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Tips on bringing your kid to Kidzoona

Kidzoona is always a dream of mine. Yes! You heard it right, my dream! The child in me always wanted to test that big ball pit, that never ending role playing kiosks and their inflatable slides!

I was browsing Metrodeal, which I regularly visit during the wee hours of the night when the little one is sleeping to score for interesting deals, and I stumbled upon this promo of Kidzoona wherein you can have 3 hours of play for only Php280. You save Php120 pesos! The downsides are: first, when you chose the place, you cannot undo it (For example, if you choose Shangrila, you cannot use that voucher in Robinson). Second, you can only use it during weekdays, so if you are a working mom, probably it’s not the best deal for you.

The day has come. My little one woke up around 11am and I assumed that it’s the best day for him since when he wakes up late, he doesn’t take his nap and just sleep around 8pm. We had brunch and I brought baon. I always try my best to bring baon since we can’t tell how traffic it will be. We arrived at Kidzoona Shangrila around 12:30. The line was a bit long, when it was my turn, I had to go and get a form, (For Entrance Application). THIS IS A MUST that I did not know as a first timer. So Mommies,

TIP #1

Get that form first before falling in line and fill it up while in the line to make things faster (I like to be efficient always).

So I showed my E-voucher using my phone, they took it for line 1 minute just to copy the Voucher code, handed me the bottom part of the form that I filled out, written there is the time you went it, the time your time is done and gave me the assigned locker for our shoes, for the bags, they can rent out a locker with a padlock for Php 100.

TIP #2

You can kindly ask them to keep your bag in the counter with no additional fee. So we went in, there’s a bench where you can sit and take off your shoes. Beside it is the assigned place where to park your strollers. Here are the pictures and some videos of their respective areas as we went inside:

  1. Ball Pit

inside are inflatable slides, slide and some cubes where your kid can safely jump from one cube to another cube. Good thing is, there is an assigned Kidzoona Staff to tell you whether its age appropriate or not and another thing is, they really see to it that your baby is safe where there’s a dangerous place.  TIP #3 Be vigilant. I saw some kids that have coughs and colds, and every time I see them, I quickly take Inigo out of that place to avoid catching their virus.

  1. Toys Station

This is where the train table, doll house, xylophone, peg puzzle and different toys that can be manipulated by hands are placed. TIP #4 Bring out your alcohol spray and spray the things that your kid will touch. There’s no harm in being paranoid, especially knowing that kids touch everything.

  1. Excavator Station

Have this ride on excavator where the kid can operate, catch some balls and feel like real. TIP #5 Don’t bring your 2 year old kid here, they’re too small for this area and it’s dangerous since the handles are metal and accidents might happen while other kids go and play too.

  1. Role Playing Area

My favorite! But also, don’t forget to spray some alcohol before using it! My kid spent half of our time here. Inigo enjoyed shopping for vegetables and slicing it!

  1. Jumping Bed

Very sturdy thus safe for toddlers, even you can jump alongside! Just be careful of some kids that might bump and fall on your kid.

  1. Kinetic Sand Station

This is not for toddlers below 2 years old. I feel that the small particles can be inhaled accidentally, or am I just paranoid? Inigo just spent 2 minutes and never went back.

  1. Guardians Lounge

There are sofas and comfortable seats located in the middle so if some adults need to rest, they can stay there.

  1. Diaper Changing Area

I think this is perfect! They made the diaper-changing area in one side of the Kidzoona, beside the Toy Station and open. Why do I think it’s perfect? You know these toddlers, once they enjoy playing, they don’t want to go out right? This is perfect because you can change them without the drama or crying since their curious minds are observing the other kids!

Overall, our experience was very enjoyable one! But here are some considerations in mind;

  1. If you have a toddler aged 2 years old below, DO NOT GET THE 3 Hours. After 1:30 hours, Inigo already is tired and throwing tantrums. So just get 1 Hour. The 3 hours also, if you want to go out, the time is running, they won’t hold it for you. For instance, your time will end at 3;30 pm, if you go out around 2:30 and come back around 3:00 you will only have 30 minutes left and the time won’t be paused.
  2. Bring BAON. My baby was hungry after 1 hour. I gave him spoonfuls of rice with corned beef inside the Kidzoona. I don’t know if they allow it, but no one gave me a warning and I made sure that I leave no trace.
  3. Bring one set of baby’s clothes for changing as soon as you leave. Why? To avoid getting any virus.
  4. Spray alcohol, wipe face, and sanitize as soon as you get your kid out from the area.
  5. Leave as soon as the toddler shows some fuzziness to avoid overstimulation and pagod.

I did all these precautionary measures because I was afraid of my baby getting sick, and it worked! It’d been 3 days and he was clear!

Usually when I bring him to the play areas, he easily gets contaminated and I feel bad. So this time, I made sure he won’t get any sickness by being extra vigilant. No matter how sterilized/clean is the place, there are still a lot of carriers of virus.

Go ahead. Go to the nearest play area of your choice but don’t forget my advice so that your baby will not catch any virus afterwarsds!

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Motherhood

How to Keep Learning as a Mother

Learning new things has never been my problem. I was talking with a friend about my advocacy. There came a time in my life that I wanted to have an advocacy and was quite confused whether what I was fighting for was right, so then I sought the help of my very logical friend. We had a good conversation and he told me that no matter what the intentions are, as long that I am helping, it is still a good thing to do.

What struck me the most was that he told me my talent was that I KEPT ON LEARNING.

He has known me since I was a high school student and we grew together. He saw my struggles and he saw my highs. He told me I did not cook but I learned how. I didn’t know how to bake but I learned how. I didn’t know about motherhood, but I am still learning to give my best. So those words haunted me, in a good way of course. I felt the need to write about it and somehow share some tips to fuel your thirst for knowledge.

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I always wanted to learn new things. My mom kept telling me that if curiosity killed the cat, I was dead already. She had let me play all day outside and I would only go home when the sun started setting. I always wanted something to do. I never was a couch potato that could stand hours watching TV. I wanted to always move. Now that I am a mother, the THIRST is still there but the time is not always available. So how do I keep learning?

 

  1. Read a Book

I learn a lot by reading since there’s a whole new perspective that reading can bring. When I was younger, I really liked reading romance and sci-fi books. Now that I have a toddler in tow all the time, I really wanted to know more about life and stopped wondering if other people would meet a Romeo and Juliet type of love. What interests me lately are Karma, Feng shui, Astrology and Raising Kids Psychology approach.

  1. Look for Unfamiliar Words

I love that we don’t need to have a handy dictionary anymore or go to the library to look for the meaning of words. It’s so helpful that we can install Merriam-Webster into our phones so every time we need to learn a new word, it’s just a click away! Hooray to non-redundant words!

  1. Attend Seminars

There are a lot of free seminars that cater to your interest. I was always interested with baking but never knew where to start. So when I saw that there’s a seminar where I can bring my baby and learn at the same time, I grabbed that opportunity. Though it was not free, the experience, wisdom and the friends that I gained are all worth it. Try it! I am attending a new seminar soon too. It’s so convenient to know that someone out there is willing to share their knowledge and skills for an affordable price!

  1. Catch up with an Old Friend

This is a surprise isn’t it? Catching up with an old friend has a lot of benefits. One is the happiness of knowing that you still have a friend despite your mommy life taking you out of the cycle! Haha. Seriously, when you talk to an old friend and catch up, there are new experiences shared, new restaurants tried, new myths debunked, new words used, new information transferred and new learning’s!

  1. Listen to Radio/Podcast

I am guilty of always listening to the same playlist that I have, so I tried going back to old school and listening to Radio DJ’s. I love listening to Radio Jocks since not only do they orient you of who’s going to play next and what kind of music they play, but they also orient you of the weather, the traffic and sometimes even what’s new in Metro! Aside from Radio, I also learned this Podcast, I am new to it and I am loving it!

  1. Make New Friends 

I had the chance to meet this wonderful mom in Inigo’s playgroup. We talked about everything under the sun most especially education. I discovered new approaches in parenting, new promos and schools! Guess who’s going to enroll to the same school as her daughter? That’s us!

  1. Join Facebook Groups

I have this Holy Grail mommy support group where I really learn a lot, as in a lot! From daily tips, hacks, relationship, budget, money matters and everything under the sun they have, and other moms can comment what they know and instant learning area for new moms like me! It’s called Glam-O-Mamas. I also joined baking groups where proven recipes using local ingredients are shared.

I think it’s really important to never stop learning, especially in our ever-changing world. I feel that it’s my responsibly to be grow so that I can be a better mother for Inigo. I feel that since we are more aware of our surroundings and the impact of the things we do towards people, we become a more responsible being.

In my case, learning gave me more self-esteem after I became a mother. I was Stephanie before a mother, and we all know that we lose our identity somehow during the process, and learning new things was my outlet to rediscovering Stephanie. I am a new and improved Stephanie and that’s because of continuous learning.

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Motherhood

From Baby Detergent to Regular Detergent Soap

 

A lot of new mommies out there are wondering when they can shift to regular household detergent to lessen the overflowing cost of taking  care of the baby n the best possible way we can.

Here’s how I shifted:

It’s a funny and often nakakamangha (amazing) that all these things are invented for babies! Back in our mother’s time of raising us, THESE DID NOT EXIST. Just the regular detergents.

I am shocked to find out that there’s such thing! It’s like it’s pushing my pockets to another side of the world. I was really hesitant to buy these baby detergent because of their PRICES!

Imagine 1KG of baby detergent is around Php 279 while 2.7KG of tide is only 299? Double the price for a lesser quantity, but back then, my brain was not fully functioning because my pregnancy hormones took over me! HAHAHA. Of course,

I bought these things that I really didn’t need but society dictated that I SHOULD BUY IT. HAHAHA. I am a very gullible person when it comes to marketing! Hahaha. Not only that, when I usually put my game face on with some product, I hoard and make sure that I buy at least 2 brands so I can compare.

 

Detergent

Detergent

I ended up buying Cycles and Smart Steps. Which brand is better?

 

To tell you the truth. They are just the same!

But I prefer Cycles for its smell.

Time came and we moved to Cotabato, an outdated place that doesn’t really have much options. Lazada was out of stock that time so Rene and I talked about it. So we decided to use Perla White because it is the MOST HYPOALLERGENIC Detergent Bar out there. Pansin niyo, hindi masyado mabula? (Look, it’s not forming too many bubble right?) I like that. It means that there are lesser chemicals. Also, notice its claim that it’s gentle with the hands? So I concluded that’s it okay because even my mother told me so! That time we had a stay-in ate and we had no problem. Until one day, that ate decided to leave me! To cut the long story short, I had to be resourceful with what my options are.

Here are the tips that I learned washing my baby’s clothes for A CHEAPER PRICE!

 

  1. Grated Perla Hand Bar – Use it as it is, or if you are using washing machine SHAVE IT! Use a grater. It’s very easy! I usually put 1 bar into 1 full load.

  2. Any detergent powder – I used this but I made sure I rinse the clothes 4-5 times to make sure no chemicals that might irritate my baby’s skin left.

As for the Fabric Softener, I think it’s a must for our country kasi ang init ng araw, often times pag nalimutan mo ang sampay mo na walang fabric softener, NANINIGAS siya! Hahaha. I shifted to DOWNY BABY because it is widely available in the supermarkets and it smells so good! Konti lang, pak na!

 

By the way, I suggest shifting to regular detergent around 4 months na, why? Because the first 3 months of the baby’s life is really prone to rashes since they are adjusting to this new world. I also suggest that if you have time, IRON THE CLOTHES. In our household, it’s a must because we believe it can kill bacteria, small insects and sanitize at the same time. It’s never bad to be OA right? Basta hindi magkasakit ang bata!

We stopped ironing baby’s clothes around 8 months. I had no regrets! Kahit na masakit sa likod, I believed it kept my baby from getting sick.

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Pregnancy Story
Motherhood, Pregnancy

Pregnancy: How I found out and What I did Next

I would like to share my pregnancy story with you which all started last February. I had a very regular menstruation period and it usually lasts 21 days only, most is 25 days. I was expecting my menstruation on February 23, 2016 when it should’ve been my 25th day.

So on February 24, 2016, my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store where there’s a Watsons. Luckily, there was this Buy 1 Take 1 Pregnancy test kit that offers early detection, as early as 1 st day of missed pregnancy. I took it as soon as we came home because I was sure I was pregnant. I went to the bathroom, and VOILA! There were 2 lines, clear as the skies. I was dazed so I told my boyfriend, yet he was surprisingly happy, ME? I was shocked. I did the second pregnancy test and both were positive! My life went crumbling down. That time, I was supposed to go back to Kuwait and my partner back to Australia.

We did not have a stable job and we were lost until this blessing came along. We believed that this was God’s plan and slowly we told our family and friends. Some were shocked, some were happy, some were a little bit off since they thought it was irresponsible of us to have a family while figuring things out. I did not care. What’s important was the baby I was carrying, the rest will follow.

Baking Motherhood

After two days, we went to The Medical City to have a confirmation from the OBgyne, since we couldn’t believe it. The OBgyne told us that the line is clear and there’s no room for doubt. Second, I was so sure of my last menstruation, as if I had this all planned.

She told me that it was conceived between Feb 03 and Feb 06
(THE BABY WAS MADE IN MORONG, BATAAN). Hahaha. We had a laugh when I said it loud. She gave us Duphaston 3 times for 2 weeks (to make the baby “kapit”) which, according to Google, it works by correcting the levels of progesterone, thereby stimulating the lining of the uterus to prepare for a pregnancy
and protect an existing pregnancy, and OBIMIN PLUS, a pre-natal supplement that has DHA in it.

It was so expensive thatwe needed atleast Php 250 a day plus ANMUM Milk. We tried our best and we transferred to another hospital that was nearer my house and I was happy I found Dra. Datu of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She only charged Php 200 pesos for checkup which is really affordable, and was recommended by the most trusted receptionist I know, Ivy, when I asked for
a reasonable OB-Gyne. Dra. Datu immediately recommended me for Transvaginal Ultrasound, to see whether the embryo was inside the uterus. If it were outside, then it was ectopic pregnancy and could be risky.

I went right away, alone, since my boyfriend had to go Beijing and work. The procedure was uncomfortable but on the top of that, I WAS SCARED. What if it’s ectopic? What if it’s abnormal? What if’s were there but as soon as the OB- Sonologist said “Congratulations”, all worries were gone and came this cloud of
excitement for the next chapter of my life.I took a picture and sent it to my boyfriend to assure him that everything was
alright, Dra. Datu gave me additional vitamins. It was Iberet Folic (iron and folic acid in one) and Calciumade (Calcium and Vitamin D) and said to continue OBIMIN PLUS since it’s the only pre natal supplement that provides DHA. For all of these,
our running budget for supplements was 75 pesos, a big relief from Php 250 since we omitted the Duphaston.I had a very smooth pregnancy! I was still active. I did not crave anything in
particular, but suddenly, I COULD NOT EAT WITHOUT CHILI! I even bought a plant so I can harvest “sili” anytime! I was not able to take a picture of it because it died soon.

After ensuring my pregnancy, baby’s safety, multivitamins, and well-balanced diet (I need to thank my boyfriend Rene for making sure that during my pregnancy, I only ate healthy and non-processed food as much as we could) what I did next is go to SSS to ask how to claim my maternity benefit that WE ARE ALL ENTITLED FOR, whether we are working or JOBLESS at the moment. Turns out that as long as we have a 12=MONTH HISTORY OF PAYMENT, we are qualified for this benefit.

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