Grand Baby Fair Year 5: What to Expect

The biggest event for expecting moms and moms with babies is ON!   Grand Baby Fair Year 5 is happening this today till Sunday at the SM Megamall Trade Hall. I had a preview of the sale yesterday and it was huge as always:-)

30-50-70% off items were all over, it would make any mom (particularly first timers) go into a shopping frenzy.  If you’re planning to get a stroller, crib, baby toys or accessories this will be the best time to do it because you will get to save so much!

Enjoy ako sa semantics ng theme:-) Baby Company, the organizer of the event, knows that parenting can be a jungle out there hence the theme Grand Safari.  Cute! You will find the Safari theme all over which makes shopping more fun.

Here are some of the stuff I think you guys would like …

First time is always big time.   Hand-me downs for the next cub:-)

SM grand baby fair

Aprica strollers are 50% off as well as Baby Company brands. Graco play pens and strollers are 20% off.

Cuddle bug cribs on sale at SM Baby Grand Fair

Linens come at 50-70% off.  They are sooo cute and soft to the touch.

baby linens for sale at SM BAby Grand Fair

Feeding bottles.  Avent 3 pack 125ml from P1249 to P750.  Playtex Anti Colic Feeding Bottles are buy-one-take-one P400 for a pair.

SM grand baby fair

SM grand baby fair

Cloth diapers from Baby Leaf, Charlie Banana and Bambino are between 20-30% off.  Huggies and Mammy Poko offer Value Packs.

Cloth diapers

Infant shoes and clothes are 20-30% off.

discounted baby clothes at SM grand baby fair

Developmental toys from Fisher Price and Lamaze are 30-50% off.   Fisher Price building blocks on the right is now P500 from P2,499.

discounted toys at SM grand baby fair

Attipas for SM grand baby fair

Found this novel shop, Attipas.  Their infant shoes are cute with soles made of lightweight and flexible material similar to Crocs while the top portion is like a sock. From P1,200 now P750.  The baby urinal on right can be left on the floor or mounted on the wall.  New kind of baby tub on the left.  It’s supposedly more safe than the traditional baby tub.  On the lower right is a faucet extender so our little ones won’t have to reach far.  Cute!

SM BAby Grand Fair 2015

Good quality baseball chair from P 1300 now P390.  The egg shaped chair on the right is also now P390 from P1300.

What's inside the SM Baby Grand Fair 2105 swag bag

On top of all those discounts,  shoppers who purchase a minimum of P3,000 worth will get this Swag Bag with all these items.  The zoo bin is so cute and the bag is made of durable canvas feel on the outside and plastic on the inside.  Medicines, vitamins and sachets from Lacatacyd, Nivea, Pro-lacta can be found inside the transparent bag.

SM BAby Grand Fair 2015

Happy shoppers at SM Baby Grand Fair 2015!

If you’re expecting or have an infant,  don’t miss this fair!:-)  SM Baby Grand Fair will run at at the SM Mega-trade Hall from January 30-February 1, 2015.  Have a SAFARI-ffic shopping time!

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Disclosure:  Thanks to Baby Company for inviting me to the pre-event sale and for sponsoring this post.

Give Gadgets a Break and Get Crafty

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

My kids play gadgets and as much as I would want for them to just play in the great outdoors, socialize, read or maybe play a banjo, they are kids born to this world where tech is the air they breathe.

So I succumb, cringe and allow them some limited gadget time during weekends.  During their off gadget hours,  they spend their first 30 minutes complaining and wondering what in the world should they do?

As a parent,  I exhale, roll out my eyes and then give them a litany of things they can do instead.  As such, I am always on the look out for activities that would interest them.

When DMC, the manufacturer of those fine threads we used in high school HE, invited me to a “Handcrafted” afternoon,  I was delighted.   For me it’s like a trip down memory lane when I made those cross-stitches and crocheted a small pouch while chatting away my high school besties. I was also curious to find out how I can add embroidery to the list of activities my daughter can engage in.

My “Handcrafted” DMC afternoon, opened me to the wonderful world of crafting.   7 amazing crafters shared their stories of how they have incorporated crafting into their lives.  Funky, Trey Ajusto of Ganstilyo Guru, hit a cord when she shared that she used to hide from her friends when she crochets.  Crocheting, embroidery and knitting have been associated for the old and the boring and she doesn’t want that stereotype placed on her.  But as she grew older and wiser, she has embraced her passion for crocheting and proudly showed it to the world.

Gantsilyo GuruAs a mom,  we can help dispel this misconception about crafting with our kids.  For all you know,  our kids can find a good friend in crafting.

Take for instance Carla Quimsing, who after giving birth, lost her drive for her one true passion, writing.  As a writer myself,  I can imagine how disconcerting that can be.  She found her way back to writing by creating dream catchers.  While crafting dream catchers she discovered herself and her writing back.  Today she not only writes again,  she makes beautiful dream catchers, together with her young daughter and sells them in her online store Damgo.

In our work, we find ourselves. - TheGoMom

In our work, we find ourselves. – TheGoMom

Marielle Nadal-Reyes founder of CraftMNL loves crafting so much she has put up a crafting studio.  At CraftMNL, crafters meet and do workshops together.  CraftMNL also organizes small craft fairs for crafters to sell their handcrafted items.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Lenora Cabili,  has taken Filipino crafting global through her own fashion line, Filip+Inna.  In Filip+Inna she designs clothes inspired by traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes.  Her brand gained recognitions as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

These 4 crafters, along with 3 equally notable and passionate crafters, have created unique and beautiful things.  They have discovered part of themselves and shared it with others.  It would be great if we and our daughter can discover it too.   In this world of fast paced gadgets, compounded with everyday stress, it would be good to sit down, savor time and get crafty.

This January 30 (Friday already!), DMC is holding a 3-day weekend craft fair, “DMC Handcrafted.”   It would be on January 30 to February 1 at the Century City Mall Event Center.

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

It is a good venue to introduce ourselves and our kids to different crafting options, from embroidery, knitting, dream catchers, string art, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching among others.  Partner crafters will be at the fair to hold free workshops for those who want to learn a new skill.  It will also showcase and sell handmade pieces to inspire us to try our hand at it.

For complete schedule of free workshops and to get more crafting ideas, visit DMC’s facebook fan page.  Slots are limited so please do sign up fast.

DMC, may actually mean Dollfus-Mieg and Company,  but its core is Daring our Minds to Create!

I’ll be taking my daughter along on Friday since they don’t have classes.  Excited for some mother-daughter bonding time.  Hope to see you there!

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Disclosure:  Thanks to DMC for inviting me to a delightful “Handcrafted” afternoon and for sponsoring this post.

5 Tips to Make Toothbrush Time More Fun for Kids and Less Stressful for Moms

My kids are not fans of tooth brushing.  My 3 year old, always asks me “Do I have to now? I just brushed my teeth last night?”  Everyday I answer their question patiently complete with actions of “Eww, do you want that?”  On my running low on patience day,  I just simply grunt and say “because I say so.”

But I guess one step for me to cut the chase in toothbrush time is to make it fun and empower them to make choices.  Here are some tips I deploy (every battle needs a plan;-)) to keep those pearly whites clean and strong:

1. GIVE KIDS A CHOICE.  Of course,  it is not a choice whether they should brush teeth or not.  It is a choice, if they want to use the blue toothbrush or the yellow one?  You brush your teeth first and then mommy helps you after? Or Mommy helps you first and then by yourself after?  Orange or grape flavored toothpaste? Happee toothpaste gives them a spread of  7 flavors to choose from which delights them.  Will it be a bubble-gum pop morning or an tutti-frutti twist evening?

As basic as tooth brushing is, it is great that Happee Toothpaste takes the boredom of routine out with choice:-)

My 3 year old likes the tutti-frutti flavor, my 11 year old prefers the grape while my 13 year old likes all the flavors!   The 7 kid-citing flavors are Strawberry Bloom, Orange, Tutti-frutti Twist, Apple Crunch, Juicy Grapes, Bubblegum Pop, and Cookies & Cream Ahoy, all of which are available in leading groceries and drug stores.  BTW, don’t throw away those toothpaste cartons.  They come with fun games for the kiddos.

2.   TALK, SING or ENGAGE KIDS IN SOME HUMOR.  2 minutes may be short (the required amount of brushing time) but for kids this is an eternity!  Happee Toothpaste comes in well-loved character design like Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Dora and Boots.  It’s a jump off point of conversation to engage with the kids.  “Boots said he can smell your breath from the jungle!.” I always try to add some humor to entice the kids to do routine tasks.

For my 3 year old,  it is a good transition toothpaste from his infant toothpaste because it still has that same fruity flavor but his time with the bubbles.  I assist him and remind him, that Cookie Monster toothpaste will produce bubbles and that he has to spit the bubbles out.  And my, does he enjoy spitting;-)

Happee Toothpaste has kid-safe fluoride levels, giving kids just the right protection against tooth decay.

3.   ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME.  Often the battle begins when we parents are rushing (aren’t we always rushing?!?) and don’t give enough time for kids to settle down to the routine.  If bedtime has pre-bedtime routine and we can’t expect kids to just plop down and sleep, so does brushing teeth.  Give enough time for the convincing, for the brushing and for keeping the toothbrushes and toothpaste back in its place.

4.   SET A ROUTINE.  Kids though they will fight it to death are creatures of routine.  After eating is bath time, and after bath is milk and story time,  after milk time is toothbrush time. Hopefully this routine will turn into a life-long habit.

5.   BE THEIR ROLE MODEL.  Sometimes allow them to see you brushing your teeth, flossing or mouth washing.  Remember monkey say, monkey do;-)

Hope the above tips help:-)  For more fun and exciting dental tips, visit Happee Kiddie Facebook.

With a little bit of creativity and Happee Kiddie Toothpaste, tooth brushing will be more fun and we will be creating good dental habits for our children;-)

Flash those pearly whites and say Happee!:-)

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Disclosure:  Thanks to Happee Toothpast for coming up with 7 kid-citing flavors and sponsoring this post.

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