Lovingly Mama for the World Breastfeeding Month

My family during the Milk Code Forum last August 29, 2014.
The seminar I attended when Shane was 2 weeks old at SM Bacolod. Taken last August 2013.

August is World Breastfeeding Month. How poignant it is because this month also marks my second daughter Shane’s first birthday. That means that I had been breastfeeding her for one whole year already!

This little one has her quirks. For example, while side lying, she would suck on the right breast for a little while but she would stay on the left breast. She would sleep while latching, too, but her sleep her co-terminus to the latch. If I get up, she gets up, too. When in the car, she wants me to let both my breasts out so that she can alternate between sucking and fondling while standing up. So you can just imagine how I would look like to people in vehicles that are taller than ours because they could not see her–they can only see my exposed breasts. But I love her to bits and I love the fact that I was able to breastfeed her. I intend to do so until 24 months…or even more.

Shane and I at The Big Latch On — Hakab Na! Flanked by BMBC admins, Jireh (left) and Althea (right).
All the moms who joined Hakab Na.

This month of August, Shane and I celebrated the first year anniversary of our breastfeeding journey. We joined the Hakab Na or The Big Latch on 2014 for the World Breastfeeding Week on August 2, 2014 at the Santuario de La Salle, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. It is a worldwide event where breastfeeding moms gather at registered locations in order to simultaneously bring their little ones to the breast at 10:30am. The mechanics is that, the children will have to latch for an entire minute. And thankfully, Shane cooperated with the timed activity. hihi This event aims to promote breastfeeding and raise awareness on the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding moms.

Participants of the Milk Code Forum.

On August 29, 2014, my entire family came to the Milk Code Forum (E.O. 51) with guest speaker Dr. Anthony Calibo, Child Health Division OIC DOH-FHO and a breastfeeding champion. It was attended by close to 400 participants. After the forum was the formal launching of the photo exhibit of breastfeeding moms where Shane and I are also included.

“The MILK CODE or Executive Order 51 (EO 51) is a law that ensures safe and adequate nutrition for infants through the promotion of breastfeeding and the regulation of promotion, distribution, selling, advertising, product public relations, and information services on artificial milk formulas and other covered products.”

The breastfeeding photo exhibit by CM Fotografia.

I am just so thankful that I was able to breastfeed Shane–a second chance actually, as I had not been successful with my eldest. I am thankful that there had been people who cared enough to help, which is the reason why the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club was set up. I am also thankful to old and new friends who have helped me in one way or the other with their prayers and advice. Most especially, I am thankful to a very supportive husband who had been instrumental in all these–the research and readings, the vitamins and supplements, the back rubs, the encouraging words, and the love.But most of all, I thank God because I was given another child and another chance to rear her differently.God bless all breastfeeding moms! :D

Note: Where not credited, photos were taken for the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club fan page. :D

Preparing for Your Home Improvement Project with Online Guidance

Our bedroom desperately needs improvement. I would really appreciate a fresh coating of this kind of green paint with splashes of white. I love this room! So neat and no clutter at all. Photo from the internet.

Undertaking any home improvement project can be overwhelming if you lack the skills to do most or all of the work yourself. The best thing to do is hire a professional because a botched job can just mean extra work and expense on your part, if you do not know what you’re doing. When you decide to hire professional contractors, you can prepare for the work at hand and get free estimates by going online for this information. When you use this website, you can find out how much the project may cost and also find out what supplies might be used throughout the work. Having all of this information on hand prior to the work starting can help you understand what is going on and also let you be proactive in your own home improvement undertaking.

Before you get these figures, however, it can help you to have the measurements and dimensions on hand so that you get as close to an accurate estimate as possible. When you make a mistake on your measurements, the contractors could give you skewed estimates that may be more or less than what the actual work may cost. You would do well to write down the measurements so that you always have them on hand and can refer to them as you are approving materials and labor to be used on your home improvement renovation.

Renovating your home can be a big undertaking. You may make it simpler by getting estimates before the work begins and also taking steps to advocate for your home and your budget by having the right measurements for the contractors’ reference.

Mustela: Caring for Babies, Mothers, and Mothers to Be

When we become mothers, it seems that our antennae gets more sharpened. Our protective instincts towards our young are impeccable. From the time they wake up and even until they are sleeping, our consciousness hovers over them like a security bubble. We protect them from insects, injury, and people who might hurt them.

It is no wonder that we also become very picky with the products that we use. From the small personal hygiene items to the grander scale of home care products, we try to read every label and research on the ingredients that we cannot understand.

Mustela–caring for the sensitive skin of babies, mothers, and mothers-to-be for more than six decades.

It is with this careful consideration to mothers and their instincts that Mustela has developed its skincare line. Having been around since 1950, the company has dedicated itself to constant research and innovation in the field of skincare in order to offer only the best formulas that can address the delicate skin of newborns, babies, children, mothers-to-be, and the new mothers. All their products are safe, tested, and proven effective.

Products from Mustela Philippines.

I got this bunch of products to try from Mustela Philippines and I am so glad that I was able to try them on my baby and myself. Yeah, always on the lookout for the gentlest products for baby and me. :D

Mustela Bébé products.

Mustela Bébé

Special mention from me would be their baby skin care products marketed under Mustela Bébé. I understand that this line of baby products have been reformulated and improved. All of their lines contain the patented active ingredient called Avocado Perseose® that reportedly works in perfect harmony with the skin, as it safeguards the skin’s wealth of mother cells and strengthens the cutaneous barrier in babies.

I would highly recommend the Mustela Bébé Dermo-cleansing Soap-free Body Wash that is paraben-free, phtalate-free, phenoxyethanol-free. These three chemicals are very harmful to humans, much more to newborns. But these can be found in some popular skin care brands for babies. With Mustela, I also love the mildly sweet, natural baby scent that kind of enhances my baby’s natural scent. Oh how I love giving her baths and enjoying smelling her afterwards. And she still smelled good when I am about to give her another bath when night time comes. :D

Supplement this baby wash with the Mustela Hydra Bébé® Body lotion to moisturize baby’s skin. While Shane is still a baby, her skin is actually very dry and has large pores. I kept using the body lotion on her, especially the legs. And I think there is much improvement on her skin. It has become more supple. Though her skin is still not normal, it is not very dry anymore.

My seal of approval: Mustela Stretch Marks

Mustela 9 Months – Skin Care for new and expectant moms

When we are pregnant, we give up a lot of things, and most especially our favorite skin care products because some of the things that we use contain chemical that are harmful for the unborn in our womb. Mustela has developed this range for new and expectant mothers that target specifically the things that make us uncomfortable, such as the legs, the bust, and of course, our tight tummies (which will eventually sag when we give birth). I especially love Mustela Stretch Marks! I don’t really have a lot of stretch marks even after two kids, just a few waves around my navel and on my lower abdomen. And they’re not really deep, too. But I used this product from Mustela and after about four uses, I noticed that my stretch marks have sort of “relaxed.” I believe that if women will use this religiously while they are still pregnant and up to a few months after giving birth, they will actually be free of stretch marks. I think that this is a powerful product! My stretch marks are still there because I ran out of supply and this is not readily available where I live, but I highly recommend this,

While people may say that Mustela products are a bit pricey, they are value for money. And since kids don’t need a lot of products used on them, a bottle of Mustela will already go a long way. I just wish they would have more outlets nationwide! :D

Mustela online:
Website: http://www.mustela.ph/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MustelaPhilippines

Four Gorgeous Blooms for a Beautiful Wedding Day

Don’t scrimp on your wedding flower arrangements. They make your wedding look pretty, especially in pictures.

When you are planning your wedding, your mind is buzzing with details. Did you get the right caterer, did you find the right venue? Does everyone have a place to stay, and can you get the right person to deliver the service? There is so much going on that you may find that the flowers have fallen to the bottom of your to-do list! However, as you start selecting beautiful wedding flowers from Sydney, you will find that there are a lot of options open to you. Choose the flowers that will make you smile whenever you look back on your wedding in the future.

The bridal bouquet is arguably the centerpiece of a wedding. It is held by the bride all throughout the party.

1. A gorgeous bride’s bouquet.
The bride’s bouquet is perhaps the most iconic wedding floral arrangement. Choose lush flowers in beautiful bloom and consider a trailing bouquet or mounded bouquet for maximum impact.

Give your entourage the best arrangements–they deserve it.

2. The bridal party’s flowers.
The bridal party’s bouquets should be a faint echo of the brides. For example, a bride with roses could have a bridal party that has rosebuds, while a bride with a vivid pink bouquet would likely have bridesmaids with paler pink flowers.

Of course, the men should have the best boutonnieres, too.

3. Men’s boutonnieres.
Very few formal occasions on men’s lives require that they wear boutonnieres, so take advantage of a wedding to give them a treat! When looking at flowers for your wedding florists recommend that men’s boutonnieres be darker and more discreet, though a splash of colour is always welcome.

Give much attention to the presidential table. A lot of the photos will be taken from there.

4. Flowers setting the stage.
From the alter centrepiece to the entry way to the trellis, there is always a place for the flowers! Drape flowers everywhere to give the ceremony a lovely effect and to create memories that will live with you for the rest of your lives together.

When you’re looking forward to your wedding, do not forget that flowers are a big part of your day. Think about where you want to see those amazing bursts of colour and the lovely bits of texture, and be willing to consider new and exciting wedding flower arrangements. Whether your wedding is in summer, winter, fall or spring, you can have amazing flowers. This is something that can change the entire look of your wedding day, so give it some thought and some care as you move forward with your plans. Contact http://www.floristwithflowers.com.au/ for your wedding flowers from Sydney!

Note: All photos were taken from http://www.floristwithflowers.com.au.