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Talks about Mommy Ginger’s moments with her husband, child and the other members of the family.

We all know that we can’t live a life without worries (at least physiologically). Our bodies adjust using the fight-or-flight response or also known as the acute stress response. The response is due to the release of hormones that prepare your body to either “fight” and deal with the stressor or to flee / “flight” and run to somewhere that’s safe.

You can read about it here: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-the-fight-or-flight-response-2795194

What we can do though is reduce stress and stop worrying about the little things that we can control. We can aim to have a life of #ZeroWorries. Here are the seemingly little things that I do that helps a lot in the end in controlling stress.

Take a Social Media Diet

A lot of the stress and worry that we feel come from that fact that we compare our lives with other people’s lives — the ones that we see on Facebook, Instagram or on YouTube. I wrote about going on a Social Media once 4 years ago: https://mommyginger.com/social-media-diet.html

What I regularly do now is that I hardly check my messages and my emails during the weekends. I make it a point to spend more time offline and with my family on weekends. I also try to stop working come 9:00 pm at night. So if you work with me and you want to help me fulfil this, please email and only chat with me on weekdays. If it’s really important though that you get hold of me during weekends, please text me instead.

We all need to set boundaries like these!

Do things that you love without regret!

Have a cup of Coffee!

The things that I love to do are drinking coffee, watching K-Drama on Netflix, watching motivational videos on YouTube, blogging, spending time with family in the mall or watching a movie. And when I do these things during the weekend, I feel unproductive.

Being a work-work-work kind of a person, I feel bad when this though suddenly crosses my mind during the weekends or even at night, while I’m just “chilling”. After feeling guilty, I go get my laptop and work again.

Spend time with your loved ones!

But, we shouldn’t feel guilty, especially during the weekends, about just hanging out and having fun. This is especially true when you’ve finished and completed all your tasks and no one’s welfare is at stake.

So, don’t feel guilty about relaxing once in a while!

Use Things that help Achieve a #ZeroWorries Life

There are so many little things that annoy me and stress me out. One is the fact that I always get dry and chapped lips. Another thing that annoys me is not being able to wash off grease and oil when I wash the dishes.

We all think that these little things are immaterial to us living a #ZeroWorries Life, but these little annoyances help in building up stress. This is the reason why I’ve turned to things that can help me with these little stressors.

For my lips, I always use a lip sleeping mask at night. Then for my dishes, I can’t live without Joy Dishwashing Liquid. This product is amazing. With just one drop diluted in water, your dishes become squeaky clean!

So don’t hesitate to try out products that will help you achieve a #ZeroWorries Life.

Start appreciating yourself and LIFE constantly and consistently!

There are so many times when I feel I’d like to change a lot of things about myself and things about my life. I feel my nose looks weird. I feel like my face is too round. I feel like in a few years, I will lose all of my hair. In some days, I don’t like my hair because it’s too limp. I feel like I’m overweight. I’d like to see some abs, too. I feel I don’t earn enough. I wish that I have enough to secure the future of another child.

But if we constantly see what’s wrong with ourselves and our lives, we miss out on the precious moments of today. I changed the way I approached life from I wish I had to I’m thankful for.

This change in mindset has done wonders for me. I don’t feel the need to be everyone’s best friend. I am proud of what I have accomplished and I am confident I can accomplish more. I am confident with my own skin and I have learned more about my strengths and have recognized my weaknesses. I have learned to prioritize things and mind you, even people (some people just drain the life out of you — avoid them at all costs!). I have learned to love myself more.

I really hope that you, too, live a #ZeroWorries Life. It’s amazing to see what life has to offer when your ditch all your worries!

I don’t know if I should be happy that I’m a mother in this particular generation. Haha! And I’m saying this because of the plethora of choices that are available to us. We have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to raising our children, especially on raising them to be healthy independent individuals who will contribute to society’s well being when they grow up.

And how do you measure that? How do we know if we are doing a good job as Moms or Dads? How do we know if our child is actually learning from us and picking up the right values? It’s not like as if a person can create a device that could measure if kids will grow up to be healthy and good citizens.

No one can give us a report on how our child is doing in LIFE. How I have learned to cope though is to make the informed decisions and wish for the best. Seriously! All these parenting stuff is just like starting a business. No one really knows if this new business is going to fly or fail, what matters is that we constantly keep trying our darn best.

This is the reason why, as a mom, I know I must learn new things. It’s not just for me, but it will be for the well being of my daughter, too. And these things that I need to learn will not always be about the highfalutin stuff like blockchain, investment vehicles, etc. It may also be as simple as what kind of shampoo should I have Zeeka (my daughter) use or what should I give her for snacks? Mostly, these will be decisions on simple stuff that will have an effect in the long run.

Recently, I got to witness moms who were just like me; Moms who wanted to know more about nutrition. These were the moms who joined the Let’s Build a Healthier World school tour of Lily’s Peanut Butter. Lily’s visited the students of St. John Paul II Academy Paranaque, Colegio De Sta. Cecilia in Valenzuela, Philippine Christian University Union Elementary School in Manila, Don Bosco Institute of Makati, Maranatha Christian Academy in Manila and Paco Catholic School in Manila. They made learning fun for the moms and kids, too, as they held a Lily’s Mom and Me Health Ambassadors challenge!

Lily’s chose 10 Mom-Kid finalists also advanced to the next level called the “Healthy Baon Recipe” contest in which they were given 10 minutes to prepare a nutritious snack using Lily’s Classic Peanut Butter, Lily’s Choco Peanut Butter, and Lily’s Crunchy Peanut Butter. The Grand winners from each school received Php 10,000 cash, plus Lily’s gift packs and an educational plant tour. All of the other finalists though received Php 2,000 cash, plus Lily’s gift packs and an educational plant tour at Lily’s production plant.

Because of the tour, these are the things that I learned about Lily’s Peanut Butter that will help me make an informed decision:

  • Do you know that Lily’s Peanut Butter has been in the Philippines for more than 60 years now?
  • Lily’s Peanut Butter is made from all natural ingredients! Nothing that could harm our kids.
  • It has iron, natural dietary fiber, natural potassium, natural protein, and vitamin E which are all essential for kids’ growth.
  • It contains brain-boosting vitamins and minerals that develop sharp memory and help kids reach their full potential

Zeeka wanted to us to decorate healthy dishes, too. I’m not half as creative as the moms during the school tours (haha! So please don’t judge!), but I took this as a teachable moment. We can teach our kids to choose only snacks that would boost our child’s health and brain development.

During our breakfast “activity”, I could talk to her about healthy food, and always making informed decisions. I told her that before buying things, she should research or get to to know more about the products and the brand first, before buying.

Also, it’s important to always have fun with your kids and bond with them no matter how busy you are.

Here are some snapshots from our own Lily’s Let’s Build A Healthier World Challenge (at home 😄)!

Our breakfast table!
*To check out the different variants of Lily’s, please visit this link: http://mylilys.com/products/
Zeeka spreading Lily’s Peanut Butter on her pancake!
Helping out the competition 😂
Both of us taking this challenge seriously! 😄 Making it hard for Daddy EJ to choose which healthy dish looks better!
My Creation! I used Lily’s Peanut Spread Lite!
Zeeka used Lily’s Classic Peanut Butter for her Creation!
And the winner was this Little Bunny! 🙂

It was a truly fun morning. I usually have a hard time making her stay at the dining table, but this morning was different! It was a stress-free, enjoyable morning with Zeeka.

For those who are wondering what Lily’s products we used, here are some of them:

Lily’s Classic Peanut Butter

This is the variant of Lily’s that I grew up with – Lily’s Classic peanut butter. It is made of all-natural ingredients and uses only high-grade peanut kernel.

Lily’s Peanut Spread Lite

This is my new favourite variant. The Lily’s Peanut Spread Lite is made with sweet Stevia extract!

Lily’s Crunchy Peanut Butter

I love food with texture. This variant has real peanut bits that you chew on!

Lily’s Choco Peanut Butter

A great snack for both adults and youngsters alike. The sweet and rich flavors of fresh peanuts and dark semi-sweet chocolate are generously combined to create this all-new premium spread.

Read more about the variants at the Lily’s Website: http://mylilys.com/ Lily’s is manufactured by Newborn Food Products Inc tel: 282-3462

So Moms and Dads, don’t worry too much about the decisions that you make as parents. Just learn more about things before making decisions, especially if these are decisions that will affect your children.

Also, let your kids decide on some things on their own, too. This breakfast activity is something that you could do with your child. Aside from talking to Zeeka about healthy food when we were doing the challenge, I let her decide on what she wanted to put on her plate.

Plus it’s good practice just in case you get to be one of the mom and child contestants in Lily’s School Tour this year. I heard that they’ll be visiting more schools this year, so stay tuned!

Don’t be too hard on yourself! Enjoy and be grateful everyday. As long as you heart is in the right place, you’ll be fine 😉

Our grandparents, parents and even us (parents of this generation) were brought up in an environment where education was more about memorization. For most of us, school was a stressful environment where we needed to get good grades to be on the honor roll or to at least not get kicked out of school. This is the reason why the things that we aim for, the things that we prfioritize and goals don’t truly make us happy humans (even if we’re successful).


Happy humans live in an environment where the focus is on self – development and respect for others. The highly competitive environment that we were exposed to just bred a lot of jealousy, dependence on others for self-validation, manipulation, etc. Times have changed though, and for parents like us, we know that a lot of the formative years of people is during their younger years — when they are curious and when they love exploring and learning new things. During these years, we try our best to expose them to environments that will help them to eventually be happy and independent adults.

So how do we determine what quality education is and what kind of environment should we look for? What do we want our children to be when they grow up? What should we aim for (if aim is even the right word)?

I think as parents, the most that we can do is try to bring up our children to be independent and always curious about the things that surround them. This was what I realized when I listened to the briefing of the Izumi Philippines last week.


I’m the type of parent who’s always curious about different things when it comes to the education of my child. I want to test and try different methods and see which will work best for Zeeka. When I heard about Nippon Math (brought in by Izumi Philippines), I was curious to find out and see what it was.

Izumi under i-cube Ltd. in Japan has been in the industry for 42 years already. There mission as a company is to continue to improve themselves so that they can develop people and contribute to society. They manage 60 schools across Asia and they hope to build more that 20 centers here in the Philippines this year.

From what I have gathered, Izumi cultivates an academic culture of intellectual curiosity, independent learning and character building, embodying the principles of Japanese quality education of discipline, punctuality and cleanliness. I’ve been to Japan and truly, these values are seen in every Tom, Dick or Harry that you meet in the street. Once we
asked a saleslady for directions to exit a mall. I was so surprised that she left her post and went down the escalator with us just to lead us to the exit. We were amazed at how much concern, respect and discipline (leaving her stall showed how much she trusted people around her) the Japanese people have.

What Izumi will offer to the Philippine market is supplementary education for Math. What I have seen is that their value proposition and what makes them different is that they make learning Math enjoyable while also teaching the other values like discipline. For example, the students don’t get to touch the materials until it’s time to do so. They also have a structured but super FUN class! They have materials that make kids want to learn more. Zeeka had a fun time doing the activities! She loved the leaping frogs the most! haha!

If you want to know more about Izumi and if you’re interested to franchise and be part of Izumi Philippines, I can tell you offhand that the fees are actually very reasonable. What they look for in their Partners (franchisees) are that they:

  • Should have a passion for education
  • Should be ready for a long term commitment
  • Graduated college
  • Can foster a good relationship with students and parents
  • Can focus on their centers

Breakeven on Return on Investment (ROI) will take you around 1-2 years.

Izumi Philippines conducts orientations often. If you are interested to join, you can sign up here: https://ph.izumi-global.net/registration-form/

You can also call them via numbers (02) – 692- 5279 /  0967 207 0545

I now have a yaya, and things have been a bit less stressful these days. Thank you, Ate Niks, for helping us out. As moms, we need to admit that at certain times in our lives, we actually need help (whether it be from your husband, parents, from helpers, etc.).

Speaking of help, since I know have extra time, I’ve been doing a lot of vlogging and research for my blog. Yup! Having a blog is no easy task. We don’t just take fancy pictures of the products that we have. We actually test them out and stand as guinea pigs no matter how grave the consequences are. I remember having severe rashes years ago when I tried out a lotion brand for the first time. I had rashes all over my legs. That time, I wasn’t too careful yet.

Now, I make it a point to test products on a small section of my skin before using them. I am extra careful now, especially for the things that I use for my daughter.

I now love products that are particularly made for sensitive skin, so it saves me the time to go through the plethora of products in the market. Recently, I discovered Nimble Babies, which is now in the Philippines (@nimblebabies.ph). Nimble is actually a brand from the UK and their products are all made to be child-safe and friendly.

These are the three products that I’ve tried from Nimble Babies Philippines:

Nimble Sticky Stopper Antibacterial Toy & Surface Cleaner

As mentioned in my video, I use it to clean Zeeka’s iPad case. Also, I use it to clean the dining table. You’ll never know when your kids pick up food that fall of from their plates. No matter how frequent you tell them to not to eat things that fall of from plates, they don’t listen.

Nimble Sticky Stopper removes sticky and greasy residue from food, chocolate, fruit juices, milk, etc. It also kills 99.9% of germs without using bleach. Bleach is such a strong chemical that is usually the dilution of sodium hypochlorite.

The Nimble Sticky Stopper from Nimble Babies Philippines uses lactic acid, a natural disinfectant derived from fermenting sugar. This is why it is safe for kids and you can use it to clean potties, high chairs, play mats, bibs, etc. It’s also fragrance-free so even if you use it on the dinner table, it’s fine. Some cleaner’s scent go against the aroma of food.

Nimble Milk Buster Baby Bottle Cleaner

Nimble Milk Buster from Nimble Babies Philippines makes cloudy and smelly plastic tumblers a thing of the past. It removes milk fat and proteins from containers making them free from cloudiness and nasty odour.

Usually, the liquid soap that we use for cleaning plates, etc. are mostly designed to wash away food grease and oil. This Nimble Milk Buster is especially formulated to take away milk fat and proteins from plastic.

Nimble Milk Buster does not contain chemical nasties like sulphates, dyes, enzymes, and chemical fragrances that can potentially cause irritation.
Because it’s safe to use, I use it to clean Zeeka’s plates, utensils, cups, etc. I personally use it to clean my coffee cup, whenever I have my latte. You can use it following these three easy steps:

  1. Add a bit of water into the container/tumbler.
  2. Spray Nimble Milk Buster 2 times.
  3. Brush, rinse and relax.

Nimble Laundry Lover Non-Bio Detergent

And last but not the least, check out the Nimble Laundry Lover. I use it to remove food and pee stains from Zeeka’s clothes. It’s safe for our sensitive skin, because it is made from 88% naturally-derived ingredients. It has a lovely light powdery fragrance with no allergens. Zeeka and I are prone to have allergies when we use strong and harmful detergents. With this, we didn’t experience any allergies. To make it skin friendly, it’s free from irritating enzymes, optical brighteners & dyes.

Just one capful will go a long way. They say that it can last up to 25 washes. I’ll try to finish one container and I’ll let you know. This can be used for both hand or machine wash.

Even if it’s gentle on the skin, it’s tough on stains! It removes stains like chocolate, tomato sauce, baby food, fruit juices, grass, mud, and more. It also takes care of the color of your clothes and doesn’t damage clothing.

So that’s it, peeps! Do check out Nimble Babies Philippines products.

Facebook: Nimble Babies Philippines

Instagram: @NimbleBabies.ph

This year, as I promised to share more about my own personal thoughts, I’ll be sharing some intimate stuff today. I’ll be sharing with you the story of a part of my life where my insecurities run deep.

Let’s talk about beauty, what true beauty is and how my definition of beauty has evolved. Long post ahead! 😀

My Insecurities…

I was 3 🙂

We all give love, and want to be (liked or) loved, too. With this, since (they say) first impressions last, we want to look our best at any given time.

Early in life, my mom taught me that I needed to look good. As compared to my daughter now and how she is, I was the opposite. I hated wearing dresses. I was quite and shy. I loved running around, too. I was always the tallest in my class, and the biggest. These pictures that I’m sharing now was me when I was 3. Can you imagine? I looked more like a 6 year old girl.

Aside from my weight though, I looked very clean. I had an apple cut hair cut with neatly combed bangs. I had nice skin, because of how my parents and yaya took good care of me. When I was little, I remember my mom telling me not to run around too much, because I might trip and hurt myself. She said that scars last a long time, and it wouldn’t look good on my fair skinned legs.

When I was in grade school, I was a chubby kid. I always felt conscious about not being as slim as my classmates. I would compensate by studying hard to get good grades. Even when I lost a lot of weight on my way to high school (dropped from around 130 lbs to 107 lbs), I still felt heavy and big. I always wore a jacket because I was so conscious of showing my arms. Do you know that I only got over that when I was 25 years old? Haha! Talk about having major body issues.

Started losing weight when I was in Grade 6, so I was slimmer when I graduated 7th grade.
First year High School

I really did have issues with the way I looked. It’s not because I’m vain or anything like that, but it’s about my eternal lack of confidence. Up until now, people don’t know this, but I still get VERY self-conscious. Sometimes, when I go to events, I feel awkward. I don’t know why I still have voices in my head that tell me that I’m not good enough or that I shouldn’t be here because I’m not worthy.

2009 – Our wedding 🙂

My ever so patient husband would tell me that I’m crazy and weird to think that way about my body. He always assures me that I’m fine.

How I try to stop these thoughts …

I love observing other people — how they react to certain situations, how they cope, how they think, etc. In this journey of mine, what I’ve realized is that people don’t really care so much about the way you look. What matters more to them is who you are as a person — are you reliable? are you trustworthy? do you have integrity? are you honest and kind? are you caring?

I’ve seen movies, films, advertisements, etc. that constantly show us what our standard of beauty should be. They define the standards on what being physically beautiful is.

I was in my late 20s that I realized that people are too busy to care about the way you look. I then consciously made an effort to stop listening to the voices in my head, and committed to to the opposite of what the voice would say. I would wear anything that I wanted to wear. I would eat anything that I wanted to eat. I felt free.

What happened when I stopped listening to the voices in my head…

I started loving myself. I started to see my strengths, utilized these abilities and started to shine! I started seeing problems around me that I wanted to solve. I slowly saw things that I could do, and that eventually led me to find my purpose in life.

This was when my own interpretation of true beauty changed.

About my friend, Cat…

My friend Cat Arambulo-Antonio is the country’s representative for the MASJ Squad (MERZ Aesthetics Serendipity Journey) campaign. She’ll be sharing her journey alongside 10 women from other countries in Asia Pacific to redefine self-care and see it as something that is deeper: Self-love. I attended the launch, and Cat’s words (and the entire campaign) reminded me of my own journey.


“When you look good physically, you will feel much greater inside,”

Cat Arambulo – Antonio
Know more about Cat here: https://myserendipityjourney.com/meet_the_squad/cat-arambulo-antonio/

I, personally, was moved by this campaign about true beauty. Wanting to look good shouldn’t be looked down upon. If we feel good about ourselves and if we love ourselves, then we get to “see” other people. Oftentimes, what happens is, we divert our attention now from ourselves to other people — we focus on taking care and loving others, solving society’s problems and adding value to the world.

On Merz Aesthetics…


(L-R) Merz Asia Pacific Regional Commercial Director Conway Rappa, Merz Philippines Marketing Manager Judith Albano-Cantada, Cat Arambulo-Atonio, Merz Asia Pacific Regional Marketing Communications Manager
Kris Leong, and Merz Philippines Country Manager Jorge Libanan

Merz Aesthetics has been a driver of innovation in the field of aesthetic medicing since one of the first anti-wrinkle moisturizing creams was launched in 1953. They are a global, family-owned aesthetics and neurotoxin company backed by 110 years of trust and commitment.

“I definitely trust the treatments that Merz offers not only because it really works, but it has contributed to building my self-assurance,” says Cat.

I’ve looked at their products and services, and I’m really interested now to try out their services. Cat has been telling me about the wonders of Ultherapy and how it made her face look more elongated.

For more information on the Merz Aesthetics Serendipity Journey, you may visit https://www.myserendipityjourney.com and Like and Follow My Serendipity Journey on Facebook and Instagram. Also, visit www.merzaesthetics.com.


Yours truly with Cat Arambulo – Antonio and Sam Lewis.

When we talk about beauty, it’s really not just about what the human eye can see. It’s also about confidence, charisma and character. Life is not about getting people to like you, but it’s about loving yourself. It’s about wanting to be a better you everyday, so you can be of service to others.

Thanks, Cat and Merz Aesthetics for inspiring me to be a better version of myself again this year! Congratulations on this campaign, and may it inspire more women to love themselves!