• Check Out the Sideline Business of Marian, Jennica, and Neri!

    These first-time moms have raket skills. Can you guess who's planning to start a handmade doll business?
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Check Out the Sideline Business of Marian, Jennica, and Neri!
  • Who wouldn't appreciate a little more income coming in, right? If you're planning to start your own home-based business, take inspiration from these celeb moms who are just getting into the thick of their own ventures. Even more inspiring, they're all new parents!  

    1. Neri Naig
    Celebrity mom Neri Naig, married to Parokya Ni Edgar’s Chito Miranda and mom to Baby Miggy has been a wais lady from the start. We love how she uses the hashtags #WaisNaMisis and #WaisKahitDiPaMisis in her Instagram posts.    

    Neri has turned her homemade recipe for bottled tuyo into a business with Neri’s Gourmet Tuyo, and her Very Neri sells beddings for both kid and adult beds. 

    More recently, she fixed up a small cottage in Tagaytay which can now be rented out for family and friends on vacation. Called Neri's Cottage, it has an Instagram account where you can backtrack to how she put everything together -- picking out furniture while still being careful about her budget.

    She also arranged an ukay-ukay (held at the Alfonso Hotel), where she invited her social media followers and sold clothes, shoes and all sorts of homemade sweet treats, including lactation cookies.

    Her next business idea? Strawberry jam! Neri has a garden where she grows carrots, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and, of course, strawberries. She’s already made jam at home using just fresh strawberries and brown sugar. “Pwedeng pang-himagas!” she wrote in the caption. 

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    2. Marian Rivera
    If you've been following Primetime Queen Marian Rivera on social media, you know that her shop, Flora Vida, just soft opened last Tuesday.  

    “Flora Vida by Marian is an online flower shop specializing in preserved flower arrangements. I personally prepare and design all flower arrangements,” wrote Marian. And yes, the flowers are real and, with proper care, can last on your desk for up to two years!

    The business was a gift from husband Dingdong Dantes after recognizing her passion for arranging flowers. The mom to adorable 1-year-old Zia also took flower arrangement lessons during the family’s recent trip to Japan.

    Flora Vida already has several designs on offer. Colorful flowers in bloom are perched on the shop’s now signature all-white vases and pots. Aside from preserved flora, the boutique also sells room spray in a rose scent.

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    3. Jennica Garcia

    When we spoke to actress Jennica Garcia in August last year, she told us all about her decision to practice natural parenting with her now-1-year-old daughter Mori. As part of the approach, she breastfed Mori full-term and still continues to do so, co-sleeps, and was able to potty train Mori at just 7 months old. 

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    Jennica has since taken the next step and is now a certified "natural infant hygiene consultant" under Go Diaper Free, an organization that advocates early potty training. Impressive, right? She regularly holds workshops and talks on the topic, and is the founder and manager of the Facebook page Kalinga Ni Nanay, a support group for mothers on their natural parenting journey.

    And what else is the mom up to? Doll-making! Jennica is currently planning to sell handmade dolls made from sustainable, organic, local materials. She’s already made one for Mori. “The wool that I used for this doll is from a small farm that cares for their sheep, making sure that the need for pesticides and herbicides is not needed,” she wrote in the caption.

    Called the Marahuyo Heirloom Dolls, Jennica wanted a plushie similar to the Ciao Bimba Doll and Waldorf Doll minus the hefty prices. And interestingly, the final product comes directly from her dreams. “I am seeing this exact same doll in my dreams, it's as if he/she really wanted to come to life,” she said. Want one for your little one? The mom says the Marahuyo Heirloom Dolls will be available soon. 

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