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. =)

Reset. I think I need to do this this weekend. I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately. My husband told me, over Bingsu, last night that I just need to rest. He just thinks I’m super tired. So today, I’m at a coffee shop this morning, writing this blog. Writing calms me down, and helps me regain focus again. My husband gave me my ME time this morning to relax and do things that I enjoy. Actually, he gave me the whole day to relax.

So this is my plan, I’ll spend the next two hours writing and reading. Then I’ll go home for lunch and binge watch shows on Netflix. In this post, I’d like to share with you shows that I loved or love (since I’m still watching them) on Netflix. By the way, for those of you who don’t know, you can get Netflix with Globe through the following:​

– BROADBAND: Get a free 6-month subscription to Netflix with Plan 1299 and up.
– POSTPAID: Subscribe to Netflix using your Postpaid plan and register to GoWATCH 399 to get more data for watching popular series and films.
– ​PREPAID: Subscribe to Netflix by availing of GoWATCH for as low as 99 with 2GB of data to watch Netflix​.

These are great deals from Globe! Just wanted to let you know since I didn’t want you to miss out on these deals. So going back to the shows that I highly recommend.

Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Starring Emmy- and Tony-winning performer Neil Patrick Harris and backed by an outstanding ensemble cast, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events​ is executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker and Emmy®​ Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black films, Pushing Daisies, The Addams Family​), who directs four of the episodes.

I love this series because of the superb script, witty lines and fantastic actors! This is a must watch for the whole family.

 

 

 

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet Season 2

SANTA CLARITA DIET

In the single­camera series, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, J​ustified​) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended​) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.

Apart from being a Drew Barrymore fan, what I love about this series is that it’s very REAL (well, except for the flesh-eating-wife part). The relationship between Joel and Sheila represents what couples go through. This series is very relatable and charming!

SOMETHING IN THE RAIN

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies and korean drama. So the first time I saw Something in the Rain (English title) or Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food (literal title), I was drawn to it. This romcom reminds us that love knows no age. Love is a decision; you have the right to choose a person and love him/her. Super kilig lang when watching this series!

ALI WONG: BABY COBRA

She’s my favorite stand up comedian! She usually talks about being a mom, pregnancy, feminism, her sexual adventures (so this is for grown-ups only) and other topics. Watch her first show on Netflix called Baby Cobra then watch Hard Knock Wife next. You will surely fall off your seat laughing!

Every month, I will share with you new shows that I have discovered! Follow me on Instagram @gingerarboleda and follow my Instagram stories! I’ll share a guide on a weekly basis!

Do you have other shows on Netflix that you want to recommend? Please share with me on the comments section below! 🙂

 

 

 

During one conversation with my daughter, Zeeka, she asked me to get her eye glasses. She didn’t want shades; she really wanted what mommy and daddy had. What triggered it more was that she saw her best friend wear glasses. The little girl had astigmatism. I kept on telling her that her best friend needed it to correct her eyesight and she didn’t need it, but she kept on insisting. Dineadma ko! (didn’t mind her) HAHA!

Days after, I read this article on How Gadgets and Screens are Harming your Child. And then, I came across Sunnies Specs kids! I realized that my daughter needed protection for her eyes! It’s so nice that Sunnies Specs came up with this line of glasses that protects children’s eyes from blue light.

Zeeka Eureka wearing Sunnies Specs for kids! So cute!

Look at that face! hahaha! Super kulit!

This line is available in all sunnies specs stores nationwide. Well, I’m sure my daughter will grow up wearing glasses like mommy and daddy. It’s nice to have a brand that thinks of my kid’s eyesight! Oh, each pair is at Php 1999 only! 🙂

Look who’s so happy about this!

Check out https://www.facebook.com/sunniesspecs/ for more information!

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!

It hurts to see when your kid is sick, especially when they couldn’t describe what’s hurting them.

At the start of the year, Zeeka often got sick. And because of that, we had to go to a hospital almost every other week. It was a difficult time, especially with all the things we currently have on our plate. Good thing that I breastfed her as a baby, because it became easier for her to get better faster.

So I kept on looking for ways to strengthen my baby’s tummy and prevent her from getting sick. I got to know more about certain foods, vitamins, and supplements that strengthen the body and keep our kids strong and healthy.

But more than that, did you know that our stomachs have a great impact on our overall behavior?

According to Hyperbiotics, microbes in the gut has a direct relation to our brains via the vagus nerve. This cranial nerve extends from the brainstem directly to the abdomen. Thus, our gut bacteria plays a role in creating and regulating many neurotransmitters that relay signals throughout our bodies.

Psychobiotics can produce happy and calming chemicals that have a stress-relieving effect in our bodies. To maintain this, levels of good and bad bacteria in the tummies should also be balanced.

I guess this is how we came up with the term “gut feel”, because we literally feel it in our guts. Haha.

That’s how I learned about how important probiotics are for our children’s health.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract. These help aid digestion and also increase the body’s defense system against illnesses. It can even protect us from common colds and flu.

Lactobacillus is the most common probiotic that we know of today. A study has shown that it was an effective treatment against infant colic. Bifidobacterium, on the other hand, helps ease digestive issues such as bloating and flatulence.

Experts say probiotics may help ease children’s digestive disorders and make potty training easier and more manageable.

It is a good bacteria that are present in a lot of food like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and some kinds of cheese. But most of these foods can be difficult for kids to eat because you know, some of them aren’t really as kid-friendly.

When Zeeka was in the hospital, she often complained of tummy aches. I guess it ran in the family. When I was younger I also had some tummy problems like hyperacidity and constipation (sorry for the TMI).

So I decided to add more probiotics to her diet.

Good thing I found out about Erceflora Probibears. It’s a yummy tummy supplement with a combined 2-in-1 PROBIO-BOOSTER, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium lactis.

One pack of Erceflora ProbiBears comes with four cute little yummy cookie bear. And it also has enough probio-boosters that help improve your child’s digestion.

I’ve started giving Zeeka Probibears along with a balanced diet and it has greatly improved her digestion. Our trips to the hospital also decreased, and Zeeka is now happier and healthier.

Overall, I think Erceflora ProbiBears is effective in keeping your kid’s tummy happy. I also think they could also improve on the packaging because it can get difficult for kids to pry it open.

If you want to try out ProbiBears for your kids, they will be available in Mercury Drugs by June for only Php 540.

Try it out and let me know how it goes in the comments section below =)