Joined Banahaw Elementary School Outreach

rsz_1mbp_pinkRemember when I wrote about yearly Christmas tradition that includes a visit to an elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving day? Banahaw Elementary School is a public school that has students in grades first through sixth in Norzagaray, Bulacan of Central Luzon (Region III). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 1 non-instructional rooms. Sadfully, none of the rooms has a dependable supply of electricity. With 138 students last year, class size is around 28 students. Lorie Floresca is principal of the school.

And so we joined a group of friends from church, Victory Nova, to bring the blessing of prayer and encouragement to students, teachers and their families.

As soon as the day started, kids lined up too excited to receive and SHARE. It was so overwhelming to observe kids rush to their moms, brothers, sisters to share what they have received on hand. There were countless people who willingly joined in and be part of this yearly outreach. Please know that your gift will go a long way to the hearts of the kids and their families who believe God for a better future.

Among the highlights included a puppet and kids’ show performed by excellent puppeteer Sam Fuentes. It was a joy to see smiles on kids’ and parents’ faces despite their difficulties in life. It was also heartwarming to see them celebrate Jesus’ birthday party as we all get reminded what Christmas should be about.

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DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Your Way to Your Celebrations

rsz_1mbp_pinkAmong my biggest blessings are friendships and relationships. It is such joy to be part of milestones, family successes and answered prayers. Sharing with you pictures from our celebrations, more than the DIY ideas and fun in creation, we thank God for what we made them for. DIY meet-ups are best organized with friendships. As early as planning and creating phase, you already build memories and stories that you will get to keep even after your planned events.

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

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There is nothing like being greeted with fun colors and homey-feel-ambience. Pom-pom balls automatically add smiles to anyone’s party. Whatever size or color, you can decide to put them on tables, corners, hang them from lights, or even use them as instant bouquet!

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Doilies out of paper make great table centrepieces. We just strewn upside down cupcake liners (aligned with the motif), add in sweets/candies and use wooden utensils with ribbons to complete ours. As options, you can also make use of colourful tin cans/pails and put in the utensils, or dress up the utensils with washi tape.

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Ready-made initials made of wood are off the racks and you can dress it up on the gift table anytime. Feel free to add other trinkets such as picture frames out of paper shaped into shirts, we made use of them as guests’ notes, clipped them with miniature clothespin for the bride-to-be to keep after the event.

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December Birthday and Jesus Party

A kiddie party does not have to be so expensive for moms, after all, you want planning to be as enjoyable to your kids as it was to you, and you also do not want to spend all the time stressing about preparation when you should be focusing on making it count as positively memorable for your kids.

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Did this a couple of years ago. The theme was “sweet party”, but those who came also thought it was candy-themed, or ice-cream-themed. For food options, we just opted to add Minnie Mouse sweets on a stick as cake toppers. Adding them to a cupcake tiered-stand, trays of assorted sweets/candies, and wineglasses filled with Nips, marshmallow and wafer sticks.

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No activities in mind yet? Do the Pinoy trademark pabitin. While waiting for the all the kids to get to the party, we handed coloring and drawing materials for the kids to use, they also played the ‘walang-kamatayang-newspaper-dance-game’, may be too old for the adults but was a big hit with the kids. Also played and encouraged the kids to sing to Gizmo’s Salvation Song from Superbook. It was a program by kids and for kids, from the opening prayer down to time-to-say-goodbye.

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Put water and children together and you will never run out of fun and laughter all around. We helped put up a candy-bar (created in friendship and love, wink wink) for a friend’s daughter’s party. It was a welcome table with her full-catered party. Kids kept visiting the candy buffet for cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, and lollies.

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The giveaways did not also have to break the bank, can be as simple as kiddie bracelets (bestseller that day!) and loot bags out of pails full of foodies and mini-toys. Need to dress up wooden letters? Add them to torches and balloons on the grassy floor. Just make sure that the torches are not lit when you do. Place it right infront of a lawn spotlight and you have your instant lawn photo ops background.

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Want me to share your DIY party on this page? Feel free to send me an email at makingworkingmomswork@yahoo.com.ph.

Tune in to Making Working Moms Work author’s first and upcoming podcast interview due out on 11th of September at http://www.workingmotherhood.com/podcasts/ (also available on iTunes)

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