July Blog Giveaway Winners

rsz_1mbp_pinkI would like to thank everyone who joined and participated on my July Blog giveaway. I am so happy to announce the winner who will take home 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. I still have two remaining days to stay in Thailand. And I am just so happy to share some of the pictures and adventures I will be writing about Laos and Thailand.

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But before I do, there is another exciting thing to look forward to for all my mommy readers. Lazada Online is making available Dr. Brown products such as feeding bottles, storage pods, drying racks and more items that are essential in taking care of your little kids or babies.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles are BPA-free and contain no PVC, lead or phtalates, and have received numerous design awards and acclaim from the medical community. In fact, many of Dr. Brown’s bottles go to hospitals, NICUs and doctor offices. Most important, moms like me are talking and sharing about their excitement around the improved feeding habits of their babies. I won’t be surprised if you will end up buying an item or two from Lazada Online for your babies.

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As promised, announcing July Blog Giveaway winner below who will take home the 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. Congratulations to Camille Quiambao. We will send via email the instructions on how you can receive your prize.

winnerPlease bookmark this page to be notified about upcoming blog giveaways. With Lazada Online Shopping page, you cannot go wrong with choosing an item you can always use for your family. It has been found out to be mostly cheaper, time-efficient and easier every time you decide to buy online instead of stepping out of the house to shop.

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Newest Pizza Hut Branch is Now Open!

rsz_1mbp_pinkI remember Cubao as the spot where we always used to go as kids during Christmas season. Because this was where Fiesta Carnival and Christmas on Display (COD) were. Cubao for me, brings up memories of sitting on my dad’s shoulders just so I can have the best view of the COD. Cubao has changed and improved a lot since then. Landmarks have been springing up left and right and Pizza Hut is the newest addition to it, located at the Kia Theater, from the location of the former New Frontier Theater, beside Gateway Mall Araneta (see OpenSnap review here).

But why will I go all the way to Cubao when there is always the nearest Pizza Hut everywhere I go? Because there is a specific set of Pizza Hut yummies that are served only at Pizza Hut Kia Theatre, such as baby back ribs with sides, the monster burger, pork steak barbecue, chunky beef burrito and stuffed Hungarian sausage, just to name a few.

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For some reason, even the ambience is different from your usual Pizza Hut, it is most likely because of the wide flooring, comfortable sofa, bar lounge, two spacious floors, very large seating capacity, plenty of lighting, lively murals (Instagram-ready), combined with the usual warm, sincere and friendly service that we have always known from Pizza Hut.

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If you are a student, no need to worry about the budget because everything that makes this branch special does not mean extra cost. In fact, there are Hut Feasts you can choose from, if you are budget-conscious but still want to spend time with family and friends over pizza.

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Definitely went home with more than just pizza in tow. Adding this to the list of perfect spaces I can use for quality conversation over good food.

Pizza Hut Kia Theater is open from 7am to 11pm daily.

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Sky Cable Playback Rewind – Weekend Family Fun

It was SKY family weekend fun last 25th of July as Sky Cable celebrated its 25th anniversary with a family offering at Rockwell Tent. Both kids and the young at heart enjoyed a day full of pinoy games and kids’ favorite activities. Makingworkingmomswork was there to witness all of the games and it was indeed a playback afternoon as Sky Cable brought us back to an authentic Pinoy afternoon game time.

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All Pinoy games such as life-size dama, jackstones, pick up sticks, piko and tumbang preso booths were open for both kids and parents to play. The kids also had their mouths open as the Yoyo master showed off his yoyo tricks. All moms present, I’m sure was reminded about how kids would spend afternoons sweating and playing under the sun instead of today’s usual tablet/computer games fun.

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All participants went home with full tummies and bags care of Sky Cable and sponsors. As if the game and food booths were not enough, attendees went home with the best take-away of classic Pinoy game memories in mind. Particularly liked the tent decorated with Pinoy kites, bringing back memories of old-school yarn, plastic and sticks childhood memories and they even set up a kite-making and claydough booth!

kitemaking@claydoughfunranch newzealandnatural skybooth Pinoy music booth was also nostalgic plus screen time with everything you want from Sky Cable, toys left and right, the event was a big hit to all kids present. Thanks Sky Cable for making this possible! To another 25 years!

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Wake Up Healthier, Mommies!

rsz_1mbp_pinkWaking up to best health is one of the best things Moms can do to their families. With mommy responsibilities requiring us to get up early and sleep late, we can take all the help we can get in keeping our bodies healthy. To keep up with the demands of being a mom, there is nothing more important than our well-being. You may have everything you may want in life, but being healthy is the most important condition to enjoy life, without limitation or fear. ATC Healthcare believes in the same principle; health is the greatest possession in life.

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Being healthy requires more than just working out and eating the right food. In fact you can follow a specific diet all you like but if not combined with the right exercise and without food supplements like ATC Fish Oil, these can be useless. ATC Fish Oil contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Eicosapentaenioc Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) which aids in lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels. ATC Fish Oil is also known to have capabilities in protecting the body from heart attack and stroke. ATC Fish Oil is recommended to be taken one capsule with warm water before every meal. ATC Fish Oil is available at P6.00 per capsule in all leading drugstores nationwide. Protect your heart from the stresses of daily living, protect yourself with ATC Fish Oil. To get more tips about heart health, like ATC Fish Oil on Facebook – www.fb.com/ATCFishOilSoftgel.

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Mozilla User? Mozilla Has Good News for You!

The original Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) wiki site was launched on July 23, 2005. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, MDN gives back to its 4 million monthly users and over 1000 volunteer editors per month, worldwide. I don’t know about you but Mozilla Developer Network has been a constant partner for this working mom for my web technology needs (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).

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I cannot imagine any business now that does not run on web platforms. Whether you are a seasoned or a beginner web business owner, or owns a business and plans to expand online, MDN is what you need. For a wide range of Web developers, from learners to hobbyists to full‐time professionals, MDN provides useful explanations for coding practice, instructions on downloading and building code, articles on how the code works. It also gives guidance on how to build add‐ons for Mozilla applications and apps for Firefox OS, user‐submitted runnable demos of Web technologies, and helpful answers on development planning and strategy.

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So starting up your own online page or improving your existing web page is certainly made easier with MDN’s 300+ web terminology Glossary. If you need further explanation around the difference of a webpage, a website, a web server and a search engine, MDN also makes 90+ articles accessible for beginners and learners in the “Learn the Web” section.

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Feel free to know more about how MDN can help you with your web needs or how to be part of the MDN community.

Further information on MDN

Web: https://developer.mozilla.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MozDevNet

Newsgroup: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.mdn

Events: MDN community events

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Too Much Time on Pinterest? Go See the Real Deal!

rsz_1mbp_pinkTagaytay has been a constant place for our family celebrations and milestones. If you were like our family, we like Tagaytay for its cooler temperature, quieter scenes and restful away-from-home-spots. We had a smoke-free and zero-pollution New Year’s Eve celebration once in Tagaytay, my husband and I also used to troop all the way to Tagaytay for its hot bulalo dinner, all while looking over the scenic view of Taal Lake.

It was also in Tagaytay where my boys first tried how to play a kite. I am not surprised why so many people consider Tagaytay as a top place for rest, recreation and quality time with family.

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It is no wonder why Serin East Tagaytay, Avida Land’s latest residential development amidst the beautiful Tagaytay City stands on a quiet location that gives its residents the privilege to enjoy a new side of Tagaytay as a contemporary haven with a laidback feel. I had a taste of this feel along with other bloggers who attended the launch of Serin East Tagaytay held at the Avida Showroom in Glorietta, Makati City. Avida partnered with tastemakers of bespoke furnishings – Joel Salazar and Paul Baez of Lucina Home, and Kristine Neri-Magturo and Mike Magturo of Urban Abode for the launch, to exude the Tagaytay lifestyle offered in Serin East Tagaytay.

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For my mom readers, who have not read Good Housekeeping? Avida Land came out with the second issue of Stay Tagaytay magazine in partnership with Good Housekeeping on discovering the dream life at Serin East Tagaytay. Now, you do not have to wait until retirement before you can experience a rewarding and restful kind of laid-back lifestyle.

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Serin East Tagaytay will rise along the diversion road connecting Aguinaldo Highway and the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, right next door to Ayala Malls Serin. It will surely be a getaway that allows you the luxury of having everything you need nearby! I know that is a weird mix but the trunkshow has given us a glimpse of how it will be. Rather than spending too much time on Pinterest, see beautiful homes displayed through the Artisanal furnishing display at the Avida Showroom in Glorietta, available for public viewing for the entire month of July.

For more information about Serin East Tagaytay and Avida’s other condominium and house and lot properties in the Philippines, visit http://www.avidaland.com or call (+632) 848 5200 (within Metro Manila) and 1-800-10 848 5200 (outside Metro Manila).

About Avida Land

Celebrating its 25th year as a consistently top-ranked developer for the mid-market segment of the industry, Avida provides sure, secure and sensible developments as it continues its mission to provide an enriched living experience to more Filipinos. For inquiries and appointments, visit their website at www.avidaland.com, email corporate.sales@avidaland.com or call (+632) 848 5200 (within Metro Manila) and 1-800-10 848 5200 (outside Metro Manila).

About Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping Philippines is the number one family and home magazine in the Philippines.

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Do you hate Workday Mondays? Read up!

rsz_1mbp_pinkI am sure you have heard about Monday Blues, Monday Jitters or Sluggish Monday. I have heard Monday called everything but I am yet to hear one thank God for a Monday! I am not sure if you realize but it has been found out that every person works at an average of 90,000 worked hours in a lifetime. By WORK, we do not just mean those who are employed full time outside the home, this includes students who labor for excellent grades, those who run their businesses, those who run the homes full time, in short, everyone has been created for a form of work, we have been wired to function as how we have been purposed to function. The internet has a lot of things to say about work, media has a long list of opinions, your friends have something to say about it, your neighbour gets to have a say on it, and even your hairdresser has a perspective about your work. But who do we really go to in order for us to find out what ‘work’ should be for?

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When God created me and when Mom gave birth to me, I am pretty sure I did not come with any manufacturer’s manual or a user guide for my mom to use. It just makes sense that the one who has created me is the authority who can also tell me what I have been created for. So when God has wired and purposed me to be the working mom (works outside the home) I am now, it is just right for me to look at Biblical truths that define what work should be for a mom like me.

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10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:10

God Himself worked. But what was interesting to see was to discover that work is something that was referred to as ‘good’. So work has always meant to make things better. Work that is not good can very well be named a burden. So when one does say ‘work’, I hope that it does not create an image of discomfort or hassle or worst, unwanted labor. Work has been created to be good and pleasant and a blessing. As we know, God does not add any trouble to any form of blessing. So if work is not something good for you, ask God and see if you are doing that which you have been created to do. Is it right for you to work, if so, do you have the right job? Are you able to honor God with your work? Are you able to balance your priorities (mine is God, husband, children, ministry, work and everything else) with your job? God created work that is meant to be enjoyable, fun and rewarding. Otherwise, we can ask God to redeem the way you view work and God’s purpose of work for you.

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God has modelled work for us, instead of asking the angels to do the work for Him. God has always been working in our behalf, even up until today, I do not think God is in the habit of checking out. He is committed to continue to work so He can prepare our eternal paradise. Scientists would know that the Earth if it moves an inch closer to the sun, it will burn and if it moves an inch farther from the sun, it will freeze. Who do you think keeps the Earth on track, or who keeps it away from crashing with the gazillion things in space?

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By this, I mean, do the work that God has created us to have. If it is to stay at home fulltime, to work outside the home, to run your own business, so be it! Work is your personal Garden of Eden, it is personal and if you are not yet sure if you are tilling your Garden of Eden at this point, ask God about your calling and what God has created you for. It is most likely aligned with what God has trained you for. God has also made your calling desirable and rewarding for you. This is what work as calling does to moms like us, if you are doing the work you should be doing, you cannot go wrong and will inevitably grow and abound in it. On the other hand, if you are exhausting time, effort and money on work that is not part of your calling, you may be working yourself to death but may never find the joy and the fulfilment that only the ‘work’ God has prepared you for can bring.

If unsure, ask what your strengths, gifting and skills are. What do you find most joyful doing? How are the people around you responding to your role? Whatever your work is, it helps to have a support group who share the same values as you do. Does your support group empower you to be the woman God has created you to become? Does it encourage you to play the roles you play for your family, friendships, work or ministry? Does it create an avenue to raise your questions or share your challenges about your season in life? Does it point you to the truth that is not reliant on what majority has to say or a truth that creates a need for you to please people? Feel free to comment your “why’s” about work below.

ptrdemsPoints used above have been quoted with permission from a Sunday worship service message of Ptr. Dems Villanueva of Victory Nova.

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3rd BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2015 TO LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER AT MEGATRADE

rsz_1mbp_pinkHaving four kids is not an easy feat, I get all the help I can get from people who have Godly counsel I am surrounded with. Parenting is made easier with all imaginable resources but the upcoming 3RD BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES (BFEP) 2015, country’s largest consumer tradeshow of the year for Baby, Kids, Pregnancy, and Parenting Products and Services, to launch on September 5 – 6, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, is among one of the parenting resource events I always look forward attending.

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The most anticipated Family Ultimate Day-out, BFEP 2015, is dedicated to nurture family development and childcare. The 2-day event provides best products and services for the whole family , covering the stages of family growth from maternity, newborns, toddlers and early childhood, providing seminars and talks to parents and guardians that seek essential tips and trends to improve their children’s health, safety, security, education and many more. Yep, effective and age-appropriate childcare is critical to working moms like myself.

blowoutsaleBFEP 2015 is packed with fun-filled activities for the whole members. I am sure my daughter will have a blast watching the Family Fashion Show, my boys will create a playground out of Familympics, and many games, and raffles. Special attractions and features like Wonderful Playground, World of Science, Toy Museum, Arts and Crafts Studio, Star Photo Gallery, Face Painting Station, Dining Area, Breastfeeding Area, Diaper Changing Area, and Business Matchmaking Area, are prepared for everyone to enjoy!

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To top it all off, BFEP 2015 gets bigger and better with more than 100 exhibiting brands to give away exciting prizes and exclusive discounts from their products and services only during the exhibit.

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Baby and Family Expo Philippines’ World of Fun where children enjoy fun and exciting rides and games at the expo

Last year, BFEP 2014 gathered the best baby, kids, pregnancy and parenting products and services in one place. Exhibiting Brands like Johnson & Johnson, Baby Mama Inc, Enchanted Kingdom, Children’s Dental Center Co. Inc, and Momsie Kitty SPA, and a lot more joined the expo. It was packed with talks and seminars from industry experts such as The Medical City and from different personalities like Edward Mendez and Ali Gui, Merlee Jayme. Celebrities such as Thor Dulay, Emil and Faith Cuneta also entertained the visitors. Special activities were, Bubble Show, Puppet and Magic Shows, Interactive Science Show and Mascot Showdown.

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Be part of this star-studded family event! Interested to Exhibit? Call 504 – 4724 / 0905 – 475 – 1331, or email barbie@babyexpo.ph, and join the community at http://www.facebook.com/babyexpoph and www.twitter.com/BabyExpoPH. See you all there!

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July Giveaway:  Take Home a Salav 1.6L Garment Steamer

With the recently concluded June giveaway, I would like to thank everyone who participated and joined.

CONGRATULATIONS TO five (5) winners of 10 free tickets you can use at any theme park managed by Zoomanity Group and Tree Top Adventure!!!

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My July giveaway is going to be as exciting as June’s, it is no less than bagging home what moms will like best, a Salav 1.6L Garment Steamer, sold exclusively at Lazada.

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What can be more appropriate than a Blowout Sale where it is Raining Discounts Online!. Where else will you be able to find a Powerbank for less than Php500?  For mommies like me, I know you usually spend a couple of thousands on 3 big packs of diapers. I am not so sure if you are aware that you can actually get 3 Huggies Dry Super Jumbo packs for just a thousand.  Looking for the perfect LED TV for your room, opt for the 32” Xtreme LED TV without ever having to break your budget.

This explains why Lazada, as always, is feeling generous about offering you, my readers, the joy of taking home a Salav 1.6L Garment Steamer. Giveaway starts today and winner will be announced on July31 and will be notified via email. Joining is easy, simply follow instructions below and you are all set to become my next monthly giveaway winner.  Click away!

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The Art of Staycation

Good Housekeeping magazines have always been a staple in our home, it has been my official go-to and mommy-friendly resource for anything and everything about keeping my mommy duties in check. Good Housekeeping Philippines, the number one family and home magazine in the Philippines, collaborates with Serin East, Avida’s first residential retreat in Tagaytay, to vivify and redefine the art of staycation, and to produce a special supplement that allows readers to experience life with Serin East.

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Excited to be part of this collaboration on July 18, 2015, looking forward to taking part and cluing you all in as I will take part in crafting activities, such as rubber stamp-making to be demonstrated by Urban Abode, and DIY take-away succulents by Smarty Plants PH. Urban Abode will also enlighten event guests with a talk on space styling. The 16-page special supplement will be distributed at the afternoon affair in the Avida Showroom in Glorietta.

Redefining “weekend getaways,” Serin East will present a model unit designed by Lucina Home, which embodies the essence of living every day like a vacation. Its rustic chic design gives guests a glimpse of a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle.

Serin East Tagaytay is situated in Cavite’s most coveted vacation hotspot and is less than 5 minutes away from the Tagaytay rotunda. With its purpose of bringing vacation living to greater heights, Avida’s first project in a leisure destination provides its residents the pleasure of living their dream life to the fullest because of its splendid exclusivity.

For more information about Serin Tagaytay, you may visit their Avida showroom at 2F Glorietta 4, Makati City.

Good Housekeeping Philippines is available in newsstands, bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Good Housekeeping is also available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, Zinio and Magzter.

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