From Privileged to VIP with My New Robinsons Card

Before all the hustle and bustle of summer activities, a quaint little red box was delivered to our house.  Inside was a glimmering gold card – my new Robinsons VIP Card.  It couldn’t have come at a better time because my Robinsons Privilege Card had just expired.

VIP Gold Card

I know frugal moms like me would agree that membership and privilege cards provide us tons of savings.  I have a cardholder full of such cards but it’s often cumbersome to have to always carry so many cards.  This is among the many reasons why I love my Robinsons VIP Card.  With just one card, I get to enjoy tons of perks and discounts from over 600 tenants of Robinsons Malls, Robinsons Movieworld, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Handyman and True Value.

New and Improved Robinsons Card

What’s better than having privileges? Being a VIP! We all know that VIPs get all the nice stuff and are treated like royalty.  This special treatment is what Robinsons Malls had in mind when they rebranded the Privilege Card to the VIP Card.

Aside from the host of privileges given to loyal patrons, the new rebranded card now promises to make them feel like the true VIPs they are in Robinsons Malls.  All the features and benefits have been upgraded and improved to provide us with utmost shopping satisfaction. [Read more…]

Barbie I Can Be to Li’l Girls – #YouCanBeAnything You Want To Be!

Have you heard of the new Barbie body types?  It has been all over my FB newsfeed the past week. Mattel has released new Barbie dolls that are curvy, petite, and tall.  These new dolls also come in various ethnicity. Well, well, well…Barbie just keeps on evolving!

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A few years back, Barbie also released a new line of dolls to show that girls can be so much more than pretty little princesses.  All kids have very wild imaginations.  Many have very lofty dreams of becoming astronauts, superheroes, pilots, engineers, etc. However, for many girls, these dreams are dashed when they enter adulthood. Sadly, in our modern age, there are still those with stone-aged beliefs that some careers are not for women at all.

Well now, little girls have a new champion to inspire them to dream big and to believe that they can be anything they dream to be. ANYTHING!

Barbie you can dream it

The Barbie I Can Be dolls empowers children to discover and harness their limitless potentials.  I saw this video of little girls being given a chance to be what they want to be and it’s just too cute not to share. Watch this!

 

If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It

The Barbie I Can Be dolls encourage young girls to break free from conventional careers for women.  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a fashion designer, a tour guide, or a flight attendant.  I don’t even see anything wrong with little girls dreaming of becoming princesses or mermaids. But Barbie I Can Be helps them discover all their potentials and encourages them to be whatever they want to be – that includes having careers that used to be viewed as for men only.

With Barbie I Can Be dolls, little girls can be space explorers, pilots, secret agents, computer engineers, athletes, and so many others.  They do not have to conform to the typical careers for women and can be anything they absolutely want to be.

Barbie Careers

 

Jade Can Be a Dessert Chef

A couple of weeks ago, Richprime sent our little girl a wonderful surprise – a Barbie I Can Be Dessert Chef Playset!  My daughter isn’t too keen about dolls but this was an exception as she loves to bake too.  The first thing she said when she opened the brown bag was, “Ohhhh! How did they know I want to be a pastry chef?!”

What’s Inside?

The Barbie I Can Be Dessert Chef Playset comes with a Barbie doll with an apron and a chef’s hat, Blissa the cat with her own little chef’s hat, a stove top oven that “cooks” cake, baked and unbaked cakes, a cupcake that Barbie “bites” into, a fish cake for Blissa, a mixing bowl, a spatula, and a pink mitten.

Barbie playset

The oven tray flips when the door is closed.  Put the baked cake inside first and close the door. Open it again and place the pan with light brown “batter” inside. Close the door and …Voila! The perfectly “baked” cake is ready.

To make sure that her treats are delicious, Barbie takes a bite out of a cupcake.  Attach the cupcake Barbie’s hand, press the lever on her back and watch her take a bite of her delicious cuppycake. Of course, Blissa should also have a share of the treats with her very own fish cake.

My little Jade loves this playset because it allows her to pretend to be a chef.  She says it’s like magic and she wants to be a dessert chef too.

Barbie playset with friend

Jade Reviews I Can Be Dessert Chef

Want to know what else Jade has to say about her I Can Be A Dessert Chef Barbie?  Watch the video below. (forgive the very amateurish vid!!! I know grade schoolers who do better. tee-hee!)

I know our video’s so crude! That’s the fault of a non-techie mom who had just tried her hand at taking and editing videos on her smartphone. 😛 But, as Barbie says, we all can be anything we want to be so I believe that our next video will be so much better. 🙂

Well, back to Barbie I Can Be, unlike her other dolls, this one has not been stashed inside the toy cabinet.  She’s had it for a week already and still plays with it every day.  That’s already a record for her considering that her dolls usually go straight to the toy cabinet after just a day. 🙂

Now, she’s asking me to get her the I Can Be Professor and I Can Be Vet. Look’s like my daughter now has a liking for dolls. 😉

Barbie playset surprise

Barbie You Can Be Anything

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Join Our Fight Against Wound Infection – Say #NoToStaphy

I seldom attend events especially when they are set on weekdays but one Wednesday morning last year had me getting ready to go out right after the kids hopped onto their school service.  What had me waking up extra early and braving the morning traffic? An invitation from LEO Pharma™ and their digital partner PurpleBug® to a Mommy Bloggers Meet and Greet Event featuring talks about wound care by Dr. Kristine Guitierrez and Dr. Irene Gardiner, both experts in the field of medicine.  Yes, I didn’t mind traveling from my little abode in the East all the way to Sofitel Manila and back because I believe that every mom like me SHOULD know proper wound care.

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Dr. Irene Gardiner, Dr. Kristine Gutierrez, and Mr. Lars Olen (VP Leo Pharma Global)

 

WOUND CARE 101: MYTHS DEBUNKED

What’s the first thing you do when your child comes running to you with a wound? I bet the first thing you do is grab that bottle of hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound and to immediately kill the germs. The more bubbles there are the better, right?  I’ll be bursting your bubble but that is SO NOT TRUE!  Hydrogen Peroxide may kill some of the germs (I say MAY because it doesn’t always do) but it also destroys the cells that help repair the wound.  The same thing goes for alcohol.  Next time, your child has a minor wound, just wash it with soap and water.

Myth #1:  Wounds should be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide.

Myth Debunked:  Hydrogen Peroxide destroys other cells.  Use soap and water instead.

You check your child’s wound and see that there’s no foul odor coming from it and there’s no drainage.  You breathe a sigh of relief that there’s no infection.  Uh-oh! Better put some medicine on that wound because ALL wounds are susceptible to infection. Even if there’s no foul odor or visible pus, your child’s wound could still be infected.

Myth #2:  All infected wounds have foul odor and drainage.

Myth Debunked:  All wounds are susceptible to infection.

 

After you have cleansed your child’s wound, you keep it dry and uncovered for it to heal faster.  After all, you have always been told that bacteria will flourish under a wound dressing.  Wrong! First, cells need moisture to grow, so keeping your wounds moist will help it heal faster with less scarring.  Second, bacteria will only flourish if you don’t change the dressing regularly.

Myth #3:  Keep wounds dry.

Myth #4: Bacteria will flourish under a wound bandage.

Myths Debunked:  Wounds heal faster if kept moist.

 

Now that we have debunked some of the most common wound care myths, the next thing we moms absolutely need to know is how to properly treat wounds.

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Dr. Kristine Guitierrez says #NoToStaphy with Fucidin!

 

WOUND CARE 101: STEPS TO PROPER WOUND CARE

After finding out that wound should not be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, I’m sure you’re now at a loss what to do when someone in the family has a wound.  Here are the 7 steps to proper wound care I learned during the event:

 

  1. STOP the bleeding by applying steady but gentle pressure. If necessary, elevate the wounded area.
  2. CLEAN the wound and the area around it with soap and water. Remember, no hydrogen peroxide or alcohol please.
  3. PROTECT against wound infection by using topical medicine such as Fucidin®
  4. COVER big wounds with bandage to decrease chances of infection and to aid in faster healing.
  5. CHANGE the dressings when the bandage becomes dirty or wet.
  6. OBSERVE for signs of infection such as redness, increasing pain, warmth or swelling around the area, and pus oozing out.
  7. CONSULT your doctor if infection does not heal, if the wound needs stitching, if the bleeding does not stop, or if the wound is from animal bites.

 

During the event, I not only learned more about wound care but also received my very own wound care kit.  Inside my first aid kit were sterile cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs, gauze pads, plastic strips, surgical scissors, medical tape, antiseptic (for sterilizing hands not the wound!), and, of course, my partner in wound care, Fucidin® Ointment.

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SAY NO TO STAPHY, SAY YES TO FUCIDIN

Have you met Staphy? I have met Staphy the mascot and found him cute instead of scary. BUT the real Staphy (staphylococcus aureus) is nowhere near cute.  Staphy lives in our skin and in mucous membranes such as inside the nose.  He isn’t considered harmful on ordinary days but this naughty bacteria wrecks havoc when there’s a break in the skin surface.  Staphy finds its way underneath the skin, multiplies, and infects the skin and underlying tissues in the wound. Naughty Staphy causes nasty wound infections!

STAPHY 1There’s no need to fret though ‘cause LEO PharmaTM has been providing us the best weapon against wound infection – Fucidin®.  I remember Fucidin as one of the medicines we always had in our medicine kit when I was young.  Yes, Fucidin has been in the market for many years now (And, yes, I am old! :D). It has been proven to effectively fight against wound infection without minimal side effects and risk of sensitization.  It’s safe enough to be used by babies and pregnant women.

Fucidin® comes in two formulations – Fucidin® Ointment and Fucidin® Cream.  Dr. Guiterrez shared an easy to remember mnemonic to help us decide which formulation to use:

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If the wound is MOIST, use CREAM.
If the wound is DRY, use OINTMENT

 

JOIN OUR FIGHT AGAINST WOUND INFECTION

As moms, one of our duties is to keep our kids LEO Pharmahealthy and happy.  That also includes making sure that they are well-protected against wound infections.  With partners like LEO PharmaTM whose mission is to help people achieve healthy skin, we moms can go full force against infection.

Join us in our fight and say #NoToStaphy!  Check out the following social media sites to know more about proper care for wound infection and Fucidin®:

 

Fucidin Team

 

#NOTOSTAPHY

Dermo Breakthrough with the NEW Celeteque DermoCosmetics, Makeup and Skincare in One

I’ve never really been fond of putting makeup or slathering on a slew of creams, serums, sunscreens, etcetera just to keep my skin young-looking.  I’ve always looked young for my age anyway and I seldom go out of the house.  I’ll probably put some powder, a bit of blush, and lip gloss when going out with friends or when attending events but that’s about all the makeup you’ll find on me.  A facial wash is the only constant item in my skincare routine.  I’d probably use a new moisturizer for a week or two, find it too tedious to puevery night, then forget about it.  However, things have changed since I started teaching online.

I am now forced to look in the mirror everyday because I have to look presentable (SAHMS with no househelp can totally relate with me on this one! Who has time – and reason – to look in the mirror, right?! LOL!).  Then I get to see myself daily on video cam as well. Ayayay!!! This has made me realize how awful I’ve been to my skin! I may look several years younger than my age of 38 but my skin’s age is way way way older.  I’ve started to notice crow’s feet, discolorations (age spots?), wrinkles and fine lines. My skin’s age is probably in the late 40s. Tsk, tsk!

This is why I have made a resolve to give my skin more TLC. Moisturizers may give me an icky feeling but my skin will thank me for all the care it’ll be getting. It will be difficult for me to discipline myself to stick to a proper skincare routine but at least it’ll be easy to choose products that’ll be perfect for me with the line of Celeteque® DermoCosmetics.

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(press release)  

Unmask the dermo breakthrough that will definitely change the way you look at beauty with the NEW Céleteque® DermoCosmetics, Makeup and Skincare in one.

Today’s modern woman is a force to be reckoned with. She is elegant and refined. She works hard and plays hard. She makes informed decisions because taking good care of herself is one of her top priorities.

Therefore, she sets the bar high and expects nothing less when it comes to her personal care products. Her mindset: to always look and feel 2X BEAUTIFUL.

Céleteque Dermo, the trusted brand for expert, quality skin care, has everything that she needs. It has established itself as a skincare must-have— with its customized line of dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and clinically-proven products. This 2015, the brand is taking dermo a notch higher with another pioneer breakthrough, with its new makeup line that fuses color cosmetics with expert skincare: Céleteque DermoCosmetics.

Céleteque DermoCosmetics Takes Over Your Makeup Essentials.

Céleteque DermoCosmetics is perfect for the modern-day woman, as it offers both expert skincare solutions and superior color cosmetics that highlight one’s natural beauty. Céleteque DermoCosmetics offers a beauty regimen for the face, lips, cheeks, and eyes that protect the skin 24/7, making it the best makeup line for everyday use.

Céleteque DermoCosmetics provides anti-aging and skin nourishment in all its products. Céleteque knows that these are women’s prime concerns when it comes to caring for their skin.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Anti-Aging line has all the bases covered. It has the Dual CC Matte Powder, the Dark Spot Concealer Stick, and the 24-hr Photoready Foundation that promise to keep your skin young-looking.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Dual CC Matte Powder (P749.00) keeps oily skin at bay with its 12-hour matte finish. Clinical studies have shown a significant decrease in skin oiliness from the first and second week of product usage, and it has also been proven to reduce fine lines to up to 42.87% when used for four weeks. It also contains Glutathione, Arbutin, and Mulberry extract, all of which inhibit melanin production and lighten skin color with regular use.  The Dual CC Matte Powder is also packed with collagen peptide, which maintains skin firmness and improves elasticity through increased collagen formation, as well as Tocopheryl Acetate, which promotes skin hydration. This multi-tasking product is also packed with color correcting pigments that even out skin tone, as well as SPF 30 to protect the skin from the sun’s harsh UVA rays, considered one of the primary culprits of aging.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics 24-hour Photoready Foundation (P795.00) is another must-have, as it provides a smooth airbrush finish for 24 hours while concealing dark spots for all skin types. It has micro pigments and silicone elastomers that hide blemishes and dark circles. It also has Phytocelltec, a component harnessed from cutting-edge plant cell culture technology that has extensive anti-aging properties, making skin more supple and radiant every day. Just like the Dual CC Matte Powder, the 24-hour Photoready Foundation is also infused with Collagen Peptide, which reduces wrinkles and improves skin elasticity through regular use: Studies have shown that wrinkles were significantly reduced up to 41.31% through the fourth week of product usage.  Best of all, it has color-correcting pigments and SPF 30 that shield the skin from harmful UV rays.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Dark Spot Concealer Stick (P595.00) offers superior coverage for skin imperfections while protecting the skin from free radicals. It has glycolic acid that lightens uneven dark spots, ranging from blemishes, sun spots, and age spots. It has Cytobiol Lumin-eye, which efficiently reduces puffy eyebags within 15 days! The Dark Spot Concealer Stick also has moisturizing properties, thanks to Tocopheryl Acetate, which promotes skin hydration and improves over-all skin texture.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Nourishing line, on the other hand, has products that nourish even the more sensitive parts of our face. For the eyes, it has the Eyebrow Nourishing Serum as well as the 24-hour Volumizer Mascara. Also part of the line are the Cheek Color Stick, Matte Lip Stick, Blush and Face Contour Kit that liven up the face with vivid colors while bringing out the skin’s radiant glow.

The Céleteque DermoCosmetics Eyebrow Nourishing Serum (P595.00) provides. It has Biotinyl Tripeptide-1, which makes the brows stronger and healthier. Other ingredients like Panthenol and Pro-vitamin B5 also nourish the hair follicles, while making the skin softer and smoother.

Make your lashes the talk of the town with the Céleteque DermoCosmetics 24-hour Volumizer Mascara (P645.00). Its revolutionary formula promises fuller lashes for 24 hours. It has Acrylates Copolymer, which holds lashes longer while preventing annoying clumps and smudges. It’s also powered with Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice, which not only promotes the skin’s water retention but also protects the eyes from bacteria. The 24-hour Volumizer Mascara also comes with an innovative retractable brush that reaches even the smallest lashes, giving an even and fuller look with a smooth finish.

The multi-tasking Céleteque DermoCosmetics Cheek Color Stick (P645.00) is a must-have in every kikay kit, as it easily highlights, brightens, illuminates, conditions, and adds color to the cheeks, lips, and even eyes. It keeps the skin hydrated, thanks to the moisturizing properties of vitamin E and sweet almond oil. Got dry skin? The Cheek Color Stick also has Bisabolol, an essential oil from the German Chamomile plant, which reduces flakiness brought about by dry skin. It also reduces fine lines to up to 49.89% upon the fourth week of usage.

The long-wearing Céleteque DermoCosmetics Matte Lip Stick (P595.00) provides easy coverage and a pop of color while providing hydration for the lips. It glides easily on the lips and does not leave a waxy finish. Just like the Cheek Color Stick, the Matte Lip Stick is packed with Vtamin E and Bisabolol that nourish the lips and reduce suppleness while getting rid of flaky skin.

Highlight the cheeks with the Céleteque DermoCosmetics Blush and Face Contour Kit (P845.00), which addresses all contouring needs while nourishing the skin. The 3-in-1 kit is composed of easy to blend blush powder, cheek luminizer, and contour blush that are packed with mineral gems (diamond, tourmaline, and sapphire) and mica that exfoliate the skin and make it glow. This key makeup kit product is slated to be a favorite between both makeup newbies and makeup pros as the palette can create subtle angles and shadows that naturally shape the face.  It’ll truly help get you 2X beautiful with the proper highlighting and lowlighting—just like how our fave celebrities do it! This Blush and Face Contour Kit also has castor oil that acts as an anti-aging anti-oxidant, as well as vitamins A, E, F, H, and B, which keep the skin healthy and protect it from irritation.

With its wide variety of multi-benefit products, Céleteque DermoCosmetics is the answer to every woman’s beauty needs. Each one plays up the features while providing hydration and protection from harsh elements. Enjoy long-wearing coverage, illumination, brightening and color while taking care of the skin all throughout the day. Just like Céleteque DermoScience’s skincare favorites, Céleteque DermoCosmetics line is dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and clinically-proven, ensuring that the skin is healthy at all times. Be twice as beautiful, with everyday makeup that cares for your skin. After all, today’s hard-working modern woman deserves nothing but the best.

These makeup/skincare products should be essentials in every woman’s skincare routine.  As for me, I’dlove to try the Dual CC Matte Powder, Eyebrow Nourishing Serum, and the Matte Lip Stick.  If you’re feeling generous this Christmas, you know what to get me already. *wink*

Céleteque DermoCosmetics is available in select Watsons Beauty Stores. You can also enjoy stress-free shopping online at http://celeteque.clickhealth.com.ph/ For more information, check out facebook.com/Celeteque and www.celetequedermo.com

 

Club Car Accessories to Enhance Your Ride

Holiday gift guides are swarming the net this season.  If you have golf enthusiasts in your list, here are some club car accessories  that would certainly be appreciated.

Club car accessories not only add a variety of features that improve the car’s appearance and make it more comfortable but also enhance security and add convenience. These accessories include a variety of popular options such as beverage coolers, padded arm rests, a glove compartment, wind blockers, license plate brackets, rear view mirrors as a safety feature, and battery meters to let you know when it’s time to hook up to a charger. Aside from these, here are other highly recommended accessories:

Chrome Wheel Dress-Up Kit. This includes four center caps, and 16 Lug Nuts.

Arm Rests for Rear Seats with Cup Holders. Padded arm rests with built-in drink holders for golf carts with rear seats. They come in white, black or beige.

Fan For Golf Carts. This fan is a 12-volt cyclone heavy duty two-speed chrome plated fan with a swivel head.

Round Mirror For All Golf Carts. This universal single panel round mirror can be utilized as a side view or rear view on golf carts with a sun top or no top. It is stainless steel and mounts on the side of the golf car or on the top support.

The Ultimate Security Key Pad. This secures access in order to prevent theft or unauthorized use of golf carts and other utility vehicles and carts. You can leave your cart unattended and know that it is secure. This key pad is easy to program and use with its master ID that controls all multiple user access. Up to four additional user ID codes can be programmed in to operate the cart, and these can be changed or deleted only by the master user. The cart key is durable and weather resistant. The key retrofits existing carts and fits new carts.

To begin customizing your golf cart, please visit Blockbuster Golf Carts in Margate in South Florida or browse through their online catalog of an extensive inventory of accessories. They are a full service golf cart company that specializes in EZGO, Yamaha, Club Car and Columbia brands and who can serve the needs of customers both near and far.