So this is how it feels to be 37 weeks pregnant. During the second trimester and the first part of my third trimester, I never felt like this. I feel sooooo heavy and I always feel hot. It’s also so hard to sleep during the evenings. With this, I am so thankful for the Side Sleeper.

The Side Sleeper is a gift that I got during my baby shower. I got this from my cousin, Twinkles! (Thanks, Twinkles!).

Side Sleeper

Side Sleeper

Unique shape for pregnant women

Unique shape for pregnant women

It has really helped me a lot in looking for that right position before sleeping. They say that you always have to lay on your side when you’re pregnant, and you should have a pillow in between your legs. This is for you to be able to keep your spine aligned. You will notice that even if you don’t get to read about it, you will be able to feel that this is really the most comfortable position that you can adjust to.

This Side sleeper helps a lot since you can easily rest your head on the Side sleeper and hug one of its legs. I don’t know how much this costs, but you can find it in Baby Company.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

It’s the first day of March and I’m on my 37th week. I finished packing things for the hospital. We are ready to go! I think I brought too much stuff though, but we’ll see. I wanted to share with you my list so you can tell me if this is quite a lot and quite ‘OA’.

All our bags are packed and we're ready to gooo!

All our bags are packed and we’re ready to gooo!

 

Here are the things that I packed for Baby Zeeka:
3 long sleeves / 3 sleves / 6 sleveless Tie sides
10 Pajamas
6 Onesies
4 Burp pads
21 Gauze Cloth diapers
12 Birds eye diapers
4 pairs of Diaper clamps
2 packs Disposable diapers
2 Bonnets
2 pairs of Socks
12 pairs of Mittens
6 Receiving blankets
3 Swaddle blankets
1 Rubber mat
3 Bibs

Here are the things that I packed for myself:
2 Pajamas with front opening for breastfeeding
1 bath robe
Underwear
2 nursing bras
1 regular bra
Disposable breast pads
Maternity napkins
8 pcs underpads
Two dresses for going home
Tummy binder
Toiletries

And, finally, here are the things that I packed for My hubby:
Shorts and sando for sleeping
2 Shorts
5 Shirts
Underwear
Toiletries

We also have a Goodie bag where other stuff are placed:
Medical documents and certificate from birthing class
Stem cord kit
Focal point for labor
Pen and notebook (to write down contractions)
Info sheet – 6 copies
Birth plan – 3 copies
Head phones
Camera
Charger for phones
Charger for camera
Baby book

What do you think? Is this enough? Is it too much? 🙂

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

An Interview with Momtrepreneur Neva Arboleda Santos from Manila Baby Shop 

Momtrepreneur Neva with husband, Dan

Momtrepreneur Neva with husband, Dan

Today, I got to interview my beloved sister-in-law 🙂 (Finally!). She’s one of my idols. This momtrepreneur is so busy with her two sons, work (she currently works as a full time research analyst in a multinational firm), business, etc. I don’t know how she does it. She is one of the strongest people that I know and she’s a very loving wife and mother. In her own words, she says…

I love being a mom, I have two boys the eldest is aged 4 and our youngest is only 5 months. I’ve been married to Dan for 5 years but we’ve known each other for about 13 years. I also pen a blog called manilamommy.com and I run an online business called Manila Baby Shop (manilababyshop.com) with Dan and two friends.

Manila Baby Shop

My goal is to grow Manilamommy and ManilaBaby Shop and spend as much time with my growing kids as possible.

Here’s my interview with Mommy Neva:

Ginger: So, Ate Nina (I call her Nina), what is your brand/business? Can you tell us What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Neva: ManilaBaby Shop offers fun, fashionable and functional bags and accessories for families with babies and toddlers. We have been in business for 3 years.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? I actually don’t know this story. And, what made you decide to start this kind of business?

Neva: We were looking for locally made diaper bags that didn’t break the bank nor were designed with a lot of cartoon characters. I contacted my friends at FabManila to tell them if they had any plans of making baby bags. They told me that they were planning to but didn’t know how and they needed a mom to help them. In just a few emails, we both made small investments in ManilaBaby and launched our first two baby bags: the FrootLoops and the Lifesavers

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a momtrepreneur? What are these?

Neva: Finding time to do the things that we want for the shop is our greatest challenge. Dan and I have a lot of plans but it takes us weeks even months to implement them just because we can only focus on the shop during our free time, which we don’t have a lot of.

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

Neva: Three traits: Passion, Determination and Love (for your business). When you have these three, you won’t feel that your business is a job.

Ginger: Do you have any unforgettable lesson or lessons that you learned as a Momtrepreneur?

Neva: I’ve learned that as long as you love what you’re doing, the benefits will come.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Momtrepreneurs?

Neva: My advice is to find a business that you are passionate about and to keep going at it. Surround yourself with experts and be immersed in the community that you are targeting so that you can better serve your market.

Thank you so much, Ate Nina! 🙂 I wish you more success for Manila Baby Shop!

Manila Baby Shop Contact information:
a. Website: http://manilababyshop.com
b. Multiply site: http://manilababyshop.multiply.com
c. Email address: manilababyshop@gmail.com
d. Mobile Number: 09175334209
e. Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/manilababyshop
f. Twitter account: http://twitter.com/manilababyshop

Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business in Taguig is quite easy. I love that my business address is in Taguig. I heard a lot of horror stories with people who tried to register their businesses in other municipalities. I love that Taguig has a brochure that would give you the step by step process on how to apply for a business permit in Taguig. They have what they call the Business Permits & Licensing Office or the BPLO.

This is a copy of their brochure:
BPLO Flyer

For mompreneurs who’s thinking of opening a sole proprietoership business like me, these are the business requirements/documents that you need to prepare:
1. Application form duly filled up and Notarized and with the location sketch of the place of business
2. Current Barangay Clearance (which you can also get from one of the offices of the Taguig Local goverment in Market! Market!)
3. Zoning Clearance
4. DTI registration/certificate
5. Real Property Tax (RPT)
6. Lessor permit of Lessor and photocopy of Lease Contract or affidavit of consent (no need if you own the place)
7. Occupancy permit (again, not needed when you own the place)
8. 2×2 picture of owner
9. 3R Size picture of establishment
10. List of employees and their addresses
11. Community Tax Certificate (CEDULA)
12. Official receipt of Insurance Policy (comprehensive general liability)
13. Official Receipt of Fire safety Insurance certificate

Be sure that you really gather and create a document for each of the item below before going to Taguig BPLO for opening a sole proprietorship business. For the list of employees, I even had to create a document with just my name on it (since I don’t have people under me or with me). After gathering all of these things, go to the BPLO office at the 3rd floor of Market! Market! and go to the desk that says assessment. They will check all of your documents for you.

I had to change my cedula because it was issued in Pasig. You should have a cedula from the place where you will register. You will also have to get the Zoning Clearance. There is another desk there where you can get that. After which, you will also have to get the Comprehensive General Liability Insurance. There are accredited partners and they are also situated within the area.

During assessment, the only thing that made me raise my eyebrow is that they raised my capital from Php 5,000 to Php 100,000. They said that the minimum was really at Php 100,000. Can you imagine that? Being an events coordinator would not require you to spend Php 100,000 for capital!  Oh well… I didn’t want to argue anymore . I hope that the local government does something about this. I don’t think it’s fair for those who want to go into business to be treated that way, just because their policy says that this is the minimum.

I submitted all the documents and my application is subject for approval. I have the occupancy permit that i have to submit, but I still have to get it from our Administration office.

Whew! At least, just one more document before I go to the BIR.

For licensing, be prepared with at least Php 5,000 with you. For the Comprehensive General Liability, the policy will depend on how big the area of business is. For a 72 sqm area, I had to pay around Php 3700. So all in all, fees that I paid were around Php 9000.

I hope this helps you out, especially those entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Taguig.

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you want to outsource document processing, check out https://www.taxumo.com/business-registration

 

Dear Zeeka,

It’s 8:56 in the evening. You’re dad and I had an early dinner at 7:OO pm like we normally do. This time though, daddy did not eat a lot. He’s not feeling well. i think he going to come down with a flu tomorrow. Even when he’s not feeling well, he is always thinking of me. He’s been telling you to take care of mommy by not kicking me too hard.

You’ve been kicking me like crazy today. I think that warm sack that you are in now is getting a little bit uncomfortable for you already. Hush now, little one. A month from now, we will already get to see you.

Daddy always calls out your name. He’s sleeping now, but just before he went to sleep, he called out your name. He said ‘Zeeka, I can’t wait to see you’. Know that even before you were born, we both loved you already and we love you deeply.

Which brings me to my life lesson number two for you. Love God then love your family above anyone or anything else. Nothing compares to the love that we, both mommy and daddy, have for you. I hope that you see that genuine love that daddy and mommy share, and we want you to fell our love, also. We will always be here for you, Zeeka. We always want what’s best for you.

I know that in the future, you may want things and we may not allow you to have them. Sometimes, you may even think that we are unreasonable. We will have our reasons, but again, it is for you. It is because we love you. Believe me when I say that it all boils down to the fact that we love you.

I can’t wait to see you, baby. I can’t wait to hold you. I can’t wait to love you.

Love your mommy,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger