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Shopping Wish-List for 11.11 Singles Day + Black Friday Sale

The largest online shopping days are upon us! These are the 11 11 and Black Friday sale events. Thanks to the Internet, everyone can join the biggest online shopping events no matter where you are. In the Philippines, you can expect 11.11 deals on shopping sites like Lazada and Zalora but I also know savvy shoppers who’re able to shop from sites like Alibaba, Taobao, eBay, and Amazon.

I don’t think I need to go far (in cyberspace) because I already have a wish-list for November 11 and most of them are from Lazada. Lazada also already features items from Alibaba and Taobao – hello China! It is during the 11.11 sales that I really allow myself to buy things online that I personally want because of the savings and discounts. It pays to be prepared with a list and here’s some of the items in mine.

Christmas Shopping Wish List for 11/11 Online Shopping Sale

It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to what 11.11 Sale is all about. In China, November 11 is known as single’s day and simultaneous to the celebration of being proud and single, shopping malls and ecommerce sites such as Alibaba would also hold their largest online shopping sale.

#1 Cute Unicorn Adult Onesie P1,222 – Life is short and we all need to let out our playful selves once in a while! I want to get this Unicorn Onesie to wear on Christmas or whenever I’m just chilling in our bedroom watching YouTube. It looks so soft (I wish it really is) and so Instagram worthy too!

#2 Vivo V5 Silicone Buckle Glitter Phone Case P186 – I am using Vivo V5 at the moment which is fairly new but the silicone casing has turned yellowish and I’d really love a new glittery phone case to enjoy! It’s also in rose pink which is the same color as my phone. The buckle will let the mobile phone stand on its own when you’re watching online videos and I also like inserting my finger in it when holding the phone up, it prevents slips and falls! My phone ring has also gone missing so I hope to get this one too.

#3 Clear Dustproof Makeup Brush Storage Case P1,001  – It was only this year that I learned how to use makeup brushes and I now have a few Real Techniques makeup brushes. I have a hard time keeping them dust and dirt-free even when I wash them on a weekly basis. This clear makeup brush case will solve the problem! I like the idea of putting pearls to make the brushes stand up.

#4 Hanging bag organizer P439 – I only have a few hand bags and I want to keep them dust-free. It’s also important to retain the shape of hand bags so they remain attractive and stylish even after a long time. This hanging bag organizer will keep my bags off the floor and somewhere I can easily see them from.

#5 Classy hotel-style bathrobe P1,232 – Something to wear on weekends or when getting dressed for a big event? Bathrobes or wardrobes can be used in several ways but I dream of just being in it for an entire day doing nothing.

November 11 is the largest online shopping day sale

Don’t forget that the biggest online shopping event is on Saturday, November 11. I’m sure you have wish lists of your own or if you’re looking for gift ideas then I hope the items on my wish list helped you! So it helps to be prepared. So do check out websites like ShopBack for not only information and deals on the 11 11 sale but also on Black Friday deals!

Mommy Lace tip: Make use of the like, love, or add to wish list features on your favorite online shopping sites. This will help you save time from looking for your items again. They should automatically reflect the reduced prices on November 11.

 

Happy online shopping everyone!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

New OPPO F5 retails at P15,990 with A.I. Selfie Technology

Oppo, the selfie-expert launched their newest camera phone just in time for Black Friday or in the Philippines, the 11/11 online sale. 

Oppo A.I. Beauty Recognition Captures the Real You

The new Oppo F5 features the new A.I. beauty recognition technology. This new technology in taking top quality and beautiful selfies learns the specific facial features of different people from its millions of global image database of human faces. Oppo developed this Artificial Intelligence by consulting professional photographers and make-up during the R&D process. According to Oppo, the Oppo A.I. technology has the ability to “capture the real you” helping selfies look more attractive and natural.

Oppo F5 Features + Comparison

– Oppo F5 features a 20MP front camera with an F2.0 aperture and a 16MB rear camera with F1.8 aperture. Compared with other competitors’ 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range, the F5 has a higher resolution (2160×1080) and better photo quality. The cameras can deliver Bokeh effects and the front HDR solves any over-exposure issues.

– Oppo F5 will be OPPO’s first 6.0-inch full-screen FHD+ display device, giving the user a vivid visual enjoyment without the need to increase the size of the phone. It features a high-resolution 2160 x 1080 dpi screen with 18:9 aspect ratio

– Oppo F5 follows OPPO’s streamlined design philosophy – the sleek unibody offers a visually slim appearance without any cut-offs, with a gracefully curved body that fits well in the palm, expressing a simple and elegant look. A user’s palm will not feel tired even after using the phone for a long time, either from playing games or chatting. The 0.4mm laser string is carved onto the phone – a delicate linear finish that adds detail to the phone body

– Oppo F5’s Facial Unlock is the new face recognition technology that recognizes its user and unlocks the phone. This feature is perfect for people who are constantly on the go, a quick and much easier way to accessing your phone.

The OPPO F5 was officially launched led by OPPO’s brand ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and Alden Richards together with OPPO influencers Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Toni Gonzaga, Gabbi Garcia, Janella Salvador, Apple David, and Carla Lizardo.

WATCH: Oppo F5 #CaptureTheRealYou Launch (Recorded Live) + Product Features

I Tried the Oppo F5 Selfie with AI Beauty Recognition

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I got to try the Oppo F5 for a short time during the launch. Here’s a sample selfie I took with the Oppo F5’s beauty recognition technology. The bokeh effect is present in almost all the selfies I took and every selfie had an HD quality to it.

What do you think of this sample selfie? In photo is my husband who was also present during the Oppo F5 launch. I did notice how easy it was to handle the Oppo F5 and comfortably fits the palm when taking selfies. It’s also so much lighter.

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At P15,990 and with this photo quality I think the price is worth it. My current phone cost about P13,990 and doesn’t have the bokeh effect. Although I don’t want my background blurred all the time, I’m sure the Oppo F5 has customization settings that users can adjust to their preference.

Another thing I’d love to know is how well it takes food photos which we all love sharing on Instagram. Is the Oppo F5 a good upgrade phone for 2018? Let me know what you think!


Happy selfies!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

How to Collect Stickers for Starbucks 2018 Planners + Giveaway!

These are fast facts on the Starbucks 2018 Planner mechanics. Please read this carefully to make sure you earn stickers to redeem the 2018 Starbucks Planner.

Starbucks fans can start collecting stickers to get Starbucks 2018 Planners. Ask for a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card for FREE starting today, November 2 until January 8, 2018 only. The promo card is where you’ll collect your stickers which can be earned with each purchase of Starbucks handcrafted holiday beverages.

How many stickers to collect for a Starbucks 2018 Planner? A total of eighteen (18) stickers is required to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. This consists of 9 featured beverage + 9 core beverage.

Which beverages should you buy to earn the 9 featured beverage stickers?  Stickers can only be earned by ordering any of the three holiday featured beverages. These are the following:

1. Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha – Decadent dark mocha is topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies, just like a Christmas tree when lit up.

2. Vanilla Nougat Latte – Inspired by the classic nougat confection, this beverage is delicious with the rich taste of French vanilla (custard-like and slightly floral) and nougat notes.

3. Toffee Nut Crunch Latte – Toffee nut syrup is combined with velvety steamed milk, espresso shots and topped with whipped cream and
crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings.

What are the menu prices of the featured holiday beverage? All three share the same price: Short – ₱160, Tall – ₱ 170, Grande ₱185, Venti– ₱200

IMPORTANT NOTE: Should all three (3) holiday featured beverage not be available, only then can customers substitute with any espresso-based or Frappuccino® blended beverage of their choice! This means you can’t just order any drink, it really has to be the holiday featured beverage to complete the 9 featured beverage stickers. Luckily, all three of them taste great and look so festive!

Which are core beverages to earn the 9 core beverage stickers? You can choose any drink from Starbucks’ Espresso Beverages, Frappuccino® Blended Coffee Beverages, Brewed Coffee, Frappuccino® Blended Cream Beverages, Hot Chocolate Beverages, Bottled Drinks, and Tea Lattes. In short, almost any other beverage in the Starbucks menu. Core beverage stickers are the easiest to earn by enjoying your favorite Starbucks drinks.

How many stickers can you get for each Starbucks drink? You get 1 sticker for each Starbucks drink.

What’s the fastest way to get a Starbucks 2018 Planner? Buy Starbucks food and other retail items worth at least P7,000 to get one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner! This should be a single-receipt transaction. Combination of receipts is not allowed.

How to claim your planner once you completed all 18 stickers? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018, at Starbucks stores. Just submit your completed Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card.

What are the available designs to choose from? The Starbucks 2018 Planner has two designs. Choose from the blue and green hues planner or the warm pigments orange planner.  All planners are encased in leather sleeves. Planners are available in regular and mini sizes.

What are other surprises/freebies inside the Starbucks 2018 Planner? Each planner comes with a Starbucks card (not yet activated), Starbucks stencil ruler and a cleverly-designed Starbucks calendar for your desk!

When is the deadline for redeeming Starbucks 2018 Planner? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018 only.

Starbucks 2018 Planner Giveaway from Mommy Lace

Here’s another way to beat other Starbucks fans in getting the Starbucks 2018 Planner! One (1) Lucky reader will win a Starbucks 2018 Planner from Mommy Lace. Entries will be drawn electronically and prize will be shipped to your address. I’ll also draw a runner-up to win a special Starbucks treat!

1. Answer this question: What’s your personal tip in collecting Starbucks stickers? Post your answer via comments below!

2. Make sure you are already following Mommy Lace on Facebook and Mommy Lace on Instagram.

Contest ends November 10, winners will be announced via Facebook.

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

#IAmDifferent: Anti-Bullying Shirts by Penshoppe

Everyone can be a victim of bullying. In the digital age, bullying is made easier with anonymous accounts, “except” settings on Facebook, groups, and private messages. Talking about bullying and making a stand against it isn’t easy when doing so makes you the next viable target for bullies.

Anti-Bullying Shirts by Penshoppe

Penshoppe, the top Filipino fashion brand makes it easier to make a stand with wearable #IAmDifferent statement tees. Research shows that it is when you are perceived to be different that people start bullying you. Example, you are either too quiet or too loud, too thin or too fat, too smart or too slow.

With the help of international brand ambassadors Bella Hadid, Lucky Blue Smith, Kaia Gerber, and Sandara Park among many other big names, Penshoppe brings its focus to the widespread issue of bullying plaguing the Filipino youth. According to Penshoppe, this campaign presents a timely opportunity for everyone to start talking about the pressing issue of bullying in the country. A study reports that 1 out 2 Filipino students have experienced or witnessed bullying in their schools. It has also taken a new form especially with the advent of social media as it provides a more convenient avenue to spread hate and thrive on people’s insecurities.

#IAmDifferent Penshoppe Shirts

The anti-bullying shirts are now available at Penshoppe stores nationwide. It comes in white and black, size options, and with different variations of the statement designs: I Am Different and Different is Good.

“I Am Different” Penshoppe shirts are horizontally printed.

“Different Is Good” Penshoppe shirts are vertically printed.

Proceeds from the #IAmDifferent collection will benefit development of a module that discourages bullying and encourages acceptance in public school children, in partnership with Teach For The Philippines.

This is a good cause and opportunity to talk about bullying. Kudos to Penshoppe for helping people taking a stand at the risk of making themselves a victim of fake news and ironically – online bullying. Check out Penshoppe’s Facebook Page to learn more about this campaign and how it’s now received substantial support from Penshoppe fans nationwide.

I got my own anti-bullying shirt too, I prefer the white version but it wasn’t available! I’ll buy it next time. My top tip on how to survive bullying? Keep quiet, ignore, and if you must tell someone (if it gets real bad), tell those in power i.e. authorities, principal, police, lawyer etc. to formally lodge a complaint because talking back to bullies is just a waste of time. Also think before posting anything online because it’s very easy to be a bully without knowing it or make yourself vulnerable to attacks. I agree with Penshoppe that education is key, and as they say – think before you click.

Stay safe and embrace your difference as well as others ;)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

2017 Christmas Home Decorating Ideas | SM Home

Decorating your home for Christmas is easier when done earlier. That’s my motto for this year and in fact, have started pulling out small decors one by one to hang on doors, place atop tables, etc. Christmas decorating can be overwhelming and at first glance, can be an enormous task for any mom.

My son and I have started a series of decorating every night, before we go to bed. It will eventually lead to bigger decors like the Christmas tree, but even that can be broken into a series of tasks instead of doing it in one blow. What’s even better is if you get the right inspiration, such as looking at or even adding these Christmas decors from SM Home.

There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes.

  • Classic Charm. Create a cozy and casual holiday living room with classic reds and greens that never go out of style. Add shades of white to create a refreshing theme, and don’t forget a bit of sparkle for added flair. Nutcracker toy soldiers, potted poinsettias and Christmas trees, carousel and candy cane ornaments, show globes, and miniature vintage villages will help showcase a traditional holiday scene at home.

  • Contemporary Luxe. Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look. Mixing silver and gold – with a touch of antique brass and champagne – into your Christmas design adds warmth to your home, but with a luxurious feel.

  • Modern Opulence. Deck your halls with rich royal colors – amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, and citrine – to create and chic and sophisticated holiday look. Make a beautiful and bold statement with glittering Christmas balls, jester mask ornaments, and oversized finial ornaments with ribbons.

  • Pretty Whimsical. Holiday décor can also be lighthearted and whimsical. Combine pretty pastels – baby blue, creamsicle, cotton candy, and chartreuse- with sweet dessert ornaments – gingerbread, cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts – for a playful spin that kids and kids at heart will definitely adore.

The latest Christmas Décor collection is available at the SM Home section at all SM Stores. Also, visit their largest Christmas Décor Display at the SM Home section in SM Makati.

Merry Christmas Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

S&R Members Treat | My Picture Perfect Home Office Makeover 2017

We all dream of a picture perfect living space especially with unlimited inspirations on social media! Having an organized and relaxing home office space was one of my New Year resolutions for 2017. Now the year is almost over, my working space still looked like this:

I’m thankful at least I have this little nook to work in while other moms probably repurpose their bedroom, kitchen, or living area as their home office. Still, my office can use a little organization to keep me even more productive and inspired especially when writing.

Key Pieces from SnR Membership Shopping

Most would have limited budget for a home makeover. There’s also a belief that makeovers should cost a lot of money. This shouldn’t be the case if you invest in key pieces that can make a big impact on the look and feel of a space.

I found a lot of home office inspirations at SnR, I go to their Imus branch. The office aisle features different office furniture like office tables, office chairs, and accessories that can help organize office supplies, files, and gadgets.

Managers Chair #457 | P8,999.00
Before: P11,999.00 | Save: P 3,000.00

Seville Sliding Basket Organizer P699.00

Buy 1 Take 1 | Seville 9 Bin Storage Cart P2,699

Buy 1 Take 1 | Tyler-20in-Velocity-Floor-Fan P1,699.00

Tower fans are a good option if you want to rid your office of a noisy and bulky electric fan. This is next on my to-buy list.

 

More tower fans, here are the prices:

My favorite finds are different sized tables that can be used in other areas of the home. This foldable wooden table can be used as a mobile office desk, as a space-saving coffee table, or a study table for your child.

Tray Table P1,799.00

I shopped during the S&R Member’s Treat where S&R members get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – from grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

 

Gadgets for your digital needs in the office are also available at discount prices in S&R. I like the brands!

 

Home Office Finds at S&R Members Treat

After enjoying a round of window shopping at S&R, my husband and I were ready to fill our cart with our final picks for my budget home office makeover. Shopping for furniture during the S&R Members Treat is such an exciting experience with all the choices, sale, buy 1 take 1 offers, and the comfort of shopping that S&R offers in all of their 13 warehouse clubs!

 

No stress shopping! Shopping at S&R can be a date for parents like us!

Here are the items we came home with. I am providing the prices and names of the items so you can easily find them at S&R. Just ask their friendly staff and yes, you can still make it to the S&R Members Treat which runs until October 1!

#1 Artiva Window Almond Table Lamp P2,600.00. Absolutely the number 1 key piece for my office makeover. I took inspiration from home office designs on Instagram. Most have a side lamp like this that’ll also change the mood and scene of a space. It also reminds me of working spaces in hotel rooms. My favorite buy at S&R and it’s so cheap at P2,600. I once bought a lamp in a shopping mall and it cost me P10,000 for a regular looking table lamp. I can’t get enough of this lamp’s sleek and luxurious hotel-type design.

#2 Seville 5 Tier Mesh Organizer P999.00. Clean looking organizer with several slots for different documents. Just managing the home bills and other letters can be a lot for a mom like me. This will make it easier for them to sort “in” and “out” plus personal documents that I need to sign or send out.

#3 Seville Sit Stand Desk Cart P2,299. This will provide extra desk for your office and allow you to work sitting or standing up. Standing up is good for your health vs sitting in front of your laptop for the full 8 hours.

#4 Curver 3 PC Round Organizer Small P299.00. This is going to be my all around organizer for pens, and anyt small object that needs to be “hidden” such as USB flash drives and coins!

#5 Decorative Pillow 18×18 P449.95. This pillow adds a soft texture in your home office and adds a pop of color. I chose gray because I prefer colors that will help me focus and not distract me from work.

 

#6 Items for office snack bar. Snacking is life when you have to hustle and don’t have time for lunch. I’ve always wanted a snack bar so I don’t have to get out of my office and finally here are items that’d make that dream come true.

Thermos Glass Vacuum Insulated Bottle P320.00

Royal Dansk Vanilla Wafer P169.00

 

My #PicturePerfectHome Office from S&R Members Treat!

Picture-perfect home office achieved! I thought it’d take me months to do this and so was always afraid to start the task. The inspiration of new home office finds made this makeover process very easy and quick.

Now I believe that investing in a few, key high quality pieces like those I found at S&R are worth it.

 

Before & After of my cluttered desk

 Before & After of another area

 

I’m happy to spend more time in my office because it feels so much more relaxed and focusing on getting things done are easy. Some more tips to make your office space even better:

  1. Add a touch of green like small plants or flower vases

Decorative scented candles now just P199.95

 

  1. Enjoy aromatherapy with candles, essential oil diffusers or even just linen sprays. The best scents for productivity are lemon grass, eucalyptus, and bamboo.

 

Kitz Revitalisor P1,099

 

  1. Keep cords organized and expand electric outlets for more gadgets by using extension cords. Get modern ones with USB sockets to save you from using adapters.

 

  1. Enjoy piped in music with just your phone or laptop. I enjoy solo piano music or the Productivity playlist on Spotify. Your home office space will feel like a haven for all your mom and work from home tasks.

 

  1. Keep the door closed and lock the door. Nothing busts productivity like children or family members freely getting inside your office. Teach them how to knock and respect your workplace like they would if you work in a regular office.

 

I hope you can also enjoy a Picture Perfect Home Makeover with S&R! I enjoyed this journey and it’s something that will contribute to my life for many days to come.

The S&R Members Treat ends on October 1, 2017 – you still have plenty of time left no matter what space in your home you’d like to improve. It can be a picture perfect meal, living room, or bed room!

Good luck and happy shopping Mommy & Daddy! J

 

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.