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

Mounting Picture Frames on a Photo Wall Using 3M Double-Sided Bonding Tape

Like any other mom, I am very much into taking photos of my children. But aside from posting them on social media sites for our friends and relatives to see, I have our photos printed for the family photo album.

However, I have also chosen some memorable shots like family portraits that I wanted framed and hanged on the wall. I don’t want the frames on the table because they take up too much space. The surfaces can still be used for other functions like writing or stuff on. So on the wall they should go.

Our photo wall. The space on the upper left is reserved for Shane’s solo picture when she turns 5. :D And oh, I need to find space for our wedding picture.

Several months ago, I already bought picture frames of different sizes and put the selected photos in them. Then I cleared one wall that I have appointed as our official family photo wall. But weeks have passed and we still haven’t mounted the frames, even though I already solicited my husband’s and our make employee’s help.

You see, I used different kinds of frames just for variety. And all the ways that we thought of in order to mount the frames just did not work. I wanted something fuss-free and something that I can easily do again if I have more pictures to hang. Then hubby suggested 3M Double-Sided Tape. And I’m like, “What? Tape?” I wanted something stable but he assured me that 3M Double-Sided Tape will do the job just fine. And I am glad that I did. The only tricky part was removing the backing because the tape is really sticky. But when you have removed all the backings, you can easily stick the frame on the wall.

3M Double-Sided Tape may be more expensive than other double-sided tapes, but it only takes a small length to mount your frame. This is opposed to putting tape all over the entire area of the frame just to make sure that it doesn’t fall. And you still feel that it’s bound to fall anytime. But with 3M tape, you feel secure. So this is worth it. I trust that 3M Double-Sided Tape will hold our frames secure.

HOW TO MOUNT PHOTO FRAMES USING
3M DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE

1. You will need your 3M tape, scissors, and tweezers.

Things you will need.

2. Cut small sizes of tape and place them strategically at the corners of the frame. For 8R frames, you may need to put one in each corner. But for smaller frames, 3 cuts will do.

For smaller frames, you just three cuts.

3. Using the tweezers remove the paper backing. This can be pretty tricky and time-consuming. But that is okay because that means that the tape is really sticky.

Tweezers are a big help in removing the paper backing.

4. Position the frame on where you want to place it. Ask somebody to help you straighten it because once you stuck it, you can no longer remove it without damaging something.

Make sure that the frame is straight before you press on it.

And that’s it! So easy, huh? By the way, I had to remove these wooden stands at the back of the frames so that the back is flat and the surface is even. You may also use the tape for pretty much all kinds of frames, even those bigger sizes.

I had to discard these because otherwise the back surface of the frame will be uneven.

Note: The author did not receive compensation nor free items to review. This review was written in order to let people know that they have an alternative in mounting their pictures frames.

Choosing The Right Decking For Your Home

Wooden loungers by Ipe.

Choosing the right decking system for the house is important when homeowners want to maintain the same style at their house. The homeowner or interior designer can click here to see all the colors and shades of decking, but they need to remember that the deck is something that can be whimsical as well as exciting.

The Colors and Textures

The colors of the decking must be chosen to match the home or complement the home. Homeowners can get a deck that looks like it belongs next to the house, or better yet, the homeowners can get a deck that looks like a whole new world outside.

A set of Ipe Deck Furniture.

The decks also come in different kinds of woods. Some woods are very soft and they provide a soft space for people to mingle during garden parties. There are other woods that provide a much more powerful space. The deck can look like a fort that looks out over the backyard, and the deck will be able to host many people who have come over for a party or gathering.

The deck is a place to come together, and the homeowners need to make sure that they have chosen the proper materials to make their home look lovely as well as sturdy. The deck should be chosen to make the home look better and retain its value, even after a long time.

Shop online, like at Mataver Decking, for a wide variety of decking materials. You will surely have lots to choose from. If you are in doubt, browse through the web with the help of your designer so that you can immediately make the purchase if you find something that you need.

Enjoy your new deck!

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Go to www.musiciansfriend.com. It is a one-stop website for budding and professional musicians. They have an extensive collection of high-quality and branded stuff for everyone’s need and level of expertise.

Visit them regularly for their regular offers and seasonal sales.