Vegetarian Dee

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HELP NEEDED: Baby Rafael


Hi yummymummies, below is a letter from my friend Richie whos son needs our help. Feel free to forward this blog to friends in media, tv and press who may also help.

Indigobaby will be pledging a percentage of this month's sales to the family. I will also be putting a ticker in our order form if you want to donate an amount to them upon making your order.

Let's send lots of love and prayers and I know the Big Man up there is in charge and watching over Raphael:)

xoxo,

yummymummy Denise

Dear Denise,

It's me Richie.

Raphael Carlos was born 6 months premature on August 22, 2011. He is still in the hospital since birth. Still lot of procedure need to do to him.

We really need any kind of HELP.







Thanks!

Richard Bautista
09172095323
richardbautista26@yahoo.com

FLOW Turns 2!!

Oh sweet November!

It was just two years ago in 2009 when three passionate yummymummies and friends Monica, Noelle and myself got together to organize the first FLOW Surf Yoga Samba Weekend Retreat in La Union.



The micro-vacation concept was brilliant and participants loved the fact that they could tick of three things from their bucket lists in just two days. People went home to Manila feeling refreshed, sunkissed and eager to share their newly learned skills with their circles! We did too!!


Now, on it’s 6th run, things just keep getting better and bigger! The recently concluded FLOW Weekend Retreat took place last November 18-20, 2011 in San Juan Surf Resort with participants from Manila, Cebu, Prague, Columbia and the United States..and couple of backpackers from France that were in the mountains of Sagada that decided to join us for some surf and sun!

After a 6-hour van ride, we were welcomed with lunch at Lola Nanny’s- the next-door resort that serves healthy meals and has lots of options for vegetarians.


Surfing lessons were done throughout the weekend in batches and each participant got one-on-one tutorials from San Juan Surf Camp’s local instructors, including their very own Luke Landrigan, a Billabong sponsored pro-surfer. This was the perfect introduction to surfing 101.


November’s waves, as well as the weather, are excellent for beginners and pros. Noelle, being a surfer chick herself, was there to assist and take nice photos of these milestones along with our official photographer and sunshine smiling surfer chick for this retreat Elaine Abonal.


I taught the participants some samba no pe (samba on foot) moves while Toni Bernardo, diretoria de bateria (drum director) and Bogey Bernardo played batucada and samba reggae live percussion beats on their authentic Brasilian instruments to get those hips gyrating. All three of us are founding members Escola de Samba de Manila, the country’s first and only Samba school.

A repeat during sunset by the shore was an awesome way to conclude the afternoon.

Yoga teacher and Raw Goddess Imee Contreras also joined and shared her raw-food love by making uber healthy (and yummy) green smoothies and snacks for the entire group. Participants were eager to hear about raw food and its benefits for health and wellness.


To add to the celebration, we also invited my good friend Martin Lugtu- resident DJ of TIME and Frequency and producer from LA/ London- to play his deep, tech, proggy, moody house music during chill times at the retreat.


Monica and him partnered up to do a Rave Yoga class for the participants under the moonlight on the 19th. It was a first for most of us, but Monica reminded us to just feel the music and allow your body to move and dance. She is currently teaching at Tomas Morato's newest yoga ashram Beyond Yoga as well as Pulse Makati.


Each participant had their all-natural Para’Kito wristband to keep them protected from mosquitoes especially at the end of the yoga class in shivasana (corpse pose) when participants relax in a meditative state. Made of all natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals, Para’Kito pellets last for fifteen days and are waterproof to withstand rain, sweat and swimming- perfect for the FLOW weekend!

Being a green mommy myself- i love my Para'Kito wristband because it is ALL NATURAL and is safe for pregnant women and young children as well! It's light-weight and fun to wear..and it smells oh-soooo good!!






Benny does too!!


and Marnie too- our faithful FLOW-er from the first retreat!!


and Waldorf wildchild Ino too!


Two large Thai paper lanterns were launched in the clear La Union sky to symbolize FLOW’s anniversary and our well-wishes for LOVE, LIFE, and BLISS!





Sunday greeted us with more sunshine as the weekend came to a close. We had an intimate awarding session to recognize those that excelled in each activity.


Everyone went home with a prize and goodie bags from FLOW’s friends: Rudy Project, Para’Kito, Headware, Belo Sun Expert, Moringana, Beachbaby Clothing Ltd, Rawlicious Green Smoothies, Zola, Ish, Yoga+ at the Fort, Pulse Yoga, Beyond Yoga, San Juan Surf Camp, Brown Belly, Onesport Magazine and Total Fitness.



Next retreat will be FLOW: Summer of Love on April 2012! For more information, please visit www.flowsurfyogasamba.multiply.com

or follow us on twitter: surfyogasamba
and facebook: flowsurfyogasamba

Brewing this Week for INDIGObaby

Brewing this week at INDIGOBABY:

Acacia Waldorf School's 8th Annual Advent Fair
Saturday November 26 10-4pm

Farm Rides, Games, Puppet Shows,
Music, Gift Making for all ages,
Outdoor Crafts Market and Wholesome Food

come with your kids! it's sooooo worth it! we will be there with Sunshine Daydream Smoothies:9 yumm!!

ACACIA WALDORF SCHOOL
Hacienda Sta. Elena, Sta. Rosa,Laguna
(0917) 554-0435 / (0921) 513-4954
Website: www.acaciawaldorfschool.com

Legaspi Market
Sunday November 27 8-2pm for some organic love!

AWCP Bazaar
Tuesday November 29 8-3pm at World Trade Center

It's their last one for the year so come and get a head start on your Christmas shopping! :*

Also- we are supporting this event coming soon!!

Learn How To Tame tantrums, Effectively Communicate with Kids, Use RHYTHM as Foundation for Discipline and more when you attend the HOUSEHOLD ORIENTATION at KWS

Date: 1 December 2011 (Thurs)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Venue: 22 Alabama St., Brgy. Kristong hari, New Manila, Quezon City
RSVP 0920-4023860

Oh! and a sneak peek of our uber successful dance recital last night!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

i heart my son's Waldorf Daycare

As a mum, you want your child in a safe, nurturing place that is a home-away-from-home. My heart leaped for joy when we found Waldorf-inspired St. Michael Playgarden when Benny was two years old. He is now 4 and a half and it is his last semester there, but if you are looking, searching and praying for a place for your little one- like i was- this may be the answer ;)



Nurturing the Whole Child … Head, Heart and Hands

Waldorf/Steiner Education views each child as a growing human being of body, soul, and spirit, all of which must be nurtured by education in thinking, feeling and willing.

ST. MICHAEL PLAYHOUSE (formerly MIKAEL PLAYGARDEN) places human development of Head, Heart and Hands at the center of its work and daily program. It prepares young people to meet the world with inner confidence, to trust in the value of each human being, and to think and work with initiative in their lives. Following the indications of Austrian scientist and philosopher, Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the children learn through creative play, imitation and rhythm in the context of their own stage of development. The capacity for serious academic work and thinking in formal school is first nurtured through healthy play and artistic learning at the day care in preparation for the kindergarten and lower school. Children are encouraged to learn in awe and wonder about the world around them.

Between birth and age seven, the child learns mainly through imitation. The atmosphere surrounding the child is filled with beauty, morality, and role models worthy of imitation. At this age the children need warmth and protection to develop their capacities in a natural, supportive, non-competitive and free atmosphere for creative play and work.

The arts and practical work are the bedrock out of which Waldorf/Steiner education nourishes creativity, thinking, feeling life, self-discipline and health in its students. By educating the whole child in these rich and creative ways, we hope to encourage young people to bring the highest human capacities into their adult lives as they become citizens of the future.


My little big boy Benicio doing his laundry in the sunshine

MISSION/VISION

To nurture and educate responsible individuals who are free-thinking, purposeful and compassionate, working in community towards social transformation.

• Our program integrates the child’s developmental needs to enhance intellectual skills and inner strength.
• Our deeply committed nurturers work together to foster each child’s sense of self-reliance, concern for community, and moral purpose.
• The child’s educated, disciplined imagination will be the foundation for leadership into the future.


Tita Winnie telling a story for the children

School year 2011-2012, Second Semester

Daycare:
Tue-Fri, Nov 8, 2011 – Mar 30, 2012 (with holiday on Nov 30); Christmas break: Dec 17, 2011 to Jan 9, 2012

Half Day 8:30 - 12noon
Full Day 8:30 -4pm

Fees are per semester and inclusive of all education materials and 3 (full-day)/ 2 (half day) healthy organic/bio-dynamic meals per day

Parent-Child:
Saturdays, Nov 12, 2011 – Dec 17; Mondays, Nov 14 – Dec 19
Parent chooses either Sat or Mon. Fees are per 6-week block and inclusive of all materials. The child must be accompanied by one parent.

Saturday, 9:00am-11:00am
Monday, 9:30am-11:30am


Tita Josie letting the children assist in preparing the meals

For more information:

G/f, ISIP Center, 6241 Palma cor MaƱalac Sts., Bgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Mobile: 0917 847 0848; Email: St.Michael.Playhouse@gmail.com
Facebook: St Michael Playhouse Makati

Meanwhile, we would like to share with you these wonderful articles on Steiner/Waldorf education:

Waldorf Education in Public Schools
Harvard Education Letter
Harvard Graduate School of Education
http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/515#home

The article above gives good insights on the state of the American public school education, and how Waldorf/Steiner programs are being implemented in public schools with positive results

A Silicon Valley School that Doesn't Compute
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/screen-time-higher-than-ever-for-children-study-finds.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

This article talks about the interesting choices of top computer techies and executives to send their children to a Steiner school

Preschool Tests Take Time Away from Play - and Learning
Scientific American
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-death-of-preschool

Finally, the article above makes no reference to Steiner education, but makes a strong case for why more play, and less direct instruction and academics, is critical for a young child's development


Benicio the park sweeper during a trip to the park

INDIGOBABY turns FANTASTIC FOUR

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!








Map to Ayala Westgrove, Sta. Rosa Laguna

directions:

From Manila to Ayala Westgrove:
take SLEX and STA ROSE exit.
turn right and follow road all the way about 4.5km until Laguna Blvd- youll see signs to Ayala Westgrove.
... Ask guard for directions to Main gate of Ayala Westgrove.
(straight then left on first main intersection then right on first street- end of which is main gate.

To Kidsgrove from Gate of Ayala Westgrove:
From Main Gate, turn right to SAMPALOC DRIVE.
Straight until you reach the end 9round about)
Then you'll hit a bridge then right on 2nd street ARATILES:*

Our Promos for the Three's Company Party




EXPOMOM LINE UP

Dear Mommies!

Would you like to know who will be selling at the MOMMY MUNDO BAZAAR
next weekend (Nov 19 and 20 at the Rockwell Tent)? We're so excited to have some of our
fave mom and baby brands, the most fab mompreneurs, interesting service providers,
lots of new stuff and great bargains in time for Christmas!

We've posted our official list on our website but in case you haven't seen it. Here they are:

Sponsors:
CordLife
Cycles Mild Detergent
Cradle
Citibank

Vendors:
Mommy Matters
Proud Mama Store
Peapod
Babinski Baby
Mamaway/ Paquet De Joie Inc.
Little Red Shoe
Tyler Marketing
Maxi Group Inc
Jazz Shoppe
Little Darla Cotoure
Tip Tap and Kid Basix
Mombabyfabric
Learning is Fun
Mommy Treats
The Yellow Mustard Seed
Amber Lights Laguna
Mumsies Corner
Zhazhiki
Hatch & Latch
Wee+Mutsi
Shutterhedge
I.am.handmade
Macy Mumar
Ambieshoes
Erica Naranjo
Kiddie Tunes
Momtrepreneur Shop
Cienta Kids Shoes
Tootsie Shop
Beauty & Minerals
Digital Traincase
Spinkie
Black Friday Marketing
Mustela
Pharmasafe Inc.
Mrs. Awesome Planet
Natural Origins
Green 360
Numa Infantcare Trading
Brussel Sprouts
The Eco Baby Boutique
IMF-Beauty & Wellness
Felt Houses
Two Oranges
Indigo Baby !!! :)
Tot Cotoure
Tiny Tots
Tomatoberry
Lassig
Cozach
Princess & Tutus
Smart Explorers Int. Preschool and Learning MOM ME
Musikgarten
Baby Depot Incorporated
Aqualogic Swim Co.
Little People Photography
Prolacta
Two Tots
Nursing Mom
Medela Moms
Imagine Nation
Celestina & Company
Omma Organics
The Ramp Crossing
Star Kids
Chabby
Manila Baby Shop
Mothercare
Tagz
Badabadaboo
Bailey's Comfort
Baby World
AFS Printing/ Photobooks by Anna
Kinder Links
Fun Ranch
Partezeit

Food Booths:
Edible Option Snowcone
Johnny Steams
Ultimate Cheesesteak
Egy's Foodtrip
Happy Fanshu
Eva Rodriguez
Auntie May's
Kinder Links
Isa's Mongolian & Kebab

Thanks to our Media Partners:
Crossover 105.1
Moms Today Magazine
Working Mom Magazine
Urban Mom Magazine
Mommy Pages
and ANC Shoptalk who guested some of our vendors yesterday:)

We also ask you to support our MOMSHARE cause for this event. We ask for your donations
so we can help build a school for kids of Visions of Hope. Read more about this project here:

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=6Gm6Q&m=3amUYkGo.ad2_Z0&b=0Sq4vfhHndzIMXT_SNvvdw

Thanks guys and see you next week!

Regards,

Janice and the MOMMY MUNDO team



Monday, October 24, 2011

A Trip to the Farm

This is why i love the waldorf way and St. Michael Playgarden!












Lots of fresh air, free space, and good vibes! Just what Benicio and i needed!

A must read about Waldorf Education http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?_r=2&pagewanted=2&smid=fb-share

The 6th Flow:SurfYogaSamba Weekend Retreat

The Flow:SurfYogaSamba weekend retreat is a boutique three-day experience that will spark your spirit and leave your body and mind relaxed and revitalized! Learn Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga with Monica Manzano, surf the waves with Luke Landrigan, dance to the samba beats of Toni Bernardo and Escola de Samba de Manila, nourish your body with delicious gourmet meals and raw food snacks and witness the spectacle of Thai lantern lighting.

Package rate is PHP 8,750 which includes 1 Vinyasa Yoga lesson, 1 Yin Yoga lesson, 2 Surfing lessons, 2 Brazilian batuccada samba drumming lessons, roundtrip private transfers from Manila-La Union-Manila, 3D/2N aircon accomodation at San Juan Surf Resort, healthy gourmet meals and snacks, Flow shirt and a tote bag with freebies.

The 6th Flow:SurfYogaSamba Weekend Retreat is sponsored by Para'Kito, Rudy Project, Belo Essentials SunExpert, Headware, Yoga+, Beyond Yoga, Pulse Yoga, Strip, Browhaus, Made for Movement, Moringana, Brownbelly, Zola, Ish, Beachbaby Clothing San Juan Surf Shop, Total Fitness Magazine, Onesport Magazine, Expat Magazine, and When In Manila.



Energize your mind, body and soul! Be part of an experience of a lifetime. DJ Martin Lugtu is also joining to spin some beach groove!

To register, visit www.flowsurfyogasamba.multiply.com.

To receive more updates and details on the retreat visit www.facebook.com/flowsurfyogasamba and follow us on www.twitter.com/surfyogasamba.

Friday, September 9, 2011

FLOW Adventures in the RAW!

WE DID IT!!!! And we loved it!!

Us FLOW ladies, Monica, Noelle and myself were brave enough to go the extra mile and organize a 100% raw weekend retreat for our community. I admit it was a bit challenging to get people to join considering the fee what a bit higher than normal, but i think people are slowly becoming more aware about the benefits of eating raw food so we had brave participants sign up! We were all excited to get to the beach to surf, do yoga and learn samba!!

Typhoon Mina decided to hit at 5am as we were loading our coaster at the Fort, but we were all there on time and hopped on despite the strong wind and rain. Was wondering what my mom had to do with that considering her name is Meena!

Was excited since Santi, Benny and Kai (children of the Flow) would be together that weekend and Bogey and Montri too!




It look us about 11 tiring hours to finally get to La Union because of traffic from rains and detours from floods. We kept ourselves sane with some seated yoga by Monica and Rianna of Beyond Yoga, then icebreakers by me and spontaneous mini samba from Toni.

A side trip for late lunch at a place i'd rather not mention (adi, keep your photos please!! haahaha!) because we were starving..but raw-mazing food was awaiting us at Lola Nanny's- our raw goddesses Asha Peri and Fristine were there whipping dishes up for a day now.

We had our goodie bags from our fabulous sponsors and Mike of Para'kito joined too!


And finally, we were there!

We made it to our rooms and had yummy raw dinner, and even if i knew i was exhausted from the drive, i was beaming with energy from the raw dinner and raw chocolates! Sinful!!!!






There was electricity flowing through my veins and i knew i was in the right place! I didn't crave for cooked food or junk! i was happy!!


Surfing was a bit challenging coz of the MESSY waves..i now know why messy is used to describe waves!




Yoga was indoors at Kahuna's function room bright and early. We were able to dip our feet into some partner Acro Yoga with the help of Monica, Rianna of Beyond Yoga and adorable Aisa Locsin of Yoga+.





We had intimate samba drum and dance led by Toni Bernardo and me at Lola Nanny's on the last night. Wonderful how everyone was game to learn and sweat with us!!







I was thrilled to have memorized everyone's names since the group was smaller! And got to chat with everyone and make new friends! No lanterns were lit due to the weird weather but was an awesome weekend nonetheless!!


Shout outs to our wonderful sponsors for the goodies! We love you!




Next FLOW SURF YOGA SAMBA Weekend Retreat coming up on November 18-20, 2011 at San Juan Surf Resort! Can't wait! We'll be celebrating two years!! Hoot hoot to us!!!!!!