There are two things that I consider before sending my child to a school. The first one is the method of teaching. It has to be aligned with my objective of teaching my child through play (since she’s still young) and teaching her using actual things  that she will experience in her daily life. The second one is if it takes into consideration the flexibility that a school should have, and adjust to what a child needs. Every child is different, so you can’t really treat all of them the same way.

Oh, I have one more thing that I consider and that’s proximity.

For those who are in Makati, I will highly recommend this school that we visited. It’s a preschool in Makati. It’s called Carsoncrest International School, a franchisee of Clarenter Education, U.S. and is authorized to offer the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC). At the moment, they are offering the following programs:

  • International Toddler (2 years old) Program
  • International Nursery (3 years old) Program
  • International Prekinder (4 years old) Program
  • International Kinder (5 years old) Program – Starts next year (2019) This is that start establishing the K-to-12 department

Check out our visit to Carsoncrest International School, a preschool in Makati!

What is IPC or the International Preschool Curriculum?

The International Preschool Curriculum embodies the best in academic research and practices. It is aligned to meet or exceed the standards of all major education systems making it the most internationally accepted early childhood education curriculum in the world. From Singapore Math to UK Literacy, the IPC has had to meet some of the most stringent standards to be truly international (for more information visit www.ipc.education).

What I like about the International Preschool Curriculum or IPC is that Carsoncrest International School’s students will be exposed to the following:

  • Language Arts
  • Motor Skills
  • Sciences
  • Creative Arts
  • Numeracy
  • Socio-Emotional

If you want to check out this school, there will be available summer classes at Carsoncrest International school in cooperation with Manila Workshops. This will be posted in the events page (announcement will be in a few days): http://manilaworkshops.com/events

To know more about Carsoncrest International School, this preschool in Makati, visit http://carsoncrestinternationalschool.org.


When I was younger, I was diagnosed with Myopia because of the amount of reading I did way back. And like every teenager, And like every teenager, I worried about wearing glasses and teased as ‘four-eyes’. Good thing contact lenses are now available for everyone to use.

Myopia is actually a very common condition for teenagers. Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso says children exposed to electronic devices are prone to nearsightedness. Children whose parents are nearsighted also tend to inherit the condition.

The good news is, myopia is treatable with the right prescription glasses. These are also the simplest and safest option for myopia correction.

The problem with glasses is its bulk. Most teenagers have an active lifestyle, and wearing glasses can be bothersome. Any change in weather can affect the lenses. And sports activities like swimming and water sports can be difficult to manage.

I recently got invited to the launching of Alcon’s Dailies Aquacomfort Plus. And I got to learn more about how teenagers can enjoy using contact lenses.

Switching from prescription eyeglasses to contact lenses is a rite of passage for most teenagers. The right pair can provide comfort, convenience, and enhanced vision to its users. That’s why choosing the right brand of contacts also matters, especially for teens who use it for the first time.

Celebrities like Dimples Romana and Gretchen Ho can attest to how easy and comfortable these contact lenses are.

Athlete and TV Host Gretchen Ho know how difficult it is to manage an active lifestyle. With her hectic schedule, tapings travel, and sports, wearing glasses can be a hassle. Alcon Dailies have proven to be handy, comfortable, and affordable option while she’s on the go.

Check out her awesome life here:

[https://www.facebook.com/dailiesph/videos/1706320332766597/]

Dimples Romana’s daughter Callie is an outgoing, athletic fourteen-year-old varsity tennis player. But when she got diagnosed with high degree myopia, Callie needed to wear prescription glasses. Wearing them also restricted her movement especially during her tennis games. It also affected her self-confidence and made her more self-conscious.

At first, Dimples thought only adults can use contact lenses. Then she heard about Alcon ‘freedom’ contact lenses and how easy and safe it was for teenagers to use. So she had Callie try them on.

Since then, Callie had the freedom to move without worry. It also increased her self-confidence and helped her realize her full potential as an athlete, student, and young woman.

Alcon provides innovative products that enhance the quality of life by helping people see better. They also offer the widest spectrum of eye care products including surgical and vision care.

Developed by Alcon, Dailies Aquacomfort contact lenses deliver blink-activated moisture for
refreshing comfort throughout the day. It harnesses the power of every blink to boost comfort and dynamically reinfuses the tear film. This tear film is essential for good visual acuity, comfort, and a successful contact lens-wearing experience. Because of its multiple moisturizing agents, Alcon Dailies provide an initial cushioning effect making it comfortable for long use throughout the day.

Dailies Aquacomfort Plus is perfect for Generation Zs who are very tech-dependent. Teenagers and young adults have expressed high interests in wearing contact lenses. Survey says that they easily adapt to using contact lenses more than any other age group.

Teens and young adults also see the benefit of using contact lenses especially in today’s age of Instagram-worthy pics. Contact lenses also present teenagers with better movement for physical activities and sports.

Because of this, parents are now more open to the idea of their teenagers using contact lenses as an option.

I got the chance to personally try Dailies Aqua Comfort and I have to say, they’re easy to use. Here I am with the contact lenses on. Barely there, right?

So if you want your teenagers to make the switch, Dailies Aquacomfort Plus is the best choice.

You can get a box of 15 pairs for only PhP 1,495 at leading optical shops nationwide. And as my loyal subscribers, you also get a gift card that will take 20% off SRP! All you have to do is show the coupon below to participating Ideal Vision branches to get this awesome deal.


So what are you waiting for? Let your teenagers try it today and experience the #FreedomtoConnect!

And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below. =)

Moms everywhere are going crazy over essential oils. I know, because I’m one of them.

I love essential oils because of its calming effect, especially when I get home after a long day. It also helps keep my house smelling good and cleans the air.

But what are essential oils, and what do you need to know before you use them?

Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation. It’s a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products. It can also be used to add flavoring to food and drink, and even household cleaning products.

Using essential oils have a lot of health benefits, and here are some of them.

1. Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.

A study found that the scent of oils like lavender and jasmine was just as calming as valium.

Inhaling essential oils are said to positively affect the limbic system, a part of the bn and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, rain that regulates emotions. Aromatherapy was also used in the ancient Egyptian and Greek and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, and immune functions.

2. Essential oils are natural remedies for a headache and migraines.

Headaches may result from different factors like hormonal imbalance, sinus pressure, congestion, and even sensory stimuli and intense physical exertion. Oils like eucalyptus and peppermint open up sinuses and help relieve pressure. Its anti-inflammatory properties also alleviate swelling.

3. Improves sleep and insomnia.

Certain oils like lavender, chamomile, and valerian are tried and tested when it comes to aiding sleep.
It is said that these oils calm the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature and aids the body’s natural transition to sleep. It also relaxes the mind and calms the senses.

Lavender was so effective that a study confirmed using it improved ICU patients’ sleep quality. It has also been used to help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in postpartum women.

4. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties

Some essential oils are super effective in healing wounds and scratches.

I should know because I use them myself. Zeeka gets scratches every now and then, and I found an awesome product from Human Nature called Rescue Balm. Whenever she gets an insect bite, I just dab a small amount of this balm and it heals so quickly.

Tea tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic. Studies have shown that tea tree oil is able to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is also effective in treating acne and other skin conditions.

There are more benefits of essential oil that I haven’t listed here. But clearly, essential oils are worth the investments. But before you use essential oils for you or your family members, it is vital for you to understand how to safely use these oils in order to maximize its benefits.

Manila Workshops, in partnership with KP Essentials, can help you understand more about essential oils and how it works.

Essential Oils 101 is an offline workshop that will give you a quick background on how to empower yourself and experience the healing powers of essential oils firsthand. Here you will learn which essential oils work best and the basics of making your own blends for specific purposes and ailments. Who knows, attending the workshop can also help you start your own essential oils business?

If you want to know more about essential oils, this is the perfect workshop for you. We’ve also created an awesome deal for early birds good until June 10th, 2018.

Make it an amiga date and bring your friends to the workshop and get a better deal too!

Register today and click here for more information =)

Kinney will also have a live session at the Kumu app on June 9 at 10 am! 🙂 Hope you can join! Sign up at Kumu here: http://www.kumu.ph/

Hope to see you there!

Hello, March, and hello, summer!

Yes, the sunny season is HERE, and for me, that means outings with my daughter, reunions with family, swim parties, updating our home, and other various activities that take advantage of the hot and dry weather before the rains come again.

There’s so much to look forward to in the summer, and to jumpstart the season, S&R has a special treat for its members – literally!

The S&R Members’ Treat runs from March 14 – March 18, 2018 and will be held in all S&R warehouses nationwide. That’s five whole days of enormous savings to get you ready for fun in the sun, from Buy 1 Take 1 deals to discounts as low as 50%!

Check out the S&R Members’ Treat deals that got me excited for the summer!

● Our bodies are more active in the heat, and it’s good to have snacks on the go to keep energy up. Load up on Balconi and Rondoletti wafer snacks for the munchies and some refreshing Tropicana juices in different flavors to wash it down (Buy 1 Take 1)!

● Conveniently, you can get Kitchen Classic food storage containers (Buy 1 Take 1) at S&R too to pack your baon in.

● Summer break means get-togethers with the family! Make more seating room for visitors in your home with Cosco folding chairs (Buy 1 Take 1)!

● Serve up your favorite grilled ulam with the Oster Bioceramic Indoor Grill (Buy 1 Take 1)! Perfect for families living in condos where traditional ihaw set-ups might not be convenient.

● On hot days – and there will be plenty! – offer palamig, juice, or water served in attractive Anchor beverage sets (50% off).

● In the evenings after the kids are off to bed, serve chilled wine and liquor to wind down while binge-watching on Netflix or just relaxing on the couch (Buy 1 Take 1 – but some are even available for Buy 3 Take 3!)

● Looking to do a bit of summer home styling? Spruce up your bedrooms with these eye-popping 4-piece and 6-piece bedsheet sets (Buy 1 Take 1).

● Upgrade your pillows too! Snag Wharton Vac pillows for a restful night’s sleep after the day’s adventures (Buy 1 Take 1).

● Do away with mismatched hangers for a more organized closet, and replace them with simple, uniform, non-slip basic hanger sets. Available in sets of ten (Buy 1 Take 1).

● I’m sure your little ones are just as enthusiastic for the summer, so fuel their excitement with bright new totes and bags for their summer outings (Buy 1 Take 1).

● And of course, to get the whole family ready for the most-anticipated movie event of the season, Avengers: Infinity War shirts for both children and adults (Buy 1 Take 1)!

With so many wonderful deals, you definitely don’t want to miss out on any of them! Here are my tips to make the most of the S&R Members’ Treat:

1. Come early. Get first dibs on everything from great picks to the most ideal parking spaces.

2. Plan ahead. Make a list of things you expect to buy and set a budget to ensure you grab everything you need without overspending. All the same, be prepared to take home a load of unexpected goodies!

3. Go around in an orderly manner. Grab a cart and wend your way through the store aisle per aisle so you can shop efficiently and you don’t miss out on anything.

4. Enjoy S&R food. Since you’re already there, make the most of your S&R trip by grabbing lunch or merienda in-store! S&R pizza is always a good idea.

5. Don’t forget your S&R card! What a nightmare it would be to get your excitement up for a fun shopping experience only to realize you’d forgotten your S&R card at home! Double and triple-check that you’ve put it in your wallet before you leave the house on Members’ Treat day.

The S&R Members’ Treat is EXCLUSIVE to S&R members.

The S&R Members’ Treat is happening in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide, from 9:00AM to 9:00PM: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Congressional (Quezon City), Commonwealth (Quezon City), Dau (Pampanga), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

I hope you’re as excited for the summer – and the S&R Members’ Treat – as I am! If you are, go ahead and tell me what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

See you at S&R!

How many of you watched Stranger Things? or House of Cards? These are shows that were shown on Netflix. For those who don’t know what Netflix is, it is the world’s leading internet subscription service for watching TV shows and movies. I’ve been a Netflix user since they first came out in the Philippines since January 2016. I was actually surprised to know that they are now in 190 countries! And guess what, if you are a Netflix subscriber, you are one of the 109 million members enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shoes and movies per day!

In the Philippines, subscription is very affordable. 1 Screen Standard Definition is at Php 370. 2 Screens simultaneously used with HD Definition is at Php 460. Then, 4 screens used simultaneously in HD + Ultra HD 4K is at Php 550. All of these are paid monthly. Not bad at all, right?

I am also so excited to share with you that I am part of the Netflix Stream Team in the Philippines!
They invited me to the launch of the Stream Team which was last weekend. This is what happened during the launch! 🙂

What is so exciting about being part of this family? Well, as a part of the Stream Team, I will be able to share with you the latest updates from Netflix, plus you will learn about the different shows that will be launched via my blog! Ain’t that cool? You, my dear readers, will have the latest news on what Netflix will launch in the next few months, weeks and days.

If you haven’t subscribed to Netflix yet, I highly recommend that you start using it already.

Some of the ladies of the Netflix Stream Team Philippines!

 

Here are 8 things that I love about Netflix!

1 – I love the content. Aside from showing the different shows that we love and adore, they also produce their own original content. There are a lot of Netflix Originals that I love.

2 – I love that even if they are a global brand, they make it a point to go local. Netflix partners with local content creators to create original content. Aside from that, they have subtitles in different languages.

3 – I love that you can download your favorite shows. When I’m traveling, I usually just watch the episodes or movies that I have downloaded. You can also watch shows anytime, anywhere!

4 – You need not wait or look for the next episode of a series. Everything is laid out for you to watch and “binge” on!

5 – I love that Netflix has an algorithm that looks for shows that I will love! haha! It really understands me and knows what I NEED to watch! haha!

6 – It’s very kid friendly. I can set the account of my daughter and protect her from seeing violent and other inappropriate stuff. I feel safe when she’s on Netflix.

7 – I love that when I transfer device, I start from where I left off. With other platforms, that’s my main concern. I hate looking, fast-forwarding / rewinding to where I left off.

8 – I love that there are no ads! haha! I don’t think I need to explain that.

Move in with Netflix!

So these are the things that make me stick and LOVE Netflix!

Just to give you a rundown of some shows I have watched already, here is a list:

Oh My Ghost!
Gilmore Girls
Project Runway
Good Wife
My Horrible Boss
Drop Dead Diva
Billions
No Strings Attached
Bride Wars
Crazy Stupid Love
What’s Your Number?
13 Reasons Why
12 Years Promise
Hurricane Bianca
White Nights
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Don’t Trust the B in APT 23
Stranger Things
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Full Out
GLOW
etc. etc. etc.

How about you? What have you watched? Share with me what your favorites are! I will share them soon! 🙂