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Merry Christmas (and a hacked school site)

Hacked SK Stella Maris Primary School Site. Free Image Hosting at

Christmas this year started well, starting with the afternoon before Christmas having a late lunch, just the kids and myself and their daddy at Sushi King. We enjoyed ourselves so much that I never got the chance to take some shots of the food or of Eric ravenously gobbling up all the sushi. The eve was spent at my cousin’s new house for a housewarming party. Christmas day was spent with relatives on my husband’s side. All in all, spending time with family is always a good thing.

In the evening, while trying to confirm the registration date for Eric’s first day of school, I was greeted with an unfortunate sight of the Stella Maris Primary School website being hacked. The worse thing about it was not the hack itself, but the fact that the hack was done earlier in the month, yet no one in the school’s supposed “web team” did anything about it. It goes to show that not even the Principal or the teachers of the school itself ever bother looking at their own web site, let alone use it.


Hold your own bottle

The daycare centres must have mastered the art of teaching babies how to hold their own bottles. Eric and Joel were sent to daycare centres when they were infants and I was working full time, so Eric learnt to hold his bottle when he was 3 months old, and Joel when he was 4 months old.

Being unemployed, I was fortunate that I could take care of Ezra at home and not send him to a daycare centre, not even one day. Ezra is 6 months old now, and I still have to hold his bottle. Propping his bottle with his blankie only helps when he’s sleepy and less animated.

Imagine how much household chores and blogging can be done when both your hand are free…gosh, I wonder how the the daycares do it?

I love working from home

Being a stay at home mom isn’t as easy as people think. For me, it’s the most exhausting form of work I have ever done. The one thing that drives me crazy about being a mother is the lack of structure your life takes, as you hectically tend from one little child to another, and driving them to and from school, feeding them, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, cook dinner… the list goes on.

One thing all mothers agree to, though, is that it is the most rewarding work we would ever do. The times you spend with your little ones — sans the tantrum and the wailing — are the most enjoyable times. Being able to be there for them makes staying at home worth every second.

Still, for me, I still miss work especially for the financial freedom it gave me. I didn’t have to rely on my husband’s income, and I don’t like the feeling of guilt every time I splurge on something using his money. So used to being independent, I feel awkward to even acknowledge that anything my husband earns is automatically shared to me.

That’s why I thank God that I live in this day and age where I can stay at home and still make tons of money. I’m not embarrassed to say that most of my income is generated through blogging with programs such as PayPerPost and SocialSpark. Paid to blog is the most realistic way of making money online, and I didn’t have to learn all those marketing and promotion things. The flexibility these programs gave me means that I can put my kids to sleep, then type and make money in the wee hours of the morning, or whenever I want to, really.

Now I don’t have to worry about asking money from my husband and I can splurge however I want. If you’re a mom and have a blog, but haven’t signed up for SocialSpark, then why wait? Register now and start working on your own pace, you’ll be glad you did.

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SocialSpark: more than just making money

How would you like to connect with new people, promote your blog, and make some extra dough at the same time? There is such a place online where you can do it, thanks to IZEA. It is a new service called SocialSpark, and personally I believe it is a one-of-a-kind service ever provided online.

Because of its uniqueness, I have to admit that when I first tried SocialSpark, I was expecting it to function somewhat very close to how its sister site, PayPerPost, would. I was invited to register with SocialSpark when it went into alpha, and my first reaction was of shock! I was confused as to how I was suppose to use the services. There are so many options that you can use, and so many new features added. I can invite friends, promote their blogs (for FREE!), and accept sponsorships, all in the same web site? It looked too good to be true!

Once SocialSpark went live and I continued to explore its features, I started to get the advantages of using SocialSpark. Would you believe me if I say that SocialSpark actually helped me improve on my blogging? As I have mentioned, one of the uniqueness of SocialSpark is the Spark section, which is a place where you can select and promote web sites of other community members for free, and in exchange helps to increase your reputation among the SocialSpark community. I use Spark for one other thing — the blogs featured in the list as a way to research for topics that I am interested in blogging about, so it’s usually not only about reviewing a web site. So, if you’re not sure what to blog about, just register with SocialSpark and head over to the Spark opportunities for some fresh ideas on what to discuss about in your blog.

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