Expo Mom #TeamMom Reaches Out to Mommas in the Visayas

We are stronger together. That’s what moms have come to realize when faced with the multitude of issues and concerns that come with motherhood.

When a mom has a group of mothers behind her, the business of taking care of the everyday just seems easier. She has an ear that would listen to her worries, a smile that would brighten up her mood, and a hand that would hurry along the accomplishment of important tasks.

In celebration of its tenth year anniversary, Expo Mom pays tribute to #TeamMoms all over the country. Expo Mom #TeamMom 2017 kicked off with a three-day event at the Glorietta Activity Center in May. Next month, Expo Mom #TeamMom goes on a nationwide roadshow starting off at Ayala Center Cebu on June 17, 2017;

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and then moving on the week after to The District North Point in Negros on June 24, 2017.

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Expo Mom #TeamMom will not only bring in the most modern mommy and baby products and services to the Visayas, it will also be a wellspring of parenting trends, mommy solutions, and inspiring advocacies.

Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home will serve as co-presentors of the Cebu leg of Expo Mom #TeamMom. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, Babyzone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Modern Mama. Detox Bar, a mompreneur business based in Cebu, will also be joining Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom.

The onstage program of Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom 2017 will shine the spotlight on Cebu’s #TeamMoms. Groups of mommas who are mompreneurs, travel bugs, and yoga practitioners will share stories of how they have helped each other grow to become better persons and better mothers through the years. There will also be games, educational talks, and entertainment numbers throughout the event.

Caltrate Plus joins Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom as a major sponsor, together with Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home as co-presentors. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, BabyZone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Vpharma. Footsie Tootsie, a mompreneur business based in Negros, will also be joining Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom. As with the Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom’s onstage games and talks, the Negros leg will feature local #TeamMoms who have supported each other in their motherhood journey. Among others, there will be #TeamMoms of homeschooling and breastfeeding mommas. Expo Mom’s tenth year anniversary celebration also includes a Grand Giveaway. Share your #TeamMom story on social media, and get the chance to win for you and your #TeamMom some awesome prizes. Click this link for more details. Expo Mom is the banner event of Mommy Mundo, a community of moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier, and more fulfilling for every mom. Mommy Mundo is your ultimate #TeamMom. Through its carefully curated selection of events and activities, Mommy Mundo has given valuable support and encouragement to moms all over the country in the areas of healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, active parenting, and mompreneurship.

Tips for a Glowin’ You by Watsons PH

Watsons Philippines partnered with the best of the brands in the country to help everyone achieve a glowing and fairer complexion inside and out. No matter how much we take good care of our body and health, we can’t help but be affected from other factors like from the environment; pollution for one can cause uneven acne and dark spots and too much intake of process foods which is filled with sugar and additives can somehow have significant contribution in our health. Then there’s attitude, our mental view, on every challenges we faced. Stress contributes to a dull sagging skin.

Watsons Philippines recently held #watsonskeepitglowin event to raise awareness and remind everyone to take care of our skin.

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Here are some of the brands that graced the event. These products are available at Watsons Philippines stores.

MX3 capsule and coffee mix which is derived from a mangosteen fruit made into dietary supplements for easy availability.

It is best to have at least get your body moving as some ambassadors share their exercise moves.
Ruffas Gutierrez (ambasadress for Cosmo Skin) and Karylle (ambasadress of Belo) shares their testimonies on how these brands help them achieve a glamorous immaculate complexion skin.

The best tip (because I find it inexpensive for me :D) is to drink lots of water, have a good night sleep and always smile though your heart is aching. Some positive outlook :)

Thanks SM City Cebu and SM Watsons Philippines for the invitation.

My Fat Bastard Wine Tasting Experience

I’m not familiar with wines. A sip of it is already enough for me especially if the smell is too strong or the taste is too bitter (locally described as “aplod”). And because wines easily gives my head a spinning sensation, one glass is well sufficient for me.

Then, there’s this invitation from Carlo of Kalami Cebu and Carlo of Maverick Ideas. Since the invitation is still open hours before the event, out of curiosity I impulsively asked to join the event and also requested if I can bring with me my husband (coz really need a guardian in case I can’t manage myself when I get tipsy)

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Fat Bastard Wine Tasting was held at the second floor of D+B Wine Shop which is located at Crossroads Banilad, Cebu City. D+B Wine’s idea is to bring the best wines here in the Philippines for the Filipinos to be familiar with and of course enjoy a glass or two. They offer a wide variety of wines and for this night, they feature Fat Bastard Wines. The wine testing was held at the second floor of D+B Wines Shop.

I’m glad I joined as I gained new knowledge about wines.

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What I learned:

  • That there’s this Swirl –> Smell –> Sip steps to taste the wine:
    Swirl – Give your glass a little swirl, circles in the air, for the wine to incorporate with the oxygen. This wine and oxygen combination adds flavor to the wine.
    Smell – Stick your nose at the mouth of the glass and smell the wine. Smell the wine’s aroma to be familiar with the wine.
    Sip – Take a sip, letting the wine spread inside the mouth before swallowing.
  • Wine’s descriptions are associated with femininity:
    Notice the streaks of wine that roll down the side of the glass when it is swirled, they are described as legs. Legs that are smooth or light. :) Also, then wines are described as having a fruity or fresh aroma just like a scent of a woman. And then there’s smooth or round or bouquet and I don’t remember which part of wine was it described.
  • Hold the glass in the stem. Holding the bowl part of the glass warms the wine.
  • White wines are best paired with salads or white meat.
    Red wines are best paired with red meat and chocolate cakes.
  • As wine complements the dishes, the flavor varies when you drink it before, during and after the dish is eaten. Europeans drink wine as a food since pairing wine with the food creates pleasure unlike Filipinos that drink to booze 😀

What I drinked:

For the white wines, D+B Wines Shop offered Fat Bastard’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. I was able to finish a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Not too strong to me and definitely I like the taste. I tried the second glass of  Chardonnay but was consumed only half of it. I still prefer the Sauvignon Blanc. Hhmn, the mommy in me want to indulge this wine after work. How is that?
For the red wine, Merlot and Pinot Noir was offered and it was hubby’s favorite. According to him, it taste different from wines he tasted without that sour taste. Taste just right and expensive, he said. He planned of bringing me back here in D+B Wine Shop for a date…I wonder when :)

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Wine is indeed pleasurable and I think a glass of wine did have an effect on everyone as everyone gets comfortable with each other through the night.

Thank you for the lovely evening Fat Bastard Wines and D+B Wines Shop.

SM Seaside Cebu’s Spread 3.0 – A Taste of the Word

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Last April 9, 2017, SM Seaside Cebu had their third version of Spread, a food celebration, this time with the theme “A Taste of the World”.

Held at the Mountain Wing Activity Center of SM Seaside. Dishes from the exhibitors showcased their specialty dishes that will surely be a delight to everyone’s tummy.

The exhibitors are:

Yellow Cab Pizza
– serves pizza, pasta and chicken.
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Classic Savory
– serves Filipino and Chinese dishes. Roasted chicken and their pancit is our favorite.
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Mr Burrito Mexican Food
– with their sauces freshly made everyday, who can’t resist those burritos and taco.
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Yoshinoya Japan’s Famous Beef Bowl
– serves Japanese dishes like beef bowl or Gyudon.
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Room for Dessert
– a meal is not complete without desserts, right? Their cakes are so tempting.
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Tubo Cane Juice
– go natural using tubo (sugar cane) as the natural sweetener to your juices or slushes.
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The Lemon Co
– thirst quench with lemon juices.
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Seaside Saloon Bar & Grill
– serves beverages and drinks with alcohol.
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All these are available here in SM Seaside Cebu.

Thank you SM Seaside and CBC for the invitation.
We had fun.
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Chef Donita Rose shares her Jolly Heart Mate recipe at the Sinulog Festival 2017

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Cebu City, Philippines – The rewarding experience of sharing a feast is just one of the many perks of cooking especially for Filipinos and Jolly Heart Mate Canola ambassador Chef Donita Rose happily shares her passion in cooking at her Regional Festival Tour in the Sinulog Festival.

Sinulog became one of the grandest and most renowned festival in the country that is being held every third Sunday of January. It is festival honoring Senyor Sto. Nino (Child Jesus). To add more colors to the festival in Cebu, Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is proud to bring Chef Donita Rose for a live cooking demo during the hype of the festival.

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Last January 14 at 5:30 PM, at SM City Cebu Event Center, Chef Donita prepared Popiah, a vegetable spring roll which is famous in Cebu while adding her own twist to the recipe using her cooking techniques and unique fresh ingredients from the Queen City of the South. Plus, Cebu mommies and foodies got the chance to taste the dish made by Chef Donita.

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“The Cebuanos, with their wide array of food cuisines, really love to eat particularly during the week-long festival of Sinulog. Our culture is practically centered on food which bring families closer, so we should also be aware of how we prepare food and what ingredients we use for the dishes that we serve,” said Chef Donita.

Chef Donita also wants to help Cebuanos to prepare delocious dishes using their harvest and making it heart healthy with the use of Jolly Hear Mate Canola Oil.

“We must always be conscious that the ingredients we used should be good for the heart, like Jolly Hear Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6, ” Donita shared.

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil also contains Vitamin A and has a pale golden color, light texture and neutral taste that makes it good for all kinds of cooking. Aside from being versatile, it also ha one of the highest smoking points which make it a very ideal for frying.

“We are very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, she easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in all dishes we cook at home and especially festivals such as the Sinulog, ” added Zen Prudention, Fly Ace Corporation Senior Product Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil.

For more information on Chef Donita’snext event with Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, visit their afacebook page on www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

FlyAce Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to the Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation of portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit www.flyacecorp.com

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is the number one canola oil in the Philippines according to Nielsen Retail Index 2015-2016. It is one of the house brands marketed and distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. To know more about Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, like our page on facebook www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

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SM City Cebu Princess Academy

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Every daughter is every parent’s princess, and more precious specially if she’s the only daughter. I’m not talking about princesses in the British Royal Family having special privileges nor about Disney princesses, with beautiful gowns and royal parties and wherein the princess’s story ends up with happily ever after. This is about how parents are extra careful, much pampering and overflowing love to their daughter, their “princess”. When we received an invitation about SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy, I thought I will let my daughter join and get the feel of what a “princess” is.

Thanks so much Naomi of Jugs and Pugs for the invite.

Last November 13, 2016, SM City Cebu’s North Wing turned out to be a beautiful banquet as SM Kids and SM Accessories held its Princess Academy. Pretty little girls in their lovely gowns filled-up the area. My daughter, at last minute, became hesitant and almost changed her mind as she felt out of place with her casual dress. I was able to convince her that SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy is not about beautiful dresses… though, it really adds to the event’s elegance, ​blame it to the mom who lacks creativity. I resent myself for not being prepared and I love stage moms who dressed their little girls for the event. Little princesses were all lovely in their beautiful princess gowns, congrats to you mommies :)

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At SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy, little girls were taught to greet friends, to sit, to stand and to walk properly, with confidence like a princess. During their tea party, they were also taught to use the utensils properly and table manners.

It was indeed a grand event for both kids and parents who joined the event. My daughter was glad she joined and learned how to properly eat cookies and doughnuts like a real princess :)

Excited for the next events? Follow SM City Cebu, SM Kids and SM Kids Accessories to get updates.
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McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Fun Day 2016

Surely McDonald’s Philippines knows how to make every member of the family happy as they celebrated McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Fun Day last October 22, 2016. Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Jhanis, the MissusV, invited me and my family for this event. We were able to join the morning slot. Believe me, I initially thought it was just an in-store small event but I had no idea that it was that grandiose like occupying the whole activity area of J Center Mall’s 3rd floor. We were was not able to join last year’s event so it was a surprise. This is the second time McDonald’s Philippines hosted Halloween event here in Cebu.

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We were busy preparing for my kid’s “costume” in the morning and in a hurry that we forgot to bring our orange pumpkin. Good thing that kids who signed up received their cape, pumpkin bag, and a hat to complete their overall Halloween look! They also enjoyed their 1PC Chicken McDo Happy Meal. My son was excited when he received the green toy car. He loves cars by the way.

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The whole family bonded over exciting activities such as the Magical Kingdom Show and played games in booth fondly named “Pretty in Paint,” “Mr. Bouncy Pumpkin,” “Fix Mr. Skeleton,” Eye Can Shoot,” Minute to Win it,” “Pumpkin Relay,” and “Tic Tac Toe.”
The Grand Halloween Family Fun Day is McDonald’s way of promoting children’s well-being through fun and enriching activities that trigger their creativity and sense of play, and help them make new friends.

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Great news for Manila Mommies and Daddies :)
This year also marks the first time that the Grand Halloween Family Fun Day will happen in Manila. On October 29, 2016, kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to join the activity at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. There will be three sessions to accommodate participants: 8AM-11AM, 12PM-3PM, and 4PM-7PM.

DIY: Rey and StormTrooper Costume

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Last Thursday, we were invited by McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Fun Day last October 22, 2015. This invitation gives me reason to dress up the kids for this year’s halloween :). However, dressing up as witches, vampires, white ladies or ghost is not on my list when I ask the kids about their costume. I personally don’t like scary stuff. Thankfully, the son still has the feels for Star Wars that he likes to dress up as StormTrooper. The daughter wants join the fun and decided to be Rey of Star Wars – The Force Awaken thus our theme for McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Fun Day.

However, perfecting this Rey costume within a limited time would be impossible, plus, StormTooper onesies is way too expensive.

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So, we thought of doing DYIing :)

Making our Rey:

  • Hair: Though we were able to make only 2 buns since my daughter’s hair is not that thick. This I find it cute :)
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  • Shirt: Plain white or beige sleveless top will do.
  • Pants: She does not have capri sweat pants so we just have to used her light gray pants and pushed up to the knee.
  • Arm Bands: Un-used white socks will do. Cut the toe’s part of the socks so the hands can pass through.
  • Drapes and Belt: I bought 1.5 meter of light brown chiffon cloth. Cut it in half, then one of the half was cut again into half to form 2 strips to drape in her body to form an X. The remaining half of the cloth is used to wrap around her stomach and used as a belt.
  • Shoes: We don’t have boots to so we use ordinary sneakers.
  • Bag and Staff: No time to make one.

Making our StormTooper:

  • Shirt: White polo shirt will do.
  • Pants: No, we don’t have white long pants but we have white shorts.
  • Mask: This I had to buy.
  • StormTrooper Gun: We have toy machine gun but for some reason we can’t locate it at the time of the event. Small toy gun will do.

Result:
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Again, big “Thank You” to McDonalds Philippines, Ross of EON and Mommy Bloggers Philippines for the invitation.

My ExpoMom 2016 Cebu Experience

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MommyMundo has been very helpful to mommies around the country. Being a community, they bring together moms to bond, connect, share parenting stories and motherhood experiences. And with the community’s encouragement and support, moms never feel alone. More than just a community, Mommy Mundo also launch interactive exhibits and onstage activities through ExpoMom which pave the way for mom to be updated with the latest mommy and baby trends, new products and new technologies. More so, it is a gathering of mommies…of all kind.

Interestingly, this gathering not only happen in the capital but also to major cities around the Philippines. Last June 18, ExpoMom2016 visits Cebu and I’m glad I visited as I would have missed these things:

Bento Lunch Making
This is the main reason why I set my June 18 for ExpoMom. I really want to witness firsthand the actual preparation and creation of a Bento lunch. Bento pictures are so lovely that I wonder how long for moms to prepare just to have that beautifully crafted lunch. I plan to just watch, listen and learn. Next thing I know, I’m one of the participants. Me and Mommy Rose of Mommy Wanders was invited to join but when Mommy Rose went out from the venue for awhile, someone came and occupied her reserved seat before she can return. Every mommy seems ecstatic to participate :)

I was amazed at how easy and fast it is to make a bento lunch. Not a hassle if you have all the necessary foods and materials. I only need to unleash the creativity side of myself :) Goodluck to me!

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Product Choices
There are plenty of booths that caters mommies, babies and kids. This ExpoMom2016 give me an opportunity to get to know latest baby products and toys for kids.

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Freebies and Special Discounts
Some brands offer special discounts surely moms like me can’t resist. Very happy that I was able to take home these freebies from Belo Baby Products :)

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Thank You ExpoMom 2016 Cebu and Staffs. I had so much fun :)