Just dropping by for a quick post to tell y’all that FINALLY, it’s going to happen! :) As you may (or may not, ha!) know, I’ve been praying for clarity for God’s direction and plans for “Truly Rich Mom” for quite some time now.

Well, He answered my prayers last month (on October 7, to be exact),  and I am SO amazed at how He is making everything fall into place — so much more quickly than I had expected! :) Just goes to show that once you say “yes” and take the leap of faith, He will really make things happen for you!

So, please bear with me/us as we move “Truly Rich Mom” to a new “home” — one that I hope will bless, inspire, encourage and empower more people, not just moms… while #keepingitreal always. :)

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Please pray for me and those who will be working on the site in the next few days (or weeks!). Goodbye for now, and see you once “Truly Rich and Blessed” is live online! :) (You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the meantime, for updates.) HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW! :)

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on November 26, 2015 · 0 comments · Updates

I’m supposed to be working on some articles now (yes, this is the WAHM life for you! Working on a Saturday!). But I couldn’t help sneaking in this blog post, if only to try to put some sense into what I’m feeling right now. I’m sure most, if not all, of you have seen the images and news articles all over the Internet by now — with the hashtag #prayforparis — about the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

But it’s not just Paris that needs our prayers right now. I saw this on Instagram (on Emma Watson’s account) and immediately reposted it on my new Facebook page:

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In other places around the world, terrible, terrible things have happened… and are still happening as I type out these words. We don’t even need to look further than our own country actually, with all the bad news that we’ve been reading and watching about.

It’s enough to make you think, “Why is all this happening? Where is God in all this? Why is He letting this happen?”

It’s so hard to find answers to these questions at times… especially when it’s our children who ask them.

“Where is God when bad things happen?” we may ask. Jesus Himself assures us in Matthew 28:20:

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He is ALWAYS with us. He will NEVER leave us.

But why is He letting these terrible things happen? Why the Paris terrorist attacks? Why the bombings? The earthquakes? And other natural and man-made disasters and calamities and tragedies?


To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t think we’ll ever have all the answers to these questions. Not until we see God face to face anyway (that’s if we, well, you know, ever get to Heaven). Just as it’s written in this article from Catholic News Agency:

Fully to understand why God permits anything, good or bad, we’d need to know the whole of His providential plan. But that is something we can’t know until we see God face to face in heaven. Then, presumably, it will become clear how everything fits together in the final fulfillment of God’s will. For now, we can only guess.

I do know though that many, many times, bad things happen because it’s people who do bad things. Like it says in this article, God created us to have free will:

…in order for us to experience love, God bestowed on us free will. But unfortunately, we humans have abused our free will by rejecting God and walking away from Him. And that has resulted in the introduction of two kinds of evil into the world: moral evil and natural evil. 

(Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link above; it’s a good read on why God allows tragedy and suffering. This article from Catholic Stand is another good read: “Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?“)

It is a terrible tragedy when we use our free will for bad or evil, and not for good. I still can’t fathom how people can become so full of hate, and commit terrible deeds especially in the name of God and their faith. It’s sickening and heartbreaking and just plain wrong. 

So I really don’t know what I can do here on this side of the world to help ease the suffering of the victims of these terrible tragedies — except pray. Let us pray. And let us trust in God’s Word:

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And further on in Romans 8, we read:

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we are being slain all the day;

we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Yes, let’s trust in God’s word. In His love. In His power. Because if we don’t do so, it will be so much harder to face the world… the broken, hurting world that we live in.

To end, I want to share with you these beautiful words from my fellow CatholicMom.com contributor, Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp, who wrote an insightful piece titled, “Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?“, earlier this year:

I guess we just have to trust that God is with us through it all — the good, the bad and the evil. We must also believe that love will always win out in the end. If we let love rule our thoughts and attitudes then evil will not be able to penetrate our souls and will never truly take over. We will overcome with God on our side.

We must let love rule our thoughts and attitudes. I must remember this, especially as a wife, mom and self-proclaimed “media missionary.” I may not be able to change the hearts of terrorists or even the people around me, but I can do all things with love… especially the things that will help shape my children’s thoughts and actions.

Love will always win out in the end, as long as we let love — TRUE love that comes only from God — rule our hearts, minds, spirits and bodies.

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Let’s keep praying and loving… We’re all in this together!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on November 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Advocacies, Catholic, Current Events, God, Truly Rich Reflections

As a work-at-home mom, it’s quite challenging for me to do my daily tasks these days, especially since I am currently pregnant with three kids and no helper/yaya. I usually do my work at night or early in the morning, before the kids wake up. But being pregnant now, I’ve been more tired and sleepy, and it’s just SO hard to get things done! 😛

Not having a proper workstation or “home office” is also something that hinders me from being a more efficient worker. Before my pregnant belly got big, I used to work on our bed! But that wasn’t good for my back, so my husband tried to set up a makeshift workstation for me on his table in our bedroom (thanks, Honey!). It’s helped me a lot but I still dream of the day when I can have a proper home office! :)

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Something cute and cozy like this, maybe? :)

I don’t know when that day will come — maybe when we finally have our own home (not one that we rent!) — but when it does, I’ll keep in mind the following tips for setting up a home office, as shared by James Stanley, a blogger and photographer at Bahay Kubo Interactive, based in the Philippines. I hope you’ll find his tips helpful too, especially if you’re working from home like me! :)

Top Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

One of the marvelous advantages of technology is that it gives you the ability to work from anywhere. Few things are as convenient as being able to work from the comfort of your own home. One of the main issues with working from home, however, is that if you don’t have a space devoted to your work you can become easily distracted and less efficient.

You can ensure that you get all of your work done when you do decide to work from home by building your own home office. If you’re considering setting up a home office and increasing your home-workload, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Buy a large desk or table

There is nothing worse than trying to get work done on a table or desk that is too small for you to have all the necessary documents and technology you need readily available. If you’re going to create your own home office space, the first step to success is getting a desk or table that provides you with ample room to work and be creative.

You’ll need filing cabinets

When you’re at work important documents are filed in an orderly fashion, but at home things can occasionally get lost in the mix-up with other documents, such as bank statements and bills.

The best way to make sure that you don’t lose any sensitive information or important documents is by having a filing system inside your home office, and using it exclusively for work documents.

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Get a comfortable chair

Nobody can work for an extended period of time if they’re uncomfortable, and one of the best things about working from home is that if you can get your work done quickly and well, you might have some extra free time on your hands. To maximize the amount of time you feel comfortable sitting and working, buy an office or desk chair that is comfortable and suits all of your needs.

Purchase a desktop computer

Plenty of people use their laptops to work from home, but if it is going to become a somewhat regular thing, then you might consider purchasing a home desktop computer. Most desktops will allow for increased storage, and will provide you with a valuable back up to your laptop should anything happen to it.

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Of course, there are plenty of other extravagances you can buy to make your office all the more comfortable, but these pieces are bound to get you well on your way.

1st image by phaendin from FreeDigitalImages.net

2nd, 3rd and 4th images by Kevin Shortermrmanc and ClickFlashPhotos/Nicki Varveiser, used under Creative Commons license 


Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on November 10, 2015 · 0 comments · WAHM Tips

*The giveaway for the Kerygma Conference 2015 is closed. Congratulations to Lady Lyn Escrieses!*

When you think of the word “home,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it a big house? A cozy apartment? A posh condo?

Or is it something more?

If you were to ask me the same question, this is what comes to mind:

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Home = Heaven with Jesus, Mama Mary and all the saints; my “original” family, and my own growing family now :)

It’s not about a physical structure. It’s not about the furniture or clutter (heehee, I just had to say that, since our physical home is full of it! 😉 ) or anything material.

Home, to me, is truly where your heart is. Just as it says in this quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.:

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

As a Catholic, I truly believe that we will only find our ultimate “home” in Jesus; that our hearts will only find rest in Him. Just as Saint Augustine once said:

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And while we are journeying here on Earth, and getting glimpses of our “True Home”, i.e. Heaven, we should take every opportunity to “come Home” to God; to experience His love, healing, power and grace. Because He wants to bless us. He wants to use us. He wants to change us.

That’s why I’m so grateful to God for the Kerygma Conference. Dubbed as “the biggest inspirational learning event in the country,” the Conference is an annual gathering where people from all walks of life can receive spiritual “nourishment” and practical teachings, too — on how to live better, more blessed lives so that, in turn, God can use them to bless others. :)

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“Founded” in 2007 by bestselling author, dynamic lay preacher and “millionaire missionary” Bo Sanchez, the Kerygma Conference is having its ninth run this year. Our family has been #trulyrichandblessed to be part of it in a more “intimate” way for the past few years, since my husband serves as the Project Manager (aka Events Coordinator) for the Conference.

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I’ve personally seen how people’s lives have been changed for the better through the Conference, and so I’d like to invite you to attend it, and be blessed and empowered through all the talks.

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Join us and the rest of the expected crowd of 20,000 participants at the Kerygma Conference in Metro Manila on November 19-22, 2015 at SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia Arena (there will be separate runs in Cebu and Davao).

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Kuya/Bro. Bo Sanchez, the Kerygma preachers, and other world-class speakers will be sharing fresh and life-changing insights during the plenary talks and different classes, which have been categorized into 5 different “streams”: (1) business and career, (2) leadership and education, (3) family and relationships, (4) health and wellness, and (5) church and ministry systems.

This way, the Conference has something for every attendee, and for every aspect of a person’s life. :) (Click here to download the Kerygma Conference 2015 brochure for the details of the class schedules and speakers.) 

In face, there will even be a special Youth Conference on November 21-22.

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For the main Conference attendees, we will surely be inspired by all the speakers, who have been carefully chosen for their passion and dedication to their respective crafts and missions.

This year’s plenary speakers include international speaker Justin Fatica of the U.S.-based organization “Hard As Nails,” who will be sharing his relentless passion for life and faith (watch the short video below to learn more about how God changed Justin’s life).

Other plenary speakers include Fr. Joel Jason, one of the most sought-after Filipino theologians and current head of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila, and Rex Mendoza, an esteemed corporate leader of various corporations such as AIA Group, Philam Life, Ayala Land, and Globe Telecom.

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Arun Gogna, senior Feast builder of the Feast Alabang, and Alvin Barcelona, one of the senior Feast builders at the Feast Bay Area will also be there.

On November 22, the Feast of Christ the King, the Kerygma Conference will end with two “Grand Feasts” at the Mall of Asia Arena. Holy Masses will be celebrated by Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD (A.M. session) and Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, SSP (P.M. session). Plenary talks after each Mass will be given by Bo Sanchez and Alvin Barcelona.

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Non-conference attendees can attend the Grand Feast A.M. session by purchasing tickets from www.smtickets.com.

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Meanwhile, the Grand Feast P.M. session attendees (i.e. Kerygma Conference ticket-holders) will be treated to entertainment numbers by Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Jaya.

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So I invite you, dear friends and readers, and even those who may have just stumbled upon this blog, come home to blessings and inspiration this November at the Kerygma Conference 2015. Get your tickets now at www.kerygmaconference.com.

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As mentioned in the title of this post, this isn’t just an invitation to the Conference — it’s to tell you about this awesome giveaway! :)

Thanks to the generosity of the Kerygma Conference Team, I’m giving away TWO (2) Power Package Tickets plus freebies from The Generics Pharmacy to ONE #trulyrichandblessed person. :) Power Package tickets entitle the bearers to admission to the 4-day conference, complete with the classes of your choice — total of 9 classes [3 classes a day].

So here’s what you need to do to join the giveaway (this is open to anyone with a Facebook and/or Instagram account; please make sure that your Instagram account is set to Public):

1. Follow me on Instagram: @tinasrodriguez. Leave a comment on my photo there, where I mention this post. (Look for the photo which includes the Saint Augustine quote; i.e. the SECOND photo in this blog post.)

2. If you are on Instagram, post a photo (any photo will do!) and tag @tinasrodriguez and @kerygmaconference. You must include a caption that says why you wish to attend the Kerygma Conference. For example: “I want to attend the Kerygma Conference because I believe that God will speak to me powerfully there! @tinasrodriguez @kerygmaconference”

3. Like my NEW Facebook page: “Truly Rich and Blessed“, NOT “Truly Rich Mom”. Look for the post that mentions this Kerygma Conference 2015 invitation and giveaway, and share it on your personal wall. (Again, look for the photo which includes the Saint Augustine quote; i.e. the SECOND photo in this blog post.)

IMPORTANT: Your Facebook share/post must be set to Public. You must also state why you wish to attend the Kerygma Conference in your personal “share”/post, and tag @Truly Rich and Blessed and @Kerygma Conference, plus tag at least THREE (3) of your friends on Facebook.

4. Leave a comment on this blog post, “Coming Home: Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma Conference 2015 (An Invitation & A Giveaway),” with your name, the link to your Facebook post and/OR your Instagram post about this giveaway. In the comment, please tell me what your version of “Coming Home” means. For example: “Coming Home to me means coming home to God, the only Source of peace and joy.”

One winner will be announced on Monday, the 16th of November, here on this blog post, and on my Facebook page.

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This is what my new FB page looks like. :) Just to be sure you follow the right instructions. :)

To end, may I just request that you please say a prayer for all those preparing for the Conference, including my husband and his team, and our respective families? Your prayers would mean a lot to us!

Praying for all of you too, especially those who will be joining the giveaway, and those who will be attending/serving at the Kerygma Conference! :) God bless us all!


Image credits: First photo — Picture of Madonna and Child by sritangphoto | FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on November 7, 2015 · 10 comments · Advocacies, Amazing Grace Giveaways, Catholic, Events, God

Last September, I was invited to attend the Smart Parenting (SP) Baby Shower 2015 at Discovery Suites Ortigas. I’ve been a contributing writer to Smart Parenting for around 5 years now, but it was my first time to attend their annual Baby Shower, which is actually open to all expecting moms. I almost couldn’t make it because Anthony was out of town that weekend, but thanks to our ever-reliable “babysitter” (aka my mom and the kids’ devoted and loving Lola), I was able to go. (Praise God for moms, right?!)

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I actually almost shed tears when Smart Parenting’s editor-in-chief, Mia Fausto Cruz, and Smartparenting.com.ph’s managing editor, Lei Sison, gave their welcome remarks — I realized these women had been part of my “village” for the past 5 years or so, ever since I started writing for them! :) (Blame it on the preggy hormones! LOL!)

I won’t go into much detail about what went down at the event — because you can read about it all on Smart Parenting’s site, and also on the blogs of other moms who were there: Lally, Dane, Nhessie and Marylaine (who hosted the event).

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Me and the other mommy bloggers at the SP Baby Shower. :) Photo grabbed from Lally’s Reflections :) (Thank you, Lally!)

I will, however, share with you 5 important lessons I learned (or rather, re-learned) at the SP Baby Shower. Yes, even if we are already expecting our fourth child, I still picked up a few things here and there that will help me be a better mom to my kids! :) Here they are:

1. Once you become a parent, you need to learn to (always) be humble and open.

To be honest, I came to the SP Baby Shower feeling sort of like a “know-it-all” — I was like, “This is already our FOURTH baby, so I’m pretty sure I don’t really need to hear all the tips that will be shared here!” (Yup, I can be proud like that!)

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Well, of course, I was proven wrong. I still learned a lot from the talks, and it was like going through a “refresher” course of sorts for when I have a newborn again (soon, aarrrggghhh, I’m not ready yet!). So, aside from the yummy food served at the Shower, you could say I had a heaping serving of “humble pie”! 😉

2. Getting support from a community or “village” is important.

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I don’t know what it is about being with other moms but I usually come away from a “mommy event” feeling refreshed and encouraged. I guess you could say it’s the extrovert side of me that benefits from such gatherings too, but I think any mom out there would pretty much agree that when it comes to parenting, getting support from others is really crucial.

3. Self-care is crucial to your growth (and sanity!) as a parent.

Part of the SP Baby Shower involved a pre-natal yoga session by Urban Ashram Manila, plus a succulent-making workshop by Smart Plants PH. I rarely have “me time” and time to exercise these days, so I realized again how important it is to take care of yourself, especially when you are expecting! Thanks for the reminder, Smart Parenting! :)

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Sorry, no pics of the yoga and succulent-making sessions, which happened simultaneously — I was busy doing the yoga exercises! :)

4. It’s never too late (or too early!) to put your family’s finances in order.

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Regular readers of this site may (or may not! Ha!) know that I am all for financial literacy and learning how to be “truly rich” even in the financial aspect. That’s why I really enjoyed Aya Laraya‘s talk about being “financially ready” for a growing family. Even if I had already heard most of what he said at IMG-Wealth Academy‘s financial seminars, it was good to be reminded about the importance of being financially literate and “fit.” :)

5. Never underestimate the power of knowing your children’s “love languages.”

The last talk for the Baby Shower was given by Aiza Tabayoyong of the L.O.V.E. Institute. She touched a bit on postpartum depression and discussed love languages in detail. A friend and fellow mom — who was at the SP Baby Shower too (Hello, Ate Sam!) — actually wrote an article about love languages for Smart Parenting before, which you can read here.

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Aiza’s talk helped me to remember that I need to make an effort to get to know each and every one of our kids, and to speak to each of them using their respective love languages. It’s super challenging, but I am hoping and praying that — with God’s grace — I will be able to do so, for their benefit. :)

Ultimately, I’m grateful to God and to Smart Parenting for the chance to attend this event, and re-learn all these lessons — they are helping me now as we prepare for our baby’s arrival! :) Pray for us, please?

Now, let’s chat! :) What kind of lessons have you learned so far as a parent? I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on November 4, 2015 · 0 comments · Family, Parenting