Posted by Thammie Sy on Feb 27, 2014 in Child Training, Decorating and Entertaining, Events, Freebies and Giveaways, Holidays, Homemaking, Homeschooling, Household Help and Nannies, Household Tips, Organizing and Decluttering, Products, Reviews, Shopping, Tips and Principles | 43 comments
I am a self-confessed label-addict.
If it weren’t for budget issues, I would really label everything I can get my hands on in this house!
Here are the top five reasons why I use labels:
- Everything can have its home.
- I don’t have to memorize where things belong.
- Every other member of the household would know where to return things (And then it’s just a matter of actually returning those things).
- If things are easier to find, I can spend more time working and using the items I need rather than waste my time constantly trying to find needed items (And we know how it is with our stuff, right? ….They always seem to get misplaced just when we need them…and they mysteriously show up when we don’t).
- There’s no confusion as to who owns what.
Here are some examples of how (and where) I use labels:
In the kitchen…
For organizing closets…
For utility storage…
To manage files…
And to organize homeschool stuff…
And now, Epson just took this label-addiction to a whole new level!
Customized labels according to each family member’s interests or personality…
Iron-on labels!!! (You read that right!)
My worn-out Bible gets a facelift from this personalized/customized ribbon label made into a bookmark!
Okay, I got ahead of myself. Too excited.
Introducing, Epson’s recent mom-loving, mom-serving, mom-friendly products: Epson LabelWorks LW-300 and Epson PictureMate.
So far, LabelWorks LW-300 is one of the best I’ve tried! It has the following features:
- Can store up to 30 custom labels
- Has 14 font types
- 10 font styles
- 89 Frames to choose from
- Symbols – 23 categories
- 2 printable lines
- Able to specify character size and width and Label length.
- Supports vertical & mirror print
- Up to 9 copies printing
- Auto numbers/ sequence label function
- Changing display settings
And then, there’s PictureMate.
How do I begin to tell you how happy I am to have tried this???
For so long, I’ve stopped having my photos printed just because it is inconvenient for me to go out of my way to have a few photos printed. And when I do decide to wait some more and collect more photos, it becomes way too hard to choose from the hundreds (even thousands) of pictures that are already in my hard drive!
With PictureMate, I can more conveniently choose and print out pictures to put in our frames and to save for the kids’ homeschool portfolios– even before it gets too overwhelming!
Here are more of PictureMate’s features:
- Prints at 37 seconds per photo – Fast, high quality lab prints
- Low Running cost – Lower printing cost with picture packs at PHP1,200 and prints of up to 150 4R photos
- Custom ID Function – Specify exact dimensions of ID photo to suit user’s requirement
- 2.5” Tilt Adjustable LCD – Easy, PC-less navigation and printing via memory card, or connect digital camera directly via PictBridge
- Epson Claria Photographic Inks – Vibrant, long lasting, lab quality prints of up to 200 years*
- Epson PhotoEnhance – One-touch correction of backlight, colour cast, skin tone and more
- Optional Rechargeable Battery – Convenient printing anytime, anywhere
Now here’s the great, great news:
YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN EITHER ONE OF THESE JUST BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON THIS POST!!!
All you have to write is the phrase: “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS” and your reasons WHY. (i.e. “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS so that I can creatively document my child’s milestones on the scrapbook I am making for him/her.)
Here are the contest details:
- Like I mentioned, Comment on THIS post (below) with your REAL NAME (you would have to show your ID upon claiming your prize), your EMAIL ADDRESS (so we can contact you if you’re chosen as the winner), and the phrase “I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS (and your reason/s WHY) ”
- Multiple entries/ comments from the same commenter will only be counted as one entry.
- This is open to all readers residing in the Philippines.
- Redeeming of Prizes is until April 15, 2014 at the Epson Philippines Main Office – 8. For winning commenters who reside outside of Metro Manila, Epson Philippines will send your prizes through courier.
- Deadline for comments will be on March 21, 2014, 11:59 PM.
We would need to help each other in this, though. I need your help in spreading the word. You see, you get a chance to win either one of these awesome Epson products IF you help me be among the top three mom bloggers with the most number of comments to this post (most number of individuals who comment). Your chances of winning will depend on how well we help each other!
If with your help, I get to be one of the top three mom bloggers with the most number of readers who comment, then YOU automatically get the chance to have one of the three Epson products!
- Most number of valid comments- (1) PictureMate PM245 (worth P7,995)
- Second most number of valid comments – (1) LabelWorks LW-400 (worth P3,175)
- Third most number of valid comments – (1) LabelWorks LW-300 (worth P2,268)
What do you say, friends? Why do YOU want PictureMate and LabelWorks??? :)
Some extra info for you:
- LabelWorks retails at P2,268 and the cartridges range from P600-1200.
- PictureMate retails at P7,995, which includes a free ink cartridge and photo paper bundle good for 20 prints. The refill bundle/packs you would need after cost P1,200– already good for 150 prints (8 Pesos per print).
- LabelWorks Tapes and PicturePacks are available online at Printers2Go (www.printers2go.ph).
- Visit Epson at www.epson.com.ph or on Facebook www.facebook.com/EpsonPhilippines.
We all remember how it was when we first bathed our babies right?
- Clothes laid out on the bed….check.
- Clean diaper….check.
- Rubbing alcohol plus cotton swabs to clean the umbilical cord area…check.
- Comb/Brush to help prevent or remove cradle cap…check.
- Hooded, super absorbent towel out and ready to receive baby…..check.
- Tub placed on the most practical, comfortable-for-both-mom-and-baby, easily-accessible, least-prone-to-accidents, spacious-enough-for-doting-family-members-to-hover area….check.
- Perfectly heated, tepid water….check.
- Air conditioner/fan turned off…check.
- Sanitized cotton balls for cleaning around the baby’s eyes…check.
- Net (or whatever you use to support baby’s body), dipper/cup, water, soap, washcloth, and other bathing paraphernalia all laid out in a very orderly fashion….check.
- Must never forget: camera to capture the moment….check.
Oh wait, where’s the baby??
Yep. We all remember how it was like.
What type of soap did you use on your baby then? That was always a concern, wasn’t it? We wanted to make sure we used only those we knew (or our friends say) were safe enough for our baby’s delicate skin.
For me it was always Lactacyd Baby Bath with all my three kids. Until now, I can easily recognize that Lactacyd scent and it will always remind me of those sleepless yet joyful moments when my kids were still so tiny….and there was no need to chase them around the house yet. Those were the days….
Aahh….So behaved. So bango.
I used Lactacyd Baby Bath as soap AND shampoo, but I also used it whenever my babies got rashes. I particularly remember a couple of times when I used this on Isaiah on the areas where he had rashes and he would actually stop crying or complaining of discomfort.
Lactacyd Baby Bath is a mild, natural cleansing product that is especially formulated for our baby’s skin. It was really made for newborn and infant bathing! Aside from this though, Lactacyd Baby Bath can also be used as an adjunct treatment for minor skin infections such as diaper rash, eczema, seborrhea dermatities, pruritus.
Did you notice I kept using the past tense– that I used Lactacyd Baby Bath– even though my son is still a year old?
This is because I now switched to Lactacyd Toddler Tubs, which is formulated for our babies who are not so tiny anymore, and who actually make us chase them around the house already! Lactacyd Toddler Tubs are made with the same active ingredients as with the baby bath, but with added moisturizers to help lock in freshness longer, as well as help lessen dryness and irritation.
There are two kinds of Lactacyd Toddler Tubs you can choose from, both with long lasting scent (Thought bubble: I think my friends have asked me a couple of times about this, when they smelled Isaiah and wondered why he still smelled nice….) — There’s Bubbles (the purple one) for that baby fresh scent, and Splash (the yellow one) for a fruity scent. I like both, but I really have a bias towards anything that smells baby-ish.
What about you, what’s on your baby bathing checklist? What soap did/do you use on your baby??
Would you like to try these Lactacyd products?
Thanks to Sanofi-Aventis, you can! As part of Lactacyd’s #AntiAmoyPawis campaign, we are giving away three (3) gift packs this month of February. Three winners shall be receiving a Lactacyd gift pack that contains the following:
- One (1) Lactacyd Baby Bath
- One (1) Lactacyd Toddler Tubs Splash Toddler Wash
- One (1) Lactacyd Toddler Tubs Bubbles Toddler Wash
- One (1) Lactacyd White Intimate Feminine Wash
- One (1) Lactacyd Feminine Wash
- One (1) pack Lactacyd Feminine Wipes
It’s always fun to receive gift packs of good products, isn’t it?? Do follow the Rafflecopter guidelines and join my giveaway!
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Winners will be notified via email, Twitter, and through Thammie Sy’s Facebook page, so stay tuned!
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Posted by Thammie Sy on Feb 17, 2014 in Child Development, Child Training, Discipline, Faith, Family, Fathers, Homeschooling, Marriage, Mentoring Women, Mothers, Parenting, Personal Faith Journey, Personals, Random Inspirations, Relationships, Tips and Principles | 0 comments
I’ve seen this video a couple of times before (I think I was still single then!), and it always moved me to tears. For no particular reason, I decided to search for this clip on Youtube earlier this morning.
As expected, I found myself in tears again, but this time reminded of some things about parenting:
1. Parenting is much like training our children for a race– we instruct them, correct them, guide them, encourage them, instill discipline in them, show them the values that we wish for them to live by….but at the end of the training, it is their race that they’d have to finish.
2. There will come a time when we would have to trust that we’ve trained them well enough for them to run on their own, as we watch and cheer them on.
3. As in any race, anything can happen. Our children can get hurt, and their plans can get frustrated. What happens then?
Hopefully, we have instilled in them that sense of hope and confidence that are strong enough to keep them going. Hope– not just in the possibility of them finding themselves in a better situation, and confidence– not just in themselves and their skills….but ultimately, in Christ. Hopefully, we have instilled in them the habit of drawing security and confidence from their relationship with Christ.
4. When our children stumble along the way, how do we respond? Just like Jim Redmond, I hope we find ourselves running towards them, ready and willing to comfort them, strengthen them, reassure them, and walk alongside them as they persevere through their race.
5. I read from an article that Derek Redmond wrote a few years back that his dad kept repeating to him, “You’re a champion, you’ve got nothing to prove.” as he limped his way through, towards the finish line.
In whatever stage our children are in, it is our desire that they train, they race, they trip, they get up again, and they persevere knowing and constantly hearing this from us: “You’re already a champion, you’ve got nothing to prove. You’re already loved, you’ve got nothing to prove. You’re already significant, you’ve got nothing to prove.”
….And it is my prayer for all of us parents, too, that as we run our race— as we train our children, make mistakes, recover from them, and persevere in our roles and our tasks….that we will always know and be aware of our Heavenly Father telling us, “You’re already a champion, you’ve got nothing to prove. You’re already loved, you’ve got nothing to prove. You’re already significant, you’ve got nothing to prove.”
“My Son already won the race for you. And I will always walk alongside you to comfort and strengthen you. Just cling on to me– limp, tears, and all– until we get to the finish line.”
Have a great week!
“God’s so good, right mom?,” Alyanna remarked when she found out that McDonald’s invited us to its The Lego Movie Happy Meal launch. “He knows how much Mika likes Happy Meal and that I really wanted to watch The Lego Movie even if I haven’t told you yet, that’s why He made sure the event will be on Mika’s birthday?”
I didn’t want to burst this young girl’s bubble. Besides, I actually agree with her. I could think of it as being totally irrelevant to us— a matter of the event organizers picking a randomly good date that worked for the majority, or I could see it as God orchestrating events to bless His children, just because He wants to, and just because He can. I really believe the latter…. I guess I’m like my eight year-old kid that way.
I not only agreed with Alyanna’s conclusion, but I also thought it was a good opportunity to teach her something else: God can give us not only what we need, but if He chooses to, He can easily also give us what we want. :)
I told you this short story hopefully to encourage you and remind you that we have a Father whose nature is to bless. As we go about our week, I hope we all get reminded of this.
Anyway, back to The Lego Movie Happy Meal. They have a promo that I’d like to tell you about, too!
For every purchase of a Happy Meal, your kid (or you, the kid-at-heart) can take home one of eight The Movie 3D collectible cups. The legendary box that the meal and cup come with also has a Kids-Go-Free voucher that would allow your kid to enter Legoland Resort Malaysia for free with every purchase of an adult pass.
Now, for the big one…
McDonald’s is giving customers a chance to win a trip for four to Legoland Resort Malaysia! This promo will run from February 4 to 24, 2012, and is open to Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines with a Facebook account (the new birth certificate! hehe). The winner (via random draw) will receive the following:
1) airfare for a group of four from the Philippines to Malaysia
2) free transportation from the airport to the hotel and back
3) free accommodation for three days and two nights at Legoland Resort Malaysia
4) free entry to the Legoland Resort Malaysia theme park and water park for two days for four people
Here are the mecahnics:
- Like the McDonald’s Philippines Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Mcdo.ph.
- Open the “The Lego Movie Challenge” tab with your Facebook account and submit the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- Email Address
- Mobile number
- Mailing address
- Upload a creative photo of you and your The LEgo Movie collectible cup.
- The photo entry must be clear and recognizable with The Lego Movie Happy Meal collectible cup. Once approved, it will be included in the gallery of tab.
- The Facebook account holder will be listed as the owner of the photo entry.
- Participants are allowed to submit more than one entry.
The raffle draw will be on February 28, 2014, 4pm, and will be announced on March 5, 2014. The winner will be notified via the registered email address and a Facebook message. An official announcement will also be posted on the McDonald’s Philippines Facebook fan page.
To claim the prize, the winner must present the collectible cup he/she used together with a single/accumulated official receipt showing purchase of four Happy Meals in the period of February 4 to 24, 2014.
Posted by Thammie Sy on Feb 4, 2014 in Child Training, Decorating and Entertaining, Discipline, Faith, Family, Fathers, Homemaking, Homeschooling, Household Help and Nannies, Marriage, Mentoring Women, Mothers, Organizing and Decluttering, Parenting, Personal Faith Journey, Personals, Random Thoughts, Relationships, Tips and Principles | 1 comment
“Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.” (Exodus 40:36-38)
I was reading through these verses this morning and I realized how hard it must have been for the wives and moms during the time of Moses!
Here I am, easily caught up with “stuff I have to do” so that the family can have a more stable routine, so that I can find a structure that works really well for m—- er, I mean for us, so that the schedule will be more predictable and hopefully everyone’s lives will be a bit simpler….and then I once again encounter this account of the Israelites’ journey.
Since the time they left Egypt, throughout all their travels, the Israelites had to wait on God before they made a move. They couldn’t get too comfortable since they had to be ready to pack up and leave once the cloud was taken up; But they did have to camp out and stay as long the cloud was not yet moving.
If you were a mother or a wife back then, how would you have felt???
Yaay! We’re here!
Darling, please bring unpack our luggage while I pitch our tent.
Oh, and what do you think we should put in our tents to make it feel more welcoming?
Those linens look good! Quick! Let’s use those!
There! Don’t you think this bed is so comfortable?
Now, wait. Let me just work on the rest of the…….
*Clouds start to lift and move*
Aaaacck!!!! Pack up! Pack up!
I dread to imagine how it must have been.
But come to think of it, isn’t this how we should be living?
I don’t mean in tents or in the wilderness. I mean waiting on the Lord and His move, looking to Him, and pacing our lives according to His pace, not ours.
If we start looking at our desire and preoccupation with trying to make things comfortable and stable for our families in the light of how it was back then for the Israelites when they had no choice but to wait on God and trust Him and listen to His instructions and leading, then could it be that perhaps we’ve been trusting our systems more than God’s leading for our families?
Of course I’m not at all trying to imply that it’s okay not to plan nor am I encouraging disorganization, but it might be good to take a heart check every now and then and ask ourselves these five questions:
- Am I doing this * insert whatever activity or plan here* because God told me to or did I just go ahead of Him because it seems that He’s not moving on my behalf?
- At any time God tells me to ditch this * insert whatever activity or plan here* and move on to what he wants me to do next, will I be willing to say yes? Or am I holding on to my agenda more than I am trusting and waiting on God’s leading?
- Am I placing a higher premium on the level of my comfort rather than the growth of my character?
- Do I find my security in the stability of my situation or am I secure simply because God is with me no matter what situation I am in?
- Who/What determines my steps?