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Mommy’s Day Out at Nailaholics

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Playtime with Bryce

On normal days, I stay at home and juggle about two things in my life: taking care of my baby and trying to get work done. Yes, this means that sometimes I even had to skip taking care of some of my basic needs (read: no shower). Recently though, since I acknowledged that self-care should be a regular part of my life, I keep my stress level in check and try to squeeze in some time in a day to attune to myself and do some self-care.

Some of the most effective for me are: 1) deep breathing— helps me to calm down and regulate my heart rate; 2) visualization or “guided imagery”— closing my eyes, picturing myself relaxing in a beach with its blue waters instantly transports me to that serene place; 3) mindful snacking— hard-boiled egg or wheat peanut butter sandwich helps me get through a stressful moment; 4) sipping a hot cup of mother’s milk tea while jotting down my thoughts or making lists— helps de-clutter my brain to regain a clearer perspective; 5) kissing my husband— helps my brain release happy hormones; 6) listening to my favorite music— especially songs about love makes me loosen up and gets me so giddy; 7) watching a funny video— there’s nothing a good laughter can’t cure; 8) playing with my #LittleAdamBryce— seeing the spark in his eyes and the way he smiles when he discovers something new is incredibly priceless!

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Mommy’s day out!

On other days though, about twice to thrice a month, I get to go out (or at least I try to) on my mommy’s day out. Other than meeting up and chatting the day away with friends, feasting on comfort food or discovering what’s new in our neighborhood or in the metro, I opt for some r&r and do some pampering activities.

Ideally I want my monthly body massage sessions but since last year when I was pregnant and until now that my boy is ten months old, I still haven’t gone to a spa. It would take me about half a day to be done, and of course that is not feasible for now since I directly breastfeed my baby.

So my most favorite pampering activity and I suppose, the most usual amongst girls and moms like me is— manicure and pedicure.

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Nail.a.holics Nail Salon & Spa in SM Bacoor

I was scheduled for my usual pedicure session at a local salon in our town, when I got an invitation to try Nail.a.holics Nail Salon & Spa. Luckily they have a branch nationwide and the one that is closest to me is in SM Bacoor.

A foot spa, manicure and pedicure just right on schedule is an offer I wouldn’t pass up on, so off we go to the salon!

Celebrate National Pampering Day at Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

National Pampering Day
Celebrate National Pampering Day at Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

Consider this the best excuse to give yourself that much-needed day of pampering.

Mark October 17, Monday on your calendars — because from 10 AM to 12 noon, you can head over to any Nailaholics branch nationwide and get a relaxing manicure and hand massage for FREE.

For many, a trip to the nail salon is a rare indulgence. All too often, work and the daily grind of busy schedules keep them from getting the necessary “me-time” that everyone craves and needs. But as Nailaholics celebrates and takes part in the country’s first ever #NationalPamperingDay, the brand hopes to remind everyone that it’s OK to take some time for yourself and indulge.

Perhaps no other nail salon in the country is better known for having perfected the art of a quick, urban pampering the way Nailaholics has. Their interiors are inviting, their service is efficient, and the promise of getting whisked away from realities of looming deadlines, to-do lists, traffic, and whatever else awaits outside the doors of this quaint Hamptons-themed escape, becomes possible— even if it’s only for a few hours.

“We get that,” says Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head. “And it’s exactly why we we’re celebrating National Pampering Day. We want to give people who need a break a quick escape where they won’t have anything to worry about. So be sure that you head over to your nearest Nailaholics branch to get pampered for free.”

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Loving the relaxing hue of this quaint Hamptons-themed escape.
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The couches are a good choice to ensure utmost relaxation for every customer seeking rest and relaxation.
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My “Instagram boyfriend”.
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I still feel relaxed even if Bryce is with me because he’s also relaxed in the atmosphere of the nail salon.
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Bryce helping mommy choose a nail color. 😀
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The feeling of soap suds on the sole of my feet. Priceless.
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On my nails: OPI in “Be There In A Prosecco”, the palest pink I have ever tried and I’M IN LOVE WITH IT!
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On my nails: OPI in “Be There In A Prosecco”, the palest pink I have ever tried and I’M IN LOVE WITH IT!

Enjoy #NationalPamperingDay!

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Product Spotlight: SkinWhite

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SkinWhite Classic Whitening Lotion SPF 10, SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder (Light Beige variant) & SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Lotion SPF20

SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder

Comes in White, Rose white, Light Beige variants.

My review:

I’m such a multi-tasker, making sure I’ve got a padded list of tasks to accomplish whenever I go out. Sometimes I do away with putting make-up on since I want to save time and just get started with my day. But sometimes I feel guilty for not putting anything on my face as a barrier from the pollution. So when I tried SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder, I had an a-ha moment! This best face multi-tasker compliments my busy lifestyle. It is a 3-in-1 beauty product that moisturizes, whitens and magically turns to matte powder finish! All I need is an eyebrow, and I’m out of the door in no time!

Just ensure you get the compatible shade for your skin tone, mine is in the shade of light beige. Also use sparingly since too much can make you look like a ghost! It happened to me once before. Apply it as you would a moisturizer. It’s incredibly smooth and just glides on my face. This might be the only thing you need on your makeup bag on hectic days when you don’t want to go out barefaced nor fully made up.

SkinWhite Classic Whitening Lotion SPF 10 with Light-Feel Technology

SkinWhite Classic SPF 10 now with better scent and better feel! With its new light-feel technology, this is indeed a light lotion that makes skin smoother and whiter. Its non-sticky formula, almost water-based is so easy to apply. It is formulated with vitamins that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, it is whitening, plus it has SPF to protect your skin for the sun.

My review:

I first noticed its fresh powder-like smell. And since it’s non-sticky and light lotion, I prefer applying this when I’m on the go on a quick errand outside. It has SPF 10 which is perfect when I’m not directly under the sun, but is still expose to the harmful rays from time to time, like going from one bank to the next one. It’s easy to smooth over my arms and legs, no downtime necessary to let my skin absorb it. Both the fresh scent and its light-feel texture are very favorable for me considering I’m always carrying my baby with me. No foul smell and no sticky feel!

SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Lotion SPF20

It’s great that more and more skincare products are adding SPF on their formulation like this newest Power Whitening Lotion with SPF 20. This promises to protect your skin under the sun, make it visibly whiter upon first application, and nourish your skin with hydrating benefits. I have yet to religiously add this to my daily routine to see its whitening effect on my skin.

You too, can try it before you buy! Grab your free sample from SampleRoom.PH!

Mindful Mom Retreat

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Mindful Mom Retreat
With the trio of moms behind the Mindful Mom Re-Treat: Mommy Mundo’s Founder – Janice Crisostomo Villanueva, Registered Psychologist and Counselor – Michele Alignay, and Mommy Mundo’s Editor – Jing Lejano

mind·ful·ness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

1.) the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2.) a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
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My #LittleAdamBryce before the start of the Mindful Mom Retreat event.

The demands of being a mom, in my case a first time mom of a now 10-month old baby, can be overwhelming, especially if you encounter things for the first time and find yourself wondering how to handle each new concern. Sometimes you feel you have little control over a situation, or you have missed to make the right decision, or simply handling your thinning patience. If the stress of rearing a child is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind —eventually leading to burnout.

When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else —our husbands and our children. That’s why taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury —it’s a necessity.

Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity.

If you don’t get the physical and emotional support you need, the stress of rearing a child leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and burnout. And when you get to that point, both you and your child you’re caring for suffer. That’s why managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family gets the caring they need.

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At Mindful Mom Retreat in Aruga by Rockwell

In my case, I took the time out and took the first step into my self-care journey.

I joined other moms who seek to pause, reflect and be in the present moment by attending Mindful Mom Retreat by Mommy Mundo.

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Mommy’s day out would not be possible without the support of my loving husband and baby!
Self-care is a call for Mindfulness.
It is to Be instead of to Do.
It is pausing, reflecting and being present in the moment.
It is a treat and responsibility to the self.
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My #LittleAdamBryce is a certified #BeloBaby. 💙
“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.”

Mindful Mom Retreat

“To be beautiful means to be Yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept Yourself.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Here are my take-away during this important event in my mommy’s day out.

Why self-care is important?

  • Moms are multi-taskers
  • Moms wear many hats
  • Moms are the nurturers & the family’s emotional anchor

Self-care allows us to…

  • recharge our body
  • declutter our thoughts
  • tune in to our needs and emotions
  • make the spirit catch up with the body

Practical Mindful Self-Care

  • BE present in the moment
  • Cease to OVERTHINK
  • OFFLINE CONNECTIONS are more important
  • Do not COMPARE
  • Choose your INFLUENCES
  • DECLUTTER your thoughts and emotions
  • Set your BOUNDARIES. Learn when to say NO
  • PACE each task, one day at a time
  • Identify matters you can LET GO of
  • Honor WHO YOU ARE

Self-care leads to…

…being a more loving mom and wife
…seeing life with a better disposition; clearer thoughts
…feeling “fairly treated”
…less risk of feeling “maxed out”
…being a mindful mom and living by our #mommanifesto
“When stress, tasks and life’s demands increase, so must be our mindful self-care.”
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One of the many joys in my motherhood journey is exclusively breastfeeding my 10-month old baby.

Being mindful does not end in just attending one event about it. It is a continuous effort. It is a journey. To aid us in this journey, we brought home our mommy workbook so we can delve deeper into our being for more self-awareness. Being self-aware is “about understanding your own needs, desires, failings, habits, and everything else that makes you tick. The more you know about yourself, the better you are at adapting life changes that suit your needs.”

Essentially, the more you pay attention to your emotions and how you work, the better you’ll understand why you do the things you do. The more you know about your own habits, the easier it is to improve on those habits.
Thank you again to these mommies who organized this event! I’m looking forward to the next one!
Mindful Mom Retreat
With the trio of moms behind the Mindful Mom Re-Treat: Mommy Mundo’s Editor – Jing Lejano, Registered Psychologist and Counselor – Michele Alignay, and Mommy Mundo’s Founder – Janice Crisostomo Villanueva

Wonderful photos by my wonderful husband: BrianSahagun.com