLAN. A eureka moment for me was when I realized this. I should make a schedule or a list of activities to do while at home. Of course, I’m sure that the schedule won’t be followed 100% but at least there’s general guide to follow.

Spur of the moment activities are always fun but there must always be a back up plan. Joaquin is in the stage of play and he easily gets bored with what he’s doing. There should be a lot of activities lined up. I’ve learned that we shouldn’t pack our children’s day with activities here and there. It’s a healthy developmental milestone for them to learn to be able to play and entertain their own selves. So, some quiet time and safe personal play time for him will surely be part of the plan.

3) I SHOULD NOT FORGET MYSELF. It seems like a noble idea for mothers to give up everything – career, finances, social life, etc – to care for the children. Yes, it’s a calling to be a mother and we are perfectly capable of putting everything else on hold for the sake of the children.

But I’ve realized that we shouldn’t totally give everything of ourselves, we should always leave a part of us with us so that we will not be empty. We actually love our family better if we love ourselves well. Quiet time outside the home, meet up with dear friends, shopping or time at the spa will work wonders for mothers, especially those who do work from home.

With much reflection, I know that being a WAHM is something I really desire. I hope to be able to prepare myself for when that day comes. It won’t be happening anytime soon but I know that with God’s grace, it will come at His perfect time!


Learn to teach, teach to learn

As first time parents, my husband and I are still both excited and worried about this new chapter in our lives. The world of parenthood is something that we have both desired and we are truly grateful for the gift of Joaquin in our lives. One of the important “gifts” we want to give Joaquin is to have the love for learning.


Education is something important to Wally and I. I’ve finished my Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2010 while he is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Religious Studies. And as early as now, we are both looking at further studies for both of us in the future. How we hope that Joaquin will also love to study and more importantly love to learn.


At 1.2 months, I brought Joaquin for a trial play class. Since it was summer, it was just an informal gathering of the school’s students from last school year. He was a “saling-kit,” being the youngest in the group. But it was a sight to enjoy seeing him participate with the class (at least 80% of the time!) He went up to the teachers and sat on their laps as they read some books. He joined the group’s snack time and sat in the circle eating sandwiches with the other children. He watched the short movie that was shown (with full attention!) He even joined in creating his very own little acquarium and had his first pet fish! (Will make a new post about this soon!)


At 1.5 months, I wanted to enroll Joaquin in a once- a-week play school just for some informal school experience and the interaction with the other children. We checked a school near our area and inquired about this. But alas, they did not offer any weekend play classes for toddlers. I feel that it’s too early for Joaquin to start going to school for 2 hour classes 3 times a week. We’re looking at next school year to start any school for Joaquin since I personally started studying at 2 1/2 years old.


As I look forward to the WAHM life to spend more time with Joaquin, I know I have to make the most out of the time I do spend with him now. We know that the foundation years is very crucial so Wally & I want to equip ourselves as much as possible. We are looking at two events in the next two weeks which we think will help us in laying the right foundation for Joaquin.


On September 14, 2013 (Saturday), Manila Workshops’ Parenting Pals series will conduct “How I learn: Early Childhood Developmental Milestones and Learning Activities. The workshop will tackle the roles and responsibilities of parents in their children’s development; developmental characteristics from 0-6 years old; and helping young children develop and learn through play.

I am personally looking forward to the new creative activities that are age appropriate for Joaquin. At 1 1/2 years old, he is really very inquisitive and loves to explore anything and everything around him. Engaging him the proper way can really help in his personal development.