I’m so glad that Mommy Ginger is the Media partner of BABY BLAST Event this year. This is the first event that Mommy Ginger agreed to be a media partner. I guess it’s because I love the objective of promoting and showing people the importance of Early Head Start (EHS) Education. During this Baby Blast Event, which is brought to us by Outbox Media Production Agency, EHS advocates, teachers, doctors, parents and kids gather together at the Trinoma Activity Center on April 14, 2013, from 10am-7pm.

The first Baby Blast event was last 2010 and ever since that time, this annual event has been the venue for promoting unforced and enjoyable learning. It has shown parents that hands-on play and parent-child bonding during the age of 0-3 years is critical in laying down the foundation for the child’s future learning and holistic development. Every year, attendance to the event grows in number, as more families enjoy the fun activities and learn from the featured topics.

Baby Blast 4

Baby Blast 4

This year, the title of the event is “BABY BLAST 4: Discover. Create. Imagine. Explore!“. It focuses on the importance of allowing babies and kids to experience the outdoors and engage in physical activities that can benefit their social, mental, physical and emotional development, given today’s tendency to merely rely on gadgets and technology to keep kids busy.

The event will feature entertaining talks on health, parenting and education from experts, parents and teachers, Early Head Start demos, exhibits, booths and fun activities! Aside from the onstage program and activities, here are this year’s exhibit areas to look forward to:

WORLD OF DISCOVERY:
Find new discoveries in the amazing world of books, toys and technology! EHS schools will also be present to show the programs they offer!
CREATIVITY CORNER:
Get hands on with creative projects like arts, crafts, baking and even robotics!
BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION:
Let your child’s imagination run free with mind-boggling experiments and fun activities!
BABY EXPLORERS:
See how learning begins with exploration and fun play through Early Head Start!

There are also online contests and pre-registration happening before the day of the event:

BABY BLAST 4

BABY BLAST 4

PHOTO CONTEST
WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS FAMILY PHOTO CONTEST
Send us a photo of you and your family engaging in a FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY together! The BEST photo will win a summer staycation for the family!

TSHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

DESIGN MY SHIRT CONTEST
For kids age 5-12 years old: interpret this year’s event theme through a T-shirt design artwork: Baby Blast 4: Discover. Create. Imagine. Explore!
The winner will get fun prizes and the design will become the official Baby Blast 4 T-shirt!

BLOUNGE
SEARCH FOR THE CUTEST BABY
Open to babies age 3 and below, who will attend the event on April 14, 2013.
Winners will be announced during the program, and will get a chance to be featured in a baby magazine, plus take home special gift packs!

PRE-REGISTRATION
The first 100 pre-registrants will receive a special LOOT BAG!
Please LIKE the Facebook page: OBM Baby Blast Event for more info, or log on to www.outboxmedia.com.ph!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Christine Bacal Batiller for winning this Bright Starts™ Infant to Toddler Rocker.

Bright Starts™ Infant to Toddler Rocker

Bright Starts™ Infant to Toddler Rocker

Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Thank you to all those who joined this giveaway! We hope that continue checking Taste Central for new and unique items!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I know a lot of new moms like me who have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. A lot of us also want to stay committed in feeding our babies the best that there is (which is obviously, breast milk!), but a lot of us have concerns and go through obstacles that make us feel that we could not stay committed to breastfeeding.

Before I gave birth, I did what any mom would do. I actively sought for information about breastfeeding. I joined the breastfeeding classes being offered by Medela Moms. I also joined the one bring offered by LATCH. I read articles about it and probably watched a ton of videos in YouTube.

That was a lot of preparation. And, yes, I felt prepared and raring and daring to go do this.

A week before I gave birth, that was when all the doubt came. I feared that I would not have enough milk. I started taking malunggay capsules (moringana) when I heard that one of my preggy friends was already taking. My mom and a friend gave me milk enhancing teas, which I took immediately after I gave birth (i took 5 tea bags to the hospital).

Tea to increase Breast Milk

Tea to increase Breast Milk

It was a scary thing not knowing if I would have enough supply for your little one.

Me feeding Baby Z!

Me feeding Baby Z!

Fortunately for me, milk came right away. I had my c-section operation in the morning (11 am). I had milk that afternoon (6 pm). I thought I wouldn’t have milk, since my mom said she didn’t have milk when she gave birth to me and my sister. What I learned from classes kept me going. They taught us in the breastfeeding classes that every mom who gives birth has milk.

I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding already for three weeks now and my pronlem now is that Zeeka seems to have increased her appetite already. Just a week ago, she was contented with 1 to 1.5 oz of milk every feeding. Now, she’s only contented when she takes in 2 oz. I directly feed her but I also express milk when I can. I already want to store milk, but it seems like shes always hungry, and so she ends up taking all the milk that I expressed plus all the milk that she takes from me when she feeds directly. At the end of the day, I feel so drained, tired and frustrated.

How to Increase your Milk Supply

How to Increase your Milk Supply

I’m excited to attend this seminar by Medela moms at the Medela House this coming Saturday, since I really want to know how I can increase my breast milk supply.

If you have questions about maintaining or increasing your supply, do sign up! Medela has really helpful seminars that you can learn from. 🙂

Have you encountered any barriers in maintaining or increasing your milk supply?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I can’t wait for Zeeka to grow up so that we can go hang out together. I have been thinking of so many things that we can do together. She can go with me to my yoga classes. We can also do arts and crafts together. We can also go to fun events like this event on May 25-26, 2013. It’s called the Mom and Me Event.

From 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., you can have fun and do fun activities with your children. This event will be held at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Mom & Me Event

Mom & Me Event

In the Mom & Me Event, there will be a Yoga and Zumba activity that you can do with your kids. For those who love cooking, you can cook dishes with your kids. There will also be activities on arts and crafts and story-telling activities.

I will probably go for the family portrait. There will be a booth where you can have your family portrait taken. There will also be a beauty make-over booth and there will be a lot of giveaways and raffle prizes!

The Workshop/Event Tickets are at:
P499 for (1) Mom and (1) Kid and gives access to ALL Mom and Me activities
P199 for limited access (Shopping and booth activities only)

But you can win a FREE ticket to the Mom & Me Event. All you have to do is follow the mechanics in the Rafflecopter widget below:
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For those who are interested to go, you can check out more information in this LINK

Zeeka and I will see you at the Mom & Me event! 🙂

Love Lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Dearest Zeeka,

In the stillness of the morning, I look at you. I wonder how anyone or anything can be so perfect. I touch your flawless skin, and even while sleeping, you give me than cute little grin.

I wonder what it is you’re thinking of. I wonder if you see me, your Mommy. I wonder if you see Daddy. I wonder if you see and feel the love that we both have for you.

My Zeeka's First Bath

My Zeeka’s First Bath

We just watched a movie. The guy in the movie had two children and they were both girls. I could very much relate to the movie, since it showed the relationship that the mommy and daddy had with their two girls. It brought me to think about you, Zeeka — your future and how you would be to us your mommy and daddy.

When you grow older, I know that you will have a mind of your own. You will form your own thoughts and ideas about people, things and even yourself. As early as now, I want you to know that you are perfect. You are perfect since God created you and He gave you to us. You are our precious gift from God.

I want you to learn how to love and appreciate yourself. I know that there will be times that you may think differently, especially at times when the world seems to be against you. Remember that to us, the people who love you, you are the most beautiful and talented girl in the world.

Also, never doubt your capabilities. If at first you fail at what you do, rise up and try again. There is nothing wrong with failing. Failing and falling are steps on the ‘success’ ladder. Mommy and Daddy also experience failure and defeat (until now), but this doesn’t make you less of a person. Also, remember that we will always be here for you during these trying times. Be confident and never forget to pray that you may overcome all of these obstacles.

Zeeka, my wish for you is that you learn to love yourself. That love overflows. By loving yourself, you get to love others and have enough courage and strength to show others that you love them.

We love you!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger