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The Goldilocks-Nuffnang Blogging Contest Year 2

23 Oct

It’s year 2 of the Goldilocks-Nuffnang blogging contest.  I am getting used to losing now. LOL.

Blogger KCat won the iPad from Goldilocks. Her mother described her as the “fashionistang bingi at lakwatserang naka-wheelchair

KCat with the Goldilocks Marketing Team

Kcat or Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza blogged about her illness (Neurofibromatosis Type 2) and how she chooses to live an active lifestyle despite the many things she can no longer do physically. “I can’t but I CAN,” she said.

The theme of always seeing the glass half-full continues to be the strongest message in the Goldilocks-Nuffnang blogging contest.  Most of the winners have had to overcome great tragedies and difficulties in their lives.

The only tragedy I must overcome in my life is my weight 😛  My entry is here if any of you are interested 🙂

To the contestants of the Goldilocks-Nuffnang contest, see you all next year 🙂


500 for 500

8 Oct

Sweet Hopia  (that’s me BTW 😛 ) will raffle one (1) P 500 SM Gift card when the Sweet Hopia page reaches 500 friends.

The Sweet Hopia facebook page is here. You don’t have to do anything but ‘LIKE’ the page.

For international readers, the prize will be $12 sent to your Paypal account.


Get a Free Luggage Tag From KLM*

13 Sep

Get your own customized luggage tag from KLM here.

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You can choose a KLM photo for your tag or you can upload your own photo.

The luggage tag is free. There are still 38,000+ luggage tags available for the promo.

When you sign up for the KLM luggage tag, you will be asked to subscribe to the company’s e-newsletter.  I don’t mind signing up for company newsletters so I went ahead and ordered my own luggage tag.

I used my new blog logo!

Mommy and Money is also Sweet Hopia 🙂  You can subscribe to my blog updates here.

*Now available in Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Singapore,Thailand,Sweden and Norway.

Pagbabago: Making the Healthy Switch

31 Aug

I love baked goodies.  I love them so much that when I went “vegetarian” earlier this year, I was really nothing more than a breaditarian 🙂  I was eating more bread and pastries than veggies! My idea of personal heaven?  A bakery full of freshly baked stuff. I cannot think of a scent more beautiful than the smell of bread.

The things is, having all the baked goodies and sugary treats you want is fine, if you lead an active lifestyle.  Being a stay-at-home mom, the only physical activity I used to have was doing the laundry and I have a washing machine to help with that.

Last February, a  blood test revealed that my blood sugar was through the roof.  I also had high uric acid which resulted in joint pains.  Except for my knees, all the joints in my body hurt.  I was a 31-year-old mother suffering from high blood sugar and arthritis on top of having Pott’s disease.  I felt like an old car that needed a hundred repairs. I was in a very bad state physically.  Although I had struggled with excess weight all of my adult life, I always felt a quickie diet could fix things. I would switch from denial to acceptance and didn’t approach weight loss sensibly. I allowed the pounds to pile on.

Packing on the Pounds

Average Weight Gain Since Age 26: Five Pounds Per Year

In February, I’d had enough.  I finally got sick of being sick and fat. I decided- it doesn’t matter if it takes a long time, I WILL get healthy.

I started running.  I still run today although not as often as when I started.  I may have not lost a lot of weight but I feel so much better about my body. I no longer get easily tired and I feel so much stronger.  Walk/run 5K? Easy-peasy 🙂

Four Months Ago (left) and Today (right): My Jawline Has Reappeared 😉

I also switched to healthier alternatives of the sweet treats I love.  Like I said earlier- I love baked treats. I cannot imagine a life without breads and pastries.  So even if many people try to convince me to drop all carbohydrates from my diet, I simply cannot do it.  So I switched to low sugar and no sugar alternatives instead.  Thank you, Goldilocks for introducing sugar-free treats!

Merienda Time Has Become Goldilocks Go Lite Time

No Need to Drop All Sweet Treats From My Diet

I have lost 10 pounds in the last six months:  From 69.8 kilos I now weigh 65 kilos.  My weight loss probably sounds ridiculously low by other people’s weight loss standards but I’m happy with it since I only need to lose to 1 pound per month to counter the average of 5 pounds per year I gained in the last 5 years. Plus for the first time in my life, I am doing things right. Things are moving at a glacial pace but I am finally moving toward reaching normal weight without experiencing hunger pangs and frustrations.

Since implementing these changes in my lifestyle, I feel lighter and stronger; the joint pains went away almost instantly;  my blood sugar level is now normal; and as an added bonus my hair and skin look healthier. I gained all these benefits without depriving myself of the sweet stuff I love 🙂

Happy Steps with Doc Martens

13 Jul

When I got my Doc Martens 1460 in Springtime in 2008, it was a HUGE deal for me. Growing up, I always wanted to own a pair of Doc Martens but because we were not financially well-off it was not possible for me to own a pair when I was a teen. I got my first pair of Doc Martens before I turned 30; they were a gift from my husband. I love them because I’ve made some pretty good memories with them- They’ve become my lucky shoes 🙂

I was wearing them when I met TV personality Ryan Agoncillo in 2009:

Me and My Husband with Ryan Agoncillo

You can’t see it in the photo but I was wearing my DMs then (I blogged about the experience here.) I even took a photo of my DMs with my husband’s pair that day:

Wearing DMs at Virra Mall The Day We Met Ryan

Last month, I was wearing my lucky DMs when I won an iPad at a blogger event. You bet I was stoked when they handed me the gadget.

I Won an iPad Wearing my Fave Shoes 🙂

I know it’s not really the shoes that bring me luck but my willingness to take the needed steps, even the hard ones, to create a happy and lucky life for myself 🙂

I know I’ll be keeping my Doc Martens until they become completely worn out but this does not mean that I am not always looking for the next pair of shoes I would fall completely in love with.  There is always a space in my life for a new sole sister.

My current sole sister:

At Home in my DMs :)

At Home in My DMs 🙂

My future sole sister:

Sole Sister Ballerina Flats

“This post is for My Sole Sister Shoe Contest

What Does it Take to Cook Food Well?

10 Jul

For many years I hesitated calling myself a writer.  I used to reserve the term for people I admire.

I write, sure, but most of the things I have written are not at all compelling. I could elicit a few laughs here and there, that’s about it; i cannot move people with my words.

“Write what you know”.  What do I know? 😛

For those of you who love to write and are good at it, here’s an opportunity for you to become a published writer and to win $10,000: Write an essay on “What does it take to cook food well?” and submit your essay to Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw Challenge.

For contest details, visit:

Quick! You Can Win a Marc Jacobs Bag

9 Jul

Go to NOW 🙂

Contest ends tomorrow- July 10, 2010.  Skip to The Bag Hag’s blog and leave a comment answering the following question:

Question: MARC JACOBS named a bag after a Filipino Blogger. WHO is that blogger?  Please post his Full Blogger Nickname.

ENTRY SHOULD BE IN THIS FORMAT: (Your Answer) BB ; (your Twitter ID) thebaghag; (Your City & Country) Makati City, Philippines

Go!  Contest is also open to international readers 🙂