Archives for August 2013

Let Go of Stress

To tell you honestly, I may look like I have got everything under control, but deep inside I am a really stressed person. My husband, on the other hand, is the one who’s always relaxed. He’s the one who has really got everything under control. He always tell me that I’m always stressed out and I need to learn how to relax and take it easy.

Now that I’m a WAHMeo (Work-at-home-mom / CEO of my business), I am even more stressed out. I’m always worrying about Baby Z, my business, etc. I fear that I don’t bring enough money into the household income. I fear the I’m not giving Baby Z ‘enough’. I guess that’s why I’m really sticking by my commitment to breastfeed. I think that’s the only thing that I can actually gift her with right now — good health. I also make it a point to read to her and sing to her everyday. As much as I want to enroll her in Kindermusik or Gymboree classes this early, to be honest with you, I don’t think that I have the funds for that right now.

All my funds are tied up to businesses that I have, which I hope to see grow in the near-EST future. I like this article that, Vince, the husband of my friend, Frances of Mommy Topaz wrote: The Oxygen Mask. It really hit and moved me! As much as I want to buy fancy clothes for Baby Z as often as I want to or as much as I want to go on vacations and eat in fancy restaurants with my family, I am trapped in a scenario where I need to lift my self first and help my hubby with our finances. We are in a situation where we need to think thrice of four times before buying wants. As I told you before, we have concrete plans and we know where we want to go financially, but I’m (take note: not WE) stressed out about the process of getting there. Mahirap pala talagang kumita!

Husbands, if your wives are like me, always stressed out about things and always ‘overwhelmed’ with all of the things happening around her, Manila Workshops has created this workshop with Jayme from Optimommy.com.

Be Happy, Go Stress Free

Be Happy, Go Stress Free

This short workshop will help your wife use intentional self-management techniques to deal with the stress and pressures of motherhood. I think I, myself, need to attend this.

If you are interested in signing up for this event, please go to this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/07/be-happy-go-stress-free.html

Are you like me? Do you feel pressured? What makes you stay up all night? What occupies your thoughts? Let’s talk!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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Tickle Me Mondays: Comic Strip #7

Oh no! Initially I thought that today is the last Monday of August. I’m losing track of time! It has been raining the past few days. Despite the gloomy weather, I hope you are all doing great today!

To cheer you up, I’m sharing this baby comic strip of Baby Z!

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Have you shared funny pictures of your baby using #ticklememondays? Join in the fun!

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Baby OOTD: A Horse and Minnie Mouse from Mothercare

Last week, I showed you the yellow outfits that Baby Z tried on at Mothercare Active Fun. For this week, her Baby OOTD theme are animals, featuring a horse and a famous mouse.

The first outfit from Mothercare Philippines is a long sleeved sweater with colorful sleeves and a hot pink base. A cute horse (well, it looks like a horse but i’m not sure) is seen in front. I paired it with violet jogging pants that I also saw at the store. The jogging pants come in pairs — one violet and one white.

Loved this outfit the most!

Loved this outfit the most!

I then paired the ensembles with these lovely shoes. I love the cute little hearts on it! It’s so girly!

Don't you like the shoes? So cute! :)

Don’t you like the shoes? So cute! 🙂

Her headband is from one of her other dresses at home. Look at how happy Baby Z is!

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Baby Z enjoying her outfit :)

Baby Z enjoying her outfit 🙂

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For those who don’t know, Mothercare Philippines already have their own instagram account. It’s Mothercareph. You can now share your own Mothercare Baby OOTD with them! I’ll be sharing this with them today.

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The next Baby Outfit of the Day of Baby Z is this cute Minnie Mouse Red Romper. In the store, I also saw these socks. It also had a Minnie Mouse design (It matched the design of the romper!)

Cute Minnie Mouse Romper

Cute Minnie Mouse Romper

I love the Minnie Mouse detail on the side of the romper. You can see that this was really well made.

Love the Minnie Mouse detail!

Love the Minnie Mouse detail!

Headband is from Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories. Most of Baby Zeeka’s cute pictures were of her lying down…
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This was the only nice picture of her sitting down. Why?
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Because, she was distracted by her cute socks (as she is now discovering her feet and toes).

Baby Z was distracted by the cute socks

Baby Z was distracted by the cute socks

Still distracted! haha! :)

Still distracted!

I hope you liked Baby Fashionista’s Baby OOTD for today! 🙂

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OOTD for today is from:
Mothercare Philippines
Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories

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Party Planning Fair at Rockwell: Celebrations Fair

Stressing out on what to do for your kid’s birthday party? I am one who can relate. Every time I create a party, I always make it a point to have really good suppliers. These suppliers need to be those who can give quality work and who can deliver on time. It’s 7 more months before I celebrate Baby Z’s first birthday and to tell you honestly, I am always “career” when creating a party for my child, even more meticulous than creating the workshops that I have for my business.

I just had one party for Baby Z, which was her baptism and I made it a point that the party had everything and the experience of Baby Z (although I think she still wouldn’t remember it) and the guests were superb. You can read all about Baby Z’s Baptism HERE.

I was so happy to see this while I was surfing. This party planning fair poster was posted by my friend, Christine.

Celebrations Fair

This fair is brought to you by SKY cable and Nido 3+. Celebrations Fair will bring together incredible party suppliers under one roof on August 17, Saturday from 11am to 6pm at the Rockwell Tent.

I was so happy since I would be able to scout for good suppliers for Baby Z’s first birthday. I am actually so excited to plan and put together the party! And there will be special discounts available from the exhibitors from costume makers, caterers, venues, entertainment, stylists, photographers, souvenir and specialty shops, party supplies and decors and so much more!

Here are the list of the supplier exhibitors:
CelebrationsFair - exhibitors edition

Those who book on the same day get the chance to win packages and treats from our participating exhibitors.
It’s a whole day celebration of party planning peppered with fun games and entertainment for the whole family! We have eats and treats too! And also, the first 150 guests who register onsite get to receive goody bags.

Celebrations Fair is presented by SKY cable and Nido 3 +. It’s made possible by Hot Wheels, Digestics, National Bookstore, Wilkins Distilled Water and Fun Ranch. Special thanks also go to Alpenliebe, Mentos, Fruittella, Chupa Chups, The Parteizeit, Pose and Print, Zoomanity, Figaro, Big Red Barn, Swell Sweets, Fax Parcel and Print, Party Starters and Made in Candy.

Read all about the CELEBRATIONS FAIR HERE.

I am so excited for this party planning fair! I hope to see you there!

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

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Beans Baby Store and Mommy Ginger Giveaway!

I can’t believe it is already August! It’s now time for Halloween preparations (well, for me it is!). My sister actually bought two Halloween outfits already for Baby Z from the States. I’ll share it with you once it arrives. Speaking of costumes, check out these crochet headware from Beans Baby Store. You can actually use it to complete the Halloween outfit for your little one.

I, aslo,  feel generous. So for these two weeks, Beans Baby Store and Mommy Ginger will be giving away this cutie patootie crochet head ware to one lucky winner!

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To join the giveaway, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below.
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Have you already thought of what Halloween costume would you want your child to wear? How about you? How do you spend Halloween? Please do share some stories! I’d love to hear about them!

FYI, for more cute products, please do visit Beans Baby Store at http://beansbabystore.com/ and please follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/BeansBabyStore.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

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Mompreneur Ivy Cruz of Boo Couture Par Lierre

I had the chance to interview another momprenuer with a hair accessories business. Her name is Ivy Pabalate Cruz. Let’s find out more about her business, Boo Couture Par Lierre.

About Mompreneur Ivy

Mompreneur Ivy and Family

Mompreneur Ivy and Family

I’m a loving wife and I have two wonderful kids. My eldest is a girl, and my youngest is a boy. I have been married for almost 11 years now. I used to be a vocal coach at the Center for Pop Music Philippines. I’m a part-time mompreneur. I am a home-based online ESL teacher, and I have been teaching for 6 years now. I like singing a lot, I also like teaching, but I fell in love with arts and crafts.

My goals for now is to be able to be a good mother to my kids, a not-so-ordinary wife to my husband and to make my business even more successful in the next few years.

Ginger: What is your brand/business? What is it about and how long have you been in business?
Ivy: My brand is Boo Couture Par Lierre. I make headpieces, clips, headbands, favors for all ages and for any occasions. I have been in the business for 2 years.

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Ginger: Who is your market?
Ivy: When I started, I wanted to target mothers only. In the long run, I ended up selling to ladies too.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Ivy: I came up with this idea because of my daughter, Arwen. I used to collect clips and headbands for her, but she often complains about her stuff (that it was always broken). The flowers from her headbands would fall off easily. The clips were rusty after just few times of wearing them. What I did was I decided to make for Arwen her own set of clippies and headbands. She liked it and her classmates loved it, too, so I ended up making more and sold them online.

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a momtrepreneur? What are these?
Ivy: Yes there were many. I’m a working mompreneur, and I have two kids. The difficult task is juggling my work, my family and my business. There are many times when I never get to sleep early, or never have enough sleep at all, because I have to finish all of orders on time. Also, I have to wake up in the morning for my family and work in the evening for my job (Online ESL teacher).

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Ivy: Faith in God, hard work and uniqueness

Ginger: Any Unforgettable lesson that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Ivy: Always adjust to your customer’s needs if you want to be competitive. Also, never trust a next day delivery courier 100%. Ship your packages as early as possible to avoid any delay.

Ginger: That’s very practical advice, Ivy. I love it. What other advice can you give other Mompreneurs?
Ivy: Be patient, and trust God every time.

Ginger: Thank you, Mommy Ivy for the wonderful interview. More power to Boo Couture Par Lierre!

Boo Couture Par Lierre Contact Information:
Website/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boo-Couture-Par-Lierre/209189659154067
Email address: harvygrey@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 09052809458
Instagram: http://instagram.com/boocoutureparlierre

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How to Get Sidelines and ‘Rackets’

Many people ask me how I come up with all of these business ideas and all these ‘rackets’ and sidelines. You know what? That question made me think actually.

When I was younger, people were telling me that I seemed to be a magnet of opportunities. After reading ‘The Secret’, I guess I believed it more. But, I am a practical lady and I think, if you really want to succeed, reading the secret and believing it can only take you so far.

So, what I did was I went through each business idea I had in the past and tried to think of where each originated from. From these, I gathered learnings — my ‘secrets’ in achieving success.

1. Play your own game (Be Self-driven)

If you want something achieved or something done, then get them done. You don’t have to wait for validation or someone else to give you a motivational speech. Create a plan with concrete steps that you will take to turn your idea into reality.

Also, don’t let people tell you what you CANNOT do. I hear a lot of people say, “wag mong gawin yan kasi meron na nyan” (don’t do that, because there is already someone else offering that). To that I would say, “I’ll do it better!”. It doesn’t mean that just because someone else is offering a kind of service or product, you are not supposed to create your own version. That’s not how the world works now. You can actually create, and make sure that you have your unique selling proposition in mind. Why would customers go to you instead of your competitor? What value do you offer? What are you there to address?

2. Treat others well and be willing to help them

I am all for helping others, even competitors. When a person comes to me to ask for my help, as long as I have the resources and the capability to do so, I do help them. Also, to get sidelines and rackets, you have to be genuinely (let me repeat that — GENUINELY!) nice to people. These people will be the same people who will help you in the future. As for me, I sometimes go and contact organizations and brands that I see potential in and that I want to try to help out. I have contacted a few for Manila Workshops (some of them are our partners now and we are very successful in achieving our goal). For those who don’t want my services, it is actually fine by me. When I approach people, I normally have a grand ‘win-win’ plan for both of us. If it doesn’t push through, I jump to the next big idea for another person, organization or brand.

Don’t be afraid to create partnerships, but of course, do check on the background and the experience of the people you are looking at to partner with. I hear a lot of people say that they don’t want to partner with friends for businesses since this will just end friendships. I don’t agree with this. For me, just as long as you and your friend document (really write down roles and responsibilities and expectations from each) everything, then you’re good to go. I suggest also to partner with people who know that putting up a business is a risk. There are no guarantees!

3. Feeling of abundance

I stay away from people who are NEGA (Negative). When I wake up each day, I always tell myself that I will get a lot of clients today and I will be able to help others through the work that I do. I always tell myself that there is an ocean of untapped market and I have to do is connect with them. In getting sidelines or jobs, always feel (feel is the operative word) like there is an abundance of job openings that you need to choose from! Never feel that no opportunities are there for you or that there is a scarcity of jobs. Try to avoid that feeling and you’ll see that opportunities will come your way.

4. Follow through
When you plan to contact possible clients that you can be of service to, do contact them right away. Don’t forget to follow through. When a potential partner asks for a meeting date, do give them a date. Again, follow through. Most of the time, opportunities don’t turn to real and tangible scenarios because of lack of follow through.

5. Know what you’re good at
To get to create ideas that will turn into successful businesses or sidelines, you should know what you are good at and leverage on these. Use these skills in the business or sideline that you thinking of. Try to partner with someone who will fill in on your weaknesses.

So these are the five things that I can tell you to remember in creating sidelines or rackets. Do let me know if you have other tips in mind! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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Tickle Me Mondays: Comic Strip #6

Lovely morning to everyone! I’m sharing with you the baby comic strip I have for today.

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Have you contributed to #ticklememondays? Share with us funny photos with your child!

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