Life Lately

Before my blog's updates last month, I have been MIA for like five months. It even came to my mind to give up for I'm almost losing the spark to blog. I don't really mean inspiration because it's always there. I just lost the guts and motivation to sit in front of my laptop and type I'm sure some of you have experienced this. And it's totally weird that I've always wanted to regularly update this blog but can't find the willingness to do so. Most of the time, my body won't cooperate. And no, I'm not sick.

My son turned 2 last April and I did almost everything DIY. When he turned 1 last year, I had most of the things needed ordered and had them shipped. Yes, costly. This year, I decided to just make use of my time instead to prepare everything on my own. It took me more than 2 weeks to finish name standees for I had only available time during my son's sleeping hours. I was able to save 75% for the standee alone. Each 8" letter standee will cost you 80 pesos and since my son's name has 14 letters, I may need to pay more than a thousand. While doing it on my own only cost me less than 300. I also designed and print invitation cards on my own..

For the last couple of months, we had to go to the city almost every week and traveling with a picky-eater toddler is sometimes a struggle. Most of the time food found in the malls are not his type so we often ended up with nuggets or waffles or cereals and just breastfed.

When my son turned 2, I know for a fact that my breastmilk is no longer enough to support the nutrition he needs. Unfortunately, he's a breastmilk dependent. Whenever he saw me preparing food, he will immediately cry for 'dede'. And more often than not won't get up in the morning unless he's already full with breastmilk, another reason to refuse breakfast and other meals. Although he remained very active, it was very noticeable how much he lost weight.

As a first time mother and a breastfeeding one, it is very hard for me to finally come to a decision to stop nursing my child. At first, I was really hesitant, actually more on being worried about the outcome. It is one of a kind bonding a mother and child could have and I'm pretty sure that by this time I'm writing this post, I am missing it, so much!
Seeing my son wanting to nurse but couldn't was really hard. I felt guilty most of the time. Even asked myself if I'm a good mom or is it really the right time to stop. But because of the food refusal and breastmilk dependent of a 2-year-old child, I believe I have made the right decision. Basing on how my son is now, a toddler who wakes up every morning with a good appetite for the rest of the day is somehow rewarding.

ShopBack Wishlist

ShopBack is the number one CashBack/Rebate Site in the Philippines. Well, it is not only present here but to countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and India, as well. It gives you cashback on your online purchases with over 300 partnering mechants like Lazada, Agoda, FoodPanda and many more. I've already explained how to use ShopBack in my previous post, so I'll just focus on what this post is actually about - my wishlist.

As a woman, I find it a little awkward for not being too fond wearing accessories. I actually don't wear one most of the time, if I do it's one or two but I prefer just having to wear a watch. It's always my favorite accessory.

This Classic Sheffield watch from Daniel Wellington in Rose Gold is heaven. And when I say heaven, yes, I super want this. I love the fact that this watch is not too fancy. Just perfect for a minimal person like me. I've been seeing this on Instagram and Facebook but yeah, needs over wants, I'm a mother and I think you know what I mean.

And speaking of being a mother, I have also been wanting to lose weight and get back in shape. No, I'm not making excuses here but as a first time mom, I sometimes find it hard sneaking a time to workout especially when you have a very clingy little one. I can't run around the house, not possible. My son would only ask me to carry him. Tried doing zumba but failed because my son will immediately ask me to dance with him - that's automatic, and by 'dance with him', it means carrying him while dancing. Imagine?

This Granmerlen Fold-able Indoors Manual Treadmill from Lazada will be a great help. I'm not being choosy but sometimes with the right equipment, motivation becomes stronger. I can't jog outside as you know my son will always look for me, cry when I'm not around. So I have to always stay home, else bring him if I need to go out.

Aside from wanting to get back in shape, I also wanted to explore makeups and with that I wanted to have some sets of makeup brushes.

This Sigma Beauty Essential Kit in Make Me Cool from Sephora is to die for.  I've read so many good reviews about this set of brushes and I am so inlove with the color. Chic and Elegant. Plus this has its own container to make it easy for storage purposes. Yes, on my birthday please?

A 2-3 days staycation from Roomorama is also a wish. Been wanting to go somewhere, regardless if it's summer vacation or not. Spending quality time with my son and the rest of the family at the pool is something I'm always looking forward. Daydreaming here!

Since wishing is free let me tell this last but not the least, I found Lifeproof Fre case for my smartphone at YouPoundIt which I think is needed, since I still can't afford buying a new gadget, in case, just in case I'll get careless (hopefully I won't). So at least, a life proof literally case would be a life saver not only to my phone but to my pocket as well. *wink

Saving Money while Shopping Online through ShopBack

Online shopping is undeniably one of the best alternatives to shop. Not only that it saves us time and hassle, but also because online shopping stores are available 24/7 which gives us the freedom to shop at our own convenience. I love shopping online. I'm guilty buying fashion and beauty kinds of stuff online. I admit I enjoyed every shopping I made and felt a little guilt, because you know - shipping fees! Good thing there's ShopBack.

If you go online shopping via ShopBack, Shopping becomes more exciting, as you are being rewarded for every purchase you make. ShopBack is basically paying customers to shop online and not only helps you get the best online deals and discounts for over 300 stores, it also gives back in the form of CashBack. CashBack is a redeemable reward, once it reaches a certain amount you may choose to cash it out to your Paypal or bank account.

Here's how ShopBack works and why it helps you save money while shopping:

* Sign Up/ Log In

* Click on any store through ShopBack and get redirected to the store's website. (Eg, click here to see all of Lazada’s voucher codes and get 4% cashback!)

* Shop as usual on a store's site and make a purchase.
* Get a CashBack in your ShopBack account within 48 hours, under the 'Pending' tab.

I admit I saw a couple of reviews about this site for the past months but haven't really tried even once. I remember buying clothing from 
Goods.Ph, I think more than five times already as they have cool collections of fashion items. Takatack has even great collections you can't say 'no' to. No discounts, no deals. No rewards. Ouch! Hahaha! But because I normally find something I love from these sites, I always end up buying them. Good thing ShopBack has them with a good percentage of cashback.
Getting something online regardless if it's discounted or not gives me no fear anymore. Imagine buying regular priced item but getting a cash back? It is like buying the discounted one, as well.

Want something more? ShopBack Philippines is having a 'Win a Wish from ShopBack' blogging contest wherein you can win prizes worth up to Php10,000 and cash prizes. To know more about the contest, just click the photo above. Goodluck and Happy Shopping!

- ShopBack Facebook

Althea Turns One + Instagram Contest

Althea has been spilling Korean beauty goodness for one year now. Amazing! But wait, what's Althea? It is an online shopping land where you can get your K-beauty fix and have it shipped from Korea to your doorsteps. Yes, Althea turns one today and with that I'm telling you there's a huge Pink-y celebration for all of us. So let's celebrate, shall we?

The celebration starts today, 20th of July and ends 31st of this month. Here's what Althea has in store for all of us:
  • Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit - for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last. 
  • Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers - Full sized beauty products. While stocks last.
  • Birthday Giveaway, Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE! - Rebate will be credited into your account.
  • #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest - Got your Althea party kit? Wish them a happy birthday with #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galazy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea.
Pretty cool, right? Imagine winning prizes worth KRW10,000,00 in total, exciting. So, goodluck and enjoy shopping!

*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to and Althea Facebook for more information. 

Methods of Getting Your Own Business Noticed

If you are starting up your own business, there are many things to consider. You will need to be able
to provide goods or services that people actually want and are willing to pay for. Then you will need to raise the money for the start-up by accessing your savings or borrowing; if yours is to be a home business, you should be able to save on rent for additional premises. However, before finally exposing your business and brand to the market, there is still one very important aspect to consider: how you are going to get your business noticed.
You can have the best brand, products, or services on the market, but unless the public – especially your target market – know you are there, the business will not last long. You must be prepared to advertise, and there are various ways to do it. Of course, you will need to identify your target market; will it be local, national, or will you also be selling abroad? Having done that, you will need to carefully plan your adverting strategy.

One of the ways for getting your business noticed is by word of worth; you tell friends, acquaintances, and work colleagues, and they tell others. The only problem with this method is that it will severely limit your exposure and only stretch within a particular neighborhood within a particular city. You need to discover ways to reach out to a bigger potential market. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, there are other ways to create much bigger exposure for your business.
The internet has revolutionized the way businesses promote their brands and advertise their goods and services. Large companies advertise their products using the internet, and this method is just as useful for home businesses and start-ups.

Many businesses, big and small, have their own website. This is an excellent way to promote a business as most people nowadays have access to the internet. It can also be used to sell products as well as publish customer reviews. Having your own website can benefit your business immensely, as it helps get it noticed by a much wider audience.

The main problem with having a business website, especially within the early days of operation, is the cost. To do things properly, you should have your own custom-built website. This can be very expensive; however, there is a cheaper – in fact, free – alternative available: social media.

Social media is massive, with millions upon millions using it across the planet both day and night. Many people nowadays have a smartphone or tablet, which means they can surf the internet while on the move, and much of the time they are using social media. You can use the likes of Facebook to promote your brand, posting beautiful pictures and well-written copy about your products. You will also be able to receive customer comments, but be prepared for the odd critical one. Facebook isn’t the only social media you can use; there are also other ones such as Instagram. Check around and see how they can best serve your purpose. Even when you are able to afford your own website, you can still maintain your social media presence as it will further enhance the promotion of your business.

The internet can also help you promote your business in more traditional ways. Remember the flier, the printed sheet advertising businesses that is handed out on the street or delivered door to door? They are an ideal way to promote your enterprise if your customer base is local, but they can be expensive to have printed. The good news is that there is a DIY solution available online. By going on the internet and finding a flyers maker, you will be able to download and print off your own flier at only a fraction of the cost.

There are, of course, other ways to get your business noticed. If your business is targeting a local market, you can always advertise in local newspapers, magazines, or trade publications. There are also radio and TV commercials. All these methods of promoting your business are costly, and will be especially so if you intend to advertise beyond your city. They could well be worth considering as your enterprise grows and there is more cash available for advertising.

When you start up your own business, it is essential you know the market you intend to sell to. By doing that, you will be noticed by the right people, and hopefully, they will become regular customers. That is why you need to plan your marketing strategy accordingly to get your business noticed.

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