MomBrandLove: Whims and Wonder

MomBrandLove is the newest category on this blog. This is in awe of mompreneurs who lovingly put a lot of effort in their business along with juggling tasks for kids, husband, the home and everything in between! I hope that my blog will be an avenue for other moms to discover mom-made products. Moms support moms, yeah!

Some mommy-brands come about because two moms thought about putting up a business way before they became moms. Such is the case of Gillian and Kris, the moms behind Whims and Wonder.

Whims and Wonder

I discovered Whims and Wonder when I was browsing Facebook for ideas what to give Z’s classmates as a good-bye gift. Gillian, one-half of the moms behind the brand whom I knew since mIRC days, shared a picture of PJ Masks masks and that happened to be the boys’ favorite cartoon. So, I sent them a message and it was a smooth transaction even if my order was kinda rushed already as I needed them in less than a week. It was a unique and useful gift which didn’t cost much. Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a picture of Z and his classmates wearing them.

Z packed and wrote the notes by himself!
Z packed and wrote the notes by himself!

Gillian and Kris, the moms behind Whims and Wonder believe in learning through play and in spite of their busy schedules, manages to have quality playtime with their kids. I think this is very important now that our kids’ generation are tech-savvy. Pretend play boosts language and socio-emotional skills as well as confidence and imagination. Sometimes, I use this as a teaching moment, especially now that both kids’ character are developing. I’m really happy with this mom-find as I’m sure I’ll be needing their creativity when the kids need to be in costume!

The moms behind the brand.
The moms behind the brand.

Whims and Wonder

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Find out the Secret Life of Pets with Happy Meal!

Our next movie date will be The Secret Life of Pets which will be showing on Wednesday, August 24! The kids are excited for it, especially Y who loves animals! The movie is about Max and Duke’s crazy adventure in New York City.


Hype up the excitement by completing The Secret Life of Pets Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s! There are eight (8) playful pets to collect, each one with their own trick:

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These are available in all McDonald’s stores nationwide. You can choose from Chicken McDo, 4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDo, McSpaghetti and Cheesy Eggdesal (during breakfast hours) Happy Meal, that comes with an Orange Juice and Fries or Corn.

Don’t forget to post your pictures and tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and IG and use the hashtag #McDoHappyMeal.

Thank you McDonald’s for sending us the complete set!

Celebrate+Play+Bond with TOPmnl

At the last Expo Mom, a booth was set up where in kids can play while the mommies shopped. I left Baby Y with Yaya there for a good 20 minutes, before she decided she was hungry.

While she's busy, I got to shop!
While she’s busy, I got to shop!

This booth was TOPmnl (The Offbeat Party Manila) from The Discovery Depot. They offer a play area for events like birthdays, weddings, meetings, bazaars and wherever a group of kids need to be entertained. It’s a good add-on to a party while the main program is not yet starting. Or it can be the entertainment all on its own! This play area is special because they only use toys from their partner store, which I gave my two thumbs up as having good, high-quality and developmentally-appropriate toys.

They can customize their set-up according to your needs.
They can customize their set-up according to your needs.

Yes, all those toys in just one party booth! What is sulit, diba?! There are toys catering to babies and toddlers, so that even if babies are too young to join the games, they’ll still have fun at a gathering. And because these toys are made from non-toxic materials, I don’t have to worry if Baby Y puts it in her mouth (and they sanitize them as well!). By the way, a 20% discount will be given on site if your child does not want to part with a toy!

I’m really excited to see how I can incorporate TOPmnl to my daughter’s first birthday celebration next year! If you’re also interested in having them, send an email to or call 0923-8978918.