How to Squeeze in Exercise While Driving

If you think about it, it’s amazing how man continues to make discoveries that would make everyday things faster, easier, or more efficient. Before the birth of the automobile (now that we say car, this word sounds so “old” haha!), people mostly walked from Point A to Point B or relied on horses. What used to take months of travel by going on foot, can now be done in a few hours. However, modern conveniences like these have also made it difficult for some to find the time to establish a fitness routine. We tend to pack our schedules to fulfil all our obligations, that it becomes tricky to find that balance when everything in life seems to be happening at the same time.

This is especially true for moms, and for some who have already established a bond with their cars from driving the kids to and from school or running errands. Some moms have even partnered up with Uber to augment to the household income. They already drive around most of the day, so why not make money while on the road, right?

So how do you find the time to work out when you’re busy with…, well, life? Luckily, experts have proven that you don’t have to spend a straight hour at the gym just to get your fitness requirement done for the day. You can exercise while driving! Yup! You can break down that hour into more manageable chunks so you can squeeze in a couple of fitness moves while you go about your day. Yes, some of them can even be done while in your car! A word of caution: be sure not to be distracted while doing these moves. It would be best to do this routine while waiting for the stop light or while sitting in traffic (which tends to happen a lot in Metro Manila). Allow me to share some quick exercise hacks that you can do in your daily commute.

Deep breathing. I kid you not, breathing exercises are one of the easiest things you include in your commuting fitness regimen. Sitting in traffic can be stressful, so breathing can alleviate that restlessness. Take a slow, deep breath in and feel your diaphragm expand. Hold your breath for 3 seconds, then start to exhale slowly through your nose until you feel that all the air has been expelled from your chest. You can repeat the steps until you finish 1 song from your playlist. The purpose of this exercise is to make you more relaxed and calm. It is important to note that you should limit this routine for the duration of 1 song, or roughly 2 minutes. Prolonged deep breathing may make you too relaxed and sleepy. Remember that a sleepy driver is a dangerous driver!

Seated cat. You will quickly find that the car is a fun place to try all these modified yoga poses. This is a great way to work out your core, as we don’t get to work out that area while sitting down. Sit in the standard driving position and extend your arms to the steering wheel, putting your hands in the 10 o’ clock and 2 o’ clock positions. Slowly start to tighten your core and abdominal muscles as you inhale, curling inwards until your upper body is curved to a letter ‘C’. Slowly exhale and come back to the standard seating position but keep your abdominal muscles tight as you push your back into the seat. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, and repeat. You can perform this move for the duration of 2 songs, resting for a few seconds in between songs.

Stretching. I love this move as it feels wonderful on my back when I have to drive for long hours. Simply reach your arms as high as you can toward the roof of your car while engaging your abs and back muscles. Hold for 10 seconds and come back to the standard seating position. You can do this move while the car is stopped in traffic. Do not attempt this move while in motion! It is important to keep your eyes on the road and keep your full focus on your surroundings while driving.

So simply put! There shouldn’t be any excuse for not staying in shape — driving around is definitely not an excuse anymore! haha! You can exercise while driving. Do you have other tips that you can share?

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!

Last Night Captured in Stills: Life of a Mompreneur

We bought this recently…

Zeeka: Ooooh, what is this? Fancy! A remote control! Let me press it!

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Zeeka: Daaaang, did it just take my picture?

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Zeeka: This is pretty cool!

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Zeeka: I’ll take another…

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Zeeka: and another (with my top model pout)

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Zeeka: and another (with my PJ Masks pose!)

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Zeeka: Let me take a video…too! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpg9oQ0mGBo&t=48s – Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel)

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Zeeka: I love these black and white pictures!

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Zeeka: But this is getting to be a little bit boring. I need a new subject.

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Zeeka: *Oh, Mommy!* Mommy, can I take your picture? I want to press the remote!

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Ginger: Okay, but only for a few minute. I need to finish work.

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Zeeka: Smile Mommy!

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Zeeka: Again Mommy!

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Zeeka: Funny face, mommy!

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Ginger: Zeeka, I really need to work. haha!

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Zeeka: Moooommmy! Smile!

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Zeeka: *Mommy is not listening. I’ll just sit beside her* Mommy, smile!!!

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Zeeka: Mommmyyy! *Pretends to cry*

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Zeeka: Looks at Mommy. “Awww man, it didn’t work!”

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Zeeka: Mommy, you need to smile.

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Zeeka: Oh well… hmmm… what to do… what to doooo?

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Zeeka: Oh… hehe! I’ll take this to daddy!

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S&R Membership Perks: Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mompreneur

As a mompreneur, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for me. My to-do list doubles and I usually lag behind in the things that I have to do. I think that throughout the three years that I have been a full time mom and entrepreneur, I have picked up “hacks” and a rhythm that I can repeat and work with every year during the holiday season. One of the things that a mompreneur needs to accomplish to is get Christmas shopping done for both family, friends and for work. I realized that my hack is really just to go to S&R and do most of my Christmas shopping.

Speaking of making thing more efficient for busy moms like me, this year, I am making it even easier for you. I have listed down all of my Christmas gift ideas that I will share with you. It will save you the time and the effort. All you will need to do is to is grab your S&R Member Shopping card, drive to S&R and grab pieces of each item.

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Love S&R Everyday!

So here are my top 8 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mompreneur. These items are perfect for corporate giveaways and exchange gifts (with a lot of savings involved mind you!).

Delichef Personal Coffee Maker (Php 1699.95 – Buy 1 Take 1)

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American Home Microwave Oven (Php 2449.95)

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Delichef Food Steamer (Php 2289.95)

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UltraHD Cushioned Pneumatic Stool (Php 2699.95)

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American Home Water Dispenser (Php 5298.95)

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Sky Viper Nano Drone M500 (Php 2999.95)

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Sky Viper Stunt Drone  S1700 (Php 3199.95)

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Luggage Scooter Adult Bag (Php 5799.95)

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There are a lot of other things that you can buy for the busy mompreneur at S&R. It’s one of our favorite places to shop! Hope you can come up with your won list of Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mompreneur and share with me using #LoveSnR and #SnReveryday

Comment below with a link to your blog post and one of you will receive a special Christmas gift from Mommy Ginger!

Mompreneur Jennelyn Faiwas of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions

When Zeeka was 17 months old, I had a ceramic impression of her little hands and feet made by this very talented lady. You can check out my review here: http://mommyginger.com/2014/10/chubby-toes-ceramic-impressions.html Today, I’m happy to share with you the mompreneur story of the Jennelyn Faiwas, the owner of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions.

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Who is Jen?

I am a licensed financial advisor, a breastfeeding peer counselor and a full time mompreneur. My strong advocacy is for breastfeeding. I believe that it is every mothers’ and babies’ right to breastfeed. Mothers should be given all the information about it and the dangers of artificial feeding. While the system protects , promotes and supports this right. I also love to babywear, cloth diaper and co-sleep with my son.

My son is 2 years old. I’m a single mom. And that is why my world revolves around my son. Before I got pregnant, I’m contented with my life as an employee in an IT company. But things really will change when you have other priorities.
Well, my dream is to be a bearer of financial independence to more people, to be a gentle birth doula, a very successful entrepreneur and a good homeschooler. A tall order eh? 🙂

My interview with Mompreneur Jennelyn Faiwas of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions:

Ginger: Hi Jen! Can you tell us more about your business? 

Jen: Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions specializes in creating a unique keepsakes of our loved ones, especially the very cute babies. Newborn babies are my specialty. Because they just grow so fast. They start to be this teeny weeny creatures with tiny hands and feet then it feels like in an instant they will become this running, talking small people.

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So Chubby Toes captures this moment on clay and transform it to ceramics. I do children of any age as well, since they will just grow and grow but we can still capture their little hands and feet sizes now. I also do any member of the family, including pets! I started last year and it started growing. I have an FB account dedicated solely for my business. Recently, I also set-up a website that showcases my work since I started in 2014.

Ginger: Interesting and such a unique idea. Who do you plan to tap?
Jen: The primary market for my business is families with children or pets. Now, I have a vision of expanding my business as notable and special keepsakes. I am experimenting on my impressions so they can be used on occasions like weddings, debuts, birthdays, wedding, baptism etc.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea and what made you decide to start this kind of business?
Jen: Since giving birth to my son, I was always looking for ways to capture milestones and memories of his “littleness”. I have a monthly photo of him. I (tried to) journal his every milestone. So this included getting his hand and foot prints regularly. I have used ink and those DIY salt dough and plaster of paris. I used to be so crazy about it.

Anyway, I used to always encounter this ceramic impressions thing during my search for ways to capture (and display) my son’s keepsakes. I know that it’s not available here in the Philippines, but I so wanted it! I salivate just looking at all those beautiful ceramic plates, but all out of reach for me. So after months of constantly coming across it, I just thought why not start it here? How awesome would that be!
So I started to ask around and research about it some more. Then I met my mentor/trainer and things started rolling. I purchased a complete set of training materials, ordered my kiln. And so Chubby Toes is born.

I started practicing with my son’s impressions, then I asked friends and neighbors if I can borrow their babies and have their impression taken. Most of the time people can’t really understand what I want to do, or what my product is. But when they see the finished product in person, they are ecstatic that I have made this special keepsake for them. So I’m happy. 🙂

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur? What are these?

Jen: Yes, I used to be an employee with a decent enough income. When I took the leap, I have to adjust to the fact that it won’t be the same as when I hold a regular job, at least financially. Also I have to get out of my comfort zone. It entails meeting more people, marketing my product, etc. My usual routine before was to work then go home, that’s it. But now I have to constantly socialize and be out there, which really is a new experience and enlightening for me 🙂

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Jen: It has been said before, but you really need to find a business that you are passionate about. We can all start a business, but sustaining it is another thing. And I think that’s what our passion does, it fuels us to continue and breeze through whatever we may encounter along the way. I sincerely believe that, love what you’re doing and success will follow.

I think another thing that made many Mompreneurs successful, is their motivation to always be there for their families. Being at home is a constant reminder of that.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Jen: Things won’t always go as smoothly as we plan. I have my day clearly planned, but no, my son won’t allow me to do my things. He needs to feed, he needs me to change his diaper, I’m the one he needs to read him the book he wants. It’s crazy really. But I think it’s part of all the fun and challenges as a Mompreneur. And I love every bit of it! 🙂

I clearly remember my first customer, she contacted me through my facebook page. With full faith she asked to have her son’s impressions taken. Ok, with what I do, sometimes clients can’t really appreciate my beautiful product, at least on that first meeting because they will only see the plain-looking gray clay I use for taking their baby’s impressions.
So with this customer, I handed her her son’s impression plate after it was completed. And she was so happy and said “Maganda nga pala talaga!”. And so it made me happy too, to have had a chance to preserve a special keepsake for them that they can forever cherish. 🙂

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Jen: Find that something that will light your inner fire. It is sometimes easy to jump on the bandwagon but always ask yourself if this is really what you want to do. You have to have a clear vision of why you do what you do. And if the going gets tough, you will only have that fire to hold on to.

Ginger: Thank you Jen for such inspiring words. For those who want to contact Jen, the information of her company is seen below. Thank you again for reading this inspiring mompreneur story! 

Contact information on Chubby Toes:

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Website: chubbytoes.com
Email address: chubbytoesph@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0917.840.7405
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChubbyToesPH
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chubbytoesph

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

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An Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of MakeitBlissful.com

How can we oftentimes forget the one’s closest to us? I’ve been interviewing a lot of amazing women entrepreneurs and who do I forget to interview? I forget to share the story of my amazing partner-in-crime (and when I say crime, I actually mean business. Lol!), Martine De Luna.

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

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Okay, let me tell you more about Martine, for those who don’t know her (which is quite impossible, since she’s practically a celebrity to moms). Martine de Luna is a lifestyle design advocate, student of life, a WAHMderful woman; wife to Ton for six years, and mom to Vito for four. An old soul with a love for long walks, books, quiet days on holiday, and a passion for visual storytelling, Martine loves being a “sociable introvert,” a blogger, a writer, and an amateur photographer (mostly on Instagram). Oh, by the way, she ‘says’ she’s an amateur, but I consider her a Pro because she create these amazing photos especially on Instagram (I hate her for this! All of my pictures on Instagram look crappy! haha!). Before becoming a full-time freelancing WAHM — mostly doing online coaching, copywriting and community management — Martine used to be an English teacher, a youth counselor, a magazine staff writer and editorial assistant. Her goal in life? To live each day joyfully despite all odds, and to find “bliss” in the ordinary everyday of being a wife, mom, and student of life.

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Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of MakeitBlissful.com

Ginger: Oh my geee! How could I forget you! Good morning, Marts! It’s nice to have you here at MommyGinger.com! I’m really excited to have learn from your experiences and I’m sure other people would love to hear your stories, too and how you made it to where you are now. So, can you tell us more about your brand/business? What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Martine: My brand, Make it Blissful, is really a statement, a collective and a mindset. I started it on my blog, which was formerly called “Dainty Mom.” Through the blog, I offer blog-related events, like blogging and writing workshops. I also offer collaborations, either with other blogs, or with brands that I feel “click” with the Make it Blissful way of thinking.

I also offer freelance digital media-related services, on my professional site, Martinedeluna.com. I launched this about a year ago, when I wanted to step up my freelancing game and go into offering services on a full-time basis. In the past year, I’ve worked with women-run businesses, like wedding blogs, style/fashion blogs and businesses, creative businesses, advocacies, and personal bloggers, mostly through blog consulting, branding, and copywriting.

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Ginger: With all of these services, who is your primary market?

Martine: Women who have great ideas and need help in putting them into an online platform that will help them in their businesses.

Ginger: I’m just curious, how did you come up with this idea?

Martine: These services I offer — blog coaching, copywriting, developing website experiences, even personal brands for women — they were all based on skills I’d learned as a creative social media manager in a U.S. based business that I used to work for (offshore). During my stint there, I learned how to blog beyond just lifestyle blogging; I learned branding, social media basics, some online marketing, that sort of thing. I was also exposed to brands and businesses abroad, because these were the clients we worked with. A lot of the blogging and social media practices I learned were so different from the local blogging and social media culture. I thought, why not teach these tactics to individuals, so that they could build up their online platforms (websites and blogs) in a way that felt professional, like “DIY PR” or “do it yourself branding.” I called my initial offering “blog coaching,” because I began doing one-on-one freelance coaching with people who wanted to launch a serious, long-term blog.

I also saw that there was a need for busy business owner-women to manage their blogs and social media accounts more effectively. These powerful women often don’t have time to manage these platforms; they are busy building up their businesses. I started offer “web & blog management” for these women, so that I could manage running content, editorial, photography, and make sure their blogs and websites regularly came out with quality content. I likewise complimented this on social media by being their community managers, too.

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Ginger: Amazing! Knowing that this mission would really be hard work, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur?

Martine: Well, I’m only breaking into the local coaching scene. It’s picked up over the last few months. I feel the challenge is in balancing it all: your personal/family life, excelling and improving in your coaching and services, finding time for continuing education, etc. Because I work now on a “per project” or retainer basis, I have to make sure I’m constantly marketing myself and putting myself out there in front of potential clients.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Martine: I think going solo — whether as a freelancer or mompreneur — takes gumption. You have to be willing to take risks so that you can discover where you can really thrive. Of course, you should plan financially and prepare your reserves before going into solopreneurship, into mompreneurship. You also have to learn how to organize your life according to your priorities. You’re your own boss when you become a freelancer, a mompreneur, and that can be both a blessing and a burden! I think mompreneurs and solopreneurs should also have a solid community of like-minded people that they can connect with on a regular basis, especially on days when things get challenging. For instance, I began a community called the WAHMderful Life, in partnership with Manila Workshops. These women are all work-at-home moms, and they find support, encouragement, even work, when they connect in our exclusive Facebook community group, set up especially for them. You can’t be a mompreneur and “be an island.” Find your tribe; grow with a community. They can help you keep going, even during your down and low days!

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Ginger: That’s good advice! That’s true. A lot of the support that I got was also through that network. Marting, how about sharing with us any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Martine: I’ll share just one lesson: You have to design your life and be humble about learning how to do things better. Having an outlook of lifelong learning and “life hacking” can take you through your most trying times as a mompreneur.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Martine: Stay humble. Never stop learning how to do things better. Hire a mentor or a coach to be your constant sounding board. (I owe much of my success to the training and mentorship of business coaches and blog mentors.) Live out your mompreneurship like you’re at the top of your empire: delegate, hire the help you need, create systems so that you can focus on your priorities: family, marriage, and the bigger picture of your business.

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Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?
Martine: I can’t live without WordPress! Every business — whether online or offline — needs to have it and leverage it towards their brand, their sales efforts, their lead generation. It’s not just for blogging. With WordPress, you can literally run your business from anywhere in the world.

Ginger: Thank you Martine for sharing with us your insights on being a momprenuer and for sharing your experiences. We wish you more success in all of your endeavors!

For Martine’s contact details, you can see it listed below. Thank you for reading this interview and watch out for more interviews with inspiring mompreneurs!

Contact information of Martine De Luna:
Website www.makeitblissful.com (blog) | www.martinedeluna.com (professional)
Email address info@martinedeluna.com
Mobile Number 0917-8591126
Facebook Page facebook.com/makeitblissfulblog | facebook.com/martinedelunasolutions
Instagram account: martinedeluna
Pinterest: martinedeluna
Twitter: martinedeluna

Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon of Wish Philippines

This lady is really one of kind. I got to notice her online since she frequently answered questions regarding entrepreneurship in the WAHMderful Life Community. I am so blessed to have been given the chance to interview her and to get to know about her new venture. Let’s get to know mompreneur Blessie Adlaon.

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About Blessie…
I’ve been married for 12 years now and have been blessed with four kids. I’ve been a WAHM since 2010. Before that, I was senior editor at goFluent, an English-training company headquartered in France. I currently work from home as a freelance writer and editor under the trade name Escrive Writing and Editing. My website Wish Philippines is my hobby and my advocacy. My deepest desire is to retire from full-time work and be able to focus more on homeschooling my children.

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Interview with Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon of Wish Philippines

Ginger: Hi Blessie! Can you tell our readers on what your brand is about?
Blessie: My primary business is freelance writing, and my primary company is Escrive Writing and Editing, which has been a government-registered business since 2011.

Escrive Writing and Editing owns and manages Wish Philippines, or WishPH.com, which was launched in June 2014. The goal of WishPH.com is to publish people’s wishlists so that their gift givers can know more easily what gifts their loved ones would truly love to get.

Ginger: Oh wow! That concept is amazing! That’s the first time that I have heard of such a service. Who is your market for this?

Blessie: Wish Philippines is targeted towards Filipino mothers with young children and mid-range incomes. We are proud to say we are the first localized wishlist publisher in the country.

Now why do we offer our service primarily to mothers? Because as gift givers, it is usually the moms who are in charge of buying gifts for their children and godchildren (and even her husband’s godchildren), her parents and siblings, and also her in-laws.

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As receivers, well, it may not be Mom who receives all the gifts – certainly, the bulk of it goes to her kids – but Mom is the one in charge of finding room to store them all! So Mom would be the one most interested in publishing her kids’ wishlists, so that grandparents and godparents can get the stuff the kids really need (and which Mom will be buying anyway) rather than just add to the pile of not-so-necessary stuff filling up all storage spaces in the house!

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Blessie: The idea came first. How to make it a business came afterwards.

This website was inspired by my own gift giving challenges. You see, I’m a terrible gift guesser. It’s torture for me to try to figure out what to give my loved ones every Christmas – and Christmas comes around every twelve months!

So every March, when I start trying to figure out what to Christmas gifts to give my family and in-laws, I get this aching wish that people would just TELL me what they want. But of course, nobody would ever tell you directly, face-to-face, what they want. So I thought, what if there was a way for them to tell me indirectly?

And that’s how I came up with this idea of wishlists that people could publish on the Internet, directed to nobody specific at all, but Google-searchable and Facebook-shareable, so that they can be accessed by the people who really care enough to want to find out what gifts their giftees would truly love to get!

Ginger: Oh my! I’m also terrible at guessing what gift my loved ones would appreciate. I’m so glad that you came up with this site. Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur? What are these?

Blessie: Wish Philippines is a Web-based and socially powered venture. So first, it needs a website, and second, it needs to be promoted on social media. And third, it all needs to be done by yours truly because I don’t have the funding to hire somebody else to do it all for me.

The thing is, I have no formal training in Web and graphics design. Worse, I am a reclusive introvert with less than a handful of close friends outside my family. (Seriously, I can count them on one hand with fingers to spare.) I didn’t have a Twitter account, no Pinterest, no Instagram, and I had a hundred people in my Facebook friends list.

My solution for the first obstacle was to leverage the power of Google and learn how to put up a website by myself. As for the second, well, I’ve received huge help from our Facebook WAHM group. My very first users came from there, and those who actually went on to submit wishlists to the site have been incredibly supportive. Then, there is also my husband, my total social opposite, who has thousands of Facebook friends. He promoted the site to HIS network and helped us reach our first 100 likes.

Why just 100? Oh, did I say three obstacles? There is a fourth, which is the biggest obstacle I’m facing and expect to be facing for a time longer: The concept of wishlisting is foreign to Filipinos. A survey we’ve made showed that many Filipinos have never used wishlists or gift registries, while those who have already used it to get gifts for others still felt uneasy using it for themselves. So our challenge now is to orient people on what a wishlist is, what it is for, and why it’s actually a very thoughtful and considerate gesture for them to publish one.

Ginger: I’m sure that you’ll do a good job in spreading the word about the concept of “wish lists”. With all of these obstacles, what are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Blessie: Resourcefulness has been the trait most helpful to me.

Energy is next, but that comes naturally when you’re following what your heart calls you to do. Even when you want to stop because you’re tired, sleepy, and hungry, you keep moving forward because something inside you forces you to keep going.

Third is naivete. You have to be a little ignorant about how hard it’s going to be, how many difficulties you’re going to face, and how impossible your task really is. Everything is impossible! – but only if you stop to think about it. So once in a while, stop thinking and just go for it.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Blessie: One thing I’ve learned while promoting Wish Philippines is that rejection won’t kill you. In fact, after a few noes, rejection doesn’t hurt so much anymore.

Yesses, on the other hand, are always delicious. Sometimes, somebody’s yes can even include an amazing amount of support you never even hoped for or dreamed of.

People can be surprisingly kind. I now have more faith in human kindness.

Ginger: Yes, we just have to have a little faith in people. What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Blessie: Start by preparing your product. Forget the business plan and feasibility study. So many people come up with a cool business idea and then get inextricably stuck on the business plan. Such a shame.

When Mark Zuckerberg wrote the first line of Facebook, or even when he started promoting it, I doubt he had a business plan, or that he knew how to make one, or that he had the money to hire somebody to do it for him. And if those things stopped Mark Zuckerberg from making Facebook, imagine where we would all be today! Introverts like me would have no social life at all.

So again, start with your product and hang the business plan. If you’ve got a product that you yourself would buy, you’ll be in a better position to sell it to others. And when others are already buying, then you can write your business plan, not to start your business but to grow it.

Incidentally, Escrive Writing and Editing has been helping support our family in a major way since 2011, and I still have to write a business plan for it. Admittedly, a business plan might make my business more successful, but you see, unlike Wish Philippines, writing a business plan is just not something I’m passionate about.

Ginger: Or, I can help you create one! haha! 🙂 For the final question, do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Blessie: Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur – it can be a terribly scary, tiring, and lonely place to be in – but if something inside you calls you to do it, you should at least give it a try because the rewards are likewise great.

Ginger: Thank you, Blessie for that inspiring interview. From this interview, I hope a lot of moms with unique ideas just jump at it and go into creating their own businesses! BTW, I already sent my wishes in Wishph.com!

If you haven’t sent in your wishes, I suggest that you try out the service now!

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Wishph Contact Details:
Website: http://www.wishph.com
Email address: wishph@escrive.com
Mobile Number: 0917-5351201
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/wishphilippines
Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/wishph

Mompreneur Reena Alcantara of CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services

One of my personal goals is really to help the other entrepreneurs in the Philippines become successful at what they do. I’ve always believed that those who really want to be entrepreneurs need to be given the same opportunities given to huge companies. In this blog, I intend to help entrepreneurs, especially mompreneurs, by promoting their services. I recently made a shout out on my instagram account (follow me at http://instagram.com/mommyginj) that I am looking for more entrepreneurs that I could interview and whose services I can write about.

Today, I am proud to publish this interview with my friend Renz Alcantara who is also a member of the WAHMderful Life community. She is the proprietor of CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services, which I think will be useful for busy moms like us who plan to outsource these household work. One of the tips that I always say during my talks is that we should accept the fact that we need help — from our husbands, from parents and from people around us. Even if we want to do everything by ourselves, it’s just humanly impossible! 🙂 These cleaning services of Renz will be a huge help. But, let’s start by getting to know this lady.

Renz Alcantara, the mompreneur behind CMDA Cleaning Services

Renz Alcantara, the mompreneur behind CMDA Cleaning Services

About Reena or Renz…
My family and friends are fond of calling me Renz. I’m a Mom of 2 beautiful girls and 2 feline boys. My girls are Peaches, 6 years old, and Luzy who just turned 2 months old. My rowdy furry sons are Ted, adopted from PAWS and Peanut, who Troy and Peaches rescued from the streets. Before CMDA, I have been working online since 2008. While my forte is Search Engine Optimization, I have honed different skills being a virtual assistant. I am a proud WAHM (work at home mom) and everyday I am thankful for being one. My ultimate goal, together with my equally hardworking and supportive husband, is to provide a stable work for honest and hard working Filipinos and give them and their family opportunities of a better quality of life. The good people who are working for us are treated as family and partners in providing quality service to our clients.

Interview with Mompreneur Reena Alcantara of CMDA Home and Office Cleaning Services

Ginger: Hi Renz! Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for Mommy Ginger. First of all, can you tell us what your business is about and how long have you been doing it?

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Renz: CMDA cleaning service is about the people we work with and maintaining the quality of service that we provide to our clients. The concept came from my Mom and then my husband and I decided to start and try it out. We offer deep cleaning services on homes and offices, post construction cleaning, restaurant kitchen sanitation, stay out cleaning service, and post event cleaning services. In less than a year, we’ve managed to grow the business with help from both sides of our family and amazing people who came to work with us.

Ginger: Who is your target market?
Renz: We cater to commercial offices, condominium owners, houses, schools, restaurants and any other spaces that our clients want to be cleaned and sanitized without the hassle of buying industry grade solutions and cleaning equipment.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Renz: My Mom first thought of the concept and I decided to move it forward. Being a clean freak myself, I have set high standards of cleaning on both residential and commercial spaces. I am easily turned off with even a small smudge of dirt in our wall.

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Ginger: As a mompreneur, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue this business? 
Renz: The biggest obstacle was hiring trustworthy and hard working cleaners for the business. But with God’s grace, we were given the perfect partners who love the business like we do. Second obstacle was the money to start the business. Being young parents, we were concerned about risking whatever savings we had in starting a new business but again, support from our families poured in and their confidence in us gave the final push.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Renz: Be a know-it-all. When it comes to starting up your business, make sure you know everything there is to know. Read, learn, ask, those were the most important things I did when I was just starting the business.

– Be ready to multi-task. As a business owner, a mother, a wife all rolled into one you are bound to wear two or three hats all at the same time. Keep your sanity by mastering the art of multi-tasking. I would also want to mention, know when to asking for help and delegate to maximize your time and potential.

– Dream big- the realization of your dreams and your visions start with having one. And then make baby steps to attain the dream.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Renz: There were plenty of lessons I learned the hard way like when a client didn’t pay for the service claiming they were not satisfied of the service even though they saw their place a week after our cleaning service was rendered and her helper and driver were there to check our cleaners and even signed a waiver saying all is well and satisfactory.

There was also this one time we had to do a repeat cleaning to a small condo because the owner complained and again, her helpers were there watching over our cleaners and again signed the waiver. The helper even made up stories about how our cleaners were when it really didn’t happen. But what can you do when you want your clients to be happy?

Also, unforgettable moments were when we started getting calls from celebrities and high end condominiums! I remember thinking of going myself so I can see the celebrity and her/his home. Teeheee.

Ginger: haha! But, yes, as mompreneurs, sometimes you have to learn these things the hard way. Not all days are bright and sunny. So what advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Renz: There are no small or big dreams, the most important thing is you have one and you’re working hard to achieve it. Believe and you shall see. Treat your employees well, they are your front-liners and always remember that they represent you and your business.

Ginger: Yes, I agree. Employees should be treated well, especially if they really show that they care for the company. As a company in this day and age, what are the tools that you use for your business?

Renz: The most important tools in my marketing my business are my laptop, my mobile phones and the Internet. Most of my clients know about our business through websites.

Ginger: So, what we can pick up here from Renz is that even if you business is a traditional service like cleaning services, digital marketing still plays an important role in growing your business. Thank you Renz for being our guest today. I hope a lot of our readers here get to avail of your services.

CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services
Website: http://cmdacleaningservices.vaprostaff.com/ (temporary URL)
Email address: cmdacleaning@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0917-5092768
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CMDACleaningServices
Landline Number: 994-4688 | 470-0415