Monday, February 18, 2019

Pasalubong Ideas from the Philippines | #ChicSassyMomXUSA

Mabuhay! 🤗Absence makes the heart grown fonder 🥺... I miss goodies from the Philippines, (food and non-food) products, and just all those simple, random stuff that we get to ignore enjoy back home. So whenever there's a chance, I throw in my pasalubong request list. 😅Take note, I've very mindful on who I send out the list and just how much I put in the list for the fear of incurring fury. Excess baggage is real, people. ✌🏻

Chic & Sassy Mom Tips: If family are from the Philippines and are just visiting, if they sincerely offer, it might be okay to request for some kind of pasalubong (stuff they will get for you as a token of endearment being an integral part of our culture) or padala (stuff from your family/friends that will be coursed through them for you) or pabili (stuff they will need to buy for you, please make sure to send money beforehand)Just please be very mindful of just how much spare baggage space do they have and they can actually carry. Traveling with children provides them extra baggage space, but how on earth can they carry all those balikbayan boxes and luggages. For family and friends from the USA visiting to the Philippines, they too probably want to hoard goodies from the Philippines, so unless otherwise sincerely offered if you want anything, please do try to avoid. The same goes for sending stuff back to the USA from the Philippines via padala. Reminder to me. 🤫Key word. Sincerely offer. Hah. When you send/request for padala, make sure that the packaging is not sealed. You have to make sure that they know what they will be transporting on your behalf. Put them in clear Ziploc. Or just give them flexibility on how they can squish in the stuff here and there.

Anyhow, here's what we requested from family and friends who sincerely (hah) offered to get us pasalubong. 😅

From Pampanga: Navarro's Crab Paste, Tuyo Fillet, Turrones de Casoy, Ph Care Naturals Guava and White Handkerchief (I would have even wanted them embroidered). Handkerchief just because my boys still want to use them, if I'll have my way, I hope they'll just use Kleenex. 
Nestea Milk Tea,  Delimondo, Happy Peanuts and Banana Chips.
The Blue Kitchen Pugod Baked Banana Chips is a winner. 
Thank you, dear family and friends from indulging us. 😘

And now, here's our list for Iloilo's goodies. I did a collage because my aunt needs to know how they look like and where to get them. Photo credit as labeled.

#MissingPhilippines Real Life Drama | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Annyeong! 🤗Hope you all had a great Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. Shocks! MIA for the nth time. I'm still here. A lot of dramas (real and reel), and I'm beyond overwhelmed. But oh well, life happens. I'm frustrated that I wish I was more diligent in blogging. Instagram (and Twitter and Facebook) is never my cup of tea where one photo can make or brake you 😔, so I have nowhere to go but here. So let's see where this post leads me...

Happiness is an empty laundry basket. 🙋🏻‍♀️
You'll know that we're currently chasing our California dreams, yes dear friends, still chasing, not yet living. But somehow, these dreams are too awesome not to chase (according to someone... ahem!), so I gave up fan meeting (hahaha), Seoul searchingsalon trips, and just basically embraced being help-less. 😅And my, for the record, I have to just say it out loud, my greatest fear living here in the US is going to a dentist, and incurring thousands of dollars bills for dental works. 🥴(I have never ever really fully recovered ending my career in Colgate Palmolive, where the best perk is free dental works.)  I might sound capricious for missing such wants, but I won't go overly dramatic, soapy and weepy by talking about how I terribly miss my family, and I'll just go all out nega on you. We don't want that. My real life oppa will not like that. Hah. So the takeaway I want you to all have from reading this random post is that life in the Philippines is still beyond amazing. Just because, when you're home, you can get by (with your needs and yes, even wants) with a little help from your family and friends. Let me count the ways... (on my next post). I miss you, Manila! 🇵🇭




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Bath and Body Works Favorite Haul-iday Shower Gels | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Oh my, here I go again with Bath and Body Works...oh well, still as addicted as ever before.

Pre-Black Friday sale, there's this really amazing deal for all shower gels and foam baths. I just couldn't resist it. My thoughts 🤔...some for gifting, most for me. Hah. 🤫

Shower Gel overload. Happiness. 
You ought to know that I'm also an essential oils fangirl, so the Aromatherapy line is a must-hoard. That, plus I destress with bubble bath, and they do make a nice luxurious foam bath. (So sad, they're out of the Mint Leaf and Bergamot line, which I adore and hoarded last year.) Glad I found something to fancy like crazy...Vanilla Bean.

I just can't get enough of Vanilla Bean. 
I'm such a hoarder fangirl. Once I commit myself to something, say to a brand, I remain faithful and loyal shopaholic through and through. Both good and bad. 😅Oh well, indeed, life is boring, when you don't have deliveries to look forward to. Cheers! ✌🏻

#GoNative Love at First Try | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, cinggus! 🤗Hope you all had a meaningful Thanksgiving day. As always, I've been busy good. And my, between Black Friday sale and real life drama, I'm swamped. But I've been (sort of) updating my IG @chicsassymom (please do check it out, share likes #sharingiscaring ). Here's a new favorite personal care product that I've been meaning to rave about, Native Deodorant.

Native Deodorant Sample Pack $30+ Coconut Vanilla, Unscented, Lavender and Rose, Eucalyptus & Mint (travel size)
Native Deodorant, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. 

In love with Native Deodorant Coconut Vanilla
What I love about it? I love the scent. I'm very, very particular with scent and I tend to stick to a brand that I adore, so far the Coconut Vanilla is love. It evokes that warm and cozy feel when you apply it. But, it's not overpowering and lasting at least for me, it works for me because I want my perfume scent to linger, not my deodorant or my clothes's fabric softener (Downy scent haha 😅). But still, nice scent is relative. To each his own.

It's grainy at the onset when you apply it, but it does "melt" and dissipate nicely. So no white thingy that goes to your clothes. It feels silky dry. Foremost, I remain unscented. I like that. So it means no Body Odor. I don't have rashes or hives. And more importantly, it doesn't darken my underarm. I'm proud to say that I don't have dark underarms. I swear, flabby, yes, but not dark albeit I shave. ✌🏻

Chic and Sassy Mom Tip: True story, some products especially APDO (anti-perspirant and deodorant) can cause rashes given you use it to your sensitive underarm areas. It can be with the same brand, but different forms (cream vs. solid), still can cause reaction. So foremost, do patch test.

Well, about the anti-perspirant, it was my concern back when I was in the Philippines, but I don't really sweat in the Bay Area (San Francisco, California) because of the weather. Even last summer, so I couldn't really talk about this benefit if you're after this. Native Deodorant per se acts as anti-perspirant by naturally absorbing the moisture. But here's the difference about deodorant and anti-perspirant as per the brand site... "Anti-perspirant prevents you from sweating. That is, the aluminum contained in anti-perspirant acts as a plug on your body’s sweat ducts and prevents you from sweating and releasing other byproducts of sweat. Deodorant works by eliminating and absorbing the moisture and odors associated with sweat."

Ingredients. It's safe and effective. Aluminum and Paraben Free. 
This comes in a solid stick form, and it's an adjustment because I was a cream user. Having said that, so my only gripe is it so messy to open and close so I always have to use a tissue when I open it. Because the formula thingy goes to the cover.

One stick last a looong while, I have mine since August, and I'm just still on Coconut & Vanilla.

I've been a Secret-user for life, until I made a switch to natural deodorant. Not toxic and effective, I'm sold! So far, I'm glad I did. It works for me. Consider making the switch to Native Deodorant, check it out here, just remember to patch test, no sweat, you're set! Cheers! ✨

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bath and Body Works Wallflowers Haul | #FavoriteScents #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, friends! 🤗Because I'm still on the running of America's next top scented home, we just can't get enough of having all kinds of home fragrance available out there... candles, Scentsy and now wallflowers too. Truly, because a scent can make memories come alive, there's no time like today to get all our favorite Christmas scents from Bath and Body Works. 

For wonderful Christmas time...Champagne Toast, Fresh Sparkling Snow, Fresh Balsam, Peppermint Brownie, and Lavender Vanilla (room scents for sweet dreams)
Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I have never ending addiction to shop at Bath and Body Works whenever possible. Hah. Usually, I tend to haul Fresh Balsam and we have it all year long. But because I usually take my trip to BBW for the post-Christmas sale, so what was mostly left was Fresh Balsam. So on the recent wallflowers sale (only for $2.50+), I was still able to call dibs on these select Christmas scents. I adore Champage Toast! The Fresh Sparkling Snow is as nice but only few stocks left.  Oh my, now I truly have to get more of these. 

There are a lot of pretty, themed and decorative wallflowers fragrance plugs available,  but I had to go for a basic sensor night light for our bathroom to not obstruct the wall cabinet. 

Bath and Body Works Champagne Toast wallflowers. 
Here's to styling our home with fragrance...Cheers! ✨

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