Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Grooming Guide For Gorgeous Husbands

I’m sure your husband or partner knows the basics of keeping clean and hygienic, because you wouldn't have been attracted to him if he was a slovenly pig. But does he know how to stay impeccably groomed? I'm writing this because these articles with variations of the title "A good barber is like a plastic surgeon" have been popping up on my Facebook feed and... Have you seen it? Here's a glimpse:

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So inspiring, right??? Makes you want to drag your husband to the barber stat!

Good grooming is the very foundation of looking good. Thankfully, I'm married to a man who likes to keep himself well-maintained. Thankfully also, it's accepted these days for men to pamper themselves. Gone are the days when men were expected to look horrible to be called real men. Hubbies like David Beckham who likes sampling his wife's skincare products have made good grooming a good thing. Thank the heavens! 

Now if your hubby needs a few extra pointers on good grooming, you should pass on this guide to him.

Use the Right Hair Products
There is no doubt that you will have spent plenty of time trying to figure out which hair products work best for your hair. But has your partner? I wrote about the importance of knowing your hair and scalp type before buying products on [How to Achieve Volume for Your Hair Length], in case you need more convincing.

Anyway, there are lots of shampoos and conditioners out there for men but, aside from the packaging and fragrances, they're not much different from products for women. Knwoing this, you can help your guy look for the products best for his hair and scalp type. The wrong ones could cause his hair to get too oily or dry.

Find A Barber
Why? Exhibit A above. There is no way your man will get a good haircut if he doesn’t go to a barber. My husband goes to a proper barber and I always find him wildly attractive after a haircut and shave. Truth! A barber can give your man a proper shave with a cutthroat blade—this shave will be a lot closer to the skin, so the hair will take longer to grow back. Smoother longer. Just run your hands all over that smooth face and neck mmmm.

Bare All Down There
A look at the article "Should Men Shave Their Legs?" will make you see that this isn’t such a strange question at all. In fact, many men wonder about this one, especially if they're really hairy. And my trips to the waxing salon also tell me that men really do care about going completely bare down there. The waxing girls tell me that the guys believe a hairless groin makes the penis look bigger and the balls cuter. Well, we learn something new every day! 

So should your hubby shave or wax, too? The truth is that it doesn’t really matter if they should or shouldn't unless they and their ladies care about hairiness. Going hairless doesn't serve any purpose except for aesthetics or for sexual pleasure. Yes, sexual pleasure! Let your hubby try going smooth and bare and see if you'll both like it. I bet you will! 

Don’t Forget Feet
Ok, so not many people will see your husband’s feet, but it’s good for him to get into a good care routine for his feet as it is good for hygienic reasons. Using a pumice stone [tips here: The Correct Use of a Pumice Stone] can help keep the skin on the feet smooth and soft, and it will also prevent callouses from developing. 

One of my favorite parts of my hubby's body is his feet. They're much nicer and softer than mine! He says it's because he drinks water a lot and he wears socks and shoes when he goes out. Unike me and my sandals and high heels and tight shoes.  

Always Moisturize
Think moisturizing is only for women? Think again! Everyone with skin should moisturize on a daily basis. So if your partner has this organ called skin, throw him a tub of moisturizer. It will help prevent his face from getting dry and will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age lines. My husband says to exfoliate, too! A good marriage rests on good grooming, my mama friends, because the longer you look your best, the longer your marriage will last! Hahaha

Joking aside, keeping your hubby looking perfectly groomed isn’t so difficult. Just stock up on good hair and skincare products, find him a great barber, and maybe ask him to try going bare once in a while. Have fun!

*photo from Pixabay

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Maternity clothes now available at UNIQLO!

I've never been invited to a UNIQLO event, mamas. Well, when I was a magazine editor, yes, I was, but as a blogger, no. So when I got invited to an event launching the maternity wear of UNIQLO, even if I'm not pregnant and have no plans on getting pregnant ever again, I just had to go! Why? Because my whole family loves UNIQLO! We have lots of shirts and shorts and jeans from UNIQLO. I want to be their friend!!! Funny lang because I have no proof I went. I attended the intimate gathering at Stacy's BGC with my bunso, Piero, and he kinda made it impossible for me to take photos!

So I'll just very quickly share with you, preggy mamas, the new maternity clothes the Japanese brand has for you. I also want to share my thoughts as the event's host and UNIQLO Mommy Iya Villania talked about her search for maternity wear.

Yes, UNIQLO has a mommy ambassador! Why? Because UNIQLO introduces the latest addition to its LifeWear line: the Maternity Collection. Like all its LifeWear pieces, the maternity clothes are comfortable, sturdy, non-restrictive, functional, and are designed to accommodate the growing pregnant body.

I realized something about myself as I listened to Iya talk about how she resisted buying maternity clothes. For one, I did the same thing with my first pregnancy—I didn't want to buy preggy clothes because I thought I'd only do this whole pregnancy thing once. Another thing is there's some sort of shame in wearing maternity clothes. As Iya pointed out, there's so much pressure on women to look good, whether she's a little girl, a teen, a young woman, a wife, pregnant, mommy, middle-aged, and up to when she's a grandma. We always feel this pressure to look pretty and/or hot. Pregnancy, because of the many changes it brings to our bodies, makes us feel ugly. So some of us (or at least I did) some of us insist on squeezing into our pre-pregnancy clothes to, I dunno, to somehow convince ourselves and others that no, we're not fat or manas or boobsy or ma-pwet.

But things are changing so much now. When I first became pregnant just 8 years ago, there wasn't a lot of clothes that celebrated pregnancy. Everything I found in the maternity section were designed to hide the blooming body. But by my second and third pregnancies, the pregnant form is celebrated. It's wonderful! It's so nice to find all these comfortable, functional and nice clothes made especially for moms-to-be!    

The maternity clothes of UNIQLO are on the basics side, lots of solid colors and simple lines. For a harried pregnant woman, especially a working mama-to-be, that can be a blessing because you can just go about your day without worrying about your clothes! It's great! Here's a look:

Women's Maternity Ultra Stretch Jeans 
The Women’s Maternity Ultra Stretch Jeans is made with a cotton ribbed material to gently fit the stomach. It also has a widened hem design to prevent leg compression.

Women's Maternity Leggings 
Another essential piece is the Women’s Maternity Leggings. This item is highlighted by a double fabric layer that protects the stomach area from chills.

Women’s Maternity Leggings Pants
The Women’s Maternity Leggings Pants is designed with a waist adjuster that provides additional comfort in the midriff region with its adjustable buttons.

If you're a mama-to-be, do check out the Maternity Collection of UNIQLO. It's available at the following stores: SM Mall of Asia, C3 Annex, SM Makati, Robinsons Magnolia, U.P. Town Center, SM North EDSA, SM Aura Premier, and SM Megamall.

P.S. The Fall collection for the Kids and Baby line is also now available at all UNIQLO stores. So expect to see leggings, shirts and pants made of thicker material. There are onesies and tulle skirts—really quite adorable! Must visit soon since my kids love their UNIQLO clothes and it's time to add to their outfits. 

For more updates, customers may visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at and social media accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

*Photos courtesy of UNIQLO.

Monday, October 16, 2017

How I made peace with homework

I never liked homework when I was a kid. I hated it even more when I became a parent of school-age kids. Many reasons I was dismayed at the task of helping my kids with homework: 

1. As a working mama with no yaya and kasambahay, I’m super busy with work, chores and errands.
2. My kids and I are already tired from a long day at school and work.
3. Weekends are supposed to be spent relaxing!
4. Aren’t I supposed to be done with schoolwork already???

I was so upset with homework that my husband Vince offered to take over the job, but since I’m the parent who’s in touch with the teachers and fellow parents, it’s actually easier if I do homework duty. We take turns now, or we handle specific subjects. Homework duty did lighten up but I still resented it, until I realized recently this very important fact: My kids’ school is not in charge of their education—I AM.

Vince and I decided to send them to this school because it’s considered as one of the very best in the country. Why should I then be upset if the school gives my kids lessons??? 

Yes, we’re being forced to spend time with our children but we’re spending that time doing something valuable: learning together. We have the incredible privilege of sharing our knowledge and wisdom. For example, our kindergartener IƱigo had homework about family. We don’t know how it happened but that turned into a discussion on how to make babies. Who better to teach our boys about sex than us, their parents?

The school is just the guide on what our kids should know academically, but when it comes to their real education, it’s up to Vince and me. In school, they are limited to 30 minutes per subject and lesson plans. At home, we take those lesson plans and expound on it. It’s Vince who patiently taught our sons to read, for example. The school may teach colors but I teach application through cooking and painting. The school teaches them handwriting but it’s Vince who strengthens the boys’ hands and fingers by making them play with Legos and and Play Doh. Their lessons don’t remain on the page because we make them come alive through daily teaching and practice. 

My activity sheets take a lot of time and effort so that lessons will be fun.

I realized that in many ways, we’re homeschoolers who send our kids to a learning institution for a few hours each day so that the boys have friends and learn to relate to people outside of family. But other than those few hours, their education rests mainly on Vince and me. Homework is homeschooling and, as parents and their first and most important teachers, I should never resent homework. 

Never underestimate the power of rewards!

I admit I still do! So we have little things that help ease the strain: We use their Legos for math lessons, we watch Batibot YouTube videos to learn Filipino, we play video games on the iPad to learn left/right/up/down/jump (and in Tagalog, too!), we test our knowledge on colors, counting and grouping when sorting the laundry, and all finished homework is rewarded by their favorite Nickelodeon TV show, three pieces of their favorite brain-fortifying Scott’s DHA Gummies, and a hug!

Always worth it to be my kids' teacher!

How about you, mamas? How do you feel about homework and how do you deal with it? If you have any tips on how to make homework easier for parents and kids alike, please share! 

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