Trick or Treat? Yes or No?

Should Christians participate in or celebrate Halloween?
(I first posted this 2 years ago, but the message is still true for me)

Noah’s school informed us that this week is Halloween Celebration week and their lessons will include teaching the children all about Halloween and there will be a party on Friday where the kids will have to dress up and do trick or treats. I even bought chocolates earlier to bring to school and asked Noah what he wanted to dress up in, but he started to cry and said he didn’t want to (I feel that this is one way of God telling me something) Before God took the veil off my eyes, no alarm bells rang off and I did not see anything wrong with Halloween. But now I’m not so sure, after all Halloween celebrates ghosts, witches, etc.

Now you might say ‘But what harm could it do’ and that I’m being a killjoy and taking this too seriously.. But I have to take this seriously! After all Jesus took me seriously when He died and suffered for me, for us! So in everything I do, I want to please Him and give Him glory.

For now, I will continue to study God’s Word and find out God’s say in all this. The plan for now- if I will allow Noah to wear a costume, I won’t dress him up in anything that would glorify the devil. I’ll dress up him up in something good. If Noah doesn’t want to- I simply won’t force him. I will also talk to Noah’s teacher and find out what lessons they will be teaching the kids and tell her about Noah’s fears. When I give out treats, i’ll stick little Bible verses on them and use the occasion to share the Love of God to the kids and their parents.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2 NIV

To all my Christian brothers and sisters, especially Christian parents, what is your stand on this? If you could provide scriptures that would be great!

Here are some of the comments I got from friends when I first posted it. Let me know what you think.

No days off.

What’s your daily schedule like?

As mommies, our list of things to do are endless… we are always the first one to wake up- to prepare breakfast, baons, uniforms, etc and we are usually always the last one to settle down in bed. There’s kids to take care of, feed, bathe, put to bed, cuddle, there’s the pile of laundry, the dogs to feed and groom, a house to clean, meals to cook, groceries to do, a husband to take care of and so on and if you’re also working mom like me, I’m sure that you are most likely exhausted at the end of the day. And by weekend, you feel like screaming and just want to run away… But you don’t because you’re a mother and we don’t give up on our kids, on our families and we go on no matter how we feel. But even mommies need time off, at least for a few hours or a even just a few minutes.

But is that really possible? When we don’t even seem to have time to comb our hair? Let me share with you how I relax and find a few precious mommy time to myself.

There’s really no secret to finding time, it’s all about making time and learning to organize and prioritize what is important.

  • Make a to do list. Be organize. Get your phones out and write down all the things that you need to do for the day. Order what needs to be done first. When you have a list, you can be more focused and you can be sure not to forget anything.
  • Seek God first. This is the top of the list. To seek God first in everything… and I assure you, you’ll be ready for whatever the day may bring. (Matthew 6:33) No matter what’s in your ‘To Do List’ or how many there are, always always spend time with God first, a few minutes to talk to Him or meditate in His Word will go a long way.
  • Teach your kids the importance of respecting time and space. We sometimes underestimate our children, but it may surprise you that they understand what you need and what you want them to do when you talk to them seriously and clearly. Tell them that you need a few minutes to yourself and give them something to do while you have your ‘mommy time’. If you are taking care of an infant, wait while they’re asleep to have your precious time to yourself. If you have toddlers, secure them in a safe playpen or room while you find time to relax.
  • Family Support. If your husband is with you, ask them to take care of the household for a few minutes. If you have a yaya or a relative with you, ask them to spare a few minutes of their time for you

There’s always a way, there’s always time, you just need to make room for it.

When I finally ‘make’ the time, this is what I do, I go to a quiet room in my house, it’s usually the guest bedroom, but sometimes to hide from Noah, ‘my secret place’ can be the closet, the bathroom, the balcony, even the car… I would ask God to take my mind off things that are not important, to take my worries and fears away and allow me to just spend time with Him. This is how I relax, I light up a lamp (my Lampe Berger) to help me feel more relaxed, I read God’s word or just listen to Worship Music and just worship Him through songs or listen to sermons and preachings in podcasts.

I listen to Worship Songs and Just ask GOd to be glorified in all that I do. TO worship Him every minute of every day.

Lampe Berger cleans and purifies the air around my home while providing long lasting and relaxing fragrance. Today I used Summer Rain which is quickly becoming a favorite, because my room just smells so fresh and clean.

To know more about Lampe Berger, please read my previous post about it. Click Here.

And just 20 minutes in my ‘mommy time’, as I covered my lamp… I hear a knock…

Oh My Noah! Well cuddle time is also one way to relax!

Whatever it is you decide to do with your mommy time, make sure you do it because you have to, remember a happy, relax mom makes a happy home. Mommies may not have any days off but we can definitely have some mommy time every day.

How do you make time for yourself? And what do you do to relax? Please share them with me and my readers in the comments section! Thank you!

Not Fairy Tales

Have you ever heard the story of Noah’s Ark? Joseph the Dreamer? David and Goliath? Samson and Delilah? Gideon? Esther? Ruth? Daniel and the Lions? And Noah’s current favorite: Jonah and the Big Fish.

Oh I love Bible stories, and unlike Cinderella or other fairy tales, these stories actually happened!

Can you imagine the Red Sea Parting? Or Jonah inside the Big Fish for 3 days? Seems Impossible right? But you see with God nothing is impossible.

Earlier at church, our pastor shared how in all of these stories, God’s ways always seems impossible and difficult to understand. For example, the story of Gideon (Judges 6) you have to read it! (More exciting than any action film around!) Gideon was the least in the weakest clan of Israel, yet God chose him to save Israel from the Midianites. Fast forward, Gideon set off with 32,000 men but God told him to bring only 300 men to battle against Thousands of men (thick as locust) which means too many to count! Imagine 300 against whattt??? And yet God delivered the Midianites, Amalekites and the rest of the other armies into Israel’s hands through the weak Gideon and his 300 men! Amazing right?

In human’s understanding, that would have seemed impossible. There seems to be a better plan and yet God shows us through these stories that His plan even if it seems impossible is still better than Man’s plan. And He does it so that we can see that it is only through Him that we can conquer anything and not through our own strength or abilities.

So whatever you are going through now, however difficult remember trust in God. Follow His ways and His plans, they seem hard but trust that it is the best and you will come out victorious if you do it God’s Way.

God does whatever He pleases. But trust that whatever He does will be good because He is a Good God!


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Trust in Him today. Let Him come to your rescue and surrender all your plans. Repent. Believe and allow God to transform your life today.

Originally Posted October 2015


(How to put together a birthday party, something like that)

My son Noah loves dinosaurs! It all started when he watched parts of Jurassic World- and since then, he’s been nuts about them. Always asking their names, looking for pictures and videos of them on youtube. One day we bought him a dinosaur dictionary (huge mistake) because he doesn’t stop asking us to read it, from Alamosaurus to Zhongyuansaurus over and over again.

And so when we asked him some months ago what he wants for his birthday- (you guessed it!)

“A dinosaur party in my school mommy”

As moms, for some reason, however stressful, exhausting and time consuming – and no matter how busy we are- we love preparing for our kids birthday whether it’s just a small or big celebration. 

So I thought I’d share with you how I put together my son’s 4th birthday party.

As a working mom, it’s important to think things through long before the party (months if possible, especially if you’re throwing a big one) I had a month to prepare and think things through. First things first. Sit down, get a pad, a pen and write:

My Birthday Party Planning List

  • A theme -you need a theme, your child will be the deciding factor in this, unless they don’t mind whatever. But believe me, most of the time, they do and they have their own ideas, sometimes a lot of ideas. (Noah as I’ve mentioned, said he wanted a Dinosaur Party. But there were times he changed his mind to paw patrol, cars, trains- only to go back to the dinos)
  • Guests– How many people are you inviting? This will determine what you need in the next list.
  • Venue– where will the party be, how big? -will it accomodate your no. of guests? How much will it cost to rent? The house is always a good idea as well if you don’t mind cleaning up after. Noah goes to a village pre-school so it’s free! Woohooo! It is just a small school so another hooray! Also you need to have a date in mind (if not celebrating on the actual birthday) Noah’s birthday fell on a thursday which meant he can only have a “birthday snack party” (school rules)- 3 hoorays!
  • Food– Now that you know how many guests you’ll be expecting. You can contact your favorite caterer, give the no. of pax and choose your menu. In our case, since it was in school, we had to prepare meals for the kids, teachers, staff including the yayas and caretakers. Passion Cooks has always been the one preparing our menu since me and Marco got married 5 years ago. They are the best! For kids 7 years old and below, we chose to serve: Spaghetti, Burger, Nachos and a Marshmallow & Gummy Bear Stick. Drinks: Orange Juice (avoid serving soft drinks to kids)

the children enjoying the yummy meals by Chef Laura of Passion Cooks

  • Cake– You have to have a cake ofcourse! We got a ‘Pull-Apart Cake’ (A dinosaur one ofcourse) by Erika Fortunado of Bohemia Cakes. A ‘Pull-Apart Cake’ is as it says- pull apart, no need for a cake knife which is very handy for preschoolers where they can just pull their own slice of cake.
  • By the way don’t forget the candles!

‘pull-apart cake’ by Erika Fortunado of Bohemia Cakes

The following list are not really necessary, but it would be fun to include them.

  • Entertainment– if you’re having a party for kids, you better have entertainment. You can choose to book Magicians, Face Painters, Bubble Maker, etc. If short on budget, you or your husband can entertain them through story telling or if you can do magic tricks.
  • Games– What’s a kids party without games? There are many games which are easy to prepare for kids: Bring Me, Stop Dance, Longest happy birthdayyyyyy…let me know in the comments if you have other creative game ideas.

    Prepare prizes!

  • Decorations– depends on your theme. Kids really won’t care about the set-up but the parents will love them! Plus it’s fun to set up the party place. Maja Martinez  of Passion Cooks or Rowell Octavio of 11th Events
  • Give aways– including loot bags even though unnecessary, is always expected by the kids. For Noah’s party we bought Arlo of the Good Dinosaur and I printed tags to put on them and a loot bag that contains sweets-candies, lollies, chocolates and marshmallows. Chocolate Truffles by The Taste of Sky for the teachers.

Arlo and a loot bag of sweets!

did the layoit, printed, cut and tagged the Arlos myself.

Arlo Give Aways for the kids. thanks Ninong Friend Rowell of 11th Management

chocolate truffles by Rj & Baby, Taste of Sky. For the teachers & Staff.

And done! Noah had a wonderful birthday party in school and he said he was so happy! 

If throwing a party will take too much of your time and take away precious bonding moments with your little one then just let it go. At the end of the day, whether you have a small or big party, a simple dinner at home or outside, or simply playing in the park- 

what’s really important is that your child is happy! 

But if you’re still up for a party, you can always hire reliable planners and organizers who’ll take care of everything for you.

11th Management formerly Supernatural Management planned and organized our July 8 Wedding. Call Rowell Octavio 09178587935
Kisses & Smiles specializes in kids party and weddings. Call Jamie Castillo