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Mosquito-proof your kids!

February 21, 2018

Tapos na ang tag-ulan diba? Eh bat ang dami pa rin lamok!

Since January, I've noticed an increase of mosquitoes in our home and it's not fun at all. Arya wakes up with a lot of mosquito bites and we're worried she might get Dengue. 

BTW. We had a Dengue scare last week. We brought her to Children's Hospital in QC for a check-up. Fortunately, it was not Dengue but just a random airborne rash.

I decided it's really time to deal with these pesky mosquitoes once and for all! We went to SNR and I bought a big can of Baygon to begin with. I also grabbed some of my well-trusted anti-mosquito lotion brand and patches to protect Arya.


OFF Clean Feel Insect Repellent liquid lotion promises to repel Dengue & Zika mosquitoes for up to 4 hours. It is dermatologically tested and comes in a light formula that is free from substances that may skin reactions. It has no fragrances, no colorants, and no preservatives.


Compared to other OFF lotion variants, this one is the one I like the most. It's really light on the skin and it is quickly absorbed by the skin. It's not sticky at all. It has a gel type consistency so it is easy to spread on the skin. 


Cycles Sensitive has always been my fave and go to insect repellent. It's paraben-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. This variant offers a 3 hour protection against mosquitoes and insect bites. It's a natural insect repellent perfect for babies and up.


What I probably don't like about this product is that it is very thick on the skin as you apply it. It's a bit difficult to spread it evenly on the skin because of the thick consistency so you have to repeatedly rub it on your baby's skin. Other than that, I love everything about this product. It has a active ingredients such as Citronella and Eucalyptus Oils and I definitely love the smell!


Now, I don't use these Cycles Sensitive patches always but it's something that I always make sure I bring whenever we go out. I usually would stick this on the back of her shirt or in her pants. 

I always make sure to apply Arya her lotions after bathing in the morning and before sleeping at night. I really find these products to be effective so I highly recommend it to moms who are worried by the increase of mosquitoes lately. My mom also bought some Citronella candles and we use those when we go out in our terrace.

If you have other tips, comments, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below! I'd love to hear your thoughts too. :)


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Mabuti nang mag ingat sa lamok. Mahal ma-ospital. :)



Five Tips for Self-Love with Rauch Happy Day Orange Juice

February 20, 2018


                                 Five Tips for Self-Love with Rauch Happy Day Orange Juice

The love month is officially upon us and everyone’s got their eye on their calendar for their much-anticipated date night and other winning ways to melt someone’s heart. However, February is not just all about romance and relationship, as it’s clearly the best occasion to celebrate the most important person: You. So for the love of yourself, Happy Day Rauch Orange got tips that will refresh your habits and will spark motivation of investing in yourself with food and fitness as the beginning.

1.     Don’t skip meals and suppress your hunger.
Just because you’ll be having a grand buffet or multi-course sit-down meal, never starve yourself the entire day and go all out to the dinner table. This habit leads to overeating, filling your plate with caloric food choices. It is always a good idea to grab a fruit, cereal, oatmeal or whole wheat bread before heading to the gathering so you won’t arrive feeling ridiculously famished.

2.     Practice mindful eating.
Before you eat, scan the food choices and decide which one you’ll pick or miss. Start off with a clear soup or a glass of water and fill up your plate with a heaping serving of salad. Skip those fried, greasy, and creamy appetizers that are loaded with calories and fat. Opt for smaller plates and utensils so that you only consume smaller bites, which trick your brain into eating almost 30% fewer calories. Remember to eat slowly, chew your food longer than the usual, and enjoy conversing at the dining table – these tips will help break the bad habit of binge eating.

  
3.     Move and stay active.
No time for the gym? Squeeze in a 10-minute workout that can help you burn extra calories and elevate your mood for the entire day.  Should you need to bring a car, park at the farthest and walk your way up or down to your destination. Additionally, consider taking the stairs to burn few more calories and improve your cardiovascular fitness.


4.     Rest and recover.
We are not new to the temptations and nostalgia of the love month without feeling stuffy, that’s why planning your schedule is always the first way to go. Achieving seven to eight hours of sleep is a sanity-saver and gives you a clearer, calmer mind. In fact, the ghrelin hormones increase when you’re up past your bedtime, while leptin or the hormone that tells you when you are full decreases with lack of sleep, which means a major wreak havoc to your diet.

5.     Strengthen your immune system with Vitamin C.    
The last thing we want to happen is catching a bug in the form of cough, colds, or flu, so make sure to give your immune system the boost it deserves. The antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps to ward off communicable diseases should be part of our healthy lifestyle.  Note that our body lacks the ability to produce Vitamin C, so it’s therefore important to get it from the right sources like Rauch Happy Day Orange Juice. A European brand that’s in tune with the taste of our time, every 1L pack of Rauch Happy Day Orange Juice contains 16 high-quality and sun-ripened oranges giving it a zesty and refreshing taste. Each glass is enough to meet your body’s required daily dose of Vitamin C. Much more if you’re looking for ways of curbing your sugar cravings, a sip of something sour or tart like orange juice will help. 


Help Give Over 800 Children With Disabilities A Fun-Filled Day Of Exploring Their Capabilities!

February 19, 2018


Only a month left to help give over 800 children with disabilities a fun-filled day of exploring their capabilities with just PHP 1,000!

Now on its 10th official year, JCI Manila’s Handog Lingap 2018 is putting together another day of fun and learning for indigent and special kids with bigger, better, and more sustainable things in store to help them thrive.


Approximately 1 out of 7, or roughly 5.1 million Filipino children, are living with disabilities, according to UNICEF’s latest report. With the lack of understanding and resources available to them, these kids suffer from unmet health needs and societal stigma which ends up limiting their development and opportunities.

Every child brings something unique and special into the world. JCI Manila has long been celebrating this, recognizing the role each child plays in our nation’s future through its annual flagship and legacy project, Handog Lingap.



This coming March 12, 2018, over 800 indigent children with special needs and their teachers from public schools in Manila under the Department of Education’s Special Education (SPED) Program, will be treated to a day of fun and learning including several activities to help them explore their potential.

Handog Lingap is raising Php 800,000 to make this event possible. Supporters (individuals or groups) can sponsor a child for Php 1,000 each. This will go directly to the event for the kids, from their meals, to their gifts, transportation, and various activities.



Swimming Classes led by Bert Lozada Swimming School will give the children the interactive physical activity integral to their development. There will also be a Disaster Preparedness Workshop by Frederick Dalena, which will equip caregivers and kids with knowledge on how to save their lives in different high-stress scenarios. A transition programs forum will also be held to start the dialogue on how best to transition children from SPED schools to the workplace.

“We are celebrating a decade of bringing joy to these kids this year. So we want to go bigger and deeper, reaching more children and making a lifelong impact in their lives.”, said Handog Lingap 2018 Project Chairman, Francis Talion. “We want to equip them with important life skills, giving them the chance to improve their quality of life, empowering them with compassion and inclusion, and giving them the support they need to succeed.”

Handog Lingap, along with its partners Department of Education (DepEd), Bert Lozada Swim School, Dare to Care, and Golden Heart Manila, would like to invite everyone to help make a positive impact in the lives of indigent children with disabilities.



It takes a village to raise a child. Interested individual and corporate supporters can visit the official crowdfunding page at http://bit.ly/HelpHandogLingap or follow and message @helphandoglingap on both Facebook and Instagram to learn more. Donations in kind are also accepted, any heartfelt support will go a long way in helping make the world a bit more special for these kids who are, most often than not, unseen, unheard, and misunderstood.


Instagram: @helphandoglingap

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FREE Creative Planner from Craft Easy!

February 14, 2018

Calling all planner fanatics!



Get a FREE Creative planner for every P1,000 purchase of Craft Easy items.
Read full mechanics below:


Visit your fave National Book Store today and don't miss this deal!



Set-up your ecommerce shop in minutes!

February 10, 2018


Strikingly, is an easy tool to build a fully functional mobile first, web second site in minutes. 

With the growing need to put up a website for all kinds of online businesses and establishing a brand's online presence, Strikingly recently rolled out it's new feature that will allow it's customers to simply create an ecommerce website within minutes!


Simple Shop will allow you to easily add products to your shop, connect to a payment gateway that is readily available to your country. For example, Paypal and Stripe internationally, and even a Cash On Delivery options for some countries. 



After you successfully connected your payment gateway, you're already set and your store is live! It's really easy and simply that you can finish building your initial store in minutes. Even if it's live, you can still tweak the layout of your site and add some changes to your products.




Ready to build your dream ecommerce shop and start earning? 
Visit www.strikingly.com to get started.



Get a chance to WIN a staycation for two with Hallmark Philippines' #sharewhatsinyourheart Valentine's Promo!

February 7, 2018

HALLMARK PHILIPPINES GIVES YOU MORE REASONS TO SEND CARDS THIS VALENTINE’S SEASON
New campaign seeks to remind everyone how sending a card shows love and care

METRO MANILA, PH (JANUARY 31, 2018) – The much-awaited Valentine’s season is here again. It is a perfect chance to remind your loved ones how much you love and care for them. Giving out flowers, chocolates, and lovely gifts, and bringing them to dinner dates may be the usual ways to celebrate; but these won’t give the exciting and surprising feeling as sending and receiving a greeting card.



Sending personalized and handwritten cards has been an important way of communicating for centuries. With easy access to a plethora of social media sites, the new generation has lost touch with this long-standing cultural practice of showing love and affection.

The impact of our messages being sent through the cards can never be replaced by any technology. Writing on these cards -- and putting your personal touch -- is still one of the best ways to celebrate your relationship, and even making it extra special.



Hallmark Philippines has always believed that the act of sending and receiving cards is emotionally rewarding. It has always aimed to bridge people in connecting with each other. For this Valentine’s season, Hallmark Philippines has not only released intricately designed cards paired with heart-warming messages, but has also launched the “Share what’s in your Heart” campaign which seeks to remind people the meaning of this season, and the delight of sending personalized messages through
the cards.

In partnership with National Bookstore, LBC and Fairmont Hotel, Hallmark Philippines is mounting a larger than life sized mailbox. It’s a Valentines’s card writing and sending activity where customers can purchase and mail their cards for FREE through the help of LBC Express. These will be available at SM Megamall Activity Center from February 9 to 10, and SM Fairview Activity Center from February
10 to 11, 2018, until 8pm.



As another way to celebrate, Hallmark Philippines with Fairmont Hotel Makati, has released a Staycation Raffle Promo for its customers. For a minimum purchase of P50 worth of Hallmark Valentine’s card, a customer will get a chance to be one of the 10 (ten) lucky winners of an overnight stay for 2 (two) at Fairmont Hotel Makati. Promo is available in selected National Book Store branches, until February 14, 2018.

For more information about the Staycation Raffle Promo and other activities, check out Hallmark Philippines’ official Facebook page and Instagram @hallmark_ph, or our official hashtag #sharewhatsinyourheart.

I started a Youtube Channel Playlist for your kids!

February 1, 2018

Hey rookie mommas!

Ever since I started my Youtube channel, my daughter, Arya. Has been fond of watching her own Youtube videos. She loves watching surprise eggs, alphabets, numbers, shapes, etc. However, I do find that some videos are really not appropriate for her.

Soooo.... I started making Youtube videos of my own for Arya. Yay!

I've only done three videos so far but I'm doing my best to film all of Arya's stuff within the next weeks. *wink

If you're a mom who has kids who loves watching Youtube video, please SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube channel. I promise, these videos are made with LOVE and a lot of toys. :)



Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy Ph - busy making YTKid videos!

I tried Aztec Secret Mask from Healthy Options and it was okay...




If you've been following Healthy Options on Facebook then you've probably heard of the ever popular "World's Most Powerful Facial" Indian Healing Clay. Everybody I know on Youtube have tried and swore by this face mask.

So, lo and behold, I visited my sister and she got one!!!! *screeeaaming! So what do I do? Made a first impression video on my YT channel for you guys ASAP! Watch it here.


P520.00 at Healthy Options

USES:

  • Facials
  • Acne
  • Bodywraps
  • Clay Baths
  • Foot Soak
  • Chilled clay for knee packs
  • Insect bites


DIRECTIONS:


Mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and/or water. Use a non metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture well into a smooth paste. Add more Clay and liquid as needed. Apply 1/8 in to 1/4 in to the face or other area. Let it dry for 5 - 10 min for delicate skin and 15 - 20 min for normal skin. Remove clay by washing with warm water. Use it once per week, and more often for problematic skin.



YOU'LL FEEL:
  • You'll feel your face pulsate!
  • Pulling and tightening sensation.
CLAIMS:
  • Removes impurities and dirt from pores
  • Deep pore cleansing

After 30 minutes of applying the clay mask:





Experience:

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. The clay mask is very soothing right after application. I have a very sensitive skin and eczema prone skin. Surprisingly, after 24 hours after rinsing the mask, I didn't broke out, I didn't have any dryness or redness on my face, and my face remained really smooth and soft. The weird thing for me is that it made my skin incredibly oily. I have a very dry skin so I't weird for me to get really oily skin after 24 hours of application. Other than that, it's good! 

I do see myself using this product once in a while. *wink

WATCH MY FIRST IMPRESSION YOUTUBE VIDEO

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy Ph - You can get this at Healthy Options near you. :)


Crochet Braids are back and here's where you can get one

January 30, 2018

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.


I remember back in High school, braids are a thing. It’s a fashion statement and a trend. Every girl in the campus has her hair or a part of her hair braided. I don't have a photo but I had the sides of my hair braided by our helper and I used to put butterfly clip on them.

I honestly enjoyed that phase of my life where you can just be whoever you want to be and you could care less what you do with your look.

Though it was a trend gone too soon in the Philippines, I believe that it's still popular in the US and it needs to make a comeback here as well!

Now, there are all types and kinds of braids but I'm all for Crochet Braids. I'm not a good braider so crochet braids are the way to go. There’s an abundance of choices in crochet braid styles today, from Wavy Faux Locs and Goddess Locs to Water Waves to all different kinds of Box Braids. Similar to hair extensions, if installed properly, no one will ever know!

More about Crochet Braids:
Source: Divatress

Crochet braids is loose braiding hair that you crochet into your own hair using a crochet needle.  In order to install crochet hair, you’ll first need to cornrow braid your own hair.  If your own hair is a bit thin, many people will use Kanekalon braiding hair to thicken up the cornrow braids. 







Cool right! I would want to wear the Janet Collection Braids if I can. *Wink

If these braids interested you enough to try them for yourself, head on to Divatress.com and check out their full range of braids that will surely fit your personality. I believe Divatress is a reputable brand that offers great range of wigs and hair products. It won't disappoint! 


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Maybe I'll look nice on the red one too, what do you think?