5 Tips for Stress-Free Meals During the Christmas Season (with a Sanicare Giveaway!)

The biggest holiday of the year is just a few weeks away, and this is a particularly hectic time for mommies like me. Apart from working on my businesses and blog, there are friends to meet, reunions to have, and shopping to do. On top of that, there’s the usual family activities, like play time and study time and, of course, meal time. And while it’s easy to eat out, nothing quite beats a yummy meal at home for family bonding, even though it can be tough to make time to prepare and serve food when there are so many other things to do.

If, like me, you still want to make the effort, though, here are a few tips to make your life a little easier:

  1. Batch cook and pre-portion.

Freezer meals are often a busy mommy’s best friend. There are so many recipes you can find online for dishes you can make ahead and serve days, even weeks, later. As an extra step, make sure you portion these out before freezing so that, on busy days, you can just heat and be ready to eat in minutes.

  1. Share the load.

Having someone to help you around the house is a godsend, but don’t just rely on yaya all the time. You can also get your partner and your kids to help with the meal preparation. In fact, having your child help prepare the food she eats is one tried-and-true way to reduce the chances of her becoming a picky eater. When she has a hand in making the food that goes on the table, she is more likely to want to try her creations. Plus, it’s a great life skill to teach early on.

  1. Clean as you go.

Keep the kitchen clean as you cook, and don’t let dishes and cookware pile up after meals. While it can be tempting to procrastinate, a dirty kitchen isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a breeding ground for bugs and bacteria. To liven up the cleaning process, I’ve been using Sanicare’s special edition Christmas print towels, which also have the benefit of prettying up my kitchen counter.

  1. It’s not a sin to order in.

Of course, there will be days when you run out of freezer meals and are just too tired or busy to take time out to cook, and that’s fine. That’s exactly why there are so many food delivery options to choose from. Plus, these days, you’re not limited to fast food for delivery. You can get meals from your favorite restaurants just by making a call or using an app on your mobile or on a webpage.

  1. Dress to impress.

By this, I don’t mean that you can’t come to the dinner table wearing your comfiest pambahay outfits. I mean that you can level up your meal appeal by making the effort to prettify your table. Even when you’re serving takeout, use real plates, glasses, and cutlery. Pick pretty placemats and add decorative table elements. One thing that’s on my dinner table is my Sanicare Liwanag Christmas Box, which holds tissues for easy access and features a pretty design by artist and MovEd founder Alex Eduque.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, they’re super pretty and showcase designs by an up-and-coming local artist.

One design is inspired by parols, or star-shaped Christmas lanterns. This is uniquely Filipino and, according to the artist, is a symbolic representation of a sense of promise and unification.

The other design is inspired by the stars. Alex Eduque herself says that this is “a constant reminder that we share the same sky and, despite the stark differences and circumstances in all corners of the world, that each one of us has a star shining brightly within.”

Isn’t that a great thing to remind ourselves of, especially at Christmas?

Anyway, if you haven’t picked up a Liwanag Christmas Box yet, here’s one reason to do so the next time you’re at the supermarket: Sanicare is having a promo! The grand prize winner will get four all-day passes to the Dream Play and Lunch buffet at The Café at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila. Ten consolation prize winners will also receive P2000 in Sodexo gift certificates.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a creative photo featuring the Sanicare Facial Tissue Liwanag Series Box.
  2. Post it on your Facebook timeline. Start your caption with the phrase, “My Christmas is extra bright this year because _____!” and make sure to use the hashtags #SanicareLiwanagSeries #Sanicare and #SCPA
  3. Tag three other friends in your post, then publish.
  4. Go to the Sanicare PH Facebook promo post then click on the link provided to submit your entry.

The promo runs from November 22, 2017, to January 1, 2018. Winners will be announced on the Sanicare PH Facebook page on January 15, 2018.

Good luck and happy posting!

Hanns Insect Trap

A cool thing about having your own office is that fact that you can experiment on your own choice of equipments and tools. In the office, we have noticed that there are a lot of little flies that bother us. These aren’t mosquitoes though. These are the little flies that are either moth flies, fruit flies or drain flies. Drain Flies, obviously, breed in drains, sewers and septic tanks. Fruit flies are those that are usually seen flying around fruit and vegetables.

I really wanted to eliminate these things and the way to eliminate these flies is to destroy the place where they breed. You can do this by using drainage liquids. But for those that are already flying around, I highly suggest that you try out one of these Hanns Insect Traps.

What we use in the office is the Hanns Insect Trap Mini Wall Pro. Basically, what you do is you use the sticky paper and insert it into the insect trap. For our 47  square meter office, we usually change the paper after every 3 weeks to 1 month. We turn on the insect light trap when we get to the office and it’s on for 8 hours.

This Hanns Insect Trap Mini Wall Pro is at Php 4500. To replace the sticky paper, just lift the cover and insert the paper.

For our home, I’m thinking of buying this Hanns Insect Trap Advance Indoor. What I like about these two insect traps is that it is safe to use, especially when you have kids. It doesn’t emit any dangerous smell or doesn’t use any electricity zapping thing.

You can use it inside baby’s room and still feel safe and secure. The Hanns Insect Trap Advance Indoor is water and dust proof. It actually is very affordable at Php 1899. To save you the hassle, you can actually order this from LAZADA HERE.

This year, I really want our home and office to be squeaky clean and free of clutter and germs! I really think that these contraptions from Hanns are good investments.

Have you tried these? What do you think? Did it help you? 🙂 I’d like to know your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

I am part of the Netflix Stream Team!

How many of you watched Stranger Things? or House of Cards? These are shows that were shown on Netflix. For those who don’t know what Netflix is, it is the world’s leading internet subscription service for watching TV shows and movies. I’ve been a Netflix user since they first came out in the Philippines since January 2016. I was actually surprised to know that they are now in 190 countries! And guess what, if you are a Netflix subscriber, you are one of the 109 million members enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shoes and movies per day!

In the Philippines, subscription is very affordable. 1 Screen Standard Definition is at Php 370. 2 Screens simultaneously used with HD Definition is at Php 460. Then, 4 screens used simultaneously in HD + Ultra HD 4K is at Php 550. All of these are paid monthly. Not bad at all, right?

I am also so excited to share with you that I am part of the Netflix Stream Team in the Philippines!
They invited me to the launch of the Stream Team which was last weekend. This is what happened during the launch! 🙂

What is so exciting about being part of this family? Well, as a part of the Stream Team, I will be able to share with you the latest updates from Netflix, plus you will learn about the different shows that will be launched via my blog! Ain’t that cool? You, my dear readers, will have the latest news on what Netflix will launch in the next few months, weeks and days.

If you haven’t subscribed to Netflix yet, I highly recommend that you start using it already.

Some of the ladies of the Netflix Stream Team Philippines!

 

Here are 8 things that I love about Netflix!

1 – I love the content. Aside from showing the different shows that we love and adore, they also produce their own original content. There are a lot of Netflix Originals that I love.

2 – I love that even if they are a global brand, they make it a point to go local. Netflix partners with local content creators to create original content. Aside from that, they have subtitles in different languages.

3 – I love that you can download your favorite shows. When I’m traveling, I usually just watch the episodes or movies that I have downloaded. You can also watch shows anytime, anywhere!

4 – You need not wait or look for the next episode of a series. Everything is laid out for you to watch and “binge” on!

5 – I love that Netflix has an algorithm that looks for shows that I will love! haha! It really understands me and knows what I NEED to watch! haha!

6 – It’s very kid friendly. I can set the account of my daughter and protect her from seeing violent and other inappropriate stuff. I feel safe when she’s on Netflix.

7 – I love that when I transfer device, I start from where I left off. With other platforms, that’s my main concern. I hate looking, fast-forwarding / rewinding to where I left off.

8 – I love that there are no ads! haha! I don’t think I need to explain that.

Move in with Netflix!

So these are the things that make me stick and LOVE Netflix!

Just to give you a rundown of some shows I have watched already, here is a list:

Oh My Ghost!
Gilmore Girls
Project Runway
Good Wife
My Horrible Boss
Drop Dead Diva
Billions
No Strings Attached
Bride Wars
Crazy Stupid Love
What’s Your Number?
13 Reasons Why
12 Years Promise
Hurricane Bianca
White Nights
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Don’t Trust the B in APT 23
Stranger Things
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Full Out
GLOW
etc. etc. etc.

How about you? What have you watched? Share with me what your favorites are! I will share them soon! 🙂

Photobook Worldwide

I’m so worried that one day my computer may not work. I have so many files in my computer that I need to transfer most of it to a cloud storage so that my computer can function well again. And if you have seen my house, it really needs a LOT of decluttering and cleaning. The “ber” months always remind me that I have to fix things before the next year starts. KONMARI actually helped a lot (at least our cabinets and drawers for clothes are organized).  My main concern though is really where to keep pictures and other keepsakes. I have so many nice pictures that I want to print out everything and put it in frames. Having so many frames though will then again be an issue.

So my problem was how do I be reminded of the pictures that I love while keeping my place still organized. I searched for a solution and came across a site called Photobook Worldwide. This gave me the idea that I could actually “store” pictures that I love using functional products that I use on a daily basis (like mugs, bags, etc.). In Photobook Worldwide, you can create mugs, serving trays, clocks, calendars, pillows, tote bags, etc. with the pictures that you love as the design.

What I love about the site is that it’s very simple to use, and they have a wide array of products that you can choose from. Also, even if the products come from outside of the Philippines, I received my orders in just 2 days! It was really that fast.

To order the product, all you need to do is choose the product that you want to order (just like this). Then, click on personalize.

You will then be taken to a page where you can edit the product that you chose. Using this tool is very easy. You can upload pictures and drag and drop it to where you want to put them. You can add text or change the text.

I never imagined that designing a mug, tote bag, calling card and a photobook can be so much fun. This must be the reason why my friend is addicted to creating these things. Having a photo book for all the things that you have done during the past year is a good remembrance of the nice moments that happened. Also, when guests visit your home, you can just grab these from the shelf and share these moments with them.

So for the past few weeks, I have been busy making these. These are the products that I had made. I have a favorite photo of our family that our friend Louie Arcilla, professional photographer took when our daughter was one year old. I really love this photo, so I decided to use it as the photo in my personalized mug, instead of putting it on a frame. I have coffee in a daily basis, so I use this mug and it makes me happy! 🙂

Another thing that i’m excited about is co-founding a group called BFF or Beauty Fun Freelance. A group of women freelancers came together to talk about beauty, skincare, wellness, fitness, health and make-up. Because of this passion, we started a community and page on Facebook just recently. We now have close to 1000 followers.

Now, since this is a project that makes me happy and excites me, I had the logo of our group printed on a tote bag by Photobook Worldwide. Here it is in the picture below. Ain’t it nice! I feel that I can design stuff with the Photobook tool even if I know I have ZERO talent for the arts. Haha!

I also had my calling cards made at Photobook Worldwide. I often forget that I have MommyGinger.com as a “business”, too. This year, as a mompreneur, I plan to fix everything at home and at work. It was so great that I got to do all these things at the Photobook Worldwide site.

Do you want to fix some things, too? Also, these are great gifts to loved ones! For those who want to visit PhotoBook Worldwide, this is the link: http://www.photobookworldwide.com/

I am giving away a special surprise.

You can order anything at 60% off by using the code GINGER before checking out!

Cool right? What are you waiting for? Hurry and grab this great offer! Share what you have created with me, okay?

Kerygma Conference 2017

Are you feeling a bit down lately? The ber months can make you feel a bit down especially if you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything this year. But there is a great event that you can attend that’s such a great pick-me-upper and you might just find inspiration and a sense of purpose there.It’s calle the Kerygma Conference (KCON).

For three years now, I have been supporting this event by spreading the word about it. The reason is that there were a lot of times in my life where I needed to find peace and comfort. I know that I’m not the only one out there who needs these. A lot of us feel tired. Feeling natin na ang pagod pagod natin pero wala tayong nararating (We feel tired and often wonder why is it that it seems we are not accomplishing anything). KCON gives you the space to listen to where life is calling you next.

The Kerygma Conference will be from 23 to 26, 2017—on your calendar. I haven’t met anyone who regretted joining the KCON at the SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia Arena. They always say it’s life-changing.

Also, there will be great speakers at the Kerygma Conference. Individually, it will cost you a lot of money just to listen to them speak for an hour. They will be there to speak to you at a mere fraction of that cost. You will hear from the country’s best speakers including Bo Sanchez, Francis Kong, Edward Lee, Dean Pax Lapid, Rex Mendoza, Karen Davila, and Mike Enriquez, among many others. International speaker Chris Padgett will also be there.

How much are the tickets?

KCON tickets cost only P2,000 (regular tickets) and P3,000 (premium tickets) for the whole four days.

Would you like to know what heaven feels like?

Join the Holy Mass and worship at the Kerygma Conference and you’ll know. It’s the closest thing to experiencing heaven on earth. They say that when you pray, you light a candle. But when 20,000 people pray together, you’re building a pillar of fire that heaven cannot help but notice. When people worship together, heaven opens up and sends down all the graces that the people need. Worship at Kerygma Conference is a life-changing moment. Miracles happen. Experience it for yourself.

Receive the love you deserve.

Maybe you have lost a loved one, someone died, or someone broke your heart. Maybe you feel unloved by the people who matter most to you. Come to the Kerygma Conference and let love heal you, fill you up, and make you whole again. Go there to receive love. Receive the love God wants to give to you. He has not forgotten you. He will finish what He has started in your life (Philippians 1:6).

God is committed to bless you. He is asking you to go on this date with Him. He is hoping you’ll be there. Receive the blessing that’s waiting for you at the Kerygma Conference.

For more information on the speakers, classes, Grand Feast, and to reserve your ticket, visit http://kerygmaconference.com/2017 today!

#KerygmaConference2017
#KCON2017
#Committed

Belle De Jour Planner: The Planner for Dreamers and Doers

Yesterday, I shared with you an article about realigning your life. You can read this post: http://mommyginger.com/2017/11/realign-your-life.html. The thing is, for you to successfully achieve goals, I have experienced that writing it down was really helpful in achieving these dreams. Writing it down and constantly reviewing it turned me into a DOER and not just a DREAMER. One of the tools that I use to accomplish my goals is my mighty Belle de Jour Planner.

I have been using Belle De Jour since the year 2010. Every year, I write down my plans and goals. For next year (2018), I love that the Belle De Jour Planner comes in three kinds. By the way, the 2018 BDJ planner was just launched last October 21 and 22 at the Shangri-la Plaza East Atrium. I also love that this year’s theme was celebrating uniqueness — “Dare to be you.” It was probably why there were three choices. Check out the 2018 planner in this video!

Together with the Belle De Jour Planner, the 2018 edition of the Navi Journal, Everything is Possible Planner, Focus Journal and the Essentials notebook were also showcased at the event.

The samples of the different products!

The launch of the planners and the other products was a great way to kickstart on setting your 2018 goals. There were a series of talks from Goal Gurus. There were also different activities that you could do! It was definitely a fun event. If you haven’t been to one, I highly suggest that you go to the one next year!

But going to the most crucial question, since it’s November already! My question is do you have a copy of the 2018 Belle De Jour Planner? If you do, what do you like about it? What are things that they can improve on?

If you don’t have a copy yet, please go to http://www.ilovebdj.com and grab one! Happy goal setting!

GummyBox PH: Cool Activities for Kids (In a Box!)

As a mom, you know how hard it is to look for activities for your kids. With a hyper active child like mine, I needed to research and look for things that she can go to or do at home. Although, I found something that’s a super lifesave for me. It’s called GummyBox PH. GummyBox designs themed activity boxes that contain hands-on craft and science projects for kids at home. So perfect for our kids, right?! These activities are for kids aged 4 to 8 years.

So Gummybox is a box that you get when you subscribe. They have a mini box at P1,050 per box and a standard box at P2,050. They can deliver for FREE if you live in Makati and deliver to other places, but shipping will depend on the area and region where you want to have the box delivered.

Zeeka received a box called Monster Mania. It was so perfect for her since she loves monsters! haha! The standard box contains 3 activities. I was so impressed with the quality of the materials inside the box. They had Gummybox branded glue sticks, tape dispenser, etc.

Each activity had easy-to-follow instructions with drawings and illustrations that my little girl could follow. The activities were very apt for a 4 year old. Gummybox really made the activities open-ended so that children
across ages can build, create, connect, learn and think at different levels.

My husband and I actually bonded with our daughter over creating monsters.

Guess which one’s mine! 🙂 haha!

Fine! Mine’s the yellow one! My husband fixed it after. haha!

Check out this cool video on YouTube that we created to show you how fun it was to do!

 

Guess what?

I am giving away one box to one lucky reader!

This is open to all readers in the Metro Manila area only, and will run from October 19, 2017 to October 28, 2017.

All you need to do is:

  1. Share this blog post on Facebook and use #Gummyboxph and #MommyGinger and tell us how you currently bond with your children!
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/c/gingerarboledavlog and like the Gummybox PH video
  3. Then comment on this blog post after you’ve done both!

That’s it! So easy! Good luck! I’ll choose the lucky winner of this box on October 29.

So if you want to try out Gummybox PH, you can email kfunkidstoys@gmail.com or text +63 939 551 1501.

Check out their Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/gummybox.ph/

Good luck!

Love lots,

Ginger

 

Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller!

When I was single, I used to wonder in amazement at how moms could do so many things at the same time. I would see moms breastfeeding in the mall while working on a laptop. I would see some really petite moms carry a 3 year old child on one hand and two grocery bags using the other. How do these women do it?! And then, I became a mom.

I understood how things are. No one understands how enticing multi-purpose products are for us. No one understands that time is so valuable, since you have to take care of the baby, go to work, prepare meals, fix your makeup, breastfeed, etc. My daughter is now four, and we’re planning to have a baby next year. With being the OC mom that I am, as early as now, I’m already researching on the things that I will probably need.

 

This week, I have been researching about strollers. The first stroller that I researched about is from Babyzen and it’s called the YOYO+. Babyzen is a French brand, and is available in different countries like France, US, Europe, Australia, Canada, Iceland, etc. This brand now makes its way to the Philippines.

During the preview of Babyzen, I got to see the cool features of this baby stroller:

  • Compact design and one second fold: In an instant, you can fold this stroller. It folds to a really compact size (folded dimensions 52 x 44 x 18 cm) that you can actually hand carry it inside a plane and store it in the overhead compartment of an aircraft. Although, you still have to check with the airline if you plan to bring your Yoyo+ inside the plane since cabin luggage standards may vary according to the airline or plane.
  • The modern look with 8 different colors: The Babyzen Yoyo+ comes in 8 different colors — Peppermint, Blue, Black, Gray, Taupe, Ginger, Pink and Red. What I like ahout the YOYO+ fabrics is that it can easily be taken off and machine washed at 30°C. No more hassle in trying to clean our strollers, moms!
  • Very lightweight: Most of the strollers that I see are very bulky and hard to open, pack or even manoeuvre on your own as a mom. You oftentimes need dad’s help or at least another person to hold the baby, while you fold or set up your stroller. With Babyzen Yoyo+, you can actually do these with one hand!

Check out the cool things that happened during the preview of Babyzen Philippines!

For more information about the product, you can visit these pages:

https://www.facebook.com/babyzenphilippines/

https://www.babyzen.com/en/

http://instagram.com/babyzenphilippines

Love,

Ginger

P.S. Thank you Creative Juice / Mommy Mundo for inviting me to this event!