The tita’s guide to Innisfree Philippines

It’s about time K-beauty brand Innisfree landed here in Manila, and it opens today. Known for its wide selection of beauty products ranging from skincare, makeup, body care and haircare, one can definitely spend the whole day here in its very first store located at the ground floor of the main mall in SM Mall of Asia.

Now, being titas, we get quite overwhelmed with the vast selections of beauty goodies. You can watch the full video tour from MBLife.ph here. So here’s a quick guide on what you should consider buying on your first trip there:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from these top recommendations, we all love a good deal. Check out these holiday gift sets that start at P990, including DIY Christmas stocking kits that are worth P500 each. If you buy any of the holiday gifts set, you get these DIY Christmas stocking kits for only P100 each. They’re perfect for the kids to decorate and hang on your trees.

 

Shopping with kids? No problem, let them try these VRs while you shop within the store.

 

And another thing that we love about the store? It has recycling bins:

 

Lastly, before you check out, take note of their return and exchange policy:

 

Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Mommy Nazi

By Loraine Balita-Centeno

You’ve probably met one, struck up a conversation with one, or walked away from one (while she was still talking). While we’d like to believe that all moms are nice, loving, and understanding, reality check—some moms take the mommy business a tad bit overboard. When they start believing that their child rearing is the best and only acceptable way to raise a human being and that their child is the center of the universe they could become overbearing, especially toward other moms. And motherhood is hard enough, what with all the expectations and responsibilities, more so when you have a mommy dragon breathing down your neck, waiting for you to make a mistake, judging your childrearing methods, and comparing your child to her perfect creation.

Here are just five of the most common types of Mommy Nazis you’ll meet. Recognize any of them?

Full-time Focuzilla

Usual Dialogue: “You know you’re so brave! Me, I can’t leave my child alone with a stranger iba pa din kasi ang alaga ng nanay. That’s why I gave up my career to focus on my child.”

Thought Bubble: “Ikaw na!”

The guilt is real when you’re a working mom. And the focuzilla will never fail to remind you of your shortcomings and how much time you don’t get to spend with your children. They will brag about their decision to walk away from what could’ve been a fruitful career to focus on their precious kids.

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From magical to scary: The best Halloween costumes this year

By Kristelle Bechayda

During Halloween, your Instagram feed might have been flooded with celebrity parents dressing up their kids in cute and awesome costumes as their way of joining in the fun. Some stuck to the seasonal scary theme while others went for cartoon or fairy tale characters. Here are our top picks from the bunch:

Scarlet Snow Belo in a butterfly costume:

Scarlet is such a sweet and charming little girl and she definitely looks more adorable dressed as a black and orange butterfly!

Lilly Feather Prats as Strawberry Shortcake:

Strawberry Shortcake might have found her twin in Feather, who wore this costume to her first trick or treat activity. We’re sure you got a lot of treats, Feather!

Nathaniel Alcasid as a tree:

Singers Regine and Ogie Alcasid’s son Nate wanted to be a scary tree with cobwebs and bats so he was dressed as a boo tree for this year’s Halloween.

Letizia Dantes as Joker:

The inspiration behind Zia’s latest Halloween costume came from the idea that she is the joker of the family, as what her mom Marian Rivera-Dantes says in her Instagram post. Zia did sure play the role well, and the costume and make-up are on point!

Zion Gutierrez as prince charming:

Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez’s first child Zion looks dashing in a royal blue prince costume.

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Fun trick-or-treat ideas for the whole village

By Carmel Villongco

In our community, Halloween being a big thing is an understatement. We take it to the next level that Halloween becomes HalloWIN!

Throughout the years, we’ve noticed that the residents have being going all out on their participation that giving out candies doesn’t cut it anymore and fancier food carts & treats have taken center stage. This year, a group of friendly neighborhood moms, the Casa Mamas as we are fondly called, have been tasked to organize our annual Halloween event. We saw this as an opportunity to come up with our own take of Halloween and infuse purpose to the activity by bringing the community together not just for a day of fun but also raise funds for our charity event that will benefit our neighboring barangay. 

As early as June, we started having our Casa Mama meetings in between our mama duties. Our breakfast dates would extend to brunch and even lunch or until one has to do a school  run to pick up their kids. And because we are so close as in we live a few houses away from each other it was easy to just pop in someone’s home and have impromptu meetings or sometimes just brainstorm over wine. Yes, that’s a motivation for mamas to go 🙂

Let me take you to our Casa Mamas planning process which always started with good food,

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Halloween costume ideas for your kids

By Kristelle Bechayda

It’s Halloween season once again and we bet the kids are excited for some treat or trick activities. Have you already thought about what your tot will wear? If you are still looking for costume ideas, check out these super cute picks from celebrity parents and TV hosts for that needed inspiration.

Holly Thistle from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Bianca Gonzales-Intal’s daughter Lucia wishes to be dressed as Holly from her favorite cartoon Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Achieving this fairy look is simple- you will just need a plain pink dress, a toy wand, and those pair of fairy wings and your kid’s good to go! If want to follow the complete ensemble, you can just make Holly’s yellow crown out of a cartolina and have some bobby pins to hold it in place.

Red from the Angry Bird

Angry Bird characters never go out of style, they will always be a favorite among kids. Achieving this look is easy too, since there are Angry Bird costumes sold online.

 

Onesie costumes

Doesn’t baby Baz Go look adorable in a dragon onesie? His costume is similar to that of Primo’s and onesies look great for kids ages two years old and below. Not to mention, the tots will be comfortable in it.

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7 simple ways to lose post-baby weight

By Bernadette Villanueva

The human body is an incredible machine capable of doing the most fascinating things. You can breathe 30,000 times a day, or regenerating an entirely new skin every two to three weeks.

But growing another human inside your body is one of the most amazing, but challenging things. Your body adapts and goes through so many changes and it’s no surprise that many women find it hard to lose baby weight after pregnancy. With new roles and responsibilities of becoming a mom, losing weight is likely the least priority, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are seven practical things you can try to achieve your pre-baby weight:

1. Breastfeeding is good for moms too!

Breastmilk is not only best for babies, it also has numerous advantages for mommies. Breastfeeding burns 500 calories daily, helping you lose weight faster. According to the World Health Organization, it also aids the uterus to go back to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces mothers’ risk of having post-partum depression, breast cancer, and osteoporosis.

2. Drink lots of water

This might sound too simple but that’s also why it’s often overlooked. After giving birth, add a few more to your regular eight glasses of water.

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Two ways to beat toxic stress

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Stress will always be there, and it will never go away. What matters is how we deal with them every single day.

“To master your stress, you first have to master your mind.” Ning Barcelo-Tadena cited this quote at a private seminar held recently by ASCOF Kids and The Parenting Emporium.

Tadena found blessings during her lowest moments. One of those was when she had mom resentment, where she felt she lost herself and had no identity. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she pushed herself to learn makeup and led her to write a prayer book. Another one is when she discovered she had stage four endometriosis, which is a disease that affects the uterus. She went through rejection and regrets of being a woman, but she realized she had to start taking better care of herself. “I connected me to so many wonderful healers, and encouraged myself to study to become a Medical Intuitive–theta healer. It also inspired me to become a motivational speaker and author, and reminded me to celebrate my femininity and look at it in a better perspective.  This started my advocacy of unlocking the diva in people, and helped improve my relationships with my son, my husband and my entire family,” she reveals.

She was able to make something good come out of her problems. From becoming a professional makeup artist, to a healer and an Enneagram executive coach,

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#ootd tips from supermom turned model

By Kristelle Bechayda

A lot of times, media portrayal of body standards can cause women to feel insecure. Mothers are no exception. After giving birth, their bodies change and some find it hard to get back in shape. As Perla’s way of celebrating its service to fashionable Filipinas over the years, 30—moms included—women from different walks of life glided down the runway during its Basics Redefined fashion show.

Supermodels for a day

The women were chosen from the brand’s all-white OOTD contest on Facebook and Instagram. “These women are from different walks of life,” brand specialist Quiel Estrella says. “They are mothers, office workers, entrepreneurs. They are simple women and we transformed them into supermodels for a day.”

He adds that the beauty of Filipinas should be appreciated because though simple, they always stand out.

Slaying OOTDs and life

Second place winner Maria Melinda David is a mother to an 11-month-old baby. She was insecure with her body after giving birth. Her breasts felt large and uneven because her daughter only breast-fed on one.

She went through postpartum depression, but then realized that her insecurities will do her no good if she dwells on them. “Hindi mo kailangan baguhin lahat sa sarili mo,” David says. “Kailangan tanggapin mo kung anong meron ka kasi ma fe-feel down ka lang sa insecurities mo.”

David shares a few pointers on how she slayed the contest and the show:

  1. Choose comfort.
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Sarah Lahbati on #MeTime

By Jessica Pag-iwayan

With all the tasks mothers juggle everyday, finding time to pamper themselves is a challenge. One can’t help but wonder how these posh moms pull it off, especially what people see on their social media feeds.

Sarah Lahbati shared her a few secrets at Cetaphil’s Go “For that Glow” event. According to the beautiful mother of two, every mom should have their regular “Me Time” to help them relax and take a break.

 

  • Schedule everything;

 

Sarah says that putting everything in a calendar will help moms organize their schedules. This is where they can see an open window where they can do what they want.

Lahat ng phones I think have a calendar, or if you just buy one and write down your schedule. That saves so much time. And you can see like I have a spot here for myself: I can go shopping, or I can go meet some friends,” she explains.

 

  • Prepare everything in advance;

 

“I always talk to Chard (husband Richard Gutierrez) in advance about my work and his work, making sure someone’s there with the kids. Making sure we have days na we’re all together.”

 

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Quick and easy recipes from Xandra Rocha

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

With so many things we moms have to worry about every single day, making sure there is literally food on the table is tops on that to-do list. Mom-of-two Xandra Rocha shares the same sentiments, “One thing I suffer from is mom brain. It is real. It’s when you feel so overwhelmed by the 10 million things you have to do as a mom. I feel like everyday there are so many things that need to get done, and having to go to the grocery is usually on that list. That takes up a lot of time: getting into the car, lining up.If you’re going to a new grocery, you still need to familiarize yourself with the aisles.”

Online shopping to the rescue

So how does this chic mom do it all? Rocha gave us a glimpse of how she juggles mom life in a breeze, with online shopping and items delivered right to your home. As an added challenge, she even shared how easy it is to host a lovely evening with friends by ordering through the honestbee app and products from S&R. “I am thrilled. I can do my shopping anywhere, and I don’t have to physically be there,” adds Rocha.

“We are always looking for establishments to partner with to deliver your favorite food and grocery items straight to your doorstep,” says Crystal Gonzalez, Managing Director. “We’re happy to have found one in S&R which allows you to enjoy its world class and high quality products with just a press of a button.”

Rocha’s easy recipes

Part of the launch included a quick prepping demo for last-minute hosting duties.

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