Friday, March 17, 2017

A year of babied baby skin with Belo Baby (plus, a giveaway!)

This post is brought to you by Belo Baby.

CONTEST IS CLOSED.

Hi mommies! It's been a year since my babies started using Belo Baby products. Happy 1st birthday, Belo Baby! Thanks for making my little boys three of the first children to try out your new products. We like them a lot!


Mommies, if you haven't tried the Belo Baby line, please do so! I've used a lot of baby skincare lines—some are great, some aren't—and Belo Baby is one that I do like mostly because it's a quality brand and very affordable. Kapag tatlo na anak mo at lalaki pa silang lahat (and so they're always sweaty and sticky and dirty), you want to give them a bath all the time. But if super mahal ng bath products, nakakaloka! I want my kids to be super clean of course but gusto ko ring tipirin yung paggamit mo ng products! The struggle is real haha. So I like discovering good products that won't hurt the budget. Hence, Belo Baby!    

Hair & Body Wash, P219.75; Face & Body Lotion, P224.75; and Bar Soap, P79.75

Belo Baby products don't hurt my budget, yes, but they also don't hurt my kids. Made of 100% certified all natural ingredients, the Hair & Body Wash, the Face & Body Lotion, and the Bar Soap (plus the colognes and hand sanitisers!) are gentle on the most sensitive skins. Nothing in it can harm my kids' delicate skin. No preservatives like paragons and Tetrasodium EDTA, and no softeners like phthalates. These ingredients may prolong the life of a product but they've also been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. We mommies would never want anything that can mess with our baby's developing bodies!

So Belo Baby uses cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil—all-natural ingredients that strengthen, moisturise, heal, and protect skin. My kids have been using Belo Baby for a year. and their favorite is the bar soap. They like how it's so slippery, like an extra bath toy. My favorite is the Hair & Body Wash because it doesn't lather too much. Bubbles may be fun but they indicate the presence of detergent, which can irritate skin. So I avoid anything that says, "Bubble Bath!' in it.



Now, because it's Belo Baby's first birthday and it's their image model Scarlet Snow Belo's second birthday this March, I want to do a giveaway! If you want Belo Baby products which are "crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms", then this can be your lucky month! I'm giving away three (3) sets of Belo Baby Hair & Body Wash, Face & Body Lotion, and Bar Soap! Here's what you need to do:

On Instagram:
1. Just post a photo of your baby on Instagram.
2. Let this be your caption: "This is my baby _____ and I want him/her to feel the #BeloBabyLove experience! I like @belobabylove because it's made of all-natural ingredients, and crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. I hope I win @topazhorizonblog's #BeloBabyTurnsOne giveaway!"

On Facebook:
1. Just post a photo of your baby on your Facebook wall.
2. Let this be your caption: "This is my baby _____ and I want him/her to feel the #BeloBabyLove experience! I like @belobabylove because it's made of all-natural ingredients, and crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. I hope I win @topazhorizonblog's #BeloBabyTurnsOne giveaway! If you want to join, too, click this link: http://www.topazhorizon.com/2017/03/a-year-of-babied-baby-skin-with-belo.html"

Winners will be announced on March 24. Good luck, mommies!

To know more, visit www.belobaby.ph, like www.facebook.com/belobabylove and follow @beloabylove on Instagram and Twitter.

CONTEST IS CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Xian Shade because he's a Star Wars fan.

Baby Nathan because he looks so makulit and because his mommy said she wants the best for him.

Chicay because she's a tough girl and tough girls need the best products for their delicate skin.

Thanks for joining the Belo Baby first birthday giveaway, everyone!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Probiotics benefits for pregnant women

This post is brought to you by FrisoMum.

I'm studying probiotics recently. First, because I'm reading up on FrisoMum, the sponsor of this post. Two, because my kids' pedia prescribed probiotic supplements for them, so that they can absorb more nutrients (my kids are skinny like their parents). Third, because there's a lot of articles on probiotics that are popping up on my Facebook feed. And last, because I was deleting photos on my phone (the endless quest to make more space!) and I saw lots of pics of pregnant me! And yes, I took probiotic capsules when I was preggers and also whenever I have tummy trouble.

Pregnant in 2014! Last time na yan!!! More pics here =)

We all know (if you drank Yakult as a kid) that probiotics promote healthy digestion. That also means they're used to treat disorders like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. I guess that also means if you like eating street food, you should toughen up your tummy with probiotics haha

Anyway, the articles I'm reading say that healthy gut bacteria also help in a whole lot of other ways. Let me count these other ways:

1. Keeps skin clear,

2. Keeps the vagina and urinary tract healthy,

3. Prevents bad breath,

4. Regulates immune function,

5. Reduces inflammation,

6. Kills off bad bacteria so you won't rely on antibiotics,

7. May have a hand at preventing autism.

Woah. If you're a woman, that's a lot of reasons to include probiotics in your diet, right? If you're pregnant or planning to be pregnant, that part about autism is a huge reason to take probiotics stat! Plus, when delivered vaginally, our baby's first exposure to bacteria is in our birth canal. We better make sure the bacteria there is the good kind!

Working mamas, a snack of yoghurt with fruit and nuts is definitely a healthy and yummy option!

You can get probiotics from food like yogurt, miso, kefir, kimchi, cheese... Actually, a lot of fermented stuff really (but I dunno if that includes wine and beer haha). All over the world and throughout history, every culture ate fermented food. That's because there were so refrigerators back then. Because of that, they had to preserve food, and fermentation is one of the processes they used. Now fermentation creates trillions of these good bacteria that we now apparently need for our bodies to be healthy! Anyway, I'm not a fan of fermented anything so it's been hard for me to include probiotic-rich food but I'm trying!

If a daily diet of fermented food is not to your liking, then you can ask your OBG about taking supplements. I did and she told me that probiotic supplements are like the greatest thing ever. Not her words, okay, more like her attitude about it! If you're preggy now and reading this, ask your OBG about probiotics.

FrisoMum is a pro-digestion milk for moms that cares for the tummy. It's packed full of prebiotics and probiotics on top of the vitamins and minerals you need. You get better digestion, better nutrition, and better times spent together with your family because you're healthy!

FrisoMum is available at selected Mercury Drug stores in Manila, Luzon, and Cebu. Always ask your OBG about taking prenatal supplements. Like their Facebook page for more nutrition tips for your pregnancy.

*yoghurt photo by Peter Hershey from Unsplash.


Monday, February 27, 2017

First look: The Honest Company's spring 2017 diapers! Plus, Jessica Alba's tips for working mamas

When a brand founded by a Hollywood mommy asks you to do something for them, you do it. Well, I would because I used to cover Hollywood celebrities in my former life! I am so starstruck that Jessica Alba's The Honest Company gave me the chance to share with my readers the first look at their Honest Diapers spring 2017 designs! Here's your exclusive first look:


So cute! I still have one kid in diapers (although we're gearing up for toilet training this summer!) so I am very much smitten with these designs! I especially like the bugs!

Just like their founder, Honest Diapers don't just look good on the outside, they're also made of good stuff in the inside. They have an ultra-soft plant-based (PLA) inner and outer layer with a bio-based wheat/corn blend in its super-absorbent core. They don't go through chlorine processing and there are no chemical bleaches in them either. No latex, lotions, phthalates, optical brighteners, organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT), or most common allergens. No fragrances, too, just naturally derived odor blockers from citrus and chlorophyll.  

Jessica Alba is included in Forbes magazine's list of America's richest self-made women.

I'm in awe of what Jessica Alba has done with The Honest Company. Really! From being a major Hollywood star to now one of the richest self-made women in the US of A—that's some feat! And what I admire most about her is she created her brand because she wanted the best for kids and moms everywhere. I may not be able to relate to her glamour and the wealth, but I definitely can relate to her being a mommy who works so hard to give her family the best, given what I know and what my resources can afford.

When Jessica isn't busy growing her billion-dollar company, she is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity, Project HOME and more. But, like all good mommies, the one job she enjoys above all others is being a mom. Yes, she's now my working mama peg! (I have a lot actually. Will blog about this soon!)

Jessica is also an author. Wow!

I asked The Honest Company if their founder has advice for us working mommies, and here's what Jessica said: "Don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything at once. Lay out what you can get done now and what will take longer.” 

I learned this the hard way. As a working mama with no household help or nannies, I spent the first few years of my motherhood completely overwhelmed. I was trying so hard to be the best mommy ever to my baby boys that I got depressed when I would (of course) fail. It was when I became more organized (thanks, bullet journaling!) and less hovering (thanks, Netflix!) that I started to relax and just take mothering one day at a time. And I believe my family is all the better for it! I now truly enjoy being a work-at-home mommy.


I'm sure Jessica is waaaaaay busier than I am but she's learned to feel happy and proud to be a working mama. We don't need to be with our kids 24/7 to be a good mother. In fact, Jessica says we should let go of mommy guilt. "Don’t be hard on yourself," she says. "Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what’s important."

Finally, Jessica emphasizes the need for all mommies to take care of themselves. "Make time to eat healthy and stay active," the famously fit star advises. "It’s worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or a girls’ night in, and drink some wine!" Oh, I wish I could follow her advice more often! I do believe that we moms pour so much time, energy and resources in giving the very best to our kids but if we don't take care of ourselves, we can't give the best mommy to our babies! Again, I learned this the hard way. I was so tired and ugly and unhealthy that I wasn't 100% happy being a mom. I was too spent to give anything! So this 2017, I've really resolved to visit the salon once a month, nap more, read again, spend more time with my husband, and see my friends. 

Thanks, Jessica, for sharing your work-life balance tips with my working mama readers! Thanks, The Honest Company, for sharing your new spring diaper designs with my style-savvy new mommies!


To shop the Spring 2017 diaper collection of The Honest Company, click here. I suggest using a courier service like Johnny Air to have your purchases shipped safely here in the Philippines. Locally, The Green Company (with branches in San Juan, Pasig, and Banawe, QC) carries The Honest Company products. A few products are also available at Landers Superstore. 

Hmm. Maybe I should collaborate more with The Honest Company. It's so aligned with my blog—everyone knows me as the most honest mommy blogger! Even their office looks like my house! Lemme pray about this!

*photos and quotes courtesy of The Honest Company; Jessica Alba's photo from Forbes.com