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Shop online in Amazon and Walmart via Halpu.com!

February 2, 2017


Hey, amazing mommas and online shopper fanatics like yours truly!

February is here and I couldn't be more excited for my online bought goodies to arrive! You know me, I'm a self-proclaimed queen online shopper! Anyway, I am very very excited to share with you my recent discovery.

If you've been following this blog, you know that I looooove shopping from US stores and I did so many blog post and unboxing vids already. So, just recently, I discovered another online ordering tool that specifically caters to customers who wants to order from Amazon and Walmart. Hooray! The site is called HalpU or www.halpu.com


HalpU is directly linked to Amazon and Walmart website so whatever item you search on Amazon or Walmart can also be search in HalpU. We all know that both of these stores are one of the largest online shops for pinoys!

Now, before you start taking your credits cards off of your wallets, let me just give you a bit of a Q&A about this website and of course, my personal experience shopping through HalpU.com.

5 KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1. You don't need a credit card to purchase from Amazon or Walmart through HapU. Yes. Kaloka diba! No need to go through the hassle of apply for a CC! You can easily pay for your products and shipping through their over-the-counter option:




2. It's the easiest way to send items from US to PH without using Balikbayan boxes. It is the easiest way. Trust me. I worked for the Hari ng Padala and I can vouched that using services like HalpU and such are far far better than going the traditional way.

3. It is a 24/7 shopping website with a 24/7 customer service. That actually do their jobs, really well. I placed my order on a weekend and got confirmation super-duper fast with an added thumbs up. I'll tell you why later on...

4. It's door-to-door delivery and tax-free via sea cargo! (8 weeks after Amazon / Walmart delivers on their warehouse.) They are currently partnered with Forex and Xend so that should make our orders delivery on time.

5. If you are ordering shoes, you can opt not to have the box shipped as we all know, shoes on their boxes are quiet heavy and is probably be more costly than having it shipped without the box. For practical purposes, if you'll be using it for your own, I do suggest to ditch the box. It will save you $$$, but if it is for someone else, I say, keep the box!

Now, let's get right to my whole online shopping experience. It will be brief because I just placed an order and I am still waiting for my box so the unboxing and whole review - user experience part of this blog post will be happening when I get the box, probably sooner that what the service has promised. But, I did leave an initial pros and cons at the bottom of this post!

SHOPPING PROCESS:



Shopping process is fairly easy just like how other services work. In addition to this, you can easily pick which stores you'll be shopping for from the drop-down menu:


As a general rule for myself, I do find it safest to shop online using a desktop computer or a laptop. However, for HalpU, I did find it a bit difficult to navigate on the site so I opted to shop through my phone instead. I was really surprised how the mobile version is much friendlier! I did all the scrolling and purchasing with literally just a click of a button, using my thumb. And this is my first time to do that!I'll probably gonna do it more from now, but only with HalpU. I find it really nice that they put mobile first!

In case you're wondering what I bought,



I have been dying to get that Graham Hancock book from Amazon! This is my first time also shopping from Amazon because I find it really difficult to shop on their site and have it delivered to the post office or to my US address, there is really just much hassle to do it without an online ordering tool.

So, you'll notice that the prices are in USD. The exchange rate at this time was $1 = P50.30 There was an additional processing fee of $2.04 (or 6% of total value of items ordered, whichever is higher) and shipping fee of $21.00. Oh, I do have to mention that I am using a mini box, the parcels are much cheaper if you are getting just small products. Tip: Keep a calculator at hand when shopping. It will save you time computing!

Here's the shipments costs for your reference:


Reminder: If the parcel exceeds 350cu.in or 8lbs, HalpU will automatically compute shipment cost based on dimensions and weight.


PROS:
  • Love that it is a mobile-friendly service. Means, I can easily shop whenever, wherever I want to.
  • Love that I can finally shop from Amazon!
  • Customer service is superb because a few mins after I ordered, I got an email confirming my orders and that my items was already ordered from Amazon and is expected to arrived at their warehouse within the dates mentioned. What's plus points to me is that the person even left his mobile number if in case I have a question about my order, or if I have any other inquiries. Now, that's superb!
  • If you ever encounter an item which charges for additional shipping to to get to HalpU's US warehouse, worry not! I have encountered this several times. HalpU is an Amazon Prime member so you don't have to worry about paying extra charges when having those items delivered to their US warehouse.

CONS:
  • I would have liked it if there was shipping option. Air Cargo would have been a faster option but this will be costly too!

That's it for now! I'll be updating this blog posts every time I get an update from them and watch out for another unboxing vid and full review of HalpU once we get the package. Yaaay! So excited!

Check out their social media channels below:

Facebook: @shopathalpU
Instagram: @halpU
Twitter: @shopathalpU
Website: halpU.com

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Online shoppaholic!




Awesome finds at Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 7 + Unboxing of Swag Bag

January 29, 2017

Hey, mommas!

If you haven't been to Baby Company's Grand Baby Fair, maybe these will convince you!

1. Buy umbrella stroller for as low as P650.00 What a steal!


Here's the one that I bought, except mine is in white color:


2. Buy your toddler's toothbrush and toothpaste for less than P100.00


3. 50 - 70%off diaper price from GOO.N


GOO.N is a new and competitive Japanese diaper brand and I've been hearing great stuff about this brand. I bought 2 packs of Large for only P159.00/23 pcs, the original price was P300.00 so it was a total steal!

4. Buy 3 bottles of quality dish washing liquid for only P170.00


I didn't hesitate to grab this brand as Cusina has been making rounds for quite some time now. 

5. Save as much as P239.00 when you grab this from Cycles.


For every purchase of P5,000.00 worth of single receipt, you get a FREE Swag bag! Find out what's inside this year's swag on my unboxing video below!




Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - happy shopping!







Baby Company's Grand Baby Fair Year 7

January 24, 2017

Hiya, soon to be rookie moms!

Now is your chance to hoard baby items!

Don't miss out on Baby Company's Grand Baby Fair Year 7, happening on Jan 27 - 29, 2017 at the Megatrade Halls 1, 2, 3.




Entrance is FREE and get a limited Swag Bag worth P3,000.00 for a single receipt worth P5,000.00! Awesome!


Other than scoring big discounts, there will contests and free seminars from our mom experts too, so head out to Megatrade Hall this coming weekend for an awesome baby sale!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - See you there!





Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask Review

January 23, 2017

I have been raving about this clay mask ever since my last Althea blog post and I finally have the time to write about it!

Read Dear Klair Vitamin C Serum here.

I was so hooked in trying out different Korean skin care products for the last few months and I have spent tons of money in the process! One of the things that I loved about their skin care routine is the masks. I mean, there's so much to choose from! I tried dozens of face masks until I finally settled with Skin&Lab's Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask.


Direction says:

Apply enough amount of the clay mask over your face after toning.
Avoid direct eye are. Leave it for 10 - 15 minutes to dry. Rinse it off with clean water followed by thorough tonight and moisturizing. Can be also used partially on problematic area to control excess sebum secretion.


The texture is a bit rough and thick but it smells so good! Minty and fresh.


I usually start putting it on my forehead, all the way to my nose, cheeks, and chin. Your skin will feel a little bit something in between sting and itch but it's not something to be worried about. The first time I tried this, I was really worried because the skin feels a bit off and I knew that It will leave my skin either burned or really dry.

Surprisingly, after 15 minutes, when all the tingling sensation stopped, I rinsed off the clay mask and didn't found any irritation! I love love love how this mask leaves my skin soft and hydrated. I have been using this for quote some time now and I did noticed the pores on the side of my nose are less visible. Oh, and I have to mention that your skin will feel so clean right after using this.

How I use this in order of my other products:

1. Dear Klairs Cleansing Oil
2. Mustela Stelatopia Cleansing Cream 
3. Witch Hazel Toner
4. Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial
5. Witch Hazel Toner
6. Dear Klairs Vitamin C Serum
7. Aloe Vera Gel Cream Moisturizer

Sometimes, I use it everyday or every other day. Depends on my mood and schedule. I can also swear by this product. It works wonders and doesn't harm my skin.

You can check out Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask from Althea website here.


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy masking!

Educational - Activity Cloth Book For Your Kids by Urbanmom Ph

January 14, 2017


Hiya, rookie moms!


OMG! OMG! OMG! Are your kids are on their mimicking and exploration stage? My kid is and I just found the perfect activity "toy" for Arya.

I have recently met with my ex-co-office-mate / bff / beshicakes / Arya's ninong last month for some catch-up and so he could hand over his Christmas present for Arya.

I asked him to get something educational for Arya and specifically asked for a cloth book. As early as now, I know that Arya will love to read. She likes flipping her books and pointing on the words and saying nonsense sounds but the problem is that she rips the paper apart! As in, nakakaloka, nasisira ang mga books niya!

So, as soon as I got home, I handed her her present and she starts flipping and playing with her new cloth book.

Lookie! How cute and adorbs are these pages!



You can pick the petals, and the leaf and put them on the pot, and unzip and zip the octopus' tentacles!


Maybe learn how to read the clock, too? Naah, too early!
But we can definitely start counting!


Oh, Arya loves picking and sticking the head lights as well as the apples!


Arya still ignore this puzzle...


Arya looooooves the cat, and she actually say the word cat, point on the cat, and say meow!


This is Arya's fave page. We actually started working on this page, for two days I thought her how to say the primary colors, and now, whenever she picks them, she says the actual color! The veggies, she likes too! She can't say Brown yet, but she loves saying "Porpol!"


The last page is fun too! Arya likes the face-shaped emoticons and picks the flowers of the other page. She haven't figured out the shaped rings yet. :)

This cloth book can keep her occupied for thirty minutes up to an hour! Imagine all the things you could do at that time! Lol! But, seriously, hands down to whoever invented cloth books! I had one when I was little and enjoyed it as much too! 

My friend says this cloth book was bought from urbanmomph in a bazaar. You can check out their Instagram page here.

I honestly am in love with this cloth book, I think imma hoard more! Haha!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - On repeat! Yellow, red, blue, green! Again!






Anti - Acne Pill : Lactezin Review

January 7, 2017

Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

This blog post is going to be straight-forward, simple, and full of positive review! 

So, last year I have been battling with both eczema and hormonal acne. My eczema and acne was just alternating and I can't treat my skin despite all the expensive beauty products and countless Korean skincare routine I have tried. Until one day, I've decided that maybe it's time to really invest internally, and by that I mean being healthy, drinking lots of water, eating fruits and veggies, etc.

However, I realized that it takes so much time and effort to be internally healthy. Plus, the fact that gluten - free and organic food cost a lot of money! Personally, I don't have any hesitation taking food supplements. I have tried Spirulina, Barley, Circulan, Whitening vitamins and other supplements which by the way did contribute positively on my health. I think...



Middle of December, 2016, I heard about Lactezin, Unilab's newest product that helps combat acne. It has Vitamin E and Zinc too! At the time, I was taking Myra E, Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin C before I sleep. I researched more and finally decided to buy Lactezin that's good for 30 days.

Here's my detailed review:

Lactezin Anti - Acne Pill
Price: P20.00 per capsule
Where to buy: I bought mine from Watsons

I wasn't able to take before and after photo. It's not really my thing and I didn't feel like I need to because I didn't expect how drastically it will change my skin. I honestly wished I did took photos, my gaaahd! My skin was really ugly at that point. So before I go into detail note my disclaimer below:

I am not paid to write a positive review about Lactezin. This is not a sponsored post and I have bought this product with my own money and I writing it because it really does work!

How I took the pill:

I took 1 pill every morning and I took 1 grapeseed oil from ATC brand before I sleep. My skin condition on the first day was really bad. I had eczema on my cheeks, acne breakouts on the sides of my face specifically on the sides of my forehead and the ones near my ears, I also have a few on my chin and even the sides of my mouth. Although this was not full blown acne, these ones are a bit small and really bumpy, and they have whiteheads already.

When I woke up the next 

This might sound over exaggerated but trust me on this one. The redness of my eczema were gone, the dry patches were gone, there were still a few dry patches but not as bad as the day before I took the pill, and, here goes the crazy part, ALL. MY. PIMPLES. WERE. GONE! THEY ALL COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED I was like, WTF! *I never used so many caps lock before on any of my post so this should make it more convincing for you. Haha!

Okay, at this point, my skin condition changed dramatically overnight! I swear, my skin was glowing! So, I thought, should I stop taking the pill? I figured, maybe not? Let's see how my skin would be if I finish the 30 capsules.

After week 1

My skin had never been this great. I stopped using other skin care products and decided to stick with my usual skin care routine. I'll share it below so you have an idea what other stuff I put on my face. BUT, I am telling you now that these products did not contribute much on fighting acne and did little to reducing my eczema because I was already using them a month before a took the pill.

My Skin care routine:
1. Wash my face with Dear Klairs Cleansing Oil (to remove dirt / make up)
2. Wash my Face with Mustela Stelatopia cream (for eczema prone skin)
3. Use toner, I use a Witch Hazel toner as this type of toner works really good on my skin.
4. Use Dear Klairs Vitamin C Serum (I bought from Althea, you can read my review here).
5. Use Aloe Vera gel cream (my day and night moisturizer from Nature Republic).

The NOW

I have consumed 15 capsules and I have 15 capsules left. Ideally, you should take 2 capsules per day. However, since the beginning I opt to just take 1 capsule because I was still hesitant as this is not really your usual food supplement. Up until now, I still take 1 capsule after breakfast or before lunch.

I can say and vouch for this product. It works. 100% tested and safe! I have never felt this confident with my own skin. I usually wear BB creams or cushions when I go out but since then, my skin has gotten a lot better, no more eczema, no more breakouts, no more pimples. I don't feel the need to wear make-up, I do use a bit of CC cream to correct my skin color but that's that. Hindi ko akalaing dadating ang araw na ito. Chos! Ito yung masasabi kong totoong gandang hindi inaakala. 

Pros
1. I never experienced any negative side effect
2. Available and accessible to buy
3. Brand is trusted and safe
4. You'll see immediate results
5. Has Vitamin E and Zinc

Cons
1. It is a bit pricey. It's P600.00 for 30 capsules. The advisable intake is two each day, so If you follow that, it will cost you P1,200.00 for 60 capsules. 

I don't have anything much to say except that I love this product and will probably keep using it. :)

I do want to consult them on their Facebook page if it is safe to continuously use this as my maintenance beauty pill. I'll make sure to update this thread if I get an answer from them.

UPDATE: 1/14/2017
So, Lactezin's community manager was able to respond on my FB inquiry whether or not Lactezin is safe to as a maintenance beauty pill and here is their reply:


Hello, Joarra! Yes. Lactezin contains Lactoferrin, Vitamin E and Zinc. Lactoferrin is considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the US FDA. Lactoferrin is actually found in human breast milk, and bodily fluids from the eye, nose, respiratory tract, and intestine. In addition, lactoferrin in high dose is present in infant milk formulation to simulate the endogenous lactoferrin from natural breast milk. Vitamin E is naturally found in food and is a known antioxidant. It is safe for consumption with a daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 22.4 IU. The total daily dose of vitamin E in Lactezin does not exceed the RDA. Similarly, zinc is an essential mineral naturally present in various foods. It is safe for consumption with a daily recommended dietary allowance of up to 11 mg. As with vitamin E, the total daily dose of zinc in Lactezin does not exceed the RDA. As a general reminder, we recommend that you consult your doctor before taking any medicine, including vitamins. Your doctor will be in the best position to advise what is the most suitable based on your age, health status and nutritional needs.
There you go! So it is safe to make it as your beauty pill. However, they still encourage you to see your doctor if you have other concerns about the pill. Another inquiry I got is if this is safe to use by breastfeeding moms, answer is, YES! It is also safe for our milking mommas!

I have another update,  I currently have a huge pimple on the side of my nose 2 days ago so I started taking 2 capsules per day, 1 morning, and 1 in the evening before I sleep. Now, the pimple is almost completely healed. Just a little bump. 

Since I am self medicating Lactezin, I would still follow the once a day intake but would double it up to two if I have pimples appearing. I have to admit I kinda pushed my body and not getting enough sleep over the past few days because of working at home and taking care of Arya. But hey, thank God, there is Lactezin!

UPDATE: 1/23/2017

I finished by 30 capsules already and bought more capsules. Yay!
Oh, btw, I stopped using the pill about a week ago because I had a flu and I was taking paracetamols, vitamin c and other stuff so I didn't want to take Lactezin because I feel like I'm taking so much meds at the same time. Over the time I stopped using the pill, my skin didn't break out but one or two pimple appeared but it's no biggie, also due to the cold weather, my eczema is a bit showing on my cheeks and started getting flaky again so I had to use petroleum jelly to calm it down.

Overall, my skin is still looking better compared to how my skin was before I started taking Lactezin. It is really effective and I am 100% satisfied with this product. :)

Mommas, remember to keep your skin looking youthful! Taking care of yourselves should be on your everyday To-Do list too!

If you started taking this too, let me know how it did to your skin on the comments below!


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Ganda ko! 


8 Rewards card you need as a new mom

January 1, 2017


Happy New Year!

So, I was busy re-organizing my wallet this morning when I realized that I have so many membership / loyalty cards! I decided It might be helpful it I put the important ones out here.

As far as I remembered, the only loyalty cards I have before getting married was the Lay Bare and Nature Republic card. Whew!  I didn't realize up until now that I am officially became a loyalty card hoarder! Hah! 
Loyalty / Rewards Card I own:

1. Nature Republic - I am an avid fan of Nature Republic. This is where I usually get my aloe vera products. Their loyalty card offers you an instant 10% off on any products you buy from their store. Win! Win! I cannot remember how much it took me to get the card. Best if you ask the cashier when you're there. Don't neglect your skin even after you became a mom. *Wink


2. Lay Bare - I am a very hairy woman. Let's just leave it at that. Their loyalty card slashes off 10% of any services availed on their store. It doesn't apply on their products though. And you can only get them when you have spent about P5,000.00 on their services. Ask the receptionist on your next appointment. Do your kilay here whenever you can get that free time.

3. SM Advantage Card - I just recently acquired my temporary card. Everyone has this card, so better have it also. It saves you a lot of points from shopping for my groceries. I think the conversion rate is P1.00 for every P100.00 spent and you exchange it for some voucher when you want to.

4. Mercury Drug Suki Card - This has got to be my most fave card. We easily get sick and buy a lot of vitamins, and even sometimes, Arya's milk in any Mercury Drug store so I really use this card a lot. The conversion is P1.00 for every P100.00 spent and you can automatically use it at the cashier to get discount when you want to.

5. 7/11 Everyday Rewards Card - I knew I just had to get these. There is a 7/11 store near our house and I always go and buy ice cream. I think the card only cost me less than P50.00

6. Ever Savers Club Card - An Ever supermarket recently opened a few steps away from our subdivision and I knew I had to get the card! You can get the card after spending P4,000.00 combined receipts. It works just like an SM Advantage Card as well.

7. Baby Company Mom Card - Trust me on this, this card is your most essential rewards card if you're a first time mom. Go get yourself one even after you get married! Conversion is P1.00 for every P100.00 spent. I have used this card to get discount so  many times!

8. Toy Kingdom Membership Card - Now, if you have a toddler already. Get this card. No questions ask. We'll be able to use this through out our lifetime, I swear!

Did I miss anything? Share whatever loyalty cards you have on your wallet on the comments below, too!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - gotta love rewards!

Year 2: Celebrating Christmas and being grateful for the year!

December 23, 2016

Hey rookie mommas,

This might be the last blog post that I'll have for you before 2016 ends. I'm pretty much overwhelmed with work load, taking care of Arya, wrapping presents, and making sure Christmas is gonna be a bang! 

This Christmas is gonna big for the family because a lot of our relatives from my mother's side came home and it is a family tradition to spend Christmas with my grandmother. Busy! busy! busy!

You probably notice the decline of my post. I have to blame internet speed and Korean novelas for not allowing me to update my blog. Whenever I do plan to make a new post for you, I ended up clicking VLC and watching Korean novela. I'm hooked! But, no worries, I promise 2017 is gonna be different. :)

I hoped I was able to do at least a few post to help you out this Christmas but I am really swamped with other stuff! Jeez! But, I hoped you follow me on Insagram coz I update it all the time!

There's a lot of things I wanted to be thankful for this year but I wanted to put emphasis on the following points, as a rookie mom,

I am thankful for:

My husband, who has an unending string of patience on my tantrums and self issues, who didn't give up on me on hard times, who keeps loving and fighting for our family.
My inlaws, who have helped me so much in taking care of Arya in any way possible.
My mom, who supported me all the way, and being all the kinds of panikera, na minana ko, and who kept me motivated to chase my dreams.
My sisters, who bugged and annoyed me every now and then,
My clients, who trusted and believed in my blog and what I stand for.
My Arya, who gave me so much happiness, back aches, and headaches. giggles!
My friends, who helped me keep my sanity, in most times.
My work, who brings financial steadiness to my family.
and to the universe, who brings me everything that I ever needed.

2016 has been a roller coaster ride for me, surviving year 1 of motherhood was not easy. I am hoping year 2 will be manageable.

I hope your year as a new parent gave you new strength and powers. Remember to wear your hero costume always, rookie momma, the world needs your love.

Join us in First Time Moms PH - a community of first time mothers in the Philippines. Click here.

Cheers!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Ending 2016 with a happy heart. 

Our simple Macaroni Salad recipe

December 12, 2016

Cooking time!

Char lang!

My family and friends knows that I'm not good in anything that involves cooking. The dishes that I know how to cook are very limited and it is usually revolved around canned goods, pancit canton, and frying potatoes. I know, I know, I have a husband and baby to feed. 

Luckily, we still live in my in-laws and my mother-in-law is such an awesome cook! She taught me how to cook my very first Tinola which, by the way, I miserably failed. I accidentally added too much fish sauce. Ugghhh...

Now, now, the star of this blog post is all about me learning how to prepare her special Macaroni salad! It is a fav comfort food in the house especially when it is frozen so we're really used to having macaroni salad even though there is no special occasion. This time, I volunteered to go to the Palengke to get the ingredients.

Rookie Mommy PH Macaroni Salad Recipe:

1. Macaroni Pasta - you can use any brand you like. For this one we are using the Royal macaroni pasta in yellow packaging.
2. Lady's Choice Mayonnaise - we like to use the pack instead of the glass mayonnaise because we don't want any left overs, plus the quantity is good enough for the batch that we are preparing. I don't think we have ever used any other mayonnaise brand before. It's our go-to Mayonnaise!
3. Chicken Breast - we boil it, remove the skin, and cut it to pieces.
4. Pineapple chunks
5. Carrots
6. Bell peppers
7. Salt
8. Sugar
9. Pepper
10. Onions
11. Cheese

This is funny, but we don't have a huge bowl to mix all of them together to we get the cover of our Turbo Broiler and there we mix and mix until the taste is good to our liking.


Nomnomnom!

Looks yummy, right! We add the grated cheese only when we're ready to serve and eat. Don't add them and store them in the fridge as it might ruin the balance of taste overtime. :)

If you're thinking of serving Macaroni Salad this Christmas, make sure you get the freshest ingredient and make sure you only use Lady's Choice Mayonnaise! It's the only mayonnaise that'll make your Macaroni salad the creamiest salad in the world! Sabi nga sa commercial, diba? :)

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - rookie cook na rin! Haha!