Happy 2019! A Mom Starter Kit To Having A Great Year PLUS A Planner Giveaway

Happy new year to everyone reading this!  Thank you to all my blog readers and long-time supporters for still being there and visiting my bl...

Happy new year to everyone reading this!  Thank you to all my blog readers and long-time supporters for still being there and visiting my blog for new content.  As you've read in my last blog post for last year, 2018 had been a pretty good year for me even if I've written lesser compared to the previous years.  But writing is LOVE so I never really stopped. 

Becoming a yayaless stay-at-home mom as a new full-time career made me realize so many things and taught me many lessons.  It also made me appreciate more my mom's sacrifices for us, like when she decided to turn her back on her career to focus on us her kids, make a home-based living, put up a small business when we were all teenagers to send us to school, and eventually took care of my kids as a loving and hands-on lola.  But too late, I couldn't thank her anymore, rebuild a more matured relationship with her, and let her know that I fully understood everything she was doing for us.  Truly, you'll only know the one's worth and true value when someone's gone.  So don't be like me, huhu!  If your mothers are still alive, MAKE TIME and EFFORT to talk to them, appreciate them, and love them. 

Anyway, having said that new career of mine, it made me focus more on what is truly important in my life - my family.  It made me spend on what is essential, the needs, and learned the art of delayed gratification.  I also accounted for the money I used to splurged on coffee breaks (oh my!) on daily parking fees, on lunch outs, and on gas expense.  Ang laki pala ng expenses ko which I could have just saved.  Because I don't go out everyday to get to an office, I spend very little on these things nowadays that even if I don't have a regular pay now, I am still alive, surviving, and still living comfortably.  I thought those expenses were just normal - haha!  Hindi pala!  So now, I know better and I am more awaken by the reality, the truth about finances and even people, I want to share with you a 2019 Mom Starter Kit to kicking off 2019 positively.

1. List down your goals for the year!  You could even come up with a Word For The Year from which you will anchor all your choices for the year.  Personally, my husband and I talked about our goals for our marriage.  It's a healthy and even kilig exercise between husbands and wives.  We promised to be more intentional to each other, that he will love me more, that I will submit to him, that we will be more intentional as parents to our kids and spend more time talking and playing with them.  We also listed our family dreams and goals like the dream house we've been praying for, our business transactions, that they may all be closed deals if God wills them to happen.  We also want to go back to being fit and eat more healthily because we want to do this for our children. Lastly, we want to be able to serve God more through our music ministry and be able to share God's love and how He comforted us as individuals and as couples to other people around us. 

2. Bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit as you fulfill different roles in your lives.  Top role for me is being a mom.  Mahirap maging isang nanay lalo if you have a baby/toddler/kids who are demanding of your time, energy, and all of you.  Our kids could sometimes get the best of us especially if makulit sila, so it's really important to PAUSE, PRAY, and BREATHE before uttering any word to them which could break or hurt them when hastily said in anger or frustration.  In everything you do, at home, at work, in business, practice the virtues of Love, Joy, Patience, Self-Control, Gentleness, Peace, Kindness, and Forgiveness at all times.

3. Simplify your life.  We tend to complicate things around us, by simplifying everything, we lessen our stresses in life.  Things tend to be more practical and convenient for you and for everything and everyone around you when things are simplified.  This applies to your household chores system, to daily work to-dos, and just about in everything you do.  There's beauty in simplicity.

4. Financial literacy.   When we talk about financial literacy, sometimes the terminologies used could be overwhelming and threatening.  Heard of Philippine Index Fund or Equity/Balance Funds or VULs or UTIFs or COL/stocks?  Seeing or hearing these jargons could be intimidating that you just shy away from them right?  But the main objective of these all is for us to SAVE/INVEST or multiply our hard-earned money over the years.  Growing our money over the years, that's what all these meant, iba-iba lang ng profiles or risks for investing.  The important thing is to educate yourself to know what fits you, your risk appetite, and even the amount you can sustain to set aside for saving.  But before anything else, pay off debts muna. 

5. SALE ba kamo?  I usually gush over SALES because I wait for the items I've been eyeing for or needing to purchase to go on sale or be on discounted price.  I don't splurge on impulse just because it's on SALE.  I always have a mindset that if it's on SALE and if I don't really need it, then it's still an EXPENSE and another accumulated item that would be eventually a clutter in the house.

6. Declutter - Have you read any Mari Kondo books or quotes or watched her on Netflix?  She's a guru when it comes to decluttering.  I always live by the "declutter or let go of things if it doesn't spark joy" anymore.  This inspired me to start with my closet a few years ago when I started capsule wardrobe-ing.  I kept what fits me, let go of what doesn't or just sits there (in my mind masusuot din kita kapag size 24 na ulit ako!) taking up closet space, gave away clothes which don't make me happy anymore.  With kids' toys, I did the same, I included them in the process of decluttering, I made them decide if they still want/need the toy before letting them go or giving them away.  I don't want to hurt their feelings.  When I clean the house, everything that I pass by which I feel is not pretty or has no us anymore, I let go.  It has become a hobby for me to throw away things.  I am no longer a prisoner of material stuff.  Decluttering applies to people.  It doesn't necessarily mean burning bridges, but keeping relationship on the down-low especially if these people don't influence you to do good but rather the opposite or if they bring you down when you're enjoying your little success or don't bring the value in your relationship.  But here's what you can do, PRAY for them, FORGIVE if they've hurt you, and in the future, help them know God or become more positive as well.

7. Self-Care - We tend to do so much as moms for our kids and as wives for our husbands that we forget to look after ourselves.  Because chores and responsibilities pile one after the other, we put aside love and time for ourselves.  WRONG.  Self-care is not being SELFISH.  It's rewarding yourself after giving ourselves selflessly (sometimes too much) to our loved ones. Self-care is not at all expensive.  It could be as simple as bathing without any disturbance (the works, shampoo-conditioner-hair-spa/ body wash, body scrub, facial, with scented candle and your fave mood music) to going to the salon for a quick mani-pedi (if there's still time add foot scrub) or a haircut or hair treatment to the spa for an hour of massage.  Self-care also pertains to daily devotional time or reading your favorite book. Don't feel guilty, moms deserve self-care.  When we feel good about ourselves, we can give more to others joyfully.

8.  Pray. - Start your year right by praying for everyone and everything to God.  You may follow ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).  Remember to just TRUST HIM in everything.  Sometimes His plans are better than our plans that's why He answers our prayers with a YES, NO, or NOT YET.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

Hope these Mommy Starter Kit for 2019 helps and inspires you to have a great year, to be the best person you could ever be for God, yourself and your loved ones and to fulfill all your dreams as well!

For everything else you can plan and there's nothing wrong with it, starting the year with a new planner is a great start to jot down your schedules, your dreams, Bible verses that touched your hearts, birth dates of people you love, expenses, and anything under the sun.  Best if you jot all these on a FREE PLANNER right?

That's why, I am sharing with my loyal readers and social media followers 2019 planners to equip you all in starting the year right! 
Mommy Mundo's Mom 24/7 2019 Planner
2019 Planners from National Book Store


1. Follow/Subscribe to Mommy Practicality on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and YOUTUBE.

2. Earn as many entries by the following methods:

  • Comment on this blog post your 2019 Goals or Resolutions or Dreams and how will a planner help you achieve them.
  • Repost the Instagram Photo and on your caption, tell me what your 2019 Goals or Resolutions or Dreams and how will a planner help you achieve them.  Tag three friends to join and include the hashtag #MPPlannerGiveaway2019.  Make sure your post is public.
  • On Facebook, comment on the blog post link your 2019 Goals or Resolutions or Dreams and how will a planner help you achieve them. Share the post on your timeline publicly, tag three friends to join and include the hashtag.
3.  Prizes are the following:
  • One (1) Mommy Mundo Mom 24/7 2019 Planner
  • Five (5) 2019 Planners from National Book Store
4.  Winner selection:  Winners will be selected randomly by Randomizer.org.  Winner of Mommy Mundo Mom 24/7 2019 Planner will come from collective entries from blog, FB, Instargram/Twitter.  Out of the five National Book Store planners, 2 winners will come from Facebook entries,   t3 winners will come from Instagram.  

5.  Giveaway will run from today until January 15, 2019.  Announcement will be on January 18, 2019.  Winners will be announced in all social media accounts of Mommy Practicality.

6.  Open to all Philippine residents.  Prizes will be shipped to winners. :)

Thank you for all the support you've given me and my blog.  I hope to get to know everyone who have been engaging with me consistently in person.  One of my plans this year (jotting it down on my planner as well) is to have a meet and greet day with my readers.  Help pray with me that I finally fulfill this dream this year!

A blessed and happy new year to everyone!  God bless you all! :)

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  1. Jasmin Ricarto LegsonJanuary 4, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Time passes by as the years goes by. Each and every year we see to it that we set our goals in life so that there will be guide for us to get what we wanted. As a mother the only resolution that I need to meet is to be become a better and productive mother to my children, I hope that in the most of my abilities I can attend their needs to become a dedicated mother to them. To become a lovable wife to them and to my husband.

    I will support and give them what they want as a guiding light, as better person, as better teacher and a NOBLE MOTHER.

    Thank you Mommy Practicality ❤️ Happy New Year 2019

    FB: Jasmin Ricarto Legson
    IG: @mrsjasminlegson

  2. I have 3 new years Resolution this 2019 First Self Discipline to take care of my self specially in eating food i will be kore careful in all food im eating , i will make sure it is healthy at the same time it will not deprived me from eating delicious foodπŸ‘ Second Time Management- Since I am a career woman sometimes i tend to sacrifice my time for my kids in order to work but this year i will make sure to spend time with my kids and plan it accordingly so my work will not sacrifice at the same timeπŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘§‍πŸ‘¦ and Lastly Save money- Last year i wasnt able to reach my target saving because of some reason but now i will be more wiser and discipline in speding my money so i can achieve my goalπŸ™
    And this planner will help me to make everything possible. By simply writing your goals and to take one step closer towards each of them every single day. This will be a very useful tool to see how my life changing , transforming and how i make my resolution possibleπŸ™❤️

  3. I want a planner too! Planner makes it all easy in simple terms naman, planning is not perfect palagi kasi not everything happen according to plans but, it helps most of the times! Good luck sainyo!

  4. Hell mommy practicality πŸ’—πŸ’— I would love to share my New Years resolution for this year 2019. 2018 was a year full of challenges for me because that was the year I became a mother. I gave birth to my 1st baby last january 2017 and she will be turning 1 this month. Being a mother is really a hard job but a very challenging one. Masasabi ko po na mahirap talaga sya pero at the end of the end, seeing my little one makes it all worth it. All the sacrifices and pain lahat isang ngiti lang tanggal na. πŸ’— but behind that just like any typical momma out there, we tend to take care of ourselves lesser because all our focus is on our babies. That is why I want to start taking care of myself too this year, so that I can take care of everyone I love more and more for this year and for the next years to come that I am with them. Only the Lord knows how long we will be able to be with our love ones. That is why I want to be more appreciative and thankful this year. Also I want to look beyond what is seen. I want to see how the person really feels and who they really are behind their smiles and laughters. I want to be more caring and be sensitive enough to their emotions. πŸ’— Being a mom really has a lot of adjustments but our babies taught us so much more. πŸ’—πŸ’— thank you for this wonderful opportunity. πŸ’— A planner would help me so much to achieve this because I can take note of important happenings and never forget to greet them, simula po kasi ng naging mommy ako naging makakalimutin na ako. But a planner would really help me to remember the things that i am forgetting. I can also jot down what happened to my day, and it can serve also as my diary and daily devotional notebook to kick start my everyday. πŸ’—πŸ’—

  5. I have My Simple Goal for My Family Which is To save for the future of my kids. "SAVE MORE! SPEND LESS" Im also planning to Work Abroad, though iniisip ko pa lang na mahirap at malungkot kakayanin ko para sa pamilya ko at future ng dalawa kong anak. Pangarap ko ding magkaroon ng sariling sasakyan, kahit trycikel lang single motor lang kasi gamit nmin kaya medyo hassle lalo na pag lalabas kami kaya gusto ko comportable kami pag nagbya-byahe. Pangarap ko ding ipagawa ko tong bahay namin, hindi ko man ma-achieve ng biglaan this 2019 hopefully kahit paunti-unti magawa ko. At alam kong makakaya kong gawin lahat ng dreams at resolution ko this year by joting it in a journal. Last year I used my Bdj planner para ilista lahat ng expenses namin, ng mga deadlines na dapat bayaran o i-achieve at even mga pangarap ko na gusto kong ma achieve this year. And by the help of it wala akong namiss na plans so far. Super helpful talaga pag may planner lalo na pag busy Mom.#MPPlannerGiveaway2019

  6. This year, I am really longing and want to have a planner because I love to plan, I love to write down my to do's so that I will not fret and not forget it. This 2019, I want to see all my tasks and to do's getting accomplished, and of course not to missed birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions for me and my family.

    Having a planner is one way for me to be on top of everything.

    Cheers and all goods!

    FB: Aldrin Montierro
    IG: @abmontierro
    Twitter: @abmontierro
    Youtube: Aldrin Montierro

  7. Roxane Cabile-MontierroJanuary 8, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    I am really yearning to have my 2019 planner because having one keeps me on top of my day to day tasks. I do not want to forget my tasks in the office and even paying bills at home and planner can help me track it. Also, I can jot down my weight program in the planner, I can monitor how many pounds I am loosing every week/month and this will really keep engaged!

    I also love the perks and freebies planners is giving away plus its intricate designs and creative minds in coming up with this every year.

    Planner is my buddy for me to never fail to PLAN and have it done!

    Happy New Year to all!

    Facebook: Roxane Cabile-Montierro
    Instagram: @rcmontierro
    Twitter: @roxanemontierro
    Youtube: Roxane Montierro

  8. My new years resolution for this year is to save more and spend less. Also to have more family time with the kids.

  9. My new years resolution for this year is to save more and spend less. Also to have more family time with the kids. The planner will help me to monitor may expenses and to plan for our trips or family gathering.

  10. agree po, napala swerte ng mga tao na may mommy or may parents pa, and sana hanggat anjan pa sila mas ipakita at iparamdam sana kung gaano nila na aappreciate na may parents pa sila , wala na rin po kasi akong parents and my children didn’t got the chance to meet them :(

    This year, since kaka hire ko plang po sa bagong work, the planner will totally help me organize the things that I should do, especially now na mas demanding po yung work . The activities of my children, house hold errands, bills sobrang malaki po ang maitutulong nito po sa akin, kasi ang ginagamit ko lang po talaga to list down lahat ng ganap, ay yung pocket notebook that I have to turn upside down every time na hahanapin ko kung saan ko naisulat banda. kaya super duper po napaka helpful po sa akin. Happy New Year po :)

  11. Ig: ishmacq2013
    Yt: narissa maquera
    fb: narissa maquera

  12. My 2019 goals ay magkaroon ng hello kitty rooms and padamihin pa ang hello kitty stuffs ko, my 2019 dreams ay sana this year ay may mag-alaga na sa bunso ko para makapag trabaho ako at sana makahanap ako ng magandang trabaho, my 2019 resolutions ay magtitipid at matuto nang mag budget... 😊

  13. My 2019 goals ay magkaroon ng hello kitty rooms and padamihin pa ang hello kitty stuffs ko, my 2019 dreams ay sana this year ay may mag-alaga na sa bunso ko para makapag trabaho ako at sana makahanap ako ng magandang trabaho, my 2019 resolutions ay magtitipid at matuto nang mag budget.. Matutulungan ako ng planner na ito sa pamamagitan ng dto ko isusulat lahat ng mga needs goals dreams and resolution ko pra hindi ko makaligtaan at gagawin ko tlga..


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