My son and I have a very sensitive nose, we inherited the family's rhinitis and unfortunately has been passed on to him. Every time there is extreme change of weather, extreme dust, smoke and smell--our rhinitis attacks. A few years back when we lived in a small apartment, our rhinitis was very bad. Our unit was in between two units that have heavy smoker tenants and have high firewalls that is why there is no proper exhaust. Also, when they smoke, our house smells really bad and the smell stays in for hours even after spraying perfume.


I thought there was really no hope with it until I came across this brand Mia Maison at Glorietta and began buying their water based scents for water revitalizer and had one in every corner of our former apartment. I must say, it was and is the best buy so far since I really wanted to smell our apartment back then to smell clean and homey.

Fast forward, they now have a new concoction to eliminate pesky odours in our home. Odour away uses cutting edge technology, ensuring that your household doesn't just mask bad odor (or malodor) but completely eliminates them. 


Odour away oil is able to interact with malodors leading to reduction of the negative perception, giving a pleasant and harmonic smell. Odour away reduction takes place immediately after it remains over the area for quite a quite a long time. 

They have four available  scents which are the following:


  • Kitchen Bliss: consists of Raspberries, Sweet Cherries and Peaches mixed with Red Roses and Aromatic Aldehydes
  • Bath Time: consists of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Warm Cedarwood
  • Clean Space: consists of Green Tea, zesty Blood Orange, and other exotic Florals. 
  • Anti-Tobacco: has Lavender and Bright Citruses, mix with Watery Notes, Sea Salt, Ambroxian and White Sandalwood. 


These scents are available in waterbased oil, aromatherapy oil, eReed diffusers and aerosprays ranging from Php800- 4,000.

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Dishes, laundry, clutter—cleaning is a basic part of life that never ends. With a busy schedule, it can be hard to stay on top of it. A routine, however, builds cleaning into your schedule so that it becomes a habit. We’ve got the basics to help you get started. The number of people in your family, your work schedule, and the size of your home will all need to be factored into your cleaning routine. From there, it’s all about adjusting the routine to work within the unique demands of your life.

1. Create a List

You can’t manage everything until you know exactly what needs to be done. Create a list of all of your cleaning tasks. It might help to walk through each room while you’re doing this to make sure you remember everything. Some of the tasks will be daily while others will be weekly or monthly. You can put these tasks in separate columns according to their frequency or put a different symbol like a star or dot next to those that are a weekly or monthly need. 

2. Pick a Method but Know Yourself

There are any number of ways to create a routine, but only you know you. Are you the type of person who only succeeds if you fully commit yourself to a single project? Or are you better at chipping away at things a little bit at a time? Knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses can help you decide on a method that works for you long term. 

  • All or Nothing: With the all or nothing method, you schedule a block of time on one or two days a week to do all of your cleaning from start to finish. This method works well for small families and homes as it may only take an hour or two to wade through the clutter and leave the home sparkling clean. 
  • Piece by Piece: If overwhelm keeps you from cleaning, the piece by piece method might be a better fit. With this method, you regularly clean and pick up throughout the day. Every time you leave a room, put something away, wash and load dishes as soon as they’re used, and put away one set of toys before another is gotten out. However, you will need to set aside large chunks of time for deeper cleaning like cleaning out the refrigerator or washing windows. 
  • A Project a Day: With this method, you tackle one large cleaning project each day. Monday is bathrooms, Tuesday is the kitchen, Wednesday is the master bedroom, and so forth. You’ll be deep cleaning every day, but only in a specific area.
  • Timed Maintenance: Power cleaners thrive with this method in which you set a timer and get as much cleaning done as possible before the timer goes off. You can begin with a general cleaning plan before starting the timer or simply go where the clutter takes you.


No matter what method you choose to have the right tools available. A lightweight vacuum for small spills and touch-ups, a cleaning caddy to keep cleaning supplies organized, and disposable gloves if cleaning the bathroom makes you gag can make the process faster and more efficient. 

3. Chart It Out

Charts give you a quick visual break down. The chart should be organized by the week or month. It’s here that you can adjust the routine to your schedule. For example, on days you’re running kids to activities or participating in an after work yoga class, schedule fewer cleaning tasks. Be sure to share the work with everyone in the family and remember to add tasks that are monthly tasks only. 

Conclusion

A cleaning routine isn’t written in stone. It’s a starting point with the flexibility for the unexpected. Stick with it and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to keep your home clean and clutter-free when you’ve got a plan. 


Santa Rosa, Laguna — The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is set to host its first Dog Day Saturday event on August 31 at Ayala Malls Solenad, Santa Rosa, Laguna.

The full day event, open to its clients and Laguna residents, will feature dog obstacle courses, partner brands, and a line-up of activities that the pets and owners will surely enjoy. Guests can watch dogs strut the runway in their best costumes or join the basic obedience training session facilitated by a dog expert.



“Dog Day Saturday is one of the many ways for us to connect with the community our branches are in. This is an opportunity to engage with our existing and potential clients through activities that are relevant to them,” BPI Division Head for South Luzon Liza Sta. Ana shares.  


For updates, like BPI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bpi/.



Ensuring a young learner’s future success is not defined solely by where and who they grew up with. A child’s upbringing is not defined by their circumstances, but by the conscious choices that those who support them make. What does it take to foster a learning environment that supports young learners? It takes action, and a deep sense of responsibility rooted in community support.



In the Philippines, education is considered as a cornerstone of helping the national economy thrive in a fast-paced world that demands new perspectives to answer the challenges and recognize the opportunities that today's realities serve. We live in spaces with so many diverse aspects that each contribute to how we look at ourselves and decide what to do in life, with the world out there. This is why it is important to build our capacities from multiple perspectives: to shape our intellectual, social, physical, emotional, artistic, and creative potentials. What does this mean for our young learners?

Shaped by the rapid advances in global industry and technology, young learners today have more privilege in terms of access to vast troves of information, all available at the touch of a button or the tap of a screen. However, digital connectedness and well-being are not really adequate measures of whether a child is learning and is steadily becoming independent, able to expand their own imagination, and always hungry to learn by both doing and taking apart what they already learned to make something new.

The 21st century is an age of connectedness and speed, a time when technology and industry are seamlessly bound to make the world a better place, and transform how we live. With this in mind, what we need is a whole new approach to the ways with which we go about with education, how we prepare them for success in life.

The Whole Child Initiative is a philosophy centered on holistic practices and methods that develops and prepares students by attending to a learner’s multifaceted needs: not just the academic aspect, but also, and more importantly, a learner’s psycho-social and emotional development. By considering the learner as an individual within a community, the Whole Child Initiative creates a bond between teachers, schools, parents, and the entire community, fostering awareness and openness to help shape and sustain learning environments into safe spaces for growth, learning, and the fulfillment of every child’s potential for success.

Through its critical thinking and inquiry-based methodology, the Whole Child Initiative aims to provide a well-rounded education, geared especially toward young learners. It is through this core concept of a well-rounded education that the Whole Child Initiative strives to help young learners become successful in later life without unnecessarily straining or pressuring them to merely excel in academics, given how academic excellence in itself is not an adequate measure of a happy and fulfilling life.

As a holistic approach, the Whole Child Initiative is guided by human values that have a universal resonance: compassion and peace. The campaign for the Whole Child commits itself to uplift all learners and help transform how we experience education into something that they could cherish and look back with gratitude, one that they will keep and treasure for a lifetime.

For over 69 years, REX has continuously evolved as the leading learning solutions provider in the Philippines. REX envisions a bright future for every Filipino learner, a future where they may reach for their dreams and become whole and joyful persons ready to contribute to society, committed to helping build the nation forward.

At REX, everything is done to nurture and serve, for the child (“Para sa Bata”). From publishing superior learning materials, to providing ISO-certified printing services, to holding relevant professional development seminars for educators and school administrators, all these works are part of the vision of the Whole Child: a child who’s safe, healthy, challenged, supported, and engaged.

REX is the premiere Philippine partner of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the main international organization campaigning for the Whole Child Approach. The REX and ASCD’s partnership has helped introduce and widen the acceptance of holistic learning strategies for next-gen education in the Philippines, all aligned with the country’s current transition to fully implementing K-12 education policies, as well as the new General Education Curriculum (GEC).

To learn more about REX's leading efforts towards creating sustainable learning environments for the Whole Child, read about their work here: http://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/whole-child-initiative/

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