OUR BOOKLIST FOR MOVEMENT

I did not realize how powerful books are in helping children move more until I saw my very own son copying the poses in his book I Can by Helen Oxenbury. From then on, I’ve enjoyed scouting for books that encourage a lot of movement for children, and my son really enjoys them, so I’m sharing here our favorites! First things first: we buy international books either from www.BookDepository.com or local bookstores (if they are available), or through Amazon when […]

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INVITATION TO PLAY WITH CLAY

My son has really been into clay lately, so today, I’m sharing quickly how I make a tray for him. No, you don’t need to buy those plastic “dough” sets for your child’s play – they usually come out more expensive, but if you already have them, no worries – use them and just arrange them in a more orderly manner in your tray. Look around your kitchen and your craft supplies and you might have just what you need. […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY MATERIALS IN PAPEMELROTI

Established in 1967, many of us who grew up in the Philippines probably know the store PAPEMELROTI. Named after all the children of the Alejandro family (owners of the company), this store has been a major source for crafts, Filipino-made products, pasalubong, etc for me – it carries a lot of very affordable products! It has several branches in Manila, and a few provincial branches as well, but my absolute favorite would be their main branch along Roces Avenue, Quezon […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY ITEMS IN NATIONAL BOOKSTORE

Hi guys. Welcome to the very first of a series I’m planning to do regularly – What Montessori-Friendly Materials Have I Spotted In _________ (a series of different local stores). This is my attempt to share my finds with parents who are just starting out in their Montessori journey, in the hope that instead of getting overwhelmed and intimidated with this beautiful philosophy, it encourages us to look for Montessori-friendly materials in our everyday things and usual stores. I admit, […]

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PABLO’S BOOK COLLECTION (12-18 MONTHS | 1-1.5 YEARS OLD)

My very first post on this series (books for children 0-12 months) may be found HERE. In that post, I shared about what I look for in a book. Here are more qualities that have been added to the list: 1. Action Books – Especially at the tail end of the 12-18 month spectrum, I noticed how Pablo really enjoyed books that encouraged action, because he would try to imitate them. An example of this would be Helen Oxenbury’s famous […]

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MY FAVORITE BOOKSTORES IN MANILA

When we think of bookstores in Metro Manila, three chains immediately come to mind: Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and Power Books. Actually, maybe Goodwill, too. I do go to those bookstores and enjoy my finds from there every now and then, but there are other bookstores I really love visiting! Today, let me share with you my favorites (in no particular order) and why!:) 1. ARTBOOKS.PH Located along Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong, this bookstore may be small, but is GOOOLDEN when […]

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AMAZING COLLAB: SAVE THE CHILDREN ORGANIZATION x VICKS

I was just going to tell you about this amazing partnership between a brand we look up to, and an organization for children that I’d love to work for. Originally, I just wanted to share how we can help others simply by helping our families. But before I share more, I want you to watch this video: I am sorry for that heartbreaking content, but the reality is, well, that’s the reality for others, that’s the truth many children face, […]

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MTE FINDS: NURSING CLOTHES (PLUS TIPS!)

From the time I gave birth, I’ve been wanting to talk about nursing wear. I blogged about nursing bras a few months post-birth, but I had such a hard time talking about nursing wear simply because I felt that while there were many stores selling nursing wear, I could only vouch for one local brand — Elin! I wore Elin for most of my trips out of the house early in our nursing days, mostly because it was the only […]

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GORGEOUS CAFE WITH A STREAM FOR CHILDREN (NEAR MANILA)

For this weekend, we decided to visit the newly-opened Burrow Cafe in Antipolo. It is an extension of the Instagram-famous Antipolo Beehouse which you can rent for shoots. My sister asked us if we wanted to visit, so off we went on a Saturday. Love the name BURROW CAFE, because it really is underground! You have to go through a series of steps (from the parking area) to reach the cafe. Not the best cafe for those having a hard […]

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WORD SEARCH ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN

Sharing with you a fun BIRD HUNT ACTIVITY! Before anything else, let me put this disclaimer: this is the only bird hunt we will ever do! 😛 *** I love birds and I love making my own word search puzzles – it’s a challenge I’ve always enjoyed when I was younger, which I was able to use when I taught Grade 4 students, and now that I have a child. No, Pablo does not read yet, nor does he know […]

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