Mum Finds: A Collection of BIC® Coloring Products Designed Especially For Kids

The new school year may have started for some, but for those who have yet to go shopping for their little ones’ back-to-school needs, here’s a new set of coloring materials you might want to add to your shopping cart. . BIC®? recently launches a new line of coloring products designed especially for kids, BIC® Kids. What’s to love? . . • they are designed especially for kids aged 2-10 years old • they are high-quality yet affordable • EN71 European toy industry standard compliant • there are loads of coloring products to choose from . Our faves include: . . • the erasable and washable felt pens • the break-resistant non-staining wax crayons • the wood-free coloring pencils which is just perfect for the little man as it is extra-resistant to breakage and so easy to sharpen . Help harness your children’s creativity and imagination with these BIC® coloring products. They are available now at National Bookstore branches nationwide. #MumFinds #mumbacktoschoolfinds #artmaterials #coloringmaterialsph #backtoschool #backtoschoolfinds #smallhandswilldobigthings

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Back-to-school season gets everyone excited, including mums like myself, who absolutely enjoy going to the bookstore to shop for school supplies. Of course, as parents we only want the best for our children. After all, it is not only our responsibility as parents to encourage their creativity, but also to give them enough opportunities and the proper materials to enhance their skills.

That is why this mum is more than delighted to find out about the new coloring products recently launched by BIC® which are designed especially for kids. A well-loved brand, BIC® is not only passionate about being part of the daily lives of their million consumers, but also advocates the importance of handwriting and drawing as essential factors in a child’s development. These new coloring materials are launched to encourage children to use their imagination to develop and enhance not only their motor skills, but more so their concentration and creativity.

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Paint and Sip in Tagaytay: An Art Workshop with a Heart

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As we become a web-centric world, more online opportunities arise and the love for arts is becoming one of the most-sought activities for kids and kids-at-heart.

Therefore, Eco Hotel Philippines, together with Iris Alonzo, came up with an art workshop called “Paint and Sip.”

Paint and Sip is an instructional painting lesson usually consists of groups and accompanied by wine or other beverages. This event has increased rapidly since 2007. Furthermore, Iris started Paint and Sip in Yangon in July 2017 as a way to raise funds to run a primary school in an isolated village in Mon State. Her event lives on in the Philippines to fund art scholarships and to encourage people to explore their artistic capacities with the help of wine and friends.

We’ve invited talented and accomplished artists to share their expertise and journey to make it even more effective and incredible event for YOU!

Jessica Herrera

Jessica will be the main artist of the operation. She has worked in he has worked in AIESEC for 6 years as well, then served as a Partnership Manager for Asian Development Bank, and is currently a consultant for NGOs in the Philippines. She is a licensed Zumba instructor and certified Spanish teacher, but her true passion is painting. She started at the tender age of 6 and is happy to finally have found a relevant cause for her talent.

Iris Alonso

Iris is not an artist but an art enthusiast, with 6 years of development work experience in AIESEC, an international NGO. Through that, she became a Country Manager and Global Expansions Coach in Myanmar.

The proceeds from this event will be used to fund an organization to honor Sir Chinggoy Alonso’s contribution to Philippine arts and theatre. Chinggoy was a Filipino actor in theatre, movies, and television. He appeared in countless movies during his lifetime. Sadly, last October 2017, he passed away due to cancer.

Eco Hotel Philippines is a company that is passionate about conservation, preservation, and protection of our environment. As a green service hotel, Eco Hotels ensures that Eco-friendly processes are implemented from construction to day-to-day operations. This is aligned with its advocacy of minimizing its impact on the environment while imparting practices of sustainability to their staff and guests.

This art workshop aims to impart valuable tips to unleashing your love for arts like Iris and Jessica.

Don’t miss the chance to attend this greatly anticipated event. Mark your calendars now: 21st of April 2018, at Containers by Eco Hotel, located along SVD Road, Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, 4:30 pm onwards.

For more information, you may sign-up here, email  or message us on Facebook {@ecohotel}. See you there!

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Mommy Bloggers Watercolour Workshop With The Crafters Marketplace

Since last year, I have been meaning to join an art workshop {I’ve been seeing loads of calligraphy and watercolour works on my Instagram feed, I was dying to learn how to do them!} but most are held in far-off places or are priced too steep for this cheapskate mum! So when Mommy Bloggers Philippines invited mums for their Mommy Bloggers Watercolour Workshop with The Crafters Marketplace a few months back, I excitedly signed up!

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The workshop was held at The Crafters Marketplace at Shangri-la Mall’s Rustan’s Supermarket. It is conducted by teacher/visual artist/graphic designer Ian De Jesus. You can check out samples of his beautiful work on his Facebook Page, You can also follow @ravenfox13 on IG.

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Ian started our session with a brief background about art and introducing his tools of the trade to us. He has numerous kinds of brush, ranging from the most affordable to the most expensive in different sizes for specific usage, as well as a number paints. According to him, the more expensive the paints were the more pigments they have. As expected these expensive paints with more pigments yield more beautiful and colorful results. He also suggested the watercolor brand Simbalion for those who are just starting to explore the beautiful craft of watercolour. He also told us a short history of how difficult it was to acquire colors in the olden age and how some painters and artists actually fell sick and eventually died due to exposure to harmful chemicals and ingredients present in the paints. He enthused that we are luckier nowadays that we can easily acquire these art materials in bookstores and arts and craft shops.

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Ian also introduced us to the color wheel, but unlike the basic ones we were familiar with in grade school, this color wheel is more complex, with lots of other colors. Knowledge of the color wheel, according to Ian, will come handy especially to those who are just starting since it will serve as our guide to which colors complement each other and which colors do not go well together. He said that most companies use the color wheel as their guide in creating brand logos, as well as in displaying their products in supermarket isles.

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