Friday, August 28, 2015

Maco at 8 months



I just realized I haven't posted anything about my little munchkin's 8th month, so here it goes...

As you all know, we celebrate every month when our little Maco turns a month older. And this month, hasn't changed a lot, but with only a few family celebrating it with us. Ate Jac and her 2 kids hasn't celebrated with us for 2 months already since the 13th always fall on a weekday and Dylan and Lucas has school the following day so.



Let's talk on how is Maco on her 8th month...

Well, she's soooooooo makulit already! As in super! As in Super Saiyan na ang kakulitan nya! Hahaha! Kidding aside, she really is makulit and she can stand on her own when holding on her crib or anything that she can hold on to. She's also very madaldal now-a-days. She often say "Mama" but honestly, I'm not really sure if she meant me, that she wanted me. There's a different tone when she says "Mama" that meant she wanted me, it's more softer and she looks at me hehe. But when she say "Mamamama" and in a loud tone, she usually look at anyone and would raise her hand, like she wanted a carry. Maybe her "Mamamama" is that she wanted to be carried? But she also does that when I'm feeding her and I get sidetracked that I wasn't able to feed her right away. Lol. I don't really know, only Maco knows. Heehee

[caption id="attachment_621" align="aligncenter" width="660"]I don't usually let her thumb suck, I only let her this time to not wake her up :) I don't usually let her thumb suck, I only let her this time to not wake her up :)[/caption]

With her food, her pedia told us that she can eat everything already (he told us no food limitation) but since she only has two lower teeth that has popped out already but not completely, and another two upper front teeth popping out, we thought not to give her "everything" yet. But we give her lugaw and the like. Only soft food. Also, I guess we should not take literally what her pedia says. Lol! I think we took it too literal that in our minds we thought we could give her steak when her pedia told us no food limitation. Lol

So that's that with our little munchkin. :)

She's still sleeping at 9:54am hence I was to blog a bit long! Yey!

[caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="617"]Yey! Yey![/caption]

PS Her photos is when she was sleeping because I can't capture her still if she's awake. She would be eating my "props" if she is. She's that kulit. Heehee

Mommy Milkshare: A Milkdrive for Moms Who Care

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Hello fellow breastfeeding moms out there! High five! :)


If you have excess breastmilk or your little one has already weaned (which btw is a sad thing) and you're not too busy on September 5th, Saturday of next week, maybe you could join this milkdrive which will be held at 29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City? Yes? :)




[caption id="attachment_615" align="alignright" width="640"]Mommy Milkshare-Donor mom Charlene Yu-De Leon Mommy Milkshare-Donor mom Charlene Yu-De Leon[/caption]

 

 

Anyway, if you're thinking what this is about and whatnot, well read on... :)

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Mommy Milkshare: A MilkDrive for Moms Who Care

“Breastmilk is the best for babies” — most, if not all, moms have probably heard this at one point in their lives. The statement is 100% true, of course, which is why the World Health Organization (WHO) states the following in its report on “Global strategy on infant and young child feeding”:

Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.

 Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.”

Bearing this in mind, two breastfeeding-advocate-minded local enterprises are holding a post-Breastfeeding Awareness Month event to help provide breastmilk to needy babies, namely “Mommy Milkshare: A MilkDrive for Moms Who Care.” This will take place on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 5, 2015, at The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.

The beginnings of a noteworthy event

 “It all started when Jem Perez-Chua and Geraldyn Perez, the owners of Honeysuckle Philippines, approached us with this idea to ‘give back’ by organizing a milkletting activity,” Maricel Cua, co-founder of The Parenting Emporium (TPE) shares.

“We gladly agreed to co-organize because, as part of our advocacy on nutrition, one of our beneficiaries is the TPE Milksharing Hub*. The TPE Milksharing Hub fully supports milkletting activities like this, and responsible milk sharing,” she continues.

“We have participated in several milkletting efforts organized by local governments, hospitals, and even private groups. All collected milk from this particular event will go to the Fabella Milk Bank.”

Jem shares why she and her sister Geraldyn thought of holding the MilkShare event. “We’ve been distributing Honeysuckle breastmilk bags for over a year now and given the reception of Filipina moms to our brand, we want to give back as well,” she says.

“We found out that the concept of breastmilk donation is not common knowledge, and some moms actually end up with a lot of ‘old frozen breastmilk’ because their babies simply weren’t able to consume all of their stored milk.

“So we thought — wouldn’t it be wonderful if another baby was able to benefit from that stored breastmilk instead? It could possibly even save lives!”

In addition, Jem and Geraldyn feel that there are “very few brands / organizations that are willing to set up breastmilk drives, because these events are really non-profit.” “So we want to help however way we can in something we feel very strongly about,” she adds.

Raising awareness, spreading the word about the advocacy

 As self-declared “big supporters of breastfeeding,” Jem and Geraldyn hope they can make the Mommy MilkShare event bigger in succeeding years.

“For this first event, we reached out to The Parenting Emporium for guidance and lots of help,” Jem shares. “We found out that they have so much experience in this type of activity and we have none!

“The Parenting Emporium even took care of looking for speakers exclusively for the mom-donors to listen to,” Jem continues. “So it’s really great that we are both very aligned on this endeavor, because we just really want to help moms in whatever way we can. We hope more brands can join us in this cause in the future.”

The Mommy Milkshare MilkDrive: Uniting moms for the “breast cause” ever

 “We know the benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond just the first year of life so we want to raise awareness about the importance of donating excess breastmilk of moms — because there are so many babies who need the milk,” Jem emphasizes.

“We don’t want moms to ever consider feeding their babies with formula milk — especially in the few months, just because they think there is no other solution.”

Jem adds that donating breastmilk is very fulfilling because “you know that you are nurturing the life of another baby in need, on top of your own baby.”

“We hope that we will be able to help a lot of moms and babies with what we can collect and donate, in partnership with The Parenting Emporium,” she concludes.

Event details to take note of

 The Mommy Milkshare milkletting event is open to all breastfeeding moms who wish to donate their milk. “There is no registration fee, but it is exclusive for breastmilk donors. Mommies should bring frozen milk, expressed within 3 months, and should also be willing to be screened,” Maricel expounds.

Aside from the milkletting activity, participants can expect different activities as well.

“Jem and Geraldyn wanted to help mothers at different levels, so we came up with the idea of free one-on-one consultations for 4 moms (the first 4 to register) with a volunteer International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or IBCLC,” Maricel shares. “There will also be relevant talks and lootbags for donors.”

Below is the list of talks scheduled for the event:

10a.m.-12nn: Developmental Milestones of Your Infant/Toddler (Speaker: Tanya Velasco of Guru Firm {Early Childhood and Family Life Experts})

1-2p.m.: Time Management Skills for the Busy Mom (Speaker: Candice Cipullo of “The Travelling Maybahay” Blog)

2-3p.m.: Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges (Speaker: Joyce Martinez, RN, MSN, IBCLC)

3-4p.m.: Managing Mommy Guilt (Speaker: MommyProofing Coach Joy Dejos, Certified Professional Coach)

It is hoped that through this event for moms by moms, the message of “growing together as parents” will be shared to all, and that parents — especially mothers — will be encouraged to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and share what they have with others.

To pre-register for the event, kindly contact the TPE Events Hotline: 0917-8110821. For updates from The Parenting Emporium, please send an email to theparentingemporium@gmail.com or follow TPE on Facebook and Instagram @theparentingemporium. To get in touch with Honeysuckle Philippines, contact them on Facebook and on Instagram @honeysucklephils.

 

*Additional information about The TPE Milksharing Hub

Even before the official launch of The Parenting Emporium last July 2015, its founders Maricel Cua and Beng Feliciano had already been committed to milk sharing, as one of the advocacies under their former business.

“As breastfeeding advocates and peer counselors, we discovered the need to provide expert-backed information to breastfeeding moms and breastmilk to needy babies,” Maricel shares.

“Through the community that they had built at the time, which was composed of mostly nursing moms, that need was soon answered — through the generosity of the moms who gave their precious breastmilk donations,” Beng adds.

Maricel and Beng emphasize that all donations were — and still are — conscientiously screened and pasteurized to make sure that the milk is clean and safe, especially for sick babies.

“Under what is now known as the TPE Milksharing Hub, pasteurized breastmilk is distributed to babies whose mothers may be unable to provide them with sufficient breastmilk for some reason,” Maricel says.

Beng stresses that they make sure that the mothers who receive breastmilk are given breastfeeding counseling and support so that they will eventually be able to provide breastmilk for their own babies’ needs.

“This is just one way by which we hope to ‘give back’ to others,” Maricel shares.

If you are interested in donating your excess milk to the TPE Milk Sharing Hub, you may contact Maricel Cua at 0917-6247246, or Katrina Mitra at (02) 7253723 / (02) 7386272. You can also send an email to theparentingemporium@gmail.com. *Important reminders: Kindly prepare a Hepatitis-HIV profile that is less than six months old. If you have none, testing will be provided for free. Donated breastmilk should be less than three months old from date of expression.

 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: Human Nature Baby Wash

 

[caption id="attachment_604" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Human Nature Natural Baby Wash Human Nature Natural Baby Wash[/caption]

I first knew about this product from a forum when I was looking for a good baby wash for my little munchkin. I was hesitant at first because I thought it would be scentless or something like that since it's "natural/organic" product. I don't know much about natural products, honestly.



So, as what I've read on forums, Human Nature Baby Wash seems pretty okay. So I bought their 200 ml bottle first to try it out. I was surprised that it smells good! And it stays all day! I also noticed that it's consistency is pretty similar with Mustela's baby wash! I was impressed! Unlike the other baby washes I've tried that if not too sticky, it would be too watery. It's also 100% no Harmful Chemicals! Yey! Plus, it is affordable at Php 289.75 for 490 ml bottle! :) Check them here





I like ordering it on their website though than in malls since I noticed that it's quite higher in malls than online so. Kuripot Momma I am! But if ever I only buy one (I'm also a human nature user myself, I use their nourishing facial wash and toner, so it's more affordable to buy all in one order), buying in malls wouldn't hurt me that bad. Heehee

From the 2 bottles I've used, so far so good! No rashes or anything on my little one, smells good all day, soft skin (I've used a baby wash before that made my little munchkin's skin dry), all natural ingredients, and of course, doesn't hurt our pockets! But wait, there's more (hahaha), it has a pump! It is not hard to use especially now that my little girl's so likot na when I bathe her! As in! The usual scenario would be one hand on my little girl, the other on pumping the bottle. Lol

I'm trying to think of any con for this baby wash, but I can't find any! Honestly though. I guess I'm in love with Human Nature products already! Can't help it!

So here's my review for now, no bullet form. I guess I pretty much say it all already. Heehee

Disclaimer: This product is not sponsored nor have I been paid for doing the review. Everything I said on this post is my honest opinion regarding the product.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What is Vita Cubes?


As per my previous post, I was invited by Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Rebisco to Vita Cubes Fun Day event last August 2nd. I have already talked about my experience on the event on this post, so let's know more about Vita Cubes here.:)



According to the paper included in the loot bag they gave us (hehe), Vita Cubes are cube-shaped jelly candies that come in different fruit flavors - strawberry, apple, grape, orange, and mango. Aside from having delicious taste, Vita Cubes are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals that are important for growing children. It contains Lysine, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Just what kids need! It is true to it's tagline "Yummy has never been this healthy. Healthy has never been this yummy!" It sure doesn't taste healthy, meaning medicine-like or vegetable-like kind of healthy. You know what I mean? But it sure is healthy because of all the vitamins and minerals it has! Anyway, I have tasted them all and I'd say my favorite are the grape and mango! It is just right for my liking.



Another awesome thing about this healthy candy is that it is affordable! It's SRP (Suggested Retail Price) for a 50g pack is just 12.00Php! Or if tingi in your local sari-sari store, it would cost 1.00Php! How affordable is that?


My husband loved it! Yes, you read that right, my husband loved it! He even brought a pack with him to work! And he confessed that he finished it in one sitting. My little girl can't have it yet since she's just 7 months and can't chew yet, so I gave it to my niece and nephew instead. They loved it as well!


Wondering where to get these Vita Cubes? It's available at all Mercury Drug outlets, SM Supermarkets, Robinson's Supermarkets, Waltermart, Landmark, Puregold, Mini Stop, an d your local grocery stores. Pretty much everywhere, I guess! Heehee


On your next grocery shopping, I think it wouldn't hurt to try these for your kids, or for yourself, too! Heehee



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vita Cubes Fun Day at Fun Ranch!



Last August 2nd, Maco and I were invited by Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Rebisco for the Vita Cubes Fun Day at Fun Ranch, Ortigas. I was really excited to go since it was my first time to attend such event and I would get to meet my fellow mommy bloggers, too! Woohoo!

It was a Sunday but my husband needed to go to work, so while he was at work, Maco and I got ready. Good thing Maco's Titas were here to look over her while I take a bath. Joshua came home in time, so while I was preparing (aka painting my face and trying on clothes to wear. Yes, that took a lot of my time hehe), he was the one looking after Maco. After quite some time I was almost done with myself and ready to take a photo for my lookbook (Kidding! I don't have lookbook), that's the time he ate lunch and took a bath.

When the awesome three were ready, Ate Jac booked us for Grab-A-Car. I thank this app for making commuting less of a hassle. Plus, their promos I think are endless! That's why we often pay less than the usual fair. We booked the car for only 60Php from Guadalupe to Fun Ranch, Ortigas! Yey! Another plus was the driver's taste in music! He's listening to 90's OPM! Mabuhay ang Musikang Pilipino!



We got at Fun Ranch around 1:30pm, it was my first time there and I didn't even know where the event was! Seriously. I honestly thought that Fun Ranch is just one building with playground inside, like Active Fun in Global City, but apparently, it wasn't. Thankfully I have load that time and I was able to use mobile data and so I messaged Jen through facebook on where the even was held. You see I don't have mobile load all the time because I rarely go out and most likely than not, it would end up sayang ang pinang-load. Hehe! So I only load my phone when I'm out.



Anyway, while waiting for her reply, we roam around and take photos, went inside Playdium because I thought they were there because of the photo she sent me.

[caption id="attachment_577" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Hi Jami! :) Hi Jami! :)[/caption]

And here are our photos...

[caption id="attachment_555" align="aligncenter" width="640"]The Awesome Three The Awesome Three[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_558" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Mi loves~ Mi loves~[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_559" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Oh hai Macoki! Oh hai Macoki![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_562" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Where the event was held Where the event was held[/caption]

After some time, she was able to reply and told me that the program was starting already. The awesome three then went inside the Grand Barn Yard and I registered. We then try to find a seat when I saw Jen with her son Jami so we sat together at the upper area of the room.

[caption id="attachment_538" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Hi! She's Maco Hi! She's Maco[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_541" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Of course we had to have our family photo hehe Of course we had to have our family photo hehe[/caption]









[caption id="attachment_545" align="aligncenter" width="640"]The Magician! The Magician![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_544" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Hi Mommy Jen and Jami! Hi Mommy Jen and Jami![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_546" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Kids enjoying the show[/caption]

Joshua was left at our table to look after our bags, and so we went near the stage to watch the program. There were stop-dance and magic show! I think Maco enjoyed the magic show especially when the magician was doing the silver rings trick! She was all eyes on the rings! Heehee

[caption id="attachment_543" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Maco watching Maco watching[/caption]

I then went back to our table to tell Joshua to buy food for Maco at the SM Supermarket nearby. So while he was gone, Maco and I took our chance to have our photo taken at the photobooth! :)



Of course, we had to have our family photo! Heehee



Unfortunately we weren't able to take a photo with Jen and Jami because Jami fell asleep right after he ate, he got tired from all the dancing and playing he did! Heehee. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell about our food. For kids, they have spaghetti, fried chicken and fries. And for us, adults, we had buffet style of lumpia, spaghetti, barbecue, mini burgers and calamares (i'm not really sure if that was calamares hehe). And yes, I wasn't able to take a photo of it. I liked the food! Especially the lumpia and spaghetti!

While eating, they then told us about Vita Cubes. Vita Cubes are cube-shaped jelly candies that are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. It's jelly-vitamins, something like that! As it says on it's package, it's high in Vitamin C! It has 5 different flavors which are strawberry, apple, grape, orange, and mango. I have tasted them all (heehee), and I would say my favorite is the grape one! I will talk about it more on another post! Stay tuned! :)

The host then asked if there were questions regarding the product, one kid raised his/her hand and asked, "Why is there sugar?". Joshua and I looked at each other and we were surprised on how good the kid's question was! I'm  not really sure if they were able to answer it but damn, that was a really good question, kid! Such a smart kid!

After the question and answer portion, we were told to line up for the loot bags! Woot woot! They have loot bags for kids and moms!

[caption id="attachment_569" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Loot bag for kids Loot bag for kids[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_571" align="aligncenter" width="640"] for Moms[/caption]

Oh by the way, THANK YOU to the mom who carried my little Macoki while I was signing up for the loot bag! Maco fell asleep while I was carrying her. Again, thank you very much! :)

We bid goodbye to Jami and Jen, but of course, we need to take a photo! Heehee





It was a really nice experience! Thank you to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Rebisco for inviting us! Looking forward for future events! Yey! :)







[caption id="attachment_528" align="aligncenter" width="617"]at SM Hypermarket at SM Hypermarket[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_527" align="aligncenter" width="617"]at SM Hypermarket at SM Hypermarket[/caption]

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy First Wedding Anniversary to Us!

Woohoo! We reached 1 year of being married! Lol! In case you don't know, we got married last yr, hence the anniversary, though it was just civil wedding. I almost said it was nothing special but it is. Even though we didn't celebrate the way we wanted, it was still special. Because I was with the two most awesome people in my life right now. Awesome Maco and Awesome Joshua. Eh pano hindi magiging special yun diba?! Naks!

Honestly though, I totally forgot about it. Sorry. I'm not the dream girl type who remembers anything and everything. But I do remember the shitty ones. Hahaha! It was a couple of days ago when my husband asked me what do I want to do on the 30th and I asked him why with a sour face. I am so sorry. And when I saw the look on his face, like "are you serious?!", I answered quickly "gotcha! Of course I know it's our first wedding anniversary!" with a confused face. But I totally don't. I am sorry. Bad wife award goes to me. And bad liar award, too. Husband got pissed for a while but it didn't last long. Being sweet have it's perks. Hahaha

[caption id="attachment_518" align="aligncenter" width="182"] "Why do you have my shoe, Ma? Am I Cinderella?"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_516" align="aligncenter" width="181"] "Hate et! Pa-pogi si Papa!!! Tse!"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_514" align="aligncenter" width="181"] "Is that our food coming?"[/caption]

So last night, the awesome three, that's us in case you don't know, went out to have dinner. It was around 7:30 in the evening already and going out at that time on a weekday feels late already. We got at Market! Market! almost 8 and we stroll for quite some time though most shops were closing already. Yes, that's how early the shops at Market! Market! closes. We were choosing between Conti's and North Park, and North Park won because we both wanted noodles! We had our usual order which were Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs, Garlic Salt Squid, Yang Chao fried Rice, and the main reason we chose North Park, we have ourselves some Nanki Beef Noodles! Yuummmm. Hay ang sarap!

[caption id="attachment_517" align="aligncenter" width="180"]"Ma, I'm busy. Photos again?!Argh!" "Ma, I'm busy. Photos again?!Argh!"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_513" align="aligncenter" width="181"]"No! I don't want photos, ma!!!!!!" "No! I don't want photos, ma!!!!!!"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_515" align="aligncenter" width="181"] "Hay hindi na naman ako kumain :("[/caption]

While we were eating, Maco was in a high, grabbing anything she could reach to. She's not eating because she already ate at home before we left. I made her sip some noodle soup though. I don't think she liked it. Heehee. I guess the both of us were busy eating that we didn't talk with each other. Or maybe, we were just both hungry at the time. Hahaha! We almost finished a serving of Yang Chao fried rice! Just the two of us and a plate of Yang Chao fried rice. We were that hungry! Haha!

After eating, it was just 9:30 in the evening and we thought it was still early so we strolled for some more at Serendra. We were supposed to have coffee at the coffee shop located in Fully Booked but I opted not to because Joshua still has work the following day, and we both know that if we stayed out long, late na naman siya kinabukasan sa office! So we just look at some books and tried to find the adult coloring I want! Unfortunately, they don't have the adult coloring book that I want. They do have some, but not those that I like. :( And, it's now expensive! I remember asking someone before about her coloring book and she told me it was about 200Php! And I found it expensive at the time so I didn't bother but now that I really wanted it, damn. Should've bought before the hype! :( I also found some books that I wanted to read. Hopefully this coming pay, Joshua would buy me one. Heehee

We got home at around 10:20 in the evening. Washed up. Went to bed. It was a nice day. :)

Happy first wedding anniversary, hun! :)

PS

Apparently it was our first wedding anniversary and we don't have a photo together. Hahaha!