Every parent knows it can sometimes be hard to get kids to choose healthy food and drinks over less nutritious ones. Thus, it is good to know that Alaska Milk Corporation (focused on nourishing and developing every kid's mind and body) and Disney (bent on creating happiness and magical moments for kids and families) both aim to encourage healthy drinking habits among children. 

healthy and nutritious drinks with fun designs 
The other night, Alaska Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Milk Kids line, featuring Alaska Choco, Sweet Milk, and Yoghurt Drinks, joined hands with Disney to officially launch the fun-filled "Who will you be today?" campaign with specially designed Disney Frozen and Marvel themed milk drinks that boys and girls will definitely love.

create a tiara like Queen Elsa's or a mask like Iron Man's
Alaska Choco comes in 236ml, 185ml, and 110ml packs
With 30 designs, kids and kids-at-heart can use their imagination and be playful in choosing who they want to be with every Alaska RTD Kids drink. Let your children enjoy and choose their own adventures through different Frozen and Marvel characters along with the delicious selection of milk flavors. Isn't it great, moms and dads, that it would be so much easier to give your kids healthy and nutritious drinks? :)

cut out a web shooter ala-Spiderman or a nose like Olaf's
yoghurt drinks are available in strawberry, blueberry, green apple, and orange flavors
SRPs are P16.15 (180ml) and P10.90 (110ml)


Having electricity has become a normal thing for many of us. Maybe, we even take for granted the lights we have at home -- unless there's a power outage and we couldn't function well in the dark.

solar lamps are very helpful in isolated areas not reached by electric power lines
Whenever I see TV documentaries showing children diligently studying under the light of a candle or lampara, I feel my heart break. They don't deserve to experience that kind of inconvenience especially when there's a solution to the problem.

So I was really, really glad to know about the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) activity to celebrate Earth Day which, through its Caring Cup program, supports the United Nations' goal for sustainable development on affordable and clean energy. 

tools of advocacy
A great number of communities in the Philippines still have no electricity in their homes despite it being one of the most basic necessities for decent living conditions. CBTL responds to this need by giving the Gift of Light through its partnership with My Shelter Foundation for its Liter of Light project to give solar powered lamps to underprivileged school children of the Dumagat tribe

The Liter of Light (or Isang Litrong Liwanag) project is an initiative that brings solar lamps to communities that still don't have electricity. Normally, families would use kerosene lamps to light up their homes because it is very cheap. Unfortunately, this source of light lets out toxic smoke that's harmful to health. 

assembling a solar lamp circuit


I have a lot of favorite Oishi snacks and I am always excited to learn about the brand coming up with more. This year, three brand new items have been introduced and are perfect for various activities this summer and beyond.

new Oishi snacks for 2016!
Those who like anything spicy would like Oishi Pea Pow Garbanzo Stick Crunch Snack that is made from chickpeas, a well-known superfood. The crunchy stick is not only tasty, but is also packed with fiber and protein, making it the perfect mid-day treat.

If you're a fan of fish crackers like me, I'm sure you'll also be thrilled to discover Oishi Fishda Fish Kropeck that was made to taste exactly like all-time Filipino favorite -- fish balls! 

Love watching movies? Make sure to bring a pack or two of the new Oishi Mobsters Caramel & Cheese Popcorn when going to blockbuster screenings. This one has a great mix of sweet caramel and savoury cheese flavor. It's literally finger-licking good!

win one for you and a friend!


Turn your world upside down this summer with an awesome new collection from Oxygen! Anybody who loves music and fashion would love the collaboration between the well-loved fashion brand with Billboard, the world's premier source for trends and innovation in music.

check out these street styles with statement caps, jersey number shirts, and more! 
Experience, discover, and celebrate your passion for music and fashion with OXYGEN x BILLBOARD items for everyday use such as graphic tees, pullovers, and accessories like caps and bags. The designs take heavy inspiration from the rock and hip-hop genres. They come mostly in black and white, except for minimal pops of color here and there on selected items, and scream of New York street fashion.

Jeff Bascon, Oxygen Brand Director, says they have always believed in allowing everyone to live their passion. "For years, every effort of the brand has always been geared towards encouraging people to move out of their comfort zones and do things that allow them to leave a mark; to make a statement," he  shares. "The same ideology is what made us want to do this project with Billboard. Billboard is where it is today because the people behind it have been very brave and objective with who gets in their charts."

rock in style with these comfy outfits


I am a big fan of LED lights. They have proven to be a very big help in lowering our electric bills at home. Sure, they are priced higher than the regular bulbs, but the long-term savings are worth it! 

maximize energy efficiency by using LED lights according to their purpose 
About a year or more ago, my husband and I started to slowly replace the lights around our house. I say slowly because we'd buy just one or two bulbs at a time when we do our grocery shopping if we can fit them in the budget. You see, we have lights that are kept on the whole night and used to cost us a lot in terms of electricity. 

Nowadays, we worry less about lighting consumption because we know we won't have to pay as much as before thanks to our LED bulbs. Plus, we are assured that they will last for years!

not all bright lights consume high electricity 


With the summer season already in full swing, it’s easy to have fun under the sun. However, one constant concern for ladies is the darkening of skin in sun-exposed parts of the body, which leads to uneven skin tone.

In 2007, Beauty Elements Ventures, Inc. (BEVI) introduced its flagship product with Kojic Acid formulation that turned whitening fans into believers. Today, Kojie San Lightening Soap is the leading Kojic soap in the Philippines. Read its benefits as well as that of other Kojie San products that promote skin lightening:

#BringYourSkintoLight with Kojie San's Skin Lightening Range


Summer is a fun season because it is a good time to have more bonding moments with the whole family. However, while we enjoy planning for trips to the beach, traveling overseas, or enjoying the company of each other at home, beating the summer heat should not be the only thing we should worry about.

Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio and son Philip with GSK mascots
during the GSK Expert Moms event
As a lot of moms know and expect, the rise in temperature brings with it various diseases and makes our kids vulnerable to a lot of environmental triggers that can ruin our fun in the sun.  Due to erratic weather patterns, there are those who develop coughs and colds caused by changes in temperature.

Although coughing is a natural reflex of the body when it is trying to rid itself of an irritant, such as mucus or a foreign object, coughs may also be a sign of a respiratory tract infection or caused by asthma, allergies/sinusitis, or pollution. 

Ambrolex (Ambroxol) comes in drops and syrups for babies and kids
Parents should be concerned when they have a kid with cough because it may be passed on to other children with weakened immune systems and which may result in fever, headache, and pains. Transmission happens when, upon direct contact with an infected individual or surfaces like doorknobs, computer keyboards, and gadgets, one touches his nose or mouth after.

In general, there are two kinds of cough: dry and productive (cough with phlegm). Pediatricians recommend protussives such as Ambrolex (Ambroxol) to those with productive cough to get rid of excess mucus in the airways.

with fellow moms Donna (and son Kib), Jen, and Jenny
at the GSK Expert Moms event


I've engaged in running as my regular exercise for almost two years now. My husband and I go on practice runs two or more times a week. I found it a good way to stay healthy and maintain my ideal weight. Of course, like any other female, I am also conscious about losing those extra pounds and cellulites, especially around my midsection. 

I believe I am at my fittest these days
because I really make the effort to stay healthy so I can
live longer for my family 
About two weeks ago, I started a MySlim regimen to see if these slimming products would work for me. According to the product info, MySlim Capsules contain the following:
  1. Yerba Mate Finomate, which boosts metabolism, increases caloric burn rate, suppresses appetite, stimulates mental focus and clarity, and increases energy
  2. Garcinia Cambogia, which reduces appetite, blocks an enzyme in the body that prevents carbohydrates to be stored as fat, and burns fat rapidly
  3. L-Carnitine (Carnipure), which converts fat into energy, promotes fat burning, reduces the sensation of hunger, and facilitates a reduction in food intake
  4. Green Tea Extract (EGCG), which increases fat burning and fat loss as well as improves brain function and physical performance
The recommended use for this dietary supplement is to take one capsule two to three times a day after meals. I found out though that it works better for me when I take two capsules before I do my practice runs in the late afternoons. Honestly, I felt myself sweating more and having extra energy to push myself further on every run. 

I also tried taking MySlim Yerba Mate Drink in liquid and powder forms. The liquid comes in a 200ml bottle while the powder is sold in 32g sachets. Both are strawberry flavored and they taste good, especially when drank cold. These products are intended for detoxing and should not be taken more than twice a week.

The label indicates that MySlim gives users twice the fat burning power with Yerba Mate and hi-grade L-Carnitine in a refreshing sugar-free drink made with Palatinose, a naturally sourced smart sugar developed in Germany that provides full carbohydrate energy in a more balanced way for low glycemic effect.  

After drinking this in the morning, you can spend your day burning fat, balancing your sugar levels, and bringing up your energy. A word of caution though: make sure you STAY HOME after taking the liquid because you will have to go to the bathroom several times in the next couple of hours! This is the evident result of the detox effect, which is good because you'll get to eliminate toxins from the body. 

going on a MySlim regimen takes discipline and effort on your part,
don't expect magical results, seriously!



Korean pop superstar Sandara Park is a well-loved figure in the Philippines. This very talented and charming young lady is undoubtedly one of Asia's sought-after style icons with her quirky personality and own unique style. 

be a headturner like Sandara this summer
all pieces in the photos of this post are now
available at Penshoppe stores nationwide
This weekend, Penshoppe brought Sandara to Manila to frontline the international fashion brand's Spring-Summer 2016 campaign, which included a meet and greet with fans and a denim fashion show that doubled as a re-launch for the Penshoppe's Denim Love scents.

Sandara's puts her personal spin on this all-white summer ensemble
with white denim shorts paired with a soft white chiffon tank top and a white jacket
accented by a red belt and navy blue sneakers for a fun yet casual street look


For the longest time, sandals were just considered summer footwear that one needs when going to the beach or for lounging around the house. However, ever-changing fashion trends have given birth to peoples' constant search for what's unique, chic, and … yes, Instagrammable!

pretty OOTD!
Features about sandals such as those from the New York Times' shower slide/sandal story that appeared on the pages of its T Magazine, a generous spread from Glamour Magazine's online pages, and an Essentials slide feature under the Fashion & Style banner of the NY Times, are proof that the once simple pair of sandals have come a long way and already arrived in style.   

In the Philippines, Banana Peel has once more redefined its customers' favorite must-have footwear by coming up with a variety of sandals for all seasons while keeping in mind form, function, and fashion. The flip flops specialty retailer offers the following:

Paprika sandals
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