January 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mommy Approved: Kidzville Play and Party Center

Kidzville Play and Party Center

Finally! We went to Kidzville in Podium. Last Wednesday, Henry and I headed out to Ortigas for a playdate with his little cousins. 

I have passed by Kidzville a couple of times, but it was always full. There was always a birthday party going on. So, we never braved to come inside. Luckily, only a couple of kids were there when we arrived. 

We went to their Playmaze (active gym) first. Playmaze is an obstacle course for kids - lots of climbing up and down. There are 3 long slides which the kids love. They also have a ball pit, but there were no balls when we arrive since they had just cleaned the pit.

Here's our little brood posing on top of the slide. As you can see, it's a looooong way down. 

Kidzville Play and party Center
It's a looooong way down. 

After half an hour in the Playmaze, we decided to move to their pretend village. It was a small community full of mini's - a mini hospital, a mini garage, a mini barn, a mini fire station, a mini grocery and a mini cafe. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 14, 2013

Palawan's Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway

Welcome to Palawan's Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway which is hosted by The Travel Bug and in cooperation with What’s Up  |  Henry’s Mom Blogs  |  My Own Travels  |  Sporadic Thoughts  |  It’s My Party  |  Home Is Where The Heart Is  |  Red Lips and Pinky Toes  |  The Bunny’s Review  |  Boracay Resorts Bookings

You can enjoy this free accommodation and relax in the tranquility of Palawan when you win in this amazing getaway sponsored by the generous owner of Hidden Hills Private Resort. The whole prize will total to $400 excluding transportation and yours free when you win the amazing getaway prize!

 Hidden Hills is your exotic vacation home in the Philippines, situated in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The exclusive villa is a lovely rustic chalet which sits on top of the hill with an additional loft built downhill to accommodate additional guests.
The whole villa is a masterpiece and truly a place to enjoy a quiet time, to de-stress and marvel at Mother Nature's best! To get more info about the property and view the gallery, please visit: http://www.flipkey.com/puerto-princesa-villa-rentals/p132853/

The Prize:

1 winner will be chosen to avail the 2 nights/3 days free accommodation. The prize is for 2 persons in one accommodation.

Prize includes:

  • Accommodations : Exclusive use of the entire property 
  • Welcome Drinks 
  • Welcome Pack / Fruit Basket 
  • Daily Freshly Picked Flowers From the Garden FREE 
  • Unlimited Coffee or Tea&nbsp
  • Mineral Drinking Water 
  • Eat-All-U-Can Fruits & Veggies in season whatever grows in the farm FREE!!! 
  • Cutleries & beddings / towels/ flip-flops / rain boots / beach mats provided for use 
  • ONE BOTTLE OF WINE (Seasonal Welcome Compliments) 
  • Cleaning services (daily) 
  • Cooking Assistance
NOT INCLUDED: Transport. The winner will shoulder his/her plane/boat/land fare and visa for a foreigner winner must be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Important notes:
  • The dates chosen by the winner will have to be discussed with the owner of the Hidden Hills for the availability.
  • The prize is NOT convertible to cash and is valid for a year upon winning
  • The winner is responsible for his/her plane/boat fare, if applicable. Visa formalities, if required, will be the sole responsibility of the winner.
This will run from 15 January to 15 February 2013 (12:00 a.m. Dubai, UAE local time or +4 GMT and close at 11:59 p.m.), and a single winner will be chosen via rafflecopter.com after all the entries have been verified.
This giveaway is open WORLD WIDE.
Join now and next thing you know, you may just find yourself relaxing in Hidden Hills!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: Henry's Mom did not receive any payment from the sponsor to host this event. The prize will be awarded by the owner of Hidden Hills as soon as the entries are verified.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Homemade Playdough Recipe

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During our last Parent-Teacher conference, Henry's adviser reported that Henry was having problems with his pencil grip. I asked her what I can do to help my son. She advised that play dough can help strengthen his hand muscles and improve his pencil grip at the same time. 

So, on the first day of Christmas break, we made our own play dough! Both Henry and I enjoyed this activity and the play dough was very easy to make. It only took us 15 minutes. And I must say, the texture of homemade play dough is better than store-bought ones.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoon CREAM of Tartar (Not Tartar Sauce!)
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Vials of Food color

In a saucepan, combine the first 4 ingredients. Then, add 1 cup of water. Mix Well. Over medium heat, cook for about 2-5 minutes. Stir the mixture constantly until it becomes solid.

After that, remove your mixture and and let it cool for a couple of minutes.

Now for the fun part. Get a handful of dough, add food color and start the kneading process. This is the part that Henry enjoyed a lot. Add food color as you need until you get the shade you like. You won't need that much though. 

When you are finished, you can immediately play with your clay. Just put in a plastic container or Ziploc for storage. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year, New Tradition

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun NYE celebration. Our family had a simple celebration at home.

Usually, after we have our Media Noche, the hubby and I would go to our neighbor's house to grab a few drinks. It was a tradition the he has kept with someof our neighbors (his childhood friends).

This year, we did things differently and stayed at home. After our Media Noche preps, the hubby and the father-in-law decided to have their drinks.

My father-in-law then had the brilliant idea of playing a board game. So hubby brought out the Scrabble game board. The two of them plus the mother-in-law and I gathered around and played while we waited fo the New Year countdown. We had so much. The game brought out each one's competitive side.

New Year, New Tradition
Started in 2012, Finished in 2013

When the clock struck 12, we all ran outside and paused our game. We watched as fireworks displays from different houses filled the sky. I told Henry to jump as many times as he could. So he would grow taller, the elders would say. Since we didn't have firecrackers, our little guy enjoyed blowing the air horn.


After the fireworks display, we went back inside to finish our game. Which was followed by another round of Scrabble and then another. It was such a fun family bonding. Especially since my father-in-law, an OFW, goes home from Saudi only during the holiday season. We ended up having four rounds of Scrabble, 2 of which my mother-in-law won. We all stayed up until 6am just playing, laughing and sharing stories.

It was a celebration that we all enjoyed and it made us closer as a family. This was one New Year's Eve that we would all never forget. We decided to make Scrabble a part of our NYE tradition. And when Henry grows a little bit more, hopefully he will join us as well.
Our simple NYE celebration
P.S. The mother-in-law doesn't drink, she was just holding the bottle.

Does your family have a New Year's Eve tradition? How did you spend New Year's Eve?


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