Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A Waldorf Doll Making Workshop

With just a few days left before we leave for our holiday vacation, I decided to take a mini-break from the frantic planning and chaotic busy-ness of last minute work deliverables (I still have one last event this Sunday for Flow In The City Christmas Edition!).



A Waldorf Doll Making Workshop with Tita Malou Medrano (one of my son's nurturers or kindergarten teacher years ago) was just what I needed to slow down and ground. It is also my own preparation for my handmade and homemade Christmas present to both my kids (they will have to share a doll until I get to make another one!). Since I wasn't able to attend her 3-day workshop because of conflicted schedules, I opted to attend a shorter version with other Waldorf parents and teachers.

Here are some of the materials I started to work with


My classmates for today were parents and teachers from other Waldorf schools in the Philippines. I am so glad to be part of this community of like-minded folks!


Yes! With much guidance from Tita Malou, I made the head of a baby!


This doll was my inspiration for the one I am currently making. It is one of Tita Malou's masterpieces :)


Here's the group with our almost-finised works! I'm still working on adding hair and completing the finishing touches on mine but will make sure it will be ready for Christmas!


I honestly waited until I had a daughter before I decided to finally get one or better yet... make one. I don't know why I never made one for my son. Perhaps, I wasn't ready yet. Waldorf dolls are so very special because they are very simple, handmade and with the best intentions for your child. Unlike mass produced, plastic or factory made dolls that have no deep meaning nor positive energy, these loving creations are a gem to childhood! I wish I had one when I was young!

I saw this beautiful quote --
"......a handcrafted doll is one of a kind, an individual which carries the spirit of the maker in its stitches and absorbs the spirit of the child who loves it".


Another important thing about Waldorf dolls, Tita Malou says that it is important to keep it very simple, with no emotions especially for very young children (as you can see in the photos) so that your child may imagine it on the doll. Children will mirror their own emotions on the doll as they go through life's milestones. Whenever they are sad, they will also hug and care for a sad doll. When they are happy or excited, the doll will be the same. It is an extension of themselves, and so we treat dolls with respect, with reverence as with life. Read more about Waldorf dolls here.

Here are more of Tita Malou's brilliant works all sold out at the recent Advent Fair in Acacia Waldorf School. Thank you for the photo, Luisa!


To order a very special Waldorf doll for your child or your godchildren or join future Waldorf doll making workshops, please SMS Tita Malou Medrano at 0932-9603392 or email mjrmedrano@yahoo.com

Monday, December 07, 2015

Advent in Kolisko Waldorf School

advent spiral in kolisko

As we entered into the time of joyful anticipation of Christmas, my son's school celebrated the start of Advent through the walk of the illuminated circle. Each year, I look forward to this tradition because it prepares and syncs my whole body (body, mind & soul) for the darkest time of the year. It is said that light shines brightest in the darkest of days. And so we walk the path with our inner lights shining through :)

advent circle of lights

This is just one of the many things I love about a Waldorf Education! Come join the activities prepared for the school this Sunday at Flow In The City Christmas Edition. See poster below and visit www.flowretreats.blogspot.com for more details and registration :)





Wednesday, December 02, 2015

My Top Finds at Tubong Pilipino Glorietta

Yesterday was the launch of Tubong Pilipino, a Filipino-inspired market at the Glorietta activity center. I am sharing with you my top finds at the fair. Maybe you'll find some ideas for a Philippine-themed Christmas, whether for the home or for Christmas gifts to family and friends! I did some shopping there, too!

These furnitures are made out of resalvaged wood. The chair and table set for kids (top left) caught my eye. It would look good for a homeschool set up, or perhaps an arts and crafts area for the kids!


Who doesn't love these intricately designed bauls? They would be perfect as side tables and top one as footing for the bed. I'm dreaming of building our own home soon! 


These beautiful vintage fabrics cost 15,000php each so if you want to splurge, consider these!


This handmade and painted nativity set I really wanted for my house but since we would be leaving for the holidays, I've decided not to purchase. Aren't they beautiful though?


There is a smaller version, too.


When design is both form and function: an ethnic musical instrument is good for the home because you and your children get a dose of local Philippine culture. Again, will definitely consider this for our dream home (soon!)


And lastly, weaved magic wallets! I just had to get some for gifts :) They're so handy for travel which we do quite a bit!  


Tubong Pilipino will run until December 6 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Glorietta Mall Ayala Center, Makati City.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I am a 100% Whole Mom


Last week I was invited by my dear friend Carla to a Whole Mom Christmas Gathering at the Aruga  at The Grove by Rockwell. If you haven't heard about this group yet, under which rock do you live in? Kidding aside, you must start following Cheska Kramer, Marilen Fautino-Montenegro and Carla a.ka. Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio for their Whole Mom workshops and events that focus on the 'Mother' as opposed to children in most other Mommy events these days. Their purpose is to "inspire moms to make happen homes, embrace her beautfy and nurture the heart." Beautiful purpose, right?  

Which made me think: "What makes me WHOLE?" Is it my husband, my children, the work that I do? No, I am already whole even if you strip all that matter in my life. And where do I tap energy from? The Source of it all. Call if God, The Light, The Universe, Jesus, Allah or whoever you believe in. I must always remember to connect to something greater than myself because only from my own wellspring of energy I can share my light to my family and the rest of the world. 

Thank you to the ladies behind this #MindfulMotherhood project. A happy mom does make a happy family! But a mindful mom makes an extra happy family, in my eyes :)

See photos from this marvelous Christmas event made possible by their brilliance :)


100% whole mom even and company justine justine arce gabunlamag

100% whole mom giveaways

100% whole mom honey glazed cakes


100% whole mom monica manzano






I was certainly glad to be part of their Christmas celebration! I felt extra lucky that day, too as I won gift certicate from Agoda for a stay in one of their Hong Kong properties. Woohoo! I can't wait to find out more details on that awesome win!

See more photos by searching the hashtag #100percentwholemom and #wholemomph <3 p="">

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flow In The City at Aruga by Rockwell

#FlowInTheCity on November 14, Saturday 10am to 8pm at Aruga by Rockwell ♥



Aruga presents, Flow In The City, a health and wellness lifestyle event featuring workshops, activities, products and food for mindful and inspired living. This exciting event will take place on November 14, 2015, Saturday, 10am-8pm at the 3rd Floor, Edades Function Room, Aruga, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Join us for an informative and inspiring day with yoga instructors, artists, crafters, musicians, speakers and health advocates who will lead workshops and classes for everyone who would like to explore and learn more about mind-body balance and a conscious lifestyle.

Shop hand-picked brands that offer organic, all-natural local and sustainable products, from fashion, home and art, to food and drinks.

Sign up for 3 workshops for only P880. Entrance is free for the bazaar. There are also a few absolutely free activities for adults and kids like the Kolisko Music Ensemble mini concert, the Cookie Lady Demo and Make Believe Story Telling :)

Unplug for a day, connect with like-minded individuals, celebrate yoga, wellness and good health!

To register and for more details on workshop schedule, visit www.flowretreats.blogspot.com (web browser)

Flow In The City is sponsored by Salad Stop, Old Navy, Dove, K Fit, She Dreams In Ink, Hola Magazine, Lifestyle Network, When In Manila, Choose Philippines and Try Local.

See updates at the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/875712215876558/

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mothers Who Brunch: Spooky Edition


It takes a lot for me to drive waaay south. But because it was a special invite by Mothers Who Brunch doing a Spooky Edition on the month of Halloween. How can I say no? This is the favorite holiday of my son next to Christmas (Can you guess why? ;P) Yes, yes it's because of all the sweet treats allowed annually.

Someone is definitely in his element! Look at that smile! Boqueria Lifestyle Market, your styling skills are uh-mazing! Must learn in future workshops from you girls! 


When we arrived at the Viking Range showroom, Sabrina Go of Sinfully Sabrina and Michelle Aventajado of Momma 'N Manila were cooking up a storm! I look up to them because I am a challenged cook. I like making green smoothies because you just cut up and blend everything - no cooking involved! Maybe I should attend more of these events to learn how to cook for the sake of my husband and kids!!!



Here are just some of their utterly delicious creations that I was able to photograph before leaving for another event...


This lavender lemonada was so refreshing! I must make this with the lemons I took home from Lemons and Greens!


This was one of my favorites...the genius Graveyard Taco Dip! I had to stop myself from snacking on this before eating formally began. Such a creative dish idea for a party!


The kids found this Shrunken Head Apple Juice Punch so entertaining! This is definitely another winning idea. I asked who carved the apples and Sabrina said "Me!" Love how hands on these ladies are!


These are chicken pesto sandwiches shaped like coffins. Brilliant, right? Oooh I love DIY!!!


And here's the yummiest AND healthiest snack! Kale chips popped in the oven with Zin Gourmet  Finishing Salt. My daughter and I can finish this whole bowl!


And now get your eyes ready for desserts....

cupcakes by sonja halloween

cakeshop by sonja halloween

cakeshop by sonja spooky edition

The full set up by Cupcakes By Sonja and Cakeshop by Sonja! I couldn't stay until the very end but I swear I would've nibbled on every bit of it if I had stayed. Obviously, sweets are my weakness!


The hosts thoughtfully included a children's activity during the event. Engineering For Kids taught them how to make ice cream from scratch using only their hands! My son was so very interested because ice cream is his favorite dessert of all time! Yay!


While the ice cream workshop was happening, mothers were sewing their halloween loot bags below. I couldn't join because I also wanted to learn how to make ice cream! Lol!


Here's my son giving his own cream + milk + sugar a good shake for his soft ice cream. It's always so magical when we learn how to make things with our own hands! We must repeat this process with organic goats milk and organic coco sugar... I wonder if it will taste as good?


"Look, Mom! It's Ice Cream!"


What a success! Thanks, Engineering For Kids


How lovely is this Pottly N Tubby play tent?!


Each child got to take home a handmade plush toy from Ant's Pocket, yay!


Look at how happy we were drinking that Lavender-Lemonada! I'm really going to test it tomorrow with my DoTerra Lavender pure essential oil and lemons. Let's see how that turns out!

Pam Begre and Monica Manzano

Seriously, the struggle is real! How do you ever get your kids to face the camera for a decent photo?!

Monica Manzano

Of course, there is a breastfeeding photo of me and my little one. #BreastfeedAnytimeAnywhere 

mothers who brunch spooky edition photo

Many thanks to all the sponsors who made this event possible! 

Ants Pocket, Cupcakes by Sonja, Cakeshop by Sonja, Engineering For Kids, Coco Natura, Boqueria Lifestyle Market, Clorox, Whisk, Jamfoods & Co., Lemons and Greens, Glad, Whisk, Manila Bulletin, Zin, Viking Range and of course, the duo behind Mothers Who Brunch!

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