If you think about it, it’s amazing how man continues to make discoveries that would make everyday things faster, easier, or more efficient. Before the birth of the automobile (now that we say car, this word sounds so “old” haha!), people mostly walked from Point A to Point B or relied on horses. What used to take months of travel by going on foot, can now be done in a few hours. However, modern conveniences like these have also made it difficult for some to find the time to establish a fitness routine. We tend to pack our schedules to fulfil all our obligations, that it becomes tricky to find that balance when everything in life seems to be happening at the same time.

This is especially true for moms, and for some who have already established a bond with their cars from driving the kids to and from school or running errands. Some moms have even partnered up with Uber to augment to the household income. They already drive around most of the day, so why not make money while on the road, right?

So how do you find the time to work out when you’re busy with…, well, life? Luckily, experts have proven that you don’t have to spend a straight hour at the gym just to get your fitness requirement done for the day. You can exercise while driving! Yup! You can break down that hour into more manageable chunks so you can squeeze in a couple of fitness moves while you go about your day. Yes, some of them can even be done while in your car! A word of caution: be sure not to be distracted while doing these moves. It would be best to do this routine while waiting for the stop light or while sitting in traffic (which tends to happen a lot in Metro Manila). Allow me to share some quick exercise hacks that you can do in your daily commute.

Deep breathing. I kid you not, breathing exercises are one of the easiest things you include in your commuting fitness regimen. Sitting in traffic can be stressful, so breathing can alleviate that restlessness. Take a slow, deep breath in and feel your diaphragm expand. Hold your breath for 3 seconds, then start to exhale slowly through your nose until you feel that all the air has been expelled from your chest. You can repeat the steps until you finish 1 song from your playlist. The purpose of this exercise is to make you more relaxed and calm. It is important to note that you should limit this routine for the duration of 1 song, or roughly 2 minutes. Prolonged deep breathing may make you too relaxed and sleepy. Remember that a sleepy driver is a dangerous driver!

Seated cat. You will quickly find that the car is a fun place to try all these modified yoga poses. This is a great way to work out your core, as we don’t get to work out that area while sitting down. Sit in the standard driving position and extend your arms to the steering wheel, putting your hands in the 10 o’ clock and 2 o’ clock positions. Slowly start to tighten your core and abdominal muscles as you inhale, curling inwards until your upper body is curved to a letter ‘C’. Slowly exhale and come back to the standard seating position but keep your abdominal muscles tight as you push your back into the seat. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, and repeat. You can perform this move for the duration of 2 songs, resting for a few seconds in between songs.

Stretching. I love this move as it feels wonderful on my back when I have to drive for long hours. Simply reach your arms as high as you can toward the roof of your car while engaging your abs and back muscles. Hold for 10 seconds and come back to the standard seating position. You can do this move while the car is stopped in traffic. Do not attempt this move while in motion! It is important to keep your eyes on the road and keep your full focus on your surroundings while driving.

So simply put! There shouldn’t be any excuse for not staying in shape — driving around is definitely not an excuse anymore! haha! You can exercise while driving. Do you have other tips that you can share?

Over the weekend, we had an event called Boss Bellas: Mompreneurship 101. This was the first event that we (Frances of TopazHorizon.com and yours truly) ran to make our dream of connecting women entrepreneurs and aspiring women entrepreneurs with each other. In the Philippines, gender inequality is not really an issue, but nevertheless, in an emerging market like the Philippines, the desire to pursue one’s dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and having a business is strong. Both men and women feel the urge, but we believe that the challenges by women is quite different.

Boss Bellas: Building a collective voice for women entrepreneurs, both current and aspiring entrepreneurs!

Women are obviously expected to be the “light of the home” and the one who takes charge of the kids and everything related to running the home. So when a woman wants to pursue her own dreams, she may struggle in expressing that desire to go for things that she wants in her life. I, too, have felt that need to be more than what was expected from me, and to be honest, it was hard in the beginning. A lot of people were telling me to just stick to the job that I had and not to start a business. They would say that going into business is hard, and I may not be able to handle it. So, see? Women have to face and speak up. Speak up with K (*K for karapatan since it’s our right).

Kamillosan encourages you to Speak Up with K!

Speaking of speaking up, I love the new campaign of Kamillosan. It’s called the Speak Up with K! campaign and it encourages all of us to let our voices be heard. If we know that it’s the right thing to do, if it’s for the greater good, if we can help other people, support them and serve as inspiration, or if we can make a difference, we need to speak up!

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Kamillosan M Spray is a clinically proven all-natural sore throat spray solution. It has eight active ingredients that effectively soothe and relieve sore throat: Chamomile extract, Methyl salicylate, Peppermint oil, Sage oil, Anise oil, dwarf pine needle oil, Bergamot oil, Cineol.

Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce pain, swelling, and redness. Combined with the anti-bacterial effects of essential oils such as Peppermint, Sage, and Bergamot, Kamillosan M is highly suited for sore throat relief. I also love that it leaves a minty fresh sweet aftertaste (feels like you just brushed your teeth). It is so different from the other medicinal throat sprays available in the market today.

Kamillosan M Spray is available in all leading drugstores in the Philippines at Php 428 only. Each 15mL bottle is good for 104 sprays. Kamillosan M Spray is from A. Menarini Philippines, which belongs to one of the largest Italian biopharmaecutical groups, Menarini.

So, women, let’s unite and speak up with K!

Even if we feel unsure.
And even if we feel insecure.
Speak up with K!

You are not alone. We, women, are all in this together. If you need someone to talk to, or someone to bounce of ideas with, we will be here. We will have more Boss Bellas workshops and events, so we hope to see you there!

We bought this recently…

Zeeka: Ooooh, what is this? Fancy! A remote control! Let me press it!

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Zeeka: Daaaang, did it just take my picture?

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Zeeka: This is pretty cool!

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Zeeka: I’ll take another…

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Zeeka: and another (with my top model pout)

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Zeeka: and another (with my PJ Masks pose!)

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Zeeka: Let me take a video…too! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpg9oQ0mGBo&t=48s – Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel)

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Zeeka: I love these black and white pictures!

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Zeeka: But this is getting to be a little bit boring. I need a new subject.

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Zeeka: *Oh, Mommy!* Mommy, can I take your picture? I want to press the remote!

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Ginger: Okay, but only for a few minute. I need to finish work.

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Zeeka: Smile Mommy!

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Zeeka: Again Mommy!

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Zeeka: Funny face, mommy!

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Ginger: Zeeka, I really need to work. haha!

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Zeeka: Moooommmy! Smile!

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Zeeka: *Mommy is not listening. I’ll just sit beside her* Mommy, smile!!!

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Zeeka: Mommmyyy! *Pretends to cry*

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Zeeka: Looks at Mommy. “Awww man, it didn’t work!”

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Zeeka: Mommy, you need to smile.

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Zeeka: Oh well… hmmm… what to do… what to doooo?

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Zeeka: Oh… hehe! I’ll take this to daddy!

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As a mompreneur, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for me. My to-do list doubles and I usually lag behind in the things that I have to do. I think that throughout the three years that I have been a full time mom and entrepreneur, I have picked up “hacks” and a rhythm that I can repeat and work with every year during the holiday season. One of the things that a mompreneur needs to accomplish to is get Christmas shopping done for both family, friends and for work. I realized that my hack is really just to go to S&R and do most of my Christmas shopping.

Speaking of making thing more efficient for busy moms like me, this year, I am making it even easier for you. I have listed down all of my Christmas gift ideas that I will share with you. It will save you the time and the effort. All you will need to do is to is grab your S&R Member Shopping card, drive to S&R and grab pieces of each item.

Love S&R Everyday: Christmas Gift Ideas

Love S&R Everyday!

So here are my top 8 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mompreneur. These items are perfect for corporate giveaways and exchange gifts (with a lot of savings involved mind you!).

Delichef Personal Coffee Maker (Php 1699.95 – Buy 1 Take 1)

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American Home Microwave Oven (Php 2449.95)

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Delichef Food Steamer (Php 2289.95)

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UltraHD Cushioned Pneumatic Stool (Php 2699.95)

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American Home Water Dispenser (Php 5298.95)

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Sky Viper Nano Drone M500 (Php 2999.95)

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Sky Viper Stunt Drone  S1700 (Php 3199.95)

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Luggage Scooter Adult Bag (Php 5799.95)

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There are a lot of other things that you can buy for the busy mompreneur at S&R. It’s one of our favorite places to shop! Hope you can come up with your won list of Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mompreneur and share with me using #LoveSnR and #SnReveryday

Comment below with a link to your blog post and one of you will receive a special Christmas gift from Mommy Ginger!

When Zeeka was 17 months old, I had a ceramic impression of her little hands and feet made by this very talented lady. You can check out my review here: http://mommyginger.com/2014/10/chubby-toes-ceramic-impressions.html Today, I’m happy to share with you the mompreneur story of the Jennelyn Faiwas, the owner of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions.

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Who is Jen?

I am a licensed financial advisor, a breastfeeding peer counselor and a full time mompreneur. My strong advocacy is for breastfeeding. I believe that it is every mothers’ and babies’ right to breastfeed. Mothers should be given all the information about it and the dangers of artificial feeding. While the system protects , promotes and supports this right. I also love to babywear, cloth diaper and co-sleep with my son.

My son is 2 years old. I’m a single mom. And that is why my world revolves around my son. Before I got pregnant, I’m contented with my life as an employee in an IT company. But things really will change when you have other priorities.
Well, my dream is to be a bearer of financial independence to more people, to be a gentle birth doula, a very successful entrepreneur and a good homeschooler. A tall order eh? 🙂

My interview with Mompreneur Jennelyn Faiwas of Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions:

Ginger: Hi Jen! Can you tell us more about your business? 

Jen: Chubby Toes Ceramic Impressions specializes in creating a unique keepsakes of our loved ones, especially the very cute babies. Newborn babies are my specialty. Because they just grow so fast. They start to be this teeny weeny creatures with tiny hands and feet then it feels like in an instant they will become this running, talking small people.

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So Chubby Toes captures this moment on clay and transform it to ceramics. I do children of any age as well, since they will just grow and grow but we can still capture their little hands and feet sizes now. I also do any member of the family, including pets! I started last year and it started growing. I have an FB account dedicated solely for my business. Recently, I also set-up a website that showcases my work since I started in 2014.

Ginger: Interesting and such a unique idea. Who do you plan to tap?
Jen: The primary market for my business is families with children or pets. Now, I have a vision of expanding my business as notable and special keepsakes. I am experimenting on my impressions so they can be used on occasions like weddings, debuts, birthdays, wedding, baptism etc.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea and what made you decide to start this kind of business?
Jen: Since giving birth to my son, I was always looking for ways to capture milestones and memories of his “littleness”. I have a monthly photo of him. I (tried to) journal his every milestone. So this included getting his hand and foot prints regularly. I have used ink and those DIY salt dough and plaster of paris. I used to be so crazy about it.

Anyway, I used to always encounter this ceramic impressions thing during my search for ways to capture (and display) my son’s keepsakes. I know that it’s not available here in the Philippines, but I so wanted it! I salivate just looking at all those beautiful ceramic plates, but all out of reach for me. So after months of constantly coming across it, I just thought why not start it here? How awesome would that be!
So I started to ask around and research about it some more. Then I met my mentor/trainer and things started rolling. I purchased a complete set of training materials, ordered my kiln. And so Chubby Toes is born.

I started practicing with my son’s impressions, then I asked friends and neighbors if I can borrow their babies and have their impression taken. Most of the time people can’t really understand what I want to do, or what my product is. But when they see the finished product in person, they are ecstatic that I have made this special keepsake for them. So I’m happy. 🙂

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur? What are these?

Jen: Yes, I used to be an employee with a decent enough income. When I took the leap, I have to adjust to the fact that it won’t be the same as when I hold a regular job, at least financially. Also I have to get out of my comfort zone. It entails meeting more people, marketing my product, etc. My usual routine before was to work then go home, that’s it. But now I have to constantly socialize and be out there, which really is a new experience and enlightening for me 🙂

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Jen: It has been said before, but you really need to find a business that you are passionate about. We can all start a business, but sustaining it is another thing. And I think that’s what our passion does, it fuels us to continue and breeze through whatever we may encounter along the way. I sincerely believe that, love what you’re doing and success will follow.

I think another thing that made many Mompreneurs successful, is their motivation to always be there for their families. Being at home is a constant reminder of that.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Jen: Things won’t always go as smoothly as we plan. I have my day clearly planned, but no, my son won’t allow me to do my things. He needs to feed, he needs me to change his diaper, I’m the one he needs to read him the book he wants. It’s crazy really. But I think it’s part of all the fun and challenges as a Mompreneur. And I love every bit of it! 🙂

I clearly remember my first customer, she contacted me through my facebook page. With full faith she asked to have her son’s impressions taken. Ok, with what I do, sometimes clients can’t really appreciate my beautiful product, at least on that first meeting because they will only see the plain-looking gray clay I use for taking their baby’s impressions.
So with this customer, I handed her her son’s impression plate after it was completed. And she was so happy and said “Maganda nga pala talaga!”. And so it made me happy too, to have had a chance to preserve a special keepsake for them that they can forever cherish. 🙂

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Jen: Find that something that will light your inner fire. It is sometimes easy to jump on the bandwagon but always ask yourself if this is really what you want to do. You have to have a clear vision of why you do what you do. And if the going gets tough, you will only have that fire to hold on to.

Ginger: Thank you Jen for such inspiring words. For those who want to contact Jen, the information of her company is seen below. Thank you again for reading this inspiring mompreneur story! 

Contact information on Chubby Toes:

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Website: chubbytoes.com
Email address: chubbytoesph@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0917.840.7405
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChubbyToesPH
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chubbytoesph

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

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