In this time and age, we can finally feel the repercussions of what mankind has done to our environment. We can all feel the effects of climate change and we experience pollution every single day the moment we step out of our house. The results? Diseases and viruses have become stronger, aggressive and more difficult to treat.
Because of this, we must give more importance to immunity. It should be given topmost priority to gain non-negotiable health benefits.
How To Boost the Immunity of Your Kids
We are fighting against strains of viruses we know nothing about. As moms, we only want to protect our kids from these by providing them healthy food, put them in a strict “all good food” diet, give them milk, biscuits and other vitamin-fortified foods. But as we all know, these are not enough.
Changing times call for superior protection from Ceelin Plus. It has Vitamin PLUS Zinc for Proteksiyong Plus. With Ceelin Plus, our kids are given another layer of protection — the first one is the Ceelin Helmet which stands for Vitamin C and the additional layer (Plus) is the shield representing Zinc.
The Vitamin C and Zinc found in Ceelin Plus can actually reduce the severity and shorten the bout of sickness. Imagine what it can do if it’s used every day – it can really protect the child from getting sick.
Ceelin Plus also has an advantage over other Vitamin C and Zinc products. It has ZincPlus technology which ensures the correct levels of Vitamin C and Zinc, giving the assurance that the child is superiorly protected.
Ang batang naka-Ceelin Plus, may Proteksyong Plus!
I miss sharing my thoughts to everyone through blogging, the same way I miss thinking about so many things,
going out just because I feel like it,
and eating out with friends because there’s nothing else to do at home,
I noticed that the last post I made was in June this year, and sadly realized that I got caught up in life’s crazy web that I forgot how it is to really live.
There were so many unanswered questions that if it is okay to shut my mind for a while, I will.
The question is, am I still happy? Yes, I guess so.
Jollibee has always been a child’s best buddy, at least for us Filipino kids. It’s part of our culture, an icon that can no longer be erased in our hearts and mind, it is part of us. And just like its name, their “I Love You, Sabado!” jingle tugs at our heartstrings.
When I was little, a trip to Jollibee would cost my mom thousands of money, know why? Because we had to travel all the way to Cebu or Manila to get the latest Jollibee meal. My kids are luckier nowadays — All they need to do is cross the street when they want Jollibee.
The relaunch of the “I Love You, Sabado!” jingle brings a lot of memories to us 30 somethings. We were kids when the original version was launched and we all know how special each Jollibee memory is for us.
Jollibee time means quality time. Back in the days, Saturday is the only time when Dad and Mom are home. Nowadays, mom and dad often has to work weekends, this is why Jollibee has brought back to life this campaign, as they believe that the message still holds true in this day and age.
“Jollibee is going all-out on this campaign in line with our goal of engaging even more Filipino families across the country. We will make this a yearly advocacy by enjoining the whole nation to celebrate every first weekend of July thereafter as a National Family Bonding Weekend. Then and Now, this is what our brand proudly stands for,” Harvey Ong, Jollibe VP for Marketing.
On a personal note, Saturday isn’t the only day we can spend time with our kids. Make it Sunday, or Monday, every day, whenever you feel like it. Make each special day with your kids a Jollibee day. Trust me, they’ll adore you for that.
My kids are both Jollibee lovers, us included. How can I say no to their thick and juicy, Filipino-style burgers? How can I resist the call of their extremely hot and sweet Peach Mango Pie? Oh, and I guess they should make the Tuna Pie a regular on their menu. What did I forget? oh, the juicy Chicken Joy!
We started our cloth diaper journey quite late into my daughter’s toddler life. She started wearing cloth diapers a few days before her 3rd birthday, that’s 9 months ago (she still wears them at night until now…shhhh hahaha) Even so, I have saved around Php10,000 already from those 9 months alone. How much more if we started earlier?
You see, cloth diapers are amazing and should I have known earlier that there were awesome yet affordable brands like Dandy Nappy available locally, I would have tried using them on Lana when she was much younger.
If somebody asks me now why I’d choose cloth over sposies in a heartbeat? I’d gladly tell her these things:
Reasons Why We Love Cloth Diapers
Eco-friendly By using cloth, you are actually doing something good for the environment. In the United States alone, 18 billion used sposies are produced annually. Shocking numbers, but this is reality! Used diapers sit in landfills for about 200 years or so, imagine?!?
Cost-efficient At an average, Lana uses 6 of sposies each day, totaling to 2,190 per year. And how much each one costs again? Some costs P40, the cheapest we used was P10. So let’s say at P10, total would be P21,900 right? Holy guacamole! Lots of cash went into the drain, or should I say, landfill?
Rash-free Bums Lana’s bum is so sensitive that it needed Vandol after each diaper change. Everything has changed after we switched to cloth, no more diaper rash since then. Disposables are just so full of unnecessary chemicals which are causing these rashes.
Trendy and Cute Cloth diapers are trendy and available in all sort of cute prints and types. Dandy Nappy has a lot of good prints to choose from and choosing the best can be very overwhelming! When it comes to brands, I suggest trying a few brands first before choosing the best one for you.
They’re inexpensive Cloth diapers come in various types and each has a corresponding price tag. The cheapest we bought so far was P190 (bulk price). Prices could go as high as 4000 for a diaper, crazy! But guess what, there is a market for that super duper expensive cloth. I personally don’t believe that one has to spend so much on cloth diapers, a stash or 30 will do. Beyond that, it’s a luxury, which I personally think defeats the purpose of using cloth diapers to “save money”. But then again, to each his own. If you can afford it, splurge!
They Have Resale Value Wash your diapers well and you can sell them for at least 50% of their original price, even higher.
Still not convinced? Why not give it a try? Join my giveaway!
DANDY NAPPY CLOTH DIAPER GIVEAWAY
Contest runs from June 1 – 8
The winner’s name will be announced on Monday, June 8 2PM
Dandy Nappy and I are are giving away the 3 diapers below to 1 lucky mom! These are all All-in-One (AIO) cloth diapers, the same type of cloth diapers Lana is using until now. We love these AIOs because they’re easy to put on and lasts overnight. Some say that washing can be a problem with AIOs, of course not! Wash it just like how you wash other types of cloth diapers. Got stains? The sun is your best friend! I can no longer count how many times I’ve sun dried our Dandy Nappy AIOs yet its colors stay bright and the sewed inserts are still white.
A few days ago, just when I was dealing with a broken wallet, weekend orders, and an unreliable DSL connection, I realized that my kids’ website www.cameraprincess.com was nowhere to be found.
After talking to a rep from my hosting company, it dawned on me that the blog is REALLY gone, along with 7 years of milestones, stories, events, and homeschool posts. And there’s nothing I can do about it.
So how did it vanish? They told me that their backup of May 11, 2014 no longer include the website, meaning, it got deleted before that. Too bad that their backup supersedes the previous backups so should I have checked that it was missing BEFORE May 11, 2015, there was a huge chance of it getting restored.
Who deleted it? Were there any chances of sabotage? Their system says no, all logins that came in were from me. So…it dawned on me (again!) that I probably deleted it by accident. I counted the days and it could have been deleted first week of May — a time when I was so absorbed in my own little drama, feeling depressed like it was my first time to be eaten by a serious financial problem. THERE.
The lesson here? NEVER tweak your cPanel when you’re depressed and to ALWAYS, ALWAYS BACKUP.
How Can I Recover It? I was given two options: restore the backups from February 15, 2010 or the one from May 19, 2015. Neither. Both are useless.
So here I am, gathering everything that I could from cached pages and slowly re-building the website. It is time consuming, tedious and frustrating, but there is a reason behind all these. MAYBE, the website really needed some facelift (sana na download ko man lang ang XML di ba?), or MAYBE, it was a way to get rid of all those links that the website has accumulated over the years.
Whatever the reason is, isa lang masasabi ko: “ANG HARSH MO!”
Our friends from Belo Beauty provided us a bottle of Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF 50 PA+++ for review. I am currently reviewing another brand, but I am very hesitant in using it on my kids, fearful that it might irritate their sensitive skin. The offer to review the new Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF 50 PA+++ came just in time because we were bound to go swimming forour 15th anniversary!
Specially formulated for even the most sensitive skin
Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray is a sunscreen that is gentle enough for kids yet effective and strong enough to protect everyone in the family.
Due to children’s thin and sensitive skin, they require more sun protection. Studies have shown that sun damage in early childhood increases the potential risk of skin cancer in later years. As such, this specially formulated ultragentle sunscreen provides children with effective broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays with SPF 50 and PA+++. Its Cell Protect® formula strengthens the skin’s defense system and actively prevents accelerated premature skin aging.
Specially formulated for the most sensitive skin – safe even for children
Sunscreen for the face and body
Provides broad-spectrum UV protection with SPF 50 and PA+++
Prevents accelerated premature skin aging with Cell Protect®
Lightweight and non-sticky.
Immediate effectivity. Works as soon as you apply it.
Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested
What It Contains
Every day exposure to the sun, even to indoor UV rays from computers and fluorescent is already harmful to our skin, especially to little ones this is why as early as now, I ensure that their skin is protected from harmful UV rays.
Scorching heat greeted us when we arrived at the beach resort, around 9:30am. They immediately surveyed the beach front, eyeing possible locations where they can freely swim or play with sand. I am very OC when it comes to their skin, ang hirap ng may sun burn no?
30 mins before swim time, I already sprayed Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF 50 on their skin.
One thing I noticed: the Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF 50 was not sticky! In spite of its light coverage feel, it protects well against sun burn. They stayed under the scorching sun from 9:30am to 2:00pm but surprisingly, NO SUN BURN or any skin irritations 2 days after!
Both girls are fair skinned, but they react quite differently to sunburn: Yona turns beet red while Lana turns brown. This time, I didn’t notice ANY discoloration at all. Yey!
We were not paid to do this review.
The review was based on our personal opinion on the Belo Sunexpert Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF 50 PA+++ and we only shared our personal perspective on the said product here on Cameraprincess.com.
It’s probably a first with Yona, but it’s Lana’s first Earth Hour.
After our tiring but uber life-changing trip to Naic and Dasma, Cavite yesterday with the World Vision Hunger Fighters, I was planning to hit the sack early. So timely, because it’s the time of the year again when people are encouraged to turn off their lights to at least lessen the power consumption for one hour.
We observe this every year and it has always been with Yona, but since she was with her cousins this time, I spent it with Lana. She is too young to understand the purpose of Earth Hour, but there is nothing wrong in letting her experience an evening without lights
Lana didn’t mind the darkness, she was just crawling and crawling on the bed and slept when she felt sleepy
You too can join Earth Hour even if you have babies! Just make sure that they are safe by bringing them to a room safe from mosquitoes (oh yes we do turn our electric fans off during Earth Hour!)
Also, ensure that they don’t play with the candles or other sources of light that you are using. Think about safety all the time. Some parents let their kids play with their favorite toys. Bigger kids are brought outside to enjoy the moon and the stars, we did this with Yona years ago and it was so fun – she didn’t want to go back inside anymore LOL
How about you, did you participate in yesterday’s Earth Hour?
My dear Wreckless Lana is turning 9 months tomorrow. She’s indeed growing up so fast!
And yes, like what I had expected, she is so unlike her sister — who has gotten most of her physical features and attributes from her dad. Lana got everything from me. She looks a lot like me, her built and even her dimples. She got my eyebrows and that intimidating tiger look LOL
Unlike Yona who loves television, Baby Einstein, to be exact, Lana is the type of baby who favors Christmas lights led white wire, plugs and everything dangerous!
I wonder what to expect in the coming months? Hmmm…let’s see
While researching about something online, I came across something in Baby Center — baby’s progress chart.
I am so done with baby comparison issues so I rarely check this site anymore. I could see naman na Lana is progressing very well, she is a happy baby, doesn’t get sick and her eating is normal so I see no point in comparing her with other kids.
But lately, at a little over 7 months, we noticed that Lana can already stand on her crib.
That got me interested in checking the baby progress chart. I was surprised to see that most 8-month old babies still couldn’t stand on their cribs! That makes Lana advanced in this department. Right now, she is still babbling stage, no particular words yet, eats a lot, no teeth yet, experiences separation anxiety and she could drink water in a cup.
Indeed, Lana is becoming more and more like me: active and strong-willed — she has my physical features, too!
Mother’s Day wasn’t a bliss at all. We had cake orders (thank you, Lord! your grace is always on time) and I still had work to finish before Monday. Add the fact that it was supposed to be a special day for mothers, I was there baking and working at the same time. Eh di ako na ang busy!
At least the weekend ended well with an early dinner at our fave Mexican resto in Mactan Newtown, plus there were other blessings to count: good feedback from our 2 clients that day, notice of additional workload, etc.
I was dead tired that I slept before 8PM and woke up at 2AM to work again.
The whole weekend up until now, everything is still overwhelming. We had overdue loans to deal with and tons of work/business-related issues that won’t seem to cease from existing. I was at home the whole time, either cramming with tasks or sleeping because I was too tired to think about anything.
They say that the Lord will not let you handle your problems alone so He gave me a good husband for company. Marcelle was there, patiently answering texts and PMs that I never want to see and screening calls that I never want to hear. He played as my PA the whole time and it helped a lot. I felt sorry for him for absorbing all the bad energies, but I know that he could handle the job well.
This is the problem with being an empath, I can feel the emotions of people toward me kahit gaano sila kalayo. And those freaking emotions weren’t doing me any good.
What I do When I Become Completely Overwhelmed
Mommies who go through so much right now, try to take that much-needed sleep. You need that, we all need that 8-hour sleep or that undisturbed late morning/afternoon nap so we are ready to face another battle again. It is a fact that one cannot think well if he or she is tired, so sleep. It might not solve your problems, but neither the sleep-deprived, cranky you.
It is also important to shut ourselves out from the virtual world from time to time. It helped me a lot. Now I understand why some people prefer not to use the social media — the daily rants and raves in your news feed is overwhelming! We certainly don’t need that much information AKA clutter in our daily lives.
Finally, PRAY. Although it is unfair to the Lord if we give Him all our burdens, it will give us peace.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.