Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Going on a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler

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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 could sleep on it while I carry her without me getting cramps. And also for the little one to be comfortable. Hehe!

My Macoki 
Car Seat – Honestly, here in the Philippines, it’s not very common. BUT if you do have a car seat, please use this. And if you have the budget to buy one, please do. 

*Check your car seat if it's safe, click here https://www.cars.com/news/car-seat-check/

These are the only things needed since she was still a baby at the time and she was just mostly sleeping.

Another travel we did was when she was already started walking. She was already a year old that time I think. I honestly thought I would prepare/bring lesser stuff, but NO.

Here are the stuff we needed to have in the car with us when travelling:

Nursery Bag – wet wipes, diapers (we prefer diaper pants because it’s easier to put while on the road), face towel, shirts, pants, milk, snacks, water, and nursing cover. And yes, this bag is what you carry around with you.

Plastic Bag - please read my previous reasone ;p

Pillow & Car Seat – always needed (!)

Toy – Yes we needed to bring one or two just so to keep the little girl busy while inside the car.

Snacks – have I mentioned this? But yes, we need a lot of snacks. It’s a 4-hr drive anyway, and we don’t want the little monster girl be hungry. Lol

As of this moment, these are the stuff I could think of, but I’m pretty sure there are still more missing on this list. So if there anything you have in mind, please don’t hesitate to write on the comment section!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How to Lower Gadget Use on Toddler

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 that is of course harmless and so your child will divert his/her attention to it.

2. STOP whatever you're doing if your child calls you, if your child wants to play with you, play with him/her.

3. And yes, let's go back to number 2, give attention to your child.

And that's it. It's simple. Just give more attention to your child. I may still have lapses, I know, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting there, and I'm such a happy momma because her gadget use has lowered than how she does before.

And oh, another one...

4. Don't give in. If your child cries because she wanted to watch, don't let him/her. Kids are smart, they'll know they can manipulate you when they cry. (Lol but true! Right?! HAHAHA)

Hope these simple tips may help if you're trying to lower gadget use on your child. And if you have additional tip/s, please do put it on the comment section! :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

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.

TONDO, MANILA - Safeguard led a movement to a healthier Philippines through the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) celebration last October 12 at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila. This is in line with the with the brand’s 50 year long tradition of handwashing education to prevent diseases and help save lives.
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 Philippines Handwashing Index, a breakthrough study recently commissioned by the nation’s leading soap brand, Safeguard.

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

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!

Little girl's still sleepy hence the face LOL

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.

Ladies enjoying their foot massage and foot spa!
There are kids who tagged along, too!
Please excuse my feet LOL
So, what to expect on  #NationalPamperingDay... I know this is kind of late since it happened already, but this is in preparation for next year I guess! Lol! 

Well, since they offer free services, expect a lot of people. Don't get irritated if you have to wait, I promise you they're doing the best they can so they can accommodate all of the customers. You don't want to get a meh kind of service, don't you?

Tell them exactly what service you want beforehand clearly. It's a waste of time when Ate already brought her kit in front of you but you wanted other service than what she had brought. Well, they do ask it beforehand but just to be clear, y'know.

And lastly, expect to relax. This may not last long as you wanted, but hey it's free! And it's really relaxing, so... two thumbs up!

I guess that's it! I had a soothing time when I took part of #NationalPamperingDay, plus my little girl didn't act up so it was win-win for me! Yay!

Thank you, Nail-a-holics!
For rates and services, check their website here http://nailaholics.com/

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Haenim UV Sterilizer now in the Philippines!

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 99.9% of harmful bacteria that are exposed to its UV-C light. This light destroys nucleic acids and breaks apart germ DNA so they cannot function or reproduce, and the organism dies. Haenim also has 100% Drying Power, ensuring that there is no moisture where bacteria can grow from and parents do not need to wipe or air-dry items.

Having the biggest capacity in the market and requiring no water or steam means it can disinfect more items. From baby items (like bottles, toys, and books) to personal and household items (like mobile phones, make-up brushes, toothbrushes, and remote controls) —- making this a smart purchase that is perfect for parents who are also just starting to complete their home.

Being the first and only Smart Sterilizer in the Philippines and being a waterless system, parents can place their unit anywhere in the house. Haenim is also available in six different colors with premium finishes: black, silver, metal silver, pink, green, and blue. Whether they are looking for a classic design or a pop of color, there’s a Haenim for every home.

A feature-packed Smart Sterilizer is what modern parents need and having a #HaenimHome is now easy because they can get theirs from any of our retails partners:

My Baby Planet - S&R Commonwealth
My Baby Planet - Puregold Qi Central
BabyMama - Ortigas
BabyMama - Alabang
BabyMama - BGC

To know more about Haenim, visit their website https://haenimuv.ph.

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 17, 2017 is #NationalPamperingDay!

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 relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.