Migs and Alaine

Chronicles of a Happy Married Life

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Breastfeeding and Marriage Difficulties

This post is a bit late for Breastfeeding month.

I had a catheter and dextrose on when Migs handed me our baby so I could try to breastfeed him.  This was few hours after I gave birth and after my son was given formula milk because I couldn’t breastfeed him while I was at the recovery room. Before I was transferred to our hospital room, the nurse said that my baby’s pedia already left a prescription for a formula milk. We still tried to breastfeed our baby because that’s what Migs and I have agreed to do even before I gave birth. Why not? There are a lot of benefits that we can get from breast milk and if my body can produce milk, I’ll feed my baby with it.  Sadly, we received zero support from the hospital staff. We were not taught how to massage the breasts for possible clogged ducts, etc. Although instructional videos are readily available online, getting help from a professional is still a huge thing.

Recovering from my C-Section and being frustrated with breast feeding, I somehow feel depressed.  My son knows how to latch but would only cry whenever I try to nurse him because he ‘s not getting any milk. I’ve cried countless times and have tried to pump milk round the clock so I can feed my baby with breast milk but I am only getting 10ml – 20ml per session. I thought pumping every 2-3 hours would help increase my milk supply. I have tried everything from malunggay (moringa) capsules to essential oils but nothing seemed to work.

My frustration hurt my relationship with Migs as I became a slave to my breast pump. I am always exhausted. I felt that the time I needed to recuperate from my operation were wasted but I couldn’t stop because I wanted to give what’s best for my son.

Good thing one of my friends told me about Arugaan, a support system for women with infants and young children. They have seminars for breastfeeding mothers and they also offer home visits for those who’d like a lactation massage. I immediately reached out to them.

I was visited by Ms. Rhea last September 3 and was given a lactation massage as well as some tips on how to successfully breastfeed.  I was so relieved seeing so much milk while being massaged. I almost cried knowing that I will be able to nurse my son on demand and I don’t have to worry about my supply. I couldn’t thank Araguan enough for helping me especially Ms. Rhea. She was very accommodating and she still answers my questions even after our session.

I have been nursing our son on demand since September 3 and have only been pumping milk 3 times a day – whenever I am working. I get to sleep and eat better now which also means that I get to spend more time with my boys (Migs and Chuck).

If you want to know more about Arugaan, please visit their official Facebook page.

 

Build Your Own Wealth

Most Filipinos believe that supporting their parents once they are old is the best way to show “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude). Although the Church (whichever religion you are in) is teaching us about leaving and cleaving,  many couples still struggle to leave their parents because of the obligations that are either given to them or they feel that they need to do. That being said, the concept of having an extended family or a shared home became a norm in our country and sadly, it becomes harder and harder to break the chain.

It’s never too late or too early to invest. Migs and I used to practice traditional way of saving money. We used to save a portion of our income to our preferred bank. When I was 22 years old, I tried investing in a life insurance but I failed because I wasn’t really ready to invest yet but I was able to invest on Memorial plans which I do not regret. We thought we were doing well because we were able to save money for our car, a beautiful wedding, leisure, down payment for a house, etc.

Our wake up call was when Migs got sick. Although our Health cards covered the hospital bills, we had to spend a portion of our savings considering that he has been sick for a year. I also had to let go of some of our signature bags and some pieces of jewelry. It was tough and the reason why I am sharing our experience is because I don’t want anyone especially young couples to experience the same thing.

As soon as Migs is back on his feet, I have reached out to several financial advisers so we can start preparing for our retirement fund.  In the end, we chose to sign up with Sun Life. We felt that everything that we need and looking for are in one package. Sun Life phone app is also user friendly and lets me monitor our plans wherever we are.

After signing up, we decided that we are ready to have a baby by 2018. But guess what, about 2 weeks of getting our retirement plans – we are already pregnant. It seemed like everything was perfectly planned.

What did we learn from Migs’ near death experience that convinced us to sign up for a Life Insurance?

As parents, it is our responsibility to raise our children no matter what the circumstances may be. We should not obligate them to give us everything that they worked for when we’re old, not even a portion of it. Why? Our children never chose us to be their parents. If you think you cannot send your children to an exclusive school – then don’t. We always have options. Send them to a public school and still be able to provide their basic needs or find another source of income in order to afford your preferred school. We don’t need to live a life full of debts just to be able to fit in or prove something.  After all, it’s our family that we should be worried about not a certain status that we’re trying to portray.

As children, let’s allow our our parents to enjoy their retirement fund. They have already raised and have spent their resources for us. They are not our emergency fund. They have worked to hard to provide all our needs.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that it’s bad to help a family member in need. But we should know our limitations too.  Part of leaving and cleaving is putting your immediate family’s needs first.

 

Happy weekend!

 

How Ketogenic Diet Changed My Life

Just like other women, I battled depression because of the pressure brought by some family members and friends because they thought I couldn’t bear a child. If Migs wasn’t supportive, I wouldn’t be able to get over it. I have shared my experience thru a blog post that I published last year. It was comforting to read comments from strangers who expressed their support as well.

Migs and I decided that we should just focus on things that would make us both productive.  I chose to quit my job and decided to become a Stay-at-home-wife. It was fun because I have all the time in the world to prepare my husband’s meals. We both tried ketogenic diet (we had cheat days too!)  and religiously go to the gym every 6:00 AM. This lasted for nearly 3 months.

Fast forward to October 2017, we opened a business and have been very busy that I forgot record my monthly period. I knew I had spotting but I thought it was just caused by stress. So, I never really recorded it. Plus, I have done so many pregnancy tests in the past that I no longer want to be disappointed. I was at the point where I couldn’t care less about fertility as long as I have my regular check-up with an OB and a pap smear, then I am good.

Everything was doing well until I was rushed to the hospital on the eve of our 5th wedding anniversary. I thought I was having another vertigo attack.  After an hour of waiting at the Emergency room, the Doctor came back congratulating us.

We visited my OB the day after and found out that I was already 7 weeks pregnant! It wasn’t really a happy story. My sense of smell was very sensitive.  Migs had to ditch all the onions and garlic at home. I was very picky when it comes to food that I lost 3kgs. But everything went back to normal when I reached my 4th month. Now that I am on my third trimester and have gained almost 8kgs, I started cutting rice from my diet again with hopes of having a normal delivery.

Five years of married life and here we are – busy preparing for our little one’s arrival. I am now 34 years old and I am still amazed with how amazing my pregnancy turned out.

If you want to know more about Ketogenic diet, I suggest that you visit your doctor first and join a community where you can get tips and exchange recipes too. You may want to check out this Facebook Community.

Here’s a photo of me taken last week.  We can’t wait to see our little one!

 

More photos posted on our Facebook page.

Celebrating Motherhood

It has been more than a year since I left my corporate job for a more healthy and chill life. I have applied for several home-based jobs before I landed one a month after I resigned.  Joining several Facebook communities whose focus is on legit home-based jobs helped me prepare for interviews. One of my favorites is Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMOMS), a group created by a Filipino mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through onlinejobs.ph.

I like how the group members share their views with working from home and even share job opportunities. They also have a line-up of seminars that you can sign-up to in case you are clueless with working from home or if you just want to upgrade your skills.

Last May 12, 2018, I was privileged to be invited to an exclusive FHMOMS event sponsored by Pampers. The event was held at Mom and Tina’s Bakery in Pasig City.

It was a short yet meaningful event where speakers discussed different topics. It is really helpful to attend events like this for soon-to-be-moms like myself. My favorite topics where Healthy Baby food ideas and Homeschooling.

If you are a mom planning to have more time with your family by working from home, or if you already are working from home and needs a support group, I suggest that you join Filipina Homebased Moms and follow their Facebook Page too.  It always feel good to be in a group who share the same passion with you and understand your needs and frustrations.

I hope you all had a meaningful mother’s day celebration!

Mackerel Pesto Pasta Recipe + Giveaway! (CLOSED)

We have been very busy lately that we almost forgot that our blog still exists. LOL! Our next article will explain what we’ve been up to for the past few months. For now, we want to give our readers another chance to win a gift pack from Uni-Pak!

Aside from the gift pack, we want to share with you a simple recipe that you can prepare this weekend. We have been trying to eat healthy and have been experimenting on different dishes. Last week, Migs prepared a mackerel pesto pasta from scratch!

Here are the ingredients for the pesto:

olives

fresh basil leaves

olive oil

peanuts

salt

pepper

parmessan

Preparing pesto is as easy as 1 – 2- 3. You just have to mix all the ingredients together in a food processor which will only take less than 5 minutes.

After preparing the pesto, it’s time to cook the noodles to your likeness ( we like it al dente).  Migs drained the Unipak Mackerel from the can before adding it to our pesto pasta.

Try out this recipe for a healthier meal option.

Also, don’t forget to join our giveaway! You just have to follow the easy steps below. Announcement of winner is on March 25, 2018.

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Thanks and happy eating!

National Pampering Day 2017

Visiting a Nailaholics Salon and Spa branch is something that I always look forward to. Comfy seats, spacious salon, skilled nailed technician and excellent customer service are the perfect formula for relaxation. Who doesn’t love being pampered once in a while?

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10AM to 12NN on their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or relaxing foot massage.

Quoting Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, “We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while”.

Nailaholics and one of the most beloved lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  The best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will support World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas.

Head down to any Nailaholics Nail and Salon Spa Branch on October 17, Tuesday from 10AM to 1PM and get yourself a relaxing service. Nailaholics currently have more than 50 branches nationwide, including Gateway Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

Grab this one a year treat! Walk out of a Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page , Twitter and Instagram accounts.

K-POP REPUBLIC 2: BEYOND THE USUAL K-POP CONCERT

Hello, K-POP fans! Remember when we posted about our K-POP Republic experience last 2013?  K-POP Republic is back!

This festival’s name is familiar to K-Pop fans in the country as it was first held last September 2013 with iconic acts such as SHINee, EXO-K and Dal Shabet as part of the lineup. K-POP Republic is finally returning this 2017, bigger and better, an event K-POP fans all over should definitely look forward to.

K-POP Republic 2 is happening this October 28, 2017 at the Circuit Event Grounds. Not only will fans get to see their favorite groups perform LIVE – there will be various activities and games that fans can get to participate in. Yes, that’s 1 day of K-Pop festivities for everyone.

Kicking off this year’s K-Rep2 lineup are 2 of the hottest groups in the K-Pop scene today – NCT127, Cosmic Girls (WJSN), G-Friend and N.Flying. More exciting things are yet to be announced so make sure to stay tuned.

About NCT127

NCT127 is a K-Pop group under SM Entertainment (famous groups include: BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, EXO, f(x), Red Velvet, etc). The name stands for “Neo Culture Technology” and the 127 in the group’s name represents the longitude coordinates of Seoul. The group is composed of Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, WinWin, Mark and Haechan. The group popularized the hits – “Fire Truck”, Limitless and Cherry Bomb. Fans can expect a powerful performance from the group during K-POP Republic 2.

About Cosmic Girls (WJSN)

Cosmic Girls also known as WJSN (woo-ju-seo-nyeo) is a K-Pop group composed of Korean and Chinese members. The group is managed under Starship Entertaiment who gave us big K-Pop acts such as Sistar and Monsta X, and Yue Hua Entertainment. The group is popularly known for their singles such as “Mo Mo Mo”, “Catch Me”, “Secret”, “I Wish” and their latest single “Happy”. Make sure to look out for these energetic and sweet girls only on K-POP Republic 2.

About G-Friend

G-Friend which actually stands for “Girlfriend” (Yeoja Chingu) is a K-Pop group quite known for their addictive songs and dance steps. They are under Source Music and is composed of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. The group is known for their catchy tunes which had the group win various awards since their debut in 2015. G-Friend’s hits include “Glass Bead”, “Rough”, “Me Gustas Tu”, “Navillera”, “Fingertip” and their latest single “Love Whisper”. Get ready to fall in love with these lovely ladies only on K-Pop Republic 2.

 

About N.Flying

N.Flying is a South Korean rap rock band formed in 2013 by FNC Entertainment, home to known artists F.T. Island, C.N.Blue and A.O.A. The band consists of Kwon Kwang-jin (bass, rap), Lee Seung-hyub (rhythm guitar, vocal, rap), Cha Hun (lead guitar, vocal), Kim Jae-hyun (drums) and newly added member Yoo Hwe-seung (vocal), who’s known to have joined the popular boy group survival reality show Produce 101 Season 2.

Excited?

Ticket prices for K-Pop Republic 2 are the following: SVIP Standing and Seated for PHP 10,000.00, VIP for PHP 6,500.00, Gold for PHP 3,500.00 and Silver for PHP 2,000.00. Tickets will be available through SM Tickets and Ticketnet, online and through the outlets.

For provincial and international fans, you may also purchase your tickets through the following links from All Access Productions.
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K-Pop Republic 2 is brought to you by HM Entertainment and All Access Production together with TV Daily, Sports Today and LUMOS E&M.

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Ian Veneracion takes on new role as advocate of a multivitamin brand

United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB) officially welcomes multifaceted celebrity Ian Veneracion as the newest addition to
their roster of brand ambassadors. Veneracion, who currently stars as the male lead in ABS-CBN’s primetime show ‘A
Love to Last,’ has been chosen to advocate for Conzace, the number one prescribed brand for multivitamin plus minerals
by general practitioners and dermatologists in the country.
“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the UNILAB family for its multivitamin brand, Conzace,” proclaims Veneracion
while adding, “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I strongly believe that the product can be beneficial to millions of
Filipinos as it has been beneficial to me.”

According to Conzace assistant product manager Mike Jimenez, the addition of Veneracion is a perfect match for the
brand. “Ian is the epitome of superior immunity and good looks,” he says.

Jimenez elaborates on the actor and the product’s connection. “Conzace’s clinically-proven ZACE formulation, an
acronym for Zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E, makes it the number one multivitamin and minerals product prescribed by
General Practitioners and Dermatologists. The same can be said about our brand ambassador, Ian, whose credibility
allows him to ace his craft with one successful teleserye and movie after another.”

THE FACE OF CONZACE

People born in the late ‘70s would remember Veneracion as the cute and charming Jeffrey Laperal, the son of Joey de Leon in the 1982 sitcom ‘Joey and Son.’ From then on, he went to appear in more television projects while simultaneously making films that range from comedy to drama to action. Among his most recent work is the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller, ‘Bliss,’ and a Filipino independent supernatural horror film, ‘Ilawod.’

Now at 42, Veneracion has again endeared himself to today’s generation as Engineer Antonio “Anton” Noble IV, the dashing, separated with three kids guy who falls in love with another broken soul. And of course before, as Eduardo Buenavista in the 2015 remake of ‘Pangako Sa Yo,’ the role that regained Veneracion’s fame and his career to leading man stature. And then there’s that totally different side of Veneracion that is separate from showbusiness. Apart from being an actor, he is also a painter, an athlete, a pilot, a chef, and a family man—the last being his favorite role to play.

But to be all that, Veneracion needs a multivitamin and minerals that will help him cope, not just with his busy schedule, but with the different roles that he has to play in life. “I need strong immunity as well as healthy skin and hair, I cannot afford to get sick, and look stressed—I am glad I have Conzace to give me all that and more.”

THE ZACE EFFECT

Compared to other multivitamins, Conzace has the highest levels of ZACE combined. All these elements play different roles in one’s well-being. “This unique formulation in Conzace creates a synergistic effect that is clinically proven to help boost immunity, promote healthy skin and hair, and assist in wound healing as it speeds up skin regeneration,” says Jimenez.

Veneracion, speaking from experience, explains it better: “It’s the little things that we don’t normally notice, like for example, stronger resistance against colds and flu, better and clearer skin, shinier and healthier hair. It will do amazing things; you can do more and be more for yourself, for your family, for your work without being disrupted.

“I believe that if you are healthy inside, it just comes out. It reflects physically—in your hair and in your skin. And in the line of job that I am in, it is quite important that I don’t just don’t look good but really be healthy,” Veneracion concludes.

Who is Sanicare’s First Brand Ambassador?

The Sanicare Hygiene Care Circle event happened yesterday, July 25, 2017 at The Makati Diamond Residences.

Sanicare gathered the country’s top Mommy Bloggers to talk about cleanliness and hygiene for the family. Attendees were also taught new household hacks using different Sanicare products. The full product line was introduced to everyone. It also paved way to the launching of the first ever brand ambassador for Sanicare, Bianca Gonzales – Intal.

Bianca has been a long time user of Sanicare and as what the Sanicare Marketing Director Ms. Lea Sio Pacis said, “Bianca represents the moms of today.”

Mommies got to enjoy different activities, headed by Three Mommy bloggers, Frances Sales, Shari Macainag, and Sarah Tirona.  Amongst the three booths, my favorite is the Kitchen where I learned that Sanicare’s Jumbo Kitchen Towel can actually be used as a Coffee filter.  It’s amazing how a soft Kitchen towel can be so durable even when wet.

My Top 5 Favorite Sanicare Products:

1. Disposable Toilet Seat Cover. I do not like seating in public toilets. So, instead of squatting which is also unhygienic, I always carry with me a pack of toilet seat covers.  It’s so convenient to use plus it’s biodegradable so, you can flush it in the toilet and it won’t clug!

2. Interfolded Hand Towel. I can’t leave without tissue and I do not use tissue rolls whenever I pee because I feel that some substances are being left out. Whether inside the car, our home office, kitchen and bathroom – you will always see a pack of Sanicare interfolded tissue. It comes in 1 ply 175 pulls and 2 ply 150 pulls. It’s made from 100% virgin pulp with no artificial whiteners and elemental chlorine.

3. Sanicare Baby Wipes. I am choosy when it comes to wipes. Some brands leave a sticky feeling after use unlike Sanicare. I even use it on my face especially during long travels. It’s so refreshing to use.  It’s also enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. It is also gentle because it’s alcohol and paraben free which makes it safe for everyday use.

4. Sanicare Jumbo Cotton Balls. I hate tiny cotton balls. I feel like I’m being tricked because they sure look many when packed but one ball isn’t enough to use. So, you end up using three balls.  These jumbo cotton balls are not just made for babies, you can even use it for your toner. Its size is perfect for covering more surface and area coverage.

5. Sanicare Baby Underpads. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m adding this to my favorites because this will make every mom’s life so much better. Who likes to keep dirty underpads on their baby bags? NONE! Sanicare Baby Pads has silky soft surface that won’t irritate your baby’s skin and a leak proof barrier to contain all the mess from leaky diapers.

Check out Sanicare‘s official website for the complete list of their products.  With the new products presented to us on the Sanicare Hygiene Care Circle event, Sanicare again proved that they always make sure to meet the different needs of the local market while remaining uncompromising in its promise of providing excellent products.

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Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa brings you to London

If you’re like me who have included London on her bucket list, you won’t let the chance to visit London for FREE to pass by. Did you know that by simply availing any of Nailaholics’ pampering packages starting from June 1 to September 30, 2017,you are entitled to a raffle entry for a chance to win a getaway vacation of 5 days and 4 nights to London for two?

There are many pampering services to choose from from foot spa to nail art, I guarantee that Nailaholics will treat you with royalty. It is Nailaholic’s top priority to provide the best and real pampering experience to their customers. They have different promos every year to show how they appreciate their customers. Last year, they have given a trip to Maldives to a lucky customer.

Why did Nailaholics choose London?

Being Europe’s third biggest city, London is home to some of the world’s best attractions and activities. Wandering through one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, one cannot help but gush in awe and admiration with what this city presents. It is no doubt one of the best places in the world to relax!

It’s time to grab the chance to walk the streets of London with your mate in exchange of a genuine pampering experience. Watch out for more exciting and rewarding promotions from Nailaholics by visiting its website at http://nailaholics.com/ and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nailaholics/.

What are you waiting for? Book a pampering service with Nailaholics now!

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