Ogalala: Helping Parents and Kids to Thrive and Inspire

It was a privilege to have witnessed the #Kidspirations launch at Ayala Malls The 30th in Meralco Avenue, Pasig City last April 29, 2017.

Be_Kidspirations-Logo

Since we’re not that familiar in the area, we arrived at the event a bit late than my target schedule. As soon as I have registered, I went inside to take pictures. I didn’t know that my husband and son followed me inside. When I turned around, my husband was already shopping for shoes for our little boy at the shoe sale just a few steps away from the Kidspiration entrance. My husband is really like that – quick to spot a great find for our son. When I joined them, I saw that it was indeed a great one. It was a pair of navy blue, Chicco loafers that are made of synthetic leather. It was on sale for only Php499 and it was the last pair. It’s bigger by half an inch but we took it anyway since our son’s feet gets bigger in a few months.

Ogalala Kidspirations - All Products Flash Sale

Next stop was the All Products Flash Sale kiosk. It was filled with toys and art supplies that kids of all ages will surely love. It was my son’s turn to shop! As he went around the kiosk, he peruse the items within his reach. At last, he found something that he really, really like.

Ogalala Kidspirations - Ice Age to Go by GeoWorld

He took it and told me, “I want it. Open?” I told him that we have to pay for it first. He’s been holding that toy as we go around the different shelves to check out the other items. He looked so determined in having that toy. I asked him if he really like it. He answered in a loud “Yes!” I asked him if the are plenty of toys inside the plastic dome. He said yes again and pointed at the illustrations in the label. This kid sure knows how to justify his purchase! I looked at its orange tag (Php400) and the original price tag (Php599). Not bad, Php199 off. My husband agreed and told me to buy it too.

Ogalala Kidspiration - Elle Onesies at 90% off

On our way to the cashier, we spotted the ELLE Onesies which were being sold at 90% off! That deal was so hard to resist. Good quality and brightly colored onesies for infants and toddlers which were being sold at Php100 each that day. We are not yet sure about the gender of our next baby so we bought a red onesie fit for 0-6 months old and a blue one that our baby can wear when he/she turns 6-12 months old. We actually wanted to get the white one but it was no longer available on the size that we need.

Ogalala Kidspirations - Shopping Haul
Clockwise: Chicco loafers, Ice Age to Go, and the ELLE onesies. That’s my son in the background, playing with his new Ice Age to Go.

After we finished our shopping, we decided to have lunch first then go back to the Kidspirations event after to watch the ELLE Kids Fashion Show. Whenever we eat out, we would usually take out the iPad to entertain our son and for all of us to eat well. But because my son was so excited to play with his new toy, he completely forgot about the iPad and asked permission to open his little package. He was delighted to find 6 Ice Age animals inside and couldn’t wait to play with them. The set also comes with 2 plastic rocks, a paper play mat, and 6 name cards that give more information about each of the Ice Age animals. This play set might look boring to some but my son definitely enjoyed playing with it. One more good thing about Ice Age to Go is that my son learned about those animals while he was playing with them. Talk about learning through play! We learned about the scientific names of those creatures as well as their age, dimension, the era through which they exist, and a bit of trivia about them. My son used his imagination and creativity to play with his new toys. He made them walk through the ice pictured on the mat, hid them inside the plastic glacier cover, and asked us to help him match the cards with the animals. This continued up until we got home. We even came up with other games and stories that involved this Ice Age to Go set.

Going back to the Kidspirations event…

I only had a few minutes to browse on the other items on display just before the fashion show started. There are so many Crayola art supplies to choose from.

Ogalala Kidspiration - Crayola - Php50 Deals
Crayola’s Php 50 deals: Washable Glue Sticks, 10-pc Modelling Clay Sticks, and 8-pc crayons

There was the Crayola Pick Your Pack promo where you can choose any color of the Crayola crayons that you like. For only Php99.75, you get to have 24pcs of the crayons that you fancy and include those that do not normally appear in the usual pack. Anybody heard of the colors Wisteria, Purple Mountains Majesty, and Wild Blue Yonder? These are only a few of the uniquely named Crayola crayons in that vast selection.

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Crayola’s Pick Your Pack Promo. Get 24 crayons of your choice for only Php99.75

Ogalala Kidspiration - Crayola's Color Wonder - Minions

Crayola’s Color Wonder pack featuring the adorable Minions. The big pack has 18 coloring pages and comes with Mesa Free Markers (Php250). The small pack has 80 mini coloring pages and 6 washable mini markers (Php200).

There were plenty of toys for older kids that were on sale, too.

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Ogalala Kidspiration - The Purple Cow - Magnetic Chess and Magnetic Magic Word
The Purple Cow’s Magnetic Chess and Magnetic Magic Word are the prefect travel companions even grown-ups would love. Ideal for kids ages 4 and up.

The afternoon program started as the day’s emcee, Mommy Kristine, welcomed the audience and introduced Ms. Maye Yao Co Say to give us a background of the Ogalala brand.

Ogalala Kidspiration - Mommy Kristine - Event Host

Ms. Maye Yao Co Say, the COO of Ogalala World, gave us a background of how the Ogalala brand was developed and how it intends to help parents and kids to thrive and inspire others.

Ogalala Kidspirations - COO - Maye Yao Co Say
Ogalala COO, Ms. Maye Yao Co Say

Ogalala has created the System in PLAY and CARE in order to help parents identify the milestones in their children’s life stages and adapt to their learning method and care needs. The system is backed by extensive research and advice from child development experts which makes it adaptable regardless of our parenting style.

On the other hand, Kidspirations is an advocacy spearheaded by Ogalala which aims to help parents raise happy, fulfilled, and purposeful children. This advocacy also encourages kids to inspire other kids.

From the Advertorial:

What is the #Kidspirations Parade?

“Let Inspirations be part of our personal goal, part of our own milestones. Be something and be someone. Be a kid with a purpose, Be #kidspirations to yourself and to others.”
That is the main motive of the parade to showcase #kidspiration stories to promote ideals and aspirations of parents and expectant mothers.
Sharing both parents’ and kids’ aspirations through their #kidspiration stories realizes the Goal of Ogalala for children to have a happy, fulfilled and purposeful future.
This parade is a small step which Ogalala hopes can lead to a bigger leap for parents and children to be #kidspirations.

As a parent, I see the Ogalala System in Play and Care as a big help in choosing what’s best for my preschooler and my soon-to-be-born baby. With the myriad of options that the market has in store for us, we sometimes second guess on what will be really useful and worth our money. With Ogalala, we are confident that we will be buying educational toys, baby products and kids’ fashion items that were carefully curated to suit our children’s needs.

After Ms Yao Co Say’s very informative presentation was the fashion show. It was a preview of ELLE Kids Spring/Summer Collection that includes the new and exciting designs inspired by the Parisian Lifestyle. Children of all ages walked confidently on the ramp to showcase the latest in ELLE Kids clothing line. The show ended after selected kids from the audience were also given the opportunity to walk the ramp, introduced themselves and shared what they want to be when they grow up. Truly a #Kidspirations moment for the kids that day!

Ogalala Kidspiration - Elle Kids Spring Collection - Boys

Ogalala Kidspiration - Elle Kids Spring Collection - Girls

The Ogalala #Kidspirations event was made possible in partnership with Crayola, Melissa & Doug, EMCO, Animal Planet, The Learning Journey, Discovery Kids, Pigeon, Safety1st, Ergo Baby, Quinny & Maxi Cosi, and, ELLE Kids.

Ogalala Stores:
Ogalala Store 2nd floor Shangrila West Wing
Ogalala Baby 2nd floor Shangrila Mall, Main Wing
Ogalala Store 2nd floor Ayala Malls The 30th Meralco

Shop online @ Oga-lala.com
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Ogalala Hotline: 441-1717 / 990-5437

A Day at the Science Circus


The beauty of homeschooling is that we can go on field trips whenever and wherever we can. So, one fine Saturday, we traveled to Taguig to check out The Mind Museum’s fifth travelling exhibition, the Science Circus. It’s such a blessing that we all have All-Day Passes, which also gave us access to the exhibits inside The Mind Museum.

Science Circus - Entrance

The Science Circus is situated outside the main museum, in the middle of the J.Y. Campos Park. As soon as my son saw the entrance to the Circus, he squealed in delight and couldn’t wait to get inside. When we got in, I thought that there was not much to explore as the set-up was not as big as that of the previous Dino Play. I was wrong. Our little boy couldn’t get enough of the interactive exhibits. My husband and I also had fun tinkering at the elements inside the Science Circus. The elements may seem ordinary but it sure challenged us how to make them work and how everything fits in.

My son’s favorite is the Deception Perception. Check out our IG video below. He just kept on lining up again and again just so he could play inside the odd-shaped room and marvel at how the balls would roll through the trough and into the wire basket.

 

Science Circus - Inside the Odd Room
Our smiles barely hid our dizziness! It was really a challenge to keep our balance inside the Deception Perception room.

Science Circus - Colorful Foam Puzzles

Here’s another one of my son’s favorites. I actually loved this exhibit too for its cushioned floor gave comfort to my tired feet. My kid spent a lot of time in this exhibit. He wanted to build a fort so he kept on putting the pieces on top of each other then he would get on top and let himself fall down and roll on the floor. Silly little boy! This is also where he was able to find a playmate, another boy who looked like a child of an expat. He’s a bit older than my son and I admired that he played nice and was a bit patient knowing that he’s playing with a younger kid. Praying for more children like him :)

Science Circus - Tangrams

I have played with Tangrams before but I didn’t know that they are called until we visited the Science Circus. See, it pays to go on educational tours, because we not only learn a lot but it also reinforces what we think we already know.

Science Circus - Solving Tangrams

Science Circus - Automaton
The Automaton

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This exhibit is so fun! All you have to do is rearrange the discs and gears in each segment. Once you have figured out the correct set-up, the segment would move.

Below are more photos that we had from the time of our visit.
Science Circus - Floating Head

Science Circus - Floating Head

 

Science Circus - Silver Puzzle

Science Circus - Benhams Disk

Science Circus - Shape Sorter

Science Circus - Optical Illusion

Liked what you see and read from my post? Go ahead and take your whole family to The Mind Museum’s Science Circus! Your trip would all be worth it because you will not only learn a thing or two but you will have fun tinkering with the elements as well.

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Together with Mastercard, The Mind Museum offers something enticing for visitors! Use your Mastercard and avail of a 3+1 treat to any admission ticket to the Museum or its special exhibitions. See posters for full details. Until December 30, 2016 only.

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If you have extra money, please also consider donating to The Mind Museum. Being a non-profit organization, the museum would appreciate funding so they can keep on making the exhibits affordable to students and teachers, especially those in public schools.

 

How We Overcame Stress in Taking Vitamins

This post was made in collaboration with Nutri10 Plus. All opinions stated are mine.

My son used to run away from me whenever it’s time for him to take his vitamins. That was because he disliked the flavor of the brands that he used to take. They were either too sour or a bit bitter for him. He couldn’t wait to drink water right away and he would sometimes ask for candy or Jelly Ace just to overcome the not-so-good taste in his mouth.

Motorcycle Ride at NANKID
First time to ride a motorcycle on his own

Things changed when I started giving him Nutri10 Plus. He loves its ponkan flavor and it tastes just right. I know because I tried it, too 😉 Now, whenever it’s time to take his vitamins, he would gladly walk up to me and open his mouth. He would often savor on the taste as if he is eating candy and he is no longer in a rush to drink water. Nutri10 Plus just made it easier for me to give him the food supplement that he needs and makes it a pleasant experience for his part.

My Little Jumper
My little jumper in action

Nutri10 Plus is not just a great-tasting syrup. It’s that one food supplement that is packed with Chrlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Lysine, Taurine, Zinc and with the essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D3 and E. These certainly help me a lot in keeping up with my child’s active lifestyle and aid in his growth and    development.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

Consult your child’s pediatrician now so your child can also enjoy the many benefits of taking Nutri10 Plus Syrup. Para sa batang aktibo’t malakas!

 

If Books Were Money, My Son Would Be Rich By Now

Here’s a post that I have drafted on paper a couple of months ago. Finally, I was able to publish it on the blog today!

We started reading to our son when he was still in my womb – from tiny board books given to his Dad as part of their office Kris Kringle to the downloaded nursery rhymes and story books on our iPad. Those tiny board books are still with us today and my son would still read them on his own, that is, pointing to pictures and identifying objects that he knows and mimicking the tone that I use during our read aloud sessions. He would be blabbing on some parts of the story.

His Dad, who commutes to and from work daily, would occasionally drop by BookSale, the bookstore adjacent to the bus terminal and would buy books that he knows our little boy would love. It was a good thing that the shop has a wide selection of books that they sell on bargain. My husband would usually buy three books from that store each month. But one time, he splurged on four books to cultivate our son’s growing love for reading and it was such a blessing that all of them were from our little one’s favorite series namely Curious George and Dr. Seuss.

Book Haul

When we began having weekly mother-and-son dates at the neighborhood mall, a trip to National Bookstore and BookSale is a must for my child. We would linger close to an hour at his favorite Children’s Books section as he would scan the pages of the books that piqued his interest. He loves books that involved animals and keeps going back to read them. Whenever I would notice that he likes a particular book, I would offer to buy it for him so we could enjoy it at home. He would decline most of the time. I’m so blessed to have a son who gets contented with browsing and window shopping :) At times when we would chance upon a book that he really liked or finally found an elusive title, I would purchase it right away and take him to Country Style where we would read our recent find while having doughnuts and coffee (for me).

My Little Reader
My Little Reader

At home on most mornings, he prefers having milk in bed and asks me to read a couple of books to him before we go downstairs for his breakfast. Recently, I adapted a fill-in-the-blanks strategy in where I would either let him finish a sentence or identify an object in the story. This makes our sessions more interactive and very lively. Doing this also encouraged him to read books on his own, even though he can’t read everything written in the pages yet. He would read before bedtime while waiting for Mommy and Daddy to finish the chores downstairs. When we’re all settled in bed, he would request that we read at least three books to him, which includes his activity books and his favorite dinosaur books, before finally going to sleep. He would also read Ate and Kuya’s old books at Granny’s after playing with the stuff inside their toy box. He would gladly peruse on his new book while we are waiting for our turn at the grocery’s check out counter, to pass the time at the doctor’s clinic and extended his patience as he waited for his parents’ passports to be renewed.

I’ve been praying that my son will carry on with the habit of reading books as he grows up and have children and grandchildren of his own and ultimately, pass on the habit to them. There’s so much that we can learn from reading. My husband and I have been discovering a lot from the books that we buy for our son. I never imagined that I could memorize a ton of dinosaur names just because my boy is so fascinated in them!

I have decluttered a few weeks ago and finally let go of my boy’s first batch of books. We have passed them on to his younger cousins hoping that they will also get hooked on reading. We still have plenty in the bookcase upstairs and in the shelf downstairs. We will be getting new ones, anyway. If books were money, my son would be rich by now.

 

Switching to Nutri10 Plus Syrup

This post was made in collaboration with Nutri10 Plus Syrup. All opinions stated were mine.

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My husband once told me this about our son, “Di na siya baby. Bata na siya.” While I refuse to acknowledge that hard truth (how can my baby grow up so fast!), my husband is so right. At 3 years and 7 months, our little boy has become more physically active, has a ravenous appetite, and has become more enthusiastic in learning and trying out new things. In order to keep up with his changing needs, I must find a better food supplement that will replace his usual Vitamin C and Zinc syrup. When I learned about Nutri10 Plus Syrup, I checked out its nutritional information online.

Nutri10 Plus - Nutritional Info
Taken from the Wert website

To know more about Taurine, Lysine, Chlorella and Zinc, which are the distinguishing components of Nutri10 Plus Syrup, I have looked them up at WebMD.

    • Taurine – According to WebMD, Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, a chemical that is an essential building block of protein. Taurine is present in large amounts in our brain, retina, heart and platelets. Meat and fish are great sources of Taurine. 
    • Lysine –   Lysine is also an amino acid that is used to prevent and treat cold sores. Lysine is also known to enhance athletic performance.
    • Chlorella – Chlorella is a fresh water algae that produces extracts called chlorella growth factor. Chlorella has a variety of uses. It stimulates the immune system, improves response to flu vaccine, prevents colds, and improves digestion, among others.
    • Zinc – Zinc is referred to as an “essential trace element.” It plays a vital role in wound healing, boosts the immune system, treats common cold and prevents lower respiratory infections.

Having read all about the benefits of these components, in addition to Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D3 and E, I am more than sold in giving Nutri10 Plus syrup for my growing boy.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

My husband and I have been using Babycenter.com as our trusted reference even before our son was born. It has a league of experts who write and review the articles that they publish in their website. I have checked on it to find out my son’s nutritional requirement for his age. I have found out that his daily diet must include the five major food groups, namely grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.

I am proud that my son eats a wide variety of foods. I’m so glad that my little boy ate brown rice the first time he tasted it and has been eating it ever since. But, there are still some foods that he refuses to eat, for example, a Caesar Salad, no matter how much I entice him to eat at least a spoonful of it. Given this circumstance, I need to find a way for him to meet the nutritional requirement for his age without forcing him to eat something that does not look appetizing to him. I do my best to make mealtimes enjoyable and avoid tears as much as possible. Giving Nutri10 Plus syrup definitely helped me in this aspect.

I started giving 2.5ml of Nutri10 Plus Syrup to my son on August 7. I was so glad that the syrup is ponkan-flavored making it appealing to my kid. Since then, I have noticed an increase in his appetite. He began asking for second and even third helpings during mealtimes. Snacks on cookies and cereals, sometimes sandwiches and burgers, have become more frequent.

I have also noticed an improvement in his stamina. He became a fast runner and would dash without panting. I seriously think that my son is ready to compete on a 3K!

At the Playdium
At the Playdium

He is also now stronger in that whenever he wants to turn our dining area into a pretend train station, he would lift his box of milk (containing 2 400-gram pouches) and move it on top of our microwave, push heavy chairs and line them up, and pick up his loaded toy box and place them in one of the chairs. When I’m not looking, he would get on top of the chairs and dance. He has also turned the bottom part of our stair’s railing into some sort of monkey bars and he would climb countless of times and sometimes dangle with one hand. The things that little boys do! I really need to keep an eye on him. And because I can’t do that all the time, I told my son to be careful and watch his step whenever he climbs. It’s a good thing that he keeps that in mind.I cannot stop my boy from running, climbing, and doing all sorts of acrobatic stunts, as much as I want to, so I just tell him to be careful or let him do it somewhere safer.

Our boy is noticeably taller. A few days ago, my husband measured our preschooler’s height and discovered that it matches his growth timeline. Soon he will be able to enjoy more rides at the theme parks!

I’m glad that I got to know about Nutri10 Plus syrup and that my child was blessed to have tried them. From what I have observed, it’s definitely good for him and at the same time, he enjoys having a dose each day. Nutri10 Plus syrup has made my son “aktibo’t malakas“!

 

Potty Talk

Okay. This might be a little TMI but I can’t help but be proud of my three-year-old’s recent milestone – having poopsie on the big potty!

It just happened last night at my parents’ house. L was walking awkward with his knees together toward the bathroom and he was repeatedly saying, “Poopsie, poopsie, poopsie.” I immediately ushered him to the bath, took off his pants and undies, and positioned him on the bowl. He didn’t hesitate to sit on it but just did what he had to do. I kept marveling at how he was able to do it on the big potty! I was sitting beside him the whole time rubbing his back for he was having a bit of a hard time getting it all out. Being the proud mom that I am, I was telling everyone at the house of how awesome my boy was for sitting on the toilet bowl. (I hope you’re not eating while reading this.)

I’m so happy at how our journey to potty training had turned out. It was a long process with hits and misses in between. We did not forced our son into it even if others told us kids his age were trained already. We went through the training gradually, letting our son took the reins. We even postponed it at some point when we felt that he wasn’t ready. We resumed with the training by asking him to sit on the potty – sometimes he would, other times he refused. I downloaded a potty training chart to document his progress. I let him put stickers or washi tape on the chart whenever he would pee and poop on the potty and tell us when he needed to go. Through time, he got accustomed to doing his business in our bathroom, and lately, in public restrooms. However, he would never pee on a restroom that doesn’t look and smell clean to him. I haven’t taught him about it but my kid was already able to discern whether a public toilet is worth a peak or not. He did that twice already.

Now that my child is potty trained, I have excluded diapers from my grocery list. We saved a lot on wipes, too.

I hope I didn’t grossed you out with this post.

I’m just one proud momma of an awesome little (big)  one!

A baby caterpillar is called …

I make it a point to read books to my son before bedtime.

One night, he asked that we read his little books. Those were the books that were given to my husband as part of their Kris Kringle in the office. They are condensed versions of well-loved children’s tales. I’ve been reading those to him even before he was born.

We were reading Alice in Wonderland. My son loves animals and everything about them! He knows the mother-and-young pairs and can identify them even without a picture. We got to the pages when Alice encountered the rabbit and the caterpillar.

L: A baby rabbit is called … bunny!

Me: (Smiling proudly) Very good!

L: A baby caterpillar is called …

Me: (Wondering if he already know because we haven’t taught him about it yet.)

L: (Happily announced) Lizard!

Ooopppsss!!!!

We both laughed so hard after that! I told him that caterpillars and lizards are different from each other. I taught him that a caterpillar will become a butterfly and that lizards give birth to eggs.

I was really amused at my little boy and admired his creative thinking :) He actually learns quickly when animals are involved. Also, it was his love for animals that encouraged him to speak more words :)

Our First Halloween Party at Sky Ranch Tagaytay

Disclaimer: We don’t join the Halloween festivities to glorify horrifying stuff. Each year during this season, we take advantage of this time to think and make creative costumes for our toddler from our favorite characters and movies. We also make it as an excuse to eat sweet treats. Now, that that thing is settled, let’s talk about the recent Halloween party that we attended at Sky Ranch Tagaytay :)

It was on rainy and foggy Saturday when some of the mommies and their families drove to Tagaytay to party with our fellow bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) and spend some time with our families at the same time. It was a small gathering but a happy one. Most of the kids and some of the babies came in their best costume dressed up as their most loved super heroes, fairy tale and movie characters.  Three of them were awarded as the most creative and crowd favorite. There were games for the children and adults as facilitated by our host and magician, Mr Potch Albiso also known as the Magic Meister. It was fun because almost every one participated in the activities. Raffles were also drawn in between the games. Some of the mommies won the most coveted Disney on Ice tickets courtesy of the Aranatea Group! After the games, we were entertained by the amazing magic tricks and amusing performance of Potch and his puppet, Piolo. My son especially loved the part where Potch made animals from twisted balloons. After the show and the announcement of winners for the best in costume, the kids lined up to get sweet treats from the loving and generous moms of MBP. Some of the mommies even made an effort to make candy packs with gift tags attached. After the program and the group photo op, we then spent time with our respective families to enjoy the ride-all-you-can (RAYC) passes that were given to us by Sky Ranch Tagaytay. I’m sure that all of us had great fun that day! Take a look at our photos below.

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Above is our simple registration table setup.

MBP Halloween Party - Registration Team

Our busy registration area where mommy bloggers dropped by to get their loot bags, food, RAYC stamps, and sign up their kids for the costume contest.

MBP Halloween Party - Prizes from our generous sponsors

We were very thankful to all the brands who sponsored our games and raffle prizes. Mommies and their families were happy to take home goodies from Nido 3+ (except for moms like me who have children ages 2 and below), Krispy Kreme, and Jardine Home Solutions.

MBP Halloween Party - Mommy Sheen of Yeah Shoot Photobooth

Mommy Sheen (in fuschia blouse) of Yeah! Shoot Photobooth and our fellow blogger, gladly helped out party goers don props for the shoot.

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Our little boy was happy with what he got in his pumpkin!

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Our sweet little one began munching on one of his candies soon after. He had a great time riding the carousel that he and Daddy did it thrice! I enjoyed the fourth ride with him. (That’s Mommy Joy, MBP’s workshop manager, in the background)

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I was so happy to take home this precious Lock and Lock glass water bottle!

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I was so honored to have helped these moms organize and launch the party for our community. It was a bit of hard work but seeing how our fellow members and their loved ones had a great time at the party made all our efforts very worthwhile. ‘Til our next gathering! :)

Mommy Bloggers Philippines Spooky Circus Halloween event was made possible by generous sponsors and a team of mommies who love this blogging community.

Thank you to Sky Ranch Tagaytay who not only provided us with a venue but also made sure we had a great time by providing ride all you can tickets and delicious food from Kenny Rogers!

Special thanks to Mr. Poch Albiso, the Magic Meister who made it the most enjoyable day with his magic show and games.

Our generous sponsors, Nido 3+, Krispy Kreme , Araneta Center, Summit Media, URC, Yeah! Shoot Photobooth, Lock and Lock, First Vita, Jardine Distribution, and Jollibee for their support, giving us giveaways and prizes.

The Baby Company Re-opens Store at Rockwell

Baby Company, the Baby Specialist, has recently re-opened its store at the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell. This baby boutique was conceptualized by SM and it has everything that a Mom like me would ever need for her little one. Baby Company offers a wide selection of fashion apparels, personal care, toys, nursery furniture, home safety, and travel accessories. The Baby Company did a good job in curating brands for every product category. Brands include Philips Avent, Graco, Disney, Maclaren, Pigeon, Chicco, Dr. Brown’s, Tommee Tipee, Safety 1st, Lamaze and Fisher Price. They also have in-house brands like Lulu, Baby Clean, BabyCo, Picolo, Ollin, and PlaySmart. If only my husband was with us at that time to look after our very active little boy, I would have leisurely shopped for Louiji’s necessities and plenty of cute stuff!

Baby Company at Power Plant

The Baby Company is located at the third level of Power Plant Mall. It is on the right end, where Toys ‘R Us and Powerville are located.  I like the layout of this baby store for its spacious and modern style. It has a number of aisles containing a variety of mom and baby products but the layout makes it convenient for shoppers to move around and find what they are looking for. Every section is labelled with either the product category or the brand name.

Baby Company - Adorable Displays from the Window

The store at Rockwell has a visually appealing display window which gives shoppers a good glimpse of what’s inside the boutique. Look, they even have installment plans for some of the items!

Baby Company - Wooden Crib and Accessories

Cribs of different types are also available at Baby Company. Parents can buy everything that they need for their baby’s first bed at the store.

Baby Company - Mom Card

The Mom Card is a must-have for all the loyal shoppers of the Baby Company. It is available for only Php100 and moms can get rebates, exclusive offers, take part in special events and other privileges.

Baby Company - Purple Walker

Walkers of varying designs and colors are also available at the Baby Company. The cute purple walker that Louiji was pushing in the photo above is perfect for baby girls. It also has a simple set of toys in front which the little ones may play with.

The following are multi-function walkers which has more toys attached and are equipped with stoppers that parents can take advantage of for when they are feeding their baby or want the little one to stay in place.

Baby Company - Walkers and Strollers

Baby Company - Fish Walker

Baby Company - Blue and White Walker

Baby Company - Little Cars

Diapers and mini-toy cars are available at the Baby Company, too. My Louiji and Jho’s Enzo have a great time riding on those cars!

Below are strollers from MacLaren and Peg-Perego that are fit for toddlers. These are the pack-and-go type that parents can conveniently bring for their kiddies without the hassle of using and folding it up.

Baby Company - Red Blue and Gray Strollers

Baby Company - Strollers for Toddlers

Baby Company - Red Blue and Gray Strollers

Below are Graco’s jogging strollers which are very comfortable and safe for newborns and babies who are only a few months old. These jogging strollers have trays that can hold two bottles or sippy cups and has a provision for dangling toys.

Baby Company - Graco Stroller

 

Baby Company - Graco Click Stroller

The following are a variety of car seats that parents may buy according to their child’s age. There are a couple of seats that are meant for newborns while the rest are perfect for any age. I hope that car seats will be valued by parents and authorities as much as folks overseas do. Car seats play a vital role in keeping the little ones safer during travel. Car seat accessories are also available at the Baby Company.

Baby Company - Car Seats

Baby Company - Blue & Gray Car Seat

The Baby Company also offers cute nursery decor. Below are wall decals that may be purchased for as low as Php50.

Baby Company - Wall Decals

Here are an assortment of knap sacks for the kiddies. I’d love to get one for our Louiji as it would fit perfectly into his body. These backpacks have added straps that keep the shoulder straps from falling off. They come in adorable designs.

Baby Company - Toddler Bags

The Baby Company also has a Baby Registry which makes gift-giving easy and hassle-free. People who purchase items from the registry will receive 10% off from all regular items plus they get to have their gifts wrapped for free. The Baby Registry is available in stand alone stores only. For all branches inside the SM Store, customers may avail of The Gift Registry service.

Baby Company - Baby Registry

Go and visit the Baby Company at Rockwell and see for yourself that many stuff that you can buy for your little people!

An Eventful Monday

Hey Friday! The weekend is upon us and I’m excited for it, as always. This has been a great week for us and it started with an eventful Monday.

It was our son’s 32nd month and to celebrate, I cooked Spaghetti with Meat and Mushrooms for us to feast on when we all get home for dinner.

We were on a scheduled well baby checkup and vaccine. It was a very costly vaccine! We paid Php3,00 for the Menactra, a vaccine against meningococcal disease. Based on my research, it is already the cheapest because the regular price for that is Php3,500. It was not actually a required vaccine but then our pediatrician advised us that if we have the means, then we should get it for our son so he would be protected against that rare but serious disease. After administering the vaccine, the pedia happily told us that our son has just “graduated” from having a series of vaccines! He would just have to get the annual flu vaccine next year. After that, the other booster shots will be given to him when he is four years old and we have the chance to complete them until he turns six. It was great news for the whole family! For Louiji, it would mean no needles until the middle of 2016. For me and my husband, less expenses. Also, we wouldn’t have to move mountains on Mondays just to make it to the doctor’s clinic.

The mountain statement was not an exaggeration. Our pedia holds clinic at Tokyo Healthlink in Alabang every Monday. Whenever we have an appointment, my husband had to go to work extra early or take a few hours off just so he could pick us up from and drive all the way to Tokyo. Hubby finds it inconvenient to bring our car to work because he would have to worry about parking and the costly toll fees. We went car-less last Monday. Since the pedia will be leaving a little early than her scheduled hours, I decided that our son and I should commute all the way to the clinic so we can be there on time. My husband would follow us after work. To cut costs, I did not book an Uber. Wrong move! From our village, we had two jeepney rides which was such a hassle. We were cramped in the first jeep and had to chase our next ride. I had to carry our little boy to make our transfers faster and safer. To make it more challenging, it started to rain by the time we got off to our next stop. It’s a good thing that before getting to our stop, I was able to help my tot put on his jacket and secure his cap. A kind lady helped us cross the street leading to the clinic. After a few pit stops on the side of the buildings, we finally reached the doctor’s clinic safe and dry. Hurray! My husband came just in time when the doc was about to administer the vaccine. He would always carry our boy and hug him tight to make vaccination easier and faster.

We were all happy on our way out of Tokyo. No more needles. No more Monday afternoon rush. No more grueling commutes to the clinic. No more costly vaccines. It was still raining outside and we were still figuring out how we can get home. I suggested that we go to the nearest Starbucks for a little celebration.

Happy BabySee how happy our little one is? For a while, he forgot about the painful shot that he got earlier. He got so busy tinkering with Daddy’s phones, sipping on his iced chocolate drink and taking small bites of his honey glazed doughnut. I actually had a few bites of his doughnut because I got hungry but didn’t want to go down to the counter to buy my own pastry.

Having experienced the conveniences of going home via Uber, my husband told me to book us a ride. I then remembered that I can give him a promo code (Php100 on the first ride) if he installs the Uber app on his phone. He had a better idea. Smart offers Php300 off to its subscribers when they install the app for the first time. Long story short, this post is getting long anyway, we had a free Uber ride on our way home! Talk about convenience and cost-effectiveness!

How did your Monday go?