Nourished and Pampered with Baby Care Plus and Kids Plus

This post was made in collaboration with Tupperware Brands. All opinions stated are mine.

Growing up, our family has been using Tupperware products for our meal preparations, condiments, baon, picnic effects as well as a catch-all for our various thingamajigs. Up until I was in high school, I have seen how the Tupperware products have evolved – how the serving dish, canisters and foodkeepers and their colors have changed and how the brand has innovated to keep up with the changing needs of its market.

In 2007, Tupperware Philippines merged with Sara Lee Direct Selling Philippines and then became Fullerlife Direct Selling Philippines. The company is now known as Tupperware Brands Philippines with product categories including dishware; cookware; cleaning aids; bath and skin care for babies, kids and moms; cosmetics; personal care, and fragrances.

When Baby Care Plus+ presented an opportunity to our blogging community to try out their products, I signed up and was blessed to be chosen as part of the project.

Tupperware Brands PH products

I’ve been using a particular brand for my son’s bath and skin care ever since he was a year old. They’re working just fine but I’m curious as to the wonders that Baby Care Plus+ can do for my little boy.

The Tupperware Brands was so generous that they did not only sent us a set of Baby Care Plus+ products but they also shipped Kids Plus+ and Mom Plus+ items as well! The delivery box smelled so good when my son opened it. It was a mix of powdery and fruity scents and I was glad that the scent of the products weren’t too strong – perfect for someone like me who has allergic rhinitis, whose nose gets easily irritated with strong odors. My son was so happy with our package that he wanted to open all of the bottles right away. He even prayed, “God, thank you for the gifts!”

I decided to try out the Kids Plus+ set first since it was specifically made for children his age. I want to find out if these products can truly rid my son’s hair of that sweaty smell that he got from constantly jumping in bed and running around the house with his Dad chasing him. So for his quick night time bath, I enlisted the help of Kids Plus+ Shampoo and Kids Plus+ Bath. Both are in the form of clear, medium thick liquids and has that sweet and fruity scent in them. I used a pea sized amount for my son’s hair and it lathers quickly. I poured that same amount of the Kids Plus+ Bath and observed how far it would go. It bubbled as quickly as the shampoo but I was amazed that I was able to use it for my boy’s entire upper body! I wasn’t scrimping on the body wash. His neck and torso were effectively lathered up. I squeezed another pea sized for his lower limbs. The Kids Plus+ Bath produces a rich lather, that for a second, I thought it would be difficult to rinse. It’s a good thing that I was able to wash it off easily. My boy’s skin felt soft and smooth after his bath. I couldn’t stop smelling him, too! As indicated in its label, the Kids Plus+ Bath may be used for the hair and skin. Perfect for when we are travelling with our little one – I can grab just one bottle and we’re good to go.

Bath time with Kids Plus
Bath time with Kids Plus+ Bath, Shampoo, Cologne, and Lotion

After bathing, I gave him the bottles of Kids Plus Cologne and Kids Plus Lotion so he could try them on himself. He was so giddy as he squeezed on the cute penguin-shaped yellow and orange bottle of lotion. He put on a fruity dollop on his arm and asked permission to pour some more. The lotion has the right consistency – not too thick nor too watery. He moved on to his cologne and I told him to put some on his shoulders and chest. His Dad loved that scent and made our little boy more irresistible to cuddles.

The next day, I took out the Baby Care Plus+ Baby Shampoo and Baby Care Plus+ Baby Bath. Being the active boy that he is, his morning was spent jumping on the bed, running around and playing with all of his toys and stuff at home that are not meant for playing. He did all of these at the hottest time of the day. Naturally, he was drenched in sweat and he has what we fondly call “asim-kilig” smell. He was too excited to go to the bathroom when he found out that we have something new for his favorite ritual. Pouring a pea sized amount of the shampoo on my palm and gradually massaging it on my son’s wet hair, the sweet smell of powder filled our bathroom. My son loved that his hair was filled with bubbles. I then took the Baby Bath and got the same amount for my son’s face, neck and back and he smelled like a newborn baby again! I was able to produce a rich lather even with the little amount that I used to wash his entire body. It easily rinses off. I actually liked the scent of Baby Care Plus+ Shampoo and its partner Baby Bath over the Kids Plus+ Shampoo and its Bath counterpart. I seriously loved the Baby Care Plus+ Baby Bath that I used it for my own bath!

Baby Care Plus+ Baby Cologne, Baby Bath and Baby Shampoo
Baby Care Plus+ Baby Cologne, Baby Bath and Baby Shampoo

I love applying the Baby Care Plus+ Lotion on my son’s skin after his shower. It helps maintain his healthy and smooth skin and makes him smell good for longer hours. And because the Baby Care Plus+ Cologne has that sweet, powdery scent, I dab some on myself when we went to a wedding and I smelled fresh all day long :)

It’s a good thing that Tupperware Brands have the moms in mind when they created a line of skin care products. Being a mom, I feel blessed to be chosen by GOD to take care of one of His greatest creations. I find joy in serving and taking care of my son and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. But, I also feel tired and don’t have much time to pamper myself. That’s why I love using products that will allow me to take care and pamper myself without the need to go out of the house. The Mom Plus Ultra Moisturizing Bar indulges me on my precious bath time as it gently cleanses and deeply moisturize my skin making it softer and smoother. This Moisturizing Bar is actually meant for the body only but I am also using it for my face. We’re in Singapore as I type this. Double duty products save on luggage space! I didn’t develop rashes or or irritations on my face so I just keep on using it. That’s how gentle it is!

Mom Plus+ Soothing Relief Balm

For our family vacation, I also brought with us the Mom Plus+ Soothing Relief Balm. My husband first used it for the insect bite that he had and thankfully, the Soothing Relief Balm was able to make that itch go away. I also used the balm when I experienced minor pain on my lower back and it was able to alleviate the pain.

Mom Plus+ Stretch Mark Cream

I have yet to see the effectivity of the Mom Plus+ Stretch Mark Cream because I was not able to use it on a regular basis. I don’t have stretch marks but unfortunately, cellulites are showing. This Stretch Mark Cream promises to lessen stretch marks and cellulites. I will start using it when we get home and hopefully, it will help me get rid of the unappealing sight on my legs.

So, are we considering the Baby Care Plus+, Kids Plus+, and Mom Plus+ products for our own bath and skin care needs? Of course! These products of Tupperware Brands PH are definitely competitive in terms of efficacy, quality and price. Would you like to try them for you and your family, too? Get in touch with Tupperware Brands PH from their official website and any of their social media accounts and place your order today!

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The Metro Class Suspensions App

If you’re a parent, you seriously need this Android app for your kids. The Metro Class Suspensions app will give you up-to-date class suspensions in all cities of Metro Manila so you wouldn’t have to look for class-related  announcements elsewhere. Information displayed on the Metro Class Suspensions app are taken from the official social media accounts of city governments including that of the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide you with credible and verified announcements. Check out the features of the Metro Class Suspensions app below.

Metro Class Suspensions App - Home
Metro Class Suspensions App – Home

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Menu
Metro Class Suspensions App – Menu

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Weather
Metro Class Suspensions App – Weather

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Latest News
Metro Class Suspensions App – Latest News

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Nation
Metro Class Suspensions App – Nation

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Entertainment
Metro Class Suspensions App – Entertainment

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Sports
Metro Class Suspensions App – Sports

 

Metro Class Suspensions App - Sharing a Page
Metro Class Suspensions App – Sharing a Page

 

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Get news on class suspensions delivered straight to your SMS inbox

 

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Easy SMS subscription

 

Download the Metro Class Suspensions app from the Google Play Store now!

Not an Android user? No problem! The Metro Class Suspensions has a mobile site which will be accessible under the Free Basics program of Internet.org. You may also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

How We Overcame Stress in Taking Vitamins

This post was made in collaboration with Nutri10 Plus. All opinions stated are mine.

My son used to run away from me whenever it’s time for him to take his vitamins. That was because he disliked the flavor of the brands that he used to take. They were either too sour or a bit bitter for him. He couldn’t wait to drink water right away and he would sometimes ask for candy or Jelly Ace just to overcome the not-so-good taste in his mouth.

Motorcycle Ride at NANKID
First time to ride a motorcycle on his own

Things changed when I started giving him Nutri10 Plus. He loves its ponkan flavor and it tastes just right. I know because I tried it, too 😉 Now, whenever it’s time to take his vitamins, he would gladly walk up to me and open his mouth. He would often savor on the taste as if he is eating candy and he is no longer in a rush to drink water. Nutri10 Plus just made it easier for me to give him the food supplement that he needs and makes it a pleasant experience for his part.

My Little Jumper
My little jumper in action

Nutri10 Plus is not just a great-tasting syrup. It’s that one food supplement that is packed with Chrlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Lysine, Taurine, Zinc and with the essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D3 and E. These certainly help me a lot in keeping up with my child’s active lifestyle and aid in his growth and    development.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

Consult your child’s pediatrician now so your child can also enjoy the many benefits of taking Nutri10 Plus Syrup. Para sa batang aktibo’t malakas!

 

If Books Were Money, My Son Would Be Rich By Now

Here’s a post that I have drafted on paper a couple of months ago. Finally, I was able to publish it on the blog today!

We started reading to our son when he was still in my womb – from tiny board books given to his Dad as part of their office Kris Kringle to the downloaded nursery rhymes and story books on our iPad. Those tiny board books are still with us today and my son would still read them on his own, that is, pointing to pictures and identifying objects that he knows and mimicking the tone that I use during our read aloud sessions. He would be blabbing on some parts of the story.

His Dad, who commutes to and from work daily, would occasionally drop by BookSale, the bookstore adjacent to the bus terminal and would buy books that he knows our little boy would love. It was a good thing that the shop has a wide selection of books that they sell on bargain. My husband would usually buy three books from that store each month. But one time, he splurged on four books to cultivate our son’s growing love for reading and it was such a blessing that all of them were from our little one’s favorite series namely Curious George and Dr. Seuss.

Book Haul

When we began having weekly mother-and-son dates at the neighborhood mall, a trip to National Bookstore and BookSale is a must for my child. We would linger close to an hour at his favorite Children’s Books section as he would scan the pages of the books that piqued his interest. He loves books that involved animals and keeps going back to read them. Whenever I would notice that he likes a particular book, I would offer to buy it for him so we could enjoy it at home. He would decline most of the time. I’m so blessed to have a son who gets contented with browsing and window shopping :) At times when we would chance upon a book that he really liked or finally found an elusive title, I would purchase it right away and take him to Country Style where we would read our recent find while having doughnuts and coffee (for me).

My Little Reader
My Little Reader

At home on most mornings, he prefers having milk in bed and asks me to read a couple of books to him before we go downstairs for his breakfast. Recently, I adapted a fill-in-the-blanks strategy in where I would either let him finish a sentence or identify an object in the story. This makes our sessions more interactive and very lively. Doing this also encouraged him to read books on his own, even though he can’t read everything written in the pages yet. He would read before bedtime while waiting for Mommy and Daddy to finish the chores downstairs. When we’re all settled in bed, he would request that we read at least three books to him, which includes his activity books and his favorite dinosaur books, before finally going to sleep. He would also read Ate and Kuya’s old books at Granny’s after playing with the stuff inside their toy box. He would gladly peruse on his new book while we are waiting for our turn at the grocery’s check out counter, to pass the time at the doctor’s clinic and extended his patience as he waited for his parents’ passports to be renewed.

I’ve been praying that my son will carry on with the habit of reading books as he grows up and have children and grandchildren of his own and ultimately, pass on the habit to them. There’s so much that we can learn from reading. My husband and I have been discovering a lot from the books that we buy for our son. I never imagined that I could memorize a ton of dinosaur names just because my boy is so fascinated in them!

I have decluttered a few weeks ago and finally let go of my boy’s first batch of books. We have passed them on to his younger cousins hoping that they will also get hooked on reading. We still have plenty in the bookcase upstairs and in the shelf downstairs. We will be getting new ones, anyway. If books were money, my son would be rich by now.

 

Switching to Nutri10 Plus Syrup

This post was made in collaboration with Nutri10 Plus Syrup. All opinions stated were mine.

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My husband once told me this about our son, “Di na siya baby. Bata na siya.” While I refuse to acknowledge that hard truth (how can my baby grow up so fast!), my husband is so right. At 3 years and 7 months, our little boy has become more physically active, has a ravenous appetite, and has become more enthusiastic in learning and trying out new things. In order to keep up with his changing needs, I must find a better food supplement that will replace his usual Vitamin C and Zinc syrup. When I learned about Nutri10 Plus Syrup, I checked out its nutritional information online.

Nutri10 Plus - Nutritional Info
Taken from the Wert website

To know more about Taurine, Lysine, Chlorella and Zinc, which are the distinguishing components of Nutri10 Plus Syrup, I have looked them up at WebMD.

    • Taurine – According to WebMD, Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, a chemical that is an essential building block of protein. Taurine is present in large amounts in our brain, retina, heart and platelets. Meat and fish are great sources of Taurine. 
    • Lysine –   Lysine is also an amino acid that is used to prevent and treat cold sores. Lysine is also known to enhance athletic performance.
    • Chlorella – Chlorella is a fresh water algae that produces extracts called chlorella growth factor. Chlorella has a variety of uses. It stimulates the immune system, improves response to flu vaccine, prevents colds, and improves digestion, among others.
    • Zinc – Zinc is referred to as an “essential trace element.” It plays a vital role in wound healing, boosts the immune system, treats common cold and prevents lower respiratory infections.

Having read all about the benefits of these components, in addition to Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D3 and E, I am more than sold in giving Nutri10 Plus syrup for my growing boy.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

My husband and I have been using Babycenter.com as our trusted reference even before our son was born. It has a league of experts who write and review the articles that they publish in their website. I have checked on it to find out my son’s nutritional requirement for his age. I have found out that his daily diet must include the five major food groups, namely grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.

I am proud that my son eats a wide variety of foods. I’m so glad that my little boy ate brown rice the first time he tasted it and has been eating it ever since. But, there are still some foods that he refuses to eat, for example, a Caesar Salad, no matter how much I entice him to eat at least a spoonful of it. Given this circumstance, I need to find a way for him to meet the nutritional requirement for his age without forcing him to eat something that does not look appetizing to him. I do my best to make mealtimes enjoyable and avoid tears as much as possible. Giving Nutri10 Plus syrup definitely helped me in this aspect.

I started giving 2.5ml of Nutri10 Plus Syrup to my son on August 7. I was so glad that the syrup is ponkan-flavored making it appealing to my kid. Since then, I have noticed an increase in his appetite. He began asking for second and even third helpings during mealtimes. Snacks on cookies and cereals, sometimes sandwiches and burgers, have become more frequent.

I have also noticed an improvement in his stamina. He became a fast runner and would dash without panting. I seriously think that my son is ready to compete on a 3K!

At the Playdium
At the Playdium

He is also now stronger in that whenever he wants to turn our dining area into a pretend train station, he would lift his box of milk (containing 2 400-gram pouches) and move it on top of our microwave, push heavy chairs and line them up, and pick up his loaded toy box and place them in one of the chairs. When I’m not looking, he would get on top of the chairs and dance. He has also turned the bottom part of our stair’s railing into some sort of monkey bars and he would climb countless of times and sometimes dangle with one hand. The things that little boys do! I really need to keep an eye on him. And because I can’t do that all the time, I told my son to be careful and watch his step whenever he climbs. It’s a good thing that he keeps that in mind.I cannot stop my boy from running, climbing, and doing all sorts of acrobatic stunts, as much as I want to, so I just tell him to be careful or let him do it somewhere safer.

Our boy is noticeably taller. A few days ago, my husband measured our preschooler’s height and discovered that it matches his growth timeline. Soon he will be able to enjoy more rides at the theme parks!

I’m glad that I got to know about Nutri10 Plus syrup and that my child was blessed to have tried them. From what I have observed, it’s definitely good for him and at the same time, he enjoys having a dose each day. Nutri10 Plus syrup has made my son “aktibo’t malakas“!

 

My Great Finds at S & R Alabang

I got to find out what it’s like to shop at S&R even when I wasn’t a member yet. Back when I was still working at BGC, I tagged along with my officemates, who were cardholders of this membership-shopping club, to have lunch at its Food Service. I ordered a serving of Cheese Pizza for only Php99. It was a very filling meal for me because that serving consists of two slices of mouthwatering mozzarella goodness. The S&R Baked Beef Roll is also a must-try. I bought some for me and my husband and those rolls have somewhat made our traffic-filled ride home (from work) more bearable. That savory beef roll comes in a big serving, too. Since then, it has become my husband’s favorite.

I went past the Food Service and into the shopping area. I want to see if it is worth shelling out Php700 to be a Gold Member, the default membership card for regular shoppers. The other type of membership is the Business Member which is suited for business owners. I surveyed the goods being sold and the brands that they carry. Most of the merchandise available at the store are imported brands but they also have locally produced items. Some are being sold by the bulk, by two’s and in jumbo packs. There are a few items that can be purchased on its own. It was around Christmas time when I shopped at the BGC branch, still as a guest, and went out with an assortment of stuff that the kids really loved. I got a Mickey Mouse bowling set, two adorable girly back packs, a set of coloring books for boys, and another set of coloring and sticker books for girls. It was a positive experience that made me convince my husband to sign up for our own membership card.We can use it on all S&R branches nationwide, anyway.

He wasn’t all that sold on getting our own card. He told me to give it much thought. One time, after work, I joined my teammates again as they were about to do their groceries. I was disappointed that I barely found anything in the store that matches the items on my grocery list. Maybe, it’s not meant for us to have that card. I totally forgot about it.

Fast forward to 2016, my husband and I were so frustrated that we didn’t get that specialized package that we’ve been anticipating for a couple of months. That package included Delimondo, a local brand of corned beef that was only being sold at S&R and selected grocery stores that are far from where we live. It was a good thing that my sister holds a Gold Membership card at S&R Alabang. She told me that she signed up because the elusive lunch box that she wanted was only available at that store. I checked out the requirements from the S&R website and applied for an extension card through my sister’s membership. I got my card right after I applied though it would take a few hours before it gets activated. The staff just gave me a stub that I would have to show to the cashier whenever I would make a purchase. Since then, we have shopped at S&R thrice.

Here are my great finds from those trips. I have managed to take note of the prices of some of the items.

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Maya Mickey Mouse Champorado – 2 boxes with 2 packs each (4 packs in total)

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Duncan Hines California Walnut Decadent Brownie Mix 

S&R_Red Velvet Cake

Duncan Hines Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix

S&R_Cafe Nova Cafe LatteCafe Nova Cafe Latte

S&R_Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies

Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies (500g) – Php 119.95

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Delimondo announced at their FB page on May 25 that their sought-after corned beef is now available at selected SM supermarkets.

Delimondo Garlic and Chili Corned Beef (380g) – Php 162.95

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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Lifetime Foldable Table and Keter Kids Blue Chair
Perfect for our homeschool setup. My son can get messy with his clay, watercolor, crayons and stamps on this easy-to-clean table.

Lifetime Rectangular Foldable Table (approx 70cm x 45cm, from US) – On Sale for only Php895 /   Keter Kids Blue  Chair (from Israel)- Php299

  • Tide Original + Bright Whites Powder (4 kgs)
  • Carnation Hash Browns (20 pcs) – Php 199.75
  • S&R Moringa Calamansi Juice Powder with Real Malunggay Leaves (2 kgs) – Php 334.95 – We’ve been drinking this juice whenever we have colds. Even my three-year old likes it. I also made ice pops out of this juice and they were a hit among the kids.
  • Natura Almond Milk (Original) – Php 109.95
  • Whole Wheat Baguette (250 g) – Php 34.95
  • Walter Ube Bread – Php 49.95
  • Japanese Sweet Corn – Php 129.95
  • Bounty Fresh Eggs (one dozen) – Best eggs I’ve tasted! I love that its egg yolks are firm and brightly colored.
  • Century Tuna Flakes in Brine (4 cans) – Php 143.95
  • US Vanilla Marble Creme Ring Cake and US Double Choco Chip Creme Ring Cake (Buy 1 Take 1) – We got both cakes for only Php 299.95 – My favorite is the Choco Chip Cake :)

It’s good to shop at S&R when I want to buy by the bulk. But, it could get costly since we can’t buy everything that we usually need for our weekly supply. That’s why I assured my husband that we would only go there occasionally; when we want something that is exclusively sold at that store.

 

Be Not Afraid to Travel with Your Toddler

My son was less than two years old when we went on a family vacation in Japan. My husband and I pursued our dream of bringing our offspring to Disneyland to meet his all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse, in person. To prepare for our first-ever, out-of-the-country, family trip, I scoured the web for every possible tip, advice, and recommendation on how to make our experience pleasantly memorable and comfortable especially for our toddler. Our son is now three years old and my husband and I are planning on another family getaway overseas. It’s a good thing that I came to know about The Toddler Travels: Tips and Thoughts for Your Little One’s First Vacation Abroad when I had the opportunity to attend its formal book launch. Now I have a single reference for our future adventures!

Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, author of The Toddler Authors
Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, author of The Toddler Travels

I was actually late for The Toddler Travels book launch; no thanks to the horrendous Friday traffic! My son and I left two hours before the event and had a ride with my husband from Ayala EDSA to Fully Booked but I was still an hour late. And I was not the only one. Anyway, it’s a good thing that I was able to catch up with the on-going discussion. The author, Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, a fellow yaya- and maid-less mom (by choice) to a little one, dished out helpful tips on how to minimize stress and have fun with your young child while travelling abroad. She even shared a few personal experiences that will certainly dispel the fears and worries of families who are planning to embark on a journey with their young ones for the first time. Here are more travel-inspired stuff that I have learned from the self-published writer of The Toddler Travels:

  • For beginners, start with short-haul flights. You may want to go explore the Philippines first or go to countries that do not require a visa.
  • Singapore has a baby-friendly airport.
  • The author suggested Tokyo as a family destination since it has Disneyland, a zoo and all sorts of kid-friendly places.
  • You can never say that kids are too young to remember. The author shared that she was amazed that her own daughter remembers the places that they’ve been to and the things that they have seen.
  • With the current state of Manila traffic, you have to go four hours earlier to the airport to be relaxed and avoid the hassle. Genevieve added that it takes time to finish security check for baby stuff.
  • Don’t rush when travelling with your kids. They have their own pace.
  • To get the best out of your family vacation, travel for at least three full days.

The Toddler Travels

I can’t wait to get my own copy of The Toddler Travels. It will definitely help me out in preparing for our next family vacay and enjoy our overseas family bonding all the more!

Check out this amazing family travel guidebook at Fully Booked, National Bookstore and Powerbooks. Visit their IG and FB accounts for more details:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/thetoddlertravelsbook/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thetoddlertravels/

Stylishly Comfy in My Pointed Martina Flats

This post was written in collaboration with Shoes Is You. All opinions stated are mine.

Shoes Is You Pointed Martina Flats

I stopped wearing high heels when I was pregnant for obvious reasons. My son is three years old already but I have yet to wear a pair of heels even on the formal events that we go to. Being a mom to an active explorer has taught me that I should be alert and prepared to chase him wherever he runs to – all the time. But, that doesn’t mean that I need to sacrifice style for comfort!

Shoes Is You Pointed Martina Flats
Breaking in on my Pointed Martina Flats while cooking at home

So, when we were preparing for my brother-in-law’s wedding in the last quarter of 2015, I was looking for a classy pair of shoes that will match the pastel-colored dress that I bought online. Wearing heels to match my outfit and suit the occasion is not an option for me as I have explained earlier. Also, our little boy will march down the aisle as the ring bearer and my husband and I have devised a plan that will make him enjoy and feel comfortable during his walk. It will be our son’s first and I have to be ready in case things get awry. I need to be comfy in my own shoes enough to carry him as much as he needs to or take off after him.

Shopping online from trusted and reliable sellers has brought a lot of convenience for me. I was checking my Instagram feed and came across Shoes Is You. This new IG-based store has a selection of flats, slip-ons and slides. I had my eyes on the Pointed Martina Flats as it perfectly suit my needs. I’ve been wanting to wear pointy shoes as I feel that they exude elegance and add glamour to an outfit. The Martina’s off white color makes it very versatile because I can wear it with anything from my humble wardrobe. I also like Martina’s design that leaves an opening on the arch area. It allows my feet to breathe and makes walking in this footwear very comfortable. On the day of the wedding, with preparations that started as early as 4AM and had a celebration ’til 2PM, I did a lot of moving around in my new shoes. I chased little boys running around; helped the flower girl break her fall; and walked around carrying my napping toddler! With all these, I have anticipated to have cramps or have pain on my toes. I have experienced such when wearing shoes, be it heels or flats, for an extended period of time. With the Pointed Martina Flats, I was surprised and very thankful to have not experienced any of  them! Big thanks to Joy of @shoesisyou for my stylish and ultra comfy Pointed Martina Flats!

Pointed Martina Flats
Still comfy in my Martina Flats after all that chasing and carrying a sleeping toddler

The Pointed Martina Flats is a great buy at Php799. Take a look at the Shoes Is You page on IG and check out their Open Toe Clarice Sandals, Call Me Patty Slip-ons, Round Toe Alicia Flats, Catherine Peep Toe Flats, Carol Wedge Slides, Cube Wedge Slides, and Mary Espadrilles Slip-Ons.

Shoes Is You is the brainchild of a fellow WAHM (work-at-home mom). Let’s support WAHMs and their biz! :)

Follow Shoes Is You on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shoesisyou/

Doña Elena World Pasta Month

October was a pretty busy month for me. It was a month full of birthday celebrations and special events. One of them was the Doña Elena World Pasta Month that I went to with my sister and our kids. The Doña Elena World Pasta Month was a success with their partnership with several media outlets including our group Mommy Bloggers Philippines.

 

Mommy Bloggers at the Al Dente Pasta Festa
Mommy Bloggers at the Al Dente Pasta Festa

 

The great setup of the stage for the cook-off
The great setup of the stage for the cook-off

 

Al Dente Pasta Festa Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Italian Embassy Deputy Consul Mr. Fabio Furlotti and the executives of Fly Ace Corp.

When we got there, the atrium of the Mall of Asia was already jampacked with pasta lovers, most of them came with their families. The venue, which was set up to look like an Italian food fair, had several pocket activities that featured products from Al Dente, Fly Ace Corporation and from the other partner brands.  Jho and I tried to line up to have our share of the Pasta Alla Carbonara and Tomato Basil Penne Al Dente pasta meal but we decided against it for the queue was too long. We just went around and visited the other booths.

Al Dente Pasta

That little cutie in the photo above is my constant event buddy! He was in a very good mood all through the day and even said hi to the lady at the Corelle booth. Behind him are shelves of Al Dente pasta and Doña Elena products. I’ve been using the Al Dente fettuccine, penne rigate and lasagna as well the Doña Elena whole peeled tomatoes to prepare sumptuous meals for my family. I love that Al Dente pasta are easier to cook (no need to add oil!), are firm to the bite and absorbs sauces well. Check out the next three photos to find out how these 100% durum wheat semolina pasta are being made.

How is pasta made?

How is pasta made? Step 2

How is pasta made? Step 3

Masflex was one of the brands at the festa. The brand showcased their selection of cookware and knives.

Masflex Non-Stick Pans

I’d love to have that frying pan from the Masflex Marble Series. I’m sure that it will take cooking to a new level. They look quite heavy, though.

Masflex Marble Pan

Masflex Cookware and Knives

Tecnogas, an Italian manufacturer of home cooking applicances, exhibited their top-of-the-line cookers and ovens. Someday, I would have my brand new cooker and oven :)

Tecnogas Gas Range

Gloria Jean’s was also there and treated guests to a cup of freshly brewed coffee. This coffee shop brings fond memories for it is where I use to hang out with my longtime buddies and it has also become a date place for me and my hubby.

Did you know that May is really a sparkling juice and not wine? But it tastes like wine! Hubby and I have been enjoying the 100% Sparkling Red Grape Juice on several ocassions long before I got acquainted with Fly Ace and their products. It’s perfect for breastfeeding moms like me who wanted to enjoy down time with the hubby without compromising the milk that I give to our (big) baby :) I had a sample of the White Grape variety and it tastes sweeter than the red one.

Corelle is a prime brand of dinnerware that has been around for quite some time already. We’ve been using Corelle plates at home, hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law, and they are really very durable and elegant. For that, I use our Corelle plates to add style to my food photos :) I’d love to have my own set of Corelle plates in the future. Will definitely include that in my prayer list!

Corelle Dinnerware

I’m looking forward to attending the Al Dente Pasta Festa next year and hope that I can finish it until the end. I was not able to stay longer and witness the cook-off for it was almost nap time already. I try to avoid triggering crankiness when we’re out and Daddy is not with us. I’m sure everyone had a lovely time at the festa, too! Have you been there, too? Please share your experience at the comments below :)

Toothache-free Yummy Treats

The last week of October is always filled with Halloween events where adults shower the kiddies with sweet treats. I was guilty of doing just that until I became a Mom to a toddler who got interested in participating in such festivities. There is no way that I will let his pearly whites subjected to too much consumption of sweets.

It’s a good thing that we now have Vita Cubes in the market. It’s one of the many products of Rebisco, the maker of biscuits that we have come to love while growing up. These jelly candies are not too sweet and they are fortified with vitamins and minerals. I need not worry when my little boy gets a handful of Vita Cubes from his stash. He just loves chewing on its different flavors – orange, strawberry, apple, grape and mango.

Vita Cubes Fruit Flavored Jelly Candies

For this season, consider giving out Vita Cubes for the little ones. It’s a healthier alternative to hard, toothache causing candies. Check out Rebisco’s cupcakes, wafers and shortcakes that you may add to the loot bags that you are about to give out. See how happy our little boy was upon seeing his goodies!

Happy toddler

Thank you so much Rebisco and Mommy Bloggers Philippines for our yummy treats! :)