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BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Launch

After over a year of hiatus from blogger events, I finally attended my first a few weeks ago. I chose to go because I like the event sponsor (BlueWater Day Spa), and the event was parent-oriented. The event launched the BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Treatment.

We all know the benefits of touch, especially for babies. When my kids were still babies, I would massage their bellies when they were colicky. Bedtime massages were part of our nightly rituals. Up to this day, I still massage Nate as an added bonus (because I have to apply his creams for skin asthma, anyway). Massage soothes an irritable baby, makes them feel secure, and strengthens their bond with the parent.

BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Treatment launch

The relaxation benefit actually has a physiologic basis, according to this article on parents.com. Massage stimulates a chain reaction in the nervous system: the brain starts to produce more serotonin, a feel-good hormone, and less cortisol, a stress hormone. As a result, the baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and the body begins to relax.

Other benefits include: Continue reading BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Launch

Potentilla Home Fragrance – review and giveaway

A few weeks ago, Potentilla Home Fragrance sent me a wonderful package. Unfortunately, it was also around the time that dengue fever hit me. Thankfully, I’m well and fully recovered now.

UPDATE, 9/11/12: Winners have been drawn – scroll down to find out if you won! Congratulations to the winners! If you won, please send me your name, contact number and mailing address via message at my FB Page or email at imomonline <at> gmail <dot> com.

Hi everyone! Again, this blog has been neglected for quite a while. But I’m back… again! And with a surprise for everyone too. 🙂 (So read to the end!)

Yesterday, I finally opened the package from Potentilla, and fell in love. The packaging is so pretty!

Potentilla Home Fragrance

Potentilla Room Diffusers are hand-made from a mix of fine premium fragrance oils and pure, organic sugar-cane alcohol. I was sent the Tea Party and the Pink Grapefruit scents – two of their best-sellers. Continue reading Potentilla Home Fragrance – review and giveaway

Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

  • Do you have trouble controlling internet usage in your home (whether your own internet time or your kids’)?
  • Do you sometimes/often/always catch your kids playing online games on their devices instead of studying?
  • Are you concerned over porn and potentially harmful sites such as Omegle and Chat Roulette that your kids might be exposed to while browsing the Net?
  • Do you want to block certain sites, but it seems like the process will cost a gallon of your blood (because of nosebleed)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on! And make sure you read through to the end, because you could win a Linksys Cisco E4200 Wi-fi Router – from the high-end range of the Linksys E Series.

 

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As a mom of three, including a full-blown teenager and a pre-teener, I have good reason to control internet use at home. Aside from being in that curious stage, they are also innately wired. They, like most modern kids, have a knack for technology. No need for manuals or step-by-step guides – they just know how to go about something techie.

That’s not always a bad thing. But if their computer use is not reined in, it’s dangerous. There’s even a debate now on whether internet addiction should be considered a mental disease. So yes, I think we agree that too much internet use is not good, most especially for kids who are in the stage of forming life habits.

Not so long ago, I installed Chrome Nanny, an application that enables me to block websites and set timed access, on my laptop.

However, Chrome Nanny has its limitations -mainly that I could not install it on my daughter’s mobile device from which she primarily accesses the internet. That leads to another limitation of browser-based parental controls: one can always launch another browser that doesn’t have any control app installed.

Enter, wi-fi routers with parental controls

Cisco Philippines, through Mommy Mundo, recently gave me the chance to experience and review the Linksys E1000 Wireless Router. It’s not just a wi-fi router; it also has parental control that can limit access time and block sites for specific users.

Like most wireless routers, the Linksys E1000 is easy to install. Just insert CD-ROM into your computer and follow onscreen instructions.

However, my internet connection at home is Sun Broadband that uses the Huawei B200 Modem/Router that was provided by Sun. Being a wi-fi router also, the existing modem conflicted with the E1000. “IP address conflict” is what Salvador (from Cisco) called it. I risked losing some blood (as above) if I attempted to figure out a work-around. So I waited for Cisco’s technical assistance.

Fortunately, Salvador made this for-dummies installation guide. It’s easy to resolve the IP address conflict, after all. Continue reading Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

And the winners are…!

(This should have been up early this morning, as I began writing it around 2 AM. But I totally fell asleep on the keyboard. Zonked out.)

I know I said I’d announce the winners for the gratitude list contest on New Year’s Day. But the judges had a busy day… And then of course they had to deliberate because it was tough choosing the winners. But finally, they came up with a decision. (Naks, parang Top Chef lang ha!)

Let me introduce you to the people behind the decision – the esteemed panel of judges: my flying sisters Rav (as in Raviowli) and Dav (as in Da Vinci); my 18-year-old niece Adie (wise beyond her years); and ze daughter iPatch. Thank you, judges, for really taking time to read and discuss the comments! Mwah!

I stayed away from the judging so the winners were selected objectively.

Hooookay. ‘Nuff said. Here we go!

*drum roll*

Continue reading And the winners are…!

Welcoming 2011 with gratitude

First of all, I want to thank those who joined my blog contest on gratitude. Your comments are so heartwarming to read. Thank you for sharing your gratitude!

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Years ago, before I started blogging, I started a gratitude journal. Back then, I felt the need to cultivate the attitude of thankfulness because I felt, I thought my life lacked a lot of things. Maybe it was out of immaturity that I felt that way.

Although I wasn’t able to sustain the gratitude journal very long, I am glad I started one. Opening the journal at the end of a day and writing down all the reasons I can find to be thankful proved to be a very good exercise. I realized that no matter how bad a day it was, there was always at least five things to be thankful for.

Gratitude fills the void of whatever it is that I lack. I realize, when I make a conscious effort to be thankful by writing down my reasons to be thankful, that I am blessed, I have all that I need.

Today is the last day of 2010, and I want to end it with a thankful heart. There are many reasons for the overflowing gratitude I feel, and today seems like a good day to start anew with a Gratitude Journal. 🙂

Let’s end 2010 and welcome 2011 with thankful, grateful hearts. Say “thank you” to that person you must thank. Find reasons to be thankful. If you look hard enough, it hasn’t really been that bad. Life is beautiful; we will never run out of things to be thankful for.

Happy New Year to all of you! Let’s welcome 2011 with grateful, expectant hearts. 🙂