Mommy Mundo Mompreneur Summit 2013

Last year, I was lucky enough to attend Mommy Mundo’s Mompreneur Summit. I actually had no plans of going because from my understanding, I was no mompreneur. I had no business. I had nothing, no brand, nothing to sell, and nothing to market. Janice was quick to correct me. “Eli,” she said, “The Painter’s Wife is a brand.” I value Janice’s opinion, and so I attended. No expectations, no speculations, just an open mind. And I learned.

From the Mompreneur Summit I walked away with these points to ponder:

  1. I am not “just a mommy.” I am a voice, an influencer, a writer, and a representative. With that comes responsibility, balance and a firm need to stick to my guns and keep believing in the causes I champion and the brands I choose to associate with.
  2. My target market is not necessarily my real audience. I have the capacity to reach out to worlds and minds beyond my “mommy circle” and I shouldn’t be afraid to explore.
  3. A mompreneur is a special breed – a multi-tasking, astute and wise business woman with a family and a business to juggle. Time management is key, priorities must be spelled out.
  4. Being a work-at-home mom has no secrets. The knowledge is there to share. There is no magic formula. You are the magic that makes it happen. Learn, share, expound, learn some more. A work-at-home mom IS a mompreneur.

While I don’t think of The Painter’s Wife as a business, it became clear to me how it really is a brand. It made me think of where I want this blog to go, what I want to do with it, and what I want it to represent. It was a very fruitful afternoon.

This year, the Mompreneur Summit comes back full force with an amazing tagline: Passion and Purpose. Ahhhhh!

I’ve always believed we can use our passions to become successful. “Do what you love” they always say. Getting from point Love to point Success can be a daunting task, but inspiration has always been an effective key to opening up a world of possibilities. Well, inspiration ba kamo? Just take a look at the Mompreneur Summit 2013 roster of speakers:

You can read more about the speakers here: http://mompreneurmanila.com/speakers2.

I do have to give a special woot-woot to AJ and Audrey Dimarucot, the power couple (talaga naman) behind the awesome clothing brand, googoo&gaga. I’ve made no secret that Basti and I are fans of their stuff. We’ve been friends since birthing class and are now co-parents in our kids’ school and I am thrilled they are going to speak at the summit. They are the perfect examples of Passion and Purpose.

Even though I won’t be there (and you’ll see why very soon! Exciting!!), I encourage all moms who have a business, thinking of starting a business, or simply trying to find inspiration for passion and purpose to attend. It’s well worth the time!

 

New Perfume Scents from Clean: Rain and Skin

What’s a scent that sends you straight to comfort? Mine is the smell of hotel sheets, and Basti after a bath. That feeling is the essence that perfume brand Clean has been trying to capture (and quite effectively, I may add) since the launch of their line years ago.

I attended the launch of their newest scents last week. The old favorites were on display.

Original, Ultimate, Warm Cotton, Fresh Laundry, Shower Fresh and Outdoor Shower.

I wish you guys could be in that room that day. It smelled heavenly.

But of course, the stars of the show were the two latest scents from Clean.

Clean Skin and Clean Rain. They actually don’t need much of an explanation. I think that’s part of the charm of Clean.

Clean is available in Rustan’s, SM, and all other leading department stores. The 60ml bottle retails for P2,950.00 and the 30ml is priced at P1,650.00.

This is my everyday scent now. I’m kinda obsessed.

 

Scary Saturday: Guilty Mama Moment

So there I was, trying to battle through my writer’s block and hoping to get some work done. Basti kept poking me.

“Mama, come, look please.”

“Basti wait. Mama’s finishing something. Later please.”

Sige na mama. Please, please, sige na.”

A few more exchanges of that and I finally sighed, stood up and unenthusiastically let Basti drag me to whatever it was that he wanted me to see.

This is what he had for me.

“Mama, I cooked food. Let’s eat please. It’s eating time.”

Shame, shame, shame.

I will never ask Basti to wait again. *tear*

Hello from Writer’s Block Land

Hey world, I just wanted to drop a line. Wala lang.

My blogging mojo is on a break. The words are swimming in my head. I want to write but I can’t get the words out. It’s very inconvenient considering I have so many posts I want to share but they’re all stuck in Drafts right now.

When this happens to me, I do this. The mind dump. Random, thoughtless, no-purpose writing. Kind of how it is when it’s a rainy day, when you’re lying on the couch with a huge bag of chips and no agenda for… well, for your life. That’s what my brain is right now.

Partly because I’m actually quite busy. The busier I get though, the more drafts pile up, and I’m swimming in them right now.

Can I give you an upcoming-blog-posts montage?

 

Those, and the many many things swirling in my head, plus other things that have come my way ever since I started this blogpost. Yes, even this random-thoughts-flying-out-of-my-brain post is victim to the writer’s block.

Oooh, can I share? (Of course I can, it’s my blog. Pfft.) We had Basti’s first PTC. His strongest points? Art and music. I’m not surprised and I’m very pleased.

Aside from the everyday journey of school, another thing that’s been sucking up my mojo is makeup class. I’m almost done! It’s been an enjoyable process, but I’m also looking forward to downtime Saturdays with my family.

Movies I’m looking forward to watching:

 

I grew up watching Mary Poppins over and over again, so Saving Mr. Banks is going to be an out-of-body experience for me, I predict. Not known to many, juvenile fiction is one of my preferred genres for reading (not to mention trashy novels. Just keeping it real), and the Hunger Games series is one of many I’ve enjoyed reading. I wonder if they’ll ever make movies out of the Bartimaeus books? Have you guys read those?

I watched Wolverine last Monday, White House Down the other Monday. Next Monday? I don’t know. What’s coming up?

Sorry guys. I did tell you this was going to be random.

Happy Breastfeeding Month! Ready for the Mob?

It’s August and it will be a busy, busy month for breastfeeding advocates and supporters. It’s Breastfeeding Month!

I started today breastfeeding my toddler. I can’t believe it’s been three years! Granted, he doesn’t nurse as much as he used to, of course, but it’s a morning ritual that we both enjoy. It’s been a long journey from this:

To this:

So are you ready for all the activities this month? To start off, there’s a breastfeeding “mob” to celebrate and spread awareness about nursing-in-public. I am a huge fan of nursing anywhere. I think it’s important to normalizing breastfeeding in our society, and a strong statement against the stigma, misconceptions and misinformation about breastfeeding.

The event is organized by admins and members of a Facebook group called Breastfeeding Pinays. It’s a great place to find support, information and guidance from the lactation experts onboard. If you haven’t done so, you may join the group by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastfeedingpinays/

So come on and join us! It will be on Saturday, August 3, at the Rajah Sulayman park in Manila. It’s the one with the fountains near Aristocrat along Roxas Boulevard. The activities start at 3pm.

You may register for the event on the Eventbrite page: http://hakabna2013.eventbrite.com/

See you there!