Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Best Beaches Near Fort Myers

 
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Fort Myers, Florida is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the state. Situated on the Eastern side of the state, Fort Myers is often overlooked when it comes to popular Florida vacation spots in favor of more popular cities like Miami and Orlando. However, anyone who has ever visited Fort Myers can attest to how breathtakingly beautiful it is. One of Fort Myers’ best assets is the abundance of beaches near the city. Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a piece of Fort Myers real estate or are simply planning to visit, here are a few of the best beaches the area has to offer.

Crescent Beach Family Park

Kicking off our list is Crescent Beach Family Park. Crescent Beach Family Park spans 2.25 acres of waterfront property in Fort Myers Beach, surrounded by 400 feet of pure white sand. The park is also known for being one of the most family-friendly areas in Fort Myers, as the beach is equipped with picnic tables, volleyball courts, and public restrooms, perfect for family outings. If you’re looking for a great place to spend a day with the family, Crescent Beach Family Park is a must-visit.

Dog Beach

For dog lovers everywhere, it doesn’t get much better than Fort Myers’ Dog Beach. Dog Beach is one of the most pet-friendly places in Fort Myers, and on any given day, tons of furry friends can be seen splashing around in the waves and playing in the sand. Note that you don’t have to have a dog to visit the beach- many animal lovers prefer to simply sit back and watch the pups play! If you do decide to bring your dog, the beach is equipped with shower stations to wash your pet before leaving, as well as a public restroom for humans.

Lovers Key State Park

Just as the name suggests, Lovers Key State Park is one of the most romantic beaches in Fort Myers. Accessible only by boat, Lovers Key State Park offers a more secluded option for anyone looking to escape to the beach for the day. The beach offers plenty to do for visiting couples, from kayaking and canoeing to bicycling and more. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or simply looking for something new to do as a couple, you can’t go wrong with Lovers Key State Park.

Newton Park

Newton Park is one of the most historic beaches in Fort Myers, making it a must-visit for history buffs. The beach is named after Jim and Ellie Newton, a husband and wife who were associates of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Charles Lindbergh. The Newton’s former home, the Seven Seas cottage, is still functioning to this day and is even available for special events! For a beautiful beach getaway with a little historical background, Newtown Park is not one to be missed!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

5 Bonding Activities You Can Do with Your Children

"The bond between mother and child is unique and lasting, starting from pregnancy and influencing life well into adulthood. A mom is often the child’s first friend, playmate, and teacher."
In this fast-paced world, a modern working mom’s time with her child is incredibly limited. Being a work at home mom to 3 kids, without a household help nor a baby sitter, I see to it that I set time every day to bond with my children—and take every chance to turn regular activities into quality time for us.

There are various fun and educational activities moms can do with their kids every day. The kids will not only enjoy these activities but will also develop valuable skills and habits needed for life.

Cooking

If there’s one thing kids love doing, it’s eating! Since they already love to munch on their food, teaching them how to cook will make them appreciate what goes into their meal. This activity can make kids realize their dreams of becoming a chef—or help establish healthier eating habits at least.


Arts & Crafts

A child’s imagination and creativity know no bounds, that’s why it’s important to do activities that will help develop their artistic skills. Doing arts and crafts projects with your child will expose them to a world full of visual imagery, which can be a new channel of communication between parent and child.

Gardening

Growing a garden is a surprisingly relaxing way to teach kids about the importance of nature and the environment. It also teaches them to be responsible, as plants are placed under their care.

This activity might be a challenge for those living in small spaces or condominiums like us but it is possible. You can grow succulents or plants that can be planted in small pots. 

Playing Sports

Kids need to have fun and be active, and sports enables them to experience both. Physical activities such as running and playing badminton will give kids the energy and strength they need as they grow. Playing sports with your kids will also teach them how to play fairly and win a game with a ‘teammate’.

As for us, we love swimming and biking. I am looking into other sports that I could involve the kids into. 

Bath Time

One of the most relaxing and intimate bonding moments between a mom and her child is bath time. Bath time with the kids can be used as another means of communication between mother and child, creating conversations that both of them will fondly treasure. 

An activity as simple as bathing your toddler can create a lasting bond between a mom and her child. My kids could take a bath on their own especially our eldest, Tristan who is now 10 years old. But, sometimes, I still get to bathe with my 2 girls, Athena and Brianna. Making the most out of it while I still can!


Bath time with the kids isn’t only a great bonding activity, as it’s also one way of showing your kids the importance of taking care of their body, keeping their skin clean and from acquiring unwanted skin diseases. Cetaphil Baby further strengthens this bond thanks to their line of products that gently touches your toddler’s skin.

The Cetaphil Baby products are made up of ingredients that keep your child’s skin moisturized while also soothing sensitive skin, making it an ideal bath time essential for kids.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

STRIPES RUN 2019: Run for Reading!

This year, McDonald's once again invites families and friends to pledge their support for children's literacy at Stripes Run 2019. Now on its 10th year, McDonald’s Stripes Run 2019 run for reading will be help on December 1, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

For the past 10 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the Philippines has been the beneficiary of McDonald's Stripes Run. Proceeds of the annual fun run go to the Ronald McDonald Read to Learn - a beginning reading program for Grade 1 and 2 public elementary school students. In partnership with DepEd, it aims to eradicate illiteracy among Filipino children. To date, the Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program has reached over 12 million students, trained over 28 thousand educators, and distributed more than 367 thousand books.


Registration is quick and easy, with three possible options to choose from:

1. Register and pay online at mcdostripesrun.com.ph.
2. Download the form on mcdostripesrun.com.ph and pay for the registration fee at select McDonald’s stores.
3. Register and pay at select McDonald’s stores (View list of stores at https://mcdostripesrun.com.ph/how-to-join)

At an affordable price, you get a race kit with a Stripes Run shirt, 1 pair of Stripes Socks, 1 Race Bib, 1 McDonald’s Longgadesal, and 1 Race Map. Exciting game booths and activities also await the entire family and barkada during the run!

Kids and adults alike are welcome to run for reading with the various running categories to choose from:

  • Kiddie stripes (1K) – 8 years old and below
  • Young stripes (3K) – 8-15 years old
  • 3K stripes – 16 years old and up
  • Family stripes (3K) – 2 kids (15 years old and below) and 2 adults (16 years old and up)
  • 5K stripes – 16 years old and up 
  • Squad stripes (5K) – 4 adults (16 years old and up)
  • 10K stripes – 16 years old and up
Get your family and friends to run with you at Stripes Run 2019! Share your experience by using the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tagging @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Stripes Run 2019, visit mcdostripesrun.com.ph or follow McDonald's Philippines on Facebook.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

How We Make Toothbrush Time a Hapee Time!

October went by so fast! It only seems like yesterday when I was dressing up the kids with their Halloween costumes DIYed by me, of course. This year, we celebrated Haloween here in the condo again, that's two times in a row already. Though this year, we didn't go trick or treating, the kids still got a lot of candies from the party! I haven't stored their pumpkin pails yet, as there are still candies in it! Yes, I allow my kids to eat candy, but only 1 to 2 pieces a day, there are days when they don't get any. 


And, just right in time after Halloween, we got this box of Hapee-ness filled with Hapee Kiddie toothpaste! With so many candies waiting to be eaten, this box is a perfect reminder for Tristan, Athena, and Brianna to brush their teeth.


Well, I don't have any trouble getting them to brush their teeth anyway.

Okay, I said, "don't" not "didn't." I've also experienced, forcing a crying toddler to get to brush their teeth at one point (multiply it by 3 lol). I've been there too, so I know the struggle. And I'm glad we got passed that stage. Right now, the only setback is when they forget to brush their teeth, so I have to remind them sometimes, and they'd do it without any drama. 

How We Make Toothbrush Time a Hapee Time!

How did we do it? Well, it took a reasonable amount of time, a handful of patience, and some good old' techniques to make it work. Let me share some that worked for us!



1. Ever heard of the phrase "brushing alone is not enough"? Took it literally, so we brush our teeth together! One way to get the kids to do what you want is to lead by example. This way, we also get to show them how it is done correctly. 




2. Brushing may be fun when we do it together, but we also have to teach them how to do it independently. Let them do it alone (still with your supervision, of course) even if they are not doing it right the first few times. Let them enjoy it, they will learn eventually. Now, both Tristan and Athena are teaching their little sister Brianna how to brush her teeth!



3. Teaching them the importance of brushing their teeth and the benefit they will get out of it. Let them know that a happy and healthy kid has a clean and strong set of teeth. Instead of scaring them and telling them, "your teeth will fall off if you don't brush" or "you won't have any of this if you don't brush your teeth." 

4. Play fun music or set a timer when brushing your teeth to make sure they brush their teeth for 2 minutes.

5. Let them choose their toothbrushes or buy the ones in their favorite color or characters! 

6. This may be the last, but I believe it is a vital one. Make sure to choose the right toothpaste for kids. Make it colorful and flavorful, because if kids say it's yucky, they won't do it. 

Aside from that, the right toothpaste for kids contains a safe level of fluoride, just like Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste.

Look at all the colorful packaging and flavorful variants you and your kids can choose from! 


Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste is available in fruity flavors; Apple Crunch, Juicy Grapes Orange Squeeze, Strawberry Bloom, and Tutti Frutti Twist. There are also other sweet treats that kids love- the Bubblegum Pop, and Cookies and Cream Ahoy.


Kids can have one flavor every day! Isn't that exciting?

#MakeBrushTimeHapeeTime and your kids will surely not look at tooth brushing as a dreaded task. 

If this won't make your kids look forward to brushing their teeth, then I don't know what else will! 



Find out more about Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste, you may visit their Facebook Page here.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Add color to your diet with Australian Navel Oranges + Facts

The main variety of orange is the Navel which is usually seedless, easy to peel, skin, very sweet juicy
flesh, and a small protrusion at one end that resembles a human navel (hence the name of this variety)


Australian Navel Oranges are available and in season from June to October each year. Hort Innovation’s Taste Australia campaign is bringing the highest quality Navel Oranges back from Australia’s southeast regions to the Philippines. It aims to cement existing trade relations and develop new partnerships between the two countries.

Only sourced from the highest quality crops, Australian oranges are at their prime and Taste Australia encourages consumers to make the most of the peak season and indulge in this colorful, sweet, juicy and nutritious fruit.

And just in time for Trick or Treat, we received a small box of Australian Navel Oranges. I added it on top of the candies the kids got from the Halloween party!



Health benefits


Australian oranges are famous for its high Vitamin C content and natural flu-fighting properties. They are also high in antioxidants, fibre, folate and potassium. Australian oranges have numerous health and nutritional benefits including:

● Nutrient density which is great for weight control
● Good source of folate which is perfect for pregnant women (may help prevent spina bifida) and the rest of the family (helps the immune system and heart)
● Great for blood pressure control with high potassium and low salt
● Rich in antioxidants which helps keep you fit and healthy throughout the year.

Application and recipes

Australian oranges are incredibly versatile, making them the perfect anytime snack or addition to sweet or savory dishes. Oranges are a great alternative to a quick fix sugary drink or a chocolate bar as they contain carbohydrates and B vitamins.

Must-try recipes can be found at http://www.oranges.com.au/recipes.

Selection and storage at home


1. Make sure to select fruit that has bright orange skin, is firm, and feels heavy for its size (avoid
dry, wrinkled or softer looking orangesas they do not ripen further after harvest.).

2. Oranges can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature, and longer when refrigerated.

● Store oranges unwashed as moisture on the skin can lead to mould.
● Either peel or wash oranges in cool water before slicing. If cutting, use a clean cutting board to prevent cross-contamination.
● Do not freeze oranges or store them below 3°C.

You still have time to try this delectable fruit at in-store and sampling sessions taking place at participating retailers such as Rustan’s, Shopwise, Wellcome, S&R, Robinson’s, SM and other major supermarkets. Consumers can also find participating retailers, view trending recipes, learn helpful tips and tricks, or be involved in the latest conversations by following Taste Australia - Philippines on @TasteAustraliaPhilippines on Facebook and @TasteAustraliaPH on Instagram.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Henry and Sons introduces transparency platform for coffee

In the recently concluded World Food Expo Manila, Henry and Sons President and CEO Michael Harris Conlin launched croptomarket.com—a digital transparency platform that displays a detailed information of coffee from the farmers to the retail market.


During his presentation in the forum “A Taste of the Cordillera” recently, Conlin explains how customers can access the transparency report on every can of coffee purchased from Henry and Sons. By scanning the QR code on the can, the website will appear on the screen that shows information about the farmer where the coffee cherries were purchased, and the process of roasting and manufacturing of the coffee beans until it reaches its target consumers. It also reveals the breakdown of cost of the product—from crop to market.


In partnership with the Saddle Hartwell Lumbag Coffee Growers Association through the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence, Henry and Sons also introduced the Nano Lots coffee series featuring the backyard farmers from Itogon, Benguet namely Lolita, Cayamdas, Hilda, and Rita. These coffee cans are the pioneer products to utilize the platform.

The Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence is the advocacy arm of Henry and Sons geared to address the major issues in the coffee farming industry. Its connection to the farmers began when the foundation provided an aid to the residents of Itogon, Benguet after typhoon Ompong struck the town in 2018. Mining, which used to be the community’s main source of livelihood, greatly contributed to the landslide that left the town devastated. Learning this, the foundation started to work with the farmers to help their town transform into a fully sustainable coffee growing community.

Conlin, who is also a social entrepreneur, aims to demonstrate transparency, accountability and trust throughout the agricultural value chain and to positively impact the Philippine agricultural sector through the new platform. “Now, the consumers can truly see how their hard-earned money helps the entire value chain,” Conlin states.

The featured coffees will be available at Rustan’s Department Store, The Giving CafĂ©, and at Henry and Sons’ e-commerce website TheVault.ph.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

A Whole Effort for the Whole Child: How REX is leading the Whole Child Initiative in the Philippines

Ensuring a young learner’s future success is not defined solely by where and who they grew up with. A child’s upbringing is not defined by their circumstances, but by the conscious choices that those who support them make. What does it take to foster a learning environment that supports young learners? It takes action, and a deep sense of responsibility rooted in community support.



In the Philippines, education is considered as a cornerstone of helping the national economy thrive in a fast-paced world thatdemands new perspectives to answer the challenges and recognize the opportunities that today's realities serve. We live in spaces with so many diverse aspects that each contribute to how we look at ourselves and decide what to do in life, with the world out there. This is why it is important to build our capacities from multiple perspectives: to shape our intellectual, social, physical, emotional, artistic, and creative potentials. What does this mean for our young learners?

Shaped by the rapid advances in global industry and technology, young learners today have more privilege in terms of access to vast troves of information, all available at the touch of a button or the tap of a screen. However, digital connectedness and well-being are not really adequate measures of whether a child is learning and is steadily becoming independent, able to expand their own imagination, and always hungry to learn by both doing and taking apart what they already learned to make something new. 

The 21st century is an age of connectedness and speed, a time when technology and industry are seamlessly bound to make the world a better place, and transform how we live. With this in mind, what we need is a whole new approach to the ways with which we go about with education, how we prepare them for success in life.

The Whole Child Initiative is a philosophy centered on holistic practices and methods that develops and prepares students by attending to a learner’s multifaceted needs: not just the academic aspect, but also, and more importantly, a learner’s psycho-social and emotional development. By considering the learner as an individual within a community, the Whole Child Initiative creates a bond between teachers, schools, parents, and the entire community, fostering awareness and openness to help shape and sustain learning environments into safe spaces for growth, learning, and the fulfillment of every child’s potential for success. 

Through its critical thinking and inquiry-based methodology, the Whole Child Initiative aims to provide a well-rounded education, geared especially toward young learners. It is through this core concept of a well-rounded education that the Whole Child Initiative strives to help young learners become successful in later life without unnecessarily straining or pressuring them to merely excel in academics, given how academic excellence in itself is not an adequate measure of a happy and fulfilling life.

As a holistic approach, the Whole Child Initiative is guided by human values that have a universal resonance: compassion and peace. The campaign for the Whole Child commits itself to uplift all learners and help transform how we experience education into something that they could cherish and look back with gratitude, one that they will keep and treasure for a lifetime.

For over 69 years, REX has continuously evolved as the leading learning solutions provider in the Philippines. REX envisions a bright future for every Filipino learner, a future where they may reach for their dreams and become whole and joyful persons ready to contribute to society, committed to helping build the nation forward.

At REX, everything is done to nurture and serve, for the child (“Para sa Bata”). From publishing superior learning materials, to providing ISO-certified printing services, to holding relevant professional development seminars for educators and school administrators, all these works are part of the vision of the Whole Child: a child who’s safe, healthy, challenged, supported, and engaged.

REX is the premiere Philippine partner of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the main international organization campaigning for the Whole Child Approach. The REX and ASCD’s partnership has helped introduce and widen the acceptance of holistic learning strategies for next-gen education in the Philippines, all aligned with the country’s current transition to fully implementing K-12 education policies, as well as the new General Education Curriculum (GEC).

To learn more about REX's leading efforts towards creating sustainable learning environments for the Whole Child, read about their work here: http://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/whole-child-initiative/

Thursday, August 22, 2019

What's New with Brownies Unlimited?


Jaear and I may be the opposite in so many things, but we have one thing in common, we both love sweets! That's why when I got invited to the Brownies Unlimited event last August 10, I did not hesitate!

Did you know that Brownies Unlimited first opened as a corner counter in SM Makati in 1988 Yes! They've been selling delectable brownies for more than 30 years now while keeping the quality of the ingredients and processes, and keeping the prices affordable!


Growing up in the province, I first got introduced to Brownies Unlimited around the year 2009 when I was already in college and can travel by own to Baguio City. I've always loved their brownies, sylvanas and their munchies! And since I moved to Manila where I have easy access to the malls, Brownies Unlimited has been one of our choices for pasalubong. 

So what's new with Brownies Unlimited? 


Brownies Unlimited continues to grow with more branches and has opened its doors to franchising. And, last August 10, they opened their first flagship store located at the 2nd floor of SM Makati. I spent my Saturday morning literally in sweet paradise! 


I together with fellow mommy bloggers got to peek on their new products! There's Brownie Pizza that comes in S’mores and Cosmic flavors. Surprisingly, Brownies Unlimited has its own ice cream, the Scoopery which is made with real and natural ingredients! I literally just found out about it during the event. They have delightful flavors such as the tasty Toasted Marshmallow, delectable ice cream with toasted marshmallows on top, and the Molten Brownie, a freshly baked brownie topped with your favorite ice cream. 



I even got the chance to make my own brownie pizza during the event! I regret not bringing the kids with us, so we just took home some pasalubong for them and they loved it!


Finally, here's another thing to look forward to with Brownies Unlimited. They can make any event super special with their Dessert Table! They even offer a "Make Your Own Brownie Pizza station". 


For Athena's 6th birthday last year, we bought Brownies Unlimited cupcakes which we were supposed to give to her classmates but she got sick so we just organized a small party at home.

Planning for a party?  Here's a list of their Dessert Table Packages:


I really had a great time at the event. And I made a short about the event which I also posted on Facebook and Instagram:


What are you waiting for? Let’s all grab a bite and make our cheat days worth it. Tag everyone
along and make sure not to miss out on this brownie lovers’ paradise!

For more exciting promos and updates, follow @BrowniesUnlimited on Facebook and Instagram.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Comfort and Quality Sleep With Mr. Big Pillows

I used to think that buying a pillow only depends on the texture and what it is made of until I learned about Mr. Big. Pillow

Mr. Big Pillow is a brand of pillows, toppers, and mattresses. Its founder - Mr. Chawakit Kaoien is a physical therapist thus, he designed ergonomic pillows, toppers, and mattresses that work in harmony with our body.

Last month, at the SM Home Fair, I learned that there is a perfect pillow for everyone and in choosing that perfect pillow we need to consider our body structure, height, weight, health condition, and sleep style. Because apparently, using the wrong pillow has its consequences.  


I am hugging a Body Scale 2 pillow here.

Mr. Big has Body Scale Pillows which may look like the normal rectangular pillow but they are not.

There are 5 body scale pillows for different body types. This kind of pillow fits well to the shape of the head and neck and firm enough for your head’s weight and shoulders width.

I am a combination of a back and side sleeper so the perfect body scale pillow for me is the Body Scale No. 2. 

The price of the Body Scale Pillow starts at Php 2,499.

An Orthocurve pillow,  a 20 x 50-inch body pillow where I can rest my arms, leg, torso, or hip on it to get support and feel more comfortable when I'm on my side and is also ideal for me.

Though I am a combination of back and side sleeper, I feel like I am more of a side sleeper. I also have scoliosis and according to them, I should sleep more on the side which doesn't have the curve. 

That's why Mr. Big's Posture Care Products also suit me! 

These are full-support Positioning Pillows that provide support right where you need. It supports you from head to leg, wraps you with correct spine alignment. It suits side sleepers like me who often lack support.


Nine Pillow


Jay Pillow 

I really like the Nine Pillow but as it turns out, the Jay Pillow is more suitable for me. It supports as much as Nine Pillow, only I'll get even more snuggle fit with Jay because I am less than 165 cm tall.

The price of both pillows is around Php 6,000 each. I need to save up for this!




Aside from the ergonomic comfort that Mr. Big Pillow provides, another thing that I love about it is that it is made with Elasta fiber. It is soft, hypoallergenic, washable and it doesn't clump, unlike other pillows we've tried. It is Brianna's new favorite pillow, look at that smile!

As I said before, sleep is a necessity, but with the many demands in this fast paced world, 24 hours seem not enough to do what we have to do. Thus, sleeping becomes a luxury. But even with a short amount of sleep, it is still possible to get a quality one if we choose the right pillow according to our body's need. You may think that Mr. Big is expensive but it is worth it. 

The rule of thumb is to replace your pillow every 1 to 2 years but with Mr. Big Pillow, you can actually use it longer than that. Here's a tip on how to keep your pillow last longer, throw in some pillow protector the next time you go shopping. Thank me later!

Want to know the right type of pillow for you? Visit this page to find  out!

Our Akemi PH Experience

In one of my previous posts, I talked about Home Improvement Hacks featuring Akemi PH. I also posted about the SM Home Fair which was held last June 28-30, at SMX Convention Center, MOA complex. Did you get the chance to visit it? I did! And, I visited the Akemi PH booth

As a mom, I really find it fun shopping for home essentials, and of course, that includes pretty, comfortable and quality bedding. But to be honest, I am quite naive when it comes to the technicality or nitty-gritty aspect, all I know is that, it should be aesthetically pleasing and something that will make me look forward to sleeping every night.




I also wanted an all white bedding, just like what you see in hotels because it looks really neat. But I guess, I have to hold off for a while, 3 kids could really be messy!

Good thing, Akemi PH has wide range of elegant bedding collection. It's so hard to choose! But apart from the elegant looking bedding, Akemi PH boasts of their technology which they call the Tencel technology.

Again, I am not good with the technicalities but hey, everyday is a great day to learn something new!

So, What is Tencel?

Tencel fibers are the ingredient of choice for mills, designers and brands focused on a better approach to comfort. Born from nature with a silky-soft texture, Tencel unveils a new standard of conscious fashion and interiors. As they say, a touch of Tencel is as good as it makes you feel! Fascinating, isn't it?

Our Akemi PH Experience


I took home this 3 set queen-sized bedding from the SM Home Fair. It's our first Akemi PH bed set and I can say that I love it! Indeed, it's soft and gentle to the touch that offers long lasting comfort which is suitable even to those who have sensitive skin. Although it is soft to the touch, you can really feel that it is high quality and durable. It's fabric is also breathable that it supports our body's natural thermal regulation. 



Another thing that I love about it is that it has moisture management feature that absorbs moisture efficiently, making it unfavorable for bacterial growth. Now, I'll feel less guilty if I don't get to change our bedding regularly. LOL!

Overall, I love our bedding and I highly recommend Akemi PH. There's nothing compared to the feeling of lying down on a your bed after a tiring day. A 3-piece set costs Php 3,600 but I can say that it is a wise investment. 

You can check Akemi PH on Facebook.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Christmas in July: Where to Get Holiday Cards Online

Oh, how fast time flies. We're already halfway through the year and next thing you know, it's already Christmas! What else would most people look forward to this second half of every year, than Christmas? 

Whoa! Christmas spirit just suddenly gotten into me! So let's talk about Christmas, did you know that Filipinos are known to have the longest Christmas Season? It starts as soon as the "ber-months" (months ending in -ber) begin. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, people are celebrating Christmas in July.

Yes, Christmas in July is a thing. Why? I'm not really certain, it could be a tradition, but it seems like it has something to do with the season. December is summer in other countries, and doesn’t give much of a Christmas-sy feeling thus they celebrate it during the peak of their winter season which is July. Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year when you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside which makes a cold weather ideal to celebrate it.

Based on my observation, every Christmas season, aside from the Christmas decorations and gift giving, one tradition never gets old, and that is exchanging of Christmas/holiday cards.


Do you also love giving out greeting cards? If yes, then I'd be happy to share with you, Basic Invite- a stationery website I discovered where you can find greeting cards for all occasion. Basic Invite can provide you with online Christmas cardspersonalized holiday cards, and christmas party invitation template



Here are some features that you can enjoy from Basic Invite, which actually sets them apart from other stationary website: 


Almost Unlimited Colors - almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. 

Custom Samples - you can order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.


Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - you can choose from over 40 different colors so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

If you are already prepping for Christmas this coming December or is celebrating Christmas in July, then you're in luck because Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51. Enjoy personalizing and card shopping! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

4 Things To Love About The All-New Johnson's® Gentlest Product Range

Johnson's® has always been a household name for over 125 years. I grew up using their products, from being a child, even as a grown up adult and up to this time that I have children of my own. 

Recently, they had their biggest relaunch which re-sets their baby care standards.The All New Johnson's has been transformed inside and out; new packaging and reformulated to be the gentlest ever!


And, over the weekend, we received a package from Johnson's® containing their gentlest product rage. I really love how beautiful and sustainable their gift packages are. I didn't get the chance to take a picture of the unopened box on its own, but here's a picture of the box with the girls. Last year, we also received a package from them and we are still using the wooden box. You can check what it looks like here.

Unbox with us!


All three kids, most especially Athena and Brianna love unboxing packages. They also love vlogging, actually we made them a YouTube account and filmed several videos but we're not able to sustain it. I guess, for now, we'll just use one YouTube account which is mine.

Look how pretty the new packaging is and they also smell so good! On the package, we got 2 Johnson's® CottonTouch; the top-to-toe-bath and the face and body lotion. The CottonTouch is Johnson's newborn care innovation. 



After unboxing, they immediately used the products. These photos were taken just before bedtime, they were using the bedtime lotion.

For Johnson's relaunch, Johnson's put the parents at the center, listening to more than 26,000 parents from around the world, and paired their feedback with the latest science to improve their products inside and out. 

So, here are 4 Things To Love About The All New Johnson's Gentlest Product Range:



1. Purposeful ingredient choice

Johnson's® carefully considered every single ingredient in the range. It now have 50% lesser ingredients. Totally free fro parabens, phthalates, and is now also entirely free from sulfates and dyes- only 2% of cosmetic ingredients globally meets the standards of gentleness. 

2. Fragrances designed with mom and baby in mind

Smell, memory and emotion are intimately connected, with decades of research showing that multi-sensory experiences are a key part of happy, healthy baby development. Johnson's® has not only retained the iconic scents for which their classic products are known and loved for, but also designed to maximize bonding moments between parent and baby. All the fragrances are now formulated to be free of allergens, and continue to follow the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) global standards.

3. Parent-friendly packaging

The new Johnson's® bottles are now equipped with pumps designed for easier and one-handed use for parents, and have also been developed using patented system that allows the products to be biodegradable, nontoxic and will not bio-accumulate in the environment.

4. Products specially designed for every age and stage in a baby’s life

Johnson's® products don’t just simply cleanse and moisturize—each are specially formulated to address special skin needs of babies and to turn moments of care into opportunities to strengthen babies’ connection to their parents and to nurture their healthy development. The new range features four ‘Ages & Stages’ to help parents easily navigate between the products within the ranges. 

Indeed, Johnson's® has set a new standard of gentle. If you loved Johnson's® before, you'll love the New Johnson's® even more! 

Have you tried the New Johnson's® product range yet? What's your favorite?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

HIS & HERS: Good Things Come in Pairs


There’s a thin line between the idea of being thoughtful and practical when choosing the perfect gift for couples. Striking a balance can be a real challenge. You have to consider their shared interests and make sure that you pick up something neither of them owns. Novuhair is here to help you decide and make the process simpler.

Introducing 2 gift ideas that fit couples of all forms and are guaranteed to be loved and used by your favorite duo. These gifts are perfect for couples who share the same passion to couples celebrating major milestones together such as engagement, housewarming, and anniversary to name a few.

NOVUHAIR Travel Kit
Promo duration: October 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0929 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR TRAVEL KIT SRP: Php 4,220 (Save Php 202.25)

Two of the country’s leading brands packed in one travel kit exclusively available at participating Watsons stores nationwide and online:

  • NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, the No.1 hair loss treatment brand in the Philippines
  • NAFLORA, made delicate for your generation, the No.1 most prescribed feminine hygiene wash in the Philippines

HIS: Experience nature’s makeover at home

NOVUHAIR 2-IN-1 PACK contains one 200ml. bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion and Herbal Shampoo, highly recommended if HE is:
  • experiencing hair loss - excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hairline and bald patches
  • in need of a natural solution to help prevent hair loss, keep healthy hair and scalp, and stimulate hair growth
  • opting to regain hair luster and vibrancy
  • looking for a natural alternative solution to help prevent dandruff and scalp itchiness
  • in need of scalp cleansing and detoxification
NOVUHAIR TOPICAL SCALP LOTION has a unique combination of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss and is clinically proven safe and effective.

NOVUHAIR HERBAL SHAMPOO cleanses and prepares the scalp in an optimal way prior to the application of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion and helps enhance the effect of the topical scalp lotion.

HERS: Experience a special protection made for your delicate flora

NAFLORA PROTECT is a feminine wash formulated for women of reproductive age and in need of special care to help maintain and protect their natural flora during monthly periods and everyday use. It is formulated with antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent vaginal irritations and infections.


NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Plus 1 Promo Pack
Promo duration: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0581 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK, SRP: Php 5,280 (Save 1,100)

HERS: NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Pack

NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner has been formulated specially to complement the use of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo.

Regular use of NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo helps prepare the scalp for the application of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion in order to maximize its effect, improve the overall cosmetic qualities of the hair, giving it a shinier,  softer and supple look.

HIS: NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo (free)

Chemical-based shampoos contain ingredients that may seem to clean the hair but does not preserve its natural texture. These harsh chemicals strip off the hair’s natural protective layer making it more prone to damage.

A good herbal shampoo like NOVUHAIR herbal shampoo may help leave a stronger, healthier-looking hair and aid in preventing excessive hair shedding which may lead to hair loss. This will be a healthier alternative for him.

NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK contains one 200mL. Bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner plus another extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusively available at participating Mercury Drug stores nationwide.

Without being too cheesy, these couple gifts are fun and surprising, a perfect way to express how much you value their gift of friendship - a gift that may keep them both well-groomed and well-protected. It may not be the best gift in the world but it’s the thought that really counts, agree? Anyways, that’s what friends are for.

To learn more about NOVUHAIR, visit www.novuhair.com
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