2011

New Odesk Contract

Despite all the open contracts that my Odesk profile shows, it always make me happy to receive interview invitations at Odesk. I always try to answer each and every invitation as customized as possible depending on the clients needs and requirements. Yesterday, I got another two interviews, upon checking, one was a fixed-price project wherein I am being inviting along with 10 more contractors, while the hourly project, I am the only one who got invited. I answered both, and was happy to share that the I got the hourly project, just 20 minutes after sending my reply. Now I have to start working on it, since I asked her for few hours of sleep before I start working on it and have to get some more clarifications on her instructions. I am happy to get new contracts from time to time, hourly or fized, it doesn't matter. it is additional work, additional client, additional client turned to friend, and additional funds for me as well.

Happy for the new contract! And more to have soon! Thanks Lord for these blessings.

A Call for Breastfeeding Moms - Breastfeeding to the Rescue!

Typhoon Sendong hit the southern Philippines particularly Iligan City anc Cagayan de Oro City. Thousands of people have lost their homes, their things, and people have died. Most survivors are staying in evacuation centers.

Foods and things are already being donated by a lot of people, foundations, charities, and businesses, but these are mostly focused on adults and older kids. There are also babies in these evacuation centers. How can these babies eat? What if they lost their moms? What if they can't breastfeed? Or get milk from anywhere? They can not eat canned foods and other foods.

What role can we as a breastfeeding mom can do? Or even those who are not breastfeeding? We can help them by donating any of the following:

1. feeding cups
2. manual pumps to express milk from moms who are willing to donate in evacuation centers
3. storage bags for the collected milks
4. breastmilk

 Dra Jessa Sareno together with The Medela House are accepting donations. They have already sent out several items, but these are not enough as there is an entire shelter of orphaned babies who needs help. The Medela House will be accepting donations again after the holidays, collection will be open starting on December 27, you can contact them at 725-3723 or 738-6272 for more details on how to donate.

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Other places in Metro Manila You can donate breastmilk (information from Daphne Osena-Paez's twitter feed)

  • Breastmilk Bank – 17 Green Grove Villa, Lantana Rd., Barangay Mariana, New Manila, QC (office of Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina, Inc)
  • In Manila, drop off for breastmilk UP-PGH Human Milk Bank, 4th Floor, Left Central Block (LCB) c/o Tina or Grace or the NICU Fellow.

Hump Day $50 Giveaway - 12/22






Hump Day $50 Giveaway
Today's event is for adding Google Pages to your Google+ Circles once again (yay!).

This is brought to you by the 20 wonderful blogs listed below.

Feel free to visit them once you're done entering the giveaway.

If you'd like to join as a sponsor in the following weeks, please send an email to humpday50(at)mytotsexactly(dot)com

My Tots Exactly | Teach Me 2 Save | DeDa Studio | The Coffee Chic | My bric-a-brac | One Proud Momma | Hearts Content of a Mama | Love Home Grow Garden | The Jolly Toes | Memory Lane - Eternity and Beyond | Tinkerputt's Turf | Blog Contests & Giveaways | Life's Cheap Thrills | Pinay Mom in Germany | Money Saving Mindy | Get Lost in Dubai | Shop.Crazy.Me | Mommy Kat | Fabulicious Diva | Travel Unravels | The Blogger Hub | My Tummy Calls

For Google pages, you would need to log in to your Google+ account and add the page to your Circles. Just hit the "Add to Circles" on the top right and choose a category. We sure will appreciate if you hit that +1 button on the left too. :)

A note: You can only join this on one blog/page. There will be a maximum of 25 entries ONLY. If you have more than 25, I reserve the right to delete duplicate or fraudulent entries. May I request that you use only one name and email address for quicker validation of entries.

On the first mandatory entry, please write TINKERPUTT'S TURF referred you. You must complete the first 2 tasks before the others are enabled..

Thank you very much and good luck. By joining this giveaway, you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the bottom of the form.

Contest is open all-day Wednesday, from December 21st, 12:01am EST to December 21st,11:59pm EST (December 21st, 1:01pm Philippine time to December 22nd, 12:59pm Philippine time).

Good luck, Happy Hump Day and Happy Holidays! a Rafflecopter giveaway

BC Bloggers: The blogger's support world

I have been blogging for the past years. I was not part of any link exchange sites or blogs. But recently, I came across BC Bloggers.

BC_BLOGGERS


What is BC Bloggers?

It is a support group for all bloggers out there. It is a link exchange project hosted by Mommy Diary.  Gone are the days that bloggers have to beg other bloggers for link exchange.

But this does not mean, that one should depend entirely on BC Bloggers. BC Blogger is only there as a support group, a blogger should still find the time and effort to reach out to other bloggers by posting interesting comments to their blogs.

I am expecting that BC Bloggers will not going to be just a link exchange group, I think it is also a medium to learn from the posts of the other bloggers, to meet and interact with other bloggers and  a way to make new friends. I am joining BC Bloggers for all these reasons!

If you also want to join, send your name and email through the form found at Mommy Diary.

Hump Day $50 Giveaway - 12/14




Hump Day $50 Giveaway

It's time for Hump Day $50 Giveaway and today's event is for adding Google Pages to your Google+ Circles. Once again, this is brought to you by the 25 wonderful blogs listed below. Feel free to visit them once you're done entering the giveaway.

If you'd like to join as a sponsor in the following weeks, please send an email to humpday50(at)mytotsexactly(dot)com

My Tots Exactly | Coupon Queen of Texas | Pinay Mommy Online | Kerstin's Closet | My bric-a-brac | One Proud Momma | Life's Cheap Thrills | Proud Mommy of Three | Pink Memoirs | Hands Full of Life | These and Those | Experience of a Super Mommy | Wonderful Things in Life | MomGen's Corner | Full Price NEVER! | Nshima Servings | The Traveler's Journey | Vintage Clothing | Teach Me 2 Save | LEVYousa | DeDa Studios | The Food, The Place and The Bad Trips! | The Coffee Chic | Tinkerputt's Turf | Mommy Kat

For Google pages, you would need to log in to your Google+ account and add the page to your Circles. Just hit the "Add to Circles" on the top right and choose a category. We sure will appreciate if you hit that +1 button on the left too. :)

A note: You can only join this on one blog/page. There will be a maximum of 27 entries ONLY. If you have more than 27, I reserve the right to delete duplicate or fraudulent entries. May I request that you use only one name and email address for quicker validation of entries.

On the first mandatory entry, please write TINKERPUTT'S TURF referred you. You must complete the first 2 tasks before the others are enabled..

Thank you very much and good luck. By joining this giveaway, you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the bottom of the form.

Contest is open all-day Wednesday, from December 14th, 12:01am EST to December 14th,11:59pm EST (December 14th, 1:01pm Philippine time to December 15th, 12:59pm Philippine time). Good luck and Happy Hump Day! a Rafflecopter giveaway

My Breastfeeding Journey

"Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (December). For this month, we want to honor breastfeeding for having enriched our lives and blessed us, maybe even empowered us, in a way that only breastfeeding can. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants."

When I got pregnant, the idea of breastfeeding was far from my mind. What with relatives who was not able to breastfeed for so long, the longest was I think was only 1 week. So, in my mind, I maybe like them, I can not breastfeed, I don't have enough milk, my baby would be formula-fed from day one. With that, while I was pregnant, I bought a sterilizer, lots and lots of feeding bottles, teats and everything that I would be needing that a formula-fed baby would need. I didn't bother attending any breastfeeding class at all. I packed little bottles in my maternity bag to be brought at the hospital when I give birth.

At the hospital, I was told that I need to breastfeed my baby. As a first time mom and not armed with breastfeeding know-hows. I really didn't know what to do. Good thing, the nurse gave me clear instructions on what to do, and around 20 minutes later, my baby's pediatrician arrived. She then gave me more instructions on how I would breastfeed Jabe. Jabe was then transferred to my room. For the first day and middle of the second day, he was crying, and I know he's hungry even if I was told that the baby can live without anything given to him for the first 36 hours, I think. It even came to a point that I was already on the verge of crying, since as much as I try to latch him, he cries and is not getting milk as I don't see any milk coming out. We even asked the NICU if they could call the doctor to give us anything, formula or water, just so Jabe can have something. But, Jabe's pediatrician, being a breastfeeding advocate said No to our requests. She insisted that I try and try, and soon milk will flow.

Second day, during her rounds, she arrived while Jabe was latching. Told me I am getting the hang of it, as the position we were at, is a very comfortable one. I told her to just give us formula since I think there isn't any breastmilk. But to my surprise, when she pinched my other breast, there was milk, or the colostrum as she called it. She told me that Jabe is already getting the colostrum which is really important. I was so happy at that time. I can breastfeed! And I prayed and hoped that I would be able to do it for a long time.

Jabe has to be transferred back to NICU on his 3rd day of life due to neonatal jaundice. His pediatrician told me that a double phototherapy would be given and what I need to do, to speed up his recovery is to breastfeed continuously. It was hard going to and from my room to NICU everytime I breastfeed him.The sleepless night, the no rest-day, the late breakfast, lunch or dinner, and even being under the very hot phototherapy light while breastfeeding does not matter at all, I didn't even felt tired, because in my mind, I need to breastfeed Jabe, he needs my breastmilk. We have seen an improvement within 24 hours, thanks for the breastmilk, that everytime he breastfeed, he poops which signals that he is excreting the excess bilirubin that causes jaundice. Within 48 hours, he was already cleared to go home.

From then on, I told myself that I will breastfeed Jabe for as long as possible. He has been healthy ever since. He hasn't had high fever, even after his monthly vaccinations. He hadn't been sick at all except for slight colds and coughs due to the weather. His weight gain is normal. His development is really fast as compared to other kids. He is very smart.

One factor that had also helped me go-through breastfeeding, is because I have a very supportive husband. He had been attending breastfeeding classes with me and Jabe. There was even times that he is the one who remembers most of the discussions instead of me. Sometimes he even discussed the things he learned through the classes to his officemates who are new moms like me. He is very proud that Jabe is a breastfeed baby, and I am a breastfeeding mom. He proudly shares it to his officemates, our friends and relatives.


Breastfeeding had also made me realize that there is life outside my work. I sometimes think that God gave me the gift of breastfeeding, so I can have more bonding time with Jabe.  I used to be too workaholic, working almost 24 hours per day, not giving attention to anything or anyone if I am working, I am too focused in my work that I don't like to be disturbed at all. But with breastfeeding, it changed the way I balance work and my personal life. Now, I can let go of some projects and stop working the minute Jabe needs to breastfeed.

It's almost seven months, and I am still breastfeeding. A first in our family.

Breastfeeding, indeed, is one of the perfect gifts and blessings that has been given to us, and I plan to continue breastfeeding for as long as

I hope that moms and moms-to-be would also try to breastfeed and not give up on breastfeeding.

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Take the time to check out posts of other breastfeeding moms who have participated in this month's carnival:

Shaps- Beyond Being Thin
Gretchen - Breastfeeding Gifts for Christmas
Carol - The Gift of Miracle
Jenny O.- The Gifts of Breastfeeding
Anne - The Gift of Breastfeeding
Nats - We Wish You Merry Nursing
Jenny R. - If the Magi Were Queens
Em - The "Breast" Gift
Isis- Got Milk?
Armi - Breastfeeding Gifts
Liv - My Breastfeeding Journey
Laya - Time in a Drop of Milk
Mec - The Gift of a Changed Man

Facebook Hibernation

I have decided to hibernate from Facebook for a couple more days. I have not visited my account since Saturday, and I'm doing pretty good avoiding it. Why hibernate? Well, not because I am bored with it. Facebook keeps me sane since I get to interact with family and friends who I seldom see. It keeps me sane because being at home most of time can sometimes makes you crazy :)

I decided to hibernate from it to make up for the lost time. Aside from, I want to spend as much time as possible with Jabe, playing with him, talking to him even if he doesn't talk yet, there are still a lot of things needed to be done. I need  focus on working on tons and tons of pending work. I do have a lot of work for different clients that needs to be done and it kept on piling, so have to do lots of it, so as it won't pile up anymore since new tasks are always added everyday. And there's also, the laundry piling up, clothes to be ironed, house to be cleaned. And I have to put up the Christmas tree sometime this week, I hope!!

Facebook, I will be back! Soon!

The #oDesk Daily Top stories for 12/06


I don't usually open my twitter account. I open it only if I want to check if there are contests/games that are being done through twitter. But last 06 December, when I opened my twitter account and see if there are any Direct Messages or Mentions for me, I came across this twitter mention:

" Alex

The Daily is out! ▸ Top stories today via "




I immediately visited the site , The #oDesk Daily , to see why I am one of the top stories. To my surprise, I saw my blog post about my work which was entitled Odesk Milestone: 10,000 Working Hours,it was placed just under the headline. It felt great to see my post being highlighted to the online newspaper of oDesk.

The post was intended not to boast about the working hours, but it was intended to be a proof that  oDesk and working-at-home really works. Just like in any other work, you need to prove yourself and your work to everyone in order to succeed. Patience also played a key role for me, because without patience I might have given up on the online freelancing world.

Need my services? See my oDesk profile now and hire me!

Interested to earn and work at home? Join Odesk now!

Need help on how to start? Or want to be part of my team? Just drop me a line. :)






Warehouse Sale Itinerary

This Saturday, 10 December, we are scheduled to buy Christmas Gifts and do our Christmas Shopping for ourselves as well. We will be going to the different Warehouse Sales.

First stop would be the Richwell Club’s Christmas “Kids Craze” Warehouse Sale  at 34 Scout Torillo cor. Scout Limbaga, Quezon City. I'll be buying mostly toys and some baby things for Jabe. Last year, they have the Safety 1st Secure Top Bed Rail, I hope they still have this on sale today, if they do, I'll buy it in an instant. Jabe had been rolling and rolling on the bed, asleep or not.

Next stop would be the Folded and Hung Warehouse Sale  at 63 Scout Eugenio Lopez corner Sgt Esquerra Sts, South Triangle, Quezon City, very near ABS CBN Compound. This one is for me. I hope! I hope I'll be able to buy some new clothes for me this time.

If time permits, we will also be stopping by Mossimo Warehouse Sale and Wade Shoes Warehouse Sale.

I know that Christmas shopping won't be finished today. I still have a lot on my list. 14 more days to finish everything. So malls, bazaars and warehouse sales, we'll see each other in the coming days!

REPOST: The Right To Breastfeed: An Open Letter to the SM Supermalls Management

I am reposting this blog post made by Ms Eliza Santiago of The Painters Wife

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The Right To Breastfeed: An Open Letter to the SM Supermalls Management

Let me break the happy-happy-joy-joy tone of my blog for one post. Below is a letter I am addressing to the management of SM Supermalls, following some very disturbing reports of breastfeeding mothers being harassed by the mall’s security guards.

Background: Paola Loot, head mommy of Mommy Treats, received a report from one of her clients, Mona Lisa Valle, that she was told to stop breastfeeding in public last December 3, 2011. Mona was sitting at the tables of a doughnut shop, waiting for her husband, and needed to breastfeed her baby. No stranger to breastfeeding in public, she did so without much thought.

As she was nursing, a security guard approached her and said, “Ma’am meron po tayong breastfeeding station. Doon po kayo magbreastfeed.” (Ma’m there is a breastfeeding station, please breastfeed there) To which she replied, “Alam kong may breastfeeding station. pero sa kabilang building pa yun. May hinihintay kasi kami. May problema ba?” (I know there is a breastfeeding station but it’s at the other building. We’re just waiting for someone. Is there a problem?)

Here’s the disturbing reply of the guard:
“Bawal po kasi magbreastfeed in public ma’am kaya nga may mga itinayong breastfeeding station ang SM para doon magbreastfeed.” (It is forbidden to breastfeed in public, ma’m, that is why SM put up a breastfeeding station so you can breastfeed there)

This was done in full view of everyone in the vicinity and it became a spectacle. In Mona’s words, “all people were staring at me as if I was a shoplifter or a criminal…he made me feel I did something terribly wrong”.

So here is my letter.

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To the Management of SM Supermalls:

I have long been a fan of your establishments. Not only is a trip to an SM mall a convenient shopping experience where everything is under one roof, I also like that the bathrooms are child-friendly, equipped with changing stations, and that there are ramps everywhere for strollers. I also like that you promoted breastfeeding by establishing breastfeeding stations that not only serve their purpose, but also stand as a symbol that mothers and their nurslings are welcome in SM.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Paola Loot, Noemi Dado, Nona Andaya-Castillo and myself visited the administration office of SM Megamall to report an incident of a mother being asked to cease breastfeeding in public by your security staff. She was told that breastfeeding in public was NOT ALLOWED in SM Malls and the purpose of the breastfeeding station was so that she can and should breastfeed there. We left our contact information with the people who entertained us. I told them that I will wait for their reply. The people we spoke to had no clue about any existing briefing, policy or guidelines about breastfeeding mothers. They were also clueless about the existence of the Expanded Breastfeeding Act, the law promoting and protecting the rights of breastfeeding mothers.

At first I thought that it could’ve been an isolated incident, the mistake of one guard ignorant of how to approach a nursing mother or of the SM breastfeeding stand. But then we received two more reports of similar incidents: one in SM San Pablo and one in SM Davao. Both reports were the same as the one we received recently. Both mothers were told that breastfeeding in public WAS NOT ALLOWED in SM Malls and they SHOULD use the breastfeeding station.

What I really want to know are:
  1. What is SM Supermalls’ stand and policy on breastfeeding in public?
  2. How are your security staff briefed on how to approach breastfeeding mothers?
  3. Is there a written policy in your security handbook saying that breastfeeding mothers should be asked to STOP BREASTFEEDING in public?
I personally am disappointed, angered, and insulted by the reported incidents. As a breastfeeding mother, counselor and advocate, I know that it is hard enough for mothers to successfully breastfeed in the comforts of our own homes. Being harassed for breastfeeding in public, which takes courage for a lot of mothers out there, is something that is not helping the cause, and is something that is actually a hindrance to a mother’s right to give her child the best nourishment she can give.

I am waiting for the management’s response on the serious matter above, and I am hoping we can work on ways to reorient your staff and your security. I’m hoping this can be resolved and I still have faith that SM will listen and take steps to correct and educate their people. I am banking on all the awards and commendations your establishments have received for the SM Breastfeeding Program  to do so.

Sincerely,
Eliza Santiago-Ypon
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My stand:
  1. It is every woman’s right to breastfeed her child anywhere and anytime.
  2. Whether she bares her breast or uses a cover is HER CHOICE.
  3. No one has the right to tell a breastfeeding mother to go elsewhere to breastfeed or to cover herself because she is being offensive.
I still believe SM will listen. Their efforts to make their establishments family-friendly are commendable so far. I’m hoping they will not let us down, and that they will live up to the awards and commendations they’ve received from the Anvil Awards, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Department of Health for the SM Breastfeeding Program.
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SP Meet & Greet: Words Are More Powerful Than Facts

"Words Are More Powerful Than Facts"

That is just one of the phrases that caught my attention during the SP Meet & Greet last November 29, 2011 at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

The SP or Smart Parenting Meet & Greet is an event of Smart Parenting Magazine for readers and bloggers to meet their editorial stuff.

I, together with my sister and my son, were lucky enough to be one of the first registrants at the event and got invited to attend.
 
all dressed-up Jabe

The event started with a luncheon that was served, of course, by Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. Food by Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is , as always, delicious and mouth-watering. (sad I was not able to take photo of the buffet table).

After enjoying the food, there was a talk on "How to Raise Successful and Happier Kids with the Power of your Words" which was conducted by Ms Aileen Santos, a Relationship Coach. As with the phrase I have used in my title and in the opening of this post, "Words are more powerful than facts". Any word that you use to your child or to anyone else for that matter greatly affects the person regardless of whether the words uttered were true or not. Words has such a great impact most especially to the kids, she stresses the value of words and labels that we, as parents, put on our kids. Labels such as "The Pretty One", "The Smart One", "Mana sa Nanay", "Makulit", and many more. These labels or words are stored in the kids subconscious mind, and they carry it until they grow up, they get accustommed to these labels and makes them who they are and not what they are born to be. No one is innocent of putting a label, I, for one, am guilty of such as I sometimes call Jabe as "Angel", "My angel", "kolokoy", "good boy", and other labels there is. But I guess it's not too late. I'll try my best not call Jabe or any other kid or person by label.

After the talk, the SP Editorial Staff  distributed themselves to all the readers. There were discussions about the magazine, the content, the cover, and other suggestions that we, readers, might want to see in the coming issues of the magazine. At first, I thought that 45 minutes is too long for that, but if as always, if the discussion is lively time flies so fast. It ended without us noticing that the time has already elapsed and everyone felt that the time was too short.

Right after that, there was a raffle.

raffle prizes
 And my name was picked and I won a Baby Care Bath and Lotion, yey for Jabe!

Baby Care Bath & Lotion
Other freebies and loots that were given:

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Data and Information

Sangobion
Hapee Toothpaste
Smart Parenting Lootbag: Smart Steps Detergent, Oilatum Soap, Smart Parenting Magazine
We were registered as a reader, but we were able to get a bloggers kit, we just registered again with out details and our blog URL:

Bloggers Kit: Smart Parenting magazine, press releases (hard & soft copy in DVD), Yummy Menu, Smart Parenting 150+ Fun & Creative Activties for Kids
 And of course, a photo with the Smart Parenting staff

Hopefully, we will still be able to attend the next SP Meet & Greet.

Thank you Smart Parenting for the wonderful event! More power!

Not Again!

Looking back at my posts for the past weeks, there never was a week that I am too lazy to compose a blog post. And here I am again, lazy and can't write a proper blog post.
So I decided I'll just post a photo of smiling Jabe


Odesk Milestone: 10,000 Working Hours

I have been working through Odesk since 2008 (registered at 2007, became inactive, decided to be active April of 2008).

Three years and seven months, with several clients, several tasks and project, I have reached one of my milestones, that is being able to accumulate a record of 10,000 personal working hours. These 10,000 hours, does not include all the fixed price projects as well as the projects that I have posted offline hours as per clients instructions,. The 10,000 hours are just the hours tracked by the Odesk tracker.

I started only as a data entry person or encoder which eventually opened doors for me as a Virtual Assistant, Researcher, Website Manager, Staff Manager, Article Writer, SEO Professional and a whole lot more. And I owe it all to Odesk and to my clients (past and present) for the trust and the trainings that they have given me so I can learn new skills and expand my career online.



I am so grateful to Odesk and to all my clients for all the work I have got and continuously get. I am so happy to be a part of Odesk for the past years and I plan to stay at Odesk for as long as I could.

Next target, 12,000 personal working hours on December 2012.

Interested to earn and work at home? Join Odesk now!


Help a child become an “e.Studyante” with P&G promo packs




School children in the Philippines face many challenges; sometimes, even the simple walk to school in the morning can be an arduous journey.  Students cross rivers, traverse mountain peaks, even go through battlegrounds just to go to school. And when they arrive, they are faced with meager resources – overcrowded classrooms, the lack of books and school supplies – which all make for an uninspiring learning environment.

That is why starting on its 76th year, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines is setting out to make these students’ journey more worthwhile. Taking its commitment to education to the next level, P&G will provide technology and connectivity to Filipino students nationwide with its e.Studyante program.

Along with partner Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart)  and Synergeia Foundation, the e.Studyante program will provide kids from selected schools with an XO Laptop from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association. The XO laptop is a rugged, low-power, connected laptop especially designed to make learning more engaging and more fun for students.

Students can use their laptops not just to learn but to share and connect with each other, with their communities and with the world - helping them all become an “e.Studyante.”

The goal is simple:  Give out 1,000,000 laptops in time for P&G’s 100th year.  And you can help.

“For children all over the country, the challenge of education begins even before they step into the classroom. Some have to wake up at the crack of dawn and walk miles through unpaved roads, through woods and rivers, just to get to school. We are doing this for these students. We want to make this journey worthwhile for them by giving them the tool that will place the world’s knowledge at their fingertips – through a laptop and internet connectivity,” said Chad Sotelo, e.Studyante Country Marketing Manager.   

“But it’s not something we can do alone,” Sotelo added.  “To help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 students, we would like to invite moms all over the country to support the e.Studyante program by buying P&G promo packs.”

Through the “e.Studyante” program, you can help give a child a laptop by buying specially marked P&G promo packs available nationwide. You not only save up to 40%[1] on your favorite P&G products but you also help provide a child with a world of educational materials and fun activities that will inspire them to learn and achieve even more. 

Participating brands include Safeguard, Tide, Pampers, Downy, Ariel, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Joy, Rejoice, Whisper, Olay, Gillette, Vicks and Ambi-Pur.

Helping those in need has never been easier. You can help make each child’s journey to school more worthwhile. Support the e.Studyante program and help gift each student with a brighter future! Isang laptop, mas malawak na kaalaman, mas magandang bukas.


[1] Maximum savings based on SRP of 2 pcs. Safeguard 60g + 1 pc. Safeguard Hand Sanitizer 59 mL bundle pack vs. SRPs of all items in pack.


* Pinay Mommies Community supports the 
P&G e.Studyante Program * 

 

Jabe @ 6 months: Share Your Blessings

My favorite quote of all time has always been:

"Share Your Blessings"

Jabe turned six months last November 30. Like the past 5 months, we bought him a cake and celebrated his 6th month birthday with the family.

Happy 6th month birthday JABE!
JABE and his cake
Jabe with Tatay & Nanay
 What makes it different this time around is that instead of eating out or ordering food to be delivered and enjoying it with the family, we decided to have the soft of opening of Jabentong Lugaw Atbp. With the soft opening, we gave out spaghetti & drinks to kids in the area as part of Jabe's celebration.
Signage infront
We were supposed to start giving out food at 4pm, but an hour or less before 4pm, there was already a line building up in front of the store. So my mom called us to go there already as they can't give out the food without Jabe. I had to wake Jabe up on the way to Jabentong Lugaw Atbp so he can see the line of kids waiting for him or well, the food.

Here is Jabe who just woke up at the counter of Jabentong
Jabe waiting
Serving the food to the kids:
Spaghetti & drinks for the kids
Line of kids waiting for their turn:



We only planned to give out 100 servings of spaghetti and drinks, but the line of kids was too long that in a matter of 30 minutes, we already run out of cups which means we have already given the 100 servings. Good thing we prepared a lot of spaghetti & drinks, we had to buy another set of cups at the nearby convenience store to accommodate the other kids still waiting for their turn. Line is still building up, well, some kids decided to go back in line with the hope that they can get another serving :) We also gave out candies to the kids. Food run out and, I think, we were able to give out 200 or more servings. We had to prepare another batch but had to tell the kids (since most have already got one serving) that there is no more food. Even so, the kids still fall in line. Just to break the line and to convince them that there will be no more food to be given out (well, not at that time!), my husband threw a lot of coins for the kids to collect. The line broke out and some of the kids already went home after getting some coins. But there are around 10 kids who stand by.


For the second batch of food, it can only be served to less than 50 people, we decided to eat some of it already. The whole family and the staff had merienda of, of course, spaghetti! :)

We placed the remaining spaghetti in small plastic cups, and just gave those to kids who pass by the store.

It was really a great feeling being able to make kids happy in our own little way. The kids didn't mind that they have to fall in line and wait for their turn. What matters to them is that they can get one and eat!

And the Happy Jabe for the great turn out for his 6th month birthday celebration:

I know that at his age, he still doesn't understand what really is going on, what is the purpose of celebrating his monthly birthday leading to his first year, what is the purpose of giving out foods, what is the meaning of "share your blessings". But in time, he'll be able to understand all of it. And I hope that like us, (his tatay, me, his grandparents, titos & titas, & cousins), Jabe would also have it in his mind and his heart to help and share the blessings coming his way to people in need in his own little way without expecting anything in return. It need not be a lavish one, a simple one that comes from the bottom of his heart and with all sincerity and love.

Because of this, I plan to have another one by the end of December, it would be a quadruple celebration. My birthday (which is on the 18th), Christmas day, Jabe's 7th month and New Year. This time I hope that we would be able to serve food not only to the kids but as well to the adults. And I also hope to give out school supplies or simple gifts to the kids, while for the adults maybe a little of everything (canned goods, rice, etc). But for now, I am sticking with the food idea until I come up with the funds for the gifts.


Extra note: A simple plugging as well, if you, my dear friend & reader, would also love to give something or donate something so I can make this quadruple celebration come true, please do contact me. Thanks!




Medela Moms - Breastfeeding Club Christmas Party

The Christmas Party for Breastfed Kids was held in the afternoon of 26 November 2011 at the Medela House.

Infants below 18 months were asked to wear a Christmas costume. Ayie was not able to find a Christmas costume that would fit Jabe. So he just bought a red outfit (top and pants) and also a Santa hat for Jabe.

our little Santa
Nanay & Tatay with out little Santa
 Venue - party venue was the Medela House. Same venue where the breastfeeding class was held. The setup was good, there was an empty space at the front for the entertainment for kids. Chairs were scattered in the area. Though we were a little cramped, it was a good thing that there were no tables, just chairs. Because you get to mingle with other moms and their babies, even with dads who were present.

Entertainment - I forgot the name of the group who told stories, sang songs to the children. Jabe was asleep for the first part, but when he woke up, we joined the other moms and kids who are sitting on the floor listening to the stories as well as participating on it. Jabe enjoyed the fish story only. Then he got bored so we had to go back to our place at the back so that he will not disrupt or annoy the other kids who were listening and enjoying the stories.

There were lots of games and prizes. they gave out toys and snacks, and also one week supply of Mommy Treats for moms who were breastfeeding during the program.

The loot bag contains items specifically for kids. So Jabe had to give his loot bag to his cousins :)

Food - food was pansit and dessert from Mommy Treats.

Best in Costume - the daughter of a mom friend won the Best in Costume. Nadine was wearing a shirt that says "Mommy and Daddy's Christmas Present!" and she was also wearing a reindeers horns. She was really cute. Totally deserves to win, the prize was a baby sling.
best in costume contest participants and the winner is Nadine
  Jabe won as runner-up together with 3 more kids. Our prize is one-week supply of Mommy Treats.
runner ups in Best Costume - Santa babies with Mommy Paola of Mommy Treats
party goers!

A party for kids and kids-at-heart! 
A party no matter how simple or extravagant 
becomes a great one if you are in the company of great people! 
and members of The Breastfeeding Club are indeed some of the great ones I have met!
Good job Medela Moms!
More power to you, Happy Holidays!









Medela Moms Breastfeeding Class

Last Saturday, 26 November, I, together with my husband Ayie and my son jabe attended our first breastfeeding class under The Breastfeeding Club of Medela Moms. (related post Medela Moms Breastfeeding Class & Christmas Party)

The class is scheduled at 9:00am. We left the house before 8:30 since there is no traffic from our place to the Medela House and we are already familiar with the Gilmore area. The Medela House was easy to find because it really is beside 8 Gilmore Place. The guard has welcomed us, just asked if we are registered for the seminar, and he let us park inside. At the registration area, I just gave my name and paid the membership fee ( I think, and it was discounted that day. yey for me!). While at the registration area, Mommy Maricel asked who I am, and when I told her my name, she said "I have something for you", I was so surprised because it was the first time that I have met her and she already have something, a gift, for me. She gave a me a Medela Calendar, and told me it was a thank you gift for my blog post (Medela Moms Breastfeeding Class & Christmas Party). Wow! It's another 'yey' moment for me! :) I didn't even thought that she'll be able to read my short post and appreciate it. 
Medela calendar
She then gave us a tour of the house. There was a room where different items are displayed, Medela pumps, feeding bottles, etc., the activity area where the breastfeeding class is held, and my favorite part was the room that contains several maternity and nursing wears, there were also yaya clothes, baby toys, diaper bags, cloth diapers, shoes. I was itching to rummage through the clothes that I only see online and buy, but had to remind myself and resist the temptation that it was not my shopping day. Maybe next time I'll be able to buy some of those.

Prolacta gave out samples to all the attendees. The manager also discussed the benefits of malunggay.
fromPro-Lacta

The class didn't start on time since only a few moms where there early so we had to wait a few more minutes.Snacks were also given in the middle of the class, snack was courtesy of Mommy Treats

Breastfeeding Class by Ms Abbie Yabot

Ms Abbie & Mommy Maricel
I have already heard and read a lot about Ms Abbie Yabot from different breastfeeding and mommy groups. So my expectations were really high on how much I would learn from the class. There were only a few moms who attended the class, I think less than 15. But it was a good number of attendees for me, because everyone is attentive and everyone is interested with the topic. 

Breastfeeding a Toddler -- some of the good reasons to breastfeed a toddler: it is convenient, it is an instant tantrum tamer, allergy prevention, for nutrition, speach development, fighting dehydration, weight loss for mom, it is mother earth friendly.

Extended breastfeeding --  benefits for the child are: easy to appease, higher iq & eq, continued protection against illnesses, emotional bonding with mom, higher protection from risks of family diseases and easier potty training. For mom, emotional bond with child, higher protection from female diseases, more slee, more convenient. And for dadm continuous savings, more sleep. After hearing all these benfits as well as knowing that most moms were able to breastfeed until 4 or 5 years, I think I am more convinced that I want to be able to do that. My first goal was only to be able to breastfeed for a year, but now I want more years :)
Weaning --it is said that weaning may be initiated by the child or the mom. Both should be ready emotionally for weaning to be successful.

Attachment parenting -- involves breastfeeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping. Well, I have been breastfeeding Jabe for 6 months now. We co-sleep even though I am home 24/7, I still want him to sleep beside me and my husband. As for baby wearing, I have not tried it yet, a little reluctant on trying or actually doing it. But as they say, it would really be advantageous as I will be able to work with my two hands while I am 'wearing' jabe, no need to put him down.

First foods -- I learned that babies should be introduced to solid foods around 6 months, because it was the window age wherein the baby is really interested to have a taste of different foods. If not, the next window age that the baby would be interested in, if I remember it correctly, is around 2 years. 

Cup Feeding -- To avoid nipple confusion while breastfeeding, cup feeding is one of the options.

Relactation -- as said, relaction is the same as breastfeeding, if there is no strong support from your husband, your family, or the people that matters to you, it would be hard. 

Playgroups -- playgroups is recommended for babies to improve their social skills and also additional bonding time for mom and baby. Some benefits for baby: he'll enjoy activities and mingling with babies and small children, he ca explore a world outside the house with new experiences, he'll be able to develop a weekly routine. As for the mommies, be able to meet other moms and make new friends 

Tandem Breastfeeding -- for moms who have an older child who is still breastfeeding and also an infant/baby. They said it is possible, just a little time management :) . . . But based from the seminar I attended before, for tandem breastfeeding, the priority should be with the younger kid, since the milk that is currently produced at that time is more suitable for the younger one. 

The Breastfeeding class with Ms Abbie was really great. We really learned a lot. The topics were something that we will soon experience. I asked my husband for comments about the class, and he said that it was a great class because he also learned a lot. Even though he lacked sleep and was a little sleepy during the class, I was surprised that he had a great time listening and he even remembers most of the discussion. No negative comments from him this time :)

us while listening
Now, I am excited for more class and events at the Breastfeeding Club of Medela Moms. Their classes are really a must-attend for breastfeeding moms and moms-to-be who plans to breastfeed.

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