Archives for March 2015

Upcoming Parenting Workshops from Manila Workshops

Calling all expecting parents! Manila Workshops and Best for Families is coming up with two great parenting workshops that you can attend.

I. What to Know Before Gving Birth

What To Know Before Giving Birth is a half-day workshop that aims to help parents prepare for your big day. First time parents and experienced ones who need a quick refresher can join this workshop!


You can look forward to learning about these helpful topics during the session:
– What to expect during visits to your OB-GYN
– Pain management
– Pregnancy nutrition

Get to know our speakers:

Dra. Patricia Malay Kho studied Medicine and underwent Residency Training in UP College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital. She is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with Subspecialty Training in OB Gyne Infectious Diseases. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is affiliated with Makati Medical Center and St Luke’s Global. She has two children, and both were breastfed.

Ms. Cecile Bayaga is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian. She is happily married for the 9 years and a mother to their son, Gabby.

Event Details:
Date: March 28th, 2015
Time: 1PM-5PM
Venue: Best for Families Headquarters, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Please register HERE:


II. Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

After a baby is born, parents are faced with challenges. They doubt if they are indeed capable of handling a newborn child. They ask themselves “How can we understand his/her needs? Are we capable of breastfeeding?” On April 11, 2015, Manila Workshops, in partnership with Best For Families, is holding a lecture and demonstration about breastfeeding and newborn care.


The speakers:

Ms. Joyce Martinez is a certified lactation counselor, and is the in-house lactation counselor of Best for Families Inc. She is a registered nurse who also served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. She earned her Nursing Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She also conducts presentations and academic talks on the ABC’s of Lactation Management for Nurses, as well as Breastfeeding Classes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers. A breastfeeding advocate, she provides lactation coaching and counseling, not just for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, but also for their families, while actively organizing and promoting national breastfeeding campaigns.

Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas received a medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas, finished residency in Pediatrics in The Medical City and also practices as a lactation consultant and is a member of the Breastfeeding Committee of the Philippine Pediatric Society. She is also a facilitator in Educhild Philippines which is a non-profit organization that helps parents in their role as primary educators of their children; mother of 3 children ages 6, 4 and 2.

Event Details:
Date: April 11, 2015, 1PM-5PM
Venue: Best for Families, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Learning Fee:
Regular Rate: Php350
Couple Rate: Php600

This event is also co-sponsored by Stemcord.

Please register HERE:

We hope to see you in these parenting workshops! Please spread the word!

Tempur Breeze Launch in the Philippines

My husband always complains that we have too many pillows on our bed. I don’t think so. We just have eight and I don’t think that it’s too much. Do you? I just think that you can never have too many pillows. Haha!

I love pillows!

I love pillows!

My daughter and I recently attended the Tempur event at Bonifacio Global City. They were launching their new technology called the Tempur Breeze. The event was where we could watch a movie while enjoying the comfort of a Tempur Mattress.

Our invitation with popcorn!

Our invitation with popcorn!

The set-up for the event.

The set-up for the event.

Mommy Ginger and daughter Zeeka at the Tempur Breeze Launch

Mommy Ginger and daughter Zeeka at the Tempur Breeze Launch

Best Sleep Ever.

Best Sleep Ever.

This huge sign at the entrance of the event is so apt for the Tempur mattress. If you have never ever tried one, you will really feel the difference. In what way, you may ask? Well, most of those who have tried and have purchased these Tempur Mattresses have attested to having really long and comfortable sleep with less tossing and turning. For those, like me, who have tried, I can attest to the fact that once you have sat or laid on the Tempur mattress, you will immediately feel relaxed. What’s good about these Tempur mattresses also is that it provides unique body support with material that conforms to the shape of your body.

Zeeka all smiles on top of a Tempur Sensation Mattress

Zeeka all smiles on top of a Tempur Sensation Mattress

Zeeka enjoying the Tempur mattress

Zeeka enjoying the Tempur mattress

There are three types of Tempur mattresses: Original that gives a supportive, firmer feel; the Cloud that gives a supportive, softer feel and the Sensation that is for support and easy movement. The Sensation Mattress is what me and my daughter laid on during the event.

Recently, Tempur launched a new technology called Tempur Breeze for comfort and freshness. Why is freshness in the description? This is because Tempur Breeze is made out of a new proprietary Tempur Climate material and a unique cover to wick away excess moisture. You know that moisture gives us that icky feeling and with this new technology, we don’t have to feel uncomfortable that way anymore. The Breeze models are available in Original, Sensation and Cloud collection in 27cm heights.

Here’s a video that explains more about the Tempur Breeze:

We were lucky enough to get this new Tempur Breeze Pillow. See how much my daughter loves squeezing and touching it! The new Tempur Breeze Pillow is also made from the same material as the mattresses (Tempur Climate Material or TCM). It has an open structured 3D sleeve and vented sides to help manage the micro-climate around your head and neck, taking away moisture.

Zeeka loves the softness of this Tempur Pillow

Zeeka loves the softness of this Tempur Pillow

Our new Tempur Pillow

Our new Tempur Pillow

I can’t wait to use my new pillow. I’m grateful that our 9th pillow is a Tempur Breeze.

Tips for Dressing up your Child

I’m so proud of my little girl. She had her first flower girl stint at the wedding of my cousins King and Catherine and she did superbly. We just practiced walking the night before the wedding after eating dinner at The City Club. She wasn’t paying attention much so I thought that the next day would be a total disaster and that my husband would end up carrying her. The next day, we got to the church early, so she has time to practice and to acclimatize herself to the surroundings.

My husband and her took several walks down the aisle. See how cute she was!

Zeeka as Flower Girl

Zeeka as Flower Girl 2

The Arboledas


All our practice paid off! haha! But the real horror (maybe I’m just exaggerating a little) was dressing her up. I know for a lot of mommies, dressing up your child can be quite a challenge. For Zeeka, oftentimes, it’s easy to dress her up. I think all that #BabyOOTD when she was little did us good, but sometimes, when she’s not in the mood, the mere sight of the clothes brings her to tears.

So we’ve tried several things to pacify her and please feel free to add to the tips in the comments section below so that we can help other moms, too. Here are some of the things that you can do when dressing up your child:

Distract him or her! When she is about to burst into tears, I choose a toy that she can concentrate on and I give it to her. Normally for Zeeka, her ‘toy’ is a bag of clips and accessories. She loves taking everything out of the little container and she loves packing them away again.

Choose comfortable undergarments. Oh, for this particular dress (the flower girl dress), you’ll notice that the tool or the cloth under can be itchy. What I did was I bought white comfortable stockings at Mothercare, so that this is what her skin comes in direct contact with. Plus, she really looked so cute wearing the stockings!

Make dressing up a fun activity. My daughter loves to wear hats; thus, we had this picture taken at Claire’s. What I do is that I always make dressing up or trying on new accessories fun for her. When she was little, I’d make dressing up feel like playtime and it really helped a lot.

at Claire's: Mommy Ginger and Daughter

How about you? What other tips can you share with other mommies on dressing up their child? Feel free to leave a comment below!

2015 Parents Conference

Yesterday, we had a meeting with TMA Homeschool, a homeschooling provider. This year, we have partnered with them and the Learning Basket to bring you the 2015 Parents Conference here in the Philippines. This year’s theme is something that I think every parent is interested to learn about. The theme is Setting them up for Success.

Me, Michelle, Sanne and Mariel (from Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket)

Me, Michelle, Sanne and Mariel (from Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket)

Another shot with Blogger Chris from (whom we bumped into!)

Another shot with Blogger Chris from (whom we bumped into!)

If you haven’t signed up for this, we hope that you could join us on Thursday. The online registration will only be until Monday so HURRY and sign up now! This event will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on March 12.

2015 Parents Conference

2015 Parents Conference

This event, entitled “Set Them Up for Success”, is set to enlighten and inspire you to raise your children to become happy, responsible, productive adults and leaders “wherever they are planted”. The event will run for a whole day and will consist of keynote topics like “Set Them Up for Success” and “Catching your Child’s God-given Bents for Success”. Speakers will include Edric Mendoza of TMA Homeschool and ANC’s On the Money and Jayson Lo, author of Younique.

Aside from keynote talks, the conference will also feature the following workshops. You may choose one track each from workshops A & B.

Workshops (A)
Track 1: How to do a Character-focused Education Donna Simpao
Track 2: How to Do Multi-Level Homeschooling Milona Barraca
Track 3: How to Homeschool through High School Bles de Guzman

Workshops (B)
Track 4: How to Adjust Your Teaching Strategies for Effective Learning Joy Mendoza
Track 5: Hooray for Dads Who Homeschool Dennis Sy
Track 6: Q and A Forum

This conference is open to everyone. Register today! Free admission for TMA Homeschool Parents. Fee is P500/head for non-TMA-ers.

We gently encourage you to leave your children at home so that we can all focus on the conference. Should you decide to bring your children, there is a fee of P500.00 per child 2 to 16 years old. We will provide activities for children in the preschool to elementary ages but our children’s room is limited to 20. Older teens will stay with their parents in the conference halls.

Breastfeeding moms can bring their babies along but yayas will also be charged P500.00.

For more information about the event, please feel free to contact Alyssa Chua via landline (234-0432 loc. 114), mobile (0917-8491409), or e-mail (

Flair Blow Dry Bar

The other day, we had an investors meeting and we had to ask for additional funding. Since I was the CFO, that was my task. That day, I wore jeans, a blouse and I just let my hair fall. My business partners would tell me to up my game (well, not only on that particular day, but several times) by putting make up on, fixing my hair and dressing really well. The thing about me is that I’m a no-make-up kind of a gal (even if friends tell me that I really put on make-up well… thanks to my course at Maquillage Professionel) and I’m a jeans-shirt gal. Plus, I have a hard time fixing my hair. I have no clue on how a curling iron works plus my blow dryer at home got busted (after only using it three times).

Last Monday, my family had to go to a wedding. It was of my cousin and I wanted to look pretty and prepared since it was a formal event. There is this new mall in BGC called 8 Forbes Town and on the second floor was a blow dry bar called Flair Blow Dry Bar. I wanted to check it out because the place was really cute and dainty.

Flair Blow Dry Bar 1

Flair Blow Dry Bar 2

Flair Blow Dry Bar 3

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Flair Blow Dry Bar 4

The staff were really friendly (one of the owners was there too) and service was great. I decided to try it out because the rates were really affordable that one can afford having their hair done every single day. They had this list of do’s that you can try and these were my favorites.

*images from the Flair Blow Dry Bar Facebook Page




Finally, I decided what I want to do with my hair!

Finally, I decided what I want to do with my hair!

So I finally decided what I wanted to do with my hair, but of course, it was the suggestion of the one who did my hair. Haha! He suggested something a little bit bigger (like Toni Gonzaga’s hair) with curls. My daughter also had her hair done since she was the flower girl at the wedding. I was really excited for her since this was her first time in a salon (apart from her first hair cut). I knew she had a to wear a crown of flowers so I told them that her hair must be something that can hold that hairpiece.

Little Flair 2

I’m so proud of my daughter. She didn’t cry at all! She seemed to enjoy it! This is how we looked like after, and we loved it!

She was so happy she waved at every one she saw!

She was so happy she waved at every one she saw!

Me and my little darling!

Me and my little darling!

At the Wedding...

At the Wedding…

My sister,, my daughter and me!

My sister,, my daughter and me!

Thank you Flair Blow Dry Bar for the great experience. I think you will see me a lot! Haha!

Flair Blow Dry Bar
2/F Eight Forbestown Road, Forbestown Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
+639178322510, +639328903982
Today 8:00am – 9:00pm
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Create DIY Toys for your Kids!

We live in a day and age where we need to be practical about our purchasing decisions. I had this conversation with the wife of a speaker partner and she gave me a great tip to avoid tantrums from your children when you enter the grocery or toy stores. She advised me to give them money (ex. Php 100) and teach them to make choices with what they will do with the money that you gave them. I will definitely do that when my daughter is older. Since she is still young, all she wants are really toys. Another good tip for moms and dads out there is to create DIY toys for your children.

If you do not know how to make toys, here is a workshop that you can go to!


What you’ll learn from this workshop:

A. Why Make Toys?
– Discover how making things together can benefit your relationship and teach your children important values.

B. Make Things Together
– With an ample supply of materials such as empty cardboard boxes, bottle caps, sticks, yarn, colored markers and glue, you and your child will create toys and other fun things together.
– Within the session, you will make three different objects. Two will be taught step by step, easy enough to learn, while the last one will be an original concept you and your child will come up with. That will be your chance to use your imaginations together and get as creative as you can!

C. Nothing Comes to Waste
– Learn how to save junk at home which you can reuse and recycle to make fun things on your next arts and crafts session!




Nica Cosio is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful girls. She is also a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. During her free time (mostly when her children are napping) she occupies herself with arts and crafts which she writes about and shares on the blog she keeps with her husband ( She loves to read, make art with her children, and throw DIY parties.

DIY Toys workshop will be held on March 14, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 NN at Best For Families Inc Headquarters, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.

Workshop Rates:
Early Bird Rate: P 900
Regular Rate: P 1,200
Group Rate: P 800 (Parent & Kid tandem of 3)

Fee is inclusive of handouts, food, kit & freebies!
To register, visit

What’s your Favorite Color? (Stabilo Philippines Event)

I have a colorful life and I am thankful that I do. There is never a dull moment. I intentionally need to slow down most of the time. Last week, there was a day when I had an early meeting that started at 9:00 am. The meeting was about interesting workshops that we will have this year with LifeQuest. Then early that afternoon, I went to a very pretty and colorful event that was held at Bizu at One Rockwell. The event was a Blogger Forum hosted by Stabilo Philippines.

Pretty set up at the Stabilo Event

Pretty set up at the Stabilo Event

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Stabilo Philippines

Stabilo launches the .88 colored pens

Stabilo launches the .88 colored pens

Stabilo Philippines Bloggers Forum

Stabilo Philippines Bloggers Forum

Mommy Ginger at the Stabilo Bloggers Forum

Mommy Ginger at the Stabilo Bloggers Forum

Another impressive Stabilo product!

Another impressive Stabilo product!

The afternoon started with a presentation from Blaise and Lishel from Stabilo about the different products that they have. I was amazed with the range of products that they have.

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I’m sure that you are all familiar with the Stabilo Boss Highlighter. We have known Stabilo for years because of this product. We have used it to highlight our notes when we were in college. We have even tried to use it as nail polish in Grade School and High School. But, do you know that aside from highlighters, Stabilo has products for coloring and writing. When the representatives of Stabilo briefed us about the different products, I thought that the afternoon was not enough. They had so many products!

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The products that I remembered are the following:

1) SCRIBBI – I remembered it because it had a spring loaded tip. This tip is perfect for toddlers who still don’t know how to hold a pen. Normally, they would jam it, but the spring loaded tip prevents the pen from getting destroyed.

2) .88 – Ooooh! I love this pen. This is what the event was for. I love that I can use it for taking down notes. I love writing in notebooks. My planner is a Moleskin planner that is basically a notebook, with lots of lines to fill for each day. A good tip that I got from Stabilo that day is that you can color-code your notes. You can use a different color for every activity that you have  (ex. red for my coaching tasks, yellow for Manila Workshops, blue for the home, pink for tasks related to my daughter, etc.). I will do that starting March. I have always used a black pen, which gets kind of boring already. This will definitely inspire me!

3) Cappi – Kids normally lose the cap of pens. The cappi has a ring that connects the cap to the body of the pen so you need not spend time looking for the cap again.

4) Woody 3 in 1 – I am definitely buying this. It’s called Woody 3 in 1 because it is a colored pencil, watercolor and wax crayon all in one. Ain’t that cool? My daughter can write on our glass windows if she likes! haha! And guess what, it’s washable!

5) And the best discovery was that Stabilo has a line of ergonomic pens: STABILO EASYergonomics experts – These pens are made for strain free and relaxed writing. I remember going through pages and pages of homeworks and assignments when I was young. I still have the callus on my finger to remind me of that. I guess, I was not writing properly. Now, the next generation can enjoy writing with these products from Stabilo. What’s nice also is that STABILO creates pens for right handed and left handed individuals.

The Blue Gel Pen on top is an Ergonomic pen that is made for right-handed individuals.

The Blue Gel Pen on top is an Ergonomic pen that is made for right-handed individuals.

That afternoon, I was blown away also by the amazing talent of Nelz Yumul of Wee Will Doodle. He gave us tips on how to Doodle!

Nelz Yumul of Wee Will Doodle

Nelz Yumul of Wee Will Doodle

Wee will Doodle

Enjoyed the afternoon with these bloggers!

Enjoyed the afternoon with these bloggers!

Oh, I also loved this part of the day when we were given guides on identifying your personality based on your favorite color. This was in line with STABILO’s campaign to share the importance of color!

My favorite color is Green and yesterday, in an event of Stabilo Philippines, I found out that…

People who love GREEN have a deep need to belong, to love and be loved, and to feel safe and secure. You need acceptance and acknowledgement for the everyday things you do for others – just a ‘thank you’ is sufficient.

Do you want to know your personality based on your favorite color? Here is a guide that I got from the Stabilo Blogger Forum:

If your favorite color is YELLOW, you are...

If your favorite color is YELLOW, you are…

If your favorite color is BLUE, you are...

If your favorite color is BLUE, you are…

If your favorite color is ORANGE, you are...

If your favorite color is ORANGE, you are…

If your favorite color is GREEN, you are...

If your favorite color is GREEN, you are…

If your favorite color is LAVENDER, you are...

If your favorite color is LAVENDER, you are…

If your favorite color is PINK, you are...

If your favorite color is PINK, you are…

If your favorite color is RED, you are...

If your favorite color is RED, you are…

If your favorite color is WHITE, you are...

If your favorite color is WHITE, you are…

If your favorite color is BLACK, you are...

If your favorite color is BLACK, you are…

If your favorite color is BROWN, you are...

If your favorite color is BROWN, you are…

If your favorite color is GRAY, you are...

If your favorite color is GRAY, you are…

So, do you think these statements are true?

Did you know all these things about Stabilo? Did you know that they had all of these products? Check out the different products. Most of the products are available in Rustan’s. Some are available in National Bookstore.

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