Sunday, May 22, 2016

Giveaway Alert: Win a Belo Baby Gift Pack and Get your Baby Belo-fied

My aunt works at the supermarket near our house, and I find myself there a lot (ah groceries, they always call me) and I also find myself knowing a new brand of baby products that I truly love and trust for my daughter's delicate skin. Now, I can proudly say that only Belo Baby touches my baby's skin.

From the first time I watched this super cute  “Journey” video, I have started using Belo Baby Hair and Body Wash, soap and lotion on my daughter and it feels great on her skin! I also love the scent and the gentleness of the ingredients that moisturize and nourish her skin. Plus, I love the fact that it is made of 100% certified natural ingredients and has 0% harmful chemicals. And that, my friend, is the Belo Baby Guarantee.

Unlike the common touch of other baby products, Belo Baby provides a safer alternative. It is crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms.  Because it is natural, gentle, and soft, it is suitable for all skin types especially the delicate and sensitive skin of  our little cutie pies!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ipanema Perfect Pair Launches Newest Collection with Gerald Anderson

I don't know about you but sometimes, finding the perfect pair can be a bit annoying. However, when you find the right pair, it's love at first sight. Just how Gerald Anderson found his perfect pair.

In the meantime, let me do the "sole" searching for you. Last weekend, Ipanema – the fun, chic, and colorful Brazilian made sandals and flip flops – presented its newest collection in a  romance-themed  event dubbed the Ipanema Perfect Pair  with the the handsome actor, Gerald Anderson, at the Trinoma Activity Center!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

McDonald’s Burger McDo Just Got Better

Good news! Burger McDo fans rejoice!

The new and improved Burger McDo is now made with beefier and juicier patty, tastier and sweeter sauce, and sandwiched in a soft bun. Like you, it has also changed and evolved over time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bumpdate | 35-36 Weeks + Maternity Photos

I am officially 36 weeks today. This week proves to be another exhausting week, full of Braxton Hicks and yes, fatigue. I’m just feeling bigger and heavier, which seems pretty obvious and let’s not even talk about how often I have to pee or how many times I almost cry because of the painful leg cramps. Such is pregnancy life, but I'm not complaining... Seriously. I'm extremely happy and my daughter seems to be more and more excited about the new baby coming.

Last week, my hubby surprised me with a maternity photo shoot and he told me about it a few days before the actual shoot. I didn’t want to do a full on maternity session but he was keen to get some shots of my growing bump which I could treasure for years to come.

Take a look at some of my favorite shots, plus some tips for moms planning a maternity photo session;

Location; Outdoor shoots are great but because of the ridiculously hot weather, my husband decided to shoot more natural, lifestyle indoor photos in a cozy hotel room. The best place would be in the comfort of your own home, or in a studio because there’s privacy.  Also, turning off the flash and standing right in front of an open window is the best way get great natural light.

If you prefer outdoor, I highly suggest to have your photos taken on a cloudy day to avoid direct sunlight. The best time to take them outside is between 4-5pm for soft lighting. Other lovely locations for photo shoots are gardens, parks, and beaches.

Pick a tranquil spot with a clean and clutter-free background. My favorite spot, however, is a simple picture of myself sitting behind a window with my hands on my tummy. I cherish it.

What to wear:  A preggo mama can go two ways, either clothes on or partially off/ boudoir shoot. To bare it all, or go partially nude. Sadly, not everyone develops an adorable, perfectly round bump with no weight gain anywhere else. Just. like. me.  I’m not the slim and sexy, (think supermodel) or the petite and pretty pregnant. That's why I planned to stay covered up, and because I didn't have enough time to order a nice “flowy” empire waist dress or a soft and sheer lingerie online, I just chose a few comfy clothes from my closet that would typically look best and most comfortable to wear.  But my husband had it all planned out already.

I was concerned about my arms, so I got this white, loose fitting and super comfy long sleeves from H&M that worked nicely with a pair of maternity pants. Actually, just wear exactly what is comfortable for you. As for me, a loose fitting and oversized shirt is the most comfortable thing on the planet. I have no other accessories, because obviously, my budding bump is the perfect accessory!

Also, I'm obsessed with this seamless nursing bra that I got online (IG: @inaymoments) so if you have seen it or see it again on me in any form of social media, don't say I didn't warn you. I literally could wear it everyday.

If you want a look that celebrates your blossoming form but is a little more or less revealing, try a milk bath session. Hubby said; Show off your bump, and flaunt the curves because the pregnant body is nothing short of gorgeous! Just make sure you have enough bathbombs and know the perfect time just when your belly gets really round and big enough for the photos. Best time would be around 7-8 months however mine was further along than this (35 weeks) because like I said, I never planned to have a maternity shoot.

Make-up: Go au naturel or have someone apply it for you. Consider having your hair and make-up done at a professional salon. As for me, I did my own make-up and I made sure to keep it plain and simple… no shimmer, sparkle or glitter. Same thing with my nails. No polish whatsoever. But of course, it depends on whatever makes you happy, it can be as natural and fresh or sexy and smoldering as you wish.

Here's a #Selfie. #NoFilter

Props: Anything cute, creative and fun. I had planned on taking balloons, scan ultrasound pictures, baby books, a little chalkboard and writing the number of weeks on it, but forgot to bring them at the last moment. Some fun things we were able to use were baby shoes, blocks, letter pillows and some flowers.

Everyone loves tiny shoes, yes? :)

One of the most fun baby announcements is revealing the name! We loved the idea to use children’s blocks to spell out our rainbow baby's name over my round belly.  And as excited as I am for my baby boy to arrive, I think I’ll miss the bump. I'm pretty sure hubby will miss it too.

Spell it out. We also used letter pillows from Pillownthings. IG: @pillowsnthings

Take along a tripod if you plan on taking family photos. We had a tripod but getting my hubby and the big sister in pictures was so difficult because he was too busy teaching me how to do the poses and Maia was busy swimming in the bathtub. :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Angry Birds Happy Meal at McDonald’s

While I wait for my baby munchkin… is anyone else craving a Happy Meal?

Well, I was craving for some Chicken McNuggets so I was so excited when McDonald's invited our fambam to a special "sneak beak" of the Angry Birds movie last Saturday at at Power Plant Cinema, Makati. It was an enjoyable and ultimately hilarious movie and we really enjoyed it!

Also, Maia had an even more ‘egg-citing’ experience because Mcdonald's brought her fave game to life! From launchers to individual character toys, she was able to get the complete set of Angry Birds Toys from Happy Meal. The best part? She also met Red! :)

Yaaas! The Angry Birds have landed in McDonald’s with ten new collectible Happy Meal toys, available starting May 11. There are ten Angry Birds Happy Meal toys to collect while supplies last –Light-Up Red, Speedster Chuck, Lasso Pig, and slingshot launchers featuring Red, Bomb, Stella, Terence, Leonard, Cowboy Pig, and Pilot Pig.

The newest Happy Meal toy collection features playful characters from ‘The Angry Birds Movie,’ which gives a colorful back story to the biggest mobile game of all time.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Experience and #ShareTheMagic with Globe Telecom's Disney Mobile Smartphones

Disney at your fingertips? Yes, please. A blogger friend who attended Globe’s One Digital Nation event told me about the release of a new range of smartphones — yes, a smartphone from Disney itself.

I don’t know a person who doesn’t like Disney, so if you or your kid is a Disney nut, you'll enjoy and probably drool on these smartphones that carry the signature Disney look from its lively colors to matching themed accessories. It comes in 3 themes – Mickey Mouse, Frozen and Disney Princess. Apart from its adorable hardware design, each device is packed with custom content that is sure to bring the fun and magic of Disney. 

Really, it doesn't get any more magical than that.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ariel Power Gel Stain Story Wipeout

Behind every great woman, there's a tremendous pile of laundry. And the stain is my nemesis, because it won't disappear even when I blink. Not even three times. But stain, like life, doesn't have to be so hard.

I was chosen as an Ambassador for the Ariel Stain Story Wipeout and because I'm a loyal user of Ariel Power Gel, I'd love to share my story. We all know that every stain comes with a story behind it. As much as we'd like to hold on to memories, I bet no one wants a stain to stay on their clothes forever. Good thing there's Ariel Power Gel!

I don't like to brag but today I washed a ginormous load of clothes without breaking a sweat with the help of my ever reliable Ariel Power Gel... it's like I'm some kind of domestic ninja! Or maybe somewhat of a laundry goddess! Ha!