Migs and Alaine

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Healthy meal from Canned Mackerel + Giveaway!

We have stopped eating pork and beef at home because we are trying to lose weight at the same time, live a healthier life. Aside from chicken breasts and salmon, we also added Uni-Pak Mackerel as part of our diet.
We have tried several mackarel dishes available online but we thought of giving mackerel a little twist. Instead of making it a rice partner, we used soft tacos.
It’s healthy, easy to prepare and affordable. It’s also perfect for packed lunch or snack.

Here are the ingredients:

Onion and Chives flavored Tacos
155 grams of Uni-Pak Mackerel
Cucumber
Lettuce
Salt and Pepper
Cheese
Greek Yogurt (dressing)

Here are the steps in layers:
1.Soft taco
2.Letuce
3.Cucumber
4.Mackerel
5.Greek Yogurt
6.Cheese (optional)

Why we choose Uni-Pak Mackerel?  Aside from the yummy taste, the makers of Uni-Pak Mackerel only uses the finest mackerel available. You can tell by how their mackerel looks like – it’s in chunks.

You can follow them on their official Social Media Accounts:
Facebook and Instagram: @Unipakmackerel
Twitter: @unipak_mackerel

Get a chance to win a gift pack from Uni-Pak just by following the simple instructions below:

 

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Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Celebration

Celebrations doesn’t always have to break the bank. I remember making Father’s day cards with my sisters when we were still little. My father still kept those cards on his old attache case (briefcase). One of our super cheap gifts to him, a hand grip that we purchased using our daily allowance is still in good shape. I honestly never saw my father use those. LOL! But keeping them on his cabinet for more than 20 years meant so much to me and my sisters.

2017 will be my father’s second year of celebrating Father’s day without my mother. In times like this, I know that he would rather see us, his children than go somewhere else. He’s not the type who prefer lavish celebrations so, I plan to throw a simple BBQ party for him at his house in Antipolo. Backyard BBQ is not just an event but a way of life for him! It has always been one of his favorite activities.

But of cousre, checking in a nice hotel within the metro with a relaxing one hour massage is still an option. I am eyeing for a nearby hotel (probably in Ortigas Center or Eastwood City) since we want to avoid the hideous weekend traffic. This reminded me of my travelbook.ph membership. So many hotels to choose from and the best part is, I do not need a credit card to book a room since I have the option to pay at the hotel. Safe and convenient booking, just like what my father would prefer.

Father’s day is just on the horizon. What are your plans? This special day is the best time to show your Dad your appreciation for what he is – the best father in the whole world! A sincere thank you or even just a big hug would mean a lot to him but adding an extra effort won’t hurt…after all, our fathers had sacrificed a lot for us.

Let us know how you’d like to celebrate Father’s day with you Daddy/Tatay/Papa/Pops on the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you too!

Happy father’s day to all the amazing fathers out there!

 

Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder Review + Giveaway

We all know that Baby powder is essential in a household especially if you have kids. Not only that it helps your kids smell fresh even under the sun but it also prevents nappy rash and chafing.  As an adult, I still enjoy using baby powder before going to sleep. It makes me feel more relaxed and fresh.

I am picky when it comes to the products that we use at home. I don’t settle for affordable products that I am not 100% sure are safe to use especially on a child’s delicate skin. I only go for products that are crafted with the utmost care for the whole family. I always believe that we shouldn’t always be complacent with products that we are accustomed to use.

Here in the Philippines, most baby powders (if not all) contain TALC, an ingredient that has been the subject of debate and lawsuits in the US because of its supposed link to cancer. It has yet to be proven true but it always pays to be safe than sorry. Are you willing to take chances or, are you just as careful as I am?

BELO BABY TALC-FREE POWDER is the answer to our dilemma of finding the perfect Baby powder. The Belo Baby Guarantee ensures you of meticulous care with its Bath & Body products having all-natural ingredients and 0% harsh chemicals. It is made from certified natural and finely milled rice and maize. It’s carefully formulated without talc, gluten, phthalates, parabens, dyes, and most common allergens.

Why do I choose BELO BABY TALC-FREE powder? First off, it is always a good act to support locally made products. It comes with a very cute packaging that already includes a soft puff which makes it economical and easier to apply. If your family loves to travel, then this could be your best friend. The scent is not too strong, so your kids can still use their favorite cologne if they prefer to. It’s crafted with care for the most delicate skin and for the most meticulous mom. We all want to have peace of mind when using a product so, it’s just right to choose only a hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested powder. I am confident with the brand because they’ve been in the Skin Care industry for a long time. Even Scarlet Belo, uses BELO BABY TALC-FREE powder. That for me is enough to trust their brand. They wouldn’t allow their precious angel to use it if it’s not safe.

Are you also a fan of the super adorable Scarlet Snow Belo? Well, I bet you’ll enjoy watching her new commercial. Check it out and share away!

We also want you to be able to try the product for free. Because we are feeling generous, we are giving away BELO BABY TALC-FREE POWDER to three lucky readers. It will be delivered to your doorstep all you have to do is follow the easy steps posted on our Facebook Page!

Belo Baby Talc-free Powder is now available in leading supermarkets and department stores nationwide. Get it for only Php219.75 (65g).
You can also buy now here: https://tackthis.co/shop/Belo/category/belo-baby and enjoy FREE delivery until May 31 with a minimum purchase. 

To know more about BELO BABY TALC-FREE POWDER, check out their website and social media accounts: www.belobaby.ph | FB: belobabylove | Twitter: @belobabylove, IG: @belobabylove

What about you, what do you look for in a Baby powder? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Benefits of Dearberry Coco Vera

Aloe Vera Gels are selling like hot cakes these days. If you’re not yet convinced why Aloe Gel should be your next best friend, allow us to share with you the benefits of keeping a tub of Coco Vera handy.

Moisturizer

As you all know, Dearberry products are Paraben free and are safe to use even in the most sensitive skin. It rejuvenates your skin and gives you extra glow. It’s non-sticky formula will make you feel fresh all day. Coco Vera is also formulated for acne prone skin and it also helps dry out blackheads and whiteheads. Don’t be afraid to apply it on your face because the smell will make you forget that it’s made from Aloe Vera!

Sunburn Treatment

Aside from the fact that sunburn is painful, it can leave ugly marks on your skin and can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. You can use Coco Vera to help dissipate the heat. Coco Vera is made from 91% Jeju aloe and does not contain benzocaine, or lidocaine which makes it safe for sunburn.

Cracked Heels 

If your heels look awful when wearing open sandals or flip flops, apply a generous amount of Coco Vera to your feet before sleeping. Don’t forget to wear Socks too. Do this for at least 7 days to see improvement. Wouldn’t it be nice to show off your feet this Summer?

 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Some hand sanitizer just leave your hands dry. Try mixing your own sanitizer.

Ingredients:

15 drops tea tree essential oil
2 TB ethyl alcohol
3 TB Coco Vera

Just mix all the ingredients together or if you’re too lazy to for DIY, just mix Coco Vera with your Hand Sanitizer and voila! No more dry hands.

Coco Vera is available at Shopee.ph/dearberryphilippines. This amazing product only cost Php280 per tub of 300ml.

From employee to employer in 3 years

A lot of you already know that Miguel had been sick for a year.  Having a sick person at home can hurt you both emotionally and financially. We are very traditional when it comes to saving money. We save money thru our bank accounts. Though we have considered investing , we still haven’t decided yet the best investment for us. We tried real estate but I would say that  it’s not really an investment (unless you bought your house in cash) if “passive income” is what you are looking for. Especially when emergency arises.

I have had a good number of signature bags and shoes  that I had to sell online just so we can have enough funds while Migs was still recovering. It was the best choice to make instead of spending whatever money we have saved in the past. We both regret not listening to financial advisors who were very much willing to help us with our finances. We have made bad decisions and would like to be more secure of our future.

I have read so many financial books and all of them are very inspiring but took me hours/days to finish reading. When I received a copy of Don Soriano‘s Break free, I was excited to flip through the pages. The guaranteed 1 hour of reading triggered my curiosity. But it’s true! I read the book in 56 minutes. It’s just like spending a lunch break or your idle time learning.

What I love about the book is that it didn’t use jargon or words that might be difficult for someone who’s financially illiterate to understand. When I say illiterate, I don’t mean anything wrong with that – I just meant people who are clueless on where to put their hard-earned money, okay?

Majority of Filipinos can relate to Don Soriano’s story. He’s just like almost everyone of us. Normal person who earned a college degree (well except he is a CPA board top notcher) who entered the corporate world then shifted to putting up a business, buying things that he doesn’t need and ended up being broke.

I don’t want to tell you every single detail about him because I don’t want you to rely on this post alone and not read his book. LOL!

Grab a copy while you can. Find out how he managed to overcome his financial struggles. You may also reach out to him via his official Facebook Page.

I tell you, I have attended several seminars with different business owners, CEOs, etc and the seminars do not come cheap so, if you get the chance to learn a lot of things about finances just buy buying a book and spending just an hour to study it… You are saving lots of money! I am not saying that seminars are bad. I have built a network of career and business minded individuals from the seminars that I have attended, but if you are skeptical in spending money for a whole day of seminar – Don Soriano’s book may be a good start.

I can give this copy to one of our readers (that might just be you). Just let me know why you want to receive it by leaving a comment below. In case I won’t be able to pick you, you can read a chapter of this book for free, just click this link.

What is your kid’s “baon” for today?

Are you the type of mom who always prepare your kid’s packed lunch and snack for school? Well, I have a good news for you. Gardenia now offers Pocket Sandwich. It’s a guaranteed healthy on the go snack so you won’t have to worry about what your kid is eating even if you’re not around.

Kids regardless of their gender  are always on the go, so it really helps that Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is individually packed. The product is not just handy but, it’s also packed with vitamins that your kids need. Gardenia Pocket Sandwich comes in two variants: Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

Gardenia Chocolate Pocket Sandwich is made with soft and creamy White Bread with rich chocolate filling and sealed to lock in its goodness. Baked fresh everyday so you can enjoy your favorite sandwich anytime and anywhere

High in iron, folate, vitamin b1 and source of vitamin A. This pocket sandwich is high in Iron and folate which contributes to normal formation of red blood cells & hemoglobin; Vitamin B1 which helps release energy from proteins, fats & carbohydrates; it is also a source of Vitamin A which is essential for the function of the eyes.

Gardenia Peanut Butter Pocket Sandwich is made with soft and creamy White Bread with luscious and milky peanut butter filling and sealed to lock in its goodness. Baked fresh everyday so you can enjoy your favorite sandwich anytime and anywhere

High in iron, vitamin B1, B2, and A. This pocket sandwich is high in iron which contributes to normal formation of red blood cells & hemoglobin; Vitamin B1 and B2 which helps release energy from proteins, fats & carbohydrates; and vitamin A which is essential for the function of the eyes.

Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches are available in all leading Supermarkets (SRP Php15).

 

Hey Sugar Waxing Salon National Hair Free Day

Like most women, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of waxing. And like a lot of them, you probably also think that the process doesn’t sound very appealing.

Still, waxing is a standard part for a lot of women’s grooming routine; and they will book a session, show up for their appointment, go through the whole (seemingly) painful procedure, and emerge smooth and hair-free, without batting an eyelid.

Why do they go through it all? Because to be honest, waxing is not as excruciating as one might assume. It’s all a matter of choosing the right waxing salon to go to.

For starters, a reputable salon should be able to take you through the process without causing anxiety, regardless if you’ve been doing this for years or you’re new to the whole thing. They should be able to demonstrate why there’s no need to feel self-conscious and assure you that you’re in the hands of experts. The process is swift, and the aestheticians are trained to work in small, manageable sections and press on the skin as the wax is removed to help ease discomfort. After that, you’re ready to go.

It’s all quite simple and straightforward. And if you think you’re ready to take the plunge, then there’s no better time than April 3rd—when Hey Sugar!, the country’s premiere all-natural waxing destination, celebrates National Hair Free Day.

For the occasion, you can visit any Hey Sugar branch between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and get underarm waxing and eyebrow threading for free.

Your Ultimate Summer Pampering Destination Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa

Summer is coming. That means hot weather, beach time, shorts, sandals, sundresses–and lots of it. The question is, are you ready?

Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered. Nailaholics, the city’s top urban nail and pampering destination in the country, has been everyone’s go-to destination for the season, so here’s a run-down of things-to-do to keep your skin, tips, and toes summer ready.

Prepare for sandal-season

Over the holidays, when the wind blew colder and your legs and feet were clad in tights and boots, it was easy to miss your regular waxing and pedicure appointments. But summer means trading in your warmer outfits for colorful shorts and summer skirts, paired with your favorite flip-flops or sandals. Book an appointment for a pedicure ASAP and jumpstart the season with a waxing session to get your stems ready.

Get ready for summer outfits

Legs are a major focus during summer that it’s easy to forget your arms need attention too. Because of the weather, you’ll be baring your arms and shoulders as soon as the wind blows a little warmer. Get them in perfect summer shape by booking a moisturizing treatment, followed by a manicure. Be sure to choose a bright hue on your nails to complement the season.

Make sure you’re super Summer-ready

Before you head off for your summer adventure, get yourself primed for the season by getting a head to toe buff and polish. Get Vitamin Sea: Manicure, Pedicure and Foot Spa to stimulate blood flow and leave skin glowing. Be sure to moisturize post treatment by keeping a bottle of Argan oil handy.

Post-holiday Pampering Day

A visit to your favorite nail salon isn’t just for pre-holiday beach trips; sometimes, you need vacation from your vacation too.Summer means crowded airports, cramped flights, long road trips—and you’ll need to unwind after. Choose from our menu of spa treatments so that you not only get to relax, you also make sure you’re prepped and ready to go for your next vacation.

KanTalk: Dutertrolls Unite

We can’t believe that it has almost been a year since the last Presidential elections. Maybe some of you are very vocal with your Political views and may have lost friends along the way. We have also lost a handful of friends when we chose to campaign for the DuCay tandem (Duterte-Cayetano). Some raised eyebrows, some unfriended us or even blocked us after seeing a series of posts on our Social Media accounts. We also got caught up in some heated arguments which we do not take personally. We have our own bets, our own biases and we respect everyone the same way that we wanted to be respected.

But, we always stand up on our beliefs when needed. I (Alaine) never supported LP because I am not fully convinced with Ninoy’s heroism. One of my uncles was the one who carried his dead body at the airport along with other soldiers. They were all put to jail for more than 20 years. These soldiers  along with their family members suffered for two decades for a crime who knows who committed. When the late Cory Aquino became president due to snap elections, the Aquino-Galman case was not even resolved.

When Noynoy Aquino became our President, we didn’t post nasty things about him on our Social Media accounts, in fact  we did a lot of research about the things that he has done and still doing as our President. I would say some are impressive. But when these issues about Yolanda TyphoonHacienda Luisita, Lumad Killings,  and SAF44 took place, we began doubting his intentions.  Didn’t he promise that we, as citizens will be his boss? We were also turned off with how he enjoyed blaming the former President Gloria Macapal-Arroyo for every negative thing that has happened to our country.

When Duterte finally announced that he is running for President – just like every responsible citizen did, we researched. We asked people that we know from Davao City to make sure that the news about him are true. Miguel spent his teenage years in Taguig City sans our support for Cayetano.

We couldn’t fathom how and why would a certain political party would accuse a Social media influencer or blogger a troll for voicing out his or her opinions.

Quoting Atty. Darwin Cañete‘s facebook post last February 11, 2017.

Accusing President Duterte of paying bloggers betrays gross ignorance of the man. If he were to pay anyone, it would be mainstream media. Bloggers are, numbers aside, untested investments. A payolaed reporter guarantees column space and favorable airtime. Not to mention the guy is a notorious cheapskate and doesn’t care about what you write about him. Now, those anonymous anti-Duterte websites and pages? Someone funds them. You can bet your ass on that one. ”

Have they forgotten about Freedom of Expression?

We have so much respect for bloggers like Sass Rogando Sasot, Rj Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Mocha Uson that we didn’t let the opportunity of joining them in a live KanTalk pass us by. It was a chance for us to learn more things about the Government and our Laws since one of the guests was Atty. Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles. Dra. Lorraine Marie Badoy, the newly appointed DSWD Assistant Secretary also graced the event.

KanTalk was the very first political event that we attended and we’re very thankful for the wisdom that were imparted to us. As Social Media influencers, they reminded us to respect other people’s freedom of expression whether or not they agree with our beliefs. Because at the end of the day, we are all Filipinos and should care for whatever is good for our country and the next generation.

Photo from Thinking Pinoy’s Facebook Page

We were also encouraged to take a stand on issues by calling the attention of our local government officers like Mayors and Congressmen. 95% of the attendees were professionals – Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and Nurses to name a few.

Related Post: Let’s End the Real Estate Fraud

Contrary to what the other mainstream media reported, through the effort of RJ Nieto, Social Media influencers  (anti or pro Duterte) can sign up to be a member of Malacañang’s Social Media Press Corps.

It’s about time to prove who the real trolls are. Everyone should come out and stop hiding under the cloak of anonymity unless, they have a different intention other than making the Philippines a better country.

Disclaimer: Miguel and I were not compensated nor encouraged to write this post.

Fantastic Scents And Where To Buy Them

Hey, lovely wives! Have you decided what perfume or cologne to wear this Valentine’s day? If you’re like me who prefer perfume that are not too strong, I have some recommendations for you  that I am sure you and your husband will love.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell

The scent is so delicate yet mesmerizing. Although it is quite pricey for a cologne ($130/100ml), it still is my favorite everyday scent. It’s so feminine and it smells like you just got off the shower.

Lanvin Eclat

I discovered this scent when one of my friends wore this on her Wedding day.  The scent is as elegant as its bottle. The scent is very warm and inviting. Your husband will definitely fall in love with you all over again.

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT

Florary and woody at the same time. Just the right smell to match a little red dress. I usually wear this scent whenever I have client meetings.

That ends my Top 3 recommended Valentine’s Scents. What about you?  Do you still rely on the current weather to choose which scent to wear? I used to do that too before I came across these three brands. Now, I don’t have to collect too many scents and end up not using them for a long time because either the scent is too “summery” or too formal for a lunch date. These scents are so versatile and can definitely be worn on any occasions.

There are some online stores selling these scents for discounted prices. My favorite online shop so far is The Leather House PH.

Order thru their Shopee account to avail free shipping fee and Cash on Delivery.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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