I taught Zeeka something last week. I taught her how to laugh! Haha! I taught her how to ‘fake laugh’. Check out the video below.

She’s really growing up so fast. Last week, we had our first visit to the pediatric dentist. Zeeka had to have her teeth cleaned. Our pedia advised us to go to the dentist now that Zeeka is 1 year old. Upon arriving (BTW, we went to the iSmile Clinic at Bonifacio Global City), the dentist talked to me and explained everything at the lobby area before going into the clinic for the procedure. When we entered, as expected, she cried since everything was new to her. I had to sit on the chair and have her sit on my lap. I had to hold her hands, as she was struggling to get out. The dentist cleaned her teeth and also applied fluoride to prevent cavities. Then she wasn’t allowed to eat for an hour after the procedure and no brushing of her teeth that evening.

Actually, during the conversation with the dentist, I was reminded of the things that I recently learned from the Lotte Xylitol event for the Mommy Bloggers. That was a fun event. It was just like a “bonding” event with the other mommy bloggers. I loved that it was just a ‘chill’ event  and I got to learn more about the other mommy bloggers. It wasn’t the typical press conference held by brands, but it was really an intimate gathering. It’s rare that a brand really takes time out to get to know the bloggers that they invite. It’s usually a one way conversation and they don’t really ask for ‘media’ or us, bloggers, to introduce ourselves.

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Bloggers introducing themselves

Bloggers introducing themselves

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After the get to know you portion part of the event, Dra. Fina, a pediatric dentist was invited to talk about caring for our child’s teeth. She told us that 9 out of 10 children in the Philippines suffer from tooth decay. The key points that I learned from the talk were:

Dra. Fina talking about how to care for your child's teeth

Dra. Fina talking about how to care for your child’s teeth

– Never to let Zeeka sleep without brushing her teeth. This should be the last activity that a child should do at night. This is hard from me since the last thing that she does is drink milk (I better change this asap!)

– Brush for at least two minutes for the fluoride to take effect. If you can just spit it out and not gargle, the better.

– Teach your child how to use the toothbrush by having her (or him) sit on your lap while brushing their teeth.

She also taught us what Xylitol is. For those who don’t know, Xylitol is a 100% natural sweetener first derived from birch trees in the 20th century. It actually is a sugar substitute but it also helps reduce the growth of cavity-causing Streptococcus mutans bacteria that leads to cavities. It is used in gum, like the Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum, to help prevent tooth decay.

The Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum is a sugar-free gum with over 50% xylitol as a sugar substitute. It reduces cavity-causing bacteria that feed on sugar and create acids that dissolve tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay. It promotes saliva flow to maintain healthy pH levels in the mouth to prevent demineralization of tooth enamel. It also helps remove stubborn tartar on teeth surfaces through the chewing action of the gum. It promotes remineralization or rebuilding of the teeth enamel through the presence of calcium phosphates and by promoting saliva production.

Have you ever tried Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum? Do you have that healthy smile that Lotte Xylitol is looking for? Join this promo of Lotte.

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Eligibility

The contest is open to all parents with children aged 5-12 years old at the time of promo registration who reside within Metro Manila – Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Pasay, Pateros.

Participants must have an active Facebook user account and should like the Lotte Xylitol Facebook brand page to join the promo.

Participants who have done product endorsements with any competitive brands are not qualified to join the promo.

Prizes:

Each winning pair will have their own ‘shining moment’ and be featured in our Facebook fan page. The parent and child will have their own photoshoot, complete with styling, hair, and makeup.

From September to November, there will be a featured pair and they will be part of the brand page’s content.

1st pair of winners: September cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

2nd pair of winners: October cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

3rd pair of winners: November cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

All winners will also receive 10,000 pesos in cash and Lotte Xylitol Gum gift pack worth 1,000. Announcement of three (3) winners will be done on August 28, 2014.

Hope you get to join this promo! For more details, click HERE.

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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