Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How to Encourage Your Kids to Play Outside

How to Encourage Your Kids to Play Outside
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Getting your kids outside in the fresh air and away from their electronics is a challenge many parents face. Although it’s an uphill battle, there are a few things you can do to turn the tide of war in your favor. Start by making “going outside” especially appealing by putting some kid-friendly outdoor toys in your yard.


There is no denying that kids of all ages love trampolines. Little kids can bounce off energy for hours. Older kids will enjoy playing games with balls or practicing summersaults for more sophisticated play. Even moms and dads can do trampoline workouts for a fun break from their usual exercise routine. Trampolines can get use for years and trampoline replacement parts are readily available, making it a good outdoor investment.


Putting in an inground pool is a serious financial commitment especially when you consider all the continued maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be worth it if your kids spend endless hours swimming. Above ground pools are a less expensive alternative that are still just as enjoyable and can be disassembled and reassembled if necessary.


Back in the old days, the best present you could receive under the Christmas tree was a shiny new bike with a basket and a horn. Kids don’t ride as much as they used to, but you can change this by buying bikes for the whole family and making daily bike rides a fun family activity. Once your kids get used to riding and know the limits of your street or neighborhood, you can send them out with friends to explore.

Before electronics took over our lives, playing outside used to be the norm. Now it needs to be encouraged. Help nudge your kids out the door with a couple of can’t-miss outdoor activities.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

#CrispyFryPlayDay: Ajinomoto celebrates first Lucky FryDay PlayDay

Last Friday, I attended my first ever virtual event, #CrispyFryPlayDay. Since I am on maternity leave naman, I accepted the invitation.

#CrispyFryPlayDay: Ajinomoto celebrates first Lucky FryDay PlayDay

I was so excited to attend because it's been a long while since I attended an event tapos virtual pa. Yun lang my baby boy was not cooperating and he doesn't to sleep so I have no choice but to cuddle him while attending the said event.

Anyway, The virtual event introduces new Crispy Fry® endorser Luis Manzano. Luis “Kuya Lucky” Manzano surprises the media guests during the Crispy Fry® Lucky FryDay PlayDay as the newest endorser of the Crispy Fry® brand. ‘Media frymates’ were treated to a game-show themed virtual event where Kuya Lucky gave them a special task to complete.

Here's the highlight of the event.

From the Press Release Kit:

January 15, 2021 -- Crispy Fry® hosted its third #CrispyFryPlayDay to officially introduce its newest brand endorser TV host Luis “Kuya Lucky” Manzano. The event brought together media and their families for the first #CrispyFryPlayDay done online.

In the game show-themed event held via Zoom, Kuya Lucky invited select media Frymates for a special task: celebrate #CrispyFryPlayDay by partnering with their kids and family members to virtually cook meals perfect for families and friends. The virtual game had three exciting rounds, where participants had to guess the ingredients, and the price of special ulams made better with Crispy Fry products. Special awards and prizes were also given to select Frymates and winning participants. 

“The pandemic may have changed a lot of things, but one that we hope stays the same is the strong bond of families. Our new stay-at-home lifestyle creates opportunities for new bonding moments between loved ones. We encourage everyone to make cooking a shared activity because it’s fun, easy, and rewarding,” says Roann Co, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation’s General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.

Cooking with Crispy Fry®

Cooking is made better and more special with Crispy Fry®, the #1 breading mix brand in the market. Perfect for Filipino families, Crispy Fry® is made from choice flours and starches perfectly blended with seasonings, concocted to make fried chicken and fish crispy-delicious.

The brand has an extensive list of variants available on the market. This includes Crispy Fry® Chicken Breading Mix, which comes in Original, Garlic, and Spicy so families can enjoy fried chicken in different ways. Crispy Fry® also has a variant with Gravy Mix and another with Japanese bread crumbs, seasonings, and spices. Meanwhile, the new Crispy Fry® Fish Breading Mix reduces oil spills while cooking so families can enjoy fried fish without the hassle.

“Crispy Fry® is now a staple in my kitchen because it makes cooking so much easier. When I don’t have a lot of time, I fry chicken or fish using the easy-to-prepare breading mix. Each meal is made more special because Crispy Fry® guarantees crispanalo and isda-licious fried dishes, every time,” reveals Manzano. 

Crispy Fry® and #CrispyFryPlayDay are part of Ajinomoto’s Eat Well, Live Well promise for Filipino families – to create high-quality products for delicious, healthy, and enjoyable mealtimes.

To know more about Crispy Fry®, visit the Ajinomoto website at and the Cookmunity by Ajinomoto Philippines at

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

5 Interesting Facts about Assisted Living

5 Interesting Facts about Assisted Living
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According to the National Center of Assisted Living [NCAL], more than 835,000 Americans reside in assisted living communities. This is a huge number, and you may wonder what makes these living communities such as assisted living in St Petersburg FL this popular. The fact that older adults residing there receive extra assistance without losing their independence is one thing that makes these communities appealing.

Check out these interesting facts about assisted living.

They are culturally diverse

Most assisted living communities provide their own unique philosophy and ability to accommodate seniors from different cultural backgrounds. They often offer several cultural, religious, and dining alternatives to meet the needs of everyone. Their activities are even niche-based!

Pets have a place there

Pet therapy has mind-blowing positive effects on pet lovers. If your senior loved one is a pet lover, they can live with their pets in the assisted living community. Most communities conduct pet interviews to determine if the pet is right for the community and even have pet coordinators to care for these pets.

They are not nursing homes

Some people confuse assisted living communities with nursing homes, but they are almost nothing alike. Assisted living residents are very independent and mobile requiring a more manageable living space. Seniors are not restricted to their rooms and move around as much as they want.

Lots of recreational activities involved

Just because someone is aged doesn't mean they should stop enjoying life. Socialization and involvements bring so much joy to everyone and assisted living communities can offer just that. There are plenty of recreational activities such as dances, shopping trips, socials, and regular visitation to local establishments. These activities help the dear ones maintain a social life and have something to look forward to.

They are cheaper than you think

Assisted living may be way cheaper than maintaining a home and hiring a full-time nurse. What's more, there are many ways to spend on assisted living, such as selling a life insurance policy.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

How to Start an Online Business

How to Start an Online Business
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The internet is a great place to build a business.  From the ability to contact countless customers to get to save money by not opening a physical store, you can create the company of your dreams.

Unfortunately, it's not as easy as buying a URL and posting on Twitter that your shop is live.  There are many behind the scenes steps every new business owner should take to prepare for their company.

Figure Out Your Product or Service

Chances are, you already know what you want to sell.  It doesn't matter if you're trying to sell fashionable pins or complex plotting machines; you need to make sure you have reliable sources for where you're getting the pieces of what you're selling.  Think about what your company stands for, as well, since many customers try to align a company's morals with their own.  If you're aiming to get a greener crowd, you need to source your parts and products ethically.

Decide How To Sell And Ship

Unfortunately, your products can't just fly off the shelves and ship themselves; you have to do it yourself.  Depending on your business's size and the demand for your product, you can hire a shipping business to take care of this, or you could start by doing the shipping yourself.  Make sure you have the supplies needed for these orders before you open shop.  Shipping can be done online, with some mail carriers even offering to pick up for free on their route, and it's a better option than trying to figure it out in person.

Study Up On Taxes and Laws In Your Area

Some areas require a higher sales tax on online goods, while others won't let people run a business without filling out tax paperwork.  Look into the small business laws in your area and decide your company's best action plan.  Things may seem overwhelming at first, which is okay as long as you take it to step by step.  If you need, there are forums where you can ask questions about taxes and small business laws, and you may also find some professionals and peers who are willing to help talk you through your start-up.  This plan may seem like a lot of work upfront, but it's work to do a business you'll be proud of.

Set Up Advertising

Making your ads can be the most fun part of this venture if you do it right.  Pay attention to where your customers would shop and when they would be active.  It wouldn’t help if you advertised St. Albert real estate to Twitter users in Ecuador, location matters.  Different age groups use other social media, and the divide in gender is accurate as well.  If you're aiming for older customers of either gender, Facebook is your best bet.  For women from thirteen to thirty-five, you'll get the best luck on Instagram, and Twitter is the hot spot for men of that age group.  Although there is a crossover between all of these, you should pay attention to where your customers go.

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How blogging can change the life of a Mom?

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Do you know how hard it is to be a Mommy blogger?

The life of a Mommy Blogger does not only revolve inside the house. Some of them are full-time working Moms or corporate Moms who take care of the family while working and blogging. Some of them are business women who find blogging a reason for them to have a little time out from what they usually do, or make blogging an outlet to share their everyday stories of struggles, failures and successes.

It is not easy to be a Mommy Blogger because of the time and dedication it requires, but every piece of writing they finish is rewarding and it gives them a feeling of satisfaction and pride.

Let me tell you an inspiring story of a Mommy blogger. May this somehow enlighten you of the hardships their going through, yet they won't give up on their dreams and their love for writing.

This Mom used to be a mom who loves to join contests and giveaways online. It feels so good when you are winning something right? That you don't have to pay for it to have it. Whenever she would win something – big or small - she will blog about it - her experiences, her winnings and how she feels about having things that she didn't have to buy. That was how she started to be a Mommy blogger.
It was almost 12 years since she started to write and share contents related to giveaways. One day, she won a 1-year domain name registration and web hosting. She grabbed that opportunity to upgrade her blog. After the setup, she slowly added more niches in her contents. She started to blog about motherhood and product reviews. The additional contents of the blog allowed her to enjoy writing even more. Her new blog allowed her to connect with brands for product reviews and fellow bloggers worldwide through a blog meme-like weekly sharing of motherhood related contents, food recipes, and more. It even opened up a new door for her in becoming a Mom influencer in their area.

One day, a super typhoon hit and devastated their town where not only precious lives were lost but also her website because she was not able to update and renew her domain and hosting subscription. However, her love and passion for writing didn’t stop. She continued writing and sharing content through the local newsprint where she was working. She wrote contents related to the recovery and completion of community sub-projects funded by the government and she shared how local and less fortunate individuals worked hand in hand, as community volunteers to rebuild the infrastructures such as the community health centers damaged by the super typhoon.

Year after the devastation, she slowly get back to blogging. This time, with a vision of helping others and inspiring more Moms like her. It gives her heaven whenever she blogs knowing that her content will reach out to fellow moms out there and will give a message of hope and strength to her viewers.

Mommy bloggers like her should be given a lot of credit. Most Mommy bloggers are doing a job that takes hard work, guts, wit, and a whole lot of other things that others don't have.

The people in the blogging and influencer marketing industry who are working so hard to create authentic, informative, and downright hilarious, overwhelming, inspiring content for their fellows, deserves a lot of appreciation.

Blogging can really make a big change on the life of a Mom, of anyone actually. From being a hobby, it is now a passion for any person who simply loves to write.

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