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!

My mom’s so cute! We were having a discussion about Zeeka’s party and we were suddenly discussing about Zeeka’s future. I told her that I opened a mutual fund account for Zeeka’s future. She was insisting that that wasn’t enough. She was telling me that I should open a passbook account for Zeeka so that I can write down line-by-line where the money came from and from whom, so that when she grows up, she’ll know where the money came from. I told her that I already had an excel file, but she insisted that writing it down was different. She’s so cute because that’s such an ‘old school’ method. So anyway, I got a passbook.

I didn’t really grow up in a house where money and how it works was taught to me. I think I just figured it out. We were never really taught how to invest and if we did (invest), I think my parents did that for us. The concept of interest wasn’t really explained to me. I think I only knew about it when I was graduating from college, etc. I didn’t have a credit card and was only exposed to the concept of debt when I was in College.

I think what I’m thankful for was that early on, I was taught the basic concepts (even if investing, interest and debt) were not explained to me. I saw that my parents had to work to earn to buy what they want. I wasn’t really spoiled by my parents. Even if we were living a comfortable life, I never asked (and abused) for money to buy what I want. I don’t think I threw a tantrum even just for my parents to buy me toys (I know because my mom always tells everyone that we were well-behaved children). I guess it’s because we were both girls, too! 🙂

For Zeeka, I know that I will expose her to the concept of earning and saving early on. I want her to realize that money does not grow on trees, even if we wish they did. I want her that working smart is the best way to earn money (rather than working hard). I have a lot of lessons that I want to teach her, and hopefully, she’ll be happy, contented, rich with wealth and blessings and healthy when she grows up.

Fitz Villafuerte of Ready to be Rich and I came up with the idea of teaching children, ages 6-12 the concepts of earning, banking, saving, etc. so we came up with this workshop called Money Smart Kids.

Money Smart Kids Logo

I am so excited for this workshop since there will be a lot of activities. We have cute materials and even role playing to explain the different concepts. We’d like to thank Mothercare Philippines who has been kind enough to sponsor the venue for this event. This event will be on Feb. 23, Sunday at Mothercare, Level 3, Podium. From 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Money Smart Kids poster

We hope that you can join this workshop with your child. We are requiring that the child must be accompanied by a guardian so that both of them can go through the activities together.

To sign up, plesae fill out this form:

See you at the Money Smart Kids Workshop!

The thing about being a mompreneur is that your house becomes the main storage area for all your businesses. Late last year, I contacted Kat Ong, a professional organizer from SpacethatWorks.com and I agreed to contact her after we have our garage sale (was set last December). I said that she would probably find it easier after I got to sell things that I wanted to let go. I did sell a lot of stuff, but ‘new’ stuff came in and the ‘situation’ of my home is a bit ‘messier’ than it was during the time that I contacted her. She mentioned in her email “Costs depends on the situation of a space. I’d have to see the place first and do an assessment, interview you and take photos – all kept confidential”. I didn’t get back to her because I feel I’m not ready for her to fix the place. She might fix it then I’d just mess it up after a week (saying naman!). So Kat, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry! I might fail you after.

Check out a few photos of our place, which used to be a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. It’s still beautiful (in my eyes), but now with more character, especially with Zeeka in the picture.

When I was talking with my interior designer when the house was first built, I wanted things that were both functional and stylish. As you know, our home is not huge so we wanted everything to be functional and beautiful. She was successful in giving us what we wanted, but that was four years ago and that was before we had our daughter in the picture.

I’m like any other mom who loves looking at beautifully decorated spaces, well taken pictures and amazingly shot OOTDs on Pinterest. I am amazed at how moms, like me, can actually keep their houses tidy as if they were pulled out from a magazine. I am amazed at how a scene with them carrying a baby can look so picture perfect just like how celebrities would look while carrying their babies. I am amazed at how neatly they pack things into a diaper bag and everything seems so organized.

Looking at what makes it (the picture) all work are actually products that help moms like us feel like things can still be beautiful and functional for you and your baby. These products are made by BUILT.

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BUILT, founded by Aaron Lown and John Roscoe Swartz, has already been in the industry for 10 years. BUILT is actually a product innovation company. Their goal is to make products that are effortless in use, delightful to experience, distinctive in appearance, and ingenious in design. I fell in love with this brand for the first time when I bought its one bottle wine tote before as a gift. I loved the design of their neoprene totes.
Most of their products are made from Neoprene, since it’s durable (tear, heat and water-resistant). It’s reusable and highly protective (can absorb the shock of everyday handling). It also insulates up to 4 hours and is light weight and machine washable.

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I was happy to find out that they are now creating products for babies, too. All current baby and lunch products are BPA Free and Latex Free. I was most impressed by the Station Convertible Diaper Bag (Php 5950). It’s actually a diaper bag that transforms to become a changing area for baby.

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Features:
– Made from neoprene (the wetsuit material)
– Tested for FDA food safety, lead safety and phthalates
– PVC, BPA, latex and vinyl free
– Unzips to convert to an integrated changing station with a removable and machine washable changing pad
– Interior pockets to store diapers, wipes, etc.
– Two exterior bottle pockets – insulates up to 4 hours
– Additional exterior pockets for quick access
– Adjustable shoulder strap with padding for shoulder comfort
– Stain resistant

Exterior Dimensions: W 13” x H 10.8” x D 6.5”
Strap Drop: 27.6”

Bib from Built

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The other products that caught my attention are the Messy Mate Toddler Bib (Php 1195) and the Caddy (Php 1895).
Cool products, right? Built is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Quirks Marketing Philippines (@quirksph). To check out more products from Built, you can like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BuiltPh) or check out Quirks Marketing Philippines’ Instagram account (@quirksph). Make it work for you and your baby by purchasing Built from these stores:

Stores for Built

The laundry is piling up at home. I have a baby who’s really messy when she eats. Although, come to think of it, whose baby isn’t messy when they are just starting to learn how to eat. I’m not worried about the mess, but I’m more worried about my baby’s food intake. Zeeka is gaining weight, with her still nursing with me and with the solid food that she has been taking, but I’m still worried that she might not be getting the right or enough nutrients. Although she eats well, I don’t know if she’s taking enough.

That is the reason why i’m so excited to attend these two workshops. One is entitled “Nutrition Know How: Nutrition education for women (pregnant and lactating) and babies” from Project Mom and Juju Eats. The other one is entitled Baby Nutrition and Dental Care from Manila Workshops, Medela Moms, Inc.

Nutrition Know How: Nutrition education for women (pregnant and lactating) and babies

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This is a collaboration between PROJECT MOM and JUJU eats. The details of the talk is as follows:

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 2pm-6pm
Venue: Juju Eats 2297 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City
Learning Fee: Php 1,200 (you will get a Project Mom book and Juju Eats lunch

Knowing your nutritional needs is essential to leading a healthy life. This changes during different stages of your life (pregnant, lactating). The event will be an afternoon of nutritional education, for you and your new baby.

Topics are:
* Benefits of Organic Nutrition by Hipp Baby
* Hindy Tantoco will be a guest speaker and she will talk about How she got her body back and about Holy Carabao Farm
* VMV Beauty Speaker
*Dr Cora Avancena on Baby Nutrition on “Don’t Worry It’s Normal”
*Dra. Singson, Prenatal Nutrition
*Bianca and Amanda will discuss Food chapter from the book, health and nutrition

There will be a Book Signing at the end of the day!

If you’d like to sign up, kindly answer these questions and email it to projectmombook@gmail.com or you can fill up the form in project mom facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/projectmombook/app_128953167177144)

Complete Name:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
Mobile Number:
How did you hear about the event?:
*Please indicate how many seats would you like to pay for. You may also upgrade to having a JUJU Booster Kit (also comes with a free bag) for only Php990, if you wish, but do let the organizers know.

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The other workshop is…

Baby Nutrition and Dental Care

Baby Nutrition and Dental Care

This is a collaboration between Manila Workshops and Medela Moms, Inc. This workshop is also sponsored by Lotte Xylitol, Cradle, Cycles and Cycles Sensitive, NonPareil Enterprises and Mama Chows Lactation Treats.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9am to 12nn
Venue: Medela House, #29 1st Street, New Manila Quezon City
Learning Fee: Php 500
Special Couples Rate: Php 800 per couple (Other guardians are highly recommend to attend to like yayas, lolos/lolas, etc.).

Proper nutrition is vital in the early years of your child. In his or her first year, your baby grows and develops at a rapid rate. As a parent, you need to make sure that your child receives sufficient nutrients in order to support this growth and development. At the same time, as your baby’s first teeth begin to show and he or she starts to eat solid food, you also need to make sure that those precious teeth and gums are well cared for.

Speakers will be:
The baby nutrition learning session will be handled by Ms. Cecile Bayaga, and dental care will be discussed by Dr. Fina Marilag Gupit-Lopez, on behalf of Xylitol.

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 has been happily married for 9 years and has one child.

Dr. Fina Marilag Gupit-Lopez is 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

Sign up for this workshop now by using this form:

Lots of freebies and surprises await attendees of this workshop form our sponsors!

To add to that, the first 8 people who comment on this post will receive free couple seats to the Baby Nutrition and Dental Care Seminar for them and a companion! 🙂 Please leave your full name and email address so that we can contact you.

Hope to see you in these two events! 🙂

This month is all about preparation. One of the things that you need to prepare for in life is having a baby. Whether you are a first-time mother or consider yourself a “veteran,” MedelaMoms Maricel Cua and Beng Feliciano have your best interests in mind, especially when it comes to making sure you are able to give your child the best nutrition, i.e. breastmilk.

MedelaMoms is all for supporting moms by helping them prepare for this big change in their lives, especially when it comes to supporting them in their breastfeeding journey. I got to know about Medela Moms since they helped me prepare for Zeeka (and now I am still breastfeeding her at almost 11 months).

I have heard about tandem feeding and I couldn’t imagine myself having twins and breastfeeding both. I admire the oms who have successfully done it (actually, I admire even those who have tried, too!). It can be challenging nursing multiples and you will need all the help that you can get.

Seeing Doubles A Multiples Support Group

To help out nursing moms of twins/multiples, MedelaMoms invites all couples expecting multiples to come to the Medela House on February 8, Saturday, 9 a.m., to the launch of the “Seeing Doubles” Multiples Support Group. Different mommies with twins will share their precious time to talk about their experiences carrying, giving birth to, breastfeeding, and raising multiples! This is the time for all parents with multiples to ask their questions and satisfy their curiosity, and maybe even find the answers to all their concerns and worries. The “multiples moms” who have been invited by MedelaMoms to speak are ready to help parents for the arrival of their own sets of multiples.

Alongside the launch of “Seeing Doubles,” SweetPea, a cocktail/formal nursing wear company will also be launching its line through a fashion show. Walnut Melbourne PH will be providing the shoewear of the children in the show. Celebrity Moms Amanda Jacob and Marilen Faustino-Montenegro and children will be dropping by, too, to share their own modern day mom breastfeeding experiences.

Amanda will also be conducting a book signing and a limited number of her book, Project Mom, co-authored with Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, will be on sale that day.The event is free of charge but attendees are required to pre-register by texting or calling MedelaMoms at 0917-8110821 or sending an email to medelamoms@gmail.com.

To get the latest updates from MedelaMoms, connect with them through their Facebook page (Medela Breastfeeding Products) or better yet, add them as a “friend” on Facebook (http://facebook.com/medelamoms).