I’m sure you know how much of a skin care addict I am. I don’t know if such a liking is related to genetics, but my mom, my sister, my aunts (basically, the entire family) are all skin care enthusiasts. I was surprised to find out that my cousin, Charisse, is currently selling some skin care and beauty products under the brand Viral Girl PH. I think this is her first business venture, so I’ll be truly supportive of her.

I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the skin care products that she has. She has other products but I’ll be focusing on the ones for your face.

I’ll start with my favorite product of them all — the Whipp Bleach (Supreme Crystal White Bleach).

I’ve been using all Viral Girl PH’s products since a month ago. This is the second step in my skin care routine, right after I use the facial foam of Vira Girl PH. Get just the right amount of bleach to cover the entire face. Then, wait for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off after.

Why do I love this? I love it because you get instantly radiant looking skin. You’ll notice your dark spots lighten after a few times you use the product. It doesn’t feel like your skin is dehydrated after, but you will still have to continue your skin care routine after for optimal “skin lightening results”. I noticed, too, that my skin is firmer and tighter. This is an immediate effect that you will feel.

It contains the following ingredients: Glutathione, Collagen, Lemon, Alpha Arbutin, Baking Soda, Snail Lime, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Hyaluronic Acid.

I am still using this product to this very day. I use it every other day. And guess what? This jar is only at Php 180 pesos!

Next in my list are the Magic Glass Skin Serum (daytime) and the 24K Gold Serum (nighttime). A lot of her clients consider these two products as their favorites. For the Magic Glass skin serum, I get two to three drops of it. I rub it on the palm of my hand and tap it unto my skin. What I’ve noticed that it hydrates my skin and helps lighten the dark spots. I’m not sure if it’s the combination of the bleach and serum (since I used them together), but the more important thing is that it works.

My cousin highly recommends the 24K Gold Serum. It contains snail extract and Vitamin E. I think it’s perfect for those who are worried about lines and wrinkles. These 15 mL bottles of serum are at a very affordable price of less than Php 200 pesos.

The next product that I tried is the Magical Hydrating Facial Foam Wash. I’m not sure what the PH Level of this is and you all know that I’m not a fan of foam as a form of facial cleansers, but I tried this one. It’s definitely hydrating and I like the apple-y scent of the product. Active ingredients are Gluta Arbutin, Vitamin C and E, Collagen, AHA, Niacinamide and Tea Tree.

Usually, my personal experience is that continuous use of foam cleansers lead to acne. I didn’t get any pimples using this product though. I think it’s very gentle and the size is great for traveling. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and this is the product that I’ve been bringing.

Viral Girl PH also has other products like a Whipp Cream, Hello Kili Deodorant, Secret in a Bottle Feminine Wash and other beauty products.

If you want to try their products, please visit https://www.facebook.com/viralgirlPH/ on Facebook and leave her a message!

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Sharing a piece of myself today. No pictures, though, because I couldn’t get myself to take photos.

I’ve locked myself inside my room. I brought my laptop, because I needed something to distract me. Zeeka couldn’t stop whining. First, it was about Monopoly and how she couldn’t get the little paper money inside the little pouch. After whining about that, she whined about not being able to play with the big sack of play dough. I didn’t let her play that because we were having friends over, and I didn’t want to dirty the place. After that episode, I just had it. I didn’t want to do anything that would hurt her, so I ran towards my room, shut the door and locked myself up.

She kept on crying for a good 15 minutes and shouting.

So yeah, this is my life. And ‘this’ happens (behind the scenes of social media) at least a couple of times during the day, mind you. These are the scenes that we don’t show. But, as moms, this is our REALITY.

As I look at young, single and fashionable women on Instagram, I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous. “Look at you having the time of your life,” I scoff. “Enjoy it while you can.”

Now, my life is full of concerns like: “Did she finish her baon today? or did she pee on her underwear or how’s my schedule like next week since they extended club time”.

I want to be concerned just for once about whether my tan lines show or not! Please! Haha!

Then after my “internal” rants about my predicament and after feeling sorry for myself, I hear a knock on the door. This cute little human in pigtails asks me for food, because she’s hungry.

My heart melts. We’re then friends again.

And this cycle continues.

I am truly a Belle De Jour fan. I love the Belle De Jour Planner 2019! I’m not just saying this, because Darlyn, the founder is a friend of mine. I have been using the BDJ or Belle De Jour planner since 2008. Wow, I just realized that that that was 10 years ago! I’ve been buying the BDJ planner, because I love the content. I love the lists, the pages that allow you to plan and the other trackers that Viviamo places inside the BDJ planner.

By the way, Viviamo is the name of the company behind all of these products that i’ll be sharing with you today. “Viviamo” is Italian for “we live!” The name is so fit for what Darlyn and her team hope to achieve, which is to provide products and services of superior quality and value that will help people to try, to dare, to succeed, to experience, and to live.

This year, I’d like to show you some of the products that they have created for you, starting with the dated planners with Belle De Jour Planner 2019 leading the pack!

DATED PLANNERS

BELLE DE JOUR POWER PLANNER

The theme of this year’s Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner collection is “Make Today Magical.” I love that this is the theme, because with the plethora of things that you do on a daily basis, we oftentimes forget the ‘magic’ that every day can bring. We’re all pre-occupied with deadlines, tasks, and things to do, that we forget that life is about the journey, and not the destination.

Since I always have my Belle De Jour Planner 2019 planner with me, this is good reminder that we just need to think of things differently. Magic will then happen!

This year, the Belle De Jour Planner 2019 planner comes with 12-monthly dividers with worksheets about lifestyle, fashion, career, finance—to help you discover your own magic, identify your mood, strengths, priorities and goals. These worksheets include Make Things Happen, Checklist, Dream Board, Spirit Animal, Mood Tracker, and Make Your Own Magic Spell. The planner also features an expandable pocket sleeve at the back for receipts, cards and bills safekeeping.

Monthly Dividers – Start each month right with the monthly activities and articles about lifestyle, fashion, career, finance

Monthly Calendar and Weekly Layout – Manage your time and priorities with spacious monthly calendars and vertical weekly spreads

Special Pages – Discover your own magic, identify your mood, strengths, priorities, and goals through a variety of worksheet pages

The 2019 BDJ Power Planner comes in different styles—the classic cover (Php 598), limited edition (Php598), leather (Php 680), discbound (Php 980)—that cater to every Bella’s distinct taste and need.

BDJ Classic – Php598
 – Matte laminated hardcover with glitters and illustration of the 2019 Bella

BDJ Limited Edition – Php598
 – Matte laminated hardcover with glitters and a creative illustration about the Belle De Jour Planner 2019 theme

BDJ Leather – Php680
 –Velvet black leather with debossed flower elements and gold foil stamping

BDJ DiscBound – Php980
 – Gold-stamped velvet black leather with disc binding for users who want to customize planner pages

Aside from these functional pages of the Belle De Jour Planner 2019 and of course, the super thick booklet of discounts which we always love, a new and cool feature that it has is that there are little codes that you can scan using your Zappar app. See the pages come to life after scanning!

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PLANNER:

As I browsed through the pages of the this year’s Belle De Jour planners, I can’t help but notice that it feels that the planner was created “intentionally” for me. Everything just felt so right. I think the BDJ team did a good job in understanding their market, and continuously evolving to suit the needs of its audience. Check out and grab a planner at http://ilovebdj.com

THE OTHER PLANNERS THAT THEY HAVE:

NAVI JOURNAL – Php598

This year, I had no plans of travelling often, but circumstances led me to opportunities to travel. And I’m thankful that most of these travels are within our country. I think that all of us should make time to travel to different places in the Philippines and immerse ourselves in our own culture, understand it and go back to our own origins. This kind of mindset is what this year’s Navi Journal plans to achieve. Instead of “just travelling”, try to immerse yourself in your own country’s or in another country’s culture and traditions.

Navi journal showcases contents and illustrations of 12 widely celebrated festivals from different parts of the world on its monthly dividers. With special pages such as 101 Checklist, Bucket List, Must-see Destinations, Pre-trip Checklist and Packing List, Navi journal helps you visualize your travel goals and carefully map out your next adventure with ease.

Monthly Dividers – Give the lowdown of widely celebrated festivals around the world to inspire you to explore different cultures

Monthly Calendar and Weekly Layout – Write down your monthly travel plans and your week’s highlights in the horizontal weekly layout with notes pages

Special Pages – Worksheet pages help you visualize your travel goals and carefully map out your next adventure with ease
Bound by an intricately-designed matte leather cover, the journal contains 176 full colored pages and horizontal weekly layout with notes page where you can list down your week’s highlights and wonders. What’s more, Navi also has an expandable back pocket that lets you store your travel essentials like tickets, cards, cash and postcards, among others.

For an affordable price of Php598, Navi Journal gives you access to over Php25,000 worth of discount coupons from partner brands in the Travel Curious coupon booklet.

This 2019, soak in the colors, the flavors, and the music of each festivity you go to and write about it in your journal. Bring Navi: Your Life Navigator Journal in your upcoming travels this year. Get it now for Php598 at all leading bookstores nationwide or visit us at ilovebdj.com.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE – Php598

The 2019 Everything is Possible (EIP) is the perfect gift for anyone who wants a full and meaningful life this 2019. And, it also fits the lifestyle of goal-oriented people like me, who love to retrospect! haha! (Yes, I love drowning in my own thoughts… hehe!).

Priced at Php598, this year’s edition of EIP features 176 full-colored pages, a matte-laminated hard cover, and an expandable back pocket for receipts and cards safekeeping. Aside from its striking cover, EIP contains monthly dividers with motivational quotes and weekly mantras that will serve as voices of encouragement to always keep the momentum.

The special pages in the EIP planner are also in place to guide users to stay on track of their goals for the course of the year.

Discover your goals and make it achievable with the following pages:

  • Ikigai
  • Vision Board
  • Timeline of Goals
  • Identifying Intentions and Motivations
  • How to Measure Success
  • Positive Poster
  • Life Achievements
  • #LifeGoals
  • No-Edit list
  • Priority List
  • Milestones
  • Reward Checklist
  • Things I’m Grateful For
  • Obstacles and Mistakes, and
  • Promise for Next Year

Monthly Dividers and Monthly Calendar – Inspirational quotes help propel you towards your goals

Weekly Layout – Prioritize your tasks in vertical weekly spreads and be encouraged by the motivational quotes each week

Special Pages – A variety of workbook pages guide you to stay on top of your goals for the course of the year. Each page lets you set and sustain your goals with momentum throughout the year

This year, Everything Is Possible wants you to create the momentum you need in life to achieve infinite possibilities. Get it now for Php598 at all leading bookstores nationwide or visit us at ilovebdj.com.

FOCUS JOURNAL – Php498

It’s so funny that I feel that each kind of planner this year from Viviamo was meant for me! haha! Next up in the list of the planners that they have is the Focus Planner. The 2019 Focus Journal was designed to help users look past the noise, and find clarity and peace. With all of the noise and chaos, it’s sometimes hard to listen to your thoughts and heart and to find direction.

Featuring 176 full colored pages bound in a matte laminated hardcover, Focus Journal allows you to surrender your thoughts and worries on paper and align to your spirit’s purpose and desires. Focus Journal features 12 monthly dividers filled with power words and suggested activities to help you handle your thoughts with ease. It also comes with special activity pages such as Monthly Check-up and Year-End Reflections so you can mindfully evaluate accomplishments and learnings, and to maintain focus for the course of the year and the next.

Monthly Dividers -Power words and suggested activities help you handle your thoughts with ease.
Monthly Calendar and Weekly Layout -Have enough space for planning out your whole year
Special Pages – Activity pages to help you mindfully evaluate accomplishments and learnings

ESSENTIALS PLANNER -Php380

This planner is the perfect gift for the practical, straight to the point kind of loved one or friend. I actually love this, too. I love that the simplicity of the 2019 Essentials Planner is what captivates you. This planner comes in two sleek (2) cover designs–Classic and Pattern– both with gold foil stamping. The planner contains 144 pages with dotted weekly pages ideal for bullet journaling, as well as creative journaling.

Monthly Calendar and Weekly Layout – Have the freedom in planning or unleashing your creativity with spacious dotted spaces and a minimalist layout

Whether you’re a first-time planner user or not, the Essentials Planner can be your planner of choice this 2019. Get it today for Php380 at all leading bookstores nationwide or visit us at ilovebdj.com.

BDJ PETIT PLANNER – Php350

The BDJ Petit Planner comes in two styles—Purple and Pastel—both with zippered plastic covers that can be an instant pocket or a secondary wallet for your cards, bills, and receipts.

Get the functionality of the regular-sized BDJ planner in a pint-sized version with the BDJ Petit Planner.

Monthly Calendar and Weekly Layout – Write down quick notes, random thoughts, or simple inspiring ideas

Special Pages – Simple pages for making your own lists or goals

The other products that I love are…

  • QUEST JOURNAL TRAVEL at Php480
  • ESSENTIALS NOTEBOOK — Php240

Even if I appreciate and use automation and gadgets to make my life easier, I still love writing with a pen and paper. These two products are a staple in my backpack. I use my Essentials Notebook to write down ideas, plans, etc. I use my quest journal for meetings and for bullet journaling! So many tools, right?

Aside from the Belle De Jour Planner 2019, the planners mentioned here and the other products that I use, there are more products that you may want to check out from Viviamo. Please visit http://ilovebdj.com

I remember going to a parent-teachers meeting in Zeeka’s school. They asked us, parents, what our parenting objectives are. My husband and I shared that we want Zeeka to be an independent and confident adult in the future, capable of making her own decisions. We want her to learn and eventually exhibit the values that we believe in.

I think every parent wants to raise independent learners. I know we want our kids to grow and thrive so they could live the life they want.

The demand for problem-solving and critical thinking skills are much higher today than it was before. Because of new discoveries and innovations in technology, new businesses and careers are required to fill the gap. That’s why I try to give Zeeka as much support and opportunities as I can while she’s growing up.

So I did a quick research to know what skills and traits one should have to be called an independent learner and here’s what I found.

Characteristics of an Independent Learner

– Independent learners are naturally curious and explorative of their surroundings. They love learning from different angles and approaches
– Independent learners are motivated by personal goals they set for themselves.
– Independent learners know how to evaluate themselves fairly.
– Independent learners are responsible and remain accountable for their tasks. They also do it out of need without anyone telling them what to do.
– Independent learners are critical thinkers who examine possibilities and come up with multiple solutions to a problem
– Independent learners also have an uncanny way of learning. They read, visualize, or kinaesthetically instruct themselves and require little or no instructions from adults.
– Independent learners are also persistent. They don’t give up easily even if the tasks seem impossible.

So how do we raise our kids to be independent learners? Here are some tips

1. Build their confidence.

Self-esteem is a characteristic of an independent learner that you can nurture through acceptance, support, and love.

As parents, you need to recognize your kid’s talents and give praise when it is due. But be sure to be realistic with the praise and not let it get to their heads.

It’s also important to let them know it’s ok to be silly at times and not to take yourself too seriously.

Let kids experience failure so they know it’s part of the process. Kids need to understand that every mistake can be turned into an opportunity to learn from. What’s important is how they are willing to adapt and make necessary changes to correct their mistakes.

2. Create opportunities for independence.

I have the tendency to look at my little girl as if she’s always going to be my baby. I guess that’s just normal for every parent.

I mean, kids do grow up too fast. And I’m also so lucky to get to witness Zeeka grow up before my eyes.

But I also know that I won’t always be there to help her. So I try as much as I could to present her with opportunities where she can learn on her own.

I give her small tasks at home that she can do by herself, like packing her toys away or choosing what to wear for the day. I also ask her to help around the house. Even if we have a helper, I let her set up our table when it’s time to eat. I also require her to eat by herself.

These might menial, but it helps strengthen her motor skills and build her character. It also makes her aware of what responsibilities are and gives her a sense of accomplishment every time she completes a task.

3. Nurture your child’s interests and help them set realistic goals.

My little Zeeka is quite a performer. She can be shy and timid at first, but when she gets her groove on she can be such a ball of energy.

She loves being in front of the camera. She even told me she wanted to have her own talk show someday, like Ellen.

Here she is doing her version of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Here she is looking so kikay when we visited Lady Kitty’s house at Sanrio Puro Land.

That’s why I look for different events and workshops where she can showcase her talents. Last summer, I enrolled her in a dance camp for kids and she absolutely loved it! She even has her own Youtube channel where she gets to talk about her toys, makeup, and other things she loves.

Check out her KinderJoy Egg Surprise Review here:

4. Don’t interrupt.

Kids learn things best when they figure it out on their own. Sometimes, their methods may not be what we expect. And as adults, we also need to let them be and learn how to deal with it.

Case in point.

If kids ask for opportunities to help or work on their own, don’t interrupt. But make sure to be there when they need some guidance. Don’t dismiss them or ignore them when they have questions.

It also helps to have a “no spoon-feeding rule” at home. In case they can’t figure it out, you can point them in the right direction. What’s more important is their desire to give things a try.

5. Encourage the love of books and math.

Reading books introduce us to different concepts and ideas. And in turn, it also feeds our minds and makes us more creative. It also expands our vocabulary, improves our communication skills and our memory.

Reading also enriches our analytical skills and enhances our decision-making. It also stimulates our mental capacities and improves focus and concentration.

Much like reading, Mathematics is a mental exercise that helps develop critical thinking skills and independent learning. It is all about making connections and seeing patterns and builds our concrete and abstract thinking abilities.

Research shows that Mathematics trains the brains to see connections and build neural pathways that increase the brain’s power.

Here are some of the brain’s response when doing Maths according to Creation.com:

  • It creates the basis for systemic thinking
  • Develops analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Helps build critical sequencing skills that help one arrive at accurate results or logical conclusions
  • Promotes cautious thinking through deciphering complex math problems to arrive at an accurate answer.
  • Learning to integrate different principles by a trial and error basis to come to a logical conclusion

One way to build your kid’s independence is to enrol them in Math enrichment programs such as S.A.M. Singapore Math.

Seriously Addictive Mathematics Philippines or S.A.M. makes it fun and easy for kids to learn Math. Students get to learn Mathematics through play, using toys, tools, and manipulatives. This makes it easy for students, especially the younger ones, to understand mathematical concepts and increases their comprehension levels.

You can get to know more about S.A.M. Singapore Math here. SAM Singapore Math: What You Need to Know About

Raising independent learners can be easier with the right type of tools and a community supports you along the way.

So if you have any tips on how to raise independent learners, please do share them with us in the comments below.

Love Lots,
Ginger

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