Switching To Naturals

Switching To Naturals

Nature has given us resources that can do wonders for our health, especially for hair and body care.  I used to make diy scrubs and hair treatment with Aloe Vera, Olive (oil), lemon and other things I can find in the kitchen and garden.

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We can be skeptic going all naturals because of various reasons: price, availability , convenience ( in this fast-paced era, ready-made products are our go-to!)and skin compatibility (that’s why I like the #TryBeforeYouBuy concept of #SampleRoomPH).

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Naturals by Watsons line boasts of “double the power”, enhancing the efficacy og their certified organic active ingredients sourced around the world and free of  nasty chemicals!

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Got to try the Olive  Deep Moisturizing Shampoo, Argan Revitalising Conditioner and Aloe Vera Hair and Scalp Tonic, all I got as full-sized sample for being part of Philippines’ pioneer sampling venue, Sample Room.

Listing the reasons too why I  took the switch to Naturals!

🐇 cruelty free
👩‍⚕️ dermatologically tested
💲 affordable (very competitively priced with their chemically laden counterpart!)
🌱 certified organic ingredients

⏱ Convenient to use (I need not to diy hair masks with Olive Oil and Aloe vera!)
🏪  available in  all Watsons stores nationwide, The SM Store Beauty Section, and at www.watsons.com.ph
✔ it works for my hair! Few days into using this power trio, I’ve seen improvement in my hair and scalp condition: less flakes, smoother, softer and livelier hair!

Have you tried these products too?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

If you’d like to be a Sample Room member, you can register  HERE and start your #TryBeforeYouBuy journey!

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Expo Mom North Experience

Expo Mom North Experience

I attended my first ever Expo Mom when they had their holiday run in Glorietta last year. Back then, I was really just eyeing on their giveaways ( I would love to win a sterilizer so bad! 😂)! I remember purchasing RED’s christmas onesies from one of the exhibitors and other few knick knacks.

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Some of the Expo Mom North vendors

 

With my first Expo Mom,  I only thought of it as a shopping haven with a cause (entrance proceeds will be used for charity)for parents, until I attended the Expo Mom North this year. We had to stay beyond our shopping time because it’s still flooded in the roads leading home. And I’m glad we did! That experience made me learn more about Mommy Mundo’s advocacies and more. This year theme for Mommy Mundo events is #Mompowerment! With  talks and games  lined up for the duration of the expo and activities provided by some of the exhibitor and/or sponsors, it was an educational and entertaining event not only for moms but the whole family!

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The #Mompowerment stage! Where the talks and games happened! Love how this art started and ended! ❤❤❤

Enjoyed the 1st run of Expo Mom North so much, it made me giddy they had a second run a few months just after the first! While I wasn’t able to attend talks this time, it was shopping fun!

 

 

Reminiscing all these memories from Expo Mom North 1 and 2, can’t wait for the Expo Mom Holiday edition happening on November 24-26, 2018 in Central Square BGC, the first Expo Mom happening in an indoor-outdoor venue! The coveted Mom 24/7 Planner will also be launched on Expo Mom Holiday! I still can’t decide which design (there are 3) to choose!

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Journey Boxes! You can get one when you apply for a Mommy Mundo Passport  (while supplies last)

To know more about Mommy Mundo and Expo Mom, follow their social media pages : Instagram, Twitter : @mommymundo; Facebook Page: Mommy Mundo or visit their website

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Expo Mom must-stop vendor! And adore and drool over Ju-Ju-Be bags 😍😍😍  Be set still on my wish list!

 

Fashion and Cloth Care Tips

Fashion and Cloth Care Tips

It’s ironic how we women have so much clothes, yet so little to none to wear! That’s why it’s a must to invest in classic and timeless fashion pieces that gives value for your money and will never go out of style! Articles about fashion pieces must-haves, how to mix and match them has been written a lot of times. I am no fashionista, but these are my take on classics plus tips on laundry care for your fashion pieces.

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This salmon coordinates looks so elegant!  It made me missed being in the corporate world!

• Fashion need not be expensive. Rather than focusing on brand names, ensure that the pieces you are getting are of good quality and fits you well.

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Payaaat days! I love how this dress fits me! I’ve worn this to work, a wedding and a party!

• LBD saves the day most of the time!  Even if you chance upon the same dress in an event, it’s almost unnoticeable!

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LBD has always been my safe option during corporate parties

• Invest in good underwear. Wearing proper underwear add up to your self-confidence (this is true for me as I know that there’ll be no fashion mishap about to happen)! Conscious about that panty line? Use seamless panties or thongs, rocking a tube dress? Wear a bandeau!

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Undergarments in mostly neutral colors

• Learned that max jewelry you can wear is 3! I usually stick to my rings (wedding and engagement), watch and earrings. I follow the no mixing of metal rule, but tweak it by wearing two-toned accessories. Pearls are so classy too, but I am not a fan (yet😁)!

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I think my current mum fashion staples pass for the classic and timeless too! Denim pants,  v-neck /overlap shirts (I’m breastfeeding! 😍), teething necklace in neutrals, flats and strappy sandals and a handbag  that holds essentials of me and my daughter, see photo below

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Most of the pieces above are about 5 years or more in my possession. I was able to keep them this long because of proper care. Now sharing with you some cloth care tips I learned from my mom, school, experience and Google!
1. Denim (maong) pants I read somewhere that they shouldn’t be washed often (I wear my maong max of 2 times before washing)
2. Mr. Sun can help whiten your whites! Kula is real!

3. While sun is your whites best friend, make sure to hang your dark-colored pieces in shaded area, as sunlight might cause fading.
4. Handwash the delicates please.

5. If you can, treat stains immediately as some can be easily removed when they are still fresh
6. For stubborn armpit stain (ugggh) I usually apply a paste of baking soda and white vinegar or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

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We ain’t cookin’ these are just some household items that can do wonders with your wash load

7. Kalamansi and kamias are natural stain remover (lemon is too pricey!)
8. Take easy on chlorine based bleach as they may do more harm than good to your clothing
9. My HELE learnings in elementary were so handy in my adulting life! Good thing I still remember the lessons we had on stain removal! (Oil? Use powder, gum? Ice it!)
10. Another HELE learning: do repairs before laundering as washing whether by hand or machine may cause additional damage ( I wonder if these things are still taught in schools!)

11. And becoming a mom, I came across Cycle Stain Soaker! I am amazed how wonderful it works stains!

12. I’m no good in ironing! But what helped me make up for this weakness is investing in a steam iron! No more burnt clothes! 😂

My current fashion situation. 😁 As a breastfeeding mooma, my outfit should be breastfeeding friendly. But I didn’t revamp my whole wardrobe to all breastfeeding pieces. Tank tops helped me transform most of my pieces to be breastfeeding friendly

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Tank top, loop scarf that made into poncho, jeans and flats.

And I currently love how fashionably elegant are these basic tops!

 

Hope you learned something from this post! Share your fashion and cloth care tip too!

What’s with Ju-ju-be?

What’s with Ju-ju-be?

I am a bag-a-holic!  Not the luxury/designer  brands  levels (I wish!) but I have a good number of bags before becoming a mom. When I got pregnant, I knew one of the things I would really need is a diaper bag!I actually searched for  chic and functional diaper bags when I got pregnant and Ju-ju-be will always pop up on my searches. But would you believe, I didn’t purchase a legit diaper bag until  July this year and my daughter is already  15 months old ( we use  a small Jordan backpack until she’s about 6 months old and used a diaper backpack I won since)!

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My first Ju-ju-be, a Fuel Cell I won in Ju-ju-be Asia Facebook Page Giveaway

Though the styles and prints are nice, to be honest, I find Ju-ju-be  a bit pricey for a diaper bag.And for sure my husband will find Ju-ju-be’s flagship diaper bag too big!  Never imagined I could have my husband sold to buying me the bags ( Thank you for Tokidoki collabs, hahaha!)

Had I known this brand even before becoming a mom, I would have gone crazy! Their machine washable,  stain-resistant features (sorry but I can get careless with stuffs! 😂) and fun print easily get me sold!

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My first purchase! It was a battle between this style and a Mini Be but since we have a backpack already, case closed. 😁

Fast forward to today, I have a Tokipops Fuel Cell ( from the giveaway)  Be Light and Hobobe in Iconic 2.0 (with the Hobobe  being a surprised purchase), a Be Shady in Black Magic (from a contest) and a Be Quick in Whimsical Watercolor II ( limited to Asia release I learned and my first non-Toki print). And learning about CEO Emporium, ze husband is in trouble!  I mostly get items from their Expo Mom booth as they offer discounts for certain collections.

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Our current baby’s day out bag! Had I known Oneng had a budget for this, I would’ve have swayed him for a B.F.F!

And as a mom, here are more reasons why I fell in love with Ju-ju-be bags:

1. Lifetime Warranty! Need I say more? But please note that this refers to the bag’s lifetime.

2. Reinforce stitching on high stress areas for added durability and  strength. When you almost carry the whole house with you, you need a sturdy and durable bag. No matter how you like to pack light, it’s almost impossible when you are a mom!

3. Agion-treated interior. Because we moms hate bacteria! It also resist  mold and mildew.

4. Light colored lining and mommy pockets! Helps to easily see stuff in your bag!

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Who wouldn’t love this beauty? 😍🌸🌿

I’ve no intention to complete the collections (what a lovely  sight to see other Pink Ladies massive bag collections 😍), but completing all the styles  would be nice and a bonus if I get them in prints I like or the husband agrees upon. 😁

 

For your Ju-ju-be fix, you can check out CEO Emporium,  Philippines’ exclusive distributor of Ju-ju-be HERE

 

 

 

Pancake House’s Pan Chicken Solo Plates

Pancake House’s Pan Chicken Solo Plates

Pancake House has been my go-to comfort food restaurant. My day can get better even with their mashed potato and The Best Taco in Town!

To be honest, even if I run through their menu couple of times before ordering, my order will either be the Specials Set or Smoked Golden Tinapa while hubby’s favorite is their Pork Vienna.

Good thing they now offer plated meals at a more affordable price! We always get the Any 2 for 399 promotions, and now, the Pan Chicken Solo Plates! Plates come with an iced tea and price starts from 185/ plate!

When we first tried it, we ordered 3 plates, Chicken and Waffles, Chicken and Spaghetti and Chicken with rice and tacos. I particularly like how our chicken was cooked and marinated when we dined in Pancake House SM Marilao than when we ate in their SM North branch.

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Almost the Specials Set san the taco!
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Chicken and waffles for the little girl but she enjoyed the spaghetti too!
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Hubby’s choice

Try the Pan Chicken Solo Plates as this offer will run til September 15, 2018 only.

*featured image is from Pancake House’s website

 

Snippet Of My Breastfeeding Journey + My Hakab Na Experience

Snippet Of My Breastfeeding Journey + My Hakab Na Experience

August is a dear  month for breastfeeding moms like me. This is the month when more than 120 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week on  August 1-7, every year. In the Philippines, by virtue of Republic Act No. 10028 signed on March 16, 2010, August is observed as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

In this light and before this month ends,  let me share with you my breastfeeding journey brief and my first Hakab Na experience.

 

I have been exclusively breastfeeding RED for more than 15 months. It was a choice I made mainly because of economic reasons. I was out of job when we found out we were expecting. And I know for a fact how costly it is to bring up a kid. Now, more than the economic factor, and after reading and attending parenting talks about breastfeeding I we are now reaping its benefits!

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RED has not been seriously ill other than usual colds and sniffles. And since we are direct latching, I don’t have to deal with cleaning, drying and sanitizing feeding bottles or lug around a heavy diaper bag and from time to time, I get to indulge with lactation treats.

Thankful that my breastfeeding journey (so far) has been an easy one. No supply issues, no latching problems even if RED was diagnosed with mild tongue-tie (which we had snipped for speech reasons) and I can still bear with her nipple biting.

 

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To celebrate International Breastfeeding Awareness week, I attended my first Hakab Na event last August 4 at SMX Convention Center with my #instamumshies.  The event is organized by the breastfeeding advocate group, Breastfeeding Pinays and is filled with fun activities for moms (pamper stations, lectures and talks), and babies (there are lots of play area for kids!) , shopping area with breastfeeding friendly items and mom and baby approved brands, photo stations and booths and exciting raffle prizes!

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7 of 12 #instamumshies + 3 other mums formed the #instaboobshies tribe for Hakab Na

 

The highlight of the event is simultaneous breastfeeding  of moms and baby attendees! The organizers aim to break the record for most moms and babies breastfeeding at the same time!

 

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Look at this crowd! 😍Bebes and mummas latching on!

 

I can never tell if I can make it to next year’s Hakab Na event, but I’m keeping my hopes high. 😊

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month to us all moomas!

Check out otherphotos below. 😊

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Event like this is always an instant #instamumshies meet up! Completed our tribe with 3 other lovely mumshies!

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One of the play areas for kids!

 

 

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Part of the shopping area!

 

 

 

 

 

Pampers, Lazada, and Hundreds of Babies in Southeast Asia to Co-Create Record-Breaking Video for Super Brand Day

Pampers, Lazada, and Hundreds of Babies in Southeast Asia to Co-Create Record-Breaking Video for Super Brand Day

The number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia, and the #1-selling diaper worldwide  joined forces for a one-of-a kind feat!

Read below for more details

A 42-minute virtual #babymarathon and exclusive product offers await shoppers on Super Brand Day on August 29!

The Asian Games are here, bringing with them a flurry of excitement to fans all over the continent! But while we expect the best athletes to show up, we keep overlooking the most skilled players – our babies.

It’s no secret that babies are unstoppable at play. In fact, they can run the equivalent of a marathon in a week! The only thing hampering their fun: wet, lawlaw diapers.

To showcase our babies’ prowess, Southeast Asia’s biggest e-commerce portal Lazada and the world’s top selling diaper brand Pampers, are joining hands to produce the first-ever virtual #babymarathon.

This one-of-a-kind feat is part of the Pampers x Lazada Super Brand Day, which will take place on August 29. For one day only, Super Brand Day allows consumers to discover the best of what a brand offers, which includes exclusive gifts, limited offers and even offline experiences.

Be Part of the Record-Breaking #babymarathon

The 42-minute #babymarathon video montage, which will be aired on August 29, will feature hundreds of babies and toddlers in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, all “running” in a relay race. In the final video, parents may even find their children racing alongside Seve, son of Filipino celebrity and Pampers ambassador Toni Gonzaga.

Ready, get set, go!

All diapering babies aged 5 months and above are welcome to join Lazada and Pampers in creating this one-of-a-kind record! The virtual #babymarathon featuring the little athletes who joined across Southeast Asia will be aired on Lazada on Super Brand Day on 29 August.

You can join the fun in two ways –
– Take a video of your baby walking, playing or running about in their Pampers diaper and post it using this link , with the hashtags #babymarathon and #PampersxLazadaPH
– You can also join our professional crew at Gymboree Greenbelt 5 on August 27, 2018, to film your little one in action during the #babymarathon celebration. Register in advance at this link

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Not all videos can be featured in the 42-minute video montage. But the most liked videos will win a cash prize of PHP30,000 or 6-month supply of Pampers diapers.

Join a marathon of Pampers Deals on Lazada
To help babies enjoy their weekly marathons free from wetness and the discomfort of lawlaw diapers, Pampers has put together a series of exclusive offers on 29th August 2018:

Starting from 12am midnight, there are promotion offers up to 35% off on Pampers Baby Dry Newborn Diapers and PHP100 discount vouchers for minimum PHP3000 purchases, which are limited to a 1000 units only.

Lazada’s Group Chief Business Officer Robin Mah said: “We are proud to be partnering with Pampers, one of the world’s leading diapers brands for Super Brand Day to showcase the unstoppable energy of babies while offering moms exclusive offers and delight. It is also a chance to spotlight their babies through fun experiences. ”

Akhil Meshram, Pampers Philippines Brand Manager said: “Pampers recognizes that one of mom and baby’s biggest frustration are sagging diapers, and how this can affect babies’ ability to move and learn from their surroundings. The #babymarathon is part of our My Baby Can Do That Campaign, where we hope to show how babies can do nakaka-WOW and amazing things when they have the freedom to move, especially in a less lawlaw diaper. Lazada, given its massive footprint across Southeast Asia is the ideal platform to amplify our efforts.”
For more information on Super Brand Day, visit Lazada.com.ph and its social media pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines
Instagram:https://instagram.com/lazadaph/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/LazadaPH

For more information on Pampers, visit Pampers.ph and its social media pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PampersPh/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pampersph/

About Lazada Group
Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia –present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada has 155,000 sellers and 3,000 brands serving 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. With 300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care and hassle-free returns through its own first and last mile delivery arm supported by approximately 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA).

About Pampers®
For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers and pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit http://www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.