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On Oils and Why Essential Oils?

Oils

Oils are a part of most, if not every, Filipino household. Newborns are given Aciete de Alcamforado (Camphorated Oil) and Aciete de Manzanilla (Chamomile oil) for relief of minor discomforts brought on by colds, colic, etc. 

Growing up, we escalated to Efficascent Oil which is a blend of wintergreen, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus among others. This is used for almost everything — back pains, headaches, cramps, insect bites, sprains, gas, etc. 

The ultimate “Tita” accessory would be White Flower Oil which is again, a blend of several essential oils like menthol, wintergreen, camphor, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. I have a small bottle of this in my bag, in my car, in my office drawer… anywhere you can think of. It’s just something I love to use when I feel nauseous. 

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

Currently – May 2017

Currently MAY 2017

May has come and gone! So what was I up to? There’s been a lot of things happening all at the same time so blogging naturally took a back seat, again. But, we’re still active in social media — sort of. Here’s the rundown:

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feeling overwhelmed. May has been a whirlwind in our household. There’s going to be a big change and adjustment for me in the next few months. And I’m not just talking about the little human growing in me. I finally did it. I fired my boss. I’ll be jobless in a few days! It makes me happy and at the same time it scares me big time. Aside from that, we had a health scare in the family (something I’d like to keep to ourselves for now). 

starting to buy newborn stuff. Since I will be leaving soon, I decided that we should buy the stuff we need as early as now. As I grabbed the newborn diaper (size 1), I looked over at Alvin and said, 

“I can’t believe we are back at one”, to which he replied, “Who knew we would be starting over at 40!”

It’s scary, this pregnant at 40 situation. 

…planning our homecoming. Yep, we’ll be staying in the Philippines for a while. It’s school break for B anyway so might as well stay there so she can meet and bond with her cousins. I also plan to deliver little snowflake there so it’s going to be a long “vacation”. πŸ™‚

…thinking of baby names. We still do not know exactly what little snowflake is. B wants a sister so they can be twins, she says. I told my doctor that I don’t want to know, I want it to be a surprise because … hey, I probably won’t be surprised this way again right? (altho, my doctor kinda hinted what the baby is… I wanted to karate chop her head. LOL)

As long as the baby is healthy, I’m ok with it. So, baby names … hmmm.

…enjoying my newest obsession. Essential oils!

It all started when I was staying with my sister in LA a few months ago. I told her I’m having a hard time sleeping because of my clogged nose … something I suffered while I was pregnant with B. I’m guessing it’s hormones, right? So, she turned on her diffuser with some oils. It helped me big time! 

Fast forward to now … 

I decided to move one level up and started using good quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. I figured, if I’m going to inhale this, might as well be good quality, right? So, yeah … I’ll probably be sharing my EO journey here as well. 

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My apprentice helping with oil blends …

What’s up with you lately? πŸ™‚

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In STAY

Stay: Al Maha Arjaan Hotel Apartments, Abu Dhabi – v2

A week before we traveled to LA, we had the opportunity to stay at Al Maha Arjaan in Abu Dhabi once again. They just renovated their rooms so it was a pleasant surprise. The whole look and feel of the hotel is so much different from the last time we were there!

Al Maha Arjaan Welcome

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
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Currently – April 2017

Currently APRIL 2017

 

“Mommy, it could be a girl AND a boy because your tummy is big. Soooooo big.” – Blake, 5

It’s been a while so I figured I’d open up with a statement my little one said to me one morning. Kids have no filter, don’t they? Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

Currently – February 2017

Currently FEBRUARY 2017

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!

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In BEAUTY

Savonoi – Handmade Soaps, Why I like them and why you should too!

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?

 

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Savonoi is a combination of two words – Savon which comes from Old French savon β€Žmeaning β€œsoap” 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. 

 

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 savonoihandmadesoaps@mail.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. 

 

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

Currently – January 2017

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”.

Currently January 2017

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: Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

App Review: Appy Kids Play School App

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Ohaiiiii!!
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! 

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In EAT

Beef Caldereta Recipe, Made Easy by Mama Sita’s Caldereta Mix

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. 

Beef Caldereta using Mama Sita's Mix

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.