Babypalooza Bazaar Giveaway

Have you been to any of the first two Babypalooza Bazaars? It has been so successful that it is now in its 3rd run. The bazaar will give equal exposure for both PRE-LOVED (i.e. gently used) and BRAND NEW items for babies, young children and expectant parents.

Babypalooza Bazaar

Here are the details of the Babypalooza bazaar:
Date: August 17, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Venue: Walter Hogan Conference Center, ISO, Ateneo de Manila University, QC campus.
Site: www.babypalooza.com.ph / www.facebook.com/babypalooza.com.ph

The Babypalooza Vendor Protection Program (VPP) will still be enforced to ensure that no two vendors of brand new items will be selling the exact same thing. This helps ensure that shoppers will not get bored from seeing the same merchandise over and over. Items that will be sold are necessities of parents and their children: clothing, shoes and accessories, gear, strollers/baby furniture, feeding bottles, nursing wear, breast pumps, skin care and cleaning products. Yummy, drool-worthy food products will also be sold during bazaar hours. All these at negotiable, easy-on-the-pocket prices!

To continue providing a family-friendly bazaar experience, special function areas will still be available for free for all visitors, these are the following: The Sulit Breastfeeding station, The Maya Kitchen play area, 88DB Daddy Waiting Lounge and the Mega Soft diaper change area. Besides, Sulit and 88DB, this event is also graced by the participation of WhenInManila.com as one of its online media partners.

Clean rest rooms are also just a few steps away from the bazaar stalls for added convenience. Venue is fully air-conditioned and parking is free. There is no entrance fee also.

To get you more excited, one of the vendor of Babypalooza is sponsoring this giveaway. Toydev Inc. is giving away 1 set of Sand Puff (price rang per set is P1,000 – 1,300). Toydev Inc. was established to bring educational toys to the Philippine market and to make Filipinos aware of the existence of such alternatives. Sand Puff, one of their products, is a new and safe alternative to modeling clay. It is made of 100% organic materials and is non-toxic. It does not stick to skin and can be easily washed off with water.

You can check it out here: www.sandpuff.com. To contact them, you can call their landline at (+632) 5346781 or email toydevinc@gmail.com.

Now for the giveaway, just follow the steps below in the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway will end on August 8, 2013. the winner will be notified by email.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Mompreneur April Dela Cruz of Glam Babies

Today’s feature is Mompreneur April of Glam Babies. Being the fashionista that my daughter is, I saw April’s products while going through different online stores. Here is her story and the story behind Glam Babies.

Mommy April’s Story
I’m B.S Psychology graduate from FEU. I’m a mom to a 7 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. My husband is an OFW. It is so hard to have a husband who works so far away. With my first born, I was a stay-at-home-mom and every minute of the day was spent taking care of her. I didn’t have any yaya to help me out. When I had my baby boy, I had to hire a yaya since I could not manage taking care of both kids alone.

Mompreneur April Dela Cruz

Mompreneur April Dela Cruz

It took me a while to start my own business. I wanted to do something else at home to while the time, since my kids, I realized, were already growing up. “Wala akong ginagawa kung hindi mag-Facebook, maglaro ng games” (All I did was checked Facebook and played games). My life was spent waiting for my husband to come home while doing these things. Then, he’d come home and leave again, and then the cycle would continue.

One day, I decided that I wanted to “grow”. I put up a business at home. It was an eatery (tapsilugan), but it didn’t work out, since my body could not take all the work that had to be done in taking care of the eatery — from shopping for ingredients, serving at the eatery, cooking, washing the dishes, etc. I closed this business and I went back to just waiting again for my husband and taking care of the kids.

I decided to create birthday invitations and sell them through multiply. I learned how to create invitations through Youtube videos. I learned how to edit pictures on my own. I think I didn’t do that well in selling my services because I hardly had any customers. With this, I stopped offering this service. And this is where my Glam Babies story began…

Ginger: What is your brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business
April: My brand is Glam Babies Collection. I have been selling clothes under this brand for almost 1 year.

Glam Babies Tutu Dress

Glam Babies Tutu Dress

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
April: There came a point when I had the opportunity to buy and sell clothes for kids. I offered it to my relatives and friends and I got to sell all of it, so I was happy! And then, during that time, my littler girl was about to celebrate her 7th birthday. I searched the net to look for pretty gown designs so that I can have a gown made for her to wear on her birthday.

I saw cute tutu dresses and I liked it! I wanted to buy one for her but didn’t know where to buy. I looked at the pictures I saw on the internet and said to myself, “I can make these!” I searched for how-to videos on YouTube. That’s how I actually learned to make these tutu skirts. I got to make skirts for my daughter and I loved my finish products. I loved the colors and it was super cute!

I love going on Facebook, so I decided to post the skirts that I made. Then I got a lot of inquiries. People were asking me how much was I selling these skirts. Then I decided to create customized tutu skirts only. After a while, I decided to create even the tops, because I thought it would be cute. And then after that, I even added matching hair bows and accessories. All my items from tutu skirts, customized tops, hair bows, posh bows, customized shoes and tutu dresses are all hand made. That’s why I guarantee the quality of my products.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a mompreneur? What are these?
April: Yes, I had a lot of competitors selling Baby Clothes Tutus, but I believed that as long as I don’t step on anyone, my business will go well. In fact, I even add the other baby shops on Facebook so that I can share my clients with them. At least, by doing this, I can help my them in their businesses, too.

One of my favorite designs
Ginger: What are three traits that you think a mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
April: Hardwork, Dedication and patience in creating products and in serving customer. Sometimes, it’s tiring to entertain clients who ask about your products but they won’t buy or worse, they will order but will not get the product that you make for them. I just let these go. I don’t want to spend time arguing and making a big fuss out of this. God knows everything, so I leave it up to Him. 🙂

Ginger: Unforgettable lesson that you learned as a Mompreneur?
April: I learned to manage my time — for my family and business. I also learned how to talk and deal with different kinds of people.

Other styles from Mompreneur April for Glam Babies

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
April: Always think positive. Follow your heart’s desire. “Kung ano ang hilig mo dun ka mag-focus sa gagawin mong business… yung magiging masaya ka sa araw araw na ginagawa mo”. Don’t just think of money but think of the fulfillment that you will feel every time someone tells you that your creations are amazing! This always made me happy.

Ginger: Thank you, April, for your time! I wish you more success!

Glam Babies Contact Information:

Email address: glam_babies@yahoo.com
Mobile Number: 09082575225
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glambabiesbyapril

I’m a Lotte Xylitol Mom Brand Believer!

Growing up, I never went to the dentist on a yearly basis. My husband Ej on the other hand, was conscientious in keeping his appointments. I never really thought there was anything urgent about seeing a dentist. In my mind, my teeth were perfectly fine. I was gifted with a good and a strong set of teeth. I didn’t need braces (and during my childhood days, I thought this was the only reason one should go to the dentist). I was successful at having zero cavities (well not until I was in high school, I think).

Now that I have Zeeka, though, I am now more active in looking for information that would affect her growing up. I would research on medical data — stuff that I wouldn’t really care about. Even researches on taking care of one’s teeth and fighting cavities were on my list.

Moi (Mommy Ginger) and my her daughter, Zeeka

That’s how I ended up as a mommy brand believer for Lotte Xylitol!

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

Xylitol Mini Bottle, Handy Bottle, Blister Pack

I went to the briefing for the Make it Zero Campaign of the Lotte Xylitol Gum. During the briefing, I learned a lot from the invited speakers (dentists from the Philippine Dental Association), Dr. Fina Lopez and Dr. Angelo Fernandez. They were also joined by Mr. Soi Kitaguchi GM of Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp and Therese Reyes of Lotte.

Soi Kitaguchi GM of Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp, Dr. Fina Lopez, Therese Reyes of Lotte and Dr. Angelo Fernandez

Soi Kitaguchi GM of Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp, Dr. Fina Lopez, Therese Reyes of Lotte and Dr. Angelo Fernandez

Dr. Fina Lopez, DMD

Dr. Fina Lopez, DMD

Soi Kitaguchi, GM Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp.

Soi Kitaguchi, GM Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp.

Therese Reyes, Marketing Manager of Lotte

Therese Reyes, Marketing Manager of Lotte

Dr. Angelo Fernadez, DMD,FCID

 

I learned that Lotte Xylitol is the first dental health gum in the Philippines and the only dental health gum  (I didn’t even know that a ‘dental gum’ existed) recognized by the Philippine Dental Association (PDA). It’s called a dental health gum because it contains more than 50% Xylitol, which helps reduce cavity-causing bacteria. These bacteria feeds on Xylitol, but since it isn’t sugar, these bacteria die. Xylitol also increased saliva flow that maintains the pH levels in the mouth. With this, it creates acids that stops demineralization or the dissolving of the tooth enamel which results in tooth decay. Xylitol stops plaque and dental cavities by 80%.

It also helps remove food particles that may be left behind in the mouth and helps remove stubborn tartar on teeth surfaces by promoting chewing action. It is effective in avoiding common dental problems such as bad breath and tooth decay. There are many positive effect of chewing a Lotte Xylitol Gum but of course, you still need to brush your teeth, floss, gargle and visit the dentist regularly.

The Make it Zero Campaign

I am part of the Make it Zero Campaign of Lotte Xylitol. Make it Zero is a campaign that encourages everyone, especially Filipino parents to commit to achieve zero cavities for them and their kids. The program does not only aim to increase awareness by educating parents through the school tours that Lotte Xylitol has been doing since 2009, but its aim is to encourage them to share their knowledge with their families and friends.

Soi Kitaguchi and the Xylitol Believers L-R seated Martine De Luna, Jackie Go and Frances Sales _ Standing Rowena Wendy Lei, Christine Dychiao,Ginger Arboleda and Fleur Sombrero

I am proud to be part of the Make it Zero campaign of Lotte Xylitol. The other wonderful mom bloggers with me in this campaign are (from left, standing) Rowena Wendy Lei of Animetric’s World, Tin Dychiao of Manila Fashion Observer, yours truly for MommyGinger.com, Fleur Sombrero of Mommy Fleur, (from left, seated) Martine de Luna of Dainty Mom, Lotte GM Soi Kitaguchi, Jackie Go of Go Jackie Go!, and France Sales from MommyTopaz with son, Iñigo.

I’ll be posting more information that you can share with your friends soon! 🙂 For those who are interested in trying out this dental health gum, Lotte Xylitol is available in bottles and blister packs, and comes in three exciting flavors: Blueberry Mint, Fresh Mint, and Lime Mint (my favorite is Blueberry Mint!). Lotte Xylitol is reasonably priced and can be found in leading supermarkets and drugstores across the Philippines. For more information, visit http://www.lottexylitolgum.com/.

 

 

Tickle Me Mondays: Comic Strip #4

It’s the last Monday of July, peeps! Have you contributed to #ticklememondays? Share with us funny photos with your child!

This is the baby comic strip for this week. I think this is the cutest comic strip of Baby Z of them all!
Tickle Me Mondays 4

Chateau de Sable Philippines

Baby Z’s Style Corner fans, a lovely day to you! Have you been to SM Aura? It’s like heaven for a tiny trendsetter like me. There are a lot of shops that I can go to to buy new clothes (or rather, for mommy to buy me new clothes). One of the cute stores that I have come across is Chateau de Sable.

Chateau de Sable logo

I love the clothes in this store. What I love is that they use subtle colors that make these clothes timeless and classics in their own right. The creator of Château de sable (meaning sandcastle) is Stéphanie Lemaire, who is French. She comes from a family who works in the textile industry. Looking at the clothes that she designed, I think that she really achieved what she wanted — to design a collection representing both childhood innocence and joy.

Chateau de Sable Style

Mommy wanted to buy me a romper when we visited the store, but I heard her tell daddy that’s she’ll buy one for me for my fifth month birthday. I can’t wait to wear the romper that she’ll buy!

I also saw their dresses and sweaters, and they are all gorgeous! Check these out!

Chateau de Sable dress

Chateau de Sable Sweater

After a few days, it was such a blessing that I received this gift from my Mamou. I love these socks. They fit just right and you can really see that they are made of quality materials.

Chateau de Sable socks

Have you been to this store? What item did you like?

To see their products, you can go to their branch in SM Aura or you could order from their website: Chateau de sable Website. Their facebook page is Chateau de Sable Philippines

Hope this helps you out!

Love lots,
Baby Fashionista Zeeka

*It’s fun being a girl!*