Great Baon Tips using Potatoes USA

When growing up, we are always told by our elders about the importance of consuming ample amount of fruits and vegetables daily. Our plates are usually filled with vibrant selections of vegetables with protein and carbohydrates and end each meal with a delightful slice of fruit.

How do we entice them to eat healthy?

During the first few months of an infant, we give them natural and healthy food selections, particularly fruits and vegetables as their first solid food. For my daughter, Zeeka, we even tried baby-led weaning. We would give her sliced potatoes, carrots etc. and she would eat these by herself. After the first year, it was noticeable that Zeeka started to either be picky or fussy with food that was given to her as she learned to become a more independent eater (Have you noticed this to be true also with your kids?). What my daughter didn’t lose though is the love of eating vegetables and fruits, even if she was picky!

It is proven that vegetables are essential and natural part of a child’s diet. It contains essential nutrients for their health, growth and development. The best and simplest way is for parents to be their child’s example by adding vegetables as a daily part of the family’s diet. In that way, children will love the idea of eating balanced and healthy meals. What I love buying Zeeka are potatoes with the stamp from Potatoes USA.

How potatoes can help children’s growth and development

Children get hungry fast that’s why we need to give them whole and quality foods that can help their gut to feel full longer and provide the needed energy daily. This wonder crop is the best solution!

Potatoes are naturally fat free, low-fat and packed with nutrients that’s good for kids. It provides carbohydrate, potassium and energy that is essential particularly to kids who need ample energy to perform well at school. Studies show that a potato contains these nutrients that can help your kid bustle with energy:

  • Carbohydrates: The food we consume daily contains nutrients that have what our body needs to tackle the day. These nutrients in food are the three major groups such as fat, protein and carbohydrates. While the two main forms of carbohydrates are sugars (fructose, glucose and lactose) and starch that is usually found in foods such as grains, rice, bread, starchy vegetables and more.
  • B Vitamins: Provides energy and helps body to put carbohydrates to work.
  • Fiber: Helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Vitamin C: Essential vitamin to attain and maintain healthy skin, bones and hair.
  • Folate: Helps body make red blood cells.

I love Lamb Weston because their fries are made from real potatoes!!!

Aside from baked, boiled and fried potatoes, here are some baon ideas that can help inspire you to entice your kid to eat this food boost even at school!

Potato and Leek Soup

  • Melt butter and add the onions and chopped leeks on pan. Stir cook until tender.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and the potatoes into this mixture. Stir until the potatoes are tenderly cooked.
  • Add the half-and-half into this soup and cook on a low flame for about 15 minutes, until the soup thickens a little.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper while stirring the soup. Cook for another five minutes until the cheddar melts.

Potato Sandwich

  • Slice potato into 1/2 inch slices
  • Heat to medium temperature. Fry both sides of the potato (about 3-5 minutes per side) until the potato is cooked thoroughly.  
  • Once a slice is almost cooked, add a slice of cheese and allow it to partially melt.  Remove from heat and add cucumber slices and lettuce.

Cheesy Potato Pancake

    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups mashed potatoes, 1 large egg, ¼ cup flour and 2 Tbsp chopped chives. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Use a potato masher to mash the mixture together until well mixed. If the potatoes are too flimsy and can’t hold its patty shape, you can add flour a Tablespoon at a time.
    2. Place a heaping tablespoonful of potato mixture between your palms and form into a round, ⅓” thick patty. Cover both sides of the patty that you’ve created in bread crumbs and set on a cutting board. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat with enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Slowly add patties in a single layer into the pan once the oil is of perfect temperature (hot enough) and sauté 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining patties, adding more oil as needed. I usually have 2 skillets going at once to finish sooner.

 

I hope that you like these recipes that I’ve shared with you. Don’t forget to buy potatoes that have a Potatoes USA seal like this:

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/ for more information!

My New Addiction — 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine

For those who don’t know, I was a beauty blogger before I became a mommy blogger. There was a time I wanted to be a make up artist, and I was obsessed about skin care. All my life, I never had clear skin. I would always have breakouts. Then sometime 2009, I followed a skin care routine made up mainly of Pond’s products that really helped clear my skin. Then, motherhood happened in 2012, and I forgot to take care of my skin. I found it so tedious to allot time for a daily skincare routine. Now that I’m in my mid 30s, I know that my skin can be better, and I know that it will be better if I just got back to having my own skin care routine.

Two weeks ago, I stayed home for a week, because of a respiratory tract infection. I had nothing to do, so I just watched Youtube videos. Amazed at how clear the skin of Japanese and Koreans are (recently came from a trip to Japan), I researched about Japanese and Korean Skin Care. I know that this may be really late in the game to introduce this to you, but I wanted to share my experience. I’m no beauty blogger, but as a woman, I always want to look good, because it makes me feel good. Related to my last article about loving yourself, we all need to set aside time for ourselves. So, after watching Youtube videos, I opted to try following the 10 step Korean skin care routine.

After 2 weeks of following this skin care routine, I noticed that my skin was better. Some of the dark spots and sun spots lightened (I think I could not see others anymore!). My face also wasn’t as oily. I then decided to do a Facebook Live video to show my friends the products that I used. This is my Facebook Live video: 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine. I got a lot of views and a lot of requests for me to list down the products that I use, so I decided to write a blog post to indicate the products that I use.

Here it is!

Step 1: Oil Cleanser or Make-up Remover

I don’t usually put on Make-up often so I don’t have an oil cleanser at the moment. What I use is the Nivea Extra Bright Make up Clear Cleansing Wipes. I find that it’s effective for me since I normally just put light make up.

Step 2: Water-Based Facial Cleanser

I use Speedy Perfect Whip and Whip Foam, because I like bubbles! haha! I know that it’s a shallow thing to say, but I just feel that it leaves my skin very clean. But full disclosure, I recently found out that Speedy Perfect Whip has high PH that may not be very good for the skin. I’m now scouting for a facial cleanser with a lower PH. I’ll let you know if I find one. I’m actually looking at buying this: COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser http://www.lazada.com.ph/cosrx-low-ph-good-morning-gel-cleanser-150ml-22082617.html?ff=1

BTW, here is my video review on the Speedy Perfect Whip! Please subscribe!

 

Step 3: Exfoliate

I alternate between two brands, St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Cleanser and Cure Natural Aqua Gel. I got the St. Ives Apricot Cleanser from Calyxta (https://www.calyxta.com/shop/skin/st-ives-cleanser-fresh-skin-apricot-6-5oz/#.WU5kVxOGM0o) and the Cure Natural Aqua Gel from Lazada.

Step 4: Toner

For toner, I alternate (on a weekly basis these three toners). I’ve tried Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions (since I started this routine with pimples). After a week, I shifted to Nivea Extra White Repair Pore Minimiser Toner, since who doesn’t want minimized pores and no dark spots! haha! Today, I started using Skinfood Aqua Grape Bounce Mist Toner. This is a new product from Skinfood. I’ll be posting a review of it after a week on my vlog (http://youtube.com/c/gingerarboledavlog) so watch out for that.

Step 5: Essence

I have been alternating between the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence and the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence.

Step 6: Serum

For my serum, I use the Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate with sustainably sourced Quinoa Husk Extract. I must say that there were a lot of good reviews about this product, and I think it actually works. I will also start using the Skinfood Aqua Grape Bounce Bubble Serum. I heard that it’s a hit. I got this from Skinfood and it was the last bottle (their stock was delivered just last week!).

Step 7: Facial Mask

For my facial masks that I use, my favorites are Innisfree and Lululun! I have tons of other brands here of facial masks (most of them I haven’t tried). I’ll get to reviewing these one by one for you and i’ll post it on my Youtube Channel (http://youtube.com/c/gingerarboledavlog).

Step 8: Eye Cream

For the Eye Cream, I use Helix-D Eye Serum. You can buy this from a store called Tuped in Uptown mall.

Step 9: Moisturiser

For my day and night moisturiser, I use Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting cream. I got mine from Watsons.

Step 10: Sunscreen

And last but not the least, my sunscreen is The Face Shot Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun Cream that’s SPF50+ PA+++. You can get it at any The Face Shop store.

So these are the products that I use! I’m new to this if you want to share comments also and suggestions, I will be happy to read them, consider and try out new products. Just leave comments on the section below! I will also post a vlog for each one in my Youtube channel, so please subscribe and watch my videos!

 

Master of Myself: A Mom’s Day Out from Sun Life Financial Philippines

Today, I feel in control.

Don’t you have those days where you wake up, and you feel that everything is in the right place — that each thing is where it should be. And even if you know that it’s not, you have that feeling in your gut that you can and WILL get to where you want to be in the near future. That’s how I feel today. It must be, because of the spontaneous Mom’s Day out activity that I attended sponsored by Sun Life Financial Philippines yesterday (I’m all eager, willing and able to go for my dreams), or, it actually may be something else. I really can’t give you a proper reason, so that you, moms may replicate what I did to get to this state.

Today, I feel in control!

But what I’ve learned yesterday from the guest psychologist, Michele Alignay, is that this feeling of being in control, may not last, and it’s okay. As they say, in life, the one thing in life that’s constant is change. And what better way to show these changes in a mom’s life and our changing relationship with our children, but through this video or #SunShorts shared by Sun Life Financial Philippines (She Said, She Said). This video really struck a cord. I may look like I’m super in control of things, and it may look like that I never get mad, but there are times where I really shout and lose my cool at my daughter and at people I love. There are times that I break down, I cry (for no reason) and I get frustrated and depressed. I totally was able to relate with the mom in the video! Super naiyak ako!

We will have it easy if we accept, prepare and plan for changes that may or may not happen. As a mom, I think it’s harder for us since we have a lot of things on our minds. In this economy where the standard is to have double income households, most of the moms I know, balance working/earning a decent living, taking care of the children and taking care of themselves. And truly, it’s a struggle to find that perfect “balance”. This is why I like the definition of balance that was presented yesterday.

 

If we are looking for that balance, where balance comes from the idea that everything should be at equal states or everything should be given equal time, you’re on the wrong track. Balancing is about 1) knowing ourselves, 2) process of continually centering energy with the cooperation and conscious support of all other parts.

Yesterday’s talk was really inspiring, and it reminded me that I should constantly ask these three questions:

  1. What do I want?
  2. What do I think I “Ought to do”?
  3. What I think I can do?

At any given point in our lives, we will have something that we want more than our other wants. We will have something that we “ought to do” and we will know what we can do. After hearing this during the Mom’s Day Out of Sun Life Financial Philippines, being a mindful mom now comes into play when every day, I accept that I can only do so much in 24 hours. I have learned howt o prioritize. I have learned to say “no”, and moving forward, I will focus on things that are truly essential.

Moms Tippy, Patty, Yours Truly, Jackie and Kelly at the Mom’s Day out Event of Sun Life Financial Philippines

It’s nice to think that we can be like Wonder Woman, or even just be like Gal Gadot (haha!) every time — so in control with her “I’ve got this!” attitude.  But we only human and I’m sure even Gal Gadot goes through times where she feels vulnerable. But what we need to be mindful of is that we have a choice on how we can emotionally react to these things. Will we intentionally remain in that state of peace and satisfaction or will we succumb to the judgement of others or worse, fall into the trap of judging ourselves and feeling guilty about not living up to our own expectations of ourselves?

So today, after a rejuvenating massage given by I’m Hotel Spa, after the amazing loot bag that I’ve received, after that delicious buffet from Bloom at I’m Hotel, after the great and inspirational talks from Michele and Mylene Segismundo from Sun Life Financial Philippines Cluster Head Manila, I have decided to feel peace and satisfaction. I wrote down all of the Practical ways for Self-Care that was shared:

Perception

  1. Affirm your goodness
  2. Release Control (of things beyond you)
  3. Saying NO is okay (and needed at times)
  4. Feeling happy and satisfied is normal
  5. Relinquish some task that stresses you

Emotions

  1. During emotional highs: PAUSE
  2. Ditch the guilt
  3. Choose to love more
  4. Be silly with the kids
  5. Flirt with your spouse! Make your marriage matter.

Actions

  1. Choose to rest or sleep
  2. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes in the shower
  3. Put a little color in your face
  4. Find a spot for daily reflection
  5. Find a daily physical activity that you can do

All of these tips of Michele were great and I intend to do it! So guess what, the first thing that I did today, was I met with my Sun Life Financial Advisor. There is something about having your finances in place that satisfies you (well, that’s how I personally feel at least! haha). I learned about their educational fund product. I actually have savings already for Zeeka’s College stored in Mutual Funds, but I thought of a back up.

I’m getting another policy from Sun Life Financial Philippines (which I will write about in another blog post), and I’m excited! haha! I know that’s a weird thing to say about getting a policy, but that’s exactly how I feel. I feel wonder woman-ish today!

So if you are looking to feel the way that I do today, join the next Mom’s Day Out events on July 1 and 15.

Cheers to a peaceful and content life, mindful moms! Let’s all say I’ll be the Master of Myself!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

Gifts for Dad for this Father’s Day from S&R

Here it is! Father’s day is fast approaching and I’m sure there a lot of wives and moms who are still thinking of what to give their husbands as a Father’s day gift. Well, fear not, for I have done all the canvassing myself, and I did it half a day. As you all may know, I am not feeling too good and yesterday, the doctors have told me that I have upper and lower respiratory track infection. Woohooo! Lucky me, right. Aside from playing Everwing, I just lie in bed, because once I start working and blogging, in just a few minutes, I’m tired again, and my abs (uhuh!) hurt from coughing. So, anyway, lucky for me, I got to do this canvassing and shopping last week.

I did all of my canvassing and shopping at S&R Membership Club. So here are my top picks for dad:

Daddy needs to look most handsome always. I think that both men and women need to groom themselves and look their best even if they’re married. For daddy, I found this WAHL Home Products Home Pro. This is a complete haircutting and touch-up kit. This set is only at Php 1499 (marked down from Php 2599.00).

Another product hat I saw is this item from Philips. If your man requires a close shaved hair style, they can use this shaver. This Philips Multi-groom & battery operated shaver is only at Php 2498.

The third item on my list is the On Time Wall Clock. This comes in different colors. It’s only at Php 899.95. This will be the perfect gift for the lolos, too!

The next two items are for those dad who always have their friend over at home. To inject sophistication to the parties that we have at home and to make our guests feel special, I think this Five Piece Decanter Set from Sommelier or the Circleware Barware Beer Set (from Php 899.95 now Php 699.95) will be the perfect choices. Both will appreciated and used by your man!

Speaking of parties, what are parties without alcohol! Let me give you some of the best brands with amazing deals that I have seen at S&R Membership Club:

These are the brands that you can get for Dad! Now going back to my list. Next up is this really affordable and durable Men’s Chino Pant from Kirkland. It’s now at Php 899 from Php 1299. S&R Membership club also have these Bridgeport PJ Set!

Next item in my Father’s Day Gift list is this Hampton Forge Magnetic Knife Strip. My husband took cooking classes for knife skills before at Enderun. Ever since that time, he always wanted to have a magnetic knife strip to hold the knives in the kitchen. Check this out! It’s only Php 349.95 from Php 449.95.

The next items in my list for Father’s day gift choices are these towels made especially for dad. These cotton towels are at Php 399 each!

And last but not the least amongst all of these choices, I have dad’s bath favorites! Both the Dial Soothing Care Body Wash (Php 299.95) and the Axe White Label Forest Body Wash (Php 499.95) is at Buy One Take One!

So these are my top picks for Father’s day. Do check out S&R Membership Club and see what you’re top picks are. Share them with us using #LoveSnR and #SnREveryday.

But wait, before you go, I’d like to share with you my food pick for this month. I love Chicken, and I think my friends and family know that. So imagine me going crazy when I saw these!

These chicken variants are the bomb! Naturally, upon seeing this, I did what any sane person would do.

I got all of the flavors. Now, that I am at home and resting, I got to finish one whole pack of the Hot n’ Spicy variant. Yes, I finished it by myself.

What I loved about it is that the chicken was still so fresh. It wasn’t bloody at all when cooked. The meat was very soft and juicy. What I did was I bought ranch dressing and used it as sauce for this variant. I’ll share with you soon what my favorite will be after I go through all of the variants. Haha! But honestly, this was a good purchase in my opinion.

So that’t is for today! I hope you liked all of my suggestions for your Father’s day gift and for the chicken (haha!). Talk to you soon!

 

 

 

My Back-To-School Shopping Spree at National Book Store

As a child, I always had fun going to National Book Store with my mom. I was always excited, because that meant new stuff for the new school year. When I became a mom, I found out that it wasn’t as cool and exciting for grown-ups. Haha! But here’s the thing, I have managed to navigate my way around all of these back-to-school preparations, and I’m proud to say that I’m so efficient that shopping it’s actually fun for me.

I do my shopping early. I stock up on things that Zeeka, my daughter, might need. I even stock up on things that I actually might need for my business. As you know, I run two businesses, I blog and I take care of my child and home all at the same time, so whenever I go to NBS, I get all of the stuff that I need to get for all aspects of my life! Last week, I was so happy to have had the chance the complete my list of back-to-school materials that Zeeka needs for this school year last week. I went on a shopping spree with my other mommy friends and it was so much fun.

I love National Bookstore, because it has so many budget-friendly options. I love to stock up on things, so buying them in bulk at really affordable prices is perfect for me. For example, I bought a set of 10 notebooks with 2 pens and 2 pencils under Budget Bundles, and these only costed me Php 150. Another purchase under Budget Bundles was a set of 4 folders (one for monitoring Zeeka’s activities, one for Taxumo, one for Manila Workshops and one for my blog tracking). These folders were only Php 100.

Another reason why I love National Book Store is that they have so many choices, and these choices are for anyone in the family, anyone with a particular style or with a particular lifestyle! I’m the type of parent who spends hours inside groceries and bookstores. The reason why I spend a lot of hours inside National Bookstore is that I would like to be sure that I get the best value for my money. It doesn’t have to be “cheap”, but it has something that will be worth every penny.

An example of which was something that I bought last week when I did my shopping spree at NBS. I came across this aisle of colorful bags, pouches and lunchboxes called Zipit! I bought a lunchbox and a cute Zipit pouch with a pink monster design, that comes with an app.

My daughter downloaded the app, and she now always has fun playing with her talking MonStar. The pouch was worth it, since aside from keeping her things, she enjoys playing with it, too!

For my husband and I, obviously, we have different needs from our daughter. Most of the things that we use also for our own needs and businesses come from NBS. Check out the video of the other things I found in National Books Store during my shopping spree!

To give us more choices, National Book Store carries trusted brands too like Caran d’Ache School Line, the Swiss fine art brand that budding artists adore.

For high schoolers and college students who do drafting and sketching, Blackwing Pencils are the best of the basics and a long-time favorite.

The third thing that I love about NBS is that they understand convenience. I found these Grab and Go Packs that had things inside it that were packed based on what the level of your child is. This one, in the picture below, is for kids in the 4th to the 6th Grade. How convenient is that, right?

Another thing that NBS now has, compared to what I had when I was little, is that moms nowadays can just shop from their home. If you can’t find the time to go to the store, you can call the delivery hotline 8888-627, or shop online at their website, www.nationalbookstore.com. When you check out their site, you can directly go to the back-to-school section when you go to the NBS website. Materials are grouped according to grade level so you can immediately see the recommended supplies for each one. The site is very simple to use! Orders worth P1,000 or above get free shipping.

So these are the reasons why I love National Book Store (NBS). Back-to-School shopping, or even stock-up-again-on-supplies shopping is such a breeze at NBS. You can find mostly everything that you need there from lunch boxes, pouches with apps, mosquito patches, hand sanitizers, sophisticated pencils and hard-core art materials, kikay notebooks and folder, etc. You name it! NBS has it.

Want to join me shop again soon? Tell me your own reasons why you love National Book Store! For more updates, follow them on social media – @nbsalert on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and visit the NBS Blog – blog.nationalbookstore.com.

Mommy Research: Talc-Free Powder for Baby

I constantly have rhinitis. If I fail to take my anti-histamine tablet in the evening before I sleep, I would have bad allergies the next day. I took an allergy test two years ago, and the results were to avoid dust, and some chemicals that I don’t really think I come across every day. I still can’t figure out why this is happening. It must have been something in my youth that triggered this. When I was young I wasn’t breast fed. I was also always pampered and my nanny would use powder. I probably was too sheltered also that I didn’t get to develop my immune system for all of these things in our environment.

But I’m not blaming my parents, nor my nanny, because it was just how the world worked before. These were the information that was available, and so our moms, dads and people around us believed what they heard. Well, even in today’s times, we believe what we hear from the news, social media, etc.

So being a mom is really difficult. You have to decipher and do your own research on things. At times, I feel like I don’t do enough research on the things that I expose my baby to. So, I think, occasionally, I will share insights that I have seen through research. I will tag a post “Mommy Research”, because we moms should always ask the question “why?”

For today’s insight, I researched about TALC.

Talc is a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Its powder form absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction. This property and feature makes it attractive to use for babies to present them from having rashes, especially in the diaper area.

But there talc is also harmful to your babies. If your baby breathes and inhales a lot of it, it could clog the air sacs in your baby’s lungs. You need to be extra careful with bottles just lying around the house. Another thing that is associated with talc is the big C. But what I have learned is that talc that has asbestos is the one that is known to cause cancer. So, talc that is asbestos-free is safe.

But being a mom, we’d rather always be safe, than sorry! In the Philippines, most baby powders (if not all) contain TALC. Imagine how happy and relieved I felt when I discovered that there is now BELO BABY TALC-FREE POWDER that is all-natural with 0% harmful chemicals available in the market?

This product is made from finely milled rice and maize powder that absorb moisture to keep baby’s skin soft and dry. It’s carefully formulated without harmful ingredients — talc, parabens, phthalates, dyes and the most common allergens. It’s hypo-allergenic and dermatologist-tested. I showed the product and had my toddler try it, and this is what she said…

Like my little lady, I loved the sweet scent, too. I tried it and it definitely feels soft and smooth on the skin! Especially now that it’s so hot, I love using it on my daughter. She still smells so fresh after running around. It’s really crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. Each 65g container is at Php 219.75. Belo Baby Talc-free Powder also comes in a very cute packaging that already includes a soft puff.

Now for all of you meticulous moms out there (like me!), you deserve to try this Talc-Free powder from Belo Baby!

And I will send you one!

All you need to do is leave a comment below on what you like about being a mom and why you want to win this Belo Baby Talc-Free powder. Please leave your email address together with your submission. On May 27, I will choose three winners! Wooohooo! Kindly share and spread the word on social media using #BeloBaby.

Happy Mother’s day, fabulous Moms! For more information on the Talc-Free Belo Baby Powder, you can visit www.belobaby.ph, FB: http://fb.com/belobabylove, Twitter: @belobabylove, IG: @belobabylove Belo Baby Talc-free Powder is now available in leading supermarkets and department stores nationwide. You can also buy now here: https://tackthis.co/shop/Belo/category/belo-baby and enjoy FREE delivery until May 31 with a minimum purchase.

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!