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Where to find wooden toys for toddlers and kids online

August 15, 2017

Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

Wooden toys are gaining popularity among mommy groups lately. And we are here to join the trend. :)

Benefits of Wooden Toys

  • Timeless
  • Durable
  • Tactile
  • Safe
  • Quiet
  • Beautiful
  • It grows with your child
  • Encourages imagination
  • Incorporates real-life skills
  • Less distracting
  • Encourage interaction
  • Develops reasoning skills
  • Supports problem-solving skills
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Builds fine motor skills
Me and Arya have only been playing with our wooden toys for a few days but I already notice how her "play" experience improved.

  • She doesn't get bored playing with them unlike her plastic and electronic toys.
  • She interacts with letter and number blocks wood toys versus her plastic toys.
  • Somehow, it seems like she cares more for the wooden toys because she play with them with gentle and care unlike her plastic toys.
I can't remember how much time I spent looking for credible shops but with the help of a few momma friends from our support group, I managed to land on these two shops. Which you should also check out!

Hands n' Mind Wooden Toys - and more

Click here to visit their Facebook page

P380.00 + P45 Shipping fee (Metro Manila)
This specific wooden toy is very much familiar to Arya cos she always watches a toys review video of this on Youtube.

Hands n' Mind Wooden Toys - and more are pretty popular. They've been to countless Mom and Baby events and has been very active online. They have nice selection and the prices are quite reasonable. I've been eyeing a doll house similar to the ones Arya used to play at Kidzoona. So, that's like my next sweldo buy goal for my little one.

Lilithzcorner (Shoppee)

Click here to visit their Shoppee page





This is the first time I tried Shoppee and I am a very satisfied customer. Check out Lilithzcorner and you'll find great choices for wooden toys as well. The owner is very accommodating so just send them a message if you have any questions. All items are for pre-order so you have to wait a little while before it gets to you. But, all was worth it. *Wink 

How about you, momma, any other recommendation on where to hunt for wooden toys online? Comment them below!

Rookie Mommy PH - Browsing Shoppee now...

Althea's 1st brand product - Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

August 2, 2017

Annyeong, Aleumdaun! (아름다운) and Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

I'm back with another beauty find review and this time it's a new brand product from Manila's fave Kbeauty online store - Althea.

Althea just launched their first and newest brand product called Althea Petal Velvet Powder. TBH, I only started using loose powder when I got introduced to Althea website. I remember purchasing my 1st loose powder from Althea website and I got the Innisfree because there wasn't really other choices available. It's very limited.


As soon as you open the product, you'll immediately be welcomed with a flowery scent - which I don't find disturbing at all. I have a very sensitive skin and so my skin reacts on overly scented products, and so I'm happy that I didn't get any rash or redness after trying this on with my fave foundation. If you're wondering about the scent, it's almost similar to Philippine's very own Sampaguita flower. At least that's what it smelled like to me. 

I love how the product s packaged. It's very light weight and travel friendly. You literally just grab this and go. Easier to reach out to for those quick touch-ups as well.

If you're on a budget, you'll find that this loose powder is very much affordable at Php210.00. You'll get a 3g packed translucent powder.

I tried this on for a full day with my Clinique foundation and find that it does live up to its promise. The powder is very velvet-y, does leave your skin really smooth and soft to touch. I'd say I didn't need to retouch for about 3 hours. But that's because I am in a well air conditioned area and I have a very dry skin. Especially now that it's rainy season here in the Philippines.

If there's a downside on this product, I'd say that though it is a translucent powder, it strongly leaves a white shade or cast on my face, like it does affect the color of the foundation on my skin. And I am not sure if it's because my foundation and this loose powder is just not going well together, I'll probably try it again with other Korean BB creams or foundation so I can update this for you. And since I do have dry skin, and occasional eczema, I tend not to put on loose powder during this season because it does make my dry patches visible. So what I do, is to just spray on some hydrating aloe vera mist before I pat the loose powder on my face and it should be able to solve my issue within a few hours.

The Althea Petal Velvet Powder is now available in the website for only Php 210.00 and be sure to grab it on your next Kbeauty haul from Althea. :)

Annyeonghi jumuseyo! (Bye, for now!)
안녕히 주무세요.

PR: Helping children with learning disabilities and difficulties through The Reading House

July 20, 2017

The Reading House is a Literacy Center that aims to help children with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. The services of The Reading House covers all the sub-skills of reading that we use in order to read continuous passages meaningfully. The Reading House believes that technology is a powerful tool that we all can use to learn effectively. Along with the time-tested multi-sensory approach, The Reading House chose iSpire as its main program to build reading success through an intensive, structured and spiraling curriculum that combines phonemic awareness, phonics spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency in a dynamic 10-step Lesson Plan.

The Reading House is a venture that took almost a decade to come to life. Teacher D, the co-founder and director of the center, over the years of teaching, developed a love for children who learn differently. On her first year of teaching, she learned about the different Learning Disabilities and an effective approach on how they can learn efficiently. When she decided to try out other teaching environments, she brought with her this genuine concern and love for children who learn differently. Teacher D grew close to her students who were flagged as “slow” or “behind”. That is when she realized that she wanted to build a place where she can help these children.

A place where children can feel confident as they learn, a place where tasks are designed to be success – oriented with the aims of removing these children’s feeling of frustration towards learning. The services that The Reading House offers are carefully designed to prepare its students to become mindful learners of the 21st century. It begins with finding out where the learner is and branches out to different programs that would address the different learning needs of a child.

The Reading House also believes that it takes a village to raise a child, so it willingly works with the parents in coming up with ways that can effectively help the child to learn at his/her own pace. To do this, The Reading House, provides a comprehensive written report to the parents to update them of their child’s progress throughout the program.

Now that The Reading House is open for everyone, it aims to make learning an equal for everyone. The Reading House is a place where your child can develop strategies and techniques that will make them effective and efficient learners of the society.


Facebook Page: The Reading House PH
Contact Numbers: 09157146844/ 02 - 6318397

My latest haul from Shipping Cart

July 12, 2017

Hello, shoppingeras!

If you've been following this blog since the start then you know how much of an online shopper addict I am. 

I've recently posted an unboxing video of my recent haul from US online stores via Shipping Cart here and posted a photo of my haul on Instagram so you've probably seen all that. :)

Shipping Cart is not new to me. I've used their service twice before and posted a lengthy review. Which you guys can check out here:

How To Use To Get Your Lippies From And

Let me walk you through the items I bought from US and improvements I experienced with Shipping Cart since the last time I used their service.

My haul

My order from Sephora came with a free travel size Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer, Cleansing balm, and perfume. The reason why I love shopping n Sephora US is that the quality of the products they sell versus the ones here in the Philippines are really good. I've seen so many complaints about damaged or even swatched make-up products being sent to customers from Sephora Philippines. Other than that, there prices are also doubled, sometimes tripled than the ones in Sephora US. Of course, you have to consider paying for shipping to Shipping Cart warehouse + another shipping to Manila. It is definitely worth it and you'll save more if you're buying a lot of items from US stores and have it all shipped in Manila.

 2. Lippies + Highlighter from Colourpop

I'm a big fan of Colourpop so I got these for my sisters so they can try them as well. If I can remember, I did purchased these products while they are having an online sale so I could have gotten them cheaper versus the price displayed in the photos above. 

If you're shopping for Colourpop products, I suggest you buy in bulk so could save more. Prices of these lippies here in Manila go up at P400.00 - P500.00 per item.

3. Pringles from Walmart

This one should have come with other items as well but Walmart cancelled some of my others as those items became out of stock while I was purchasing so these Pringles ended up left on my cart. Which is a bummer cos shipping cost around $5.00. I would save more if the other items that I want went through. 

It was also my first time shopping in Walmart. I do wish they have cheaper shipping fees.

4. Pajamas from Carters

These items got sold quickly and as of now the items are no longer on their website. What I love about Carters is that they offer a lot of online sales and you may wanna watch out for free shipping deals so you could save more $$$.

Overall, these items cost me about P1,600.00 shipping fee from US to my door step. I did wait over at least 3 weeks for all my item to arrive at their warehouse. However, 1 item from a beauty brand I was collaborating with in the US got left behind cos it arrived the day after I shipped these items. So, I'll probably ship that to me asap or I could wait a little longer and see if there are other items I want to purchase.

What I love about Shipping Cart

It's been almost a year since I last ordered and I've seen big improvements so far.

  1. It only took them them a day to put my items on my Cart versus before where I had to wait 2 - 3 days before I see my items.
  2. Shipping is really fast. REALLY. REALLY. FAST. I got this package processed for delivery Thursday and I got it Tuesday the following week!
  3. Customer service is superb. I did have an issue with one of the items n this package. A friend ordered from Amazon and had it shipped to my Shipping Cart address. Though Amazon confirmed that they delivered, it didn't appear on my Cart nor I did not received any notifications from Shipping Cart that they received the item. They quickly investigated and sent me a report and letter that I could send back to Amazon saying that they didn't get the item. Up to now, the item is still missing. My friend is a bit disappointed but he'll probably just request for a refund.

This is definitely not going to be the last haul. Considering I have one item got left behind at the warehouse. :) If you have questions, feel free to comment it down below. You might want to check out the links I posted above as those were more focused on how - tos, costing, and FAQs.

Rookie Mommy PH - self proclaimed online shoppingera queen!

Fight mosquitoes with Cycles Sensitive Natural Insect Repellent this rainy season

July 4, 2017

Hello, July!
Hello, Tag-ulan!
Hello, Lamok!

The first week of July has been very pesky for us so far. We are dealing with so much insect bites eve though we sleep with the AC on at night. Arya has a lot of red, inflamed, mosquito bites on her leg. Kahit naka pajama na siya eh may kagat pa rin ng lamok!

As of this writing, Arya has four mosquito bites on her legs. I am not a fan of putting insect repellents growing up because the smell are either too bad and too strong for my nose to handle, they are also sticky to the max! At least, that's what I remember from my generation. It felt like OFF Lotion was our only option back when I was in grade school.

Fortunately, today, moms do have a lot of options when it comes to buying the right insect repellent for their kids. The one we are trying right now is the Cycles Sensitive Natural Insect Repellent. I got this from a previous blogging event that I went to and never really tried or got curious up until now that we are dealing with mosquitoes ourselves.

Cycles Sensitive Insect Repellent
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Fragrance-fee
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben-free
  • Extra mild formula tested safe for babies from birth up.

Label says:
  • Provides up to 3 hours of protection against mosquito and insect bites
  • Active ingredients: Citronella & Eucalyptus Oils
  • Lights and non-greasy
  • No added fragrances and dyes


Now, I'm not sure about this being fragrance-free as the label says but i does have a very strong Citronella smell. It has a very strong scent but not as much as it will hurt your nose or will make you sneeze. 

What I love about this is that it is very light and non-greasy. As they promised. I put this on Arya's legs when she's asleep at night and I will generously put a lot of product and lather it gently on to her but the remaining product on my hands will dry up or get absorbed by my skin in less than a minute. Walang joke. Pasmado pa ang kamay at paa ko. 

The only downside I can think of is that it only lasts for 3 hours so you have to re-apply frequently. I don't wake up in the middle of the night to re-apply btw. lol. But, as I said earlier, I do put a lot of the product on Arya's legs and make sure she's covered with her pajamas and blanket.

We've been using this for 4 days now and I've seen improvements. No more mosquitoes inside our room, the previous insect bites' redness were gone. I do have to say that Arya has 2 new mosquito bites she got from sleeping in the living room but they do look better now. Other than this product, I am also putting Katinko ointment on each bite to help with the redness, itchiness, and swelling.

So far, so good! Really loving this product. If you're someone looking for an insect repellent, better try this one too. I have honestly no clue as to how much this product is but feel free to check out their Instagram page so you can inquire. :)

Rookie Mommy PH - go, kill that lamok!

Wrapping up June + Things to look forward in July

June 23, 2017

Hiya, rookie mommas!

June has been super duper as in mega busy for me. I seriously have no excuse for you all for not updating my blog. But, hey, if you're following me on Instagram and been seeing my stories, you know exactly what I've been doing. *Wink

To start of, I've got braces on the first week of June. After all this time, I finally decided to get them and I honestly am questioning myself why I did it. Srsly. ang hirap magutom!. For the first two weeks of June, I have only been eating potatoes, soap, tinola, and water. lol.

I had to go through four extraction, and 24 hours of having ring separators on - which is hell. You know what I mean if you've got them too. Hindi nakakatuwa. So, that's my first excuse, I'm having too much migraine and wasn't able to eat properly so I skipped blogging. It wasn't a very pleasant experience to talk about. 

Here's me and y daughter totally sporting my braces on. :)

My second excuse? Here, nilamon na ako ng sistema ng work from home. June marks the 1st month of me joining another work from home company. I'm currently working US hours and so I haven't been sleeping well. Actually, I work 11pm - 1am gets a break and sleep until 6am. It was originally a full shift but I cannot handle not sleeping at all. Grabe lang, the first week I did it eh I had too much breakout and I was so cranky! Good thing is that my company is very accommodating to adjust my working hours.

I know I haven't been vocal about my experience working from home. I think, it's turning 10 mos already since I joined the bandwagon. I'll try to squeeze in some time to come up with a very helpful blog post for all you working mommas out there. I promise. 

We stayed in my mom's house for a while as well and I ended up experimenting my own salted egg potato chips. I've posted the steps and recipes on my Instagram feed which you can check out here.

My June  is pretty much about braces, the pain of going through it, and being busy about work. And so this coming July, there's so much to look forward to. Arya is turning 2 and so we are scouting for the best staycation we can have that she will enjoy. We only have H2O Hotel in mind cos Arya loves fishies but if you have any suggestion please leave them on the comments below.

Another thing to look forward to is my brand collaboration with ShippingCart. If you're a regular on my blog then you know how addicted I am on online shopping and ShippingCart has been my way of getting those US exclusive items delivered straight to my doorstep.

And so, I'm doing a major haul from the following brands: Sephora US, Carters, Walmart, Amazon, It Cosmetics, and Colourpop. You might want to watch out for my unboxing video too!

If you're curious about, read on my past 2 blog post review of their services below. 

How To Use To Get Your Lippies From And

Disclaimer: The two blog post mentioned above are not in any way paid or sponsored by I also no longer work at LBC Philippines.

I seriously can't wait to get my balikbayan box! I'm still waiting for a few products to arrive and 4th of July sale is coming up too so I will probably take more time for me to fill my box with things I love but I'll definitely update you guys and this is something you want to watch out for, for sure!

Also, Rookie Mommy PH is nominated for to be part of their Mommy Blogs Award 2017. Do cast your vote for Rookie Mommy here.

That's it for now, I'll see you guys soon, again. :)

Rookie Mommy PH - vote for me please! 

PR: MERRIES, Japan's #1 Diaper Brand, is now in the Philippines

Finding the perfect diaper for your baby's needs can be a frustrating – and sometimes painful process, as a wrong choice can lead to your baby's discomfort, leakages, and even health concerns.

Babies’ skin has only about 1⁄2 the thickness of adults' and is very delicate, which is why they need a diaper that provides extra care and comfort. It's a good thing that Merries Diapers, Japan's #1 baby diaper brand for 10 consecutive years, are now available in the Philippines!

Why do smart moms choose Merries Diapers? Because it offers seven (7) features and benefits :
*Tape type features

· Soft Poo Leak Guard
· Color changing wetness indicators
· Excellent Absorbency and Long Lasting Dryness
· Exceptional Breathability
· Ultra Soft and Fluffy Surface that is gentle to baby's delicate skin
· Soft reusable magic seal
· Merries Bunnies cute designs

Merries diaper is gentle to the babies sensitive skin as the material is so soft from the inside and out while quickly absorbing urine before the skin gets wet, thus preventing rashes and leakage. With a triple layer air-through system (tape type) and airy waist channel (pants type) that releases the heat and moisture inside the diaper, Merries diaper keeps babies’ skin dry and comfortable as they play and sleep.

Merries diapers are available in Tape type for newborns to toddlers up to 14kg, and Pants type for toddlers and kids from 6 to 22 kg. Get a free small tape pack when you purchase 10 packs of Merries Diaper at any participating stores from now until November 8, 2017. Check out Merries Philippines website and social media Pages for more details.


Merries brand is the #1 sales in Japan for 10 consecutive years [#1 by brand in Japan Baby Diaper market in term of Sales Value share, based on research SRI data of INTAGE Inc., Japan from Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2016. (total of tape-type and pants-type)]. Merries Diapers are distributed in the Philippines by Vibelle Distribution, Inc. and are exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati, Rockwell, Shangrila, Ayala Cebu, Seda CDO and in Shopwise Festival Alabang, Sucat, Sta Rosa Laguna.

To get more information and updates about the brand visit follow Merries at Facebook: Merries Philippines and on Instagram & Twitter: @merriesph

PR: Join Kris Aquino and Fucidin in the Fight Against Wound Infection

May 17, 2017

Join Kris Aquino and Fucidin ® in the Fight Against Wound Infection

Kris Aquino goes full force against wound infection with Fucidin®. Kris is well known as a celebrity mother who cares for her sons’ health and wellbeing. “I have two boys and when they get a cut or a wound, I clean it with soap and water for 15 seconds. Then, I apply Fucidin® agad,” she says. “Fucidin® is part of our wound care kit!”

Children are exposed to different types of wounds and scrapes because of their daily activities. Even in the most harmless-looking places, no matter how hard parents try to protect them, they can still get hurt.

Moms need to make sure the wound doesn’t get infected.  Infection occurs when bacteria enters the wound through a break on one’s skin. Bacteria may spread and lead to more serious diseases. Usually, the immediate response is to wash a wound well with soap and water. But cleaning may not be enough. It is also essential to apply a topical antibiotic like Fucidin® at the first sign of wound infection.

Fusidic acid/sodium fusidate Fucidin® is a powerful antibiotic that is clinically proven against wound infection. It is fast-acting, working on the infection 2 minutes upon application and deep-penetrating, reaching the skin’s deepest layer 30 minutes after application. It also helps prevent bacteria from spreading.

Fucidin® comes in two variants. Fucidin® cream is ideal for exposed parts of the body like the face and hands, while Fucidin® ointment is ideal for dry, scaly or cracked lesions.

Like Kris, stock up on Fucidin® and don’t take chances. Join the fight against wound infection! Fucidin® is available in leading drugstores nationwide.

Fucidin® is from LEO Pharma, a Danish pharmaceutical company with a mission to help people achieve healthy skin. LEO Pharma is the pioneer in the development of fusidic acid. It has a wide range of products that are marketed in over 100 countries. LEO Pharma has more than 100 years of trusted heritage worldwide.

Fusidic acid/sodium fusidate is the generic name of Fucidin®.  Fucidin® is available in leading drugstores nationwide.

If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.