WHERE TO FIND WINTER CLOTHES FOR BABIES IN MANILA

When I posted that I was packing for our trip on my Instagram stories, the question I got the most was: Where do you buy fall/winter clothes for your son? Let me share them with you here. First…let me tell you though, even if we only have 2 seasons in this country, these brands follow the 4-seasons, so they often come out with these outfits when the BER months start. OLD NAVY Old Navy often comes out with longsleeves, leggings, […]

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THE UV EXPERIMENT: MY PRODUCT FIND FOR KEEPING THINGS CLEAN AND SANITIZED

If you’ve been watching my stories, you’ve probably seen me share this cool product I discovered. But you know, stories only last for 24 hours, and when I shared it, we haven’t done the experiment yet. Now that we have though, I can vouch for this product even more. See, this brand was talked about in a mommy group I’m part of in Facebook. Many moms swore by this; and they were saying that they noticed how one’s sickness doesn’t […]

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MTE FINDS: NURSING BRAS

When you’re pregnant, your breasts start growing and the tendency for many is to buy new sets of bras. I did not see the need to spend much on new sets of bras just for my pregnancy. After all, I knew my breasts could even get larger after birth. For my pregnancy, I solely depended on sports bras (and all kinds of stretchable bras) AND bra extenders (you may read about it HERE). Buying bras post-birth is a different story, though. […]

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OUR NEWBORN SHOOT BY JAMIE MAPAGU PHOTOGRAPHY

From our PRENUP shoot, to our maternity slash paternity shoot to our baby’s newborn shoot (he was 11 days old here), the camping-slash-birdwatching travel series has been present! They’re the “glamourous” versions of the camping and birding we do in real life, but we’re so glad that our shoots represent even a bit of our reality and style instead of just a random concept. For this shoot, our photographer Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu of JAMIE AND BABY (Jamie Mapagu Photography) did all […]

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A PEEK INSIDE MY HOSPITAL BAGS

Some of you have asked me if I have packed my hospital bag already. We’ve done it before I reached my 37th week, and we have two separate bags: one for me while I’m in labor (to post-birth), and the other for my baby when he’s born and I’m breastfeeding. #1: MY LABOR TO BIRTH BAG Please take note that I’m bringing things for my plan of a natural, normal birth (for the hospital we picked, we are eyeing the […]

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MY MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

Now that my pregnancy is almost over, I am sharing the products that have been truly helpful in my journey to motherhood. These are products I believe are worth investing on, and in the end, I feel that they’ve done their job in helping me save more. [2019 EDIT: Some of the links mentioned here are now under my affiliate account. This means that when you purchase the product/s using the links from my blog, I will earn credits or […]

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CLASSES FOR EXPECTING PARENTS

Whenever I talk to parents who had their children years and years ago, they always tell me how lucky we are these days that there’s so much help around for parents-to-be. I agree completely. Back in the days, there was no Google to help us research, no social media to help us find like-minded communities, not much classes and seminars, and there weren’t many books to read for childbirth preparation. These days, I really believe it’s much easier to make […]

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MTE FINDS: LAUNDRY DETERGENTS FOR YOUR BABY

When I about five or six months pregnant, I went to a bazaar where I met someone selling laundry detergent that’s supposed to be environmental-friendly (no dust particles after washing and drying + it’s locally produced), uses mild surfactants, and more importantly, has no scent. No scent for me is very, very important because prior to using this brand, we were using a popular laundry brand that’s available in every market, and every once in a while, I would ask […]

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MTE PICKS: BRANDS AND STYLES FOR MATERNITY WEAR

The moment one gets pregnant…the question of maternity wear seems to come to mind. At least it did for me. But you know what I’ve learned? It’s best to just wait until your grow big enough to fit into your normal clothes. Being a curvy woman, I honestly thought I would get so big, but I was wrong. It is apparently thinner people who usually get “stretched” out much more, and much earlier. So up until my fifth or sixth […]

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MY MATERNITY SHOOT

I first met photographer Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu of JAMIE AND BABY in our house, where my sister did part of her maternity shoot back in 2014. When my turn came for a maternity shoot, she suggested that we go out-of-town and I kept joking her that it’s so ironic how she has been to our house a couple of times to do shoots for others, but that she planned to kick us out of our home for our very own. Anyway, […]

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