S&R Membership Club July Shower of Savings

I feel so refreshed! I did some decluttering in my home, and I’m so eager to face the day. It feels different when you see that your cabinets and drawers are so organized. It seems like they can breathe more, and you can breathe more 🙂 One of the things that we can do to save money is to hold a “garage” sale. In my case, it was more like a sala sale! Check out how my house looked for the past days.

My friend taught me the KonMari Method, where you only choose the things that spark joy. I was surprised that I owned so much stuff! I am putting away around 2 balikbayan boxes of clothes. We just started tidying up our clothes, since we’re doing it per category. I’ve been earning (at least a little) from selling my pre-loved items, and I feel amazing. The little that I earn from the clothes that I owned can be used to buy things that will really spark joy. Now, I am more intentional when I shop. I see to it that I really want it. Speaking of shopping and savings, another way that you can save while getting the things that you really want during this month of July is to visit S&R Membership Club! Oh my! They are offering huge discounts on several items — and really quality items. Check out these items that I’m looking at buying. I have actually bought a few already 🙂

For those looking to move into a new apartment, office or space, check this out!

  1. 1.5HP Inverter Aircon from GREE at Php 38,000+. When you buy this, you get a FREE (yes, take note of this!) 1HP Aircon from GREE, probably worth around Php 15K+.

For those looking for quality luggages for travel this year!

2. Nicole Miller 3 pc Luggage set in these cute colors for only Php 12,999 from Php 14,999

3. PERRY ELLIS 2 pc Luggage Set at Php 10,499 from Php 12,499

4. MIA TORO 2 pc Luggage set at Php 5999.95 from Php 6999.95

For those looking for clothes, comforters and things for their baby!

5. Pekkle 4 piece Diaper shirt at only Php 499.95 from Php 649.95

6. Pekkle 4 pc Gift Set at Php 549 from 849

7. Big Believers Traveler Bed in a Bag (Twin) for only Php 999.95 from Php 1799.95

8. Canadian Baby Comforter with pillow 24 x 42 at Php 849.95 each from Php 1049.95

9. Cotton Tails Baby Wipes at Php 499 (Buy 1 Take 1)

10. Pampers Diapers.. Save Php 100 if you buy 2!

For the homemaker!

11. Delichef Bread Toaster at Php 1499 (Buy 1 Take 1)

12. Food Network Ceramic Coated 10 pc Cookware Set at Php 3499 from 6999

For the food lover!

13. North Star English Toffee 6 pack (Php 299 — Buy 1 Take 1)

14. US Assorted Loaf at Php 189.oo (Buy 1 Take 1) — Flavors are Rhum Loaf with Almond, Coffee and Red Velvet!

 

These are the great deals that S&R Membership Club is offering you! These and many more, actually! What are the great deals that you have seen in S&R Membership Club this month? Please share it with us using #LoveSnR and#SnREveryday More details on Facebook @snrmembershipshopping and Instagram @snr_official

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

PS. I’ll blog about the KonMari Method in another post 🙂

Whiten Teeth with AP24 Toothpaste from Nu Skin

One of my goals for self care is to whiten my teeth. I’ve been a coffee drinker since I was in college, and it’s true that it makes your teeth yellow. Although, my dentist said that teeth should be yellowish. Being a bit yellowish
(it actually shouldn’t be as white as paper!) means that your teeth is strong.

But of course, I want to bring my teeth back to (at least) the actual color that it should be. From research, I got to find out that if your teeth are more yellowish than before, it is due to both intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are those that can be found on the surface of the enamel, which is the the hard and outermost layer of your teeth. Enamel that is said to be even harder than bone can still be easily stained by dark-colored foods and beverages. These things are high in chromogens that produce pigment that stick to tooth enamel.

The other cause are intrinsic stains, which (as the term used explains) happens within the tooth. Different factors alter the light-transmitting properties of the enamel and the underlying dentin. These are sometimes caused by medication that tend to cause discoloration. Ingredients like chlorhexidine, minocycline, etc. can cause these intrinsic stains.

So going back to my desire for whiter teeth, I really just wanted my teeth to look a few shades whiter. I saw this video: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsnu/posts/1880339782207080

After seeing this, I wanted to try AP24 Toothpaste by Nu Skin. I just saw it on my friends wall, and I am not in anyway, selling this product. I just really wanted to try if it’s effective.

The active ingredient is Sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP), which is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Na2PO3F. (*wikipedia). MFP is odourless, colourless, and water-soluble. This salt is an ingredient in some toothpastes.

This toothpaste aids in the prevention of tooth decay. I used the product for 7 days, and since the objective was whitening, here are some pictures to compare:

July 15, 2017

July 24, 2017

Noticed that it was a bit whiter. I’m excited that it can actually whiten it more, since it has been just exactly 9 days. I’ll continue using the product and let you know how it goes! The toothpaste is not that “bubbly”, but it’s not really something we should look for. I think it does it’s job of fighting cavities, which is good.

Overall, I think that the AP24 Toothpaste of Nu Skin does what it says it does. I think its safe to use (I’ve heard of whitening products that actually make your teeth weak), so I wanted to share this with you so you’ll consider a more effective and safer alternative. I’ll update the photo again after using it for two more weeks.

Have you tried this AP24 toothpaste? How was it for you? Was it effective? Please share it in social media and tag me (@mommyginger).

For more information about the product, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsnu/

 

Magnolia Chicken for the Roasted Chicken that I love! #PambansangManok

I love chicken! 🙂 I’m always looking for delicious chicken to bring home, and what I normally buy is whole roasted chicken that I ask them to chop. I take what I can eat for my meal then keep the rest inside the fridge to eat for the next meal. I can tell you where the best roasted chicken are, but then recently, I realised that I can’t assure my family that the cooked chicken that I purchase is fresh. So being the main decision maker and the “queen” of the household, I decided to just buy raw chicken and just cook it at home.

I buy Magnolia chicken, because the chicken that I buy from them is always fresh. The Magnolia chicken are raised in stress free environments, with Omega 3, free from antibiotic residue, and free from hormones and steroids. I also love that Magnolia has spearheaded a monumental campaign empowering Mom’s all over to choose only the best, and freshest, when it comes to serving the family – because when you have the power to choose, why settle for anything less than the best? From now on, I am choosing what’s best for y family!

Like the queens of Philippine pageant history and the country’s pride – Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 69’, Margie Moran, Miss Universe ’73, and, Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 15’, we can all choose what’s best for our families.

Since I love roasted chicken, I’m sharing the best marinades that I have seen on the internet:

https://addapinch.com/best-grilled-chicken-marinade-recipe/

http://www.marthastewart.com/1144303/delicious-chicken-marinade-recipes-upgrade-dinner

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/mustard-lemon-rosemary-roast-chicken/1f1b779e-0881-46dd-a8bf-315ced8d5ecb

Do you have other roasted chicken recipes that you’d love to share! Share it using #PambansangManok. Choose the best ingredients for your family. Choose Magnolia, ang #PambansangManok.

For more updates on Magnolia Chicken, check out these pages:
IG: @Magnoliacsph
Twitter: @Magnoliacsph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaChickenStationPhilippines/

Beauty and the Beast from REP Theater (Yey!!!)

When I was a child, I loved going to plays and musicals. I loved collecting different playbills. I loved to read, so I was amazed at how they can bring all of these stories to life. Being a stage performer is one of the my frustrations! haha!

I’d love my daughter to experience these plays and witness the amazing talented performers that we have in the Philippines. What better way to introduce her to plays, but to start with a story that she already knows. We all love Beauty and the Beast, right moms? I’m so excited to share with you that REP is bringing this magical and timeless fairytale to life at Onstage, Greenbelt 1 from August 12 to December 14!

REP’s staging of Beauty and the Beast is this year’s production of the REP Theater for Young Audiences, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Cara Barredo, Alana Vincente, Jill Ita-as, and Maya Encila are set to play Beauty, while Arnel Carrion, Jos Jalbuena, Hans Eckstein, and George Schultz will be portraying the Beast.

Alana Vicente

Arnel Carrion

Cara Barredo

Han Eckstein

Jillian Ita-as

Jos Jalbuena

I can’t wait how REP Theater will tell the tale of a loving father who wanders into an enchanted garden as he takes shelter from a storm. Since he promised his daughter Belle (Beauty), the youngest of his three daughters, that he would bring her home a rose, he decides to pick one, unknowingly angering the Beast who owns the garden. As punishment for the “crime” that he committed, the Beast demands that Beauty live with him in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Little does Beauty know that her captor is under a spell that can only be broken by true love.

Don’t miss this spellbinding show directed by REP’s Artistic Director and founder of REP Theater for Young Audiences Joy Virata, with book written by Peter de Valle and John Ahearn, music by Michael Valenti, and lyrics by Elsa Rael.

Seats are sure to go fast, so book yours right away! Purchase your tickets by calling REP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.

Choosing the Right Diapers and Pampers Premium Care

I always thought that all diapers were one and the same — a diaper is a diaper is a diaper. This was what I thought until I researched and found out why Pampers Premium Care stands out. We all know that our consideration as a mom in choosing diapers should be one that keeps our babies healthy and happy! If they wake up in the middle of the night, several times (even if you already fed them), it “may” be because they are not comfortable with the “nappy” that they are wearing.

Here are the things that I found out about Pampers Premium Care that was so shockingly amazing!

– It was made in Japan with cutting-edge Japanese Technology for world-class care. There are a lot of amazing technologies that are developed in Japan, and these technologies make their products of utmost quality.

– You’ll immediately notice that the Pampers Premium Care diaper is very soft. Pampers makes sure that it uses quality materials that ensures softness, dryness, and comfort for babies’ sound sleep and happy mornings.

– I love the Magic Gel Channels that can only be found in the Pampers Premium Care line. When this technology was shown to us, we saw how fast the absorption was. It easily spread to the different parts of the diaper, therefore the problem of bunching up only in the lower part when the diaper becomes full won’t be a problem.

– The Magic Gel keeps baby dry also by turning liquid into crystal form in seconds. This gel is also the reason why a Pampers Premium Care diaper is thinner than other diapers!

– Pampers Premium Care has also upgraded diapers with with Skin Protection Lotion to wrap babies in silky softness that is gentle on skin.

– Pampers Premium Care has also has unique innovations designed specifically for a particular lifestage in your babies life. For newborns, the NB and S sizes come with a specially designed top sheet called the Absorb Away Liner. This quickly absorbs runny messes, and helps reduce the risk of skin irritation.

I was also so happy to know that the Pants variant is now available in the Philippines. In the Pants variant, a unique S-Flex technology protects the skin from friction. So when your toddler, like mine, loves moving around and running around, they can do so comfortably.

These are the things that I learned about diapers. I didn’t think that there was so much more really to choosing, but there is! After seeing this, I don’t think I’ll be looking at any other brands soon! If you want to see how Pampers can work for you, check out their store in Lazada: http://www.lazada.com.ph/pampers-official-store/?spm=a2o4l.brand-376.0.0.d88FWQ

A Visit to the Zen Institute

If women and men want to look good, and if they can afford it, I don’t think it’s being vain. The thing about today’s society is that we succumb to beauty shaming. What happened to Maureen Wroblewitz, the winner of Asia’s Next Top model, was a perfect example. She was insulted, because she was pretty. I just think that if we want our voices to be heard, let’s not waste it on negativity. Speaking up about issues and things takes effort, and practical ME encourages everyone to say good things about other people.

Now going back to trying to the topic of looking good and beautiful, we all want that! I don’t think anyone would say that they don’t want to look their best. If I had more time, I would probably allot more time to looking good. Looking good boosts confidence, and being confident means that you can face anything and achieve anything that you want to achieve. Last week, I took time out to visit The Zen Institute in BGC. My first encounter with the brand was when they spoke at the Boss Bellas event.

I decided to be adventurous and check out their services. I haven’t tried any treatments lately, and all these terms in their flyer seemed so unfamiliar. But, I was really interested to talk to them and experience their services. Check out my video!

So what I tried that day was Ultralipo. It’s a non-invasive treatment that burns fat. As mentioned in the video, doing this treatment regularly can lose approximately 5 inches in a month. Ultralipo uses radio frequencies to burn fat by driving controlled heat deep within the fat cells and subsequently destroys them. It only targets fat cells so it’s safe. You can have Ultralipo done for your arms, thighs or tummy. You lie on a metallic plate that touches the skin in your back. The lady then uses the machine (looks like an ultrasound machine) by rubbing it on your thigh with a gel. It’s a bit warm as it glides through your skin.

Obviously, since I had it done just once, I don’t think there was a difference in the circumference of my thigh, but I felt my skin was smoother and a bit tighter.

I love that the people in The Zen Institute really explained to me what the treatments were for. Because of the exceptional service, I recommend that you get their Weight Management Program! Also, ask about their Membership card! I actually got one for myself. I got a Silver Card at Php 5000 and got treatments worth around Php 50,000!!!

If you’re interested to visit The Zen Institute, please do visit their site or their BGC branch and look for Veron! http://www.thezeninstitute.com/

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, â…“” 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 sautĂ© 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!

PS. This is a great list to check the pH level of your cleansers — http://www.skincaredupes.com/master-list-of-cleansers-ph/