Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mommy Discovery: Smart Steps Anti Mosquito Patches

I hate mosquitoes.  I hate getting bitten by those insects.  Aside from it being itchy and irritating, I don't like the thought that those bugs can be carriers of Dengue. Smart Steps, one of my trusted Baby Brands has a new product that I have discovered during the last SM Grand Baby Fair.  Introducing the Smart Steps Anti-Mosquito Patch.

One pack contains 12 anti-mosquito patches with really cute designs.  My kids, especially my daughter is a huge fan of Phineas and Ferb.  We bought one for her to use at school but my son ended up using it at home as well. 

The patch is deet-free, safe for babies and is waterproof.  It has citronella, geranoil and eucalyptus oil that drives those pesky insects away.  It’s quite easy to use because just like any sticker, you just have to peel it off from the pack and stick it on to your kids clothes.  What I love most about it is that it comes with a resealable bag. 

The Mosquito patch is great for travelling because it is space saving.  You can just stuff it in your bag’s side pocket or even tuck it in a folder.  If your kids are big Disney fans, you can choose from the Mickey Mouse Designs, Phineas and Ferb, Winnie the Pooh and the Disney Princess. 

The Smart Steps Anti Mosquito patch will be available in the market soon so watch out for it.   For now, the mosquito patch will be sold at their booth in the upcoming MCNP Grand EB and Expo on March 24 at the 500 Shaw Zentrum Events Pavillion. 

Visit Smart Steps Facebook Fan page here.
Get to know more about MCNP (Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays) here.

Monday, February 18, 2013

One Proud Momma

My daughter has been competing in the MTAP Math Challenge since she was in first grade.  MTAP (Math Teachers Association of the Philippines), together with the Department of Education and Metrobank Foundation holds a yearly Math challenge open to elementary and high school students.  It aims to not just improve the Mathematical skills of Filipinos but to also inculcate important Math concepts.   The first time I heard about it, I didn’t really quite know what to expect until I saw her review papers in grade 1.  I thought, “How can I teach my first grader how to add/subtract fractions?” Or the area and perimeter?

I am not much of a Math pro either but I found myself during my lunch breaks, solving all the problems and thinking of ways to explain the concepts to her in the simplest way possible.  We bought white board and markers and a couple of Math books.  I surfed the web endlessly for tips and tricks.  It's not easy.  It's like going through primary and secondary education again.  But everything paid off.  I've watched her struggle at first and now computation just seem so easy for her.  There are even days when she would challenge me until my poor brain can take it no more. 

After winning the Division level competition.
The team  - Marjana, Alyssa and Fisher with coach Mr. Bernardo

Last February 9 was the division level team competition and their team breezed through it.  They ended up in first place.   They represented the Division of Makati in the (Public) Sectoral Competition last Saturday, February 16.  Among all the public schools in NCR, their team came in 2nd.  And this coming Saturday, they will compete against the winners of the Private Sectors in NCR.  Regardless of what the outcome is, she is and will forever be our Math Champ. 

Oh yeah! I am one proud Momma!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am a SuperMomma

When I got hospitalized last year, my doctor told me to “pump and dump” because of the medicines that I took.  One very wise woman named Nanay Nona told me otherwise.  If you haven’t met or heard about Nanay Nona Andaya, she is the only non-doctor in the Philippines who passed the accreditation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).  She told me to NEVER dump my milk because it can be used for treating several problems.

Breastmilk is not only for feeding babies and toddlers.  They contain anti-bacterial and healing properties that is suitable for people of all ages.  So I saved the milk that I pumped.  Until one day when I saw my son scratching his arm like crazy.  When I checked, I saw red bumps in his arm that looked irritated.  I then remembered Nanay Nona.   I thought this is the perfect time to try how effective my milk is.

Top Right pic - how my son's arm look like on Day 1
Top Left Pic - Day 2 after I start applying milk
Bottom left pic - Day 3
Bottom Right - Day 4

Everyday in the next 4 days I did nothing but apply breastmilk on the infected area at least twice a day.  Each day I notice something different.  He is less irritated. The area started to lighten and eventually all the rashes disappeared.  

Now it's confirmed. I am a supermom and I have a super healing power! A-MAZING!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meet My Tiny Buds Baby Ambassador 2013

Culminating the Tiny Buds Baby Ambassador search was the Mommy Meet up and Awarding held earlier today at the Linden Suites in Ortigas.  

We first knew about Tiny Buds when we joined the Mommy Milkshake in 2011.  Because their products are free from harmful chemicals, we got hooked since then.  And when I found out that they were looking for Baby Ambassadors, I immediately thought that my son would be perfect!

Awarding and pictorials.  My son was so excited to have his pic taken with the penguin. 

 Earlier today, I had the chance to meet up with other moms who love Tiny Buds as much as we do.  I love hearing them share their experiences and realize that I can relate to most of them.  And we all agreed on one thing, when it comes to our babies, we just wouldn't settle for anything less.  

Took home  a LOT of goodies. 

Thank you Tiny Buds.

Get to know about their products here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tinybuds 
Website: http://www.imf-wellness.com/

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Toddler's Nook and Breastfeeding Station at the Bacolod-Silay Airport

I wrote about the Toddler’s nook at the IloiloCity Airport when we travelled to Bacolod via Iloilo last April.  I was pretty impressed that they had an area specifically for kids and nursing moms because most often if the flight gets delayed, then some kids get cranky.  We spent our New Year in Bacolod and guess what I found at the Bacolod-Silay Airport? They too have a Toddler’s play area and a Nursing station.

The sign beside Gates 1 and 2 of the Bacolod-Silay Airport

My son didn't mind that we were early for our flight.
The blinds can be closed if moms want to nurse their kids privately.
There's even a changing table outside the nursing area.
Big comfy couch for the nursing moms.

Kudos to the government for putting up Toddler's nook and Breastfeeding stations.  It's already hard to travel if you bring a lot of baggage with you, much more if you are traveling with kids.  And all nursing moms like me really really appreciate a private area where we could feed our babies, in my case, my toddler. 

I wonder if we have one of this in every domestic airport in the country? Do you know?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

SM Baby Company's Grand Baby Fair Year 3

If you have been following my blog, you will probably notice one thing – I love going to Bazaars and Baby Fairs.  It’s not like I have gazillions of cash to spend but I actually like checking out what I could buy at a fraction of a cost.  One Mega Sale that I look forward to is the Baby Company’s Grand Baby Fair. 

Because we don’t have a nanny, we ended up taking our son with us to Megamall.  We arrived at almost 12noon on a Friday and was pretty surprised that there were already a lot of shoppers – contrary to what I was expecting.

Expect a lot of discounts from the exhibitors.  Playtex for one is selling sippy cups for 150php.  I would have bought one if my son don't have too much of these at home.  Avent is selling their standard bottle for only 300php and wide neck bottles for 600php (9oz) and 550php (4 oz).  Great prices if you ask me considering that they produce quality products.

It's a Candyland Theme.  Love the play of colors. 
Happy with his "Boobrush" from Sansflou

There's more.  If you purchase at least 3000php, you get a SWAG BAG with lots of Freebies inside.  Not all Swag bags contain the same items but anyone can be pretty happy with all these free goodies. 

Source: Baby Company

We went home that day with items that we came there for.  The items that we bought didn't qualify us to get the Swag Bag but I am sooo glad (so is my hubby) that we stayed within our budget this time.  Here's what we took home:

 Replacement Valves for my son’s sippy cup – bought it for 95php. Regular price was around 200php

Elle mini skirt for my daughter – bought it for 300php

Smart Steps Bottle Cleanser – A pack contains a 400ml cleanser with dispenser and two 250ml refill and a free bottle for only 262php.  When you buy 500php worth of Smart Steps products you get a Baby Bottle Keeper.  We don’t have a lot of bottles at home but I figure we could use the container to store other baby items like toys.

Smart Steps Disney Mosquito Patch – only 95php for 2 packs of 12 patches.  My daughter is crazy about Phineas and Ferb so we bought one for her.

Sansflou Toothbrush – 95php.  Their toothbrush is just adorable

Tiny Buds Scratch off – 143php.  Great for mosquito and insect bites.

Safety 1st Grooming Kit – FREE. Won this at the Grand Baby Fair. Yay!!

Don’t miss the last day of the Grand Baby Fair tomorrow at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Halls 2 and 3.  If you are an expectant mom, a new mom or a mom who’s in the look out for discounts (like me), head to SM Megamall later today.