Can you guys believe this heat?????? Yesterday, Basti and I took 4 baths I think. It’s become necessary to jump in the shower to cool off if you spent some time outdoors.
The people over at Lactacyd were ever so nice to send this pack of stuff for me and Basti.
And I am especially grateful for the Lactacyd Toddlertubs Toddler Wash. Basti’s at that age when he’s beginning to smell like a tincan after spending some time playing outdoors.
I’m sure some of you used Lactacyd Baby Bath for your kids. If they’re 12 months and above, you should try the Toddlertubs already. It has better protection for our active kids, more moisturizers to keep them protected and lock freshness in. It’s hypoallergenic too! Perfect for these summer days!
Thanks to Lactacyd, three readers will get this same gift pack that includes:
one each of the Lactacyd Toddlertubs Toddler Wash variants (Bubbles – baby fresh scent, and Splash – fruity scent. Both smell good. Not overpowering at all)
Lactacyd Baby Bath (for babies below 12 months)
Lactacyd White Intimate Feminine Wash (something for mommy too!)
Lactacyd Feminine Wash
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Who does not dread the electricity bill? I do, especially during the summer. During a luncheon hosted by Meralco I attended some days ago, I was enlightened on the surges in power charges and what we can do to cope. Did you know that regular maintenance of power plants (usually every couple of years) results in an increase in generation charges at this time of the year? That was news to me. From now on, I will expect that extra cost and duly prepare for the increase in rates come November.
At the luncheon was Alfred, their resident Energy Baron (see what they did there?) who shared with us some pointers on how to make our home more energy efficient. But first let’s take some time to pay tribute to the Beef Muscovado of Grace Park. Oh yum.
Now on to the tips.
Get one of these and do not overload it.
I’ve always known that unplugging electrical devices helps in cutting electricity costs. But I’ve always been lazy to always do it so I end up not unplugging appliances and devices very often. To add to that, the extra heat generated by electrical devices on standby is extra work for your airconditioner, resulting in extra power consumption as well! A surge protector like this, with the on and off switch can solve that problem with just a flick of your finger (or in my case, my big toe). But then, do not overload your surge protectors and compromise the safety of your homes.
Put anything that’s on for an extended period on a timer. In our case, it’s the airconditioner, which I always forget to turn off. One idea I got from the luncheon is this: Christmas lights on a timer! Not only is it energy-efficient, it’s safe too.
Pay attention to the yellow tags.
The yellow tags attached to the aircons, refrigerators and other appliances is actually an indicator on how energy efficient that machine is. The higher the Energy Efficient Factor (EEF), the better.
Let there be light.
Bring up those curtains and let natural light come in! It’s also a good thing that incorporating natural light into home design has become a trend, and one that’s here to stay it seems. It will cut down on your electricity by eliminating the need for daytime use of your houselights (which you should remember to turn off when not in use – a simple tip that we always forget!) If you’re still using incandescent bulbs at home, then it’s high time you switch to CFL and better, LED. Check out this chart to see how much energy you save with CFL and LED – 40 to 62%!!
Keep your cool without the costs.
We all love cool environments, but did you know that setting your aircon thermostat to even just a couple of degrees higher can efficiently cut down on electricity costs? So consider bringing up the temp to a comfortable 23 to 25 degrees instead of 16-18 degrees. Help your airconditioner as well by reducing outside heat when you turn it on, and that means lowering the blinds and making sure all openings are sealed. Positioning also helps. Avoid putting any appliances or devices that generate heat near your airconditioner (like a TV) or it will make your aircon work harder to compensate.
Speaking of cool environments, they also told us that they know of people who turn off their refrigerators at night, thinking they could save on electricity. (Seriously???) This actually costs more, because the extra work it takes to cool down the interior of a refrigerator will cost more. Safe concept for those who turn off their airconditioners every 2 hours only to turn them on again after a couple of hours.
Maintenance is key.
Get your airconditioners regularly cleaned. Defrost when 1/4 of ice has formed in your freezer. If you have a frost-free refrigerator, good for you! (But manual frost-frees take more electricity. Go inverter for refs!) Clean your lamps and bulbs for better light output.
Meralco also introduced us to their app, Move. Move stands for MeralcO Virtual Engine. It’s a cool app you can download for your smartphone or tablet that gives you information on power maintenance schedules, locations of BayadCenter bill payment facilities, a directory of Meralco offices nationwide, the Meralco AppCal (where you can input your energy bill and see which appliance is consuming the most energy) and view your latest Meralco bill.
It’s also got this interface with power saving tips and cute animation that’s great for sharing energy efficiency with your kids.
Siya ang nag-intro ng app. OKAY LANG.
Juaco of the Loyola Meralco Sparks football team.
Thanks Meralco for hosting the lunch! Hopefully with advisories and tips, we can all weather the surge in power rates until everything goes back to normal. Until then, let’s do this!
So with these tips, let’s hope that you and I will weather this surge in power rates. Things will normalize early next year. Till then, let’s do this!
As an exclusively, directly, breastfed baby, Basti went from boob to baso. Not without the thrills and spills of course. He didn’t really take to those spout cups very well, maybe because he was not used to sucking on anything other than human milk containers.
When I saw this new product from Philips Avent, it made me so annoyed. Only because I was miffed that it didn’t exist at the time when Basti would have loved it the most.
This is the Philips Avent Natural Cup. Notice anything? No spouts, no teats, nothing! It’s recommended for use from 12 months onwards, that age when our babies love copying the way we do things. With the Philips Avent Natural Cup, your little person will drink from any part of the rim, just like the big people. The edge is lip-activated!! No spills! I’m totally geeking out on this.
Even though Basti is already three and totally capable of drinking from a regular glass, he’s also at that age when throwing gives him the thrill of his life. The Natural Cup is totally my best friend right now. It comes with a cover, so we bring it out with us as well. The Philips Avent Natural Cup is now available wherever Philips Avent products are sold for PhP899.75.
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As an avid fan of The Amazing Race, you cannot tell me that we’re going to have a racing challenge and expect me to noo-nee-noo through it all. NO. I am going to take it pretty damn seriously.
And so, when the SoMoms were called upon to take the Ayala Malls Glorietta Back-To-School Challenge, I went back to the year 2005 and put on my uniform of that era: one of my Threadless tees (that thankfully still fit, albeit a little snug around the tummy), jeans, and sneakers (thank you Feiyue!). All the more to outrun you with, you scrappers!
Friends pa kami dito.
So we were tasked to visit a few participating stores around Glorietta, snap up some back-to-school bargains and get back in time to prepare a themed presentation. Points were given for originality, ability to keep within budget, the theme, relevance and presentation. The prize at hand: a Hello Kitty mp3 set that would be such a cool thing for me for Basti to have.
We had to go around Glorietta, post on Twitter and Instagram, go to participating stores, shop, make sure we were on budget, and rush back! Exercise galore! There were so many good deals!! Majorly marked down tops at Gingersnaps and Kamiseta, a Baby Couture bag at half-price, sensible flats at Janylin for 399, etcetera, etcetera, ubos pera!
Serious kami ni Jackie. We even did change costume and everything! Along with Patty and Marc, we were in the running for first place.
And the winners are…. PATTY and MARC???? PFFFFFFT.
Haha! Kidding! Congratulations to our new SoMom and the first ever SoDad! You deserve it! They won because they kept within budget and had a wide variety of cool yet affordable things.
Thank you to Baby Couture, Basics for Kids, Big and Small, Gingersnaps, Janylin, Just G, Kamiseta, Mayoral, Papemelroti, Payless and Pinkbox for being so patient with us.
This race was in preparation for Glorietta’s Midnight Madness happening this weekend! On May 31 to June 1, stores will be open till 12 midnight, with huge, huge discounts of up to 70% off! On June 2, the stores will be open till 9PM. It’s the perfect time to go shopping for your back to school items!
The SoMoms paired up with Ayala Malls last week for a Mother’s Day treat and celebration that I truly enjoyed. I’ve been feeling off lately, a little out of my wits and running low on blogging mojo. The #MomsPerfectDay treat was the perfect pick-me-up for this tired, ragged and stressed-filled person that is Mom.
Our Ayala Mall Mother’s Day experience started a few days before Mother’s Day. Ayala Malls were ever so nice to treat us to a day at the mall, and OC Mom Kris and I chose TriNoMa for our #MomsPerfectDay treat. We started the day with lunch at Wee Nam Kee.
My first time. Canyoubilibit. I really liked it. Basti did too! I’ve been dreaming of these cereal prawns since that day. Must go back soon! Thank you Wee Nam Kee Trinoma for the awesome food and wonderful service.
Full of white chicken and prawn, we searched TriNoMa for our Mother’s Day outfits. I found several outfits I liked, but decided on this one from Mango.
This is actually a dress, as proven by the Mango sales assistant in the store wearing what seemed like an XXXXXXXXS version of this. So I wore it as a top. Judge me.
I have been malevolently planning to ensnare Kris into my makeup madness. A trip to MAC did just that. I only bought two things, while Kris bought, like, twenty. Heehee!
My MAC loot. I got Pro Longwear Concealer which is an awesome product. You only need a tiny bit, it doesn’t crease and it lasts forever. I also bought a kohl pencil in Feline. This is a classic I’ve been wanting for lining my waterline.
Kris’ loot. I’m so proud of her, haha! She was only aiming to buy a concealer and setting powder but ended up with those PLUS primer, eyeshadow, foundation and my favorite MAC brush ever, the 217.
On Mother’s Day itself, I invited my mom to celebrate with us at Greenbelt 5.
There was an awesome high tea spread by Bizu. It was nice to hang out there, eating yummy pastries, while listening to a keyboard and violin duo in the background. Shoppers were coming and going, enjoying a nice treat in between malling and shopping. Anyone who had a receipt from a purchase of at PhP2,000.00 at Ayala Malls was welcome to stop by and hangout. Moms were also treated to an express manipedi right at the site! We were all in very high spirits. Who wouldn’t be?
Basti really enjoyed the butterfly garden that they set up in the mall itself. He was a bit scared to touch the butterflies, unlike these brave SoKids right here. Sorry Basti. My fault, I know. (I don’t like bugs)
We went for store visits at Lancôme Philippines and Kiehl’s. I was drooling over their skin care products.
Thank you so much for these wonderful Mother’s Day gifts! I lost my bottle of Miracle in a flood, and I’ve been wanting to try this cleanser. I love these!
Gingersnaps was the clothing sponsor of the SoKids. Just look at their cute outfits! I dressed up Basti’s checked shirt and jeans from Gingersnaps with a bowtie, his Feiyue hightops and his ever-present hat.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future blogging scene.
It was really fun but it was really tiring. By the end of the day, Basti and I were weak from the heat and the excitement, so we just took a long shower, jumped into bed, and cuddled the night away.
I don’t know about you, but since I became a mother, bathroom privacy is so precious to me that I would pay for it. It ranks right up there with “Things I Will Give My Teeth For” such as sleep, a day off without thinking of the kid, and a house that always stays clean and neat.
But the reality is, I only get ten minutes in the bathroom before a little creature comes sneaking in, his little shadow hovering silently and stealthily beyond the shower curtain. Basti is very Norman Bates, I tell you. I’m sure y’all can relate, whether your kid’s method is like Basti’s sneaky, creepy style, or a banging, screaming toddler demanding you get her a juice box at-this-very-freaking-moment-and-you’re-panicking-because-you-got-startled-and-soap-got-into-your-eyes. It’s a mother’s life.
Hence, anything that can make my ten minutes of peace just a little bit more pleasant is welcome to me. Don’t you wish your bathroom was more like a hotel or a spa? I can’t change the way my bathroom looks, or sounds (anyone who has stumbled into one too many squeaky bath toys KNOWS this), but I can certainly change the way it smells. Scent is very powerful to me. It’s changes my mood, makes my life just a tad more pleasant, and sometimes makes me forget I have a migraine.
I was very pleased to get this Glade Sensations gift pack. I like things that make spaces smell good.
It had the Glade Sensations Bathroom pack in Lavender. Lavender is my favorite, favorite scent of all time.
The refills look like this. The scents come in Lavender, Ocean Escape, Lemon, I Love You (so curious about that. I’ll open it next!), Jasmine, Morning Freshness, and Fruit Nectar.
You could also just buy the refill and use it as is. It stands up just like this. This refill pack is compatible with the other Glad Sensations holders. I think I’ll put one in the car.
The Glade Sensations bathroom holder can be stuck on a wall, or you don’t like doing that, it stands up on its own. That’s what I did.
It’s been in my bathroom for a week now, and I like it so far! The smell isn’t so overwhelming, at least for the Lavender. I’ll try the other scents and update on Twitter and Instagram. The scent is supposed to last for as long as 60 days, which is awesome. If I can’t go to a spa then at least my bathroom smells like one, yes?
Thank you Glade for letting me try out Glade Sensations! Watch out for this product in your favorite supermarkets and stores and try it out for yourself! Tell us what you think on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GladeSensations.
I can’t believe it’s been three years. Three seemingly long years that went by in a blink. Breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping is turning into lots of talking, some tantrums, a looming first day of school, and *sigh* weaning. I wrote about it with much emotion a few posts back, and every time I read it, my eyes still well up.
This blog has been growing a lot with Basti, and is not only a chronicle of how he’s grown and changed, but how his presence in my life has also molded me into the mother that I am today. He is a wonderful child overflowing with so much personality, and I can’t believe I have the honor of being his mother.
Truth is, if you met me about 15 years ago, you wouldn’t leave a child alone with me for five seconds. No one would say, “Oh ask Eliza, she would know” if the topic would be about kids. I was a petulant 20-something person who thought way too much about petty little things. You think you know how to roll your eyes? I invented it. But that’s the thing about motherhood; it pushes your heart outside yourself and becomes this tiny little creature whose world is you. In motherhood I found a voice, and in it I also found my causes. Breastfeeding and babywearing were two things that changed my life, and I will fight, share and spread the word about these two advocacies till the day I die. That wouldn’t happen if Basti didn’t come into my life and taught me how to be the mother that I am. He teaches me everyday.
I was talking to a friend one time about how I feel so blessed that Basti is a smart, curious, quirky, interesting little boy who hardly gives anyone any trouble. Seriously, he is one of the most manageable kids I know, and I’m not just saying that as his mother. And my friend quizzically looked at me and said, “Why do you sound so bewildered? You are such a wonderful mother.” That moved me to tears. Somehow, even when we’re I’m trying my very best, I always have a feeling I’m failing. And to hear that from someone meant the world to me.
I am humbled when I get email from fellow mothers about how this blog has helped them at one point or the other. All I wanted in the beginning was to share. The thought that there are people out there who actually respect what I have to say makes me happy, giddy, scared, and freaked out all at the same time. I’m no Mother of the Year. I have my moments of desperation, of exasperation, and of total exhaustion. But here we are, three years and running, Basti is healthy and happy, and life is good. I must be doing something right.
Thank you Philips Avent for choosing PaintersWife.Com as a partner for the Philips Avent Trusted Mom campaign. Our relationship with Avent started with Basti starting solids, and we’ve been appreciating and using their products since. I am excited to share the honor with other moms (and dad!) and looking forward to all the things that they have in store for you guys.
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It’s soooooo hot. So hot that there are days that I don’t want to move for fear that all my energy will be sucked right out of me. I am equally scared of heatstroke and summer electric bills, so sometimes Basti is running naked around the house in nothing but a diaper.
The first of the #SoMoms summer #sessions was a welcome escape from the urban heat. The wonderful marketing team of Breeze Philippines sponsored us for a day in Nuvali. It was a pleasant, early drive to Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where the #SoMoms and some invited bloggers were gathered for some fun activities for the kids, outdoor time, swimming and catching up with the others. It was a #SigeLangNgSige Day!
Teacher Anna and Teacher Kara of My Masterpiece Movement led a yoga session for the kids that didn’t stop the moms from joining too!
Basti got the be the bright, cheery and super enthusiastic Mr. Sun.
He was so very ecstatic. #hindihalata
The kids went totally nuts over the painting session. Teacher Kara laid out a plastic sheet, dribbled some paint over it and let the kids go crazy! Paint was everywhere! Kids were stained from head to toe, shirts, shorts, socks and everything in between!
We all helped to lay a sheet of paper over the painting afterwards and this was the result.
It became the base for our #SigeMoms and #SigeKids declarations! I think Basti and I will copy this at home. It’s going to be tons of fun making our own messy masterpiece.
Here we all are! (Yes, we have a SoDad!)
We couldn’t leave without taking a dip in the pool. The water was irresistible!
The day was all about letting go and just letting the kids have fun. Breeze Philippines’ new campaign “Sige Lang Sa Mantsa” was the perfect collaborative theme for our day’s activities. Having fun can get messy and sometimes being messy is the fun itself!
We ended the day by declaring our Sige Sa Mantsa statements.
This is something I have to remind myself everyday. Even though I am pretty lax compared to others I’ve met when it comes to mess, I do sometimes wince when Basti turns his shirt into a paper towel. I don’t want to be that mom anymore!
We all walked away with a gift pack filled with goodies from Breeze.
The good news is, I’ve got two more of these Breeze gift packs to give away! Two of the blog’s readers will get to say #SigeSaMantsa too! Please join via Rafflecopter below. Entries will be accepted till next Monday, April 22, 11:59pm. The contest is open to all readers nationwide. Good luck!
I posted about the return of my inner beauty junkie, but it was a post all about makeup. Another part of my self-preservation quest is good skin. As someone who has lived with bad skin all her life (when I was younger, I was a pimple WITH A FACE), having good skin is super important to me. I may be a few pounds (ok a lot of pounds) overweight right now, but I will never let my skin go. I get a facial every two weeks, without fail.
I’m ruled by my hormones, and breakouts are my hormones’ homies. Even now at 37 years old, I still get a blemish here and there. My skin gets desensitized pretty quick, so I like having a roulette of skin care products. I change them around when I feel that my skin is getting bored.
One brand that I discovered a couple of years back is Celeteque. I was pretty impressed with it when it came out, and I was even more impressed when I found out that it was actually from Unilab. It was against the grain of what I was used to seeing in the lineup of locally-made products.
These are my favorites from their whole product line-up.
Celeteque Hydrating Facial Wash – At first I had to get used to it being not-so-foamy (Oh, Philippines, land of the foam-lovers) but after I got past that, I quickly got addicted to this facial wash. I just love how supple it made my skin feel. They’re not messing around when they attached “hydrating” to the product name.
Celeteque Makeup Removal Facial Wipes (no picture because I finished it all and haven’t bought them again) – I love this product. It makes taking out the day’s makeup gunk such a breeze.
Celeteque Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil – After a makeup removal wipe, I like to run this on my face as well. It takes out all the residue, most especially around the eyes (oh me, the lover of liquid long-staying eyeliner) but also bathing your face in anti-wrinkle goodness.
I’ve also got the Celeteque Anti-Ageing Facial Moisturizer which is on the roulette of my day moisturizers, and the Celeteque Anti-Ageing Collagen Gel, which I like bringing when I travel. I like its light, greaseless consistency, perfect for hot and humid climates. I also use the Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum capsules (these feel like silk on your face!) and the Celeteque Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash every other day.
The other brand from Unilab that I’ve been using is Asian Secrets. I’ve heard of this sorcery that is Indonesian lulur from my sister-in-law, and I got the chance to try it when Unilab sent me samples of their Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Scrub and Bengkoang Whitening Soap a while back. I have to say, the lulur resurrected my post-partum underarms (oh we mothers know how depressing that could be). I’m not much on whitening soaps, but I like the creaminess of the soap, so I use it too. It doesn’t have a strong scent, which I like a lot.
And here’s the awesome giveaway: Unilab is giving away three Asian Secret sets that will go to three lucky winners! Each winner will receive an Asian Secrets pack as pictured above: three variants of the Asian Secrets Lulur Scrub and two variants of the Asian Secrets Bengkoang Whitening Soap.
Contest will run from today to midnight of December 11, 2012. Winners will be announced within the next 2 days.
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A pair of flip-flops can go a long way. In the case of the Design A Smile Project, it can give a child a new smile and a new beginning in life.
Design A Smile is a series of one-day art contests for children 5-12 years old. This year’s DAS project celebrates Smile Month, with the theme, “Paying It Forward: Kids Helping Kids.” All children are invited to come to one of the scheduled Design A Smile days from October-November, and submit a drawing that gives the answer to this question: “What will you do to make other people smile?”
The winning design will be used to produce an actual Havaianas pair that will then be sold. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Operation Smile Philippines, a non-profit organization which provides life-changing surgeries to children with cleft lips and cleft palates. I love it!
I posted about the upcoming Mommy Mundo Bazaar, and the wonderful thing is, Havaianas Design A Smile will have a booth there too! So from November 24-25, you can bring your kids and tweeners to the Havaianas booth so they can design a pair for Operation Smile. Finalists get awesome prizes from Havaianas, Bobble, Pininho, Hobbes and Landes and McDonald’s. For the Grand Prize winner, their design will be made into an actual pair of Havaianas Smile flipflops, a plaque of recognition and a special gift from Sony.
I just love how art can be used for such a good cause. So if you have kids from age 5 to 12 and have an inclination for design, bring them over to the Mommy Mundo Bazaar to enter into the contest! Wouldn’t you love to have a pair of flipflops designed by your own child? #stagemother
Yet another reason to visit the awesome Mommy Mundo Bazaar. See you next weekend!