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Fit Mom gift ideas | My grown-up Christmas list

After almost 2 years of sloth-like hibernation, I’m finally working out again! Yes, I signed up for a Gold’s Gym membership. Hooray! And since it’s the Christmas season, I might as well put out here my Christmas wish list. If you’re looking for fit mom gift ideas, here are the¬†essentials. ūüėÄ

Gym clothes – shirts, pants, capris. Oh yeah, a sports bra too. Anything comfortable, as long as it’s my size. (Please send me ¬†a private message to know my size, ssshhhhh!)

fit mom gift ideas Nike gym bag

Gym bag – I badly need one. Not necessarily like this Nike bag, but something like it. Not too utilitarian, but not too girly. Not too big, just big enough to hold a change of clothes, a towel, toiletries, a water bottle, maybe a pair of trainers. But I prefer not to mix my shoes with clothes so…

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On happiness and buying gifts

One of the more memorable life-experience gifts we gave our family is this simple, almost-spontaneous trip to the beach we took in December last year.

A few weeks back, I was watching a replay episode of  Oprah about Happiness where Goldie Hawn was guest. The book by Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, was being discussed.

As always, a lot of things struck me while watching the show. For instance, I learned that a study has actually proven that sitting quietly for just 10 minutes each day will improve one’s happiness. (I should try this.)

A Harvard University study has shown that spending just 10 minutes each day sitting and breathing‚ÄĒdoing absolutely nothing‚ÄĒwill increase your happiness.

Interestingly, one of the calmest and most contented persons I know is one who practices meditation. No, he hasn’t always been calm and contented. On the contrary, he used to have explosive temper. But today, it seems nothing agitates him. Well… except his ex-wife, hehe.

Here’s another one: Up to 50% of your happiness is genetic.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that people can be born happy‚ÄĒup to 50 percent of your happiness is genetic. (40 percent can be learned and 10 percent is influenced by life circumstances.)

So, if you think you were not born happy, don’t despair. You can still work on the other 40%.

The other thing that stuck to me from that Oprah episode is this: Life experience gifts bring more long-lasting happiness than material gifts. Again, a study actually proved this. Continue reading On happiness and buying gifts

Hasbro games | Family game nights

I have fond memories of family game nights from when I was younger.  On stormy nights and the power goes out, my sisters would bring out the Boggle set, our first of several family fave Hasbro games.

On other nights, it would be just shadow play or a deck of playing cards. Sometimes we’d get together with our cousins and play hide-and-seek in the vast backyard of Lolo’s house.

Fast-forward to today… I try, whenever I can, to hold game nights with my family too. Unfortunately though,¬†we¬†often prefer chips-and-TV night. So, pfffffffft to us.

But yes, we do have Scrabble and Boggle sets. One of the girls also recently got an UNO deck of cards from a friend. Sporadically we’d play them, and yes, we actually have fun!

Last Saturday, I was invited by Color Mix Corporation, the exclusive distributor of the Hasbro¬†games, to a gathering of mommy bloggers at Borough Restaurant, Podium. Our hosts introduced us to Hasbro’s line of family games. More importantly, they spoke about the importance of having family game nights.

Hasbro games family game night
The group played a round of Taboo, one of the Hasbro games exclusively distributed by Color Mix in the Philippines. Thanks to Rowena (of Animetric’s World) for extending the invite!

So what are the benefits of regularly holding game nights with the family? Continue reading Hasbro games | Family game nights

Gift idea: Banding with Jelly Bandz

The Jelly Bandz phenomenon is now in the Philippines!

Last week, I received in the mail a package from Jelly Bandz, a fashion craze among kids today. Jelly Bandz, in fact, is listed in Amazon’s Top 10 best-selling toys and games.

My kids eagerly tore up the package and tried some on:

They are cute! And yes, these Jelly Bandz do make great conversation pieces among the kids. My ever-sociable dear V made a new friend at the playground because of her Jelly Bandz. (Well, V always makes new friends nga naman pala, hehe)

As expected, V loved the Jelly Princess collection, while Nate was very amused with the Dinosaur-shaped bands. The themes, such as numbers, animals and fruits, add an educational dimension to the bands.

Oh yeah, Nate, as most of you know, has skin asthma. He would usually get rashes from prolonged skin contact with irritants like rubber. Guess what? His skin had no reaction with Jelly Bandz. It’s probably because the bands use good-quality rubber, which is also the reason why the bands do not easily go out of shape.

Jelly Bandz are a great Christmas gift idea for young kids over 3. At just Php49.00 per pack of 12 bands, these cute and fashionable accessories (either for the wrists or the hair) will be loved by your kids, your nephews and nieces, your friends’ kids and your kids’ ¬†friends.

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Gift idea: Print it!

So, it’s a little less than 2 months before Christmas, and I have not yet gotten started on my Christmas gift list. (Uhh, what’s new?)

Because of Arts Cow, though, I realized personalized prints make perfect gifts for friends and family. It does eat up a lot of time, though, but I am sure it’s something they will appreciate. (Check out my first Arts Cow projects here!)

I also saw some local websites offering fab print gift ideas – such as personalized desk calendars from iSnap Creatives.

There are a lot of sites that offer stationery and greeting card¬†printing for less. I like doing my projects online because it’s so convenient and saves me a lot of time.

So, there’s an idea!