Oh hello, there! Welcome to Shining Mom! It’s my pleasure to have you here. My name is Khaye-Mydette Cardenas Macalinao, the mommy running this humble blog.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
I came from a small town in the Northern part of the Philippines. I am from Garita, Cabagan, Isabela, and I grew up near the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place! The buffalo-like mountain and the soaring eagles were my first inspirations to write! Because of my love for words, I took up a writing course in college. Yes, with a heavy heart but big dreams, I left my hometown. I moved to Baguio and studied at the University of the Philippines, where I finished Mass Communication Major in Journalism.
After college, I got a job in Manila. I landed on a teaching job. I first thought that I will try it for a year, but I learned to really enjoy it. I taught in an international school for almost 8 years! I loved the classroom and enjoyed being with my students. Seeing their eyes twinkle in excitement because of a new idea or lesson learned in class always melted my heart. Yes, aside from my love for words, I have also found another love… teaching, that is. But just this school year, however, I decided to resign to pursue my first love, writing and to spend more time with my family. I have now officially joined the world of WAHMS(Work At Home Moms)!
I started Shining Mom in 2011 but have been blogging since 2005. I am the author of the literary blog Melting-Chocolate if you came across it. I decided to close my first blog because inspirations on momhood started to leak from my lips and fingertips ever since I became a mom, hence the birth of another love, the Shining Mom blog.
This is my son Kyle, the main character of the blog.
Five years later, I gave birth to another equally important character of this blog, our baby Trey!
The minor characters would be me and my husband Alex.haha. We are the loving parents of our boys.
Shining Mom is where I blog my heart out. It is where I write down all the little things that I enjoy. This blog is my living dream. When I was a kid, I wanted to see my words published. Here, you can find my lovingly-written motherhood stories, how-to and where-to articles, party-planning tips, and lessons and activities for your kids. For artsy moms out there, the site also offers free patterns and craft ideas. I also design monthly calendars along with other free printables for the home and kid’s school!
The blog has grown to a level way beyond my imagination. I have over 50,000 solid newsletter subscribers and a strong number of visitors daily. Little did I know that my hard work will take the blog to where it is now. I still have more goals and dreams for Shining Mom, and I hope that you’ll stick with me as I work hard to turn each dream into an everyday goal. May you help me pray that this blog keeps on growing and inspiring others?
And lastly, please know that I am really glad you’ve dropped by. Should you wish to leave me a note, feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do hang out with me once in a while and check out Shining Mom’s latest features. 🙂 You may also just fill out the form below to reach me!
I then welcome you to my little home online, Shining Mom.
Shall I be expecting you again soon?