Thursday, June 30, 2016

5 simple ways to keep our kids safe from germs at school

This post is brought to you by Biogenic Alcohol.

Hi everyone! Remember when I said I appeared in a print ad? Well, it's out!

Yey de yey yey!

Okay, my little kilig story of the month done, let me show you a few snaps from the Biogenic photo shoot that didn't make it to the ads. Like these of me gardening:
It is safe to wear white in a fake garden.
Me. Gardening! Imagine that! Well, if you must know, I grew up in the hills of Antipolo and my parents planted all over the empty lots on our street. Kamote, papaya, mais, coconuts, mango, calamansi, sili, and flowering shrubs and trees, too. My parents were amazing at making plants grow. We ate salads picked from dahon ng kamote Papa planted on the lot across our house. We played hide and seek amongst the corn stalks. We made sawsawan with the calamansi and sili from our garden. Good times, good times. So yeah, I know my way around a garden!

I live in a condo now, though. So no more gardening for me. Although if we ever do move to a house with a big yard, I'd love to putter about a lush vegetable garden again. My husband and our kids would love that, too! Playing in the dirt has lots of benefits: it stimulates sense of touch, it provides an opportunity to talk about the ecosystem, and microbes in the soil improves mood. It's fun!

Most people think playing in the dirt is dirty. Well, sure, but it's relatively safer than being with other people! Now that the rainy season is upon us, that means people get stuck in rooms together more, which then allows illness-causing bacteria, viruses, and germs to be spread more. My kids are currently recovering from a really bad cold. I really hate it when they're sick! My poor babies!

That's why I need to be more vigilant! But that's really hard to do especially since the boys are now in school. They have to be vigilant of their own health, too. Here are a few things I do to keep my kids safe from germs at school and anywhere outside our home:

1. Teach kids about germs.
I dunno if you watched the cartoon show G.I. Joe, but they always used to say, "Knowing is half the battle." My kids know about germs—microscopic monsters that are everywhere and cause sickness. So they know better than to eat food dropped on the floor, for example. They also know that they need to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. They also know that they need to wash their hands or use sanitizer before eating and after using the toilet. We can't be with our kids 24/7 so we need to teach them not just how to protect themselves but also why. When they know why, they'll be more willing to do it.

2. Wash hands thoroughly.
Nothing kills germs better than a thorough washing of hands with antibacterial soap. You wash palms, fingers, under nails, the backs of hands. Wash every surface!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: Sanicare hygiene kit

This post is brought to you by Sanicare.

What a June! I've been running around like a headless chicken (yes, they do that—I know this because I saw a headless chicken run with my own eyes) getting my first two kids ready for school every day. Vito is going to big school while Iñigo is going to little school. I'm so proud!

Just before school started, I got tired buying this and that, sewing this and that, labeling this and that, and wrapping this and that with plastic! Walang katapusan ang school preps pala! 

On one of my trips to the mall to buy lanyards and sticker labels, I was at the bookstore and found piles upon piles of hygiene/grooming/kikay/care kits for sale. Wow! So handy for moms like me! Except upon closer inspection, I realized that the products in those kits weren't satisfactory. Either kulang ng wet wipes or magaspang ang face towel or ang nipis ng toilet paper. So in the end, not a very good buy at all.

Since I needed to prepare grooming kits for my two sons, let me share with you what I picked for them: the Sanicare hygiene kit.

Why Sanicare? First, kasi matagal na naming ginagamit ang Sanicare. As in years upon years! And we like how it's affordable, available everywhere, and quality product talaga. Their kitchen towels, for example, are strong yet soft and very absorbent. This applies to all their products! Second, their tagline is "The Hygienic Choice." As a mom, I need to be sure that my kids use products that are clean, pure, sanitary, and all its other synonyms!

Let me do a review of the Sanicare hygiene kit.

1. Here's what's inside:

I like that it's already in a circular/tubular bag. Tamang-tama para sa toilet paper! It's compact and small so it doesn't take up too much space. And I like that the kit is portable. I'm placing this in the car, too!

2. I like these Sanicare hankies. They're soft and smooth. They feel clean. You know how some tissues feel like they're tree bark? Well, these feel like... hankies!

3. The toilet paper is 2-ply with a new embossed design. That's not just a design, it makes the paper stronger do it won't tear at the crucial moments!

4. The toilet seat cover... I dunno. I'd rather just wipe the seat with the antibacterial wipe, you know? It does look cute. I can't figure out what it's made of. It looks like plastic but crumples like paper. But it's 100% biodegradable. So I think it's like a really sturdy Japanese paper.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My favorites from the Mango sale (happening right now!)

This post is brought to you by Mango.

My longtime readers know I love shopping online. But, ladies, since having three kids, my body has changed dramatically. I now need to fit the clothes first before I buy them. In days of long ago, I was a size 2 to a size 4. Now? Now??? I'm anywhere from a size 8 to a size 12. It's crazy! I really need to fit the clothes first now. Hence, if in the past couple of years you seem to see a lot of posts of me shopping in Mango, that's because, yes, I shop a lot at Mango!

And lucky me, Mango is on sale! Up to 50% off! It's their End of Season Sale so expect to see all their spring and summer collections with prices slashed. The sale started last week. I checked out the sale last weekend and here's what I saw:
Dozens upon dozens of shirts and blouses.
Trousers and culottes start at P795!
Skinny jeans! I didn't fit in any of them, though. Sigh!
Boyfriend jeans and distressed jeans!
Yes, there were lots of dresses, too.
These off-shoulder dresses were on sale.
Shoes and bags everywhere!
Accessories, too!

While there was a lot of stuff to love, I found myself drawn to everything stripes! These are my favorites:

I love stripes. Stripes and polka dots actually, but I love stripes super duper. So I spent an hour picking out and trying on the striped outfits:
My picks hanging on the dressing room wall.

Check out my new Mango dress: