Reviews

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

HairReve to the Rescue for Breastfeeding Moms losing Hair

On top of worrying about that additional pregnancy weight, the amount of breastmilk that I produce and making sure that my new born baby’s still breathing in the morning, I have hair loss to deal with. My husband always says that living with women means living with a lot of hair shedding (haha!). After giving birth, I’ve noticed a significant increase in the amount of hair loss that I have.

Is hair loss for breastfeeding moms normal? What causes excessive hair fall?

For first time moms, don’t panic. You may have noticed collecting big clumps of hair whenever you clean the house. I, personally felt, that I was going bald! The reason why you’re shedding a lot of hair is because of the falling levels of estrogen in your body. I’ve read in this research by the Australian Breastfeeding Association that losing hair is not associated with breastfeeding (so please do continue to breastfeed your baby). Post partum hair loss is attributed to the changing levels of hormones in your body, and it will return to normal 6 to 12 months after the birth of your baby, regardless of whether you are breastfeeding or not. It’s also not due to lack of nutrients in your body. So even if you take your vitamins regularly, your hair may still fall off.

HairReve

Why I’m not worried about it?

During my first pregnancy 8 years ago, it took a while before I grew my hair back. I felt insecure. I never really had thick hair, so losing even some of it, was quite saddening for me. And we know what lack of confidence does to you, right? So this time around, I was more prepared. I researched on what can help me grow my hair quickly and bring it back to how it was before. I found HairReve Hair Rescue Thickening Serum.

HairReve Hair Rescue Thickening Serum

HairReve is a hair rescue thickening serum. What it does is it moisturizes and strengthens hair follicles that helps prevent hair fall (as much as it can). It also revitalizes and nourishes the scalp so my hair looks visibly thicker and radiant.

My experience and how I used HairReve

I started using HairReve a month ago. I’ve been religiously spraying it twice a day. In the morning, during my learning time (I usually watch videos on business and productivity), I spray it and make sure that the serum reaches my scalp. It smells good so I don’t mind having it on during the day. And then I use it again after I shower at night, and spray it before sleeping. By the way, after spraying, you have to massage it gently, so it gets absorbed by the scalp.

You have to part your hair and spray the exposed scalp

My personal reason why I tried this product is that aside from post partum hair loss, I knew that I was losing hair because of stress. Hair loss happens when the number of hair in the growing phase is less than the number of hairs that fall off. I knew that I wasn’t growing enough hair to compensate for the hair loss, and I knew that it was because of stress and probably because I’m older now, too.

So this was me, the day I got my HairReve. This was 8 months post partum. Hair fall was not as much anymore, but hair growth was really slow. I had a few baby hairs growing as you can see. My hair was thinner and flat.

8 month post partum prior to using HairReve

And this is me a month after! I have baby hair growing from all over my head. Although it’s hard to manage these baby hair (I’m not complaining! haha!), I’m very grateful that I’ll have thicker hair. This really proves that HairReve works. I’ve seen how it increased my hair growth and hair density.

9 months post partum after one month of religiously using HairReve
Look at all of my baby hair!

What I love about it is that HairReve’s active ingredients from Switzerland are all natural and safe for breastfeeding moms. It has larch tree extracts, Zinc, Green Tea Extract, Coffee Extract and Rosemary extract. It doesn’t have any harmful chemicals as well. With a few sprays a day, it really helps nourish hair follicles to reduce hair fall for thicker, stronger and healthier hair.

Do check out HairReve at http://www.hairreve.com.ph, Facebook and on Instagram @hairreverescue.

HairReve is available in selected Mercury Drug outlets nationwide, Lazmall and Shopee Mall. Try it and share with me your experience with the product.

Stay healthy and gorgeous!

4 Tips for When You’re Shopping for Baby Products

Buying products for your baby can be stressful for so many reasons. They can be expensive, and you want them to last, but most importantly, you want to make sure that they’re safe for your little one. 

Commercial products are all full of chemicals and other potential dangers – all our food, beauty products, cleaning products, and even our clothes and furniture. With a baby’s immune system that’s still building and strengthening, you want to do everything you can to keep them safe from potential harm.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the shopping process and understand what to buy. 

Understand Toxins and Dangers

First of all, before you scare yourself silly and panic about nothing, make sure you do a little research to really understand what is considered a toxin, or what might be dangerous for your baby. There are certain ingredients or fabrics you might want to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you need to be fearful of every product. 

When it comes to clothing, rather opt for organic cotton baby bodysuits instead of cheap fabrics. Be aware of ingredients in formulas and early baby food, and try to choose gentle, baby-safe bath products and cleaning formulas for your home. 

Talk to Your Paediatrician

If you’re concerned about certain products or items, you should feel free and comfortable talking to your paediatrician about them. Their professional opinion is valuable, and they will be able to tell you whether or not a product is worth worrying about. 

They will also probably have recommendations for safer alternatives that you could use in the case that you have brought up something that they advise against. 

Ask Other Moms

Of course, one of the most comforting things to do is to get advice from another mom who feels the same way you do. 

If none of your friends or close family members are parenting babies or young kids right now, you might feel a little alone in your journey. Joining a moms group is a great way to find people to relate to, ask for advice and share your struggles with.

Try to find like-minded people who share your values and ideals when it comes to parenting. You’ll be more likely to feel comfortable using something if you know it’s a product trusted by someone who feels the same way you do about certain issues. 

Use Trial and Error and Trust Your Gut

Even with all the advice in the world, everyone is different. Every mom is different and every baby is different too, which means that just because a product is recommended to you, doesn’t mean that you or your little one will love it.

After all the research is done and advice given, it’s up to you to buy what you think is right for you and your baby and decide for yourself whether or not you like how it feels and works. When you become a mom, your gut instincts about your baby will be your best way of knowing what’s right or wrong. 

Movie Nights with the LUMOS RAY Projector

Last year, we got to fix our room. We had the cabinets in the master’s bedroom taken out for more space and for decluttering. We were left with an empty blank wall. Being used to seeing a lot of things in the room, we were contemplating if we should place shelves, or decorate the wall, or add a TV so that we can watch our favorite shows.

We didn’t have any TV in the room, and we used to just watch from our laptops or iPads. We then had this idea of buying a mini projector. We tried one mini projector, but the quality wasn’t really that good. The room needed to be really dark, plus the shows on Netflix were pixelated when using this cheap projector.

Ginger Arboleda with her LUMOS RAY projector

We then came across the LUMOS RAY projector which costs either Php 8999 for the LUMOS RAY and Php 11,999 for the RAY Smart. We were pleasantly surprised with how the LUMOS RAY Projector worked. Okay, you probably are thinking why not just buy a TV with this price. What we love about this projector is that we can bring it anywhere we go. 

Before the pandemic, we used to travel a lot. Now with things easing up, I’m sure that we’ll be able to travel again, so we’ll be bringing the LUMOS RAY projector with us.

If you are a family who loves watching movies and shows, this projector is for you.

Video Clarity

This small device can project an impressive 100 inch screen. Just to share with you, the distance from our projector to the wall now is around 100 inches (2.5 meters). To give you an idea, a 3 meter distance can project the 100 inch screen.

It really can show whatever show you’re watching clearly at 720p HD clear resolution (1080p Blu-Ray Support). It has a Bright 3,000 Lumens making the colors more vivid in darkness (not grainy or washed out). Other projectors are just at 1000 Lumens.

As you can see, we shot the images above at around 4:00 pm in the afternoon, when it was still bright and sunny outside. We had no problem watching, and the video projected was clear.

Plug and Play

To use the device, just plug it in and turn it on. It has a built-in Netflix and Youtube app. Do take note to simply press ‘cancel’  when Netflix asks for an upgrade as the inbuilt version works best with the projector.

The user interface was simple and easy to use, that even our 9 year old understood how to use the device.

Screen Mirroring

You can also open a file, app or video via your mobile device and have it projected. Just open the Air Screen app on the LUMOS RAY and connect via Wi-Fi to mirror your file in your mobile device. Other people use it to play mobile games, use Spotify, or even join Zoom calls over a huge screen while lying in bed.

Sleek and portable

As mentioned, what we love about the LUMOS RAY is that you can just grab it and go! I love how it looks — it’s very sleek and compact. It also has a built-in Dolby Audio so sound is good. But if you’d like to use your own speaker, you can attach it and plug it into your LUMOS RAY.

The LUMOS RAY is again priced at only ₱8,999 and the RAY Smart at ₱11,999 with 1-year local warranty. You can purchase these devices directly from LUMOS Projector via their website at https://www.lumosprojector.ph/MommyGinger. You can order from anywhere in the Philippines, Malaysia or Singapore.

Overall, we’d highly recommend getting this for your bedroom, living room or home theater. We love the experience, and now that we seldom go to movie houses, this is a great option for movie nights with the kids at home!

Sleeping with a Baby: Using Kozy Blankie Crib Nest

On Using Kozy Blankie Crib Nest

So there are a lot of stuff that we bought for Yani that I want to share with you. Being pregnant and having a baby again is so exciting! There are a lot of new and cool tools and products that help you in taking care of the baby and in making sure that they are safe and comfortable. One of the things that I’m constantly frightened of is SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. I usually wake up at 2 am and can’t sleep until around 4 am, because I find myself watching Yani breathe. People say that it’s dangerous for parents to sleep beside their baby. In our case though, Yani sleeps beside me and EJ.

She sleeps beside me since I still breastfeed her, and it’s more convenient to be in a side lying position when breastfeeding at night. I’ve noticed that her sleep is not interrupted as much, and she’s not as irritable. She falls asleep easily.

But to avoid SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome, we use this crib nest from Kozy Blankie.

This baby crib nest keeps Yani safe from suffocation from the pillows that we have or even from the blankets that we use. This nest is also super comfortable.

It comes in different designs. To be honest, all of the designs are so cute!

To check out these products, you can check out Kozy Blankie’s IG account: https://www.instagram.com/kozyblankie/

They sell their products in Lazada: https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/kozy-blankie/

Check out the other products that they have, too! They have other products like fitted sheets, comforter sets and pillows and bolsters, waterproof bed mats, stroller pads, etc.

4 Types of Headphones and Earphones and How to Know Which One Is Right for You

If you like listening to music while working, exercising, or traveling, then you know the importance of having the right audio accessories. Nothing ruins the experience more than a pair of headphones or earphones that produce low-quality sounds.

Fortunately, you can buy headphones online so you can replace your inferior ones with a better pair. Before you make a purchase, however, make sure that you’re getting the type of headphones (or earphones, as the case may be) that suits your listening habits and preferences.

Below, we discuss the four most common types of headphones and earphones to help you choose:

Over-Ear Headphones

If you want the best sound quality, you should definitely get over-ear headphones. Their large size can make them look and feel bulky, but it also allows them to house larger drivers. This, in turn, allows headphones to produce a wider range of sound frequencies—from those smooth, high notes to those deep, thumping bass beats.

Another reason that over-hear headphones produce such great audio output is that the ear cups cover your entire ear. This feature helps isolate sound, creating that “surround” experience. In addition, by covering your entire ear, the cups or pads of your headphones can help increase comfort.

The downside of headphones is that they aren’t as portable. As such, they’re better used at home or at work. This is not to say that you can’t use headphones when traveling, but it can be a little inconvenient to carry them around.

Wearing headphones for hours can also cause a bit of added pressure on your head and make your ears feel warm. If you can, find a pair of headphones with a padded headband; for the ear cups, memory foam is often ideal for added breathability.

On-Ear Headphones

Unlike over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones don’t have ear cups. Rather, they have ear pads that sit on top of your ears. Thus, they don’t offer the same surround-sound experience. This doesn’t mean that over-ear headphones can’t deliver quality audio. The key is to find a model with a large enough driver so you can listen to your favorite songs without losing fidelity.

On the other hand, on-ear headphones are more portable than their over-ear counterparts; they’re also much lighter. Some on-ear headphones even boast foldable styles and come with free carrying cases. As such, they’re better travel companions.

Just manage your expectations regarding ambient sounds, since the partial ear coverage can let some noise get through. For foldable models, be careful when opening and closing them so the arms of the headband don’t snap.

Earbuds

If you’ve bought any kind of mobile phone online or in-store recently, you probably received a free pair of earbuds that you may have mistakenly called earphones. The difference between the two kinds of audio accessories is that earbuds are designed to rest on the concha, the opening in your ear that leads to the ear canal. As such, depending on the default size of the earbuds, you might not get a good fit.

Like on-ear headphones, earbuds also let in ambient noise. This can either be a good or bad thing, depending on the situation. For example, if you’re jogging outside or crossing the road, being able to hear other sounds like car horns is definitely good. However, if you’re trying to listen to your favorite songs while on public transport, the lack of noise cancellation can be a downside.

On the other hand, most earbuds come with a built-in microphone. Thus, they’re perfect for answering calls hands-free. They can also be useful in basic video chats such as when you’re calling loved ones or having an online meeting. What’s more, earbuds are quite cheap. If they get damaged or broken, you easily find replacements without breaking the bank.

Earphones

Last but not least, earphones are audio output accessories that come with multiple rubber or silicone tips that extend into your ear canal. This means you can choose the correct size to ensure that they’re snug and won’t fall off easily. If you like listening to music while exercising, then earphones are your best bet.

Another advantage of earphones over earbuds is that earphones can isolate sounds. Thus, you don’t have to worry too much about ambient noise. Many earphones also come with noise cancellation technology. This helps filter the sounds better, giving you clearer audio even at lower volumes.

Just like over-ear headphones, however, wearing earphones for long periods can cause a bit of discomfort. This can be alleviated by getting the right size of ear tips, although finding the exact size that fits in your ear canal can be challenging.

As you can see, the “right” headphone or earphone is quite subjective. In fact, depending on what kind of listening experience you’re looking for, you might end up getting multiple products! However, if you only have a budget for one, then decide on what you’re going to use most often and then invest in that type of headphone or earphone.