What Makes Me Happy

Weekly Word Challenge: Happy


What makes me HAPPY?

1. My kids. Which may or may not include all the ruckus they make.

2. Finding a 100 peso bill in the laundry basket when I’m absolutely broke.

3. Eating a bag of chips behind the wall while my kids watch TV in the living room. Oblivious to my happiness.

4. Fitting into my 9 year old’s t-shirt when there’s nothing else to wear (because nobody did the laundry).

5. My husband, telling me early in the morning that my breath stinks but kisses me anyway.

6 . My 3 year old, offering her other thumb for me to suck as I lay on the bed to sleep.

7. The Mister V. Which may or may not include his peculiar habits.

8. My Mother. Especially when she cooks for the entire family but not when she sends me to bed at 3am telling me to stop blogging.

9. Seeing my exes getting married to women far crazier than moi (just keeping it real people).

10. Throwing my bra on the floor when I get home after a hard day at work.

How about you?

What makes you happy

This was written in response to suzie81speaks’ weekly word challenge.


A Peek into the Blog

The cool guys (Kim and Aussa) have done this in the past so I have decided to give Peek by UserTesting a try as well. This is mostly because I really wanted to know how my blog looks like to a complete stranger.

I have been trying (that’s the keyword right there) to make my blog look nice (and managed to break a few things in the process) but I’m still not sure if this is going to be the final look of my blog so I’m open to any feedback.

I got the result within a few hours only so I was impressed. The random user (she has a very lovely voice btw) who took a peek into my site mentioned that she liked my drawings, so that’s a YAY for me but she also pointed out the poor quality of the photos which affected the overall professional look of the blog. Ouch. Sorry! There’s just so much that a phone camera can do.

She also mentioned about the sense of connectivity or the lack of it rather, between the reader and the blogger because there are no photos of me and my family. Uhmm I’m afraid that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Also, she raised a very good point about my location not being found on the blog,  so I went ahead and added that to my about page.

Lastly, she really wanted to know why I call my blog The Vanilla Housewife because she can’t find it anywhere on the site. Suzie wrote a wonderful piece recently about being vanilla which was something that could have been drawn from my heart but since I can’t very well paste the article on my about page, here’s what I usually answer when people me ask about it.

Vanilla is usually seen as plain, boring and unexciting. It is, OR MAYBE NOT.

I added that to my about page as well.

If you want to see the video, just click on the image below, or you can go to Peek by UserTesting to get your own.

Peek by UserTesting

My take on the service? It’s a great way to get feedback about your blog, I would suggest that bloggers take advantage of the free service.

disclaimer: I was not compensated to write this post.


Tag, you’re it!

Tag, you're it!

Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy tagged me to answer the questions below. I heard through the grapevine that those who are tagged will be shortlisted for a blogging conference.

Which will be held somewhere in Pluto.

I heard Pluto is really running out of awesome bloggers. So if you want join us in saving the Planet, just tag yourself!

Domain of the Mad Mommy
1. Are you named after someone?
I cannot recall if my mom named me after Janis Joplin or Janis Ian. I’m sure I was named after a Janis but she added the letter H for impact.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday! I was watching Miracle in Cell No. 7 on DVD and I just bawled my eyes out. Seriously guys, you should watch it.

3. Do you have kiddos?
I think so. They are lurking somewhere in the house. I’ll confirm once I find them.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend to yourself?
Yes! I’d have the perfect drinking buddy!

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

6. Do you like your handwriting?
Wanna see for yourself? I can’t read my own handwriting. So, No.

7. What’s your favorite cereal?
Any sugar frosted flakes.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

9. What is your eye color?
When I’m in unicorn mode, they are pink but when I’m in my regular form, they are dark brown. Like chocolates. No licking my eyeballs please.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?
Happy endings please. Scary ones give me UTI.

11. Favorite TV show?
I really don’t have a favorite TV show but I watch a lot of cooking shows. Barefoot Contessa, Sweet Genius, Rachael Ray and I really want to watch The Pioneer Woman but haven’t yet.

12. Summer of Winter?
Summer. I hate cold weather.

13. Hugs or Kisses?

14. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Since I got married and had kids? The supermarket.

15. Do you have any special talents?
I can play the Kulintang, I draw stick figures, and I can forgo sleep for blogging.

16. Where were you born?
Ozamis City.

17. What are your hobbies?
Blogging and burning my kitchen down, trying new recipes.

18. Do you have any pets?
These are actually my son’s pets. Koi, Goldfish and an iridescent shark.

19. Favorite movie?
I am Sam.

20. What color is your car?

I don’t have a car. Will my son’s toy cars do?

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’d like to be a rockstar!

That’s it folks! I’d like to see Rea from REAlity Bites, Dean from Mrs. AOK, a Work in Progress and Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love, Life, Laughter at the conference so I’m tagging them.
Looking forward to reading  your answers lovely ladies!
And please follow Echo on Twitter and Facebook!

Parenting – Raising My Kids Right

I never thought that parenting or raising kids can be this hard.

“I am making Devil’s Food Cake!” and my son looked at me like I just made a pact with the dark side.

“WHAT are you making?!”

“The Devil’s Food Cake. It’s the yummiest cake in the entire world Chico, don’t you want to try it?”

Then I saw the internal turmoil on my son’s face and he laughed nervously.

“I don’t think I want to eat the devil’s food mom.”

“Oh no, it’s just called the devil’s food cake because it’s too sinfully good.”

sin“No. No. No….What I meant was, they call it the devil’s food cake because it’s so tempting! It will be very hard to resist it!”


“But that doesn’t mean you should be easily tempted.”


“Let me correct that. The real reason why they call it the Devil’s Food Cake is because it contains a lot of sugar and calories.  Just like the Devil, it’s bad for the body”

“So, why are you making it?”

WhyThankfully my mother piped in. “Chico, it has nothing to do with the devil. And it is okay to eat this once in a while and just a small piece. Just like chocolates and candies”

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