Memory Keeper 3

Another TGIF post to welcome the weekend with a good start. Happy weekend! Xoxo!

bee happy!!! :)
bee happy!!! 🙂
tummy time with tigger
tummy time with tigger
hanging with friends :P
hanging with friends 😛
here comes the sun, lil' darling
here comes the sun, lil’ darling
grumpy bear hates going to the pedia
grumpy bear hates going to the pedia
my 2 fave characters -- tigger and snoopy!
my 2 fave characters — tigger and snoopy!
have a chillax weekend everyone :)
have a chillax weekend everyone 🙂

For more pics, you can go to Memory Keeper 2 and Memory Keeper 1. 🙂

Play and Learn Activity 1: Bath and Body

I am a SAHWM – Stay At Home Working Mom. Lately though, I have been morphing into a SAHM. I’ve been so addicted to taking care of the baby and teaching her stuff. She is in this uber cute phase wherein she parrots you – what you say and what you do. Her mind is such an absorbent sponge right now. She is busy taking in everything so I was quite hooked on planning developmental activities. I am enriching her mind with books and developmental toys (Sources are: The Book Depository and Amazon). Thank God for the internet!!! Seriously though, I think I need to get back to work since Christmas is our busiest season and working means more money to buy more stuff for Baby Bear, right? 😉

What I have been busy researching about the past few days were brain-boosting activities that I could do with Baby Bear or that I can teach the nanny to do with Baby Bear. As one of her godmothers told me, it’s not the nanny’s duty to teach her stuff… it is the duty of the parents to do so. It’s just a bonus if the nanny CAN teach her. Heck, it’s already a bonus if you even have a GOOD nanny who can do the basic nanny duties, right? Teaching your kid is above and beyond her call of duty already.

Anyhoo, I digress. I was able compile a list of activities from varied sources like parenting books, journals, websites, twitter, Facebook and other digests. Nerd Alert! 😛 Will share the activities that we were able to do successfully or the ones that were able to illicit a positive response. Note that activities posted focus on language, music and games that are age-appropriate for Baby Bear (around 18-24 months). It is our goal to have a new enrichment activity at least once or twice a month, maybe even more. With babies, the focus is always repetition since they are at the stage wherein repetition fosters memory retention. And hey, as long as you see them having fun, why retire that old trick if it still works, right? 😉 Whatever makes them happy, after all learning should always be fun since they’re just babies! 🙂

Play Activity 1: Bath and Body (Yes, I’m so corny. I couldn’t think of an activity title so this is what I used. No points for creativity here :P)

Objective: Focuses on learning about the parts of the body and other action words.

rubber ducky, you're the one... you make bath time lots of fun!
rubber ducky, you’re the one… you make bath time lots of fun!

There is still an opportunity to learn even if you are just giving your baby a bath. Get babies’ bath toys to do actions, tell her what each one is doing and urge her to tell you, too. Example, pick up her rubber ducky and say: the duck is splashing, splashing splashing on your back. Or grab the soap and say: look, the soap is washing, washing, washing your tummy and so on and so forth. Other action words that we use are: shampooing, massaging, tickling, etc.

Rationale: Studies say that repetition of words and phrases accelerates langauge development. It establishes early on that every sound has a meaning and solidifies that every thing that is named or every action has a corresponding word. That’s why in Baby Bear’s school, they post or name all of the objects that you will see inside their classroom. Everything is labeled accordingly. For instance, DOOR, CHAIR, TABLE, WINDOW, etc. You can actually do the same at home. Subliminal message at its best! 🙂

Remember that babies at this stage learn via playing. It is with playing that they are able to grasp the concept of things and events happening around them. Ain’t it fun to be a kid! 😉

Other fun activities:

30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge

Visit A Zoo

How about you? What are some of the activities that you do with your kids? Feel free to share them here! 🙂

Memory Keeper 2

Posting these pics to officially make it a TGIF day 🙂 Also, to prove to you that I am following through on my to-do list of sorting and printing ’em photographs hehehe. Here’s a couple of shots of my pride and joy 🙂

please look after me :)
please look after me 🙂
dreaming about mommy's milk...
dreaming of mommy’s milk… drool…
how can you say no to this face? :)
how can you say no to this face? 🙂
see me grow
see me grow
pooping face!
pooping face!
TGIF y'all!
TGIF y’all!

For more pics, you can go to my first post – Memory Keeper 1. Happy weekend! 🙂

aKids’Life – Armoire BELLE Collection

My latest project is an armoire. Just a little tidbit – do you know that an armoire was a large cabinet originally used for storing weapons? Holy Bazooka, right? 🙂 These days, it’s so chic to have an armoire – now defined as a large cabinet used for storing clothes, bags, shoes and other stuff girls have. The client wanted an armoire that would grow along with her 3-year-old daughter. This was a bit of a challenge because the project had several idea sources. I was up for the challenge and all for it – after all, aKids’Life is all about customization! 🙂

The armoire she wanted to copy looked like this:

Project Belle
project belle

Chunky top design was changed to match an existing armoire that she already had which looked like this:

top design
top design of existing armoire

Curvy design for the bottom part and rounded legs:

defined waves and curves
defined curves

The cabinet door also had the same wavy design that we copied from this furniture below:

big cabinet doors with intricate waves
intricate waves

Voila! The final product —

BELLE
BELLE

An inside look:

take a peek inside :)
sneak a peek! 🙂

As I mentioned before on my blog post here, I name all my projects because I believe that every furniture has a story to tell. In this case, it was easy to think of the perfect project name. Doesn’t this cabinet look the same as the friend of Belle in Beauty and the Beast? See pic below of Madame Armoire — yes, she has a name! 🙂

madame armoire -- yes, that's her name :)
madame armoire 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this fascinating story about Project Belle. Til’ the next fun project! 🙂

You can view my other projects here, or here or visit my FB page here. Thanks! :)

Memory Keeper 1

We take a lot of photos, store ’em, and that’s about it. We forget about them. Gone are the days of printing and making photo albums. It’s been my resolution to print our family pictures. It’s been on my to-do list for  some time now and I am finally working of this album project. After what happened to all my flooded pictures last Ondoy, goodbye to all my baby pictures, family and trip pics, I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve been diligently sifting through the gazillion shots that we took of our baby and will be sharing some pics from time to time. Well, only those pics I can share LOL. I hope you enjoy looking through them too… these moments are so fleeting and precious, so glad we were able to capture these memories.

hello world! :)
hello world! 🙂
first time i opened my eyes
first time i opened my eyes
what a firm grasp!
what a firm grasp!
tiny feet are simply the cutest!
tiny feet are simply the cutest!
my first bath at home
my first bath at home
move over, pacman!
move over, pacman!
my blogs and tweets are mostly about this beary cute baby bear :)
my blogs and tweets are mostly about this beary cute baby bear 🙂 xoxo!

Snoopy is Love

My last post was all about Baby Bear’s 1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan Party.  Aside from Kai Lan being my Baby Bear’s fave character… she also loves… SNOOPY! Yes, yes, Mama Bear had something to do with this… a bit :P. But, promise though, I made her choose between Hello Kitty and Snoopy when she was just 3 months old and she really did choose Snoopy! Definitely a dog-lover like her mama 🙂

To those who are a bit confused with the Snoopy characters, here’s a “simple” diagram that illustrates the love-hate relationships among the characters:

Peanuts Gang
Peanuts Gang

How I wish I could post pics of Baby Bear with her Snoopy toys. In the spirit of anonymity though, this is the only pic that I can post:

i love snoopy... and dogs!
baby bear loves this snoopy shepherd figurine. she used to fall asleep with snoopy in her hands… aww… 🙂

How about you? Who does your family love?

No Hello Kitty answers allowed please… just kidding! 😉

 

Beagle Hugs to all of you from the Bear family 🙂

1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan Party

I initially blogged about why I chose Ni Hao Kai Lan for Baby Bear‘s 1st birthday party and attached the mood board that I used for her party preps in this post. Here are some pictures from the party that reflected the mood and feel of the event. It was definitely a happy 1st for my Baby Bear. Looking forward to many more birthdays and celebrations. C’est La Vie! 🙂

ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite back -- labor of love by yours truly :)
ni hao kai lan invite back — labor of love by yours truly 🙂
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan party set-up
ni hao kai lan party set-up – comfy bean bags for the kids to sit on 🙂
ni hao kai lan table set-up
ni hao kai lan adult table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan lanterns
ni hao kai lan lanterns
super yummy! :)
super yummy! 🙂
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower made by a fairy godmother 🙂
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan loot bags
what’s a party without a loot bag? 😉
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! - 'til the next celebration :)
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! – ’til the next celebration 🙂

*All fab photos posted above were taken by our creative photographer – Ging Lorenzo

 

After 1 adventures

Here are some of Baby Bear’s adventures and (mis)adventures after turning 1.

Hope you enjoy my “turn-around anonymous” shots. Definitely challenging to do so… but I did it because I wanted to share these pictures — just for you! just for the blog! 🙂

i want to feed myself
i want to feed myself
music lover like mommy
music lover like mommy
finally allowing the nanny to put clippies on my hair :)
finally allowing the nanny to put clippies on my hair 🙂
wanting to wear crocs because my daddy is my idol
wanting to wear crocs because my daddy is my idol
wish i could go wherever my parents go...
wish i could go wherever my parents go…
second time's a charm :)
second time’s a charm 🙂
1st dental visit -- waiting at the lobby
1st dental visit — waiting at the lobby
my 1st bristle blocks
my 1st bristle blocks
mommy being silly -- putting bristle blocks on my hair
mommy being silly — putting bristle blocks on my hair
daddy being silly with my bristle blocks - created a battle tank yikes!
daddy being silly — bristle blocks battle tank yikes!
growing obsession with shoes and going out -- watch out world, here i come! :)
growing obsession with shoes and going out — watch out world, here i come! 🙂

Hong Kong – Live It, Love It!

Hong Kong seems to be my home away from home. My grandmother and father-side cousins all lived in HK so we visited them every summer for as long as I can remember. We stopped going when our amah (granny) passed away around 6 summers ago. I miss those trips and had been out of touch with my relatives there except through Facebook. So many good memories!!! 🙂

I’m so glad that Papa Bear also loves HK as much as I do. It is our dream to have business in HK so that we have an excuse to go there as often as we can LOL! I was missing HK so much that I decided to make a food post of what we had during our last trip. I will try to rifle for more pics next time of other HK memories as they are in another external hard drive. For now, here are some of my food memories of HK.

Warning: picture-heavy post; looking at the pictures may cause drooling… 🙂

delicious kitchen deep fried pork chop on top of steamed spinach rice
delicious kitchen deep fried pork chop on top of steamed spinach rice – always our first stop!
jw marriott - iberian ham
jw marriott hotel – iberian ham
jw marriott - tuna sandwich in truffle mayo
jw marriott hotel – tuna sandwich in truffle mayo
jw marriott - lobster bisque soup
jw marriott hotel – lobster bisque soup
wagyu sirloin
jw marriott hotel wagyu sirloin – what high cholesterol??
jw marriott - 3 kinds of chocolate
jw marriott hotel – had to make room in my tummy for 3 kinds of chocolate
excelsior hotel- intercontinental breakfast
excelsior hotel intercontinental breakfast – love the grilled tomato
yee tung heen appetizer
yee tung heen appetizer
yee tung heen peking duck
yee tung heen peking duck – again… what high cholesterol?!
yee tung heen scallops with XO sauce
yee tung heen scallops with XO sauce – i could lick the xo sauce bowl clean 😛
yee tung heen steamed mud crab claws with chinese rice wine
yee tung heen steamed mud crab claws with chinese rice wine – drool…
mickey D big breakfast
mickey D big breakfast – salt, pepper, grape jam… life’s simple treats!
excelsior hotel room service - the best hainanese chicken in the world! :)
excelsior hotel room service – the best hainanese chicken by far! 🙂
mickey D strawberry shake and sundae - why can't we have this here in manila??
mickey D strawberry shake and sundae – why can’t we have this here in manila??
cafe royce french toast, coffee & milk tea -- to rest our tired shopped-out feet
sogo cafe royce french toast, coffee & milk tea – perfect ending to our trip. til’ the next one! 🙂