Monday, September 1, 2014

Learn how to keep our babies safe!

The most difficult thing about being a parent is the fact that your heart no longer belongs to you. Little people hold it in their hands and all we want to do is protect them because if anything happens to them, our hearts will shatter and will never recover!

I blogged about my daily Prayer of Protection over my kids before. While we can do everything we can to make sure our kids are healthy and safe, we can't be there 24/7. Sometimes, even when we're around, accidents still happen. So I ask for God's protection over my kids first and foremost. But that doesn't mean I can just let life happen to my kids! I still have to do my part to make sure they're safe!

I know you mommies are the same! That's why I'm inviting you to educate yourself on the everyday dangers that our children may encounter and how we can protect them from these dangers. Babyland Baby Stores and Halo SleepSack Philippines bring us parents “Safety Zone.” This community charity event brings together all the trusted brands that help safeguard our kids, aims to educate guests on what every parent must know to keep kids safe, while raising funds in support of Children’s Hour.

In celebration of Baby Safety Month this September, “Safety Zone” will be an afternoon of experts talking about the latest recommendations on baby proofing, safe sleeping, feeding safety, bath and skin care safety, healthy living and environmental safety. Enjoy great savings on a private sale of pre-selected brands that are certified safe and eco-friendly. Healthy snacks, games, raffle prizes and loot bags worth over P10,000 will be given away!

The learning fee is only P150 per person, so you can go with hubby, lolo, lola and yaya! That's still just P750 for all five of you! Everyone learns how to keep the kids safe and, since 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hour, you all help other kids, too! To register for "Safety Zone", simply fill up the Registration Form (click here!).   

Halo Philippines, distributor of the award-winning and doctor-recommended Halo SleepSack wearable blankets, will make a donation on your behalf for any purchase from their official website (shop here!). This donation entitles you to one free event ticket. Just indicate “Safety Zone” in the comments section when you check out. This offer is valid for orders paid from now until Sept 10, 2014.  

In order to help spread awareness for this charity event, Halo Philippines is giving away a Halo SleepSack product of your choice to one lucky blog reader!  
This is newborn Piero in his very own Halo SleepSack Swaddle Blanket. It keeps him snug and warm but I don't have to worry that he'll suffocate because of the SleepSack's design! I'll talk more about this on the blog soon. Meanwhile, Halo and Topaz Mommy will give away a SleepSack product. Here's how to join:
  1. Go to the Safety Zone Event Page (click here!)  and:
    1. Click the “Invite” button and share the event on your wall with the hashtag #SafetyZoneEvent. (Make sure your post is set to public in order to qualify).
    2. Invite at least 5 friends who might benefit from this event.
  2. Like Halo Philippines on Facebook. Follow Halo on Instagram @halophilippines and Twitter @halophilippines.
  3. Share this blog post on Facebook with a comment “I want to win a Halo SleepSack from Topaz Mommy and Halo Philippines." Tag Halo Philippines and set your post to public. 
The winner will be announced on Sept 10, 2014.  This contest is open to all Metro Manila residents.  The winner should bring a valid ID to claim her prize at the Safety Zone event. All unclaimed prizes will be raffled off at the end of the event.  

Good luck if you're joining the contests! But I do urge you to just buy tickets to "Safety Zone." Remember that it's not just a learning event, it's a fundraiser, too!

*quote image from Etsy

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Vito was 5 weeks 4 days. Iñigo was 7 weeks 3 days. Piero was 6 weeks 5 days.

Vito is now 4 years old, Iñigo is 2 years and 3 months and Piero is 7 weeks and 5 days. Time flies! So I'm beyond thankful I have these photos to capture these fleeting moments. What happy Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays!) I have!

Enjoy your today, too!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why I allow my kids to play with mobile devices

Some time ago, an article with the too-long title "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12" went viral. As a rebuttal, a team of professors from esteemed universities and education groups wrote an article with also a long title called "10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns."

I love this long-titled list the best: "10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give My Kids Handheld Devices." Please click on the article because it's told from a teacher-mom's point of view!

My husband and I allow our kids to play with computers and handheld devices. Because we're writers and we work from home, we have a lot of gadgets. My iPhone and iPad Mini were given by Smart Communications (thanks, Smart!) because, like me, Smart believes modern families need gadgets in this fast-paced world.

Vito loves playing video games.
Iñigo is sometimes allowed to use my laptop.

Anyway, though we have several gadgets at home, we've never really had a problem with the kids. Sure, sometimes they zone out but they snap out of it when we impose our ownership of the gadgets. Yes, Mama and Papa own all the gadgets so when we want them back, our kids give them up. I think that's important. Don't buy gadgets for your kids. That way, they won't claim their right to play with it. If they know it's yours, then they will borrow it, respect the fact that they have limited use, and return it when the owners (the parents) want it back. That's how it is in our house anyway, and it really works!

I just can't ban technology because my kids learn so much from educational apps. Vito has a big vocabulary because of the fun videos he watches. Both boys love Play-Doh tutorials and they get inspired when they play with their Play-Doh afterwards. I must confess it's the iPad that taught Vito the alphabet. Well, we taught him his letters and numbers but the iPad apps sure helped! We homeschool the kids and play-learn with arts and crafts, but the iPad has been an invaluable tool to us parent-teachers, too!

As work-at-home parents and because we've been without household help for months on end, the gadgets sometimes rescue us when we need to meet a deadline or I need to prepare dinner. I mean, do I insist on playing with them myself and letting everyone go hungry or do I let them have a little fun on tablets while I cook?