Showing posts with label Motherhood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motherhood. Show all posts

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ward off Mosquitos Naturally with Moringa-O² Herbal Insect Repellent Lotion

August 26, 2019 0 Comments
With the rise of dengue cases in our country, a lot of parents are worried especially for our little ones. Most mosquito repellent products are sold out in the market, maybe because a lot of parents bought some to protect their kids and family.

I am just lucky my sister-in-law found this in one of the Malls here in Davao. It's the only one left on the rack at that time, so she immediately buy it.

I personally haven't tried the Moringa-O² Herbal Insect Repellent but based on my Sister-in-law's review, it was great and effective in warding off mosquitos. And I agree with her when we tested the lotion, so far we haven't been bitten by mosquitos after using it and leaves our skin moisturized. The fact that it is deet-free, paraben-free and made from natural ingredients makes me happy, so I feel assured and confident to use it on my daughter and my family.

Ward off Mosquitos Naturally with Moringa-O² Herbal Insect Repellent Lotion

Moringa-O² Naturals Citronella Insect Repellent Lotion contains a rare blend of extracts & oils from moringa (“malunggay”), olive, and omega (sunflower) that feed your skin with rich anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It contains aloe vera to moisturize skin, paraben-free so it's safe for kids and pregnant women. It is deet-free, but contains citronella to naturally ward off dengue mosquitoes and other pests.


Monday, April 29, 2019

What Riding a Bicycle has Taught Us

April 29, 2019 0 Comments

My daughter got her first bicycle 2years ago, when she was 5 years old, it is a git from her generous Ninong. Just a few months ago, she insisted to take the training wheels out of her bike. She was really determined and wants to ride the bike on her own without the training wheels. I was hesitant and said no. But she keeps on bugging us for weeks saying she really know how to ride her bike without the training wheels. And then one day I give in... I told her that it's not easy and she must be patient and that it's alright if she might fall because this is just her first time to ride without the training wheels.

So, we took off her training wheels and guide her to ride the bike on her own...  But deep inside I am afraid to let her go, there are a lot of things that are running on my mind, a lot of "What if's"... But then I thought, she would never learn if we won't let her do it on her own. When we let her go, she rode the bike with ease and we were surprised that she really did know how to ride the bike without the training wheels! I was really surprised and happy at the same time, cheering on her as she keeps on riding the bike far away from us...

This experience has taught us a lesson... That we have to let our kids do things on their own, to venture on their own and give them a chance to do things alone and learn from their mistakes. We are so attached to our children that we forget that they need to grow up too, to be independent and overcome any challenges on their own.

She's still young and there will be a lot of letting go scenes in the future. I just hope that I will be able to let her go without feeling anxious... And guide her and say positive words to lift her self esteem and be a better version of herself and to just be there for her always...

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Boredom Jar - A Great Way to Reduce Screen Time

December 20, 2018 0 Comments
Kids nowadays are not getting enough exercise, they are so fond of using smartphones, tablets and other gadgets for entertainment. It's nice because some apps are educational but excessive use of it might lead to serious health issues. I've seen a lot of stories about the effects and dangers of excessive screen time on children especially the younger ones. That's why I limit my daughter's screen time. I rarely let her use our phones or tablet, although sometimes I let her watch movies during weekends only. I want her to experience playing outside with other children without using any gadgets and enjoy her childhood like I enjoyed mine. :)

My daughter always say "I'm bored" especially when she see a kid or group of kids playing with their gadgets. I have also observed that when the screen time is over, she keep on saying "I'm bored", which is already annoying because she'll keep on bugging you thinking she will get to use the gadgets again if she'll cry and persist on what she wants. I pity her sometimes, thinking she's the only one who don't have a gadget to play on, but I stand firm on my decision to lessen her screen time to no screen time at all (if it can be helped) because it is for her own good anyway. I don't really give in to the tantrums, and when I say "NO", it's already final and I have to be firm about it.

Boredom Jar Activity Lists - Mama Miah

So, when I found out about the Boredom Jar just recently, I was so happy and I must say, it is really effective! I made my own list and when I heard her say "I'm bored" again, I told her about the Boredom Jar and how it works. As I was writing and adding up more tasks, my little one helped me fold the papers and she also thought of some things to do and add it up to her Boredom Jar! Hahaha!

I actually have no extra jar at home, so I make use of our old coin bank and use it as our Boredom Jar. ;)

By the way, here are some of the things she did today because she is bored... I loved the note that she made for me... She's so sweet... <3

Boredom Jar Activity Lists

I have a lot of things to add up on our list soon, because I know she's so hooked up with this activity and had picked a lot of papers inside and did all of them. I guess I made her busy and kept her boredom away. What a great way to unplugged. Happy Mom here... :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Simple Bento Snacks Made With Love

July 25, 2018 0 Comments
I started making Bento snacks for my daughter two years ago when she was in Nursery. I was always fascinated with cute and creative photos of Bento Box that I see on Facebook. I happen to know a fellow Mom who sells materials for making bento snacks and she also makes one for her kid who also happens to be in the same school as my daughter. So we met and I bought a few bento tools that I can add as decorations for my bento experiment.

Hello Kitty Bento Sandwich Hello Kitty Bento Sandwich

I am a newbie in bento making so I just rely on my cookie cutters and cutie food picks. I used some of my cookie cutters that I bought at Daiso before when I was still into baking and store the snack using our trusted Tupperware Square Divided Lunch Box and Tupperware's Sandwich Keeper.

Here are a few of the Simple Bento Snacks that I made with love... Making Bento Snacks is just easy especially when you have Bento Tools to make it look appealing to your kids that even those who are picky eaters can't resist eating the snacks you've prepared for them. ;)




If you're looking for a durable and safe bento box for your kids, you can message me at m.me/mamamiahph.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Tupperware Journey

October 17, 2017 0 Comments
I grew up having a bunch of Tupperware at home. I never really appreciated it until now that I became a mother. It's actually very useful especially in storing ingredients, fruits, foods and of course, my daughter's snack at school. I love that they have added new trendy colors now but it is always out of stock because it's really cool.

I've always wanted to join Tupperware but I always have something important to go or do whenever I remember going there to sign-up. LOL!

Fast forward, after a year, I finally had the chance to join Tupperware Brands here in Davao City. I got so excited to know that one of the Starter Kit is the Speedy Chopper! I've always wanted to have one and I am so happy that I got it at a really low price by joining Tupperware Brands Philippines.

Tupperware Brands Philippines Speedy Chopper

The Speedy Chopper Set is really helpful every time we prepare our meals. It is easy to use and quite fun too, you can chop different herbs and small vegetables in just a few seconds! I was really amazed by this product and I am so happy because it means, 'no more tears' every time I'm chopping onions. ;)

Tupperware Brands Philippines Speedy Chopper Set


You can also make instant dips, sauces and purees with just 10 pulls of the cord. Saves us time to prepare our meals.

Here's a video of me while Unboxing the Speedy Chopper Kit... :)

I really love their products because I have witnessed how long lasting the Tupperware products are. We have Tupperware items since the 90's and some of it are still with us, some have chipped and the others may have faded their colors but it's still usable. :)

I started My Tupperware Journey because I believe in the quality of their products. I am always excited to see their new items every month. Thank God, I have supportive Mommy friends who also loves Tupperware and gives me the opportunity to earn by selling Tupperware's great products... :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mom's Day Out

August 18, 2017 0 Comments
Being a wife and a mom juggling between different tasks at home and other activities outside can be physically and emotionally exhausting, most especially if you don't have a housemaid. 

When I became a Mom, I rarely had a "Me Time" and sometimes it can't be considered a "Me Time" because I'm still with my daughter whenever I go out. Having a good massage is what every mother would want to have after all the tedious tasks we've been doing at home or at work. My most favorite "Me Time" is having a massage at my favorite spa, which is just  block away from where we live before in Obrero. I always avail their "Pinoy Hilot" at Elysia Wellness Spa. ;)


I was delighted when I learned that Sun Life Philippines will be having a Mom's Day Out event. I got excited because who doesn't want to have a Mom Day's Out? ;) It turned out to be a fun day for us Moms because we get to have a relaxing massage courtesy of Elysia Wellness Spa and most importantly, we get to learn more about parenting and balanced motherhood from Michele Alignay, a Family Life Specialist, Registered Psychologist and Registered Guidance Counselor.


Finding balance in raising our kids while keeping your sanity and keeping your cool is quite difficult and challenging. "A well-balanced mom has more to give her family", I totally agree with this... But it is easier said than done. So, we have to work on our "wants", "should" and "capacities", instead of having a rule that covers all situations all the time, choose to pick within the situation and you'll never be out of balance. 



Thanks to our speaker, Ms. Michele Alignay for sharing her tips and experiences that taught us how and why we need to balance, re-balance and recharge our life.


Sun Life Mindanao Cluster Head Mylene Almonte, talks about planning for our children's education for their brighter future through "MyFuture Fund". Everyone of us were surprised to see how much the tuition fee will cost by the time our children would enter college and we're talking about millions here. Wow... My daughter is still in kindergarten now and I can't imagine if our savings and earnings will be enough when that time comes. This is where MyFuture Fund can help us, it would be a great tool in helping us achieve our goal in preparing a college fund for our children. 

To achieve our children's dreams, we need to plan ahead, save and invest for the college education of our children. Here's Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo's video on Sun Life's MyFuture Fund



For more information on MyFuture Fund, visit www.sunlife.com.ph or call 849-9888. You can also visit their Facebook Page at Sunlife Financial Philippines and Instagram account at @sunlifeph

Here's an inspiring short video by Sun Life Philippines for all the moms out there who are wondering if they're doing the right thing for their kids...



Thank you, Sun Life Philippines for letting us have a stress-free day with other Moms. I enjoyed and learn a lot on motherhood, parenting, self-care and money management... :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Are You Ready for School?

June 09, 2017 0 Comments
Hello June! It's back to school once again, but are you ready for school? Are we? 

Disney's Are You Ready For School? (Winnie the Pooh's School Days) Book

My daughter will be in Kindergarten this school year and I think we are somewhat ready for school. We did some activities, exercises and review what she had learned last school year. There are some things she had forgotten or still confused, like writing the letters "b, d and s" and numbers "5 and 6". She sometimes write those letters and numbers in reverse. It's a good thing that we had this review before going back to school. :)

She also love books... She loves to read, so we read some books that are appropriate for her age and later on I let her read on her own.

Their school provide the bags and other school materials that they will be needing at school, so we don't have to worry looking and lining up at the store for every materials needed and required school supplies for their upcoming class. :)

I've already checked her school uniforms and shoes if it's still okay and I'm glad everything is still fine and can still be used. There's a few skirt that needs a little adjustment, other than that, we're good to go. :)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Easter Sunday 2017

June 08, 2017 0 Comments
This is a long overdue post, hence, I'll still post this for Miel to read when she grows up...

It was our first time to join an Easter Sunday Activity such as Easter Egg Hunting and Easter Egg Painting and coloring activity. My daughter really had fun and she really enjoyed the activities and games that they've played. There were games for children her age and she happily played along with the other kids. She got excited to play another game when their team won and got their prizes... Kids love prizes... ;)


Joining this kind of activity is a great bonding for both of us. She also get to interact with different kids her age and she enjoyed doing all the activities with enthusiasm.

Miel's entry for the Coloring Activity got her two swimming pool passes at The Royal Mandaya Hotel. She's happy and excited to swim there but unfortunately, we haven't had the chance to go yet. But, we'll make sure to avail the passes before it expires... ;)

Over-all, the event was great and we had so much fun. Miel's actually looking forward to next year's Easter Sunday and she's hopeful and more motivated to hunt for more eggs next time... ;)

HearthSong

Monday, October 31, 2016

Herbal Steam Inhalation: Natural Home Remedy for Nasal Congestion

October 31, 2016 0 Comments
My daughter, Miel has colds and cough (due to postnasal drip) again last week. So, 3 days ago we tried to make a homemade remedy to ease stuffy nose or nasal congestion. It is a tip we had from our good neighbor by the way. 

Oregano and Vicks Vaprub

Good thing we have a lot of Oregano plants in our front and backyard so we make use of it and picked a handful of leaves. We washed the Oregano leaves and crushed it, then we add boiling water and Vicks Vaporub. After we mixed them all, we let my daughter breathe in the steam for a while.

After the Herbal Steam Inhalation with Oregano and Vicks Vaporub, Miel still has cough and colds but the day after, she doesn't cough that much and today, she's okay and don't have cough and colds anymore. I think this herbal steam inhalation is really effective to ease stuffy nose and I guess for coughs too! And all we need are these 3 things: Oregano leaves, Boiling Water and Vicks Vaporub... :)

But, if you don't have Oregano, you can also try Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Sage and Ginger (I haven't tried it though but if I'll have, I'll surely try it).

This is so easy and an effective home remedy, we were really surprised at how effective it was for us. I hope it can help others too that's why I blogged about this. :)

What worked for us might not worked for everyone, so if you're child is not feeling better, you can try to consult his/her Pediatrician to check him/her thoroughly... And by the way, when doing the Herbal Steam Inhalation, let your child stay still and be careful not to let your child play around because she/he might get hurt by the boiling/hot water.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Calamansi and Honey Juice - A Natural Way to Cure Cough and Colds

October 18, 2016 0 Comments
When I was still a kid, my grandmother would make us Calamansi and Honey juice whenever we have cough, colds, or both. It's natural and effective in our experience... Now that I became a mother, as much as I wanted to, I don't like my daughter to take a lot of medicines especially Antibiotics or Antibacterial medicines, but there's always an exception if worst comes to worst. If possible I try to make juices out of natural products like Calamansi and Honey

Both Honey and Calamansi has antibacterial and antiviral properties and calamansi is high in Vitamin C which is good for boosting our immune system. I don't have to worry letting my daughter drink calamansi and honey juice because it's natural and proven to be effective, in our experience. Unless your kid is allergic to any of the two, then you shouldn't let them take it.

Recently, Miel had cough and colds, so, we bought calamansi and honey. It's actually my first time to buy honey in the supermarket and it's also our first time to try the Mt. Apo Honey which is actually made in here Davao. We usually buy honey from our neighbor before but we just moved far away from the place we used to live, so I opted to buy honey in the supermarket instead. ;)

Anyway, I made Calamansi and Honey juice for my Miel and I hope her cough will be gone soon..

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Working Mom's Playlist

June 09, 2016 0 Comments
Just want to share my Spotify playlist here. This is the playlist that I am listening whenever I am working late. It keeps me awake and prevent me from dozing off while working online especially during the wee hours . Aside from that I also liked listening to Electronic Dance Musics (EDM) when I work out. Yup, I rarely work out though because of our busy schedule and online work, but whenever I can, I would work out. I also like walking and sometimes I bring slong my daughter who also enjoyed walking with me. Its one of our bonding moments and we get to exercise in the process..

So, here's my Working Mom Playlist / Workout Playlist. Enjoy! :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Miel's first Horse-riding Experience

April 25, 2016 0 Comments

Miel is only 4 years old and she wanted to try to ride the horse. I asked her if she's not scared or anything and she said she's not scared. I was having second thoughts if I'll let her or not... I saw some kids and kids almost her age ride the horse and  they were just fine afterwards, so I thought it would be okay for Miel to experience it.


This was in Eden Nature Park and Resort, Toril, Davao City...

She was behaved and relaxed the whole time, she said she was happy and I can see it because she's smiling from start to finish... :) I'm glad I let her experience this memorable moment, her first horse-riding experience was great...

Note: The fee for the Horseback riding is PHP 85.00 :)


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Helpful Apps for Pregnants

September 27, 2015 0 Comments
Pregnancy is one of the greatest journeys in a woman’s life. To have the best possible care, a constant companion is a mother’s greatest need. 

Here are the helpful apps that you might need for a healthy pregnancy:

Anmum Pregnancy App (FREE)

You now have a handy mobile tool to help you keep your pregnancy on track. From weekly pregnancy tips, yummy recipes, appointment scheduler, to connecting you with Anmum’s caring team of experts - maintaining a healthy pregnancy is now just one click away.

BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today (FREE)

 Product Features
  • Your Pregnancy Day by Day: Learn how your body's changing, what's ahead, and how to cope
  • Fetal Development Images: See what your baby looks like each week
  • Pregnancy Checklist: Reminders to keep you on track with decisions, appointments, and more
  • Award-Winning Videos: Watch your baby grow in the womb, and witness moms giving birth
  • Birth Clubs: Connect with other women due at the same time
  • Due Date Calculator: Quickly find your due date
  • Nutrition Guide: Manage your weight gain with tips and recipes to help you eat well

BabyBump Pregnancy Free



Product Features
  • Track your weight and waist changes and chart the progress of your pregnancy
  • Educate yourself with week-by-week information about your body changes and your baby's development
  • Keep a pregnancy journal that can be referenced when you're filling out your little one's baby book
  • Manage your baby bump photos
  • Watch the progress bar countdown the days until delivery





Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Diaper Rash

September 27, 2015 0 Comments
What is diaper rash? A Diaper rash (diaper dermatitis) is a skin irritation, usually a reddish color on a baby's genital area or bottom. Diaper rash is one of the most common dermatological conditions and most common skin disorder of early childhood.

Our babies have a delicate skin, so some babies can get a diaper rash even if his/her parents frequently change their diapers because of skin sensitivity. But aside from that, What Causes a Diaper Rash? 

There are a lot of things that can cause a diaper rash and here are some of the reasons why:
  • Irritation from using a new product
  • Irritation from stool and urine
  • Allergic reactions to diaper
  • Introduction of new foods
  • Bacterial or yeast (fungal) infection
  • Chafing or rubbing
To treat your baby's diaper rash, let her/him go diaper-free as much as possible. Wash your hands before every diaper change. If possible wash and clean the affected areas with mild soap or cleanser and then make sure that the skin is dry before applying any creams or ointments.

What are the creams and ointments that you used when your baby had diaper rash?

As for me, I have tried using Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) and it helped lessen my baby's diaper rash
But there's this one diaper rash ointment that my mother-in-law suggested which is Vandol. It's very effective and  it really helped soothe my baby's irritating rashes.

How about you, what's the best diaper rash creams or ointments have you tried that worked well for your baby?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Features You Might want to Look at When Choosing the Right Nursing Bra

April 25, 2015 0 Comments

For mothers who are nursing their babies, it is wise to use nursing bras to support your increased breast size. It is what I am using when I was still pregnant and when I started to breastfeed my baby.

The nursing bras are made with the flaps that can be opened from the cup, it is now easier for nursing moms to nurse their babies. It's an advantage for us moms, especially those who frequently go out with their babies.

Choosing the right nursing bra to use isn't that hard to find, just look for something that makes you feel comfortable. It's best to choose a cotton nursing bra, it's breathable and more comfortable to wear. Try to check the flaps too if it can be easily opened or not, the easier to open the better. :)



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Being a Mom...

March 18, 2014 0 Comments


Yes, being a Mom has made me a better person. I used to be this happy go lucky girl who loves to travel and have fun. But when I became a Mom, it all changed, I rarely go out now... I don't have any regrets though, I'd rather stay home and spend time with my baby. :)

Being a mom changed me... I have learned a lot of things like cooking, baking, and of course taking care of my baby. I am glad there are people around me who supports and give advices on how to properly handle and take care of my precious little one.

Seeing your little one smile as she sleeps or when you try to play and giggle her is one of the most precious moment I would cherish. It wasn't easy but being a mom made me stronger, responsible and more happier.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Preparing for Baby’s Arrival: What You Should Bring to the Hospital

April 03, 2013 0 Comments
Hello, soon to be Mom! Are you about to give birth in a month or less? Have you packed the things that you and your baby needs after giving birth? If not, here are some important things that you might consider to pack beforehand:

Items for Mom:
  • Nightgown or night dress and bathrobe
  • Bra and Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Hair ties
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Maternity Napkins
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush or comb, deodorant, soap, tissue or wet wipes, alcohol
  • Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home
Items for Baby:
  • Receiving blanket
  • Warm clothing to wear home/heavy bunting
  • Baby socks
  • Baby hat (especially for cold weather climates)
  • Pairs of scratch mitts
  • Disposable diapers or cloth diapers
  • Blanket or shawl
  • Going home outfit for baby
Items for Dad / Grandparents (or anyone who will be with you at the hospital):
  • Money and other documents needed in the hospital like I.D.'s, PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) or if you have any other health insurance or health care I.D., etc.
  • Camera or a video camera, it will be nice to have photos or videos of your baby/babies when they come out.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Cellphone and charger.
I also bought the letter that my OB/GYN gave me and give it to the nurses when we were already at the hospital. :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ultrasound Results and Photos

March 09, 2013 0 Comments
Ultrasound is an important thing to do for every pregnant women, it's not just for checking a baby's gender but it is also used to check the baby's condition and development.

Miel's First Ultrasound...

I had my first Ultrasound when I was on my 11 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. I felt nervous and at the same time excited. I think it was in my 3rd Ultrasound test where we knew that there's a high percentage that our baby is a girl. I think she was shy because she's hiding her gender between her legs.

Miel was yawning at this time...

It was confirmed in my 4th Ultrasound that our baby is a girl. It wasn't that surprising because we had been told in our last ultrasound result that it's probably a girl. I really can't explain how I feel, I got mixed emotions during those times. I feel like crying watching her on the monitor and I almost cried when she looked at my direction and I saw her yawn, it's like she's telling me: "Mommy, I'm sleepy". Awww.... I feel so happy and knowing that she is in good condition made me even more happy. :)