Monday, June 25, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: Zara Sale + A Wedding + L'Oreal's Micellar Water

Zara sale this weekend, and for my oldest daughter this is one of the things that she has been looking forward to year after year. Kaya naman first day pa lang ng sale we went to Zara Shangri-la na to get dibs on the merchandise.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

40th are milestone birthdays for most people. It's like a coming of age party for people having a middle life crisis. You all know that I've stopped counting my age when I reached 28, so I never really celebrated my 40th. Hahaha! But I have always enjoyed helping other people celebrate their 40th, though.

A month ago, a friend celebrated her 40th birthday. I first met her a decade ago as our kids (my youngest son, and her eldest daughter) were pre-school classmates. We were kidding each other that pretty soon, we can both be the parents chaperoning as our kids' class host their first soiree together.. Eeeep! Let's not go into that yet.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Revitalizing My Tired Skin with Skin House Laser

I have a confession to make...

I've never had a facial.

The reason why I've never had a facial before is because in my mind I did not think I needed one, and also because I've always associated it with a luxury that only older women with a lot of time on their hands and wrinkles on their faces indulged in. In my teens and even up to my early thirties, I had blemish-free skin. This is not to say that I have perfect-looking skin ha. While I did not experience any major pimple breakouts, I suffer from oily skin.

Sadly, my reality as a 40-something mama, I realized that I am now one of those "older women" AND my face has a lot of those wrinkles to show for AND my pores are even more pronounced. My oily skin which used to not give me problems when I was younger has now left me with enlarged pores. Ayayay! My minimalist skin care regime has caught up with me.

Lately, when I look in the mirror, all I could see is an uneven skin tone, enlarged pores and a rough texture. Even my foundation is not helping cover my problems, but instead, it made them appear more prominent. Huhuhu! I finally felt like I needed a facial and I needed it right away!

When Skin House Laser offered me to try out their 24 Karat Gold Facial with Diamond Peel, it's like the universe nudging me that it's about time to go get that facial.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Keeping Our Kids Healthy All Year Round with FERN-C kidz

Grabe! It's like I just blinked and back-to-school season is once again here!

Going back into the school routine after an enjoyable summer break is hard for us moms, what more for our kids. They have to get used to waking up early and spend about 8 hours trying to be attentive students in class, after-school activities/sports, then do homework.

Ang sarap sana if I can just spend everyday with my kids, eating out and just talking about anything.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Seamless Balayage by Piandre Salon

I have a serious case of mom-hair. On most days --- actually parang everyday ata, my long hair is just up in a messy bun or a low ponytail.

You know what I'm talking about, right? I step out of the shower, I just put my wet hair up and step out of the house. Because seriously, who has time to comb? Hahaha! 

I haven't had my hair treated professionally, haven't had it colored --- for years! Can you even believe that? I used to go to the salon regularly for highlights and digital perms. But when the kids came one after the other, my days started to get filled up with all things babies, and time for self-care slowly got inched out. This self-care thing is tough as a mom sometimes, but it is so important.

So when Piandre Salon (through Mommy Mundo) invited me to take a moment for myself this Mother's day weekend to try their newest treatment, the Seamless Balayage, I said YES immediately!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sakura Tendon at Tenya

I just got back home from our Tokyo vacation, and I miss Japan already!

Osaka Castle Park 
click here to read all my Osaka posts
The “sakura” or cherry blossom is one of the most revered symbols in Japan. It symbolizes spring time, the season of the year that stands for the renewal of life. The bloom of the beautiful sakura, and its poetic meaning, is what drives thousands of tourists to Japan regularly.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#TPMkitchen: 3-Step Spinach Dip Recipe with Anchor Philippines

By now, you already now how much I enjoy my time in the #TPMkitchen. so much so that the kitchen is the place where my kids and I spend the most time bonding. If they are not helping me cook, they are seated on the stool by the kitchen counter talking to me.

A few days ago, my daughter was in the mood to make Spinach Dip. This is something that I am confident that she can make on her own. My spinach recipe only has 3 steps and is fool-proof, but it tastes super good! You have to taste it to believe it. I will be sharing my super easy, fool-proof, 3-step Spinach Dip recipe so be sure to read until the end of the post.
Spinach Dip, Fried Kesong Puti with Truffled Honey, Candied Walnuts, Baguette, GF Waffles

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Skin Confidence with Strip White

I can't believe it! I have a daughter who just graduated from high school a few days ago!

I just blinked, and here I am, preparing to take her to driving school this summer break. It seems like it was just yesterday when I first brought her to pre-school. Eeeep!

During the last two months prior to her graduation, I have been helping Achi get ready for her numerous parties. A lof of the girls in her batch are turning 18 this year, so maraming celebrations talaga, every weekend meron. Minsan two events pa in one night.
her Senior Ball

When there are numerous party invites, napapadami din ang shopping for party clothes. Of course, along with that comes bookings with make-up artists and hairstylists, as well.

Parents of girls, you know it doesn't stop there...

There are appointments for waxing/sugaring, derma appointments, eyebrow shaping, nail salon... ay naku neverending!

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Super good timing when Strip Ministry of Waxing invited me to try their STRIP WHITE treatment a few days before J's Senior Ball because this girl has been looking for a place to have the slightly bumpy skin on one area of her underarms treated. Not noticeable naman if you ask me, but it bothers her so I brought her along with me so she can try it out.
Strip White treatment is also designed to treat the delicate but most often neglected 
areas of the skin such as but not limited to:
Underarm, Kneecap, Elbow, Buttocks, Neck, Stomach, Bikini, Inner Thighs and Brazilian.

Strip White by Strip Ministry of Waxing
Strip: Ministry of Waxing was born in Singapore, and currently is in 10 major capital cities from Singapore, London, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok.

STRIP was the first salon to introduce the ‘No Double Dipping’ commandment. Each customer receives a new individually sealed pouch containing disposable waxing or IPL equipment including gloves, face masks, pH balance wet wipes and spatulas.

Their newest service, the STRIP WHITE provides a non-invasive rejuvenation while delivering textural improvement, pore size reduction, brightening of skin pigmentation, reduction of fine lines and facial hair/fine hair removal.
Strip uses a top of the line machine that is specially customized for the Strip White treatment. 
It whitens by suppressing melanin formation to lighten uneven skin tone and pigmentation
It has a firming and anti-aging effect by reducing appearance of fine lines and pores and increases collagen production so skin is pushed upward making skin look firmer and younger.

STRIP WHITE aims to lighten the skin by one shade even with just one session and also gets rid of fine lines, bumpy skin and stretch marks. 
The Strip White laser treatment lightens pigmented spots, improves skin texture, rejuvenates the skin, and even reduces pore size. Now, she can put her hands up without a worry!

The procedure started with a gentle cleansing of her underarms. After which, the Strip White machine is passed over the area. An aftercare cream is then applied as a post-treatment procedure to soothe and moisturize the treated area.

Best of all, there's no downtime because Strip White uses a non-abrasive laser. This means that we were able to resume shopping for party clothes right after J's treatment.
They currently have a 50% off promo for select body parts! 
Go and get that beach body ready now!

I want to have the treatment on my face, too. Being in my mid-40s, I am now starting to have problems with my skin associated with aging: fine lines, dehydrated skin, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. STRIP WHITE promises to revitalize, whiten and firm-up my aging skin.

They claim that results are usually visible after 3-6 sessions, but it ultimately depends on the severity and condition of the skin,  but like any other skin treatment it is necessary to maintain it at 4 weeks interval for the underarms and 2-4 weeks interval for face and other areas to prevent recurrence of skin problem and stabilize the result.

I'm happy to share with you that they have a Deal Grocer promo available where you can save upto 77% off. From the original price per session of P6,500, you only have to pay the discounted rate of P1,500 for one session of Strip white Treatment for the underarms.

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At the end of her ball, she sent me this photo to let me know that she was the recipient of a special award that night. The Blaze award is given to someone" who has a lot of talents and is willing to share them with her classmates."
No more pit shyness, only skin confidence!

PS: I super appreciate it when my kids send me updates, most especially if they are photo or video updates. I have teens already and expectedly, they will spend more and more time away from me as they enjoy their independence. Whenever, I get an update from them, it warms my heart because it means that they still think of their mama even when they are out having fun with friends.

To know more about Strip: Ministry of Waxing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Funky Summer with Funkita and Funky Trunks

Yesterday, R shared that on the way home from swim training, he was keeping track na in his head the schoolwork that needs to be done when he gets home. Then he broke into a smile as he realized that school's done! Wala nang homework! Hahaha! YAY!

Now he can focus on swimming dahil summer na!

I have water babies! Instead of asking me to buy new summer outfits, the kids request for new swimsuits or swim gear.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: Xavier Ball + A Lesson In Graciousness

This is the last weekend before summer break officially starts for my kids.

But for my graduating girl, she's technically done with school already and so her social calendar is booked solid with parties and hohols with friends. Her weekends are fully booked, so in effect this #tsupermama is also. Maybe it's also because a lot of her friends are turning 18 this year, so they are celebrating that, too!

The weekend that just passed by was no different, she attended a friend's birthday party on Friday, and then nung Saturday I helped her prepare for Xavier Ball. She was invited by the same guy who asked her for Xavier Prom so we kinda know him a bit more na.