christmas season has officially begun..

at least here in jared’s little corner that is. we were able to purchase my baby’s very first christmas tree. it’s a 6-foot, slim type tree, tall enough to last till jare’s 20th birthday perhaps (quite an investment, don’t you think? *wink*)
thanks google for the photo
originally i was planning to put colorful stockings and cane (see photo above) to my baby’s tree, since i want  lots of colors in it to really capture the feeling of christmas and to make it an eye-candy for my baby, but inavailability of such decors and ornaments in SM Marilao forced me to veer away from that design i had in mind and think of something else and quick! i settled for a blue and silver motif, since blue seems to be our favorite color and silver would still attract jared’s attention due to the shimmer and shine.

so daddy and i, with jared along, and the helpful sales lady in tow round up the racks of christmas decors and ornaments in search for the perfect ones for our christmas tree. finally we decide on these lovely flowers in shades of pale blue and silver, balls in the same shade and some wrapped in glitters, and the led lights to give glow to our tree.

sorry for lack of documentation, but i was way too excited to put up the tree when we got back home that i never had the chance to take pictures of the process..

mind you, i put up the tree and hung the ornaments on my own. jared, ken and cel looked on, leaving me to work on my own.

so here is the very own work of art (i still have to put a star on it and add some more ornaments though)!
let the christmas countdown begin!

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a johnson’s baby shower up for grabs

grabbed this photo from mummy nora of embrace life
nuffnang sent me an invite to join the johnson’s baby press launch at the makati intercontinental hotel. thinking i wasn’t able to attend the first event they invited me to, i RSVPed right away, expressing my desire to join. so that wednesday morning, we buckle up for quite a long drive, tackle the necessary evil that is edsa traffic and trooped to makati with jared in tow. am only too glad daddy was able to squeeze us in his otherwise full schedule so he can drop us off at the event venue and fetch us afterwards!
this is the first time i’ll be attending a nuffnang event and what a great way to begin but with johnson’s baby products and i was thinking “do they have a new product coming out in the market soon?”. see  i am a johnson’s baby myself, come to think of it everyone in the family is,  and i can’t remember the first time i used it, and am sure that if Ma is around she will tell me that the day i was born was the first time i used johnson’s baby products, still using some johnson’s baby products up to now. even my father used johnson’s baby cologne and it’s the first scent that comes to mind when i think of him.  
i remember the day i went shopping for jared’s stuff when i was 6 or 7 months pregnant with him, and i really can’t think of anything else to buy for baby products but johnson’s baby. i remember walking past every other baby brand and heading straight to the johnson’s baby products aisle and carting my very first purchase of baby powder, cornstarch powder, soap, wipes, cologne, shampoo, oil, lotion, to name a few.  johnson’s baby is really the brand to trust with my little one’s precious skin. turned out jared has very sensitive skin that we have to opt for specific baby products prescribed by his pedia, but still uses other johnson’s baby product like the baby oil and the soap (for his bum!) he has skin allergies from 2 to 8 months, but his skin seems doing fine now and am thinking of using other johnson’s baby products again!
i arrived to the venue a little before high noon and a warm and lovely Ms. Ann of nuffnang ushered me in to the second table from the front. and did i say i was sitting right across Mia, the mummy-in-chief of my fave magazine, Smart Parenting (which, by the way, is currently on newsstands now with their lovely november issue with the equally lovely tintin bersola and son, nio, on the cover)? too bad i was not able to take snapshots, see i only found out the digicam’s batt is dead when i arrived to the venue and i was checking my mailman bag! maybe i’ll get a chance in the next johnson’s baby event, who knows?!
this event also marks another first, since, normally, i would tag along someone whenever i bring jared to occasions so i can be free to move about as i please or when the need arises. today is an exemption since no one is available to tag along, but still there is a first for everything and am up for the challenge.  but challenge it is indeed. the people started with the scrumptious lunch and i was thinking “how am i suppose to carry my 13-kilo baby on one hand, lag my bag on the other shoulder and hold a plate all at the same time, much less scoop up dishes into it!” that is my dilemma and am only glad i met fellow mummy blogger karen of my so-called world. she was sitting right next to me and very grateful that she offered to get food for my rumbling tummy!
now on with the event..
brand manager for johnson’s baby, juan carlos garcia gives additional information on this brand so loved by many moms for over a century now. 

and it turned, this will also be the launch of the newest johnson’s baby product:
it will be very exciting to include johnson’s baby in your baby shower since it will be a part of the many firsts in your motherhood journey. celebrity mums, Lexi Schulze, Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and first-time mum, Marielle Santos-Po shares their johnson’s baby shower experience. lucky attendees were also given a token from Marielle and Akiko Thompson‘s baby showers.

and the best part is johnson’s is giving away a free baby shower to three lucky mums to be, and we can even nominate a preggie friend if we so desire. hop on to their facebook page, johnson’s baby world of firsts, like it, and you could be on your way to having the johnson’s baby shower of your dreams or giving one to a friend. if only i am eligible i would readily nominate myself, i would love to experience a baby shower since i was not able to have one when i was pregnant with jared.  
johnson’s baby products basket were also distributed as mementos to participants but probably due to limited stocks only the first 12 nuffnangers were able to bring home their freebies, we are told that ours will be couriered to our homes instead, paging Ms. Trixie of nuffnang, haven’t received my package yet!
photo op with mummy fedhz, nora and mrs. kolca
i was able to meet up once again with other mummy bloggers from the first ever mummy blogger event i’ve attended and am delighted to see Mummies VanceMrs. Kolca, Joy and  Lace. and it is also nice to meet new mummy bloggers. Nice to know you Mummy Nora, Karen, Fehdz, Mimi, Lourdes and Czaroma.
thanks to nuffnang and johnson’s for a wonderful afternoon of fun, food and firsts. here’s to more baby products launch in the future.
note: photos are grabbed with permission. many thanks to Mummy Karen and Mummy Nora.
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My 14 months old..

jared turned a year and two months old eve of halloween and these are just a few of his baby accomplishments, traits, idiosyncrasies and whatnots:

1.  he turns the computer off especially if mum is so engrossed in playing cafeworld and she can barely notice
2.  he shouts “dede” when he wants to drink milk, and
3.  he reaches out his hands to his drinking bottle’s direction if he wants to drink water
4.  he can now take eight to 12 steps, or more, unsupported or without grasping at things
5.  he now mumbles a lot, albeit mostly still in gibberish, but i sure can tell that he will say his few clear words in no time!
6.  he calls mum “mama” and sometimes, when he is having such a great day, he can also say “da-ddy!”
7.  he calls daddy’s car “toot”, imitating the sound the car’s horn makes
8.  he can focus on the screen for what seemed like eternity, without even blinking, heavy in concentration
9.  he downs 7oz of milk every two hours and
10. seems moody and picky when it comes to his solid food
11. he loves spaghetti and fries!
12. he definitely loves music, just about any type! (the nights spent listening to Mozart and company, prenatal, finally paid off)
13. he knows that he has to throw his ball to get it lighting again
14. he tends to be shy around strangers but will be friendly and smiling once he get the hang of it
15. seems like all he wants to do is to walk, walk and walk
16. he just had his Hepa A vaccine
17. he now weighs a whopping 13 kilograms
18. he loves books and mumbles as he holds one aloft, as if reading aloud!
19. he adores barney’s i love you song
20. and alternates that with elmo’s elmo song
21. and still loves pocoyo to bits!
22  he drinks loads of water daily, too!
23. he says “bab-ba” for bye-bye whilst waiving his hand
24. he seems to enjoy going out and travelling
25  although he sleeps most of the time as we travel by car
26. sometimes it’s way to difficult to have him to fall asleep, but the good old lullaby often does the trick

taking care of a toddlers is such a handful, it does take almost all my time. but i will never trade any moment of this, both good and bad. i simply love being a mother to jared..

i’d love to hear about your toddler’s story…

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Ethan Jared Turns One! loot bags, giveaways, etc…

for jared’s kiddie lootbags, i preordered personalized pocoyo lootbags from chocolatefund (which i got for 16php each including a personalized card tag, which my bro, ken designed)
for the contents i asked my sis, cel, to buy these from divi. i included bubbles (jared’s favorite), personalized pocoyo stickers, mini coloring books and keychains (which i got from ebay ), personalized matchbook notes (also from chocolatefund, which i got for cheap!), pens, stickers, nail art for the girls, pencils, erasers and mini face towels and i’ve thrown in some sweets as treat as well.

for the adults i ordered personalized cupcakes (which spelled out “ethan jared turns one” and “happy birthday ethan jared!”

i nicked the idea of a diy standee from the SP Forum and had a photo of jared taken especially for the purpose. again, i have to ask my bro’s help to cut out the tarp otherwise i will have it all ruined, no thanks to my “pasmado” hands! i love the diy standee we’ve created and so does jared, he thinks it is another kid and he wants to play with him!
for the piñata, i was thinking of wrapping a box with japanese paper then sticking pocoyo photos on it but in the end, we just made a box out of illustration board and put colored photos of pocoyo and the gang on it, plus the lovely birthday logo that my brother also created. i loved how it turned out and we filled it with candies and goodies the children enjoyed so much.
i just loved how everything turned out, i guess for your son’s very first birthday you would really love to give your best to give him the best, and i don’t really mean you spend thousands of pesos, small gestures plus a whole lot of labor of love goes a long, long mile….
so tell me about your child’s first birthday preparations, i’d love to hear from you, do get in touch with me at vixenp33 at gmail dot com…cheers!
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let the activefun begin…

a couple of weeks ago,  i was invited to an event, a product launch to be held at the ActiveFun in SM City North Edsa. ActiveFun is a world-class indoor child’s play and party centre which aims to promote exercise in a safe, fun environment and play as a venue to develop skills in children.  they have several branches including Ortigas Fun Ranch, Frontera Verde Pasig City and Alabang Li’l Fun Ranch.  they also hold birthday parties and other children related occasions. 
it is our first time to go there and the first time for my jared to go to a kiddie play thing.  he really had loads of fun, i must say, he had the time of his life and we are definitely going back there for some baby fun, only this time mummy will be there to join in the fun!
here are some photos from our ActiveFun joint: 

for more info, call ActiveFun at 332-3929 or head on to (while there, also check out their exciting promos for the coming Halloween) .
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