Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Win Krispy Kreme #JoyInABox!


Krispy Kreme asked me (pretty please with candy sprinkles on it) if I'd like to treat my readers to something sweet. Of course I said yes! So if you're in the mood to treat yourself (or your family, friends, co-workers, etc) to a sweet treat with an even sweeter message on top, why don't you give them #JoyInABox from Topaz Horizon and Krispy Kreme?

Yes, my dear readers! I'm giving away 10 boxes of #MessageDoughnuts from my family's favorite doughnut shop, Krispy Kreme! But you get to pick the message you want on it. Here are a few samples:

So without further ado, let's get on with the giveaway!

The prize:
A whole box of doughnuts with the message you want to tell anyone. It can be a "Happy Dad's Day!" to your father, an "I love you!" to your boyfriend, an "I miss you!" to your friends, "Congrats!" to a new mom or a friend with a new job, or encouraging words to your staff at work. Kinda something like this:

The details:
  1. 10 readers will win a box each of #MessageDoughnuts from Krispy Kreme. 
  2. Contest is open to anyone near a Krispy Kreme shop! So this is a nationwide contest! (Philippines only!)
  3. My contest runs from today till June 12, 12pm.
  4. I'll pick the winners on June 12 and announce on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Winners must reply to my announcement by June 13, Friday 12 noon!!! If I get no feedback, I pick new winners!
  5. Winners will then send me their name, the message they want on their #JoyInABox, and which Krispy Kreme store they'll claim the box from. Bring a valid ID to claim your box of #MessageDoughnuts!

How to win:
  1. Like Krispy Kreme's Facebook page, and follow them on Instagram and Twitter
  2. Like Topaz Horizon's Facebook page, and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Ya, you kinda have to because that's where I'm going to announce the winners! 
  3. On Instagram: Post a happy selfie and say this: "I want to get #joyinabox from @KrispyKremePH and @FrancesASales!"
  4. On Twitter: Post a happy selfie and say this: "I want to get #joyinabox from @hotlightgirl and @FrancesASales!"
  5. On Facebook: Say this: "I want to get #joyinabox from Krispy Kreme and Topaz Horizon!" Make sure Krispy Kreme and Topaz Horizon are tagged!
You don't have to post on FB, IG and Twitter. Okay na ang isang beses lang. Promise! Para di kayo at ako makulitan hehe.

That's it! Good luck! Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!

*This is not a sponsored giveaway.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Heels hurt? Ni-QUA's fun foldable flats to the rescue!

I'm pregnant so I haven't been wearing heels for a long while now. It's not safe, I know, so don't worry about me! But I'm writing this post because I still remember how it feels to be on heels all day and then your feet start to swell up in pain and suffering, and all you want to do is wear comfy flats.

Yung tipong pumuputok na ang mga ugat sa paa mo na pain.

Here's a cute solution from proudly Pinoy brand Ni-QUA: the Ella Foldable Flats!

I love that it comes in a big nylon pouch. Kasi other foldable flats in the market come in these tiny pouches, which begs the question: Saan ko lalagay yung heels ko??? With the roomy polka-dot pouch, that's not an issue.
Kasya heels ko!

Of course, the best thing about the Ella Flats is it's very comfy. The sole is flexible but it's not super thin. Other foldable flats have soles that are super manipis so your feet have no protection from the ground. As in, nararamdaman mo lahat ng groove, crack, bato at basura when you walk around. So sure, you may not be in heels anymore but yung paa mo naman is in another kind of pain.

Look at how relaxed my feet are! Super comfy and really fun on my feet. I love it!
No more ugat!
The Ni-QUA Ella Flats come in neon pink, neon orange, neon blue, neon green and neon yellow. If you're not into blinding brights, the Ella Flats also come in brown and red, capped at the toe by animal prints. Really cute! Shop now!

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Looking back in gratitude

When I was told I was going to lose my job in August 2012, I had a toddler and a new baby. Vito had just turned 2, Iñigo was just 3 months old. I was so scared. The company offered me other positions under certain conditions, none of which made me happy. In fact, to be truly honest, I was no longer happy anyway, but I was seriously contemplating accepting any of their offers because I was a mom and I was frightened of not having regular income. 

Then I saw this quote on my Facebook feed one miserable day and it was like someone slapped me. I didn't need my job. I just needed me and to believe in me. I also needed to believe in the God who gave me my talents and abilities and to trust in His promise to provide for all our needs. 

Well, fast forward to two years later and I'm in such a good place, friends. I've never been happier, never been more fulfilled, never been more at peace. To my endless surprise, we're also not poor! There is always good food on the table, there's always shopping now and then. We even have money to give to relatives who come knocking on our door for help. My husband and I always joke, "You are the ones with jobs! Why are you asking us for help?!" But we give anyway because we have enough, more than enough.

Our income may not be regular and it's not even near the same level as when we were employed, but God's provision comes from many places. We get free trips, free gas, free clothes, free diapers, free food, free toiletries, free almost everything! Sometimes, when I'm feeling stressed out with the kids, flowers from strangers just suddenly appear at the door and I'm cheered up. It's funny because sometimes I'll run out of mascara, for example, and I'll go, "Dear God, I need mascara but I don't want to buy because our money should go to the groceries and the bills." One week later, three tubes of mascara from Lancôme, Avon and L'Oreal Paris arrived! God is good and faithful (and generous!), as promised!

More than my sponsored life, the real lesson here is things aren't always going to be amazing—we lose our jobs, we get sick—but when the bad times come, as long as I have my God for help and myself to act, then things are going to work out for good. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."

I'll always be grateful for my job back then. I had lots of fun, I met lots of wonderful people, I learned so much. But I'm also glad I lost my job because I found myself right after.

So if you're in a place of doubt and fear right now, look within yourself and look at what you have. You'll be amazed at how equipped you are—with talents and abilities and friends. Most of all, look to God. He will never fail you. You just have to believe that! 

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