Experiencing our Son’s Development as a Progressive Mom

Just a few months ago, our Little Troublemaker turned three! Oh where did the time go?


When he turned two last year, I became more aware of his development mainly because people would ask me if he’s talking yet, if he knows how to feed himself, or if he can go potty on his own. Talk about pressure! Being a first-time mom (and a clueless one at that), I thought these things would come naturally to children with a bit of guidance from a parent. I’ve never been so wrong in my life! I realized it would take a lot of effort, support and patience to get my son through these stages. Since then, I’ve worked on getting more involved in my son’s development and becoming a progressive mom.

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My BeautyMNL Haul

Anyone who knows me personally would never peg me for a beauty or make-up enthusiast. I always had one of the plainest faces at school and work simply because I was too lazy to learn and I wasn’t as kikay as my other friends. However, I’ve recently been attempting to learn how to do my own make-up because I realised that as a woman of my age and as a person whose stress just shines through her face (lol), I need to at least know the basics to make myself look decent when the occasion calls for it.

I’ve collected a couple of essentials for my kit already like BB Creams, blush and lipstick, but I always find myself browsing for products to add to my newbie arsenal. I also like to shop for anything that can help with my acne and blemishes (sigh, still from my PCOS).

So would you imagine my surprise when I woke up one day and read an email from BeautyMNL asking me to give their site a test run? Insert shocked emoji here!


BeautyMNL is the No. 1 and biggest beauty site in the Philippines where Filipinas can discover something pretty and new everyday.

A major part of BeautyMNL is the Shop. This is where you can browse through a wide array of beauty and make-up products. The Shop also carries a good range of mommy-and-kid friendly products.


I’ve been on BeautyMNL several times before. I see their ads a lot in Facebook and I always enjoy browsing products in their Shop but never got around to purchasing anything yet.. until now!

It’s easy to navigate the website because you can view products through different categories or by brand. When you select an item to view, you get a detailed description of the product along with reviews from other users, which is something I really find helpful.

From browsing products to checking out and finalizing the purchase, the entire process was easy peasy. I used PayPal (as a personal preference because I want to protect my card information) and got prompt confirmation of my orders. I monitored my order through the Order Tracking section of my BeautyMNL account and I received my package within two business days.

Are you wondering what products I got?

Here are the products I purchased from BeautyMNL:


Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Shampoo and Conditioner Pack – I’ve always wanted to try Tresemme products, so when I saw this bundle for P199, I immediately added it to my cart. I’ve already tried the conditioner and loved it!

Zenutrients Mild & Gentle Baby Shampoo – The last time I visited a Zenutrients shop they had no stocks of this product. I was happy to see this along with other Zenutrients products available in the Shop.

Black Beauty Crystal Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – This was a freebie that came with my orders. You can click on the link if you would like to check out the full-sized product in the Shop.

Lux Perfumed Soap (Magical Spell) – Another freebie I got with my purchase. Although they don’t have the actual bar soap in the Shop, you can check out the Lux body washes instead.


Face Masks – I adore Korean face masks, so I couldn’t resist buying a bunch! I got myself the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Bija MaskInnisfree It’s Real Squeeze Cucumber Mask (they were both 32% off), Leaders InSolution Derma Soul Bright Mask with Acai Berry, and Leaders InSolution Bio Medi-Curing Calming Dressing Mask.


Clover Collection Large Duo Fiber Brush – I saw good reviews for this product so I decided to give it a try and add it to my current make-up tools.

E.L.F Expert Liquid Eyeliner – I could never seem to learn out how to apply eyeliner, so I figured I just need to keep practising. I saw the product review on how this was a good choice for beginners.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara – Believe it or not, this my very first ever mascara! I never really cared for it, but I thought it would be another great addition to my kit. Plus I got this on sale for only P149!

Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain Alive! (Eggplant) – This is a nice little lip and cheek stain that I thought would be perfect for everyday use like for when I have to run errands or drop the Little Troublemaker off at daycare. Pretty good steal for P80.

Swan Egg Classic Blender – Since I can’t afford a Beauty Blender yet, I decided to start cheap and try out this egg blender first.

Instantly Ageless Eyebag Eraser – I saw this product while browsing the Shop and it got me curious because I have ridiculously large eyebags. Crossing my fingers and hoping this works because we have a big event at work this weekend!


Beach Born Bam Balm – This is officially my new favorite lip balm! It has this sugar scrub that makes my lips so much softer and I haven’t had dry lips since!

Beach Born Sea Salt Spray – I bought this out of curiosity but haven’t found the chance to try it out yet. I have pin-straight hair so I hope this can help give my hair some volume and waves.

Made by David Organic Green Tea & Lemongrass Hand Sanitizer – I’m a sucker for anything green tea, so I got myself a green tea sanitizer to stash in my bag.

Beauty Bakery Witch Hazel Facial Mist – I love how refreshing this spray is, and how it helps calm my breakouts. I use it to freshen up while working or after a long day when I’m too lazy to wash my face.

That pretty much sums up my BeautyMNL haul!

If you’re a beauty addict, make-up enthusiast or a simple mom like me who likes to make herself look pretty now and then, I encourage you to visit BeautyMNL for an array of well-curated beauty and make-up products. You can grab some stuff for your kids too while you’re at it!

To make things more exciting, why don’t you show off your gorgeous beauty looks by joining BeautyMNL’s monthly #selfieMNL contest? If you like taking selfies (we looove selfies!), join the #selfieMNL contest! Get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.



Have you shopped on BeautyMNL before? What are your favorite products on the website?

Feel free to share any of your favorite finds, I might be missing out on some good products!

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Our Favorite Lullabies

Our nights are never complete without lullabies.


When I was young, my parents always sang me lullabies.. which were usually songs by The Carpenters, I think. Lullabies to me are nostalgic, and having someone sing you a lullaby is, I think, a beautiful way to bond. Whenever I’d hear a nice song on the radio, I’d sometimes think to myself ‘This would make a pretty lullaby” and store it in the back of my head for future reference.

However, if you’re like me and have gone through general anaesthesia thrice in two years, you tend to forget a LOT. So when The Little Troublemaker was born, for some reason I could not think of a song to sing him to sleep. Call me picky or whatever, but I wanted the song to be meaningful and not just some random pop song.The first song that popped into my head was “Skidamarink” because I used to sing it a lot when I was a kid! So I ended up singing him nothing but a slow version of  “Skidamarink” for weeks, and I sang it so much that my husband learned the song, too.

As time passed my list of lullabies grew with songs that The Little Troublemaker enjoys and actually falls asleep to. I’ve tried singing him slow versions of our favorite songs, which are along the lines of rock and alternative, but they never really put him to sleep.

These are The Little Troublemaker’s favorite lullabies:

Rainbow Connection (Kermit the Frog). This song is from the Muppet Movie, there’s another version of this song by the Carpenters which I also like.

Til There Was You (The Beatles). One of my favorite songs by The Beatles, the video below though is from a Paul McCartney performance. I like playing this on the ukulele, too. I just love this song so much.

La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf). This is a song I learned when I started playing the guitar in college. Although it was originally by Edith Piaf, a lot of covers have come out especially since Cristin Milioti sang it in How I Met Your Mother. Below is one of my favorite covers of the song by Daniel Andrade.

If I Didn’t Care (Amy Adams). This song is originally by The Ink Spots, but Amy Adams sang this in the movie Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day with Lee Pace, one of my favorite actors. This song was stuck on my mind for a while and I loved it so much that it ended up as a lullaby.

Hushabye Mountain (Dick Van Dyke). This song is from one of my favorite movies as a kid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This easily puts The Little Troublemaker to sleep. To me, this is one of the most perfect lullabies ever with it’s lyrics and tune. Again, there are several versions of this on Youtube, but I think Stacey Kent’s version would make more people appreciate the song. But the original version by Dick Van Dyke will always be dear to me.

Beautiful Boy (John Lennon). What I love the most about this song is how it just expresses what every parent wants to tell their kids as they grow up.

Somewhere Out There (from American Tale). When I try to find songs to sing I like to sift through cartoons or animated movies I watched as a kid and remember which ones had nice theme songs. This was one of those songs, and would you believe The Little Troublemaker loved this so much that he actually learned to sing it on his own? When he throws tantrums we sometimes just start singing this and he calms down right away. Like an anti-meltdown song, lol.

You’ll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins). This is The Little Troublemaker’s current favorite song. He doesn’t care for the movie Tarzan though, just the song. He especially likes singing the chorus, it just melts my heart especially when he says ‘alwaaaays…’.

Little Bird (Elizabeth Mitchell). I’m not sure how I came across this song, I really can’t remember. But this is a nice song to sing to kids, because there’s a part where you ask them what sound the bird makes and they can answer back. Try to give it a listen and you’ll know what I mean.

If You Rescue Me (from The Science of Sleep). I first heard this song when I saw the movie The Science of Sleep. The song is actually a version of The Velvet Underground’s song ‘After Hours’, same tune except for the lyrics because words were made to sound like a kitten was singing the song. It makes a good lullaby so I like to sing it every now and then.

That pretty much sums up my list of lullabies. Although I sing other songs when I feel like it, these are the songs on repeat on most nights. When I’m too tired to sing I sometimes look for music box versions of the songs on Youtube and they work just as well, but that really can’t compare to how much more soothing our voices are to our kids and how singing to them at night lets you bond with them more.

Do you love singing your kids to sleep too? What are your favorite lullabies?




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My Visit to Perps Skin and Body Center (MedSpa)

Last month has been nothing short of crazy. I was recently promoted at my work-from-home job (hooraaay!) and I now handle a team of virtual assistants. With the added responsibilities came bundled added stress, I mean can you imagine being on your computer for eight hours straight? The first few weeks at my new post took a toll on my back, because I did not have a proper office chair to support it entirely.

So when I remembered that I had an invitation to try out the MedSpa services of the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Medical Center, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to de-stress and relax! A big shout out to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for making this possible.

My Visit to Perps Skin and Body Center

Perps Skin and Body Center (MedSpa) offers a variety of services such as facials, body treatments, dermatological treatments, and massages.


I was scheduled to visit Perps Skin and Body Center just this Monday, November 23. It is part of the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Medical Center’s Wellness Complex, which is easy to spot along Alabang-Zapote Road, just across KFC Times. When you enter the Wellness Complex, the MedSpa is at the first door on the right.

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My Struggle with PCOS

At the beginning of the year, a lot of stressful things occurred. My son was confined on New Year’s Day and a few weeks later I was re-assigned to a new client who had more demands than my previous one. The stress kept piling up over the following months and I noticed how I gained a lot of weight, how my acne increased and how I felt down a lot. I found myself just wanting to stay in bed the entire day and just eat, work and sleep. I lost interest in my usual hobbies including blogging, which explains why you haven’t seen anything new here lately.

Just this summer, I convinced myself to start changing my lifestyle by exercising more often and eating well. It was tough because I continued to feel the pressure from work and I carried the stress with me even after work hours. Exercising helped me feel a bit better but at the end of the day, my mind was always clouded with thoughts of my being a failure at work. A few months into my “lifestyle change”, I decided to weigh myself and realized that I gained more pounds and I also noticed some clothes got tighter. You can imagine my disappointment. I knew I was supposed to lose weight at that point, but for some reason by body was not responding to my weight loss efforts.

Bothered by my inability to lose weight, I decided to see a doctor. I figured it might be hormonal because of my persistent jawline acne and my delayed menstrual cycle. After a few consultations and tests she determined I had PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS and that I was having a hard time losing weight because I was insulin resistant. I was told that being insulin resistant comes with PCOS, like a ‘package deal’, and that it means that my body is not processing insulin properly. Although I felt frustrated upon finding out something was wrong with me, I felt somewhat relieved that I could finally put a “name” to everything I’ve been going through. I wasn’t just “not trying hard enough” or “Stressed lang” like most people around me would say. More importantly, now that I am working with a doctor to manage my condition I don’t feel so alone anymore and I am finally getting proper care.

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I didn’t realize though that treating my PCOS symptoms would be tougher. You see, my doctor wanted to address my delayed menstrual cycle first above everything else, so we set the acne and weight gain issues aside and worked on regulating my cycles and for this she prescribed me some good ‘ol pills. I’ve never taken birth control pills before for a prolonged period – I lasted about five days and gave up because the side effects were terrible. I raised this concern with my doctor and she told me I had to deal with the side effects and give my body about a month to adjust, plus the pills were supposed to help with my acne. She also wanted me to continue with the diet and exercise and to avoid stress because it can aggravate my condition.

Being on the pill for a month was a roller coaster ride. During the first few weeks I was just a huge mess – I had headaches, I couldn’t sleep, I always felt nauseated especially at night (which covers my work hours), I had mood swings and cried for no reason, and my acne grew WORSE. It affected my productivity at work and I got even more stressed. A week later the side effects seemed to subside, but just when I though things were getting better, I was going down the roller coaster again. It was just horrible. The worst part was that my next cycle was still delayed.

At this point I spoke to my supervisor at work, and explained my situation. She understood how tough it was for me and she agreed to help me find another position if I pay my doctor a visit and get recommendation for less stressful work. It just so happened that I was due for a check-up. When I spoke to my doctor, she said I had to stay on the pill for another month and if it yielded the same results I’d have to switch brands. Seeing that I was indeed under a lot more stress than before, she agreed to write a recommendation for less stressful work. That same day, I got word from my supervisor that my client cancelled his contract with me – an immediate cancellation. Although the cancellation was not due to my performance, I still felt disappointed. However, I couldn’t stop thinking that the timing seemed to be convenient to my situation. As my husband likes to say, it’s as if it were “God’s will”.

My supervisors decided to give me two weeks off before taking on a new position at work. If anything, they want me to feel better before I take on a new client again. I think that’s just what I need – time to deal with the stress and “reset”. I’m really glad that my supervisors accommodated my request and understood my situation. So here I am now, typing away on my blog and trying to bring it back to life (Ugh, that sounded cheesy!). I can’t believe that I didn’t get the chance to blog about my birthday last May, or my Little Troublemaker’s birthday last June, and our latest stories and milestones.

If you’re one of my readers, I’m sorry if I’ve been away for so long. There’s just been so much to deal with but I’m working on getting back on my feet. I have this crazy list of things I want to blog about, and I will be sure to scratch them all off my list.

I’m curious to know though if are other moms out there with PCOS. How are you dealing with these crazy symptoms? Please feel free to share in the comments below, I really want to hear from you because I’m new to this. Thank you!



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