Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Health is wealth. I am a firm believer of that. If you are an avid reader (naks uma-avid) of this blog, you’re probably aware that I have non-existent immune system. As in waley! So fail na ako sa physical health aspect (still trying to improve on this though). But I also believe that health is holistic. One must take care of their mental, emotional, psychological health as much as their physical health. Dun naman ako bumabawi, sa other aspects. And as a new mummy, I do take my family’s holistic health seriously.

So I am very glad when the people from Unilab Foundation invited me and a bunch of other “social media rockstars” (their term, not mine – but I love it so I’m claiming it!) to an intimate dinner for their Digital Media Night.

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Unilab Foundation, like me, also believes in holistic health and aims for a #healthierPH. Initially I thought, like most health groups, they’d discuss new vitamins or exercise programs. Probably juicing! But no! Apparently, Unilab Foundation identifies HEALTH GAPS, those aspects of health that is very much important but is usually neglected here in the Philippines. And helps improve and address those health gaps. Their goal is to have 100million healthy Filipinos - #healthierPH.

Their goal seemed too big, too much, too high – almost seemed impossible. But this group also believes in Bayanihan. Oo nga naman. If they do it alone, this goal is probably too ambitious. But if they could tap people to help them out, it’ll be attainable! Hangtalino!

In line with that, they have created a fun way of volunteerism. No money? No time? No energy? No problem! With Unilab’s way of volunteering, you could volunteer using the power that most of us have – the power of social media. Yes friends! Spreading awareness. Tweeting about it. Posting about it on your Facebook wall. Blogging about it (that’s what I’m doing!). All of those can be considered an act of volunteerism. Which is an excellent idea! If you plan to target the aspects of health na laging dine-deadma, the best way to address it is to make sure people remembers them. Make sure that people are aware of their importance.

And to make things easier for us, Unilab Foundation even made volunteering fun by turning it into an online game!

Interested? Visit http://www.unilabfoundation.org/ and create your own VOLUNTAR, a volunteer avatar. You can create your account using your email or using your facebook account. You have loads of volunteering acts/options to choose from. And the more you volunteer, the more you earn points. May levels din. If you are a masipag volunteer, you can be president soon! Cute and fun!

I have a VOLUNTAR as well. And I am enjoying it. Do drop by the Unilab Foundation’s website to know more about them.

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The Digital Media Night was held at Sentro 1771 at Capitol Commons. I love the food, in fairness. I must go back. :)

Here are some more photos from the event…

IMG_0960P1060659 One thing I realize that night is ang taba ko! Hahahaha! Ampotek!

P1060662-horzWith travel and lifestyle blogger, Kisty of kisty.net.

IMG_0958 With fellow mummy blogger Cheryl of Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy.

IMG_0955 With Geoff of GeoffReview.

Best thing about attending events like this is the chance to meet fellow bloggers and social media rockstars!

So to Unilab Foundation, thank you for the invite. It was a fun night indeed. :)

Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Finally, finally! We now have our very own logo! Custom made for ReigningStill. *tumbling*

So yeah, let’s all take some time to appreciate our new blog logo or avatar or whatever you wanna call it (hihihihi)…

ReigningStill logo in PNG interlacedLoving it so far? :) I know right?! It’s just so so cute! Very me. Very mummy. Very maarte. I love it!

This was made by my friend, Nikki. Check out her deviant account here! And see her works. Such a talented young lady. If you are also interested in customizing your own logo, go ahead and give her a holler! Or ping me! :)

Now I don’t have to worry. Because that old one I used was from a website which I found thru google images. Although I made sure that I tag her site when I used it, hindi pa din ako mapalagay! I know I need something that’s mine. As in mine only. Something that would represent me and this blog and my life now. So I am so happy when finally, I got one! Ang saya lang!

I have loads of kwento for you guys. I have a very busy week. But for now, I need to keep this post short because I need to give my wrist some R&R. Promise! Next posts would be sensible na!

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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I have a very fashionable baby! Agree?!

This is one of my favorite looks of Skye. Again, it’s a hand-me-down dress from Tita Issa! Oh how we love Tita Issa and her paperbag full of nice baby clothes. Nanay doesn’t need to buy so much. Nanay’s wallet is very happy. Harhar!

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This is what the baby wore when we went to the SMX MoA for the Toy Fair. This excited mummy went there thinking I’d find baby toys. Waley pala! All for toddlers and kids. :’( We went home empty handed. But still, it was nice checking it out. If only for the mascots and the colorful toy display that the baby loves.

So, for this look I made the baby wear white tights and ribbon headband with her cute blue polkadot dress and finish it off with her white shoes. Very balerina ang peg. Parang ang lamig sa Pilipinas! :) But actually mummies, do not fret! This is very comfy I promise. I am very specific with Skye’s clothes. I want it presko and comfortable.

polka01 Blue Polka Dot Dress: First Impressions (hand-me-down) | White Tights: Darlington | Shoes: Enfant | Socks: Baby Company | Headbands: Baby Company (all 3 of them)

Here is how she wore the same dress sans the tights and with different headbands. We also paired it with a matching socks that looks like doll shoes. We prefer socks for her because she’s a baby. We want her to be comfy all the time.

Totally different look right?! And I am so happy that the baby was able to pull it off nicely. This one is a favorite talaga! :)

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Monday, September 15, 2014

99.99% GERM FREE

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** Skye was playing with my iPhone. She's trying to press it to light it on. Tuwang tuwa kami kasi she's very smart. Kaso nainis ang bagets, kinain na lang ang telepono.

Mila: Ay, Nene! Dinidilaan ni Skye yung cellphone mo!
Me: (thinking she’s worried coz basang basa na ng laway ang phone ko) Hayaan mo sya Mila! Ok lang yan!
Mila: Anong okay lang? GERM FREE ba yan?!

** Sorry naman! Gusto pa ata ni Mila i-safeguard ko ang cellphone ko.

 

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** We have a rat issue sa bahay. Apparently, the rats from the neighbor found their way into our home. Eh lahat ng tao sa bahay namin takot talaga sa daga. So nilason ni Mila ang mga daga. Well, successful naman coz deads na sila kaso….

Me: ay naku Mila! Dapat hinanap nyo yung dinaanan ng daga at kelangan ayusin yun para di na sila makapasok. Kahit lasunin mo pa yan ng lasunin hindi yan matatapos dahil sa dami ng daga sa kapitbahay. Lilipat lang yan ng lilipat dito sa atin. Unless, kumalat ang tsismis sa rat world na nilalason ang mga daga sa bahay na to.
Mila: Naku Mare! Kilala mo ba yung kabit ni kumpare? Ayun! Palibhasa sumakabilang bahay, patay! Ganun bang tsismis gusto mo anak?
Me: Eh bakit parang may pinaghuhugutan ka? Bitter ka ba sa mga kabit at pinatay mo na kahit kabit ng mga daga?

 

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** The ReigningTatay is still studying. Back to school ang peg nya. He wants to finish his studies. Okay naman sa amin because that’s for our future din. Kahit na ang balak naman talaga ng mamang yun eh mag business. Iba padin ang may natapos diba? So anyway, one afternoon pag uwi nya from school.

Mila: O bakit ang aga mo? Wala ka ng pasok?
Baldo: Naku! Eh drop na yan no!
Mila: Ha?! AWOL ka?!!

** AWOL?! AWOL talaga?!! Sinabi na ngang drop eh! Anyway, just to clear things up, hindi po drop si ReigningTatay. :) Nag aaral syang mabuti. Harhar!

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Friday, September 12, 2014

This is Skye’s first solid food. I was checking on the best food to give the baby and I decided on the “default”. I see banana on almost every “best first food for baby” list on google and it was also one of the recommended first food of her pedia.

banana-puree **Image from Google.

 

What You Need:

2 pcs medium sized Banana
1/4 cup water
Baby Blender with Baby Blend Blade or any blender

 

How To Prepare:

1. Peel and the cut the banana into small parts.
2. Combine banana and water into the blender.
3. Blend the combination until desired consistency is reached.

 

You can add more water for a runny puree or less water for the thicker puree. I suggest you do a runny puree during the baby's first weeks in solids and just adjust consistency as the baby gets more accustomed to eating.

What I love bananas is that it's easy. No need to steam or boil unlike sweet potato or carrots. 2pcs banana it equivalent to 6-8 baby bullets. So it's perfect! Usually, banana puree can last up to 3-5days when stored on the fridge and 3months when frozen. I love it! I can prepare it in batch and not worry everyday.

The thing about bananas though is that it leaves so much stain on the baby's clothes. So make sure you make her wear colored clothes or bibs. Or those you don't mind getting stained. It also leaves stain on cloth diapers. Pero nakukuha naman ata sa kula. :-D

Go ahead! Try it out. skye loves her banana so much. Just make sure you make the baby drink lotsa water.

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

When the ReigningPrincess turned 4 months, I’ve already started researching for stuff re: introducing solids – the best first food to introduce, how to prepare the baby’s food and whether to get a high chair or a booster chair or ditch that and let her sit on our lap. Hihi!

I’ve been reading a lot of positive reviews on the Ikea Antilop High Chair. It’s one of the most recommended high chair in the mummy world. Easy to clean and relatively cheap. Now I know why it’s a favorite.

But I live in a small 2 storey house with the rest of my family. The baby has a crib and a bouncer already. Our house is getting too small for us. So a high chair is no longer an option. Wala na talaga akong paglalagyan ng high chair, I swear!

But I know I needed a chair for the baby, with a tray and a safety harness so I could feed her properly even if I’m alone. I’ve also read somewhere that it’s a good training for the baby. It helps develop the habit of sitting while eating instead of running around with a chicken joy on one hand. I am also hoping that the tray could help reduce the kalat if ever. So yeah! I know I needed a chair.

My next option is the Bumbo Seat with Tray. Another sikat baby item. I saw one in Mothercare but its too tight on Skye’s pata. :( Sayang because it looks safe talaga. But it’s expensive (around Php 4000!!!) and too small. I don’t think the baby could use it long. Another thing, I can’t put it on the dining chair. Amfanget naman kung nasa ibabaw ng table kumakain ang bagets. Lechon lang ang peg! So erase Bumbo Seat.

And then we saw Chicco Foldable Booster Seat. Original price is around Php 3300 but it’s on sale that time - 20% off. It’ll be around Php 2600 only. Pwede na right? Plus I tried it on Skye and she seemed to like it. It has safety cushions. An adjustable tray. Safety harness. It can be attached to a regular dining chair. And made of rubber plastic so its easy to clean according to the saleslady. I was actually about to buy it already but the ReigningTatay says we should try to look for other options. Namahalan padin siguro sa Php 2600!!

I am so glad I listened to the ReigningTatay because a couple of kembot away from the Chicco store, we found this:

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Safety 1st Easy Care Swing Tray Booster Seat (Php 1800++).

Skye tried it and she loved it more than the Chicco. I was just a bit skeptical because of the lack of cushion but it’s made of rubber plastic so it’s still safe. Not too matigas for the baby. Another thing is that it’s not foldable. Paano na ang storage issue ko? But it’s actually not too bulky. Although we can’t bring this with us pag umaalis kami kasi nga hindi foldable unlike the Chicco one which we could bring like a normal bag once folded. Pero parang mas gusto ni Tatay yung idea na hindi “bringable” ang booster seat. Sya kasi taga-dala. Dami dami daw bitbit. But kasi naman, aminin nyo, yung ibang high chair sa mga fastfood ang dugyot! :( Kaya gusto ko sana yung madadala namin pag umaalis.

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But anyway, despite those cons, we still opted for this one because:

(1) Skye looked more comfortable in it! As in she was able to properly seat without support. And she could move about without issue. The same level of comfort on the Bumbo Seat. On the Chicco kasi, it looked a bit big on her and the sides are too low, so mas nalalaglag sya. This one have higher sides so she could lean and still is very much protected.

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(2) Hello?! It’s super cheap! I was even able to bully the saleslady to give us a 10% off. Tumawad talaga ako sa mall. Harhar! Sayang nga kasi 20% off daw yun dati. Yun nga lang old stocks yung naka 20% off. Hindi ko talaga masikmura gumastos ng sobrang mahal especially if I can find another one of the same quality on a much lower price. Plus, some items are more expensive because it has some extra features. Let’s ask ourselves first if we can live without those extra features.

(3) Super easy to clean! Because it doesn’t have cushions and too much folds, it is actually easier to clean. Less prone din sa mga singit singit na dumi.

(4) I can attach it to any regular dining chair! We could allow Skye to join us on meal time without any problem and without worry.

(5) It’s Safety 1st, a trusted brand. I am very particular with my baby’s safety. Yes, I am a prudent mum but I won’t mind spending extra if that’ll ensure the safety of my baby. Kaya nga hindi ko naging option ang mga high chair sa tabi tabi. Coz those didn’t pass the safety standards. Yes, I am kuripot pero hindi kinukuriputan ang safety ng bata. And knowing that Safety 1st is actually a trusted brand for baby stuff, I am confident that I’ll get my money’s worth.

(6) She could use it until she’s 3! Yep, the chair is spacious enough to accomodate a toddler. I tried to make Sapsap (my 2.5 year old nephew) seat on it and kasya sya.

 

I love it so much actually that I use the booster seat sans the tray as Skye’s chair when we play or when it’s tv time. Bet na bet nya yung nakaupo sya sa booster seat nya sa ibabaw ng kama while watching Doc McStuffins or BabyTV. I think it also helped in training her to seat down. Ngayon kasi, kaya na nya sarili nya. Kaya na nya mag-balance while seating. Ang kyot!

I guess just have to find another solution to my “public high chair dilemma”. Although hindi pa naman sumasali ang bagets sa eating time sa labas. Most of the time, bagsak sya pag dining time na namin ni Tatay. :) Pero soon she’ll have to join us and I want to be prepared. Mummies, any tips? Aside from magdala ako ng baby wipes at alcohol at paliguan ang high chair bago paupuin ang anak ko. :) Promise kasi talaga madalas dirty yung high chair eh. :(

Posted on Sunday, September 07, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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