#HappyTummiesOnly with Erceflora Probibears

It’s almost been 2 years since Coco has been taking Erceflora Probibears. Protecting his tummy has never been easy because of this chewable, bear-shaped vanilla tablet (more like chocolate-ish) that he takes every single day.
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Remember that when your kids take Erceflora Probibears, it enhances the good bacteria in their stomach, modulates the tummy’s immune system, and helps improve overall digestive health, ensuring us that our kids’ tummies are well-protected.
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Kayo mga mommies, nag titake din ba ng Erceflora Probibears yung mga kids niyo?

Watch Coco’s unboxing here.

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How to Teach your Child to Tie his Shoe Laces

Glad to have time to teach some life skills to this boy. He has been independently dressing himself up even before he has turned 2 years old. He picks his own OOTD and dresses himself up, most of the time!

I never thought of teaching him to tie his shoe laces because I thought I would just be stressed. So one tip is that teach them when you think they are ready and they are interested to try. Because if they are not, the would not put their heart on it. They will most likely lose patience. But if they are ready, they might think of it as a goal that they’d want to achieve. Most importantly, make learning to tie fun!
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Coco has been accustomed of wearing velco snaps or slip ons, so I don’t have to worry about his untied shoelaces, as well as so he could prepare on his own. We still had pairs with shoe lace though, and yes, I tie it for him.

Now that he is 7 years old, he should start tying them on his own. I taught him to tie his shoe laces using this wooden toy shoe and he easily became a shoe lace tying master!
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I’m so happy that I really didn’t have a hard time teaching him. Readiness and being interested is really the key!

Here you can watch his attempts on learning how to tie them shoe laces!

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#CDOFuntastyk | Salted Egg Tocino Pasta

Whipped up a simple pasta recipe today. I’m all for anything pasta, what more if I toss my favorite CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino in it? Pinaghalong tamis-alat na tunay na nakakakilig!
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Ingredients:
CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino
Spaghetti Noodles
1 tbsp butter
4 cloves of garlic
4 salted egg yolk
1 pack of All Purpose Cream
Dash of salt and pepper
Dried Basil (optional)

Instructions:
1. Cook pasta accordingly. Set aside.
2. Cook CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino as is. Cut into small cubes the tocino you will put in the pasta sauce and cut into strips the tocino you will put as pasta toppings. Set aside.
3. Melt butter and sauté garlic and add salted egg yolk. Cook for 2 minutes and add cubed tocino. Pour in all purpose cream. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper. Let it simmer.
4. Mix pasta and sauce in a bowl. Top with tocino strips, salted egg white and sprinkle basil.
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VIDEO HERE

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#MakeTimeToDisconnect to #MakeTimeToConnect to Our Kids

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Guilty as charged. I may have the opportunity to be with Coco 24/7 while I work. I still can not give my full attention to him, since I am working. When I turn off my laptop, I am dead tired already. In between, working and making sure he gets to eat 3 times a day, takes a bath, and all other stuff he would ask me to do, I also have to do house chores. Me time is actually far from reality sometimes. But it shouldn’t be the case. I challenge you, the way I will challenge myself starting today.

I’ve always believe that when we are connected to our child, it will be easier for them to cooperate with us. They will be open to us, because they trust us. In the last few months, during this #LifeInTheTimeOfCorona, there would be days that I would get mad at Coco because of his stubbornness. I would lose my patience and really get mad at him, while he would throw tantrums. After an episode, I would end up being guilty and sad, because I might have hurt him. #RealStory Then I would think that maybe he doesn’t feel connected to me, maybe because, aside from me being busy, I am also struggling inside? #covid19anxieties

Put your phone down and #MakeTimeToDisconnect to #MakeTimeToConnect to your child today. It doesn’t have to go on for hours. Play a round of board game with them. Have an impromptu cuddle and tickle time. Ask him if he wants merienda and eat with him. Bathe him while having story time. Snuggle as you wake up in the morning or while to put him to bed at night. Build a Lego City with him or play tea time with her and her dolls.  Listen to him when he wants to tell you something and try to answer him when he as unlimited questions. This is me actually taking mental notes, although I do some of this already. Looks like kulang pa din.

Like what I wrote in one of my captions so many posts ago, our child will only have 18 summers through their childhood. They will be gone in a blink of an eye, living in and conquering their own world. Make the most out of that time. Savor each moment you have with them. So, make it a habit to connect with them every day. Do it NOW.

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Keep Our Throat Healthy with Apicuria

Nowadays, one of the most important part of our body that we have to take care the most is our throat. Aside of it being a vital part of how our voice is produced, having a sore throat can be a symptom of Corona Virus.

Keeping our throat well would mean that our overall health is healthy as well. How do we do that? Aside from preventing yourself from getting sick, you can also take care of it by giving it a rest, turning down your volume and drinking lots of water. But there’s one product I recently discovered and loved it in an instant that could help you in soothing your throat when you need to is – Apicuria Natural Oral Spray.
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Apicuria Natural Oral Spray (12mL Spray Bottle) is a special blend of Harlika Pure Honey, propolis and natural herbs that may aid in the relief and faster recovery of minor throat irritation, cough, canker sores (singaw) and halitosis (bad breath). Apicuria Natural Oray Spray is an all-natural and locally-made product manufactured by our country’s bee keepers, The BeEmpire Inc, a social enterprise that offers bee-products that works together with GK Enchanted Farm.

What’s in it that makes it effective?
Honey which soothes the throat and may also kill certain bacteria causing infection. They say Honey may be as effective as some common cough ingredients in cough medicines. I remember having to eat a spoonful of Honey one time when I was sick, and boy, it was so effective, I was back in good shape a few days after.
Propolis is a substance created by bees that has been used for centuries to fight off infections caused by bacteria, virus and fungi-causing throat irritation, cough and canker sores. It also helps boost our immune system and in improving the healing process after a mouth surgery.
Herbs such as Licorice Root, Marshmallow Root contains polysaccharides that have antitussive and antibacterial properties that help reduce dry cough, inflammation, and further throat irritation, speeding up the healing process of throat soreness; Perilla Seed contains chemicals that may decrease swelling and reduce asthma symptoms. Early researches suggest that perilla seed may improve lung function in people with asthma and decrease the occurrence of cancker sores among those with a recurrent canker sore; Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) is valued for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing throat soreness and Calamansi is rich in vitamin C that helps boost the immune system aiding in the prevention or faster recovery from minor cough and cough induced sore throat or throat soreness.

How do you use it? Spray 2-3 pumps directly to the affected area, 3 times a day or as needed, preferably after meals. Spray right away when you feel signs of cough or sore throat.

How does it taste? Unlike other oral sprays in the market, Apicuria has a honey+citrus taste.

How can you use it aside from above mentioned?
1. Cold weather? Spray it so your throat won’t dry out
2. Smoker’s Cough? Spray it soothe your throat.
3. You ate garlic (or any other food that can make you mouth smell)? Spray it and smell will be gone.
4. Tired from talking? Spray some and rest.
5. Just spray for any oral relief need

From this day forward, Apicuria Natural Oral Spray will now be a part of my kikay kit, especially when I travel. It really has as soothing effect on my throat, and it would definitely help me as I keep myself oral wellness healthy.
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Please note that Apicuria Natural Oral Spray is safe for kids above 1 year old and for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, please consult your doctors before using. But generally, it is safe for all, since it is an all-natural product, unless you are allergic to the ingredients mentioned above.

The Apicuria Natural Oral Spray retails at Php299 and you can order yours now via Human Nature Website, BeautyMNL, and selected Human Nature branches nationwide.

Follow them on their socials for more information and inquries: FACEBOOK | Instagram or visit https://apicurianatural.ph/

#BeeHealthy #Apicuria #SupportLocal #YabangPinoy #OrganicProductsPH #NaturalProductsPH

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#CreateWithCream | Creamy Baked Macaroni

We’ve all had our fair share of using our favorite Nestle All Purpose Cream through the years and I am 100% sure that it is a staple in each of our kitchen’s pantry. Agree? On days that we are craving for something creamy or we just want to make something for sharing, we can always head over to https://www.createwithcream.ph/, especially if you think you are running out of creamy recipes. That I doubt!

Here’s what Coco and I did yesterday – my very first Creamy Baked Macaroni!!! Thank you for helping me out my love, I hope you had fun!
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Ingredients Made 3 pans (7.5 x 3.5 x 2 in):
1 pack 400g elbow macaroni pasta

For Tomato meat sauce:
1 small white onion, chopped
1 head of garlic, minced
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
3 tbsp oil
1/3 ground beef
1 beef cube
2 cups tomato sauce
2cups banana ketchup
salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese

For White Sauce:
3/4 stick of butter
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cups of Nestle Fresh Milk
1 1/2 packs of 250g Nestle All Purpose Cream
1/2 cup quick melt cheese
1/2 cup mozarella cheese

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Instructions:
1. Cook pasta accordingly. Set aside.
2. Sauté garlic, onion, red and green bell paper. Add ground beef and cook until it is brown. Add beef cube and stir evenly. Pour tomato sauce and banana ketchup. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Cook to boil. Set aside.
3. For the white sauce: Melt butter and add flour. Stir until flour is absorbed by the butter and lumps are formed. Pour in Nestle Fresh Milk and Nestle All Purpose Cream. Stir until flour is diluted. Add quick melt cheese and mozzarella cheese, continue stirring until the mixture is well blended. Set aside.
4. Pour in the tomato meat sauce mixture to the bowl of macaroni. Mix evenly. Add a few tablespoons of the white sauce in the bowl along with the shredded cheese. Mix evenly.
5. Pour in macaroni in baking tray. Spread white sauce on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes from a pre-heated oven (195C).
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PS. If you’ll see the video, medyo fail yung white sauce ko, it is not saucy, so I that’s when I added fresh milk, which is not in the video. So, I was able to at least save the sauce. Once it was out of the over, I just said to myself, I think I did it great for a first timer!

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Make your Celebrations Special with the McDo Party Box

Due to the covid19 pandemic, events like birthday parties and weddings has either been postponed or canceled. But as we all know, you can never stop a Filipino from celebrating! We find ways on how we can still make our celebrations special. During Coco’s birthday last March, when it was just 2 weeks into the lock down, and everything was just so limited, I had a hard time on how I will prepare for it. Now that the general community quarantine has been at ease and the economy has started to open again, a lot of food and event suppliers has started to think of ways on how to make our celebrations more memorable even if we are still in GCQ.
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McDonald’s
has introduced a very accessible, hassle-free, and fun way of celebrating at home with the family with the new McDo Party Box.
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McDo Party Box
is perfect for celebrating milestones such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and any other special moments in our life. Enjoy fun moments at home with a variety of meal sets for 5 or 10 pax, complete with party favors such as party hats, activity place mats, balloons, Happy Meal toys and an “I Love McDo” hotdog pillow gift for the celebrant.
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There are 4 meal sets to choose from (CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS or click hyperlink per party box package):
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Party Box A Good for 5 comes with 5 pieces Original Chicken McDo, 20 pieces Chicken McNuggets, 2 BFF Fries, 5 regular Coke, and 5 rice. Party Box includes 5 Happy Meal Toys, 5 Party Hats, 5 Party Balloons, 5 Activity Tray Mat and Gift for the celebrant.

Party Box B Good for 10 comes with 10 pieces Original Chicken McDo, 40 pieces Chicken McNuggets, 4 BFF Fries, 10 regular Coke, and 10 rice. Party Box includes 10 Happy Meal Toys, 10 Party Hats, 10 Party Balloons, 10 Activity Tray Mat and Gift for the celebrant.

Party Box C Good for 5 comes with 5 pieces Original Chicken McDo, 5 McSpaghetti, 5 Burger McDo, 2 BFF Fries, 5 regular Coke, and 5 rice. Party Box includes 5 Happy Meal Toys, 5 Party Hats, 5 Party Balloons, 5 Activity Tray Mat and Gift for the celebrant.

Party Box D Good for 5 comes with 10 pieces Original Chicken McDo, 10 McSpaghetti, 10 Burger McDo, 4 BFF Fries, 10 regular Coke, and 10 rice. Party Box includes 10 Happy Meal Toys, 10 Party Hats, 10 Party Balloons, 10 Activity Tray Mat and Gift for the celebrant.

The best part is that McDo Party Box is available via McDelivery, Drive Thru, and Take Out. No need to do advance order or pre-booking. See how convenient and accessible it is? For more info, visit the link: bit.ly/McDoPartyBox
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Wish we had this last March for Coco’s birthday, but that’s over now, it’s now July and it is time to celebrate mine! Sharing with you photos from my mini party at home thanks for McDonald’s I didn’t even had a hard time preparing for it. But before that, sharing with you my 3rd Birthday Party (31 years agoooooo!) at McDonald’s.
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For updates, follow McDonald’s Philippines’ official Facebook at fb.com/McDo.ph, Twitter at twitter.com/McDo_PH, Instagram at instagram.com/mcdo_ph, and Viber Community group at McDo PH.

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#LifeInTheTimeOfCorona Birthday |34th

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2020 may not be what I have expected it to be.
But don’t worry, we can always look at the bright side of life.

Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrated my birthday with none other than my family – thanks to McDo for my McDo Party Box.
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Thank you to all the people who took time to greet me and made my day even more special! God bless!

Olive Oil Cake and Flowers from GourMei Bakes + GourMei Blooms
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GourMeiBakes/
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CDO Sweet Ham on My Summer Italian Pasta Salad

A household staple, CDO Sweet Ham is one of my favorite all around easy to cook meals. From the simple ham and rice tandem to an omelette surprise, sandwich or pasta– you name it! You can really eat it with anything. I love how it so meaty, delicious, and has a balanced sweetness and saltiness at the same time.

Since we’ve been home for 100+ days and it seems like everyday is already a weekend, I tried to make our Saturday, #WeekendsUpgraded by tossing pasta, tomatoes, olives, home made Italian dressing and our favorite CDO Sweet Ham in a bowl.

Sharing with you this very simple recipe that made our weekend even more special – Summer Italian Pasta Salad, since it still feels like summer!

Pasta Salad Ingredients:
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3 cups uncooked pasta (I used San Remo’s Trivelle)
3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut in cubes (if block cheese)
1 250g pack CDO Sweet Ham, cut into squares
3/4 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup red onion, minced or sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Italian Dressing:
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1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons dry oregano
2 teaspoons dry basil
Black pepper
Optional parsley, basil, or chives.

INSTRUCTIONS
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1. Cook pasta then toss into a bowl.

2. While cooking the pasta, you can mix together the Italian dressing ingredients. It is better if you use a blender.
3. Toss all ingredients together and pour the dressing.

You can add other veggies like beans, pepper, chickpeas, different type of cheese and use a different pasta shape. You can do anything with this. I love how this recipe is sooo flexible like CDO Sweet Ham.
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How about you? How do you make your #WeekendsUpgraded with CDO Sweet Ham?

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Smile Train Launches Public Service Announcement with Global Ambassador Catriona Gray for National Cleft Awareness Month

Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, continues to provide comprehensive cleft care services for individuals in need in the Philippines and in 90+ countries around the world. With the help of their Global Ambassador, Catriona Gray, Smile Train launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in recognition of National Cleft Awareness Month.

With a baby born with a cleft every three minutes, even during a pandemic, it is Smile Train’s hope that more patients and their families will know that Smile Train is here to help them.

Catriona Gray first worked with Smile Train during her reign as Miss Universe. “When I met children and their parents, I saw how grateful they were for the help they received. I felt an incredible motivation to continue raising awareness for Smile Train,” said Ms. Gray. In March of this year, Ms Gray was in La Union during a screening for cleft patients hosted by the provincial government. Recently, she participated in a public online discussion with Smile Train on speech therapy where viewers learned about the challenges to produce sounds and words for children born with a cleft.
Working with Smile Train has given me a great avenue to use my voice and make a difference in the lives of children born with a cleft. Can you believe that there were more than 1,000 Filipino babies born with a cleft since community quarantine began in the Philippines? Through this PSA I hope that parents will know that Smile Train is there for them,” adds Ms. Gray.

Smile Train continues to provide comprehensive cleft care services around the country even as community quarantine is in place. “While services are limited, we have partner hospitals who provide surgeries and virtual consultations. Since April, we have started to provide one-on-one speech therapy telehealth sessions, as well as online discussions on breastfeeding, nutrition, oral health, orthodontics, speech therapy and psychosocial services. We hope that this isa good way to provide information and
guidance for parents during this time,” explains Smile Train’s Area Director for South East Asia, Kimmy C. Flaviano. She adds, “Smile Train has always been here for them. We are grateful to Catriona for her commitment in helping more patients in need.

For more information about Smile Train Philippines’ local efforts and to refer a patient in need, visit smiletrain.ph/get-help. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like them on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.###

About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and
ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.ph. For more information about Smile Train’s work in the Philippines, please contact philippines@smiletrain.org.
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