Mom Resources for First Time Moms Like Me

Mom Resources for First Time Moms Like Me

While I am not totally blank about caring for a baby, having 6 nieces and 5 nephews to look after before, I have a mother who had 8 children, and mom-siblings, I have a good background in this mother/parenthood thing. Or so I thought.

Being a parent now is so different (as is convenient) back in the days. Back then, there are so many myths and practices about pregnancy, giving birth and even caring for children, some of which have been debunked now. Compared to before, there are not much options for baby products or if there are, they are not available locally. Mom support groups are also more active now than before. And of course, technology.

Thankful that through social media I get to know mom communities, groups and brands that help me cruise to this motherhood thing through the learnings they impart, positive vibes they share, and some retail therapy. Sharing the list of my mom resource below.

MOMZILLA

I am a bit late in mom fairs and expo, but happy to have had my first experience with Momzilla. Organized by Think Pink Events, they have curated mommy and baby brands, informative talks, play area for the kiddos and of course their #CertifiedMomzilla campaign where you can get to win products from their partner brands!

Follow Momzilla’s Instagram account HERE to know more about this mom community, upcoming fairs and #certifiedmomzilla campaigns.

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Our family photo in the first Momzilla fair in the North!

MOMMY MUNDO

This one’s becoming a favorite! ❤ Founded by Janice Villanueva in 2003, this mom community has been reaching out to moms and parents not only in the metro but also in the key cities north and south of the country.

They have talks from pregnancy and beyond, definitely there’s one for you no matter what stage of motherhood you are in. And for shopping, there’s Expo Mom and Mommy Mundo Clearance Clear out events!

Aside from all these, they also have their advocacies, Mom Share and Mompreneur Manila.

Know more about this awesome mom community by visiting the Mommy Mundo website HERE and social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mommymundo

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My very first Expo Mom haul!

MILLENNIAL MOMS

Founded by Bernadette M. Zulueta, fondly called Mommy Dette by the community, this mom group truly knows what mothers of this generatiom need.

By the time I know about this mom group, the talks they have are in line with the state of motherhood I am in, First time mommy, unfortunately wasn’t able to attend any. Now, the talk they offer are mostly for parenting, home-making and relationships,  what we Millennials parents need!

Follow Millennial Moms in Instagram HERE and their Facebook page HERE

 

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My very 1st  Millennial Moms event, Mother’s day in Eastwood. ❤

OGALALA

OGALALA is a brand under Internationale Globale Marques, Inc. (IGM), a corporation in the business of distribution, manufacturing and licensing of international global children’s brands.
They advocate child safety and learning through play and their talks are in synced with the brands they carry and the resource speakers are experts in their field.
I have attended Infant Massage and Baby Led Weaning Talks by Abbie Yabot and Monstessori talks by Karen Pacia. Hopeful to get to attend Teacher Tanya’s talk/s soon too as her talks are mostly about learning to play.

To know more about Ogalala and the brands they carry, check out their website, HERE and follow them on Instagram HERE

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During BLW talk by Abbie Yabot in Ogalala  Shangri-la

MOTHERCARE

Who would have thought that this retail brand is more than for shopping stuffs for ze little one? Mothercare offer talks to moms/parents and even baby caregiver/s.
Their talks, usually a collaboration with brand/s are for newborn care, babywearing, potty training and even bento making workshops! Something that will really be helpful for first time moms like me!

To know more about Mothercare promos and upcoming talks and workshops follow Mothercare on Instagram HERE

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Mothercare talk about potty training and baby signs. Where we were 1st given the name “instamumshies”

 

For positive vibes and real mom experiences and product recos and more here are two of the mom groups I follow.

THE MOMMA CLUB
I personally met one of the moms behind this sisterhood in motherhood, Momma Jay in one FGD. I like how their posts and sharing are always on point. From mom quotes, faith and what nots, truly they offer good vibes for mommas in the virtual world.

To follow The Momma Club on Instagram, click  here.

MOMMY BFFs
The moms behind this quartet, Issa, Rachelle, Richelle and Vanessa shares their motherhood and parenting journey that we all can relate to.

Follow @themamamd  , @wondermomma.ig  @leias_mom, and  @mom.atlast and their ” Behind Each Mom” IG page here

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3/4 of the lovely mommas behind Mommy BFFs

Which mom communities/momfluencers helped and inspired you in your motherhood journey? Share it with me through the comments below!

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Mom Fairs and Expo

Mom Fairs and Expo

Shopping for mom and baby must-haves, we moms always wanted good deals! That’s why mom fairs and expos are the best time to stock up on our mom and baby essentials!  It is during these events that brands/exhibitor offer great discounts and deals on their products.

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Taken 1 floor up Expo Mom 2019 Glorietta Activity Center

Last weekend, we went to two most attended mom fairs in the metro. While I don’t really need to shop for more stuff, I would like to see the new products and brands that can be helpful for me and my daughter. And I love that aside from putting up brands together for parents to find in one roof, they were able to put in advocacies that are timely and relevant.

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We went to the first Expo Mom for 2019 in Glorietta on Friday. The expo has an entrance fee of PHP 25 or PHP 100 inclusive of a tote bag of goodies. Fees collected will be used in Mommy Mundo’s #MomShare initiatives. As for me, as a Mommy Mundo Passport holder I get in  for free and get a tote bag too, unfortunately, loot bags were already out when I registered. 😔

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This year’s Expo Mom theme is #PassItOnMom, it encourages us moms to pay it forward and be mindful of the legacy we would like to impart to our child/ren.

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#PassItOnMom red ball 🔴🔴🔴

Aside from shopping and getting to know must-have baby and mom products, Expo Mom also lined up series of talks and activities moms can enjoy, learned from and aim to #Mompowerment

We also got to have a mini family photo session at the Baby Dove Care booth by Little Heartbeat Photography. I learned about the photo shoot a little late. 😂 But we went on anyway in my tank top and shorts and not very coordinated family color! 😁Can’t wait to see the result of our first ever family portrait taken professionally. ❤❤ No Expo Mom visit is complete without checking out CEO Emporium’s booth. Unfortunately (fortunately for ze hubby 😂), nothing caught my fancy. 😁

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Mini hauls from Expo Mom 2019

For Expo Mom schedule and other events by Mommy Mundo you can check out the Mommy Mundo website HERE or  Mommy Mundo Instagram account  HERE

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And on Saturday, we checked out the first Momzilla in the north! Being a northern girl, I wouldn’t let this historical first of Momzilla (good thing we don’t have a planned roadtrip for this weekend)! And I haven’t been to a Momzilla fair in awhile.

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Its been awhile since I’ve been stamped with this duckie!

The ABS-CBN Vertis Tent was transformed into mom and baby haven filled with trusted brands of baby must-haves, maternity and nursing essentials and there are also playschool and preschool exhibitors to check out! It was the biggest Momzilla fair I attended with over 250 brands participating.

 

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Family portrait by Cocoon Studio

 

What I love most about Momzilla? The play area for kids! Its always a hit to my daughter! It keeps her occupied while I scour for great finds! She loves the sandbox and the slides! It was a bonding time for her and her dad too! ❤

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Free play at Momzilla ❤❤❤

 

Momzilla is the first ever mom fair event I attended carrying around my daughter, barely 2 months old. Its close to my heart as I have been blessed and lucky enough to win a few times in their  #CertifiedMomzillla campaign, all products have been of great help to me and RED! ❤

For Momzilla Fair schedule check out their Instagram page HERE

Do you also love attending mom fairs, expo and events? Share your thoughts and experiences! ❤

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Our Bounce Experience

Our Bounce Experience

First saw this, trampoline park when we explored the new wing of SM North EDSA, the North Towers. It was unopened then, but I knew that my daughter would love it ’cause she recently discovered the fun in jumping and bouncing.

When we head back last February 24, we passed by BOUNCE again, and had a first try of this trampoline park. Seeing our daughter eyes sparkle on the sight of ballpit, slide and people bouncing,  even if I we veer away from playplaces because of the measles outbreak,        we gave it a try (Though I think an ill-child wouldn’t have that much energy to enjoy the place).

 

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My little ball pit lover!

Their toddler rate (2-5 yo) is at PHP249, inclusive of 1 adult companion, regular  pass is at PHP 299. They require grip socks which you can get at the reception for PHP 99 each. A lecture on safety inside the park is conducted before your time slot begins. I suggest to book for your preferred timeslot as they can be full especially on weekends. There’s also a limit on Unlimited Pass holders.

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They prohibit stacking these foams, good thing they let my daughter be 😊

While RED was excited when we are queuing for tickets, it somehow change when we got inside. She doesn’t like the feel of the trampoline! Good thing she got a hang of it after awhile.

It was a fun experience! Even me and my husband had fun! But its also tiring!  Just 15 minutes inside, we felt our exhaustion (I wonder how the unlimited pass holders can keep up!)! We cool off by lounging in the foam pit and completing the mini ninja  course and staying in the ball pit, one of RED’s favorite attractions in playplaces.

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She didn’t like the feel of the trampolines at first but when she got the hang of it, it was jumping and running extravaganza!

This is a good place for kids (and kids at heart!) to get active! It was so good my daughter keeps talking about how she bounce and jump when we were here!

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Fun family time! ❤

 

To know more about Bounce Philippines, you can check their website HERE.

 

 

Switching To Naturals

Switching To Naturals

Nature has given us resources that can do wonders for our health, especially for hair and body care.  I used to make diy scrubs and hair treatment with Aloe Vera, Olive (oil), lemon and other things I can find in the kitchen and garden.

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We can be skeptic going all naturals because of various reasons: price, availability , convenience ( in this fast-paced era, ready-made products are our go-to!)and skin compatibility (that’s why I like the #TryBeforeYouBuy concept of #SampleRoomPH).

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Naturals by Watsons line boasts of “double the power”, enhancing the efficacy og their certified organic active ingredients sourced around the world and free of  nasty chemicals!

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Got to try the Olive  Deep Moisturizing Shampoo, Argan Revitalising Conditioner and Aloe Vera Hair and Scalp Tonic, all I got as full-sized sample for being part of Philippines’ pioneer sampling venue, Sample Room.

Listing the reasons too why I  took the switch to Naturals!

🐇 cruelty free
👩‍⚕️ dermatologically tested
💲 affordable (very competitively priced with their chemically laden counterpart!)
🌱 certified organic ingredients

⏱ Convenient to use (I need not to diy hair masks with Olive Oil and Aloe vera!)
🏪  available in  all Watsons stores nationwide, The SM Store Beauty Section, and at www.watsons.com.ph
✔ it works for my hair! Few days into using this power trio, I’ve seen improvement in my hair and scalp condition: less flakes, smoother, softer and livelier hair!

Have you tried these products too?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

If you’d like to be a Sample Room member, you can register  HERE and start your #TryBeforeYouBuy journey!

Expo Mom North Experience

Expo Mom North Experience

I attended my first ever Expo Mom when they had their holiday run in Glorietta last year. Back then, I was really just eyeing on their giveaways ( I would love to win a sterilizer so bad! 😂)! I remember purchasing RED’s christmas onesies from one of the exhibitors and other few knick knacks.

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Some of the Expo Mom North vendors

 

With my first Expo Mom,  I only thought of it as a shopping haven with a cause (entrance proceeds will be used for charity)for parents, until I attended the Expo Mom North this year. We had to stay beyond our shopping time because it’s still flooded in the roads leading home. And I’m glad we did! That experience made me learn more about Mommy Mundo’s advocacies and more. This year theme for Mommy Mundo events is #Mompowerment! With  talks and games  lined up for the duration of the expo and activities provided by some of the exhibitor and/or sponsors, it was an educational and entertaining event not only for moms but the whole family!

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The #Mompowerment stage! Where the talks and games happened! Love how this art started and ended! ❤❤❤

Enjoyed the 1st run of Expo Mom North so much, it made me giddy they had a second run a few months just after the first! While I wasn’t able to attend talks this time, it was shopping fun!

 

 

Reminiscing all these memories from Expo Mom North 1 and 2, can’t wait for the Expo Mom Holiday edition happening on November 24-26, 2018 in Central Square BGC, the first Expo Mom happening in an indoor-outdoor venue! The coveted Mom 24/7 Planner will also be launched on Expo Mom Holiday! I still can’t decide which design (there are 3) to choose!

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Journey Boxes! You can get one when you apply for a Mommy Mundo Passport  (while supplies last)

To know more about Mommy Mundo and Expo Mom, follow their social media pages : Instagram, Twitter : @mommymundo; Facebook Page: Mommy Mundo or visit their website

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Expo Mom must-stop vendor! And adore and drool over Ju-Ju-Be bags 😍😍😍  Be set still on my wish list!

 

Fashion and Cloth Care Tips

Fashion and Cloth Care Tips

It’s ironic how we women have so much clothes, yet so little to none to wear! That’s why it’s a must to invest in classic and timeless fashion pieces that gives value for your money and will never go out of style! Articles about fashion pieces must-haves, how to mix and match them has been written a lot of times. I am no fashionista, but these are my take on classics plus tips on laundry care for your fashion pieces.

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This salmon coordinates looks so elegant!  It made me missed being in the corporate world!

• Fashion need not be expensive. Rather than focusing on brand names, ensure that the pieces you are getting are of good quality and fits you well.

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Payaaat days! I love how this dress fits me! I’ve worn this to work, a wedding and a party!

• LBD saves the day most of the time!  Even if you chance upon the same dress in an event, it’s almost unnoticeable!

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LBD has always been my safe option during corporate parties

• Invest in good underwear. Wearing proper underwear add up to your self-confidence (this is true for me as I know that there’ll be no fashion mishap about to happen)! Conscious about that panty line? Use seamless panties or thongs, rocking a tube dress? Wear a bandeau!

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Undergarments in mostly neutral colors

• Learned that max jewelry you can wear is 3! I usually stick to my rings (wedding and engagement), watch and earrings. I follow the no mixing of metal rule, but tweak it by wearing two-toned accessories. Pearls are so classy too, but I am not a fan (yet😁)!

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I think my current mum fashion staples pass for the classic and timeless too! Denim pants,  v-neck /overlap shirts (I’m breastfeeding! 😍), teething necklace in neutrals, flats and strappy sandals and a handbag  that holds essentials of me and my daughter, see photo below

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Most of the pieces above are about 5 years or more in my possession. I was able to keep them this long because of proper care. Now sharing with you some cloth care tips I learned from my mom, school, experience and Google!
1. Denim (maong) pants I read somewhere that they shouldn’t be washed often (I wear my maong max of 2 times before washing)
2. Mr. Sun can help whiten your whites! Kula is real!

3. While sun is your whites best friend, make sure to hang your dark-colored pieces in shaded area, as sunlight might cause fading.
4. Handwash the delicates please.

5. If you can, treat stains immediately as some can be easily removed when they are still fresh
6. For stubborn armpit stain (ugggh) I usually apply a paste of baking soda and white vinegar or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

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We ain’t cookin’ these are just some household items that can do wonders with your wash load

7. Kalamansi and kamias are natural stain remover (lemon is too pricey!)
8. Take easy on chlorine based bleach as they may do more harm than good to your clothing
9. My HELE learnings in elementary were so handy in my adulting life! Good thing I still remember the lessons we had on stain removal! (Oil? Use powder, gum? Ice it!)
10. Another HELE learning: do repairs before laundering as washing whether by hand or machine may cause additional damage ( I wonder if these things are still taught in schools!)

11. And becoming a mom, I came across Cycle Stain Soaker! I am amazed how wonderful it works stains!

12. I’m no good in ironing! But what helped me make up for this weakness is investing in a steam iron! No more burnt clothes! 😂

My current fashion situation. 😁 As a breastfeeding mooma, my outfit should be breastfeeding friendly. But I didn’t revamp my whole wardrobe to all breastfeeding pieces. Tank tops helped me transform most of my pieces to be breastfeeding friendly

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Tank top, loop scarf that made into poncho, jeans and flats.

And I currently love how fashionably elegant are these basic tops!

 

Hope you learned something from this post! Share your fashion and cloth care tip too!

What’s with Ju-ju-be?

What’s with Ju-ju-be?

I am a bag-a-holic!  Not the luxury/designer  brands  levels (I wish!) but I have a good number of bags before becoming a mom. When I got pregnant, I knew one of the things I would really need is a diaper bag!I actually searched for  chic and functional diaper bags when I got pregnant and Ju-ju-be will always pop up on my searches. But would you believe, I didn’t purchase a legit diaper bag until  July this year and my daughter is already  15 months old ( we use  a small Jordan backpack until she’s about 6 months old and used a diaper backpack I won since)!

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My first Ju-ju-be, a Fuel Cell I won in Ju-ju-be Asia Facebook Page Giveaway

Though the styles and prints are nice, to be honest, I find Ju-ju-be  a bit pricey for a diaper bag.And for sure my husband will find Ju-ju-be’s flagship diaper bag too big!  Never imagined I could have my husband sold to buying me the bags ( Thank you for Tokidoki collabs, hahaha!)

Had I known this brand even before becoming a mom, I would have gone crazy! Their machine washable,  stain-resistant features (sorry but I can get careless with stuffs! 😂) and fun print easily get me sold!

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My first purchase! It was a battle between this style and a Mini Be but since we have a backpack already, case closed. 😁

Fast forward to today, I have a Tokipops Fuel Cell ( from the giveaway)  Be Light and Hobobe in Iconic 2.0 (with the Hobobe  being a surprised purchase), a Be Shady in Black Magic (from a contest) and a Be Quick in Whimsical Watercolor II ( limited to Asia release I learned and my first non-Toki print). And learning about CEO Emporium, ze husband is in trouble!  I mostly get items from their Expo Mom booth as they offer discounts for certain collections.

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Our current baby’s day out bag! Had I known Oneng had a budget for this, I would’ve have swayed him for a B.F.F!

And as a mom, here are more reasons why I fell in love with Ju-ju-be bags:

1. Lifetime Warranty! Need I say more? But please note that this refers to the bag’s lifetime.

2. Reinforce stitching on high stress areas for added durability and  strength. When you almost carry the whole house with you, you need a sturdy and durable bag. No matter how you like to pack light, it’s almost impossible when you are a mom!

3. Agion-treated interior. Because we moms hate bacteria! It also resist  mold and mildew.

4. Light colored lining and mommy pockets! Helps to easily see stuff in your bag!

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Who wouldn’t love this beauty? 😍🌸🌿

I’ve no intention to complete the collections (what a lovely  sight to see other Pink Ladies massive bag collections 😍), but completing all the styles  would be nice and a bonus if I get them in prints I like or the husband agrees upon. 😁

 

For your Ju-ju-be fix, you can check out CEO Emporium,  Philippines’ exclusive distributor of Ju-ju-be HERE