Archives for October 2013

Preparing your Finances for Pregnancy and Your Baby

Mommy Ginger was a guest speaker at the Setting up Mommy’s FB (Finances for Baby) Event at Mothercare Active Fun. I was invited by Insular Life to speak. It was actually my first time to have a talk which was not either about mompreneurship, business or digital marketing. Normally, I would get invited to speak for those topics. I was really excited, because I really wanted to talk about this topic.

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Setting up Mommy's FB (Finances for Baby)

Left to Right: Ms. Phoebe of Stemcord, Mommy Ginger from MommyGinger.com, Chay from Insular, Mariel from Mothercare and Anna from Insular

I know that one of the things that hinders a couple from having a baby is their finances. They always think that their money is not enough. A lot of my friends, who have stable jobs and great marriages, don’t have a child yet because a lot of them are still ‘saving up’ for a kid. In my blog, I get a lot of messages through my Mommy Ginger Facebook Page on how much do you actually need for the following:

1. Preparing for conception: How much would doctor’s fees, shots and vaccines (HPV, Flu shots, etc.), medicines cost for if you and your husband are still preparing for a child?

2. How much would you need to set aside for shopping for your baby’s things?

3. How much would you need for Ultrasounds, OB check-ups, etc.

4. How much would you need for labor and delivery

5. How much would you need for baptism, the child’s first birthday party, etc.?

6. How much would you need for education?

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Mommy Ginger speaking at the Setting up Mommy’s Finances for Baby

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Chay from Insular Life discussing their product called Gift of Dreams

For those who want a copy of my presentation, all you need to do is like my page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mommyginger) and send me a message there with your email address! 🙂 I will definitely get back to you and email you back the copy of the presentation.

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Baby Zeeka was playing while Mommy was Speaking 🙂 hehe!

For those who want to learn more about finances, my friend, Fitz Villafuerte is having a Family Finances workshop on Nov. 9, 2013. I would love to meet all of you there. You can register HERE: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/10/family-finances-oct-2013.html

The organizers will also give Php 200 off from the rates if you place MOMMYGINGER in the Blogger Referral Code field in the form.

Thank you to all those who attended the talk. I hope that you learned a lot from me. Thank you very much, Insular Life and Mothercare Philippines! ‘Til the next event 🙂

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I’m Excited for the Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013

Yesterday, Baby Fashionista Zeeka and I went to the press conference of the Baby & Family Expo at Fun Ranch. I wanted to know more about this expo since it sounded very interesting. The Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013 is entitled Welcoming Life, Love and Care.

We arrived at the venue pretty early. The press conference was at 10:00 am and we got there at 9:45 am. I didn’t expect that the taxi ride from BGC to the Tiendesitas area would be that fast. When we got there, we saw Maricel Cua, co-founder of MedelaMoms in the Philippines. Maricel is a good friend and I got to know her because I used to frequent Medela House when I was pregnant. I still do frequent that place though since we offer workshops for first time parents called the First Time Parents Series!

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We got to chat and she then introduced me to David Abrenilla, a German-Filipino Entrepreneur and the Co-founder and CEO of Mediacom Solutions, Inc. He was a very nice guy and he excitedly told us about the vision and the advocacy behind Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013. He told us that this event is really to help families learn together. It’s not like a bazaar where the main focus is buying stuff from the concessionaires. Yes, they do have more than 200 booths but aside from that, there are other activities that the moms, dads and kids can participate in. Through all of these activities, David said, “our partners and sponsors want to nurture family development and raise the awareness on responsible child care.”

The host of the program was Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winner and celebrity mom, Nina Ricci Algao-Flores. They also had a panel of speakers who were willing to share with the crowd some insights about their field of expertise. These panelists were Mr. Edric Mendoza, ANc’s On the Money host and The Master’s Academy President, our friend, Maricel Cua, co-founder of Medela Moms, Huiying Tan, Director of Cordlife Philippines and Dr. REgine Santiago, OB specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology, Menopause and Infertility at The Medical City.

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Baby Zeeka was intently listening to the speakers!

 

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The Baby and Family Expo will be on December 6-8, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It covers the stages of family growth from pregnancy to early childhood with seminars from Medela Moms, The Medical City, Mercato Founder RJ Ledesma, ANC host Edric Mendoza, MTRCB Chairman Atty. Eugenio Villareal, Azkals Coach Michael Weiss, DigitalFilipino.com founder Janette Toral, Beauty Queen Nina Ricci Alagao-Flores and actress/entrepreneur Regine Tolentino, actress Jade Lopez and many more.

It was a fun press conference with a lot of games and surprises! It was supported by FM Group Fragrance Philippines, Evian, Attipas, Unimom, Bebebocas, Jeweltone, Urban Ashram Manila, Absolute Distilled Drinking Water, Consumer Care Products (Guard Insect Repellent), Ever Bilena, De La Salle University Medical Center, Perfetti Van Melle, Cuppu Cakes, Fernando’s Bakery, Metro Deal, harpie Mongol, AMSPEC, Island Rose and CordLife Philippines.

check out these cute cupcakes from Cuppy Keyks!

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See you there!

 

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Zeeka’s First Halloween Party: DIY Decorations from Memory Crafters

Once you have your first born, all occasions are exciting and everyone really prepares for it — the baby’s first Christmas, first Easter and first Halloween. And as expected, in or household, we are preparing for two Halloween celebrations. We had the first one last Sunday. This Halloween Party was with the babies of our Birthing Class under Miss Rome Kanapi.

It was actually a reunion, but we decided to make it a Halloween Party to make it more fun! 🙂 All of us are first time moms and dads so this was an event that we were really looking forward to. We had it in my lola’s house and being the host and after launching our (my sister and I) party planning business, we decided to decorate the place and DIY the decorations. Don’t get us wrong! Memory Crafters (our business) is into event coordination for kid’s parties/baptisms, so we outsource most of the stuff to suppliers, but we can DIY ‘some’ stuff here and there.

I’m so excited to share the pictures with you. Here is how we decorated the place.

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We hope you like it. We at Memory Crafters can decorate for house parties and we really have affordable and flexible packages.Feel free to contact us!

Have you already thought of an outfit for your baby? My friends yesterday came up with really great costumes that may inspire you! Sharing them with you!

Baby Sam as Russel

Baby Sam as Russel

Baby Patty as  a Sushi

Baby Patty as a Sushi

Baby Zeeka as a Dragon

Baby Zeeka as a Dragon

Baby Andre as Superman

Baby Andre as Superman

Baby Rafi as a Bunny

Baby Rafi as a Bunny

The De Leon family featuring Temple Run

The De Leon family featuring Temple Run

My Zeeka was a bit uncomfortable with her dragon outfit so we changed back into her Cinderella attire. 🙂 Sharing with you some more pictures of our get together.

My Baby Cinderella, Zeeka and moi!

My Baby Cinderella, Zeeka and moi!

The Ladies in our Batch

The Ladies in our Batch

The Men in our Batch

The Men in our Batch

Baby Boys!

Baby Boys!

How about you? Do you already have an outfit for your baby? What was your favorite among all of the costumes? When are you celebrating your Halloween party? Are your kids going Trick or Treating? Do share your thoughts with me! 🙂

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Family Finances: Learn How to Manage and Balance your Family’s Budget Today!

I was invited to give a talk about preparing for pregnancy related expenses and baby related expenses by Insular Life of the Philippines. I’m not sure if the talk was already announced, but it’s a free talk. I’ll let you know when it will be and i’ll definitely share it with you here on my blog. These are for couples who are expecting a baby and are wondering how much will it truly cost to prepare and have a baby.

But preparing for a baby and having one is just a part of the whole household budget. It takes great practice, ‘couple’ communication and teamwork and prayers to get through having enough money for all the family’s expenses. But it, of course, takes a lot of knowledge in that aspect of handling money, budgeting and investing to be able to really get by (okay, fine… prayers can only take you so far – I admit!).

One person, who I really consider as a mentor in this field, is Fitz Villafuerte. By just listening to all of his talks, I have learned and have applied a lot of great stuff in handling our family finances. That’s why after my talk on October 26, I highly recommend you to attend this rerun of the FAMILY FINANCES WORKSHOP of Fitz Villafuerte.

Fitz Gerard Villafuerte is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Family Finances

This workshop is for:
• Couples who are finding it hard to budget their income to sustain the needs of their family.
• Breadwinners who are taking care of their parents, or involved in elder care at home.
• Single parents who are finding it hard to achieve work-life balance.
• Newlyweds who would like to know how to become financially independent from their parents.
• People who have relatives who depend on them financially.

Expect to get practical advice and real-life exercises that will teach you exactly how to achieve financial security for your family. After the workshop, you are expected to go home with a list of action items for your household and a concrete work plan that you can immediately apply.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. How can I save money if my income is just enough to support my family?
2. How do I teach my child to be financially smart?
3. How should I handle family members and relatives who constantly borrow money?
4. How do I manage my finances so it can support the medical expenses of my aging parents?
5. How can I invest if I’m too busy working and taking care of my children?
6. How do I secure the educational needs of my child?
7. How can I afford my dream house?
8. How should I prepare for retirement, so I won’t be dependent on my children when I grow old?

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue: Studio SnR, 3rd Floor, Millenium Place, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines 1605
*Please bring a calculator

For a Php 200 discount, don’t forget to use MOMMYGINGER for the Blogger Referral code:

Sign up now using this form:

Take advantage of our early bird rate of Php 1,700 by registering and paying on or before November 2, 2013 or you can bring along your partner and avail of the couple rate of Php 3,000 per couple.

Sign up now!

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BABY OOTD: Ines Moda Infantil Dresses

Hi Lovely Readers! Today is another day where we feature Baby Z’s Style or BABY OOTD for the day. We didn’t get to feature a style last week to give in to my post on visioning for moms, which we thought would be more important for you to know about and sign up for since the workshop will be tomorrow. So with us skipping featuring an outfit last week, we will be featuring two outfits.

Baby Zeeka’s BABY OOTD for the day is from Ines Moda Infantil.

Peach outfit 1

Peach outfit 2

Butterflies 1

Butterflies 2

Butterflies 3

I want to be a model when I grow up

I really love these baby clothes and dresses from Ines Moda Infantil. These are the two outfit that we have which are of Zeeka’s size. The other outfits for BABY OOTD that we have from that store are for a 12 month old baby so they are still a bit big for Baby Z.

We hope that you like Baby Fashionista, Baby Z’s OOTD. ‘Til next Friday!

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New Business and Excited for Halloween

My sister and I have been contemplating on creating an events planning business specializing in children’s parties since a year or two ago. When my sister and I team up, it’s always a great tandem. She’s really very creative and has a good eye for colors. She loves colors. In our team up, I am the one who is usually in charge of marketing the business. I love talking to people and I love looking for ways on how to come up with a win-win scenario. This year, me and my sister, have started our events coordination business called Memory Crafters.

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Our cool logo was created by a mompreneur, Lique Dimayuga. Thanks, Lique! We just started setting up our online accounts. Please do visit our website at http://memorycrafters.wordpress.com/. Also, please feel free to ask for a quotation from us. Our rates are very reasonable. Promise! Just to make it clear, we are event planners and not event stylists. We really made our packages affordable since we want to help those who are very hands on in the planning of their child’s party. We also love DIY stuff which makes us the perfect partner event specialist for moms and dads who love DIY projects. We can help you in the conceptualization, planning and the execution of the ideas.

One of the projects that we are working on right now is a Halloween party to be held in one of the plush villages in Makati. We already started creating the decorations. We will be setting it up though on the day of the event and we will of course take pictures and share what we have created with you. Here is a sneak peek.

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We can’t wait to show you the finished product. How about you? Have you already thought about your Halloween decoration? Have you already started making them? Let me know if you need help.

Please do support my sister and I in this new business venture. Please visit our website, like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/memorycrafters) and follow us on Instagram (http://instagram.com/memorycrafters). Do ask for a quote now!

Love yah all!

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Visioning for Moms: How to Fulfill Your Life Goals while Raising a Family

The year is about to end and during the months of October to December, this is when I finalize my goals for next year. When I was employed, October was the month when we would set budget and goals for the upcoming year. Being a work-at-home-mom (or a housewife for some of us), I thank the heavens that I don’t have to do all these things. Going through and listing goals and budgets and targets are such tedious things to do. Kakatamad naman talaga! (We are lazy to do these things). As a SAHM or WAHM or WAHW, there would be no one to urge you to create a list of goals.

What we don’t realize is that we need to set goals for ourselves. What happens oftentimes is that we just go with the flow and see what happens. What happens is that our life as mothers and wives becomes too routinary that we feel sad, depressed, bored, unfulfilled, etc. We wake up in the morning, see to it that the kids are okay and ready to go to school. We then bring them to school, go home and clean the house, cook, wash the dishes. We then have time to check Facebook, ‘work’ using our laptops and after that, we realize that it’s time to pick up the kids. Upon arriving home, we tutor our kids, cook dinner, wash the dishes and play Candy Crush until we fall asleep. Every so often, we think about our life and sometimes, we even wish that we were doing something more — something for ourselves or something for humanity even. We sometimes day dream that we were like Oprah with her own personal chef and personal shoppers. We sometimes wish that we had our own personal assistant whom we can just order around to go run and do errands for us (I just had this thought this morning). But reality is, we are stuck with what we have… or are we really?

This is where VISIONING can come in handy. I always hear my dad say, visualize and everything that you see and think of as yours will be yours. Will it happen magically? Is he over acting.

I’ve heard stories though of people who have really created vision boards and they have actually achieved what was in their boards after a few years. Maybe it is time to give it a try.

For moms and dads, husbands and wives who want to try creating a vision board and who want learn about goal setting and beyond, Manila Workshops and Optimommy has created a workshop for you. It is co-sponsored by Unilab and Human Heart Nature, as well. It is called Visioning for Moms: How to Fulfill Your Life Goals while Raising a Family.

Visioning for Moms

The facilitator for this workshop is Ms. Jayme Gatbonton of Optimommy.com. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
– Create a life purpose
– State intentional goals based on your life purpose
– Craft a vision board or vision journal for your life goals
– Make an action plan (monthly, weekly, daily) to get you moving in the direction of your dreams

Event Details:
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Human Heart Nature Pasig branch, Quorum Center, C. Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City (across Shell gasoline station)

The Learning Fee is pretty affordable at:
Php 1,200 for the regular rate and Php 1,000 for the group rate (for 3 or more participants)

For those who want to join, kindly fill out the form below:

Will you attend this workshop? Can you already think of goals that you want to achieve for next year? Let’s share ideas!

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Baby Z is Teething

For those who are new moms, one of the things to watch out for during the first few months of baby is the ‘teething’ stage. My pediatrician already told me that Zeeka will be growing her teeth in a few months. I can actually feel the top of the teeth already trying to protrude through the lower gums. I think she’ll be having her two front teeth very soon!

She’s becoming very fussy already. She also always wants to put things into her mouth and she loves biting. She bites into yaya’s shoulders and she also loves biting when I’m nursing her (ouch!). Of course, I can’t blame her since I can just imagine how uncomfortable it is to feel that pain and itchiness in the gums. The worse part is that you don’t know how to explain these feelings to mommy, daddy or to yaya. What I do is just give her teething biscuits that she can bite on. I got these biscuits from Healthy Options.

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Vanilla Biscuits for Teethers

Now that Baby Zeeka is eating and placing all these different thing into her mouth, it is the best time to start taking care of her mouth, gums and eventually, teeth.

I have already shared with you an Infographics on facts about caring for your child’s teeth ). I have also shared with you ways on how to care for your baby’s teeth in this link, http://mommyginger.com/2013/09/how-to-care-for-babys-teeth.html. Today, i’ll be sharing with you some tools that you can use for you to be able to carry on helping your child develop good, strong and healthy teeth.

This first chart shows the Primary Teeth Tracker. It also shows the month when the teeth will come out. But of course, this is just a guide. My cousins baby started developing molars first before his central incisors (soooo cool!).

Primary Teeth Tracker

Primary Teeth Tracker

The second chart is the Permanent Teeth Tracker. This is very helpful when your child is already starting to grow his/her permanent teeth.

Permanent Teeth Tracker

Permanent Teeth Tracker

Here is the dentist appointment sheet that you can use to keep track of the visits to the dentist.

Dentist Appointment Guide

Dentist Appointment Guide

And lastly, here is a teeth care chart that you can use when your child is a bit older to help your child keep track of brushing, flossing and chewing of Xylitol gum.

Teeth Care Chart

Teeth Care Chart

All of these charts are care of Lotte Xylitol Gum Philippines. This is to help parents and children fight cavities and make it zero. They are running the making it Zero Campaign. Here are some facts about the Make it Zero Campaign.

Lotte Xylitol Gum Make it Zero Campaign

Lotte Xylitol Gum Make it Zero Campaign

I hope that all of these downloads will help you care for your baby’s/child’s teeth. Mommy Ginger is very proud to be part of the Make it Zero campaign. For more information, please visit LotteXylitolGum.com.

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

Mommy Ginger is a proud Mom Brand Believer of Lotte Xylitol Gum!

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