Cirque Du Bebe: Baby and Kids Fair

Let’s take a break first from the supplier list posts and let’s check out this friendly announcement from Mommy Ginger’s friends at Mothercare Philippines and Suyen Corporation (Bench). They have organized a Baby and Kids Fair entitled Cirque Du Bebe (I love this title!) for all of us to enjoy. This is great news… Shopping is always wonderful news!

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The brands that will participate in the event are all mentioned in the poster. The fair will be from March 28-30 from 10 am to 8 pm. I’ll definitely check out the booths and let you know what I get to purchase . Here are the links to the brands so that you can already start (online) window shopping. I took the liberty to compile the links for you.

Cotton on Kids
Bench Tweeners
Havaianas, Bensimon & Bobble
Adidas
F&X KIDS
Mothercare
Goody & Aprica
Nivea Baby
Mustela
Avent
Pigeon
Richwell Toys (M&D, Baby Einstein, etc)
Safety First
Cycles & Cradle
Philips Lifestyle Products
Little Tikes
Leapfrog
Dr. Brown’s
Lassig
Stemcord
Cordlife
Halo Philippines & Cluebebe
Hurom & Raycop
Thermos & Pureit
Sofzsleep
Mommy Matters
Yoomi
Babymama
Kodomo
Okiedog
Stabilo
Mighty Mind
SEBAMED
Healthy Innovation
Banana Peel & Contigo
Baby Mum-mum
Oishi
Pure Basics & Dappy
Charlie Banana
MomBabyFabric
Messy Bessy
Seventh Generation
D-NEE
Walnut
Pediped
VMV Hypoallergenics
Baby Bench
MedelaMoms Inc.
Charlie’s Soap
Ogalala

I’m so excited because there are over 100 brands to choose from the 50 plus vendors 🙂

Have fun shopping and see you all on March 28! 🙂

Baby and Family Expo PH set in August 2014

I didn’t  get to go to this event last year, but I did go to their press launch. The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 is the country’s biggest family expo where families love to shop, learn and play. The expo is on its second year. The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 is a one-stop shop for all baby, children, pregnancy and family needs, happening this coming August 01-03, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

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The three-day event will cover the stages of family growth from maternity, newborns, infants, toddlers and children. Parents can learn the latest trends and relative tips from country’s experts about pregnancy do’s and don’ts, newborn and infant care, child development tips, parenting 101 and more.

Last year’s Baby and Family Expo became the main event of the year for all maternity, baby, early childhood and parenting needs, with over 200 exhibitors as well as experts and celebrity parents like Regine Tolentino, Gladys Reyes-Sommereux, RJ Ledesma, Edric Mendoza, providing free seminars to expo visitors and fun-filled activities for the whole family.

This year, a gallery showcasing fascinating toys and creations will spark the awe in children and rekindle the inner child of every visitor in the Baby & Family Expo’s Toy Museum inside the hall. Children can also enjoy fun and exciting rides and games with the World of Wonder. Fun-filled activities specially organized to widen children’s horizon will also be set up at The Imagination Kitchen, an arts and crafts station.

Highlighting the exciting roster of events is the first ever Baby Idol and Kid Idol talent contest, where babies and kids can shine bright like a star showcasing their singing, dancing, and acting skills.

Other activities to look forward to are the Family Olympics 2014, where moms and dads can show-off their diaper changing and grocery shopping skills, together with their kids for a cake decorating challenge. Another highlight of the expo is the annual Baby & Family Expo Awards Night, where outstanding celebrity families and entrepreneurs will be recognized through the Golden Family Awards and ParentPreneur Awards.

During this three-day family event, visitors will get todiscover the latest products & services for the whole family, and avail of exclusive discounts from much loved stores and brands.

“The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES is going to be bigger and better this 2014 with over 5,000sqm of space area and over 400 exhibiting brands. We invite a variety of brands that have never been seen before in the country and created larger activity areas to give babies, kids, parents and entire families a great bonding experience” says MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. President and Expo founder, David Abrenilla.

The BABY & FAMILY EXPO 2014 is organized by MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC.- “Making Lives Better”, Philippines’ leading media, events-led marketing, communications, exhibition and convention organizing company. Part of MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC’s social advocacy is to nurture family development and child care, in partnership with leading foundations such as World Vision and UNICEF.

BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 will be an experience families wouldn’t want to miss this year!

Stay informed and get current updates by joining their community – Baby Expo Facebook Page www.facebook.com/babyexpoph , Twitter: @BabyExpoPh and visiting the website at www.babyexpo.ph. For queries, call +632-843-2174 or email babyandfamilyexpo@gmail.com.

Built — Making it work for you and your Baby!

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”

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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:

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Panadol Philippine Launch 2014: 5 Minutes Matter

I have had back pains since a week ago. I went to an event yesterday and I found out that over 5 out of ten Filipinos suffered from muscle pains in the last three months. Also, like my husband, 7 out of 10 suffer from regular headaches. This is probably the reason why Paracetamol is well known in our country. We need something to ease the pain right away and in the event that I attended, I realized that 5 minutes matter. Do you know that in terms of volume/sales, Paracetamol ranks second to vitamins? What I look for when I look for analgesics is it must be fast acting. It’s a good thing that Panadol will be launched in the Philippines this February.

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Panadol is a paracetamol based analgesic that can provides fast, effective temporary relief of pain and discomfort. So if you have headaches, backpains, cold and flu symptoms, cramps from your period, toothache etc., you can take Panadol. It is one of the world’s leading paracetamol-based pain relievers which is sold in more than 85 countries.

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During the launch, it was highlighted that Panadol is the only brand that uses the technology called Optizorb. Optizorb is a disintegration system that releases the medicine into the bloodstream in just 5 minutes. It is then dispersed to the body through the bloodstream in 12.9 minutes. This is really faster than other paracetamol drugs in the market.

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“Pain is one of the greatest personal, social and economic burdens faced by people around the world,” said John Sayers, President of Consumer Healthcare, Asi, Pacific, and Latin America, GlaxoSmithKline. He says that Panadol will help achieve GSK’s commitment to helping people do more, feel better and live longer.

When I released my live tweets of the event, I was surprised to find out that a lot of my friends were already using Panadol, and they got to purchase it from other countries. I guess you’ll all be happy to know that starting February, it will be available in all leading drugstores nationwide. Panadol comes in a dispenser box of 10s and it is priced at Php 32.

First Time Parents: What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop (Giveaway)

Are you pregnant? It’s amazing that nowadays, pregnant couples really look for workshops and lectures where they can learn more about being pregnant and what to expect before, during and after pregnancy.

Manila Workshops, Medela Moms, Inc. and Stemcord will be having the first workshop for 2014 under the First Time Parents Series on January 25, 2014. This workshop series aims to help first time parents or even the “experienced-yet-need-refreshers” parents to help them to go through topics on pre-birth, delivery and new born care and toddler care. The workshop on January 25, 2014 will be WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GIVING BIRTH.

It will be a half day workshop from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM that will discuss these topics:

What to Expect During your OB check-ups and visits
Pain Management
Pregnancy Nutrition
Cord Blood Banking

First Time Parents What to Expect Before Giving Birth

Other sponsors will be Kooky Loopy, Cycles, St. Patrick and Mommy Treats. Some of these brands will be giving away surprises for the attendees!

The learning Fee is at Php 1000 per couple. You can pay via BPI, UnionBank or Paypal. FREE Learning Circle Cards will also be given to the paying participants. The Manila Workshops Learning Circle Card entitles one to 10% discount to all workshops for 2014.

Great news! Mommy Ginger will be giving away free seats to 5 couples! All you have to do is do the steps in Rafflecopter 🙂

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This giveaway will run from today until the 22nd of January! Hurry and sign up!

For those who want to attend, here is the form: