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About MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan

I am a happy mom and housewife. Outside of this, I'm also a writer, a crocheter, and a self-taught home cook. I'm part of a book club, and I enjoy binge-watching my favorite TV shows. I'm super entertaining on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Follow me: MrsPCuyugan.

Less Thinking, More Doing

Today’s realization: If I keep thinking about what to write about instead of just sitting down and writing, nothing is ever gonna get written.

I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to figure out what my next post ought to be about. I’ve been making an issue out of this because (1) I know for sure that I want to make some content changes around here to suit the stuff I have going on in my life right now, (2) I feel like I want to hide my archives, not all of it but most of it, and (3) I want to have my blog re-designed. This facelift is long overdue but I simply (still) cannot afford to do it right now. 

It’s gotten to a point where I’m stuck in a sort of analysis paralysis phase, and I know that the only way to get out of it is to write. Just write. I don’t think it matters much what I write about, as long as I do it. So here I am writing about writing. Or writing about not writing, is more like it. 

To be honest, a part of me also considered giving up and just closing this blog. Most days, I don’t feel like sharing anyway, even on social media. I’ve been enjoying the quietness of my life lately, and keeping things to myself has helped to maintain that wonderful quiet. I also haven’t had the time to write simply because I’ve chosen not to make time for it. There are so many other things I’d rather do instead, like read and binge-watch Netflix (I know, so bad!) Plus, there’s the never-ending list of chores and errands that (apparently haha) comes with being a stay at home mom. 

Given all of this, I realized that I needed to take a break from writing, and I’m glad that I did. That brief pause actually allowed me to miss it, a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a long time. Writing for a living tends to burn you out that way, I think. And sometimes you just need to take a step back. It’s not for forever, because that pull, that nagging desire to write eventually becomes too strong to ignore. Today I am answering that call with a post that I know is pretty pointless. But hey, it’s a start.

Don’t worry, I will be writing about things that make sense again soon. On my list, just so you know (and so I don’t forget because #tanders,) are:

  • Various musings, learnings and realizations about being a housewife and stay at home mom, 
  • Our attempts at decluttering, and generating less waste at home,
  • The rollercoaster ride that is tween parenting,
  • And the yummy new food I recently tried at Earth Origins. Sneak peek below! 

Writing soon, I promise, and I hope you’ll be there to read when I do. Hiatus, over!

SAHM I Am

A lot has changed in the last three weeks. 

First, I finally said goodbye to life in events. I thought about my decision long and hard, and it wasn’t an easy one to make. I’ve been in this industry from the very beginning, working as an intern on my first event in 2004. It’s been really fun and exciting, but also an immensely stress-filled 14 years. I knew for certain, after my last one, that it was time to move on from the world of events. 

 

Officially a #SAHM. (Long post ahead!) . . It has been 5 days since this photo was taken, 5 days since my last event ended, which means I’m 5 days into retirement. Shifting from the #WAHMLife to the #SAHMLife is certainly not easier, nor is it any less busy. Except now, instead of deadlines and clients plus meal plans and laundry piles, I only have the family and the household to deal with. Lakas maka “only”, no? πŸ˜‚ As if it were really that simple. . . People keep asking me what I’m going to do, now that I’m done with events. The honest answer is nothing. At least for a while. I’m excited to finally be able to focus on being mom, wife, cat mama, and homemaker. First time ito, guys! Ever since we had the manchild, even before graduating college, I’ve been working na. I was never not working! For the first time ever, I’m actually gonna stop. Scary, and I might get super bored, but I’m excited about it.πŸ˜‰ . . PS I love this dress from @smwomanplus. They make THE BEST #plussize clothes. This one’s so comfy! I have survived several 15-hour event days wearing it. It’s easy to dress it up with wedges or heels, and to dress it down with sneakers. Sana I had it in all colors, seriously!πŸ–’ . . #athomewithmrsc #buhayhousewife #earlyretirement #lifedeclutter #stressless #fashionforeverywoman

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We also got a cat! A week before I officially retired, I saw a post on Bianca Elizalde’s IG stories about some kittens she had rescued and was putting up for adoption. That same night, I asked the husbandry if we could take one. To my surprise, he said yes right away. After exchanging a few messages, Bianca and I agreed to meet up one sunny Saturday in Makati. On that day, we welcomed Nougat the House Cat to our family. What a joy it has been having her at home these past few weeks!

 

This is #NougatTheHouseCat. We adopted her exactly a week ago after she was rescued by @biancaelizalde. In the 7 days that we’ve had her, she’s proven to be the most perfect little kitty for our family and our home. . . In the mornings, she greets us with loud meows, both out of excitement and obvious annoyance at having been left alone for several hours while we slept. She enjoys being around people, and easily warms up to house guests. She eats and drinks a lot. And I mean A LOT. As in ManChild levels. She πŸ’©s a lot, too. πŸ˜‚ . . She’s super playful, and loves crumpled paper balls, ribbons and strings, and her mouse toy that already looks chewed to death after only a few days. She’s also super lambing, likes to sleep on our laps, chests and tummies, and allows me to smother her with hugs. I’ve always wanted a lap cat. Now I have one. And I love her so much. . . This little kitty brings so much joy to our home. We are so lucky to be her family. πŸ’• . . #catsofinstagram #instacat #catstagram #rescuecat #rescuepet #petstagram #petsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #puspinlove #catsofmanila πŸ“Έ@rachelle_lauren

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Then, summer ended, and school began. Right on cue, rainy season rolled in. Along with it came a typhoon and the first class suspension of the school year, only four days after school started. The no-school day fell in between a Sunday and a holiday, too, which meant an instant 4-day weekend for us. Ang galing, diba?

No longer a baby talaga.

Side kwento: The Man Child (formerly known as Little MrC) is now in Junior High. He’s also an active member of his school rondalla, complete with practice schedules, workshops and performances. It’s gonna be a busy year for him, which means it will be a busy year for me. I’m not complaining, after all I wanted this kind of life. It’s really nice to see my son interacting with kids outside his batch, and enjoying being part of a new group in school. My siblings and I had a lot of fun participating in extracurricular activities when we were students, and I’m glad that this is something my son gets to do, too. 

Tomorrow, if the weather permits (and it looks like it will), the boys go back to school and work, and things go back to normal over here. This is a new normal for me, staying at home, spending time with Nougat, and prioritizing housework above everything else. I feel just as tired as before, but 100% less stressed, which is great. I feel happier and a lot more fulfilled, too, even though I’m mostly just washing things throughout the day (like dishes and clothes, and cat butt). I’m totally loving this life! (Well, so far. LOL.)

 

What have you been up to lately?

5 Tips To Finding Air Conditioning Services In Sydney

Sidney is a beautiful city filled with exquisite scenery and friendly residents. It often gets hot during the summer, so most residents prefer installing air conditioning systems in their homes. When your unit gets broken, you might be left wondering where you’ll get an expert who can fix it quickly and perfectly.

Finding a professional who can provide the best air conditioning service is tough, but it isn’t impossible. However, you shouldn’t compromise on quality of service. After all, you want a permanent fix to your air conditioning problem rather than a temporary solution.

Here are 5 tips to finding air conditioning services in Sidney:

   1.   Conduct some internet research
Before you start globetrotting trying to look for an experienced professional to install or repair your air conditioning system, do some prior online research. The internet is filled with an overflow of information, all of which is at our full disposal. You can get a wide array of air conditioning services online. However, you’ll need to determine which ones to pursue. Check for the credibility of company websites by checking the customer reviews and testimonialssection.

   2.   Ask for recommendations from loved ones
The best way to know which air conditioning team offers the best services is by inquiring from family and friends. You can’t go wrong with a good recommendation. First find out who among your friends and family members has benefited from the services of an air conditioning professional before. Later, ask them whether they’d recommend the service or not. This technique will help you get at least two good referrals.

   3.   Look for companies with experience
Before hiring any air conditioning expert to fix your broken unit, investigate how much experience they have under their belt. You can achieve this by either checking their websites or calling them. Here are some things to consider:

   β€’     Do they work part-time or full-time?
   β€’     How many years have they been operating?
   β€’     Do they specialize in a certain area of expertise?
   β€’     Are they always diversifying to keep up with the rapidly changing technology?

If you conduct the appropriate research, you will certainly be able to identify the best air conditioning services to meet your particular needs.

   4.   Consider the total cost of the service
Sidney is endowed with a wide range of air conditioning services. However, some of them offer lackluster services while others are just too expensive. But with this air con service in Sydney, you’re guaranteed of receiving an exquisite service that’s both affordable and of top quality. Although there are several factors to consider before hiring a qualified professional for the job, affordability should be among the top.

   5.   Check for legal compliance
Hiring an air conditioning service provider who doesn’t have a license is extremely risky. The professional could offer you a terrible service expensively, then disappear without a trace. So before hiring anyone, ask to view their license number. This is a unique number awarded to air conditioning experts once they complete leaning the required course. Also check for relevant documents such as certificate of insurance and permits.

5 Things Every Home Buyer Should Know

For many of us, buying a house is one of our main goals in life. Sometimes, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we have always dreamed about. Because of that, when the day finally comes, we want to make the best decision possible. However, sometimes people get so excited that they lose their sense. It is best to calm down, refocus your excitement, take a step back and prioritize all the important things that are involved when buying a house. If you haven’t yet had the time to research these things, you will find the following tips extremely helpful during your search:

   1.   Location is important:Unfortunately, people tend to find the β€œperfect” house and go ahead and make an offer without taking the time to consider the location of the house. Sure, it is in an area you like but how far is the kid’s school or your work? Is there a supermarket nearby? Will you have all the basic services you need located nearby? These are questions that every home buyer should ask before making an offer on a property. Make sure that your realtor tells you everything you want to know about location.

   2.   Check the neighborhood:Depending upon your way of living and the life rhythm you are looking for, you have to pick the perfect area for you or for you and your family. If you are looking for a familiar ambiance, where your kids can grow up and have other kids around whom they can build healthy friendships with, you have to pay special attention to people that are living near the place you are considering purchasing. On the other hand, if you have no kinds and would rather have a quiet and peaceful life, you have to find an area with people that share your way of living. This is what will keep you happy in your house long term.

   3.   General shape is important:Some people sell their house to different companies like, http://everyhomebuyer.com/and these companies make the proper modifications and fix what it needs to be done. However, it is important that you ask for the details of these fixes and always bring your own expert, so he can help you to review the house in general. He can tell you if anything was fixed incorrectly or if it will need repair in the near future. This will help you to make a better offer on the place and pay the fairest price.

   4.   Get the real value of the property:Once you find a place that you like and you make first contact with the seller, you may want to hire the services of an appraiser. It is definitely worth the cost, since you will know the real value of the house. You will then be able to decide how much to offer and how to deal with the seller.

   5.   How it was built:A pretty basic thing to know about the house you are purchasing is about its foundation. You really need to know how the house was built from the ground, up. What is under the floor? What kinds of materials were used?  What company built or manufacture the house? All of these details are important to know because they reflect the quality of the craftsmanship.