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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/

noun
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.
Mindful Mom Retreat

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.

Mindful Mom Retreat

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.

Mindful Mom Retreat

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.
Mindful Mom Retreat

My #LittleAdamBryce is a certified #BeloBaby. 💙

“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.”
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“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.”
Mindful Mom Retreat

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

I Want to Become Sample Room’s next Beauty Insider

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I’m gonna be a Sample Room Beauty Insider!

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Vying to be one of Sample Room Beauty Insiders

Being a follower and a member of Sample Room since the first year they started, I strongly believed and supported them in the premise of “try before you buy“. Who has money to throw on products or services that you’ll eventually find out that it doesn’t suit you? That is where Sample Room comes in — they give us option to try products or services first before buying them! I don’t think there is anything more awesome than that!

55 products, 2 contests won and 3 years later, (yes, that’s how many products I’ve sampled!), they are now looking again for the next batch of Sample Room’s Beauty Insider. I wanted to join the first batch, but missed the chance, so now is the exciting time for me to try and join. I am so ecstatic that I literally have to control myself and my thoughts in order to share my reasons for wanting to be part of Sample Room on a deeper, bigger level. Here are my top 3 reasons why.

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Now that I have a baby, I’m excited to be testing baby products that soothes and nurture my baby’s skin. My #LittleAdamBryce’s first cameo on the blog!

Top 3 Reasons Why I Want to Be the Next Sample Room’s Beauty Insider

Force to reckon with.

Yes, Sample Room surely is a force to reckon with. There’s no better privilege than to become part of a beautiful growing Sample Room family I strongly believe in and support. Becoming a beauty insider will open opportunities for me to get to know and hopefully be friends with more Sample Roomies.

Share the passion.

I have strong passion in sharing what I believe in. By getting first dibs on products and services, I will try and test it so you don’t have to risk getting products that won’t work for you. I will share what’s good or not so good in the simplest, honest and personal way, and you be the judge if it’s something that tickles your fancy.

The perks.

Who doesn’t want free samples, invites to product launches and events? Well I know, I do!!!

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These are just some of the many reasons why I want to be next Sample Room Beauty Insider. And through this, I will offer some tips, tricks and my insights as a practical, modern and first-time mom.

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Now we are waiting for the Belo baby cologne we ordered! #excited

Want to enjoy free product sampling too? Sign up now! #SampleRoomPH

#IDoItTwiceAWeek

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When you’re pregnant and expecting, your entire life instantaneously changes one hundred eighty degrees. You’ll have tons of worries revolving your unborn child, you’ll have unhealthy food cravings which may cause you to gain more weight, your body will feel heavy like a bulldozer, you’ll get to know “morning sickness” which attacks pretty much anytime of the day and you’ll have heavy vaginal discharge — altogether making you feel queasy, unconfident, unattractive and unsexy.

When I’m feeling exactly that, here are surefire ways I do that help me regain my balance, my confidence and overall, feel clean and sexy while pregnant.

Nourish the mind.

Tuesdays with MorrieRead and write. Oftentimes, I read something uplifting, encouraging, and mind-stretching. I love to read a great book of inspiring quotes or a short chapter of a story of someone else’s victorious life. I don’t stop with just reading it, I write it – I create a digital artwork of the quotes that really spoke to me and share it. There is something about writing it out and sharing it to the world that helps the brain process it more fully than simply reading it.

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BLISS of a #LiveFreePH

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BLISS Sunlife

How do you feel about the future? Is your family doing okay? Are the people around you hopeful or gloomy? With the Brighter Life Index: Social Sentiment or BLISS, Sun Life will show how optimism, prosperity, and the bayanihan spirit can produce a positive ripple from ourselves to our loved ones and to the community where we live.

BLISS is a Facebook application that aims to get the pulse of Filipinos about their current financial situation as well as their outlook for the future.

“BLISS gives us the canvas to paint our #LiveFreePH campaign. Through crowdsourcing, we seek the brightest spots while also determining the areas that are in need of a bit more sunshine,” explained Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa. “Together with the Sun Life Foundation, we will help turn dim prospects to bright opportunities.”

How BLISS happens

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Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts, NOW in the PHILIPPINES

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World-renowned Pastry Chefs Open Pastry and Bakery Academy in the Philippines

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines Grand Launch with Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud

Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud at the Grand Launch of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines

World-renowned pastry chef Jean Louis Arnaud leads a group of acclaimed international chefs in opening a Philippine branch of the region’s top pastry school – the Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines – this August 5 in Makati City.

The educational institution that they are establishing in Manila is a sister-school of the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, which Chef Jean co-founded with premier pastry chef Niklesh Sharma. Another branch of the school was recently opened in India. Incidentally, this year, Chef Jean is one of the judges for the World Food Expo (WOFEX) competition here.

Assorted Petit Four

Assorted Petit Four

Chef Niklesh, the Academy’s managing director, shared that many students, including Filipinos, go to Europe or the United States to undergo pastry training, where the courses can be very expensive.

“We feel the Philippines is a great destination to open up an academy looking at the number of Filipinos working in hotels within and outside the Philippines. We want to provide organized and structural training for students looking for a career in the hotel industry, pastry shops, and those who want to put up their own businesses,” he further said.

The training at the Academy, according to Chef Niklesh, prepares students to world-class skills Manila has never seen before. “We can provide an even higher level of training here at 40% of the cost students spend in other local pastry schools. In the next six to nine months, our students can be at par with seasoned hotel pastry chefs in the Philippines,” he said confidently.

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

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