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5 Tips to Keeping Holidays Fun and Healthy

December brings a crazy kind of busy for parents and children alike. At school, home, and work – the holiday season can be both fun and hectic at the same time. Here are some tips to keep the Christmas season fun like it’s meant to be while keeping the whole family healthy.

1. Plan and learn to say no – take a step back and review your family’s commitments, including your children’s upcoming exams and social activities such as reunions or parties. Be realistic about your limitations and take into consideration your family’s need to rest and recharge in between. Only say yes to things you can commit to and really deliver, it will be good for your own productivity, mood, and well-being.

The holiday themed play area at The Square of Lancaster New City

2. Keep your family active – the holidays might be a good break for you and the kids from school and work but sitting all day playing mobile games and scrolling through social media can make you and your family feel sluggish in the end. Take advantage of free Christmas attractions outdoors, take a break from the gadgets, and squeeze in physical activities through outdoor games or even just walking is better than sitting.

3. Protect your kids from infectious diseases with Vitamin C – serving your family nutritious food helps in keeping them fit and healthy but busy work and school schedules, add to that the holiday season, makes it a challenge to ensure everyone’s getting the right dose of vitamins such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help protect your child from infectious diseases that are easily transmitted during the holiday – think Christmas parties, gatherings with lots of people, children playing indoors and outdoors, all the traveling, etc.

Pack toys and activity books to keep kids busy when traveling during the holidays and when braving the traffic.

The holidays are the worst time for anyone to get sick and miss all the memorable family moments. I always pack Vitamin C (together with some first aid medicines for fever, etc.) whenever I travel with my son. You can buy them in small bottles for traveling then just get the big ones to use when you stay at home.

FERN-C kidz comes in a delicious orange flavor at Php62.00 per 60mL bottle and Php119.00 per 120mL bottle. FERN-C kidz is also formulated with Zinc which further builds their resistance from illnesses and common diseases.

4. Keep things simple – Christmas is a great time to be creative and bring out your best decors, outfit, or family recipes. However, it doesn’t hurt to make things simpler. Simple might be even better if it means you get more time with your family especially your children. Remember that the holiday season is not a competition and at the end of it all, it’s your family that matters.

5. Enjoy – Believe it or not, this hectic but wonderful time of the year will end very fast. Christmas will end before you know it and 2018 will begin as swiftly. Family time is precious and Christmas is the best time to invest in memories that you and your child will forever cherish. Don’t forget to pause and make sure that you and your kids are enjoying the holidays in your healthiest shape by boosting your kids’ immunity.

Have a merry and healthy Christmas, Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

GOBLIN RUN 2017: SOFITEL’S HALLOWEEN FAIR

Embark on a thrilling Halloween madness as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents Goblin Run 2017: Sofitel’s Halloween Fair on the 29th of October 2017. In collaboration with one of the country’s leading running event organizers, Thinksportsph, the Goblin Run takes off from Sofitel’s Harbor Garden Tent and is held for the benefit of the children of Virlanie Foundation.

“Last year, the success of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon was able to raise fund for Virlanie Foundation. We are pleased that meaningful endeavors like these promote camaraderie and help enable the young, less fortunate children of Manila. This year, we encourage families and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the Goblin Run to continue supporting the children of Virlanie and give back the smile to the street children,” shares Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s General Manager, Adam Laker.

The Goblin Run will feature 2 categories at 3K and 5K with start and end points at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Gunstart is at 5:00pm for 5K category and 5:10pm for 3K category. The fun commences with a Halloween-themed foam cannon as the run takes participants through a panoramic view of metropolitan Manila of the CCP Complex. Exciting obstacle courses like inflatables, water cannon and net under crawl await runners in this thrilling Halloween fair.

The excitement continues at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Harbor Garden Tent where fun treats, goblin-mansion themed photobooth, face painting activities and special games are in store for kids and kids-at-heart. Come dressed in your most elaborate Halloween costume and win a special prize.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and Thinksportsph invite you to participate in this enchanting and exhilarating Halloween fair perfect for families and wellness enthusiasts. Online registration starts on the 28th of September until the 22nd of October while in-store registration starts on the 6th until the 28th of October 2017 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and GNC branches at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Trinoma, SM Aura, SM Manila, and Glorietta 4.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are at Php600 for 3K category and Php700 for 5K category. All participants shall receive event race bibs, T-shirt, finisher’s medal and loot bag and will have an access to the Halloween Fair. An assortment of exciting raffle prizes is in store for some of our top running enthusiasts.

Halloween Staycation Package

On Halloween weekend, escape to a tropical oasis with your family and loved ones without leaving the city. Featured room rates start at Php8,800nett per night on check-in date of October 29-30, 2017. Package includes breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) children (11 years old and below) at Spiral, complimentary in-room family movies and three (3) complimentary tickets to the Goblin Run for the 3K category.

For more information, please call Thinksportsph at 09206806618 / 09168508523/ 3349722 or visit www.sofitelmanilagoblinrun.com / Sofitel Manila Goblin Run 2017 Facebook Page and Sofitel Manila Facebook page.

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Thor and Hulk Marvel Studios Tour at SM Supermalls

Look who we bumped into at SM supermalls! We were at SM Southmall Las Piñas when SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company unveiled life-size gladiator figures of the mighty Thor and the Hulk!

The mighty Thor, god of thunder in his Ragnarok movie costume

The Hulk Ragnarok version

Ashton was so excited to see his favorite Marvel superheroes come to life, plus the Thor and Hulk exhibit also featured iconic displays and immersive activities. My son got to try out top Marvel Studio apps such as Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Marvel Avengers Academy. These are all for free at the Thor and Hulk exhibit in SM.

While Ashton was busy playing, I admired all the exclusive Disney merchandise of Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie. There were also toys that are so familiar to us because Ashton collects them. It’s a very good experience to see all of these Marvel merchandise, displays, and app come together in one venue. It’s a Marvel’s fan dream come true.

Marvel Super Hero Mashers are top toys that kids collect and play with

Lots of Marvel t-shirts for kids and even adults. You can also buy your Thor: Ragnarok movie tickets in advance at the exhibit or through www.smcinema.com.

Catch Thor and Hulk Exhibit and Marvel Experience at S’Maison MOA on October 24-31

Yes there’s still time to experience this for you and your family. Visit S’Maison from October 24-31 to enjoy the Thor and Hulk Tour, take lots of selfies with the life-size figures, play the apps, buy the toys, merchandise, and of course, the movie tickets to enjoy the actual Thor: Ragnarok movie that everyone is waiting for.

Thor: Ragnarok is coming to SM Cinemas and IMAX theaters this October 25. For more updates, visit SM Cinema on Facebook and follow @SM_Cinema in Instagram :)

Enjoy the movie, mommy and kids!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

DIY Family Movie Night Ideas with Cheers

When was the last time you allowed yourself to relax and just enjoy time with your family? This sounds simple but truly, mommies like us have endless tasks to complete. Sometimes the thought of having fun is great until we realize all the preparation, travel, and expense that are attached to a great family bonding experience.

Here’s an idea that can make staying at home extra special. The best part is, it’s simple, fun, and will allow you to practice your creativity!

DIY Family Movie Night Setup

Movie nights is an activity that many family enjoy but for this particular “viewing party” I wanted to surprise my family. I did this by setting up a cozy spot where we could all lounge and enjoy all our favorite movie-time snacks.

What you’ll need:

  1. A bath towel
  2. Banana bed or any bean bag
  3. Throw pillows, neck pillows
  4. Laptop desks that will serve as mini food tables

You can work with anything you have and you don’t have to buy anything. Now for the picnic or mini-party setup, you’ll need:

  1. Drinking station – Pitcher of your favorite drink. Disposable paper cups.
  2. Snacks station – our choice is leftover pizza, burgers, and snacks lying around the kitchen

3. Paper plates, Cheers table napkins, Cheers disposable spoon and fork

4. Trash station – To make your party mess-free and to help prevent you cleaning after everyone, get a laundry basket and just line it with Cheers garbage bag. Instant trash bin!

The secret for a successful family movie night without any tantrums from kids (and adults!) or needing to get up and get something from the kitchen, all really boils down to planning and having the right tools. I stock up on disposable plates, utensils, and party napkins all year-round. They allow moms the much-needed break from cleaning up! Thus, helping us also enjoy the bonding time we planned and truly unwind after a busy week.

Here are some items I recommend. All of them are Cheers brand which is also made by Sanicare. My older sister who likes throwing parties and get-togethers educated me on why it’s important to have these.

Jumbo Kitchen Paper Towels – it’s 2017 and “basahan” should not be your primary tool to wipe surfaces clean. Sometimes I wonder if “basahan” is really cheaper because they can harbor bacteria, you need to wash them often, and very time-consuming to use. Just imagine.

Kitchen towels is a grab and go solution, even for outdoor picnics or parties. Food spills, kitchen, and cooking mess are some examples where you can use these.

Interfolded Party Napkins – these aren’t just for parties but for your dining room. It’s rare to see Filipino homes have table napkins and as a mother, I learned how having table napkins easily accessible will save me time wiping my child’s mouth and hands! This is instead of using “lampin” to wipe food from a child’s face and then be miserable about the stain during laundry.

It also makes spot cleaning more instant, especially when you don’t want to get off from your seat and miss the conversations.

Flat Napkins – this is my favorite napkin to use when serving food. I like using flat napkins to sometimes line plates to absorb oil and to line surfaces like for this movie night, I lined the laptop tables with these flat napkins to protect surfaces.

When family members like to enjoy pizza or burgers with their hands, I offer flat napkins to wrap and handle their food in to avoid spills and greasy hands.

Cheers Picnic Pack – here’s an all-in-one solution for any celebration or get together. This picnic bundle from Cheers has everything you’ll need: pull napkins, cutlery, and a garbage bag to clean up with.

I hope you try this idea and surprise your family with a stress-free weekend celebration as simple as enjoying a favorite movie at home.

Cheers Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Trying at Home Cinema Experience with Fox Movies

When it comes to having a good and relaxing cinema experience, it’s not always about watching the latest film in the newest state-of-the-art cinema. In fact many mommies like me would have had an expectation vs. reality moment when we brought our kids to the theatre, only for them to get bored, claustrophobic, or needing to go to the toilet every 15 minutes.

Still, watching an exciting family movie is still one of the best ways to bond. It’s an activity that is agreeable to all family members – especially when it’s a superhero film like Thor, X-Men, and the father & son favorite, Star Wars!

Star Movies is now Fox Movies

We have cable TV and are subscribed to SKY cable. Our current package is the most basic one but SKY cable unlocks movie channels from time to time. Check out #FREESKYChannels on social media. Anyway, we discovered that Fox Movies is also unlocked and can be enjoyed for FREE until July 16!

Already, my small family and I have enjoyed a cinema experience at home with films like Captain America, Brave, and Finding Dory. Some we watched on weeknights with homemade midnight snacks.

Upcoming Family Movies on Fox Movies Channel

This coming weekend, I’ve taken note of all movies we want to watch on Fox Movies Philippines. Libre eh! Plus, it’s very relaxing to watch a movie at home when we’re all comfortable, eating our own favorite food, and without thinking of traffic or budget.

 

For mommy & daddy For kids and the whole family

 

Independence Day: Resurgence

London Has Fallen

Now You See Me 2

 

Hotel Transylvania

Miss Peregrine’s Home for PEculiar Children

John Carter

Brave

Moana

 

 

There’s so much more but these are the films we’d like to enjoy at home, plus all in HD quality. I know some movies you can find online but I never enjoy needing to hook-up our laptops, downloading for hours, or buffering when streaming online.

Thanks to Fox Movies, we rediscovered the joys of movie channels on cable TV. Just like before! But what we appreciate is how current the movie line up of Fox Movies are for this month. This is part of Fox Movies’ #ExpectIncredible promotion too where FOX Movies will start “52 Nights of Incredible,” from June 10 until the end of July, with the premiere of 24 blockbuster hits including, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, Moana, and Doctor Strange at 9PM.

While we’re enjoying Fox Movies now as a free channel on SKYcable until July 19, we are already thinking of getting it added to our subscription.

Tips to Enjoy At Home Cinema Experience with FOX Movies

Here are some tips to level-up your movie time at home!

  1. Yes you can sleep in the living room! – who says you can’t camp out of your bedroom and watch movies all night in the living room? Most likely this is where your biggest TV screen is! Let loose and allow yourselves a different home experience. Enjoy the TV, sleep on the couch, or setup a mattress for a cozy movie family bonding.

 

  1. Stock up on popcorn – popcorns are so easy to make with microwaveable ones. Now you have a heads up on what’s showing on Fox Movies, be sure to bring home microwaveable popcorn that’ll last you an entire weekend! Do grab extra cheese or sour cream powder too!

 

  1. Use a mini cooler for drinks – My husband and I are fanatic about bottled coffee drinks these days. They let us stay up late and enjoy our coffee cold! Make movie time feel like inside an expensive cinema by stocking on your favorite beverages, place them in a cooler with some ice, and enjoy them cold while watching the thrilling movies on Fox!

 

Finally and especially with kids, remember that things don’t need to be perfect all the time. Let loose, chill, and relax. Forget about the chores for a little while and enjoy this family bonding time. Our kids won’t be kids forever. Someday you’ll wake up and they’d have other movie buds to watch with. For now, enjoy this time as a family with you, your husband, and children all under one roof enjoying the blockbuster hits you’ll always remember.

Enjoy watching, Mommy, Daddy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

3 Tips for Stress-Free Baon for Kids

In the Philippines, we call packed snacks or lunch boxes, “baon”. It is lovingly prepared by mothers for their child who goes to school. Bringing baon saves money and ensures that our children eat the right food that we personally prepared for them. When you become a parent yourself, you realize that preparing snacks isn’t that simple and takes a lot of time preparing and planning.

Here are some baon “hacks” I’d like to share to my fellow moms who of course, try to make everything work despite the many roles and jobs we juggle every day:

1. Use weekends, holidays, and nights to prepare your kids baon ahead of tomorrow – have you ever experienced running out of time and you still need to pack something for your student’s lunchbox? I have! And that taught me a lesson to prepare my son’s lunch box before I go to bed. Weekends can be a time to go to the grocery to buy snack items ahead.

Ashton checks out the Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches on display

Here’s our newest discovery, there are now pre-made sandwiches that are individually packed and filled with either peanut butter or chocolate spread. They are called “pocket sandwiches” and are made by Gardenia Philippines.

The sandwich itself is sealed around the edges so kids can neatly enjoy them without spilling spread on their uniform. What I like best is the individual packaging that makes it a grab and go for moms to put in lunch boxes. Each sandwich only costs P15 and like most Gardenia products, it is widely available in all supermarkets and convenience stores.

For drinks – I also buy by the carton and just alternate between chocolate drink and fruit juices. Don’t forget to still ask your child to bring bottled water. I refrigerate the tetra packs good for a week so that it’s also grab and go during school days.

2. Bread is an economical and healthy choice for baon – always have bread in your kitchen. It’ll save you money not just for your kid’s baon but for all family member’s breakfast and snacks. I stock different type of sandwich spread at home: mayonaisse, peanut butter, chocolate spread, and margarine. Sometimes I also make my own tuna spread. Having bread in our kitchen has prevented us from buying food outside or calling for delivery!

Here are some of our “bread pile” for this school and work week. Carbohydrates are essential for children to remain energetic. Some adults stay away from carbs but I do like loading up on carbs especially on a busy day or for when I’m doing my workouts.

3. Stock baon in your refrigerator – put your fridge (and electric bill) to good use! You can stock baon, even sandwiches, in the refrigerator so that they remain fresh and free of mold. Whenever I buy Gardenia loaf, we keep it in the fridge and it’s still good even after it’s use by date. How many times have you also experienced your kids baon being infested by ants? It’s such a hassle and waste!

Don’t worry about snacks being cold because by the time recess comes, they would’ve already reached room temperature.

These tips are good for young kids from pre-school to grade 3 when usually, they’d only have recess and not lunch. Sandwiches are my top choice because they are filling, satisfying, and you can easily have different flavors just by choosing a different spread or in case of pre-made sandwiches and ready to eat bread, just choose a different variant!

Happy schooling, mommy and baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.