My sister and I have been contemplating on creating an events planning business specializing in children’s parties since a year or two ago. When my sister and I team up, it’s always a great tandem. She’s really very creative and has a good eye for colors. She loves colors. In our team up, I am the one who is usually in charge of marketing the business. I love talking to people and I love looking for ways on how to come up with a win-win scenario. This year, me and my sister, have started our events coordination business called Memory Crafters.

Memory Crafters

Our cool logo was created by a mompreneur, Lique Dimayuga. Thanks, Lique! We just started setting up our online accounts. Please do visit our website at http://memorycrafters.wordpress.com/. Also, please feel free to ask for a quotation from us. Our rates are very reasonable. Promise! Just to make it clear, we are event planners and not event stylists. We really made our packages affordable since we want to help those who are very hands on in the planning of their child’s party. We also love DIY stuff which makes us the perfect partner event specialist for moms and dads who love DIY projects. We can help you in the conceptualization, planning and the execution of the ideas.

One of the projects that we are working on right now is a Halloween party to be held in one of the plush villages in Makati. We already started creating the decorations. We will be setting it up though on the day of the event and we will of course take pictures and share what we have created with you. Here is a sneak peek.

Halloween Decorations - Memory Crafters

Halloween Decorations - Memory Crafters 2

We can’t wait to show you the finished product. How about you? Have you already thought about your Halloween decoration? Have you already started making them? Let me know if you need help.

Please do support my sister and I in this new business venture. Please visit our website, like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/memorycrafters) and follow us on Instagram (http://instagram.com/memorycrafters). Do ask for a quote now!

Love yah all!

The year is about to end and during the months of October to December, this is when I finalize my goals for next year. When I was employed, October was the month when we would set budget and goals for the upcoming year. Being a work-at-home-mom (or a housewife for some of us), I thank the heavens that I don’t have to do all these things. Going through and listing goals and budgets and targets are such tedious things to do. Kakatamad naman talaga! (We are lazy to do these things). As a SAHM or WAHM or WAHW, there would be no one to urge you to create a list of goals.

What we don’t realize is that we need to set goals for ourselves. What happens oftentimes is that we just go with the flow and see what happens. What happens is that our life as mothers and wives becomes too routinary that we feel sad, depressed, bored, unfulfilled, etc. We wake up in the morning, see to it that the kids are okay and ready to go to school. We then bring them to school, go home and clean the house, cook, wash the dishes. We then have time to check Facebook, ‘work’ using our laptops and after that, we realize that it’s time to pick up the kids. Upon arriving home, we tutor our kids, cook dinner, wash the dishes and play Candy Crush until we fall asleep. Every so often, we think about our life and sometimes, we even wish that we were doing something more — something for ourselves or something for humanity even. We sometimes day dream that we were like Oprah with her own personal chef and personal shoppers. We sometimes wish that we had our own personal assistant whom we can just order around to go run and do errands for us (I just had this thought this morning). But reality is, we are stuck with what we have… or are we really?

This is where VISIONING can come in handy. I always hear my dad say, visualize and everything that you see and think of as yours will be yours. Will it happen magically? Is he over acting.

I’ve heard stories though of people who have really created vision boards and they have actually achieved what was in their boards after a few years. Maybe it is time to give it a try.

For moms and dads, husbands and wives who want to try creating a vision board and who want learn about goal setting and beyond, Manila Workshops and Optimommy has created a workshop for you. It is co-sponsored by Unilab and Human Heart Nature, as well. It is called Visioning for Moms: How to Fulfill Your Life Goals while Raising a Family.

Visioning for Moms

The facilitator for this workshop is Ms. Jayme Gatbonton of Optimommy.com. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
– Create a life purpose
– State intentional goals based on your life purpose
– Craft a vision board or vision journal for your life goals
– Make an action plan (monthly, weekly, daily) to get you moving in the direction of your dreams

Event Details:
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Human Heart Nature Pasig branch, Quorum Center, C. Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City (across Shell gasoline station)

The Learning Fee is pretty affordable at:
Php 1,200 for the regular rate and Php 1,000 for the group rate (for 3 or more participants)

For those who want to join, kindly fill out the form below:

Will you attend this workshop? Can you already think of goals that you want to achieve for next year? Let’s share ideas!

For those who are new moms, one of the things to watch out for during the first few months of a baby is the ‘teething’ stage. My pediatrician already told me that Zeeka will be growing her teeth in a few months. I can actually feel the top of the teeth already trying to protrude through the lower gums. I think she’ll be having her two front teeth very soon!

She’s becoming very fussy already. She also always wants to put things into her mouth and she loves biting. She bites into yaya’s shoulders and she also loves biting when I’m nursing her (ouch!). Of course, I can’t blame her since I can just imagine how uncomfortable it is to feel that pain and itchiness in the gums. The worse part is that you don’t know how to explain these feelings to mommy, daddy or to yaya. What I do is just give her teething biscuits that she can bite on. I got these biscuits from Healthy Options.

Vanilla Biscuits for Teethers

Vanilla Biscuits for Teethers

Now that Baby Zeeka is eating and placing all these different thing into her mouth, it is the best time to start taking care of her mouth, gums and eventually, teeth.

I have already shared with you an Infographics on facts about caring for your child’s teeth ). I have also shared with you ways on how to care for your baby’s teeth in this link, http://mommyginger.com/2013/09/how-to-care-for-babys-teeth.html. Today, i’ll be sharing with you some tools that you can use for you to be able to carry on helping your child develop good, strong and healthy teeth.

This first chart shows the Primary Teeth Tracker. It also shows the month when the teeth will come out. But of course, this is just a guide. My cousins baby started developing molars first before his central incisors (soooo cool!).

Primary Teeth Tracker

Primary Teeth Tracker

The second chart is the Permanent Teeth Tracker. This is very helpful when your child is already starting to grow his/her permanent teeth.

Permanent Teeth Tracker

Permanent Teeth Tracker

Here is the dentist appointment sheet that you can use to keep track of the visits to the dentist.

Dentist Appointment Guide

Dentist Appointment Guide

And lastly, here is a teeth care chart that you can use when your child is a bit older to help your child keep track of brushing, flossing and chewing of Xylitol gum.

Teeth Care Chart

Teeth Care Chart

All of these charts are care of Lotte Xylitol Gum Philippines. This is to help parents and children fight cavities and make it zero. They are running the making it Zero Campaign. Here are some facts about the Make it Zero Campaign.

Lotte Xylitol Gum Make it Zero Campaign

Lotte Xylitol Gum Make it Zero Campaign

I hope that all of these downloads will help you care for your baby’s/child’s teeth. Mommy Ginger is very proud to be part of the Make it Zero campaign. For more information, please visit LotteXylitolGum.com.

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

Mommy Ginger is a proud Mom Brand Believer of Lotte Xylitol Gum!

The first time I met Mariel from The Learning Basket, we talked about homeschooling, reading and raising children. I admire all of these homeschooling moms and their children. I’m thinking that it takes great discipline and effort to be able to go through the daily grind of teaching your children. Baby Zeeka is just 7 months and I haven’t really thought about whether I should homeschool or send her to traditional school. Before deciding, I know that I should look at homeschooling closely and learn more about it. That is why I’m excited for this homeschooling conference that is brought to you by Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket, and co-sponsored by Victory Christian International School, Digilearn Multimedia and Genyo e-Learning.

Project 20 You Can Homeschool Final 7

In this homeschooling conference, You Can Homeschool! Be Inspired, Be Informed, Be Empowered!, there will be different talks about homeschooling. The key speakers of the event, Thammie Sy, Frannie Daez, and Edric Mendoza, who have all found their calling in homeschooling their children will share insights and learnings. The event will be a whole day of learning on November 16, 2013, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at One Events and Café, One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas cor Meralco Ave, Pasig City. The fee is at Php 1200 per attendee or if you are coming a a group of two or more, the fee will be at Php 1000 per participant. This already included lunch!

You can sign up using this form:

Some highlights to look forward to are the following:
• Be inspired by our speakers as they share about homeschooling from the heart, developing the homeschooling mindset, and how to homeschool in the Philippines
• Testimonials from children who have experienced learning at home.
• An overview of the homeschooling providers in the country, and the various services that they offer.
• Intimate break-out discussions with homeschooling parents

At the end of this summit, the event hopes to inspire parents to take on an active role in the education of their child, whether they decide to homeschool or not. The event wants parents to be empowered with the inspiration and knowledge they have gained to take on the role of “teacher” in their homes.

One of the sponsors of the event, Bee Happy Crafts and Party Supplies, will be giving away these prizes to one lucky winner through my blog:

Prizes for one lucky winner!

Prizes for one lucky winner!

2 washi tapes
1 paper mache box
12 regular clothespins
12 Tags
5 meters baker’s twine

To add to this, Philippine Science Centrum is also adding two FREE tickets for the chosen winner.

All you have to do is join by following these steps:
1. Follow/Like Bee Happy Crafts in the following accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
2. Like Manila Workshops on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
3. Like the Learning Basket on Facebook
4. Leave your name and email address as a comment below.

This giveaway will run from October 9 – 23, 2013. I will choose the winner on October 25. 🙂

Hope to see you on November 16 as we all learn together! 🙂

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AND WE HAVE A WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS TO CARYN MORALES!

My birthday was last Tuesday and it’s almost one week of being 33. A lot of things happened this week — both good and bad.

This week, Zeeka had colds and cough. Kakainis! This was the first time she has ever gotten colds and cough. My pedia cousin though said that this is normal. During the first six months, she tells me, the baby still has the antibodies that she got from the mother. It’s during the 6 month that the immune system of the baby weakens.

I hated seeing her suffer. It was actually worse than the hand, foot and mouth disease that she had. I didn’t see her suffer like this during that time. For babies, you really need to use an aspirator since they still don’t know how to breathe through their mouth. Baby Zeeka would scream and shout when I would try to suck out all the mucus out of her nose. Huhuhu! I also gave her Disudrin (o.5 mL) three times a day and she also had to take anti-biotics, Pediamox (1.2mL), three times a day. She is still not done taking her antibiotics. Poor girl!

Baby Zeeka not feeling well... on the way to the Pedia

Baby Zeeka not feeling well… on the way to the Pedia

At least, she’s better now. She felt better during my birthday, too, so we got to go out. Check out our matching outfits during that day.

Family picture during my 33rd Birthday

Family picture during my 33rd Birthday

My Little Zeeka and I with Matching outfits

My Little Zeeka and I with Matching outfits

Dada Ej treated me and Zeeka (and yaya) to breakfast at Early Bird Breakfast Club. I would normally sleep until late when I plan ‘not to work’ on certain days, but since it was my birthday, it was too fabulous a day to waste. I wanted to start the day early. I had an amazing breakfast too of fish cooked in lemon garlic sauce. After breakfast, we then had coffee at Figaro, which was just a few steps away.

Yummy Breakfast! Fish... para healthy

Yummy Breakfast! Fish… para healthy

Coffee Art at Figaro

Coffee Art at Figaro

I then left Baby Zeeka first at home, so she could sleep while EJ and I went to mass with my parents. After mass, we picked up our little girl and headed straight to SM Aura where we ate at Tamarind, the Thai restaurant on the 5th level. It was the birthday treat of my parents. AFter lunch, we headed straight to Starbucks, where we had coffee and where we saw Dominic Ochoa. He was a pleasant and down-to-earth guy. He willingly had a picture taken with Zeeka (or rather, Zeeka willingly had her picture taken with him… haha!).

Baby Zeeka with Dominic Ochoa (actor)

Baby Zeeka with Dominic Ochoa (actor)

Another highlight of the week was that we got to have another run of the Yes Mommy workshop at Medele House. Yey! This workshop seems to be an annual event/workshop already. Of course, I would like to thank all those who attended and to Unilab for Co-sponsoring the event. BTW, I found this love for Disudrin (as mentioned above). It really helped Baby Zeeka get through her colds.

The 2nd run of the Yes Mommy Workshop

The 2nd run of the Yes Mommy Workshop

Mommy Ginger and Baby Zeeka with Mommy Phoebe and Baby Ava

Mommy Ginger and Baby Zeeka with Mommy Phoebe and Baby Ava

Other highlights were…

Bronuts

Bronuts

I finally got to try Bronuts! I will create a review of this in my other blog, ManilaReviews.com.

My strong Baby Girl

My strong Baby Girl

My little girl started crawling ‘forward’ already. She usually crawls backwards. Also, check out how strong she is already. She can stand by just holding her hands!

Opened another account for Baby Zeeka

Opened another account for Baby Zeeka

I again opened another account for Baby Zeeka. It was a In Trust account for her. I already have account number one for her where savings will be kept (cash gifts for her birthday). This account number two will actually be mommy and daddy’s disbursement account for Baby Z’s expenses, like her birthday, etc.

Our very own Christmas Tree

Our very own Christmas Tree

Christmas came very early this year! I already have our tree up. This is our very first Christmas tree as a family so I was excited to set it up. And guess what, I was the one who set it up since EJ was down with flu. The tree was a gift from Mommy Beth and Daddy Vic. I then bought the lights and the christmas balls from SM department store in SM Aura. I chose the pink and silver balls since it reminded me of Zeeka. She loves the color pink and she loves mirrors.

Urdaneta Clubhouse

Urdaneta Clubhouse

And my last highlight is that I got to book the venue for Baby Zeeka’s first birthday already 🙂 We will have it at the clubhouse in Urdaneta Village.

So you see! It was a really eventful birthday week for me. This is the reason why it is only now that I got to write this post. How about you? How are you?