Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ciinolin Swaddles and Baby Steps Review and Giveaway (ends May 15)



Swaddling has been done by mommies since the ancient times, but it was only in the early 1990’s that it became very popular. I have two grown kids and it's a shame to admit that I only learned how to swaddle properly when my twin granddaughters were born. Both of my kids were, of course, swaddled in the hospital, but I never really practiced swaddling them at home. That's because I was told that babies feel more comfortable when they sleep on their tummies and for the reason that I didn't want to restrict their movements.





In the early 1990s, health professionals started promoting back sleeping for all babies because they believe there is a link between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and tummy sleeping. And to help babies sleep safely and avoid getting startled from the sounds around them, swaddling was encouraged. Ordinary baby blankets were used back then to wrap babies. Nowadays, the issue of safe swaddling has been taken into consideration, so swaddling blankets are made not just to make babies feel comfortable, but to support their bodies as well. Aside from that, second generation swaddles also come in attractive designs.

I have partnered with Ciinolin (pronounced “See – no – leen”), a family team based in Asia that gives you these comfy and pretty swaddles. Cirebon and Madura Swaddles are their main products. Yin, the founder, is a former banker. She is married and now a proud mom of a baby boy. Ciinolin was founded under the very same belief that “all things grow better with love, care and diligence”. Aside from swaddles, Baby Step Cards are also available on the website. These cards will allow you to record your baby's special moments so the entire family can remember them in the years to come. Each of the cards (there are 32 cards by the way), also offer wonderful photo opportunities. Just write down the dates and snap a photo of your baby with the card. I am sure you and the whole family will have loads of fun filling up the cards.

And oh, I forgot to mention that their products support giving. For every product sold, a fixed portion of income is donated to improve the lives of less fortunate children and families around the world. They give through their partner, B1G1 Giving, a Not-for-profit society registered and regulated in Singapore. 100% of contributions are passed directly to charitable organizations.

Product Description

Our swaddles are made of 70% rayon from natural bamboo fibers and 30% cotton, 47" x 47" Asian inspired contemporary designs - e.g. Cirebon Adventure swaddles - Our playful little explorers soar in a sky filled with cloud motifs inspired by traditional Cirebon batik design, an element widely used in traditional South-East Asian fabrics.





For more information about their products, please visit the following:

Ciinolin
Facebook

Yin and I will be giving away 1 box of Cirebon Adventure swaddles (3 in a box), 1 box of Madura Merrytime Swaddles (3 in a box) and 3 boxes of Baby Step Cards to 5 lucky readers. This giveaway is open for US only, 18+ and ends on May 15, 2014. One entrant per household, please!

Enter through the giveaway link below. Good luck!



Disclosure: The owner of this blog received financial compensation to promote Ciinolin products. All opinions are 100% my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. Mommy's Little Corner is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: LAC Taut Premium Collagen Masks


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

One of the perks of being a beauty blogger is getting to try new and amazing products. I just received my samples of LAC Taut Premium Collagen Masks courtesy of Tomoson. I've got 2 individual collagen masks to try.




Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Mask claims to moisturize, revitalize, tone and brighten facial skin. The mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin and is suitable for all types skin; even the most sensitive ones. The proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen, botanical Squalene, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants, penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion in just 15 minutes.

My Thoughts

After I took a shower and washed my face with a cleanser, I applied the damp mask right away. It's a non-rinse off facial mask, by the way, so it's best to apply after washing your face and before hitting the sack. I like that it's damp with serum. It means all the skin on my face will get lots of love. I even used the excess liquid to rub on my neck and arms.




The soothing and cooling effect that I immediately felt on my skin is a big plus. I felt totally relaxed. Twenty minutes later, I peeled off the mask. There was a sticky feeling, but my skin felt very soft and it looked radiant. It felt smooth and soft that there's no need to apply a moisturizer anymore. I woke up with a glowing look and my skin felt taut and firm. Even the dark circles that seemed to stay permanently stay around my eyes have lightened. What's more? The firming and hydrating effect lasted for a couple of days.

Pros

The mask works great at hydrating skin and making it look fresh and healthy. It's collagen-boosting properties also work to make skin look and feel youthful.

Cons

I honestly didn't find anything I didn't like with the mask. I've used a lot of facial masks before, but this is the only one with long lasting effects. This mask is definitely a winner!

Recommendation

For quick and visible results, this facial mask is your best bet. If you want to look fab, especially for a big event, primp and prime with LAC Taut Premium Collagen Mask the night before the big day; it's a miracle worker!

So, where can you get these amazing masks? You can buy them at Fred Segal, DooBop.com and www.tautcollagen.com. A box of 5 masks complete with collagen system costs about $50.

For more information, you may also visit and like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Ozeri Stone Earth Pan


Yay, I got another pan from Ozeri! Last month I reviewed the Green Earth Pan, this time, I am going to review the Ozeri ZP3-26 Stone Earth Pan with 100-Percent PFOA-Free Stone Derived Nonstick Coating from Germany. I can't tell you how much I love the Green Earth pan and I'm very excited to try this other pan from them.


Product Description

- Made with STONEHENGE coating, a safe and natural stone-derived coating from Germany
- It's non-stick while remaining absolutely free of PFOA, a harmful chemical used in traditional cookware
- Durable and scratch-resistant
- Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality die-cast aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without hot spots
- It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves and a heat resistant silicone coated handle

My Thoughts

It's a great looking pan. It looks expensive and the surface is very smooth. I tried cooking with a little oil and my fried fish still turned out perfect; crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The skin of the fish usually sticks on pans, even if you are using a nonstick pan. With the Stone Earth pan, it didn't happen considering I only used a few drops of oil. It's easy to clean, too. Cutting back on oil and eating healthy is now easier with this pan from Ozeri.




Pros

Just like the Green Pan, it has the Greblon trademark meaning, it is 100% ultra safe. I like it a lot because it is chemical free, unlike ordinary nonstick pans that contain PFOA, a harmful chemical used in traditional cookware. PFOA can be toxic when exposed to very high heat and constant exposure to that chemical raises our risk of acquiring a disease later on. I also love that I can cook with lesser oil. Just a few drops and you're good to go. It makes me feel good that my family and I are eating healthier foods. Another feature of the pan that I love is the Stonehenge coating evenly distributes the heat, so food is cooked even faster. You save on oil and gas, plus, you get to enjoy healthier food.




Cons

None. Even the reviews I've read about this pan are all positive.

Recommendation

It's a cool-looking pan and it works well for those who are aiming to eat healthy. It's free of chemicals and is scratch resistant. It is made of durable, heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum to ensure you and your Stone Earth pan will be together for years.

To purchase the Ozeri ZP3-26 Stone Earth Pan with 100-Percent PFOA-Free Stone Derived Nonstick Coating from Germany, 10-Inch, Gray please go to their Amazon page. For more information about the pan, you may visit the Ozeri website or like and follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

There'll be an art exhibit in Makati by a Filipino Abstract Painter. For more details please read the press release below.

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 22 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title 'Sudden Flight' refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.




About the Artist:
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Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 29 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com
http://chiquirodriguez.com
 
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