Progress Report: Cyler At Eleven Months

Last April 28, we celebrated Cyler’s 11th monthsary. I feel glad and sad at the same time, glad cause Cyler was able to accomplished so many things at this stage of his life, sad because of the fact that he is about to enter the world of Tots or Toddler soooon. I can’t imagine how time flies, it seems like a blink of an eye, as in! Last night, I’m just staring at him while he’s sleeping, and I was like grabe ang laki na ng anak ko (with matching teary eye), tapos bigla niya kong nasipa sa mukha! PAK! Sira ang moment ko! HeheΒ  Cyler is looking more like a little boy each day and acts like a little boy.

Anyhoo, here’s Cyler progress report :

Early Literacy/Language Development:

  • He can carry the books and turn the book pages on his own.
  • Points at picture with one finger and sometimes put books on his mouth. Hehe
  • Narrates while reading the book, sometimes he laugh at the picture.
  • Babbles with inflection
  • He can say “No” when he doesn’t want something. He shows it by simple gestures, shaking his head.

Motor:

  • He likes climbing at the headboard (Sometimes, ginagawa niya kaming ladder ng Daddy niya. πŸ˜€ ).
  • Starting to walk with assistance.
  • Stands momentarily without support.
  • He can easily imitates gestures
  • Can hold his feeding bottle alone, finally!

Eating:

  • He prefers veggies than fruits, he likes spinach, broccoli and squash.
  • He likes drinking more water now, before we need to force him before he drinks it.
  • He prefer to eat than to drink milk.
  • Starting to become a picky eater, but good thing he likes veggies(Wag lang sana mag-mana sa Daddy niya,hindi kumakain ng gulay, My gulay! *Tumbling*).

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I’m very happy with all his achievements at this stage and looking forward for his more milestones. Keep it up sweetie, Mommy and Daddy is so proud of you! We love you!

My source of strength.

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The Tooth Hurts

As early as five months Cyler started teething. We noticed that his gums became swollen and there’s a white spot in the gums area. A week after, when I slide my index finger along his gums I felt something hard. Right there, on the bottom: a tooth! Moving forward, he has now a total of 8 tooth (teeth), and his molars are starting to peek out on his gums. It’s nice to see him building a beautiful smile, but it breaks my heart to see him uncomfortable and in pain. So we asked Dra. Vienne about this, she suggested that we give him paracetamol whenever his in pain especially at night so he can sleep better. Because Cyler is having a hard time sleeping at night when he’s teething. But I’m really glad because he never gets any fever. Also, she suggested that we put his pacifier or teether on the freezer, because colds slightly numbs the area. Sometimes I let him chew his blanket or wash cloth, cause Cyler wants to bite everything. He likes biting me, his daddy and even his lolo and lola. My gulay! But it’s fine, that’s totally understandable. He prefers thumb sucking than using pacifier, I noticed that it become his pain reliever. So I let him do it, besides Dra. Vienne said that it’s fine and it’s normal but she also said that we should stop his thumb sucking habit before he reach 2 years old, it might cause dental problems. I also love thumb sucking when I was a little kid, maybe he got this habit from me. #BakaLangNaman

The Smart Feature article of Smart Parenting July 2011 issue helps me on how to properly care my infant’s teeth. You can follow these tips:
β€’ wipe a clean, wet washcloth over the gums daily. Start doing this even before your baby has any teeth. Personally, I use a cotton in wiping his gums, just cover your index finger with a cotton and put a small amount of water and massage it to your infant’s gums.
β€’ Once a day, polish new teeth with a small, soft toothbrush. Cover it with a tiny smear of flouridated children’s toothpaste. I started using a toothbrush on Cyler’s teeth when he was 7mos. because he has 6 tooth (teeth) already at that time and it became his daily favorite habit. No more pilitan moment for us cause he really loves brushing his teeth.
β€’ Schedule a dental appointment around her first birthday. Now this is my next plan for Cyler.

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At 5 months he has 2 teeth already.

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At 7 months his front teeth are almost complete (Lakas lang maka-Twilight, nauna kasi yung pangil niya tumubo. Hehe)

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And now, no more twilight days.. I mean toothless smile for Cyler! πŸ™‚

Teething is part of every child’s milestone and I am looking forward for his next milestone. πŸ™‚

P.S. Still, the best remedies are hugs and kisses from Mommy and Daddy. πŸ™‚

Healthy Way to Start your Day

Breakfast is the most important meal, so why not start your day is by eating nutritious food. I am a big fan of organic foods because I prefer foods that are grown without pesticides or other chemicals. Besides, I am a mom and a wifey who want’s to protect my family’s health. Anyhoo, just wanna share with you guys what I usually eat every morning.

Here’s the easy-peasy step in preparing this healthy breaky.

Whatchanid:
Health Valley Organic Golden Flax Cereal (you can buy this at any Healthy Options)
Honey
Banana (or any fruits)
Milk (or any other brand of milk)

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First and Final step: Simply mix all the ingridients in a bowl, and you’re good it’s ready to eat. πŸ™‚

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I love putting honey on my cereal because I want to add some sweetness to it and it’s healthy. Honey has good health benefits: (1)can energise your body, (2)boost immunity , (3)fight bacteria and (4) ANTI-CANCER. Milk gives you strong bones and helps to prevent osteoporosis. This great-tasting cereal comes from grains and flax grown in organic farm, I’m really a fan of organic foods cause I know it’s really safe for my family and I’m sure that this are grown without pesticides or other chemicals. This cereal contains Omega-3 fatty acids from flax seed, Omega-3 fatty acids are type of “good” fat that supports a healthy heart and blood vessels. It’s also a good source of protein and an excellence source of fiber to support a healthy digestive system. This is all perfect for all preggy mommies because its an excellence source of fiber and support a healthy digestive system. Could you imagine by simply eating this you can get a bunch of benefits?! Winner diba?! πŸ™‚

Now what are you waiting for? Always start your day with a healthy habit. And remember, the healthiest way to start your day is by eating nutritious food.Happy breaky! πŸ™‚

Who’s Hiding Inside the Box?

Peak-a-boo is one of Cyler’s fave game and I guess most of the babies like this too.

Now this is Cyler’s own version of peak a boo:

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Step 1: Cover Daddy’s head using a box.

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Step 2: Make sure he won’t see you and check if he’s still breathing. Hehe

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Step 3: Now it’s time!
Daddy: Peak- a-boo! I see you!

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Step 4: Repeat step 1! ( Oh poor daddy, hehe)

Share your child’s own version of peak-a-boo. πŸ™‚

Love, Mommy

Finally, I’ve found the perfect book for me – Love, Mommy by Judith Siblin- Librach. This book is the most heartfelt book that I have read in a long time. I enjoyed every page so much that I could hardly put the book down. I can relate with the author, because we are on the same boat, we are both a child of divorce. This is why I have been so motivated to give my child the attention, close, happy, deeply safe and loving family I never had.

Author Judy Siblin-Librach are encouraging all of us to write a letter to our babies. She encourages mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other relatives and friends to join in and try to rebuild those early years for their children. It’s not important if you’re not good in writing, because there is only one person your children want to hear from: you, their mommy, or daddy and not some Shakesperian genius. Remember that love letters are always cherished.

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This is a book that helps parents restore their child’s memories for them.

Here’s my love letter for Cyler:

Dearest Cyler,
The day you we’re born was the happiest moment of my life. I can still remember the day when I was pregnant with you, you always moved your whole body as if you are dancing on my belly. That’s one of a kind experienced for me. Oh, I can still remember the day you we’re born, I cry so hard because I was so happy. I know every pain is worth it, because I knew that at the end of it all, I’d have the greatest thing on earth, which of course, was you. Cyler, you didn’t cry when you we’re born and you’re the most quiet baby in the nursery room. It is the moment I will cherish forever. I can’t believe that miracle is happening to me. For me, you are heavent sent from above, you are miracle. You totally change my life completely, and you made my life more meaningful. Cyler, I just wanna say thank you for teaching us how to love unconditionally. You don’t have to do anything but just be, you are perfect just the way you are. Mommy and Daddy will always be here for you and will do anything for you. May you grow in love and with God.

I love you more than you’ll ever know.

Much Love,
Mommy

And when I struggle intensely with putting all these wonderful feelings into words, one thing became clear: I wanted my son to know how I felt about him and this was a way to begin expressing that love.

Chronicling the precious memories of your child is priceless, because you are giving them back their memory that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

The Best Birthday Gift Ever, A Love Letter!

Today, I received the best birthday gift ever…. a love letter from my loving hunky loveydududz Cj. When I came home from work, I’ve found a white envelope inside the cabinet. I thought it’s a phone bill or credit card bill, but it’s too big so I checked it. When I opened it, I’ve found out that it was a love letter from my one and only bebe damulag! I got really excited to read it coz it’s been a long time since he write a letter for me. Anyhoo, I was supah dupah extremely kilig to the bones and supah drama when I started reading the letter. Hon, I feel so lucky to have a husband like you , Ikaw ang katuparan ko sa di karaniwang pangarap. I love you so mucho!

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Look what I found on my drawer (actually it’s my undergarments drawer, kaw hon ah. Hehe)

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Cover palang kinikilig nako! Hihi

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I need more tissue please..

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Hon, you really know how to touch my heart. (Pang MMK ang letter ah.. in fairness Hon!)

Thanks Hon for the letter!

P.S. Here’s the three letter that describes my feelings for you… I-O-U!

Hugs and Kisses

Today, I went at Booksale and was able to buy 5 books for Php340 only. I was able to buy Hugs and Kisses by Loupy/Tarlet for 65 bucks only,There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss for 70 bucks only, The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss for 65 bucks only, Mary & Baby Jesus by Zonderkidz for 60 bucks only, and since today is my birthday (yes, it’s my birthday) I bought a book for myself, I was able to buy Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach for 80 bucks only. Going to Booksale has become a habit to me (Kahit birthday ko I was able to drop by at the store pa rin, adik lang diba? Hehe) . I guess, it was a great birthday treat for myself. πŸ™‚

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Here’s the books that I purchased today.

Anyhoo, I wanna share every pages of the book Hugs and Kisses to all of you cause I find it heart warming for a mother like me and I guess it’s one of my fave book now.

So, here it is..
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Hugs and Kisses by Christopher Loupy/Eve Tharlet

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Hugs want to know all about kisses. So he asks the farm animals.

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A duck’s kiss is a bit hard, but quite refreshing.

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A pig’s kiss is scratchy, but very tender.

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A horse’s kiss is damp and sticky, but so warm.

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A butterfly’s kiss tickles, but it’s simply wonderful.

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But a mother’s kiss is the best kiss of all! The end..

I guess, nothing beats a mother’s kiss. πŸ™‚

Btw, I love the book that I bought for myself, the title of the book is Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach. It’s all about writing love letters to your baby. I will make a blog post about this book soon.

Generally, my birthday is complete not only because of the books but because my family is with me on my special day. Thank you Lord for this wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Smart Parenting: My Parenting Partner

I love reading Smart Parenting. It all started when I’m still pregnant with Cyler, I was on a bookstore and searching for parenting advice when I saw this magazine. October 2010 issue was my first SP, ‘Preggy 101’ article helps me a lot and it gaves me a lot of ideas. Since then, I make sure to get every issue. ‘Preggy picks’ and ‘Smart picks’ article was a big help for me. The article helped me tremendously in determining what to buy for Cyler. I was looking for a good photographer for Cyler’s first photoshoot when I found ‘Blow Up Babies’ Full Production Photography on January/February 2011 issue. I was extremely impressed with their works, I must say. I was amazed by the very informative articles I could relate too. I am more confident and panatag Mom because SP is my parenting partner.

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Here are some of my SP collection

Truly, being a parent is a big challenge every day but thanks to SP for helping me out. I am looking forward to more knowledgeable advice from you. πŸ™‚

 

FYR:

BLOW UP BABIES are located at 2/F Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For bookings / inquiries, call 909-7998 / 909-7999 / 0917-8BLOWUP (256987)

Store hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 8:00pm (Last shoot at 6:00pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Last shoot at 7:00pm)

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Details and DIYs

Here are some of the details and DIY on Cyler’s christening.

Baptismal Invitation:

Thanks to my CIL Jus who did the layout and designs of the invitation.

Baptismal Outfit:

Grey and white polo shirt from Baby Couture

Grey bodysuits from Baby Gap and shoes from Fisher Price

Thanks Ninang Yen for the bodysuits. πŸ™‚

My dress is from Folded&Hung and Hubby’s polo from Memo. Our motif is grey. πŸ™‚

Giveaways:

Cuppies

Cupcake Tower

The cupcake cost 50/each including the box, plus delivery charge. The design was in 3d and 2d. Sorry, I don’t have any close up shot of the cupcake designs, but it was a baby shoes and a star. We just borrowed the cupcake stand to our supplier. The name of our supplier is Joyce, she was introduced to me by a common friend. I ordered vanilla flavor, I want velvet sana kaso it’s not bagay to the color blue icing and motif.

Giveaways from Max’s Restaurant

This is included on Max’s baptismal package. The design was animals (who board on Noah’s ark). It’s super cute!

Decorations:

Theme: Noah’s Ark

The decorations and table centerpieces are included in the package too. Oh diba super sulit?! πŸ™‚

Guest Book:

Notebook from Papemelroti

Letters and Design from National Bookstore

For the guest book, I bought a notebook in Papemelroti , then I put Cyler’s picture on the cover. The letter’s and designs are from National Bookstore.

Meaningful messages from his godparents.. πŸ™‚

What’s next?! Cyler’s 1st Birthday party planning! Can’t waiit! πŸ™‚

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Church

“Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is our first choice for Cyler’s christening. We wanted the baptismal rites to be solemn and private. The church has they’re own Baptistry, so Hubby and I thinks that “Shrine of Jesus” is the perfect one for Cyler’s christening. The church doesn’t required any letter from our Parish, they just need the photocopy of birth and marriage certificate. Fee is two thousand five hundred pesos (Php 2,500) with one pair of sponsors and additional one hundred (Php100) per pair for the additional sponsors. We scheduled the baptism two-weeks prior to actual date, good thing the date and time that we wanted are still available. We scheduled it on Cyler’s 3rd month, so there’s two thing that we are celebrating on that day, his christening and his 3rd monthsary. The candles and baptismal dress are provided by the Parish, so it’s hassle-free.

“Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and the Life”

Brief Description:
Built in 1999, this is the only church in Roxas Boulevard and one of the newer places of worship in Metro Manila. It is made of wood and colored brown with gold highlights.

The Altar

I really love the structure of the church, I must say.

Btw, they only allow parents, godparents and photographer inside the Baptistry and they are very strict with this. We started thirty minutes late because the Priest was late, that’s the downside. But since the Priest was late they allowed all our guests to enter the Baptistry, now that’s the upside. The Baptismal rites went well and very solemn.

Inside the Baptistry

The Rites of Baptism:

The Baptism of the child

Pouring of the holy water on the child’s head.

The Anointing with the Chrism

The White Garment

The baptismal garment is put on the child.

The Paschal Candle

The father or godfather lights the Easter candle.

The Lords Prayer

Look, Cyler is listening attentively to Father (sorry, I forgot the name of the Priest).

The Blessing

Thanks be to God, Cyler is now a true blooded Christian.

More photos of the ceremony are posted here.

After the ceremony:

The handsome godfathers

The pretty godmothers

The godparents on they’re wackiest shot

More photos in the church are posted here.

Btw, thanks to my CIL Jus for being the official photographer on that day. πŸ™‚

Church: Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Reclamation Area, Pasay City

Date: August 28,2011

Time: 2:00PM

Cyrus Schuyler’s Christening: The Reception

If you are on a tight budget and you want to have a hassle free celebration , I highly recommend Max’s Restaurant .The resto offers the best menu at the lowest price ever, the food is good and affordable. Would you believe that we only pay less than 18 thousand pesos for the venue that is good for 80pax? The total cost of Cyler’s Baptismal is less than 20 thousand pesos, yes less than 20 thousand pesos only (including the giveaways and DIY’s). We are expecting for 50 guest but more than 80 guest show up! But it’s fine, the more the merrier, right?! Hehe We almost occupied the whole resto, but what I also like about having the reception in a resto is the assurance that there will be food for everyone even if more than expected guests show up. Lesson learned: Do not rely on RSVP. Hehe

Anyhoo, they have four menu for Christening package and we chose Menu 1 standard. They have premium and standard, the premium includes all the amenities while the standard doesn’t include all the amenities. Here’s the list of amenities and menu that we get:

  • Nachos with Bangus Spread
  • Soup of the day
  • Pancit Canton
  • Lumpiang Shanghai
  • Chopsuey
  • Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
  • Caramel Bar
  • Plain Rice
  • Softdrinks and Icetea

Inclusive of:

  • 2 hours use of venue
  • Free use of bassinet
  • Decorated Party Area
  • Party Balloons
  • Balloon Centerpieces
  • Tarpaulin Banner Rental
  • Invitations
  • Gift for the Baby
  • Souvenirs
  • 5% discount certificate (for next party)

Note:

  • Php2,988 per additional full table
  • Php1495 per additional half-table

I decided to forgo the cake and guest book on the package, instead of cake pinalitan ko nalang ng cupcake para pang giveaway na rin since hindi naman makakain ng guest ung cake then the guest book it’s DIY, plus naka-less pako. πŸ™‚ We added another full table and half-table nung dumami bigla yung guest, good thing the food didn’t served late.

They also have a “Ninong ko si Max” promo. Max’, the celebrated figure behind Max’s Restaurant will be the official “ninong” or godfather of every infant and child who will celebrate their christening reception at Max’s Resto. Every year, until they reach the age 7, the child can expect christmas and birthday presents from their doting Ninong Max, plus they are also priviledge to receive treats at Max’s Corner Bakery goodies every time they visit Ninong Max’s resto (with a min purchase of Php200). They also get a special 15% discount on their 1st and 7th birthday! Oh diba ang generous ni Ninong Max?! (Havey na havey!)

“Ninong ko si Max” certificate πŸ™‚

Theme: Noah’s Ark

Happy christening Cyler!

The proud parents πŸ™‚

The Ricafort Family

I am now a certified true christian πŸ™‚

  • Venue: Max’s Restaurant, Bluewave Macapagal
  • Time: 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
  • Theme: Noah’s Ark

More photos posted here.

Max’s Restaurant never fails to amaze me and satisfy my guests tummies. I believe that christening should not be expensive. Actually, Max’s Restaurant is our wedding reception too! Hindi naman kami masyadong suki diba?! πŸ˜€

Oh Dear, Another Year

Oh dear, it’s another year for me! Two days from now and it’s my birthday again! Woo hoo! Hooray for the wonderful years of my life! For me, my birthday is one of the most wonderful time of my life because I have so many things to be thankful for. I guess I already received the greatest gift that anyone could ever had, my family. And I think, I could not ask for more, yan na ang pinaka-bonggang gift sa lahat! Umiral nanaman ang ka-dramahan ko! Oh gosh, parang kailan lang 12 years old palang ako, ngayon 13 years old nako. Hahaha! Oh walang ko-kontra, birthday ko ‘to! πŸ˜›

First and foremost , lemme say thank you to the following:

  • To the Almighty God for giving me another exciting year to live, thank you for all the countless blessings you have given me. Truly without you I am nothing. I owe you everything, I love you Papa God! πŸ™‚
  • To my husband Cj, thank you for the endless love and patience you have given me. You’re a dependable source of comfort and you’re my cushion when I fall.I love you Hon more than you know. And to our son Cyler, thank you for teaching me how to love unconditionally and for always making me feel a one proud Mommy.Keep it up sweetie, I will always be here for you no matter what. As far as the eye can see, that’s how much I love you.
  • To my dearest relatives and friends: Thank you for making my life more meaningful and wonderful. And thank you for sharing your life with me. They say “Count Your Age By Friends, Not Years.” , in fairness ang dami ninyong naka-tiis sa mga kabaliwan ko! From the bottom of my happy heart, thank you so much guys! My life won’t be as exciting as this without you, I love you all!

And of course mawawala ba naman ang birthday wishlist?! Of course not! Hehe

Now Here’s my top 6 birthday wishes:

  1. A house and lot! Why not chocnut?!
  2. A family trip to HongKong and Macau!
  3. An iPad2 or iPad3.. and an iPhone5! (meron naba?excited much lang, sorry! =p)
  4. A new pair of shoes from VNC and a bag from CMG or XOXO! I’m only a woman, born to love shoes and bags.
  5. A total hair make-over! Oh yeah, kikayness in the house! My last hair makeover was 1 1/2 years ago, could you imagine that?! I really think I need this one. Napaglipasan na ng panahon ung hair ko, my goodness!
  6. A new pair of Havianas summer collection!

And above all these material things, I’m just a simple woman who have a simple wish, to have a happy and healthy family. Btw, I am now accepting gifts pero better kung cash. LOL! Ang hindi daw magbigay ng gift mamalasin sabi sa Feng Shui, just kidding! But they say jokes are half-meant true, right? πŸ˜› #WishLangNaman

That’s it pansit! Advance Happy Birthday to me!

The Birthday Girl! Naks! πŸ˜€

Go Shawie it’s your birthday we gonna party like it’s your birthday! =p

P.S. Age is only a number, and mine is unlisted. πŸ˜›

Booksale is Love!

This Frugalicious Kikay Mommy just found a new love or should I say addiction –Booksale! It never came across my mind that I could find interesting and good books from a second hand book store. Plus you can avail the books for the cheaper price evaahh! I’ve read on my CIL Ate Maggie’s blog post about Booksale, I was really amazed about the prices and the books that she bought at Booksale. Thanks to her very informative blog. And so, I visited the nearest one in our area, at SM San Lazaro. I usually buy magazines at Booksale, but I never tried to buy a book. It’s my first time to buy a book there and I really enjoy it. Sa sobrang tuwa and enjoy ko nakabili ako ng 8 books for 800 bucks only! Imagine?! It supposed to be 10 books, but the two books are not in good condition anymore so I didn’t buy it. Anyway, there’s still next time, I guess 8 books are not bad.

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These are the books that I bought from Booksale. I soo love it, really! πŸ™‚

Booksale is a great place to find obscure and cheap used books. Perfect for frugalicious Mommies and book lovers out there! I was able to buy six Dr. Seuss’ books for 120 bucks each, can you imagine that?! Those books would cost around Php300-Php500 if bought brand new. I was able to buy Excuse Me by Karen Katz and Cars by Disney & Pixar for 65 bucks only (Havey na Havey!). My goodness! All books that I bought are hardbound and in a usable condition. Btw, the prices range from Php20 to Php 300+ depending on the title and condition of the book. And here’s the good thing, the books at the Booksale branch in SM San Lazaro are organized per author and genre. I feel so lucky coz I didn’t have a hard time finding the books that I want.

Here are the things I learned on buying preloved books:
β€’ Some of the books are not in good condition anymore, so ensure that the books that you are going to buy is in a usable condition.
β€’ Check the book pages if it’s still complete.
β€’ If you want the book then buy it now,
most of the books have limited copies only.
β€’ Make sure you check all the shelf, because I noticed that the good books are placed in the farthest shelf.

Overall, it was a great shopping experienced for me. I’m pretty sure that all budget-minded person will love this too! I love all the books that I bought for Cyler. Me thinks that I will go there more often, maybe once a month or twice.. or thrice..

BOIKIDO: The Toy Next Door

As I promised in my previous blog post, here’s my rave reviews to Boikido Eco-Friendly Toys.

Lemme start now, I’ve always wanted to buy a wooden toys for Cyler due to the following reasons:

  • it lasts longer compare to the plastic toys
  • it is more educational
  • its non-toxic
  • its Battery free
  • And most importantly it is environmentally friendly! O diba bongga?!

First, lemme share with you my first wooden toy experienced. The first time I bought a wooden toy I get so disappointed kasi natatanggal agad ung paint and then it has sharp edges too, I find it really dangerous for Cyler. And I’m not sure kung saan gawa ung paint, I was so devastated and disappointed (my OA-ness and OC-ness began) with his first wooden toy. But that’s not the end of my wooden toys adventure, this Usi (short for Usisera) Mommy didn’t stop finding the perfect wooden toys for her bebe. We were at Trinoma Mall then when I saw these supah-dupah cute colourful wooden toys, and I found out that it was Boikido! πŸ˜›

Boikido, Eco-Friendly Toy

It was love at first sight, when I first saw Boikido (even my Hubby loves Boikido too!). I must say, it’s the toy next door! I began to love wooden toys again! Btw, Boikido is a French brand of wooden toys that is fun, educational, colourful, and environmentally friendly and are compatible to mother’s and children’s needs. They are using soy bean inks certified by ASA ( American Soybean Association), so its super safe for the kids(nawala ang OA-ness and Oc-ness ko bigla!). Soybean oil and Soy Bean protein used in this ink are a bio reducible non-toxic predominantly vegetable oil paint comprising a paint base and a colorant blend. It’s safe kahit ngatngatin at kagat-kagatin ng baby, good for Cyler who likes to bite everything and likes to put everything on his mouth. Plus,these toys will help boost baby’s brain development. They’re designs are unique and unparallel to any other products and was designed exclusively in France by a top team of designers. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s definitely worth it. I bet you should see it yourself. Definitely, this is the right toy for my little boy.

Boikido offers the following:

Cubes, Stacking, Puzzles, Role Play, and a baby?! Oops the baby is not included. Hehe

Musical Toys

Educational Eco Toys

Push & Play Wagons

Now here’s Cyler while indulging his first Boikido eco-friendly and fun learning toy.

The super kaduper excited baby!

While his daddy is assembling the table, this little boy can’t wait to play his first “Activity Table” from Boikido.

Learning while playing. πŸ˜€

Maze – develop baby’s patience

More maze, more patience! πŸ™‚

Helps the baby to determine shapes. πŸ™‚

Definitely, it’s the perfect toy for my little bunny, Cyler.

Cyler enjoyed his first ever Boikido, I’m pretty sure your little ones will enjoy it too! Me thinks that we will surely buy more fun learning eco-friendly toys for him.

To all the Mommies our there, what are you waiting for?! Bili na! It’s worth every penny! πŸ™‚

BTW, Boikido are available at all Youjie&Me boutique and Rustans Dept. Store.

P.S. Take Care of the world and buy Eco-friendly Toys! -BOIKIDO

Finding Time For Me Time

One of my favorite time is “me time”, for me it’s always a perfect time to relax, to enjoy, and to meditate. I usually go to “Lets Face It” spa salon in Glorietta twice a month. They’ve got everything that I want they have massage, facial, mani, pedi, etc. I love pampering myself after a long tiring day from work, I guess everybody want it too. Yun na lang yung treat ko sa sarili ko. Why not diba? Ang saya umuwi ng bahay ng hindi pagod. Tapos makikita ko pa yung hubby and baby ko pag uwi ko, ay perfect na perfect na ang araw ko! Actually today, I supposed to go to the gym but then bigla akong inatake ng katamaran! Shocks! Ang hirap pala labanan! Hehe

Btw, Here are my rituals when I’m in the spa:

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1. Facial
FYI: Hindi po yan si Corazon ang unang aswang, ako po yan. Just want to be clear. =p

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2. Mani & Pedi
Ate wag po.. Wag ninyo pong murderin ang paa ko! Hindi po yan lalaban. Hehe

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3. Foot spa and massage
Perfect for my feet na parating stress sa heels. πŸ™‚

These are the top 3 things that I love to do when I’m having me time. Now I feel much better now.

How do you spend your “me” time? πŸ™‚

Gotta go sago!

P.S. to Cyler and Cj: Pauwi na si Mommy! Can’t wait to see you guys! πŸ™‚

EASTERIFIC SUNDAY!

Today is Cyler’s first Easterific Sunday and we want his first Easter celebration to be special and memorable. The main reason we are celebrating the Easter is because this day Jesus Christ has risen. So we started our day by attending the mass in the morning, to give thanks and glory to the Lord. When I was a little kid, me and my Tita Nanin always celebrate the Easter Sunday in our Church. We used to have an egg hunting game after the service, that’s one of my memorable childhood experienced. I want my son Cyler to experience the same thing too. I want his first Easter Sunday to become memorable too. I know he wouldn’t appreciate it for now, but I know he will remember all the good things that we did for him when he grow up. Anyway, after the mass we went to Trinoma for the Easter event. The Easter theme for this year is “Mad Lab Science”. We came a bit late on the event, the egg painting was finished already but it’s fine I know Cyler will not appreciate it for now. There are lots of booths on the event, so we just checked all the booths.

Here’s the sched of the said event:

The Event Program

Here’s the EGGzhiting photos:

Welcome to the world of EGG’s?!

Cuteee Lil’ Chick! πŸ™‚

In fairness, ang tindi ng spotlight dito ah! Dinugo ang kili-kili namin! πŸ˜›

The Booths:

Hobbes and Landes

Egg Painting

Toys R Us

Here’s mah ride! =p

The Riders πŸ˜€

Mom: He got this curious looks again. Oh-uh!
Cyler: Me likey! Broom! Broom!

The Walking Bebe:

Look at those happy feet. πŸ˜€

with matching sipol pa! Hehe

Daddy hurry up!:P

He really loves walking now. Good job Cyler! We’re very proud of you! πŸ™‚

After the event, we went straight to Youjie&Me boutique. We bought BOIKIDO eco-friendly learning toys for Cyler, just like what I said on my previous blog post we want more eco-friendly toys for our little boy. Not only because we care to our son, we care to the world too. πŸ™‚

Say yes to eco-friendly learning toys and no to plastic battery operated toys!:)

Here’s the sneak peek of BOIKIDO‘s eco-friendly learning toys:

WARNING: These toys are addictive! As in! πŸ˜€

Eco-friendly Learning Toys from BOIKIDO

Don’t you just love these colorful toys?! My goodness! @_@

Cyler: Me likey this Cart!
Mommy: Me tooo! πŸ˜€

He really likes these toys! Don’t worry Mom and Dad will buy you….one. =p

I must say, the price is right. You should see it yourself! πŸ™‚

I’ll make a blog post about BOIKIDO very sooon! I hope hindi na 48 years mag upload that time! πŸ˜› For now eto muna! Hihihi

BTW, here’s my kikay outfit for this day (singit lang!Hehe):

Tangerine Tees and Leggings from SM Dept. Store, Belt and Shoes from The Ramp, Body bag from NineWest

Anyhoo, let’s go back to my topic. Sorry for the singit outfit. Before we go home, we went to the family lounge to take some rest. Ayala Malls has the best family lounge, it’s cozy and clean.If you’re an A-Card or Ayala Card holder, the family lounge is for free.

It’s so cozy I’m gonna dieee! πŸ˜›

Not only cozy ang sosi too! πŸ™‚

Play area

He immediately fell in love with the Lego.

It’s time to go home, my bebe is tired already. πŸ™‚

Happy Easter! Celebrate the Easter like it’s your first! πŸ™‚

We had a blast! Thank you Lord for this wonderful day! πŸ™‚

How’s your holyweek? πŸ™‚

Finding the Right Pedia For Cyler

Finding Dra. Vienne Saulog is the best thing that I ever made for my little boy. He is Cyler’s 3rd pedia already, ever since Cyler was born I’ve been searching for the right pedia for him. His first pedia was not-so-good, because she doesn’t check Cyler’s thoroughly and she doesn’t give any advices for Cyler’s development. And for me that’s a big NO!NO! So I decided to look for a new one. His 2nd pedia was our cousin’s family pedia. Just like the first one, I am not panatag about her too. My mommy senses tells that I need to find the right one. A someone who will check Cyler’s thoroughly and someone I can ask everything about my son’s development (Hindi ung turok lang ng turok ng bakuna! My gulay!).

One day, my cousin Ate Maggie shared her new blog to me. I read on one of her blog post about Dra. Vienne Saulog. I immediately asked her if Dra. Saulog is an accredited doctor of Maxicare, so we can use Cyler’s health card. She said that Dra is an accredited Doctor of Maxicare. Dra. Vienne has three clinic, one in Paseo de Magallanes, one in St. Lukes Global, and one in Asian Hospital. I like that they allow pre enlisting, perfect for our tight sched. Also, she is highly recommended by most Mommies.

We went to Paseo clinic for Cyler’s first check up with Dra. He was 3 months old at that time. Cyler’s immediately fell in love with the cozy play area. I like the hanging animal toys on the ceiling too. We were scheduled at 4pm and was attended by Dra before 5pm. Not bad, because when it was our turn she was not rushing at all. I was not expecting her to be THAT thorough. She asked that we removed Cyler’s clothes and his diaper so she can check the bikini and anal area. She also ran her fingers to Cyler’s scalp to check if there’s any lymph node. She noticed the white pots on Cyler’s forehead, she suggested that we apply Cethaphil lotion to that area. Also, I told her about Cyler’s dry scalp. She said it’s normal to baby and she suggested that we apply baby oil on the dry area and comb it. She checked Cyler’s height, weight and even the circumference of his head to find if it’s right to his age. She said that Cyler’s weight is just right for his age(as much as possible she doesn’t want the baby to become obese) and she said that Cyler is tall for his age(Sana hindi magmana sa height ni Mommy. Hehe). She mentioned that Cyler’s skills are advanced for his age(Pumalakpak bigla ang tenga ko! Haha!) . She gave us all the details and tips that we needed for Cyler’s development (Actually, hindi nako magkanda ugaga kaka take down ng notes. Haha! ). And she said that Cyler is a well and active baby, so there’s nothing to worry about. πŸ™‚

Now its final, Dra. Vienne Saulog is Cyler’s official pedia. This time its for real! πŸ˜€

Btw, Dra. Saulog is so pretty and has a good skin complexion. I wonder what’s her beauty regimen. Umiral nanaman ang ka-kikayan ko daba?!Hihi

Welcome to our family, Dra. Vienne Saulog!

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This is Cyler’s first ever check up with Dra. Saulog (He was 3 months old here).

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One Health Clinic at Paseo de Magallanes (He was 4 months old here)

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At St. Lukes Global. (He was 7 months old here)

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Cyler was mesmerized by the wall paint and hanging toys.

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He really love these kind of toys, look how serious he is. (He was 9 months old here)

Share your pedia stories with me. πŸ™‚

Btw, here’s Dra’s clinic and sched:

One Health Clinic in Paseo de Magallanes

853 8663

MWFSa 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tue Thurs 2:30 pm -3:30 pm

Receptionist – Rem

Asia Hospital

771 9334

T TH 4-7PM

Friday 9:00 am-12:00 nn

St Lukes Global

789 7700 loc 7737

Mon-Thurs, Sat 9:30 am-1:30 pm

KMS Cooks: Eggplant Parmigiana Ala Kikay Mommy Sha

After 3 years finally I have the guts to cook again! I used to cook before, but I was insanely busy at work so I wasn’t able to. This dish was introduced by my office-mate Anna, she’s really a pasta lover and most of the time her baonΒ is pasta. One day she shared her pasta with us, Oh-my-gulay! her Eggplant Parmigiana is so tasty! It makes my mouth watery. I must say that BinuhayΒ niyaΒ angΒ natutulogΒ kong chef na kaluluwa! Anyhoo, let me share with you my version of this dish.

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