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Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018

Don't Rush, Take Your Time: An Open Letter To The Younger Generation

Open letter to young ones teens

Lately, I’ve been clouded with thoughts about traveling, being free, and living a life somewhere else — somewhere really far away from here. It’s not that I’m fed up with where I am living now; it’s just that, I knew that’s what I wanted in the first place.

I can’t completely recall the first time I wanted to live abroad. I’ve always thought about the fresh air, safe city, and a more independent life. Come 2014, the first time I stepped into a foreign soil — the United Arab Emirates. It was frightening and exciting at the same time. Alas! Dream come true. Not only will I be able to breathe into a new culture and see a whole lot of new places, I am finally living my life alone.

I don’t know about you but for me, it’s pretty challenging. And these challenges were you wake up alone. Cook for yourself. Laundry own clothes. And do a bunch of things you’re not doing while your in your own home, with your parents. Things like these push me to grow stronger and wiser. I feel like a bird — freedom finally! 

I did cry — like other normal people separated from their country and the ones they love. The time I heard the plane finally moving, it’s wheel screeching away from the ground, I tapped myself and asked: “Do I really want this to happen?” 

Nights were full of tears but it wasn’t long until I found myself enjoying and living the dream.

Meeting new people. Speaking a foreign language most of the time. Missing Filipino foods. Cursing irate customers. Partially longing for loved ones. But. Finally. Getting. To. Know. Myself. A. Little. More. 

There is a plethora of stories to tell but sadly, I have to go back to the Philippines. I became pregnant and at first, I thought my life is over.

Come October 2016, I met the most wonderful human being. It was the first time I saw him but I knew — I love him and would love him with all my heart.

My son is out. Beautiful. Challenging? C’mon! Being a parent for the first time is more than challenging, it’s life-changing.

I know that I won’t to fully do what I want. I don’t regret anything. Besides, I know that I have lived my life to the fullest -- or should I say, FOOLEST. I know he’s the best thing that ever happened. But I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite. I know, in my heart, I wanted to do a lot of things.

I am a reckless person, living life like there’s no tomorrow. I barely think about what I really wanted in my life before but this child? He made me realize that I should do more. He made me realize what I really wanted to do with life. He helped me see things — like how life is worth living.

It was both satisfying and depressing at the same time. There are times when I feel like losing it. Social media contributed a lot to whatever this thing is called? Anxiety? Depression? I’m not really sure. All I know is that I have sleepless nights. Palpitations. And a lot of dark thoughts about dying. I became insecure about myself. Feeling worthless. Knowing that I am no longer capable of doing what I’m good at — just being myself. I can no longer be impulsive. I can no longer go on with what I believe: “What Carol wants, Carol gets.” And the most dreaded part — I have to consider other people.

That’s one reason why I wanted to be alone before. I somehow, well, hate taking other people’s thoughts. I hate restrictions. I hate limitations. Like a bird — I fly and just follow wherever my heart would take me. But this time, I can’t.

It wasn't the baby. It wasn’t the other person controlling me because he barely controls me at all. But there are a few things that I need to consider. I cannot just go on, take my baby with me, and stop caring about the world. Things have changed and I know that it will never be the same again.

So as a young mom — and by young I mean still having too many dreams to conquer — I’d like to impart a few things. 

  • Find Out What You Want To Do No Matter How Young You Are

Surely, you want to go clubbing or become reckless like what young people normally do. Or you’re the other way around. Doesn’t matter. Whatever you are, get that damn notebook, and write down the things you want to do. Travel? Get a tattoo? Move to another country? Even if it’s just a random thought, write it down. There’s a reason why you have thought about it in the first place.

  • Don’t Let Fear Eat Your Dreams 

What if I fail? What if they don’t want to see me doing this? What if? What if? And a thousand more what ifs? If you let that fear eat you out, it won’t be long until you realize that you have no more time do the things you wanted before. Trust your inner self and do whatever the fuck it is that’s haunting you.

  • Chill And Don’t Rush Things To Happen 

18 and wanting to fall in love? C’mon! If someone came to your path, it’s alright. It’s not like love is always there to knock at your place. But if you’re single, take the time — you’re fucking free time — to find yourself. Enroll yourself to a dance class. Hike. Or simply, give yourself the extra love it deserves. God’s plan is always a hundred, a thousand, a gazillion times more beautiful than yours.

  • Do It Now 

Okay, this may sound like a contrary to what I stated above but damn, IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Planning to travel? Book a damn ticket! Want to learn how to cook? Ransack your kitchen! Dreaming about writing that book? Start it now! *okay I’m guilty of this * Don’t worry about anything else. Sure, we’re no rich and famous and money, well, it doesn’t just grow in trees. But you can still earn it but once time is wasted, there’s no turning back.

  • Be Happy With Yourself

One, you don’t need anyone else to validate yourself worth. Two, you only need YOU. Doesn’t mean you have to take your family and parents for granted, I mean the “relationship” part. C’mon! You don’t need a partner to start your fucking bucket list. Life is beautiful — and believe it once it came from a person who have wanted to end it before.

  • Read

Okay, this sounds more like a cliche. But reading a lot of things — novels, news articles, journal, blogs, and anything — will ignite that inner passion. It will motivate you and give you a brand new hope that you can be whoever you want to be. Reading is the primary culprit why I wanted, again, to be somewhere else and breathe new adventures. But then again, I can’t. Still.

  • Watch 

Okay, you’re some lazy ass I get it. Not everyone is fond of reading. Damn it, just watch baby! And by watch I mean, watch things of value. Something that would help you become a better version of yourself. Google, have you heard it? Find a list of movies that will kick  your lazy ass to get up and see life. ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!

  • Always Remember, It’s Not The End

 If you’re someone like me, committed to a lot of things and people, remember: Its. Not. The. End. Maybe, you’re dreaming a lot of places to visit, things to explore, and you can always write it down. Believe that one day, you can still do it. You’re life doesn’t end just because you’ve tied the knot or you are a mom. Sure it’s easy to say when you have one or two kids and you have the means to travel and spend on things but if your budget and time it’s limited, it’s kind of challenging. And what did I say in the first place? Challenges help you become better and stronger, and not to mention — a lot of wiser. Think about how you can do it without compromising your relationship and your kid. You will only live once. Don’t be a prisoner.

Life is beautiful and it depends on how you see it. If you feel like you’re mentally-ill, seek medical assistance. It’s not you’re fault. And remember you’re not alone. 

Otherwise, push yourself to the limit — and baby believe me when I say that the limit does not exist — thanks Cady Heron. Doesn’t matter if you’re 20-ish or over. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO DO ANYTHING (of course, you cannot go bungee-jumping around if you can barely walk or breathe anymore). Go on and live life with no regrets. You’re not sure whether there’s still life after tomorrow. No one is.

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

6 Ways To Be Physically And Mentally Healthy

how to become physically and mentally healthy

How  often do you prioritize your health? Once? Twice? Or rarely since you're too occupied with work and other tasks?

Did you know that it's more than just eating the right food and having a regular exercise? If not, don't worry -- you're not the only one guilty.

I always strive to balance everything -- work, motherhood, and a healthy life, not mention, the mental part. I tried eating salads, workout at least twice or thrice a week, read, and socialize but I always find myself burnt out. A few months ago, I was having dark thoughts (you know, suicide and all), my mood swings like a pendulum, often, I palpitate without any reasons, and all I wanted is to visit a doctor. I tried once but I didn't know that I need an appointment so I went home with nothing. Then I got sick for a week.

As a mom, you just can't file a sick leave even when you feel like you want to be hospitalized. Thus you need to take care of yourself all the time so you'll be able to take good care of your little one. Luckily, I found ways -- small, simple ways -- to be a little physically and mentally healthier. Here are a few handful of habits you can try now!

Let's Go Physical, Physical!

Keep Yourself Hydrated

lemon mint water to keep yourself hydrated

"Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day" is one of the overused phrase in the history, but admit, you're not taking as much liquid as you need. If you want to keep yourself hydrated, you can start by taking a glass or two of water after you wake up, before you take a breakfast. This helps replenish the water you lose while you sleep. Plus, it's good for digestion. You can also make it a habit to drink another glass of water before lunch or dinner. Besh, it's one way to feel full if you don't want to overeat. C'mon, give it a try if you want to lose weigh. 

If you're not a fan of plain taste, you can add a slice of lemon and cucumber -- or even mint -- to your water. Check this photo out to see how our pee should look like:
how pee should look like

P.S. You can buy a tall tumbler for water and place it beside you. And. Don't. Forget. To. Drink

Have An Active Lifestyle

do yoga and be active

Move as much as you can. It's more than just having a 30-minute cardio or enrolling yourself in a yoga class. If you can walk at least 20 minutes a day, then do so. One easy trick is to turn on the music and dance while cleaning, cooking, or doing a household chore. You don't need to be a Jessica Alba to display awesome moves. All you need is to unleash your inner child and enjoy the music. 

Meanwhile, if you want to incorporate workout as part of your routine at home and you got no time for gym, subscribe to a YouTube channel like Blogilates. Man! This girl knows how to kill every muscle in your body in less than 10 minutes. Plus, she's a damn good motivator!

Serve Fresh Fruits And Vegetables In Every Meal

eat fruit and vegetable to be healthy

I know not everyone's a fan of vegetables, especially the green leafy ones so if you want, you can choose to add fruits instead. Meanwhile, if you have no problems with veggies, include it in every meal, even snacks. Replace rice with cauliflower every dinner, nibble on carrot sticks, or add a handful of spinach in your shakes or omelets. 

You can also search amazing recipes that will make your veggie meal more appetizing and attractive. 

Mental Health Is Wealth!



I admit it, I tried meditating several times but I just can't do it. What I do instead is work on my breathing. I downloaded an app called "Calm" and try do what it says. It helps when I'm tensed or when I'm palpitating.

If you are into meditating or you want to learn, you can download a free guided meditation online. Basically, all you need is to give your mind the quiet time it needs so you can think clearly and feel better somehow. Walking is also a good alternative if you feel stressed.

Do A Social Media Detox

social media detox

If that means deleting Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter apps, then do so. Taking your time away from social media is one of the simplest ways to give yourself a timeout from stress.

It worked for me. I've been away from FB world for a month and it felt good. The reason is, sometimes I see things that would trigger my emotions negatively, that would send me spiraling and questioning things in life. I noticed a huge difference after a quick hiatus.

Not fond of deleting apps? You can try reducing the time checking on your social media or keeping your phone at least an hour away before you sleep and doing other things that would make you busy such as writing a poem, reading, or involving yourself in crafts.

I don't really recommend deactivating because as we all know, our social media is still one way to connect and re-connect with our loved ones.

Discipline is the key. *wink wink

Just Be Happy

be happy

I know it's hard for most people suffering from mental illness. I can't guarantee any solution other than seeking medical assistance. My friend, do not be afraid to speak. Someone out there is ready to listen. You can send me a message if you want someone to talk to.

Otherwise, do something that makes you happy -- and that won't even require you to spend a dime. 

For me, I visit YouTube and watch a bunch of funny videos (yes, mababaw ako), take my kid out on a playdate (riding a slide, diving in a ball pit, and being a kid for a while is super fun), or even drinking a bottle of beer and putting on a reggae playlist helps. Whatever it is that makes you happy, try to incorporate it at least once a day. You deserve it, trust me YOU DO!

Well, these are just some of the things you can do but the list goes on. Find out what it is that will give you a healthy lifestyle. You can go out and explore or stay home and do a quick research. There are a lot of options and sky is the only limit.

How about you? What are the things you do and don't do to keep yourself healthy? Please feel free to share your thoughts below. We'd love to hear it!

And if you like my list, feel free to share it with your loved ones! Cheers!

Monday, July 9, 2018

July 09, 2018

The Blulane Hotel, Binondo Review: Defined What "Hospitality" Should Be

Getting out of the city, away from the toxic lifestyle, is a must for every hardworking moms and dads. Too bad, most of us have limited schedule, loads of responsibilities, and not to mention — a restricted budget. So to unwind for a little while, we go for a staycation at least once or twice a year. Lucky for me, I had the chance to experience a world class hotel service, for free! Thanks to my cousin, Paula of PaulaPinkikaysWorld for this awesome stay!

The Blulane Hotel Experience

I’d like to share my not-so-awesome experience before I reached the hotel. I booked a Grab for more than an hour to no avail, ‘twas raining outside and I tried to hail a cab but most were taken, if not looking away. *insert dramatic sound effect* A few walks and finally, I had a ride. Now here’s the most exciting part — there’s traffic everywhere. The destination’s less than 30 minutes away but I think, I was stuck for almost a couple of hours. Thank goodness, I reached the hotel with my sanity intact.

So back to the real deal, The Blulane Hotel.

Located in Binondo – the world’s oldest Chinatown. A busy place. Crowded but definitely rich in history and culture. I admit, I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. Ikr, the place is known for its mouthwatering dimsum and Chinese food but other than that, I never thought that it's a safe place for a precious gem. 

The modern, sophisticated luxury hotel is simply a masterpiece. The 17-story building houses 172 elegant rooms, primarily built to cater travelers, international delegates and foreign guests. Entering the hotel, I immediately had a first-class feels; the interior itself speaks how much of a fine place it is. But what I liked most about the hotel is the genuine sincerity of the staff, greeting each and every guest with warm eye contact and a sweet gesture in their chest. No exemptions. No matter how decent or rugged you look, the treatment is equal. Now that’s hospitality!

So much talk, let's go to business. If you're planning to book a room, here are your selections:
Superior Room of Bluelane Hotel Binondo

Superior Room (120)

De Luxe Room (29)

Premier Room (9)

Executive (10)

VIP Room (4)

Now, let's talk about food.

The Blulane Hotel is a home of two specialty restaurants, offering a wide selection of authentic Cantonese and western menu – The Blu Dynasty and Blu Café and Lounge. This is a must-try for all the foodies craving for a sumptuous and hearty cuisine.

Here are a few shots of our meal, some of which I've tried elsewhere but man, believe me when I tell you that these dishes are extraordinary.

 Uwian na, may nanalo na! 

If you want to go out on a date or treat yourself with a good shot of coffee, The Coffee Club is a perfect place to de-stress and just enjoy the moment. It gives a glimpse of good life without burning your wallet. The café serves signature frappe, smoothies and drinks together with sweet delicacies and a savory pastas and sandwiches.

They were also generous enough to provide us a free 20-minute dry massage -- which is super relaxing. What more if it's for an hour and with oil? Too bad I wasn't able to take a photo of their room. I think the only thing that's missing is the scent of eucalyptus or lavender. I don't know if I'm the only person who puts "aroma" on their criteria of a perfect spa. But overall, the experience is awesome!

The Blulane Hotel is a perfect place for families or couples -- or even for solo travelers -- who want comfort and relaxation. You can come and experience their place personally and I can vouch for theis hotel! Please visit them at 609 Tomas Mapua St., Binondo, Sta Cruz, Manila. For inquiries and reservations, you may call (02)777-2258 or email at reservations@theblulanehotel.com or visit www.theblulanehotel.com

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

2 Years And Counting: Why I Chose To Breastfeed My Child For More Than A Year

2 Years And Counting: Why I Chose To Breastfeed My Child For More Than A Year

Seeing shocked faces every time I breastfed my 2-year-old son is a new norm for me. I know, some says he's old enough and that he should get a milk bottle instead. But the thought of my child, weaning away, is excruciating.

While he's still inside my otherwise huge tummy, I promised myself to give him nothing but the best. Of course, I'm not on my 100% all the time but one thing that I did not hesitate to provide him was my liquid gold. Thanks to Breastfeeding Pinays, I was able to stock myself with the right skills and knowledge necessary for breastfeeding. It wasn't rainbows and butterflies all the time -- unsolicited advice, malicious eyes, biting, and a lot more -- but I never gave up.

learn how to breastfeed

There are times when I want to quick though, I admit. But I just can't. The bond I felt between me and my child is very strong. I know that it's the only thing that soothes him whenever he's in pain or having tantrums. I believe it's one of the best things I can provide while he's still young and with me. It's one of the reasons why I decided to work at home; I just can't leave this precious little monster no matter what.

That's why I'm glad that I am still able to breastfeed my child from the very first day he came out until now.


The only supplement I took was Natalac, which is around P9-P10 per capsule. Although it's not in liquid form, I can still taste the Malunggay leaves after taking it with a glass of water. The Moringa oleifera leaves claim to help nursing moms, especially those who believe they have inadequate milk. It's also helps prevent iron deficiency anemia.

I started taking it 3 times a week, 4 weeks before I gave birth and only stopped after a year (just because I think I have enough milk). For those who want to try this, consult a medical expert first to ask the dosage you're allowed to consume.

Each capsule has about 250 mg Malunggay leaves, effective enough to improve milk meltdown. As for me, the result is very visible. I can produce stashes of milk and breastfeed my child at the same time. After a year, my liquid gold is still active and I was able to donate milk stashes to a child with pneumonia -- and that's one thing that I'm proud of.

After two years, however, my milk supply wasn't strong. Every time I squeezed my nips, I could still see milks spritzing everywhere (oops!) but it's not enough to fill a milk bag. It's kind of sad because i wanted to donate it. Luckily, my sister -- who's also a breastfeeding mom of 2 kids -- gave me a box of Mother Nurture 7in1 ChocoMix. It tasted like a regular hot choco -- the one you get from Mcdonalds and Jollibee. It's made of different herbs -- stevia leaves, malunggay leaves, gotu kola, ashitaba but I don't taste any of it -- not even a hint of anything leafy and that alone suggests how good the product's taste it. The aroma is also super inviting.

I gave Mother Nurture a shot for 5 days and guess what, it did increase my supply. Haven't tried pumping yet but I felt my get hard a little bit. It's not as engorged as before though. I'm planning to buy a few more and I suggests pregnant moms and breastfeeding moms to take it as well.

Taking A Class

"You mean spending just to breastfeed?" Spending a dime for a breastfeeding class sounds a little.. crazy. But let's admit it, not all moms have the confidence and the skills to nurse their child. In fact, there are moms who believe that they don't have milk. The thing is -- we only need to pack ourselves with the right details. This way, we'll be more comfortable, more confident, and more determined to breastfeed our child.

Luckily, I found a class that suits my needs. Stacey Stewart's Milkology Class (The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class) is one of the hottest courses you can take without leaving your precious little one. It was authored by a Certified Lactation Educator and a mom of 3 (cool!) it costs $19 or roughly 950 in Philippine Peso. Okay, so it did cost a lot of money. That, I can't deny but after taking this class, I found out that it's worth it. Guys, believe me when I say that not all of the best things in life are free. Supplying ourselves with the RIGHT KNOWLEDGE is important and sometimes, we need to put more into it. Anyway, I wish that I found this class a long time ago, it may have helped me produce more milk.

"So, this means that I can't take the class anymore since I've started breastfeeding already?" First thing -- no. You can still take the class. I'm nursing my son who's over 2 years but I am still learning a lot of new things from Stacey Stewart's Milkology Class. If you think you can't put your entire attention to this, don't worry. There's a cheat sheet at the end of the whole series which summarizes the lecture -- but believe me when I say that you should concentrate on the class. You can use your mobile device or a laptop -- whatever suits you -- so there's no excuse not to take this.

The best part? You can take the class over and over again, just in case you need a refresher when a new baby's on the way.

Are there any cons?

Nothing's perfect so yea, there are a few cons.

First, it's anti-formula. 

Okay, I am a breastfeeding advocate but I give equal respect to moms who've chosen formula milk for their child. As long as the child's safe and not hungry, I don't see any problems about it. But if you're not a breastfeeding mom, you may get offended. After all, this class is promoting breast milk.

Second, it requires a quiet time.

At some point, this means taking the class once everyone's asleep and well, I don't know if that's even possible if you're child's less than a year old. Whining is a daily routine so I'll leave this one for you to figure out. 😂

Third, it's expensive.

Not all moms have the luxury to take an extra class, especially when the budget is tight. Maybe take it way, you're saving a lot of breastfeeding your child. No need to buy formula milk. No need to buy feeding bottles. I guess it's just fair if you spend a little bit of your savings so you can give your child what he/she deserves.

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Here's A Great Opportunity For Your Kids: AMCI Mountaineering Club Is Looking For Young Outdoor Stewards

Here's A Great Opportunity For Your Kids: AMCI Mountaineering Club Is Looking For Young Outdoor Stewards

Getting in touch with nature and doing loads of fun-filled physical and mental activities are just some of the things that I highly consider when my 2- year-old son finally reaches the right age. I believe that this is something that he will never forget and will be proud of as he moves forward. Moreover, this will shape him into a better, stronger, much wiser person.

So if you're looking for an interesting summer activity for your child, you might consider getting your child involved in outdoor activities.

Let Your Children Get In Touch With Nature And Be The Best They Can Be

Manila, Philippines AMCI Mountaineering Club, Inc., one of the country’s premier outdoor organizations, is once again inviting parents and kids to spend a weekend at the foot of Mt. Manalmon in San Miguel, Bulacan for the Young Outdoor Stewards Camp.

The event, slated May 26 to 27, seeks to give kids an introduction to the great outdoors, bringing focus on environmental stewardship. Campers will learn about the relationship of people to the natural environment and how individuals can do their share in protection and conservation. The program is anchored on the seven Leave no Trace (LNT) Principles. These principles provide guidelines to enjoy nature sustainably.

AMCI is opening the camp to kids ages 6 to 12, and to teens ages 13 to 17 at any level of physical fitness. Teens will do a day hike of Mt. Manalmon with gamified pit stops that tackle the LNT Principles, while kids will do a quick Madlum Basecamp tour with gamified stations that teach the LNT Principles.

The camp package is Php 2,100 for kids and Php 2,350 for teens. It includes roundtrip transport arrangements from Makati to Bulacan and back, entrance to the sitio, pitch fee for the tents, all meals from arrival to until departure, guide fees, and all materials for each session.
To ensure safety, AMCI will deploy certified first aid responders and medics within the camp and during the trek.

The Young Outdoor Stewards Camp is co-presented by Alaska, Roller Coaster, Nissin, and Dynamite!

For questions and updates, you can drop by our booth at the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival this May 19 to 20. You can also follow AMCI Mountaineering Club, Inc. and AMCI Summer Camp on Facebook.

outdoor activities where kids set up a tent
Kids learning how to set-up a tent. 

kids playing luksong tinik and having fun
Kids playing luksong-tinik.

kids getting in touch with nature
Kids planting seedlings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask Review || Tired, Puffy Eyes Be Gone

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask Review || Tired,  Puffy Eyes Be Gone

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask Box Review

Netflix. Online job. Stress. These are just some of the reasons why I cannot guve myself a good 8-hour of sleep. Oh, and not to mention a whining, sleepy baby who battles his own sleepiness.

I’ve tried several eye creams — 3W Clinic, Celeteque, and Garnier — to name some, but dang! I think the last option left was togo under the knife. Panda eyes were a new norm and my BYS Concealer cannot even conceal it.

I know I sound too dramatic but who wanted dark circles anyway? Let alone crow feet, dehydrated under eye area. My peeps are too tired that often, I find tears falling down. ** Sorry iZombie, I just can’t let go of yooooou!

As I was browsing BeautyMNL, I stumbled onto this creation: MEGRHYTHM STEAM EYE MASK. The reviews were too good that I can’t let it just slip away. Best seller was in Lavender scent but it was out of stock; opted for Chamomile instead. It costs P346 only for 1 Box, with 5 pieces mask inside.

I purchased it along with Skin Genie’s Anti Eyegeing (which I will get a review anytime soon). A few clicks. One day. And voila! It was right in my doorstep. (Nice thing you did there, BeautyMNL).

But First, Product Description

Megrhythm Eye Mask Benefits

Megrhythm Eye Mask How To Use

Megrhythm Eye Mask Features

Megrhythm Eye Mask Product Variation


Avenger's latest superhero, Nap Queen;
more like Nap Kin
Tried it at the first night right away (who’s excited now, huh?) and true to its claim, it started heating — or steaming — after opening the opening the pouch. I took a few photos (and I apologise for the bad quality. Guess I really suck at taking snaps! 😆)

The smell was relaxing enough and if the heat’s not working on making you fall asleep, I don’t know what else will. I admit, I was a little hesitant to try it first because I’ve seen a couple of reviews that it gets too hot. Based on my own experience, it was tolerable. In fact, it made me sleep deeper! Woooh! 

I slept for barely 5 hours but it felt like I have completed the ritual. 

And For Some Photo Op

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask Box

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask How To Use

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask Review
Nope, not a sanitary pad. 

Do I Recommend It?

Yes! Absolutely! Especially for all moms and dads who barely knew what a good sleep is. Just make sure that you'll slumber without any distraction, otherwise, it's useless. I guess?

Have you tried MegRhythm Eye Mask? What are your thoughts about it? Can you recommend other eye mask?

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

8 Ways To Get Yourself As Moms Pampered || BONUS: My Thoughts About Kylie Jenner On Being Mom-Shamed

8 Ways To Get New Moms Pampered || BONUS: My Thoughts About Kylie Jenner On Being Mom-Shamed

For the record, I'm not a fan of Kylie nor The Kardashian, but I do like how big their asses are. LOL! But seriously, the article about the 20-year-old Instagram star caught my attention immediately. As a mom of a 2-year-old, it's pretty hard to leave him home, even with my mom taking charge. But also, as a mom, who spent 9 months of carrying a baby inside and signing up for a lifetime contract without any day offs, sick leaves, nor vacation leaves (not even a maternity leave applies), it’s also important to go out, have fun, and retain sanity.

Yes, as moms, it is our duty to protect our little ones but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise the things that makes us happy. 

As for the Kylie ish, as long as Stormi’s not outside, alone and hungry, I don’t see anything wrong with her going to Coachella. They got a lot of money to burn so I guess they can pay decent babysitters to check on her. C’mon mommies, maybe it’s time to bring each other up rather than criticize and drag other's down. 

And as for us, regular moms who don’t have the privilege to attend music festivals and the like, here are 8 ways on how we can pamper ourselves.

1. Get Your Hair Done

I know, this is probably the last on your list but I also know that the only style you’re doing now is the infamous “mom bun”. Unless you’re gonna revamp it, maybe it’s time to hit the salon and have your hair done. Cut it short (saves your hair from damage due to frequent ponytails), get a highlight or better yet, change your hair color for a quick mega transformation.

2. Dinner With Friends

I know it's pretty hard to leave the little one -- trust me! The first time my husband gave me a day off, I went to the mall alone, have a massage, and almost cried because I felt guilty. I also missed my clingy little prince, so after an hour or so, I went home. But honey, if you have someone you're comfortable leaving your baby with a.k.a. hubby or your mom, feel free to go out alone. Watch a movie. Eat at favorite restaurant. Go to a spa. Or just sip your favorite coffee. Why? BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT.

3. Pour Yourself A Wine

And don't hesitate to go fancy on it. Purchase a new wine glass along with your vin. You may try this at home or visit a fancy restaurant nearby. Clueless about which wine to take? Here's a quick guide to wine selection from Primer Magazine:

Popular Whites

Chardonnay – Fruity, buttery, with a velvety feel that’s atypical to dry white wines.
Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) – Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp. (Fun fact: the favorite wine of Liz Lemon).
Riesling – Usually very sweet, with intense fruit flavors. Much lighter than chardonnay.
Moscato – Fruity, and often sweet.
Sauvignon blanc – Dry, tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit.

Popular Reds

Cabernet sauvignon – Full-bodied with herbal notes. Younger cab has rich flavors of currant.
Merlot – Fruity, spicy. Very soft, less tannic than Cabernet sauvignon.
Pinot noir – Delicate and fresh, very soft tannins with fruity aromas.
Zinfandel – Typically zesty, ranges from medium- to full-bodied and dry to off-dry.

4. Staycation

Traveling with kids sound like a disaster so if you're not comfortable with it yet, go out with them for a quick staycation. Let your husband take care of your little one for awhile and just hide between the sheets. C'mon, get some well-deserved sleep.

5. Get Some Killer Workout!

Exercising don't just leave a killer bod, it also gives your mind the peace it needs. It might exhaust you for awhile but with persistence, it will provide you the strength you need every day. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should get active now!

6. Visit A Therapist

It's no secret how Postpartum Depression -- a.k.a. PPD -- affects some, if not all, moms and there's nothing to be ashamed about. Taking care of a child is no joke so it's best to visit an expert who can work on your issues. Talking to a therapist doesn't necessarily mean you're losing it or your situation is aggravated. In fact, it's beneficial for you to become a better, stronger person.

And for all moms experiencing PPD, remember, you're not alone, mom. We may have different situations but one day, we'll get through it. You're an inspiration, super mom!

7. Spa-Day!

Head out to your favorite spa with a friend, or maybe alone. Have a massage to soothe your tired body or a facial because, well, skincare! Don't compromise yourself with the things that will make you feel and look better. 

8. Movie Night

Once your sleepyheads are slumbering, feel free to binge on Netflix to watch your favorite series, like Santa Clarita Diet, Jane The Virgin, or Parenthood. Or spend the night watching movies for moms like us. Here's a few recommendations:

  • Bad Moms
  • A Bad Moms Christmas 
  • Mom's Night Out
  • Mars Needs Mom
  • What To Expect When You're Expecting
  • Labor Pains
See, it doesn't need cash to be pampered but it's not a bad choice to go out and splurge. After all, you're working your ass off everyday. You have kids and you're a mom-- yes, that's a fact -- but still, you're a human being living one life. Live it to the fullest and don't just look yourself down there. You are your child's role model so it's a good idea to show them that life's worth living, and you can never do that if you're all burnt out and tired.

Do you agree with me? What other ways can you get yourself (as a mom) pampered? Feel free to share your thoughts and tips at the comment box below.