Sunday, February 21, 2021

Bring Out the Strongest Version of You with Pantene

On days when life gets in the way, it’s easy to lose track of yourself. Even when it’s frustrating, choosing the easy way out of situations can feel like the best decision when you’re stuck with no options.

But even if life throws you a curveball, you’re still able to get back on track — stronger than before. 

And if you can put your best foot forward again to face the new normal in 2021, your hair definitely can too!

Pantene’s newest digital video https://youtu.be/iG8CDhXWAsY empowers women to toughen up by starting stronger, and get that extra boost of confidence by taking care of themselves. It features a familiar scenario women can definitely relate to — those times when you feel like you’re losing yourself to a point that even your hair looks like it gave up. Split ends start to pop out and damage is apparent, and you’re so tempted to take a literal short cut by chopping off your locks.

Now cutting hair short isn’t the only solution to hair damage, you can look forward to stronger days ahead with the new Pantene Long Hair Solutions Total Damage Care Shampoo. It has Pro V with Japanese Rice Oil Essence, especially created for long hair needs to protect your hair from having split ends and prevent hair damage even before it happens. Rice Oil Essence has 50x Anti Damage Benefit, so you can say goodbye to hair damage and split ends even before it happens.

Pantene’s latest video brings the message of empowerment reaching and encouraging numerous Filipinas to keep growing their hair out, here are some tidbits from Filipinas who are now committed to stop with the short cuts and grow their hair long in 2021. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Netiquette of an Influencer

I started blogging over a decade ago and at the start, my main focus was writing about family and parenting since I was most comfortable about these topics. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as other social media platforms that have become very popular over the years, many people I know became social media influencers and some opted to become video bloggers (or vloggers as the term is more popularly known). I remained being a blogger but also adapting to be an influencer, though from parenting, I eventually expanded my niche into lifestyle blogging. 

As a lifestyle blogger, I am able to share varying topics. I write not only about parenting or family but also about food, travel, hobbies, beauty, fashion, whatever is new in our city and quite any topic that catches my interest. It could be about a day-to-day activity that others might find interesting. Oftentimes, viewers usually give comments, engage me in conversation and even ask for my recommendations.

As time passed, I learned to put my voice into good use because I know that whatever I share in my blogs could influence my viewers. Even when promoting a product or an event, I would make sure to focus more on the positive aspects rather than on the negative. Fact checking a topic is also a must before I publish any article because I want to be very truthful with my audience and not stir up controversy or be the source of fake news. These are the things that have been instilled in my mind when I decided to become a social media influencer.

I have witnessed the rise and fall of many influencers over the years. Some fall perhaps due to the fact that they lacked or probably did not practice proper social media etiquette which is crucial in these digital times. Below are some of the things I have listed that could be helpful to influencers. I based this on my own experience and what I saw in others who were practicing it which created a big effect on the audience:

1. Be responsible. If you are campaigning for a product, make sure to say positive things. Do not destroy their reputation unless you are asked to review and express your opinion. Otherwise, say only good things.

2. Refrain from using words that are hard to comprehend. No matter how simple the things you say, people will still notice it if they are interested with what you are posting or promoting.

3. Using explicit words will lead you nowhere. Remember, many social media platforms have very strict rules. They could disable your website or channel if they find that you violated those rules.

4. Keep on posting even if you thought you have no audience. This is also where I failed most of the time. Although, I am trying my very best to change that by updating my site from time to time.

5. Be truthful. Do not plagiarize if you are told to write an original article just to sound intelligent. Simple writing can work and can sometimes be better! I myself prefer reading articles that are simple and easy to comprehend rather than reading those with overly complicated words.

6. Engage in a positive manner with your audience if you are in a discussion with them. Remember that you have to agree to disagree and be polite in accepting constructive criticisms. Unless of course you are being harassed, then try to report them. Know that you have the option to limit comments especially when using certain platforms such as Instagram or Twitter. Also, never engage in a heated argument. You have the power to IGNORE.

7. Write an article that you are most comfortable with. Not just because it is the fad these days that you immediately joined the bandwagon without even understanding what it is all about.

8. Be transparent. Do not promote a brand while visibly using their competitors. Be sensible and be sensitive in that aspect.

These are just a few of the things I have learned to practice over the years as an influencer. How the people react in both positive and negative manner has been my way of determining how effective the influencer's voice is and how it could affect the many followers. I am also learning from these and trying my best to practice what I preach 😉💜

Wellness Week 2021

My kids had their last day of exams yesterday and I was glad that they could rest and enjoy the weekend. They were enrolled in different schools so they have different schedules and policies in their online learning. My eldest had classes 2-3x a week only and about to graduate in senior high school; while my youngest, who is still in grade school, had classes from Mondays to Fridays but every morning only.

My eldest doesn't need anymore supervision when it comes to studies but my youngest child needs my assistance to be able to review her lessons well and to submit her requirements on time. Otherwise, they do things on their own.

Online learning place a big impact not only for the kids but also for the teachers as well as for the parents.

I was hesitant at first about this concept thinking that it was not suited for my youngest child given her personality. I was even planning of transferring her to another school that will not stress her out and be more flexible in their schedules.

But I decided to let her stay in her old school and crossed my fingers that everything will be fine. That was 6 months ago...

Now, I could say that I did not regret my decision. My youngest daughter adapted so well in what they call - Distance Learning. She's very compliant, cooperative and tried her best to participate. She answered her assignments after class and submit them on time. She even gets very good grades in her subjects. I hope she will maintain this when the time comes that she could finally go back to real school.

Anyways, I am also glad that their school practiced Wellness Week to give the kids a chance to relax from their online class and to enjoy life outside their "virtual school". Right after their exams, they will be given a week or two to rest from their online class.

Image source: https://www.pace.edu/mypace/wellness-week-2021
My eldest child has no problem with her class schedule since they don't virtually meet every day.

But I really think that Wellness Week is not only for the students or teachers but for all of us especially we are dealing almost everything online, at the same time, taking care of our mental health during pandemic.

So, Happy Wellness Week everyone!

Stay in Shape

It is nice to see that women these days empowered other women. Back then, we used to only appreciate beauty and size according to standards, like if you are slim and tall, then you are fit to be a model or a beauty queen but if you are a plus size woman, you stay behind the scene. These perception made other women feel insecure about themselves because of these norms that we used to think was okay. Although it still exist these days, at least it's not as toxic as before and a lot of women now support each other. The views about how the women should look like changed over the years and many women now feel comfortable with their body and size.

For the women who are having trouble about other matters, like trying to hide the tummy fats, this can be easily solved as there are plus size shapewear that can be found at the store and online shops. It is comfortable to wear and could emphasize ones perfect curve. It is also affordable and that makes it more fun! I even purchase one for myself after I gave birth to my second child because I need to attend a party and most of my clothes that time won't fit me. Shapewear saved my dilemma and I was able to wear my favorite dress that day looking fab!

 FeelinGirl Full Body Waist Trainer For Women Stomach Shaper

If you are also that type of woman who likes going to the gym to shed few pounds or someone outdoorsy to burn some fats by running or just doing some brisk-walking, the latex waist trainer for women is perfect for your workout session. It is adjustable and the material is light that it's hard to notice when you wear a shirt because of its thin fabric. It can also be worn for all body size.

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If you need to get these things right now but you could hardly go out because of the pandemic that you need to stay at home, you can visit FeelinGirl store because I am sure they have everything you are just looking for. They have many cool collections and they are very, very affordable and others are on sale, too!

 FeelinGirl Women High Waist Tummy Control Neoprene Slimming Pants

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Hello 2021!

Last December 31, we had dinner at my mom's place together with my brother and sister-in-law. The weather was good and the food was great. However, unlike last year that we stayed until midnight, we went home early this time because we wanted to welcome the New Year in our place. Besides, there might be curfew so better go home earlier than usual.

Celebrating the New Year was different this time. In fact, it was quieter than the previous years. Most people were avoiding big parties to prevent the spread of the virus. At my mom's place, there were only 7 of us yet we still tried our best to always wash our hands, put alcohol from time to time and wore our masks if we were not eating.

It was a quiet but a lovely evening. I still don't know what 2021 would bring us but I hope there's an end to this pandemic...and whatever challenges I will have to face again, I will try to endure it but fight back if possible coz Hey, it's 2021!