Before we go to bed, I always read to my two boys a bedtime story. It’s a habit I started with my now 17-year old Firstborn. With my two toddlers now, we often read Aesop’s Fables because of its many lessons and at the same time, beautiful drawings.
Have you ever experienced waking up tired and restless? I did. So the husband bought me a quilted mattress which is best for my scoliosis. The quilted bed somehow was able to support my neck and back as it contours to my curves, eliminating the back pain. It does give me a more comfortable sleep. Only that I still woke up tired and restless. It must be the pillow.
Yes, the pillow. There are consequences of using the wrong pillow.
This mother admits that her favorite part of the house is her bedroom. It is my sanctuary and I could even spend most of my time there especially if I am not well and I just want peace and quiet.
Just this month, husband gifted me the sweetest present. He told me that he finally has the people and budget to refurbish the small house. We have been staying at our rented place for more than six years already and it needed repair and repainting. I am so excited about the thought of new flooring and cabinets because termites just ate up most of the woods. Then I imagine the bedroom as it should be – instantly cheers us up as well as gets us the right outlook.
Allow me to share with you some of the tricks the husband used to help alter the way we see and feel our bedroom.
Let the light shine
Lighting is art. With appropriate lighting, we get to create the proper scene we want to project. For our bedroom, I requested the husband if we could use warm lighting instead. I believe warm lighting feels natural in the evening; thus promotes relaxation. As for the boys’ room, the husband installed cool lighting to help keep the children alert and energetic especially in the morning. The cool light, as he mentioned, will help the boys be energetic for performing tasks.
Dress up your walls
Walls play a major part in the presentation of the room. It can also be a major mood-shifter. This is because the wall is most likely the first thing one notices as he enters the room. New paint or wallpaper can spell the difference. As for our home renovation, husband prefers a new painting. He approves, though, that I decorate the wall with some decals.
When the husband told me the room color would just be bright white, I asked him if we could put some color accents. He reassured me that the cabinets and door will be of a different color. This is to stay away from monotonous hues and avoid gloomy feel in the room. He also encouraged me to hang up the paintings I did and will be doing as an accent. As for the boys’ room, I am planning to post the little ones’ drawings on the wall to remind the big boys that once, they were little kids, too – creative, imaginative, and playful.
Brighten up with the perfect bedding
For some who might find changing the wall color as too tedious or not fitting the budget, investing in the right bedding is the most appropriate solution to create mood or drama in the bedroom. The bedding as well is probably the most important aspect in anyone’s bedroom anyway.
The bedding can alter the mood. Complement with proper color hues of the pillow and duvet creates an aesthetical beauty which one can change every now and then. Thus, the husband approves that we do some bedding shopping this weekend to complete the look of our bedroom.
As for the beddings, I find AKEMI to have one of the most comfortable fabrics that are gentle on the skin. It also has a hypoallergenic feature for those with sensitive skin. And such luck because one can get up to 50% savings on home improvement needs by just visiting AKEMI booth at the SM Home Fair at SMX Convention Center, MOA complex. This Home Fair will happen from June 28 to 30, 2019. One can also get a sustainable and chic Eco bag with a minimum single receipt purchase of Php3000. So will I see you at the SMX Convention Center tom?
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Seeing how my kids grow and interact, I am one of the many parents who believe that play contributes to the overall development of youngsters. Through play, they become more socially intelligent, physically strong, and confident. It is for this reason that I encourage them to be physically active and play with their peers. Often when we are at home, we play and also provide them with educational toys that would ignite their imagination and creativity. More than developing their social skills, I feel our bonding as mom and son becomes strong.
This 2019, my husband and I vowed that we will give healthy living greater importance. We are now in our 40s and in about one to two decades from now, we might be leaving this world. But before that, we would want to give our kids a stable foundation, and to do that, we need to be healthy to at least add more years to our life.
Let me share with you the four programs we commit ourselves to do towards a healthy lifestyle.
This mother always feels happy every time she learns of new brand collaboration. It means two or more brands are up curating unique product or services to attain a competitive edge at the market. Often, such strategic partnership becomes beneficial to the target audience. More than carving a niche, the team up promotes safety and wellness, just in the case of the tie-up of Sun Life with two brand giants.
Sun Life partners with Waze
One brand partnership that we find beneficial is Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. and Waze teaming up for road safety. The number one life insurance company in the country partners with the social navigation pioneer to promote road safety awareness among Filipino motorists.
Dubbed “Brighter Drive, Brighter Life,” this initiative will alert Waze users on accident-prone areas. Such action will commence in the coming weeks as part of Sun Life’s Financial Independence Month campaign this June. Likewise, it will also alert Waze users, who are also registered Lazada members, to insure themselves with digital life insurance. It can be availed at Lazada for as low as P100.
We find this partnership as thoughtful and timely. With the many Filipinos plying the roads every day, being reminded and advised of accident-prone areas is vital. They are warned to be careful and be safe on the road.
Sun Life partners with Fitness First
Another partnership that we find valuable is Sun Life and Fitness First‘s health and wellness program. The two renews their tie-up and includes additional club benefits and preferential rates for Sun Life clients, advisors, and employees via GoWell. GoWell is Sun Life’s health and wellness community.
Under the partnership, Sun Life clients, advisors, and employees will enjoy free health assessment utilizing the latest state-of-the-art technology called Boditrax. This precision body composition analyzer offers 15 clinically validated measurement, a complimentary one-day workout pass, and discounted membership rates at Fitness First branches.
With the partnership renewal, both Sun Life and Fitness First make a more significant impact and help more Filipinos live healthier lives.
Sun Life’s Thoughtful Brand Collaboration
We hope that there would be more brand collaboration, such as these partnerships. The team up not only grabs the interests of customers and market insiders, but also increases brand reach, knowledge sharing, and market share. More so, with the partnership of Sun Life and Waze, they promote road safety. And with Sun Life and Fitness First, both improve safety and wellness among the Filipinos.
That rate was the result of a recent nationwide study of 1,200 Filipino respondents conducted by Kantar Milward Brown. The study tackled people’s behavior towards life insurance and mutual funds. The rather small percentage is what prompted Sun Life Financial Philippines to adopt the theme “Life, Health, and Wealth” for its Financial Independence Month campaign this June.
As stressed by Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa, “Life, health, and wealth are the essentials of a brighter future. However, one can only achieve them if he saves and invests for the future.”
We know most people can relate to this: you’ve tried a hundred and one products that promise to make all your pimples disappear and leave your skin smooth and glowing. Well, it happened to me, too. The many products I’ve tried only made my skin condition deteriorate.
Some products caused my skin to itch and turn red that only pushed me to toss them, hurting my wallet even more. Also, a lot of the beauty products I’ve tried only led me to experience a breakout. My one to two zits seems to multiply, leaving me to realize later on that the product was probably not right for me.
Do you agree that being a mom is like being a superhero? While trying to be a good protector and inspiration for everyone, she is always running around and doing a multitude of things. As many say motherhood is a lifetime responsibility, it helps that there is also a trusty little sidekick in tow. This extra hand need not be a caped crusader though. Often, a mom’s best help comes in pocket-sized sizes just like the Gardenia Pocket Sandwich.
A Busy Homemaker
Looking after her family’s needs is an essential responsibility of a homemaker. From preparing breakfast to packing school needs and lunch then driving to school the kids, a stay-at-home mom’s day has always been busy and hectic. Her day continues as she arrives home and does household chores. If she still has a little one, she needs to juggle her time tending to her youngster’s needs and running errands and finishing her tasks.
Sometimes, she might have a few lull times. However, instead of sleeping and taking a break, expect her to use that time doing some freelance work. For her, staying at home is not the end of her career goals. More than the feeling of self-worth, she does a multitude of jobs to bring food to the table somehow. And since the internet has paved the way for side hustles, many moms are using it to their advantage.