Mushroom Growing Experience

It’s been a while since my last garden update as I’ve been busy with everything.  I’ve even become busier now that we have a first grader who is attending whole day face-to-face classes.

That doesn’t mean though that we stopped gardening. We still have a vegetable garden but it is not as productive as last year because we also have chickens who keep on feasting on our plants when they are set free to roam the backyard.

Anyway, my husband got interested in growing mushrooms and recently we tried our hands at it. I’m sharing our experience in this post.

We used our old shoe rack where we layered moist dried banana leaves, madre de cacao leaves (Gliricidia sepium), and mushroom spawn. We ordered the spawn of straw mushroom (locally called kabuteng saging)  here. We highly recommend this seller as they are prompt in shipping our order.

Amazon's Free Shipping to the Philippines

I have been wanting to shop from Amazon for the longest time but I'm too stingy to pay for the exorbitant shipping fee so I have not pursued that desire of mine then. So when I read the news about Amazon's free shipping to the Philippines, my heart skipped a bit because I can finally shop without having to worry about the shipping cost.

So how to shop without having to pay for the shipping? It's simple! Just make sure the total cost of your items is $49 USD and above. That's less than 3,000 in Philippine peso.

My Experience with Amazon

I placed my order on October 20. I paid my order using my HSBC MasterCard. Note that the credit card conversion from US dollar to Philippine peso is higher than the current exchange rate. In my case, the total cost of my order was $50.62 and my credit card was charged Php 3074.52. That is more than Php 60 for $1 USD.

Below are the items I ordered.

Review: Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel

Luxe Organix Rosewater Soothing Gel is one of the first products I've tried from the brand along with Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen. The first time I purchased this, I got the pouch only since I wasn't sure if it will work for me. I wouldn't want to purchase the entire tub only to find out after a few weeks that it's not making me happy.

Fortunately, the product is good enough for me hence I decided to buy the bigger size after I used up the pouch. I've been using this moisturizer for more than two months now so I think it's time for a review.


Luxe Organic Rosewater Soothing Gel helps and keeps skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the day. It Controls oil production and reduces appearance of enlarged pores. Infused with Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and Galactomyces.

Review: Luxe Organix Power Glow Creamy Whip Cleanser

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The product is paid for by the reviewer.

Since I became pregnant in 2015, I haven't used any chemical cleanser because I'm conscious of how it will affect the developing baby inside my tummy and later on when I was breastfeeding him. Even when my son stopped breastfeeding, I didn't think of switching from organic soaps to other cleansers because it didn't cross my mind . Besides, I barely even had the time for a proper bath because I always rush to be with a clingy boy.

But now that my son is older and I have the time to really look at myself in the mirror, I realized that my skin is not looking the way I want it to look. It looks older than my age and is rough, dull and unhealthy. I searched various products and read reviews to find out what to use.

Since I'm happy with Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen, I decided to try other products from the brand. I asked for recommendation from their online consultant through Instagram and they've been helpful in my quest for the right product that will suit my needs and skin concerns.

I've been using the Power Glow cleanser for three months already so I think it's time for my review.


Luxe Organix Power Glow Creamy Whip Cleanser cleanses face without the stripping feeling. Developed with Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate and Vitamin C to reduce signs of aging. It promotes a brighter complexion by reducing impurities and increasing collagen production revealing a healthier glow.

Review: Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The product is paid for by the reviewer.

I've been hearing about Luxe Organix for a long time but only became interested recently after seeing the FB page of Senyora promote it. Yes, I've been following that page for years and the posts always make my day. Whoever is behind that page is a really smart and funny person.

Going back to the topic, Luxe Organix Aqua Daily Sunscreen is the latest sunscreen brand I have tried. I've been using it everyday for a little over a month so I think it's time that I do a review.


Luxe Organix Sunscreen is an aqua rich, lightweight, and water-resistant sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection with SPF 50 PA+++ for UVA and UVB. Its quick absorbing and non-greasy formulation makes it perfect for everyday use and even suitable for sensitive skin. Made with additional benefits of Aloe Vera extract to keep skin supple and hydrated throughout the day!