January 31, 2016

Animal Print Blazer

This animal print blazer was hanged in my closet for so long. I bought it years ago but haven't had the chance (it's more like, I haven't had the courage) to wear it because my husband just doesn't like animal prints. He said, it makes me look old and 'something else'. 

As I was hurrying up when I opened my closet, the animal print blazer said, "take me, take me!". I couldn't say no to it for I had no time to think on what to wear for The Mindful Mom Re-Treat. I was super late for the event. Off I went without even brushing my hair (I brushed my teeth though!).
What I wore: 
Imported blazer, H&M leggings, 
Breastfeeding blouse, Janilyn doll shoes.

I'll wear this animal print blazer on my next event with a better ensemble, 
and I promise to brush my hair before leaving home! 

January 30, 2016

The Mindful Mom Re-Treat

It was a busy day yesterday. Juancho had a dance for field demo in school in the the morning, and we were expecting relatives we haven't seen for years in the afternoon. I woke up early to clean the house. I was running since The Mindful Mom Re-Treat morning session starts at 9am. While cleaning the bathroom, I was thinking whether to attend the seminar or not. I felt guilty leaving home but I needed a time out. Finally, I left home 9:10am. I made it at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel 35 minutes late. 

To make the long story short, I'm glad I attended the first ever The Mindful Mom Re-Treat of Mommy Mundo. It was a refreshing and re-energizing event.

Mommy Mundo Founder Janice Villanueva 
Event was facilitated by Michele S. Alignay, MA, Registered Family Psychologist and mom of two
Mommy Mundo Content Head Jing Lejano

Seatmates, from left: Yhanee, Julienne, Chrissie and Johanna
Before the end of the session, I have garnered the tools to become more focused on my tasks and more conscious of your goals, and helped me be a more mindful person and a more intentional parent.


Take home goodies from partner brands

I hope you moms out there will be able to join the next The Mindful Mom Re-Treat as it will reinforce your spirit and make you love and appreciate yourself more. I will update you on their next schedule.
Moms went home recharged and happy


January 29, 2016

8 Things to Consider Before You Color Your Hair

Nakakabata nga ba ang lighter hair? After hair coloring at #TheBarlor ... 

Juan:    Mom you look thinner and younger with your new hair color.

Me:     Oh, really? That's nice!

Juan:   Yeah, you look like 36 now.

Me:     36! That's just minus 6 of my age.

Juan:   Ok, ok, maybe around 24.

Me:    Ah, bola na yan anak!

Juan:  What, mom?

Me:    Nothin'. Let's just eat, I'm hungry.

I know the feeling when white/gray hair shows. Or maybe you just want to have a new image. Here are 8 Things to Consider Before You Color Your Hair:

1. Color can be hard on your strands so think of your hair health before doing a  dye job. It is important that you go to a trusted salon and hairstylist so you get an honest to goodness answer whether your hair can stand the chemical or not.

2.  It's important to consider how much money you are willing to spend. Ask beforehand the salon's rate for hair coloring because you do not want to be surprised when it’s time to check out.

3.  Time is of the essence when coloring the hair. Depending on the hair coloring that you require,  you might be going to the salon very regularly.

4.  Be clear of the color category that you want. Clarify exactly what you want so ou don't end up feeling mad when after the treatment.  Best thing to do is to bring in photos of what you want so you and your colorist both share your vision.

5. It's best not to wash your hair ahead of time so the hair's natural oil will protect it from damage or dryness from the grueling color process.

6. After you color your hair, you must make sure your shampoo and conditioner are made for color-treated hair. Toss out any clarifying shampoos you'd normally use, which will strip away your new color. 

7. To preserve your hair color, sun protection is a must. Wear whatever you need to do to keep your hair color under wraps, like hats, scarves, and UV-protection sprays.

8.  After you color your hair, soaking your hair in  ocean or pool water is a big no no! Salt water  and chlorine can wreak havoc and will dry out your hair.

January 28, 2016

The Mindful Mom Re-Treat

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, you will gain a more insightful knowledge of yourself, allowing you to identify the things most important to you and the factors hindering you from achieving your life goals.

The Mindful Mom Re-Treat is a takeoff from last year’s Mommy Mundo Mom Manifesto campaign which was developed by Alignay in collaboration with Mommy Mundo Founder Janice Villanueva and Mommy Mundo Content Head Jing Lejano. Participants of the online workshop will find some of the activities similar, but this time around, you will be guided by an expert resource person amidst the company and warmth of fellow moms. By the end of the afternoon, you would have garnered the tools to become more focused on your tasks and more conscious of your goals, helping you become a more mindful person and a more intentional parent.

The Mindful Mom Re-Treat happens on January 30, 2016, Saturday. There will be two scheduled retreats, the first from 9am to 12noon and the second from 1pm to 4pm at the Batanes Function Room, Edsa Shangri-la, Manila.

January 27, 2016

Laking Amazing Kids Event

I used to be a part of the corporate world but when I gave birth to twins, Julia and Rafael, I chose to be a stay-at-time-home mom to give my full attention to my family.  Being a mother is no easy task. especially when it comes to health and nutrition. With the rise of junk food seen on print and television, it can get too overwhelming for parents to feed their little ones nutritious food.

As a responsible and loving mom I make sure to read books and attend events that will benefit my children. Yesterday at Early Bird Breakfast Club in BGC, Nido gathered mom bloggers for Laking Amazing Kids Event for an afternoon of fun, good food and learning.

 Consulation with a nutritionist

Here are some tips to help increase kids'  fruit and veggie consumption:

Make meal times more colorful by mixing green, leafy vegetables with bright-colored ones like carrots and squash. You can also portion it in such a way that there are more fruits into the mix for that added sweetness. 
Keep children away from the TV during meal times and always have them eat on the table to limit distractions and promote good eating manners. 
Be a positive role model and eat healthy food together as a family as kids at a young age are still most likely to copy what they see others do. 
Teach kids healthy food choices by bringing them to the grocery and explaining the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables in a manner they will appreciate. 
Involve them in the kitchen and show them how to prepare quick healthy snacks, so they won’t turn to chips and sweets when they get hungry. 

Protection for Laking Amazing Kids

The ability of children to ward off sickness and disease is also very reliant on the health of their stomach where bacteria thrive. When people think of bacteria, they often think of it negatively. But the truth is, not all bacteria are bad. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria, and whenever there are too much bad bacteria in the tummy, the stomach system is thrown off balance, leaving children weak and vulnerable.  

Ensure that your kids are healthy and protected from within at all times with NIDO® 3+. Specially developed by the best of Nestlé Research, NIDO® 3+ is the only milk brand with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, millions and millions of live good bacteria that are constantly on guard to maintain stomach balance and help strengthen the immune system. 

Aside from Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, NIDO® 3+ also contains other essential nutrients such as Prebio® 3, DHA, ALA, LA, Folic Acid, Taurine, and high levels of vitamins A, B3, C, D, E and Zinc to support overall growth and development. 

For kids 5 and up, there is NIDO® 5+, enriched with CALCI-N® to help build healthy bones by providing better calcium absorption. 

To know more about proper nutrition and protection for kids above 3 years of age, avail of the free consultations with NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+ licensed nutritionists in select groceries and supermarkets nationwide starting February 2016. For more details, visit www.lakingamazing.ph 

NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+ are not suitable for infant feeding and are not breastmilk substitutes.