MANILA FIND: A RESTAURANT WHERE YOUR TODDLER CAN MAKE HIS/HER OWN PIZZA

The other night, our toddler suddenly told us: “I want to eat in a restaurant.” It’s a good thing we really weren’t planning on having Daday cook dinner for us because she had to go somewhere, so we asked him what he wanted to eat: “Pizza and Fries”, he said. We finally got to eat in Amare La Cucina in Baguio last December (it had been there quite a while, and had been on my list forever – but only […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: PIN POKING (BEGINNERS LEVEL)

Hello, friends! Today, I’m sharing a super quick, easy-to-do DIY pin poking work for your toddler. I came up with this idea because my 26-month-old loves working with my mom’s push pins at her house (she has a huge corkboard on the wall), so I thought maybe it’s time I let him work with pins. Before we start with the usual pinning work in Montessori classrooms, I thought of introducing this just to let him get used to working with […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY KITCHEN WORK FOR TODDLERS (WITHOUT COOKING OR CHOPPING)

One of the first things people often notice about children who are from Montessori homes/schools is that generally, they are very comfortable in the kitchen. They do all sorts of things including actual baking and cooking at such a young age (young here being younger than the typical). In the Montessori community, this is definitely not about having a competition on who did it younger, but really a matter of respecting the child’s capability to do actual, purposeful work. I […]

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WASHABLE ART MATERIALS: NOT MONTESSORI ENOUGH?

Washable crayons. Washable paint. Washable markers. Erasable pencils. Washable stamp pads. Erasable Highlighters. Everything in our home right now is washable/erasable! This is my solution so I can allow my child to draw outside the paper/ blackboard/ intended surface for writing. My son, currently 2 years and 2 months old, is at that stage where he scribbles ALL DAY. He loves working on pencils and chalks and paints so much that instead of toys, our must-have for his going out […]

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WHERE TO BUY BOARDGAMES IN METRO MANILA (FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND ADULTS)

I’ve loved boardgames from the year I was introduced to Cranium. Maybe it’s not THE boardgame for hardcore gamers, but it is a fun game for everyone! From then on, I would constantly look at new boardgames, and unfortunately, they are not as popular here in the Philippines as they are in the US or other countries. It’s like a chicken and egg thing- we don’t get enough exposure here to really grow an interest, but there are also not […]

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4 MOST NATURAL FORMS OF IMMUNIZATION FOR YOUR CHILD

Sharing here what I shared on my Instagram account lately. Before I share the most natural ways to pass immunity to your infant, I would like to point out that this post is not about whether or not you should vaccinate your child. There are so many articles on that topic that you yourself should research about, and for this topic, I cannot compress all the research and articles and debates in one post. Instead, I am sharing this because […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: TANAY, RIZAL WITH A TODDLER

We did a roadtrip from San Juan, Manila to Tanay, Rizal yesterday with our photographer friend Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu, and it took us a little over 2 hours to get there. We specifically went on a weekday because we were scared of the heavy traffic, especially because it’s December, but it turned out to be an easy drive! She originally wanted to do a Christmas-themed photoshoot because she’s really good with styling, but I invited her to just go out-of-town. I […]

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THOUGHTS ON GIFT GIVING AND RECEIVING

Christmas season is almost coming to an end, and I have been seeing people’s thoughts on gifting, regifting, etc. I’m sharing my own thoughts, ones that have helped me view gifts all these years, most especially when I became a mom. If you’re on the fence about certain gift-related matters, this post might give you another perspective, or if you have you own, I’d love to hear them, too. Game? Game. REGIFTING: Is it okay to pass on gifts I […]

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WHERE TO DONATE YOUR BOOKS (OR FIND SOME TREASURES YOURSELF) IN METRO MANILA

Are you curating your books and want to share the ones you no longer need with others? Whether you have used or new books, here are some places within Metro Manila where your books might end up as treasure for others, or where you might find treasures yourself. photo from The Bookstop Project’s Facebook page BOOKSTOP MANILA According to their Facebook page, “The Book Stop is a pop-up library that encourages reading and a passion for books and promotes the […]

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KEEPSAKE IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

Do you sometimes wish your child stops growing? I do, but I also know that aside from that being impossible, it’s a very selfish thing to wish (thankfully, nature is on his side)– I mean, my son needs to keep growing for himself. He needs it for his own survival. We cannot stop time, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s really true: the days may be long, but the years are short. My son is only 25 months, yet […]

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