Acne Vulgaris Buster

Acne vulgaris, also known as acne or red spots, is the most common skin disease worldwide. In a white paper released by the Skin Health Alliance, prevalence of self-reported acne among individuals age 15-25 is documented to be as high as 91%. The study further stresses possible emotional and psychological effects, to quote: “There is probably no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feeling of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris.” Dr. Susan Estanislao, Counseling Psychologist from the De La Salle University Manila, thus reinforces “the need for creating an empowering atmosphere that will help teens overcome these struggles.”

As part of its commitment in promoting health and hygiene education among Filipino families, Safeguard introduces Derma Sense, its first-ever premium line of acne solution products.

Use safeguard Derma Sense in acne prone areas such as the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Safeguard Derma Sense leverages Safeguard’s expertise in skin health and antimicrobial cleansing with the launch of a dermatologically tested line of face and body bars and washes that are proven to help visibly reduce acne in 89% of users. “Bacteria are a critical root cause of acne and the first step in managing mild to moderate acne is keeping skin protected from acne-causing bacteria through regular cleansing of the skin using an antimicrobial soap,” shares Dr. Ma. Pilar Lagdameo-Leuenberger, Fellow of Philippine Dermatological Society.

Maro Torres, Brand Manager for Safeguard, explains, “Safeguard Derma Sense recognizes that the effects of acne can be more than just physical, and that the brand has a role to play in empowering consumers, especially Moms and their teens, in facing up to acne.”

Safeguard Derma Sense advocates the adoption of a regular cleansing regimen with a well-tolerated antimicrobial soap that helps reduce levels of skin bacteria and play a part in early acne management.  More importantly, it commits to helping empower parents and teens #FaceUp to acne through resources that aim to pioneer the understanding on the causes, consequences and potential treatment of acne.

Wish List for Maison Epperson

Renovating a house is no joke.

I’m loving this poster:

So true. Hahahahaha

Truthfully, all I need are the basics. I have almost everything we need except for some decent furniture and appliances that need to be upgraded. Our washing machine and refrigerator are older than my 18-year old daughter. OMG.

So Tom and I have been researching on appliances, furniture and home accessoires. There are a lot of cool ones out now:

Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Everyone wants a Samsung refrigerator these days. So do we.

We’re eyeing on the Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator. We like the Metal Cooling feature which locks in cold and seals in freshness. It has a stainless steel paneling that helps maintain consistent temperature throughout the refrigerator. The exterior showcase gives you instant access to drinks and condiments, while the InnerCase lets you store large, fresh food items. It is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology. Awesome.

LG 5.8 cu.ft. MEGA Capacity High Efficiency Top Load Washer with TurboWash™ Technology

Cool features:
•TurboWash™ Technology
•5.8 cu.ft. MEGA Capacity
•Front Control Design
•WaveForce™ Technology
•SmartDiagnosis™

Noguchi Lantern

Our new old house was built in the 1960′s. The formal living room is a loft type so the ceiling is high (approximately 20 ft.). We want a lighting fixture that is sizable yet light (no to gigantic chandeliers for safety reasons).

The Akari Light Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi is a beauty. It’s art.

TDK A73 Wireless Boombox

AAAHHHHHHH! I so love the streamlined look! Imagine a boombox in the formal living room. So cool.

Best part? Streaming your music via Bluetooth is easy and painless – just select the Bluetooth option with the rotary control, and you’ll have paired your devices in a matter of seconds.

The sound quality is better than those small speaker docks for the iPhone.

Scalamandré “Zebras”

I’m in love with these leaping zebras!

Peacock Chair

What’s a 1960′s home without a fan back chair?

Please let me know where I can buy a peacock chair. I need this in my life.

To quote Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf:

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what’s on your wish list?

Coming Soon: Potterybarn & Potterybarn Kids

This news couldn’t have come at a better time.

Potterybarn & Potterybarn Kids are coming to town! Woohoo!

Pottery Barn is an American-based home furnishing store chain with retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Since September 1986, when it was purchased from GAP, Inc, Pottery Barn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

I like Potterybarn for its classic pieces that can stand the test of time, and their stuff is great quality for the money.

I just know my husband Tom would love this aged leather chair.

Blue & white love

Vintage inspired curtain rods

Glam stool

Party bucket & table combo

Indoor/outdoor pendant

Chic galvanized Cook's Caddy

We've been composting at the new Maison Epperson. Will add to cart this Compost Bin.

Plato-platuhan!!!!!!!

My son gets his own room at the new house. I’m looking forward to shopping Potterybarn Kids.

Cool truck lamp

For the princess' room

Nautical beddings

Happy hampers

Thank you Anton Huang for the lovely gifts!

Love these Potterybarn flameless wax pillars. They are battery-operated so no worries about burning down the house. They look like real candles too!

Can’t wait to shop for Maison Epperson at Potterybarn & Potterybarn Kids!

Who’s ready to play bahay-bahayan? Mark your calendars: July 16 at the new mall in Bonifacio High Street

Five Favorites

I haven’t had a decent social life in months. Sagabal ang lipat-bahay sa gimmick, haha! Seriously, I miss my friends.

In the meantime, I’ve been taking comfort in some of my favorite things:

1. Everyone loves a good Pho especially when you can have it in the comforts of your own home. Thanks to Pacific Soup Starter’s Vegetarian Pho Soup Base (available at Healthy Options), we don’t have to slave for hours to cook the soup. Just heat it up on the stove and add your cooked meat (I suggest adding my Lean Mean Meatballs recipe), veggies and your favorite Thai condiments. Tastes good!

2. Cute containers are everything! I love these Muji Widemouth PET Bottle with Aluminum Cap. Great for serving milk or any kind of liquids. I also got the Muji Rattan Basket to hold the bottles.

3. I’m obsessed with slip-ons or skater’s shoes. They are easy, comfy, and good for skateboarding (obviously) and walking. The Céline Skate in blue python slip-ons are both comfy and cool.

4. Glass candy jars are versatile, stylish and affordable. I have several at home that I use for storing candies and cornick. You can get them at any Home section of department stores. I bought mine a long time ago at Crossing Department Store, Shangri-la Mall.

5. After living in a condo for many years, it’s nice to have a lawn and backyard again. Our new house has big trees on the surrounding and lots of space for gardening. I also love that our Master Suite has a tree top view. I forgot how much I loved being surrounded by foliage. Nature is truly inspiring.

Dear friends,

As soon as I’ve conquered the clutter at the new Maison Epperson, I will throw a party. Every week. Humanda kayo.

I miss you all!

xo,

J

Monday Musings

The Eppersons did it! We finally made the “big move” yesterday and amazingly enough, we survived.

However, the new Maison Epperson is looking more like a warehouse than a home these days. There are boxes, furniture, bags, etc. all piled up and scattered throughout house. We are all overwhelmed with our stuff. How do we tackle the clutter?!!

We still have workers repairing different parts of the house, extra people helping us unpack and organize our stuff and on top of that, taking care of an energetic 4-year old. Tom and I also have pending work, blog backlog, etc. The To-do List goes on and on till the break of dawn.

Tom and I are very fortunate that we have control over our schedules. We take advantage of the flexibility of our time so that we can deal with our children’s needs and the house renovation hands on, but sometimes, it’s just too much.

This morning, I decided to let go for a few hours and do something fun: I made myself a cup of coffee in one of my favorite cups, took a long shower in our newly upgraded Master’s bathroom (rain shower head is everything!!!) and blogged (Chili Cheese Chicken Tenders recipe here).

This was my view this morning while working:

The tree top view from the Master's Suite at the new Maison Epperson is love.

I have nothing to complain about.

Except for a lurking doughnut bandit.

That’s it, pansit. Back to reality.

Cheese Anything: Chili Cheese Chicken Tenders

I haven’t cooked a decent meal in probably three months because of our home renovation. Last week, my kids were already complaining. They wanted something yummy and cheesey.

Aryanna: “What’s for dinner?”
Dylan: “Oatmeal again?”
Me: “Sorry guys, mom’s been busy. What do you want me to cook?”
Aryanna: “Anything with cheese.”
Dylan: “Yeah!”

Last week, Eden Cheese sent me goodies. Thought I’d whip up something super simple and cheesey. Kids love cheese anything!

Chili Cheese Chicken Tenders

Ingredients:

Cooking oil, for frying
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs or Japanese bread crumbs
2 tbsp. chili powder (don’t worry, this is not spicy, it just has a smokey flavor)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2-3/4 cup Eden Cheese, grated

Easy peasy:

Step 1: Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Cut the chicken breasts into long strips and set aside.
Step 3: Beat the 2 eggs in a separate bowl and measure the flour into another separate dish.
Step: Measure the panko into a plate or shallow bowl and season with chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Step 5: Dip the chicken strips into the flour, the beaten egg and then dredge them into the seasoned panko.
Step 6: Fry in the hot cooking oil for 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown, and remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray.
Step 7: Grate Eden Cheese on top of the chicken tenders while it’s hot and sprinkle a little chili powder.
Step 8: Serve with a smile :)

Try this recipe and I guarantee you, waley na reklamo from the kids! LOL

Things I Will Miss In Salcedo Village

Our moving date to our new house is nearing. I can’t help but feel nostalgic about our home of almost eight years: Salcedo Village, Makati City.

When Tom and I first got married, we lived in several houses. We were both starting out at that time so we would convert the first floor area of the house into a studio while we lived on the top floor. It was OK for the first ten years but after a while, we found it hard to live and work in the same place. That was when we decided to move into a condo and rent a studio at another location. It was bliss.

However, looking for a condo at that time was not easy as we had certain requirements, a budget to consider and it had to be in Salcedo Village. We always thought that the community in the area was more conducive for a young family like us. There is a beautiful park for our kids to play in, Saturday Salcedo Market that Tom and I love to explore, lots of preschools and cool cafes and restaurants scattered in the area. For us, Salcedo Village was the equivalent of Brooklyn in New York—it’s the hangout of artists, yuppies and young families.

The new Maison Epperson is located inside a private village in Makati and for as much as it is nice and quiet, it doesn’t have the charm of Salcedo Village.

Things I Will Miss In Salcedo Village:

I will miss 7 Eleven, Mini Stop and Kang’s (our favorite Korean convenience store) located at almost every corner of the village.

I will miss the convenience of nearby banks and ATM’s.

I will miss the cool restos and bars I can walk to.

I will miss the neighborhood cafes spread throughout Salcedo Village.

I will miss the park and friends my family has made while playing and hanging out.

I will miss waking up to the noise of the city (it always jolts my morning).

But most of all, I will miss the cool and comfortable vibe of Salcedo Village.

Sigh.

I can tell you now that based on experience, for as much as living in a big home and having a spacious abode is nice, living in a condo is low maintenance compared to a house (oh, I will also miss not having headaches from home repairs).

Just as we are getting ready to leave Salcedo Village, Tom and I discovered an awesome condo that will be sprouting up near our building. Great.

I inquired about Salcedo SkySuites last weekend and visited their showroom.

Salcedo SkySuites showroom/Information Center is located at the GF of Paseo Center (parking lot), Valero corner Sedeno Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Oh, incidentally, did you know that there is a freakin’ Rustan’s Fresh in the basement of Paseo Center?!! NO ONE TOLD ME! HOW COULD I HAVE NOT KNOWN ABOUT THIS?!! Thank you.

Anywho, the space planning and layout of this room is quite amazing. It’s spacious and with a patio to boot.

Open kitchen layout makes a place look bigger!

Cool Crosley turntable is a yuppy’s must!

Sleep, shower, repeat.

When I inquired about the 1 Bedroom unit, they said that it’s almost sold out. I wasn’t surprised as the room and location are fantastic.

What I’m interested in though are the Executive Studio and the 2 Bedroom unit:

Tom and I are always looking for investments. The Executive Studio (50 or 54 square meters) of Salcedo SkySuites is maybe something for our kids’ future.

The 2 Bedroom unit (80 or 84 square meters) of Salcedo SkySuites is perfect for families!

Easy payment + Cool furniture, appliances & fittings: Investment starts at Php 40,000 a month. It comes fully fitted and pre-furnished with modern appliances such as split-type aircons, four-burner cooktop, Elba rangehood, microwave oven, refrigerator, washer dryer, Elba oven, Franke kitchen sink, Grohe shower head and faucet, modular cabinets and closet.

Amenities are located at the roof deck (32ND floor) of Salcedo Sky Suites:

      • Heated roof deck infinity pool
      • Bi-level fitness gym
      • Spa and sauna
      • Children’s pool
      • Pool lounge
      • Sun deck
      • Children’s playground
      • Game room
      • Business center
      • Function room

* Buyers have the option to combine units if they need bigger spaces
* Unit cuts are relatively big to maximize living space
* Salcedo SkySuites has a low-density design with only 11 units per floor, to assure its residents of privacy and exclusivity

BEST PARTS:

• Salcedo SkySuites has the first roof deck heated infinity pool in the metro! Summer, winter or Fall, tuloy ang ligaya! Haha

• Payment terms: Flexible payment terms starting at Php 15,000 a month, no downpayment, no lumpsum, all at zero percent interest. Aaaahh.… Yes to “no”!!!

I was also able to talk to Mr. Eugene Lozano, Megaworld vice-president of sales and marketing for Makati CBD and he gave good points. According to him, ” “We are the only developer in Makati CBD that can offer very very flexible payment schemes at no downpayment, no lumpsum, at zero percent interest. This encourages starting families to make their first investment without compromising the family budget.  At Megaworld Makati CBD, you can start your investment at only Php 15,000 a month for an executive studio unit or Php 40,000 a month for a 2 bedroom unit. Instead of opting for a development that requires a huge down payment, you can allot the money to other as important things, such as the education of your kids, additional business funds, and even for family travels. Since Salcedo SkySuites is located in the central business district where property values continually increase, you can be assured that you are making a sound investment. You have the option to live in it, rent it out, or re-sell it.”

If you’re looking for an investment or a new home for your family, I recommend Salcedo Village area. From experience, I can tell you that it’s a lovely community that the entire family can enjoy.

My family and I will surely miss living in Salcedo Village where we can walk to virtually most places. Now that we will be living in another area in Makati, we are not looking forward to driving to the grocery just to buy “toyo”. LOL

For inquiries visit: www.salcedoskysuites.com.ph; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salcedoskysuites; call 0917-8876223

“30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself”

Hi everyone!

Just a quick update as to why I haven’t been active in blogging lately. As some of you may know, my family and I are in the process of moving to our new home. We were supposed to move last May 15 but the renovation of the house is overwhelming that it is not ready for occupancy. If it’s just Tom and me, we could move in the house and deal with the noise and dirt but because we have children, the place is not safe for them.

We have been working tirelessly on the house and been hands-on on the repairs: buying materials, installing, checking the progress and the whole D.I.Y. jazz to personalize our space and stay within our budget. Our workers have been pretty amazing with the renovation and despite the frustration of fixing our new old house, we are grateful for having the right people working with us.

I've been documenting the renovation our house. Check updates on my Instagram account: @jenniepperson

I came across an inspiring article online and thought I’d share it with all of you. All of us need some motivation and inspiration to reach our goals and ultimately live a happy and harmonious life.

Reblogged:

Marc and Angel are the authors of 1000 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently. Here’s their amazing list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. If you enjoy this, be sure to visit their website for more inspirational advice and tips for life.

#1. Start spending time with the right people. – These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.

#2. Start facing your problems head on. – It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.

#3. Start being honest with yourself about everything. – Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Road Less Traveled.

#4. Start making your own happiness a priority. – Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.

#5. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly. – Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.

#6. Start noticing and living in the present. – Right now is a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. So stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop dwelling on what did or didn’t happen in the past. Learn to be in the ‘here and now’ and experience life as it’s happening. Appreciate the world for the beauty that it holds, right now.

#7. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you. – Mistakes are okay; they’re the stepping stones of progress. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning. Take risks, stumble, fall, and then get up and try again. Appreciate that you are pushing yourself, learning, growing and improving. Significant achievements are almost invariably realized at the end of a long road of failures. One of the ‘mistakes’ you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievement yet.

#8. Start being more polite to yourself. – If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. You must love who you are or no one else will.

#9. Start enjoying the things you already have. – The problem with many of us is that we think we’ll be happy when we reach a certain level in life – a level we see others operating at – your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc. Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there, and when you get there you’ll likely have a new destination in mind. You’ll end up spending your whole life working toward something new without ever stopping to enjoy the things you have now. So take a quiet moment every morning when you first awake to appreciate where you are and what you already have.

#10. Start creating your own happiness. – If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you’re missing out. Smile because you can. Choose happiness. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Happiness is often found when and where you decide to seek it. If you look for happiness within the opportunities you have, you will eventually find it. But if you constantly look for something else, unfortunately, you’ll find that too. Read Stumbling on Happiness.

#11. Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance. – In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it! And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.

#12. Start believing that you’re ready for the next step. – You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges – they’re gifts that will help you to grow.

#13. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons. – Enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect – people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.

#14. Start giving new people you meet a chance. – It sounds harsh, but you cannot keep every friend you’ve ever made. People and priorities change. As some relationships fade others will grow. Appreciate the possibility of new relationships as you naturally let go of old ones that no longer work. Trust your judgment. Embrace new relationships, knowing that you are entering into unfamiliar territory. Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to meet someone that might just change your life forever.

#15. Start competing against an earlier version of yourself. – Be inspired by others, appreciate others, learn from others, but know that competing against them is a waste of time. You are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. You are competing to be the best you can be. Aim to break your own personal records.

#16. Start cheering for other people’s victories. – Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are leads to good places – productive, fulfilling, peaceful places. So be happy for those who are making progress. Cheer for their victories. Be thankful for their blessings, openly. What goes around comes around, and sooner or later the people you’re cheering for will start cheering for you.

#17. Start looking for the silver lining in tough situations. – When things are hard, and you feel down, take a few deep breaths and look for the silver lining – the small glimmers of hope. Remind yourself that you can and will grow stronger from these hard times. And remain conscious of your blessings and victories – all the things in your life that are right. Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.

#18. Start forgiving yourself and others. – We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.

#19. Start helping those around you. – Care about people. Guide them if you know a better way. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.

#20. Start listening to your own inner voice. – If it helps, discuss your ideas with those closest to you, but give yourself enough room to follow your own intuition. Be true to yourself. Say what you need to say. Do what you know in your heart is right.

#21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks. – Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself permission to pause, regroup and move forward with clarity and purpose. When you’re at your busiest, a brief recess can rejuvenate your mind and increase your productivity. These short breaks will help you regain your sanity and reflect on your recent actions so you can be sure they’re in line with your goals.

#22. Start noticing the beauty of small moments. – Instead of waiting for the big things to happen – marriage, kids, big promotion, winning the lottery – find happiness in the small things that happen every day. Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee in the early morning, or the delicious taste and smell of a homemade meal, or the pleasure of sharing something you enjoy with someone else, or holding hands with your partner. Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis makes a big difference in the quality of your life.

#23. Start accepting things when they are less than perfect. – Remember, ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good.’ One of the biggest challenges for people who want to improve themselves and improve the world is learning to accept things as they are. Sometimes it’s better to accept and appreciate the world as it is, and people as they are, rather than to trying to make everything and everyone conform to an impossible ideal. No, you shouldn’t accept a life of mediocrity, but learn to love and value things when they are less than perfect.

#24. Start working toward your goals every single day. – Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The harder you work the luckier you will become. While many of us decide at some point during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling, only an astute few of us actually work on it. By ‘working on it,’ I mean consistently devoting oneself to the end result. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

#25. Start being more open about how you feel. – If you’re hurting, give yourself the necessary space and time to hurt, but be open about it. Talk to those closest to you. Tell them the truth about how you feel. Let them listen. The simple act of getting things off your chest and into the open is your first step toward feeling good again.

#26. Start taking full accountability for your own life. – Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence.

#27. Start actively nurturing your most important relationships. – Bring real, honest joy into your life and the lives of those you love by simply telling them how much they mean to you on a regular basis. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like royalty. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.

#28. Start concentrating on the things you can control. – You can’t change everything, but you can always change something. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation. Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now.

#29. Start focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes. – The mind must believe it CAN do something before it is capable of actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation seems, focus on what you DO WANT to happen, and then take the next positive step forward. No, you can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to things. Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether or not you’re happy and successful in the long run depends greatly on which aspects you focus on. Read The How of Happiness.

#30. Start noticing how wealthy you are right now. – Henry David Thoreau once said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.

Credit: marcandangel.com

This is such a wonderful list. If we take little steps every day and practice these things, we can make great improvements in our lives. Share this post with your friends and loved ones.

Face Up Back-To-School

It’s already the month of June. That means busy-busyhan na naman ang mga parental units! LOL

Having two kids and a husband (who sometimes acts like a kid, hehe), it’s important to get organized now that school days are back.

I’m sure mothers have their usual shopping list to prepare their children for school: school supplies, uniforms, baon, and a partridge in a pear tree. You get the picture. I don’t have to remind you about the basics except for when you have a teenager, it’s important to also help them shop for skin care.

Growing up, my mom told me that if I invested in my skin during my teens, I would have good skin when I get older. She taught me simple skin regimen: cleanse, tone & moisturize. She was right. Now that I’m an adult, I have good skin. Of course, my skin regimen is a little different from my teen years (I also go regularly to Facial Care Centre for facials and non-invasive skin treatments) but I’ve always prioritized on proper skin care.

I’m passing on that beauty wisdom to my teenage daughter. I remind her to keep her face clean and eat healthy so that she can avoid any skin problems.

Although, the reality of being a teenager (a.k.a hormone change) is inevitable—pimples can sprout without any warning. As my daughter would say, “Whhhhhyyyy?!!”

I’m super happy that there’s a new Face & Body Bar that gently cleanses acne prone skin. Mommies, time to add to cart:

Safeguard Derma Sense Face & Body Bar

As part of its commitment in promoting health and hygiene education among Filipino families, Safeguard introduces Derma Sense, its first-ever premium line of acne solution products.

Safeguard Derma Sense advocates the adoption of a regular cleansing regimen with a well-tolerated antimicrobial soap that helps reduce levels of skin bacteria and play a part in early acne management. More importantly, it commits to helping empower parents and teens face-up to acne through resources that aim to pioneer the understanding on the causes, consequences and potential treatment of acne.

As parents, let’s arm our children with information and proper skin care know-how to minimize skin problems such as pimples and acne.

See you at the grocery!

Thank You, Preview & Cream Silk!

This May, ang haba ng hair ko! Scroll down to find out why:

Happy 30th Anniversary Cream Silk! I’m honored to be part of the list.

Thank you Jonathan Velasco for my hair and Omar Ermita of Shu Uemura for my makeup! Napakalambot ko dito. Sa sobrang lambot, muntik na akong mahulog sa upuan, hahaha!

Fenk kung fenk! Hair kung hair!

Kinilig naman aketch sa article na ‘to! LOL

Dream big! Go beyond people’s expectations—it’s a beautiful feeling!

Grab a copy of Preview magazine’s May issue! It’s Summer-packed and na-extra ako, haha!

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