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Birthday Post

39 years of living and loving unabashedly. The blessings continue to flow along with the tears. The plan for the rest of my life is still the same: Live and love tenderly, passionately, and joyfully. Dream fiercely and conquer those dreams fearlessly.

My dear friends and family, I am grateful for the lengths you go to ensure that I am happy not just today but everyday. Thank you for your warm greetings. I pray for more gentle days like this for us that are oh-so beautiful.❤️🙏😌

Thyroid Cancer and Radiation Plus A Way To Shield Your Baby From Exposure With Belly Armor

When we were seeking treatment for my daughter’s thyroid cancer, doctors often asked whether or not I was exposed to radiation when I was pregnant or Bianca, for that matter, when she was still a baby.  Apparently exposure to radiation along with genetics has been seen as one of the risk factors of thyroid cancer in children. 

Thyroid cancer is considered as a slow progressing type of cancer.  You can have it for years without you knowing it.  It usually manifest itself later as an enlarged thyroid which when tested through fine needle aspiration biopsy yield positive for malignancy. Although common in adults in their mid 20s to late 40s, it is very rare in children.  In fact, only 5 new cases per 1,000,000 children in the US are recorded every year. My daughter, Bianca, had hers two years ago when she was only 12. We didn’t know she had it until one afternoon when we noticed an unusual lump at the base of her neck. After a series of tests, it was confirmed that she had papillary carcinoma.  Our surgeon decided to perform a total thyroidectomy right away and a month after her surgery, she received radioactive iodine treatment.  She has not been declared cancer free yet but she is responding well to thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Although considered as the friendliest among all cancers, I still wouldn’t wish it to anyone, especially to a child, because well, cancer is cancer. The treatment is long term and the risk that it can come back at any given time and in other form will always be there.

As far as I know I wasn’t exposed to any  type radiation when I was pregnant but then again, I might unknowingly have been considering that a lot of what we use everyday emit low level radiation. The alarming thing about low level radiation is that it can have a huge impact not just on babies inside a mommy’s tummy but also to young children in general. Based on studies done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children absorb two times more radiation in their brains and ten times more on the bone marrow of their skulls. Studies in Yale University School of Medicine and UCLA also showed that mothers exposed to cellphone radiation impacts fetal development that can lead to numerous other problems. 

As our society becomes increasingly wireless, the levels of radiation exposure we receive continue to grow at an alarming rate. As moms, we should be mindful of this and take precautionary measures to shield our kids and even our unborn children from the harm that it can bring. There are products such as Belly Armor in the market today that can do just that. 

 

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Belly Armor is a line of maternity accessories that uses Radiashield Technology.  The Radiashield fabric, a high conductive silver textile with the same shielding property as that of a 1/4 inch thick aluminum sheet protect against everyday radiation coming from cellphones, laptops, wireless towers, and other devices. Things that we use everyday and whose side effects we really don’t give much thought. If you are interested to know more about how Belly Armor products can protect your unborn child and infant, visit their website at http://www.bellyarmor.com.

 Had these Belly Armor products been around some 13 years ago, I would have bought one for myself in a heartbeat if only to ensure the safety of my baby.  

Six Mom Advocates and Their Inspiring Stories

Much has been said about motherhood being the toughest job in the world, but then ask any mom and you would be surprised to know that at any given time, the task of mothering is less of a burden but more of a joy for most of them.  In fact, some have even wholeheartedly embraced the calling so much that they have took it upon themselves to nurture the community as a whole. They have continuously work to ensure that the needs of other children in the coummunity are provided and met.  They have also empowered fellow women to become good mothers to their children by sharing what they know. This month in Working Mom magazine, I interviewed six amazing moms who have dared to make a difference through their chosen advocacies while staying loving and devoted to their own family. Here they are:

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Michelle Aventajado 

Down Syndrome Advocate

Michelle has been championing the cause of children with special needs since giving birth to her youngest, Evangelina. She chronicles her experiences as a mom of a child with Down Syndrome in her blog, mommanmanila.com.  She is active in organizations such as the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI) and The Center Of Possibilities whose programs caters to children with special needs and their families.

Jenny Ong

Breastfeeding and Natural Parenting Advocate

Jenny is a peer counselor for LATCH, Inc., an organization that provides breastfeeding classes for pregnant women and their families. She supports organizations such as Arugaan, a grassroots community based organization in the fight for the strict implementation of the Milk Code and Filipino Association of Babywearers, a group who strongly advocates the babywearing lifestyle. She is the blogger behind http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com.  She actively promotes the natural parenting lifestyle by giving talks on cloth diapering, breastfeeding and babywearing. 

Janice Trillo

Women and Children Causes Advocate

Janice is the reigning Mrs. Philippines Globe 2014 title holder who represented the country in the recently concluded Mrs. Globe World Finals at Shenzhen, China. She bagged The Philanthropy of the Year award and made it to the Top 16. She’s 37 years old with five kids.  She has been involved in different social and charitable activities in Subic and Olongapo as past President and now Secretary of Rotary Club Subic Pearl. 

Denise Manlapaz

Likhang Bata Online Gallery

Teacher Dindi is the founder and art teacher of Likhang Bata. She was a graphic designer, marketing image consultantant, and advertising teacher before she decided to concentrate full time in sharing and cultivating appreciation for the unique Filipino culture through her online arts gallery, Likhang Bata  (http://www.likhangbata.weebly.com).  She continues to organizes art workshops, festivals and summer camps in partnership with other institutions. 

Patricia Gonzales-Cruz

Kinder Project

Teacher Tisha has been a childhood educator since 1991. She founded Kinder Project which provides teacher training support and quality teaching materials to the poorest kindergarten classrooms in the country. A class project with her kindergarten students way back in 2002 brought them in Miarayon, Bukidnon where the lack of learning materials fuelled her desire to create teaching tools for classrooms that needed them most. She shares her mission to help in her website http://www.learninglion.ph

Joy T. Mendoza

Homeschooling Advocate

Joy is a homeschooling mom who blogs at Teach With Joy (http://www.teachwithjoy.com), a webpage devoted to faith, marriage, parenting, and homeschooling.  She is married to Edric Mendoza, who shares the passion for homeschooling with her and together, they have five children. All homeschooled. 
Check out the inspiring stories of these six amazing women in the Mother’s Day issue of Working Mom magazine. 


Be Summer Ready with Proactiv Kit + Wen Cleansing Conditioner

As much as I love summer, I have to admit that the heat just totally gets to me sometimes. Aside from pimple breakouts, the sun also causes my hair to be frizzy and dry. I’ve been stressing about my hair these days because I am trying to grow it long and healthy again, and the heat and humidity are not really helping.

It is no secret that I have been a fan of Proactiv for a long time as it is the only product that can put a reign on my pimples. If you are like me who can’t stay away from the sun but worry about its bad effects on the face and hair, I am pretty sure you will be excited to know too that Proactiv has partnered up with Wen Cleansing Conditioner. A discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner is being offered if you purchase a Proactiv kit. WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary new concept in hair care made by the same manufacturer of Proactiv – Guthy Renker USA. It is a 5-in-1 formula that takes the place of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-on conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering. It does not have all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos that might strip hair and scalp of their natural oils too. Hair becomes totally moisturized and easy to manage with continued use and what’s more, it retains color better. It is available in two scents: Pomegranate or Sweet Almond Mint.

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Proactiv customers purchasing a Proactiv kit (30-day or 60-day) from the Proactiv Philippines Online shopping site https://my.proactiv.comph can choose to upgrade their kits with an additional product, Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml at Php250 discount (if purchased with 30-day kit) or at Php400 discount (if purchased with 60-day kit).

Original Retail Price of Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml: Php 995
New Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 30-day kit: Php 745
Best Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 60-day kit: Php 595

This bundle will be valid until May 15, 2015. Here’s how to avail:

1. Visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph and create an account.

2. Browse the shopping site for products you like, or go straight to http://my.proactiv.com.ph/products.htm. The Proactiv 60-day tab shows a window at the right side indicating Php 400 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your kit purchase. The Proactiv 30-day kit tab shows a similar window indicating Php 250 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your 30-day kit purchase.

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3. The discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner is available only for purchases of Proactiv 30 day and Proactiv 60 day kits.

4. For customers who shall avail of the Proactiv money back guarantee, please note that Wen and its equivalent purchase price is excluded from the refund value.

5. Nationwide Free delivery applies to orders of this bundle.

Tukod Foundation’s Christmas Gift Card

If you are looking for gifts of “great value” or a thoughful way to say you care to your loved ones, consider giving them Tukod Foundation’s christmas gift card. When you purchase one, you will be making a donation in behalf of your loved ones. Proceeds from the sale of these gift cards will help fund the renovation of PGH-CPU (Child Protection Unit), the only child-friendly unit in the Philippines that provides comprehensive medical and psycho-social services to abused children and their families.

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As you know, PGH is close to my heart since my daughter’s surgery there last year. I have witnessed for myself how this medical institution has been striving hard to provide excellent service to our fellow Filipinos despite the little funds that they have. Lets genuinely share and spread real love this christmas by supporting this great cause. For inquiries, you may contact Ms. Bambi Manosa through Ryan Vicente at 0917872519.

Quick And Easy Way To Order Proactiv Online

I have always been an avid supporter of Proactiv especially after it has effectively cured and controlled my Acne. But then again, I have to admit that purchasing Proactiv in the market can be a bit challenging for some since it isn’t something you can easily buy at any local drugstore or supermarket. It’s either you go to selected stores such as Watsons or to one of their kiosks in popular malls.

The good news is Proactiv Solutions recognizes this dilemna of consumers that is why it has made Proactiv available online. Yes, you can now safely and conveniently order and purchase your favorite Proactiv products from their website and have it delivered right at your doorstep. Yup, you heard it right! No need to leave your office as your order will be delivered straight to you. You can order anytime, that means 24/7 and even engage one of their friendly Skin Care Advisors to a chat if you have other concerns and queries. You may also do this via email at customer@proactiv.com.ph or call at hotline numbers 02 729-2222 (Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1- 800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial) but personally, I prefer to engage them in friendly chat. Haha. And what’s more, they have a money back gurantee just in case you are not happy with your purchase. You can send back the products and they will give you refund (terms and conditions apply) which selfom happens I believe as most are satisfied with Proactiv.

HERE’S HOW TO ORDER ONLINE:

1. Visit: http://my.proactiv.com.ph and create an account. Depending on your browser, the link may not work with www at the beginning so please take note of this URL format and use it as is.
2. Once you have an account you may browse Proactiv products at the website. Select products, fill your shopping cart and check-out. You may fill out the delivery instructions and special notes to the rider on this section.
3. Finalize your purchase. The shopping cart accepts payment using Credit Card or C.O.D. (Cash on delivery).
4. Transaction details will be emailed to you.
5. For customer support, you may email: customer@proactiv.com.ph or call 02 729-2222
(Metro Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1-800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial)

The following products are available at https://my.proactiv.com.ph:

PROACTIV Kit

Proactiv 30-day Kit (2,495)
Renewing Cleanser 60ml
Revitalizing Toner 60ml Repairing Treatment 30ml Refining Mask

Proactiv 60-day Kit (3,995)
Renewing Cleanser 120ml
Revitalizing Toner 120ml Repairing Treatment 60ml Refining Mask

*with Money Back Guarantee, terms and conditions apply

Extension Items:

Green Tea Moisturizer 30ml (php 1,099)
Clarifying Night Cream 30ml (php 1,199)
Daily Oil Control 50ml (php 899)
Oil Free Moisture 50ml (php 1,099)
Deep Cleansing Wash 240ml (php 999)
Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen 118ml (php 1,099)

Wen Hair Cleansing Conditioner, a new product from the same manufacturer of Proactiv, which I personally use and love can also be purchased here for the following prices:

WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml (php 995.00)
WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml (php 995.00)

If you purchase product extensions along with a 30 or 60 day kit, delivery is FREE of charge while a delivery fee of P150 for Metro Manila and P330 for non-Metro Manila deliveries will apply for purchases without the 30 or 60 day kit. So if I were you, I will purchase them with kits since they work more effectively anyway with the combination therapy system.

Orders are processed and shipped daily during regular business days so you will receive them within 24 hours if your delivery address is in Metro Manila: (Makati, Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan, Taguig, Pasig, Pateros, CAMANAVA are, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay) while it will take 2-3 days if you happen to live in Provincial areas (City of Proper).

Completed orders before 2pm will be processed on the same day while orders after this cutoff time will be processed on the next business day. So what are you waiting for, avoid the christmas mad rush, order your Proactiv Kit online now!

Intentional Parenting

 “Don’t let yourselves be shaped by the world where you live, but rather, be transformed, through the renewal of your mind. You must discern the will of God: what is good, what pleases, what is perfect.”

Before we put Bianca in Woodrose, we made it clear to her that we have our own way of doing things in our family and our own set of rules which may be different with other families. It was important that she understands that what maybe the norm in some households, may not be in our own. It is very difficult to raise kids nowadays especially that the dynamics in certain families they are in close contact with are changing.

I guess as parents we should never get tired of teaching or reminding our children of the timeless family values and virtues we’ve learned as a child. This way, no matter how totally different the dictates of their own generation are from what the family upholds and practices, our children will not find themselves confused. Instead they would automatically decide and act based in what is good, what is pleasing, and what is perfect for God.

 

Cheer Up

Whenever I feel sad about my life, I ask God to give me a good reason to smile. And it never fails, being the great cheerleader that He is, He sends out the most outrageous perk me ups. No husband to talk to at night, He gave me a free iPad. Feeling the blues on my first Valentines’ day alone, He sent Bianca and I packing for an all expense paid trip with pocket money to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Missing having someone who makes me feel beautiful, He had me walking the runaway at a fashion launch abroad and had us featured in a magazine too (nevermind if I am a scoliotic case with a back hump the size of Mt. Everest and pimple marks resembling the craters of the moon). Wanting to do more and be more, He had my writing career in full swing. Dreading the empty days ahead, He instantly sends either crazy conflicts or crazy friends to occupy my time. And my list can just go on and on…Amazing how God has gone to great lengths just to see me smile and laugh again. Yes life has been unkind these past two years but God more than makes up for it. He sends out positive vibes my way all the time so that in the end, I can see clearly that the good far outweighs the bad, always.

Live…Fully

Last Saturday, I met a fellow widow in a gathering. When she learned about my own status, she pulled me aside to engage me in a conversation. She immediately asked me, “Nung nililibing na ba ang asawa mo, nafeel mo ba yung gusto mo na ding mamatay, yung tipong gusto mo ng tumalon at sumama sa hukay?” I was so surprised with her question, I only managed to look at her in horror and say, “Noooooo!” a little forcefully. She seemed disappointed with my answer and so she tried another one, “Me days ba na parang ayaw mo na bumangon at harapin ang mundo kasi wala na sya.” This time, I really cannot help it, I gave out a laugh. She looked at me miserably and jokingly said, “Siguro di mo mahal na mahal ang asawa mo no kasi tuwang tuwa ka pa dyan!” Now, that had me doubled up in laughter. Maybe I became a little insensitive with my reaction back there but I was thinking, someday she’ll look back at everything that’s happened and be able to smile, that’s what grace do to you. Anyway, no, I didn’t die a thousand death when Nan passed away or even wished that it was me istead of him (hehe) who died. What happened in fact was quite the opposite, I felt the need to get more out of life, to live it more fully after he died. It is because I realized, I want to live life the way Nan did. I want more time to, like him, love deeply, give freely, and live with gratitude completely.

Working Mom Magazine Feature

I am happy to share that my daughter and I are in this month’s issue of Working Mom magazine. In this article, I shared a letter I wrote for my daughter, Bianca, when she celebrated her 13th birthday last month.

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To know more about our story, please grab a copy. It is available in National Bookstore, Book Sale, Watsons, and Ministop stores.

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