The Week that Was: Nutrition Week of My Pre-Schooler

It has been a busy week for my pre-schooler.  Monday was their fruit costume parade.  Grover!  Na-challenge ang aking creative skills because we needed to make costumes for them out of cartolina etc.  My first question was,  how in the world, does he wear a cartolina?  Of course the internet is not lacking in resources.

strawberry fruit costume

I made him into an adorable strawberry:-) hehe it was the easiest.  I just tied a string on it and hung it over his neck.

Thursday, I was the guest parent and I was invited to prepare a healthy snack for the kids.  It was a bit challenging because reality tells me most kids think healthy is boring and not yummy, nyikes!   I relied on what works for my kids.  Thanks to my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer,  I was able to make juice from fresh carrots, pineapples, apples and oranges and the kids loved it!  They enjoyed dumping the fruits and veggies in the juicer chute and watch it transform to juice.  I also helped them prepare their own cheese with cucumber sandwich.  Some kids ate the sandwich, some didn’t but everyone loved the juice.  Lasang pineapple-orange of Del Monte:-)

The culminating activity was an hour long parent-child session at CrossFit!  All the kids enjoyed.  My son was so flushed with joy his cheeks were all red.  And syempre ang mothers, napagod sa circuit training.  CrossFit has CrossFit Kids na pala.

Most of the parents in my son’s pre-school seems to be first time parents,  so you can just imagine the age gap!  I have a 13 year old!  O di ba?!?  pi-no-po nila ako!   Ancient!  There was another parent there feeling ko ka-age but ang sexy and ang ganda ng hair color, in fairnesses she looked younger!  Time to head to the salon and gym!!!

Lastly,  I’m in love with the pre-school of my son!  The curriculum is structured in a very holistic manner and the parents are heavily involved. They address all basic skills my son needs from writing, reading, manners, virtues, nationalism and health!  I can’t say the name just yet for privacy purposes but I will when he is in big school na.

How about you, how was your week?

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Trying to Get my Groove Back

that awesome feeling when you have finished all your workHi guys!  I have not had my rhythm in writing lately.  Parang I always want to write and I have a whole list of experiences to share with you but someone is stealing the time, all the time!

Actually it is not just in writing.  I feel I’m stuck in a rut in most things in my life right now.  You know the feeling na because there is so much things to do, you end up doing nothing?  Like I’m always chasing after what has to be done and not much sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.   I’m lethargic, cranky, moody and to top it all my insomnia and allergic rhinitis is in full swing!  Nakikisama sa gulo!

So in one of those many sleepless nights I read about how to get things done, what causes chronic stress and skimmed over a hundred quotes to rally me back to my mojo.

I headed over to Gretchen Rubin.com (Happiness Project author),  hindi naman masyadong self help ang dating di ba?;-)  She said in her article “Counter Intuitive Strategy that Really Works,” that if one approach doesn’t work,  try the opposite.  So if I am saying yes to everything, I should start saying no.  If I can’t write early in the morning,  I write in the evening (which is what I am doing now).  If I’m trying to do ten thousand things,  I do just one.

I don’t know how that would work for me but in these desperate times,  it wouldn’t hurt to try.

How about you guys?  How do you keep yourself sane with the 1,001 things to do in the in box?

Trying to Get my Groove Back,

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Ogalala: System in Play

Amina and Kids With Ogalala (2)

Go to a toy store and there are thousands of toys that can keep our 3 year old up and busy till Christmas!   Sometimes,  we don’t know which one to choose anymore because of the wide, wide array of choices. With a limited budget,  I want to choose a toy he will actually play with (kainis di ba if you buy and then he doesn’t want to play with it), learn from and of course enjoy.

I’m happy that the biggest toy company (importer of toys), Richwell, through their affiliate Internationale Globale Marques (IGM) is helping us sort and narrow down our choices through Ogalala System in Play.

Ogalala System in Play guides parents by providing milestones in areas of Social and Emotional, Physical or Motor Skills, Intellectual or Cognitive and Language Development.

They have identified the milestones of kids 0-12 (infant), 1-2 (toddler), 3-5 (pre-school) and 6 and up (gradeschooler).  The free and downloadable Ogalala Schedule provides activities, goals and recommended toys/materials for each age range. I think it’s a good and simple guide to help us go through wonderful playtime with our kids.

Here is a sample of their schedule.

ogalala - schedule

In the launch last Saturday,  I got to chat with IGM’s COO, Maye YaoCo Say,  and she was very passionate with Ogalala.  As an OC mom of 2,  she has long practiced system in play and is happy to share it through Ogalala.  IGM holds exclusive franchise for toys my kids and I already patronize like Crayola, Melissa and Doug, Baby Einstein, Animal Planet etc.  Ogalala is the native American term for an underwater irrigation system.  It aims to brings forth life for kids in the form of play, fashion, and exploration.

Try heading over to Ogalala and put system in play!

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Disclosure: TheGoMom was invited by IGM to the launch of Ogalala.

 

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