I’m supporting the team behind the popular children’s book “Alpabeto ng Kalikasan”. Dustin Ancheta, Jay Javier and Anya Santos-Uy have launched Kalikasan Kits in a special donation drive to benefit underprivileged communities across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In collaboration with the non-profit, literacy movement, RecoveREADS, “Alpabeto ng Kalikasan” aims to distribute 300 kits. The special donation drive is ongoing until June 5th, World Environment Day. A Php 500 donation will help send one Kalikasan Kit to a needy child.
Each Kalikasan Kit costs Php 500 and includes:
• 1 copy of “Alpabeto ng Kalikasan” • 1 activity workbook • 1 box of crayons
According to author Anya Santos-Uy: “This pandemic has put a strain on our already less-than-ideal public education system. I thought about the children, whose families were greatly affected by the loss of income brought about by the lockdowns. If food was a challenge, what more educational materials? Feeding kids’ stomachs is just as important as feeding their minds.”
“Alpabeto ng Kalikasan” is a colorful one-of-a-kind alphabet book that features Phlippine flora and fauna from A to Z. The book was written by Anya Santos-Uy with illustrations by Jay Javier and Baybayin script by Dustin Ancheta and Alain Austria. The book is available through the website alpabetongkalikasan.com and Amazon.
For those who want to know what Alpabeto ng Kalikasan is, check out this video:
Hope you can support them by spreading the word about Kalikasan Kits! Purchase a Kalikasan Kit now and make a donation on the website www.alpabetongkalikasan.com
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So yesterday, on Facebook and TikTok, I shared my breastfeeding must-have haul from Orange and Peach PH. I already started shopping and since it’s Lazada’s 5.5 Sale today, I thought it might be interesting for you, especially if you are expecting parents, to read this. So first off, before I give you a more in depth explanation about each product, let me share the short video of the things that I got from Orange and Peach PH for breastfeeding.
Orange and Peach PHImproved Natural Nipple Balm
When I gave birth to my first child, I knew that I was prepared to breastfeed. I attended classes and I read a lot about breastfeeding. But when the first few days came and I tried breastfeeding Zeeka, I had sore nipples! My nipples bled, so after four days, I had to call a lactation consultant to help me out. After she taught me, Zeeka latched on and sucked masterfully. But, I had to protect my nipples with balm or cream.
So I am already purchasing this early on. This particular Orange and Peach PH balm is made from Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s Lanolin-free and made from natural ingredients. It comes with a spatula so that you can hygienically apply it to your nipples after each feeding.
Orange and Peach PHMilk Saver Pump
I love this manual pump since it’s small and portable. I tried bring my electric pump into the hospital when I gave birth to Zeeka, but I wasn’t allowed. You can only bring manual pumps like these. So to use this Milk Saver Pump, here are the steps:
Place the breast pump directly over your breast and make sure that your nipple is comfortable inside the flange.
Squeeze the base of the pump 2-3x to create that suction effect.
Sit back, relax and watch the pump collect all your precious milk.
If no milk comes out after a couple of minutes (2 mins), release the pump, reposition and attach again. Make sure that there is no gap between the flange and your breast to ensure efficient suction.
This pump is BPA free and Phthalates free. It’s made out off 100% food Grade Silicone.
Personally, what I do is that I use it to pump on the other breast while my baby is latching on to the other breast. And I also use it in between feedings to make my body think that my baby needs more. I try to create more supply by increasing demand. Ain’t economics great?
Orange and Peach PHMilk Saver Breast Shells
I’ve heard that some moms didn’t really find use for this, but in my case, it was a life saver especially during the times when I had sore and cracked nipples. Since you know that you will be leaking milk, you usually place pads. During the time though that I had sore/cracked nipples, when my nipples would stick to the pads, it would hurt. I used this so that nothing touches my nipples since the plastic elevates and protects your nipples. Plus you get to collect breast milk.
I would also use it during feeding to catch the milk from the other breast. There are times, like early mornings, when I’m tired to pump the other side. I would just collect milk using this then have the baby latch on to that side once s/he is done with the first breast.
Orange and Peach PHBreastmilk Storage bags and Breastmilk Storage Bottles
We all know that breastmilk is liquid gold and we’ll do anything to store it safely. Seriously, the first time that I expressed milk and spilled some, I cried. So storing breastmilk safely is very important.
When I have extra milk to store, I place it inside bags and keep it frozen. Frozen breastmilk lasts 3-6 months. Then for the milk that I know that I would use in a few hours, I keep it refrigerated using the bottle. Refrigerated breastmilk last for 48 hours and previously frozen milk stored in the refrigerator will last 24 hours. Same (24 hours) with breastmilk that you transport via cooler. For freshly expressed milk kept at room temperature, it only lasts for 4 hours.
We were very particular with this so that baby doesn’t drink spoiled milk. We’ve noticed that the baby gets gassy, too.
Three people will win a 1K voucher for shopping at Lazada. All you need to do is to follow Orange and Peach PH accounts in Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. If you’re not present in one of these platforms, it’s okay. You can still join.
Once you have followed these, just comment DONE on the comment section of my post in Facebook here:
As I look outside my window, I see Manila Golf Club. It would be amazing to own a piece of land here in BGC. The cost of land is too high. If I were to buy land later on, it would probably be far from Metro Manila. But there is a world where I own part of the golf course that I see outside my window. It’s a world not known to many yet called Earth 2.
It’s a game where all of us can actually by pieces of land. The land that we live in was divided into 10mx10m spaces that you can purchase. The prices are driven by all the players in Earth 2. You can purchase unpurchased land, bid on purchased lands and sell your own land.
Each of my properties in Earth 2 has property deed details view confirming Land Class, Land Title, Deed Identifier, Controlled Status, Purchase Price, Market Value, Sale Status, list of exact unique Tile IDs including longitude and latitude plus addresses for each tile within related property.
The creator of the game is Shane Isaac. He introduced himself to the public last January 2021.
I’m not sure if a lot of people from the Philippines are playing this game, but I see a lot of Philippine flags already that claimed areas in the map. You’ll see leaderboards that will show you the net worth of the players. There is also an inter-user trading price (Market Value) per country determined real time.
You can add credit balances to your Earth 2 wallet and you can use those credits to purchase land in the game. If you want to purchase lands that other players own, you can go to Marketplace. MarketPlace list of all properties for sale by other users listing key data, number of tiles, land class, country, Market Value, Advertised Price, % vs Market Value displayed in Best Value order.
If you want to start playing this game, you can use my Earth 2 Code: UET99P2I3F to get a 5% discount on the piece of land that you’ll purchase.
What to remember:
This is a game and it’s not a trading platform. Please do not invest or play with money that you cannot afford to lose in the end. Since this is a new game, we really don’t know how long this game will last.
Why I played:
It’s interesting to see where the creators will bring this. I’m a fan of Ready Player One, and game playing with Virtual Reality or the idea of a virtual world interests me.
Plus, It’s just nice to know that I own a piece of that golf course when I look outside my window! 🙂
To play, just go to: https://earth2.io/ Again, to buy land, use my code UET99P2I3F to get a 5% discount on the piece of land that you’ll purchase.
Let’s all welcome the month of May! I love this month, because it means that we get to honor all of the amazing moms out there. And I’m thankful that I have this blog and my vlog on Youtube, because I get to share their inspiring and heart-warming stories. So expect that this month, you’ll be getting to know mompreneurs with interesting stories, experiences and useful tips. Today, i’ll be sharing the story and my interview with Mompreneur Ann Sy-Solis of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.
All about Mompreneur Ann
Recently, I’ve been drawn to pictures of food on social media. Ordering food and watching shows now have the same weight in my life and probably take up 80% of my time if I’m not working. So as I was mindless scrolling on social media, I came across pretty cakes from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.
Ann is a graduate of HRIM Major in Culinary Art from St Benilde. She’s an impressive mompreneur baker who is mom to a 5 year old boy. She started Butter & Whisk last quarter of 2017. She customizes cakes and specializes in buttercream icing cakes. She also makes yummy baked Lasagna.
Interview with Mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann
I asked Ann what was the intention behind creating the business. She says that she started her business to find her self-worth and of course, to have her own money. But even with a clear goal, there were a lot of challenges that mompreneur Ann encountered along the way.
One of the challenges is that as a mom and as an entrepreneur, responsibilities double up. Ann narrates that she has to do house chores, teach and take care of her son and take and fulfill orders on her own. This was especially true in 2020 since they didn’t have any house helper.
Another challenge, she recalls was having to manage time. “In 2019, I joined a Bazaar in North Vertis, and I needed to leave my son for three consecutive days. My son is used to being by my side,” Ann says. “I had to stay there from the bazaar’s opening to closing since I could not afford to hire extra man power that time. It was such a challenge since my son would cry every night.”
I can just imagine how stressful and how worried Ann might have been during that time. Speaking of stress, another challenge that Ann had was having difficult and super stingy customers.
“I had a customer before who requested for a customized cake. She had a lot of demands to the point that we were talking almost every day. When I gave her the final quotation, she started to complain and requested to lower the price. I actually already gave her a discounted price, because I was referred to her by my close friend. Di ko kinaya! (I couldn’t take it). What I did was I politely ask her to look for another baker, as I could not meet her (almost impossible) standards.”
Another challenge that Ann mentioned was that there were time that people close to her would bring her down. “They will tell you things you don’t want to hear, like you are not good enough or something like you are wasting your time. There were many times that people told me that my business will not succeed — that the things that I make where not delicious (hindi naman masarap, nothing special naman sa gingawa mo) and that what I made was nothing special.
When the pandemic hit, Ann mentioned that luckily, her business was not affected. Last year was a really good year (best year) for her since she started her business.
Mompreneur Ann shares that the greatest learning that she picked up is to believe and listen to yourself more than to other people. “Don’t be afraid to try and fail, because it is better to fail than to think what if? This is an advice that my cousin shared with me. Walang mawawala sayo (You will lose nothing) when you try, especially when you do something you love. You will just gain experiences and new knowledge. So don’t be afraid; fear will only hold you back,” Ann shares.
Ann is happy and proud of her accomplishment. She’s proud of being strong. “I never thought kaya ko (I could do it). I never thought that I could hack the pressures of being a mom, wife, entrepreneur, a teacher to my son, etc. It’s not an easy job running a business and taking care of my family. Tumaas ang tingin ko sa lahat ng mompreneurs (I look up now to all mompreneurs).
To all aspiring mompreneurs reading this, mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann leave these inspiring words and tips. “Don’t be afraid to fail; it will only hold you back. Don’t be afraid of hardship. Hardships will only make you stronger. Don’t be afraid to try. Because when you don’t try, you will never know kung ano ang naghihintay sayo (what’s in store and waiting for you). And most importantly, believe and listen to yourself.
To order from mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann, please visit the following links: