The Parenting Emporium: The Support System that you Need

In the virtual world, there are people whom I have become really great friends with and Beng and Maricel of The Parenting Emporium are people whom I value and really appreciate as friends. I was so happy when I found out about the news of this new brand of theirs, the Parenting Emporium. TPE is a social enterprise that has only one aim — to help make the parenting journey easier for you. I have been working with these two ladies for almost three years already and I can really say that these two ladies are really committed to make the parenting journey easier for all of us!

during The Parenting Emporium launch with Beng. Didn't get to have my picture taken with Maricel :(

during The Parenting Emporium launch with Beng. Didn’t get to have my picture taken with Maricel 🙁

With my lovely friends, Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Tina Rodriguez and Sanne Unson :)

With my lovely friends, Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Tina Rodriguez and Sanne Unson 🙂

With this higher purpose, The Parenting Emporium aims to become an industry leader and the primary brand among discerning consumers interested in parenting and childcare by providing products and support services that address every family’s concerns relating to pregnancy, health, nutrition, and education. These ladies and the parents in the community believe that we all need the support and wealth of knowledge offered by others, especially those are considered experts in their respective fields.

The Parenting Emporium Launch

The Parenting Emporium Launch

When Maricel and Beng announced this new brand and invited our team to be a partner, I was really excited. Although, we have been partners in holding workshops to help first time parents prepare themselves for Parenthood, building the community with other experts will take this community to the next level. I was super happy for them and for everyone in this community!

“We wanted to make sure that they would be able to give realistic and practical advice based not only on passion nor head knowledge, but also based on the realization that there are several ways to go about achieving a parenting goal,” Maricel emphasizes.

The partner experts were also chosen based on their values: “They are warm, caring, and approachable, yet they can give sound, authoritative counsel with no judgment,” Maricel shares.

Together with, we are with other partner experts, who will be making the right information available to the families in the TPE community on a daily basis through (1) the forums that will be launched on the TPE website, and (2) the classes that will be made available on a weekly basis at the Emporium as well as at partner venue sites (Domuschola International School, Playworks Philippines and Urban Ashram Manila):

For Pregnancy:

Chiqui Brosas-Hahn, U.S. Certified Childbirth Educator, Labor Coach/Doula and Breastfeeding Advocate/Financial Adviser (Childbirth Classes)

For Health:

Joy Dejos, Wife, Mother and Certified Professional Coach, known as the “MommyProofing Coach,” who supports moms in kicking Mommy Guilt
and Mommy Judgment to the curb (MommyProofing Classes)

Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat, “Inspiration-Seekers,” Curators and Owners of L’Indochine (Decluttering and Creating Living Spaces Classes)

Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Marketing and Image Consultant, Magazine Editor, Manila Bulletin “Style Kit” Columnist, Blogger at and Mom of 3 (“Mommy Styling: The Reboot” Classes)

For Nutrition:

Abbie Venida-Yabot, Certified Lactation Counselor, La Leche League International Leader, Founder of The Breastfeeding Club, Wellness & Parenting Advocate, Life Coach and Mother of 4+1 (The Breastfeeding Club Classes)

Jacqueline Alleje, Chef, Founder and Co-Owner of Rizal Dairy Farms, Healthy Nutrition/Green Gourmet Culinary Instructor at Moderne Culinaire Academy (Cooking Healthy Workshops)

Jon Chua, Chef Instructor at Magsaysay Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA), Chef and Owner (with wife Raquel) of Mamachows Pastries, Hands-on Father of 3 (Cooking Demonstrations)

Joyce Martinez sharing her wish for TPE!

Joyce Martinez sharing her wish for TPE!

Joyce Ann Zaragoza-Martinez, Founder and Owner of Center for Lactation Care, Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“Breastfeeding Crash Course” Classes)

For Education:

Daisy Lauron and Jocelyn Godinez of Peek-A-Boo Yaya Training Services, which provides training, lectures and demos to help yayas meet the various housekeeping requirements of their employers, plus courses on newborn and toddler care, basic first aid, safety precautions against various criminal modus operandi, and breastfeeding support (Yaya Seminars)

Dindi Besinga-Manlapaz, Founder, Meet the Art Masters Developer, Arts & Crafts Teacher at Likhangbata Creativity Center, Freelance Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, Housewife and Mother of 2 (“Meet the Art Masters” Classes)

Ginger Arboleda and the Manila Workshops Team, a provider of quality lifestyle workshops for individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals in life (First Time Parents Workshop Series)

Mariel Uyquiengco and Rosanne Unson of The Learning Basket. Mariel is a U.S. licensed Kindermusik educator and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, while Rosanne has taken Literacy units at the University of the Philippines’ Open University. (Parent and “TeacherYaya” Education Classes)

Martine De Luna sharing what she will do with TPE :)

Martine De Luna sharing what she will do with TPE 🙂

Martine de Luna, Award-winning Blogger at and Digital Consultant specializing in Blogging and Social Media (Blogging Workshops)

Tanya Velasco, M.A., and GURUFIRM, a company that provides Training and Consultancy Services on early childhood education, family life
education, and lifelong learning (Family Life & Child Development Classes)

Your truly with some Martine De Luna and Tina Rodriguez #WAHMs

Your truly with some Martine De Luna and Tina Rodriguez #WAHMs

Aside from these experts that you can easily reach out to, there are also products and brands that you can purchase from their store:

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The Parenting Emporium

Baby K’Tan
Belly Armor
Bios Dynamis*
Comflor and Bebedom Playmats
Esensya Productos Artesanales-Esensya Handcrafted Products*
Little Luli
Mother K All Natural Baby Wipes
Nature to Nurture
Nature’s Farmacy
Nipa Foods*
Snug-a-Hug … and many more!

Also, as firm believers of “giving back” and the model of social enterprises, Maricel and Beng have set up The Parenting Emporium such that customers can contribute at various levels and benefit different groups as well.

“A certain percentage from all TPE purchases go back to our advocacy work,” Maricel explains. “All purchases directly benefit our advocacies.” Besides the existing start-up social enterprises under TPE’s list of “Brands That Give Back”, Beng and Maricel will be in constant search for other start-up social enterprises so that they can be featured in the Emporium.

Aside from these, TPE pledges to work with local communities through start-ups like WeBoo Inc., which supports bamboo plantation farmers in Bulacan. WeBoo is one of TPE’s partners for their private labels, TPE Solutions: Natural Play, which will be launched in the near future. TPE also has a Milk Sharing Hub, which has provided over 2,000 liters of donated breastmilk to needy babies.

To learn more about The Parenting Emporium, please visit, or call 725-3723/ 0917-6247246

Business Renewal for an Affordable Price!

I’m in the middle of rebranding, restructuring my organization and a lot of “re’s” coming my way. Part of all of these things that I plan to do is to go through business registration again for the new companies that I am setting up. If you are thinking also about getting your business permits or business renewal registration, read on! vOffice Philippines can actually assist you in renewing your business registrations for a promo rate of just Php 4,000.

With this fee, vOffice will:
– Renew your business permit for the third quarter of 2015
– If eligible to renew for the entire year, vOffice can assist with this as well.

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This service is open for both vOffice clients and non-clients. All you need to do is just call 2244-330.  I am happy to be a Client of vOffice. If you haven’t signed up yet and if you are looking for an office for your freelancing work or start-up business, avail of the free two months from my blog, by signing up using this link:

SME Interview with Jade Dolor of Little Beans Baby Store

Today, I am again proud to feature a hands-on mommy and her name is Jade. I’m really proud and happy to see more and more mommies and daddies who are going for their dreams of starting their own businesses. I love writing about them here in my blog because I know that they need all the help they can get in terms of promotions and marketing. I know because I have been in that predicament when I started.


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Jade owns and operates Little Beans Baby Store – doing virtually everything from sales and marketing to design, supplier coordination, and even manual work when we do bazaars. She also work two full-time jobs, one as a Director of Operations for a company that provides reservation systems to over a thousand hotels worldwide. She also works from home as the Copy Manager of a company based in Canada.


Between juggling these three things, I also take on some writing projects when I have free time. For instance,  I recently completed a project as one of the scouts for Yelp for their Manila launch. I am a hands-on mom to  my toddler. We have never had a yaya since birth and I breastfed her for two years – this was a time I truly  cherished and even now that I am no longer a breastfeeding mommy, it is still one of the things I advocate. I  am able to balance all these because I have a very supportive husband and family.



Interview with Jade of Little Beans Baby Store

Ginger: Thank you, Jade for agreeing to be interviewed. First of all, can you please tell us more about your brand/business? What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Jade: Little Beans Baby Store is currently the only brand offering Filipino statement onesies for infants and toddlers. While that is our main product, we also carry other brands for hip accessories that we import from other countries. We started in September 2013.

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Ginger: Who is your market and why did you choose this market?

Jade: We want to cater to A,B and C markets by providing quality products at an affordable price point. Our onesies come in three sizes: small fits 3 to 6 months, medium is for 6 months to 9 months and large is for 9 months to 12 months. However, our sizes run a bit big, so it usually fits up to 18 months.

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

Jade: When my daughter was about 6 months old, I was definite that I wanted to get out of the corporate world and start my own business. The first thing I tried my hand on was organizing bazaars. My first bazaar was a baby bazaar in Ayala Ave. It was pretty successful. I interviewed some of my merchants (who eventually became my friends) and they were really happy selling baby products. I was inspired and decided to try to be at the other side of the fence by going into retail. I made some very good connections with suppliers and started from there.

Ginger: That’s a great story! I didn’t know that you had that jump from being the organizer to being one of the sellers. In this journey, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur?

Jade: While I had a lot of experience in events, managing a business for other, online marketing and a lot of other things, retail wasn’t really my strength. So I started with very little capital and a lot of trial and error testing. I did make some mistakes with product choices at first, so I have some stocks from two year ago that still haven’t sold.

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Ginger: How do you market your products?

Jade: Online (through facebook and an ecommerce store), by real life interactions in bazaars and through business partners like Lazada.


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

Jade: Having your own business is very similar to raising your child. You may think you know things or that you can learn about it just by reading, but when you really get deep in the trenches of everything about your business, you’ll find out just how little to know and you’ll have to adjust quickly to different situations. Don’t be afraid to fail because it is in those mistakes – whether they be big or small – that you learn the most from. As an entrepreneur, the willingness to learn new things is definitely a must and so is bravery – don’t be afraid to fail or to try new things.


Ginger: How about unforgettable moments or any lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur?

Jade: I think the most unforgettable moment has to be my first taste of success. I joined a bazaar where I sold out most of the items I had and I was really happy with the results.


Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Jade: Just keep going at it and keep believing in yourself and in your product/brand. No one ever became a success by giving up on their first try or their second or even their third.

Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Jade: Honestly, it is not for everyone, but I certainly hope those who dream to be entrepreneurs get the support they need and the courage to take that first step.

Ginger: Amen to that!  Thank you very much, Jade, for sharing your thoughts and your experiences. I’m sure a lot of retailers and those with online stores will be able to gain knowledge from this article.

To contact Little Beans Baby Store, here are their contact details:
Email address:
Mobile Number: 09162475704
Facebook Page:

#iHOPE (Hands on Parent while Earning) through Entrepreneurship

We all have hopes and dreams and one of the things that I hoped for exactly three years ago was to be a Hands-on-Parent. Why exactly three years ago? Because on July 2012, I found out out I was pregnant. It was a different feeling — a great and incomparable feeling to realize that you’re bringing in life to this world. I know that I have young readers and believe me, when you get to that point, you’ll remember this article and say, shucks, she was right! haha! You really can’t compare the feeling the you feel when you find out you’re pregnant and especially that feeling you feel when you see the baby for the first time to anything else.

When I found out I was pregnant, that was the time when I made the huge decision that I wanted to be a Hands on Parent while Earning (HOPE). I wanted to be there with my daughter during her formative years. I wanted her to grow up with the right values and these would be that values that we parents have shared. I used to think that the greatest fear I would have as a parent is not having enough to put her through school, but now, the greatest fear that I have is if she grows us to be a kind-hearted, independent and happy individual. Now, thinking about that is something that I’m scared about, because with money, you can find ways and means to solve that problem. When it comes to teaching values though, that I find to be more challenging. The question that ran through my mind during the time before I decided to take the leap was how can I teach her and be effective in sharing my values if most of the time, I’m not there with her? My  work before really required me to be out a lot of times. Plus, the stress that I got from it made me think that I would be so tired and won’t be mentally “present” when I talk to her at night.

Fast forward to today, after almost three years as a hands-on-parent while earning, I think I did the right thing and made the right decision. Now, I have a business (actually, businesses… haha!) and at the same time, I get to spend time with my daughter whenever I want to. When I was invited by Teresa, my good friend who came up with this idea of the HOPE summit to be one of the speakers, I immediately said yes. I said yes because jumping into being an entrepreneur is challenging and having a support system and having someone to talk to is crucial.


I said yes because I want to share how we, as a couple, made it work as hands-on-parents while earning as an entrepreneur and as an employee (for my husband). I also want to share the challenges that we faced. My talk will focus more though about being a hands-on-parent / entrepreneur.

I’d like to know more about what you want to hear from me, so please feel free to leave your comments below. I haven’t created my presentation for this because I wanted to answer real questions from real parents. Please let me know what you want to learn from this talk.

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If you want to hear more from me and from other hands-on-parents, sign up for my friend, Teresa’s summit. You can check out the details in this link:

Please please let me know what your questions are and leave it at the comment section below! Thanks a lot!

Setting up a Blog or a Website using WordPress

When setting up a blog or a website, it’s good to know the basics of handling your content management system or CMS. The CMS is your window to everything that you want to do with your site. If you want to upload pictures, write an article, add a video, etc., you log into your content management system and you add them all there or edit or delete things from there. The content management system that I use for all of my blogs and website is WordPress.

I started using WordPress in 2008 and it was so convenient for me. Burn Gutierrez and I would like to share with you, through the Webinar Series called Enter Entrepreneurship, on how easy it is to start a blog or a website. We have invited Mr. Jerome Esperanza to help us demystify WordPress.

Jerome Esperanza

Who is Jerome Esperanza?

Jerome is an active freelance web developer and trainer for over a decade now and has built his web expertise from projects of various fields, specializations and areas, and has gained considerable web skills while working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded Partnerships in the Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Accenture Philippines, American Recreation Club of the U.S. Embassy Manila, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines. He is also well versed in database management, search engine optimization and web analytics. Mr. Esperanza is a graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in public administration.

He has consistently given seminars, talks, special hands-on courses and training to different sectors of the field – from academics, government and non-profits, training outfits to businesses companies and organizations.

He is now currently a short term consultant for the World Bank Group involving a trust fund web project, and also presently focusing on launching a business company and expanding the consultancy services to include other web and digital solutions to include web hosting services and digital marketing.

What will Jerome talk about?

About WordPress
• Overview and Usage
• Difference between WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org platforms
• Showcase and Frontend Demo of both platforms

WordPress.ORG, the Content Management System (CMS)
• Getting to know WordPress.Org
• Navigating around the Administration Panel
• The Tool bar
• Screen Options

Pages and Posts
• Understanding the differences

Adding and Editing Content
• Creating your first post using the visual editor
• More on Posts
• Formatting text using the HTML editor
• Adding links to your posts / Opening a link in a new window vs. using the current window
• Adding images to your posts
• Adding a gallery of images
• Help, I changed themes and now my image sizes aren’t right!
• Adding video clips to your posts
• Setting posting and page options
• Post Formats
• Saving & publishing your post or page
• Post Locking/Unlocking Feature for Multi User Blogs
• Creating and managing your categories

Writing Pages and Structuring Them

Publishing Content Created by Other Contributors

Moderating Comments

Managing Links
• Creating link categories
• Creating links

Users and User Management
• Add and remove users
• Edit details of a user
• Manage the content created by a user
• Managing Options and Settings

Design and Themes
• Overview: Managing the Look & Feel of your website
• Appearance
• Theme Customiser
• Understanding and Using Widgets
• Custom Backgrounds
• Creating Custom Menus

Menus and Menu Management
• Defining a Menu
• Adding items to a Menu
• Deleting a menu item
• Customizing Menu Items
• Creating multi-level menus
• The Menu in Action

Great topics, right? I know that that two hour webinar will really be beneficial for you! And guess what? It only costs Php 500 per session. If you avail of all the 10 sessions, you get the 11th on Productivity and Time Management for free!  So hurry and sign up now at:

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