There is the team member who stepped up to run an important meeting when your son got hurt in football practice. Your next-door neighbor mowed your lawn when you were down for a week with the flu. The best friend who brought you lunch when you were working eighteen-hour days trying to meet a deadline at work. They deserve to know how much those considerate acts meant to you. Read on for some ways to make them know that they are appreciated.

Sweet Indulgences 


It doesn't matter if they are fresh from your kitchen or if you enlist help from cookie delivery atlanta, nobody can resist a hot, fresh cookie. If you are thanking someone interested in eating well, consider sending them a fruit bouquet. Want to make that movie buff feel special? Get a bucket of microwave popcorn and put several theater-sized candy bars inside. Make your thank-you note look like a movie ticket.

Sweet Relief



For those who have gone above and beyond, like that bestie that never lets you down, why not give them a gift certificate for a spa treatment? A relaxing massage, facial or a mani-pedi would make anyone feel pampered and appreciated. However, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to show you care. For a personalized touch, make a spa basket with aromatherapy oils for the bath, some candles and chamomile tea or a bottle of wine. 

Sweet Pictures

A gesture of appreciation will not be measured by how much money is spent, but by the thought and effort. Do you have a picture of your neighbor's kids with yours making mud pies? Or one where they brought you flowers that they picked themselves? Buy an inexpensive frame, decorate it with paint pens, seashells or dried flowers and insert the picture of a sweet and considerate thank you gift.


Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS is a bunch of symptoms that even the strongest women would usually face several days before that time of the month. Feeling totally frazzled and waking up with a different kind of fatigue is a reality, a zit on the nose that wasn’t there a night before. And oh, those tender breasts plus the soreness and heaviness. Worst, you can’t stop thinking about that fudgy chocolate cake you saw on Instagram!




According to Anne Price, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, an average woman experiences PMS 450 times in her lifetime. While hormones play a part in these biological changes, there’s a way how to manage it by avoiding these foods that are likely to alleviate the symptoms.


1. Trans fats and hydrogenated fats 

These are the nutritional bad words everyone should be aware of. Trans fats and hydrogenated fats are unhealthy by-products of a chemical process called hydrogenation. Manufacturers alter the fats to solidify liquid oils and lengthen shelf life and flavor of oils and foods that contain them. So, the next time you’re going to pick up margarine, crackers, cookies, and snack foods from the grocery shelves, read the labels and drop everything that says hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated even if the nutritional profile says 0% trans-fat. Go for saturated fats found in coconut or the healthier monounsaturated fats like olive and avocado oil. 

2. Food allergens

Food allergies cause digestive issues and skin breakouts that are obvious signs of a possible hormonal imbalance. But what if you have no idea which food you are allergic to? Either you have yourself checked by a doctor or try an elimination diet. This diet is a three-to-six-week eating plan that eliminates potential food allergens and then reintroduces them one at a time to identify which ones your body does not tolerate well. Top eight foods that belong to the food allergen camp are milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. 


3. High fructose corn syrup and refined sugar

High fructose corn syrup is a chemically produced sugar found in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks, while refined sugar is the ones usually stored in your pantry. It comes from sugar cane, processed to extract sugar used to sweeten cakes, desserts, cookies, coffee, and cereals. The difference between these and the natural sugars found in fruits is that the former have empty calories with no nutritional value while the latter are loaded with fiber and other nutrients that your body needs especially right before the shark week. The absence of fibers makes you digest these artificial sugars rapidly resulting in insulin and blood sugar skyrocket. The result? It fuels mood swings and worsens headaches and difficulty concentrating. That’s the reason as well why you don’t feel full even after giving in to your sweet tooth. But of course, you don’t have to deprive yourself especially when you’re PMSing to the max. Just stick to dark chocolates, dates, raw honey, and reach for stevia or coconut sugar as healthier alternatives!

4. Salt

Ever wonder why you’re bloated or your hands and feet swell during PMS? These symptoms are caused by none other than hormonal changes that cause water retention. And loading up on sodium will just make it worse. Swapping salty food with nuts and loading up on fruits and veggies are good choices to reduce the accumulation of water weight because of a diet that’s high in sodium!

5. Caffeine

PMS is usually associated with fatigue, mental exhaustion, and depression. A lot of women try to counter these by increasing caffeine intake. But because caffeine is a stimulant chemical, it causes increased heart rate and blood pressure. This consequently leads to tension, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and greater exhaustion. Its diuretic nature also increases urine production and triggers dehydration that is home to dysmenorrhea. Try herbal teas and decaffeinated liquids instead while going through PMS. 

6. Alcohol

When alcohol enters the bloodstream, it alters the brain function that produces serotonin. Serotonin is called the “happy hormone” because it contributes to a person’s stability and well-being. It regulates mood, social behavior, appetite, sleep, memory, and sexual desire functions. It is also responsible in mood alterations and disorders. Now imagine, that PMS is at its peak and you decide to wreck them further by drinking your favorite bar drink. Not very helpful, right? And like the previous item, it is also diuretic. It will rob you of your much-needed bodily fluids that will lead to prolonged dysmenorrhea. That said, abstaining from drinking alcohol during this time is strongly encouraged. 


Remember that diet plays a key role in balancing the fluctuating hormones in a woman’s body. But aside from choosing the right food, picking the right sanitary pads will keep you centered. The first anion sanitary pad in retail that’s available at Watson’s, Mercury Drug, all leading supermarkets, and groceries nationwide, it’s also on offer at www.lazada.com.ph and www.shopee.ph. The anion strip feature helps to ward off bacteria and fungi that cause a foul odor while keeping its freshness up to 3 hours. The findings are a result of the clinical trial by the Laboratory of Inorganic Nanomaterials, Institute of Chemistry, UP Diliman that’s why women who are looking for a menstrual pad with better benefits should try Jeunesse Anion. On top of these unique benefits, it’s made from sterilized virgin pulp material that provides extraordinary softness and absorption capacity leaving you fresh and comfortable all day!  Jeunesse Anion comes in ultra-day non-wing, ultra-day pad, ultra-night pad, all-night pad, and panty liner to help every woman to go through their period with ease and comfort. 

Wellgold International Inc. distributes Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners and currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug and South Star Drug outlets, SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket and selected department stores, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Waltermart, Landmark Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, plus other selected stores in Visayas and Mindanao. For more health tips, visit www.jeunesseanion.com and follow Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram: Jeunesse Anion. For inquiries, email: wellgoldinternational@gmail.com or call (02) 4701294.


Beginning today until September 30, 2019, Mastercard, in partnership with The SM Store, will run a promotion to encourage shoppers to make payments using their contactless-enabled Mastercard credit cards. The contactless cards can be identified through a symbol on the card face that is similar to the Wi-Fi symbol, albeit turned sideways. Shoppers using the contactless Mastercard credit cards stand a chance to win PhP 1,000-worth of gift cards when they make a one-time purchase worth PhP 3,000.00 or an installment purchase with a total value of PhP 5,000.00.


Though still in its infancy in the Philippines, contactless payments are already widely used in other countries such as Singapore, Australia, and England. Payments via contactless cards are fulfilled by simply tapping the card on a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. For low value transactions, no PIN or signature is required; cardholders can simply Tap & GoTM. Faster checkout lines are now made possible even during The SM Store’s famous 3-Day Sales, thanks to contactless payment technology. Therefore, this payment method is deemed effective in grocery and convenience stores, cinemas and gas stations where long queues can be curtailed through quicker payment transactions.

In the Philippines, transactions beyond Php 2,000 require the cardholder’s signature as a layer of security from unauthorised transactions. It is important to note that shoppers will be billed only once even if they accidentally tap on the point-of-sale terminal multiple times. The EMV chip embedded in the card effectively safeguards card details as it creates dynamic data every time a transaction is made, making it nearly impossible for fraudsters to duplicate or clone the card.

Contactless technology not only makes transactions more convenient than fumbling for cash or  counting loose coins at the checkout, but also much safer because they are protected by Mastercard with global zero liability promise and will not be liable for unauthorized charges.[1]

Through such innovations, not only do customers benefit but, Mastercard enables merchant partners to do business with greater efficiency while at the same time ensuring safety as transactions are processed.

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Ever since we moved to the south, it feels like we were meant to be here and that there is no turning back. We left the busy city of the central business district in Makati and if there is one thing that we missed is the convenience of our occasional cravings for food. Yes, our family loves adventure and we love food that is probably the reason why we have a bigger allocation for food every month.


Last weekend, I was invited to try one of the hidden gastronomic gems of the south and that is Paluto at All Day Supermarket in Global South Branch. The place is 15 minutes away from our house accessible through the friendship route. The idea of their restaurant is that you will shop for your food in the supermarket and have it cooked by their cooks for a fee. For a busy mom like me, once in a week adventure with the kids here is nice since this is a very good teaching opportunity when you have small kids to answer their never ending questions about how I really shop for food at the wet market. You will walk with them the process of how we shop, prepare and cook food that is served on the table.

The concept of the restaurant is that you shop for your food and let Paluto cook it for you, that is why it is called Paluto. I like the idea for many reasons:














  • You can shop while your food is being prepared and cooked. There is no wasted time and added bonding with your kids.
  • You have a great selection of food so you can really satisfy your cravings with freshly cooked food. Plus, kids get to see live shrimps in a water tank!
  • This is a good opportunity to teach them food and menu planning and proper budgeting.
  • You can enjoy food just like when you are in the comforts of your home, you can eat with bare hands! 

Here are some of what we had at Paluto:









Aside from the cooked meals that we got to enjoy, they also have varieties of food that we can choose from. The fellow mommy bloggers enjoyed the best selling milktea from Bubble Wrap Ph and the daddies got to enjoy halo-halo from Cold Burst.



After delighting ourselves with the food, we checked some pastries at Bake My Day. I cannot wait to get some more because my family loves pastries so much! 















If you want this kind of gastronomic adventure like we did, you may visit Paluto By All Day Supermarket at Global South or any All Day Supermarket.

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Most women have thought about laser hair removal at one point or another while shaving their legs for what seems like the millionth time, but they oftentimes don't go through with it. It is something that people often think of, but they don't really know much about it. If you've considered trying laser hair removal, here are some things you should know before you get started. 

It's Usually Not Very Painful

Unfortunately, it is not completely pain free. The experience is different for each person, but most people agree that there is some discomfort involved. Sensitive areas tend to hurt more than those with thicker hair. The amount of pain should be tolerable and should never reach a point that a person can't handle. 

It Takes Time

You will likely have to attend more than one session. Laser hair removal Ellicott City MD, typically requires you to show up for at least eight treatments, but each appointment is relatively quick. It may even take a few weeks to notice any results at all, so don't panic if you don't notice any changes right away. It is important to be patient through this process. 

It Limits Your Activity

Be careful about sun exposure directly after your treatment as your skin may be more sensitive. Because heat is applied to your skin during the appointment, you want to avoid any activities that cause your body to warm up even more for the 24 hours following your treatment. This includes avoiding strenuous exercise and keeping your showers at a lukewarm to cool temperature. 
Laser hair removal isn't right for everyone, but for many people it is a great option and can end up saving them a lot of time that would be spent shaving later on. Look up locations near you to find out more information and to discover if this could be right for you. 

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