Review: Skin Genie Natural Moisturizing Water Lotion

I've been religiously using organic shampoo and on-and-off organic soaps for years now but it's the first time I laid my hands on local organic lotion - a water lotion to be exact.

I've come to know Skin Genie Natural Moisturizing Water Lotion through BeautyMNL. It has some positive reviews so I got one hoping that it'll become a favorite since it is also organic and affordable too.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A lightweight, non-greasy skin conditioner with intense moisturizing properties

FAST FACTS: Nourishes skin without leaving it oily; protects against environmental damage with antioxidant-rich hibiscus extract; soothes, refreshes, and hydrates with aloe vera, sea minerals, and cucumber extract; boosts elasticity and fights free radicals with vitamin E; helps treat troubled skin with horsetail water plant extract; tones and firms skin with pelan silt

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My first attempt at flower photography. 😁

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Homecooked. From fresh goat meat to this delicious kaldereta.

What Are Your Secrets to a Long Lasting Relationship With Your Loved One?

Every woman who are in a relationship, and even those who are still looking, have one thing in common - that the one they currently have, or the one they are going to find will be their "forever". But finding someone to spend the rest of your life with may not be very easy, more so keeping the relationship last.

Love, of course, is the biggest factor in every relationship. How can you be with the person when love don't exist? Or when love is one-sided? Love should be a mutual feeling for a relationship to last. But being in a long-term relationship and now happily married, I realized that love is NOT THE ONLY element for a long lasting relationship. Couples should have...

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ACCEPTANCE AND RESPECT for each other. It is important for couples to accept and respect each others beliefs, choices and even your partner's pasts. It shouldn't cause a rift when your partner's opinion is different from yours nor can your partner force you to vote for Presidential Candidate A when you believe that Presidential Candidate B is the better choice. Also, respect is earned, not forced so be the best person you can be to earn not just your partner's respect but others' around you as well. Acceptance and respect are always associated with...

Ninja Van Experience

Online shopping can be a life-saver especially if you have no time to go to the mall or if you live in the province and the products you want or need are not available near you. And since you never have to spend for your transportation, snacks, etc., online shopping can save you money as well especially if you buy in bulk. I have been shopping online for years and just recently, I made a purchase from BeautyMNL for the very first time. I know the shopping site has been around for years but I only purchased now since I have finally found the products that I like and need.

I had great shopping experience with BeautyMNL - from scouting the products, filling my virtual shopping cart and paying. Additionally, I had great experience with the courier too - Ninja Van. It was the first time I heard about the said courier and I was kinda hesitant that they will deliver on time, or if they will deliver in my area at all since I had my order shipped to our house which is outside Iloilo City. I'm glad that they did and I couldn't be more satisfied.

Below, I outlined what I like and dislike about Ninja Van.

LIKES

  • They deliver on time - not the fastest courier but they deliver within the time frame they promised.
  • Shipment is guaranteed safe and ensures that you receive your parcel. In the event that you are not available to receive your parcel, your authorized recipient needs to show the code the company provided via text message in order for the delivery man to release your parcel to that person.
  • The delivery man contacts you (through text message) before they deliver to your specified address.

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Like a kid on Christmas...

BeautyMNL Haul and Shopping Experience

My journey to motherhood is definitely one for the books. I prepared for it - mentally, emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually, but it can get really tiring in the long run especially if you are alone with your child almost the whole day. Working (online) at night or whenever my child is asleep, breastfeeding, changing nappies and looking after my son when he's awake left me with no time for myself. I cannot even eat properly, take a bath longer than 10 minutes, more so get an uninterrupted beauty rest every night.

Less than a year after I gave birth, my pregnancy glow disappeared as well as the weight I worked hard for prior to my pregnancy. From my ideal weight of 50 - 52 kilos, I went down to 45 kilos. My under eye circles became darker, my face thinner and without a glow. I honestly felt ugly and I sometimes dread going out of the house because I do not want others to see me in that state. 

Honestly, I haven't fully recovered yet and still working on gaining back the weight I shed but I am grateful that I am no longer as depressed with my looks as before. I can look in the mirror now and smile at what I am seeing... and this is how this haul came to happen (LOL!). Now that I can spare a bit more time for my skin care regimen, I got a bit addicted to finding products appropriate for my needs.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been visiting beautyMNL.com almost everyday to "window" shop and read reviews of the products I consider buying. And after adding and deleting products off my virtual shopping cart, I finally clicked the checkout button and proceed with my order using my HSBC Mastercard. I actually have tried placing an order in the past using the same credit card but for some reason, my order cannot go through so I ordered elsewhere out of frustration. Thankfully, my order went through this time around so I'm one happy mama.

My order came in a ziploc bag aside from the courier's packaging.

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Thankful that my little boy is not choosy with his toys... for now.

Review: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

It's been while since my last beauty product review and I honestly miss it - from testing the product and then taking product photos to writing and posting the review itself. But if you're a hands-on mama with an active toddler and no house helper, you can't even take a bath properly much more focus on beauty products you use.

But now that the husband has decided to leave his 9-5 job in the office to work from home like me, I'm hoping that I'd be able to do more reviews in the days to come.

In this post, I'll be reviewing one of the Korean skin care products I recently tried - the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Absorb sebum and purify pores with Jeju's volcanic cleansing foam 

1. A pore-cleansing foam containing Jeju volcanic scoria that strongly absorbs sebum and purifies clogged pores 
2. Volcanic scoria--One of Jeju's natural ingredients 

Jeju volcanic scoria is an alkaline substance with pH level similar to the human body. It is an ingredient free from impurities.



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My one-year old is scared so we just watched it go round and round.

Anti-Dengue Arsenal

Being sick or having someone in the family suffer any form of sickness can be hard. What more if the disease is as serious as dengue? I have seen family and friends faced this threat and I wouldn't want anyone, especially my loved ones, to go through it. That is why I feel like a mad mama each time I see a mosquito hovering around my son. But then, mosquitoes can be persistent. They are ready to attack a few seconds after you divert your attention somewhere else.

With this, I believe I need something that will keep my family and myself protected all the time. Here is the complete list of the items included in our anti-dengue arsenal.


Human Heart Nature Bug Shield Oil
This variant is G6PD-safe so this is a must-have for us since my son has G6PD deficiency. The scent is okay in my opinion but since I'm not a big fan of applying oils, I would love it if they'll come up with a water-based variant. This 100ml bottle costs Php 169.75 online, Human Heart Nature branches and dealers nationwide.

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Waiting for the danger to pass.

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One slice of each please...

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Dulgies (Valeria) used to be our after-work hang out place when we were still dating and we felt sad when they closed the said branch. But we're glad to know that they have transferred to a better location and is just a ride-away from my town.

Book Depository Shopping Experience

A few weeks ago, my husband was lamenting how we was not able to pre-order a book he has been waiting to come out and now that it is out, the price of the said book increased to around 50% of its pre-order price. He is planning to order in the coming days but since it is his birth month, I decided to order it for him instead.

The book, World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2, is available in BookDepository, an online bookstore based in the United Kingdom. While it is based abroad, I have no qualms in ordering due to the following reasons:

  • free delivery worldwide with no minimum order required.
  • various modes of payments including VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, VISA Debit, VISA Delta, Maestro, Electron as well as Paypal. For this purchase, I use my HSBC MasterCard.
  • the site is safe and reliable.
  • delivers to the Philippines in less than a month.


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We wake up to the sound of the birds almost everyday. Rural life suits us!

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 The Pout Pout Fish from Book Depository
I gave him this book spick and span. A couple of days after, it looks like it has been handed down from his ancestors. :D

Locally Made Organic Insect Repellents


It's rainy season once again! And with rain comes... MOSQUITOES! During rainy season, we see an increase in dengue cases all over the country and everyone can be a victim, young and old, and even celebrities. Remember when the taping of the now defunct series "Be Careful with my Heart" got affected when the lead star Jodi Sta. Maria suffered from dengue? It goes to show that dengue chooses no one. So it is always important that we protect ourselves and our loved ones from these dangerous creatures.

There are many ways to prevent dengue outbreak. One of course is to keep our surroundings clean. Breeding places of mosquitoes must be destroyed. Also, we need to avoid areas that are infested with mosquitoes. But sometimes we fail to realize that the danger is lurking just inside the comforts of our home. With this, we need to to make sure that our home is indeed a safe haven for everyone especially for our little ones and that they are always protected wherever part of the house they may be.

In my case, insect repellent products such as lotions, sprays and patches are a must-have. I used to buy chemical insect repellents since they are widely available in my area and they were the most popular back then. But when I learned and tried organic insect repellent products, I never looked back. I prefer organic over chemical or synthetic products because they are safer for humans particularly now that I use them to my son as well.

In case you weren't aware, there are lots of organic insect repellent products from local companies. Find out more about them...

Review: Pampers Baby-dry Pants

Previously, I blogged about EQ Pants and Happy Baby Pants. This time, I will be blogging about the latest diaper pants we have tried, the Pampers Baby-dry Pants.

FEATURES
  • Magic gel for dry and peaceful sleep
  • Air circulation for dry skin
  • Baby lotion helps protect baby's skin
  • Flexible waistband for soft and comfortable fit
  • Wraps your baby's skin with comfort


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Last week when I had the restaurant all to myself. It was a weekday hence no crowd.

July Recap

The month of July has ended and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead for us this August. This month is a special month for our little family since we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary as married couple and 7th anniversary of being together. But, let's leave that topic for later since this post is about the month that has ended.

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I've been craving for this for the longest time so when I had the chance, I immediately grabbed it. Nowhere else but Netong's!

New Ride: Toy Kingdom's Family Mini Trike

A few weeks ago, we bought a trike for my one year and three months old son Lorenzo. I've been meaning to buy a bike/trike for him for the longest time but I was sort of hesitant since I'm not sure if he will actually use it. But having a fairly big boy who weighs more than 10 kilograms, it's a bit of a struggle to carry him around especially if we are not using our baby carrier. Example, if we are going out for our afternoon strolls. I think it is better if we are using something that will give him a better view of the surroundings. We have a Graco stroller he inherited from his cousin but he is no longer keen on using it hence the decision to buy a new ride.

We got this blue and gray trike from Toy Kingdom (Php 2299.00) because I think it got what I want in a trike for my son.

Removable arm rest
This is to protect him from falling off the sit.

with arm rest up

with arm rest down

Review: Happy Baby Pants

Previously, I reviewed EQ Pants - our favorite diaper pants at the moment. This time, I will be reviewing the second diaper pants we have tried - Happy Baby Pants.

I have been seeing this particular brand each time I go grocery shopping but I wasn't too keen in trying since my son is somehow doing good with EQ Pants. However, he gets garter marks and tends to scratch his waist since EQ's waistband is too tight for his "milk belly" so I decided to find something that is more comfortable for him. So Happy Diaper Pants enter the scenario.

FEATURES

Relaxed Waistband
Elastic waistband so gentle that it won't put pressure on baby's waist.

Tailored like an underwear
Designed and shaped like a regular underwear fit for baby's mobility, with ease and comfort.

Quick absorbing material
Soothing to baby's skin and prevents rash.

Dynamic anti-leak system
Quick fluid absorption and prevents leakage.

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Mismatched... and I don't care! Such is the life of a child - carefree and fun.

Review: EQ Pants

Every mom, I think, has gone through the challenging phase of putting on taped diaper to an active toddler. That challenge started for me when my son learned how to crawl. After bathing/washing, I would place him on one side of the bed to put on his diaper but after like one second, he is already on the other side and would crawl away each time I try to get near him. That is why I decided to shift to diaper pants, though I still try to put on his cloth diaper or disposable taped diaper from time to time.

EQ Pants is the first brand of diaper pants we tried since we use EQ Plus and EQ Dry.


FEATURES

360° Snug Fit
Waistband is stretchable and made of soft cottony materials that allow for a comfortable fit even when baby is on the move. Its breathable waistband allows air to flow through, giving baby a fresher feeling while helping prevent irritation and rashes.

Leg Cuffs
Leg cuffs stretches with baby's every move for a snug fit. It also prevents leakage.

Stand to Wear
Easy to put on your active toddler; it's just like underwear!

Tear-Away Side Seams
Side seams of waistband are easily torn for quick removal when changing pants.

Super Absorbent Core with LDL
Allows maximum dryness by drawing urine away from baby's skin, keeping baby feeling dry. The LDL (Liquid Distribution Layer) distributes urine evenly to prevent leakage.

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Restaurant... with chairs still up! It's because it rained so hard before we arrived and water got inside the establishment. But that didn't turn me off because their pizza, particularly their All Meat topping, is a favorite.

Pizzaro
SM City Iloilo Southpoint

Review: Ainon Feeding Bottles

As soon as I learned my son's gender, I started buying the things he would need including a feeding bottle, though I was determined to breastfeed him. Through research, I learned that many moms recommend Avent Natural feeding bottle for it is designed similar to the breast to make mixed feeding easy. So Avent it is! At first, I only got one but later on added three more bottles so we'll have back up when I will be away for a few hours. Now that my son is a year older, and me getting slimmer everyday, I decided that we use formula milk so my body can recover. Subsequently, we need to add more bottles because four is simply not enough. But Avent products can be painful to a frugal mama's pockets so I decided to try other brands. I went "bottle-hunting" and Ainon bottles caught my attention.

Since I'm not quite sure whether my son would love these bottles, I decided to get one of each; wide neck and slim.

WIDE NECK BOTTLE

Pros
  • Its capacity is more than 270ml (more than nine ounces)  so it is easy for me to prepare eight ounces of milk for my son considering the 2:1 water and milk ratio. Other nine-ounces bottles like the Avent Natural, the infant formula milk would reach the brim if I fill the bottle with water first, followed by milk.
  • Had no problem with my son using it.
  • I can add milk to the bottle without spillage since it is wide enough to accommodate the milk's scoop.
  • BPA-free and lead-free.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • Affordable


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♪♩♫🎜Point to the ceiling, point to the floor... point to the WINDOW, point to the door! ♩♫ *kinain ng nursery rhymes*

The only time the curtains in our room are down is when my son is asleep. Most of the time, I tie it out of his reach to avoid him pulling the end.

June Recap

I can't believe the first half of the year has ended! Where did time go? Anyway, I am starting this series as a way for me to look back and share to you the highlights of the month, not only regarding my blog and posts but my life in general. For the month of June, here's the recap...


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A big section of the store for colorful neck pillows? Only in Miniso! I love dropping by this store, though I don't need to buy anything, because the whole store feels relaxing and so kawaii. That is why I love strolling around and check their items for sale. Who knows? I might find something I need... or something I think I need. 😀

The store only opened last month (May) so expect that it is always crowded these days.

Cerelac Nutripuffs: My Son Loves It... and so does mama!

As a mother, it's always a joy each time I see something I think my son would love. Just like when I saw Cerelac Nutripuffs for the first time at the local grocery store, I felt happy knowing that snacks such as this can now be purchased easily as opposed to the Gerber Cereal Puffs which can only be purchased in S&R (as far as I know) to which I am not a member and is not easily accessible by public transport. 


Cerelac Nutripuffs comes in two flavors; banana and orange, and banana and strawberry. Banana and orange tastes bland while banana and strawberry is a bit sweet. Lorenzo and I love the two flavors. Yes, you read it right! I love my son's snacks too! The packaging says it is recommended for kids aging ten months to three years but there's nothing wrong if mama eats them as well. LOL!

What You Should Know About Being a Work-at-Home Mom

Every mom's lament is the time they spend away from their kids when they're at work. It sure does feels sad thinking about your child left behind at home, in the hands of others. It feels sad not being able to witness their milestones and not around when they are sick and needed you the most. Additionally, finding a reliable helper is just so hard nowadays. Where did they go, by the way? They're getting extinct! 

When this working-from-home trend emerged, I believe the first people who rejoiced are the parents. Imagine earning money while looking after your newborn. Imagine being around to see your child roll or crawl for the first time. Sounds like a dream job for every parent, right? Working from home, though, is not as easy as it sound particularly if you are a newbie or do not have background about all this.


Below, I am sharing the things you should know before you decide to hand your resignation letter to your boss...

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Note: I'm reviving my series "A Photo a Week" and renamed it Friday Photo. I'm hoping I'd be able to maintain posting one photo every Friday until the end of the year as preparation for next year because I'm planning to do this daily.


I think I'm not the only mother who loves eating her child's snacks. My son loves his Cerelac Nutripuffs, and so does mama. 😀 I love that this snack is available in most grocery stores in the city, unlike the Gerber Cereal Puffs which is only available in S&R (which I'm not a member and is not easily accessible to public transport). In the photo is banana and strawberry flavor. We have tried banana and orange before and he liked it just as much.

Review: Madid's Inn Boracay

Boracay is home to the world-renowned white sand beach. Given its popularity, it also became the home of hundreds of hotels, resorts, inns and guesthouses to accommodate thousands of tourists. From budget-friendly accommodations to five-star hotels, they got it there in Boracay. So if you're a first-timer, choosing where to stay in the island can be quite challenging especially if its peak season.

During our trip there to celebrate our son's first birthday, we stayed at Madid's Inn, a budget-friendly accommodation in the heart of station two. We stayed there for three nights and four days and here is my review...

Location

As what I've mentioned above, Madid's Inn is located in the busy station two. The white-sand beach is like five minutes away from the beach though it is not visible in the main thoroughfare since it is situated inside an alley where three or four other budget-friendly accommodations (Tan's Guesthouse, Eriko's House, Shenna's Resort, Villa Simprosa) are located. Restaurants, coffee shops and souvenirs shops are just a few minutes away. 

To find this hidden gem, look for E.S. Pascual Store and 928 Cafe and Grill (beside Island Souvenir). In between, these two shops, there's a small alley leading to these budget-friendly accommodations.

How I Got Php 500 Discount From Althea Korea

How would you feel if you are given Php 500 voucher from your favorite shopping site? In my case, I felt excited and happy! It's not everyday that you get free Php 500, be it in cash or in kind. 😄

Just recently, I made a purchase from Althea Korea and when I logged into my account, I was surprised to see that I have 500 reward points that I can use when I make a purchase. And with Althea, 500 points is equivalent to Php 500. Amazing, isn't it?

So, how did I earn these points?

Initially, I thought it was from my previous purchase, like a loyalty reward. But when I dig further, I learned that these points are from referrals. I have published two blog posts about Althea Korea in the past and I included a discount code for my readers to enjoy. I think that is how I got these points. Actually, I didn't gave much attention, nor promote these particular posts since I'm a busy mama who can barely eat her meals properly. I'm glad that people found a way to these coupon codes without me doing much.


With this, I feel motivated to post more (but not overly promotional, of course!) not just about Althea but other stuff that matters. But like usual, I just hope I can find time do it. 

Want Php 200 discount on your first order? Use this code A200A-SXNDOBQRTC7D during checkout...

Budget-friendly Swimwear Sellers in Instagram

Summer is coming to an end soon but it's never too late to blog something about summer since our country's tropical climate allows us to experience summer almost all year long.

When Mr. Sun is out and about, one of the best ways to combat the heat is through swimming, be it in the beach, pool, spring or other bodies of water. And while we can always wear whatever we please especially when swimming in the beach, we can always amp up our look by wearing cute swimwear and summer outfit. However, less common apparel always comes with a price. Swimwear that is not similar to your co-worker, her neighbor and your co-worker's neighbor's high school classmate can cost as much as Php 2000 per piece. The cost may be nothing to some but to frugal women like me, it's just hard to part with our hard-earned money (I traded sleep for those moola!). Of course, I can always find cheaper alternatives but the chances of bumping into someone wearing the same outfit as mine is great so I try my best to find unique, or at least less common items for my OOTD.

The other day, I scoured instagram for sellers who can provide me with what I want for a swimwear and I am sharing them here. Check out these sellers whose swimsuit costs less than Php 1000.

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Surviving a Six-hour Bus Ride With a Toddler

My little boy turned one year last month and to celebrate this milestone, we headed to Boracay for a 4 day/3 night vacation. We originally wanted to go to Davao or Cebu but I wasn't able to get a promo flight (I'm frugal like that!) so we ended up in Boracay. This world-renowned island was the last on our list because of the travel time it entails. Travelling from Iloilo City to Caticlan takes six-hour by bus and not longer than five hours by van (passenger) or private car. We could have opted for a van just so we can arrive sooner but comfort is more important to us so we took the bus since it has bigger leg room.


Long distance travel is not easy, more so with an active toddler in tow. Parents need to have a variety of tricks (or pakulo!) to keep the little one entertained thus a drama-free commute. I am sharing here what we did...

Love and Carry Air: The Budget-friendly Ergonomic Soft Structured Carrier

Before becoming a mother, I have never given babywearing much thought. Actually, I didn't even know that using any type of baby carrier is called babywearing. Well, everything changed when I got pregnant. I discovered a lot of things including this beautiful thing called babywearing.

My first carrier, the one I bought a couple of months after giving birth, was a SaYa SSK. I loved that carrier! Given that it is made of cotton, it is soft which I think is ideal for the baby's fragile body. However, when my son was around seven to eight months, I started to feel uncomfortable when using it. My shoulders would hurt just a few minutes of wearing it. When my son turned nine months and weighed eight to nine kilograms, I knew I needed something that is more comfortable to use, will not break my shoulders and the one that is easy to put on even when I'm alone with my boy since he has become a ball of energy at this age. The solution - a soft structured carrier (SSC)!


However, I find buying a soft structured carrier challenging since they come in various brands and designs. SSC is also the most expensive type of carrier. Safety-tested and ergonomic ones can cost as much as Php 20,000 while the cheapest can cost Php not less than Php 3,500. There are also lots of fake carriers circulating online thus it is important for buyers to be cautious. As much as possible, buy from reputable stores (SM Baby Company, CEO Emporium for Philippines-based mommies) or when purchasing online, buy from the company's website or official distributor to be sure that you won't be fooled into getting a fake one which can be dangerous for your little one.

Princess Dream

A lot of girls dream of becoming a princess at some point in their lives. Some have outgrown that dream while others hold on to that dream until they are older. But we all know that a commoner becoming a royalty is close to impossible unless you are as lucky as Kate Middleton or Grace Kelly. It's not everyday we see princes strolling around the city looking for their ever after so for now, let's be content with dressing up like a princess.

For a complete princess ensemble, there's no need to look further. MuBridal.com.au carries everything a girl needs for her princess dream. From fabulous dresses to shoes and even accessories, this site got it all for you. Simple browse their products to find which one will best suit you.

Fall Zipper-up Summer Natural Sweet 16 Homecoming Beading Cap Sleeves Dress

#IAmUrbanBrave

The urban life can be tricky to traverse at times. The crowd, pollution, traffic and everyday hustle in general can get too much for someone especially for mothers with young children, more so those without house helpers or nannies. They cannot leave the kids in the house just like that and when they really need to go for something important, they've got no choice but to take their offspring with them.

If you are a parent, you know someone who is a parent or if you came across a parent out and about with her kid, you might have witnessed how inconvenient it can get especially when commuting and with all the stuff that needs to be brought - feeding bottles, milk dispenser, extra diapers and clothes, baby wipes and even toys to keep them entertained.

Fortunately, there are some ways to at least lighten a mother's "heavy load". UrbanizePh carries various stuff that are beneficial to mothers like me though these products are usually marketed for career women, business women or those who are into sports and adventures. Here are my five picks which I think can help me with my motherhood journey:

1. Elecom BM-BPO3 Series

 
This bag is described as a high performance business backpack and since motherhood is a serious business, this bag is also suitable for on-the-go mamas. Well, at least for me! The side opening is for feeding bottles, the rear compartment is for diapers, wipes and clothes and the flip-top compartment is for mama's valuable items such as mobile phones and wallet. With this bag, I never need to pile everything into one big pocket and dig for the items later when I need it since everything is neatly packed and segregated. I can easily reach out for my son's bottles or baby wipes when "nature calls" and the situation is "dire".

Shopee-ing Using a Mobile Phone

A few days ago, I blogged about how to create an account with Shopee.ph using a mobile phone. This time, I will be sharing about my shopping experience using the same device.

Shopee-ing using a mobile device may look like a long process for a first time shopper but it's actually easy when you get the hang of it.

Here's my somehow detailed instruction to help you enjoy a hassle-free shopee-ing experience.

 
Once you have decided what item to purchase, simply click the "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page. If the item comes in variations, the window containing the options will be displayed. Click the variation preferred then specify the quantity you want. Click the "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page. When you are done shopping and ready to check out, simply click the shopping cart icon at the upper right corner of the page. Doing so will take you to the page like the below image.


 
These two images show the screenshot of the summary of your order. If you have a promo code, type it in the appropriate box. For this order, I used the promo code "WELCOMESHOPEE". The said code is valid for new members only and will expire one week after registration. Click the "Check out" button at the bottom of the page.


How to Create an Account with Shopee Using a Mobile Phone

What's a "helperless" mama got to do without online shopping and online banking? Eversince I became a mom, I've been relying on online shopping for my apparel and some baby stuff because I just find it difficult to go around malls and shop (especially clothes and shoes) with a baby in tow. I usually buy from Facebook sellers and I learned about Shopee.ph through them. I recently gave it a try and so far I have nothing against this social marketplace. Actually, I have five reasons why I think Shopee is a great shopping site.

  • Your money is guaranteed safe since you will be paying through Shopee, not directly to the seller. Shopee will only release the payment to the seller when you mark your order received once you receive it.
  • Many sellers offer free shipping for orders Php 500 and above and 50% off shipping cost for orders Php 250 above.
  • There are various modes of payment available - cash on delivery (COD), remittance/payment centers (Palawan Pawnshop, etc), over-the-counter on Shopee supported banks and online transfer.
  • The seller/shop is rated/reviewed by the buyers thus giving you an idea what kind of seller you will be dealing with.
  • So many items to choose from. Creating an account with Shopee was easy but choosing which items to buy can be challenging because I want to buy a lot of stuff (though I don't think I need them). 😃

While I love Shopee, there are a couple of things that I think may deter other buyers from using the marketplace.

Review: Dermablend Zinc Oxide 10% Cream with Aloe

For every mother with a child who uses diapers on a daily basis, a diaper rash cream is very important. In our case, I've been applying it to my son's bum and thighs before putting on his diaper, particularly the disposable one. That's what the pediatrician ordered before discharging us when I gave birth to him.

One of the products she recommended is zinc oxide. There are various brands of zinc oxide in the market but I got this Dermablend Zinc Oxide 10% Cream with Aloe since It is also the same product my nephew (a year older than my son) uses and they've nothing but good words for it.

Product Description

Dermablend Zinc Oxide 10% Cream with aloe helps prevent diaper rash. Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash and helps seal out wetness.

Review

Packaging and Appeal. The product comes in a white plastic tube with screw cap. The cream itself is white with just the right consistency. It is a bit thicker than the Nivea Body Lotion thus easy to apply. It doesn't leave an oily feeling either.

Review: SaYa SSK Carrier

I've been meaning to write this review a long time ago but it's just impossible for me to come up with a well-organized article because my thoughts are everywhere. Gawd, being a hands-on-mama without a helper is indeed hard.

Anyway, I'll be writing about the only baby carrier we got (as of this writing) - the SaYa SSK (Semi Stretch Knit) Carrier.

I learned about various types of carriers particularly ring sling and wraps through my co-workers and discovered about the nbc (narrow-based carriers) and ergonomic carriers when I became a member of Baby Wearing Philippines Facebook page. Also, through the page, I learned about pouch and was introduced to SaYa. Not keen on using wraps because I find them complicated nor ring sling because I don't know why 😁, I went for SaYa.

SaYa carriers come in two types, the Verbatek (VTB) and Semi-Stretch Knit (SSK).

While browsing babymama.ph, I was torn between the Verbatek Blend (Php 1400) and Semi-Stretch Knit (Php 950) but I purchased the latter because I think its cloth is cooler than the former. VTB is made of 80% nylon and 20% spandex while SSK is made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex.


I started wearing my son around two months old although others claim to have started as early as two weeks. Maybe I could have started early too but I simply wasn't confident with my babywearing skills back then. Besides, I felt that a baby's body was so fragile and I was afraid of breaking his bones while I was learning to babywear him. 😃

Himalayan Salt Lamp: What Is It and Why We Got One?

Hello everyone? It's been ages since my last post and you probably know why. I'm hoping that I can find a baby-sitter soon so I can get back to using my full earning potential and get back to blogging as well. Good and reliable helpers are indeed hard to find nowadays.

Anyways, going back to the subject of this post, the himalayan salt lamp, we learned about this thing through our friend. She and my husband were talking about the kids and he mentioned about our son's asthma and chronic cough. She then suggested that we get a himalayan salt lamp since reducing allergies, cough and asthma attack are some of the benefits. As parents who would do or get whatever they can to prevent their child from getting sick in the most natural way possible, we got one from a group buying page on Facebook.


Of course before placing our order, we researched about it first and I am sharing what I learned about this lamp that is not only beneficial to our well-being but is also pleasing to the eye.