Nimble Milk Buster - Easy Peasy Bottle Washing

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

One of the things I do not look forward to when it comes to chores is washing dishes.  When I was younger, I would volunteer washing dishes - mainly because I wanted to play with water.  But as I grew up, I found it really tedious - I'm OC so I make sure to use extra dishwashing liquid to really clean the dishes.  Using more dishwashing liquid meant - drier hands.  It's the chemicals really, right?

Having a new baby entails a LOT of washing.  Washing bottles, teethers, toys, breast pump parts, utensils and etc.  It's a never ending cycle really.  But what made me a bit worried was - how do I wash all the bottles and breast pump parts while traveling?  I was stumped to be honest.  I recall brining along a hand carry trolley that had ice packs to store my milk and pump parts - but that was traveling without any children.  It's a different time now - we mostly travel as a family - with two older kids + now, Shobe.  How will I do it this time?  It was a thought that made me think hard of a strategy.  A days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months - and I was stumped.  I couldn't figure it out.  I was ready to accept that I had to carry an additional bag for all of those things.

Then one day, I saw on my IG feed - Nimble Philippines.  I was really curious on the Milk Buster, so I inquired and bought myself the big spray bottle.


When I got it, I immediately tried it out on a bottle that I recently used.  I made sure that the bottle was oily (You know oily breast milk is) I followed the instructions, and it said to spray it two times, put in water and shake.

So I did just that.  In my head this phrase was on repeat 'please work! please work!'  because I really wanted it to work!  So when I opened the bottle and emptied the frosty water content - I made sure to test it.  I put my fingers inside the bottle and tried to feel if it was squeaky or if it was still greasy.

It was squeaky!  I was really amazed because most of the time, with regular bottle cleaners - my Yayas and I would always need a sponge/silicone bottle brush to clean out the bottles!  It was ALWAYS that way.  These brushes were needed to make sure that the bottles are squeaky clean.  It was a concern for us if the bottle was still greasy, if it was - we would always make sure to wash it again until it passed our standards.

Can you believe it?  There was no need for any type of bottle brush to make it squeaky clean!  That's when I knew that Nimble's Milk Buster is a winner.  Not only was it handy and convenient, it is packed with the right amount of power to take away the greasy breast milk residue.  Yaya B was also impressed because it has cut her washing time into half!  We would still occasionally check the inside of the bottle for the greasy feel - but every single time that we do, we end up shaking our heads because - the Milk Buster is the real deal.

I was so happy to have come across Nimble's Milk Buster in Instagram.  I swear, it has been my companion since purchasing one.  I have it in my pump bag ready for battle for when we go out.  I am very happy to have found it at a perfect time too!  It was meant to be, really meant to be.

To show you how easy it is to use and bring around:



I had to re-pack the Milk Buster because of the Airport/Customs restrictions - but it's still Milk Buster inside the slim spray bottle.  (Just so you know Nimble Milk Buster really has a TRAVEL size, but I decided not to get it (at that time) because the hoarder in me always thinks of the worst case scenario - I feared that the travel size wasn't enough for my personal use!  Hahaha.. But when I got back, I realized that the Travel size was really enough. Hihi)  Watch the video below:



I am really in love with Nimble's Milk Buster, it's reliable, it's super easy to use and so convenient!  It cleans most anything too!  Baby bottles, breast pump parts, nipples, cups, utensils and etc.  I swear, it's the easiest thing ever - it made me look forward to washing my breastfeeding stuff again!  Hahahaha..

Nimble Milk Buster is made from plant based cleaning products.  It doesn't have any chemicals nor dyes.  The original spray bottle is powerful too - I mean at first I thought, was two sprays enough?  It is enough!  You can add more but trust that those two sprays are enough for to clean a bottle.  And the best part it, all you need to do is shake shake shake!  You can still use brushes to thoroughly clean - but if you're on the go - then shake shake it is!

Cleaning bottles and breast pump parts had never been this so easy and convenient!  I don't need to worry about sour smelling bottles that I will bring home after a day out.  I can now conveniently just wash them after every use, anytime, anywhere!  We are gifted our time back with Nimble's Milk Buster.

I highly recommend this product whether you are traveling or not.

Please visit Nimble Philippines on Facebook and Nimble Babies on Instagram for more details and information on their products (they have more!).

Thank you Candice for bringing it in the country!




Racks' Butterfly Spring Chicken, Mocktails and Banana Split!

Hurry as these new offerings will only be available until June 30, 2019!

When you hear Racks - I'm sure it immediately registers 'ribs' in our head.  They do have one of the best ribs in town - but mind you, they have more than ribs.  Currently, they're offering new dishes such as the Butterfly Spring Chicken - it has three different flavors, and I was able to try two of them!

Of course, when I saw that one of them is the Chimichurri Chicken - I knew I had to order it.  I absolutely LOVE chimichurri - and it did not disappoint!  Look at the generous portion!  The surprise was in the fried French Beans - it was something that I didn't expect to enjoy.  To be honest, I have never seen it cooked and served that way.  But you know what - it was really good!  Good because I was able to trick the kids into having one!  But in the end, I was the one who finished the fried french beans.



The other Spring Chicken dish that we had was the Lemon Garlic on a bed of curry rice.  At first I was skeptical on the curry rice.  But once I tried the rice, there was no stopping me on getting additional servings.  Even Yaya B liked the curry rice!  It was interestingly - good!  The picture below doesn't do it justice.  I have to admit though, that the reason why I took this particular shot was because we devoured it immediately.  Hahaha!  It only occurred to me to take a photo when I noticed that we've finished half of the butterfly spring chicken!  Haha..




Since I am breastfeeding Shobe, I am unable to consume alcohol - thus, the Mocktail was perfect!  I got the Mellow Watermelon - and it was really yum!  My Panget said it tasted interesting.  I had to keep it away from him because he wanted to take sips.  It's refreshing drink perfect for the summer!  How I wish they served this in a pitcher!  Hihi..




Last but not the least is the very unique - Ultimate Banana Split.



This is unique way of serving banana split because of the deep fried coated bananas.  It was a nice ending to the dinner.  We loved sharing this dish - the kids loved the chocolate syrup and of course, the ice cream!

Hurry and enjoy these amazing dishes at Racks until June 30, 2019!
Butterfly Spring Chicken - P495.00
Mocktail  - P175.00
Ultimate Banana Split - P295.00

For a list of Racks branches - http://www.racks.com.ph
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What is happening to my body?!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Change.
It's one of the few constants in this world.

I am 39.
My body is 39.
I gave birth last year, and I felt ALL the difference.

It must be the age.
It is the age.
PERIOD.

The back pain.  Sciatica.
The numbing of the hands and fingers.
Being tired from little activity.
Just wanting to shut out from the world.

My body as I've mentioned before is NOT the same.
I have felt it from being pregnant.
I was more tired.
Maybe because I had two older kids to look out for.
Plus we had helper issues.
I was tired, but it was doable.

After giving birth, there was no rest.
Even if Shobe is a calm, chill and a good baby (thanks to the Babyplus System!)
I still had to breastfeed.
I still had to care for the two older kids.
I still had a household to manage.
I still had to pick up Connor from school.
I still had to work.
I still had needed to be a wife and a mother.

What I didn't expect was - getting sick.
Even if I was sick - I still had to function.
There is no SICK LEAVE when it comes to motherhood.

Ever since giving birth, I have been sick at least 7 to 8 times when you think about it, almost every month, I was sick.

Right now.  I am sick.  AGAIN.

I welcomed the Holy Week break with open arms thinking that I would be resting the whole time. And I really did!  It was a first time for me to be sleeping in,  doing nothing but just resting and relaxing - staying indoors and chilling out.  Then on Easter Sunday - well, when I woke up - I knew something was wrong.  I had a hard time swallowing.  When I drank water - my throat was really painful, I could feel the some lymph nodes on my neck.  I had a headache, my joints were aching too and my body felt so heavy that I moved oh so slowly.

All I wanted to do was close my eyes and just lie in bed.

And that was what I did the whole day.

Kailee even commented that I looked really tired because I was not moving on the bed.  I checked my temperature and had a fever of 38.5.  I drank Biogesic + Immunpro and slept.  When I woke up, I felt a little better - but once I tried to get off the bed - I knew I wasn't any better.

So I went back to bed.

I honestly don't know if the virus are stronger or if I have become weaker.  Maybe both?
Was it because I rested too much?
Is there such a thing as resting too much?
What do you think?

I have taken double dosage of Vitamin C and Calcium since getting pregnant.
I've also started taking B Complex because of tingling feelings I have on my fingers and hands.

I know it's the age.
It's like a never ending adventure (of being sick).
It sucks.
It really sucks.
I really dislike it.

But what am I to do?

I feel tired most of the time.
Some say to exercise.
But I already feel tired and I still need to breastfeed/pump.
The thought of it is already overwhelming.

I miss being able to function properly.
As much as I want to go about my normal day, I simply can't.

I can't shut everything out, right?
But it's taking a toll on things I need to do on a daily basis.

My SIL is also in the same boat.
She told me, it's really the age.
As much as we need to take care of our bodies first, we're just unable to do so.

Is there a vitamin I can take, that is similar to Super Mario's Star?
Hahahahahahaha!!

I'm just tired of getting sick.
It's frustrating.

But I'm okay.
Enjoying the baby.

Hihi...

Get well to me!!










Starbucks' Reusable Cups!

A few years ago, I bought Starbucks' reusable cups. 

Four (4) reusable hot cups.

The reason?

Well, I realized that when I see these cups - they encourage me to drink more!  At that time I was training myself to drink a LOT of water.  So I got a lot so that I can have it anywhere.

Fast forward to a recent Tokyo trip, where I saw in a small convenience store a reusable Starbucks cold cup!  It was really cute, and I knew I wanted one - but it wasn't for sale.  It was just a sample of sort.  

To my delight - that particular cup that I like - is AVAILABLE NOW in all Starbucks outlets!!  YES!!


These cups are P100.00 each!
For the cold cup - if you want a straw with it, you will just need to add P30!

So hurry and grab yours now!

Let's help planet earth.
We owe it to Mother Nature to be involved in saving the environment.




But it's NOT insanity or is it?

Monday, April 08, 2019

I have noticed that my children have making the same not so very nice things over and over again.  I remember a seeing in an episode of The Haunting of Hill House someone said 'We do exactly the same thing, expecting a different result - it's insane!'  - not verbatim but something to that effect.

I am quite tired reprimanding my kids on things they're not supposed to do.  Like not telling the truth on some matters or doing something not very nice.  They know that they will get punished - but they still do it, not once or twice but over and over again!  It's really frustrating to be honest.  I'm tired of punishing them, but I need to do it.  They've somehow become upset with me - but what am I to do right?  They know there are consequences.

An example is not taking the Lego out of the house - any part or piece of a Lego.  But repeatedly they do it.  So when it comes to looking for that particular piece - they just shrug their shoulders as if nothing happened.  So we put a consequence on it - they will get punished by pah pah.  We explained to them that if they do it, no questions, no negotiations, no begging - they will immediately get punished.

Just after a day of explaining - they did it.  There was this Lego mini fig that I specifically told them NOT to bring out of the house - but they did.  And they left it in the car.  So I kept it.  I asked them where that mini figure was and they acted as if they didn't know anything about it.  They didn't care!  I was so upset that I yelled and punished them.  After a few pah-pah, Connor was screaming mad.  He said to me 'I don't like you na!'  In all honesty - it broke my heart.  But I told him - why are you angry at me?  I am just giving you, your punishment.  Remember what we discussed if you take a Lego out of the house.  He then started crying.  He wasn't sorry - he was just crying!  I had to explain to him again that he broke the rule therefore he needs to get punished.  So he said he won't do it again.

But this was repeated - 2 more times that same week.

It's INSANE!!

Why don't these kids get it?  Why do they drive us crazy!

It's effing frustrating.  Really really frustrating.

Is this really the cycle we will go through?
Were we like this when we were kids?

HELP!