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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MONTESSORI-INSPIRED ROOM

If you read the principle of Montessori on infants, there really is much stress in freedom of movement. Infants can slither from birth, and continue to develop their body throughout the year. In the second month of life, the muscles of the neck are brought under control and the head can be supported without assistance. Between the third and fourth month, coordination begins to extend to the hands. At the age of five months, they are already slithering skillfully. By […]

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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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MY PREGNANCY READING LIST

Let me begin this blog by saying that now, I finally understand why pregnancy takes at least 37 weeks long. It really is giving you all the time to prepare for the coming of your baby – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Back in my mom’s time, they only had a book or two as resource for everything baby-related, but today, there are a LOOOT of books out there that can help you with your journey. This is why I believe […]

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BABY SHOWER #3

Just when I thought the baby showers were over, I came home one Sunday night with a surprise from our “Diksyonaryo Family”. Diksyonaryo ATBP. is a non-government organization lead by Lia Manalac-Del Castillo. We are all volunteers of her organization and have gone around the country to give dictionaries, other books, and school supplies to different communities. Today, Diksyonaryo focuses more on its Book Mobile project, literally a mobile library that hopes to drive across the country to spread the […]

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PAMPER ME LIST BEFORE I POP

Every mother-to-be hears words of wisdom from the experienced ones. Out of everything I’ve heard, the words “Get ready for sleepless nights and quick baths.” stuck the most. I looove sleeping, and so does my husband. So you can imagine the sacrifice we’ll have to make when I pop (but I am so sure it’s going to be worth it!) Sure, some parents sleep regularly on the third or fourth month, but I’ll never know how it’ll work for me […]

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BABY SHOWER #1

I’ve shared Baby Shower #2 first, and now that the photos (and video) are here, I can finally share our Baby Shower #1. Whee! I finally got the photos of our Baby Shower #1, organized by my good friend Mishy, coordinated by another good friend Lia, and styled by another good friend Sheryl! This group is a funny bunch! Some of them are friends from college, some from volunteer work (we’ve gone from up North to Sulu and Basilan!), and […]

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BABY SHOWER NUMBER 2

We had our second (and last) baby shower today! I’d love to share our first one but I’m still waiting for the photos. 🙂 Anyway, this baby shower was prepared by my sister, with the help of our family and friends! Since my husband and I are birders/birdwatchers, my sister thought of the perfect hashtag: #PabloHatchingSoon! And to go with the theme, she partnered with Flora and Fern Styling Company and Mateo’s Restaurant for a forest + birding baby shower theme. […]

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MTE FIND: KNOTSANDPANS.COM

Earlier today, I was invited to a very small and intimate gathering hosted by my friend Patty Laurel and her friends from KnotsAndPans.Com, an online bridal/wedding registry site based in Manila (finally)! When my husband and I got married in 2013, I was looking for a local registry like this – an online website where I can pick items, have an option to receive cash, and basically make it easy for our guests to see what we really want and/or need […]

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MY TRASH, MY TREASURE

I have been busy re-cleaning the house before my son arrives. Today, I decided to clean a drawer full of broken accessories. I kept them thinking I could be a jewelry maker someday, but let’s face it, that’s just not my thing and I’ll probably never be one. I know of Marie Kondo and appreciate the wisdom she tries to impart, but on days like this, I am just really happy to be a basurera [a Filipino term that means “garbage” […]

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