join our bathe with love giveaway

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Here is another exciting giveaway for everyone to join! 🙂

Because of the overwhelming response to the first Drypers Giveaway, Lovingly Mama is bringing it back! Yippeee! Thanks to the generosity of Drypers, there will be more prizes! Seven lucky winners of 200ml bottles of Drypers Bath Accessories will be picked next month.

The new line of Drypers Baby Bath Accessories, namely the Drypers Baby Head to Toe Wash, Drypers Baby Shampoo, and Drypers Baby Bath will help you Bathe your Baby with Love. All of them come in 100ml, 200ml, and 750ml bottles. They also have the new Drypers Baby Wipes. What’s unique about the Drypers bath products is that they are all have soothing, calming, and moisturizing effects on baby. They contain Oat Kernel that soothes and calms baby’s skin. Meanwhile, the Panthenol or Provitamin B5 is the active ingredient that moisturizes baby’s skin.

The Drypers Baby Bath Collection:

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As usual, this will be an easy-peasy Rafflecopter-powered event. All you need to do is fulfill the mandatory likes asked below + you are all set!

7 lucky winners will win one of these nice prizes from Drypers:

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This blog giveaway is open only to Philippine residents and those with valid Philippine addresses where Lovingly Mama can mail the prizes. The Rafflecopter widget will be open from September 20 to October 10, 2013.

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kids in doodles: what we did on my birthday

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hello again boys + girls! sorry i we were not able to post kid last week, i was clever enough to keep mum away from the pc whenever i want to watch my favorite videos on youtube, see! 😀 oh well, i have told you all about my birthday celebration at my playschool last time, this time i will be telling you all about what we did on my birthday.

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mum promised that we are going to enjoy on my birthday + we did! we were in sm north edsa around lunch time to eat at aristocrat’s. as you all know i am not really too fond of solid food yet so i just had a couple of spoonfuls of our noodles for that day. the grown ups all enjoyed the food + they were telling good stuff about this caldereta dish, which, of course, i did not taste! 🙂 + did i mention i already opened my gifts + look what i got, michelangelo and leonardo ninja turtles action figures! wee!

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after dining and snapping some photos, mum + i proceeded to one of my favorite stores, toy kingdom! she promised she’d get me another toy plus tita cel also told mum to get me another gift! it was difficult to choose among the different cars diecast on display + the new disney planes diecast. in the end, we got the rest of the teenage mutant ninja turtles, raphael + donatello + mum got me the doubledecker bus diecast, too! ^_^

by the way, i also got to play with the slide in front of the toy store + posed with their lifesize ben10 statue, too! cool, right?

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afterwards, it is time for us to watch the new disney movie, planes, which i am all excited about. it was made by the same people who made cars + cars2 that is why some of the characters look rather familiar + the tractors even made a cameo in that film. it was a good watch + i now have new favorites, dusty crophopper + el chupacabra! mum enjoyed the film, too! 🙂

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after watching the film, we went out to the mall’s outdoor area to stroll a bit + look around, but since mum noticed i was too eager to play with my new toys, we decided to head back home.  i was tired but i really had a wonderful time. it was one enjoyable + memorable birthday! 😀

your turn now to share your fun + awesome doodles with us, link up using one of our badges here +  hop on to as many playmates as you can to make our game all the more exciting! now i wait for you entries. happy tuesday! 🙂

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on biking + tips on how to care for your bike

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Biking is probably one of the most enjoyable thing to do, that was why I was so happy when my tito + titas gave me one for my birthday last year. I was so excited to learn how to ride it + would ask mum to help me take it out to the garage where I can ride almost every single day. Even though I was still quite small to learn how to ride a bike at that time, mum would patiently teach me how to pedal + would push me around the garage just so I can have a feel of how it is like to actually ride a bike. Biking, or cycling as what others call it, is also a perfect form of exercise as you work out your leg muscles, as well as your arms and hands as you ride.

Unfortunately, after a year of using my bike, the Lightning McQeen bike seat just gave in + snapped. Mum is not sure whether we can still have it repaired or if we need to buy a new one, which might take a while as these bikes do not come cheap. It was really sad that I can no longer ride my bike. I would really love how to learn how to pedal + am so much willing to practice everyday to finally learn how to do it.

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Oh well, I hope you have more luck with your bikes than I did. Here are a few tips on how you can take care of your bike so you can use it for years and years to come:

  1. Stash your bike in a Bike storage when not in use, to ensure that it is in a-okay condition + to ward off potential danger or damage
  2. Inflate your tires properly before riding to prevent untimely tire damage and to ensure your safety while riding your bike
  3. Keep your bike day to prevent rust from damaging the metal parts of your bike. When it accidentally gets wet while you are riding, make sure to dry it up before you stash it away
  4. Oil your bike’s pedals + chains as these moving parts tend to grind on each other when not well oiled.
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my new set of disney books

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i simply love my disney characters. wreck-it ralph, woody and toy story gang, peter pan, nemo, + of course, lightning mcqueen + his car friends, are just some of my most favorites. this is probably the reason why mum ordered a bunch of disney hardbound books a few months back. these books are shipped to my ninang ella in the us and was shipped here in the philippines last august, just in time for my birthday! 😀

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when we got home after picking up the package from my ninang‘s sister, irish, i immediately set out to open it + inspect each of my new books! i love them all! i also asked mum if we can read it right away. 😀

these disney books are now my favorite bedtime read. mum would read a couple of books before we go to sleep!

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How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child in Britain?

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It is entirely possible that the birth rate in Britain would fall dramatically if more prospective parents were fully aware of the real costs of raising a child. There has been much research on this subject recently with the various organisations involved arriving at different figures but, in truth, the results have not shown a great deal of variation. Every piece of research has revealed the same basic answer to the big question and that is that raising a child is very costly and more expensive in real terms than ever before.

Basic Costs

A recent survey by revealed the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years of age to be £51,000 but this figure only included food, clothes, toys, games, gifts, books and hobbies etc. and not the costs of childcare and other factors which can elevate the overall expenditure dramatically.

Real Costs

Research by the Child Poverty Action Group published in July 2013 suggests that the true cost is a whopping £143,000 and this figure is in keeping with the results from similar research by several other bodies. This more comprehensive research factored in less obvious expenditure like larger housing, additional furniture and higher heating and transport costs together with the enormous price of childcare which is an essential for many families. The costs have risen dramatically in real terms in recent years and have not been helped by youngsters’ increasing demands for electronics and participation in costly hobbies.

Further Education

It is worthy of note that these statistics relate only to the years from birth to the age of 18 because things don’t usually stop there for parents. With a high proportion of young people now entering further education the expenditure can get even worse after the age of 18. Even those youngsters who do not go to university present an on-going cost as few can afford to move out of the family home immediately and many struggle to find work.

Early Years

When a child is born families are presented with the difficult situation of rising costs and falling income as the birth of a child will always result in at least some time off work. Things will seem very tough from the outset as a new baby results in a great deal of expenditure in a short space of time with the purchase of all the necessary furniture and equipment. Recent research by AXA has suggested that families need to accumulate a buffer of £5464 before having a baby in order to cope with the costs and drop in income but, if that seems like a lot of money, parents should consider that it only gets worse! As they struggle to buy the cot, feeding equipment and car seat for their child they should be mindful that the early years are actually the cheapest. As the child grows it will eat more, require school uniform and want to pursue hobbies and so the costs will start to mount up. They will then start pestering for a iPhone and Xbox!

The truth is that the real cost of raising a child if they do proceed to University is north of £220,000 and rising. It is also entirely possible that a child will leave university and still require some level of support whilst they are looking for employment. Scary isn’t it?

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I guess this goes true in every country, if parents will think more about the actual cost that child-raising entails, they will think twice about having multiple children. Sure it is one enjoyable and fulfilling experience to raise a number of kids, but wouldn’t it make you sad and miserable realizing you cannot provide for your children’s needs and wants just because you decided to have one child too many?

Sally Stacey is a keen writer who divides her time between blogging and running her retail business.

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