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OH, How I miss being pregnant!!!! Well, I don’t exactly miss the aches and pains of pregnancy, hahaha —But I do miss the feeling of being one with your child 24-7. It’s humbling and so empowering at the same time, to be given that chance to grow a HUMAN inside of you. It’s a connection like no other and only pregnant women will be able to fully express how incredible this feels. 

For my first pregnancy, I came into it with so much enthusiasm and excitement. It was a dream of ours for so long, that when we saw the two lines on the pregnancy test– It was just like Patrick and I were on Cloud 9 every single day since! With that BIG enthusiasm came a BIG APPETITE– and I really went overboard with my pregnancy eating. I gave into my whims and just ate merrily and almost recklessly. This led me to gain 45++ pounds, about 10 pounds over the healthy number. Doctors will always advise you to keep to a 25-35lbs range, and so I was clearly on the red..especially towards the later part of my pregnancy. Perhaps that explains why my son Theo is such a FOODIE! Hahaha!

So when I got pregnant for the second time, I was armed with more experience and information. It wasn’t a perfect pregnancy and I still gave into my cravings from time to time in those 9 months. I found a good balance– not being too rigid or strict, but also not going into it completely blindfolded either! I wanted to be happy and healthy for the sake of my baby.

So here are some tips I would like to share that worked for me during pregnancy, which I hope you will be able to pick up and edit if necessary. Remember each pregnancy is unique so it’s always best to consult your OB GYNE if you have any concerns before making tweaks in your routine and diet.

  1. Go Crazy with Your H20 Intake

WATER DOES WONDERS FOR THE BODY!!! Having a lot of water in your body flushes out toxins, keeps your organs thriving and your skin glowing. It aids in burning calories too, so having enough water in your system can keep things balanced weight wise.

2. Keep Moving

If you can keep your body moving in a slow and steady pace during pregnancy then it can definitely keep the weight gain in check — whether it’s walking around the village (while holding hands with your hubby.. yihee!!!), doing some safe stretching exercises at home, or taking a Prenatal Yoga or Pilates session with a trained professional. Of course, this works for those with normal pregnancies, so again it’s important to talk to your doctor first before engaging in anything new.

3. Supplement Your Meals with Added Nutrition

The power of Google will give you access to all these healthy dishes that are safe for pregnancy. And I’m positive that you’ve already done your research on what to eat and what NOT to eat while preggo. But what most people tend to forget is that nutrition is beyond just breakfast-lunch-dinner. It’s important to get assistance from supplements too! Aside from prenatal vitamins which your OBGYNE will prescribe, I highly recommend taking WYETH PROMAMA milk and incorporating it into your daily diet twice a day. PROMAMA is specially formulated to address the needs of an expecting and lactating mother. It contains all the essential nutrients that supports proper maternal health and development of the child as well during the delicate journey of pregnancy. Especially her brain development with the 5 key brain nutrients present ONLY in WYETH PROMAMA. 

Not only this, it has additional benefits of helping in a healthy weight gain because it has lesser sucrose. So it really helped a foodie like me to keep my weight in balance. I loved having vanilla flavored WYETH PROMAMA ice-cold, blended with strawberries and bananas! YUM!

Added TIP: It’s even better for the mamas who are prone to having constipation during pregnancy, since only WYETH PROMAMA has higher oligofructose in it.

4. Be Mindful of Your Cravings

I remember waking up my husband at 10PM and begging him to find TAHO. He looked at me like “CRAZY WOMAN!!! Where can I find Taho at 10PM?!?” When you’re pregnant you will have the weirdest cravings and it can drive you and your husband nuts. HAHAHA! It’s okay to give into those cravings, especially since being pregnant can be hard at times and you also need to cut yourself some slack. But there also has to be some sort of balance, often times your cravings is your body’s way of telling you what your body needs. So if you just listen to your body and be proactive about it, you can easily find smart alternatives and still address your cravings with healthier substitutes. If you crave something salty, you can have baked chips or air popped popcorn instead of greasy french fries. If you need something sweet, you can have fresh fruits and yogurt. The beauty of Google will show you there are so many ways you can satisfy your cravings without having to go overboard with the junk.

5. Surround Yourself With Healthy And Happy People

It may sound like a cliche’ but it really is necessary especially when you are at the very sensitive journey of pregnancy. Surrounding yourself with positive peers, people who will influence you to eat better, think better, feel better– this is something you need to decide to do early on. I am so grateful for friends who provided practical tips and a ton of encouragement, they not only helped me with my mental and emotional health, I believe I was able to stay physically healthy thanks to their advise too!

So there folks, I hope you found my Top 5 Tips on Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain useful. Like I mentioned earlier, you can always make some tweaks and adjustments based on the type of pregnancy you are going through right now. At the end of the day, you know your body best and as a mom– God has already gifted you with the natural instincts to care for your little one, so listen to your body and trust your gut! 

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, working mom, or a work-at-home mom—we all can agree that even if each day clocks in a total of 24 hours, it always seems that we are always chasing time. With the long list of things to take care of in a day, Mamas are eternally frazzled..happy and fulfilled-YES- but ALWAYS frazzled. Hahaha! There could be a string of good days when the stars align and schedules fall into place–but just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, out comes a bad day that will completely throw you off. When those not-so-good days come my way, I just remind myself to 1) laugh it off 2) remember that God’s got my back in the good and bad days 3) take a breather for my own well being. 

Number 3 seems like a very common sensical thing to do but oddly enough, as moms, it’s really difficult to actually take a break. It just comes naturally for us to WANT to serve our families and to do EVERYTHING we possibly can for our loved ones ALL DAY LONG– that taking a break almost seems like an afterthought or sometimes, it’s not even considered. This is something I too am always guilty of — not allowing myself to take breaks. But now I see the value of taking time off to invest in self-care. It doesn’t have to be a whole day, just a few minutes could actually be more than enough, and it doesn’t even have to be expensive or fancy too. Just purposefully carving out time to do something FOR YOU—that would inspire and motivate you as a person will already do wonders for your soul.  

And this is why the Facebook Live Concert #RockAByMama featuring two of our favourite OPM Female Stars perfectly caters to moms like us. In this show presented by ABS CBN and PROMAMA, moms are serenaded by  Kitchie Nadal, who is now a mom to a 1 year old baby and Barbie Almalbis-Honasan, who is now a mother of 2. 

As soon as I put the kids to nap after lunch, I fix myself a warm glass of PROMAMA Milk (I love having it with chocolate chip cookies too!),  get my headphones and watch the FB concert on my laptop. I give myself a pat on the back for actually investing in 30 minutes of self-care! Hahaha!

I grew up listening to these amazing women, but somehow watching them now as MOTHERS and being a MAMA myself added more meaning to their songs. They sang from the heart and I instantly felt uplifted by their performances. I’m so happy PROMAMAbrought these two mothers together for this unique concert. 

PROMAMA® is a delicious vanilla tasting nutritional milk drink designed to support maternal health during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and lactation. It has the biofactors system which helps support fetal and maternal health. Just as PROMAMA milk nourishes your body, the music of Kitchie and Barbie will also nourish you emotionally too. After watching the concert, you will certainly feel energized and ready to face your kids with a big smile. Our kids absorb all the energy we let out, so we should definitely make it a point to invest in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health so we can be the best moms for our kids. 

For more information about the concert, please visit this link. Happy viewing!

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Growing up in the 90s, the idea of staying in a hotel “just because” was somewhat foreign to me. As kids, the only time we would actually stay in a hotel was because we were in a different country as it would serve as a base for us for travel. Staying in a hotel was nothing more than “accommodations” . Just beds to sleep on in a clean room, nothing more and nothing less. But thanks to the advent of “staycationing”, hotels are more than just rooms to sleep in after a long day of travel. More and more Filipino families are appreciating hotels and their amenities in its fullest form these days. Hotels are becoming more creative with their in house activities and families are now enjoying more bonding experiences by “staying-in”—just cuddling in bed and ordering room service!

Ever since we became parents, we have become serious “staycationers”! Staying in a hotel in the city or a nearby resort out of town is something we have come to love and seriously plan for. We now live for weekends! As soon as I spot a promo that works with our schedule, I don’t hesitate! I just book it straight away. Even overnighters are great because it gives you a mini-break after a LOOOOONG and stressful work week. I always feel recharged and re-ignited after a quick hotel stay! Plus the kids are ALWAYS in a good mood when we stay in a hotel. HAHAHA!

And thanks to sites like DEAL GROCER that provides a host of local hotel and resort promotions, it’s now very easy and convenient to plan for family staycations and short trips. With competitive prices, it’s always an easy yes even for my very kuripot husband. Just this month alone, I was able to snag two back-to-back promotions via the site for two beautiful Somerset properties in Makati. Patrick works in Makati so for two Fridays in a row, we would pick him up from the office and check in to a hotel. The kids of course loved having a change of scenery and they had a blast enjoying the facilities of both Somerset Millennium and Somerset Olympia!

Somerset Olympia sits beautifully in the busy city centre, just across the Ayala Triangle. This is ideal for business travellers who want to be at the centre of it all. However, on weekends, this business service apartment transforms into a family friendly location. Their 2 Bedroom Suite perfectly accommodates a family of four– as it has two spacious bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom, a living & dining area which is conducive for family movie night, and a full functioning kitchenette! So you get the space of an actual apartment and the service of a hotel since they have daily cleaning. Another big plus for guests of Olympia, you get to enjoy your breakfast in the iconic Old Swiss Inn.

Somerset Millennium also features spacious and well decorated rooms. It is located in the heart of Legaspi Village, which makes it an easy 5 minute walk to Greenbelt. Since Legapsi Village is quickly becoming a culinary district in Makati, you’ll find a ton of 5 star restaurants dotted around this property. Since we’re a foodie family, we were so pleased with its location! But what stole Theo’s heart was the family friendly pool! Any hotel that comes with a thoughtfully planned pool gets a thumbs up from me.

Theo kept shrieking “MOM THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!” (he always says that whenever we’re staycationing) because he just had a blast being in a hotel—rolling in the huge bed, hugging the fluffy pillows, playing in the bathtub. We also brought Lolo and Lola with us to make it extra fun. We got a 2 Bedroom Suite so we had a ton of space for the whole family! Even the grandparentals are now staycation experts too! hahaha!

Here’s why I love using DEAL GROCER for our Family Staycations and Vacations:

  1. The site is very well curated. They carefully check each property and make sure that these hotels and resorts provide excellent service, rooms and facilities are clean and well maintained, and have a bit of character too!
  2. The promotions they provide are very appealing for families because they have packages good for 2,3,4, etc. And they provide really good marked down prices too! Deal Grocer actually has the best available price across channels. They always do price checks and negotiate with partner merchants to make their promotions very attractive. They are always updating their deals so be sure to check back from time to time to get first dibs.
  3. Buying deals is so easy, thanks to their user-friendly site. It takes 5 minutes tops! Each deal shows a ton of photos to get you even more excited and the terms and conditions for each promotion is clearly stipulated so you can easily plan in advance.
  4. Check in is very convenient with Deal Grocer partner hotels, in fact, I feel the extra VIP treatment when I show my Deal Grocer voucher upon check in! Hahaha! Here’s how it woks: You simply buy the deal on the DEAL GROCER Site, once payment is completed you will then receive a link to your voucher via email. You can now proceed to booking directly with your chosen property using the DG voucher.
  5. With the holidays coming, you might want to do your Christmas shopping on the site. They can send the voucher straight to the person you’d like to gift it to! So convenient!

Whether you are looking for a city break with the kids, a glamping experience in the mountains, or a quick beach trip—there’s definitely something for you on the DEAL GROCER site! Who knows, I just might bump into you on our next staycation experience!

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I Always Get to Where I’m Going By Walking Away From Where I’ve Been. -Winnie the Pooh

Just recently, I told my dad in a random afternoon conversation how I’ve missed the movies we all grew up to in the 1990’s. It was the era of heartwarming movies with a ton of life lessons to take home. And in more ways than one, I believe these tidbits of wisdom really helped form my values system as a child. Movies like Beethhoven, Mrs. Doubtfire, Milo & Otis, Home Alone, Land Before Time really spoke to me as a kid and even to this day, there’s always that sense of nostalgia whenever I’m able to rewatch these flicks.

The same warm and fuzzy feeling filled my heart when I watched Disney’s Christopher Robin last Wednesday with my 3 year old, Theo, and my husband Patrick. I was actually surprised that my son was able to sit through the whole movie, he was completely glued to the story from start to finish! It was sweet, adorable, charming, clever, and funny all in one and Theo definitely enjoyed watching it. As parents, we viewed it with a different lens, putting ourselves in the shoes of the adult Christopher Robin and his sweet wife. I personally could relate to the inner struggle of a working class parent— trying to balance work with family life, hustling hard to provide for our families. It definitely hit us hard because we have both been very, very busy with our own respective careers so it was a big wake up call for us as parents. This is definitely a film that will remain a classic. If you have time, please make sure you watch in your friendly neighborhood cinema this weekend! If you want to read more about the movie, just scroll down for more information.

The characters Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh first appeared in a collection of verses written by English playwright turned author A.A. Milne entitled “When We Were Very Young” in 1924, but it was the publication of “Winnie-the-Pooh” in 1926 that truly resonated with readers around the world. The book of short stories about the imaginary adventures of the carefree boy, his honey-loving bear and the rest of his animal friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, accompanied by E.H. Shepard’s timeless illustrations, is considered one of the most popular children’s books of all time.”

“Christopher Robin, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, is now grown up, living in midcentury London and dealing with the stresses of adulthood. As an efficiency manager at Winslow Luggage, he juggles long hours in the office with his commitments at home and has all but forgotten the endless days of wonder and make-believe that defined his childhood. But sooner or later your past catches up with you.

After canceling plans to go away with his wife, Evelyn, and daughter, Madeline, in order to work through the weekend, he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh and his old friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, remembering the times when doing nothing with a best friend was the very best kind of something. But as Christopher Robin returns to London to address financial problems at the company, some important work papers from his briefcase go missing, and the animals decide that it is up to them to save their friend.

Following a chance encounter with Madeline, Christopher’s young daughter, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet leave the forest and take an excursion into the city to hand-deliver the documents to the offices of Winslow Luggage, surprising Christopher Robin. As a result of their efforts, he begins to see things from a fresh perspective and comes up with a plan to save the company as well as his job, and in the process rediscovers the joys of family life, the value of friendship and remembers to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again.

A heartwarming live-action adventure, “Christopher Robin” is directed by Golden Globe® nominee Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Oscar® winner Tom McCarthy and Oscar nominee Allison Schroeder and a story by Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The producers are Brigham Taylor, p.g.a., and Kristin Burr, p.g.a., with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers.

The film stars Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell as his wife, Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter, Madeline; and Emmy winner Mark Gatiss as Giles Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones as Owl, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Oscar® winner Peter Capaldi as Rabbit and Oscar oohnominee and Tony Award® winner Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.”  -provided by PR Team

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I call my Refrigerator– “My Food Condo” hahaha! Because ultimately it is home to all my glorious food! And that’s why I definitely made the refrigerator a top priority. I didn’t want to just settle for just any ref, food is way too important for me to take any risks! After careful research, I was able to narrow down my options and decided to get myself an Electrolux Nutrifresh French Door Inverter Refrigerator!

The NutriFresh French Door Inverter Refrigerator from Electrolux is not only a beautiful addition to your kitchen, it has a lot of amazing qualities too. Here’s a quick run through for you!

The Freshshield Crisper keeps fruits and vegetables 7 days longer and more, so they taste better.

Carving out time to do the groceries can be quite a struggle, especially when you have work, a whole household to run, and a ton of errands to attend to. So having your fruits and vegetables stay “alive and well” for longer means less spoilage and therefore less trips to the grocery too!

Intuitive user interface offering easy control.

I love how high-tech our refrigerator looks and operates! It makes me feel like I’m a character in the Jetsons! Hahaha! But seriously though, this user friendly panel allows me to navigate through the different settings with ease, allowing me to make adjustments in a breeze.

Cooling vents help generate ice quickly.

We love our drinks cold—especially in this summer heat! This function is a definite plus!

Fresh Taste Deodorizer eliminates 99.8% of bacteria and keeps odours away.

The refrigerator is a safe place for all our precious food—and as you know food is what fuels our bodies. It’s only vital that we keep our food clean and free from bacteria that may be harmful to our children’s health.

Energy Saving modes on Holiday allows you to save while on vacation.

My husband’s favourite feature of course—-the energy saving modes! This is a very smart and practical solution to those weekends when you’re not at home and just need to keep the food from spoiling while away. You can make adjustments just before heading out for your next vacay.

Door Alarm alerts you if the refrigerator is not closed properly.

My son is always on the lookout for food, food, food, so while Im not looking he will try to open the refrigerator on his own and scope his next snack prospect. The alarm is perfect because it will alert me to close the refrigerator properly when my toddler leaves it half closed.

Flexstor provides a combination of adjustable shelves and bins enables flexible storage of food.

The shelves allows for easy access and makes everything visible! Best of all, its super easy to clean and keep things organised.

Nutrifresh Inverter keeps temperature consistent for freshness and up to 37% energy savings.

I am such a big proponent of Inverter technology because it just saves you so much on your Meralco bill each month, plus having a consistent temperature makes your food fresh and crisp for longer.

So there, I hope this list was helpful for you too. I am very happy with my refrigerator and I can tell that everyone in the family is pleased as well!

The kitchen is definitely the HEART of every home, especially a very FOODIE home like ours. Whether you are in the process of moving into a new home, renovating your existing kitchen or just looking to give your kitchen an upgrade—this is definitely the best time to do so since Electrolux Philippines is throwing in a lot of special promos from April-June 2018! You may visit their official site at www.electrolux.com.ph for more information on the mechanics to get you even more excited to shop for your dream appliances from ELECTROLUX!

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