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Monday, June 23, 2014

Shifting to Glass Baby Food Storage

Thanks to Maan for sharing about abandoning plastic toddlers/baby's feeding stuffs, made me read more about plastic. Though plastic stuffs for babies are said to be BPA free, these containers actually have other chemicals equally harmful to the human body, that leaks off of our food when heat is applied (microwave).

If you have read about my previous post, I already purchased some baby food storage containers made of plastic. The cute design, the affordability + the BPA FREE written in bold letters were the main reasons why I chose them. Little do I know that these plastic containers may harm my baby's health maybe not today but in the future. 

On Wednesday last week, after office hours I purposely went to Gaisano Mall, to get one or two glass storage containers, or glass bowls that are microwave and freezer safe. I was looking for Pyrex or Luminarc bowls with lid, but have not seen one, instead I spotted these 210ml glass containers from Glasslock. 


I think this brand is the glass counterpart of the well known plastic storage "Lock n Lock". Not sure though, but are equally made in Korea.


As the label implied, Glasslock is made of heat-resistant tempered glass, making it non-fragile compared to other glasswares. Non-toxic, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and also dishwasher safe.


These 210ml containers are just the right size for my baby. Because she can actually consume that much of homemade baby food in one sitting.



Considering the following features:


- Non-Toxic, BPA-free - check
- Microwave Safe - check (Tried and tested without the lid)
- Freezer Safe - check
- Dishwasher - check (though I don't have dishwasher at home)
- Durable, Non-fragile

 
Overall, though a little pricey at P259.00 for a 210ml container, I think I found the right partner for now.  I'm not closing the doors yet, I'm still in the search for other brands that will satisfy our needs.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Common Houseplants that are Harmful to Our Pets

As much as we love indoor plants because they not only beautify our home, but as well as enhancing our quality of life by giving us purified air, humidity and clean oxygen we should be aware and keep these plants away from our pets, because these plants may be useful to us but can be harmful to them.  

Here are some of the very common plants that are harmful to our pets/animals;
 
photo not mine....credits: goes to the owner
Aloe Vera – is a well know medicinal plant to humans, but if eaten by animals it can cause them gastrointestinal upset, like diarrhea.

photo not mine....credits: goes to the owner
Caladium – comes in a variety of colors, a very attractive foliage that will surely embellish your home, but is also harmful to animals because if eaten it can cause, oral irritation, upset stomach, seizures,  and even death.

photo not mine....credits: goes to the owner

Poinsettias – the most loved indoor plants during the Christmas season and is considered as the most toxic indoor plant. When ingested with large amount, it may cause vomiting, anorexia and depression to our beloved animals. So better to keep it away from them, also the milky sap that Poinsettias produce can cause skin irritation. 

photo not mine....credits: goes to the owner

Chrysanthemum- also known as “Mums” have very attractive flowers  of different colors. Take note that these flowers are toxic to animals. If swallowed can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and also dermatitis.  

If the above plants were accidentally eaten by our pets, closely observe the signs and symptoms then call the veterinarian for help.  Finding the prescription given by the veterinarian may be bought at Entirely Pets Pharmacy.  

You can read more about these plants at Peta.org

Thursday, June 19, 2014

37 Things About My Partner in Life

Today, husband is celebrating another year of his life. And as much as we want to have a little celebration at home, we simply can’t because of duty call. He needed to be at work today until Saturday afternoon.  That means only the three of us will be celebrating at home tonight.



Anyway, since it’s his 37th Birthday, I just want to share 37 things about the man I chose to spend my whole life with. A supposedly secret, but chose to reveal them without his consent hehehe... so here goes...


1.       The same birth date with our National Hero Jose Rizal

2.       Pure blooded Ilocano but was born and raised in Mindanao

3.       A dark skinned guy

4.       Stands 5’8”

5.       With more gray hair than black

6.       An electrical engineer by profession

7.       A jack of all trade (can repair just about anything, but hesitates in repairing shoes)

8.       An experimental cook sometimes

9.       A humble person  with no sign of boastfulness

10.   Prefers Kopiko black than Nescafe 3-in-1

11.    Hates junk foods

12.   As much as possible will only eat 3 full meals

13.   That is why he’s slim but not skinny

14.   Who loves to watch National Geographic and Discovery Channels

15.   Who loves to read technical/technology/auto magazines

16.   Our very own walking encyclopedia

17.   Who owns more or less 5 not so expensive watches because it’s the only accessories he wears aside from the wedding ring and

18.   Can’t leave the house without his dark shades for sun protection

19.   Like me who is also nearsighted

20.   Can only play badminton out of so many sports. Thanks to me, for patiently teaching a non-sporty guy. toinks! Hehehe

21.   A Maria Sharapova fan

22.   An ordinary, non-romantic guy

23.   Who seldom give flowers or chocolates

24.   Who constantly ask what I want as a gift, because he do not know how to chose one

25.   But a loving husband in his own way

26.   Who holds my hands even in public places

27.   My first boyfriend

28.   My last boyfriend

29.    My ex-boyfriend for 7 years

30.   My adviser

31.   My confidante

32.   My soul mate

33.   My best friend

34.   My first love

35.   My last love

36.   My partner in life

37.   The best father to our children



To the man of our lives, Happy Birthday to you and we love you so much.


I hope you like our gift to you, a very simple one dahil wala na budget.. hehehe

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!


Like what I posted in my Facebook timeline, it's never too late to greet my ex-boyfriend, the father of my two beautiful kids, my best friend, my partner in life, a very Happy Father's Day, because for us everyday is Father's Day! We love you, Papa Jessie! :-)

Happy Father's Day also to my Father Papang Pepe and Father-in-law Papa Boy in heaven and to all the Fathers in the world.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potato (Kamote) Puree

Last time, I posted about the Squash/Calabasa Puree, today, let's take a look and enjoy the yummy taste of sweet potato puree or locally known as Kamote.

Kamote has a lot of variants, so far I've seen 4 each with different interior and skin color, the white, yellow, orange and purple variants. Each has a different level of sweetness, and so far I prefer only the yellow and orange ones.  

For today's homemade baby food, I chose the orange variety, because aside from it is sweeter compared to other variety, it's the only available from manong the manlalako, the peddler who sells Kamote at the subdivision we live in.

So let the game begin...

1. Since kamote is a root crop, expect muddy dirts when bought, hence make sure to thoroughly clean it with water.


2. Peel and slice the sweet potato into small pieces for easier blending/mashing later.




3. Simmer the sweet potato slices in a medium size cooking pot.


4. Blend or mash the cooked sweet potato, add water or milk until you reach the desired consistency of the puree. In my case I prefer plain puree so I only add water.


5. Put the blended/mashed sweet potato into the containers for storage, let cool then freeze.


Out of the 5 small to medium size of sweet potato above, I was able to make 12 baby meal size puree for my 7 month old baby.


As usual I only take 1 container, microwave and let it cool before giving to baby Z.

Making baby foods for our baby is truly enjoyable and exciting.

Next time..

I'll make a vegetable combination.. so watch out for it. :-)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jewel's 7th Month Celebration

Time flies so fast our beautiful baby Jewel aka "baby Z" turned another month older yesterday. At 7 months, I order a little bit expensive bit cake the 6" Red Velvet Kitkat Cake @ P580, by D'Cakes. The same cakeshop who made her awesome baptismal cake.

Why I chose a different cake for this month's celebration? Because hubby will be celebrating with us, finally the day coincides with his day-off. Nevertheless, it was still a simple monthly celebration with a lot of pictures.

Using the Instamag app, I made the following collages;


Instamag 1: The birthday girl, smiling at her Ate, while I ready my camera to capture her smiles. Can you see the white cloth "aka lampin" on the chair's back rest? I purposely put it there so that the other Ate can hide herself, the little girl cannot stand on her own yet.


Instamag 2: The birthday girl, finally directed her quick smiling gaze + her tongue out smile to where I'm standing at, and my right point finger was so quick to press the shutter. Wheee! watta cute smile..


Instamag 3: The birthday girl, trying her best to reach out, aiming the lighted candle, but ends up touching the Kitkat chocolate wafers surrounding the cake, instead.


Instamag 4: To satisfy her curiosity, we let her sit on the sofa bed + the cake within her reach. And her left hand was pounding and smashing aiming the pink flowers.


After 30 or more shots, and getting a few good ones, we finally took the cake and cleaned her up. The pictorial had ended with a messy cake and a messy baby hand.

 P.S.

I've mentioned that hubby celebrated with us, so here's the family pictures. The very precious two among the so many shots taken by Ate. The only two wherein Kuya posed and looked at the camera. However, the camera lover baby Z was busy gazing at her cake, instead. She's done with so much pictures na daw, kaya ayan..



And last but not the least, here's another collage of baby Jewel, taken yesterday morning before I head out to work.



So again, Happy 7th Month Baby! We love you so much cutie pie!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

First Two Days in SPED School

As expected, “The Crying Game” did happen when X was asked to get inside the room on his first day of school, alongside with screaming and holding on tightly. 

With a little more effort, I was able to leave him inside the classroom even with tears streaming his little face, hoping that he will soon calm down and eventually learn to explore the place. And indeed, after more or less 5 minutes, the crying game of X that can be heard from outside the classroom had stopped.






The first day ended with positive note from the teacher.





On the second day, the same scene had happened. This time his Papa went with him inside the room.





After 2.5 hours in the classroom, X had able to remain seated for a long period of time (maybe because of the film showing activity). Nevertheless, it’s a good sign that X can slowly adapt to his new environment.

The first two days in SPED school, Mama and Papa are so proud of you baby. You did a great job! Soon, with the help of the professionals and by God’s grace and guidance plus our unending love, patience and understanding, we will see you getting in the regular class and become a great person like Einstein in the future.

Let’s hold on tight and walk together and conquer the life ahead of us.