Archives for September 2013

Tickle Me Mondays: Comic Strip #10

It’s another great Monday! Everything seems to be going great now. I have no more virus and Baby Zeeka is feeling much better. Although she still has cough and colds that started last Friday. She was so kawawa nga over the weekend. She couldn’t breathe.

To start the week right, here is another comic strip featuring Baby Z for Tickle Me Mondays. Hoping that this week would be better!

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I hope you liked it!

Do you have funny pictures of your baby? Join me and share them with me by using #TickleMeMondays! πŸ™‚ I will follow you on Twitter! πŸ™‚

Yes Mommy! Workshop – Getting your Child to Listen and Understand

Baby Zeeka is becoming more aware of the surroundings. She is a very observant baby. She loves a good ‘stare down’. She loves grabbing things, too, and she loves looking at things with intense eyes. She then puts it inside her mouth when no one is looking. During this stage, they say that the baby’s brain is like a sponge — absorbing everything that they see, hear, taste, etc.

When they become a toddler, the difficulty (although not impossible) is to get your child to listen and really understand you. When your toddler goes into a tantrum, what do you do? How do you deal with them in these situations? When your child is already going to school, how do you get them to listen and understand you above all the ‘noise’?

 

Yes Mommy Talk

Yes Mommy Talk

It’s the last week for you to sign up for the Yes Mommy Workshop! and this will be a big help for all parents who want to learn more things that can be applied in their parenting style.

I have attended this class and I am slowly trying to apply what I have learned with Baby Zeeka. This workshop will be on October 5, 2013 at the Medela House. You can SIGN UP HERE!

This workshop is brought to you by ManilaWorkshops.com, Optimommy.com and Unilab.

Ines Moda Infantil: Lovely Dress for Baby Fashionistas

I have received a lot of email from readers asking me where I usually buy the baby clothes of Baby Zeeka. Well, I actually get them from different stores. The reason why I came up with the Baby Z’s style corner section of this blog is to take you through the shopping journeys that me and Baby Z have shared. We want you to join us in our next adventures!

For this week, I am featuring Ines Moda Infantil. This is a little store where one could get really cute dresses for your little girl.

How did I discover this place? I heard about it when my SIL, Neva of ManilaMommy.com tagged me in one of her photos of a dress — a dress that looked cute for Zeeka. I later learned that the store is just walking distance away from where we live. Ines Moda Infantil has a store in Kensington Place near Burgos Circle, BGC. So, with that, one sunny afternoon, Baby Zeeka, yaya and I went out to go shopping!

When I got to the store, I was so excited and I went through each and every dress. We were the only ones there during that time, so I got to concentrate (yes, shopping requires great concentration!). πŸ˜‰

 

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These are the dresses that caught my attention!

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Look at my cool little girl choosing an awesome nautica outfit. Unfortunately, they didn’t have her size.

Zeeka's Shopping Spree at Ines Moda Infantil

Zeeka’s Shopping Spree at Ines Moda Infantil

So what did we buy? Here is Baby Zeeka in the cute dress that I bought for her! It was a straight A-line dress with a colorful flowery print.

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HELLO WORLD…
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For those who want to check out more from Ines Moda Infantil, you can visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/inesmodainfantilphΒ They also have an instagram account:Β http://instagram.com/inesmodainfantil

Hope you like Baby Fashionista’s style for today! Until our next shopping adventure!

Money Matters for Mommies: A Talk Organized by Sun Life

It was a windy morning, but nothing could have stopped my family and I from attending the Money Matters for Mommies. This talk was organized by Sun Life Financial Philippines.

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Money Matters for Mommies

Program for Money Matters for Mommies

Program for Money Matters for Mommies

Sun Life Financial Philippines’ mission is to help Filipinos achieve financial security. And one way to fulfill this mission is to conduct mini talks to teach financial literacy. This workshop that we attended is one of the series of workshops that they organized.

Why did I want to attend this workshop? I know that in terms of handling finances, Ej and I have done a pretty good job in increasing our assets. Now that we have Baby Zeeka, I’d like to listen to tips from different parents and experts on how they go about increasing their savings and investments. YouΒ know me? I’m a sucker for continuous learning.

So where should we start when trying to build funds for our little one? What do we do when we want to start building a great future for our children? Sun Life Philippines phrases it in a very inspiring statement… Your bright choice will help you achieve a brighter future.

Ms. Nerie Azurin with Mommy Ginger

Ms. Nerie Azurin with Mommy Ginger

During the session, Ms. Nerie Azurin from Sun Life, introduced the speaker for the day. It was TV host and mommy Suzy Entrata-Abrera.

Suzy Entrata-Abrera with Mommy Ginger and Baby Zeeka

I enjoyed Suzy’s talk because she gave tips and elaborated on each using her own personal experiences as a mom. She shared stories about her husband and her children.

For you to be able to give a brighter life for your children, here are some tips that Suzy shared:

Set clear goals: This is so so that you will know what you are actually saving for and so that you get to see what you have actually accomplished. Like for her, their goal as a married couple is to be able to have a house built in 4 years time.

Begin a saving habit: As moms and dads, we now have set our children as our main priority. She mentions that there was a time when she would buy branded bags, but now she has learned to stay away from buying unnecessary stuff.

She also says that as early as now, she teaches her kids on how to handle money. She goes on the mention that nowadays, it’s harder to explain the concept of money since a lot of things and transactions are done online with the children not seeing the exchange of money. They also get to see a plastic card being used to pay for things (credit card), which we parents need to explain to them, too.

Prepare for emergencies: Always have enough for the times when you need money the most, like sickness, etc.

Get insured: Growing up, Suzy mentions that her mom taught her and her sibling the importance of getting things insured. Her mom practically insured everything. She would ask her mom why the latter would stress over paying for insurance every month. Her mom then explained to them that everything she was doing was for her and her siblings.

Make money earn more: We really need to place our money in higher yielding investments, if we want to have enough for our children’s education.

Seek professional advice: If you need to understand investment and savings, do not hesitate to ask for help. The sooner you ask for help, the sooner you can start building funds.

Stay the course: You have your plan. You know what is important. What you need now is to keep at it and continue saving. You will reap the rewards in the future for a brighter life for you and your kids.

Other practical tips or realizations that I had while listening to Suzy:

– She mentioned that every time that she and her husband would go to other countries for a vacation, they would already buy the pasalubong for the kids before they leave and hide it from them πŸ™‚ It saves you from paying the excess baggage fee and from carrying heavy luggage!

– I brought my yaya with me to the talk and I realized that it was a good thing because everyone in the household should be in sync on how money should be handled. Yayas are very important, since they are people who spend time with our children. If you want to teach your children good habits on saving and investing, yaya should also be on board and she should help you teach your child. It will also help her (since my yaya has an 11 year old daughter) in creating plans and in building a good future for her own family.

– You and your husband should not fight about money. Early on, try to discuss it already — who will pay what and who will handle the budget. I remember that early on, even before our wedding, EJ and I already discussed Β money matters and created a rough draft of how we wanted to handle our finances. Really… do talk about it πŸ™‚ It will save you both from a lot of arguments and tears!

Well, that’s basically it. It was a good session that inspired us and gave us that affirmation that we (Ej and I) are on the right track in our wish of providing Baby Zeeka with a good future.

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Zeeka with her new coin bank and her serious face!

We also got this free coin bank, which Baby Zeeka loved πŸ™‚

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You may want to read my past post about managing household expenses with real life stories from different moms:
How do you Manage your Household Budget?

I enjoyed the talk! Thank you, Sun Life!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birthday Celebration for Daddy Ej

Everyone should deserve a break on their birthdays. I’m glad that my husband, Ej, got to have a day off from work for his birthday last Friday.

The day started early for him. When I woke up, he was actually playing his favorite iPad game already, Magic. I normally would reprimand him for always playing (he gets migraines and sometimes, I blame his excessive playing), but this time, I didn’t say anything about it and instead greeted him with a hug!

I had our helper go to Mrs. Fields at Treston School early that morning. She left at 8AM since the surprise I ordered will be ready by just around that time. The thing that I didn’t expect was that we had breakfast early that day. Ej asked me where the help was and I told him that she had to step out to buy load. He said ‘where did she buy load? Ba’t ang tagal nya? (Why is she taking so long?). To that I just laughed nervously.

Then after a while, she came back with the gigantic cookie with the words ‘Happy Birthday, Dada Ej! Love, Ginger and Zeeka’ written on top of it in blue and green icing. The cookie was a huge chocolate chip cookie in the shape of a heart. It was very delicious! Of course! It was from Mrs. Fields, so what do you expect πŸ˜‰

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Ej and Baby Z blowing the Cookie Cake

Ej and Baby Z blowing the Cookie Cake

For lunch, we went to eat at Lugang Cafe at SM Aura. I got to try the one in Greenhills before but Ej didn’t get to try it yet, so he was happy that we were trying it out.

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I was happy that I could order my favorite vegetable dish again, which was String Beans with Salted Egg. For the complete review of the restaurant, please go to ManilaReviews.com.

After we ate, we went around the mall and then had coffee at Starbucks. I had a great chat with a friend from way back in high school. She had a baby, too, of around the same age as Baby Zeeka.

After that relaxing stay at Starbucks, we went back home so that the little one could rest.

Come dinner time, Ej and I decided to eat out and we decided to eat at Red Garlic Bistro. Again, you will get to read about the review in ManilaReviews.com. We just walked going to the restaurant from our place. We we’re chatting on our way to and from the restaurant. I really miss these long conversations with my husband. He really gives me a lot of good ideas for my business. With that short talk, I was able to come up with an outline for a talk that I was planning to give.

What was my gift for Ej? Well, I guess were in the stage in our marriage where a simple dinner would suffice already. I think every couple gets to a point when the priority in terms of spending will be for the kids already.

Speaking of spending and finances, I attended the free seminar of Sunlife for mommies, which I will share with you this week.

How about you? How do you spend your husband’s birthday?

Love lots,
Mommy Ginger

Mommy / Daddy Look-Alike – Comic Strip #9

I, personally think, Baby Zeeka looks like me. I think her chinky eyes and her “pagka-Chinita” is a dead giveaway. But of course, EJ (my husband) on the other hand, believes that Baby Zeeka looks like him. He isn’t alone in this world. A lot of daddies want their children to resemble them. A lot of people do think, too, that babies are made to resemble their father’s looks. This is, as they believe, how nature made it to be, so that the fathers are sure that these babies are theirs.

Look in the mirror and who do you see? :)

Look in the mirror and who do you see? πŸ™‚

Studies show though that babies can either be a look-alike of the mothers or their fathers or they can actually get 50% from each (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=babies-paternal-resemblance). Okay, fine! With Baby Zeeka, it’s really hard to say ‘yet’. In fact, sometimes, I think she looks like me and at times, she looks like Ej (but don’t tell Ej I said this)… hehe!

For some though, it really isn’t hard to determine who the child looks like. The child is either a carbon copy and a look-alike of the mom or the dad! Check out these pictures and let me know if you agree! πŸ™‚

Daddy Jon and Saffron
Saffron and Daddy John

Mommy Millie and Jersey Denise
Mommy Millie and Jersey Denise

Mommy Michelle, her sister, niece and their mom
Mommy Michelle, her sister, sister's daughter and their mom

Mommy Marge and Isabel
Mommy Marge and Daughter Isabel

Mommy Jenn and Anaiah
Mommy Jenn and Anaiah

Daddy Ninoyz and Rhyz
Daddy Ninoyz and Rhyz

Mommy Frances and Inigo
Mommy Frances and Baby Inigo

Daddy Luigi and Elaine
Daddy Luigi and Elaine

Mommy Eve and Kalac
Mommy Eve and Kalac

Daddy Jejomar and Kiel
Daddy Jejomar and Son Kiel

Daddy Dale and Joshua
Daddy Dale and Joshua

Daddy Alain and Baby Ava
Daddy Alain and Baby

Daddy Alain and Baby 2

Daddy Allen and Alexa
Daddy Allen and Alexa

Daddy Nino and Zab
Daddy Nino and Zab

These parents really look lot like their children, right? How about you? Are you curious to know how your baby will look like? This is a funny tool that you can use: http://makemebabies.com/

So how about you, Mommy and Daddy, who does your child look like?

My Tickle Me Monday comic strip is related to our topic…

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Haha! Hope you like it! For those with funny pictures of your children, join me by sharing it on twitter using #ticklememondays!

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Happy Birthday, Daddy EJ!

Happy Birthday to the one person who makes my life unbelievably happy!

Happy birthday to my panggah, EJ!

Life has been a blast with you by my side. I have been smiling from ear to ear every since the day I met you (my jaw hurts already).

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You have been a very understanding and supportive husband, a good provider and now a loving and caring dad to Baby Zeeka. I want the whole world to know that. I also want the world to know that you are a very genuine, humble and kind-hearted person. You have a good heart, gah! Stay that way.

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Always pray. I know that we have gone and now are going through a difficult situation in our lives, but always remember that the Lord will not give you anything that you cannot handle. He loves you and I know that He will continue to bless you. Just keep the faith! Kaya natin, ‘toh!

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I cannot express enough how much I am grateful for all the things that you have done for me and for Zeeka. I am so proud of you. May you have a great, relaxing and stress-free day ahead πŸ™‚

Again, happy birthday! I love you, panggah! πŸ™‚

Love lots,
Ginger

Build City and Hobbes and Landes Sale Starts Tomorrow

Ej and I used to buy Christmas gifts for our loved ones starting September.The good thing about starting early is that some stores are already on sale and you don’t get to wiggle yourself through the crowd of buyers rushing to complete their Christmas shopping.

There are already great stores, which are lowering their prices already! For mommies, Hobbes and Landes is already having their pre-holiday sale starting tomorrow and will run until October 20, 2013.

Hobbes and Landes Sale

Hurry and visit Hobbes and Landes stores in Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Bonifacio High Street, and Greenhills Promenade.

Another store that will have their pre-holiday sale is Build City.

Build City Sale

The pre-holiday sale will also run from September 20 – October 20, 2013! Sale starts from 10%-70% off.

Let me know if you get to go and what items did you buy. I’d love to start thinking of what gifts to buy my loved ones, too!

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger