Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kleenex redefines softness with cucumber

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There are brands that are passed on from generation to generation. In my family, Kleenex is one of them.

My family is a long-time user of Kleenex of most of its variants. Yes, we are now 3 generations of Kleenex users -- from the time of my Mom who always had a Kleenex pack in her bag, to me growing up, and now to my kids who always have a travel pack in their bags. Since some of my kids (and I) have always had allergic rhinitis, tissue was a necessity. Even our cars have a box each too.

But here's one confession I'll make.

At some point in my married life, being a homemaker watching the family budget, I tried to switch to other brands that were cheaper. In my mind, tissue was tissue. Brand would not matter. So wrong! During my allergic rhinitis episodes, other brands that were apparently coarser, would create blisters right outside my nostrils so much faster. It really hurt!

So it was back to Kleenex and there we stayed.

When I got an invitation to the Kleenex event, I was really curious because the invitation looked like a cucumber.

True enough, cucumber extract is the main innovative ingredient that has been infused into the threads of all Kleenex products, making it so much softer. I can already attest to the softness because I took a sheet out of an opened Kleenex box with the infused cucumber extract. Then I took out a Kleenex sheet from the travel pack in my bag. Believe me, the new Kleenex is much softer and silkier to the touch. I had other bloggers feel the difference and they too attested to the great improvement.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Starbucks opens 2015 with a bang -- espresso beverages, food items, Starbucks cards, and promos

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Starbucks is indeed beginning the new year with a loud bang as they have so many new things in the offing for all of us.

Read all the way to the end because they have ongoing and upcoming promos that you won't want to miss.


Two new whole bean coffee variants are being offered for the period indicated.

South of the Clouds, PhP 495
South of the Clouds comes in the nick of time and appropriate for the upcoming Chinese New Year. It's a blend that includes coffee from China's Yunnan province in the Baoshan region. I have this variant and can't wait to have the barista grind this just in time to ring in the Chinese New Year.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Mommy Mundo 2015 Mom 24/7 Planner for a SuperMom!

I love planners. It's one thing a Mom of 4 like me could not do without when my kids were growing up. I started with a Filofax (does anyone even remember what that is?), then moved to generic or company-branded planners. I especially liked one insurance company's planners because of all the space available for me to write down my daily tasks as well as what each child needed for assignment, project or where they needed to be. Whew, am I glad they're adults now!

But my good friend Janice, popularly known as Mommy Mundo, sent me her annual Mom 24/7 planner. Maybe several decades ago, I would have kept it for myself. But I won't need it now as much as one superMom out there. So I'm giving it away to one of you.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

See the eco-friendly dandelion light show by artist Olivia d'Aboville at SM Aura

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During the Christmas holidays, one of the things families do is enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations all around the metro. Here's one that you should not miss especially if you are a supporter of protecting the environment.

A young French-Filipino artist, Olivia d'Aboville, who is based in Manila, is a famed textile artist specializing in tapestry and textile structures. Even as a design student in Paris, recycling was already a major component and influence in her work.

The artist behind the Giant Dandelions -- Olivia d'Aboville

Sneak Preview of H&M's 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

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It's always exciting to get a sneak preview of the next season's fashion collection and being invited to take this peek at H&M's 2015 Spring/Summer Collection was my exciting event of the day.

I was lucky to get there ahead of everyone else invited. I had time to go around and slowly take in the collection.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pinoys, let's promise to #ChangefortheBetter as a nation

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In a few weeks, it will be 2015. Another year, another chance to change for the better.

As a citizen advocate, I strongly believe that before we can change a nation, we must start from within ourselves. When each one of us does our part, before we know it, those wonderful values emanate out and manifest within our families, then within barangays, within cities and eventually within the country. This is what the Change for the Better campaign is all about.

Actually, I was curious and googled this campaign to learn more about it and found out that the Change for the Better campaign actually launched way back in 2012. Back then, the campaign was a call to personal change. This time, the campaign is a call to be a nation of citizens changing for the better. From a personal, individualistic focus, the spotlight of the Change for the Better campaign is now on the entire nation and what the true Filipino spirit is.

The Change for the Better campaign is one that believes that small changes put together can create a huge impact on a community (I am reminded of the analogy of the strength of a bundle of sticks that no one can break versus a single stick that can easily be snapped in half). We may not realize it but as a nation, we exhibit some values that oftentimes we may not be aware of because it comes naturally to us, but foreigners notice them and appreciate them. Hopefully, when we become aware that these Filipino values indeed set us apart from the rest of the world, and we practice them regularly, it becomes an integral part of us as a nation.