All posts by MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan

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.

What Does It Mean To Be A Homemaker?

As women, wives and mothers, I feel that we will always, in a way, be homemakers. Always. Whether we stay at home, work from home, spend our days at an office or run a business, many of us choose to put caring for our families and managing our households first, before everything else. This makes us homemakers. As far as I’m concerned, It makes me a homemaker. 

As a homemaker, my life’s focus is this: To raise a family and to make a home. This means making sure that everyone is well fed, safe, and happy. It means keeping our house as clean and orderly as I possibly can, and staying on top of laundry loads and piles of dirty dishes. It means making sure that the home we live in is filled with positivity, openness, trust and love. 

It means learning to let go when things fall through the cracks, and not freaking out when our stack of dirty clothes becomes taller than I am. It’s taking things a day at a time, one task at a time, until everything is done. It means staying positive when money is tight, and planning fun family activities when we have a little extra to spare. This is what being a homemaker means to me.

Back when this was just a house, not yet our home.

To others, homemaking may look a little different. Some manage their households and care for their families by expertly commanding a troop of helpers and household staff. Some are hands-on, full-time, efficient and precise. Others do what they can in between the time they spend in the office and the hours they have at home. Some homemakers are parents, and some are spouses, while others actually live alone. 

Regardless of the type of homemakers that we are, we all try our best, both for ourselves and for the loved ones that surround us. It isn’t easy, not in the least. Feeling overwhelmed is natural, as is the feeling that we could lose our minds at any given time. But we don’t quit, because we know that our families depend on us. We do it because we enjoy living in a home. Not just a house, but a home. We do it because we understand that what we do matters, and ultimately, because we love what we do.

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Side note! I’d love the chance to connect with fellow Filipino homemakers out there, whether you’re currently residing in the Philippines or elsewhere. Everyone’s welcome – Girls, guys, singles, married people, parents, anyone! Just as long as you see yourself as a homemaker. Join our community, HomemakersPH on Facebook!

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.