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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SAVE THE CHILDREN ORGANIZATION x VICKS REMINDER

“Children protected from violence are less likely to be perpetrators of violence when they grow up.” One of the most challenging parts of parenting, I think, is really understanding that prevention is way better than cure. Sometimes, we do things with a positive intention, but enforce it in a negative way. The sad truth here is that sometimes, we end up hurting the ones we love – not only physically, but also psychologically – and sometimes, children end up being […]

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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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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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