Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A New, Safe and Effective Way to Deal with Dengue Mosquitoes

Here in the tropics, the rainy season is also the season for Dengue, a potentially deadly, yet all too common mosquito borne disease. Last year there were over 200,000 cases of Dengue fever reported in the Philippines, and almost 600 were fatalities. What is alarming is that this was way up from the 121,000 reported instances in 2014. More alarming still is that just this year, the DOH has reported 70,000 Dengue cases from January to July, the supposed lean Dengue months, this is 19% more than the same period last year. It is now more imperative than ever that measures be taken to curb Dengue, and the best way to do that is to control the numbers of Dengue Mosquitoes.

In the Philippines, nobody is safe form Dengue, it cuts across all socio-economic barriers. Anyone can be infected and anyone can die from it.  In fact Dengue statistics in the Philippines are based only on people who seek treatment at hospitals or clinics. Because the initial symptoms of Dengue are the same as more benign illnesses such as the flu, many Dengue cases go unreported, especially since instances of the flu also rise at the onset of the rainy season. Dengue is all too often detected too late, which is part of the reason why it is so potentially deadly.

The problem with products that kill or repel mosquitoes is that there is always a catch. There are sufficient studies to show that most chemical based products can be quite harmful if used too long.  Spray products do kill mosquitoes, but there is a reason even their manufacturers advise people not to enter a freshly sprayed room for some time. Fume based products such as katol (mosquito coils) and vape mats emit toxins and are singled out by the website babycenter in as particularly harmful to infants but also to adults.

Electric bug zappers are quite noisy and can be quite disruptive at night; and finally lotions are effective, but not affordable or convenient enough to apply daily.  This is why the Hanns Insect Trap is the best alternative for anyone but especially for mothers who want to keep mosquitoes away from their kids, but who don’t like the adverse effects of other mosquito control methods.
Hanns Insect Trap

Monday, August 22, 2016

Our Lapbooking Experience

I wasn't really into lapbooking until I saw a pile of colorful lapbooks in Sis Ayenn's house the last time we gathered for our coop. Sis Ayenn of Ayen's Dwelling Place is our mentor when it comes to homeschooling. She is a great inspiration and her family is a blessing to us. I flipped through some of the lapbooks made by her two kids and I love how creative and personal it is.  Then, I decided to do the same.

Here's how we do lapbooking:

I usually print free lapbook templates from online resources. I will cut, fold and set it aside for future use. Sometimes, I ask for Gabi's help to cut them for me.

During study time, I will ask him to read a lesson and will hand over few templates to use. I will ask him to write down any important facts or information he learned from what he just read. It's like a notebooking of a sort - something I got from Sis Ayenn also.

I like how Gabi will write information according to how he understands it and would go beyond merely copying what is in the book. After that, he will put designs and drawings on the lapbook which really excites him. I recently allowed him to do it so he will not find the task boring.

Sometimes, I will print ready-made lapbooks for the topic that we are covering. There are a lot online, for FREE.

Here are our Grade 3 Lapbooks:

Multiplication Lapbook

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nutri10 Plus Syrup para sa Batang Aktibo at Malakas

As Moms, we want our kids to become healthy and strong. As much as possible, we don't like them getting sick. So we tried to provide them foods that contain essential nutrients that their growing body needs. We all know that the first line of defense should be a healthy diet.

However, I must admit that sometimes I fall short on this. Crunch times and busy schedules make it hard for us to get healthy meals. Good thing vitamin and mineral supplements can help fill in small nutrient gaps.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

Monday, August 15, 2016

REVIEW: Dermax Hyal-C Serum by SkinStation

Today, I am going to review one of the best sellers of Dermax Professional by SkinStation, Hyal-C Serum. 

I got this product during the SkinStation Grand Opening at Venice Grand Cannal MallAt first, I'm having second thoughts about trying this. I got curious about serum and when I found out that it is more potent than moisturizers, I felt intrigued and decided to give it a shot. I never tried any serum before so this is my first. I've been using moisturizers on my face for hydration purposes. Without a daily dose of it, my skin tends to dry.

Before we start, let's define first Hyaluric acid (HA) or Hyal for short.

Hyaluric acid (HA) is a kind of  amino polymer naturally present in our body, a building block for collagen. However, our body's ability to produce HA diminishes as we age.

Hyal-C Serum

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

One of Gabi's favorite subject is World History. We used Mystery of History Volume 1: "Creation to the Resurrection" for two years and we're glad to finally finished the entire book. We love this book so much since history was explained in a biblical way. I never thought History will be this fun. 

Image from Learning Plus PH

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mommy Milkshare Event Set to Benefit Fabella Milk Bank

It’s a well-known fact that breastfeeding is best for babies. The World Health Organization states why it is so on their website, and also emphasizes that breastfeeding benefits the mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

The reality is, though, that some mothers might not be able to breastfeed their children immediately after birth for legitimate medical reasons. There are also babies whose mothers may have passed away yet still need to be nourished with breastmilk.

In cases like these, milk donations or milksharing are usually the solution. It should be noted, though, that donor milk should be screened as much as possible, to ensure that it is safe and clean for the babies who will receive it.

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding, you will probably also consider milksharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavor. Here in the Philippines, human milk banks are actually always in need of breastmilk donations, so it is good to be aware of efforts to collect human milk – like the upcoming “Mommy Milkshare” event organized by The Parenting Emporium and Honeysuckle Philippines (which is actually on its second run; the first run was held in September last year.)

Scheduled for August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium (No. 29, 1st Street, New Manila, QC), breastfeeding mothers are invited to donate their excess breastmilk for the benefit of Fabella Human Milk Bank. Donors can choose to bring frozen breastmilk (must be expressed between June to August 2016) or express milk onsite.

In gratitude to the generous milk donors, VPharma’s Mega Malunggay, Mommy Treats, and Honeysuckle – brands that support milksharing – will be giving discounts on select items. Mommy Milkshare participants will also receive loot bags as a “bonus” for their kindness, which is why they are also asked to register for the event via 0917-8110821.

So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who wants to share her “milky blessings,” head on over to The Parenting Emporium this Saturday! Your efforts and kindness will help many babies who are supported by Fabella Human Milk Bank.

Note: If you want to donate breastmilk but can’t come to Mommy Milkshare, you may contact Nurse Katrina of The Parenting Emporium at 7253723 or 7386272, and ask how to donate to the TPE Milksharing Hub.   

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