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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CHILD-LED PLAY IN ART

Google child-led play and you will see a plethora of articles indicating the benefits. But what is child-led play, really? As a parent who practices both RIE and Montessori to my son, this has been a key principle in our chosen way of raising our child. For me, it simply means allowing Pablo to explore and observe with non-judgmental eyes because I respect him and the person he is becoming. It means watching to see what he discovers (and letting […]

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MTE FIND: PAMPERS BABY-DRY REVIEW

As a mom who uses cloth diapers on most days, I admit I have not done much research on disposable diapers before birth. My original plan was to do cloth diapers all the way, except for traveling, but my son came out as a tiny baby, and remained tiny in his first two months. His weight was okay medically speaking, but what I did not foresee was that our universal-sized cloth diapers were too big for him those months, and […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF OUR DRINKING GLASSES

In Montessori, infants and young toddlers are encouraged to use glasses from the start. This means no sippy cups, no plastic wares, and no-non-breakable materials for drinking. Why on Earth would you want that? Can babies even handle it? In this blogpost, let me share our experience with our son. But first things first… Maria Montessori advocated using fragile, breakable weaning cups/glasses because this is the way children learn. It’s simple, really – the concept of natural consequence. Yes, there […]

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