I went to the gym this morning. When I run, I listen to podcasts and today, I loved what I heard from Amy Porterfield. She discussed the Core Beliefs of Truly Successful Entrepreneurs. She mentioned three things that we should believe in. One was believing that you truly know who your market is. The second one is believing that you have a good product and you have clear systems that you have set in place that would generate revenue for you daily. The last one is what I love the most, and it’s believing that you need people who will support you along the way. She was not saying that you need to completely rely on others for the decisions that you make, but she just said that sometimes, you need to realize that you need those people you can trust for solid advice on what to do with your business.

On being a mom, it’s the same thing. When it comes to raising our children, we need the help or our loved ones and those people whom we look up to — our own parents, our best friend who already had a baby, mom bloggers whose blogs we read, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, even brands that have great products that can help us. All of these make up our Circle of Trust.

Wilkins Cirlce of Trust Moms

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As women, we really love sharing our experiences with our friends. And mind you, experiences are valuable. Experience builds credibility. Being credible builds trust. (Hey, tweetable!). Anyway, with all the noise though out there, we need to be reminded that we should listen to only a few — a few people, brands, messages, etc. that have proven to be worthy of our trust. That is why I am proud to be a part of Wilkins Distilled Water’s new campaign which is Mom’s Circle of Trust. This trusted water brand came up with Circle of Trust campaign to remind moms that we should be discerning, especially if it involves our children’s health and safety.

Wilkins Distilled Water has always made children’s health and safety its top priority. Owned by The Coca-Cola Company, it follows an international quality control system and uses only state-of-the-art equipment in packing and sealing its product to ensure clean and safe quality water. It’s the water brand that is most trusted by moms and prescribed by pediatricians today.


I can’t wait to share with you what we, the Wilkins Circle of Trust Moms, have in store for you. To gain a trusted ally to guide you during your moments of doubt regarding your child’s safety, like the Wilkins Distilled Water Facebook page today.

Aspire

Aspire… it’s such a nice word. It’s so nice and light and positive. But, personally, I have something against that word (haha!). I just feel that it has to be followed by a word or words to make it complete. Aspire to be great… Aspiring entrepreneurs. I feel if we just aspire and do nothing about it, aspiring or the word aspire will lose it’s meaning.

There are different kinds of people. There are those who aspire for great things but don’t do anything about it. There are those who aspire for great things and act on their dream. There are those who act on aspirations, but give up even before reaching it. And there are those who don’t desire for anything; their motto would be go with the flow.

It think it’s safe though to assume that most of us aspire for things. We may not be aspire to be rich and famous, but we aspire for things that will give our loved ones and ourselves comfortable lives. But we seriously need to act on these things. We lose our life’s purpose when we dream and dream and yet do nothing about it. The same can be said about entrepreneurship. A lot of us aspire to have our own businesses, but we don’t act on it. Sometimes, even if we take the first step, we don’t get to maintain, sustain and keep the business that we started.

Another problem that aspiring entrepreneurs have is that they don’t know what kind of business they should start or join (hey, anyone can be an investor). I know a lot of friends who are in this dilemma. Then, another concern is I don’t know how to create that plan that will lead me to entrepreneurship greatness. When am I worthy enough (if there is such a level) that I could charge for products and services?

Fear not! I have really developed the Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar to help you answer a few if not all of these questions.

Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

The objective of this webinar is:

– Help you be a more grounded entrepreneur if you do decide to be one
– Help you think of a clear reason why you are going into business
– Help you find a clear direction of what you want to do
– Help you determine what you want to achieve 3-5 years from now, and hopefully for the rest of your life!
– Help you get that entrepreneurial spirit and enough motivation and support to keep on going!
– Help you take that first step toward creating a solid business plan
– Help you take that first step to Financial Freedom as soon as possible!

I will be your guide as you try to identify the business (products/services) that you want to create and in taking the next step to make these entrepreneurial dreams come true.

So sign up now in this link:
http://manilaworkshops.com/events/entrepreneurship-101

My dream is really to help more and more people achieve their dreams of starting their own business.

I am excited to meet all of you! Hope you can join me!

*All the attendees of the webinar will be added to my group of #BigLeapers. This is a group of my current mentees and those that have attended the previous runs of the Love the Leap Entrepreneurship Program.

See you all!

I recently got to try products from Ysabel’s Daughter Bath and Body. I super loved their Peppermint Moringa Body Wash that I decided to ask the background of their story.

Cristina Cruz is the entrepreneur behind Ysabel’s Daughter. She is an entrepreneur who started an independent cosmetics company in 2011, using 100% all natural ingredients that come from different parts of the globe. “I love conceptualizing ideas that can be used for the future products of the business, staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle, but most of all, spending time with my kids when I am allowed time from my busy schedule,” Cristina said.

Cristina Cruz of Ysabel's Daughter

Cristina Cruz of Ysabel’s Daughter

She and her husband were both former flight attendants for Philippine Air Lines and that was how we met. His hobby of backyard bee farming actually led to this business venture as they were trying to figure out ways to use the premium honey produced for more than personal consumption. After thorough research, they decided to take a chance on this idea. Now, Cristina is a full time entrepreneur, but she still finds time to slip in fitness in her everyday life. She does yoga, boxing and muay thai.

“The advocacies I have participated on involve giving education to less fortunate children which the business has been a part of. As of right now, my goal so far is to have a successful business, as well as create the awareness and uniqueness of what our products have to offer in the market,” says Cristina.

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Interview with Cristina Cruz of Ysabel’s Daughter Bath & Body Products

Ginger: Good day, Cristina! Can you tell us more about your brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Cristina: Ysabel’s Daughter deals with cosmetics, we manufacture 100% all natural bath and body products using premium honey as our base ingredient. We have been in the business for almost 4 years now.

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Ginger: I actually have a set a home and I really loved the scent and the packaging! Tell me, who is your market for your product and why did you choose this market?

Cristina: We cater to class A & B consumers. We chose this market since they are the major proponents of the healthy lifestyle and wellness movement that has surfaced in recent years. Our products embody the vision of taking care of one’s self by using what nature has to offer, with no traces of synthetic materials.

We Celebrate Nature. We are an advocate against toxins and so our products are kept 100% toxic free.
To arrive at the raw materials to be used, each product underwent a loving process that involved thorough research and careful assessment of all ingredients to assure our customers of the product’s potency, safety and high quality.

We Promote Wellness. Every product of Ysabel’s Daughter is meant to help create a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that is meant to result in an overall feeling of well-being.

We are proud to be Philippine-Made. Despite our International standards, the foundation of a Filipino family is an essential component on how we run things, as well as how we would like our patrons to feel when they use what we offer – with the warmth and relaxation of home.

Ginger: It’s so nice to meet entrepreneurs who are proud to say and who really push for products to be Philippine-Made. I really admire those who do that. How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Ysabel's Daughter

Cristina: It started out as a hobby to use the excess honey from our backyard bee colony, we then focused on the other benefits of honey in a cosmetic sense. We then dabbled in creating home made products which my friends and family used during its early days. I was then convinced by my loved ones to start taking this hobby seriously, and Ysabel’s Daughter was born.

Ysabel is an actual person, she is my mother, If you one day have the fortunate chance to meet her, she is now a grandmother with enormous charm and grace. She is the epitome of a mother who raised her family in endless, selfless and enduring love. This is the same care that we would like to share with our patrons. This is also in many ways a tribute to her.

The name also stands for all daughters nurtured by loving mothers, women who have grown up confident, empowered, inspired and happy.

Ginger: I would love to meet your mother in the future! I’m sure that just being around her would be very inspiring! I know, putting up a business in the Philippines, is not that easy. Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?

Cristina: There were numerous obstacles along the way, which we still encounter presently from time to time. The biggest would be the budget needed to create such products. Our mind may have an infinite amount of ideas it can put out, but you have to carefully choose which ones are more practical to apply in your business. You have to objectively see the bigger picture, as well as balance it with your own personal desires for the company and the goals you set for it.

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

Cristina: Passion, Dedication and Creativity.

Ginger: How about unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur? Are there any that you would like to share?

Cristina: Well, the best moments are the compliments and feedback you get from friends, loved ones, and most especially customers. There’s nothing quite like it, there’s an assurance that you get from them, it makes you feel that you’re on the right path with the business in general.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Cristina: If you have an idea, and you have the means and time to work on it, go for it. You’ll never know the possibilities ahead. It is not an easy path, but if you’re really devoted to it, it is definitely fulfilling.

Ginger: Such inspiring word. Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Cristina: Yes I do, just be practical about it. Do as much research as you can about your specific idea. Everyday is a learning process.

Ginger: Thank you so much Cristina for agreeing to be featured here in MommyGinger.com 🙂 For those who want to try out product from Ysabel’s Daughter, do check out the links below.

Contact Information of Ysabel’s Daughter:
www.ysabelsdaughter.com
Email address: ysabelsdaughter@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0918 887 1886
Facebook Page: Ysabel’s Daughter
Twitter account: Ysabel’s Daughter
Instagram acount: @ysabelsdaughter

I learned how to put on makeup back in 2010 and ever since then, I haven’t really actively looked for ways to learn more about it. With things constantly changing, what ever was in and hip before is not anymore. We have to unlearn and learn things again.

I don’t believe that you can’t teach a dog new tricks. I believe that each one is capable of expanding their own knowledge. It’s just a matter of deciding if you really want to learn. This is true with anything in life, be it blogging, business or even beauty.

Last Saturday, I attended the Topaz Mommy and Bobbi Brown intimate get together. I was invited by my good friend, Topaz Mommy herself, Frances, to come and join her learn how to put on make-up. The event was attended by a handful of blogger friends and readers of Topaz Mommy.

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Boobi Brown Philippines Store in Megamall

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lessons

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lessons

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Bobbi Brown Philippines Lipstick

Leuchtturm Notebook and Bobbi Brown products!

Supporters of the event were Leuchtturm Notebook, Eats Happy and Bobbi Brown Philippines!

What I learned from the event:

1) For ladies who are always busy, and for those who want to put on makeup but feel that they don’t have enough time, you can turn to tools and makeup that are multi-functional. I was introduced to the Pot Rouge (my favorite is Pale Pink!). It can be used as blush for the cheeks and color for the lips.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - Pale Pink 2

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - Pale Pink 3

I also found this really great make-up brush that I just had to buy. It’s the Bobbi Brown full coverage brush. I really love how you can use it for anything — from foundation to blush to loose powder. It feels like sponge when you use it. What I like about it (tried it for the Bobbi Brown foundation) is that it spreads liquid evenly. No lines are seen!

Another multifunctional product, which I am coming back for is the bb intensive skin serum foundation. It’s so nice because it’s perfect for daily use. It acts as a moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging cream and foundation all in one.

2) The next thing that I learned is that mom’s best ‘make-up’ friend should be the corrector and concealer.

Corrector / Concealer from Bobbi brown

Corrector / Concealer from Bobbi brown

Before - without Corrector / Concelaer

Mommy Ginger Before – without Corrector / Concealer (without makeup!)

After - without Corrector / Concelaer

Mommy Ginger After – without Corrector / Concealer from Bobbi Brown with Serum Foundation, too 🙂

See the difference! I think I definitely look fresher and cleaner (haha! I have so many pimple marks!) on the after picture!

3) The third thing that I realized is that I think we overuse using powder too much. Tamara said that our skins were made to look hydrated and moisturized. Having a matte finished face shouldn’t be the norm. Another reason why sometimes our faces look flat and large in photos, is because we put too much powder that everything looks like one flat and ‘white’ canvas. That is the reason why contouring and color is needed. That is why we need great looking eyebrows, bronzers, blush, and lip color.

Bronzing Powder from Bobbi Brown Philippines

These are the things that I picked up from attending this Make-up workshop. Thank you, Frances, for inviting me. Thank you, Bobbi Brown Philippines, Leuchtturm Notebooks from National Bookstore and of course, Eats Happy who provided the yummy food that was so interesting to look at — didn’t want to eat it at first.

EATS HAPPY provided our food :)

It was a fun event. It was great seeing friends and meeting new people! 🙂

Mommy Ginger, Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful and Frances from Topaz Mommy carrying Baby K (Martine's Baby)!

Mommy Ginger, Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful and Frances from Topaz Mommy carrying Baby K (Martine’s Baby)!

Thanks Frances! Mwaaaaahs!

 

When I was small, I used to watch my mom use a calligraphy pen and write on mass cards. Since I was so used to seeing her do that, I always associated Calligraphy with writing on mass cards, and nothing else. Then, who would have thought that after 20 years, this skill and art has now made it’s way to everyone’s homes and hearts. I love browsing through pictures on Instagram and I see a lot of people who are now learning this skill. I love it!

I love it because I love looking at beautiful things. Haha! I tried to use my Kuretake Brush Pen No. 22 and I discovered something after my first attempt.

Count on God during Trying Times

THAT I NEED A TEACHER TO TEACH ME AND I NEED TO PRACTICE! HAHA!

So, if you are like me and you are dying to learn this or to improve your skills, join the Modern Calligraphy Meet up on May 23 at SM Aura! This is a simple and fun Calligraphy gathering created by Memory Crafters and Zig Philippines. Our teacher will be Mr. Jelvin Base, who is one of the known calligraphers in the Philippines.

Modern Calligraphy Meet Up

Check out Jelvin’s Instagram account (@_jelvin)

Prove them wrong, Manny! #teampac #mannypacquiao

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The registration fee is just at Php 1000 and this includes the kit already which includes products from our sponsor Zig Philippines.

To register, please sign up at this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/modern-calligraphy-meet-up

Sooooo excited for this!