Is your child a Crayola kid?

When I was a kid, I surely am. :)

Like most parents my age, I grew up with Crayola crayons. Whether it’s 8, 16, or 64 colors (if you had that 64-color crayon box with the sharpener at the back, you were popular in school), I’d have a blast using them on my so-called artworks, be it for school or just for the home. And as I colored away, I learned new hues and shades like olive green, burnt sienna, salmon, and periwinkle (which is actually a cute name).

Today, we parents are introducing our own kids to the joys of using Crayola. Don’t we all just love it when our kids draw and color away and proudly show their artworks to us?

Now we can showcase our kids’ masterpieces to everyone with this contest from Crayola!

I'm a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest

I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest

Encourage your child to join the I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest, which runs until September 30, 2014. All that needs to be done is:

1. Get the Crayola Drawing Sheet from participating Toy Kingdom branches or download it from Toy Kingdom’s Facebook Page.

2. Create your unique artwork using any Crayola product.

3. Fill out details on the sheet, then scan or take a photo of your artwork and post it on Toy Kingdom’s Facebook Page. Don’t forget the tags: #ImACrayolaKid @ToyKingdomPH

You can also visit Toy Kingdom SM Megamall and post your artwork on the Crayola Imagination Wall and take a photo that you can upload on TK’s Facebook Page.

The contest has three (3) categories: Toddler (1 to 2 years and 11 months), Preschool (3 to 5 years old), and Grade School (6 to 12 years old). Entries will be judged based on a set criteria.

Winners will be announced on October 15, and they will each receive a Crayola product and selected gifts from Ogalala worth PHP 1,200.

Parents, it’s time to unleash your child’s creativity. Let him or her join the I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest!

FERN-C boosts campaign for health with BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C, the first non-acidic sodium ascorbate vitamin in the Philippines, recently held its BPO Millions Tour across numerous business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Metro Manila. This event aimed at promoting a healthy and positive lifestyle even while having hectic work schedules.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

Activities at the FERN-C BPO Millions Tour included games and photo sessions. Photo courtesy of FERN-C Facebook Page.

Employees in the BPO industry are exposed to stress and other hazardous conditions, thus making them more prone to sickness. FERN-C, a potent antioxidant, is the perfect first line of defense against infectious diseases triggered by the demands in and outside of work, boosting their immunity and keeping them in the pink of health.

In line with the BPO Millions Tour, FERN-C also held a search for their newest ambassadors from among employees of the participating BPO companies. The winners were announced last August 12, 2014.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C Male Ambassador Mohammad Daudie from Aegis Makati. Photo from FERN-C Facebook Page.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C Female Ambassador Deborah Jelyna Abian from Sitel Pioneer 2. Photo from FERN-C Facebook Page.

Like these ambassadors, everyone can achieve a work + life balance with FERN-C. FERN-C, the non-acidic Vitamin C, is now available in Watsons, South Star Drug, Generika Drugstore, Rose Pharmacy, Manson Drug, 7-11, and other drugstores, convenience stores, and groceries nationwide.

For more information, check out its website at www.fern-c.com or its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fernconline.

It’s time for Blogapalooza 2014

… and I’m joining! :D

A couple of years ago when I started attending a few blogger events here and there, one blogger asked me if I was going to Blogapalooza. It was the first time I heard of it. I was informed that it was a huge, one-day meet between bloggers and advertisers wherein both can connect and partner with each other. It seemed like an interesting idea in which brands can pitch their products and services to influential bloggers who could promote them. But back then, I had second thoughts of joining. I mean, I’m not like those popular bloggers who have a wide readership and the power to affect readers.

Fast forward to 2014. Blogapalooza opened its doors for registration. And seeing as that I would want to take my blogging a notch higher, I thought of joining — and it seemed like at the last minute since I was debating with my pregnant self (on whether or not  I could go there while being 6 months on the baby way, hehe!). There were already 200 confirmed bloggers when I filled out the registration form, so I was not keeping my hopes up that I’ll be one of the invited attendees.

But lo and behold, I got a confirmation email from Blogapalooza 2014 last weekend!

Blogapalooza 2014

Join Blogapalooza 2014

This big blogger-to-business event is organized by the people behind When In Manila and Our Awesome Planet. Some of the participating partner brands include Easy Taxi, Maxicare, Vikings, Crocs, Dyson, and Zomato. I’m sure more brands will be added in the roster in the weeks prior to the event.

So if you want to be part of the Philippines’ biggest blogger-to-business meet, then register for a slot at Blogapalooza 2014 by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

Baby names, again

Here we go again, thinking of baby names.

Last Saturday, we went to my OB-Gyne for the routine check-up. I’m nearing my 6th month of pregnancy, so there’s a possibility that we could be learning about the baby’s gender that day. Unfortunately, the little one seemed quite shy — the doctor wasn’t able to see if it’s a boy or a girl. She said we could try again after a month.

I want a boy (so does my daughter), hubby isn’t too picky. Anyhoo, what’s important is that he/she will be healthy.

But for now, hubby and I have been coming up with name combos while waiting to discover the baby’s gender. Of course, we’ll be keeping up with our “tradition” of some-kinda-geeky, owing to the fact that hubby is a gamer/geek. (See: my eldest’s name is Anna Zafina, her second name taken from the game Tekken. Hubby insisted on it.) So here’s what we’ve come up with:

If it were a boy, he’ll be named Luke Altair. Luke means “bringer of light” in Latin. While sounding common, hubby actually took that from Star Wars. Wow, I can just imagine all the memes I can come up with when he’s born (toingks!). Altair, on the other hand, is a character from one of hubby’s favorite games, Assassin’s Creed. The name is Arabic for “flying eagle”.

If it were a girl, she’ll be named Ayla Maria. Ayla was taken from Star Wars as well, from the character of Aayla Secura, who’s a Jedi. We’ll probably be dropping the other “a” in the name so that it’s not that unusual to spell. Also, we found a name “Ayla” in one of the baby name books we were browsing; it means “oak tree” in Hebrew.

To go with Ayla, we decided on Maria, after Mama Mary. We thought that either name combos should have something like a Christian name (I remembered during my parents’ time, babies had to have a Christian name to be baptized — does this still apply today?). Maria is Hebrew for “wished-for child”, but it also means “bitter” in some European languages like French and German. Hmm… but it still sounds pretty, right?

Can’t wait to know which name we’ll be using. :)

Giveaway: Just Chill, Shake, and Gulp! Be Happily Healthy with Goody Gulp!

Yes, I am doing my first-ever blog giveaway! And it’s all thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Goody Gulp Milk Drink. :D

But first, let me tell you why I’m supporting this promo:

Goody Gulp Milk Drink

Goody Gulp Milk Drink

Goody Gulp is a delicious and healthy milk drink from New Zealand made with NO PRESERVATIVES. It’s basically a great and nutritious drink to give our kids who need their daily source of calcium, vitamins, and minerals. And because they come in Chocolate and Strawberry flavors, moms and dads won’t have to worry about their children being unable to finish their milk. SpongeBob Squarepants (Chocolate) and Patrick Starfish (Strawberry) will make sure they get their daily milk intake, anytime and anywhere. :)

Goody Gulp comes in 2 sizes, 180 ml and 230 ml. It is available in SM, Robinsons, and Rustans Supermarkets, as well as other groceries and convenience stores in the metro.

My daughter, husband, and I have tasted Goody Gulp, both the Chocolate and Strawberry variants, and we surely liked them. You will, too.

READY TO JOIN THE GIVEAWAY?

Hits and Mrs. will be giving away one (1) limited-edition SpongeBob Mini Speaker and two (2) packs of Goody Gulp Milk Drinks. The promo will run from August 20 to October 30, 2014.

Goody Gulp Milk Drink Giveaway

Get to win this SpongeBob Mini Speaker!

Mechanics:

1. Read the above post about Goody Gulp Milk Drink.

2. Click this link to answer a short survey (Please indicate http://hitsandmrs.wordpress.com as your Source).

3. Once done, comment on this blog post with your name, email address, and the date you completed the survey.

Send your entries no later than October 30, because I’ll be announcing the 3 winners on October 31, 2014 (winners will be drawn via Random.org). Prizes will be sent directly to the winners by Goody Gulp.

Share this blog giveaway and spread the word about the goodness of Goody Gulp. Good luck everyone! :)