Thursday, December 27, 2012

Current Thoughts: Ease Your Spirit

With all the craziness of preparations for the holidays, I find this old post very apt.
(A re-post from August 3, 2012 at
The past few weeks have been such a challenge. I’ve been too stressed out that I haven’t had time to think, reflect, and re-focus on things. Today, I have decided to take some time off, relax, and reflect.

1. The world isn’t made up of one way streets.
2. Give to earn/receive.
3. Don’t (try to) do everything on your own.
4. Do not hesitate to seek help and admit weakness.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Avoid unnecessary stress.
6. Practice mindfulness and meditation.
7. Appreciate. Seek happiness in the smallest of things.
8. Positivity goes a long way.
9. Live in the moment.
10. Reward yourself.
11. Be good to your self, you deserve it.
12.  PRAY.

Happy mommy= Happy baby.
A happy soul brings joy to others.
Spread peace, spread the joy, spread the love.
Have a Happy Mommy Day!
Mommies, what forms of stress, mood swings, or depression have you experienced (during pregnancy or not) and how did you cope with them? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Call for Help

It is with such heavy heart to announce an old high school friend/ batch mate's passing. She died after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has no family/relatives and only has her yaya. The baby, her two other children, and yaya (who is taking care of the three) needs our help. We need breastmilk donations and other baby essentials for the baby. Yaya and the two boys need food. Donations in cash or kind for burial/cremation expenses are very much needed, as well.

My batchmates and I have set up a group on Facebook, for those who wishes to donate you may send me a message or comment. The children and yaya needs our help. The thought of the kids, especially the newborn, spending Christmas for the first time without their mother just breaks my heart. Let us give this family a chance

Newborn Diapers (madaming madami)
Feeding bottles/dropper
Cotton (Madami)
Clothes/layette set (booties, mittens, bonnet, tie side dhirts)

Vaccines: Hepa B (1st: upon birth, 2nd shot: at 1month/6wks), BCG (birth)- Available for FREE at Health centers.
Newborn Screening Test
Pedia check up

Baby bath soap (ex: Johnson's milk bath, etc)
Swaddle/lampin (pangbalot sa baby)/ recieving blanket
Mosquito net/kulambo
Bath towel
Burp cloths/lampin

Bath tub and bath support net
Changing mat (rubber mat)

Will be asking friends for breastmilk donations, but I'll need help with transportation, coolers cooling packs, and breastmilk dtorage bags (available at baby departments/baby shops at department stores & malls).

Yaya and the kids also needs food/cash.
Flowers for Donnie.
Food and drinks for burol.
Donations for other expenses.



December 17:
We need to raise AT LEAST P25,000 for her burial.
You may deposit donations via a BPI Bank personal account, which will be turned over to the organizers and yaya.
Milk donations for her toddlers (Lactum for 3 years old) are also welcome.
Those who wishes to pay their respect, please text 0916-5518744 for the address.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Hunt for the Best Breastpump

My hunt for the best breastpump started during the early stages of my pregnancy. Early on, I have set my self  into exclusively breastfeeding my child until he weans. I did a lot of research and found out about Medela, a brand that is well known among moms as a producer of top quality breastpumps. I initially wanted to get the either of the two Medela Double Electric Pumps- the Freestyle and Pump in Style.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Midnight Ramblings

It's 4:36am and I'm sitting in bed, baby boy on latch and half asleep on
my tummy. Twinkle, twinkle little star has been playing on loop since
2 am. I have been experimenting with different sounds to lull baby to
sleep. To no avail, mister-all of a sudden-turned into a light
sleeper,would wake up every 3-5 minutes, fuss,and would want to latch.
Gosh, I'm at the point of exhaustion.
I've barely slept a wink before the alarm goes off, in time for his
early morning sun bath. I just tell myself it'll only be a few more
weeks til his sleeping pattern regulates.

I'm still sitting here, nursing my little man, typing on my phone. Half
an hour ago, I was examining my hair. Contemplating whether i would
get a trim,a full cut,or a perm. I was thinking about what kind of
hair treatment i should get, and what nail polish color i would get
after that manipedi/hand&foot spa.
I was planning on the best time (while baby is asleep)to set my
much-needed salon/spa date with France this Monday. Then I suddenly
remember the new pedia is expecting us at 1 pm. Oh dear, there goes our
little mommy spa getaway.

Im starting to feel a bit bad so i'm now thinking of having a stylist
and a "manicurista" just come over. My neglected hair and nails badly
needs some love. I dont trust those nail thinggies from the salon
anyways. Who knows how well theyv'e been sanitized.
Baby just laughed in his sleep. It doesn't sound like cute baby
giggles. It was more like a grown mans laugh sans the sound. Uh oh,
the little man is up again!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wicked Wednesdays! Sip and Gogh: Paint and Sip Studios

Sip & Gogh is the first-of-its kind paint and sip studio in the country. A perfect place to be with family and friends to relax, socialize, and enjoy time painting together while sipping your favorite beverage.

Are you looking for a creative, fun, and unique activity for the family? A cozy and relaxed place to chat with friends and have a glass of wine or two? A fun and romantic date idea with that special someone? Are you an art and wine enthusiast looking for a venue to practice your painting skills while enjoying wine? Check out the newest art entertainment venue in town!

sip and gogh paint studio buffet and packages

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gone Green for the Holidays: Charlie's Soap Review

Being a mom, I am always finding ways to improve my child's life and give him the healthiest and safest living environment. I want him to grow up in a world where he'll get to enjoy all the good things life has to offer. That's why in all the products I use, I make sure they are all baby-safe and eco-friendly. We easily over-look small things such as using eco-friendly laundry detergents. Detergents can easily pollute our water resources, which is why it's is very important to choose one that won't have any damaging effects on the environment.
The good news? We now have Charlie's Soap! A safe, non-toxic, biodegradable soap that's safe for babies, hypoallergenic, and best of all- ECONOMICAL! 

Charlie's Soap is an American brand that has been around since 1976. Their products are all made with coconut oil base and contain pure, highest grade, completely soluble, Green River, WY soda ash (washing soda). Their soap formulas have been fully tested for non-toxicity (Duke University) and biodegradability (Japan Food Research Labs) and effectiveness (SGS US Testing Labs).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Giveaway Winners

Since the first set of winners for the Bug and Kelly giveaway did not contact me, I picked a new set. Congratulations, moms!

And the winner for the In the Crib giveaway is,,,


Please send me an email or a message on the Facebook page with your name, complete shipping address, and contact number.

Thank you all for joining!

Crumbs and Grubs Giveaway Winners


Since there are only 12 winners, first 3 winners to comment on the three blogs, Happy Mommy Adventures, Bebengusms, and Mom in Duty gets another 20% off voucher! 1 comment per blog, first comment gets the voucher.

To claim your prizes, please send a message to Crumbs and Grubs' Facebook Page or 0916-5518744. 

*Vouchers can be availed separately.
Valid until December 15, 2012.
For online/text orders only.

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