10 Things to Start This Year

Now you’ve probably already made your new year’s resolution list, and I hope you’ve started to make some progress when it comes to realizing each of your goals. But if you’re still looking for a little direction, I thought I’d come up with a few things to start or update yourself on this year to make sure that by the end of it, you’re happier, healthier, and wealthier!

Amp up your graphics game.
Learn to use graphics apps and services like those offered by Canva.com. I’m not a very artsy person, but Canva has made my life wonderful! Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a professional, you’ll find this skill useful for social media promotions and ads, poster-making, sprucing up presentations, and so on. Even if you’re not using this for business, you can prettify your personal messages and posts, add personalized graphics to your blog, and more.

CANVA BASIC TUTORIAL

Open an online payment account.
If you’re not already using PayPal or a similar online payment gateway, this year’s the year to do it. It’s getting more and more convenient to buy and sell online, and this is one way to keep your credit card information secure. Plus, you can use this to send money to loved ones anywhere, anytime.

Transition to online shopping.
Like I’ve mentioned, online shopping is becoming more and more popular and convenient. Whether you get home, fashion, tech and more from Lazada, makeup and skincare from BeautyMNL, restaurant food and groceries from HonestBee, or whatever else you shop for online (and these are just a few of the local options), you have to admit that online ordering and delivery is one way to beat the traffic and save hours on your shopping trips.

Use transport networks.
Ride services like Uber and Grab have been around for years, but if you haven’t been using these too much, now’s the time to embrace them. And before you start thinking using them regularly is too expensive, perhaps you should also count the cost of parking, gasoline, car maintenance, and either wages for a driver or your own driving stress. Plus, there are ways to save, by sharing a ride with officemates who live close to you or with neighbors who work in the same area as you, by creating a “carpool” system so your kids can share a car with schoolmates from the same area, and so on.

Start or grow your rainy day fund.
This is one of those things that makes just about everyone’s new year’s resolutions list, but rarely gets resolved to your satisfaction. It’s understandable—expenses pile up, and temptations to spend are everywhere. But this year, start thinking about a sustainable way to save money. Better yet, look into investments that will grow your money instead of simply saving it.

Schedule regular date nights with your partner—and your gal pals.
It’s so easy for life to get in the way of romance, so make sure you and your partner take time out to rekindle that flame. Add it to your weekly schedule so you never forget to spend some quality time together.

On a related note, your monthly schedule should also include time with your BFFs. One study I read about has shown that, for women, spending time with your best friends can help your body fight stress and create more serotonin, which is a mood-balancing hormone essential to staving off depression. And another study mentioned we are more likely to live longer if we maintain a large network of friends as we get older.

Maintain a skin care regimen.
Time and aging only move forward, never backward, so it’s never too early or too late to start taking care of your skin. This doesn’t just mean slapping on some facial wash and moisturizer each morning and night. Pamper your skin and it’ll keep you looking and feeling fresher and younger. Plus, you’ll need less makeup if the canvas you have to work on—your face—already has a healthy glow to it. Check out this 10 Step Korean routine video that I created using Nivea products!

Explore freelancing and entrepreneurship possibilities.
Whether you’re already a freelancer or entrepreneur or you are working a corporate job, it’s always a good idea to diversify your income stream. And who would say no to making a little (or even a lot of) extra money? Explore ways to supplement your current income, and if you need a little help doing that, check out the events we have planned for this year at ManilaWorkshops.com.

Start journaling.
Bullet journaling and similar practices can help with your efficiency and productivity, so I’d definitely recommend this. But what I really would suggest doing this year is journaling for your state of mind. Here are some ideas for your journal. go over the events of your day to put things into perspective and clear things for the next day, make a list of things to be happy about and grateful for, have a daily goal and write about what you did to achieve it. You’ll find yourself happier and healthier just for having picked up the pen more regularly.

Manage your taxes.
There are a lot of changes related to taxation coming in 2018. Make sure these things don’t take you by surprise. Plus, if you aren’t filing your taxes properly, now’s the time to make sure you do that. After all, you don’t want to risk heavy penalties from BIR for failing to file the right taxes at the right time! And to make things easier for you, make sure you check out Taxumo and the services we offer, which are ideal for freelancers, entrepreneurs and mixed-income professionals.

Do you have a recommended must-do for 2018 I didn’t get to list? I’d love it if you’d share in a comment. We all have our personal goals this year, and it would be great if we could work toward them together!

I’m a Kamiseta Girl!

When I was a kid, I hated super frilly dressy. I would always throw a tantrum at the site of anything that my mother hung with ruffles and puffed sleeves. I always wanted to wear a kamiseta and shorts. We, Filipinos, know how comfortable kamisetas are. A kamiseta was made to be an undergarment, but as kids, our elders would buy kamisetas as garments to be used at home, especially for play time. It’s usually made out of cotton, which makes is so comfortable, and with this kind of weather in the Philippines, most of us would opt to push wearing that until an age where we need to shift to something more appropriate.

So when I grew to be a teenager, I was a fan of Kamiseta, the clothing brand. The name may have enticed me to check it out, and I may have associated it with the comfort that my kamiseta and shorts used to give me. I think it did, because for the longest time, I have been wearing clothes from Kamista. After sometimes, this brand that I so love is now the leading specialty retailer of fashionable casual apparel in the Philippines. Kamiseta, to this day, is hip, youthful and active.

The other thing that I like about Kamiseta is that I can buy clothes anytime, anywhere. They have their own website where you can order your clothes and have it delivered to your home.

How to shop at KAMISETA.COM

1. Sign in & create your very own Kamiseta account or sign in using your facebook account where you can review your shopping cart.
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2. Go to CLOTHING for the full collection or click on NEW ARRIVALS to shop the latest from Kamiseta.
3. After choosing a size and color for the item, click on ADD TO BAG.
4. Choose more items or click on VIEW BAG.
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5. You may edit or delete your orders at the SHOPPING BAG by clicking on the link at the top right portion of the page.
6. Type in your Billing Information and Shipping address, and choose from the Payment Methods and Courier available.

Payment methods available are: Bank Deposit or Paypal (which also accepts credit card payments). They accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express or JCB. You can either pay in Philippine Peso or in US dollars.

For bank deposit payments, you may deposit your payment to their BPI accounts. After paying, just send them a copy of your deposit slip via e-mail at kamisetagirl@kamiseta.com. Please include your name and Order Acknowledgement Number when sending your deposit slip. All purchases must be paid within 3 days from date of reservation or else the items will be returned to the store’s stock level.

7. After payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your purchase.

That’s how easy ordering through Kamiseta.com is!

So what did I get online? These are the items that I got!

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I got this pink top and pink skirt made from lace from Kamiseta. It’s called Jeline. It has a partner pink top also made out of lace with a spaghetti strapped inner garment. I chose to remove the lacy top when I wore the skirt and chose to use the lacy shirt with jeans, which I think is awesome. The thing with Kamiseta is that you can have fun with the items that you get! It really is fun being a girl.

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Speaking of femininity, this was the other dress that I bought. I’m sure that you may have noticed now that I love the color yellow. I just love this dress, because it looks really comfortable and fresh! And the best thing about it is that it is really comfortable!

So if you want to have have the time of your life and be the woman you want to be — bold, confident and fun, try out stuff from Kamiseta! Because, it’s fun being a girl!

 

Galleon.ph: Online Shopping for Unique Items

Since I am still at home most of the time, I get to check out a lot of sites. I get to spend, too, which makes me the perfect customer for online stores, especially if they are selling stuff for babies. I get to see though that the items being sold for children, when I jump from one site to another, is most of the time the same stuff. There are only a few sites or online stores that sell unique items. One of the online shopping sites that I have recently discovered is Galleon.ph. Galleon.ph features products (well most of them) that are not available in the Philippines.

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I, of course, went directly to the Categories tab and chose “baby products” (you guessed it right!). I looked at the things that they have online and these are the things that I found intriguing!

Potty Time Potty Watch

Potty Time Potty Watch

Potty Time Potty Watch

This watch is so cool! It plays music and lights up to help the child remember when to go potty. It also helps take the child’s mind off how long they have been on the toilet. The songs from this device helps the child relax. You can set the timer for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. This is only at Php 844 pesos!

Click HERE to go to the item at Galleon.ph.

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

What I find unique about this cup is it’s design. It has an innovative in and out straw system. You can store the straw within the lid to keep it clean and to prevent leaks. It is microwavable, too! It’s BPA free and if you lose the strawm there are replacements sold separately.

Click HERE to go to this item at Galleon.ph

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

I love the design of this diaper bag! It has so many pockets, which I love: a large back pocket, 2 front pockets and 2 side bottle pockets. It had a Quick Release Clip System and stroller loops that makes it convenient to use while traveling. It has a large, removable changing pad and a Zip-off messenger flap.

Click HERE to go to this item at Galleon.ph

These are the three things that I found quite unique from Galleon.ph. There are things, too, that I actually already have. For those who are having a baby, I have these things at home already and you can actually purchase it from Galleon.ph.

*Just click on the images to go to its page on Galleon.ph

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT Natural Exclusive Infant Starter Set

Philips AVENT Natural Exclusive Infant Starter Set

Have you seen this site before? What items have you bought? Please do share feedback on your purchases.

Happy Shopping!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger