Archives for May 2013

A Day for Discovery and Exploration at Baby Blast Year 4!

As more and more diversions are created for children to engage in, how can we help in making sure a child gets the best kind of learning at his or her most crucial stages? Kids nowadays are spending less and less time outdoors, having been exposed to gadgets and other forms of technology even as infants. But recent studies show that children, especially those aged 3 and below, who play outdoors regularly grow up happier, healthier, and stronger!

Since 2010, Baby Blast has spread awareness that enjoyable, unforced learning, as well as hands-on play and parent-child bonding during the age of 0-3 years is critical in laying down the foundation for the child’s future learning and holistic development. Every year, attendance to the event grows in number, as more families enjoy the fun activities and learn from the featured topics.

Outbox Media Production Agency, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS), once again celebrated the wonder of life at its early stages! EHS advocates, teachers, experts and parents together with their kids, gathered last April 14, 2013, from 10am-8pm at the Trinoma Activity Center for “Baby Blast Year 4: Discover, Create, Imagine and Explore!” a one-day event highlighting the importance of early childhood education.

This year’s event was hosted by Toni Aquino of DZMM, Jackie Go of gojackiego.com, pre-school teacher and TV host, Nikki Veron Cruz, celebrity moms Snooky Serna and Jenny Miller, sportscaster Anthony Suntay and journalist Peach Mascarinas, together with the tandem of Anthony and Rossel Taberna. Performances and messages of support for early education were also given by Gail Blanco, Paolo Santos, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and Tintin Bersola-Babao.

Anthony Suntay (1)

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DILIMAN TAEKWONDO (1)
The program was opened by a dance number from talented child singer Pauline Agupitan, together with the Neutron Acrobats and OBM Dancers.

This year’s program highlighted the importance of allowing babies and kids to experience the outdoors and engage in physical activities that can benefit their social, mental, physical and emotional development, given today’s tendency to merely rely on gadgets and technology to keep kids busy.

There were parenting and health talks led by experts and medical practitioners, like Ms. Glenda Derla, Child Welfare Specialist from the DSWD and Dra. Cynthia Cuayo-Juico of the PPS – School Health Committee.

Echo Store owner, Sharon Chua, shared an interesting topic on being a “green mom” or “eco mom”, discussing how kids can become more environmentally conscious and giving a recycling demo called “From Trash to Toys”.

Life coach Ms. Maricel Moreno-Laraya also gave a talk for parents on “How To Keep A Loving Relationship With Your Partner.” Essential Newborn Care was also tackled by the Consultant of the MMC and CSMC Pediatrics Department, Dra. Lourraine Co, MD, FPPS.

A revival of traditional Filipino outdoor games or “Palarong Pinoy” was also dicussed and demonstrated by TV Host Patty Nuguid-Santos of Buhay Pinoy, promoting the benefits of fun play and interaction for young kids.

On-ground areas like the World of Discovery, Beyond your Imagination, Baby Explorers and Creativity Corner gave kids the chance to play and interact with other kids, browse through books, play with toys, draw with art materials, and get hands-on with the educational gadgets and activities available today.

Contests for the whole family were held before the event, and winners were awarded during the program. Baby Magazine held the “Brilliant Babies Video Contest” where parents sent videos of their babies showing advanced development. The winning entry received a 1-year subscription from Baby Magazine, along with other prizes.

The “We Love the Outdoors Family Contest” gave families a chance to submit their best photo doing a fun, outdoor activity. The winning entry won a family staycation package at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion. Other contests held were the “Design My T-Shirt” art contest where kids submitted their interpretation of this year’s Baby Blast theme. The winning entry became the official Baby Blast event t-shirt design and received art materials and other prizes. For the moms and dads, The Blounge Salon also raffled off a Full Pampering package to give parents a well-deserved treat.
Both kids and parents also joined fun contests from Bye Bye Fever, Rite Med, Refresh Big Sip, Regent, Ferna, Lock & Lock, Bibbo Hotdog, Bounty Fresh, Uratex, Osihi, and Magnolia Frozen Delights. Lots of prizes were given away!

The event’s official print partner, Baby Magazine, also held a Search for the Cutest Babies attending the event. Babies were awarded at various times during the program, and all selected babies will be featured in the magazine’s next issue.

Pre-schools like Dynamic Recall, Playlab, LinxProvi8, H.A.N.D.S. of Children, Filway Marketing, and First Robotics also presented their EHS Programs for parents who are looking for schools to enroll their kids for the summer or for the next school year.

There were also mascot appearances by Ainon Baby, Bibbo Hotdogs, Robby Rabbit, and TJ Hotdogs, much to the kids’ delight!

Cool science experiments by Mad Science captivated the kids in the audience! Diliman Prep School also had their taekwondo team onstage to demonstrate a routine. Self-defense techniques to stop bullying were also presented by International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF).

Free face painting and kiddie hairstyling was also made available to the event participants courtesy of Outbox Media. Booths and other fun activities wowed everyone, and exciting freebies and loot bags were also given away. It was truly a great day for the whole family!

To continue spreading this advocacy, an annual Outreach Program is held a week after the Baby Blast event in Trinoma Activity Center, at a barangay in cooperation with the DSWD and DepEd. This year, the outreach program was held in Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City where parents and kids happily participated in the different games, learning segments, fun activities and even mascot appearances brought in by friends from Diliman Prep School, Robby Rabbit and Jollibee. Dr. De Jesus of the Department of Education and Ms. Jacelyn Paguio of the DSWD also graced the occasion. Gift packs were also given to the participants with lots of freebies from Jollibee, Robby Rabbit, Unilever, RiteMed, Magnolia, Universal Robina Corp., Big Sip, Jack n’ Jill, Bounty Fresh and Regent Foods Corp.

Baby Blast is an annual event that aims to enlighten parents that enjoyable, unforced learning, as well as hands-on play and parent-child bonding at an early age is the key to an intelligent, well-rounded and well-mannered individuals. See you again next year for another round of Fun Learning!

This event was made possible by Purefoods Crispy Chicken Burger, Purefoods Crispy And Juicy Drummets, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Frozen Delights, Bounty Fresh Chicken, Regent Foods Corporation, Refresh Big Sip “Big Sip Sarap For Big Thirst”, Jack N’ Jill Candies, Ritemed, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel, Bibbo Cheesedog, Ferna Hotcakes, Bye-Bye Fever, Uratex Foam, Robby Rabbit, Ainon Babies, Lock And Lock, Oishi Choco Flakes, Unilever, New San Jose Builders, Links Provi8, Ahavia Spa, Transfer It, I Clickz Photo Booth, Fax, Parcel And Print, 18 Days Coffee Roaster, Dental First, Guard Protect, The Blounge Hi Tech Salon, and Tunying’s Sarap Tinapay To The Max.

Media partners are Baby Magazine, Official Magazine Partner, Studio 23, 96.3 Easy Rock, DZMM Tele Radyo, Moms Today, Health Today, Moms And Kids, Mod Magazine, Woman Today, Q Asia, Parentin.Tv, WheninManila.com, manilalife.com, moomymusings.blogspot.com, www.rockstarmomma.com, http://yashirokuru.blogspot.com, http://www.smart-mommy.com, http://mamiandfamily.blogspot.com, http://www.momaye.com, http://mommypracticality.com, http://henrysmom.com, www.pinkmagaline.com, www.mommygiay.com, www.totteringmama.com, www.shiningmom.com, TheMommyJourney, http://metrochicsite.blogspot.com, Mommyginger.com, http://momonduty.com, devmommy.com, Absolutelymommy.com, http://TrulyRichMom.com and AdventuresonPlanetMom.blogspot.com,.

For more information on this event and other upcoming events from Outbox Media Production Agency, log on to: www.outboxmedia.com.ph

Full Discloure:
Mommyginger.com is a media partner of the Baby Blast Year 4 Event!

Baby Girl Accessories: Made by Mompreneurs

When I found out that I was having a girl, I was so happy! The minute I found out, I wanted to check out different baby clothes and baby girl accessories for her. I have been surfing the net and I am amazed at the impressive designs that mompreneurs are creating. There are a lot of mompreneurs who are creating fabulous ribbons for little baby girls.

Zeeka now has quite a collection. My daughter and I would like to share with you her ribbon collection from different brands handled by talented Mompreneurs.

Celestina & Co.

Provence & Bow Duo (Customized)

Provence & Bow Duo (Customized)

Little Shang Blossom

Little Shang Blossom

Brittany Bow

Brittany Bow

To visite Celestina & Co., click on the links below:
Celestina & Co. Website
Celestina & Co. Facebook Page

Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories

Little Miss Belle Ribbons

Little Miss Belle Ribbons

To visit Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories, click on the link below:
Lil Miss Belle Facebook Page

HoneyBaby

Honeybaby Animal Hat

Honeybaby Animal Hat

Honeybaby Ribbon

Honeybaby Ribbon

To visit Honeybaby, click on the link below:
Honeybaby Facebook Page

Dainty Ashley

Dainty Ashley's Giada

Dainty Ashley’s Giada

Dainty Ashley's bow

Dainty Ashley’s bow

And of course, the collection inspired by my daughter, Zeeka…

Dainty Ashley's Zeeka Collection

Dainty Ashley’s Zeeka Collection

Dainty Ashley's Zeeka

Dainty Ashley’s Zeeka

To visit Dainty Ashley, click on the link below:
Dainty Ashley Website
Dainty Ashley Facebook Page

How about you? What accessories do your kids have? 🙂

Summer Chic

Another hot summer day! It’s election day today. Vote wisely!

How are you taking the heat? Baby Z is quite chill and comfortable.

Summer is about to end. Before it ends, I want to share with you my Summer Chic look. Baby Z is donning a flowery onesie with her sunglasses!

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

I hope you like it! I forgot where I got my floral onesie. The plastic neon pink shades are from Metro! Department store and the mittens are St. Patrick Baby.

Love lots,

Baby Z

 

Mayumi & Me Natural Bath and Body Giveaway Winner

Yipee! Today, we will be announcing the winner for the Mayumi & Me Natural Bath and Body Giveaway! We would like to thank Mompreneur Armi of Mayumi & Me for holding this giveaway in this site.

Mayumi & Me

Mayumi & Me

So the winner of this Natural Bath and Bodies Package is …
Chi Chen Sanguyo Torres

Congratulations! 🙂 I will be emailing you to ask for your details. Thank you to all those who joined the Mayumi & Me Giveaway. I hope you do try out these natural products.

I did and check out my 2 month old baby so relaxed and calm!

Zeeka's Bath Time!

Zeeka’s Bath Time!

Again, to check out Mayumi & Me, here are the links:
Website: http://www.mayumiandme.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mayumiandme
Instagram: https://instagram.com/mayumiandme

Thank you all for joining!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Mom & Me Event at the Rockwell Tent

When I was little, I loved summer vacation. I would go to my grandmother’s house to go swimming. Most of all, I loved spending time with my mom and dad. Now that I have my little daughter, I can’t wait to bring her along. I can’t wait to enroll her for activities that she can do to enhance her skills. I can’t wait to do activities together. Even if she’s still a baby, I bring her with me wherever I go. I’m planning to bring her to this fun activity at the Rockwell Tent Makati for the Mom and Me event. This will be on May 25 and 26 (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Mom & Me at the Rockwell Tent

Mom & Me at the Rockwell Tent

This event aims to foster the relationship of moms and kids through activities that both can do together. While kids can learn from independent play as it nourishes creativity and imagination and organized activities with other kids as in summer classes, when parents and kids do activities together, it gives them a common sense of purpose and a goal. Kids love receiving the affection and undivided attention of their parents, and want to be able to spend as much time with them as possible.

What are the activities that you can do with your kids during this event? Here are some of the things you can do:

Yoga and Zumba to be led by Beyond Yoga

Yoga and Zumba to be led by Beyond Yoga

Cooking by McCormick Philippines

Cooking by McCormick Philippines

Taekwondo by Coach and Kids Inc.

Taekwondo by Coach and Kids Inc.

Story-telling by my friend, Mariel Uyquiengco of The Learning Basket

Story-telling by my friend, Mariel Uyquiengco of The Learning Basket

"The ABC's of Safe Sleep" by Ives Lim-Esteban of Halo Philippines

“The ABC’s of Safe Sleep” by Ives Lim-Esteban of Halo Philippines

Colorful fashion show by Tiddle Tots

Colorful fashion show by Tiddle Tots

Parachute time with Gymboree

Parachute time with Gymboree

Filipino Story-telling with The Learning Library

Filipino Story-telling with The Learning Library

Swamu with Slimmer’s World

Swamu with Slimmer’s World

Arts by Young Artists Studio

Arts by Young Artists Studio

On top of all these activities that moms and kids can do together, top mom and kids brands will be showcasing their wares from clothes, shoes, toys, home décor and more!

Entrance passes to this fun-filled weekend are at P499, good for 1 mom/dad and 1 child; additional participants at P250. Those who prefer access to only the booth activities such as the family portrait area, beauty booth, play area, and shopping area can get passes for P199.

For more information you can check out Mom & Me Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mommyandmePH or Follow them at Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mommyandmePH.

Mom and Me is also supported by Elba, Smart Steps, Bite Block, Enchanted Kingdom, Citibank, Diana Stalder, Party DNA, and Rockwell Tent.

Media sponsors include Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, K-Zone Philippines, Total Girl, Disney Junior, Princess, Business World, Herword.com, Highlife, kristn.com, Southern Living, and TopazMommy.com.

Are you a First Time Parent?

It will be our Baby Z’s second month birthday tomorrow. It just seems like yesterday when we held her in our arms for the first time. Ej and I are First Time Parents. We are parents who want the best for our little one. I remember that before I gave birth, during the 9 months of pregnancy, we did a lot of things to prepare.

We attended a lot of workshops and seminars (by Medela Moms, LATCH, etc.). We attended the Birthing Class of Rome Kanapi. We read books — I think I have three different kinds of pregnancy books here with me. We read articles in the internet and I think I may be one of the frequent visitors of babycenter.com.ph.

There are a lot of things that we needed to learn. I think as parents, even if we strive to be perfect, we cannot be perfect. We’re only human. BUT (emphasis on BUT!), we can continuously educate ourselves so that we can make the best decision for our babies.

There were a lot of things on my mind back then that I wish someone would have given me the answers to. I wish I got to know more people who could help me early on and who would be my support group. These led me to create this workshop series in cooperation with Medela Moms, Inc. and The Learning Basket.

I designed the series to be a four part workshop on topics that deals with (1)pregnancy, (2)post labor and new born care, (3) toddler years and (4) child development and education. The workshop titles are as follows (just to give you an idea):

First Time Parents Workshop: What To Know Before Giving Birth
Date: June 1, 2013

First Time Parents Workshop: Delivery and New Born Care
Date: June 29, 2013

First Time Parents Workshop: Toddler Care
Date: July 6, 2013

First Time Parents Workshop: Helping Your Baby Learn
Date: July 13, 2013

We have already launched and announced the first of the four workshops.

First Time Parents Workshop: What to Know Before Giving Birth

First Time Parents Workshop: What to Know Before Giving Birth

MommyGinger is giving a 50% discount on the registration fee (pay only Php 600 per participant/seat) for the first workshop! All you have to do is input FTP1MG in the COUPON CODE space below.

To sign up for the first workshop of the series (First Time Parents: What to Know Before Giving Birth), please fill out the form below:

I really hope to see you there! I’d love to meet more expecting moms and dads! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

WAHMeo Blog Carnival 2013 Winner

Two weeks ago, Martine, the founder of Wahmderfullife.com, Marge and Jenn from vasupportpro.com and yours truly launched the WAHMEO Blog Carnival 2013.

WAHMeo Blog Carnival logo

WAHMeo Blog Carnival logo

We wanted to know your thoughts on why WAHMEOs are geared to Succeed. We asked you about your thoughts on WAHMEOs, your Experience as a WAHMEOs, on why do you want to be a WAHMEOs and statistics on WAHMEOs around the globe.

We were so happy with the articles that we have received as entries. Sharing with you the inspiring stories of the participants:

SHED: Thoughts of An Aspring WHAMeo
This mom’s life: The Most Important CEO of All
Working MAMA: On Wanting to Be a WAHMEO
Davao Mommy: The WAHM Lifestyle: Realities, Duties, and Fulfillment
City Girl, Country Home: Precious Gems for You Work-at-Home Mommas
Mamabella Mommy: Living (And Loving) The WAHMeo Life

I was deeply inspired and motivated to do my best in being a WAHMeo. I can’t help it, but sometimes, I feel so pressured with all of the things that I have to do as a mom, wife and entrepreneur. It’s so nice to know that there is a group of women who understands what I’m going through. The mere fact that I know they understand is a big deal for me. We can all inspire each other every day and be the support system for each one 🙂

Also, for the blog carnival, we promised to give prizes for the best write-up.

The winner of the WAHMeo Blog Carnival 2013 is Dianne Kaw with her entry:
This mom’s life: The Most Important CEO of All

Congratulations, Dianne! You will receive a $25 Paypal credit, a business book for moms in business, and one (1) full year FREE hosting of a WordPress site.

Thank you to all those who joined! 🙂

Hot Pink Stripes

Hi Everyone!

This is my first entry for Baby Z’s Style Corner. In this section, I will take you through the different outfits and ensembles that Mommy makes me wear. Occasionally, even Daddy picks outfits for me!

My first outfit is this hot pink striped onesie with matching bonnet.

Hot Pink Stripes

This striped onesie and bonnet are from Mothercare Philippines. My white socks are from Mothercare Philippines also and the mittens are from St. Patrick.

Hope you love my look!

– Baby Z