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A Nanay's Guide on being a Head turner and How to be a Selfie Expert?

August 24, 2016


Hey Rookie Mommas!

Remember those days when you're single and you take tons of selfies? And then suddenly, poof! You got married, had a child and you stopped taking selfies of yourself because this time around, you have tons of selfies with your child. Yung tipong full memory na yung phone mo. PAK!

As a mom, we love taking photos of our child. and ourselves. BUT. Isn't it difficult to take selfies when you're busy taking care of your kiddos at home?

Don't worry, momma. I got you!


Here's Rookie Mommy PH's Guide on How to be a Selfie - Expert 
(even if you're stuck at home doing chores and taking care of your kid)

RULE #1

Find your best angle. even if the baby is around.
Knowing which side of your face will look good on the camera will help a lot when taking your selfie. Check if your best angle works with your smile or your smize. 
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!


PAK! (Right Angle)


PAK! (Left Angle)


PAK! (Top Angle)


PAK! (Bottom? Down? Angle)


PAK! (Front Angle)

See what I did there? Hah! Baby didn't stop me! Now, I honestly think Right Angle works best on me. Don't you think?

RULE #2

Glam up! when the baby is asleep.
I envy you if you have naturally woke-up like this glowing-dewy face. But if not, yo momma, get those foundations, lip and cheek tints you've been storing for ages because before you take that selfie, you gotta glam up!

But first, make sure the baby is asleep...


Zzzzzzzzz........ 3.2.1...GO!


Foundation on! (I used Benefit Hello Flawless on my face)


Bronzer and Blush on! (I used Honolulu bronzer and Nars blush on my face)


Lipstick on! (I used MAC Retro on my lips)


.....aaaaannndddd taddaaahh!!!


PAK GANERN!

It took 5 minutes to glam up myself and another 10 mins to get 17 selfies just to get that perfect shots. at least to my standards. lol

RULE #3

Lighting. ilaw. as in ilaw.
One thing I learned from Photography class is that lighting is everything. However, being a work-at-home mom, most of my time are spent indoors which give a very bad lighting. BUT, I sort of cheat this with a simple bulb lamp. This is something I also use when I have to shoot my stuff for product reviews. I can say that it works, but, the best advice is probably to get yourself proper lighting used for photography. As for me, this is the best that I have. 

Have to be creative!



It works. Trust me. 

RULE #4

Your device. it matters. a lot.
Now, it's pretty much obvious already that my selfies are of low quality. Of course, I don't have that top of the line device to create powerful, sharp selfies. But if I do, I'd definitely get a device with the following specs below:

  1. 16 MP Front Facing Camera. pati pores mo kitang kita dito!
  2. Quick image manipulation. Dahil hindi totoo ang #nofilter.
  3. Selfie - Panorama. Minsan kasi pwede mo rin isama ang buong pamilya sa selfie.

I've been really eyeing Oppo F1s Selfie Expert recently. I've viewed a demo at Ayala Fairview Terraces and immediately thought to sell my current device so I can buy this. Seriously perfect for all the selfies and considering that I am blogging. It is definitely an investment.




So mommas, there you go! I hope I was able to help some of you, especially those who are work at home or stay at home moms to achieve your desirable perfect selfie. We don't have to spend tons of money, you just have to be creative with what you have and how you do it. Of course, taking selfies with our babies is always gonna be fun, messy, and memorable. 

Let's celebrate beauty with our darling babies!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - now trying to remove all the make-up on my face. :P

PAMPERS in partnership with Gymboree’s 40th Anniversary

August 18, 2016

Last Sunday, August 14, 2016, I recently got invited to join and be part of Gymboree's 40th Anniversary and Pampers diaper launch + Mommy Meet-up at Glorietta 5. I was super duper excited because I haven't really been spending too much time outside for myself nor have attended any blogging events because of work.

Happy that I get to meet with some of my mom bloggers squad from The Millennial Panda (RJ Dancel) and Millennial Moms PH (Dette Zulueta)


The Pampers and Gymboree Mommy Meet Up Event was very insightful. It was my first time to attend such event and I was so happy and grateful that I went. 



Mommy Ting inspiring us to be a better mom of ourselves. She's such a wonderful person so sad I didn't get to have a picture taken with her. 


The pool of incredible moms - Michelle Alignay, Say Alonzo, Teresa Dumadag, and Andi Manzano - all sharing their motherhood tips and experience.

Gymboree Philippines

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 36 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 36 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement? which encourages participation in and understanding of each child's development.




Check out Gymboree branches here.

One of the most exciting parts of this event was the launch of the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants. - Pampers' newest diaper line.


I remember when Arya was born, I bought tons of Pampers newborn but eventually, when Arya reached 10 months old, she became super duper active and I was disappointed that Pampers doesn't have a Pants type of diaper so I had to switch to a different brand.

But, lo and behold! Pampers did launched their new Pampers Baby Dry Pants! Perfect timing as Arya just turned 1 year and 1 month old last August 15, 2016. I cannot stress enough how much thankful I am for diaper pants. They make diaper changing time super-duper easy!


The Demo

I get a chance to take a peek with the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants demo and I was just in awe...seriously, guys, you have to do this at home!

Experience Pampers Baby Dry Pants in 3 easy-breezy steps:

STEP ONE: STRETCH, it features and all-round stretchy waistband and flexible leg cuffs to make sure fit ang diaper kay baby that lets her play and move around.



STEP TWO: EASY TO PUT ON, just put one leg at a time and pull-up. Super easy palit unlike taped diapers where you have to ensure baby is lying down para magpantay ang tapes.



STEP 3: EASY TO TEAR OFF, just tear off at the sides and dispose.




The Fun Part



(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X
As you can see, Pamper's magic gel is visible to the eyes. They will be using a blue liquid (to represent our baby's pee) with the same amount for each pour.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Absorption Test
Notice that with Pampers Baby Dry Pants, the absorption is fast and evens out on all sides of the diaper while with Brand X, the pour needs to be slower as the absorption is slow and concentrated in the middle of the diaper.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Absorption Test
Pampers Baby Dry Pants is done absorbing the liquid but Brand X is not yet finish.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Leak Test
This is super cool! My mommy blogger friend - Dette of (millennialmomsph.com) is the one holding the Pampers Baby Dry Pants. She squished and hammered the diaper so hard but no amount of the liquid leaked. Touching the wet part also didn't feel like it is wet, rather a bit cold and dried up pretty fast too! Whereas, as you can see with Brand X, it pretty much leaked all over the place. Yikes!

Oha! Ano amazed na rin ba kayo? Seriously, I never knew that there could be such diaper. I remember the days where I have to deal with so much diaper leak! 

But as to why diaper pants are God sent by the diaper Gods, especially the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants - and why we really need to #MoveUpToPampersPants 


  • When baby become more active, diaper-changing becomes more challenging (No arguments about this)
  • Playtime is vital to baby’s development that’s why we don’t want to interrupt baby during playtime even if there’s a need to change his/her diaper (I wish Moms can also say to our babies that sleep is vital to us)
  • Now with Pampers Baby Dry Pants, your baby can experience unbeatable dryness in easy-palit pants (YAHUH!)




More about the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants

New Pampers® Baby Dry Pants a Soft Touch-Dry Layer and Magic Gel that absorbs liquid 30x its weight, providing your baby with outstanding leakage protection even during active play.

It has a breathable back sheet, for increased comfort and protection against skin irritation.

Price and Availability

Pampers Baby Dry Pants Medium (20’s): 204 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants Large (18’s): 214 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants XLarge (16’s): 214 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants Large (14’s): 214 PHP SRP

The Rookie Mommy PH Diaper Test

  • Absorption
    • 5 STARS
    • The new Pampers Baby Dry Pants sure lives-up to its promise. I put this on Arya from 10 PM - 7:00 AM (I have a night and long sleeper baby) - No Leaks at all.
  • Fit
    • 5 STARS
    • This is the only diaper pants that I tried without Arya getting those "stretch marks" on her belly and thighs. It's very lightweight too!
  • Weight
    • 4 STARS
    • I like that this diaper is very thin and light weight. However, once the diaper is peed-on and full it bulges and becomes really heavy and a bit annoying so I have to switch immediately.
This is my best attempt to take a snapchat of Arya wearing the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants....and I failed...horribly..super kulit!



And so, we at Rookie Mommy PH has finally decided to #MoveUpToPampersPants because it did made our life much easier. I am inviting my fellow mommas to try the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants and see for yourself how this diaper can make your diaper-changing time easy-breezy!

The new Pamper Baby Dry is available on your leading supermarkets in the Philippines and  in Lazada.com



Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - #MoveUpToPampersPants

Me Time, This Time Giveaway!

August 17, 2016

Hiya, Rookie Mommies!

Good news! 
I recently resigned from my full-time work to give way to my full-time work-at-home, mommy and wifey duties, and to my blogging. It's only been 2 days since the effectivity of my last day but I already received tons of blogger deals and I've been signing contracts non-stops! 
I thank the universe for all these!

So, in celebration of me leaving my 8 - hour job into a more fun, exciting, and rewarding life. I am hosting a "Me time, This time" Giveaway!  - Basically, this is a small Mommy Kit where you can take care of yourself while you are at home, and while the baby is sleeping.

What's inside the kit:

1 Gymboree Free Pass (for your kid)
1 HairFix Hair Treatment (2 uses)
1 Khiels BB cream pack (fair shade)
1 Whitening sunscreen by Cathy Doll (sun shield)
1 Triple Rice Soap (exfoliates)
1 Nature Republic Mild Cream (moisturizer)
1 iWhite Nose Pack (bye bye white heads)
1 Sos perfumed body cream (kasing amoy mo na si Solenn)
1 Belo Tinted Sunscreen (dahil kelangan pretty pa din kahit mainit)
1 Dry Shampoo by David Organics (sa panahong nakakatamad maligo)
*surprise lipstick/s

*I'm including other surprises too!

CONDITIONS:

1. Giveaway is open to Metro Manila and Provincial residences.
2. Shipping fee will be shouldered by yours truly via XEND.
3. Giveaway ends on August 19, 2016 (Friday).
4. Announcement of winners on August 19, 2016 (evening) via random.org.
5. Giveaway is open to MOMS only.

MECHANICS:

2. Share this blog post on your wall in PUBLIC SETTING
3. TAG Rookie Mommy Facebook Page
4. WRITE on your caption the answer to this question:
"Why do you need your ME time?"
5. You can share this blog post as many as you like.
6. 1 share = 1 entry


That's it! Spread the word!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - All moms needs their ME time. :)



Making Time For Me: Mindful Mom Re-Treat 3

August 8, 2016

Hey, Rookie Mommas!

I know you're busy with the kids, with the chores, and with the hubby, pero minsan, we do want to take a time off for ourselves. Okay lang yan, wag ma-guilty!

I remember the days when I first started blogging and I discovered Mommy Mundo. My goodness! Naka book mark na ata siya sa phone ko. She helped me a lot, really! When she started Mindful Mom Retreat, I was super excited to join. But, it never did happen. Having a new born and having a full-time work is not really easy. I mean, we already have our inlaws to take care of Arya but it was never that easy still.

So, this coming weekend, finally, F.I.N.A.L.L.Y I am going!



On August 13, 2016, Mommy Mundo invites you to take a moment to surrender all your to-dos and checklists, all your mommy worries and fears, and submit yourself to an intimately quiet afternoon in a sanctuary of peace thinking about something you oftentimes forgotten: your self

The Mindful Mom Re-Treat is a community event focused on refreshing, re-energizing, and re-centering modern mamas. Through a series of activities to be facilitated by Michele S. Alignay, MA, Registered Family Psychologist and mom of two, moms will gain a more insightful knowledge of themselves, allowing them to identify the things most important to them and the factors hindering them from achieving life goals. 

By the end of the afternoon, they would have garnered the tools to become more focused on tasks and more conscious of their goals, helping them become a more mindful person and a more intentional parent.


Mga inay, tara na! Gora na tayooo! See you there!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - A time for myself.

Happy International Lippie Day!

July 27, 2016

Happy International Lipstick Day!

A woman can only have one lipstick - said no woman ever! 

International Lipstick Day is finally happening on July 29, 2016 and for the first time ever, I get to celebrate this awesome event and hey, if you're a lippie junkie, you get to celebrate too as every awesome store I know is throwing us a massive lippie sale! No kidding here.

So, before you drool over my lippie collection on the image above, (and that's just a portion of my collection). Here's a run down of my top 3 stores that is currently having a lippie sale:


Beauty MNL is literally my go to beauty supply store. I even buy my organic shampoos on their site sometimes. Too lazy to go out. They're having massive discount for up to 50% on Loreal, Maybelline, Detail, etc. Better get your hands on some those shades that you've been wanting because these lippies seriously sells like pancakes! or tuyo (fish) para mas relate!



Calyxta is another beauty online store that I'm currently curious with. I haven't tried purchasing from their site but my bff blogger - CJ of frommanilawithlove.blogspot.com referred me to their site and I am actually thinking of purchasing some imported stuff from them. Hopefully they have COD!



Probably the most accessible for us lippie junkies is the SM Beauty Store, seriously, lalayo ka pa ba? Hala sige, sugod na mga beh!


Sharing with you some snapshots of my fave lippies,

MAC Satin Lipstick Retro



Pink Sugar Sugartint Queen Bee



Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Beeper


Kylie Gloss Literally



Kylie Lip Kit Candy K



Sleek True Colour Lipstick Bare All


Somebody, please restrain me from buying more lippies, ugh! Can't help it! >.<

Happy lippie hoarding!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy International Lippie Day!

1st Birthday Celebration: #AryaTurns1

July 22, 2016

Whew! It's been a week since Arya's birthday and I barely had the time to get through it or even to blog about it. I'm turning into this kind of Mom who's too busy at work. Jeeez!

But, as everybody says, if there is a will, there is a way!

Sharing with you the photos and full costings on my daughter's first birthday. Ehem! We didn't really splurge on this too much as we had a huge Game of Thrones Christening party two months ago with everybody being there. This party is more for the family and some people who didn't get to come on Arya's Christening.

Breakdown:

Food & Venue:
Kenny Rogers, Fairview Terraces = P425.00/30pax = P12,750.00
1 Hour venue extension = P1,000.00

Sesame street 3d Cake by Red Ribbon = P1,550.00

Host & Balloons:
Host = P1,000.00
Balloons = P500.00

Giveaways:
Swiss Army Perfume (from Fragrance Factory 100ml) = P350.00
28 slim bottles (from Fragrance Factory 10ml) = P8.00/piece = P224.00
28 pcs container box (from Fragrance Factory) = P2.00/piece = P56.00

Popcorn & Cups:
40 pcs from SM Fairview Cooking and Bakery store = P40.00/10 pieces = P120.00
6 packs of Caramel Popcorn from SM Supermarket = P28.00/pack = P168.00

Sesame street Tarpaulin:
Design = Free (Hubby made it)
Printing = P150.00 

Total Spent: P17,868.00 Oha, hindi na masama!

Honestly, if I had the time I would make this a full blown birthday party with so many effects and fountains at kung ano ano pang pakulo but I had to deal and work with I have. I've been feeling a bit guilty lately because I'm focusing too much on work that I barely have time to focus on more important things. Sometimes, a day or two would go by without me seeing Arya because I come home late at night and leave too early in the morning. 

But, I'm making this pact with myself that on her 7th Birthday, I'll definitely make sure to make that birthday a blast!



Sesame street 3D Cake


Swiss Army perfumes from Fragrance World



Caramel Popcorn!



Mommy and Daddy - Arya was too clingy on that day!


Arya with her Tita Ploopy and Lolo Ramir


Arya with Belle and Abe


Arya with my Mom :)


Arya with her fave Lolo in the world! :)



Arya with Dane and Catt


Arya with her chubby cheeks! Haha!

BTW, if you're cramming for birthday needs, try to join Facebook groups for Birthday Party Needs and I assure you that you'll be able to figure out your party in seconds!

I'll make sure to add that on my next blog post! :)

Xoxo, 
Rookie Mommy PH - 1 year Rookie Mommy