Monday, January 26, 2015

This blog turns 4 this month (January 7 to be exact!) and I'm celebrating this blog's birthday with a series of giveaways as a thank you for all the support! Mwah!

First giveaway is a Project Mom Book and a Mom 24/7 2015 Planner, a great bundle of mommy goodies.

Project Mom is a guide for pregnant moms to the FIRST year by Amanda Griffin-Jacob and Bianca Araneta-Elizalde.

PROJECT MOM is a straightforward guide designed to make motherhood a little bit easier and a little less intimidating. Amanda and Bianca draw on their personal parenting experiences to inspire women to discover motherhood in ways they may not have envisioned. PROJECT MOM is packed with useful information to navigate pregnancy all the way through to the baby’s first birthday. The book also covers bringing your baby home, breastfeeding, how to give your baby a healthy food start, and a section just for moms (including their tips on how to get your body back). They have included a comprehensive local directory that makes this book an essential part of your collection to make motherhood a little less overwhelming.

Mom 24/7 2015 Planner is one of my favorite planners to use! It has everything from your spaces for your schedule and your kids'. MOM 24/7 also has special forms such as Health record pages for mom, dad and each child (up to 3 kids), menstrual tracker for mom, family vacation planning page, party planning page, and more. To help us run an organized home, there is a grocery list form, menu planner, yaya/ household help record page.

It also has special discount coupons for several brands at the back of the planner!
This bundle will be a great partner for any mom! I'm excited to give these away! Don't worry, mechanics will be easy! To join, just use the Rafflecopter widget below to join!
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Giveaway is open for Philippines residents only!
Giveaway will end on February 2, 2015.

Good luck!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mompreneur Manila has been organizing The Mompreneur Summit since 2012. I attended the first summit (read about my experience here) and I learned so much! It helped me jumpstart my own business, boost my confidence, gained so much knowledge and became inspired from the successful entrepreneurs who spoke that day.

The 3rd Mompreneur Summit is happening this Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Edades Tower, Rockwell, Makati City.
This year's them is LIFE + BIZ: Finding the Right Mix. I need that in my life and biz now! To register, go to this link.

From Mompreneur Manila's website:
Mompreneurs are a class on its own, made up of women who are driven to succeed and go after her business goals while equally fueled with unceasing passion in leading an active and purposeful personal and family life. Mompreneurs are the type of entrepreneurs who have their lives integrated into business endeavors, making her needs quite unique and more complex.

With talks focused on successful work-life integration, money smarts, DIY PR, intentional branding, attendees will be able to gain more tools to maximize resources and potential for success. This year’s summit also brings to light success stories and testimonials of women entrepreneurs in different categories and industries, namely beauty, retail, food and fashion.

Through this event we hope to provide inspiration, motivation and added knowledge to our attendees and mompreneur community.

Here's a rundown on who will be the speakers for that day! It's a star-sudded one, make sure to reserve a slot now!

Event details
Date: Jan, 31, 2015, Saturday
Venue: Edades Tower, Rockwell, Makati City
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
*Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided

Programme line up

On the Filipina Mompreneur
Janice Villanueva, Founder, Mommy Mundo and Mompreneur Manila

Life+Biz : How Mompreneurs Successfully Integrate Life and Biz
Mutya Laxa Buensuceso, Founder of Spinkie & Country Manager of Luxasia Philippines

Raising your Mompreneur FQ (financial quotient)
Rose Fres Fausto, Financial Expert, FQ advocate

PR the Right Way
Featuring a media panel: AA Patawaran, Lifestyle Editor of Manila Bulletin, Mia Fausto Cruz of Smartparenting Magazine/ Summit Media


Concept, Culture and Value Creation
Eileen Juan, founder and CEO of The Picture Co.

From Insights to a World-class brand
Rissa Mananquil Trillo and Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez, co-founders of Happy Skin Cosmetics

How Business Can Grow from Life Choices (IN WELLNESS)
Hindy Weber Tantoco, founder of Holy Carabao Farms and the Fun Farm

From Family Recipe to Creating the new Filipino Fried Chicken
Jill Gerodias-Borja, founder of Manang’s Chicken

The 3rd Mompreneur Summit is supported by Epson, Smart Communications, FERN-C, BPI KaNegosyo, Geiser Maclang Communications, and ARUGA by Rockwell.

Conference fee
P2,500 inclusive of lunch, a snack and conference kit

To register, just to this link.

See you there!
It's been awhile since I had pampered myself with a good massage and the invite from Serene Lounge Urban Spa & Massage to try their services couldn't have come a better time. It was a much-deserving me-time.
Serene Lounge Spa & Massage is owned and operated by couple, Brian and Vanessa Sio. Their passion for relaxation and quality service is what fuelled them to open their own spa.
Guests are received here upon entering
They also sell spa products. All made from natural ingredients.
Serene Essentials Spa Body Scrub you can take home
Simple yet chic and elegant interior. Welcoming and relaxing, just exactly what you need after a hard day's work.
Keep Calm and Read On these quotes

Serene Lounge Urban Spa & Massage offers therapeutic massages and body treatments. All of their therapists go through training and are licensed.  
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For my afternoon of pampering, I chose their Signature "Thermo-Aromathery" Deep Tissue Massage which is a combination of heat therapy,  aromatic essential oils and deep tissue massage. For the essential oils, you get to choose from: Stress Relief, Sweet Dreams, Mental Clarity and Energy Boost.

I chose Stress Relief for my massage.

But before entering the massage area, I was asked to fill out at information sheet. Take time to answer the form, your health and satisfaction is their utmost priority.
What I love about the form is the Massage Information part where it asks your pressure and stretching preferences plus you can also pinpoint the areas you want the therapist to concentrate on. That's what you call attention to details!

After filling up the form, I was then lead to the massage area. They have a total of eight massage rooms and some can be turned into a couples room.
Can you see me?
You can opt to have a shower first before proceeding with your massage. They one have one bathroom so I suggest if you are coming from your house, take a bath before going so you can have your massage right away.
Well-maintained and clean bathroom complete with bath products
More quotable quotes in the bathroom. I actually want to do the same with our bathroom. Hehe! Thanks Serene for the idea!

Then it was massage time! The massage room may be a bit small and you might be worried that the curtains may not give you as much privacy you need but the curtains are thick. And it was calm and quiet all throughout my massage. Another thing I liked is the massage room is it's not cold. My rhinitis usually attacks whenever I get a massage, hassle magdala ng tissue and I don't get to enjoy massage.
The therapist took note of what I wrote on the information sheet. Pressure was how I like it. She concentrated on my back, tanggal ang mga lamig! I feel relaxed and refreshed after my massage, truly one of the best massages I had. 
Ginger Tea, a sweet ending to my afternoon of relaxation
I cannot wait and take BOS with me when I go back. He always complains of "lamig" on his back but doesn't like to going to spas. Maybe I can change his mind with Serene. 

Thank you again Brian and Vanessa for inviting me to try your services!

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Serene Lounge Urban Spa & Massage
G/F Madison Square Bldg. 264 N.Domingo St. Cor. M. Paterno St., San Juan (infront of Little Baguio Terraces Condo)
For reservations, please call 0922-7807355
Open from Tuesdays - Sundays 4:00PM - 12:00AM

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ombré (as defined by Your Dictionary) is shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color.

Celebrities have been sporting the Ombré hair, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Aldridge and now me. Charaught! I've been wanting to change my hair color and finally had a chance when Meg invited us for a day of beauty at Azta Urban Salon in SM Jazz.

Azta Urban Salon's Reception Area
A friend of mine has been a loyal client of Azta Urban Salon so I know I will be in good hands.
It was a Wednesday but a busy one for sure!
Styled By Azta cupcakes for merienda!
In any salon, the first step is have your hair shampooed. It's also the same in Azta Urban Salon except they use dry shampoo. It was my first time to use a dry shampoo and it's like a normal shampoo except they don't wet your hair. Cool beans!
But they still rinsed my hair at the shampoo area. :)
Then dried my hair before starting they start doing their magic!
My stylist, Cris, asked me if I have a peg for what I want for my hair and showed them a photo from my phone.
Photo from here
This is called balayage. According to Google, balayage is a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
It looks like they are painting my hair. Ombre is an art!
My glam team. Charot! Azta Team hard at work.
Here's a video I took while they were doing my hair.

The treatment took about 3-4 hours and that's why I was glad Eli, Neva and Noemi  were also there to have their hair colored! It's nice to have a chika-mate when you have to sit down for a few hours.
Noemi done with her hair color while Eli taking a selfie hihi!

And after 3 hours and 2 cupcakes later, they rinsed off my hair and curled it. And I love how it turned out!
I'm no Kate Beckinsale or Lily Aldridge but I love my Ombre hair!
Thank you Meg for having me and Cris for taking care of my hair!

And as a treat, Meg gave me a GC for Ombre Services which I gave to my friend Anne of Ant's Pocket. She's a hardworking mom who's always busy sewing for her business, that's why she deserved this makeover. Please do check Ant's Pocket, they make handmade felt plush dolls and more!
Cris was also Anne's stylist and I was so happy how her hair turned out!

If you're looking to changing your hair, want something new, or feeling adventurous, why not go for an ombre style session at Azta Urban Salon, SM Jazz!
Azta Urban Salon
Unit 140 G/F SMDC Jazz Residences Nicanor Garcia cor. Jupiter, Makati City
For bookings and inquiries, please call 09173179892

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Facebook: Azta Urban Salon
Twitter: @AztaUrbanSalon
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