COLORKIDDOS: A Business With A Heart


Wait, my title’s not right. It’s actually more of ColorKiddos: A Heart With A Business.  Why so? Because this enterprise was born from the hearts of two parents who wanted to help families with children who have colorectal birth defects just as they were helped by a ColorMom (Mom of a kid with colorectal defect)  when their daughter was born with an imperforate anus.

Here, Mommy Maricar tells us the story behind ColorKiddos:

When I became a mom the second time around in April 2009, I was greeted by a lovely daughter withno hole in her bum… YEP, you got it right, no hole.  I didn’t know it was possible!  Never read and never heard about it.  An aunt told us she heard about it in cows, but it was her first time to hear it happens to humans.  I was caught off guard, wasn’t prepared.  But panic was never in my vocabulary, I know that God gave me my daughter for a reason… He never makes mistakes, my daughter wasn’t a mistake.  However, reality is, it is not NORMAL and because of that, her life was at risk.

Having a daughter with IMPERFORATE ANUS (one kind of colorectal birth defect) is never easy.  My husband and I read about it and the web was very helpful in making us understand what needed to be done… We  also talked to our doctors who were very helpful and patient in explaining the details that we needed to know.  But it was different when somebody, by the name of Cindy, took the time and talked to us about it.  You see, Cindy is a colorectal mom too, a ColorMom as I’d like to call moms who have kids like mine.  She met with us and with all “positivism” gave us the assurance that our little Meimei is gonna be OK, as her little Tonio was.  She brought us to her house, showed us the things that she used and even gave and lent Meimei some of Tonio’s stuff that he no longer needed that time.  It was like God send an angel to help us through each step of the way, for that we were and are still grateful.  Meimei went through 3 major surgeries and through it all, Cindy was there to lend a hand and demonstrate how things should be done.  She was a very hands on mom when it came to caring for her ColorKiddo Anton so I was able to get very practical tips from her.

When Meimei turned 1 year old, my husband and I decided we would give a THANK YOU offering (financially) to honor God for His provision and to celebrate the successful journey of  our daughter.  But if we only gave the money to 1 child, it ends with that 1 child.  So instead of giving the money to just one baby, we decided to use the money to start a business that will generate more income, to help more children.  The best part was the community got involved.  Family, relatives, friends, bloggers and even strangers  not just in our City, but from other cities and provinces as well.  Selling the product made the buyers so glad to be able to help and at the same time enjoy their purchase.  So WHY ColorKiddos?  Because it’s not just my husband and I who want to help the colorectal children live a better life… Our families do. Our friends do. Our communities do.  ColorKiddos is just one of the many ways we can help the less fortunate live better lives.

ColorKiddos is first a social enterprise (as it does service to society by helping colorectal children) but at the same time a business (as it has to generate income for expansion and to compensate the efforts of those who are doing the job).  We hope our dealers and our buyers will all feel proud that patronizing ColorKiddos mean patronizing good products with good hearts.


A few months ago, I myself bought several items from ColorKiddos.  The one we love the most are the Bamboo Charcoal Inserts.  These are 3 layers of microfiber sandwiched between 2 layers of 100% bamboo carbon fiber.  My 4-yr-old daughter uses these antibacterial liners instead of diapers when she sleeps at night.   She doesn’t pee in her sleep that often anymore so these inserts work well for her and also lessens our diaper expense.  When budget permits, I’ll be getting half a dozen more of these for my little boy.


The tights I bought for my little girl were a tad too short so they were given to a younger cousin instead.  The puzzle photo frames are in our gift box where all gift items are stored for future use.  I’d actually missed some other great products from ColorKiddos due to budget constraints (we were prepared for tuition fees but expenses for baon and transpo are eating up way too much of our budget 🙁 ) but will definitely get some gift items for Christmas.

If you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, please do check out products from ColorKiddos,  You not only make your gift recipient happy, you also make one child with colorectal birth defect happy.  😀



What Do You Buy For A Baby’s First Birthday?

A child’s first birthday is a very special occasion and one to be remembered. Just like a baby’s first step, tooth or word, it is a memorable event and one to be celebrated in style.

But what goes into a first birthday; what preparation is required and what kind of things need to be bought? Obviously gifts from a place like need to be purchased to give the little one on their birthday but you also may decide to throw a party and further important necessities are required.

Here is a detailed and informative guide on what you need to buy for a baby’s first birthday.

  • Presents for the Future

Many family and friends decide to purchase special presents to hold as keepsakes for years to come. There are various first birthday gifts which are popular including casting kits, photo frames, photo albums, jewellery like a name necklace, and piggy banks. Why not personalise the gift with the date and baby’s name to make the gift extra special? Personalized gifts hold a lot more value. Whether you choose to customize your own fun socks with your face so that they can wear them, or you decide to make a handmade card for your kid, every little detail counts, even if they are just 1 year old. It’ll be something for them to look back at as they get older.

  • Presents for Now

But you might want to get your little one something they can treasure right now and if they so happen to hold onto it when they’re older then that’s a bonus! Some gorgeous one-year-old-friendly gift ideas include blankets and teddies that any baby can snuggle to. For bath time you could try the perfect Gruffalo gift set (comes with a soft toy too). Topical baby themes for blankets and soft toys consist of Disney, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. But let’s be honest, babies will love any character that is soft and snuggleable.

  • Cake

Whether you are planning on throwing a birthday party or not, you have to purchase a cake. Don’t forget to take a picture of the birthday boy/girl blowing out his/her first candles. You can embellish the cake with novel accessories such as ribbon, sugar crafted decorations and treats.

  • Games

A toddler is constantly learning and developing so games are great purchases for a first birthday. You can play with them at home or at the party location and they will help to entertain all the little ones. Ideas include a piñata, carnival clown pin the nose, barnyard bash, and jungle animal games.

  • Decorations

Don’t forget to buy decorations for your baby’s first birthday. Even if you aren’t throwing a party, you can still decorate the house with lovely banners and eye-catching hanging ribbons to make the day extra special.

Create a theme and use this throughout; it can be anything from a simple colour to a favourite character. Run the theme throughout the day by coordinating the tableware, wrapping paper and balloons etc.

This article was written by First Birthday Party, the one stop party shop for first birthday decorations and gifts.

Gift Ideas For The Big Man

Uh-oh!  It’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow and I haven’t had time to get him a gift yet.  Since our house help left for the province mid-July, our sched has been so hectic.  Somehow, twenty-four hours is never enough to care for the kids (cook food, bath, play, and tutor them), to finish all housechores, to work, and to update blogs.  Anyway, lest I get carried away complaining about our crazy schedule, here are some gift ideas I’m considering getting my hubby for his birthday.  The gift will definitely be late but I’m sure he’ll still appreciate the thought.

  1. Perfume.  Since the kids started school this year, we’ve been trying to save more and spend less.   My husband decided to give up his cologne splurges and opted to buy less expensive ones.  I do miss the scent he used to wear when we were dating so I think I’d get him a bottle of Kenzo.
  2. New Tools.  A man can never have too many tools in his collection.  Hubby has been busy fixing broken fixtures and other stuff here at home that I’m also considering getting him some industrial supplies to add to his tool set.
  3. DLSR Camera.  He’s been wanting to get one but feels that 30-40K is best saved for kids’ tuition instead.  Prior to having kids, my husband always had the latest gadgets.  With kids though, he always put their needs before his wants.

Perhaps you can help me decide on which gift to get him.  Do you have any more gift ideas?

Would You Want To Have A Pair of Havaianas For Your Birthday?

Babies are such joys to be around and to hold dear to your heart. A few months ago, an old schoolmate of mine just welcomed a new addition to her family. It’s been great to see that both mother and child are doing very well and the little one is a bubbly, spirited little thing. They’re throwing a party soon in order to celebrate the child’s first birthday. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be a pretty grand thing with lots of balloons, toys and even a clown. Needless to say I’ve been scouring the stores and various other websites in the hopes of finding a good gift.

Over the weeks, I’ve narrowed down a few possible choices and I’m thinking of getting a cute pair of baby and toddler sandals. The little one is going to be walking and running about soon so I thought that perhaps these would be appropriate for an active little child.

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Havaianas has an extensive collection of sandals, shoes, slippers, flip flops and baby footwear that’s enough to make any shopaholic or casual browser go weak in the knees. I even spotted a pair of white sandals that would look great with any outfit, from floaty maxi dresses to floral sundresses and even a casual jeans and shorts look. It’s so nice that so many things are available online now for the convenience of customers. They have easy payment systems and door to door delivery as well so there’s really no excuse why the perfect gift can’t be bought.