Rachel is currently living in Quezon City in the Philippines with her husband of almost seven years and three kids ages twenty months, four, and six.
"We originally lived in the US but have since traveled far and wide to find a cure for motherhood. We then discovered the “nanny” in the Philippines and life just gets better. We’ve now set up shop on this beautiful island and who knows, maybe we just might stay. You can read more about me and our crazy adventures at Cool Bean Mommas."
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Let’s get to know Rachel better:
First and foremost, I would like to thank Sue for giving me the honor of gracing her wonderful blog with my awkward presence =) She was one of my first blogger buddies I met while tweeting. I was interested in reading her blog because at first I thought it was about cookies, and it was. Her son Cookie. Ever since then, we’ve grown into a beautiful budding bond of bosom blogginess…whatever that means.
Brownie Fudge Sundae at Braums. Oh, how I miss thee.
Favourite family outing:
Anything that involves the water: beaches, water parks, hot springs, or even just a swimming pool. I, as well as my children, really love the water. I may have been a mermaid in another life…
The Chronicles of Narnia. There’s so much symbolism and theology as well as fantasy and adventure in these stories, that it keeps you intrigued until the very end. Plus I love the story of the author. C.S. Lewis, who was once an atheist, tried to disprove the Bible as well as the existence of God. But while on his pursuit he actually found God and converted to Christianity. His faith and beliefs are intricately displayed in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Dancing. Anything from salsa to ballet, ball room to hip hop and everything in between. I also like to choreograph. My first paid choreography gig was when I was 12 years old for a University.
Favourite comfort food:
Does the whole buffet line at Golden Corral count?
Favourite of my posts:
Mommy Evolution. If you don't believe in evolution, you will after reading this.
Relax, just do it, when you want to get through it (the days of busy motherhood that is)
by Rachel of Cool Bean Mommas
As I often visit Cookie’s Chronicles I noticed Sue’s unacknowledged fondness for lists. Whether this is true or not, let’s just say it is for the sake of my illustration. Inspired by Cookie’s Chronicles’ recent post on Meditating Mama, I figured I would compile a list of ten ways to help women, especially Moms, relax. We do too much, ask for too little, and our beauty sleep has been reduced down to pimple-faced power naps and dark-circle snoozes. This is the ‘Relax, just do it, when you want to get through it (the days of busy motherhood that is)’ list. Yeah I might need to work on the title a bit, but without further ado…
1) Breathe deeply. This signifies inhaling in all that is good and exhaling out all that is bad, such as: frustration with the kids, anger with the husband, discontent with yourself, burnt chicken in the oven, etc.
2) Drink Green/Herbal Tea. There's nothing more calming then the soothing flow of warm liquid down your throat. It's not only good for your mind but also body. And if drinking tea works for a peaceful, enlightened monk in China, then it should do wonders for a frazzled, somewhat confused mom in Suburbia.
3) Get a Beauty Treatment. There's something relaxing about letting someone fiddle about with your hair and face. If you have the time and money go get a haircut, or spa. I'd even settle for a makeover from my 4 year old!
4) Laugh Out Loud. As they say, 'Laughter is the best medicine'. Watch clips of funny videos on YouTube or read a book of jokes. Watch reruns of I Love Lucy!
5) Strengthen Your Facebook and Twitter Addiction. There are hundreds of things to do on FB and Twitter... you can look at everyone's photos, post on everyone's wall, play Farmville and every other kind of 'ville', tweet at strangers, retweet friends, tweet till you twittle your tweeps!
6) Go Shopping. Or what I like to do is 'pretend' to go shopping. We've all been guilty of it, taking dozens of outfits to the department store fitting room just to try them on and have a mini fashion show. Then walk out and tell the counter lady "They didn't fit" or "Not what I was looking for". And in this case you wouldn't have to stress about how much you spent!
7) Workout. Working out helps relieve stress and directs your attention to focusing on the fitness regime. I prefer mindless workouts like Zumba or swimming. Otherwise for more meditation based workouts try Yoga or Tai Chi.
8) Watch a Movie. Whether in the theaters or at home a light hearted cheery movie will always help you relax. Just make sure you don't watch a thriller or a horror...then you'll just end up being paranoid on top of everything else. "Who's behind my shower curtain?!?"
9) Eat Healthy Comfort Food. And I do stress HEALTHY. Eating can be very relaxing as well as comforting. Which probably explains why some of us look 'very relaxed' =) But go ahead and grab some fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, nuts....snack away!
And last but not least....
10) Do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! You can be sitting or lying, staring off into an oblivion, pondering odd questions like "what if I shaved my head?",whatever you want just as long as you accomplish the simple task of relaxation.