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3 Reasons to Visit the SM Supermalls Website Now

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SM Supermalls
SM Supermalls just launched their beefed up website and it’s a must-click for smart shoppers, mall event goers and promo-loving digital fans.

Here are top three reasons why the refreshed site will be your most-wanted hub online:
1. Y O U   C A N   B E   T H E   S T A R   O F   T H E    W E B S I T E   A N D   W I N   P R I Z E S !
Everyone of us had our own happy memorable experience that happened inside an SM mall. With the improved site, we can now share those unforgettable "SM Moments" (a.k.a #SMoments) and have a chance to get featured plus win SM shopping money!
All happy #SMoments are welcome! Whether it's a story of success, friendship, love, family or fun surprises, go ahead and tell it! Click here to share your #SMoments:
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Being a Mom at this Time

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I gave birth to Maco when I was 25, some say I was young, some say it was just right -I say, eff off. If you've read my previous posts, you'd see how I often say how lucky moms now are. Well, we are. But then again, we have social media, and the people who loves to judge. I'm not saying I don't judge, that's hypocrisy, because I do. I'm trying my best not to, but sometimes it just slips out of my sinner mouth -and that's not a good thing. Other people hearing you judge other people -never good. I've had a post before, which I did judge another mother, I deleted it because it didn't do good to the other mom nor to me. The worse thing is that the other mom doesn't even know me nor do I know her personally, I just ranted. But anyway, I'm trying to change that. And I'm sorry.

Being a mom now has its own pros and cons. One of the pros is technology of course, it just makes life easier. From sterilizers to the electronic crib rocker, seminars…

In the look for High Quality Wigs?

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine

Halloween just passed and even if it is mostly for kids (costume, trick-or-treating,etc.) that even my toddler speaks of it until now, it's also for us, adults. I'm sure a lot of us go all out for the costume, didn't we? *wink

It's pretty easy to get your outfit done, what's hard is to get your hair done. You don't want to cut your hair really short just to be in the character of your choice, right? Or instantly have a long hair -well, this is just impossible. But with the help of wigs, it is! You could also use wigs if needed or if you want to change your look.

You could find quality wigs at Black Hairspray. I browsed their page and I must say, I couldn't even tell the models are wearing wigs. Black Hairspray doesn't just carry wigs though, they also carry a lot of hair products, but one of my favorites are their wigs.

It is so easy to buy from their website since you could already see how…

Going on a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler

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DISCLAIMER : This is a sponsored post.


It’s sem break already and on the next 2 weeks, we’re going to have a week-long vacation, so is anybody going on a road trip with the kiddos!?
Going on a road trip is really fun, especially if with the whole family (meaning: with the cousins and grandparents)! The place we’ve travelled farthest through land is a 4-hr drive to Liliw, Laguna. It was still kind of short for some, but if with a baby in tow, it’s quite long already. Heehee!
When our Maco was still a baby and we went to Liliw, here are the things we did / we prepared:
Nursery Bag – this contains the little girl’s necessities; wet wipes, diapers, bib, towel, shirts, pants, milk, and nursing cover. This is the bag you carry all the time because you never know when you’ll need any of these.
Plastic Bag – Bring a little plastic bag just so you could throw the diapers that are needed to be thrown (ie: poop alert!), if you’re currently on the road.
Pillow – I bring a small one so my little girl c…

How to Lower Gadget Use on Toddler

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I must admit, I used to give my child my phone to let her watch her favorite cartoons just so I could focus more on my work, or whatever it is I'm doing. We also had a burger shop before that needed most of my time.

And then I noticed how my little girl changed her behavior. She doesn't listen anymore, she would cry because she doesn't get what she wants, etc. And because we've been having problems with the shop, I thought maybe this is also a sign that I should stop with it, and focus on my little girl more. And so that's what I did. (Okay, we didn't make a decision over night, we thought about it for quite a time)

Of course that didn't change my little girl in just a snap. But now, she only had 1-2hours max of gadget use. And I'm hoping, in the coming days/weeks it would lessen until no more gadget use.

H O W   T O   L O W E R   G A D G E T   U S E ?
1. Give your child other stuff to focus on. A coloring book, a pen, a paper, toys, etc... Whatever tha…

Alden Richards spreads the love (not the germs) through a new song

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Safeguard and the Pambansang Bae team up to remind Filipino to wash their hands

In this year’s Global Handwashing Day celebration, Safeguard has partnered with one of the most prominent personalities in the country today to bring attention to the importance of proper and habitual handwashing. The nation’s leading soap together with the “Pambasang Bae” Alden Richards join forces to educate Filipinos on the importance of handwashing through the power of a song.

Alden himself sang the handwashing song and invites every Filipino to make it a habit to unfailingly wash their hands with Safeguard in these 5 “hugas non-negotiables” -- before “mano”, after using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding. And more importantly, to spread the love and not the germs this holiday season.

If you’ve ever wondered the kind of impact personal hygiene really makes on the spread of germs and general health of the public, consider these sobering statistics gathered from the first Philipp…

What to expect on #NationalPamperingDay by Nail-a-holics

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Last October 17th was #NationalPamperingDay from Nail-a-holics... yet again. It was a successful event last year and I believe this year also -because when I got there, there were a lot of people already, and it was just 11:00 in the morning! Woah!



I tagged along my little girl with me just so we could have a mother-daughter bonding. When Maco and I got into Nail-a-holics Market! Market!, even if there were a lot of people, the staff was very accommodating, they were all smiles and would assist you until you get a seat.

Last year, they have 2 choices of what you would want; a manicure, or a stress relieving hand massage. This year, they offered 3 choices which are a relaxing foot massage, a calming foot spa, or a soothing manicure. And yes, whichever service you choose is FREE. Yay!

Another great thing about this event other than the services being free is that it supports World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas' added Amaro.
So, what …

#Haenim UV Sterilizer now in the Philippines!

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Sterilizers are one of the many must-haves when you're having a baby. Thank goodness, my sister-in-law gifted me one. It was just a regular sterilizer wherein in you plug it in, put on some water somewhere and then turn it on, it was of big help. I remember when I was a kid, what they use are big pans, fill it with water and let it boil -with the bottles inside. It was too much work.

Steam sterilization has been a parenting practice for years, but as much as it is seen to be effective, it has always required much effort, time, and money. Aside from this, the usual drying practices of wiping or air-drying may even invite bacteria back to newly sterilized items; and most conventional steam sterilizers can only fit around six bottles and can only be used for high-grade plastics and metals that are heat resistant.

These are just some parenting concerns that parents can address by getting the best-selling UV Sterilizer in Asia-Pacific and having a #HaenimHome.


Haenim can eliminate 99.…

October 17, 2017 is #NationalPamperingDay!

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When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and re…

SOME of the Stupid Things Husband and Wife usually Fight About

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Let's have a laugh, shall we?
Husband and I have been married for 3 years. We fight, yes of course, and the funny thing is, we fight about the stupidest things you could imagine. Whenever we think the stuff we fought about, most of the time, we thought how stupid it was, how childlike we were, and it was really nothing to be fought about. But even if we fight, nothing can tear us apart! LOL! Even that sh*t I told him to do months ago and he didn't do it yet.


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Maybe y'all relate to this, because hey, this really happens! Well, these are just SOME of it. Anyway, I will not include that thing I said above, wherein I've told him to do something and he doesn't do it, because I don't think it's stupid, I honestly think it's a very serious matter. LOL



Okay. I'm very much sure I'm not the only one at this, but if you do not fight about where you should eat, then good for you! But for me and my husband, yes, we do fight about where we should eat …

Ber Months are here!

It's September!!!
The ber months are finally here and can you just imagine how close we are to December already!? That means Christmas, and yes, my little girl's turning three! Oh my. I'm getting emotional right now as I'm thinking the months/years passed, as what they say, time really fly so fast. Been seeing my memories on facebook and how my darling little girl used to be so cute and quiet. Now, she's still cute of course even though she lost some of her bigger cheeks (now, it's just big lol), and she just can't stop talking. It's annoying sometimes, really! Lol! Well okay it's annoying most of the time! HAHAHA! Kidding!

I'm also seeing a lot of Jose Mari Chan's face on my facebook news feed. LOL! (If you don't know who Jose Mari Chan is, he's a singer here in the Philippines and he sang one of the popular Christmas songs here which is 'Christmas in our Hearts') Christmas really is coming, expect to hear his songs in malls…

#LegoBloggersDay at Ayala Malls the 30th

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This is a month late post so I am sooo sorry! :(



It was a friday afternoon that my little girl and I went to Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig. Honestly, I didn't know about this mall until Lego Bloggers Day event! Heehee

We went there pretty early and so the little girl was able to play with some lego blocks with other kids. Maco loves Legos just like her cousins, Ate Dylan and Kuya Lucas, most especially her Kuya Lucas who have a LOT of legos, I tell you! I wish I brought them with us but Lucas have school that time.



Busy Momma

So I've been busy!

As much as I wanted to do a blog post, I just can't. Most of the time whenever I go inside our bedroom, it is just for us to sleep. I haven't had a time to sit down for a long time, until now. (Actually as I was typing this a few days weeks ago, I remembered I had to do something! Oops!)

Well, what's keeping me busy?

We opened a burger shop near our place, it's just small and we sell pretty cheap burgers but delicious ones! Yes, of course! We also have nachos, quesadilla and such -mainly for merienda. And since we're still new, we can't afford somebody else to man our shop just yet, so I'm the one there and my husband's cousin-he's the one who came up with the burger recipe btw. On our first week, I was really struggling because I don't know how to manage my time.

So that's what's keeping me busy, and of course, taking care of my little girl as well!

I just realized that manning your own shop is quite stressful. I…

My First #MomTribe Meet-Up

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If y'all don't know Millennial Moms PH, it is a group of well, Millennial Moms here in the Ph! Lol, sorry I'm not so good in explaining but the group's name is pretty much self explanatory, right? :) Or better yet, you may click on the link to know more about them.

Anyway, last Saturday, June 24th, I went to my first ever #MomTribe meet-up for first time moms. As I am with every events I attend, I was excited! I guess because I have a reason to go out. Haha!

Here at #MomTribe Meet-Up ❤️ @millennialmomsph A post shared by Coi Contreras Ibañez (@coifishh) on Jun 24, 2017 at 1:20am PDT
I went there pretty early and was able to have a chat with some moms before it started. We then proceeded to our first activity which we were grouped per table. We introduced ourselves among each other, it was nice to know about the moms in my table, because almost all of us are well, first time moms, but aside from that we're also stay-at-home moms or work-at-home moms! I think we just…

Why it's #FamFirstAtSM

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This summer's heat is so intense (yes, intense! haha) we wanted to be in an air-conditioned place all the time, wanted to have a nice meal without cooking and preparing it, and even without washing the dishes! Haha! And yes, we have malls! Tadaaa!


I remember my childhood with SM. I grew up in Antipolo, and I have relatives in Quezon City. Whenever we visit them, there are times we go to SM North Edsa to bond and eat out. Yes, that mall. And I honestly thought it was the only SM mall in the whole country! Hehe! Ah my childhood.

Now, we have a number of SM Malls in the country and my favorites are SM Aura Premier and SM Makati. SM Aura because it's nearest to our place, and the smell of that mall is just heavenly! We always wonder how they do it! Or what scent it is! Heehee! Care to share, SM Aura? Hehe! SM Makati, well, because I love it's beauty section, I would be lost in it, and even though it's pretty small, I love that I can find everything in it, without walking a…

Potty Training my 2-Year Old Toddler

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Hell to those who did 3-days potty training! That sht doesn't work! Lol! Kidding! ;p

But if it did work for you, congratulations! But as for me, it did not, it took me weeks.
When Maco, my daughter, turned 2years old last December, I thought I could potty train her already because there were instances she'd tell me she'll go 'peepee' or 'wiwi'. Maybe it is also my fault because I would tell her it's okay since she have diapey on. There were also a few times that she peed in the toilet. But then, I noticed that she stopped telling me she had to pee. So when I was ready to really potty train her, it was hard so I thought to just let it be. I kind of stopped to potty train her. Sorry! I think I was being lazy, I didn't want to clean up her pee. Sorry!

Not sure which month of this year, but I think it was February or March, that I started to put my sht together and told myself that if I want to potty train my little girl, I should be patient with it. A…

SM Aura Premier's 'Art in Aura' and Weekends at the Courtyard

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Last May 4th, SM Aura Premier launched'Art in Aura'at the Courtyard hence Weekends at the Courtyard was born. Weekends at the Courtyard is like an art fair with different artsy booths from local artisans to check out!

The campaign, in collaboration with creative assembly KAPWA Studio, was kicked off by a showcase of murals by notable local artists Anina Rubio, Mercedes Olondriz, Archie Oclos, and multi-hyphenate Dee Jae Pa'este, whose works can already be found all over the metro.

SM Aura aims to take the art out of the gallery and bring it to urban spaces, to make it more accessible to everyone.The movement started 3 years ago with Filipino-American artist, Jefre Manuel, with "Steel Safari", a public art installation of 4 animals  unique to the  Philippines, followed by a Christmas showcase featuring Olivia d'Aboville's "Giant Dandilions" and Leeroy New's "Astreopora". Both large scale installations were set to music at the Skypa…

My take on '13 Reasons Why'

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Have you heard of this series? Have you seen it?

So I've been hearing about this series from friends, and yes, from the online world as well. There are people who likes it and there are those who don't. It's the series '13 Reasons Why', and if you don't know about it yet, it's about this girl who took her own life because of bullies. 
I've been bullied in high school, but not to that extent -like in the series. I had this one classmate who would always eat from my baon (food I take to school), she would always say "patikiiiiim" in a very sweet tone, takes a bite and then half of my sandwich gone. Yes. Lol! She bites quite big. Haha! She also eats my lunch.

And then I had a friend in 6th grade but when we entered 1st yr high school, she started hanging out with the "cool" girls and when we went to the mall one time, she would tell me to do sht for her. I was like their Jenny (Gossip Girl). And from then, I went away from her. We never …

The gift of healthy ‘CROWNING GLORY’ fit for the Queen this Mother’s Day

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CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. 



There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. 
No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

Strangers touching and pinching my Baby's Face

I don't really know how to explain this but I don't want to come off as being maarte mom, and as a suplada. But maybe I am, I know I am, but I don't want it to be my first impression from people. I try to be nice everyday naman, so.
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There was a time I went to this drugstore here in Makati, let's not name it, but it's color is green *wink*. And there's this saleslady who found Maco really cute! And of course, I feel good somehow. But then while I was browsing through the facial products aisle, she carried  my little girl and tried to walk away from me. WTF. Her workmate then stopped her on doing such! Good thing her workmate who is a man, btw, said that she shouldn't have done that. And I was just there! I know y'all ask, "what did you do?". Well, I was in shock. I stood there with my mouth open -literally, with a confused face wondering why she did that. My husband that time was outside, and just like the superheroes, and the policem…

Our "Kids Fair 2017: Bright! Right From the Start" Experience

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Kids Fair 2017: “Bright! Right From The Start” kicks off last April 21 - 23, 2017 (Friday to Sunday) from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
The first ever KIDS FAIR 2017: “Bright! Right From The Start” is an event that sets an environment of learning, discovery, and fun for kids with various activities that could help them improve their creative and thinking skills. From the moment they set foot in the fair, the fun begins – filled with delightful servings of games that stimulate creativity, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills. 
Last Saturday, April 22, my awesome family and I went to SM Megamall to experience Kids Fair, and guess who's excited? Ehem!

Moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians were definitely in the mix – it’s a family affair. KIDS FAIR actively involves the whole family by helping them learn to provide the proper learning path so kids get the necessary motivation and guidance, a solid foundation that propels them to a bett…

Kids Fair PH 2017 & Giveaway! [CLOSED]

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Hey Mommas & Poppas! It's summer already and you don't have plans yet? Here's one way to start the kids' summer activities.

Kids Fair PH:"Bright! Right from the Start", an annual event that aims to help each child discover and further hone their minds and skills through fun and entertaining activities, is happening this April 21st-23rd (Friday-Sunday) from 10AM-7PM at SM Megatrade Hall 1, Mandaluyong City.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE EVENT?
 Kids Fair would like to promote childhood development that fosters joy and happiness at home and in school, with the following key points in mind:
Happy, optimistic children are the product of happy, optimistic homes. Create a movement that creates a happier generation of kids today for a brighter tomorrow.
If you watch Youtube videos like me, you'll be able to meet Youtuber Isha "Purpleheiress" there!
And yes, I'll be giving away tickets to my 5 lucky readers!
2 tickets each  Just follow these easy steps!
Y…

Why is My Toddler's Hair Growing too Slow?

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When Maco was born, she barely has hair. Though she do have a lot of hair on her body that eventually fades when she's getting bigger. When Maco reached 8 or 9 months, I thought, "wait, where's her hair?".  And so I asked her Pediatrician and he said that it's just normal. That some babies grow their hair a little slower than usual, but they will grow. And from then, I didn't get worried anymore. I don't know why but whenever I ask her Doctor about something, even when I think I know the answer already and when other people has told me already about it, I feel more secured when I've heard the doctor's answer. Well, I guess because they are Doctors and they know what they're doing, they did study for it for years anyway, so. 

Some friends of mine would tell me to use this or that brand of shampoo for my little girl, for her hair to grow faster. Some even told me to cut all of Maco's hair so it would grow faster. Here in the Philippines, th…

PETA Theater Center Presents: Bunk Puppets' Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones

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The month of May is family bonding at PETA. They made it more special this year as they will be bringing the internationally awarded shadow puppetry performance Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones all the way from Melbourne, Australia on May 3-7, 2017. Delighting audiences in dozens of countries, this play is a hilarious fusion of shadow puppetry and physical theatre. It's a visual feast for the imagination! Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a wordless and imaginative puppet comedy show for all ages. Truly a guaranteed delight for both parents and children!



Inspired by Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones' use of found objects, the Theater Center is also hosting a puppetry video competition on Facebook. The winner will win an overnight stay at Summit Magnolia Hotel, 1 free workshop and a family pass for three to Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones show.


 For more information, please check PETA Theater Center's facebook https://www.facebook.com/PETATheaterCenter/

All Things Baby Sale at Baby Company - until April 2, 2017 ONLY

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Hey there Mommas, Poppas, Titos and Titas!

If some of you don't know, Baby Company is a baby store obviously, which is found in SM Department Stores and/or they have their own boutiques in select malls. You can find here almost everything you need for your little ones; from diapers, to milk bottles, to strollers and cribs. Plus, they have really nice and accommodating staff -I assure to that because I've never been to a Baby Company branch that have masungit (peevish) staff and they will really help you to find that you need.

Last March 25th, my husband and I were at SM Megamall, almost everything was on sale that day, and so we checked out Baby Company at the Department Store. They have their own boutique in the mall as well, FYI.

I checked out everything first before getting the things I needed. If my little munchkin was still a baby, I sure would be getting a ton of things from there! I actually thought of getting some baby stuff that I know we wouldn't need just becaus…