Uashmama x Baby Barangay

A few weeks ago, Patty messaged our Baby Barangay group and shared a new brand that made us all swoon. Introducing Uashmama: an accessory company that specializes in creating washable paper bags and homeware. I know that washable paper sounds really odd, but the material is really beautiful and quite amazing. We’ve all touched them with our own hands and they honestly feel like leather.


The Uashmama’s founders stumbled upon these special paper products while travelling through Tuscany, Italy in 2011. Since then, they have worked closely with the family making this thick, leather-like paper to create styles that can be loved by people around the world. Here is Uashmama’s description of their products:

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“Our paper bags, braces, and aprons are all sewn in a cottage in Tuscany, so we are proud to call ourselves a cottage industry. The more sophisticated designs our totes and handbags are produced in Florence by manufacturers who also produce for the fashion elite.
UASHMAMA washable paper looks and feels like leather but washes with ease. Our bags are soft yet resilient, where the manufacturing process is similar to leather the paper is stretched and tanned making it durable to withstand washing and daily use.
UASHMAMA washable paper is made using a virgin fibre through cultivation and not deforestation. Paper that washes like fabric holding it’s form so it can be used over and over again promoting sustainability perfect for catering and homewares.”

The Baby Barangay fell in love with the brand so much that we collaborated with their distributors in the Philippines to do a photoshoot showcasing the products that really called out to us.

Here are the classic paper bags which come in a variety of sizes and colors. Look at all the different ways you can use them.

20160425_0134Having just moved into our new place, I love being able to use these bags to add a bit texture to our houseplants.

20160425_0296Nicole prefers to use her bag to organize the toys of her gorgeous boys.

20160425_0277Kelly uses her her to make a fruit basket so she can be healthy on-the-go.

20160425_0165Bianca is super organised and uses her bag to keep her essentials in one place.

20160425_0200Patty has a well-known sweet tooth, so it’s important for her to put them in a cute little container.

Here’s a little teaser for Patty’s post coming out in a few weeks showcasing all the beautiful carry bags that Uashmama has! I loved this one so much that I took it home right after the shoot!



This shoot wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing people credited below:

Photography: Sheila Catilo

Styling: Bianca Santiago-Reinoso

Hair: Piandre Salon (Patty, Nicole, Cat, Bianca) Lourd Ramos (Kelly)

Location: Paseo 59c

Special thanks to Fiddy Ganzon-Ofrecio for inviting the Baby Barangay to introduce Uashmama to the Philippines.


Learn more about Uashmama through their:

Australian Website | Philippines Instagram 


Calyxta Updates

Have you checked out the new Calyxta site recently? It’s a pretty dangerous place.

Insider tip: Due to popularity, you may see some “out of stock” signs on products you want. Fret not, if you send the Calyxta girls a message they will search far and wide to find that product for you. Now that’s service!

Here are some articles and products that might interest you! 

Lipstick vs. lipliner: What’s better 

Four eyes? How to wear makeup with glasses. 

This best selling cleaning balm is now available!

Different ways to groom your eyebrows. 

Addressing skin stress. 

Kiana Valenciano is going places. 

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette is on sale!

What is a cushion tint

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Learn more about Calyxta through their:

Website Instagram | Facebook | Twitter 


Smile’s Engineering for Kids

A few weeks ago, Fin and I were invited to join Smile’s Engineering for Kids trial class held at Toddlers Unlimited at Festival Mall Alabang. DSCF2761I’d heard about Engineering for Kids for quite some time through my friend Cecille Perez who brought the program into the country through her group Smile.

DSCF2760Engineering for Kids was created to encourage children to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the hopes that more little humans will decide that these fields are worth pursuing. The world could definitely need more scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Here are some photos from the class we attended:

DSCF2724Research confirms that the brain is receptive to learning math and logic in children as early as one to four, so even toddlers can benefit from the Engineering for Kids way of learning. The kids often start class by playing with building blocks.

DSCF2730Part of the class was hearing a story that has the moon in it and then talking about visiting the moon. The kids are then given cardboard rocket ships to shoot towards a moon. In longer classes, they even help make the rocket ships.

DSCF2721Arts and crafts time for the class ties in with the lesson about space and the moon.

DSCF2744The kids all made moons using a special sticky paint that also made their art work look like it had craters.

DSCF2722All in all the kids had a wonderful time with the Engineering for Kids team. Here’s the good news, Smile and Engineering for Kids would love to have you try their classes as well. Here is their summer schedule:

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The great news is that if you use the code #smileforcat when enrolling your kids, you can avail of a discount in their Quezon City branch.

Learn more about Smile and Engineering for Kids through their:

Website | Facebook Page | Instagram