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Hands Free And Connected, Cymplified!

Unless one works and lives away from his immediate family, he has no excuse to be glued to the computer or the smartphone all the time. His full presence and undivided attention would be very much appreciated by those who are with him, by his loved ones. The video below is a great reminder for me, and hopefully for you as well, to let go of that gadget for a few minutes and be all there for your parents, your kids, your friends. The video calls on us to disconnect to connect.

In line with this, I discovered a wonderful blog that inspires me to start “letting go… to grasp what really matters.” It’s called and Rachel, the author, welcomes her readers with this blurb:

I’m going Hands Free. I want to make memories, not to-do-lists. I want to feel the squeeze of my daughter’s arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails. I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy. I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages. I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters. I’m going Hands Free. And if this sounds like a life you want to start living, come along. A Hands Free revolution starts here! I hope you will join me!



Her journey towards being a hands free mama resonated with me because I want to discover joy, inspiration and colorful memories in very simple and very ordinary days with my husband and children, hence this blog. And I cannot open my eyes and heart to these wonderful things that truly matter if they are focused somewhere else.

I am taking baby steps and being conscious of my cellphone usage around my children. I want to connect with them by disconnecting from the Internet, even for just a while. I want to be present with them by being absent from social media. I want to lead them to Jesus by straying from the demands of the world.

And when Ella asked me to draw minions with her,

subjects of her drawing one afternoon
subjects of her drawing one afternoon, instagrammed!

I did not refuse. 🙂

What do you think of being hands free and connected with what really matters in life?


  1. I remember reading a facebook post of a friend based in Canada who said five years ago when she got there, people talk to you on the bus, make small talk and greet you with a friendly good morning. Now, everybody just seems to be glued on their smartphones, oblivious of the people coming in…

    1. That’s kind of sad.

  2. the ad was really great. and I agree with that. For me, it is really worth it to disconnect and connect with other things that a gadget couldn’t provide.
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  3. hard but doable. i’m all for this hands-free rebolution 🙂
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  4. Aww this is a sweet reminder for us. I totally agree!
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  5. I love the video, it’s very true because of our gadgets we tend to disconnect with the people we really should be connected.

  6. I think we should really “disconnect” sometimes to enjoy the simple things in life that give us the greatest joy. I tried disconnecting from work related emails on weekends and enjoy my me-time. And it worked! Now, I am more excited to go to work on Mondays!
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    1. That’s wonderful!

  7. That was a great ad…. I think we have a local short film which is similar to the theme “disconnect to connect”. We all need to disconnect from the virtual world in order for us to connect in the real world.
    Daddy Yashiro recently posted..Monday Rush: Dormant Days Are Over

    1. I know, that’s where we live our lives, the real world. 🙂

  8. I’m reading Hands-Free Mama’s blog, too! In fact, that’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw your post’s title. I agree with that wholeheartedly. After work, I try to remove all sorts of distraction and give my full attention to my baby. Then, I only check my phone when he’s asleep na. I’m still a work-in-progress. 🙂
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    1. Oh, me too! I’m also a work in progress.

  9. Jhari

    Minions!!!! So cute! Too bad the video is not available 🙁
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    1. Sorry about the video. I hope I fixed it already with another source.

  10. Rose

    it’s sad when you see people having dinner in a restaurant and they’re all focused on their respective phones. so yes, i’m all for disconnecting to connect with the people who really matters. i never bring any work from the office when i’m already at home. btw, those minion drawings are so cute!!!
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    1. I know, i feel sad, too. One time, i went to a coffee shop. A father and a daughter were together and instead of talking, they were busy on their own gadgets.

  11. Kat

    Great idea. I am not dependent on my mobile phone but my computer, yes.
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  12. aby

    connection and communication is very important to all kiddos 🙂 keep it up 🙂
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  13. Meikah Ybañez-Delid

    I like that! That is how we have been at home. When we talk, and the kids talk to us, we give them our undivided attention. Besides, if they really want my attention, they would punctuate their conversations with, Mam. It goes, “Mama you know what, Mama?” “Mama, did you see my boo, Mama?” LOL
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    1. Haha! Kids really will do or say anything to get our attention.

  14. Aw, the video is not available. But I absolutely agree with you. I am doing my best to have more bonding time with my son without distractions, well expect with my crocheting. I feel guilty kasi because I know minsan lang sya magiging bata and sooner he may not like the cuddling, hugging and kissing anymore.
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    1. Sorry, I already fixed the video. Hope it stays put!

  15. Van

    i absolutely agree, sis. not just cellphones and other gadgets, i drop everything if my son demands for my attention, even the clutter in the house can wait, hihi! it’s really very important to make memories with the people very special to your heart, rather than spending time playing games or watching tv. i turn off the computer when my husband arrives from work and just spend the rest of the evening having dinner and bonding with him and our baby. 🙂 thanks for sharing this post, i love it really!
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    1. I know, we need to drop everything for our loved ones, especially children. They will know if we are not concentrating on them.

  16. Khim

    Feeling the people you love personally is really great. I really don’t admire sticking to my phone because I’m waiting someone’s text. Unfortunately, it’s been my everyday routine for the past 4 years. I am talking here about my boyfie who is working inter-island. It’s really hard. We always have misunderstanding and for the past few days we always quarrel. I hope he can her what my mind says that I want him to be home.

    I have much attention in my family. I wanted to get connected with this someone.


    Really nice post.
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    1. Thanks Khim! Hope everything would go smoothly with your loved ones.

  17. tet

    CUTE minion!!! By your post, I feel that you really find time with the family. Serious time. 🙂
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  18. Very nice post! Though I’m not a Mom yet, I can also apply this to my married life. Hubby and I try to make sure we spend some relaxing time without the gadgets.
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    1. Yes, very applicable to married life. 🙂

  19. I can’t agree more! I always make “tampo” when my parents are enjoying Candy Crush instead of a movie together. LoL.
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    1. Haha! My mom din addict sa cellphone games.

  20. When I’m home in the province, I’m almost also hands free kasi it’s the time to bond with family… I’m not really a heavy phone user and I stash away my tablet…only use that in the bus hehehe…
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    1. That’s good! In which province is your family?

  21. love reading post like these…hands on mommies, it’s inspiring
    love the minion drawing too

    1. Thanks, Reese!

  22. This reminds me to talk to my family more that play in the computer for a long time. Thanks for this post.
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    1. Welcome, we all need to be reminded of the more important things in life, right?

  23. Being connected with the kids and 100% present is very important to me too. When the kids are around all gadgets get 2nd priority.
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    1. Yes, it matters to be 100% present.

  24. This great reminder to everyone out-there especially the younger generations. The most awaited time of the day when my hubby gets home and we have dinner.. no cellphone, tv, computer. Hope its gonna be like this in new generation. Quality time with family and friends

    1. I know, it’s wonderful to talk with each other without being distracted by cellphones or the TV.

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