Happy Holidays!!!


Mila and I want to greet everyone Happy Holidays!

The year is almost up. It's the time to look back on what was and look forward to what will be. 2015 had been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. It's fortunate I love riding extreme rides

I feel like the year went by too quickly, yet it was so full of memories and lessons. My top lesson: love yourself. Health concerns had me pause and realize that my body is not what it used to be, and never will be. I should take care of me first so I can take care of everyone else. Thank you Lord for giving me a longer lease in life.

My little princess is growing up quickly too. There are times I wish I could keep her like this: sweet and innocent. Yet I'm as excited to see her explore the world and grow into the best person that she can be. My fervent wish is that I will be there to guide her along the way. 2015 thought me that I cannot be with my child all the time, but my love for her will stay and guide her always.

There are a lot of things in my life that has room for improvement. I say, be happy with what you have yet be bold to aim for more. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask. Like now, as I write this at work (shhhh), I asked no one in particular if they have food since I'm hungry. And someone responded and gave me cup noodles. Thanks Vince!
There are tons to be thankful for. From small wins, to big success. Even the trials that had thought me to be stronger, I thank God for that. Most of all, I'm thankful for my family and friends. For my husband who show me that I am stronger than I think. For my dad who inspire me and motivates me to work harder in keeping my family. For my Mom who spoils my kid with love and got my back every time. To my sisters who I bully, and bullies me back to remind me I can be more beautiful. To my aunt and cousins who put up with my craziness. To my in laws who inspire me to keep my faith. To friends who I owe so much time and kwento and yet, they still understand and support me. To my workmates who make long hours spent at work more worthwhile and enjoyable, even if it's challenging. To my blog community who had taught me a lot. To our current and past yayas who love and take care of our daughter.

Our Daughter. MILA. My one and only reason for everything. If there is only one thing I will be thankful for this year, and the years to follow, it will always be Mila. She teaches me humility and pride. She makes me experience the pains of failure and gives me the endless joy of success. She is my pride. She is my life. Thank you Lord for my wonderful girl and for all the time I get to be with this angel.
I have so many thing I want this coming year. Goals and missions for myself and the people I love. Dreams I know I can make come true. I'll make that list private lest I preempt them. Let's just say that 2016 will see a new me. 

Let's leave 2015 and start 2016 with a happy heart and a determination of making our goals and dreams come true. Wishing everyone a joyful celebration! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and oh, Happy Birthday to me too! ;)

Jake And The Never Word

Jake and The Neverland Pirates OOTD 
My daughter loves watching TV. I allow her to watch Disney Junior even before she turned one year old. She is the master of the remote control and has her favorite shows now. One of them: Jake and The Neverland Pirates. Jake is one of the first Disney characters that Mila had recognized. I think it's because his name is easy to say. There's also at least one catchy tune each episode that my music-lover girl would not miss. 

When she turned two, Mila started saying "Never" just like how Captain Hook would say it. She'd normally say it when she is pretending to be mad or when we're asking her to take her afternoon nap or take her favorite shirt off. She looks so cute saying never like a pirate but I just had to be a parent. It's not a habit she should keep. Saying "No" for EVERYTHING TO ANNOY MOMMY, is a phase that most toddlers go through. My Mila just do it the pirate way. It's also a phase that can be quick and less annoying.
Jake and The Neverland Pirates OOTD 

How I Stopped My Daughter From Saying No or Never All The Time

Give Options
I understand that saying no/never is a toddler's way of asserting themselves. It is a developmental sign that shows your child is on her way to becoming an independent person. She is simply using her new found power - making decisions. To avoid the power struggle and encourage her to continue on this path of self-reliance, we found ways on how she can feel like she is the decision maker. We give her options. 

Instead of saying: "Let's change you clothes now", I say "Do you want to wear the pink dress or the blue shirt?". She makes the decision and you get what you want.

Set Expectations
Little kids likes consistency and hates being interrupted. If you suddenly ask them to stop playing to take a bath, the immediate response will be a big No. Set their expectations. 

"Honey, let's take a bath after you watch Jake, ok?" She knows that when the credits roll, it's time to move. No sudden interruption, no fights.

Have Them Do Favors For You
Your kid loves you to the moon and back. They want to please you. If you want them to do things they hate, do not command them. Ask them to do if for you as a favor.

Instead of saying: "Put away your toys now", I say "Can you help mom clean up by putting your toys in the box? It will make me so happy."

Distract Her
Sometimes, No is just an automatic response toddlers will give you.

"Mila, come here"
"Come here now!"
"Beecoz akbcasjva ascbajcva baksucvak" (I know she gave her reasons, I just can't understand yet)
"Ok, I understand. But I need you to go here to mommy, ok?"
"Ok po!"

Changing the question, or giving her something else to do or think about, will stop the pattern of no. She'd forget the resistance and may not realize she is already saying Yes.

Choose Your Battles
Mila and I always fight during mealtime. She just won't eat when she does not want to. Whatever food it could be, even if it is an old favorite, she'd refuse it. I've since learned to choose my battles.

If it's meal time and she does not want to eat or seat on the table with us, I just let her. Sometimes, I give her options to eat what we have or she can just have rice and soup. If it's still a No, then I let it go. She may be full or just simply not ready. She will eat eventually. I noticed she eats a lot more if I let her have her meal on her own time.

If it's something that will put her at risk though, then her No's just won't cut it. If I ask her to hold my hands while crossing the street, I become the boss and no amount of refusal will be accepted. Safety first.
Jake and The Neverland Pirates OOTD 
Talk to Her
Young kids copy what they see. The show Jake and The Neverland Pirates is generally a great show that promotes good values but it maybe too much for a two year old to differentiate between who is good and who is bad. All she knows is that she is copying a catch phrase on the show. This is when parental guidance place a very important role on any of your kid's activities.

I sat down and explained that Captain Hook does bad things and she needs to copy the good guys only. The word never is ok sometimes but it's not a nice thing to say all the time. When she says Never or No for no valid reason, I ask her if it's nice. She knows it's not and she'll stop.

Also realize that No and Never is not always bad. A child needs to say no appropriately. Someone's giving her softdrinks. "No thanks." Eat the toy food. "No, pretend only." A stranger wants to carry her. "No please." Someone wants to touch her private parts. "Never."

With constant reminder and practice, any toddler can easily outgrow the refusal phase. Mila still says no occasionally but it does not annoy mommy anymore. I know she just have her own preferences now. She is starting to be a woman who knows how to make decisions for herself. *Sob*
Jake and The Neverland Pirates OOTD 
On a side note, the shirt Mila is wearing is from Desiree of Caprichosa. I found her in Facebook earlier in the year. I ordered a few clothes for Mila which she sent with lots of free books. Something for mommy too, yey. During this summer's Babypalooza, we stopped by a booth selling beautiful tutu dresses. Of course, we just had to get a few of them for the kikay princess. When the seller handed me her business card, I realized it was her and I was glad to be able to thank her in person. She recognized Mila more than she recognized me. Not surprised at all. As we were about to go, Mila saw the Jake terno shirt hanging on display. She kept calling out the characters as we go, punctuating each word with Wows. We were already a few booths away and Desiree catched up to us, handed Mila the shirt and said she wants to give it as a gift. She is just too sweet. So if you want good quality, locally made clothes for your kids at the most affordable price, visit her online store or catch her in her next bazaar. Tell her I said hi when you talk to her.

Vita Cubes: A Yummy, Healthy Jelly Candy

Rebisco Vita Cubes Title Header
In a few days, carolers would surely start knocking on our doors. This Christmas season, I came prepared. I some yummy, healthy Vita Cubes to share with the kids. 

When I was a kid, my friends and I would go around the neighbor, singing Christmas carols. I remember one year when I even brought my Lyre with me. It was fun spending time with friends, specially by the end of the night when we get to share the money we collected. Most often than not, the money we got was used to buy candies and chocolates. 
Rebisco Vita Cubes
Now that I'm an adult (or at least pretending to be), it's my turn to give to the young carolers. Yes, I could always give some change to the young kids but I thought I could do better. Last week, I got a pack of Vita Cubes during the Mommy Bloggers Philippines' Christmas party. That gave me a great idea. 

Remember when we included Vita Cubes in our candy table and loot bags during Mila's 2nd birthday? It was a hit! So for a guilt-free treat this Christmas, we will be sharing Vita Cubes Jelly Candies to anyone who knocked on our doors singing some Christmas cheers. 
Rebisco Vita Cubes Gift Pack
Wanna know why it's guilt free? Vita Cubes is not just yummy, it's healthy too. Check these vitamins and minerals each Vita Cubes treats have:

Lysine: contains 70% of the child’s Recommended Energy and Nutritional Intake (RENI). Aids the body in proper growth and energy production. Also helps in calcium absorption.

Zinc: contains 70% of the child’s RENI. Known to help in proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, energy metabolism, and in increasing the rate for healing for wounds.

Vitamin A: contains 40% of the child’s RENI. Helps in increasing the body’s immunity to fight infections. Also plays an important role in ensuring healthy eyes and bone development.

Vitamin B: supplies 30 – 70 % of the child’s RENI. Promotes growth and strength and stimulate memory in kids during their formative years. Helps boost the oxygen circulation in the body, especially the brain, which in turn improves circulation. Helps convert carbohydrates and fats into energy.

Vitamin C: supplies 30% of the child’s RENI. Helps form and repair red blood cells, bones, and tissues. Helps your child’s gums stay healthy. Strengthens your child’s blood vessels, minimizing bruising from falls and scrapes. Helps cuts and wounds heal, boosts the immune system, and keeps infections at bay. Helps the body absorb iron from food sources.

Vitamin E: supplies 45% of the child’s RENI. Boosts the immune system and helps the body fight germs. Keeps blood vessels open wide enough for blood to flow freely. Helps the cells of the body work together to perform many important functions.
Rebisco Vita Cubes Mason Jar
For some special kids and kids-at-heart, I've prepared mason jars full of Vita Cubes in singles packs. I'll be giving them away during my Christmas/Birthday/Thanksgiving party. This is a good idea too for giveaways and tokens during Christmas parties for friends and classmates. Just tie a nice ribbon and add a gift tag, and you're all set. The Mason jar can be reused after they've eaten all the yummy jelly goodness of Vitamin Cubes. 

Can you suggest other fun packaging you can share the Vita Cubes Jelly Candies? 

Be Beautiful Inside & Out With Myra Facial Wash

Be Beautiful Inside & Out. It's one of my mantra growing up. I may not be the most attractive person but I try my best to be a good person and that makes me beautiful.

As I grew older, I found another meaning to that quote. I am not growing any younger and it shows on my skin. I tried different oils and lotions to bring the moisture back into my skin, and yet there is still something missing. I knew I needed to help my skin get better from the inside too.

Then I found out about Myra® Facial Wash. I've always associated the brand with Vitamin E supplements - an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Their new products, Myra® VitaSmooth and Myra® VitaWhite Facial Wash are multi-benefit products and will be the only facial wash in the market with Vitamin E beads to help keep skin healthy and nourished while riding skin of excess oil and dirt. Here's some information on these two new products from the PR brief:

Myra® VitaSmooth Facial Wash 50ml - Moisturizing Facial Wash
  • Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E beads which protect and nourish skin to help keep it healthy with a youthful glow. 
  • Has Moisture Plus formula that retains and seals in skin’s natural moisture, keeping it hydrated and more supple. 
  • Contains French Spring Sea Water and Aloe Vera Extract that improves skin elasticity and helps keep it smooth and young-looking 
  • And of course, because its from Myra®, it is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested to be safe for everyday use. 
  • SRP 70.00
Myra® VitaWhite Facial Wash 50ml - Whitening Facial Wash
  • Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E beads which protect and nourish skin to help keep it healthy with a youthful glow.
  • Has Biowhite Complex which is derived from plant extracts that gently whitens skin
  • Has Niacinamide that evens out skin tone by reducing red blotches to make skin more radiant.
  • And of course, because its from Myra®, it is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested to be safe for everyday use.
  • SRP 75.00
For the fast two weeks, I had been using the Myra® VitaWhite Facial Wash. I've always had oily skin with uneven tone. I love how it leaves the skin feeling moisturized without the sticky feeling but I can't really see if it had helped lighten my skin. On my sixth day of using Myra VitaWhite Facial Wash, my sister who I had not seen for weeks, visited and asked if I was using any products on my face. She actually gave me complements. She said my skin looks smoother, and the color of my forehead is lighter (it's always darker than the rest of my face). I never noticed those changes myself but I guess another eye can see better sometimes. 

Watch the newest TV Commercial for Myra Facial Wash featuring Kylie Padilla!

Have a Staycation at The Linden Suites

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With the many hotels in the metro, The Linden Suites stands out as being one that offers business or leisure travelers world class accommodations and notable service. The elegance and functionality of one of the top hotels in Pasig City is known for having spacious guestrooms.

Currently having 12 types of suites (Deluxe Room, One Bedroom Suites, Two Bedroom Suites, Three Bedroom Suites, and Penthouse Suites), guests also have recreation, dining and health facilities for a well rounded and relaxing stay.

The hotel offers a buffet breakfast; all day dining and room service, function spaces that can accommodate small and medium size groups are also available for business meetings and social events.

The Linden Suites is continuously enhancing its facilities such as with the newly refurbished suites complete with kitchen facilities, posh lobby, indoor heated swimming pool and more.

Located in Ortigas Center, major shopping malls and other leisure establishments are easily accessible. Their in house dine establishment, Mesclun Restaurant And Café offers world-class international cuisine. Ideal for business breakfasts, lunch meetings, work dinners and family gatherings.

Guests can unwind at The Linden Suites Health Club which has a fully equipped gym, temperature-controlled indoor pool, jacuzzi hot tub, and a sauna and spa massage.

This holiday season The Linden Suites is offering you the Suite-est Holiday with these special rates.

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37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, 
Pasig City 1600, Metro Manila, Philippines Tel: (63 2) 638 7878 
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