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!

Babyplus Prenatal Education System: It really WORKS!

Friday, March 29, 2019

It was such a surprise that I learned I was pregnant.  It wasn't planned at all.  In fact, I was telling myself and getting into the mindset of having a life of bringing the kids to school, picking them up and tutoring them at home.  I told myself, that this was the path - that this was the kind of life that I needed to get used to.  And I was getting used to it honestly.

I wasn't expecting it.  No plans were in order.   Then surprise, I was pregnant!

All those breastfeeding, sleepless nights, endless baby cries, and fussiness all came back to me immediately.  I felt dread more than excitement.  I was more worried than happy.  My previous pregnancies were all easy ones - it was after giving birth that I had a hard time.  In theory, I knew that I needed to hire a new yaya or a new helper in the house.  We were surviving with having just one to take care of the household and now this.  I remember Kailee being a very fussy baby.  She was very gassy.  Connor was also fussy.  I remember them  being very sensitive to noise, sound and movement.  I remember needing to dance and rocking them to sleep.  All of those things came back to me like blood rushing through my brain and body.  It took me a really long while to accept that I was pregnant.  I just thought to myself, enjoy it while its there!  Babies are blessing, right?

One thing I am really curious about was the Babyplus Prenatal Education System.  I've seen some friends who used it during their pregnancies.  Honestly, I have no idea on the effect.  I've read about it in passing but I never really made an effort to learn more about it because I had no plans in having another baby.  But, during this pregnancy, I was really curious.  And it was really by a stroke of luck that I got lent a unit of the Babyplus to use and to try.  I remember reading that the effects will only be seen once the baby is out.  There was no harm in trying it right?

So I tried it.

I wasn't aware of the sound.  Well, I had an idea that it was sound of something - but I didn't know what to expect, so I was surprised to hear that it was like drum beats.  Different drum beats depending on the number on the display.  I honestly felt like it was straight from the Jumanji movie.  Hahaha.. It was quite loud, not very loud but a noticeable sound that you cannot miss.

So I used it regularly and brought it with me everywhere even when I travelled.  I was that dedicated to the system.  I had to use it consistently everyday on specific times.  I would wear it and use it during the morning - after I bring the kids to school and another one at night after dinner.  I did my very best to make sure to follow the time (since it needed to be the same time everyday)  There were times that I used it on a different time, but mostly I followed the schedule to a T.  It was only during my travels that I found it hard to follow the schedule.  But I think as long as you wear it and use it twice a day - I think that's good enough.

So what is the Babyplus Prenatal Education System?




I must admit, I was skeptical at first.  I mean, seriously - how can it be proven right?  But I still tried it.  I mean, nothing left to lose, right?  So I did - and as I mentioned, I followed it religiously as much as I could.  I think I was the best test subject because I have two older kids who were not exposed to the system.

I honestly just had an open mind.  I was told to notice everything when the baby comes.  And here is my honest to goodness observations on the effects of the system:

The day I gave birth was chaos - it was an auspicious date literally thus there were a LOT of births scheduled and un-scheduled.  I remember being in the recovery room for a long long time and hearing Shobe cry so much!  But you know what - when we were finally wheeled into the room, Shobe was a really really cooperative baby.  I noticed though that she was really calm.  She would just squirm a bit when she was hungry and she would rarely cry.  She was a very chill baby in the hospital.  At home, I was having helper issues - but Shobe was such a trooper, she was very calm at home and was very cooperative.

Shobe was a totally different baby compared to Kailee and Connor.  Shobe was very chill, calm and I felt she understood our helper issues and was never fussy.  My Panget and I were ready for those endless crying, those nights when you needed to rock them to sleep?  I was prepared for those because I personally experienced them.  We were worried about the noise situation since there are the two older kids - but with Shobe, it was totally different.  Even if the room was noisy with Kailee and Connor playing around, or if my Panget and I were watching TV, she was really calm - and just sleeps quietly.  She would make little movements here and there and cry softly when she's hungry - but over all, CALM.  She was such an easy baby to care for.  Even Yaya B was amazed!  We were all delightfully amazed, really.  And I must say, the difference was in the Babyplus system.

She was an easy baby to take care of.  I didn't have a hard time adjusting.  I was so thankful really because I was in my head, I was thinking "damage control" already.  But for at time - you know, I thought - maybe this was a fluke, that maybe it was just because the first month was easy.  Then I have a friend tell me that it's no fluke.  She also tried the Babyplus system on her son (who is a few months older than Shobe) and she really said that the Babyplus made all the difference.  She two has two older kids who were not Babyplus babies - and she tells me that it's really different with her son.  I was crossing my fingers and toes that it would be the same for us.  And you know what - Babyplus really made a HUGE HUGE difference!

You want to hear more?  Shobe after a month old, would soothe herself and sleep by herself at times.  I mean, she would still need a bit of rocking, but she was calmer - there was a time when I had to go to the bathroom really bad and I was alone, so I lay her in the playpen, she was a bit fussy - but I needed to go to the bathroom really bad.  And she was crying (not really loud, but you know the normal cry) and I was trying my very best to finish (sorry, too much information!) and when I did, I suddenly noticed that the room was quiet - and when I checked on her, she was already asleep!  I was literally AMAZED.  I mean when it was Kailee or Connor you would not hear the end of their earth shattering crying and screaming!  But with Shobe - it was really really different.  We have said it time and again - it's really the Babyplus System.  It was such an amazing thing to see Shobe self soothe, I mean - I swear she's just a few months old that time.  And you know what?  She can sleep by herself at times!  I would just lay her on my bed and after a few turns here and there - she's be asleep!  I swear, it's really amazing how this Babyplus System helped me as an almost new parent.

Now that Shobe is more than 6months old, I can see more good effects of the Babyplus System.  Shobe is definitely a calm baby, she can self soothe, she can also play by herself.  She learned to sit on her own, a few days before turning 7months old.  Now, she would try and lift her self up, sit up, reach down to change her position and reach for so many stuff.  In a span of a few days, her development was amazing.  It seems like she developed so much in so little time!  It was really impressive.

I am now a believer in the Babyplus System.

And I really really recommend that you invest in this system.  If you are still thinking about getting one, I tell you GET ONE NOW!  It's really an investment - invest in your future child! I wish I knew of this system when Kailee was born.  But I am so glad now that I was able to use it on Shobe.  I'm really thankful for this system because it was such a big help to me and Yaya B.  Especially when you have bigger kids, domestic help issues and a lot more going on in life.  Shobe was really cooperative, we always say that it seems like she understand the situation and adjusts to what is happening around her.  For that, I am really really thankful to the Babyplus System.

You can get yours at Milk and Honey online store.




Jeunesse Anion: Women's Wellness

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

PRESS RELEASE



What’s Your Mood?

Your period cycle always affects your feelings. This Women’s Wellness Month, let Jeunesse
Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner help you through sluggish days, sticky situations, and avoiding emotional conflicts

When a woman is unreasonable, it’s easily tagged as “that time of the month”. It can often be
unfair, especially because there is more to this than what the men in our lives like to
assume.

Our period cycles span almost an entire month and every few days, something changes in
our body. Hormone levels can change dramatically, depending on where we are in our cycle.
That’s why there are days when we feel like we can do anything and days when we just
want to stay home with a bag of chips and Netflix.

Here’s a short break down of what happens during a woman’s period cycle:

The Beginning
● Days 1-2: The first day of your cycle is
the first day of your period. Tissue and
blood lining your uterus is the blood
otherwise known as your period.
Estrogen is low and women often
experience fatigue and cramps. You
might not feel like it but these days
would be good days to exercise. Your
mood might not be so great and your
energy level is low.

Feel Good
● Days 3-5: Estrogen begins to increase towards the end of your period. This hormone
helps boost endorphins or your brain’s “feel good” chemicals. The same one that is
released during exercise. Your energy also rises along with the rise in estrogen and
ultimately this is you feel more upbeat at this time.

On Top of the World
● Days 6-9: With your estrogen up, you
are sure to feel more beautiful and
energetic. And it’s no wonder because your
skin is glowing and your face looks more
symmetrical. Testosterone also rises during this time and you are most likely to feel
unstoppable and on top of your game.

Bringing Sexy Back
● Days 10-13: You are now approaching your ovulation which means you are feeling
sexiest. You are most fertile during these days and women who want to become
pregnant have the best chances of conception when they try at this window until
ovulation day. Your orgasms are more intense and are attainable during sex.
Estrogen levels are at the highest and women feel best emotionally and physically.

Hello, Ovulation
● Day 14: For most period cycles, ovulation happens on this day. Ovulation is when an
egg is released from the ovary. This egg lives for 12 to 24 hours. There is also a
sudden hormone change during ovulation, which may intensify your emotions and
tiredness.

Watch What You Eat
● Days 19-22: Estrogen level begins to drop while testosterone surges if you are not
pregnant. Your skin might be producing more oil than usual. This means you might
be experiencing breakouts or sensitive skin. This is a good time for you to eat
healthy.

Ending the Cycle
● Day 23-28: If you are not pregnant, your estrogen and progesterone levels continue
to drop. You may begin to experience bloating and sluggishness. The quick change in
your hormones is also responsible for your quick changes in mood. This is a good
time for you to boost your serotonin levels through exercise and to cope with breast
soreness. You should also reduce your intake of sugar, make sure to stay hydrated,
and reduce your caffeine intake.

An unfertilized egg will
soon leave your body
together with the
uterine lining that your
body created in
preparation for possible
pregnancy. Once your period begins, 
you go back to Day 1 in the period cycle.


Jeunesse Anion pads help with the cramping and dysmenorrhea through the anions
released by the strip. These anions “bind to the positively charged ions (of the body) which
restricts the movement through the ion channel,” says the research result of Yasmin
EndaƱol, UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry. “If there are no ions available for movement, the
channels will remain closed, and signals will not be transmitted. Thus, pain felt by the user
during dysmenorrhea is lessened to a minimum.”

A very meaningful Sunday homily of love and forgiveness

Monday, February 04, 2019

I make it a point to hear Mass every Sunday.  I make time for it because it's only one day a week for me to give thanks to the blessing that I receive.  I have this routine time that I like hearing Mass and there's a particular Church that I like going to because of the Holy Water blessing at the end of Mass.  I adjust the time I hear Mass depending on our Sunday activity.  I have to be honest, there are some Priests who I like listening to because they make a lot of sense - they say short homilies, but mind you there are very meaningful.

For a particular time in my favorite parish - there's this priest who always has a presentation - he officiates late in the afternoon.  I attend his Mass if I have no other choice of time.  I find that he gives one the best homilies - it's just that, they're quite long and it's a bit dramatic for my taste.  But he makes a LOT of sense.

So yesterday, I attended Mass in a parish nearby.  When I turned my head to see who was officiating - lo and behold, it was that priest.  I laughed inside and told God, 'Lord, your humor talaga' and laughed silently.  As usual - he prepared a visual presentation - and as always, it had some technical difficulties.  But he went on with his homily - and I must say, God has this trick up his sleeve - He lead me to a Church that was nearby and comfortable - and He made sure that the officiating priest would say something really meaningful.  I won't go through the details anymore of the readings and gospel - but instead just share what was the best take away during the Mass that resounded very well with me.  I teared up honestly because I felt that it hit home, I have been struggling with emotional and mental things lately and it was such a perfect explanation.  The Lord does work in mysterious ways.  It was such a wonderful validation.




When I heard this, it was a different feeling.  I can't explain why I was tearing up, but I did.  This really hit me you know.  I have been struggling lately for the past month, with not so nice feelings I don't want to validate.  I can't help but ignore them - but they're there.  The struggle has been real - and I'm trying my best not to be affected.  And yesterday after Mass, I felt a LOT better, I think it was the answer to my prayers of strength and wisdom.

Before the Mass ended, we were given another activity - which was brilliant in my books.  Read through this very famous bible verse:



Now, instead of saying LOVE and IT, replace it with your OWN NAME.  And say it silently or outloud.  It means so different diba?  It gives this bible verse a new meaning.

It was such a lovely Mass yesterday.  Love is the answer, forgiveness is key - the Lord knows, the Lord sees everything.

I feel a bit stronger.  My day will look a bit brighter and I am smiling - from within. 

Have a blessed Monday everyone.  

Playful Diapers: One PIECE FULL night + Giveaway!

Friday, January 25, 2019

I am a diaper snob.

There, I said it.  I have certain brands that I like - well, actually - I have only 4 brands that I like.  EQ, Mamy Poko, Goon and Huggies.  All the rest, I honestly don't bother with them anymore.  Why?  Well, I've tried them and they're not hiyang with my kids. 

I've not bought diapers for years, so when I gave birth - first things first, choose a diaper brand that you will *want and wish* to be hiyang with the baby.  I started with EQ for Shobe and so far so good!  I was happy because out of the 4 brands, EQ was the most *economical* of them.   Honestly no matter the status in life - what we want is to get the most of our purchases, and personally - I felt that we had just that with EQ.




After the new year, I received a care package - when I opened it, it contained two packs of Playful Diapers and wipes (this is for another post).  I honestly have NOT heard nor seen the brand around at supermarkets that I frequent.  I honestly thought it was a bit strange, that I didn't see it before.   Along with the diapers was a small note that indicated their social media accounts @playfulbabydiaper .  I was really curious and so I googled and found the company's website.  Apparently, the brand has been around for quite a while.  




I opened a pack and checked the diaper.  I must say, the #PlayfulDiaper didn't look cheap.  I inspected the diaper and it passed my visual standards.  I compared it to EQ and noticed that the length is the same - but the width of Playful is a bit more narrow - it was actually perfect with Shobe.  It didn't look too chunky (compared to EQ) it fit very well - as Yaya B would say - it looked really sexy!  Hahaha..  So size wise, it was acceptable.  The magic tape is a plus too as we can adjust the diapers easily.

Look at the packaging - it says ONE PIECE FULL NIGHT.  It was a challenge that I took to heart.  I really wanted to see if their claim is legit.  So immediately tried it that night.  I was skeptical - checking Shobe's diapers every so often, touching it and poking the diaper just to make sure it was okay.  She wore her diaper at 7:00pm and there was no change since.  Shobe usually wakes up at 6:30am.

So the next morning, when she woke up, I did the following:

I checked her clothing - nothing was wet.
I checked the water proof cover that was protecting the bed - it was dry.
I then poked on her diaper and it was really full.
Another thing was that - Shobe wasn't complaining or was irritated.  In fact, she was smiley even!

This is what her diaper looked like:





As you can see - it's quite full really full.

Please excuse the image of the diaper with poop - but I wanted to show you how full the diaper was:




I was really IMPRESSED and HAPPY that there were NO LEAKS.  NO RASHES.
And most of all - NO DIAPER CHANGE the whole night!

It was indeed ONE PIECE, FULL NIGHT!
One PEACEFUL night - you see what they did there?  Hahaha!

And what else?  The price point:

Look at that!  The snob in me is hiding and embarassed now - I mean, look at the pricing, I mean really really look!  How much does one piece come out to, amazing - right??

According to Primero World Allinace Corp., the distributor or Playful Diapers, these diapers are available in Landmark, Unimart, SM Supermarkets, Puregold, Metro Gaisano and in Mercury.  I love that a Filipino company can come up with a budget friendly diaper that is comparable to the quality of those imported ones.  Thank you for thinking of Filipinos - THANK YOU!

Again, my motto is sharing is caring - so here's the Giveaway!!

 I'm giving away two (2) packs of Playful Diapers - the size is Small.  So this giveaway is really meant for babies - so they can try it, see the difference and shift to the brand.

This giveaway is open to those who have babies that still wear the size SMALL for the diapers.  Just follow below and leave the necessary details:
a)  Share this blog post on your social media accounts
    *@candishhh is having a #PlayfulDiapers giveaway!  Read her review and JOIN! http://www.candishhh.com/2019/01/playful-diapers-one-piece-full-night.html*
b) Tag two (2) of your friends
c)  LIKE the #PlayfulDiapers FB page as well as the canDIshhh tales FB Page
d)  Leave your name, a valid email address and the URLs of your social media shares on the comment section on the FB post!  (*Note that if you leave a comment here on this blogpost - you will double your chances of winning!!  So leave two (2) comments of the details - one in FB and one here!!)

That's it!
Below are some reminders:
a)  Make sure that your child can wear size SMALL
b)  This giveaway is open to Metro Manila residents only (I will ship the prize for FREE)
c)  You have until February 4, 2019 to join - One person One entry.



When my Friend Wins by Robyn Rodriguez + Giveaway!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

It was last year that I first saw this book.  We were given a signed copy of it by my sister in law, Liza.  The author of the book is my niece, Carlie's speech therapist.  My kids were fighting over it actually, simply because they saw their names on the book.  Kailee said it was hers, while Connor said it was his.



That same night, Kailee read the book to Connor.  Kailee immediately understood the story, while Connor - well, he just heard it without listening to it.  But it was okay, I mean - I just needed to repeat the story again for his benefit.

Then I totally forgot about the book altogether.

I just saw it again when a friend posted it on Instagram.  I got intrigued and inquired on where to purchase a copy.  The reason was - well, Connor was in this phase of always wanting to win.  He was having a hard time *losing* at games.  The first time we played Chutes and Ladders, Kailee won - he screamed and cried so hard!  It was really funny, but we couldn't laugh!  The next episode was while we were playing Monopoly and he landed in jail, he screamed so hard and cried saying he was scared!  He thought, it was a real jail that he was going to.  I think the concept of a *game* was different for him.



It was by some stroke of being at the right place at the right time.  I was cleaning the clutter in my room just before the holidays when I saw the book again.  I thought to myself - the book looked really familiar!  And when I opened it - tada!  It was the signed copy that my sister in law gave us.  When I saw it, we had to read it together.  This time, Connor's grasp of the story has become better.  He understood the story more.

The book is quite simple really - but for the kids - well, they can see themselves in the story.  They see themselves as characters of the book.  I'm sure they've gone through similar situations and with this book, they can relate to the story and that's the most important for me.  That at a young age - they empathize with the characters and the story.  My Panget has long said that Connor needed to be enrolled in a group/team sport because he doesn't take losing very well.  And with this book, I feel - it's a start towards the right direction.

During the holidays - I received another copy of the book as a gift.  And because I feel that sharing is caring - well, with the permission of the author - Robyn Rodriguez, I'm doing a GIVEAWAY!  Yes, yes yes!  I'm giving away one (1) copy of the book!  Yehey!

The giveaway is really simple - just do the following:
a)  LIKE Gail and Pablo - When my friend wins page in FB
b)  LIKE my FB page too - the canDIshhh tales
c)  Share the link to this blog post ( http://www.candishhh.com/2019/01/when-my-friend-wins-by-robyn-rodriguez.html  ) on your social media accounts
d)  Leave a comment here on the blog with the following details:
  -  Your name
  -  A VALID email address
  -  the links to your social media shares (one person one entry!)
This giveaway is open only to Metro Manila residents
You have until next week to join - I will be picking a winner by January 31st!

Thank you Robyn, for making this book!  Please do make more of them!  God bless you!!

Poor eyesight!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

One thing I am was proud of was that my vision is was still clear.  I have never worn glasses in my whole existence.  Never felt any need to because I still see clearly.  I can still read small fonts, I can read texts from far away.  But recently, well - after the new year, well - my vision has been a bit blurred.  Not very very blurred - but just a bit.

And it bothers me.  Really bothers me.

I used to put whatever I needed to read near my eyes to be able to see them more clearly (if the font is mall) but now - I have to put it at a distance for me to see it better.  What used to be a normal sized font for me to read, is now shadow-y.  Those number countdowns on stoplight?  Blurry.

I can't believe this is happening.

I was told that when I hit 40, my vision will for sure be not the same.  In my head I was laughing at the thought.  I am NOT laughing now.

So I went to #OwndaysPH - to try and have my eyes checked.  The reason why I went there - it was very well lit.  And I loooooove very well lit places.  Hahaha!  I was impressed with the equipment they were using - also the service.  I sat down in front of a machine to check (a more or less check) of my eye sight, and then when I transferred into the refraction room, I expected to see what I usually saw in the malls - the chair with pieces of lenses on the side!  But what greeted me was a machine, a table and a sort of display.  I sat down - and my goodness, it was so high-tech.  No need for me to do anything but sit, listen to the questions and answer as accurate as possible.  I swear, it was such a pleasant pleasant experience for me.

The doctor that was assisting me was very very calm and patient.  He was very accommodating too and his voice, I must say - very soothing and re-assuring.  He was asking questions and patiently doing the changing of the lenses.  I just need to emphasis - that the eyesight check experience in #OwndaysPH - really impressive and really really high tech.  Even Kailee was so curious on what was happening and what I was seeing.  Hahaha!!

So the verdict?  Well, according to the *test* I had astigmatism and needed reading glasses.  They recommended a dual lens but it was still up to me if I wanted one.  I told them that my only issue was the reading thing and that I didn't need to wear glasses all day to function.

I am turning 39 in a couple of days, so I guess this is age-ing telling me that I'm not getting any younger.  Well, I've long accepted age-ing, but one thing I have a hard time accepting is - blurring vision.

I'm still in denial.

My Panget has offered to get me glasses, he would always tease me whenever we're at the mall.  But I told him - I'm still in denial.

I might need to though, get glasses.  As I have this headaches - not massive ones, but small one - that I've honestly never experienced before.

So this is age-ing, huh??

Being sick, viruses and all those things..

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In all honesty, I don't remember getting sick (often) as a child.  My visits to the doctor were very few almost non-existent (to my current memory).  I've never been confined in my life (except when I gave birth) and so I considered myself, very lucky in that aspect.  But there were times that I have certain memories of - they were mostly non-traumatic.  I remember going to this pedia in Manila who concocts his own medicine that tastes so good!  I remember drinking cough and colds medicine also.

But nowadays, since I became a mom - it seems as if viruses have now mutated into something stronger.  I hear terms such as viral (which I must admit, I still don't fully understand what it means), bacterial and etc.  Now, temperatures of 38 (degrees celcius) are the norm for fever, having 39 and 40 are alarming, but I learned that the thermometers we use (and have nowadays) have a +/- range.

I honestly miss those mercury thermometers.  The ones that I have now are an underarm thermometer, an ear thermometers and a no contact infra red thermometer - but guess what, they have DIFFERENT READINGS!  I don't understand it.  It makes me more confused, I don't have one thermometer that can give me an accurate reading - I must need to *average* it out just to be sure.  I make sure to try all of the thermometers that I have with me!  So you can just imagine the process.

Last December during the holidays, we were all hit with colds and cough.  I honestly didn't feel much of the holidays because we were mostly sick, even Yaya B got sick.  Shobe was the most kawawa out of everyone because she couldn't blow her nose by herself.  We had to suction out the sipon from her tiny little nose.  We had to do this often and it resulted with sugat on her outer nostrils.  Her voice was already paos from her screaming and crying.  It wasn't a fun time - it really wasn't.  The older kids naman, well - they're quite stubborn with blowing their noses.  I had to remind them every so often.  Instead of blowing it out - they sniff and snort it back in!  I couldn't count how many times I've lost my patience and yelled at them.  I was also sick, my head was aching - I experienced chills, body pains and etc., but I need to function despite feeling all those things.  It was really hard for me - I couldn't rest properly because I still needed to breastfeed and pump.  Yaya B was nice enough to take over caring for Shobe at night.  I felt so helpless - I just wanted to lie down and close my eyes and rest.  But of course that didn't happen right?  As I said, I needed to function - add the holiday stress with a helper that needed to be reminded every so often.

For the past week, I have been feeling it again - apparently, there's a virus going around that is quite - scary.  So for the record, I am sick - AGAIN.  So are my kids, except Shobe.  It seemed just like a week or two ago that my kids were well.  No one was coughing, no one had colds - it was a fairly peaceful time.  I know because I allowed them to have ice cream!  But guess what - they're sick AGAIN! We can't seem to avoid the viruses!  It's really really REALLY frustrating.  Connor had a fever when he got home from school - then after giving Tempra, he felt better and his temperature was back to normal.  But the next day - well, the next night - his temperature shot up to 39!  It was really alarming, I swear it was almost midnight and there he was - sleeping, but his temperature was off the charts (for me)  We monitored his temperature after that and put an ice pack on his head.  What the hell was happening, right?  OMG!  The next day, his temperature was lower, but it was still considered a low grade fever.  Our pedia advised to keep him home until his temperature becomes 37.3 and below for a period of 24 hours.  Mind you, despite having a low grade fever, he was still his old self - playful and eating naman, it's just that his temperature was higher than normal.  Strange, right?

I have been giving my kids all sort of vitamins already, and they have been taking them every day - just like me with Immunpro.  To be honest, well - since we're sick again - I can't seem to understand the effect of them.  Maybe we should try being vitamins-less for a while and see how that goes?  It's already quite often, because when I think about it - it's like every month, we catch something.  I swear, it's frustrating me already.

I received a couple of messages regarding pneumonia and some other virus going around.  I don't know if there's any truth to it, but I think we really need to be cautious.  So guys, avoid crowded places in the mean time.  It's better to be safe than sorry, right?

One part of me says - exposing them/our bodies to these kinds of things will make us stronger.  On the other hand, I am not sure if this is the right way?  How about you, what is your opinion on this?  What do you think?

JAPAN VISA for YAYA: A Guide on how to successfully get one

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Happy New Year!

One thing I really like doing - filling up forms!  Yes, yes and yes!  I am weird that way but it's a good thing because since we all hold a Philippine Passport, that means forms need to get filled up - and I'm lucky because I willingly lovingly do them!

When we travel, we usually bring Yaya B along.  I keep getting asked why - well, we want Yaya B to experience traveling but most of all well, we need the extra help while traveling!  Our favorite place to go to is Japan - and when traveling to Japan, well - you need to get a visa!




So, why this post?  Well, I want to help out all those who are considering bringing their Yayas along to their trip - especially to Japan!  We found it very easy to apply for a visa for Yaya, as long as the requirements are complete.  Please make sure that all Yaya's requirements are AUTHENTIC!! You don't want to be black listed.  Remember that!

What are the requirements:
1)  a VALID Passport
Of course you need a passport right?  Make sure Yaya has one.  And if she has a Passport to also note of the expiry date of her passport.  There's this universal 6 months before expiry thing that you NEED to take note of!  Remember!  Remember!  Make sure to check her expiry date and make sure that on your dates of travel - well, that it still has another 6 months away from expiry.


2)  PSA Birth Certificate/Marriage Certificate (if married)
The Japanese embassy requires that your Yaya has a PSA (formerly NSO) birth certificate that is issued within one year from your application.  This simply means that if you are applying Yaya's visa on January 10, 2019 - the time stamp on Yaya's PSA birth certificate must be at the very most - dated January 11, 2018.  They're very maarte with this one, the reason being the PSA changes papers every so often.
  A)  Additional forms NEEDED when Yaya's Birth Certificate is a LATE REGISTERED one
    A.1)  Form 137
          Let's face it, not all of our Yayas finished High School, so having a Form 137 is highly
          non-existent, but there is a way - well, I found a way!  Just write a letter, explaining why Yaya
          doesn't have one.  Have her sign that letter too!


    A.2)  Original Baptismal Certificate
          For additional proof of identity, the Japanese Embassy requires this.  Simply ask Yaya where
          she was baptized and call that Parish to ask for an original certificate.  Make sure that there is a
          phone number indicated in the certificate, just in case the Japanese Embassy wants to verify.  I
          know it's quite difficult to trace, I personally had a hard time tracing Yaya's but if there's a will,
          there will be a way!


3)  Picture
Make sure to have Yaya's picture taken in a photo center with the required size.  Don't worry, the photo center will know the size - all you need to say is I need a photo for Japan Visa and size it for such.  Bring two (2) pieces just in case.  Write the name, birthdate and signature of Yaya at the back of the picture


4)  Application form
Download a form, fill it up correctly and accurately.  If you will be the one to fill it out for Yaya, make sure to brief her on the contents and explain it to her before having her sign it.


5)  Employment Certificate
Simply make a generic employment certificate stating that Yaya is your nanny and also state how long she has been working for you.




6)  Letter of Support and Guarantee
You will need to have this affidavit notarized.  It should be two different forms, but I compiled and made them one and the same.  This is your way of saying that you will be the one supporting Yaya's trip financially.



7)  Original Bank Certificate
The Japanese Embassy needs this to be able to know that YOU will be supporting for Yaya's expenses while in Japan.

8)  ITR
This is also an additional financial document that will support your claim that you are financially capable of spending for Yaya's trip.


9)  Photocopy of Your VALID Japanese Visa
For the Japanese Embassy's reference that you can actually AND validly accompany Yaya to Japan.


Well, that's about it guys!!  Good luck!

We go to Discovery Tours (in Makati) for our Japan Visa requirements.  They work fast kasi and their rate is the cheapest amongst all the travel agencies.

The Japanese Embassy usually gives Yayas a 3 month SINGLE entry visa.  So, don't apply very early!  But also don't apply too late.

In case you have questions - please feel free to email me at candishhh@gmail.com

Happy New Year!