Kea was an incoming college freshman when the pandemic started. A part of our savings was really for her first year tuition fee, if she did enroll. Because of the school uncertainty, Kea talked to us and she decided not to enroll yet. She graduated Senior High School with Honors, and we know she would do good in college. But, she was uncertain and doesn’t want to stress and force herself into remote learning. She feels like it could be a lot more stressful to new college students like her, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health & Fitness
Our dental health should never be neglected, even during this pandemic we are facing now. It took a little while for me to have the courage though. After more than a year of bearing the on and off toothache and gum bleeding, I was finally able to visit a dentist.
I have had issues with my “cuspid” since the last quarter of 2019. The pain wasn’t really strong and was just on and off, I decided to shrug it off. Then this pandemic happened – when the cuspid started to “fall off” on its own. Sadly, it was too late for me to save it, it obviously needed to be removed. but during the ECQ, dental clinics were closed. Again, I needed to endure the discomfort.
My girls and I needed a hair treatment badly. We just couldn’t and wouldn’t dare go to a salon because of the quarantine protocols that we need to abide. Unlike me, both my girls have straight hair. I was born with naturally curly hair and grew up with a love-hate relationship with it.
Even if both girls have straight hair types, I noticed that their hair somehow changes as they grow up. This is evident most especially with Kea, because of hair styling and dyeing, perhaps. With Ro, she may have thin, long, dark brown hair, but it somehow easily gets tangled. It is always quite hard to comb her hair. I always advise her to use the gentle baby shampoo I bought for her (and for myself, I use it for CGM) and conditioner too. But as for her age who isn’t meticulous and conscious yet, she would always respond that she forgot to apply conditioner.
So, how do you find a competent dentist in the midst of this pandemic? Quite hard, right?
Are you one of the many who just had to somehow set aside or put on hold non-urgent dental care? Did you also have to wait until quarantine restrictions be lifted before you could visit your dentist? If yes, you are not alone.
Amidst the pandemic, many of us has failed to continue their skin care routine due to many different reasons. The government’s announcement of Enhanced Community Quarantine last March may have triggered worries and worst, anxiety for some. Others may have stressed over the fear of acquiring the disease from somewhere and carry it home to their family. For those who have the privilege of keeping their jobs and work-from-home still has hesitations and doubts which may trigger many skin problems. Our worries made us set aside our wants, travel plans, schooling, our vanity and we had to prioritize our needs instead – food and safe shelter.
During those months, numerous sellers offered different products online. One of the largest online shopping platform has gained so much more attention. Many beauty products were offered at a discounted rate even. I started the Curly Girl Method in the middle of this quarantine period and it was somehow hard to find the right products for my hair. As for skin care, it is good that we have enough of the creams we need for me and my daughter’s needs.
There are many proven benefits of honey which makes it an essential part of our lives. It has become a favorite of all ages from different walks of life due to its many uses and powerhouse benefits. And when mixed with some other natural ingredients, its becomes an effective yet inexpensive medicinal and beauty treatment. Here are some DIY mixtures we can do at home – especially in the middle of this pandemic.
For The Face
Daily Facial Wash
The mixture of milk and honey isn’t just perfect as a breakfast drink, but can also be used as a daily facial wash. You can dissolve 2 teaspoons of honey in a tablespoon of milk and apply to your face using a cotton ball. You can leave it for 5 minutes and rinse off with tap or cool water. This mixture will moisturize, tone and exfoliate your skin.
Autism is commonly heard, however, there are several speculations about Autism and of the people affected by it. In the Philippines, it is estimated that there are around 1 million people living with Autism, yet not everybody can understand what it it’s like. The Autism spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person who is diagnosed with it will not have the same experiences but are noticed by the core symptoms.
Meet Calel, he is a 6-year old who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of four. A year ago, he discovered his love for animals and drawing and once he starts on a sketch pad he just cannot stop – his mother Marie, started posting his artwork on Facebook, when a friend commented that if in the case the drawing is produced to be printed on a t-shirt – he definitely would buy.
After a few months, Marie launched Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts for 3 reasons: to help with Calel’s therapy needs, to develop the business to eventually be taken over by Calel (when he gets older) and to spread Autism awareness.
There are limited specialists in the Philippines for Occupational and Speech therapy. It is in fact, costly too. Kids with ASD need to attend SPED (Special Education) classes which can cost up to Php 60,000 a year. For every shirt purchased, this will help Calel’s parents to make sure he gets the special treatments that he needs.
Calel’s future is still unclear at the age of 6. He shows signs of progress, which is good. It is hard to tell if he will be able to live a normal life. If this becomes a success, Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts may become his own business to handle.
With the first batch of t-shirts printed and distributed, people that order asked about Calel and his condition. This helps Marie to talk about Autism. It was also a chance to educate them on what the family experience day-to-day.
There are so many designs to choose from and each is unique which you will surely love. T-shirt’s come in kids, men and women’s sizes.
Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts are being offered at introductory prizes for the first 100 customers. Please visit their Instagram account for updates and designs: calelswackyartshirts You may help Calel by purchasing a shirt through their Shoppee account: Mamaneesshop They are also accepting donations for art materials like sketch pads, crayons, colored pencils and pens.