Friday, August 18, 2017

Blogger Opp: $150 Paypal Giveaway!

http://www.ratsandmore.com/p/opportunities-for-bloggers.html


Hey bloggers! Here is a fun new blogger giveaway event opportunity (Hosted by Lil' Blog and More


This will be a great event, that will help gather a lot of exposure and followers - So be sure to join in! There are a few different options available. 


Prize for the event: $150 via Paypal (Or the winner can get a gift card if they choose.)

Actual Giveaway Dates: 9/5/2017 - 9/30/2017.


This is a great way to gain a lot more followers on your social media channels! There are completely FREE options, sharing options (for additional entries on the form.) and paid options, available! 


Last day to sign up for this event: September 1st, 2017. 

You can sign up for this event HERE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tech Essentials from Sanibel Desktop Essentials Kit by Toddy Gear!

A month ago I received an email from a representative of Toddy Gear, a Chicago-based tech accessories business. The company was so generous to send me a kit that will save my technology life by not disconnecting me to the internet world!

Toddy Gear is a Chicago-based small business that began seven years ago with one simple goal—to clean screens effectively and fashionably, enhancing your favorite gadgets. With that, the Toddy Smart Cloth was born, the world’s first premium, dual-sided microfiber cleaning cloth for removing dirt, grime, and fingerprints from smartphones, tablets, computer monitors, eyewear, and more.
But it doesn’t end there. Toddy Gear quickly became more than just microfiber. Now Toddy Gear offers a growing product collection that continues to address life’s little hassles created by the technology you can depend on, including bestsellers like:
  • The WedgeTM Mobile Device Stand, this beanbag-like stand props your smartphone at an ideal viewing angle and offers a screen-cleaning microfiber on the bottom
  • Toddy Charge & Sync Cables, eliminating personality-free charging and equipping you with a charging cable that is truly your own
  • Smart Charge Power Banks, keeping you from powering down when you can least afford it, while promoting your own sense of style

This cute bag is loaded with essentials that can go along anywhere I go and let me stay connected to the world. 
Featuring this kit, Sanibel Desktop Essentials by Toddy Gear!


This fashionable Sanibel pattern is their best selling kit and would I explain further why?
Upon opening the package and seeing this nice green colour with aztec design really shows how Toddy Gear defines the current taste of the new generation. Sophisticated and playful is what I can describe the pattern. 

What's in the bag?
1- Sanibel Smart Cloth 5x7- $9.99
1- Sanibel Wedge - $14.99
1- Sanibel Smart Charge Power Bank- $29.99

I personally hate my screens when I see those grimy stains on the iPad or even on the Macbook monitor. But, I couldn't help it since I always apply hand moisturiser after every wash. So, I am transferring those marks specially on the iPad screen. It is never easy to wipe it off by means of ordinary cloth or even a tissue paper. I'm glad that Sanibel Smart Cloth solved this problem for me.

  • Fine microfiber weave eliminates dirt, dust, and smudges from iPhones, iPads, iPods, Androids, tablets; even eyeglasses or camera lenses
  • 100% premium microfiber for scratch-free cleaning
  • Dual-sided: Plush side to clean and silky side to polish
  • Skip the messy liquids or sprays that can harm your screen
  • Special coating prevents the buildup of mold and mildew
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • Proudly Made in the USA

Let's move on to that beanbag-like stand which they call as Sanibel Wedge.
It cradles the smartphone when in use for a hands-free look. It makes my time online even more productive and can work in multi-tasking. It's a soft cushion with a stand, such an ergonomic design that fits anything and anywhere in my desk.
  • Supports your iPhone, E-Reader, GPS or gaming devices without removing the case
  • 100% microfiber wipes screens clear of smudges and fingerprints
  • Dual-sided: Plush side to clean and silky side to polish screens
  • Skip messy liquids or sprays that can harm your screen
  • Special coating prevents the build up of mold, mildew and odors
  • Washable, air dry
  • Proudly Made in the USA
Sanibel Smart Charge Power Bank, a travel-sized power bank for that extra juice for your gadget. Never ran out of power online with this stylish looking power bank. I love how it makes a statement when I placed the power bank on top of my office table during a meeting and my co-worker was drawn to its design. I don't fear my gadgets like my iPad and smartphone's battery be drained because of Sanibel Smart Charge. 
  • 7000mAh battery for superior performance
  • Compatible with smartphones, tablets, and wearables that support charging via 5V/1A and 5V/2.1A USB interface
  • Dual USB ports, ideal for charging two devices at once
  • Glossy, mirror-like finish
  • Slim, elegant, and powerful for on-the-go charging
  • Digital LED indicators to display remaining power




I have been using this power bank since day one it arrived and until today it supplies the battery life I need for my gadget. Not only I used this for mobile and tech gadgets alone, I also charge up some of my rechargeable electronics at home such as the portable hand-held electric fan and my mountain bike blinker lights. 
Here is a short clip of the the items inside the Sanibel Essentials Kit for your viewing pleasure. 

But wait there's more, with the generosity of Toddy Gear I am giving away a discount code to you guys!

Check out Toddy Gear website and shop! 
Using this code >>> BITSENPIECES20 <<<< you can get a 20% off discount on checkout! Grab this code and enjoy a limitless technology and fashion from Toddy Gear! 


The Cocomocha Brooklyn Bean Roastery Giveaway! @BROOKLYNBEANS1

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yes to more discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph!


Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.



While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.

With that, Travelbook.ph, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

Just this July, Travelbook.ph launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.

“Every Filipino deserves the best experience when they travel. And at Travelbook.ph, we believe that it should start at the very moment that they do their actual bookings,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of the leading OTA.

All the customers have to do is to sign up at www.travelbook.ph and choose among the 3,300 affiliated hotels of Travelbook.ph for their trip. Travelers, then, will see that the VAT on their hotel bookings has been deducted from the total cost of their transaction. What’s more interesting is that on top of the deducted VAT, additional discounts may still be applied.


With all the stress and problems in life that Filipinos normally encounter, Travelbook.ph would like to give them more opportunities to travel so they can unwind and explore.

“What we want to do is more of a public service instead of business. We have a heart for the customers and we do necessary actions to express that we care. That is how Free VAT campaign is born,” Mr. Nakazawa adds.

With this latest offer from Travelbook.ph, everyone can now get hassle-free and pocket-friendly trips! So book now at www.travelbook.ph to start the best travel experience you can ever have!

This campaign might end without prior notice to the public. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pet Lovers Bundle Giveaway! 4 Prizes @SMGurusNetwork


Welcome to the Pet Lovers Bundle Giveaway!

There is 1 winner for this giveaway. 1 Lucky Winner will receive a collar and bracelet from FriendshipCollar, a pet tag from Bad Tags, a pair of grooming gloves from HandsOn Gloves and a BugBand Bundle Family Pack!
This is part of our Back To School Gift Guide, so please check it out!
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
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Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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My Silly Little Gang

Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views

Bargnhtress

Easter Babe’s Theory

Peyton’s Momma

Java John Z’s

                                             Teach My Yoga Mat Set – Hop & Learn Giveaway

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Are You Looking For Hair Loss Treatment Due To PCOS Disorder?

Have you thought that you used to have such thick hair but now it’s so thin? Are you thinking that it is bad when you take a picture of thinner hair each day? You are not alone. Many women face this problem due to many causes including PCOS. Other people may think that losing hair is normal thing but it is such a big deal if it happens so much. Emotionally, it must be difficult deal with PCOS symptoms. You may be thinking why it happens to you. So, here are discussions about PCOS, its symptoms, and the side effects.


Does PCOS Affect Hair Loss?


First of all, let’s talk what exactly is PCOS? It is an abbreviation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS is a condition of impaired ovarian function in women who are in child-bearing age. This causes the female hormones to become unbalanced due to unknown causes. Another says that PCOS is syndrome in women due to male hormone excess. Many women will have problem on an increasing levels of androgens and DHT or dihydrotestosterone. This condition can lead to thinning of hair on the front and top of the head. Even more, the high levels of DHT is the most influential factor in losing hair. In other side, the high level of testosterone also takes a part in this. The excess of testosterone can be converted to DHT which makes a condition of hair loss. It will be also difficult to regrow the hair especially in women with PCOS disorder.

Signs and symptoms of PCOS often begin shortly after the first menstrual period (menarche). In some cases, PCOS occurs after a reproductive period. Signs and symptoms vary among women of either type or severity. To diagnose this condition, the doctor considers at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Irregular periods of menstruation.
  • Excess androgen levels (male hormone) in women characterized by the number of facial or body hair.
  • Losing hair in each day.
  • Enlarged ovaries (ovaries) consisting of a number of cysts through examination.


Patients with PCOS hormone balance disorder in the form of increased hormone called Luteinizing Hormone (LH) that settled so that ovulation disorders occur. Increased LH levels cause active lygons to produce androgens in the form of androstenedione and testosterone. This hyperandrogenic state causes the internal environment of the follicle to be dominant androgen so it can not develop and eventually die. High levels of androgens in women cause acne and hair growth patterns such as men and the cessation of ovulation.

So, now you know what is the relationship between PCOS with hair loss. There have been many studies about PCOS sysmptoms and how to treat women with this disorder. The most important point is on lifestyle. This disorder can be solved by changing your lifestyle into healthier habit including diet, exercise, stress management, and rest. Taking vitamin and any mineral supplements to support your effort to regrow your hair loss. All of those shifts will effect your hair. Bad diet habit, excess stress, estrogenic alopecia, and lack of sleep are necessary to handle hair loss PCOS.

Hair Loss Treatment for Women with PCOS


After knowing the causes of hair loss in women with PCOS disorder, it is time to fix this problem. The best step firstly you have to do in reducing the risk of hair loss of PCOS is to start on proper diets. Then, you may incorporate diet program with exercise and of course manage your stress as well in order to balance your life aspects. This is a good foundation to treat women with PCOS. Otherwise, you may also try keranique products which are safe to use. You are recommended to check the Keranique reviews before using these products to regrow your hair.

When you face a problem of hair loss due to PCOS, you may focus on hair loss care. The daily routine may cause hair loss as well. Pulling back and up your hair may reduce the quantity of the hair. While, the use of hair products may also reduce both quantity and quality of the hair. The frequency of hair washing is also not good for hair because the more often you wash the hair, the more oil in hair is lost. When you use shampoo, it should be better completely cleaning the scalp. While, the content of the shampoo is better contained an organic ingredients which is used to reduce DHT residue.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

pBuzz Kid's Musical Instrument Giveaway!

Sponsored By: pBuzz

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

**4 Winner Giveaway** 

Each winner will receive a pBuzz Musical Instrument ($29.95 RV) A total giveaway value of $119.80!


What is pBuzz?
Designed by a team of British musicians the pBuzz is a completely new musical instrument. The brightly colored, light and smooth curved edged product has been designed specifically for mini musicians’ little hands. Simple and easy to play the mouthpiece makes it the perfect introduction to brass playing for early learners. Research has shown that youngsters who have early exposure to musical instruments develop areas of the brain that relate to social, language and reasoning skills, as well as memory. The buzz can also help develop a child’s sensory and fine motor skills, encourage self-expression, stimulate imagination and creativity, build confidence and nurture their natural music talents.
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 8/9 2:00 PM EST through 8/30 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How I Won Over 100 Thousand Pesos in Cash and Prizes in Three Months

I started joining contests and giveaways years ago and honestly I can consider myself as one of the lucky ones! What drives me to joining giveaways and contests? The main reason it to WIN! 

When I started joining contests and giveaways online, I am skeptical because my thinking was always on the negative side until I won something and proved myself that I was wrong. And, the eagerness, challenge and excitement sets in every time I list down competitions I am interested to join. 

Over the years I have compiled photos and lists of prizes I won online and every time I upload a new one it feels so nice to scroll down memory lane and see the prizes I received. I can say that luck paved way. 

On this blog, I am featuring my recent prizes I got over the summer (three months!), amounting to more than Php100,000 pesos in cash and prizes!

Last April of this year I joined Red Ribbon's Graduation photo contest. My daughter graduated from elementary and bought their graduation cake for Php550 which was the main item needed in the photo contest along with the graduate. From the Php550 cake bought I won one Macbook Air 11" worth Php40,990. There were 32 winners nationwide and so thankful that our entry was included as one of the winners, that was announced a month after.
Red Ribbon was so accommodating and they facilitated the shipment of the prize specially to provincial winners like me. 

This is the Macbook Air prize and I am using it right now to blog. ;)

June 05, 2017 When Tang Philippines announced their batch of winners for the Tang Pic-A-Summer Promo Theme 3. And one of my photo entries won, until now I don't have a clue on what picture they chose. :) The prize was Php10,000 in cash and I got it today on my atm. It took less than 2 months of waiting, I am grateful for this! We bought 5 dozen sachet packets and joined since the promo started. 



The grandest, unexpected and the last prize for now is the Yamaha YTX 125 courtesy of Binggrae Philippines! It was also a photo contest along with the product purchased. I won in the second month draw using the selfies we took when we bought Binggrae ice cream worth Php400 in total. Followed the mechanics and sent in entries. We just took the chance in joining, though we were joking around what if we win the motorcycle, then that's it. Again, it was unexpected luck! The draw was July 1st and we were offline the time the raffle was announced and coming from a weekend trip, tired and exhausted I never got the chance to check online not until Monday when I received the email announcement. 



This was the display unit when we went to Yamaha showroom together with Binggrae representative to receive the unit and arranged delivery going to Olongapo. The prize amount is Php49,990 with a year of registration less accessories such as helmets and the rest. I paid the Php1000 delivery charge which they processed a week after the photos were taken. 
Aside from the Yamaha motorcycle we also got the consolation prize of Php1000 worth of Binggrae products! 

This post is not to brag or a show off but to appreciate and give testimonies about online contests and raffles. I am just excited to share to you guys what a blessing to receive prizes that you wish for. 

There are companies that are so generous when it comes to prizes whether online or offline promos. You just need to be aware on where and what you are  joining. There are a lot of scam promos everywhere, were they can lure you in every way possible. I personally will not join if I need to pay anything, but buying their products because it is included in the mechanics, let's say a selfie contest I would definitely join. 

I hope this can inspire every one reading when it comes to joining a raffle contest. 
Again, to Red Ribbon, Tang Philippines and Binggrae Philippines... Thank you so much! :)



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Monday, August 7, 2017

3 Tips To Being Successful At Ecommerce


The ecommerce economy is huge and continues to grow at a rapid pace. And, why wouldn't it grow? After all, people are becoming more accustomed to purchasing goods and services online. Physical stores, too, all boast of e-commerce sites. However, it is not an easy task to come up with a successful ecommerce strategy. There are numerous factors one must consider before diving into this industry and some of these factors include knowing the target crowd, marketing, development of the site, etc. If you are looking to start a business venture and dip your hands in ecommerce, you have come to the right place. Here are 3 tips to being successful at e-commerce. 

Tip 1: Take advantage of the eCom Success Academy 2017

If you are looking for different creative ways to become successful at ecommerce, you should take advantage of the eCom success academy review by Adrian Morrison. The training course is extremely beneficial for burgeoning entrepreneurs and people who are new to the e commerce trade. The eCom success academy review by Adrian Morrison reveals the methods Adrian Morrison implemented to build a $4 MM/Year online business. And, you should know that he did it without any costs and investment of up-front capital. He was able to succeed by simply using methods and tools that are easily accessible and can be implemented by all. Basically, the site, ecom success academy.net, provides you with unbiased reviews on products that you can use to help your ecommerce business grow tenfold. 

Tip 2: Cater to the needs and requirements of your customers

In order to become successful at ecommerce, it is of paramount importance for you to cater to the needs and requirements of your customers. Therefore, you need to not only meet their expectations but also impress them. You shouldn't give the customers any reason to not trust online services. After all, not all customers are open to the idea of shopping online. Hence, it is necessary for you to make the deliveries on time. And, if you can't deliver on time, you should let the customer know beforehand. You should also focus on providing quality assurance programs and warm up to the process of exchanging defected goods and services easily with minimum fuss. 

Tip 3: There is beauty in simplicity

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Although it might be tempting to add designs and multiple features on your website, it is not often the best solution. Instead of doing that, you should focus on keeping the design of the site and the mobile app simple and easy to navigate. Your ecommerce site should be viewed upon as your physical store; you wouldn't want your store to be complicated and difficult to navigate and explore now, would you? The pages in your ecommerce sites shouldn't take too long to load and the checkout process should have a wide variety of payment options; in addition to that, it should also be completely secure.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Doublemint’s LoveWraps Concludes with A Winner

Doublemint’s Sarah and Juan campaign came to a close with a winner after over a thousand Filipino participants nationwide sharing their own kilig stories through #LoveWraps.

Even select local celebrities, bloggers, and the press picked up the campaign in telling their own stories of affection to their loved ones. Numerous entries in the #LoveWraps microsite came from different parts of the Philippines, with entries showing that expressing love or affection was not limited to significant others, but also to family members and barkadas. The chosen winner of #LoveWraps was Rio Espejon from Cebu, for his creative and inspiring story. He won the grand prize, which was a trip to Boracay for two.

Rio Espejo’s winning entry

Creating meaningful connections is a very Filipino gesture, as seen on the participants’ entries. Going beyond the kilig factor, the #LoveWraps campaign highlights the importance of these connections and the sweet memories that come along with it. It also happens to closely follow the story and "kilig" factor of Kathniel's blockbuster movie, "Can't Help Falling in Love."

The high participation to this campaign shows that the story of Sarah and Juan is relevant to us Filipinos. Sarah and Juan both represent the common person in finding love and cherishing it with the people he/she finds important. There is importance to finding a special someone, or at least sharing something meaningful with others. Having that connection will always create a sweet and kilig feeling, just like the sweet gestures and surprises make our day. It tugs the heartstrings and delights the common Filipino, and the experience is not limited to celebrity love teams or couple influencers who exchange a cute banter or two. It can happen to anyone.

It goes without saying that it’s the little things that matter, even if it simply starts by sharing a stick of gum.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Taking a Career Break


Taking a break of months to a year is something you’d normally only associate with teenagers on a gap year before university. More and more people are taking breaks later on in their career to travel, volunteer or even try out other kinds of work. 

With the cost of hiring a new employee estimated to approach £30,000, it’s in employers’ interests to get flexible with their employees at a point when they’re approaching burnout. Offering them the chance to take a break to refresh and recharge themselves rather than look for a new job works to both employers’ and employee’s advantage.

There is no legislation covering a career break or a sabbatical: this is both good and bad news. While it means there is nothing obliging an employer to grant you a break – even in academia where it is a strong tradition. It’s actually from universities that we actually get the word sabbatical: lecturers traditionally get one year in every seven away from teaching. It also means, however, that nothing is off the table: there is no set definition of what a career break means so it can be defined entirely by what you can negotiate with your employer.

You shouldn’t expect to be secure much in the way of an extended break from your job without first putting the time in. Typically, it’s employees who have been with a company for twenty to twenty-five years who have the experience that gives them a value to the company which makes a sabbatical worth discussing. It’s wise to begin by mentioning the concept casually, out of context. You can see from how your manager reacts how best to make your case.

When you’ve been able to secure a career break, you need to decide how to fill it. While it’s far from the only option, an ‘adult gap year’ is an attractive prospect: travelling as a mature adult is a very different experience to travelling as a teenager. Less following the crowd to full moon parties and more deciding exactly what you want from the experience.

With letting agents and companies like airBnB facilitating short term lets, there are few barriers to putting your possessions in the storage London has to offer and renting out your home to help cover costs while you set off to see the world.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Studying Abroad


Whether it’s for your full term of study, a designated year out of a longer course, or even just a placement of a few weeks or months, it’s likely you could get the opportunity to study abroad while you’re in education.

This is a great chance to broaden your horizons and meet new people who you would never normally get the chance to talk to, and really immerse yourself in another culture. Whether this is something that emerges from a particular specialism you study, as a natural result of studying a foreign language degree or a formal programme like the Erasmus organisation, it’s an opportunity to be seized.

As well as being a personal opportunity, the independence and motivation to spend time studying abroad looks very good on a CV and will be a good way to help you stand out from the crowd when you’re looking for your first jobs. It also helps you broaden what will become your professional network, once you and your fellow international students graduate. The people you make friends with now, whether they’re like you, finding their feet in a foreign country or if they’re the students and teachers welcoming you, might well be in a position to recommend you for a job or speak on your behalf in the years to come.

One of the challenges you’ll face is feeling lonely and homesick – you shouldn’t underestimate this. The flip side of having a new country to explore and make your own is being much more isolated than you might be used to. Even if you speak the language of your new temporary home, it can be isolating to not be able to talk regularly in your native tongue, to be separated from your friends and family and not even have familiar programmes on the tv and radio.

One thing you can do to help combat this is make sure you stay in touch with your friends and relatives back home. With programs like Skype, and Apple devices’ built-in FaceTime app, having quality time with your family back home is easier than ever before. Depending on where you’ve travelled to, you may not be able to use your normal mobile network. Fortunately, using secure services, relatives can send top up wherever you are in the world so you can always keep in touch when you need to.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ways to Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D aids the body to absorb calcium. Less of this vitamin can lead to bone thinning, brittle bones a condition known as osteomalacia in adults and rickets in children. 

You can watch out some early symptoms of this deficiency through the following:
  • lack of focus or difficulty of thinking clearly
  • muscle weakness
  • unexplained fatigue
  • bone pain that can lead to bone fractures 
  • deformities due to soft bones.
To a more serious effects of this deficiency can lead to Chronic Diseases such as Cancer, Heart Failure, Diabetes. This is because studies show that 36 of our organs and tissues are regulated by Vitamin D, including our heart, lungs, brain, and bones

One can never miss out these early signs due to lack of physical mobility is evidently present. Do not fret as there are a lot of ways to prevent Vitamin D  deficiency and get that serious protection needed.
  1. A very common source of Vitamin D is through sun exposure. Spend time (10-20 minutes) outside without sunscreen; preferrably early morning. Walk around the neighborhood, run errands, or stay in the park with your kids on weekend.
  2. Breastfeeding moms should maintain vitamin D intake as breastmilk can be a good source of this vitamin for your baby.
  3. Consume vitamin D rich foods like yoghurt, fatty fish, cheese and egg yolk.
  4. Vitamin D supplementation. 
A study here in the Philippines shows that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are Vitamin D Deficient (based on a study conducted with Hi-Precision Diagnostics, where 8200 Filipinos from key cities in the Philippines were tested for Vitamin D Deficiency)

Vitamin D-Deficiency happens because: 

*It’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from the sun (indoor lifestyle, clothing, skin color, aging, and use of umbrellas or sunscreen limit Vitamin D absorption)
* It’s difficult to obtain from food (RDA of Vitamin D is equivalent to 40 eggs / 8 glasses of milk / 800g of salmon / 2 cans of tuna flakes every day)

Did you know that you can get the required dosage of Vit.D by daily intake of Forti-D?

Forti-D (Colecalciferol / Cholecalciferol 800 IU Vitamin D3), in a soft-gel capsule that can be taken daily for just P6.50. 

Get that serious protection you need and be healthy not just for yourself but for the whole family too!
Seryosong proteksyon, Simulan ngayon! 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Luxury Features for your Kitchen

For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home where many memories are made and traditions are born. It’s only natural to want to add some luxury items to your kitchen design. Some might be costlier than others, but your priorities will differ based on your kitchen needs and preferences. Ask yourself, what do you use your kitchen for? Once you’ve answered this question, decide whether any of these luxury features will suit...


Coffee machines

This is one for all you coffee lovers – once you have one, you’ll never be able to live without it. If you can’t function without a morning coffee but you’re not a fan of clutter on the worktops, having your early morning coffee can take double the time clearing away the mess. Thankfully for you, a built-in coffee machine might be a worthwhile addition to your kitchen. Although they might seem pricey at first, many aren’t much more expensive than top-of-the range countertop models and think of all that money you’ll save not buying a coffee on your way to work every day. 

If you’re planning an appliance bank in your kitchen, then it’s worth noting that most manufacturers are designing coffee machines to match their ovens. As a result, a combination of three ovens and a coffee machine are becoming a popular configuration. Price points vary, from the very affordable semi-automatic models from Hotpoint to the pricier all-singing, all-dancing bean-to-cup coffee machine from AEG. If you can’t bear the thought of messy beans or grinds, then a Nespresso pod machine by Miele is a good option. 


Wine fridges

Red, rose or white – we all know our favourite wine has an optimum temperature which it needs to be served at. And kitchens with zones for cooking, eating and especially entertaining are the perfect place for one of the latest luxury appliances – the wine cooler. What a great invention. While there might not be space for a wine cellar, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – both red and white — are kept in the optimum conditions. There is nothing worse than a warm glass of white vino. 

Under counter models that can be built into your kitchen design from companies such as Liebherr, Caple and CDA vary in size, from space-saving single columns to those with room enough for up to 48 bottles and featuring several temperature zones for keeping reds and whites at exactly the right temperature. Perfect placed on the dining side of an island so that guests can help themselves while you cook, look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light at bay and stop the disturbance of sediments – as they’re important features to keep your wine at its best for longer. Larger models look great in a bank of appliances and many, such as those from Miele, have elegant wooden shelving, three temperature zones and even a sommelier unit for sampling your best vintages.

Hot water taps

Hot water taps are appliances which have generally been stuck in commercial kitchens up until now – and we are not referring to the standard hot water tap in your kitchen sink. A few years ago, boiling water taps weren’t a standard addition for a new kitchen design. However, as commercial models from companies such as Quooker began to show up in hi-end domestic kitchens, the benefits of having boiling water at the drop of a lever became more apparent. As a result, tap manufacturers began to develop their ranges, first with standalone taps and now the easier to include tri-flow monobloc with hot, cold and boiling water all in one, neat unit. 

Not just for making tea and coffee in a flash, combined with a super-fast induction hob, a boiling water tap can help you to prepare pasta and rice dishes in a flash, as well as speedily steam veg and fish. Most models heat the water to 98° but some, like those from Quooker, reach 100°. Try also Grohe, InSinkErator, Franke and Zip for three-in-one monobloc models and Insinkerator and Blanco for standalone taps that are useful for prep sinks. Tanks vary in size but some are compact enough to incorporate into a small kitchen design and all designs feature child-locks to prevent accidental scalding.