My Dear Zeeka,

I came across a really expensive ‘educational’ thing that I wanted to buy for you. I told your dad that I wanted to buy them, but all I got was a look of disbelief and a big NO. I knew though that it was a pretty irrational purchase. I could actually get something of the same kind for less.

There are things in life, baby, that you have to forgo since these are mere wants and not needs. Learn to know the difference early on. Learn that there are things that you don’t really need. Even if you think that it will make you happy, it will be a superficial happiness that you will feel.

Getting just the essentials and having just the basics ‘in life’ will make you a thousand fold genuinely happier. Sometimes, wanting causes complications and just makes your life more miserable.

Learn to love what you have and be contented with it. Strive, but not for luxury or wants, but strive to provide your family and your future children with the basics like daily sustenance, education, a comfortable life, love and care. Daily hugs and kisses far outweigh Ipads and gadgets!

Love Lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I have so many funny baby pictures of Baby Zeeka that my husband and I decided to create cute comic strips from these. So every Monday, I will come out with one baby comic strip to share with you. This part of my blog will be called Tickle Me Mondays.

I know how Mondays can be so rough and tough for all of us. I hope this helps and puts you in a good mood 🙂

Baby Z Funny Baby Pics

Do you have cute baby pictures like these! Join in the fun and use #ticklememondays.

BTW, Baby Z turns 4 months today! Happy birthday, my Baby Fashionista!

Since yesterday, I have been receiving messages from my sister on themes that I could do for Zeeka’s first birthday! Waaaah! I know right?! My dear sister, that is still 9 months from now. Baby Z is just 3 months old (not to mention that we just had her Baptism so I’m not really looking forward YET to spending again).

Anyway, since we’re discussing Zeeka’s party, I came across a cool business and party supplier. It’s called Party Crafts by Ava. I got to interview the mompreneur behind it. I’m actually thinking of getting them for Zeeka’s first birthday party… 9 months from now (hehe!).

Mompreneur Jennifer Mateo – Lozano of Party Crafts by Ava tells us about herself…

Momtrepreneur Jennifer of Party Crafts by Ava

Momtrepreneur Jennifer of Party Crafts by Ava

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I am married for 3 years and a mom to my 2 year old daughter, Ava Cristiana. I used to work as an Asst. Mall Marketing Officer handling events and promotions and later resigned and worked for the family business. I am also a breastfeeding advocate who believes that breastfeeding is the best investment and decision I have made for me and my family. Being a stay at home mom allows me to continuously breastfeed my daughter for 25 months now and counting. Travels, movies and food top my list of favorites.

Mompreneur Jennifer tells us more about her business…

Party Crafts by Ava

Party Crafts by Ava

Ginger: Can you tell us more about Party Crafts? I’m sure my readers are all excited to read about it.
Jennifer: Party Crafts by Ava is a one stop party shop offering arts and crafts stations for kids and adults alike such as decorate a coin bank, sun visor, notebook, foam frame, crown & tiara, tumbler and ceramic magnet painting, rock and pebble art, nail art & edible cupcake decorating. These activities allow kids and adults to express their creativity while keeping them busy and at the same time having fun. Other services include event styling, photo booth, themed souvenirs, food carts, invites, photo coverage, hosting and other party needs. Party Crafts by Ava was formally launched last June 18, 2013, following the second birthday party celebration of my daughter.

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Ginger: Who is your market?
Jennifer: Parents and party enthusiasts who want to celebrate hassle free, unique, and creative parties.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Jennifer: I have always been fond of planning parties and the details that go with it. It all started out when I was planning for my daughter’s party. I wanted it to be worthwhile for both kids and adults. I stayed away from side entertainment, instead, I incorporated craft activities to keep the kids occupied while the parents mingle and relax. During and after the party, I received compliments and inquiries with the craft stations, they were surprised when I told them that I personally prepared and provided all of them. I was all the more encouraged when my family and friends showed their support.

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a momtrepreneur? What were these?

Jennifer: I am still in the stage of establishing Party Crafts by Ava and with that, I am running a one woman business to cut down on expenses. Being my own run around girl keeps me real busy which sometimes eats up the time that I should be spending with my family.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a momtrepreneur should have when starting their own business?

Jennifer: I think one should be efficient in time management, creative and patient.

Ginger: Any unforgettable lesson that you learned as a Momtrepreneur?
Jennifer: That at the end of the day, I am a still a mom and a wife, that my family is and should always be my priority.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Momtrepreneurs?
Jennifer: I am privileged to answer such question. I am still a newbie but here’s my cent’s worth of advice – do not be afraid to take risks, you may have failed once but that shouldn’t stop you from trying again.

Ginger: Thank you so much, Jennifer! I wish you success in your business and I definitely hope that I can invite you to be there for Zeeka’s first birthday!

Party Crafts by Ava Contact information:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PartyCraftsByAva
Email address: partycraftsbyava@yahoo.com.ph
Mobile Number: +639178875369
Instagram: partycraftsbyAva

What a lovely Wednesday morning to all of you, the loyal readers of my blog! Have you noticed that I have been exuding good vibes since July 1 came. It’s beautiful morning and I have a lot to be thankful for! I thank the Lord for all the blessings that He has given me. I most especially thank Him for the gift of family. I thank the Lord for such a wonderful family. This month’s blog topics will all be related to FAMILY.

One of the things that I planned to have before Zeeka was born was to have family pictorials and portraits of me, daddy Ej and baby Z. The first picture of us done by a photographer is this.

First Family Picture

Although you couldn’t really see Zeeka in the picture because the poor baby girl, only two weeks old in this shot, was crying. This was taken by Polly Fong of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography. I love this top shot, too, where you can clearly see Zeeka.

Family Picture taken by Polly Fong

Family Picture taken by Polly Fong

Recently, we had our pictures taken again. Now, the photographer was Regina Hahn Siy of My Story Photography. Looking through the pictures that she took, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be given such a wonderful family.

Family Picture shot by Regina Hahn Siy (I love this shot!)

Family Picture shot by Regina Hahn Siy (I love this shot!)

Family Picture shot by Regina Hahn Siy

Family Picture shot by Regina Hahn Siy

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Thank you, Regina, for creating this video, as well! 🙂

Here are the other pictures!

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How about you? Have you had your family picture taken? Do share with me your experience and your picture. You can email me at ginger@mommyginger.com. I’m planning to have our family picture taken on Zeeka’s 6th and 9th month and every year after that.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I am inspired. Half of the year has gone by and I we are somehow on the right track of where we want to be financially. I checked our family finances and we are right on track. If we want to achieve our goal by the end of the year though, we need to keep pushing and seizing every opportunity.

I have this excel template where I keep track of all my activities as a Mompreneur. One tab shows the earnings that I have from workshops. The next tab shows the earnings from blogging and the last tab shows my earnings from the other activities that I do. Each tab has a specific financial goal for this year. Every so often, I transfer funds to specific investments that we have. I learned this from attending Fitz Villafuerte’s Investing for Beginners class.

In the class, he taught us how to identify specific investment goals and check for the most apt investment vehicle to use for each.

I’m excited to share with you the next workshop that he will be conducting. It is entitled Family Finances.

Ready to Be Rich: Family Finances Workshop

Ready to Be Rich: Family Finances Workshop

If you want to get hold of your family’s finances, you might be interested to attend this workshop set on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Studio SnR, 3rd Floor, Millenium Place, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

This will be a good way to review your finances for this year and get motivated to act on it! The workshop included hands-on activities that will help you start planning already.

For more information, please visit http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/06/family-finances.html

Hope this helps,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger