Who's the bad girl?

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My seven year old daughter is having difficulty getting up early for school, will not take shower in the morning and keeps it until late afternoon or untill F and me reach home from work, wouldn't obey what she was asked to do, refused to eat vegetables, refused to do her homework without me beside her, refused to wear her house slippers even if her aunt reminds her for the hundred times  and while she is defying everything being ask of her, mommy tries to get nice and calm and do some reverse child psychology. Most of the time it works but sometimes it does'nt and when it does'nt work mommy gets cranky and frustrated. Am I the only one here, am I alone or do I share the same experience with other mothers?

Last night all my efforts fail to make her do her homework, well almost, I tried to win the situation in a peaceful way but the Al Rifai nuts and a little head ache gets in the way. Moms patience is put to the test and I needed to cool down for me not to blow it off. I started ignoring things that happens around the house, I am frustrated not just because of  the homework thing but with some other matters that happened yesterday.

She finished her homework inside her room while I was left frozen in the living room staring at the tv without understanding anything. I reached for the remote control and switch off the tv and went to bed. This morning I woke up at 5:30, not my usual wake up time, but I did and I prepared breakfast and pack lunch for M and me. F volunteered to wake up M, the tickle strategy works out and she was up and about. While M was having breakfast I spill it, "you will have to take shower, everyone must have a shower in the morning before school." M started crying and the bouts of NO can be heard allover the house, I AM determined to be tough with my rules and with M lying now on the floor, I gather my strenght to carry her to the bathroom. It wasn't a pleasant day for both of us.

With all this in my head, I did not even have time to even check my mobile until after my morning exercise, I saw two messages from Princess M, "ITS ALL MY FAULT, I AM A BAD GIRL ALL DAY." My heart melts in pain to read that sms from my daughter, I started typing the words but I contemplate on what I should tell her. I put my mobile back to my bag. While I am having my morning coffee, I open my phone again and reply to her "YOU ARE NOT A BAD GIRL. WHAT IS BAD IS NOT OBEYING YOUR PARENTS. MOMMY LOVES YOU VERY MUCH."

I am afraid to see her today, maybe it is me who is the bad girl, maybe its me who should understand more and adjust more, be more tender, loving, understanding but I already am. I am reading this now (5 Big Kids Discipline Dilemmas - Solved) and I hope it helps.
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Opening Speech on Sports Day at AIS

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My daughter is in her 4th grade at her school. For this year annual sports day for grades 3 and 4 she was chosen to give the opening speech. She delivered it well and we are so proud of her.

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan

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I love eggplant or aubergine as others call it. I like it fried dip in vinegar with bagoong and I also like it frittata as in tortang talong. I hate it soggy in pinakbet and sinigang. Eating eggplant the way we cooked it for many years makes me get sick of it (well not really its a fav) but sometimes I think of it, if there is any other way I can cook this wonderful veggie. Sure there are many and found one that I tried recently. This dish is a wonderful dish and I am sure, like me, eggplants lovers out there will love this recipe. I used the big round purple variety but the longs one are sure a hit.

2 eggplants
olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
some fresh basil chopped
thyme - I used dried but fresh is even better
1 large tomato chopped
tomato sauce or puree
mushroom - canned or fresh - as you like
Parmesan cheese or any other cheese that you prefer or have
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut eggplant into an inch thick, brush with olive oil on each side and grill and set aside
2. In a pan, add olive oil, garlic, onion, and mushrooms cook until tender
3. Add basil, thyme, tomato and tomato puree, salt and pepper to taste
4. Cook until it is a sauce like consistency, add a little water if it is a bit dry.
5. Spray baking dish with oil and line grilled eggplant, top it with the sauce you just made.
6. Add cheese on top and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes to an hour.
7. Serve with rice or bread

This dish is even tastier the next day, I just heat it up in the microwave and I just love love love it.

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Liebster Award Baby

I got an award, thanks a lot to The Baby Mama Chronicles

The Liebster Award is given to new upcoming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and passed along to other bloggers who meet the same criteria.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.

Here are the 11 randon facts about me

1. I learned how to stay afloat in water when I was twenty eight years old already
2. I am afraid of spiders
3. I married when I was 23 and became a mom at 24
4. I am blogging since 2009
5. I got into a really bad car accident here in Dubai but came out alive with only a bruise in my leg so I think this is my second life
6.  I wanted to grow to be a super model but I'd only grow up to 5 ft 1 inch tall
7. I am on braces for teeth right now
8. I love cooking and watching cooking shows
9. I would love to try dare devil sports like bungee jumping and sky diving for adrenalin rush and adventure but I hate slides although I have tried Jumeirah Scheirah in Wild Wadi once.
10. I am a fan and reader of Cosmopolitan magazine since college and I have read all fifty shades books
11. I am totally and smittenly in love with my husband.

11 Questions from The Baby Mama Chronicles

1. What was your reaction when you found out that you're going to be a mommy? - I cried a lot and I was so scared to tell my mom but me and my love were very excited about the baby 2. How did you break the news to your family? - My sister was washing the bottles of her child and I was just staring at her, she said she can sense that I have a problem and that she thinks I am pregnant - I asked her How did you know?
3. What's your favorite dish? - I love kare-kare
4. If you can go back in time, what would you change?- I wouldn't change anything because I believe that everything happened for a reason and that our life is according to Gods plans
 5. What would you say to your 16 yr old self? - You are beautiful no matter what they say 
6. Do you believe that people change? - I do, especially when they grow older and get closer to God
7. Do you believe in second chances? - I do, everyone must have this
8. Would you want to have your child grow up "like you"? - I want her to be like me but better
9. What's the biggest lesson you've learned? - That life is a blessing and we must value it
10. Why do you blog? - I blog to keep me sane and to have something to look back into when I grow old.
11. What's your favorite quote? "once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale"

here are 11 questions for you dear

1. What was the hardest decision you ever made in your life?
2. Who you run into for advice and why?
3. Can you name three songs that can describe you as a person
4. What is the best thing you love about your partner?
5. What was your biggest fantasy?
6. Do you believe in karma?
7. How was your childhood like?
9. Why are you in that particular place right now?
10. Have you ever thought of being somebody else?
11. Have you read atleast any one of what My Yellow Bells have written?

This Leibster award is given to you lovelies, I randomly chose the awardees, note that I did not actually look at how many followers you have but I just thought that it would be nice to pass on this awards to you.


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