Motherhood can sure make you feel lost sometimes. You have to deal with information overload, contradicting tips, unsolicited advice, a sea of options, and if you’re a first-time mom like me, you also have that problem of not knowing what to do in a number of situations. That’s why it’s so helpful and important to have a good support system in times like these!
I recently got an invitation from Dette Zulueta of Millennial Moms Ph for the recently-held #MomTribe meet-up. I had no idea what they do in these meet-ups, but the idea of being part of a #MomTribe — a group of moms helping out other moms — drew me in. It was my first time to attend the event and I’m glad that Andi and I spent our Saturday with the rest of the Millennial Moms (and their millennial kids!).
The #MomTribe meet-ups happen a few times a year, so this is not the first. However, this is the first time ever that they held it in a hotel, particularly, in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. This year, the topic was ‘Mom-Child Bonding.’ It was definitely a topic that was interesting to me because I’m with Andi 24/7 (well, almost!) and I thought I could sure use some tips on how to bond with her more. Yes, I am with her all the time (no kidding, even in the shower!) but I thought, “Hey, if I’m going to be hanging out with her most of the time, I have to think of more ways to have fun with her and intensify my relationship with her!”
The first speaker was Nanay Iam, who is the mom of a little girl named Himig and is known on Instagram as @delightfulhimig. Visit their Instagram account and you’ll find cute photos of her and Himig twinning! Of course, since twinning is what they are famous for, this is what Nanay Iam talked about.
But the meat of her talk was really all about mom and child bonding ideas and age-appropriate activities. Since she is a pre-school teacher, she shared a lot of fun ideas to all of us. She encouraged us to bond with our children in as many ways as possible, and to do what we feel was best for us, whether that’s reading to our kids, singing to them, or even simply just hanging out with them. She shared about the many simple but effective ways to grow closer with our kids.
The next speaker was Jan Lizardo, Taekwondo world champion and wife of Taekwondo player and coach Japoy Lizardo. She spoke about her experiences in bonding through meal time with her son Jace.
#MomTribe is a venue where moms share parenting tips and best practices. Last May 26, Nanay Iam of @delightfulhimig shared mom and child bonding ideas and age appropriate activities for children while Mommy @jan_lizardo shared her experience in bonding through meal time with her son. 😊 Thank you so much for being with us in the recent #MomTribe Meet-up, Iam and Jan! 😚 . . The May 26 Millennial Moms Ph #MomTribe Meet-up is co-presented by @eastwoodmall_, @richmonde_erh, @pldthome and @tempraph. It is sponsored by @amarimoments, @atlanticdelightsph, @beginningsbaby, @cerelacph, @goldseastunachunks, @kindercareph, @megamalunggay, @megamangosteen, @profreeze.ph and @mommysmartsteps. The lootbag and giveaway items are sponsored by @ajinomoto, #AveenoBaby, @axa, @belobabylove, @cusinahome, @lafilipinaph, @merriesph, @sacredsixmonths, @femmefabshoppe, @haileyandco.ph, @ilovehandmadeph, @label_ph, @littlemissmeph, @saabandmeelo, @themommawrites and @trinketfarm. 💖 . . #momevent #momtribe #momtribeph #millennialmom #millennialmomsph
All the guests were treated to a simple but filling afternoon snack.
We also came home with a goody bag from La Filipina.
Here’s a look at what’s inside the La Filipina goody bag: Pasta noodles and luncheon meat from La Filipina, Gold Seas tuna cans, and lots of spices and seasonings, all for the moms who enjoy cooking (or eating!).
I also got a bottle of Cusina dishwashing liquid but wasn;t able to take a photo coz I put it in our kitchen right away! (Excited much?)
But wait, there’s more! Check out all the nifty things that I got just by attending the event! Guests came home with Cerelac NutriPuffs (which also came with a big duffel bag, but I forgot to take a photo of it because I already kept it in my bag cabinet), Kindercare ultra-safe baby wipes, a small bottle of Sacred newborn cleanser, Aveeno Baby products, Smart Steps products (fabric softener, laundry detergent bar, and baby bottle cleanser), Tempra paracetamol for babies, Belo baby wipes, and Merries diapers! I also won the raffle so I got to take home a receiving blanket from Beginnings Baby, Pro-freeze ice sheets, and this pretty red dress from Hailey and Co.!
Here’s a photo of me and Andi when we won the dress! Yay! Look at Andi, eyeing the box with so much curiosity!
#MomTribe is a venue where small biz owners get a chance to showcase their products. These fab moms won some really nice items from mompreneurs such as a blouse from @label_ph, a little red baby dress from @haileyandco.ph and a customized woodboard from @themommawrites. 😊 . . #momfinds #momapproved #millennialmomapproved #momtribe #momtribeph #mombloggerph #millennialmom #millennialmomsph
It was also great seeing an old friend…
…and making a new one!
And here’s a quick video showing all the moms who had a blast at the event!
Happy to have a growing tribe of supportive and fun loving mamas! Thank you so much for joining us in the May 26 #MomTribe Meet-up held at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. We are very happy to welcome a lot of new moms and to see familiar faces. 😊 . . The May 26 Millennial Moms Ph #MomTribe Meet-up is co-presented by @eastwoodmall_, @richmonde_erh, @pldthome and @tempraph. It is sponsored by @amarimoments, @atlanticdelightsph, @beginningsbaby, @cerelacph, @goldseastunachunks, @kindercareph, @megamalunggay, @megamangosteen, @profreeze.ph and @mommysmartsteps. The lootbag and giveaway items are sponsored by @ajinomoto, #AveenoBaby, @axa, @belobabylove, @cusinahome, @lafilipinaph, @merriesph, @sacredsixmonths, @femmefabshoppe, @haileyandco.ph, @ilovehandmadeph, @label_ph, @littlemissmeph, @saabandmeelo, @themommawrites and @trinketfarm. 💖 . . #momevent #momtribe #momtribeph #millennialmom #millennialmomsph
It was a pleasant afternoon of learning, fun, and friendship, and I’m thankful to have been part of it. The next Millennial Moms PH #MomTribe Meet-up is happening in August, and I wouldn’t want to miss that, for sure! Thanks to Dette for having me and Andi. 🙂
Stolen shot from the @millennialmomsph #MomTribe meetup. The topic was 'Mom-Child Bonding' and this was how @andromedaevesmith and I bonded yesterday.' While Andi and I bond all the time (as in ALL. THE. TIME.), it was still nice to learn more about the various ways that she and I can become even closer. Also, it was a relief to find a non-judgmental group of moms who won't think you're a bad parent if you're on your phone while nursing your child (guilty! 🙋) or if sometimes you're just too tired to play with your kid. 😁 #MillennialMoms #MillennialMomsPh #AndromedaEveSmith #FluffySpacePrincessAdventure