Mommy Talks – Martine de Luna

Mommy Talks

For its new season, Mommy Talks is featuring different work at home moms. Our guest for today is an inspiration to me – Ms Martine de Luna.

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Hi Martine! Please share briefly about yourself.

Thanks for having me, Chris! Hi, I’m Martine de Luna. I’m the wife of Ton, the mom of Vito (3 years old), and I am a work at home mom. I’m also the owner and author of, a lifestyle blog for moms.

I’m an editor and copywriter by profession. I work for an creative media agency and publishing house, both on a flexible, work-at-home arrangement.

I am the director of the WAHMderful Life Workshops, a suite of workshops for women who want to make a living while making a home. This is a collaboration between me and Manila Workshops, and we are constantly offering out-of-the-box, informative workshops for women.

On an occasional basis, I offer creative writing classes, mentoring for bloggers, and consulting for businesses who want to create their own websites and blogs.

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 Why did you want to be a work at home mom? How did your journey start? How long have you been working at home? What sort of work do you do at home?

I started to think about working from home when I was pregnant. At the time, I was a teacher at a small private school, teaching English and language arts. I was also the supervisor of a homeschool support group, and a mentor to several homeschooled kids and teens. On the side, I was doing freelance writing for websites and blogs, which provided me with some sort of supplemental income.

I felt the tug to work from home even stronger, when my son was born. My primary intention for wanting to work from home was so that I could be hands-on, and also so I could breastfeed him exclusively. (He didn’t take well to bottle feeding, even though I would express milk.) When my son was six months old, I left my job at the school. I was hired by a U.S. based creative web media company, which enabled me to have a steady income while working from home. I was also eventually hired by Shepherd’s Voice Publications, a local publishing company, as a creative consultant for a new magazine, of which I am now the editor.

I’ve been working from home for three years now.

What steps did you take to become a work at home mom?

As I explained earlier, I was doing freelance writing on the side. I’d write for websites and blogs, for clients that I found from Internet job listings. I enjoyed online writing and earning something on the side. Eventually, I was able to find employers who were willing to hire me for my creative writing services and editing skills. This enabled me to negotiate work-at-home arrangements with them. The U.S. company and the publishing company that I work for have agreed to my flexi-time schedule, which means I can pretty much plan my days the way I want to, as long as I’m effective in my deliverables for the companies I work for.

What are the struggles you face being a work at home mom? How do you overcome them?

In the beginning, I really struggled with time management. I wasn’t effective at balancing work and family time, to the point that I was spending most of my time chained to my laptop! It defeated the purpose of why I wanted to become a work at home mom.

Thankfully, I began consultation and coaching sessions with another work-at-home mom, Holly Hana, of She really put things into perspective for me, and helped me to map out my work-at-home lifestyle. She even helped me plan the branding and expansion of my blog, Dainty Mom, which has helped me launch another successful side business, the WAHMderful Life Workshops for work-at-home moms, a collaboration between me and

Were your expectations met? Why?

I believe I met my expectations as a WAHM. Wait, correction: My expectations CHANGED with WAHM-dom. I let go of the myths of work-life balance and “having it all,” and instead focused on creating a lifestyle that works for me and my family.

What advice can you give to those who want to take this journey?

1. Get support. It’s important to have a community when you’re a work at home mom — it’s essential! Working at home can be very isolating and lonely, and so finding a community of women that understands your needs for support and sisterhood is crucial. It’s because of this that I began the Manila WAHMs private Facebook group, because I wanted to connect with other work-at-home moms. Today, it’s helping many other WAHMs find meaningful connections. It’s even been instrumental to other WAHMs who’ve been looking for business partners!

2. Don’t be afraid to invest in training and knowledge. As a WAHM, I’ve never stopped learning. I’m always listening to some kind of business training, whether it’s a podcast or webinar; I’m always reading books and eBooks.

3. Get coaching; find a mentor: In addition to the learning, I’ve also bought training modules and coaching sessions from coaches and mentors in the blogging world. These have greatly helped me as a work at home mom in terms of direction, my life’s purpose.


Please join me on my social media accounts!

Twitter: Dainty_Mom
Instagram: dainty_mom


If you’re a WAHM, you can request an invitation to my private Facebook group: Manila Work-at-Home Moms.


Want to Become a Work-At- Home Mom?

More and more stay at home moms nowadays are venturing to become work-at-home moms. With many online opportunities arising, it won’t be long before working-at-home would be acceptable and be the norm for women, specially mothers.

If you are interested to become one, I suggest that you attend It’s a WAHMderful Life: Real Ways to be a WAHM. Workskops can help you get inspired and started towards the direction you want to pursue. Meeting other moms who have transitioned from being a stay at home mom to a work at home mom can definitely be encouraging!

Research, research, research. Look around the internet and find out what are the different options you have as a work-at-home mom. Many open their own businesses which includes writing services, virtual assistance, party and event planner or organizers. Services like for brochure printing online can also provide an idea for you. If you have special talents in cooking, baking or arts, you can also tap into that.

If you are not sure, interview those who have gone before you. This would be the best way to find out about the details and to weigh whether working from home is for you.

Working from home brings a whole new level of possibilities, but it also entails discipline and perseverance. If you have made up your mind, try it! You’ll never know if it will work for you, unless you give it a try!