Addressing Anxiety Among Moms-To-Be

Falling pregnant is incredibly exciting, and the chances are that you were over the moon when you first saw those two red lines. Since then, though, you've started to feel a lot less positive about your pregnancy journey. Reasons for this can vary from nausea that lasts all day to mood swings and even susceptibility to pre-pregnancy antenatal depression. 1 in 10 pregnant women also experience severe anxiety at some stage.

A certain degree of anxiety seems inevitable considering that you're facing the largest life change possible. The sheer idea of coping with a baby can get on top of you, as can the stress of increased medical appointments and a need to find a health insurance quote that isn't going to bankrupt you before baby's born. When you think of it that way, it's astounding the anxiety figures remain as low as they are!

Sometimes, though, changing hormones pair with these pressures to create an altogether more worrying pregnancy anxiety. If you feel that you're falling foul at the moment, then don't hesitate to take the following crucial steps towards managing or even overcoming symptoms.

Why Your Wedding Needs Live Entertainment

Marriage is a sacred holy bond between two people. They are lovingly tied together on their wedding day. Your wedding is a meaningful life milestone. You want to create an unforgettable experience. That is why you are going to need live entertainment for your special day. There is no need to panic. We are here to provide a few helpful suggestions for that memorable time. Your only job is for you and your spouse as well as your guests enjoying the best quality live entertainment for your wedding day.

Disk Jockeys: Disc jockeys, or better known as DJs, play a variety of music from different eras. Certain DJs specialize in the Oldies while other DJs exclusively spin the Top 40 Hits. Versatile disk jockeys offer selections for every musical taste. A good DJ will play music throughout your wedding reception. That person may possibly make a small joke to lighten your party’s mood. However, great DJs are on a completely different level. Your wedding guests would be magnetized by this person’s charismatic personality. They would be motivated to dance throughout the night. Which type of DJ would you choose for live entertainment? The choice is obvious. You want to choose the DJ who wants to make a connection with you and your wedding guests.

What are the Most Popular College Degrees to Get in Canada?

Choosing what degree to pursue can be one of the first important decisions anyone has to make. Ideally, you will be able to decide to pursue a degree in a field you feel compelled to excel in and that you can work on at a University or college of your choice. 

With 1.7 million students enrolled for the 2018 school year, Canadian Universities are emphasizing preparing these students for careers that are just beginning to open up. For many, this may even mean a need for additional education down the road. Based on the number of degrees awarded by Canadian Colleges and universities, the following four college degrees are the most popular, as well as an estimate of the job outlook for those with these degrees.

The Humanities
By far, Canadian college students are most likely to choose to pursue a degree in the humanities. In 2018 alone, there were over 200,000 more degrees in the humanities awarded than in any other major.

Of any region, schools in Ottawa reportedly have some of the best programs for those interested in this area and practical applications of this degree. Further, with a degree in the humanities, it's possible to secure a job in the public administration space- a career path with some of the best forward-looking opportunities. Still, before you start looking up the price of Ottawa real estate, you may want to consider the next few popular degrees. 

4 Places to Take the Family in Oakland

San Francisco gets all the glory from tourists, but Oakland doesn’t get enough of it. People who cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Oakland have already soaked up enough of the color and culture of San Francisco. But, they’ve only experienced a fraction of the surprises the East Bay Area has to offer.

If you and your family did go the other direction, then you’d see how Oakland is the better option. While San Fran appears big, Oakland is actually the biggest. Oakland boasts a population of over 400,000 people, and that’s not counting the 300,00 tourists who pass through. Not to mention the emerging tech industry. There are so many good places that would make Oakland a great destination for your next family trip. We’ve narrowed it down to the big four.

Established in 1870, Lake Merritt is the oldest nature preserve. The lake itself is a tidal lagoon fed by seawater, making it a perfect place for migrating Canadian geese, snowy egrets, and black cormorants. Merrit is encircled by a scenic 3.2 mile walking path and event areas. Young children will enjoy Children’s Fairyland amusement park. Fairyland has so many fun rides and one-of-a-kind puppet shows that Walt Disney himself used it as inspiration for Disneyland. Also, be on the look-out for the lake’s kaiju mascot, “Merritzilla.”

DG "Goat Milk" Beverage For Kids


Last Wednesday, Dairy Goat (DG) Goat Milk Beverage for kids officially launched here in the Philippines and I am one of the mommies who got invited to the launching of this product held at Ronac Lifestyle Center, Makati (Thanks Ms.Anya and Ms. Millie). Pediatricians and some people from the New Zealand Embassy are also present at the said event, Mom and Meeeh . I got curious about the product so I went and learned many benefits of drinking DG. I tasted goat milk, used some goat soaps, and other few things but I am not familiar with the taste of its milk, anyway back to the topic.

Philippines’ first and only Premium Powdered Milk sourced from Goat’s Milk!

Introducing DG Goat Milk Beverage for Kids (for 3 years old and above), produced and imported from the Dairy Goat Co-operative in Hamilton, New Zealand, DG Goat Milk Beverage for Kids offers powdered goat milk of the highest quality and manufactured by Pacific Healthcare Philippines.

As a mom, I want to give the best to my children and before I gave them anything I make sure that the product is at its highest quality attending the launching of the DG Goat Milk made me think to replace their milk because I learned so many beneficial from Goat Milk's that my kids can get.

DG Goat Milk is made responsibly. The process of converting pure goat milk into a safe, exceptional powdered milk beverage is a gentle, and minimal one; minimal processing results in a product closer to its natural source! they choose only the healthiest Saanen goats from New Zealand to ensure having the milk of the highest quality. ( see Saanen info. here )

Most moms will have the thoughts of is it safe for my kids? Yes, because products have passed international and local standards; Awarded The New Zealand Quality Product Seal, Passed the strictest standard set by the British Journal of Nutrition, Quality, and (Nutritional) Quantity by the Codex Alimentarius and it is approved by FDA Philippines.

Here are the DG Benefits because like us moms Dairy Goat also wants the best for our child.



Gently and Responsibly Made.
  • Naturally More Complete
Like humans, Goats produce their milk through Apocrine Secretion, where milk fat and bioactive components in mammary secretory cells are enveloped by cell membranes as they are secreted. As a result, milk produced by goats has naturally occurring bioactive components.


For A Happy Tummy!
  • Easier to Digest
Casein in milk produces curds in our stomach. Compared to milk sourced from other animals, Goat Milk produces a very loose curd structure with a high proportion of water that is easily broken apart, thus facilitating easier digestion of milk proteins.


Boosts all-around Good Health!
  • Less Allergenic
β-Lactoglobulin is the whey protein that stimulates milk protein allergies. Compared with milk from other animals, Goat Milk has the lowest levels of β-Lactoglobulin; thus making it less allergenic for us! Dairy Goat is undoubtedly the premium goat milk brand perfect for your child.

For my early graders' boys, I am now switching their milk to DG to see my stories for their reaction when drinking the Dg for the first time.

 DG Goat Milk Beverage for kids is available at Mercury Drugstore nationwide, Lazada and Shopee for only Php1,299.00.

You can also check out their Facebook  @DGPhilippines and on Instagram @dairygoatph for more information about the products, promotions, and latest updates.

Affordable investment to secure your future is possible with BellaVita Land

I have been working for almost three years now as a financial advisor and I have come to decide to invest my money as early as now for my future and my future family. For investment, I am looking for something that is affordable and has a long-time value aside from health investment which is a necessity for me.

At first, I was thinking of buying a car since many of us millennials dreamed of having a car but after analyzing my finances buying a car in this generation would not be a wise idea and will only cost me more. I asked my friends of the investments that they have, the majority of them invest their money on lots and house and lot. One of them said that she has just got her own house and lot in BellaVita and she talked about how happy she is in the place that she chooses and boasts that BellaVita Land houses are a good catch for early investment. After knowing my friend's investments, I am convinced to invest my money on house and lot, I searched for affordable house and lot for sale on google to look for choices and BellaVita Land is on the list, I went to their website ( to see their model houses. I contacted my friend who has a house in BellaVita and asked if she could introduce me to the agent to discuss further details.

And now I am excited about the turnover of my future home in BellaVita Land.

Blowing Those Troubles Away: Coping With Stresses (So Your Children Don’t Have To)

As a parent, we can find ourselves under various pressures. But when we start to realize that this is affecting our children directly, we've got to learn to blow these troubles away. Coping with stress is not just about being confident, but it's about understanding that when we are armed with the right tools, we can navigate issues in life. But what can we do to ensure that we cope with various stresses in life? Is it to do with the toolbox? Is it about the environmental factors, or is it about a combination of components?

Look At Your Every day Stresses

You have to examine the environment you are in to ensure that you have a good grounding for coping with stress. As most parents will attest, there can be a lot of money problems. If you are a stay-at-home mom, these tips on ThriftyTwo can provide you with some simple changes to save money. And we have to remember that if we have consistent pressures, like our finances, or worries, we've got to tackle these first where possible. This means that we can progress with a far more positive mindset if we make the necessary changes.

Understanding Your Stress Triggers

When we feel stressed, it's so easy for us to continue under this cloud that, over time, our children can think this is who we are. And when it comes to stress, we have to identify the primary triggers in us. And while your everyday stresses can be a significant trigger, if other things cause you to go down the worry spiral, you must start to become acutely aware of when you are slipping down the slope. By addressing this early on, we can put the tools in place to minimize these problems.

Changing Your Mindset

Partly it's to do with the attitude we exude, but it's also that toolbox. If we start to notice we have a meager mindset to cope with stress, then we need specific techniques to deal with them. This can be about trial-and-error. It could be about finding the right breathing techniques for finding a little practice that you can do every day to ensure that you remain even-keeled. But while we can't get rid of stress completely, if we learn how to manage it better, this means that we will have the ability to cope with it throughout our lives. Remember; stress, in small doses, is an excellent motivator, but when you find yourself consistently under this sort of pressure, it's essential to keep these negative symptoms down. It will impact you in the long run, and this is why a little practice can benefit you. But also, if this isn't a massive motivator, think about how it's going to affect your children. They look at us as the blueprint of how they live their lives, which means we should remember that if we are anxious and stressed, they will grow up with a similar mindset and behavior. We need to learn how to cope with the stresses so that our children don't have onboard this behavior. It's easier said than done, but you can start now.

The Best of Batanes: Top Attractions and Activities for First-Time Visitors

If there’s one Philippine destination that’s a common denominator among all travel bucket lists, it will probably be Batanes. Dubbed as the “Last Frontier of the North,” Batanes boasts a unique culture, welcoming locals, and numerous destinations that almost look too beautiful to be true.

Indeed, Batanes is a place that you have to visit to really appreciate its beauty. The pictures simply don’t do it justice. If you’ve finally booked a Batanes tour package, on the other hand, congratulations! You’re about to see some of the most gorgeous sights you’ve ever seen. Make sure to include these attractions and activities in your itinerary. 

Vast fields of green, clear blue skies with wispy, curling white clouds, and the waters of the Pacific Ocean crashing on the shores. These make the picture-perfect combination that characterizes the breathtaking view of Rakuh-a-Payaman. Also called Marlboro Hills or Marlboro Country due to its resemblance to the cigarette ad’s iconic setting, Rakuh-a-Payaman is perhaps one of the most popular attractions in Batanes. Take a selfie and a panoramic shot or two, then just appreciate the glorious vista with your eyes. It’s so much more beautiful without a screen or lens in the way.

Be A Confident Mom

Being a Mom is not easy. First, you have to go through nine months of pregnancy, your body changes, your whole life turns upside down, and you’re tired all the time. You focus on the child and neglect yourself, and you may continuously compare yourself to other Moms, and this may make you feel inferior due to the wonderful highlights offered up by other parents. In reality, every Mom feels the same, but people cope in different ways. What you need is to build up your self-esteem as a Mother. Being more confident in yourself, not only helps you, but it will actually help your child too, and your relationship with your partner.

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Here are some tips on being that new, more confident Mom:

Look after yourself
Your life does not stop once you have had a child. You deserve some ‘you time’. Taking time out, away from your child, does not mean you do not care. It means that you are intelligent enough to know you need time to recharge your batteries. So, have that long soak in the bath, go out and visit a friend for coffee, go to the Mall and get those new shoes, go to the spa, or get those cosmetic dental implants you’ve always wanted. Don’t forget your personal and individual interests and desires when you become a Mom. Remember, when you feel good about yourself, you act with more confidence and can make better decisions that improve the life of your child as a positive by-product.

Follow your instincts
Don’t allow external influences to disrupt your natural flow as a Mother, it will only confuse you and cause you to waver when making important decisions. Everyone has an opinion, and no one has authority on what is right for your child. It may be difficult at first not to listen to all the buzz going on around you, but trusting your gut feeling, for the large part, turns out to be the best advice you can have. As a result, following your instincts and trusting yourself can improve your overall happiness.

Core Learning Materials for 21st Century Education

Learning is a lifelong process, and taking the journey is an important decision, especially for parents and stakeholders of education involved in a learner's journey.

REX, the country's premier learning solutions provider, designs Core Learning Materials that enable learners of all ages to not just absorb information, but more importantly, develop the skills necessary to use, adapt, and apply what they learn in real-world contexts and situations.

Guided by the Whole Child framework, REX taps on its years of experience and collaboration with the country's leading authors and researchers, combining relevant frameworks and methodologies to create learning materials that are intuitively designed to ensure that learners are Safe, Healthy, Engaged, Supported, and Challenged.

The portfolio of printed learning materials designed by REX ranges from Basic Education texts to specifically-designed texts for various Senior High School tracks, to texts designed for Tertiary Education based on the framework of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE), as well as comprehensive texts, guides, codes, and reviewers designed for Legal Education.

How To Encourage Your Little One To Love Learning

Starting school can be a very scary experience for children, as it's a whole new environment that they have never had to be in before surrounded by people they do not know. This can have an effect on their willingness to learn new things, as it can take some of the joy and excitement out of education and mean that they are unhappy in a classroom setting. However, it doesn't have to be this way, as there are several things that you can do which will help your child to make the most of every opportunity to learn and have the most fun at the same time too. So, if your child is having some problems with school and you would like to find out more about how you can improve their attitude, then read on for some of the best top tips that you can begin implementing today!

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Get Involved
You as their parent can have such a huge impact on their opinion, which means one of the best things that you can do to encourage them to change the way they feel about learning is to get involved. Whether this means talking through their days' lessons over your evening meal at the dinner table or making time to complete their homework with them each day, any show of interest can motivate them to pay more attention and begin to get the most out of their education. Don’t just rely on your child's school to teach them everything they need to know, as it's your responsibility as their mom or dad to pass on information and knowledge too. Display to them that you are always ready to learn something new even if it might be difficult to understand, and they will follow in your footsteps to become progressive and motivated learners.

‘Tis the season of giving! Zen Zest & Scent Station Gift Sets are now in stores!

Wait for no more because in just a few more days till the holidays our favorite local fragrance brands Zen Zest and Scent Station are back with their best-selling holiday giftsets! 

It has been a long-standing tradition, that Filipinos share love and joy among friends and families during the holiday season. As soon as the -ber months come rolling in, lists are created stating the perfect gift for each person. 

However, last-minute gift needs are something that cannot be avoided. Don’t worry, Zen Zest and Scent Station got you covered.

Over the years, both brands have provided quality and affordable gift sets that loved ones will surely be excited to receive. This year, nine different gift sets are being released that consumers can choose from!

Sugar Rush in Box

Zen Zest’s cute and refreshing line of body spritz is perfect for teens and teens at heart! You can purchase them at Php60.00 each. Its affordability will even allow you to purchase the whole line to give your loved ones a truly sweet sugar candy rush!

 2 in 1 Christmas Inspired Body Spray for Women

These Christmas Edition body sprays for women come in 60ml bottles (Winter Apple & Sparkling Snowflake) that’ll surely make your loved ones feel the spirit of the holidays! It also comes in cute pink window box and retails at Php99.00 each set.

Bamboo Una Mas Cebu 2019

With having one of the most recognizable and formidable singing voices in the Philippines, singer-songwriter BAMBOO MAÑALAC is like a well-oiled machine, all power and with no plans of slowing down just yet! 

The Prince of Philippine Rock is ready to ROCK it again in this BAMBOO: UNA MAS CEBU EDITION 2019 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino Cebu City, on November 23, 2019, door opens at 6 pm. 

With his famous vocals, which combines a rock style with mellow approach, he is notably has energetic style in his LIVE PERFORMANCE! 

Shopee Holds its First-Ever 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special

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Starring Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Heart Evangelista
Countdown to the finale of the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale with live performances by top homegrown celebrities and the debut of Shopee’s latest Christmas jingle.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will be holding its first-ever televised show, the 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special on November 10 at 10:30 PM, aired on GMA7 and Shopee Live. The star-studded show will feature performances by popular GMA stars, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Heart Evangelista, in an exciting live countdown to the finale of the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale on 11 November. In addition, it will also include the premiere of the latest Shopee’s jingle, exclusively composed by Jose Mari Chan for this year’s festive season.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Christmas is an important holiday for Filipinos, and we are thrilled to kickstart the celebrations in the biggest way possible with our very first televised Christmas concert, the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special. With this, we hope to deepen engagement with our users by bringing them closer to their favorite stars and brands, and also to foster the festive spirit in the Philippines. We invite everyone to join in the excitement on 10 November as we count down together to our 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. ”

Key highlights of the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special

● Debut of Shopee’s latest Christmas jingle: Catch a live performance of the new Shopee Christmas jingle by Jose Mari Chan, which was exclusively composed for this year’s festive season.
● Star-studded show: Watch top celebrities such as Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Heart Evangelista perform all-time favorite Christmas songs. Also, enjoy special guest appearances by Gabbi Garcia, Lani Missalucha, Julie Anne San Jose and many more popular homegrown stars.

● Over ₱11 million worth of prizes, deals, and discounts including a house and lot: Stand a chance to win exciting prizes including a Rusi Mojo 200 motorcycle, Toyota Fortuner, and a house and lot from Avida by tuning in to 3 special Shopee Shake sessions during the program.

● Score amazing deals and vouchers: Enjoy amazing discounts of up to 70% from leading brands like Unilever, Pampers, Maybelline, Anker, and Perfetti van Melle during the show.

Getting Your Seasonal Shopping Done Early

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Most people go through something similar when Christmas rolls around. No matter how much you think about it in advance, this time of year is always a challenge, and many people struggle to get everything organized in time. If you want to get this out of the way early, the clock is ticking, and you need to act fast. To assist you with post with this, it will share some of the best ways to make your Christmas shopping go quicker. In view of the entirety of this, you should have the opportunity to change this time of year to work in your favor.

The Right Gifts

Choosing the perfect gift for someone you care about can be difficult. Most people find it hard to figure out what the people around them would want, and it is often a real struggle to get your hands on something which you know they will like. Thankfully, there are options out there that just about anyone would like, and you can check out RC cars for young kids, tools or craft items for men, and a host of options that can be great for women. Of course, though, it’s worth doing some research when you’re looking for demographic-based gifts, with sites like Instagram being great when you’re struggling for inspiration.

How to Do Right By Your Child

There’s no guide for how to be the best parent possible. It’s something that we have to continually keep an eye on, adapt, and question. Yet while there’s no secret formula that’ll ensure an easy-going relationship between you and your child, and put them on a clear pathway to success, there is something you can do, all of the time: do right by your child. By following a few simple rules, you’ll be on your way to, at least, meeting the basics that parenthood demands. We take a look at them below.

Be the Best You
Many parents make their children their priority. And that is the right way to go. However, some people get confused as to what this should look like. The idea isn’t to give your energy and resources and time to your son or daughter; it’s to ensure that you are the best version of yourself. It might sound selfish on the surface, but it’s not -- you’re doing it for them. A person who is getting enough exercise, eating well and being all-around happy will be able to do more for their child than someone who’s constantly on the edge of a breakdown because they’re not looking after themselves.

How Does Parenting Change With A Chronic Illness?

It's one of the most intense moments in your life to be diagnosed with a chronic illness. Conditions that will change your life forever are never really going to become normal. We have our lives planned out and not once did we ever think we were going to either pass away sooner or live in pain for most of our remaining years. It's even more daunting when you have a young family to raise. A million worrying thoughts will go through your mind in a single moment. How will you take care of your kids, can you do chores like washing their clothes and cook them dinner or helps them with their homework? How long will you be able to manage on your own before the later and more aggressive stages of your illness begin to show up? It's an incredibly difficult set of circumstances. To stay on top of these challenges, you must plan ahead and change the way you live based around your condition.

Ask for help
Local authorities are one of the avenues you can go down to ask for help. Many local authorities will actually assign helpers and carers to families with parents that cannot cope with the number of things their children need. This may be to simply cook dinner or to help them with their homework. If parents with chronic illnesses have slowed down and are unable to provide the basics such as this, local authorities must be contacted. Such entities of governance will want to step in and provide some kind of support because the last thing they want to have to do is take the children away. So, it's within your right to ask for professional services from the local authorities to help around your home and make life as normal as possible while you cope with your health condition.

Feeling A Little Pain? What Could It Mean?!

Pain can mean a variety of different things. But what’s the one thing that we tend to do. Ignore it for weeks, maybe even months, until we actually go and do something about it. When you sit and think about it, this is such a strange thing for humans do too. It’s as though we have been conditioned to deal with the pain until suddenly we realize that this has been going on for a while, and we should probably go and ask the doctor what’s going on! But pain can be the sign of so many different things, so having this mindset is just crazy. But because we hear so many other people going on about their pain, it’s as though we think that this is the way our life should be. So instead of thinking this way, we want to show you what pain could mean, how you can have it treated and why you should never ignore it! We’re going to stick to some of the most common examples, so hopefully, we can hit the nail on the head with your pain. But if you are having any right now that has been going on for a while, get to the doctors, and read this article whilst you wait!

What Could It Mean?
Pain can mean a number of different things, and it all depends on the type of pain that you’re having, and where it’s coming from. So, one of the most common types of pains is backache. We know in the last few weeks, you would have at least heard someone say, ‘my back is hurting!’. Backache can mean a number of different things. It could be anything from how your posture has changed over the years, to something more serious, like an inflammation of the nerves that surround the spine. If you’re an extra sporty person, through either the gym or organized teams, then it might be that you’ve damaged your back through that. People who go to the gym and do heavy lifting have the common problem of a disk in their back bulging or rupturing. It’s a serious problem that can have life-limiting effects if you ignore it!

Spread gentleness with every purchase of JOHNSON’S® products in Mercury Drug stores nationwide

Support JOHNSON’S® partnership with Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. and help raise 3,600 maternity kits for moms and babies in need nationwide

Following the brand’s biggest re-launch to-date and its movement of rallying parents to choose only the gentlest products for their babies and kids, JOHNSON’S® teams up with Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of the Mercury Drug Corporation, to extend gentleness beyond its products and into helping mothers and newborn babies in critical need.
Staggering global reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) records 7,000 newborn deaths every day with most cases happening within the first six days after birth. In the Philippines alone, about 4 Filipino mothers and 56 infants die daily due to preventable causes such as poor maternal health, inadequate access to health services, and the lack of newborn care, among many others. ¹ 

In partnership with Mercury Drug Foundation, JOHNSON’S® hopes to help newborns and their mothers within the critical first few weeks by providing maternity kits that will contain toiletry items, garments, and the all-new JOHNSON’S® CottonTouch™. Clinically proven mild and safe from the first day of life, JOHNSON’S® CottonTouch™ is the first and only product line specially designed for newborn sensitive skin.

10 Things You Can Do To Increase Your Chances Of Falling Pregnant

If you want to conceive, one of the smartest things you can do is make sure your body is ready to house a baby. You can’t smoke, drink, and party and expect your body to want to allow a baby to grow in there for 9 months. Treating yourself with care and making sure you’re doing all you can enable you to make it happen faster and in a healthy way. Below you’ll find 10 things you can do to increase your chances of falling pregnant: 

1. Know Your Stress Triggers And Remove Them From Your Life

Stress is a huge factor when women struggle to conceive. If you’re stressed, it’ll do you the world of good to figure out what your stress triggers are and remove them from your life. Is there a toxic person in your life that is bringing you down? Maybe you’re taking on too much work and you know you could do without it? Taking the time to remove these things from your life and spending more time destressing will make a huge difference. Practice deep breathing, try meditation and yoga, even nap more - do everything you can do lower your stress levels. 

2. Eat Healthy Foods

Learn as much as you can about nutrition and aim to eat healthy, balanced meals. Try to get plenty of fruit and vegetables into your diet, as well as healthy fats, protein, and carbs. Limit trans fats and other nasties. Do your research on foods that are thought to help/hinder pregnancy, too. 

For instance, some fish are higher in mercury than others. Swordfish, marlin, mackerel, and bigeye tuna are just a few you should probably avoid when you’re trying to conceive. They have been linked to fertility issues in both men and women. Mercury can stay in your system for over a year, so it could cause problems if this is something you are eating a lot. If you don’t want to give up seafood because you love it, low mercury options include cod, crab, crawfish, haddock, herring, salmon, shrimp, whitefish and more. Make sure you don’t eat any more than 3 servings a week while pregnant. 

3. Stay Away From Bad Habits Like Alcohol And Smoking
It goes without saying that any excessive drinking and smoking should stop as early on as possible, not just once you fall pregnant. Find another way to relax and unwind. The sooner you get help to quit, the sooner you increase your chances of falling pregnant. 


4. Make Sure Your Partner Is Happy And Healthy

Your partner plays a huge role in whether you conceive too, so don't neglect to make sure they are doing their part too. They should be reducing their stress triggers, eating well with you, and be just as committed to making this happen as you are. 

5.Monitor Your Weight

A healthy weight is key for falling pregnant. You should not be underweight nor overweight. Taking care of yourself with exercise and eating well should see to a healthy weight, but if you’re unsure of what to do you should visit your doctor and they will be able to give you more information. Your weight is not the be-all and end-all, so don’t get obsessed with it or make yourself sick, but it’s something you should look at if you want the best chance of getting pregnant.

Feeling Depressed? Why Your Workout Could Get You Down

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It is said that exercise is good for your physical and mental health. It also improves social health since you get to meet many people in wellness centers and sports. But if you are still feeling stressed after training, there could be something wrong that you are doing as far as your workouts are concerned.
According to many experts, one has to understand all possible challenges in fitness that can lead you to depression. Here are some areas that you must check out to ensure that they are right if your workout is getting you down.
You Are Copying Others

All fitness experts agree that each person has specific fitness needs. The approaches should also be tailored to meet such needs. This makes it dangerous to be a “wannabe” no matter how much you admire a specific person. Frustrations start when they start getting positive results while you are not.
If you need to achieve more positive results, both in the short and long term, then you need to be authentic. This means getting a perfect fitness solution for your case. A mentor should help you stay motivated but not decide what you will do.

Making Better Decisions for Your Health


Scientific and medical studies have helped the majority of us to become increasingly aware of what we should be doing in regards to our health and what we shouldn’t be doing if we want to maintain healthy bodies and minds. Easy access to this information means we’re in a better position than ever before to make informed decisions regarding what we do, what we consume, and how we live our lives in general. However, for some reason or another, a huge percentage of us engage voluntarily engage in behavior and activities that prove detrimental to us! The good news is that it’s not too late to change your ways. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to lead a better and healthier life!

Excessive Alcohol Consumption
While alcohol is legal and easily accessible, it really isn’t good for your wellbeing. The occasional drink is fine and not anything to worry about. However, if you’re drinking on a regular basis, it’s maybe worth considering sober living for men and women. Drinking one a one-off basis can cause you to lose your inhibitions and make bad decisions. In an extreme situation, if you drink excessively, you could suffer alcohol poisoning. But there are lots of long term health consequences that stem from drinking excessively too. If you begin to feel dependent on alcohol, seek help from a medical advisor who will be able to guide you on the path to recovery.

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Everyone has their own dreams, being a successful one day and overcome everything with their strength. As a parent I have so many responsibilities in raising my kids, I always look after their future. Being a parent is a challenge for me especially when you don't have that financial capacity to raise someone. So if there are ways to be successful don't let that opportunity slip away, grab it and take all your effort for your kid.
To truly secure your kid's future, you have to consider the fund. Nobody comprehends what the financial circumstance will be in 20 years time, yet with appropriate arranging and instruction, you can give your little one what they have to endure. Many individuals spend a fortune on purchasing the best early years instruction they can - yet disregard setting cash aside for college and tertiary training.

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Training is significant in our lives, it can change some portion of us. Makes dream work out. If you had a degree pitiful yet this is straightforward truth that we know, we acquire regarding when an individual realize that you have accomplished higher education, they can't trick you or cheated. I have once recollected my grandmother revealed to me that I should complete my examination since instruction is the main thing that can't be taken from me since it's in my brain and heart and yes that is genuine I had faith in her nobody can take the information inside you. Educations make you sure being an individual realizing that when you complete college, you can undoubtedly get a new line of work your fantasy work that can give your needs and successful life.
There are numerous reasons why understudies can't complete their investigation yet in this point, I'll be referencing the reason that is regular to all and that is can't bear to go school on account of monetarily not prepared to do.

Understudies after secondary school can't attend a university as well as college is because of the absence of cash, guardians can't bear to send their children to school. For poor families completing school is hard.

In this post, I'll be posting down a portion of the manners in which that an understudy can do who needs to seek after and completion school regardless of whether life's harder for them monetarily.

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Top Ways To Enjoy a Happier Outlook in Life


Life has its ups and downs. Priorities change and different stages of your life take you in a variety of directions. In some cases, this can be quite exciting, as you don’t know what’s around the corner. However, for some, this is also quite daunting. In your younger years, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and live life on a whim. But as an adult, things are very different. With bills to pay and family commitments around every corner, it’s often impossible to do anything without having a plan in place. Planning can seem like a boring concept, as who wants to be known as the one that has everything sussed out all the time. But in fact, preparing for your future even in the broader sense can help to steer your path a little more clearly to give you some peace of mind. 

Of course, there will be obstacles on the road, there always is. So giving yourself space for contingencies in a great way to weather the storms. Whatever stage you are in life, you’ll have different needs and wants. In our youth, we can afford to be a little more spontaneous but later on in life, taking charge of your future can seem a better way to plan ahead and reach your goals. 

Planning your future also doesn’t have to mean you stick to it rigidly either, as changes occur in every aspect from relationships to career choices. But how do you make the most of every opportunity so you can strive to have a happy and healthy outlook? Take a look at some of the ways to plan ahead and enjoy each moment. 

Look after both body and mind

It might seem like a simple concept, but not surprisingly, not many of us actually look after ourselves fully. Whether it’s eating lots of sweet treats or struggling with stressful situations, each can play a significant part in poor physical and mental health. The saying goes ‘everything in moderation’ but with temptation around every corner and challenges cropping up all the time, it can be easier said than done. But alas, there areas that you can explore to help you achieve a healthy body and mind. That’s starts with diet and exercise. You don’t have to run a marathon to be fitter or avoid all nice treats to have a better diet. But doing more of the healthy side of it will help to balance those indulgences. By looking after your body and mind, it will help to give you a clearer outlook on life which is ideal for planning too. 

Making tough choices

As mentioned above, life can be challenging. With these occasions, there often comes hard decisions to make. Nobody likes making tough choices but they can often help to make your life easier in the long run. In the heat of the moment, it might not seem that way, but making hard decisions makes you stronger and resilient further down the line. Tough choices come in many forms especially when relationships are involved. For example, you may have children from a previous relationship and decided that this was enough for you. But your new partner would like to have more. The decision to have a reversal vasectomy is a big one and will change your plans for the future. In other cases, a breakdown of a relationship could take your path in a different direction. At first, it might not paint your perfect outlook but adapting to a new life without this person in it could bring different opportunities and people into your life. 

Set boundaries with friends, family, and colleagues 

Many people love helping out others. But whether this is family, friends or colleagues, you need to set clear boundaries to avoid being taken advantage of. Incorporating self-care into your everyday life can help to give you time for your own pursuits. Setting boundaries can also let people know how much input you’d like to. Asking for advice is natural in any social circle, but having opinions and advice forced upon you is not, even if it is with good intentions. It’s also worth noting that you also don’t have to give people explanations for things especially if you feel uncomfortable in certain situations. It can be difficult to just say no without telling them why, but on the other hand, family and friends should appreciate that sometimes it’s just not feasible to be available all the time, no matter the excuse. 

Don’t take your work home with you

There is a culture at the moment where being busy seems to be celebrated. However, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. As our phones have constant access to emails and messages, it’s difficult to just put it down and distance yourself from it. But a study has suggested that looking at your emails outside of work is not only bad for you, but your partner too. Having a constant barrage of work commitments isn’t good for anyone, and you shouldn’t feel like you have to answer outside of your normal hours. Even if you are striving to get a promotion to further your career, it should not be expected that you work longer than contracted unless under extenuating circumstances. This is all to do with setting boundaries too, and if you start on the wrong foot, this will be a hard habit to break in the future which could affect your career and mental health.

Having a healthy and happy outlook about your future can be difficult especially when life presents lots of hurdles. By incorporating some of the above elements into your life, you could steer decisions and plans more clearly towards your own path rather than everyone else’s. It doesn’t matter what age you are, making plans is great for looking forward to a positive future. So why not give it a go and see how you could shape your outlook, and change your future for the better. 

Lea Salonga Instashines with a Musical Tribute

Lea introduces a whole new detergent world with Ariel Instashine

World-class talent Lea Salonga serenades the crowd as the new Ariel Instashine’s ambassador last August 1, Thursday, in her first-ever laundry musical that showcased her most iconic pieces of clothing and how she continues to keep them shining anew.

Globally acclaimed artist and Filipino icon, Lea Salonga, returns home this August as she stars in her first-ever laundry musical - “When I Shine With You”, telling the story of Lea’s most iconic pieces of clothing and how they keep shining anew.

To celebrate and recognize Lea’s mark in the Philippine music industry, the new Ariel Instashine produced a one-of-kind musical that brought her fans nostalgic joy, as she serenades them with a renewed rendition of a classic OPM song, ‘When I Met You’ by the Apo Hiking Society. Lea is joined by some of her students from The Voice, Leah Patricio, Esang de Torres, and Mica Becerro who pay tribute to their coach as they relive Lea’s journey through some of her memorable clothes in the past – as these clothes make their way back on stage and shine as if they are new. 

Lea Salonga is now part of Team Ariel
Ariel recently launched Lea Salonga as its newest addition to the growing Ariel family. Lea is the ambassador for the new Ariel Instashine - the next generation of detergent that promises to make old clothes look new again in just one wash. 

“We are delighted to welcome Lea Salonga to Team Ariel as we launch our New Ariel Instashine – the world’s first detergent with Power Boosters. Lea represents progressive Filipinas who 

continue to shine not just in the Philippines, but also on the global stage.” shares P&G Asia Regional Brand Communications Lead Louie Morante.

When I Shine with You is a sensorial, nostalgic journey

Every piece of clothing has a story. In this one-of-a-kind musical, Lea takes us on a journey down memory lane by telling the story behind some of the most treasured clothes in her iconic roles. With a history of more than four decades in the industry, Salonga had her first break at 9 years old when she played the title role in Annie in 1980.

Annie was my first big break. I was 9 then and felt a big mix of happy, scared and really just enjoying myself. Tt’s why I kept my dress after all these years: to remind myself of that girl who believed she could shine,” Salonga shares.

Since her debut, Salonga appeared in a number of theatre productions and had several television projects until 1989 when she was selected to play Kim in the debut production of the musical Miss Saigon in London. This role earned her the title as the first woman of Asian descent to win the Tony Award for her excellence in live Broadway Theatre in 1991.

She adds, “I had no idea how demanding it was going to be to play the role of Kim. As a teenager, I found it worth it because it pushed me to be more creative and thoughtful with my craft. That’s why I’ll always find the shirt I wore to the audition memorable. It may seem like a simple white one but it means a lot to me – it was the one that helped me shine and live my dreams.”

Among all the roles she played and amid her past accomplishments, Salonga takes pride the most in being a mom to her daughter Nicole, “There is so much love and reward in being a mother. It’s definitely a new chapter for me, and one of the best roles that I have the privilege of playing.”

Reminiscent of the new Ariel Instashine’s clothes renewal benefit, the musical sparked a renewed sense of inspiration as Salonga relived the highlights of this true-to-life musical journey through her memorable clothes – from when she played Annie, to her white shirt during her audition for Miss Saigon, and an apron she got when she was a new mom.

“Through stains and messy times in the kitchen, this apron marks one of my life’s biggest role – being a mom to Nicole. It’s the role that no one could have ever prepared me for. It’s continuous hard work but it brought so much joy and love to my life. It’s inspiring me to shine brighter every day for my family,” Salonga says.
New Ariel Instashine-produced laundry musical featured Lea Salonga’s The Voice mentees Esang De Torres, Mica Becerro and Leah Patricio who played the roles Annie, Miss Saigon, and Lea as a mom, respectively; and joined by digital parenting icons Cat Arambulo-Antonio, Kelly Misa-Fernandez and Maggie Wilson-Consunji

(L-R) The Voice mentees Esang De Torres, Mica Becerro, Leah Patricio, P&G Asia Regional Brand Communications Lead Louie Morante, new Ariel Instashine ambassador Lea Salonga, P&G Philippines Media Manager Arthur Pena, P&G Senior Purchasing Manager Phoebe Ng, fashion icon Cat Arambulo-Antonio, British-Filipino TV personality, model, TV host, vlogger Kelly Misa-Fernandez, British-Filipino TV personality, actress and entrepreneur Maggie Wilson-Consunji

These iconic clothes were brought back to life and showcased though Ariel Instashine’s Renewed Collection on stage. Along with Lea were her mentees from The Voice, singers Esang De Torres, Mica Becerro and Leah Patricio – and digital parenting icons Maggie Wilson, Cat Arambulo, and Kelly Misa, who also had their own memorable pieces displayed in the collection to attest to the superior cleaning benefits of the new Ariel Instashine.

A whole new detergent world 
Launched in June, the new Ariel Instashine is the most recent laundry detergent innovation from Ariel. As the first-in-the-world detergent with power booster beads, the product provides superior cleaning and stain removal in just one wash that helps make clothes look new again.

“We launched the new Ariel Instashine in the PH market in high hopes of addressing the highest standard of cleaning our consumers wants - cleaning clothes like they are new again. This is the 

world’s first detergent with power boosters to remove the toughest layers of stains and make your clothes shine anew in just 1 wash. As with our commitment to elevate the level of clean in the laundry, we also hope to uplift our spirits through keeping clothing pieces valuable and timeless like Lea’s iconic pieces from her roles as Annie, Miss Saigon and as a mom,” concludes P&G Country Category Leader, Laundry Philippines, Ray Pine.

It’s a long ongoing journey for Lea filled with milestones that continue to give pride to the Philippines. Ariel celebrates this true Filipino icon as she shines for all of the Filipinos here and all over the world.

To find out more about When I Shine with You, the new Ariel Instashine and how you can make your old clothes look new again in one wash, follow the hashtags #NewArielInstashine, #InstaBagoin1Wash and #WhenIShineWithLea online.

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