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Don't miss The SM North Edsa's Hatchimals Grand Easter Event!

April 16, 2019

Calling all kids and kids at heart! Don't miss Sm North Edsa's Grand Easter Event on April 21, 2019!

Here's how to join the Costume Contest:

1. Purchase any Hatchimals merchandise at The Block Atrium (min. of P500.00 single receipt) from April 7 - 21, 2019.
2. Open to kids 3-12 years old. Present your receipt and sign up at our Registration Booth at The Block Atrium on the following schedule:

April 13 & 14, 2019
1PM - 9PM

April 20, 2019
1PM - 9PM

April 21, 2019
10AM - 3PM

3. Wear your most colorful, cutest and wackiest Easter costume on April 21, 4PM at The Block Atrium.
4. 6 Lucky winners (2 winners per category - Boy & Girl) will win P3,000.00 SM GCs, Hatchimals Certificate & Toys & a loot bag from Twisted Candies.

Arya and I were able to experience the Hatchimals play area too! Have your kids enjoy the play area by purchasing any Hatchimals toy on the Atrium so you can enter.




BTW, join our community of First Time Moms - and we'll be having a Hatchimals loot bag giveaway tomorrow, April 17, 2019!

Click here to join:


Xoxo, 
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy Egg Hunting!

[REVIEW] Organically Grown Aloe Inner Leaf Juice by Grace Cosmetics

April 6, 2019

One of the most fascinating ingredients that I found myself drawn to when it comes to skincare is none other than Aloe Vera. My fascination with Aloe Vera as a skincare ingredient started when my skin was suffering from sever eczema and only Aloe Vera was able to heal my skin. 

Up until now, I still gravitate toward this ingredient whenever I see them being used on skincare. That's why Grace Cosmetics' Organically Grown Aloe Inner Leaf Juice came a bit of a surprise for me because it's the first time that I have encountered a product of it's kind. I mean, sure, I do buy Aloe Vera juices but I don't think that this one beats them all.


It honestly took me a while to write this review because I wanted to finish the whole bottle first and it did took me 3 - 4 weeks, I guess. I encountered the Aloe Inner Leaf Juice by Grace Cosmetics through another brand that I was doing collaboration with and that they have sent me these products to try out. I was really in awe and super duper excited to try it out because I am a huge fan of anything Aloe Vera.

So, to give you the full details, the Aloe Inner Leaf Juice by Grace Cosmetics is a super juice solution for extra energy, a strengthened immune system & overall good health. It is 99% pure organically grown Aloe Barbadensis Inner Leaf Juice, providing a healthy fresh beverage for the health conscious person. The Aloe Vera juice is derived from the Aloe Barbadensis Miller, a plant known for its soothing properties and packed with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.



Polysaccharides
Active Aloe Vera is reported to contain over 200 enzymes and amino acids, plus the unique Aloe Vera polysaccharides. Modern science is not able to synthetically manufacture the polysaccharides found in active Aloe Vera. They are unique to the Aloe Vera plant and provide the basis for many of the outstanding results to the body, both internally and externally.

Essential Vitamins
High quality Active Aloe Vera contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid, Niacin, Biotin and Inositol.

Minerals & Enzymes
For overall health and well-being and managing stress levels, it is vitally important to ensure the body gets the necessary minerals. Active Aloe Vera contains 13 of the 17 essential minerals (electrolytes), needed for proper nutritional balance, including sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, chromium and iron.

Amino Acids
Amino Acids are essential to our health and are the building blocks for protein. Amino acids cannot be synthesized by our body and must therefore be obtained through our diet. Active Aloe Vera typically provides 20 of 22 necessary amino acids required and seven of the eight essential amino acids.

Therapeutic Benefits
Active Aloe Vera juice may help relieve pain associated with the symptoms of many common ailments such as:


● Ulcers
● Psoriasis
● Dermatitis
● Acne
● Constipation
● Mild burns
● Eczema

● Mild digestive complaints
● Mild gastric conditions
● Sunburn
● Immune system complaints

Healthy Skin & Anti-ageing Properties
The nutritional content in active Aloe Vera stimulates the skin’s fibroblasts (also known as cells or corpuscles), which produce collagen and elastin, helping improve the overall appearance and suppleness of our skin.

Anti-Inflammatory
Active Aloe Vera contains natural synthesizers known to assist with inflammation and arthritis, helping provide soothing relief without any side effects. There have also been links to active Aloe Vera supporting joint and muscle mobility. digestion packed with natural detoxifying abilities, active Aloe Vera juice supports the digestive tract, helping increase protein absorption and improve bowel regularity.

Normaliser and Balancer
When regularly consumed, Active Aloe Vera juice increases energy and balance weight management by improving gastrointestinal function.

Ingredients:
Pro-Ma Inner Leaf Aloe Juice contains Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate. Active Ingredient: Aloe Barbadensis Inner Leaf Fresh Juice 989mg/ml
No added flavours, colourings or sweeteners.

MY REVIEW:


Taste:
I have tried several Aloe Vera juices before and nothing can ever compare to the taste of Aloe Inner Leaf Juice by Grace Cosmetics. I can honestly say that this is the real deal and the purest form of Aloe Vera juice that I have ever consumed. It was a bit sour but it is very bearable for me. I love how it is since I do like anything that is sour.

The 1st week:
After the first week of drinking about 60 - 80 ml of this before bedtime, I immediately notice a change on my skin tone. My skin felt more smooth and plumped and I do have a very dry and overly sensitive skin, plus I am eczema prone skin as well so I knew that the changes was very evident since I am not consuming anything before this and my skin care routine remained the same for the duration of me taking the aloe juice.

The 2nd week:
Was skin was more clear by this time. My pimples have subside and my skin was very much hydrated even though the weather is insanely hot. Another thing that I have noticed around this time was that my excuse me for the word but my pooping habit became more frequent in the wee hours of night - which never happened to me before. So, around bedtime which would be around 12:00 - 12:30 midnight, I would take this and will find myself waking up between 2:00 - 3:30 am just to poo. It did say that this product detoxes the body so I am assuming that it's the product doing this effect.

The 3rd week:
Taking the juice regularly every night felt that somehow it did made a few changes to my body. I felt lighter, more energy than before, no heavy feeling like loss of energy. It also did improve my sleep because I was sleeping soundly a little bit longer. I have insomnia and my work form home schedule ends at different hours everyday so I immediately notice that my sleep was getting better when I was taking this.

Overall:
I love this product! It's the first of it's kind that I have tried and I would love to grab one myself if I can. The price for this however is a little steep, at P2,400 for a 1 Liter. If you have the money to splurge I'd definitely recommend this product for you to try. I know I would if I have the extra money! *wink *wink


Aside from taking it purely on its own, you can also mix it to your fave juice or beverages. For this one, I find that mixing it with Yakult and half of glass of water and 60 ml of the aloe juice is really refreshing!

I've finally finished the 1 Liter last night and I wish I could have more. It's definitely worth a try!

Ingredients:
Pro-Ma Inner Leaf Aloe Juice contains Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate. Active Ingredient: Aloe Barbadensis Inner Leaf Fresh Juice 989mg/ml
No added flavours, colourings or sweeteners.

Shake well before use. Store below 30C until opened. Refrigerate after opening and consume as soon as possible. Recommended dosage: 60mL to 80mL daily. Product may be taken directly or mixed with juice.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy drinking!

Summer Programs for your little ones by The Learning Library!

March 27, 2019

Hiya, rookie mommas!

Summer is finally here! Ramdam niyo na ba? 

What's a better way to spend your kids' summer vacation other than going to the beach? - SUMMER CLASSES! But not just any summer classes.

If you're like me, who has a daughter who's grown-up with a lot of Youtube and English cartoon shows then you know the struggle. Other than a bit of language delays, I bet that your kids either has the Dora, the Peppa Pig, or the Paw Patrol accent. What's worst is that even if I speak to my child in Filipino, and Filipino is our main language at home, she doesn't seem to pick it up. Most of the words she uses is still in English.

The Learning Library has some of the unique classes for kids that I have encountered so far, simply because their classes are focus on Reading, Filipino, Writing. I believe that learning to speak our native language is still important today and it's becoming more difficult to achieve that because of technology.

The Learning Library is opening up these classes for the summer so be sure to check out their branches which just might be near you!

Reading Safari (ages 3-6)
A fun workshop for children getting ready to read: teaches letter sounds plus word reading strategies and develops the love of reading.

Wika'y Saya! (ages 4-10)
This workshop builds vocabulary and listening comprehension through different interactive activities. Guaranteed to make learning Filipino fun!

Speak Up, Write Now (ages 9-14)
A one-of-a-kind writing and speaking workshop that builds good composition and effective oral presentation skills

Panitikang Filipino (High School)
A one-of-a-kind workshop that builds understanding and appreciation of the literary works read in high school. 

The Reading Advantage (ages 3-16)
A complete reading and writing program with exposure to children's literature, from beginning reading to comprehension and composition

Wika'y Galing! (ages 3-16)
Anchored on Philippine culture and literature, this unique language program helps students acquire fundamental skills, confidence, and enjoyment in expressing themselves in Filipino.

The Learning Library has 12 branches in Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, BGC, Alabang and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.





Arya and I are very lucky to have a branch nearby our place so we're really excited to try one of their summer programs this year. We surely look forward to the experience and I'll definitely share it you guys! 

For rates and other inquiries you might have, feel free to check their website at http://www.learninglibraries.com/ or you can also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheLearningLibrary/

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Totally thrilled!

Polly Pocket is back and it's better than ever! (Now available at www.kidscompany.com.ph)

March 14, 2019

Hiya, rookie mommas and 90s kids like me!

If you're reading this, chances are you are one of those 90s kids who have had a Polly Pocket once in their life. I remember back when I was a kid, Polly Pocket was such a huge hit! I remember owning a few Polly Pocket houses and I completely loved playing with them.

I can't remember when and how did they disappear from the Philippine toy market but I'm glad that they are back and now my daughter gets to experience playing with a Polly Pocket too!


The new Polly Pocket Tiny Dolls are 3.75 inch mini figures are already available at www.kidscompany.com.ph. The dolls are moveable and you can even easily change their clothes, shoes, and accessories. 

These are the two dolls that we received,





Some other Polly Pocket toys that you can buy and available at www.kidscompany.com.ph,


KidsCompanyPH has been my partner whenever I wanted to shop for toys online. Compared to toys inside the malls, their prices are cheaper especially when there's a warehouse or online sale. I specifically watch out for dented box items because sometimes they slash about 50% - 70% off of those items!

Here are a few items in buying from KidsCompanyPH:

  • All merchandise sold are genuine as they are the official online store of Richprime Global Inc.
  • They accept a variety of payment method such as bank deposit, Paypal, credit card, GCash, and 7-11. Cash on delivery is accepted nationwide.
  • FREE shipping is available for orders above P1,000 within Metro Manila.
  • Discounts and deals are available all year long

Do you want to purchase a Polly Pocket too? Get 15% off on your purchase when you become a member of my growing community of First Time Moms! Click here and become a member of our community to get your exclusive discount coupon code that you can use on the Kidscompanyph website!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy playing!





Be Fit and Get Healthy with Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk

March 7, 2019


By now, most of us probably know already the benefits of milk as it contains chock-full of vitamins, electrolytes, and nutrients. And whether you want to light things up or just simply committing to healthier choices, consider rebooting your habits that includes drinking Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk—a delicious and creamy UHT Fresh Milk sourced from Germany's biggest dairy farm where the purest and most premium milk is packed.

Made of 100% pure cow’s milk, Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk contains 0.3% butterfat or the natural fatty constituent of cow’s milk. Aside from its high calcium, protein, vitamins and mineral contents, Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk’s unique Ultra High Treatment (UHT) process allows to preserve the milk’s quality and safety. Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk also possesses greater benefits for your health, that’s why making it a part of your active lifestyle will help you achieve your wellness goals.  

REPAIR YOUR MUSCLES AND LOSE BODY FATS

Adding Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk in your daily regimen will aid in repairing your muscles after a strenuous exercise. Additionally, studies also suggest that consuming non-fat milk like Jolly Cow following a resistance exercise helps in promoting losses in body fat as compared with soy or sports drinks.

Athletes and work out warriors won’t only find nourishment in Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk’s delicious taste, it’s also a great post-exercise rehydration aid. Along with a healthy lifestyle, Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk will help you get fit and recharged while ensuring you’ve got all the essential nutrients that our body needs daily.


PERFECT PARTNER FOR YOUR DAILY REGIMEN

Don’t be confused with all the options that are available around, choosing guilt-free milk should be deliciously simple.  Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk is ready-to-drink and is an ideal breakfast companion for cereals, oatmeal, or an ingredient for a variety of recipes for baking or cooking. And since Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk is sourced from one of the world’s strictest European quality controlled sources, each drop is guaranteed richer, creamier, and tastier, that’s why it also makes the perfect partner for coffee and smoothies.

Available in one-liter size, Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk has a variety of usage & essential nutrients, so there’s no reason why you should run out of Jolly Cow Non Fat Milk in your pantry!

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Jolly Cow is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines. It is available in 3 variants – Fresh Milk, Non-Fat Milk, and Chocolate Milk. Jolly Cow is available in all leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide. For more information about Jolly Cow, visit www.facebook.com/JollyCowPh

Jeunesse Anion : What's Your Mood?

March 5, 2019

What’s Your Mood?
Your period cycle always affects your feelings. This Women’s Wellness Month, let Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner help you through sluggish days, sticky situations, and avoiding emotional conflicts

When a woman is unreasonable, it’s easily tagged as “that time of the month”. It can often be unfair, especially because there is more to this than what the men in our lives like to assume.

Our period cycles span almost an entire month and every few days, something changes in our body. Hormone levels can change dramatically, depending on where we are in our cycle. That’s why there are days when we feel like we can do anything and days when we just want to stay home with a bag of chips and Netflix.

Here’s a short break down of what happens during a woman’s period cycle:


The Beginning Days 1-2: 
The first day of your cycle is the first day of your period. Tissue and blood lining your uterus is the blood otherwise known as your period. Estrogen is low and women often experience fatigue and cramps. You might not feel like it but these days would be good days to exercise. Your mood might not be so great and your energy level is low.

Feel Good Days 3-5: 
Estrogen begins to increase towards the end of your period. This hormone helps boost endorphins or your brain’s “feel good” chemicals. The same one that is released during exercise. Your energy also rises along with the rise in estrogen and ultimately this is you feel more upbeat at this time.


On Top of the World Days 6-9: 
With your estrogen up, you are sure to feel more beautiful and energetic. And it’s no wonder because your skin is glowing and your face looks more symmetrical. Testosterone also rises during this time and you are most likely to feel unstoppable and on top of your game.

Bringing Sexy Back
  • Days 10-13: You are now approaching your ovulation which means you are feeling sexiest. You are most fertile during these days and women who want to become pregnant have the best chances of conception when they try at this window until ovulation day. Your orgasms are more intense and are attainable during sex. Estrogen levels are at the highest and women feel best emotionally and physically.

Hello, Ovulation
  • Day 14: For most period cycles, ovulation happens on this day. Ovulation is when an egg is released from the ovary. This egg lives for 12 to 24 hours. There is also a sudden hormone change during ovulation, which may intensify your emotions and tiredness.

Watch What You Eat
  • Days 19-22: Estrogen level begins to drop while testosterone surges if you are not pregnant. Your skin might be producing more oil than usual. This means you might be experiencing breakouts or sensitive skin. This is a good time for you to eat healthy.


Day 23-28: 
If you are not pregnant, your estrogen and progesterone levels continue to drop. You may begin to experience bloating and sluggishness. The quick change in your hormones is also responsible for your quick changes in mood. This is a good time for you to boost your serotonin levels through exercise and to cope with breast soreness. You should also reduce your intake of sugar, make sure to stay hydrated, and reduce your caffeine intake.

An unfertilized egg will soon leave your body together with the uterine lining that your body created in preparation for possible pregnancy. Once your period begins, you go back to Day 1 in the period cycle.

Jeunesse Anion pads help with the cramping and dysmenorrhea through the anions released by the strip. These anions “bind to the positively charged ions (of the body) which restricts the movement through the ion channel,” says the research result of Yasmin EndaƱol, UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry. “If there are no ions available for movement, the channels will remain closed, and signals will not be transmitted. Thus, pain felt by the user during dysmenorrhea is lessened to a minimum.”



Show in photo from L-R: Original Sound Track Artists Cristina Mabaquiao & Nina Yzabel Sengson; With Actors Francesca Julia Go & JV Cruz; Micah Mesa & David Reyes and Husband & Wife Jal & Kat Galang

This year, Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner wants to help women and all the men in their lives understand what happens during the 28-day cycle. #PeriodStory is a short series with 4 can’t-miss romantic comedy videos that’s sure to relate with all the women who’ve encountered mishaps because of their monthly visitor—and the men who’ve had to learn a thing or two about being a woman!

Watch out for this short series by liking Jeunesse Anion on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JeunesseAnion/ today.


Available at Watsons, Mercury Drug Stores, and other leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide, Jeunesse Anion also offers ultra-day non-wing, ultra-day pad, ultra-night pad, all-night pad, and panty liner to help every woman to go through their period with ease and comfort.  For hassle-free shopping with the convenience of delivery straight to your doorstep, visit www.honestbee.ph, www.lazada.com.ph and www.shopee.ph.

Wellgold International Inc. distributes Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners and currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug and South Star Drug outlets, SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket and selected department stores, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Waltermart, Landmark Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, plus other selected stores in Visayas and Mindanao. You can also purchase online with free delivery via www.lazada.com.phFor more health tips, visit www.jeunesseanion.com and follow Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube: Jeunesse Anion. For inquiries, email: wellgoldinternational@gmail.com or call (02) 4701294.




You'll know when they're ready: Potty training a 3 year old

February 23, 2019

Hiya, rookie mommas!

It's been a while since I blogged anything about my motherhood journey so I'm very much excited to share my experience with potty training my 3 year old daughter as well as some of my personal tips that I do wish comes handy when it's time for you to potty train your kids too. *wink

Potty training has been one of my frustrations because it's something that I don't really know how to do. I've probably read all the tips the internet can offer but none of them really worked for me and my daughter. I've asked for tips from my grandmother and my mother-in-law, tried it but didn't work for us as well.

I'm not an expert on this matter but one thing I realized, and what we should all realize is that our kids are different and they just have their own way of telling us whey they are ready for something new or maybe a new milestone.

For us, I am not really sure how early or how late we are in potty training. I've seen a lot of kids who are potty trained at 2 and some are as late as 5 years old. And I am one of those mommas who have fancied buying cute little potties but never did my daughter used them.

One item I discovered that jumped start our potty training is this soft potty baby seat that I saw while we were shopping in SM Department Store in North Edsa branch.



I was fascinated by this to be honest and I didn't hesitate to get one. The sales lady offered me this Hello Kitty version. My daughter is familiar with Hello Kitty and I thought maybe seeing the cartoon character might encourage her to use it.


The size fits a standard sized toilet so you don't have to worry about it not fitting  your toilet.

Signs of readiness.

Arya is already used to just wearing underwear but she always peed on them. When we started potty training using this potty seat, I immediately noticed some changes on her behaviours when she is a bout to pee.

  1. She will repeatedly touch her peepee before peeing.
  2. She will cross her legs and walk back and fort as if looking for a spot where she could pee.
  3. She suddenly doesn't like to wear diapers during the day.
Whenever any of the above mentioned happens, I will ask her is she wants to pee. She usually don't answer but I still take her to the toilet. I'll put the potty seat on and will let her sit on it. We're successful making her pee this way. I'll grab the bidet and she'll be the one to flush the toilet.

I let her see herself peeing while she's on the potty seat so that she can remember that that where she is supposed to pee.

We have been doing that for probably a week and just recently, she started saying "wiwi" whenever she wants to pee. Sometimes, there's no signs that she's about to pee so I make sure that I ask her or take her every after a few minutes or hour. It's definitely a milestone for us on potty training her.

We haven't tried making her poop though and that's where I am having difficulty with because she's just used to pooping standing up and hiding behind the curtains. Whenever I see her almost poop-face and try to take her to her potty, she just wouldn't poop in it.

Suddenly, all my potty training frustrations went away and just realized that maybe, when I was training her before, she was just not ready for it yet. And now that she's becoming more interactive and becoming more verbal on the things she likes, it kind of made it easier for us to do the training as well.

I honestly think that consistency is the key and just feeling and making sure that they are ready for it.

Advice:

Don't force it. Or maybe don't start too young? I don't know. I think, the proper age for potty training is when they can fully understand things we say and why we say it. Why it happens and such. It should not be frustrating and it shouldn't be complicated for you and your child but it should be a shared fun and learning experience.

Wishing you well on your potty training journey!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Keep trying and you'll get there, that's for sure!



Be a member of First Time Moms PH and GET an exclusive 15% coupon code for Kidscompany!

February 21, 2019


Hiya, rookie mommas!

I'd like to invite you to join our growing community of first time moms on Facebook - First Time Moms PH. We jus hit 10,100 members as of publishing this blog post.

With this news, I'd also like to share with you that we have officially partnered with www.kidscompany.com.ph to give you the awesomest sale and coolest toy products that they can offer. Along with this is that they are giving 15% off for all FTMPH members. If you're interested, all you have to do is to join our Facebook community, send a message to our admins so you can use the coupon code. The discount code can be used up to 5x per account and will be applicable to regular priced items.

I have personally shopped at kidscompany even way waaaay before they have partnered with me because I am just too lazy to go out and also because I am working from home so it's kind of super convenient for me that I can just shop online for toys knowing that they are the suppliers of bigger toy companies in the Philippines. *wink

So, there you go! Happy shopping!


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH