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

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.

Christmas Gifts for Him

G.P. Christmas is fast approaching and many of us sometimes forget about the men in our lives because we are already so focused on our little ones.

If you have no time to go to the store, then the internet is your best friends. Check out these premium items from petal pushers fancies. You might fancy some stuff there and you can give him like a gift bag containing maybe three of these luxury toiletries. I’m pretty sure that he will love these. :D

Alarm Monitoring for Commercial Businesses

Owning and operating even the smallest of businesses can leave you with a lot of worries and concerns on your head. When your business grows to the point where you find yourself spending less time at your office and putting more responsibility in the hands of your employees, you might find that you spend restless nights tossing and turning and wondering about what happens there.

With alarm monitoring services, you can now better protect the investment that you put in your company and ease some of your worries. You don’t have to keep on wearing headphones and sticking your face on the monitor all day just to know what goes on in your business. But in case you need a new pair with good quality audio, you might find the wide collection of headphones at Zalora much to your liking.

Types of Services
There are several different types of services suitable for business owners. One of those is a service that actually keeps track of the number of people who come through the door. This is a great option for retail shops and businesses that operate later at night. This type of monitoring service tells you exactly how many people entered and how many people exited, which lets you know if you have any stragglers or uninvited guests lingering behind. You can also select a more traditional form of monitoring that lets you contact the authorities when a situation is outside of your control.

How to Pick the Right Services
Choosing the right service for your company is hard, especially if you only recently opened your doors and aren’t sure what you need. Working with a professional monitoring company lets you work with experts who have experience helping other business owners in your same situation. You can ask questions about the different types of services available, how much each service costs and whether you can add new services or change your package as your business grows. You may even find that a basic type of monitoring is the best choice for your business right now.

Make the Call
There is no time like the present to get the safety and security that your business needs. Every time that you leave for the night, you leave your office or retail space open to thieves and vandals. They can break the locks, get inside, steal thousands of dollars from you and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Alarm Relay and similar companies offer commercial monitoring services that will watch out for your best interests and your investment when you and your employees leave for the night. Make the call to learn more about monitoring services for your small or large business.