Archives for June 2013

Baby Blogger

At home, they call me the Social Media Baby, since I’m always popping up on your Facebook news page. I just love sharing my style and OOTD (outfit of the day… Sorry, I had to explain that for my other relatives who are new to hash tags and social media). I bet that when I grow up, I will love blogging as much as mommy and daddy loves blogging. I see mommy the whole day sitting in front of her laptop and I know that I will want one, too, in the future. I will want to have something that I would be passionate about and I know that even if it isn’t blogging or events or programming or comics, mommy and daddy will still support me 100%.

Now for my outfit for the day…

My top is such a cutie! This top is from Cotton On. I got it from their Greenbelt branch. I also got my red shorts from that store to match the top.

"Mom, I can count... one... one... one"

“Mom, I can count… one… one… one”

Hmmm, blog post topic for today?

Hmmm, blog post topic for today?

My Baby Blogger

My Baby Blogger

Don't Try Me!

Don’t Try Me!

The headband that I used in this shoot by Regina Hahn Siy of My Story Photography is from Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories.

So, how do I look? I hope you like my Baby Blogger look for Baby Z’s Style Corner for this Friday!

Love lots,
Baby Z ~ Baby Fashionista

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BIR Deadlines for Single Props and Corporations

I have finally have a legal business. I actually had it since May of this year. This is one of my goals for 2013. I have had businesses before, but this is my first sole prop business (I am part of corporations and had a partnership business before).

A lot of mompreneurs get stuck in this stage. We all want to put up our own businesses but we all think that it is such a hassle to go through the registration process with the government’s different departments. Well, the basic steps are…
1) Go to DTI or SEC. In my case, since it’s a single proprietorship, I went to DTI. You can read all about the steps that I underwent when I applied for certification.
Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business: DTI Process

2) Go to your municipal hall. This has to be the municipal hall of your place of business. I registered with the Taguig local government. You can read all about it here: Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business In Taguig: Municipal Hall Process

3) And the last step was to go to your BIR RDO. Remember that your personal TIN should be transferred to the RDO of your place of business. There are forms that you have to fill out (ex. 1901 Application for Registration, etc.) and fees that you have to pay. After submitting all of the requirements, you have to remember all of your deadlines for reports. I have attached this guide from our RDO. Deadlines of the BIR are all the same anyway. I hope this helps you.

BIR Guide

I’m excited for The WAHMeo Series: Brand and Build Your Online Biz! In this workshop, Business Registration and Taxes will be discussed by Fitz Villafuerte. Fitz Gerard Villafuerte is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world back in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. Aside from running several traditional businesses, he also owns and manages an online store called Blogger Shirts (www.bloggershirts.com) and a microjob marketplace called 199Jobs (www.199jobs.com). His blog, entitled Ready To Be Rich (www.fitzvillafuerte.com), is currently the Best Business and Finance Blog in the country as recognized by the Philippine Blog Awards.

If you have questions on the process, this is a good workshop to attend and clear your mind of all these concerns. Aside from the business registration aspect, you will learn a lot from the different speakers about putting up your own business. Your truly will talk about creating business plans. If you are interested, here are the details.

To sign up, just click on the poster and it will take you to the registration page.

The WAHMeo Series: Brand and Build your Online Biz!

The WAHMeo Series: Brand and Build your Online Biz!

I hope this post helps you become more confident in starting your own business!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Goodluck,

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Baby Fashionista’s First Photo Shoot

In her first three months, we have had two photo shoots already for Baby Z (not counting the many shoots with me or EJ as photographer). The first photo shoot was when she was just two weeks old and the second one was just recently taken when she was three months old. It’s so funny because in both times, we got the two ladies who specializes in birth photography.

Baby Z’s Two-Week-Old Baby Photo Shoot

For Zeeka’s two week old shoot, we got Ms. Polly Fong of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography to take her picture.

Polly Fong taking pictures of Zeeka, the Baby Fashionista

Polly Fong taking pictures of Zeeka, the Baby Fashionista

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During the shoot, Zeeka was either nursing, sleeping or crying. She was not in the best of moods. I was constantly nursing her and I really admired Polly for being so patient. She had to wait for me to finish feeding Zeeka before we could start again. I interviewed Polly about her job and wrote about it in The Philippine Online Chronicles.

You can read all about it here: Birth photography: Labor and child birth through the eyes of a photographer

For those who want to talk to Polly about her services, you can email her at ohdbirths@gmail.com or call her at +639175398870 / +6329661200.

Baby Z’s Three-Month-Old Baby Photo Shoot

This time around, I contacted Regina Hahn Siy of My Story Photography. Zeeka was already a bit bigger and she could already afford to carry her head. We already knew her schedule so it was also better for all of us.

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I didn’t get to feature Regina in my article, but I got to interview her. I will feature it in my other blog, Manila Reviews, soon, so stay tuned for that.

For those who want to talk to Regina about her services, you can email her at regina@mystoryphotography.com or call her at +6322115007 / +63917534 2881.

For Zeeka’s sixth and ninth month shoot, I’m planning to try other photographers. Are you excited to have your baby’s pictures taken?

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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Summer Loving with Baby Fashionista

Hi my loves!

It’s me Zeeka, the baby fashionista! It’s Friday once again and I’m her to share with you my outfit for Baby Z’s Style corner for today.

Well for today, I’d like to share my summer get up. I know that it’s June already and the rains have come, but I really miss Summer. So, with that, this is my summer outfit!

Baby Fashionista wearing her summer outfit

Baby Fashionista wearing her summer outfit

I am wearing a turquoise and orange dress (which is actually a onesie). The onesie is connected to the dress. I got this from Baby Company. Mamou, Papou and Tita K bought it for me. I paired it up with a headband and shades that were given by Lola. The socks are, of course, my favorite socks from Tito Gino. I think I already showed you the box in this link: http://mommyginger.com/2013/06/baby-fashionista-pink.html

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I hope you like my style for today! If you do, please hit the button below and share!

Love,
Baby Fashionista, Baby Z!

*I just love being a girl!*

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Mompreneurs Jaclyn Ilumin and Em Garcia of Cluebebe Diapers

Look at my lovely little girl in these cloth diapers. These are Cluebebe diapers and I got the chance of interviewing the two mompreneurs behind this brand.

Cluebebe Diapers of Zeeka

Cluebebe Diapers of Zeeka

 

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

An Interview with Mompreneurs Jaclyn Ilumin and Em Garcia of Cluebebe Diapers

Em and Jac from Cluebebe Diapers

Em and Jac from Cluebebe Diapers

Both Em and Jaclyn are working moms. Em is mother to 2 kids – Champ (3yr old boy) and Pie (1yr old girl), while Jaclyn is mother to two little girls named Jana and Mattie.

Em is happily married to her best friend, soul mate and life partner for 5 years now. She is currently working for a Multi-national Oil Company. She loves travelling and photography. Before she gave birth, she was a wedding photographer. When the baby came, she decided to focus on her kid and her work. She is a breastfeeding and cloth diaper advocate. Her goal in life is to be a successful career woman and mompreneur. She wants to be someone her family can be proud of.

Jaclyn has also been married to her husband for 5-years. She is currently working in the IT industry for an investing firm. She wants to be financially independent and she plans to do this through this business. She wants to share the benefits with other moms when it comes to cloth diapers.

Ginger: Hello, Ladies! Thank you for agreeing to be featured in MommyGinger.com. So first of all, can you tell us about Cluebebe and how long have you been in business?

Em and Jaclyn: We are in the cloth diaper business — basically, retail and wholesale of Cluebebe Diapers. We have been in business since Sept 2012.

Ginger: Who is your market?
Em: Our target market would be would-be moms and new moms with kids aged 0-3 years old. We target class A-B+ market since our cloth diapers are premium cloth diapers. We also go for the Fashionista mothers.

Ginger: Wow, I think I’m part of your target market! How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Jaclyn: My partner and I are advocates of cloth diapers. Seeing other mompreneurs in the diaper business, we were inspired to have our own brand and start small. I was a fan of the brand ever since and I love the Tutu Diapers. I wanted to sell fashionable premium cloth diapers here in the Philippines.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a momtrepreneur? What are these?
Em: Oh yes. It’s a struggle to balance family time, work and the Cluebebe Business. At times, we sacrifice ‘personal’ time being to fulfill our role as a mompreneur, but I still feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I love what I’m doing and I love the fact that through our reseller program, we are also able to help starting mompreneurs.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Em: You need to have Creativity – in a competitive world, mompreneurs need to be creative and think outside the box. Also, Relationship Building Skills– in any business, relationship with your customers and business partners is very important.
Jaclyn: Perseverance and patience. There needs to be a goal to work towards to, to maintain drive and to be objective. Most businesses are not overnight successes but through hard work, one can make a business successful.

Ginger: Do you have any unforgettable lesson that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Em: It’s fulfilling to do something that:
i. You are passionate about
ii. Can help other people

Being mompreneur is a hard endeavor specially for a working mom like me, But I realized that if you have a vision for your self and you have a personal mission you want to fulfill, that’s enough to keep you going.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Momtrepreneurs?
Jaclyn: Study the business you are planning to venture in. Figure the ins and outs financially and operationally to balance the risks versus the rewards. Most of all, make the jump!

Em: Look for something that you are passionate about and build on it.
• Have a personal vision and mission for yourself and be guided by it.
• Learn and enjoy learning while running your business
• Be creative at all times
• Don’t be afraid to take risks
• LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!
• At at the end of each day, Thank God you are better than yesterday.

Ginger: Thank you ladies and I wish you success in your business!

Cluebebe Diapers contact information:
• Website – www.facebook.com/CluebebePhilippines
• Email address – cluebebeph@cluebebe.com
• Mobile Number – 09178935224
• Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/CluebebePhilippines
• Twitter account – @CluebebePH
• Instagram – @CluebebePH

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How We Spent Dad’s Day

Instead of the usual celebration of eating out with Ej and Baby Zeeka (with his family or my family), the three of us spent the whole day together learning more about parenting. We attended the Joy of Learning Workshop, a parenting workshop organized by Fisher Price. Obviously, for most part of the workshop, Baby Z was either nursing, staring at the older kids or she was…

Zeeka at the Joy of Learning Talk

Zeeka at the Joy of Learning Talk

As for mommy and daddy, we were both participating and listening intently to each and every word Carrie Lupoli aka the “Chief Mom” was saying about parenting.

My key net take-aways from the workshop were:

1. Each of us need to set a direction when parenting. Yes, even in parenting, you should be able to practice goal setting. And how do you go about doing this? You start by defining character skills that you want your child to have. Cognitive skills are normally what we set like reading, understanding cause and effect, etc. These are important, but we should not forget that we also need to develop their character skills.

Character Skills versus Cognitive skills

Character Skills versus Cognitive skills

2. Playtime is important since this is the time when a child really gets to learn. The first five years are the most important years in a child’s development since these are the years where children develop the fastest.

3. There are age appropriate toys for babies and toddlers. The toys appropriate for each age are:

Birth to 9 Months:
– Toys that engage senses: Mobiles / Rattles / Chew toys / Board Boards / Cloth Books
– Cause and Effect: Pop up toys / Busy Boxes

9 to 18 Months
– Toys that imitate real life: Plastic toys / Play food / Animal farms
– Problem Solving Toys: Things that fit together / Push and Pull Toys / Balls

18 – 36 Months
– Materials that help them use their hands to create: dough / Crayons and Doodle boards / Finger paints
– Toys to help them use their imagination: Dress up clothes / Action or Animal figures / Dolls / Stuffed Animals

4. Even if you’re a working mom or dad, it is important to spend quality time with your child. Set aside an hour or so just reading, playing and talking with them.
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What goes in the box?: What skills do you want your child to have?

5. Document your baby’s milestones. Carrie Lupoli says “Parents who often do not know about nor document such milestones very much place their children at risk for life long challenges that could have been significantly improved if recognized earlier,”

So those are my key net take-away from this seminar. We were also fortunate enough to have this picture taken with Ms. Carrie Lupoli.

Mommy Ginger, Daddy EJ, Baby Zeeka and Ms. Carrie Lupoli

Mommy Ginger, Daddy EJ, Baby Zeeka and Ms. Carrie Lupoli

Did you get to attend this parenting workshop? Please do share what you’ve learned? If you didn’t get to attend, do you agree with the things that were taught (based on what my learnings are)?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

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Rosie the Riveter Look

Hi Readers!

Happy Friday to you! It’s a Friday and I loved this week. I’m actually getting ready for a photoshoot tomorrow. Tita Rej of My Story Photography will be coming over tomorrow to shoot me, my mommy and daddy! I am so excited. I have lined up a few looks that I would like to strut tomorrow. To check out the other shoots of Tita Rej, you can check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyStoryPhotography.ph. I remember that the last time I had a professional photographer shoot me was when I was 2 weeks old with Tita Polly of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography. You can check out Tita Polly’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/ohhappybirths?fref=ts

For today, I’d like to share with you my look! Mommy was inspired by Rosie the Riveter in this poster.

 

Image from http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2009/06/27/weekend-diversion-the-real-ros/

Image from http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2009/06/27/weekend-diversion-the-real-ros/

My mom dressed me up in this pink polka dot onesie from Debenhams and she had me use this blue and pink ribbon which was a gift.

Zeeka's Rosie the Riveter Look

I hope you like my look!

Love lots,
Baby Fashionista
Zeeka

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Cluebebe Diapers

When having a baby, mommy has to be on the look out for good and quality products available in the market. But aside from the quality, mommy should also be on top of the budget. Having a baby means having to buy a lot (and I mean A LOT!) of things for baby.

One thing that keeps me motivated to go on breastfeeding Baby Zeeka is that fact that I save a lot on milk. If you give formula, this is how much your baby can consume in a month:

Sorry, I forgot where I got this picture! :(

Sorry, I forgot where I got this picture! 🙁

Let’s just say that on the average, a 500g tin can of infant milk is at Php 500. So If you give your baby formula for 6 months, that would be 40 cans X Php 500 = Php 20,000 for 6 months. You get to save that much if you breastfeed.

The other thing that I want to save up on are diapers. Zeeka gets to use 8-10 diapers a day. She used even more during her first month. I spend close to Php 1000 a week for diapers alone. I’m so glad that there are cute cloth diapers that you can use already. They have different designs that you can choose from.

The first brand that I tried were the Cluebebe Diapers. These are made in Indonesia.

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

Zeeka has these three diapers: the red one, a pink one and a green one. Both the pink (salem pink) and the green (bumble green) one are cover petites. Price for each is at PHP 350.

What do I like about Cluebebe Diaper:
– You can adjust the buttons for to perfectly fit baby.
– The material used for the diaper itself is very soft. It doesn’t cause irritation on Baby Z’s sensitive skin (she got that from me!)
– The outer fabric is waterproof and also, it doesn’t leak easily.
– The inner lining is made out of breathable microfleece that keeps that top dry even if baby pees on it. ece
– Ooooh, I love the velcro since it keeps that diaper fitted on the waist. It doesn’t fall off.

What needs to be improved on?
When we washed the red diaper, the color gets offs. I recently found out that it’s because of the non-toxic color that they use. That type of coloring gets off easily. I was happy that Cluebebe Philippines was happy to replace it. I didn’t have it replaced though, since it didn’t bother me that much anyway.

I also got hold of this new product from Cluebebebe!
Cluebebe with Tutu

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Isn’t it cute! I will use it one of these days for Baby Z’s Style Corner 🙂 To visit Cluebebe, please click HERE.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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