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My daughter’s 7th birthday is coming up and she’s quite excited of it. Even at the start of the month, January, she’s busy planning the details of her birthday, who will sponsor for her birthday and what will they contribute, smart kid.

Last month, after her small aunt’s 7th birthday, she thoroughly thought of her own birthday party theme and she finally came up with Sofia the First party, one of Disney’s princesses, after a lot of suggestions among the Disney’s famous princesses.

After she decided her birthday princess theme, first thing she pointed out that she has to have Princess Sofia’s Amulet of Avalor too. Yup, that little violet teardrop pendant her stepfather King Roland has given her as a welcome present when she and her mom moved in with them. And because of this request, I have searched high and low in the world wide web for any DIY instructions on how to make your own version of Sofia the First’s Amulet of Avalor, if I cannot make a replica.

I was really thankful that even though I haven’t found a step by step amulet making tutorial, at least I found an inspriration and tool tips of what I will be needing for making an amulet. What I was afraid in this project is where will I be getting the materials because honestly, this is the first time I’m doing stuff like this. Then my aunt-in-law pointed out that these materials can be found in crafts stores which is also a sewing materials store here in the Philippines.

Alas, I found them and eagerly made the amulet and got very excited for the outcome of my first DIY Sofia the First birthday theme project.

DIY Sofia the First amulet01

DIY Sofia the First amulet02

DIY Sofia the First amulet03


I made two amulets because I wanted to pair my daughter with this accessory.  And I have decided to use my favorite color for my amulet…

Honestly, I was very happy with the outcome.


My turning 7-year-old daughter is asking for a party on her upcoming birthday on February 5 but due to budget constraints we decided not to throw one for this year.  But then again, as parents we want to make our kids happy on their special day that’s why I have talked to my hubby and told him my plan of celebrating our daughter’s birthday with a simple party in school.  It may be simple but I intend to make it fun so the kids and Zoie will enjoy the party.

My plan is to ask relatives and friends, particularly the godmothers of my Little Zoie to sponsor party stuff and food we need for the party.  Hubby agreed with my proposal and let me handle everything for the party.  I have assigned and talked to her godmothers and a couple of her aunts to contribute game prizes (Ninang Mitch), spaghetti and juices (Ninang CB), balloons (Ninang Yssa), loot bags (Tita CM), Sofia the First princess gown and additional food for teachers (Lola Mommy), and to cook the pasta (Tita April).  Now, you’re wondering what am I contributing to this birthday party… I’m doing the cake, cupcakes, party decorations, planning games and additional food for the kids.

Since this is a budget constraint Sofia the First themed party, I am also excited to plan this because I am doing DIY party decorations.  I have found Sofia the First party theme printables.  I have printed ‘Happy Birthday’ banners, invitations and the bookmarks that will be included in the party loot bags.


DIY Sofia the First banner01

DIY Sofia the First banner02

Printable ‘Happy Birthday’ banners, stick to a violet yarn.

DIY Sofia the 1st Printable Invitation

 Printable Sofia the First Invitation

DIY Sofia the First Party Favor Bookmark02

DIY Sofia the First Party Favor Bookmark01

Princess Sofia (for girls) and Prince James (for boys) are party favors included in the loot bags.

Actually, this my first to plan/create DIYs in a birthday party, also I’ll be creating Sofia the First Amulet of Avalor.  Stay tuned.




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Manila, January 6, 2015 – Nearly one baby every hour each day dies abruptly. An estimated 7,000 babies die each year without warning.[i]

Parents are left clueless after the death as the possible causes remain unknown even after undergoing autopsy. All because of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

SIDS is the unexplained death of babies usually occurring during sleep and striking under unexpected circumstances.

Even a healthy one-year old baby may be a victim of the condition which is often simply attributed to physical and environmental factors.

Studies have shown that babies with physical conditions including brain abnormalities, low birth weight and respiratory infection have higher risk of dying an unexplained death.

Still some studies indicated that an infant’s sleeping position may also be a cause. Babies sleeping on their stomach side are more prone as they may suffer more difficulty in breathing. Those sleeping on soft surfaces and with their parents are also at risk. [ii]

To address the problem, various newborn screening tests are being employed as a means of identifying inborn disorders. For instance, dried blood spot screening, usually available in hospitals, can effectively screen the newborn of many metabolic disorders.

This type of screening, however, can only detect less than 50 metabolic disorders.[iii]

Given that there are far more metabolic disorders that place an infant in danger of SIDS, a new process called Metascreen, an expanded, advanced and non-invasive metabolic screening service, was developed.

Metascreen can detect up to more than 100 inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) through a painless method that uses the child’s urine sample collected after 48 hours of birth.

IEM is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the lack of enzymes needed in the body to maintain the normal body metabolic temperature.

This condition eventually causes the build-up of toxic substances and a deficiency of the critical ones. And because this may remain undetected during the infant stages of the baby, it poses as a silent threat to every newborn.

Aside from causing sudden death, the disease may also trigger serious developmental issues and lifelong disease, if left untreated.

Research showed that 10% of the SIDS cases can significantly be attributed to these inherited metabolic defects.

In the Philippines, this comprehensive newborn screening is offered by Cordlife Medical Philippines, the country’s most chosen cord blood and cord lining banking institution.  Metascreen is offered free to all mothers who bank their baby’s cord blood and cord lining at Cordlife.

“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a serious and unseen condition that contributes to infant mortality,” said Dr. Arvin Faundo, Medical Director, Cordlife Medical Philippines.  “Metascreen offers mothers the chance to reduce this incidence to secure the future and the wellbeing of their newborn.”

The screening test is performed by the Hong Kong Screening Centre Limited, a company that provides early and accurate detection of metabolic disorders in newborn babies.

“Here in the Philippines, we take pride in providing our clients with the best facilities to ensure that Cordlife is something they can depend on especially when it comes to securing the health of their newborn,” Faundo added.

Cordlife Medical Philippines, is a branch of Cordlife Group Limited which owns and operates processing and cryopreservation storage facilities across Asia including in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

The Group’s processing and storage facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, and India are also AABB, formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks, accredited, meeting the gold standard of private cord blood banking.

Cordlife Group also has a direct investment in China Cord Blood Corporation, one of the top operators in China.

For more information, download Cordlife’s free infopack @ or call (02) 3321888 to know how you can invest in your children’s future.



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[ii] Source: Mayo Clinic, retrieved from:


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