Stress can kill you! I hope that never happens to me. I had a massage two weeks ago and after around 60 minutes (I booked for a 90 minute massage), I felt like I could not breathe. It was so scary! I was lying face down on the bed in this spa. The ambiance was definitely relaxing, but for some reason I felt that way. I raised my head a bit so that I could breathe. I did not utter a word to my therapist, because I thought that she would panic. What I did was I focused on my breath (like how we do it in yoga class), and maintained that until that uncomfortable feeling went away. I think this was the first time I had a ‘mild’ panic attack.

Which is totally weird, since I never get panic attacks. And woooow, what a place to get a panic attack. But I do remember going through numerous stuff inside my brain during the duration of the massage. I was creating a to-do list in my mind. It may be because I felt like I had a trillion things to do.

Anyway, receiving these Kimochi Aroma Pillows in the mail a week ago was a blessing. It was maybe the world telling me to relax and take a deep breath. Speaking of deep breaths, our room now smells like a spa, because of these amazing pillows. The pillows are made by KIMOCHI AROMA, which is a newly founded enterprise offering natural therapy pillows that can be used either chilled or heated (using the microwave) at an affordable price. “Kimochi” is a Japanese word for good mood and these pillow will definitely always put you in a good mood. Aside from this, there are numerous benefits from using these pillows: relaxation after long hours of work, relief of muscle joint strain, cramps and swelling, improves blood circulation, ease muscular discomfort, menstrual cramps, reduces stress with lavender aroma, promotes good sleep and soothes chronic aches and pains.

Kimochi Aroma Pillow’s first product was created back in 2012 when Ryan Barros, a previously active athlete, suffered from a dislocated shoulder. He then relied on therapy and hot compress to relieve his aching joint. He tried different remedies for pain, until he came across with an innovative idea of using a microwavable pillow. With joint concepts from his wife – Michelle Barros, who is a physician by profession, they designed a pillow best suitable to alleviate pain, both acute and chronic in nature. Several tests were done to ensure that the product was perfect. Not long after, the couple started enjoying the benefits of this natural remedy. As a proud advocate of this excellent product in providing relief of muscle pain and tension, the couple found themselves swamped with requests from friends and family to produce and sell these pillows. This was the birth of the KIMOCHI AROMA MICROWABLE PILLOW.

I tried using the pillows and I loved them.

Kimochi Aroma Pillows - Extra Large

Kimochi Aroma Pillows – Extra Large

Kimochi Aroma Pillows - Square

Kimochi Aroma Pillows – Square

Kimochi pillows for the wrist and eyes!

Kimochi pillows for the wrist and eyes!

The scent used for the pillows were so relaxing. When I kept these pillows in our bedroom, it really smelled like a spa. I also try heating it and placing it on my back. It was so soothing!

If you’re interested in purchasing a pillow from Kimochi Aroma Pillows, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimochiaromapillows

My golly! September was a busy month and I can’t believe it’s already October. Thank you so much again to those who greeted me on my birthday. Just wanted to share that during this whole month of October, I will be continuously promoting and asking for donations for my advocacy for this year which is Enzo’s MAD campaign. Read all about it here: http://mommyginger.com/2014/10/birthday-wish-make-a-difference.html

Aside from supporting that advocacy, I have gotten to chance to meet some new and amazing entrepreneurs. One of the entrepreneurs that I have met was Jen Faiwas. Jen is the owner of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions. I saw her work during one of our First Time Parents workshops under Manila Workshops. The ceramic impressions that she made were so classy and cute! I wanted to have one made for Zeeka (even if she was already 17 months old).

So the day came when we finally booked a house call with Jen. We (although it was more me than Zeeka) eagerly waited for Jen at home.

Waiting for Tita Jen of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions!

Waiting for Tita Jen of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions!

When she arrived, I was expecting her to bring huge equipment (since I really didn’t understand how these ceramic impressions were made), but she arrived just bringing a plastic container with these tools inside.

Her tools!

Her tools!

The clay was already ready to be stepped on! It was protected by a damp towel. Jen explained that the clay can harden fast if it’s not kept moist and soft.

The hard part was actually getting my baby to leave her imprint on the clay. Baby Z is the type who refuses to step on anything wet or to hold anything icky and moist. Clay is not something she loves playing with. So as soon as she felt her fingers touch the clay, she screamed and cried. We needed more time to pacify her and play with her first to make her feel comfortable before we got this…

Yey! We got Zeeka's hand impression!

Yey! We got Zeeka’s hand impression!

It even took more than 15 minutes to get her foot imprint! We are sorry, Tita Jen, for having you wait. Thank you for being so patient! But, at last we got these perfect impressions!

Zeeka's hand and foot!

Zeeka’s hand and foot!

Baby Z loved looking at the heart shape color samples. I chose to have a medium circle made in Mustard Yellow color since it went well with the color of our home’s walls.

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Here are samples that you can choose from!

Here are samples that you can choose from!

After two weeks, I got the final product and I was so happy with it!

The finished product! AMAZING!

The finished product! AMAZING!

Isn’t it perfect?

For those who want to order, this medium sized circle, one color is at Php 1800. I know Baby Z will appreciate looking at this ceramic plate in the future.

For more information about Jen’s products, you can visit her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChubbyToesPH

As I sat in my room after the WAHMderful Masterminds session that I facilitated the other week, I thought of my vision for our country. I vowed early on, when I still had my 9-5 job, to help people achieve financial freedom by having their own businesses. I wasn’t a full time entrepreneur yet that time, but I thought to myself that when I do become one, I will have more time to help others achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Fast forward to 2012, I started my own business called Manila Workshops and it was a blast! I was having so much fun being a full time entrepreneur. I had the freedom to do what ever I wanted and whenever I wanted. Of course, the first two years have been spent in building the brand and increasing revenue for us to sustain the company. I am so lucky to have a great team who needs minimal guidance and who are all competent! We have planned, launched and implemented around 100 workshops in a span of two years. Not bad for a start-up company, right?

Now that I’m about to close the books for this year and about to plan for 2015’s exciting activities, I thought of my mission and I think this is the perfect time to pick up on it once again and to do something about it. I’ve been writing articles about entrepreneurship and business and how to achieve both your personal and professional goals in this blog, but I know that that isn’t enough. I have decided to get my feet even more wet but delving into creating a program for aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s called Love the Leap Program.

Love the Leap

Love the Leap

This program is very close to my heart. Love the Leap is an intensive (and I mean INTENSIVE!) three-day program, with a gap of a week in between classes since I will be giving home works. I will be having the first run on December 2014 (December 4, 11 and 18) and this is in cooperation with vOffice, my partner venue.

Here’s the map to vOffice Fort Legend:

VOffice Fort Legend Tower in BGC, Taguig

VOffice Fort Legend Tower in BGC, Taguig

Each class will be from 9am to 5pm and for each day, I will be giving you exercises that will help you become confident enough and prepared to start your own business.

I will ONLY accommodate up to 15 people per run and the course will still continue even if I only have one student, since I really want this to be an intimate session and I only want those who are SERIOUS about starting their own businesses and those who are serious about earning more than what they are getting now with employment! I really value commitment! So if you are who I am looking for, then check out the details of this program and sign up now by visiting this link:

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/love-the-leap-2014-12

Please subscribe to my newsletter as I will be giving you the latest updates about the Love the Leap Program!

Get ready to make that big jump, leapers!

#lovetheleap

PS: For vOffice, get one month FREE Membership when you tell vOffice that Mommy Ginger (Ginger Arboleda) referred you 🙂

 

October is SIDS Awareness Month and our friends at HALO are asking for our help to spread the word about SIDS. Do you know that SIDS, suffocation, and sleep-related accidents are the No. 1 causes of infant deaths? If you didn’t know, then it’s time to read more about it and do something about preventing it from happening.

About SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of an infant less than 1 year of age. SIDS is the leading cause of death for otherwise healthy babies, and comes without warning. It is closely related to other accidents during sleep, like suffocation or strangulation due to loose bedding, and the like.

While the actual causes of SIDS are still unknown, researchers have found a high correlation between an infant’s sleeping environment and the risks of SIDS. Here are 8 things you should remember to keep your baby safe while sleeping:

1. Back is best.

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*Image Source: www.thissideupcampaign.org

Always place your baby to sleep on his back, regardless if it’s naptime or bedtime.

2. Create a safe sleeping area.

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Image Source: www.halophilippines.com

Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The crib should have a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet, with nothing inside except your baby.

3. Remove all loose bedding.

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Image Source: www.halophilippines.com

Remove all loose blankets, comforters, soft toys, and crib bumpers. These items can block the flow of fresh air to your baby and cause carbon dioxide re-breathing, which is a leading risk factor for SIDS.

4. Use a safety-certified wearable blanket or SleepSack.

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Image Source: www.halophilippines.com

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of wearable blankets because they eliminate the risk of babies accidentally suffocating or strangulating with loose blankets. Since wearable blankets are safety products, it is important that you choose a brand that has safety certifications and is trusted by the medical community.

5. Happy babies sleep alone.

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Image Source: www.halophilippines.com

Co-sleep in the same room, not on the same bed. Experts do not recommend sharing the same sleep surface with your baby in order to avoid accidental death from overlaying, suffocation from adult beddings, and other accidents.

6. Breastfeed, when possible.

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Apart from its other known benefits, breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.

7. Do not let your baby overheat.

Make sure to use clothing made with breathable fabric to prevent overheating. In warm climates, wearing a SleepSack made in 100% cotton over light clothing is often enough to keep babies cozy warm and sleeping soundly through the night.

8. No Smoking around your baby.

Don’t smoke while pregnant, and never allow anyone to smoke near your baby.

Share these important safe sleep tips to everyone who cares for your baby, or anyone who has a baby! Education is key to keeping our babies safe! #SafeSleepPh .

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I’m 34 and I think I’m pretty happy with my life. Wait! That didn’t sound right. I AM HAPPY with my life. I am blessed with a loving family, a wonderful husband, a cute little daughter, good friends, a great team and supportive readers. I guess I’m in the point of my life where I want to give back to society, so with that…

My birthday wish is to be MAD or rather, to MAD or Make a Difference! And I hope you will join me after I share this story…

Enzo is the son of my friends, Me-ann and Ariel. M.A.D. for Enzo’s Cause was launched in October 2011 as a thanksgiving by my friends for the blessings that they have received. You see, Enzo was born with a hole in his heart but at 8 months, he was miraculously healed. Because of this, they decided to launch this cause which we named after him. This advocacy is something that they really want to spearhead since my friend, Me-ann also had the same conditions and needed and underwent an operation.

Make a Difference!

Make a Difference!

What they have done is they turned their son’s birthday parties into a fundraising event wherein family and friends give donations instead of gifts. Beneficiaries of their cause are social services patients –most of their expenses are paid for already through government support but they still have minimal costs to shoulder, ranging from P6,500 to P40,000.

To-date, the Becina family has helped a total of 17 kids of various ages coming from different parts of the country. They always try to visit these kids to get to know their story and to tell them about Enzo and Me-anne’s story. After three years of doing this, they are still doing it because it has become more than just a thanksgiving gesture now. It has become more of a mission to promote the act of paying it forward. What I admire most about this family is that they are the only family I know who is doing these things for these children.  “We may not be financially rich but we have a big heart overflowing with the desire to promote helping our fellowmen. I have always believed in the goodness of people. Imagine if every person would vow to help, I am sure that act of goodness will make a whole lot of difference in the world”, Me-ann said.

The Becina family has committed to a target of 50 kids by the time their son turns 7 (October 2017), they have been creative with their fundraising activities. “My son tried in the past to sell golden retriever pups, we gave away soda alkansya with the caption: “It takes only a little… to change a child’s life forever,” and soon, we will be launching our biggest project called Sponsor a Child Program wherein for only P10,000, not only do you get to sponsor a child but you also experience visiting the child with us. Each encounter may just last for about 20 minutes but it will definitely be life-changing”, Me-ann shares.

I have chosen to support this charity this year for my birthday. I hope that you can join me in making a difference! If you want to donate, please email me at ginger(at)mommyginger(dot)com and I will hook you up with Me-ann 🙂