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Beanie, Beanie, Love, Love…

April 14, 2011

Ate Nena, our pattern-maker, sewer, cutter had been sick for weeks. We’ve been wanting to make our own Beanies but it seemed like everyday was wrong timing. So one sunny day, we marched our way to Ate Nena’s house, armed with our tape-measure and our living mannequin, Vitor, for the sake of conquering our Beanie.  Measurement was done in the car.

It would be a beanie with a giant flower for the girls and a mohawk/dino spikes for the boys. Finally, our prototype, dan-da-da-daaaan…

…And obviously, Vitor and the Babinski Mamas didn’t like it; the mohawk/spikes looks like a rooster’s comb 😦 But the “fit” and size is PERFECTO! 🙂

Now it’s time to show the world…

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Love Yourself, Mama!

February 7, 2011

We asked our good friend Ichel, Relationship Expert of Love Institute, to help us with helping mothers learn 1) to love themselves (first), then loving their marriage and children would naturally follow; and 2) the right parenting approach, for our personal project.

It’s the month of Love. Moms, I know we’ve been busy with work and family, but what if we broaden Valentine’s Day and make it about self-love and self-care? In school, pediatrician clinic, grocery, I often see moms looking frumpy, their clothes old and baggy, their hair a mess, their faces pale… While their kids’ yayas look a whole lot prettier and sexier than them, wearing skinny jeans, gladiators in pedicure and with shiny conditioned hair. Moms, whatever happend?!?!
I’m sure you’ve come across this post in Facebook: “To all the unselfish moms out there who traded sleep for dark circles, salon haircuts for ponytails, long showers for quick showers, late nights for early mornings, designer bags for diaper bags, and wouldn’t change a thing. Let’s see how many Moms can actually post this. Moms who don’t care about what they gave up and instead LOVE what they got in return! Post this if you love your life as a mom!”

And Ichel revised it to: “To unselfish moms who put eye cream under dark circles, go to the  salon & get a nice haircut, take time to shower & pamper her body, enjoy late nights & early mornings, put nappie organizers in her designer bags, & enjoy being her own self & being a mom! Do take care of YOU! And never give up on giving yourself time, love & pampering! That’s the secret for being a great happy MOM! – being a better PERSON to be a better mother!”

She said, “This self-care is called self-love.  Self love is different from selfish.  It is the healthy love and affirmation of my own being, my own person.  I am not doing it for anyone.  I owe it to myself.  Then in the process, I am able to give more love, I can offer more of myself to my partner, children and all those around me.   I believe that I cannot give what I do not have…”

Way to go Mama!

What do you love about yourself?What are your special gifts?How do you treat yourself?What do you love to do and when was the last time you did it?How do you take care of the body temple you have right now?What would it take for you to love yourself and take care of yourself not only on Valentines Day but every day of the year?…Let’s ponder on these questions.

I am surprised that there are many verses in the Bible that says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; Matthew 22:37–39; Mark 12:30–31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8) Now, the big question is… “How will you love others — your children, your husband… — if you don’t love yourself? I know self-love is usually intertwined with guilt. To be honest, guilt is a subject that I know so well. Actually, I still get it so I still need self-convincing from time to time. It’s a mind-game.

Let’s know the difference between selfishiness and self-care. Let’s know our needs. For me, it’s reading a good book, attending belly dancing class once a week, bonding with girlfriend mamas maybe an hour or two twice a week while the kids are in school, running by myself if time permits after I drop the kids off to school, taking a longER shower, getting myself a nice dress once or every other week… I am so sure that if we started loving ourselves then all our relationships would benefit from it — as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, etc… Take time to be a great lover to yourself. Start now, in love month.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

Hey little mama, you’re a stunner!

January 4, 2011

Everyone takes a second look at our Babinski Mama Mae.  Who wouldn’t?  She has a gorgeous face, a sweet grin and a svelte figure to boot! But take a deeper look and you’ll see an even more beautiful entity – someone who has grown at ease with herself and has a special gift to touch deep down into everybody’s  heart… and soul!

Babinski mama Mae is like sugar and all kinds of spice.  Her heart breaks at the site of a thirsty dog soaked in the sun.  She cannot refuse a beggar on the road, specially an old one.  She gives food to a street child but will first squeeze out the kid’s life story and say “wag kang mag-du-drugs ha!” at the end, spoken with true concern.  It takes eternity for her to buy her groceries, only because she has standards.  Not to mention, she IS practical AND fickle too – so there goes the time ticking away =).  She can also sometimes lose her cool – mostly when she feels overwhelmed with things – but a little story, a hearty laugh and a bite of anything yummy can erase that just as quickly as she puts on her Mac pressed powder. Everyone loves Mae. Her kids adore her like Barbie doll. And of course, amongst ALL , hubby is the luckiest!

Thanks Mae for everything. You are the HEART behind Babinski Baby. And the SISTER that tightly binds the Babinski Mamas. We promise to live by your words of wisdom. Life is indeed MORE beautiful, electrifying, more hilarious, and uniquely fab with you, with you, with you… =)

We love you dearly and we thank God for you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! mmuah!


“Humping Turtles” :-)

November 12, 2010

My kids were watching you tube the other day and were giggling at a video they saw of two turtles having, uh, sex 😉

Me:  Hey Railey, what are you watching?

Railey:  Look at the turtles, they’re playing “daganan”! (while laughing at the silly sound the turtles were making.)

Gosh, even my one year old Vitor was laughing while watching the turtles! The next morning, while having breakfast, Railey showed me this drawing… and to my surprise!

And for cute animalistic appeal, we just produced really soft and nice flannel Receiving Blankets in animal prints…

Jungle Friends

Birds

Penguins

Doe & Buck

Night Owls Espresso

Berry Birds

Oinkies

Marching Elephants

Owl Friends

Baobab

Jolly Jungle

Babinski Baby will be at the Moonlit Bazaar, Rockwell Tent, Powerplant Mall, from November 12-14, 12 noon ’til 12 midnight. Hope to see you there 🙂

Tutti Frutti

October 28, 2010

Colorful ribbons are like sprinkles on top of something SWEET!

For your sweet little girls… 🙂

Tutti Fruitti Ribbon Tops + Tutu available here.

Shimmy and Shake!

October 3, 2010

From now on, Friday night is Belly Dancing night. Together with cousins and friends, October 1 was our baptism of fire!

We learned so much from our teacher, Ms. Bing, on our first belly dancing night. Actually, in normal clothes, we didn’t know that she was our teacher ‘til she changed into her costume. When she put on bright red and gold and started moving, her femininity and beauty exuded in a so much different way! When she started dancing to the music, I saw a different, beautiful and self-confident woman through and through. I want to be like that.

When we invited some mommies to join us, we got comments like, “No thanks, ang tigas ng katawan ko at lalabas ang mga bilbil ko jan…” or “Naku ang taba-taba ko!” or the “shy” mommies would say, “Um, no thanks it’s not my cup of tea.” So we ended up with just nine moms. Why we pushed belly dancing to mostly the moms and the timid, is more of to celebrate being a woman, because moms forget how special they are except on Mother’s Day, and they forget that they are still That Woman. It does not matter what shape you’re in. What counts is that you are in sync with yourself and accepting who you are, the whole package. It’s embracing yourself and loving your imperfections. Besides, beauty has nothing to do with being perfect but with your attitude, outlook and acceptance.

After the class we all felt so light and wished we knew about this years ago. You see, we’re not really fans of fast aero dances and the gym. We didn’t bring costumes yet but our teacher let us wear clanging coin and bells belt-scarves. Actually it’s the costumes that tend to the baroque that I love! …Silky, colorful outfits adorned with beads, bells, sequins and other bangles – ooooh sexeh.

We started out with the basic hip dances and I loved the Arabic music. Our teacher said that belly dancing has core-strengthening benefits. All the shoulder shimmying, hip-tilting and toe-tapping also help relieve arthritis & join pains, promote flexibility and drop pounds, the neck movement is for the thyroid, plus the breathing exercises give the lungs healthy benefits. We’re working muscles that we never use! Actually I think it has some similarities with yoga and pilates, except that with belly dance you dance with exotic, seductive music. I think it’s excellent for coordination, where I’m poor at, and the brain, too.

Honestly I am really a poor dancer and not really comfortable with my own body. It was hard for me to “open-up” too. But when I psyched-up, I felt at ease and comfortable. I think those who belly dance are naturally warm people. It’s more of like sisterhood. I love being around warm, loving people. The dance can make you come across as more self-confident and sensual, which what you (and your marriage) need. (Wives, think like a mistress who always tries to keep the magic alive! Believe me, belly dancing will make you into a sex-bomb and not sex-bum, sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa!)

Under our sweat pants and tank tops we clad ourselves in exotic, shiny and colorful scarves. We swooped, spun and writhed. I tried to follow the tightly choreographed display of movements. Aimee and the rest were a natural. Charlene had to belly dance with baby Chloe on one arm (haha). After each segment we gave ourselves applause and ululations. All the while I thought belly dancing was going to be just moving your hips, flowing around the room and shaking like Beyonce, but then upon seeing it my first reaction was, OMG this is harder than I thought it would be!

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Our body is amazing! It can make thousands of different movements, isolating many parts of the body besides the belly, in so many combinations. A hip-circle together with the head-slide, or a serpentine move together with the arm waves, the painful rib-cage circle with the snake arms. The dance routine was intricate, slow and then fast! Love the rhythm! It’s very natural and beautiful. The cacophony of movements up, down, left, right, spin up, spin down make my head spin literally, and it would be really hard for a photographer to grab a nice shot, it’s like shooting a flying butterfly. It involves lots of hand gestures, physical speed and coordination.

I am so into the mystique of the dance now, I just want to learn how to shimmy better, though.

We heart belly dancing!

*Video grabbed from cousin Elise! She owns FunPrints Factory.