Archives for May 2017

Speak Up with K! Speak Up with Kamillosan!

Over the weekend, we had an event called Boss Bellas: Mompreneurship 101. This was the first event that we (Frances of TopazHorizon.com and yours truly) ran to make our dream of connecting women entrepreneurs and aspiring women entrepreneurs with each other. In the Philippines, gender inequality is not really an issue, but nevertheless, in an emerging market like the Philippines, the desire to pursue one’s dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and having a business is strong. Both men and women feel the urge, but we believe that the challenges by women is quite different.

Boss Bellas: Building a collective voice for women entrepreneurs, both current and aspiring entrepreneurs!

Women are obviously expected to be the “light of the home” and the one who takes charge of the kids and everything related to running the home. So when a woman wants to pursue her own dreams, she may struggle in expressing that desire to go for things that she wants in her life. I, too, have felt that need to be more than what was expected from me, and to be honest, it was hard in the beginning. A lot of people were telling me to just stick to the job that I had and not to start a business. They would say that going into business is hard, and I may not be able to handle it. So, see? Women have to face and speak up. Speak up with K (*K for karapatan since it’s our right).

Kamillosan encourages you to Speak Up with K!

Speaking of speaking up, I love the new campaign of Kamillosan. It’s called the Speak Up with K! campaign and it encourages all of us to let our voices be heard. If we know that it’s the right thing to do, if it’s for the greater good, if we can help other people, support them and serve as inspiration, or if we can make a difference, we need to speak up!

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Kamillosan M Spray is a clinically proven all-natural sore throat spray solution. It has eight active ingredients that effectively soothe and relieve sore throat: Chamomile extract, Methyl salicylate, Peppermint oil, Sage oil, Anise oil, dwarf pine needle oil, Bergamot oil, Cineol.

Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce pain, swelling, and redness. Combined with the anti-bacterial effects of essential oils such as Peppermint, Sage, and Bergamot, Kamillosan M is highly suited for sore throat relief. I also love that it leaves a minty fresh sweet aftertaste (feels like you just brushed your teeth). It is so different from the other medicinal throat sprays available in the market today.

Kamillosan M Spray is available in all leading drugstores in the Philippines at Php 428 only. Each 15mL bottle is good for 104 sprays. Kamillosan M Spray is from A. Menarini Philippines, which belongs to one of the largest Italian biopharmaecutical groups, Menarini.

So, women, let’s unite and speak up with K!

Even if we feel unsure.
And even if we feel insecure.
Speak up with K!

You are not alone. We, women, are all in this together. If you need someone to talk to, or someone to bounce of ideas with, we will be here. We will have more Boss Bellas workshops and events, so we hope to see you there!

Preserving Memories with a Nomination Italy Philippines Bracelet

This morning, I was reading an article about how animals preserve long term memories, and how they use prions to do just that. Prions are infectious agents composed entirely of a protein material that can fold in multiple, structurally abstract ways, at least one of which is transmissible to other prion proteins, leading to disease in a manner that is epidemiologically comparable to the spread of viral infection. Source (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prion) Well, as human beings, obviously, we know that we store everything in our magnificent brains. We remember things that happened decades ago. We remember how situations made us feel. We remember how we loved so deeply or how we suffered from a love lost. We remember how it felt to have won something for the first time, or how exhilarating your first roller coaster ride was. Yup, we have all those memories stored up there!

And for the moments that we want to remember and cherish forever, we want to have some “thing” that will always make you remember all of these things. A wise group of mentalists that I have met before talked about having anchors for feelings. I don’t know if I still remember it correctly but anchors make you remember feelings and make you react to “how you remember it”. For example, some songs make you cry, and you may not know the reason why. Aside from the song probably being sad, it “maybe” because it was the background music being played in the restaurant when your heart was broken. So these are anchors.

But obviously, I don’t want to remember the sad stuff or the moments when I felt negative emotions. I want to remember the happy ones. So when I came across this brand, Nomination Italy Philippines, I really wanted to get one. To tell you honestly, I am not a person who like jewelry, because I always lose them. The only jewelry that I get to keep are those around my wrist. Haha! So anyway, I always loved customized bracelets. When I saw Nomination Italy Philippines‘ Facebook Page, I was ecstatic.

Frances, my super good friend, and I had a “work” date at Glorietta that day, and I asked her to come with me to the Nomination Italy Store in Glorietta near National Bookstore (2nd Floor). This is what happened (snippets of our visit!).


 

We got each other a Mother’s Day present! I got for her a bracelet that I think she would love and she got for me a bracelet that also had links that showed my personality.

The bracelet that we got was stainless steel, but there is an available bracelet in yellow gold and rose gold, too. The bracelets cost Php 700+ which I though was not bad. For each “link” or charm, the price starts at Php 1300+ and is dependent on the composition of the links. With this, I want to share with you the bracelet that I have!

The teapot represents my “business”, because I have to talk to and have meetings with a lot of people. “I Love Family” is there because my daughter loves saying “I love my Family” 🙂 Hope is there because it’s a main component of Grit. It helps me stay right on track on the things that I want to do in life. And the cute cartoon couple represents me and EJ, my husband. I just think the way it was drawn is so us — we’re quirky and fun even if we have a geeky business 🙂 haha!

So that’s it guys! If you do happen to start building you bracelet, please please please share it with me and Frances. Please tag these accounts on Instagram: @nominationph @gingerarboleda @topazhorizonblog

Talk to you soon!

All the Help that you Can Get (S&R Mother’s Day Edition)

There is a constant clamor for content that push women to believe that they can be anything and everything that they want to be. They are capable of taking on multiple roles — being a wife or mother and at the same time, someone who contributes a great deal in the home and in society. Because of this, women have continuously built self-confidence and boosted the spirits of other ladies in their circle. Most of them have taken upon themselves tasks and responsibilities that people deemed impossible to do. It’s truly a whole new world.

My fair lady! 🙂 Seeing confidence in little ladies, too!

As a woman and mother, there are times, too, that I break down. In a moment when I fail living up to the expectations of others, I shatter. Even if I know that other people’s expectations shouldn’t matter, I myself am confronted by my own self-judgements. What we should all look into is loving ourselves and forgiving ourselves. We are all super women, but we can’t feel super all the time. And that’s just how life works.

It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to tell your spouse that you really can’t handle the pressure. It’s okay to call your mom to temporarily ask her to look after the kids. It’s okay to ask help from your nanny. It’s okay to let yourself loose sometimes in order not to lose yourself.

Making things efficient and quick at home, too, can be another strategy that you can do. I found some stuff at S&R Membership Club that can help you get things done quickly and with the utmost quality that your family deserves!

Bread Toaster from Imarflex — it can toast up to 4 slices at a time! (Only at Php 2100 from Php 2300+)

DeliChef Bread Maker — because your family deserves the best! (Only Php 4500 from Php 6000)

Be inspired to cook with the futuristic design of this Simple Touch Digital Air Cooker at Php 7995.

Tyler Digital Ecosmart Carousel Fan only at Pp 4500 from Php 9000! Big Savings!

Jars with “chalkboards” for easy labeling, so you don’t have to scramble for stuff!

 

 

Denmark Non-Stick Steel Paella Pan, so you can cook for your entire family!

Thomson Crusty Chef Pizza Maker, so you can make your own pizza!

You need all the help you can get, ladies — be it from tools and equipment like these or from people who truly love us. I hope you had an enjoyable Mother’s day! I actually had a spectacular S&R Mother’s Day! Seriously, I went shopping on that day. This was the time when I had all of these reflections.

So, talk to you soon!

Lots of love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

PS. If you need to cakes to your loved ones, check out this section in S&R Membership Club! They can customize messages!

 

 

Back To School Tips and my Personal Mommy Hacks (and our shopping video at SM Stationery!!)

I usually start preparing everything that my child needs for school during the month of May, early May to be exact. There are a lot of benefits to being ready early. One benefit is that you avoid the rush that happens, and you can get to choose from the various items that are available. My 4 year old daughter is one who loves choosing stuff by herself, and having a toddler amidst a huge crowd will be dangerous and chaotic. But I’m not here to share with you the usual tips that I assume you already know about. I’m here to share with you the personal strategies that I have; I’ll share with you some mommy hacks that I personally do — my very own back to school tips.

1. Have lots of labels with the name of your child and your name on them (as guardian) with an emergency contact number. We normally just have the name of our daughter / son printed with the grade level, but I think there is a need to place the parents name and the contact details as emergency contact. Place this on all personal belongings of the child.

2. Have a drawer/s with all of the “possible” school supplies that your child might need. If there is one thing that being in events has taught me, it was being ready for anything with everything. I have stock of folders (different sizes, a few color), art materials, all kinds of paper (from short/ling bond, construction, board, etc. and in different colours, too), glue gun, glue sticks, ordinary glue, scissors in all sizes, punchers, staplers, all kinds of colouring pens, permanent and whiteboard markers, oil pastels, crayons, index cards, illustration boards, etc. I practically have everything in the SM Stationery Department of SM. I truly have it all, too!

3. As parents, school means just thinking about your child’s “school”. In my case, I also look for after school activities where I can enrol her. As early as May, I already think of extra-after school fun activities that she can do. She has math lessons after school and I’m already waiting for the schedule of the art school where I inquired with a month ago. With this, I can fill her days already with activities, so she makes full use of her time enjoying learning. My daughter loves going out, so the activities that we prepare for her to do at home, isn’t enough 🙁 So for this mommy hack or back to school tip, it really depends on what you think your child needs. If you want them to do a few activities at home after school, for toddlers, there are sticker book activities, fun workbooks that are available at SM Stationery (got mine in SM Stationery Bacolod).

4. Get a head start on creating the meal plan and the activity schedule for your child before school starts. I always want to have it all ready to be seen by everyone in the household one month in advance, so that I will always have a guide one or two months before. With the meal guide, I will know what ingredients or food to buy from the grocery. With the activity guide, it will tell everyone in the house what my daughter is up to every single moment.

5. In choosing school materials and even in choosing activities, I always involve my child. I have noticed that she is more engaged when she is part of the decision making process. Check out our fun trip to SM Stationery in Megamall. Do you know that they have ready-made back to school packs for each level. Check this out! It’s only at Php 399 each.

So these are my own personal hacks and tips. I hope that this article was useful in anyway to you. Oh, btw, if you want a copy of the cute labels that I have mentioned above, please leave me a message in the comment section below so that I can email a copy of it to you! The printables are lovingly made by LD Design and Creative Pursuits.

You can then have them printed at Alfox Printing.

Share with me your fun trip to SM Stationery, too, or some other tips that you want to share with other moms using #MadeforSchool! Talk to you soon!

For more information, check out these links:

http://www.facebook.com/smstationeryph
http://www.instagram.com/smstationeryph
http://www.twitter.com/smstationeryph
http://www.smstationery.com.ph

Life is About Balance: Encouraging Study-Life Balance

We all strive for balance in anything that we do, because we all know that life is about balance and moderation. Even as a parent, we all want to look for that balance. I am very conscious about how I deal with my child as a parent. I don’t want to feel like i’m not being enough of a parent to my daughter, but I don’t want to hover over every move, too (just like what Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford shares in this video). But as a parent, finding that balance and guiding our children to find that balance is hard!

This summer I enrolled my daughter at her own school (since they were offering summer classes), McDonald’s Kiddie Crew, gymnastics and math classes. Believe me, I wasn’t over parenting. I did this because she clamoured for it. She kept asking me for activities to do. We told her that we’ll just do some stuff at home, and she said she wanted activities outside the house!

My little lady who’s off to school 🙂

With this, it got thinking about study-life balance. In this environment that we live in now, everything seems to be so cut throat. Competition here and there, and there doesn’t seem to be any room for relaxation. But relaxation and taking things easy is important. Living life AND enjoying it is something that we tend to forget. Since we forget that this should be the case, and that relaxation and enjoyment is actually crucial for self- awareness and self-development, we as parents tend to pass on the same expectations to our kids.

We make a list of what they should know and be doing at a certain age. We make unnecessary goals for them in our mind, and if they don’t meet those goals, we push them further or blame ourselves for not being the parent that we should be. I think what we need to help them with or help ourselves with is that we need to encourage study life balance. Our kids need to put enough effort into academics, but at the same time, we need to encourage them to have fun and relax at certain moments in their lives.

How do we encourage Study-Life Balance?

Keep things stress-free by having a time for relaxation.

Oftentimes, we keep track of the time that they spend for homework or studying. But, we don’t keep track of the time that they spend playing outdoors, time spent reading a book or just writing anything that they want, time spent going to the mall or watching a movie with family and friends. Let’s try to keep study time within “study time”. Let’s also monitor that our children get to see the sun and breathe fresh air.

See to it that your children get enough sleep.

We all know that sleep makes everything better. It helps the body return to that state of equilibrium. We need it and our kids need it, too!

Praise them not for achieving goals, but praise them for the Process or for “Being”

We’ve learned that we should praise our children not for getting high grades, but for trying or focusing or for the discipline that they show. We’ve learned to praise our daughter, too, not only for finishing her homework, but for discovering new things or being observant about things not related to studying or practicing her letters and numbers (she’s only 4, btw). We also praise her for day to day interactions like when she’s courteous to someone or when she exudes confidence, etc.

Travel to Learn; Discover things outside the Home or Classroom

Travel opens your children to new learnings. This is why I love Boardwalk, because this May, they have a Back to School Shop and Win Promo where participants can get a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong for four! The lucky winner of the Back to School Shop and Win Promo can take their family to see the breathtaking view of the city’s skyscrapers, glittering harbor and green hills at The Peak and have a taste of Hong Kong’s cuisine at the Temple Street Night Market. Boardwalk will take care of your flight and your 3-day/2-night accommodation for your family.

What I love about what Boardwalk is doing is that the winning family will have time to learn from this trip. They will see Hong Kong’s most popular tourist spots such as the historical Clock Tower, the popular Golden Bauhinia Square, and the Avenue of Stars where the most celebrated moments in Asia’s movie industry can be relived. They all can go shopping, too, and even admire one of the world’s most spectacular skylines while taking a stroll along the waterfront at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

What i’ve noticed with my daughter, too, is that she doesn’t forget trips like these. She clearly remembers our Universal Studios Singapore experience! So for the winning family, I’m sure your children won’t forget this trip since all 4 members of the family will be given an all-day access ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland!

It’s nice to prepare and be in Back to school mode, but it’s even nice to cap summer off with this wonderful trip. Check out the details and mechanics on how you can make your 2017 summer an unforgettable one at www.boardwalkshop.ph.

*A single-receipt online purchase of Back to School items worth P1,000 qualifies as one raffle entry. Promo is valid from April 17 to July 17, 2017.

Again, encourage study-life balance and let your child discover the world, enjoy and live it. Life is about balance! Even with that checklist of goals in our mind that we think they need to accomplish, it’s better that we let them create their own goals and dreams and just lead them down the path where they will discover these themselves.