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

We used this Multiplication Lapbook when we were discussing multiplication. Gabi wrote the answers at the back of  the mini-books and flaps.

Tudor Lapbook

I wrote about Gabi's Horrible Histories Obsession which led us into making a Tudor Lapbook.

Strokes Lapbook


When Gabi's Lolo Jojo died, he kept bugging us with questions Stroke. We decided to do a little research and discussed it to him. Then, we came up with this output.  You can read about how his Lolo Jojo saved Gabi's life here.

Art Appreciation Lapbook

We also did an Art Appreciation and here are the Famous Artists and Impressionist Artists that we were able to cover.

Who is God? Lapbook

We used Who is God? by Apologia for our Bible Curriculum. We do not have the notebooking that usually comes with the book. Instead, we used lapbooking to list down notes.

Astronomy Lapbook

This is our Astronomy Lapbook, Gabi called it, the "biggest lapbook". We studied different planets and created separate sections for each.

Tagaytay Lapbook

We went to Tagaytay last June to attend a wedding and integrated it to our homeschooling. The lapbook includes: a brief information About Tagaytay, it's distance from our house (in km and m) and the places we visited. Gabi shared his experience and explained what he knew about wedding. He also shared that he started to like the song "Ikaw" by Yeng Constantino after hearing it in the wedding. This is our Q3 Civics, Filipino, Math, Bible, Arts and Music output in one.

What I like about lapbooking is it serves as an easy reference for us on topics we discussed. It also helps Gabi to be more creative. We love to flip the mini-books from time to time and look back on the memories we built along with it. I asked Gabi if he still wants to do it this coming school year and he said yes! I may not know until when we will be doing this, but for now, this will be a part of our homeschool journey.

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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

I am a believer of supplements eversince I gave birth to my eldest son. Now that i have two active boys, I want to make sure that they get enough essential nutrients.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup
My Eldest Son, Gabi.
He is an active Soccer Player at Christ Confident Footballers (CCF)

Nutri10 Plus Syrup
My Second son Gael. Our future Soccer Player

I am so blessed to be chosen to try Nutri10 Plus Syrupa product of Wert Philippines, Inc. This is so perfect because my kids' vitamins just ran out. God's provision is always on time!

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

I'm happy to know that Nutri10 Plus Syrup is packed with essential nutrients. It contains the following:

         Taurine – for brain development
         Lysine - appetite enhancer
         CGF or Chlorella Growth Factor  - for physical growth and development
         Zinc - for immunity

It also has Vitamins A, B-Complex, C at D3.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

My kids are now taking this for more than a week and so far they are loving it. I don't have a hard time giving this to them, thanks to the Ponkan flavor! One visible improvement I've noticed in my toddler is his increase in appetite. He can now finish one cup of rice and he is starting to like eating veggies. Yey!

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

I'm so blessed to have Nutri10 Plus Syrup as part of my kids' diet. It gives me a little extra insurance that they are getting what they need. Although I believe that it cannot replace all of the benefits of a well-balanced diet, at least it compensate for any shortfalls. Thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Wert Philippines

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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

HYAL-C serum from SkinStation is an excellent example of a product with the new low molecular weight (LMW) hyaluronic acid. It contains nano-sized hyaluronic acid, the LMW grade with the smallest molecules. The nano-grade can go deep into the dermal layer of the skin where hyaluronic acid is needed the most. The name HYAL stands for hyaluronic acid, while C refers to vitamin C, a popular anti-aging and lightening ingredient, also present at high levels in the serum. HYAL-C serum is a consistent best seller, loved for its instant lifting effect. It might just be the "fountain of youth" you have been looking for.

Hyal-C Serum

PRODUCT CLAIMS:

Firms. Hydrates. Smoothes.
Revitalizes skin through nano-sized Hyaluronic Acid.
Contains Vitamin C that provides anti-aging and  lightening benefits.

SRP: Php 1,375 (50 ml)

Hyal-C Serum

The content of this serum is clear, watery and has no strong smell. I love how you can easily pump the container bottle.

Hyal-C Serum

After applying, my skin easily absorbed it.

Hyal-C Serum


This is my face after applying it. I used different lighting here but definitely no filter.

VERDICT:

Few days after using this product, my face is softer, smoother and more hydrated. I like that it doesn't leave my skin greasy and it's very lightweight. I have issues with heavy creams, it makes me feel uncomfortable. I also observed that it brightens my skin. I'm so impressed! 

When we visited our relatives in Valenzuela, my sister-in-law noticed that there's something new in my face, she said she like my new glow. Yay! I suddenly remembered that I recently started using this serum. Even my husband noticed that my face is softer and likes to touch it. 

Here are the other things I like about this:

- No lingering smell
- It didn't make my face breakout
- Works great under BB cream

WILL RECOMMEND?

So far, I'm loving this product. It replaces my regular moisturizer and I don't regret trying this. I will continue to use it until the last pump! I highly recommend this.

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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

First Year

During our first year of homeschooling, I strictly followed all the activities listed in the book: Memory Cards, Lesson Activities, a little Notebooking and the Timeline.

Here are some of the activities that we did just to give you a glimpse:

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: The Sumerians
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Early Egypt
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Tutankhamen (King Tut)

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Elisha (Israel's Prophet)

I asked Gabi the topics associated with these activities while writing this post and he remembers them! I counter-checked the book and he is right. Oh my, I almost forget. Hahaha. Well, i'm glad he still remembers after a year.


The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Gabi's Wall Timeline

Second Year

On our second year of homeschooling (and using this book), I just want to simplify everything. Although we enjoyed doing all the activities, i find them very time consuming and sometimes redundant. In order to have an output that will help him retain the lessons, we focused on the timeline.

Since I was introduced to Charlotte Mason method of teaching (i'm not a pro when it comes to this), we ended up making our Book Of Century, this is basically a timeline in a book. The good thing with this is we can bring it anywhere unlike the wall timeline. We also did not limit it to MOH. We included other subjects like Filipino, Music and Arts.

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

As we read about people and events in other subjects, we jot them down on the corresponding pages in the Book of Centuries. This is like our all in one book of history.

Gabi would sometimes write, draw or print pictures and paste it on the pages. We did not follow the directions suggested in the book to give us more freedom.

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
B.C
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
A.D.
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
We also include our birth dates

Now that we are done with Volume 1, we are very much excited with the next volume. This is one of the subjects that I love to read-aloud with my son because I am learning also. I remember how I dreaded history when i was studying, I hate memorizing dates! Hahaha. Me and my son are learning together - the beauty of homeschooling. Above all, we are happy to know that Jesus is the Mystery of History.

“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all.” ~ John Holt

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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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REVIEW: Blushing Beauty Lick My Lips Color-Changing Lip Balm

I first got this color-changing lip balm after winning the SkinStation raffle during the Blogapalooza event last May 21.

This was a perfect timing since I run out of lip balm during that time and was only using a petroleum jelly under my lippy (haha!). My lips tends to become chappy that I cannot wear matte lipsticks without a lip balm or something to moisten it.

After getting this product, I was so eager to try this on and it has been two months now since I started using it. So, I think it's about time to make a review.

Blushing Beauty Lick my Lips

PRODUCT CLAIMS:

A revolutionary clear lip balm that changes into shining, shimmering pink color as it touches the lips. LIKE MAGIC!

- Keeps lips soft and smooth instantly
- Moisturizes to prevent chapped lips
- Blends with any lipstick color
- Comes in strawberry flavor

SRP: Php 200

Blushing Beauty Lick my Lips

The packaging of this lip balm is really cute and handy. You can easily slip it in your purse.

Blushing Beauty Lick my Lips

The content is clear and has a light scent of strawberry. 

Blushing Beauty Lick my Lips

After applying, the color magically changed into shimmering pink!

Blushing Beauty Lick my Lips

Here's how it looks when applied on my lips:


VERDICT:

 - I love how it can leave my lips softer and moisturize in no time
- It blends well with any lipstick
- The price is a bit higher compare to other lip balms but i guess it's reasonable since it's so "matipid"
- Applying it is a bit messy since you need to use your fingers.

WILL RECOMMEND?

Definitely!




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Buffalo Wild Wings at Estancia Mall

July 17, 2016 - Me and my college friends decided to meet for some chitchat and bonding time. Our dear friend Weng of Walk With Miss Piggy was generous enough to pick us up. She usually do this to bring us together (advantage of having a friend with a car).

We headed to Pasig to look for a place and we had a hard time deciding on where to spend the evening. After few swivels around, we ended up in Buffalo Wild Wings at Estancia Mall.

Buffalo Wild Wings

The place wasn't crowded during that time, I guess because it was a Sunday night. Most of the customers were Americans which is not surprising since the store originated from the U.S.

Buffalo Wild Wings
The place is spacious, it looks fun and lively.

Buffalo Wild Wings


The yellow theme makes it look vibrant!

Buffalo Wild Wings

You can also see different TV screens around where you can watch live sports while munching food.

Buffalo Wild Wings

For the menu, they served chicken wings, shareable sandwiches, burgers and other pica-pica.

Here's what i ordered:

Buffalo Wild Wings
Blackened Chicken Sandwhich, Php 395 
Honestly, i didn't know that it was spicy. I guess the term "black" refers to pepper (first-timer, haha!). Nevertheless, i managed to eat it. Also, the fries on the side is too salty for my taste buds. 

Here are what my friends ordered:

Buffalo Wild Wings
Cheeseburger Slammers, Php 475
Buffalo Wild Wings
Half Time Chicken, Php 395
Buffalo Wild Wings
Pepper Jack Steak Wrap, Php 495

Overall, the serving is good here, although the price is a bit steeper. My friends' favorite was the half time chicken. I wasn't able to taste it myself since i was so full. We were also not able to try their pride of hand spun wings (too bad!).

While we were in the middle of devouring our food, the Manager approached us and asked how's the food and the service so far. She also asked if there's anything we need. For me, this is a plus point, it only shows how they value customer service and experience.

Grabbed Photo from Juvie
If you are a sports enthusiast, this is a good place for you and your friends. However, if you are among us who just want endless talks, it isn't a good place. Sometimes the monitors and the sound are distracting, i wonder how noisy this place can get when it's packed. 

Buffalo Wild Wings

On a different note, our main purpose is not really to try new food (it just so happened!) but to have a good conversation, and you can have a good conversation regardless of where you are, what food you eat. I'm happy to see these ladies and misses the rest.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig,
http://www.buffalowildwings.ph/

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