Currently February 2017
I’ve been struggling with my writing again. I’m just forever exhausted for some reason. I have a long backlog of posts that I need to finish and hopefully I can do that before our trip! Anyway, just to update ..
I AM CURRENTLY …
…starting to be mindful of what I eat. I need to maintain (if not lose!) the current weight for health reasons. It’s been a struggle for a very long time. Back in late 2010, I took charge and started running. A few months after, I found out I was pregnant with B. I never got “that” active again after the pregnancy so here I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I did try but somehow I never got my groove and inspiration back so it was all stops and starts. :/
…enjoying the cool weather still. A little bit too cold for the beach but we’ll get to that sweet spot where the temperature is just about right. Not too cold, not too hot (and humid!).
…planning our US trip (still!). Tickets are booked, visas secured. We just need to find out where to go aside from Disneyland! LOL
Related: How to Apply for US Visa
…celebrating my birthday month (March)! Woohoo. It’s also my blog anniversary so watch out for some giveaways (ehem looking for sponsors. Ha Ha!)
…feeling … exhausted! LOL. I’m thinking maybe a vacation is just what I need. But then again, with the time difference and the unforgiving jet lag, I’d probably be more exhausted after that trip.
So what’s up with you? Share in the comments section!
A few weeks ago, I was given samples of Savonoi handmade soaps to try. It took me a while to write this post because I wanted to really try these soaps out.
If you’ve noticed, I don’t really do a lot of reviews on this blog. I do give exceptions to products that I like and bonus points when the product is from small/medium sized businesses.
What is Savonoi?
Savonoi is a combination of two words – Savon which comes from Old French savon meaning “soap” and noi, a play on the word “pinoy” which is an informal word for “Filipinos”. Therefore, savon + noi (noy) = Savonoi.
Savonoi is a home based business by a Filipino couple in Dubai. They started making their own soap when they couldn’t find a solution to their extremely dry skin problem. They decided to share this success with other people who might be having the same issues. Their soap range and variety has expanded since then.
Goat’s Milk with Honey and Oats
Savonoi Handmade Soaps
Savonoi Moringa Soap
What I tried:
- Savonoi 5 in 1 – a combination of coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil, papaya, banana, lemon and carrot extracts, essential oils and organic ground oats.
- Moroccan Argan – a mix of coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil and original Moroccan Argan oil.
- Moringa – coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil, moringa extract, imported essential oil, and organic ground oats.
What I like about Savonoi:
- They have different varieties that suits your needs.
- It’s handmade and organic using only fine materials.
- Their soaps have very mild scent.
- It’s Filipino made — yes, I’m a little biased here — Pinoy pride, yo!
My favorite would have to be the Moringa Soap. Moringa (Malunggay) is a superpower! Combine it with oats, you have super soap! I swear by the effects of bathing in oats.
I was 27 when I got chicken pox. That’s a disaster because apparently, the older you are, the more blisters you’re gonna get! I searched for ways to make sure that I am comfortable during this time and guess what? Oats is the answer. I placed a cupful of oats on a cloth and gently pressed on my blisters while taking a bath. The liquid from the oats helped with the itchiness and dried up my blisters in just a few days!
What I do not like:
- It melts easily but that is the case for most organic handmade soaps. I asked the makers of Savonoi and they said this is because they do not use stearic acid which makes the soap hard. So keep your soap away from wet areas.
Where to find Savonoi:
You can find them online in Facebook: Savonoi Handmade Soaps, and on Instagram: @savonoi1283. They also have a Youtube Channel: Savonoi Handmade Soaps. They also participate in bazaars so check out their social media handles for more information or email them at email@example.com.
Disclaimer: products were provided to me for review but all opinions are based on my own experience and remains uninfluenced. This is not a paid post.
Currently – January 2017
It’s the last Saturday of January!! Can you believe it?
The month is flying by and I only posted 2 blog posts (three, including this). So, to update, I’m writing down my “currents”.
How does it work? I picked 5 prompts (others use more) to keep everyone up to date (everyone who is interested, that is!). Here goes:
Appy Kids Play School series was launched in Virgin Megastores in October 2016. We were lucky to be part of this launch as we had the chance to see the app in action!
I used to be intimidated by Caldereta. It seemed so complicated. I’ll tell you why.
In the olden days…
Growing up, we would always have these family parties and gatherings at home. Aunts and Uncles would come over early to help with the preparations. Food were always made from scratch. And I mean no short cuts!
You need chicken? Pork? Beef? Goat? They buy them alive and slaughter them at home. Morbid, I know. But that was tradition … something that was not passed on to the next generation. I don’t know, we just can’t do it. We also did not use gas stoves when cooking. Not that we don’t have stoves, the older generation just prefer cooking with firewood. They say it adds flavor. Complicated, right?
Anyway … back to Caldereta.
School started in September. Since then, I have made B’s lunchbox. I’m sharing some of the bento boxes we’ve made. More photos on our Facebook Page.
Ohaii beautiful people who still reads our blog! We’ve been really busy lately which explains the lack of updates. A very lame excuse for a blogger, yes – I know.
I’ve missed this space so hopefully we can get ourselves a little more organized so we can post more on this blog. (We are active on social media though, so follow us on Twitter and Instagram!)
I can’t believe we are at the last few days of October!! It’s been more than a month since Blake’s birthday and I haven’t shared anything on here.
Blake had 4 celebrations this year. Since A’s side of the family is having a reunion and a family dinner/birthday party for September celebrants, I decided to have a kiddie party in the Philippines with my side of the family. I wanted Blake to experience a Jollibee birthday celebration! [Jollibee is big back home so it’s something not to be missed!]
Kimchikin Al Ghurair
A few days after our quick vacation in the Philippines, we were invited to try Kimchikin in their newest branch in Al Ghurair Centre. The place is cozy with contemporary, minimalistic design. A big TV plays Kpop music videos on the background. Being a Kpop fan, my niece would have loved it here but alas! she isn’t here and I was at a loss. I had no idea what I was watching. LOL.
Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2
I’m Haneen, 27 years old, mommy behind Working Mother of 2. I’m Lebanese moved to UAE 5.5 years ago and now living and working in Sharjah. I have a 2.5 years old daughter and a 10 months old son.
How did you start blogging?
I started in November 2015 when I found myself advising expecting and new moms & answering too many questions on motherhood, experience with my kids, deliveries, balancing life between family and work so thought why not giving it a try. Plus, writing is something I love since ever. And thus Working Mother of 2 was born.
What do you write about?
Working Mother of 2 is mainly about my personal experience with motherhood journey. I only write about things I’ve been through, things I tried before & things I’ve learned since 2013 when I had my 1st baby. My primary goal is to help mommies out there in a way or another as I’ve been through it all and maybe what worked to me, will work for other moms and the things I’ve learned might be of benefit for others. So why not have each others’ backs, support and share our experiences and get to learn from each other.