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Talks about Mommy Ginger’s moments with her husband, child and the other members of the family.

Two New Kid-Friendly Features from Netflix

My daughter and I joined this super fun call with Netflix where they shared two new Netflix kid-friendly features. In our household, it has been a habit to watch a new kid-friendly show every weekend.

We love watching with Zeeka because it’s a great way to bond with her and get to know her thoughts about different things.

Shows and movies are an important way for kids to connect with the world – helping to teach them about new places, create bonds with family or friends and understand other perspectives.

We learned about the two Netflix kid-friendly features and I’d like to share these with you, too. This will help families like you navigate around Netflix and discover new shows that you can watch with your family – whether it’s a fantasy film like Wish Dragon or an action-adventure series like Ridley Jones.

Bi-Weekly Kids Recap Emails

Netflix Bi-Weekly Recap Emails

First, there will be bi-weekly kids recap emails to give parents a better understanding of your child’s preferences and news ways to engage those interests, like: 

  • Recommendations based on your child’s favorite shows and movies;
  • Printable coloring sheets and activities inspired by your kid’s favorite characters;
  • Top themes or topics charts that show the types of programs your child enjoys most (i.e. science, friendship); and
  • Tips for how to use our Kids features on Netflix.

Now, Zeeka is always following up with me if I have already gotten an email from Netflix… LOL!

Kids Top 10

Second, Netflix launched Kids Top 10 rows featuring our most popular children’s content in your country. 

Netflix has seen how Top 10 rows help members / subscribers find something to watch. And of course, helping families make the best decisions has always been important to them so now, they are offering a wide variety of safe (and fun!) tools for younger viewers like kids profiles, custom ratings and profile locks.

The Top 10 rows feature gives kids recommendations on what to watch next.

Super amazing, right? Connecting kids with their families, friends and stories around the world has never been easier. Check out these two new Netflix kid-friendly features.

Manage your Debt Immediately

Last year, I was able to wipe out my credit card debt, and this is something that I am truly proud of. It ballooned to be close to a million pesos, since I wasn’t following my own golden rule, which was to separate personal finances from business finances. Before I knew it, I was getting eaten up by interest. This is the reason why you should manage your debt immediately.

Managing your debt will give you peace of mind. I read in this article that nearly two-thirds of all marriages start off in debt. This may be a cause of stress in a marriage — from spouses hiding expenses from each other to not being able to fulfill dreams and plans and not being able to reach retirement peacefully.

How I dropped my Credit Card Debt to Zero

For full disclosure, I am not a financial advisor. I’m just a regular mom with a daughter and another baby coming soon. My husband and I run our own tech startup company, but we also “freelance” on the side as speakers, business consultants and content creators.

So now that you know a little bit about us, here are the things that I did.

Study more about managing debt. If you want to finally manage your debt, you need to understand different methodologies and terminologies, how to consolidate debt, ways of paying off debt, etc.

List down all of the debt that you have including the interest rate. Oftentimes, we just look at the amount that we owe, and we fail to see that what’s eating us up are the interest charges we incur every month. It’s good to write these down so that you have something visual to refer to. Our credit card statements are really unclear and so long that it confuses a lot of people, so check and read each item and the conditions clearly.

Don’t rely on your paycheck. What we did was to look for other sources of income that can at least pay off our credit card debt. We didn’t rely on setting aside an amount from our paycheck. This allowed us to pay our debt faster.

Look for loans with lower interest fees. Another thing that you can do is seek out a loan to be able to pay off your debt with higher interest rates. There are other credit card companies that offer balance transfers and even offer cheaper interest rates. So look at the rates!

So these are most of the things that we did to pay off our credit card debt.

How about you? Do you have tips to share with us? How do you manage your debt immediately?

Team Arbo: My Family of Gamers

When I was young, my concept of playing was running around in our garden, playing hopscotch or shooting hoops with my sister in the garage of my grandmother’s house. It’s so interesting to compare what we do now with our daughter Zeeka with my childhood experience. So much has changed over the years. Much has changed also from what we were playing before COVID 19 happened with what we are playing now. 

Prior to the pandemic, we would play board games with her. My husband and I would also have weekly boardgame nights with friends. My husband has this massive collection of tabletop board games probably totalling to close to 100 board games. 

When the pandemic hit, we still continued playing (just the 3 of us — my husband, daughter and myself), but most of our time is now spent on playing online games. We each have our favorites. My husband loves role playing games, farming & life simulators, horror games, etc.. I love horror games and life simulators, too. My daughter who is in lower school loves farming & life simulators, casual games and games like Roblox and Minecraft. 

Why do we love gaming and why do we encourage our daughter to play?

We believe and have noticed that she learns a lot of things from playing online, too. And we noticed that she learns how to formulate sentences while interacting with other players. She learns new words. Self-awareness is also something taught by strategic games, as well as empathy. Some games also teach her how to be more creative. 

Speaking of games for kids…

We saw this site where you can find games that your kids can play, and currently, they have over 100 games. It’s https://plays.org/ My daughter super loves this site! If this is your first time navigating through the site, scroll to the footer so that you can see the different games that fall into different categories.

Here are her top 4 favorites:

Batman Gotham City Speed Game: Lego Collecting Game

Batman will race through the city on his BatMobile collecting blocks and studs while avoiding enemies. So all your child needs to do is use the arrow keys and control the BatMobile. The more blocks and studs that you collect, the higher the score.

It is a fun game that your child can play to teach them how to control  the keys and to teach them direction.

Guardians Defenders of Mathematica KS2 Math Learning Fantasy RPG Game

Teach your kids to solve simple mathematical equations and problems. When they do, they can kill enemies, beasts and monsters in this game. Basically, Guardians Defenders of Mathematica is a role-playing game where you choose to be one of these characters: Knights, Warriors, Elves, Rangers, Witches or Wizards. Every round, you are given some math problems to solve and when you successfully solve it, you get to attack your enemy. If you don’t, the enemy attacks you. After each round, you gain XP and go to the next round.

King Rugni Tower Conquest: Fun Base Defense Strategy Game

So for this game, you are building defenses against enemies who are attacking your land. By gaining more and more points, you will be able to get stronger weapons that you can build. Points are earned by killing enemies, so you need to be strategic in building your weapons and choosing which weapons to build at the right time.

Toon Cup 2020: Cartoon Soccer Game for Kids

This is my daughter’s favorite game, so far. 

She proudly represented the Philippines.

She chose Adventure Time characters to be her players. So your child can choose their players while checking out their speed, Shot Power and Tackle Accuracy. There are also more characters that you can unlock later on the game if you have enough coins.

It’s a fun game that your kids can play and my daughter learned more about different countries and flags.

From her experience, I saw that she really learned a few things for each of the games that she played. Since they have more than a hundred games here, I can’t wait to see what other stuff she’ll be able to learn.

Their newest games are added in this link. They usually have new games, so my daughter actually bookmarked this site!

We don’t stop Zeeka from playing since we, as a family, believe in work or study / life balance. We also know and sees that she gets to learn a lot while having fun and playing games.

How about you? How do you make learning fun for your kids? Are you family who loves gaming and playing?

How to Make the Most of Your Next TV Binge-Watching Session

How to Make the Most of Your Next TV Binge-Watching Session

With the variety of shows and movies available today from multiple streaming platforms, you can never run out of things to binge-watch. Thus, if you manage to clear a weekend to catch up on your list of must-watch content, you want to make sure that you can make the most of it—perhaps even consider snagging a new television from some of the best TV deals in your area.

Preparing for a binge-watching session may feel strange, but think of it like planning for a trip. You do your research beforehand, arrange your transportation and the items you need, and schedule the places you wish to visit. This attention to detail applies to binge-watching too, except that the journey to a different world happens right in your own living room.

To help you get started, here are some of the things you can do.

Prepare a List of Shows and Movies You Want to See

Making a list of the shows and movies you want to watch is one of the first things you need to do when preparing for a binge-watching session. Remember, you are working with limited time, so the last thing you want is to waste it looking for something to watch.

Ideally, you already have a list of shows and movies your friends have been recommending for a while. If you don’t, however, you can always ask other people for recommendations. A simple Facebook post or tweet from you asking for suggestions can also help you easily generate a list of shows to watch, as recommended by your peers or followers. With your list sorted out, you can take the next steps to planning your TV-viewing spree.

Set Aside Time for Binge-Watching

One of the problems that a lot of binge-watchers struggle with is the idea that they are wasting time by watching a lot of TV. You might feel bad for not accomplishing any work-related tasks and being “unproductive.” It is important to understand, however, that binge-watching is one of the many ways to relax and unwind from busy schedules.

Setting aside time and specifying just how long you will binge-watch can help address these apprehensive feelings and make you feel more comfortable about seeing this as a crucial time-off and “me time” for yourself.

Make Your Spot Comfortable

Most people have a designated TV-watching spot. It can be a large sofa, a snug chair, or a soft bed. No matter what you choose as your watching spot, it is essential to also prepare it to make it as comfortable as possible for you when you start your binge-watching session. Make sure that there is adequate back support and you have enough leg space for movement.

Stock Up on Snacks

Preparing the snacks may seem like the easiest part of working out your binge-watching session, but don’t be fooled. For your health’s sake, it’s not wise to mainly consume chips, biscuits, and other junk (albeit delicious) snacks—especially when you plan to sit down a lot in front of the TV.

Opt for healthier snacks instead, such as frozen grapes, whole-wheat bars, and sliced fruits. Prep them beforehand and place them in the refrigerator, so you can easily pop a container out whenever you’re hungry.

Drinks Lots of Water

When you’re engrossed in a film or series, it’s easy to forget to drink water. However, staying hydrated is crucial to your health, even when you’re just lounging in front of the television. After all, the body continues to use water even when you’re not moving, and proper hydration can help maintain optimal thermal comfort when you’re watching TV.

Consider placing a pitcher of water near you so you can refill your glass as needed. You’ll be able to avoid getting up from your comfortable spot each time you feel thirsty.

Schedule Alarms for Stretch Breaks

An increasing amount of research shows that being sedentary is not good for your health. It’s connected to the development of several health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. It’s not good for your mental health as well. Yet again, it’s easy to forget to stand up and stretch once in a while when you’re engrossed with what’s happening on the screen.

Avoid sitting for too long by setting up alarms every 30 minutes for a quick stretch. You can set the mode to “vibrate” so a ring won’t disrupt the show you’re watching. Keep your phone close to you so you’ll be able to feel the vibration as scheduled.

Consider Multitasking While Watching

You don’t necessarily need to stay in a lounge position to binge-watch. Multitasking is always an option. You can do a couple of stationary chores, such as folding laundry, ironing clothes, or organizing your closet. If you have a clear space, you can even do exercises, such as squats, planks, jumping jacks, and sit-ups. In this manner, you kill two birds with one stone. You’re watching the content you love and you’re accomplishing other things you want to do.

Inform Your Friends and Family Beforehand

The last thing you want in a carefully planned binge-watching session is an interruption. A friend might drop by without informing you first, or a family member might make you run for an errand, thinking you have free time. Avoid these scenarios by informing friends and family that you have something scheduled during this period and cannot entertain visits, calls, and errands, among other things.

It becomes increasingly clear that there’s more to preparing for a binge-watching session than most people think. The tips above will help you make the most of your time and allow you to catch up with the shows and movies you’ve been putting off to watch. With careful preparation, your binge-watching session can become a more comfortable and fulfilling experience, whether you do it alone or with others.

Some of My BreastFeeding Essentials with Orange and Peach PH Giveaway!

So yesterday, on Facebook and TikTok, I shared my breastfeeding must-have haul from Orange and Peach PH. I already started shopping and since it’s Lazada’s 5.5 Sale today, I thought it might be interesting for you, especially if you are expecting parents, to read this. So first off, before I give you a more in depth explanation about each product, let me share the short video of the things that I got from Orange and Peach PH for breastfeeding.

Orange and Peach PH Improved Natural Nipple Balm

Orange and Peach PH Improved Natural Nipple Balm

When I gave birth to my first child, I knew that I was prepared to breastfeed. I attended classes and I read a lot about breastfeeding. But when the first few days came and I tried breastfeeding Zeeka, I had sore nipples! My nipples bled, so after four days, I had to call a lactation consultant to help me out. After she taught me, Zeeka latched on and sucked masterfully. But, I had to protect my nipples with balm or cream.

So I am already purchasing this early on. This particular Orange and Peach PH balm is made from Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s Lanolin-free and made from natural ingredients. It comes with a spatula so that you can hygienically apply it to your nipples after each feeding.

Orange and Peach PH Milk Saver Pump

Orange and Peach Milk Saver Pump

I love this manual pump since it’s small and portable. I tried bring my electric pump into the hospital when I gave birth to Zeeka, but I wasn’t allowed. You can only bring manual pumps like these. So to use this Milk Saver Pump, here are the steps:

  1. Place the breast pump directly over your breast and make sure that your nipple is comfortable inside the flange.
  2. Squeeze the base of the pump 2-3x to create that suction effect.
  3. Sit back, relax and watch the pump collect all your precious milk.
  4. If no milk comes out after a couple of minutes (2 mins), release the pump, reposition and attach again. Make sure that there is no gap between the flange and your breast to ensure efficient suction.

This pump is BPA free and Phthalates free. It’s made out off 100% food Grade Silicone.

Personally, what I do is that I use it to pump on the other breast while my baby is latching on to the other breast. And I also use it in between feedings to make my body think that my baby needs more. I try to create more supply by increasing demand. Ain’t economics great?

Orange and Peach PH Milk Saver Breast Shells

Milk Saver Breast Shells

I’ve heard that some moms didn’t really find use for this, but in my case, it was a life saver especially during the times when I had sore and cracked nipples. Since you know that you will be leaking milk, you usually place pads. During the time though that I had sore/cracked nipples, when my nipples would stick to the pads, it would hurt. I used this so that nothing touches my nipples since the plastic elevates and protects your nipples. Plus you get to collect breast milk.

I would also use it during feeding to catch the milk from the other breast. There are times, like early mornings, when I’m tired to pump the other side. I would just collect milk using this then have the baby latch on to that side once s/he is done with the first breast.

Orange and Peach PH Breastmilk Storage bags and Breastmilk Storage Bottles

Breastmilk Storage Bottles
Breastmilk Storage bags

We all know that breastmilk is liquid gold and we’ll do anything to store it safely. Seriously, the first time that I expressed milk and spilled some, I cried. So storing breastmilk safely is very important.

When I have extra milk to store, I place it inside bags and keep it frozen. Frozen breastmilk lasts 3-6 months. Then for the milk that I know that I would use in a few hours, I keep it refrigerated using the bottle. Refrigerated breastmilk last for 48 hours and previously frozen milk stored in the refrigerator will last 24 hours. Same (24 hours) with breastmilk that you transport via cooler. For freshly expressed milk kept at room temperature, it only lasts for 4 hours.

We were very particular with this so that baby doesn’t drink spoiled milk. We’ve noticed that the baby gets gassy, too.

So if you want to check out these breastfeeding tools, just visit Orange and Peach PH in Lazada.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Three people will win a 1K voucher for shopping at Lazada. All you need to do is to follow Orange and Peach PH accounts in Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. If you’re not present in one of these platforms, it’s okay. You can still join.

Once you have followed these, just comment DONE on the comment section of my post in Facebook here:

https://fb.watch/5hDnvOcz4g/

I will announce the winners on May 12, 2021 on Mommy Ginger’s Facebook page. Goodluck!

P.S. Here are some articles that might be useful!