#GerifiedPH: Millennial Moms Ph’s #MomTribe Meet-Up for First-Time Moms

It takes a village to raise a child.

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The quote above was an old African proverb originated in Igbo and Yoruba now commonly known as Nigeria; it depicts the importance of an entire community in its active role in contributing to the rearing of one’s child.

Photo on the left: #Dabibot munching on a peeled carrot. Instead of eating chips and deep fries, toddlers can munch on finger food like carrots, cucumbers and parsley. Just make sure that the toddler is always under an adult supervision.

One of my determined goals when I was a first time parent, was to breastfed my child exclusively for the first six months of his life and then, let him self-wean. It was a success. That is what I’m doing now for my second child. But my first-time mom journey wasn’t all wet kisses and tight hugs, and I can’t tell it is now that I’m a mom of two little gentlemen. I still have a lot to learn and I’m opening my mind to it; aside from wet kisses and tight hugs, I’m so ready for that still-hot poop and sour pukes, especially now that I got a millennial tribe behind my back.

Millennial Moms are mothers who were born between 1978 and 1994.

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The quote above was what came into my mind the moment I learned about this offline meet up – a transition into the modern era that Millennial Moms Philippines summed up to be hashtag #MomTribe.

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Millennial Moms Ph provides an offline avenue for moms to SHARE, INSPIRE and CONNECT with other moms in a workshop or seminar type of events  where they advocate to help and teach millennials parents to be good in keeping their homes and family in a good state – just like how women of tribes do to cultivate and nourish the village. Hence, moms would love to work inside the home.

  • To be good homemakers
  • To survive when maids are not around
  • To train and guide helpers in the household

#MomTribe

The #MomTribe Meet Up event held last June 24 was very laid back. Breastfeeding moms are everywhere. Crying babies and laughing running toddlers was a norm and no one judged anyone.

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Everyone was welcomed and understood. I feel like I belong… I didn’t bring my toddlers with me because the hubby is gracious enough to make pasyal the kids in the mall while I’m in the event but I like how moms with crying babies for the first time will not look others in the eyes apologetically – I wished I brought Dabibot.

I love how everyone was whispering that the baby’s is cute, so chubby. Humbly excusing and proudly excused were the exchanges of the conversation – babywearing, using strollers, breastfeeding, bottle-fed, mix feeding, using disposable diapers, cloth diaper users. Just a smile and a nod, no mommy shaming.

Everyone was dog-eyed seeing the babies cue or smile. And everyone gasp when a baby smacked her face on the table.

Finally, an avenue for moms.

The event was hosted by millennial mom behind the Millennial Moms Ph, Ms. Dette Zulueta. She introduced us to the Mom Tribe Community, its advocacy and its sponsors that made the event possible.

Then we were grouped into four. The Super Moms, the Hot Mommas, the Anata Hearts and the Wonder WoMoms (our group). We introduced ourselves to each other and talked about our backgrounds.

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In our group, one’s a nurse, two are full-time moms, two are mom-prenuers and one corporate mom. Like a good mix, we learned and picked something from the other. It was really a refreshing intimate conversation for me after years of only talking to the drooling infants – I’m a work at home mom, afterall.

I didn’t get the chance to get a decent photo, the lactating treats from SugarSensationsPh went down the throat in less than a minute. I saved the lolly for later.

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Aside from the group activities, Asian Parenting held a human bingo.

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One of the things I learned the hard way is that when you are young, you are idealistic, but as you age, you should embrace the reality as well. One of the things I do to fight against the pressure of idealism is by practicing Stoicism – the art of not giving a care to people and circumstances that doesn’t help or improve you.

I never had a night life. Other moms in the group also has a limited social life after having the baby – and like a said earlier, everyone was refreshed on finally talking to another adult after a year of baby talking. Personally, one of the things I can’t do now is to travel alone. I don’t have anyone to leave the kids with and I’m a breastfeeding momma who hates pumping – add that to the equation and you’ll end up knowing I breastfeed even during my site inspection visits.

Usually, just an encouragement and affirmation that it’s okay, everything will fall into place is all I need to keep on striving and moving forward.

Makansutra

The #MomTribe held last Saturday and the future #MomTribe events was and will be held at Makansutra, 2nd floor of SM Megamall.

It rained prizes and gifts from sponsors like PLDT Home Fibr, Bite Lock, Smart Steps, Baby Company and a sample giveaways and live demo from Pampers.

More photos of the event here.

#MomTribe Meet-Up Schedule for the next few months are as follows:

August 12, September 16 and October 14, 2:00PM to 4:00PM at Makansutra, SM Megamall. Stay tuned on their official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MillennialMomsPH/

and join the tribe here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/millennialmomsph/ 

Other Social Networking Site:

Blog – www.millennialmomsph.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/millennialmomsph/

#GerifiedPH: Neonatal and Premature Infant Skincare

You’re preparing yourself to be patient in a waiting game called Pregnancy that usually take 40 weeks before meeting your new bundle-of-joy, but then, for whatever reason, the baby arrived too early.

Now you enter the world of preemie babies, you need all the support and guidance you can get while taking on this journey with your little baby. It’s overwhelming – an unknown water, so brace yourself – take a deep breath and exhale. Release everything that you’re holding in and plunge!preemies_still03.jpg

Read more to learn more about Preemie Care by Ms. Bambi Borneo, President of the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc.  Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Neonatal and Premature Infant Skincare”

The Care that Preterm Babies Deserve

Everyone knows that newborn babies need special care. It almost goes without saying that babies who are born preterm should get the same special care and a little more.

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In the Philippines alone, an estimated 15 million* babies are born before they complete the 40 weeks of gestation required for a normal delivery. While technology has advanced to a point that we can provide the best possible treatment for preemies, preterm birth complications are still the leading cause of death among children under 5 years old. It has been the cause of almost 1 million deaths in 2015—three-quarters of which could have been prevented through various interventions that mothers and medical practitioners should be aware of.

On June 22 at Shangri-la at the Fort, Pampers Philippines hosted an intimate media event to begin the conversation on premature birth in the Philippines. Alongside the screening of a video in collaboration with film genius Pepe Diokno, Ms. Bambi Borneo, President of the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc., spoke about the realities that preterm birth present. “Preventing complications from preterm birth, of course, begins by making sure that you have a healthy pregnancy. But for whatever reason that preterm birth occurs, know that there are essential care guidelines that you can do to ensure the strength and development of your baby,” begins Ms. Bambi.

The first months of a baby are the most delicate and crucial stage in their lives. It is important that parents consider not just the practical aspects—like proper medical interventions—for your newborn, but also the emotional ones. For instance, something as simple as providing comfort through skin-to-skin contact, often referred to as ‘kangaroo mother care’, is critical to development, as is frequent breastfeeding.

One seemingly mundane element in the care of preterm babies covers both the emotional and functional needs of a baby: changing their diapers.

The simple process of diaper changing offers parents a rare moment to connect and bond with their baby despite the challenges they are facing. Preemies have sensitive and fragile skin. They require extra gentle care so even the diapers they use should be made with the softest, driest, and best quality materials.

“Preemies are more sensitive and prone to infection. Unfortunately, because they were born pre-term, it’s inevitable that they will be exposed to negative touch: uncomfortable tubing, physical examinations, blood tests, IVs, and unnecessary repositioning. And this is where Pampers comes in,” adds Jan Ang, Marketing Manager, Pampers Philippines.
Although preemie diapers are not yet fully available in the Philippines, starting this conversation on pre-term birth is a necessary first step. As a recognized and trusted brand worldwide, Pampers strives to not only innovate products gentle for babies of all skin-types but also would like to bring forward the issue of preterm birth in the country.

“By creating awareness, providing information, and revolutionizing products, we hope to make a difference in the lives of medical practitioners, parents and most importantly, babies,” ends Troy Bautista, Assistant Brand Manager – Pampers

* http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs363/en/

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About Pampers®
For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit http://www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

Jollibee restocks in-demand Choco Mallow Pie

Extremely high demand for much-awaited dessert pie left some fans hanging

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May was a sweet, exciting time for Pinoy dessert lovers, especially for fans of Jollibee’s Choco Mallow Pie. Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food chain, announced the long-awaited return of one of its best-selling dessert pies.

 

The new and improved Choco Mallow Pie is indeed a chocoholic’s dream inside and out. A crispy chocolate crust envelops a mouthwatering combination of marshmallow cream and chocolate fudge, delivering a warm, gooey explosion of flavors with every bite.

 

It is understandable why fans have flocked to their neighborhood Jollibee branches to indulge in this sweet, creamy, and flaky pleasure— and many are buying in bulk!

 

“Since we’ve relaunched the product, customers are buying Choco Mallow Pie not only as a sweet ending to their favorite Jollibee meals, but also as a snack or treat to enjoy on its own,” shared Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “Jollibee is indeed very thankful for the positive response of our customers not only in social media but also the high demand in our stores.”

 

Here’s the great news: Jollibee has ensured its customers that the Choco Mallow Pie stocks have been replenished in all branches, so fans can now enjoy more of this sumptuous limited-time offer!

 

“Again, we’re very thankful for the amazingly sweet response to one of our classic but reinvented dessert pies,” Segismundo concluded. “And don’t worry; we have enough Choco Mallow Pie for everybody. Just drop by your favorite Jollibee stores!”

 

The Choco Mallow Pie is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in Metro Manila, Luzon and will be available in Visayas and Mindanao very soon, for only P32.00* (solo) and P89.00*(pack of 3 Pies-to-Go).

* Prices may vary across different locations.

#GerifiedPH: 뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로 (Little Penguin Pororo Vital Vitamin C)

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One of the things my kids dread everyday is me cornering them; pushing them to gulp down brownish syrupy fluid I like to call Vitamin C.

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In this age and time, fast-moving people tend to rely on fast-moving food aka the unhealthy almost non-nutrient fast food, and our household is no exemption. We try to eat healthier at home, but there really are circumstances when time isn’t in our side and fast food is a friend. Hence, we don’t normally get the proper portion of vitamins including Vitamin C that we should be getting from the food we eat.

And so are the kids.

Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the brownish syrupy fluid wasn’t exactly mouth-watering.

Did you know? Aside from Vitamin E, the body use and drain Vitamin C everyday.

뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로! 🐧(Little Penguin Pororo)

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Pororo is one of the worldwide famous cartoon series and character that originated in South Korea, and Pororo Korea presented quality multivitamin supplements for kids in the form of fun, eco-friendly chewable tablets.

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One of the things I noticed when I showed my kids Vital C is that they don’t tear down the packaging right away. They appreciate the colorful illustrations first, Clyde made me read out the Hangul characters. He even got his notebook and pencil, and tried copying the characters on a paper. When done with satisfaction, he finally ask what’s inside and how does it taste.

Main Ingredients includes:

밀크칼슘, 유산균, 자일리톨, 비타민 C (Milk calcium, lactic acid, xylitol and vitamin C)

This cute Multivitamins is definitely an eye catcher, made for kids and kids-with-Pororo-at-heart! I like that it’s not sweet, it’s sourly-sweet and I thought Dave won’t dig into this, but alas, the toddler has a tooth for sourly treats, I need to hide it from Dabibot, or else he’ll consume them all in one sitting.

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SRP: 1 chewable tablet for php20

 

They’re on sale! 30 Chewable tablets for Php120.00!

Little Pororo Vital C is currently available at www.asianskymall.com.ph and www.yumeimise.net

 

To make our food habit healthier, aside from packing fruits that are already washed and sliced,, it is also now a habit to include sachets of ready to go Vital C!

매일매일 크는 아이, 매일매일 비타민C! 감사합니다, #VitalPH for sending over cute Korean Vitamins! 🙇🏻‍♀️ 비타민 과 유산균이 사이좋게 쓱쓱 😋

GetGo Shop N’ Points rewards members with points for online shopping

Now, online shopping will not only bring you much savings and convenience, it can also bring you a lot closer to your dream travel destinations, for free!

 GetGo, the lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, has partnered with Lazada for Shop N’ Points which rewards GetGo members with 1 point for every P10 spend at one of the country’s leading online shopping sites.

 With Shop N’ Points, getting the best deals on clothing and fashion finds, health and beauty products, gadgets and accessories, travel and luggage, fitness and recreation can easily earn GetGo members rewards points, so they can avail of free flights faster.

 To earn GetGo points from their online shopping, members need to log into their accounts atwww.getgo.com.ph, click the “Shop N’ Points” tab under the “My Points” menu, and shop at Lazada or sites of other upcoming online shopping partners.

 With this new point earning option, GetGo members can keep on shopping online so they can easily collect more rewards points to #flyforfree!

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With GetGo Shop N’ Points, shopping online for beauty products, as well as apparel and fashion accessories can earn GetGo members rewards points for free flights. Aside from enjoying huge discounts, members who shop online for gadgets and travel needs can easily earn free flight rewards points through GetGo Shop N’ Points.

Not yet a member? Simply visit www.GetGo.com.ph, click JOIN, fill out the application form, and for only a P150 membership fee, have your personalized GetGo card delivered to your doorstep.

 

For more information on memberships and partners, visit www.getgo.com.ph, or call +632 71-GETGO (43846). Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How does Marian Rivera make Garantisadong Ginisarap dishes?

MARIAN RIVERAMarian Rivera-Dantes is used to playing different characters: Primetime Queen, recording artist, brand ambassador, style icon, and philanthropist. But her favorite roles by far have been those behind the camera: as wife to Dingdong and mom to Baby Zia.
As a modern homemaker, who manages her time between work and
family, Marian has found comfort in cooking as one of the best ways to make her family feel loved and to improve her culinary skills. On her social media pages, the Kapuso actress has posted some of her own culinary creations that range from baby food for little Zia, stews, soups, and veggies. And on days when Marian is short on time, stir-fry dishes have become her go-to choices for easy, yummy meals.
Topping her stir-fry list are Chopsuey and Fried Rice made with AJI-GINISA®
Flavor Seasoning Mix, as seen in the seasoning’s two new TVCs which began airing last June 4, 2017. In both versions, Marian dances and sings to the tune of her hit song, “Sabay-sabay Tayo,’ while she adds AJI-GINISA® to each dish to make them more delicious and “Garantisadong Ginisarap.”
Like Marian, you can also whip up “Garantisadong Ginisarap” dishes – even non-vegetable ones – by adding a touch of AJI-GINISA® to your favorite stir-fry recipes.
Visit http://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/recipes/ and like facebook.com/AjiGinisaPH and
facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH for more dishes to try.
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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, AJI-SINIGANG® Cube, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR®
All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® SEASONED CRUMBS®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, SARSAYA® Oyster and Sweet and Sour Sauce and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.