the unnatural mother

embracing mother-ing and all its glory – from wet diapers, spit-ups, tantrums to first smiles, hug-a-bugs and sweet cuddles

~2014~ December 31, 2013

Filed under: Favorites,Food — reeseyenko @ 4:40 pm

I never made any resolutions. I was always too lazy to think of meaningful ones and even if I could think of any, I didn’t like pressuring myself to stick to them. I guess I didn’t want to sit down and realize that I wasn’t able to achieve any of them. But next year would be different. For 2014, I might just make some. I want to feel accomplished when I sit back on this day next year and read this post. I want and need a sense of purpose this year.

These are my SMART goals for the year:

  1. I need a financial goal. I’d like to believe that I am earning enough (to support my growing family) and that I am blessed with the opportunity to satisfy our needs and, at the same time, save a little for the future. Thus, I have written the amount I should have saved by June 2014 and Dec 2014 and hid it under this keyboard.
  2. Make date time with hubby more regular. It should be a once-a-week thing or at the very least, twice a month. A simple dinner or coffee out should suffice. 18 date nights should be logged.
  3. Make time for ME – even if it means walking around the mall along for 2-3 hours, that’s okay. At least, 10 dates with myself should be made this year.
  4. Exercise. I plan to take boxing or if not, bike in our stationary bike at least twice a week. For this to be a successful resolution, I should have had at least 35 exercise sessions in the year to come.
  5. Donate more clothes. My closet shouldn’t be bulging by the end of 2014.
  6. Throw away things I don’t use or need. I still don’t know how to measure this.
  7. Eat more healthy. I don’t drink softdrinks or coffee regularly but I need to it more vegetables. A meal of salad substituted for dinner must be made at least once a week. I should have done this 30 times in 2014.

Food: Marks & Spencer Extremely Chocolatey Orange Biscuit June 13, 2012

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I’ve always loved Chocolate Orange! I remember my first experience with it… way back when I was a kid my godmother from the States gave us this Toblerone Ball. When I opened it, it was shaped like an orange but there were already slices around the ball. The instructions were to hit it on a hard surface before opening so that it separate into slices. Cool idea but the taste… the taste was WOW! Chocolatey smoothness with the tartness of orange – yum!

Then Starbucks came up with Orange Mocha Chip Frappuccinno. I can’t remember if I were already in college back then or graduation from high school but we loved it sooo much and I think I completely lost interest when Starbucks discontinued it. I was willing to settle for Cafe Valencia but they discontinued it too. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

From then on, I’ve been on the lookout for anything Chocolate Orange. And when I saw this at Marks & Spencer yesterday, I just had to have it. They have 2 other variants – Triple chocolate and Dark chocolate, if I’m not mistaken, but no orange in them.

Marks & Spencer Extremely Chocolatey Orange Biscuits for Php245

It contains 8 biscuits.

Looooovvveee it…weeeeeee ♥


Pregnancy nutrition April 19, 2012

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I believe eating healthy during pregnancy is a must regardless of the mother’s age, medical history and background. Some would say that since they don’t have a history of diabetes or heart problem in their family, it is acceptable to binge on ice cream or burgers during  this time. But let it be known that it is during pregnancy that all those that were harmless prior to pregnancy are exacerbated just because the mother is pregnant. This simply means that if a mother is not diabetic before she became pregnant, there is a risk of her being diabetic during pregnancy only (gestational diabetes) or diabetic for the rest of her life after pregnancy. And not only is there concern for the mother’s safety and well-being, it is mostly also for the precious life inside her.

So what is a good pregnancy eating habit? And how much should I eat if I’m pregnant? Different sites recommend different caloric requirement for pregnancy and there are a number of factors that would affect the number like age, lifestyle, activities. To make it simple, my take on it is that you DO NOT really need that much more calories during the 1st trimester (and with morning sickness, pressuring yourself to make up for lose due to vomitting won’t help) . The saying “eating for double” is a misnomer and a pregnant woman should only eat (healthy) until she is satisfied. For the 2nd and 3rd trimester, my research ( tells me that you need 300 more calories a day and that should be about a sandwich. As for the weight gain, my doctor recommends 2-4 lbs a month.

Below is a list of healthy foods and eating practices:

  1. Brown rice instead of white rice; wheat bread instead of white bread
  2. Skim or non-fat milk instead of full cream milk
  3. Snacks such as nuts or whole-grain cereals (sans the sugar) is good to munch on in between meals so you don’t starve yourself to death and binge during mealtimes.
  4. Increase fluid intake especially during summer months. Mineral water is good to deter cramps. Fresh fruit juices or shakes without the sugar is healthy.
  5. Substituting more vegetables for another half cup or a 2nd cup of rice to satisfy your hunger is good
  6. Fresh fruit or non-fat yogurt instead of cookies or cake 🙂 I found this very hard to do since I’m a chocoholic! but fruits are very nutritious and easy to come by in the Philippines so remember to eat your pineapples (they say for baby’s good skin), not too much mangoes and bananas (as they are jam-packed with sugar and calories), watermelons (for the extra fluids)
  7. Eat your vegetables – broccoli, kangkong (watercress), beans, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, okra and eggplant
  8. Take your prenatal vitamins – multivitamins with folic acid, iron supplement, calcium supplement. Some naturalists would say that vitamins are not essential if you eat a healthy balanced diet – TRUE. But busy working mothers do not always have the time to search out a balanced diet and may have to rely on supplements to avoid the risks of lacking one or two nutrients
  9. Frequent small feedings is a good practice whether pregnant or not.
  10. This is a chart I often referred to while pregnant and I actually found it fun to make sure I eat the foods listed on.

Here is a list of foods to avoid:

  1. Raw fish or meat. This means any type of sushi or medium-rare steaks.
  2. Salty foods – french fries, canned goods, instant noodles, chips, bagoong, chicharon
  3. Unpasteurized milk or cheeses. It is healthier but you run the risk of getting bacteria.
  4. Exotic foods – dinuguan, frogs legs. It’s just better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Foods prepared in unsanitary places. I personally have a more sensitive tummy while pregnant and cannot take vegetables that are not washed properly so I always take my vegetables cooked during this time.
  6. If you have the luxury of preparing your food yourself or at home, do so. You can never be too sure what other’ ingredients restaurants put in the food (like MSG).

So hope this helps and if I missed out anything, please do tell me.


Food/Resto Review: Burgoo (Tomas Morato) March 25, 2012

I purchased a Deal Grocer voucher of a Burgoo set meal for 4 last January with the intent of using it for my birthday. And birthday came this March so off we used it last Saturday.

The voucher included salad, Seafood Au Gratin, Cream Dory Milanese, Cajun shrimps and a full slab of ribs. Since there were 8 of us and the meal was set for 4, I ordered a few more dishes – Sampler (onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fries, wings), Boneless Buffalo wings, Spaghetti Meatballs Bolongese. I must say that all the dishes except for Seafood Au Gratin and Cream Dory Milanese arrived room temperature. The taste was so-so and I was less impressed and a little disappointed with the overall experience. The only saving grace was the accommodating staff and the very helpful security guard who escorted each and every one of us alighting from and to the car as it was pouring that night.

Here’s a summary of the good and the bad.


  1. Dishes served at room temperature
  2. Spaghetti meatball Bolognese was so dry and unappealing. Considering that it is such a simple dish and worth P395, I would think Jollibee would have done a better job had they had it in their menu.
  3. The fries being served at room temperature is an utter let down. No fries at room temp is good.
  4. The ribs were okay. Nothing impressive. It’s not the fall-off-the-bone type
  5. The place gave me the impression that it is a wholesome family oriented place since they had drawing paper and crayons for every table however, they didn’t have a changing table. I think I just got used to the Ayala malls too much. Would have been nice to have one.


  1. The staff was helpful and accommodating.
  2. Overall the restaurant was clean.
  3. Good for children as they provide crayons and drawing paper as their table “cloth”
  4. Big TV
  5. Conference room for events like baptism or special parties.

Will I dine there again? Maybe not… It’s actually not that bad, it’s just that I can think of other restaurants out there with the same food, same price category that do better.