Archives for December 2013

Do You Believe in Santa? Do You Believe in Christmas Miracles?

Do you believe in Santa? Do you believe in Christmas miracles? Or are you now a skeptic or just too tired to care?

When I was little, I loved receiving gifts from Santa. I was always excited to open gifts from him. I always saw him as someone who makes dreams and wishes come true. It was always a Christmas miracle for me … until I grew up. Work became hectic. Life was now moving faster than ever. During Christmas, I busy myself with buying gifts for loved ones. I get so busy and exhausted to even think and believe that during the holidays, miracles still do happen.

I don’t know if you have seen this WestJet Video, but when I watched it, I was really touched… Here it is:

Thank you for companies like WestJet who still remind us that Christmas miracles still do happen.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Sangobion Christmas Surprise

It was an eventful Wednesday for me and Zeeka. My day started early with a meeting. I had to be at UCC Burgos Circle at 8am. For a mompreneur, this is just normal. People may think that we, mompreneurs, are not as busy as people who go to work but on the contrary, we sometimes work longer hours than most people. Case in point, yesterday, my day started at 8 AM and it ended at 12 midnight.

After my morning meeting, I rushed to the Sangobion Christmas Party. I really wanted to attend, since I knew that Sangobion was donating Php 5000 to Philippine National Red Cross for each person who attends the event. I thought to myself that if I could help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda by attending the Sangobion event, why not right?

The program was basically handled well by Giselle Sanchez as the Salaminkera. With funny and relatable jokes, she gave us, women, a glimpse of what happens to ladies at times when they are all haggard and with no focus. She was so funny!

Giselle Sanchez in the Sangobion Event

Giselle Sanchez in the Sangobion Event

My friend, Mommy Frances' (MommyTopaz.com) special appearance :)

My friend, Mommy Frances’ (MommyTopaz.com) special appearance 🙂

With her stand up comic spiel, I actually realized that after giving birth to Zeeka, that’s when I really became conscious about keeping fit and healthy again. I used to be soooo into fitness and health during my teenage years, but when I started working, I became lazy and always tired. I had no time to workout and I wasn’t motivated to eat healthy not to take vitamins.

Sangobion's check donation to the Philippine National Red Cross

Sangobion’s check donation to the Philippine National Red Cross

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With the other Mom Bloggers!

With the other Mom Bloggers!

Baby Zeeka and I!

Baby Zeeka and I!

Now that I’m a mom, I realize how important staying fit, healthy and looking great is. You would want to stay healthy for your child especially if you are still breastfeeding, like me. Also, others believe that striving to look great is just for superficial people, but I say that everyone should strive to look great… Yes, even if they are already married! We had a meeting with an experienced investor (a 71 year old tito of a friend) and he gave us the advice to keep the sweetness alive everyday in a marriage. A marriage is something that is continuously worked on and the courting does not stop after the wedding. With this, I say that it’s every married man and woman’s job to keep themselves attractive even after marriage.

It’s great that there are products, like Sangobion, that helps you keep your stamina up and helps you still look great. For 2014, I wish you a year where you can achieve great health and all your fitness goals!

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BEME — Let’s Learn Arts and Crafts!

Crafting has become so popular. I know of a lot of workshops and classes that offer crafting and art classes not only for little children, but for adults and mommies like yours truly! Shucks! To tell you honestly, I’m not a crafty mom. I have an eye for what’s nice and what looks nice, but I’m so lazy to do any of these crafty and artsy things by myself. But with my new role as a mom, I figured, I think I better start trying. I remember that when I was younger, my mom would help me with my art, science and other projects. I thought to myself that I can’t be a disappointment to Zeeka!

Sooooo… my sister and I enrolled in BEME. It’s a crafting and arts school at the Rockwell Club. We enrolled for two sessions. Our schedule was Sundays at 3pm. I think you can call them to set a date and a time. Check out the BEME school!

Inside BEME

Inside BEME

Nice Lantern that BEME made!

Nice Lantern that BEME made!

Nice!

Nice!

Looking at all of the things made by individuals was so inspiring! I chose to make a wooden basket for my first meeting and a picture frame for the second session. The person assigned to us was a guy named Eric. Eric was very patient with me and my sister. He was a great teacher!

Let's do this!

Let’s do this!

These were the materials that I used for the basket. The wood that we used was Palo Chino. In BEME, they have all the tools that you might need. Check out all the things that I used for my basket.

My materials...

My materials…

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Equipment that we used!

Equipment that we used!

Almost done!

Almost done!

My attentive sister watching teacher Eric demo!

My attentive sister watching teacher Eric demo!

My busy sister!

My busy sister!

And for the finished product, here is my basket! What do you think? hehe! I plan to paint it, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

My first masterpiece... a wooden basket!

My first masterpiece… a wooden basket!

For my second session, I wanted to create a picture frame and this is what I made…

Lovely beads.. :)

Lovely beads.. 🙂

Time to glue the beads!

Time to glue the beads!

My second masterpiece... a picture frame!

My second masterpiece… a picture frame!

BEME from the outside

BEME from the outside

I forgot how much each session cost. We got ours as a deal in Deal Grocer so it was at a discounted rate. BEME has three branches: BEME Manila Polo Club, Rockwell Club and Sofitel Manila.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BEME.club

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Baby OOTD from Tinker and Play

Last week, I introduced you to the mompreneur behind Tinker and Play. For today’s Friday Fashion and Baby OOTD, I’m featuring Zeeka’s own personal items from Tinker and Play. These are Zeeka’s items that we got from this online store.

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Blue Duck Shift Dress – Php375
Sizes: T1 to T4

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Audrina Hairband
Php200

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Geometric A-line Skirt – Php500
Sizes: T1 to T4

The elastic heairbands from Tinker and Play are really cute! I especially loved the Audrina Hairband since it was in the color that I was looking for. Zeeka has tons of pink haribands but nothing in this light turquoise color. The color is very classy and it went well with this ensemble of Zeeka.

Tinker and Play Elastic Headband 4

Tinker and Play Elastic Headband 3

Tinker and Play Elastic Headband 2

Tinker and Play Elastic Headband 1

We also ordered this shift dress for Zeeka. The unique print really caught my attention. I haven’t seen a print like this before. Also, I loved that it’s a shift dress. Babies this age seem to grow up really quickly, so shift dresses are really very flexible. I can even use it as a top when Zeeka grows bigger.

Tinker and Play Shift Dress

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I also love the material that they used for the shift dress. It’s very comfortable. When living in a hot country like ours, the materials that babies love are those made from cotton or from breathable materials. Zeeka loves this dress!

The last item that I got from Tinker and Play was a skirt. Again, the geometric design caught my attention. Unfortunately though, when Zeeka used it, it was still too long for her. It looked like a maxi skirt when she wore it. Haha! She was still so cute though.

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Tinker and Play Skirt

I love the items at Tinker and Play. There are items that you can purchase and give out as a gift for friends who have toddlers and babies.

You can visit their page: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerAndPlay
If you want to order from them, here are ways on how you can order:

How you can order: There are three ways to order your items from Tinker andPlay. The first two is via our TackThis e-commerce site and the third one is by accomplishing the order form.

Instructions for for laptop or desktop users:
1. Click the “ShopNow” app icon located on top of Tinker and Play’s Facebook page
2. Browse through Tinker and Play’s products and click on the image for details.
3. Click “Add to cart” and“Proceed on Shopping” if you want to add more items to your shopping cart or “Proceed to Cart” to see the cart summary for checkout.
4. Choose your delivery option. If existing user, sign in with your email or Facebook account. For new customers, you may register with a new account to make processing of orders faster in the future or choose “Guest” checkout.
5. Choose your mode of payment: Paypal/credit card or iBanking forBDO bank deposit
6. Accomplish the necessary details for delivery and shipping then submit.

Instructions for for mobile/tablet users:
Visit the company information and click the order form link: http://tackthis.com.ph//shop/3480#/home/. This will take you to the mobile site. Just click the item, add to cart and proceed to check out.
For those used to old school ordering (via order form):
Click: http://form.jotform.me/form/32650741801448
Accomplish the form and submit

For more information about the products, please visit their facebook page  or email tinkerandplay@gmail.com. That’s it today for Baby Z’s Style Corner!

 

 

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Ready to Be Rich: Family Finances Workshop

Hi Everyone! Is anyone here already planning their family finances for next year. Ej and I are a bit delayed in planning for next year. Normally, by December, we already have a concrete plan for the following year. I’m not worried though since I always believed that when you do something you love and you believe in, money will follow.

This year, I have been taking bold steps in entering into different businesses. OF course, Manila Workshops, my main business and my main love, will still be bringing you quality workshops for next year. We, my husband and I, have already figured out though what our magic number is, so that we can retire at 45-50 years old. All we have to do is stick to our plan and I think everything will be okay.

For those couples, breadwinners, lolos and lolas, moms and dads, children, etc. who are still figuring things out in terms of managing their family finances and household budget and investments, the first Ready to Be Rich Workshop for next year is about Family Finances. It will be on January 11, 2014 and will be held at Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall at the 12th Floor Insular Life Building in Makati City (Ayala Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas). This will be from 10AM to 4PM and it will be a very hands-on workshop.

Fam Fin - Jan 11

To be conducted by Fitz Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich (FitzVillafuerte.com)
– Best Business Blog from the Philippine Blog Awards
– One of the Philippine’s most influential people in Personal Finance (Moneysense Magazine)

The learning investment is very affordable at:
Regular Rate: Php 1,500 per participant
Early Bird Rate (register & pay before January 1, 2014): Php 1,000 per participant
Couple Rate (bring along your spouse or partner): Php 2,000 per couple

To sign up, all you have to do is fill out the form below and then you will receive an email on how payments can be made. You can pay via BPI, UnionBank or Paypal.

 

Hope to see you there! 🙂

*The Family Finances Workshop is brought to you by Manila Workshops and the Ready To Be Rich Workshop Series

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Para’Kito Love!

My mom just called me today to tell me to take care, since there is a new strain of Dengue. It has been only two months ago when I had contacted the virus. I hate being sick! I was in the hospital for several days. What was worse was I didn’t get to see Zeeka. She stayed in the house with the yaya and with Ej’s parents who came to visit during the day.

Now, I’m so praning (scared) every time I see a mosquito. Yesterday, I was walking in BGC and I saw a huge mosquito. I picked up my pace just to get away from it. It sometimes is a blessing if you have gone through viruses like these, because it makes you more wary and prepared. Now, I always have Zeeka use her Para’kito band every time we go out of the house.

Para'Kito in Black

Para’Kito in Black

Para'Kito Love!

Para’Kito Love!

Para'Kito Booth during Manila Workshops Breastfeeding 101 Workshop

Para’Kito Booth during Manila Workshops Breastfeeding 101 Workshop

I got this band during the Manila Workshops Parenting Pals’ Breastfeeding 101 workshop where they had a booth. They have different products. They have the wristbands (which is what Zeeka is wearing in the pictures below) and the clips.

Zeeka wearing her Para'Kito Wristband

Zeeka wearing her Para’Kito Wristband

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The way it works is that it has a pellet that you insert into the wristband or the clip. The pellets diffuse a blend of 7 essential oils extracted from plants. The pellet lasts 15 days. What’s nice about it is that it’s waterproof so you can use it while jogging or while exercising.  I love  that it comes in different colors.

*Image from Para'Kito's site

*Image from Para’Kito’s site

Para’Kito is made out of natural ingredients so even pregnant women and young children can use it. Those who have sensitive skin can also use it and won’t develop skin allergies and irritations. For babies, we don’t have to worry about them putting the pellet inside their mouth since the pellet is guarded by a pouch in the band or clip.

I love Para’Kito since it’s a safe and stylish way to be protected against viruses from mosquitos.

To know more about the product, please visit Para’Kito’s website: http://ph.parakito.com/ or please visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ParaKitoPhilippines

 

 

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Mompreneur Marjorie Te of Tinker and Play

It’s great to see more and more moms now engage into business. While looking for cute clothes for Zeeka, I came across a brand caled Tinker and Play. It turns out that the lady behind it was a classmate of mine back in College. Her name is Arjo and she is the mompreneur behind Tinker and Play.

Arjo is happily married for 8 years and blessed with a 3 year old girl and a two year old boy. She loves art, fashion, music and food. She used to work for San Miguel Brewery as a Business Planning Associate before becoming a full time mompreneur.

Mommy Arjo of Tinker and Play

Mommy Arjo of Tinker and Play

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Interview with Mompreneur Arjo Te of Tinker and Play

Ginger: What is your brand/business? What is it about?
Arjo: Our brand is Tinker and Play, a line of clothes and accessories for ages 1 to 4 years old that are fun, stylish and ready for play.

Ginger: How long have you been in business?
Arjo: My business is still new. I just started in October this year. Right now, I’m developing the brand by designing and producing items I hope would be appreciated by moms like me 🙂

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Ginger: Who is your target market?
Arjo: My market are moms with children aged 1 to 4 years old, interested in stylish, playful and one-of-a-kind fashion pieces for their little kids.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business, Arjo?
Arjo: My business is a result of my pursuit to find stylish and contemporary clothes and one-of-a-kind accessories. When I gave birth to my eldest, I realized I wanted to be my own boss and have flexibility to attend to their needs. I don’t want to grow old and miss out on their school activities and not have enough time to play with them. That’s why I really made it a point to take a leap of faith and pursue my dreams of becoming a mompreneur. Back when we still didn’t have kids, I designed and created fashion accessories/jewelry for myself and for my friends. I was always interested in clothes and accessories and I liked the idea of producing items that are not mass-produced, that’s why I thought I would try my hand in retail and create a line of kids’ clothes and accessories that are playful, unique and affordable.

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur? What are these?
Arjo: It’s really a difficult decision to start the business especially if you are used to getting a monthly salary from a corporate job. It took me more than a year to convince myself that I’m ready for my leap of faith to entrepreneurship. The convenience of a steady stream of income from a desk job is really appealing but at the end of the day, I am reminded that it’s more fulfilling if I have the flexibility to spend my time with the kids. Balancing work with family, establishing contacts, business credibility and presence are the obstacles I face while starting the business.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Arjo: Passion, Determination and Diligence

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Arjo: Surround yourself with people who are supportive and believe in you. Learn all the details of the business and never give up. I always believe starting the business is difficult and may discourage you to pursue it but in the long-run, the rewards will be tremendous.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Arjo: A friend of mine told me to “follow your heart” and someone advised me to “do what feels right”. It’s inspiring and I think it gave me the courage to try and be a mompreneur.

Ginger: Thank you, Arjo, for sharing your story! 🙂 More power to your business.

Watch out for next week Zeeka’s Baby OOTD. It will feature Tinker and Play!

Tinker and Play Contact Information:

Website: www.facebook.com/tinkerandplay
Email address: tinkerandplay@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0921-384 06 53
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tinkerandplay
Twitter/Instagram account: @tinkerandplay
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Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking

I have a new bed time habit. Before I sleep, I make sure to read one inspiring story from the newly released book of Ms. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag entitled, Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking. Why? I think I need that added inspiration as sometimes (because I get so tired), I want to quit breastfeeding already.

My own breastfeeding journey is about to hit its 9th month as Zeeka turns 9 months on December 8. I can’t believe that I have made it this far. I clearly remember my own journey as I was reading the story of Teresa (which was almost similar to hers) and the other featured moms in this book about breastfeeding.

When I was pregnant with Zeeka, I had no clue on what breastfeeding was and could do for you or the baby. It was probably because I was a formula-fed baby. My sister and I were both formula fed. Mom said that during her time, the ‘uso’ (in trend) thing was to formula feed your baby. Since I wanted to learn more about breastfeeding (after hearing ‘Breastfeeding is still best for baby up to two years’ over and over again), I tried to attend workshops. I attended the workshops that were held at the Medela House.

These workshops opened our eyes to all the benefits of breastfeeding. There were a lot of moments of new discoveries and information during the times that I attended. We, my husband and I, became regular attendees of the workshops at Medela House and even of LATCH. Also, we were frequent goers to the La Leche League meetings held at Mothercare Active Fun.

After all of these classes and meetings, we thought we were 100% ready.

With author of Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking, Teresa Gumapas

With author of Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking, Teresa Gumapas

My Breastfeeding Journey
My breastfeeding journey started the minute Zeeka was born. Even if I had a C-Section, I really asked my doctor to make her latch on to me the minute she was cleaned. The hospital followed my instructions and Zeeka felt my warmth and tried to latch on within the first few minutes of her life. She was then brought our room after, because I requested for her to be roomed in with me. The first week was unbearable. Since both of us were learning, I had gotten sore nipples on the sixth day. My nipples were bleeding and it was really frustrating. I couldn’t count the number of times that I had cried during that week. I was saying, “ang hirap pala nito” realizing that breastfeeding wasn’t as peaceful and easy as it looks in magazines or in pictures.

I wanted to give up, but of course, I had to ask for help first before I really decide. I called Abbie Yabot and she visited me in our house. She taught me how to properly help the baby latch. Of course, the classes helped, but it was really different once you have the baby with you. Abbie helped me a great deal because after that, everything was easy. Once I had gotten the hang of it, I could breastfeed sitting down, standing up, etc.

The next moment that scared us was when Zeeka (we thought) was gaining not enough weight. We had to research on what breastfed baby’s should weigh at particular months. Also, she was still yellowish at 2 months. The doctor ordered for a blood extraction just to be sure that the bilirubin levels were low. Everything turned out to be perfectly fine. What I realized is that you should have a doctor who is really supportive of you breastfeeding your baby. I’m thankful that our doctor is very helpful and supportive!

Truly Inspiring!

Truly Inspiring!

The Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking Book
I realized while I was reading the stories of these women that we all underwent challenges in our breastfeeding journey. None of them really said that it was a breeze from beginning to end. I guess this is what moms-to-be or even second-time moms, should expect. It isn’t a walk in the park.

You will need all the support and inspiration that you need. This is what you will get from reading Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking. Teresa, a fellow work-at-home-mom, said that she wrote this book to inspire moms to breastfeed and to educate Filipino women on the benefits of breastfeeding. She also wrote this book to let moms know (through the featured moms’ stories) that it is possible to achieve their breastfeeding goals despite the situation or circumstance they find themselves in.

I am thankful that Teresa thought of writing this book. It is just pure inspiration for moms who really plan to breastfeed for the first year/s of their child’s life. I recall turning to Google for answers that I needed when it came to breastfeeding, but with this book, you get so much more. You get to read not only the technicalities and the straight-forward facts, but you also get a glimpse into the life of REAL women; women who have experienced the same situations and problems. They share, not only facts, but even what they felt during these experiences.

If you know couples who are expecting a child, I recommend that you get this as a gift for them. You can order a copy by emailing Teresa, the author at teresa@fulllifecube.com or send her a message through her book’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingJourneyWorthTaking.

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