Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: The new Pampers Baby Dry diaper

This post is brought to you by the all new Pampers Baby Dry.

I got free diapers! Again! I love that Pampers loves my kids so much that they send over diapers regularly. From the moment Vito was born in 2010! These gifts have freed up a chunk of my grocery budget to buy other goodies for the boys. Thanks so much, Pampers!

The delivery early last year. We haven't used it all up yet!
My boys use the Active Baby diaper because, well, my boys are active babies. But for my latest delivery from Pampers, they sent me their latest, newest and best diaper—the Pampers Baby Dry. Here's my review!

What I liked:
If you've been reading my blog for a good long while, you'd know I have sung praises many times for Pampers diapers. My reasons for loving the diapers before are still my reasons now:
  1. Pampers guarantees dryness that lasts for up to 12 hours. This is true. You know when I said in the above photo that we haven't used up our delivery from last year? That's because we really do just have two diaper changes a day! (My friend, fellow mom and blogger Lee Shen Cala-or of Shen's Addictions said that you can't do that with girl babies because they get UTI.)
  2. The diapers are imbued with moisturizing properties. My babies' butts are soft and smooth. H
  3. Softness like cotton. The new diaper is softer! 
  4. Breathable cover. It keeps wetness in but lets air in and out. My boys' skin, both Iñigo and Piero, their skin is hindi parang babad sa moisture or pawis. Alaga!
  5. Comfy fit. The fit is made even better now with the stretchy tape. This tape is stronger and even more flexible. It moves with the baby, kahit anong likot at galaw. It stays stuck, too. I can't stand tape that gets detached!
It stretches at the sides so it expands with baby's movements.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Topaz Learning Workshop: Topaz Mommy x Bobbi Brown!

I've long thought of holding workshops for my readers but my workshops will be different: I'm going to learn WITH you! As a writer and magazine editor, I feel like the only workshop I can do where I have enough credentials to share knowledge is a writing workshop. For that, I am very confident and I will charge people to attend because that's what I do for a living—I write! And one day, I will definitely offer writing workshops and I promise you my writing workshops will be awesome! As for the other aspects of my life, I feel my experiences are still inadequate so I decided that instead of teaching you, I will learn with you! Hence, my new project: the Topaz Learning Workshops!

For my very first Topaz Learning Workshop, I partnered with a respected name in the beauty industry: Bobbi Brown. Bobbi Brown! This is sooo exciting!! I'm so excited for you and me!!!

Why did I choose Bobbi Brown? Here are my reasons:
1. Bobbi Brown is a respected name in the makeup industry. She's one of the elite makeup artists trusted by celebrities, fashion houses and magazines. She practically invented the no-makeup makeup look!
2. I learned to apply makeup in my mid-30s. Yes, just a few years ago. I learned from Bobbi's books. Then I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Rustan's Makati where a makeup artist taught me the 10-Step Makeup Lesson (click here for a menu of lessons). I also found out what my colors and shades are (foundation: Beige 3, lip: Sandwash Pink, bronzer: Natural 1).
3. Back to the no-makeup makeup look. As a mom who stays home most of the time, I don't really need a full face. I just need enough to make me look like me, but prettier. So that my husband and kids will think I'm pretty; so that when guests come unannounced, I'll be ready; and so when I suddenly need to run errands, I won't get lazy because my face is already decent enough to face the world! Bobbi Brown is the master of the natural look, so who else to teach me and fellow moms the way to do it?

The workshop is on May 9, Saturday, at 11 a.m. at SM Megamall. There are 5 slots available for my readers for free! We'll meet each other, have a little chat, learn about skin and makeup, eat lunch provided by Eats Happy, and hopefully win the raffle!!! It's going to be a fun workshop!

Want to join? Here's how:

1. You have to be a mom. First and most important requirement. You can be an old reader of Topaz Mommy or a new reader, but you have to be a mommy!
2. On the comments below, tell me which Topaz Mommy blog post inspired you to be a better mommy. I won't publish the answers till end of contest para walang gayahan hehe. Make sure you tell me your Facebook name or Twitter name so I know how to contact you!
3. Share this blog post on your Facebook page or on your Twitter feed. Use this photo on Instagram and tag me (@FrancesASales). Use the hashtag #TopazMommyxBobbiBrown so I can find your post.

That's it! You don't even have to like my Facebook page because I'm sure you already do (and if you haven't, you should because I will communicate with the winners via my FB page!).

Contest ends on Friday, May 1. Good luck!!!


The winners are Daniel Kaity, Mafeth Molina, Celerhina Aubrey, Iza Therese (Sheng Marasigan), and Love del Rosario! CONGRATULATIONS! See you on Saturday!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Does your baby sleep better without you?

This post is brought to you by the all new Pampers Baby Dry.

I hate that I can't find the original article, but I read online today that studies have shown that kids who co-sleep with parents have a higher chance of having troubled sleep. This is because they depend on their parents to sleep, compared to kids who learn to sleep on their own. Kids who fell asleep with parents and then woke up in the middle of the night without mommy get discombobulated and so cry for mommy to put them back to sleep.

Something like that. I really wish I had the original article but when I turned to Google for help, all I found was this: Study finds that children who share bed with parents likely suffer disrupted sleep.

Okay, I don't want this to be a debate because I believe in whatever works for the family. I co-sleep safely with my kids and we love it. It works for us. I have friends who put their babies in a crib in the same bedroom. That works for them. I have friends whose kids slept in their own bed in their own room from birth. That works for them.

I do believe in science, however, and if research has pointed out that the baby sleeps better on his own then I ought to pay attention. (And then there's this: Bad news for dads: Babies "should share mother's bed until age three" because it's good for their hearts. Ano ba talaga?!)

In our case, my kids—all three of them—always slept through the night by the time they were 2 to 3 months old. I attributed that to our co-sleeping arrangement and my breastfeeding them. But as they got older, past the age of 7 months, I noticed that they wake up after 4 or 5 hours. They stay awake for maybe 10-15 minutes before I nurse them back to sleep.

Vito and Iñigo don't do that anymore now that they're 4 and almost-3 respectively, but, like his brothers before him, 9-month-old Piero wakes up intermittently now. It's not because of his diaper (he uses Pampers, which has magic gel that absorbs lots of pee, and can last up to 12 hours! He really does stay dry and comfy all night! But I'll talk about the wonderful features of Pampers in another post.). I think it's really because of what the article pointed out: he fell asleep because of me, I left the bed to work or be with Vince, and he felt my absence and woke up.

That's one major reason I didn't include in a previous blog post on interrupted sleep (Top 5 reasons why babies wake up at night: startle reflex, hunger, illness, light, discomfort). Well, at least I know that Piero doesn't have his sleep interrupted by hunger, illness or discomfort. I breastfeed him at night. He's healthy. And I use Pampers, the best diaper ever! Still, he does wake up because I'm not beside him. I don't know what to do! What do you do to make sure your babies sleep through the night, mommies?

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Monday, April 20, 2015

I'll always be special

I love this video of an experiment involving blindfolded kids picking out their moms in a lineup. Using just touch and smell, the kids all accurately picked out their mamas.

I remembered this documentary I watched a long time ago, on emperor penguins coming back from the ocean, their tummies full of fish. On a vast expanse of ice, thousands of baby penguins wait, and they're all the same kind of fluffy and white, and I thought there's just no way the parents can find their baby. But they do, they do. They find their very own!

I love how special each mommy felt. How unique and how loved!

But did you also feel each mommy's apprehension that their child won't recognize them? I did. I felt the real fear behind the worry. How many of us moms think that we're all taken for granted, pushed to the side, hidden in the background, always in the supporting role, forgotten, unappreciated, unseen?

I feel that sometimes! But that's silly really. I must never forget that I'll always be incredibly special to three little boys and their Papa. And that's more than enough for me. Really. That's more than I deserve, and I am grateful.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The "why I work" reason that just flew out the window

I have a personal rule that I have to be home every day by 5 P.M. Because our kids have no yayas, they are used to their Mama and Papa eating every meal with them, and we do all the bedtime rituals like bath time and brush-teeth time and story time and sleepy time together.

This rule makes it easy for me to decline events. Yes, even the most fabulous events. I always miss the most fabulous events because these are always scheduled from 5 P.M. onwards. I feel a twinge of I don't know what whenever I scroll down my Instagram and see my friends all dolled up for a night out, but then I see myself in bed, sandwiched by babies, and I look outside and see the horrific traffic on EDSA and I know I made the better decision. Hehe.

I like my rule. It's a rule that reminds me how lucky I am even though we aren't swimming in money. I mean, seriously now, I can dictate my hours and say no to lucrative projects and profile-raising events so I can be with my kids. How lucky am I?!

I had to break this rule a few times recently, however, because I've been busy with work (you might've noticed my absence from blogging!). The rule-breaking was unintended because they resulted from poor decisions really. First, I was exploring a project with a potential blog sponsor but after I got home at past 9 that night, I knew I couldn't go through with it.  Then for two straight days this week, I got home at around 7, because I had photo shoots for Baby Magazine, and shoots can drag on for hours. I knew that so I should've scheduled the shoots earlier but I didn't so my bad. So I broke my promise (and my rule) to be home before the sun sets. The kids weren't happy with that!

My smart and silly Iñigo!

So anyway, today, I had to go out again. Just for a few hours to return the products I borrowed from Mothercare and Rustan's that I shot for the magazine. Iñigo, my almost three-year-old sweetheart, saw me dressing up and said, "Where you going again today, Mama?"

"I'm going to work, sweetie."


My inner self wanted to say, "Little dude, I work out of home maybe two days a week so don't use that tone on me," but of course he's a baby and any time away from me must be eternity for him. So I reply, "Yes, Mama has to work again, but I won't be too long out today."

Iñigo frowned. "Why you have to work, Mama?"

"Well, people give me money in exchange for the work that I do for them. We need money to buy your toys and your clothes, to pay for the electricity for the TV and iPads, to buy food. Don't you like all those things?"


"Then Mama needs to work so you can have all those things."

"But I don't want toys and clothes and iPad and TV."

"Oh wow, really?" Really?! I should've recorded this! "Well, we'll still need to buy food. You know what will happen if we don't eat?"

"We'll die."

"Yes! So Mama needs to work so we can eat because I don't want us to die."

"Mama, it's okay. We can die together."

Hmm. Next time, I'll have to tell my little guy that I work because I like to work. This working-for-money thing just isn't going to cut it!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

My kids test the new Pampers Baby Dry diapers (but not in the way you think!)

This post is brought to you by the all new Pampers Baby Dry.

Today, Vito and Iñigo were so happy to be in Mama's Laboratory!

Today, being a nothing-to-do kinda day, we all decided to do a little experiment. We were going to put the new Pampers Baby Dry diaper to the test and see if it really keeps baby bums dry and comfy.

As a Pampers user (well, my kids use it, not me, although there was this one time...), I know full well that all the kinds of Pampers diapers do keep babies dry and comfortable. Magaling siya mag-absorb. Mabilis and it keeps the wetness away from the surface of the diaper, kahit na anong galaw at likot pa ni baby. I know this kasi tatlo na babies ko and all of them were driest and happiest with Pampers. Walang spillage, walang skin irritation. That's why we've been loyal Pampers users since 2010!

Anyway, I wanted to do this experiment because I missed it at the #FirstsWithPampers party. New ambassador Andi Manzano-Reyes (she's the lovely preggy woman) showed the mommies the Pampers magic but I didn't see it because I was busy breastfeeding my baby Piero.

So today, my boys and I took out a couple of diapers, made some colored water, and asked Blue Bear 1 and Blue Bear 2 to sacrifice their furry butts to science.

So are we ready?!?
I guess the boys are ready!