Family Mode: DIY Snowflakes

A little arts and crafts on this Saturday morning with my 2 kiddos!

I am sure you have a stash of toilet paper rolls in your houses like we do, but before you throw them away, let us think of a way on how to reuse them.  

Hitting 2 birds in 1 stone with this activity:

1) Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.  Teaching the kids that we could make something out of something.  No need to buy new things all the time.  

2) Fun and Crafty Bonding Session with the kids.  Hampered their You Tube Time by at least 3 hours.

Materials needed:

  1. toilet paper rolls
  2. scissors
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. stapler
  6. clear glue
  7. glitter
  8. string
  9. paper plates
  10. newspaper

Procedure:

  • Flatten the toilet paper rolls.  
  • Use a ruler to measure 1/2 inch per strip
  • Cut the strips.  A roll would make about 8 strips.  A snowflake needs about 6 for a small one and about 18 for a big one.
  • Get 6 and staple them together.
  • Put 2 in between each petal to make it bigger.  Use glue to stick them together.
  • Once dry, the snowflakes are ready for some glitter.
  • Spread the glitters on a paper plate.
  • Get another plate and spread glue all over.
  • Dip a snowflake on the glue plate and then dip on the glitter plate.
  • Check all the sides if glitters are evenly spread.
  • Let it dry.
  • Hang on your Christmas tree or your ceiling.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Family: EQ Dry Buddy Bag

Hey mommies! EQ is at it again! And I was so excited, I already sent my entries before I wrote this post.  

As you see, I am an avid collector of EQ Dry Diaper Packaging and I always wait for times like this!  

Photo from EQ Diapers Facebook Page

This is the latest promo and you get this cute little animal bags for FREE! 

How it works?  How to do it?  Read on.  

With or without a promo, I always keep the diaper packaging of EQ Dry.  Depending on the size of the packaging, we can earn corresponding points.  

As for me, we always buy the jumbo pack as it’s the largest packaging available for the size we buy.  It’s convenient for us.  We automatically earn 3 points for each wrapper.
To redeem a buddy bag, you need to have 58 points. You can mix and match your wrappers if you have different packaging.

Before sending your entry, you must write the basic information needed.

Of course you have to include your top 2 choices of the buddy bag.  So I split all 4 designs into my 2 entries.

After that, you can either hand carry your entry to the JS Unitrade office or send it through mail.

I chose to send mine through a courier.

Now, I wait.  The company will send the Buddy Bags for free! Will post photos as soon as I receive them!

The promo is until December, 2016 so you have a lot of time to collect, prepare and send your entries.  You can send as many as you want.

Full mechanics here!

Update October 1, 2016:  

We received our package!  The bags are so cute!

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Family Mode: Contractubex

With kids who are always on the go, it is hard to keep them out of trouble.  Trouble may not always mean that they did something wrong, it may mean that they have encountered something bad. 

One of these bad things may be wounds that will eventually lead to scarring.  Fortunately there is Contractubex to minimize the scarring or if not, erase the scar altogether. 

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My daughter had a scar on her arm and it’s beginning to get keloidy.  So before it turns really ugly, I have started applying Contractubex to said scar at least thrice a day. 

This is how it looks now, I will continuously update this post as we go along.  So that we can check if it’s effective.

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I hope it is effective so that my daughter can get her clear skin back.

Update – 01.28.2016

How the scar looks after 1 week. Not much of a difference.
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Shopping: Cherry Shaw

If you want to do your grocery shopping quietly and without the hustle and bustle of a very crowded supermarket, then this supermarket’s for you.

Cherry Shaw is newly opened, just last October 2015, so I think not everyone knows about it yet.  When we went there a few days ago, I only saw a few people shopping. 

Imagine having a number of aisles all to yourself.  That’s how few the people were. 

Another factor is that it’s super clean.  Shiny floors, new shelves, new stocks, almost everything is new.  Even the guards by the parking lot are so courteous.

This is really the place to do your grocery shopping.

Take a look at some of the photos I was able to get.

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Another plus for us is the super new CARts for children.  They have 3 designs which vary in sizes, just choose one suitable to your child.

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Cherry Foodarama has been acquired by SM Investments from the Ong family. Cherry Foodarama has been in the business since the 1950s and is considered as one of the pioneers in this line of business. They have been known for their low prices for both local and imported brands.

Why don’t you check it out?

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Long or Short?

Something cute:

Our Kinder 2 just got home from school, what I saw…

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I am not sure whether her socks were like that the whole afternoon she was in school or just now. ✩✩✩

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Update on D!

July 7

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Taken just now, her dry skin starts to peel off.  Still putting Bactroban on the insect bitten wound, but for the dried and expanded parts of the skin, we are applying Physiogel.  Physiogel is what I use to moisturize the kids’ faces.  I cleared this with the Doctor and he said ok.  This will help her skin remoisturize as it’s all dried up because of the swelling. 

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What is Cellulitis?

About 2 weeks ago, my little D had an ordinary mosquito bite on her right lower leg that she kept on scratching, so the bite mark just kept on getting bigger and deeper.  We didn’t mind the bite that much as we thought it was just a regular bite.  We put cream on it and that’s it. 

No swelling, no redness, no fever, until noon of June 30.  Beside her previous bite was a tinier bite which immediately caused her fever and some swelling, or so we thought.

Within that 24 hours of the new bite being found, she continued experiencing redness, swelling in the same area, and her fever doesn’t go down.

Our pedia suggested we see a Surgeon who specializes in these cases. Immediately after seeing her leg, the Surgeon said that D must be confined at once. His diagnosis: CELLULITIS.

What is Cellulitis?

According to kidshealth.org, they define Cellulitis as:

“Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body. It often begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch. Then bacteria invade and spread, causing inflammation, pain, swelling, warmth, and redness.”

The bite that D kept on scratching was already infected and we didn’t know. If she didn’t have high fever, we would have not seen a doctor and it might have been too late.

Her laboratory results showed that her white blood cells are high. It meant that her body has bacterial infection and her body is producing white blood cells to fight said bacterial infection.

Cellulitis, if left untreated, can result to more damaging scenarios.

Treatment
D was administered 2 kinds of antibiotics to kill the bacteria that have entered her skin. The fastest way to cure Cellulitis is through admission of intravenous antibiotics especially if the case is severe. She took Clindamycin and Unasyn through IV. If doctor’s diagnosis is just Mild Cellulitis, then taking oral antibiotics would be enough.

Antibiotics must be taken in a 5 or 7 day cycle to ensure its effectivity.

Prevention
Now that D is okay and we are likely to go home tomorrow, I would like to discuss what we could do to prevent a simple mosquito bite from becoming threatening cellulitis.

1) Be aware of the insect bites your children may have. Even little bites may be harmful. As long as there is an opening where bacteria can enter, it should be properly observed and monitored until fully healed. As our doctor advised, when there is even the littlest sign of opening, it is best to put some antibacterial cream like Bactroban. This is my new bestfriend from now on.
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2) Of course, children especially active ones will always get scrapes or cuts every now and then. That is normal. Just make sure that these are immediately washed with clean water and soap. After which you could apply some antibacterial cream. Cover the wound with some bandage or gauze.

Any wound can be infected if not properly treated, and we may not see it on the outer skin as the bacteria thrives inside the skin.

Let this be a lesson to all of us. And let’s not forget that this is applicable to both children and adults.

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Hospitalized by Insect Bites

To my fellow mommies, please be aware of the insect bites your children may have.  As much as possible, don’t disregard these as something ordinary.   I learned this the very hard way.  Those simple bites turned into Cellulitis which I will be discussing on a separate post.

June 30
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I was already in the office when Hubby called and told me that our youngest is having a fever.  Since hubby and mother in law were out, I monitored her through phone calls with her yaya.  At first, my daughter was still her usual self, we talked on the phone.  It was a mystery to us why she was having a fever, she doesn’t have colds or cough.  We thought, maybe she has “pilay” and for her toddler age of 2.5, that would be normal.  Later that day, she’s so tired she’s just lying on the bed and if a child with fever isn’t up and about, then that’s something scary.

When hubby came home, daughter still has fever, her lower leg swollen unlike anything we have seen before and then they noticed a bite on the swollen part.  The bite’s super tiny, but its damage was pretty huge.  D has a previous bite that she kept on scratching, so it doesn’t dry up but we were pretty sure the swelling didn’t come from that, or so we thought.

I got home and I immediately sent pictures of her leg to her pedia.  He told us to let her take Ceporex for antibiotic and to put some Bactroban cream.  Whole night we were restless because of her condition.

July 1
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Still with fever and swollen leg even with her antibiotics, we decided to take her to her pedia. Her pedia suggested we see his Surgeon friend. And so we did, we were so scared because the Surgeon told us at once to confine D because of her condition, which he diagnosed as Cellulitis. He told us that it was the best thing to do. He even showed us some pictures of the worst cases he handled. It was so scary. He strongly suggested confinement and IV treatment in the hospital.

We coordinated with our pedia and he said confinement was the best thing. So we went straight to the hospital and admitted D.

This was the 1st time a child of ours would be hospitalized. Seeing my precious little D fighting with all her strength as we pin her down for insertion of dextrose was just heartbreaking. She was crying and shouting and screaming and I was crying inside too. But I can’t show it to her. I needed to be extra brave so she can be brave too.

Finally, she stopped crying. However, since she needed to take Antibiotics for her condition, they have to make some Allergy tests a few minutes later. This meant 2 injections again. It was very painful for a mother to see her daughter in pain. At such a young age, she experienced all these. My heart was breaking.

Nightime went by easily. Hubby took the 1st night duty in the hospital since I haven’t had much sleep yet.

July 2
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Next morning, D was still traumatized, everytime our door opens and someone she doesn’t know comes in, she gets terrified. You can really see in her eyes how terrified she was. I felt helpless, I can’t do much but to comfort her and just hold her hand.

As with her condition, the first to go away was her fever. Since the infection was already being treated, the swelling slightly lessened. The redness was still present though.

July 3
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Thanks to the Minions, D was distracted. Since it was the 3rd day already from her traumatic experience with the needles, she was now happier and feeling a lot better. She is now friends with the nurses and the doctors. She learned how to use only her right hand and disregard her left hand.

By this time, she was back to her usual self, jumping around even with her dextrose on. Playing with her toys. And gaining back a little appetite.

Her leg has eased up on the swelling, some parts are totally back to normal, while some badly hit by bacteria parts are still not responding to the antibiotics.

July 4
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We thought we could go home by lunch today. But as the doctors advised us to just stay and complete the 5 day cycle of antibiotic through IV, we were left with no choice but to stay until Monday.

Yesterday’s jumping around continued until today so the dextrose was disconnected from D’s vein. She had to go through another insertion with her right hand. I can’t bear to look at her go through it again, so I just let hubby take her to the room to reinsert her dextrose. As expected, she was crying when she got back to the room. And, she’s back to being terrified with the nurses.

Her leg has a big improvement today. The swelling is gone. The wound is drying up. I just have to be on the lookout for her scratching 24/7.

July 5
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D’s leg is clearing up. Swelling is gone, a little redness here and there. The parts of the skin that expanded are now drying up. The wound is definitely dry.

Intravenous Antibiotics are still ongoing. Cycle needs to be completed.

She is happier now. Not that scared with the nurses anymore. When they come in and check on her, she will tell me “they are just checking mommy”. I always tell her that they will just check her and they will not do anything to her. So she got it from there. The antibiotics and dextrose are all just water she needs and she’s okay with that.

July 6
Finally, this day has come. But unlike patients who get to go home by noon, we were extended until almost 5pm in the hospital. There was a shot of Clindamycin she needed to take at 4pm, to complete the cycle.

When her dextrose aka STRAW was taken away, she was so happy and excited to roam around the room and go up and down the chair. She felt so free!

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She even danced and sang the Nae Nae.

When we got home, this was how her leg looked.
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The parts terribly damaged by the bacteria has thoroughly dried and is peeling off to give way to new skin.

We really are on our way to recovery.

Thank you for the prayers and the concern! D loves you all!

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