MONTESSORI-AT-HOME TIP: HOW TO CHOOSE OUTFITS FOR YOUR CHILD

Many parents know the value of movement in a child’s learning. Children maximize all their senses when they encounter new things, so unlike us adults who rely mostly on our sight, children make use of their ears, hands, feet, nose, and mouth to really understand the world around them. Based on observation though, what is often overlooked is what children wear. Long dresses, stockings, tight jeans, tight button-down tops, tight fabrics, trendy shoes — the list is quite long in […]

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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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DIY BAHAY KUBO (TODDLER-FRIENDLY WORK)

We got a copy of Tahanan’s Bahay Kubo book last week, and since then, my son just got hooked to the song (listen to our song here) and the book. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to display a miniature bahay kubo at home (we have a farm-themed one, so I wanted one with trees and miniature fruits), so we visited Balikbayan Handicrafts and Tesoro’s but came home empty-handed. They don’t have bahay kubos except for really small ones […]

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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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PABLO’S PLAYDATE: OF ROUTINES AND MOVEMENT

Many fellow moms message me on Instagram for our routine at home. The truth is, we really don’t have schedules! We learned from observation early on that routines don’t really work for us as much as I thought, and I’ve learned to just follow my son’s lead instead. Some days, we stay home the whole day, and some days, we make spur-of-the-moment decisions, like this one. Here’s a peek of what a day is like with me and my 19-month-old. […]

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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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HANDWASHING STATION IN THE BATHROOM

Sharing with you our handwashing station in Pablo’s bathroom. See, all the bathrooms in our house are small – plus, the walls are marble so we cannot really drill and easily put shelves or whatever. They are the hardest to decorate for me to accommodate my child’s needs, so while we still figure things out, I’m happy we’re making little progress – in this case, how to help our child successfully wash his hands with no or minimal assistance. Here’s […]

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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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PEELING ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son is at the stage where he loves to peel, rip, peel, rip! I usually don’t mind when he does those because that means he’s also working on his fine motor skills. For books, I have observed that he likes ripping books with glossy pages (think magazine type), and thankfully, we only have a few of those out, so for now, since he started flipping pages, he has only ripped 2 books in total (and both bought on sale, […]

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