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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Indoor Plant Pests

Whether your plants are outdoors or indoors, there are several varieties of bugs that can attack them. Therefore, if your plants’ growth rate has reduced or stopped entirely; there are color changes or bugs can be seen on it, there is a need to take urgent action if you still cherish your potted plant.


Because many bugs rely on plants for their basic needs of food and shelter, plants naturally harbor bugs. Timely and thorough inspection of your plants will help ensure an outbreak is curtailed as soon as it starts. In this article, we discuss how to ensure your cherished potted plants are not infested and also highlight the examples of bugs usually found in plants. 

Typical house plant bugs.

You might be unsure of the type of bug you are dealing with when your potted plants become infected with one. We have therefore compiled a list of the plant's bugs that are usually seen and will help you know the exact type of bug bothering your potted plants and how to kill aphids and other pests.

Aphids

This is frequently located on indoor plants. They can hinder the growth of the plant by taking out sap from the plants. While the colony of aphids keeps growing, they rob plans of the crucial nutrients. Indoor plants with critical aphids’ infestation tend to get sticky as a result of the honeydew secreted by the bug.

This bug can have the same color of your plant and can usually be found underneath the leaves in a group. The best means of eradicating these is to bring in ladybugs.


Spider Mites

To observe the signs of spider mites, you may be required to use a magnifying glass. This is because these bugs are quite tiny. Plants with spider mites tend to turn dull brown as opposed to bright green.

Chronic infestations will come alongside webbings underneath the leaves and it then becomes tedious to get rid of the mites. Insecticides will be unable to get rid of these mites due to the fact that they are not insects.

How to deal with a spider mite infestation:

  • Separate the infected plant:

Utilize water and spray on the plant regularly. Note that spider mites tend to reproduce rapidly. This is each 3-7 days. If you can, place the plant that has been infested in a humid location as spider mites breeding is encouraged by dry air.



Mealybugs

These bugs are quite determined and would crop up over and over again. To note a mealy bug infestation on your plant, you would spot a cotton-like fluff growing on it. The white is partially a waxy substance secreted by the bug and also the mealybug itself. The wax functions to safeguard them from getting sprayed.

To kill these bugs, spread a Q-tip doused with alcohol. You may also want to douse the plant with water continuously to get the mealy bugs loos. Next, apply neem oil generously on the plants so the bugs don’t have the capacity to return.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Are Jeunesse Global's Products?



Jeunesse Global was founded by Wendy Lewis and Randy Ray in 2009 with a vision to create skin care products and nutritional supplements that are made of high-quality, powerful ingredients. The company's products are marketed under the Youth Enhancement System Y.E.S., and the Y.E.S. system is available to consumers all over the world. 

The company has 32 fully operational offices that are located across the globe and has multilingual customer service, in-house programming, a global enrollment system, and a back office support team. To continue to improve its products, the company focuses on various types of research that includes DNA repair, adult stem cell science, fat loss technology, telomere support, and nutrigenomics. 

Here are Jeunesse Global's Products

Nevo 

Nevo is the company's energy drink and is offered in four enticing flavors. It includes real fruit juices, only contains 50 calories, and doesn't contain artificial colors or sweeteners. Green tea, guarana, and Yerba Mate are a some of the ingredients in the drink that effectively boost energy. 

Reserve 

Reserve is a nutritional drink that includes a potent blend of antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. To effectively fight against free radical damage, the supplement contains green tea, aloe vera, and grape seed extract. Other ingredients that makeup Reserve include dark sweet cherries, pomegranates, acai berries, blueberries, and grapes. 

M1ND 

M1ND is a nutritional supplement that helps support memory and mental focus with ingredients that include CERA-Q. This proprietary ingredient is a blend of proteins from silkworm cocoons that help enhance overall memory. In addition, the supplement also contains L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, GABA, and N-Acetyl. The drink is offered in a small, travel-friendly packet and is a lemon meringue flavor. 

MonaVie Active 

This Jeunesse nutritional drink includes an antioxidant blend of 19 fruits that includes acai berries. Vitamin C from the fruits help protect individuals from oxidative stress and free radical damage. In addition, the drink also supports the formation of healthy collagen that is essential for cartilage health. 

Naara 

Naara is a skin care drink that contains 5,000 mg of TruMarine Collagen. This proprietary ingredient helps skin retain moisture and restore collagen loss. The drink produces visible results in as little as four weeks, it promotes skin firmness and elasticity, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes the appearance of pores. 

ZEN Project 8 

This is the company's weight management program that lasts eight weeks. During this time, participants will go through three phases, which include Detox, Ignite, and Thrive. The three-phase weight management plan also provides participants with a support group of active participants. The program teaches individuals portion control, healthy food choices, and more. 

Finiti 

Finiti is one of Jeunesse's most potent supplements. The supplement contains a powerful blend of fruit and vegetable extracts and is free of artificial colors, preservatives, eggs, shellfish, fish, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. Finiti contains turmeric, pomegranate extract, Coenzyme Q10, and more. 

Luminesce 

Luminesce is a skincare line that includes APT-200, which effectively fights against the signs of aging. The product line includes a daily moisturizing complex, an advanced night cream, a youth-restoring cleanser, a skin brightening serum, and more. 

Instantly Ageless 

This is a micro cream that starts to work within two minutes from when it is applied. The cream lasts for up to nine hours and increases tone and elasticity

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Doe Deere: From Zany Makeup to Stellar Jewelry and a Baby in Between

Life has a funny yet beautiful way of changing. Whether a new job opportunity comes along, a new addition to the family, or even the way a person continuously grows throughout the years, life is unusually random, which is especially true for makeup mogul, Doe Deere.


The Russian-born beauty icon has accomplished a lot throughout her short life, including the decision to venture to the United States to pursue music originally, tackling real-world biases when it comes to the freedom of expression with her intense and zany makeup brand (Lime Crime), and even battling depression. Regardless of her struggles and successes, the iconic dame refused to remain stagnant in both her personal and business lives and decided to have a child, and even launched a new jewelry business with her sister, Kat Dey.

Meet and Love the Jewelry Line: Poppy Angeloff

Deere shares a common theme with the females in her family: They are all petite! While some struggle to find the negativity in that factor, these ladies understand the hardships attached to rocking jewelry when you are dainty. After much difficulty discovering rings, bracelets, and necklaces to fit their tiny statures, the sisters decided that enough was enough, thus launching Poppy Angeloff.

What makes the line unique is not the inspiration behind it but the fact that it is an invisible online boutique that prospective customers must be approved to enter. Of course, though, Deere and her sister are not in business to turn their loving fans away, so the process is undoubtedly easy! Of course, fans are able to follow the Poppy Angeloff Instagram where they can know that & Jewelry is about to get magical" and even discover clues on how to access the invisible boutique.

With so many exciting things happening in Deere's life, her forever followers, or Unicorns as she has so lovingly coined them, cannot help but wonder the fate of their favorite makeup company, Lime Crime, or even how Doe Deere and her husband will thrive with a brand new baby. 

Balancing a Baby, Marriage, and Multiple Stellar Businesses

There is no denying the victories Lime Crime has undergone in its years making waves within the beauty industry. As the company grew in popularity gaining a plethora of followers daily, Doe Deere admitted that "Lime Crime's rapid growth began to present challenges outside her and Mark's experience." Because of this, she and her husband joined forces with Tengram in order to sustain Lime Crime's popularity effectively, fairly, and with the overall vision of the company, coined so long ago in 2008.


The Queen of Unicorns has a lust for entrepreneurship, so her jewelry brand will fulfill these desires while allowing her and Mark to properly care for their child arriving in September. With a baby on the way, Deere has plenty of plans to stay in the makeup world, all while embarking in the realms of fashion and jewelry.

Summary: Why These Changes are Huge, Important, and Beautiful

In the month of May, which is also Mental Health Awareness month, Deere again stated how her struggles with depression and panic attacks have affected her for years. "It can be especially hard, as a business leader, to admit that you need help & put yourself first" stated the beauty and is a statement so strong her fans fell even more in love with her on a relatable level. With her recognition of her mental illnesses and struggles, there is no denying that Deere will be an amazing mother and always understand the need to take a healthy backseat once in a while.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

6 Pointers to Help You Choose the Right Wig


Wigs have become a part of many people’s everyday look. You do not need to be losing hair to wear a wig. You can choose to satisfy your wish to have a new look with a wig. You can even choose to enhance your hair by finding a wig that fits you perfectly. Before you spend a ton of money buying a wig that makes you look bad, consider a few things. Once you consider these points you can end up having a wig that makes you look gorgeous.

Match the Color

The color you choose is important. Choosing close to your natural hair color is the best idea. Before jumping to a starkly different shade you can slowly try out different shades that are closer to your hair color. For dark hair sticking to dark lace front wigs is a better idea than jumping to a blond wig. If you jump colors suddenly then your wig might seem to stand out like a sore thumb.

Stick to the Length

The length you choose should complement your face type. But do not let that limit you. Try out and experiment with different lengths and different designs to see which one makes you look nice. Do not let fashion tips dictate your purchase. Try out some out of the box designs before buying the right one for you.

Choose the Right Material

There are many different materials that wigs are made from. You can choose from synthetic, human hair or even a blend. Synthetic hairs come in more styles and are easy to maintain. Synthetic wigs are also highly affordable. The human hair wigs, however, are of a better quality. You can style your human hair wig however you like. So, try the different materials, consider your budget and select the material.

Figure out your Cap Size

Usually, the regular cap size fits most heads. But for some, the cap might be too loose or too tight. You need to try out different cap sizes to find the perfect fit. A wig that is too loose runs the risk of coming undone and spoiling the look. A wig that is too tight will simply be too painful for you to even want to wear a wig anymore. To get the look and experience right, try out the different wig cap sizes before you buy one.

Select the Cap Type

There are various types of wig caps. From lace front to monofilament you get a large variety of options. Figure out how each type of wigs is different from each other. Depending on your budget and your wig design needs you can choose the wig cap type.

Get the Right Care Products

Just buying a wig is not the end of it. You need to buy the right hair care products for your wig. No matter what wig you choose to buy it will not last long if you do not take care of it. So, figure out the brands and kinds of wig care products that you need to buy.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Celebrating Smiles Through Art

Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefitting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity

Photo from Smile Train Philippines Facebook Page
“A Celebration of Smiles: Creating smiles and second chances at life through art,” an art exhibit benefitting Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity was unveiled last July 19 by Acts of Kindness and Solaire Resorts and Casino. The exhibit is being held at Solaire's The Shoppes Artway.

The exhibit features artwork by local and international artists and some of Smile Train’s former cleft patients. The artwork will be available for sale until September 2 and will help raise funds and awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines.

We are grateful that Acts of Kindness is hosting this art exhibit to help raise awareness for Smile Train and our local programs here in the Philippines. Through this initiative, not only is Acts of Kindness able to showcase local and international talent, they are also able to help create a brighter future for children born with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Smile Train to help fund various local programs to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care for Filipinos.

Celebrating Smiles Through Art

The art exhibit showcases pieces from Roberto Sanchez, a DJ, and entrepreneur by trade, but creatively a self-taught artist; Jon Ray Fernandez, an airline professional turned mixed-media artist; Camy Cabral, a full-time artist with a background in design and advertising; and Albrecht Behmel, an award-winning artist and best-selling writer whose works have been shown in Paris, Beijing, New York, Moscow and London. Despite coming from different backgrounds with different styles of artwork, these artists came together to offer their pieces all for a good cause.

Apart from the seasoned artists, some of the artwork is from Smile Train’s former cleft patients including Julia Robert Capili, Angel Ibo, Pearl Angeli Miranda, Jervy Hobo, and Nickson Cabote. Having interacted with the guests, these individuals have shown how far they’ve come since their initial cleft surgery.

We hope that we can continue to raise awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines and all over the world through these small acts of kindness,” says Flaviano. “We want to continue to spread smiles and encourage others to do the same.”

For more information about Smile Train's global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

Monday, July 30, 2018

We Partied at the SM Kids City 2018 in SM Dasmariñas!

It's been raining a lot lately which could mean suspended classes and kids have no choice but to stay indoors. Though it's really not a problem for our kids staying at home, but it is mandatory that we have at least 1 day out. More than the kids, I guess it's me who craved for it the most. You know, being a stay-at-home-mom (and without a helper) you really don't get to have a day off so at least make time to have some quality time with the family, right?


So when I get invites to mom and kids events, I get excited! And the most recent event that I attended with the kids is the launch of the biggest kiddie party in the Metro thrown by SM Market and Savemore - SM Kids City 2018 in SM Dasmariñas last July 20, 2018. It was a Friday and classes got suspended so I get to bring all 3 kids with me, of course, Jaear came with us (good thing his 1-day vacation leave request was approved). 

This event is a follow-through of SM Kids City 2017's success wherein we also got to attend when they launched it at SM Southmall, you can read about our experience here

We also saw Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Levy and Kaycee with her Macho Kid at the event.

It is already expected that it will be patronized by frequent mall goers and shoppers because the admission is FREE just register at the entrance area. But I was surprised because there were way many people compared to last year that it was actually a challenge to roam around. Nevertheless, everyone is determined to get in and when I say, everyone, I mean kids and parents alike. I can't blame them there's something for everyone to get busy with and to enjoy. 


Playground Area 



Kids just can't get enough play time. Many kids are waiting for their turn to enter the playground area.


 Kids can also crayon all they want.

Overflowing Food

What's a party without food? There are overflowing free food sample!

Kids grabbing some free food sample from participating brands.
There was also a great selection of kids' favorite food like Hen Lin and Waffle Time or kiddie treats like popcorn, cotton candy, pizza, and pasta.


Fresh Juices
Ang pambansang meryenda- Turon with langka. Yum!

Amazing Shows and Mascots



Just like last year, Pororo was there and the kids are just so happy and this time he is with Krong!

There were also amazing shows such as Clowning Around, Mad Science and Jiggles the Balloon Lady. 


The crowd also participated in exciting games to win prizes! I was thrilled watching the Spicy Noodle Challenge and was tempted to join. Haha!

Freebies and Exclusive Offers

To make the event memorable not just for the kids, there's also something for the parents. SM Markets has partnered with Pampers, Johnson's Baby, URC, Huggies, Koko Krunch, Lactum 3+ and 6+, Lucky Me!, Purefoods, Maggi, Knorr, Barilla, Federated Distributor Inc., Papa Catsup, American Garden, McCormick, Century Tuna Argentina Corned Beef, 555 Tuna, Angel Kremdensada, Ajinomoto, Nextrade Philippines, Inc., Delimondo and Samyang for exclusive offers and prizes. 

It was indeed a Friday well spent. We had so much fun and went home with a smile on our face. 

Missed this event? Fret not because this is just the first round. Treat your kids and the entire family at the biggest kiddie party ever! Catch SM Kids City 2018 in the following malls:
  • SM Fairview – August 4
  • SM Southmall – August 11
  • SM Center Angono – August 18
  • SM San Lazaro – September 1
  • SM Megamall – September 8
Enjoy!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Yummy and Hearty Avocado Toast with Egg


It's true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I must admit though that I tend to miss breakfast on most days, but looks like this Avocado toast will make me look forward to breakfast from now on.

Alright, I know, this isn't something new, avocado toast has been a hype for quite a while now. Forgive me though for raving about it just now because I just recently tried it and fell in love with it! Haha, I'm such a late bloomer. 

Who doesn't love avocado? It's yummy and often said to be the most nutritious fruit in the world. I just didn't really think that avocado is good for savory dishes as I've been accustomed to eating it as a sweet treat by adding milk on it or as an ice cream. I've been seeing lost of posts about food with avocado in it and didn't bother, not until now. 

So one day as I was grocery shopping, I bought some avocados and the rest was history. Hahaha! As usual, I've searched and checked on different recipes online and came up with the easiest one to prepare. All you need is 5 ingredients!

I believe that caring is sharing so here's an easy peasy but yummy and hearty Avocado Toast with egg recipe. 

Avocado Toast with Egg


Ingredients:

1/2 medium ripe avocado
1 egg
1 slice whole wheat bread (for a healthier version but you can use any bread of your choice
salt and pepper 

Instructions:

1. Mash ripe avocado. You can season it with salt and pepper or any other spices of your choice. As for me, I didn't season it with anything, just plain avocado.
2. Heat pan over medium heat, crack the egg on the pan and cook a sunny side up egg according to your liking. Season with salt and pepper.
3. While cooking the egg, prepare your toast.
4. Spread mashed avocado on top of the toasted bread, top with egg and sprinkle some salt and pepper as desired.
5. Indulge!

In less than 10 minutes, you already have a healthy and yummy breakfast! Easy-peasy right? You may also use soft boiled egg or poached egg instead of sunny side up, you can also add tomatoes or anything you wish to. Feel free to experiment with your toast.

Have you tried avocado toast yet? How do you like your avocado? If you have other avocado recipes aside from toast, feel free to comment down below. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Celebrating Every Life Stages at the Sanicare Play Day

Life Lately

...is all about balance.

Life lately has been challenging. It's been over 2 months now that we don't have a helper and since I quit my job. So as a stay at home mom, I get to do all the household chores and look after the kids, it seems like the job is never done. The struggles indeed is real and at some point, it feels like I'm on the verge of losing my sanity. Luckily, I still have it 'coz I don't have a choice! Hahahuhu. It's also a relief that the kids are on the stage wherein they are learning about becoming independent so I don't end up being a helicopter mom. They get to do some tasks on their own especially when it comes to their personal hygiene. The last thing I want to think about is dealing with sickness caused by neglect of basic hygiene such as hand washing, bathing and brushing their teeth, or else I might just really lose it (talking about my sanity, that is).

This current situation, especially during weekdays, is so exacting. This makes me look forward to weekends more so I could spend quality time with the family and take care of the small project that we've ventured into. This is also the reason as to why I don't get to attend events as much as I want to. 

So when I received an invitation to attend a mom and kids event for Sanicare (good thing it falls on a Saturday) I did not hesitate, even though June 30 was our 6th Wedding Anniversary. With how things are going, we really didn't have a concrete plan for the occasion. So I signed up for the event and tagged along Athena and Brianna with me. Tristan has Saturday class so Jaear stayed with him, we just met after the event to have dinner.

What is Sanicare?

When you hear the word Sanicare, what comes first into your mind? For me, it's Hygiene without a doubt. Sanicare is a popular household name known for producing quality hygiene products such as bathroom tissues, wet wipes, cotton, cotton balls and the like. These hygiene products are essentials in every home, but Sanicare is more than that, and that's something that I learned at the Sanicare Play Day which I will be sharing with you so read on.

So Much Fun at the Sanicare Play Day

The Sanicare Play Day was held at the Axon in Green Sun Hotel which was set up with booths highlighting different life stages so moms and kids can choose the best fit for them but we actually got to do almost all the activities. 


Alright, off to our first stop, the Lavender and Cotton Ball installation where we had our photos taken. Brianna is being her shy self again, timidly smiling.

Arts and Crafts at the Kids Corner

Next stop is the Kids corner where they showcased their artistic side. Most materials used are Sanicare products which is very creative I must say. 



Athena and Brianna made their own cotton ball sushi.


They also made a flower out of styrofoam ball and cotton buds. They also made a headband stand using the jumbo kitchen towel roll wrapped with a fabric. I forgot to take photos though. 


Athena and Brianna loves to draw. 

Play Hard and Get Artsy at the Toddler Corner


At the toddler corner, Athena and Brianna enjoyed designing their own eco bags.


But one of their favorite was the mini playground area with a wooden rocker/seesaw and obstacle course. 


Next to it is the sand box which seems to be a hit to most of the kids. There were many kids playing so Athena and Brianna didn't get to play for long, though I can sense they liked it too.

Lovely Baby Corner

On the same side of the fence was the Baby corner. It was set up with rubber mats, pillows and squishy plushies as if inviting me to just lounge around. Too bad I didn't get to take any photos of it.



There was also an activity area where the kids got their palms painted, pressed against a Sanicare paper towel and then had it framed. I really love the idea!


Oh by the way, since most of the activities could get messy, upon entering the venue, every kids were given hygiene kits but we didn't get to use one bit because every booth was equipped with Sanicare products and are manned by people who are assisting the kids with all the activities.

My Learning and Discoveries

While kids were busy playing, I together with my fellow mommies celebrated Bianca Gonzles-Intal's first anniversary as Sanicare's first brand ambassador, she is also expecting her second child. We also listened to her as she shared how Sanicare products have been there by her side during most of her life- from living with her parents to becoming a parent herself. It perfectly captured Sanicare's commitment of being everyone's hygiene companion in all life's adventure.


Bianca also shared a hygiene hack that is very helpful and that is to:
 "Keep hygiene fun and teach hygiene by example. Kids follow what they see and will definitely pick up on your hygiene habits!" 
I totally agree with Bianca, that is also what we practice at home with the kids and I'm so glad that it grows on them. Now that 2 of our kids are in preschool and 1 in grade school, they are fully aware about proper hygiene. They would wash their hands when it's necessary but if there's no access to soap and water, they make use of their hygiene kit (which we never leave the house without) containing their hand sanitizers and wipes. That's one less worry for me knowing that they'll be alright in times when I am not around.

I also learned that Sanicare is a homegrown, proudly Filipino-owned company that is already 20 years in the market. Also, Sanicare uses 100% virgin pulp that has no artificial whiteners and no elemental chlorine. True enough, they have our best interest in mind. 


At the event, I get to discover some products I never new existed such as the Toilet seat cover. This is definitely an addition to our hygiene kit essentials as I never let the kids sit on public toilets. What I like about it is that it is 100% biodegradable so you can just flush it down at the toilet.


We are also loving the Clean Hands Foaming sanitizer, the kids are fond of the bubbly surprise and according to Brianna it's just like soap! Plus it's alcohol free, another addition to our hygiene kit essentials.

Kudos to Sanicare for providing quality products designed for all life stages, they make sure that every hygiene woe meets its match! For a mom like me, having a go-to hygienic choice is a respite from all the decisions I have to make every day. 

So much fun and learning at the Sanicare Play Day. I'm really glad I brought the kids with me because aside from all the playing they were once again reminded of proper hygiene in the most fun way possible! After a mundane week of just school-home routine, Athena and Brianna really looked forward to the event and they weren't disappointed. It's been almost a month now and they still can't get over about it, that whenever they see Sanicare products, they would start talking about all the fun they had.

Thanks again Sanicare for having us!

Sanicare will continue to aspire to give its customers one less worry at every stage of their life by pursuing innovative hygiene products that will be every Filipino's companion in their life journey. 

To know more about how Sanicare can be your family's hygiene companion in all of life’s stages, you can visit the Sanicare Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/sanicare.ph.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lazada-Unilever Mid Year Sale 2018

Love Dove products? They are on 30% Off!
Yes, you read it right! Your favorite Unilever products are on sale once again in Lazada. Enjoy heaps of surprises, exclusive treats and interact with your favorite celebrities from July 18-25, 2018.

To give you a glimpse, Here are EXCITING DEALS in store for you:
  • Destress your tresses with Tresemme: Enjoy runway ready hair with up to 30% OFF on Tresemme’s styling products &  up to 50% OFF on Tresemme’s Platinum Strength range
  • Get your glow on with treats from St. Ives, Pond’s & Dove.
    • Feed your skin with our yummy St. Ives deals up to 40% OFF
    • Get first dibs on limited edition Pond’s gift sets for as low as PHP 150 & up to 50% OFF on regular items
    • Nourish your skin & hair with up to 30% OFF on Dove products
  • Get ultimately beautiful hair with Cream Silk:
    • Buy the NEW Cream Silk Triple Keratin Range –3x the keratin in one ultimate solution
  • Celebrate what it means to be a REAL MOM with Baby Dove:
    • Grab new, limited edition Baby Dove bundles with an insulated lunch box for as low as PHP 797
  • Awesome deals from Surf, Breeze & Knorr
    • Always have a fresh & clean laundry with up to 30% OFF on Surf and Breeze products
    • Get a chance to win a Whirlpool washing machine when you purchase any of the Home Care packages
    • Whip-up delicious meals with discounted Knorr & Lady’s Choice bundles- up to 25% OFF
  • Always have clean & safe drinking water with Pureit. Get 20% on all Pureit Products.
EVERYDAY SURPRIZES!

The first daily 100 shoppers to use the code “ULMIDYR20” will automatically get a prize from Lazada! Which of these freebies will shoppers go crazy over?
  • Tresemme Split Repair Shampoo 340ml
  • Breeze Rose Gold Perfume 650g
  • Simple Micellar Water 400ml
  • St. Ives Face Scrub Blackhead Clearing Green Tea 6oz
  • Baby Dove Sampling Kit
  • Manifesto Box with Axe, Pond’s Men, Clear, Dove Men + Care, Master freebies
  • Surf Cherry Blossom 2.2 kg
  • o Simple Hydrating Moisturizer 125ml
*Winners to be announced and selected by Lazada

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July 19 | 12:00 noon –FB Live with Dimples Romana for Pureit. If you’re lucky, you can win 1 of the 3 Pureit Excella units up for a raffle! Each unit is worth PHP 4,998 !

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But wait, there’s more!

Shoppers can get an additional 20% OFF on their basket* by simply using the voucher code "ULMIDYR20"

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All roads lead to the #ULMidYrSale#LAZxULMidYrSale! Remember to visit this page from Jul 18-25, 2018: https://pages.lazada.com.ph/wow/i/ph/PHCampaign/brand-of-the-week-unilever

Friday, July 6, 2018

Moist Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Thank God it's Friday! For a mom like me, I am thankful for Fridays because it's the last day of the school week which means, I don't have to wake up early the next day to attend to 3 kids for school. I am really not a morning person, I struggle to get up from the bed every day. So, yay for Fridays!!!!


Anyhow, last Friday, June 29, I planned a last minute little surprise for the husband for our 6th Wedding Anniversary (June 30). Just a short kwento, several months before our anniversary, we planned on having an out of town celebration, and Cebu was on top of our list. Good thing though that we weren't able to book airfare tickets right away, a lot of things had happened, Tristan has some troubles at school (which I would like to write about some other time), we are now a household without a helper (for more than a month now) so I have to quit my job and  become a stay at home mom again. 

So technically, we didn't have anything planned out for our anniversary because of how busy our household is and also few weeks prior, I have already committed to attending an event with Sanicare on the day of our anniversary. We just had dinner after the event. But, I was feeling extra and surprised Jaear with a banana with cream cheese frosting cake that I personally baked. 

No, I am not a kitchen diva, I cook because I don't have a choice (hahaha) kidding aside, I love cooking but I only know a few recipes so, thanks Google! Aside from cooking, Google also though me how to bake. 

This is not really my first time baking banana cake, I began baking 2 years ago but it sure is my first time making one with the frosting. So on the 29th, I searched Google for the easiest recipe for the frosting then whipped it that night so it could be ready when Jaear gets home around 1AM of June 30, 2018.

And as promised, whenever I learned something new, I'd gladly share it with you mommas. So here's an easy recipe for a banana cake with cream cheese frosting.

Banana Cake

Ingredients:



  • 1 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 medium-sized bananas, 3 if large
  • 2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 crushed almonds
Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 190 ℃
2. Mash the bananas
3. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl
3. Add the bananas and oil on the beaten egg. Continue to mix until the ingredients are well blended. Set aside.
4. On a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and almonds. Mix well.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Continue to fold until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
6. Add the vanilla extract.
7. Grease a 9x13 pan (Two 9-inch round cake pans or two 8-inch square cake pans) then pour the mixture on it.
8. Bake for 40 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test
9. Remove from the oven and let it cool down. 

Take note that if you are using a disposable aluminum pan like this, you have to adjust your baking time 10 minutes shorter, perform the toothpick before 30 minutes because it may already be baked.
While waiting for the banana cake to cool, prepare the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients: 


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer, since I don't have one I made use of Tupperware Brands Speedy Chef- it's like a manual mixer.
2. Add vanilla, then occasionally stir in powdered sugar until frosting is a thick spreadable consistency.
3. Spread or pipe frosting on cooled cake.
4. Top with crushed almonds.

That's it! It's super easy and it tastes good. Though the banana cake was a bit dense however it was moist. Actually, this is not the original recipe that I used to bake. My original banana cake recipe was more fluffy than this. The thing is, I wasn't able to back up the recipe when we reset my old iPhone 5s. Since I am not a baker, I can't figure out which ingredients should I lessen or add more.  Could it be because I used a different pan size? The recipe calls for 9x13 pan but since I don't have one I used a smaller square pan which I guess was around 8 inch. And, instead of using 2 pans I poured all the cake batter in one pan. Lol! I'm going to try this again with some changes and will update this post. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a decent cake which the whole family enjoyed! 


I'm so glad that I was able to pull off this little surprise for the husband for our 6th Wedding Anniversary instead of buying a ready-made cake. Something with a personal touch and baked with love, that makes it special. I am really happy whenever I do something for my family. I guess that's our nature as a mom, noh?

Do you have a different banana cake recipe to share? Would love to hear about it!

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Quick and Easy Ulam Idea: Tuna Nuggets

Hi, there momma! Surely, your search for the easiest and quickest ulam ideas possible got you here. I feel you, momma, I guess meal planning is every moms' trouble, right? I can cook but I am no expert and the number of ulam recipes I know is very limited. With that, we end up having a certain meal for each day of the week and then just repeat the same menu every week. Boo! Hey, that's better than nothing right mommas? A mom's got to do what a moms' gotta do to keep the family alive. Lol!


I was searching the world wide web one day for new ulam ideas that I can add on my list and got overwhelmed with the number of searches that I got. It surely took up a lot of my time and energy. Hah! And, among all the recipes I was able to search this one is the easiest one to whip plus we have all the ingredients readily available in the pantry so Tuna Nuggets it is. 

And of course, sharing is caring so I'd like to share the super easy peasy recipe with all of you mommas.

TUNA NUGGETS


Ingredients:

2 packs of any brand of saltine crackers
2 canned tuna - any brands
minced garlic and onions
2 tbsp of flour
1-2 eggs
cooking oil for frying
salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions:

1. Crush the saltine crackers
2. Mix all ingredients together
3. Add salt and pepper according to your taste
3 Heat the pan and fry 1 tbsp of the mixture until golden brown
4. Placed cooked tuna nuggets on a kitchen towel to drain excess oil
5. Serve with your choice of dip and rice!

That was easy! Then I just paired it up with Knorr's Crab and Corn soup and we already have a decent meal. Most importantly, the husband and the kids liked it. 

Not only is this recipe easy to prepare but it also tastes good and affordable. So the next time that you are time-crunched or just want to try something new, try this Tuna Nuggets recipe. 

I'll try other recipes and will share it with yo again soon mommas. Do you mind sharing you ulam ideas too? I'm desperate! Haha!

Friday, June 15, 2018

The RealReal Combines Luxury With Consignment

Authenticity is one of the prime elements missing from the second-hand clothing industry. Sure there are good authentic products to be found but most people would rather not spend the time to sort through the mess that most stores have on display. The RealReal attempts to redefine this under-appreciated industry by transforming second-hand consignment into a boutique experience.

The authenticity of leather bags can be determined in multiple ways and it mostly comes down to the quality of leather. Even the smell of the leather, in which fakes have a strong chemical smell, can determine a fake item. An article in the New Yorker had detailed their workshops on how to spot fake luxury goods. The RealReal has been conducting free workshops for customers and fashion enthusiasts to get educated about knock-off products.

The idea of fakes being present in everyone's closet is not entirely absurd. It is easier than ever to import fake products from China to resell online and unsuspecting people end up buying them. Many RealReal locations will be swarmed by fake items coming in and many of them are from regular people. If you received a gift from a friend, it still may be questionable.


Julie Wainwright has been behind the RealReal since 2011 and had mostly been an online business. This high-value entrepreneur had luck with other e-commerce ventures in the past and her knowledge took this brand sky high in no-time.

Second-hand shops will typically have to sell mass products to make a profit since most people come in with the expectation of spending very little. This is why you see piles of unkempt clothes and racks without labels for low-budget shoppers to sort through. Boutiques that deal with high-value luxury items certainly is not common.

What Julie's company does is take luxury brands, authenticates them and puts them on display in the best light possible. You can see their passion for quality by browsing through their website. Each item is professionally photographed and a lot of love is put into the description. The quality is so great that most buyers are normal retail shoppers looking for a good deal.

According to Julie, trying to offload luxury goods on eBay, Amazon or local consignment shops is a pure nightmare. There are so many risks and you will be left with underwhelming bids on your product. The RealReal chases high-value customers to get higher profit margins for their clients.

Since the founding of their website, over 8 million users have registered and at least have been active.
It is harder to get online users to cosign their items on the internet, which explains them expanding to brick & mortar locations in New York and California.

The RealReal may not be for everyone but there is certainly a factor of convenience by not having to dig through clothes at regular second-hand stores. Their stores offer a unique experience of boutique displays that match many high-end fashion stores in New York.

It will be likely that more stores will be popping up under this brand since hundreds of millions from venture capital companies have been invested. A recent example is a large venture capital company had pumped an additional $50 million into the company in 2017. The previous year was rather successful with over $500 million in revenue for just a second-hand dealer.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Alalay mo sa Eskwela ko: A Back-to-School Campaign by SOS Children's Village

It's back-to-school season once more. Upon reading this, you might have already enrolled your children in their respective schools or they might have started attending their classes today. I couldn't stress enough how important education is and it's one of the best gifts we can give our children.

Unfortunately, here in our country, not all people are privileged enough to go to school. Philippines, is the 13th most populated country in the world, and according to wordometers, the 2018 population is 106,434,943. It has also been reported that 21.6% of Philippines' population lives below the national poverty line in 2015 and has increased over time. This is a heartbreaking truth. However, I believe that the government is doing its best to address the key issues this country is facing especially regarding education.

There are also private and non-political organizations that provide help and seek to improve the lives of the underprivileged. I have always wanted to do charity works but I don't know how or where to start. I've always thought about going out in the fields to help, do volunteer works or donating money. For a stay at home mom to three little kids without a household helper, that could be an impossible mission. But I thought to myself, help can be done in so many ways. And, right now I am glad to have partnered with SOS Children's Villages in promoting their cause of giving a home to orphaned, abandoned, neglected Filipino children. 

SOS Children's Villages is a private, non-political, non-denominational organization that provides long-term family-based care to children in need. Today, SOS Children's Villages is located in 134 countries and territories around the world. The 571 SOS Children’s Villages are home to most of the approximately 86,000 children and young adults in a family-based care program. They also work in the communities to provide support and intervention to families at risk of breaking down. More than 467,000 people participate in a family strengthening programs.

In the Philippines, the first SOS Children’s Villages was founded on May 1, 1967 in the province of Batangas. Now they have 8 villages spread across the country, and there are almost 1,200 children and young adults who live in their family-based care program. In the communities, they give support and intervention to approximately 2,100 families.


This back-to-school season, SOS Children's Villages has an ongoing campaign which is entitled "Alalay mo sa Eskwela ko". It was launched last May 28, 2018. It aims to provide the educational needs of 5,600 children who are at risk of losing parental care, and 1,100 abandoned, neglected, and orphaned children who now live in their 8 villages spread across the Philippines.

All donations will provide for the children's back-to-school kit such as notebooks, pencils, ballpens, paper, coloring materials, shoes, and bags. 


As a mother, I have a soft spot for children. It breaks my heart seeing children along the streets sleeping, begging for alms and worst they end up being hooligans. I hope we all work hand in hand to make this world a better place. A little help could really go along way.

"Every child deserves to have the best educational opportunities possible, but many lack the tools needed to succeed. 

Will you help give them a brighter future?"
Go to alalaymosaeskwelako.sosphilippines.org to give children who are in need, a better chance in life.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

All Things Hair - All Out Summer Sale 2018!

I've been sporting a short, untreated damaged hair for more than a year. And, just 2 weeks ago I finally gave my hair that much needed pampering. I had my hair rebonded and availed the Brazilian treatment, so now it's soft, smooth and looking healthy! But of course, it doesn't stop there. I need to take care of my hair even more. I need hair products to maintain my hairs' smoothness, tame frizz and polish it as it gets exposed to daily pollutants. I've been eyeing on that new Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Conditioner that I saw on TV.

Just in time, Unilever is running an All Things Hair- All Out Summer Sale up to 50% OFF in Lazada from May 24- May 31, 2018. 

They actually sent me All Things Hair cute items such that small bag with Dove products in it and Cream Silk conditioner with a cute tumbler! We are all Dove and Cream Silk users here in the house so, thank you so much!

Here are the things you can expect from the All Things Hair- All Out Summer Sale:

If you're just like me who wants to get first dibs on the newest innovation from Cream Silk and experience the benefits of 3 Keratin products in 1 ultimate solution, better check them out in Lazada they are on sale!

Another participating product is Tresemme. Destress your tresses with Tresemme and get runway ready with up to 30% OFF on their styling products & 25% OFF on Keratin Smooth and Detox & Nourish shampoo and conditioner.

Are you a Dove user? Dare to enjoy your hair, your way with DOVE and enjoy up to 25% OFF. Especially if it’s damage you’re worried about, all you need is Dove!


Here are other hot summer deals from CLEAR, SUNSILK, TONI & GUY, SUAVE
•Enjoy up to 25% OFF on Clear & Sunsilk bundles
•Slay your summer look with up to 50% OFF on Toni & Guy
•#SuaveTheDay with exclusive hair deals from Suave


Wait, that's not all! Get additional PHP100 OFF on all participating products with a minimum purchase of Php 500, just use the Voucher code: ALLTHINGSHAIR upon checkout! 

What are you waiting for, visit All Things Hair- All Out Summer Sale now until May 31 only!