My son was so privileged and happy that he was able to test drive the luxurious two-door Mercedes-Benz roadster at the launch of Nestle’s NANKID My Kid’s First BENZ last September 15 at The Tent at Enderun at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.
Nestle and Mercedes-Benz, world-class leaders in their respective industries, have collaborated in this giveaway to add to your children’s many exciting firsts. The young ones will surely be thrilled to drive their own child-sized, electric version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. For more of this sleek car’s specs, watch the video below.
Check out the poster below on how you can win one for your child. Also, read the full mechanics here.
About NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR (from the Press Release)
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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.
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).
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.
This post was made in collaboration with Nutri10 Plus Syrup. All opinions stated were mine.
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.
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.
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!
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“!
The rising cases of dengue is very alarming these days. A province down South was even declared as being in a state of calamity as one after another of its residents were taken to the hospital to seek help against that virus. Some have even succumbed to death. We can’t just let dengue wear us down. We all need to be Allied Against Dengue!
My first encounter with dengue was when my husband unknowingly acquired the virus. I was on my first trimester when he was confined to the hospital because of the rashes that appeared in his body after several days of having on-and-off fever. His platelet count was monitored throughout his stay and he was on IV. It was a great blessing that we survived that ordeal. Since then, we have become more cautious in warding off mosquitoes (we don’t know which one would be an Aedes Aegypti) in our home. We would slather our skin with insect repellant lotion and use electric mosquito repeller in our home. We can only do so much to stop dengue on our own. We all need to be united – informed but not paranoid – in order to fight this deadly virus.
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, a leading global pharmaceutical company, has collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH), Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC), SmartParenting.com, and CNN Philippines in an initiative that will create a great impact in mitigating the dangers of the dengue virus. Recently, GSK representatives, health experts and advocates have come together to inform the press of the present dengue-related statistics, the government’s on-going campaign, case studies and their personal experiences with dengue. I was more than happy to be in that event because I was able to learn more about the spread of the virus and how to properly manage it. Myths about the dengue virus were also debunked. It was a very informative afternoon where the experts answered our queries and gave advice on how best to protect our families and communities against dengue. According to Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (DOH), “Dengue control is a shared responsibility.”
After their individual presentations, the proponents of the Allied Against Dengue campaign, together with Calpol (GSK’s Paracetamol for children) brand ambassador, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, answered questions from the audience.
As gleaned from the discussion, here are more facts about dengue.
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!
I got to find out what it’s like to shop at S&R even when I wasn’t a member yet. Back when I was still working at BGC, I tagged along with my officemates, who were cardholders of this membership-shopping club, to have lunch at its Food Service. I ordered a serving of Cheese Pizza for only Php99. It was a very filling meal for me because that serving consists of two slices of mouthwatering mozzarella goodness. The S&R Baked Beef Roll is also a must-try. I bought some for me and my husband and those rolls have somewhat made our traffic-filled ride home (from work) more bearable. That savory beef roll comes in a big serving, too. Since then, it has become my husband’s favorite.
I went past the Food Service and into the shopping area. I want to see if it is worth shelling out Php700 to be a Gold Member, the default membership card for regular shoppers. The other type of membership is the Business Member which is suited for business owners. I surveyed the goods being sold and the brands that they carry. Most of the merchandise available at the store are imported brands but they also have locally produced items. Some are being sold by the bulk, by two’s and in jumbo packs. There are a few items that can be purchased on its own. It was around Christmas time when I shopped at the BGC branch, still as a guest, and went out with an assortment of stuff that the kids really loved. I got a Mickey Mouse bowling set, two adorable girly back packs, a set of coloring books for boys, and another set of coloring and sticker books for girls. It was a positive experience that made me convince my husband to sign up for our own membership card.We can use it on all S&R branches nationwide, anyway.
He wasn’t all that sold on getting our own card. He told me to give it much thought. One time, after work, I joined my teammates again as they were about to do their groceries. I was disappointed that I barely found anything in the store that matches the items on my grocery list. Maybe, it’s not meant for us to have that card. I totally forgot about it.
Fast forward to 2016, my husband and I were so frustrated that we didn’t get that specialized package that we’ve been anticipating for a couple of months. That package included Delimondo, a local brand of corned beef that was only being sold at S&R and selected grocery stores that are far from where we live. It was a good thing that my sister holds a Gold Membership card at S&R Alabang. She told me that she signed up because the elusive lunch box that she wanted was only available at that store. I checked out the requirements from the S&R website and applied for an extension card through my sister’s membership. I got my card right after I applied though it would take a few hours before it gets activated. The staff just gave me a stub that I would have to show to the cashier whenever I would make a purchase. Since then, we have shopped at S&R thrice.
Here are my great finds from those trips. I have managed to take note of the prices of some of the items.
Maya Mickey Mouse Champorado – 2 boxes with 2 packs each (4 packs in total)
Duncan Hines California Walnut Decadent Brownie Mix
Duncan Hines Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix
Cafe Nova Cafe Latte
Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies (500g) – Php 119.95
Delimondo Garlic and Chili Corned Beef (380g) – Php 162.95
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Lifetime Rectangular Foldable Table (approx 70cm x 45cm, from US) – On Sale for only Php895 / Keter Kids Blue Chair (from Israel)- Php299
Tide Original + Bright Whites Powder (4 kgs)
Carnation Hash Browns (20 pcs) – Php 199.75
S&R Moringa Calamansi Juice Powder with Real Malunggay Leaves (2 kgs) – Php 334.95 – We’ve been drinking this juice whenever we have colds. Even my three-year old likes it. I also made ice pops out of this juice and they were a hit among the kids.
Natura Almond Milk (Original) – Php 109.95
Whole Wheat Baguette (250 g) – Php 34.95
Walter Ube Bread – Php 49.95
Japanese Sweet Corn – Php 129.95
Bounty Fresh Eggs (one dozen) – Best eggs I’ve tasted! I love that its egg yolks are firm and brightly colored.
Century Tuna Flakes in Brine (4 cans) – Php 143.95
US Vanilla Marble Creme Ring Cake and US Double Choco Chip Creme Ring Cake (Buy 1 Take 1) – We got both cakes for only Php 299.95 – My favorite is the Choco Chip Cake
It’s good to shop at S&R when I want to buy by the bulk. But, it could get costly since we can’t buy everything that we usually need for our weekly supply. That’s why I assured my husband that we would only go there occasionally; when we want something that is exclusively sold at that store.
Some people think that it would be too expensive to serve and have healthy dishes for every meal. It’s actually more of an excuse when one is reluctant to munch on healthy bites and prefer to have fastfood. Been there, done that. After having aches and pains and too many health-related inconveniences, my husband and I have decided to be more intentional in our food choices – eating healthy as often as we can. You read that right; “as often as we can” and not “all the time”. I want us to have a healthy disposition as we commit to have a healthier diet. I don’t want us to feel repressed when we eat. That would only make us prone to binge or eat more unhealthy food.
It’s a good thing that we have more option when it comes to finding healthy eats. I am glad that even in the office, my husband has access to grab-and-go healthy meals that he can eat in a jiffy on a meeting-filled day. Miziz is his source of healthy, yummy, and not to mention, affordable sandwiches. My husband’s favorite is the Chicken Pesto with Cheese sandwich. One time, he brought one home for me and I was able to figure out why he liked it. It was made from flavorful grilled chicken and tasty pesto. I am not a fan of pesto but I was able to enjoy that sandwich up to the last bite.
The Hubs has shared bits and pieces of the story behind Miziz. I have learned that it was the brain-child of the wife of his colleague. I got curious and so on one of the family events in the office, I took the opportunity to sit down and talk to The Miziz. Here’s what I have found out:
Christine has a passion for cooking ever since she was single. She is a stay-at-home mom to three boys and wife to a man who has a distinctive palate.
She wanted to try her hand in making pan de sal for her family’s consumption. Over time, she kept on baking and tweaking her recipe until she finally got it perfect.
When she got confident with her pan de sal making skills, she tried to use that dough to make pizza. Her husband brought some to his office and it became a hit. Orders started to come in.
They went full blast with their little home-based biz in September 2015 and operated under the name Miziz. It became a family affair with her husband helping out with the preparations and their two helpers taking care of the packaging.
Aside from pizza, Miziz also offers cakes and sandwiches. They have experimented with different flavor combinations like the Pizza Burger Sandwich, BBQ Sandwich (best paired with coleslaw, according to Christine), Chicken Pesto Sandwich (their bestseller), Laing Pizza, All Veggies Pizza, and their Kawawa Pizza (sardines and veggies).
The Miziz Laing was from a recipe that was passed on to them by her husband’s Bicolana grandmother. When serving Laing, Christine buys young gabi leaves fresh from the market and cooks them over charcoal for two hours.
Miziz plans to participate in bazaars as soon as they have acquired a portable heater.
Miziz is currently accepting orders via their Facebook page. Their physical store will be opened soon. Watch out for their announcement!
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!
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
My son was less than two years old when we went on a family vacation in Japan. My husband and I pursued our dream of bringing our offspring to Disneyland to meet his all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse, in person. To prepare for our first-ever, out-of-the-country, family trip, I scoured the web for every possible tip, advice, and recommendation on how to make our experience pleasantly memorable and comfortable especially for our toddler. Our son is now three years old and my husband and I are planning on another family getaway overseas. It’s a good thing that I came to know about The Toddler Travels: Tips and Thoughts for Your Little One’s First Vacation Abroad when I had the opportunity to attend its formal book launch. Now I have a single reference for our future adventures!
I was actually late for The Toddler Travels book launch; no thanks to the horrendous Friday traffic! My son and I left two hours before the event and had a ride with my husband from Ayala EDSA to Fully Booked but I was still an hour late. And I was not the only one. Anyway, it’s a good thing that I was able to catch up with the on-going discussion. The author, Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, a fellow yaya- and maid-less mom (by choice) to a little one, dished out helpful tips on how to minimize stress and have fun with your young child while travelling abroad. She even shared a few personal experiences that will certainly dispel the fears and worries of families who are planning to embark on a journey with their young ones for the first time. Here are more travel-inspired stuff that I have learned from the self-published writer of The Toddler Travels:
For beginners, start with short-haul flights. You may want to go explore the Philippines first or go to countries that do not require a visa.
Singapore has a baby-friendly airport.
The author suggested Tokyo as a family destination since it has Disneyland, a zoo and all sorts of kid-friendly places.
You can never say that kids are too young to remember. The author shared that she was amazed that her own daughter remembers the places that they’ve been to and the things that they have seen.
With the current state of Manila traffic, you have to go four hours earlier to the airport to be relaxed and avoid the hassle. Genevieve added that it takes time to finish security check for baby stuff.
Don’t rush when travelling with your kids. They have their own pace.
To get the best out of your family vacation, travel for at least three full days.
I can’t wait to get my own copy of The Toddler Travels. It will definitely help me out in preparing for our next family vacay and enjoy our overseas family bonding all the more!
Check out this amazing family travel guidebook at Fully Booked, National Bookstore and Powerbooks. Visit their IG and FB accounts for more details:
Hooray for my first unboxing post! I will strive to do more of these and file them under the Unboxed category. I plan to cover gadgets, toys, and other stuff.
For my first Unboxed post, I present to you the MyPhone my28S Android Smartphone Kit! You may have already heard about this from the commercials. If you haven’t, know more about it here.
We got our own MyPhone my28S a couple of days ago. My husband got one in my favorite color, blue. This dual SIM smartphone is also available in black, yellow, red and white. It comes with SMART prepaid and Talk ‘N Text SIM cards. Check out the photo below to know what’s inside the box.
Get a glimpse of the phone features on the side of the box. Not bad for a smartphone that costs Php888, right?
The phone comes with a slim and light battery pack, which was not loaded on the my28S upon purchase. I had a hard time opening the back cover of the phone. When I was finally able to open it, the SIM cards were already inserted in the card slots.
The curvy my28S looks chunky when laid on a surface, but it’s not.
See? Not bulky at all! You could easily fit it into your pocket and will not take too much space on your purse.
Below are the transitions of what the screen looked like when we turned it on. This smartphone is pre-loaded with Android-based apps including iflix and Spinnr.
The unit that we got was working fine at the onset but after a few minutes, the screen got a bit scratchy and blurry. We tried switching it off and on again but it looked the same. We brought it to the nearest Smart Wireless Center – my husband was told upon purchase that he can have it replaced at any branch. It’s too bad that no blue my28S was available at the branch so we have to wait until the store restocks. They do not allow replacements of a different color. We have yet to get an advice from the store as to when we can get the new unit. We hope to have it soon.
Overall, the MyPhone my28S is a great smartphone for less than Php1,000. It has a provision for two SIM cards, though the phone is locked to SMART and TNT. It is Android-based which makes it very easy to use. It has a decent form factor and large screen which makes reading and texting very convenient. Also, having a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera will allow you to take clear photos. Go check it out now at a Smart Wireless Center near you!
UPDATE: I was able to get a replacement for the defective unit. The store gave me a black MyPhone my28, the earlier but better version of this smartphone, instead of a blue my28S. I got a bit upset because of their inconsistent policy on replacements. A staff from that branch told my husband previously that they can only release a replacement of the exact unit. We were not given a lead time as to when it will be available. After four days, I decided to walk in the store and follow up. Another staff told me that they can replace our defective blue my28S with a black my28 on that day. This was already in stock when my husband requested for a new unit four days ago! They could have given it to him on that day but they didn’t. Anyway, I took home the black my28 phone and thankfully, it worked fine. Though, we notice something odd; the phone’s memory or one of the SIM cards had contact numbers from people we don’t know. Weird! My husband just deleted those numbers and reset the phone.