Friday, May 11, 2018

Summer Hair with Macho Mucho

Haircut with my boys.
Hello people, how are you? If you ask me, I would answer 'I'm still sleepy' for an honest answer (smirk) I guess that's the new 'I'm doing great!' for me. Anyways, the past days has been so humid/hot that it gave me and my boys an idea about getting some haircut. When it comes to haircut, I would encourage them to let Macho Mucho's team to handle their hair. One of the reason why I prefer them to cut their hair at Macho Mucho is because I can get my hair done at the same time and at the same place. I hate going somewhere else or killing time reading magazines while they get their hair done and trust me they feel the same way too when I'm getting one at the other hair salon. As much as possible, they wanted to be around where I am, so I think Macho Mucho's system works perfectly for us.

Macho Mucho
I'm pretty sure that most of you are curious about this barber/salon already so I'll go ahead and post some of the pictures that I grabbed from their facebook page. My pictures are definitely not my current experience with Macho Mucho (obviously with my very preggy tummy haha!) but hopefully on my next visit I'll document my experience again.

Aesthetically on point.
I totally adore stores with good interior design. In my opinion, stores with great interior concept are businesses that are well prepared (same applies with its branding and packaging). The weirdo in me enjoys neat visual presentation, it gives me some sort of peace - so that's second reason to like Macho Mucho. For some it may be a petty reason to consider when it comes to barber/salon store but trust me there's more than meets the eye.

Award-winning brand.
This must be a sponsored post, right? I'm not going to lie - yes, Macho Mucho sponsored one of my visit. Sponsored or no, we love getting our haircut at this award winning barber/salon. Personally, I like how my husband looks like every after his haircut, making him looking so sharp and neat - only an award winning hybrid barber can do that and that's my third reason to like about Macho Mucho. (wink)

Extraordinary service.
Their hair technicians are highly trained individuals otherwise they won't be among the popular barber in Mindanao. Interestingly, they may be the hybrid kind of barber yet their routine is just as amazing as the good old ways. I tell you, nothing is more comforting than a hot towel pressed gently on your face after a razor shave or a satisfying quick massage on your shoulder up to your head after a tedious haircut session. I remember my husband jokingly ask his hair technician to extend his massage time. That's the fourth reason.

Hair done by Sir Choser Etang

From extremely dry hair due to bleaching to this; healthy looking hair with a toned down shade

Wrap up.
So my friends, if you're still trying to figure out about where you are going to get your summer haircut? don't hesitate to visit them anytime. They are located here in Cagayan De Oro city at SM Downtown. They are also on facebook and instagram, check them out!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Life Update With My Second Baby

Successful delivery.
Last year on the month of December 13th, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and we named him Simeon Noah.To be honest, although it was my second time giving birth via vaginal delivery - it was so painful to a point I almost gave in to CS and I think that induce procedure is too much for my body to endure. Anyways, long-story-short; he's out safe and sound. God is good!

Sleep deprived mommy.
Again, I'm not a first time mom so I kind of knew what to expect while having a newborn baby. However, with Noah - it was a little weird to me because if he's not sleeping or feeding; this boy cries all the time unless being carried in a standing position. In fact, even after carrying him and did all the workarounds (that any parents would do) - you name it - we've done it; yet somehow nothing would comfort him. It's the kind of baby cry that will break your heart, it sounded like my baby is in pain every-time he's crying. I also noticed that he'll start crying so hard - around late at night till dawn and the only way to encourage him to sleep is by carrying him in a standing/walking position for not less than 20 minutes time. When I realized that my eldest son have not gone through the same awful experience - I knew it's time to ask the doctor about it.

Acid reflux.
After investigating his symptoms - the doctor diagnosed him with infant GERD, the culprit behind our poor son's discomfort. I was broken upon realizing that he was in pain every after feeding, no wonder he had the kind of sob like he was experiencing some pain. I was glad though when the doctor said that it's normal for babies to experience GERD because they will surely outgrow it. In other words, there's really no quick remedy to it but to wait for his tummy to fully develop. In the mean time, all I can do to help my boy get away from the acid reflux' pain by positioning him upright every after feeding (and burping). This one was no easy task but to comfort myself I always remind myself that it will be over soon which turned out that it's not really the soonest after we discover another problem.

We waited for him to gain some weight but somehow our hope turned into a false hope when we discovered about his tongue-tied problem. Just when I thought his sufferings will end on the third month, here comes another! I am so frustrated with his doctor for not being able to see that during our visits. ugghh, I feel like I'm the worst mom. So here we go again - on his third month, got his tongue-tie clipped and I'm a mess. Another series of sleepless night to retrain his sucking skills and to deal with pain from the operation, uuuggghhhh every night I just wish we could trade places so my poor baby doesn't have to go through another pain. Tomorrow is another date with his new doctor about the progress we're making or whatever, praying that everything gonna be okay.

In my shoe.
It's depressing when I have to deal with inconsiderable people who are quick to judge but no help. Yeah call it a rant, you may skip this part if you want. The kind of people who can see mistakes and flaws so easily (that is one ugly 'talent', I tell you), then they plant negative seeds with unkind words, makes you feel miserable than you already are, etc. I'm here and there meeting the needs/demands of my kids, husband and work but the truth is; I'm like- I'm hustling like a single parent. It's as if I'm not doing enough; I eat, sleep, pee and work with my baby attached to me 24/7 - that alone is already hard work guys...(like) come on, give this lady a break! These losers unfortunately exist among my crowd but thankfully they are outnumbered. I do wish though that if only my mom live a little longer so she could teach me a thing or two about these things and probably will care for me too. If it's not because of my Abba Father, I think I'll give up. Daily meditation and prayers helped me cope up with emotional and physical challenges. Amazing God indeed.

Living by faith.
I fear for the upcoming challenges but worrying about it will only make it worst so this is me living in faith. Oh by the way, I know I owe some people something due to my over-due 'maternal leave' but they say 'this too shall pass' so please bear with me - okay? thank you so much for your patience - (smiley face).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blessed Potions: Beauty Care With All Organic-Home-Made Goodies!

I am always a believer of organically-made products since it is not just proven to be effective, it is also the safest option for beauty care. In ancient times, we know that royalties enjoyed bathing in milk or essential oils to keep skin young and beautiful, plus; their remedies and potions are derived from organic substance which we all know works like magic with NO negative side-effects. So given this wisdom, would you still use chemical-based products just because you see them on tv ads? of course not - at least, not me.

Here's my newest recommendation for organic-savvy mommies out there who've been looking for an effective, home-made beauty goodness; introducing Blessed Potions! They are not just offering products for beauty care but also for skin remedies such as rashes, insects bites, stretch marks and more! By all means, I encourage you to go through my favorite items below and maybe after that - try it for yourself. Honestly, how efficient the products can be is not the question but is it really safe to use? Not only that, where else can you find luxurious-organic beauty products that are so budget friendly? definitely not on those imported section at the supermarket. They also have organic goodies for our little ones which I would highly recommend because she's not only the producer/brand owner; she's also a hands-on-mom herself who are pretty much particular with children's wellness.

1. Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Soap
This black soap looks 'intimidating' yet surprisingly, it has been my favorite from Blessed Potions right after using it because somehow it makes my skin looks refreshed and younger. I think this soap could be the brand's dearest product, because users can't help but gave good reviews about it.
2. Dream Cream (anti scar & stretchmarks cream)
The truth is, I am so dependent on lotions to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized due to extreme skin dryness. I used to buy so-called-imported lotions not minding the long term effect to my health. on top of that, I realized that it was such a bad investment! But with this one, not only it helps keep my skin hydrated and healthy but also it helps minimize skin problems such as scars and stretchmarks are one of it. This butter has the yummiest sweet candy smell you'd wish that it's an ice cream!

3. All Purpose Relief Stick
In my opinion, this is like every mommies' must have for their kids. You name it - insect bites, diaper rashes, any skin discomfort; just roll it unto the affected areas to sooth and for healing. When my son had skin rashes all over his diaper areas, it was always a nightmare to us - husband and wife. Now whenever he'll experience skin rashes, insects bites, etc - he'll ask "mommy, medicine..." referring to this relief stick - it is funny because even a little toddler could tell the difference!

4. Protectus Insect Repellent
My husband is prone to getting mosquitoes bites because according to science it has something to do with his blood, my son also inherit the same blood type. With that, we make sure the house is always ready with bug sprays and insect repellent but what we regretfully realized is that; these stuff actually contain harmful chemicals - absolutely dangerous to kids. So, sometimes we would invest on natural but expensive remedy to this problem. Thankfully, everything is in control now with Protectus - No negative side effects, affordable option and the smell is very therapeutic too!

5. chamomile soap and coconut milk soap

6. Essential Oil

How To Buy From Blessed Potions?
These are just a few of the products you can get from Blessed Potions. You may check the rest of it HERE or visit her online store at SHOPEE. I find it an ideal passion to support local entrepreneurs (advocates of organic and natural products) to be successful because somehow we are not just helping the business owners but also help boost the country's economy, help minimize all types of pollution, putting animal cruelty to an end, and more positive impacts you can name.

To end, I hope you find this helpful towards your beauty and wellness journey and please do let me know on the comment section if you've already been using Blessed Potions products. :) ♥

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Brows Opens Its Doors In The 'City Of Golden Friendship', And Things Couldn't Get Any Better Than That

In case you haven't heard the latest in 'brow news; the newest brow salon which seems to be the answer to every girl's beauty dilemma is finally here in Cagayan de Oro! Happy Brows brightens up everyone's day with the opening of its second branch in Centrio Mall this November 24, 2017.

If you think you've watched enough YouTube tutorials videos on how to do your brows but still feel unsatisfied, now is the time to raise the matter and leave it to the brow experts. It's time to get in shape - your perfect eyebrow shape. Warm smiles will greet you as you enter and in no time, Happy Brows' friendly team of expert brow technicians will walk you through the path to your soon perfect brows. They offer professional consultation to determine the best and most ideal brow shape according to your unique facial features. After this enlightening step, brow shaping takes place skillfully and meticulously. Prepare to get cozy in a brow salon because Happy Brow's interiors will definitely make you giddy inside.

What sets Happy Brows apart from all other brow salons in the country is that they are the only one who delivers professionally done, perfect brows every time and top of that, you get a free eyebrow make-up to complete your look. For those with trust issues, their Money-Back-Guarantee would sit well with you.

With Happy Brows, you're confident to walk out looking extra and ready to win the compliments from your family and friends. Close friends will ask about how your day was and how your brows went from zero to hero and you would enthusiastically share because Happy Brows is something that you don't keep as a  secret; Happy Brows is something you can't wait to burst out to every friend because real friends look out for each other's brows.

Aside from excellent brow services, Happy Brows also offers lash perming, lash extensions and hair removal services for a total beauty treat!

Ready for a brow-makeover? Visit Happy Brows at the 2nd level of Centrio Mall now and be the first to tell your friends about it! Follow them on Facebook at /HappyBrowsPH for the latest updates and exciting promotions.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How To Spot An Urban Mom?

WARNING: article may contain 'generalizing' -like opinions that will irritate haters but chill people, this is the kind of article that you should read with a cheerful heart. I mean, relax... don't take it seriously bae, because seriously this is just for fun!

Nope, it's not Mothers' Day. moving on...
Sincerely - as a mommy myself, my empathy towards other fellow mommies is genuine. Whenever I get the chance to listen about their sacrifices, diligence, struggles and victorious journey - it warms my heart, every single time. If you ask me, (yet merely basing from my own observation) I can actually see that modern mothers have different challenges that not every mothers of older generations can relate to. Therefore, allow me to create a simple yet a creative entry - tribute to all loving, amazing urban mothers of today's generation.

Who is this pokemon?
Being that 'urban mom' has nothing to do with her professional career life, how much she's earning, she could be a lady working in a corporate world (or not), a businesswoman, a stay-at-home or a work-at-home-mom, anything. Although basically, she's living in an 'urban jungle'; they are also classified as the millennials (sometimes generation X). Most importantly, she's that 'hands-on' modern woman when it comes to raising her children despite the modern life's demands and challenges. (and again) the characteristics mentioned are just the basics - to know more, below are the rest sets of qualities of an urban mom (inspired from my own creativity' *smirk )

Advocacies Junky
This junky you are dealing with is typically an educated, independent woman. She's capable of rationalizing stuff, better decision maker, loves good causes and that is why her 'advocacies basket' always runs out of space. To give you an idea, let me quickly go through some of it - there's a group composed of nursing moms that supports each other with their breastfeeding venture, while there's one with formula feeding moms. Another group about baby-wearing, natural birth advocates, cloth diaper movement and more.

Cynical bae
Maybe you've always known her as a gentle, considerate, kind-hearted woman (or she really is - genuinely) however, you'll be surprised that at one point she'll consider your un solicit advices as something very annoying or even insulting. She gets cynical and you can't blame her because 'mom shaming' is real deal. Maybe her 'ways' is different from yours - well, as long as it will not harm anybody then try hard to keep your 'reasonable' opinion away from the mean time. Don't even dare 'advising' her like you are perfect and she's a mess - you'll might get into trouble, burning bridges, etc.  lol So, my advice would be - play safe with this woman. No worries, soon enough ( if you're lucky and when she's extremely desperate) she will directly approach you for advice. lol

Critical bae
She did her homework, she knows where to stand at every aspects of child rearing and as a matter of fact - convinced that her strategies are workable / effective for her and kids. In other words, she already spent hundreds of hours-online: researching, reading parenting articles/memes, not to mention forums engagements: instead of asking her mom's opinion, She realized that it's her right to raise her kids with her own ways and terms. Well, when I say 'strategies of  raising her kids' that includes her children's physical, emotional and mental approach. So, when she says - "don't give my kids M&Ms!" you better not- because she means business.

Priorities Shift
Weird shift of priorities in a sense that her interest on stuff or basis when shopping will mainly benefit her offspring. She now - appreciates good inventions/stuff that will make her life easier, like you'll be surprised to know that she actually would prefer that amazing innovative baby bag more than a Gucci. That is no joke! and when essential oils matters than owning more perfumes, child proofing the house is top priority than interior design or when getting sleep is desirable more than sex! hahaha! (the list goes on...)

In God she trust but trusts no baby-sitters!
She usually lives separately from her parents, opposite from what traditional norms suggests. As much as possible, she wanted to build and care for her family independently without the help of her mom because she's the idealistic type. We all know there's a (maybe a few) downside(s) to it. For one, basically she can't possibly go anywhere without tagging her tots along. When asking for parent(s) help might be the only option, she worry that it will only burden them. So sometimes, she would hire a nanny / a baby-sitter but never trusts them! A supposedly - few hours movie date with her partner will probably end up doing groceries done less than an hour. lol true story!

Tell me your opinion!
So, what do you think? can you recall anybody with these qualities or were you able to identify yourself as an 'urban mom' yourself? Let me know at the comment section if there's anything I need to add. If you enjoyed going through my theory of an 'urban mom' please do share this article to fellow mommies who will also enjoy reading my work. Love and peace to all of us, cheers to modern motherhood!

Do you want to know more of my thoughts on motherhood? try reading this one too: Fashion Trends That Could Harm Your Babies.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

For Hair Styling Without Doing Anything To Your Natural Hair

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day

When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.
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