DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: HAPPYNEST FARM BNB

Are you looking for a farm just very near Manila where you can relax, eat good food, interact with animals, and not worry about the smell? Let me tell you now: IT EXISTS! In this blogpost, let me share with you the many reasons we fell in love with HappyNest Farm BNB, a family-friendly farm where you can go for the day, or sleep for a night (or more!) I’ll be sharing the details of how you can book this […]

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TODDLER MATCHING WORK

At some point in your infant or toddler’s life, you might notice his/her strong urge to match everything. I remember the first time I noticed it – my son was insisting on bringing his starfish toy to the car. I couldn’t understand why, but hey, I choose my battles – so I just let him. I’m glad I did because when we got to the car, he got his book and apparently, there’s a page with a starfish, and he […]

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TODDLER-APPROVED VEHICLE BOOKS

Vehicles – definitely my toddler’s favorite. Construction vehicles, planes, and emergency vehicles to be more specific, but give him any vehicle-themed book and he’ll surely want to read it. We have a lot of books on vehicles, but this list is his curated one – the ones he loves to read over and over again. I’ll be sharing with my affiliate links from Amazon and Book Depository (free worldwide shipping, woohoo) where applicable. And if you discovered these books from […]

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ZERO COST EASTER EGG HUNT IDEA

Easter had passed for this year, but I thought of sharing what I did for my son without spending anything, nor being forced to put candies or new toys in his eggs. Are you thinking about how you can stop giving new toys (because you probably have too many toys at home right now?), or how to avoid putting sweet treats in your eggs? Sometimes, we tend to feel pressured when we see these gorgeous Easter basket on social media. […]

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DIY PLANT DECOR (FOR TINY SPACES AND DOLLHOUSES)

Many of you asked how I did our plants for our dollhouse. And really, it’s very easy! I’m not the type of DIY-er who takes a lot of time and effort to create something (that would be crafters and my husband) – i’m all for quick and cheap solutions that would add quality to our home. Are you ready to find out? It’s simple, really. All I needed were the following: small pots (I got these from Taiwan and have […]

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MTE FINDS: WATERPROOF SHOES I LOVE

If there’s one kind of footwear I’ve really come to appreciate the moment I started traveling and going out with my toddler – it’s waterproof shoes. I’ve always loved using waterproof shoes for my travels, but more so when I gave birth and found out I have a lot more to think about than the state of my shoe when we’re going out. I love how the thought that even if it gets stained with something, or liquid spills on […]

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MTE MANILA FIND: OPEN GYM FOR ALL CHILDREN (INCLUDING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS)

Hatch is a play gym that opened at the Podium Mall today. I learned about it from The Parenting Emporium’s post, but couldn’t really quite grasp what it is, that’s why we went on their opening day to find out! In their about page, this is what’s written: Opening up a world of options for kids with special needs • Open Gym • Open Play • Open Space • Classes out in the Open • Open to all Abilities I […]

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BOTANICAL WALL INSTALLATION

I remember seeing this while scrolling on Instagram, and I thought Creation Space’s idea is such a genius! Luckily, we have this moveable rack that we normally use for hanging clothes, but it turned out to be perfect for this activity, too! WHAT YOU NEED: * A steady rack * Clear tape * Nature finds – weeds, seeds, flowers, dried plants, twigs, etc – I don’t like cutting flowers for cutting’s sake, so I only worked with the fallen leaves […]

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CALATAGAN FLOATING HOUSE AND SANDBAR

Calatagan, Batangas – about 3.5 hours away from Manila sits one of my favorite places in Batangas! Beautiful sunset, gorgeous lighthouse, tree-lined highways, interesting snorkeling spots, and a SANDBAR. Yes, Calatagan has a lot of sandbars. But of course, them being sandbars, you need to know when is the right time to visit – because they disappear! Last November, we visited Calatagan for the holidays. And we rented this floating house for a day. Calatagan Floating House by Jessie Delos […]

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30 DAYS OF MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES (AND HOW TO HELP TODDLERS SUCCEED)

I was inspired to make our own list after seeing Natural Beach Living’s list here. There’s no particular order for these, but I am adding tips on how to help your child succeed with each activity. Enjoy!:) 1. Wash dishes In the Philippines, we wash dishes with our hands. Work with just one plate or cup or utensil first. Don’t put a lot of things in front of the child – just little soap, sponge, and the item to be […]

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