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Mommy Ginger shares reviews on great products that would make a mom’s life easier and definitely happier!

Last year, our family went to Meralco to view the Holiday display that they had. We really enjoyed it! So, this year, we are looking for things to do or places to visit with the light displays.

I remember when I was young, my dad would drive us to view Christmas-on-Display (COD) in Cubao. This was decades ago. Then years after, I heard that the Greenhills shopping mall had their own COD. I always wondered when they would revive something like this. Then, a few days a go, lo and behold, I heard that San Juan’s (the city) mounting something for this holiday season!

San Juan City Hall will become a dazzling spectacle of lights and dancing mannequins in a Yuletide-themed village reminiscent of the cherished Christmas-on-Display (COD) formerly mounted at the Greenhills Shopping Center.

“We’d like to continue a beloved tradition that many Filipinos had looked forward to for more than a decade of Christmases by staging the COD show right on our grounds,” says San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez.

For Gomez, it is also a fitting Christmas gift to San Juan residents as her final term winds down mid next year. The mayor had sought out the Rosarios, the family that created the COD show in 1957, to bring the decades-old holiday
attraction to the City Hall.

“When I look at the display, I cannot help but feel nostalgic and hopeful about Christmas. It is a feeling I want to share with our people when they stroll at the City Hall grounds this holiday season,” says Gomez.

Themed “Paskong Pinoy,” the COD display highlights well-loved Filipino Christmas traditions that include family reunions with sumptuous feasts, Christmas carols, colorful lanterns, a variety of merrymaking activities and a fervent prayer.

The grand display also features some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Pinaglabanan Church and the City Hall itself. Alongside the COD show, the city government is also opening its grounds for a night market that will feature over a hundred stalls for shopping and dining.

“When we were conceptualizing the display, we wanted something that will make families go out and visit so they can be together for the holidays,” says the mayor. “I’m certain that even our balikbayans will enjoy the display, and perhaps wax nostalgic about celebrating Christmas here in the Philippines.” The COD show is set to be launched on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. To make the occasion more special, some 300 children from the city’s daycare centers will be invited to watch the inaugural presentation. The attraction will be open to the public from Nov. 23, until Jan. 6, 2019.

“Hosting this event is a way for the local government to spread the holiday cheer. We can be grateful for our respective families for staying together,” says Gomez.

“We also want to express our gratitude to our constituents as we look forward to next year,” she adds.

The COD display started out more than 60 years ago as a gimmick by Alex Rosario to draw customers to the family-owned department store, Manila COD (Cash on Delivery) on Avenida Rizal in Manila. After nearly 40 years at Araneta
Center, the COD animatronic display transferred to the Greenhills Shopping Center, which hosted the attraction for over a decade before it was discontinued in 2016 to give way to development

We’re excited to visit this Christmas-on-Display (COD) show! Come and check it out!

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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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

Looking for new ways to automate your home and improve your quality of life?

We are a family that loves automation. Having a husband who runs his own business and with my events company and blogging profession, we often spend our time outside the house. That’s why we needed to simplify things and get the job done through automation at home. We’ve been recently experimenting a lot with smart home systems. We have voice-controlled lights at home. Our entertainment system (to turn the TV on and off, and to choose a show) is voice-controlled, too. Since then, we’ve been looking for ways to further automate our home.

Zeeka has been getting colds for the longest time. Often, my daughter would greet me in the morning with a loud sneeze. I’ve been having rhinitis yet again, which I’ve had since my early twenties. Meanwhile, our housekeeper, though she’s a hard worker, would normally use spray cleaners around the house which probably the cause of Zeeka’s colds and my rhinitis attacks. Given that my husband and I have busy schedules, I kept looking for ways to solve this problem through automation. While doing my own research for a few months, I got an invitation to check out the Dyson Pure Cool.

I have read good reviews about Dyson before, but I also had the impression that their products are upscaled on the price. My husband and I try to lessen our expenses, and we don’t splurge on unnecessary stuff. But because of curiosity and necessity, I went to the Dyson store to see it for myself.

A Modern Appliance That Purifies the Air

Purifying and automation don’t usually go together. Most of the time, our concept of purity involves greenery, a nice stroll at the beach, the color white, or rain. Automation usually refers to cold, hard steel, big manufacturing plants, and unfortunately, pollution.

The Dyson Pure Cool got me curious on how it’s going to clean the air around us. I knew Dyson engineers designed the product well and I wanted to try how it combined automation and air purification at the same time. So, when we brought home the Dyson Pure Cool and gave it a try for a few weeks, I told myself that this purifier is worth every penny. Here’s why.

1. Cool, Sleek, and Safe Design!

The Dyson Pure Cool stands taller than Zeeka and looks very sleek. It looks like a fan from The Enterprise (shout out to Star Trek fans!). It releases purified air from the top while the filter sits at the bottom. I love that it’s bladeless, so Zeeka is safe. I don’t have to worry even if my daughter is walking around the house near it.

2. Easy Set-Up

Setting the purifier up doesn’t take too much effort. The two filters in the lower portion of the air purifier are easy to attach. Just place the two filters around the base and then lock it in place, using the covers. These filters last from 6 to 12 months depending on the frequency of use. There’s a small screen that shows the status of the filters, which helps me to determine if I must replace it.

3. Advanced Sensory Technology

I was so impressed with the meter of the Dyson Pure Cool that tells me the level of air quality inside the house. I’ve tested it out, too. I would sometimes spray perfume in the room where the purifier is, and the Air Quality levels would go red. I also tested it in rooms with mold, and the moisture levels increased as the air quality dropped, too.

4. It Comes with a Super Cool Dyson Link App!

Dyson made it a lot easier to automate your home with its super cool app.

To install the app, just look for the Dyson Link App in the Appstore and Google play store. Then, download and open the app. The app will give you specific instructions on how to connect with your Dyson Pure Cool.

Once you are on your dashboard, you will see the air quality data from your home. Just click on the graph icon on the right to see the data gathered within the day.

The Dyson link app shows daily and weekly data. I notice that when humidity is high, I get my allergic rhinitis. I’m not sure if these two are related, but it’s nice to see the air quality data versus my actual experience.

I can also control the purifier by clicking on the remote-control icon on the lower left side of the app. I can control the fan speed, angle of oscillation, and I can set the timer, too! There’s also an option to switch the mode of air flow to be from the front to the sides of the purifier.

The clock on the bottom right of the screen allows me to set schedules for the purifier. I can just add different “events”, adjust the settings for each event, and schedule the time when it should be turned on and off.

5. Indoor Pollutant Free Home

Ever since we got the Dyson Pure Cool , there’s a big difference when I’m at home. I can breathe easier and the rhinitis attacks have lessened. My daughter, Zeeka, is much more active now and she rarely sneezes when she wakes up in the morning. I can rely more on my housekeeper with the daily chores, and I don’t have to worry if she’s cooking or using all-purpose spray cleaners. Best part is, my husband and I solved this household problem through automation. We don’t have to worry about indoor pollution at home

So, if you’re looking for air purifying systems to keep your family healthy and safe, I would recommend Dyson Pure Cool. This gets my stamp of mom approval. It sure is an awesome way to automate your home.

Check out my video here!

Visit their website at https://www.dyson.ph/ and follow Dyson on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DysonPH/ for more details.