Archives for May 2013

HALO Sleep Sack

I read from the Center of Disease and Control website that there are around 4,200 SUIDs or sudden unexpected infant deaths per year in the US and 50% of which are caused by SIDS, which is the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old. The cause of death is either unknown or sleep-related suffocation. For sleep related suffocation, the main culprit is usually loose bedding. Bedding that bunches up around a baby’s mouth can cause dangerous re-breathing of carbon dioxide –– a leading risk factor for SIDS.

Here in the Philippines, we don’t hear as much news about SIDS. If we don’t hear about it, it doesn’t mean that there are no cases of  SIDS. We don’t hear much about this syndrome because of lack of awareness and documentation and NOT because it does not happen. A friend of mine attended a parenting seminar at St. Lukes recently and believe it or not, 5 out of 40 moms knew someone who lost their baby to SIDS. That’s already 12.5% of the Moms on that event! She also heard of a story, where a mom had just finished feeding her daughter a bottle and placed her daughter on the bed to burp. She only turned her back on the baby to clean up the bottles and when she came back, her baby had already died of suffocation.

I also heard of a baby that died, while he was sleeping beside the parents during a family vacation. How about you? Do you know of any similar story?

It’s good that babies are never left alone (laging may nakabantay) in our country. If not the parents, the grandparents, yaya or househelp, aunts and uncles, etc. are all willing volunteers to look after baby. But even if we watch baby 24/7, we know that as humans, we get tired and we fall asleep. We can practice safe sleep though. This is to keep babies safe while they are sleeping.

Here are tips for safe sleep:

We recently tried using a wearable blanket for Zeeka. We never really got to swaddle her when she was a baby. She hated the fact that she could not move her arms. We would then use a loose blanket with yaya watching over her when she slept. But of course, she would kick the blanket away from her so it was actually useless to use a loose blanket. Now that I learned about safe sleep, I was excited to try the HALO Sleep Sack.

The HALO Sleep Sack

The HALO Sleep Sack

First of all, using HALO SleepSack wearable blanket is safe. I would not have to worry about sudden infant deaths. I wouldn’t even have to worry about yaya dozing off at night. She can actually have her rest, too.

HALO is the only product to carry the seals of First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (CFSID).

Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket Features

Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

I had Zeeka try it and she loved it. First of all, the blanket had sleeves so she was free to move her arms. It was perfect for her! Also, she loves kicking her legs and I was glad that there was enough leg room. With a loose blanket, she would kick it until she didn’t have any blanket covering her. With this, no matter how much she kicks, she still feels cozy and warm.

I also love the feel of the blanket. I was also easy to wash. My yaya just hand-washed it and let it dry. And do you see the design? It was soooo Zeeka! She loves owls and it was a coincidence that the design of her HALO Sleep sack was an image of an owl 🙂

I would recommend it to friends and to you, my readers, since it really is safer. I hope that they would come out with more designs.

For more information about the product, please visit the HALO Philippines Facebook Page.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joy of Learning Giveaway

I wrote about the Joy of Learning event yesterday and guess what, I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the seminar!

For those who want to learn more about the Joy of Learning Workshop presented by Fisher-Price, please go to this link:
http://mommyginger.com/2013/05/the-joy-of-learning-workshop.html

The Joy of Learning Workshop

The Joy of Learning Workshop

If you want to win FREE tickets to the event, just follow the mechanics in the Rafflecoptre widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced on June 6, 2013!

Ej, Baby Zeeka and I (and our yaya) are definitely going so I hope to see you there! 🙂 Feel free to approach me so that I can get to know you! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

The Joy of Learning Workshop

I am an advocate of continuous learning! I believe that you should not stop learning — learning about anything and everything. Right now, I am very active when it comes to learning about how to be a good parent. With Baby Zeeka, i’d like to be the best mom that I can possibly be. This is the reason why I created the First Time Parents Workshop Series. This is to help other moms and dads who have the same goals as me. I am very excited to meet these parents on Saturday. I know that even if this is the first time that I will be meeting them, we will be connected by this bond that we share which is to be the best version of (parents) ourselves for our children.

For those who have not yet signed up for the First Time Parents Workshop Series: What to Know Before Giving Birth, do sign up now:
http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/04/first-time-parents-before-giving-birth.html

Use the code FTP1MG to avail of a 50% discount and pay only Php 600 for each participant.

Now, I also found this workshop that I want to attend. I actually signed up already and I will be going with my husband and our yaya. This workshop is The Joy of Learning Workshop.

The Joy of Learning Workshop

The Joy of Learning Workshop

This workshop is brought to us by Fisher-Price. This workshop will be about how important parents are (and I believe yayas, too!) in child development. It will be conducted by Carrie Lupoli, a child expert. This workshop will be on June 16, 2013 (Sunday) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Crown Plaza in Ortigas.

I’m excited to learn from this workshop and i’m more excited to apply my learnings!

To register, please visit: http://richwell.net/fisherprice/

Hope to see you and meet you on both events, Moms and Dads!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Rompers from Baby GAP

This is the first time I got to wear rompers. I usually wear frog suites, onesies and dresses.

Romper-eee Romper-oo!

Romper-eee Romper-oo!

 

I have to admit! These are very comfortable. Thank you Ninang Neva, Tito Dan, Kuya David and Kuya Noah for the Gift of GAP. I feel like a Baby GAP Model *winks* in these Baby GAP Rompers

– Baby Z

Details:
GAP Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/GapPhilippines

First Time Parents Giveaway

As you all know, we are having this First Time Parents Workshop. This is brought to you by Medela Moms, Inc., Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket. I feel generous today, so I will be giving out FREE SEATS to this Workshop for 3 couples.

First Time Parents Workshop Series

First Time Parents Workshop Series

What do you have to do? All you have to do is leave the following details in the comments sections below:

Full Name
How many weeks pregnant or how old is your child?
Email Address (So I can notify you if you have won)
and
Answer the question: What questions do you have as a First Time Parent (or a parent who needs a “refresher” course)?

I will choose the winners (raffle off the entries) on Monday, May 27, 2013 using randomizer.org.

Good luck! For those who do not win, you can avail of a 50% discount on the price by typing FTP1MG in the space provided for the Coupon Code in the registration form. To register, please go to this link:

http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/04/first-time-parents-before-giving-birth.html

We are also holding the same giveaway at our sister site, ManilaMommy.com. Do visit her page, too!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Supplier List for Baptism

At last! My Baby Zeeka has been christened. Baby Z had her baptism last Saturday, as those following my blog would know. I gave you a teaser of the things that were to be at Baby Z’s baptism last Saturday in this link:

http://mommyginger.com/2013/05/today-is-zeekas-baptism.html

I also talked about ways on how to prepare for your baby’s baptism.

Well, today, I will be sharing with you the list of my suppliers, which I hope many of you will find useful. I got a lot of inquiries when I shared photos in Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mommyginger), twitter (https://twitter.com/mommyginj) and instagram (http://instagram.com/mommyginj). For those who have not yet followed me in these social networks, do follow me, please! So for the benefit or everyone, I am creating this list and a review of each supplier.

Church: Christ the King Parish

We chose Christ the King Parish, since it’s accessible (mid-way) to both people from the North (QC, etc.) and people from the South (Paranaque). We tried going there on a Monday, but we didn’t know that the parish office is closed on Mondays (so that’s a tip for you). The schedule of Baptisms are at 10 am and 4 pm, but we got the Special Solo Baptism with Priest. We paid Php 3,200 for everything, regardless of the number of ninongs and ninangs. For regular baptisms though, it’s at Php1,000 + Php 200 for the first 2 pairs of ninong and ninang (4 people) and Php 60 pesos per succeeding pair.

Baptism at Christ the King Parish

Baptism at Christ the King Parish

They require you to bring your own candles for the Godparents, but they will provide the big Baptismal candle. For the attire of the baby, they just advised us to bring a white bonnet that can be worn by the baby during the rites. Nonetheless, we bought a white attire for Zeeka.

Pouring of the Holy Water at Zeeka's Baptism

Pouring of the Holy Water at Zeeka’s Baptism

Documents required before you can book a schedule would be your Marriage Certificate and the baby’s Birth Certificate. The Certificate of Live Birth from the Office of the Civil Registrar General will do.

Christ the King Contact Numbers: (+632) 638.4838 or (+632) 633.0280

Venue for Lunch: Valle Verde 5 Clubhouse

We rented the entire Valle Verde 5 Clubhouse space. The clubhouse can actually be divided into two rooms, but since we had 150 guests, we got both rooms. The rental for the place is at Php 8000 for residents and Php 9500 for non-residents. The place had low ceiling and the clubhouse isn’t that new anymore, but very convenient to go to. It also had a play area/ park just beside the clubhouse where the little ones can play. There are a lot of parking slots also which guests can use.

Valle Verde 5 Contact Details: (+632) 631.0496 (look for Maybel)  | http://www.valleverde5.com.ph

Invitation: Artique: Design | Web | Print Media

Of course, when I got to book both the Church and the Venue, I had the invites made. As mentioned in the previous post, I knew that I wanted pink and gray as the color motif for the party. I just had to figure out the central theme to make it ‘cuter’.

Zeeka’s room had sticker owls. This inspired me to go with the owl theme. Haha! We practically have chosen Zeeka’s favorite animal for her already. Since I wanted to go with the owl theme already, I asked my friend Mompreneur Lique (woman behind Honeybaby) of Artique to create the design of the invite.

An with her amazing talent, she came up with this!

 

The three owls in the invite are me, Ej and Zeeka! It was perfect. She created the perfect character and design that would tie the entire event together.

Artique Contact Numbers: mangelicastro@gmail.com | 0922.531.7048 | 0943.679.0081
Portfolio: http://artique.foliohd.com/

Candles: Ginger’s DIY Project using Washi Tapes from Paper Chic Studio

I’m the type of person who loves creating scrapbooks. I have a scrapbook of EJ and I during our first years together. Now, I am actually creating a scrapbook for Zeeka. So when I was planning Zeeka’s Baptism, I wanted to make some of the things by myself — one of which was the design for the candles.

Candles for the Baptismal Ceremony

Candles for the Baptismal Ceremony

At first, I thought of using candles, but then I remembered that my mompreneur friend, Cai of Paper Chic Studio was selling washi tapes. I loved the patterns and the designs of these washi tapes that I ordered 6 rolls of different designs. I used two of the designs to make the design of the candles.

The ever-reliable washi tapes from Paper Chic Studio

The ever-reliable washi tapes from Paper Chic Studio

Candles during Zeeka's Baptism

Candles during Zeeka’s Baptism

Paper Chic Studio Contact Details: http://www.paperchicstudio.com/ | info@paperchicstudio.com

Baptismal Gown: Klart Lim

I wanted the day to be special for my little Zeeka and so, I ordered a gown for her. It was the perfect white dress for my little one. I had it made by my friend designer Klart Lim. The thing about Klart is that she can work on a given budget. She will then tell you what she can and cannot do.

Here is the gown with the cute little bonnet that she made for Baby Zeeka.

Zeeka's Gown

Zeeka’s Gown

Here I am getting Zeeka to wear her Baptismal Gown

Here I am getting Zeeka to wear her Baptismal Gown

Mamou Annie (my mom) helping me tie the ribbon

Mamou Annie (my mom) helping me tie the ribbon

The gown that Klart made was at Php 3500. I gave her that budget and she really made a beautiful white baptismal gown. I was so happy! Unfortunately though, my little one got my sensitive skin so she cried and cried during the ceremony since she didn’t like the feel of the beads on her skin. Haha! Lesson learned! At least, this would serve as a tip for you if you are buying or having a gown made for babies. Check the fabric and where the beads are placed.

I highly recommend Klart though! She’s a wonderful designer 🙂

Klart Lim Contact Details: http://klartlim.com/

Ceiling Decorations: JUST KIDDOS Hosting and Entertainment Services
Being in events has made me sensitive to even the smallest detail that can make an event more beautiful or grander. I wanted the venue to be more than it usually is. I wanted to decorate the place, but with limited budget, I thought of just decorating the ceiling.

It was a good call since the place looked nicer.

Ceiling Decorations by Just Kiddos

Ceiling Decorations by Just Kiddos

I commissioned the services of Just Kiddos Hosting and Entertainment services. We only communicated via email and they got my instructions perfectly. I told them that I wanted swags and balloons for the ceiling and that my color motif were shades of grey and pink. The total package for the ceiling decorations alone were at Php 5000.

Just Kiddos Contact Details: Address – Main Office: 18 Unit A, Catambay St., Brgy Mag-ampon, Tanay, Rizal | (+632) 470.8910 | 0927.6918107 | 0949.9103534 | justkiddosph@gmail.com | www.justkiddosmanila.com

Caterer: Bistro 109

We had our lunch catered by Bistro 109. This catering service is owned by a friend of ours and I love, love, love the food!

For Zeeka’s Baptism, our menu was:

Appetizer:
Dinner Rolls
Pasta:
Beef Lasagna with Trio Cheese (which everyone loved!)
Steamed Rice
Main Course:
Pork Medallions with Bacon & Lemon Crust
Baked Cream Dory Fillet with Olives in Marinara Sauce
Roasted Rosemary & Thyme Chicken Fillets with Shallots & Jus
Dessert:
Assorted Mini Fruit Tarts (Banana & Toffee, Strawberry & Cream)
Fresh Fruits
Drinks:
Free-Flowing Iced Tea, and Soda

They have different packages depending on the food that you order. This is inclusive already of the Buffet and Bar Set-up, the tables & chairs, the table set up and the waiters.

Anne of Bistro 109 and I really planned the table arrangement.

Baptism table set up

Baptism table set up

We had pink and gray table tops, light gray frames and pink flowers. I had 15 pictures of Zeeka printed out and each table got a different picture.

Bistro 109 was very reliable. Their packages range from Php 300 to Php 650 per person.

Bistro 109 Contact Details: : (+632) 642.8123 | bistro109catering@gmail.com | Bistro 109 Facebook Page

Cake: Tazzy Cakes
One of the things that got the attention of a lot of people was Zeeka’s Cake. It was made by TAZZY CAKES. When I was scouting for suppliers, to be honest with you, I had a hard time choosing. What intrigued me and what helped me made up my mind was that Cat of Tazzy Cakes mentioned that she wanted to create a 3D owl. That made me curious, so I went with her.

This was the cake!

Zeeka with her owl cake from Tazzy Cakes

Zeeka with her owl cake from Tazzy Cakes

 

Baptismal Owl Cake

We specified the cake to be at 10″ in diameter, which was at Php 3500. The flavor of the cake was chocolate. During the party, no one wanted to touch it, but I finally gathered the strength to destroy it in order for us to eat it. It was yummy, too!

Tazzy Cake Contact Details: cats@tazzycakes.com | Tazzy Cake Facebook Page

Giveaways for the guests: Baked Twinkles

For the guests who arrived, we ordered from Rice Krispy Treats and Cake Pops from Baked Twinkles. I got to know Baked Twinkles when I discovered and reviewed their goodies (I loved the Chocolate – Quezo De Bola Tuiles) for Manila Reviews: http://manilareviews.com/2010/11/baked-twinkles.html

Rice Krispy treats and cake pops from Baked Twinkles

Rice Krispy treats and cake pops from Baked Twinkles

Last year, I found out that they were also into creating cakes for celebrations and giveaways. I ordered their rice krispy treats, which were at Php 35 each. They had it designed with the letter Z in pink and periwinkle. I also ordered the cake pops in red velvet and chocolate. These cake pops wer also a hit during the party! Each were at Php 35. The cake pops were in pink with white drizzle and white with pink drizzle.

Remember that I showed you this picture?

Curious to find out what this is?

Curious to find out what this is?

This is actually the base that I created by myself for these cake pops. I used styro, crepe paper and washi tapes. Pretty cool, huh?

Baked Twinkles Contact Details: Baked Twinkles Facebook Page

Giveaways for Parents and Godparents: Papemelroti

I saw these really cute frames from Papemelroti and I knew that I wanted to get these as souvenirs for the parents and godparents.

Giveaways for Parents and Godparents

Giveaways for Parents and Godparents

To make it more special, I placed different pictures of Zeeka inside the frame. 😉 Zeeka’s name and the details of her baptism were engraved in the outer portion of the frame. The color also matched the theme of the celebration.

The frames came in these boxes. These boxes are ordered separately.

Souvenirs for Ninongs and Ninangs and the Parents

I then sealed each box with washi tapes and used the stickers from the extra invites to seal the plastic.

Papemelroti has really unique giveaways and souvenirs that you may want to check out! Theyrespond really fast. You have to pick up the items from their main branch though in Quezon City.

Papemelroti Contact Details: http://www.papemelroti.com/

Photographer: Pau Bengero Fotography

Oops, I almost forgot! The most important part of this celebration is the “picture taking” part! We all need good pictures to remember joyful occasions like these. It was fortunate that I got to meet Pau Bengero (who also covered my sister-in-law’s little Noah’s baptism).

Pau and Van (Pau’s wife) were very professional. They were there on time. Van was also good with kids. She was even singing to Zeeka to keep her calm.

Pau Bengero's Photography 3

Pau Bengero's Photography 1

 

Pau Bengero's Photography 2

I plan to get them again for Zeeka’s first birthday party! For his rates, here it is (I got package A):

Baptism/Kiddie Party/Birthday Party Photography Packages:
Package A: Service Only Package (Php 4,500*)
2 photographers
Minimum of 500 shots
Max of 4 hours (excess hours will be charged 500/hr)
All high resolution shots stored in cd/dvd as proof and ready for printing.
Package B: Service + Album (Php 8,000*)
2 photographers
Minimum of 500 shots
Max of 4 hours (excess hours will be charged 500/hr)
All high resolution shots stored in cd/dvd as proof and ready for printing.
20 pages 8×10 magazine style album complete with layout
Optional:
Pre-Birthday Shoot (if will avail of Kiddie Party package – 2500 **)
Pre-Birthday Shoot(if shoot only – 4000 **)
Video coverage for the event — output will only be a photo-video avp that will have a combination of the best photos taken in the event plus some pre-selected video clips from the event. Please take note that this is not a complete video coverage. – Php 5,500
**For Pre Birthday, will provide all shots to the client, all shots will be ready for printing, avp of the photos will be provided.
**Pre birthday shoots are mostly done outdoors. The client will provide the location in coordination with PBFotography
 *If the event/pre birthday shoot will be held outside Manila, additional fees apply ( if outside manila and it requires toll fees, oot fee applies to shoulder toll/gas/misc expenses.) .
Pau Bengero Photography Contact Details: http://pau.bengero.com/

 

These are all the suppliers that we commissioned for Zeeka’s Baptism. I hope this post helps you in planning for your child’s baptism!

Do let me know if you have questions or if you need help planning your party! I’d love to help 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

A CD of Nursery Rhymes

Finally! I finally got to buy CDs for Zeeka. I’ve long been searching for a CD that contains Nursery Rhymes for her to listen to in the morning and in the afternoon. I finally found one at Odyssey in market market.

Nursery Rhyme CDs

Nursery Rhymes

I actually bought four CDs. I also got her a CD with Filipino songs and two other CDs filled with classical music.

Nursery Rhyme CD: songs

Nursery Rhymes CD: songs

Zeeka loves music. Every time I feed her, she calms down each time I sing Rock-a-bye baby. For those who don’t remember the lyrics, here it is.

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
Baby is drowsing, cozy and fair
Mother sits near, in her rocking chair
Forward and back, the cradle she swings
And though baby sleeps, he hears what she sings

From the high rooftops, down to the sea
No one’s as dear, as baby to me
Wee little fingers, eyes wide and bright
Now sound asleep, until morning light.

I actually didn’t know that there were words after “And down will come baby, cradle and all”.  My mom told me, that when I was little, I used to know all of the words of these nursery rhymes. I wonder if Baby Zeeka would be like me?

What do sing to your baby? What nursery rhymes does she react to positively?

Oh, by the way, for those looking for a CD player like this (EJ and I had to buy this for her room), you can go to SM appliance. We got this Philips CD player. It was less than Php 2500. This model also comes in different colors. We wanted the green one to have it match Zeeka’s room, but the store didn’t have stock. We got the silver one instead.

Hope this helps first time parents who are looking for CDs and CD players 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

Today is Zeeka’s Baptism

It’s Zeeka’s Baptism today! I’m so excited. I’ve been preparing for her baptism, since before she was born. Today, i’ll be sharing with you some tips on preparing for your son’s or daughter’s baptism.

Tips for Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism:

1) Process your Child’s Certificate of Live Birth

First of all, even if you are so ready to start booking suppliers after your child is born, you still have to wait for the Certificate of Live Birth from the Office of the Civil Registrar General. You will need this to book the church. In Asian Hospital, they help you send all the requirements to the civil registry office. I’m not sure about the other hospitals. I got the Certificate of Live Birth of Zeeka two weeks after she was born.

2) Prepare your guest list
To give you an idea of which venue you would have to reserve, try to list down the names of all your guests. EJ and I came up with a list of 150 people. We decided on getting a big enough village clubhouse that would accommodate all these people. If you plan on having an intimate and a small gathering, you can reserve a function room of a restaurant.

3) Fix and Follow a Set Budget
Determine how much would you like to spend for each. Your budget really depends on what you want to prioritize. Although, in most cases, the top priority is the food that you will have to serve guests.

To give you an idea, this is our breakdown in percentages:
Caterer: 60%
Giveaways: 8%
Decorations: 7%
Church: 5%
Venue: 5%
Photographer: 5%
Baptismal Gown: 4%
Cake: 4%
Invitations: 1%
Candles and Washi Tapes: 1%

Souvenirs for Ninongs and Ninangs and the Parents

Zeeka's Gown

Zeeka’s Gown

4) Look for Suppliers
When looking for suppliers, have a theme in mind. Your theme may just be a color theme or a specific theme. In our case, our color motif was pinks and grays.

Color Motif for Zeeka's Baptism

Color Motif for Zeeka’s Baptism

We also wanted to have a cute character, so we chose an owl. We had our design revolve around the invitation that our friend, Lique, made for Zeeka. The invitation was what I showed the cake supplier, etc.

Be sure though that you don’t go over your budget. If you do go overboard for a certain cost component, see to it that you save up on the other expenses.

5) JDIY — Just do it yourself!
I know a lot of moms now are very hands-on when it comes to preparing for their children’s parties. Doing it yourself saves a lot of money and you actually, get what you want and how you envisioned something right away (since you yourself are on top of it all).

For Zeeka’s baptism, I bought wash tapes from a mompreneur, Cai from Paper Chic Studio.

The ever-reliable washi tapes from Paper Chic Studio

The ever-reliable washi tapes from Paper Chic Studio

With all of these tapes, I was able to make these… 🙂

Candles for the Baptismal Ceremony

Candles for the Baptismal Ceremony

Curious to find out what this is? You'll see what I have done with this in my next post about the Baptism

Curious to find out what this is?

6. Don’t YOU forget to prepare, too!
After giving birth, I feel too lazy to fix myself. It’s true that sometimes you forget even to brush your hair in the morning as you hurriedly get up to feed your baby. For the baptism of your child though, do not forget to prepare, too. Prepare so that you won’t regret it when you look at your family pictures years from now.

For this occasion, I bought this pretty dress from Mommy Matters. I had to look for a pink nursing dress. Ang hirap pala! (It was hard!) There are a limited number of brands that you can choose from if you want to buy nursing wear.

Mommy's Dress!

Mommy’s Dress!

I had to buy a nursing dress, since I’m still breastfeeding Baby Z. Also, I am now building my supply of breast milk for tomorrow. She’s normally fussy when she’s hungry, so we plan to bring extra milk just in case. 🙂

Hope all these tips help. I’ll be posting the complete list of suppliers and pictures of Zeeka’s baptism next week!

Have a happy weekend!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger