Get Set Up for a New Baby – When You Don’t Have Much Time

I have a lot of friends who are pregnant during these times. And, a lot of them have questions on how to get set up for a new baby.

When you find out that you’re pregnant, you usually have a fair amount of time to get ready for the arrival for your baby. However, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you’re already far into your pregnancy before you realize that you have an impending arrival. There are several reasons this might happen especially during these times when there are a lot of things to think about and do. The most important thing is what you’re going to do after receiving the news. If you only have a limited amount of time to get ready, maybe only a couple of months or even weeks, you might be panicking about getting everything that you need. You might be short on time, but you can still take the steps that you need to get set up for a new baby.

Photo by Paul Lin on Unsplash

Make a List of Essentials

One of the secrets of having a newborn is that they actually don’t need a lot of stuff. Of course, there are plenty of different gadgets and products that can come in handy when you have a baby. However, there are very few things that are really vital to have. The items that should be on your list of essentials include diapers, clothes, somewhere for your baby to sleep and things for keeping your baby clean. I made a list of the things that you need to bring to the hospital so you’re prepared. Check it out here: https://mommyginger.com/packing-things-for-the-hospital.html

I actually exclusively breastfed and used the bottle that I bought for storage. You can also result to bottle-feeding when you feel stressed out (do try to breastfeed though if possible). Either way is fine.

For the next step up, you might be thinking about items like a stroller, car seat or baby carrier/sling. My personal advice for this is only get it when the baby’s there. Some babies are choosy (like my daughter! LOL!). Decide what you really need – and consider asking for help from friends and family to stock up on essentials.

Decorate the Nursery

In truth, getting a nursery ready for a newborn doesn’t have to be a priority. Your baby could sleep in a Moses basket or crib by your bed for the first few months. They can also co-sleep with you. Some parents also believe that putting your baby to sleep in their own room can be a good idea too. You won’t have to worry about waking up your baby when you go to bed yourself. If you only have a small room to use as a nursery, take a look at some nursery ideas for small spaces. By keeping things small, you can also save money, and it could take you less time to get set up. If you want to paint the room and have the baby sleep in it, do it ASAP. You’ll need to let the paint dry and air it out to ensure it’s safe.

Check out my article on when we created Zeeka’s Nursery room.

Arrange Time Off (and Childcare)

Sorting out your maternity leave needs to be a priority if you’ve found out that you’re pregnant a little later than usual. How much time are you able to take off work? How much time do you want to take off work? Your first time at home with your baby is precious, and you will also need time to recover after your baby is born. If you need to get back to work fairly quickly, you will also need to look into childcare options. Even if most of us work from home, an extra set of hands will go a long way.

Take a Look at Your Finances

It’s normal to wonder if you can afford to have a baby, especially if your pregnancy might not have been planned. It might be a good idea to take a look at your finances and work out what you can afford. A newborn baby doesn’t have to be too expensive, although children do tend to get more expensive as they get older.

Here is a video on Managing Personal Finances.

Set Up Some Workstations

When you’re getting your home ready for a baby, consider the different tasks you will be doing day-to-day. Set up some different stations for doing various tasks, such as feeding, changing, preparing bottles, and more. You can organize everything so that it’s easy to reach for what you need when you need it. It might not always be easy to keep things neat and tidy, but you can create some order.

Think About Safety

Safety is also an important thing to think about when you’re getting ready for a baby. If you want to prioritize safety, don’t worry too much about “babyproofing” the house just yet. Your newborn won’t be moving around for a while, so you don’t have to worry about bumping heads of table corners or anything like that. However, you will probably want to focus on things like getting a safe car seat, choosing the right bedding, and buying a safe stroller.

Here is a safe detergent that you can use, as well.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still get set up for a new baby. It might seem like you have a lot to do, but there might not be as much as you think.

If you have other tips, feel free to comment on the section below. By the way, Expo Mom 2020 will be held this August. Hope you can buy tickets and shop online: https://expomom.com/#tickets

Have a great day!

4Life Transfer Factor Collagen

I’ve started taking 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen and have been adding it to my coffee. My husband saw me adding it to my drink and he was curious to know how doing this “extra step” would benefit me. I always thought that people had a pretty clear idea on what collagen does to your body, then I figured out that just maybe there a still a lot of people who wonder why I’m taking 4Life Transfer Collagen and what collagen in general is for. Also, a lot of you may wonder why I take this collagen supplement versus other brands during these times.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is found in your body. It is a building block that is a major component of connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, muscles and the biggest organ of our body, which is our skin.*

As we get older, our body produces less and less collagen. You can naturally increase the collagen production in your body by eating or ingesting food that help increase collagen production. Here is a great list of food that can help you produce more collagen: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/g29486608/collagen-rich-foods/

Nowadays, a lot of products contain hydrolyzed collagen. Just to give you an idea of how big the market is, for collagen peptides, the market is seen to be valued at USD 599 Million in 2020. It’s projected to reach USD 795 Million by 2025.

What can Collagen do for us and our bodies?

I started becoming interested in adding collagen to my diet through supplements a couple of years ago. I added this into the list of supplements that I take alongside probiotics, etc. The reason why was that I started noticing that my body was changing — I had skin that was drier than usual and I started seeing lines around my eyes. I was feeling tired also most of the time.

I started reading about Collagen and found out that it really helps in many ways. Aside from glowing and supple skin, as we all know, since this is how they advertise collagen, it also helps in delaying degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritis (which runs in the family).

It also helps stop bone loss and builds muscle mass. I’ve noticed that upon taking collagen for quite some time, I tend to build muscles faster. Of course, I also exercise at least 2x – 3x a week in addition to taking this.

What I do to increase collagen production?

I came across this company called 4Life. 4Life has been in the industry of creating food supplements since 1988 in Utah, USA. Their founders were intrigued with Transfer Factors (boosts immune system). They then created different supplements that contained Transfer Factors that support immune system health, body transformation, and general wellness.

I also joined their media briefing recently to really vet the company and see what it was about. I listened to Aileen Tan Dario, the country manager of the Philippines’ speech. She mentioned that 4Life has 6 US patents and 38 International patents. In 2019, 4Life Philippines has been deemed to be the 4th largest market.

What I got from the session is that in this day and age, when it comes to taking care of our bodies, there are a lot of things that are medically proven or backed by science that can help us. I wondered that if this were the case, I think I should take control of what goes into my body, and I really want healthy food, drinks, vitamins and supplements that will benefit me.

What makes 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen different from other collagen supplements?

4Life Transfer Factor Collagen is beauty + immunity in a sachet. Aside from collagen, it contains transfer factor (read more about transfer factor below**).

How do you order this?

4Life Transfer Factor Collagen can be ordered from their site. I actually have 2 boxes with me right now, but I’ll be ordering another box again soon, since I think my husband wants to try it out, too.

One box is at Php 1890. To buy a box, please visit: https://philippines.4life.com/gingerarboleda

I’d love to know what you think after you have tried the product.

During these times, I think we all need to be in tiptop shape. Fighting a battle with an invisible enemy is tough for everyone, so we have to equip our bodies with a strong immune system.

Sources:

* https://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/what-is-collagen

** https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1011/transfer-factor

Stay Strong… Stay Beautiful with Watsons

Get the products that you love from Watsons Delivery or Pickup so you can stay strong and stay beautiful!

The past few months have been very difficult and challenging for everyone around the world. It pains me to see people not being able to see their loved ones and not being able to explore this beautiful world. It saddens me most especially to see businesses close, because I know that what comes next is stress and panic over rising unemployment rates.

All of us never expected this to happen. What I have learned during this pandemic is to focus on the things that you can control. Focus on being more productive. Focus on being stronger, healthier and beautiful. Yes, I say beautiful because if we feel good, we feel happy! With all of these roller coster of emotions, Watsons is by our side.

Here are some tips and recommendations on how we can all stay strong stay beautiful, during these times.

#StayStrongStayBeautiful

Stay Protected – Safety is our number one priority especially at times like these. When you’re a mom, we always try to keep our family safe. Wearing a mask, bringing alcohol, taking your vitamins, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing are one of the most important things to do especially when going out or even just by staying at home. We supplement our diet with vitamins from Enervon, Stresstabs and Watsons Generics. We clean our body with products from Safeguard and Dove and take care of our oral health with products from Listerine, Oral-B and Himalaya.

Stay Prepared – Whether it’s ECQ or GCQ, we’re still not certain if it’s safe to go out. It’s a good thing that Watsons is available for online shopping to cater our daily needs. Our Watsons shopping list always includes brands like Strepsils, Sinecod Forte, Vicks, Solmux and Biogesic to help relieve the symptoms of common illnesses like colds, cough and fever.

Stay Glowing – Take care of yourself. the thing about staying at home is that we forget this important thing. In a recent conversation with my derma, Dr. Gaile (https://youtu.be/rHesjNH7xd8) I asked her why my skin was breaking out. She then asked me about my skin care routine and admittedly so, I told her that I wasn’t following any while at home. After that, I made it a point to follow my skincare routine and put on sunscreen everyday (check out the video of Deoproce Hyaluronic Cooling Sun Gel above which you can get from Watsons, too). Check out my YouTube channel for more Beauty Product Reveiws.

Stay Gorgeous – I miss going to the salon and having my hair colored. It’s a good thing though that there are Youtube videos that teach you how to cut your hair. Thank goodness for technology! Also, it’s great that you can color your hair using the amazing colors from L’Oreal Excellence, Beautylabo or Naturtint.

Watsons is always here to provide us with a wide range of health and beauty products to make us look good and feel great. To provide more value to its Watsons Card and Elite members, Watsons is giving free 100 bonus points for a minimum Php 1,000 purchase of participating products on select weekends: July 31 to August 1 and August 14 to 15.

Shop now at any branch near you.

Check out this list of 700+ Watsons stores open nationwide:
bit.ly/Watsons-Stores.

For those who don’t know, you can also order via Watsons call and pick-up or call and delivery service./

Here is the list of Watson stores and contact numbers to call: https://bit.ly/3fsRUeK. You can also shop online
at https://bit.ly/WStayStrong-Broadsheet.

For more details, follow @watsonsph on Facebook and Instagram.

Children’s Book Recommendation: I am Happy

It’s been doubly hard to look for activities for Zeeka these days for two reasons. The first reason, which is quite obvious, is that we are limited to the activities that we can do at home. And aside from that, Zeeka is very picky. She knows what she wants.

Recently, I’ve notices that she easily gets bored. Even with games in her gadget, she’s not as enthusiastic anymore. We took to reading lately, and i’t been hard looking for books that she would be interested in. Good thing, I came across a Children’s book called I am Happy.

I am Happy Book Cover

The I am Happy Children’s book was made by Filipino writers and artists. I love how cute the drawings are. This book also exudes so much positivity. I love how it teaches kids values that we uphold as Filipinos.

Mommy Ginger and Zeeka Reading I am Happy

Why We Like This Book

I’m sure one of the questions that you may have is what makes this book different from other Children’s books in the market. Aside from supporting local writers and artists, each page encourages a conversation with your little one.

Most books that we get are just “one way”. The parent reads and the child listens. Or the child reads, the parents listen. Reading just a few pages of this book took us a while, since after each page, we had to talk to each other. By the way, it was me and Zeeka who read the book.

Each page had a question or a story that encouraged discussion. The page that I’m showing below led my daughter to ask me about the “rich past” of the Philippines. I actually needed to tell her more about us being colonized by several countries. I definitely need to brush up on Philippine History again! haha!

I am Happy book

What I also like about this book is that it just makes you feel good after. It encourages you and your child to look at the things that you can be grateful for. I really think that I am Happy is such an appropriate title. We really felt happy after reading this.

For those who want to order the book, just click on this link: bit.ly/Order-IAmHappyBook The book is just Php 250. Hope you can support local artists!

Supporting Local,

Get the Most from your Bucks with ZRewards

ZRewards by Zeal

I recently talked to an economist for my vlog and the biggest realization that I got from him is that need to accept that things will be “like this” (how it is for us now) for the next few years. This pandemic has greatly hit our economy and this is the time to tighten our belts.

I also talked with Financial Advisor, Oskie King. We talked about financial management in a time of crisis. Again, what Oskie says is that we have to think about where to place our money at a time like this. If you have extra funds, stay invested. For those who just have enough on a day to day basis, clearly think about where you are spending your money.

Sharing the interview with Oskie

So all of these experts really gave good advise. I’ve been successfully managing my finances since the beginning of the pandemic.

Come to think of it, we’re actually saving a lot more than we’re spending. We don’t have to go to the office. We can just cook food anytime we want.

But I don’t want to be a party pooper and just SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. We also need to relax. All these emotional ups and downs have made us tired and a little bit emotional lately (although I may just be speaking for myself 😄 Leave a comment below if you feel the same way).

Get the Most from your Bucks AND Reward Yourself with ZRewards

Who says rewarding yourself for doing a great job should always be expensive?

Be a Discount-hoarder. Kidding aside, times like these call for desperate measures. If we want to stay liquid in the long run, we have to greatly maximize the cash that we have. So let me share a little secret. I’ve discovered a site called ZRewards.

ZRewards by Zeal is the country’s newest one-stop shop for awesome deals. Through their website, users from all over the Philippines can grab hold of premium and solid offers redeemable at their favorite online shops and physical stores.

Signing up is free, so don’t worry about it. You can sign up here:  https://zeal.ph/signup 

Some Brands that are Part of ZRewards

ZRewards by Zeal offers great discounts from some of my favorite brands and stores. The bread that I love from JiPan is now at 15% off.

For those who need some eyebrow fixing and waxing services, my trusted brands Strip and Browhaus are at 20% off.

From the Bistro Group restaurants like Friday’s, Italiannis, Watami, Denny’s, etc., you can get great Buy 1 Get 1 delicious dishes.

There are other great deals being offered by ZRewards by Zeal.

When you sign up, please use my referral code: IQbQwfBzGU (Full Disclosure: I actually don’t know how this works and what I get from it. I just saw it and I figured to try it out.)

How to you avail of the Rewards at ZRewards

JiPan at ZRewards
JiPan at ZRewards

All you need to do is to sign up to ZRewards by Zeal. Then choose the deal that you want to get the discount coupon which you will then show the store (online or offline) to avail of the discount.

Very simple!

Sign up today: https://zeal.ph/signup and please use my referral code: IQbQwfBzGU (Again… for full disclosure: I don’t know how this works and what I get from it. Just wanted to try it out).

ZRewards by Zeal is a brand under 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe

Let me know what you think of ZRewards in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts since this is really new.