By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
It was a delightful and intimate lunch with mothers who gathered for the ModMoms events, hosted by Michelle Aventajado. “I have always loved sharing parts of my motherhood with other moms. And for this event, I am happy to share a few more services and products that I find interesting and valuable for the Modern Mom. All of these tools and products can make life easier for busy moms who aren’t afraid to ask for help or to learn more about how they can parent event better.”
From planning a birthday party, to choosing what food to serve to the kids, and deciding on what methods to apply in nurturing our children, the Mod Mom speakers were able to impart to the guests what options are out there. The afternoon was made even more special with a mini essential oils workshop where moms got to make homemade remedies and bath salts.
We got to ask the speakers some tips on being modern moms:
Angela Tolentino from Cinq Dessert Boutique on cakes and sweet treats:
When buying pastries, be sure to ask about the ingredients: Are they using real cream? Real butter? Real chocolates? Is the flour a pre-mix? It is important to know what you are feeding your kids. Quality is important when we are talking about treats too, and not buying something because it looks nice or has a lower price points. My general advice to Modern Moms on desserts and food: Stick to natural ingredients and keep away from commercial and industrial food substitutes.
Chef Kat Alcantara from Mesclun Kids on parenting:
It takes a village to raise a child. Accept the support from people who will also enrich your child’s life.
Betty Sy, brand evangelist from Amara Oils, on healthcare:
Always read the label and the ingredients in your everyday personal care and health remedies to ensure that they are free from toxic chemicals. This will keep your family healthy. Using natural therapies such as essential oils can prevent undue sickness and keep everyone healthy. Our family sleeps better, stresses less, and we can alleviate pain in the most natural way possible.
Czarina Ledesma from T.E.A. Rentals on life and motherhood:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Perfection, balance, pressure and comparison are what will drive a single or any type of parent crazy. So the sooner you realise that no one has figured it out and you stop comparing is when you focus on your own personal style. Find your own groove and it will be more fun dancing around motherhood with your own beat.
Michelle Aventajado from mommanmanila.com on Modern Motherhood:
Modern Motherhood encompasses all of these things and more. As moms, we multi-task and pull from our friends what works for them. We combine what we know with what we can research on the internet and through modern technology. From finding the best cakes in town to bring to a potluck, to helping our children heal naturally with the help of essential oils, or learning how to invest for our children’s college education, and planning celebrations for milestones we want to remember, we share this information willingly with other discerning mommas. It’s part of what we do, we coordinate, collaborate, and learn from one another in an effort to balance what it means to be a mom in today’s day and age.
I think that’s the greatest gift we can give another mom who is trying her best, is not only the reassurance that she can, but that we can help one another as well. After all, we are all in this together.
From Manulife Gradmaker on investing for your child’s education:
Modern Moms shouldn’t remain victims to a constantly increasing inflation rate, instead they should take charge by exploring different financial instruments that can potentially grow their money. While there are risks involved in investing, it can yield higher returns than keeping their money in a regular savings account, which earns a regular but small interest rate. Investing long term in a product like GradMaker has the potential to grow your investment by at least 8%, depending on the performance of the market.
*Disclaimer: Projected rate of return is NOT GUARANTEED and will depend on actual fund performance, compared to money in a savings account, which can earn a guaranteed interest rate of 0.2% annually. (You should contact your own bank for the actual interest rate.)