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Dad & Daughter Bonding : Learning Through Play

June 15, 2019

(To our awesome Dads and our awesome single Moms!)

One of the things that I am thankful for this Father's Day is that I have a loving and hard working husband and father to my daughter, Arya. Growing up, I didn't have a father figure in my life and so I believe that I have missed out on a lot of Father - Daughter experiences and milestones.

I was one of those kids in school who doesn't have a dad to show up during family day, or the kid who couldn't complete the family tree because a dad is missing in our family. I guess, I do have a lot of negative experiences growing up because a dad was never in the picture.

Having Arvin, my husband as a partner in life is really something that I am grateful for. Sure, we fight on petty things but we still make up and we always put our daughter first no matter what.

So I thought, this Father's Day, why don't I share some of Arvin and Arya's bonding time with you and you can also share yours in the comments below. *wink

They say, learning through play is best when you have someone to play with. Arya is really lucky in that area because I'm a full time mom and I work from home - for four years now so she always have someone to play with. However, it's different with her dad, Arvin can get really busy most days and sometimes he would come home too late and too tired to play with her and he would just prefer to sleep and relax while playing online games or Netflix.

It gets to me sometimes because I do want them to have their daily bonding time but I can't just force that out of the two of them. So, whenever we get that weekend off, or a holiday, or a new toy they both like, we take advantage of those moments and make sure they create memories out of those experiences, because I know that it will help Arya a lot growing up because I know since I've missed those times with my own dad.

Arvin was a toy junkie. When I met him, he owns a lot of collector items toys from Japan, etc. I'm not an enthusiast so I wouldn't know what kind of toys are they but when we got married and had Arya, he had to gave that up. Sell them so we can save for Arya's needs and other expenses. 

And so we recently got the Hot Wheels Action Trackset and Monster Trucks from Hot Wheels, Richprime Global, and Kids Company and he was just above and beyond happy and excited. He was so happy receiving the gift box with his name and all and special letter and asked me if it was my doing. Haha! I was like, Nah, you're just lucky because it's Father's Day. 

Arya was seriously as excited as her dad too! Assembling tracks and playing cars and trucks was never the kind of play and bonding they've done before so it's good that they have a new experience to share.

I, too got excited and played with them. I think this might be the start of us collecting Hot Wheels toys. Haha! Arya's grandfather was a Hot Wheels collector too and he got the old styles and promised to bring them on his next visit so they could play with the new trackset.

If you're looking for a new fun way to play with your kids, drop those gadgets and pick up their fave toys and just simply play and be with them during that time. It's at times like this that their learning is more developed because they're not only playing but also interacting with their family.

Do you have what it takes to be the champion? Ignite your Challenger Spirit with your kid by joining the Hot Wheels - Dad and Me Photo Contest!

Hot WheelsToy Kingdom PH and Great Image are giving away up to Php 90,000 worth of prizes! Visit for more details.

Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 9116, series of 2019.

Rookie Mommy PH - Happy Father's Day, everyone!

[FULL REVIEW] Althea Korea A'BLOOM Collection!

May 12, 2019

Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요) !!! wonderful mommas! I'm back with another Korean product review from Althea! I know it has been a while and I really took my sweet time before I make a blog post of Althea Korea's newest collection - A'Bloom so that I can make an honest to goodness review.

Oh, and since I am publishing this post on May 12, 2019, let's greet everyone a Happy Mother's Day! 

Althea's A'BLOOM collection consists of their (finally!) very own sheet masks, beauty puffs or sponges, and a BHA Blackhead blaster. 

I am a HUUUUUGEEEEE fan of sheet masks so I'm definitely over the top when I heard they were launching their own masks and I was super excited when the package actually arrived. 

So, let's get to it. 

My Skin Type:
Overly sensitive skin
Dry skin
Eczema prone skin
Breakout prone skin - when it's dry season

AC-ME-PEACH was the first sheet mask I tried when the package arrived because I did have a few small zits on my forehead that night. 

I usually put my sheet masks on the freezer before I use them so it's much cooler when applied on the skin.

Before anything else, I usually gravitate towards hydrating sheet masks versus correcting sheet masks because of my skin type, and most of the time, correcting sheet masks do more harm on my skin - like activate my eczema and dry skin more because of its ingredients so I didn't expected that much from this mask.

and then, I WAS WRONG!

This mask made the zits on my forehead disappear overnight! NO JOKE! Walang halong biro! What's more to love is that it did not irritate my skin at all. No redness or any tingling feeling right after using the mask and it was very hydrating on my skin.

Another plus for me is that since the mask is a Tencel kind of sheet mask, it's more thicker and can adhere to the skin much better than just your regular sheet mask. Tencel sheet masks are by the way usually much more expensive. I've been using Tencel sheet masks for a long time and a piece usually costs around P150.00 per mask depending on the brand and the A'BLOOM sheet masks only costs P20.00. What a steal! 

I used SPARKLE - ME - BRIGHT on the second night because I just thought it would be good for my newly dried pimples so there will be little to no after marks. There's no surprise here. This sheet mask totally did its job well. 

I put the sheet mask on my skin and leave it on for about a good 15 - 20 minutes max. Go over that time and you'll feel the mask pulling out the moisture off of your skin. 

I did immediately saw its brightening effect right after taking off the sheet mask on my skin. No redness or tacky feeling whatsoever. It was very pleasant and hydrating as well.

It's the AVO - CUDDLE - ME on the third day. Out of all the sheet mask on the collection this is my least favourite because I did feel like it didn't do anything noticeable on my skin unlike the other sheet masks. I had a feeling that, maybe because I do use other skin nourishing and hydrating products on my skin care routine that it masked the effects of this sheet mask.

Nonetheless, this mask did not irritate my skin. No redness or itchy feeling after using it.

I was saving probably the best for last on my last day of trying out the sheet masks. This WATER - ME - LONG truly lived up to its promise. Since I'm all nothing but love and kisses for any product that is hydrating then this one is no exception for me.

It was super hydrating and surely plumped up my skin before bed time. It smells incredibly good too, like how I wish I could licked the serum off the sheet - that good!

I have a tiny face and am not expert on putting on sheet mask but this is how I looked like for the last 4 days of trying the sheets masks out for myself. No doubt about it, it's definitely a game changer. The quality of these masks are up top! And at P20.00 I'd definitely be hoarding these masks! And so should you!

The A'BLOOM collection also released their own make-up puffs called Meringue Puffs. These are so cute! They have it in tiny puffs - for concealers and precision correction and the giant puff which is by the way my new fave make-up puff.

A few things I noticed when I used it the first time,

Here's what it looked like after dumping it on a water and squeezing the water out of the puff. It's definitely bouncy, not too soft and not too hard, the puff is perfect enough to give you that airbrush finish. *Apologies as I did not include the before and after photo of me on this with a make-up on because my toddler was running around with an open bottle of foundation while I was doing this. >.<

I find it perfect to use on watery or liquid base foundation but it does absorbs the product quickly and a LOT. Like, it could absorb almost half of a one pump liquid foundation on my skin. So, maybe for some it could mean that it's a waste of foundation. For me though, what worked for me is I already applied small dots of foundation on my face versus putting a big pump on my hand and dumping the puff on and off. The first one was more effective of achieving that airbrush finish versus the latter.

The Giant puff is P100.00 and Tiny puff at P140.00. Super affordable for the kind of quality that you will get out of these puffs. I'd say it's definitely worth your moolah.

The last one on the A'BLOOM collection is this BHA Blackhead Blaster that promises to melt down your blackheads and whiteheads gently, with no pain and irritation at all.

One of the many things that I love about this one is how handy and hygienic this product is. I mean, look at that cover! That's the first time I've seen anything like that for this kind of skincare product.

I've used AHA and BHA's as part of my skincare routine because they're very effective on my skin type, so long I use it  once or twice a week.

My skin is very sensitive to any product that has Tea Tree on it and this one has that so I was a little bit worried on how my skin would react but it did surprisingly well on my skin.

No redness or irritation at all. Although I do have this tight feeling on my skin right after using it. It does what it's supposed to do and I even put this on my zits and they do dry out pretty fast overnight so it's really a good product for me.

I was able to try it for three times now and I don't see any negative reaction on face so, it's really a good one for me. This BHA blaster will only cost you P200.00 so I suggest you go grab one now while stock is still available. *Wink

If you want to know more about the A'BLOOM collection, feel free to click here to find out more and purchase for yourself. 

Rookie Mommy PH -  Happy Masking! Seriously grab those sheet masks!

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!

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.

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 or you can also visit their Facebook page at

Rookie Mommy PH - Totally thrilled!

Polly Pocket is back and it's better than ever! (Now available at

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 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,

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!

Rookie Mommy PH - Happy playing!