A busy mom’s wish: Party packs and gifts delivered right at your doorstep

The holiday season has long since started and as the countdown gets us closer to Christmas day, the crowds at malls and bazaars get thicker too. You don’t have to go through all that hassle as honestbee’s new Christmas Offerings category will give you the convenience to buy all your needs without even leaving your homes.

Whether you don’t have the time to prepare the dishes and desserts for Christmas dinner or just want to avoid the holiday crowd in buying gifts for everyone on your list, this app will deliver goods, with over a hundred merchants to choose from, right at your doorstep. Choose from party platters from Cyma, Wu’s Kitchen, Rolls Republic, Benjong’s Bagnet, and even yummy lechons from Elar’s and General’s to complete your holiday feasts. A wide selection of desserts are available, including those from Cuervas, Nic’s Gourmet, What’s Cookin Kitchenette, and Ann Puno’s Kitchen. Another lifesaver are gift baskets from S&R, Robinson’s, and Marketplace by Rustan’s, and items from Hobbes and Landes, Plush & Play, Hamley’s, and Shop Central.

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Tidying up your cleaning schedule

By Joyce Reyes-Aguila

We do not wait for any part of our home to have stains or even an unpleasant smell before we step in to clean it, right? Still, the task of maintaining a household – no matter the size – can be overwhelming and bewildering. Some need visual signals like stains that signal them to attend to something. Busy schedules do not allow all of us to be punctual and vigilant when it comes to ensuring that everything is spic and span.

Today, we list some home chores and our recommended timelines for attending to them. We tell you why you should change your bed sheet after seven days, and how often you should hang a fresh set of towels. Mark your calendars or set reminders on your phone for your updated house cleaning schedule.

1. Change the bed sheets.

Weekly. Think of two things: How clean you are when you get on the bed (Did you take a bath after work or a trip to the mall?); And if you eat, work, sort bills, or place your work bag or gym bag on your bed. If all these apply to you, then you should understand the need to wash your sheets once a week. According to hygiene expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley in an interview with Daily Mail Australia, not doing so can make you prone to viruses and infection, and harm your body further in the process.

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Safety begins at home

By Samantha Nicole Alarilla

With the rise of new technology and numerous modus operandi, theft and crime has evolved into something quick and easy; something done in the blink of an eye.  So what can we do to guard our homes?  We must all step up and actively protect ourselves from these crimes. What are some of the things we’ve been doing to burglarproof our homes and what are some new things we can try to double up on security? Here are a few:

High fences or walls

Most houses and condominiums nowadays would have high fences or brick walls surrounding its perimeter. Some of them would be topped with broken shards of glass or barbed wire to dissuade thieves, but the more technologically advanced homeowners would have electrically charged wires installed.

Guard dogs

Man’s best friend can also be man’s greatest weapon in warding off those with nasty intentions. Traditional homeowners would keep their dogs in their yards or by the gate ready to alert you of anything suspicious.

Barred windows or screen doors

Burglars tend to target windows and screen doors and one of the best ways to combat this is to make it harder for them to break in and out. Install metal bars over your windows and screen doors and they’ll surely think twice about messing with your home.

Keypad type or electronic locks

Some of the more tech-savvy homeowners have taken to replacing their traditional lock and key with a keypad lock or electronic lock that requires a passcode.

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10 genius home cleaning hacks

By Loraine Balita-Centeno

Life hacks are tricks, strategies, and not-so conventional methods used to perform a task or achieve a goal. It’s supposed to increase productivity by cutting the time normally allocated to perform the task in half. And there are hundreds of life hacks that cover all aspects of life including, yes, cleaning your home. Here are some of the best tried and tested home hacks that’ll make you wish you learned them sooner.

1. Clean burnt iron plate with paracetamol.

Time to put an end to that sticky mess you’re making while ironing clothes. Plug the iron and set it at low, then using a pair of tweezers or anything you can use to hold on to the paracetamol, scrub the bottom of the iron plate with the tablet.Watch the sticky goo melt away. You can wipe this with a clean dry cloth after.

2. Clean stainless steel kitchen appliances with alcohol and olive oil.

Ever struggled with a stainless steel appliance in the kitchen that’s almost always covered in oil smudge and finger prints? Water just might not do the trick so you need to use something that’ll cut through the sticky oil like a pro. Pour a small amount of alcohol onto a cloth and wipe away sticky oil and fingerprints on stainless steel appliances. You can do this once a week. But to smudge proof your appliance and get rid of scratch marks you can apply a very thin layer of olive oil once a month.

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How to save on home utilities

By Samantha Nicole Alarilla

With the current increase in petrol prices, it’s not hard to rack up a pretty impressive electric bill. Utility bills here in Metro Manila can range anywhere from six to ten thousand a month, and that takes out a reasonable chunk of the average salary; what more if the prices hike?

Here are a few things you can do to save on utilities:

Turn off and unplug all appliances when not in use.

This may sound very basic, but this is probably the one thing that most people forget. Remember, it’s not enough to switch off the TV set or the electric stove when it’s not in use – if it’s plugged, it still uses electricity.

Wash clothes in cold water.

If you launder your clothes using a washing machine on the hot or warm cycle, then you should know that 90% of the energy your washer uses goes into heating the water. Using cold water cuts energy use down significantly and cuts your bills down as well.

Switch to energy-efficient bulbs.Instead of using incandescent bulb that eats up a lot of electricity, use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED bulbs. Aside from being energy-efficient, they’re a lot cheaper as well!Install a Low-Flow Shower Head.

Did you know that most shower heads generate 4-5 gallons per minute?

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A busy mom’s wish

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

In a recent research conducted in partnership with one of the leading mom communities Mommy Mundo, it was revealed that women are still apprehensive in having fabrics such as silk clothing, delicate wear, cashmere and wool washed in the washing machine. A majority of the respondents shared that the reason for this is that they are afraid it might ruin the clothes.

At the launch of Electrolux’s FashionCare event, attendees were all nodding their heads in agreement. Everyone is scared to have their precious garments machine washed. The brand rounded up its ambassador Rajo Laurel, and council members Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Janice Villanueva to put to the UltimateCare™ washer dryer to the test with a designer dress, a silk scarf and a wool jacket. Over lunch, these delicate items were washed in front of the guests, and all of them came out dry and in very good condition.

Embracing technology

While everyone waited for the machines to do complete the challenge, host Patty Laurel-Filart interviewed the three on how life is now that they have a washing machine that they can rely on.

Cost-efficient

Mas tipid. Before, I would dry clean everyday. It would cost a lot of money. I remember my bill would be P10,000. Because of this, I was able to save money from my dry cleaning bills. -Rajo Laurel

Intentional parenting

Because of the conveniences of technology,

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Mom life made easier

By Paulyne Fermin

Some days I just feel like there are not enough hours to get everything done. The demands of work, keeping the household running and being a wife and mom take its toll. When a child gets sick or a helper quits—make that two in my case!—the juggling act becomes doubly difficult.

No matter how tough it gets, there are solutions available to make life a little bit easier. Here are some that helped me keep things in order and my sanity in check.

Dial A Help

Fact: It’s hard to find good maids nowadays. Moms must have a heavy duty washer and dryer so as not to be totally helpless when a maid leaves. For cleaning and ironing services, I call on Clean Zone PH. Their home officers are prompt, come in uniforms and do their jobs efficiently. They bring their own cleaning and ironing materials plus meals. Cleaning rates are based on the size of the home while ironing services are at Php150 per hour.  Call Manila -0925 3269663 Bacolod -0905 4386864

No rice, no baon for the kids, no time to cook – no problem.  HonestBee took care of my grocery needs when the little one got sick and the driver took an unplanned leave. The online concierge and delivery service gave me instant access to S&R and Robinsons Supermarket.

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Sweet Negrense finds over the weekend

By Monica Araneta Tiosejo

The Negros Trade Fair was started 33 years ago by 14 housewives who wanted to help the province’s economy. Back then, the sugar industry was in trouble, so these women banded together and ventured into handmade crafts as an alternative source of income. The Association of Negros Producers is happy to host the annual event at the Glorietta Activity Center, Glorietta 3 in Makati—almost the same location, then a parking lot, where it was first held. The theme “Sweet Talk: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice” pays tribute to the sugar industry. Here are some sweet finds:

Domesticity

The brand’s home accessories provide a rustic provincial flair perfect for newlyweds who are furnishing and for moms who love to entertain.

NVC Foundation Inc.

Help fight hunger and poverty by buying accessories, decor, and gifts made from upcycled products—egg shells, broken tiles, glass chips, and empty Nespresso capsules, etc.—that would otherwise end up in the garbage. The foundation provides livelihood, and their beneficiary artisans earn almost at the level of call center agents!

Hacienda Crafts

Hacienda Crafts’ pieces capture nature’s magnificence, and also propel the creation for livelihood for families in rural areas. These natural ornaments are made out of coconut and wooden beads. They’re perfect for the Holidays and are a great alternative to plastic decorations.

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5 things to prepare before a typhoon strikes

By Kristelle Bechayda

In times of disasters, it is always better to be prepared than sorry. Keep your family safe and dry with this to-do list:

Pack up the necessities

You need to prepare an emergency bag for each family member to make things easier if there is a need to evacuate. It should contain the following:

  1. Bottled water
  2. Biscuits
  3. First-aid kit
  4. At least three sets of clothes
  5. Umbrella
  6. Flashlight with extra batteries
  7. Whistle
  8. Battery-operated radio
  9. Cash
  10. Important documents

Learn how to give first-aid

Having basic knowledge on how to do first-aid will be useful because you will have a hard time looking for help. If your child gets injured, follow these easy steps in treating wounds:

  1. Stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.
  2. Gently clean the wound with soap and warm water. Rinse well to avoid irritation.
  3. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection and cover the wound with a sterile bandage.

Charge necessary devices

Number one rule in bad weather situations is to charge your phones and even your lamps.

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Teach kids to start saving

By Kristelle Bechayda

According to the Consumer and Millennial Insight study of Allianz PNB Life, Millennials are conscious of their finances but their efforts are often thwarted by social media influences. As much as they want to start planning for their future, their fear of missing out (FOMO) always gets in the way. Here are some tips from Allianz Chief Marketing Officer Gae Martinez that will not only help you, but will also get your kids involved.

Stretch your peso

An effective way to save and budget is to get a lot of value for your money. It’s all about stretching what you have because a lot of things can be bought with, say, P1,000. Martinez, who usually does warehouse shopping to save more, advises to hit the sales if you want to go for volume.

That might sound easy, but our budgeting skills will be tested on a different level when our kids start to demand more to keep up with their friends or what they see on social media. The thing is, we don’t always have to give in.

Di ba they say in raising kids, kailangan you say no to them. Kailangan hindi lahat ng hingin, ibibigay mo,” Martinez says. “So for me, you have to instill that everything is not about the material things that you own or have.”

Start them young

A mother of two teenagers,

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