4 Hacks for New Parents to Ease Adjustment into Parenthood

As a new parent, you suddenly become bombarded with a plethora of baby products and (often unsolicited) advice. But as a first-timer, it can be hard to distinguish the must-haves from the gimmicks. Likewise, the tips and tricks that worked for others may not be conducive to you and your new bundle of joy. With that in mind, here are four hacks to make the transition to parenting a little easier to manage.

1. Get More Done with Babywearing

Your new bundle of joy no doubt craved being in the womb, but life doesn’t just stop after you’ve given birth. Of course, there’s still cleaning and cooking to do, other kids to look after, and often work to catch up on. You may get a break for the first few weeks, but soon enough you’ll need to figure out a rhythm to get it all done with a new baby on board.

If you need a little assistance carrying your newborn, an age-old practice could provide immense, mutually-desired enjoyment. In fact, embracing babywearing can help you get more done, while also meeting your baby’s needs. Furthermore, studies have shown that moms who practice babywearing for three hours a day see their infant cry 43 percent less than babies who didn’t receive the same — or any — amount of nurturing.

One of the most comfortable carriers for little ones is the Solly Baby Wrap, an ultra-thin stretchy wrap designed for use throughout your child’s first year. Tula also makes a variety of carriers to make babywearing comfortable and seamless. And, most carriers can even be used for discreet and convenient hands-free nursing, too.

2. Minimize Startle Reflex with Swaddle Suits

Sure, we all know swaddling babies is a great way to soothe and prevent them from startling themselves awake. However, because babies tend to wiggle out of this cozy wrapping, swaddling is a battle many babies end up winning. To decrease the chances of your baby popping free, keep them securely swaddled — and ultimately asleep longer — by using swaddle suits instead of traditional swaddle blankets.

Love to Dream makes one of the most popular options, the Swaddle Up, which features an ultra soft, stretchy material and a two-way zipper to make nighttime diaper changes a breeze. With this genius design, babies can keep their hands near their face for comfort. Plus, the Swaddle Up is light enough to be worn over the top of the baby’s sleepwear.

3. Make the Most of Your Smartphone

There’s an app for nearly everything these days — and there are certainly no shortage of options aimed at parents. To ease the stress of tracking all of your baby’s newfound habits, you can leverage this type of technology with an app like Total Baby. For example, you can use this app to easily keep track of feedings, soiled diapers, sleep times and baths. Meantime, because your child will start to grow up before you know it, use an app like FirstYear or Baby’s Firsts to record all of your baby’s precious milestones, from their first smile to their first steps.

You can also keep your baby soothed by loading your smartphone with gentle melodies to the tune of popular hits with the online program, Rockabye Baby. Likewise, if your baby needs some white noise to fall asleep or calm down, your best bet is to download an app that provides some ambient white noise. Ultimately, whatever works best for your little one, be sure you can download musical tracks for offline play to avoid exceeding your data limit on your smartphone plan.

4. Manage Messes with a Change of Clothes in the Diaper Bag

You know to never leave home without a change of clothes for your baby, but what about for yourself? After all, when you’re constantly holding, rocking or changing your little one, it’s only a matter of time before you get covered in spit up, urine or a blown out diaper. Your best bet? Stash a spare shirt for yourself in your diaper bag, so you can quickly change when your precious bundle of joy doles out a wardrobe malfunction.

A New Beauty Regimen to Lighten and Detoxify Skin

If you seized the summer like we did, your skin would most likely need an extra dose of TLC now.  Slathering sunscreen all over our body may not have been enough to protect our skin from the scorching summer heat.  Lucky for us we were sent a package for a new beauty regimen that could give our skin that much needed care. My current skin condition though prohibits me from using new products so I had my dearest Mom try them out for me.  You may also want to try these new products that promise to lighten and detoxify skin.

Le Meilleur Micro Diamond Scrub

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Among the products sent to us for review, this is the one my mom likes the most.  Le Meilleur Micro Diamond Scrub is enriched with Cirabelle Beads which are spherical wax-based mechanical exfoliators that are proven safe for everyday use.  It also contains antioxidants Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Retinol that protects the body from free radicals and increases collagen production.  Papaya Extract and Glycolic Acid complete the powerhouse of ingredients that help give skin that healthy glow.

This scrub has a nice faint scent that makes washing the face pleasant.  The beads are really fine and exfoliates the skin without feeling scratchy. Unlike other scrubs with glycolic acid, this one does not leave the skin dry.  Although she has yet to see how truly effective it is in giving skin that youthful glow, my mom likes this scrub a lot already.

Shizen Charcoal Soap

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Anti-aging, Moisturizing, Skin Protecting – just what women in our age group are looking for in a beauty product. All these Shizen Charcoal Soap boasts of.  Activated Charcoal draws out dirt and oil that block pores.  L-Glutathione fights free radicals and effectively whitens dark spots and blemishes.  Papaya Extract removes dead skin cells giving the skin a beautiful glow. Niacinamide not only helps whiten skin but also has anti-aging properties.  Virgin Coconut Oil keeps the skin moisturized and soothes skin problems.

Although there were no adverse reactions on my mom’s skin, this charcoal soap left her skin a little bit dry.  She’s used to ultra-moisturized soap though so this may be why she felt her skin was dry.  Despite of this, she still likes the soap and even asked where she could get another one.

Ravissante Whitening Body Lotion

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I asked my husband to try out the Ravissante Whitening Lotion. His skin is a lot darker than usual after our trips to the beach so he really needs a good lightening lotion that could help rejuvenate his skin.  The lotion is really thick when applied so it’s best used during bedtime.  The scent reminds me of a spa.  We’d have to wait a few weeks to see how effective it is in lightening the skin and improving its elasticity.


Aside from these three beauty products,  One Lightning Corporation also sent me a box of One Juice Green Tea Powdered Drink Mix which I’ll be featuring in another blogpost. These products are exclusively distributed by One Lightning Corporation.  For more information, you may reach them at (632) 226-4111.

FREE Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puffs at the PUFF AND POST VENDO MACHINE

Who’s going to be in the Megamall area this weekend? Here’s something you should watch out for – the PUFF AND POST VENDO MACHINE!  Read on to know how you could get FREE JACK ‘n JILL MALLOW PUFFs.

Discover Delight with Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff’s Vendo Machine

Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff recently launched their new Puff and Post Vendo Machine which accepts social currency (i.e a Facebook post) in exchange for a box of Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff.

Here’s how it works: All you have to do is to take a picture of yourself using the machine’s built-in camera. With its variety of stickers, you can decorate your photo and finish off with a matching caption including the hashtag of #DiscoverDelight. Once you’ve uploaded your photo on Facebook or Instagram through the machine, it will instantly dispense a box of Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff. Each box contains two big pieces of Mallow Puff – delicious cake topped with a dome of fluffy marshmallow and coated with rich chocolate.

The vending machine will visit various malls in Metro Manila this March, loaded with Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff boxes for you to enjoy. You can catch it at SM Megamall on March 7 & 8; Robinson’s Galleria, Bonifacio High Street and Robinson’s Ermita within the month.

Get a box of Mallow Puff for free by trying out the Puff and Post vendo machine available in malls around the metro this March.

Get a box of Mallow Puff for free by trying out the Puff and Post vendo machine available in malls around the metro this March.

Three Strategies For People With Marital Struggles

At some point in their lives, most married couples will experience challenges in their romantic relationships. When this time comes, it’s important that you have systems and strategies in place that will help you and your partner continue operating as a successful unit. With that idea in mind, consider the following three strategies when you’re experiencing significant marital struggles:

1. Communicate

Communication is key at any point of a relationship, but it is especially important when you’re experiencing a problem. In order to devise a viable solution, your partner needs to understand exactly how you feel about the issue. If you mask your true feelings or simply don’t talk about the issue, you’ll just perpetuate the problem and further exacerbate the tension that is already present in the relationship. In recognizing this reality, be sure that you’re keeping the lines of communication open.

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Image by Archipoch / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2. Consider Counseling

Yet another strategy you should try when experiencing a marital problem is counseling. In many cases, people do not have or develop the life skills necessary to make their marriage function successfully. And even if you have strong life skills that are relevant to the marriage realm, it’s often a good idea to get perspective and opinions from a third party who can offer you and your partner a more objective analysis of the relationship. For these reasons, seeking professional counseling services from an individual who is trained in helping people with troubled marriages is oftentimes the key to helping you and your partner move forward together.

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Image by Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3. Contact A Divorce Lawyer

In some cases, divorce is inevitable. Thus while you may be interested in saving your marriage, it’s important to note that simply letting it go is the most advantageous course of action in some cases. When you’ve realized that your attempts to save your marriage are not working, it’s time to contact a divorce lawyer. These days, there are a plethora of firms that can help individuals grapple with important legal issues pertaining to property, child custody, money, and much more. Cordell & Cordell is a firm you should consider if you’ve realized that divorce is unavoidable. Go here to learn more about how divorce lawyers can assist you.

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Image by cuteimage / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


If you’re currently experiencing a substantive challenge in your marriage, it’s important to note that there are many ways to resolve your problems. By implementing one or more of the marriage strategies discussed in the previous paragraphs, you will likely find the solution that helps you start leading the healthy, happy life you deserve!


The secret’s out and everyone’s talking about it! Do you want in on it?  Read on….

Dull and rough hair, split ends, pesky frizz, dry and damaged hair – you’d be lucky to have to deal with just one of those problems.  I’m one of those not-so-lucky ones who are laden with almost a handful of them.  These hair problems do not only… but also make daily grooming a chore.  Have you ever managed to put your makeup and to get your hair done in less than 15 minutes?  Seems impossible, right?!  Not totally impossible though with healthy skin and healthy hair.

The Secret Weapon to Beautiful Hair

Say goodbye to hair damage without having to go through expensive salon treatments.  The secret weapon against damage and the key to beautiful hair is within your reach.  Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner works wonders inside and out to make your hair stronger and shinier in just three minutes.

Cationic polymer is positively charged to neutralize damaged portions of hair, and forms a shield to protect hair from future damage.

Pantene’s new formula has an improved conditioning agent or cationic polymer that forms a protective layer around hair strands.  With less friction between hair strands, you get hair that’s tangle-free.  Saves you precious minutes of detangling before heading off for work!

Terminal Amino-Silicones help protect the hair’s inner structure or cortex to prevent future damage and moisture loss from styling.

If you already like Pantene’s regular conditioners, you’ll love this one even more.  It has 80% more key conditioning ingredients including the highest ever level of advanced Terminal Amino-Silicones (TAS). That’s how your hair is transformed from brittle and damaged to soft and beautiful with just a few uses of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner.  TAS flattens and smoothens the outer layer on the hair surface consequently protecting the moisture balance of hair.  Now you can style your hair without worrying much about damaging it.  Better yet!  With soft beautiful hair, you won’t need to spend hours styling your tresses.

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My Own Pantene Miracle Experience

I’ve always loved Pantene conditioners so I may sound a bit biased here (ok, maybe a lot biased!).  The Pantene 3 Minute Miracle is great to have when you need to give your hair a boost but can only spare a few extra minutes in the shower.  Compared to the Pantene daily intensive conditioners I use, this one is a lot thicker in consistency.  Left for exactly 3 minutes, it coats my hair enough to make combing fuss-free and to give it that soft feel.  I love to leave it on for a few minutes longer though.  I can actually do away with combing and blow drying my hair after using this conditioner.  I’m a work-at-home-mom so I’m able to just towel dry my hair and leave it to air dry – yes, without combing it (perks of being a WAHM including working in our PJs). Once dry, I just run my fingers through my hair and it’s all set. 🙂

This is great to have around when you don’t have time to go to the salon and need a quick-fix.  You have to use it often though to achieve best results. To maintain my hair, I also use Pantene Daily Intensive Conditioner every day.

Experience the Pantene Miracle

Don’t just take my word for it. Experience the Pantene Miracle for yourself! All it takes is 3 minutes to have touchable, soft and beautiful hair.   You’ll believe in miracles on your first try.   I’m absolutely certain you’d agree that this is one beauty product you absolutely must-have.  Stock up while it’s at 50% off on www.zalora.com.ph the entire month of February.

It does take a miracle to get healthy, beautiful hair but, fortunately, that miracle is within reach with the Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner!