Where do I begin? Well, I guess from the very beginning.
I only heard about Baby and Breakfast through my friend (and official Philip Bo photographer, haha), Jamie Espadilla. I’ve heard about Bride and Breakfast, but I was not aware there existed a baby out of the successful first blog! I clicked to see their website only when they featured my maternity session, and truly I was blessed with their words. When they featured us again for Philip’s newborn session, I was beginning to have the habit of clicking on their stories, as well as checking out the people behind them. So one can say I was really thrilled to meet the woman behind it all, Janna Mendoza-Simpao, at some event earlier this year.
Janna and her killer legs. And the wind beneath her wings right behind her, Mr.Ian Simpao himself!
After which she called to ask how I felt about collaborating with them, “I’ve got Babyland as our partner and they have the space. What do you think is the most pressing need of mothers today?” I told her to give me a week and I will think of something. Yet, even before the idea crystallized I somehow knew that whatever we came up with, mothers are to be valued and appreciated on that day. Thankfully, Baby and Breakfast had the exact same thing in mind.
So like what Janna said in her post about Mom-Me Time 2014, the thing I think that moms most need these days is a reminder of what they most often forget, which is themselves!
We were all supposed to leave our kids at home, but these nursing moms are an exception to the rule.
When I saw these babes I immediately missed mine, who was left in my sister’s house about 5 minutes away.
This was such a memorable day in my life as this was also the same day my firstborn first said “ma-ma.” Poor boy kept looking for me that led him to utter the sweetest syllables I will ever hear in my life!
What a fitting crowd to have as our first, too, as many of these moms, although very efficient mothers and rather selfless, were also in themselves great examples of how to nurture passions and personality that are quite independent of mothering. I guess that goes to show that being other-oriented does not necessarily mean one is being forgetful of oneself!
There are so many stories to tell about one event but for me, here are what I consider to be my personal highlights.
The Survey of “Mommy Pegs”
A quick scan of the people in the room and you will understand what I mean by this. As a young mom, I am constantly on the look out for moms who are way ahead of me and note the best of their qualities to see if they are apt to translate in my very own life. While I have values and parenting style as my highest regard, what comes to a close second is the mom’s care for the person God created her to be. I am a firm believer that in life there are no accidents; there is a reason why a child has a ______ (fill in the blank: interior designer? stylist? fashionista? artist? crafter? teacher? mountain hiker?) for a mother. Because your unique passion and personality adds flavor to the breeding of a unique set of children, a set that will be like no other, in the world!
Personally, I thought it was also a fantastic cross over between bloggers and celebrities! I was so happy to connect my friends from different worlds: blogging world, ministry, and the entertainment industry!
The Nourishing Talk
Janna and I could not think of anybody else who can speak to us about staying fit and gorgeous (as well as sane and sober!) while being a dozen other things at the same time: a wife, a mother (of 5!!!), editor in chief, columnist, blogger, triathlete- oh really we prayed, because it could ONLY be Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and no other!
Click this for Mommy Maricel’s own blog about Mom-Me Time 2014!
Oh the talk was amazing, all right. She spoke out of overflow, right from her very heart, her very experience, and it was meaningful for all. Some moms in the room even admitted to getting teary-eyed!
This did not come as a surprise to me though since Ate Maricel is my mentor. I’ve been a privileged receptor of her wisdom way before I became a mom myself. And aside from being one of the wisest people I know, she is just such a role model in never letting anything get in the way of living the best life at all times. Above all, she is an admirable woman of faith, whose Source of strength is God and God alone!
The Natural Connection
One of my qualms getting into this was how to invite people. A big consideration when making parties would be the guest list. If you barely know anyone and don’t know who’s going, the chances are slim for a guest to go. But a lovely thing happened on that day, to see moms not only hanging out with people they already knew beforehand, but also connect with those they’ve never met ever. In the words of the gorgeous Rissa Manaquil, “The invisible bond moms have with one another is amazing!” And I totally agree!
My Idea Coming to Life
People who are very close to me know that I have a thousand and one ideas all the time. (Of course I am exaggerating, but you get the picture, right?) Many tease me that if only I had done them all, I’d be a billionaire by now. And so I’ve long known that I need someone to make my dreams come to life. As much as I am fond of putting big things together in my head, I can’t get around to actually doing them and for this I just wanna thank Janna and Ian for taking my thoughts one step further.
This is an amazing interpretation of power and femininity. Kudos to Baby and Breakfast for the concept, and for the talents that brought this to life (from invites to actual styling!!!): Gideon Hermosa, K by Cunanan, Lovelots Cakes, The Delightful Miss Joyce, Botafogo Event Rentals, Marla Darwin, Ceva Designs!
They have everything covered in the blog post, but let me just say this: I am so blessed by the team’s efforts to make Mom-Me Time 2014 so special- by the impeccable styling, the generosity of time, talents, and products of all our suppliers and sponsors, which all together created a spirit of celebration for all the amazing women that we wanted to honor on that lovely Wednesday!
I started the day by wearing heels, but after 3.5 hours (thanks to Stella Pastores for actually counting that for me, haha!), I succumbed to wearing the flats I received that day from Yosi Samra Philippines!
When the event was over and I was about to go home, I told Janna that it felt like my wedding day all over again. Truly, working on something special with different kinds of people and receiving so much help, and basically doing things (beautiful things!) together, make me a very grateful and sentimental person.
My love to you both Janna and Ian, and Marian (who was so stressed by endless text messages)- my Baby and Breakfast Family. Thank you for the privilege of being able to work with you.
Babyland, God used you greatly to help me express another side of me. I look forward to many more projects together.
To all our suppliers (there above) and sponsors (please click this link for our media kit: Mom-Me 2014 Media Kit for all contact details), may your generosity make its way back to you a hundredfold! (Sponsors: Babiators / Beansprout / Boba / Boon / Brolly Sheets / Cradle Natural / Cycles Baby / Cycles Sensitive / Dr. Brown’s / Elin / Fruit Magic / Give into the Glitter / Huggies / Jamie & Baby Lifestyle Photography / JoomaJam / Kameraman / L’Indochine / Lulu DK / Mamas & Papas / Meeno / Melawares / Messy Bessy / Minui / NiQUA / Okiedog / RuMe / Shoo! Anti Mosquito / SnapperDoodles / So Young / Stabilo / Tonga / Urban Ashram Manila / Yosi Samra)
And to the moms who came that afternoon to share the gift of who you are, thank you and it really is my pleasure to be able to learn more about the Me in every Mom-Me.
For more personal, instant photos, click on the official hashtag: #mommetime2014 and our official photos from Happy Folks Studio are already up on their site over here: Mom-Me Time 2014 by Happy Folks Studio
Because this event was so loved by our mommy guests, Janna and I decided to do another version for all the other moms out there who have expressed their interest! When she gets back from her trip, we will be sitting down to discuss when and where and how, but stay tuned for an amazing Mom-Me Time for more of our unique and hardworking mommies out there.
See some of our moms who already blogged about us!
Make It Blissful by Martine de Luna
From Stilettos to Ballet Flats by Stella Pastores
Moomy Musings by Glaiza
Topaz Mommy by Frances
Snap.Play.Love by Daniel Bato
When in Manila entry by Daniel, as well!