Petal Velvet Sunaway Review | by Althea Angel

 Althea Angel | Beauty Ambassador

It all started last May when I received an evite to be a part of the growing community of Althea's Beauty Ambassadors. By June, I was welcomed onboard the Althea Angels Program. I wanted to share with you the good news but I was on vacation at that time. Just so you know, I am so grateful and very excited with this new partnership!

Althea Korea and I go a long way back. Prior to their official launch on February 15, 2016, I was one of the lucky few who had the privilege to shop as a Beta Tester. I have been a part of Althea Korea Philippines since then.

Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++ | Althea Exclusive Product Review

Part of being an Althea Angel, I get first dibs on the latest and exclusive Althea products like this Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF 50+ PA++++. It's a lightweight, non-sticky, broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects us from the sun's harmful rays- UVA and UVB.

Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF 50+ PA++++ Php 480 432

Filled with premium Damask rose extracts, Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway uses advanced micro particle technology to protect the skin from UV rays while giving it a petal-like finish.

To be honest, I don't like applying sunscreen because I don't like the white cast it leaves nor the heavy and sticky feeling after application. But since I love Althea Bare Essentials especially the Contour Cleanser and the Fixer Cream (both K-Beauty products are part of my daily regimen), I just have to give this new product a try.

First off, I have dry and sensitive skin. When I applied Petal Velvet Sunaway under BB Cream, I expected my makeup to be flaky and/or sticky but none of that happened. My skin felt powdery smooth right after the sunscreen application. In fact, I noticed that blending BB Cream was easier this time around.

How to use Petal Velvet Sunaway:

  1. Shake well before using
  2. Apply evenly after moisturizer and before applying makeup

  • Damask Rose Extract- deeply hydrating and soothes irritations, leaving the skin feeling healthy
  • Hyaluronic Acid- a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, preventing dehydration
  • Geranium Oil- gives the skin a radiant boost and heals acne

I am definitely sold! I have been applying Petal Velvet Sunaway everyday since the day Althea's Pink Box was delivered at my doorstep. I think I have finally found my match in terms of protecting my skin from the heat of the sun without the sticky feel I used to get from other sunblocks.

U.S. Dehydrated Potatoes

Meet US Dehy | A Healthy Option

U.S. dehydrated potatoes (US dehy) are made from potatoes grown and harvested in the U.S., and processed under stringent standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to retain consistency, quality and food safety. They are typically made from creamy white-fleshed Russet potatoes. It is a true-blue U.S. product made of premium potatoes. 

Why Buy US Dehy?

  • Easy to use- there is no need to wash, peel and boil
  • Lightweight and compact in form- instead of bulky sack, your kitchen space will be taken up by just a box
  • Long shelf life- you can stock it for up to two years
  • Value for money- one kilo rehydrates to as much as five kilos
  • Versatile- perfect ingredient for everything from soups and salads to main dishes and desserts

In simple terms, U.S. high-quality dehydrated potatoes are real potatoes, just with the water removed. US dehy products deliver all the flavor, nutrition and versatility of potatoes in a more convenient package. 

Did you know that recipes with mashed potato made from fresh potatoes can be substituted with mashed potato made from U.S. dehydrated potato? Sharing with you the rehydration process of dehydrated potatoes below:

Jump Yard Trampoline | Rates + Promo + Party Packages

Cuddle to Sleep Baby

Saturday is a sleepover night! My daughter sleeps on my bed every Saturday night. She looks forward to it because she loves to cuddle to sleep. When she woke up the next day, she requested for me to take her to a trampoline park. Who can resist those eyes 👀? I know I can't 💓. Also, I count it as a treat for her because she did well in her First Quarterly Exams.

Jump Yard Experience

photo taken at the Foam Pit

We have been to Trampoline Park twice so I decided to check out Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park in Frontera Verde Complex just beside Fun Ranch. I used Waze app to get there. I was happy when I saw a vacant parking slot just right outside the venue. There's only a limited number of slots available so I felt really lucky 👏.

Jump Yard was a long drive from where we live. My daughter was still taking her nap when we arrived so I let her sleep inside the car while I proceeded to the second floor to inquire about slots for jumpers. On a side note, I tried calling their contact number (+63 2 544 0703) but I can't get through so we were taking our chance as walk-in guests.

I was told to go to the third level to register and sign the waiver. After that I went back to the second level 😒 to pay for the Entrance Fee.

  • Monday to Thursday- Php250/hour/jumper  (Yellow wristband)
  • Friday to Sunday including Holidays- Php 350/hour/jumper (Pink wristband)
  • Guardian/Watcher- Php 100/hour allowed only at the platform

Powerful US Potatoes for School Kids

Happy Kids | Clean Plates

At the age of 6, my daughter is now in Grade 1 and she spends 8 hours a day in school. As the president of her class, she has to be a role model to her classmates. I always remind her to be mindful of her classmates and to be attentive and focus in class discussions. She definitely needs all the energy boosting food to get through her school day.

With so much activities in school, I worry about her daily nutritional intake so I wake up early each day to personally prepare her healthy snack for recess and a tasty lunch baon. When I pick her up from school, one of the questions I always ask is if she was able to finish her snack and lunch. She will just answer me with a smile and will then show me the star stamped on her hand given by her lunch monitor. The stamp indicated that she was able to finish her food. I am proud of her for always practicing what we have been doing at home- a CLEAN PLATE!

Potato Nutrition | Superfood

She would almost always request her favorite- Cheesy U.S. Potato Casserole as her baon. I am more than happy to oblige. Because not only does potato taste delicious, it also provides the energy, carbohydrates and potassium my child needs to equip her with power performance throughout the school day. Potato is a healthy vegetable!

  • Potatoes contain Antioxidants including vitamin C, carotenoids and anthocyanins.
  • Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6- a nutrient that plays an important role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It helps turn energy from food into energy your body can use.
  • Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In fact, they have more vitamin C than one medium tomato or sweet potato. Vitamin C plays a key role in the synthesis of collagen (important for healthy skin and gums) and may help support the body's immune system.
  • A potato with skin contributes 2 grams of fiber to the diet or 8% of the recommended daily value. Dietary fiber has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety (makes you feel full longer), which may help with weight loss. 
  • Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and is an ideal substitute to your favorite bread, grain and pasta-based dishes.
  • Potatoes with skin is a good source of Potassium. Diets high in potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. 
  • A medium potato provides 48mg of magnesium. 

Nutrition Fact: One medium potato has no fat, sodium or cholesterol... ZERO!

How to Teach a Child to Cut with Scissors | Grade 1 Arts

Help... my daughter can't cut with SCISSORS!

My six-year-old daughter went home from school the other day with a sad face. Her Arts teacher told her that she needs to practice cutting with scissors for her latest project. Even though I can't remember exactly when and how I learned to cut, I am determined to teach her the basic skills in cutting. I reminded her that cutting skills require as much focus and attention as studying her other subjects (9 in all... whoa!) in school 😵

Rubric on Coloring

When we transferred to a big school last school year, I never thought that Arts would be the subject that she would be struggling in. She was in Kindergarten when she received an 82.5% grade on her very first Arts project which is coloring 😭

She got the grade based on the following criteria:

  • Coloring between the lines- looks real, details added 4/5 
  • No white space- colored it completely 4/5
  • Follow directions- every direction is followed to the fullest extent 4.5/5
  • Neatness- completed artwork exceptionally neat 4/5

While my then 5-year-old's coloring skills is far from perfect, in my opinion, she did her best because I have seen her previous work on her coloring books and she has improved a lot 👏

When we went to Canada last summer, she even took her coloring books and coloring pencils with her. She practiced coloring whenever she can, I even saw her coloring when she could not sleep due to jet lag 👀

Fast forward to this school year, she recently took home an Arts project with a perfect score (see photo above). She was beaming with pride and excitement! N.B.: This is the same teacher that gave her an 82.5% 😊

Her excitement towards the subject quickly turned into anxiety when she learned that she needs to cut the object that she colored. And that's when this mom quickly set out a plan on how to teach her child to cut with scissors.