June 22

The Voice Kids Philippines -Blind Auditions

I am becoming a fan of the popular The Voice Kids here in the Philippines. Though this show has several versions in different countries, and already has one season done here in the Philippines, I like this season more because it showcases the talents of children up to age 14. Filipinos love to sing and many of our countrymen are really good singers. This show only strengthens that because at such a young age, one can already see the amazing talent in them. I also like the concept of the Blind Auditions, in which The Voice franchise is known for, because the coaches will choose the contestants based on voice quality alone as they can not see the singers on the stage unless they turn or up until the end of their performance.
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May 2

Review-Detoxify Bar

Why did I choose them?

Out of the many stores that sell detoxify juice, I choose Detoxify Bar because they were the most attentive to me as a first time customer. AJ, the first guy from the store who took my call, was very patient and courteous in answering all my questions and concerns regarding detox and their products. It is also great that they have several landline and mobile numbers that I can call to inquiry or to make my order.

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June 9

Mom Kat Recommends: TEAM UMIZOOMI

Team Umizoomi is a Nickelodeon show of three friends who takes on different adventures in order to help their friends. The main objective of the show is to teach preschoolers the concept of math such as counting, shape sorting, patterns, additions, subtractions and skip counting. I also liked how it teaches the value of team work and  patience. My son started watching its episodes even before he started school. On his second year in pre-school, they started having more math drills even at home.   I noticed he did not have a hard time at all. I can say that the show helped him early on.
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January 7

BOOK REVIEW: Desperate: Hope for the Mom who needs to Breathe

Motherhood is such a big responsibility, a calling. The journey is rewarding but also challenging. It requires a lot of love, patience, time and strength . Yes, strength not just in physical aspect but more importantly emotionally and spiritually. At some point a mom will get overwhelmed by all the responsibilities and expectations. If not guided, an overwhelmed mother will result to an angry and unhappy one which will also affect her home.
Desperate: Hope for the Mom who needs to Breathe is a book written by two friends who experienced their own challenges  as moms.The book mostly discuss the issues of a stay at home mom but a working mom like me can still very much relate. The frustrations, fears and disappointments of moms are common, whether stay at home or working. The authors, Sarah Mae and Sally shares their own struggles and how they were able to cope with it. Each chapter begins with Sarah Mae writing to Sally and sharing her parenting struggles. Sarah Mae is very relatable. She writes her experiences and makes me feel like we are going thru the same struggles. Sally, on the other hand, is  a mentor every mom wishes to have. Shes is caring, inspiring and uplifting. Her words of wisdom came from years of experience taking care of her now adult children. Her experiences led her to the Lord’s path. She is a true testatement that if one totally lifts their lives and their family to God, things will fall into place.  
The book talks about the challenges of moms such as dealing with housework, disappointments in disciplining children, handling stress and depression, all in the Christian way. I would not call myself a very religious person but I was able to relate and it even helped me deal with my personal issues as a mom. A personal favorite part of the book is the YOUR TURN portion. It gives a deeper reflection of what was discussed and gives mothers the chance to reflect on their own situations.
Personally, this book has an impact on me. The book came to my life when I’m at my lowest as a mom when my second born baby is very sick. Reading the book, I was able to relate to the feeling of being tired most of the time, being angry, confused, and doubting myself. The book made me realize several things: (1) that I am like just most moms who are expecting myself to be perfect (2) that moms need to find time for themselves and should not feel guilty about it  (3) having a family that is centered in the Lord is the most effective parenting formula.  The book allowed me to personally reflect on myself and analyze myself as a mom. Thru it, I was able to accept certain realities of my life. I was able to identify the cause of my frustrations and even anger.  The realization and acceptance led to a change in my outlook in life, in my faith.
This book I believe should be in every mom’s shelf, especially, moms of young children. When things get too much to handle, one can open this book and feel that she has found friends in Sarah Mae and Sally.
Below are some of my favorite lines from the book
  • A happy mom who is secure in herself and at ease in her life is a rare gift that children love and appreciate.
  • Determine for yourself what you hope to be the outcome of your family. What legacies do you want to leave for your children?
  • I want to be a safe place for my children. I want them to see that my arms are open and I love them no matter what they do. 
  • We cannot be successful as moms alone, no matter how hard we try. But God with us is more than enough to build a wonderful legacy and influence. 
  • When all else seems hopeless, and yet I still turn to hope, it brings great honor to God and renders Satan utterly powerless. 
  • Happy mom is a real gift to her children. When we quiet our souls before Him and close off those outside sounds, we can once again hear His words, and be led by Him in goodness and truth.
  • What a mother is called to be: a warrior who will not give up or cease to keep fighting the battle for her children’s souls.
November 8

LEGO @ Shell!

I grew up surrounded by Lego® because my brother has several models. It is a great toy as it improves hand eye coordination especially for younger kids and broades imagination as well. My firstborn son is also becoming very fond of these cute blocks. However, his interests is more on car models which is why Lego® is not his favorite toy yet.

But Shell Philippines came up with this wonderful promotion wherein you can buy a Lego® Ferrari model for every purchase of gas! Very affordable! How cool is that?!
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September 13

WHAT TO EXPECT THE TODDLER YEARS: A Mommy must have!

Raising a child is a big challenge for parents, especially first time moms like me. I often wonder if my experiences in raising EA are the same with most parents. And now that he’s a toddler, challenges seems to come in everyday. Aside from words of wisdom from my mom and mother-in-law, my constant and reliable companion in this journey to toddlerhood is the book What to expect the Toddler years. The title may be familiar to some. This is actually a spin-off of the famous What to expect when you’re expecting and What to expect the first year books
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July 31

Mom Kat Recommends: BUBBLE GUPPIES

Bubble Guppies is a show in Nickolodeon which features animated preschool mermaids and mermain. This has become my son’s favorite show before going to school because it somehow mimic’s his classroom setup in his progressive school such as circle time, lunch time and outdoor play.
I also like the show because I find the characters so cute and the songs are catchy. One of my favorites is the song that teaches kids how to take care and love their pets. At their age, preschoolers get fascinated with pet animals and it is a good thing to teach them how to take care of their pets and consider them as members of the family.

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Hope your kids enjoy the video as much as mine did!

July 29

Mom Kat Recommends: MOMMY TREATS LACTATION COOKIES AND MUFFINS

Background from Mommy Treats website:

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Mommy Treats is the brain-child of a first-time mommy who was once in dire need of increasing her milk supply. After much researching for natural and non-pharmaceutical galactagogues (substances that help increase lactation), finding the perfect recipes, and having other mommies test my baked treats for both effectiveness and taste, I am so happy to finally provide lactating mommies the first, ever, lactation treats in the Philippines!

Mommy Treats offers LACTATION COOKIES, LACTATION MUFFIN BITES, and LACTATION CUPCAKE BITES that are packed with galactatgogues such as fiber-and-iron-rich oats, Omega-3-flowing flax seed, cholesterol-and-blood-sugar-lowing fenugreek, and Vitamin-B-packed brewer’s yeast! am so happy to finally provide lactating mommies the first, ever, lactation treats in the Philippines!

Mommy Treats offers LACTATION COOKIES, LACTATION MUFFIN BITES, and LACTATION CUPCAKE BITES that are packed with galactatgogues such as fiber-and-iron-rich oats, Omega-3-flowing flax seed, cholesterol-and-blood-sugar-lowing fenugreek, and Vitamin-B-packed brewer’s yeast!

Mommy Treats was introduced to me by Maricel of TheMedela House. I initially bought a sample pack of carrot walnut and banana walnut muffins. I was surprised that it is actually very yummy. For something that is healthy and nutritious, Mommy Treats surely made it so delicious fun to eat.
I am not one of those who are blessed with overflowing breastmilk, thus, the need to have supplements. Initally, I can only pump 1 to 1.5 ounces of milk on both breasts. But after trying these lactation treats, my milk supply did increase by .5 to 1 ounce of milk per pump! I was so pleased!
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I order her treats from her facebook account, which I found very useful and easy to work with. Now, she already has her own website which clients can also order from. Paola is very nice and accommodating to her clients. Upon texting her the proof of payment, she bakes the treats right away. I usually  have my treats a day after or at least 1.5 days after paying for them! Not only that, she usually gives a pack or two of free additional treats!
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In termsof value for money, Mommy Treats offers a very reasonable price. Her goods are packed on a per day basis serving and costs P60 per pack. But if you order in large amounts, she gives discounts. This is reasonable compared to buying formula milk to supplement your breastmilk. I usually order one month supply of treats which are a mix of muffins and oatmeal cookies
I’ve been ordering Mommy Treats’ yummy goodies for 4 months now and intend to continue to do so! My personal favorites are the carrot walnut muffin and the banana walnut muffin. Now that the neonatologist of my son already allowed me to eat chocolates, I can not wait to try her brownies, choco chip cookies and choco cup cake bites!
With the delicious and healthy way of increasing my milk, together with Paola’s very good customer service, I give Mommy Treats a two thumbs up! I definitely recommend her treats to all breastfeeding moms!
You can visit her website at http://www.mommytreats.ph/

Her facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/mommytreats

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