It’s the first day of September and the Homeschooling Conference 2014 is just days away! I’m not officially part of the Organizing Team but I’ve been helping my friends from Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket promote the conference and get sponsors, too. We are all super excited for Saturday! (Will we see you there?)

In the course of our preparations though, we have experienced some trials and challenges, and either one of us, or our kids, have been getting sick. One time, when we were all chatting online about the preparations and sharing about how we were getting sick one after the other (or our kids were), I told the ladies that I truly believed that we were experiencing “oppression” — because I firmly believe that the Conference will bless many families and lead them closer to God.

Yes, as “corny” as it may sound, I believe that we are under spiritual warfare, as it says in Ephesians 6:10-20 — not just us, the organizers of the conference, but perhaps even the participants, speakers, maybe even the sponsors!

So, that’s why I’m writing this quick blog post — to ask for your prayers. Whether or not you’ll be attending the conference, or believe in spiritual warfare, I humbly ask you to say this prayer with us. :) Thank you SO MUCH in advance, and may God bless you abundantly!


Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Advocacies, Catholic, God, Homeschooling

As you may (or may not, harhar) know, our second child is already of Kindergarten age (she just turned 5 last month). While I’m not one to push for “formal” learning at this age, I do want to expose her every now and then to what other kids her age are (probably) learning in school. Right now, my focus is on teaching her phonics (or letting her learn them through the Leapfrog DVDs we got at an event, ha, ha!) and a few sight words.

I usually let the kids watch 1 to 2 DVDs a day — either LeapFrog videos, saint videos or Christian cartoon videos.

I usually let the kids watch 1 to 2 DVDs a day — either LeapFrog videos, saint videos or Christian cartoon videos.

In my search for “tools” to help me teach my five-year-old sight words, I came across a few cool websites. At first I thought of creating my own flashcards, so I googled “create your own flashcards.” Among the top search results was, but apparently it’s more appropriate for older students (think high school to college). I still bookmarked it though, because I discovered that it has Filipino flashcards (and we all know that we need all the Filipino resources that we can get, right?!).

But then I changed my mind about creating my own flashcards because I knew that there are A TON of free websites that offer free printable flashcards. Here are a few that I’ll be checking out in more detail in the next few days (Lord, help me! ;) ): — These have 25 sight words (see screen shot below) and the cards are made with 3 different fonts: a regular font, dotted lines and a bubble font.

Screen shot 2014-08-24 at 3.12.29 — This page has 4 sets of flashcards featuring Dolch Sight Words for Kindergarten. — This has Dolch Sight Words printable flashcards AND fun game ideas for using the cards. (I think I like this site the most! It has a fun, visually-appealing design — look how “pretty” the screen shot below is!)

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Now, the question is: When will I find the time to look at all of these thoroughly and print what I need to print for now? Ha, ha!

Whatever the case may be, I hope you found these links helpful! :) You don’t have to be a homeschooler to make use of these, of course! (Incidentally, if you are a homeschooler, or thinking of becoming one, please do join us on September 6!)

Do you know of other useful websites for teaching 5-year-olds to read? Do share them in the comments! :)


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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on August 24, 2014 · 4 comments · Freebies, Homeschooling, I Recommend

Whenever people email me or send me Facebook messages inquiring about homeschooling, I always give them a ‘disclaimer’ first before replying to their queries — I am not an ‘expert’ on homeschooling, nor do I claim to be one, even if we have appeared on TV before to talk about homeschooling. ;)

Even if I consider our family to be homeschoolers “since birth” now, after coming to realize it a few years ago, there is still a lot to learn. Every homeschooling day does not look the same in our family. This is actually not what a typical day looks like for us lately.

Also, we are not “hard core”/”purist” homeschoolers — we submit to God’s will and plan for our family, and take things one day at a time, one season at a time, trying to remember the heart of our homeschooling and our top 5 reasons for homeschooling.

Will we homeschool all the way till high school? I don’t know.

Will we enroll in a locally accredited homeschool provider, or remain to be independent homeschoolers? I don’t know (yet — we’re actively discerning this now!).

Are we truly giving our kids the best education that they need and deserve, even if there are days when we are ‘unschoolish’ or even (*gasp*) ‘nonschoolish? I truly hope so.

These are just some of the questions we currently face as homeschooling parents… which is why I am TOTALLY psyched for the upcoming Educating for Life: Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence Conference!

Homeschooling poster_as of August 13, 2014

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on August 15, 2014 · 18 comments · Advocacies, Homeschooling

I know that for many of us homeschoolers in the Philippines, school already started in June. (This applies to non-homeschoolers too, for that matter). However, there are quite a number of us — present company included — who have yet to begin a new school year.

Actually, we sort of homeschool year-round, given that there are days (sometimes even weeks! *gasp!*) when we don’t have “formal” lessons. Officially though, we usually start our homeschool year in September.

Well, whether you’re a homeschooler who homeschools year round, or are just about to start, or have just started, I’m sure you’ll want to join this Back to {Home} School Giveaway, brought to you by! :) Keep reading to know the details! (IMPORTANT NOTE: This giveaway is open only to readers with a U.S. shipping address.) 

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on August 14, 2014 · 0 comments · Blog Giveaways, Family, Frugal Living, Homeschooling

Today, August 7, is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2014. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend Hakab Na again this year because of a family thing, but I’m glad I was able to promote it somehow last week in my post about Awesome August Activities for Moms.

Screen shot taken from the WBW website

Screen shot taken from the WBW website

Although WBW 2014 has come to an end, it’s still Breastfeeding Month, so, to “celebrate,” here’s a round-up of my favorite breastfeeding posts (Please don’t mind the formatting and any broken images/links though, since I still haven’t had the time to fix my posts! :( Huhuhu!):

Breastfeeding Is Pro-God, Pro-Family, Pro-Life and Pro-Poor

Truly Rich Tips: My Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms 

My Thoughts on Extended Breastfeeding

Truly Rich Tips: How to Breastfeed Your Baby in Public

How Breastfeeding Has Made Me a Better Woman

Why I Choose the Best: My Breastfeeding Story

Share the “Good News” About Breastfeeding and Save Children’s Lives

Also, if you want to take part in activities to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, please feel free to check out my article on Smart Parenting’s website here. :)

Cheers to us breastfeeding mommas! (And if you’re not a breastfeeding mom, cheers to you, too! ;) I know you have your own reasons for not breastfeeding but hopefully, you’d still share the oh-so-many benefits of breastfeeding with others!)

Happy Breastfeeding Month! :)

Our Lady of La Leche, pray for us!



Prayer of a Mother to Our Lady of La Leche

To You, lovely Lady of La Leche, and to your Divine Son, do I now dedicate this little baby whom our Father in heaven has given me.

Grateful for the trust He has placed in me, I beg you to obtain for me the physical and spiritual graces I need to fulfill my duties at every moment.

Inspire me with the motherly sentiments you felt during your days with the Child Jesus.

Make it possible for me, in imitation of you, O Lady of La Leche, to nurse my child to perfect health.

In all things help me to follow the example which you, as the perfect model of all mothers, have given to me.

Let my family mirror the virtues of your Holy Family of Nazareth.

Finally, I commend to your loving care all the mothers of earth, in whose hands He has entrusted the souls of His little children. Amen.

Prayer Source: Mission of Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche , 27 Ocean Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida 32084, (904) 824-2809 , 1953

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on August 7, 2014 · 0 comments · breastfeeding, Catholic, Parenting