How do you use Water Responsibly? (Promo from Manila Water)

In our household, because of how busy we all are nowadays, we tend to just skip over things that we need to oversee. These things are important and can make a huge impact in what we do or in making the world a better place to live in. Some samples are I used to keep track of our electricity consumption on a per month basis, but I get to the point when I’m tired of monitoring it so I stop. Also, I monitor our grocery expenses, but since I found out that we normally spend Php 3500 per week, I stopped monitoring and just set aside that amount for grocery shopping. Another thing that I used to be anal about was water consumption. I used to really check that our bill would not go over a certain amount and I would talk to the helpers if I received bills over the target budget. Nowadays though, I’m less anal about it.

But you know, being conscious of how we spend resources like these are important, not only for our own wallets, but even for society. For electricity, why do you think we have the likes of Earth Hour? For food, we oftentimes tell our children not to waste food, but do we ourselves abide by our own rules. For water, do we use water responsibly? There are a lot of people in our country with no access to the water supply that we have so we need to be thankful and use water responsibly.

So with this, Mommy Ginger and Manila Water is running a campaign called Use Water Responsibly. We would like those on Twitter to help us spread the word and use #usewaterresponsibly when you share tips on how to conserve water.

All you need to do is share a tip on twitter or write the hashtag in a piece of paper and take a photo of you holding the sign and share it on twitter. Don’t forget to tag @manilawaterph and @mommyginj.

To get people excited about this, we are running a promo where you will get very nice prizes from Manila Water. All you need to do is to follow the steps in this widget:

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I will randomly choose three winners and each will get a pack of this amazing leatherette folio…

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These glasses and car shades, which I don’t have a picture of. 🙂

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Join now and help spread the advocacy! This promo ends on October 8, 2014! Join now! 🙂

Win Tickets to the Homeschooling Conference 2014 and Craft Supplies from Bee Happy Crafts

I’ve recently talked to a group of parents about the different ways on how their children can get quality education. A lot of parents are now contemplating to go the homeschooling route. There is great news for you, moms and dads, who are thinking of homeschooling your children. Do attend the Homeschooling Conference 2014.

Manila Workshops, The Learning Basket and Unilab supported by Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) are proud to present the Homeschooling Conference of 2014, entitled Educating for Life: Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence. It will be held at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center from 8AM for registration (program starts at 10) to 5:30PM.

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Homeschooling is a lifestyle with the goal of educating our children for life and not for grades. This year, the event will be bigger and better. The roster of speakers are very inspiring people whom you can learn from! These speakers are the following:

Educating for Life Irma Chua, our keynote speaker, is a mom of six and has been homeschooling for 20 years. Educating her eldest (26) up to her youngest (15), she says that she loves the learning process that her family experiences together.

The Hands-On Homeschool DadDennis Poliquit, known as “Big Daddy Jake” over the radio airwaves, is a hands-on homeschooling dad of two sets of twins and one singleton.

The Confident Homeschool MomMoira Bunyi, mom of three going on four. She has a post-graduate degree in Family Life and Child Development and has been homeschooling for five years now.
Learning in the Digital World – Yen Galagnara was a “housemate” at Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 back in 2007. She homeschools her three children while she runs a Korean language school.

Introducing Filipino Arts, Culture, and HeritageJen Bellosillo, mom of 3 + 1, has been homeschooling for six years now. She mentors other homeschooling parents as a CFA (Catholic Filipino Academy) parent coach.

Homeschool 101: Getting StartedTina Rodriguez, mom of 3, lives a truly rich life as a work-at-home, homeschooling mom who advocates her faith through her blog Truly Rich Mom and through her social media presence.

Conquering Homeschool FatigueDonna Pangilinan-Simpao, a medical doctor, homeschools her 3 children. Wanting to support other homeschooling families, she created the growing Facebook group Homeschoolers in the Philippines.

Nurturing the Love of Learning Ivy Marquez, homeschooled her three children up to high school. Missing teaching her kids and wanting to share what she learned in her years of homeschooling, she opened 360 Studio School, a school in Alabang.

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For more information, please visit http://homeschoolingconference.com.

Learning Fee:

Early Bird Rate (sign up and pay before August 15, 2014): Php 500 per participant— HURRY!!

Regular Rates:
Php 1000 per participant
Php 1500 per couple (We encourage both parents to attend!)
Php 500 per child (7 to 18 years old)
Php 500 for PWD

To register, please visit homeschoolingconference.com or fill out the form below:

For those who are interested in attending, you can get the chance to win two free tickets to the Educating For Life Promo here at MommyGinger.com. The winner will also be given a pack of crafting materials that contain 1 wrapping paper book, 20 pcs Assorted tags, 10 meters jute twine, 10 meters baker’s twine and 10 pcs mini clothespins.

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This giveaway will run from August 4-18. We will announce the winner on August 20, 2014. Join now by following the instrcutions in this rafflecopter widget.

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Ready for Baby #2?

I attended the What to Know before giving birth workshop last Saturday and it reminded me of the preparations that we did before we had Zeeka. Preparing for a baby was so much fun! After having this adorable little girl, I’m so excited to have baby number 2, BUT I have things to fix first this year. We might try for baby number 2 next year when things go as planned.

Unilab, Mommy Treats and St. Patrick! Brands we trust and love! With Dra. Pat Kho our Speaker

Unilab, Mommy Treats and St. Patrick! Brands we trust and love! With Dra. Pat Kho our Speaker

Cute giveaways from StemCord Philippines

Cute giveaways from StemCord Philippines

Beginnings Baby

Beginnings Baby

Sebamed products!

Palmer's --- super love this!

Palmer’s — super love this!

The things that I prepared before having Zeeka were:

1) My own health: I know that a lot of people think that preparing for a baby need not to be super thought of nor worried about. You’ll just pop the baby out and end of story. For me, I took care of my health, not because I’m a panicky person or super praning, but because I wanted me and the baby to be safe and also to prevent negative things from happening. They always say that prevention is better than cure, and I believe so, too, so i did what i could to keep us both safe from harm.

2) Finances: I really did my research and went to the hospital to ask for a cost estimate for delivery. This is advise that you may want to do. Just go to the hospital and ask if they can give you a rough estimate. For those giving birth at Asian Hospital, you can leave a comment below and i will email you the costs of my labor and delivery.

3) Insurance: I got the services of Stemcord for Cord Blood banking. Again, nothing is certain in this world so just to have a backup plan, i am storing Zeeka’s cord blood with them that we may use for (knock on wood) any untoward incident that may happen in the future.

4) Nursery room and baby’s things: Yes, you should prepare for this because this is one of the fun things that you can do as a couple! Plus, shopping is such a relaxing activity! (Maybe more relaxing for moms than for the dads… Hehe).

I’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries about labor costs and pregnancy costs in this blog. It seems that there are a lot if expecting moms and dads. So exciting for you, guys! This will be one of the best moments of your life so enjoy each and every moment.

With that, Manila Workshops (my other baby) and its sponsors for the What to Know Before giving Birth (the rerun) would like to make things even more special for you, expecting parents. We are giving away Prizes from Unilab, St. Patrick, Sebamed, and Palmer’s. We will have two winners. All you have to do is follow the steps in the rafflecopter widget below and two weeks (June 10) from now, we will choose two lucky winners.

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Prizes are to be picked up at the Medela house on June 28, 2014 during the ‘Making Memories and Party Planning’ workshop so please make sure that you can come to the venue. The winners are also entitled to a 10% discount if you want to attend the Making Memoriea and Party Planning Workshop.

So join now! 🙂

FREE Prenatal Yoga Classes and Workshop Slots to be given out!

We have two more prenatal yoga sessions and workshops to run. The two remaining workshops will be on March 29 and April 9, 2014. The topic for March 29, 2014 will be Baby Milestones, while the topics for April 9, 2014 will be Preparing your Finances for the Baby. The yoga class and the workshop will be at 2:30PM at the Spaces at Babyland Shaw Boulevard.

 

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

The speaker for March 29 will be Dra. Milette Romero. Dra. Romero is a pediatrician. She graudated from Assumption College High School Batch’88 Salutatorian, BS Biology, Magna Cum Laude from UP Manila and Doctor of Medicine at UST. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program (composed of 4 hospitals: East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City Medical Center, World City Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, and Jesus Delgado Medical Center) during my Senior Year of Residency Training. Also during her Senior Year of Training, she was the Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center.

Presently, she holds clinic at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and at her clinic in Makati. By July 2014, she will open a clinic at Unit 1008, Medical Arts Tower, The Medical City, Ortigas. She enjoys children. She is a doting godparent to the children of her sister.

For April 9, 2014, I am excited to say that I will be the one sharing my experiences in this workshop. I will go through some shopping tips for mommy and some facts on how much you will actually need to save up for the baby’s birth. I will also share with you my experiences and costs in planning the baptism and the first birthday party of my daughter, etc. etc. etc. I really hope you sign up so that I can talk to you and we can talk about all of these things.

Since Manila Workshops and Babyland are feeling generous, they are giving out 5 FREE slots to 5 winners. The winners can attend both prenatal yoga classes and workshops on the specified dates for FREE. Please join our raffle by leaving your FULL NAME, email address, how many weeks pregnant are you and what do you want to learn from these workshops in the comments section below!

JOIN NOW and win these prenatal yoga classes and workshops! I will be drawing out the winners on Thursday! 🙂

For those who want to just sign up and pay to secure a slot, feel free to register using this form:

Parenting Workshops on Toddler Care, Dental Care, Breastfeeding and Making your Own Parties!

It will be a busy weekend once again for Manila Workshops on March 22, 2014! We will have four workshops on that day, all really helpful for moms and dads!

Parenting Workshop #1
All About Breastfeeding (March 22, 2014 from 9-12nn; Medela House)

All About Breastfeeding

Our speaker for the session is Ms. Joyce Martinez, a certified lactation consultant, and the in-house lactation counselor of Medela Moms. She is a registered nurse who graduated from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Her Nursing Degree was followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City, and, through her own efforts, 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, Ms. Joyce 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.

LEARNING FEE:
Individual Rate: Php 500
Couple’s Rate: Php 800

To sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #2
First Time Parents: Toddler Care, Basic First Aid and Dental Care (March 22, 2014 from 1-5PM; Medela House)

Toddler Care, Basic First Aid and Dental Care

Guiding us through the afternoon’s session is Ms. Cristina Joson, a graduate of BS Nursing from Southville International School and Colleges. Since passing the Nursing Licensure exam in 2010, she has worked as a School Nurse and Pre-School Teacher in The Bridge School, and also founded and created the ‘Yaya Seminar’ facilitated by VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc. while conducting freelance seminars on similar topics.

Also speaking at the session is Dr. Fina Marilag Gupit-Lopez, a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She is a practicing Pediatric Dentistry Consultatnt at the Oral Health Care Center in Greenhills and Dentphix, Inc in Pasig City. She also works as a Consultant, Lecturer and Clinical Supervising Staff at the Pediatric Dentistry Center of the Philippines of Dr. Fe del Mundo Medical Center and Foundation. Apart from her medical practice, she is also a columnist for Baby Magazine. She has conducted several lectures on oral health care and caring for children’s teeth. She is married to a businessman, with whom she has 4 children.

LEARNING FEE:
Individual Rate: Php 600
Couple’s Rate: Php 1000

To register for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #3
Make Your Own Kiddie Party! (March 22, 2014 from 1-5PM; Insular Life Building, Makati)

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A lot of clever tips, creative ideas, and practical advice will be dished out by our guest speakers, expert party planners Ferdi Salazar and Czarina Ledesma of The Event Architects. They will be sharing how to develop themes and concepts of children’s parties, how to organize a proper planning time table, and tips on suppliers and party paraphernalia, among others. There will also be a demo activity on creating a party centerpiece. And to make sure your party has your own personal flair, participants are encouraged to share with Ferdi and Czarina what their child loves – whether it’s blocks, trucks, fairies, princesses, and all – for great concept discussions and planning sessions during the workshop proper.

Ferdi and Czarina are the founders and partners of The Event Architects (T.E.A.), a styling company that creates unique, elaborate, and personal events for private affairs and commercial companies. T.E.A. has planned and styled the events of corporate clients such as Lancôme, Clear, Cosmopolitan, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton as well as personal functions such as Sarah Meier’s wedding, a baby shower hosted by Amanda Jacob, and Tim Yap’s birthday.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party! is on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Workshop fee is P150. This workshop is the first installment for 2014 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is supported by The Event Architects and Insular Life.

To sign up for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #4
Prenatal Yoga + Workshop on Labor and Pain Management (March 22, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Spaces at Baby;and Shaw Boulevard, Facilities Center

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The Labor and Pain Management workshop will be the third topic in this prenatal yoga + workshop series. The speaker will be Dra. Marie Claire Rodil. She is a fellow at the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. She is also a visiting physician at Victor R. Potentiano Medical Center (VRP) and St. Clare’s Medical Center. She is also currently a junior consultant at St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital. She holds clinic at MyHealth Shangri-la Plaza. She is a wife and mother to a 4-year old son.

The Fee for the Prenatal Yoga Class and the workshop topic is at Php 800 per session. A discounted price of Php 3000 for 4 sessions will be given to those who enroll to all four sessions.

These are the four sessions:
– Breastfeeding (March 8, 2014)
– Preparing your Finances for the Baby (March 15, 2014)
– Labor and Pain Management (March 22, 2014)
– Baby Milestones (March 29, 2014)

To register for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

We hope that you do sign up for these workshops! 🙂

Mommy Ginger is giving away 5 FREE couple seats (2 seats to each winner) to the TODDLER CARE, BASIC FIRST AID and DENTAL CARE Workshop. All you have to do is to follow the mechanics in this Rafflecopter widget.

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Join now and I hope to meet you in one of these events!

Attipas: Kid’s Shoes that You’ll Love (Giveaway)

I’m kinda scared that my daughter is still not walking on her own. Some of her friends, who just turned one or who are turning one are already walking. Zeeka stands up and hands on to things to get to point A to point B, but she’s too scared to let go. I actually asked my Pediatrician about it and she said that there is nothing to worry about. I can give Zeeka until she’s 1 year and four months, she says.

To aid her in walking, I found these cute shoes that are also functional. These shoes are called Attipas and these shoes teach your baby to walk correctly and improves your baby’s cognitive and motor development.

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Attipas Shoes

Zeeka initially had these Attipas Corsage shoes in Green. A lot of people found it cute when I posted it as her baby OOTD for the day, so I just had to buy two more pairs. BTW, Corsage also comes in pink.

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Hey, these are cool shoes!

The two other pairs that I got were Natural Herb Yellow and Sneakers Sky. I found the pink ones cute, too, but Zeeka has a lot of pairs in pink so I decided to go for another color.

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Bought Zeeka the Natural Herb Yellow shoes, just like this one!

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Zeeka using her Natural Herb Yellow Attipas Shoes 🙂 Sorry, it’s blurred because she’s so kulit na!

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This is the third pair that I got 🙂

For those who plan to buy, I’m sharing with you the sizing chart. The price is different depending on the pair that you order. The Natural Herb Yellow is around Php 1200 while the sneakers is a little less than Php 1000.

Attipas Size Chart

Attipas Size Chart

For this Month of March, Attipas wants to share this great news for all of you! They are willing to give a pair of shoes for FREE to one lucky winner for every Facebook Milestone that they reach.

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All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter mechanics below to gain raffle entries!

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The giveway will end on March 29. Number of winners will be drawn on March 29 and it will depend on the number of likes the Attipas Facebook page.

Attipas is available in these stores: Babyland (Shaw, Eastwood, Glorietta 2 and Festival Alabang), Tarte Tatin (Rockwell and Greenbelt 5), and Rustans (Shangrila, Makati and Alabang).

Join now and spread the word!

Anti Amoy Pawis for Zeeka Baby Kulit (Lactacyd Giveaway)

I’m so tired. It’s probably since I haven’t been getting enough rest lately. My baby has been so hyper and what’s worse is that the height of her ‘kakulitan’ is in the evening. I don’t get to work and I feel less productive now that she can understand the things happening around her. She’s in the stage where she always wants to be with me and be cuddled by me (although I think that stage may really last for years). This is how she is in the evening.

Although she’s still my baby, she’s now my Zeeka Baby Kulit. Most of the time she smells like a baby, but little by little, I notice that she perspires a lot and is ‘amoy pawis’ at times. She she takes a bath twice a day and yet, she still smells at certain times of the day.

That’s where I’m thankful that we use Lactacyd. My baby has sensitive skin, which she got from me. For those who know me, they’ll tell you that I easily get red spots on my skin (even if I just carry my bag or take a bath), which goes away after a few minutes. We trust Lactacyd since it’s very mild and natural. When Zeeka was smaller, we used this.

Lactacyd Baby Bath

Lactacyd Baby Bath

But we recently shifted to this…

Baby Zeeka using Lactacyd Toddler Tubs

Zeeka is turning one this coming March so I already shifted to this product. The Lactacyd Toddler Tubs has the same active ingredients as with LBB (Lactoserum and Lactic Acid) with added moisturizers. The moisturizers locks in freshness all day and keeps active and growing toddlers protected all day. And that is the reason why I shifted to this product — to keep Zeeka Baby Kulit Anti Amoy Pawis all throughout the day/

Lactacyd toddler tubs

The two variants of Lactacyd Toddler tubs are Bubbles (baby fresh scent) and Splash (fruity scent). So if you want your baby to stay fresh and smell fresh all day long, wash your kid right with Lactacyd Toddler Tubs for anti-amoy pawis skin protection.

Anti Amoy Pawis Campaign

For those who want their children be anti amoy pawis everyday, get the chance to win these products.
Lactacyd products

All you have to do is follow the steps in the rafflecopter widget below and at the end of the contest, we will choose 3 winners who will each receive Lactacyd giftpacks.

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This giveaway will run from February 13 to February 27 🙂 Winners will be announced and emailed on Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information about the product, do join Mums and Tubs Baby Care Club. Click HERE to join! Follow @mumsandtubsclub in Twitter, too! Goodluck!

Mommy Ginger’s First Anniversary: Giving Back to Society

I can’t believe it that Mommy Ginger is already 1 year old this January. I’m actually very proud of what this site has accomplished in such a short time. In just one year, this site got a page rank 1 from Google (which normally takes years), an Alexa ranking of 2,660 in the Philippines (that means, i’m the 2660th site in our country among the millions of websites) and 480,218 in the world. For our social media pages, I got more than 4000 fans in Facebook, 745 in Twitter and 1100+ in Instagram.

And I owe it to all of you who continuously support my blog  and to the Lord up above. I thank Him for all of these achievements and blessings. Like any one, the past year for my blog has been filled with ups and downs — days when I’m inspired to write and days when I don’t feel like writing at all because of problems that beset me. But what keeps me going is the thought that I get to help others by sharing my own experiences, which I learned from and which I hope you, readers, will find value in.

WAHMderful Year Starter

with Moomymusings' Glaiza and Touringkitty's Em :)

with Moomymusings’ Glaiza and Touringkitty’s Em 🙂

With MommyGinger.com, I have met other mom bloggers and have gained a lot of new friends. I have also gained friends from the brands, sponsors and PR agencies that I have worked with. I have shared with you bits and pieces about my life and I have taken you with me as I journeyed through how I dealt with situations as a new mom to Zeeka. I hope you enjoyed the ride with me!

I also got to discover who I am and what Mommy Ginger wants to achieve this year and in the next few years. I want to give back to society, and I plan to do that by coaching as many women entrepreneurs and mompreneurs as possible.

I believe that there are a lot of women out there who are actually cut out to be entrepreneurs. They want to become one but don’t know how to be one. Mommy Ginger, through this site and through coaching sessions and through some workshops under the WAHMderful Life series, plans to help you achieve your dream of becoming an entrepreneur!

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For this anniversary, I am raffling off three 1-time coaching sessions to three lucky individuals. This coaching session is the first out of my 5 part coaching session that I conduct with entrepreneurs. A coaching session lasts 90 minutes and it will be at CBTL Burgos Circle at your preferred schedule. All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter steps below.

Aside from this initiative of giving back to the society helping develop successful mompreneurs and women entrepreneurs, I also asked the support of some brands to give back to our society. This January, instead of having a big blog contest with lots of prizes, Mommy Ginger has opted to ask for donations of Vitameal bags for the Nourish the Children Foundation from advertisers, partners and mompreneur friends. A bag of Vitameal can provide for 30 meals for these starving children especially those affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Here are some information about Vitameal: Vitameal Fact Sheet

Here are the brands that donated and helped me help the children affected by Typhoon Yolanda:

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I am truly thankful for the support that these brands have given. Thank you for making Mommy Ginger’s first year anniversary a fruitful one. For those brands, mompreneurs and mom bloggers who still want to donate, you can contact me at ginger(at)mommyginger(dot)com. Let’s keep the donations coming.

To those who want to join the raffle for the FREE coaching sessions with Mommy Ginger, just follow these steps in Rafflecopter:

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This giveaway will end on February 14, 2014. Winner will be drawn on Valentine’s day!

Thank you, thank you so much for all your support and I hope that you continue to read my blog!