Mommy Loot Bag Review!

A lot has happened, and suffice to say I’m a mom now–more detailed write up on that later–and the past year has been one giant experience for all of us. Now part of that experience is apparently is acquiring things for myself and the baby. Though mostly for baby, whatever benefits I get as a mom is either related to hoping to make my life easier

Last October, I went to my first Mommy fair, called Momzilla Fair at the Rockwell Tent. The Rockwell tent isn’t very big, so it felt a little cramped considering that your customers coming in don’t come alone. Meaning, if you’re catering for Moms, rest assured they’d be followed by their husbands, the nannies and the kids. It makes for a cramp space just a few hours after opening. It was a stormy morning so you can imagine just how terribly humid it was inside after just an hour. The other downside to the location is lack of breastfeeding station that was quiet (there was a massive speaker inside it playing), comfortable (it was so very hot that Baby J could barely drink in comfort and was fitful) and no privacy for people coming and going into the room. There isn’t a real place to change diapers either. You’re better off going back inside the mall and look for a diaper station there.

Despite that, the vendors for the fair was totally awesome and had a lot of fun. People were mostly very nice and helpful too! I’ll be showing off some of the loot I acquired over that weekend. Now I know it probably took more than a month to blog but at the same time it took me a while to test it and have an honest feed back over the stuff I got.

Now let’s take a look at our Mommy Loot Bag:

Shopping has been done
Shopping has been done!

1. Chunky Chewelries – These are silicon (the kind used on bottle nipples and the like) made necklace used in a line of accessories for Moms (and Dads too). Basically what they are, are chunky necklace accessories. One of the things I noticed  when we had Baby J, was that I couldn’t wear any of my jewelry anymore, not when you’ve got a little one that’s a little to eager to yank at anything that catches his interest and shove it into his mouth. Which makes me sad because hubby J, gifted me a the most beautiful bib necklace ever and I can’t wear it since the last time I did, Baby J decided to try and eat it. Well no fear, Chunky Chewelries is your answer! You get to accessorize again and have something for your baby to gnaw on when you’re carrying him. Win-win situation right there! This works awful good when paired with a babywearing carrier.

Now what I didn’t like. Now it’s not “bad” per se, but more of an inconvenience really and something you can avoid by choosing a different design. The problem I had was that hair tends to cling to silicon tightly enough, that pulling it over your heard without thinking can be a very painful experienced. You can avoid this by buying a necklace that only has a few silicon beads as opposed to using an entire rope of silicon beads. Learn from my mistakes!

Visit Chunky Chewelries instagram account for more designs!

2. Seve’s Mom Cloth Nursing Pads – Okay, I’ve got mixed feelings about this particular product. Few things I did like is it’s pretty. Unlike most nursing pads you’d get, they only come in white and with granny lace. No one likes granny lace, not even granny.

The nursing pad is made of fleece, which is good because it actually feels nice against the nipple. Cracked, sore nipples are common in breastfeeding, so having something soft and nice against it is a plus. The brand also carries a variety of design that are absolutely adorable.

The thing I did not like about this product is the fact the nursing pad is very thin. I tend to let down a lot of milk when breastfeeding (or when boobs are way too full and sore), and the nursing pads don’t do well absorbing the let down, which left me with a soiled bra and blouse. A work around for this is to wear nursing bras that are thicker or have padded inserts to avoid soiling your blouse, but still. The whole point of a nursing pad is to not let that happen in the first place.

Price wise, it is a little bit more expensive compared to the reusable ones you get in baby and mom stores, so I can’t really recommend this one. However, it does make a nice face buff pad (or so I was told by the sales lady). Personally, I’m not the type to even use a face buff pad to begin with. So yeah, sorry can’t really recommend this.

3. Bumkins Waterproof Splat Mat – Splat mats are great to have when you’ve got babies. They make for great cover on floors and tables when baby is eating or playing with anything that can lead to messes. I’ve used it once on a project and was quite happy with it. But it is rather thin and can be easily blown away by the wind if you don’t weight it down. If you got carpet floors, and more than one kid on the mat it would be a good idea to have another fabric you’re going to throw in the wash, under the splat mat. It would be good to also tape it down with painter’s tape (which is cool to have at home btw. I have one from 3M and that stuff is GOLD, no icky residue).

The other good thing about this, is that you can take it with you. Pop it in your diaper bag and you’re good to go. Very useful if you have to go to reunions. Also doubles as a changing pad you can use over public diaper changing stations.

4. Boba Stretchy Wrap – This was the first item I bought at the fair, mostly because I am not a fan of very bulky carriers (plus those are darn expensive!) and I wanted something that would give more support and ease the pain on my back (Aprica is not my favorite brand for baby carrying). I’ve got no complaints with Boba, the wrap is soft, though I think I may have been better off getting a solid color wrap. The print is nice but the underside of it is not printed. It makes the wrap unsightly after a while of use (not every one can do the wrap so perfectly to hide the underside, so if that bothers you, I would suggest going for block colors rather than prints. The wrap comes with it’s own matching bag. It folds well and is easier to carry into your diaper bag as compared to other carriers. The downside (or upside depending on where you live) is that this is very warm to wear for both you and the baby.

** If you got questions about babywearing, from the benefits to the types of carriers that’s right for you and your baby, please check out this link for more info.

“Sugary goodness in my veins!” – Charmaine

Last but not least, is a special mention of the stuff I actually got to eat at the Momzilla Fair, and Donut Poppa was the one thing I wish I brought enough cash to pay for more than just one box. These scrumptious tiny morsels of donut goodness comes in a lot of flavor variants and eye catching enough to be used as company giveaways or even as presents this coming Christmas.

And yes, I put up a picture of an empty box because I never had the presence of mind to take pictures of food when they come in all pristine like. Besides you’d know I didn’t like it as much if I had left overs, so it’s fairly indicative of how delicious I found these when I realized too late to take photos.

I don’t know if they have a physical store somewhere but if you’re interested give them a try.

Donut Poppa

Well this wraps up the first of my Mommy Loot Bag reviews. I’ll post more soon~!


Oh. My. Gawd. What just happened?

Time certainly flies! I’ve been recently remiss, and I blame it from the revolving door of colds and flu, along side asthma and allergy (mild to bad stomach upsets) attacks the past few months.  It’s been largely one misadventure of stubbornness, much cajoling, annoyed and frustrated doctors, medication, more medication and acquiring two air purifiers. Needless to say it was not the most pleasant of months.

Now that I’m finally feeling better and determined to get better due to a trip to HK already paid for and slated for September 23-26 of this month! That said, I was pretty bummed out instead of being excited, mostly since because I got sick, the doctors told me to drop my diet (Cohen is no joke when it comes to dieting) and eat, the more nutrients are in my body the faster I’d get better, but that also meant my weight wasn’t moving at all. I was still heavy, and I can’t wear anything I bought on my previous HK trip.

Being bummed, I’d thought I’d pamper myself first by going to the Nail Spa last Friday. I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I’ve got some wicked in-grown nail problem. The worst of it has been dealt with my previous pedicurista (pedicurist), a woman of considerable talent and skill. But she recently retired and I’ve not been able to contact her. Discovering Nail Spa after several tries from other salons was nothing short of a miracle.

And that miracle was topped with an icing of having one of the most wicked nail polish collection I’ve seen. I usually bring my own, but the last few visits has me trying some more of their higher end brand polish–nail polish is admittedly one of my biggest girly-girl guilty pleasure. Brands like Zoya, Butter and O.P.I’s Collection  series.

One such series of polish caught my eye was O.P.I.’s Euro Centrale collection. I had been curious regarding it, particularly “A Woman’s Prague-ative,” an orange-bronze shimmer type polish and “Oy-Another Polish Joke,” which is a gold glitter shimmer polish, both of which I just *knew* would be absolutely flattering for my morena skin tone. Thing is, it wasn’t for sale since it was part of a collection and most likely imported. However, I could have it done on my nails. My only problem is what color do I try first?

I'm no hand model so bear with me

I decided that I will have *both*!

I’ll admit the effect it gave was a lot nicer than expected. I had initially thought the Prague one would be a darker bronze, but it came out lighter..more like pumpkin. And Oy came out with a more subtle and less tacky gold than I would have expected. Once dry though, I noticed the Oy came out with a slight matte type finish compared to Prague, which isn’t noticeable until you run your fingers against it. Over all, I like the look so much I had it done on my toes as well! This is definitely will be on my must-buy list when we visit Hong Kong!

Speaking of Hong Kong, it’s unlikely I’ll be there to acquire clothing. My reasons for that would be is that a LOT of the fashion brands are already showing up here in Manila. So unless I find something unique and fitting my less than Asian ideal figure, shopping for clothes will be at the bottom list of priorities, topped by cosmetics or beauty products, followed by shoes.

That meant I needed to shop my clothes now before I leave for my trip. Due to my weight gain and the last few clothes I purchased were literally bought a year ago from Hong Kong during our honey moon, I needed clothes STAT. Shoes too were an issue, since my last shoes I bought that wasn’t the rain boots (or cheap ass flats from Payless which make my feet hurt after just one hour of walking) was before I even got married, during my pre-Cohen weight (after my diet, I lost a size and a half).

Uniqlo GoodiesThat brought the Husband and I to Uniqlo in Glorietta 5 yesterday, the closest Uniqlo store in my area. I was really lucky that we got there and there was a sale on selected items, from pants to wireless bras!

I bought three shirts, two of which were the tunic style shirts. I got one of Uniqlo’s latest shirts from House Industries in gray at Php 790. I followed it with Melange A-Line Short Sleeve tunic in Orange at Php 790 and a Karen Walker Short Sleeve shirt at a sale price of Php 590. All three were very flattering, and went well with some of my pre-existing leggings and the Denim Cropped Leggings pants which I also got at discount for Php 790 (original price at Php 990).

They also had wireless bras for sale and swiped two printed styles at Php 690 each (original price an easy Php 990). I can not say enough that these are a STEAL, given how light and soft the darn things were. Packed items like bras and underwear can’t be fitted, but they do have display items for you to try on to figure out what size suits you.

I topped off my Uniqlo shopping spree by buying a pair of cherry red hipster clear sunglasses. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it last night. Given my ‘uggh’ attitude to anything hipster, what brought me to buy the darn thing was that it was (1) pretty and (2) reminded me of the glasses worn by Jeanne, my favorite character from Bayonetta.  The glasses cost Php 590, and was also the last glasses of it’s color on display.

The Husband didn’t go empty handed either, and bought a pair of jeans, regular fit, straight cut color jeans in Green. The nice part is that Uniqlo does offer alteration on jean lengths, and it’s free if the jeans cost Php 990 and above (you pay for Php 100 below the price and a little extra if you want special stitching). Since the husband’s jeans were at Php 990, we got the alteration for FREE and pick up was a measly 30-40 minutes waiting time. Perfect time to get a spot of lunch or a snack before picking it up.

Once done, we both headed to Sebago for some sensible and pretty foot wear. If there’s one thing I like about Sebago, is that it doesn’t mind getting wet and that means practicality considering I was living in a country where half the year it’s underwater.

Shopping 02I was able to procure two pairs, a pair of boat shoes called the Felucca Lace in blue/red/ivory at Php 3,600 and a pair of sandals called Somersworth Slide in red/dark brown at Php 3,000. Not bad considering I got two shoes for what I’d normally cost me one pair of Fitflops at Php 5,000 – 6,000 a pair.

I had the chance to wear the sandals that evening when we brought my bro-in-law for dinner at the Old Swiss Inn in Makati and it was very comfortable to use. The leather did not chafe my sensitive onion skin, and it’s actually comfortable enough to use it while driving as well.

The slides would also be positively wicked for my bohemian chic look I’ve been meaning on experimenting and the boat shoes would do well for all my casual jeans and capris look.

The husband was also hoping to score a pair from Sebago, but unfortunately the boat shoe style and color choice he wanted was not available in his size..and apparently was unavailable elsewhere (a quick phone call from their equally disappointed sales staff confirmed that it was unavailable in Greenbelt, and SM Megamall branch). The sales clerk offered to give us a call just in case there was a delivery that comes in.

Once the shoes were done, we were on to the last item on our shopping list, and that was getting those roll-up vacuum bags. Now this is important, especially if you ever end up visiting places who are very well known for shopping. Roll-up vacuum bags should be in every woman’s luggage bag. It’s made to lessen the space in your suit case so you could cram more stuff into it.

So we went to visit Lock and Lock store in Glorietta. Much to our luck, they were selling some Roll-up vacuum bags (sized 320 mm x 420 mm) for half the price! This was because during the last deluge (the one that turned most of our streets into angry raging rivers and put certain parts of the Metro underwater for days), their store room had sustained a leak and some of their items apparently got leaked on. Not destroyed but they got dirty.

The Lock and Lock Roll-up Vacuum bags were one such product. Mind you these bags normally cost Php 429.75 per pack of 3, but it was on discount for 50% so we grabbed two. We got lucky and found that they were clean and undamaged from the inside as only the outside packaging that looked really ratty.

Over all, it has been a wonderful weekend. I rarely get the chance to indulge on shopping lately due largely of a lot of a lot of adult responsibilities, but at least I really get to appreciate the times I have time and money to do so.

~ ♥ ~

All pictures were taken using the Husband’s Samsung Note 2. My camera was on loan so I had to use his. 

Pick Me Ups

It was the day after and my beloved Pointyman invited me out to SM Megamall to take my mind off things. I was initially hesitant because beloved’s got a cold he was recovering from and I didn’t want to aggravate it further. In fact we’ve already canceled two days worth of dates because of that damnable cold.

However he insisted and so there we were, enjoying the morning due to it being a holiday so there wasn’t a lot of traffic, giving us enough time to actually get a cozy breakfast at Cafe Breton by the Podium, before walking back to SM Megamall.

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And More Shopping

Wow it’s been a year since I last blogged, and I feel a tad bad being negelectful of not blogging in a long time. Who am I kidding? Of course I don’t feel bad! It’s not like I have hordes of readers waiting to read the latest tidbits about my life!

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