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How Can You Make Yourself Look Younger Through the Things You Wear?

August 20, 2018

When you hit peak ‘mom status’ and you have more things to worry about on a daily basis that you could have ever imagined, keeping up-to-date with fashion trends isn’t quite as important as it once was. Personal style when you get older is all about understanding what looks good on your body and how it can be revamped in fresh and modern ways. It’s all about adapting, even if you have very little time to yourself.

There are more than one or two ways to freshen up everyday outfits while still being age-appropriate. Here are 3 ways you can make yourself younger through the clothes you wear.

Find the right pair of jeans

Never underestimate the power of a pair of denim jeans that hug you in all the right places. Spend a little more time in the store by feeling out which cut and style suits your body the best. Funnily enough, a hit trend at present is the resurrection of the mom jeans. When it comes to the qualities of what makes a mom jean, Denimology claims the style is usually high waisted, making your bum appear longer and flatter, and the zipper area has a relaxed fit. More brands are coming out with their version of the ultra-comfy jean but have modernized styles with a few embroidery details and patchwork.

Invest in an edgy jacket

Sometimes a single piece of clothing can make all the difference. Throwing on a bomber jacket or a classic biker jacket can make a basic #OOTD effortlessly youthful. BNY Jeans' Back to School Collection is designed for the young at heart and revisits classic favorites that are chic and timeless. Wearing collections like this will help bring out your youthful side due to their creative and on vogue designs.

Show off your legs with a flattering skirt

Go for a sweet and dainty aura for your next outfit by considering a flowy skirt that falls just above your knees. Shapeless skirts that sweep the floor give your whole ensemble a matronly vibe and adds years to your look. Good Housekeeping shares that long skirts are a confidence-zapping outfit that's way too geriatric for anyone under 101. Uplift your Sunday outfit with a billowy or a knife-pleated skirt that looks great in neutral tones and adorable heeled slides.

Choose subtle prints and patterns

Keep minimalist stripes, low-key patterns, and nude hues close when assembling an outfit. Stay away from loud prints and neon colors that are specially reserved for raves, music festivals, and other millennial-appropriate events. The List advises that large prints, especially on a tight clothing item like leggings, are an avoid-at-all-costs look. Bright colors that scream “look at me” attract some weird looks and can sometimes be construed as trying too hard.

Everyday dressing will always be a fun outlet to show your personality no matter what age you are. At the end of the day, go with your instincts and keep an open mind to modern takes on classic fashion favorites. For more tips on how to stay looking young and refreshed, check out our beauty section here on Rookie Mommy.

Good Nutrition Starts Now: Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools Program

August 17, 2018

Good Nutrition Starts Now
Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools Program Aims to Help Develop
Students’ Well-being

Nutrition Education is recognized as one of the most important tools to help promote well-being – through early interventions to help ensure children grow up with good nutrition practices, knowledge and actions. Nutrition Education provides children with the right knowledge about well-being including having a balanced diet, the kind of foods the body needs to achieve good nutrition and the importance of being active, all lessons which children can bring into adulthood.  
      The Case of Nutrition for Filipino Children
Among children in the Philippines aged 5-10 years old, 31.2% are underweight, while those who are overweight are at 8.6%. The National Capital Region (NCR) is also identified as one of the regions in the Philippines with the highest number of overweight and obese children aged 5-10 years old at 17.9%. (Food and Nutrition Research Institute National Nutrition Survey. 2015). We have the double burden of over and undernutrition among our children, which shows the need for greater nutrition education.  

“To help reverse the trend in obesity or malnutrition, Nutrition Education should start early,” says Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, a renowned health expert in the Philippines and the
former Chairman President and now adviser for the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.

“Indeed, school age presents an excellent window of opportunity for teaching children the basics of proper diet, balanced meals, the value of vegetables and fruits, and inculcating in them proper dietary habits and practices, as well as the need for being physically active through play and exercise. They are very receptive to new knowledge taught them by their teachers,” Dr. Florentino shares.

He continues, “School children religiously follow what their teacher teaches them. At this age, children tend to be less and less dependent on their parents for the food they eat. They choose the food they want to eat. Thus the home provides the venue for practicing what they are taught, and as long as balanced and nutritious food is offered in the family table, optimum growth and development is assured.  The parents then have an important role of supporting what the teacher taught them by offering nutritious and balanced meals on the table, choosing balanced snacks in and outside the home, and providing the opportunity for play and exercise. The knowledge, practices and habits children learn in school will remain with them through adolescence and adulthood,”

Since 1959, the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (NFP) has been operating as an assisting agency complementing and supporting the nutrition efforts of agencies in the government and non-government sectors.  “NFP’s main thrust is Nutrition Education and is the core component of majority of its programs and services. Nutrition education classes discriminate no one and are given to various groups in the communities to provide them knowledge on health and nutrition,” explains Lenliegh Hope Luces, NFP Acting Assistant Executive Director.
“Topics discussed include but are not limited to: the basic food groups, meal planning and food preparation, food safety, utilization of edible wastes, nutrition in the life cycle, environmental sanitation, livelihood opportunities, and nutritional management of diseases. We also use different methodologies such as role-playing, workshops, games, and cooking demonstrations are to make the class interactive and participative,” Luces reveals.

To further promote public health nutrition among the population and help alleviate nutrition problems in the Philippines, the NFP joined the regional South East Asia Public Health Nutrition Network (SEA-PHN), a partnership of key stakeholders in the region, namely nutrition societies, government agencies and corporate companies. Under the partnership between the SEA-PHN and Mondelēz International in Southeast Asia, the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines partnered with the snacking company to implement the Good Nutrition Key to Healthy Children module, a nutrition education project of the Network, for the Company’s community program, the Joy Schools.  

Partnering with Mondelez Philippines for the Joy Schools Program
Established in 2013, the Joy Schools program of Mondelēz International across Southeast Asia has been adopting public elementary schools. This aims to empower young children to take positive steps towards their overall well-being focusing on Nutrition Education, Physical Activity and Access to Nutrient Fresh Foods.

  Shanahan Chua, the Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of the Company described the Joys Schools program and what it aims to achieve, “Through the Joy Schools, we are helping empower communities to lead balanced lifestyles thereby helping address nutrient needs for at-risk populations – all of which also help support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Since it started in the Philippines in 2013, our Joy Schools program is now implemented by our Company in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, all following the same program structure. I’m proud to say that this 2018 we have adopted 16 new Joy Schools all over Southeast Asia.”

     Chua continues, “We have partnered with the Philippine Business for Social Progress for our Joy Schools program locally to provide access to fresh food and promote the importance of active play. In school year 2017-2018, 88% of 400 students who benefitted from the Joy Schools’ daily 9-month lunch feeding program have gained weight, while 80% saw an increase in height. Donations of much-needed sports equipment have also been made to the schools to help promote active play.”

       He added “For nutrition education, we partnered with the NFP to implement their Good Nutrition Key to Healthy Children for our three current adopted Joy Schools in Metro Manila. The program began in July 2018 and will continue to March 2019, covering Grade 3 students, who will be taught basic nutrition knowledge and good nutrition practices. We know the importance of early nutrition education to help develop good health habits in the future. Through the NFP, we are helping provide this knowledge to children in our adopted schools.”  

At the end of the program, both Mondelēz International and the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. aim to see an extensive improvement of the knowledge, action and practices of the students when it comes to good nutrition.

DIY your kid's special events with!

August 6, 2018

Hey, rookie mommas!

Preparing for a special event for your little ones? Fear not, is here to help you ace that DIY party celebration., the newest project of, in partnership with The Ayala Malls, is an online and on-ground platform designed to help loving parents create beautiful events for their precious little ones.

They will be having a series of events so you can check them out on these dates and places:

Next stop is Fairview Terraces this coming weekend!

Don't miss it!

Rookie Mommy PH - Looking forward for another DIY party celebration.