Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A New, Safe and Effective Way to Deal with Dengue Mosquitoes

Here in the tropics, the rainy season is also the season for Dengue, a potentially deadly, yet all too common mosquito borne disease. Last year there were over 200,000 cases of Dengue fever reported in the Philippines, and almost 600 were fatalities. What is alarming is that this was way up from the 121,000 reported instances in 2014. More alarming still is that just this year, the DOH has reported 70,000 Dengue cases from January to July, the supposed lean Dengue months, this is 19% more than the same period last year. It is now more imperative than ever that measures be taken to curb Dengue, and the best way to do that is to control the numbers of Dengue Mosquitoes.

In the Philippines, nobody is safe form Dengue, it cuts across all socio-economic barriers. Anyone can be infected and anyone can die from it.  In fact Dengue statistics in the Philippines are based only on people who seek treatment at hospitals or clinics. Because the initial symptoms of Dengue are the same as more benign illnesses such as the flu, many Dengue cases go unreported, especially since instances of the flu also rise at the onset of the rainy season. Dengue is all too often detected too late, which is part of the reason why it is so potentially deadly.

The problem with products that kill or repel mosquitoes is that there is always a catch. There are sufficient studies to show that most chemical based products can be quite harmful if used too long.  Spray products do kill mosquitoes, but there is a reason even their manufacturers advise people not to enter a freshly sprayed room for some time. Fume based products such as katol (mosquito coils) and vape mats emit toxins and are singled out by the website babycenter in as particularly harmful to infants but also to adults.

Electric bug zappers are quite noisy and can be quite disruptive at night; and finally lotions are effective, but not affordable or convenient enough to apply daily.  This is why the Hanns Insect Trap is the best alternative for anyone but especially for mothers who want to keep mosquitoes away from their kids, but who don’t like the adverse effects of other mosquito control methods.
Hanns Insect Trap

Monday, August 22, 2016

Our Lapbooking Experience

I wasn't really into lapbooking until I saw a pile of colorful lapbooks in Sis Ayenn's house the last time we gathered for our coop. Sis Ayenn of Ayen's Dwelling Place is our mentor when it comes to homeschooling. She is a great inspiration and her family is a blessing to us. I flipped through some of the lapbooks made by her two kids and I love how creative and personal it is.  Then, I decided to do the same.

Here's how we do lapbooking:

I usually print free lapbook templates from online resources. I will cut, fold and set it aside for future use. Sometimes, I ask for Gabi's help to cut them for me.

During study time, I will ask him to read a lesson and will hand over few templates to use. I will ask him to write down any important facts or information he learned from what he just read. It's like a notebooking of a sort - something I got from Sis Ayenn also.

I like how Gabi will write information according to how he understands it and would go beyond merely copying what is in the book. After that, he will put designs and drawings on the lapbook which really excites him. I recently allowed him to do it so he will not find the task boring.

Sometimes, I will print ready-made lapbooks for the topic that we are covering. There are a lot online, for FREE.

Here are our Grade 3 Lapbooks:

Multiplication Lapbook

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nutri10 Plus Syrup para sa Batang Aktibo at Malakas

As Moms, we want our kids to become healthy and strong. As much as possible, we don't like them getting sick. So we tried to provide them foods that contain essential nutrients that their growing body needs. We all know that the first line of defense should be a healthy diet.

However, I must admit that sometimes I fall short on this. Crunch times and busy schedules make it hard for us to get healthy meals. Good thing vitamin and mineral supplements can help fill in small nutrient gaps.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

I am a believer of supplements eversince I gave birth to my eldest son. Now that i have two active boys, I want to make sure that they get enough essential nutrients.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup
My Eldest Son, Gabi.
He is an active Soccer Player at Christ Confident Footballers (CCF)

Nutri10 Plus Syrup
My Second son Gael. Our future Soccer Player

I am so blessed to be chosen to try Nutri10 Plus Syrupa product of Wert Philippines, Inc. This is so perfect because my kids' vitamins just ran out. God's provision is always on time!

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

I'm happy to know that Nutri10 Plus Syrup is packed with essential nutrients. It contains the following:

         Taurine – for brain development
         Lysine - appetite enhancer
         CGF or Chlorella Growth Factor  - for physical growth and development
         Zinc - for immunity

It also has Vitamins A, B-Complex, C at D3.

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

My kids are now taking this for more than a week and so far they are loving it. I don't have a hard time giving this to them, thanks to the Ponkan flavor! One visible improvement I've noticed in my toddler is his increase in appetite. He can now finish one cup of rice and he is starting to like eating veggies. Yey!

Nutri10 Plus Syrup

I'm so blessed to have Nutri10 Plus Syrup as part of my kids' diet. It gives me a little extra insurance that they are getting what they need. Although I believe that it cannot replace all of the benefits of a well-balanced diet, at least it compensate for any shortfalls. Thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Wert Philippines

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Monday, August 15, 2016

REVIEW: Dermax Hyal-C Serum by SkinStation

Today, I am going to review one of the best sellers of Dermax Professional by SkinStation, Hyal-C Serum. 

I got this product during the SkinStation Grand Opening at Venice Grand Cannal MallAt first, I'm having second thoughts about trying this. I got curious about serum and when I found out that it is more potent than moisturizers, I felt intrigued and decided to give it a shot. I never tried any serum before so this is my first. I've been using moisturizers on my face for hydration purposes. Without a daily dose of it, my skin tends to dry.

Before we start, let's define first Hyaluric acid (HA) or Hyal for short.

Hyaluric acid (HA) is a kind of  amino polymer naturally present in our body, a building block for collagen. However, our body's ability to produce HA diminishes as we age.

Hyal-C Serum

HYAL-C serum from SkinStation is an excellent example of a product with the new low molecular weight (LMW) hyaluronic acid. It contains nano-sized hyaluronic acid, the LMW grade with the smallest molecules. The nano-grade can go deep into the dermal layer of the skin where hyaluronic acid is needed the most. The name HYAL stands for hyaluronic acid, while C refers to vitamin C, a popular anti-aging and lightening ingredient, also present at high levels in the serum. HYAL-C serum is a consistent best seller, loved for its instant lifting effect. It might just be the "fountain of youth" you have been looking for.

Hyal-C Serum

PRODUCT CLAIMS:

Firms. Hydrates. Smoothes.
Revitalizes skin through nano-sized Hyaluronic Acid.
Contains Vitamin C that provides anti-aging and  lightening benefits.

SRP: Php 1,375 (50 ml)

Hyal-C Serum

The content of this serum is clear, watery and has no strong smell. I love how you can easily pump the container bottle.

Hyal-C Serum

After applying, my skin easily absorbed it.

Hyal-C Serum


This is my face after applying it. I used different lighting here but definitely no filter.

VERDICT:

Few days after using this product, my face is softer, smoother and more hydrated. I like that it doesn't leave my skin greasy and it's very lightweight. I have issues with heavy creams, it makes me feel uncomfortable. I also observed that it brightens my skin. I'm so impressed! 

When we visited our relatives in Valenzuela, my sister-in-law noticed that there's something new in my face, she said she like my new glow. Yay! I suddenly remembered that I recently started using this serum. Even my husband noticed that my face is softer and likes to touch it. 

Here are the other things I like about this:

- No lingering smell
- It didn't make my face breakout
- Works great under BB cream

WILL RECOMMEND?

So far, I'm loving this product. It replaces my regular moisturizer and I don't regret trying this. I will continue to use it until the last pump! I highly recommend this.

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You might also like to check my other SkinStation Product Reviews:

Blushing Beauty Aqua White BB Cream
Dermax UV Baby Water-burst Sunscreen
Blushing Beauty Lick My Lips Color-changing Lip Balm

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

One of Gabi's favorite subject is World History. We used Mystery of History Volume 1: "Creation to the Resurrection" for two years and we're glad to finally finished the entire book. We love this book so much since history was explained in a biblical way. I never thought History will be this fun. 

Image from Learning Plus PH

First Year

During our first year of homeschooling, I strictly followed all the activities listed in the book: Memory Cards, Lesson Activities, a little Notebooking and the Timeline.

Here are some of the activities that we did just to give you a glimpse:

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: The Sumerians
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Early Egypt
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Tutankhamen (King Tut)

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Topic: Elisha (Israel's Prophet)

I asked Gabi the topics associated with these activities while writing this post and he remembers them! I counter-checked the book and he is right. Oh my, I almost forget. Hahaha. Well, i'm glad he still remembers after a year.


The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
Gabi's Wall Timeline

Second Year

On our second year of homeschooling (and using this book), I just want to simplify everything. Although we enjoyed doing all the activities, i find them very time consuming and sometimes redundant. In order to have an output that will help him retain the lessons, we focused on the timeline.

Since I was introduced to Charlotte Mason method of teaching (i'm not a pro when it comes to this), we ended up making our Book Of Century, this is basically a timeline in a book. The good thing with this is we can bring it anywhere unlike the wall timeline. We also did not limit it to MOH. We included other subjects like Filipino, Music and Arts.

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

As we read about people and events in other subjects, we jot them down on the corresponding pages in the Book of Centuries. This is like our all in one book of history.

Gabi would sometimes write, draw or print pictures and paste it on the pages. We did not follow the directions suggested in the book to give us more freedom.

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection

The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
B.C
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A.D.
The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to Resurrection
We also include our birth dates

Now that we are done with Volume 1, we are very much excited with the next volume. This is one of the subjects that I love to read-aloud with my son because I am learning also. I remember how I dreaded history when i was studying, I hate memorizing dates! Hahaha. Me and my son are learning together - the beauty of homeschooling. Above all, we are happy to know that Jesus is the Mystery of History.

“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all.” ~ John Holt

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Mommy Milkshare Event Set to Benefit Fabella Milk Bank


It’s a well-known fact that breastfeeding is best for babies. The World Health Organization states why it is so on their website, and also emphasizes that breastfeeding benefits the mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

The reality is, though, that some mothers might not be able to breastfeed their children immediately after birth for legitimate medical reasons. There are also babies whose mothers may have passed away yet still need to be nourished with breastmilk.



In cases like these, milk donations or milksharing are usually the solution. It should be noted, though, that donor milk should be screened as much as possible, to ensure that it is safe and clean for the babies who will receive it.


If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding, you will probably also consider milksharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavor. Here in the Philippines, human milk banks are actually always in need of breastmilk donations, so it is good to be aware of efforts to collect human milk – like the upcoming “Mommy Milkshare” event organized by The Parenting Emporium and Honeysuckle Philippines (which is actually on its second run; the first run was held in September last year.)


Scheduled for August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium (No. 29, 1st Street, New Manila, QC), breastfeeding mothers are invited to donate their excess breastmilk for the benefit of Fabella Human Milk Bank. Donors can choose to bring frozen breastmilk (must be expressed between June to August 2016) or express milk onsite.


In gratitude to the generous milk donors, VPharma’s Mega Malunggay, Mommy Treats, and Honeysuckle – brands that support milksharing – will be giving discounts on select items. Mommy Milkshare participants will also receive loot bags as a “bonus” for their kindness, which is why they are also asked to register for the event via 0917-8110821.


So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who wants to share her “milky blessings,” head on over to The Parenting Emporium this Saturday! Your efforts and kindness will help many babies who are supported by Fabella Human Milk Bank.


Note: If you want to donate breastmilk but can’t come to Mommy Milkshare, you may contact Nurse Katrina of The Parenting Emporium at 7253723 or 7386272, and ask how to donate to the TPE Milksharing Hub.   



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