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New #OOTD for your kids! PONEY Philippines is now open!

December 18, 2018

Hey, rookie mommas!

Time to get excited!

Last weekend, I was invited to attend Poney Philippines's new store launch in Trinoma mall, Quezon City. Good thing it was just a few minutes away from the house!


Poney is the leading kids apparel brand in Malaysia and I'm very much happy that they have finally opened a branch here in north QC.



Poney surprisingly has a vast selection of cute outfits ranging from babies, toddler, and kids for boys and girls that will surely make us snap that #ootd Instagram shot.






Although their branch in Trinoma is not that big, their clothing selection is really wide and you won't have any problem finding the perfect outfit for your kids because their staff is really helpful on getting and finding the sizes.

Here's Arya trying out of the overalls,


Here's a few snaps from the boy's selection of clothes,




The prices are ranging from P200 - P2,000 so it's definitely affordable for the quality and design of clothes that you will get. 

Poney Philippines is located at 3rd level of Trinoma mall beside Kids Zone. I'd like to thank Poney for giving us a chance to shop at their store. :)


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy Ph - Just turned into a Poney momma. 




Have all of your Christmas essentials from Shopwise delivered with honestbee!

December 17, 2018


  Christmas is the most awaited time of the year, where we all come together with our loved ones. From long chats over Noche Buena to unwrapping gifts for our family and friends, it’s the little things that make this holiday special. But with the season also comes the rush, making it hard to find time to prepare for all the festivities and have everything perfect and on time for the celebrations.

To help you get through the jam packed times, honestbee, Asia's fastest growing food service powered by community and technology, has partnered with another leading hypermarket chain, Shopwise. “We’re living up to our promise of giving our customers more choices for their online grocery shopping, especially if they are looking for more affordable options for their daily essentials” said Crystal Gonzalez, Managing Director of honestbee Philippines.

honestbee can now bring you everything you need for the holiday, from your party essentials, Christmas gifts, and different ingredients to fill your dinner table with delicious meals. Choose from Shopwise’s wide selection of groceries, clothes, toys, and home essentials that will go easy on your budget. These include notable brands such as Papa Alfredo, Sunharvest, SnapMax and Southdale Farm, and also quality affordable wines from French Cellar, Wine Makers Reserve, and Red Peak to complete you holiday dinners.

“We always try to find solutions to provide our customers the best and most convenient way to shop. Because of the changing lifestyles of modern moms, our partnership with honestbee allows us to still give them access to affordable quality goods,” said Anna Barrozo, Marketing Director of Shopwise.  

So don’t think about all that Christmas stress because honestbee has got you covered! Enjoy your holiday with all the affordable products you need from Shopwise sent straight to your doorstep.

Download the honestbee app for free on Apple App Store or Google Play Store and sign up for an account now. For more information, visit www.honestbee.ph.

[REVIEW] It's the perfect AHA/BHA product for sensitive and eczema prone skin types!

December 13, 2018

Hiya, rookie mommas and Kbeauty junkies!

It's been a while since my last skincare review but worry not. I'm back and this time, I'm actually super duper excited to share this new discovery with ya!



Althea, Philippine's fave online Korean Kbeauty store recently launched their very own AHA/BHA soft peeling mask. It is a gentle mask specifically made for stripping away dead skin cells on your skin and it is good with any skin types.

Now, you know me and my skin. Having extremely dry, overly sensitive, and eczema prone skin, I usually shy away from peeling products because they usually do more harm on my skin than good. However, I don't really have a decent exfoliating product that doesn't trigger my eczema.

The last product I have tried with AHA and BHA is the COSRX one, which I have also bought from Althea before, and even that product is quite harsh on my skin.


Let's get down to some of the details you might need to know:

Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask,

  • Its active ingredients are AHA & BHA which help to peel off dead skin cells for smoother skin.
  • It contains Casein Protein (milk) to provide moisture and help the skin to stay moisturised all day.
  • It has a soft clay-like texture that bubbles up when massaged on damp skin to deeply cleanse the pores.
  • It is also cruelty-free!
How to use the product:
  1. Apply the product on damp skin and massage it gently until it becomes bubbly.
  2. Let it rest on your skin for 30-60 seconds before rinsing it off with warm water. 
Price:
P490.00 (USD 9) 50ML
FREE SHIPPING if you use the code PBSHIP on all ALTHEA exclusive products.

My Skin Type:
Overly sensitive skin
Dry skin
Eczema prone skin
Breakout prone skin


This cream mask is like a heavy cream that you can easily lather on your skin. But, you have to be quick because it foams and bubbles really fast.

Scent:
This cream mask smells like my baby! It smells really gentle, fresh, almost like a baby powder. Having sensitive and eczema prone skin means I have to use products with little to no scent at all because it triggers the eczema. Good thing, the scent on this one was not too much for my skin.

Texture:
Really thick, creamy but easy to spread on your skin.


The Milk Peel foams and bubbles really fast upon contact on the skin.


This is what it looks like after 30 seconds...


And this is what it looks like after 60 seconds.

How I use it:
I pre-wash my face with Althea's contour cleanser, I pat dry my face and apply the Milk Peel after. I rinse with warm water, followed immediately with the Primer Water, and then followed by my Elujai Propolis Serum. 
Once a week - every Wednesday night.

Review:
Althea's products is either a hit or miss for me and all I can really blame is my skin type. I'm so glad that I got to try this product because I can finally say that I have found The One - the one and only AHA/BHA product that will work on my skin type.

The Milk Peel is super gentle even on my dry, sensitive, and eczema prone skin. Upon contact on my skin, I did not feel any sting or itchyness. There were no redness after I rinse, and most importantly, it did not trigger any dry patches or my eczema.

After rinsing, my face felt really relieved. It's been a while since I've used any exfoliating products so I guess my skin thanked me for this. The roughness was immediately gone, it was almost as if I got an instant baby face effect. No kidding!

I received this product middle of November and I gave it a full 3 weeks so I can give my full and details review and here's a few things I want to share as well:

  • This Milk Peel is super gentle on the skin.
  • No sting, no itchyness, no redness after - However, on my second try, I do have one huge pimple on my nose that I just popped, so when I applied the Milk Peel, it did sting a little, but only on that area.
  • Follow the 30 - 60 seconds rule - On my 3rd try, I kind of went over 1 minute because I was doing some work while it was on my face and I kind of forgot so it felt like the product was sucking the moisture away from my skin. So, use a timer!
I now use this regularly with my skin care routine and I am super happy! I actually just ordered a new bottle for my aunt to try.

If this product worked it's magic with a skin type like mine, then I can honestly say that this product will also work on you! Trust me!



Grab it while it's still available! :)


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Goodbye dead skin cells! Hello, flawless, beautiful me!


Our first time flying with PAL with a 3 year old + TIPS

December 3, 2018


Hiya, rookie mommas!

It's been a while since I blogged anything about travel but we're back! Last month, November, me and Arya decided to go visit my mom who's been working in Vietnam for more than 10 years now. I'm used to visiting her at least once a week but I usually opt for Cebu Pacific not because they have cheaper air fare but it's also because the flight hours is a red eye one. And as a mom who's traveling with a kid, a red eye flight is usually a plus for me because she's usually asleep during the entire flight.

This time around, my mom was the one who booked a flight for us and she booked it with our country's flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.

Terminal 2 Experience
It was also our first time flying out form Terminal 2 since we're always flying out of Terminal 3. Terminal 2 was really small, crowded, and I'd say old compared to Terminal 3. Nonetheless, we are really happy that some airport employees and staff was very helpful to us. The lines are always long but the staff are very attentive and they will immediately call my attention and will accompany me and my daughter to the front of the line. This happened to me twice, one in the immigration line and when it was boarding time. Regardless of the seat number or group letter, me and Arya are always the first to go in. 

PAL Experience
There was so much leg room! Now I know why my mom insisted we fly via PAL. There was just so much space. There's pillows, blankets, in-flight meal was already included in our ticket purchase so we don't need to worry about getting hungry during the flight.




My daughter is extremely tall for her age. She's just 3 years old but her height is of a 5 years old already. This is a photo that I took of her when we're going home from Vietnam. We're very lucky that no one is sitting beside us so she gets the whole two seats for herself.


All seats are provided with one pillow. This is my daughter with her own security blanket enjoying her sleep while flying.


See the leg room there? I can literally stretch my legs and I won't hit anything or anyone. Even my knees are comfortable and they're not touching the front seat.


Here's a photo of my daughter and sister sleeping in flight going to Vietnam.


Here's me asking my sister to take a picture of us.


Overall, it was really a pleasant flight. The flight crew are really attentive, always making sure we are okay and asking if we need anything. Me, my daughter, and my sisters enjoyed the flight and we would definitely try to book our flights with PAL moving forward - I do hope they move to Terminal 3 instead because it's much spacious in Terminal 3!


Arriving at Vietnam International Airport.

READ 

Arya's first international flight + Tips for your toddler's first plane ride!


Tips:
  • Check-in all your luggages and only bring 1 hand carry back pack.
  • You can bring baby bottles with water inside and ready to put milk powders.
  • Bring toys or any gadget for distraction and keeping your child busy so they don't disturb other passengers.
  • It's best to feed your child before boarding the plane because chances are high that they won't like to food or they will feel full during the flight.
  • Bring snacks such as cookies, chips, anything your child likes to eat in case he/she gets a little hungry.
  • Bring wet tissue, small alcohol, or lampin, extra diapers in case your child needs changing during the flight.
  • Bring their favorite sleeping buddy. Small pillow, stuffed toy, blanket, anything that will help them calm down.
  • Have your passports, IDs, pen, other important document always within reach.
  • Ask airport staff for help if you need anything.




5 telltale signs you’re constipated

November 16, 2018


Manila, Philippines, November 16, 2018 Discomfort, days of waiting and, sometimes, tears are only some of the things constipated people go through on a daily basis.

You know that expression, “It looks like you’re constipated,” referring to your facial expression? That means you have a pained look; an expression that conveys you’ve been suffering.

The suffering is real. There is no pleasure derived from constipation. A person is supposed to poop every day or at least regularly, not twice a week. Moving your bowels should give you a feeling of relief, not pain and more suffering.

So how do you know you’re constipated? Here are some common signs:

  1. You poop less than three times a week. While it is not true that you should move your bowels every day in order to be in the non-constipated category, less than three times a week is too much. 

  1. Your poop is painful, dry and dark. According to the Bristol Stool Chart, if your stool is hard to pass, lumpy and shaped like nuts, you are constipated. You are doing okay if your stool looks like a sausage, has cracks on the surface and is soft and smooth. It is not true that your stools need to be very soft. In fact, having very soft stools that are bordering on being almost liquid is a sign that there is a problem.

  1. You’re always gassy. Yes, it can be embarrassing to always be farting, especially when you’re in a public place or, heaven forbid, while out on a date! But being flatulent can be a sign of constipation. Yes, farting isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re on the verge of pooping. Having stored feces makes it difficult for a constipation to pass gas normally and this can result in flatulence.

  1. Bleeding. If you see blood in your stool, you may be constipated. Having bloody stools can be caused by anal fissures resulting from hard bowel movement. But it can also mean there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. It is best to have it checked by a doctor.

  1. You need a laxative to poop. Laxatives stimulate the lining of the intestine to haste the stool's journey through the colon. They also help increase stool's hydration.

It’s not true that taking laxatives is an unhealthy habit. There is no evidence that use of stimulant laxatives leads to serious health problems.



With decades of clinically proven efficacy and scientific expertise, Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) is the No. 1 laxative in the Philippines.

Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) helps you be in control of your life by helping you poop regularly. If you poop regularly without any straining or pain, you don’t feel bloated or gassy. It can make your life easier. Not worrying about constipation will give you time to enjoy the more important things in life like time with family and friends, traveling, going on adventures and many others.



For more information, visit www.dulcolax.com.ph

Disclaimer:
All content found in this press release were created for informational purposes only; and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Kindly seek the advice of your attending physician regarding questions you may have about a medical condition. Please do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you obtained on this press release.

ON SALE! Althea x Get It Beauty Real Fresh Skin Detoxers Set

November 15, 2018

Hey, Kbeauty and skincare junkies!

Althea Korea's x Get it Beauty's Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Set is officially available in Althea Korea and you can get them for 10% off for two!

Althea Korea did a product collaboration last July, 2018, with Korea's top TV programme, Get It Beauty, called the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer which is a 10-second mask-to-cleanser skincare product. 

Read my full product review here:

I tried Althea Korea x Get it Beauty's Real Fresh Skin Detoxer for 5 days and here's why it's not for me


Although the product was not meant for my skin type, I still encourage my Kbeauty and skincare fans out there to try these masks.

It's been a successful collaboration! And did you know that K-pop star Jeonghwa from the group EXID is also a fan of the product? Check out the video below!



With the current price, it's totally a steal! 
Click here to check out Althea x Get It Beauty Real Fresh Skin Detoxers Set and
to make a purchase.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Die hard Kbeauty skincare fan


WAHM Diaries: Start working from home! Job openings here in Cyberbacker

November 14, 2018

Hallo, rookie mommas!

Just wanted to share with everyone the current job openings that we have here in Cyberbacker.


TRANSACTION COORDINATORS:


CYBERBACKERS:


LEAD BACKERS:


CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER:


PARALEGAL:


You might want to check out my other blog posts about working from home below:

Usapang Work From Home + Tips kung pano mag apply sa Cyberbacker




Feel free to use my name (Joarra Torres Galang-Solis OR Joarra Solis OR Joarra for the referral when filling-out the application form question (where did you hear about us)


If you have question about salary feel free to pm our Facebook page.

Join our Global recruitment FB group for tips/help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CyberbackerGlobal/





Rookie Mommy PH x Kids Company Ph Online Giveaway Collab

November 8, 2018


ONLINE GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Get a chance to WIN P1,000 coupon code from Kids Company this month! This giveaway is only open to the members of First Time Moms PH Facebook group and is open for both Metro Manila and Provincial residences.

MECHANICS:

1. LIKE Kids Company official Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/KidsCompanyPh/)

2. FOLLOW their official Instagram account (@kidscompanyph)

3. SUBSCRIBE to their official Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/KidsCompanyPh)

4. Show proof that you did ALL the above requirement by commenting a screenshot of #1 below. For screenshots #2 #3 - "reply comment" on your #1 screenshot.

5. Only those who will complete the 3 requirement will be considered for the raffle.

6. Contest ends on November 29, 2018

7. Announcement of winner on Nov 30, 2018.


Official content thread can only be found on the First Time Moms PH Community. Comment entries on that thread are the only ones who will qualify for the final raffle by the end of the month.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Yiipeee! Early Christmas Shopping!