Mommy and LifeStyle blog By: EINz

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Relocation Decision: What Seniors Need To Know

Retirement age brings with it a sea change for seniors. Deciding how and where to live through your elder years is an essential piece of the planning. Most seniors intend to remain in their current homes as long as possible. Aging in place is the comfortable and logical choice; however, in certain circumstances, relocation may be a better long-term solution. A bit of light research can help you begin evaluating what makes the most sense for you.

Beginning the Dialogue

According to an AARP study, location really does matter. It can determine whether or not you will have what you need in your senior years. Healthcare options, as well as economic and lifestyle factors, vary significantly by location. Florida, Colorado and South Dakota top AARP’s list of best places to retire. The range of services and senior housing Denver Colorado or Orlando, Florida, can provide may be markedly superior to services in other regions. Thumbing through some of these studies may help you begin evaluating your own needs and provide you with context for conversations with your loved ones.
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Asking the Right Questions
Health studies show that most seniors will develop a condition that requires medical care or other assistance. Failing to plan for this could find you without proper support when you most need it. These three questions will give you a feel for whether relocation is a good idea for you.
  • Are hospitals, transportation, rehabilitation and other senior services available in your area?
  • Do you have capable friends or family nearby to help advocate for you and your care should you require that?
  • If you don’t have an advocate nearby, are you prepared to ask a friend or relative to travel to you to provide care and transport to medical services?
If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, relocation might be worth earnestly considering. Begin the conversation and evaluate your options early.
Uprooting later in life undoubtedly presents a temporary disruption, but it could also mean enjoying the security and quality of life you desire. It's never too early to start planning for a comfortable future.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NutriShake For Kids - Review

A few weeks ago, we receive this milkshake product from nutrition.ph for us to review. I actually expecting a bit of chocolatey taste as it smells more of a choco powder than milk.

NutriShake for kids is a nutritional milkshake that contains 30 essential nutrients, minerals and micro nutrients to help build healthy bodies and minds. It is recommended for kids ages 4-12 to boost nutrition.

I was really hopeful that my kids aged 11 and 5; (picky eaters!) will love this product so we can assure to have their daily vitamin intake.


On the first try, my eldest doesn't approve its taste. He described the taste as not milky enough and more of soya beans which he hated. He never finished the whole glass so I tried it and confirm his claim.



We have this whole jar to consume so I decided to give it another  try by adding a twist to its original flavor. Since my kids love ice pops, I mixed it with their fave strawberry powder mix to have the  nutritional benefits that it offer while enjoying a more appealing taste for them.


Finding a new way to enjoy this product is a must!

I also get to drink a small cup whenever I feel hungry as it serves as energy drink that boost me up while preparing for early breakfast. 

One shake a day is all it takes!

NutriShake for Kids bridges the nutritional gap with 30 essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep kids growing bodies their healthy best, and to help boost energy and mental performance. Fortified with cell-protecting antioxidants, whole bean soy, plus the “brain-building” nutrients DHA, PS and PC.

So, is it worth trying? Definitely!

With all those nutritional benefits, why not? Fair enough they offer a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE meaning if your kids don't love NutriShake, you can send it back within 30 days of purchase for a NO-questions asked refund. How was that? 😀 Go, try it mommies!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Canvas Photo Prints from Photobook PH ~ For Moments Beyond Words

The best way to preserve memories is to have your photos printed adding up to your photo album keep sake. But in today's modern technology when having your photos conveniently stored on cellphones, laptops etc., I bet most of us don't even bother to have our photos printed. I know, right?!

I have been guilty of storing 10,000+ photos in my cellphone! A collection of everyday random photos, milestones and special events. Last year, I completed an order of photobook for our summer escapade but that was a year ago and there's hundreds of best photos add up already up to this time that needs to be printed, again. 😀

So to keep up the habit of turning memorable photos into lasting books, I need another photo project to accomplish. But before that, I was lucky to received a gift voucher to try Photobook Philippines' Canvas Print.

I have tried different sizes and layout for Photobooks and this fully personalized canvas print is something new to add up to our photo collection.


I was sold on filling up the empty wall space with sweet little moments of love and happiness on Canvas Prints!


This personalized keepsake is a lightweight canvas in 12x18 standard texture for a classic impression, a heartwarming modern take on wall decoration. Canvas prints are mounted on high density PVC foam boards which are strong, lightweight and moisture-resistant, thus making it suitable for use in all weather conditions. They are UV printed using the highest quality printing technology that promises better colour accuracy as well as resistance to scratch and water moisture. There are no need for staples as each piece is created through a digital cutting system to ensure total perfection for a flawless fold.


It comes with a dowel stand in case you choose not to wall mount the canvas. Photo prints on canvas comes in different categories of design and formats. You can choose from Single, multi, and split formats to match your wall decor needs.


Although print is UV protected, it is not advisable to expose it to direct sunlight. To clean the surface, use a soft duster or damp cloth. I love how lightweight the canvas is, the standard texture looks like a tiny pieces of puzzle put together.

Photo canvas price starts from Php 1,200 depending on size of  8" to 20" for square, portrait, landscape, or panoramic size orientation.

Truly, Canvas Prints bring personality to the wall, making your house feel more like a home. Exude a heartwarming mood by adding your happiest moments, favourite quotes or embellishments on Canvas Prints. 

My Thoughts?
Like having photobooks for lasting memories, this Canvas Print is also a good investment for personal memorabilia. For old souls like me, this lasting Print  is worth the money.

Will I buy one? Definitely. But will wait for any discount codes. 😆

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Have Fun Teaching Your Older Children How to Protect Themselves

It is easy when they are little. You keep them indoors unless you are going to be outside too. You check for monsters under the bed and make sure the doors are locked. But way to soon, your babies turn into teens and young adults that have to go out into the world alone. Teach them how to stay safe while spending some quality time together.

Self-Defense Classes
Check with your local community center for self-defense classes being held in your area. These classes are informative for people of all ages. The instructors are often police officers that know first hand what you can encounter in a dangerous situation. Make a night of it by going out to grab a bite to eat after the class. This gives you one on one time with your child to discuss what you learned.

Learning to Shoot

If you already know how to handle a firearm, you can teach your child yourself. Otherwise, contact the local shooting range to inquire about an instructor that can teach both of you. Once you get past that, you can take concealed carry classes. Finish up your adventure with a shopping trip for concealed carry clothing .

Practice Safety

Long before they are ready to go off to college, you need to be setting a good example of how to stay safe. Be in the habit of always locking the doors when you get home and keep windows latched. Explain how important it is to park in well-lit areas, and make sure car doors are also locked each time you enter or exit the vehicle. Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings.
Taking self-defense classes together, learning to shoot, and practicing safe behaviors together makes these lessons fun, and one day they will be part of you and your child’s special memories. Best of all, you will feel much better about them heading out into the world on their own.

Althea Korea's A'Bloom Collection ~ Review

A'Bloom is here!

It was fun to be part of A'bloom Collection brand launch at Althea Korea's website! It's super exciting to have the first dibs of the products as I have found the mask sheet that matches my skin need plus an instant fave meringue puffs.


Description

● A’bloom refreshing skin masks pack have strong antioxidant with harmony of fruits and natural ingredients of plants that provides custom care solution for each skin type. The PH balancing helps strengthens skin barrier as well as re-charge the skin with fresh energy. ● The fruit masks pack are made with strong antioxidant power of fruits and soothing energy of natural plants to care for each skin concern such as hydration, nutrition, whitening and blemishes. ● The sheet masks are made out of 100% natural eco-friendly fabric to effectively deliver the efficacy of the rich fruits essence and the essences are formulated with reduced viscosity that are available in creams.


Usage ● Has cooling effect and excellent absorption to deliver efficacy of ingredients deeply into the skin and keeps skin moisturized until the next day. ● Gives a gentle citrus scent with a refreshing touch. ● Transfers validity of natural wood extraction deeply into the skin with excellent penetration and close adhesion. ● The brightening line of the lemon lime whitening mask will provide an instant whitening effect after usage.

Direction 1. Gently clean your skin with toner after washing the face. 2. Open the pouch and remove the film, then apply the sheet mask on face properly and leave it for 10-20 minutes. 3. Take off the mask and gently pat the residue essence until fully absorb

The variants for Refreshing Fruits Mask Pack are as follows:


Ingredients and benefits: ● The watermelon fruit has 92% of water which is excellent for moisturizing and soothing for the skin during the hot weather. ● It contains natural aminoic acid called Citrulin and Betain that forms a natural moisturizing membrane on the skin, leaving it moisturized as well as a smoother skin that does not dry out. ● The mask also contains lavender extract which helps soothe sensitive skin and provides liveliness.


Ingredients and benefits: ● Peaches are rich in moisture and vitamin A retinol components which helps control the oil and water balance of the skin. ● It helps normalize the skin turnover cycle with retinol by preventing troubles and taking care of dead skin cells and provide smooth, hydrated skin. ● The mask contains tea tree extract to help sterilization and takes care of trouble spots and pores.


Ingredients and benefits: ● Avocado is known as the butter of the forest with rich protein that prevents aging and provides strong antioxidant with vitamin E tocopherol. ● The excellent absorption of skin-friendly unsaturated fatty acid provides shininess and elasticity to the skin. ● It is mix with hibiscus flower extract that contains Antocyanin , an antioxidant to prevent the skin from aging.



Ingredients and benefits: ● Lemon and lime contains high vitamin C ingredient to help repair and protect the skin from UV damage. ● The vitamin C’s function of inhibiting melanin production provides a clear and transparent skin. ● This mask contains green tea extract which is also rich in vitamin C ingredient to assist in controlling melanin production and skin care.

It's bikini season here in the Philippines, we went to Boracay Island for a summer escape and I brought 2 variants (Peach & Lemon) of mask sheet that I used at night to help my skin relaxed and hydrated.
Bringing mask sheets on a vacay was definitely a good idea! It's a way of recharging your skin with vitamins while providing a good oil and water balance. The cooling effect added a more relaxing soak.
Out of the 4 variants, Lemon lime mask perfectly meets my skincare needs as the moment. I needed that Vitamin C to help repair and protect my skin from UV damage.
Four days at this beautiful Island... to make sure to be well prepared for the aftermath of getting sun-kissed, I took advantage of A'Bloom's 10+10 mask sheets promotion and taddaaaaa!
Sparkle-Me-Bright Lemon Mask to the rescue to boost melanin production and skincare after sun exposure.

A good steal for 180 pesos for 20 sheets... so, 9 pesos each was a best offer that I wouldn't want to missed out. Offer is valid until out of stock, so you know the drill. 😊

What makes me choose this variant?
This Lemon Brightening Mask Sheet is  like a powerbank for skin, it recharges skin’s glow from within and also helps build a strong moisture barrier to lock in all the good stuff. 💦🍋 Brightening mask clarifies and brighten dull skin to unveil the natural glow from within.

The double dose of Vitamin C from lemon and lime extracts banishes dark spots and green tea boosts brightening while calming skin.

It's Simply the Zest! 💕
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Included in A'bloom's collection is the BHA Blackhead Blaster and Meringue Puffs.

Blackhead out without the ouch!
The BHA Blackhead Blaster is formulated with a mixture of BHA (derived from willow bark) and apricot seed powder, using both manual and chemical exfoliation methods to give you a gentle but effective cleanse. This helps wedge those blackheads free and minimize enlarged pores, preventing future black and whiteheads from forming. Charcoal and tea tree extracts also help to detoxify and control excess sebum production, making it a great skincare treatment for those of us with trouble-prone skin.
Using this product is easy peasy, all you have to do is massage the product onto the targeted areas in a circular motion. Do this for about a minute before rinsing off, and ta-da! You’ll be left with clean, smooth skin, just like that!
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Lovely & Cute Pastel Color Meringue Puffs

Description Apply makeup quickly and easily with the giant meringue puff with 1.5 times bigger in size than an ordinary puff.
Description Apply makeup with detailed edges of mini-sized sponge puff to achieve fine and flawless skin makeup.

Description ● The first beauty tool from A’bloom by Althea is the first meringue sponge puff designed which was inspired by baking meringue cookies. Achieve the perfect skin makeup with the lovely, cute pastel pink colour and cookie-shaped meringue puff. ● The giant meringue puff will provide quick and smooth makeup application on wide surface of the skin while the baby meringue puff will provide fine and detailed makeup application on small surface of the skin with its pointed tips. ● Obtain 2-way perfect skin expressions: 1. Moist and glossy skin makeup when the puff is soaked with water 2. Matte and Flawless skin makeup when the puff is not soaked with water Material and benefit ● The meringue puffs are made out of non-latex sponge with hydrophilic properties which will grow 1.5 times bigger than normal size when soaked with water allowing makeup to be applied perfectly on the skin.
My Thoughts?
Definitely more in love with the Korean Beauty Skincare products! I am hook on its effectiveness and affordability. This makes skincare goals more doable. Thankful for discovering Althea Korea's shopping site, the best K-beauty destination ❤️.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Creative Ways to Throw a Fun and Unique Birthday Party

Everyone loves cake and ice cream, but there are so many ways to get more creative with your kids' birthday parties. Choose a theme or event that your child already enjoys and recreate the atmosphere at home for a personal and memorable birthday party your friends and family will love! These themes are easy to pull off in your own backyard and appeal to almost every age.

Host a Carnival

Set up a few game booths, a face painting table and a concessions stand to throw a carnival-themed birthday party in your yard. Take things to another level of fun and entertainment by renting inflatables new jersey. Instead of sending everyone home with typical party favors, have the kids earn tickets at the games to exchange for prizes. Balloons and bright colors make for fun and easy decorations and corn dogs and cotton candy are great snack options.

Create an Outdoor Movie Theater

It's relatively inexpensive to rent or borrow a projector that can turn the side of your house into an instant movie screen. This night time party can feel even more magical with string lights hung overhead throughout the yard. Guests can lounge on blankets, sleeping bags or cushions while munching popcorn and nachos and enjoying a favorite film. A birthday cake topped with sparkler candles is a great finale to this birthday under the stars.

Design Your Own Escape Room

Older children and teens love solving mysteries and deciphering clues. You can create your own escape room at home by using ready-made kits or designing your own. Choose an exciting or mysterious theme, like roaring twenties dinner party, an haunted castle or an alien spaceship. Invite your guests to attend in costume and decorate your space to make it feel like you've stepped into a real-life mystery. Theme music and sound effects can create an even more dramatic atmosphere for the party.
Birthdays are the perfect time to use your imagination and create lifelong memories for you and your children.

Your Guitar Can Be Repaired in the Boston Area

Boston guitar repair is a unique talent, and it is available locally in the Greater Boston and New England areas including Waltham, Cambridge, Wellesley, and Newton. Knowledgeable and experienced craftsmen know just how important it is to bring a favorite instrument back to its original condition and restore it so that it can continue to make beautiful music and have the sound just right. 

They can plek the guitar, restring, fine tune the nut and frets, and add any mods and upgrades needed to match your individual playing style and give you maximum playability, All those skills guarantee that the technicians will treat your guitar with great care and precision. Main Street Music Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, has served musicians and music enthusiasts in the Boston and surrounding areas since 1993, which is more than 25 years of providing their large selection of instrument sales and services.

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They also rent various instruments and schedule lessons with their excellent music instructors for students of all ages who have different experience and ability levels. The lessons cover all styles of music, give in-depth training, and are designed to teach both basic as well as advanced techniques that will improve the playing skills of the students.

The instructors have extensive and varied experience and are proud to pass along their knowledge to present and future music enthusiasts as well as to professionals. The staff is happy to share information and recommendations with their customers and provide a complimentary lesson in order to teach the basics if you buy an instrument in-store. Nationwide shipping is available if you want to give a gift to a family member or friend in another area for a special birthday, anniversary, holiday, graduation, house warming, or another such important occasion.

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